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  1. Metamaterials and the Landau-Lifshitz permeability argument: large permittivity begets high-frequency magnetism.

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    Merlin, Roberto

    2009-02-10

    Homogeneous composites, or metamaterials, made of dielectric or metallic particles are known to show magnetic properties that contradict arguments by Landau and Lifshitz [Landau LD, Lifshitz EM (1960) Electrodynamics of Continuous Media (Pergamon, Oxford, UK), p 251], indicating that the magnetization and, thus, the permeability, loses its meaning at relatively low frequencies. Here, we show that these arguments do not apply to composites made of substances with Im square root(epsilon(S)) > lambda/l or Re square root(epsilon(S)) approximately lambda/l (epsilon(S) and l are the complex permittivity and the characteristic length of the particles, and lambda > l is the vacuum wavelength). Our general analysis is supported by studies of split rings, one of the most common constituents of electromagnetic metamaterials, and spherical inclusions. An analytical solution is given to the problem of scattering by a small and thin split ring of arbitrary permittivity. Results reveal a close relationship between epsilon(S) and the dynamic magnetic properties of metamaterials. For |square root(epsilon(S))| Landau-Lifshitz argument and similar to that of molecular crystals. In contrast, large values of the permittivity lead to strong diamagnetic or paramagnetic behavior characterized by susceptibilities whose magnitude is significantly larger than that of natural substances. We compiled from the literature a list of materials that show high permittivity at wavelengths in the range 0.3-3000 microm. Calculations for a system of spherical inclusions made of these materials, using the magnetic counterpart to Lorentz-Lorenz formula, uncover large magnetic effects the strength of which diminishes with decreasing wavelength.

  2. Large dielectric permittivity in the paraelectric RMn2O5 with R=Tb, Dy, and Er

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    Han, T. C.; Lin, J. G.; Kuo, K. M.; Chern, G.

    2008-04-01

    The complex dielectric permittivities (ɛ',ɛ″) of RMn2O5 (R =Tb, Dy, and Er) are measured in the temperature range of 78-328 K with frequencies ranging from 100 Hz to 1 MHz. A large real part of the dielectric constant ɛ' (40-140) is observed at room temperature in all three samples studied. These values are higher than the peak value found at the ferroelectric transition of RMn2O5 single crystals. Our results reveal that high dielectric permittivities are related to thermally activated dipolar motions with activation energies of ˜300 meV and a relaxation frequency of ˜3×1012 Hz. The possible relation between the high dielectric permittivity and the size effect of R ions based on the spin-phonon interaction is suggested.

  3. Jumping on Thin Ice: Values Argument Writing Assignment for a Large Enrollment Plant Science Class.

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    Grabau, Larry J.; Wilson, Patricia S.

    1995-01-01

    Documents an evolving attempt to manage a values argument writing assignment in a large enrollment plant science class. Explores how developing library skills improved students' writing. Contains 22 references. (DDR)

  4. No Winglets: What a Drag...Argument for Adding Winglets to Large Air Force Aircraft

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    2008-01-01

    22134-5068 MASTER OF MILITARY STUDIES NO WINGLETS : WHAT A DRAG... ARGUMENT FOR ADDING WINGLETS TO LARGE AIR FORCE AIRCRAFT ,SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL...currently valid OMB control number. 1. REPORT DATE 2008 2. REPORT TYPE 3. DATES COVERED 00-00-2008 to 00-00-2008 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE No Winglets ...What a Drag...Argument for Adding Winglets to Large Air Force Aircraft 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR

  5. Large dielectric permittivity and possible correlation between magnetic and dielectric properties in bulk BaFeO{sub 3−δ}

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    Sagdeo, Archna; Gautam, Kamini; Singh, M. N.; Sinha, A. K.; Ghosh, Haranath; Ganguli, Tapas; Chakrabarti, Aparna [Indus Synchrotrons Utilization Division, Raja Ramanna Center for Advanced Technology, Indore 13 (India); Sagdeo, P. R. [Discipline of Physics and MSE, Indian Institute of Technology, Indore 17 (India); Gupta, S. M. [Laser Materials Development and Devices Division, Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore 13 (India); Nigam, A. K. [Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Homi Bhabha Road, Mumbai 05 (India); Rawat, Rajeev [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, University Campus, Khandwa Road, Indore 17 (India)

    2014-07-28

    We report structural, magnetic, and dielectric properties of oxygen deficient hexagonal BaFeO{sub 3−δ}. A large dielectric permittivity comparable to that of other semiconducting oxides is observed in BaFeO{sub 3−δ}. Magnetization measurements indicate magnetic inhomogeneity and the system shows a paramagnetic to antiferromagnetic transition at ∼160 K. Remarkably, the temperature, at which paramagnetic to antiferromagnetic transition occurs, around this temperature, a huge drop in the dissipation factor takes place and resistivity shoots up; this indicates the possible correlation among magnetic and dielectric properties. First principle simulations reveal that some of these behaviors may be explained in terms of many body electron correlation effect in the presence of oxygen vacancy present in BaFeO{sub 3−δ} indicating its importance in both fundamental science as well as in applications.

  6. Nanodielectrics with giant permittivity

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    S K Saha

    2008-06-01

    Nanodielectrics is an emerging area of research because of its potential application in energy storage and transducers. One-dimensional metallic nanostructures with localized electronic wave functions show giant dielectric constant. Following the prediction, during the last couple of years we have investigated the effect of giant permittivity in one-dimensional systems of conventional metals and conjugated polymer chains. In this article, we have tried to summarize the works on giant permittivity and finally the fabrication of nanocapacitor using metal nanowires, which shows giant permittivity is also discussed.

  7. Biofilm monitoring using complex permittivity.

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    Altman, Susan Jeanne; McGrath, Lucas K.; Dolan, Patricia L.; Yelton, William Graham

    2008-10-01

    is observed two hours after inoculation when the permittivity begins to increase slightly over the next 20 hours, best seen in the shift from 1000 Hz to 5000 Hz in tan {delta} at the high frequencies (c). Because of similar dielectric relaxation properties noted by the comparable size of the semicircles, plot (a), and the height of tan {delta}, plot (c), within the first 29 hours, cell activity levels did not appreciably change. The third trend is observed when the complex permittivity value drops by orders of magnitude between 29 hours and 37 hours, best seen in the log [E] plot (b), and in the drop of the dielectric loss, tan {delta}, to 0. This change in the dielectric properties in the bio environment is nearly independent of all frequencies (c) and dissimilar from the original condition when only bacteria and nutrient was present in the biofilm chambers. The semicircles in plot (a) for this period decreased below the resolution of the graph, implying a large difference in the dielectric behavior of the cells/biofilms consisting of low dielectric losses. We believe these large changes are related to the on-set of biofilms.

  8. Test plan for prototype dielectric permittivity sensor

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    Pfeifer, M.C.

    1993-07-01

    The digface characterization project funded by the Buried Waste Integrated Demonstration (BWID) is designed to test a new method of monitoring hazardous conditions during the remediation at waste sites. Often on a large scale, the exact cause of each anomaly is difficult to determine and ambiguities remain in the characterization of a site. The digface characterization concept is designed to alleviate some of this uncertainty by creating systems that monitor small volumes of soil and detect anomalous areas during remediation before they are encountered. The goal of the digface characterization demonstration is to detect changes in the physical properties from one volume to another and relate these changes in physical properties to changes in the level of contamination. Dielectric permittivity mapping is a method that might prove useful in digface characterization. In this project, the role of a dielectric permittivity monitoring device is under investigation. This project addresses two issues: what are the optimal means of mapping dielectric permittivity contrasts and what types of targets can be detected using dielectric permittivity mapping.

  9. What Is the Optimal Treatment of Large Brain Metastases? An Argument for a Multidisciplinary Approach

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    Choi, Clara Y.H.; Chang, Steven D. [Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, California (United States); Gibbs, Iris C. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, California (United States); Adler, John R.; Harsh, Griffith R. [Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, California (United States); Atalar, Banu [Department of Radiation Oncology, Acibadem University School of Medicine, Istanbul (Turkey); Lieberson, Robert E. [Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, California (United States); Soltys, Scott G., E-mail: sgsoltys@stanford.edu [Department of Radiation Oncology, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, California (United States)

    2012-11-01

    Purpose: Single-modality treatment of large brain metastases (>2 cm) with whole-brain irradiation, stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) alone, or surgery alone is not effective, with local failure (LF) rates of 50% to 90%. Our goal was to improve local control (LC) by using multimodality therapy of surgery and adjuvant SRS targeting the resection cavity. Patients and Methods: We retrospectively evaluated 97 patients with brain metastases >2 cm in diameter treated with surgery and cavity SRS. Local and distant brain failure (DF) rates were analyzed with competing risk analysis, with death as a competing risk. The overall survival rate was calculated by the Kaplain-Meier product-limit method. Results: The median imaging follow-up duration for all patients was 10 months (range, 1-80 months). The 12-month cumulative incidence rates of LF, with death as a competing risk, were 9.3% (95% confidence interval [CI], 4.5%-16.1%), and the median time to LF was 6 months (range, 3-17 months). The 12-month cumulative incidence rate of DF, with death as a competing risk, was 53% (95% CI, 43%-63%). The median survival time for all patients was 15.6 months. The median survival times for recursive partitioning analysis classes 1, 2, and 3 were 33.8, 13.7, and 9.0 months, respectively (p = 0.022). On multivariate analysis, Karnofsky Performance Status ({>=}80 vs. <80; hazard ratio 0.54; 95% CI 0.31-0.94; p = 0.029) and maximum preoperative tumor diameter (hazard ratio 1.41; 95% CI 1.08-1.85; p = 0.013) were associated with survival. Five patients (5%) required intervention for Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events v4.02 grade 2 and 3 toxicity. Conclusion: Surgery and adjuvant resection cavity SRS yields excellent LC of large brain metastases. Compared with other multimodality treatment options, this approach allows patients to avoid or delay whole-brain irradiation without compromising LC.

  10. Multiband Negative Permittivity Metamaterials and Absorbers

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    Yiran Tian

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Design and characteristics of multiband negative permittivity metamaterial and its absorber configuration are presented in this paper. The proposed multiband metamaterial is composed of a novel multibranch resonator which can possess four electric resonance frequencies. It is shown that, by controlling the length of the main branches of such resonator, the resonant frequencies and corresponding absorbing bands of metamaterial absorber can be shifted in a large frequency band.

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  12. Functional silicone copolymers and elastomers with high dielectric permittivity

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    Madsen, Frederikke Bahrt; Daugaard, Anders Egede; Hvilsted, Søren

    Dielectric elastomers (DEs) are a new and promising transducer technology and are often referred to as ‘artificial muscles’, due to their ability to undergo large deformations when stimulated by electric fields. DEs consist of a soft and thin elastomeric film sandwiched between compliant electrodes......, thereby forming a capacitor [1]. Silicone elastomers are one of the most used materials for DEs due to their high efficiency, fast response times and low viscous losses. The major disadvantage of silicone elastomers is that they possess relatively low dielectric permittivity, which means that a high...... electrical field is necessary to operate the DE. The necessary electrical field can be lowered by creating silicone elastomers with higher dielectric permittivity, i.e. with a higher energy density.The aim of this work is to create new and improved silicone elastomers with high dielectric permittivity...

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  14. High permittivity gate dielectric materials

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    2013-01-01

    "The book comprehensively covers all the current and the emerging areas of the physics and the technology of high permittivity gate dielectric materials, including, topics such as MOSFET basics and characteristics, hafnium-based gate dielectric materials, Hf-based gate dielectric processing, metal gate electrodes, flat-band and threshold voltage tuning, channel mobility, high-k gate stack degradation and reliability, lanthanide-based high-k gate stack materials, ternary hafnia and lanthania based high-k gate stack films, crystalline high-k oxides, high mobility substrates, and parameter extraction. Each chapter begins with the basics necessary for understanding the topic, followed by a comprehensive review of the literature, and ultimately graduating to the current status of the technology and our scientific understanding and the future prospects."

  15. Permittivity measurements in solids, powders, and liquids

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    Thompson, Frank

    2005-08-01

    A microwave waveguide cell has been constructed to facilitate the measurement of permittivity on solids, powders, and liquids. By employing this cell and a vector network analyzer, permittivity values have been obtained, at room temperature, for samples of perspex, PTFE, sand, and sunflower oil. These values are in agreement with published data. It is hoped that this experiment will provide students with an opportunity to use modern microwave instrumentation and gain a greater appreciation of the physical properties of materials.

  16. Estimation of complex permittivity using loop antenna

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    Lenler-Eriksen, Hans-Rudolph; Meincke, Peter

    2004-01-01

    A method for estimating the complex permittivity of materials in the vicinity of a loop antenna is proposed. The method is based on comparing measured and numerically calculated input admittances for the loop antenna.......A method for estimating the complex permittivity of materials in the vicinity of a loop antenna is proposed. The method is based on comparing measured and numerically calculated input admittances for the loop antenna....

  17. Comparison of complex permittivities of isotonic colloids containing single-wall carbon nanotubes of varying chirality.

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    Nair, Tejas; Symanowski, James T; Gach, H Michael

    2012-02-01

    The application of bio-compatible, conductive nanoparticles in combination with radiofrequency (RF) irradiation to raise tissue temperatures between 40 and 60 °C for hyperthermia and ablation spurred interest in the complex permittivities of isotonic nanoparticle-based colloids. Nanoparticles with large aspect ratios and high permittivities increase the bulk permittivity of the colloid and RF losses at the macroscopic scale. The complex permittivities of isotonic colloids with and without single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) containing either metallic, semiconducting, or mixed chiralities were measured from 20 MHz to 1 GHz at room temperature. The colloids were made with one of three different isotonic solvents: phosphate buffered saline (PBS), and Dulbecco's modified eagle medium (DMEM) with and without 0.5% weight/volume bovine serum albumin to simulate cytosol and blood, respectively. The concentration of elemental carbon from the SWCNTs in the colloids ranged from 16 to 17 mM. The permittivities were corrected for electrode polarization effects by fitting the data to the Cole-Cole relaxation model with a constant phase angle element. The presence of SWCNTs increased both the real and imaginary components of the permittivities of the colloids. For all three solvents, the direct current (DC) components of the real and imaginary permittivities were greatest for the colloids containing the mixed chirality SWCNTs, followed by the colloids with semiconducting SWCNTs, and then metallic SWCNTs.

  18. Promoting Students' Attention to Argumentative Reasoning Patterns

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    Cavagnetto, Andy R.; Kurtz, Kenneth J.

    2016-01-01

    Argument-based interventions in science education have largely been motivated by the perspective that students lack knowledge of argument. Recent studies, however, suggest that contextual factors influence students' argument quality. The authors hypothesize that a key limiting factor lies in students' abilities to recognize when to employ…

  19. Permittivity spectroscopy - an insight into materials properties.

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    Stoynov, Zdravko; Mladenova, Emiliya; Levi, Daniela; Vladikova, Daria

    2014-01-01

    Permittivity Spectroscopy is a branch of the Impedance Spectroscopy specially tuned for measurements and analyses of dielectrics permittivity properties. The present paper presents experimental results on permittivity properties of composite objects in which a polarizable dielectric is distributed in a fine non-polarizable matrix (solid or liquid) measured in frequency range 1 MHz down to 0.01 Hz. Two types of objects are studied - water in porous functional ceramics and lubricating oils. In both systems gigantic enhancement of the effective capacitance is observed. The first series of experiments was performed on porous membranes of yttrium doped barium cerate, which is a proton conducting ceramics with hydrophilic properties. At a given level of watering the measured capacitance is sharply increasing (3 to 5 orders of magnitude) in the lower frequency range. The second example covers permittivity study of lubricating oils, where the increase is 2-3 orders of magnitude. The phenomenon of gigantic enhancement of the effective capacitance could be related to a formation of dipole volume structures induced by the external alternating electrical field.

  20. Effective permittivity of finite inhomogeneous objects

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    Raghunathan, S.B.; Budko, N.V.

    2010-01-01

    A generalization of the S-parameter retrieval method for finite three-dimensional inhomogeneous objects under arbitrary illumination and observation conditions is presented. The effective permittivity of such objects may be rigorously defined as a solution of a nonlinear inverse scattering problem.

  1. Study of Melon Permittivities for Quality Sensing

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    ABSTRACT Permittivities (dielectric constants and dielectric loss factors) were determined at frequencies between 10 MHz and 20 GHz for mature cantaloupe, honeydew melons, and watermelons grown during three consecutive years and studied in relation to the sweetness of the edible tissue as determine...

  2. Characteristics of Effective Argumentation.

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    Frana, Adrian W.

    1989-01-01

    Examines how the 1988 Presidential Debates provide a resource for effective instruction in public argument. Provides several examples of effective (and ineffective) argumentative speaking taken from the debates. (MM)

  3. Den gode argumentations anatomi

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    Kock, Christian Erik J

    2013-01-01

    God argumentation har tre dimensioner: Den er faktuelt retvisende, den er relevant, og den er vægtig. Desværre slipper politikerne ofte af sted med mangelfuld argumentation fordi de forklæder den godt. Derfor får du her de vigtigste redskaber til at spotte uskikkene i politisk argumentation...

  4. Permittivity and permeability tensors for cloaking applications

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    Choudhury, Balamati; Jha, Rakesh Mohan

    2016-01-01

    This book is focused on derivations of analytical expressions for stealth and cloaking applications. An optimal version of electromagnetic (EM) stealth is the design of invisibility cloak of arbitrary shapes in which the EM waves can be controlled within the cloaking shell by introducing a prescribed spatial variation in the constitutive parameters. The promising challenge in design of invisibility cloaks lies in the determination of permittivity and permeability tensors for all the layers. This book provides the detailed derivation of analytical expressions of the permittivity and permeability tensors for various quadric surfaces within the eleven Eisenhart co-ordinate systems. These include the cylinders and the surfaces of revolutions. The analytical modeling and spatial metric for each of these surfaces are provided along with their tensors. This mathematical formulation will help the EM designers to analyze and design of various quadratics and their hybrids, which can eventually lead to design of cloakin...

  5. Abnormal enhancement of electric field inside a thin permittivity-near-zero object in free space

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    Jin, Yi; He, Sailing

    2010-01-01

    It is found that the electric field can be enhanced strongly inside a permittivity-near-zero object in free space, when the transverse cross section of the object is small and the length along the propagation direction of the incident wave is large enough as compared with the wavelength. The physical mechanism is explained in details. The incident electromagnetic energy can only flow almost normally through the outer surface into or out of the permittivity-near-zero object, which leads to large energy stream density and then strong electric field inside the object. Meanwhile, the magnetic field inside the permittivity-near-zero object may be smaller than that of the incident wave, which is also helpful for enhancing the electric field. Two permittivity-near-zero objects of simple shapes, namely, a thin cylindrical shell and a long thin rectangular bar, are chosen for numerical illustration. The enhancement of the electric field becomes stronger when the permittivity-near-zero object becomes thinner. The physi...

  6. Measurement of liquid permittivity by solenoid self-resonance

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    Getz, Patrick; Mazzeo, Brian

    2010-10-01

    Permittivity of a liquid is an important macroscopic property which is dependent on the composition and physical state of the liquid. Measurement of liquid permittivity is usually performed using a parallel-plate capacitor or terminated coaxial line. In this study, a solenoid surrounding a column of liquid is used to measure permittivity changes. The inductance of the solenoid is not greatly affected by permittivity and conductivity changes for small diameters. However, the self-capacitance is greatly affected by changing solution conditions. The self-resonance, due to the changing self-capacitance, thus reveals properties of the solution. This is demonstrated on a variety of liquids with varying permittivity and conductivity.

  7. Polyimide/nanosized CaCu3Ti4O12 functional hybrid films with high dielectric permittivity

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    Yang, Yang; Zhu, Ben-Peng; Lu, Zhi-Hong; Wang, Zi-Yu; Fei, Chun-Long; Yin, Di; Xiong, Rui; Shi, Jing; Chi, Qing-Guo; Lei, Qing-Quan

    2013-01-01

    This work reports the high dielectric permittivity of polyimide (PI) embedded with CaCu3Ti4O12 (CCTO) nanoparticles. The dielectric behavior has been investigated over a frequency of 100 Hz-1 MHz. High dielectric permittivity (ɛ = 171) and low dielectric loss (tan δ = 0.45) at 100 Hz have been observed near the percolation threshold. The experimental results fit well with the Percolation theory. We suggest that the high dielectric permittivity originates from the large interface area and the remarkable Maxwell-Wagner-Sillars effect at percolation in which nomadic charge carriers are blocked at internal interfaces between CCTO nanoparticles and the polyimide matrix.

  8. Gyroid Optical Metamaterials: Calculating the Effective Permittivity of Multidomain Samples

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    2016-01-01

    Gold gyroid optical metamaterials are known to possess a reduced plasma frequency and linear dichroism imparted by their intricate subwavelength single gyroid morphology. The anisotropic optical properties are, however, only evident when a large individual gyroid domain is investigated. Multidomain gyroid metamaterials, fabricated using a polyisoprene-b-polystyrene-b-poly(ethylene oxide) triblock terpolymer and consisting of multiple small gyroid domains with random orientation and handedness, instead exhibit isotropic optical properties. Comparing three effective medium models, we here show that the specular reflectance spectra of such multidomain gyroid optical metamaterials can be accurately modeled over a broad range of incident angles by a Bruggeman effective medium consisting of a random wire array. This model accurately reproduces previously published results tracking the variation in normal incidence reflectance spectra of gold gyroid optical metamaterials as a function of host refractive index and volume fill fraction of gold. The effective permittivity derived from this theory confirms the change in sign of the real part of the permittivity in the visible spectral region (so, that gold gyroid metamaterials exhibit both dielectric and metallic behavior at optical wavelengths). That a Bruggeman effective medium can accurately model the experimental reflectance spectra implies that small multidomain gold gyroid optical metamaterials behave both qualitatively and quantitatively as an amorphous composite of gold and air (i.e., nanoporous gold) and that coherent electromagnetic contributions arising from the subwavelength gyroid symmetry are not dominant. PMID:27785456

  9. Global permittivity mapping of the Martian surface from SHARAD

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    Castaldo, Luigi; Mège, Daniel; Gurgurewicz, Joanna; Orosei, Roberto; Alberti, Giovanni

    2017-03-01

    SHARAD is a subsurface sounding radar aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, capable of detecting dielectric discontinuities in the subsurface caused by compositional and/or structural changes. Echoes coming from the surface contain information on geometric properties at metre scale and on the permittivity of the upper layers of the Martian crust. A model has been developed to estimate the effect of surface roughness on echo power, depending on statistical parameters such as RMS height and topothesy. Such model is based on the assumption that topography can be characterized as a self-affine fractal, and its use allows the estimation of the dielectric properties of the first few metres of the Martian soil. A permittivity map of the surface of Mars is obtained, covering several large regions across the planet surface. The most significant correspondence with geology is observed at the dichotomy boundary, with high dielectric constant on the highlands side (7 to over 10) and lower on the lowlands side (3 to 7). Other geological correlations are discussed.

  10. Microwave broadband permittivity measurement with a multimode helical resonator for studying catalysts

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    Roussy, Georges; Thiebaut, Jean-Marie; Ename-Obiang, Francis; Marchal, Eric

    2001-04-01

    The authors present a resonant permittivity measurement method which works over a large microwave frequency domain, with a very small volume sample of dielectric material. The cell is a helical resonator having many modes of resonance. The shifts of resonance frequency and Q-factors are better interpreted with a bilinear function which depends on the complex permittivity of the material than by applying the classical perturbation formula. Results concerning two different catalysts which are used in the coupling oxidation methane reaction are given as a function of the temperature and the frequency to illustrate the correlation of both data sets and the differences in catalytic mechanisms.

  11. Nonresonant Metamaterials with an Ultra-High Permittivity

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    HE Xiao-Yang; CHEN Qi; LI Lin-Cui; YANG Chun; LI Biao; ZHOU Bang-Hua; TANG Chuan-Xiang

    2011-01-01

    @@ A nonresonant structure composed of metal cut-wires for realization of metamaterials is proposed.This kind of metamaterial works at an ultra broad bandwidth with uniform permittivity.Theoretical analysis and numerical simulations are carried out to study this inclusion and expression for the effective permittivity is given.Several methods are studied to enhance the permittivity and a nonresonant metamaterial with an ultra-high permittivity is obtained.A demonstration shows that the permittivity of this metamaterial can be as high as 145.%A nonresonant structure composed of metal cut-wires for realization of metamaterials is proposed. This kind of metamaterial works at an ultra broad bandwidth with uniform permittivity. Theoretical analysis and numerical simulations are carried out to study this inclusion and expression for the effective permittivity is given. Several methods are studied to enhance the permittivity and a nonresonant metamaterial with an ultra-high permittivity is obtained. A demonstration shows that the permittivity of this metamaterial can be as high as 145.

  12. Using Semantic Wikis for Structured Argument in Medical Domain

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    Groza, Adrian

    2010-01-01

    This research applies ideas from argumentation theory in the context of semantic wikis, aiming to provide support for structured-large scale argumentation between human agents. The implemented prototype is exemplified by modelling the MMR vaccine controversy.

  13. Perception and Cognition Are Largely Independent, but Still Affect Each Other in Systematic Ways: Arguments from Evolution and the Consciousness-Attention Dissociation

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    Montemayor, Carlos; Haladjian, Harry H.

    2017-01-01

    The main thesis of this paper is that two prevailing theories about cognitive penetration are too extreme, namely, the view that cognitive penetration is pervasive and the view that there is a sharp and fundamental distinction between cognition and perception, which precludes any type of cognitive penetration. These opposite views have clear merits and empirical support. To eliminate this puzzling situation, we present an alternative theoretical approach that incorporates the merits of these views into a broader and more nuanced explanatory framework. A key argument we present in favor of this framework concerns the evolution of intentionality and perceptual capacities. An implication of this argument is that cases of cognitive penetration must have evolved more recently and that this is compatible with the cognitive impenetrability of early perceptual stages of processing information. A theoretical approach that explains why this should be the case is the consciousness and attention dissociation framework. The paper discusses why concepts, particularly issues concerning concept acquisition, play an important role in the interaction between perception and cognition. PMID:28174551

  14. On Argument and Diagrams.

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    Kneupper, Charles W.

    1978-01-01

    Responds to Charles Willard's recommendations (in an article in "Communication Monographs," November 1976) that argument be viewed as an attempt to establish formal relationships among symbolic structures. Demonstrates flaws in this redefinition and shows argument diagrams to be theoretically and practically justifiable. (JMF)

  15. Defining Rhetorical Argumentation

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    Kock, Christian Erik J

    2013-01-01

    rhetoric as practical reasoning, i.e., reasoning on proposals for action or choice, not on propositions that may be either true or false. Citing several contemporary philosophers, the article argues that such a definition acquits rhetorical argumentation of any culpable unconcern with truth and explains...... certain peculiar properties of it that tend to be under-theorized in argumentation theory....

  16. Rethinking the Argumentative Essay

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    Schneer, David

    2014-01-01

    This article investigates the construction of the argumentative essay as it is commonly presented in academic writing textbooks and classrooms for English language learners. The author first examines the traditional three-stage structure (thesis-argument-conclusion) and then problematizes it within a genre-based approach to academic writing. He…

  17. Arguments from parallel reasoning

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    van Laar, Jan Albert; Ribeiro, H.J.

    2014-01-01

    Argumentation is a co-production by a proponent and an opponent who engage in a critical examination of their difference of opinion, aiming to resolve it on the merits of both sides, or so I assume in this paper. I shall investigate the consequences of this view for a particular type of argument fro

  18. Disregarding the 'Hole Argument'

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    Roberts, Bryan W

    2014-01-01

    Jim Weatherall has suggested that Einstein's hole argument, as presented by Earman and Norton (1987), is based on a misleading use of mathematics. I argue on the contrary that Weatherall demands an implausible restriction on how mathematics is used. The hole argument, on the other hand, is in no new danger at all.

  19. Rational design of inorganic dielectric materials with expected permittivity

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    Xie, Congwei; Oganov, Artem R.; Dong, Dong; Liu, Ning; Li, Duan; Debela, Tekalign Terfa

    2015-11-01

    Techniques for rapid design of dielectric materials with appropriate permittivity for many important technological applications are urgently needed. It is found that functional structure blocks (FSBs) are helpful in rational design of inorganic dielectrics with expected permittivity. To achieve this, coordination polyhedra are parameterized as FSBs and a simple empirical model to evaluate permittivity based on these FSB parameters is proposed. Using this model, a wide range of examples including ferroelectric, high/low permittivity materials are discussed, resulting in several candidate materials for experimental follow-up.

  20. Experimental Study on Core Permittivity of Xinjiang Oilfield

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    Ke Shizhen; Gao Jianying; Sun Yanru; Cai Minlong; Ma Runsheng

    2007-01-01

    This paper introduces the principles and procedures of the core permittivity measurement using a parallel capacitor with an electromagnetic shield. The cores from the Xinjiang oilfield were measured by using the frequency-swept method at different salinities and saturations. The effects of salinity, frequency, porosity and saturation on core pennittivity were investigated. The relationship of core permittivity versus water saturation and the relationship of dry core permittivity versus porosity were obtained. The permittivity values of rock matrix and oil were obtained at a frequency of 47 MHz and 200 MHz, and would provide guidance for the interpretation of dual frequency dielectric logging data.

  1. Guidelines for writing an argumentative essay

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    Aleksandra Egurnova

    2014-01-01

    The guidelines below are intended for teachers, professors, students, and the public at large who are interested in the issues of English writing culture. They provide a detailed plan for completing the writing task–writing an argumentative essay.

  2. Argumentation and discourse

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    José Luiz Fiorin

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available After demonstrating that studies of argumentation, which spread throughout modern linguistics from Ducrot and Anscombre’s pragmatics, do not align with discourse studies because, for these authors, argumentation is a fact of langue and not a discursive fact, this textaims to show how discursive theories can work with the issue of argumentation. They cannot be restricted to linguistic microanalysis as adopted by integrated pragmatics, although eventually they can make use of it. They should revisit the classical tradition. If, on the one hand, the rhetoric studied the discursive construction of arguments and on the other studied the antiphonic dimension of discourses, the discursive theories should inherit from the rhetoric work; that is, they should read it in the light of the theoretical issues expressed today. To inherit from rhetoric work means, therefore, taking into account centuries of previous studies, to describe according to current discursive studies the discursive mechanisms which enable the speaker to produce meaning effects that make the audience believe what is said; it also means to analyze the actual operational mode of argumentation, i.e., the dialogism in argumentation.

  3. Arguments from Developmental Order.

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    Stöckle-Schobel, Richard

    2016-01-01

    In this article, I investigate a special type of argument regarding the role of development in theorizing about psychological processes and cognitive capacities. Among the issues that developmental psychologists study, discovering the ontogenetic trajectory of mechanisms or capacities underpinning our cognitive functions ranks highly. The order in which functions are developed or capacities are acquired is a matter of debate between competing psychological theories, and also philosophical conceptions of the mind - getting the role and the significance of the different steps in this order right could be seen as an important virtue of such theories. Thus, a special kind of strategy in arguments between competing philosophical or psychological theories is using developmental order in arguing for or against a given psychological claim. In this article, I will introduce an analysis of arguments from developmental order, which come in two general types: arguments emphasizing the importance of the early cognitive processes and arguments emphasizing the late cognitive processes. I will discuss their role in one of the central tools for evaluating scientific theories, namely in making inferences to the best explanation. I will argue that appeal to developmental order is, by itself, an insufficient criterion for theory choice and has to be part of an argument based on other core explanatory or empirical virtues. I will end by proposing a more concerted study of philosophical issues concerning (cognitive) development, and I will present some topics that also pertain to a full-fledged 'philosophy of development.'

  4. Improvements on effective permittivity measurements of powdered alumina: Implications for bulk permittivity properties of asteroid regoliths

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    Hickson, Dylan; Sotodeh, Shahroukh; Daly, Michael G.; Ghent, Rebecca; Nolan, Michael C.

    2017-01-01

    Accurate measurements of the dielectric properties of materials are essential in constraining interpretations of radar observations of planetary bodies. For bodies whose surfaces are comprised of regolith this requires an understanding of the behaviour of the bulk permittivity of powders. In this research we measure the effective permittivity of powdered aluminium oxide (or alumina, Al2O3) in a 7 mm and 14 mm (diameter) coaxial airline at 7.5 GHz for multiple samples with varying grain size. The dielectric constant of alumina is extracted from these measurements using the Bruggeman (Effective Medium Approximation) mixing equation. We develop a model to account for heterogeneity within the airline, specifically in regards to local variation in porosity. The results of the model show good correlation to experimental data and effectively correct for grain size effects on the measured bulk permittivity. We show that particle shape can have a significant impact on the output of the model and can be accounted for by modelling particles as ellipsoids rather than perfect spheres, where the depolarization factor must be measured and averaged for a specific sample batch.

  5. The argument from transfer.

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    Munthe, Christian

    1996-01-01

    Utilitarian arguments on bioethical issues regarding human reproduction typically start with the view that it is wrong, other things being equal, not to procreate when this would have resulted in an additional being with a life worth living. The paper takes this view for granted and examines the common utilitarian claim that overpopulation and destitution in the world mean that, in practice, this obligation to procreate, other things being equal, often turns into a (categorical) obligation not to procreate. A version of this argument is defended -- a version called the argument from transfer -- according to which, rather than having additional children and care for them in order to make them happy, many people in the West ought to abstain from procreation and take care of destitute children already existing. The reasoning leading up to this conclusion raises some philosophical questions, seldom discussed in connection with bioethics, which indicate that the argument from transfer, although supporting the claim above, cannot neutralise the obligation to create more happy people as easily as assumed by utilitarians. It is argued that the argument from transfer may place many people facing the choice of procreation in a peculiar moral dilemma.

  6. Thermodynamical Arguments Against Evolution

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    Rosenhouse, Jason

    2017-02-01

    The argument that the second law of thermodynamics contradicts the theory of evolution has recently been revived by anti-evolutionists. In its basic form, the argument asserts that whereas evolution implies that there has been an increase in biological complexity over time, the second law, a fundamental principle of physics, shows this to be impossible. Scientists have responded primarily by noting that the second law does not rule out increases in complexity in open systems, and since the Earth receives energy from the Sun, it is an open system. This reply is correct as far as it goes, and it adequately rebuts the most crude versions of the second law argument. However, it is insufficient against more sophisticated versions, and it leaves many relevant aspects of thermodynamics unexplained. We shall consider the history of the argument, explain the nuances various anti-evolution writers have brought to it, and offer thorough explanations for why the argument is fallacious. We shall emphasize in particular that the second law is best viewed as a mathematical statement. Since anti-evolutionists never make use of the mathematical structure of thermodynamics, invocations of the second law never contribute anything substantive to their discourse.

  7. Reasoning Serves Argumentation in Children

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    Mercier, Hugo

    2011-01-01

    The argumentative theory of reasoning (Mercier & Sperber, in press) claims that reasoning evolved for argumentation: to find and evaluate arguments in dialogic contexts. The theory has drawn most of its supportive evidence from work with adults, leaving open the possibility that argumentive features of reasoning are in fact entirely learned.…

  8. Preliminary Broadband Measurements of Dielectric Permittivity of Planetary Regolith Analog Materials Using a Coaxial Airline

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    Boivin, A.; Tsai, C. A.; Ghent, R. R.; Daly, M. G.

    2014-12-01

    When considering radar observations of airless bodies containing regolith, the radar backscatter coefficient is dependent upon the complex dielectric permittivity of the regolith materials. In many current applications of imaging radar data, uncertainty in the dielectric permittivity precludes quantitative estimates of such important parameters as regolith thickness and depth to buried features (e.g., lava flows on the Aristarchus Plateau on the Moon and the flows that surround the Quetzalpetlatl Corona on Venus). For asteroids, radar is an important tool for detecting and characterizing regoliths. Many previous measurements of the real and/or complex parts of the dielectric permittivity have been made, particularly for the Moon (on both Apollo samples and regolith analogues). However, no studies to date have systematically explored the relationship between permittivity and the various mineralogical components such as presence of FeO and TiO2. For lunar materials, the presence of the mineral ilmenite (FeTiO3), which contains equal portions FeO and TiO2, is thought to be the dominant factor controlling the loss tangent (tanδ, the ratio of the imaginary and real components of the dielectric permittivity). Ilmenite, however, is not the only mineral to contain iron in the lunar soil and our understanding of the effect of iron on the loss tangent is insufficient. Beyond the Moon, little is known about the effects on permittivity of carbonaceous materials. This is particularly relevant for missions to asteroids, such as the OSIRIS-REx mission to (101955) Bennu, a carbonaceous asteroid whose regolith composition is largely unknown. Here we present preliminary broadband (300 Mhz to 14 GHz) measurements on materials intended as planetary regolith analogs. Our ultimate goal is to establish a database of the effects of a wide range mineralogical components on dielectric permittivity, in support of the OSIRIS REx mission and ongoing Earth-based radar investigation of the Moon

  9. Justification and Argumentation

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    Szymanek Krzysztof

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available In her paper “Argumentation theory and the conception of epistemic justification”, Lilian Bermejo-Luque presents a critique of deductivism in argumentation theory, as well as her own concept of epistemic justification inspired by the views of Stephen Toulmin. Reading this paper induced me to reflect on the mutual relation between the notions of justification and argumentation. In this work I would like to first draw the reader’s attention to a few issues which seem debatable to me, or which I find worth presenting from a slightly different point of view than that of Lilian Bermejo-Luque. I agree that deductivism is not suitable for a general theory of evaluation of arguments although the critique of deductivism presented by the Author appears as not fully adequate to me. Then I proceed to presenting my doubts about the “conception of justification as a proper outcome of good argumentation” presented in the work. I need to emphasise that due to a broad range of topics addressed by me in this short paper, the description of some of them will be neither fully precise nor exhaustive.

  10. The Language of Argumentation

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    Taylor, Laurie

    2013-01-01

    Using scientific debate focuses students on the real-life applications and implications of science and increases their reasoning skills, presentation skills, and science content knowledge. In this article, the author defines an "argument" as a position based on evidence and a "debate" as a formal setting in which two teams…

  11. Application and electronic structure of high-permittivity dielectrics

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    Perevalov, Timofei V; Gritsenko, Vladimir A [Rzhanov Institute of Semiconductor Physics, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)

    2010-09-07

    Major applications of high-permittivity dielectric materials in silicon devices are reviewed. The basics and software implementations of the electron density functional method are considered. Results of first-principle calculations of the electronic structure are analyzed for the three most important and promising high-permittivity dielectrics, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, HfO{sub 2}, and TiO{sub 2}. (reviews of topical problems)

  12. Enhancing dielectric permittivity for energy-storage devices through tricritical phenomenon

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    Gao, Jinghui; Wang, Yan; Liu, Yongbin; Hu, Xinghao; Ke, Xiaoqin; Zhong, Lisheng; He, Yuting; Ren, Xiaobing

    2017-01-01

    Although dielectric energy-storing devices are frequently used in high voltage level, the fast growing on the portable and wearable electronics have been increasing the demand on the energy-storing devices at finite electric field strength. This paper proposes an approach on enhancing energy density under low electric field through compositionally inducing tricriticality in Ba(Ti,Sn)O3 ferroelectric material system with enlarged dielectric response. The optimal dielectric permittivity at tricritical point can reach to εr = 5.4 × 104, and the associated energy density goes to around 30 mJ/cm3 at the electric field of 10 kV/cm, which exceeds most of the selected ferroelectric materials at the same field strength. The microstructure nature for such a tricritical behavior shows polarization inhomogeneity in nanometeric scale, which indicates a large polarizability under external electric field. Further phenomenological Landau modeling suggests that large dielectric permittivity and energy density can be ascribed to the vanishing of energy barrier for polarization altering caused by tricriticality. Our results may shed light on developing energy-storing dielectrics with large permittivity and energy density at low electric field.

  13. Planning Argumentative Texts

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    Huang, X

    1994-01-01

    This paper presents \\proverb\\, a text planner for argumentative texts. \\proverb\\'s main feature is that it combines global hierarchical planning and unplanned organization of text with respect to local derivation relations in a complementary way. The former splits the task of presenting a particular proof into subtasks of presenting subproofs. The latter simulates how the next intermediate conclusion to be presented is chosen under the guidance of the local focus.

  14. Hidden circuits and argumentation

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    Leinonen, Risto; Kesonen, Mikko H. P.; Hirvonen, Pekka E.

    2016-11-01

    Despite the relevance of DC circuits in everyday life and schools, they have been shown to cause numerous learning difficulties at various school levels. In the course of this article, we present a flexible method for teaching DC circuits at lower secondary level. The method is labelled as hidden circuits, and the essential idea underlying hidden circuits is in hiding the actual wiring of DC circuits, but to make their behaviour evident for pupils. Pupils are expected to find out the wiring of the circuit which should enhance their learning of DC circuits. We present two possible ways to utilise hidden circuits in a classroom. First, they can be used to test and enhance pupils’ conceptual understanding when pupils are expected to find out which one of the offered circuit diagram options corresponds to the actual circuit shown. This method aims to get pupils to evaluate the circuits holistically rather than locally, and as a part of that aim this method highlights any learning difficulties of pupils. Second, hidden circuits can be used to enhance pupils’ argumentation skills with the aid of argumentation sheet that illustrates the main elements of an argument. Based on the findings from our co-operating teachers and our own experiences, hidden circuits offer a flexible and motivating way to supplement teaching of DC circuits.

  15. Design and Implementation of an Induction Probe for Measuring Permittivity and Resistivity in Materials

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    Settimi, A; Baskaradas, J A; Bianchi, C

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, we propose a discussion concerning the design and implementation of an induction probe for electrical SPECTROscopy which performs simultaneous and not invasive measurements on the electrical RESistivity and dielectric PERmittivity of the terrestrial ground and concretes (SPECTRORESPER probe). In order to design a SPECTRORESPER which measures resistivity and permittivity with inaccuracies below a prefixed limit in a band of low frequencies, the probe should be connected to an appropriate analogical digital converter (ADC), which samples in uniform or in phase and quadrature (IQ) mode, otherwise to a lock-in amplifier. We develop a large number of numerical simulations, applying the Mathcad program, which provide the optimization of the height above ground, the electrode-electrode distance and working frequencies minimizing the inaccuracies of the SPECTRORESPER, in galvanic or capacitive contact with terrestrial soils or concretes, of low or high resistivity. As final findings, we underline that ...

  16. Anomalous Power Law Dispersions in ac Conductivity and Permittivity Shown to be Characteristics of Microstructural Electrical Networks

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    Almond, D. P.; Bowen, C. R.

    2004-04-01

    The frequency dependent ac conductivity and permittivity of porous lead zirconate titanate ceramic with the pore volume filled with water are shown to match the simulated electrical response of a large network of randomly positioned resistors and capacitors. Anomalous power law dispersions in conductivity and permittivity are shown to be an electrical response characteristic of the microstructural network formed by the porous lead zirconate titanate pore structure. The anomalous power law dispersions of a wide range of materials are also suggested to be microstructural network characteristics.

  17. Ultra-low percolation threshold in ferrite-metal cofired ceramics brings both high permeability and high permittivity.

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    Wang, Liang; Bai, Yang; Lu, Xuefei; Cao, Jiang-Li; Qiao, Li-Jie

    2015-01-05

    High permeability and high permittivity are hard to be achieved simultaneously, either in single-phased materials or in composite materials, such as ferrite-ferroelectric ceramic composites and ferrite-metal percolative composites. In this work, ultra-low percolation threshold is achieved in NiZnCu ferrite-Ag cofired ceramics, which endows the composite with both high permeability and high permittivity by minimizing the negative effect of nonmagnetic conductive fillers on magnetic properties. The percolation threshold is controlled by the temperature matching between ferrite densification and Ag melting. A thin and long percolative net forms between large ferrite grains under a proper cofiring process, which brings a low percolation threshold of 1.21vol%, more than one order of magnitude lower than the theoretical value of 16vol%. Near the ultra-low threshold, the composite exhibits a high permeability of 585 and a high permittivity of 78.

  18. Malaysian Students' Scientific Argumentation: Do groups perform better than individuals?

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    Heng, Lee Ling; Surif, Johari; Hau Seng, Cher

    2015-02-01

    The practices of argumentation have recently been upheld as an important need to develop students' understanding of scientific concepts. However, the present education system in Malaysia is still largely examination-based and teacher-oriented. Thus, this study aims to examine the mastery level of scientific argumentation and its scheme among Malaysian secondary-level science students. A total of 120 students were randomly assigned to answer a Scientific Argumentation Test (SAT), either individually or in a group. Based on the answers, two groups of students, one who have answered with valid scientific concepts and another who have answered with invalid concepts, were identified and interviewed. Quantitative analysis was performed on the SAT results to determine students' mastery of scientific argumentation, and their argumentation schemes were assessed using content analysis performed on the interview transcripts. The results showed that students were weak in the construction of scientific arguments with valid concepts. Moreover, most of the constructed arguments consisted of misconceptions. The results also showed that students who were involved in group argumentation tended to have a more complex argumentation scheme, compared to individual students. As a group, students were able to argue with more scientific elements and showed their understanding of macro and submicro concepts. Hence, science teachers need to emphasize on the construction of scientific argumentation in their teaching, especially at the macro, submicro, and symbolic levels of representations, to ensure students' understanding of the concepts. This will therefore enhance their mastery of scientific argumentation and improve their content knowledge.

  19. Statistics As Principled Argument

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    Abelson, Robert P

    2012-01-01

    In this illuminating volume, Robert P. Abelson delves into the too-often dismissed problems of interpreting quantitative data and then presenting them in the context of a coherent story about one's research. Unlike too many books on statistics, this is a remarkably engaging read, filled with fascinating real-life (and real-research) examples rather than with recipes for analysis. It will be of true interest and lasting value to beginning graduate students and seasoned researchers alike. The focus of the book is that the purpose of statistics is to organize a useful argument from quantitative

  20. Research Challenges for Argumentation

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    2008-01-01

    The first articles on argumentation in computer science appeared circa 20 years ago. Since then we have seen great advances, establishing a solid theoretical basis, a broad canvas of applications, and, most recently, some realistic implementations. The field has gone from infancy to maturity, and the initial questions that researchers posed— "how do we do this?", "what is it good for?" and "how do we implement it’?"—are mostly answered.

  1. Events, Arguments, and Aspects

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    Robering, Klaus

    2014-01-01

    Verbs do often take arguments of quite different types. In an orthodox type-theoretic framework this results in an extreme polysemy of many verbs. In this article, it is shown that this unwanted consequence can be avoided when a theory of "abstract objects" is adopted according to which...... these objects represent non-objectual entities in contexts from which they are excluded by type restrictions. Thus these objects are "abstract'' in a functional rather than in an ontological sense: they function as representatives of other entities but they are otherwise quite normal objects. Three examples...

  2. Measurement of relative permittivity of LTCC ceramic at different temperatures

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    Tan, Qiulin; Kang, Hao; Qin, Li; Xiong, Jijun; Zhou, Zhaoying; Zhang, Wendong; Luo, Tao; Xue, Chenyang; Liu, Jun

    2014-03-01

    Devices based on LTCC (low-temperature co-fired ceramic) technology are more widely applied in high temperature environments, and the temperature-dependent properties of the LTCC material play an important role in measurements of the characteristics of these devices at high temperature. In this paper, the temperature-dependence of the relative permittivity of DuPont 951 LTCC ceramic is studied from room temperature to 500 °C. An expression for relative permittivity is obtained, which relates the relative permittivity to the resonant frequency, inductance, parasitic capacitance and electrode capacitance of the LTCC sample. Of these properties, the electrode capacitance is the most strongly temperature-dependent. The LTCC sample resonant frequency, inductance and parasitic capacitance were measured (from room temperature to 500 °C) with a high temperature measurement system comprising a muffle furnace and network analyzer. We found that the resonant frequency reduced and the inductance and parasitic capacitance increased slightly as the temperature increases. The relative permittivity can be calculated from experimental frequency, inductance and parasitic capacitance measurements. Calculating results show that the relative permittivity of DuPont 951 LTCC ceramic ceramic increases to 8.21 from room temperature to 500 °C.

  3. Measurement of relative permittivity of LTCC ceramic at different temperatures

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    Qiulin Tan

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Devices based on LTCC (low-temperature co-fired ceramic technology are more widely applied in high temperature environments, and the temperature-dependent properties of the LTCC material play an important role in measurements of the characteristics of these devices at high temperature. In this paper, the temperature-dependence of the relative permittivity of DuPont 951 LTCC ceramic is studied from room temperature to 500 °C. An expression for relative permittivity is obtained, which relates the relative permittivity to the resonant frequency, inductance, parasitic capacitance and electrode capacitance of the LTCC sample. Of these properties, the electrode capacitance is the most strongly temperature-dependent. The LTCC sample resonant frequency, inductance and parasitic capacitance were measured (from room temperature to 500 °C with a high temperature measurement system comprising a muffle furnace and network analyzer. We found that the resonant frequency reduced and the inductance and parasitic capacitance increased slightly as the temperature increases. The relative permittivity can be calculated from experimental frequency, inductance and parasitic capacitance measurements. Calculating results show that the relative permittivity of DuPont 951 LTCC ceramic ceramic increases to 8.21 from room temperature to 500 °C.

  4. Guidelines for writing an argumentative essay

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    Aleksandra Egurnova

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The guidelines below are intended for teachers, professors, students, and the public at large who are interested in the issues of English writing culture. They provide a detailed plan for completing the writing task–writing an argumentative essay.

