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  1. Symptomatic aorto-pulmonary collaterals early after arterial switch operation.

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    Santoro, Giuseppe; Carrozza, Marianna; Russo, Maria Giovanna; Calabrò, Raffaele

    2008-07-01

    Enlarged bronchial arteries and/or systemic-to-pulmonary collaterals have been frequently demonstrated in association with transposition of the great arteries. They are usually clinically silent, although they might be large enough to cause accelerated pulmonary vascular obstructive disease or symptomatic cardiac volume overload after surgical repair. We report on a low-weight neonate with transposition of the great arteries and intact ventricular septum who showed a stormy postoperative course because of multiple aorto-pulmonary collaterals early after a successful arterial switch operation. Percutaneous coil embolization of these anomalous vessels resulted in sudden weaning from mechanical ventilation and hospital discharge in a few weeks. PMID:18185950

  2. Evaluation of Electrocardiographic Changes after Arterial Switch Operation

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    Hamid Amoozgar; Ahmad Ali Amirghofran; Shirvan Salaminia; Sirous Cheriki; Mohammad Borzoee; Gholamhossein Ajami; Farah Peiravian

    2014-01-01

    Background: Transposition of Great Arteries (TGA) is a serious congenital heart disease which can be accompanied by good outcomes with anatomic correction within the first few weeks of life. Objectives: The present study aimed to evaluate electrocardiographic changes in the children with uncomplicated Arterial Switch Operation (ASO). Patients and Methods: Twelve lead electrocardiograms were obtained from thirty-three patients with TGA after ASO. Then, the patients’ QT-dispersion and P...

  3. Main pulmonary artery area limits exercise capacity in patients long-term after arterial switch operation

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    Baggen, Vivan J M; Driessen, Mieke M P; Meijboom, Folkert J; Sieswerda, Gertjan Tj; Jansen, Nicolaas J G; van Wijk, Sebastiaan W H; Doevendans, Pieter A; Leiner, Tim; Schoof, Paul H; Takken, Tim; Breur, Johannes M P J

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: Despite excellent survival in patients after the arterial switch operation, reintervention is frequently required and exercise capacity is decreased in a substantial number of patients. This study relates right-sided imaging features in patients long-term after the arterial switch operat

  4. Arterial Switch Operation in Patients with Intramural Coronary Artery: Early and Mid-term Results

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    Kim, HyungTae; Sung, Si Chan; Kim, Si-Ho; Chang, Yun Hee; Ahn, Hyo Yeong; Lee, Hyoung Doo

    2011-01-01

    Background The intramural coronary artery has been known as a risk factor for early death after an arterial switch operation (ASO). We reviewed the morphological characteristics and evaluated the early and mid-term results of ASO for patients with an intramural coronary artery. Materials and Methods From March 1994 to September 15th 2010, 158 patients underwent ASO at Dong-A and Pusan National University Hospitals for repair of transposition of the great arteries and double outlet right ventr...

  5. A case of arterial switch operation with coronary elongation technique.

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    Matsuba, Tomoyuki; Shigehisa, Yoshiya; Imagama, Itsumi; Imoto, Yutaka

    2016-12-01

    A 28-day-old infant with D-transposition of the great arteries underwent arterial switch operation. The coronary pattern was Yacoub type A, in which coronary transfer is usually thought to be easy. However, a dominant conus branch diverged from the proximal portion of the left coronary artery (LCA). Moreover, the LCA ostium itself was near the remote commissure in sinus 1, very far from the target re-implantation point. All of these conditions made LCA transfer very difficult. We used a coronary elongation technique to solve this problem. An inverted U-shaped flap was made in the wall of the neoaorta, and the LCA cuff was anastomosed to this flap (the inferior half from the neoaortic flap and the superior half from the LCA cuff). To prevent compression of the LCA, the neopulmonary trunk was shifted rightward. Postoperative echocardiography showed good left ventricular wall motion, and the LCA was easily visualized on chest computed tomography, with no compression from the neopulmonary artery. PMID:26943683

  6. Coronary artery occlusion after arterial switch operation in an asymptomatic 15-year-old boy.

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    Saini, Ashish P; Cyran, Stephen E; Ettinger, Steven M; Pauliks, Linda B

    2016-08-16

    A 15-year-old boy with transposition of the great arteries (TGA) and neonatal arterial switch operation (ASO) presented with complete occlusion of the left main coronary artery (LMCA). Intra-operatively, an intramural left coronary artery was identified. Therefore, since age 7 years he had a series of screening exercise stress tests. At 13 years old, he had 3 to 4 mm ST segment depression in the infero-lateral leads without symptoms. This progressed to 4.2 mm inferior ST segment depression at 15 years old with normal stress echocardiogram. Sestamibi myocardial perfusion scan and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging was inconclusive. Therefore, a coronary angiogram was obtained which showed complete occlusion of the LMCA with ample collateralization from the right coronary artery system. This was later confirmed on a computed tomogram (CT) angiogram, obtained in preparation of coronary artery bypass grafting. The case illustrates the difficulty of detecting coronary artery stenosis and occlusion in young patients with rich collateralization. Coronary CT angiogram and conventional angiography were the best imaging modalities to detect coronary anomalies in this adolescent with surgically corrected TGA. Screening CT angiography may be warranted for TGA patients, particularly for those with known coronary anomalies. PMID:27574609

  7. ARTERIAL SWITCH OPERATION FOR COMPLETE D-TRANSPOSITION OF THE GREAT ARTERIES:SURGICAL RESULTS AND ANALYSIS

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    XU Zhi-wei; DU Xin-wei; SU Zhao-kang; DING Wen-xiang

    2008-01-01

    Objective To review and analyze the surgical results of arterial switch operations in complete D-transposition of the great arteries (TGA ). Methods A total of 113 patients underwent arterial switch operation from Jan. 2001 to Dec. 2005. There were 60 patients with transposition of the great arteries and intact ventricular septum (TGA/IVS) and 53 patients with transposition of the great arteries and ventricular septal defect (TGA/VSD). The lowest body weight was 2.3 kg and the smallest age was 6 h. The arterial switch operation was performed under deep hypothermia with circulatory arrest and low-flow perfusion. Results The total mortality was 9.73%. There were 5 deaths in TGA/IVS (8.3%), 6 deaths in TGA/VSD (11.3%). With the development of surgical technique, peri-operative management and cardiopulmonary bypass, the total mortality significantly decreased from 16.65% in the early times to 5.5% lately. Conclusion The vital risk of the operation is coronary artery malformation. The incidence of coronary artery malformation is higher in TGA/VSD than in TGA/ IVS. The positional relationship of the great arteries does not affect the results of the operation. The arterial switch operation should be prevented when the pressure ratio between the left and right ventricle is less than 0.6, otherwise it is great likely to cause severe low cardiac output postoperatively.

  8. Evaluation of Electrocardiographic Changes after Arterial Switch Operation

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    Hamid Amoozgar

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: Transposition of Great Arteries (TGA is a serious congenital heart disease which can be accompanied by good outcomes with anatomic correction within the first few weeks of life. Objectives: The present study aimed to evaluate electrocardiographic changes in the children with uncomplicated Arterial Switch Operation (ASO. Patients and Methods: Twelve lead electrocardiograms were obtained from thirty-three patients with TGA after ASO. Then, the patients’ QT-dispersion and P-wave dispersion were compared to those of 33 age- and gender-matched individuals as the normal control group. Both groups were also evaluated by M-mode echocardiography. Student’s t-test and Pearson correlation were used to analyze the data. Besides, P < 0.05 was considered as statistically significant. Results: The mean age of the patients and the control group was 41 ± 3.7 and 40.12 ± 4.2 months, respectively. Comparison of P wave, T wave, QRS complex, PR interval, QT segment, and corrected QT segment showed significant differences in the frequency of inverted T wave in pericardial leads [V3, V4, V5, and V6] (P = 0.004; more in patients, P wave amplitude in lead II (P < 0.001; more in patients, R wave amplitude in V1 (P = 0.016; smaller in patients, R and S waves amplitude in V6 (P = 0.004 and P = 0.001; taller in patients, corrected QT segment (in lead V5; P < 0.0001: prolonger in patients, and PR interval (P = 0.001; prolonger in patients. However, no significant differences were found regarding the vector axis and heart rate. Right bundle branch block (18% vs. 0%, Bifascicular (3% vs. 0%, and first-degree blocks (15% vs. 0% were significantly more in the patients. Besides, the PR interval was longer in the corrected complex TGA (146 ± 24.4 vs. 127.7 ± 23.1, P = 0.001. Moreover, R/S ratio in lead V1 was significantly prolonger, among the patients (2.86 ± 3.35 vs. 0.706 ± 0.53, P = 0.002. Nonetheless, no significant was observed between the patients and

  9. Neonatal Arterial Switch Operation for Transposition of the Great Arteries in a Patient with Mirror Image Dextrocardia and Situs Inversus Totalis

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    McMahon, Colin J.; Snyder, Christopher S.; Rivenes, Shannon M.; Sang, Charlie J.; Fraser, Charles D.

    2000-01-01

    The neonatal arterial switch operation has become the standard therapy for D-transposition of the great arteries in the absence of left ventricular outflow tract obstruction. We describe our experience of successful arterial switch operation after balloon atrial septostomy in a 5-day-old infant girl who had atrial and visceral situs inversus totalis, mirror image dextrocardia, and D-transposition of the great arteries. To our knowledge, ours is the first report of this operation in a patient ...

  10. Two-stage arterial switch operation: is late ever too late?

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    Al Qethamy, Howaida O; Aizaz, Khawar; Aboelnazar, Saber A R; Hijab, Samina; Al Faraidi, Yahya

    2002-09-01

    Results of the two-stage arterial switch operation in 49 patients with transposition of the great arteries, performed between January 1995 and September 2000, were reviewed retrospectively. Twenty-one patients had a ventricular septal defect. Anatomical correction was carried out 21.89 +/- 9.86 months after pulmonary artery banding, with or without a modified Blalock-Taussig shunt. Hospital mortality was 8% (4 patients). During follow-up of 30.12 +/- 14.38 months, there was 1 late death and 1 patient required reoperation for pseudoaneurysm of the ascending aorta. Actuarial survival and freedom from reoperation at 5 years were 90% and 97%, respectively. Late anatomic correction (> 6 months) after the preliminary procedure can be performed with an acceptable mortality and morbidity, but undue delay may lead to left ventricular dysfunction, arrhythmias, and new aortic valve regurgitation or subaortic stenosis. PMID:12213747

  11. Stenosis of the branches of the neopulmonary artery after the arterial switch operation: A cardiac magnetic resonance imaging study

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    The neonatal arterial switch operation (ASO) is now the standard of care for children born with transposition of the great arteries. Stenosis of the neopulmonary artery on long-term follow up is a known complication. We performed a retrospective analysis of eleven patients who underwent a cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) due to echocardiographic evidence suggestive of stenosis of the neopulmonary artery or its branches (mean estimated Doppler gradient 48 mmHg, min 30 mmHg, max 70 mmHg). A comprehensive evaluation of anatomy and perfusion was done by cardiac MRI. The branches of the neopulmonary artery (neo PA) showed decreased caliber in three patients unilaterally and in two patients, bilaterally. Magnetic resonance (MR) perfusion studies showed concomitant decreased flow, with discrepancy between the two lungs of 35/65% or worse, only in the three patients with unilateral obstruction, by two different MR perfusion methods. Cardiac MR can be used as a comprehensive non-invasive imaging technique to diagnose stenosis of the branches of the neopulmonary after the ASO, allowing evaluation of anatomy and function of the neoPA, its branches, and the differential perfusion to each lung, thus facilitating clinical decision making

  12. Adenosine stress myocardial perfusion scintigraphy in pediatric patients after arterial switch operation

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    Arterial switch operation (ASO) has become the established treatment for correction of transposition of great arteries (TGA). Despite the immediate correction of abnormal hemodynamics, acute and delayed complications related to the coronaries may cause morbidity and mortality. We evaluated the incidence of perfusion abnormalities and safety of adenosine by stress–rest myocardial perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) [myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS)] using Tc-99m Sestamibi (MIBI) in asymptomatic children post-ASO. Prospective study. We conducted a prospective, single-institutional study where stress–rest MPS was performed on 10 children of age between 1.25 and 6 years. Two of the patients had additional ventricular septal defect, one patient had left ventricular outflow tract obstruction, and another had Taussig–Bing anomaly. All the patients underwent corrective surgery as a single-stage procedure at the age of 176 ± 212 days (range 9-560 days). Adenosine was administered at a rate of 140 μg/kg/min intravenously as continuous infusion for duration of 6 min. All the continuous variables were summarized as mean ± standard deviation, or range and median. Mann–Whitney test for unpaired data and Wilcoxon Rank test for paired samples were used. The average increase in heart rate over the basal heart rate after adenosine stress was 59.7 ± 17.0%. No acute or remote complications were observed in any case. None of the patients demonstrated myocardial perfusion defects, either at rest or after adenosine stress. MPS post-adenosine induced vasodilatation is safe and feasible in patients of ASO for transposition of great arteries. One-stage repair, implantation of excised coronary buttons within neo-aortic sinus, and minimal or no mobilization of proximal coronaries may eliminate the occurrence of perfusion defects in patients of corrected TGA

  13. Comparison of three dose regimens of aprotinin in infants undergoing the arterial switch operation

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    Verma Yashwant

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available To determine the most effective dose regimen of aprotinin for infants undergoing arterial switch operation for transposition of the great arteries in reducing blood loss and postoperative packed red blood cell (PRBC requirements. A total of 24 infants scheduled for arterial switch operation for transposition of the great arteries were included in the study. The infants were randomly assigned to one of the three groups. Group I (n = 8 patients received aprotinin in a dose of 20,000 kallikrein inhibiting units (KIU/kg after induction of anesthesia, 20,000 KIU/kg was added to the pump prime, and 20,000 KIU/kg/hour infusion for three hours after weaning from bypass; group II (n = 8 patients received aprotinin 30,000 KIU/kg after induction of anesthesia, 30,000 KIU/kg was added to the pump prime and 30,000 KIU/Kg/hour infusion for three hours after weaning from bypass; group III patients (n = 8 received aprotinin 40,000 KIU/kg after induction of anesthesia, 40,000 KIU/kg was added to the pump prime and 40,000 KIU/kg/hour infusion for three hours after weaning from bypass. Postoperatively, the cumulative hourly blood loss and PRBC requirements were noted up to 24 hours from the time of admission in the intensive care unit (ICU. Use of blood and blood products were noted. Coagulation parameters such as hematocrit, activated clotting time (ACT, fibrinogen, prothrombin time (PT, international normalized ratio (INR, platelet count, and fibrin degradation products (FDP were investigated before cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB, after protamine administration, and at four hours postoperatively in the ICU. The number of infants reexplored for increased mediastinal drainage was recorded. Renal functions were monitored by measuring urine output (hourly and serum urea (mg% and serum creatinine (mg% at 24 hours. The sternal closure time was comparable in all the three groups. Cumulative blood loss (ml/kg/24 hours was greatest in group I (17.30 ± 7.7, least in group

  14. Lactate clearance for initiating and weaning off extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in a child with regressed left ventricle after arterial switch operation

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    Singh, Sarvesh Pal; Chauhan, Sandeep; Bisoi, A. K.; Sahoo, Manoj

    2016-01-01

    We hereby report a child with transposition of great arteries and regressed ventricle who underwent arterial switch operation (ASO) with the aid of cardiopulmonary bypass and “integrated” extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) circuit. The significance of lactate clearance as a guide to initiate and terminate veno-arterial ECMO in a post ASO child with regressed left ventricle is discussed. PMID:26750700

  15. Coronary Events and Anatomy After Arterial Switch Operation for Transposition of the Great Arteries: Detection by 16-Row Multislice Computed Tomography Angiography in Pediatric Patients

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    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of multislice computed tomographic (MSCT) angiography as a noninvasive method for detecting ostial, proximal, and middle segment coronary stenosis or occlusion and anatomy in patients with transposition of the great arteries who had undergone arterial switch operation (ASO). Sixteen-detector-row MSCT angiography was performed in 16 patients treated with ASO for transposition of the great arteries. The median age was 10.3 years (range, 6.2-16.3 years). Sixteen-detector-row MSCT angiography was performed in 16 patients who had undergone ASO. CT imaging was performed in the craniocaudal direction from 2 cm above the carina up to the heart basis. Noninvasive assessment of coronary artery stenosis and anatomy were investigated by MSCT angiography. Two patients were excluded from the study because of artifacts. Of 14 evaluated patients, 1 patient had ostial stenosis (7.1%). A coronary artery anatomy variant was present in six patients: left main artery (LMA) and right coronary artery (RCA) originating from the right sinus as a single orifice (n = 2); left circumflex artery (LCX) originating from the RCA (n = 1); LMA and RCA, after branching to the LCX, originating separately from the right sinus (n = 1); and LMA (n = 1) and left anterior descending artery (LADA; n = 1) originating directly from the right sinus. Intramural bridging in the LAD (n = 2) was detected. Five patients were normal. In conclusion, MSCT angiography, as a noninvasive, feasible technique for assessing coronary stenosis or occlusion and anatomy, can be used in the follow-up of patients who have undergone ASO.

  16. Exercise Performance in Patients with D-Loop Transposition of the Great Arteries After Arterial Switch Operation: Long-Term Outcomes and Longitudinal Assessment.

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    Kuebler, Joseph D; Chen, Ming-Hui; Alexander, Mark E; Rhodes, Jonathan

    2016-02-01

    The first patients to undergo a successful arterial switch operation (ASO) for d-transposition of the great arteries (D-TGA) are now entering their fourth decade of life. Past studies of ASO survivors' exercise function have yielded conflicting results. We therefore undertook this study to describe the current function of ASO survivors, to identify factors related to inferior exercise performance and to determine whether their exercise function tends to deteriorate over time. A retrospective cohort study was designed examining all patients with D-TGA after the ASO who underwent comprehensive cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET). Patients with palliative surgery prior to ASO, ventricular hypoplasia or severe valvar dysfunction were excluded from the study. Data from CPETs in which the peak respiratory exchange ratio was vs. 86 ± 3 % predicted; p right-sided obstructive lesions (77 ± 5 vs. 87 ± 3 % predicted; p vs. 87 ± 3 % predicted; p vs. expected normal age-related decline). The exercise capacity of ASO survivors is well preserved and is only mildly reduced compared to normal subjects. Moreover, there is only a slight deterioration in exercise capacity over time. VSD repair, residual right-sided obstructive lesions, and earlier surgical era are associated with worse exercise performance. Peak heart rate was preserved with no significant change in follow up testing. PMID:26439943

  17. Transfusion-free arterial switch operation in a 1.7-kg premature neonate using a new miniature cardiopulmonary bypass system.

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    Huebler, Michael; Redlin, Matthias; Boettcher, Wolfgang; Koster, Andreas; Berger, Felix; Peters, Björn; Hetzer, Roland

    2008-01-01

    In cardiac surgery, the potentially detrimental effects of transfusions on patient outcome are increasingly appreciated. Therefore, at our institution there are continuing efforts to modify our surgical, perfusion, and blood management strategies with the aim of transfusion-free cardiac surgery even in neonates and small children. Stringent improvement of these strategies, particularly the downsizing of the cardiopulmonary bypass system, have now enabled a transfusion-free arterial switch operation in a 1700-gram prematurely born neonate. PMID:18598328

  18. Langzeitverlauf des kardiologischen Gesundheitszustandes nach neonataler arterieller Switch-Operation

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    Schulze, Annika

    2010-01-01

    The neonatal arterial switch operation (ASO), has been introduced in the mid-1980s, as the first line surgical procedure for the transposition of the great arteries with or without atrial septum defect. Between March 1986 and February 1992, 96 consecutive newborns with TGA underwent the ASO in our institution. In this monocentric prospective longitudinal study we evaluated the long term cardiological and general health status as well as the exercise capacity of a homogenous group of adolescen...

  19. The Concept of the Arch Window in the Spiral Switch of the Great Arteries.

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    Chiu, Ing-Sh; Lee, Meng-Luen; Huang, Shu-Chien; Chang, Chung-I; Chen, Yih-Sharng; Wu, Mei-Hwan; Anderson, Robert H

    2016-08-01

    When the arterial switch operation includes the Lecompte maneuver, the arterial trunks are reconnected in parallel, rather than the spiral fashion observed in the normal heart. Thus, although the ventriculo-arterial connections are hemodynamically corrected, the anatomic arrangement cannot be considered normal. We hypothesized that, if feasible, it would be advantageous to restore a spiral configuration for the arterial trunks. In 58 patients, we reconstructed the arterial trunks such that, postoperatively, the pulmonary channel spirals round the aorta, passing to either the right or the left, and branches posteriorly. We compared the outcomes with those in 95 patients undergoing a standard non-spiraling operation over the same period. Average follow-up was 8.2 ± 4.5 years. The estimated 10-year survival was similar in the cohorts, at 94.7 % for those with spiraling trunks, as compared to 90.4 % for those with parallel outflow tracts. Reoperation-free survival at 10 years was not significantly different (87.6 vs. 90.5 %). Supravalvar pulmonary stenosis, aortic neo-coarctation, or left bronchial stenosis, however, was encountered in one-eighth of those undergoing a standard operation. None of these complications occurred in those patients who, postoperatively, had spiraling outflow tracts (P = 0.002). Reconstruction of spiraling trunks after the arterial switch has, thus far, avoided the complications of supravalvar pulmonary stenosis, neo-aortic kinking, or bronchial stenosis. The spiraling arrangement prevents compression of the pulmonary vessels and bronchial tree by the aorta, since it provides a wide window in the new aortic arch. PMID:27272691

  20. Myocardial perfusion SPECT in a case of retropulmonary looping of left coronary artery in a baby after arterial switch surgery

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    Pediatric myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) is not a routine investigation in an Indian setting due to under referrals and logistic problems. However, MPI is a frequently performed and established modality of investigation in adults for the identification of myocardial ischemia and viability. We report myocardial perfusion scintigraphy in a case of retropulmonary looping of left coronary artery in a baby after arterial switch surgery. Adenosine stress MPI revealed a large infarct involving anterior segment with moderate reversible ischemia of the lateral left ventricular segment. Coronary angiogram later confirmed left main coronary artery ostial occlusion with retrograde collateral supply from dilated right coronary artery

  1. Robot-Assisted Minimally Invasive Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery Operation

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  2. Robot-Assisted Minimally Invasive Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery Operation

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  3. Fault tolerant operation of switched reluctance machine

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    Wang, Wei

    The energy crisis and environmental challenges have driven industry towards more energy efficient solutions. With nearly 60% of electricity consumed by various electric machines in industry sector, advancement in the efficiency of the electric drive system is of vital importance. Adjustable speed drive system (ASDS) provides excellent speed regulation and dynamic performance as well as dramatically improved system efficiency compared with conventional motors without electronics drives. Industry has witnessed tremendous grow in ASDS applications not only as a driving force but also as an electric auxiliary system for replacing bulky and low efficiency auxiliary hydraulic and mechanical systems. With the vast penetration of ASDS, its fault tolerant operation capability is more widely recognized as an important feature of drive performance especially for aerospace, automotive applications and other industrial drive applications demanding high reliability. The Switched Reluctance Machine (SRM), a low cost, highly reliable electric machine with fault tolerant operation capability, has drawn substantial attention in the past three decades. Nevertheless, SRM is not free of fault. Certain faults such as converter faults, sensor faults, winding shorts, eccentricity and position sensor faults are commonly shared among all ASDS. In this dissertation, a thorough understanding of various faults and their influence on transient and steady state performance of SRM is developed via simulation and experimental study, providing necessary knowledge for fault detection and post fault management. Lumped parameter models are established for fast real time simulation and drive control. Based on the behavior of the faults, a fault detection scheme is developed for the purpose of fast and reliable fault diagnosis. In order to improve the SRM power and torque capacity under faults, the maximum torque per ampere excitation are conceptualized and validated through theoretical analysis and

  4. Operation principle of microsecond plasma opening switches

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    Closing and breaking of current in microsecond megaampere plasma opening switches are considered. Conductivity current scaling in the switch due to plasma acceleration by a magnetic piston is discussed and compared with experimental data. Two ways of determining the width of a current channel are taken up. This channel results from the diffusion of the magnetic field in the plane of the piston followed by the convective ejection of the field frozen in the accelerated plasma flow behind the shock wave into the bridge. Based on experimental data, a scaling law for the voltage on the switch according to the switch parameters is derived. The problem of reverse closing, which limits the efficiency of storage energy extraction into the load, is considered

  5. Compact SCR trigger circuit for ignitron switch operates efficiently

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    Foster, L. E.

    1965-01-01

    Trigger circuit with two series-connected SCR triggers an ignitron switch used to discharge high-energy capacitor banks. It does not require a warmup period and operates at relatively high efficiency.

  6. Cryogenic operation of emitter switched thyristor structures

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    Flores, D.; Jordà, X.; Vellvehí, M.; Rebollo, J.; Millán, J.

    1999-03-01

    This paper analyses the effect of decreasing the operating temperature on the electrical characteristics of 1100 V epitaxial EST structures. Detailed performed static and transient measurements on ceramic packaged devices at 77 K have shown a significant increase of the maximum controllable current density and a notable reduction of the transient losses and the turn-off time. A reduction of the on-state voltage drop with temperature is observed at current density values higher than 80 A/cm 2 (positive coefficient), leading to a more uniform turn-off process. Furthermore, a model is provided to include the temperature effect on the latching current of the main and parasitic thyristor, transconductance and dynamic parameters.

  7. Transistor electronics use of semiconductor components in switching operations

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    Rumpf, Karl-Heinz

    2014-01-01

    Transistor Electronics: Use of Semiconductor Components in Switching Operations presents the semiconductor components as well as their elementary circuits. This book discusses the scope of application of electronic devices to increase productivity. Organized into eight chapters, this book begins with an overview of the general equation for the representation of integer positive numbers. This text then examines the properties and characteristics of basic electronic components, which relates to an understanding of the operation of semiconductors. Other chapters consider the electronic circuit ar

  8. Arterial Lactate Level Changes in First Day after Cardiac Operation

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    Shamsi Ghaffari; Majid Malaki

    2013-01-01

    Introduction: Lactate level is an important index for predicting cardiac events. There are some debates about time and type of sampling for defining of its prognostic values.Methods: To assess the prognostic importance of arterial lactate level in patients after cardiac surgery with regarding to operation factors serial arterial lactate levels during and after surgery was measured up to 24 hours, these data were processed by T-independent test and chi-square, P less than 0.01 was significant....

  9. Passively-switched energy harvester for increased operational range

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    This paper presents modeling and experimental validation of a new type of vibrational energy harvester that passively switches between two dynamical modes of operation to expand the range of driving frequencies and accelerations over which the harvester effectively extracts power. In both modes, a driving beam with a low resonant frequency couples into ambient vibrations and transfers their energy to a generating beam that has a higher resonant frequency. The generating beam converts the mechanical power into electrical power. In coupled-motion mode, the driving beam bounces off the generating beam. In plucked mode, the driving beam deflects the generating beam until the driving beam passes from above the generating beam to below it or vice versa. Analytical system models are implemented numerically in the time domain for driving frequencies of 3 Hz to 27 Hz and accelerations from 0.1 g to 2.6 g, and both system dynamics and output power are predicted. A corresponding switched-dynamics harvester is tested experimentally, and its voltage, power, and dynamics are recorded. In both models and experiments, coupled-motion harvesting is observed at lower accelerations, whereas plucked harvesting and/or mixed mode harvesting are observed at higher accelerations. As expected, plucked harvesting outputs greater power than coupled-motion harvesting in both simulations and experiments. The predicted (1.8 mW) and measured (1.56 mW) maximum average power levels are similar under measured conditions at 0.5 g. When the system switches to dynamics that are characteristic of higher frequencies, the difference between predicted and measured power levels is more pronounced due to non-ideal mechanical interaction between the beams’ tips. Despite the beams’ non-ideal interactions, switched-dynamics operation increases the harvester’s operating range. (paper)

  10. 49 CFR 236.314 - Electric lock for hand-operated switch or derail.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Electric lock for hand-operated switch or derail..., AND APPLIANCES Interlocking Standards § 236.314 Electric lock for hand-operated switch or derail. Electric lock shall be provided for each hand-operated switch or derail within interlocking limits,...

  11. 49 CFR 236.207 - Electric lock on hand-operated switch; control.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Electric lock on hand-operated switch; control..., AND APPLIANCES Automatic Block Signal Systems Standards § 236.207 Electric lock on hand-operated switch; control. Electric lock on hand-operated switch shall be controlled so that it cannot be...

  12. Robot-Assisted Minimally Invasive Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery Operation

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  13. Surgical management of peripheral arterial disease. Operative methods and results

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    Various operative and interventional methods are available to treat patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). The selection of the appropriate therapy should be made after a careful review of the patient's general condition, the morphology of the arterial occlusion, the risk of possible complications, and the likelihood of long-term success for each type of treatment. The different procedures complement one another in their technical possibilities and their risk profile The combination of surgical and interventional methods offers new therapeutic possibilities. The different surgical procedures and their long-term outcome are presented in this publication. (orig.)

  14. Experience of Pseudospark Switch Operation in Pulse Power Applications

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    Voitenko, Nikita Valerievich; Yudin, Artem Sergeevich; Kuznetsova, Nataliya Sergeevna; Bochkov, V. D.

    2015-01-01

    The paper demonstrates the results of TDI1-200k/25SN-P pseudospark switch (PSS) developed by Russian company "Pulsed Technologies Ltd" application. PSS was used in pulsed power unit intended for electric-discharge fracture of rocks and concrete blocks and splitting off from monolith. The pulsed power unit has a pulse current generator with the capacity of 560 [mu]F, stored energy of up to 63 kJ, operating voltage of up to15 kV, current pulse amplitude of up to 200 kA and pulse duration more t...

  15. 49 CFR 236.7 - Circuit controller operated by switch-and-lock movement.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Circuit controller operated by switch-and-lock movement. 236.7 Section 236.7 Transportation Other Regulations Relating to Transportation (Continued... switch-and-lock movement. Circuit controller operated by switch-and-lock movement shall be maintained...

  16. Optically controlled multiple switching operations of DNA biopolymer devices

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    Hung, Chao-You; Tu, Waan-Ting; Lin, Yi-Tzu [Institute of Photonics Technologies, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan (China); Fruk, Ljiljana [Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3RA (United Kingdom); Hung, Yu-Chueh, E-mail: ychung@ee.nthu.edu.tw [Institute of Photonics Technologies, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan (China); Department of Electrical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan (China)

    2015-12-21

    We present optically tunable operations of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) biopolymer devices, where a single high-resistance state, write-once read-many-times memory state, write-read-erase memory state, and single low-resistance state can be achieved by controlling UV irradiation time. The device is a simple sandwich structure with a spin-coated DNA biopolymer layer sandwiched by two electrodes. Upon irradiation, the electrical properties of the device are adjusted owing to a phototriggered synthesis of silver nanoparticles in DNA biopolymer, giving rise to multiple switching scenarios. This technique, distinct from the strategy of doping of pre-formed nanoparticles, enables a post-film fabrication process for achieving optically controlled memory device operations, which provides a more versatile platform to fabricate organic memory and optoelectronic devices.

  17. Optically controlled multiple switching operations of DNA biopolymer devices

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    We present optically tunable operations of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) biopolymer devices, where a single high-resistance state, write-once read-many-times memory state, write-read-erase memory state, and single low-resistance state can be achieved by controlling UV irradiation time. The device is a simple sandwich structure with a spin-coated DNA biopolymer layer sandwiched by two electrodes. Upon irradiation, the electrical properties of the device are adjusted owing to a phototriggered synthesis of silver nanoparticles in DNA biopolymer, giving rise to multiple switching scenarios. This technique, distinct from the strategy of doping of pre-formed nanoparticles, enables a post-film fabrication process for achieving optically controlled memory device operations, which provides a more versatile platform to fabricate organic memory and optoelectronic devices

  18. Optically controlled multiple switching operations of DNA biopolymer devices

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    Hung, Chao-You; Tu, Waan-Ting; Lin, Yi-Tzu; Fruk, Ljiljana; Hung, Yu-Chueh

    2015-12-01

    We present optically tunable operations of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) biopolymer devices, where a single high-resistance state, write-once read-many-times memory state, write-read-erase memory state, and single low-resistance state can be achieved by controlling UV irradiation time. The device is a simple sandwich structure with a spin-coated DNA biopolymer layer sandwiched by two electrodes. Upon irradiation, the electrical properties of the device are adjusted owing to a phototriggered synthesis of silver nanoparticles in DNA biopolymer, giving rise to multiple switching scenarios. This technique, distinct from the strategy of doping of pre-formed nanoparticles, enables a post-film fabrication process for achieving optically controlled memory device operations, which provides a more versatile platform to fabricate organic memory and optoelectronic devices.

  19. Operation and endurance of reed switches at high temperatures and pressures

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    We are developing a reed switch based thermocouple multiplexer for use inside gas cooled nuclear reactors. Experiments have been carried out to determine the feasibility of operating reed switches at typical temperatures and pressures found in operating AGR's. The survivability of reed switches under reactor transient temperature conditions has also been assessed. The emphasis has been on measuring the variation of the pull-in and drop-out field characteristics of the reed switches. (author)

  20. 大动脉调转术后儿童母亲亲职压力和心理状态的对照研究%Case-control study in parenting stress and mental state in mothers of children after arterial switch operation

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    曾小璐; 邹小兵; 岑超群; 钟敏泉

    2011-01-01

    [目的]探讨大动脉调转术后儿童与正常儿童母亲的亲职压力和心理状况,为术后儿童的全面康复提供数据. [方法]采用亲职压力指标简表(Parenting Stress Index Short Form,PSI/SF)、状态-特质焦虑量表(State-Trait Anxiety InventorY,STAI)对135例大动脉调转术后儿童的母亲和142例正常儿童的母亲进行调查. [结果]大动脉调转术后儿童的母亲亲职压力量表总分、亲职愁苦及亲子互动失调分量表得分高于正常对照组[总分(93.49±15.10)vs(74.71±16.55),P<0.05],状态焦虑得分高于正常对照组[(43.19±7.07)vs(39.67±7.45),P<0.053,亲职压力量表总分及亲职愁苦分量表得分与状态焦虑得分呈正相关. [结论]大动脉调转术后儿童母亲存在较高水平的亲职压力和状态焦虑,值得专业人员关注和实施干预.%[Objective] To explore parenting stress and mental state in mothers of children after arterial switch operation(ASO)and children with normal development,presenting information for comprehensive rehabilitation of children accepting operation in infancy. [Methods] A total of 135 mothers of children who undergone ASO were investigated with the Parenting Stress Index Short Form (PSI / SF), State-Trait Anxiety Inventory(STAI). Their scores were compared with that of 142 mothers with healthy children. [Results] Mothers of children after ASO exprienced a significantly higher level in the total score of parenting stress and subscale score of parental distress and parent-child dysfunctional interaction as compared with mothers of healthy children[ the total score(93. 49 ± 15. 10) vs(74. 71 ± 16.55), P< 0.05 ]. In terms of the STAI, we found mothers of children after ASO) have higher SAI scores[ (43. 19± 7. 07)vs(39.67 ±7. 45 ), P< 0. 05 ] which were correlated with total parenting stress and parental distress. [Conclusions] Mothers of children undergone ASO generally experience more parenting stress and state anxiety than

  1. Nanowire-based resistive switching memories: devices, operation and scaling

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    Nanowires (NWs) represent a logical pathway to extreme scaling of semiconductor devices in the single-digit nanometer scale. Combined with the inherent scalability of the resistive switching memory (RRAM), where the switching region consists of a conductive filament as small as a single atom, NWs may provide an ideal approach to reduce the device area to a range not accessible to conventional lithography. This work reviews NW-based RRAM (NWRRAM) devices. The different approaches to NWRRAMs, including (i) switching in a single metal–oxide NW, (ii) switching in a heterostructured NW with a metal–oxide segment sandwiched between NW metallic electrodes and (iii) switching in a core–shell NW, are discussed. The latter approach is then presented in detail, covering the assembly issues, the robust switching and reliability characteristics, and the scaling outlook. (paper)

  2. Analysis of bi-directional piezoelectric-based converters for zero-voltage switching operation

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    Ekhtiari, Marzieh; Zhang, Zhe; Andersen, Michael A. E.

    2016-01-01

    This paper deals with a thorough analysis of zerovoltage switching especially for bi-directional, inductorless, piezoelectric transformer-based switch-mode power supplies with a half-bridge topology. Practically, obtaining zero-voltage switching for all of the switches in a bi-directional piezoel......This paper deals with a thorough analysis of zerovoltage switching especially for bi-directional, inductorless, piezoelectric transformer-based switch-mode power supplies with a half-bridge topology. Practically, obtaining zero-voltage switching for all of the switches in a bi......-directional piezoelectric power converter is a difficult task. However, the analysis in this work will be convenient for overcoming this challenge. The analysis defines the zero-voltage region indicating the operating points whether or not soft switching can be met over the switching frequency and load range. For the first...... time, a comprehensive analysis is provided, which can be used as a design guideline for applying control techniques in order to drive switches in piezoelectric transformer-based converters. This study further conveys the proposed method to the region where all the switches can obtain soft switching...

  3. A Compact Thermal Heat Switch for Cryogenic Space Applications Operating near 100 K

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    Dietrich, Marc; Thummes, Günter

    2013-01-01

    A thermal heat switch has been developed intended for cryogenic space applications operating around 100 K. The switch was designed to separate two pulse tube cold heads that cool a common focal plane array. Two cold heads are used for redundancy reasons, while the switch is used to reduce the thermal heat loss of the stand-by cold head, thus limiting the required input power, weight and dimensions of the cooler assembly. After initial evaluation of possible switching technologies, a construction based on the thermal expansion coefficient (CTE) of different materials was chosen. A simple design is proposed based on thermoplasts which have one of the highest CTE known permitting a relative large gap width in the open state. Furthermore, the switch requires no power neither during normal operation nor for switching. This enhances reliability and allows for a simple mechanical design. After a single switch was successfully built, a second doubleswitch configuration was designed and tested. The long term performan...

  4. Development of a differential pressure switch for precise operation under negative pressure

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    Negative atmospheric pressure is an isolation technique used in nuclear facilities including vessels and hot-cells to prevent release of radioactive materials. In the related system, differential pressure switches are very important function for process monitoring such as liquid level and negative pressure in a reprocessing process. Although air-tight switches have been using to avoid radioactive contamination, such type of switch have not meet requirements for precise operation under deep negative pressure. Therefore, we have been investigation an improved types of switches to overcome the problem. We have developed a prototype switch and made some vibration and endurance tests. Their results are described in this paper. (author)

  5. Switched-Capacitor Filter Optimization with Respect to Switch On-State Resistance and Features of Real Operational Amplifiers

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    J. Hospodka

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available The optimization of a switched-capacitor filter, which implements a biquadratic section, is described in this paper. The aim of the optimization is to obtain a required magnitude frequency response of the filter. The optimization takes into account both one of the features of real switches - their on-state resistance, and the features of real operational amplifiers - finite voltage gain and finite unity-gain bandwidth. An optimal dynamic range is to be achieved as well. The differential evolution - a kind of evolutionary algorithms - is employed for the optimization. The filter is designed by the usual way with ideal switches and ideal operational amplifiers at first. The analysis of this filter with real switches and real operational amplifiers proves that there is a significant difference between its magnitude frequency response and the one with ideal components. Hence, the optimization is applied for finding component values so that the magnitude frequency response is as similar to the one with ideal components as possible. As for other main real features of operational amplifiers - input and output resistance - it is shown that their effect is small.

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  9. Influences of Switching Jitter on the Operational Performances of Linear Transformer Drivers-Based Drivers

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    刘鹏; 孙凤举; 魏浩; 王志国; 尹佳辉; 邱爱慈

    2012-01-01

    A whole circuit model of a linear transformer drivers (LTD) module composed of 60 cavities in series was developed in the software PSPICE to study the influence of switching jitter on the operational performances of LTDs. In the model, each brick in each cavity is capable of operating with jitter in its switch. Additionally, the manner of triggering cables entering into cavities was considered. The performances of the LTD module operating with three typical cavity-triggering sequences were simulated and the simulation results indicate that switching jitter affects slightly the peak and starting time of the output current pulse. However, the enhancement in switching jitter would significantly lengthen the rise time of the output current pulse. Without considering other factors, a jitter lower than 10 ns may be necessary for the switches in the LTD module to provide output current parameters with an acceptable deviation.

  10. Hanging foot switch for bipolar forceps: a device for surgeons operating in the standing position: technical note.

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    Shimizu, Satoru; Kondo, Koji; Yamazaki, Tomoya; Koizumi, Hiroyuki; Miyazaki, Tomoko; Osawa, Shigeyuki; Sagiuchi, Takao; Nakayama, Kenji; Yamamoto, Isao; Fujii, Kiyotaka

    2013-01-01

    For surgeons operating in the standing position, the manipulation of foot switches involves shifting of the weight to the pivoting leg and the possible loss of contact between the switch and the foot. We solved this problem by changing the position of the switch that operates bipolar forceps. Our novel device is made of aluminum plates. The base plate features a foot strap and a height-adjustable overhang over the switch-operating foot. A commercially-available disc type foot switch is attached to the underside of the overhang in upside-down position, so the switch is operable with the toe. To turn on the switch, the toe is flexed dorsally to push the switch pedal, so the action is limited to the part distal to the metatarsophalangeal joints. Our switch was used in more than 100 consecutive microsurgeries performed by surgeons operating in the standing position. The switch manipulation required no shifting of the weight and was easier and quicker than manipulation of conventionally-placed switches. The surgeons were able to change the foot position freely with the modified switch, thereby avoiding loss of contact with the switch. The modified switch placement reduced physical fatigue in the lower extremities, annoyance related to the manipulation of conventionally-placed switches, and increased the comfort of surgeons operating in the standing position. PMID:23358172

  11. Double-tunnel nanoscale switch with a redox mediator: Operational principles and tunneling spectroscopy

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    Kornyshev, AA; Kumetsov, AM; Ulstrup, Jens

    2005-01-01

    A description of the physical mechanism and operation of a navel nanometric electronic switch [D.I. Gittins et al., Nature 2000 408, 67] is presented. New options for controlling the properties of this device are suggested and analyzed.......A description of the physical mechanism and operation of a navel nanometric electronic switch [D.I. Gittins et al., Nature 2000 408, 67] is presented. New options for controlling the properties of this device are suggested and analyzed....

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  19. Optical Switching of a Quantum Cascade Laser in Continuous Wave Operation

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    We demonstrate an optical switching in a middle infrared continuous-wave quantum cascade laser operated in single mode by illuminating its front facet with a near infrared laser. A decrease in the laser net gain is observed in the amplified spontaneous emission spectrum. This is attributed to an increase of the carrier concentration caused by the near infrared excitation. The net gain reduction allows the quantum cascade laser to be completely switched off from single mode lasing. This optical switching can be used to convert near infrared signals into middle infrared signals for free space communication. (cross-disciplinary physics and related areas of science and technology)

  20. Non-operative management of arterial liver hemorrhages

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    A retrospective evaluation of embolotherapy in patients with arterial liver hemorrhages was carried out. Twenty-six patients, ranging in age from 10 days to 77 years with active arterial liver hemorrhages, underwent non-surgical embolotherapy. Bleeding was attributed to trauma (n = 21), tumor (n = 3), pancreatitis (n = 1), or unknown cause (n = 1). Twenty-nine embolizations were performed via a transfemoral (n = 26) or biliary (n = 2) approach. One bare Wallstent was placed into the common hepatic artery via to an axillary route to cover a false aneurysm due to pancreatitis. Treatment was controlled in 4 patients by cholangioscopy (n = 2) or by intravascular ultrasound (n = 2). Prior surgery had failed in 3 patients. Intervention controlled the hemorrhage in 24 of 26 (92 %) patients within 24 h. Embolotherapy failed in 1 patient with pancreatic carcinoma and occlusion of the portal vein. In 1 patient with an aneurysm of the hepatic artery treated by Wallstent insertion, total occlusion was not achieved in the following days, as demonstrated by CT and angiography. However, colour Doppler flow examination showed no flow in the aneurysm 6 months later. Complications were one liver abscess, treated successfully by percutaneous drainage for 10 days, and one gallbladder necrosis after superselective embolization of the cystic artery. Embolization is a effective tool with a low complication rate in the treatment of liver artery hemorrhage, even in patients in whom surgery has failed. (orig.) (orig.)

  1. Non-operative management of arterial liver hemorrhages

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    Goerich, J.; Rilinger, N.; Vogel, J.; Sokiranski, R.; Brambs, H.J. [Dept. of Radiology, University of Ulm (Germany); Brado, M. [Dept. of Radiology, Univ. of Heidelberg (Germany); Huppert, P. [Dept. of Radiology, Univ. of Tuebingen (Germany); Siech, M.; Ganzauge, F.; Beger, H.G. [Dept. of Surgery, Univ. of Ulm (Germany)

    1999-02-01

    A retrospective evaluation of embolotherapy in patients with arterial liver hemorrhages was carried out. Twenty-six patients, ranging in age from 10 days to 77 years with active arterial liver hemorrhages, underwent non-surgical embolotherapy. Bleeding was attributed to trauma (n = 21), tumor (n = 3), pancreatitis (n = 1), or unknown cause (n = 1). Twenty-nine embolizations were performed via a transfemoral (n = 26) or biliary (n = 2) approach. One bare Wallstent was placed into the common hepatic artery via to an axillary route to cover a false aneurysm due to pancreatitis. Treatment was controlled in 4 patients by cholangioscopy (n = 2) or by intravascular ultrasound (n = 2). Prior surgery had failed in 3 patients. Intervention controlled the hemorrhage in 24 of 26 (92 %) patients within 24 h. Embolotherapy failed in 1 patient with pancreatic carcinoma and occlusion of the portal vein. In 1 patient with an aneurysm of the hepatic artery treated by Wallstent insertion, total occlusion was not achieved in the following days, as demonstrated by CT and angiography. However, colour Doppler flow examination showed no flow in the aneurysm 6 months later. Complications were one liver abscess, treated successfully by percutaneous drainage for 10 days, and one gallbladder necrosis after superselective embolization of the cystic artery. Embolization is a effective tool with a low complication rate in the treatment of liver artery hemorrhage, even in patients in whom surgery has failed. (orig.) (orig.) With 2 figs., 26 refs.

  2. AIR ATMOSPHERIC-PRESSURE DISCHARGERS FOR OPERATION IN HIGH-FREQUENCY SWITCHING MODE.

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    L.S. Yevdoshenko

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Operation of two designs of compact multigap dischargers has been investigated in a high-frequency switching mode. It is experimentally revealed that the rational length of single discharge gaps in the designs is 0.3 mm, and the maximum switching frequency is 27000 discharges per second under long-term stable operation of the dischargers. It is shown that in pulsed corona discharge reactors, the pulse front sharpening results in increasing the operating electric field strength by 1.3 – 1.8 times.

  3. Many-body decoherence dynamics and optimised operation of a single-photon switch

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    Murray, Callum R; Pohl, Thomas

    2016-01-01

    We develop a theoretical framework to characterize the decoherence dynamics due to multi-photon scattering in an all-optical switch based on Rydberg atom induced nonlinearities. By incorporating the knowledge of this decoherence process into optimal photon storage and retrieval strategies, we establish optimised switching protocols for experimentally relevant conditions, and evaluate the corresponding limits in the achievable fidelities. Based on these results we work out a simplified description that reproduces recent experiments [arXiv:1511.09445] and provides a new interpretation in terms of many-body decoherence involving multiple incident photons and multiple gate excitations forming the switch. Aside from offering insights into the operational capacity of realistic photon switching capabilities, our work provides a complete description of spin wave decoherence in a Rydberg quantum optics setting, and has immediate relevance to a number of further applications employing photon storage in Rydberg media.

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  6. Modified Shumacker operation for correction of transposition of the great arteries.

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    Alvarado, A

    1977-10-01

    Correction of the transposition of the great arteries can be accomplished with a modified Shumacker operation. This procedure has been demonstrated in cadavers to have many advantages over the techniques used by Mustard and by Angelini and Sandiford. At present these two operations provide the best clinical results in correction of transposition of the great arteries. The details of the modified Shumacker technique are described and the different advantages of this technique are discussed. PMID:904361

  7. Operative treatment for cervical fracture and dislocation with blunt unilateral vertebral artery injury

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    JIANG Tao; REN Xian-jun; WANG Wei-dong; ZHANG Xia; LI Chang-qing; HAO Yong

    2010-01-01

    Objective: To investigate risks and clinical effects of operative treatment for cervical vertebral fracture and dislocation associated with unilateral vertebral artery injury.Methods: This group consisted of 76 cases of closed cervical spine trauma combined with unilateral vertebral artery injury (23 cases of bilateral facet dislocation, 28 unilateral facet dislocation and 25 fracture). All patients underwent prospective examination of cervical spine MRI and vertebral artery two-dimensional time-of-flight (2D TOF)magnetic resonance angiography (MRA), and anterior cervical decompression. The healthy vertebral artery paths were evaluated before the surgery, and were protected during the surgery according to the anatomical signs.Results: There were no acute or chronic clinical damage symptoms in 76 cases after surgery. No neural damage symptoms were observed in patients with normal neural functions. The neural functions of incomplete paralyzed patients were improved in different grades.Conclusions: Reliable anterior operation can produce good results for cervical fracture and dislocation with unilateral vertebral artery injury. Detecting the course of uninjured vertebral artery before operation and locating the anatomical site during operation are effective to avoid damaging vertebral artery of uninjured side.

  8. On the repetitive operation of a self-switched transversely excited atmosphere CO2 laser

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    Pallavi Raote; Gautam Patil; J Padma Nilaya; D J Biswas

    2010-11-01

    The repetition rate capability of self-switched transversely excited atmosphere (TEA) CO2 laser was studied for different gas flow configurations. For an optimized gas flow configuration, repetitive operation was achieved at a much smaller gas replenishment factor between two successive pulses when compared with repetitive systems energized by conventional pulsers.

