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  1. High explosives vapor detection by atmospheric sampling glow discharge ionization/tandem mass spectrometry

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    McLuckey, S.A.; Goeringer, D.E.; Asano, K.G. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States). Chemical and Analytical Sciences Div.

    1996-02-01

    The combination of atmospheric sampling glow discharge ionization with tandem mass spectrometry for the detection of traces of high explosives is described. Particular emphasis is placed on use of the quadrupole ion trap as the type of tandem mass spectrometer. Atmospheric sampling glow discharge provides a simple, rugged, and efficient means for anion formation while the quadrupole ion trap provides for efficient tandem mass spectrometry. Mass selective ion accumulation and non-specific ion activation methods can be used to overcome deleterious effects arising from ion/ion interactions. Such interactions constitute the major potential technical barrier to the use of the ion trap for real-time monitoring of targeted compounds in uncontrolled and highly variable matrices. Tailored waveforms can be used to effect both mass selective ion accumulation and ion activation. Concatenated tailored waveforms allow for both functions in a single experiment thereby providing the capability for monitoring several targeted species simultaneously. The combination of atmospheric sampling glow discharge ionization with a state-of-the-art analytical quadrupole ion trap is a highly sensitive and specific detector for traces of high explosives. The combination is also small and inexpensive relative to virtually any other form of tandem mass spectrometry. The science and technology underlying the glow discharge/ion trap combination is sufficiently mature to form the basis for an engineering effort to make the detector portable. 85 refs.

  2. Atmospheric sampling glow discharge ionizataion and triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometry for explosives vapor detection

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    McLuckey, S.A.; Goeringer, D.E.; Asano, K.G.; Hart, K.J.; Glish, G.L.; Grant, B.C.; Chambers, D.M.

    1993-08-01

    The detection and identification of trace vapors of hidden high explosives is an excellent example of a targeted analysis problem. It is desirable to push to ever lower levels the quantity or concentration of explosives material that provides an analytical signal, while at the same time discriminating against all other uninteresting material. The detection system must therefore combine high sensitivity with high specificity. This report describes the philosophy behind the use of atmospheric sampling glow discharge ionization, which is a sensitive, rugged, and convenient means for forming anions from explosives molecules, with tandem mass spectrometry, which provides unparalleled specificity in the identification of explosives-related ions. Forms of tandem mass spectrometry are compared and contrasted to provide a summary of the characteristics to be expected from an explosives detector employing mass spectrometry/mass spectrometry. The instrument developed for the FAA, an atmospheric sampling glow discharge/triple quadrupole mass spectrometer, is described in detail with particular emphasis on the ion source/spectrometer interface and on the capabilities of the spectrometer. Performance characteristics of the system are also described as they pertain to explosives of interest including a description of an automated procedure for the detection and identification of specific explosives. A comparison of various tandem mass spectrometers mated with atmospheric sampling glow discharge is then described and preliminary studies with a vapor preconcentration system provided by the FAA will be described.

  3. Conceptual Demonstration of Ambient Desorption-Optical Emission Spectroscopy Using a Liquid Sampling-Atmospheric Pressure Glow Discharge Microplasma Source.

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    Marcus, R Kenneth; Paing, Htoo W; Zhang, Lynn X

    2016-06-01

    The concept of ambient desorption-optical emission spectroscopy (AD-OES) is demonstrated using a liquid sampling-atmospheric pressure glow discharge (LS-APGD) microplasma as the desorption/excitation source. The LS-APGD has previously been employed for elemental analysis of solution samples and particulates introduced via laser ablation in both the optical emission and mass spectrometries (OES, MS) modes. In addition, the device has been shown to be effective for the analysis of elemental and molecular species operating in an ambient desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (ADI-MS) mode. Proof-of-concept is presented here in the use of the LS-APGD to volatilize three very diverse sample forms (metallic thin films, dry solution residues, and bulk materials), with the liberated material excited within the microplasma and detected via OES, i.e., AD-OES. While the demonstration is principally qualitative at this point, it is believed that the basic approach may find application across a broad spectrum of analytical challenges requiring elemental analysis, including metals, soils, and volume-limited solutions, analogous to what has been seen in the development of the field of ADI-MS for molecular species determinations. PMID:27175512

  4. Liquid sampling-atmospheric pressure glow discharge (LS-APGD) ionization source for elemental mass spectrometry: preliminary parametric evaluation and figures of merit.

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    Quarles, C Derrick; Carado, Anthony J; Barinaga, Charles J; Koppenaal, David W; Marcus, R Kenneth

    2012-01-01

    A new, low-power ionization source for the elemental analysis of aqueous solutions has recently been described. The liquid sampling-atmospheric pressure glow discharge (LS-APGD) source operates at relatively low currents (elements indicate that sodium concentrations of up to 50 μg mL(-1) generally cause suppressions of less than 50%, dependant upon the analyte species. Based on the results of this series of studies, preliminary limits of detection (LOD) have been established through the generation of calibration functions. While solution-based concentration LOD levels of 0.02-2 μg mL(-1) are not impressive on the surface, the fact that they are determined via discrete 5 μL injections leads to mass-based detection limits at picogram to single-nanogram levels. The overhead costs associated with source operation (10 W d.c. power, solution flow rates of elemental mass spectrometry. PMID:21910014

  5. Preliminary Figures of Merit for Isotope Ratio Measurements: The Liquid Sampling-Atmospheric Pressure Glow Discharge Microplasma Ionization Source Coupled to an Orbitrap Mass Analyzer

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    Hoegg, Edward D.; Barinaga, Charles J.; Hager, George J.; Hart, Garret L.; Koppenaal, David W.; Marcus, R. Kenneth

    2016-08-01

    In order to meet a growing need for fieldable mass spectrometer systems for precise elemental and isotopic analyses, the liquid sampling-atmospheric pressure glow discharge (LS-APGD) has a number of very promising characteristics. One key set of attributes that await validation deals with the performance characteristics relative to isotope ratio precision and accuracy. Owing to its availability and prior experience with this research team, the initial evaluation of isotope ratio (IR) performance was performed on a Thermo Scientific Exactive Orbitrap instrument. While the mass accuracy and resolution performance for Orbitrap analyzers are well-documented, no detailed evaluations of the IR performance have been published. Efforts described here involve two variables: the inherent IR precision and accuracy delivered by the LS-APGD microplasma and the inherent IR measurement qualities of Orbitrap analyzers. Important to the IR performance, the various operating parameters of the Orbitrap sampling interface, high-energy collisional dissociation (HCD) stage, and ion injection/data acquisition have been evaluated. The IR performance for a range of other elements, including natural, depleted, and enriched uranium isotopes was determined. In all cases, the precision and accuracy are degraded when measuring low abundance (abundance species. The results suggest that the LS-APGD is a promising candidate for field deployable MS analysis and that the high resolving powers of the Orbitrap may be complemented with a here-to-fore unknown capacity to deliver high-precision IRs.

  6. Preliminary Figures of Merit for Isotope Ratio Measurements: The Liquid Sampling-Atmospheric Pressure Glow Discharge Microplasma Ionization Source Coupled to an Orbitrap Mass Analyzer

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    Hoegg, Edward D.; Barinaga, Charles J.; Hager, George J.; Hart, Garret L.; Koppenaal, David W.; Marcus, R. Kenneth

    2016-04-01

    In order to meet a growing need for fieldable mass spectrometer systems for precise elemental and isotopic analyses, the liquid sampling-atmospheric pressure glow discharge (LS-APGD) has a number of very promising characteristics. One key set of attributes that await validation deals with the performance characteristics relative to isotope ratio precision and accuracy. Owing to its availability and prior experience with this research team, the initial evaluation of isotope ratio (IR) performance was performed on a Thermo Scientific Exactive Orbitrap instrument. While the mass accuracy and resolution performance for Orbitrap analyzers are well-documented, no detailed evaluations of the IR performance have been published. Efforts described here involve two variables: the inherent IR precision and accuracy delivered by the LS-APGD microplasma and the inherent IR measurement qualities of Orbitrap analyzers. Important to the IR performance, the various operating parameters of the Orbitrap sampling interface, high-energy collisional dissociation (HCD) stage, and ion injection/data acquisition have been evaluated. The IR performance for a range of other elements, including natural, depleted, and enriched uranium isotopes was determined. In all cases, the precision and accuracy are degraded when measuring low abundance (<0.1% isotope fractions). In the best case, IR precision on the order of 0.1% RSD can be achieved, with values of 1%-3% RSD observed for low-abundance species. The results suggest that the LS-APGD is a promising candidate for field deployable MS analysis and that the high resolving powers of the Orbitrap may be complemented with a here-to-fore unknown capacity to deliver high-precision IRs.

  7. Preliminary Figures of Merit for Isotope Ratio Measurements: The Liquid Sampling-Atmospheric Pressure Glow Discharge Microplasma Ionization Source Coupled to an Orbitrap Mass Analyzer

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    Hoegg, Edward D.; Barinaga, Charles J.; Hager, George J.; Hart, Garret L.; Koppenaal, David W.; Marcus, R. Kenneth

    2016-08-01

    In order to meet a growing need for fieldable mass spectrometer systems for precise elemental and isotopic analyses, the liquid sampling-atmospheric pressure glow discharge (LS-APGD) has a number of very promising characteristics. One key set of attributes that await validation deals with the performance characteristics relative to isotope ratio precision and accuracy. Owing to its availability and prior experience with this research team, the initial evaluation of isotope ratio (IR) performance was performed on a Thermo Scientific Exactive Orbitrap instrument. While the mass accuracy and resolution performance for Orbitrap analyzers are well-documented, no detailed evaluations of the IR performance have been published. Efforts described here involve two variables: the inherent IR precision and accuracy delivered by the LS-APGD microplasma and the inherent IR measurement qualities of Orbitrap analyzers. Important to the IR performance, the various operating parameters of the Orbitrap sampling interface, high-energy collisional dissociation (HCD) stage, and ion injection/data acquisition have been evaluated. The IR performance for a range of other elements, including natural, depleted, and enriched uranium isotopes was determined. In all cases, the precision and accuracy are degraded when measuring low abundance (<0.1% isotope fractions). In the best case, IR precision on the order of 0.1% RSD can be achieved, with values of 1%-3% RSD observed for low-abundance species. The results suggest that the LS-APGD is a promising candidate for field deployable MS analysis and that the high resolving powers of the Orbitrap may be complemented with a here-to-fore unknown capacity to deliver high-precision IRs.

  8. Vehicle/Atmosphere Interaction Glows: Far Ultraviolet, Visible, and Infrared

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    Swenson, G.

    1999-10-01

    Spacecraft glow information has been gathered from a number of spacecraft including Atmospheric and Dynamic satellites, and Space Shuttles (numerous flights) with dedicated pallet flow observations on STS-39 (DOD) and STS-62 (NASA). In addition, a larger number of laboratory experiments with low energy oxygen beam studies have made important contributions to glow understanding. The following report provides information on three engineering models developed for spacecraft glow including the far ultraviolet to ultraviolet (1400-4000 A), and infrared (0.9-40 microns) spectral regions. The models include effects resulting from atmospheric density/altitude, spacecraft temperature, spacecraft material, and ram angle. Glow brightness would be predicted as a function of distance from surfaces for all wavelengths.

  9. Simulation of nonstationary phenomena in atmospheric-pressure glow discharge

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    Korolev, Yu. D.; Frants, O. B.; Nekhoroshev, V. O.; Suslov, A. I.; Kas'yanov, V. S.; Shemyakin, I. A.; Bolotov, A. V.

    2016-06-01

    Nonstationary processes in atmospheric-pressure glow discharge manifest themselves in spontaneous transitions from the normal glow discharge into a spark. In the experiments, both so-called completed transitions in which a highly conductive constricted channel arises and incomplete transitions accompanied by the formation of a diffuse channel are observed. A model of the positive column of a discharge in air is elaborated that allows one to interpret specific features of the discharge both in the stationary stage and during its transition into a spark and makes it possible to calculate the characteristic oscillatory current waveforms for completed transitions into a spark and aperiodic ones for incomplete transitions. The calculated parameters of the positive column in the glow discharge mode agree well with experiment. Data on the densities of the most abundant species generated in the discharge (such as atomic oxygen, metastable nitrogen molecules, ozone, nitrogen oxides, and negative oxygen ions) are presented.

  10. Study of short atmospheric pressure dc glow microdischarge in air

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    Kudryavtsev, Anatoly; Bogdanov, Eugene; Chirtsov, Alexander; Emelin, Sergey

    2011-10-01

    The results of experiments and simulations of short (without positive column) atmospheric pressure dc glow discharge in air are presented. We used metal steel electrodes with a gap of 5-100 microns. The experimental voltage-current characteristic's (VAC) have a constant or slightly increasing form at low gap. The most stable microdischarges were burning with a flat cathode and rounded anode, when the length of the discharge is automatically established near the minimum of the Paschen curve by changing their binding on the anode. In this case microdischarge was stable and it had growing VAC. For simulations we used 2D fluid model with kinetic description of electrons. We solved the balance equations for the vibrationally- and the electronically-excited states of a nitrogen and oxygen molecules; nitrogen and oxygen atoms; ozone molecule; and different nitrogen and oxygen ions with different plasmochemical reactions between them. Simulations predicted the main regions of the dc glow discharges including cathode and anode sheath and plasma of negative glow, Faraday dark space and transition region. Gas heating plays an important role in shaping the discharge profiles. The results of experiments and simulations of short (without positive column) atmospheric pressure dc glow discharge in air are presented. We used metal steel electrodes with a gap of 5-100 microns. The experimental voltage-current characteristic's (VAC) have a constant or slightly increasing form at low gap. The most stable microdischarges were burning with a flat cathode and rounded anode, when the length of the discharge is automatically established near the minimum of the Paschen curve by changing their binding on the anode. In this case microdischarge was stable and it had growing VAC. For simulations we used 2D fluid model with kinetic description of electrons. We solved the balance equations for the vibrationally- and the electronically-excited states of a nitrogen and oxygen molecules; nitrogen

  11. Dual-frequency glow discharges in atmospheric helium

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    Huang, Xiaojiang; Guo, Ying [College of Science, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620 (China); Magnetic Confinement Fusion Research Center, Ministry of Education of the People' s Republic of China, Shanghai 201620 (China); Dai, Lu [School of Mathematics and Physics, Suzhou University of Science and Technology, Suzhou 215009 (China); Zhang, Jing; Shi, J. J., E-mail: JShi@dhu.edu.cn [College of Science, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620 (China); Magnetic Confinement Fusion Research Center, Ministry of Education of the People' s Republic of China, Shanghai 201620 (China); State Key Laboratory for Modification of Chemical Fibers and Polymer Materials, College of Material Science and Engineering, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620 (China)

    2015-10-15

    In this paper, the dual-frequency (DF) glow discharges in atmospheric helium were experimented by electrical and optical measurements in terms of current voltage characteristics and optical emission intensity. It is shown that the waveforms of applied voltages or discharge currents are the results of low frequency (LF) waveforms added to high frequency (HF) waveforms. The HF mainly influences discharge currents, and the LF mainly influences applied voltages. The gas temperatures of DF discharges are mainly affected by HF power rather than LF power.

  12. Dual-frequency glow discharges in atmospheric helium

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    In this paper, the dual-frequency (DF) glow discharges in atmospheric helium were experimented by electrical and optical measurements in terms of current voltage characteristics and optical emission intensity. It is shown that the waveforms of applied voltages or discharge currents are the results of low frequency (LF) waveforms added to high frequency (HF) waveforms. The HF mainly influences discharge currents, and the LF mainly influences applied voltages. The gas temperatures of DF discharges are mainly affected by HF power rather than LF power

  13. Glow-Discharge Production of Oxygen from the Martian Atmosphere

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    Hughes, Caleb; Outlaw, Ronald

    One of the most crucial aspects of any mission to Mars is a continual supply of oxygen for astronaut respiration on site. The most popular approach to this problem favors in-situ oxygen production on Mars, utilizing the CO2 Martian atmosphere. However, this requires a large energy budget. NASA's current plans for Mars include sending a system called MOXIE, which produces oxygen through solid oxide electrolysis at high temperatures. An alternative approach utilizes the 6 Torr Martian atmosphere to provide a continual source of oxygen by breaking down the molecule into CO and O using a glow-discharge. After dissociation, a thin film Agmembrane uniquely permeates the atomic oxygen which then recombines to O2 on the downstream side, where it is subsequently stored. By taking advantage of recent advances in thin film technology to reduce the thickness of the film to many orders of magnitude less than used in the initial study, a corresponding increase in O2 flux can be realized. The Ag thin film requires the support of a porous ceramic substructure. With this system, it is shown that this method produces a viable energy efficient alternative to MOXIE.

  14. Ultrasonic nebulization atmospheric pressure glow discharge - Preliminary study

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    Greda, Krzysztof; Jamroz, Piotr; Pohl, Pawel

    2016-07-01

    Atmospheric pressure glow microdischarge (μAPGD) generated between a small-sized He nozzle jet anode and a flowing liquid cathode was coupled with ultrasonic nebulization (USN) for analytical optical emission spectrometry (OES). The spatial distributions of the emitted spectra from the novel coupled USN-μAPGD system and the conventional μAPGD system were compared. In the μAPGD, the maxima of the intensity distribution profiles of the atomic emission lines Ca, Cd, In, K, Li, Mg, Mn, Na and Sr were observed in the near cathode region, whereas, in the case of the USN-μAPGD, they were shifted towards the anode. In the novel system, the intensities of the analytical lines of the studied metals were boosted from several to 35 times. As compared to the conventional μAPGD-OES with the introduction of analytes through the sputtering and/or the electrospray-like nebulization of the flowing liquid cathode solution, the proposed method with the USN introduction of analytes in the form of a dry aerosol provides improved detectability of the studied metals. The detection limits of metals achieved with the USN-μAPGD-OES method were in the range from 0.08 μg L- 1 for Li to 52 μg L- 1 for Mn.

  15. Use of Atmospheric Glow Discharge Plasma to Modify Spaceport Materials

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    Trigwell, S.; Shuerger, A. C.; Buhler, C. R.; Calle, C. J.

    2006-01-01

    Numerous materials used in spaceport operations require stringent evaluation before they can be utilized. It is critical for insulative polymeric materials that any surface charge be dissipated as rapidly as possible to avoid Electrostatic Discharges (ESD) that could present a danger. All materials must pass the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) standard electrostatic test [1]; however several materials that are considered favorable for Space Shuttle and International Space Station use have failed. Moreover, to minimize contamination of Mars spacecraft, spacecraft are assembled under cleanroom conditions and specific cleaning and sterilizing procedures are required for all materials. However, surface characteristics of these materials may allow microbes to survive by protecting them from sterilization and cleaning techniques. In this study, an Atmospheric Pressure Glow Discharge Plasma (APGD) [2] was used to modify the surface of several materials. This allowed the materials surface to be modified in terms of hydrophilicity, roughness, and conductivity without affecting the bulk properties. The objectives of this study were to alter the surface properties of polymers for improved electrostatic dissipation characteristics, and to determine whether the consequent surface modification on spaceport materials enhanced or diminished microbial survival.

  16. Repetitive nanosecond glow discharge in atmospheric pressure air

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    Packan, Denis

    Nonequilibrium, weakly ionized plasmas are widely used in the industry, but they are restricted to the domain of continuous discharges at low gas pressure or with specialty gases because of stability and power budget constraints. In this study, repetitively pulsed discharges were investigated as a way to decrease the power budget of atmospheric air plasmas by several orders of magnitude compared to continuous discharges, for an electron density of 1012 cm-3. The principle of the pulsed scheme is to use nanosecond electrical pulses to ionize air diffusely and with high efficiency, and to match the pulse interval with the recombination time of the plasma in order to maintain an elevated average electron density. Maxwellian and non-Maxwellian models of the physical processes in the discharge were examined, and the discharge parameters were chosen to minimize the power. Using a 10 ns, 12 kV, 100 kHz repetitive pulse generator, it was found that a repetitive nanosecond glow discharge could be operated in stable manner in atmospheric pressure air at 2000 K at an electron density of about 10 12 cm-3. Two pulsed discharges, with repetition frequencies of 100 kHz and 30 kHz, are described in this work. The electrode gap is 1 cm and the pulsed voltage is about 5 kV/cm. Electrical and optical methods were developed to measure the electron density in the discharge. The electron density was measured from the electrical conductivity during both the pulse and recombination phases, from the absolute intensity of the N2 Second Positive system during the pulse phase, and from the NO-gamma system during the recombination phase. The average electron density was found to be 1.4 x 1012 cm -3 for the 100 kHz discharge, and 1.8 x 102 cm-3 for the 30 kHz discharge, with peak values of 2 x 1012 cm-3 and 1013 cm-3, respectively. The power budget for the 30 kHz discharge was measured, from the voltage and current during the pulse phase, to be about 10 W/cm3, which represents an improvement of

  17. Potential industrial applications of the one atmosphere uniform glow discharge plasma operating in ambient air

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    The majority of industrial plasma processing is conducted with glow discharges at pressures below 10 Torr. This tends to limit such applications to high value workpieces, as a result of the high capital cost of vacuum systems and the production constraints of batch processing. It has long been recognized that glow discharges would play a much larger industrial role if they could be generated at 1 atm and in air. The one atmosphere uniform glow discharge plasma (OAUGDP registered ) has these capabilities. As a normal glow discharge, the OAUGDP registered can operate with maximum electrical efficiency at the Stoletow point, where the energy input per ion-electron pair is a minimum. This paper will survey exploratory investigations at the University of Tennessee's Plasma Sciences Laboratory of seven potential industrial applications of the OAUGDP registered which can be conducted at 1 atm and at room temperature with air as the working gas

  18. Influence of longitudinal argon flow on DC glow discharge at atmospheric pressure

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    Zhu, Sha; Jiang, Weiman; Tang, Jie; Xu, Yonggang; Wang, Yishan; Zhao, Wei; Duan, Yixiang

    2016-05-01

    A one-dimensional self-consistent fluid model was employed to investigate the influence of longitudinal argon flow on the DC glow discharge at atmospheric pressure. It is found that the charges exhibit distinct dynamic behaviors at different argon flow velocities, accompanied by a considerable change in the discharge structure. The positive argon flow allows for the reduction of charge densities in the positive column and negative glow regions, and even leads to the disappearance of negative glow. The negative argon flow gives rise to the enhancement of charge densities in the positive column and negative glow regions. These observations are attributed to the fact that the gas flow convection influences the transport of charges through different manners by comparing the argon flow velocity with the ion drift velocity. The findings are important for improving the chemical activity and work efficiency of the plasma source by controlling the gas flow in practical applications.

  19. DC normal glow discharges in atmospheric pressure atomic and molecular gases

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    DC glow discharges were experimentally investigated in atmospheric pressure helium, argon, hydrogen, nitrogen and air. The discharges were characterized by visualization of the discharges and voltage and current measurements for current of up to several milliamperes. Significant differences are seen in the gas temperature; however all the discharges appear to operate as temperature and pressure scaled versions of low pressure discharges. In the normal glow discharges, features such as negative glow, Faraday dark space and positive column regions are clearly observable. In hydrogen and to a lesser degree in helium and argon standing striations of the positive column were visible in the normal glow regime. Normal glow characteristics such as normal current density at the cathode and constant electric field in the positive column are observed although there are some unexplained effects. The emission spectra for each of the discharges were studied. Also the rotational and vibrational temperature of the discharges were measured by adding trace amounts of N2 to the discharge gas and comparing modeled optical emission spectra of the N2 2nd positive system with spectroscopic measurements from the discharge. The gas temperatures for a 3.5 mA normal glow discharge were around 420 K, 680 K, 750 K, 890 K and 1320 K in helium, argon, hydrogen, nitrogen and air, respectively. Measured vibrational and excitation temperatures indicate non-thermal discharge operation. Mixtures of gases achieved intermediate temperatures.

  20. Pulsed RF discharges, glow and filamentary mode at atmospheric pressure in argon

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    The properties of a pulsed radio frequency capacitive discharge are investigated at atmospheric pressure in argon. The discharge can operate in two different modes: a homogeneous glow discharge or turn into filaments. By pulsing the 13.56 MHz generator both the filamentary and the glow modes can be selected depending on the pulse width and period. For a 5 μs pulse width (∼70 RF cycles in the pulse), short pulse periods (less than 100 μs) result in a filamentary discharge while long pulse periods (greater than 1 ms) result in a glow discharge. Optical emission spectroscopy and power measurements were performed to estimate the plasma temperature and density. Water vapour was introduced to the discharge as a source of hydrogen and the Stark broadening of the Balmer Hβ line was measured to allow the plasma density to be estimated as 1015 cm-3 in the filamentary mode. The estimation of the glow mode density was based on power balance and yielded a density of 5 x 1011 cm-3. Emission line ratio measurements coupled with the Saha equation resulted in an estimate of electron temperature of approximatively 1.3 eV for the glow mode and 1.7 eV for the filaments. Using the glow mode at a duty cycle of 10% is effective in decreasing the hydrophobicity of polymer films while keeping the temperature low

  1. Discharge Characteristics in Atmospheric Pressure Glow Surface Discharge in Helium Gas

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    LI Xue-Chen; WANG Long

    2005-01-01

    @@ Atmospheric pressure glow discharge is observed for the first time in a surface discharge generator in flowing helium. Electrical and optical methods are used to measure the characteristics of atmospheric pressure glow discharge for different voltages. The results show that discharge current waveforms are asymmetric for the different polarities of the applied voltage. A continuous discharge profile with a width of several microseconds appears for per half cycle of the applied voltage when the voltage is increased to a certain value. The short-pulsed discharge and the continuous current would result from the Townsend breakdown and glow discharge mechanisms respectively. The properties of surface discharge in stagnant helium are completely different from that in flowing helium.

  2. Gas Breakdown of Radio Frequency Glow Discharges in Helium at near Atmospheric Pressure

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    Liu, Xinkun; Xu, Jinzhou; Cui, Tongfei; Guo, Ying; Zhang, Jing; Shi, Jianjun

    2013-07-01

    A one-dimensional self-consistent fluid model was developed for radio frequency glow discharge in helium at near atmospheric pressure, and was employed to study the gas breakdown characteristics in terms of breakdown voltage. The effective secondary electron emission coefficient and the effective electric field for ions were demonstrated to be important for determining the breakdown voltage of radio frequency glow discharge at near atmospheric pressure. The constant of A was estimated to be 64±4 cm-1Torr-1, which was proportional to the first Townsend coefficient and could be employed to evaluate the gas breakdown voltage. The reduction in the breakdown voltage of radio frequency glow discharge with excitation frequency was studied and attributed to the electron trapping effect in the discharge gap.

  3. Non-Thermal Equilibrium Atmospheric Pressure Glow-Like Discharge Plasma Jet

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    Chang, Zhengshi; Yao, Congwei; Zhang, Guanjun

    2016-01-01

    Non-thermal equilibrium atmospheric pressure plasma jet (APPJ) is a cold plasma source that promises various innovative applications, and the uniform APPJ is more favored. Glow discharge is one of the most effective methods to obtain the uniform discharge. Compared with the glow dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) in atmospheric pressure, pure helium APPJ shows partial characteristics of both the glow discharge and the streamer. In this paper, considering the influence of the Penning effect, the electrical and optical properties of He APPJ and Ar/NH3 APPJ were researched. A word “Glow-like APPJ” is used to characterize the uniformity of APPJ, and it was obtained that the basic characteristics of the glow-like APPJ are driven by the kHz AC high voltage. The results can provide a support for generating uniform APPJ, and lay a foundation for its applications. supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 51307133, 51125029, 51221005) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities of China (Nos. xjj2012132, xkjc2013004)

  4. Gas flow effects on the submicrosecond pulsed atmospheric pressure glow discharges

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    The influence of gas flow on the discharge characteristics in the submicrosecond pulsed dielectric barrier discharge at atmospheric pressure was investigated by a one-dimensional self-consistent kinetic model. The convection-transport mechanism of the plasma species caused by a longitudinal gas flow was integrated into flux equation. Two discharge current pulses, the positive one and the negative one, are operated in a normal glow mode and a subnormal glow mode, respectively. It is shown that the gas flow has a significant impact on the discharge characteristics, especially on the positive discharge pulse. The spatial distribution of electrons is affected by the gas flow through the convection transport mechanism.

  5. Simulation of stationary glow patterns in dielectric barrier discharges at atmospheric pressure

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    Liu, Fucheng, E-mail: hdlfc@hbu.cn; He, Yafeng; Dong, Lifang [Hebei Key Lab of Optic-Electronic Information and Materials, College of Physics Science and Technology, Hebei University, Baoding 071002 (China)

    2014-12-15

    Self-organized stationary patterns in dielectric barrier discharges operating in glow regime at atmospheric pressure are investigated by a self-consistent two-dimensional fluid model. The simulation results show that two different modes, namely, the diffuse mode and the static patterned mode, can be formed in different ranges of the driving frequency. The discharge operates in Townsend regime in the diffuse mode, while it operates in a glow regime inside the filaments and in a Townsend regime outside the filaments in the stable pattered mode. The forming process of the stationary filaments can be divided into three stages, namely, destabilizing stage, self-assembling stage, and stable stage. The space charge associated with residual electron density and surface charge is responsible for the formation of these stationary glow patterns.

  6. Simulation of stationary glow patterns in dielectric barrier discharges at atmospheric pressure

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    Self-organized stationary patterns in dielectric barrier discharges operating in glow regime at atmospheric pressure are investigated by a self-consistent two-dimensional fluid model. The simulation results show that two different modes, namely, the diffuse mode and the static patterned mode, can be formed in different ranges of the driving frequency. The discharge operates in Townsend regime in the diffuse mode, while it operates in a glow regime inside the filaments and in a Townsend regime outside the filaments in the stable pattered mode. The forming process of the stationary filaments can be divided into three stages, namely, destabilizing stage, self-assembling stage, and stable stage. The space charge associated with residual electron density and surface charge is responsible for the formation of these stationary glow patterns

  7. Plasma Processing with a One Atmosphere Uniform Glow Discharge Plasma (OAUGDP)

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    Reece Roth, J.