  5. Malaysian Students' Scientific Argumentation: Do Groups Perform Better than Individuals?

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    Heng, Lee Ling; Surif, Johari; Seng, Cher Hau

    2015-01-01

    The practices of argumentation have recently been upheld as an important need to develop students' understanding of scientific concepts. However, the present education system in Malaysia is still largely examination-based and teacher-oriented. Thus, this study aims to examine the mastery level of scientific argumentation and its scheme among…

  6. The Effects of Forensics Training on Verbal Aggression and Argumentativeness.

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    Colbert, Kent R.; Dorff, Todd

    A study focused on the effects of forensic participation on two specific traits--argumentativeness and verbal aggression. Two hundred eighty-one high school forensic students participating at a large western forensic tournament in the beginning of the 1990 academic year completed D. A. Infante's Argumentative and Verbal Aggression Scales. Results…

  7. Super soft silicone elastomers with high dielectric permittivity

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    Madsen, Frederikke Bahrt; Yu, Liyun; Hvilsted, Søren;

    2015-01-01

    Dielectric elastomers (DEs) have many favourable properties. The obstacle of high driving voltages, however, limits the commercial viability of the technology at present. Driving voltage can be lowered by decreasing the Young’s modulus and increasing the dielectric permittivity of silicone elasto...

  8. Explicit Argumentation Instruction to Facilitate Conceptual Understanding and Argumentation Skills

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    Cetin, Pinar Seda

    2014-01-01

    Background: Argumentation is accepted by many science educators as a major component of science education. Many studies have investigated students' conceptual understanding and their engagement in argumentative activities. However, studies conducted in the subject of chemistry are very rare. Purpose: The present study aimed to investigate the…

  9. Een Scotistisch argument voor dualisme

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    Ridder, de G.J.; Woudenberg, van R.

    2010-01-01

    In his recent book Waar geest is, is vrijheid [Where there is mind, there is freedom], Guus Labooy sets forth an original and intriguing argument, inspired by the work of John Duns Scotus, for substance dualism in the philosophy of mind. In this paper we argue that his argument, although worthy of s

  10. Disentangling The Thick Concept Argument

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    Blomberg, Olle

    2007-01-01

    Critics argue that non-cognitivism cannot adequately account for the existence and nature of some thick moral concepts. They use the existence of thick concepts as a lever in an argument against non-cognitivism, here called the Thick Concept Argument (TCA). While TCA is frequently invoked...

  11. Collaborative argumentation in academic education

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    Veerman, A.; Andriessen, J.; Kanselaar, G.

    2002-01-01

    The general purpose of this research is to discover principles for the design of educational tasks that provoke collaborative argumentation. The specific research question concentrates on the relationship between question asking and argumentation and is examined in three different collaborative lear

  12. Incorporating Argumentation through Forensic Science

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    Wheeler, Lindsay B.; Maeng, Jennifer L.; Smetana, Lara K.

    2014-01-01

    This article outlines how to incorporate argumentation into a forensic science unit using a mock trial. Practical details of the mock trial include: (1) a method of scaffolding students' development of their argument for the trial, (2) a clearly outlined set of expectations for students during the planning and implementation of the mock…

  13. Argument z celowości (The argument from design

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    Richard Swinburne

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Author argues that there are no formal fallacies in the argument from design, if the argument is articulated with suffi cient care. According to modern science, he distinguishes two types of order or harmony in the world: regularities of co-presence and regularities of succession. He goes on to claim that Hume’s criticism directed against the argument from design, presented in Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, used as its premises regularities of co-presence other than those produced by men, and did not appeal to the operation of regularities of succession. But a more developed science than Hume knew, more often appeals to the analogy of the order between the regularities of succession produced by human agents and those produced by the operation of natural laws. How strong this analogy is depends on whether the conclusion of the argument from design is true.

  14. Assessing and Supporting Argumentation with Online Rubrics

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    Lu, Jingyan; Zhang, Zhidong

    2013-01-01

    Writing and assessing arguments are important skills and there is evidence that using rubrics to assess the arguments of others can help students write better arguments. Thus, this study investigated whether students were able to write better arguments after using rubrics to assess the written arguments by peers. Students in 4 secondary 4 classes…

  15. Argument, Argumentation and Critical Thinking in Academic Writing

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    2013-01-01

    Academic writing has been emphasized for years among English major students, and PhD students who need to pub-lish their work in English, but few of these people could produce essays academically. The key problem that they are faced with is argument, argumentation and critical thinking in academic writing. These three notions are reviewed and the followed teaching preliminary suggestions are presented in this essay.

  16. Directional perfect absorption using deep subwavelength low permittivity films

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    Luk, Ting S; Kim, Iltai; Feng, Simin; Jun, Young Chul; Liu, Sheng; Wright, Jeremy B; Brener, Igal; Catrysse, Peter B; Fan, Shanhui; Sinclair, Michael B

    2014-01-01

    We experimentally demonstrate single beam directional perfect absorption (to within experimental accuracy) of p-polarized light in the near-infrared using unpatterned, deep subwavelength films of indium tin oxide (ITO) on Ag. The experimental perfect absorption occurs slightly above the epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) frequency of ITO where the permittivity is less than one. Remarkably, we obtain perfect absorption for films whose thickness is as low as ~1/50th of the operating free-space wavelength and whose single pass attenuation is only ~ 5%. We further derive simple analytical conditions for perfect absorption in the subwavelength-film regime that reveal the constraints that the ITO permittivity must satisfy if perfect absorption is to be achieved. Then, to get a physical insight on the perfect absorption properties, we analyze the eigenmodes of the layered structure by computing both the real-frequency/complex-wavenumber and the complex-frequency/real-wavenumber modal dispersion diagrams. These analyses allow u...

  17. Permittivity disorder induced Anderson localization in magnetophotonic crystals

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    Abdi-Ghaleh, R.; Namdar, A.

    2016-11-01

    This theoretical study was carried out to investigate the permittivity disorder induced Anderson localization of light in one-dimensional magnetophotonic crystals. It was shown that the disorder create the resonant transmittance modes associated with enhanced Faraday rotations inside the photonic band gap. The average localization length of the right- and left-handed circular polarizations (RCP and LCP), the total transmittance together with the ensemble average of the RCP and LCP phases, and the Faraday rotation of the structure were also investigated. For this purpose, the off-diagonal elements of the permittivity tensor were varied for various wavelengths of incident light. The obtained results revealed the nonreciprocal property of circular eigen modes. This study can potentially open up a new aspect for utilizing the disorder magnetophotonic structures in nonreciprocal systems such as isolators and circulators.

  18. Permittivity and permeability of semi-infinite metamaterial

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    Porvatkina, O. V.; Tishchenko, A. A.; Strikhanov, M. N.

    2016-08-01

    In our work we investigate dielectric and magnetic properties of semi-infinite metamaterial consisting of particles of different possible nature: atoms, molecules, nanoparticles, etc. It is important that these particles would have magnetic properties. Polarization of a near-surface layer is known to differ from its bulk value for non-magnetic materials; for magnetic materials, including metamaterials, the situation should be similar, which is the subject of our research. We obtain analogues of the Clausius-Mossotti relation both for permittivity and permeability taking into account the local field effects in the longwave approximation for semi-infinite metamaterial. These relations describe the connection between macroscopic characteristics of the semi-infinite metamaterial (permittivity and permeability) and characteristics of constituent particles (dielectric polarizability and magnetic polarizability), which is a bright example of multi-scale approach - method very popular today in physical and computer simulating.

  19. Understanding the small object argument

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    Garner, Richard

    2007-01-01

    The small object argument is a transfinite construction which, starting from a set of maps in a category, generates a weak factorisation system on that category. As useful as it is, the small object argument has some problematic aspects: it possesses no universal property; it does not converge; and it does not seem to be related to other transfinite constructions occurring in categorical algebra. In this paper, we give an ``algebraic'' refinement of the small object argument, cast in terms of Grandis and Tholen's natural weak factorisation systems, which rectifies each of these three deficiencies.

  20. Study of the magnetite to maghemite transition using microwave permittivity and permeability measurements.

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    Cuenca, Jerome Alexander; Bugler, Keith; Taylor, Stuart; Morgan, David; Williams, Paul; Bauer, Johann; Porch, Adrian

    2016-03-16

    The microwave cavity perturbation (MCP) technique is used to identify the transition from magnetite (Fe3O4) to the meta-stable form of maghemite (γ-Fe2O3). In this study Fe3O4 was annealed at temperatures from 60 to 300 °C to vary the oxidation. Subsequent to annealing, the complex permittivity and magnetic permeability of the iron oxide powders were measured. The transition to γ-Fe2O3 was corroborated with x-ray diffraction (XRD), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM). XRD, XPS and VSM implied that the starting powder was consistent with Fe3O4 and the powders annealed at more than 200 °C were transitioning to γ-Fe2O3. The MCP measurements gave large differences in both complex permittivity and magnetic permeability of the two phases in the frequency range of 2.5-10.2 GHz. Magnetic permeability decreased with annealing temperature, though magnetic losses showed frequency dependent behaviour. Complex permittivity measurements showed a large decrease in both dielectric constant and losses at all measurement frequencies, as well as a prominent loss peak centred around the phase transition temperatures. We interpret the loss peak as being a consequence of field effects due to an intermediate multi-phase mixture. Additionally, almost no frequency dependence was observed. The reduction in complex permittivity implies that the Feoct(2+) cations in the lattice provide a significant contribution to polarization at microwave frequencies and the effects of Feoct(3+) are nominal in comparison.. The change in loss can be explained as a combination of the differences in the effective conductivity of the two phases (i.e. Fe3O4 exhibits electron-hopping conduction whereas the presence of vacancies in γ-Fe2O3 nullifies this). This shows that the non-invasive MCP measurements serve as a highly sensitive and versatile method for looking at this phase transition in iron and potentially the effects of oxidation states on the polarization

  1. Local dielectric permittivity profiles of sapphire/polypropylene interfaces

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    Yu, Liping; Ranjan, V.; Buongiorno Nardelli, M.; Bernholc, J.

    2009-03-01

    Recently, the need for high-power-density capacitors has stimulated research to develop composite dielectric materials with high-k nanoparticles embedded in a polymer matrix. In these materials, surfaces and interfaces may play an important role in determining the overall dielectric properties. We present first-principles investigations of the dielectric permittivity profiles across slabs and interfaces of sapphire(α-Al2O3)/isotactic-polypropylene(iPP). Our results indicate that the permittivity profile at interface strongly depends on the nanoscale averaging procedure. We propose an averaging model that ensures near-locality of the dielectric function. We find that: (i) the dielectric permittivity approaches the corresponding bulk value just a few atomic layers away from the interface or surface; (ii) the dielectric constant is enhanced at the surfaces of the isolated α-Al2O3 slabs, while no enhancement is observed at the iPP slab surfaces; and (iii) the dielectric transition at the αAl2O3/iPP is mainly confined in the αAl2O3 side.

  2. Craig and Kalam Cosmological Argument

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    Gholamhosein Tavacoly

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available   Among different arguments for the existence of God the Kalam cosmological argument is a very famous one which is elaborated by Professor William lane Craig. Craig claims that the universe began to exist , then he continues to say: everything that begins to exist has a cause and therefore the universe has a cause. But how do we know that the universe began to exist? This premise forms the most important part of Craig’s contention, and he bolsters it by four arguments, the first two are driven from philosophy and the other two, which he prefers to name them “confirmations from sciences” are driven from sciences the first one evokes to big bang theory and the seconds to the second principle of thermodynamic which are respectively adopted from cosmology and physics.   In this essay we are going to survey Craig’s arguments and estimate their value and weight.

  3. Craig and Kalam Cosmological Argument

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    Tavacoli, Gh

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Among different arguments for the existence of God the Kalam cosmological argument is a very famous one which is elaborated by Professor William lane Craig. Craig claims that the universe began to exist, then he continues to say: everything that begins to exist has a cause and therefore the universe has a cause. But how do we know that the universe began to exist? This premise forms the most important part of Craig’s contention, and he bolsters it by four arguments, the first two are driven from philosophy and the other two, which he prefers to name them “confirmations from sciences” are driven from sciences; the first one evokes to big bang theory and the seconds to the second principle of thermodynamic which are respectively adopted from cosmology and physics.In this essay we are going to survey Craig’s arguments and estimate their value and weight.

  4. Efficient computation of argumentation semantics

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    Liao, Beishui

    2013-01-01

    Efficient Computation of Argumentation Semantics addresses argumentation semantics and systems, introducing readers to cutting-edge decomposition methods that drive increasingly efficient logic computation in AI and intelligent systems. Such complex and distributed systems are increasingly used in the automation and transportation systems field, and particularly autonomous systems, as well as more generic intelligent computation research. The Series in Intelligent Systems publishes titles that cover state-of-the-art knowledge and the latest advances in research and development in intelligen

  5. The deconstruction of safety arguments through adversarial counter-argument

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    Armstrong, James M. [BAE Systems Systems Engineering Innovation Centre (SEIC), University of Loughborough (United Kingdom)]. E-mail: J.M.Armstrong@lboro.ac.uk; Paynter, Stephen E. [MBDA UK Ltd, Filton, Bristol (United Kingdom)]. E-mail: stephen.paynter@mbda.co.uk

    2007-11-15

    The project Deconstructive Evaluation of Risk In Dependability Arguments and Safety Cases (DERIDASC) has recently experimented with techniques borrowed from literary theory as safety case analysis techniques [Armstrong. Danger: Derrida at work. Interdiscipl Sci Rev 2003;28(2):83-94. ; Armstrong J, Paynter S. Safe systems: construction, destruction, and deconstruction. In: Redmill F, Anderson T, editors. Proceedings of the 11th safety critical systems symposium, Bristol, UK. Berlin: Springer; 2003. p. 62-76. ISBN:1-85233-696-X. ]. This paper introduces our high-level framework for 'deconstructing' safety arguments. Our approach is quite general and should be applicable to different types of safety argumentation framework. As one example, we outline how the approach would work in the context of the Goal Structure Notation (GSN)

  6. Optimal requirements of a data acquisition system for a quadrupolar probe used in resistivity and permittivity surveys

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    Cesidio Bianchi

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available This report discusses the development and engineering of a suitable quadrupolar probe for simultaneous and noninvasive surveys of electrical resistivity and dielectric permittivity. The quadrupolar probe can perform measurements on a subsurface with inaccuracies below a fixed limit (10% in a bandwidth of low frequency (100 kHz. The quadrupole should be connected to an appropriate analog–digital converter that samples in phase and quadrature (IQ or in uniform mode. If the probe is characterized by a galvanic contact with the surface, the inaccuracies in the measurements of resistivity and permittivity due to the IQ or uniform sampling analog–digital converter are analytically expressed. A large number of numerical simulations show that the performances of the probe depend on the selected sampler, and that the IQ is better compared to the uniform mode under the same operating conditions, i.e. for bit resolution and medium.

  7. From connectives to argumentative markers: a quest for markers of argumentative moves and of related aspects of argumentative discourse

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    A. Tseronis

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, I explore the potential of systematically studying the linguistic surface of discourse for the purposes of identifying markers of argumentative moves and other related categories, such as types of arguments and argumentative strategies. Such a list of argumentative markers can prove u

  8. Free charge localization and effective dielectric permittivity in oxides

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    Maglione, Mario

    2016-06-01

    This review will deal with several types of free charge localization in oxides and their consequences on the effective dielectric spectra of such materials. The first one is the polaronic localization at the unit cell scale on residual impurities in ferroelectric networks. The second one is the collective localization of free charge at macroscopic interfaces like surfaces, electrodes and grain boundaries in ceramics. Polarons have been observed in many oxide perovskites mostly when cations having several stable electronic configurations are present. In manganites, the density of such polarons is so high as to drive a net lattice of interacting polarons. On the other hand, in ferroelectric materials like BaTiO3 and LiNbO3, the density of polarons is usually very small but they can influence strongly the macroscopic conductivity. The contribution of such polarons to the dielectric spectra of ferroelectric materials is described. Even residual impurities as for example Iron can induce well-defined anomalies at very low temperatures. This is mostly resulting from the interaction between localized polarons and the highly polarizable ferroelectric network in which they are embedded. The case of such residual polarons in SrTiO3 will be described in more detail, emphasizing the quantum polaron state at liquid helium temperatures. Recently, several nonferroelectric oxides have been shown to display giant effective dielectric permittivity. It is first shown that the frequency/temperature behavior of such parameters is very similar in very different compounds (donor-doped BaTiO3, CaCu3Ti4O12, LuFe2O4, Li-doped NiO, etc.). This similarity calls for a common origin of the giant dielectric permittivity in these compounds. A space charge localization at macroscopic interfaces can be the key for such extremely high dielectric permittivity.

  9. iQ Cavity for Material Permittivity Characterization

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    Allen, Kenneth W

    2016-01-01

    We present an X-band waveguide (WR90) and UHF waveguide (WR1500) measurement method that permits the extraction of the complex permittivity for low dielectric loss tangent material specimen. The extraction method relies on computational electromagnetic (CEM) simulations; coupled with a genetic algorithm; to fit the experimental measurement and the simulated transmitted scattering parameter (S21) of the TE10 mode through the waveguide with the material specimen partially filling the cross-section. This technique provides the material measurement community with the ability to accurately extract material properties of low-loss material specimen.

  10. Wireless power transfer based on dielectric resonators with colossal permittivity

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    Song, Mingzhao; Belov, Pavel; Kapitanova, Polina

    2016-11-01

    Magnetic resonant wireless power transfer system based on dielectric disk resonators made of colossal permittivity (ɛ = 1000) and low loss (tan δ = 2.5 × 10-4) microwave ceramic is experimentally investigated. The system operates at the magnetic dipole mode excited in the resonators providing maximal power transfer efficiency of 90% at the frequency 232 MHz. By applying an impedance matching technique, the efficiency of 50% is achieved within the separation between the resonators d = 16 cm (3.8 radii of the resonator). The separation, misalignment and rotation dependencies of wireless power transfer efficiency are experimentally studied.

  11. The thickness dependence of dielectric permittivity in thin films

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    Starkov, Ivan A.; Starkov, Alexander S.

    2016-08-01

    It is well known that the physical properties of thin films depend on their thickness. For a description of such dependences, it is proposed to use a classical model taking into account the presence of film interfaces. A dielectric ball near the half-space was chosen to adopt the approach. The dependence of the effective permittivity of the ball on geometrical and physical parameters of the system is analyzed. It is demonstrated that the dielectric constant of a film can be presented as a sum of the constant of a bulk material and the interface term.

  12. A critical review of PASBio's argument structures for biomedical verbs

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    Cohen K Bretonnel

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Propositional representations of biomedical knowledge are a critical component of most aspects of semantic mining in biomedicine. However, the proper set of propositions has yet to be determined. Recently, the PASBio project proposed a set of propositions and argument structures for biomedical verbs. This initial set of representations presents an opportunity for evaluating the suitability of predicate-argument structures as a scheme for representing verbal semantics in the biomedical domain. Here, we quantitatively evaluate several dimensions of the initial PASBio propositional structure repository. Results We propose a number of metrics and heuristics related to arity, role labelling, argument realization, and corpus coverage for evaluating large-scale predicate-argument structure proposals. We evaluate the metrics and heuristics by applying them to PASBio 1.0. Conclusion PASBio demonstrates the suitability of predicate-argument structures for representing aspects of the semantics of biomedical verbs. Metrics related to theta-criterion violations and to the distribution of arguments are able to detect flaws in semantic representations, given a set of predicate-argument structures and a relatively small corpus annotated with them.

  13. L'argumentation dans la langue (Argumentation in Language)

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    Anscombre, J. C.; Ducrot, O.

    1976-01-01

    Questions the current distinction between semantics and pragmatics, and develops a theory of "argumentative scales" (Ducrot 1973), as well as a semantic model with three components and a revision of the notion of "illocutionary." (Text is in French.) (CDSH/AM)

  14. Den argumentative teksttype i reklamer

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    Nielsen, Anne Ellerup

    1998-01-01

    - and macropropositions, it is a multicriterial model which takes into account both the syntactic, semantic and pragmatic features of texts. However, the model seems to offer some problems in establishing the limits between the argumentative and the descriptive text type. This imprecision is apparently due to the lack...... of distinction between the discourse potential of evaluative and referential propositions. This problem will be demonstrated on examples from the genre of advertising material which, because of its persuasive purpose, is particularly rich in argumentative features....

  15. The Effective Permittivity of Dielectric-Particle Distributions

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    Tortora, Paul; Ceccio, Steven; Schultz, William; Torczynski, John; O'Hern, Timothy; Trujillo, Steven

    2003-11-01

    Electrical techniques to measure the material distribution in a multiphase flow use expressions that relate the electrical properties to the phase volume fractions. In this work, the Maxwell-Hewitt and other constitutive relations are assessed experimentally and computationally for distributions of dielectric spherical particles in a dielectric medium. The experiments use a gas-solid riser: distributions of interest include a packed bed (for calibration) and a dilute-core/dense-annulus distribution (typical of riser operation). Two wall-mounted electrodes measure the average permittivity in a cross section. The constitutive relations convert these values into solid volume fractions for comparison to independent gamma-densitometry-tomography measurements. Similarly, the code FIDAP is used to determine the average permittivity for various particle distributions. These results will ultimately be applied in a multiple-electrode electrical-impedance tomography system. This research is supported by the NSF GOALI program and Multiphase Fluid Dynamics Research Consortium funded by the DOE. Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Company, for the US Department of Energy under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  16. Microscopic dielectric permittivities of graphene nanoribbons and graphene

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    Fang, Jingtian; Vandenberghe, William G.; Fischetti, Massimo V.

    2016-07-01

    We derive a microscopic Poisson equation using the density-density response function. This equation is valid for any realistic potential perturbation and permits the study of dielectric response in nanostructures, especially in one-dimensional nanostructures and quantum dots. We apply this equation to simulate a nanoscale parallel-plate capacitor (nanocapacitor) with graphene as dielectric and two nanocapacitors with a graphene nanoribbon (GNR) as dielectric. The density-density response function is calculated using first-order perturbation theory and empirical pseudopotentials. From the microscopic electric field of the graphene nanocapacitor, we calculate the out-of-plane microscopic dielectric constant of graphene and from the electric field of GNR nanocapacitors, we calculate the full microscopic dielectric tensor of several GNRs with different widths. We find that the out-of-plane microscopic dielectric constants of GNRs and graphene do not depend on their energy band gap. We also study the effect of a surrounding dielectric on the dielectric permittivity of graphene and we conclude that the surrounding dielectric barely affects the dielectric permittivity of graphene.

  17. Topological arguments for Kolmogorov complexity

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    Alexander Shen

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available We present several application of simple topological arguments in problems of Kolmogorov complexity. Basically we use the standard fact from topology that the disk is simply connected. It proves to be enough to construct strings with some nontrivial algorithmic properties.

  18. 75 FR 62591 - Oral Argument

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    2010-10-12

    ... given of the scheduling of oral argument in the matters of: Hyginus U. Aguzie v. Office of Personnel Management, MSPB Docket Number DC-0731-09-0261-R-1; Jenee Ella Hunt-O'Neal v. Office of Personnel Management, MSPB Docket Number AT-0731-09-0240-I-1; James A. Scott v. Office of Personnel Management, MSPB...

  19. Automating Workflow using Dialectical Argumentation

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    Urovi, Visara; Bromuri, Stefano; McGinnis, Jarred; Stathis, Kostas; Omicini, Andrea

    2008-01-01

    This paper presents a multi-agent framework based on argumentative agent technology for the automation of the workflow selection and execution. In this framework, workflow selection is coordinated by agent interactions governed by the rules of a dialogue game whose purpose is to evaluate the workflo

  20. Integrated processing in multimodal argumentation

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    Hoven, P.J. van den; Jiang, W.

    2011-01-01

    The question addressed in this paper is simple. If the argumentative function of a multimodal narrative text requires the integration of the information from different modes, among which verbal ones, what model for the order of processing and the integration of information do we need to adopt? Using

  1. Argumentative Function in Child Discourse.

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    Albano, Maria-Grazia; And Others

    1985-01-01

    Describes a study of preschool children's utterances and their context, intended to provide evidence of children's argumentative capacities. Shows how children, though perhaps not consciously, use language to intervene upon reality in order to modify a state of things by sensibly arguing their case. (SED)

  2. Bad Arguments Defending Racial Preference

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    Cohen, Carl

    2008-01-01

    Professor Cohen describes the arduous path to the passage of Proposition 2 in Michigan in 2006. In considering the reasons for its victory, he shows how claims (sometimes well-intended) "for" preferences rest on truly bad arguments. (Contains 8 footnotes.)

  3. Robust Location of Optical Fiber Modes via the Argument Principle Method

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    Chen, Parry Y

    2016-01-01

    We implement a robust, globally convergent root search method for transcendental equations guaranteed to locate all complex roots within a specified search domain, based on Cauchy's residue theorem. Although several implementations of the argument principle already exist, ours has several advantages: it allows singularities within the search domain and branch points are not fatal to the method. Furthermore, our implementation is simple and is written in MATLAB, fulfilling the need for an easily integrated implementation which can be readily modified to accommodate the many variations of the argument principle method, each of which is suited to a different application. We apply the method to the step index fiber dispersion relation, which has become topical due to the recent proliferation of high index contrast fibers. We also find modes with permittivity as the eigenvalue, catering to recent numerical methods that expand the radiation of sources by eigenmodes.

  4. Synthesis of Photoswitchable Magnetic Au–Fullerosome Hybrid Nanomaterials for Permittivity Enhancement Applications

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    Min Wang

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available We designed and synthesized several nanomaterials 3 of three-layered core-shell (γ-FeOx@AuNP@[C60(>DPAF-C91or2]n nanoparticles (NPs. These NPs having e−-polarizable fullerosome structures located at the outer layer were fabricated from highly magnetic core-shell γ-FeOx@AuNPs. Fullerosomic polarization of 3 was found to be capable of causing a large amplification of material permittivity that is also associated with the photoswitching effect in the frequency range of 0.5‒4.0 GHz. Multilayered synthetic construction allows Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET of photoinduced accumulative surface plasmon resonance (SPR energy in the gold layer to the partially bilayered C60(>DPAF-C91or2-derived fullerosome membrane shell layer in a near-field of direct contact without producing radiation heat, which is commonly associated with SPR.

  5. Complex permittivity measurements and mixing laws of ceramic materials and application to microwave processing

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    Gershon, David Louis

    The complex permittivity of alumina composites was examined with respect to its dependence on the volume fraction of constituents, microstructure, processing temperature, and processing method. In addition, the effective permittivity of these composites was quantitatively modeled based on the permittivities, volume fractions, and microstructures of the constituents. The studies focused on the complex permittivity of alumina composites, which contained the lossy additives silicon carbide and copper oxide. Two composite systems were prepared by physically mixing alumina and one of the additives. A third composite system was produced by chemically precipitating copper oxide onto alumina. The two synthesis methods produced composites with different microstructures and complex permittivities. The imaginary part of the complex permittivity was generally larger in the chemically precipitated composites than in the physically mixed composites. The dependence of the complex permittivities of the composites on volume fraction and microstructure were compared with several algebraic mixing laws and with three dimensional, electrostatic numerical simulations. The algebraic mixing laws do not take into account for the dependence of the imaginary part of the complex permittivity on absorbed water and microstructure, which is affected by composite synthesis. By incorporating general physical characteristics of the composites, the electrostatic simulations were able to accurately predict their permittivity. Heating some selected alumina composites in conventional and microwave furnaces demonstrate several interesting results. The densification and dielectric proper-ties of the alumina/copper oxide composites varied due to processing temperature. The changes in these properties depended upon preparation method and not on heating method. The density and real part of the complex permittivity of alumina/silicon carbide also varied due to processing temperature and not on heating method

  6. Modelling Imprecise Arguments in Description Logic

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    LETIA, I. A.

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Real arguments are a mixture of fuzzy linguistic variables and ontological knowledge. This paper focuses on modelling imprecise arguments in order to obtain a better interleaving of human and software agents argumentation, which might be proved useful for extending the number of real life argumentative-based applications. We propose Fuzzy Description Logic as the adequate technical instrumentation for filling the gap between human arguments and software agents arguments. A proof of concept scenario has been tested with the fuzzyDL reasoner.

  7. Simultaneous negative permittivity and permeability in a coherent atomic vapour

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    Shen Jian-Qi

    2007-01-01

    A new quantum optical mechanism to realize simultaneously negative electric permittivity and magnetic permeability is suggested. In order to obtain a negative permeability, we choose a proper atomic configuration that can dramatically enhance the contribution of the magnetic-dipole allowed transition via the atomic phase coherence. It is shown that the atomic system chosen with proper optical parameters can give rise to striking electromagnetic responses (leading to a negative refractive index) and that the atomic vapour becomes a left-handed medium in an optical frequency band. Differing from the previous schemes of artificial composite metamaterials (based on classical electromagnetic theory) to achieve the left-handed materials, which consist of anisotropic millimetre-scale composite structure units, the left-handed atomic vapour presented here is isotropic and homogeneous at the atomic-scale level. Such an advantage may be valuable in realizing the superlens (and hence perfect image) with left-handed atomic vapour.

  8. Modeling the Permittivity of Ferrite-Dielectric Composites

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    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the model of ferrite-dielectric (ferroelectric composites with semiconductive powder fillers. Such media have the potential for designing systems with controlled frequency dispersion. Experimentally observed significant increase of effective dielectric permittivity in Mn-Zn ferrite composites with the semiconductor pellet is explained on the basis of the capacitance effect. Composites based on Ni-Zn ferrite, which have significantly higher electrical resistance, do not exhibit such phenomena and their behavior is described in the framework of the traditional models of effective medium approximation. There is proposed an analytical solution for the dielectric constant of the composite, based on consideration of the impedances of equivalent circuit involving initial materials (matrix and filler.

  9. Flexible nanodielectric materials with high permittivity for power energy storage.

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    Dang, Zhi-Min; Yuan, Jin-Kai; Yao, Sheng-Hong; Liao, Rui-Jin

    2013-11-26

    Study of flexible nanodielectric materials (FNDMs) with high permittivity is one of the most active academic research areas in advanced functional materials. FNDMs with excellent dielectric properties are demonstrated to show great promise as energy-storage dielectric layers in high-performance capacitors. These materials, in common, consist of nanoscale particles dispersed into a flexible polymer matrix so that both the physical/chemical characteristics of the nanoparticles and the interaction between the nanoparticles and the polymers have crucial effects on the microstructures and final properties. This review first outlines the crucial issues in the nanodielectric field and then focuses on recent remarkable research developments in the fabrication of FNDMs with special constitutents, molecular structures, and microstructures. Possible reasons for several persistent issues are analyzed and the general strategies to realize FNDMs with excellent integral properties are summarized. The review further highlights some exciting examples of these FNDMs for power-energy-storage applications.

  10. RHETORICAL STRUCTURE OF ARGUMENTATIVE ANSWER

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    Juliano Desiderato ANTONIO

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    Full Text Available The aim of this paper is to describe the rhetorical structure of the argumentative answer genre in a corpus formed by 15 compositions of the winter vestibular of Universidade Estadual de Maringá. The instrument of analysis used in the investigation was RST (Rhetorical Structure Theory. The initial statement was considered the central unit of the argumentative answer. Most of the writers held evidence relation between the central unit (nucleus and the expansion (satellite. Evidence relation is interpersonal and the aim of the writers is to convince their addressees (in this case the compositions evaluation committee that their point is correct. Within the initial statement, the relation with higher frequency was contrast. Our hypothesis is that the selection of texts of the test influenced the applicants to present positive and negative aspects of the internet. In the higher level of the expansion text span, list is the most frequent relation because the applicants present various arguments with the same status. Contrast was the second relation with highest frequency in this same level. Our hypothesis is that the selection of texts of the test influenced the applicants to present positive and negative aspects of the internet as it happened in the initial statement. Within the 15 compositions, 12 had a conclusion. This part was considered a satellite of the span formed by the initial statement and its expansion. The relation held was homonymous.

  11. Silicone elastomers with high dielectric permittivity and high dielectric breakdown strength based on tunable functionalized copolymers

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    Madsen, Frederikke Bahrt; Yu, Liyun; Daugaard, Anders Egede;

    2015-01-01

    High driving voltages currently limit the commercial potential of dielectric elastomers (DEs). One method used to lower driving voltage is to increase dielectric permittivity of the elastomer. A novel silicone elastomer system with high dielectric permittivity was prepared through the synthesis o...

  12. Dependence of crystallizing phase dielectric permittivity on time of glass-ceramics sintering

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    Dmitriyev M. V.

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available The paper deals with computing technique of effective dielectric permittivity of crystobalite formed in glass-ceramic body by means of measured dielectric permittivity of glass-ceramic composit. Dependence of the calculated parameter from the time of crystallization is found.

  13. Measuring the complex permittivity tensor of uniaxial biological materials with coplanar waveguide transmission line

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    A simple and accurate technique is described for measuring the uniaxial permittivity tensor of biological materials with a coplanar waveguide transmission-line configuration. Permittivity tensor results are presented for several chicken and beef fresh meat samples at 2.45 GHz....

  14. High-Temperature Permittivity and Data-Mining of Silicon Dioxide at GHz Band

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    YUAN Jie; WEN Bo; HOU Zhi-Ling; LU Ming-Ming; CAO Wen-Qiang; BA Chuan; FANG Xiao-Yong; CAO Mao-Sheng

    2012-01-01

    The high-temperature permittivity of quartz fibre-reinforced silicon dioxide (SiO2/SiO2 ) nano-composites is studied on the basis of the multi-scale theoretical model.We obtain the permittivity of the SiO2/SiO2 at high temperature,which is dependent on the temperature by data-mining.The result shows that the permittivity and loss tangent obtained by data-mining are well consistent with the measured ones.The high-temperature permittivity can be well predicted for SiO2/SiO2 by the as-proposed model and the data-mining method.%The high-temperature permittivity of quartz fibre-reinforced silicon dioxide (SiO2/SiO2) nano-composites is studied on the basis of the multi-scale theoretical model. We obtain the permittivity of the SiO2/SiO2 at high temperature, which is dependent on the temperature by data-mining. The resuJt shows that the permittivity and loss tangent obtained by data-mining are well consistent with the measured ones. The high-temperature permittivity can be well predicted for SiO2/SiO2 by the as-proposed model and the data-mining method.

  15. Social argumentation in online synchronous communication

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    Angiono, Ivan

    In education, argumentation has an increasing importance because it can be used to foster learning in various fields including philosophy, history, sciences, and mathematics. Argumentation is also at the heart of scientific inquiry. Many educational technology researchers have been interested in finding out how technologies can be employed to improve students' learning of argumentation. Therefore, many computer-based tools or argumentation systems have been developed to assist students in their acquisition of argumentation skills. While the argumentation systems incorporating online debating tools present a good resource in formal settings, there is limited research revealing what argumentative skills students are portraying in informal online settings without the presence of a moderator. This dissertation investigates the nature of argumentative practices in a massively multiplayer online game where the system successfully incorporates the authentic use of online synchronous communication tools and the patterns that emerge from the interplay between a number of contextual variables including synchronicity, interest, authenticity, and topical knowledge.

  16. Social Values as Arguments: Similar is Convincing

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    Gregory R Maio

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Politicians, philosophers, and rhetors engage in co-value argumentation: appealing to one value in order to support another value (e.g., equality leads to freedom. Across four experiments in the United Kingdom and India, we found that the psychological relatedness of values affects the persuasiveness of the arguments that bind them. Experiment 1 found that participants were more persuaded by arguments citing values that fulfilled similar motives than by arguments citing opposing values. Experiments 2 and 3 replicated this result using a wider variety of values, while finding that the effect is stronger among people higher in need for cognition and that the effect is mediated by the greater plausibility of co-value arguments that link motivationally compatible values. Experiment 4 extended the effect to real-world arguments taken from political propaganda and replicated the mediating effect of argument plausibility. The findings highlight the importance of value relatedness in argument persuasiveness.

  17. The equivalent electrical permittivity of gas-solid mixtures at intermediate solid volume fractions.

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    Torczynski, John Robert; Ceccio, Steven Louis; Tortora, Paul Richard

    2005-07-01

    Several mixture models are evaluated for their suitability in predicting the equivalent permittivity of dielectric particles in a dielectric medium for intermediate solid volume fractions (0.4 to 0.6). Predictions of the Maxwell, Rayleigh, Bottcher and Bruggeman models are compared to computational simulations of several arrangements of solid particles in a gas and to the experimentally determined permittivity of a static particle bed. The experiment uses spherical glass beads in air, so air and glass permittivity values (1 and 7, respectively) are used with all of the models and simulations. The experimental system used to measure the permittivity of the static particle bed and its calibration are described. The Rayleigh model is found to be suitable for predicting permittivity over the entire range of solid volume fractions (0-0.6).

  18. Giving Reasons, A Contribution to Argumentation Theory

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    Lilian Bermejo-Luque

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available In Giving Reasons: A Linguistic-pragmatic-approach to Argumentation Theory (Springer, 2011, I provide a new model for the semantic and pragmatic appraisal of argumentation. This model is based on a characterization of argumentation as a second order speech-act complex. I explain the advantages of this model respecting other proposals within Argumentation Theory, such as Pragma-dialectics, Informal Logic, the New Rhetoric or the Epistemic Approach.

  19. Complex permittivity of representative biological solutions in the 2-67 GHz range.

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    Zhadobov, Maxim; Augustine, Robin; Sauleau, Ronan; Alekseev, Stanislav; Di Paola, Alessandra; Le Quément, Catherine; Mahamoud, Yonis Soubere; Le Dréan, Yves

    2012-05-01

    The main purpose of this study is to provide experimental data on the complex permittivity of some biological solutions in the 2-67 GHz range at room and human body temperatures. The permittivity measurements are performed using an open-ended coaxial probe. Permittivity spectra of several representative monomolecular solutions of proteins, amino acids, nucleic acids, and carbohydrates are analyzed and compared. Furthermore, measurements have also been performed for complex biomolecular solutions, including bovine serum albumin (BSA)-DNA-glucose mixture, culture medium, and yeast extract solution. The results demonstrate that for concentrations below 1%, the permittivity spectra of the solutions do not substantially differ from that of distilled water. Measurements carried out for 4% and 20% BSA solutions show that the presence of proteins results in a decrease in permittivity. For highly concentrated RNA solutions (3%), a slight increase in the imaginary part of the permittivity is observed below 10 GHz. Experimental data show that free water permittivity can be used for modeling of the culture medium above 10 GHz. However, at lower frequencies a substantial increase in the imaginary part of the permittivity due to ionic conductivity should be carefully taken into account. A similar increase has also been observed for the yeast extract solution in the lower frequency region of the considered spectrum. Above 10 GHz, the high concentration of proteins and other low-permittivity components of the yeast extract solution results in a decrease in the complex permittivity compared to that of water. Obtained data are of utmost importance for millimeter-wave dosimetry studies.

  20. Social Argumentation in Online Synchronous Communication

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    Alagoz, Esra

    2013-01-01

    The ability to argue well is a valuable skill for students in both formal and informal learning environments. While many studies have explored the argumentative practices in formal environments and some researchers have developed tools to enhance the argumentative skills, the social argumentation that is occurring in informal spaces has yet to be…

  1. Zero expression of arguments in Old Danish

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    Heltoft, Lars

    2014-01-01

    arguments in Scanic are semantically different from pronouns, and therefore pronouns and zero arguments are not variants. At one level, zero arguments and pronouns are similar with respect to function, namely to supply means for establishing co-reference in text; however, they are not semantically...

  2. Effects of Dyadic Interaction on Argumentative Reasoning.

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    Kuhn, Deanna; Shaw, Victoria; Felton, Mark

    1997-01-01

    Tested hypothesis that thinking about a topic enhances later reasoning quality about that topic. Found that, when young adolescents and adults discussed capital punishment, their range of different arguments increased, they shifted from one-sided to two-sided arguments, arguments were based within a framework of alternatives, and they were more…

  3. Origin of colossal dielectric permittivity of rutile Ti0.9In0.05Nb0.05O2: single crystal and polycrystalline

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    Song, Yongli; Wang, Xianjie; Sui, Yu; Liu, Ziyi; Zhang, Yu; Zhan, Hongsheng; Song, Bingqian; Liu, Zhiguo; Lv, Zhe; Tao, Lei; Tang, Jinke

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we investigated the dielectric properties of (In + Nb) co-doped rutile TiO2 single crystal and polycrystalline ceramics. Both of them showed colossal, up to 104, dielectric permittivity at room temperature. The single crystal sample showed one dielectric relaxation process with a large dielectric loss. The voltage-dependence of dielectric permittivity and the impedance spectrum suggest that the high dielectric permittivity of single crystal originated from the surface barrier layer capacitor (SBLC). The impedance spectroscopy at different temperature confirmed that the (In + Nb) co-doped rutile TiO2 polycrystalline ceramic had semiconductor grains and insulating grain boundaries, and that the activation energies were calculated to be 0.052 eV and 0.35 eV for grain and grain boundary, respectively. The dielectric behavior and impedance spectrum of the polycrystalline ceramic sample indicated that the internal barrier layer capacitor (IBLC) mode made a major contribution to the high ceramic dielectric permittivity, instead of the electron-pinned defect-dipoles. PMID:26869187

  4. Oral genres, argumentation and teaching

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    Zilda G. O. Aquino

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper aims at dealing with issues related to language spoken in the classroom, focusing on discursive practices that highlight argumentation. We believe that the discussions that were made around genres, especially guided by the studies of Bakhtin and Text Linguistics, have been providing a breakthrough towards the necessity for the school to promote language teaching through the discursive genre approach. That is what we expect to be happening since both writing and spoken modalities deserve space in learning. We believe that oral genres demand that teachers acquire specific knowledge of the features of spoken language interaction that arise from its use in practical situations. Because these studies are recent among our researchers (not longer than three decades, they should still be very present in our discussions. In this paper, we focus on a specific genre of oral tradition – the debate. It is ideal for knowledge building and taking a stand at issues that arise in society, all of which is particularly important to the school. Besides contributing to the development of skills required by certain sociodiscursive practices, it is proposed that the teaching of argumentation in oral genres concentrate on the observation of selected strategies in interactions. We are particularly interested in interactions that emerge when one interaction party is trying to persuade the other. The corpus consists of the transcriptions of debates which occurred both in the classroom and in other contexts, such as the media. The methodological approach is done by identifying the arguments and their strategic use in specific situations. The theoretical discussion rests on the works of Orecchioni (2010, Marcuschi (2004, Dolz and Schneuwly (2004, Perelman and Olbrechts-Tyteca (1996 [1958], among others.

  5. Argumentation, Dialogue Theory, and Probability Modeling: Alternative Frameworks for Argumentation Research in Education

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    Nussbaum, E. Michael

    2011-01-01

    Toulmin's model of argumentation, developed in 1958, has guided much argumentation research in education. However, argumentation theory in philosophy and cognitive science has advanced considerably since 1958. There are currently several alternative frameworks of argumentation that can be useful for both research and practice in education. These…

  6. Trait Argumentativeness, Verbal Aggressiveness, and Minimally Rational Argument: An Observational Analysis of Friendship Discussions.

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    Semic, Beth A.; Canary, Daniel J.

    1997-01-01

    Finds that argumentativeness and verbal aggressiveness did not correlate with the development and defense of undergraduate students' ideas but that the dyad's composition (in terms of argumentativeness and verbal aggressiveness) affected the proportion of ideas developed through argument. Suggests that argumentativeness and aggressiveness research…

  7. Snowpack permittivity profile retrieval from tomographic SAR data

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    Rekioua, Badreddine; Davy, Matthieu; Ferro-Famil, Laurent; Tebaldini, Stefano

    2017-01-01

    This work deals with 3D structure characterization and permittivity profile retrieval of snowpacks by tomographic SAR data processing. The acquisition system is a very high resolution ground based SAR system, developed and operated by the SAPHIR team, of IETR, University of Rennes-1 (France). It consists mainly of a vector network analyser and a multi-static antenna system, moving along two orthogonal directions, so as to obtain a two-dimensional synthetic array. Data were acquired during the AlpSAR campaign carried by the European Space Agency and led by ENVEO. In this study, tomographic imaging is performed using Time Domain Back Projection and consists in coherently combining the different recorded backscatter contributions. The assumption of free-space propagation during the focusing process is discussed and illustrated by focusing experimental data. An iterative method for estimating true refractive indices of the snow layers is presented. The antenna pattern is also compensated for. The obtained tomograms after refractive index correction are compared to the stratigraphy of the observed snowpack.

  8. Geometric covering arguments and ergodic theorems for free groups

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    Bowen, Lewis

    2009-01-01

    We present a new approach to the proof of ergodic theorems for actions of free groups based on geometric covering and asymptotic invariance arguments. Our approach can be viewed as a direct generalization of the classical geometric covering and asymptotic invariance arguments used in the ergodic theory of amenable groups. We use this approach to generalize the existing maximal and pointwise ergodic theorems for free group actions to a large class of geometric averages which were not accessible by previous techniques. Some applications of our approach to other groups and other problems in ergodic theory are also briefly discussed.

  9. Laughlin's argument for the quantized thermal Hall effect

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    Nakai, Ryota; Nomura, Kentaro

    2016-01-01

    We extend Laughlin's magnetic-flux-threading argument to the quantized thermal Hall effect. A proper analogue of Laughlin's adiabatic magnetic-flux threading process for the case of the thermal Hall effect is given in terms of an external gravitational field. From the perspective of the edge theories of quantum Hall systems, the quantized thermal Hall effect is closely tied to the breakdown of large diffeomorphism invariance, that is, a global gravitational anomaly. In addition, we also give an argument from the bulk perspective in which a free energy, decomposed into its Fourier modes, is adiabatically transferred under an adiabatic process involving external gravitational perturbations.

  10. Modified Hilbert transform pair and Kramers-Kronig relations for complex permittivities

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    Cockrell, C. R.

    1990-01-01

    Modified versions of the Hilbert transform pair and the Kramers-Kronig relations are derived for the complex permittivity of a plasma/dielectric medium which is singular at the frequency of the applied electric field equal to 0. Such a complex permittivity exists when the plasma/dielectric model allows a loss term but no restoring term. Permittivity, in which both loss and restoring terms are included, is shown to satisfy the standard Hilbert transform pair and, thus, the Kramers-Kronig relations.

  11. Belief Revision and Argumentation Theory

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    Falappa, Marcelo Alejandro; Kern-Isberner, Gabriele; Simari, Guillermo Ricardo

    Belief revision is the process of changing beliefs to adapt the epistemic state of an agent to a new piece of information. The logical formalization of belief revision is a topic of research in philosophy, logic, and in computer science, in areas such as databases or artificial intelligence. On the other hand, argumentation is concerned primarily with the evaluation of claims based on premises in order to reach conclusions. Both provide basic and substantial techniques for the art of reasoning, as it is performed by human beings in everyday life situations and which goes far beyond logical deduction. Reasoning, in this sense, makes possible to deal successfully with problems in uncertain, dynamic environments and has been promoting the development of human societies.

  12. CLAD DEGRADATION - FEPS SCREENING ARGUMENTS

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    R. Schreiner

    2004-10-21

    The purpose of this report is to evaluate and document the screening of the clad degradation features, events, and processes (FEPs) with respect to modeling used to support the Total System Performance Assessment-License Application (TSPA-LA). This report also addresses the effect of certain FEPs on both the cladding and the commercial spent nuclear fuel (CSNF), DOE-owned spent nuclear fuel (DSNF), and defense high-level waste (DHLW) waste forms, as appropriate to address the effects on multiple materials and both components (FEPs 2.1.09.09.0A, 2.1.09.11.0A, 2.1.11.05.0A, 2.1.12.02.0A, and 2.1.12.03.0A). These FEPs are expected to affect the repository performance during the postclosure regulatory period of 10,000 years after permanent closure. Table 1-1 provides the list of cladding FEPs, including their screening decisions (include or exclude). The primary purpose of this report is to identify and document the analysis, screening decision, and TSPA-LA disposition (for included FEPs) or screening argument (for excluded FEPs) for these FEPs related to clad degradation. In some cases, where a FEP covers multiple technical areas and is shared with other FEP reports, this report may provide only a partial technical basis for the screening of the FEP. The full technical basis for shared FEPs is addressed collectively by the sharing FEP reports. The screening decisions and associated TSPA-LA dispositions or screening arguments from all of the FEP reports are cataloged in a project-specific FEPs database.

  13. Enhancing relative permittivity by incorporating PDMS-PEG multiblock copolymers in binary polymer blends

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    A Razak, Aliff Hisyam; Szabo, Peter; Skov, Anne Ladegaard

    Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) elastomers are well-known to be soft and highly stretchable, yet they never achieve maximum elongation when utilised as dielectric elastomers, simply because their dielectric permittivity remains rather low. Conversely, polyethyleneglycols (PEG) are not stretchable...

  14. Crystalline Structure, Defect Chemistry and Room Temperature Colossal Permittivity of Nd-doped Barium Titanate.

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    Sun, Qiaomei; Gu, Qilin; Zhu, Kongjun; Jin, Rongying; Liu, Jinsong; Wang, Jing; Qiu, Jinhao

    2017-02-13

    Dielectric materials with high permittivity are strongly demanded for various technological applications. While polarization inherently exists in ferroelectric barium titanate (BaTiO3), its high permittivity can only be achieved by chemical and/or structural modification. Here, we report the room-temperature colossal permittivity (~760,000) obtained in xNd: BaTiO3 (x = 0.5 mol%) ceramics derived from the counterpart nanoparticles followed by conventional pressureless sintering process. Through the systematic analysis of chemical composition, crystalline structure and defect chemistry, the substitution mechanism involving the occupation of Nd(3+) in Ba(2+) -site associated with the generation of Ba vacancies and oxygen vacancies for charge compensation has been firstly demonstrated. The present study serves as a precedent and fundamental step toward further improvement of the permittivity of BaTiO3-based ceramics.

  15. Characterization of CVD graphene permittivity and conductivity in micro-/millimeter wave frequency range

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    Yunqiu Wu

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available The permittivity and conductivity of chemical vapor deposited monolayer graphene are investigated up to 40 GHz. The characterization method is based on a coplanar waveguide transmission line structure that is fabricated on a multilayer substrate of Si/SiO2/graphene/Al2O3 from the bottom up. The effective relative permittivity of the coplanar waveguide transmission line is extracted using Thru-Reflect-Line calibration and scattering parameter measurements, and then the relative permittivity and corresponding conductivity of graphene are characterized using partial capacitance techniques. The results demonstrate that the conductivity and sheet resistance are remarkably frequency-dependent and that the complex relative permittivity is consistent with the Drude model.