  9. Automatic limit switch system for scintillation device and method of operation

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    A scintillation scanner is described having an automatic limit switch system for setting the limits of travel of the radiation detection device which is carried by a scanning boom. The automatic limit switch system incorporates position responsive circuitry for developing a signal representative of the position of the boom, reference signal circuitry for developing a signal representative of a selected limit of travel of the boom, and comparator circuitry for comparng these signals in order to control the operation of a boom drive and indexing mechanism. (author)

  10. Electromagnetic Field Emission From Gas-to-Air Bushing in a GIS During Switching Operations

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    Rao, Mohana M; Thomas, Joy M; Singh, BP

    2007-01-01

    Very fast transient overvoltages (VFTOs) and the associated very fast transient currents (VFTCs) generated during switching operations in a gas-insulated substation (GIS) radiate electromagnetic (EM) fields, which in turn can leak into the external environment through apertures like $SF_6$ gas-to-air bushing. Therefore, it becomes necessary to characterize and quantify the EM fields when sensitive control devices are used for the operation of such substations. Keeping this in view, a numerica...

  11. Effects Of Environmental And Operational Stresses On RF MEMS Switch Technologies For Space Applications

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    Jah, Muzar; Simon, Eric; Sharma, Ashok

    2003-01-01

    Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) have been heralded for their ability to provide tremendous advantages in electronic systems through increased electrical performance, reduced power consumption, and higher levels of device integration with a reduction of board real estate. RF MEMS switch technology offers advantages such as low insertion loss (0.1- 0.5 dB), wide bandwidth (1 GHz-100 GHz), and compatibility with many different process technologies (quartz, high resistivity Si, GaAs) which can replace the use of traditional electronic switches, such as GaAs FETS and PIN Diodes, in microwave systems for low signal power (x technologies, the unknown reliability, due to the lack of information concerning failure modes and mechanisms inherent to MEMS devices, create an obstacle to insertion of MEMS technology into high reliability applications. All MEMS devices are sensitive to moisture and contaminants, issues easily resolved by hermetic or near-hermetic packaging. Two well-known failure modes of RF MEMS switches are charging in the dielectric layer of capacitive membrane switches and contact interface stiction of metal-metal switches. Determining the integrity of MEMS devices when subjected to the shock, vibration, temperature extremes, and radiation of the space environment is necessary to facilitate integration into space systems. This paper will explore the effects of different environmental stresses, operational life cycling, temperature, mechanical shock, and vibration on the first commercially available RF MEMS switches to identify relevant failure modes and mechanisms inherent to these device and packaging schemes for space applications. This paper will also describe RF MEMS Switch technology under development at NASA GSFC.

  12. Hardware enabled performance counters with support for operating system context switching

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    Salapura, Valentina; Wisniewski, Robert W.

    2015-06-30

    A device for supporting hardware enabled performance counters with support for context switching include a plurality of performance counters operable to collect information associated with one or more computer system related activities, a first register operable to store a memory address, a second register operable to store a mode indication, and a state machine operable to read the second register and cause the plurality of performance counters to copy the information to memory area indicated by the memory address based on the mode indication.

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  14. Near field coupling to shielded cable due to switching operation in substation

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    Lei QI; Xiang CUI

    2008-01-01

    It is vital to study the electromagnetic coupling to shielded cable for improving electromagnetic antiinterference ability of secondary equipment in a substation.As a hybrid of method of moment (MoM) and transmission line method,a frequency domain model is put forward to study the near field coupling to shielded cable due to the switching operation in substation.Compared with the results Of EMTP.the proposed method has been proven correct.Furthermore,this method overcomes the disadvantage of EMTP,which is only applicable for transient analysis of parallel conductors.As an example,the presented method is applied to evaluating the electromag netic interference(EMI)to the shielded cable,whose shield is grounded at both ends,due to the switching operation in 500 kV air insulation substation (AIS).

  15. Robot-Assisted Minimally Invasive Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery Operation

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  19. Large Area Silicon Carbide Vertical JFETs for 1200 V Cascode Switch Operation

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    Victor Veliadis

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available SiC VJFETs are excellent candidates for reliable high-power/temperature switching as they only use pn junctions in the active device area where the high-electric fields occur. VJFETs do not suffer from forward voltage degradation, exhibit excellent short-circuit performance, and operate at 300°C. 0.19 cm2 1200 V normally-on and 0.15 cm2 low-voltage normally-off VJFETs were fabricated. The 1200-V VJFET outputs 53 A with a forward drain voltage drop of 2 V and a specific onstate resistance of 5.4 mΩ cm2. The low-voltage VJFET outputs 28 A with a forward drain voltage drop of 3.3 V and a specific onstate resistance of 15 mΩ cm2. The 1200-V SiC VJFET was connected in the cascode configuration with two Si MOSFETs and with a low-voltage SiC VJFET to form normally-off power switches. At a forward drain voltage drop of 2.2 V, the SiC/MOSFETs cascode switch outputs 33 A. The all-SiC cascode switch outputs 24 A at a voltage drop of 4.7 V.

  20. On the operation of switch-less transversely excited atmosphere CO2 lasers in the oscillator and amplifier configurations

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    Gautam C Patil; Pallavi Raote; J Padma Nilaya; D J Biswas

    2010-11-01

    The work presented in this paper deals with the triggering aspect of a switch-less laser. Many methods were utilized to affect the operation of two switch-less lasers in the oscillator–amplifier configuration. Most satisfactory performance in terms of the range and reliability of the delay was obtained with the LC inversion-based triggering option.

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  3. Two-Dimensional Simulation of Mass Transfer in Unitized Regenerative Fuel Cells under Operation Mode Switching

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    Lulu Wang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A two-dimensional, single-phase, isothermal, multicomponent, transient model is built to investigate the transport phenomena in unitized regenerative fuel cells (URFCs under the condition of switching from the fuel cell (FC mode to the water electrolysis (WE mode. The model is coupled with an electrochemical reaction. The proton exchange membrane (PEM is selected as the solid electrolyte of the URFC. The work is motivated by the need to elucidate the complex mass transfer and electrochemical process under operation mode switching in order to improve the performance of PEM URFC. A set of governing equations, including conservation of mass, momentum, species, and charge, are considered. These equations are solved by the finite element method. The simulation results indicate the distributions of hydrogen, oxygen, water mass fraction, and electrolyte potential response to the transient phenomena via saltation under operation mode switching. The hydrogen mass fraction gradients are smaller than the oxygen mass fraction gradients. The average mass fractions of the reactants (oxygen and hydrogen and product (water exhibit evident differences between each layer in the steady state of the FC mode. By contrast, the average mass fractions of the reactant (water and products (oxygen and hydrogen exhibit only slight differences between each layer in the steady state of the WE mode. Under either the FC mode or the WE mode, the duration of the transient state is only approximately 0.2 s.

  4. Effects on fatigue life of gate valves due to higher torque switch settings during operability testing

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    Some motor operated valves now have higher torque switch settings due to regulatory requirements to ensure valve operability with appropriate margins at design basis conditions. Verifying operability with these settings imposes higher stem loads during periodic inservice testing. These higher test loads increase stresses in the various valve internal parts which may in turn increase the fatigue usage factors. This increased fatigue is judged to be a concern primarily in the valve disks, seats, yokes, stems, and stem nuts. Although the motor operators may also have significantly increased loading, they are being evaluated by the manufacturers and are beyond the scope of this study. Two gate valves representative of both relatively weak and strong valves commonly used in commercial nuclear applications were selected for fatigue analyses. Detailed dimensional and test data were available for both valves from previous studies at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. Finite element models were developed to estimate maximum stresses in the internal parts of the valves and to identity the critical areas within the valves where fatigue may be a concern. Loads were estimated using industry standard equations for calculating torque switch settings prior and subsequent to the testing requirements of USNRC Generic Letter 89--10. Test data were used to determine both; (1) the overshoot load between torque switch trip and final seating of the disk during valve closing and (2) the stem thrust required to open the valves. The ranges of peak stresses thus determined were then used to estimate the increase in the fatigue usage factors due to the higher stem thrust loads. The usages that would be accumulated by 100 base cycles plus one or eight test cycles per year over 40 and 60 years of operation were calculated

  5. Operative strategy of complex internal carotid artery-posterior communicating artery aneurysms Defensive effect on perioperative nerve injury

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    Xinmin Wang; Wende Xiong; Xuqin Li

    2007-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The two problems in treating intracranial aneurysm are the vascular reconstruction and brain protection, especially for complex internal carotid artery-posterior communicating artery (ICA-PComA)aneurysms.OBJECTIVE: To analyze the anatomic features and operative technique of complex ICA-PComA aneurysms, and investigate how to better protect the brain tissue.DESIGN: A retrospective case analysis.SETTING: Department ofNeurosurgery, Dalian Central Hospital.PARTICIPANTS: Totally 154 inpatients with ICA-PComA aneurysms were selected from the Department of Neurosurgery, Dalian Central Hospital from January 1998 to December 2006, including 19 cases (12.3%)of complex ICA-PComA aneurysms, 8 males and 11 females, 38 - 67 years of age. Informed contents for surgery and observation were obtained from all the patients or their relatives.METHODS: The clinical manifestations, including initial symptoms and Hunt&Hess grading, were observed. Corresponding strategies were selected for different types of ICA-PComA aneurysms. The patients were followed up at 3 months postoperatively. According to the results of Glasgow scoring, the curative effects were classified as good (4 - 5 points), bad (2 - 3 points) and dead (1 point). The results at discharge were taken as early results, whereas the follow-up results as late results.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Clinical manifestations and curative effects of the patients.RESULTS: All the 19 patients with ICA-PComA were involved in the analysis of results. For clinical manifestations, the initial symptoms were subarachnoid hemorrhage (n =15), paralysis of oculomotor nerve (n =3), and occasional attack (n =1); The Hunt&Hess grading was grade Ⅰ in 4 cases, grade Ⅱ in 6 cases,grade Ⅲ in 6 cases, grade Ⅳ in 2 cases, and grade Ⅴ in 1 case. The curative effects were that aneurysm breakage and bleeding occurred in 6 cases perioperatively, uncomplete clipping of aneurysm in 2 cases and constriction of parent artery in 1 case. The

  6. A novel circuit design for complementary resistive switch-based stateful logic operations

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    Xiao-Ping, Wang; Lin, Chen; Yi, Shen; Bo-Wen, Xu

    2016-05-01

    Recently, it has been demonstrated that memristors can be utilized as logic operations and memory elements. In this paper, we present a novel circuit design for complementary resistive switch (CRS)-based stateful logic operations. The proposed circuit can automatically write the destructive CRS cells back to the original states. In addition, the circuit can be used in massive passive crossbar arrays which can reduce sneak path current greatly. Moreover, the steps for CRS logic operations using our proposed circuit are reduced compared with previous circuit designs. We validate the effectiveness of our scheme through Hspice simulations on the logic circuits. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61374150 and 11271146), the State Key Program of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61134012), the Doctoral Fund of Ministry of Education of China (Grant No. 20130142130012), and the Science and Technology Program of Shenzhen City, China (Grant No. JCYJ20140509162710496).

  7. A quantum switching architecture on the basis of limited nonlocal operation

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    JIANG Min; ZHANG Zeng-ke; DONG Dao-yi

    2006-01-01

    Quantum information system is fragile to be disturbed by the external environment. Quantum switching architecture is one of the promising schemes for transferring input quantum data to its destination port substituted for fully connected quantum networks. Since at present, interactions between the qubits are limited to a small number of neighboring qubits, one novel approach was extended, and the improved architecture was further demonstrated under limited nonlocal operation. The performance evaluation shows that the whole architecture with improved control module can achieve a time complexity of O(n2) and will be more feasible for physical realization.

  8. Characteristics of switched reluctance motor operating in continuous and discontinuous conduction mode

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    Ćalasan Martin P.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents mechanical characteristics of Switched Reluctance Motor (SRM when it operates in Discontinuous Conduction Mode (DCM or in Continuous Conduction Mode (CCM, i.e. when the current through the phase coils (windings flows discontinuously or continuously. Firstly, in order to maximize the output power of SRM optimization of its control parameters was performed, such that the peak and RMS values of the current do not exceed the predefined values. The optimal control parameters vs. rotation speed, as well as the corresponding characteristics of torque, power and efficiency. It is shown that with CCM the machine torque (power, at high speed, can be increased.

  9. A plasma switch synchronous closing operations in high-voltage networks

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    Overvoltages and overcurrent arising in energizing or in fast reclosing operations are a concerning problem in high-voltage networks. Reduction of overvoltages and overcurrents is possible using the synchronous closing technique. Some attempts have been done to perform the synchronous closing with conventional circuit-breakers. But since the requirements to synchronous closing and to current interruption are very contradictory this technique is not yet a common practice. Three simple cases may be used as examples to show the benefits of synchronous closing; energizaton of grounded star capacitor bank; back-to-back switching of large capacitor banks; and fast reclosing on transmission lines

  10. Application of Bayesian networks for risk analysis of MV air insulated switch operation

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    Electricity distribution companies regard risk-based approaches as a good philosophy to address their asset management challenges, and there is an increasing trend on developing methods to support decisions where different aspects of risks are taken into consideration. This paper describes a methodology for application of Bayesian networks for risk analysis in electricity distribution system maintenance management. The methodology is used on a case analysing safety risk related to operation of MV air insulated switches. The paper summarises some challenges and benefits of using Bayesian networks as a part of distribution system maintenance management.

  11. Towards Analyzing Crossover Operators in Evolutionary Search via General Markov Chain Switching Theorem

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    Yu, Yang; Zhou, Zhi-Hua

    2011-01-01

    Evolutionary algorithms (EAs), simulating the evolution process of natural species, are used to solve optimization problems. Crossover (also called recombination), originated from simulating the chromosome exchange phenomena in zoogamy reproduction, is widely employed in EAs to generate offspring solutions, of which the effectiveness has been examined empirically in applications. However, due to the irregularity of crossover operators and the complicated interactions to mutation, crossover operators are hard to analyze and thus have few theoretical results. Therefore, analyzing crossover not only helps in understanding EAs, but also helps in developing novel techniques for analyzing sophisticated metaheuristic algorithms. In this paper, we derive the General Markov Chain Switching Theorem (GMCST) to facilitate theoretical studies of crossover-enabled EAs. The theorem allows us to analyze the running time of a sophisticated EA from an easy-to-analyze EA. Using this tool, we analyze EAs with several crossover o...

  12. 40-GHz operation of a single-flux-quantum (SFQ) 4 × 4 switch scheduler

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    Kameda, Y.; Yorozu, S.; Hashimoto, Y.; Terai, H.; Fujimaki, A.; Yoshikawa, N.

    2006-10-01

    We designed a single-flux-quantum (SFQ) scheduler for a 4 × 4 network switch. It receives requests serially and arbitrates them. Fair scheduling is achieved by using a round-robin priority pointer at each output port. The pointer is updated so that the input port that was granted permission has the lowest priority in the next scheduling cycle. We divided the scheduler into sub-blocks, which were separately designed. The sub-blocks, which have asynchronous interfaces, were then connected with passive transmission lines. Ladder-type on-chip clock generators were included in the circuit for high-speed operation. Using logic simulation, we verified the scheduler test circuit. The scheduler test circuit was composed of about 3000 Josephson junctions. We tested the scheduler circuit at high speed and confirmed correct operations at over 40 GHz.

  13. 40-GHz operation of a single-flux-quantum (SFQ) 4 x 4 switch scheduler

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    We designed a single-flux-quantum (SFQ) scheduler for a 4 x 4 network switch. It receives requests serially and arbitrates them. Fair scheduling is achieved by using a round-robin priority pointer at each output port. The pointer is updated so that the input port that was granted permission has the lowest priority in the next scheduling cycle. We divided the scheduler into sub-blocks, which were separately designed. The sub-blocks, which have asynchronous interfaces, were then connected with passive transmission lines. Ladder-type on-chip clock generators were included in the circuit for high-speed operation. Using logic simulation, we verified the scheduler test circuit. The scheduler test circuit was composed of about 3000 Josephson junctions. We tested the scheduler circuit at high speed and confirmed correct operations at over 40 GHz

  14. Operation of an ADR Using Helium Exchange Gas as a Substitute for a Failed Heat Switch

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    Shirron, P.; DiPirro, M.; Kimball, M.; Sneiderman, G.; Porter, F. S.; Kilbourne, C.; Kelley, R.; Fujimoto, R.; Yoshida, S.; Takei, Y.; Mitsuda, K.

    2014-01-01

    The Soft X-ray Spectrometer (SXS) is one of four instruments on the Japanese Astro-H mission, which is currently planned for launch in late 2015. The SXS will perform imaging spectroscopy in the soft X-ray band (0.3-12 keV) using a 6 6 pixel array of microcalorimeters cooled to 50 mK. The detectors are cooled by a 3-stage adiabatic demagnetization refrigerator (ADR) that rejects heat to either a superfluid helium tank (at 1.2 K) or to a 4.5 K Joule-Thomson (JT) cryocooler. Four gas-gap heat switches are used in the assembly to manage heat flow between the ADR stages and the heat sinks. The engineering model (EM) ADR was assembled and performance tested at NASA/GSFC in November 2011, and subsequently installed in the EM dewar at Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Japan. During the first cooldown in July 2012, a failure of the heat switch that linked the two colder stages of the ADR to the helium tank was observed. Operation of the ADR requires some mechanism for thermally linking the salt pills to the heat sink, and then thermally isolating them. With the failed heat switch unable to perform this function, an alternate plan was devised which used carefully controlled amounts of exchange gas in the dewar's guard vacuum to facilitate heat exchange. The process was successfully demonstrated in November 2012, allowing the ADR to cool the detectors to 50 mK for hold times in excess of 10 h. This paper describes the exchange-gas-assisted recycling process, and the strategies used to avoid helium contamination of the detectors at low temperature.

  15. Stenosis of the branches of the neopulmonary artery after the arterial switch operation: A cardiac magnetic resonance imaging study

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    2013-01-01

    Conclusions: Cardiac MR can be used as a comprehensive non-invasive imaging technique to diagnose stenosis of the branches of the neopulmonary after the ASO, allowing evaluation of anatomy and function of the neoPA, its branches, and the differential perfusion to each lung, thus facilitating clinical decision making.

  16. Operation beam switching at the FAKEL accelerator of the Kurchatov's Institute for Atomic Energy

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    The results of operative beam switching system development for the FAKEL accelerator with five electron-optical channels are presented. A single there structure is used in the pulsed magnet. A pulse generator is based on the method of multiplication in a capacitor. The pulse magnet with 3 deg bending angle is arranged at the accelerator axis in front of the magnet with a constant field. The magnetic screen is arranged inside the magnet with a constant field. An electron beam is bended from the accelerator axis, when current pulse is applied to the magnet, and hits the field of the permanent magnet, but during current pulse it hits the magnetic screen. 7 refs.; 2 figs

  17. Utility of intra-operative capnogram to detect branch pulmonary artery obstruction following total correction of tetralogy of fallot

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    Garg Rajnish; Murthy Keshava; Rao Shekhar; John Colin

    2011-01-01

    Branch pulmonary artery obstruction is one of the prime reasons for re-operation in patients who have undergone repair for tetralogy of Fallot. Branch pulmonary artery obstruction may develop over a period of time due to dilation of right ventricular outflow tract or it may be caused by residual stenosis after inadequate repair. This may lead to differential lung perfusion causing morbidity. Intra-operative capnogram monitoring reveals ventilation−perfusion relationship. We report two c...

  18. Changes in the cardiac muscle electric activity as a result of Coronary Artery Bypass Graft operation

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    Grajek, Magdalena; Krzyminiewski, Ryszard; Kalawski, Ryszard; Kulczak, Mariusz

    2008-01-01

    Many bioelectric signals have a complex internal structure that can be a rich source of information on the tissue or cell processes. The structure of such signals can be analysed in detail by applying digital methods of signal processing. Therefore, of substantial use in diagnosis of the coronary arterial disease is the method of digital enhancement of increasing signal resolution ECG (NURSE-ECG), permitting detection of temporary changes in the electric potentials in the cardiac muscle in the process of depolarisation. Thanks to the application of NURSE-ECG it has become possible to detect relatively small changes in the electric activity of particular fragments of the cardiac muscle undetectable by the standard ECG method, caused by ischemia, the effect of a drug or infarct. The aim of this study was to identify and analyse changes in the electric activity of the cardiac muscle as a result of the Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) operation. In this study the method of NURSE-ECG has been applied in order to identify and analyse changes in the electric activity of the cardiac muscle as a result of the CABG operation. In the study performed in cooperation of the Institute of Physics Adam Mickiewicz University and the Strus Hospital, Cardiac Surgery Ward, 37 patients with advanced coronary arterial disease were asked to participate. The patients were examined prior to the operation, on the day after the operation and two months after the operation and a year after the operation. The ECG recordings were subjected to a numerical procedure of resolution enhancement by a NURSE-ECG program to reveal the tentative changes in the electric potential of the cardiac muscle on its depolarisation. Results of the study have shown that the NURSE ECG method can be applied to monitor changes in the electric activity of the cardiac muscle occurring as a result of CABG operation. One the second day after the operation in the majority of patients (70%) a rapid decrease of the total

  19. Influence of Intercept Valves on Control of Multiple Stages Steam Turbines During the Switching into the Island Operation

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    Laštovka, Ladislav; Hejtmánková, Pavla

    2015-03-01

    This paper presents control of a multiple stages steam turbine which is switched into the island operation. The frequency in an electrical grid is stated on nominal value which is in UCTE grid 50 Hz. When deviation of frequency is higher then 0.2 Hz, the switching of particular steam units into the island operation is only the chance how to maintain the supply of, at least, some small grids. The other possibility how to keep power units in operation, to be prepared for the next synchronization to the grid, is to switch them to operation status in which they supply only their self-consumption. This change of the operating state is the most dynamic load change for the control system of the unit. The multiple stages turbines are equipped with high pressure hydraulic valves for steam turbine governing. Influence of the intercept valve on steam turbine control during the switching process into the island operation is examined in Matlab Simuling software.

  20. Voltage- and current-activated metal–insulator transition in VO2-based electrical switches: a lifetime operation analysis

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    Aurelian Crunteanu, Julien Givernaud, Jonathan Leroy, David Mardivirin, Corinne Champeaux, Jean-Christophe Orlianges, Alain Catherinot and Pierre Blondy

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Vanadium dioxide is an intensively studied material that undergoes a temperature-induced metal–insulator phase transition accompanied by a large change in electrical resistivity. Electrical switches based on this material show promising properties in terms of speed and broadband operation. The exploration of the failure behavior and reliability of such devices is very important in view of their integration in practical electronic circuits. We performed systematic lifetime investigations of two-terminal switches based on the electrical activation of the metal–insulator transition in VO2 thin films. The devices were integrated in coplanar microwave waveguides (CPWs in series configuration. We detected the evolution of a 10 GHz microwave signal transmitted through the CPW, modulated by the activation of the VO2 switches in both voltage- and current-controlled modes. We demonstrated enhanced lifetime operation of current-controlled VO2-based switching (more than 260 million cycles without failure compared with the voltage-activated mode (breakdown at around 16 million activation cycles. The evolution of the electrical self-oscillations of a VO2-based switch induced in the current-operated mode is a subtle indicator of the material properties modification and can be used to monitor its behavior under various external stresses in sensor applications.

  1. A Coupled Field Multiphysics Modeling Approach to Investigate RF MEMS Switch Failure Modes under Various Operational Conditions

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    Khaled Sadek

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, the reliability of capacitive shunt RF MEMS switches have been investigated using three dimensional (3D coupled multiphysics finite element (FE analysis. The coupled field analysis involved three consecutive multiphysics interactions. The first interaction is characterized as a two-way sequential electromagnetic (EM-thermal field coupling. The second interaction represented a one-way sequential thermal-structural field coupling. The third interaction portrayed a two-way sequential structural-electrostatic field coupling. An automated substructuring algorithm was utilized to reduce the computational cost of the complicated coupled multiphysics FE analysis. The results of the substructured FE model with coupled field analysis is shown to be in good agreement with the outcome of previously published experimental and numerical studies. The current numerical results indicate that the pull-in voltage and the buckling temperature of the RF switch are functions of the microfabrication residual stress state, the switch operational frequency and the surrounding packaging temperature. Furthermore, the current results point out that by introducing proper mechanical approaches such as corrugated switches and through-holes in the switch membrane, it is possible to achieve reliable pull-in voltages, at various operating temperatures. The performed analysis also shows that by controlling the mean and gradient residual stresses, generated during microfabrication, in conjunction with the proposed mechanical approaches, the power handling capability of RF MEMS switches can be increased, at a wide range of operational frequencies. These design features of RF MEMS switches are of particular importance in applications where a high RF power (frequencies above 10 GHz and large temperature variations are expected, such as in satellites and airplane condition monitoring.

  2. A color-switching colorimetric sensor towards Cu2+ ion: Sensing Behavior and logic operation

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    In this paper, we synthesize and report a Cu2+-sensing probe with two detection channels, 6,6′-(1E,1′E)-((2E,2′E)-(1,2-diphenylethane-1,2-diylidene) bis(hydrazine-2,1-diylidene))bis(methan-1-yl-1-ylidene)bis (3-(diethylamino)phenol) (referred to as BDBP). Its colorimetric and fluorescence quenching sensing responses towards Cu2+ ion are fully investigated. It is found that BDBP can recognize Cu2+ by forming a large conjugation plane with it, resulting in a red shift of electronic transition and correspondingly color-switching of BDBP. Correspondingly, the absorption and emission spectra of BDBP are both sensitive towards Cu2+ ion with high sensitivity, as well as excellent selectivity. Based on above sensing mechanism, an AND logic operation can be achieved using Cu+ ion and ClO- as the inputs, making BDBP a promising candidate for further applications in molecular logic devices. -- Highlights: • A Cu2+-sensing probe with two sensing channels has been constructed. • Its sensing responses have been fully characterized and studied. • High sensitivity and good selectivity have been achieved by both sensing channels. • An AND logic operation can be achieved using Cu+ ion and ClO− as inputs

  3. Determination of the operating voltage for non-linear capacitors as turn-off snubbers in power electronic switches

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    A. G. K. Lutsch; J. J. Schoeman; J. D. van Wyk

    1988-01-01

    The use of non-linear capacitors improves the efficiency of turn-off snubbers for power electronic switches. The parameters for the determination of non-linear ferro-electric capacitors are discussed and a novel measuring method for the determination of the maximum operating voltage is suggested. The procedure to select ferro-electric capacitors is also discussed.

  4. Determination of the operating voltage for non-linear capacitors as turn-off snubbers in power electronic switches

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    A. G. K. Lutsch

    1988-03-01

    Full Text Available The use of non-linear capacitors improves the efficiency of turn-off snubbers for power electronic switches. The parameters for the determination of non-linear ferro-electric capacitors are discussed and a novel measuring method for the determination of the maximum operating voltage is suggested. The procedure to select ferro-electric capacitors is also discussed.

  5. Analysis of a cost effective method of establishing and maintaining torque switch settings in Limitorque operators

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    The arrival of Generic Letter 89-10 came as no surprise to many in the industry. The surprise was the apparent focus of the letter in light of the past history and experiences of the industry. Indeed, even the Attachment 1 list of '33' deficiencies reflects the true picture more accurately than the letter itself. From reviewing the 'GL-33', one can see that the vast majority of problems are maintenance or training related, or some combination of both. Hence, the bulk of solutions to these problems should also be focused on maintenance and training of maintenance and operations personnel. The one or two problems associated with 'stem thrust' or torque, however, are what the apparent bulk of the efforts to respond to the generic letter will ultimately entail. The reasons for this focus by the NRC seems to stem from some limited blow-down tests, which are still under review and are not necessarily representative of the majority of valves in the industry; coupled with repeated claims by certain diagnostic vendors as to the extent of the stem thrust problem based on their test results at the time. Hindsight now reflects that the problems were largely in methodology and interpretations errors of the data as opposed to real problems with the motor operated valves (MOVs) themselves. As a result however, the letter was issued, and many utilities have been put in a rather awkward position at the timing. First generation stem thrust measuring technology has proven to be full of pitfalls and methodology problems and is expensive on top of it all. State-of-the-art equipment is still undergoing growing pains. The purpose of this paper is to describe briefly a technique in use at a number of stations to set and maintain torque switch set points, i.e. use of a torque wrench combined with an ohmmeter to determine torque switch trip point. At least one station is utilizing the method to trend the spring pack relaxation phenomenon which Limitorque has been investigating

  6. High power CW and Q-switched operation of a diode-side-pumped Nd: YAG 1319-nm laser

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    Yunfang Wan; Kezhen Han; Yun Wang; Jingliang He

    2008-01-01

    We demonstrated the highly efficient continuous wave(CW)and Q-switched infrared laser from a diodeside-pumped Nd:YAG crystal.A CW output as high as 66 W at 1319 nm was achieved under the pump power of 460 W,corresponding to a coversion efficiency of 14.3%.A maximum average power of 8.9 W of TEM00 mode was obtained in Q-switched operation at the repetition rate of 8 kHz.The performance of the laser considering the thermal lens effect induced by pump power Was also analyzed.

  7. Analysis of cyclic variations during mode switching between spark ignition and controlled auto-ignition combustion operations

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    Chen, T.; Zhao, H; Xie, H.; He, B.

    2014-01-01

    © IMechE 2014. Controlled auto-ignition, also known as homogeneous charge compression ignition, has been the subject of extensive research because of their ability to provide simultaneous reductions in fuel consumption and NOx emissions from a gasoline engine. However, due to its limited operation range, switching between controlled auto-ignition and spark ignition combustion is needed to cover the complete operating range of a gasoline engine for passenger car applications. Previous research...

  8. Nanoelectromechanical switch operating by tunneling of an entire C-60 molecule

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    Danilov, Andrey V.; Hedegård, Per; Golubev, Dimitrii S.; Bjørnholm, Thomas; Kubatkin, Sergey E.

    2008-01-01

    We present a solid state single molecule electronic device where switching between two states with different conductance happens predominantly by tunneling of an entire C-60 molecule. This conclusion is based on a novel statistical analysis of similar to 10(5) switching events. The analysis yield...

  9. High-Speed Operation of a Single-Flux-Quantum (SFQ) Cross/Bar Switch up to 35 GHz

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    Kameda, Yoshio; Yorozu, Shinichi; Terai, Hirotaka; Fujimaki, Akira

    2003-04-01

    Single-flux-quantum (SFQ) technology is a novel technology where binary information is represented by a single flux. It enables us to realize high-speed, low-power SFQ logic circuits, surpassing conventional complementary metal-oxide-silicon (CMOS) technology. We proposed an SFQ packet switch to avoid the bottlenecks in broadband networks of the future. To demonstrate high-speed operation of an SFQ logic circuit and its application to our switch architecture, we designed a cross/bar switch. It consists of 13 logic gates and 581 Josephson junctions were used in the layout. We confirmed correct operations up to 33 GHz in simulation. We placed the switch circuit in an on-chip test system for high-speed (over 10 GHz) test. Including I/O circuits, the system as a whole consists of 1236 Josephson junctions. The chip was fabricated by using NEC’s standard Nb process. We carried out an on-chip test and found correct operations up to 35 GHz.

  10. Dynamics of the Energy Transfer to the Load During the Operation of a Plasma Opening Switch

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    The main efforts of the theoretical and experimental studies related to the Plasma Opening Switch (POS) have been devoted to the understanding of an anomalous fast magnetic field penetration through the plasma. At present this phenomenon can be explained based on the electron magnetohydrodynamic theory.l The second important phenomenon is related with POS opening. Existing models explain POS opening as a result of cut-off of the electron current component in the double layer2 by self-magnetic field of the POS current or by the increase of the Hall potential in the current layer due to ion erosion.3 Nevertheless both models consider POS opening in the region which was preliminary occupied by the plasma. In a recent experiment4 it was shown that the POS opening is related with a fast charged particle flow in the downstream region, namely at the load. In this work we present results of theoretical studies of the phase of the POS operation when the self-magnetic field of the POS current appears at the downstream side of the plasma. Our study has been done within the framework of two-fluid magnetohydrodynamic theory. Taking into account the Hall electric field which is responsible for a strong ion acceleration in the axial direction, we found the velocity of the ions. In addition we show, that due to the inductive electric field caused by the motion of the axial current carrying plasma, the velocity of the magnetic field penetration is equal to the Alfven velocity

  11. Role of Nanoelectromechanical Switching in the Operation of Nanostructured Bi2Se3 Interlayers between Conductive Electrodes.

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    Kosmaca, Jelena; Andzane, Jana; Baitimirova, Margarita; Lombardi, Floriana; Erts, Donats

    2016-05-18

    We demonstrate a simple low-cost method of preparation of layered devices for opto- and thermoelectric applications. The devices consist of a functional Bi2Se3 layer of randomly oriented nanoplates and flexible nanobelts enclosed between two flat indium tin oxide (ITO) electrodes. The number of functional interconnections between the ITO electrodes and correspondingly the efficiency of the device can be increased by gradual nanoelectromechanical (NEM) switching of flexible individual Bi2Se3 nanobelts in the circuit. NEM switching is achieved through applying an external voltage to the device. For the first time, we investigate in situ NEM switching and breakdown parameters of Bi2Se3 nanobelts, visualize the processes occurring in the device under the influence of applied external voltage, and establish the limitations to the possible operational conditions. PMID:27111150

  12. Resection of hilar cholangiocarcinoma with left hepatectomy after pre-operative embolization of the proper hepatic artery

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    Yasuda, Yoshikazu; Larsen, Peter N; Ishibashi, Toshimitsu; Yamashita, Keisuke; Toei, Hisao

    2010-01-01

    Right or right-extended hepatectomy including the caudate lobe is the most common treatment for hilar cholangiocarcinoma (HC). A 5-year survival of up to 60% can be achieved using this procedure if R0-resection is obtained. However, for some patients a left-sided liver resection is necessary to...... obtain radical resection. The close relationship between the right hepatic artery and the HC in these patients frequently limits the ability to achieve a radial R0-resection without difficult vascular reconstruction. The aim of the present study was to describe the outcome of patients who underwent pre......-operative embolization of the proper hepatic artery in an effort to induce development of arterial collaterals thus allowing the resection of the proper and right hepatic artery without vascular reconstruction....

  13. Exploration of Syndrome Differentiation Patterns in Coronary Heart Disease Patients during Peri-Operative Stage of Coronary Artery Bypass Graft

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    2001-01-01

    Objective: To explore the patterns of Syndrome Differentiation (SD) of coronary heart disease (CHD) patients in peri-operative stage of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG). Methods: One week after operation, thirty-seven CHD patients, who received CABG of internal mammary artery or great saphena vein under conventional general anesthesia with low or middle temperature extracorporeal circulation were differentiated as various syndromes, with the pre- or post-operational EKG, color Doppler echocardiography were done during and after operation. The hemodynamic parameters were monitored. Results: In the CHD patients, 64.9% were differentiated as Qi-Yin deficiency, 67.6% were complicated with phlegm syndrome and 62.2% with blood stasis, suggesting that Qi-deficiency, phlegm and stasis are the basic pathogenetic factors in patients with CABG. Moreover, the peri-operative syndrome was correlated with the condition of coronary artery lesion, heart and lung functions before operation, and the extracorporeal circulation time during the operation. Conclusion: TCM SD conducting in peri-operative stage might be useful in exploring the patterns of syndrome alteration which provided a basis for preventing peri-operative complications and elevating success rate of operation.

  14. Switching from Nitrate Therapy to Ranolazine in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease Receiving Phosphodiesterase Type-5 Inhibitors for Erectile Dysfunction

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    Udeoji, Dioma U; Ernst R. Schwarz

    2014-01-01

    Coronary artery disease (CAD) and erectile dysfunction (ED) frequently coexist. The introduction of phosphodiesterase type-5 (PDE-5) inhibitors has revolutionized medical management of organic ED; however, in patients with angina pectoris, a common symptom of CAD, coadministration of PDE-5 inhibitors and nitrates has been implicated in CAD-related deaths following sexual activity. The mechanism of action of PDE-5 inhibitors results in a potential cumulative drop in blood pressure (BP); thus, ...

  15. Nanoelectromechanical contact switches

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    Loh, Owen Y.; Espinosa, Horacio D.

    2012-05-01

    Nanoelectromechanical (NEM) switches are similar to conventional semiconductor switches in that they can be used as relays, transistors, logic devices and sensors. However, the operating principles of NEM switches and semiconductor switches are fundamentally different. These differences give NEM switches an advantage over semiconductor switches in some applications -- for example, NEM switches perform much better in extreme environments -- but semiconductor switches benefit from a much superior manufacturing infrastructure. Here we review the potential of NEM-switch technologies to complement or selectively replace conventional complementary metal-oxide semiconductor technology, and identify the challenges involved in the large-scale manufacture of a representative set of NEM-based devices.

  16. Utility of intra-operative capnogram to detect branch pulmonary artery obstruction following total correction of tetralogy of Fallot.

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    Garg, Rajnish; Murthy, Keshava; Rao, Shekhar; John, Colin

    2011-01-01

    Branch pulmonary artery obstruction is one of the prime reasons for re-operation in patients who have undergone repair for tetralogy of Fallot. Branch pulmonary artery obstruction may develop over a period of time due to dilation of right ventricular outflow tract or it may be caused by residual stenosis after inadequate repair. This may lead to differential lung perfusion causing morbidity. Intra-operative capnogram monitoring reveals ventilation-perfusion relationship. We report two cases where the capnogram helped the diagnosis and management of branch pulmonary artery obstruction. We found a redundant patch in the first and an extra length of the homograft in second case which led to the obstruction. However, but for the changes in the intraoperative capnogram, this condition may by far remain undiagnosed considering the fact that it does not produce hemodynamic changes but can lead to postoperative morbidity. PMID:21196674

  17. Utility of intra-operative capnogram to detect branch pulmonary artery obstruction following total correction of tetralogy of fallot

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    Garg Rajnish

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Branch pulmonary artery obstruction is one of the prime reasons for re-operation in patients who have undergone repair for tetralogy of Fallot. Branch pulmonary artery obstruction may develop over a period of time due to dilation of right ventricular outflow tract or it may be caused by residual stenosis after inadequate repair. This may lead to differential lung perfusion causing morbidity. Intra-operative capnogram monitoring reveals ventilation−perfusion relationship. We report two cases where the capnogram helped the diagnosis and management of branch pulmonary artery obstruction. We found a redundant patch in the first and an extra length of the homograft in second case which led to the obstruction. However, but for the changes in the intraoperative capnogram, this condition may by far remain undiagnosed considering the fact that it does not produce hemodynamic changes but can lead to postoperative morbidity.

  18. Re-do operations after failed multisegmental reconstructive arterial surgery for critical limb ischaemia.

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    Zukauskas, G; Ulevicius, H; Janusauskas, E

    1997-08-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the long-term graft patency rates after multisegmental arterial reconstruction for treatment of chronic critical limb ischemia, and to evaluate the role of re-do surgery in treatment of graft failure. A total of 449 aortofemoropopliteal/tibial grafts carried out over a 10-year period were retrospectively reviewed. All patients were operated upon with chronic critical limb ischemia grade III and IV according to the Fontaine classification; 221 operations were performed in one stage (group A), and 228 in two stages (group B). Distribution of graft failures in the postoperative period, re-do operations and their impact on limb salvage were investigated using life-table methods. During follow up, 62 cases of inflow graft thrombosis were observed (23 in group A and 39 in group B). To correct the inflow graft failure, 59 re-do procedures were performed (27 in group A, 32 in group B). Inflow graft failures were most common during 24 months after primary surgery. During the same period, 92 cases of isolated outflow graft thrombosis were observed (45 in group A and 47 in group B). Outflow graft thromboses were most common after 24-36 months. For treatment of recurrent symptoms caused by outflow graft thrombosis, 68 re-do operations were performed. The 5 year cumulative primary graft patency, secondary graft patency and limb salvage rates were 43.2%, 71.8% and 79.9% in group A, and 23.8%, 54% and 67.5% in group B respectively. In conclusion the long term primary graft patency rate after multisegmental aortofemoropopliteal/tibial reconstructive surgery is low and significantly lower, when compared with single segment reconstructions. Re-do operations have a positive impact on secondary long-term graft patency and limb salvage. PMID:9350799

  19. Plasma erosion opening switch in the double-pulse operation mode of a high-current electron accelerator

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    This paper reports the results of investigations of the operation of a fast current opening switch, with a 10/sup 13/-10/sup 16/ plasma density produced either by dielectric surface flashover or by explosive emission of graphite. A series of two pulses was applied to two diodes in parallel. The first pulse produced plasma in the first diode which closed that diode gap by the arrival time of the second pulse. The first, shorted, diode then acted as an erosion switch for the second pulse. A factor of 2.5-3 power multiplication was obtained under optimum conditions. The opening-switch resistance during the magnetic insulation phase, neglecting the electron losses between the switch and the generating diode, exceeded 100 Ω. The duration of the rapid opening phase was less than 5 ns under optimum conditions. This method of plasma production does not require external plasma sources, and permits a wide variation of plasma density, which in turn allows high inductor currents and stored energies

  20. Sharing Water-related Information to Tackle Changes in the Hydrosphere - for Operational Needs (SWITCH-ON)

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    Arheimer, Berit

    2015-04-01

    Recently, a collaborative EU project started called SWITCH-ON (EU FP7 project No 603587) coordinated by SMHI to support the INSPIRE directive and the Open Data Strategy. The overall goal of the project is to establish a "one-stop-shop" web portal for easy access to European water information. The project will use open data, provide infrastructure for sharing and collaboration, and add value to society and research by repurposing and refining data from various sources. The SWITCH-ON project http://www.water-switch-on.eu/ will establish new forms of water research and facilitate the development of new products and services based on principles of sharing and community building in the water society. The SWITCH-ON objectives are to use open data for implementing: 1) an innovative spatial information platform (SIP) to find, bind, transform and publish data, 2) entirely new forms of collaborative research organised in a Virtual Water-Science Laboratory, open for any research group, 3) fourteen new operational products for water management and awareness, 4) outreach facilities for new water business and knowledge in line with the Europe's smart growth and environmental objectives. This poster will describe the overall project goals and especially the recent progress on developing a Virtual Water-Science Laboratory. Contact: waterswitchon@gmail.com

  1. Operator Auditory Perception and Spectral Quantification of Umbilical Artery Doppler Ultrasound Signals

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    Thuring, Ann; Brännström, K. Jonas; Ewerlöf, Maria; Hernandez-Andrade, Edgar; Ley, David; Lingman, Göran; Liuba, Karina; Maršál, Karel; Jansson, Tomas

    2013-01-01

    Objective An experienced sonographer can by listening to the Doppler audio signals perceive various timbres that distinguish different types of umbilical artery flow despite an unchanged pulsatility index (PI). Our aim was to develop an objective measure of the Doppler audio signals recorded from fetoplacental circulation in a sheep model. Methods Various degrees of pathological flow velocity waveforms in the umbilical artery, similar to those in human complicated pregnancies, were induced by microsphere embolization of the placental bed (embolization model, 7 lamb fetuses, 370 Doppler recordings) or by fetal hemodilution (anemia model, 4 lamb fetuses, 184 recordings). A subjective 11-step operator auditory scale (OAS) was related to conventional Doppler parameters, PI and time average mean velocity (TAM), and to sound frequency analysis of Doppler signals (sound frequency with the maximum energy content [MAXpeak] and frequency band at maximum level minus 15 dB [MAXpeak-15 dB] over several heart cycles). Results We found a negative correlation between the OAS and PI: median Rho −0.73 (range −0.35– −0.94) and −0.68 (range −0.57– −0.78) in the two lamb models, respectively. There was a positive correlation between OAS and TAM in both models: median Rho 0.80 (range 0.58–0.95) and 0.90 (range 0.78–0.95), respectively. A strong correlation was found between TAM and the results of sound spectrum analysis; in the embolization model the median r was 0.91 (range 0.88–0.97) for MAXpeak and 0.91 (range 0.82–0.98) for MAXpeak-15 dB. In the anemia model, the corresponding values were 0.92 (range 0.78–0.96) and 0.96 (range 0.89–0.98), respectively. Conclusion Audio-spectrum analysis reflects the subjective perception of Doppler sound signals in the umbilical artery and has a strong correlation to TAM-velocity. This information might be of importance for clinical management of complicated pregnancies as an addition to conventional Doppler parameters

  2. PREOPERATIVE THERAPY OF LOW-DOSE ASPIRIN IN INTERNAL MAMMARY ARTERY BYPASS OPERATIONS WITH AND WITHOUT LOW-DOSE APROTININ

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    SCHONBERGER, JPAM; BREDEE, JJ; VANOEVEREN, W; VANZUNDERT, AAJ; VERKROOST, M; TERWOORST, J; BAVINCK, JH; BERREKLOUW, E; WILDEVUUR, CRH

    1993-01-01

    The effect of preoperative low-dose aspirin (1 mg/kg of body weight) and intraoperative low-dose aprotinin (2 million kallikrein inactivator units) treatment on perioperative blood loss and blood requirements in patients who undergo internal mammary artery bypass operations is unknown. Therefore, we

  3. Preoperative statin is associated with decreased operative mortality in high risk coronary artery bypass patients

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    Maher Thomas D

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Statins are widely prescribed to patients with atherosclerosis. A retrospective database analysis was used to examine the role of preoperative statin use in hospital mortality, for patients undergoing isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG. Methods The study population comprised 2377 patients who had isolated CABG at Allegheny General Hospital between 2000 and 2004. Mean age of the patients was 65 ± 11 years (range 27 to 92 years. 1594 (67% were male, 5% had previous open heart procedures, and 4% had emergency surgery. 1004 patients (42% were being treated with a statin at the time of admission. Univariate, bivariate (Chi2, Fisher's Exact and Student's t-tests and multivariate (stepwise linear regression analyses were used to evaluate the association of statin use with mortality following CABG. Results Annual prevalence of preoperative statin use was similar over the study period and averaged 40%. Preoperative clinical risk assessment demonstrated a 2% risk of mortality in both the statin and non-statin groups. Operative mortality was 2.4% for all patients, 1.7% for statin users and 2.8% for non-statin users (p Conclusions Between 2000 and 2004 less than 50% of patients at this institution were receiving statins before admission for isolated CABG. A retrospective analysis of this cohort provides evidence that preoperative statin use is associated with lower operative mortality in high-risk patients.

  4. Robust Stability and H∞ Stabilization of Switched Systems with Time-Varying Delays Using Delta Operator Approach

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    Chen Qin

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper considers the problems of the robust stability and robust H∞ controller design for time-varying delay switched systems using delta operator approach. Based on the average dwell time approach and delta operator theory, a sufficient condition of the robust exponential stability is presented by choosing an appropriate Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional candidate. Then, a state feedback controller is designed such that the resulting closed-loop system is exponentially stable with a guaranteed H∞ performance. The obtained results are formulated in the form of linear matrix inequalities (LMIs. Finally, a numerical example is provided to explicitly illustrate the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed method.

  5. Pseudospark switches

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    The pseudospark discharge is bound to a geometrical structure which is particularly well suited for switching high currents and voltages at high power levels. This type of discharge offers the potential for improvement in essentially all areas of switching operation: peak current and current density, current rise, stand-off voltage, reverse current capability, cathode life, and forward drop. The first pseudospark switch was built at CERN at 1981. Since then, the basic switching characteristics of pseudospark chambers have been studied in detail. The main feature of a pseudospark switch is the confinement of the discharge plasma to the device axis. The current transition to the hollow electrodes is spread over a rather large surface area. Another essential feature is the easy and precise triggering of the pseudospark switch from the interior of the hollow electrodes, relatively far from the main discharge gap. Nanosecond delay and jitter values can be achieved with trigger energies of less than 0.1 mJ, although cathode heating is not required. Pseudospark gaps may cover a wide range of high-voltage, high-current, and high-pulse-power switching at repetition rates of many kilohertz. This report reviews the basic researh on pseudospark switches which has been going on at CERN. So far, applications have been developed in the range of thyratron-like medium-power switches at typically 20 to 40 kV and 0.5 to 10 kA. High-current pseudospark switches have been built for a high-power 20 kJ pulse generator which is being used for long-term tests of plasma lenses developed for the future CERN Antiproton Collector (ACOL). The high-current switches have operated for several hundred thousand shots, with 20 to 50 ns jitter at 16 kV charging voltage and more than 100 kA peak current amplitude. (orig.)

  6. Arterial desaturation due to pulmonary arteriovenous malformations after the Kawashima Operation

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    Rohit S Loomba

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Arterial desaturation may occur after the Kawashima procedure and, in the absence of venovenous collaterals is usually due to pulmonary arteriovenous malformations. Stenting of the pulmonary arteries, oxygen therapy, and pulmonary vasodilators such as sildenafil have not been able to resolve the arterial desaturation and the only way to do this has been Fontan completion. The time course of the formation of these malformations after the Kawashima and the progression of cyanosis and its resolution after the Fontan has only been demonstrated in case reports and small case series. We pool the available data to model arterial saturations in patients with pulmonary arteriovenous malformations after the Kawashima procedure.

  7. Compact flat-panel gas-gap heat switch operating at 295 K

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    Krielaart, M. A. R.; Vermeer, C. H.; Vanapalli, S.

    2015-11-01

    Heat switches are devices that can change from a thermally conducting (on-) state to an insulating (off-) state whenever the need arises. They enable adaptive thermal management strategies in which cooling rates are altered either spatially or temporally, leading to a substantial reduction in the energy and mass budget of a large range of systems. State-of-the-art heat switches are only rarely employed in thermal system architectures, since they are rather bulky and have a limited thermal performance (expressed as the heat transfer ratio between the on- and off-state heat conductance). Using selective laser melting additive manufacturing technology, also known as 3D printing, we developed a compact flat-panel gas-gap heat switch that offers superior thermal performance, is simpler and more economic to produce and assemble, contains no moving parts, and is more reliable because it lacks welded joints. The manufactured rectangular panel heat switch has frontal device dimensions of 10 cm by 10 cm, thickness of 3.2 mm and weighs just 121 g. An off heat conductance of 0.2 W/K and on-off heat conductance ratio of 38 is observed at 295 K.

  8. Functional connectivity separates switching operations in the posterior lateral frontal cortex

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    Stelzel, C.; Basten, U.; Fiebach, C.J.