    2000-10-01

    The vast majority of all industrial plasma processing is conducted with glow discharges at pressures below 10 torr. This has limited applications to high value workpieces as a result of the large capital cost of vacuum systems and the production constraints of batch processing. It has long been recognized that glow discharges would play a much larger industrial role if they could be operated at one atmosphere. The One Atmosphere Uniform Glow Discharge Plasma (OAUGDP) has been developed at the University of Tennessee Plasma Sciences Laboratory. The OAUGDP is non-thermal RF plasma with the time-resolved characteristics of a classical low pressure DC normal glow discharge. An interdisciplinary team was formed to conduct exploratory investigations of the physics and applications of the OAUGDP. This team includes collaborators from the UTK Textiles and Nonwovens Development Center (TANDEC) and the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Microbiology, Food Science and Technology, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Science. Exploratory tests were conducted on a variety of potential plasma processing and other applications. These include the use of OAUGDP to sterilize medical and dental equipment and air filters; diesel soot removal; plasma aerodynamic effects; electrohydrodynamic (EDH) flow control of the neutral working gas; increasing the surface energy of materials; increasing the wettability and wickability of fabrics; and plasma deposition and directional etching. A general overview of these topics will be presented.

  8. Influence of gap width on discharge asymmetry in atmospheric pressure glow dielectric barrier discharges

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    In this letter, a one-dimensional fluid model is used to investigate the mechanism of discharge asymmetry in atmospheric pressure helium glow dielectric barrier discharges (GDBDs). By observing the evolutionary process between the successive peak currents, the effect of the gap width on the discharge asymmetry is thoroughly discussed. It is shown that when the gap width is too large, the very severe nonuniformity of electric field distribution over the gas gap leads to the discharge asymmetry.

  9. Effect of Atmospheric Pressure Glow Discharge Treatment on Polymerization of Acrylic Fabric and Its Printing Behavior

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    D M El-Zeer

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Acrylic fibers have been treated by atmospheric pressure glow discharge (APGD plasma in open air to enhance surface antistatic properties. The treated surfaces are investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, Fourier-Transition Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR and Atomic Force Microscope (AFM. Plasma treatment of acrylic fabric has been found to increase the surface roughness, modify the nature and density of surface functionalities, and drastically improve the wettability and antistatic ability of acrylic fibers.

  10. Radio frequency atmospheric pressure glow discharge in α and γ modes between two coaxial electrodes

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    Shang, Wanli; Wang, Dezhen; Zhang, Yuantao

    2008-09-01

    The discharge in pure helium and the influence of small nitrogen impurities at atmospheric pressure are investigated based on a one-dimensional self-consistent fluid model controlled by a dielectric barrier between two coaxial electrodes. The simulation of the radiofrequency (rf) discharge is based on the one-dimensional continuity equations for electrons, ions, metastable atoms, and molecules, with the much simpler current conservation law replacing the Poisson equation for electric field. Through a computational study of rf atmospheric glow discharges over a wide range of current density, this paper presents evidence of at least two glow discharge modes, namely the α mode and the γ mode. The simulation results show the asymmetry of the discharge set exercises great influence on the discharge mechanisms compared to that with parallel-plane electrodes. It is shown that the particle densities are not uniform in the discharge region but increase gradually from the outer to the inner electrode in both modes. The contrasting dynamic behaviors of the two glow modes are studied. Secondary electron emission strongly influences gas ionization in the γ mode yet matters little in the α mode.

  11. Potential Industrial Applications of the One Atmosphere Uniform Glow Discharge Plasma (OAUGDP) Operating in Ambient Air

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    Reece Roth, J.

    2004-11-01

    The majority of industrial plasma processing with glow discharges has been conducted at pressures below 10 torr. This tends to limit applications to high value workpieces as a result of the high capital cost of vacuum systems and the production constraints of batch processing. It has long been recognized that glow discharge plasmas would play a much larger industrial role if they could be generated at one atmosphere. The One Atmosphere Uniform Glow Discharge Plasma (OAUGDP), developed at the University of Tennessee's Plasma Sciences Laboratory, is a non-thermal RF plasma operating on displacement currents with the time-resolved characteristics of a classical low pressure DC normal glow discharge. As a glow discharge, the OAUGDP operates with maximum electrical efficiency at the Stoletow point, where the energy input per ion-electron pair is a minimum [1, 2]. Several interdisciplinary teams have investigated potential applications of the OAUGDP. These teams included collaborators from the UTK Textiles and Nonwovens Development Center (TANDEC), and the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Microbiology, and Food Science and Technology, as well as the NASA Langley Research Center. The potential applications of the OAUGDP have all been at one atmosphere and room temperature, using air as the working gas. These applications include sterilizing medical and dental equipment; sterilizable air filters to deal with the "sick building syndrome"; removal of soot from Diesel engine exhaust; subsonic plasma aerodynamic effects, including flow re-attachment to airfoils and boundary layer modification; electrohydrodynamic (EDH) flow control of working gases; increasing the surface energy of materials; improving the adhesion of paints and electroplated layers: improving the wettability and wickability of fabrics; stripping of photoresist; and plasma deposition and directional etching of potential microelectronic relevance. [1] J. R. Roth, Industrial Plasma Engineering

  12. SWIR sky glow imaging for detection of turbulence in the upper atmosphere

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    Dayton, David; Nolasco, Rudy; Allen, Jeff; Myers, Mike; Gonglewski, John; Fertig, Gregory; Burns, Dennis; Mons, Ishan

    2010-08-01

    It is well known that luminance from photo-chemical reactions of hydroxyl ions in the upper atmosphere (~85 km altitude) produces a significant amount of night time radiation in the short wave infra-red (SWIR) band between 0.9 and 1.7 μm wave length. This has been demonstrated as an effective illumination source for night time imaging applications. It addition it has been shown that observation of the spatial and temporal variations of the illumination can be used to characterize atmospheric tidal wave actions in the sky glow region. These spatiotemporal variations manifest themselves as traveling wave patterns whose period and velocity are related to the wind velocity at 85 km as well as the turbulence induced by atmospheric vertical instabilities. Ground to space observation systems especially those employing adaptive optics are adversely affected by high altitude turbulence and winds. In this paper we propose the use of sky glow observations to predict and characterize image system degradation due to upper atmosphere turbulence.

  13. Methane Conversion to C2 Hydrocarbons by Abnormal Glow Discharge at Atmospheric Pressure

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    Dai Wei; Yu Hui; Chen Qi; Yin Yongxiang; Dai Xiaoyan

    2005-01-01

    Methane conversion to C2 hydrocarbons has been investigated with the addition of hydrogen in a plasma reactor of abnormal glow discharge at atmospheric pressure. The aim of this experiment is to minimize coke formation and improve discharge stability. The typical conditions in the experiment are 300 ml of total feed flux and 400 W of discharge power. The experimental results show that methane conversion is from 91.6% to 35.2% in mol, acetylene selectivity is from 90.2% to 57.6%, and ethylene selectivity is approximately from 7.8% to 3.6%,where the coke increases gradually along with the increase of CH4/H2 from 2: 8 to 9: 1. A stable discharge for a considerable running time can be obtained only at a lower ratio of CH4/H2= 2:8 or 3: 7. These phenomena indicate that the coke deposition during methane conversion is obviously reduced by adding a large amount of hydrogen during an abnormal glow discharge.A qualitative interpretation is presented, namely, with abundant hydrogen, the possibility that hydrogen molecules are activated to hydrogen radicals is increased with the help of the abnormal glow discharge. These hydrogen radicals react with carbon radicals to form C2 hydrocarbon products. Therefore, the deposition of coke is restrained.

  14. Generation of uniform atmospheric pressure argon glow plasma by dielectric barrier discharge

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    Raju Bhai Tyata; Deepak Prasad Subedi; Rajendra Shrestha; Chiow San Wong

    2013-03-01

    In this paper, atmospheric pressure glow discharges (APGD) in argon generated in parallel plate dielectric barrier discharge system is investigated by means of electrical and optical measurements. Using a high voltage (0–20 kV) power supply operating at 10–30 kHz, homogeneous and steady APGD has been observed between the electrodes with gap spacing from 0.5 mm to 2 mm and with a dielectric barrier of thickness 2 mm while argon gas is fed at a controlled flow rate of 11/min. The electron temperature and electron density of the plasma are determined by means of optical emission spectroscopy. Our results show that the electron density of the discharge obtained is of the order of 1016 cm-3 while the electron temperature is estimated to be 0.65 eV. The important result is that electron density determined from the line intensity ratio method and stark broadening method are in very good agreement. The Lissajous figure is used to estimate the energy deposited to the glow discharge. It is found that the energy deposited to the discharge is in the range of 20 to 25 $\\$J with a discharge voltage of 1.85 kV. The energy deposited to the discharge is observed to be higher at smaller gas spacing. The glow discharge plasma is tested to be effective in reducing the hydrophobicity of polyethylene film significantly.

  15. Numerical studies of atmospheric pressure glow discharge controlled by a dielectric barrier between two coaxial electrodes

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    Zhang Hong-Yan; Wang De-Zhen; Wang Xiao-Gang

    2007-01-01

    The glow discharge in pure helium at atmospheric pressure, controlled by a dielectric barrier between coaxial electrodes, is investigated based on a one-dimensional self-consistent fluid model. By solving the continuity equations for electrons, ions, and excited atoms, with the current conservation equation and the electric field profile, the time evolution of the discharge current, gas voltage and the surface density of charged particles on the dielectric barrier are calculated. The simulation results show that the peak values of the discharge current, gas voltage and electric field in the first half period are asymmetric to the second half. When the current reaches its positive or negative maximum,the electric field profile, and the electron and ion densities represent similar properties to the typical glow discharge at low pressures. Obviously there exist a cathode fall, a negative glow region, and a positive column. Effects of the barrier position in between the two coaxial electrodes and the discharge gap width on discharge current characteristics are also analysed. The result indicates that, in the case when the dielectric covering the outer electrode only, the gas is punctured earlier during the former half period and later during the latter half period than other cases, also the current peak value is higher, and the difference of pulse width between the two half periods is more obvious. On reducing the gap width, the multiple current pulse discharge happens.

  16. Transitions between corona, glow, and spark regimes of nanosecond repetitively pulsed discharges in air at atmospheric pressure

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    Pai, David,; Lacoste, Deanna,; Laux, C.

    2010-01-01

    International audience In atmospheric pressure air preheated from 300 to 1000 K, the nanosecond repetitively pulsed (NRP) method has been used to generate corona, glow, and spark discharges. Experiments have been performed to determine the parameter space (applied voltage, pulse repetition frequency, ambient gas temperature, and interelectrode gap distance) of each discharge regime. In particular, the experimental conditions necessary for the glow regime of NRP discharges have been determi...

  17. Glow Discharge Mass Spectrometry Analysis of LX-17 and PBX-9502 High Explosive Samples

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    Nilsen, J; Castor, J I; Lane, M A; Overturf, G E

    2002-12-16

    As part of the Campaign 4 effort in A Division we have done an analysis of several high explosives that are used in the current nuclear stockpile. In particular we have looked at samples of LX-17 and PBX-9502. The analysis was done using the glow discharge mass spectrometer that is currently located in B132N and operated by Mark Lane of the Chemistry and Material Science (CMS) Directorate. George Overturf from CMS obtained small samples of high explosive for the measurements. From the analysis we wanted to verify the actual atomic composition of the high explosive, see how that compared with the nominal composition, and understand whether any significant impurities existed in the samples. We present the analysis of several LX-17 and PBX-9502 samples using the glow discharge mass spectrometer to measure both the main constituents of the high explosive as well as any trace materials that may be present.

  18. Transition from Spark Discharge to Constricted Glow Discharge in Atmospheric Air by Capacitor Coupled Discharge

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    ZHANG Yutao; REN Chunsheng; XU Zhenfeng; MA Tengcai; QI Bing; WANG Dezhen; WANG Younian

    2007-01-01

    The transition from a spark discharge to a constricted glow discharge in atmospheric air was studied with a capacitor coupled pin-to-water plasma reactor. The reason of the transition is considered to be of various factors, namely the change of the air gap due to the polarization of water molecules by the electric field, the feedback effect of the capacitors, and the ion trapping mechanism. The effects of the frequency of the power supply, inter-electrode gap, and coupled capacitance on the discharge transition were also investigated.

  19. Genetic effects of radio-frequency, atmospheric-pressure glow discharges with helium

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    Due to low gas temperatures and high densities of active species, atmospheric-pressure glow discharges (APGDs) would have potential applications in the fields of plasma-based sterilization, gene mutation, etc. In this letter, the genetic effects of helium radio-frequency APGD plasmas with the plasmid DNA and oligonucleotide as the treated biomaterials are presented. The experimental results show that it is the chemically active species, instead of heat, ultraviolet radiation, intense electric field, and/or charged particles, that break the double chains of the plasmid DNA. The genetic effects depend on the plasma operating parameters, e.g., power input, helium flow rate, processing distance, time, etc

  20. Genetic effects of radio-frequency, atmospheric-pressure glow discharges with helium

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    Li, Guo; Li, He-Ping; Wang, Li-Yan; Wang, Sen; Zhao, Hong-Xin; Sun, Wen-Ting; Xing, Xin-Hui; Bao, Cheng-Yu

    2008-06-01

    Due to low gas temperatures and high densities of active species, atmospheric-pressure glow discharges (APGDs) would have potential applications in the fields of plasma-based sterilization, gene mutation, etc. In this letter, the genetic effects of helium radio-frequency APGD plasmas with the plasmid DNA and oligonucleotide as the treated biomaterials are presented. The experimental results show that it is the chemically active species, instead of heat, ultraviolet radiation, intense electric field, and/or charged particles, that break the double chains of the plasmid DNA. The genetic effects depend on the plasma operating parameters, e.g., power input, helium flow rate, processing distance, time, etc.

  1. Radial Evolution of the Atmospheric Pressure Glow Discharge in Helium Controlled by Dielectric Barrier

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    ZHANG Yuan-Tao; WANG De-Zhen; WANG Yan-Hui; LIU Cheng-Sen

    2005-01-01

    @@ The radial evolution of atmospheric pressure glow discharge in helium is presented by numerical simulation. The calculations reveal the mechanism of two current peaks per half cycle. The first breakdown occurs firstly in the central region of the electrode, and then spreads to the edge, while the second breakdown ignites at the periphery firstly, and then propagates toward the discharge central region. The simulations indicate that radial electric fields and radial sheath play an important role in the evolution of the second peak. These results agree fundamentally with the experimental observations.

  2. Prediction of atmospheric pressure glow discharge in dielectric-barrier system

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    Duan, Xiaoxi; He, Feng; Ouyang, Jiting

    2010-06-01

    A one-dimensional fluid model was used to investigate the breakdown mechanism and discharge mode in dielectric-barrier system. The results show that the dielectric barrier discharge mode depends strongly on the gas property (i.e., the electron multiplication). The atmospheric pressure dielectric barrier glow discharge could only be achieved in a gas (e.g., noble gas) in which the first Townsend ionization coefficient is sufficiently small and the electron multiplication does not rise up rapidly with the electric field, while could not be sustained in the gas (e.g., N2 and O2) in which the electron multiplication is sensitive to the field.

  3. Observation and interpretation of energy efficient, diffuse direct current glow discharge at atmospheric pressure

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    Tang, Jie, E-mail: tangjie1979@opt.ac.cn; Jiang, Weiman; Wang, Yishan; Zhao, Wei [State Key Laboratory of Transient Optics and Photonics, Xi' an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics of CAS, Xi' an 710119 (China); Li, Jing [State Key Laboratory of Transient Optics and Photonics, Xi' an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics of CAS, Xi' an 710119 (China); Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Huaiyin Institute of Technology, Huaian 223003 (China); Duan, Yixiang [State Key Laboratory of Transient Optics and Photonics, Xi' an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics of CAS, Xi' an 710119 (China); Research Center of Analytical Instrumentation, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064 (China)

    2015-08-24

    A diffuse direct-current glow discharge was realized with low energy consumption and high energy utilization efficiency at atmospheric pressure. The formation of diffuse discharge was demonstrated by examining and comparing the electrical properties and optical emissions of plasmas. In combination with theoretical derivation and calculation, we draw guidelines that appearance of nitrogen ions at low electron density is crucial to enhance the ambipolar diffusion for the expansion of discharge channel and the increasing ambipolar diffusion near the cathode plays a key role in the onset of diffuse discharge. An individual-discharge-channel expansion model is proposed to explain the diffuse discharge formation.

  4. Observation and interpretation of energy efficient, diffuse direct current glow discharge at atmospheric pressure

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    A diffuse direct-current glow discharge was realized with low energy consumption and high energy utilization efficiency at atmospheric pressure. The formation of diffuse discharge was demonstrated by examining and comparing the electrical properties and optical emissions of plasmas. In combination with theoretical derivation and calculation, we draw guidelines that appearance of nitrogen ions at low electron density is crucial to enhance the ambipolar diffusion for the expansion of discharge channel and the increasing ambipolar diffusion near the cathode plays a key role in the onset of diffuse discharge. An individual-discharge-channel expansion model is proposed to explain the diffuse discharge formation

  5. Atmospheric Pressure Glow Discharge Plasma and Surface Modification of PET Textile by APGDP

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    Gu, Biao; Chen, Ru; Xu, Yin; Deng, Xiang; Shi, Qingjun

    2002-11-01

    Comparing with traditional chemistry method, surface modification of Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fabrics by using of Atmospheric Pressure Glow Discharge Plasma (APGDP) has many advantages, such as low cost, low pollution and low energy consumption. So it has huge application in textile industry due to no requirement for vacuum system. In this paper, the generation and the characteristics of APGDP on a homemade device were investigated experimentally. The volt-ampere characteristic and the Lissajous figure demonstrated that, different from dielectric barrier discharge (DBD), there is no filaments appeared between electrodes. It is a glow discharge in one atmospheric pressure. Furthermore we investigated the surface modification of PET by APGDP. The relationship between PET characteristics (wettability, critical surface tension, timing-effect, dyeablity etc.) and various discharge parameters are discussed. At last, the measurements of ATR-FTIR (Attenuated Total Refraction-Fourier Transform Infarared Spectroscopy) and dyeing properties are demonstrated, and the mechanism of modification is analyzed basically. Key words: APGDP£¬Surface modification , PET

  6. Decomposition of toluene in a steady-state atmospheric-pressure glow discharge

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    Trushkin, A. N.; Grushin, M. E.; Kochetov, I. V.; Trushkin, N. I.; Akishev, Yu. S.

    2013-02-01

    Results are presented from experimental studies of decomposition of toluene (C6H5CH3) in a polluted air flow by means of a steady-state atmospheric pressure glow discharge at different water vapor contents in the working gas. The experimental results on the degree of C6H5CH3 removal are compared with the results of computer simulations conducted in the framework of the developed kinetic model of plasma chemical decomposition of toluene in the N2: O2: H2O gas mixture. A substantial influence of the gas flow humidity on toluene decomposition in the atmospheric pressure glow discharge is demonstrated. The main mechanisms of the influence of humidity on C6H5CH3 decomposition are determined. The existence of two stages in the process of toluene removal, which differ in their duration and the intensity of plasma chemical decomposition of C6H5CH3 is established. Based on the results of computer simulations, the composition of the products of plasma chemical reactions at the output of the reactor is analyzed as a function of the specific energy deposition and gas flow humidity. The existence of a catalytic cycle in which hydroxyl radical OH acts a catalyst and which substantially accelerates the recombination of oxygen atoms and suppression of ozone generation when the plasma-forming gas contains water vapor is established.

  7. Transitions between corona, glow, and spark regimes of nanosecond repetitively pulsed discharges in air at atmospheric pressure

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    Pai, David Z.; Lacoste, Deanna A.; Laux, Christophe O.

    2010-05-01

    In atmospheric pressure air preheated from 300 to 1000 K, the nanosecond repetitively pulsed (NRP) method has been used to generate corona, glow, and spark discharges. Experiments have been performed to determine the parameter space (applied voltage, pulse repetition frequency, ambient gas temperature, and interelectrode gap distance) of each discharge regime. In particular, the experimental conditions necessary for the glow regime of NRP discharges have been determined, with the notable result that there exists a minimum and maximum gap distance for its existence at a given ambient gas temperature. The minimum gap distance increases with decreasing gas temperature, whereas the maximum does not vary appreciably. To explain the experimental results, an analytical model is developed to explain the corona-to-glow (C-G) and glow-to-spark (G-S) transitions. The C-G transition is analyzed in terms of the avalanche-to-streamer transition and the breakdown field during the conduction phase following the establishment of a conducting channel across the discharge gap. The G-S transition is determined by the thermal ionization instability, and we show analytically that this transition occurs at a certain reduced electric field for the NRP discharges studied here. This model shows that the electrode geometry plays an important role in the existence of the NRP glow regime at a given gas temperature. We derive a criterion for the existence of the NRP glow regime as a function of the ambient gas temperature, pulse repetition frequency, electrode radius of curvature, and interelectrode gap distance.

  8. A novel Y-type reactor for selective excitation of atmospheric pressure glow discharge plasma

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    Xia, Guan-Guang; Wang, Jin-Yun; Huang, Aimin; Suib, Steven L.; Hayashi, Yuji; Matsumoto, Hiroshige

    2001-02-01

    A novel Y-type atmospheric pressure ac glow discharge plasma reactor has been designed and tested in CO reduction with hydrogen and the reverse water-gas shift reaction. The reactor consists of a Y-type quartz tube with an angle of 120°-180° between the two long arms, two metal rod electrodes serving as high voltage terminals and two pieces of aluminum foil which were wrapped outside of the quartz tubes as a ground electrode. Different combinations of input power applied on this three- electrode system can lead to selective plasmas on one side, two sides, or can also generate a stable arc between the two high voltage terminal electrodes. The ability to selectively activate different species with this type of apparatus can help to minimize side reactions in plasmas to obtain desirable products. The Y-type reactor may provide a novel means to study fundamental problems regarding radical reactions.

  9. Characteristics of atmospheric-pressure, radio-frequency glow discharges operated with argon added ethanol

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    Rf, atmospheric-pressure glow discharge (APGD) plasmas with bare metal electrodes have promising prospects in the fields of plasma-aided etching, thin film deposition, disinfection and sterilization, etc. In this paper, the discharge characteristics are presented for the rf APGD plasmas generated with pure argon or argon-ethanol mixture as the plasma-forming gas and using water-cooled, bare copper electrodes. The experimental results show that the breakdown voltage can be reduced significantly when a small amount of ethanol is added into argon, probably due to the fact that the Penning ionization process is involved, and a pure α-mode discharge can be produced more easily with the help of ethanol. The uniformity of the rf APGDs of pure argon or argon-ethanol mixtures using bare metallic electrodes is identified with the aid of the intensified charge coupled device images

  10. Characteristics of atmospheric-pressure, radio-frequency glow discharges operated with argon added ethanol

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    Sun, Wen-Ting; Li, Guo; Li, He-Ping; Bao, Cheng-Yu; Wang, Hua-Bo; Zeng, Shi; Gao, Xing; Luo, Hui-Ying

    2007-06-01

    Rf, atmospheric-pressure glow discharge (APGD) plasmas with bare metal electrodes have promising prospects in the fields of plasma-aided etching, thin film deposition, disinfection and sterilization, etc. In this paper, the discharge characteristics are presented for the rf APGD plasmas generated with pure argon or argon-ethanol mixture as the plasma-forming gas and using water-cooled, bare copper electrodes. The experimental results show that the breakdown voltage can be reduced significantly when a small amount of ethanol is added into argon, probably due to the fact that the Penning ionization process is involved, and a pure α-mode discharge can be produced more easily with the help of ethanol. The uniformity of the rf APGDs of pure argon or argon-ethanol mixtures using bare metallic electrodes is identified with the aid of the intensified charge coupled device images.

  11. Characteristics of Ozone Production by Using Atmospheric Surface Glow Barrier Discharge

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    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Ozone is a strong oxidizer that can kill bacteria and other micro-organisms very effectively. In the recent years, ozone has become very important for sterilization of water used in shrimp farming and treatment of wastewater from food industry. However, ozonisers available in the markets are very expensive and have low energy-efficiency. In this work, a highly-efficient and low-cost system that can produce high-concentrations of ozone gas and dissolved ozone in water has been developed. The system consists of a dried air unit, high-voltage rf power supply, ozoniser tubes and venturi injector. The tubes are designed and configured to convert oxygen gas to ozone gas by atmospheric surface glow barrier discharge.

  12. High frequency glow discharges at atmospheric pressure with micro-structured electrode arrays

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    Micro-structured electrode (MSE) arrays allow the generation of large-area uniform glow discharges over a wide pressure range up to atmospheric pressure. The electrode widths, thicknesses and distances in the micrometre range are realized by means of modern micro-machining and galvanic techniques. The electrode distance, the gap width d, is small enough to generate sufficiently high electric field strengths to ignite gas discharges by applying only moderate radio frequency (RF, 13.56 MHz) voltages (80-390 V in Ne, He, Ar, N2 and air). The non-thermal plasma system is characterized by a special probe measuring the electric parameters. We tested MSE arrays with d = 70, 25 and 15 μm. The MSE driven plasmas show a different behaviour from conventional RF discharge plasmas. Due to the very small electrode gap width we can describe the behaviour of the charged particles in the RF field of our system with the dc Townsend breakdown theory, depending on the pressure range and gas. With decreasing pressure, the gas discharges, especially in Ne and He, are increasingly dominated by field electron emission. With the MSE arrays as plasma sources several applications were developed and successfully tested, e.g. decomposition of waste gases and sterilization of food packaging materials at atmospheric pressure

  13. High frequency glow discharges at atmospheric pressure with micro-structured electrode arrays

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    Baars-Hibbe, L.; Sichler, P.; Schrader, C.; Lucas, N.; Gericke, K.-H.; Büttgenbach, S.

    2005-02-01

    Micro-structured electrode (MSE) arrays allow the generation of large-area uniform glow discharges over a wide pressure range up to atmospheric pressure. The electrode widths, thicknesses and distances in the micrometre range are realized by means of modern micro-machining and galvanic techniques. The electrode distance, the gap width d, is small enough to generate sufficiently high electric field strengths to ignite gas discharges by applying only moderate radio frequency (RF, 13.56 MHz) voltages (80-390 V in Ne, He, Ar, N2 and air). The non-thermal plasma system is characterized by a special probe measuring the electric parameters. We tested MSE arrays with d = 70, 25 and 15 µm. The MSE driven plasmas show a different behaviour from conventional RF discharge plasmas. Due to the very small electrode gap width we can describe the behaviour of the charged particles in the RF field of our system with the dc Townsend breakdown theory, depending on the pressure range and gas. With decreasing pressure, the gas discharges, especially in Ne and He, are increasingly dominated by field electron emission. With the MSE arrays as plasma sources several applications were developed and successfully tested, e.g. decomposition of waste gases and sterilization of food packaging materials at atmospheric pressure.

  14. Array of surface-confined glow discharges in atmospheric pressure helium: Modes and dynamics

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    Li, D.; Liu, D. X., E-mail: liudingxin@gmail.com, E-mail: mglin5g@gmail.com [Center for Plasma Biomedicine, State Key Laboratory of Electrical Insulation and Power Equipment, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Shaanxi (China); Nie, Q. Y.; Li, H. P. [Department of Engineering Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Chen, H. L. [Frank Reidy Center for Bioelectrics, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia 23508 (United States); Kong, M. G., E-mail: liudingxin@gmail.com, E-mail: mglin5g@gmail.com [Center for Plasma Biomedicine, State Key Laboratory of Electrical Insulation and Power Equipment, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Shaanxi (China); Frank Reidy Center for Bioelectrics, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia 23508 (United States); Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia 23529 (United States)

    2014-05-19

    Array of atmospheric pressure surface discharges confined by a two-dimensional hexagon electrode mesh is studied for its discharge modes and temporal evolution so as to a theoretical underpinning to their growing applications in medicine, aerodynamic control, and environmental remediation. Helium plasma surface-confined by one hexagon-shaped rim electrode is shown to evolve from a Townsend mode to a normal and abnormal glow mode, and its evolution develops from the rim electrodes as six individual microdischarges merging in the middle of the hexagon mesh element. Within one hexagon element, microdischarges remain largely static with the mesh electrode being the instantaneous cathode, but move towards the hexagon center when the electrode is the instantaneous anode. On the entire array electrode surface, plasma ignition is found to beat an unspecific hexagon element and then spreads to ignite surrounding hexagon elements. The spreading of microdischarges is in the form of an expanding circle at a speed of about 3 × 10{sup 4} m/s, and their quenching starts in the location of the initial plasma ignition. Plasma modes influence how input electrical power is used to generate and accelerate electrons and as such the reaction chemistry, whereas plasma dynamics are central to understand and control plasma instabilities. The present study provides an important aspect of plasma physics of the atmospheric surface-confined discharge array and a theoretical underpinning to its future technological innovation.

  15. Surface Treatment of Polyethylene Terephthalate Film Using Atmospheric Pressure Glow Discharge in Air

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    方志; 邱毓昌; 王辉

    2004-01-01

    Non-thermal plasmas under atmospheric pressure are of great interest in polymer surface processing because of their convenience, effectiveness and low cost. In this paper, the treatment of Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film surface for improving hydrophilicity using the non-thermal plasma generated by atmospheric pressure glow discharge (APGD) in air is conducted.The discharge characteristics of APGD are shown by measurement of their electrical discharge parameters and observation of light-emission phenomena, and the surface properties of PET before and after the APGD treatment are studied using contact angle measurement, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It is found that the APGD is homogeneous and stable in the whole gas gap, which differs from the commonly filamentary dielectric barrier discharge (DBD). A short time (several seconds) APGD treatment can modify the surface characteristics of PET film markedly and uniformly. After 10 s APGD treatment, the surface oxygen content of PET surface increases to 39%, and the water contact angle decreases to 19°, respectively.