  16. Prototypical argumentative patterns in a legal context: The role of pragmatic argumentation in the justification of judicial decisions

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    E.T. Feteris

    2016-01-01

    In this contribution the prototypical argumentative patterns are discussed in which pragmatic argumentation is used in the context of legal justification in hard cases. First, the function and implementation of pragmatic argumentation in prototypical argumentative patterns in legal justification are

  17. Permittivity Investigations of the Road Construction Raw Materials for Purposes of GPR Data Interpretations

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    Krysiński, Lech

    2014-05-01

    Permittivity is the major material property governing the formation of GPR response signal in diagnostic measurements. Every quantitative interpretation refers explicitly or implicitly to discussion of permittivity values. Thus, the recognition of permittivity for materials typical of the given technological area is necessary to make use of diagnostic measurements. Collection of several tens of stone cores representing different outcrops was investigated in order to obtain cross-sectional view of permittivity for stone materials being in use in Polish road construction industry as components of stone-asphalt mixtures. The main task was to estimate the typical permittivity values for stone materials treated as representation of several major petrological types. The capacimetry (at 50 MHz) was used as major and very efficient method of permittivity assessment and formation of the samples was subordinated to demands of this method. This method allows for determination of permittivity variability on the lateral surface of the cylindrical sample, giving the insight into the major features of the permittivity spatial distribution characteristic for the given rock. For the most homogeneous samples (in terms of permittivity distribution) the permittivity was measured also on the core top at frequency 2 GHz using impulse GPR reflectometry. No clear proofs for considerable permittivity frequency dependence were found (in the frame of the two methods precision) for these rocks. This conclusion can be related generally to major rock-forming minerals at least in dry igneous rocks. Only solid rocks obtained from regular massive outcrops were included to this first cross-sectional sampling, while artificial synthetic materials and natural gravels of postglacial origin were omitted since additional problems occur in these cases. This first experience allowed to recognize practical problems related to the sampling procedure. The collected data allow for provisional identification

  18. Argumentative Support for Structured HACCP Plans

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    GROZA, A.

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available This research presents an argumentation based decision support system for implementing the Hazard Analysis at Critical Control Points (HACCP standard in food industry. Our analysis starts by identifying the adequate technical instrumentation needed for supporting different aspects of the HAACP system. An integrated architectural solution is presented. The framework is built around concept maps and it exploits the integration of ontologies with argumentation theory by using the Argument Interchange Format ontology.

  19. Silicone elastomers with high dielectric permittivity and high dielectric breakdown strength based on dipolar copolymers

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    Madsen, Frederikke Bahrt; Yu, Liyun; Daugaard, Anders Egede;

    2014-01-01

    Dielectric elastomers (DES) are a promising new transducer technology, but high driving voltages limit their current commercial potential. One method used to lower driving voltage is to increase dielectric permittivity of the elastomer. A novel silicone elastomer system with high dielectric permi......-4-nitrobenzene. Here, a high increase in dielectric permittivity (similar to 70%) was obtained without compromising other favourable DE properties such as elastic modulus, gel fraction, dielectric loss and electrical breakdown strength. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved....

  20. A new heterodyne-beat circuit for the determination of static permittivity

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    Castex, Teodosia Arauz; de Vivar, Pedro Díaz; Paz, María B. Rebollo; Buep, Adrián H.

    1995-04-01

    A greatly improved heterodyne-beat oscillator was built using integrated circuits, to measure static permittivity of liquid samples. Frequency variation of the oscillator is of less than 0.7 Hz/h; that corresponds to a capacity variation of less than 0.005 pF/h. Permittivity can be measured with a precision of 0.003% and an accuracy better than 0.01%.

  1. The effect of external factors on dielectric permittivity of Rochelle salt: humidity, annealing, stresses, electric field

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    A.G.Slivka

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available The effect of external factors, such as dessicating/wetting, thermal annealing, uniaxial and hydrostatic pressure, on the dielectric permittivity of Rochelle salt crystals is investigated. The obtained results are compared with the available literature data and analyzed within the phenomenological Landau approach. A significant effect of the internal polar point defects in crystals and storage conditions on the dielectric permittivity is shown.

  2. Experimental determination of blood permittivity and conductivity in simple shear flow.

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    Balan, Corneliu; Balut, Corina; Gheorghe, Liana; Gheorghe, Cristian; Gheorghiu, Eugen; Ursu, George

    2004-01-01

    The paper is concerned with the determination of blood permittivity and conductivity in Poiseuille and Couette simple shear flows. The experimental procedure, based on dielectric spectroscopy, evidences the sensitivity of blood electric properties to the applied frequency and local shear rate magnitude. The method evidences the possibility to correlate (for well-defined flow geometry) magnitude of shear rate, and consequently the shear stress level, with spectra permittivity of blood.

  3. Experimental study of composite medium with simultaneously negative permeability and permittivity

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    SUI Qiang; LI Fang

    2004-01-01

    This paper focuses on a composite medium structure that exhibits simultan-eously negative values of effective permeability and permittivity, and our experimental study in an anechoic chamber. The experiment results show that the artificial medium, based on a periodic array of interspaced conducting nonmagnetic split ring resonators and continuous metallic wires, can have a simultaneously negative effective permeability and permittivity within a frequency region in the microwave regime under certain linearly polarized waves.

  4. Examining Elementary Students' Development of Oral and Written Argumentation Practices Through Argument-Based Inquiry

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    Chen, Ying-Chih; Hand, Brian; Park, Soonhye

    2016-05-01

    Argumentation, and the production of scientific arguments are critical elements of inquiry that are necessary for helping students become scientifically literate through engaging them in constructing and critiquing ideas. This case study employed a mixed methods research design to examine the development in 5th grade students' practices of oral and written argumentation from one unit to another over 16 weeks utilizing the science writing heuristic approach. Data sources included five rounds of whole-class discussion focused on group presentations of arguments that occurred over eleven class periods; students' group writings; interviews with six target students and the teacher; and the researcher's field notes. The results revealed five salient trends in students' development of oral and written argumentative practices over time: (1) Students came to use more critique components as they participated in more rounds of whole-class discussion focused on group presentations of arguments; (2) by challenging each other's arguments, students came to focus on the coherence of the argument and the quality of evidence; (3) students came to use evidence to defend, support, and reject arguments; (4) the quality of students' writing continuously improved over time; and (5) students connected oral argument skills to written argument skills as they had opportunities to revise their writing after debating and developed awareness of the usefulness of critique from peers. Given the development in oral argumentative practices and the quality of written arguments over time, this study indicates that students' development of oral and written argumentative practices is positively related to each other. This study suggests that argumentative practices should be framed through both a social and epistemic understanding of argument-utilizing talk and writing as vehicles to create norms of these complex practices.

  5. Role of Relaxation on the Giant Permittivity and Electrical Properties of CaCu3Ti4O12 Ceramics

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    Zhao, Xuetong; Ren, Lulu; Liao, Ruijin; Li, Jianying; Yang, Lijun; Wang, Feipeng

    2016-06-01

    CaCu3Ti4O12 (CCTO) ceramics were synthesized under various sintering conditions to investigate the role of relaxation on permittivity and electrical properties. Two relaxation processes that respectively related to grain and to domain boundary at a temperature as low as 223 K were fitted according to the Cole-Cole theory. The results indicate that both relaxations largely account for the giant permittivity of CCTO ceramics. Moreover, the relaxation behaviors of grain and of the grain boundary can be processed via impedance plots that vary from 113 K to 473 K. It is shown that longer sintering duration leads to lower resistance of grain and of grain boundary: e.g., from 3200 Ω to 810 Ω and 1.76 MΩ to 0.48 MΩ, respectively. The activation energy related to grain-boundary relaxation drops from 1.14 eV to 0.80 eV, while the value of grain stays unchanged at about 0.11 eV. The Schottky barrier of the CCTO sample decreases from 0.65 eV to 0.57 eV. It is also proposed that the nonlinearity of current-voltage property for CCTO ceramics may be strongly related to the relaxation processes of grain boundaries.

  6. Vygotsky's Crisis: Argument, context, relevance.

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    Hyman, Ludmila

    2012-06-01

    Vygotsky's The Historical Significance of the Crisis in Psychology (1926-1927) is an important text in the history and philosophy of psychology that has only become available to scholars in 1982 in Russian, and in 1997 in English. The goal of this paper is to introduce Vygotsky's conception of psychology to a wider audience. I argue that Vygotsky's argument about the "crisis" in psychology and its resolution can be fully understood only in the context of his social and political thinking. Vygotsky shared the enthusiasm, widespread among Russian leftist intelligentsia in the 1920s, that Soviet society had launched an unprecedented social experiment: The socialist revolution opened the way for establishing social conditions that would let the individual flourish. For Vygotsky, this meant that "a new man" of the future would become "the first and only species in biology that would create itself." He envisioned psychology as a science that would serve this humanist teleology. I propose that The Crisis is relevant today insofar as it helps us define a fundamental problem: How can we systematically account for the development of knowledge in psychology? I evaluate how Vygotsky addresses this problem as a historian of the crisis.

  7. The Fine-Tuning Argument

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    Landsman, Klaas

    2015-01-01

    Our laws of nature and our cosmos appear to be delicately fine-tuned for life to emerge, in way that seems hard to attribute to chance. In view of this, some have taken the opportunity to revive the scholastic Argument from Design, whereas others have felt the need to explain this apparent fine-tuning of the clockwork of the Universe by proposing the existence of a `Multiverse'. We analyze this issue from a sober perspective. Having reviewed the literature and having added several observations of our own, we conclude that cosmic fine-tuning supports neither Design nor a Multiverse, since both of these fail at an explanatory level as well as in a more quantitative context of Bayesian confirmation theory (although there might be other reasons to believe in these ideas, to be found in religion and in inflation and/or string theory, respectively). In fact, fine-tuning and Design even seem to be at odds with each other, whereas the inference from fine-tuning to a Multiverse only works if the latter is underwritten...

  8. Argument z důsledku a jeho varianty (Argument from Consequences and its variants

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    Martina Juříková

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The article examines the use and evaluation of the argument from consequences, its historical origins since Aristotle through Blaise Pascal, David Hume until the inclusion of this argument into the textbooks of modern logic. The article also recapitulates current evaluation of this argument by Douglas Walton and along with Walton presents its two variants and criteria for evaluating their validity.

  9. The Impact of Physical Attractiveness and Trait Argumentativeness as Predictors of Responses to an Argumentative Situation.

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    Rancer, Andrew S.; Infante, Dominic A.

    A study examined the influence of physical attractiveness and trait argumentativeness as predictors of responses to an argumentative situation. Subjects, 152 college students identified as either high or low in trait argumentativeness, were randomly assigned to one of two treatment conditions: attractive or unattractive anticipated adversary. A…

  10. Identifying Kinds of Reasoning in Collective Argumentation

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    Conner, AnnaMarie; Singletary, Laura M.; Smith, Ryan C.; Wagner, Patty Anne; Francisco, Richard T.

    2014-01-01

    We combine Peirce's rule, case, and result with Toulmin's data, claim, and warrant to differentiate between deductive, inductive, abductive, and analogical reasoning within collective argumentation. In this theoretical article, we illustrate these kinds of reasoning in episodes of collective argumentation using examples from one…

  11. Formalising arguments about the burden of persuasion.

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    Prakken, H.; Sartor, G.

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents an argument-based logic for reasoning about allocations of the burden of persuasion. The logic extends the system of Prakken (2001), which in turn modified the system of Prakken & Sartor (1996) with the possibility to distribute the burden of proof over both sides in an argument

  12. AVER : Argument visualization for evidential reasoning

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    Braak, S.W. van den; Vreeswijk, G.A.W.

    2006-01-01

    This paper reports on the ongoing development of a collaborative, webbased application for argument visualization named AVER (Argument Visualization for Evidential Reasoning). It is targeted at police officers who may use it to express their reasoning about a case based on evidence. AVER provides an

  13. Constructing validity arguments for test combinations

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    Wools, Saskia; Eggen, Theo J.H.M.; Béguin, Anton

    2016-01-01

    The argument-based approach to validation has been widely adopted in validation theory. However, this approach aims to validate the intended interpretation and use of a single test or assessment. This article proposes an extension of the argument-based approach for validation of multiple tests. This

  14. English 450: Theories and Methods of Argument

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    Jones, Rebecca

    2008-01-01

    This article presents a course design of English 450: Theories and Methods of Argument. The course is an upper level course in the Writing concentration of B. A. in English and American Language and Literature at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, a metropolitan university in the South. At the 400 level, Theories and Methods of Argument is…

  15. A general account of argumentation with preferences

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    Modgil, Sanjay; Prakken, Henry

    2013-01-01

    This paper builds on the recent ASPIC(+) formalism, to develop a general framework for argumentation with preferences. We motivate a revised definition of conflict free sets of arguments, adapt ASPIC(+) to accommodate a broader range of instantiating logics, and show that under some assumptions, the

  16. The Performance of Literature as Argument.

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    Hershey, Lewis

    1988-01-01

    Reviews scholarship on the interdependence of rhetoric and poetic language, and proposes a performance as argument model for the oral interpretation of literature. Relates the model to current work on the relationship of narrative to argument and suggests benefits gained from its adoption. (SR)

  17. Design Argumentation in Academic Design Education

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    Dalsgaard, Peter; Dindler, Christian; Fritsch, Jonas

    2013-01-01

    We explore design argumentation as a resource when teaching interaction design in a university setting. We propose that design argumentation can help bridge between practice-based design education and theoretical issues from university curricula. In this paper, we outline the idea of design argum...

  18. Argumentation Analysis——A discourse Approach

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    张海燕

    2012-01-01

      Argumentation is a special kind of discourse. It had its own special type of structure、reasoning mode、cohesion and coherence、rhetorical devices. In this dissertation, the writer tries to discuss how to analyze an argumentation from a discoursal view. Also an example is given to support her idea.

  19. Generate an Argument: An Instructional Model

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    Sampson, Victor; Grooms, Jonathon

    2010-01-01

    The Generate an Argument instructional model was designed to engage students in scientific argumentation. By using this model, students develop complex reasoning and critical-thinking skills, understand the nature and development of scientific knowledge, and improve their communication skills (Duschl and Osborne 2002). This article describes the…

  20. The Determinants of Money Arguments between Spouses

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    Dorothy B. Durband

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available A commonly held view is that arguments about money are associated with marital problems, but relatively little is known about the nature of arguing about money within marriage. Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY79, this study uses a collective bargaining approach to examine the role of money arguments in marriage. The sample (N = 1,371 consists of married women. A collective bargaining framework provides a context for understanding money arguments within the marital relationship. Results indicate that costly communication is the dominant predictor of money arguments, followed by level and proportion of wife’s income, and household net worth. Because results suggest that both communication and financial resources are important components to understanding money arguments within marriage, a combination of professionals trained in marital therapy and/or financial planning is required for couples interested in seeking assistance to increase their satisfaction and/or avoid divorce.

  1. Measurement of the relative permittivities of rock for georadar exploration in mega-hertz band

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    Kim, Jung Ho; Chung, Seung Hwan; Cho, In Ky [Korea Institute of Geology Mining and Materials, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1996-10-31

    The relative permittivities of rocks sampled in Korea were measured in the mega-hertz frequency band to provide the basic physical property for the georadar exploration. Measurements were done by using the system of BGR (Budesanstalt fur Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe) of Germany. The measurement system is based on the principle of the resonance phenomena of simple RLC circuitry. The permittivities measured in 10-20 MHz band are presented for Cretaceous Bulguksa granite, Jurassic Daebo granite, gneiss, quartzite, limestone, shale, and Hwangsan tuff. Owing to the preparation of tested samples cut in two mutually orthogonal planes, we could measure the anisotropy. Shale and gneiss are revealed to be highly anisotropic and granite shows nearly isotropic. Measurements using various frequencies showed the dependence of permittivities on the frequency variation. The permittivities of shale and tuff changed greatly more than 40 % when frequenc= y varied from 1 to 70 MHz. Those of granite, gneiss, and limestone also showed the dependence on the frequency, but negligible within the measuring frequency band. Based on the permittivity measurements, the radar wave velocities were estimated for the georadar survey using the antenna with the central frequencies of 20 and 50 MHz. (author). 7 refs., 4 tabs., 8 figs.

  2. Novel permittivity test for determination of yeast surface charge and flocculation abilities.

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    Kregiel, Dorota; Berlowska, Joanna; Szubzda, Bronisław

    2012-12-01

    Yeast flocculation has been found to be important in many biotechnological processes. It has been suggested that flocculation is promoted by decreasing electrostatic repulsion between cells. In this study, we used an unconventional rapid technique--permittivity test--for determination of the flocculation properties and surface charge values of three industrial yeast strains with well-known flocculation characteristics: Saccharomyces cerevisiae NCYC 1017 (brewery, ale), S. pastorianus NCYC 680 (brewery, lager), and Debaryomyces occidentalis LOCK 0251 (unconventional amylolytic yeast). The measurements of permittivity were compared with the results from two classical methods for determination of surface charge: Alcian blue retention and Sephadex DEAE attachment. The permittivity values for particular strains correlated directly with the results of Alcian blue retention (r = 0.9). The results also confirmed a strong negative relationship between the capacitance of yeast suspensions and their flocculation abilities. The highest permittivity was noted for the ale strain NCYC 1017, with weak flocculation abilities, and the lowest for the flocculating lager yeast NCYC 680. This paper is the first to describe the possibility of using a rapid permittivity test to evaluate the surface charge of yeast cells and their flocculation abilities. This method is of practical value in various biotechnological industries where flocculation is applied as a major method of cell separation.

  3. A convenient method for complex permittivity measurement of thin materials at microwave frequencies

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    Chung, B K [Faculty of Engineering, Multimedia University, 63100 Cyberjaya (Malaysia)

    2006-05-07

    A practical problem in the reflection method for measuring permittivity of thin materials is the difficulty in ensuring the sample is placed exactly at the waveguide flange. A small position offset of the dielectric slab will give rise to significant errors in calculating the permittivity. To circumvent this problem, a measurement method using a waveguide partially filled with a thin material slab has been developed. The material sample can be easily prepared and inserted into the guide through a longitudinal slot on the broad wall of the waveguide. Multiple material slabs can be measured rapidly because one does not have to disconnect the waveguide system for sample placement. The method is verified with measurement of Teflon, glass and FR4 fibreglass. The measured permittivity show good agreement with published data. Subsequently, the permittivity of a vegetation leaf was measured. The method presented in this paper is particularly useful in measuring the permittivity of a thin and narrow slab of natural materials such as a paddy leaf.

  4. Anthropic-principle arguments against steady-state cosmological theories

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    Tipler, F.J. (Tulane Univ., New Orleans, LA (USA))

    1982-04-01

    Steady-state theories are very difficult to rule out on observational grounds, particularly if they are adjusted to contain a three-degree isotropic thermal-background radiation. However, anthropic-principle arguments can be used to rule out virtually any cosmological theory which has the universe stationary in the large. For example, anthropic considerations show that the perfect cosmological principle is self-contradictory.

  5. Colossal permittivity induced by lattice mirror reflection symmetry breaking in Ba7Ir3O13+x(0 <= x <= 1.5) epitaxial thin films

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    Miao, Ludi; Xin, Yan; Zhu, Huiwen; Xu, Hong; Luo, Sijun; Talbayev, Diyar; Stanislavchuk, T. N.; Sirenko, A. A.; Mao, Zhiqiang

    2014-03-01

    Materials with colossal permittivity (CP) at room temperature hold tremendous promise in modern microelectronics as well as high-energy-density storage applications. Despite several proposed mechanisms that lead torecent discoveries of a series of new CP materials such as Nb, In co-doped TiO2 and CaCu3Ti4O12 ceramics, it is imperative to find other approaches which can further guide the search for new CP materials. In this talk, we will demonstrate a new mechanism for CP: the breaking of mirror reflection symmetry of lattice can cause CP. This mechanism was revealed in a new layered iridate Ba7Ir3O13+x (BIO) thin film we recently discovered. Structural characterization of BIO films show that its mirror reflection symmetry is broken along b-axis, but preserved along a- and c-axes. Dielectric property measurements of BIO films at room temperature show a CP (103-10<4) along the in-plane direction, but a much smaller permittivity (10- 20) along the c-axis, in the 102- 106 Hz frequency range. Such unusually large anisotropy in permittivity testifies to the significant role of the structural in-plane mirror reflection symmetry breaking in inducing CP. This work is supported by DOD-ARO under Grant No. W911NF0910530.

  6. Estimation of Relative Permittivity of Printed Circuit Board with Fiber Glass Epoxy as Dielectric for UHF Applications

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    Ronal D. Montoya-Montoya

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the results of measuring relative permittivity of fiber glass printed circuit board (PCB’s, using a rectangular resonant cavity. The relative permittivity is presented as function of frequency. To obtain resonant frequencies, the return loss was measured using a network analyzer. Relative permittivity was calculated by finding frequencies of resonant cavity modes. The results are presented in a frequency span of 1 to 3.5GHz. It was clearly shown the nonlinear behavior of the relative permittivity for the dielectric laminate evaluated, even what happens respect to the frequency of the resonant modes below and above to frequency of 2 GHz.

  7. Gain assisted nanocomposite multilayers with near zero permittivity modulus at visible frequencies

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    Rizza, Carlo; Ciattoni, Alessandro

    2011-01-01

    We have fabricated a layered nano-composite by alternating metal and gain medium layers, the gain dielectric consisting of a polymer incorporating optically pumped dye molecules. Exploiting an improved version of the effective medium theory, we have chosen the layers thicknesses for achieving a very small value of the real part of the permittivity epsilon_\\| (parallel to the layers plane) at a prescribed visible wavelength. From standard reflection-transmission experiments on the optically pumped sample we show that, at a visible wavelength, both the real and the imaginary parts of the permittivity epsilon_\\ attain very small values and we measure | \\epsilon_\\| | = 0.04 at lambda = 604 nm, amounting to a 21.5-percent decrease of the minimum | \\epsilon_\\| | in the absence of optical pumping. Our investigation thus proves that a medium with a dielectric permittivity with very small modulus, a key condition which should provide efficient subwavelength optical steering, can be actually synthesized.

  8. On the Huygens principle for bianisotropic mediums with symmetric permittivity and permeability dyadics

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    Faryad, Muhammad; Lakhtakia, Akhlesh

    2017-02-01

    Mathematical statements of the Huygens principle relate the electric and magnetic field phasors at an arbitrary location in a source-free region enclosed by a surface to the tangential components of the electric and magnetic field phasors over that surface, via the dyadic Green functions applicable to the linear homogeneous medium occupying that region. We have mathematically formulated the Huygens principle for the electric and magnetic field phasors when the permittivity and permeability dyadics of the medium are symmetric, the symmetric parts of the two magnetoelectric dyadics of the medium are negative of each other, and both magnetoelectric dyadics also contain anti-symmetric terms. We have also formulated the Huygens principle for the electric (resp. magnetic) field phasor in a medium whose permittivity (resp. permeability) is scalar, the permeability (resp. permittivity) is symmetric, the symmetric parts of the two magnetoelectric dyadics reduce to dissimilar scalars, and anti-symmetric parts of the two magnetoelectric dyadics are identical.

  9. Estimating the Effective Permittivity for Reconstructing Accurate Microwave-Radar Images

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    Lavoie, Benjamin R.; Okoniewski, Michal; Fear, Elise C.

    2016-01-01

    We present preliminary results from a method for estimating the optimal effective permittivity for reconstructing microwave-radar images. Using knowledge of how microwave-radar images are formed, we identify characteristics that are typical of good images, and define a fitness function to measure the relative image quality. We build a polynomial interpolant of the fitness function in order to identify the most likely permittivity values of the tissue. To make the estimation process more efficient, the polynomial interpolant is constructed using a locally and dimensionally adaptive sampling method that is a novel combination of stochastic collocation and polynomial chaos. Examples, using a series of simulated, experimental and patient data collected using the Tissue Sensing Adaptive Radar system, which is under development at the University of Calgary, are presented. These examples show how, using our method, accurate images can be reconstructed starting with only a broad estimate of the permittivity range. PMID:27611785

  10. Gain assisted harmonic generation in near-zero permittivity metamaterials made of plasmonic nanoshells

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    Vincenti, Maria Antonietta; de Ceglia, Domenico; Capolino, Filippo; Scalora, Michael

    2012-01-01

    We investigate enhanced harmonic generation processes in gain-assisted, near-zero permittivity metamaterials composed of spherical plasmonic nanoshells. We report the presence of narrow-band features in transmission, reflection and absorption induced by the presence of an active material inside the core of the nanoshells. The damping-compensation mechanism used to achieve the near-zero effective permittivity condition also induces a significant increase in field localization and strength and, consequently, enhancement of linear absorption. When only metal nonlinearities are considered, second and third harmonic generation efficiencies obtained by probing the structure in the vicinity of the near-zero permittivity condition approach values as high as for irradiance value as low as . These results clearly demonstrate that a relatively straightforward path now exists to the development of exotic and extreme nonlinear optical phenomena in the KW/cm2 range

  11. Two-peak feature of the permittivity spectra of ferromagnetic microwire/rubber composites

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    Qin, F. X.; Quéré, Y.; Brosseau, C.; Wang, H.; Liu, J. S.; Sun, J. F.; Peng, H. X.

    2013-03-01

    The effective permittivity of CoFeSiB microwire/rubber composites is investigated in the microwave range of frequencies. As the frequency is varied between 0.3 and 6 GHz with or without magnetic field excitation, we identify a two-peak structure of the permittivity spectra. This spectral feature may be attributed to a core-shell structure of the microwires. That is, a core amorphous phase which is surrounded by a small amount of crystalline nanoshell. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy provides a direct means to detect the crystalline nanoshell. Electromagnetic simulations show that Drude-Lorentz's model of dispersion can describe the effective permittivity quite well in this range of frequencies.

  12. A Complex Permittivity Based Sensor for the Electrical Characterization of High-Voltage Transformer Oils

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    Panayota Vassiliou

    2005-05-01

    Full Text Available This work investigates the use of a specially designed cylindrical metal cell, inorder to obtain complex permittivity and tanδ data of highly insulating High Voltage (HVtransformer oil samples. The data are obtained at a wide range of frequencies and operationtemperatures to demonstrate the polarization phenomena and the thermally stimulatedeffects. Such complex permittivity measurements may be utilized as a criterion for theservice life prediction of oil field electrical equipment (OFEE. Therefore, by one set ofmeasurements on a small oil volume, data may be provided on the impending termination,or continuation of the transformer oil service life. The oil incorporating cell, attached to theappropriate measuring units, could be described as a complex permittivity sensor. In thiswork, the acquired dielectric data from a great number of operating distribution networkpower transformers were correlated to corresponding physicochemical ones to demonstratethe future potential employment of the proposed measuring technique.

  13. Chronology violation and the Cosmological Argument

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    Romero, G E

    2003-01-01

    The Kalam Cosmological Argument is perhaps the most solid and widly discussed argument for a caused creation of the universe. The usual objections to the argument mainly focus on the second premise. In this paper we discuss the dependency of the first premise on the topological structure of the space-time manifold adopted for the underlying cosmological model. It is shown that in chronology-violating space-times the first premise is also violated. The chronology-violation, in turn, requires a massive violation of the so-called energy conditions which could have observational effects that are briefly discussed here. Hence, astronomical observations could be relevant for the validity of the metaphysical argument. In this sense, it is possible to talk of "observational theology".

  14. Acting parentally: an argument against sex selection.

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    McDougall, R

    2005-10-01

    The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority's (HFEA) recent restrictive recommendations on sex selection have highlighted the need for consideration of the plausibility of ethical arguments against sex selection. In this paper, the author suggests a parental virtues approach to some questions of reproductive ethics (including sex selection) as a superior alternative to an exclusively harm focused approach such as the procreative liberty framework. The author formulates a virtue ethics argument against sex selection based on the idea that acceptance is a character trait of the good parent. It is concluded that, because the argument presented posits a wrong in the sex selecting agent's action that is not a harm, the argument could not function as a justification of the HFEA's restrictive position in light of their explicit commitment to procreative liberty; it does, however, suggest that ethical approaches focused exclusively on harm fail to capture all the relevant moral considerations and thus that we should look beyond such approaches.

  15. Nondestructive relative permittivity and loss tangent measurements using a split-cylinder resonator

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    Janezic, Michael Daniel

    To keep pace with the expanding wireless and electronics industries, manufacturers are developing innovative materials for improving system performance, and there is a critical need to accurately characterize the electrical properties of these new materials at microwave frequencies. To address this need, this thesis develops a nondestructive method for measuring the relative permittivity and loss tangent of dielectric substrates using a split-cylinder resonator. Three theoretical models for the split-cylinder resonator are derived using mode-matching, least-squares boundary residual, and Hankel-transform methods, from which one can calculate the relative permittivity and loss tangent of a dielectric substrate from measurements of the split-cylinder resonator's TE0np resonant frequency and quality factor. Each of these models has several advantages over previously published models. First, the accuracy of the relative permittivity measurement is increased because each model accurately models the fringing fields that extend beyond the cylindrical-cavity sections. Second, to increase the accuracy of the loss tangent measurement, each model accurately separates the conductive metal losses of the split-cylinder resonator from the dielectric losses of the substrate. Finally, in contrast to previous models for the split-cylinder resonator that use only the TE011 resonant mode, each of the new models include the higher-order TE0np resonant modes, thereby broadening the frequency range over which one can make relative permittivity and loss tangent measurements. In a comparison of the three models, the mode-matching method was found to be superior on the basis of measurement accuracy and computational speed. Relative permittivity and loss tangent measurements for several dielectric materials are performed using a split-cylinder resonator and are in good agreement with measurements made using a circular-cylindrical cavity, split-post resonator, and dielectric post resonator

  16. A simple method for reducing inevitable dielectric loss in high-permittivity dielectric elastomers

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    Madsen, Frederikke Bahrt; Yu, Liyun; Mazurek, Piotr Stanislaw;

    2016-01-01

    Commercial viability of dielectric elastomers (DEs) is currently limited by a few obstacles, including high driving voltages (in the kV range). Driving voltage can be lowered by either decreasing the Young's modulus or increasing the dielectric permittivity of silicone elastomers, or a combinatio...... also decreased the dielectric losses of an elastomer containing dielectric permittivity-enhancing TiO2 fillers. Commercially available chloropropyl-functional silicone oil thus constitutes a facile method for improved silicone DEs, with very low dielectric losses....

  17. Permittivity and permeability determination for high index specimens using partially filled shorted rectangular waveguides

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    Scott, Mark M; Bean, Jeffrey A; Allen, Kenneth W

    2016-01-01

    A method for determining the permittivity and permeability for specimens with high refractive index and variable shape is investigated. The method extracts the permeability and permittivity tensor elements from reflection measurements made with a partially-filled shorted rectangular waveguide on an electrically small specimen. Measurements are performed for two isotropic, heavily loaded coaxial magnetic composites. Supporting measurements from a stripline cavity and coaxial airline are used to validate the method. The results demonstrate the methods ability to handle frequency dispersive and high index materials.

  18. Non-reflecting permittivity profiles and the spatial Kramers-Kronig relations

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    Horsley, S A R; La Rocca, G C

    2015-01-01

    We show that if the permittivity profile of a planar dielectric medium is an analytic function in the upper (lower) half complex position plane then it won't reflect radiation from the left (right), whatever the angle of incidence. Consequently, using the spatial Kramers-Kronig relations one can derive a real part of a permittivity profile from some given imaginary part (or vice versa), such that the reflection is guaranteed to be zero. This result is valid for both scalar and vector wave theories, and may have relevance for efficiently absorbing radiation, or reducing reflection from bodies.

  19. Ionic conductivity and dielectric permittivity of polymer electrolyte plasticized with polyethylene glycol

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    Das, S.; Ghosh, A.

    2016-05-01

    We have studied ionic conductivity and dielectric permittivity of PEO-LiClO4 solid polymer electrolyte plasticized with polyethylene glycol (PEG). The temperature dependence of the ionic conductivity has been well interpreted using Vogel-Tamman-Fulcher equation. The maximum dielectric constant is observed for 30 wt. % of PEG content. To get further insights into the ion dynamics, the complex dielectric permittivity has been studied with Havriliak-Negami function. The variation of relaxation time with inverse temperature obtained from HN formalism follows VTF nature.

  20. A Rectangular Split Ring Double Negative Metamaterial having Simultaneous Negative Permittivity and Permeability

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    Muhammad Waqas

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The scope of this paper is to design and simulate a novel structure having simultaneous negative permittivity and permeability so called double negative metamaterial or left handed material. The DNG structure consists of five rectangular split ring resonators on one side of dielectric medium and a couple of wires on other side. The complex permittivity, permeability and refractive index are determined from simulated Scattering parameters using direct retrieval method. Simulations of DNG structure are carried out using CST MWS. MATLAB is used for verification of negative values of structure's parameter.

  1. Modalne argumenty teistyczne (Modal Theistic Arguments

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    Graham Oppy

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of Oppy’s paper is to provide a general ground for rejecting all kinds of modal theistic arguments. The author claims that all such arguments are questionbegging – before proving the existence of God (defined as a being which exists in every possible world theistic modalist must assume it when choosing his account of logical space (no matter which modal theory it relies on: Lewis’ modal realism, ersatz modal realism, combinatorialism or fictionalism. Two concrete arguments, Plantinga’s ontological argument and Leftow’s cosmological argument, are examples given by Oppy – both have premises which justification must refer to a non-modal question “Does God actually exist?”, concerning the nature of logical space.Oppy rejects suggestion that problems with modal theistic arguments show that there is simply something wrong with our standard modal analyses in terms of possible worlds. According to Oppy, problems with higher-level judgments about the nature of logical space are problems with propositional attitudes, not with modality, andthey need an analysis distinct from the analysis of ground-level modal judgments.

  2. Lagrange-type modeling of continuous dielectric permittivity variation in double-higher-order volume integral equation method

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    Chobanyan, E.; Ilić, M. M.; Notaroš, B. M.

    2015-05-01

    A novel double-higher-order entire-domain volume integral equation (VIE) technique for efficient analysis of electromagnetic structures with continuously inhomogeneous dielectric materials is presented. The technique takes advantage of large curved hexahedral discretization elements—enabled by double-higher-order modeling (higher-order modeling of both the geometry and the current)—in applications involving highly inhomogeneous dielectric bodies. Lagrange-type modeling of an arbitrary continuous variation of the equivalent complex permittivity of the dielectric throughout each VIE geometrical element is implemented, in place of piecewise homogeneous approximate models of the inhomogeneous structures. The technique combines the features of the previous double-higher-order piecewise homogeneous VIE method and continuously inhomogeneous finite element method (FEM). This appears to be the first implementation and demonstration of a VIE method with double-higher-order discretization elements and conformal modeling of inhomogeneous dielectric materials embedded within elements that are also higher (arbitrary) order (with arbitrary material-representation orders within each curved and large VIE element). The new technique is validated and evaluated by comparisons with a continuously inhomogeneous double-higher-order FEM technique, a piecewise homogeneous version of the double-higher-order VIE technique, and a commercial piecewise homogeneous FEM code. The examples include two real-world applications involving continuously inhomogeneous permittivity profiles: scattering from an egg-shaped melting hailstone and near-field analysis of a Luneburg lens, illuminated by a corrugated horn antenna. The results show that the new technique is more efficient and ensures considerable reductions in the number of unknowns and computational time when compared to the three alternative approaches.

  3. Modeling argumentation based semantics using non-monotonic reasoning

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    2005-01-01

    Argumentation theory is an alternative style of formalizing non-monotonic reasoning. It seems, argumentation theory is a suitable framework for practical and uncertain reasoning, where arguments support conclusions. Dung's approach is an unifying framework which has played an influential role on argumentation research and Artificial Intelligence. Even though the success of the argumentation theory, it seems that argumentation theory is so far from being efficiently implemented like the logic ...

  4. The Nature of the Arguments for Creationism, Intelligent Design, and Evolution

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    Barnes, Ralph M.; Church, Rebecca A.; Draznin-Nagy, Samuel

    2017-02-01

    Seventy-two Internet documents promoting creationism, intelligent design (I.D.), or evolution were selected for analysis. The primary goal of each of the 72 documents was to present arguments for creationism, I.D., or evolution. We first identified all arguments in these documents. Each argument was then coded in terms of both argument type (appeal to authority, appeal to empirical evidence, appeal to reason, etc.) and argument topic (age of earth, mechanism of descent with modification, etc.). We then provided a quantitative summary of each argument type and topic for each of the three positions. Three clear patterns were revealed by the data. First, websites promoting evolution were characterized by a narrow focus on appeals to empirical evidence, whereas websites promoting creationism and I.D. were quite heterogeneous in regards to argument type. Second, websites promoting evolution relied primarily on a small number of empirical examples (e.g., fossils, biogeography, homology, etc.), while websites promoting creationism and I.D. used a far greater range of arguments. Finally, websites promoting evolution were narrowly focused on the topic of descent with modification. In contrast, websites promoting creationism tackled a broad range of topics, while websites promoting I.D. were narrowly focused on the issue of the existence of God. The current study provides a quantitative summary of a systematic content analysis of argument type and topic across a large number of frequently accessed websites dealing with origins. The analysis we have used may prove fruitful in identifying and understanding argumentation trends in scientific writing and pseudo-scientific writing.

  5. Coaxial Sensors For Broad-Band Complex Permittivity Measurements of Petroleum Fluids

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    Folgeroe, K.

    1996-12-31

    This doctoral thesis verifies that dielectric spectroscopy and microwave permittivity measurements can be used to characterize petroleum liquids. It concentrates on developing sensors for three potential industrial applications: quality characterization of crude oil and petroleum fractions, monitoring of gas-hydrate formation in water-in-oil emulsions, and determination of water-content in thin liquid layers. The development of a permittivity measurement system for crude oil and petroleum fractions is described. As black oils have low dielectric constant and loss, the system must be very sensitive in order to measure the dielectric spectra and to distinguish oils of different permittivity. Such a system was achieved by combining impedance and scattering parameter measurements with appropriate permittivity calculation methods. The frequency range from 10 kHz to 6 GHz was found convenient for observing the main dispersion of the oils. All the oils had dielectric constants between 2.1 and 2.9 and dielectric loss below 0.01. The oils studied were samples of the feedstock for the cracker and coke processes at a petroleum refinery. This verifies that dielectric spectroscopy is a potential technique for on-line quality monitoring of the feedstock at petroleum refineries. Gas hydrates may cause major problems like clogging of pipelines. Dielectric spectroscopy is proposed as a means of monitoring the formation of gas hydrates in emulsions. It is found that open-ended coaxial probes fulfill the sensitivity requirements for such sensors. 312 refs., 87 figs., 20 tabs.

  6. Effect of swift heavy Kr ions on complex permittivity of silicon PIN diode

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    Li, Yun; Su, Ping; Yang, Zhimei; Ma, Yao; Gong, Min

    2016-12-01

    The complex permittivity has been researched on silicon PIN diodes irradiated by 2150 MeV heavy Kr ions in this article. The difference of complex permittivity spectra from 1 to 10^7 Hz between irradiated and unirradiated were observed and discussed. The current-voltage (I-V) and capacitance-voltage (C-V) characteristics were measured at room temperature (300 K) to study the change of electrical properties in diode after irradiation. Deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS) was used to investigate damages caused by 2150 MeV heavy Kr ions in diode. Two extra electron traps were observed, which were located at EC-0.31 eV and EC-0.17 eV. It indicated that new defects have been formed in PIN diode during irradiation. A comparison of the results illustrated that not only the carrier density but also the recombination of electron-hole pair have important influences on the properties of complex permittivity. These results offer a further indication of the mechanism about the complex permittivity property of semiconductor device, which could help to make the applications for the semiconductor device controlled by electric signals come true in the fields of optoelectronic integrated circuits, plasma antenna and so on.

  7. Study on the Microwave Permittivity of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube

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    Liu, Xiaolai; Zhao, Donglin

    2009-01-01

    In this article, we studied the microwave permittivity of the complex of the single-walled carbon nanotube and paraffin in 2-18GHz. In the range, the dielectric loss of single-walled carbon nanotube is higher, and the real part and the imaginary part of the dielectric constant decrease with the increase of frequency, and the dielectric constant…

  8. Novel encapsulation technique for incorporation of high permittivity fillers into silicone elastomers

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    Mazurek, Piotr Stanislaw; Hvilsted, Søren; Skov, Anne Ladegaard

    2014-01-01

    as for the traditionally applied thermoplastic encapsulation. The properties of the elastomers are investigated as function of the filler content and type. The dielectric permittivity, dielectric loss, conductivity, storage modulus as well as viscous loss are compared to elastomers with the same amounts of high...

  9. Experimental study on size-dependency of effective permittivity of particle-gas mixture with agglomeration

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    Li Xiaomin; Xu Lijun; Li Songyun

    2007-01-01

    The effective medium approximation (EMA) theory is the basis of a capacitance sensor used for concentration measurement of a particulate solid flow, its measurement result is independent on particle size. In existence of particle agglomeration or aggradation, however, it is found that the effective permittivity of a gas/solid mixture is dependent on particle size. In this paper, a parallel plate, differential capacitance sensor is utilized to investigate the influence of particle size on the effective permittivity of the mixture in such a case. Static experiments using three materials including glass, limestone and quartz particles were carried out in an off-line manner. The volume fraction of particles being tested ranged from 20×10-6 to 600×10-6, while the particle size was between 3 and 100 μm. Experimental results show that the effective permittivity of a particle-gas mixture with particle agglomeration is larger than that predicted by EMA and the smaller the particle size, the larger the effective permittivity. The experiment process and analysis results are discussed in detail in the paper.

  10. Kramers-Kronig relations for plasma-like permittivities and the Casimir force

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    Klimchitskaya, G L; Mostepanenko, V M

    2007-01-01

    The Kramers-Kronig relations are derived for the permittivity of the usual plasma model which neglects dissipation and of a generalized model which takes into account the interband transitions. The generalized plasma model is shown to be consistent with all precision experiments on the measurement of the Casimir force.

  11. Profiles of relative permittivity and electrical conductivity from unsaturated soil water content models

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    Roberta Porretta

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available A mathematical model of water diffusion in the vadose zone has been implemented for different types of soil textures in order to determine the soil water content (SWC profiles in dependence of depth and time. From these profiles, obtained for different soils, we derived the characteristic electrical parameters, such as relative permittivity (epsilonr and electrical conductivity (sigma, and their variation in time, employing empirical relations available in the scientific literature. The simulation through mathematical models has been performed taking into account different types of soils characterized by the percentage composition of sand, clay and silt in the textural triangle, which provides some physical and chemical properties that affect the water retention in the soil. The resulting simulated profiles of SWC and consequently permittivity and conductivity profiles, span over a certain range of values suggesting the best techniques and the limits in geophysical investigation. Moreover this a-prior knowledge helps in the elaboration and interpretation of permittivity and conductivity data obtained by the measurements. Permittivity and conductivity profiles are particularly useful in some environmental applications when the soil textures are (or supposed to be known as in the typical case of landfill leachate dispersion. Since the soil textures beneath or nearby a disposal waste are characterized by a SWC, the values of (epsilonr and (sigma at various depth can be directly inferred.

  12. Simultaneous measurement of hysteresis in capillary pressure and electric permittivity for multiphase flow through porous media

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    Plug, W.J.; Slob, E.C.; Bruining, J.; Moreno Tirado, L.M.

    2007-01-01

    We present a tool that simultaneously measures the complex permittivity and the capillary pressure characteristics for multiphase flow. The sample holder is a parallel plate capacitor. A precision component analyzer is used to measure the impedance amplitude and phase angle as a function of frequenc

  13. Optimising a modified free-space permittivity characterisation method for civil engineering applications

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    Muller, Wayne; Scheuermann, Alexander

    2016-04-01

    Measuring the electrical permittivity of civil engineering materials is important for a range of ground penetrating radar (GPR) and pavement moisture measurement applications. Compacted unbound granular (UBG) pavement materials present a number of preparation and measurement challenges using conventional characterisation techniques. As an alternative to these methods, a modified free-space (MFS) characterisation approach has previously been investigated. This paper describes recent work to optimise and validate the MFS technique. The research included finite difference time domain (FDTD) modelling to better understand the nature of wave propagation within material samples and the test apparatus. This research led to improvements in the test approach and optimisation of sample sizes. The influence of antenna spacing and sample thickness on the permittivity results was investigated by a series of experiments separating antennas and measuring samples of nylon and water. Permittivity measurements of samples of nylon and water approximately 100 mm and 170 mm thick were also compared, showing consistent results. These measurements also agreed well with surface probe measurements of the nylon sample and literature values for water. The results indicate permittivity estimates of acceptable accuracy can be obtained using the proposed approach, apparatus and sample sizes.

  14. The effect of filler on the temperature coefficient of the relative permittivity of PTFE/ceramic composites

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    Rajesh, S.; Murali, K. P.; Jantunen, H.; Ratheesh, R.

    2011-11-01

    High permittivity and low-loss ceramic fillers have been prepared by means of the solid state ceramic route. Ceramic-filled composites were prepared by the Sigma Mixing, Extrusion, Calendering, which was followed by the Hot pressing (SMECH) process. The microwave dielectric properties of the composites were studied using X-band waveguide cavity perturbation technique. The temperature coefficient of the relative permittivity of the composites was investigated in the 0-100 °C temperature range using a hot and cold chamber coupled with an impedance analyzer. The temperature coefficient of the relative permittivity of the composites showed strong dependence on the temperature coefficient of the relative permittivity of the filler material. In the present study, a high-permittivity polymer/ceramic composite, having τεr ∼63 ppm/K, has been realized. This composite is suitable for outdoor wireless applications.

  15. Argumentation Ethics and The Philosophy of Freedom

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    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available When H.-H. Hoppe claimed (in A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism, 1989 that the principles of libertarianism were argumentatively irrefutable, both the logical coherence and the relevance of his “argument from argumentation” were criticized. While occasionally some of these criticisms still crop up, this paper defends Hoppe’s claim against them from the vantage point of the author’s own work (in Dutch on the ethics of dialogue in the nineteen-seventies. It presents a more detailed and systematic presentation of the “argument from argumentation” than Hoppe had need for in the particular context of his book. It makes a distinction between arguments about principles and arguments about particular cases in which these principles may be invoked; and between the normative validity (as a matter of principle of certain presumptions and the fact that in particular cases these presumptions hold only in principle and can be refuted by the evidence pertaining to the cases.

  16. Finite-element method for calculation of the effective permittivity of random inhomogeneous media

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    Myroshnychenko, Viktor; Brosseau, Christian

    2005-01-01

    The challenge of designing new solid-state materials from calculations performed with the help of computers applied to models of spatial randomness has attracted an increasing amount of interest in recent years. In particular, dispersions of particles in a host matrix are scientifically and technologically important for a variety of reasons. Herein, we report our development of an efficient computer code to calculate the effective (bulk) permittivity of two-phase disordered composite media consisting of hard circular disks made of a lossless dielectric (permittivity ɛ2 ) randomly placed in a plane made of a lossless homogeneous dielectric (permittivity ɛ1 ) at different surface fractions. Specifically, the method is based on (i) a finite-element description of composites in which both the host and the randomly distributed inclusions are isotropic phases, and (ii) an ordinary Monte Carlo sampling. Periodic boundary conditions are employed throughout the simulation and various numbers of disks have been considered in the calculations. From this systematic study, we show how the number of Monte Carlo steps needed to achieve equilibrated distributions of disks increases monotonically with the surface fraction. Furthermore, a detailed study is made of the dependence of the results on a minimum separation distance between disks. Numerical examples are presented to connect the macroscopic property such as the effective permittivity to microstructural characteristics such as the mean coordination number and radial distribution function. In addition, several approximate effective medium theories, exact bounds, exact results for two-dimensional regular arrays, and the exact dilute limit are used to test and validate the finite-element algorithm. Numerical results indicate that the fourth-order bounds provide an excellent estimate of the effective permittivity for a wide range of surface fractions, in accordance with the fact that the bounds become progressively narrower as

  17. Majority-Minority Influence: Identifying Argumentative Patterns and Predicting Argument-Outcome Links.

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    Meyers, Renee A.; Brashers, Dale E.; Hanner, Jennifer

    2000-01-01

    Identifies patterns of argument that characterize majority and minority communication in 34 discussions among small groups of students in decision-making situations. Finds that winning and losing subgroups argue differently (as do minority and majority subgroups overall) and that consistency in argument is a strong predictor of subgroup success.…

  18. Verbal ability, argument order, and attitude formation

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    Mindaugas Mozuraitis

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available The current study explored the interaction of verbal ability and presentation order on readers’ attitude formation when presented with two-sided arguments. Participants read arguments for and against compulsory voting and genetic engineering, and attitudes were assessed before and after reading the passages. Participants’ verbal ability was measured combining vocabulary knowledge and reading comprehension skill. Results suggested that low verbal-ability participants were more persuaded by the most recent set of arguments whereas high verbal-ability participants formed attitudes independent of presentation order. Contrary to previous literature, individual differences in the personality trait, need for cognition, did not interact with presentation order. The results suggest that verbal ability is an important moderator of the effect of presentation order when formulating opinions from complex prose.

  19. PBR theorem and Einstein's quantum hole argument

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    Weinstein, Galina

    2013-01-01

    This note discusses the latest hot topic: Quantum states: ontic or epistemic? and the PBR theorem. Upon reading Einstein's views on quantum incompleteness in publications or in his correspondence after 1935 (the EPR paradox), one gets a very intense feeling of deja-vu. Einstein presents a quantum hole argument, which somewhat reminds of the hole argument in his 1914 "Entwurf" general theory of relativity. In their paper, PBR write the following: "an important step towards the derivation of our result is the idea that the quantum state is physical if distinct quantum states correspond to non-overlapping distributions for [the set of possible physical states that a system can be in]", and they then refer to Einstein's argument and views.