    2011-01-01

    Task representations consist of different aspects such as the representations of the relevant stimuli, the abstract rules to be applied, and the actions to be performed. To be flexible in our daily lives, we frequently need to switch between some or all aspects of a task. In the present study, we ex

  9. Effect of inhibition of tyrosine phosphatases on voltage-operated calcium channel currents in rabbit isolated ear artery cells

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    1998-01-01

    The effect of increasing cellular tyrosine phosphorylation by inhibiting endogenous tyrosine phosphatases was examined on voltage-operated calcium channel currents in vascular smooth muscle cells.In single ear artery smooth muscle cells of the rabbit, studied by the whole cell voltage clamp technique, intracellular application of the tyrosine phosphatase inhibitors, sodium orthovanadate (100 μM) and peroxyvanadate (100 μM orthovanadate+1 mM H2O2) increased voltage-operated calcium channel cur...

  10. Hybrid-pumped, gain-switching operation of a Tm-doped fiber laser with linear-polarized output

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    We report an all-fiber laser with a linear-polarized, pulsed 2 μm output up to 4.6 W by applying a hybrid-pump gain-switched scheme. In this method, a 790 nm laser diode serves as the main supplier of inverse population while a 1 μm pulsed Yb-doped fiber laser triggers the 2 μm pulsed lasing, to realize the gain-switching operation. We construct a resonant cavity with a polarization-maintaining Tm-doped fiber and a fiber Bragg grating to achieve a polarized laser. The laser output is centered at 2021 nm and has a polarization extinction ratio of 13.7 dB; the maximum pulse energy is 230 μJ at a repetition rate of 20 kHz. (letter)

  11. Switching from nitrate therapy to ranolazine in patients with coronary artery disease receiving phosphodiesterase type-5 inhibitors for erectile dysfunction.

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    Udeoji, Dioma U; Schwarz, Ernst R

    2014-01-01

    Coronary artery disease (CAD) and erectile dysfunction (ED) frequently coexist. The introduction of phosphodiesterase type-5 (PDE-5) inhibitors has revolutionized medical management of organic ED; however, in patients with angina pectoris, a common symptom of CAD, coadministration of PDE-5 inhibitors and nitrates has been implicated in CAD-related deaths following sexual activity. The mechanism of action of PDE-5 inhibitors results in a potential cumulative drop in blood pressure (BP); thus, these agents are contraindicated in patients receiving nitrates. Beta-blockers and calcium channel antagonists are considered the mainstays of antianginal therapy, but may not be tolerated by all patients. Ranolazine is an antianginal agent that produces minimal reductions in heart rate and BP. Here we report three cases of men with CAD, chronic angina, and concomitant ED. We describe our treatment approach in these patients, using ranolazine as a potential substitute to nitrate therapy. PMID:25452706

  12. Switching the Loaded Agent from Epirubicin to Cisplatin: Salvage Transcatheter Arterial Chemoembolization with Drug-eluting Microspheres for Unresectable Hepatocellular Carcinoma

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    Purpose: There is no consensus on switching anticancer agents loaded onto drug carriers in transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). This study aimed to evaluate the safety and clinical outcomes of TACE with cisplatin-loaded microspheres (CLM-TACE) in HCC patients refractory to TACE with epirubicin-loaded microspheres (ELM-TACE). Methods: Between February 2008 and June 2010, 85 patients with unresectable HCC refractory to ELM-TACE were enrolled to undergo CLM-TACE. The number of ELM-TACE sessions until judgment of resistance ranged from 1 to 4 (median, 2.1). CLM-TACE was performed using 50–100-μm superabsorbent polymer microspheres loaded with 1 mg cisplatin/1 mg microspheres together with hepatic arterial infusion of 25 mg cisplatin and 500 mg 5-fluorouracil per patient. Tumor responses were evaluated by computed tomography according to the European Association for the Study of the Liver criteria. Results: The median number of CLM-TACE treatment sessions was 1.8 (range, 1–5), and the mean total dose of cisplatin per session was 42.8 mg (range, 30.0–59.0). After 6 months, 3 (3.5%) patients achieved complete response, 31 (36.5%) had partial response, 15 (17.6%) had stable disease, and 36 (42.4%) had progressive disease. The median overall survival and time to treatment failure after initial CLM-TACE were 13.3 and 7.2 months, respectively. Overall, 9.4% of patients experienced grade 3/4 adverse events. Conclusions: witching the loaded agent from epirubicin to cisplatin is a safe, well-tolerated, and efficacious treatment strategy for salvage TACE with drug-eluting microspheres in HCC patients refractory to ELM-TACE.

  13. Q-switched operation with Fox-Smith-Michelson laser cavity

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    A new kind of three-mirror composite cavity, Fox-Smith-Michelson cavity has been configured. This laser cavity is capable of high power output, owing to the low threshold of Michelson cavity. Also, thanks to the mode selection function of Fox-Smith cavity, stable pulses at high repetition rate can be generated. In our experiment, 15.54 W CW output at 1064 nm has been achieved, with an optic-to-optic conversion efficiency of 42.2%. At the Q-switching repetition rate of 100 kHz, the average output power is 11.92 W, with an optic-to-optic conversion efficiency of 38.2%. For Q-switching frequency from 30 kHz to 100 kHz, the pulse width variation is below 4.4% and the amplitude variation is below 4.8%

  14. High voltage, high power operation of the plasma erosion opening switch

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    A Plasma Erosion Opening Switch (PEOS) is used as the opening switch for a vacuum inductive storage system driven by a 1.8-MV, 1.6-TW pulsed power generator. A 135-nH vacuum inductor is current charged to ∼750 kA in 50 ns through the closed PEOS which then opens in <10 ns into an inverse ion diode load. Electrical diagnostics and nuclear activations from ions accelerated in the diode yield a peak load voltage (4.25 MV) and peak load power (2.8 TW) that are 2.4 and 1.8 times greater than ideal matched load values for the same generator pulse

  15. Efficient, polarised, gain-switched operation of a Tm-doped fibre laser.

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    Simakov, Nikita; Hemming, Alex; Bennetts, Shayne; Haub, John

    2011-08-01

    We present a monolithic, robustly polarised thulium fibre laser which produces pulses with 25 ns duration and energy of up to 35 µJ. A pulsed 1.55 μm source was used to gain switch the laser at repetition rates of up to 300 kHz, producing average powers of up to 8 W at 2.044 µm. To the best of our knowledge this is the highest power gain-switched thulium fibre laser and it is also the first with a linearly polarised output. The large repetition rate, pulse energy and average power will enable efficient energy extraction from a large mode-area, polarisation maintaining thulium fibre amplifier. PMID:21934856

  16. Development of SF6 Gas Insulated Disconnecting Switch with Spiral Electrodes using Motor Operating Mechanism

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    Kato, Tatsuro; Rokunohe, Toshiaki; Yamane, Yuichiro; Yamamoto, Naoyuki

    Gas insulated switchgear (GIS) have been demanded reliability and economical efficiency. Circuit breaker (CB), disconnecting switch (DS), and earthing switch (ES) have been designed toward compactness. DS is required the performance of insulation and current interruption. The bus-transfer current is the highest among all current interruption requirements for the DS. To develop an alternating current DS with the low speed driven, it is necessary to reduce the electrode damage. This paper describes the fundamental characteristics of current interruption in the magnetically driven arc using spiral electrode. Since the arc is rotated by magnetically force, the arcing time with spiral electrode is shortened to about 1/3 compared with that of plain break electrode. The DS by magnetically driven arc was confirmed to comply with bus-transfer current switching requirements on JEC standard. Moreover, the physical model of the magnetic driven arc was constructed, and the behavior of the arc could be evaluated quantitatively. As a result, performance of current interruption became to be predictable.

  17. Post-Operative hemorrhage after myomectomy: Safety and efficacy of transcatheter uterine artery embolization

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    Wan, Alvin Yu Hon [Dept. of Radiology, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Hong Kong (China); Shin, Ji Hoon; Yoon, Hyun Ki; Ko, Gi Young; Park, Sang Gik [Dept. of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Seong, Nak Jong; Yoon, Chang Jin [Dept. of Radiology, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seongnam (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-06-15

    To evaluate the safety and clinical efficacy of transcatheter uterine artery embolization (UAE) for post-myomectomy hemorrhage. We identified eight female patients (age ranged from 29 to 51 years and with a median age of 37) in two regional hospitals who suffered from post-myomectomy hemorrhage requiring UAE during the time period from 2004 to 2012. A retrospective review of the patients' clinical data, uterine artery angiographic findings, embolization details, and clinical outcomes was conducted. The pelvic angiography findings were as follows: hypervascular staining without bleeding focus (n = 5); active contrast extravasation from the uterine artery (n = 2); and pseudoaneurysm in the uterus (n = 1). Gelatin sponge particle was used in bilateral uterine arteries of all eight patients, acting as an empirical or therapeutic embolization agent for the various angiographic findings. N-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate was administered to the target bleeding uterine arteries in the two patients with active contrast extravasation. Technical and clinical success were achieved in all patients (100%) with bleeding cessation and no further related surgical intervention or embolization procedure was required for hemorrhage control. Uterine artery dissection occurred in one patient as a minor complication. Normal menstrual cycles were restored in all patients. Uterine artery embolization is a safe, minimally invasive, and effective management option for controlling post-myomectomy hemorrhage without the need for hysterectomy.

  18. A novel low-jitter plasma-jet triggered gas switch operated at a low working coefficient.

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    Tie, Weihao; Liu, Shanhong; Liu, Xuandong; Zhang, Qiaogen; Pang, Lei; Liu, Longchen

    2014-02-01

    In this paper, we described the fabrication and testing of a novel plasma-jet triggered gas switch (PJTGS) operated at extremely low working coefficients with excellent triggered jitters. While the structure of the PJTGS is similar to that of a traditional three-electrode field-distortion gas switch, to improve its triggered performance we used a conical micro-plasma-gun with a needle-to-plate spark gap embedded in the trigger electrode. Applying a nanosecond pulse to the trigger electrode caused a spark discharge in the micro-plasma-gun. The electric field drove the discharge plasma to spray into the spark gap of the gas switch, causing fast breakdown. We tested the PJTGS with charging voltages of ±25 kV and a trigger voltage of +80 kV (5 ns rise time and 80 ns full width at half maximum) in two working modes. The PJTGS operated in Mode II had a lower triggered jitter and could be operated over a wider range of working coefficients than in Mode I under the same conditions. At working coefficients higher than 70%, we obtained sub-ns triggered jitters (<0.89 ns) from the PJTGS, at working coefficients lower than 50%, we obtained triggered jitters of 1.6-3.5 ns without no-fires or pre-fires. Even at a working coefficient of 27.4%, the PJTGS could still be triggered reliably with a delay time of 96.1 ns and a triggered jitter of 3.5 ns, respectively. PMID:24593358

  19. Theoretical Analysis on the Simultaneous Operation of a Color-Center Laser and a Q-Switched Nd: YAG Laser

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    WU Xing; DING Yongkui; ZHANG Rui

    2000-01-01

    The simultaneous operation for the Q- switched Nd: YAG laser at 1.06 and the tunable color-center laser over 1.12~1.26 μm has been realized by using a LiF: F2- color-center crystal both as the Q-switcher for the Nd:YAG laser and as the active medium for the color-center laser. The interaction of the two lasers has been analyzed and calculated with the rate equations. The pulse duration of YAG laser is compressed, in agreement with the experimental results.

  20. Robotic totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass and catheter based coronary intervention in one operative session.

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    Bonatti, Johannes; Schachner, Thomas; Bonaros, Nikolaos; Laufer, Günther; Kolbitsch, Christian; Margreiter, Josef; Jonetzko, Patrycja; Pachinger, Otmar; Friedrich, Guy

    2005-06-01

    A 56-year-old male patient underwent robotically assisted totally endoscopic left internal mammary artery (LIMA) to left anterior descending artery (LAD) grafting. After protamine administration complete heart block developed in the patient. On intraoperative angiography the LIMA to LAD graft was perfectly patent but an acute occlusion of the right coronary artery (RCA) was noted. We performed an immediate on table percutaneous coronary angioplasty and stent placement to the RCA. The heart regained sinus rhythm and the wall motion abnormalities on the back wall of the heart resolved. No clinical symptoms indicating ongoing myocardial ischemia were noted postoperatively. This case demonstrates that a hybrid procedure of robotic totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass grafting and catheter based coronary intervention is feasible in one simultaneous session. PMID:15919329

  1. Operator Auditory Perception and Spectral Quantification of Umbilical Artery Doppler Ultrasound Signals

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    Thuring, Ann; Brännström, Jonas; Ewerlöf, Maria; Hernandez-Andrade, Edgar; Ley, David; Lingman, Göran; Liuba, Karina; Marsal, Karel; Jansson, Tomas

    2013-01-01

    Objective An experienced sonographer can by listening to the Doppler audio signals perceive various timbres that distinguish different types of umbilical artery flow despite an unchanged pulsatility index (PI). Our aim was to develop an objective measure of the Doppler audio signals recorded from fetoplacental circulation in a sheep model. Methods Various degrees of pathological flow velocity waveforms in the umbilical artery, similar to those in human complicated pregnancies, were induced by...

  2. Reduction of operational amplifiers finite gain effects in switched-capacitor biquads

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    Radev Nikolay

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available A combined approach for reducing the errors in the pole frequency f p, the pole Q - factor Qp and the magnitude at the pole frequency Hp, of switched capacitor biquads is presented. First, the conventional integrators in the biquads are replaced with gain-and offset-compensated integrators. Next, the errors Δ ƒp / ƒp, Δ Qp / Qp and Δ Hp / Hp are minimized by modifying three capacitances: two feedback capacitances and feed forward capacitance. The effectiveness of this approach is demonstrated by designing a band pass biquad.

  3. Restricting minimum size of DGs to confirm correct operation of fast directional protection switches in their simultaneous allocation with DGs

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    Highlights: • Simultaneous allocation of DGs and fast directional protection switches (FPDSs) is made. • A protection constraint is proposed which restricts the allowable size of DGs. • The proposed constraint ensures the correct operation of upstream installed FDPS in all conditions. - Abstract: This paper presents simultaneous allocation of distributed generations (DGs) and fast directional protection switches (FDPSs) to decrease energy losses and enhance reliability of the network. The main contribution of the paper is restricting the allowable size of DGs to ensure the correct operation of upstream installed FDPS in all conditions. The paper introduces a method based on genetic algorithm to solve the optimization problem. Finally, to confirm the effectiveness of the proposed method some simulations considering a 33 bus test network are performed. The optimization problem with and without applying protection constraint is solved. Customer’s load is modeled by a three level yearly load. Time value of money and load growth rate are also considered. To assess the importance of the proposed protection constraint, fault studies after adding DGs and FDPSs to a 33 bus test network are performed. Results confirm the importance of the proposed protection constraint

  4. Resistance is Futile: STScI's Science Planning and Scheduling Team Switches From VMS to Unix Operations

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    Adler, D. S.

    2000-12-01

    The Science Planning and Scheduling Team (SPST) of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) has historically operated exclusively under VMS. Due to diminished support for VMS-based platforms at STScI, SPST is in the process of transitioning to Unix operations. In the summer of 1999, SPST selected Python as the primary scripting language for the operational tools and began translation of the VMS DCL code. As of October 2000, SPST has installed a utility library of 16 modules consisting of 8000 lines of code and 80 Python tools consisting of 13000 lines of code. All tasks related to calendar generation have been switched to Unix operations. Current work focuses on translating the tools used to generate the Science Mission Specifications (SMS). The software required to generate the Mission Schedule and Command Loads (PASS), maintained by another team at STScI, will take longer to translate than the rest of the SPST operational code. SPST is planning on creating tools to access PASS from Unix in the short term. We are on schedule to complete the work needed to fully transition SPST to Unix operations (while remotely accessing PASS on VMS) by the fall of 2001.

  5. Precise alignment of a longitudinal Pockels Cell for Q-switch operation Nd:YAG laser

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    The failure to accurately center optical components may, especially in the case of high gain of the Nd:YAG lasers, produce strong parasitic off-axis laser action capable of causing severe component damage typically to the Pockels cell. We report a precise longitudinal alignment of the Pockels cell by modulating the laser polarization using an experimental setup of circular dichroism. This procedure is based on the use of an analyzer at 0o or 45o of the Pockels cell axes, and it allows us to adjust the Q-switching delay for best pulse shape, maximum output energy and to reduce the lack of symmetry of the spot laser considerably. (Author)

  6. Magnetic switching

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    Magnetic switching is a pulse compression technique that uses a saturable inductor (reactor) to pass pulses of energy between two capacitors. A high degree of pulse compression can be achieved in a network when several of these simple, magnetically switched circuits are connected in series. Individual inductors are designed to saturate in cascade as a pulse moves along the network. The technique is particularly useful when a single-pulse network must be very reliable or when a multi-pulse network must operate at a high pulse repetition frequency (PRF). Today, magnetic switches trigger spark gaps, sharpen the risetimes of high energy pulses, power large lasers, and drive high PRF linear induction accelerators. This paper will describe the technique of magnetic pulse compression using simple networks and design equations. A brief review of modern magnetic materials and of their role in magnetic switch design will be presented. 12 refs., 8 figs., 1 tab

  7. Operation of Bidirectional Switches (DIAC) and Silicon Controlled Rectifiers (SCR) in Gamma-Radiation Environment

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    Gamma-irradiation effects on the electrical parameters of the Diode AC switch (DIAC; PHI37 500) and Silicon Controlled Rectifier (SCR; 2N4444) devices have been studied in detail, where gamma-dose up to 137 x 106 rad was found to cause a serious permanent damage on their electrical characteristics. A pronounced increase in the break-over voltage (from 31.5 to 35 V), holding-current (from 13 to 53 mA) and holding voltage (from 22 to 32 V) of the DIAC is noticed. Besides, a severe decrease in the dynamic break-over voltage range (from 10 to 2.5 V) and negative resistance (from -750 to -168 ohm) is also observed. Exposing the SCRs to gamma-radiation causes their turn-on voltage and forward voltage drop values to increase from 0.8 to 2.8 V and from 1.4 to 4.5 V, respectively. Additionally, the holding current increases to 18 mA although its initial value is 3.5 mA. For the two devices, the linear dependence and high sensitivity of their electrical parameters to gamma-dose suggest the application of such devices in the field of radiation dosimetry

  8. Comprehensive tests of artificial viscosities, their switches and derivative operators used in Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics

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    Hosono, Natsuki; Makino, Junichiro

    2016-01-01

    Hydrodynamical simulations of rotating disk play important roles in the field of astrophysical and planetary science. Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) has been widely used for such simulations. It, however, has been known that with SPH, a cold and thin Kepler disk breaks up due to the unwanted angular momentum transfer. Two possible reasons have been suggested for this breaking up of the disk; the artificial viscosity (AV) and the numerical error in the evaluation of pressure gradient in SPH. Which one is dominant has been still unclear. In this paper, we investigate the reason for this rapid breaking up of the disk. We implemented most of popular formulations of AV and switches and measured the angular momentum transfer due to both AV and the error of SPH estimate of pressure gradient. We found that the angular momentum transfer due to AV at the inner edge triggers the breaking up of the disk. We also found that the classical von-Neumann-Richtmyer-Landshoff type AV with a high order estimate for $\

  9. Validation of a switching operation in the external grid of Gunfleet Sand Offshore wind farm by means of EMT simulations

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    Arana, I.; Okholm, J. [DONG Energy (Denmark); Holboell, J. [Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)

    2011-07-01

    This paper presents the voltage signals occurring during a switching operation recorded in the external grid of Gunfleet Sands Offshore Wind Farm recorded with an Elspec measurement system. The measurements are compared to electromagnetic (EMT) simulations for validation of the wind farm model using PSCAD/EMTDC. The simulation model then was modified to investigate the influence of a capacitor bank connection. It was found that for this kind of transients, the amount of wind turbines (wind turbine tansformers, high frequency filters and wind turbine converter) included in the model makes a difference to the results; while the cable models (PI or distributed) and the type of model of the wind turbines converter (voltage source or open end), does not have a considerable influence on the transient response at the PCC or MV terminals of the park transformers. (orig.)

  10. 6.5-ns actively Q-switched Nd:YVO4 laser operating at 1.34 μm

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    Yongguang Zhao; Zhengping Wang; Haohai Yu; Lei Guo; Lijuan Chen; Shidong Zhuang; Xun Sun; Dawei Hu; Xinguang Xu

    2011-01-01

    @@ With a piano-concave cavity,diode-pumped continuous-wave(CW) and actively Q-switched Nd:YV04laser operating at 1.34 μm is demonstrated.Maximum CW output power of 4.76 W and Q-switched average output power of 2.64 W are obtained with output coupler(transmission T=3.9%).%With a planoconcave cavity, diode-pumped continuous-wave (CW) and actively (J-switched Nd:YVO4 laser operating at 1.34μm is demonstrated. Maximum CW output power of 4.76 W and Q-switehed average output power of 2.64 W are obtained with output coupler (transmission T = 3.9%). For the Q-switching operation, the theoretically calculated pulse energy and pulse width, with a pulse repetition frequency (PRF) range of 5-40 kHz, coincide with the experimental results. With a T = 11.9% output coupler, the maximum peak power of 24,3 kW and minimum pulse width of 6.5 ns are obtained when the PRF is 10 kHz. To the best of our knowledge, this is the shortest actively Q-switched pulse duration ever obtained in a 1.3-μm Nd-doped vanadate laser.

  11. Speed-variable Switched Differential Pump System for Direct Operation of Hydraulic Cylinders

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    Schmidt, Lasse; Roemer, Daniel Beck; Pedersen, Henrik Clemmensen;

    2015-01-01

    Efforts to overcome the inherent loss of energy due to throttling in valve driven hydraulic systems are many, and various approaches have been proposed by research communities as well as the industry. Recently, a so-called speed-variable differential pump was proposed for direct drive of hydraulic...... may seriously influence the dynamics and hence the performance during operation. This paper presents an analysis of these properties, and a redesign of the hydraulic system concept is proposed. Here the area- and displacement ratios are deliberately mismatched, causing inherent pressure build-up or...... cavitation in the return chamber, depending on the direction of motion. In order to avoid cavitation, a third gear pump is introduced, which provides a flow in the relevant cylinder chamber in one direction of motion, while operating in idle mode in the opposite motion direction. Together with two 2/2 way...

  12. Application of aggregation operators in regime-switching models for multiple exchange rates

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    Komorníková, Magda; Komorník, J.

    Paris: Editions EDK, 2006 - (Bouchon-Meunier, B.; Yager, R.), s. 699-704 ISBN 2-84254-112-X. [IPMU 2006 /11./. Paris (FR), 02.07.2006-07.07.2006] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA402/04/1026 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10750506 Keywords : time series * exchange rate * multivariate TAR models * aggregation operator Subject RIV: BA - General Mathematics

  13. Switching operation and degradation of resistive random access memory composed of tungsten oxide and copper investigated using in-situ TEM

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    Arita, Masashi; Takahashi, Akihito; Ohno, Yuuki; Nakane, Akitoshi; Tsurumaki-Fukuchi, Atsushi; Takahashi, Yasuo

    2015-11-01

    In-situ transmission electron microscopy (in-situ TEM) was performed to investigate the switching operation of a resistive random access memory (ReRAM) made of copper, tungsten oxide and titanium nitride (Cu/WOx/TiN). In the first Set (Forming) operation to initialize the device, precipitation appeared inside the WOx layer. It was presumed that a Cu conducting filament was formed, lowering the resistance (on-state). The Reset operation induced a higher resistance (the off-state). No change in the microstructure was identified in the TEM images. Only when an additional Reset current was applied after switching to the off-state could erasure of the filament be seen (over-Reset). Therefore, it was concluded that structural change relating to the resistance switch was localized in a very small area around the filament. With repeated switching operations and increasing operational current, the WOx/electrode interfaces became indistinct. At the same time, the resistance of the off-state gradually decreased. This is thought to be caused by Cu condensation at the interfaces because of leakage current through the area other than through the filament. This will lead to device degradation through mechanisms such as endurance failure. This is the first accelerated aging test of ReRAM achieved using in-situ TEM.

  14. Improving power quality with reliable synchronized switching with spring operated high-voltage circuit-breakers

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    Solver, Carl E. [ABB, SP (Brazil). E-mail: antonio.baltasar.silva@br.abb.com

    1999-07-01

    This paper describes the design work aiming the achievement of a well defined and stable operating times of the HPL-B circuit-breaker. In the work , computer simulations of the motion of the complete mechanical system were conducted, a basis for optimisation of the opening and closing latches were established, and an overall robust design of the complete circuit-breaker performed as well. The HPL-B type SF6 puffer breakers, available for rated 245 to 800 kV voltages were considered in the work.

  15. Heat Switches for ADRs

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    DiPirro, M. J.; Shirron, P. J.

    2014-01-01

    Heat switches are key elements in the cyclic operation of Adiabatic Demagnetization Refrigerators (ADRs). Several of the types of heat switches that have been used for ADRs are described in this paper. Key elements in selection and design of these switches include not only ON/OFF switching ratio, but also method of actuation, size, weight, and structural soundness. Some of the trade-off are detailed in this paper.

  16. Switching mode power supplies

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    Beard, David W.

    1980-01-01

    The subject of switching mode power supplies was examined. A comparison between linear regulators and switching mode power supplies was made to show the options available for the various types of convertors. Two switching mode power supplies were constructed and tested. The operating efficiency of both systems was found to be more than eighty percent over the specified input voltage and load current conditions. The switching mode power supply circuits required additional ...

  17. Synthetic molecular machines and polymer/monomer size switches that operate through dynamic and non-dynamic covalent changes.

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    Stadler, Adrian-Mihail; Ramírez, Juan

    2012-01-01

    The present chapter is focused on how synthetic molecular machines (e.g. shuttles, switches and molecular motors) and size switches (conversions between polymers and their units, i.e., conversions between relatively large and small molecules) can function through covalent changes. Amongst the interesting examples of devices herein presented are molecular motors and size switches based on dynamic covalent chemistry which is an area of constitutional dynamic chemistry. PMID:22169959

  18. Role magnesium in preventing post-operative atrial fibrillation after coronary artery bypass surgery

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    To assess the role of 3 days of magnesium infusion after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery in preventing postoperative atrial fibrillation (AF). Prospective, randomized, non-blinded. All patients undergoing isolated, initial CABG surgery, and having sinus rhythm before surgery were alternatively randomized into the study or the control group. The exclusion criteria included: history of AF, implanted pacemaker, myocardial infarction postoperatively, use of left ventricular assist devices and renal failure. The patients in the study group received 10 mmol of magnesium sulphate (2.47 gm) dissolved in 100 ml of saline solution infused intravenously over 4 hours, for 3 days. The end point was development of AF for at least 15 minutes or more, or if an episode of AF had to be treated because of symptoms. A total of 220 patients were included in the study, 110 in each group. The incidence of AF was 9% in patients who received the three days of magnesium infusion. The patients without magnesium had an AF incidence of 23% (p<0.001). The hospital stay was also less in the treated group (p=0.055). A 3-days postoperative infusion of magnesium is safe and effective in reduction of possibly life-threatening AF, in patients undergoing primary coronary artery Bypass surgery. (author)

  19. Continuous-wave and Q-switched operation of a Ho:YAG ring laser in-band pumped at 1908 nm

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    We demonstrated continuous-wave (CW) and Q-switched operation of a Ho:YAG ring laser in-band pumped at 1908 nm. A maximum CW output power of 2.2 W at 2122.35 nm was obtained under an incident pump power of 13.2 W, corresponding to a slope efficiency of 26%. For the Q-switched regime a maximum output energy of 5.2 mJ at a repetition rate of 100 Hz was achieved. A shortest pulse width of 200 ns was achieved, corresponding to a peak power of 26 kW. (paper)

  20. Compact self-Q-switched green upconversion Er:ZBLAN all-fiber laser operating at 543.4  nm.

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    Luo, Zhengqian; Ruan, Qiujun; Zhong, Min; Cheng, Yongjie; Yang, Runhua; Xu, Bin; Xu, Huiying; Cai, Zhiping

    2016-05-15

    We report the demonstration of a compact self-Q-switched green upconversion Er3+:ZrF4-BaF2-LaF3-AlF3-NaF (ZBLAN) fiber laser operating at 543.4 nm. The all-fiber green laser simply consists of a 45 cm high-concentration Er3+:ZBLAN fiber, a 976 nm pump source, and a pair of fiber end-facet mirrors. Under the strong excitation of the 976 nm pump laser, green upconversion lasing at 543.4 nm is achieved from the compact Er3+:ZBLAN fiber laser. Interestingly, the green laser exhibits stable self-Q-switching operation. As the 976 nm pump power is increased, the pulse repetition rate linearly increases from 25.9 to 50.8 kHz and the pulse width narrows from 7.2 to 1.95 μs. The Q-switched green laser has a pump threshold of 118 mW and a maximum output power of 6.9 mW with a slope efficiency of 30%. This is, to the best of our knowledge, the shortest-wavelength operation of a self-started or passively Q-switched fiber laser. PMID:27176977

  1. Alternate switching between microbial fuel cell and microbial electrolysis cell operation as a new method to control H2O2 level in Bioelectro-Fenton system

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    Zhang, Yifeng; Wang, Yong; Angelidaki, Irini

    2015-01-01

    Sustainable H2O2 supply and cost-effective elimination of residual H2O2 are two key challenges associated with the successful application of Fenton reaction for contaminant removal. In this study, an innovative Bioelectro-Fenton system capable of alternate switching between microbial electrolysis...... by switching the system to MFC mode of operation. Complete decolorization and mineralization of 50 mg L−1 methylene blue (MB) was achieved in the MEC mode with apparent first order rate constants of 0.43 and 0.22 h−1, respectively. After switching to the MFC mode, residual H2O2 of 180 mg L−1 was removed...... a proof-in-concept new system for efficient and cost-effective H2O2 control and recalcitrant pollutants removal....

  2. On the bipolar resistive-switching characteristics of Al₂O₃- and HfO₂-based memory cells operated in the soft-breakdown regime

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    Goux, L., E-mail: gouxl@imec.be; Fantini, A.; Nigon, R.; Strangio, S.; Degraeve, R.; Kar, G.; Chen, Y. Y.; Jurczak, M. [imec, Kapeldreef 75, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); Raghavan, N. [imec, Kapeldreef 75, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); KU Leuven, Dept. Elektrotechniek ESAT-MICAS, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); De Stefano, F.; Afanas' ev, V. V. [KU Leuven, Department of Physics and Astronomy, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium)

    2014-10-07

    In this article, we investigate extensively the bipolar-switching properties of Al₂O₃- and HfO₂-based resistive-switching memory cells operated at low current down to <1 μA. We show that the switching characteristics differ considerably from those typically reported for larger current range (>15 μA), which we relate as intrinsic to soft-breakdown (SBD) regime. We evidence a larger impact of the used switching-oxide in this current range, due to lower density of oxygen-vacancy (V{sub o}) defects in the SBD regime. In this respect, deep resetting and large memory window may be achieved using the stoichiometric Al₂O₃ material due to efficient V{sub o} annihilation, although no complete erasure of the conductive-filament (CF) is obtained. We finally emphasize that the conduction may be described by a quantum point-contact (QPC) model down to very low current level where only a few V{sub o} defects compose the QPC constriction. The large switching variability inherent to this latter aspect is mitigated by CF shape tuning through adequate engineering of an Al₂O₃\\HfO₂ bilayer.

  3. The study of neuropsychological alterations following coronary artery bypass operation as predicted by computed tomography scan of the brain

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    Iguchi, Atsushi; Sato, Kiyoharu (Sendai Tokushu-kai Hospital (Japan)); Sadahiro, Mitsuaki; Endo, Masato; Yokoyama, Hitoshi; Ohmi, Mikio

    1993-01-01

    The objective of this clinical study is to provide information regarding the association between coexistent cerebrovascular disease and neuropsychological abnormalities after coronary artery bypass operations. Computed tomography scan of the brain was performed in 104 patients pre-operatively, and their post-operative neuropsychological functions were evaluated. The patients were categorized as follows according to the CT findings. Seventy-three patients showed normal or slight cerebral cortical atrophy which usually seen in patients over fifty of age (group A). Sixteen showed moderate or severe cortical atrophy (group B). Fifteen patients demonstrated the characteristic findings of Binswanger type; severe white matter hypodensity especially in frontal horns and dilated ventricles (group C). Overt neuropsychological dysfunction was not observed in patients in groups A and B. Six patients in group C showed a combination of dementia, bizarre behavior, disorientation and gait dyspraxia following bypass operations. The pseudobulbar signs were also found in 3 patients. These clinical abnormalities persisted for six days to three weeks, and were most often reversible. Although the underlying mechanism of these deleterious alterations is not elucidated, the ischemic nature of the characteristic white matter lesions was highly suspected. The arteriosclerotic changes of the arteriole of the cerebral cortex and hypoperfusion during cardio-pulmonary bypass were supposed to be responsible. Therefore it was concluded that special attention should be focused on neurological evaluation for bypass surgery in group C patients. (author).

  4. The study of neuropsychological alterations following coronary artery bypass operation as predicted by computed tomography scan of the brain

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    The objective of this clinical study is to provide information regarding the association between coexistent cerebrovascular disease and neuropsychological abnormalities after coronary artery bypass operations. Computed tomography scan of the brain was performed in 104 patients pre-operatively, and their post-operative neuropsychological functions were evaluated. The patients were categorized as follows according to the CT findings. Seventy-three patients showed normal or slight cerebral cortical atrophy which usually seen in patients over fifty of age (group A). Sixteen showed moderate or severe cortical atrophy (group B). Fifteen patients demonstrated the characteristic findings of Binswanger type; severe white matter hypodensity especially in frontal horns and dilated ventricles (group C). Overt neuropsychological dysfunction was not observed in patients in groups A and B. Six patients in group C showed a combination of dementia, bizarre behavior, disorientation and gait dyspraxia following bypass operations. The pseudobulbar signs were also found in 3 patients. These clinical abnormalities persisted for six days to three weeks, and were most often reversible. Although the underlying mechanism of these deleterious alterations is not elucidated, the ischemic nature of the characteristic white matter lesions was highly suspected. The arteriosclerotic changes of the arteriole of the cerebral cortex and hypoperfusion during cardio-pulmonary bypass were supposed to be responsible. Therefore it was concluded that special attention should be focused on neurological evaluation for bypass surgery in group C patients. (author)

  5. Efficacy of post-operative clopidogrel treatment in patients revascularized with coronary artery bypass grafting after myocardial infarction

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    Sørensen, Rikke; Abildstrøm, Steen Z; Hansen, Peter R;

    2011-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to examine the clinical efficacy of clopidogrel treatment on death and recurrent myocardial infarction (MI) among MI patients revascularized by coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG). BACKGROUND: The benefit from post-operative clopidogrel in CABG...... surgery. Risk of death or recurrent MI, and of a combined end point of the 2, were assessed by cumulative incidence and Cox proportional hazards model. A propensity score-matched subgroup analysis was done. RESULTS: We included 3,545 patients, and of these, 957 (27.0%) were treated with clopidogrel after...... with clopidogrel, with no-clopidogrel as reference. By propensity score, of 945 patients with or without clopidogrel treatment who were matched, death or recurrent MI occurred in 38 (4.0%) patients with clopidogrel and 57 (6.0%) without clopidogrel (log-rank p = 0.05). Corresponding hazard ratio was 0...

  6. Severe primary postpartum hemorrhage due to genital tract laceration after operative vaginal delivery: successful treatment with transcatheter arterial embolization

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    Fargeaudou, Yann; Soyer, Philippe; Sirol, Marc; Dref, Olivier le; Boudiaf, Mourad; Dahan, Henri; Rymer, Roland [Hopital Lariboisiere-APHP-GHU Nord et Universite Diderot-Paris 7, Department of Abdominal and Interventional Imaging, Paris (France); Morel, Olivier [Hopital Lariboisiere-APHP-GHU Nord et Universite Diderot-Paris 7, Department of Obstetrics, Paris (France)

    2009-09-15

    The purpose of this study was to report our experience in the management of severe primary postpartum hemorrhage due to genital tract laceration following operative vaginal delivery with forceps using pelvic transcatheter arterial embolization (TAE). Ten women (mean age, 31.9 years) with severe primary postpartum hemorrhage due to genital tract laceration after operative delivery with forceps were treated with TAE. TAE was indicated because of intractable bleeding that could not be controlled with uterotonic drugs, blood transfusion, attempted suturing and packing in all patients. Postdelivery perineal examination showed cervical or vaginal tears in all women and associated paravaginal hematoma in four. Angiography revealed extravasation of contrast material in six patients. TAE performed with gelatin sponge allowed to control the bleeding in all patients. Cervical and vaginal suturing was made possible and successfully achieved in the six women who had failed suturing attempts before TAE. Paravaginal hematoma was successfully evacuated in four patients in whom it was present after TAE. No complications related to TAE were noted. We conclude that in women with severe primary postpartum hemorrhage due to genital tract laceration after operative delivery with forceps, TAE is effective and safe for stopping the bleeding and helps genital tract suturing and evacuation of hematoma. (orig.)

  7. Severe primary postpartum hemorrhage due to genital tract laceration after operative vaginal delivery: successful treatment with transcatheter arterial embolization

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    The purpose of this study was to report our experience in the management of severe primary postpartum hemorrhage due to genital tract laceration following operative vaginal delivery with forceps using pelvic transcatheter arterial embolization (TAE). Ten women (mean age, 31.9 years) with severe primary postpartum hemorrhage due to genital tract laceration after operative delivery with forceps were treated with TAE. TAE was indicated because of intractable bleeding that could not be controlled with uterotonic drugs, blood transfusion, attempted suturing and packing in all patients. Postdelivery perineal examination showed cervical or vaginal tears in all women and associated paravaginal hematoma in four. Angiography revealed extravasation of contrast material in six patients. TAE performed with gelatin sponge allowed to control the bleeding in all patients. Cervical and vaginal suturing was made possible and successfully achieved in the six women who had failed suturing attempts before TAE. Paravaginal hematoma was successfully evacuated in four patients in whom it was present after TAE. No complications related to TAE were noted. We conclude that in women with severe primary postpartum hemorrhage due to genital tract laceration after operative delivery with forceps, TAE is effective and safe for stopping the bleeding and helps genital tract suturing and evacuation of hematoma. (orig.)

  8. Comparative analysis between overlapping and non-overlapping operation modes for the PWM buck converter using the three-state switching cell

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    Robles Balestero, Juan Paulo; Lessa Tofoli, Fernando; Mendes de Seixas, Claudiner; Torrico Bascopé, Grover Victor; José Mendes de Seixas, Falcondes

    2014-04-01

    This article presents a comparative study involving a buck converter derived from the three-state switching cell in both operation modes, i.e. non-overlapping and overlapping modes, since it is well known in literature that several advantages can be addressed to topologies based on this approach. In the case of the mentioned converter, only part of the load delivered to the load flows through the controlled switches, so that operation at high-current high-power levels is possible. Besides, the design of reactive elements such as very autotransformer and filter inductor is performed for twice the switching frequency, with consequent reduction of size, weight and volume. Another clear advantage is that the area for which the converter operates in continuous conduction mode is wider than that for the discontinuous conduction mode in comparison with the so-called classical non-isolated buck converter. The operation of the converter, which was previously proposed in literature, is analysed considering the aforementioned modes in terms of the efficiency, and similar approaches for the non-isolated dc-dc conversion are also investigated.

  9. Switching operation and degradation of resistive random access memory composed of tungsten oxide and copper investigated using in-situ TEM

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    Masashi Arita; Akihito Takahashi; Yuuki Ohno; Akitoshi Nakane; Atsushi Tsurumaki-Fukuchi; Yasuo Takahashi

    2015-01-01

    In-situ transmission electron microscopy (in-situ TEM) was performed to investigate the switching operation of a resistive random access memory (ReRAM) made of copper, tungsten oxide and titanium nitride (Cu/WOx/TiN). In the first Set (Forming) operation to initialize the device, precipitation appeared inside the WOx layer. It was presumed that a Cu conducting filament was formed, lowering the resistance (on-state). The Reset operation induced a higher resistance (the off-state). No change in...

  10. Viability of fuel switching of a gas-fired power plant operating in chemical looping combustion mode

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    CLC (chemical looping combustion) promises to be a more efficient way of CO2 capture than conventional oxy-fuel combustion or post-combustion absorption. While much work has been done on CLC in the past two decades, the issue of multi-fuel compatibility has not been addressed sufficiently, especially with regard to plant layout and reactor design. In the present work, it is shown that this is non-trivial in the case of a CLC-based power plant. The underlying factors have been examined in depth and design criteria for fuel compatibility have been formulated. Based on these, a layout has been developed for a power plant which can run with either natural gas or syngas without requiring equipment changes either on the steam side or on the furnace side. The layout accounts for the higher CO2 compression costs associated with the use of syngas in place of natural gas. The ideal thermodynamic cycle efficiency, after accounting for the energy penalty of CO2 compression, is 43.11% and 41.08%, when a supercritical steam cycle is used with natural gas and syngas, respectively. It is shown that fuel switching can be enabled by incorporating the compatibility conditions at the design stage itself. - Highlights: • Concept of fuel sensitivity of plant layout with carbon capture and sequestration. • Power plant layout for natural gas and syngas as fuels. • Criteria for compatibility of air and fuel reactors for dual fuel mode operation. • Layout of a plant for carbon-neutral or carbon negative power generation

  11. Q-switching operation with a cooled Yb:LiYF4 for diode-pumped chirped-pulse regenerative amplification

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    A diode-pumped regeneration amplifier with a cooled Yb:LiYF4 crystal has been constructed as a booster amplifier in our all solid-state ultrahigh-peak-power laser system. The output energy of 4.5 mJ in a Q-switching operation mode was observed. The small signal gain and cavity loss estimated have been used to calculate output energy of 12 mJ in regenerative amplification of a chirped seed pulse. (author)

  12. Körperliche Belastbarkeit und myokardiale Perfusion bei Patienten mit Transposition der großen Arterien nach Arterieller Switch Operation

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    Beckmann, Mareike

    2006-01-01

    Bei 22 Kindern mit einer Transposition der großen Arterien (TGA) wurde 10 Jahre nach Arterieller Switch Operation (ASO) der myokardiale Blutfluß (MBF) in Ruhe und unter Belastung mittels Positronenemissionstomographie (PET) gemessen sowie die Laborparameter Creatinkinase (CK), kardiales Troponin I (cTn I) und Glycogenphosphorylase Isoenzym BB (GPBB) bestimmt. Zusätzlich wurde eine qualitative Analyse der Myokardperfusion durchgeführt. Die Untersuchung zeigte im Vergleich zur gesunden Kontroll...

  13. High-energy passively Q-switched laser operation of Yb:Ca3La2(BO3)4 disordered crystal.

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    Wang, Lisha; Han, Wenjuan; Pan, Zhongben; Xu, Honghao; Chen, Xiaowen; Liu, Junhai; Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin

    2016-05-01

    Efficient high-energy passively Q-switched laser operation was demonstrated with Yb:Ca3La2(BO3)4 disordered crystal, producing an average output power of 3.0 W at 1018.7 nm, at a pulse repetition frequency of 5.0 kHz; the resulting pulse energy, duration, and peak power were 600 μJ, 5.3 ns, and 113.2 kW, respectively. PMID:27140354

  14. Mixed l-/l1 fault detection observer design for positive switched systems with time-varying delay via delta operator approach

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    Li, Shuo; Xiang, Zhengrong; Karimi, Hamid Reza

    2014-01-01

    This paper investigates the problem of fault detection observer design for positive switched systems with time-varying delay via delta operator approach. A new fault sensitivity measure, called l-index, is proposed. The l- fault detection observer design and multi-objective l -/l1 fault detection observer design problems are addressed. Based on the average dwell time approach and the piecewise copositive type Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional method in delta domain, sufficient conditions for the...

  15. Alternate switching between microbial fuel cell and microbial electrolysis cell operation as a new method to control H2O2 level in Bioelectro-Fenton system

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    Zhang, Yifeng; Wang, Yong; Angelidaki, Irini

    2015-09-01

    Sustainable H2O2 supply and cost-effective elimination of residual H2O2 are two key challenges associated with the successful application of Fenton reaction for contaminant removal. In this study, an innovative Bioelectro-Fenton system capable of alternate switching between microbial electrolysis cell (MEC) and microbial fuel cell (MFC) mode of operation was developed to meet the challenges. In the MEC mode, a bioelectrochemical system (BES) produces H2O2 which reacts with Fenton's reagent (Fe II) to form hydroxyradical. The unused H2O2 (residual H2O2) is removed as electron acceptor by switching the system to MFC mode of operation. Complete decolorization and mineralization of 50 mg L-1 methylene blue (MB) was achieved in the MEC mode with apparent first order rate constants of 0.43 and 0.22 h-1, respectively. After switching to the MFC mode, residual H2O2 of 180 mg L-1 was removed at a removal rate of 4.61 mg L-1 h-1 while generating a maximum current density of 0.49 A m-2. The MB degradation and residual H2O2 removal were affected by external resistance, cathode pH and initial MB concentration. Furthermore, the system performance was enhanced under stack operation. This study provides a proof-in-concept new system for efficient and cost-effective H2O2 control and recalcitrant pollutants removal.

  16. On the bipolar resistive-switching characteristics of Al2O3- and HfO2-based memory cells operated in the soft-breakdown regime

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    In this article, we investigate extensively the bipolar-switching properties of Al2O3- and HfO2-based resistive-switching memory cells operated at low current down to 15 μA), which we relate as intrinsic to soft-breakdown (SBD) regime. We evidence a larger impact of the used switching-oxide in this current range, due to lower density of oxygen-vacancy (Vo) defects in the SBD regime. In this respect, deep resetting and large memory window may be achieved using the stoichiometric Al2O3 material due to efficient Vo annihilation, although no complete erasure of the conductive-filament (CF) is obtained. We finally emphasize that the conduction may be described by a quantum point-contact (QPC) model down to very low current level where only a few Vo defects compose the QPC constriction. The large switching variability inherent to this latter aspect is mitigated by CF shape tuning through adequate engineering of an Al2O3\\HfO2 bilayer.

  17. Energy reversible switching from amorphous metal based nanoelectromechanical switch

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    Mayet, Abdulilah M.

    2013-08-01

    We report observation of energy reversible switching from amorphous metal based nanoelectromechanical (NEM) switch. For ultra-low power electronics, NEM switches can be used as a complementary switching element in many nanoelectronic system applications. Its inherent zero power consumption because of mechanical detachment is an attractive feature. However, its operating voltage needs to be in the realm of 1 volt or lower. Appropriate design and lower Young\\'s modulus can contribute achieving lower operating voltage. Therefore, we have developed amorphous metal with low Young\\'s modulus and in this paper reporting the energy reversible switching from a laterally actuated double electrode NEM switch. © 2013 IEEE.

  18. Research Progress on Multimode Interference Switches

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    GAO Qing; SHENG Zhi-rui; JIANG Xiao-qing; WANG Ming-hua

    2005-01-01

    Optical switches are key components for constructing optical communication networks, so it is necessary to design optical switches and optical switch arrays with high performance and low cost. As one type of optical switches, the multimode interference(MMI) switches have received considerable attention due to their unique merits. The structures and operation principles of various types of MMI switches are introduced,and the recent progresses of MMI switches are also discussed.

  19. Percutaneous Retrograde Recanalization of a Chronic Total Coronary Artery Occlusion in a 7 Year Old

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    Natal-Hernandez, Luz; Meadows, Jeffery; Shunk, Kendrick A.; Boyle, Andrew J., E-mail: aboyle@medicine.ucsf.edu

    2013-03-15

    The arterial switch operation for correction of transposition of the great arteries can be complicated by late stenosis or occlusion of the coronary arteries that are re-implanted to the new aorta. We report the case of a young boy who underwent this operation as a neonate and was found to have an occluded anomalous left anterior descending artery (LAD) before age 3. Subsequent bypass surgery was complicated by anastomotic stricture and kinking of the left internal mammary artery graft to the LAD. At age 7, the LAD territory showed reversible ischemia on nuclear perfusion testing and he was referred for percutaneous coronary intervention. A combined approach with pediatric and adult interventional cardiologists resulted in successful retrograde PCI to recanalize the chronic total occlusion of the LAD. Important features of this technique in pediatric patients are discussed.

  20. A Novel Molecular Switch

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    Daber, Robert; Lewis, Mitchell

    2009-01-01

    Transcriptional regulation is a fundamental process for regulating the flux of all metabolic pathways. For the last several decades, the lac operon has served as a valuable model for studying transcription. More recently, the switch that controls the operon has also been successfully adapted to function in mammalian cells. Here we describe how, using directed evolution, we have created a novel switch that recognizes an asymmetric operator sequence. The new switch has a repressor with altered ...

  1. Atomic Scale Plasmonic Switch

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    Emboras, A.; Niegemann, J.; Ma, P; Haffner, C; Pedersen, A.; Luisier, M.; Hafner, C; Schimmel, T.; Leuthold, J.

    2016-01-01

    The atom sets an ultimate scaling limit to Moore’s law in the electronics industry. While electronics research already explores atomic scales devices, photonics research still deals with devices at the micrometer scale. Here we demonstrate that photonic scaling, similar to electronics, is only limited by the atom. More precisely, we introduce an electrically controlled plasmonic switch operating at the atomic scale. The switch allows for fast and reproducible switching by means of the relocat...

  2. High-power CW and passively Q-switched laser operation of Yb:GdCa4O(BO3)3 crystal

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    Chen, Xiaowen; Wang, Lisha; Liu, Junhai; Guo, Yunfeng; Han, Wenjuan; Xu, Honghao; Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin

    2016-05-01

    We demonstrate efficient high-power CW and passively Q-switched operations of Yb:GdCa4O(BO3)3 lasers. An output power of 18.2 W is generated at 1031.5 nm in CW mode, with optical-to-optical and slope efficiencies being respectively 55% and 70%, with respect to incident pump power. In passively Q-switched operation with a Cr4+:YAG crystal as saturable absorber, a maximum average output power of 15.6 W is produced at a pulse repetition rate of 91 kHz, with an optical-to-optical efficiency of 44%. Low-repetition-rate Q-switched action is also realized, generating an average output power of 4.2 W at 5.7 kHz, the resulting pulse energy and duration are 737 μJ and 3.6 ns, leading to a peak power amounting to 205 kW.