  16. On the physical processes ruling an atmospheric pressure air glow discharge operating in an intermediate current regime

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    Low-frequency (100 Hz), intermediate-current (50 to 200 mA) glow discharges were experimentally investigated in atmospheric pressure air between blunt copper electrodes. Voltage–current characteristics and images of the discharge for different inter-electrode distances are reported. A cathode-fall voltage close to 360 V and a current density at the cathode surface of about 11 A/cm2, both independent of the discharge current, were found. The visible emissive structure of the discharge resembles to that of a typical low-pressure glow, thus suggesting a glow-like electric field distribution in the discharge. A kinetic model for the discharge ionization processes is also presented with the aim of identifying the main physical processes ruling the discharge behavior. The numerical results indicate the presence of a non-equilibrium plasma with rather high gas temperature (above 4000 K) leading to the production of components such as NO, O, and N which are usually absent in low-current glows. Hence, the ionization by electron-impact is replaced by associative ionization, which is independent of the reduced electric field. This leads to a negative current-voltage characteristic curve, in spite of the glow-like features of the discharge. On the other hand, several estimations show that the discharge seems to be stabilized by heat conduction; being thermally stable due to its reduced size. All the quoted results indicate that although this discharge regime might be considered to be close to an arc, it is still a glow discharge as demonstrated by its overall properties, supported also by the presence of thermal non-equilibrium

  17. On the physical processes ruling an atmospheric pressure air glow discharge operating in an intermediate current regime

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    2015-02-15

    Low-frequency (100 Hz), intermediate-current (50 to 200 mA) glow discharges were experimentally investigated in atmospheric pressure air between blunt copper electrodes. Voltage–current characteristics and images of the discharge for different inter-electrode distances are reported. A cathode-fall voltage close to 360 V and a current density at the cathode surface of about 11 A/cm{sup 2}, both independent of the discharge current, were found. The visible emissive structure of the discharge resembles to that of a typical low-pressure glow, thus suggesting a glow-like electric field distribution in the discharge. A kinetic model for the discharge ionization processes is also presented with the aim of identifying the main physical processes ruling the discharge behavior. The numerical results indicate the presence of a non-equilibrium plasma with rather high gas temperature (above 4000 K) leading to the production of components such as NO, O, and N which are usually absent in low-current glows. Hence, the ionization by electron-impact is replaced by associative ionization, which is independent of the reduced electric field. This leads to a negative current-voltage characteristic curve, in spite of the glow-like features of the discharge. On the other hand, several estimations show that the discharge seems to be stabilized by heat conduction; being thermally stable due to its reduced size. All the quoted results indicate that although this discharge regime might be considered to be close to an arc, it is still a glow discharge as demonstrated by its overall properties, supported also by the presence of thermal non-equilibrium.

  18. FAST TRACK COMMUNICATION: Contrasting characteristics of sub-microsecond pulsed atmospheric air and atmospheric pressure helium-oxygen glow discharges

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    Walsh, J. L.; Liu, D. X.; Iza, F.; Rong, M. Z.; Kong, M. G.

    2010-01-01

    Glow discharges in air are often considered to be the ultimate low-temperature atmospheric pressure plasmas for numerous chamber-free applications. This is due to the ubiquitous presence of air and the perceived abundance of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species in air plasmas. In this paper, sub-microsecond pulsed atmospheric air plasmas are shown to produce a low concentration of excited oxygen atoms but an abundance of excited nitrogen species, UV photons and ozone molecules. This contrasts sharply with the efficient production of excited oxygen atoms in comparable helium-oxygen discharges. Relevant reaction chemistry analysed with a global model suggests that collisional excitation of O2 by helium metastables is significantly more efficient than electron dissociative excitation of O2, electron excitation of O and ion-ion recombination. These results suggest different practical uses of the two oxygen-containing atmospheric discharges, with air plasmas being well suited for nitrogen and UV based chemistry and He-O2 plasmas for excited atomic oxygen based chemistry.

  19. Time dependent argon glow discharge treatment of Al-alloy samples

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    Sunanda J Karandikar; S V Gogawale; A K Dua; K K Kutty

    2001-05-01

    Aluminium alloy ultra-high vacuum system provides a convenient tool to access the UHV region due to short pump down time, its reduced weight, low cost etc. For UHV systems, aluminium and its alloys are preferred materials to stainless steel. A cylindrical discharge chamger of SS 304 with various ports on it, evacuated by turbomoleculer pumping unit is used in the experimental system. A hollow cathode de glow discharge in argon for different time durations is used to treat chemically cleaned ASA 6063 aluminium alloy samples, keeping all other parameters constant. The scanning electron microscope (SEM) is used to examine processed surfaces and to study topographical features. The energy dispersive microanalysis by X-rays (EDX) is used to determine the elemental composition of the samples. The results indicate the physical sputtering taking place in Ar GDC. The etched area increases with discharge time duration. The EDX spectrum shows the inconsistency in weight percentage of various elements of Al-alloy.

  20. Surface modification of polyimide (PI) film using water cathode atmospheric pressure glow discharge plasma

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    Zheng, Peichao; Liu, Keming; Wang, Jinmei; Dai, Yu; Yu, Bin; Zhou, Xianju; Hao, Honggang; Luo, Yuan

    2012-10-01

    The industrial use of polyimide film is limited because of undesirable properties such as poor wettability. In the present paper, a new kind of equipment called water cathode atmospheric pressure glow discharge was used to improve the surface properties of polyimide films and made them useful to technical applications. The changes in hydrophilicity of modified polyimide film surfaces were investigated by contact angle, surface energy and water content measurements as a function of treatment time. The results obtained show good treatment homogeneity and that the variation trends of contact angles are different for polar and non-polar testing liquids, while surface energy and water content are significantly enhanced with the increase of treatment time until they achieve saturated values after 60 s plasma treatment. Also, the thickness of liquid layer plays an important role in plasma processing and directly affects the treatment effect. Changes in morphology of polyimide films were analyzed by atomic force microscope and the results indicate that surface hydrophilicity after plasma treatment are improved partly due to the increase in the roughness. In addition, polyimide films treated by plasma are subjected to an ageing process to determine the durability of plasma treatment. It is found that the hydrophilicity is still better than untreated ones though the hydrophobic character partly recovers after long-term storage in ambient air.

  1. Non-linear macro evolution of a dc driven micro atmospheric glow discharge

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    Xu, S. F.; Zhong, X. X., E-mail: xxzhong@sjtu.edu.cn [The State Key Laboratory on Fiber Optic Local Area, Communication Networks and Advanced Optical Communication Systems, Key Laboratory for Laser Plasmas and Department of Physics and Astronomy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China)

    2015-10-15

    We studied the macro evolution of the micro atmospheric glow discharge generated between a micro argon jet into ambient air and static water. The micro discharge behaves similarly to a complex ecosystem. Non-linear behaviors are found for the micro discharge when the water acts as a cathode, different from the discharge when water behaves as an anode. Groups of snapshots of the micro discharge formed at different discharge currents are captured by an intensified charge-coupled device with controlled exposure time, and each group consisted of 256 images taken in succession. Edge detection methods are used to identify the water surface and then the total brightness is defined by adding up the signal counts over the area of the micro discharge. Motions of the water surface at different discharge currents show that the water surface lowers increasingly rapidly when the water acts as a cathode. In contrast, the water surface lowers at a constant speed when the water behaves as an anode. The light curves are similar to logistic growth curves, suggesting that a self-inhibition process occurs in the micro discharge. Meanwhile, the total brightness increases linearly during the same time when the water acts as an anode. Discharge-water interactions cause the micro discharge to evolve. The charged particle bomb process is probably responsible for the different behaviors of the micro discharges when the water acts as cathode and anode.

  2. Non-linear macro evolution of a dc driven micro atmospheric glow discharge

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    Xu, Shaofeng

    2015-01-01

    We studied the macro evolution of the micro atmospheric glow discharge generated between a micro argon jet into ambient air and static water. The micro discharge behaves similarly to a complex ecosystem. Non-linear behaviors are found for the micro discharge when the water acts as a cathode, different from the discharge when water behaves as an anode. Groups of snapshots of the micro discharge formed at different discharge currents are captured by an intensified charge-coupled device with controlled exposure time, and each group consisted of 256 images taken in succession. Edge detection methods are used to identify the water surface and then the total brightness is defined by adding up the signal counts over the area of the micro discharge. Motions of the water surface at different discharge currents show that the water surface lowers increasingly rapidly when the water acts as a cathode. In contrast, the water surface lowers at a constant speed when the water behaves as an anode. The light curves are simila...

  3. Non-linear macro evolution of a dc driven micro atmospheric glow discharge

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    We studied the macro evolution of the micro atmospheric glow discharge generated between a micro argon jet into ambient air and static water. The micro discharge behaves similarly to a complex ecosystem. Non-linear behaviors are found for the micro discharge when the water acts as a cathode, different from the discharge when water behaves as an anode. Groups of snapshots of the micro discharge formed at different discharge currents are captured by an intensified charge-coupled device with controlled exposure time, and each group consisted of 256 images taken in succession. Edge detection methods are used to identify the water surface and then the total brightness is defined by adding up the signal counts over the area of the micro discharge. Motions of the water surface at different discharge currents show that the water surface lowers increasingly rapidly when the water acts as a cathode. In contrast, the water surface lowers at a constant speed when the water behaves as an anode. The light curves are similar to logistic growth curves, suggesting that a self-inhibition process occurs in the micro discharge. Meanwhile, the total brightness increases linearly during the same time when the water acts as an anode. Discharge-water interactions cause the micro discharge to evolve. The charged particle bomb process is probably responsible for the different behaviors of the micro discharges when the water acts as cathode and anode

  4. Electric field development in γ-mode radiofrequency atmospheric pressure glow discharge in helium

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    Navrátil, Zdeněk; Josepson, Raavo; Cvetanović, Nikola; Obradović, Bratislav; Dvořák, Pavel

    2016-06-01

    Time development of electric field strength during radio-frequency sheath formation was measured using Stark polarization spectroscopy in a helium γ-mode radio-frequency (RF, 13.56 MHz) atmospheric pressure glow discharge at high current density (3 A cm-2). A method of time-correlated single photon counting was applied to record the temporal development of spectral profile of He I 492.2 nm line with a sub-nanosecond temporal resolution. By fitting the measured profile of the line with a combination of pseudo-Voigt profiles for forbidden (2 1P-4 1F) and allowed (2 1P-4 1D) helium lines, instantaneous electric fields up to 32 kV cm-1 were measured in the RF sheath. The measured electric field is in agreement with the spatially averaged value of 40 kV cm-1 estimated from homogeneous charge density RF sheath model. The observed rectangular waveform of the electric field time development is attributed to increased sheath conductivity by the strong electron avalanches occurring in the γ-mode sheath at high current densities.

  5. DC negative corona discharge in atmospheric pressure helium: transition from the corona to the ‘normal’ glow regime

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    Hasan, Nusair; Antao, Dion S.; Farouk, Bakhtier

    2014-06-01

    Direct current (dc) negative corona discharges in atmospheric pressure helium are simulated via detailed numerical modeling. Simulations are conducted to characterize the discharges in atmospheric helium for a pin plate electrode configuration. A self-consistent two-dimensional hybrid model is developed to simulate the discharges and the model predictions are validated with experimental measurements. The discharge model considered consists of momentum and energy conservation equations for a multi-component (electrons, ions, excited species and neutrals) gas mixture, conservation equations for each component of the mixture and state relations. A drift-diffusion approximation for the electron and the ion fluxes is used. A model for the external circuit driving the discharge is also considered and solved along with the discharge model. Many of the key features of a negative corona discharge, namely non-linear current-voltage characteristics, spatially flat cathode current density and glow-like discharge in the high current regime are displayed in the predictions. A transition to the ‘normal’ glow discharge from the corona discharge regime is also observed. The transition is identified from the calculated current-voltage characteristic curve and is characterized by the radial growth of the negative glow and the engulfment of the cathode wire.

  6. DC negative corona discharge in atmospheric pressure helium: transition from the corona to the ‘normal’ glow regime

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    Direct current (dc) negative corona discharges in atmospheric pressure helium are simulated via detailed numerical modeling. Simulations are conducted to characterize the discharges in atmospheric helium for a pin plate electrode configuration. A self-consistent two-dimensional hybrid model is developed to simulate the discharges and the model predictions are validated with experimental measurements. The discharge model considered consists of momentum and energy conservation equations for a multi-component (electrons, ions, excited species and neutrals) gas mixture, conservation equations for each component of the mixture and state relations. A drift–diffusion approximation for the electron and the ion fluxes is used. A model for the external circuit driving the discharge is also considered and solved along with the discharge model. Many of the key features of a negative corona discharge, namely non-linear current–voltage characteristics, spatially flat cathode current density and glow-like discharge in the high current regime are displayed in the predictions. A transition to the ‘normal’ glow discharge from the corona discharge regime is also observed. The transition is identified from the calculated current–voltage characteristic curve and is characterized by the radial growth of the negative glow and the engulfment of the cathode wire. (paper)

  7. The development of potential electrode new construction which is cathode for obtaining of nano-second volume discharge glow in the air at atmospheric pressure

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    The present paper is dedicated to investigations of nanosecond pulsed discharge in the air at the atmospheric pressure. The new construction of potential electrode, which is cathode with use of dielectric porcelain and fluoroplastic capping has been developed. The influence factor of capping on the rod with radius of curvature 1 mm on charge glow region size is shown. The mechanism of discharge glow region expansion with formation of running electrons in cathode plasma has been considered

  8. Development of an atmospheric-pressure homogeneous and cold Ar/O2 plasma source operating in glow discharge

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    An atmospheric-pressure Ar/O2 glow discharge is generated in a parallel bare metal plate reactor with a radio-frequency power supply by introducing a dielectric strip in the inlet of the gas flow. The role of the dielectric strip is discussed experimentally. The allowable oxygen-to-argon ratio reaches 1.0 vol % and the generated Ar/O2 plasma discharge is characterized by a low gas temperature and good spatial homogeneity, implying its feasible application as a type of material treatment for a large-area surface, as illustrated experimentally by the ashing of carbon black.

  9. Development of radio-frequency-powered helium glow discharge optical emission source associated with sampling by laser ablation

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    A new excitation source for emission spectrometry consisting of an r.f-powered helium glow discharge plasma and a laser-diode pumped Q-switched Nd:YAG laser, was developed. The Nd:YAG laser works dominantly as a sampling source for introduction of sample atoms to the glow discharge plasma, because the laser induced plasma cannot be generated by the laser itself due to its high repetition rate. On the other hand, the helium glow discharge plasma mainly acts as excitation source, because little amounts od sample atoms can be introduced due to the low sputtering rate. This effect arises from the low sputtering yield as well as the low ionization efficiency of helium atom. Besides, the excited species of helium gases has the excitation ability for atomic species requiring large excitation energies as fluorine atom due to their high metastable levels. From these characteristics in this method, the sampling process and the excitation having high excitation energy levels. In this study, fluorine atomic lines requiring large excitation energies were measured. These lines were observed only when the laser was irradiated to the helium plasma. They could be observed neither in the argon plasma nor in the helium plasma without the laser irradiation. Further, the calibration curve for a fluorine atomic line gave a linear relationship in the LiF concentration range of 0.02-5.0 mass%, as shown in Fig 2.

  10. Surface modification of polyethylene and polypropylene in atmospheric pressure glow discharge

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    Šíra, M.; Trunec, D.; Sťahel, P.; Buršíková, V.; Navrátil, Z.; Buršík, Jiří

    2005-01-01

    Roč. 38, č. 4 (2005), s. 621-627. ISSN 0022-3727 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA202/02/0880; GA ČR(CZ) GP202/02/D097 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : glow discharge * surface * electron microscopy Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics Impact factor: 1.957, year: 2005

  11. The Influence of CO2 Admixtures on the Product Composition in a Nitrogen-Methane Atmospheric Glow Discharge Used as a Prebiotic Atmosphere Mimic

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    Mazankova, V.; Torokova, L.; Krcma, F.; Mason, N. J.; Matejcik, S.

    2016-04-01

    This work extends our previous experimental studies of the chemistry of Titan's atmosphere by atmospheric glow discharge. The Titan's atmosphere seems to be similarly to early Earth atmospheric composition. The exploration of Titan atmosphere was initiated by the exciting results of the Cassini-Huygens mission and obtained results increased the interest about prebiotic atmospheres. Present work is devoted to the role of CO2 in the prebiotic atmosphere chemistry. Most of the laboratory studies of such atmosphere were focused on the chemistry of N2 + CH4 mixtures. The present work is devoted to the study of the oxygenated volatile species in prebiotic atmosphere, specifically CO2 reactivity. CO2 was introduced to the standard N2 + CH4 mixture at different mixing ratio up to 5 % CH4 and 3 % CO2. The reaction products were characterized by FTIR spectroscopy. This work shows that CO2 modifies the composition of the gas phase with the detection of oxygenated compounds: CO and others oxides. There is a strong influence of CO2 on increasing concentration other products as cyanide (HCN) and ammonia (NH3).

  12. Final Report DE-FG02-00ER54583: 'Physics of Atmospheric Pressure Glow Discharges' and 'Nanoparticle Nucleation and Dynamics in Low-Pressure Plasmas'

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    This project was funded over two periods of three years each, with an additional year of no-cost extension. Research in the first funding period focused on the physics of uniform atmospheric pressure glow discharges, the second funding period was devoted to the study of the dynamics of nanometer-sized particles in plasmas.

  13. Discharge characteristics of a radio-frequency capacitively coupled Ar/O2 glow discharge at atmospheric pressure

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    In this study, the discharge characteristics of the developed atmospheric pressure homogeneous and cold plasma source in Ar/O2 glow discharge driven by radio-frequency (13.56 MHz) are investigated experimentally by means of electric measurements. The electron density is estimated to be in the order of 1011 cm-3 in the abnormal discharge regime and is reduced by half in amount when the oxygen is mixed into argon plasma at oxygen-to-argon ratio of 0.3 and 0.6 vol.% at the same input power. The estimated electron temperature assumes the value of 1.4 eV in the abnormal discharge regime and the addition of oxygen to the argon plasma at the oxygen-to-argon ratio smaller than 1.0 vol.% does not alter the electron temperature appreciably.

  14. A brush-shaped air plasma jet operated in glow discharge mode at atmospheric pressure

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    Li, Xuechen; Bao, Wenting; Jia, Pengying; Di, Cong

    2014-07-01

    Using ambient air as working gas, a direct-current plasma jet is developed to generate a brush-shaped plasma plume with fairly large volume. Although a direct-current power supply is used, the discharge shows a pulsed characteristic. Based on the voltage-current curve and fast photography, the brush-shaped plume, like the gliding arc plasma, is in fact a temporal superposition of a moving discharge filament in an arched shape. During it moves away from the nozzle, the discharge evolves from a low-current arc into a normal glow in one discharge cycle. The emission profile is explained qualitatively based on the dynamics of the plasma brush.

  15. TREATMENT OF METALS, POLYMER FILMS, AND FABRICS WITH A ONE ATMOSPHERE UNIFORM GLOW DISCHARGE PLASMA (OAUGDP) FOR INCREASED SURFACE ENERGY AND DIRECTIONAL ETCHING

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    J. Reece Roth; Z.Y. Chen; Peter P.- Y. Tsai

    2001-01-01

    Direct exposure of samples to the active species of air generated by a One AtmosphereUniform Glow Discharge Plasma (OA UGDP) has been used to etch and to increasethe surface energy of metallic surfaces, photoresist, polymer films, and nonwoven fab-rics. The OAUGDP is a non-thermal plasma with the classical characteristics of aDC normal glow discharge that operates in air (and other gases) at atmospheric pres-sure. Neither a vacuum system nor batch processing is necessary. A wide range ofapplications to metals, photoresist, films, fabrics, and polymeric webs can be accom-modated by direct exposure of the workpiece to the plasma in parallel-plate reactors.This technology is simple, it produces effects that can be obtained in no other way atone atmosphere; it generates minimal pollutants or unwanted by-products; and it issuitable for individual sample or online treatment of metallic surfaces, wafers, films.and fabrics.``Early exposures of solid materials to the OA UGDP required minutes to produce rela-tively small increases of surface energy. These durations appeared too long for com-mercial application to fast-moving webs. Recent improvements in OA UGDP gas com-position, power density, plasma quality, recirculating gas flow, and impedance match-ing of the power supply to the parallel plate plasma reactor have made it possible toraise the surface energy ofa variety of polymeric webs (PP, PET, PE, etc.) to levels of60 to 70 dynes/crn with one second of exposure. In air plasmas, the high surface ener-gies are not durable, and fall to 50 dynes/em after periods of weeks to months. Here.we report the exposure of metallic surfaces, photoresist, polymeric films, and nonwo-ven fabrics made of PP and PET to an impedance matched parallel plate OA UGDPfor durations ranging from one second to several tens of seconds. Data will be re-ported on the surface energy, wettability, wickability, and aging effect of polymericfilms and fabrics as functions of time of exposure, and time

  16. Sampling modulation technique in radio-frequency helium glow discharge emission source by use of pulsed laser ablation.

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    Naeem, Tariq Mahmood; Matsuta, Hideyuki; Wagatsuma, Kazuaki

    2004-05-01

    An emission excitation source comprising a high-frequency diode-pumped Q-switched Nd:YAG laser and a radio-frequency powered glow discharge lamp is proposed. In this system sample atoms ablated by the laser irradiation are introduced into the lamp chamber and subsequently excited by the helium glow discharge plasma. The pulsed operation of the laser can produce a cyclic variation in the emission intensities of the sample atoms whereas the plasma gas species emit the radiation continuously. The salient feature of the proposed technique is the selective detection of the laser modulation signal from the rest of the continuous background emissions, which can be achieved with the phase sensitive detection of the lock-in amplifier. The arrangement may be used to estimate the emission intensity of the laser ablated atom, free from the interference of other species present in the plasma. The experiments were conducted with a 13.56 MHz radio-frequency (rf) generator operated at 80 W power to produce plasma and the laser at a wavelength of 1064 nm (pulse duration:34 ns, repetition rate:7 kHz and average pulse energy of about 0.36 mJ) was employed for sample ablation. The measurements resulted in almost complete removal of nitrogen molecular bands (N(2)(+) 391.44 nm). Considerable reduction (about 75%) in the emission intensity of a carbon atomic line (C I 193.03 nm) was also observed. PMID:15034707

  17. Generations and applications of atmospheric pressure glow discharge by integration of microplasmas

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    Sakai, O; Tachibana, K [Department of Electronic Science and Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto-daigaku Katsura, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8510 (Japan)

    2007-10-15

    Integration of microplasmas enables us to obtain atmospheric pressure discharges with good macroscopic uniformity and various functions. We demonstrate two specific electrodes of microplasmas for generations of dielectric barrier discharges at atmospheric pressure, and integrated microplasmas on large two-dimensional area are sustained with electron density more than 10{sup 12}cm{sup -3}. Especially 'fabric' type electrode has a promising structure to provide various flexible discharge space and plasma processing on winding surface. Integrated microplasmas in array structure will serve as electromagnetic-wave control devices as well as processing tools, and two aspects are discussed in terms of equivalent dielectrics and metals.

  18. Modification of hydrophobic acrylic intraocular lens with poly(ethylene glycol) by atmospheric pressure glow discharge: A facile approach

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    To improve the anterior surface biocompatibility of hydrophobic acrylic intraocular lens (IOL) in a convenient and continuous way, poly(ethylene glycol)s (PEGs) were immobilized by atmospheric pressure glow discharge (APGD) treatment using argon as the discharge gas. The hydrophilicity and chemical changes on the IOL surface were characterized by static water contact angle and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to confirm the covalent binding of PEG. The morphology of the IOL surface was observed under field emission scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. The surface biocompatibility was evaluated by adhesion experiments with platelets, macrophages, and lens epithelial cells (LECs) in vitro. The results revealed that the anterior surface of the PEG-grafted IOL displayed significantly and permanently improved hydrophilicity. Cell repellency was observed, especially in the PEG-modified IOL group, which resisted the attachment of platelets, macrophages and LECs. Moreover, the spread and growth of cells were suppressed, which may be attributed to the steric stabilization force and chain mobility effect of the modified PEG. All of these results indicated that hydrophobic acrylic IOLs can be hydrophilic modified by PEG through APGD treatment in a convenient and continuous manner which will provide advantages for further industrial applications.

  19. A Critical Review of Published Data on the Gas Temperature and the Electron Density in the Electrolyte Cathode Atmospheric Glow Discharges

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    Full Text Available Electrolyte Cathode Discharge (ELCAD spectrometry, a novel sensitive multielement direct analytical method for metal traces in aqueous solutions, was introduced in 1993 as a new sensing principle. Since then several works have tried to develop an operational mechanism for this exotic atmospheric glow plasma technique, however these attempts cannot be combined into a valid model description. In this review we summarize the conceptual and technical problems we found in this upcoming research field of direct sensors. The TG gas temperature and the ne electron density values published up to now for ELCAD are very confusing. These data were evaluated by three conditions. The first is the gas composition of the ELCAD plasma, since TG was determined from the emitted intensity of the N2 and OH bands. Secondly, since the ELCAD is an atmospheric glow discharge, thus, the obtained TG has to be close to the Te electron temperature. This can be used for the mutual validation of the received temperature data. Thirdly, as a consequence of the second condition, the values of TG and ne have to agree with the Engel-Brown approximation of the Saha-equation related to weakly ionized glow discharge plasmas. Application of non-adequate experimental methods and theoretical treatment leads to unreliable descriptions which cannot be used to optimize the detector performance.

  20. Restraint Effect of Filaments on Applied Voltage in Atmospheric Pressure Glow Discharge

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    In this study, argon and nitrogen were used as the discharge gases in radio-frequency (RF: 13.56 MHz) powered dielectric barrier atmospheric plasma. It was noticed that in single dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) with nitrogen as the discharge gas, or in argon plasma with a high applied power, micro-filament channels were easily formed. The channels in these two kinds of discharge were both constrictive on the bare metallic electrode and expansive on the opposite electrode covered with a quartz layer. The number of micro-channels was increased along with the input power, which caused the change in the I-V curve shape, i.e., the current kept increasing and the voltage fluctuated within a confined range. With double dielectric layers, however, no micro-channels appeared in the ICCD images, and the I-V curve demonstrated a totally different shape. It was assumed that micro-filaments exhibited a restraining effect on the discharge voltage. The mechanism of this restraining effect was explored in this work.

  1. The effect of frequency on atmospheric pressure glow discharge in a pin-to-plate gap sustained by a resonant power supply

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    Wang, Yong Sheng; Ding, Wei Dong; Wang, Ya Nan; Wang, Jia Chen; Li, Fang; Fan, Chuan

    2016-06-01

    More and more researchers have been attracted to the research of atmospheric pressure glow discharge (APGD) because of its great prospect in numerous industrial applications. Nevertheless, almost all of the industrial applications are based on achievement of stable, large-volume, and uniform APGD. In a previous study, stable filamentary APGD was obtained by applying a resonant power supply between pin-to-plate electrodes which could limit the peak value of discharge current to supress the glow-to-arc transition through a series-wound resonance principle. The filamentary APGD is centimeter-level in the length but only several millimeters in diameter. Therefore, in order to obtain large-volume and uniform APGD, it is significant to study how to diffuse filamentary APGD in radial direction. With the increasing resonant frequency of alternating current discharge, excited particles (mainly including energetic electrons and trapped ions left from the previous half-cycle discharge) in the electrodes gap increase, which benefits obtaining stable self-sustaining APGD. In this paper, mechanism and law of the influence of resonant frequency on the diffusion of filamentary APGD in ambient air were studied. By comparing the photos of discharge plasma and waveforms of the discharge voltage and current, it is found that the volume of the glow discharge plasma enlarges as the resonant frequency of the power supply increases. It is very significant and anticipating to study how to obtain stable, large-volume, and uniform APGD in ambient air by the resonant power supply.

  2. Density distributions of OH, Na, water vapor, and water mist in atmospheric-pressure dc helium glow plasmas in contact with NaCl solution

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    Sasaki, Koichi; Ishigame, Hiroaki; Nishiyama, Shusuke

    2015-01-01

    This paper reports the density distributions of OH, Na, water vapor and water mist in atmospheric-pressure dc helium glow plasmas in contact with NaCl solution. The densities of OH, Na and H2O had different spatial distributions, while the Na density had a similar distribution to mist, suggesting that mist is the source of Na in the gas phase. When the flow rate of helium toward the electrolyte surface was increased, the distributions of all the species densities concentrated in the neighbori...

  3. Study of the atmospheric flashes and man-made global phenomena ultraviolet and infrared glow of the night air on the board of satellite "VERNOV"

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    Garipov, Gali; Panasyuk, Mikhael; Svertilov, Sergey; Bogomolov, Vitaliy; Barinova, Vera; Saleev, Kirill

    2016-04-01

    The set of scientific payload for optical observation on-board of "Vernov" satellite, launched at July 8, 2014, had measured transient (millisecond) flashes in the atmosphere in two wavelength bands: ultraviolet (UV,240-380nm) and red-infrared (IR,610-800nm). Global distribution of the flashes, their frequency and time parameters are studied in this work. Transient flashes measured from the satellite frequently were detected in high latitudes in winter time. Flashes in equatorial region were observed in series which were stretched along magnetic meridian and some of them were detected in cloudless regions. At night time when the Earth atmosphere was observed in nadir direction there were registered the optical signals of artificial origin, distributed along the meridian in an extended region of latitude in the Northern and Southern hemispheres of the Earth, modulated by low frequency and at the coincidence of the orbits with the geographic location of the powerful radio stations. Examples of the waveforms of such signals in UV and IR spectral ranges and their global distribution are presented in this presentation. Particular attention is paid to man-made causes of the glow in the ionosphere under the influence of the high power radio wave transmitters of low (LF) and high frequencies (HF). The height of the luminescence source and components of the atmosphere, which can be the sources of this radiation, are discussed.