  20. Strategic Use of Multiple Texts for the Evaluation of Arguments

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    Kobayashi, Keiichi

    2010-01-01

    Two experiments were conducted to examine whether students use arguments with refutation in one text for evaluating the opposite arguments without refutation in another text. Undergraduate students read two conflicting texts in either of the two orders: pro arguments text first and con arguments text first. After reading each text, they evaluated…

  1. Epistemic levels in argument: An analysis of university oceanography students' use of evidence in writing

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    Kelly, Gregory J.; Takao, Allison

    2002-05-01

    The purpose of this paper is to examine university oceanography students' use of evidence in writing. Drawing from rhetorical studies of science writing and studies of argumentation in science education, a model for assessing students' arguments is proposed that considers the relative epistemic status of propositions comprising students' written texts. The study was conducted in an introductory university oceanography course in a large public university that utilized an interactive CD-ROM that provided geological data sets for student exploration of scientific questions. Student arguments were analyzed through a process of sorting propositions by epistemic level and identifying the explicit links within and across levels. These epistemic levels were defined by discipline-specific geological constructs from descriptions of data, to identification of features, to relational aspects of features, to theoretically formulated assertions. This form of argumentation analysis allowed for assessment of each student's writing on normative grounds and for comparisons across students' papers. Results show promise for the argumentation model as a methodological tool. The examination of epistemic status of knowledge claims provided ways of distinguishing the extent to which students adhered to the genre conventions specified by the task, i.e., providing evidentiary support for their argument concerning the theory of plate tectonics with real earth data. We draw on the findings to discuss ways argumentation theory can contribute to reform in science education.

  2. Evaluation of High Permittivity Glass Ceramics for Millimeter Wave Applications.

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    2014-09-26

    patterns were run from room temperature to 1200QCwith a heating rate of 100C/minute. Each of the glasses exhib.ited an endothermic peak...corresponding to a glass transition temperature of 760*C, and a large exothermic peak at 900°C, presumably corresponding to the crystallization of SrTi0 3...the SrTiO 3 , although definitive dielectric loss data supporting these proposed mechanisms were not presented. In this paper, low temperature

  3. Argumentative Polylogues: Beyond Dialectical Understanding of Fallacies

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Dialectical fallacies are typically defined as breaches of the rules of a regulated discussion between two participants (di-logue. What if discussions become more complex and involve multiple parties with distinct positions to argue for (poly-logues? Are there distinct argumentation norms of polylogues? If so, can their violations be conceptualized as polylogical fallacies? I will argue for such an approach and analyze two candidates for argumentative breaches of multi-party rationality: false dilemma and collateral straw man.

  4. A generalization of Dung's Abstract Framework for Argumentation

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    Nielsen, Søren Holbech; Parsons, Simon

    2006-01-01

    One of the most widely studied systems of argumentation is the one described by Dung in a paper from 1995. Unfortunately, this framework does not allow for joint attacks on arguments, which we argue must be required of any truly abstract argumentation framework. A few frameworks can be said...... to allow for such interactions among arguments, but for various reasons we believe that these are inadequate for modelling argumentation systems with joint attacks. In this paper we propose a generalization of the framework of Dung, which allows for sets of arguments to attack other arguments. We extend...

  5. An additional S-shaped structure for sensitivity improvement of coaxial probe for permittivity determination of low loss materials

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    Jiao, Xingmin; Jin, Wei; Yang, Xiaoqing

    2015-05-01

    Permittivity measurement of materials is important in microwave chemistry, microwave material processing and microwave heating. The open-ended coaxial line method is one of the most popular and effective means for permittivity measurement. However, the conventional coaxial probe has difficulty in distinguishing small permittivity variations for low loss media. In this paper an additional S-shaped structure is proposed for sensitivity improvement of a coaxial probe for permittivity determination of low loss materials at 2.45 GHz. The small permittivity variation can be distinguished due to field enhancement generated by the additional S-shaped structure. We studied the variation of reflection coefficient amplitude for three kinds of samples with different moisture content, within the probe at different insertion depths. We find that the conventional coaxial probe cannot distinguish small permittivity variations until the moisture content of materials reaches 3%. Meanwhile, the probe with the S-shaped structure can detect such small permittivity variations when the moisture content of samples changes by only 1%. The experimental results demonstrate that the new probe proposed in this paper is reliable and feasible.

  6. Cosmochemical implications of CONSERT permittivity characterization of 67P/C-G

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    Levasseur-Regourd, A.; Hérique, Alain; Kofman, Wlodek; Beck, Pierre; Bonal, Lydie; Buttarazzi, Ilaria; Heggy, Essam; Lasue, Jeremie; Quirico, Eric; Zine, Sonia

    2016-10-01

    Unique information about the internal structure of the nucleus of comet 67P/C-G was provided by the CONSERT bistatic radar on-board Rosetta and Philae [1]. Analysis of the propagation of its signal throughout the small lobe indicated that the real part of the permittivity at 90 MHz is of (1.27±0.05). The first interpretation of this value using dielectric properties of mixtures of dust and ices (H2O, CO2), led to the conclusion that the comet porosity ranges between 75-85%. In addition, the dust/ice ratio was found to range between 0.4-2.6 and the permittivity of dust (including 30% of porosity) was determined to be lower than 2.9.The dust permittivity estimate is now reduced by taking into account the updated values of nucleus density and of dust/ice ratio, in order of providing further insights into the nature of the constituents of comet 67P/C-G [2]. We adopt a systematic approach: i) determination of the dust permittivity as a function of the ice (I) to dust (D) and vacuum (V) volume fraction; ii) comparison with the permittivity of meteoritic, mineral and organic materials from literature and laboratory measurements; iii) test of several composition models of the nucleus, corresponding to cosmochemical end members of 67P/C-G. For each of these models the location in the ternary I/D/V diagram is calculated based on available dielectric measurements, and confronted to the locus of 67P/C-G. The number of compliant models is small and the cosmochemical implications of each are discussed [2]. An important fraction of carbonaceous material is required in the dust in order to match CONSERT permittivity observations, establishing that comets represent a massive carbon reservoir.Support from Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES, France) for this work, based on observations with CONSERT on board Rosetta, is acknowledged. The CONSERT instrument was designed, built and operated by IPAG, LATMOS and MPS and was financially supported by CNES, CNRS, UJF/UGA, DLR and MPS

  7. The COUNSELOR Project: Understanding Legal Argument.

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    1986-01-01

    cannot reasonably expect the judge to maintain a " tabula rasa " mentality, where his y decision is presumably based only on the propositions presented...this is the case, then the role of the audience becomes crucial. Since the audience in legal argumentation is a very specialized group, it is

  8. Architecture-based regulatory compliance argumentation

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    Mihaylov, Boyan; Onea, Lucian; Hansen, Klaus Marius

    2016-01-01

    the approach on the migration of the telemedicine platform Net4Care to the cloud, where certain regulations (for example privacy) should be concerned. The approach has the potential to support simpler compliance argumentation with the eventual promise of safer and more secure applications....

  9. Det demokratiske argument for absolut ytringsfrihed

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    Lægaard, Sune

    2014-01-01

    Artiklen diskuterer den påstand, at absolut ytringsfrihed er en nødvendig forudsætning for demokratisk legitimitet med udgangspunkt i en rekonstruktion af et argument fremsat af Ronald Dworkin. Spørgsmålet er, hvorfor ytringsfrihed skulle være en forudsætning for demokratisk legitimitet, og hvorfor...

  10. Risk assessment as an argumentation game

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    Prakken, Henry; Ionita, Dan; Wieringa, Roel; Leite, J.; Son, T.C.; Torrini, P.; Van Der Torre, L.; Woltran, S.

    2013-01-01

    This paper explores the idea that IT security risk assessment can be formalized as an argumentation game in which assessors argue about how the system can be attacked by a threat agent and defended by the assessors. A system architecture plus assumptions about the environment is specified as an ASPI

  11. Constructing Arguments with 3-D Printed Models

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    McConnell, William; Dickerson, Daniel

    2017-01-01

    In this article, the authors describe a fourth-grade lesson where 3-D printing technologies were not only a stimulus for engagement but also served as a modeling tool providing meaningful learning opportunities. Specifically, fourth-grade students construct an argument that animals' external structures function to support survival in a particular…

  12. Argumentative Strategies in American and Japanese English.

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    Kamimura, Taeko; Oi, Kyoko

    1998-01-01

    A study examined differences in argumentative strategies in Japanese and American English by analyzing English essays on capital punishment written by 22 American high school seniors and 30 Japanese college sophomores. Differences were found in the organizational patterns, content and use of rational appeals, preference for type of diction, and…

  13. Brainstorming Versus Arguments Structuring in Online Forums

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    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available We characterize electronic discussion forums as being of one of the following two types: Brainstorming Forums and Arguments Structuring Forums. In this work we analyze and classify the types of threading models occurring as a function of the type of forum. For our analysis we study forums attached to the 25 news sources most used by the aggregator Google News, as detected by a 2007 study. Most discussion forums associated with articles on these news sources seem to be designed not with the purpose of structuring arguments but mainly with the purpose of helping readers brainstorm easily their reactions to the corresponding news item. The forums were classified as to what user-supported metadata they gather and use in comment presentation. We compare the features observed for brainstorming forums, as learned via the aforementioned procedure, with the fea-tures of dedicated argument structuring forums. The argument structuring forums that were used as basis of the comparison are: YourView, DebateDecide, and Opinion Space. We notice significant differences in the obtained models for the two types of forums, as well as significant differences with respect to the the structuring of user submitted data in polls associated with major news channels. We believe that this is the first kind of work that deals with the issue above.

  14. Teachers' Pedagogical Design Capacity for Scientific Argumentation

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    Knigh-Bardsley Amanda; McNeill, Katherine L.

    2016-01-01

    Despite being identified as an essential scientific practice, argumentation is rarely integrated into instruction. This could be influenced by teachers' pedagogical design capacity (PDC), which considers teaching as a design activity influenced by both instructional resources (such as tools and professional development (PD)) and teacher resources…

  15. Verbal directionality and argument alternation in Dinka

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    Andersen, Torben

    2012-01-01

    (wards) an explicit or implicit goal. The object of a directional verb may play another role in the event described by the sentence than the object of the corresponding simple (and non-directional) verb. This gives rise to so-called argument alternation, in that, for instance, an object and an instrumental adverbial...

  16. The Anthropic Argument against Infinite Past and the Eddington-Lemaitre Universe

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    2000-01-01

    This study in the philosophy of cosmology is a part of an ongoing effort to investigate and reassess the importance of the anthropic (Davies-Tipler) argument against cosmologies containing the past temporal infinity. Obviously, the prime targets of this argument are cosmological models stationary on sufficiently large scale, the classical steady state model of Bondi, Gold and Hoyle being the best example. Here we investigate the extension of application of this argument to infinitely old non-stationary models and discuss additional constraints necessary to be imposed on such models for the edge of the anthropic argument to be preserved. An illustrative counterexample is the classical Eddington-Lemaitre model, in the analysis of which major such constraints are presented. Consequences of such an approach for our understanding of the nature of time are briefly discussed.

  17. Negative-permittivity plasma generation in negative-permeability space with high-energy metamaterials

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    Sakai, Osamu; Nakamura, Yoshihiro; Iwai, Akinori; Iio, Satoshi

    2016-10-01

    Plasma generation by electromagnetic waves in negative-permeability space is analyzed using experimental results and theoretical models. Installation of negative-permeability metamaterials triggers drastic changes to the propagation of electromagnetic waves. Unlike usual cases in which permeability is  +1, negative permeability induces evanescent modes in a space without plasma. However, if permittivity becomes negative due to high-electron-density or overdense plasma, electromagnetic waves can propagate because negative-refractive-index states emerge. In this study, reviewing our previous experimental data, we study the underlying physical processes in plasma generation in terms of wave propagation and parameters of wave media. We confirm nonlinear (transition) processes in the phase of density evolution up to the negative permittivity state and negative-refractive-index states in the quasi-steady phase. We also note that such energetic metamaterials are built up when we use plasma, unlike conventional metamaterials composed of solid-state materials.

  18. Electrical permittivity of Ni and NiZn ferrite-polymer composites

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    Razzitte, A.C. [Laboratorio de Fisicoquimica de Materiales Ceramicos Electronicos (LAFMACEL), Departamento de Quimica, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Paseo Colon 850, Capital Fedcral 1063, Buenos Aires (Argentina)]. E-mail: arazzit@fi.uba.ar; Fano, W.G. [Departamento de Electronica, Facultad.de Ingenieria, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Paseo Colon 850, Capital Fedcral 1063, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Jacobo, S.E. [Laboratorio de Fisicoquimica de Materiales Ceramicos Electronicos (LAFMACEL), Departamento de Quimica, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Paseo Colon 850, Capital Fedcral 1063, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2004-12-31

    Electrical properties of polymers, well known for their insulating properties, may be improved by adding various functional fillers. Polymer-ferrite composites have been a subject of recent extensive research. Electric properties of such composites depend on the size, shape and amount of added filler in general. When polymer-ferrite composites are particularly used as electromagnetic wave absorbers and EMI shielding materials, it is very important to explain the variation of permeability and permittivity in the measured frequency ranges. In this paper, acrylic-Ni ferrite composites and acrylic-NiZn ferrite composites were used. The effects of the weight fraction of ferrite on the frequency dispersion characteristics of the complex permittivity are studied.

  19. Electron irradiation induced reduction of the permittivity in chalcogenide glass (As2S3) thin film

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    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we investigate the effect of electron beam irradiation on the dielectric properties of As 2 S 3 chalcogenide glass. By means of low-loss electron energy loss spectroscopy, we derive the permittivity function, its dispersive relation, and calculate the refractive index and absorption coefficients under the constant permeability approximation. The measured and calculated results show a heretofore unseen phenomenon: a reduction in the permittivity of ? 40 %. Consequently a reduction of the refractive index of 20%, hence, suggests a conspicuous change in the optical properties of the material under irradiation with a 300 keV electron beam. The plausible physical phenomena leading to these observations are discussed in terms of the homopolar and heteropolar bond dynamics under high energy absorption. The reported phenomena, exhibited by As 2 S 3-thin film, can be crucial for the development of photonics integrated circuits using electron beam irradiation method. © 2013 American Institute of Physics.

  20. In vivo and in situ measurement and modelling of intra-body effective complex permittivity

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    Nadimi, Esmaeil S; Blanes-Vidal, Victoria; Harslund, Jakob L F

    2015-01-01

    Radio frequency tracking of medical micro-robots in minimally invasive medicine is usually investigated upon the assumption that the human body is a homogeneous propagation medium. In this Letter, the authors conducted various trial programs to measure and model the effective complex permittivity ε...... contractions and simulated peristaltic movements of the GI tract organs inside the abdominal cavity and in the presence of the abdominal wall on the measurements and variations of ε' and ε''. They advanced the previous models of effective complex permittivity of a multilayer inhomogeneous medium, by estimating...... an analytical model that accounts for reflections between the layers and calculates the attenuation that the wave encounters as it traverses the GI tract and the abdominal wall. They observed that deviation from the specified nominal layer thicknesses due to non-geometric boundaries of GI tract morphometric...

  1. Meta-lens design with low permittivity dielectric materials through smart transformation optics

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    Kim, Junhyun; Shin, Dongheok; Choi, Seungjae; Yoo, Do-Sik; Seo, Ilsung; Kim, Kyoungsik

    2015-09-01

    We report here a design method based on smart transformation optics (STO) to control the range of the permittivity values of the materials required to manufacture transformation optics devices. In particular, we show that it is possible to reduce the maximum electric permittivity value required to realize a STO device with certain functionality by means of a simple conceptual elastic stretching process. We illustrate the design procedure with two types of collimator meta-lens designs, which we call warping space collimator meta-lens and half fisheye collimator meta-lens, respectively. We provide design examples of these two types of lenses with the help of COMSOL Multiphysics software. These two design examples are fabricated with commonly available dielectric materials by means of 3D printing technology. For the functional verification of these two collimator lenses, we provide measurement results obtained with transverse electric waves of frequency range 7-13GHz.

  2. Nanoscale Electric Permittivity of Single Bacterial Cells at Gigahertz Frequencies by Scanning Microwave Microscopy.

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    Biagi, Maria Chiara; Fabregas, Rene; Gramse, Georg; Van Der Hofstadt, Marc; Juárez, Antonio; Kienberger, Ferry; Fumagalli, Laura; Gomila, Gabriel

    2016-01-26

    We quantified the electric permittivity of single bacterial cells at microwave frequencies and nanoscale spatial resolution by means of near-field scanning microwave microscopy. To this end, calibrated complex admittance images have been obtained at ∼19 GHz and analyzed with a methodology that removes the nonlocal topographic cross-talk contributions and thus provides quantifiable intrinsic dielectric images of the bacterial cells. Results for single Escherichia coli cells provide a relative electric permittivity of ∼4 in dry conditions and ∼20 in humid conditions, with no significant loss contributions. Present findings, together with the ability of microwaves to penetrate the cell membrane, open an important avenue in the microwave label-free imaging of single cells with nanoscale spatial resolution.

  3. Permittivity and Electromagnetic Interference Shielding Investigations of Activated Charcoal Loaded Acrylic Coating Compositions

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    Sharief ud Din Khan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Acrylic resin (AR based electromagnetic interference (EMI shielding composites have been prepared by incorporation of up to 30 wt% activated charcoal (AC in AR matrix. These composites have been characterized by XRD, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, dielectric, and EMI shielding measurement techniques. XRD patterns and Raman studies confirm the incorporation of AC particles inside AR matrix and suggest possible interactions between phases. The SEM images show that incorporation of AC particles leads to systematic change in the morphology of composites especially the formation of porous structure. The dielectric measurements show that 30 wt% AC loading composite display higher relative permittivity value (~79 compared to pristine AR (~5. Further, the porous structure, electrical conductivity, and permittivity value contribute towards EMI shielding effectiveness value of −36 dB (attenuation of >99.9% of incident radiation for these composites, thereby demonstrating their suitability for making efficient EMI shielding coatings.

  4. Experimental measurements and numerical simulation of permittivity and permeability of Teflon in X band

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    Adriano Luiz de Paula

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Recognizing the importance of an adequate characterization of radar absorbing materials, and consequently their development, the present study aims to contribute for the establishment and validation of experimental determination and numerical simulation of electromagnetic materials complex permittivity and permeability, using a Teflon® sample. The present paper branches out into two related topics. The first one is concerned about the implementation of a computational modeling to predict the behavior of electromagnetic materials in confined environment by using electromagnetic three-dimensional simulation. The second topic re-examines the Nicolson-Ross-Weir mathematical model to retrieve the constitutive parameters (complex permittivity and permeability of a homogeneous sample (Teflon®, from scattering coefficient measurements. The experimental and simulated results show a good convergence that guarantees the application of the used methodologies for the characterization of different radar absorbing materials samples.

  5. Dielectric elastomers, with very high dielectric permittivity, based on silicone and ionic interpenetrating networks

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    Yu, Liyun; Madsen, Frederikke Bahrt; Hvilsted, Søren;

    2015-01-01

    Dielectric elastomers (DEs), which represent an emerging actuator and generator technology, admittedly have many favourable properties, but their high driving voltages are one of the main obstacles to commercialisation. One way to reduce driving voltage is by increasing the ratio between dielectr...... as well as relatively high breakdown strength. All IPNs have higher dielectric losses than pure silicone elastomers, but when accounting for this factor, IPNs still exhibit satisfactory performance improvements....... is demonstrated herein, and a number of many and important parameters, such as dielectric permittivity/loss, viscoelastic properties and dielectric breakdown strength, are investigated. Ionic and silicone elastomer IPNs are promising prospects for dielectric elastomer actuators, since very high permittivities......Dielectric elastomers (DEs), which represent an emerging actuator and generator technology, admittedly have many favourable properties, but their high driving voltages are one of the main obstacles to commercialisation. One way to reduce driving voltage is by increasing the ratio between dielectric...

  6. Experimental Investigation of Electrical Conductivity and Permittivity of SC-TiO 2 -EG Nanofluids

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    Fal, Jacek; Barylyak, Adriana; Besaha, Khrystyna; Bobitski, Yaroslav V.; Cholewa, Marian; Zawlik, Izabela; Szmuc, Kamil; Cebulski, Józef; żyła, Gaweł

    2016-08-01

    The paper presents experimental studies of dielectric properties of nanofluids based on ethylene glycol and SC-TiO2 nanoparticles with average size of 15-40 nm with various mass concentrations. The dielectric permittivity both real part and imaginary part as a function of temperature and frequency were measured. Also, dependence ac conductivity on frequency, temperature, and mass concentration were investigated. Based on the curves of ac conductivity, dc conductivity was calculated, and 400 % enhancement in dc conductivity was exposed.

  7. Experimental Investigation of Electrical Conductivity and Permittivity of SC-TiO 2 -EG Nanofluids.

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    Fal, Jacek; Barylyak, Adriana; Besaha, Khrystyna; Bobitski, Yaroslav V; Cholewa, Marian; Zawlik, Izabela; Szmuc, Kamil; Cebulski, Józef; Żyła, Gaweł

    2016-12-01

    The paper presents experimental studies of dielectric properties of nanofluids based on ethylene glycol and SC-TiO2 nanoparticles with average size of 15-40 nm with various mass concentrations. The dielectric permittivity both real part and imaginary part as a function of temperature and frequency were measured. Also, dependence ac conductivity on frequency, temperature, and mass concentration were investigated. Based on the curves of ac conductivity, dc conductivity was calculated, and 400 % enhancement in dc conductivity was exposed.

  8. The analysis of the electromagnetic characteristics of composite materials with negative effective permittivity

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    BAO Yongfang; LU Yinghua; HE Pengfei; HAN Chunyuan

    2007-01-01

    A new method based on the finite difference time domain(FDTD) method is presented to numerically analyze the transmission and reflection characteristic of composite materials with negative effective permittivity.The numerical results are compared with the results of the existing theoretical model and the experimental data.The feasibility of analyzing the composite materials using the FDTD method is validated.It is useful for the design and application of the composite materials.

  9. High dielectric permittivity elastomers from well-dispersed expanded graphite in low concentrations

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    Daugaard, Anders Egede; Hassouneh, Suzan Sager; Kostrzewska, Malgorzata;

    2013-01-01

    The development of elastomer materials with a high dielectric permittivity has attracted increased interest over the last years due to their use in for example dielectric electroactive polymers. For this particular use, both the electrically insulating properties - as well as the mechanical...... by the addition of traditional fillers in the necessary amounts would either lose their stability or their softness. Furthermore the influence of several mixing procedures on the electrical and mechanical properties is investigated. © 2013 SPIE....

  10. Silicon electro-optic modulator with high-permittivity gate dielectric layer

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    Mengxia Zhu; Zhiping Zhou; Dingshan Gao

    2009-01-01

    A high-permittivity (high-k) material is applied as the gate dielectric layer in a silicon metal-oxidesemiconductor (MOS) capacitor to form a special electro-optic (EO) modulator.Both induced charge density and modulation efficiency in the proposed modulator are improved due to the special structure design and the application of the high-k material.The device has an ultra-compact dimension of 691 μm in length.

  11. The origin dependence of the material constants: the permittivity and the inverse permeability

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    Anelli, Marco; Jonsson, Dan; Fliegl, Heike; Ruud, Kenneth

    2015-07-01

    New derivations of origin-independent expressions for the electric permittivity are presented, starting either from the response function of the current density that defines the absorption coefficient, or from the off-resonance single-photon scattering amplitude that leads to the Kramers-Heisenberg dispersion formula. The resulting expression for the permittivity is compared with earlier work on the origin dependence of the material constants. Different origin-independent expressions for the permittivity, the inverse permeability and the magnetisability are calculated and discussed. By considering electromagnetic plane waves in the absence of external sources, the macroscopic Maxwell equations are used to describe the response of matter to external fields. In combination with the constitutive relations, a wave equation expressed in terms of the material constants is derived. It is shown that the different definitions of the material constants lead to the same wave equation. The non-uniqueness of the definitions of the material constants is discussed in this context. Finally, based on the discussions, we propose a possible unique, origin-independent definition of the material constants.

  12. A variational formulation of electrostatics in a medium with spatially varying dielectric permittivity.

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    Jadhao, Vikram; Solis, Francisco J; Olvera de la Cruz, Monica

    2013-02-07

    In biological and synthetic materials, many important processes involve charges that are present in a medium with spatially varying dielectric permittivity. To accurately understand the role of electrostatic interactions in such systems, it is important to take into account the spatial dependence of the permittivity of the medium. However, due to the ensuing theoretical and computational challenges, this inhomogeneous dielectric response of the medium is often ignored or excessively simplified. We develop a variational formulation of electrostatics to accurately investigate systems that exhibit this inhomogeneous dielectric response. Our formulation is based on a true energy functional of the polarization charge density. The defining characteristic of a true energy functional is that at its minimum it evaluates to the actual value of the energy; this is a feature not found in many commonly used electrostatic functionals. We explore in detail the charged systems that exhibit sharp discontinuous change in dielectric permittivity, and we show that for this case our functional reduces to a functional of only the surface polarization charge density. We apply this reduced functional to study model problems for which analytical solutions are well known. We demonstrate, in addition, that the functional has many properties that make it ideal for use in molecular dynamics simulations.

  13. Negative static permittivity and violation of Kramers-Kronig relations in quasi-two-dimensional crystals

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    Nazarov, V. U.

    2015-10-01

    We investigate the wave vector and frequency-dependent screening of the electric field in atomically thin (quasi-two-dimensional) crystals. For graphene and hexagonal boron nitride we find that, above a critical wave vector qc, the static permittivity ɛ (q >qc,ω =0 ) becomes negative and the Kramers-Kronig relations do not hold for ɛ (q >qc,ω ) . Thus, in quasi-two-dimensional crystals, we reveal the physical confirmation of a proposition put forward decades ago [D. A. Kirzhnits, Sov. Phys. Usp. 19, 530 (1976), 10.1070/PU1976v019n06ABEH005268], allowing for the breakdown of Kramers-Kronig relations and for negative static permittivity. In the vicinity of the critical wave vector, we find a giant growth of the permittivity. Our results, obtained in the ab initio calculations using both the random-phase approximation and the adiabatic time-dependent local-density approximation, and further confirmed with a simple slab model, allow us to argue that the above properties, being exceptional in the three-dimensional case, are common to quasi-two-dimensional systems.

  14. Design as Value Celebration: Rethinking Design Argumentation

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    Halstrøm, Per Liljenberg

    2016-01-01

    This article introduces knowledge of the rhetorical genre of epideictic to design. The aim is to provide designers with concepts that stimulate their ability to deliberate about design choices and explore the arguments they may be making about the human-made world. The article begins with explora......This article introduces knowledge of the rhetorical genre of epideictic to design. The aim is to provide designers with concepts that stimulate their ability to deliberate about design choices and explore the arguments they may be making about the human-made world. The article begins......, situational perspectives, and rhetorical genres, the article concludes that designers can benefit from perceiving their design as value celebration rather than problem solving....

  15. Augmenting Tractable Fragments of Abstract Argumentation

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    Ordyniak, Sebastian

    2011-01-01

    We present a new and compelling approach to the efficient solution of important computational problems that arise in the context of abstract argumentation. Our approach makes known algorithms defined for restricted fragments generally applicable, at a computational cost that scales with the distance from the fragment. Thus, in a certain sense, we gradually augment tractable fragments. Surprisingly, it turns out that some tractable fragments admit such an augmentation and that others do not. More specifically, we show that the problems of credulous and skeptical acceptance are fixed-parameter tractable when parameterized by the distance from the fragment of acyclic argumentation frameworks. Other tractable fragments such as the fragments of symmetrical and bipartite frameworks seem to prohibit an augmentation: the acceptance problems are already intractable for frameworks at distance 1 from the fragments. For our study we use a broad setting and consider several different semantics. For the algorithmic results...

  16. Which fine-tuning arguments are fine?

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    Grinbaum, Alexei

    2009-01-01

    The argument from naturalness is widely employed in contemporary quantum field theory. Essentially a formalized aesthetic criterion, it received a meaning in the debate on the Higgs mechanism, which goes beyond aesthetics. We follow the history of technical definitions of fine tuning at the scale of electroweak symmetry breaking. It is argued that they give rise to a special interpretation of probability, which we call Gedankenfrequency. By extension of its original meaning, the argument from naturalness is used to compare different models beyond the Standard Model. We show that in this case naturalness cannot be defined objectively. Rather, it functions as socio-historical heuristics in particle physics and it contributes to the advent of a probabilistic version of Popper's falsificationism.

  17. Apocalypse Now? Reviving the Doomsday Argument

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    Simpson, Fergus

    2016-01-01

    Whether the fate of our species can be forecast from its past has been the topic of considerable controversy. One refutation of the so-called Doomsday Argument is based on the premise that we are more likely to exist in a universe containing a greater number of observers. Here we present a Bayesian reformulation of the Doomsday Argument which is immune to this effect. By marginalising over the spatial configuration of observers, we find that any preference for a larger total number of observers has no impact on the inferred local number. Our results remain unchanged when we adopt either the Self-Indexing Assumption (SIA) or the Self-Sampling Assumption (SSA). Furthermore the median value of our posterior distribution is found to be in agreement with the frequentist forecast. Humanity's prognosis for the coming century is well approximated by a global catastrophic risk of 0.2% per year.

  18. Value-Based Argumentation for Justifying Compliance

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    Burgemeestre, Brigitte; Hulstijn, Joris; Tan, Yao-Hua

    Compliance is often achieved 'by design' through a coherent system of controls consisting of information systems and procedures . This system-based control requires a new approach to auditing in which companies must demonstrate to the regulator that they are 'in control'. They must determine the relevance of a regulation for their business, justify which set of control measures they have taken to comply with it, and demonstrate that the control measures are operationally effective. In this paper we show how value-based argumentation theory can be applied to the compliance domain. Corporate values motivate the selection of control measures (actions) which aim to fulfill control objectives, i.e. adopted norms (goals). In particular, we show how to formalize the dialogue in which companies justify their compliance decisions to regulators using value-based argumentation. The approach is illustrated by a case study of the safety and security measures adopted in the context of EU customs regulation.

  19. How to Write Argumentation in English Persuasively

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    苏祎甜

    2014-01-01

    <正>Some problems should be worked out first How to develop a good thesis statement?Thesis statement is the sentence that we look early in an essay for a one-or two-sentence condensation of the argument or analysis that is to follow.It offers a concise solution to the issue being addressed and a brief summary of all explained reasons in the paper.

  20. Evidence of dual channel electron transfer induced negative magnetic field effect on exciplex emission at very high permittivity of medium

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    Jana, Amit Kumar; Roy, Partha; Nath, Deb Narayan

    2012-05-01

    Magnetic field induced change in the pyrene-N,N-dimethylaniline exciplex fluorescence has been studied in condensed phase with very high permittivity. In contrast to the commonly observed enhancement of exciplex fluorescence in presence of magnetic field (for 7 MFE at blue end slowly reverts back to the normal. At the red end of the emission the MFE retains its normal character for all donor concentrations even at very high permittivity.

  1. Argumentation and Inference: A Unified Approach

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    Christophe Fouqueré

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available We propose in this paper to use Ludics as a unified framework for the analysis of dialogue and the reasoning system. Not only is Ludics a logical theory, but it may also be built by means of concepts of game theory. We first present the main concepts of Ludics. A design is an abstraction and a generalization of the concept of proof. Interaction between designs is equivalent to cut elimination or modus ponens in logical theories. It appears to be a natural means for representing dialogues and also for reasoning. A design is a set of sequences of alternate actions, similar to a move in game theory. We apply Ludics to argumentative dialogues. We discuss how to model the speech acts of argumentative dialogues in terms of dialogue acts. A dialogue act is given by a Ludics action together with the expression that reveals the action in a turn of speech. We show also how arguments may be stored in a commitment state used for reasoning. Finally we revisit an example of juridical dialogue that has been analyzed by Prakken in a different framework.

  2. An Evaluation of the Permittivity of Two Different Rock Types Using Microwave Resonator and Waveguide Cutoff Principles

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    Olkkonen, Martta-Kaisa; Eskelinen, Pekka; Huuskonen-Snicker, Eeva; Pellinen, Terhi; Olmos Martinez, Pablo

    2015-01-01

    Methods of measuring the complex permittivity of different rock types are demonstrated in the frequency range from 6 GHz to 17 GHz. The used methods are based on the cylindrical resonator and waveguide cutoff frequency principles. This study is part of a larger research project that aims to characterize the electrical properties of asphalt for road surveying purposes. The studied rock types are metavolcanic rock with intermediate composition and pegmatite. The permittivity values gained with the resonator method are 6.2 for the metavolcanic rock and 4.5 for the pegmatite rock type, whereas the imaginary parts are 0.04 and 0.02. The permittivity values gained with the cutoff frequency method are 6.17 and 4.76 respectively. A reference measurement was made only for the metavolcanic rock in a transmission configuration with two antennas and the permittivity result was 6.21. The three different methods provide consistent permittivity values and are suitable for reliable permittivity evaluation.

  3. Interface and permittivity simultaneous reconstruction in electrical capacitance tomography based on boundary and finite-elements coupling method.

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    Ren, Shangjie; Dong, Feng

    2016-06-28

    Electrical capacitance tomography (ECT) is a non-destructive detection technique for imaging the permittivity distributions inside an observed domain from the capacitances measurements on its boundary. Owing to its advantages of non-contact, non-radiation, high speed and low cost, ECT is promising in the measurements of many industrial or biological processes. However, in the practical industrial or biological systems, a deposit is normally seen in the inner wall of its pipe or vessel. As the actual region of interest (ROI) of ECT is surrounded by the deposit layer, the capacitance measurements become weakly sensitive to the permittivity perturbation occurring at the ROI. When there is a major permittivity difference between the deposit and the ROI, this kind of shielding effect is significant, and the permittivity reconstruction becomes challenging. To deal with the issue, an interface and permittivity simultaneous reconstruction approach is proposed. Both the permittivity at the ROI and the geometry of the deposit layer are recovered using the block coordinate descent method. The boundary and finite-elements coupling method is employed to improve the computational efficiency. The performance of the proposed method is evaluated with the simulation tests. This article is part of the themed issue 'Supersensing through industrial process tomography'.

  4. "Evidence" Under a Magnifying Glass: Thoughts on Safety Argument Epistemology

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    Graydon, P. J.; Holloway, C. M.

    2015-01-01

    Common definitions of "safety case" emphasize that evidence is the basis of a safety argument, yet few widely referenced works explicitly define "evidence". Their examples suggest that similar things can be regarded as evidence. But the category evidence seems to contain (1) processes for finding things out, (2) information resulting from such processes, and (3) relevant documents. Moreover, any item of evidence could be replaced by further argument. Normative models of informal argumentation do not offer clear guidance on when a safety argument should cite evidence rather than appeal to a more detailed argument. Disciplines such as the law address the problem with a practical, domain-specific epistemology. In this paper, we explore these problems associated with evidence citations in safety arguments, identify goals for a theory of safety argument evidence and a practical safety argument epistemology, propose a model of safety evidence citation that advances the identified goals, and present a related extension to the Goal Structuring Notation (GSN).

  5. Argument-As-Procedure and "The Art of Controversy."

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    Hample, Dale; Dallinger, Judith M.

    Scholars have long been interested in the relation between rhetoric and dialectic. Recent theorists suggest that one way of viewing argument is through the perspective of argument-as-procedure, in which rules such as those attendant to the conduct of dialectic, debate, or discussion come under the purview of argumentation. This paper is a critical…

  6. Situating Standard Setting within Argument-Based Validity

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    Papageorgiou, Spiros; Tannenbaum, Richard J.

    2016-01-01

    Although there has been substantial work on argument-based approaches to validation as well as standard-setting methodologies, it might not always be clear how standard setting fits into argument-based validity. The purpose of this article is to address this lack in the literature, with a specific focus on topics related to argument-based…

  7. Discourse analysis and argumentation theory: the case of television talk

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    M.A. van Rees

    2007-01-01

    This paper, in discussing the six studies that make up this special issue of the Journal of Pragmatics on argumentation and television talk shows, offers reflections on the relationship between discourse analysis and argumentation theory. First, a brief sketch of both discourse analysis and argument

  8. Factors impacting teachers' argumentation instruction in their science classrooms

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    McNeill, Katherine L.; Katsh-Singer, Rebecca; González-Howard, María; Loper, Suzanna

    2016-08-01

    Science education research, reform documents and standards include scientific argumentation as a key learning goal for students. The role of the teacher is essential for implementing argumentation in part because their beliefs about argumentation can impact whether and how this science practice is integrated into their classroom. In this study, we surveyed 42 middle school science teachers and conducted follow-up interviews with 25 to investigate the factors that teachers believe impact their argumentation instruction. Teachers responded that their own learning goals had the greatest impact on their argumentation instruction while influences related to context, policy and assessment had the least impact. The minor influence of policy and assessment was in part because teachers saw a lack of alignment between these areas and the goals of argumentation. In addition, although teachers indicated that argumentation was an important learning goal, regardless of students' backgrounds and abilities, the teachers discussed argumentation in different ways. Consequently, it may be more important to help teachers understand what counts as argumentation, rather than provide a rationale for including argumentation in instruction. Finally, the act of trying out argumentation in their own classrooms, supported through resources such as curriculum, can increase teachers' confidence in teaching argumentation.

  9. From Formalism to Inquiry: A Model of Argument in "Antigone."

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    Kastely, James L.

    1999-01-01

    Presents a definition for a formalist approach to teaching argument and discusses limitations and serious problems with this approach. Discusses "Antigone" as a representative text for teaching argument because it challenges the very possibility of argument. Proposes that literary texts such as "Antigone" be taught as…

  10. Impact of Model-Based Teaching on Argumentation Skills

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    Ogan-Bekiroglu, Feral; Belek, Deniz Eren

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine effects of model-based teaching on students' argumentation skills. Experimental design guided to the research. The participants of the study were pre-service physics teachers. The argumentative intervention lasted seven weeks. Data for this research were collected via video recordings and written arguments.…

  11. Reliably measuring the condition of mineral-based transfer fluids using a permittivity sensor – practical application to thermal fluid heat transfer

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    Christopher Ian Wright

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available This article describes a series of experiments to assess the performance and suitability of a permittivity sensor in the area of heat transfer. The permittivity sensor measures condition index and temperature of a fluid. A series of 5 experiments was conducted. They assessed the reproducibility of the sensor using both clean and dirty fluid samples, and showed the sensor had good reproducibility based on calculations of coefficients of variation. The sensor also detected water contamination, assessed from construction of a stimulus-response curve to step-wise increases in water and from real-life samples where water content was reported to be out of specification. Further experiments tested the association between condition index and both water content and fluid cleanliness in a real-life setting. Results demonstrated the sensor that condition index reflected changes in fluid water and cleanliness and was therefore a measure of fluid condition. The implication of these findings is that the sensor can be used to make rapid and reliable assessments of fluid condition using only small samples (i.e., <50 ml. The sensor may be of benefit to customers that need to make a lot of regular samples over a large processing site, such as concentrated solar power plants.

  12. 1D/2D Carbon Nanomaterial-Polymer Dielectric Composites with High Permittivity for Power Energy Storage Applications.

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    Dang, Zhi-Min; Zheng, Ming-Sheng; Zha, Jun-Wei

    2016-04-06

    With the development of flexible electronic devices and large-scale energy storage technologies, functional polymer-matrix nanocomposites with high permittivity (high-k) are attracting more attention due to their ease of processing, flexibility, and low cost. The percolation effect is often used to explain the high-k characteristic of polymer composites when the conducting functional fillers are dispersed into polymers, which gives the polymer composite excellent flexibility due to the very low loading of fillers. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene nanosheets (GNs), as one-dimensional (1D) and two-dimensional (2D) carbon nanomaterials respectively, have great potential for realizing flexible high-k dielectric nanocomposites. They are becoming more attractive for many fields, owing to their unique and excellent advantages. The progress in dielectric fields by using 1D/2D carbon nanomaterials as functional fillers in polymer composites is introduced, and the methods and mechanisms for improving dielectric properties, breakdown strength and energy storage density of their dielectric nanocomposites are examined. Achieving a uniform dispersion state of carbon nanomaterials and preventing the development of conductive networks in their polymer composites are the two main issues that still need to be solved in dielectric fields for power energy storage. Recent findings, current problems, and future perspectives are summarized.

  13. An elementary argument for the magnetic field outside a solenoid

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    Pathak, Aritro

    2017-01-01

    The evaluation of the magnetic field inside and outside a uniform current density infinite solenoid of uniform cross-section is an elementary problem in classical electrodynamics that all undergraduate Physics students study. Symmetry properties of the cylinder and the judicious use of Ampere’s circuital law leads to correct results; however it does not explain why the field is non zero for a finite length solenoid, and why it vanishes as the solenoid becomes infinitely long. An argument is provided in Farley and Price (2001 Am. J. Phys. 69 751), explaining how the magnetic field behaves outside the solenoid and not too far from it, as a function of the length of the solenoid. A calculation is also outlined for obtaining the field just outside the circular cross section solenoid, in the classic text Classical Electrodynamics by Jackson, 3rd edn (John Wiley and Sons, Inc.), problems 5.3-5.5. The purpose of this paper is to provide an elementary argument for why the field becomes negligible as the length of the solenoid is increased. A quantitative analysis is provided for the field outside the solenoid, at radial distances large compared to the linear dimension of the solenoid cross section.

  14. Inviting Argument by Analogy: Analogical-Mapping-Based Comparison Activities as a Scaffold for Small-Group Argumentation

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    Emig, Brandon R.; McDonald, Scott; Zembal-Saul, Carla; Strauss, Susan G.

    2014-01-01

    This study invited small groups to make several arguments by analogy about simple machines. Groups were first provided training on analogical (structure) mapping and were then invited to use analogical mapping as a scaffold to make arguments. In making these arguments, groups were asked to consider three simple machines: two machines that they had…

  15. Extension of HPL to complex arguments

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    Maître, Daniel

    2012-03-01

    In this paper we describe the extension of the Mathematica package HPL to treat harmonic polylogarithms of complex arguments. The harmonic polylogarithms have been introduced by Remiddi and Vermaseren [E. Remiddi, J.A.M. Vermaseren, Int. J. Modern Phys. A 15 (2000) 725, hep-ph/9905237] and have many applications in high energy particle physics. New version program summaryProgram title: HPL Catalogue identifier: ADWX_v2_0 Program summary URL:http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/ADWX_v2_0.html Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen's University, Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: Standard CPC licence, http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/licence/licence.html No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 13 610 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 1 055 706 Distribution format: tar.gz Programming language: Mathematica 7/8. Computer: All computers running Mathematica. Operating system: Operating systems running Mathematica. Supplementary material: Additional "high weight" MinimalSet files available. Classification: 4.7. Catalogue identifier of previous version: ADWX_v1_0 Journal reference of previous version: Comput. Phys. Comm. 174 (2006) 222 Does the new version supersede the previous version?: Yes Nature of problem: Computer algebraic treatment of the harmonic polylogarithms which appear in the evaluation of Feynman diagrams. Solution method: Mathematica implementation. Reasons for new version: Added treatment of complex arguments. Details in arXiv:hep-ph/0703052. Summary of revisions: Added treatment of complex arguments. Details in arXiv:hep-ph/0703052. Running time: A few seconds for each function.

  16. Fostering Learning through the Use of Argumentative Serious Games

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    Hatzitaskos, Markos; Karacapilidis, Nikos

    As broadly admitted in the related literature, argumentation can promote learning, teamwork and leadership skills. These skills are central to the future of both developed and developing countries; however, related work reveals that students have difficulties in creating logical arguments. Motivated by the above, this paper proposes an innovative learning technology that aims at supporting argumentation through the use of serious games. Serious games have been shown to engage and motivate users and can be built with limited resources in mind. We comment on the suitability of their features for argumentation purposes, and we discuss how their use on teaching argumentation can be beneficial.

  17. Mediating argumentative deconstruction of advertising discourses

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    Maier, Carmen Daniela

    exposes how the advertising discourse of various companies is articulated when promoting well known products and services in their commercials. The original advertising discourse is deconstructed and reconstructed with additional visual material in front of the viewers' eyes who are instructed by a voice......-over narrator what to look at and how to identify and decode the persuasive strategies employed. The present multimodal analysis focuses on the characteristic features of these Media Bites argumentative discourses that challenge the legitimacy of the original advertising discourses. Looking specifically...... the deceptive advertising messages.    ...

  18. The argumentative impact of causal relations

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    Nielsen, Anne Ellerup

    1996-01-01

    such as causality, explanation and justification. In certain types of discourse, causal relations also imply an intentional element. This paper describes the way in which the semantic and pragmatic functions of causal markers can be accounted for in terms of linguistic and rhetorical theories of argumentation.......The semantic relations between and within utterances are marked by the use of connectors and adverbials. One type of semantic relations is causal relations expressed by causal markers such as because, therefore, so, for, etc. Some of these markers cover different types of causal relations...

  19. An Argument for Design Space Reflection

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    Dove, Graham; Halskov, Kim; Hansen, Nicolai Brodersen

    2016-01-01

    We argue that documenting, revisiting and reflecting on the design space of a project provides three important benefits. First it increases our awareness of the constraints introduced by particular design choices. Second, this qualifies our understanding of the way a design space has been filtered...... by design activities. Third we are prompted to challenge these constraints and reconsider disregarded opportunities. To support this argument, we revisit key activities from two projects in our interaction design lab’s portfolio, selected because of the detailed documentation available. We also introduce...

  20. Reasoning about Action: An Argumentation - Theoretic Approach

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    Foo, N Y; 10.1613/jair.1602

    2011-01-01

    We present a uniform non-monotonic solution to the problems of reasoning about action on the basis of an argumentation-theoretic approach. Our theory is provably correct relative to a sensible minimisation policy introduced on top of a temporal propositional logic. Sophisticated problem domains can be formalised in our framework. As much attention of researchers in the field has been paid to the traditional and basic problems in reasoning about actions such as the frame, the qualification and the ramification problems, approaches to these problems within our formalisation lie at heart of the expositions presented in this paper.

  1. Writing for publication: argument and evidence.

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    Fahy, Kathleen

    2008-09-01

    The rules for writing a research report for publication are well defined but are much less clear for scholarly scientific papers. The purpose of this paper is to enable new writers to confidently apply the skills of scientific writing within a scholarly paper for publication. Similarities and differences between scientific argument and debating are discussed. Achieving the right 'tone' and emphasis in writing is considered. How to use the correct verb tense is outlined. The importance of a clearly defined question is explained. The elements of an effective scholarly paper are presented and examples given. The elements are the: question, thesis, introduction, body of the paper, conclusion and finally, an abstract.

  2. Theory Reform caused by an Argumentation Tool.

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    1985-08-13

    caper concerns one such system, called NoteCards. The raier discusses two incidents where using the system uncovered major flaws in the arguments...Navy Personnel R&D Center NTTC (Code 016) San Diego, CA 92152 NAS Memphis (75) Millington, TN 38054 Dr. Barbara Means Human Resources Dr. Richard E...Institute Prcovo, UT 8-:57 Dr. Barbara Hayes-Roth Department of Computer Science Dr. S. ye-::r Stanford University Stanford Un-versity S ta"f r, C A ;33

  3. Silicone films with high stiffness and increasing permittivity through dipole-grafting

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    Bluemke, Martin; Wegener, Michael; Krueger, Hartmut

    2015-04-01

    Dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs) are smart materials that can be optimized by modifying the dielectric or mechanical properties of the electroactive polymer. The incorporation of inorganic particles in silicone elastomers shows a permittivity enhancement and undesired stiffening. We present another concept to obtain comparable properties by dipole grafting. Therefore, the organic dipole N-ally-N-methyl-4-nitroaniline is grafted in competition with the vinyl terminated PDMS to a hydrosilane cross-linker forming the PDMS network. With this procedure PDMS films with up to 25 wt% of the dipole were solvent casted and the chemical, mechanical, electrical, plus electromechanical properties of these novel materials were investigated.

  4. Complex permittivity, permeability and microwave absorbing properties of Co–Ti substituted strontium hexaferrite

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    Bindra Narang Sukhleen; Kaur Pawandeep; Bahel Shalini

    2016-01-01

    M-type strontium ferrite with compositions SrFe(12-2x)CoxTixO19 (x = 0.0, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1.0), were prepared by two route ceramic method. The effects of Co–Ti substitution on their microstructure, electromagnetic properties, and microwave absorptive behavior were analyzed. The complex permittivity (∊′-j∊″) and complex permeability (μ′-jμ″) have been measured from 8.2 to 12.4 GHz using a network analyzer. Scanning electron microscope was used to analyze the grain size distribution and porosity...

  5. The Microscopic Origin of the Macroscopic Dielectric Permittivity of Crystals: A Mathematical Viewpoint

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    Cancès, Eric; Stoltz, Gabriel

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to provide a mathematical analysis of the Adler-Wiser formula relating the macroscopic relative permittivity tensor to the microscopic structure of the crystal at the atomic level. The technical level of the presentation is kept at its minimum to emphasize the mathematical structure of the results. We also briefly review some models describing the electronic structure of finite systems, focusing on density operator based formulations, as well as the Hartree model for perfect crystals or crystals with a defect.

  6. Effective permittivity of single-walled carbon nanotube composites: Two-fluid model

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    Moradi, Afshin, E-mail: a.moradi@kut.ac.ir [Department of Engineering Physics, Kermanshah University of Technology, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Department of Nano Sciences, Institute for Studies in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics (IPM), Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Zangeneh, Hamid Reza; Moghadam, Firoozeh Karimi [Department of Photonics, Faculty of Physics, University of Kashan, Kashan (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-12-15

    We develop an effective medium theory to obtain effective permittivity of a composite of two-dimensional (2D) aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes. Electronic excitations on each nanotube surface are modeled by an infinitesimally thin layer of a 2D electron gas represented by two interacting fluids, which takes into account different nature of the σ and π electrons. Calculations of both real and imaginary parts of the effective dielectric function of the system are presented, for different values of the filling factor and radius of carbon nanotubes.