  3. Near-infrared laparoscopy for real-time intra-operative arterial and lymphatic perfusion imaging.

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    Cahill, R A

    2012-02-01

    Multimodal laparoscopic imaging systems possessing the capability for extended spectrum irradiation and visualization within a unified camera system are now available to provide enhanced intracorporeal operative anatomic and dynamic perfusion assessment and potentially augmented patient outcome. While ultraviolet-range energies have limited penetration and hence are probably more useful for endoscopic mucosal interrogation, the near-infrared (NIR) spectrum is of greater potential utility for the purposes of examining inducible fluorescence in abdominopelvic tissue that can be achieved by administration of specific tracer agents, either directly into the circulation (e.g. for anastomotic perfusion assessment at the time of stapling) or into the lymphatic system (e.g. for lymph basin road-mapping and\\/or focussed target nodal assessment). This technology is also capable of supplementing anatomic recognition of the biliary system while implantable fibres can also be inserted intraoperatively for the purpose of safeguarding vital structures such as the oesphagus and ureters especially in difficult reoperations. It is likely that this technological capability will find a clear and common indication in colorectal specialist and general surgical departments worldwide in the near future.

  4. Dual diodes end-pumped Q-switch operation of a c-cut 2044-nm Tm,Ho:YAlO3 laser

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    A high efficient, Q-switch, cryogenic operation of c-cut Tm (5 at.%),Ho(0.3 at.%):YAlO3 (YAP) laser was reported in this paper. In the temperature of 77 K, the Tm,Ho:YAP crystal was double end-pumped by dual 7.25-W fiber-coupled laser diodes (LDs) at the center wavelength of 793.3 nm. A 2.17-W Q-switch output power was acquired at pulse repetition frequency (PRF) of 10 kHz, corresponding to an optical-optical conversion efficiency of 15.0% and a slope efficiency of 19.4%. The energy per pulse of 1.71 mJ in 71 ns was achieved at 1.25 kHz with the peak power of 24.1 kW

  5. Single Atom Plasmonic Switch

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    Emboras, Alexandros; Ma, Ping; Haffner, Christian; Luisier, Mathieu; Hafner, Christian; Schimmel, Thomas; Leuthold, Juerg

    2015-01-01

    The atom sets an ultimate scaling limit to Moores law in the electronics industry. And while electronics research already explores atomic scales devices, photonics research still deals with devices at the micrometer scale. Here we demonstrate that photonic scaling-similar to electronics-is only limited by the atom. More precisely, we introduce an electrically controlled single atom plasmonic switch. The switch allows for fast and reproducible switching by means of the relocation of an individual or at most - a few atoms in a plasmonic cavity. Depending on the location of the atom either of two distinct plasmonic cavity resonance states are supported. Experimental results show reversible digital optical switching with an extinction ration of 10 dB and operation at room temperature with femtojoule (fJ) power consumption for a single switch operation. This demonstration of a CMOS compatible, integrated quantum device allowing to control photons at the single-atom level opens intriguing perspectives for a fully i...

  6. Arterial Catheterization

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    ... version AMERICAN THORACIC SOCIETY Patient Information Series Arterial Catheterization An arterial catheter is a thin, hollow tube ... PHYSICIANS: AND COPY Why Do I Need Arterial Catheterization? Common reasons an arterial catheterization is done include: ■ ...

  7. Magnetic-fluid-based smart centrifugal switch

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    A new type of centrifugal switch, which we call 'smart centrifugal switch' is designed and developed utilizing the novel properties of magnetic fluid. No mechanical movement is involved in the sensing and switching operations of this centrifugal switch and both these operations are achieved in a smart way. The performance of the switch is studied. This switch has several important advantages over conventional centrifugal switches like smart and non-contact type operation, sparkless and hence explosion proof working and inertia-less simple structure

  8. Designing field-controllable graphene-dot-graphene single molecule switches: A quantum-theoretical proof-of-concept under realistic operating conditions.

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    Pejov, Ljupčo; Petreska, Irina; Kocarev, Ljupčo

    2015-12-28

    A theoretical proof of the concept that a particularly designed graphene-based moletronics device, constituted by two semi-infinite graphene subunits, acting as source and drain electrodes, and a central benzenoid ring rotator (a "quantum dot"), could act as a field-controllable molecular switch is outlined and analyzed with the density functional theory approach. Besides the ideal (0 K) case, we also consider the operation of such a device under realistic operating (i.e., finite-temperature) conditions. An in-depth insight into the physics behind device controllability by an external field was gained by thorough analyses of the torsional potential of the dot under various conditions (absence or presence of an external gating field with varying strength), computing the torsional correlation time and transition probabilities within the Bloembergen-Purcell-Pound formalism. Both classical and quantum mechanical tunneling contributions to the intramolecular rotation were considered in the model. The main idea that we put forward in the present study is that intramolecular rotors can be controlled by the gating field even in cases when these groups do not possess a permanent dipole moment (as in cases considered previously by us [I. Petreska et al., J. Chem. Phys. 134, 014708-1-014708-12 (2011)] and also by other groups [P. E. Kornilovitch et al., Phys. Rev. B 66, 245413-1-245413-7 (2002)]). Consequently, one can control the molecular switching properties by an external electrostatic field utilizing even nonpolar intramolecular rotors (i.e., in a more general case than those considered so far). Molecular admittance of the currently considered graphene-based molecular switch under various conditions is analyzed employing non-equilibrium Green's function formalism, as well as by analysis of frontier molecular orbitals' behavior. PMID:26723699

  9. Designing field-controllable graphene-dot-graphene single molecule switches: A quantum-theoretical proof-of-concept under realistic operating conditions

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    Pejov, Ljupčo; Petreska, Irina; Kocarev, Ljupčo

    2015-12-01

    A theoretical proof of the concept that a particularly designed graphene-based moletronics device, constituted by two semi-infinite graphene subunits, acting as source and drain electrodes, and a central benzenoid ring rotator (a "quantum dot"), could act as a field-controllable molecular switch is outlined and analyzed with the density functional theory approach. Besides the ideal (0 K) case, we also consider the operation of such a device under realistic operating (i.e., finite-temperature) conditions. An in-depth insight into the physics behind device controllability by an external field was gained by thorough analyses of the torsional potential of the dot under various conditions (absence or presence of an external gating field with varying strength), computing the torsional correlation time and transition probabilities within the Bloembergen-Purcell-Pound formalism. Both classical and quantum mechanical tunneling contributions to the intramolecular rotation were considered in the model. The main idea that we put forward in the present study is that intramolecular rotors can be controlled by the gating field even in cases when these groups do not possess a permanent dipole moment (as in cases considered previously by us [I. Petreska et al., J. Chem. Phys. 134, 014708-1-014708-12 (2011)] and also by other groups [P. E. Kornilovitch et al., Phys. Rev. B 66, 245413-1-245413-7 (2002)]). Consequently, one can control the molecular switching properties by an external electrostatic field utilizing even nonpolar intramolecular rotors (i.e., in a more general case than those considered so far). Molecular admittance of the currently considered graphene-based molecular switch under various conditions is analyzed employing non-equilibrium Green's function formalism, as well as by analysis of frontier molecular orbitals' behavior.

  10. Designing field-controllable graphene-dot-graphene single molecule switches: A quantum-theoretical proof-of-concept under realistic operating conditions

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    A theoretical proof of the concept that a particularly designed graphene-based moletronics device, constituted by two semi-infinite graphene subunits, acting as source and drain electrodes, and a central benzenoid ring rotator (a “quantum dot”), could act as a field-controllable molecular switch is outlined and analyzed with the density functional theory approach. Besides the ideal (0 K) case, we also consider the operation of such a device under realistic operating (i.e., finite-temperature) conditions. An in-depth insight into the physics behind device controllability by an external field was gained by thorough analyses of the torsional potential of the dot under various conditions (absence or presence of an external gating field with varying strength), computing the torsional correlation time and transition probabilities within the Bloembergen-Purcell-Pound formalism. Both classical and quantum mechanical tunneling contributions to the intramolecular rotation were considered in the model. The main idea that we put forward in the present study is that intramolecular rotors can be controlled by the gating field even in cases when these groups do not possess a permanent dipole moment (as in cases considered previously by us [I. Petreska et al., J. Chem. Phys. 134, 014708-1–014708-12 (2011)] and also by other groups [P. E. Kornilovitch et al., Phys. Rev. B 66, 245413-1–245413-7 (2002)]). Consequently, one can control the molecular switching properties by an external electrostatic field utilizing even nonpolar intramolecular rotors (i.e., in a more general case than those considered so far). Molecular admittance of the currently considered graphene-based molecular switch under various conditions is analyzed employing non-equilibrium Green’s function formalism, as well as by analysis of frontier molecular orbitals’ behavior

  11. Designing field-controllable graphene-dot-graphene single molecule switches: A quantum-theoretical proof-of-concept under realistic operating conditions

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    Pejov, Ljupčo, E-mail: ljupcop@pmf.ukim.mk [Department of Physical Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, SS. Cyril and Methodius University, Arhimedova 5, P.O. Box 162, 1001 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia (Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of); Petreska, Irina [Institute of Physics, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, SS. Cyril and Methodius University, P.O. Box 162, 1001 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia (Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of); Kocarev, Ljupčo [Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Krste Misirkov 2, P.O. Box 428, 1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia (Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of); Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, SS. Cyril and Methodius University, P.O. Box 393, 100 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia (Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of); BioCircuits Institute, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, California 92093-0402 (United States)

    2015-12-28

    A theoretical proof of the concept that a particularly designed graphene-based moletronics device, constituted by two semi-infinite graphene subunits, acting as source and drain electrodes, and a central benzenoid ring rotator (a “quantum dot”), could act as a field-controllable molecular switch is outlined and analyzed with the density functional theory approach. Besides the ideal (0 K) case, we also consider the operation of such a device under realistic operating (i.e., finite-temperature) conditions. An in-depth insight into the physics behind device controllability by an external field was gained by thorough analyses of the torsional potential of the dot under various conditions (absence or presence of an external gating field with varying strength), computing the torsional correlation time and transition probabilities within the Bloembergen-Purcell-Pound formalism. Both classical and quantum mechanical tunneling contributions to the intramolecular rotation were considered in the model. The main idea that we put forward in the present study is that intramolecular rotors can be controlled by the gating field even in cases when these groups do not possess a permanent dipole moment (as in cases considered previously by us [I. Petreska et al., J. Chem. Phys. 134, 014708-1–014708-12 (2011)] and also by other groups [P. E. Kornilovitch et al., Phys. Rev. B 66, 245413-1–245413-7 (2002)]). Consequently, one can control the molecular switching properties by an external electrostatic field utilizing even nonpolar intramolecular rotors (i.e., in a more general case than those considered so far). Molecular admittance of the currently considered graphene-based molecular switch under various conditions is analyzed employing non-equilibrium Green’s function formalism, as well as by analysis of frontier molecular orbitals’ behavior.

  12. Evaluations of topical application of tranexamic acid on post-operative blood loss in off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery

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    Habibollah Hosseini; Ali Akbar Rahimianfar; Mohammad Hassan Abdollahi; Mohammad Hossein Moshtaghiyoon; Mahdi Haddadzadeh; Asefeh Fekri; Kazem Barzegar; Fatemeh Rahimianfar

    2014-01-01

    Objective: One of the major complications of cardiac surgery is the presence of post-operative bleeding. The aim of the present study was to investigate the topical application of tranexamic acid in the pericardial cavity on post-operative bleeding in off-pump coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. Materials and Methods: This study was on 71 patients who underwent off-pump CABG. The anesthesia and surgery methods were the same for all patients. Patients were assigned to two equal groups...

  13. Neurological Study of Radial Nerve Conduction During Endoscopic Radial Artery Harvesting:An Intra‐Operative Evaluation

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    Gianluigi Bisleri

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Endoscopic radial artery harvesting (ERAH is a feasible and attractive minimally invasive approach for conduit procurement, however there have been concerns about a potential neurological damage occurring at the harvest limb site secondary to injury of the radial nerve during endoscopic harvesting. We present a case of ERAH in which we evaluated intraoperatively the characteristics of radial nerve conduction by means of electroneuromyography (ENM during harvesting. No pathological changes of nerve conduction were detected at the harvest limb site during surgery and postoperatively, thereby supporting the benefits of the endoscopic approach in terms of neurological outcomes following radial artery procurements with a less invasive approach.

  14. Low arterial pressure on admission as a predictor of mortality in operated patients with type A aortic dissection

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    Pavlović Katica

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Hypertension is a known predictor of proximal aortic dissection, but it is not commonly present in these patients on presentation. The associations between ascending aorta with left ventricular hypertrophy, cardiovascular risk factors and coronary atherosclerosis, and outcome of these patients are not fully elucidated. Methods. This retrospective study included 55 consecutive patients with acute type A aortic dissection treated surgically in our institution during the last 2 years. The diagnosis was based on imaging studies. Diameter of ascending aorta was measured with echocardiography. Results. The mean age of the patients was 55.4 ± 12.19 years, and 72.7% were men. A history of arterial hypertension was present in 76.4% of the patients. Maximal ascending aorta diameter was 4.09 ± 0.59 cm, while patients with frank aneurysm accounted for 5.5%. Systolic blood pressure on admission was < 150 mmHg in 58.2% of the patients. Diastolic blood pressure on admission was < 90 mmHg in 54.5% of the patients. Mean arterial pressure on admission was 104.9 ± 24.6 mmHg. No correlations were demonstrated between maximal ascending aorta diameter and diameter of the left ventricular wall, any obtained risk factor and with coronary artery atherosclerosis (p > 0.05. After six months 11 (20% patients died, while intrahospital mortality was 72%. According to logistic regression analysis which included traditional risk factors, echo parameters, coronary artery disease and logistic euro scor, mean arterial blood pressure was the independent predictor of a six-month mortality [RR 0.956; CI (0.918-0.994 ; p = 0.024]. Conclusion. In our population the acute type A aortic dissection occurred rarely in the setting of frank ascending aortic aneurysms > 5.0 cm. The majority of patients had a history of arterial hypertension. A history of arterial hypertension was not associated with maximal ascending aorta diameter. Mean arterial blood pressure was the

  15. Optical packet switching

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    Shekel, Eyal; Ruschin, Shlomo; Majer, Daniel; Levy, Jeff; Matmon, Guy; Koenigsberg, Lisa; Vecht, Jacob; Geron, Amir; Harlavan, Rotem; Shfaram, Harel; Arbel, Arnon; McDermott, Tom; Brewer, Tony

    2005-02-01

    We report here a scalable, multichassis, 6.3 terabit core router, which utilizes our proprietary optical switch. The router is commercially available and deployed in several customer sites. Our solution combines optical switching with electronic routing. An internal optical packet switching network interconnects the router"s electronic line cards, where routing and buffering functions take place electronically. The system architecture and performance will be described. The optical switch is based on Optical Phased Array (OPA) technology. It is a 64 x 64, fully non-blocking, optical crossbar switch, capable of switching in a fraction of a nanosecond. The basic principles of operation will be explained. Loss and crosstalk results will be presented, as well as the results of BER measurements of a 160 Gbps transmission through one channel. Basic principles of operation and measured results will be presented for the burst-mode-receivers, arbitration algorithm and synchronization. Finally, we will present some of our current research work on a next-generation optical switch. The technological issues we have solved in our internal optical packet network can have broad applicability to any global optical packet network.

  16. Practical switching power supply design

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    Brown, Martin C

    1990-01-01

    Take the ""black magic"" out of switching power supplies with Practical Switching Power Supply Design! This is a comprehensive ""hands-on"" guide to the theory behind, and design of, PWM and resonant switching supplies. You'll find information on switching supply operation and selecting an appropriate topology for your application. There's extensive coverage of buck, boost, flyback, push-pull, half bridge, and full bridge regulator circuits. Special attention is given to semiconductors used in switching supplies. RFI/EMI reduction, grounding, testing, and safety standards are also deta

  17. Arterial stick

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    ... the main arteries in the forearm (radial and ulnar arteries). The procedure is done as follows: The ... Arteries also have thicker walls and have more nerves. When the needle is inserted, there may be ...

  18. High-speed switching characteristics of integrated optoelectronic crossbar switch

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    Gouin, Francois L.; Almeida, Carlos; Callender, Claire L.; Robitaille, Lucie; Noad, Julian P.

    1999-04-01

    Optoelectronic (OE) switching is a promising approach for routing signals in fiber optic networks. Recently, the integration of a 4 X 4 MSM array with optical surface waveguides has been reported. This technique greatly simplifies the packaging of an OE switch. The on-chip polyimide optical waveguides perform the optical signal distribution to a matrix of MSMs which are responsible for the switching operation itself. Photoresponse bandwidths exceeding 4 GHz have been demonstrated. Another important characteristic of a switch is the switching speed since it determines the reconfiguration time. Mechanical and thermal optical waveguide switches offer switching speeds of the order of milliseconds which is sufficient for network traffic management but too slow for packet switching. We report measurements on the switching characteristics of a 4 X 4 optoelectronic switch performed in both the frequency and time domain. In the time domain, the individual crosspoints exhibit a rise time of 3 ns. However, a sizeable overshoot and ringing settles only after 35 ns. This constitutes the reconfiguration time at present. This is confirmed by measurements in the frequency domain of the electrical transmission from control line to output line. The 3-dB switching bandwidth is a few hundred megahertz. The 35 ns reconfiguration time indicates that it is already suitable for packet switching in a 10 Mb/s network. Switching speed measurements on individual MSMs suggests that modifications to the switch circuit could improve the switching time. The switch could also find application as a component in the wavelength conversion circuit of a WDM fiber optic network.

  19. Towards single molecule switches.

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    Zhang, Jia Lin; Zhong, Jian Qiang; Lin, Jia Dan; Hu, Wen Ping; Wu, Kai; Xu, Guo Qin; Wee, Andrew T S; Chen, Wei

    2015-05-21

    The concept of using single molecules as key building blocks for logic gates, diodes and transistors to perform basic functions of digital electronic devices at the molecular scale has been explored over the past decades. However, in addition to mimicking the basic functions of current silicon devices, molecules often possess unique properties that have no parallel in conventional materials and promise new hybrid devices with novel functions that cannot be achieved with equivalent solid-state devices. The most appealing example is the molecular switch. Over the past decade, molecular switches on surfaces have been intensely investigated. A variety of external stimuli such as light, electric field, temperature, tunneling electrons and even chemical stimulus have been used to activate these molecular switches between bistable or even multiple states by manipulating molecular conformations, dipole orientations, spin states, charge states and even chemical bond formation. The switching event can occur either on surfaces or in break junctions. The aim of this review is to highlight recent advances in molecular switches triggered by various external stimuli, as investigated by low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (LT-STM) and the break junction technique. We begin by presenting the molecular switches triggered by various external stimuli that do not provide single molecule selectivity, referred to as non-selective switching. Special focus is then given to selective single molecule switching realized using the LT-STM tip on surfaces. Single molecule switches operated by different mechanisms are reviewed and discussed. Finally, molecular switches embedded in self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) and single molecule junctions are addressed. PMID:25757483

  20. Biochemical switching device: how to turn on (off) the switch.

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    Okamoto, M; Sakai, T; Hayashi, K

    1989-01-01

    We previously showed with computer simulations that cyclic enzyme systems have the reliability of ON-OFF types of operation (McCulloch-Pitts' neuronic equation) and the applicability for a switching circuit in a biocomputer. The switching time was inevitably determined in accordance with the difference in amount between two inputs of the system. This characteristic is, however, a disadvantage for practical use of a switching device; we need to improve the system in order for the switching time to optionally be changed. We shall present here how to turn on (off) the switch independently of the modes of two inputs. By introducing pulse perturbation, we could optionally set up the switching time of a cyclic enzyme system (biochemical switching device). PMID:2720139

  1. Charging of capacitors with double switch. The principle of operation of auto-zero and chopper-stabilized DC amplifiers

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    Yordanov, Vasil G; Manolev, Stojan G; Mishonov, Todor M

    2015-01-01

    The principle of operation of auto-zero and chopper-stabilized DC amplifiers, which is realized in many contemporary operational amplifiers is illustrated by a simple experimental setup given at the Open Experimental Physics Olympiad 2014 - "The Day of the Capacitor", held in Sofia and Gevgelija. The Olympiad was organized by the Sofia Branch of the Union of Physicists in Bulgaria and the Regional Society of Physicists of Strumica, Macedonia. In addition to the solution of the secondary school task in the paper is given a detailed engineering description of the patent by Edwin Goldberg and Jules Lehmann, Stabilized direct current amplifier, U.S. Patent 2,684,999 (1949).

  2. CIRCUIT SWITCHING VERSUS PACKET SWITCHING

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    Sneps-Sneppe, Manfred

    2015-01-01

    Communication specialists around the world are facing the same problem: shifting from circuit switching (CS) to packet switching (CS). Communication service providers are favoring “All-over-IP” technologies hoping to boost their profits by providing multimedia services. The main stakeholder in this field of the paradigm shift is the industry itself: packet switching hardware manufacturers are going to earn billions of dollars and thus pay engineers and journalists many millions for the promot...

  3. Bootstrapped Low-Voltage Analog Switches

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    Steensgaard-Madsen, Jesper

    1999-01-01

    Novel low-voltage constant-impedance analog switch circuits are proposed. The switch element is a single MOSFET, and constant-impedance operation is obtained using simple circuits to adjust the gate and bulk voltages relative to the switched signal. Low-voltage (1-volt) operation is made feasible...

  4. Optical switches and switching methods

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    Doty, Michael

    2008-03-04

    A device and method for collecting subject responses, particularly during magnetic imaging experiments and testing using a method such as functional MRI. The device comprises a non-metallic input device which is coupled via fiber optic cables to a computer or other data collection device. One or more optical switches transmit the subject's responses. The input device keeps the subject's fingers comfortably aligned with the switches by partially immobilizing the forearm, wrist, and/or hand of the subject. Also a robust nonmetallic switch, particularly for use with the input device and methods for optical switching.

  5. Ultra High-Speed Radio Frequency Switch Based on Photonics

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    Jia Ge; Fok, Mable P.

    2015-01-01

    Microwave switches, or Radio Frequency (RF) switches have been intensively used in microwave systems for signal routing. Compared with the fast development of microwave and wireless systems, RF switches have been underdeveloped particularly in terms of switching speed and operating bandwidth. In this paper, we propose a photonics based RF switch that is capable of switching at tens of picoseconds speed, which is hundreds of times faster than any existing RF switch technologies. The high-speed...

  6. The intracranial aneurysm: cost-effective of the aneurysm intra-artery GDC embolization and the aneurysm incarcerated operation

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    Objective: To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the aneurysm intra-artery GDC embolization and the aneurysm clapping of intracranial aneurysm, and to give the instruction for the clinical practice. Methods: A case control study (1 vs. 1) was developed to evaluate the cost in hospital, the cost for return visit and the Quality-adusted Life-Year (QALY) and lifetime costs of the intra-artery GDC embolization and the aneurysm clapping of intraeranial aneurysm, under the matching of the age, sex, living place, the size and place of the aneurysm, and the Hunt and Hess score. Clinically effectiveness dates were derived from the medical records. Cost dates were derived from follow-up by telephones or letters. The correlation analysis was done with the SPSS 13.0. Results: The cost in hospital in AC group was (54 945±16 946)RMBs, which was higher than the ones in AE group (63 768±12 665) RMBs, (t=1.71, P0.05). Conclusion: The results suggest that the two therapies have no difference in cost effective rate. Considering the physical and mental loss, the aneurysm intra-arteu GDC embolization was better than the aneurysm clapping for the patients with aneurysm that diameter less than 25 mm. (authors)

  7. Thoracic aortic stent-graft placement combined with left subclavian artery 'chimney operation': therapeutic analysis of 15 cases with insufficient proximal anchor area

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    Objective: To discuss the strategies for the management of insufficient proximal anchoring area during the performance of transluminal stent-graft placement (TSGP), and to evaluate the feasibility of intentional coverage of the left subclavian artery (LSA) together with left subclavian artery stent-graft placement by using 'chimney operation' technique. Methods: A total of 15 patients with thoracic aortic diseases complicated by insufficient proximal anchoring area, who were encountered in authors' hospital during the period from Dec. 2009 to April 2011, were enrolled in this study. The clinical data were retrospectively analyzed. The thoracic aortic diseases included aortic dissection (n=6), aortic pseudoaneurysm (n=1), aortic aneurysm (n=4) and penetrating ulcer (n=4). Of the 15 patients, the distance between the lesion and LSA anchoring site 15 mm in 2. TSGP was carried out. The ostium of LSA was intentionally and completely covered by thoracic aortic stent-graft and left subclavian artery stent-graft placement was subsequently performed. The patients were kept under observation for symptoms of cerebral and upper limb ischemia. The postoperative complications such as endoleak and the patency of LSA were assessed with angiography. Results: Thoracic aortic stent-graft placement was successfully carried out in all 15 patients. In addition, one 'chimney' stent was properly implanted in LSA in each patient. After the procedure, no complications of nervous system or severe ischemia of upper extremity occurred. Follow-up examinations performed between 5 days to 3 months after the treatment revealed that the aortic stent-graft remained in stable condition and no type Ⅰ endoleak occurred, meanwhile the blood flow in 'chimney' stent was unobstructed. Conclusion: Intentional LSA coverage with 'chimney operation' can expand the applicability of TSGP with high tolerability. It is especially useful for patients with left vertebral artery blood supply dominance or with

  8. High Power Continuous-Wave and Acousto-Optic Q-Switched Nd:GdVO4 Laser Operated at 912 nm

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    GAO Jing; Yu Xin; CHEN Fei; LI Xu-Dong; ZHANG Zhen; YU Jun-Hua; WANG Yue-Zhu

    2008-01-01

    We present a high power and efficient operation of the 4F3/2→4I9/2transition in Nd:GdVO4 at 912 nm.In the cw mode,the maximum output power of 8.6 W is achieved when the incident pump power is 40.3W,leading to a slope efficiency of 33.3%and an optical-optical efficiency of 21.3%.To the best of our knowledge,this is the highest cw laser power at 912nm obtained with the conventional Nd:GdVO4 crystal.Pulsed operation of 912 nm laser has also been realized by inserting a small acousto-optic (A-O)Q-Switch inside the resonator.As a result,the minimal pulse width of 20ns and the average laser power 1.43 W at the repetition rate of 10kHz are obtained,corresponding to 7.1 kW peak power.We believe that this is the highest laser peak power at 912 nm.Furthermore.duration of 65 ns has also been acquired when the repetition rate is 100 kHz.

  9. Lessons learned: the switch from VMS to UNIX operations for the STScI's Science and Mission Scheduling Branch

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    Adler, David S.; Workman, William M., III; Chance, Don

    2004-09-01

    The Science and Mission Scheduling Branch (SMSB) of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) historically operated exclusively under VMS. Due to diminished support for VMS-based platforms at STScI, SMSB recently transitioned to Unix operations. No additional resources were available to the group; the project was SMSB's to design, develop, and implement. Early decisions included the choice of Python as the primary scripting language; adoption of Object-Oriented Design in the development of base utilities; and the development of a Python utility to interact directly with the Sybase database. The project was completed in January 2004 with the implementation of a GUI to generate the Command Loads that are uplinked to HST. The current tool suite consists of 31 utilities and 271 tools comprising over 60,000 lines of code. In this paper, we summarize the decision-making process used to determine the primary scripting language, database interface, and code management library. We also describe the finished product and summarize lessons learned along the way to completing the project.

  10. MCT/MOSFET Switch

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    Rippel, Wally E.

    1990-01-01

    Metal-oxide/semiconductor-controlled thyristor (MCT) and metal-oxide/semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) connected in switching circuit to obtain better performance. Offers high utilization of silicon, low forward voltage drop during "on" period of operating cycle, fast turnon and turnoff, and large turnoff safe operating area. Includes ability to operate at high temperatures, high static blocking voltage, and ease of drive.

  11. Atomic Scale Plasmonic Switch.

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    Emboras, Alexandros; Niegemann, Jens; Ma, Ping; Haffner, Christian; Pedersen, Andreas; Luisier, Mathieu; Hafner, Christian; Schimmel, Thomas; Leuthold, Juerg

    2016-01-13

    The atom sets an ultimate scaling limit to Moore's law in the electronics industry. While electronics research already explores atomic scales devices, photonics research still deals with devices at the micrometer scale. Here we demonstrate that photonic scaling, similar to electronics, is only limited by the atom. More precisely, we introduce an electrically controlled plasmonic switch operating at the atomic scale. The switch allows for fast and reproducible switching by means of the relocation of an individual or, at most, a few atoms in a plasmonic cavity. Depending on the location of the atom either of two distinct plasmonic cavity resonance states are supported. Experimental results show reversible digital optical switching with an extinction ratio of 9.2 dB and operation at room temperature up to MHz with femtojoule (fJ) power consumption for a single switch operation. This demonstration of an integrated quantum device allowing to control photons at the atomic level opens intriguing perspectives for a fully integrated and highly scalable chip platform, a platform where optics, electronics, and memory may be controlled at the single-atom level. PMID:26670551

  12. A High-Performance Operational Amplifier for High-Speed High-Accuracy Switch-Capacitor Cells

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    Qi Fan; Ning Ning; Qi Yu; Da Chen

    2007-01-01

    A highspeed highaccuracy fully differenttial operational amplifier (opamp) is realized based on noMillercapacitor feedforward (NMCF) compensation scheme. In order to achieve a good phase margin, the NMCF compensation scheme uses the positive phase shift of lefthalfplane (LHP) zero caused by the feedforward path to counteract the negative phase shift of the nondominant pole. Compared to traditional Miller compensation method, the opamp obtains high gain and wide band synchronously without the polesplitting effect while saves significant chip area due to the absence of the Miller capacitor. Simulated by the 0.35 μm CMOS RF technology, the result shows that the openloop gain of the opamp is 118 dB with the unity gainbandwidth (UGBW)of 1 GHz, and the phase margin is 61°while the settling time is 5.8 ns when achieving 0.01% accuracy. The opamp is especially suitable for the frontend sample/hold (S/H)cell and the multiplying D/A converter(MDAC) module of the highspeed highresolution pipelined A/D converters(ADCs).

  13. The Molecular Switch of Telomere Phages: High Binding Specificity of the PY54 Cro Lytic Repressor to a Single Operator Site.

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    Hammerl, Jens Andre; Roschanski, Nicole; Lurz, Rudi; Johne, Reimar; Lanka, Erich; Hertwig, Stefan

    2015-06-01

    Temperate bacteriophages possess a molecular switch, which regulates the lytic and lysogenic growth. The genomes of the temperate telomere phages N15, PY54 and ɸKO2 harbor a primary immunity region (immB) comprising genes for the prophage repressor, the lytic repressor and a putative antiterminator. The roles of these products are thought to be similar to those of the lambda proteins CI, Cro and Q, respectively. Moreover, the gene order and the location of several operator sites in the prototype telomere phage N15 and in ɸKO2 are also reminiscent of lambda-like phages. By contrast, in silico analyses revealed the presence of only one operator (O\\(_{\\rm{R}}\\)3) in PY54. The purified PY54 Cro protein was used for EMSA studies demonstrating that it exclusively binds to a 16-bp palindromic site (O\\(_{\\rm{R}}\\)3) upstream of the prophage repressor gene. The O\\(_{\\rm{R}}\\)3 operator sequences of PY54 and ɸKO2/N15 only differ by their peripheral base pairs, which are responsible for Cro specificity. PY54 cI and cro transcription is regulated by highly active promoters initiating the synthesis of a homogenious species of leaderless mRNA. The location of the PY54 Cro binding site and of the identified promoters suggests that the lytic repressor suppresses cI transcription but not its own synthesis. The results indicate an unexpected diversity of the growth regulation mechanisms in lambda-related phages. PMID:26043380

  14. The Molecular Switch of Telomere Phages: High Binding Specificity of the PY54 Cro Lytic Repressor to a Single Operator Site

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    Jens Andre Hammerl

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Temperate bacteriophages possess a molecular switch, which regulates the lytic and lysogenic growth. The genomes of the temperate telomere phages N15, PY54 and ɸKO2 harbor a primary immunity region (immB comprising genes for the prophage repressor, the lytic repressor and a putative antiterminator. The roles of these products are thought to be similar to those of the lambda proteins CI, Cro and Q, respectively. Moreover, the gene order and the location of several operator sites in the prototype telomere phage N15 and in ɸKO2 are also reminiscent of lambda-like phages. By contrast, in silico analyses revealed the presence of only one operator (O\\(_{\\rm{R}}\\3 in PY54. The purified PY54 Cro protein was used for EMSA studies demonstrating that it exclusively binds to a 16-bp palindromic site (O\\(_{\\rm{R}}\\3 upstream of the prophage repressor gene. The O\\(_{\\rm{R}}\\3 operator sequences of PY54 and ɸKO2/N15 only differ by their peripheral base pairs, which are responsible for Cro specificity. PY54 cI and cro transcription is regulated by highly active promoters initiating the synthesis of a homogenious species of leaderless mRNA. The location of the PY54 Cro binding site and of the identified promoters suggests that the lytic repressor suppresses cI transcription but not its own synthesis. The results indicate an unexpected diversity of the growth regulation mechanisms in lambda-related phages.

  15. Ginsenoside Rb1 Attenuates Agonist-Induced Contractile Response via Inhibition of Store-Operated Calcium Entry in Pulmonary Arteries of Normal and Pulmonary Hypertensive Rats

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    Rui-Xing Wang

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: Pulmonary hypertension (PH is characterized by sustained vasoconstriction, enhanced vasoreactivity and vascular remodeling, which leads to right heart failure and death. Despite several treatments are available, many forms of PH are still incurable. Ginsenoside Rb1, a principle active ingredient of Panax ginseng, exhibits multiple pharmacological effects on cardiovascular system, and suppresses monocrotaline (MCT-induced right heart hypertrophy. However, its effect on the pulmonary vascular functions related to PH is unknown. Methods: We examined the vasorelaxing effects of ginsenoside Rb1 on endothelin-1 (ET-1 induced contraction of pulmonary arteries (PAs and store-operated Ca2+ entry (SOCE in pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cells (PASMCs from chronic hypoxia (CH and MCT-induced PH. Results: Ginsenoside Rb1 elicited concentration-dependent relaxation of ET-1-induced PA contraction. The vasorelaxing effect was unaffected by nifedipine, but abolished by the SOCE blocker Gd3+. Ginsenoside Rb1 suppressed cyclopiazonic acid (CPA-induced PA contraction, and CPA-activated cation entry and Ca2+ transient in PASMCs. ET-1 and CPA-induced contraction, and CPA-activated cation entry and Ca2+ transients were enhanced in PA and PASMCs of CH and MCT-treated rats; the enhanced responses were abolished by ginsenoside Rb1. Conclusion: Ginsenoside Rb1 attenuates ET-1-induced contractile response via inhibition of SOCE, and it can effectively antagonize the enhanced pulmonary vasoreactivity in PH.

  16. The Role of MOR and the CI Operator Sites on the Genetic Switch of the Temperate Bacteriophage TP901-1

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    Pedersen, Margit; Hammer, Karin

    2008-01-01

    A genetic switch controls whether the temperate bacteriophage TP901-1 will enter a lytic or a lysogenic life cycle after infection of its host, Lactococcus lactis. We studied this bistable switch encoded in a small DNA fragment of 979 bp by fusing it to a reporter gene on a low-copy-number plasmid...

  17. [Ultrafast-track Anesthesia (UFTA) in the Operating Room and the Anesthetic Management for Off-pump Coronary Artery Bypass (OPCAB)].

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    Shimosaka, Mika; Inoue, Motoki; Takahashi, Hisato; Takahashi, Masao; Miyajima, Keisuke; Ishikawa, Toshihiro; Hatada, Kazuyoshi

    2016-04-01

    Currently, the immediate extubation in the operating room is necessary for the patients undergoing off-pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB). To achieve UFTA, anesthesiologists should control general anesthesia. We report the case series of UFTA for the patients undergone OPCAB at our hospital. Forty patients receiving OPCAB between April 2012 and April 2014 were retrospectively analyzed. We divided the patients into those extubated in the operating room (Extubation group) and those not (Intubation group). The extubation criteria included adequate revascularization, adequate hemostasis, ratio between Pa(O2) and FI(O2) more than 250, body temperature above 36 degrees C, stable hemodynamics without noradrenaline, without IABP, and normal postoperative chest X-ray. Twenty-three patients (70% of the scheduled and 20% of the emergency patients) were included in our criteria and could be extubated in the operating room. One patient was re-intubated due to asthma attack following extubation in the operating room. The sucess rate of immediate extubation was 95.7% by our criteria. There were no significant differences in age, sex, BMI, duration of anesthesia, and amount of hemorrhage between the 2 groups. We believe that UFTA for OPCAB patients may be possible under carefull decision by extubation criteria. PMID:27188100

  18. [Combined arterial bypass operation and coumarin therapy--a concept for long-term management and its conditions].

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    Kühnel, L; Heinrichs, C; Wache, I; Neugebauer, J

    1991-01-01

    Antithrombotics of cumarin type or with antiplatelet effect are preferred to obtain results from vascular surgical interventions in arterial occlusion disease. In our experience the combination with cumarin long term therapy seems to be the better method, especially if the following conditions can be achieved: very good compliance of patients respectively strict consideration of absolute and relative contraindications, a sufficient number of patients who are treated and a long enough experience of therapeutists followed by using the recommendations of the WHO expert committee for the worldwide application of standardization in measuring the anticoagulation effect, using reagents and calibration materials, and the expression of results in INR. Further in our anticoagulation behaviour we are used influencing risk factors, having a good cooperation between patients and doctors during secondary diseases and new drug intake. For dental surgery we prefer a Quick test between 30 and 35% activity or 1, 9 and 2, 1 INR. With Phenprocoumon (Falithrom, Markumar) we use the long term anticoagulation effect without several daily applications. Since September 1987 there has been the possibility of a computer assisted programme for dose prediction. PMID:1771568

  19. Arterial Ageing

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    Lee, Seung-Jun; Park, Sung-Ha

    2013-01-01

    Arterial ageing is characterized by age associated degeneration and sclerosis of the media layer of the large arteries. However, besides ageing, clinical conditions, which enhance oxidative stress and inflammation act to accelerate the degree of arterial ageing. In this review, we summarized the pathophysiology and contributing factors that accelerate arterial ageing. Among them, we focused on hypertension, the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system and vascular inflammation which are modifiabl...

  20. Medical operating personnel exposition levels during intracoronary irradiation using a Re188 full filled balloon catheter after percutaneous transluminal coronary artery

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    Ponce V, F.; Peix G, A.; Llerena R, L.; Santana V, L. [Instituto de Cardiologia, La Habana (Cuba); Lopez D, A. [Hospital Hermanos Amejeiras, La Habana (Cuba)

    2006-07-01

    The intracoronary irradiation using a full filled conventional balloon catheter with Rhenium 188 (Re188) after Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Artery (PTCA) is a new relative treatment technique to reduce restenosis where the medical operating personnel are exposed to additional radiation ionizing level in the cath lab. In this study a radiation exposure level to medical operating personnel in the cath lab were measured with a Geiger Muller detector in 7 place to different distance from patient (to chest and abdominal region) catheter tabletop during a randomized clinical trial carried out in 25 patients whose were treated. The average concentrated Re188 activity used and treatment time were 5256{+-}2371 MBq/ml in 1.5-2 ml and 466{+-}195 seconds. At 3 cm from right arm patient the average maximum exposition rate were 0,63 mSv/h and 0,51 mSv h, to chest and abdominal patient level, respectively, where also average exposed dose per treated patient was 0,06 mSv and 0,05 mSv, respectively. Our results show that intracoronary irradiation with Re188 in the cath lab do not increase significatively the exposure radiation level to medical operating staff during treatment procedure and it is safe according national and international radiation protection regulations. (Author)

  1. Medical operating personnel exposition levels during intracoronary irradiation using a Re188 full filled balloon catheter after percutaneous transluminal coronary artery

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    The intracoronary irradiation using a full filled conventional balloon catheter with Rhenium 188 (Re188) after Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Artery (PTCA) is a new relative treatment technique to reduce restenosis where the medical operating personnel are exposed to additional radiation ionizing level in the cath lab. In this study a radiation exposure level to medical operating personnel in the cath lab were measured with a Geiger Muller detector in 7 place to different distance from patient (to chest and abdominal region) catheter tabletop during a randomized clinical trial carried out in 25 patients whose were treated. The average concentrated Re188 activity used and treatment time were 5256±2371 MBq/ml in 1.5-2 ml and 466±195 seconds. At 3 cm from right arm patient the average maximum exposition rate were 0,63 mSv/h and 0,51 mSv h, to chest and abdominal patient level, respectively, where also average exposed dose per treated patient was 0,06 mSv and 0,05 mSv, respectively. Our results show that intracoronary irradiation with Re188 in the cath lab do not increase significatively the exposure radiation level to medical operating staff during treatment procedure and it is safe according national and international radiation protection regulations. (Author)

  2. Mechanism of single atom switch on silicon

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    Quaade, Ulrich; Stokbro, Kurt; Thirstrup, C.;

    1998-01-01

    We demonstrate single atom switch on silicon which operates by displacement of a hydrogen atom on the silicon (100) surface at room temperature. We find two principal effects by which the switch is controlled: a pronounced maximum of the switching probability as function of sample bias and a...

  3. The Application of High Temperature Superconducting Materials to Power Switches

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    March, S A; Ballarino, A

    2009-01-01

    Superconducting switches may find application in superconducting magnet systems that require energy extraction. Such superconducting switches could be bypass-switches that are operated in conjunction with a parallel resistor or dump-switches where all of the energy is dissipated in the switch itself. Bypass-switches are more suited to higher energy circuits as a portion of the energy can be dissipated in the external dump resistor. Dump- switches require less material and triggering energy as a lower switch resistance is needed to achieve the required total dump resistance. Both superconducting bypass-switches and superconducting dump-switches can be ther- mally activated. Switching times that are comparable to those obtained with mechanical bypass-switch systems can be achieved using a co-wound heater that is powered by a ca- pacitor discharge. Switches that have fast thermal diffusion times through the insulation can be modelled as a lumped system whereas those with slow thermal diffusion times were modelle...

  4. An automatic electronic switch

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    The paper describes an electronic switch which, on the order of a single pulse, successively selects a given number of channels. The switching time for all channels may be the same, or may vary according to channel; one or more positions may be maintained by external control for an indefinite length of time. This circuit is very flexible in programming; it can if necessary act as a counter and as a pulse generator. It is convenient to limit the number of switched channels to ten, but this can be greatly increased by a general extension of the system. Applications of an apparatus for transferring the contents of decimal scalers to a printing machine are described; this machine employs the sequential series method and with a binary-decimal scale converter which operates by summing the weights of the different binary digits. (author)

  5. Atherosclerosis Alters Loading-Induced Arterial Damage: Implications for Robotic Surgery

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    Geenens, Rachel; Famaey, Nele; Gijbels, Andy; Verhelle, Silke; Vinckier, Stefan; Vander Sloten, Jos; Herijgers, Paul

    2016-01-01

    Background Lack of intra-operative haptic information during robotic surgery increases the risk for unintended tissue overload and damage. Knowledge about the acute and chronic fundamental relationship between force load and induced damage in healthy and diseased arteries is crucial to enable intra-operative haptic feedback or shared autonomy and improve patient safety. Methods Arteries of wildtype and atherosclerotic mice were clamped in vivo for 2 minutes (0.0N, 0.6N or 1.27N). Histological analysis (Verhoeff’s-Van Gieson, Osteopontin, CD45, CD105) was performed immediately, or after 6 hours, 2 weeks or 1 month. Endothelium-dependent and–independent vasodilatation was assessed immediately or 1 month after clamping. Results Endothelium dependent vasodilatation is worse after clamping of wildtype arteries, but is restored after one month. Clamping also results in flattening of the innermost elastic membrane of both genotypes, which is reversed over time for wildtype arteries but not for vessels from atherosclerotic mice. Higher osteopontin content in wildtype and LDLR-/- mice after 2 weeks suggests a phenotypic switch of the medial smooth muscle cells (SMCs), an effect that is reversed after 1 month. While inflammation in the intima diminishes, medial CD45 content rises through time in both genotypes. CD105 staining shows that even manipulation without clamping results in endothelial cell loss in both LDLR+/+ and LDLR-/- mice. Conclusions Arterial clamping induces different acute and long-term injury to the vessel wall of atherosclerotic and healthy arteries. PMID:27295082

  6. Acute arterial occlusion - kidney

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    ... arterial thrombosis; Renal artery embolism; Acute renal artery occlusion; Embolism - renal artery ... often result in permanent kidney failure. Acute arterial occlusion of the renal artery can occur after injury ...

  7. Surgery for transposition of great arteries: A historical perspective

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    Supreet P Marathe

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The history of surgery for transposition of great arteries (TGA has paralleled the history of cardiac surgery. In fact, it began before the birth of open heart surgery when the palliative Blalock-Hanlon septectomy was first performed in 1948. The atrial switch, which was an attempt to correct the physiology of transposition, had significant shortcomings. The arterial switch sought to address them. This has emerged as an anatomically as well as physiologically appropriate solution. Today we continue to pursue technical refinements as well as try to expand the indications of the arterial switch. This review traces the various milestones in this perpetual journey.

  8. Operative and endovascular management of extracranial vertebral artery aneurysm in Ehlers-Danlos syndrome:a clinical dilemma--case report and literature review.

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    Sultan, Sherif

    2002-01-01

    The most prevalent lesion of the vertebral artery is an atheromatous plaque located at its origin from the subclavian artery. A case of successful management of a symptomatic vertebral artery aneurysm due to Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is reported. The patient had asymptomatic posterior intracerebral artery dissection on the contralateral side. A common carotid artery to V-3 segment bypass using reversed saphenous vein graft was carried out. Avulsion of the V-2 segment occurred peroperatively and endovascular coil embolization of the vertebral artery aneurysm was performed. Endovascular equipment and training must be in the armamentarium of vascular surgeons as more complex cases are being treated, which demands new approaches for ultimate clinical success. This unique case outlines what might unexpectedly occur. Endovascular intervention as an adjuvant procedure provides a satisfactory outcome in what could have been a catastrophe.

  9. A New Soft Switching Current fed DC-DC Converter for Medium Power Applications

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    Majid Delshad

    2008-01-01

    In this paper a new zero voltage switching current fed half bridge converter with an auxiliary circuit is proposed. The auxiliary circuit not only absorbs the voltage surge across switches at turn off instance, but also provides zero voltage switching condition for all converter switches. Therefore in this converter the efficiency is higher than hard switching counterpart and also main switches voltage stresses decrease. Since the switches in auxiliary circuit operate under soft switching con...

  10. Amorphous metal based nanoelectromechanical switch

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    Mayet, Abdulilah M.

    2013-04-01

    Nanoelectromechanical (NEM) switch is an interesting ultra-low power option which can operate in the harsh environment and can be a complementary element in complex digital circuitry. Although significant advancement is happening in this field, report on ultra-low voltage (pull-in) switch which offers high switching speed and area efficiency is yet to be made. One key challenge to achieve such characteristics is to fabricate nano-scale switches with amorphous metal so the shape and dimensional integrity are maintained to achieve the desired performance. Therefore, we report a tungsten alloy based amorphous metal with fabrication process development of laterally actuated dual gated NEM switches with 100 nm width and 200 nm air-gap to result in <5 volts of actuation voltage (Vpull-in). © 2013 IEEE.

  11. High-pulse-energy passively Q-switched quasi-monolithic microchip lasers operating in the sub-100-ps pulse regime.

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    Nodop, D; Limpert, J; Hohmuth, R; Richter, W; Guina, M; Tünnermann, A

    2007-08-01

    We present passively Q-switched microchip lasers with items bonded by spin-on-glass glue. Passive Q-switching is obtained by a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror. The laser medium is a Nd:YVO(4) crystal. These lasers generate pulse peak powers up to 20 kW at a pulse duration as short as 50 ps and pulse repetition rates of 166 kHz. At 1064 nm, a linear polarized transversal and longitudinal single-mode beam is emitted. To the best of our knowledge, these are the shortest pulses in the 1 microJ energy range ever obtained with passively Q-switched microchip lasers. The quasi-monolithic setup ensures stable and reliable performance. PMID:17671554

  12. Switch for serial or parallel communication networks

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    Crosette, D.B.

    1994-07-19

    A communication switch apparatus and a method for use in a geographically extensive serial, parallel or hybrid communication network linking a multi-processor or parallel processing system has a very low software processing overhead in order to accommodate random burst of high density data. Associated with each processor is a communication switch. A data source and a data destination, a sensor suite or robot for example, may also be associated with a switch. The configuration of the switches in the network are coordinated through a master processor node and depends on the operational phase of the multi-processor network: data acquisition, data processing, and data exchange. The master processor node passes information on the state to be assumed by each switch to the processor node associated with the switch. The processor node then operates a series of multi-state switches internal to each communication switch. The communication switch does not parse and interpret communication protocol and message routing information. During a data acquisition phase, the communication switch couples sensors producing data to the processor node associated with the switch, to a downlink destination on the communications network, or to both. It also may couple an uplink data source to its processor node. During the data exchange phase, the switch couples its processor node or an uplink data source to a downlink destination (which may include a processor node or a robot), or couples an uplink source to its processor node and its processor node to a downlink destination. 9 figs.

  13. 49 CFR 236.817 - Switch, electro-pneumatic.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Switch, electro-pneumatic. 236.817 Section 236.817 Transportation Other Regulations Relating to Transportation (Continued) FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION... Switch, electro-pneumatic. A switch operated by an electro-pneumatic switch-and-lock movement....

  14. SWITCHED-CAPACITOR BASED STEP-DOWN RESONANT CONVERTERS

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    Y.P.B.Yeung; K.W.E.Cheng; K.K.Law

    2001-01-01

    A family of switched-capacitor based resonant converters is present.All converters are in step-downmode.By adding different number of switched-capacitor cells,different output voltage conversion ratio can beobtained.All switching devices in the converters operate under zero-current switching.Both high frequencyoperations and high efficiency are possible.

  15. Comparing Switch Costs: Alternating Runs and Explicit Cuing

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    Altmann, Erik M.

    2007-01-01

    The task-switching literature routinely conflates different operational definitions of switch cost, its predominant behavioral measure. This article is an attempt to draw attention to differences between the two most common definitions, alternating-runs switch cost (ARS) and explicit-cuing switch cost (ECS). ARS appears to include both the costs…

  16. New topology for soft switching converters: realization of a 2 kW converter which can operate under cumulated radiation doses comprised between 1 and 10 mega-rads

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    This paper presents a new topology of a patented power converter. This topology applies to DC-DC converters with soft switching operation. The power density reached is of about 4000 W/liter and the efficiency is greater than 90%. This converter, devoted to nuclear applications, has been dimensioned to be able to operate under cumulated radiation doses greater than 1 Mega rads. A functioning principle scheme and a brief description of the topology is reported in this short paper. (J.S.)