  4. Influence of oxygen gas on characteristics of self-organized luminous pattern formation observed in an atmospheric dc glow discharge using a liquid electrode

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    Self-organized luminous pattern formation is observed in the liquid surface of an atmospheric dc glow discharge using a liquid electrode with a miniature helium flow. The factors affecting pattern formation are the gap length, discharge current, helium mass flow rate and polarity. The pattern shape depends on the conductivity and temperature of the liquid electrode. A variety of patterns were observed by changing the conductivity and temperature of the liquid. We clarified that the self-organized pattern formation depends on the amount of electronegative gas, such as oxygen, in the gas in the electrode gap. When an oxygen gas flow was fed to the liquid surface from the outside in an obliquely downward direction, namely, the amount of oxygen gas on the liquid surface was increased locally, self-organized pattern formation was observed in the region with the increased amount of oxygen gas. When the amount of oxygen in the gas in the gap was changed by using a sheath flow system, the appearance of the pattern changed. The presence of oxygen gas strongly affected the self-organized pattern formation of the atmospheric dc discharge using a liquid anode. (paper)

  5. Absolute OH density measurements by broadband UV absorption in diffuse atmospheric-pressure He–H2O RF glow discharges

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    The measurement of radical densities in atmospheric-pressure plasmas has gained increasing importance in recent years in view of their crucial role in many applications. In this paper we present absolute OH density measurements by broadband UV absorption in diffuse atmospheric-pressure RF glow discharges in mixtures of He and H2O. The use of a 310 nm light-emitting diode as a light source and a very high resolution spectrometer (2.6 pm resolution) made the estimation of the total OH density possible by simultaneously measuring the absorption rates of different spectrally resolved rotational lines of the OH(A–X) transition. For different RF powers and water concentrations, OH densities and gas temperatures ranging between 6 × 1019and 4 × 1020 m−3 and 345 and 410 K, respectively, were obtained. The gas temperature Tg was also measured by three different methods. Tg deduced from the rotational temperature of N2(C–B) emission, nitrogen being present as a trace impurity, provided the most reliable value. The rotational temperature Tr of the ground state OH(X) presented values with a maximum deviation of 25 K compared with Tg. To obtain the gas temperature from the emission intensities of OH(A–X) rotational lines, the recorded intensities of different lines must be corrected for the effect of self-absorption inside the plasma. (paper)

  6. The back-diffusion effect of air on the discharge characteristics of atmospheric-pressure radio-frequency glow discharges using bare metal electrodes

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    Radio-frequency (RF), atmospheric-pressure glow discharge (APGD) plasmas using bare metal electrodes have promising prospects in the fields of plasma-aided etching, deposition, surface treatment, disinfection, sterilization, etc. In this paper, the discharge characteristics, including the breakdown voltage and the discharge voltage for sustaining a stable and uniform α mode discharge of the RF APGD plasmas are presented. The experiments are conducted by placing the home-made planar-type plasma generator in ambient and in a vacuum chamber, respectively, with helium as the primary plasma-forming gas. When the discharge processes occur in ambient, particularly for the lower plasma-working gas flow rates, the experimental measurements show that it is the back-diffusion effect of air in atmosphere, instead of the flow rate of the gas, that results in the obvious decrease in the breakdown voltage with increasing plasma-working gas flow rate. Further studies on the discharge characteristics, e.g. the luminous structures, the concentrations and distributions of chemically active species in plasmas, with different plasma-working gases or gas mixtures need to be conducted in future work

  7. The back-diffusion effect of air on the discharge characteristics of atmospheric-pressure radio-frequency glow discharges using bare metal electrodes

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    Sun Wenting; Liang Tianran; Wang Huabo; Li Heping; Bao Chengyu [Department of Engineering Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2007-05-15

    Radio-frequency (RF), atmospheric-pressure glow discharge (APGD) plasmas using bare metal electrodes have promising prospects in the fields of plasma-aided etching, deposition, surface treatment, disinfection, sterilization, etc. In this paper, the discharge characteristics, including the breakdown voltage and the discharge voltage for sustaining a stable and uniform {alpha} mode discharge of the RF APGD plasmas are presented. The experiments are conducted by placing the home-made planar-type plasma generator in ambient and in a vacuum chamber, respectively, with helium as the primary plasma-forming gas. When the discharge processes occur in ambient, particularly for the lower plasma-working gas flow rates, the experimental measurements show that it is the back-diffusion effect of air in atmosphere, instead of the flow rate of the gas, that results in the obvious decrease in the breakdown voltage with increasing plasma-working gas flow rate. Further studies on the discharge characteristics, e.g. the luminous structures, the concentrations and distributions of chemically active species in plasmas, with different plasma-working gases or gas mixtures need to be conducted in future work.

  8. The back-diffusion effect of air on the discharge characteristics of atmospheric-pressure radio-frequency glow discharges using bare metal electrodes

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    Sun, Wen-Ting; Liang, Tian-Ran; Wang, Hua-Bo; Li, He-Ping; Bao, Cheng-Yu

    2007-05-01

    Radio-frequency (RF), atmospheric-pressure glow discharge (APGD) plasmas using bare metal electrodes have promising prospects in the fields of plasma-aided etching, deposition, surface treatment, disinfection, sterilization, etc. In this paper, the discharge characteristics, including the breakdown voltage and the discharge voltage for sustaining a stable and uniform α mode discharge of the RF APGD plasmas are presented. The experiments are conducted by placing the home-made planar-type plasma generator in ambient and in a vacuum chamber, respectively, with helium as the primary plasma-forming gas. When the discharge processes occur in ambient, particularly for the lower plasma-working gas flow rates, the experimental measurements show that it is the back-diffusion effect of air in atmosphere, instead of the flow rate of the gas, that results in the obvious decrease in the breakdown voltage with increasing plasma-working gas flow rate. Further studies on the discharge characteristics, e.g. the luminous structures, the concentrations and distributions of chemically active species in plasmas, with different plasma-working gases or gas mixtures need to be conducted in future work.

  9. Adaptation of a radiofrequency glow discharge optical emission spectrometer (RF-GD-OES) to the analysis of light elements (carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen) in solids: glove box integration for the analysis of nuclear samples

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    The purpose of this work is to use the radiofrequency glow discharge optical emission spectrometry in order to quantitatively determine carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen at low concentration (in the ppm range) in nuclear materials. In this study, and before the definitive contamination of the system, works are carried out on non radioactive materials (steel, pure iron, copper and titanium). As the initial apparatus could not deliver a RF power inducing a reproducible discharge and was not adapted to the analysis of light elements: 1- The radiofrequency system had to be changed, 2- The systems controlling gaseous atmospheres had to be improved in order to obtain analytical signals stemming strictly from the sample, 3- Three discharge lamps had to be tested and compared in terms of performances, 4- The system of collection of light had to be optimized. The modifications that were brought to the initial system improved intensities and stabilities of signals which allowed lower detection limits (1000 times lower for carbon). These latter are in the ppm range for carbon and about a few tens of ppm for nitrogen and oxygen in pure irons. Calibration curves were plotted in materials presenting very different sputtering rates in order to check the existence of a 'function of analytical transfer' with the purpose of palliating the lack of reference materials certified in light elements at low concentration. Transposition of this type of function to other matrices remains to be checked. Concerning hydrogen, since no usable reference material with our technique is available, certified materials in deuterium (chosen as a surrogate for hydrogen) were studied in order to exhibit the feasibility the analysis of hydrogen. Parallel to these works, results obtained by modeling a RF discharge show that the performances of the lamp can be improved and that the optical system must be strictly adapted to the glow discharge. (author)

  10. Sampling of Atmospheric Precipitation and Deposits for Analysis of Atmospheric Pollution

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    J. Namieśnik; K. Skarżyńska; Ż Polkowska

    2006-01-01

    This paper reviews techniques and equipment for collecting precipitation samples from the atmosphere (fog and cloud water) and from atmospheric deposits (dew, hoarfrost, and rime) that are suitable for the evaluation of atmospheric pollution. It discusses the storage and preparation of samples for analysis and also presents bibliographic information on the concentration ranges of inorganic and organic compounds in the precipitation and atmospheric deposit samples.

  11. Comparison of dielectric barrier discharge, atmospheric pressure radiofrequency-driven glow discharge and direct analysis in real time sources for ambient mass spectrometry of acetaminophen

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    Kratzer, Jan [Institute for National Measurement Standards, National Research Council of Canada, 1200 Montreal Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0R6 (Canada); Institute of Analytical Chemistry of the ASCR, v.v.i., Veveri 97, CZ-602 00 Brno (Czech Republic); Mester, Zoltan [Institute for National Measurement Standards, National Research Council of Canada, 1200 Montreal Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0R6 (Canada); Sturgeon, Ralph E., E-mail: Ralph.Sturgeon@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca [Institute for National Measurement Standards, National Research Council of Canada, 1200 Montreal Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0R6 (Canada)

    2011-08-15

    Three plasma-based ambient pressure ion sources were investigated; laboratory constructed dielectric barrier and rf glow discharges, as well as a commercial corona discharge (DART source). All were used to desorb and ionize a model analyte, providing sampling techniques for ambient mass spectrometry (MS). Experimental parameters were optimized to achive highest signal for acetaminophen as the analyte. Insight into the mechanisms of analyte desorption and ionization was obtained by means of emission spectrometry and ion current measurements. Desorption and ionization mechanisms for this analyte appear to be identical for all three plasma sources. Emission spectra differ only in the intensities of various lines and bands. Desorption of solid analyte requires transfer of thermal energy from the plasma source to sample surface, in the absence of which complete loss of MS response occurs. For acetaminophen, helium was the best plasma gas, providing 100- to 1000-fold higher analyte response than with argon or nitrogen. The same trend was also evident with background ions (protonated water clusters). MS analyte signal intensity correlates with the ion density (expressed as ion current) in the plasma plume and with emission intensity from excited state species in the plasma. These observations support an ionization process which occurs via proton transfer from protonated water clusters to analyte molecules.

  12. Comparison of dielectric barrier discharge, atmospheric pressure radiofrequency-driven glow discharge and direct analysis in real time sources for ambient mass spectrometry of acetaminophen

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    Three plasma-based ambient pressure ion sources were investigated; laboratory constructed dielectric barrier and rf glow discharges, as well as a commercial corona discharge (DART source). All were used to desorb and ionize a model analyte, providing sampling techniques for ambient mass spectrometry (MS). Experimental parameters were optimized to achive highest signal for acetaminophen as the analyte. Insight into the mechanisms of analyte desorption and ionization was obtained by means of emission spectrometry and ion current measurements. Desorption and ionization mechanisms for this analyte appear to be identical for all three plasma sources. Emission spectra differ only in the intensities of various lines and bands. Desorption of solid analyte requires transfer of thermal energy from the plasma source to sample surface, in the absence of which complete loss of MS response occurs. For acetaminophen, helium was the best plasma gas, providing 100- to 1000-fold higher analyte response than with argon or nitrogen. The same trend was also evident with background ions (protonated water clusters). MS analyte signal intensity correlates with the ion density (expressed as ion current) in the plasma plume and with emission intensity from excited state species in the plasma. These observations support an ionization process which occurs via proton transfer from protonated water clusters to analyte molecules.

  13. Comparison of dielectric barrier discharge, atmospheric pressure radiofrequency-driven glow discharge and direct analysis in real time sources for ambient mass spectrometry of acetaminophen

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    Kratzer, Jan; Mester, Zoltán; Sturgeon, Ralph E.

    2011-08-01

    Three plasma-based ambient pressure ion sources were investigated; laboratory constructed dielectric barrier and rf glow discharges, as well as a commercial corona discharge (DART source). All were used to desorb and ionize a model analyte, providing sampling techniques for ambient mass spectrometry (MS). Experimental parameters were optimized to achive highest signal for acetaminophen as the analyte. Insight into the mechanisms of analyte desorption and ionization was obtained by means of emission spectrometry and ion current measurements. Desorption and ionization mechanisms for this analyte appear to be identical for all three plasma sources. Emission spectra differ only in the intensities of various lines and bands. Desorption of solid analyte requires transfer of thermal energy from the plasma source to sample surface, in the absence of which complete loss of MS response occurs. For acetaminophen, helium was the best plasma gas, providing 100- to 1000-fold higher analyte response than with argon or nitrogen. The same trend was also evident with background ions (protonated water clusters). MS analyte signal intensity correlates with the ion density (expressed as ion current) in the plasma plume and with emission intensity from excited state species in the plasma. These observations support an ionization process which occurs via proton transfer from protonated water clusters to analyte molecules.

  14. Self-organized pattern formation of an atmospheric-pressure, ac glow discharge with an electrolyte electrode

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    An atmospheric-pressure plasma sustained by an ac power supply was generated using electrolyte solution as one of the electrodes. By altering the power supply, ring-like patterns, double-ring patterns and plasma-spot patterns were observed at the electrolyte–electrode surface. Synchronous current–voltage characteristics and time-resolved images were measured. Important factors for the self-organized patterns, including the electrode gap, power, frequency and electrolyte concentration, were explored. The optical spectrum characteristics of the device were investigated. The pH of the solution after discharge was also explored and the results show that the pH of the solution is evidently reduced after the discharge, implying that acidic components are produced in the solution. This study provides an alternative discharge method for producing patterns on a water surface. (paper)

  15. Study on the tokamak training technique by glow discharge

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    Methods of vacuum chamber cleaning by glow and powerful discharges ahve been checked on the T-12 installation (the great radius is 36 cm, the small radius is 8 cm). The state of the inner wall surface of the chamber was analyzed by a diagnostic station, and the control of the residual gas spectrum in the installation was performed by omegatron analyzer. The diagnostic station consists of three main assemblies: a high-vacuum chambe of three main assemblies: a high-vacuum chamber in which the sample surface is analyzed, the system of sample transportation into the analyzer chamber and an autonomic system of vacuum pumping. The glow discharge was switched on in the atmosphere of hydrogen, helium, argon. It is found out that the technique of cleaning vacuum volumes by glow discharge is rather effective in comparison with other techniques. It permits to reduce the time of putting the tokamak into operational mode after filling the tokamak with atmosphere. The technique is notable for simplicity and a great safety as well

  16. Glow discharge optical emission of plutonium and plutonium waste

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    The application of glow discharges to the analysis of nonconducting materials such as glasses and ceramics is of great interest due to the number of advantages afforded by their direct solids capabilities. These types of samples, by their chemical nature, pose difficulties in dissolution for their subsequent analysis by common spectroscopic instrumental methods such as inductively coupled plasma atomic emission (ICP-AES). The ability of the glow discharge to sputter-atomize and excite solid nonconducting materials greatly reduces sample preparation time, cost, and complexity of an analysis. In comparison with x-ray spectroscopies, GD also provides the advantage of a relatively uniform sample atomization rate, resulting in a lowering of matrix effects. In a traditional direct current glow discharge (dc-GD), the material to be analyzed must first be ground and thoroughly mixed with a conductive host matrix and pressed into a solid pellet. Additionally, atmospheric gases which are often trapped in the sample upon pressing can degrade the quality of the plasma and obscure analytical results by reducing sputtering rates and affecting excitation conditions. Internal standardization has been carried out in both atomic absorption and emission dc-GD analyses in order to improve precision and accuracy which are affected by these problems

  17. Atmospheric tritium sampling at the NTS

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    A modification of the method for the simultaneous collection of gaseous tritium and tritiated water vapor in air is under investigation. It is believed that the auxiliary hydrogen stream is unnecessary if a small volume of distilled water is added at the point of collection of water generated by the Pt-H2-O2 reaction. To test this hypothesis, two samplers were set up to sample the same air stream. Results are encouraging

  18. Isotope dilution mass spectrometry for quantitative elemental analysis of powdered samples by radiofrequency pulsed glow discharge time of flight mass spectrometry.

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    Alvarez-Toral, Aitor; Fernandez, Beatriz; Malherbe, Julien; Claverie, Fanny; Molloy, John L; Pereiro, Rosario; Sanz-Medel, Alfredo

    2013-10-15

    In recent years particular effort is being devoted to the development of pulsed glow discharges (PGDs) for mass spectrometry because this powering operation mode could offer important ionization analytical advantages. However, the capabilities of radiofrequency (RF) PGD coupled to a time of flight mass spectrometry (ToFMS) for accurate isotope ratio measurements have not been demonstrated yet. This work is focused on investigating different time positions along the pulse profile for the accurate measurement of isotope ratios. As a result, a method has been developed for the direct and simultaneous multielement determination of trace elements in powdered geological samples by RF-PGD-ToFMS in combination with isotope dilution mass spectrometry (IDMS) as an absolute measurement method directly traceable to the International System of Units. Optimized operating conditions were 70 W of applied radiofrequency power, 250 Pa of pressure, 2 ms of pulse width and 4 ms of pulse period, being argon the plasma gas used. To homogeneously distribute the added isotopically-enriched standards, lithium borate fusion of powdered solid samples was used as sample preparation approach. In this way, Cu, Zn, Ba and Pb were successfully determined by RF-PGD-ToF(IDMS) in two NIST Standard Reference Materials (SRM 2586 and SRM 2780) representing two different matrices of geological interest (soil and rock samples). Cu, Zn, Ba and Pb concentrations determined by RF-PGD-ToF(IDMS) were well in agreement with the certified values at 95% confidence interval and precisions below 12% relative standard deviation were observed for three independent analyses. Elemental concentrations investigated were in the range of 81-5770 mg/kg, demonstrating the potential of RF-PGD-ToF(IDMS) for a sensitive, accurate and robust analysis of powdered samples. PMID:24054645

  19. Electron beam generation in high voltage glow discharges

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    The generation of intense CW and pulsed electron beams in glow discharges in reviewed. Glow discharge electron guns operate at a pressure of the order of 1 Torr and often have an advantage in applications that require a broad area electron beam in a gaseous atmosphere, such as laser excitation and some aspects of materials processing. Aspects of electron gun design are covered. Diagnostics of the high voltage glow discharges including the electric field distribution mapped by Doppler free laser spectroscopy, and plasma density and electron temperature measurements of the electron yield of different cathode materials under glow discharge conditions are presented

  20. Generalized atmospheric sampling of self-avoiding walks

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    In this paper, we introduce a new Monte Carlo method for sampling lattice self-avoiding walks. The method, which we call 'GAS' (generalized atmospheric sampling), samples walks along weighted sequences by implementing elementary moves generated by the positive, negative and neutral atmospheric statistics of the walks. A realized sequence is weighted such that the average weight of states of length n is proportional to the number of self-avoiding walks from the origin cn. In addition, the method also self-tunes to sample from uniform distributions over walks of lengths in an interval [0, nmax]. We show how to implement GAS using both generalized and endpoint atmospheres of walks and analyse our data to obtain estimates of the growth constant and entropic exponent of self-avoiding walks in the square and cubic lattices.

  1. Generalized atmospheric sampling of self-avoiding walks

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    Van Rensburg, E J Janse [Department of Mathematics and Statistics, York University Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3 (Canada); Rechnitzer, A [Department of Mathematics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z2 (Canada)], E-mail: rensburg@yorku.ca, E-mail: andrewr@math.ubc.ca

    2009-08-21

    In this paper, we introduce a new Monte Carlo method for sampling lattice self-avoiding walks. The method, which we call 'GAS' (generalized atmospheric sampling), samples walks along weighted sequences by implementing elementary moves generated by the positive, negative and neutral atmospheric statistics of the walks. A realized sequence is weighted such that the average weight of states of length n is proportional to the number of self-avoiding walks from the origin c{sub n}. In addition, the method also self-tunes to sample from uniform distributions over walks of lengths in an interval [0, n{sub max}]. We show how to implement GAS using both generalized and endpoint atmospheres of walks and analyse our data to obtain estimates of the growth constant and entropic exponent of self-avoiding walks in the square and cubic lattices.

  2. Glow-discharge nitriding of gears

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    The method of glow-discharge nitriding of gear parts made of 30Kh2NMFA steel is introduced. The diffusion saturation is carried out in the atmosphere of dissociated ammonia at the temperature of 520-540 deg C and 200-800 Pa pressure for 16-40 h depending on the required thickness of the nitrided layer (0.2-0.5 mm). The structure of the nitrided metal is a layer of nitride compounds of the Fe4N type and diffusion zone enriched with nitrides. Glow-discharge nitrided parts with 600-650 HV strength retain certain wear resistance and fatigue strength as compared with gas nitriding

  3. An automated atmospheric sampling system operating on 747 airliners

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    Perkins, P. J.; Gustafsson, U. R. C.

    1976-01-01

    An air sampling system that automatically measures the temporal and spatial distribution of particulate and gaseous constituents of the atmosphere is collecting data on commercial air routes covering the world. Measurements are made in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere (6 to 12 km) of constituents related to aircraft engine emissions and other pollutants. Aircraft operated by different airlines sample air at latitudes from the Arctic to Australia. This unique system includes specialized instrumentation, a special air inlet probe for sampling outside air, a computerized automatic control, and a data acquisition system. Air constituent and related flight data are tape recorded in flight for later computer processing on the ground.

  4. 针-板DBD微流注与微辉光交替生成的机理研究%Atmospheric pressure streamer and glow-discharge generated alternately by pin-to-plane dielectric barrier discharge in air

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    俞哲; 张芝涛; 于清旋; 许少杰; 姚京; 白敏冬; 田一平; 刘开颖

    2012-01-01

    Performance of producing a high energy electron can be improved, if the glow discharge is generated in a system of dielectric barrier discharge. In this paper, different discharge modes of pin-to-plane dielectric barrier discharge are investigated in atmospheric pressure. Different discharge modes are observed in the positive half-period and negative half-period of the discharge. When and applied voltage is 3 kV, a streamer mode appear in the positive half-period and a corona (or Trichel discharge) mode occurs in negative half-period. When the applied voltage is 6 kV, a streamer emerges in the positive half-period and a micro glow discharge is present in the negative half-period. The micro glow discharge has hierarchical structure like that typical low pressure glow discharge produces. The generation of micro glow discharge is due to, enough strong cathode electric field strength and effective secondary electron emission process around naked negative electrode. The glow discharge transforming to arc discharge is avoided due to dielectric layer.%在介质阻挡放电体系中产生辉光放电可以有效的提高放电体系产生高能电子的性能,为等离子体化学反应提供更加丰富的活性粒子.本文对针一板介质阻挡放电体系下的放电模式进行了研究,实验发现放电正负半周期表现出不同的放电模式,激励电压为3kV时放电正负半周期分别为微流注放电和电晕放电(或者Trichel脉冲放电),激励电压为6kV时放电正负半周期分别为微流注放电和微辉光放电.微辉光放电形貌具有与典型辉光放电相同的分层次放电结构,分析了激励电压6kV时的放电过程,认为足够强的阴极电场强度和裸露针状电极形成的有效的二次电子发射过程是形成微辉光放电的主要因素,绝缘介质层的存在避免了微辉光放电向弧光放电过渡.

  5. Atmospheric Gas Tracers in Groundwater: Theory, Sampling. Measurement and Interpretation

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    Some of the atmospheric gasses posses features that are sought in an environmental tracer of hydrogeologic interest. Among these, chlorofluorocarbons, sulfur hegzafluoride, carbon tetrachloride, methyl chloroform, krypton-85 etc. have found increasing use in groundwater age dating studies during the last ten years. This paper explains the theory of their use as tracer and discusses the major concerns as related to their sampling and analyses. Factors affecting their applicability and the approach to interpret tracer gas data is briefly outlined

  6. Water vapor measurement system in global atmospheric sampling program, appendix

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    Englund, D. R.; Dudzinski, T. J.

    1982-01-01

    The water vapor measurement system used in the NASA Global Atmospheric Sampling Program (GASP) is described. The system used a modified version of a commercially available dew/frostpoint hygrometer with a thermoelectrically cooled mirror sensor. The modifications extended the range of the hygrometer to enable air sample measurements with frostpoint temperatures down to -80 C at altitudes of 6 to 13 km. Other modifications were made to permit automatic, unattended operation in an aircraft environment. This report described the hygrometer, its integration with the GASP system, its calibration, and operational aspects including measurement errors. The estimated uncertainty of the dew/frostpoint measurements was + or - 1.7 Celsius.

  7. An automated atmospheric sampling system operating on 747 airliners

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    Perkins, P.; Gustafsson, U. R. C.

    1975-01-01

    An air sampling system that automatically measures the temporal and spatial distribution of selected particulate and gaseous constituents of the atmosphere has been installed on a number of commercial airliners and is collecting data on commercial air routes covering the world. Measurements of constituents related to aircraft engine emissions and other pollutants are made in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere (6 to 12 km) in support of the Global Air Sampling Program (GASP). Aircraft operated by different airlines sample air at latitudes from the Arctic to Australia. This system includes specialized instrumentation for measuring carbon monoxide, ozone, water vapor, and particulates, a special air inlet probe for sampling outside air, a computerized automatic control, and a data acquisition system. Air constituents and related flight data are tape recorded in flight for later computer processing on the ground.

  8. Microbiological sampling of the atmosphere using a latex sounding balloon

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    Adkins, W. P.; Bryan, N.; Christner, B. C.; Guzik, T. G.; Stewart, M. F.; Giammanco, J. R.

    2010-12-01

    The occurrence of microbes in the atmosphere has been the subject of scientific inquiry since Louis Pasteur’s time; however, data on the nature and diversity of microbial life in the upper troposphere and stratosphere is very limited. To experimentally address this, we have designed, constructed, and field-tested a lightweight, autonomous system that can sample at high altitudes using a latex sounding balloon. An important aspect of our sampling protocol is the ability to decontaminate and assess the level of background contamination during laboratory and field handling. Our approach involves the parallel decontamination and monitoring of 3 identical payloads: (i) one that remains in the laboratory, (ii) a control on the flight string, and (iii) a payload that opens and samples airborne particles in the atmosphere. Comparative analysis of various sterilization methods indicated that ethylene oxide was most effective at decreasing the concentration of DNA-containing cells, decreasing background cellular contamination by 94%. In conjunction, germicidal ultraviolet light, sodium hypochlorite, and 70% ethanol were used to decrease the concentration of microbes associated with payload surfaces. Bioaerosol collection is achieved by impact sampling on a 3.5 mm^2 retention surface covered with a thin layer of sterile silicone grease as the payload travels through the atmosphere. Initial flights have been successful in recovering viable microorganisms present in parcels of air at altitudes of 3 km to 9 km. Microscopic analysis on the collected cell assemblages implied that ~70% of the cells were potentially viable, and aerobic heterotrophic bacteria were cultured and isolated from liquid and agar-solidified culture media. Future plans include increasing the sampling altitude up to ~30 km in a series of discrete steps, maintaining our background controls and connection to lower altitude measurements. The pressure, temperature, and radiation levels in Earth’s stratosphere

  9. Use of passive sampling for atmospheric tritium monitoring

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    Caldeira Ideias, P.; Pierrard, O.; Tournieux, D. [Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire - IRSN (France); Tenailleau, L. [Marine nationale (France)

    2014-07-01

    Tritium is one of the most important radionuclide in environmental radiological monitoring. In French civil and military nuclear facilities, the releases levels are between 100 to 100 000 higher than any other radionuclide (rare gas excluded). Moreover these levels will probably increase in the next decades. With an average energy of 6 keV, the beta particle from tritium radioactive decay is difficult to detect and quantify within the environmental levels. To monitor the tritium in the air, French actors (authorities, operator, and experts) commonly use atmospheric bubblers and water vapour condensers. This type of sampling approach is time-consuming and very costly. To simplify and complete these methods, the Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), had developed an atmospheric tritium monitoring device based on passive sampling. The passive sampler developed consists in a small container designed with a patented specific geometry and filled with 13X molecular sieve. This system is based on free diffusion flow principle (Fick's law). The driving force is the partial pressure gradient existing between the environmental atmosphere and the passive sampler. The constancy of the sampling rate for different moisture conditions assures the representativeness of the proposed device. The desorption bench developed specifically allows the recovery of 99% of the water vapour sampled in the molecular sieve. More than 99% of the sampled tritium (HTO) activity is recovered in the range between 0 and 100 Bq.L{sup -1}. Above 100 Bq.L{sup -1} to 25 k Bq.L{sup -1} (max tested activity), it was verified that no more than 3% of the tritium remains in the molecular sieve.. Thus, the use of passive sampler provides: - a representative sampling method, - a good detection limit (0,01 Bq.m{sup -3}), - no electric power supply needs, - a wide range of sampling duration (1 day to 1 month), - a low-cost method for monitoring. Different performance tests were

  10. Environmental TLD Glow Curve Analysis

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    Environmental radioactive monitoring in Serbia is performed according the Law of Radiation Protection against Ionizing Radiation. Comparing to GM counter network, environmental TLDs are used for control more points. Some other measuring methods are also used (gamma, alpha-beta samples analyzing; continuously ambient dose equivalent screening etc.). Environmental TLD badge has four crystals: 2 CaSO4 and 2 LiF. As relative measurement method TLD requires careful calibration of reader and dosimeter itself. Different causes could damage TLD crystal placed at site. Each glow curve has to be checked for regularity and irregular one has to be eliminated. The main (the fifth) eak ofLiF crystals has to be at read-out temperature. Also, the shape of second glow curve depends on irradiation modality. Using HARSHAW CGCD Programme it is possible to estimate time of one-shot exposure as well as to differ continuously exposing crystal from one irradiated in few portions. The method applied in the LPD (Laboratory for personal dosimetry of IORH Dr Dragomir Karajovic, Belgrade), is represented in the paper.(author)

  11. Reconstruction of thermally quenched glow curves in quartz

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    The experimentally measured thermoluminescence (TL) glow curves of quartz samples are influenced by the presence of the thermal quenching effect, which involves a variation of the luminescence efficiency as a function of temperature. The real shape of the thermally unquenched TL glow curves is completely unknown. In the present work an attempt is made to reconstruct these unquenched glow curves from the quenched experimental data, and for two different types of quartz samples. The reconstruction is based on the values of the thermal quenching parameter W (activation energy) and C (a dimensionless constant), which are known from recent experimental work on these two samples. A computerized glow-curve deconvolution (CGCD) analysis was performed twice for both the reconstructed and the experimental TL glow curves. Special attention was paid to check for consistency between the results of these two independent CGCD analyses. The investigation showed that the reconstruction attempt was successful, and it is concluded that the analysis of reconstructed TL glow curves can provide improved values of the kinetic parameters E, s for the glow peaks of quartz. This also leads to a better evaluation of the half-lives of electron trapping levels used for dosimetry and luminescence dating.