  7. Effective permittivity of single-walled carbon nanotube composites: Two-fluid model

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    Moradi, Afshin; Zangeneh, Hamid Reza; Moghadam, Firoozeh Karimi

    2015-12-01

    We develop an effective medium theory to obtain effective permittivity of a composite of two-dimensional (2D) aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes. Electronic excitations on each nanotube surface are modeled by an infinitesimally thin layer of a 2D electron gas represented by two interacting fluids, which takes into account different nature of the σ and π electrons. Calculations of both real and imaginary parts of the effective dielectric function of the system are presented, for different values of the filling factor and radius of carbon nanotubes.

  8. Analysis of Dynamic Response of Permittivity in a Liquid Crystal Cell with Flow

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    Ozaki, R.; Matsuura, K.; Kadowaki, K.; Duong, T. Q.; Moritake, H.

    2016-04-01

    Microwave and millimeter-wave devices including a liquid crystal (LC) are increasingly attractive for the use in adaptive and controllable devices. Various types of microwave phase shifters having an LC transmission line have been studied (e.g. microstripline, coplanar waveguide, and rectangular waveguide). In conventional microwave devices, the response time after removal of voltage is slow because the LC layer in the devices is usually thick. In this study, the time response of the LC permittivity is studied experimentally and theoretically. Experimentally measured response curves having two time constants for decay are examined by using Frank’s continuum theory with and without the backflow effect.

  9. High electrical permittivity of ultrapure water at the water-platinum interface

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    Musumeci, Francesco; Pollack, Gerald H.

    2014-10-01

    The discharge of a platinum parallel-plate capacitor filled with ultrapure water has been measured. The observed discharge trend can be described by a Modified Poisson-Boltzmann Equation (MPB) only when the voltage is very low. Increasing the applied voltage creates an ‘exclusion zone' in which the MPB equation no longer fits, and the system capacitance shows a dependence on the spacing between the two platinum plates. The permittivity of water, calculated considering the system as a plane capacitor, appears to be very high. This implies that the exclusion zone could have extraordinary dielectric properties.

  10. Permittivity of dielectric composite materials comprising graphene nanoribbons. The effect of nanostructure.

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    Dimiev, Ayrat; Zakhidov, Dante; Genorio, Bostjan; Oladimeji, Korede; Crowgey, Benjamin; Kempel, Leo; Rothwell, Edward J; Tour, James M

    2013-08-14

    New lightweight, flexible dielectric composite materials were fabricated by the incorporation of several new carbon nanostructures into a dielectric host matrix. Both the permittivity and loss tangent values of the resulting composites were widely altered by varying the type and content of the conductive filler. The dielectric constant was tuned from moderate to very high values, while the corresponding loss tangent changed from ultralow to extremely high. The data exemplify that nanoscale changes in the structure of the conductive filler result in dramatic changes in the dielectric properties of composites. A microcapacitor model most explains the behavior of the dielectric composites.

  11. The Whole Point of the Thing: How Nominalisation Might Develop Students' Written Causal Arguments

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    Carroll, James Edward

    2016-01-01

    Frustrated that previously taught writing frames seemed to impede his A-level students' historical arguments, James Edward Carroll theorised that the inadequacies he identified in their writing were as much disciplinary as stylistic. Drawing on two discourses that are often largely isolated from each other--genre theory and the work of the history…

  12. The simplest formal argument for fitness optimization

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    Alan Grafen

    2008-12-01

    The Formal Darwinism Project aims to provide a formal argument linking population genetics to fitness optimization, which of necessity includes defining fitness. This bridges the gulf between those biologists who assume that natural selection leads to something close to fitness optimization and those biologists who believe on theoretical grounds that there is no sense of fitness that can usefully be said to be optimized. The current paper’s main objective is to provide a careful mathematical introduction to the project, and it also reflects on the project’s scope and limitations. The central argument is the proof of close ties between the mathematics of motion, as embodied in the Price equation, and the mathematics of optimization, as represented by optimization programmes. To make these links, a general and abstract model linking genotype, phenotype and number of successful gametes is assumed. The project has begun with simple dynamic models and simple linking models, and its progress will involve more realistic versions of them. The versions given here are fully mathematically rigorous, but elementary enough to serve as an introduction.

  13. Group decision support using Toulmin argument structures

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    Janssen, T. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States)]|[George Mason Univ., Fairfax, VA (United States). School of Information Technology and Engineering; Sage, A.P. [George Mason Univ., Fairfax, VA (United States). School of Information Technology and Engineering

    1996-12-31

    This paper addresses the need for sound science, technology, and management assessment relative to environmental policy decision making through an approach that involves a logical structure for evidence, a framed decision-making process, and an environment that encourages group participation. Toulmin-based logic possesses these characteristics and is used as the basis for development of a group decision support system. This system can support several user groups, such as pesticide policy-making experts, who can use the support system to state arguments for or against an important policy issue, and pest management experts, who can use the system to assist in identifying and evaluating alternatives for controlling pests on agricultural commodities. The resulting decision support system assists in improving the clarity of the lines of reasoning used in specific situations; the warrants, grounds, and backings that are used to support claims and specific lines of reasoning; and the contradictions, rebuttals, and arguments surrounding each step in the reasoning process associated with evaluating a claim or counterclaim. Experts and decisions makers with differing views can better understand each other`s thought processes. The net effect is enhanced communications and understanding of the whole picture and, in many cases, consensus on decisions to be taken.

  14. Electrodynamics of soft multilayered particles dispersions: dielectric permittivity and dynamic mobility.

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    Merlin, Jenny; Duval, Jérôme F L

    2014-08-01

    We report a theory for the evaluation of the electrodynamics of dispersions of spherical soft multilayered (bio)particles, with microorganisms and polyelectrolyte multilayers-coated particles as illustrative paradigms. These particles generally consist of a hard (ion- and water-impermeable) core component supporting a succession of step-function or diffuse-like concentric soft (permeable) polymeric layers defined by distinct electrostatic, hydrodynamic and structural properties. The formalism is based on a rigorous numerical resolution of the coupled Navier-Stokes-Brinkman equation, continuity equations for the flow and for the ionic species present in solution, and the non-linear Poisson equation corrected for the multilayered nature of the soft interphase. The frequency-dependent dynamic mobility and dielectric permittivity of such soft particles suspensions are discussed as a function of the key electrohydrodynamic features of the constituting particulate peripheral layers and solution salinity. It is shown that the frequency dependent permittivity is mostly affected by the total charge carried by the overall soft interphase. In contrast, the dynamic mobility is mainly determined by the charge and friction characteristics of the layers located within an electrokinetically-active outer particle region whose extension is defined by the electric double layer thickness and the Brinkman length. Results highlight that under particular electrolyte concentration and layer-to-layer thickness ratio conditions, the dynamic mobility may reflect the physico-chemical and structural properties of the only innermost layers of the soft particle coating.

  15. Pulsed picosecond and nanosecond discharge development in liquids with various dielectric permittivity constants

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    Starikovskiy, Andrey

    2016-09-01

    The dynamics of pulsed picosecond and nanosecond discharge development in liquid water, ethanol and hexane were investigated experimentally. It is shown that the dynamics of discharge formation fundamentally differ between liquids with low and high dielectric permittivity coefficients. The difference in the nanosecond discharge development in liquid dielectrics may be explained by the formation of micro-discontinuities in the media during the electrostriction compression/rarefaction stage in liquids with high dielectric permittivity. Three possible mechanisms for the propagation of discharge in liquids play a different role depending on the pulse duration. The first is the formation of low density channels in liquid. In the second case the electrostatic forces support the expansion of nanoscale voids behind the front of the ionization wave; in the wave front the extreme electric field provides a strong negative pressure in the dielectric fluid due to the presence of electrostriction forces, forming the initial micro-voids in the continuous medium. Finally, in the third case, when a picosecond electric pulse is utilized, the ionization in the liquid phase occurs as a result of direct electron impact without undergoing a phase transition.

  16. An automated phase correction algorithm for retrieving permittivity and permeability of electromagnetic metamaterials

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    Z. X. Cao

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available To retrieve complex-valued effective permittivity and permeability of electromagnetic metamaterials (EMMs based on resonant effect from scattering parameters using a complex logarithmic function is not inevitable. When complex values are expressed in terms of magnitude and phase, an infinite number of permissible phase angles is permissible due to the multi-valued property of complex logarithmic functions. Special attention needs to be paid to ensure continuity of the effective permittivity and permeability of lossy metamaterials as frequency sweeps. In this paper, an automated phase correction (APC algorithm is proposed to properly trace and compensate phase angles of the complex logarithmic function which may experience abrupt phase jumps near the resonant frequency region of the concerned EMMs, and hence the continuity of the effective optical properties of lossy metamaterials is ensured. The algorithm is then verified to extract effective optical properties from the simulated scattering parameters of the four different types of metamaterial media: a cut-wire cell array, a split ring resonator (SRR cell array, an electric-LC (E-LC resonator cell array, and a combined SRR and wire cell array respectively. The results demonstrate that the proposed algorithm is highly accurate and effective.

  17. Public perceptions of arguments supporting and opposing recreational marijuana legalization.

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    McGinty, Emma E; Niederdeppe, Jeff; Heley, Kathryn; Barry, Colleen L

    2017-02-09

    In debates about recreational marijuana legalization, pro-legalization arguments highlighting economic and other potential policy benefits compete with anti-legalization arguments emphasizing public health risks. In 2016, we conducted a national survey using an online panel (N=979) designed to answer two main research questions: (1) How do Americans perceive the relative strength of competing arguments about recreational marijuana legalization? (2) How are perceptions of argument strength associated with public support for recreational marijuana legalization? We examined differences in attitudes among individuals living in states that have/have not legalized recreational marijuana and among Democrats/Independents/Republicans. Ordered logit regression assessed the relationship between perceived argument strength and public support for recreational marijuana legalization. Respondents rated pro-legalization arguments highlighting beneficial economic and criminal justice consequences as more persuasive than anti-legalization arguments emphasizing adverse public health effects. Respondents were more likely to agree with arguments highlighting legalization's potential to increase tax revenue (63.9%) and reduce prison overcrowding (62.8%) than arguments emphasizing negative consequences on motor vehicle crashes (51.8%) and youth health (49.6%). The highest rated anti-legalization arguments highlighted the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws (63.0%) and asserted that legalization will fail to eliminate the black market (57.2%). Respondents who endorsed pro-legalization economic and criminal justice arguments were more likely than other respondents to support legalization. Our findings indicate that, on both side of the recreational marijuana legalization debate, there are arguments that resonate with the American public. However, public health risk messages were viewed as less compelling than pro-legalization economic and criminal justice-oriented arguments.

  18. A microcontroller-based microwave free-space measurement system for permittivity determination of lossy liquid materials.

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    Hasar, U C

    2009-05-01

    A microcontroller-based noncontact and nondestructive microwave free-space measurement system for real-time and dynamic determination of complex permittivity of lossy liquid materials has been proposed. The system is comprised of two main sections--microwave and electronic. While the microwave section provides for measuring only the amplitudes of reflection coefficients, the electronic section processes these data and determines the complex permittivity using a general purpose microcontroller. The proposed method eliminates elaborate liquid sample holder preparation and only requires microwave components to perform reflection measurements from one side of the holder. In addition, it explicitly determines the permittivity of lossy liquid samples from reflection measurements at different frequencies without any knowledge on sample thickness. In order to reduce systematic errors in the system, we propose a simple calibration technique, which employs simple and readily available standards. The measurement system can be a good candidate for industrial-based applications.

  19. Complex permeability and permittivity variation of carbonyl iron rubber in the frequency range of 2 to 18 GHz

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    Adriana Medeiros Gama

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available The complex dielectric permittivity (e and magnetic permeability (m of Radar Absorbing Materials (RAM based on metallic magnetic particles (carbonyl iron particles embedded in a dielectric matrix (silicon rubber have been studied in the frequency range of 2 to 18 GHz. The relative permeability and permittivity of carbonyl iron-silicon composites for various mass fractions are measured by the transmission/reflection method using a vector network analyzer. The concentration dependence of permittivity and permeability on the frequency is analyzed. In a general way, the results show that e´ parameter shows a more significant variation among the evaluated parameters (e”, m”, m’. The comparison of dielectric and magnetic loss tangents (e”/e” and m”/m’, respectively shows more clearly the variation of both parameters (e and m according to the frequency. It is also observed that higher carbonyl iron content fractions favor both dielectric and magnetic loss tangents.

  20. Relative Permittivities for Glucose+Glycine+Water Solution at 278.15 to 313.15 K

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    ZHUO Ke-lei; LIU Qian-ge; LIU Hong-xun; LI Na-na; CHEN Yu-juan

    2011-01-01

    The relative permittivities(ε) for the glucose+glycine+water mixtures were measured at temperatures of 278.15 to 313.15 K.The experimental values for a complete data set were critically analyzed.The experimental values were fitted to some empirical equations as the functions of temperature and/or compositions of the solution.At given temperatures and compositions of glycine,the dependences of the relative permittivities on the molar fraction of glucose(Glc) and glycine(Gly) can be described by a linear or quadratic equation,respectively.A comparison of the εGlc values of glucose solution with the εGla values of galactose solution indicates that the relative permittivities of the ternary solutions containing glucose are smaller than those containing galactose under the same conditions.This difference arises from the slight difference in the stereo-structures of the saccharide molecules.

  1. A Theological Argument for an Everett Multiverse

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    Page, Don N

    2012-01-01

    Science looks for the simplest hypotheses to explain observations. Starting with the simple assumption that {\\em the actual world is the best possible world}, I sketch an {\\it Optimal Argument for the Existence of God}, that the sufferings in our universe would not be consistent with its being alone the best possible world, but the total world could be the best possible if it includes an omnipotent, omniscient, omnibenevolent God who experiences great value in creating and knowing a universe with great mathematical elegance, even though such a universe has suffering. God seems loathe to violate elegant laws of physics that He has chosen to use in His creation, such as Maxwell's equations for electromagnetism or Einstein's equations of general relativity for gravity within their classical domains of applicability, even if their violation could greatly reduce human suffering (e.g., from falls). If indeed God is similarly loathe to violate quantum unitarity (though such violations by judicious collapses of the w...

  2. Irony as a Communicative and Argumentative Strategy

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    Ida Lucia Machado

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available This article draws upon the polyphonic theory of Bakhtin (1970a, 1970b as well as certain concepts utilized by Ducrot (1984, showing, in the field of a theory of discourse analysis — in this case, Charaudeau’s semiolinguistics (1983, 1992, 2008 — some procedures which lead to the construction of irony. The study takes into account that this linguistic phenomenon appears as a means of communication susceptible to the creation of argumentative strategies even if the latter are not presented in a non-conventional way. To illustrate this, the study uses, as a basis for reflection, excerpts from the memoirs or life narrative of a French artist whose form of writing, according to Bakhtin (1970b, may fall into the category of Carnival literature.

  3. The multimodal argumentation of persuasive counter discourses

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    Maier, Carmen Daniela

    with the characteristics and potential fallacies of the advertising discourse of commercials. The original advertising discourse is deconstructed and reconstructed with additional visual material in front of the viewers’ eyes who are instructed by a voiceover narrator what to look at and how to identify and decode...... and critical participants in the process of message understanding. In this paper, I explore the Media Bites videos that identify and discuss problematic gender issues in commercials advertising various products. I adopt a multimodal approach in my discourse analysis and I establish which semiotic modes...... are given prominence in the argumentation by examining their complex interplay and functional differentiation. The ways in which speech, writing and images articulate the counter discourse occupy a central position in the analysis. A special focus is put on the multimodal configuration of specific...

  4. On multiple zeta values of even arguments

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    Hoffmann, Michael E. [U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD (United States). Dept. of Mathematics; Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Zeuthen (Germany)

    2012-06-15

    For k {<=} n, let E(2n,k) be the sum of all multiple zeta values with even arguments whose weight is 2n and whose depth is k. Of course E(2n,1) is the value {zeta}(2n) of the Riemann zeta function at 2n, and it is well known that E(2n,2)=(3)/(4){zeta}(2n). Recently Z. Shen and T. Cai gave formulas for E(2n,3) and E(2n,4) in terms {zeta}(2n) and {zeta}(2){zeta}(2n-2). We give two formulas form E(2n,k), both valid for arbitrary k{<=}n, one of which generalizes the Shen-Cai results; by comparing the two we obtain a Bernoulli-number identity. We also give an explicit generating function for the numbers E(2n,k).

  5. Using Computer-Assisted Argumentation Mapping to develop effective argumentation skills in high school advanced placement physics

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    Heglund, Brian

    Educators recognize the importance of reasoning ability for development of critical thinking skills, conceptual change, metacognition, and participation in 21st century society. There is a recognized need for students to improve their skills of argumentation, however, argumentation is not explicitly taught outside logic and philosophy---subjects that are not part of the K-12 curriculum. One potential way of supporting the development of argumentation skills in the K-12 context is through incorporating Computer-Assisted Argument Mapping to evaluate arguments. This quasi-experimental study tested the effects of such argument mapping software and was informed by the following two research questions: 1. To what extent does the collaborative use of Computer-Assisted Argumentation Mapping to evaluate competing theories influence the critical thinking skill of argument evaluation, metacognitive awareness, and conceptual knowledge acquisition in high school Advanced Placement physics, compared to the more traditional method of text tables that does not employ Computer-Assisted Argumentation Mapping? 2. What are the student perceptions of the pros and cons of argument evaluation in the high school Advanced Placement physics environment? This study examined changes in critical thinking skills, including argumentation evaluation skills, as well as metacognitive awareness and conceptual knowledge, in two groups: a treatment group using Computer-Assisted Argumentation Mapping to evaluate physics arguments, and a comparison group using text tables to evaluate physics arguments. Quantitative and qualitative methods for collecting and analyzing data were used to answer the research questions. Quantitative data indicated no significant difference between the experimental groups, and qualitative data suggested students perceived pros and cons of argument evaluation in the high school Advanced Placement physics environment, such as self-reported sense of improvement in argument

  6. A Measure of Perceived Argument Strength: Reliability and Validity.

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    Zhao, Xiaoquan; Strasser, Andrew; Cappella, Joseph N; Lerman, Caryn; Fishbein, Martin

    2011-03-04

    Studies of the content of persuasive messages in which the central arguments of the message are scrutinized have traditionally relied on the technique of thought-listing to assess argument strength. Although the validity of the thought-listing procedure is well documented, its utility can be limited in situations involving non-adult populations and sensitive topics. In this paper we present a self-reported scale that can be used to assess perceived argument strength in contexts where thought-listing may be less appropriate. This scale taps into perceived argument strength from multiple points of view, including but also extending beyond the potential of the argument to elicit positive and negative thoughts. Reliability and validity of this scale were assessed in health communication contexts involving anti-drug PSAs directed at adolescents and anti-smoking PSAs targeting adults. Evidence of convergence between this scale and the thought-listing technique was also obtained using the classical comprehensive exam arguments.

  7. Foundations of Academic Freedom: Making New Sense of Some Aging Arguments

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    Andreescu, Liviu

    2009-01-01

    The article distinguishes between the various arguments traditionally offered as justifications for the principle of academic freedom. Four main arguments are identified, three consequentialist in nature (the argument from truth, the democratic argument, the argument from autonomy), and one nonconsequentialist (a variant of the autonomy argument).…

  8. Negative permittivity of ZnO thin films prepared from aluminum and gallium doped ceramics via pulsed-laser deposition

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    Bodea, M. A.; Sbarcea, G.; Naik, G. V.

    2013-01-01

    Aluminum and gallium doped zinc oxide thin films with negative dielectric permittivity in the near infrared spectral range are grown by pulsed laser deposition. Composite ceramics comprising ZnO and secondary phase Al2O3 or Ga2O3 are employed as targets for laser ablation. Films deposited on glass...... from dense and small-grained ceramic targets show optical transmission larger than 70 % in the visible and reveal an onset of metallic reflectivity in the near infrared at 1100 nm and a crossover to a negative real part of the permittivity at approximately 1500 nm. In comparison to noble metals, doped...

  9. Molding of plasmonic resonances in metallic nanostructures: Dependence of the non-linear electric permittivity on system size and temperature

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    2013-10-25

    In this paper, we review the principal theoretical models through which the dielectric function of metals can be described. Starting from the Drude assumptions for intraband transitions, we show how this model can be improved by including interband absorption and temperature effect in the damping coefficients. Electronic scattering processes are described and included in the dielectric function, showing their role in determining plasmon lifetime at resonance. Relationships among permittivity, electric conductivity and refractive index are examined. Finally, a temperature dependent permittivity model is presented and is employed to predict temperature and non-linear field intensity dependence on commonly used plasmonic geometries, such as nanospheres. 2013 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

  10. Space-charge-limited leakage current in high dielectric constant and ferroelectric thin films considering the field-dependent permittivity

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    Sun, J.; Zheng, X. J.; Yin, W.; Tang, M. H.; Li, W.

    2010-12-01

    Distinguishing from the traditional characterization on high-field leakage current density-voltage relationship, the field-dependent permittivity from the polarization derivative is used to solve the space-charge-limited conduction, and the simulated leakage current densities are compared with the previous experimental observations. The influences of the mobility, ferroelectric parameters, and film thickness on the leakage current densities are discussed. The results verify that the high-field quasi-Ohmic region observed experimentally may result from the field-dependent permittivity, and that the leakage current can be influenced by the ferroelectric polarization.

  11. Estimation of permeability tensor and dielectric permittivity of ferrites using a wave guide method under a dc magnetic field

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    Tsiachristos I.

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Using a vector network analyzer equipped with a calibrated rectangular wave guide the electric permittivity and the element of the magnetic permeability tensor for Y3Fe5O12, ZnFe2O4 and NiFe2O4 are measured. The electric permittivity can be estimated from the body resonances (d = nλ/2 if a sufficient long sample is used. The estimation of the magnetic permeability tensors’ parameters can be estimated comparing the experimental results with computer simulations using the magnetic properties of the materials as derived from the magnetic measurements.

  12. Attitude and argumentation: an analysis of secondary school writing production

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    Abreu,Adriana Rodrigues de; Adriana Nogueira Accioly NÓBREGA

    2015-01-01

    This article aims at discussing argumentation in secondary school writing production considering resources of attitude, which may create writers’ authorial positioning (HYLAND, 2012). The study focuses on Systemic-Functional Linguistics (HALLIDAY; HASAN, 1989; HALLIDAY, 1994; HALLIDAY; MATTHIESSEN, 2004), in particular on the Appraisal System (MARTIN; WHITE, 2005), in interface with a social perspective of argumentation (BRETON, 2003). Two argumentative texts are analyzed through a qualitativ...

  13. Numerical simulation of a permittivity probe for measuring the electric properties of planetary regolith

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    Spitzer, K.; Sohl, F.; Panzner, M.

    2007-08-01

    Measurements of dielectric regolith properties are particularly useful for the detection of subsurface water/ice deposits in various forms, providing important constraints on the volatile content of planetary sub-surfaces and interiors. Additionally, near-surface environmental processes like impact gardening, space weathering, material erosion, vertical mixing, lateral redistribution, and volatile exchange can be addressed more carefully if combined with measurements related to soil stratigraphy and texture. We present a numerical simulation technique that parallels the development of an in-situ probe for measuring electric key properties such as conductivity and permittivity of planetary, asteroid, and cometary regoliths. Our simulation techniques aim at accompanying the hardware development and conduct virtual experiments, e.g., to assess the response of arbitrary heterogeneous conductivity and permittivity distributions or to scrutinize possibilities for spatial reconstruction methods using inverse schemes. In a first step, we have developed a finite element simulation code on the basis of unstructured, adaptive triangular grids for arbitrary two-dimensional axisymmetric distributions of conductivity and permittivity. The code is able to take into account the spatial geometry of the probe and allows for possible inductive effects. In previous studies, the non-inductive approach has been used to convert potential and phase data into apparent material properties. By our simulations, we have shown that this approach is valid for the frequency range from 102 to 107 Hz and electric conductivities of 10-8 S/m typical for planetary regolith.We prove the accuracy of our code to be better than 10% using mixed types of boundary conditions and present a simulated vertical log through a horizontally stratified subsurface layer as a representative example of a heterogeneous distribution of electrical regolith properties. Resolution studies for the given electrode separation

  14. Response to 'Fear of death and the symmetry argument'

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT This article is a response to 'Fear of death and the symmetry argument', in this issue. In that article, the author discusses the above Lucretian symmetry argument, and proposes a view that justifies the existing asymmetry in our attitudes towards birth and death. I begin by distinguishing this symmetry argument from a different one, also loosely inspired by Lucretius, which also plays a role in the article. I then describe what I take to be the author's solution to the original symmetry argument (i.e. the one above and explain why I am unpersuaded by it.

  15. Preface: From Pragmatics and Dialectics to Argument Studies

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    Budzynska Katarzyna

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Pragmatics and dialectics are two disciplines which have been amongst the first and most important partners for argument studies in the exploration of the complex realm of communication. Treating argumentation as a construct consisting of premises and conclusion allows for investigating some interesting properties of the phenomenon of reasoning, but does not capture a variety of aspects related to the usage of natural language and dialogical context in which real-life argumentation is typically embedded. This special issue explores some of the fascinating research questions which emerge when we move beyond logic into the territory of the pragmatics and dialectics of argument.

  16. Fregego krytyka dowodu ontologicznego (FREGE'S CRITICISM OF THE ONTOLOGICAL ARGUMENT

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    Arkadiusz Gut

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available The paper reconstructs Frege's criticism of the ontological argument for the existence of God on the basis of various remarks scattered in his writings. The material is organized in such a way as to: (a reveal a logical structure of the argument; (b show and discern various presupposition of a logical, semantical and ontological character; and (c indicate some essential weaknesses of the ontological argument. It is argued that Frege's critical commentaries on this argument are essentially connected to four solutions, stating that: (1 the difference between a name and a predicate is categorical; (2 the existential judgement possesses a different logical structure than the singular judgement; (3 in the characteristic of concepts marks and properties should be distinguished; (4 the ascription of number contains the statement about a concept. In order to make Frege's argumentation as understandable as possible it is confronted with Kant's criticism of ontological argument. The analysis carried on in the above-described way reveals a number of shortcomings which discredit the ontological argument. For example, the paper shows that the analysis of predication of oneness (Einzigkeit does not lead to the affirmation of God's existence. Moreover, it shows that in that argument the term God is used in two different semantic roles; that some theses that should constitute the argument's conclusion, are already assumed; and that sense-condition and truth-conditions are not distinguished.Other author's publications:

  17. Constructional Approach as Compared with Projectionist Approach to Argument Structure

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    戴好运

    2016-01-01

    Projectionist accounts of argument structure give verb's semantic representation a central role in sentence interpretation, it is held that the argument structure and alternations related with a verb are always the product of its semantic representation. However, a circularity problem arises. To solve this problem, Goldberg (1995)'s constructional approach proposed that argument structure patterns are linguistic units in their own right. This paper attempts to make a comparison between projectionist approach and constructional approach to argument structure and discuss constructional approach's advantage in reducing verb senses and avoiding circularity.

  18. Analysis of Discourse Markers in Chinese Students’ Argumentative Speech Chinese Students’ Argumentative Speech

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    QU; Jingwen; WANG; Yongli; DING; Shaojun

    2015-01-01

    DMs are a set of lexical and non-lexical forms which commonly appear in communication.Rather than other researches who focus on discourse markers in natural English speaking context,this paperexamines Chinese students’ usage of DMs in argumentative speeches and indicates that proper use of discourse markers could facilitate the communication process and more attention should be given to learning and teaching discourse markers by both students and teachers.

  19. News Coverage of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Taxes: Pro- and Antitax Arguments in Public Discourse

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    Gollust, Sarah E.; Jarlenski, Marian P.; Nathanson, Ashley M.; Barry, Colleen L.

    2013-01-01

    Objectives. We examined news coverage of public debates about large taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) to illuminate how the news media frames the debate and to inform future efforts to promote obesity-related public policy. Methods. We conducted a quantitative content analysis in which we assessed how frequently 30 arguments supporting or opposing SSB taxes appeared in national news media and in news outlets serving jurisdictions where SSB taxes were proposed between January 2009 and June 2011. Results. News coverage included more discrete protax than antitax arguments on average. Supportive arguments about the health consequences and financial benefits of SSB taxes appeared most often. The most frequent opposing arguments focused on how SSB taxes would hurt the economy and how they constituted inappropriate governmental intrusion. Conclusions. News outlets that covered the debate on SSB taxes in their jurisdictions framed the issue in largely favorable ways. However, because these proposals have not gained passage, it is critical for SSB tax advocates to reach audiences not yet persuaded about the merits of this obesity prevention policy. PMID:23597354

  20. TE Magnetostatic Surface Waves in Symmetric Dielectric Negative Permittivity Material Waveguide

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    A. I. Ass'ad

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Nonlinear magnetostatic surface wave in a slab waveguide structure has been investigated. The design consisted of dielectric film between two thick nonlinear nonmagnetic negative permittivity material (NPM layers. A dispersion relation for TE nonlinear Magnetostatic surface waves (NMSSWs has been derived into the proposed structure and has been numerically investigated. Effective refractive index decreases with thickness and frequency increase have been found. Effective refractive index decrease with optical nonlinearity increase and switching to negative values of effective refractive index at a certain value of optical nonlinearity have been found. This meant that the structure behaved like a left-handed material over certain range. We found that the power flow was changing by changing the operating frequency, the dielectric film thickness, and the optical nonlinearity. Also, the effective refractive index and power flow attained constant values over certain values of dielectric constant values.

  1. Broadband angle- and permittivity-insensitive nondispersive optical activity based on chiral metamaterials

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    Song, Kun; Su, Zhaoxian; Ding, Changlin; Liu, Yahong; Luo, Chunrong; Zhao, Xiaopeng; Bhattarai, Khagendra; Zhou, Jiangfeng

    2016-01-01

    Because of the strong inherent resonances, the giant optical activity obtained via chiral metamaterials generally suffers from high dispersion, which has been a big stumbling block to broadband applications. In this paper, we propose a type of chiral metamaterial consisting of interconnected metal helix structures with four-fold symmetry, which exhibits nonresonant Drude-like response and can therefore avoid the highly dispersive optical activity resulting from resonances. It shows that the well-designed chiral metamaterial can achieve nondispersive and pure optical activity with high transmittance in a broadband frequency range. And the optical activity of multi-layer chiral metamaterials is proportional to the layer numbers of single-layer chiral metamaterial. Most remarkably, the broadband behaviors of nondispersive optical activity and high transmission are insensitive to the incident angles of electromagnetic waves and permittivity of dielectric substrate, thereby enabling more flexibility in polarizatio...

  2. Defect Complex Effect in Nb Doped TiO2 Ceramics with Colossal Permittivity

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    Li, Fuchao; Shang, Baoqiang; Liang, Pengfei; Wei, Lingling; Yang, Zupei

    2016-10-01

    Donor-doped Nb x Ti1- x O2 ( x = 1%, 2%, 4%, 6%, and 8%) ceramics with giant permittivity (>104) and a very low dielectric loss (˜0.05) were sintered under flowing N2 at 1400°C for 10 h. By increasing Nb doping concentration, two different dielectric responses were evidenced in the frequency dependence of dielectric properties of Nb doped TiO2 ceramics, which corresponded to the space charge polarization and the electron-pinned defect-dipoles effect, respectively. Especially, combined with the x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results, the electron-pinned defect-dipoles induced by the 2({Nb}^{5 + } )_{{Ti}}^{ bullet } to 4({Ti}^{3 + } )^'_{{Ti}} leftarrow {V}_{{o}}^{ bullet bullet } defect complex were further confirmed to give rise to both their high ɛr and low tan δ in the high frequency range for the Nb x Ti1- x O2 ceramics with x > 4%.

  3. Zero permeability and zero permittivity band gaps in 1D metamaterial photonic crystals

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    Depine, Ricardo A. [Grupo de Electromagnetismo Aplicado, Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Universitaria, Pabellon I, C1428EHA Buenos Aires (Argentina); Martinez-Ricci, Maria L. [Grupo de Electromagnetismo Aplicado, Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Universitaria, Pabellon I, C1428EHA Buenos Aires (Argentina); Monsoriu, Juan A. [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, 46022 Valencia (Spain)]. E-mail: jmonsori@fis.upv.es; Silvestre, Enrique [Departamento de Optica, Universidad de Valencia, 46100 Burjassot (Spain); Andres, Pedro [Departamento de Optica, Universidad de Valencia, 46100 Burjassot (Spain)

    2007-04-30

    We consider layered heterostructures combining ordinary positive index materials and dispersive metamaterials. We show that these structures can exhibit a new type of photonic gap around frequencies where either the magnetic permeability {mu} or the electric permittivity {epsilon} of the metamaterial is zero. Although the interface of a semi-infinite medium with zero refractive index (a condition attained either when {mu}=0 or when {epsilon}=0) is known to give full reflectivity for all incident polarizations, here we show that a gap corresponding to {mu}=0 occurs only for TE polarized waves, whereas a gap corresponding to {epsilon}=0 occurs only for TM polarized waves. These band gaps are scale-length invariant and very robust against disorder, although they may disappear for the particular case of propagation along the stratification direction.

  4. Characterizing the complex permittivity of high-κ dielectrics using enhanced field method

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    Chao, Hsien-Wen; Wong, Wei-Syuan; Chang, Tsun-Hsu, E-mail: thschang@phys.nthu.edu.tw [Department of Physics, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 30024, Taiwan (China)

    2015-11-15

    This paper proposed a method to characterize the complex permittivities of samples based on the enhancement of the electric field strength. The enhanced field method significantly improves the measuring range and accuracy of the samples’ electrical properties. Full-wave simulations reveal that the resonant frequency is closely related to the dielectric constant of the sample. In addition, the loss tangent can be determined from the measured quality factor and the just obtained dielectric constant. Materials with low dielectric constant and very low loss tangent are measured for benchmarking and the measured results agree well with previous understanding. Interestingly, materials with extremely high dielectric constants (ε{sub r} > 50), such as titanium dioxide, calcium titanate, and strontium titanate, differ greatly as expected.

  5. Effective permittivity and permeability of one-dimensional dielectric photonic crystal within a band gap

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    Guo Ji-Yong; Chen Hong; Li Hong-Qiang; Zhang Ye-Wen

    2008-01-01

    We take a finite dielectric photonic crystal as a homogeneous slab and have extracted the effective parameters. Our systematic study shows that the effective permittivity or permeability of dielectric photonic crystal is negative within a band gap region. This means that the band gap might act as ε-negative materials (ENMs) with ε0, or μ-negative materials (MNMs) with ε>0 and μ<0. Moreover the effective parameters sensitively rely on size, surface termination, symmetry, etc. The effective parameters can be used to design full transmission tunnelling modes and amplify evanescent wave. Several cases are studied and the results show that dielectric photonic band gap can indeed mimic a single negative material (ENM or MNM) under some restrictions.

  6. Plasmonic modulator optimized by patterning of active layer and tuning permittivity

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    Babicheva, Viktoriia; Lavrinenko, Andrei

    2012-01-01

    We study an ultra-compact plasmonic modulator that can be applied in photonic integrated circuits. The modulator is a metal-insulator-metal waveguide with an additional ultra-thin layer of indium tin oxide (ITO). Bias is applied to the multilayer core by means of metal plates that serve...... several optimizations. We examine influence of the ITO permittivity on the modulator's performance and point out appropriate values. We analyze eigenmodes of the waveguide structure and specify the range for its efficient operation. We show that substituting the continuous active layer by a one......-dimension periodic stripes increases transmittance through the device and keeps the modulator's performance at the same level. The dependence on the pattern size and filling factor of the active material is analyzed and optimum parameters are found. Patterned ITO layers allow us to design a Bragg grating inside...

  7. On the Definition of Effective Permittivity and Permeability For Thin Composite Layers

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    Saenz, E; Ikonen, P; Tretyakov, S; Gonzalo, Ramon; Ikonen, Pekka; Saenz, Elena; Tretyakov, Sergei

    2007-01-01

    The problem of definition of effective material parameters (permittivity and permeability) for composite layers containing only one-two parallel arrays of complex-shaped inclusions is discussed. Such structures are of high importance for the design of novel metamaterials, where the realizable layers quite often have only one or two layers of particles across the sample thickness. Effective parameters which describe the averaged induced polarizations are introduced. As an explicit example, we develop an analytical model suitable for calculation of the effective material parameters $\\epsilon_{\\rm{eff}}$ and $\\mu_{\\rm{eff}}$ for double arrays of electrically small electrically polarizable scatterers. Electric and magnetic dipole moments induced in the structure and the corresponding reflection and transmission coefficients are calculated using the local field approach for the normal plane-wave incidence, and effective parameters are introduced through the averaged fields and polarizations. In the absence of loss...

  8. Repulsion of polarised particles from anisotropic materials with a near-zero permittivity component

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    Francisco J Rodríguez-Fortu(n)o; Anatoly V Zayats

    2016-01-01

    Reduction of adhesion and stiction is crucial for robust operation on nanomechanical and optofluidic devices as well as atom and molecule behaviour near surfaces.It can be achieved using electric charging,magnetic materials or light pressure and optical trapping.Here we show that a particle scattering or emitting in close proximity to an anisotropic substrate can experience a repulsive force if one of the diagonal components of the permittivity tensor is close to zero.We derive an analytic condition for the existence of such repulsive force depending on the optical properties of the substrate.We also demonstrate the effect using realistic anisotropic metamaterial implementations of a substrate.The anisotropic metamaterial approach using metal-dielectric and graphene-dielectric multilayers provides a tuneable spectral range and a very broad bandwidth of electromagnetic repulsion forces,in contrast to isotropic substrates.

  9. Optically assisted trapping with high-permittivity dielectric rings: Towards optical aerosol filtration

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    Alaee, Rasoul; Rockstuhl, Carsten; Passian, Ali

    2016-01-01

    Controlling the transport, trapping, and filtering of nanoparticles is important for many applications. By virtue of their weak response to gravity and their thermal motion, various physical mechanisms can be exploited for such operations on nanoparticles. However, the manipulation based on optical forces is potentially most appealing since it constitutes a highly deterministic approach. Plasmonic nanostructures have been suggested for this purpose, but they possess the disadvantages of locally generating heat and trapping the nanoparticles directly on surface. Here, we propose the use of dielectric rings made of high permittivity materials for trapping nanoparticles. Thanks to their ability to strongly localize the field in space, nanoparticles can be trapped without contact. We use a semi-analytical method to study the ability of these rings to trap nanoparticles. Results are supported by full-wave simulations. Application of the trapping concept to nanoparticle filtration is suggested.

  10. Characterizing the complex permittivity of high-κ dielectrics using enhanced field method

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    Chao, Hsien-Wen; Wong, Wei-Syuan; Chang, Tsun-Hsu

    2015-11-01

    This paper proposed a method to characterize the complex permittivities of samples based on the enhancement of the electric field strength. The enhanced field method significantly improves the measuring range and accuracy of the samples' electrical properties. Full-wave simulations reveal that the resonant frequency is closely related to the dielectric constant of the sample. In addition, the loss tangent can be determined from the measured quality factor and the just obtained dielectric constant. Materials with low dielectric constant and very low loss tangent are measured for benchmarking and the measured results agree well with previous understanding. Interestingly, materials with extremely high dielectric constants (ɛr > 50), such as titanium dioxide, calcium titanate, and strontium titanate, differ greatly as expected.

  11. Top loaded TM01δ Mode Cylindrical Dielectric Resonator for Complex Permittivity Characterization of Liquids

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    A. Yasin

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports on a technique of using a very high quality factor cylindrical dielectric resonator operating in TM01δ mode to characterize liquids available in trace quantities. The proposed measurement technique is based on the resonant perturbation theory and the resonator is used as a sensor to determine complex permittivity of solvents at 10.5GHz. Owing to a very high unloaded quality factor of about 5000 the proposed sensor can characterize low to medium loss materials with high accuracy. Small quantities of isopropanol and ethanol have been characterized for their solution ratio when mixed with different quantities of distilled water. Low cost and versatility of the proposed structure make it a prime choice for pharmaceutical industry where high standards of purity need to be ensured.

  12. Influence of moisture content and temperature on the dielectric permittivity of zeolite NaY.

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    Kraus, Markus; Kopinke, Frank-Dieter; Roland, Ulf

    2011-03-07

    The influence of moisture content and temperature on the dielectric permittivity (complex resistance) of the zeolite NaY was investigated for a fixed radio frequency (RF) of 13.56 MHz. Sealed glass tubes containing zeolite with defined moisture contents were simultaneously heated in a homogeneous high-frequency electromagnetic field. The dielectric loss factor, i.e. the imaginary part of the permittivity ε(r)″, was calculated from the obtained heating rates. On the basis of the resulting values for various moisture contents and temperatures and utilizing the knowledge of elementary cation hopping processes occurring at low and high frequencies (LF and HF) from the literature, a new model was introduced for the description of dielectric radio-frequency heating of moist zeolites. Since adsorption of water is correlated with an enhancement of the activation energy of the cations on SII sites, cations in the zeolite NaY are moving from SII sites to unoccupied SIII sites when the water content is increasing. Thus, four different transfer processes for the cations have to be considered in total. On the basis of these assumptions, the resulting dielectric loss factor ε(r)″ as a function of water content and temperature for a fixed frequency of 13.56 MHz was modelled. The experimental data are in good agreement with the values obtained from the model. Especially, the measured pronounced maximum of dielectric loss at temperatures below 300 °C and water contents below 4 wt.-% can be explained by the new model.

  13. Arguments completed in suit over Internet censorship.

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    1996-05-31

    Closing remarks on the Communications Decency Act, requiring Internet providers to censor materials that may be unsuitable for minors, were heard on May 10, 1996. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is leading the challenge to the law. Because information about HIV necessarily must deal with sexual practices, HIV/AIDS service providers would be forced to either avoid talking about the subject or find ways to prevent minors from accessing the information. During the oral arguments, U.S. Justice Department attorney Anthony Coppolino tried to show that the Internet is more like a broadcast medium such as television or radio and is different from newspapers, which enjoy a constitutional protection against government censorship. ACLU attorney Christopher Hansen disagreed, saying the reverse is true. The ACLU said parental control mechanisms such as SurfWatch, Net Nanny, and Cyberpatrol are commercially available to parents who wish to restrict their children's Internet access and are more effective than the government's proposal. The court is expected to rule on the lawsuit in several weeks. An appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is expected, regardless of the outcome.

  14. The flaw in the firewall argument

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    Mathur, Samir D

    2014-01-01

    A lot of confusion surrounds the issue of black hole complementarity, because the question has been considered without discussing the mechanism which guarantees unitarity. Considering such a mechanism leads to the following: (1) The Hawking quanta with energy E of order the black hole temperature T carry information, and so only appropriate processes involving E>>T quanta can have any possible complementary description with an information-free horizon; (2) The stretched horizon describes all possible black hole states with a given mass M, and it must expand out to a distance s_{bubble} before it can accept additional infalling bits; (3) The Hawking radiation has a very particular low temperature T, and infalling quanta interact significantly with it only within a distance s_{alpha} of the horizon. One finds s_{alpha} >T, and this removes the argument against complementarity recently made by Almheiri et al. In particular, the condition E>>T leads to the notion of 'fuzzball complementarity', where the modes aro...

  15. The flaw in the firewall argument

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    Mathur, Samir D., E-mail: mathur.16@osu.edu; Turton, David, E-mail: turton.7@osu.edu

    2014-07-15

    A lot of confusion surrounds the issue of black hole complementarity, because the question has been considered without discussing the mechanism which guarantees unitarity. Considering such a mechanism leads to the following: (1) The Hawking quanta with energy E of order the black hole temperature T carry information, and so only appropriate processes involving E≫T quanta can have any possible complementary description with an information-free horizon; (2) The stretched horizon describes all possible black hole states with a given mass M, and it must expand out to a distance s{sub bubble} before it can accept additional infalling bits; (3) The Hawking radiation has a specific low temperature T, and infalling quanta interact significantly with it only within a distance s{sub α} of the horizon. One finds s{sub α}≪s{sub bubble} for E≫T, and this removes the argument against complementarity recently made by Almheiri et al. In particular, the condition E≫T leads to the notion of ‘fuzzball complementarity’, where the modes around the horizon are indeed correctly entangled in the complementary picture to give the vacuum.

  16. Molecular beam deposition of high-permittivity polydimethylsiloxane for nanometer-thin elastomer films in dielectric actuators

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    M. Weiss, Florian; Madsen, Frederikke Bahrt; Töpper, Tino;

    2016-01-01

    To realize low-voltage dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs) for artificial muscles, a high-permittivity elastomer and a related thin-film deposition technique must be selected. For polydimethylsiloxane, fillers or functionalized crosslinkers have been incorporated into the elastomer to improve...

  17. Significantly elevated dielectric permittivity of Si-based semiconductor/polymer 2-2 composites induced by high polarity polymers

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    Feng, Yefeng; Gong, Honghong; Xie, Yunchuan; Wei, Xiaoyong; Zhang, Zhicheng

    2016-02-01

    To disclose the essential influence of polymer polarity on dielectric properties of polymer composites filled with semiconductive fillers, a series of Si-based semiconductor/polymer 2-2 composites in a series model was fabricated. The dielectric permittivity of composites is highly dependant on the polarity of polymer layers as well as the electron mobility in Si-based semiconductive sheets. The huge dielectric permittivity achieved in Si-based semiconductive sheets after being coated with high polarity polymer layers is inferred to originate from the strong induction of high polarity polymers. The increased mobility of the electrons in Si-based semiconductive sheets coated by high polarity polymer layers should be responsible for the significantly enhanced dielectric properties of composites. This could be facilely achieved by either increasing the polarity of polymer layers or reducing the percolative electric field of Si-based semiconductive sheets. The most promising 2-2 dielectric composite was found to be made of α-SiC with strong electron mobility and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) with high polarity, and its highest permittivity was obtained as 372 at 100 Hz although the permittivity of α-SiC and PVA is 3-5 and 15, respectively. This work may help in the fabrication of high dielectric constant (high-k) composites by tailoring the induction effect of high polarity polymers to semiconductors.

  18. Synthesis and characterizations of high permittivity ultraviolet cured soft elastomeric networks and composites applicable as dielectric electroactive polymer

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    Goswami, Kaustav

    siloxane) (PDMS) and polyurethanes are designed with the requirements specific for DEAPs. Thus there is a need to develop elastomers with low elastic modulus, low viscous and dielectric losses and high relative permittivity. Interpenetrating networks and fumed silica reinforced composites of poly...

  19. Association of evaluation methods of the effective permittivity of heterogeneous media on the basis of a generalized singular approximation

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    Kolesnikov, V. I.; Yakovlev, V. B.; Bardushkin, V. V.; Lavrov, I. V.; Sychev, A. P.; Yakovleva, E. N.

    2013-09-01

    Various methods for evaluation of the effective permittivity of heterogeneous media, namely, the effective medium approximation (Bruggeman's approximation), the Maxwell-Garnett approximation, Wiener's bounds, and the Hashin-Shtrikman variational bounds (for effective static characteristics) are combined on the basis of a generalized singular approximation.

  20. Traceable measurement and imaging of the complex permittivity of a multiphase mineral specimen at micron scales using a microwave microscope.

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    Gregory, A P; Blackburn, J F; Hodgetts, T E; Clarke, R N; Lees, K; Plint, S; Dimitrakis, G A

    2017-01-01

    This paper describes traceable measurements of the dielectric permittivity and loss tangent of a multiphase material (particulate rock set in epoxy) at micron scales using a resonant Near-Field Scanning Microwave Microscope (NSMM) at 1.2GHz. Calibration and extraction of the permittivity and loss tangent is via an image charge analysis which has been modified by the use of the complex frequency to make it applicable for high loss materials. The results presented are obtained using a spherical probe tip, 0.1mm in diameter, and also a conical probe tip with a rounded end 0.01mm in diameter, which allows imaging with higher resolution (≈10µm). The microscope is calibrated using approach-curve data over a restricted range of gaps (typically between 1% and 10% of tip diameter) as this is found to give the best measurement accuracy. For both tips the uncertainty of scanned measurements of permittivity is estimated to be±10% (at coverage factor k=2) for permittivity ⪝10. Loss tangent can be resolved to approximately 0.001. Subject to this limit, the uncertainty of loss tangent measurements is estimated to be±20% (at k=2). The reported measurements inform studies of how microwave energy interacts with multiphase materials containing microwave absorbent phases.

  1. Correlation between temperature-dependent permittivity dispersion and depolarization behaviours in Zr4+-modified BiFeO3–BaTiO3 piezoelectric ceramics

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    Weidong Zeng; Changrong Zhou; Jianrong Xiao; Jiafeng Ma

    2015-12-01

    The correlation between permittivity frequency dispersion and depoling process upon heating was investigated in Zr4+-modified 0.75BiFeO3–0.25BaTiO3 (BF–BZT) ceramics. The temperature-dependent permittivity r() and the piezoelectric coefficient 33 for poled samples were measured under heating conditions to clarify the depolarization mechanism. The results indicate that the poling temperature plays a crucial role in the domains' alignment process, as expected. The temperature-dependent permittivity frequency dispersion and depolarization behaviours may have same origin. The aligned domains' break up into random state/nanodomains at depoling temperature ( d), which causes strong frequency dependence of the permittivity, simultaneously, induces the loss of piezoelectricity. It suggests that the temperature-dependent permittivity measurements method is a simple way to determine the depolarization temperature.

  2. Analogy and Intersubjectivity: Political Oratory, Scholarly Argument and Scientific Reports.

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    Gross, Alan G.