  17. Modeling and control of switching max-plus-linear systems with random and deterministic switching

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    Van den Boom, T.J.J.; De Schutter, B.

    2012-01-01

    Switching max-plus-linear (SMPL) systems are discrete-event systems that can switch between different modes of operation. In each mode the system is described by a max-plus-linear state equation and a max-plus-linear output equation, with different system matrices for each mode. The switching may de

  18. Wide Bandgap Extrinsic Photoconductive Switches

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    Sullivan, James S. [State Univ. of New York (SUNY), Plattsburgh, NY (United States); Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States)

    2012-01-20

    Photoconductive semiconductor switches (PCSS) have been investigated since the late 1970s. Some devices have been developed that withstand tens of kilovolts and others that switch hundreds of amperes. However, no single device has been developed that can reliably withstand both high voltage and switch high current. Yet, photoconductive switches still hold the promise of reliable high voltage and high current operation with subnanosecond risetimes. Particularly since good quality, bulk, single crystal, wide bandgap semiconductor materials have recently become available. In this chapter we will review the basic operation of PCSS devices, status of PCSS devices and properties of the wide bandgap semiconductors 4H-SiC, 6H-SiC and 2H-GaN.

  19. Molecular Rotors as Switches

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    Kang L. Wang

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available The use of a functional molecular unit acting as a state variable provides an attractive alternative for the next generations of nanoscale electronics. It may help overcome the limits of conventional MOSFETd due to their potential scalability, low-cost, low variability, and highly integratable characteristics as well as the capability to exploit bottom-up self-assembly processes. This bottom-up construction and the operation of nanoscale machines/devices, in which the molecular motion can be controlled to perform functions, have been studied for their functionalities. Being triggered by external stimuli such as light, electricity or chemical reagents, these devices have shown various functions including those of diodes, rectifiers, memories, resonant tunnel junctions and single settable molecular switches that can be electronically configured for logic gates. Molecule-specific electronic switching has also been reported for several of these device structures, including nanopores containing oligo(phenylene ethynylene monolayers, and planar junctions incorporating rotaxane and catenane monolayers for the construction and operation of complex molecular machines. A specific electrically driven surface mounted molecular rotor is described in detail in this review. The rotor is comprised of a monolayer of redox-active ligated copper compounds sandwiched between a gold electrode and a highly-doped P+ Si. This electrically driven sandwich-type monolayer molecular rotor device showed an on/off ratio of approximately 104, a read window of about 2.5 V, and a retention time of greater than 104 s. The rotation speed of this type of molecular rotor has been reported to be in the picosecond timescale, which provides a potential of high switching speed applications. Current-voltage spectroscopy (I-V revealed a temperature-dependent negative differential resistance (NDR associated with the device. The analysis of the device

  20. Microwatt Switched Capacitor Circuit Design

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    Vittoz, E.

    1982-01-01

    The micropower CMOS implementation of the three basic components of switched capacitor circuits is discussed. Switches must be carefully designed to allow low voltage operation and compensation of clock feed-through by dummy transistors. Matched capacitors can be implemented in single polysilicon technologies primarily designed for digital micropower circuits. Excellent micropower amplifiers are realized by using simple one-stage circuits which take advantage of the special behaviour of MOS t...

  1. High-energy passively Q-switched operation of Yb:GdCa(4)O(BO(3))(3) laser with a GaAs semiconductor saturable absorber.

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    Chen, Xiaowen; Wang, Lisha; Han, Wenjuan; Guo, Yunfeng; Xu, Honghao; Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin; Liu, Junhai

    2015-11-16

    High-energy passively Q-switched operation of a Yb:GdCa(4)O(BO(3))(3) laser is demonstrated, with a GaAs crystal plate acting as saturable absorber. An average output power of 1.31 W at 1027 nm is produced at a pulse repetition rate of 1.92 kHz, the resulting pulse energy, duration, and peak power being respectively 0.68 mJ, 9.0 ns, and 75.6 kW. The shortest pulse duration obtained is 4.9 ns; whereas the maximum pulse energy achievable amounts to 0.83 mJ, which proves to be nearly one order of magnitude higher than ever generated from Yb or Nd lasers passively Q-switched by a GaAs saturable absorber. PMID:26698515

  2. Implementation of a Novel Soft-Switching Topology for Switched Reluctance Motor Drives

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    Yadlapalli, Naveen

    1999-01-01

    The purpose of this thesis is to design, develop, implement and test a novel soft-switching inverter topology suitable for switched reluctance motor drives. Present research being done in the field of switched reluctance motor drive inverters, including soft-switching inverters, is discussed. The novel topology is presented and the principle of operation is described in detail. The validity of the topology is verified through simulation. The various components of the system are designed and t...

  3. A novel zero-current soft-switching converter for switched reluctance motor drives

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    Ching, TW; Chan, CC; Chan, MSW; Chau, KT

    1998-01-01

    A new zero-current-transition (ZCT) power converter for switched reluctance motor drive applications is presented. The proposed ZCT power converter possesses the definite advantages that both the main and auxiliary switches are operating with zero-current switching (ZCS), as well as minimum current and voltage stresses. It has a simple circuit topology, minimum component count and low cost. The ZCT technique can significantly reduce the switch-on or -off losses by forcing the current to zero ...

  4. Thermal management and performance evaluation of a dual bi-directional, soft-switched IGBT-based inverter for the 1st autonomous microgrid power system in Taiwan under various operating conditions

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    Chang, Tien-Chan; Fuh, Yiin-Kuen; Lu, Hong-Yi; Tu, Sheng-Xun

    2016-06-01

    The thermal management of the inverter system is of great importance since very high voltage/current will be switched intermittently and/or continuously and high temperature is excruciably detrimental to the service life of electronics, especially for the switching devices such as insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT). In this study, a newly developed dual bi-directional IGBT-based inverter in conjunction with autonomous microgrid system is investigated with particular focus on the thermal management and performance evaluation under various operation conditions. Locally enhanced heat transfer approach such as oblique orientation and heat dissipating materials are experimentally investigated. The studied inverter system is initially packaged by a galvanized steel plate (size 62 × 48 × 18 cm) and the switching power is set in the range of 0.5-3 kW. The module is operated at the switching and pulse frequencies of 60 Hz and 20 kHz, respectively. The adoption of heat dissipating material in either paste or film form had experimentally shown to possess the flexibility tailoring heat transfer performance locally. Experimental studies of heat dissipating film with various hotspot scenarios showed that the temperature difference can be appreciably reduced as much as 13.1 and 15.4 °C, respectively with facilitation of one- and two-layers of heat dissipating film. From the measurement results, the measured peak temperature is highly dominated by the thickness of heat dissipating film, showing the dominance of thickness-dependent thermal resistance and resultant heat accumulation phenomena.

  5. Research on a Novel Soft-Switching Buck Converter

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    Peng Ge; Ben Niu; Yuanbin Li

    2013-01-01

    Based on classical zero voltage transition buck pwm converter, an ideal buck converter with pwm-controlled soft-switching circuit is proposed. The proposed auxiliary circuit allows the main switch to operate with zero-voltage switching. Besides, all of the semiconductor devices operate under soft-switching conditions. Thus, losses were reduced. It was analyzed in detail to demonstrate the operating principle of the novel circuit. Finally, simulation results are given analysis and the simulati...

  6. Volatile and nonvolatile selective switching of a photo-assisted initialized atomic switch

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    A photo-assisted atomic switch, which has a photoconductive molecular layer in a gap of about 20 nm between an Ag2S electrode and a Pt electrode, is set to a conventional gap-type atomic switch operation mode by light irradiation with the application of a small bias that precipitates Ag atoms from an Ag2S electrode. After this initialization, the switch operates only with application of a bias. In this study, we also found that after the set-operation a photo-assisted initialized atomic switch shows different switching modes depending on the bias range, i.e., volatile switching when the applied bias is smaller than the threshold bias, and nonvolatile switching when the applied bias is larger than the threshold bias. These characteristics can be useful in reconfiguring a circuit such as in neural computing systems. (paper)

  7. Foreign Operation Methods

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    Welch, Lawrence S.; Benito, Gabriel R. G.; Petersen, Bent

    Introduction and theory -- Introduction -- Theoretical approaches -- Modes of operation -- Franchising -- Licensing -- Management contracts -- International subcontracting -- Project operations -- Exports -- Alliances -- Foreign direct investment -- Strategies -- Mode switching and stretching...

  8. Patients undergoing elective coronary artery bypass grafting exhibit poor pre-operative intakes of fruit, vegetables, dietary fibre, fish and vitamin D.

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    Ruiz-Núñez, B; van den Hurk, G H A M; de Vries, J H M; Mariani, M A; de Jongste, M J L; Dijck-Brouwer, D A J; Muskiet, F A J

    2015-05-14

    CHD may ensue from chronic systemic low-grade inflammation. Diet is a modifiable risk factor for both, and its optimisation may reduce post-operative mortality, atrial fibrillation and cognitive decline. In the present study, we investigated the usual dietary intakes of patients undergoing elective coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), emphasising on food groups and nutrients with putative roles in the inflammatory/anti-inflammatory balance. From November 2012 to April 2013, we approached ninety-three consecutive patients (80% men) undergoing elective CABG. Of these, fifty-five were finally included (84% men, median age 69 years; range 46-84 years). The median BMI was 27 (range 18-36) kg/m(2). The dietary intake items were fruits (median 181 g/d; range 0-433 g/d), vegetables (median 115 g/d; range 0-303 g/d), dietary fibre (median 22 g/d; range 9-45 g/d), EPA+DHA (median 0.14 g/d; range 0.01-1.06 g/d), vitamin D (median 4.9 μg/d; range 1.9-11.2 μg/d), saturated fat (median 13.1% of energy (E%); range 9-23 E%) and linoleic acid (LA; median 6.3 E%; range 1.9-11.3 E%). The percentages of patients with dietary intakes below recommendations were 62% (fruits; recommendation 200 g/d), 87 % (vegetables; recommendation 150-200 g/d), 73% (dietary fibre; recommendation 30-45 g/d), 91% (EPA+DHA; recommendation 0.45 g/d), 98% (vitamin D; recommendation 10-20 μg/d) and 13% (LA; recommendation 5-10 E%). The percentages of patients with dietary intakes above recommendations were 95% (saturated fat; recommendation < 10 E%) and 7% (LA). The dietary intakes of patients proved comparable with the average nutritional intake of the age- and sex-matched healthy Dutch population. These unbalanced pre-operative diets may put them at risk of unfavourable surgical outcomes, since they promote a pro-inflammatory state. We conclude that there is an urgent need for intervention trials aiming at rapid improvement of their diets to reduce peri-operative risks. PMID:25827177

  9. Transposition of the great arteries

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    Castela Eduardo

    2008-10-01

    required soon after birth. Surgical correction is performed at a later stage. Usually, the Jatene arterial switch operation is the procedure of choice. Whenever this operation is not feasible, adequate alternative surgical approach should be implemented. With the advent of newer and improved surgical techniques and post operative intensive care, the long-term survival is approximately 90% at 15 years of age. However, the exercise performance, cognitive function and quality of life may be impaired.

  10. A study on low-power, nanosecond operation and multilevel bipolar resistance switching in Ti/ZrO2/Pt nonvolatile memory with 1T1R architecture

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    Low-power, bipolar resistive switching (RS) characteristics in the Ti/ZrO2/Pt nonvolatile memory with one transistor and one resistor (1T1R) architecture were reported. Multilevel storage behavior was observed by modulating the amplitude of the MOSFET gate voltage, in which the transistor functions as a current limiter. Furthermore, multilevel storage was also executed by controlling the reset voltage, leading the resistive random access memory (RRAM) to the multiple metastable low resistance state (LRS). The experimental results on the measured electrical properties of the various sized devices confirm that the RS mechanism of the Ti/ZrO2/Pt structure obeys the conducting filaments model. In application, the devices exhibit high-speed switching performances (250 ns) with suitable high/low resistance state ratio (HRS/LRS > 10). The LRS of the devices with 10 year retention ability at 80 °C, based on the Arrhenius equation, is also demonstrated in the thermal accelerating test. Furthermore, the ramping gate voltage method with fixed drain voltage is used to switch the 1T1R memory cells for upgrading the memory performances. Our experimental results suggest that the ZrO2-based RRAM is a prospective alternative for nonvolatile multilevel memory device applications. (paper)

  11. A High Efficient Improved Soft Switched Interleaved Boost Converter

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    A High Efficient Improved Soft Switched Interleaved Boost Converter

    2013-01-01

    In this paper an improved ZVT interleaved boost PFC topology is introduced. The proposed ZVT interleaved boost converter is composed of two cell boost conversion units and an active auxiliary circuit. The proposed converter has two important advantages over the similar soft switching converters. The first one is that parallel to the main switches of the converter the auxiliary switch also operates under soft switching condition. Providing soft switching conditions for interleaved boost conver...

  12. Switched Matrix Accelerator

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    We describe a new concept for a microwave circuit functioning as a charged-particle accelerator at mm-wavelengths, permitting an accelerating gradient higher than conventional passive circuits can withstand consistent with cyclic fatigue. The device provides acceleration for multiple bunches in parallel channels, and permits a short exposure time for the conducting surface of the accelerating cavities. Our analysis includes scalings based on a smooth transmission line model and a complementary treatment with a coupled-cavity simulation. We provide also an electromagnetic design for the accelerating structure, arriving at rough dimensions for a seven-cell accelerator matched to standard waveguide and suitable for bench tests at low power in air at 91.392. GHz. A critical element in the concept is a fast mm-wave switch suitable for operation at high-power, and we present the considerations for implementation in an H-plane tee. We discuss the use of diamond as the photoconductor switch medium

  13. A new Zero-Voltage-Transition PWM switching cell

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    Grigore, V. [Electronics and Telecommunications Faculty `Politebuica` University Bucharest (Romania); Kyyrae, J. [Helsinki University of Technology, Otaniemi (Finland): Institute of Intelligent Power Electronics

    1997-12-31

    In this paper a new Zero-Voltage-Transition (ZVT) PWM switching cell is presented. The proposed switching cell is composed of the normal hard-switched PWM cell (consisting of one active switch and one passive switch), plus an auxiliary circuit (consisting of one active switch and some reactive components). The auxiliary circuit is inactive during the ON and OFF intervals of the switches in the normal PWM switch. However, the transitions between the two states are controlled by the auxiliary circuit. Prior to turn-on, the voltage across the active switch in the PWM cell is forced to zero, thus the turn-on losses of the active switch are practically eliminated. At turn-off the auxiliary circuit behaves like a non-dissipative passive snubber reducing the turn-off losses to a great extent. Zero-Voltage-Transition switching technique almost eliminates switching losses. The active switch operates under ZVT conditions, the passive switch (diode) has a controlled reverse recovery, and the switch in the auxiliary circuit operates under Zero-Current-Switching (ZCS) conditions. (orig.) 6 refs.

  14. Industry switching in developing countries

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    Newman, Carol; Rand, John; Tarp, Finn

    2013-01-01

    Firm turnover (i.e., firm entry and exit) is a well-recognized source of sector-level productivity growth. In contrast, the role and importance of firms that switch activities from one sector to another is not well understood. Firm switchers are likely to be unique, differing from both newly esta...... of switching merits attention in the future design of firm surveys across developing countries and in associated analytical studies....... established entrants and exiting firms that are closing down operations. In this study, we develop an empirical model that examines switching behavior using data from Vietnamese manufacturing firms during the 2001–2008 period. The diagnostic shows that switching firms exhibit different characteristics and...

  15. Electron collisions in gas switches

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    Many technologies rely on the conduction/insulation properties of gaseous matter for their successful operation. Many others (e.g., pulsed power technologies) rely on the rapid change (switching or modulation) of the properties of gaseous matter from an insulator to a conductor and vice versa. Studies of electron collision processes in gases aided the development of pulsed power gas switches, and in this paper we shall briefly illustrate the kind of knowledge on electron collision processes which is needed to optimize the performance of such switching devices. To this end, we shall refer to three types of gas switches: spark gap closing, self-sustained diffuse discharge closing, and externally-sustained diffuse discharge opening. 24 refs., 15 figs., 2 tabs

  16. The Relationship between Earnings before Interest and Taxes and Operating Cash Flow and Stock Return under the Condition of Information Asymmetry in Abadan and Arak Petrochemical Companies through Markov-Switching Approach

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    Abolghasem Masihabadi

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available This research investigated the relationship between earnings before interest and taxes and operating cash flow and shareholders’ return in Abadan and Arak Petrochemical Companies. This relationship was tested under the condition of information asymmetry. Nonlinear Markov-Switching approach was adopted to test the hypotheses. The results of empirical tests through the data in 2001-2010 indicated that in Arak Petrochemical Company, both variables of earnings before interest and taxes and operating cash flow had significant relationship with stock return of company. However, in Abadan Petrochemical Company, only the variable of earnings before interest and taxes had significant and positive relationship with stock return of company. Increase in information asymmetry showed that variable of operating cash flow had a stronger relationship with stock return of companies than the variable of earnings before interest and taxes. In other words, under the condition of information asymmetry, cash flow variables had higher correlation with stock return of companies than accrual variables.

  17. Switched steerable multiple beam antenna system

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    Iwasaki, Richard S.

    1988-09-01

    A steerable multibeam five element cross-feed cluster antenna system is described. The feed power is divided into five branches. Each branch includes a switching network comprised of a plurality of time delay elements each individually controlled by a respective electromagnetic latching switch. Frequency independent individual two-dimensional beam steering at intermediate (IF) scanning frequencies is thereby provided wherein discrete incremental time delays are introduced by the switching networks into each branch and the signals recombined thereafter to form each beam. The electromagnetic latched switching reduces power consumption and permits higher power switching and reciprocal coincident tranmsit and receive operation. Frequency independence due to incremental time delay switching permits coincident reciprocal operation and steering for transmit-receive signal paths carrying different transmit-receive frequencies. Diagonal quarter wave plates in the waveguides alter polarization from the circular to orthogonal linear to provide transmitter-receiver isolation.

  18. Impedance spectroscopy analysis of the switching mechanism of reduced graphene oxide resistive switching memory

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    Ho, Nhu Thuy; Senthilkumar, V.; Kim, Yong Soo

    2014-04-01

    In this study, we investigated the resistive switching behavior of pristine graphene oxide and thermally reduced GO. Impedance spectroscopy and current-voltage analysis were used to verify the possible physical mechanism of the switching operation. Our observations demonstrated that, the switching operation originates from the oxidation/reduction at the top interface of Al electrode and oxygen migration inside the active layer. Reversible redox reaction Al+1 + xO-2 ↔ AlOx is ground for the conduction electrons.

  19. Switched reluctance drives for electric vehicle applications

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    Andrada Gascón, Pedro; Torrent Burgués, Marcel; Blanqué Molina, Balduino; Perat Benavides, Josep Ignasi

    2003-01-01

    Electric vehicles are the only alternative for a clean, efficient and environmentally friendly urban transport system. With the increasing interest in electric drives for electric vehicle propulsion. This paper first tries to explain why the switched reluctance drive is a strong candidate for electric vehicle applications. It then gives switched reluctance drive design guidelines for battery or fuel cell operated electric vehicles. Finally, it presents the design and simulation of a switched ...

  20. Application Criteria for Nine-Switch Power Conversion Systems with Improved Thermal Performance

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    Qin, Zian; Loh, Poh Chiang; Blaabjerg, Frede

    2015-01-01

    Nine-switch converter is a reduced-switch equivalence of the widely used twelve-switch back-to-back converter. Like other reduced-switch topologies, the nine-switch converter experiences operating constraints, which may limit its efficiency. This is however not universal, meaning losses of the nine...

  1. The operation mode strategies of Finnish firms in South Korea with a special emphasis on mode switching, mode stretching and mode combination strategies

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    Huhtanen, Heikki

    2009-01-01

    ABSTRACT Foreign operation modes and their use are of crucial importance to any company that operates in an international environment. The previous research on foreign operation modes has tended to view these modes from a rather simple, static perspective, which, arguably, does not necessarily reflect the reality of foreign operation mode use in many international companies. To better capture the nuances of the foreign operation mode use in contemporary international business environm...

  2. Design Method of Cockpit Module in Consideration of Switch Type, Location of Switch and Display Information for Older Drivers

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    Murata, Atsuo; Yamada, Keita; Moriwaka, Makoto

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, the effects of switch type, location of switch, and display information on the primary driving task and the secondary switch operation were investigated. The switch type included an integrated and a non-integrated switch. These switches were located on the front left, on the left side, or around a steering wheel. We prepared three displays with different display information (2.0, 4.1, and 5.9 bit). The tracking error, the mean operation time, the percentage of correct answer, N...

  3. SEPP-ZVS High Frequency Inverter Incorporating Auxiliary Switch

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    Ogiwara, Hiroyuki; Itoi, Misao; Nakaoka, Mutsuo

    This paper presents a novel circuit topology to attain ZVS operation of a high frequency inverter over a wide range output power regulation using a PWM control technique by connecting an auxiliary switch to the conventional single ended push-pull (SEPP) ZVS high frequency inverter. A switching current is injected into the main switches via the auxiliary switch only during the short period between its turn-on and off times to supply a current required for its ZVS operation.

  4. Oversized interference switches of active resonant microwave compressors

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    Interference switches of resonant microwave compressors made of single mode waveguides provide high coupling factors after switching and rapid energy extraction. The disadvantage of these switches is low electrical strength which limits output power values. Oversized waveguides maintain higher electrical strength due to large dimensions of a cross section but mode transformation disturbs the regular operation of the switch. Operation of interference switches with a gaseous discharge gap as a switching element in oversized rectangular waveguides was studied experimentally. Conditions of their effective switching in active resonant microwave compressors were derived. It was shown that the stable microwave pulses of gigawatt power level in S-band and pulses of 0.1 GW pulse power in X- band can be produced in resonant microwave compressors with oversized interference switches. Possible switch designs are discussed

  5. Switched on!

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    2008-01-01

    Like a star arriving on stage, impatiently followed by each member of CERN personnel and by millions of eyes around the world, the first beam of protons has circulated in the LHC. After years in the making and months of increasing anticipation, today the work of hundreds of people has borne fruit. WELL DONE to all! Successfully steered around the 27 kilometres of the world’s most powerful particle accelerator at 10:28 this morning, this first beam of protons circulating in the ring marks a key moment in the transition from over two decades of preparation to a new era of scientific discovery. "It’s a fantastic moment," said the LHC project leader Lyn Evans, "we can now look forward to a new era of understanding about the origins and evolution of the universe". Starting up a major new particle accelerator takes much more than flipping a switch. Thousands of individual elements have to work in harmony, timings have to be synchronize...

  6. A sub-1-volt nanoelectromechanical switching device

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    Lee, Jeong Oen; Song, Yong-Ha; Kim, Min-Wu; Kang, Min-Ho; Oh, Jae-Sub; Yang, Hyun-Ho; Yoon, Jun-Bo

    2013-01-01

    Nanoelectromechanical (NEM) switches have received widespread attention as promising candidates in the drive to surmount the physical limitations currently faced by complementary metal oxide semiconductor technology. The NEM switch has demonstrated superior characteristics including quasi-zero leakage behaviour, excellent density capability and operation in harsh environments. However, an unacceptably high operating voltage (4-20 V) has posed a major obstacle in the practical use of the NEM switch in low-power integrated circuits. To utilize the NEM switch widely as a core device component in ultralow power applications, the operation voltage needs to be reduced to 1 V or below. However, sub-1 V actuation has not yet been demonstrated because of fabrication difficulties and irreversible switching failure caused by surface adhesion. Here, we report the sub-1 V operation of a NEM switch through the introduction of a novel pipe clip device structure and an effective air gap fabrication technique. This achievement is primarily attributed to the incorporation of a 4-nm-thick air gap, which is the smallest reported so far for a NEM switch generated using a `top-down' approach. Our structure and process can potentially be utilized in various nanogap-related applications, including NEM switch-based ultralow-power integrated circuits, NEM resonators, nanogap electrodes for scientific research and sensors.

  7. Simplified design of switching power supplies

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    Lenk, John

    1995-01-01

    * Describes the operation of each circuit in detail * Examines a wide selection of external components that modify the IC package characteristics * Provides hands-on, essential information for designing a switching power supply Simplified Design of Switching Power Supplies is an all-inclusive, one-stop guide to switching power-supply design. Step-by-step instructions and diagrams render this book essential for the student and the experimenter, as well as the design professional. Simplified Design of Switching Power Supplies concentrates on the use of IC regulators. All popular forms of swit

  8. Multipath packet switch using packet bundling

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    Berger, Michael Stubert

    The basic concept of packet bundling is to group smaller packets into larger packets based on, e.g., quality of service or destination within the packet switch. This paper presents novel applications of bundling in packet switching. The larger packets created by bundling are utilized to extend...... switching capacity by use of parallel switch planes. During the bundling operation, packets will experience a delay that depends on the actual implementation of the bundling and scheduling scheme. Analytical results for delay bounds and buffer size requirements are presented for a specific scheduling...

  9. Carotid Artery Screening

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    ... Resources Professions Site Index A-Z Carotid Artery Screening What is carotid artery screening? Who should consider ... about carotid artery screening? What is carotid artery screening? Screening examinations are tests performed to find disease ...

  10. A New Soft Switching Current fed DC-DC Converter for Medium Power Applications

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    Majid Delshad

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper a new zero voltage switching current fed half bridge converter with an auxiliary circuit is proposed. The auxiliary circuit not only absorbs the voltage surge across switches at turn off instance, but also provides zero voltage switching condition for all converter switches. Therefore in this converter the efficiency is higher than hard switching counterpart and also main switches voltage stresses decrease. Since the switches in auxiliary circuit operate under soft switching conditions, these switches don’t apply additional losses to proposed converter. Implementation of control circuit is very simple since the converter is PWM controlled and the auxiliary switches turn on are complementary with respect to main switches. In this paper the proposed converter operating modes are analyzed and simulation results are presented. To verify the converter operation a 100W laboratory prototype operating at 100kHz is implemented and the experimental results are presented.

  11. MEMS switches having non-metallic crossbeams

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    Scardelletti, Maximillian C (Inventor)

    2009-01-01

    A RF MEMS switch comprising a crossbeam of SiC, supported by at least one leg above a substrate and above a plurality of transmission lines forming a CPW. Bias is provided by at least one layer of metal disposed on a top surface of the SiC crossbeam, such as a layer of chromium followed by a layer of gold, and extending beyond the switch to a biasing pad on the substrate. The switch utilizes stress and conductivity-controlled non-metallic thin cantilevers or bridges, thereby improving the RF characteristics and operational reliability of the switch. The switch can be fabricated with conventional silicon integrated circuit (IC) processing techniques. The design of the switch is very versatile and can be implemented in many transmission line mediums.

  12. Operation Characteristics of Auxiliary Switch Controlling Close-open Time%用于金属短接时间控制的辅助开关操动特性研究

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    金立军; 张勇; 王珂; 张猛

    2011-01-01

    The close-open time of high voltage circuit breaker is a key parameter for affecting the breaking capacity. The reasonable control of close-open time has significant influence on breaking capacity of circuit breaker and safety of power grid. The structure of auxiliary switch of high-voltage circuit breaker was analyzed to put forward a proposal for controlling close-open time by auxiliary switch, establish a mathematical model to describe the auxiliary switch's operation characteristics and calculate the delay time, optimize the structure of controlling time delay which was based on theoretical analysis in this paper. The result of delay time is 16.63 ms, and the simulation of time delay characteristics is tested and verified by experiment finally.%高压断路器的金属短接时间是影响断路器开断能力的关键参量,直接影响断路器的关合和开断性能.合理控制金属短接时间对于保证断路器的开断能力以及整个电网的安全都有着重要的意义.通过分析高压断路器辅助开关的结构,提出了采用辅助开关实现的金属短接时间控制方案,建立了描述辅助开关操动特性的数学模型,并求解出延时时间为16.63ms,根据理论分析对延时控制机构进行了优化,辅助开关延时特性的仿真计算通过了实验验证.

  13. Design of MEMS based `cross over junction' for T-type switch

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    Maninder, K.; Bansal, Deepak; Rangra, K. J.

    2016-04-01

    This paper presents a novel design approach of T-type RF MEMS switch cross over junction, implemented using symmetric toggle switch (STS) as a basic building block. T-type switches are key elements for designing redundancy switch matrices. Proposed design is a dual type switch, i.e. under operation same bridge is used as an ohmic series switch as well as a capacitive shunt switch. This reconfigurable switch constitutes the cross over junction part for the T-type switch. Simulated results show an insertion loss of resonant frequency is 3.253 KHz.

  14. Data center coolant switch

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    Iyengar, Madhusudan K.; Parida, Pritish R.; Schultz, Mark D.

    2015-10-06

    A data center cooling system is operated in a first mode; it has an indoor portion wherein heat is absorbed from components in the data center, and an outdoor heat exchanger portion wherein outside air is used to cool a first heat transfer fluid (e.g., water) present in at least the outdoor heat exchanger portion of the cooling system during the first mode. The first heat transfer fluid is a relatively high performance heat transfer fluid (as compared to the second fluid), and has a first heat transfer fluid freezing point. A determination is made that an appropriate time has been reached to switch from the first mode to a second mode. Based on this determination, the outdoor heat exchanger portion of the data cooling system is switched to a second heat transfer fluid, which is a relatively low performance heat transfer fluid, as compared to the first heat transfer fluid. It has a second heat transfer fluid freezing point lower than the first heat transfer fluid freezing point, and the second heat transfer fluid freezing point is sufficiently low to operate without freezing when the outdoor air temperature drops below a first predetermined relationship with the first heat transfer fluid freezing point.

  15. Ultra High-Speed Radio Frequency Switch Based on Photonics

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    Ge, Jia; Fok, Mable P.

    2015-11-01

    Microwave switches, or Radio Frequency (RF) switches have been intensively used in microwave systems for signal routing. Compared with the fast development of microwave and wireless systems, RF switches have been underdeveloped particularly in terms of switching speed and operating bandwidth. In this paper, we propose a photonics based RF switch that is capable of switching at tens of picoseconds speed, which is hundreds of times faster than any existing RF switch technologies. The high-speed switching property is achieved with the use of a rapidly tunable microwave photonic filter with tens of gigahertz frequency tuning speed, where the tuning mechanism is based on the ultra-fast electro-optics Pockels effect. The RF switch has a wide operation bandwidth of 12 GHz and can go up to 40 GHz, depending on the bandwidth of the modulator used in the scheme. The proposed RF switch can either work as an ON/OFF switch or a two-channel switch, tens of picoseconds switching speed is experimentally observed for both type of switches.

  16. Ultra High-Speed Radio Frequency Switch Based on Photonics.

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    Ge, Jia; Fok, Mable P

    2015-01-01

    Microwave switches, or Radio Frequency (RF) switches have been intensively used in microwave systems for signal routing. Compared with the fast development of microwave and wireless systems, RF switches have been underdeveloped particularly in terms of switching speed and operating bandwidth. In this paper, we propose a photonics based RF switch that is capable of switching at tens of picoseconds speed, which is hundreds of times faster than any existing RF switch technologies. The high-speed switching property is achieved with the use of a rapidly tunable microwave photonic filter with tens of gigahertz frequency tuning speed, where the tuning mechanism is based on the ultra-fast electro-optics Pockels effect. The RF switch has a wide operation bandwidth of 12 GHz and can go up to 40 GHz, depending on the bandwidth of the modulator used in the scheme. The proposed RF switch can either work as an ON/OFF switch or a two-channel switch, tens of picoseconds switching speed is experimentally observed for both type of switches. PMID:26608349

  17. A new Zero-Current-Transition PWM switching cell

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    Grigore, V. [Electronics and Telecommunications Faculty, `Politechnica` University Bucharest (Romania); Kyyrae, J. [Helsinki University of Technology, Otaniemi (Finland): Institute of Intelligent Power Electronics

    1997-12-31

    In this paper a new Zero-Current-Transition (ZCT) PWM switching cell is presented. The proposed switching cell is composed of the normal hard-switched PWM cell (consisting of one active switch and one passive switch), plus as auxiliary circuit. The auxiliary circuit is inactive during the ON ad OFF intervals of the switches in the normal PWM switch. The transitions between the two states are controlled by the auxiliary circuit. Prior to turn-off, the current through the active switch in the PWM cell is forced to zero, thus the turn-off losses of the active switch are practically eliminated. At turn-on the auxiliary circuit slows down the growing rate of the current through the main switch. Thus, turn-on losses are also very much reduced. The active switch operates under ZCT conditions, the passive switch (diode) has a controlled reverse recovery, while the switch in the auxiliary circuit operates under Zero-Current-Switching (ZCS) conditions. (orig.) 3 refs.

  18. Direct Axillary Arterial Cannulation Using Seldinger's Technique in Aortic Dissection

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    Do, Young Woo; Kim, Gun-Jik; Park, Il; Cho, Joon-Yong; Lee, Jong-Tae

    2011-01-01

    Background The axillary artery is frequently used for cardiopulmonary bypass, especially in acute aortic dissection. We have cannulated the axillary artery using a side graft or by directly using Seldinger's technique. The purpose of this study was to assess the technical problems and complications of both cannulation techniques. Materials and Methods From January 2003 to December 2009, 53 patients underwent operations using the axillary artery for arterial cannulation. The axillary artery wa...

  19. Environmental Qualification of an Actuator Torque Switch

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    Environmental qualification testing was performed on a modified Limitorque torque switch for the torque switch safety functions in the Limitorque type SMB actuators located inside and outside containment in a nuclear power plant. The torque switch specimen was installed in a Limitorque SMB-1 electric actuator mounted on an 8'' Velan gate valve and operated with a customized programmable logic controller to allow normal torque switch behaviour to be observed. The present paper describes the qualification testing performed. The modified torque switch was aged to a 30-year service life at the normal service conditions for both inside and outside containment. Aging included radiation, thermal and cycle aging. A seismic test and then a combined Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA) and Main Steam Line Break (MSLB) steam accident simulation were followed. After each stage of aging, functional tests were done to confirm normal insulation resistance, normal contact resistance and normal operation. (authors)

  20. High power photoconductive semiconductor switches treated with amorphic diamond coatings

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    Our recent efforts have resulted in implementation and demonstration of several intense photoconductively switched stacked Blumlein pulsers producing high power output pulses with risetimes as fast as 200 ps. A single GaAs photoconductive switch triggered with a low power laser diode array commutates these devices. During the avalanche-mode photoconductive switching of these pulsers at high powers, current filamentation associated with the high gain GaAs switches produces such high current density that switches are damaged near the metal-semiconductor interface and the lifetime is limited. This report presents progress toward improving the switch operation and lifetime by advanced treatments with the amorphic diamond coatings

  1. RF-MEMS capacitive switches with high reliability

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    Goldsmith, Charles L.; Auciello, Orlando H.; Carlisle, John A.; Sampath, Suresh; Sumant, Anirudha V.; Carpick, Robert W.; Hwang, James; Mancini, Derrick C.; Gudeman, Chris

    2013-09-03

    A reliable long life RF-MEMS capacitive switch is provided with a dielectric layer comprising a "fast discharge diamond dielectric layer" and enabling rapid switch recovery, dielectric layer charging and discharging that is efficient and effective to enable RF-MEMS switch operation to greater than or equal to 100 billion cycles.

  2. Packet switching in 1990's

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    Rybczynski, A.

    The author assesses wide-area networking end-user needs as they evolve into the 1990s. He then turns to the network operator environment, both public and private, by examining service evolution trends. The author concludes with an assessment of how packet switching services and technologies are evolving to continue to match the identified market requirements, with specific emphasis on Northern Telecom's DPN Data Networking System. Key evolving DPN capabilities include the introduction of the high-end DPN100 30-kb/s switch, a variety of access options including ISDN (integrated services digital network) packet mode services, higher throughput virtual circuits, megabit trunking for improved network throughput and end-user transit delay, and SNA session switching, the latter being an example of adding value to packet networking through communication processing.

  3. Active plasmonics in WDM traffic switching applications

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    Papaioannou, S.; Kalavrouziotis, D.; Vyrsokinos, K.;

    2012-01-01

    introduce active plasmonics into Wavelength Division Multiplexed (WDM) switching applications, using the smallest TO DLSPP-based Mach-Zehnder interferometric switch reported so far and showing its successful performance in 4310 Gb/s low-power and fast switching operation. The demonstration of the WDM......-enabling characteristics of active plasmonic circuits with an ultra-low power 3 response time product represents a crucial milestone in the development of active plasmonics towards real telecom and datacom applications, where low-energy and fast TO operation with small-size circuitry is targeted....

  4. Passively Q-switched Nd:YAG/Cr(4+):YAG bonded crystal microchip laser operating at 1112  nm and its application for second-harmonic generation.

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    Fu, S G; Ouyang, X Y; Liu, X J

    2015-10-10

    A passively Q-switched Nd:YAG/Cr4+:YAG microchip laser operating at 1112 nm is demonstrated. Under a pump power of 5.5 W, a maximum average output power of 623 mW was obtained with T=6% output coupler, corresponding to an optical-to-optical conversion efficiency of 11.3% and a slope efficiency of 19.5%. The minimum pulse width was 2.8 ns, the pulse energy and peak power were 39.3 μJ and 14 kW, respectively. Additionally, based on the 1112 nm laser, a 230 mW 556 nm green-yellow laser was achieved within an LBO crystal. PMID:26479822

  5. Low prevalence of significant carotid artery disease in Iranian patients undergoing elective coronary artery bypass

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    Karimi Fatemeh

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Coronary artery bypass grafting ranks as one of the most frequent operations worldwide. The presence of carotid artery stenosis may increase the stroke rate in the perioperative period. Routine preoperative noninvasive assessment of the carotid arteries are recommended in many institutions to reduce the stroke rate. Methods 271 consecutive patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting at Shaheed Madani hospital of Tabriz, Iran (age, 58.5 Y; 73.1% male underwent preoperative ultrasonography for assessment of carotid artery wall thickness. Results Plaque in right common, left common, right internal and left internal carotid arteries was detected in 4.8%, 7.4%, 43.2% and 42.1% of patients respectively. 5 patients (1.8% had significant ( Conclusion Consecutive Iranian patients undergoing elective coronary artery bypass surgery show a very low prevalence of significant carotid artery disease.

  6. Bidirectional soft-switching converter-fed DC motor drives

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    Ching, TW; Chan, CC; Chau, KT

    1998-01-01

    Two new soft-switching DC-DC power converters, with the capabilities of bidirectional power flow and soft-switching (either zero-voltage transition or zero-current transition) are developed for DC motor drives. The proposed bidirectional zero-voltage-transition power converter possesses the definite advantages that both main transistors and rectifiers can switch with zero-voltage switching (ZVS) and unity device stresses during both motoring and regenerating modes of operation, while both the...

  7. Neuromorphic atomic switch networks.

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    Audrius V Avizienis

    Full Text Available Efforts to emulate the formidable information processing capabilities of the brain through neuromorphic engineering have been bolstered by recent progress in the fabrication of nonlinear, nanoscale circuit elements that exhibit synapse-like operational characteristics. However, conventional fabrication techniques are unable to efficiently generate structures with the highly complex interconnectivity found in biological neuronal networks. Here we demonstrate the physical realization of a self-assembled neuromorphic device which implements basic concepts of systems neuroscience through a hardware-based platform comprised of over a billion interconnected atomic-switch inorganic synapses embedded in a complex network of silver nanowires. Observations of network activation and passive harmonic generation demonstrate a collective response to input stimulus in agreement with recent theoretical predictions. Further, emergent behaviors unique to the complex network of atomic switches and akin to brain function are observed, namely spatially distributed memory, recurrent dynamics and the activation of feedforward subnetworks. These devices display the functional characteristics required for implementing unconventional, biologically and neurally inspired computational methodologies in a synthetic experimental system.

  8. Long-Term Outcome of Mustard/Senning Correction for Transposition of the Great Arteries in Sweden and Denmark

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    Vejlstrup, Niels; Sørensen, Keld; Mattsson, Eva; Thilén, Ulf; Kvidal, Per; Johansson, Bengt; Iversen, Kasper; Søndergaard, Lars; Dellborg, Mikael; Eriksson, Peter

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The atrial switch operation, the Mustard or Senning operation, for the transposition of the great arteries (TGA) was introduced in the late 1950s and was the preferred surgery for TGA until the early 1990s. The Mustard and Senning operation involves extensive surgery in the atria and...... leaves the right ventricle as the systemic ventricle. The Mustard and Senning cohort is now well into adulthood and we begin to see the long-term outcome. METHODS AND RESULTS: All the 6 surgical centers that performed Mustard and Senning operations in Sweden and Denmark identified all operated TGA...... long-term outcome (hazard ratio, 1.90; 95% confidence interval, 1.05-3.46, P=0.04), once the TGA patient has survived the perioperative period. The risk of reoperation was correlated to the presence of associated defects and where the first Mustard/Senning operation was performed. CONCLUSIONS: The long...

  9. A Comparison of High-Voltage Switches

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    Chu, K.W.; Scott, G.L.

    1999-02-01

    This report summarizes our work on high-voltage switches during the past few years. With joint funding from the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Defense (DOD), we tested a wide variety of switches to a common standard. This approach permitted meaningful comparisons between disparate switches. Most switches were purchased from commercial sources, though some were experimental devices. For the purposes of this report, we divided the switches into three generic types (gas, vacuum, and semiconductor) and selected data that best illustrates important strengths and weaknesses of each switch type. Test techniques that indicate the state of health of the switches are emphasized. For example, a good indicator of residual gas in a vacuum switch is the systematic variation of the switching delay in response to changes in temperature and/or operating conditions. We believe that the presentation of this kind of information will help engineers to select and to test switches for their particular applications. Our work was limited to switches capable of driving slappers. Also known as exploding-foil initiators, slappers are detonators that initiate a secondary explosive by direct impact with a small piece of matter moving at the detonation velocity (several thousands of meters per second). A slapper is desirable for enhanced safety (no primary explosive), but it also places extra demands on the capacitor-discharge circuit to deliver a fast-rising current pulse (greater than 10 A/ns) of several thousand amperes. The required energy is substantially less than one joule; but this energy is delivered in less than one microsecond, taking the peak power into the megawatt regime. In our study, the switches operated in the 1 kV to 3 kV range and were physically small, roughly 1 cm{sup 3} or less. Although a fuze functions only once in actual use, multiple-shot capability is important for production testing and for research work. For this reason, we restricted this report

  10. Controller Architectures for Switching

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    Niemann, Hans Henrik; Poulsen, Niels Kjølstad

    2009-01-01

    This paper investigate different controller architectures in connection with controller switching. The controller switching is derived by using the Youla-Jabr-Bongiorno-Kucera (YJBK) parameterization. A number of different architectures for the implementation of the YJBK parameterization are...... described and applied in connection with controller switching. An architecture that does not include inversion of the coprime factors is introduced. This architecture will make controller switching particular simple....

  11. MOSFET as a Switch

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    Dhaval Agrawal

    2014-01-01

    s as a switch. Also it shows the different problems and some remedy to solve those problems with equations and simulatis as a switch. Also it shows the different problems and some remedy to solve those problems with equations and simulatis as a switch. Also it shows the different problems and some remedy to solve those problems with equations and simulatis as a switch. Also it shows the different problems and some remedy to solve those problems with equations and simulatis as ...

  12. Anomalous Right Coronary Artery Originating from the Left Main Coronary Artery

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    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available A 50–year–old woman presented to our center with effort angina. Angiography showed normal left main coronary artery, normal left circumflex (LCX artery and critical discrete lesion (99% stenosis in mid part of left anterior descending (LAD artery with good distal flow. However, the right coronary artery (RCA originated from the left main coronary artery. There was no evidence of external compression of the proximal portion of the RCA during systole or diastole. Consult with cardiac surgeon was done but the patient refused from the operation.

  13. Wide Bandgap Extrinsic Photoconductive Switches

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    Sullivan, James Stephen

    third generation vanadium compensated 6H-SiC has average impurity densities close to the recipe values. Extrinsic photoconductive switches constructed from the third generation vanadium compensated, 6H-SiC, 1 mm thick, 1 cm2, substrates have achieved high power operation at 16 kV with pulsed currents exceeding 1400 Amperes and a minimum on resistance of 1 ohm. The extrinsic photoconductive switch performance of the third generation 6H-SiC material was improved by a factor of up to 50 for excitation at the 532 nm wavelength compared to the initial 6H-SiC material. Switches based on this material have been incorporated into a prototype compact proton medical accelerator being developed by the Compact Particle Acceleration Corporation (CPAC). The vanadium compensated, 6H-SiC, extrinsic photoconductive switch operates differently when excited by 1064, or 532 nm, wavelength light. The 6H-SiC extrinsic photoconductive switch is a unipolar device when excited with 1064 nm light. The carriers are electrons excited from filled vanadium acceptor levels and other electron traps located within 1.17 eV of the conduction band. The switch is bipolar at 532 nm since the carriers consist of holes, as well as electrons. The holes are primarily generated by the excitation of valence band electrons into empty trap/acceptor levels and by two-photon absorption. Carrier generation by two-photon absorption becomes more important at high applied optical intensity at 532 nm and contributes to the supralinear behavior of switch conductance as a function of optical power. The 6H-SiC switch material is trap dominated at low nitrogen to vanadium ratios. The trap dominated vanadium compensated 6H-SiC exhibits low quantum efficiency when excited with 1064 and 532 nm light and has a carrier recombination time of ˜ 150 - 300 ps. The vanadium compensated 6H-SiC transitions to an impurity dominated material as the ratio of nitrogen to vanadium is increased to 0.5. The increased nitrogen doping produces a

  14. Switched-capacitor isolated LED driver

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    Sanders, Seth R.; Kline, Mitchell

    2016-03-22

    A switched-capacitor voltage converter which is particularly well-suited for receiving a line voltage from which to drive current through a series of light emitting diodes (LEDs). Input voltage is rectified in a multi-level rectifier network having switched capacitors in an ascending-bank configuration for passing voltages in uniform steps between zero volts up to full received voltage V.sub.DC. A regulator section, operating on V.sub.DC, comprises switched-capacitor stages of H-bridge switching and flying capacitors. A current controlled oscillator drives the states of the switched-capacitor stages and changes its frequency to maintain a constant current to the load. Embodiments are described for isolating the load from the mains, utilizing an LC tank circuit or a multi-primary-winding transformer.

  15. Carotid Artery Disease

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    ... brain with blood. If you have carotid artery disease, the arteries become narrow, usually because of atherosclerosis. ... one of the causes of stroke. Carotid artery disease often does not cause symptoms, but there are ...

  16. Mesenteric artery ischemia

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    Mesenteric artery ischemia occurs when there is a narrowing or blockage of one or more of the three major arteries that ... that supply blood to the intestine causes mesenteric ischemia. The arteries that supply blood to the intestines ...

  17. Evaluation of adjusted central venous blood gases versus arterial blood gases of patients in post-operative paediatric cardiac surgical intensive care unit

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    Naveen G Singh

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background and Aims: Central venous catheters are in situ in most of the intensive care unit (ICU patients, which may be an alternative for determining acid-base status and can reduce complications from prolonged arterial cannulation. The aim of this study was to examine the reliability between adjusted central venous blood gas (aVBG and arterial blood gas (ABG samples for pH, partial pressure of carbon-di-oxide (pCO2, bicarbonate (HCO3−, base excess (BE and lactates in paediatric cardiac surgical ICU. Methods: We applied blood gas adjustment rule, that is aVBG pH = venous blood gas (VBG pH +0.05, aVBG CO2 = VBG pCO2 - 5 mm Hg from the prior studies. In this study, we validated this relationship with simultaneous arterial and central venous blood obtained from 30 patients with four blood sample pairs each in paediatric cardiac surgical ICU patients. Results: There was a strong correlation (R i.e., Pearson's correlation between ABG and aVBG for pH = 0.9544, pCO2 = 0.8738, lactate = 0.9741, HCO3− = 0.9650 and BE = 0.9778. Intraclass correlation co-efficients (ICCs for agreement improved after applying the adjustment rule to venous pH (0.7505 to 0.9454 and pCO2 (0.4354 to 0.741. Bland Altman showed bias (and limits of agreement for pH: 0.008 (−0.04 to + 0.057, pCO2: −3.52 (–9.68 to +2.65, lactate: −0.10 (−0.51 to +0.30, HCO3−: −2.3 (–5.11 to +0.50 and BE: −0.80 (−3.09 to +1.49. Conclusion: ABG and aVBG samples showed strong correlation, acceptable mean differences and improved agreement (high ICC after adjusting the VBG. Hence, it can be promising to use trend values of VBG instead of ABG in conjunction with a correction factor under stable haemodynamic conditions.

  18. TECAB - Totally Endoscopic Coronary Artery Bypass

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    Full Text Available ... as doctors use for this operation is “TECAB,” meaning “Totally Endoscopic Coronary Artery Bypass.” This procedure will ... make sure his vessels are able for bypass, meaning doing the CT angiograph for the peripheral arteries. ...

  19. TECAB - Totally Endoscopic Coronary Artery Bypass

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    Full Text Available ... coronary artery bypass grafting procedure using robotics. We call this operation a “TECAB,” “Totally Endoscopic Coronary Artery ... see 2 the heart beating behind what we call the “pericardium,” the sack where the heart is ...

  20. Optical packet switched networks

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    Hansen, Peter Bukhave

    1999-01-01

    Optical packet switched networks are investigated with emphasis on the performance of the packet switch blocks. Initially, the network context of the optical packet switched network is described showing that a packet network will provide transparency, flexibility and bridge the granularity gap...... between the electrical switched layer and the WDM transport layer. Analytical models are implemented to determine the signal quality ghrough the switch blocks in terms of power penalty and to assess the traffic performance of different switch block architectures. Further, a computer simulation model...... in interferometric wavelength converters is investigated showing that a 10 Gbit/s 19 4x4 swich blocks can be cascaded at a BER of 10-14. An analytical traffic model enables the calculation of the traffice performance of a WDM packet network. Hereby the importance of WDM and wavelegth conversion in the switch blocks...