  12. Determination of Hg{sup 2+} by on-line separation and pre-concentration with atmospheric-pressure solution-cathode glow discharge atomic emission spectrometry

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    Li, Qing [Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Science, Shanghai 200050 (China); Zhang, Zhen [Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Science, Shanghai 200050 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072 (China); Wang, Zheng, E-mail: wangzheng@mail.sic.ac.cn [Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Science, Shanghai 200050 (China)

    2014-10-03

    Highlights: • A modified SBA-15 mesoporous silica (SH-SBA-15) was synthesized as a sorbent. • On-line SPE combined with SCGD-AES based on FIA was used to detect Hg{sup 2+} firstly. • A simple, low-cost Hg{sup 2+} analysis in a complex matrix was established. • The sensitive detection of Hg{sup 2+} was achieved with a detection limit of 0.75 μg L{sup −1}. - Abstract: A simple and sensitive method to determine Hg{sup 2+} was developed by combining solution-cathode glow discharge atomic emission spectrometry (SCGD-AES) with flow injection (FI) based on on-line solid-phase extraction (SPE). We synthesized L-cysteine-modified mesoporous silica and packed it in an SPE microcolumn, which was experimentally determined to possess a good mercury adsorption capacity. An enrichment factor of 42 was achieved under optimized Hg{sup 2+} elution conditions, namely, an FI flow rate of 2.0 mL min{sup −1} and an eluent comprised of 10% thiourea in 0.2 mol L{sup −1} HNO{sub 3}. The detection limit of FI–SCGD-AES was determined to be 0.75 μg L{sup −1}, and the precision of the 11 replicate Hg{sup 2+} measurements was 0.86% at a concentration of 100 μg L{sup −1}. The proposed method was validated by determining Hg{sup 2+} in certified reference materials such as human hair (GBW09101b) and stream sediment (GBW07310)

  13. High Pressure Atmospheric Sampling Inlet System for Venus or the Gas Giants Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Thorleaf Research, Inc. proposes to develop a miniaturized high pressure atmospheric sampling inlet system for sample acquisition in extreme planetary environments,...

  14. Thermoluminescence glow curve analysis of natural onyx from Turkey

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    In this study, the thermoluminesce (TL) properties of natural onyx were determined after β-irradiation (90Sr/90Y) at room temperature. The effect of the additive dose and variable heating rate for TL glow peaks of the sample were investigated. Computerized glow curve deconvolution (CGCD) methods were used to determine the number of peaks and kinetic parameters related to the TL glow peaks in natural onyx from Turkey. It was also determined kinetic parameters of onyx by means of the variable heating rate (VHR) method. The sample was exposed to β-irradiation between 2.4 Gy and 2.457 kGy. The CGCD methods showed that the glow curve of sample is the superposition of at least six first order components which were ascribed as P1-P6. The dose responses of some peaks have similar patterns and they follow linearity. The effect of heating rates on the response of dosimetric glow peaks of sample was studied. The maximum TL peak intensities of glow curve are decreasing with increasing heating rate and maximum TL peak intensities at 1 °C/s drops to 20% of the initial value when the sample is read at 6 °C/s. - Highlights: • Thermoluminesce (TL) properties of natural onyx were determined after β-irradiation at room temperature. • Computerized glow curve deconvolution (CGCD) methods were used to determine the number of peaks and kinetic parameters. • The peak intensities and total area of glow peaks are decreasing with increasing heating rate

  15. Coupling of multi-walled carbon nanotubes/polydimethylsiloxane coated stir bar sorptive extraction with pulse glow discharge-ion mobility spectrometry for analysis of triazine herbicides in water and soil samples.

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    Zou, Nan; Yuan, Chunhao; Liu, Shaowen; Han, Yongtao; Li, Yanjie; Zhang, Jialei; Xu, Xiang; Li, Xuesheng; Pan, Canping

    2016-07-29

    An analytical method based on stir bar sorptive extraction (SBSE) coupled with pulse glow discharge-ion mobility spectrometry (PGD-IMS) was developed for analysis of three triazine pesticide residues in water and soil samples. An injection port with sealing device and stir bars hold device were designed and constructed to directly position the SBSE fiber including the extracted samples into the heating device, making desorption and detection of analytes proceeded simultaneously. The extraction conditions such as SBSE solid phase material, extraction time, extraction temperature, pH value and salt concentration were optimized. Mixture of MWCNTs-COOH and PDMS were shown to be effective in enriching the triazines. The LODs and LOQs of three triazines were found to be 0.006-0.015μgkg(-1) and 0.02-0.05μgkg(-1), and the linear range was 0.05-10μgL(-1) with determination coefficients from 0.9987 to 0.9993. The SBSE-PGD-IMS method was environmentally friendly without organic solvent consumption in the entire experimental procedures, and it was demonstrated to be a commendable rapid analysis technique for analysis of triazine pesticide residues in environmental samples on site. The proposed method was applied for the analysis of real ground water, surface water and soil samples. PMID:27371024

  16. Thermoluminescence glow curve analysis and CGCD method for erbium doped CaZrO3 phosphor

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    Tiwari, Ratnesh; Chopra, Seema

    2016-05-01

    The manuscript report the synthesis, thermoluminescence study at fixed concentration of Er3+ (1 mol%) doped CaZrO3 phosphor. The phosphors were prepared by modified solid state reaction method. The powder sample was characterized by thermoluminescence (TL) glow curve analysis. In TL glow curve the optimized concentration in 1mol% for UV irradiated sample. The kinetic parameters were calculated by computerized glow curve deconvolution (CGCD) techniaue. Trapping parameters gives the information of dosimetry loss in prepared phosphor and its usability in environmental monitoring and for personal monitoring. CGCD is the advance tool for analysis of complicated TL glow curves.

  17. Air Sampling Instruments for Evaluation of Atmospheric Contaminants. Fourth Edition.

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    This text, a revision and extension of the first three editions, consists of papers discussing the basic considerations in sampling air for specific purposes, sampler calibration, systems components, sample collectors, and descriptions of air-sampling instruments. (BT)

  18. Borax as flux on sintering of iron Ancor Steel 1000® under glow discharge

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    Ariza Suarez, H. G.; Sarmiento Santos, A.; Ortiz Otálora, C. A.

    2016-02-01

    This work studies the flux effect of borax (di sodium tetraborate decahydrate) on sintering of iron Ancor Steel 1000® in abnormal glow discharge. The incidence of the percentage by weight of borax and the sintering temperature in the process were observed. Samples of powder metallurgical iron were prepared with proportions of 0.50%, 2.0%, 4.0% and 6.0% by weight of borax using the procedures of powder metallurgy. The samples were sintered at 800 and 1100°C for 30min, by glow discharge at low pressure in a reducing atmosphere composed of 20% H2+80% Ar. The samples in compact green-state were analyzed by TGA-DSC to determine the fusion process and mass loss during sintering. The analysis of microhardness and density, shows that at a sintering temperature of 800°C the sample density decreases and the sample microhardness increases with respect to sintered samples without borax. Sintered samples were analysed by DRX showing the absence of precipitates.

  19. Observation of the glow-to-arc transitions

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    Watanabe, Shigeru; Saito, Shigeki; Takahashi, Kunio; Onzawa, Tadao

    2002-10-01

    Researches of the glow-to-arc transitions have been required for a new development of the welding technology in low current. It is important to clarify the characteristics of plasma in the transitions because there have been few reports investigated the transitions in detail. The glow-to-arc transitions were observed in argon at atmospheric pressure. The Th-W electrodes of 1 mm in a diameter are used. Both of the electrodes are needle-shaped and set in a quartz tube coaxially. Plasma is generated between the electrodes with the gap spacing of 1 mm. A DC power supply has been applying constant voltage of 600 V during the discharge. A high-speed camera is used to record the images of plasma in the transitions with the measurement of voltage and current between the electrodes. As a result, two things were confirmed for the behavior of the glow-to-arc transition. First, plasma extended over the cathode surface in the transition from the glow to the arc. Second, temperature in the tip of the cathode would increase gradually during the glow and decrease during the arc.

  20. Determination of Atmospheric PCB Level Variations in Continuously Collected Samples.

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    Sakin, Ahmet Egemen; Tasdemir, Yücel

    2016-08-01

    Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were measured in ambient air samples (n = 48) that were collected for a 2- to 3-day period in each season (winter, spring, summer, fall) of 2013. The samples were collected on the Campus of Uludag University, which is in a semirural region. The samples were collected using a high-volume air sampler. The gas and particle phase concentrations of 87 PCB congeners (Σ87PCB) were measured in these samples. The average gas and particle phase concentrations of the Σ87PCB were calculated to be 293 ± 257 and 52 ± 56 ng/m(3), respectively. However, the results of short-term measurements showed that the variation among the measurements in the gas phase was up to 39-fold and up to 84-fold in the particle phase. These results demonstrated that the ambient air PCB concentrations were not stable and changed dramatically on a daily basis. Therefore, it was clear that a small number of samples could not be representative of the entire region. Furthermore, the obtained concentrations showed differences that depended on the meteorological conditions and long distance transportation. The sampling indicated that PCB homologues with 3 or 4 chlorines were dominant. PMID:27290669

  1. Paschen law for argon glow discharge

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    Electric discharge between two electrically charged surfaces occurs at a well-defined, gas-dependent combination of atmospheric pressure and the distance between those surfaces, as described by Paschen's law. The understanding of when the discharge will occur in an Ar discharge is essential basic knowledge. A glow discharge apparatus was used in this experiment of Ar discharge at a pressure range between 2.0 Torr and 12 Torr, a power of 20 W and 40 l/min flow rate of gases. The optical emission spectroscopy was carried out in the wavelength range of 200 to 1100 nm. Here, we present experimentally measured plasma Paschen curves for Ar gas and compare our results of breakdown voltages with the literature. The minimum voltage measured for a discharge in Ar atmosphere was 215 ± 2.2 at 0.7 Torr-cm, which agree with previous measurements.

  2. Gas-particle partitioning of pesticides in atmospheric samples

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    Sanusi, Astrid; Millet, Maurice; Mirabel, Philippe; Wortham, Henri

    A filter-XAD-2 resin plug high-volume air sampler was used to collect the particle (P) and vapour (V) phases of 11 pesticides. The atmospheric concentrations were measured simultaneously at three sites characterised as remote (Aubure in the Vosges mountains), rural (Colmar, in the upper Rhine Valley), and urban (Strasbourg, in the upper Rhine Valley). The measured concentrations, which agree with those of literature, were used to study the influence of the physico-chemical parameters on the V/P partitioning. The behaviour observed on two organochlorine pesticides ( α-HCH and HCB), carbaryl, and trifluraline corresponds to the one presented in literature for organochlorine and PAH. Therefore, the V/P partitioning is mainly controlled by temperature, total suspended particle (TSP), and vapour pressure. Nevertheless, the slope of the regression line of log( A.TSP/ F ) against log P° l (where A and F are, respectively, the gas and particulate concentrations and P° l is the subcooled liquid-vapour pressure) is less compared with that presented in literature (0.36 against approximately 0.85). This difference could possibly result from the low TSP concentrations measured in our study. For some pesticides (trifluraline, γ-HCH, mecoprop, carbofuran and atrazine) the description of the V/P partitioning is improved by using relative humidity in addition to the three previous environmental parameters (temperature, TSP and vapour pressure). There seems to exist a competition mechanism between water molecules in gas phase and pesticides to adsorb on the receiving sites of the particles. By this mechanism increase in the atmospheric relative humidity induces a simultaneous increase of pesticides in the gas phase.

  3. Isotope analysis of carbon monoxide in atmospheric samples

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    A technique was established that allows the analysis of carbon and oxygen isotope composition of CO in small air samples (250ml). The method is based on the oxidation of CO to CO2 with iodine pentoxide and the subsequent isotope analysis of CO2. Potential applications include the use of CO and its isotopes as a tracer to distinguish different pollution sources. (author)

  4. Mechanistic investigations of shuttle glow

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    Caledonia, G. E.; Holtzclaw, K. W.; Krech, R. H.; Sonnenfroh, D. M.; Leone, A.; Blumberg, W. A. M.

    1993-01-01

    A series of laboratory measurements have been performed in order to provide a mechanistic interpretation for the visible shuttle glow. These studies involved interactions of an 8 km/s oxygen atom beam with both contaminant dosed surfaces and gaseous targets. We conclude that visible shuttle glow arises from surface mediated O + NO recombination via a Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanism and that the gas-phase exchange reaction O + N2 - NO + N provides a viable source of precursor NO above surfaces oriented in the ram direction.

  5. Test evaluation of potential heat shield contamination of an Outer Planet Probe's atmospheric sampling system

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    Kessler, W. C.; Woeller, F. H.; Wilkins, M. E.

    1975-01-01

    An Outer Planets Probe which retains the charred heatshield during atmospheric descent must deploy a sampling tube through the heatshield to extract atmospheric samples for analysis. Once the sampling tube is deployed, the atmospheric samples ingested must be free of contaminant gases generated by the heatshield. Outgassing products such as methane and water vapor are present in planetary atmospheres and hence, ingestion of such species would result in gas analyzer measurement uncertainties. This paper evaluates the potential for, and design impact of, the extracted atmospheric samples being contaminated by heatshield outgassing products. Flight trajectory data for Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus entries are analyzed to define the conditions resulting in the greatest potential for outgassing products being ingested into the probe's sampling system. An experimental program is defined and described which simulates the key flow field features for a planetary flight in a ground-based test facility. The primary parameters varied in the test include: sampling tube length, injectant mass flow rate and angle of attack. Measured contaminant levels predict the critical sampling tube length for contamination avoidance. Thus, the study demonstrates the compatibility of a retained heatshield concept and high quality atmospheric trace species measurements.

  6. Semicontinuous automated measurement of organic carbon in atmospheric aerosol samples.

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    Lu, Chao; Rashinkar, Shilpa M; Dasgupta, Purnendu K

    2010-02-15

    A fully automated measurement system for ambient aerosol organic carbon, capable of unattended operation over extended periods, is described. Particles are collected in a cyclone with water as the collection medium. The collected sample is periodically aspirated by a syringe pump into a holding loop and then delivered to a wet oxidation reactor (WOR). Acid is added, and the WOR is purged to measure dissolved CO(2) or inorganic carbonates (IC) as evolved CO(2). The IC background can often be small and sufficiently constant to be corrected for, without separate measurement, by a blank subtraction. The organic material is now oxidized stepwise or in one step to CO(2). The one-step oxidation involves UV-persulfate treatment in the presence of ozone. This treatment converts organic carbon (OC) to CO(2), but elemental carbon is not oxidized. The CO(2) is continuously purged from solution and collected by two sequential miniature diffusion scrubbers (DSs), a short DS preceding a longer one. Each DS consists of a LiOH-filled porous hydrophobic membrane tube with terminal stainless steel tubes that function as conductance-sensing electrodes. As CO(2) is collected by the LiOH-filled DSs, hydroxide is converted into carbonate and the resulting decrease in conductivity is monitored. The simultaneous use of the dual short and long DS units bearing different concentrations of LiOH permits both good sensitivity and a large dynamic range. The limit of detection (LOD, S/N = 3) is approximately 140 ng of C. With a typical sampling period of 30 min at a sampling rate of 30 L/min, this corresponds to an LOD of 160 ng/m(3). The approach also provides information on the ease of oxidation of the carbonaceous aerosol and hence the nature of the carbon contained therein. Ambient aerosol organic carbon data are presented. PMID:20092351

  7. Stable operation of high current glow discharges

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    Glow discharges are very suited for cleaning and other surface treatment of plasma vessels. In this report, an extended version of a colloquium talk, given at Juelich, October 1977, the phenomenon of glow discharges and the operation of an apparatus for glow discharging nitriding are discussed

  8. Miniaturized In Situ Atmospheric Probe Sampling Inlet System for Uranus or Saturn Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Thorleaf Research, Inc. proposes to develop a miniaturized in situ atmospheric probe sampling inlet system for measuring chemical and isotopic composition of the...

  9. Evidence of Low Dimensional Chaos in Glow Curves of Thermoluminescence

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    Conte, Elio

    2008-01-01

    Electron trapping following exposition to ionising radiations and consequent electron release during variation of temperature in solids represent processes happening at the quantum microphysical level. The interesting feature of the thermally stimulated process, that in fact deserves further investigation, is that the dynamic of electrons release during, variation of the temperature, here examined through the so called thermoluminescent Glow Curve, evidences chaotic and fractal regimes. Phase space reconstruction, Correlation Dimension, largest Lyapunov exponent, Recurrence Quantification Analysis(RQA) and fractal dimension analysis, developed by calculation of Hurst exponent, are performed on three samples. The results unequivocally fix that Glow Curves respond to a chaotic regime. RQA supports such results revealing the inner structure of Glow Curve signals in relation to their properties of recurrence, determinism and intermittency signed from laminarity as well as chaos-chaos and chaos order transitions.

  10. Influence of a sample surface on single electrode atmospheric plasma jet parameters

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    The article reports on reciprocal influence between the sample surface and atmospheric plasma jet. This correlation is important since it changes plasma parameters and plasma itself, depending on the sample-material surface, presence of liquid or treatment distance. However, in experiments and treatments of surfaces with atmospheric plasma jets, this relationship is usually disregarded. In order to investigate reciprocal influence, we implemented electromagnetic and optical emission spectroscopy characterization of atmospheric plasma needle jet. Characterization was performed during treatment of various samples. We have shown that sample material and its distance from the tip of the electrode have a pronounced influence on atmospheric pressure plasma jet electromagnetic and optical characteristics, such as jet length, shape, color, voltage, current, power, electromagnetic field and concentrations of plasma species. It was shown that for a given flow there is a critical distance (≈ 15 mm) between the tip of the wire and the sample surface for which jet emission intensity, especially ionic, is at maximum. - Highlights: • First report on reciprocal influence between helium plasma jet and sample surface • Optical emission spectroscopy and electromagnetic measurements were performed. • For characterization different samples of various sizes and conductivities were used. • Discharge and plasma parameters vary with treated sample distance and its material. • Even plasma jet treatment of solids produced new plasma species observable with OES

  11. NASA Global Atmospheric Sampling Program (GASP) data report for tape VL0006

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    Gauntner, D. J.; Holdeman, J. D.; Humenik, F. M.

    1977-01-01

    The NASA Global Atmospheric Sampling Program (GASP) is obtaining measurements of atmospheric trace constituents in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere using fully automated air sampling systems on board several commercial B-747 aircraft in routine airline service. Atmospheric ozone, and related flight and meteorological data were obtained during 245 flights of a Qantas Airways of Australia B-747 and two Pan American World Airways B-747s from July 1976 through September 1976. In addition, whole air samples, obtained during three flights, were analyzed for trichlorofluoromethane, and filter samples, obtained during four flights, were analyzed for sulfates, nitrates, fluorides, and chlorides. Flight routes and dates, instrumentation, data processing procedures, data tape specifications, and selected analyses are discussed.

  12. Radiation response of thermoluminescence glow peaks separated using a glow curve fitting method for red emission from quartz

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    Song, Ki-Woung [Chungcheong Cultural Properties Research Institute, Gongju, Chungcheongnam-Do 314-923 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Physics, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, Kangwon-Do 200-701 (Korea, Republic of); Yun, Kyong-Ku [Department of Civil Engineering, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, Kangwon-Do 200-701 (Korea, Republic of); Hong, Duk-Geun [Department of Physics, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, Kangwon-Do 200-701 (Korea, Republic of)], E-mail: dghong@kangwon.ac.kr

    2009-05-15

    Red thermoluminescence (TL) emission from quartz has attracted considerable attention in the fields of retrospective dosimetry and luminescence dating, due to the high dose saturation level and long-term stability of the TL signal. For two red emission quartz samples of volcanic origin (Yuda sample from Iwate Prefecture and Tazawa sample from Akita Prefecture in Japan), we investigated the radiation dose response of TL glow peaks separated using a glow curve fitting method. The radiation dose response of the separated peaks was examined using a growth curve based on the SAR TL protocol. The 260 deg. C, 290 deg. C and 320 deg. C peaks for the Yuda sample and the 270 deg. C and 320 deg. C peaks for the Tazawa sample showed a supralinear response up to 300 Gy, whereas the 370 deg. C peak for both samples behaved linearly.

  13. Inception of Snapover and Gas Induced Glow Discharges

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    Galofaro, J. T.; Vayner, B. V.; Degroot, W. A.; Ferguson, D. C.; Thomson, C. D.; Dennison, J. R.; Davies, R. E.

    2000-01-01

    Ground based experiments of the snapover phenomenon were conducted in the large vertical simulation chamber at the Glenn Research Center (GRC) Plasma Interaction Facility (PIF). Two Penning sources provided both argon and xenon plasmas for the experiments. The sources were used to simulate a variety of ionospheric densities pertaining to a spacecraft in a Low Earth Orbital (LEO) environment. Secondary electron emission is believed responsible for dielectric surface charging, and all subsequent snapover phenomena observed. Voltage sweeps of conductor potentials versus collected current were recorded in order to examine the specific charging history of each sample. The average time constant for sample charging was estimated between 25 and 50 seconds for all samples. It appears that current drops off by approximately a factor of 3 over the charging time of the sample. All samples charged in the forward and reverse bias directions, demonstrated hysteresis. Current jumps were only observed in the forward or positive swept voltage direction. There is large dispersion in tile critical snapover potential when repeating sweeps on any one sample. The current ratio for the first snapover region jumps between 2 and 4.6 times, with a standard deviation less than 1.6. Two of the samples showed even larger current ratios. It is believed the second large snapover region is due to sample outgassing. Under certain preset conditions, namely at the higher neutral gas background pressures, a perceptible blue-green glow was observed around the conductor. The glow is believed to be a result of secondary electrons undergoing collisions with an expelled tenuous cloud of gas, that is outgassed from the sample. Spectroscopic measurements of the glow discharge were made in an attempt to identify specific lines contributing to the observed glow.

  14. Developing a passive trap for diffusive atmospheric 14CO2 sampling

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    Walker, Jennifer C.; Xu, Xiaomei; Fahrni, Simon M.; Lupascu, Massimo; Czimczik, Claudia I.

    2015-10-01

    14C-CO2 measurement is an unique tool to quantify source-based emissions of CO2 for both the urban and natural environments. Acquiring a sample that temporally integrates the atmospheric 14C-CO2 signature that allows for precise 14C analysis is often necessary, but can require complex sampling devices, which can be difficult to deploy and maintain, especially for multiple locations. Here we describe our progress in developing a diffusive atmospheric CO2 molecular sieve trap, which requires no power to operate. We present results from various cleaning procedures, and rigorously tested for blank and memory effects. Traps were tested in the environment along-side conventional sampling flasks for accuracy. Results show that blank and memory effects can be minimized with thorough cleaning and by avoiding overheating, and that diffusively collected air samples agree well with traditionally canister-sampled air.

  15. Analysis of atmospheric aerosols by atomic emission spectrometry with electrical discharge sampling

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    A procedure is developed for the determination of the concentration of heavy metals (Pb, Mn, Cu, Ni, Zn, and Cd) in atmospheric air by atomic emission spectrometry with gas-discharge sampling onto the end of a standard carbon electrode. A design of a two-section sampler is proposed; the sampler provides the rapid determination of deposition factors for the deposition of heavy metals contained in aerosol particles onto the end of a carbon electrode. Examples of determining metal concentrations in a model sample of air and in atmospheric air and determination limits of metals deposited onto the end of a carbon electrode are given

  16. Evolution of the Tl glow curve of Zn S:Mn nanocrystalline

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    Full text: In the last two decades, the search for new materials for dosimetry has included semiconductor nano materials because of their luminescent properties. This search has included the study, synthesis, characterization and performance of nano structured semiconductors, which optoelectronic properties determine their applications. In this paper the evolution of the thermoluminescent glow curve of nanocrystalline powder samples (40-70 nm) of zinc sulfide doped with manganese (Zn S:Mn) was analyzed at a dose of 500 Gy using a 60Co source. This material was synthesized by the coprecipitation method and heat treated at 500 degrees C in forming gas atmosphere (80 N2:20H2). Photoluminescence results indicate a direct relationship between the concentration of manganese and the intensity of a peak at λ ≅ 600 nm. By means of numerical deconvolution the behavior of the glow curves obtained at different times after exposure was analyzed. The causing traps of thermoluminescence are to 0.60 ± 0.05 and 1.7 ± 0.4 eV below the conduction band and within the band gap. The fading and a variation in the shape of the brightness curve (evolution) caused by non radiative transitions (rotational and vibrational) within the crystal structure of the material is also reported. (Author)

  17. Atmospheric Sampling of Aerosols to Stratospheric Altitudes using High Altitude Balloons

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    Jerde, E. A.; Thomas, E.

    2010-12-01

    Although carbon dioxide represents a long-lived atmospheric component relevant to global climate change, it is also understood that many additional contributors influence the overall climate of Earth. Among these, short-lived components are more difficult to incorporate into models due to uncertainties in the abundances of these both spatially and temporally. Possibly the most significant of these short-lived components falls under the heading of “black carbon” (BC). There are numerous overlapping definitions of BC, but it is basically carbonaceous in nature and light absorbing. Due to its potential as a climate forcer, an understanding of the BC population in the atmosphere is critical for modeling of radiative forcing. Prior measurements of atmospheric BC generally consist of airplane- and ground-based sampling, typically below 5000 m and restricted in time and space. Given that BC has a residence time on the order of days, short-term variability is easily missed. Further, since the radiative forcing is a result of BC distributed through the entire atmospheric column, aircraft sampling is by definition incomplete. We are in the process of planning a more comprehensive sampling of the atmosphere for BC using high-altitude balloons. Balloon-borne sampling is a highly reliable means to sample air through the entire troposphere and into the lower stratosphere. Our system will incorporate a balloon and a flight train of two modules. One module will house an atmospheric sampler. This sampler will be single-stage (samples all particle sizes together), and will place particles directly on an SEM sample stub for analysis. The nozzle depositing the sample will be offset from the center of the stub, placing the aerosol particles toward the edge. At various altitudes, the stub will be rotated 45 degrees, providing 6-8 sample “cuts” of particle populations through the atmospheric column. The flights will reach approximately 27 km altitude, above which the balloons

  18. Development of an automatic sampling device for the continuous measurement of atmospheric carbonyls compounds

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    Two sampling strategies were studied to develop an automatic instrument for the continuous measurement of atmospheric carbonyl compounds. Because of its specificity towards carbonyls compounds, sampling by using a transfer of gaseous phase in a liquid phase associated with a simultaneous chemical derivatization of the trapped compounds was first studied. However, this method do not allow a quantitative sampling of all studied carbonyl compounds, nor a continuous measurement in the field. To overcome the difficulties, a second strategy was investigated: the cryogenic adsorption onto solid adsorbent followed by thermodesorption and a direct analysis by GC/MS. Collection efficiency using different solid adsorbents was found greater than 95% for carbonyl compounds consisting of 1 to 7 carbons. This work is a successful first step towards the realization of the automatic sampling device for a continuous measurement of atmospheric carbonyls compounds. (author)

  19. Passive Aerogravity Assisted Trajectories for a Mars Atmospheric Sample Return Mission

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    Sklyanskiy, Evgeniy; You, Tung-Han; Cheatwood, Neil; Dwyer Cianciolo, Alicia; Bowes, Angela

    2011-01-01

    A number of studies have demonstrated that aerodynamic lift during a planetary low-altitude atmospheric flyby can increase the V(sub infinity) bending angle and the total delta V achievable from gravity assist. Aero-Gravity Assist (AGA) trajectories of this type require a significantly high spacecraft L/D (lift-to-drag) ratio and a fairly robust closed-loop guidance algorithm capable of providing a desired control authority for level, nearly constant-altitude atmospheric flight. The AGA concept has been described in some previous publications as one of the techniques for Mars and Venus atmospheric sample return mission design strategies. Recent analysis has demonstrated that passive, ballistic (zero-lift) aeropass trajectories could equally satisfy potential future sample return mission objectives and provide quite robust and simple alternatives to a complex guided AGA lifting trajectory design.

  20. Surface composition of industrial metal samples with potential for atmospheric mercury deposition

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    Roseborough, Diana; Gustavsson, I; Göthelid, Mats; Aune, Ragnhild E.

    2010-01-01

    Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry, Auger electron spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were used to study atmospherically exposed metal samples for surface mercury concentration at room temperature. The metals were collected from industrial and pre-conditioned sources. In most cases, mercury detection was impossible because the samples were found to be highly contaminated from sources such as oxygen, carbon, chlorine and sulfur. However, t...

  1. Sampling of Atmospheric Aerosols by Electrostatic Precipitation for Direct Analyses. Part 1

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    Hermann, G; Matz, R; Trenin, A; Moritz, W; Hermann, Gerd; Lasnitschka, Georg; Matz, Rudolf; Trenin, Alexander; Moritz, Walter

    2002-01-01

    A novel system for aerosol sampling by electrostatic precipitation using graphite platforms as sample collector is presented. Employing standard platforms for commercial analytical instruments, the conception allows fast solid sampling direct element analysis with ETAAS, ETV-ICP-MS/OES, and ETACFS without any wet digestive pre-treatment. Other advantages are: highly efficient electrostatic particle collection (>99% for d = 10e-9 m - 10e-6 m), reusable sample collectors, omission of filters and chemical reagents. On this basis, an electrostatic precipitator is constructed aiming at a small, relatively uncomplicated instrument. Ten precipitators are arranged in a multi-sampling apparatus for outdoor operation, which simultaneously collect ten samples on same or different collectors for instrumental element analyses, or for microscopic investigations of the collected particles. The precipitator is tested with different model aerosols as well as with atmospheric sampling. Element analysis is carried out with the ...

  2. Sampling of Atmospheric Aerosols by Electrostatic Precipitation for Direct Analyses. Part 2

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    Hermann, G; Matz, R; Trenin, A; Moritz, W; Hermann, Gerd; Lasnitschka, Georg; Matz, Rudolf; Trenin, Alexander; Moritz, Walter

    2002-01-01

    A novel system for aerosol sampling by electrostatic precipitation using graphite platforms as sample collector is presented. Employing standard platforms for commercial analytical instruments, the conception allows fast solid sampling direct element analysis with ETAAS, ETV-ICP-MS/OES, and ETACFS without any wet digestive pre-treatment. Other advantages are: highly efficient electrostatic particle collection (>99% for d = 10e-9 m - 10e-6 m), reusable sample collectors, omission of filters and chemical reagents. On this basis, an electrostatic precipitator is constructed aiming at a small, relatively uncomplicated instrument. Ten precipitators are arranged in a multi-sampling apparatus for outdoor operation, which simultaneously collect ten samples on same or different collectors for instrumental element analyses, or for microscopic investigations of the collected particles. The precipitator is tested with different model aerosols as well as with atmospheric sampling. Element analysis is carried out with the ...