    1983-01-01

    Focuses on the different ways political oratory, scholarly argument, and scientific reports use analogy. Specifically, analyzes intersubjective agreement in Franklin D. Roosevelt's First Inaugural address, the scholarly argument between Sir Karl Popper and Thomas S. Kuhn, and the scientific reports of various mathematicians and scientists. (PD)

  3. Viewing a Poem as Argument: Helping Students Understand Contemporary Poetry

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    Bauer, Sara

    2008-01-01

    When high school honors students were put off by contemporary poetry, the author engaged them by analyzing the poem as an "argument." Using the Toulmin model to establish a warrant, advance a claim, and locate details to support that claim, students were able, by treating a poem as an argument, to increase their understanding of the…

  4. Argumentation in Secondary School Students' Structured and Unstructured Chat Discussions

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    Salminen, Timo; Marttunen, Miika; Laurinen, Leena

    2012-01-01

    Joint construction of new knowledge demands that persons can express their statements in a convincing way and explore other people's arguments constructively. For this reason, more knowledge on different means to support collaborative argumentation is needed. This study clarifies whether structured interaction supports students' critical and…

  5. First Steps in Teaching Argumentation: A South African Study

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    Braund, Martin; Scholtz, Zena; Sadeck, Melanie; Koopman, Robert

    2013-01-01

    South African student teachers were studied to see how they coped with requirements to teach science using argumentation. Lesson observations, plans, reflective logs, post-teaching interviews and assessment of pupils' argumentation were used to compare student teachers' preparedness and interactions with pupils. Two clusters of students were…

  6. Teaching and Learning Argumentation in English: A Dialogic Approach

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    VanDerHeide, Jennifer; Juzwik, Mary; Dunn, Mandie

    2016-01-01

    Various instructional approaches have been laid out for conceptualizing argumentation talk and writing in English classrooms. One prominent, and historically durable, approach is formalist--teachers slot the teaching of argument into a form-based approach, usually using the 5-paragraph theme. This model too often fails to persuade students of the…

  7. Viewing the study of argumentation as normative pragmatics

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    van Eemeren, F.H.; Garssen, B.; Capone, A.; Lo Piparo, F.; Carapezza, M.

    2013-01-01

    In this chapter we explain that the pragma-dialectical approach to argumentation involves at the same time a pragmatic and a critical treatment of argumentative discourse. Starting from the speech act dimension of pragmatics, we indicate for each of the five components of the pragma-dialectical rese

  8. Learning about Plate Tectonics through Argument-Writing

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    Klein, Perry D.; Samuels, Boba

    2010-01-01

    In a quasi-experimental study (N = 60), grade 7/8 teachers students were taught to write arguments in content-area subjects. After instruction, students drew on document portfolios to write on a new topic: "Do the continents drift?" In a MANCOVA, students who participated in argument instruction scored significantly higher than a control class on…

  9. Teaching the Academic Argument in a University EFL Environment

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    Bacha, Nahla Nola

    2010-01-01

    An educational challenge that many university EFL students face is the production of written academic arguments as part of their required essays. Although the importance of argumentative writing in education is uncontested, and research shows that EFL students find difficulties in producing such texts, it is not adequately dealt with for the L1…

  10. "Argument!" Helping Students Understand What Essay Writing Is About

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    Wingate, Ursula

    2012-01-01

    Argumentation is a key requirement of the essay, which is the most common genre that students have to write. However, how argumentation is realised in disciplinary writing is often poorly understood by academic tutors, and therefore not adequately taught to students. This paper presents research into undergraduate students' concepts of argument…

  11. Learning about Plate Tectonics through Argument-Writing

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    Klein, Perry D.; Samuels, Boba

    2010-01-01

    In a quasi-experimental study (N = 60), grade 7/8 teachers students were taught to write arguments in content-area subjects. After instruction, students drew on document portfolios to write on a new topic: "Do the continents drift?" In a MANCOVA, students who participated in argument instruction scored significantly higher than a control…

  12. Using History and Philosophy of Science to Promote Students' Argumentation

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    Archila, Pablo Antonio

    2015-01-01

    This article describes the effect of a teaching-learning sequence (TLS) based on the discovery of oxygen in promoting students' argumentation. It examines the written and oral arguments produced by 63 high school students (24 females and 39 males, 16-17 years old) in France during a complete TLS supervised by the same teacher. The data used in…

  13. Two Studies Examining Argumentation in Asynchronous Computer Mediated Communication

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    Joiner, Richard; Jones, Sarah; Doherty, John

    2008-01-01

    Asynchronous computer mediated communication (CMC) would seem to be an ideal medium for supporting development in student argumentation. This paper investigates this assumption through two studies. The first study compared asynchronous CMC with face-to-face discussions. The transactional and strategic level of the argumentation (i.e. measures of…

  14. Improving Undergraduates' Argumentative Group Essay Writing through Self-Assessment

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    Fung, Yong Mei; Mei, Hooi Chee

    2015-01-01

    When writing an argumentative essay, writers develop and evaluate arguments to embody, initiate, or simulate various kinds of interpersonal and textual interaction for reader consideration (Wu & Allison, 2003). This is quite challenging for English as a second language (ESL) learners. To improve the quality of their writing, students need to…

  15. Validity Arguments for Diagnostic Assessment Using Automated Writing Evaluation

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    Chapelle, Carol A.; Cotos, Elena; Lee, Jooyoung

    2015-01-01

    Two examples demonstrate an argument-based approach to validation of diagnostic assessment using automated writing evaluation (AWE). "Criterion"®, was developed by Educational Testing Service to analyze students' papers grammatically, providing sentence-level error feedback. An interpretive argument was developed for its use as part of…

  16. From arguments to constraints on a Bayesian network

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    Bex, F.J.; Renooij, S.

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we propose a way to derive constraints for a Bayesian Network from structured arguments. Argumentation and Bayesian networks can both be considered decision support techniques, but are typically used by experts with different backgrounds. Bayesian network experts have the mathematical

  17. Perceptions of the Qualities of Written Arguments by Japanese Students

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    Suzuki, Shinobu

    2011-01-01

    This study examines how Japanese students perceive the qualities of written arguments that were constructed to have different forms. Based on the theoretical dimensions of verbal communication styles that Gudykunst and Ting-Toomey (1988) proposed, the research questions asked whether the respondents would perceive direct arguments to be of higher…

  18. Memory, Critical Theory and the Argument from History.

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    Cox, J. Robert

    1990-01-01

    Explores the function of memory in critical theory, particularly in the work of Herbert Marcuse, as the basis for a critical argumentation. Argues that Marcuse's view suggests that argument is a "re-membering" of what had been split asunder--reason, imagination, and the capacity of action. Discusses other implications of Marcuse's stance. (PRA)

  19. A formal account of complex argumentation in a critical discussion

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    Visser, J.; Mohammed, D.; Lewiński, M.

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, I present a dialogue game approach to the argumentation stage of a critical discussion. This formal perspective on the pragma-dialectical ideal model is meant to facilitate a contribution of pragma-dialectical theorising to the field of argumentation and computation. The dialogue game

  20. Science Teachers and Scientific Argumentation: Trends in Views and Practice

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    Sampson, Victor; Blanchard, Margaret R.

    2012-01-01

    Current research indicates that student engagement in scientific argumentation can foster a better understanding of the concepts and the processes of science. Yet opportunities for students to participate in authentic argumentation inside the science classroom are rare. There also is little known about science teachers' understandings of…

  1. Semiotic and Theoretic Control in Argumentation and Proof Activities

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    Arzarello, Ferdinando; Sabena, Cristina

    2011-01-01

    We present a model to analyze the students' activities of argumentation and proof in the graphical context of Elementary Calculus. The theoretical background is provided by the integration of Toulmin's structural description of arguments, Peirce's notions of sign, diagrammatic reasoning and abduction, and Habermas' model for rational behavior.…

  2. Low-loss NiZnCo ferrite processed at low sintering temperature with matching permeability and permittivity for miniaturization of VHF-UHF antennas

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    Zheng, Zongliang; Feng, Quanyuan; Xiang, Qianyin; Di, Zhixiong; Harris, Vincent G.

    2017-02-01

    Spinel ferrites of a nominal composition of Ni0.5Zn0.3Co0.2Fe2O4 (NiZnCo) with various B2O3-Bi2O3-SiO2-ZnO (BBSZ) glass additions were successfully synthesized at a relatively low temperature of 930 °C for their potential applications as magneto-dielectric antenna substrate materials. Measurements of magnetic and dielectric properties show that, with an increasing content of BBSZ from 0 to 2 wt. %, the permeability μ' at low frequencies was increased from ˜4.7 to ˜8.9, whereas the permittivity ɛ' was improved from ˜5.9 to ˜12.5. These tunable permeability and permittivity were proved to be closely related to the grain size and density, based on the magnetic circuit model and effective medium theory. Importantly, the sample with 0.5 wt. % addition demonstrated the optimal magneto-dielectric performance with nearly equivalent values of μ' and ɛ', which yields a large miniaturization factor of ˜6.5 and the normalized impedance of ˜1 over the frequency range of 10 MHz-1 GHz. Moreover, this sample exhibits low loss characteristics over a wide frequency range, where the dielectric loss tan δɛ is in the order of 10-3 and the magnetic loss tan δμ is less than 0.15. These properties make the ferrite material a promising candidate for miniaturized antennas with good impedance matched to free space and open a great potential for low-temperature co-fired ceramic applications toward the practical fabrication and high integration of the antennas.

  3. Formal Assurance Arguments: A Solution In Search of a Problem?

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    Graydon, Patrick J.

    2015-01-01

    An assurance case comprises evidence and argument showing how that evidence supports assurance claims (e.g., about safety or security). It is unsurprising that some computer scientists have proposed formalizing assurance arguments: most associate formality with rigor. But while engineers can sometimes prove that source code refines a formal specification, it is not clear that formalization will improve assurance arguments or that this benefit is worth its cost. For example, formalization might reduce the benefits of argumentation by limiting the audience to people who can read formal logic. In this paper, we present (1) a systematic survey of the literature surrounding formal assurance arguments, (2) an analysis of errors that formalism can help to eliminate, (3) a discussion of existing evidence, and (4) suggestions for experimental work to definitively answer the question.

  4. A Canonical Approach to the Argument/Adjunct Distinction

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    Diana Forker

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper provides an account of the argument/adjunct distinction implementing the 'canonical approach'. I identify five criteria (obligatoriness, latency, co-occurrence restrictions, grammatical relations, and iterability and seven diagnostic tendencies that can be used to distinguish canonical arguments from canonical adjuncts. I then apply the criteria and tendencies to data from the Nakh-Daghestanian language Hinuq. Hinuq makes extensive use of spatial cases for marking adjunct-like and argument-like NPs. By means of the criteria and tendencies it is possible to distinguish spatial NPs that come close to canonical arguments from those that are canonical adjuncts, and to place the remaining NPs bearing spatial cases within the argument-adjunct continuum.

  5. Concepts and Contexts – Argumentative Forms of Framing

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    Gabrielsen, Jonas; Nørholm Just, Sine; Bengtsson, Mette

    2011-01-01

    The notion of framing has become central in the field of argumentation. The question is, however, what we gain from studying the process of argumentation through framing, since framing is itself a broad concept in need of specification. Different traditions understand the term differently......, and it is necessary to determine what argumentative forms the concept of framing actually covers. In this paper we argue that framing refers to at least two different argumentative forms. One is an internal definition of the concepts in question; the other is an external shift in the context of the case. In making...... this argument we combine theories of framing with the classical rhetorical theory of the stases, more precisely status definitio and status translatio. Our focus is primarily theoretical, but we illustrate our points by means of examples taken from public debates on the value of real estate....

  6. Improving EFL argumentative writing: A dialogic critical thinking approach

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    Mansoor Fahim

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available ELT has traditionally practiced the teaching of argumentative writing through conventional writing instruction and as such has disregarded critical thinking, a capability essential to argumentative writing. The present study, therefore, aimed at enhancing EFL argumentative writing through the coupling of writing instruction and dialogic critical thinking. To this aim, 48 Iranian EFL learners, selected through cluster sampling, were randomly assigned to either the experimental group―receiving writing instruction in conjunction with doing tasks involving dialogic critical thinking―or the control group, only receiving writing instruction. To compare the writing performances of the two groups, a pretest prior to the treatment and a posttest after the treatment were administered, both in the form of in-class 180-word four-paragraph argumentative essays within a time limit of 30 minutes. While both groups made statistically significant improvements in writing argumentatively, the results indicated that the coalescence of writing instruction and dialogic critical thinking led to superior performances.

  7. Microwave effective permittivity of carbon black filled polymers: Comparison of mixing law and effective medium equation predictions

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    El Bouazzaoui, S.; Achour, M. E.; Brosseau, C.

    2011-10-01

    Carbon black (CB) filled polymers have become the platform to study a number of interesting properties including percolation mechanisms, localization effects, and multiscale modeling of interface and interphase regions surrounding filler particles. A systematic microwave study of the effective complex permittivity of CB filled diglycidylic ether of bisphenol A based epoxy samples, determined by the impedance bridge (35 GHz) and the cavity perturbation (2.4 and 9.5 GHz) techniques, is reported. A series of composite materials was fabricated by mechanical mixing with three types of CB (Monarch and Sterling) particles differing with their average particle size and surface area. On the basis of the limited experimental evidence presented here, our distinctive features are seen in the data: (i) We found no enhancement of the effective permittivity near the dc percolation threshold; (ii) the calculation of the effective permittivity based on Lichteneker and Rother's mixing law with constant k close to zero reproduces the measured CB volume fraction dependence of the effective permittivity very well for the series of samples containing Monarch particles, (iii) the data are not well fit with the Bruggeman equation for supercolative samples. This is an indication that a mean field model is not strictly applicable because this simple model assumes a given microstructure for the composite material; and (iv) the two exponent phenomenological percolation equation (TEPPE) can yield good predictive values of the imaginary part of the effective complex permittivity over the range of frequencies and CB volume fractions with non-universal values of the percolation exponents. It is concluded that fitting the experimental data with mixing law and effective medium equation predictions has limited applicability because these models assume a given microstructure for the composite material.

  8. Supporting Use of Evidence in Argumentation through Practice in Argumentation and Reflection in the Context of SOCRATES Learning Environment

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    Iordanou, Kalypso; Constantinou, Costas P.

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to examine how students used evidence in argumentation while they engaged in argumentive and reflective activities in the context of a designed learning environment. A Web-based learning environment, SOCRATES, was developed, which included a rich data base on the topic of climate change. Sixteen 11th graders, working with…

  9. Argumentation and Indigenous Knowledge: Socio-Historical Influences in Contextualizing an Argumentation Model in South African Schools

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    Gallard Martinez, Alejandro J.

    2011-01-01

    This forum considers argumentation as a means of science teaching in South African schools, through the integration of indigenous knowledge (IK). It addresses issues raised in Mariana G. Hewson and Meshach B. Ogunniyi's paper entitled: Argumentation-teaching as a method to introduce indigenous knowledge into science classrooms: opportunities and…

  10. Integrating Argument-Based Science Inquiry with Modal Representations: Impact on Science Achievement, Argumentation, and Writing Skills

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    Demirbag, Mehmet; Gunel, Murat

    2014-01-01

    This study aims to investigate the effect of integrating the Argument-Based Science Inquiry (ABSI) approach with multi-modal representations on students' achievement, and their argumentation and writing skills. The study was conducted with 62 female and 57 male college students at the Central Anatolian Turkish University. All participants…

  11. Argumentation, confrontation et violence verbale fulgurante Argumentative Processes, Confrontation and Acute Verbal Abuse

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    Claudine Moïse

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Si nous avons défini la violence verbale fulgurante comme une montée en tension caractérisée par des actes menaçants directs (provocation, menace, insultes… et la violence polémique comme un discours à visée argumentative mobilisant des procédés discursifs indirects (implicites, ironie…, on ne peut considérer ces deux types de discours comme hermétiques. À travers des scènes de violences verbales quotidiennes dans l’espace public et institutionnel (contrôles, convocations, verbalisations…, constituées pour un DVD pédagogique, il s’agit de montrer comment dans des interactions caractérisées par la violence fulgurante, certains procédés argumentatifs particuliers et que nous décrirons, sont utilisés, avec force efficacité, à des fins de déstabilisation et de prise de pouvoir sur l’autre. Our research has defined severe verbal abuse as built up tension characterized by directly threatening acts (such as provocation, threats, insults, and polemical violence as argumentative discourse which mobilizes indirect discursive devices, such as implicit discourse relations and irony. Yet, neither type of discourse can be considered to be impervious to mutual influence. Based on the content of an educational DVD featuring acted out scenes of daily verbal abuse taking place in public and institutional spaces (i.e., checks, summons, fines, we will show how specific argumentative devices, which we will describe, are very efficiently used within interactions that are characterised by severe abuse, with the aim of destabilizing and taking control over somebody.

  12. Child labour. Refuting the "nimble fingers" argument.

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    According to an International Labor Organization (ILO) study, approximately 130,000 children work in India's hand-knotted carpet industry. In one-loom enterprises, children comprise 14% of all weavers; in businesses with five or more looms, this rate increases to 33%. India's Factories Act, which applies costly health, safety, and labor regulations to larger firms, has led to a proliferation of cottage industries. The finding that children are more likely to work on low-quality rather than highest-quality carpets refutes the "nimble fingers" argument used by apologists of child labor. Although child and adult weavers have similar productivity, children earn less while apprentices than trained weavers and serve to depress wages throughout the industry. According to ILO estimates, replacing the 22% of the work force currently occupied by children with adults would cause wages to rise by about 5%. The overall savings in production costs from the use of child labor are very small when compared to the foreign retail price of the carpets, which is often four times the Indian export price. The ILO has urged an international approach to the elimination of child labor, in which all carpet-producing countries simultaneously implement a no-child-labor strategy to avoid placing any one country at a competitive disadvantage. Given the thousands of cottages where one or two carpets are woven per year, strategies such as labelling and regulation are likely to be ineffective. Solutions that address the general problems of poverty, while developing alternative sources of education and employment, are most likely to be effective in reducing child labor in countries such as India.

  13. From gulf to bridge: when do moral arguments facilitate political influence?

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    Feinberg, Matthew; Willer, Robb

    2015-12-01

    Much of contemporary American political rhetoric is characterized by liberals and conservatives advancing arguments for the morality of their respective political positions. However, research suggests such moral rhetoric is largely ineffective for persuading those who do not already hold one's position because advocates advancing these arguments fail to account for the divergent moral commitments that undergird America's political divisions. Building on this, we hypothesize that (a) political advocates spontaneously make arguments grounded in their own moral values, not the values of those targeted for persuasion, and (b) political arguments reframed to appeal to the moral values of those holding the opposing political position are typically more effective. We find support for these claims across six studies involving diverse political issues, including same-sex marriage, universal health care, military spending, and adopting English as the nation's official langauge. Mediation and moderation analyses further indicated that reframed moral appeals were persuasive because they increased the apparent agreement between the political position and the targeted individuals' moral values.

  14. The Dielectric Permittivity of Crystals in the reduced Hartree-Fock approximation

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    Cancès, Eric

    2009-01-01

    In a recent article (Canc\\`es, Deleurence and Lewin, Commun. Math. Phys., 281 (2008), pp. 129-177), we have rigorously derived, by means of bulk limit arguments, a new variational model to describe the electronic ground state of insulating or semiconducting crystals in the presence of local defects. In this so-called reduced Hartree-Fock model, the ground state electronic density matrix is decomposed as $\\gamma = \\gamma^0_{\\rm per} + Q_{\

  15. Reconstruction of Vertical Profile of Permittivity of Layered Media which is Probed Using Vertical Differential Antenna

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    Pochanin, Gennadiy P.; Poyedinchuk, Anatoliy Y.; Varianytsia-Roshchupkina, Liudmyla A.; Pochanina, Iryna Ye.

    2016-04-01

    Results of this research are intended to use at GPR investigations of layered media (for example, at roads' inspection) for the processing of collected data and reconstruction of dependence of permittivity on the depth. Recently, an antenna system with a vertical differential configuration of receiving module (Patent UA81652) for GPR was suggested and developed The main advantage of the differential antennas in comparison with bistatic antennas is a high electromagnetic decoupling between the transmitting and receiving modules. The new vertical differential configuration has an additional advantage because it allows collecting GPR data reflected by layered media without any losses of information about these layers [1] and, potentially, it is a more accurate instrument for the layers thickness measurements [2]. The developed antenna system is tested in practice with the GPR at asphalt thickness measurements [3] and shown an accuracy which is better than 0.5 cm. Since this antenna system is good for sounding from above the surface (air coupled technique), the mobile laboratory was equipped with the developed GPR [3]. In order to process big set of GPR data that collected during probing at long routes of the roads, for the data processing it was tested new algorithm of the inverse problem solution. It uses a fast algorithm for calculation of electromagnetic wave diffraction by non-uniform anisotropic layers [4]. The algorithm is based on constructing a special case solution to the Riccati equation for the Cauchy problem and enables a qualitative description of the wave diffraction by the electromagnetic structure of the type within a unitary framework. At this stage as initial data we used synthetic GPR data that were obtained as results of the FDTD simulation of the problem of UWB electromagnetic impulse diffraction on layered media. Differential and bistatic antenna configurations were tested at several different profiles of permittivity. Meanings of permittivity of

  16. Using instruments to understand argument structure: Evidence for gradient representation.

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    Rissman, Lilia; Rawlins, Kyle; Landau, Barbara

    2015-09-01

    The arguments of a verb are commonly assumed to correspond to the event participants specified by the verb. That is, drink has two arguments because drink specifies two participants: someone who drinks and something that gets drunk. This correspondence does not appear to hold, however, in the case of instrumental participants, e.g. John drank the soda with a straw. Verbs such as slice and write have been argued to specify an instrumental participant, even though instruments do not pattern like arguments given other criteria. In this paper, we investigated how instrumental verbs are represented, testing the hypothesis that verbs such as slice encode three participants in the same way that dative verbs such as lend encode three participants. In two experiments English-speakers reported their judgments about the number of participants specified by a verb, e.g., that drink specifies two participants. These judgments indicate that slice does not encode three distinct arguments. Nonetheless, some verbs were systematically more likely to elicit the judgment that the instrument is specified by the verb, a pattern that held across individual subjects. To account for these findings, we propose that instruments are not independent verbal arguments but are represented in a gradient away: an instrument may be a more or less salient part of the force exerted by an agent. These results inform our understanding of the relationship between argument structure and event representation, raising questions concerning the role of arguments in language processing and learning.

  17. Life and space dimensionality: A brief review of old and new entangled arguments

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    Caruso, Francisco

    2016-01-01

    A general sketch on how the problem of space dimensionality depends on anthropic arguments is presented. Several examples of how life has been used to constraint space dimensionality (and vice-versa) are reviewed. In particular, the influences of three-dimensionality in the solar system stability and the origin of life on Earth are discussed. New constraints on space dimensionality and on its invariance in very large spatial and temporal scales are also stressed.

  18. Structure and pragmatics in informal argument: circularity and question-begging.

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    Brem, Sarah K.

    2003-04-01

    Most everyday arguments are informal, as contrasted with the formal arguments of logic and mathematics. Whereas formal argument is well understood, the nature of informal argument is more elusive. A recent study by Rips (2002) provides further evidence regarding the roles of structure and pragmatics in informal argument.

  19. Moral Philosophy, Moral Expertise, and the Argument from Disagreement.

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    Cross, Ben

    2016-03-01

    Several recent articles have weighed in on the question of whether moral philosophers can be counted as moral experts. One argument denying this has been rejected by both sides of the debate. According to this argument, the extent of disagreement in modern moral philosophy prevents moral philosophers from being classified as moral experts. Call this the Argument From Disagreement (AD). In this article, I defend a version of AD. Insofar as practical issues in moral philosophy are characterized by disagreement between moral philosophers who are more or less equally well credentialed on the issue, non-philosophers have no good reasons to defer to their views.

  20. Argumentation Key to Communicating Climate Change to the Public

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    Bleicher, R. E.; Lambert, J. L.

    2012-12-01

    Argumentation plays an important role in how we communicate climate change science to the public and is a key component integrated throughout the Next Generation Science Standards. A scientific argument can be described as a disagreement between explanations with data being used to justify each position. Argumentation is social process where two or more individuals construct and critique arguments (Kuhn & Udell, 2003; Nussbaum, 1997). Sampson, Grooms, and Walker's (2011) developed a framework for understanding the components of a scientific argument. The three components start with a claim (a conjecture, conclusion, explanation, or an answer to a research question). This claim must fit the evidence (observations that show trends over time, relationships between variables or difference between groups). The evidence must be justified with reasoning (explains how the evidence supports the explanation and whey it should count as support). In a scientific argument, or debate, the controversy focuses on how data were collected, what data can or should be included, and what inferences can be made based on a set of evidence. Toulmin's model (1969) also includes rebutting or presenting an alternative explanation supported by counter evidence and reasoning of why the alternative is not the appropriate explanation for the question of the problem. The process of scientific argumentation should involve the construction and critique of scientific arguments, one that involves the consideration of alternative hypotheses (Lawson, 2003). Scientific literacy depends as much on the ability to refute and recognize poor scientific arguments as much as it does on the ability to present an effective argument based on good scientific data (Osborne, 2010). Argument is, therefore, a core feature of science. When students learn to construct a sound scientific argument, they demonstrate critical thinking and a mastery of the science being taught. To present a convincing argument in support of

  1. Multifrequency permittivity measurements enable on-line monitoring of changes in intracellular conductivity due to nutrient limitations during batch cultivations of CHO cells.

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    Ansorge, Sven; Esteban, Geoffrey; Schmid, Georg

    2010-01-01

    Lab and pilot scale batch cultivations of a CHO K1/dhfr(-) host cell line were conducted to evaluate on-line multifrequency permittivity measurements as a process monitoring tool. The beta-dispersion parameters such as the characteristic frequency (f(C)) and the permittivity increment (Deltaepsilon(max)) were calculated on-line from the permittivity spectra. The dual-frequency permittivity signal correlated well with the off-line measured biovolume and the viable cell density. A significant drop in permittivity was monitored at the transition from exponential growth to a phase with reduced growth rate. Although not reflected in off-line biovolume measurements, this decrease coincided with a drop in OUR and was probably caused by the depletion of glutamine and a metabolic shift occurring at the same time. Sudden changes in cell density, cell size, viability, capacitance per membrane area (C(M)), and effects caused by medium conductivity (sigma(m)) could be excluded as reasons for the decrease in permittivity. After analysis of the process data, a drop in f(C) as a result of a fall in intracellular conductivity (sigma(i)) was identified as responsible for the observed changes in the dual-frequency permittivity signal. It is hypothesized that the beta-dispersion parameter f(C) is indicative of changes in nutrient availability that have an impact on intracellular conductivity sigma(i). On-line permittivity measurements consequently not only reflect the biovolume but also the physiological state of mammalian cell cultures. These findings should pave the way for a better understanding of the intracellular state of cells and render permittivity measurements an important tool in process development and control.

  2. Predicate Argument Structure Analysis for Use Case Description Modeling

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    Takeuchi, Hironori; Nakamura, Taiga; Yamaguchi, Takahira

    In a large software system development project, many documents are prepared and updated frequently. In such a situation, support is needed for looking through these documents easily to identify inconsistencies and to maintain traceability. In this research, we focus on the requirements documents such as use cases and consider how to create models from the use case descriptions in unformatted text. In the model construction, we propose a few semantic constraints based on the features of the use cases and use them for a predicate argument structure analysis to assign semantic labels to actors and actions. With this approach, we show that we can assign semantic labels without enhancing any existing general lexical resources such as case frame dictionaries and design a less language-dependent model construction architecture. By using the constructed model, we consider a system for quality analysis of the use cases and automated test case generation to keep the traceability between document sets. We evaluated the reuse of the existing use cases and generated test case steps automatically with the proposed prototype system from real-world use cases in the development of a system using a packaged application. Based on the evaluation, we show how to construct models with high precision from English and Japanese use case data. Also, we could generate good test cases for about 90% of the real use cases through the manual improvement of the descriptions based on the feedback from the quality analysis system.

  3. The Connection and Distinction between the Design Argument with the Teleological Argument and the Best Creational System

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    Farah Ramin

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The design argument faced with big different writings in its Western background so that these writings have essential difference with each others. The design argument is posteriori demonstration for the existence of God which by analogy or induction and partial or general instances of the order in nature tries to affirm the intelligent designer.  Since the concepts of design and end have firm connection with each other in the Western writings of this design but the concepts of purposiveness of divine acts, purposiveness of nature and its best system is assumed the same with each other and obvious confusion has been made between the design argument with the teleological argument and the best creational system. The aim of the article is to consider order in the world based upon the united components of a system (design argument, final cause (teleological argument and best system (best creational system argument and also to manifest the connection and distinction of these three reasoning. 

  4. The Connection and Distinction between the Design Argument with the Teleological Argument and the Best Creational System

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The design argument faced with big different writings in its Western background so that these writings have essential difference with each others. The design argument is posteriori demonstration for the existence of God which by analogy or induction and partial or general instances of the order in nature tries to affirm the intelligent designer. Since the concepts of design and end have firm connection with each other in the Western writings of this design but the concepts of purposiveness of divine acts, purposiveness of nature and its best system is assumed the same with each other and obvious confusion has been made between the design argument with the teleological argument and the best creational system.The aim of the article is to consider order in the world based upon the united components of a system (design argument, final cause (teleological argument and best system (best creational system argument and also to manifest the connection and distinction of these three reasoning.

  5. The influence of event-related knowledge on verb-argument processing in aphasia.

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    Dickey, Michael Walsh; Warren, Tessa

    2015-01-01

    Event-related conceptual knowledge outside the language system rapidly affects verb-argument processing in unimpaired adults (McRae and Matsuki, 2009). Some have argued that verb-argument processing is in fact reducible to the activation of such event-related knowledge. However, data favoring this conclusion have come primarily from college-aged healthy adults, for whom both linguistic and conceptual semantic processing is fast and automatic. This study examined the influence of event-related knowledge on verb-argument processing among adults with aphasia (n = 8) and older unimpaired controls (n = 60), in two self-paced reading studies. Participants read sentences containing a plausible verb-argument combination (Mary used a knife to chop the large carrots before dinner), a combination that violated event-related world knowledge (Mary used some bleach to clean the large carrots before dinner), or a combination that violated the verb's selectional restrictions (Mary used a pump to inflate the large carrots before dinner). The participants with aphasia naturally split into two groups: Group 1 (n = 4) had conceptual-semantic impairments (evidenced by poor performance on tasks like Pyramids & Palm Trees) but reasonably intact language processing (higher Western Aphasia Battery Aphasia Quotients), while Group 2 (n = 4) had intact conceptual semantics but poorer language processing. Older unimpaired controls and aphasic Group 1 showed rapid on-line disruption for sentences with selectional-restriction violations (SRVs) and event-related knowledge violations, and also showed SRV-specific penalties in sentence-final acceptability judgments (Experiment 1) and comprehension questions (Experiment 2). In contrast, Group 2 showed very few reliable differences across conditions in either on-line or off-line measures. This difference between aphasic groups suggests that verb-related information and event-related knowledge may be dissociated in aphasia. Furthermore, it suggests

  6. Obstacle-based self-calibration techniques for the determination of the permittivity of liquids

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    I. Rolfes

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available In this contribution, different obstacle-based self-calibration techniques for the measurement of the dielectric properties of liquids are investigated at microwave frequencies. The liquid under test is contained inside a waveguide, which is connected to the ports of a vector network analyzer. The permittivity of the liquid is characterized on the basis of the measured scattering parameters.

    In order to extract the material parameters precisely and to eliminate systematic errors of the setup, calibration measurements have to be performed. For this purpose, different self-calibration methods based on the displacement of an obstacle are considered. The presented methods differ in that way, that either transmission and reflection measurements or purely reflection measurements are performed. All these methods have in common that the material parameters are already calculable within a so-called self-calibration procedure. Thus, a full two-port calibration of the whole setup is not necessary. Furthermore, the methods can be realized effectively in a practical setup having the advantage that a rearrangement of the setup is not needed for the material parameter measurements and that the liquid under investigation can pass continuously through the measurement cell. This might be of interest for the application in an industrial process, enabling the continuous flow of the material while the parameter characterization can take place at the same time.

  7. Relative Permittivity and Conductivity of Water-treed Region in XLPE Estimated by an Equivalent Circuit

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    Ozaki, Tamon; Ito, Noriyuki; Kawai, Jiro; Nakamura, Shuhei

    By dividing a water-treed XLPE sheet sample of 1 mm thickness into a non-degraded region and a water-treed one, relative permittivity εr2' and ac conductivity σAC2 of the water-treed region have been estimated using an equivalent circuit. The way of changes of εr2' and σAC2 with the length r of the water-treed region has been discussed based on the Sillars model. It has been concluded that the volume fraction of water in the water-treed layer is in the range of 0.5 % to 1.5 % for the most-degraded XLPE sheet, which depends on the ratio of axes of spheroids to which water-filled voids and channels are compared. It is also concluded that ac conductivity of water in the water-treed region is in the range of 3×10-3 S/m to 2×10-2 S/m.

  8. Influence of particle arrangement on the permittivity of an elastomeric composite

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    Full Text Available Elastomers are used as dielectric layers contained between the parallel conductive plates of capacitors. The introduction of filler particles into an elastomer changes its permittivity ε. When particle organization in a composite is intentionally varied, this alters its capacitance. Using numerical simulations, we examine how conductive particle chains introduced into polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS alter ε. The effects of filler volume fraction ψ, interparticle d and interchain spacing a, zigzag angle θ between adjacent particles and overall chain orientation, particle size r, and clearance h between particles and the conductive plates are characterized. When filler particles are organized into chainlike structures rather than being just randomly distributed in the elastomer matrix, ε increases by as much as 85%. When particles are organized into chainlike forms, ε increases with increasing ψ and a, but decreases with increasing d and θ. A composite containing smaller particles has a higher ε when ψ<9% while larger particles provide greater enhancement when ψ is larger than that value. To enhance ε, adjacent particles must be interconnected and the overall chain direction should be oriented perpendicular to the conductive plates. These results are useful for additive manufacturing on electrical applications of elastomeric composites.

  9. Frequency dispersive complex permittivity and permeability of ferromagnetic metallic granular composite at microwave frequencies

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    Chen Ping, E-mail: chenping@nju.edu.cn [School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Liu Min; Wang Ling; Poo Yin; Wu Ruixin [School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China)

    2011-12-15

    We experimentally studied the frequency dependent complex permittivity {epsilon} and permeability {mu} of composite composed of carbonyl iron powder (CIP) and epoxy resin in the frequency range 1-18 GHz. We found that the intrinsic {epsilon} and {mu} of CIP extracted from the measured {epsilon} and {mu} of composites follow the classical Maxwell equations and the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert (LLG) equation, respectively. The dependences of {epsilon} and {mu} of composites on the volume fraction of CIP (vf{sub CIP}) were investigated using the two-exponent phenomenological percolation equation (TEPPE). We found that the TEPPE can fit the experimental results very well. Comparing the results of percolation parameters derived by experimental data at different frequencies, we show that the TEPPE is frequency independent for the composites at microwave frequencies. The results also show that the {epsilon} and {mu} spectrums of composites with definite vf{sub CIP} can be correctly calculated by combining the TEPPE with the theoretical models of intrinsic {epsilon} and {mu}. - Highlights: > Study on frequency dispersive properties of carbonyl iron/resin composite at 1-18 GHz. > Intrinsic properties of carbonyl iron particles were extracted and analyzed. > Effective properties of the composite were correctly described by the Mclachlan formula. > The Mclachlan formula was proved to be invariable versus frequency for dispersion mediums.

  10. Complex permittivity and complex permeability of Sr ions substituted Ba ferrite at X-band

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    Singh, Charanjeet [Department of Electronics Technology, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab (India); Bindra Narang, S. [Department of Electronics Technology, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab (India)], E-mail: sukhleen2@yahoo.com; Hudiara, I.S. [Department of Electronics Technology, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab (India); Sudheendran, K.; James Raju, K.C. [School of Physics, Central University Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh (India)

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    M-type hexagonal ferrite composition, Ba{sub (1-x)}Sr{sub x}Fe{sub 12}O{sub 19} (x=0.0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8 and 1.0), was prepared by a two route ceramic method. Complex permittivity ({epsilon}'-j{epsilon}'') and complex permeability ({mu}'-j{mu}'') have been measured using a network analyzer from 8.2 to 12.4 GHz X-ray diffraction confirmed the M-type hexagonal structure and a scanned electron micrograph was used to analyze the grain size distribution of ferrite. Substitution of Sr{sup 2+} ions causes an increase in porosity that deteriorates the electromagnetic and microstructural properties in the doped samples. Both dielectric constant and dielectric loss are enhanced in comparison to the permeability and magnetic loss over the entire frequency region. This is due to a resistivity variation and the formation of Fe{sup 2+} ions, which increases the hopping mechanism between Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+} ions.

  11. Complex permittivity, permeability and microwave absorbing properties of Co–Ti substituted strontium hexaferrite

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    Bindra Narang Sukhleen

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available M-type strontium ferrite with compositions SrFe(12-2xCoxTixO19 (x = 0.0, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1.0, were prepared by two route ceramic method. The effects of Co–Ti substitution on their microstructure, electromagnetic properties, and microwave absorptive behavior were analyzed. The complex permittivity (∊′-j∊″ and complex permeability (μ′-jμ″ have been measured from 8.2 to 12.4 GHz using a network analyzer. Scanning electron microscope was used to analyze the grain size distribution and porosity of the ferrite. X-ray diffraction confirmed the M-type structure of the doped strontium ferrite. Vibrating sample magnetometer was used to study hysteresis loop of the ferrite. This study suggests that the control of grain size, decrease in coercivity and enhanced values of dielectric constant and loss are effective means to improve microwave absorption. The dielectric constant and loss were enhanced in comparison to the permeability constant and loss over the entire frequency range.

  12. Tunable Mixed Ionic/Electronic Conductivity and Permittivity of Graphene Oxide Paper for Electrochemical Energy Conversion.

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    Bayer, Thomas; Bishop, Sean R; Perry, Nicola H; Sasaki, Kazunari; Lyth, Stephen M

    2016-05-11

    Graphene oxide (GO) is a two-dimensional graphitic carbon material functionalized with oxygen-containing surface functional groups. The material is of interest in energy conversion, sensing, chemical processing, gas barrier, and electronics applications. Multilayer GO paper has recently been applied as a new proton conducting membrane in low temperature fuel cells. However, a detailed understanding of the electrical/dielectric properties, including separation of the ionic vs electronic contributions under relevant operating conditions, has so far been lacking. Here, the electrical conductivity and dielectric permittivity of GO paper are investigated in situ from 30 to 120 °C, and from 0 to 100% relative humidity (RH) using impedance spectroscopy. These are related to the water content, measured by thermogravimetric analysis. With the aid of electron blocking measurements, GO is demonstrated to be a mixed electronic-protonic conductor, and the ion transference number is derived for the first time. For RH > 40%, conductivity is dominated by proton transport (with a maximum of 0.5 mS/cm at 90 °C and 100% RH). For RH proton conducting electrolyte but also as a mixed conducting electrode material under appropriate conditions. Such materials are highly applicable in electrochemical energy conversion and storage devices such as fuel cells and electrolyzers.

  13. Complex permittivity and conductivity of poly(-phenylenediazomethine) and its blends at microwave frequencies

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    K G Princy; Rani Joseph; Honey John; K T Mathew

    2010-06-01

    Poly(-phenylenediazomethine) was synthesized by the condensation reaction between glyoxal and -phenylene diamine in different solvents like methanol, toluene, -cresol and ,-dimethylformamide. The dielectric properties and microwave conductivity of the pelletized samples were measured using cavity perturbation technique. The measurements were done at 2.17 GHz at room temperature (25°C). The effect of dopants on the dielectric properties and conductivity was studied using HCl and HClO4. Dielectric properties like dielectric constant, dielectric loss factor and microwave conductivity increased on doping with HCl and HClO4. Conducting polymer composites were prepared by in situ polymerization of glyoxal and -phenylenediamine in different solvents containing different amounts of PVC, and silica. The microwave conductivity and complex permittivity of each sample was measured. The effect of dopants like HClO4 and HCl on these dielectric properties was also studied. The d.c. conductivity of the pressed samples measured by the two-probe method was also studied.

  14. Yttrium scandate thin film as alternative high-permittivity dielectric for germanium gate stack formation

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    Lu, Cimang, E-mail: cimang@adam.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp; Lee, Choong Hyun; Nishimura, Tomonori; Toriumi, Akira [Department of Materials Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); JST, CREST, 7-3-1 Hongo, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan)

    2015-08-17

    We investigated yttrium scandate (YScO{sub 3}) as an alternative high-permittivity (k) dielectric thin film for Ge gate stack formation. Significant enhancement of k-value is reported in YScO{sub 3} comparing to both of its binary compounds, Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3}, without any cost of interface properties. It suggests a feasible approach to a design of promising high-k dielectrics for Ge gate stack, namely, the formation of high-k ternary oxide out of two medium-k binary oxides. Aggressive scaling of equivalent oxide thickness (EOT) with promising interface properties is presented by using YScO{sub 3} as high-k dielectric and yttrium-doped GeO{sub 2} (Y-GeO{sub 2}) as interfacial layer, for a demonstration of high-k gate stack on Ge. In addition, we demonstrate Ge n-MOSFET performance showing the peak electron mobility over 1000 cm{sup 2}/V s in sub-nm EOT region by YScO{sub 3}/Y-GeO{sub 2}/Ge gate stack.

  15. Observation of reduction in Casimir force without change of dielectric permittivity

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    Banishev, A A; Castillo-Garza, R; Klimchitskaya, G L; Mostepanenko, V M; Mohideen, U

    2012-01-01

    Additional information is provided on the effect of the significant (up to 35%) reduction in the magnitude of the Casimir force between an Au-coated sphere and an indium tin oxide film which was observed after UV treatment of the latter. A striking feature of this effect is that the reduction is not accompanied with a corresponding variation of the dielectric permittivity, as confirmed by direct ellipsometry measurements. The measurement data are compared with computations using the Lifshitz theory. It is shown that the data for the untreated sample are in a very good agreement with theory taking into account the free charge carriers in the indium tin oxide. The data for the UV-treated sample exclude the theoretical results obtained with account of free charge carriers. These data are found to be in a very good agreement with theory disregarding the free charge carriers in an indium tin oxide film. A possible theoretical explanation of our observations as a result of phase transition of indium tin oxide from ...

  16. Temperature characterization of dielectric permittivity and AC conductivity of nano copper oxide-doped polyaniline composite

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    Shubha, L. N.; Madhusudana Rao, P.

    2016-06-01

    The polyaniline/copper oxide (PANI/CuO) nanocomposite was prepared by mixing solutions of polyaniline and copper oxide nanoparticles in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO). The synthesized polymer nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and UV-visible spectroscopy. The characteristic peaks in XRD and UV-visible spectra confirmed the presence of CuO in the polymer structure. SEM images indicated morphological changes in the composite matrix as compared to the pristine PANI. The DC conductivity measurements were performed using two-probe method for various temperatures. AC conductivity and dielectric response of the composites were investigated in the frequency range of 102-106Hz using LCR meter. Dielectric permittivity ɛ‧(w) and dielectric loss factor ɛ‧‧(w) were investigated. It was observed that ɛ‧(w) and ɛ‧‧(w) decrease with increase in frequency at all temperatures. At a particular frequency it is observed that both ɛ‧(w) and ɛ‧‧(w) increase with increase in temperature. It was also observed that AC conductivity increased with increase in frequency and temperature.

  17. Cross-Linguistic Evidence and the Licensing of Implicit Arguments

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    Eva Kardos

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper discusses the occurrence and the licensing of implicit object arguments, also referred to in the literature as null complements or understood arguments. Functionalist accounts (such as those by Groefsema and Németh T. which are couched in a relevance-theoretic framework have repeatedly claimed that this phenomenon is fundamentally dependent on dis-course-interpretational factors. In particular, it has been stated that implicit arguments can be used in Hungarian in a rather unrestricted way, and their occurrence is only limited by considerations of interpretability. We argue against both of these positions and try to show that cross-linguistic data can assist in revealing the circular nature and ultimate inadequacy of existing functional accounts of implicit argument licensing.

  18. 37 CFR 2.129 - Oral argument; reconsideration.

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    2010-07-01

    ..., DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE RULES OF PRACTICE IN TRADEMARK CASES Procedure in Inter Partes Proceedings § 2.129.... A party in the position of plaintiff may reserve part of the time allowed for oral argument...

  19. Understanding a High School Physics Teacher's Pedagogical Content Knowledge of Argumentation

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    Wang, Jianlan; Buck, Gayle A.

    2016-08-01

    Scientific argumentation is an important learning objective in science education. It is also an effective instructional approach to constructivist science learning. The implementation of argumentation in school settings requires science teachers, who are pivotal agents of transforming classroom practices, to develop sophisticated knowledge of argumentation. However, there is a lack of understanding about science teachers' knowledge of argumentation, especially the dialogic meaning of argumentation. In this case study, we closely examine a high school physics teacher's argumentation-related pedagogic content knowledge (PCK) in the context of dialogic argumentation. We synthesize the teacher's performed PCK from his argumentation practices and narrated PCK from his reflection on the argumentation practices, from which we summarize his PCK of argumentation from the perspectives of orientation, instructional strategies, students, curriculum, and assessment. Finally, we describe the teacher's perception and adaption of argumentation in his class. We also identity the barriers to argumentation implementation in this particular case and suggest solutions to overcome these barriers.

  20. Administrative Judicial Decisions as a Hybrid Argumentative Activity Type

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    Plug, H.J.

    2016-01-01

    This article focuses on strategic manoeuvring that takes place in Dutch administrative judi- cial decisions. These decisions may be seen as a distinct argumentative activity type. Starting from the char- acteristics that traditionally are per- tinent to this activity type, I will explore how implications of current discussions on the changing task of the administrative judge may be- come manifest in the judge’s strate- gic manoeuvring by means of the presentation of argumentation and the intr...

  1. Negotiation and argumentation in multi-agent systems

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    Lopes, Fernando

    2014-01-01

    Multi-agent systems (MAS) composed of autonomous agents representing individuals or organizations and capable of reaching mutually beneficial agreements through negotiation and argumentation are becoming increasingly important and pervasive.Research on both automated negotiation and argumentation in MAS has a vigorous, exciting tradition. However, efforts to integrate both areas have received only selective attention in the academia and the practitioner literature. A symbiotic relationship could significantly strengthen each area's progress and trigger new R&D challenges and prospects toward t

  2. Improving Undergraduates’ Argumentative Group Essay Writing through Self-assessment

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    Yong Mei Fung; Hooi Chee Mei

    2015-01-01

    When writing an argumentative essay, writers develop and evaluate arguments to embody, initiate, or simulate various kinds of interpersonal and textual interaction for reader consideration (Wu & Allison, 2003). This is quite challenging for English as a second language (ESL) learners. To improve the quality of their writing, students need to review their draft throughout the writing process. This study aimed to investigate the effect of self-assessment in group writing and how group work ...

  3. Control of gigahertz permeability and permittivity dispersion by means of nanocrystallization in FeCo based nanocrystalline alloy

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    Han, Mangui; Lu, Haipeng; Deng, Longjiang

    2010-11-01

    An amorphous (FeCo) based alloy has been prepared by a rapid quench method. Subsequent annealing on the amorphous samples gives rise to the coexistence of two magnetic phases: amorphous matrix and nanocrystalline grains (α'-FeCo) with an average size of 9.8 nm. Permeability dispersion behaviors have been studied by Kittel theory [C. Kittel, J. Phys. Radium 12, 332 (1951)]. The results show that these two magnetic phases contribute to the permeability dispersion. The Cole-Cole dispersion law [K. S. Cole and R. H. Cole, J. Chem. Phys. 9, 341 (1941)] has been employed to explain the permittivity dispersion within microwave region based on the assumption that multiple dielectric relaxation processes existing. Our results indicate the possibility of tuning the high frequency permeability and permittivity values of (FeCo) based alloy by controlling the magnetic microstructure, which suggests an alternative method to develop smart electromagnetic materials.

  4. An X-Band Waveguide Measurement Technique for the Accurate Characterization of Materials with Low Dielectric Loss Permittivity

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    Allen, Kenneth W; Reid, David R; Bean, Jeffrey A; Ellis, Jeremy D; Morris, Andrew P; Marsh, Jeramy M

    2016-01-01

    In this work, we present a new X-band waveguide (WR90) measurement method that permits the broadband characterization of the complex permittivity for low dielectric loss tangent material specimens with improved accuracy. An electrically-long polypropylene specimen that partially fills the cross-section is inserted into the waveguide and the transmitted scattering parameter (S21) is measured. The extraction method relies on computational electromagnetic simulations, coupled with a genetic algorithm, to match the experimental S21 measurement. The sensitivity of the technique to sample length was explored by simulating specimen lengths from 2.54 to 15.24 cm, in 2.54 cm increments. Analysis of our simulated data predicts the technique will have the sensitivity to measure loss tangent values on the order of 10e-3 for materials such as polymers with relatively low real permittivity values. The ability to accurately characterize low-loss dielectric material specimens of polypropylene is demonstrated experimentally. ...

  5. Analysis on effect of low dielectric permittivity on indium-doped tin oxide based optically transparent terahertz patch antenna

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    Thampy, Anand Sreekantan; Darak, Mayur Sudesh; Dhamodharan, Sriram Kumar

    2016-09-01

    Indium-doped tin oxide based optically transparent rectangular patch antennas are designed to resonate at 750 GHz; one on the glass substrate and the other on the polyimide substrate. Characteristics of both the transparent antennas such as impedance bandwidth, radiation efficiency, directivity and gain are analyzed and compared. Polyimide substrate has a lower dielectric permittivity than the glass substrate. The effect of low dielectric permittivity substrate on the radiation characteristics of the terahertz transparent patch antenna is analyzed. The transparent antenna on polyimide substrate is shown to have gain greater than 3.97dB in 714-795 GHz. The proposed transparent antennas are designed and simulated by using finite element method based electromagnetic solver, Ansys-HFSS.