  1. 23 CFR 636.118 - Is team switching allowed after contract award?

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    ... 23 Highways 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Is team switching allowed after contract award? 636.118... TRAFFIC OPERATIONS DESIGN-BUILD CONTRACTING General § 636.118 Is team switching allowed after contract...-builder, team member switching (adding or switching team members) is discouraged after contract...

  2. 49 CFR 236.306 - Facing point lock or switch-and-lock movement.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Facing point lock or switch-and-lock movement. 236... Interlocking Standards § 236.306 Facing point lock or switch-and-lock movement. Facing point lock or switch-and-lock movement shall be provided for mechanically operated switch, movable-point frog, or...

  3. Soft Switching SEPP High Frequency Inverter for Induction Heating

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    Ogiwara, Hiroyuki; Nakaoka, Mutsuo

    This paper presents a novel circuit topology to attain soft switching operation of a high frequency inverter. Its output power is regulated over a wide range using a PWM control technique by connecting an auxiliary resonant circuit to the conventional single ended push pull (SEPP) high frequency inverter for induction heating. All switching devices in the proposed inverter are operated soft switching mode. This paper describes its circuit constitution and obtained experimental results from a practical point of view.

  4. Reluctance motor employing superconducting magnetic flux switches

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    This paper reports that superconducting flux switches controlling the magnetic flux in the poles of a motor will enable the implementation of a reluctance motor using one central single phase winding. A superconducting flux switch consists of a ring of superconducting material surrounding a ferromagnetic pole of the motor. When in the superconducting state the switch will block all magnetic flux attempting to flow in the ferromagnetic core. When switched to the normal state the superconducting switch will allow the magnetic flux to flow freely in that pole. By using one high turns-count coil as a flux generator, and selectively channeling flux among the various poles using the superconducting flux switch, 3-phase operation can be emulated with a single-hase central AC source. The motor will also operate when the flux generating coil is driven by a DC current, provided the magnetic flux switches see a continuously varying magnetic flux. Rotor rotation provides this varying flux due to the change in stator pole inductance it produces

  5. Switching the JLab Accelerator Operations Environment from an HP-UX Unix-based to a PC/Linux-based environment

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    The Jefferson Lab Accelerator Controls Environment (ACE) was predominantly based on the HP-UX Unix platform from 1987 through the summer of 2004. During this period the Accelerator Machine Control Center (MCC) underwent a major renovation which included introducing Redhat Enterprise Linux machines, first as specialized process servers and then gradually as general login servers. As computer programs and scripts required to run the accelerator were modified, and inherent problems with the HP-UX platform compounded, more development tools became available for use with Linux and the MCC began to be converted over. In May 2008 the last HP-UX Unix login machine was removed from the MCC, leaving only a few Unix-based remote-login servers still available. This presentation will explore the process of converting an operational Control Room environment from the HP-UX to Linux platform as well as the many hurdles that had to be overcome throughout the transition period

  6. Design of a switched reluctance generator

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    Heese, T.; Pyrhoenen, J.

    1996-12-31

    This report presents the design of a low voltage switched reluctance generator for variable speed applications showing the design of its construction and commutation unit. For the realisation of the control system the control strategy is presented. The principle and the theory of switched reluctance generators are described in this context. Also an overview of existing generator technology for these applications is given. The results gained suggest that switched reluctance machines can also advantageously be used as generators if the generating operation is considered within the design process. Compared with the existing technology a higher output power and efficiency is reached over the whole speed range. (orig.)

  7. Multiuser switched diversity scheduling schemes

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    Shaqfeh, Mohammad

    2012-09-01

    Multiuser switched-diversity scheduling schemes were recently proposed in order to overcome the heavy feedback requirements of conventional opportunistic scheduling schemes by applying a threshold-based, distributed, and ordered scheduling mechanism. The main idea behind these schemes is that slight reduction in the prospected multiuser diversity gains is an acceptable trade-off for great savings in terms of required channel-state-information feedback messages. In this work, we characterize the achievable rate region of multiuser switched diversity systems and compare it with the rate region of full feedback multiuser diversity systems. We propose also a novel proportional fair multiuser switched-based scheduling scheme and we demonstrate that it can be optimized using a practical and distributed method to obtain the feedback thresholds. We finally demonstrate by numerical examples that switched-diversity scheduling schemes operate within 0.3 bits/sec/Hz from the ultimate network capacity of full feedback systems in Rayleigh fading conditions. © 2012 IEEE.

  8. The Robustness of Stochastic Switching Networks

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    Loh, Po-Ling; Zhou, Hongchao; Bruck, Jehoshua

    2009-01-01

    Many natural systems, including chemical and biological systems, can be modeled using stochastic switching circuits. These circuits consist of stochastic switches, called pswitches, which operate with a fixed probability of being open or closed. We study the effect caused by introducing an error of size ∈ to each pswitch in a stochastic circuit. We analyze two constructions – simple series-parallel and general series-parallel circuits – and prove that simple series-parallel circuits are robus...

  9. Software for monitoring switching sistem performance

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    Kalan, Blaž

    2011-01-01

    Statistical control and overview of a particular switching system's operating status play an important role in the modern development of switching systems. The Performance and Quality Monitoring System (PQMS) is one of the numerous Iskratel's products, and is used to monitor the network performance and the quality of service. This product enables the collection and mediation (transformation) of files with call detail records. By using the stored data, this product makes it possible to easily ...

  10. Initial experience with Tadalafil in Pediatric Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

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    Takatsuki, Shinichi; Calderbank, Michelle; Ivy, David Dunbar

    2012-01-01

    Our objective was to investigate the safety, tolerability, and effects of tadalafil in children with pulmonary arterial hypertension after transition from sildenafil or receiving tadalafil as initial therapy. Thirty three pediatric patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension were retrospectively evaluated. Twenty nine of 33 patients were switched from sildenafil to tadalafil. The main reason for changing from sildenafil was once daily dosing. The average dose of sildenafil and tadalafil wer...

  11. Multiserver switch scheduling for high speed optical switches

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    Golla, Prasad; Blanton, John; Damm, Gerard

    2003-10-01

    A switch matrix implemented as an optical crossbar using semiconductor optical amplifiers is able to accommodate extreme concentrations of data traffic. Due to the need to reduce optical guard band overhead it is beneficial to switch fixed size bursts of data cells on a time slot basis. The high capacity of the optical matrix supports multiple optical ports per burst card, and the implementation of multiple queue servers per burst card helps make better use of the multiplicity of ports. Problems associated with arbitrating multiple ports and multiple servers per burst card have been resolved by extending the operation of existing iterative, single server scheduling algorithms. The multiserver arbitration time will be in proportion to the number of servers -- corresponding to the channels of DWDM link -- unless a reconciliation stage is used after each iteration when an arbiter per server is used. The reconciliation stage sets the problem of broken data dependencies between server arbitrations in this case. Further, to address the time limitations for computing the scheduling solution, parallel arbiter implementations have been developed and tested against single arbiter designs. Again, the broken dependencies between iterations of an arbitration are addressed through the use of a grant reconciliation stage. The use of multiple queue servers per burst card also resolves some of the data loss problems related to polarized traffic. Simulations of the multiple server and parallel arbiter implementations have demonstrated their efficiency compared to previous implementations. Compounded to this problem is maintaining high throughput of the switch matrix while observing data transit time limits. This involves balancing two contradictory requirements; switch or line card efficiency and data transit times. To improve efficiency it is desirable to transmit only full packets. However, to prevent loss of data due to timeout it will be necessary to transmit some incomplete

  12. DISCUSSION ON RUNNING OF SWITCH OPERATION BETWEEN TWO CRUDE MATERIALS FOR HYDROGENATION UNIT OF SPECIAL OIL%特种油加氢装置两种原料切换操作运行探讨

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    介绍特种油加氢装置运转情况和产品质量,同时介绍了利用该装置加工5#白油料的运转和产品质量改善情况。结果表明,以直馏常二线组分为原料加氢生产的清洁溶剂油产品质量优良;以5#白油料为原料加氢生产的润滑油基础油产品质量关键指标优于Ⅱ类或Ⅱ+类基础油产品指标要求,达到了升级换代的目的。两种原料切换操作,避免了因频繁停工造成的能耗和操作费用的浪费,提高了装置经济效益。%Running situation and product quality of the hydrogenation unit for special oil, improvement on operation and product quality of the unit which was used to process No.5 white oil material were introduced.The results showed that product quality of the clean solvent oil was good with direct straight distillation component from the second atmospheric line as hydrogena-tion feed.Key indexed of the product quality for lubricant base oil with No.5 white oil material as hydrogenation feed were better than that ofⅡandⅡ+types of base oil, which obtained the purpose of the upgrading of product.Waste on energy consumption and operation cost causing by frequent downtimes was prevented and economic profit of the unit was raised by means of switch operation between two crude materials.

  13. Introduction to Optical Burst Switching

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    KERNÁCS János; SZILÁGYI Szabolcs

    2010-01-01

    Optical Burst Switching (OBS) isconsidered a popular switching paradigm for therealization of all-optical networks due to the balance itoffers between the coarse-grained Optical CircuitSwitching (OSC) and fine-grained Optical PacketSwitching (OPS). Given that the data are switched allopticallyat the burst level, Optical Burst Switchingcombines the transparency of Optical CircuitSwitching with the benefits of statistical multiplexingin Optical Packet Switching.

  14. Saturated Switching Systems

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    Benzaouia, Abdellah

    2012-01-01

    Saturated Switching Systems treats the problem of actuator saturation, inherent in all dynamical systems by using two approaches: positive invariance in which the controller is designed to work within a region of non-saturating linear behaviour; and saturation technique which allows saturation but guarantees asymptotic stability. The results obtained are extended from the linear systems in which they were first developed to switching systems with uncertainties, 2D switching systems, switching systems with Markovian jumping and switching systems of the Takagi-Sugeno type. The text represents a thoroughly referenced distillation of results obtained in this field during the last decade. The selected tool for analysis and design of stabilizing controllers is based on multiple Lyapunov functions and linear matrix inequalities. All the results are illustrated with numerical examples and figures many of them being modelled using MATLAB®. Saturated Switching Systems will be of interest to academic researchers in con...

  15. TECAB - Totally Endoscopic Coronary Artery Bypass

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    Full Text Available ... the sternum and cannulate the aorta and the right atrium. In this operation, since we are not ... exactly perpendicular to the camera port here. All right. The femoral artery will be used to give ...

  16. FreeSWITCH Cookbook

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    Minessale, Anthony

    2012-01-01

    This is a problem-solution approach to take your FreeSWITCH skills to the next level, where everything is explained in a practical way. If you are a system administrator, hobbyist, or someone who uses FreeSWITCH on a regular basis, this book is for you. Whether you are a FreeSWITCH expert or just getting started, this book will take your skills to the next level.

  17. Switched Networks and Complementarity

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    Camlıbel, M.K.; Heemels, W.P.M.H; Schaft, van der, A.J.; Schumacher, J.M.

    2003-01-01

    A modeling framework is proposed for circuits that are subject both to externally induced switches (time events) and to state events. The framework applies to switched networks with linear and piecewise-linear elements, including diodes. We show that the linear complementarity formulation, which already has proved effective for piecewise-linear networks, can be extended in a natural way to also cover switching circuits. To achieve this, we use a generalization of the linear complementarity pr...

  18. Stochastic Switching Circuit Synthesis

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    Wilhelm, Daniel; Bruck, Jehoshua

    2009-01-01

    Shannon in his 1938 Masterpsilas Thesis demonstrated that any Boolean function can be realized by a switching relay circuit, leading to the development of deterministic digital logic. Here, we replace each classical switch with a probabilistic switch (pswitch). We present algorithms for synthesizing circuits closed with a desired probability, including an algorithm that generates optimal size circuits for any binary fraction. We also introduce a new duality property for series-parallel stocha...

  19. Quasi-parallel resonant DC-link inverter with a reduced switch voltage stress

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    This paper presents a new soft switching inverter with DC-link switch and one auxiliary switch. The important feature of this topology is that the switches voltage stress is lower than that of other quasi-parallel resonant DC-link inverters. All diodes and switches are turned on and off under soft switching conditions. Auxiliary switch is turned on and off under zero current switching conditions, and the DC-link switch is turned on under zero voltage zero current switching condition and turned off under zero voltage switching condition. The proposed converter is analyzed and its operating modes are explained in details. The presented experimental results of a prototype converter confirm the theoretical analysis.

  20. Quasi-parallel resonant DC-link inverter with a reduced switch voltage stress

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    Madani, Seyed M., E-mail: madani@cc.iut.ac.i [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Amini, Mohammad Reza, E-mail: mrezaaminy@ec.iut.ac.i [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Atighechi, Hamid, E-mail: h.atighechi@gmail.co [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Dolatshahi, Milad, E-mail: dolatshahi@ec.iut.ac.i [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2011-01-15

    This paper presents a new soft switching inverter with DC-link switch and one auxiliary switch. The important feature of this topology is that the switches voltage stress is lower than that of other quasi-parallel resonant DC-link inverters. All diodes and switches are turned on and off under soft switching conditions. Auxiliary switch is turned on and off under zero current switching conditions, and the DC-link switch is turned on under zero voltage zero current switching condition and turned off under zero voltage switching condition. The proposed converter is analyzed and its operating modes are explained in details. The presented experimental results of a prototype converter confirm the theoretical analysis.

  1. Self-Q-switched Cr:LiCAF laser

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    Beyatlı, Ersen; Sennaroğlu, Alphan; Demirbaş, Ümit

    2013-01-01

    We report self-Q-switched operation of a Cr:LiCAF laser for the first time to our knowledge. Self-Q-switching (SQS) refers to the generation of a periodic train of Q-switched pulses from a laser cavity containing only the gain medium. Since SQS does not require any additional elements such as saturable absorbers or active modulators, it is far simpler and lower cost in comparison with other Q-switching methods. In the experiments, SQS operation was observed by using an x-shaped, astigmaticall...

  2. Resistance switching memory in perovskite oxides

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    The resistance switching behavior has recently attracted great attentions for its application as resistive random access memories (RRAMs) due to a variety of advantages such as simple structure, high-density, high-speed and low-power. As a leading storage media, the transition metal perovskite oxide owns the strong correlation of electrons and the stable crystal structure, which brings out multifunctionality such as ferroelectric, multiferroic, superconductor, and colossal magnetoresistance/electroresistance effect, etc. The existence of rich electronic phases, metal–insulator transition and the nonstoichiometric oxygen in perovskite oxide provides good platforms to insight into the resistive switching mechanisms. In this review, we first introduce the general characteristics of the resistance switching effects, the operation methods and the storage media. Then, the experimental evidences of conductive filaments, the transport and switching mechanisms, and the memory performances and enhancing methods of perovskite oxide based filamentary RRAM cells have been summarized and discussed. Subsequently, the switching mechanisms and the performances of the uniform RRAM cells associating with the carrier trapping/detrapping and the ferroelectric polarization switching have been discussed. Finally, the advices and outlook for further investigating the resistance switching and enhancing the memory performances are given

  3. Asymmetrical Switch Costs in Children

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    Ellefson, Michelle R.; Shapiron, Laura R.; Chater, Nick

    2006-01-01

    Switching between tasks produces decreases in performance as compared to repeating the same task. Asymmetrical switch costs occur when switching between two tasks of unequal difficulty. This asymmetry occurs because the cost is greater when switching to the less difficult task than when switching to the more difficult task. Various theories about…

  4. Operator-bias-free comparison of quantitative perfusion maps acquired with pulsed-continuous arterial spin labeling and single-photon-emission computed tomography

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    We compared the regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) obtained by pulsed continuous arterial spin labeling (pCASL) and iodine-123-N-isopropyl-p-iodoamphetamine (IMP) single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) using 3-dimensional stereotactic region-of-interest (ROI) software for automated definition of ROIs in anatomic regions of the brain. Thirteen patients with cerebrovascular occlusive disease and three with transient ischemic attacks underwent pCASL and IMP SPECT imaging. We compared rCBF values of each anatomic region and calculated the correlation coefficients between pCASL and IMP SPECT. We also calculated the asymmetry index (AI) using ROIs in contralateral regions of the hemispheres. The rCBF values calculated from pCASL and IMP SPECT were comparable in most segments, but rCBF in the thalamus (P < 0.0001) and hippocampus (P=0.0006) was significantly higher measured by pCASL than IMP SPECT. The correlation of rCBF between pCASL and IMP SPECT in the affected hemisphere (r=0.50) tended to be lower than that in the normal hemisphere (r=0.59), but not significantly different (P=0.25). Moreover, there was a fixed bias for underestimation of rCBF by pCASL (P=0.0047) in the affected hemisphere. The calculated AI showed a significant relationship between methods (r=0.79, P < 0.0001). The rCBF obtained by pCASL had positive relationships with IMP SPECT. However, it should be considered that pCASL tends to have a weak relationship with IMP SPECT in some normal regions and regions affected by cerebrovascular occlusive disease. (author)

  5. Parametric scaling study of a magnetically insulated thermionic vacuum switch

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    Vanderberg, B.H.; Eninger, J.E. [Royal Inst. of Technology, Stockholm (Sweden). Dept. of Industrial Electrotechnology

    1996-02-01

    A parametric scaling study is performed on MINOS (Magnetically INsulated Opening Switch), a novel fast ({approximately}100 ns) high-power opening switch concept based on a magnetically insulated thermionic vacuum diode. Principal scaling parameters are the switch dimensions, voltage, current, applied magnetic field, and switching time. The scaling range of interest covers voltages up to 100 kV and currents of several kA. Fundamental scaling properties are derived from models of space-charge flow and magnetic cutoff. The scaling is completed with empirical results from the experimental MX-1 switch operated in an inductive storage pulsed power generator. Results are presented in diagrams showing voltage, current, power, and efficiency relationships and their limitations. The scaling is illustrated by the design of a megawatt average power opening switch for pulsed power applications. Trade-offs in the engineering of this type of switch are discussed.

  6. AC motor controller with 180 degree conductive switches

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    Oximberg, Carol A. (Inventor)

    1995-01-01

    An ac motor controller is operated by a modified time-switching scheme where the switches of the inverter are on for electrical-phase-and-rotation intervals of 180.degree. as opposed to the conventional 120.degree.. The motor is provided with three-phase drive windings, a power inverter for power supplied from a dc power source consisting of six switches, and a motor controller which controls the current controlled switches in voltage-fed mode. During full power, each switch is gated continuously for three successive intervals of 60.degree. and modulated for only one of said intervals. Thus, during each 60.degree. interval, the two switches with like signs are on continuously and the switch with the opposite sign is modulated.

  7. Pre and post operative evaluation of the perfusion reserve by acetazolamide [sup 99m]Tc-HMPAO SPECT in patients with chronic occlusive cerebral arteries. A comparative study with PET

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    Kuwabara, Yasuo; Ichiya, Yuichi; Sasaki, Masayuki; Akashi, Yuko; Yoshida, Tsuyoshi; Fukumura, Toshimitsu; Masuda, Kouji; Fujii, Kiyotaka; Fukui, Masashi (Kyushu Univ., Fukuoka (Japan). Faculty of Medicine)

    1994-09-01

    We studied the pre and post-operative perfusion reserve using Diamox [sup 99m]Tc-HMPAO SPECT in 7 patients with chronic occlusive cerebral arteries and then compared the results with PET. STAMCA anastomosis was performed on 5 patients, while a carotid endarterectomy was done on 2 patients. The cerebral blood flow, the vascular response to CO[sub 2] or Diamox, the oxygen extraction fraction and transit time (CBV/CBF) were measured by PET. In the pre-operative state, the visual evaluations for hypoperfusion area at rest agreed in 5 out of 7 patients in HMPAO SPECT and PET studies. In the remaining 2 patients, hypoperfusion areas were only detected in the PET study. The pre-operative evaluation of perfusion reserve agreed in 2 patients. In the remaining 5 patients, 3 patients showed definite positive (++) in PET and positive (+) in HMPAO SPECT, and one patient showed positive (+) in PET and negative (-) in HMPAO SPECT. The post-operative change of hypoperfusion areas well agreed in HMPAO SPECT and PET studies. However, the change of perfusion reserve was underestimated in HMPAO SPECT compared with PET. In the semiquantitative and quantitative analyses, the count rate ratios (affected/unaffected side) in HMPAO SPECT were apparently higher than those of CBF in PET. The postoperative change of the count rate ratios in HMPAO SPECT were smaller than those of CBF in PET. There was no significant correlation between the change in the ratio of the HMPAO SPECT after the administration of Diamox and the oxygen extraction fraction, and it was thus thought to be impossible to predict the areas with an increased oxygen extraction fraction. Thus, Diamox HMPAO SPECT may underestimate the areas of hypoperfusion or decrease in perfusion reserve when compared with PET. We should consider these limitations in the evaluation of pre and post operative cerebral hemodynamics. (author).

  8. Implementation of Middleware Switch ASIC Processor

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    S. Montenegro

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available The new spacecraft area network (SCAN system for internal satellite communication provides data transfer between different satellite components. The satellite components have their own communication protocols, which are translated by middleware (MW switch processor into a universal middleware protocol, understandable for the satellite operating system. The MW switch processor is the main part of a new proposed approach. Instead of current board computer based systems, the new data transfer approach based on network provides a more reliable solution. The processor is fabricated in the 250 nm IHP technology. This paper introduces a description of MW switch architecture, a comparison between possible architecture approaches and the characteristics of the implemented MW Switch processor.

  9. Multistate resistive switching in silver nanoparticle films

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    Sandouk, Eric J.; Gimzewski, James K.; Stieg, Adam Z.

    2015-08-01

    Resistive switching devices have garnered significant consideration for their potential use in nanoelectronics and non-volatile memory applications. Here we investigate the nonlinear current-voltage behavior and resistive switching properties of composite nanoparticle films comprising a large collective of metal-insulator-metal junctions. Silver nanoparticles prepared via the polyol process and coated with an insulating polymer layer of tetraethylene glycol were deposited onto silicon oxide substrates. Activation required a forming step achieved through application of a bias voltage. Once activated, the nanoparticle films exhibited controllable resistive switching between multiple discrete low resistance states that depended on operational parameters including the applied bias voltage, temperature and sweep frequency. The films’ resistance switching behavior is shown here to be the result of nanofilament formation due to formative electromigration effects. Because of their tunable and distinct resistance states, scalability and ease of fabrication, nanoparticle films have a potential place in memory technology as resistive random access memory cells.

  10. Controllable Passively Q-Switched Laser

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    YANG Cheng-Wei; HUO Yu-Jing; HE Shu-Fang; YIN Xiao-Dong; ZHANG Bao-Shun

    2005-01-01

    @@ We present a novel kind of pulsed laser named controllable passively Q-switched laser (CPQL). A CPQL of Nd:YVO4 with Cr:YAG as saturable absorber was demonstrated and studied as an example of the kind of pulsed lasers. In CPQL, as the actively controlling signal, a diode laser beam was focused onto the saturable absorber in the resonant cavity of the passively Q-switched laser (PQL) and was absorbed by the absorber to realize the active control of the CPQL. The characters of the CPQL output laser pulses, such as generation time, repetition rate, pulse width, peak power and energy per pulse, can be controlled by the operator. The CPQLs possess the advantages of both passively Q-switched laser and actively Q-switched 1aser. Because of their compactness, low cost and controllability, the CPQLs will find wide applications in many fields.

  11. Multidimensional set switching.

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    Hahn, Sowon; Andersen, George J; Kramer, Arthur F

    2003-06-01

    The present study examined the organization of preparatory processes that underlie set switching and, more specifically, switch costs. On each trial, subjects performed one of two perceptual judgment tasks, color or shape discrimination. Subjects also responded with one of two different response sets. The task set and/or the response set switched from one to the other after 2-6 repeated trials. Response set, task set, and double set switches were performed in both blocked and randomized conditions. Subjects performed with short (100-msec) and long (800-msec) preparatory intervals. Task and response set switches had an additive effect on reaction times (RTs) in the blocked condition. Such a pattern of results suggests a serial organization of preparatory processes when the nature of switches is predictable. However, task and response set switches had an underadditive effect on RTs in the random condition when subjects performed with a brief cue-to-target interval. This pattern of results suggests overlapping task and response set preparation. These findings are discussed in terms of strategic control of preparatory processes in set switching. PMID:12921431

  12. A Low Cost Single-Switch Bridgeless Boost PFC Converter

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    Younghoon Cho

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper proposes the single-switch bridgeless boost power factor correction (PFC converter to achieve high efficiency in low cost. The proposed converter utilizes only one active switching device for PFC operation as well as expecting higher efficiency than typical boost PFC converters. On the other hand, the implementation cost is less than traditional bridgeless boost PFC converters, in where two active switching deivces are necessary. The operational principle, the modeling, and the control scheme of the proposed converter are discussed in detail. In order to verify the operation of the proposed converter, a 500W switching model is built in PSIM software package. The simulation results show that the proposed converter perfectly achieves PFC operation with only a single active switch.

  13. New fast switches for the Tore Supra ohmic heating circuit

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    The Tore-Supra ohmic heating circuit is equipped with four fast make switches and one fast opening switch. After many years of operation, it became necessary to substitute this equipment by modern components with similar ratings. An extensive research has been undertaken to find fast switches able to withstand more than 2500 operations per year without maintenance, at a make current of 54 kA, a voltage of 12 kV and with a closing time of less than 15 ms. At the end of the investigation, it was decided to replace the old components by fast mechanical switches proposed by the Efremov Institute and based on a prototype developed for ITER. This paper presents the technical requirements and the characteristics of the switches and describes the operational experience gained with these components during operating campaigns of 2002 and 2003. (authors)

  14. Scaling of Superconducting Switches for Extraction of Magnetic Energy

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    Ballarino, A

    2010-01-01

    In certain cases it is necessary to extract the energy from a superconducting magnet when it quenches, in order to limit the heat generated by the event and thus prevent irreversible damage. This is usually achieved by opening a contact breaker across a resistor in the circuit feeding the magnet. For the heavy currents used to excite large magnets such switches incorporate sophisticated devices to limit arcing during the operation; besides being quite large and expensive, such switches have a limited lifetime. It is therefore interesting to consider the use of superconducting switches to perform this function, the advantage being that such switches would (i) not require maintenance and (ii) would be housed within the cryogenic environment of the magnet, and thus avoid permanent diversion of the current in and out of that environment to the mechanical switch (which operates at room temperature). However, practical switches for such an application are made up of superconductor in a metal matrix, and it is conve...

  15. Switch on, switch off: stiction in nanoelectromechanical switches

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    Wagner, Till J W

    2013-06-13

    We present a theoretical investigation of stiction in nanoscale electromechanical contact switches. We develop a mathematical model to describe the deflection of a cantilever beam in response to both electrostatic and van der Waals forces. Particular focus is given to the question of whether adhesive van der Waals forces cause the cantilever to remain in the \\'ON\\' state even when the electrostatic forces are removed. In contrast to previous studies, our theory accounts for deflections with large slopes (i.e. geometrically nonlinear). We solve the resulting equations numerically to study how a cantilever beam adheres to a rigid electrode: transitions between \\'free\\', \\'pinned\\' and \\'clamped\\' states are shown to be discontinuous and to exhibit significant hysteresis. Our findings are compared to previous results from linearized models and the implications for nanoelectromechanical cantilever switch design are discussed. © 2013 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  16. Patients undergoing elective coronary artery bypass grafting exhibit poor pre-operative intakes of fruit, vegetables, dietary fibre, fish and vitamin D

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    Ruiz-Nunez, B.; van den Hurk, G. H. A. M.; de Vries, J. H. M.; Mariani, M. A.; de Jongste, M. J. L.; Dijck-Brouwer, D. A. J.; Muskiet, F. A. J.

    2015-01-01

    CHD may ensue from chronic systemic low-grade inflammation. Diet is a modifiable risk factor for both, and its optimisation may reduce post-operative mortality, atrial fibrillation and cognitive decline. In the present study, we investigated the usual dietary intakes of patients undergoing elective

  17. Switch of the incoming CERN Telecom operator

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    2004-01-01

    The CERN numbering plan (from 022 767 0000 to 022 767 9999) actually owned by Swisscom will be transferred to Sunrise on the 15th of April 2004 between 6:30 to 7:30. During this action, the following disruptions may happen: • External calls to CERN internal fixed phones may be cut at any time for several minutes. • External calls made from CERN mobiles using "333" may be cut at any time for several minutes. At 7:30, once this action is done, the normal status should be recovered.

  18. The new technique of using the epigastric arteries in renal transplantation with multiple renal arteries

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    Mohammad Ali Amirzargar

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The most common anatomic variant seen in the donor kidneys for renal transplantation is multiple renal arteries (MRA, which can cause an increased risk of complications. We describe the long-term outcomes of 16 years of experience in 76 kidney transplantations with MRAs. In a new reconstruction technique, we remove arterial clamps after anastomosing the donor to the recipient′s main renal vessels, which cause backflow from accessory arteries to prevent thrombosis. By this technique, we reduce the ischemic times as well as the operating times. Both in live or cadaver donor kidneys, lower polar arteries were anastomosed to the inferior epigastric artery and upper polar arteries were anastomosed to the superior epigastric arteries. Injection of Papaverine and ablation of sympathic nerves of these arteries dilate and prevent them from post-operative spasm. Follow-up DTPA renal scan in all patients showed good perfusion and function of the transplanted kidney, except two cases of polar arterial thrombosis. Mean creatinine levels during at least two years of follow-up remained acceptable. Patient and graft survival were excellent. No cases of ATN, hypertension, rejection and urologic complications were found. In conclusion, this technique can be safely and successfully utilized for renal transplantation with kidneys having MRAs, and may be associated with a lower complication rate and better graft function compared with the existing techniques.

  19. Asymmetric Switching For A PWM H-Bridge Power Circuit

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    Wong, See-Pok

    1995-01-01

    Only two of four switches interrupt substantial current. An asymmetric timing scheme improves design and operation of pulse-width-modulation (PWM) H-bridge switch-and-transformer circuit. Circuit part of dc-to-dc converter or dc-to-ac inverter; in either case, output current or voltage regulated by adjusting times of opening and closing of semiconductor switches 1 through 4 to adjust durations of current pulses in primary winding of transformer.

  20. A New Hard Switching Bidirectional Converter With High Power Density

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    Bahador Fani; Majid Delshad; Daryoosh Nazarpour

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, a new isolated dc-dc bidirectional converter is proposed. This converter consists of two transformers (flyback and forward) and only one switch in primary side and one switch in secondary side of transformers. In this converter energy transfers to the output in both on and off switch states so power density of this converter is high This converter controlled by PWM signal. Also this converter operates over a wide input voltage range. Theoretical analysis is presented and compu...

  1. [Popliteal artery entrampment: report of one case].

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    Parra, Juan; Corvalán, Felipe; Ibáñez, Fernando; Bianchi, Víctor; Bastías, Waldo; Salas, Cristian; Cam, Alfredo; Lamarca, Andrés

    2006-02-01

    Popliteal artery entrampment is a rare condition, occurring in young subjects, that causes ischemia of the extremity. The anatomical background is the compression or occlussion of the popliteal artery caused by forced plantar or dorsal flexion. We report a 32 year-old sportsman who presented with gangrene of the right first toe and a history of three months of progressive claudication. The Ankle-Brachial index and pulse volume curve registries showed a severe ischemia below the knee. Angiography showed a medial deviation of the popliteal artery associated to stenosis and aneurysm formation. A CT scan of the contralateral artery was normal. The patient was operated using a posterior approach, performing a reverse saphenous vein bypass graft and excising the popliteal artery. The postoperative period was uneventful. PMID:16554929

  2. Coating possibilities for magnetic switches

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    High average power magnetic pulse compression systems are now being considered for use in several applications such as the High Power Radiation Source (HiPoRS) project. Such systems will require high reliability magnetic switches (saturable inductors) that are very efficient and have long lifetimes. One of the weakest components in magnetic switches is their interlaminar insulation. Considerations related to dielectric breakdown, thermal management of compact designs, and economical approaches for achieving these needs must be addressed. Various dielectric insulation and coating materials have been applied to Metglas foil in an attempt to solve the complex technical and practical problems associated with large magnetic switch structures. This work reports various needs, studies, results, and proposals in selecting and evaluating continuous coating approaches for magnetic foil. Techniques such as electrophoretic polymer deposition and surface chemical oxidation are discussed. We also propose continuous photofabrication processes for applying dielectric ribs or spacers to the foil which permit circulation of dielectric liquids for cooling during repetitive operation. 10 refs., 8 figs., 11 tabs

  3. Energy-bandwidth trade-off in all-optical photonic crystal microcavity switches

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    Heuck, Mikkel; Kristensen, Philip Trøst; Mørk, Jesper

    2011-01-01

    The performance of all-optical switches is a compromise between the achievable bandwidth of the switched signal and the energy requirement of the switching operation. In this work we consider a system consisting of a photonic crystal cavity coupled to two input and two output waveguides. As a...... dynamics of the switching operation, and the results show optimum parameter ranges that may serve as design guidelines in device fabrication. © 2011 Optical Society of America....

  4. Successful Reconstruction of Asymptomatic Bilateral External Carotid Artery Aneurysms.

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    Loja, Melissa N; Pevec, William C

    2016-04-01

    True aneurysms of the external carotid artery (ECA) are extremely rare with an unknown incidence and natural history. We present the successful operative management of an asymptomatic 65-year-old man found to have bilateral internal carotid artery stenosis and bilateral ECA aneurysms. His bilateral carotid arteries were reconstructed with bifurcated interposition grafts in a staged fashion. The patient recovered without sequelae and continues to be asymptomatic 1 year after reconstruction. We present the operative management of this rare case. PMID:26802292

  5. JUNOS Enterprise Switching

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    Reynolds, Harry

    2009-01-01

    JUNOS Enterprise Switching is the only detailed technical book on Juniper Networks' new Ethernet-switching EX product platform. With this book, you'll learn all about the hardware and ASIC design prowess of the EX platform, as well as the JUNOS Software that powers it. Not only is this extremely practical book a useful, hands-on manual to the EX platform, it also makes an excellent study guide for certification exams in the JNTCP enterprise tracks. The authors have based JUNOS Enterprise Switching on their own Juniper training practices and programs, as well as the configuration, maintenanc

  6. SPARK GAP SWITCH

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    Neal, R.B.

    1957-12-17

    An improved triggered spark gap switch is described, capable of precisely controllable firing time while switching very large amounts of power. The invention in general comprises three electrodes adjustably spaced and adapted to have a large potential impressed between the outer electrodes. The central electrode includes two separate elements electrically connected togetaer and spaced apart to define a pair of spark gaps between the end electrodes. Means are provided to cause the gas flow in the switch to pass towards the central electrode, through a passage in each separate element, and out an exit disposed between the two separate central electrode elements in order to withdraw ions from the spark gap.

  7. A Metabolic Switch

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    Hjorth, Poul G.

    Our muscles are metabolically flexible, i.e., they are capable of `switching' between two types of oxidation: (1) when fasting, a predominantly lipid oxidation with high rates of fatty acid uptake, and (2) when fed, suppression of lipid oxidation in favour of increased glucose uptake, oxidation and...... storage, in response to insulin. One of the many manifestations of obesity and Type 2 diabetes is an insulin resistance of the skeletal muscles, which suppresses this metabolic switch. This talk describes recent development of a low-dimensional system of ODEs that model the metabolic switch, displaying a...

  8. Switch mode power supply

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    This book concentrates on switch mode power supply. It has four parts, which are introduction of switch mode power supply with DC-DC converter such as Buck converter boost converter, Buck-boost converter and PWM control circuit, explanation for SMPS with DC-DC converter modeling and power mode control, resonance converter like resonance switch, converter, multi resonance converter and series resonance and parallel resonance converters, basic test of SMPS with PWM control circuit, Buck converter, Boost converter, flyback converter, forward converter and IC for control circuit.

  9. Switching mode simulation of parallel pumps feedwater system

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    In this paper, a model of Parallel Pumps Feedwater System (PPFS) is established, which is verified the validity via experiments. Then simulating study of three different switching modes is presented for PPFS during the alternate startup process. The first switching mode is starting the pump in standby before shutting down the pump in operation, the second one is starting the pump in standby after shutting down the pump in operation, and the third one is operating two pumps at the same time. The simulation results show that the loss of water in the first switching mode is the smallest and the system flow oscillation in the third mode is the smallest. Moreover, in the same switching mode, the shorter the time between the pumps switching is, the smaller system flow fluctuation is and the shorter the time is needed to recover stability. (authors)

  10. Occlusive Peripheral Arterial Disease

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    ... erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and level of C-reactive protein, which is produced only when inflammation is present. ... people with occlusive peripheral arterial disease also have coronary artery disease. Amputation of a limb may be necessary if ...

  11. A case of William's syndrome associated peripheral pulmonary arterial stenosis

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    William's syndrome, in order to more completely delineate the total spectrum of the disorder, indicates that 'infantile hypercalcemia', 'peculiar facies' and 'supravalvular aortic stenosis.' In has other many vascular anomalies, such as peripheral pulmonary arterial stenosis, coronary arterial stenosis, celiac arterial stenosis, and renal aterial stenosis. Only 32% of the patients have evidence of supravalvular aortic stenosis. And it is very rare disease entity that has been reported rarely in Korea. Recently authors experienced a case that was questioned William's syndrome with peripheral pulmonary arterial stenosis, clinically and preliminary radiologically and this case was confirmed by operation. Here we report a case of William's syndrome with peripheral pulmonary arterial stenosis and reviewed literatures

  12. Switching system for the FXR accelerator

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    A switching system has been designed for a 20 MeV flash x-ray linear induction accelerator which is being built at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. The switching system fans out a single command pulse and amplifies it to obtain the voltage necessary for reliable, low-jitter triggering of the accelerator components. This system consists of two major subsystems: (1) the Blumlein Charging Subsystem which first triggers thirteen Marx generators, and then charges 54 water-filled Blumleins, and (2) the Blumlein Triggering Subsystem which triggers the already-charged Blumleins to produce a 90 nanosecond, 400 kV pulse in each of 54 ferrite-loaded accelerator modules. The first subsystem consists of charged high voltage cabling with two parallel switch gaps either of which will trigger the Marx generators. The major components of the second subsystem are three stages of switch gaps along with the necessary high voltage cabling. Two parallel first stage switch gaps trigger thirteen second stage gaps, which in turn trigger 54 third stage Blumlein switch gaps synchronous with the passage of the electron beam pulse. These spark gaps are operated at a voltage of 150 to 350 kV with a 1/3 hertz repetition rate. Varying the cable lengths creates the actual delay times in the triggering of each component. Redundancy is built into the system to insure the high reliability which is essential for the flash radiography application

  13. Combination of Rare Right Arterial Variation with Anomalous Origins of the Vertebral Artery, Aberrant Subclavian Artery and Persistent Trigeminal Artery

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    Ishihara, H.; San Millán Ruíz, D.; Abdo, G.; Asakura, F.; Yilmaz, H.; Lovblad, K.O.; Rüfenacht, D.A.

    2011-01-01

    Summary A 32-year-old woman hospitalized for subarachnoid hemorrhage showed rare arterial variation on the right side with anomalous origins of the vertebral artery, aberrant subclavian artery and persistent trigeminal artery. Angiography showed the right vertebral artery to originate from the right common carotid artery, the right subclavian artery to arise separately from the descending aorta, and persistent trigeminal artery on the right side. The possible embryonic mechanism of this previously unreported variant combination is discussed. PMID:22005696

  14. Path planning during combustion mode switch

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    Jiang, Li; Ravi, Nikhil

    2015-12-29

    Systems and methods are provided for transitioning between a first combustion mode and a second combustion mode in an internal combustion engine. A current operating point of the engine is identified and a target operating point for the internal combustion engine in the second combustion mode is also determined. A predefined optimized transition operating point is selected from memory. While operating in the first combustion mode, one or more engine actuator settings are adjusted to cause the operating point of the internal combustion engine to approach the selected optimized transition operating point. When the engine is operating at the selected optimized transition operating point, the combustion mode is switched from the first combustion mode to the second combustion mode. While operating in the second combustion mode, one or more engine actuator settings are adjusted to cause the operating point of the internal combustion to approach the target operating point.

  15. On Renal Artery Stenosis

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    Eklöf, Hampus

    2005-01-01

    Renal artery stenosis (RAS) is a potentially curable cause of hypertension and azotemia. Besides intra-arterial renal angiography there are several non-invasive techniques utilized to diagnose patients with suspicion of renal artery stenosis. Removing the stenosis by revascularization to restore unobstructed blood flow to the kidney is known to improve and even cure hypertension/azotemia, but is associated with a significant complication rate. To visualize renal arteries with x-ray technique...

  16. 49 CFR 236.732 - Controller, circuit; switch.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Controller, circuit; switch. 236.732 Section 236.732 Transportation Other Regulations Relating to Transportation (Continued) FEDERAL RAILROAD... § 236.732 Controller, circuit; switch. A device for opening and closing electric circuits, operated by...

  17. Radial Plasma Flow Switch on GIT-12 Generator

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    Chaikovsky, S. A.; Kokshenev, V. A.; Rousskikh, A. G.; Shishlov, A. V.; Fedunin, A. V.; Labetsky, A. Yu.; Kurmaev, N. E.; Fursov, F. I.

    2006-01-01

    The preliminary experiments were performed on wire array implosion driven by a radial plasma flow switch on the GIT-12 generator operating in a microsecond mode. Imploding gas puff z-pinch plasma was used to provide fast switching of the current to an aluminum wire array. The experimental results are presented in the paper.

  18. DNA supercoiling enhances cooperativity and efficiency of an epigenetic switch

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    Norregaard, Kamilla; Andersson, Magnus; Sneppen, Kim;

    2013-01-01

    Bacteriophage λ stably maintains its dormant prophage state but efficiently enters lytic development in response to DNA damage. The mediator of these processes is the λ repressor protein, CI, and its interactions with λ operator DNA. This λ switch is a model on the basis of which epigenetic switch...

  19. Compensation on Hall effect sensor of PWM switching control

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    In this paper, it mainly investigates the relationship between switching frequency and measured currents of Hall effect sensor. How to effectively measure the current waveforms to improve the PWM switching control performance is the main subject of concern. A compensation circuit is designed to enlarge the operational range of Hall effect sensor, and the measurement error can be reduced without additional temperature sensor

  20. All-optical devices for ultrafast packet switching

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    Dorren, H.J.S.; HerreraDorren, J.; Raz, O.;

    2007-01-01

    We discuss integrated devices for all-optical packet switching. We focus on monolithically integrated all-optical flip-flops, ultra-fast semiconductor based wavelength converters and explain the operation principles. Finally, a 160 Gb/s all-optical packet switching experiment over 110 km of field...

  1. 1200 W flyback switching power supply with silicon carbide semiconductors

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    Martiš, J.

    2015-01-01

    This paper shows how a recent advancement in power semiconductor technology and some improvements can allow the flyback switching power supply to operate effectively at high output powers. The switching frequency can be increased, which allows for a more effective output filter design and a smaller transformer. A basic design example of a 1200 watt power supply power part is presented.

  2. Peripheral Artery Disease

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    ... or atherectomy may be used to help improve blood flow. What is peripheral artery disease (PAD)? How is peripheral artery disease evaluated? How ... PAD are diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Most cases occur in ... is peripheral artery disease evaluated? Several imaging tests can be used to ...

  3. Retinal artery occlusion

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    ... artery occlusion; Branch retinal artery occlusion; CRAO; BRAO Images Retina References Sanborn GE, Magargal LE. Arterial obstructive disease ... A.M. Editorial team. Related MedlinePlus Health Topics ... audit to verify that A.D.A.M. follows rigorous standards of quality and accountability. A.D.A.M. is among ...

  4. Switched linear differential systems

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    Mayo Maldonado, Jonathan

    2015-01-01

    In this thesis we study systems with switching dynamics and we propose new mathematical tools to analyse them. We show that the postulation of a global state space structure in current frameworks is restrictive and lead to potential difficulties that limit its use for the analysis of new emerging applications. In order to overcome such shortcomings, we reformulate the foundations in the study of switched systems by developing a trajectory-based approach, where we allow the use of models that ...

  5. Photonics in switching

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    Midwinter, John E; Kelley, Paul

    1993-01-01

    Photonics in Switching provides a broad, balanced overview of the use of optics or photonics in switching, from materials and devices to system architecture. The chapters, each written by an expert in the field, survey the key technologies, setting them in context and highlighting their benefits and possible applications. This book is a valuable resource for those working in the communications industry, either at the professional or student level, who do not have extensive background knowledge or the underlying physics of the technology.

  6. uv preilluminated gas switches

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    We have designed, built, and characterized uv preilluminated gas switches for a trigger circuit and a low inductance discharge circuit. These switches have been incorporated into a 54 x 76 x 150 cm pulser module to produce a 1 Ma output current rising at 5 x 1012 amps/sec with 1 ns jitter. Twenty such modules will be used on the Nova Inertial Confinement Fusion Laser System for plasma retropulse shutters

  7. uv preilluminated gas switches

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    Bradley, L.P.; Orham, E.L.; Stowers, I.F.; Braucht, J.R.

    1980-06-03

    We have designed, built, and characterized uv preilluminated gas switches for a trigger circuit and a low inductance discharge circuit. These switches have been incorporated into a 54 x 76 x 150 cm pulser module to produce a 1 Ma output current rising at 5 x 10/sup 12/ amps/sec with 1 ns jitter. Twenty such modules will be used on the Nova Inertial Confinement Fusion Laser System for plasma retropulse shutters.

  8. Switching to Photonics

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    Hinton, Harvard S.

    1992-01-01

    The use of hardware that exploits the interplay of photons and electrons to switch voice, data, and video is discussed. The two directions being taken by current research-guided-wave and free-space photonics-are examined. Photonic time-slot interchanges are described. Multidivisional fabrics, based on a combination of space-division and time-division multiplexing, are considered, as is the wavelength-division-based photonic packet switch, another kind of multidimensional fabric. The use of se...

  9. Switch Attention to Listen

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    Dhamani, Imran; Leung, Johahn; Carlile, Simon; Sharma, Mridula

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this research was to evaluate the ability to switch attention and selectively attend to relevant information in children (10–15 years) with persistent listening difficulties in noisy environments. A wide battery of clinical tests indicated that children with complaints of listening difficulties had otherwise normal hearing sensitivity and auditory processing skills. Here we show that these children are markedly slower to switch their attention compared to their age-matched peers. T...

  10. Ferroelectric switching of elastin

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    Liu, Yuanming; Cai, Hong-Ling; Zelisko, Matthew; WANG, YUNJIE; Sun, Jinglan; Yan, Fei; Ma, Feiyue; Wang, Peiqi; Chen, Qian Nataly; Zheng, Hairong; Meng, Xiangjian; SHARMA, PRADEEP; Zhang, Yanhang; Li, Jiangyu

    2014-01-01

    Ferroelectricity has long been speculated to have important biological functions, although its very existence in biology has never been firmly established. Here, we present, to our knowledge, the first macroscopic observation of ferroelectric switching in a biological system, and we elucidate the origin and mechanism underpinning ferroelectric switching of elastin. It is discovered that the polarization in elastin is intrinsic at the monomer level, analogous to the unit cell level polarizatio...

  11. A new Zero Voltage Switching three-level NPC inverter

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    He, Ning; Chen, Yenan; Xu, Dehong;

    2015-01-01

    A novel Zero Voltage Switching (ZVS) three-level NPC inverter topology using a new ZVS Space Vector Modulation (SVM) scheme is proposed. A detailed operation analysis of ZVS three-level NPC inverter is given. The ZVS condition of the proposed ZVS inverter is derived and it can be achieved of all...... switches in the proposed inverter, which include both the main switches and the auxiliary switches. The design of resonant circuits parameters is also provided. Finally the proposed circuit and ZVS SVM scheme are verified by experimental results and demonstrate a superior performance....

  12. GAS DISCHARGE SWITCH EVALUATION FOR RHIC BEAM ABORT KICKER APPLICATION

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    A gas discharge switch EEV HX3002 is being evaluated at Brookhaven National Laboratory as a possible candidate of RHIC Beam Abort Kicker modulator main switch. At higher beam energy and higher beam intensity, the switch stability becomes very crucial. The hollow anode thyratron used in the existing system is not rated for long reverse current conduction. The reverse voltage arcing caused thyratron hold-off voltage de-rating has been the main limitation of the system operation. To improve the system reliability, a new type of gas discharge switch has been suggested by Marconi Applied Technology for its reverse conducting capability

  13. A novel soft-switching inverter using resonant inductor freewheeling

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    Chan, CC; Yao, JM; Chan, DTW; Chau, KT

    1997-01-01

    A novel topology of the voltage-source soft-switching inverter for induction motor drives is presented. The key of this topology is to employ two fractional-duty auxiliary switches and one resonant inductor per phase to provide a favorable zero-voltage turn-on condition for those main switches. By fully utilizing the inherent natural freewheeling of the inverter, the auxiliary switches need to operate in the resonant inductor freewheeling only in a fractional duty. Apart from providing a soft...

  14. Security in Packet-Switched Land Mobile Radio Backbone Networks

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    Thomschutz, Hans Olaf Rutger

    2005-01-01

    Spurred by change in government regulations and to leverage lower-cost technology and services, many land mobile radio (LMR) operators have begun transitioning from circuit-switched to packet-switched backbone networks to handle their future communication needs. Due to the unique demands of packet-switched backbone networks for LMR, it may not be wise to carry over the previously implemented security methods used with circuit-switch systems or to treat an LMR backbone as a regular packet-swit...

  15. Carbon Nanotube Switches for Communication and Memory Applications

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    Kaul, Anupama B.; Epp, Larry; Wong, Eric W.; Kowalczyk, Robert

    2008-01-01

    Lateral CNT Switches: a) dc CNT switches were demonstrated to operate at low voltages, low powers and high speeds. b) RF simulations of switch in series configuration with metallized tube yielded good RF performance 1) Isolation simulated to be approx. 20 dB at 100 GHz. 2) Insertion loss simulated to be < 0.5 dB at 100 GHz. Vertical CNT Switches: a) Thermal CVD was used to mechanically constrain tubes in nanopockets; tubes not self-supporting. b) Demonstrated growth of vertically aligned arrays and single-few MWNTs using dc PECVD with Ni catalyst using optical lithography.

  16. Understanding and Supporting Window Switching

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    Tak, S.