  3. Aqueous Processing of Atmospheric Organic Particles in Cloud Water Collected via Aircraft Sampling

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    Boone, Eric J.; Laskin, Alexander; Laskin, Julia; Wirth, Christopher; Shepson, Paul B.; Stirm, Brian H.; Pratt, Kerri A.

    2015-07-21

    Cloud water and below-cloud atmospheric particle samples were collected onboard a research aircraft during the Southern Oxidant and Aerosol Study (SOAS) over a forested region of Alabama in June 2013. The organic molecular composition of the samples was studied to gain insights into the aqueous-phase processing of organic compounds within cloud droplets. High resolution mass spectrometry with nanospray desorption electrospray ionization and direct infusion electrospray ionization were utilized to compare the organic composition of the particle and cloud water samples, respectively. Isoprene and monoterpene-derived organosulfates and oligomers were identified in both the particles and cloud water, showing the significant influence of biogenic volatile organic compound oxidation above the forested region. While the average O:C ratios of the organic compounds were similar between the atmospheric particle and cloud water samples, the chemical composition of these samples was quite different. Specifically, hydrolysis of organosulfates and formation of nitrogen-containing compounds were observed for the cloud water when compared to the atmospheric particle samples, demonstrating that cloud processing changes the composition of organic aerosol.

  4. Effect of glow discharge sintering in the properties of a composite material fabricated by powder metallurgy

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    Cardenas, A.; Pineda, Y.; Sarmiento Santos, A.; Vera, E.

    2016-02-01

    Composite samples of 316 stainless steel and SiC were produced by powder metallurgy. Starting materials were mixed in different proportions and compacted to 700MPa. Sintering stage was performed by abnormal glow discharge plasma with direct current in an inert atmosphere of argon. The process was conducted at a temperature of 1200°C±5°C with a heating rate of 100°C/min. This work shows, the effectiveness of plasma sintering process to generate the first contacts between particles and to reduce vacancies. This fact is confirmed by comparing green and sintered density of the material. The results of porosity show a decrease after plasma sintering. Wear tests showed the wear mechanisms, noting that at higher SiC contents, the wear resistance decreases due to poor matrix-reinforcement interaction and by the porosity presence which causes matrix-reinforcement sliding.

  5. Numerical analysis of thermoluminescence glow curves

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    This report presents a method for the numerical analysis of complex thermoluminescence glow curves resolving the individual glow peak components. The method employs first order kinetics analytical expressions and is based In a Marquart-Levenberg minimization procedure. A simplified version of this method for thermoluminescence dosimetry (TLD) is also described and specifically developed to operate whit Lithium Fluoride TLD-100. (Author). 36 refs

  6. Glow Sticks: Spectra and Color Mixing

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    Birriel, Jennifer; Birriel, Ignacio

    2014-01-01

    Glow sticks are a popular Halloween staple familiar to most of our students. The production of light via a chemical reaction is called "chemiluminescence," and glow sticks are often used as demonstrations and experiments in the chemistry classroom to study reaction rates as a function of temperature. A black light can be used to…

  7. Consideration of impact of atmospheric intrusion in subsurface sampling for investigation of suspected underground nuclear explosions

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    Radioactive noble gases radioxenon and radioargon constitute the primary smoking gun of an underground nuclear explosion. The aim of subsurface sampling of soil gas as part of an on-site inspection (OSI) is to search for evidence of a suspected underground nuclear event. It has been hypothesized that atmospheric gas can disturb soil gas concentrations and therefore potentially add to problems in civilian source discrimination verifying treaty compliance under the comprehensive nuclear-test ban treaty. This work describes a study of intrusion of atmospheric air into the subsurface and its potential impact on an OSI using results of simulations from the underground transport of environmental xenon (UTEX) model. (author)

  8. Study of the glow curve structure of the minerals separated from black pepper (Piper nigrum L.)

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    Guzmán, S.; Ruiz Gurrola, B.; Cruz-Zaragoza, E.; Tufiño, A.; Furetta, C.; Favalli, A.; Brown, F.

    2011-04-01

    The inorganic mineral fraction extracted from black pepper (Piper nigrum L.) has been analysed using a thermoluminescence (TL) method, investigating the glow curve structure, including an evaluation of the kinetic parameters. Different grain sizes, i.e. 10, 74, and 149 μm, were selected from commercial black pepper. The X-ray diffraction of the inorganic fraction shows that quartz is the main mineral present in it. The samples were exposed to 1-25 kGy doses by gamma rays of 60Co in order to analyse the thermally stimulated luminescence response as a function of the delivered dose. The glow curves show a complex structure for different grain sizes of the pepper mineral samples. The fading of the TL signal at room temperature was obtained after irradiation, and it was observed that the maximum peaks of the glow curves shift towards higher values of the temperature when the elapsed time from irradiation increases. It seems that the fading characteristic may be related to a continuous trap distribution responsible for the complex structure of the glow curve. Similar glow curves structure behaviour was found under ultraviolet irradiation of the samples. The activation energy and the frequency factor were determined from the glow curves of different grain sizes using a deconvolution programme because of the evident complexity of the structure.

  9. Seasonal comparison of moss bag technique against vertical snow samples for monitoring atmospheric pollution.

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    Salo, Hanna; Berisha, Anna-Kaisa; Mäkinen, Joni

    2016-03-01

    This is the first study seasonally applying Sphagnum papillosum moss bags and vertical snow samples for monitoring atmospheric pollution. Moss bags, exposed in January, were collected together with snow samples by early March 2012 near the Harjavalta Industrial Park in southwest Finland. Magnetic, chemical, scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDX), K-means clustering, and Tomlinson pollution load index (PLI) data showed parallel spatial trends of pollution dispersal for both materials. Results strengthen previous findings that concentrate and slag handling activities were important (dust) emission sources while the impact from Cu-Ni smelter's pipe remained secondary at closer distances. Statistically significant correlations existed between the variables of snow and moss bags. As a summary, both methods work well for sampling and are efficient pollutant accumulators. Moss bags can be used also in winter conditions and they provide more homogeneous and better controlled sampling method than snow samples. PMID:26969058

  10. Preparation of Fluorescent Carbon Nanoparticles by Glow Discharge Plasma at Atmospheric Pressure%常压辉光放电等离子体制备荧光碳纳米粒子

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    谢春香; 张禹涛; 马腾才

    2012-01-01

    Superfine fluorescent carbon nanoparticles were prepared by glow discharge plasma,which generated a large amout of active particles such as high-energy electrons to decompose ethanol,and then to initiate the free radical reactions for producing the carbon nanoparticles.Either polyethylene glycol(PEG) 2000 or polyvinylpyrrolidone(PVP) 20000 was used as surfactant or surface modifier for the ethanol.The fluorescent properties and morphology of the carbon nanoparticles were characterized by fluorescence spectrophotometer and transmission electron microscopy(TEM),respectively.The results show that the morphology of fluorescent carbon nanoparticles is graphitic.The fluorescent intensities of the nanoparticles increase with reaction time,and they are higher in the resultants modified by PEG-2000 than by PVP-20000,as well as for those generated under streamer discharge mode than under glow discharge one.The quantum yield of photoluminescence is 46.58% for carbon nanoparticles prepared.%采用常压辉光放电等离子体制备了超细荧光碳纳米粒子。分别采用聚乙二醇(PEG)2000和聚乙烯吡咯烷酮(PVP)20000作为表面活性剂和表面修饰剂,利用辉光放电等离子体射流产生的大量高能电子等活性粒子分解乙醇溶液制备碳纳米粒子。采用透射电子显微镜和荧光分光光度计对生成物的形貌和荧光特性进行了检测。结果表明,生成物为石墨相的荧光碳纳米颗粒。随着反应时间的延长,生成物的荧光强度增强;采用PEG-2000修饰后产物的荧光强度比采用PVP-20000更强;丝状放电模式下生成物的荧光强度高于辉光放电模式。制备的碳纳米颗粒的荧光量子产率为46.58%。

  11. Losses of arsenic during the low temperature ashing of atmospheric particulate samples

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    Neutron activation and atomic absorption procedures have been used to study arsenic losses during low temperature ashing at power levels between 50 and 125 watts (RF). Losses of arsenic from ambient atmospheric particulate matter and various synthetic sea salt matrices containing known quantities of arsenic was observed. In general, the magnitude of arsenic losses by this treatment will depend on applied power levels and the physical and chemical properties of the arsenic sample matrix

  12. Atmospheric scanning electron microscope system with an open sample chamber: Configuration and applications

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    Nishiyama, Hidetoshi, E-mail: hinishiy@jeol.co.jp [JEOL Ltd., 3-1-2, Musashino, Akishima, Tokyo 196-8558 (Japan); Koizumi, Mitsuru, E-mail: koizumi@jeol.co.jp [JEOL Technics Ltd., 2-6-38 Musashino, Akishima, Tokyo 196-0021 (Japan); Ogawa, Koji, E-mail: kogawa@jeol.co.jp [JEOL Technics Ltd., 2-6-38 Musashino, Akishima, Tokyo 196-0021 (Japan); Kitamura, Shinich, E-mail: kitamura@jeol.co.jp [JEOL Ltd., 3-1-2, Musashino, Akishima, Tokyo 196-8558 (Japan); Konyuba, Yuji, E-mail: ykonyuub@jeol.co.jp [JEOL Ltd., 3-1-2, Musashino, Akishima, Tokyo 196-8558 (Japan); Watanabe, Yoshiyuki, E-mail: watanabeyoshiy@pref.yamagata.jp [Yamagata Research Institute of Technology, 2-2-1, Matsuei, Yamagata 990-2473 (Japan); Ohbayashi, Norihiko, E-mail: n.ohbayashi@m.tohoku.ac.jp [Laboratory of Membrane Trafficking Mechanisms, Department of Developmental Biology and Neurosciences, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University, Aobayama, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8578 (Japan); Fukuda, Mitsunori, E-mail: nori@m.tohoku.ac.jp [Laboratory of Membrane Trafficking Mechanisms, Department of Developmental Biology and Neurosciences, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University, Aobayama, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8578 (Japan); Suga, Mitsuo, E-mail: msuga@jeol.co.jp [JEOL Ltd., 3-1-2, Musashino, Akishima, Tokyo 196-8558 (Japan); Sato, Chikara, E-mail: ti-sato@aist.go.jp [Biomedical Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), 1-1-4, Umezono, Tsukuba 305-8568 (Japan)

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    An atmospheric scanning electron microscope (ASEM) with an open sample chamber and optical microscope (OM) is described and recent developments are reported. In this ClairScope system, the base of the open sample dish is sealed to the top of the inverted SEM column, allowing the liquid-immersed sample to be observed by OM from above and by SEM from below. The optical axes of the two microscopes are aligned, ensuring that the same sample areas are imaged to realize quasi-simultaneous correlative microscopy in solution. For example, the cathodoluminescence of ZnO particles was directly demonstrated. The improved system has (i) a fully motorized sample stage, (ii) a column protection system in the case of accidental window breakage, and (iii) an OM/SEM operation system controlled by a graphical user interface. The open sample chamber allows the external administration of reagents during sample observation. We monitored the influence of added NaCl on the random motion of silica particles in liquid. Further, using fluorescence as a transfection marker, the effect of small interfering RNA-mediated knockdown of endogenous Varp on Tyrp1 trafficking in melanocytes was examined. A temperature-regulated titanium ASEM dish allowed the dynamic observation of colloidal silver nanoparticles as they were heated to 240 °C and sintered. - Highlights: • Atmospheric SEM (ASEM) allows observation of samples in liquid or gas. • Open sample chamber allows in situ monitoring of evaporation and sintering processes. • in situ monitoring of processes during reagent administration is also accomplished. • Protection system for film breakage is developed for ASEM. • Usability of ASEM has been improved significantly including GUI control.

  13. Atmospheric scanning electron microscope system with an open sample chamber: Configuration and applications

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    An atmospheric scanning electron microscope (ASEM) with an open sample chamber and optical microscope (OM) is described and recent developments are reported. In this ClairScope system, the base of the open sample dish is sealed to the top of the inverted SEM column, allowing the liquid-immersed sample to be observed by OM from above and by SEM from below. The optical axes of the two microscopes are aligned, ensuring that the same sample areas are imaged to realize quasi-simultaneous correlative microscopy in solution. For example, the cathodoluminescence of ZnO particles was directly demonstrated. The improved system has (i) a fully motorized sample stage, (ii) a column protection system in the case of accidental window breakage, and (iii) an OM/SEM operation system controlled by a graphical user interface. The open sample chamber allows the external administration of reagents during sample observation. We monitored the influence of added NaCl on the random motion of silica particles in liquid. Further, using fluorescence as a transfection marker, the effect of small interfering RNA-mediated knockdown of endogenous Varp on Tyrp1 trafficking in melanocytes was examined. A temperature-regulated titanium ASEM dish allowed the dynamic observation of colloidal silver nanoparticles as they were heated to 240 °C and sintered. - Highlights: • Atmospheric SEM (ASEM) allows observation of samples in liquid or gas. • Open sample chamber allows in situ monitoring of evaporation and sintering processes. • in situ monitoring of processes during reagent administration is also accomplished. • Protection system for film breakage is developed for ASEM. • Usability of ASEM has been improved significantly including GUI control

  14. Kinetic parameters, bleaching and radiation response of thermoluminescence glow peaks separated by deconvolution on Korean calcite

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    Kim, Ki-Bum; Hong, Duk-Geun

    2014-10-01

    Calcite has been of particular interest in studies of thermoluminescence (TL) because of its geological and archeological importance. Although extensive research on the TL glow curves of calcite has been conducted, most previous works have been based on the TL intensity integrated over a particular temperature range on the glow curve, without any separation of peaks. In this paper, the physical characteristics of the overlapping peaks in the TL glow curves of a calcite sample are investigated. These properties can provide useful information for determining the radiation dose absorbed to the sample in radiation dosimetry and luminescence dating research. The Tm-Tstop method is employed to identify the number of hidden glow peaks, and the kinetic parameters of each separated glow peak, including the thermal activation energy, kinetic order, and frequency factor, are evaluated using a computerized glow curve deconvolution (CGCD) method. The Tm-Tstop method indicates that the glow curve of calcite is the superposition of at least four components (P1 - P4) in the temperature range between room temperature and 450 °C. A bleaching experiment for two separated glow peaks (P3 and P4) using a solar simulator revealed that the bleaching rates of peak P3 show two exponential decays, and after bleaching, the TL intensity of peak P3 is reduced to approximately 4% of the initial value. In contrast, peak P4 is bleached exponentially to approximately 30% of the initial TL intensity and thereafter shows no detectable change in intensity. In addition, in a study of the radiation dose response of the two peaks, both peaks have a similar pattern, exhibiting a linear increment up to the maximum dose investigated, 520 Gy.

  15. Metastable helium atom density in a single electrode atmospheric plasma jet during sample treatment

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    Zaplotnik, R.; Bišćan, M.; Popović, D.; Mozetič, M.; Milošević, S.

    2016-06-01

    The metastable He atoms play an important role in atmospheric pressure plasma jet (APPJ) chemistry processes and in the plasma generation. This work presents cavity ring-down spectroscopy (CRDS) investigation of metastable helium atom (2{{3}}{{S}1} ) densities in a single electrode APPJ during sample treatment. A spatially resolved density distribution of a free jet (without sample) was measured at a He flow rate of 2 slm. The maximum measured density of a free jet was around 7× {{10}11} cm‑3. With the insertion of a sample the densities increased up to 10 times. Helium metastable atoms, in a single electrode helium APPJ (2 slm, ≈2.5 kV, pulsed DC, 10 kHz repetition rate), decayed exponentially with a mean lifetime of 0.27+/- 0.03 μs. Eight different samples of the same sizes but different conductivities were used to investigate the influence of a sample material on the He metastable densities. The correlation between sample conductivities and metastable He densities above the sample surface was found. Metastable He density can also be further increased with decreasing sample distance, increasing conductive sample surface area and by increasing He flow.

  16. Profiles of Methane Dimerization with a Glow Discharge Plasma System

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    Tanabe, Shuji; Okitsu, Kenji; Matsumoto, Hiroshige

    1999-01-01

    The dimerization of methane in the absence of oxygen has been investigated in order to evaluate a newly-developed glow-discharge plasma reactor operated at atmospheric pressure. A homogeneous circular plasma zone is observed between two electrodes of a rotor and a stator, the former of which is rotating at a high speed to make a larger reaction zone. It was recognized that in a stream of flowing helium that methane is converted to C 2 hydrocarbons at high selectivities which decreased with th...

  17. Analysis of polymers by pulsed RF glow discharge mass spectrometry

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    Complete text of publication follows. Glow discharge spectroscopy is widely used for elemental analysis and depth profiling of various inorganic materials. Capacitively coupled RF glow discharges allow the analysis of non-conductive materials, and pulsed RF operation allows the analysis of thermally sensitive samples like glasses. However, the glow discharge technique has been rarely used for analysis of organic materials. The instrument recently developed by Tofwerk AG and Horiba Jobin Yvon combines the pulsed RF glow discharge with a fast time-of-flight mass spectrometer and can be used for simultaneous detection of a large number of mass peaks that occur with organic materials. The instrument can also be operated in negative ion mode thus eliminating some of the interferences that normally appear in positive ion mode due to the argon process gas and residual impurities. Furthermore, the negative ion detection mode offers greater sensitivity for halogens. The sputtering process and subsequent plasma reactions produce a unique mass spectrum of molecular fragments for each polymer and this fingerprint mass spectrum can be used for identifying polymers. We generated fingerprint mass spectra for a set of polymers (PTFE, CTFE, PE, PET, PMMA) and we demonstrated depth profiling of polymer multilayers on a silicon and glass substrates. Unlike in SIMS, the depth profiling with GD-MS is very quick, complete depth profiles can be recorded within minutes. The method can also be used to detect inorganic traces in polymers that are frequently present as contaminants or residuals of catalysts used during the fabrication process. Our measurements showed the presence of lead in polyethylene and antimony in PET commercial samples. We also measured zinc in ZnO-doped ethylene-propylene-diene rubbers. The authors acknowledge the financial support from the EC through the GLADNET Marie Curie Research Training Network (MRTN-CT-2006-035459) and the EMDPA project (STREP-NMP n deg 032202).

  18. Long-lived atmospheric trace gases measurements in flask samples from three stations in India

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    Lin, X.; Indira, N. K.; Ramonet, M.; Delmotte, M.; Ciais, P.; Bhatt, B. C.; Reddy, M. V.; Angchuk, D.; Balakrishnan, S.; Jorphail, S.; Dorjai, T.; Mahey, T. T.; Patnaik, S.; Begum, M.; Brenninkmeijer, C.; Durairaj, S.; Kirubagaran, R.; Schmidt, M.; Swathi, P. S.; Vinithkumar, N. V.; Yver Kwok, C.; Gaur, V. K.

    2015-09-01

    With the rapid growth in population and economic development, emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the Indian subcontinent have sharply increased during recent decades. However, evaluation of regional fluxes of GHGs and characterization of their spatial and temporal variations by atmospheric inversions remain uncertain due to a sparse regional atmospheric observation network. As a result of an Indo-French collaboration, three new atmospheric stations were established in India at Hanle (HLE), Pondicherry (PON) and Port Blair (PBL), with the objective of monitoring the atmospheric concentrations of GHGs and other trace gases. Here we present the results of the measurements of CO2, CH4, N2O, SF6, CO, and H2 from regular flask sampling at these three stations over the period 2007-2011. For each species, annual means, seasonal cycles and gradients between stations were calculated and related to variations in natural GHG fluxes, anthropogenic emissions, and monsoon circulations. Covariances between species at the synoptic scale were analyzed to investigate the likely source(s) of emissions. The flask measurements of various trace gases at the three stations have the potential to constrain the inversions of fluxes over southern and northeastern India. However, this network of ground stations needs further extension to other parts of India to better constrain the GHG budgets at regional and continental scales.

  19. Comparison of halocarbon measurements in an atmospheric dry whole air sample

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    George C. Rhoderick

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The growing awareness of climate change/global warming, and continuing concerns regarding stratospheric ozone depletion, will require continued measurements and standards for many compounds, in particular halocarbons that are linked to these issues. In order to track atmospheric mole fractions and assess the impact of policy on emission rates, it is necessary to demonstrate measurement equivalence at the highest levels of accuracy for assigned values of standards. Precise measurements of these species aid in determining small changes in their atmospheric abundance. A common source of standards/scales and/or well-documented agreement of different scales used to calibrate the measurement instrumentation are key to understanding many sets of data reported by researchers. This report describes the results of a comparison study among National Metrology Institutes and atmospheric research laboratories for the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs dichlorodifluoromethane (CFC-12, trichlorofluoromethane (CFC-11, and 1,1,2-trichlorotrifluoroethane (CFC-113; the hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs chlorodifluoromethane (HCFC-22 and 1-chloro-1,1-difluoroethane (HCFC-142b; and the hydrofluorocarbon (HFC 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane (HFC-134a, all in a dried whole air sample. The objective of this study is to compare calibration standards/scales and the measurement capabilities of the participants for these halocarbons at trace atmospheric levels. The results of this study show agreement among four independent calibration scales to better than 2.5% in almost all cases, with many of the reported agreements being better than 1.0%.

  20. Enhanced Glow Discharge Production of Oxygen

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    Ash, Robert; Zhong, Shi

    1998-01-01

    Studies starting in late seventies have shown Mars atmosphere can be used as a feedstock for oxygen production using simple chemical processing systems during early phases of the Mars exploration program. This approach has been recognized as one of the most important in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) concepts for enabling future round trip Mars missions. It was determined a decade ago that separation of oxygen can be accomplished efficiently by permeation through a silver membrane at temperatures well below 1000 K. This process involves adsorption of atomic oxygen on the surface and its subsequent diffusion through a silver lattice via an oxygen concentration gradient. We have determined recently that glow discharge can be used to liberate atomic oxygen from Mars atmosphere and that the oxygen can be collected through a silver permeation membrane. Recently, we demonstrated a substantial increase in energy efficiency of the process by applying a radio frequency discharge in combination with a silver permeation membrane. The experiments were performed using pure carbon dioxide in the pressure range equal to Mars surface conditions. Energy efficiency was defined as the ratio of the energy required to dissociate a unit mass of oxygen from carbon dioxide to the (electrical) energy consumed by the overall system during the dissociation and collection process. The research effort, started at NASA Langley Research Center, continued with this project. Oxygen production apparatus, built and operated under the research grant NAG1-1140 was relocated to the Atomic Beams Laboratory at ODU in July 1996, being since then in fall operation.

  1. Application of valve switch technique in fast analysis of SF6 in atmospheric samples

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    A GC-ECD method for fast analysis of trace SF6 in atmospheric samples was established with valve switch technique. The sample was passed through the fore-cut column, a 3.2 mm x 1 m OD stainless steel tube packed with 40/60 mesh 5A M.S., 0.6 minutes later, switching 6-port valves simultaneously, the components having larger retention values was discharged out of the analysis system, only SF6 passing through the analyzing column, a 3.2 mm X 0.5 m OD stainless steel tube packed with 60/80 mesh 5A M. S., and ECD. Under the experimental chromatographic conditions, the average peak-height response of SF6 was 1.08 x 10-14 mL/μV, with the average relatively standard deviation of 2.2%, and the limit of detection of SF6 was 6.03 x 10-13 mL (triple baseline noise). The sample analyzing time was 1.2 min. It was much shorter than normal analysis method. Eleven atmospheric samples were analyzed in 12 minutes with the average relatively standard deviation of 2.1%. (authors)

  2. The retrieval of abnormal TL glow curves using modified glow curve analysis method

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    The shape of TL glow curve is a useful indicator for assurance of correct reading of the personal dosimeter. Since the reading procedure of TLD is irreversible, however, an analytic remedy should be considered to procure reliable dosimetric information for the readings with irregular glow curve shape. In this study, kinetic trapping parameter of CaSO4 : Dy Teflon personal dosimeter (Teledyne PB-6A) were analyzed by Halperin and Braner's model for general-order kinetics. From these kinetic trapping parameters, we also developed a simple procedure to retrieve the dosimetric information from abnormally distorted glow curves. The computerized glow curve deconvolution (CGCD) fitting of the reference glow curve with kinetic parameters from this study yields relative errors of about 5% from the expected integral. It was also found that the glow curve remedial procedure developed could retrieve the distorted TL glow curves within error ranges of 15%. With the glow curve retrieval techniques, doses incurred by gamma radiation can now be successfully re-constructed for the CaSO4 : Dy Teflon dosimeter resulting abnormal glow curves. (author)

  3. Glow discharge cleaning of vacuum switch tubes

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    Hayashi, T.; Toya, H. (Mitsubishi Electric Corp., Amagasaki, Hyogo (Japan). Central Research Lab.)

    1991-10-01

    This paper reports that glow discharge cleaning has ben advancing as a means of degassing vacuum chambers constructed for a large accelerator or for nuclear fusion research. To clean the whole surface of parts inside a vacuum switch tube (VST), a new technique is tried which generates glow discharge between the inner electrodes and copper grid surrounding it. Photographic observation reveals that the glow discharge spreads out and cleans the whole surface inside the VST. A breakdown test between the inner electrodes shows the effect of the cleaning with this technique. Higher breakdown voltage between the inner electrodes is attained by performing this glow discharge cleaning in argon rather than hydrogen gas. The difference of the cleaning effect seems to be attributed to that of the energy transfer from ion species to the absorbed molecules and microprotrusions on the surfaces.

  4. TL glow curve analysis of UV, beta and gamma induced limestone collected from Amarnath holy cave

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper reports themoluminescence glow curve analysis of UV (ultraviolet, β (beta and γ (gamma induced limestone collected from Amarnath holy cave. The collected natural sample was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD technique and crystallite size calculated by Scherer's formula. Surface morphology and particle size was calculated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM study. Effect of annealing temperature on collected lime stone examined by TL glow curve study. The limestone was irradiated by UV radiation (254 nm source and the TL glow curve recorded for different UV exposure time. For beta irradiation Sr90 source was used and is shows intense peak at 256 °C with a shoulder peak at higher temperature range. For gamma radiation Co60 source and TL glow curve recorded for different doses of gamma. The kinetic parameters calculation was performed for different glow curve by computerized glow curve deconvolution (CGCD technique. The chemical composition of natural limestone was analyzed by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDXS.

  5. Flexible sample environment for high resolution neutron imaging at high temperatures in controlled atmosphere.

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    Makowska, Małgorzata G; Theil Kuhn, Luise; Cleemann, Lars N; Lauridsen, Erik M; Bilheux, Hassina Z; Molaison, Jamie J; Santodonato, Louis J; Tremsin, Anton S; Grosse, Mirco; Morgano, Manuel; Kabra, Saurabh; Strobl, Markus

    2015-12-01

    High material penetration by neutrons allows for experiments using sophisticated sample environments providing complex conditions. Thus, neutron imaging holds potential for performing in situ nondestructive measurements on large samples or even full technological systems, which are not possible with any other technique. This paper presents a new sample environment for in situ high resolution neutron imaging experiments at temperatures from room temperature up to 1100 °C and/or using controllable flow of reactive atmospheres. The design also offers the possibility to directly combine imaging with diffraction measurements. Design, special features, and specification of the furnace are described. In addition, examples of experiments successfully performed at various neutron facilities with the furnace, as well as examples of possible applications are presented. This covers a broad field of research from fundamental to technological investigations of various types of materials and components. PMID:26724075

  6. Flexible sample environment for high resolution neutron imaging at high temperatures in controlled atmosphere

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    Makowska, Małgorzata G., E-mail: malg@dtu.dk [Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark, Roskilde 4000 (Denmark); European Spallation Source ESS AB, P.O. Box 176, SE-221 00 Lund (Sweden); Theil Kuhn, Luise; Cleemann, Lars N. [Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark, Roskilde 4000 (Denmark); Lauridsen, Erik M. [Xnovo Technology ApS, Galoche Alle 15, Køge 4600 (Denmark); Bilheux, Hassina Z.; Molaison, Jamie J.; Santodonato, Louis J. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States); Tremsin, Anton S. [Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States); Grosse, Mirco [Institute for Applied Material Research, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe DE-76021 (Germany); Morgano, Manuel [Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen PSI CH-5232 (Switzerland); Kabra, Saurabh [ISIS, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton OX11 0QX (United Kingdom); Strobl, Markus [European Spallation Source ESS AB, P.O. Box 176, SE-221 00 Lund (Sweden)

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    High material penetration by neutrons allows for experiments using sophisticated sample environments providing complex conditions. Thus, neutron imaging holds potential for performing in situ nondestructive measurements on large samples or even full technological systems, which are not possible with any other technique. This paper presents a new sample environment for in situ high resolution neutron imaging experiments at temperatures from room temperature up to 1100 °C and/or using controllable flow of reactive atmospheres. The design also offers the possibility to directly combine imaging with diffraction measurements. Design, special features, and specification of the furnace are described. In addition, examples of experiments successfully performed at various neutron facilities with the furnace, as well as examples of possible applications are presented. This covers a broad field of research from fundamental to technological investigations of various types of materials and components.

  7. Flexible sample environment for high resolution neutron imaging at high temperatures in controlled atmosphere

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    High material penetration by neutrons allows for experiments using sophisticated sample environments providing complex conditions. Thus, neutron imaging holds potential for performing in situ nondestructive measurements on large samples or even full technological systems, which are not possible with any other technique. This paper presents a new sample environment for in situ high resolution neutron imaging experiments at temperatures from room temperature up to 1100 °C and/or using controllable flow of reactive atmospheres. The design also offers the possibility to directly combine imaging with diffraction measurements. Design, special features, and specification of the furnace are described. In addition, examples of experiments successfully performed at various neutron facilities with the furnace, as well as examples of possible applications are presented. This covers a broad field of research from fundamental to technological investigations of various types of materials and components

  8. Flexible sample environment for high resolution neutron imaging at high temperatures in controlled atmosphere

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    Makowska, Malgorzata G.; Kuhn, Luise Theil; Cleemann, Lars Nilausen;

    2015-01-01

    High material penetration by neutrons allows for experiments using sophisticated sample environments providing complex conditions. Thus, neutron imaging holds potential for performing in situ nondestructive measurements on large samples or even full technological systems, which are not possible...... with any other technique. This paper presents a new sample environment for in situ high resolution neutron imaging experiments at temperatures from room temperature up to 1100 ◦C and/or using controllable flow of reactive atmospheres. The design also offers the possibility to directly combine imaging...... with diffraction measurements. Design, special features, and specification of the furnace are described. In addition, examples of experiments successfully performed at various neutron facilities with the furnace, as well as examples of possible applications are presented. This covers a broad field of...