  6. Permittivity and modulus spectroscopic study of BaFe0.5Nb0.5O3 ceramics

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    Subrat K. Kar

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Ba(Fe0.5Nb0.5O3 (BFN powder was synthesized in single perovskite phase by conventional solid state reaction route and BFN ceramic was obtained by uniaxial pressing and sintering at 1350 °C. Complex immittance like: permittivity and modulus spectroscopic formalism were simultaneously used to explain dielectric behaviour of the ceramics. The activation energy calculated from dielectric relaxation below 100 °C was found to be ~0.19 eV. The activation energy obtained from modulus spectra above 100 °C was ~0.59 eV. The space charge polarization model was used to explain the origin of relaxation and “giant” permittivity of BFN ceramics near room temperature.

  7. David Hume's no-miracles argument begets a valid No-Miracles Argument.

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    Howson, Colin

    2015-12-01

    Hume's essay 'Of Miracles' has been a focus of controversy ever since its publication. The challenge to Christian orthodoxy was only too evident, but the balance-of-probabilities criterion advanced by Hume for determining when testimony justifies belief in miracles has also been a subject of contention among philosophers. The temptation for those familiar with Bayesian methodology to show that Hume's criterion determines a corresponding balance-of-posterior probabilities in favour of miracles is understandable, but I will argue that their attempts fail. However, I show that his criterion generates a valid form of the so-called No-Miracles Argument appealed to by modern realist philosophers, whose own presentation of it, despite their possession of the probabilistic machinery Hume himself lacked, is invalid.

  8. Prior knowledge in recalling arguments in bioethical dilemmas

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    Hiemke Katharina Schmidt

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Prior knowledge is known to facilitate learning new information. Normally in studies confirming this outcome the relationship between prior knowledge and the topic to be learned is obvious: the information to be acquired is part of the domain or topic to which the prior knowledge belongs. This raises the question as to whether prior knowledge of various domains facilitates recalling information. In this study 79 eleventh-grade students completed a questionnaire on their prior knowledge of seven different domains related to the bioethical dilemma of prenatal diagnostics. The students read a text containing arguments for and arguments against prenatal diagnostics. After one week and again 12 weeks later they were asked to write down all the arguments they remembered. Prior knowledge helped them recall the arguments one week (r = .350 and 12 weeks (r = .316 later. Prior knowledge of three of the seven domains significantly helped them recall the arguments one week later (correlations between r = .194 to r = .394. Partial correlations with interest as a control item revealed that interest did not explain the relationship between prior knowledge and recall. Prior knowledge of different domains jointly supports the recall of arguments related to bioethical topics.

  9. The Hole Argument and Some Physical and Philosophical Implications

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    John Stachel

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available This is a historical-critical study of the hole argument, concentrating on the interface between historical, philosophical and physical issues. Although it includes a review of its history, its primary aim is a discussion of the contemporary implications of the hole argument for physical theories based on dynamical, background-independent space-time structures. The historical review includes Einstein’s formulations of the hole argument, Kretschmann’s critique, as well as Hilbert’s reformulation and Darmois’ formulation of the general-relativistic Cauchy problem. The 1970s saw a revival of interest in the hole argument, growing out of attempts to answer the question: Why did three years elapse between Einstein’s adoption of the metric tensor to represent the gravitational field and his adoption of the Einstein field equations? The main part presents some modern mathematical versions of the hole argument, including both coordinate-dependent and coordinate-independent definitions of covariance and general covariance; and the fiber bundle formulation of both natural and gauge natural theories. By abstraction from continuity and differentiability, these formulations can be extended from differentiable manifolds to any set; and the concepts of permutability and general permutability applied to theories based on relations between the elements of a set, such as elementary particle theories. We are closing with an overview of current discussions of philosophical and physical implications of the hole argument.

  10. Effective conductivity and permittivity of unsaturated porous materials in the frequency range 1 mHz-1GHz.

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    Revil, A

    2013-01-01

    A model combining low-frequency complex conductivity and high-frequency permittivity is developed in the frequency range from 1 mHz to 1 GHz. The low-frequency conductivity depends on pore water and surface conductivities. Surface conductivity is controlled by the electrical diffuse layer, the outer component of the electrical double layer coating the surface of the minerals. The frequency dependence of the effective quadrature conductivity shows three domains. Below a critical frequency fp , which depends on the dynamic pore throat size Λ, the quadrature conductivity is frequency dependent. Between fp and a second critical frequency fd , the quadrature conductivity is generally well described by a plateau when clay minerals are present in the material. Clay-free porous materials with a narrow grain size distribution are described by a Cole-Cole model. The characteristic frequency fd controls the transition between double layer polarization and the effect of the high-frequency permittivity of the material. The Maxwell-Wagner polarization is found to be relatively negligible. For a broad range of frequencies below 1 MHz, the effective permittivity exhibits a strong dependence with the cation exchange capacity and the specific surface area. At high frequency, above the critical frequency fd , the effective permittivity reaches a high-frequency asymptotic limit that is controlled by the two Archie's exponents m and n like the low-frequency electrical conductivity. The unified model is compared with various data sets from the literature and is able to explain fairly well a broad number of observations with a very small number of textural and electrochemical parameters. It could be therefore used to interpret induced polarization, induction-based electromagnetic methods, and ground penetrating radar data to characterize the vadose zone.

  11. Nano-laminate vs. direct deposition of high permittivity gadolinium scandate on silicon by high pressure sputtering

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    Feijoo, P.C., E-mail: pedronska@fis.ucm.es [Dpto. Física Aplicada III (Electricidad y Electrónica), Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Fac. de CC. Físicas. Av/Complutense S/N, E-28040 Madrid (Spain); Pampillón, M.A.; San Andrés, E. [Dpto. Física Aplicada III (Electricidad y Electrónica), Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Fac. de CC. Físicas. Av/Complutense S/N, E-28040 Madrid (Spain); Fierro, J.L.G. [Instituto de Catálisis y Petroleoquímica, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, C/Marie Curie 2, E-28049 Cantoblanco (Spain)

    2015-10-30

    In this work we use the high pressure sputtering technique to deposit the high permittivity dielectric gadolinium scandate on silicon substrates. This nonconventional deposition technique prevents substrate damage and allows for growth of ternary compounds with controlled composition. Two different approaches were assessed: the first one consists of depositing the material directly from a stoichiometric GdScO{sub 3} target; in the second one, we anneal a nano-laminate of < 0.5 nm thick Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} films in order to control the composition of the scandate. Metal–insulator–semiconductor capacitors were fabricated with platinum gates for electrical characterization. Accordingly, we grew a Gd-rich Gd{sub 2−x}Sc{sub x}O{sub 3} film that, in spite of higher leakage currents, presents a better effective relative permittivity of 21 and lower density of defects. - Highlights: • GdScO is deposited on Si as a high permittivity dielectric by two procedures. • Films sputtered from GdScO{sub 3} target are Sc-rich and present thick interface SiO{sub x}. • Gd-rich GdScO is obtained from a nano-laminate sputtered from Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}. • Gd{sub 1.8}Sc{sub 0.2}O{sub 3} shows good effective permittivity and electrical properties.

  12. The Role of Concentration Dependent Static Permittivity of Electrolyte Solutions in the Debye-Hückel Theory.

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    Shilov, Ignat Yu; Lyashchenko, Andrey K

    2015-08-01

    The Debye-Hückel theory has been extended to allow for arbitrary concentration dependence of the electrolyte solution static permittivity. The theory follows the lines advanced by Erich Hückel ( Hückel, E. Phys. Z. 1925, 26, 93) but gives rise to more general and lucid results. New theoretical expressions have been obtained for the excess free energy of solution, activity coefficient of water and mean ionic activity coefficient. The thermodynamic functions contain two terms representing interionic interactions and ion-water (solvation) interactions. The theory has been applied to calculate the activity coefficients of components in the aqueous solutions of alkali metal chlorides from LiCl to CsCl at ambient conditions making use of permittivities taken from experimental dielectric relaxation studies. Calculations without parameter adjustment have demonstrated a semiquantitative agreement with experimental data, reproducing both the nonmonotonic concentration dependence of the activity coefficients and the ordering of activity coefficients for the salts with different cations. A good agreement with experimental data is obtained for the aqueous solutions of LiCl in the concentration range up to 10 mol/kg. The nonmonotonic concentration dependence of activity coefficients is explained as a result of a balance between the effect of interionic interactions and the solvation contribution which appears quite naturally in the framework of the Debye-Hückel approach after incorporation of variable permittivity of solution.

  13. A new approach for electrical properties estimation using a global integral equation and improvements using high permittivity materials.

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    Schmidt, Rita; Webb, Andrew

    2016-01-01

    Electrical Properties Tomography (EPT) using MRI is a technique that has been developed to provide a new contrast mechanism for in vivo imaging. Currently the most common method relies on the solution of the homogeneous Helmholtz equation, which has limitations in accurate estimation at tissue interfaces. A new method proposed in this work combines a Maxwell's integral equation representation of the problem, and the use of high permittivity materials (HPM) to control the RF field, in order to reconstruct the electrical properties image. The magnetic field is represented by an integral equation considering each point as a contrast source. This equation can be solved in an inverse method. In this study we use a reference simulation or scout scan of a uniform phantom to provide an initial estimate for the inverse solution, which allows the estimation of the complex permittivity within a single iteration. Incorporating two setups with and without the HPM improves the reconstructed result, especially with respect to the very low electric field in the center of the sample. Electromagnetic simulations of the brain were performed at 3T to generate the B1(+) field maps and reconstruct the electric properties images. The standard deviations of the relative permittivity and conductivity were within 14% and 18%, respectively for a volume consisting of white matter, gray matter and cerebellum.

  14. A new approach for electrical properties estimation using a global integral equation and improvements using high permittivity materials

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    Schmidt, Rita; Webb, Andrew

    2016-01-01

    Electrical Properties Tomography (EPT) using MRI is a technique that has been developed to provide a new contrast mechanism for in vivo imaging. Currently the most common method relies on the solution of the homogeneous Helmholtz equation, which has limitations in accurate estimation at tissue interfaces. A new method proposed in this work combines a Maxwell's integral equation representation of the problem, and the use of high permittivity materials (HPM) to control the RF field, in order to reconstruct the electrical properties image. The magnetic field is represented by an integral equation considering each point as a contrast source. This equation can be solved in an inverse method. In this study we use a reference simulation or scout scan of a uniform phantom to provide an initial estimate for the inverse solution, which allows the estimation of the complex permittivity within a single iteration. Incorporating two setups with and without the HPM improves the reconstructed result, especially with respect to the very low electric field in the center of the sample. Electromagnetic simulations of the brain were performed at 3 T to generate the B1+ field maps and reconstruct the electric properties images. The standard deviations of the relative permittivity and conductivity were within 14% and 18%, respectively for a volume consisting of white matter, gray matter and cerebellum.

  15. The effect of very low water content on the complex dielectric permittivity of clays, sand-clay and sand rocks

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    Belyaeva, T. A.; Bobrov, P. P.; Kroshka, E. S.; Lapina, A. S.; Rodionova, O. V.

    2017-01-01

    The results of measurements of complex relative permittivity of bentonite and clayey sandstone with different degrees of salinity with low moisture are given in the range of temperatures -20° to  +105 °C at frequencies from 25 Hz to 1 GHz. It is shown, that even a small amount of water in sandy and sandy-argillaceous rocks causes an increase of the real part of complex relative permittivity at frequencies below 100 Hz. The explanation by linearly-broken dependence of refractive index on moisture is given at its small values. By a dielectric method it is shown that in the process of water film formation on the surface of a mineral, the water molecules binding energy changes. Big distinctions in low-frequency dielectric relaxation times testify to the change of binding energy of molecules of water on the surface of a mineral. Also dependences of relaxation times on temperature are various. The results of dielectric measurements showed a strong influence of the salt on the dielectric permittivity of the clay and clayey sandstone even at a low moisture level.

  16. Rhétorique et argumentation : approches croisées Current Approaches to Rhetoric and Argumentation

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    Roselyne Koren

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available 1. Considérations théoriques (Ruth AmossyL’intérêt croissant qui se manifeste aujourd’hui pour l’argumentation dans les études francophones n’est pas sans appeler quelques clarifications. Ducrot, qui a joué un rôle déterminant dans le regain des études argumentatives en France, s’y est récemment employé en différenciant nettement ce qu’il appelle « l’argumentation linguistique » et « l’argumentation rhétorique ». La première, dont il est l’un des promoteurs et le tenant, se définit contre « ...

  17. A cohort of novice Danish science teachers: Background in science and argumentation about science teaching

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    Birgitte Lund Nielsen

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available A survey on science background and argumentation about science teaching was conducted on a local cohort of newly qualified Danish science teachers. The survey was administered before the novice teachers began their first jobs in primary and lower secondary schools and focused on their reflections on specific scenarios of science teaching and themselves as teachers in various science fields. Three areas of concern were identified: There was evidence of reflection upon and argumentation for the practice of science teaching being stundent centred, but many respondents showed a tendency to focus on students’ activities as a goal in themselves, few considered what the students learned through the activities. Results furthermore suggest that the teachers’ own assessment of their subject matter knowledge in the physics field may, for a large subgroup in the cohort, affect their approach to teaching science.

  18. A Comparative Study of Argument from Primordial Nature and Argument from General Consensus on the Demonstration of Existence of God

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    Hamidreza Abdoli Mehrjardi

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Historical evidences suggest that human beings have been always in search of God in some form. Some believe that man is born with this divine sense. This ubiquitous quality of human beings is called primordial nature (fitrah. Many scholars have tried to demonstrate the existence of God through this shared quality of human individuals. In Islamic thought this latter intellectual effort has been designated as "argument from primordial nature" and in western theological and philosophical thought it is known as "argument from general consensus". Although these arguments have some differences in their general settings and attitudes; but they both resort to human general divine attitude to demonstrate the existence of God. In this essay we have sought to propound the views of those scholars who have dealt with this argument at length. Reflecting on the general form of the expositions shows that the expositions of argument from primordial nature and argument from general consensus cannot demonstrate the existence of God without basing themselves on the principle of causation or human existential poverty. Via comparative assessment of these two arguments we have turned to the critiques which have been leveled against them and laid bare their similarities and differences. Of course there are some differences between the argument from primordial nature in Islam and the argument from general consensus in west. This essay seeks to assay the key expositions which have been offered of these arguments in Islamic and western philosophies. It seems that among Moslem philosophers, Mulla Sadra from the early generation, Allameh Tabtabaei, Imam Khomeini, Jawadi Amuli and Mutahari from later generation, have paid more attention to this argument. Among western scholars one can mention William James, Charles Hodge, James Joyce, Paul Tillich and Seneca who have made more direct remarks on this argument. John Locke is also against this argument. This is why we have

  19. THE PROFILE OF ARGUMENTATION SKILL USING “TOULMIN ARGUMENTATION PATTERN” ANALYSIS IN THE ARCHIMEDES PRINCIPAL ON THE STUDENTS OF SMA KOTA BANDAR LAMPUNG

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available This research aims to indentify student’s argumentation skill which is seen from argumentation discourse and then it is analyzed using TAP (Toulmin Argumentation Pattern which consists of some components such as data, claim, warrant, backing and rebuttal on the topic of Archimedes Principle. The method used in this research is descriptive method. The result of this research shows based on the written assignment, the student’s scientific argumentation skill is not good. The student often do not use an appropriate argumentation, do not use adequate evidence, or try to straighten their own option or try to apply their own argument.

  20. Using History and Philosophy of Science to Promote Students' Argumentation

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    Archila, Pablo Antonio

    2015-11-01

    This article describes the effect of a teaching-learning sequence (TLS) based on the discovery of oxygen in promoting students' argumentation. It examines the written and oral arguments produced by 63 high school students (24 females and 39 males, 16-17 years old) in France during a complete TLS supervised by the same teacher. The data used in this analysis was derived from students' written responses, audio and video recordings, and written field notes. The first goal of this investigation was to provide evidence that an approach combining history and philosophy of science and argumentation could increase students' awareness of the relevance of experimentation and communication to scientific progress. The second goal was to assess the effectiveness of the TLS to engage students in argumentative classroom interactions (such as debates) relating to the discovery of oxygen at the end of the 18th century. The findings show that this historical case can be useful for promoting students' argumentation and is also appropriate for high school students. Future research should include students of other ages, other historical episodes and experiences in other parts of the world.

  1. On euthanasia: blindspots in the argument from mercy.

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    Bachelard, Sarah

    2002-01-01

    In the euthanasia debate, the argument from mercy holds that if someone is in unbearable pain and is hopelessly ill or injured, then mercy dictates that inflicting death may be morally justified. One common way of setting the stage for the argument from mercy is to draw parallels between human and animal suffering, and to suggest that insofar as we are prepared to relieve an animal's suffering by putting it out of its misery we should likewise be prepared to offer the same relief to human beings. In this paper, I will argue that the use of parallels between human and animal suffering in the argument from mercy relies upon truncated views of how the concept of a human being enters our moral thought and responsiveness. In particular, the focus on the nature and extent of the empirical similarities between human beings and animals obscures the significance for our moral lives of the kind of human fellowship which is not reducible to the shared possession of empirical capacities. I will suggest that although a critical examination of the blindspots in these arguments does not license the conclusion that euthanasia for mercy's sake is never morally permissible, it does limit the power of arguments such as those provided by Rachels and Singer to justify it. I will further suggest that examination of these blindspots helps to deepen our understanding of what is at stake in the question of euthanasia in ways that tend otherwise to remain obscured.

  2. The CONSERT Instrument during Philae's Descent onto 67P/C-G's surface: Insights on Philae's Attitude and the Surface Permittivity Measurements at the Agilkia-Landing-Site

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    Plettemeier, D.; Statz, C.; Hahnel, R.; Hegler, S.; Herique, A.; Pasquero, P.; Rogez, Y.; Zine, S.; Ciarletti, V.; Kofman, W. W.

    2015-12-01

    The main scientific objective of the Comet Nucleus Sounding Experiment by Radiowave Transmission (CONSERT) aboard ESA spacecraft Rosetta is the dielectric characterization of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko's nucleus. This was done by means of bi-static radio propagation measurements of the CONSERT instrument between the lander Philae launched onto the comet's surface and the orbiter Rosetta. The CONSERT unit aboard the lander was receiving and processing the radio signal emitted by the orbiter counterpart of the instrument. The lander unit was then retransmitting a signal back to the orbiter. This happened at a time scale of milliseconds. In addition to the operation at the first science sequence, CONSERT was operated during the separation and descent of Philae onto the comet's surface. During the descent phase of Philae the received CONSERT signal was a superposition of the direct propagation path between Rosetta and Philae and indirect paths caused by reflections of 67P/C-G's surface. From peak power measurements of the dominant direct path between Rosetta and Philae during the descent we were able to reconstruct the lander's attitude and estimate the spin rate of the lander along the descent trajectory. Certain operations and manoeuvres of orbiter and lander, e.g. the deployment of the lander legs and CONSERT antennas or the orbiter change of attitude in order to orient the science towards the assumed lander position, are also visible in the CONSERT data. The information gained on the landers attitude is used in the reconstruction of the dielectric properties of 67P/C-G's surface and near subsurface (metric to decametric scale). During roughly the last third of the descent, the comet's surface is visible for the CONSERT instrument enabling a mean permittivity estimation of the surface and near subsurface covered by the instruments footprint along the descent path. The comparatively large timespan with surface signatures exhibits a good spatial diversity

  3. Computing Preferred Extensions for Argumentation Systems with Sets of Attacking

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    Nielsen, Søren Holbech; Parsons, Simon

    2006-01-01

    The hitherto most abstract, and hence general, argumentation system, is the one described by Dung in a paper from 1995. This framework does not allow for joint attacks on arguments, but in a recent paper we adapted it to support such attacks, and proved that this adapted framework enjoyed the same...... formal properties as that of Dung. One problem posed by Dung's original framework, which was neglected for some time, is how to compute preferred extensions of the argumentation systems. However, in 2001, in a paper by Doutre and Mengin, a procedure was given for enumerating preferred extensions...... for these systems. In this paper we propose a method for enumerating preferred extensions of the potentially more complex systems, where joint attacks are allowed. The method is inspired by the one given by Doutre and Mengin....

  4. Ancient Origins of a Modern Anthropic Cosmological Argument

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    2003-01-01

    Ancient origins of a modern anthropic argument against cosmologies involving infinite series of past events are considered. It is shown that this argument - which in modern times has been put forward by distinguished cosmologists like Paul C. W. Davies and Frank J. Tipler - originates in pre-Socratic times and is implicitly present in the cyclical cosmology of Empedocles. There are traces of the same line of reasoning throughout the ancient history of ideas, and the case of a provocative statement of Thucydides is briefly analyzed. Moreover, the anthropic argument has been fully formulated in the epic of Lucretius, confirming it as the summit of ancient cosmology. This is not only of historical significance but presents an important topic for the philosophy of cosmology provided some of the contemporary inflationary models, particularly Linde's chaotic inflation, turn out to be correct.

  5. Fostering revision of argumentative writing through structured peer assessment.

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    Tsai, Ya-Chin; Chuang, Min-Tun

    2013-02-01

    This quasi-experimental study investigated the effect of structured peer assessment on revision of an argumentative writing. Two intact classes (N = 22, 26) were randomly assigned to be the trained and control groups. The latter received no facilitative resources, while the former participated in structured peer assessment based on Calibrated Peer Review, a web-based program purposefully designed for students to receive peer-assessment training, assess their peers' writing, and make written commentary online. At the end of the treatment, both groups revised their writing. The trained group revised their writing more extensively, outperforming the control group on frequency and type of revision, as well as the holistic quality of argumentative writing. After structured peer assessment, participants of the trained group became critical of their own work and invested more effort in spontaneous revision to produce higher-quality argumentative writing.

  6. Regarding the `Hole Argument' and the `Problem of Time'

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    2015-01-01

    The canonical formalism of general relativity affords a particularly interesting characterisation of the infamous hole argument. It also provides a natural formalism in which to relate the hole argument to the problem of time in classical and quantum gravity. In this paper, we examine the connection between these two much discussed problems in the foundations of spacetime theory along two interrelated lines. First, from a formal perspective, we consider the extent to which the two problems can and cannot be precisely and distinctly characterised. Second, from a philosophical perspective, we consider the implications of various responses to the problems, with a particular focus upon the viability of a `deflationary' attitude to the relationalist/substantivalist debate regarding the ontology of spacetime. Conceptual and formal inadequacies within the representative language of canonical gravity will be shown to be at the heart of both the canonical hole argument and the problem of time. Interesting and fruitful...

  7. Helping Children to Model Proportionally in Group Argumentation: Overcoming the "Constant Sum" Error

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    Misailidou, Christina; Williams, Jullian

    2004-01-01

    We examine eight cases of argumentation in relation to a proportional reasoning task--the "Paint" task--in which the "constant sum" strategy was a significant factor. Our analysis of argument follows Toulmin's (1958) approach and in the discourse we trace factors which seem to facilitate changes in argument. We find that the arguments of "constant…

  8. Scaling Argument of Anisotropic Random Walk

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    XU Bing-Zhen; JIN Guo-Jun; WANG Fei-Feng

    2005-01-01

    In this paper, we analytically discuss the scaling properties of the average square end-to-end distance for anisotropic random walk in D-dimensional space ( D ≥ 2), and the returning probability Pn(ro) for the walker into a certain neighborhood of the origin. We will not only give the calculating formula for and Pn (ro), but also point out that if there is a symmetric axis for the distribution of the probability density of a single step displacement, we always obtain ~ n, where ⊥ refers to the projections of the displacement perpendicular to each symmetric axes of the walk; in D-dimensional space with D symmetric axes perpendicular to each other, we always have ~ n and the random walk will be like a purely random motion; if the number of inter-perpendicular symmetric axis is smaller than the dimensions of the space, we must have ~ n2 for very large n and the walk will be like a ballistic motion. It is worth while to point out that unlike the isotropic random walk in one and two dimensions, which is certain to return into the neighborhood of the origin, generally there is only a nonzero probability for the anisotropic random walker in two dimensions to return to the neighborhood.

  9. Designing for students' science learning using argumentation and classroom debate

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    Bell, Philip Laverne

    1998-12-01

    This research investigates how to design and introduce an educational innovation into a classroom setting to support learning. The research yields cognitive design principles for instruction involving scientific argumentation and debate. Specifically, eighth-grade students used a computer learning environment to construct scientific arguments and to participate in a classroom debate. The instruction was designed to help students integrate their science understanding by debating: How far does light go, does light die out over distance or go forever until absorbed? This research explores the tension between focusing students' conceptual change on specific scientific phenomena and their development of integrated understanding. I focus on the importance of connecting students' everyday experiences and intuitions to their science learning. The work reported here characterizes how students see the world through a filter of their own understanding. It explores how individual and social mechanisms in instruction support students as they expand the range of ideas under consideration and distinguish between these ideas using scientific criteria. Instruction supported students as they engaged in argumentation and debate on a set of multimedia evidence items from the World-Wide-Web. An argument editor called SenseMaker was designed and studied with the intent of making individual and group thinking visible during instruction. Over multiple classroom trials, different student cohorts were increasingly supported in scientific argumentation involving systematic coordination of evidence with theoretical ideas about light. Students' knowledge representations were used as mediating "learning artifacts" during classroom debate. Two argumentation conditions were investigated. The Full Scope group prepared to defend either theoretical position in the debate. These students created arguments that included more theoretical conjectures and made more conceptual progress in understanding

  10. Homosexual marriage: The Victory of Political Correctness and Bad Arguments

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    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Many Western intellectuals, especially those in humanities and socialsciences, think that it can be easily shown that the persistent and massive opposition to same-sex marriage is rationally indefensible and that it is merely a result of prejudice or religious fanaticism. But a more detailed analysis of some of these widely accepted arguments against the conservative position reveals that these arguments are in fact based on logical fallacies and serious distortions of conservative criticisms of homosexual marriage. It is concluded that philosophers ought to resist the pressure of political correctness and that they should approach the debate with a more open mind than before.

  11. The handicap principle and the argument of subversion from within

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    Baron, Christian

    2013-01-01

    This paper examines the very disparate positions that various actors have taken towards the argument of subversion from within (a classical argument against the evolution of altruism by group selection) in a set of related debates on group selection, altruism and the handicap principle. Using...... connected to important epistemological differences related in part (but not solely) to their disciplinary background. Apart from conflicting evolutionary views concerning the theoretical feasibility of the handicap effect, these antagonists both differed in the confidence they ascribed to mathematical...

  12. Self-defeating personality, argumentativeness, and assertive self-statements.

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    Schill, T

    1996-12-01

    55 men and 55 women were administered Schill's Self-defeating Personality Scale, an argumentativeness scale, and a measure of assertive self-statements. Women with higher scores on the Self-defeating Personality Scale had lower scores on the argumentativeness scale. Both men and women scoring higher on the Self-defeating Personality Scale recalled having thoughts which inhibited them from making assertive statements. These results were discussed as supporting prior research showing that persons reporting more self-defeating characteristics were relatively unassertive.

  13. A Technique for Showing Causal Arguments in Accident Reports

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    Holloway, C. M.; Johnson, C. W.

    2005-01-01

    In the prototypical accident report, specific findings, particularly those related to causes and contributing factors, are usually written out explicitly and clearly. Also, the evidence upon which these findings are based is typically explained in detail. Often lacking, however, is any explicit discussion, description, or depiction of the arguments that connect the findings and the evidence. That is, the reports do not make clear why the investigators believe that the specific evidence they found necessarily leads to the particular findings they enumerated. This paper shows how graphical techniques can be used to depict relevant arguments supporting alternate positions on the causes of a complex road-traffic accident.

  14. Lexical and constructional organization of argument structure: a contrastive analysis

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    Pedersen, Johan

    2009-01-01

    exclusive focus on lexicalization patterns. Contrastive analysis may provide insight into differing ways of organizing grammatical information. Construction grammar (CXG) suggests that clausal core information is organized by integrating at least two construction types: A) schematic constructions, B...... of constructional specificity at which the core information is organized. English (and presumably other Germanic languages to some extent) tends to organize principal clausal information in schematic argument structure constructions, lea­ving secondary information for lexical (verbal) specification. Spanish (and...... presumably other Romance languages to some extent) seems to organize principal clausal information lexically in verbal argument structure constructions, leaving secondary information for schematically organized specification....

  15. The argument of the knowledge creator in Nietzsche

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    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available This essay proposes to identify the argument of the knowledge creator in Nietzsche's philosophy. Based on this, it is neither intended to reduce the argument to Nietzsche`s, nor the latter to the former. Identifying them in this study means to lead them to converge into elements which make them almost undistinguished, claiming that such similarity already predicts their differences. It is planned with such procedure to intensify the creative aspect of Nietzsche's philosophy, as well as to suggest a new scope for our intellectual capacity by taking a connection between knowing and creating as a matter of human condition itself.

  16. Children's Use of Inscriptions in Argumentation about Socioscientific Issues

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    Engaging science in everyday life often means not advancing knowledge or making new claims, but evaluating given claims with available evidence. In everyday situations, evidence is usually presented in some type of inscription (e.g. tables, diagrams, and other images). This study explores elementary students' use of inscriptions as evidence in written arguments about socioscientific issues and how a school year of science instruction may play a role in that use. Three science teachers and their 102 students in 5th and 6th grades at a progressive urban K-6 school participated in this study. I administered a written argument task at the beginning and the end of the 2013--2014 school year, in which students were asked to justify their personal decisions about either alternative energy use or genetically modified organisms. Throughout the year, I worked closely with the teachers to organize classroom instruction towards promoting argumentation and coordination between claims and evidence, and videotaped their science lessons. Content analysis on students' written arguments reveals that photos were cited the most in students' written arguments, while tables were cited the least. Students tended to merely point to an inscription without articulate its relation to a particular claim, or to assert that an inscription "shows" a claim without saying how. They were also likely to credit inscriptions that aligned with their own position rather than discount those that supported counterclaims. From pre to post, these patterns did not change significantly. Analysis on science instruction further shows that the contestability of the claims students encountered in the classroom was low, meaning that they were not framed in arguable ways. The resources available to students for resolving these claims were also limited. The classroom discourse was not open enough for productive argumentation. These patterns may potentially account for the lack of change in students' use of

  17. Hierarchical interfaces induce high dielectric permittivity in nanocomposites containing TiO2@BaTiO3 nanofibers

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    Zhang, Xin; Chen, Weiwei; Wang, Jianjun; Shen, Yang; Gu, Lin; Lin, Yuanhua; Nan, Ce-Wen

    2014-05-01

    Interface issues are common and crucial in nanocomposites or nanohybrid systems since the interface area is enormous on the nanoscale. In the 0-3 dimensional polymer nanocomposites, in which nano-inclusions (0-dimension) are embedded in a 3-dimensionally connected polymer matrix, enhanced dielectric permittivity could be induced by the interfacial polarization at the interfaces between the nano-inclusions and the polymer matrix. In this contribution, we propose and demonstrate that the topological structure of the interface plays an equally important role as the area of the interface in determining the dielectric polarization of polymer nanocomposites. TiO2 nanofibers embedded with BaTiO3 nanoparticles are prepared via electrospinning and then fused with polyvinyl difluoride (PVDF) into polymer nanocomposite films. Modulation of hierarchical interfaces is thus achieved for these nanocomposites. The confinement of these additional interfaces inside the TiO2 nanofibers leads to percolated networks formed by the interfacial regions. The dielectric permittivity of the polymer nanocomposites is thus enhanced by ~300% over the PVDF matrix at a low filler loading of 11 vol%. A phase-field simulation study indicates that the enhanced dielectric permittivity could be attributed to the increased polarization in the percolated interfacial regions inside the TiO2 nanofibers. The instantaneous electrical breakdown of the TiO2@BaTiO3 nanofibers studied by the in situ transmission electron microscopy method further reveals the striking feature that the breakdown behavior of the nanofibers changes from semiconductive to metallic with the incorporation of insulating BaTiO3 nanoparticles.Interface issues are common and crucial in nanocomposites or nanohybrid systems since the interface area is enormous on the nanoscale. In the 0-3 dimensional polymer nanocomposites, in which nano-inclusions (0-dimension) are embedded in a 3-dimensionally connected polymer matrix, enhanced dielectric

  18. Argumentation and indigenous knowledge: socio-historical influences in contextualizing an argumentation model in South African schools

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    Gallard Martínez, Alejandro J.

    2011-09-01

    This forum considers argumentation as a means of science teaching in South African schools, through the integration of indigenous knowledge (IK). It addresses issues raised in Mariana G. Hewson and Meshach B. Ogunniyi's paper entitled: Argumentation-teaching as a method to introduce indigenous knowledge into science classrooms: opportunities and challenges. As well as Peter Easton's: Hawks and baby chickens: cultivating the sources of indigenous science education; and, Femi S. Otulaja, Ann Cameron and Audrey Msimanga's: Rethinking argumentation-teaching strategies and indigenous knowledge in South African science classrooms. The first topic addressed is that implementation of argumentation in the science classroom becomes a complex endeavor when the tensions between students' IK, the educational infrastructure (allowance for teacher professional development, etc.) and local belief systems are made explicit. Secondly, western styles of debate become mitigating factors because they do not always adequately translate to South African culture. For example, in many instances it is more culturally acceptable in South Africa to build consensus than to be confrontational. Thirdly, the tension between what is "authentic science" and what is not becomes an influencing factor when a tension is created between IK and western science. Finally, I argue that the thrust of argumentation is to set students up as "scientist-students" who will be considered through a deficit model by judging their habitus and cultural capital. Explicitly, a "scientist-student" is a student who has "learned," modeled and thoroughly assimilated the habits of western scientists, evidently—and who will be judged by and held accountable for their demonstration of explicit related behaviors in the science classroom. I propose that science teaching, to include argumentation, should consist of "listening carefully" (radical listening) to students and valuing their language, culture, and learning as a model

  19. Measurements of the negative refractive index of sub-diffraction waves propagating in an indefinite permittivity medium.

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    Korobkin, Dmitriy; Neuner, Burton; Fietz, Chris; Jegenyes, Nikoletta; Ferro, Gabriel; Shvets, Gennady

    2010-10-25

    An indefinite permittivity medium (IPM) has been fabricated and optically characterized in mid-infrared spectral range (10.7 µm-11.3 µm). Phase and amplitude transmission measurements reveal two remarkable properties of IPMs: (i) transmission of sub-diffraction waves (as short as λ/4) can exceed those of diffraction-limited ones, and (ii) sub-diffraction waves can propagate with negative refractive index. We describe a novel double-detector optical technique relying on the interference between sub-diffraction and diffraction-limited waves for accurate measurement of the transmission amplitude and phase of the former.

  20. Titan Ground Complex Permittivity at the HUYGENS Landing Site; the PWA-HASI and Other Instruments Data Revisited

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    Hamelin, M.; Lethuillier, A.; Le Gall, A. A.; Grard, R.; Ciarletti, V.; Béghin, C.; Schwingenschuh, K.; Lorenz, R. D.; Lopez-Moreno, J. J.; Jernej, I.; Brown, V.; Ferri, F.

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    Ten years after the successful landing of the HUYGENS probe on the surface of Titan, we reassess the complex permittivity measurements of the surface materials performed by the PWA-HASI experiment (Permittivity, Waves and Altimetry - Huygens Atmospheric Structure Instrument). The complex permittivity is inferred from the mutual impedance of a classical quadrupolar probe, ie. the ratio of the voltage measured by a receiving dipole over the current emitted by another dipole. Using a simple model of the quadrupole configuration, the dielectric constant of the material at the landing site was first estimated to be of the order of 1.8. A more realistic numerical model that took into account the influence of the HUYGENS gondola yielded a dielectric constant in the range 2-3 and a conductivity in the range 0.4 - 0.8 nS/m. due to uncertainties about the system geometry ( Grard et al., 2006). However, a puzzling experimental fact remains to be explained, namely a sudden variation of the amplitude and phase of the received voltage 11 mn after landing that cannot be associated with any lander mechanical disturbance. Permittivity estimations were based on the first 11 mn sequence. The present analysis takes advantage of a recent analysis of the landing process that provided more realistic final position and attitude for the HUYGENS lander (Schroder et al., 2012). The new results lie within former estimated ranges and attention is paid to their sensitivity to geometry and to the reference measurements collected immediately before landing. This point is particularly critical for the estimation of the conductivity. The complete data set has been analysed, including the sequence collected after the first 11 mn. We consider various scenarios that may explain the observed phase and amplitude discontinuity. We tested two layers ground models in order to investigate the possibility that the upper layer may have experienced a fast physical change due to deliquescence or outgasing

  1. A research on high-temperature permittivity and loss tangent of low-loss dielectric by resonant-cavity technique

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    2007-01-01

    Resonant-cavity technique was introduced to measure the permittivity and loss tangent of low-loss dielectrics. The dielectric properties at 9-10 GHz are measured accurately at the temperature up to 800 ℃by the resonant cavity technique. The only electrical parameters that need to be measured are quality factors (Q) and resonant length (L) of resonant cavity loaded and unloaded with dielectric sample. Moreover, the error caused by thermal expansion effect was resolved by error analysis and experimental calibration.

  2. Entropy-Bayesian Inversion of Time-Lapse Tomographic GPR data for Monitoring Dielectric Permittivity and Soil Moisture Variations

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    Hou, Z; Terry, N; Hubbard, S S; Csatho, B

    2013-02-12

    In this study, we evaluate the possibility of monitoring soil moisture variation using tomographic ground penetrating radar travel time data through Bayesian inversion, which is integrated with entropy memory function and pilot point concepts, as well as efficient sampling approaches. It is critical to accurately estimate soil moisture content and variations in vadose zone studies. Many studies have illustrated the promise and value of GPR tomographic data for estimating soil moisture and associated changes, however, challenges still exist in the inversion of GPR tomographic data in a manner that quantifies input and predictive uncertainty, incorporates multiple data types, handles non-uniqueness and nonlinearity, and honors time-lapse tomograms collected in a series. To address these challenges, we develop a minimum relative entropy (MRE)-Bayesian based inverse modeling framework that non-subjectively defines prior probabilities, incorporates information from multiple sources, and quantifies uncertainty. The framework enables us to estimate dielectric permittivity at pilot point locations distributed within the tomogram, as well as the spatial correlation range. In the inversion framework, MRE is first used to derive prior probability distribution functions (pdfs) of dielectric permittivity based on prior information obtained from a straight-ray GPR inversion. The probability distributions are then sampled using a Quasi-Monte Carlo (QMC) approach, and the sample sets provide inputs to a sequential Gaussian simulation (SGSim) algorithm that constructs a highly resolved permittivity/velocity field for evaluation with a curved-ray GPR forward model. The likelihood functions are computed as a function of misfits, and posterior pdfs are constructed using a Gaussian kernel. Inversion of subsequent time-lapse datasets combines the Bayesian estimates from the previous inversion (as a memory function) with new data. The memory function and pilot point design takes

  3. Entropy-Bayesian Inversion of Time-Lapse Tomographic GPR data for Monitoring Dielectric Permittivity and Soil Moisture Variations

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    Hou, Zhangshuan; Terry, Neil C.; Hubbard, Susan S.

    2013-02-22

    In this study, we evaluate the possibility of monitoring soil moisture variation using tomographic ground penetrating radar travel time data through Bayesian inversion, which is integrated with entropy memory function and pilot point concepts, as well as efficient sampling approaches. It is critical to accurately estimate soil moisture content and variations in vadose zone studies. Many studies have illustrated the promise and value of GPR tomographic data for estimating soil moisture and associated changes, however, challenges still exist in the inversion of GPR tomographic data in a manner that quantifies input and predictive uncertainty, incorporates multiple data types, handles non-uniqueness and nonlinearity, and honors time-lapse tomograms collected in a series. To address these challenges, we develop a minimum relative entropy (MRE)-Bayesian based inverse modeling framework that non-subjectively defines prior probabilities, incorporates information from multiple sources, and quantifies uncertainty. The framework enables us to estimate dielectric permittivity at pilot point locations distributed within the tomogram, as well as the spatial correlation range. In the inversion framework, MRE is first used to derive prior probability density functions (pdfs) of dielectric permittivity based on prior information obtained from a straight-ray GPR inversion. The probability distributions are then sampled using a Quasi-Monte Carlo (QMC) approach, and the sample sets provide inputs to a sequential Gaussian simulation (SGSIM) algorithm that constructs a highly resolved permittivity/velocity field for evaluation with a curved-ray GPR forward model. The likelihood functions are computed as a function of misfits, and posterior pdfs are constructed using a Gaussian kernel. Inversion of subsequent time-lapse datasets combines the Bayesian estimates from the previous inversion (as a memory function) with new data. The memory function and pilot point design takes advantage of

  4. Negative permittivity of ZnO thin films prepared from aluminum and gallium doped ceramics via pulsed-laser deposition

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    M.A. Bodea; Sbarcea, G.; Naik, Gururaj V.; Boltasseva, Alexandra; Klar, T. A.; Pedarnig, J. D.

    2013-01-01

    Aluminum and gallium doped zinc oxide thin films with negative dielectric permittivity in the near infrared spectral range are grown by pulsed laser deposition. Composite ceramics comprising ZnO and secondary phase Al2O3 or Ga2O3 are employed as targets for laser ablation. Films deposited on glass from dense and small-grained ceramic targets show optical transmission larger than 70 % in the visible and reveal an onset of metallic reflectivity in the near infrared at 1100 nm and a crossover to...

  5. Role of viscosity in the magnetic field effect on pyrene-DMA exciplex emission at different permittivities

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    Jana, Amit Kumar; Roy, Partha; Nath, Deb Narayan

    2014-02-01

    Effect of viscosity variation on the magnetic field effect in pyrene-N,N-dimethylaniline exciplex luminescence has been studied at different permittivity values. The data is compatible to the model of Krissinel et al. (1999) [10] reported earlier to explain the effect probing the escape yield of radical pairs. It is shown that the data can also be explained on the basis of a simple model. It is interesting to note that the present letter also demonstrates the positive slope of MFE with diffusivity at extremely high viscous condition as predicted by Krissinel et al. (1999) [10] which has not been observed in earlier experiments.

  6. Soil moisture, dielectric permittivity and emissivity of soil: effective depth of emission measured by the L-band radiometer ELBARA

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    Usowicz, Boguslaw; Lukowski, Mateusz; Marczewski, Wojciech; Usowicz, Jerzy; Lipiec, Jerzy; Rojek, Edyta; Slominska, Ewa; Slominski, Jan

    2014-05-01

    Due to the large variation of soil moisture in space and in time, obtaining soil water balance with an aid of data acquired from the surface is still a challenge. Microwave remote sensing is widely used to determine the water content in soil. It is based on the fact that the dielectric constant of the soil is strongly dependent on its water content. This method provides the data in both local and global scales. Very important issue that is still not solved, is the soil depth at which radiometer "sees" the incoming radiation and how this "depth of view" depends on water content and physical properties of soil. The microwave emission comes from its entire profile, but much of this energy is absorbed by the upper layers of soil. As a result, the contribution of each layer to radiation visible for radiometer decreases with depth. The thickness of the surface layer, which significantly contributes to the energy measured by the radiometer is defined as the "penetration depth". In order to improve the physical base of the methodology of soil moisture measurements using microwave remote sensing and to determine the effective emission depth seen by the radiometer, a new algorithm was developed. This algorithm determines the reflectance coefficient from Fresnel equations, and, what is new, the complex dielectric constant of the soil, calculated from the Usowicz's statistical-physical model (S-PM) of dielectric permittivity and conductivity of soil. The model is expressed in terms of electrical resistance and capacity. The unit volume of soil in the model consists of solid, water and air, and is treated as a system made up of spheres, filling volume by overlapping layers. It was assumed that connections between layers and spheres in the layer are represented by serial and parallel connections of "resistors" and "capacitors". The emissivity of the soil surface is calculated from the ratio between the brightness temperature measured by the ELBARA radiometer (GAMMA Remote

  7. Relating protocols for dynamic dispute with logics for defeasible argumentation

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    Prakken, H.

    2008-01-01

    This article investigates to what extent protocols for dynamic disputes, i.e., disputes in which the information base can vary at different stages, can be justified in terms of logics for defeasible argumentation. First a general framework is formulated for dialectical proof theories for such logics

  8. How Introverts versus Extroverts Approach Small-Group Argumentative Discussions.

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    Nussbaum, E. Michael

    2002-01-01

    Explored in two studies disparities between how students with different degrees of extroversion and introversion engaged in small-group discussions requiring construction and critique of arguments. Found that extroverted students exhibited a greater tendency to use conflictual discourse, whereas introverted students worked with one another…

  9. Managing work-life policies : disruption versus dependency arguments

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    Dulk, Laura den; Ruijter, Judith de

    2008-01-01

    What factors shape managerial attitudes towards the utilization of work-life policies? The influence of disruptiveness (Powell and Mainiero 1999) and dependency (Klein, Berman and Dickson 2000) arguments on managerial attitudes is examined using a vignette design. In this study, managers in four fin

  10. Focus, accent, and argument structure: effects on language comprehension.

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    Birch, S; Clifton, C

    1995-01-01

    Four experiments investigated the effect of syntactic argument structure on the evaluation and comprehension of utterances with different patterns of pitch accents. Linguistic analyses of the relation between focus and prosody note that it is possible for certain accented constituents within a broadly focused phrase to project focus to the entire phrase. We manipulated focus requirements and accent in recorded question-answer pairs and asked listeners to make linguistic judgments of prosodic appropriateness (Experiments 1 and 3) or to make judgments based on meaningful comprehension (Experiments 2 and 4). Naive judgments of prosodic appropriateness were generally consistent with the linguistic analyses, showing preferences for utterances in which contextually new noun phrases received accent and old noun phrases did not, but suggested that an accented new argument NP was not fully effective in projecting broad focus to the entire VP. However, the comprehension experiments did demonstrate that comprehension of a sentence with broad VP focus was as efficient when only a lexical argument NP received accent as when both NP and verb received accent. Such focus projection did not occur when the argument NP was an "independent quantifier" such as nobody or everything. The results extend existing demonstrations that the ease of understanding spoken discourse depends on appropriate intonational marking of focus to cases where certain structurally-defined words can project focus-marking to an entire phrase.

  11. MULTIMODAL CONSTRUCTION OF CHILDREN'S ARGUMENTS IN DISPUTES DURING PLAY

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    Rosemberg, Celia Renata

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Within the framework of a sociocultural theory of human development and learning (Vigotsky, 2009; Bruner, 1986; Nelson, 1996; Tomasello, 1998, 2003, this paper aims to investigate the multimodal construction of arguments produced by 5 year-old children during disputes in a kindergarten play situation. We considered the juxtaposition of information provided by resources from different semiotic fields (Goodwin, 2000, 2007. The corpus consists of the interactions in a group of children while they play with building blocks. This play situation was videotaped in a kindergarten classroom that is attended by an urban marginalized population of outer Buenos Aires, Argentina. The analysis makes use of the qualitative logic derived from the methodological tools of Conversation Analysis developed in previous research (Goodwin, 2000, 2007; Goodwin and Goodwin, 1990, 2000; Goodwin, Goodwin and Yaeger-Dror, 2002. The results show the different semiotic fields that overlap with the linguistic expression of the arguments or points of view that children maintain while quarrelling during play situations. This demonstrates the importance of attending to intonation, the use of space, the direction of gaze, gestures, and body positioning as they are components that contribute to the argumentative force of the utterances in disputes. These elements emerge as indicators of the emotions that parties experience in disputes which can not be disregarded when attempting to account for how argumentation occurs in real situations of interaction. This paper is written in Spanish.

  12. Students' Written Arguments in General Chemistry Laboratory Investigations

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    Choi, Aeran; Hand, Brian; Greenbowe, Thomas

    2013-01-01

    This study aimed to examine the written arguments developed by college freshman students using the Science Writing Heuristic approach in inquiry-based general chemistry laboratory classrooms and its relationships with students' achievement in chemistry courses. Fourteen freshman students participated in the first year of the study while 19…

  13. The Sentiment Argument for Artificial Feeding of the Dying.

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    Connelly, R. J.

    1990-01-01

    Presents sentiment argument, distinguishing artificial feeding from medical treatments which may be discontinued when there is little hope of recovery. Describes probable origins of feelings about food and drink and shows that such feelings cannot be transferred without distortion to the hospital world. Argues that authentic sentiment seems to…

  14. (Non-)Arguments in Long-Distance Extractions

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    Nyvad, Anne Mette; Kizach, Johannes; Christensen, Ken Ramshøj

    2015-01-01

    Previous research has shown that in fully grammatical sentences, response time increases and acceptability decreases when the filler in a long-distance extraction is incom- patible with the matrix verb. This effect could potentially be due to a difference between argument and adjunct extraction...

  15. ArguBlogging: An Application for the Argument Web

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    Bex, Floris; Snaith, Mark; Lawrence, John; Reed, Chris

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, we present a software tool for ‘ArguBlogging’, which allows users to construct debate and discussions across blogs, linking existing and new online resources to form distributed, structured conversations. Arguments and counterarguments can be posed by giving opinions on one’s own blog

  16. The customs union argument for a monetary union

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    J.G.M. van Marrewijk (Charles); C.G. de Vries (Casper)

    1990-01-01

    textabstractIf the real exchange rate follows approximately a random walk and in the presence of nontraded goods, a monetary union may generate a Pareto improvement. The argument is based on the analogy with the advantages that derive from the formation of a customs union. A novel unit roots test ba

  17. Interaction patterns in crisis negotiations: Persuasive arguments and cultural differences

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    Giebels, Ellen; Taylor, Paul J.

    2009-01-01

    This research examines cultural differences in negotiators' responses to persuasive arguments in crisis (hostage) negotiations over time. Using a new method of examining cue-response patterns, the authors examined 25 crisis negotiations in which police negotiators interacted with perpetrators from l

  18. Assessing liability with argumentation maps : an application in aviation law

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    Contissa, Giuseppe; Laukyte, Migle; Sartor, Giovanni; Schebesta, H.

    2013-01-01

    In this paper we present an application of argument maps for assessing liability in the field of Air Traffic Management (ATM), developed within the ALIAS (Addressing the Liability Impact of Automated Systems) project. Such maps are used for presenting legal concepts and norms to lawyers and non lawy

  19. Administrative Judicial Decisions as a Hybrid Argumentative Activity Type

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    Plug, H.J.