    2011-01-01

    Switching between windows on a computer is a frequent activity, but finding and switching to the target window can be inefficient. This thesis aims to better un-derstand and support window switching. It explores two issues: (1) the lack of knowledge of how people currently interact with and switch b

  17. Optical switching systems using nanostructures

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    Stubkjær, Kristian

    2004-01-01

    High capacity multiservice optical networks require compact and efficient switches. The potential benefits of optical switch elements based on nanostructured material are reviewed considering various material systems.......High capacity multiservice optical networks require compact and efficient switches. The potential benefits of optical switch elements based on nanostructured material are reviewed considering various material systems....

  18. Anterior Tibial Artery Pseudoaneurysm: Case Report

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The aneurysmsatic changes of the infrapopliteal arteries are rarely seen. They are pseudoaneurysms rather than true aneursyms. The most important cause of them is trauma. There is not a standart treatment for infrapopliteal aneursyms. In this study, we have evaluated a case operated for anterior tibial artery pseudoaneurysm developed after penetrant trauma and diagnosed two weeks later. [Cukurova Med J 2012; 37(3.000: 172-175

  19. Comparison of Standard Catheters Versus Radial Artery-Specific Catheter in Patients Who Underwent Coronary Angiography Through Transradial Access.

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    Chen, On; Goel, Sunny; Acholonu, Michael; Kulbak, Guy; Verma, Shivani; Travlos, Efstratios; Casazza, Richard; Borgen, Elliot; Malik, Bilal; Friedman, Michael; Moskovits, Norbert; Frankel, Robert; Shani, Jacob; Ayzenberg, Sergey

    2016-08-01

    In this prospective, randomized controlled study, we aim to compare the performance outcomes of standard catheters with the radial artery-specific catheter. Over the past decade, transradial cardiac catheterization has gained widespread popularity because of its low complication rates compared with transfemoral access. Operators have the choice of using either standard catheters (used for both transfemoral and transradial approach, with need for separate catheter use for either right or left coronary artery engagement) or a dedicated radial artery catheter, which is specifically designed to engage both coronary arteries through radial artery access. A total of 110 consecutive patients who underwent coronary angiography at our institution from March 2015 to April 2015 were prospectively randomized to either radial artery-specific Tiger catheter (5Fr; Terumo Interventional Systems, Somerset, New Jersey) versus standard Judkins left and right catheters (5Fr R4, L4; Cordis Corporation, Miami, Florida). The end points of the study included fluoroscopy time, dose-area product, contrast volume used, and total procedure time for the coronary angiography. A total of 57 patients (52%) were randomized to radial artery-specific catheter and 53 (48%) to the standard catheter. Tiger catheter was associated with significantly lower fluoroscopy time (184 ± 91 vs 238 ± 131 seconds, p = 0.015), which was statistically significant. Other outcome measures such as dose-area product (2,882.4 ± 1,471.2 vs 3,524.6 ± 2,111.7 Gy·cm(2), p = 0.07), total contrast volume (48.1 ± 16.1 vs 53.4 ± 18.5 ml, p = 0.114), and total procedure time (337 ± 382 vs 434 ± 137 seconds, p = 0.085) were also lower in single-catheter group, but it did not reach statistical significance. A total of 8 patients (14%) were crossed over from radial-specific catheter arm to standard catheter arm because of substandard image quality and difficulty in coronary engagement. Six patients had to be

  20. Switching Control for Adaptive Disturbance Attenuation

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    Battistelli, Giorgio; Mari, Daniele; Selvi, Daniela; Tesi, Alberto; Tesi, Pietro

    2014-01-01

    The problem of adaptive disturbance attenuation is addressed in this paper using a switching control approach. A finite family of stabilizing controllers is pre-designed, with the assumption that, for any possible operating condition, at least one controller is able to achieve a prescribed level of

  1. Address switching: Reforming the architecture and traffic of Internet

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    LI Xing; BAO CongXiao

    2009-01-01

    The success of the Internet is largely ascribable to the packet-switching scheme, which, however, also presents major challenges. Having identified three missing links in the current Internet architecture based on our long-term experiences of designing and operating large-scale backbones, we put forward a new, but incrementally deployable, network scheme-address switching. The address switching has both the advantages of packet switching and circuit switching; it supplies the missing links in the current Internet architecture and can reform the Internet traffic. Our analysis, protocol design and experiments indicate that the address switching can greatly improve the quality of service (QoS), security and routing scalability of today's Internet. So it can provide flexible, high-performance and "per-service" networking for the scientific research communities. Moreover, it can provide a fairer and more sustainable business model for the commodity Internet.

  2. A High Efficient Improved Soft Switched Interleaved Boost Converter

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    A High Efficient Improved Soft Switched Interleaved Boost Converter

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    Full Text Available In this paper an improved ZVT interleaved boost PFC topology is introduced. The proposed ZVT interleaved boost converter is composed of two cell boost conversion units and an active auxiliary circuit. The proposed converter has two important advantages over the similar soft switching converters. The first one is that parallel to the main switches of the converter the auxiliary switch also operates under soft switching condition. Providing soft switching conditions for interleaved boost converters with more than one cells using only one auxiliary switch is another advantage of this topology. The prototype for the proposed converter was developed with an input of 110V ac power supply feeding a resistive output load of 600 watts. In addition, the proposed converter has the advantages of fewer structure complications, lower cost and ease of control.

  3. Intelligent switches of integrated lightwave circuits with core telecommunication functions

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    Izhaky, Nahum; Duer, Reuven; Berns, Neil; Tal, Eran; Vinikman, Shirly; Schoenwald, Jeffrey S.; Shani, Yosi

    2001-05-01

    We present a brief overview of a promising switching technology based on Silica on Silicon thermo-optic integrated circuits. This is basically a 2D solid-state optical device capable of non-blocking switching operation. Except of its excellent performance (insertion lossmarket segments appropriate for the switch size and technology, followed by a discussion of the basic features of the technology. The discussion is focused on important requirements from the switch and the technology (e.g., insertion loss, power consumption, channel isolation, extinction ratio, switching time, and heat dissipation). The mechanical design is also considered. It must take into account integration of optical fiber, optical planar wafer, analog electronics and digital microprocessor controls, embedded software, and heating power dissipation. The Lynx Photon.8x8 switch is compared to competing technologies, in terms of typical market performance requirements.

  4. Development of a biochemical switching device: mathematical model.

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    Okamoto, M

    1990-01-01

    There are many examples of enzymes that share substrates or cofactors in a cyclic manner. Techniques have been developed that use cyclic enzyme systems to assay quantitatively small amounts of biochemical substances (cofactor, substrate), however, only a few studies of the control of these systems have been published. The author previously showed with computer simulations that cyclic enzyme systems have the reliability of ON-OFF types of operation (McCulloch-Pitts' neuronic equation) and the applicability for a switching circuit in a biocomputer. The switching time was inevitably determined in accordance with the difference in amount between two inputs of the system. A unique switching mechanism of cyclic enzyme systems (basic switching element) and the effects of excitatory stimuli on switching properties of the integrated biochemical switching system are demonstrated. PMID:2082931

  5. Photoconductive switch enhancements for use in Blumlein pulse generators

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    Stacked Blumlein pulse generators developed at the University of Texas at Dallas have produced high-power waveforms with risetimes and repetition rates in the range of 0.2-50 ns and 1-300 Hz, respectively, using a conventional thyratron, spark gap or photoconductive switch. Adaptation of the design has enabled the stacked Blumleins to produce 80 MW, nanosecond pulses with risetimes better than 200 ps into nominally matched loads. The device has a compact line geometry and is commutated by a single GaAs photoconductive switch triggered by a low power laser diode array. Our current investigations involve the switch characteristics that affect the broadening of the current channels in the avalanche, pre-avalanche seedings, the switch lifetime and the durability. This report presents the progress toward improving the GaAs switch operation and lifetime in stacked Blumlein pulsers. Advanced switch treatments including diamond film overcoating are implemented and discussed

  6. Anterior communicating artery aneurysm associated with an infraoptic course of anterior cerebral artery and rare variant of the persistent trigeminal artery: a case report and literature review.

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    Turkoglu, Erhan; Arat, Anıl; Patel, Nirav; Kertmen, Hayri; Başkaya, Mustafa K

    2011-05-01

    Infraoptic course of the precommunicating segment of the anterior cerebral artery (A1) is a rare anomaly. Furthermore, the presence of this anomaly associated with persistent trigeminal artery variant has been reported in the literature only once. We present a patient who had infraoptic course of A1 associated with an ipsilateral persistent trigeminal artery variant arising from the right internal carotid artery with no apparent connection to the basilar artery. The persistent trigeminal artery variant supplied to the right posteroinferior cerebellar artery territory. The patient also had hypoplastic left vertebral artery, superior cerebellar arteries originating from posterior cerebellar arteries bilaterally, and a bilobed aneurysm of the anterior communicating artery. The aneurysm was clipped and the infraoptic course was verified during the surgery. The post-operative course was uneventful and a follow-up arteriogram on the 7th postoperative day revealed successful obliteration of the aneurysm. We reviewed the literature with respect to presentation, associated vascular anomalies, imaging, associated cerebral aneurysms and other cerebral abnormalities, and treatment of the associated aneurysms. A discussion of the embryogenesis of this rare anomaly is also provided. PMID:21269759

  7. Duplication of hepatic artery

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    Saeed Muhammad

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The hepatic arterial anatomy is aberrant in almost 33-41% of individuals. The variant arterial anatomy recognized during routine cadaveric dissection offers great learning potential. Such findings provide an alternative perspective to view common morphology and its structural and functional importance. These impart the concept of patient individuality and subsequent individualization of medical and surgical therapies. Adequate knowledge of normal and abnormal arterial anatomy is essential for peripancreatic surgery and liver transplantation. Aims of the study: To report on hepatic artery variations observed in the dissecting room and to find out the macroscopic pattern of varied human hepatic arterial vascularization by cadaveric dissection. Patients and Methods: Twenty human cadavers of caucasian origin were dissected to study the source and topographic pattern of hepatic arterial supply. Results: Nineteen cadavers exhibited typical hepatic arterial supply from the celiac axis. Only one female body out of twenty cadavers exhibited a dual arterial supply to all parts of liver and gallbladder. One artery originated from the celiac axis whereas the other was given off by the superior mesenteric artery. Conclusion: No doubt, aberrant hepatic vascularization should be assessed preoperatively by invasive and noninvasive techniques to avoid fatal complications, but we favour careful dissection over angiography as a means of defining the arterial anatomy.

  8. Retrograde catheterization via politeal artery for the treatment of ipsilateral superficial femoral artery occlusive disease: its clinical application

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    Objective: To investigate the clinical effect and application of retrograde catheterization via politeal artery in treating ipsilateral superficial femoral artery occlusive diseases. Methods: During the period from Jan. 2008 to June 2011, 15 patients with superficial femoral artery occlusive diseases were collected. A total of 17 narrowed or obstructed superficial femoral arteries were detected, including right (n=10) and left (n=7) femoral arteries. The length of the diseased artery ranged from 9 to 18 cm, with a mean of (12.5±6.8) cm. Percutaneous angioplasty (PTA) through ipsilateral retrograde catheterization via politeal artery together with stent implantation was performed to reopen the narrowed or obstructed superficial femoral arteries. After the procedure all patients were followed up for 3-24 months. The clinical results were analyzed. Results: The therapeutic success rate was 100% (17/17). No serious complications occurred. After the treatment, the ischemic symptoms were markedly improved or even disappeared. In 89.47% of patients (17/19) the superficial femoral arteries remained patent during the follow-up period. The preoperative ankle brachial index (ABI) was 0.15-0.48 (mean 0.28), while the postoperative ABI was 0.69-1.05 (mean 0.88). The difference in ABI between pre-operation and post-operation was statistically significant (P<0.05). Conclusion: For the treatment of superficial femoral arterial occlusive diseases, PTA through ipsilateral retrograde catheterization via politeal artery together with stent implantation is a safe effective therapy. (authors)

  9. Soft switching buck-boost converter for photovoltaic power generation; Taiyoko hatsuden no tame no soft switching shokoatsu converter

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    Lee, H. [Kyungnam University (Korea, Republic of)

    1996-10-27

    A soft switching method with small switching loss was proposed for the purpose of increasing the efficiency of a DC-DC boost converter which converted a DC current generated by solar cells to a variable DC current. Existing current converters are supplemented by using a snubber circuit around the switch so as to protect the switch by a hard switching action. However, with an increase of the output current, snubber loss is increased, reducing the efficiency. In order to solve this problem, the partial resonant switch method was applied to the converter; with this method of partially forming a resonant circuit only at the time of turning on/off of the switch, the switching loss was reduced through the soft switching, thereby making the proposed converter operate with high efficiency. Moreover, the resonant element of the partial resonant circuit using a snubber condenser, the energy accumulated in the condenser was regenerated on the power supply side without loss of snubber. With the regenerated energy, the proposed converter was provided with a smaller ratio of switching to use than the conventional converter. 4 refs., 7 figs., 1 tab.

  10. RESEARCH OF THE APPLICATIONS POSSIBILITY OF INTERFACE RELAY IN HYBRID SWITCHING SYSTEMS OF BISTABLE ACTUATORS WINDINGS

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. Development of methods of experimental determination of action coordination characteristics of semiconductor and mechanical switching elements in systems of hybrid commutation of bistable actuators coils taking into account contact bounce of mechanical switching elements. Consideration of the application possibility of interface relay as mechanical switches, and the definition of the duration of the intervals to ensure coordination of the relay operation with semiconductor switches. Methodology. Experimental determination of the time intervals between the moments of switching transistor which controls the relay coil, and power transistor when the switching on and off operations using a hybrid switching device are performed; statistical processing of experimental results. Results. The durations of the time intervals between the moments of switching of semiconductor and mechanical switching elements in systems of actuator coils hybrid commutation are experimentally determined. A way of a significant reduction of the duration of the indicated time intervals is considered and experimentally confirmed. Originality. The scheme of the power circuit of the control system with hybrid commutation of the actuator coil circuit, which differs from the known schemes that the only semiconductor switching element performs functions of the current switching on and off, and electromechanical relay contact elements act as a router interconnecting electrical circuits during dead times. Practical value. The use of hybrid switches instead of switches with semiconductor switches will significantly reduce the cost of the actuators control system, as well as reduce their sizes.

  11. Acute occlusion of the left subclavian artery with artery dissection

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    2006-01-01

    @@ Subclavian steal syndrome is cerebral or brain stem ischemia resulting from diversion of blood flow from the basilar artery to the subclavian artery, which is caused by occlusive disease of either the subclavian artery or the innominate artery before they branch off at the vertebral artery. In the patients with subclavian steal syndrome the subclavian artery is fed by retrograde flow from the vertebral artery via the carotids and the circle of Willis.

  12. Superselective intra-arterial infusion via the superficial temporal artery and occipital artery for gingival carcinoma of the mandible. Simultaneous catheter placement to the maxillary artery and facial artery

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    Superselective intra-arterial infusion via the superficial temporal artery (STA) has become useful for oral cancer. Approaching via the occipital artery (OA) enables superselective intra-arterial infusion when catheter placement via the STA is impossible. Therefore, simultaneous catheter placement via the STA and OA is possible. We report a surgical method of simultaneous catheter placement via the STA and OA to achieve retrograde superselective intra-arterial infusion for gingival carcinoma of the mandible. Preoperatively, three-dimensional computed tomography angiography was performed to identify the route of the external carotid artery and branches such as the STA, OA, maxillary artery, and facial artery (FA). Thirteen patients with mandibular gingival cancer underwent catheter placement via the STA and OA under local anesthesia. Catheter placement via the STA and OA was superselectively successful in all the patients. The mean operating time was 150.8 min. Catheter placed to the FA via the OA was dislocated during the treatment in one patient, and so the catheter was replaced. This method is useful to enable superselective intra-arterial chemotherapy to the whole gingival carcinoma of the mandible from the start of treatment compared with approaching via the STA. (author)

  13. Switching Power Universality in Unipolar Resistive Switching Memories

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    Kim, Jongmin; Jung, Kyooho; Kim, Yongmin; Jo, Yongcheol; Cho, Sangeun; Woo, Hyeonseok; Lee, Seongwoo; Inamdar, A. I.; Hong, Jinpyo; Lee, Jeon-Kook; Kim, Hyungsang; Im, Hyunsik

    2016-04-01

    We investigate the resistive switching power from unipolar resistive switching current-voltage characteristics in various binary metal oxide films sandwiched by different metal electrodes, and find a universal feature (the so-called universality) in the switching power among these devices. To experimentally derive the switching power universality, systematic measurements of the switching voltage and current are performed, and neither of these correlate with one another. As the switching resistance (R) increases, the switching power (P) decreases following a power law P ∝ R‑β, regardless of the device configurations. The observed switching power universality is indicative of the existence of a commonly applicable switching mechanism. The origin of the power universality is discussed based on a metallic filament model and thermo-chemical reaction.

  14. Dynamic contrast-enhanced ultrasound and transient arterial occlusion for quantification of arterial perfusion reserve in peripheral arterial disease

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    Objective: To quantify muscular micro-perfusion and arterial perfusion reserve in peripheral arterial disease (PAD) with dynamic contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) and transient arterial occlusion. Materials and methods: This study had local institutional review board approval and written informed consent was obtained from all subjects. We examined the dominant lower leg of 40 PAD Fontaine stage IIb patients (mean age, 65 years) and 40 healthy volunteers (mean age, 54 years) with CEUS (7 MHz; MI, 0.28) during continuous intravenous infusion of 4.8 mL microbubbles. Transient arterial occlusion at mid-thigh level simulated physical exercise. With time–CEUS–intensity curves obtained from regions of interest within calf muscles, we derived the maximum CEUS signal after occlusion (max) and its time (tmax), slope to maximum (m), vascular response after occlusion (AUCpost), and analysed accuracy, receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves, and correlations with ankle-brachial index (ABI) and walking distance. Results: All parameters differed in PAD and volunteers (p max was delayed (31.2 ± 13.6 vs. 16.7 ± 8.5 s, p post as optimal parameter combination for diagnosing PAD and therefore impaired arterial perfusion reserve. Conclusions: Dynamic CEUS with transient arterial occlusion quantifies muscular micro-perfusion and arterial perfusion reserve. The technique is accurate to diagnose PAD.

  15. Reversible Chemisorption Gas-Gap Thermal Switch

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    Jones, Jack A.; Bard, Steven; Blue, Gary

    1991-01-01

    Gas/sorbent combinations provide means to turn heat-conduction paths on and off. Single-stage gas-gap thermal switch based on reversible chemisorption of hydrogen gas by ZrNiH. Two-stage gas-gap thermal switch based on reversible desorption of O2 from MnO2 in first stage, followed by absorption in Cu on zeolite in second stage. Requires relatively low power. Used in sorption refrigeration systems designed to operate for long times without maintenance.

  16. Hysteresis controller with constant switching frequency

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    Poulsen, Søren; Andersen, Michael Andreas E.

    2005-01-01

    Switch mode audio power amplifiers are showing up on market in still greater numbers because of advantages in form of high efficiency and low total system cost, especially for high power amplifiers. Several different modulator topologies have been made, ranging from standard PWM to various self...... of benefits from continuous time operation and non-quantized resolution. This type of modulator uses no external carrier signal, and is called self-oscillating modulators. The work presented in this paper refers to switch mode audio power amplifier, but can be used within a wide range of DC-DC or DC...

  17. Node design in optical packet switched networks

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    Nord, Martin

    2006-01-01

    proposed parallel designs to overcome scalability constraints and to support migration scenarios. Furthermore, it has proposed and demonstrated optical input processing schemes for hybrids networks to simultaneously support OPS and Optical Circuit Switching. Quality of Service (QoS) differentiation enables......The thesis discusses motivation, realisation and performance of the Optical Packet Switching (OPS) network paradigm. The work includes proposals for designs and methods to efficiently use both the wavelength- and time domain for contention resolution in asynchronous operation. The project has also...

  18. Using MEMS Capacitive Switches in Tunable RF Amplifiers

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    Danson John

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available A MEMS capacitive switch suitable for use in tunable RF amplifiers is described. A MEMS switch is designed, fabricated, and characterized with physical and RF measurements for inclusion in simulations. Using the MEMS switch models, a dual-band low-noise amplifier (LNA operating at GHz and GHz, and a tunable power amplifier (PA at GHz are simulated in m CMOS. MEMS switches allow the LNA to operate with 11 dB of isolation between the two bands while maintaining dB of gain and sub- dB noise figure. MEMS switches are used to implement a variable matching network that allows the PA to realize up to 37% PAE improvement at low input powers.

  19. Ultrafast polarization optical switch constructed from one-dimensional photonic crystal and its performance analysis

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    WANG Tao; LI Qing; GAO DingShan

    2009-01-01

    All-optical switch with the ultrafast optical switching rate is a key device in the next generation optical network. In this article, we propose a polarization switch with ps switching time, which is constructed from one-dimensional resonant photonic crystal (1D RPC). The model of switch operating at 1.5 μm is established based on the optical stark effect (OSE). We calculate the performance indices of the switch and the influences of errors of periods and refractive index on the performance characteristics.

  20. On stability of switched linear systems with perturbed switching paths

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    2006-01-01

    This paper addresses the stability issue of switched linear systems with perturbed switching paths. First,by introducing thenotions of child-path and parent-path, we are able to define the distance between two switching paths by means of their switching matrices chains. Next, we present the nice properties of the defined distance. Then, a stability criterion is presented for a class of switched linear systems with perturbed switching paths. Finally, an illustrative example is presented to verify the effectiveness of the approach.

  1. Plasma opening switch experiments on supermite

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    Experiments using plasma opening switches with fast field coils and plasmas injected on slow magnetic fields are described. Data showing the measurement of the field penetration into the volume that initially held the plasma fill will be shown. Assuming the plasma is mostly pushed back from the coil, rather than being penetrated by the magnetic field allows the density to be calculated, and gives densities of a few times 1013 cm-3 for our usual operating range. The data makes it clear that the switch is open well before the initial plasma volume is completely penetrated by the magnetic fields. Additional measurements relating to the magnetic field penetration distance and physical penetration mechanism are presented. Other data presented show a magnetic insulation problem which must be solved before very large voltage multiplication can be accomplished with sufficient switch efficiency

  2. Opening switch technology for pulsed power systems

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    Opening switches are useful for converting a slow pulse power to faster delivery. Its requirement becomes critical when using inductive energy storage systems in pulse power applications. Inductive storage has advantage over usual capacitor bases systems by way of its high energy density resulting in compact systems. There are several kinds of conventional and non-conventional opening switch technologies available depending upon the time scale and energy of operation. Several new concepts have also been proposed and attempted in the field though may not have been fruitfully applied so far. A brief description of all such schemes is provided in this paper. Some details are also given on electrically exploding metal switch technique which has been developed in our laboratory in last few years. (author)

  3. Optical computer switching network

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    Clymer, B.; Collins, S. A., Jr.

    1985-01-01

    The design for an optical switching system for minicomputers that uses an optical spatial light modulator such as a Hughes liquid crystal light valve is presented. The switching system is designed to connect 80 minicomputers coupled to the switching system by optical fibers. The system has two major parts: the connection system that connects the data lines by which the computers communicate via a two-dimensional optical matrix array and the control system that controls which computers are connected. The basic system, the matrix-based connecting system, and some of the optical components to be used are described. Finally, the details of the control system are given and illustrated with a discussion of timing.

  4. Computation of Transient Electromagnetic Field Emission from Enclosure During GIS Disconnector Switching Operations%GIS隔离开关操作过程中管壳空间暂态电磁辐射计算

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    干喆渊; 赵军; 张建功; 谢鹏康; 陈恒林

    2016-01-01

    随着电力系统的不断发展,越来越多的电子设备引入到变电站中,而气体绝缘开关设备(gas insulated switchgear, GIS)中的隔离开关操作往往作会造成空间暂态电磁辐射,分析隔离开关操作过程中GIS管壳周围空间电磁场分布对安装在管壳周围的电子设备的电磁兼容设计有着非常重要的参考意义.建立了GIS管壳的电路和电磁辐射模型,计算得到了GIS隔离开关操作过程中管壳接地电流引起的空间暂态电磁场.结果表明:管壳周围电磁场时域波形跟随管壳电流变化;管壳附近的空间电磁场随着与管壳之间距离增加而剧烈衰减,在离管壳较远的位置,电场呈线性衰减,磁场呈指数衰减;随着接地点个数增加,暂态对地过电压的幅值显著降低,且离套管位置较远处电磁场幅值有所减小.对GIS管壳附近的空间电磁场进行了测量,计算结果与现场实测数据基本相符.%With the fast development of power system, intelligent equipment is increasingly applied in substations.Disconnector operation in gas insulated switchgear (GIS) always produces electromagnetic field emissions.Therefore, it has very important reference significance to analyze the electromagnetic field distribution for the electromagnetic compatibility design of the electronic equipment installed around the GIS enclosures.We established the circuit models of grounding enclosure and electromagnetic emission, and calculated the electromagnetic field caused by the enclosure current during switching operation.The results show that the electromagnetic field waveform follows the enclosure current waveform.Near the enclosure, the electromagnetic field decays fast, far from the enclosure, electric field decays linearly while magnetic field decays exponentially.With the number increasing of grounding points, the amplitude of TEV decreases obviously, and the electromagnetic field are smaller far from the bushing.The electromagnetic

  5. Switching speed limitations of high power IGBT modules

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    Incau, Bogdan Ioan; Trintis, Ionut; Munk-Nielsen, Stig

    2015-01-01

    In this paper the switching speed limits of high power IGBT modules are investigated. The limitation of turn-on and turn-off switching speeds of the IGBTs are experimentally detected in a pulse tester. Different dc-bus stray inductances are considered, as well as the worst case scenario for the...... blocking dc-link voltage. Switching losses are analyzed upon a considerable variation of resistor value from turn-on gate driver side. Short circuit operations are investigated along with safe operating area for entire module to validate electrical capabilities under extreme conditions....

  6. A Novel Single-Switch Single-Stage Electronic Ballast

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    Lu-Hua Zhu; Xing-Bi Chen; Hong-Sheng Zhong

    2009-01-01

    A single-stage single-switch high- frequency electronic ballast topology is presented. The circuit topology is the integration of a buck power- factor-correction (PFC) converter and a class E resonant inverter with only one active power switch. The buck converter is operated in discontinuous conduction mode and at a fixed switching frequency, and constant duty cycle to achieve high power factor and it can be controlled easily. Detailed analysis of the operation and characteristics of the circuit is provided. Simulation results satisfy present standard require- ments.

  7. Programmable Power Supply for AC Switching Magnet of Proton Accelerator

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    Jeong, Seong-Hun; Kang Heung Sik; Lee, Chi-Hwan; Lee, Hong-Gi; Park, Ki-Hyeon; Ryu, Chun-Kil; Sik Han, Hong; Suck Suh, Hyung

    2005-01-01

    The 100-MeV PEFP proton linac has two proton beam extraction lines for user' experiment. Each extraction line has 5 beamlines and has 5 Hz operating frequency. An AC switching magnet is used to distribute the proton beam to the 5 beamlines, An AC switching magnet is powered by PWM-controlled bipolar switching-mode converters. This converter is designed to operate at ±350A, 5 Hz programmable step output. The power supply is employed IGBT module and has controlled by a DSP (Digital Signal Process). This paper describes the design and test results of the power supply.

  8. Photonics in Switching

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    Hinton, Harvard S.

    1992-01-01

    One of the keys to the future of telecommunications companies will be their ability to provide new broadband services to both the business community and residential customers. With the new services will come the need for the equivalent of a broadband switching office. Such a system could require the capability of supporting in excess of 10000 users with broadband channel bit rates exceeding 100 Mb/s. This implies a switching fabric the aggregate bit rate of which could be greater than 1 Tb/s....

  9. Laboratory Switching Power Supply

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    Slezák, Jakub

    2009-01-01

    This bachelor’s thesis is concerned with design switching power supply based on forward converter with output voltage regulated in the range of 3 to 30V and load current to 1 A. First of all, it discusses the theoretical solution of basic types of converters and switching power supply problems. Followed by a proposal of various parts source, which was first established in the test version on the test board. Then was proposed printed circuit board and complete mechanical solutions. Source is a...

  10. Magneto-optical switch with amorphous silicon waveguides on magneto-optical garnet

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    Ishida, Eiichi; Miura, Kengo; Shoji, Yuya; Mizumoto, Tetsuya; Nishiyama, Nobuhiko; Arai, Shigehisa

    2016-08-01

    We fabricated a magneto-optical (MO) switch with a hydrogenated amorphous silicon waveguide on an MO garnet. The switch is composed of a 2 × 2 Mach–Zehnder interferometer (MZI). The switch state is controlled by an MO phase shift through a magnetic field generated by a current flowing in an electrode located on the MZI. The switching operation was successfully demonstrated with an extinction ratio of 11.7 dB at a wavelength of 1550 nm.

  11. Column Generation for Transmission Switching of Electricity Networks with Unit Commitment

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    Villumsen, Jonas Christoffer; Philpott, Andy B.

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents the problem of finding the minimum cost dispatch and commitment of power generation units in a transmission network with active switching.We use the term active switching to denote the use of switches to optimize network topology in an operational context. We propose a Dantzig...... startups is reduced by 1. Instances with limited switching, some of which are intractable for commercial solvers, are shown to solve to optimality in reasonable time....

  12. Investigation of a High-Power, High-Pressure Spark Gap Switch with High Repetition Rate

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    Rahaman, Hasibur

    2007-01-01

    Micro plasmas in a pressurized spark gap switch were under investigation in the present dissertation. In contrast to the requirements of commonly used high power switches, this work was focused on investigations of a high repetition rate and simultaneously maintaining a fast switching time at a low energy transfer per pulse. The spark gap was operating in a free running mode, without any triggering. The breakdown was only initiated by overvoltage. For this particular switch, a theoretical cha...

  13. Unusual origin of the artery of Adamkiewicz from the fourth lumbar artery

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    The main arterial supply of the dorso-lumbar spinal cord is usually derived from a single anterior radiculo-medullary artery called the artery of Adamkiewicz and referred to as having a middle or low location. In some cases, the artery origin is higher, and a vessel which arises in the lower part of the region supplements the supply of the anterior spinal artery. In the literature, those arteries have been described as arising from L3 upwards, and have never been previously described angiographically, to our knowledge, below this level, although Suh and Alexander and Gililan have mentioned this eventuality. Of the 4,000 spinal cord angiographies performed in our institution, we report three cases in which the fourth lumbar artery flows into the anterior spinal artery of the conus medullaris. This anatomical variant may explain the sometimes devastating post-operative neurological complications from a spinal cord infarction on surgery of the lumbar spine or the abdominal aorta below L3. (orig.)

  14. Unusual origin of the artery of Adamkiewicz from the fourth lumbar artery

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    Lo, D.; Vallee, J.N.; Spelle, L.; Cormier, E.; Chiras, J. [Service de Neuroradiologie Charcot, Hopital de la Salpetriere, Paris (France); Saillant, G. [Service de Chirurgie Orthopedique et de Traumatologie, Hopital de la Salpetriere, Paris (France); Rancurel, G. [Service D' urgences Cerebro-Vasculaires, Hopital de la Salpetriere, Paris (France)

    2002-02-01

    The main arterial supply of the dorso-lumbar spinal cord is usually derived from a single anterior radiculo-medullary artery called the artery of Adamkiewicz and referred to as having a middle or low location. In some cases, the artery origin is higher, and a vessel which arises in the lower part of the region supplements the supply of the anterior spinal artery. In the literature, those arteries have been described as arising from L3 upwards, and have never been previously described angiographically, to our knowledge, below this level, although Suh and Alexander and Gililan have mentioned this eventuality. Of the 4,000 spinal cord angiographies performed in our institution, we report three cases in which the fourth lumbar artery flows into the anterior spinal artery of the conus medullaris. This anatomical variant may explain the sometimes devastating post-operative neurological complications from a spinal cord infarction on surgery of the lumbar spine or the abdominal aorta below L3. (orig.)

  15. Catheterization of the Hepatic Artery Via the Left Common Carotid Artery in Rats

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    The commonly used approach for rat hepatic artery catheterization is via the gastroduodenal artery, which is ligated after the procedure. A new method of rat hepatic artery catheterization via the left common carotid artery (LCCA) is described. The LCCA is repaired after catheterization. The catheterization procedures included the following: (1) opening the rat's abdominal cavity and exposing the portion of abdominal aorta at the level of the celiac trunk; (2) separating and exposing the LCCA; inserting a microguidewire and microcatheter set into the LCCA via an incision; after placement into the descending aorta, the microguidewire and microcatheter are maneuvered into the hepatic artery under direct vision; (3) after transcatheter therapy, the catheter is withdrawn and the incision at the LCCA is repaired. This technique was employed on 60 male Sprague-Dawley rats with diethylnitrosamine-induced liver cancer, using a 3F microguidewire and microcatheter set. Selective hepatic artery catheterization was successfully performed in 57 rats. One rat died during the operation and five rats died within 7 days after the procedure. It is envisaged that as experience increases, the catheterization success rate will increase and the death rate will decrease. A new approach for selective hepatic artery catheterization via the LCCA in rats is introduced, which makes repeat catheterization of this artery possible and allows large embolization particles to be delivered by using a 3F catheter

  16. Switching devices for the ITER magnet power supply system

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    The task of creation of a new generation of switches was set forth in the ITER research and development programme. The set of switches consists of circuit breakers and making switches both for normal and protective mode of operation. In addition, there may arise a demand for a polarity reverser to change the output current polarity of the supply converter. All of these switches are to operate with steady state currents of about 40kA and voltages of up to 20kV.The required response time is not more than several milliseconds. In this paper the results of development and investigation of several multiaction mechanical switches for the ITER power supply and protection systems are described. An extensive test programme was carried out to check the design concepts of the switches and determine their real parameters. The results of the experimental study indicated that all of these switches can be used as the basis for the design of the ITER switches. ((orig.))

  17. Celiac Artery Compression Syndrome

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    Mohammed Muqeetadnan

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Celiac artery compression syndrome is a rare disorder characterized by episodic abdominal pain and weight loss. It is the result of external compression of celiac artery by the median arcuate ligament. We present a case of celiac artery compression syndrome in a 57-year-old male with severe postprandial abdominal pain and 30-pound weight loss. The patient eventually responded well to surgical division of the median arcuate ligament by laparoscopy.

  18. Popliteal artery entrapment syndrome.

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    O'Leary, D P

    2010-01-01

    Popliteal artery entrapment syndrome is a rare abnormality of the anatomical relationship between the popliteal artery and adjacent muscles or fibrous bands in the popliteal fossa. The following is a case report of a 19 year old female, in whom popliteal artery entrapment syndrome was diagnosed, and successfully treated surgically. A review of literature is also presented and provides details on how PAES is classified, diagnosed both clinically and radiologically, and treated surgically.

  19. Coeliac artery compression syndrome

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    OKTAY, Özgür; MEMİŞ, Ahmet; Parildar, Mustafa; Oran, İsmail

    2003-01-01

    Celiac artery compression syndrome, also called median arcuate ligament compression syndrome, causes gastrointestinal ischemia secondary to compression of the proximal portion of the celiac artery just beyond its origin by the median arcuate ligament of the diaphragm. This syndrome is frequently demonstrated on aortography performed in patients without complaints of intestinal angina. Isolated stenosis or even occlusion of the celiac artery is always compensated for by collateral circul...

  20. Robotically assisted multivessel minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass grafting with the use of bilateral internal thoracic arteries.

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    Nishida, Satoru; Yasuda, Tamotsu; Watanabe, Go; Kikuchi, Yujiro; Shintani, Yoshiko; Ito, Shigeki; Tabata, Shigeki; Kawachi, Kenji

    2007-09-01

    This case report presents the robotically assisted multivessel minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass grafting (MIDCAB) technique using the bilateral internal thoracic arteries. A 54-year-old man with multivessel coronary artery disease was considered eligible for a robotically assisted myocardial revascularization. The bilateral internal thoracic arteries were harvested completely in a totally skeletonized fashion through three 1-2-cm-long incisions on the left thoracic wall. A small left anterior thoracotomy was then performed. The left internal thoracic artery was anastomosed to the left anterior descending coronary artery, and the composite radial artery graft from the right internal thoracic artery was sequentially anastomosed to the first diagonal branch, the obtuse marginal branch, and the distal right coronary artery on the beating heart without cardiopulmonary bypass. The harvesting time of the grafts was 66 min, and the total operative time was 5 h 58 min. Postoperative angiography revealed that all grafts were widely patent. The postoperative course was uneventful, and the patient was discharged 10 days after the operation. Robotically assisted MIDCAB using the bilateral thoracic arteries is a safe and effective means of myocardial revascularization for patients with multivesssel disease. PMID:17721036

  1. Imaging the vertebral artery

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    Tay, Keng Yeow; U-King-Im, Jean Marie; Trivedi, Rikin A.; Higgins, Nicholas J.; Cross, Justin J.; Antoun, Nagui M. [Addenbrooke' s Hospital and University of Cambridge, Department of Radiology, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Davies, John R.; Weissberg, Peter L. [Addenbrooke' s Hospital and University of Cambridge, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Gillard, Jonathan H. [Addenbrooke' s Hospital and University of Cambridge, Department of Radiology, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Addenbrooke' s Hospitald, University Department of Radiology, Cambridge (United Kingdom)

    2005-07-01

    Although conventional intraarterial digital subtraction angiography remains the gold standard method for imaging the vertebral artery, noninvasive modalities such as ultrasound, multislice computed tomographic angiography and magnetic resonance angiography are constantly improving and are playing an increasingly important role in diagnosing vertebral artery pathology in clinical practice. This paper reviews the current state of vertebral artery imaging from an evidence-based perspective. Normal anatomy, normal variants and a number of pathological entities such as vertebral atherosclerosis, arterial dissection, arteriovenous fistula, subclavian steal syndrome and vertebrobasilar dolichoectasia are discussed. (orig.)

  2. Peripheral artery disease - legs

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    ... if they have a history of: Abnormal cholesterol Diabetes Heart disease (coronary artery disease) High blood pressure ( hypertension ) Kidney disease involving hemodialysis Smoking Stroke ( cerebrovascular disease )

  3. A New Zero Voltage Switching Buck-Boost Type DC-DC Converter

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    Majid Delshad

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, a new zero voltage switching isolated buck-boost DC-DC converter with active clamp circuit is proposed. The active clamp circuit in this converter not only absorbs voltage spikes across the main switch but also provides soft switching conditions for all switches. All switches are PWM controlled which simplifies the control implementation. One of the main advantages of this converter is the that it operating can operate at high power levels while soft switching conditions exist in both buck and boost modes of converter operation. Since this converter can operate over a wide input voltage range, it can be employed in power factor correction. The experimental results obtained from a 150W prototype circuit operating at 100KHz are presented to confirm the integrity of the proposed circuit.

  4. Optical Packet Switching Demostrator

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    Mortensen, Brian Bach; Berger, Michael Stübert

    2002-01-01

    In the IST project DAVID (data and voice integration over DWDM) work is carried out defining possible architectures of future optical packet switched networks. The feasibility of the architecture is to be verified in a demonstration set-up. This article describes the demonstrator set-up and the...

  5. Ultrafast gas switching experiments

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    We describe recent experiments which studied the physics of ultrafast gas breakdown under the extreme overvoltages which occur when a high pressure gas switch is pulse charged to hundreds of kV in 1 ns or less. The highly overvolted peaking gaps produce powerful electromagnetic pulses with risetimes Khz at > 100 kV/m E field

  6. A mechanically driven switch for decoupling cryocoolers

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    van der Laan, M. T. G.; Tax, R.; Ten Kate, H. H. J.; van de Klundert, L. J. M.

    A superconductive magnet system solely cooled by thermal conduction and two Gifford-McMahon cryocoolers has been developed. One cooler is redundant to obtain reliable and serviceable operation. The magnet operates at a temperature of 12 K. In order to reduce the heat flux into the system when one cooler is out of service, two thermal switches were developed with the following features. In both cases, thermal contact is made by pressing two or more pieces of metal against each other. The first switch is a lathe-chuck type and consists of three metal pieces symmetrically arranged around a metal bar. They are simultaneously pushed in a radial direction thus making mechanical and thermal contact. The second is a bench-vise type. A metal bar is clamped between two metal jaws by means of the action of a screw driven by an external torque. In both cases, relatively fast switching is possible. The thermal resistance obtained in the on-state was better than 0.5 W/K, and in the off-state at least a factor of 1000 less. Thermal and mechanical cycling appeared to have no large influence on the switch performance.

  7. Active plasmonics in WDM traffic switching applications

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    Papaioannou, Sotirios; Kalavrouziotis, Dimitrios; Vyrsokinos, Konstantinos; Weeber, Jean-Claude; Hassan, Karim; Markey, Laurent; Dereux, Alain; Kumar, Ashwani; Bozhevolnyi, Sergey I.; Baus, Matthias; Tekin, Tolga; Apostolopoulos, Dimitrios; Avramopoulos, Hercules; Pleros, Nikos

    2012-09-01

    With metal stripes being intrinsic components of plasmonic waveguides, plasmonics provides a ``naturally'' energy-efficient platform for merging broadband optical links with intelligent electronic processing, instigating a great promise for low-power and small-footprint active functional circuitry. The first active Dielectric-Loaded Surface Plasmon Polariton (DLSPP) thermo-optic (TO) switches with successful performance in single-channel 10 Gb/s data traffic environments have led the inroad towards bringing low-power active plasmonics in practical traffic applications. In this article, we introduce active plasmonics into Wavelength Division Multiplexed (WDM) switching applications, using the smallest TO DLSPP-based Mach-Zehnder interferometric switch reported so far and showing its successful performance in 4×10 Gb/s low-power and fast switching operation. The demonstration of the WDM-enabling characteristics of active plasmonic circuits with an ultra-low power × response time product represents a crucial milestone in the development of active plasmonics towards real telecom and datacom applications, where low-energy and fast TO operation with small-size circuitry is targeted.

  8. Microelectrical Mechanical Systems Switch for Designing Multi-Band Antenna

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: In this study Microelectrical Mechanical System (MEMS switches were proposed to design a reconfigurable/multi-band antenna to replaced PIN diode switches or semiconductor switches due to lower insertion losses, good isolation, much lower intermodulation distortion, and lower power consumption. The antenna is able to operate at very high frequencies. Approach: A reconfigurable antenna that is capable to operate at several frequencies was proposed by introducing two adjacent patches along with main radiating patch and two MEMS switches. Parametric analysis of the size of the wing patches was done for finding optimum size. A comparative study was done for Alumina, SiN, GaAs and Teflon as MEMS bridge materials for finding better results in terms of return loss and number of bands. The design was performed by using 3D electromagnetic simulator HFSS considering ideal MEMS switches. Results: It was found that SiN as MEMS bridge material makes the antenna to operate at 16.76, 23.56 and 27.7 GHz in the “OFF” states and operate at 20.9 and 21.91 GHz in the “ON” states of MEMS switches. Conclusion/Recommendations: MEMS cantilever beam material played an important role for providing antenna to operate at multi-band frequencies. The proposed multiband/reconfigurable antenna can be implemented with easy fabrication process steps by the Sandwich method of fabrication.

  9. Language Switching and Language Competition

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    Macizo, Pedro; Bajo, Teresa; Paolieri, Daniela

    2012-01-01

    This study examined the asymmetrical language switching cost in a word reading task (Experiment 1) and in a categorization task (Experiment 2 and 3). In Experiment 1, Spanish-English bilinguals named words in first language (L1) and second language (L2) in a switching paradigm. They were slower to switch from their weaker L2 to their more dominant…

  10. Job Switching and Wage Growth

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    Faberman, R. Jason; Justiniano, Alejandro

    2015-01-01

    This article shows a remarkably strong relationship between job switching and nominal wage growth. We also find a fairly strong relationship between job switching and the cyclical component of inflation. Furthermore, job switching seems to be predictive of both wage growth and inflation.

  11. On-chip wavelength switch based on thermally tunable discrete four-wave mixing in a silicon waveguide

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    Pu, Minhao; Chen, Yaohui; Hu, Hao; Yvind, Kresten

    An on-chip wavelength switch is proposed based on discrete four-wave mixing in a silicon waveguide. Switching operation can be realized by thermal tuning the waveguide dispersion. We also discuss optimal dimension design concerning device performances.......An on-chip wavelength switch is proposed based on discrete four-wave mixing in a silicon waveguide. Switching operation can be realized by thermal tuning the waveguide dispersion. We also discuss optimal dimension design concerning device performances....

  12. Voltage-controllable wavelength-selective optical switching based on multiply cascaded long-period fiber gratings

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    Han, Young-Geun; Choi, Sun-Min; Kim, Sang Hyuck; Lee, Sang Bae

    2003-11-01

    A novel wavelength-selective optical switching device based on multiply cascaded long-period fiber gratings is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The on and off states of each channel in the optical switching device can be effectively switched by voltage-controllable coil heaters. The device has advantages of multichannel operation, multiwavelength selectivity, and bandwidth controllability. It can be useful for applications in multiwavelength operational signal gating, optical switching devices, routers, and multiplexers in optical communication systems.

  13. Synchronization Between Two Different Switched Chaotic Systems By Switching Control

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    Du Li Ming

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper is concerned with the synchronization problem of two different switched chaotic systems, considering the general case that the master-slave switched chaotic systems have uncertainties. Two basic problems are considered: one is projective synchronization of switched chaotic systems under arbitrary switching; the other is projective synchronization of switched chaotic systems by design of switching when synchronization cannot achieved by using any subsystems alone. For the two problems, common Lyapunov function method and multiple Lyapunov function method are used respectively, an adaptive control scheme has been presented, some sufficient synchronization conditions are attainted, and the switching signal is designed. Finally, the numerical simulation is provide to show the effectiveness of our method.

  14. Bilateral popliteal arterial dissection.

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    Chen, Po-Liang; Ko, Shih-Yu; Tan, Ken-Hing

    2012-01-01

    A clinical feature of bilateral popliteal arterial dissection without involving the descending aorta, bilateral iliac, as well as femoral arteries has never been reported in the past literature. We report a 56-year-old man with hypertension and coronary artery disease who presented to our emergency department with complaints of bilateral knee pain after long-distance walking. Physical examination was notable for elevated blood pressure, but there was no palpable pulsation over dorsalis pedis arteries on his feet. Laboratory evaluation revealed a d-dimer level of 35.2 mg/L (FEU) on the day of the test and 1.2 mg/L one and a half months ago (normal level, <0.55). These findings were suggestive of a recent-onset peripheral arterial occlusive disorder. Computed tomography of the aorta showed bilateral popliteal arterial dissection with arterial intimal flap. Abdominal aorta, bilateral iliac, and femoral arteries remained intact with only arteriosclerotic change. Minimally invasive endovascular stent grafting was then performed. The patient had an uneventful recovery. PMID:21106320

  15. Long-term outcomes of internal carotid artery disease treated using radial artery graft

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    Complex internal carotid artery disease presents a surgical challenge because limitations and difficulty are encountered with either clipping or endovascular treatment. Our review of previous reports suggests that no current vascular assessment can accurately predict occurrence of ischemic complications after internal carotid artery ligation. The present study concerns long-term clinical outcome of radial artery grafting followed by parent artery trapping or proximal occlusion for management of these difficult lesions. Between September 1997 and October 2007, we performed radial artery grafting followed immediately by parent artery occlusion in 20 sides of 19 patients with complex internal carotid arteries disease with follow-up for more than 36 months (5 men, 14 women; mean follow-up duration, 62 months). All patients underwent postoperative MRI and MR angiography (MRA) every year to assess graft patency, ischemic complications, and de novo aneurysm. Another 20 carotid aneurysms with visual disturbance were assessed concerning outcome. Among 13 patients with cranial nerve (III and VI) disturbances, all dysfunctions were improved in cases treated within 8 months of onset to operation. On the other hand, patients with second cranial nerve disturbances were not improved in cases treated after 4 months of onset. No long-term complications were discovered with MRI and MRA. With appropriate attention to surgical technique, radial artery grafting followed by acute parent artery occlusion is a safe treatment for complex internal carotid artery aneurysms. Long-term safety is satisfactory, with no delayed complications such as graft stenosis, ischemic complications or de novo aneurysm formations in follow-up periods of more than 3 years. Good clinical outcome of cranial nerve palsy was achieved in patients treated within 8 months of onset for cranial nerve (CN) III and VI, and 4 of CN II palsy. (author)

  16. Mammary artery harvesting using the Da Vinci Si robotic system

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    Leonardo Secchin Canale

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Internal mammary artery harvesting is an essential part of any coronary artery bypass operation. Totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass graft surgery has become reality in many centers as a safe and effective alternative to conventional surgery in selected patients. Internal mammary artery harvesting is the initial part of the procedure and should be performed equally safely if one wants to achieve excellence in patency rates for the bypass. We here describe the technique for mammary harvesting with the Da Vinci Si robotic system.

  17. Morphological method for automatic extraction of the coronary arteries

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    Coronary arteriography is a clinically important diagnostic tool for the evaluation of coronary artery disease, and can provide detailed information. For the quantitative assessment of the coronary arteriograms. Several studies concerning the extraction of vessel edges have been published, and automatic extraction of vessel edges has been used in clinical diagnostic systems. However, these methods are not satisfactory, because manual modification by the operator is unavoidable in some cases. To reduce manual operation, accurate and automatic extraction of the coronary arteries is necessary. In this paper, we propose a new technique for automatic extraction of the coronary arteries using morphological operators. This method includes the following steps: contrast enhancement using a morphological Top-Hat operator, enhancement of thin vessels and reduction of pulse noise using a morphological erosion operator, elimination of obvious background pixels by semi-binary thresholding, and extraction of the coronary arteries by labeling and counting the area. (author)

  18. Kinematic Simulation and Optimization for Torsion Spring of Pawl in Spring Operating Mechanism of High Voltage Switch Based on Adams Software%基于Adams的高压开关弹簧机构中掣子扭簧的仿真及优化

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    金松安; 王瑜; 骆虎

    2012-01-01

    针对高压开关设计中掣子扭簧的设计,建立了弹簧操作机构的运动学模型,在Solid edge中建立仿真模型;在Adams中建立虚拟样机并进行运动学仿真,对掣子扭簧参数进行优化,提出了一种对高压开关进行虚拟设计的有效方法.%This paper established a kinematic model of spring operating mechanism of high voltage switch in order to solve the problems in torsion spring of pawl.and created spring operating mechanism with Solid edge software. Based on virtual prototype technology,the kinematic behavior of spring operating mechanism was simulated with Adams software and the torsion spring of pawl was optimized.This research is expected to supply a new method for virtual design of high voltage switch.