  9. Development of a gas phase source for perfluoroalkyl acids to examine atmospheric sampling methods.

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    MacInnis, John J; VandenBoer, Trevor C; Young, Cora J

    2016-06-21

    An inability to produce environmentally relevant gaseous mixing ratios of perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs), ubiquitous global contaminants, limits the analytical reliability of atmospheric chemists to make accurate gas and particulate measurements that are demonstrably free of interferences due to sampling artefacts. A gas phase source for PFAAs based on the acid displacement mechanism using perfluoropropionate (PFPrA), perfluorobutanoate (PFBA), perfluorohexanoate (PFHxA), and perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) has been constructed. The displacement efficiency of gas phase perfluorocarboxylic acids (PFCAs) is inversely related to chain length. Decreasing displacement efficiencies for PFPrA, PFBA, PFHxA, and PFOA were 90% ± 20%, 40% ± 10%, 40% ± 10%, 9% ± 4%, respectively. Generating detectable amounts of gas phase perfluorosulfonic acids (PFSAs) was not possible. It is likely that lower vapour pressure and much higher acidity play a role in this lack of emission. PFCA emission rates were not elevated by increasing relative humidity (25%-75%), nor flow rate of carrier gas from 33-111 sccm. Overall, reproducible gaseous production of PFCAs was within the error of the production of hydrochloric acid (HCl) as a displacing acid (±20%) and was accomplished using a dry nitrogen flow of 33 ± 2 sccm. A reproducible mass emission rate of 0.97 ± 0.10 ng min(-1) (n = 8) was observed for PFBA. This is equivalent to an atmospheric mixing ratio of 12 ppmv, which is easily diluted to environmentally relevant mixing ratios of PFBA. Conversely, generating gas phase perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA) by sublimating the solid acid under the same conditions produced a mass emission rate of 2800 ng min(-1), which is equivalent to a mixing ratio of 18 ppthv and over a million times higher than suspected atmospheric levels. Thus, for analytical certification of atmospheric sampling methods, generating gas phase standards for PFCAs is best accomplished using acid displacement under dry conditions

  10. Irregular glow curves in TL dosimetry

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    The Personal Dosimetry Service Seibersdorf analyses monthly a large number of thermo luminescent dosemeters. In rare cases the luminescent glow curves of the routine analyse do not have the expected form. The typical spurious effects in glow curves are well known and it is possible to find many examples in the related literature. A curve can have an abnormal shape due to UV radiation, electric discharge, external contaminants on or absorbed in the crystal, the light sensitivity of the PTFE components, etc. In this work many of these effects were verified and another (like the effect of mechanic shock, static electricity, humidity,..) were examined. Particularly the influence on the shape of the glow curves was studied. It is necessary to know, if these experimental effects could also take place during the routine evaluation. An algorithm, which permits to identify irregular glow curves through comparison with a standard curve, was developed and applied in routine evaluations. This investigation has shown that in rare cases, in which the dosimeter was not used correctly (opened package, stored with high temperatures, washing machine, etc.), irregular glow curves can appear and a correct dose evaluation is not possible. Current analyse of the glow curves is therefore necessary in order to find such effects and to enforce the necessary corrections. (orig.)

  11. Determination of trap parameters for thermoluminescence glow peaks of red thermoluminescence of quartz from Japan

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    Song, K. W.; Kim, K. B.; Hong, D. G.

    Red thermoluminescence in quartz has been generally observed in samples from volcanic deposits or archaeological burnt materials. Red thermoluminescence emission quartz has gained attention as a radiation dosimeter for thermoluminescence dating due to the high-dose saturation level and long-term stability of the thermoluminescence signal. The technique for this application can be improved with an understanding of various trap parameters associated with thermoluminescence glow peaks. The repeated initial rise and computerized glow curve deconvolution methods are used to determine the number of thermoluminescence glow peaks and trap parameters for red thermoluminescence from two types of quartz (Tazawa and Yuda samples) from Japan. For both quartz samples, the glow curves were best described as a superposition of seven glow peaks with activation energies of 0.76-1.95 eV and 0.89-1.91 eV for the Tazawa and Yuda samples, respectively. These results provide useful information for the investigation of the intrinsic characteristics of quartz crystals in the research fields relevant to dating and dosimetry.

  12. Distribution of neptunium and plutonium in New Mexico lichen samples (Usnea arizonica) contaminated by atmospheric fallout

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    The concentrations of 237Np, 239Pu and 240Pu were determined in lichen samples (Usnea arizonica) that were collected from ten locations in New Mexico between 2011 and 2013 using isotope dilution inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ID-ICP-MS). The observed isotopic ratios for 237Np/239Pu and 240Pu/239Pu indicate trace contamination from global and regional fallout (e.g. Trinity test and atmospheric testing at the Nevada Test Site). The fact that actinide contamination is detected in recent lichen collections suggests continuous re-suspension of fallout radionuclides even 50 years after ratification of the Limited Test Ban Treaty. (author)

  13. Development of a sample chamber with humidity control for an atmospheric positron probe microanalyzer

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    In order to perform positron lifetime measurements on thin films under atmospheric conditions, a slow positron microbeam was extracted into air using silicon nitride thin films (30 nm and 200 nm) as a vacuum window. Even the thinner window (30 nm) was found to reliably withstand a differential pressure of 1 atm under various stress tests. By placing the sample in an enclosed chamber through which gas with a fixed, controllable relative humidity (RH) was continuously passed, the RH dependence of the ortho-positronium lifetime for bulk fused silica was examined.

  14. Irradiation of silver and agar/silver nanoparticles with argon, oxygen glow discharge plasma, and mercury lamp

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    Ahmad, Mahmoud M; Abdel-Wahab, Essam A; El-Maaref, A A; Rawway, Mohammed; Shaaban, Essam R

    2014-01-01

    The irradiation effect of argon, oxygen glow discharge plasma, and mercury lamp on silver and agar/silver nanoparticle samples is studied. The irradiation time dependence of the synthesized silver and agar/silver nanoparticle absorption spectra and their antibacterial effect are studied and compared. In the agar/silver nanoparticle sample, as the irradiation time of argon glow discharge plasma or mercury lamp increases, the peak intensity and the full width at half maximum, FWHM, of the surfa...

  15. Atmospheric Deposition: Sampling Procedures, Analytical Methods, and Main Recent Findings from the Scientific Literature

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The atmosphere is a carrier on which some natural and anthropogenic organic and inorganic chemicals are transported, and the wet and dry deposition events are the most important processes that remove those chemicals, depositing it on soil and water. A wide variety of different collectors were tested to evaluate site-specificity, seasonality and daily variability of settleable particle concentrations. Deposition fluxes of POPs showed spatial and seasonal variations, diagnostic ratios of PAHs on deposited particles, allowed the discrimination between pyrolytic or petrogenic sources. Congener pattern analysis and bulk deposition fluxes in rural sites confirmed long-range atmospheric transport of PCDDs/Fs. More and more sophisticated and newly designed deposition samplers have being used for characterization of deposited mercury, demonstrating the importance of rain scavenging and the relatively higher magnitude of Hg deposition from Chinese anthropogenic sources. Recently biological monitors demonstrated that PAH concentrations in lichens were comparable with concentrations measured in a conventional active sampler in an outdoor environment. In this review the authors explore the methodological approaches used for the assessment of atmospheric deposition, from the analysis of the sampling methods, the analytical procedures for chemical characterization of pollutants and the main results from the scientific literature.

  16. The thermoluminescence glow-curve analysis using GlowFit - the new powerful tool for deconvolution

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    A new computer program, GlowFit, for deconvoluting first-order kinetics thermoluminescence (TL) glow-curves has been developed. A non-linear function describing a single glow-peak is fitted to experimental points using the least squares Levenberg-Marquardt method. The main advantage of GlowFit is in its ability to resolve complex TL glow-curves consisting of strongly overlapping peaks, such as those observed in heavily doped LiF:Mg,Ti (MTT) detectors. This resolution is achieved mainly by setting constraints or by fixing selected parameters. The initial values of the fitted parameters are placed in the so-called pattern files. GlowFit is a Microsoft Windows-operated user-friendly program. Its graphic interface enables easy intuitive manipulation of glow-peaks, at the initial stage (parameter initialization) and at the final stage (manual adjustment) of fitting peak parameters to the glow-curves. The program is freely downloadable from the web site www.ifj.edu.pl/NPP/deconvolution.htm (author)

  17. Sampling and separations of polar volatile organic compounds in the atmosphere using SPME/GC-MS

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    McLaren, R.; Zhou, J. [York Univ., North York, ON (Canada)

    1999-11-01

    There are problems such as non-routine measurement of species of polar oxygenated volatile organic compounds (VOC) in the atmosphere, and as a consequence there are significantly fewer reports of these species in the literature compared with non-polar VOC. There are gaps in the understanding of their sources and transformations, and they can yet account for a significant fraction of the organic mass in the atmosphere. Experiences in the development of an analytical method for the measurement of these species in ambient air that combines sampling with non-equilibrium solid phase microextraction followed by analysis using GS-MS are described. There is a strong dependence on temperature and humidity that must be explained in the laboratory calibrations. It is shown by experiments designed to test the potential interference of ozone-olefin reactions during the sampling step that the interference is small for a reactive natural species, isoprene. The technique was applied to the measurement of oxygenated hydrocarbons in ambient air from urban Toronto, rural-forested (Bordon, ON) and remote arctic sites (Alert) during the past year. 1 fig. Abstract no. 433.

  18. Sampling and separations of polar volatile organic compounds in the atmosphere using SPME/GC-MS

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    McLaren, R.; Zhou, J. (York Univ., North York, ON (Canada))

    1999-01-01

    There are problems such as non-routine measurement of species of polar oxygenated volatile organic compounds (VOC) in the atmosphere, and as a consequence there are significantly fewer reports of these species in the literature compared with non-polar VOC. There are gaps in the understanding of their sources and transformations, and they can yet account for a significant fraction of the organic mass in the atmosphere. Experiences in the development of an analytical method for the measurement of these species in ambient air that combines sampling with non-equilibrium solid phase microextraction followed by analysis using GS-MS are described. There is a strong dependence on temperature and humidity that must be explained in the laboratory calibrations. It is shown by experiments designed to test the potential interference of ozone-olefin reactions during the sampling step that the interference is small for a reactive natural species, isoprene. The technique was applied to the measurement of oxygenated hydrocarbons in ambient air from urban Toronto, rural-forested (Bordon, ON) and remote arctic sites (Alert) during the past year. 1 fig. Abstract no. 433.

  19. Binary Contamination in the SEGUE sample: Effects on SSPP Determinations of Stellar Atmospheric Parameters

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    Schlesinger, Katharine J; Lee, Young Sun; Masseron, Thomas; Yanny, Brian; Rockosi, Constance M; Gaudi, B Scott; Beers, Timothy C

    2010-01-01

    Using numerical modeling and a grid of synthetic spectra, we examine the effects that unresolved binaries have on the determination of various stellar atmospheric parameters for SEGUE targets measured using the SEGUE Stellar Parameter Pipeline (SSPP). To model undetected binaries that may be in the SEGUE sample, we use a variety of mass distributions for the primary and secondary stars in conjunction with empirically determined relationships for orbital parameters to determine the fraction of G-K dwarf stars, as defined by SDSS color cuts, that will be blended with a secondary companion. We focus on the G-K dwarf sample in SEGUE as it records the history of chemical enrichment in our galaxy. To determine the effect of the secondary on the spectroscopic parameters, we synthesize a grid of model spectra from 3275 to 7850 K (~0.1 to 1.0 \\msun) and [Fe/H]=-0.5 to -2.5 from MARCS model atmospheres using TurboSpectrum. We analyze both "infinite" signal-to-noise ratio (S/N) models and degraded versions, at median S/...

  20. Novel approaches to the sampling of atmospheric aerosols and determination of chemical composition

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    Parshintsev, E.

    2011-05-15

    The Earth's climate is a highly dynamic and complex system in which atmospheric aerosols have been increasingly recognized to play a key role. Aerosol particles affect the climate through a multitude of processes, directly by absorbing and reflecting radiation and indirectly by changing the properties of clouds. Because of the complexity, quantification of the effects of aerosols continues to be a highly uncertain science. Better understanding of the effects of aerosols requires more information on aerosol chemistry. Before the determination of aerosol chemical composition by the various available analytical techniques, aerosol particles must be reliably sampled and prepared. Indeed, sampling is one of the most challenging steps in aerosol studies, since all available sampling techniques harbor drawbacks. In this study, novel methodologies were developed for sampling and determination of the chemical composition of atmospheric aerosols. In the particle-into-liquid sampler (PILS), aerosol particles grow in saturated water vapor with further impaction and dissolution in liquid water. Once in water, the aerosol sample can then be transported and analyzed by various offline or on-line techniques. In this study, PILS was modified and the sampling procedure was optimized to obtain less altered aerosol samples with good time resolution. A combination of denuders with different coatings was tested to adsorb gas phase compounds before PILS. Mixtures of water with alcohols were introduced to increase the solubility of aerosols. Minimum sampling time required was determined by collecting samples off-line every hour and proceeding with liquid-liquid extraction (LLE) and analysis by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GCMS). The laboriousness of LLE followed by GC-MS analysis next prompted an evaluation of solidphase extraction (SPE) for the extraction of aldehydes and acids in aerosol samples. These two compound groups are thought to be key for aerosol growth

  1. Anomalous behaviour of thermoluminescence from quartz: A case of glow peaks from a Nigerian quartz

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    Ogundare, F.O. [Department of Physics, Rhodes University, P.O. Box 94, Grahamstown 6140 (South Africa) and Physics Department, University of Ibadan, Ibadan (Nigeria)]. E-mail: ogun_dare@yahoo.com; Chithambo, M.L. [Department of Physics, Rhodes University, P.O. Box 94, Grahamstown 6140 (South Africa); Oniya, E.O. [Department of Physics and Electronics, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State (Nigeria)

    2006-05-15

    Anomalous behaviour displayed by a thermoluminescence (TL) glow peak as radiation dose increases in a Nigerian quartz is presented. The glow curves of the phosphor have four clear glow peaks. The peak temperatures of the first three glow peaks were found to be constant with change in radiation dose at 82, 148 and 200 deg. C for the sample readout at a heating rate of 1 deg. Cs{sup -1}. The peak temperature of the fourth peak, which is at around 320 deg. for a sample irradiated to a dose of 63Gy and heated at 1 deg. Cs{sup -1}, displays anomalous behaviour with increase in dose relative to the first three peaks. The temperature at which this peak occurs increases with dose to about 335 deg. C for 177Gy and then decreases thereafter as dose is further increased. The change is explained on the assumption that the peak may be complex consisting of several overlapping first-order glow peaks each with different TL behaviour.

  2. Anomalous behaviour of thermoluminescence from quartz: A case of glow peaks from a Nigerian quartz

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    Anomalous behaviour displayed by a thermoluminescence (TL) glow peak as radiation dose increases in a Nigerian quartz is presented. The glow curves of the phosphor have four clear glow peaks. The peak temperatures of the first three glow peaks were found to be constant with change in radiation dose at 82, 148 and 200 deg. C for the sample readout at a heating rate of 1 deg. Cs-1. The peak temperature of the fourth peak, which is at around 320 deg. for a sample irradiated to a dose of 63Gy and heated at 1 deg. Cs-1, displays anomalous behaviour with increase in dose relative to the first three peaks. The temperature at which this peak occurs increases with dose to about 335 deg. C for 177Gy and then decreases thereafter as dose is further increased. The change is explained on the assumption that the peak may be complex consisting of several overlapping first-order glow peaks each with different TL behaviour

  3. Thermal glow curves from quenched pure and doped potassium chloride single crystal

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    Thermoluminescence property of quenched potassium chloride, pure and doped with PbCl2, has been studied. Quenching from 650degC enhances the glow output by a much larger amount than can be explained on the basis of enhancement of F-centres formation in quenched samples. Moreover, the glow peaks which are associated with divalent impurities and first stage of colouration are amply intensified due to quenching. Electrolytic colouration, which involved quenching, however, diminishes the integrated light output, when the coloured crystal is exposed to X-rays and warmed up. These results have been explained on the basis of the fact that the recombination efficiency of electrons and holes can be changed by various pretreatment of the samples. A new peak in the glow curve of quenched has also been observed. (author)

  4. Sampling tritiated water vapor from the atmosphere by an active system using silica gel

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    Among the different methods used to collect the tritiated water vapor (HTO) contained in the atmosphere, one of the most worldwide used is its collection using an air pump, which forces the air to pass through a dry silica gel trap. The silica gel is then distilled to remove the water collected, which is measured in a liquid scintillation counting system. In this paper, an analysis of the water collection efficiency of the silica gel has been done as a function of the temperatures involved, the dimensions of the pipe driving the air into the silica gel traps, the air volume passing through the trap and the flow rates used. Among the obtained conclusions, it can be pointed out that placing the traps inside a cooled container, the amount of silica gel needed to collect all the water contained in the air passing through these traps can be estimated using a weather forecast and a psychometric chart. To do this, and as thermal equilibrium between incoming and open air should be established, a suitable design of the sampling system is proposed. - Highlights: → To recollect the atmosphere air tritiated water vapor, an active system was used. → The system is an air pump and three traps with silica gel connected by a rubber pipe. → The silica gel retention depends on the meteorological conditions and the flow rate. → The amount of water collected and the mass of silica gel need were calculated, F.

  5. Distribution of Np and Pu in Swedish lichen samples (Cladonia stellaris) contaminated by atmospheric fallout

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    Lindahl, Patric E-mail: patric.lindahl@radfys.lu.se; Roos, Per; Eriksson, Mats; Holm, Elis

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    The activity concentrations of {sup 237}Np and the two Pu isotopes, {sup 239}Pu and {sup 240}Pu, were determined in lichen samples (Cladonia stellaris) contaminated by fallout from atmospheric nuclear test explosions and the Chernobyl accident. The samples were collected at 18 locations in Sweden, from north to south, between 1986 and 1988 and analysed with high-resolution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (HR-ICP-MS) and alpha spectrometry. Data on the activity ratios {sup 238}Pu/{sup 239+240}Pu and {sup 134}Cs/{sup 137}Cs measured previously were also included in this study for comparison. The {sup 237}Np activity concentration ranged from 0.08{+-}0.01 to 2.08{+-}0.17 mBq kg{sup -1}, depending on the location of the sampling site and time of collection. The {sup 239+240}Pu activity concentration ranged from 0.09{+-}0.01 to 4.09{+-}0.15 Bq kg{sup -1}, with the {sup 240}Pu/{sup 239}Pu atomic ratio ranging between 0.16{+-}0.01 and 0.44{+-}0.03, the higher ratios indicating a combination of weapons test fallout and Chernobyl fallout. The {sup 237}Np/{sup 239}Pu atomic ratios ranged between 0.06{+-}0.01 and 0.42{+-}0.04, the lower ratios indicating combination of weapons test fallout and Chernobyl fallout. At a well-defined sampling site at Lake Rogen (62.32 deg. N, 12.38 deg. E), additional lichen samples were collected between 1987 and 1998 to study the distribution of Np and Pu in different layers. The concentrations of the two elements follow each other quite well in the profile.

  6. On the feasibility of inversion methods based on models of urban sky glow

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    Multi-wavelength imaging luminance photometry of sky glow provides a huge amount of information on light pollution. However, the understanding of the measured data involves the combination of different processes and data of radiation transfer, atmospheric physics and atmospheric constitution. State-of-the-art numerical radiation transfer models provide the possibility to define an inverse problem to obtain information on the emission intensity distribution of a city and perhaps the physical properties of the atmosphere. We provide numerical tests on the solvability and feasibility of such procedures. - Highlights: • A method of urban sky glow inversion is introduced based on Monte-Carlo calculations. • Imaging photometry can provide enough information for basic inversions. • The inversion technique can be used to construct maps of light pollution. • The inclusion of multiple scattering in the models plays an important role

  7. Flight summaries and temperature climatology at airliner cruise altitudes from GASP (Global Atmospheric Sampling Program) data

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    Nastrom, G. D.; Jasperson, W. H.

    1983-01-01

    Temperature data obtained by the Global Atmospheric Sampling Program (GASP) during the period March 1975 to July 1979 are compiled to form flight summaries of static air temperature and a geographic temperature climatology. The flight summaries include the height and location of the coldest observed temperature and the mean flight level, temperature and the standard deviation of temperature for each flight as well as for flight segments. These summaries are ordered by route and month. The temperature climatology was computed for all statistically independent temperture data for each flight. The grid used consists of 5 deg latitude, 30 deg longitude and 2000 feet vertical resolution from FL270 to FL430 for each month of the year. The number of statistically independent observations, their mean, standard deviation and the empirical 98, 50, 16, 2 and .3 probability percentiles are presented.

  8. Sampling, characterization, and remote sensing of aerosols formed in the atmospheric hydrolysis of uranium hexafluoride

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    When gaseous uranium hexafluoride (UF6) is released into the atmosphere, it rapidly reacts with ambient moisture to form an aerosol of uranyl fluoride (UO2F2) and hydrogen fluoride (HF). As part of our Safety Analysis program, we have performed several experimental releases of HF6 in contained volumes in order to investigate techniques for sampling and characterizing the aerosol materials. The aggregate particle morphology and size distribution have been found to be dependent upon several conditions, including the temperature of the UF6 at the time of its release, the relative humidity of the air into which it is released, and the elapsed time after the release. Aerosol composition and settling rate have been investigated using stationary samplers for the separate collection of UO2F2 and HF and via laser spectroscopic remote sensing (Mie scatter and infrared spectroscopy). 25 refs., 16 figs., 5 tabs

  9. Sampling and characterization of aerosols formed in the atmospheric hydrolysis of UF6

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    When gaseous UF6 is released into the atmosphere, it rapidly reacts with ambient moisture to form an aerosol of uranyl fluoride and HF. As part of our Safety Analysis program, we have performed several experimental releases of UF6 (from natural uranium) in contained volumes in order to investigate techniques for sampling and characterizing the aerosol materials. The aggregrate particle morphology and size distribution have been found to be dependent upon several conditions, including the relative humidity at the time of the release and the elapse time after the release. Aerosol composition and settling rate have been investigated using isokinetic samplers for the separate collection of UO2F2 and HF, and via laser spectroscopic remote sensing (Mie scatter and infrared spectroscopy). 8 references

  10. Retrieval of dosimetric information from distorted glow curves using computerised glow curve deconvolution

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    Computerised glow curve deconvolution (CGCD) can be used to retrieve dosimetric information from glow curves distorted by various irregularities. These may include reader malfunction, abnormal background arising from various sources and other system malfunctions. this paper illustrates how the dosimetric information can be retrieved from these irregular glow curves. The accuracy of the retrieved information depends, of course, on the extent of the damage to the glow curve. In LiF:Mg,Ti(TLD-100) for example, peaks 4 + 5 (the dosimetric peaks) are observed over the temperature range of 400 K - 500 K, i.e. 100 degrees Kelvin. Even for distortions over 20 K, i.e. 20% of the temperature range, the dosimetric information can be retrieved to an accuracy of approximately 1%. (author)

  11. Detection of negative ions in glow discharge mass spectrometry for analysis of solid specimens

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    Canulescu, Stela; Molchan, Igor S.; Tauziede, C.;

    2010-01-01

    discharge, where the cross section for electron attachment increases. The formation of negative ions from sputtering of metals and metal oxides is compared with that for positive ions. It is shown that the negative ion signals of F(-) and TaO(2)F(-) are enhanced relative to positive ion signals and can be......A new method is presented for elemental and molecular analysis of halogen-containing samples by glow discharge time-of-flight mass spectrometry, consisting of detection of negative ions from a pulsed RF glow discharge in argon. Analyte signals are mainly extracted from the afterglow regime of the...... the formation of negative ions in glow discharge time-of-flight mass spectrometry are briefly discussed....

  12. Desorption atmospheric pressure photoionization with polydimethylsiloxane as extraction phase and sample plate material

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    Vaikkinen, A. [Division of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, P.O. Box 56, FIN-00014 University of Helsinki (Finland); Kotiaho, T. [Division of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, P.O. Box 56, FIN-00014 University of Helsinki (Finland); Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, P.O. Box 55, FIN-00014 University of Helsinki (Finland); Kostiainen, R. [Division of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, P.O. Box 56, FIN-00014 University of Helsinki (Finland); Kauppila, T.J., E-mail: tiina.kauppila@helsinki.fi [Division of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, P.O. Box 56, FIN-00014 University of Helsinki (Finland)

    2010-12-03

    Desorption atmospheric pressure photoionization (DAPPI) is an ambient ionization technique for mass spectrometry (MS) that can be used to ionize polar as well as neutral and completely non-polar analytes. In this study polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) was used as a solid phase extraction sorbent for DAPPI-MS analysis. Pieces of PDMS polymer were soaked in an aqueous sample, where the analytes were sorbed from the sample solution to PDMS. After this, the extracted analytes were desorbed directly from the polymer by the hot DAPPI spray solvent plume, without an elution step. Swelling and extracting the PDMS with a cleaning solvent prior to extraction diminished the high background in the DAPPI mass spectrum caused by PDMS oligomers. Acetone, hexane, pentane, toluene, diisopropylamine and triethylamine were tested for this purpose. The amines were most efficient in reducing the PDMS background, but they also suppressed the signals of low proton affinity analytes. Toluene was chosen as the optimum cleaning solvent, since it reduced the PDMS background efficiently and gave intensive signals of most of the studied analytes. The effects of DAPPI spray solvents toluene, acetone and anisole on the PDMS background and the ionization of analytes were also compared and extraction conditions were optimized. Anisole gave a low background for native PDMS, but toluene ionized the widest range of analytes. Analysis of verapamil, testosterone and anthracene from purified, spiked wastewater was performed to demonstrate that the method is suited for in-situ analysis of water streams. In addition, urine spiked with several analytes was analyzed by the PDMS method and compared to the conventional DAPPI procedure, where sample droplets are applied on PMMA surface. With the PDMS method the background ion signals caused by the urine matrix were lower, the S/N ratios of analytes were 2-10 times higher, and testosterone, anthracene and benzo[a]pyrene that were not detected from PMMA in urine

  13. Computerized deconvolution of thermoluminescence glow curve

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    Ning Jing; Guo Yong; Wang Jun

    2002-01-01

    Computerized glow curve deconvolution (CGCD) is one of the most important progress in application of thermoluminescence dosimetry (TLD). It has greatly improved the precision and efficiency of measurement and widened the scope of TLD application. The basic issues about CGCD such as kinetic model, algorithm and figure of merit are described

  14. Plasma Beam Interaction with Negative glow discharge

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    A miniature coaxial gun has been used to study the effect of the energy spectrum of the ejected plasma on the interaction with negative glow region in a normal glow discharge. The peak discharge current flow between the coaxial electrodes was 5.25 K A as a single pulse with pulse duration of 60 MUs. Investigations are carried out with argon gas at pressure 0.4 Torr. The sheath thickness of the ejected plasma from the coaxial discharge was 6 cm with different densities and energies. The spectrum of electron energy varies between 6 eV and 1 eV, while the electron density varies between 5 x 1012 cm -3 and 4x1013 cm -3. The peak velocity of the ejected plasma was 0. 8 x 105 cm sec-1 in the neutral argon atoms. Argon negative glow region used as base plasma has an electron temperature of 2.2 eV and electron density of 6.2 x107 cm-3. It had been found that the velocity of the ejected plasma decreased when it moves in the negative glow region and its mean electron temperature decreased. The results are compared with the theory of beam interaction with cold plasma

  15. Titan's night-glow mechanisms

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    Lavvas, P.; West, R. A.; Gronoff, G.

    2014-04-01

    Observations of Titan's emissions during its 2009 eclipse by Saturn revealed a weak airglow around the moon, as well as a brighter emission from its disk (Fig.1). We explore here the potential mechanisms that could generate these emissions and more specifically the role of magnetospheric plasma and cosmic rays in the upper and lower atmosphere, respectively [2]. We consider excitation of N2 by these energy sources and calculate the resulting emissions through a detailed model of N2 airglow [3](Fig.2), followed by careful radiation transfer of the emitted photons through the atmosphere, and into the UVIS and ISS instruments (Figs 3 & 4). Our results indicate that the observed limb emissions are consistent with magnetospheric plasma energy input, while emissions instigated by cosmic ray excitation deep in the atmosphere are strongly attenuated by the haze and can not explain the observed disk emissions [4](Tables 1 & 2). We discuss possible contributions from other sources that could potentially explain the disk observations. These include airglow from other species, chemiluminescence, aerosol particle fluorescence, and scattered light from the stellar background.

  16. High-pressure dc glow discharges in hollow diamond cathodes

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    Truscott, B. S.; Turner, C.; May, P. W.

    2016-04-01

    We report the generation and characterization of dc helium microdischarges at several times atmospheric pressure in monolithic diamond hollow-cathode devices having cavity diameters on the order of 100 μm. I-V characteristics indicated operation in the glow discharge regime even at nearly 10 atm, while spectroscopic measurements of the N2 C3Πu  →  B3Πg emission returned rotational temperatures always around 420 K, with a pressure-dependent vibrational population distribution. The variation of breakdown voltage with pressure closely followed Paschen’s law, but with offsets in both axes that we tentatively ascribe to strong diffusive loss and a partial thermalization of electron energies under the high pressures considered here.

  17. Determination of Cr(III, Cr(VI and total chromium in atmospheric aerosol samples

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    Catrambone M.