    2016-01-01

    This article focuses on strategic manoeuvring that takes place in Dutch administrative judi- cial decisions. These decisions may be seen as a distinct argumentative activity type. Starting from the char- acteristics that traditionally are per- tinent to this activity type, I will explore how implica

  20. Teaching Argumentation in a Philosophy Course for Baccalaureate Nursing Students

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    Gough, Jim

    2011-01-01

    In this paper I introduce the background situation that triggered the need for a particular project offered in a senior undergraduate course in health care ethics. Background information is provided to support the rationale of the project in the course. Then, the argument that opens the challenge to the students is outlined, followed by a…

  1. The Influence of Argumentation on Understanding Nature of Science

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    Boran, Gül Hanim; Bag, Hüseyin

    2016-01-01

    The aim in conducting this study is to explore the effects of argumentation on pre-service science teachers' views of the nature of science. This study used a qualitative case study and conducted with 20 pre-service science teachers. Data sources include an open-ended questionnaire and audio-taped interviews. According to pretest and posttest…

  2. Synthetic Biology and the Argument from Continuity with Established Technologies

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    Christiansen, Andreas

    2015-01-01

    ) that it ignores the distinction between what reasons we have and what we should do all things considered. I then illustrate the Continuity Argument and its problems in the case where human manipulation of organisms’ genetic makeup is a suggested reason for finding synthetic biology problematic. Finally, I suggest...

  3. 'Anyway 'and 'even ' as indicators of complex argumentation

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    Snoeck Henkemans, F.

    2010-01-01

    In "Anyway" and "even" as indicators of complex argumentation a connection is established between the semantic descriptions of "anyway" and "even" given by linguists such as Ducrot and Anscombre, Bennett, and Kay and van Eemeren and Grootendorst’s (1984) pragma-dialectical characterization of indepe

  4. Developing Argumentation Strategies in Electronic Dialogs: Is Modeling Effective?

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    Mayweg-Paus, Elisabeth; Macagno, Fabrizio; Kuhn, Deanna

    2016-01-01

    The study presented here examines how interacting with a more capable interlocutor influences use of argumentation strategies in electronic discourse. To address this question, 54 young adolescents participating in an intervention centered on electronic peer dialogs were randomly assigned to either an experimental or control condition. In both…

  5. Game arguments in computability theory and algorithmic information theory

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    Shen, Alexander

    2012-01-01

    We provide some examples showing how game-theoretic arguments can be used in computability theory and algorithmic information theory: unique numbering theorem (Friedberg), the gap between conditional complexity and total conditional complexity, Epstein--Levin theorem and some (yet unpublished) result of Muchnik and Vyugin

  6. Borrowed Authority: The American Catholic Bishops' Argument by Citation

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    O'Keefe, Meaghan M.

    2015-01-01

    Rhetorical use of citation is a means of indirectly reaffirming authority while avoiding the appearance of argument. It is therefore an especially useful strategy for people and institutions with compromised public images. This article compares the American Catholic bishops' written citational patterns in the United States Conference of Catholic…

  7. Advertising Copy: Short Route to the Argumentative Essay.

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    Brown, Stephen G.

    1994-01-01

    Describes how generating effective advertising copy affords students practice in aspects of persuasive writing, such as developing a thesis, refuting counter-arguments, and writing in a comparison-contrast mode. Notes that this approach helps students negotiate the problematic shift from expressive to persuasive discourse without losing their…

  8. The Pedagogue of the Auratic Medium--Extending the Argument

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    Dobson, Stephen

    2008-01-01

    Nick Peim has recently revisited the work of Walter Benjamin; specifically his famous essay on art and mechanical reproduction. In this reply, I too draw upon the inspiration of Benjamin to extend the argument to the question of experience and what might count as knowledge, both in a philosophical sense and also in terms of the curriculum. To…

  9. Penguins and Pandas: A Note on Teaching Cantor's Diagonal Argument

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    Rauff, James V.

    2008-01-01

    Cantor's diagonal proof that the set of real numbers is uncountable is one of the most famous arguments in modern mathematics. Mathematics students usually see this proof somewhere in their undergraduate experience, but it is rarely a part of the mathematical curriculum of students of the fine arts or humanities. This note describes contexts that…

  10. Investigating and Promoting Educational Argumentation: Towards New Digital Practices

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    Ravenscroft, Andrew; McAlister, Simon

    2008-01-01

    This article reviews and synthesizes over a decade of research that has used discourse analysis, dialogue modelling and empirical techniques to investigate educational argumentation and to design digital tools that support its practice. This approach--incorporating theoretical, empirical and design-based methods according to what tends to now be…

  11. Enhancing Argumentative Writing Skill through Contextual Teaching and Learning

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    Hasani, Aceng

    2016-01-01

    This study aims to describe the influence of contextual learning model and critical thinking ability toward argumentative writing skill on university students. The population of the research was 147 university students, and 52 university students were used as sample with multi stage sampling. The results of the research indicate that; group of…

  12. Effects of electronic outlining on students’ argumentative writing performance

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    De Smet, Milou; Broekkamp, Hein; Brand-Gruwel, Saskia; Kirschner, Paul A.

    2011-01-01

    De Smet, M. J. R., Broekkamp, H., Brand-Gruwel, S., & Kirschner, P. A. (2011). Effects of electronic outlining on students’ argumentative writing performance. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 27(6), 557-574. doi: 0.1111/j.1365-2729.2011.00418.x

  13. "Engaging in an Argumentative Discourse"'- Narratives from Biology Classrooms

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    Saxena, Astha; Behari, Alka

    2015-01-01

    The present paper delves into the classroom dynamics of Biology classrooms taking into account teaching learning processes associated with some of the ethical issues in Biological Sciences. Argumentation and debate appear to be the major transactional approaches adopted by teachers for dealing with these issues. The classroom discourses emanating…

  14. Improving Students' PISA Scientific Competencies through Online Argumentation

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    Tsai, Chun-Yen

    2015-01-01

    The scientific competencies advocated by the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) focus on the abilities needed in students' adult lives. This study investigated how such scientific competencies could be improved by using online argumentation. One hundred and thirty-eight 8th grade high school students took part in the study, with…

  15. Concepts, Language, and Privacy: An Argument "Vaguely Viennese in Provenance."

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    Levy, David K.

    2003-01-01

    Considers two notable recent philosophical theories of concepts in relation to some challenges set by Wittgenstein in his notorious private language argument. The challenge is formulated in terms of constraints on the explanation of the relation between thought and language. Shows how these theories of concepts relate to constraints that arise…

  16. Evidence Assessment in Refugee Law with Stories and Arguments

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    Bex, F.J.; Bex-Reimert, Viola

    2016-01-01

    In this article, we aim analyse whether a systematic method for reasoning with evidence in legal cases – the hybrid theory of stories and arguments – can be applied to a novel legal domain, namely European asylum law. This analysis serves as a case study for testing the applicability of the hybrid t

  17. Arguments for and against the Common Core State Standards

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    VanTassel-Baska, Joyce

    2015-01-01

    This article identifies the arguments for and against the common core state standards in English language arts and mathematics. Although the standards need to be differentiated for gifted students, the author suggests that these standards may offer a way to transform education in the classroom, so that all students are able to fulfill their…

  18. Swiss residents' arguments for and against a career in medicine

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    Klaghofer Richard

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In some Western countries, the medical profession is continuously losing prestige, doctors are claiming of high demands, low rewards, and difficult structural working conditions. This study aimed to investigate the arguments given by Swiss residents for and against a career in medicine. Methods As part of a prospective cohort study of Swiss medical school graduates on career development, 567 fourth-year residents were asked to answer the free-response item of what arguments there still were in favour of or against a career in medicine. They also indicated whether they would choose the medical profession all over again (yes/no. The statements were transcribed, content categories inductively formulated, and their descriptions written down in a code manual. Arguments were encoded according to the code manual and assigned to eight content categories (Mayring's content analysis. Frequency distributions were given for categories and tested with Chi2-tests for differences in gender, speciality fields, and whether or not the respondent would again choose a career in medicine. Results The 567 participants made 1,640 statements in favour of and 1,703 statements against a career in medicine. The content analysis of the residents' answers yielded eight categories with arguments both for and against a career in medicine. Of all "statements for" responses, 70% fell into the two top-ranking categories of Personal experiences in day-to-day working life (41.2% and Interpersonal experiences in professional relationships (28.8%. The top-ranking category of the "statements against" arguments was General work-related structural conditions (32%, followed by Social prestige and health-policy aspects (21%. Main arguments in favour of a career in medicine were interdisciplinary challenge, combination of basic sciences and interpersonal concerns, helping suffering people, guarantee of a secure job; arguments against comprised high workload, time

  19. A belief revision approach for argumentation-based negotiation agents

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    Pilotti Pablo

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Negotiation is an interaction that happens in multi-agent systems when agents have conflicting objectives and must look for an acceptable agreement. A typical negotiating situation involves two agents that cannot reach their goals by themselves because they do not have some resources they need or they do not know how to use them to reach their goals. Therefore, they must start a negotiation dialogue, taking also into account that they might have incomplete or wrong beliefs about the other agent’s goals and resources. This article presents a negotiating agent model based on argumentation, which is used by the agents to reason on how to exchange resources and knowledge in order to achieve their goals. Agents that negotiate have incomplete beliefs about the others, so that the exchange of arguments gives them information that makes it possible to update their beliefs. In order to formalize their proposals in a negotiation setting, the agents must be able to generate, select and evaluate arguments associated with such offers, updating their mental state accordingly. In our approach, we will focus on an argumentation-based negotiation model between two cooperative agents. The arguments generation and interpretation process is based on belief change operations (expansions, contractions and revisions, and the selection process is a based on a strategy. This approach is presented through a high-level algorithm implemented in logic programming. We show various theoretical properties associated with this approach, which have been formalized and proved using Coq, a formal proof management system. We also illustrate, through a case study, the applicability of our approach in order to solve a slightly modified version of the well-known home improvement agents problem. Moreover, we present various simulations that allow assessing the impact of belief revision on the negotiation process.

  20. High frequency permeability and permittivity spectra of BiFeO{sub 3}/(CoTi)-BaM ferrite composites

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    Peng, Yun; Wu, Xiaohan; Li, Qifan; Yu, Ting; Feng, Zekun, E-mail: fengzekun@hust.edu.cn [School of Optical and Electronic Information, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Chen, Zhongyan [School of Optical and Electronic Information, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Jiangmen Magsource New Material CO., LTD., 529000 Guangdong (China); Su, Zhijuan; Chen, Yajie; Harris, Vincent G. [Center for Microwave Magnetic Materials and Integrated Circuits, and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts 02115 (United States)

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    Low magnetic loss ferrite composites consisting of Ba(CoTi){sub 1.2}Fe{sub 9.6}O{sub 19} and BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) ferrite were investigated for permeability, permittivity, and high frequency losses at 10 MHz–1 GHz. The phase fraction of BiFeO{sub 3} was quantitatively analyzed by X-ray diffraction measurements. An effective medium approach was employed to predict the effective permeability and permittivity for the ferrite composites, which was found to be in good agreement with experimental data. The experiment demonstrated low magnetic losses (<0.128), modified by BFO phase fraction, while retaining high permeability (∼10.86) at 300 MHz. More importantly, the BFO phase resulted in a reduction of magnetic loss by 32%, as BFO phase increased from 2.7 vol. % to 12.6 vol. %. The effect of BFO phase on magnetic and dielectric properties revealed great potential for use in the miniaturization of high efficiency antennas.

  1. Tunable permittivity and permeability of low loss Z + Y-type ferrite composites for ultra-high frequency applications

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    Su, Zhijuan; Hu, Bolin; Chen, Yajie, E-mail: y.chen@neu.edu; Harris, Vincent G. [Center for Microwave Magnetic Materials and Integrated Circuits, and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts 02115 (United States); Li, Qifan; Feng, Zekun [School of Optical and Electronic Information, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Wang, Xian [Center for Microwave Magnetic Materials and Integrated Circuits, and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts 02115 (United States); School of Optical and Electronic Information, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China)

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    A series of Z-type and Y-type ferrite composites with various phase fractions were studied for their RF properties including the measurement of permittivity to permeability spectra over a frequency range of 0.1–10 GHz. Phase identification of the ferrite composites' constituents was determined by X-ray diffraction. An effective medium approximation was used to predict the magnetic and dielectric behavior of the composites. The experiments indicated that the composite having 75 vol. % of Z-type ferrite demonstrated a permeability of ∼12 with a nearly equivalent permittivity, yielding a ratio (μ′/ε′) of 0.91 at a frequency range from 0.55 to 0.75 GHz. The dielectric loss (i.e., tan δ{sub ε}) and magnetic loss (i.e., tan δ{sub μ}) were measured to be lower than 0.08 at f = 0.1–1 GHz and 0.29 at f = 0.1–0.7 GHz, respectively. Furthermore, the loss factors, as tan δ{sub ε}/ε′ and tan δ{sub μ}/μ′, were calculated to be 0.003 and 0.02 at 0.65 GHz, respectively.

  2. Gradient Permittivity Meta-Structure model for Wide-field Super-resolution imaging with a sub-45 nm resolution.

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    Cao, Shun; Wang, Taisheng; Xu, Wenbin; Liu, Hua; Zhang, Hongxin; Hu, Bingliang; Yu, Weixing

    2016-03-21

    A gradient permittivity meta-structure (GPMS) model and its application in super-resolution imaging were proposed and discussed in this work. The proposed GPMS consists of alternate metallic and dielectric films with a gradient permittivity which can support surface plasmons (SPs) standing wave interference patterns with a super resolution. By employing the rigorous numerical FDTD simulation method, the GPMS was carefully simulated to find that the period of the SPs interference pattern is only 84 nm for a 532 nm incident light. Furthermore, the potential application of the GPMS for wide-field super-resolution imaging was also discussed and the simulation results show that an imaging resolution of sub-45 nm can be achieved based on the plasmonic structure illumination microscopic method, which means a 5.3-fold improvement on resolution has been achieved in comparison with conventional epifluorescence microscopy. Moreover, besides the super-resolution imaging application, the proposed GPMS model can also be applied for nanolithography and other areas where super resolution patterns are needed.

  3. Measurement and Hemodialysis Effect of Complex Relative Permittivity for Blood of Kidney Patients Using Open-Ended Coaxial Measurement Probe

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    Takeda, Akira; Takata, Kazuyuki; Nagao, Hirotomo; Wang, Jianqing; Fujiwara, Osamu

    Before evaluating the quality of hemodialysis from the limited volume of human blood using a commercially available open-ended coaxial probe, we previously measured the complex relative permittivity of pure water from 200 MHz to 6 GHz with respect to its measured liquid volume, and revealed that 1.9 ml water in a beaker with a diameter of 24 mm and a depth of 2 mm gives a variation within ±0.5 % for the real part and ±7 % for the imaginary part. Based on the above finding, we measured the dielectric properties of 2.5 ml whole blood at 25°C for 10 normal healthy subjects and 9 hemodialysis patients. The measured results on healthy subjects show good agreement with the data reported by Gabriel for human blood at 37°C, while they provide different dispersion characteristics of straight lines for their Cole-Cole plots. The measured results on the patients give further different dispersion characteristics in comparison with the healthy subjects. In order to investigate the above differences statistically, the student t-test was conducted to reveal that permittivity at infinite frequency for the Cole-Cole plots is significantly different with a level of 1 % among its averaged values for normal healthy subjects and patients before dialysis.

  4. Ionic conductivity and dielectric permittivity of PEO-LiClO{sub 4} solid polymer electrolyte plasticized with propylene carbonate

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    Das, S.; Ghosh, A., E-mail: sspag@iacs.res.in [Department of Solid State Physics, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur, Kolkata 700032 (India)

    2015-02-15

    We have studied ionic conductivity and dielectric permittivity of PEO-LiClO{sub 4} solid polymer electrolyte plasticized with propylene carbonate. Differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction studies confirm minimum volume fraction of crystalline phase for the polymer electrolyte with 40 wt. % propylene carbonate. The ionic conductivity exhibits a maximum for the same composition. The temperature dependence of the ionic conductivity has been well interpreted using Vogel-Tamman-Fulcher equation. Ion-ion interactions in the polymer electrolytes have been studied using Raman spectra and the concentrations of free ions, ion-pairs and ion-aggregates have been determined. The ionic conductivity increases due to the increase of free ions with the increase of propylene carbonate content. But for higher content of propylene carbonate, the ionic conductivity decreases due to the increase of concentrations of ion-pairs and ion-aggregates. To get further insights into the ion dynamics, the experimental data for the complex dielectric permittivity have been studied using Havriliak–Negami function. The variation of relaxation time with temperature obtained from this formalism follows Vogel-Tamman-Fulcher equation similar to the ionic conductivity.

  5. Ionic conductivity and dielectric permittivity of PEO-LiClO4 solid polymer electrolyte plasticized with propylene carbonate

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    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available We have studied ionic conductivity and dielectric permittivity of PEO-LiClO4 solid polymer electrolyte plasticized with propylene carbonate. Differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction studies confirm minimum volume fraction of crystalline phase for the polymer electrolyte with 40 wt. % propylene carbonate. The ionic conductivity exhibits a maximum for the same composition. The temperature dependence of the ionic conductivity has been well interpreted using Vogel-Tamman-Fulcher equation. Ion-ion interactions in the polymer electrolytes have been studied using Raman spectra and the concentrations of free ions, ion-pairs and ion-aggregates have been determined. The ionic conductivity increases due to the increase of free ions with the increase of propylene carbonate content. But for higher content of propylene carbonate, the ionic conductivity decreases due to the increase of concentrations of ion-pairs and ion-aggregates. To get further insights into the ion dynamics, the experimental data for the complex dielectric permittivity have been studied using Havriliak–Negami function. The variation of relaxation time with temperature obtained from this formalism follows Vogel-Tamman-Fulcher equation similar to the ionic conductivity.

  6. An X-band waveguide measurement technique for the accurate characterization of materials with low dielectric loss permittivity

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    Allen, Kenneth W.; Scott, Mark M.; Reid, David R.; Bean, Jeffrey A.; Ellis, Jeremy D.; Morris, Andrew P.; Marsh, Jeramy M.

    2016-05-01

    In this work, we present a new X-band waveguide (WR90) measurement method that permits the broadband characterization of the complex permittivity for low dielectric loss tangent material specimens with improved accuracy. An electrically long polypropylene specimen that partially fills the cross-section is inserted into the waveguide and the transmitted scattering parameter (S21) is measured. The extraction method relies on computational electromagnetic simulations, coupled with a genetic algorithm, to match the experimental S21 measurement. The sensitivity of the technique to sample length was explored by simulating specimen lengths from 2.54 to 15.24 cm, in 2.54 cm increments. Analysis of our simulated data predicts the technique will have the sensitivity to measure loss tangent values on the order of 10-3 for materials such as polymers with relatively low real permittivity values. The ability to accurately characterize low-loss dielectric material specimens of polypropylene is demonstrated experimentally. The method was validated by excellent agreement with a free-space focused-beam system measurement of a polypropylene sheet. This technique provides the material measurement community with the ability to accurately extract material properties of low-loss material specimen over the entire X-band range. This technique could easily be extended to other frequency bands.

  7. Permittivity transition from highly positive to negative: Polyimide/carbon nanotube composite's dielectric behavior around percolation threshold

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    Sun, Yiyi; Wang, Junli; Qi, Shengli; Tian, Guofeng; Wu, Dezhen

    2015-07-01

    In this report, a series of composite films consisting of polyimide as the matrix and multi-wall carbon nanotubes as the filler (PI/MWCNTs) were prepared in a water-based method with the use of triethylamine. Their dielectric properties were tested under frequency of between 100 Hz and 10 MHz, and it was revealed that the permittivity value behaved interestingly around the percolation threshold (8.01% in volume). The water-based method ensured that fillers had high dispersibility in the matrix before percolation, which led to a relatively high dielectric constant (284.28). However, the overlapping caused by excess MWCNTs created pathways for electrons inside the matrix, turning the permittivity to negative. The former phenomenon was highly congruent with the percolation power law, while the latter could be explained by the Drude Model. AC conductivity was measured for more supportive information. Additionally, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy were employed to record MWCNTs' microscopic distribution and morphology at the percolation threshold.

  8. Combined DC Resistivity Survey and Electric Conductivity- Dielectric Permittivity Measurement at Sag Pond near Lembang Fault, West Java, Indonesia

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    Iryanti, Mimin; Srigutomo, Wahyu; Bijaksana, Satria; Setiawan, Tedy

    2016-08-01

    Lembang Fault is a normal fault situated at the southern flank of Tangkuban Parahu Volcano in West Java Indonesia. The fault's movement may have caused the formation of sag pond in the vicinity of its which is characterized by the soil layers of the sag pond. The characteristics of the soil can be examined based on its electrical properties such as conductivity (the inverse of resistivity) and dielectric permittivity. Direct field measurement was conducted using DC-resistivity Wenner-Schlumberger method on the sag pond as well as laboratory resistivity measurement of cores taken from the sag pond. Two resistivity crosssections were obtained after performing 2D inversion of the data which reveal that the resistivity distribution consist of a resistive layer (40-60 ohm.m) overlying a medium resistive layer (30-35 ohm.m). The third layer has relatively low resistivity of 16-25 ohm.m. At the intersection of these two lines we took coring samples down to depth of 5 m below surface and measured the electrical conductivity and dielectric permittivity for each 1 cm of sample using EM-50 data logger. Results from both field and laboratory measurement were analysed to get a better understanding of the sag pond.

  9. Optical refractive index and static permittivity of mixed Zr-Si oxide thin films prepared by ion beam induced CVD

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    Ferrer, F.J. [Centro Nacional de Aceleradores, Av. Thomas A. Edison, 7, 41092 Sevilla (Spain)], E-mail: fjferrer@us.es; Frutos, F. [E.T.S. de Ingenieria Informatica, Avda. Reina Mercedes, s/n, 41012 Sevilla (Spain); Garcia-Lopez, J. [Centro Nacional de Aceleradores, Av. Thomas A. Edison, 7, 41092 Sevilla (Spain); Gonzalez-Elipe, A.R.; Yubero, F. [Insituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla, c/ Americo vespucio, no. 49, 41092 Sevilla (Spain)

    2007-12-03

    Mixed oxides Zr{sub x}Si{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} (0 < x < 1) thin films have been prepared at room temperature by decomposition of (CH{sub 3}CH{sub 2}O){sub 3}SiH and Zr[OC(CH{sub 3}){sub 3}]{sub 4} volatile precursors induced by mixtures of O{sub 2}{sup +} and Ar{sup +} ions. The films were flat and amorphous independently of the Si/Zr ratio and did not present phase segregation of the pure single oxides (SiO{sub 2} and ZrO{sub 2}). A 10-23 at.% of H and 1-5 at.% of C atoms remained incorporated in the films depending on the mixture ratio of the Si and Zr precursors and the composition of the bombarding gas used during the deposition process. These impurities are mainly forming hydroxyl and carboxylic groups. Optical refractive index and static permittivity of the films were determined by reflection NIR-Vis spectroscopy and C-V electrical characterization, respectively. It is found that the refractive index increases non-linearly from 1.45 to 2.10 as the Zr content in the thin films increases. The static permittivity also increases non-linearly from {approx} 4 for pure SiO{sub 2} to {approx} 15 for pure ZrO{sub 2}. Optical and electrical characteristics of the films are justified by their impurity content and the available theories.

  10. Quasicritical behavior of the low-frequency dielectric permittivity in the isotropic phase of liquid crystalline materials.

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    Drozd-Rzoska, A; Rzoska, S J; Zioło, J; Jadzyn, J

    2001-05-01

    Results presented give evidence of the existence of quasicritical, fluidlike behavior in the isotropic phase of 4-cyano-4-pentyl-biphenyl (5CB) for frequencies ranging from the static to the ionic-dominated [low-frequency (LF)] region. Despite the boost of dielectric permittivity on lowering the frequency below 1 kHz, values of the isotropic-nematic transition discontinuity (approximately 1.1 K) and the critical exponent alpha (approximately 0.5) remain constant. It is shown that the contribution from residual ionic impurities is a linear function of temperature in the critical, prenematic fluctuation-dominated region. The validity of the fluidlike and critical behavior for LF dielectric permittivity confirmed results of a derivative analysis of the experimental data: d(epsilon)/dT proportional to (T-T*)(-alpha), originally proposed for critical mixtures. Results of a preliminary test in the isotropic phase of 4-decyl-4'-isothiocyanatobiphenyl (10BT), on approaching the smectic-E phase, may indicate a general validity of results obtained.

  11. A Self-Oscillating System to Measure the Conductivity and the Permittivity of Liquids within a Single Triangular Signal

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    Sylvain Druart

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a methodology and a circuit to extract liquid resistance and capacitance simultaneously from the same output signal using interdigitated sensing electrodes. The principle consists in the generation of a current square wave and its application to the sensor to create a triangular output voltage which contains both the conductivity and permittivity parameters in a single periodic segment. This concept extends the Triangular Waveform Voltage (TWV signal generation technique and is implemented by a system which consists in a closed-loop current-controlled oscillator and only requires DC power to operate. The system interface is portable and only a small number of electrical components are used to generate the expected signal. Conductivities of saline NaCl and KCl solutions, being first calibrated by commercial equipment, are characterized by a system prototype. The results show excellent linearity and prove the repeatability of the measurements. Experiments on water-glycerol mixtures validate the proposed sensing approach to measure the permittivity and the conductivity simultaneously. We discussed and identified the sources of measurement errors as circuit parasitic capacitances, switching clock feedthrough, charge injection, bandwidth, and control-current quality.

  12. The Argumentative Sequence as a Doner of Meaning in the Dialogic Discourse Analysis and in the Argumentative Semantics

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    Telisa Furlanetto Graeff

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available This work aims to discuss the construction of the utterances’ meanings based on the ideas of Discourse in Life and Discourse in art, by Voloshinov (2012 and on the Theory of Argumentation Within Language, by Ducrot and Anscombre (1983, more specifically, its current technical version – the Theory of the Semantic Blocks – proposed by Carel (1995 and developed along with Ducrot today. It is, in the dialogical analysis, a matter of seeking the necessary password to the understanding of the utterance and, in the argumentative analysis, to follow the argumentative orientation of the linguistic entities, which indicate possible continuations, banning others. In both cases, the utterance can be answered when it constitutes an argumentative sequence, which was compared by Voloshinov to an enthymeme whose main premise was exposed and understood by Ducrot and Carel as two predicates put together by donc or pourtant, among which a semantic interdependency that creates a singular meaning, reality’s discursive representation is established.

  13. L’argumentation dans le discours d’information médiatique Argumentation in Media Discourse

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    Wander Emediato

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available L’article présente quelques éléments de réflexion susceptibles de contribuer au développement d’une étude sur l’argumentation dans le discours d’information médiatique. Dans cette perspective, il poursuit deux objectifs complémentaires. L’un, d’ordre géneral, consiste à montrer comment les trois approches dominantes de l’argumentation (logique, linguistique et rhétorique sont à la fois différenciées, et étroitement imbriquées dans l’analyse du discours de presse. La seconde concerne le fonctionnement du discours d’information dans la presse et la façon dont il met en place, par des opérations de cadrage, d’effacement énonciatif, d’ellipses, etc. une « dimension argumentative » (Amossy 2000 : sans avoir une visée argumentative avouée, il se propose néanmoins d’agir sur les croyances et les représentations du lecteur. A titre d’exemple, l’étude traite d’un corpus de titres empruntés essentiellement à la presse brésilienne.This paper aims at contributing to the development of argumentation studies in the field of media discourse, and within this perspective, it presents two main complementary objectives. Firstly, it strives at showing how the three main approaches to argumentation (logical, linguistic and rhetoric are both distinct and closely interconnected in the analysis of media discourse. The second objective concerns the functioning of the selected genre of discourse: the paper examines how, through procedures of framing, obliteration of the enunciative modality, ellipses, etc., media discourse sets up an “argumentative dimension” (Amossy 2000. Although not overtly intended for persuasion, media discourse nevertheless sets out to act upon the reader’s beliefs and representations. These issues are tackled through the analysis of a sample of headlines mostly borrowed from the Brazilian press.

  14. Enhanced high thermal conductivity and low permittivity of polyimide based composites by core-shell Ag@SiO2 nanoparticle fillers

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    Zhou, Yongcun; Wang, Lu; Zhang, Hu; Bai, Yuanyuan; Niu, Yujuan; Wang, Hong

    2012-07-01

    A kind of polymer based composites was prepared by embedding the fillers of core-shell Ag@SiO2 nanoparticles into the polyimide (PI) matrix. The obtained Ag@SiO2/PI (50% vf of fillers) composites show remarkably improved high thermal conductivity and low relative permittivity. The maximum value of the thermal conductivity of composites is 7.88 W/(mK) and the relative permittivity and dielectric loss are about 11.7 and 0.015 at 1 MHz, respectively. Compared with self-passivated nanometer Al* particles composites, core-shell Ag@SiO2 nano-composite is beneficial to increase the thermal conductivity and reduce the permittivity of the composites. The relative mechanism was studied and discussed.

  15. The features of argumentation skills formation problem in Higher Educational Establishment students

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    Tamozhska I. V.

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Deals with argumentation skill formation in future specialist's professional preparation: kinds and ways of argumentation, influence of communicative co-operation means on compromise zones defining and general decision making, strategy choice in communicators' behavior at argumentation phase in a dialogue, defining of effective factors of convincing argumentation influence in communicators. The work suggests the system of methodological research means for argumentation skill formation in Higher Educational Establishment students, which helps professional language problem solving in composition with theoretical questions argumentation basis.

  16. Improved Breakdown Voltage in AlGaN/GaN High Electron Mobility Transistors by Employing Polyimide/Chromium Composite Thin Films as Surface Passivation and High-Permittivity Field Plates

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    Chu, Fu-Tong; Chen, Chao; Zhou, Wei; Liu, Xing-Zhao

    2013-09-01

    The breakdown voltage of AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) is enhanced by employing metal chromium (Cr) nanoparticle-embedded polyimide (PI) as a high-permittivity (high-K) dielectric covering both the source-gate and gate-drain regions. The PI/Cr composite high-K dielectrics acting as a field plate prevent the occurrence of strong electric fields produced at the drain side edge of the gate electrode to obtain an optimum lateral electric flux of HEMTs. The breakdown voltage is improved by approximately 35% when using the PI/Cr thin film dielectric field plate while maintaining high performance, a high transconductance value of 122.4 mS/mm, and a large saturated drain-current value of 748 mA/mm.

  17. Nursing Teaching Strategies by Encouraging Students’ Questioning, Argumentation and Explanation

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    Dayse Neri de Souza

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Nursing students need to develop competences in the field of explanation, argumentation and questioning as they are pivotal to foster a relationship with their patients and achieve a greater humanisation of care. The objective of this paper is to analyse the perception of 1st-year nursing students with regard to the humanisation of care provided to patients by encouraging them to discuss real-life episodes. The study is qualitative and content analysis used the students’ questions, explanations and argumentation as core discourses. Among other conclusions, results point towards the importance of promoting activities that encourage the different nursing students’ discourses and the ability to understand the humanisation and dehumanisation patterns arising from the real-life episodes used as case study.

  18. Evidence Arguments for Using Formal Methods in Software Certification

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    Denney, Ewen W.; Pai, Ganesh

    2013-01-01

    We describe a generic approach for automatically integrating the output generated from a formal method/tool into a software safety assurance case, as an evidence argument, by (a) encoding the underlying reasoning as a safety case pattern, and (b) instantiating it using the data produced from the method/tool. We believe this approach not only improves the trustworthiness of the evidence generated from a formal method/tool, by explicitly presenting the reasoning and mechanisms underlying its genesis, but also provides a way to gauge the suitability of the evidence in the context of the wider assurance case. We illustrate our work by application to a real example-an unmanned aircraft system- where we invoke a formal code analysis tool from its autopilot software safety case, automatically transform the verification output into an evidence argument, and then integrate it into the former.

  19. Nursing teaching strategies by encouraging students' questioning, argumentation and explanation.

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    Souza, Dayse Neri de; Souza, Francislê Neri de

    2014-12-01

    Nursing students need to develop competences in the field of explanation, argumentation and questioning as they are pivotal to foster a relationship with their patients and achieve a greater humanisation of care. The objective of this paper is to analyse the perception of 1st-year nursing students with regard to the humanisation of care provided to patients by encouraging them to discuss real-life episodes. The study is qualitative and content analysis used the students' questions, explanations and argumentation as core discourses. Among other conclusions, results point towards the importance of promoting activities that encourage the different nursing students' discourses and the ability to understand the humanisation and dehumanisation patterns arising from the real-life episodes used as case study.

  20. On security arguments of the second round SHA-3 candidates

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    Andreeva, Elena; Bogdanov, Andrey; Mennink, Bart;

    2012-01-01

    In 2007, the US National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) announced a call for the design of a new cryptographic hash algorithm in response to vulnerabilities like differential attacks identified in existing hash functions, such as MD5 and SHA-1. NIST received many submissions, 51...... of which got accepted to the first round. 14 candidates were left in the second round, out of which five candidates have been recently chosen for the final round. An important criterion in the selection process is the SHA-3 hash function security. We identify two important classes of security arguments...... for the new designs: (1) the possible reductions of the hash function security to the security of its underlying building blocks and (2) arguments against differential attack on building blocks. In this paper, we compare the state of the art provable security reductions for the second round candidates...

  1. The analysis and reconciliation of students' rebuttals in argumentation activities

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    Lin, Yu-Ren; Hung, Jeng-Fung

    2016-01-01

    The present study investigated the guidance provided by science teachers to resolve conflicts during socioscientific issue-based argumentation activities. A graphical representation (GR) was developed as a tool to code and analyze the dialogue interaction process. Through the GR and qualitative analysis, we identified three types of dialogue reconciling strategies. The first one consists of teacher management, in which the teacher temporarily maintains the right to speak when students get mired in an emotional rebuttal situation. The second strategy involves the use of qualifiers to identify the strengths and weaknesses of an opposing argument. The third strategy consists of providing students with guidance to keep both parties (i.e. the students taking, respectively, the affirmative and negative positions) on the same discussion topic and can be used to assist teachers with forming broad questions that prompt students to conduct deeper discussions. These reconciling strategies were beneficial in that they helped students to argue in a more reflective way.

  2. A two-phase system call arguments attribute analyzing method

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    LI Hong-jiao; LI Jian-hua

    2008-01-01

    To detect more attacks aiming at key security data in program behavior-based anomaly detection, the data flow properties were formulated as unary and binary relations on system call arguments. A new method named two-phrase analysis (2PA) is designed to analyze the efficient relation dependency, and its description as well as advantages are discussed. During the phase of static analysis, a dependency graph was constructed according to the program's data dependency graph, which was used in the phase of dynamic learning to learn specified binary relations. The constructed dependency graph only stores the information of related arguments and events, thus improves the efficiency of the learning algorithm and reduces the size of learned relation de-pendencies. Performance evaluations show that the new method is more efficient than existing methods.

  3. The role of probability arguments in the history of science.

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    Weinert, Friedel

    2010-03-01

    The paper examines Wesley Salmon's claim that the primary role of plausibility arguments in the history of science is to impose constraints on the prior probability of hypotheses (in the language of Bayesian confirmation theory). A detailed look at Copernicanism and Darwinism and, more briefly, Rutherford's discovery of the atomic nucleus reveals a further and arguably more important role of plausibility arguments. It resides in the consideration of likelihoods, which state how likely a given hypothesis makes a given piece of evidence. In each case the likelihoods raise the probability of one of the competing hypotheses and diminish the credibility of its rival, and this may happen either on the basis of 'old' or 'new' evidence.

  4. Simplified Design for Concurrent Statistical Zero-Knowledge Arguments

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    WEI Puwen; ZHANG Guoyan; ZHANG Lijiang; WANG Xiaoyun

    2009-01-01

    This paper shows that the protocol presented by Goyal et al. can be further simplified for a one-way function, with the simplified protocol being more practical for the decisional Diffie-Hellman assumption. Goyal et al. provided a general transformation from any honest verifier statistical zero-knowledge argument to a concurrent statistical zero-knowledge argument. Their transformation relies only on the existence of one-way functions. For the simplified transformation, the witness indistinguishable proof of knowledge protocols in "parallel" not only plays the role of preamble but also removes some computational zero-knowledge proofs,which Goyal et al. used to prove the existence of the valid openings to the commitments. Therefore, although some computational zero-knowledge proofs are replaced with a weaker notion, the witness indistinguishable protocol, the proof of soundness can still go through.

  5. The handicap principle and the argument of subversion from within.

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    Baron, Christian

    2013-09-01

    This paper examines the very disparate positions that various actors have taken towards the argument of subversion from within (a classical argument against the evolution of altruism by group selection) in a set of related debates on group selection, altruism and the handicap principle. Using this set of debates as a case study, this paper argues that different applications of epistemic values were one of the factors behind the disagreements between John Maynard Smith and Amotz Zahavi over a number of important evolutionary issues. The paper also argues that these different applications were connected to important epistemological differences related in part (but not solely) to their disciplinary background. Apart from conflicting evolutionary views concerning the theoretical feasibility of the handicap effect, these antagonists both differed in the confidence they ascribed to mathematical modeling and over the hereditary basis for altruistic behavior.

  6. An Argument for Nonminimal Higgs Coupling to Gravity

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    Srivastava, Y N; Widom, A

    2011-01-01

    The coupling of gravity to a scalar field raises a number of interesting questions of principle since the usual minimal coupling obtained by replacing ordinary derivatives with covariant derivatives is not available -- they are the same operation on scalar fields. Conformal couplings in the Lagrangian proportional to $\\phi^2 R$ have been suggested before, usually to maintain conformal invariance for massless scalar fields, but at the cost of breaking the equivalence principle. Here we give intuitive arguments for the appearance of such a term due to fluctuations of scalar particles about their classical world lines. Remarkably, these arguments give precisely a correction of the form required to maintain conformal invariance. We also show that such a term would naturally be expected for the Higgs field in the Standard Model, making a perhaps surprising connection between weak-scale physics and gravity. The nonminimal coupling, whether induced by quantum corrections or already present as a bare term, can be con...

  7. Teaching of History: argumentation and the construction of meaning

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    Patricia Bastos de Azevedo

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this article is to discuss the construction of meaning through argumentation in the teaching of History. The field research was carried out in a municipal school in Niterói – RJ. The research included 30 hours of recordings of History classes of a group of the 4th cycle of Elementary Education (also called 8th year of Elementary Education. The data analysis articulated the theoretical elements related to curriculum, language and culture. It can be pointed out a possibility of theoretical approximation of these three fields of knowledge relating them to the concrete space of the History class. The challenge is to create a dialogue among the theories from the curriculum, language and culture fields, aiming to understand the construction of meaning in the teaching of History by means of argumentation.

  8. 名辩举隅%Cases of Name and Argument

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    崔清田

    2012-01-01

    The discussion of name and argument begins at the Spring and Autumn Period,becomes strong at the Warring States Period and declines at the unity of six states by Qin.The methods of induction and listing are applied to analyse the thoughts of name and argument of Confucian,famous expert and Mohist.The theory of rectification name of Confucian starts and promotes a great discussion to the relationship between name and reality in Pre-qin dynasty,its beginning significance can not be neglected.The theory of the white horse is not a horse and predicative of Gongsun Long makes the discussion of the problem of name and reality separating from the theory of rectification name serving for the need for politics,going to an abstract study of the specialty decided by name,his academic thought can be a wonderful work in the history of China thought.Xun Zi pays attention to argument,but his argument is not for winning,but a talking skill in morality education.Mo Zi advocates and study talking argument and the late Mohist form a special argument theory,firstly defines and totally concludes the argument.The theory of name and argument have the contents on expressing and arguing method.Knowing this can help us passing on and carrying forward the attention to wisdom of traditional culture,and it also has the active reference significance to success of discussion,communication and learning in our daily life.%名与辩的讨论始于春秋,盛于战国,衰落于秦统一六国。运用归纳列举的方法,分析儒家、名家和墨家名与辩的思想。孔子的"正名"说开启并推动了先秦时期的名实关系大讨论,其开创意义不容忽视;公孙龙的"白马非马"和"唯谓"之说,已经使名实问题的讨论从服务于政治需求的"正名"说中分离出来,走向了"专决于名"的抽象研究,其学术思想,不失为中国思想史上的一朵奇葩;荀子重"辩",但荀子的辩并不是争胜的论辩,而是教化礼义的谈说

  9. Oesophageal achalasia: an argument for primary surgical management.

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    Leonard, D S

    2009-04-01

    Achalasia is a primary oesophageal motility disorder resulting from damage to the ganglion cells of the myenteric plexus. Impaired relaxation of the lower oesophageal sphincter and aperistalsis causes its cardinal symptoms of dysphagia, chest pain and reflux-type symptoms. Management is somewhat controversial, with options including systemic and local pharmacotherapy, dilatation and oesophagomyotomy. We review the presentation, investigation and management of oesophageal achalasia and make an argument for primary surgical management.

  10. A Lexically Based Proposal of Argument Structure Meaning

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    Adele E. Goldberg; Devin Casenhiser; Nitya Sethuraman

    2005-01-01

    @@ 1. Introduction Children conservatively produce syntactic patterns on a verb-by-verb basis (Akhtar and Tomasello, 1997;Baker, 1979; Bates and MacWhinney, 1987; Bowerman, 1982; Braine, 1976; Brooks and Tomasello, 1999;Gropen et al., 1989; Ingram and Thompson, 1996; Lieven et al., 1997; MacWhinney, 1982; Olguin and Tomasello, 1993; Schlesinger, 1982; Tomasello, 1992). Ultimately, however, generalizations over specific verbs are made, forming speakers' knowledge of argument structure patterns (Akhtar, 1999; Bowerman,1982; Brooks and Tomasello, 1999).

  11. Consistency argument and classification problem in λ-calculus

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    王驹; 赵希顺; 黄且圆; 蒋颖

    1999-01-01

    Enlightened by Mal’cev theorem in universal algebra, a new criterion for consistency argument in λ-calculus has been introduced. It is equivalent to Jacopini and Baeten-Boerboom’ s, but more convenient to use. Based on the new criterion, one uses an enhanced technique to show a few results which provides a deeper insight in the classification problem of λ-terms with no normal forms.

  12. On the existence and multiplicity of extensions in dialectical argumentation

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    2002-01-01

    In the present paper, the existence and multiplicity problems of extensions are addressed. The focus is on extension of the stable type. The main result of the paper is an elegant characterization of the existence and multiplicity of extensions in terms of the notion of dialectical justification, a close cousin of the notion of admissibility. The characterization is given in the context of the particular logic for dialectical argumentation DEFLOG. The results are of direct relevance for sever...

  13. Quality of Life as an Eco-political Argument

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    Læssøe, Jeppe

    1997-01-01

    Artiklen diskuterer om psykologiske teorier om livskvalitet kan berige diskussionen af bæredygtig udvikling. Udgangspunktet er et blandt miljøforkæmpere ofte hørt argument om, at en miljøvenlig livsstil snarere end tab af livskvalitet vil føre til en øget livskvalitet. Spørgsmålet der rejses er, ...

  14. Analysis of Discourse Markers in Chinese Students’Argumentative Speech

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    QU Jingwen; WANG Yongli; DING Shaojun

    2015-01-01

    DMs are a set of lexical and non-lexical forms which commonly appear in communication.Rather than other researches who focus on discourse markers in natural English speaking context,this paperexamines Chinese students’ usage of DMs in argumentative speeches and indicates that proper use of discourse markers could facilitate the communication process and more attention should be given to learning and teaching discourse markers by both students and teachers.

  15. The Project of Medical IR Materials Passed Argumentation

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    Qian Bozhang

    2012-01-01

    Research Project on the Key Technologies for Medical IR Materials and Products declared by Puyang Linshi Chemical New Materials Co., Ltd. passed the expert argumentation organized by Henan Science and Technology Department in April 2012, and was listed in the significant scientific and technological special projects of Henan Province. This project, with the re- search basis of medical IR development, will form the production capacity of 150 million pairs of medical IR surgical gloves after achieving the designed capacity.

  16. Improving Undergraduates’ Argumentative Group Essay Writing through Self-assessment

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    Yong Mei Fung

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available When writing an argumentative essay, writers develop and evaluate arguments to embody, initiate, or simulate various kinds of interpersonal and textual interaction for reader consideration (Wu & Allison, 2003. This is quite challenging for English as a second language (ESL learners. To improve the quality of their writing, students need to review their draft throughout the writing process. This study aimed to investigate the effect of self-assessment in group writing and how group work improves students’ writing ability. An intact class comprising 22 first-year undergraduates participated in the study.  Data were collected from pre- and post-treatment writing tests, semi-structured interview and reflection entries. The results revealed that self-assessment has a significant effect on students’ writing performance. Group work also enhanced social and cognitive development of the students. This study provides insights into the use of self-assessment in writing class to develop learner autonomy and improve writing ability. Keywords: Argumentative essay, Self-assessment, Learner autonomy, Group writing, ESL learners

  17. AUTHORIAL VOICE IN ISLAMIC COLLEGE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT STUDENTS’ ARGUMENTATIVE WRITING

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    Nur Afifi

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available While considered elusive and abstract, authorial voice is paramount in English writing. Unfortunately, many of Indonesian EFL learners found it is highly challeging to show their voice in their writing. The importance of voice is even exaggerated in argumentative writing, since this kind of writing needs obvious stance of the writer. This study investigates the authorial voice students made in their argumentative writing. The purpose of this study is to gain the picture of students‟ writing ability especially in authorial voice to map the road in guiding the next writing classes. The object of the study is the argumentative writing made by English department students at one Indonesian State College of Islamic Studies in their writing III course. Using Hyland‟s interactional model of voice (2008 the data analysis results the authorial presence in the essays is in position 2 at 0 – 4 scale which means the reader feels somehow weak presence of the authorial voice in the essay. This result confirms the findings of some previous studies that EFL learners especially from „interdependent‟ cultural background tend to find this authorial voice difficult in writing English essay.

  18. THE EFFECTS OF TEACHING CRITICAL THINKING ON STUDENTS’ ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available This study is directed to find out whether teaching critical thinking affects the writing ability of argumentative essay. This research employed quasi experimental design as it was intended to measure the effects of the strategy on the students’ ability in writing argumentative essay. The samples of the study were the students of class A and B enrolled in the seventh semester of the English Education Department of State Islamic College of Palangka Raya. To collect the data needed, it was used test as the instrument; it was Academic Writing for IELTS Test. The data were processed and analyzed by using SPSS 19.0 statistic technique of independent t-test and paired-sample t-test, and the analized data were concluded. From the result of the test, the independent t-test calculation in posttest scores in both groups shows that the significance value is higher than level of significance (0.194 > 0.05. It indicates that there is no significant difference between experimental and control groups. Moreover, the paired t-test calculation shows the result of paired sample test (0.000 < 0.05 in which there is a significant difference between pretest and posttest scores in experimental group after having treatments. Keywords: critical thinking, writing ability, argumentative essay

  19. Explanations in Microphysics: a Response to van Fraassen's Argument

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    Silvio Seno Chibeni

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this article is to offer a rejoinder to an argument against scientific realism put forward by van Fraassen, based on theoretical considerations regarding microphysics. At a certain stage of his general attack to scientific realism, van Fraassen argues, in contrast to what realists typically hold, that empirical regularities should sometimes be regarded as “brute facts”, which do not ask for explanation in terms of deeper, unobservable mechanisms. The argument from microphysics formulated by van Fraassen is based on the claim that in microphysics the demand for explanation leads to a demand for the so-called hidden-variable theories, which “runs contrary to at least one major school of thought in twentieth-century physics”. It is shown here that this argument does not represent an insurmountable obstacle to scientific realism, not even when a series of important theoretical and experimental results against hidden-variable theories — and not merely a conflict with a certain school of thought—is taken into account.

  20. Laboratory permittivity measurements of icy planetary analogs in the millimeter and submillimeter domains, in relation with JUICE mission.

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    Brouet, Y.; Jacob, K.; Murk, A.; Poch, O.; Pommerol, A.; Thomas, N.; Levasseur-Regourd, A. C.

    2015-12-01

    The European Space Agency's JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (JUICE) spacecraft is planned for launch in 2022 and arrival at Jupiter in 2030. It will observe the planet Jupiter and three of its largest moons, Ganymede, Callisto and Europa. One instrument on the JUICE spacecraft is the Sub-millimeter Wave Instrument (SWI), which will measure brightness temperatures from Jupiter's stratosphere and troposphere, and from subsurfaces of Jupiter's icy moons. In the baseline configuration SWI consists of two tunable sub-millimeter wave receivers operating from 530 to 625 GHz. As an alternative one of the receivers could cover the range of 1080 and 1275 GHz. Inversion models are strongly dependent on the knowledge of the complex relative permittivity (hereafter permittivity) of the target material to retrieve the physical properties of the subsurface (e.g. [1][2]). We set up a laboratory experiment allowing us to perform reproducible measurements of the complex scattering parameters S11 and S21 in the ranges of 70 to 110 GHz, of 100 to 160 GHz, of 140 to 220 GHz, of 140 to 220 GHz and of 510 to 715 GHz. These scattering parameters can be used to retrieve the permittivity of icy analogs of the surfaces and subsurfaces of Jupiter's icy moons in order to prepare the data interpretation of SWI [3]. The measurements are performed under laboratory conditions with a quasi-optical bench (Institute of Applied Physics, University of Bern). The icy analogs that we prepare in the Laboratory for Outflow Studies of Sublimating Materials (LOSSy, Physics Institute, University of Bern), include two different porous water ice samples composed of fine-grained ice particles with a size range of 4 to 6 microns and ice particles with a size range of 50 to 100 microns [4][5]; and possibly CO2 ice. We will present the general experimental set-up and the first results in the context to prepare the data interpretation of SWI. [1] Ulaby, F. T., Long, D. G., 2014. Microwave radar and radiometric remote