  19. Microsurgical anatomy of the middle cerebral artery

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    Pai S

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The microsurgical anatomy of the middle cerebral artery (MCA is of particular interest to the cerebrovascular surgeon. The purpose of this study was to define the microsurgical anatomy of the MCA and its various branches in the Indian population. Methods: Ten MCAs were studied from five cadaveric brain specimens. The authors studied the outer diameter, length, branches, perforators and site of these on the main trunk (M1, the division of the main trunk, the secondary trunks and their various cortical branches using the operating microscope under 5-20x magnification. Results: The outer diameter of the MCA main trunk ranges from 2.5 to 4 mm with a mean of 3.35 mm. The superolateral branches consisted of polar temporal artery and anterior temporal artery that had a common origin and sometimes the uncal artery or the accessory uncal artery. Perforators or lenticulostriate arteries were seen in the inferomedial surface all along the length of M1. Eight bifurcations and two trifurcations were noted. Cortical branches and their origin are discussed. Conclusion: Although the microsurgical anatomy of the MCA in Indian population correlated with the findings in the western literature, some structural and statistical variations were noted.

  20. Proto-I switching and diode studies

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    Proto-I is a 3 MV, 800 kA, 24 ns electron beam accelerator that is under development at Sandia Laboratories. It represents an initial effort to develop a scalable technology that is applicable to accelerators for electron beam driven, inertial confinement fusion studies. Energy is supplied to each of the two diodes from six oil-dielectric Blumlein transmission lines (PFL) operating in parallel. A Marx generator charges three intermediate storage, water-dielectric capacitors which subsequently transfer the stored energy to the PFL. The discharge of the PFL is initiated by the simultaneous closure of 12 triggered oil-dielectric rail switches. Data will be presented on the operation of these multichannel switches. The two diodes have a common anode. Cathode diameters can be varied from 10 to 60 cm. Results of initial diode experiments and comparisons with theory are discussed. Plasma filled diode experiments are also reported, indicating pinch collapse velocities in excess of 109 cm/s

  1. Proto-I switching and diode studies

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    Proto-I is a 3 MV, 800 kA, 24 ns electron beam accelerator that is under development as an initial effort to develop a scalable technology that is applicable to accelerators for electron beam driven, inertial confinement fusion studies. Energy is supplied to each of the two diodes from six oil-dielectric Blumlein transmission lines (PFL) operating in parallel. A Marx generator charges three intermediate storage, water-dielectric capacitors which subsequently transfer the stored energy to the PFL. The discharge of the PFL is initiated by the simultaneous closure of 12 triggered oil-dielectric rail switches. Data are presented on the operation of these multichannel switches. The two diodes have a common anode. Cathode diameters can be varied from 10 to 60 cm. Results of initial diode experiments and comparisons with theory are discussed. Plasma filled diode experiments are also reported, indicating pinch collapse velocities in excess of 109 cm/s

  2. Switching overvoltages in offshore wind power grids

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    Arana Aristi, Ivan

    electrical systems and the topic of transients is given in Chapter 1. In Chapter 2 it is described how the component and sub-system models are developed and used from an applied point of view, where common and detail models are mentioned. In Chapter 3 results from frequency domain measurement on transformers...... and cables are presented. In Chapter 4 results from time domain measurements and simulations of switching operations in offshore wind power grids are described. Specifically, switching operations on a single wind turbine, the collection grid, the export system and the external grid measured in several...... systems to be analysed. As long as the required frequency domain measurements are performed in the appropriate components, the information used is correct and the system is created in a suitable simulation tool. The general method used to validate and create detailed models was proven to be very powerful...

  3. The Smallest Molecular Switch

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    Emberly, Eldon G.; Kirczenow, George

    2003-01-01

    Ab-initio total energy calculations reveal benzene-dithiolate (BDT) molecules on a gold surface, contacted by a monoatomic gold STM tip to have two classes of low energy conformations with differing symmetries. Lateral motion of the tip or excitation of the molecule cause it to change from one conformation class to the other and to switch between a strongly and a weakly conducting state. Thus, surprisingly, despite their apparent simplicity these Au/BDT/Au nanowires are shown to be electrical...

  4. Python Switch Statement

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    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available The Python programming language does not have a built in switch/case control structure as found in many other high level programming languages. It is thought by some that this is a deficiency in the language, and the control structure should be added. This paper demonstrates that not only is the control structure not needed, but that the methods available in Python are more expressive than built in case statements in other high level languages.

  5. Magnetic Cellular Switches

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    Overby, Darryl R.; Alenghat, Francis J.; Montoya-Zavala, Martín; Bei, HuCheng; Oh, Philmo; Karavitis, John; Ingber, Donald E.

    2004-01-01

    This paper focuses on the development of magnetic cellular switches to enable magnetic control of intracellular functions in living mammalian cells, including receptor signal transduction and gene transcription. Our approach takes advantage of the mechanosensitivity of adenosine 3′,5′-monophosphate (cAMP) induction and downstream transcription controlled by the cAMP regulatory element (CRE) to engineer gene constructs that optically report gene expression in living cells. We activate transcri...

  6. Molecular current switch

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    Nešpůrek, Stanislav; Sworakowski, J.

    Brno : Faculty of Chemistry, Brno University of Technology, 2002 - (Schauer, F.), s. 89-96 ISBN 80-214-2265-3. [Seminar on Physics and Chemistry of Molecular Systems /7./. Brno (CZ), 13.12.2001] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA1050901; GA ČR GA202/01/0518 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4050913 Keywords : current switch * local states * dipolar species Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism

  7. Tunneling Nanoelectromechanical Switches Based on Compressible Molecular Thin Films.

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    Niroui, Farnaz; Wang, Annie I; Sletten, Ellen M; Song, Yi; Kong, Jing; Yablonovitch, Eli; Swager, Timothy M; Lang, Jeffrey H; Bulović, Vladimir

    2015-08-25

    Abrupt switching behavior and near-zero leakage current of nanoelectromechanical (NEM) switches are advantageous properties through which NEMs can outperform conventional semiconductor electrical switches. To date, however, typical NEMs structures require high actuation voltages and can prematurely fail through permanent adhesion (defined as stiction) of device components. To overcome these challenges, in the present work we propose a NEM switch, termed a "squitch," which is designed to electromechanically modulate the tunneling current through a nanometer-scale gap defined by an organic molecular film sandwiched between two electrodes. When voltage is applied across the electrodes, the generated electrostatic force compresses the sandwiched molecular layer, thereby reducing the tunneling gap and causing an exponential increase in the current through the device. The presence of the molecular layer avoids direct contact of the electrodes during the switching process. Furthermore, as the layer is compressed, the increasing surface adhesion forces are balanced by the elastic restoring force of the deformed molecules which can promote zero net stiction and recoverable switching. Through numerical analysis, we demonstrate the potential of optimizing squitch design to enable large on-off ratios beyond 6 orders of magnitude with operation in the sub-1 V regime and with nanoseconds switching times. Our preliminary experimental results based on metal-molecule-graphene devices suggest the feasibility of the proposed tunneling switching mechanism. With optimization of device design and material engineering, squitches can give rise to a broad range of low-power electronic applications. PMID:26244821

  8. Comparison of Memory Assignment Schemes for Switch Architectures with Shareable Parallel Memory Modules

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    Sanjeev Kumar

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Switching Architectures deploying shareable parallel memory modules are quite versatile in their ability to scale to higher capacity while retaining the advantage of sharing its entire memory resource among all input and output ports. The two main classes of such architectures, namely, the Shared Multibuffer-(SMB- based switch and the Sliding-Window-(SW- based packet switch, both deploy parallel memory modules that are physically separate but logically connected. Inspite of their similarity in regards to using shareable parallel memory modules, they differ in switching control and scheduling of packets to parallel memory modules. SMB switch uses centralized control whereas the SW switch uses a decentralized control for switching operations. In this paper, we present a new memory assignment scheme for the Sliding-Window (SW switch for assigning packets to parallel memory modules that maximizes the parallel storage of packets to multiple memory modules. We compare the performance of a sliding-window switch deploying this new memory assignment scheme with that of an SMB switch architecture under conditions of identical traffic type and memory resources deployed. The simulation results show that the new memory assignment scheme for the sliding window switch maximizes parallel storage of packets input in a given switch cycle, and it does not require speed-up of memory modules. Furthermore, it provides a superior performance compared to that of the SMB switch under the constraints of fixed memory-bandwidth and memory resources.

  9. Compression of the Popliteal Artery after Posterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Using the Tibial Inlay Technique

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    Seo, Seung Suk; Seo, Jin Hyeok; Kim, Do Hun; Park, Byung Yoon

    2015-01-01

    Popliteal artery compression rarely occurs after posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) reconstruction using the tibial inlay technique that allows for direct visualization of the surgical field. However, we experienced a popliteal artery compression after PCL reconstruction performed using the technique, which eventually required re-operation. Here, we report this rare case and discuss reasons of popliteal artery compression.

  10. Two-output Class E Isolated dc-dc Converter at 5 MHz Switching Frequency

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    Pavlovic, Zoran; Oliver Ramírez, Jesús Angel; Alou Cervera, Pedro; García Suárez, Oscar; Prieto López, Roberto; Cobos Márquez, José Antonio

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents a two output class-E isolated dcdc converter that regulates the output voltages at fixed switching frequency. The converter is simulated at operating frequency of 5 MHz. The converter output power is 40 W and the output voltages are 15 V and 5 V. All the switches operate at zero voltage switching (ZVS) conditions for the full load range. The circuit configuration is simple with small passive components which reduce the size of the converter. The circuit also has ...

  11. Fluidic valve for reactor regeneration flow switching

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    Tesar, V

    2004-01-01

    An unusual and in many respects advantageous no-moving-part valve is described,developed for switching fluid flows in a through-flow reactor that requires a periodic regeneration by temporary replacement of the process fluid by another, regeneration fluid. The unusual feature of the valve is that it is axisymmetric, built integrally into the inlet part of the reactor body. The valve operation is based upon a monostable axisymmetric variant of the Coanda effect of jet attachment to a wall. ...

  12. Node design in optical packet switched networks

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    Nord, Martin; Dittmann, Lars

    2006-01-01

    The thesis discusses motivation, realisation and performance of the Optical Packet Switching (OPS) network paradigm. The work includes proposals for designs and methods to efficiently use both the wavelength- and time domain for contention resolution in asynchronous operation. The project has also proposed parallel designs to overcome scalability constraints and to support migration scenarios. Furthermore, it has proposed and demonstrated optical input processing schemes for hybrids networks ...

  13. Integrated Fabry-Perot optical space switches

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    Menard, Michael

    As information technologies are adopted by more people to accomplish a greater variety of tasks, the need for optical telecommunication networks with higher capacity and flexibility grows. In addition to improving throughput by increasing transmission rates and the number of wavelength channels, novel network architectures using optical burst or packet based switching are investigated because they allow a more efficient use of transmission capacity and they enable the reorganisation of wavelength connections according to traffic demands. The implementation of such networks requires fast, broadband, transparent, and scalable optical space switches. Although research on optical space switches has been on going for decades, no solution that meets all of the above requirements has been reported yet. The work presented in this thesis introduces a novel optical space switch configuration based on tunable integrated Fabry-Perot filters working at oblique incidence and investigates their performance. A design method to implement this new switch concept is described and demonstrated with the fabrication and characterisation of optical prototypes. The prototypes are implemented in GaAs/AlGaAs planar waveguides and they are designed to be operated using the electro-optic effect. Deep etching is used to create the switch features and a comprehensive optimization of the waveguide structure is conducted to minimize radiation losses. To maximize the number of wavelength channels that can be controlled with a small refractive index modulation, the switches have a 200 GHz comb frequency response that transmits/reflects one out of every two channels on the ITU 100 GHz grid. Thus, shifting their frequency response by one channel spacing is sufficient to change the state of every channel. Furthermore, four Fabry-Perot cavities are coupled to obtain a flat and wide theoretical passband of more than 50 GHz. A Gaussian beam propagation analysis is performed to determine the minimum beam

  14. TECAB - Totally Endoscopic Coronary Artery Bypass

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    Full Text Available ... completely endoscopic coronary artery bypass grafting procedure using robotics. We call this operation a “TECAB,” “Totally Endoscopic ... scrub nurse, also a lot of experience with robotics now. And Dr. Atiq Rahman, fellow here for ...

  15. Routing Bandwidth Guaranteed Paths with Restoration in Label Switched Networks

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    Norden, Samphel; Buddhikot, Milind M.; Waldvogel, Marcel; Suri, Subhash

    2001-01-01

    A Network Service Provider (NSP) operating a label-switched networks such as ATM or Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) networks, sets up end-to-end bandwidth-guaranteed Label-Switched Paths (LSPs) to satisfy the connectivity requirements of its client networks. To make such a service highly available, the NSP may set up one or more backup LSPs for every active LSP. The backup LSPs are activated when the corresponding active LSP fails. Accordingly, the problem of LSP routing with and withou...

  16. Escape from a potential well with a randomly switching boundary

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    We consider diffusion in a potential well with a boundary that randomly switches between absorbing and reflecting and show how the switching boundary affects the classical escape theory. Using the theory of stochastic hybrid systems, we derive boundary value problems for the mean first passage time and splitting probability and find explicit solutions in terms of the spectral decomposition of the associated differential operator. Further, using a more probabilistic approach, we prove asymptotic formulae for these statistics in the small diffusion limit. In particular, we show that the statistical behavior depends critically on the gradient of the potential near the switching boundary and we derive corrections to Kramers’ reaction rate theory. (paper)

  17. A New Hard Switching Bidirectional Converter With High Power Density

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    Bahador Fani

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, a new isolated dc-dc bidirectional converter is proposed. This converter consists of two transformers (flyback and forward and only one switch in primary side and one switch in secondary side of transformers. In this converter energy transfers to the output in both on and off switch states so power density of this converter is high This converter controlled by PWM signal. Also this converter operates over a wide input voltage range. Theoretical analysis is presented and computer simulation and experimental results verify the converter analysis.

  18. Metabolic alterations and neurodevelopmental outcome of infants with transposition of the great arteries.

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    Park, I Sook; Yoon, S Young; Min, J Yeon; Kim, Y Hwue; Ko, J Kok; Kim, K Soo; Seo, D Man; Lee, J Hee

    2006-01-01

    Abnormal neurodevelopment has been reported for infants who were born with transposition of the great arteries (TGA) and underwent arterial switch operation (ASO). This study evaluates the cerebral metabolism of TGA infants at birth and before ASO and neurodevelopment 1 year after ASO. Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS) was performed on 16 full-term TGA brains before ASO within 3-6 days after birth. The brain metabolite ratios of [NAA/Cr], [Cho/Cr], and [mI/Cr] evaluated measured. Ten infants were evaluated at 1 year using the Bayley Scales of Infants Development II (BSED II). Cerebral metabolism of infants with TGA was altered in parietal white matter (PWM) and occipital gray matter (OGM) at birth before ASO. One year after ASO, [Cho/Cr] in PWM remained altered, but all metabolic ratios in OGM were normal. The results of BSID II at 1 year showed delayed mental and psychomotor development. This delayed neurodevelopmental outcome may reflect consequences of the altered cerebral metabolism in PWM measured by 1H-MRS. It is speculated that the abnormal hemodynamics due to TGA in utero may be responsible for the impaired cerebral metabolism and the subsequent neurodevelopmental deficit. PMID:16897317

  19. Coronary Artery Bypass

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Ancient schwannoma is a rare variant of neural tumors though rarely seen in the thorax. The combination with coronary artery diseases is also rare. Here we describe a 66 year-old male who had undergone one-stage combined surgery for thoracic ancient schwannomas removal and coronary artery disease. The masses were, respectively, 13 cm in the middle mediastinum and 5 cm in diameter originating from the intercostal nerve. The tumors were successfully removed using sternotomy, and then a coronary artery bypass grafting was performed. Here we discuss this rare tumor in relation to the relevant literature.

  20. Repetitive plasma opening switch for powerful high-voltage pulse generators

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    Results are presented of experimental studies of plasma opening switches that serve to sharpen the pulses of inductive microsecond high-voltage pulse generators. It is demonstrated that repetitive plasma opening switches can be used to create super-powerful generators operating in a quasi-continuous regime. An erosion switching mechanism and the problem of magnetic insulation in repetitive switches are considered. Achieving super-high peak power in plasma switches makes it possible to develop new types of high-power generators of electron beams and X radiation. Possible implementations and the efficiency of these generators are discussed

  1. Locally-Actuated Graphene-Based Nano-Electro-Mechanical Switch

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    Full Text Available The graphene nano-electro-mechanical switches are promising components due to their outstanding switching performance. However, most of the reported devices suffered from a large actuation voltages, hindering them from the integration in the conventional complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS circuit. In this work, we demonstrated the graphene nano-electro-mechanical switches with the local actuation electrode via conventional nanofabrication techniques. Both cantilever-type and double-clamped beam switches were fabricated. These devices exhibited the sharp switching, reversible operation cycles, high on/off ratio, and a low actuation voltage of below 5 V, which were compatible with the CMOS circuit requirements.

  2. Remote fiber optic switch powered by light for robust interrogation of fiber Bragg grating sensor networks

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    In this work, a remote fiber optic switch powered by light is demonstrated experimentally. This fiber optic switch is powered by a photovoltaic power converter illuminated by a Raman laser. The switch can operate at distances up to 100 km. This switch is used to develop a remote resilient fiber Bragg grating (FBG) multiplexing network interrogated by a commercial FBG interrogator. In the proposed set-up the switch selects the branch of the FBG network located 50 km away from the interrogation unit in order to enable a two-way interrogation path for each sensor to prevent connection failures or fiber breakages. (paper)

  3. Nanophotonic quantum phase switch with a single atom

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    Tiecke, Tobias; Thompson, Jeffrey Douglas; de Leon, Nathalie Pulmones; Liu, L; Vuletić, V.; Lukin, Mikhail D.

    2014-01-01

    By analogy to transistors in classical electronic circuits, quantum optical switches are important elements of quantum circuits and quantum networks1, 2, 3. Operated at the fundamental limit where a single quantum of light or matter controls another field or material system4, such a switch may enable applications such as long-distance quantum communication5, distributed quantum information processing2 and metrology6, and the exploration of novel quantum states of matter7. Here, by strongly ...

  4. Hot-switched lifetime and damage characteristics of MEMS switch contacts

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    Using a custom built contact testing system, direct current micro contact damage under hot-switching conditions was explored in ruthenium-on-ruthenium contacts operated at a contact force of approximately 400 µN. For the first time, contact damage on making and breaking contact under bias (leading and trailing edge hot switching) is compared. Trailing-edge hot switching leads to significantly higher adhesion (1.5–4 times higher) than leading-edge hot switching. The high-voltage tests (3.5 V) lead to polarity-dependent material transfer, with material moving in the direction of the electric field. The amount of material transfer does not depend strongly on the current limit from 0.78 to 380 mA. The low voltage (0.71 V) tests result in much less damage, and the material transfer does not have a clear directionality. However, the amount of damage does increase significantly as the current limit is increased from 16 to 78 mA. Also observed for the first time is a new type of high-current, short duration current spike associated with hot switching events at voltages above 1.5 V. The fact that these spikes occur at the higher voltage but not at the lower voltage suggests (but does not prove) that they are associated with the polarity dependent material transfer. (paper)

  5. Study of the Switching Errors in an RSFQ Switch by Using a Computerized Test Setup

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    Kim, Se Hoon; Baek, Seung Hun; Yang, Jung Kuk; Kim, Jun Ho; Kang, Joon Hee [Incheon Univesity, Incheon (Korea, Republic of)

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    The problem of fluctuation-induced digital errors in a rapid single flux quantum (RSFQ) circuit has been a very important issue. In this work, we calculated the bit error rate of an RSFQ switch used in superconductive arithmetic logic unit (ALU). RSFQ switch should have a very low error rate in the optimal bias. Theoretical estimates of the RSFQ error rate are on the order of 10{sup -50}per bit operation. In this experiment, we prepared two identical circuits placed in parallel. Each circuit was composed of 10 Josephson transmission lines (JTLs) connected in series with an RSFQ switch placed in the middle of the 10 JTLs. We used a splitter to feed the same input signal to both circuits. The outputs of the two circuits were compared with an RSFQ exclusive OR (XOR) to measure the bit error rate of the RSFQ switch. By using a computerized bit-error-rate test setup, we measured the bit error rate of 2.18 x 10{sup -12} when the bias to the RSFQ switch was 0.398 mA that was quite off from the optimum bias of 0.6 mA.

  6. Study of the Switching Errors in an RSFQ Switch by Using a Computerized Test Setup

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    The problem of fluctuation-induced digital errors in a rapid single flux quantum (RSFQ) circuit has been a very important issue. In this work, we calculated the bit error rate of an RSFQ switch used in superconductive arithmetic logic unit (ALU). RSFQ switch should have a very low error rate in the optimal bias. Theoretical estimates of the RSFQ error rate are on the order of 10-50per bit operation. In this experiment, we prepared two identical circuits placed in parallel. Each circuit was composed of 10 Josephson transmission lines (JTLs) connected in series with an RSFQ switch placed in the middle of the 10 JTLs. We used a splitter to feed the same input signal to both circuits. The outputs of the two circuits were compared with an RSFQ exclusive OR (XOR) to measure the bit error rate of the RSFQ switch. By using a computerized bit-error-rate test setup, we measured the bit error rate of 2.18 x 10-12 when the bias to the RSFQ switch was 0.398 mA that was quite off from the optimum bias of 0.6 mA.

  7. Stable Amplification and High Current Drop Bistable Switching in Supercritical GaAs Tills

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    Izadpanah, S.H; Jeppsson, B; Jeppesen, Palle;

    1974-01-01

    Bistable switching with current drops of 40% and switching times of 100 ps are obtained in pulsed operation of 10¿m supercritically doped n+ nn+ GaAs Transferred Electron Devices (TEDs). When CW-operated the same devices exhibit a 5-17 GHz bandwidth for the stable negative resistance....

  8. Comparação da perviedade entre artéria radial e veia safena em pacientes em pós-operatório de cirurgia de revascularização miocárdica com retorno dos sintomas Comparison of patency between radial artery and saphenous vein in a coronary artery bypass grafting post operative with return of the symptoms

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Comparar a perviedade da artéria radial e veia safena em pacientes com retorno dos sintomas após cirurgia de revascularização do miocárdio (CRVM. MÉTODOS: Estudo retrospectivo. No período de janeiro de 1998 a dezembro de 2005, foram realizadas 469 CRVMs com o uso da artéria radial dentre os enxertos, no Hospital Vera Cruz, em Belo Horizonte/MG. Destes, 94 pacientes apresentaram alterações isquêmicas no pós-operatório recente ou tardio e foram reestudados com cineangiocoronariografia. Os enxertos foram divididos em três grupos: artéria torácica interna (ATI, artéria radial (AR e veia safena (VS, e foram estratificados segundo a gravidade das lesões: sem lesão grave (OBJECTIVE: To compare the radial artery and saphenous vein's patency in patients with recurrence of symptoms in a coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG. METHODS: Retrospective study. From January 1998 to December 2005, 469 CABGs were performed using the radial artery as a graft, in Vera Cruz Hospital in Belo Horizonte/ MG. Among the patients who underwent those surgeries, 94 presented ischemic changes in early or late postoperative period, which led them to be re-evaluated by coronary angiography. The grafts were divided in three groups: internal thoracic artery (ITA, radial artery (RA and saphenous vein (SV, and they were stratified according to the severity of injury: uninjured or patent (< 70%, severe obstruction (70 to 99% and occlusion. RESULTS: For the 94 patients in the study, 86 grafts of ITA, 94 of RA and 111 of SV were used. For the 86 ITA grafts, 73 (84.88% were found patent. For the 94 RA grafts, 55 (58.51% were found patent, and for the 111 SV grafts, 73 (65.76% were uninjured. A statistically significant difference (P= 0.001 was found between RA and SV grafts, with a higher patency found for VS graft. For the RA grafts, women presented a worse result concerning the RA patency (65.7% and 40.7%, with P = 0.006. Concerning coronary

  9. Dynamic contrast-enhanced ultrasound and transient arterial occlusion for quantification of arterial perfusion reserve in peripheral arterial disease

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    Amarteifio, E., E-mail: erick.amarteifio@med.uni-heidelberg.de [University Hospital of Heidelberg, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Heidelberg (Germany); Department of Radiology, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg (Germany); Wormsbecher, S. [University Hospital of Heidelberg, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Heidelberg (Germany); Department of Radiology, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg (Germany); Krix, M. [University Hospital of Heidelberg, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Heidelberg (Germany); Department of Radiology, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg (Germany); Bracco Imaging Germany, Konstanz (Germany); Demirel, S. [University Hospital of Heidelberg, Department of Vascular Surgery, Heidelberg (Germany); Braun, S. [Department of Biostatistics, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg (Germany); Delorme, S. [Department of Radiology, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg (Germany); Boeckler, D. [University Hospital of Heidelberg, Department of Vascular Surgery, Heidelberg (Germany); Kauczor, H.-U. [University Hospital of Heidelberg, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Heidelberg (Germany); Weber, M.-A. [University Hospital of Heidelberg, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Heidelberg (Germany); Department of Radiology, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg (Germany)

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    Objective: To quantify muscular micro-perfusion and arterial perfusion reserve in peripheral arterial disease (PAD) with dynamic contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) and transient arterial occlusion. Materials and methods: This study had local institutional review board approval and written informed consent was obtained from all subjects. We examined the dominant lower leg of 40 PAD Fontaine stage IIb patients (mean age, 65 years) and 40 healthy volunteers (mean age, 54 years) with CEUS (7 MHz; MI, 0.28) during continuous intravenous infusion of 4.8 mL microbubbles. Transient arterial occlusion at mid-thigh level simulated physical exercise. With time-CEUS-intensity curves obtained from regions of interest within calf muscles, we derived the maximum CEUS signal after occlusion (max) and its time (t{sub max}), slope to maximum (m), vascular response after occlusion (AUC{sub post}), and analysed accuracy, receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves, and correlations with ankle-brachial index (ABI) and walking distance. Results: All parameters differed in PAD and volunteers (p < 0.014). In PAD, t{sub max} was delayed (31.2 {+-} 13.6 vs. 16.7 {+-} 8.5 s, p < 0.0001) and negatively correlated with ankle-brachial-index (r = -0.65). m was decreased in PAD (4.3 {+-} 4.6 mL/s vs. 13.1 {+-} 8.4 mL/s, p < 0.0001) and had highest diagnostic accuracy (sensitivity/specificity, 75%/93%) for detection of diminished muscular micro-perfusion in PAD (cut-off value, m < 5{approx}mL/s). Discriminant analysis and ROC curves revealed m, and AUC{sub post} as optimal parameter combination for diagnosing PAD and therefore impaired arterial perfusion reserve. Conclusions: Dynamic CEUS with transient arterial occlusion quantifies muscular micro-perfusion and arterial perfusion reserve. The technique is accurate to diagnose PAD.

  10. Advances in integrated photonic circuits for packet-switched interconnection

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    Williams, Kevin A.; Stabile, Ripalta

    2014-03-01

    Sustained increases in capacity and connectivity are needed to overcome congestion in a range of broadband communication network nodes. Packet routing and switching in the electronic domain are leading to unsustainable energy- and bandwidth-densities, motivating research into hybrid solutions: optical switching engines are introduced for massive-bandwidth data transport while the electronic domain is clocked at more modest GHz rates to manage routing. Commercially-deployed optical switching engines using MEMS technologies are unwieldy and too slow to reconfigure for future packet-based networking. Optoelectronic packet-compliant switch technologies have been demonstrated as laboratory prototypes, but they have so far mostly used discretely pigtailed components, which are impractical for control plane development and product assembly. Integrated photonics has long held the promise of reduced hardware complexity and may be the critical step towards packet-compliant optical switching engines. Recently a number of laboratories world-wide have prototyped optical switching circuits using monolithic integration technology with up to several hundreds of integrated optical components per chip. Our own work has focused on multi-input to multi-output switching matrices. Recently we have demonstrated 8×8×8λ space and wavelength selective switches using gated cyclic routers and 16×16 broadband switching chips using monolithic multi-stage networks. We now operate these advanced circuits with custom control planes implemented with FPGAs to explore real time packet routing in multi-wavelength, multi-port test-beds. We review our contributions in the context of state of the art photonic integrated circuit technology and packet optical switching hardware demonstrations.

  11. Contribution to the electrothermal simulation in power electronics. Development of a simulation methodology applied to switching circuits under variable operating conditions; Contribution a la simulation electrothermique en electronique de puissance. Developpement d`une methode de simulation pour circuits de commutation soumis a des commandes variables

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    Vales, P.

    1997-03-19

    In modern hybrid or monolithic integrated power circuits, electrothermal effects can no longer be ignored. A methodology is proposed in order to simulate electrothermal effects in power circuits, with a significant reduction of the computation time while taking into account electrical and thermal time constants which are usually widely different. A supervising program, written in Fortran, uses system call sequences and manages an interactive dialog between a fast thermal simulator and a general electrical simulator. This explicit coupling process between two specific simulators requires a multi-task operating system. The developed software allows for the prediction of the electrothermal power dissipation drift in the active areas of components, and the prediction of thermally-induced coupling effects between adjacent components. An application to the study of hard switching circuits working under variable operating conditions is presented

  12. Peripheral Arterial Disease

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    Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) happens when there is a narrowing of the blood vessels outside of your heart. The cause of ... smoking. Other risk factors include older age and diseases like diabetes, high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, ...

  13. Coronary artery spasm

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    ... blocker or a long-acting nitrate long-term. Beta-blockers are another type of medicine that is used with other coronary artery problems. However, beta-blockers may make this problem worse. They should be ...

  14. Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

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    Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension What Is Pulmonary Hypertension? To understand pulmonary hypertension (PH) it helps to understand how blood ows throughout your body. While the heart is one organ, it ...

  15. Carotid artery disease

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    ... you have had a stroke or TIA, a nervous system (neurological) exam will show other problems. You may also have the following tests: Blood cholesterol and triglycerides test Blood sugar (glucose) test Ultrasound of the carotid arteries ( carotid ...

  16. The economics of lamp switching

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    The effect of switching off fluorescent lamps, in terms of electricity cost, was discussed. Fluorescent lamps are designed to burn for thousands of hours. Initially, it was believed that turning them off was not economical. However, with new fluorescent lamps available today, this no longer holds true. It was shown that as energy costs increase, it is advantageous to switch lamps off in office buildings during lunch, coffee breaks and other non-essential periods. Also, as labour and lamp costs increase it becomes even more economical to turn lamps on only when needed in some areas such as washrooms, stockrooms, etc. Inexpensive photo-electric and time-switch controls are readily available for automatic switching to eliminate the `human error` of forgetting to turn light off when they are not required. Over time, the energy saved would offset the cost of the switch controllers and the reduction in lamp life caused by repeated switching. 4 tabs., 2 figs.

  17. Circuit model of Rimfire switch

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    A cascade gaps circuit model for Rimfire switch has been developed. The circuit model includes all stray capacitances and spark channel on-state conduction characteristics. It can not only describe the behavior of Rimfire switch, but also allow analysis of the time varying voltage and current at each part of the switch, describing the internal characters of the switch. PSpice was used to implement the cascade gaps circuit model and simulate a 700 kV Rimfire switch. The simulation shows that, the voltage of the whole switch will be higher than 700 kV when the laser triggered section has broken down but all cascade gaps keep dielectric, and the voltage of all gaps attenuates with high frequency oscillation. (authors)

  18. Multiple vascular anomalies involving renal, testicular and suprarenal arteries

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    Full Text Available Knowledge of variations of blood vessels of the abdomen is important during operative, diagnostic and endovascular pro- cedures. During routine dissection of the abdominal cavity, we came across multiple vascular anomalies involving renal, suprarenal and testicular arteries. The left kidney was supplied by two renal arteries originating together from the abdomi- nal aorta, and the right kidney was supplied by two accessory renal arteries, one of which was arising from the right renal artery and the other one from the aorta (about 2 inches below the origin of the renal artery. Accessory renal veins were present on both sides. The right testicular artery was arising from the lower accessory renal artery. The left testicular artery was looping around the inferior tributary of the left renal vein, whereby forming a sharp kink. The left middle suprarenal artery was diving into three small branches; the upper two branches were supplying the left suprarenal gland, whereas the lower branch was supplying the left kidney. Furthermore, detailed literature and the clinical and surgical importance of the case are discussed. [Arch Clin Exp Surg 2015; 4(3.000: 168-171

  19. Dynamics and Control of Switched Electronic Systems Advanced Perspectives for Modeling, Simulation and Control of Power Converters

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    The increased efficiency and quality constraints imposed on electrical energy systems have inspired a renewed research interest in the study of formal approaches to the analysis and control of power electronics converters. Switched systems represent a useful framework for modeling these converters and the peculiarities of their operating conditions and control goals justify the specific classification of “switched electronic systems”. Indeed, idealized switched models of power converters introduce problems not commonly encountered when analyzing generic switched models or non-switched electrical networks. In that sense the analysis of switched electronic systems represents a source for new ideas and benchmarks for switched and hybrid systems generally. Dynamics and Control of Switched Electronic Systems draws on the expertise of an international group of expert contributors to give an overview of recent advances in the modeling, simulation and control of switched electronic systems. The reader is provided...

  20. Recent developments in switching theory

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    Electrical Science Series: Recent Developments in Switching Theory covers the progress in the study of the switching theory. The book discusses the simplified proof of Post's theorem on completeness of logic primitives; the role of feedback in combinational switching circuits; and the systematic procedure for the design of Lupanov decoding networks. The text also describes the classical results on counting theorems and their application to the classification of switching functions under different notions of equivalence, including linear and affine equivalences. The development of abstract har

  1. Noise-induced coherent switch

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    YUAN ZhanJiang; ZHANG Jiadun; ZHOU TianShou

    2008-01-01

    Taking the famous genetic toggle switch as an example, we numerically investigated the effect of noise on bistability. We found that extrinsic noise resulting from stochastic fluctuations in synthesis and degradation rates and from the environmental fluctuation in gene regulatory processes can induce coherent switch, and that there is an optimal noise intensity such that the noise not only can induce this switch, but also can amplify a weak input signal. In addition, we found that the intrinsic noise introduced through the Poisson τ-leap algorithm cannot induce such a switch.

  2. Noise-induced coherent switch

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    Taking the famous genetic toggle switch as an example,we numerically investigated the effect of noise on bistability.We found that extrinsic noise resulting from stochastic fluctuations in synthesis and degradation rates and from the environmental fluctuation in gene regulatory processes can induce coherent switch,and that there is an optimal noise intensity such that the noise not only can induce this switch,but also can amplify a weak input signal.In addition,we found that the intrinsic noise introduced through the Poisson τ-leap algorithm cannot induce such a switch.

  3. Electrostatically actuated resonant switches for earthquake detection

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    2013-04-01

    The modeling and design of electrostatically actuated resonant switches (EARS) for earthquake and seismic applications are presented. The basic concepts are based on operating an electrically actuated resonator close to instability bands of frequency, where it is forced to collapse (pull-in) if operated within these bands. By careful tuning, the resonator can be made to enter the instability zone upon the detection of the earthquake signal, thereby pulling-in as a switch. Such a switching action can be functionalized for useful functionalities, such as shutting off gas pipelines in the case of earthquakes, or can be used to activate a network of sensors for seismic activity recording in health monitoring applications. By placing a resonator on a printed circuit board (PCB) of a natural frequency close to that of the earthquake\\'s frequency, we show significant improvement on the detection limit of the EARS lowering it considerably to less than 60% of the EARS by itself without the PCB. © 2013 IEEE.

  4. An improved soft switched PWM interleaved boost AC-DC converter

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    In this paper, an improved soft switched two cell interleaved boost AC/DC converter with high power factor is proposed and investigated. A new auxiliary circuit is designed and added to two cell interleaved boost converter to reduce the switching losses. The proposed auxiliary circuit is implemented using only one auxiliary switch and a minimum number of passive components without an important increase in the cost and complexity of the converter. The main advantage of this auxiliary circuit is that it not only provides zero-voltage-transition (ZVT) for the main switches but also provides soft switching for the auxiliary switch and diodes. Though all semiconductor devices operate under soft switching, they do not have any additional voltage and current stresses. The proposed converter operates successfully in soft switching operation mode for a wide range of input voltage level and the load. In addition, it has advantages such as fewer structure complications, lower cost and ease of control. In the study, the transition modes for describing the behavior of the proposed converter in one switching period are described. A prototype with 600 W output power, 50 kHz/cell switching frequency, input line voltage of 110-220 Vrms and an output voltage of 400 Vdc has been implemented. Analysis, design and the control circuitry are also presented in the paper.

  5. Relationship of white matter network topology and cognitive outcome in adolescents with d-transposition of the great arteries

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    Full Text Available Patients with congenital heart disease (CHD are at risk for neurocognitive impairments. Little is known about the impact of CHD on the organization of large-scale brain networks. We applied graph analysis techniques to diffusion tensor imaging (DTI data obtained from 49 adolescents with dextro-transposition of the great arteries (d-TGA repaired with the arterial switch operation in early infancy and 29 healthy referent adolescents. We examined whether differences in neurocognitive functioning were related to white matter network topology. We developed mediation models revealing the respective contributions of peri-operative variables and network topology on cognitive outcome. Adolescents with d-TGA had reduced global efficiency at a trend level (p = 0.061, increased modularity (p = 0.012, and increased small-worldness (p = 0.026 as compared to controls. Moreover, these network properties mediated neurocognitive differences between the d-TGA and referent adolescents across every domain assessed. Finally, structural network topology mediated the neuroprotective effect of longer duration of core cooling during reparative neonatal cardiac surgery, as well as the detrimental effects of prolonged hospitalization. Taken together, worse neurocognitive function in adolescents with d-TGA is mediated by global differences in white matter network topology, suggesting that disruption of this configuration of large-scale networks drives neurocognitive dysfunction. These data provide new insights into the interplay between perioperative factors, brain organization, and cognition in patients with complex CHD.

  6. Simulation on Soft-Switching PWM Converter with High Power Factor

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    2001-01-01

    A new PWM converter based on soft-switching is introduced. The converter uses a minimum number of devices, and requires less switching operations than conventional techniques. Switching is realized solely in a ZVS (zero voltage switching) mode,therefore the loss is reduced and EMI (electromagnetic interference) is suppressed. The paper analyzes the operation of ZVS, and discusses the methods for maintaining a unit power factor and constant DC voltage. Changing the modulation index M and the phase angle θ keeps the input current in phase with the voltage. It also keeps the current sinusoidal, and ensures a constant output voltage.

  7. Scaling silicon photonic switch fabrics for data center interconnection networks.

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    Nikolova, Dessislava; Rumley, Sébastien; Calhoun, David; Li, Qi; Hendry, Robert; Samadi, Payman; Bergman, Keren

    2015-01-26

    With the rapidly increasing aggregate bandwidth requirements of data centers there is a growing interest in the insertion of optically interconnected networks with high-radix transparent optical switch fabrics. Silicon photonics is a particularly promising and applicable technology due to its small footprint, CMOS compatibility, high bandwidth density, and the potential for nanosecond scale dynamic connectivity. In this paper we analyze the feasibility of building silicon photonic microring based switch fabrics for data center scale optical interconnection networks. We evaluate the scalability of a microring based switch fabric for WDM signals. Critical parameters including crosstalk, insertion loss and switching speed are analyzed, and their sensitivity with respect to device parameters is examined. We show that optimization of physical layer parameters can reduce crosstalk and increase switch fabric scalability. Our analysis indicates that with current state-of-the-art devices, a high radix 128 × 128 silicon photonic single chip switch fabric with tolerable power penalty is feasible. The applicability of silicon photonic microrings for data center switching is further supported via review of microring operations and control demonstrations. The challenges and opportunities for this technology platform are discussed. PMID:25835876

  8. Mechanical properties of porcine intralobar pulmonary arteries.

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    Ohtaka, H; Hogg, J C; Moreno, R H; Paré, P D; Schellenberg, R R

    1988-04-01

    The isobaric and isovolumetric properties of intrapulmonary arteries were evaluated by placing a highly compliant balloon inside arterial segments. The passive pressure-volume (P-V) curve was obtained by changing volume (0.004 ml/s) and measuring pressure. The isobaric active volume change (delta V) or isovolumetric active pressure change (delta P) generated by submaximal histamine was measured at four different transmural pressures (Ptm's) reached by balloon inflation. The maximal delta P = 11.2 +/- 0.6 cmH2O (mean +/- SE) was achieved at 30.8 +/- 1.2 cmH2O Ptm and maximal delta V = 0.20 +/- 0.02 ml at 16.7 +/- 1.7 cmH2O Ptm. The P-V relationships were similar when volume was increased after either isobaric or isovolumetric contraction. The calculated length-tension (L-T) relationship showed that the active tension curve was relatively flat and that the passive tension at the optimal length was 149 +/- 11% of maximal active tension. These data show that 1) a large elastic component operates in parallel with the smooth muscle in intralobar pulmonary arteries, and 2) the change in resistance associated with vascular expansion of the proximal arteries is independent of the type of contraction that occurs in the more distal arterial segments. PMID:3378988

  9. Asymptotically thermal responses for smoothly switched detectors

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    Fewster, Christopher J; Louko, Jorma

    2015-01-01

    Thermal phenomena in quantum field theory can be detected with the aid of particle detectors coupled to quantum fields along stationary worldlines, by testing whether the response of such a detector satisfies the detailed balance version of the KMS condition at a constant temperature. This relation holds when the interaction between the field and the detector has infinite time duration. Operationally, however, detectors interact with fields for a finite amount of time, controlled by a switching function of compact support, and the KMS detailed balance condition cannot hold exactly for finite time interactions at arbitrarily large detector energy gap. In this large energy gap regime, we show that, for an adiabatically switched Rindler detector, the Unruh temperature emerges asymptotically after the detector and the field have interacted for a time that is polynomially long in the large energy. We comment on the significance of the adiabaticity assumption in this result.

  10. Hybrid switch for resonant power converters

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    Lai, Jih-Sheng; Yu, Wensong

    2014-09-09

    A hybrid switch comprising two semiconductor switches connected in parallel but having different voltage drop characteristics as a function of current facilitates attainment of zero voltage switching and reduces conduction losses to complement reduction of switching losses achieved through zero voltage switching in power converters such as high-current inverters.

  11. LCT protective dump-switch tests

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    Each of the six coils in the Large Coil Task (LCT) has a separate power supply, dump resistor, and switching circuit. Each switching circuit contains five switches, two of which are redundant. The three remaining switches perform separate duties in an emergency dump situation. These three switches were tested to determine their ability to meet the LCT conditions

  12. High Frequency Soft Switching Of PWM Boost Converter Using Auxiliary Resonant Circuit

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    C. P. Sai Kiran

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available This thesis presents High frequency Soft Switching DC-DC boost Converter. The circuit consists of a general Boost Converter with an additional resonant circuit which has a switch, inductor, capacitor and a diode.In general Boost Converter circuits have snubber circuits where switching losses are dissipated in external passive resistors; which is known as hard switching. As the switching frequency of PWM converters is increased its switching losses and conduction losses also increases. This restricts the use of PWM technique. New Zero Voltage Transition-Zero Current Transition (ZVT-ZCT PWM converter equipped with the snubber provides the most desirable features of both ZVT and ZCT converters presented previously. Moreover all semiconductors devices operate with soft switching and hence losses are reduced.

  13. Narrow Q-switching pulse width and low mode-locking repetition rate Q-switched mode locking with a new coupled laser cavity

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    An original diode-pumped Q-switched and mode-locked solid state Nd:GdVO4 laser is demonstrated. The laser operates with double saturable absorbers and a new coupled laser cavity. The Q-switching envelope width is compressed to be about 15 ns and the mode-locking repetition rate is as low as 90 MHz. (paper)

  14. Convertible resistive switching characteristics between memory switching and threshold switching in a single ferritin-based memristor.

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    Zhang, Chaochao; Shang, Jie; Xue, Wuhong; Tan, Hongwei; Pan, Liang; Yang, Xi; Guo, Shanshan; Hao, Jian; Liu, Gang; Li, Run-Wei

    2016-04-01

    A bio-memristor fabricated with ferritin exhibits novel resistive switching characteristics wherein memory switching and threshold switching are made steadily coexistent and inter-convertible through controlling the magnitude of compliance current presets. PMID:26967024

  15. Catheter placement via the occipital artery to achieve superselective intra-arterial chemotherapy for oral cancer

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    Superselective intra-arterial chemotherapy via the superficial temporal artery (STA) has become useful for oral cancer. However, this method can not be performed if catheter placement via the STA is impossible. Therefore, we report a surgical method for catheter placement via the occipital artery (OA) to achieve retrograde superselective intra-arterial chemotherapy. Preoperatively, three-dimensional computed tomography angiography was performed to identify the course of the external carotid artery and the relationship between OA and the target artery. Ten patients with oral cancer underwent catheter placement via the OA with Doppler ultrasound and Harmonic Scalpel under local anesthesia. Catheter placement via the OA was superselectively successful in all the patients. The mean exposure time of OA and mean operating time were 17.5 min and 70.5 min, respectively. Catheter placement via the OA is useful when catheter placement via the STA is impossible. Three-dimensional vascular mapping and the use of Doppler ultrasound and Harmonic Scalpel can shorten the surgical time. (author)

  16. Congenital coronary-pulmonary artery fistula originating from right and left coronary artery

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    Ali Kemal Gür

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Coronary artery fistula (CAF is a rare congenital anomalywith an incidence of 1 in 50 000 live births. The fistula wasobserved at the right coronary artery in 53%, the left coronaryartery in 42% and both coronary artery in 5% of thecases. Echocardiography examination in a 46 year-oldwoman with the symptoms of chest pain, palpitation anddyspnea revealed a severe mitral valve insufficiency anda moderate to severe tricuspid valve insufficiency. A CAForiginating from the proximal part of the left anterior descendingartery (LAD and another fistula originating fromosteal part of the right coronary artery (RCA were detectedby coronary angiography. Both fistulas were draininginto the main pulmonary artery. The coronary artery fistulaclosed under cardiopulmonary by-pass. Mitral insufficiencyoriginated from the posterior leaflet was diagnosedintra-operative exploration, and thereafter it was repairedwith mitral annuloplasty including a quadrangular resectionand use of a 32 No St Jude mitral ring. Tricuspid valvewas repaired with Calangos Ring annuloplasty. Followingsix day hospital stay, the woman was discharged free ofany symptom.Key words: Dyspnea, double arteriovenous fistula, mitral and tricuspid insufficiency

  17. DNA supercoiling enhances cooperativity and efficiency of an epigenetic switch.

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    Norregaard, Kamilla; Andersson, Magnus; Sneppen, Kim; Nielsen, Peter Eigil; Brown, Stanley; Oddershede, Lene B

    2013-10-22

    Bacteriophage λ stably maintains its dormant prophage state but efficiently enters lytic development in response to DNA damage. The mediator of these processes is the λ repressor protein, CI, and its interactions with λ operator DNA. This λ switch is a model on the basis of which epigenetic switch regulation is understood. Using single molecule analysis, we directly examined the stability of the CI-operator structure in its natural, supercoiled state. We marked positions adjacent to the λ operators with peptide nucleic acids and monitored their movement by tethered particle tracking. Compared with relaxed DNA, the presence of supercoils greatly enhances juxtaposition probability. Also, the efficiency and cooperativity of the λ switch is significantly increased in the supercoiled system compared with a linear assay, increasing the Hill coefficient. PMID:24101469

  18. Design and Simulation of a Soft Switched Dc Boost Converter for Switched Reluctance Motor

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    X. F. Joseph; Kumar, S. P.

    2012-01-01

    Problem statement: This study presents the design and simulation of a soft switched boost converter for a switched reluctance motor with a closed loop controller. A soft switching scheme is proposed in the converter with minimum components, which reduces the switching loss and stress across the switch so that the harmonic generation is reduced in the output. The switch used in this converter switched ON at zero current and switched OFF at zero voltage. Approach: Most of the research was done ...

  19. Low-voltage broadband hybrid plasmonic-vanadium dioxide switches

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    Joushaghani, Arash; Paradis, Suzanne; Alain, David; Aitchison, J Stewart; Poon, Joyce K S

    2012-01-01

    Surface plasmon polaritons can substantially reduce the sizes of optical devices, since they can concentrate light to (sub)wavelength scales. However, (sub)wavelength-scale electro-optic plasmonic switches or modulators with high efficiency, low insertion loss, and high extinction ratios remain a challenge due to their small active volumes. Here, we use the insulator-metal phase transition of a correlated-electron material, vanadium dioxide, to overcome this limitation and demonstrate compact, broadband, and efficient plasmonic switches with integrated electrical control. The devices are micron-scale in length and operate near a wavelength of 1550 nm. The switching bandwidths exceed 100 nm and applied voltages of only 400 mV are sufficient to attain extinction ratios in excess of 20 dB. Our results illustrate the potential of using phase transition materials for highly efficient and ultra-compact plasmonic switches and modulators.

  20. Low voltage drop plasma switch for inverter and modulator applications

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    Goebel, D. M.; Poeschel, R. L.; Schumacher, R. W.

    1993-08-01

    A low forward voltage drop plasma switch has been developed for high-efficiency inverter and modulator applications. The switch, called the HOLLOTRON, is based on a grid-controlled, thermionic hollow-cathode discharge. A low forward voltage drop (10-20 V) is achieved by operating the hollow-cathode discharge in a static gas pressure of xenon. The dense plasma generated in the Ba-oxide dispenser hollow cathode is spread over a relatively large control grid area by a diverging magnetic field superimposed on the discharge. Interruption of the discharge current at high current densities (≳4 A/cm2) over the grid area is achieved by biasing the control grid sufficiently negative with respect to the plasma. The HOLLOTRON switch has demonstrated voltage stand-off of up to 20 kV, switching times of ≤0.3 μs, and pulse repetition frequencies of 20 kHz at 50% duty.