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available This study addresses the optimization and validation of an analytical method based on the ultrasound-assisted extraction of soluble Cr from atmospheric particulate matter (PM and subsequent determination of Cr(III and Cr(VI by catalytic adsorptive stripping voltammetry (CAdSV by using diethylenetriammino pentaacetic acid (DTPA as complexing agent in the presence of nitrate. We evaluated the influence of various filter materials and of extracting conditions and validated the method on both reference material and real PM10 samples. The accuracy of total extractable Cr determination was checked by parallel ICP-OES measurements. The determination of total chromium was performed by ED-XRF. Results of field campaigns carried out in two industrial areas (North Italy and Tunis and at a peri-urban site near Rome are reported. At the peri-urban site, the total Cr concentration in PM10 ranged from 2 to 5 ng/m3, with a soluble fraction of 5-13%, and Cr(VI concentration was always below the detection limits (50 pg/m3. In the industrial area of Northern Italy, total Cr concentration ranged between 6 and 11 ng/m3, the soluble fraction was about 11-28% and detectable amounts of Cr(VI were found, with a Cr(VI/Cr(III ratio ranging from 0.5 to 2.5. A further increase of Cr(VI concentration was evidenced at the industrial site of Tunis, where the total Cr concentration ranged from 6 to 26 ng/m3, with a soluble fraction accounting for about 8-44% and a Cr(VI/Cr(III ranging from 1.6 to 3.6. The results of size-segregated samples, collected in Northen Italy by a 10-stage cascade impactor, indicate a relevant fine fraction of Cr(VI, with Cr(VI/Cr(III ratios increasing with the decrease of particle size.

  18. Sampling tritiated water vapor from the atmosphere by an active system using silica gel

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    Herranz, M.; Alegria, N.; Idoeta, R.; Legarda, F.

    2011-11-01

    Among the different methods used to collect the tritiated water vapor (HTO) contained in the atmosphere, one of the most worldwide used is its collection using an air pump, which forces the air to pass through a dry silica gel trap. The silica gel is then distilled to remove the water collected, which is measured in a liquid scintillation counting system. In this paper, an analysis of the water collection efficiency of the silica gel has been done as a function of the temperatures involved, the dimensions of the pipe driving the air into the silica gel traps, the air volume passing through the trap and the flow rates used. Among the obtained conclusions, it can be pointed out that placing the traps inside a cooled container, the amount of silica gel needed to collect all the water contained in the air passing through these traps can be estimated using a weather forecast and a psychometric chart. To do this, and as thermal equilibrium between incoming and open air should be established, a suitable design of the sampling system is proposed.

  19. Secondary ozonides of endo-cyclic alkenes analyzed by atmospheric sampling Townsend discharge ionization mass spectrometry

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    Nøjgaard, J. K.; Nørgaard, A. W.; Wolkoff, P.

    2007-05-01

    Secondary ozonides (SOZ) of cyclohexene, 1-methylcyclohexene, 4-isopropyl-1-methylcyclohexene and d-limonene were cryo-synthesized by ozonolysis in pentane and purified on a silica gel column. The mass spectra obtained by atmospheric sampling Townsend discharge ionization (ASTDI) and collision activated dissociation (CAD) of the protonized SOZ showed characteristic losses evident of the ozonide structure. Oxygen was eliminated as, e.g., O and O2, and loss of (HCHO + HCHO) or (O + CO2) corresponded to the SOZ base-peak for the substituted cyclohexenes by ASTDI-MS. The CAD spectra of the protonized species by use of methane as chemical ionization gas, showed consecutive losses of three oxygen atoms. Elimination of hydroxy-methyl hydroperoxide (HMHP) was particular important for the protonized SOZ, unlike consecutive loss of (HCHO + HCHO) or (O + CO2). In addition, the spectra of d-limonene were characterized by an unique loss of H2O2. These losses appear to be useful for identification of SOZ in gas-phase ozonolysis mixtures of endo-cyclic alkenes, which makes ASTDI an alternative to other on-line techniques for analysis of SOZ in ozonolysis mixtures.

  20. Measuring Anthropogenic Sky Glow Using a Natural Sky Brightness Model

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    Duriscoe, Dan M.

    2013-11-01

    Anthropogenic sky glow (a result of light pollution) combines with the natural background brightness of the night sky when viewed by an observer on the earth's surface. In order to measure the anthropogenic component accurately, the natural component must be identified and subtracted. A model of the moonless natural sky brightness in the V-band was constructed from existing data on the Zodiacal Light, an airglow model based on the van Rhijn function, and a model of integrated starlight (including diffuse galactic light) constructed from images made with the same equipment used for sky brightness observations. The model also incorporates effective extinction by the atmosphere and is improved at high zenith angles (>80°) by the addition of atmospheric diffuse light. The model may be projected onto local horizon coordinates for a given observation at a resolution of 0.05° over the hemisphere of the sky, allowing it to be accurately registered with data images obtained from any site. Zodiacal Light and integrated starlight models compare favorably with observations from remote dark sky sites, matching within ± 8 nL over 95% of the sky. The natural airglow may be only approximately modeled, errors of up to ± 25 nL are seen when the airglow is rapidly changing or has considerable character (banding); ± 8 nL precision may be expected under favorable conditions. When subtracted from all-sky brightness data images, the model significantly improves estimates of sky glow from anthropogenic sources, especially at sites that experience slight to moderate light pollution.

  1. Development of an equipment for atmospheric krypton sampling, purification, concentration and 85Kr measurement

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    (each divided in three heating zones) operating alternatively in 2-hour cycles. This provides a 'chromatographic separation' by successive heating of the three zones of the oven containing the columns. Krypton is trapped at ambient temperature and desorbed at high temperature (∼ 200 deg C). There is no need for an external desorption gas as the nitrogen carrier gas is produced by the system. Considering the poor adsorption capacity of most of the current adsorbents towards krypton, we performed an adsorbents screening to choose the best one for krypton at ambient temperature. The concentration stage consists of three in-line activated carbon column, in small-size furnaces, for further reduction of the elution gas volume. Final transfer into measuring cell is carried out by hot desorption of the accumulated krypton for each 6-hour cycle. First tests show that we collect about 0.7 cm3 of stable krypton (STP conditions). For the detection of 85Kr, there is no commercial 'off-the-shelf' system which fits our needs. Therefore, a proportional counter is under development with an industrial partner. Guard counters are located above and below the proportional counter containing the sample. The counter is filled with Ar + CO2 mixed with our sample (N2 + a few % Kr). Optimal gas proportions, efficiency, and background must be determined. Work in progress at present is to validate the proportional counter for 85Kr measurements and to assess the measurement of the krypton concentration using a stand-alone Thermal Conductivity Detector (TCD). Then, we plan to validate the integrated automated prototype, including TCD and counter, and operate it at a fixed place for 85Kr continuous monitoring in combination with atmospheric transfer calculations. An interesting feature of this equipment is that it could conceivably be splitted in two parts: a sampling unit that can be operated on the field (mobile sampler) and a detection unit which remains in the laboratory. Many configurations

  2. Investigation of the characteristics of thermoluminescence glow curves of natural hydrothermal quartz from Hakkari area in Turkey

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    In this study the dosimetric characteristics of some natural hydrothermal quartz (NHQ) samples collected from Hakkari were investigated by using the thermoluminescence (TL) technique for the purpose of determining whether they are suitable as dosimetric materials or not and calculating the kinetic parameters. The experiments carried out can be outlined as: analyzing TL glow curves of NHQ; determining the annealing conditions; the effects of pre-irradiation annealing procedures on TL sensitivity; the investigation of the characteristics of TL glow curves obtained after annealing the samples; determination of the trap parameters with the computerized glow curve deconvolution (CGCD) method and the peak shape (PS) method. The obtained results showed that the trap depths and the frequency factor values are consistent with the literature. The studied samples have linear dose responses for the absorbed doses ranging between ∼6.689 Gy and ∼301 Gy. In conclusion, the examined quartz samples can be used as dosimetric materials in high dose applications

  3. Evolution of Striation in Pulsed Glow Discharges

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    Liu, Yuanye; He, Feng; Zhao, Xiaofei; Ouyang, Jiting

    2016-01-01

    In this work, striations in pulsed glow discharges are studied by experiments and Particle-In-Cell/Monte Carlo Collision (PIC/MCC) simulation. The spatio-temporal evolution of the potential and the electron energy during the discharge are analyzed. The processes of striation formation in pulsed glow discharges and dielectric barrier discharges (DBD) are compared. The results show that the mechanisms of striation in pulsed DC discharge and DBD are similar to each other. The evolution of electron energy distribution function before and after the striation formation indicates that the striation results from the potential well of the space charge. During a pulsed breakdown, the striations are formed one by one towards the anode in a weak field channel. This indicates that the formation of striations in a pulsed discharge depends on the flow of modulated electrons. supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 10875010 and 11175017)

  4. A Review of Selected Engineered Nanoparticles in the Atmosphere: Sources, Transformations, and Techniques for Sampling and Analysis

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    A state-of-the-science review was undertaken to identify and assess sampling and analysis methods to detect and quantify selected nanomaterials (NMs) in the ambient atmosphere. The review is restricted to five types of NMs of interest to the Office of Research and Development Nan...

  5. Irradiation of silver and agar/silver nanoparticles with argon, oxygen glow discharge plasma, and mercury lamp.

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    Ahmad, Mahmoud M; Abdel-Wahab, Essam A; El-Maaref, A A; Rawway, Mohammed; Shaaban, Essam R

    2014-01-01

    The irradiation effect of argon, oxygen glow discharge plasma, and mercury lamp on silver and agar/silver nanoparticle samples is studied. The irradiation time dependence of the synthesized silver and agar/silver nanoparticle absorption spectra and their antibacterial effect are studied and compared. In the agar/silver nanoparticle sample, as the irradiation time of argon glow discharge plasma or mercury lamp increases, the peak intensity and the full width at half maximum, FWHM, of the surface plasmon resonance absorption band is increased, however a decrease of the peak intensity with oxygen glow plasma has been observed. In the silver nanoparticle sample, as the irradiation time of argon, oxygen glow discharge plasma or mercury lamp increases, the peak intensity of the surface plasmon resonance absorption band is increased, however, there is no significant change in the FWHM of the surface plasmon resonance absorption band. The SEM results for both samples showed nanoparticle formation with mean size about 50 nm and 40 nm respectively. Throughout the irradiation time with the argon, oxygen glow discharge plasma or mercury lamp, the antibacterial activity of several kinds of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria has been examined. PMID:25184109

  6. A Fast-Response Atmospheric Turbulence (FRAT) Probe with Gas-Sampling Ducts Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The objective of this proposal is to design, construct and test a high-frequency-response air-data probe, the Fast Response Atmospheric Turbulence probe (FRAT...

  7. Perceived three-dimensional shape toggles perceived glow.

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    Kim, Minjung; Wilcox, Laurie M; Murray, Richard F

    2016-05-01

    Most surfaces reflect light from external sources, but others emit light: they glow. Glowing surfaces are often a sign of an important feature of the environment, such as a heat source or a bioluminescent life form, but we know little about how the human visual system identifies them. Previous work has shown that luminance and luminance gradients are important in glow perception [1,2]. While a link between glow and shape has been suggested in the literature [3], there has been no systematic investigation of this relationship. Here we show that perceived three-dimensional shape plays a decisive role in glow perception; vivid percepts of glow can be toggled on and off, simply by changing cues to three-dimensional shape while holding other image features constant. PMID:27166688

  8. Evolution of the Tl glow curve of Zn S:Mn nanocrystalline; Evolucion de la curva de brillo Tl de ZnS:Mn nanocristalino

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    Ortiz H, A. A. [Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, Doctorado en Ingenieria y Ciencia de Materiales, 78000 San Luis Potosi (Mexico); Mendez G, V. H. [Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, Coordinacion para la Innovacion y Aplicacion de la Ciencia y la Tecnologia, 78000 San Luis Potosi (Mexico); Perez A, M. L.; Ortega S, J. J.; Araiza, J. J. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Fisica, 98000, Zacatecas, Zac. (Mexico); Rivera, T. [IPN, Centro de Investigacion en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada, Av. Legaria 694, Col. Irrigacion, 11500 Mexico D. F. (Mexico); Alfaro C, M. R. [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados, Alianza Norte 202, 66600 Apodaca, Nuevo Leon (Mexico); Vega C, H. R., E-mail: icearturoortiz@hotmail.com [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, 98068 Zacatecas, Zac. (Mexico)

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    Full text: In the last two decades, the search for new materials for dosimetry has included semiconductor nano materials because of their luminescent properties. This search has included the study, synthesis, characterization and performance of nano structured semiconductors, which optoelectronic properties determine their applications. In this paper the evolution of the thermoluminescent glow curve of nanocrystalline powder samples (40-70 nm) of zinc sulfide doped with manganese (Zn S:Mn) was analyzed at a dose of 500 Gy using a {sup 60}Co source. This material was synthesized by the coprecipitation method and heat treated at 500 degrees C in forming gas atmosphere (80 N{sub 2}:20H{sub 2}). Photoluminescence results indicate a direct relationship between the concentration of manganese and the intensity of a peak at λ ≅ 600 nm. By means of numerical deconvolution the behavior of the glow curves obtained at different times after exposure was analyzed. The causing traps of thermoluminescence are to 0.60 ± 0.05 and 1.7 ± 0.4 eV below the conduction band and within the band gap. The fading and a variation in the shape of the brightness curve (evolution) caused by non radiative transitions (rotational and vibrational) within the crystal structure of the material is also reported. (Author)

  9. Drop-on-demand sample introduction system coupled with the flowing atmospheric-pressure afterglow for direct molecular analysis of complex liquid micro-volume samples

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    Schaper, J. Niklas; Pfeuffer, Kevin P.; Shelley, Jacob T.; Bings, Nicolas H.

    2012-01-01

    One of the fastest developing fields in analytical spectrochemistry in recent years is ambient desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (ADI-MS). This burgeoning interest has been due to the demonstrated advantages of the method: simple mass spectra, little or no sample preparation, and applicability to samples in the solid, liquid, or gaseous state. One such ADI-MS source, the flowing atmospheric-pressure afterglow (FAPA), is capable of direct analysis of solids just by aiming the source at the solid surface and sampling the produced ions into a mass spectrometer. However, direct introduction of significant volumes of liquid samples into this source has not been possible, as solvent loads can quench the afterglow and, thus, the formation of reagent ions. As a result, the analysis of liquid samples is preferably carried out by analyzing dried residues or by desorbing small amounts of liquid samples directly from the liquid surface. In the former case, reproducibility of sample introduction is crucial if quantitative results are desired. In the present study, introduction of liquid samples as very small droplets helps overcome the issues of sample positioning and reduced levels of solvent intake. A recently developed “drop-on-demand” (DOD) aerosol generator is capable of reproducibly producing very small volumes of liquid (~17 pL). In this paper, the coupling of FAPA-MS and DOD is reported and applications are suggested. Analytes representing different classes of substances were tested and limits of detections were determined. Matrix tolerance was investigated for drugs of abuse and their metabolites by analyzing raw urine samples and quantification without the use of internal standards. Limits of detection below 2 µg/mL, without sample pretreatment, were obtained. PMID:23025277

  10. Drop-on-demand sample introduction system coupled with the flowing atmospheric-pressure afterglow for direct molecular analysis of complex liquid microvolume samples.

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    Schaper, J Niklas; Pfeuffer, Kevin P; Shelley, Jacob T; Bings, Nicolas H; Hieftje, Gary M

    2012-11-01

    One of the fastest developing fields in analytical spectrochemistry in recent years is ambient desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (ADI-MS). This burgeoning interest has been due to the demonstrated advantages of the method: simple mass spectra, little or no sample preparation, and applicability to samples in the solid, liquid, or gaseous state. One such ADI-MS source, the flowing atmospheric-pressure afterglow (FAPA), is capable of direct analysis of solids just by aiming the source at the solid surface and sampling the produced ions into a mass spectrometer. However, direct introduction of significant volumes of liquid samples into this source has not been possible, as solvent loads can quench the afterglow and, thus, the formation of reagent ions. As a result, the analysis of liquid samples is preferably carried out by analyzing dried residues or by desorbing small amounts of liquid samples directly from the liquid surface. In the former case, reproducibility of sample introduction is crucial if quantitative results are desired. In the present study, introduction of liquid samples as very small droplets helps overcome the issues of sample positioning and reduced levels of solvent intake. A recently developed "drop-on-demand" (DOD) aerosol generator is capable of reproducibly producing very small volumes of liquid (∼17 pL). In this paper, the coupling of FAPA-MS and DOD is reported and applications are suggested. Analytes representing different classes of substances were tested and limits of detections were determined. Matrix tolerance was investigated for drugs of abuse and their metabolites by analyzing raw urine samples and quantification without the use of internal standards. Limits of detection below 2 μg/mL, without sample pretreatment, were obtained. PMID:23025277

  11. Measurement of atmospheric mercury species with manual sampling and analysis methods in a case study in Indiana

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    Risch, M.R.; Prestbo, E.M.; Hawkins, L.

    2007-01-01

    Ground-level concentrations of three atmospheric mercury species were measured using manual sampling and analysis to provide data for estimates of mercury dry deposition. Three monitoring stations were operated simultaneously during winter, spring, and summer 2004, adjacent to three mercury wet-deposition monitoring stations in northern, central, and southern Indiana. The monitoring locations differed in land-use setting and annual mercury-emissions level from nearby sources. A timer-controlled air-sampling system that contained a three-part sampling train was used to isolate reactive gaseous mercury, particulate-bound mercury, and elemental mercury. The sampling trains were exchanged every 6 days, and the mercury species were quantified in a laboratory. A quality-assurance study indicated the sampling trains could be held at least 120 h without a significant change in reactive gaseous or particulate-bound mercury concentrations. The manual sampling method was able to provide valid mercury concentrations in 90 to 95% of samples. Statistical differences in mercury concentrations were observed during the project. Concentrations of reactive gaseous and elemental mercury were higher in the daytime samples than in the nighttime samples. Concentrations of reactive gaseous mercury were higher in winter than in summer and were highest at the urban monitoring location. The results of this case study indicated manual sampling and analysis could be a reliable method for measurement of atmospheric mercury species and has the capability for supplying representative concentrations in an effective manner from a long-term deposition-monitoring network. ?? 2007 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

  12. Measurement of atomic sodium in a premixed atmospheric flame by asynchronous optical sampling

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    This paper presents a new combustion diagnostic suitable for measurements in turbulent, high- pressure flames. The authors demonstrate the efficacy of the method via measurements of atomic sodium in a laminar premixed flame at atmospheric pressure. The technique is a pump/rope method that overcomes many of the temporal problems inherent to that method. The method is then described

  13. Relationship between carbon-14 concentrations in atmospheric CO2 and environmental samples

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    Concentration of organically-bound 14C in the tree-ring cellulose of a pine tree grown in Shika-machi (37.1degN, 136.5degE), Ishikawa prefecture, Japan, was measured for the ring-years from 1949 to 1999 and compared with those in several trees from East Asia region reported by other researchers. Temporal variation of organically-bound 14C concentration in the tree-ring cellulose in Shika-machi showed essentially similar variations to those of other reports. However, small difference of Δ14C values was found during the period of 1970-1981 between our data and those of other reports, in addition to the difference during the period of 1963-1967 caused by the so-called latitude dependence of the 14C variations in the northern troposhere. These results suggest that the 14C concentration in atmospheric CO2 was considerably disturbed during the period of 1970-1981, especially in 1970, 1976, and 1978-1981, in the East Asia region. This phenomenon may be interpreted by the possibility of the several times of injections of 14C originated from a series of Chinese thermonuclear bomb tests. Temporal variation of 14C concentration in atmospheric CO2 in Kanazawa city, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan (36.3degN, 136.4degE), was also measured during the period of 1991-1999. An interesting result in comparing 14C concentrations in the tree-ring cellulose with those of atmospheric CO2 is that each of 14C concentrations in a series of tree rings reflected summer means of 14C concentrations in atmospheric CO2. It suggests that the carbon necessary for synthesizing tree-ring cellulose was mainly supplied from atmospheric CO2 in summer season. It is noteworthy that surface soils collected from different sites were found to demonstrate extremely low 14C concentrations than atmospheric CO2. It may be ascribed to the slow exchange rate of carbon between soils and atmospheric CO2. (author)

  14. Chemical speciation of chlorine in atmospheric aerosol samples by high-resolution proton induced X-ray emission spectroscopy

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    Chlorine is a main elemental component of atmospheric particulate matter (APM). The knowledge of the chemical form of chlorine is of primary importance for source apportionment and for estimation of health effects of APM. In this work the applicability of high-resolution wavelength dispersive proton induced X-ray emission (PIXE) spectroscopy for chemical speciation of chlorine in fine fraction atmospheric aerosols is studied. A Johansson-type crystal spectrometer with energy resolution below the natural linewidth of Cl K lines was used to record the high-resolution Kα and Kβ proton induced spectra of several reference Cl compounds and two atmospheric aerosol samples, which were collected for conventional PIXE analysis. The Kα spectra which refers to the oxidation state, showed very minor differences due to the high electronegativity of Cl. However, the Kβ spectra exhibited pronounced chemical effects which were significant enough to perform chemical speciation. The major chlorine component in two fine fraction aerosol samples collected during a 2010 winter campaign in Budapest was clearly identified as NaCl by comparing the high-resolution Cl Kβ spectra from the aerosol samples with the corresponding reference spectra. This work demonstrates the feasibility of high-resolution PIXE method for chemical speciation of Cl in aerosols. - Highlights: ► Chemical specation of Cl in aerosol samples by high resolution PIXE spectroscopy. ► Fine structure of Kα and Kβ lines of reference compounds and APM samples was given. ► Kα spectra were well aligned with each other confirming the same Cl oxidation state. ► Pronounced chemical effects were observed in the Kβ spectra. ► We showed that chemical speciation of Cl was possible on thin aerosol samples

  15. An air spark glow phase model

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    A )-dimensional kinetic model is developed for the glow phase of a spark gap in air. The model includes heavy-heavy collisions leading to thermal ionization, and electron collision processes. Rates for the latter are calculated by a Boltzmann analysis and from empirical measurements. These include attachment and ionization, excitation/ionization and dissociation/ionization; detachment was found to be necessary to match experimental closing times. With only those processes, the model predicts closing times well over a wide range above and below the DC breakdown voltage

  16. Hygroscopic Growth of Atmospheric Aerosol Sampled in Prague 2008 Using Humidity Controlled Inlets

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    Štefancová, Lucia; Schwarz, Jaroslav; Maenhaut, W.; Chi, X.; Smolík, Jiří

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    Roč. 98, 2-4 (2010), s. 237-248. ISSN 0169-8095 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA205/09/2055; GA MŠk OC 106; GA MŠk ME 941 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40720504 Keywords : atmospheric aerosols * mass-size distribution * hydroscopis growth Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 1.597, year: 2010

  17. Novel Approaches to the Sampling of Atmospheric Aerosols and Determination of Chemical Composition

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    Parshintsev, Evgeny

    2011-01-01

    The Earth s climate is a highly dynamic and complex system in which atmospheric aerosols have been increasingly recognized to play a key role. Aerosol particles affect the climate through a multitude of processes, directly by absorbing and reflecting radiation and indirectly by changing the properties of clouds. Because of the complexity, quantification of the effects of aerosols continues to be a highly uncertain science. Better understanding of the effects of aerosols requires more informat...

  18. Seasonal associations and atmospheric transport distances of Fusarium collected with unmanned aerial vehicles and ground-based sampling devices

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    Schmale, David; Ross, Shane; Lin, Binbin

    2014-05-01

    Spores of fungi in the genus Fusarium may be transported through the atmosphere over long distances. Members of this genus are important pathogens and mycotoxin producers. New information is needed to characterize seasonal trends in atmospheric loads of Fusarium and to pinpoint the source(s) of inoculum at both local (farm) and regional (state or country) scales. Spores of Fusarium were collected from the atmosphere in an agricultural ecosystem in Blacksburg, VA, USA using a Burkard volumetric sampler (BVS) 1 m above ground level and autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) 100 m above ground level. More than 2,200 colony forming units (CFUs) of Fusarium were collected during 104 BVS sampling periods and 180 UAV sampling periods over four calendar years (2009-2012). Spore concentrations ranged from 0 to 13 and 0 to 23 spores m-3 for the BVS and the UAVs, respectively. Spore concentrations were generally higher in the fall, spring, and summer, and lower in the winter. Spore concentrations from the BVS were generally higher than those from the UAVs for both seasonal and hourly collections. Some of the species of Fusarium identified from our collections have not been previously reported in the state of Virginia. A Gaussian plume transport model was used to estimate distances to the potential inoculum source(s) by season. This work extends previous studies showing an association between atmospheric transport barriers (Lagrangian coherent structures or LCSs) and the movement of Fusarium in the lower atmosphere. An increased understanding of the aerobiology of Fusarium may contribute to new and improved control strategies for diseases causes by fusaria in the future.

  19. Nitrogen Removal from Molten Steel under Argon DC Glow Plasma

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    SUN Ming-shan; DING Wei-zhong; LU Xiong-gang

    2005-01-01

    Under argon DC glow plasma, the nitrogen removal from molten steel was studied. The experimental result showed that nitrogen mass percent could be reduced to 0.000 8%. The change of polarity had no impact on nitrogen removal when the nitrogen mass percent was low. The mechanism of denitrogenation of molten steel under argon DC glow plasma was discussed.

  20. Characterizing uniform discharge in atmospheric helium by numerical modelling

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    Lü Bo; Wang Xin-Xin; Luo Hai-Yun; Liang Zhuo

    2009-01-01

    One-dimensional fluid model of dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) in helium at atmospheric pressure was estab-lished and the discharge was numerically simulated. It was found that not only the spatial distributions of the internal parameters such as the electric field, the electron density and ion density are similar to those in a low-pressure glow discharge, but also the visually apparent attribute (light emission) is exactly the same as the observable feature of a low-pressure glow discharge. This confirms that the uniform DBD in atmosphcric helium is a glow type discharge. The fact that the thickness of the cathode fall layer is about 0.5 ram, much longer than that of a normal glow dischargc in helium at atmospheric pressure, indicates the discharge being a sub-normal glow discharge close to normal one. The multipulse phenomenon was reproduced in the simulation and a much less complicated explanation for this phenomenon was given.

  1. Acting green elicits a literal warm glow

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    Taufik, Danny; Bolderdijk, Jan Willem; Steg, Linda

    2015-01-01

    Environmental policies are often based on the assumption that people only act environmentally friendly if some extrinsic reward is implicated, usually money. We argue that people might also be motivated by intrinsic rewards: doing the right thing (such as acting environmentally friendly) elicits psychological rewards in the form of positive feelings, a phenomenon known as warm glow. Given the fact that people's psychological state may affect their thermal state, we expected that this warm glow could express itself quite literally: people who act environmentally friendly may perceive the temperature to be higher. In two studies, we found that people who learned they acted environmentally friendly perceived a higher temperature than people who learned they acted environmentally unfriendly. The underlying psychological mechanism pertains to the self-concept: learning you acted environmentally friendly signals to yourself that you are a good person. Together, our studies show that acting environmentally friendly can be psychologically rewarding, suggesting that appealing to intrinsic rewards can be an alternative way to encourage pro-environmental actions.

  2. Way of stability increase of the glow discharge

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    Asadullin, T. Ya; Galeyev, I. G.; Timerkayev, B. A.

    2016-01-01

    Instabilities of a glow discharge significantly limit the opportunities for use of nonequilibrium plasma of a glow discharge [1]. The ionization overheat instability is the main type of glow discharge instabilities. It causes the loss of a non-equilibrium and put the glow discharge to a contracted state. The way of stabilization of glow discharge in transverse gas flow by the use of adaptive control system is considered in the work. The system controls voltage (resistance) of cathodic sections of the discharge chamber. Such fast advancing influence prevents the cathode spot shrinking and subsequent transition to contracted state. The controlling algorithm can be realized both following type and dynamic non-equilibrium type.

  3. Analysis of non-conducting powders by glow-discharge atomic emission spectrography

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    An analytical method for control of the impurity levels of non-conducting powders during their preparation (particularly milling processes) is proposed. Impurity concentrations between some hundredths and a few percent as well as admixtures concentrations higher than 10% are determined. The glow discharge emission spectrography is applied after briquetting the samples with an excess of copper powder using a Grimm-type glow discharge lamp and a grating plan spectrograph with photographic detection. Difficulties arise from the band spectra due to non-metallic elements in the sample and from insufficient grain sizes, mixture homogeneity and compactness of the briquettes. The efficiency and detection limits in determination of SiO2 and ZrO2 in Al2O3 and of SiO2 in Bi2Ru2O7 are described. (author)

  4. Multi-element composition of historical lichen collections and bark samples, indicators of changing atmospheric conditions

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    Purvis, O. W.; Chimonides, P. D. J.; Jeffries, T. E.; Jones, G. C.; Rusu, A.-M.; Read, H.

    Thirty six element signatures were compared in historical Parmelia sulcata samples from the Natural History Museum herbarium collected over the period 1797-1967 with those recorded in the same species and tree bark sampled in 2000 from Burnham Beeches, lying 40 km west of London. Nineteen elements reached highest concentrations in herbarium samples, consistent with a pollution legacy and dust contamination in the herbarium. Healthy Parmelia sampled east and down-wind of London at a farm during peak SO 2 emissions in 1967 contained highest V, Ni, Zn, Cd, Se, Ge contents, supporting derivation from fuel combustion; the same sample was previously determined as having a low δ34S and high S and N contents. Lowest V, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Sn, Ba, Pb, Mo, Sb, Li, B, Cs, U, Th, Ga contents were recorded in a sample with a high δ34S and low S content collected in 1887 from a remote region from Ross-shire, Scotland. Se and Cd enrichment, never-the-less suggest a transboundary pollution influence. Lichen Pb concentrations from Burnham Beeches were amongst the lowest recorded in spite of lichens being collected close to roads. Herbarium samples help interpret changes in element deposition where few data exist, in spite of dust contamination.

  5. TL glow ratios at different temperature intervals of integration in thermoluminescence method. Comparison of Japanese standard (MHLW notified) method with CEN standard methods

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    The effect of the integration temperature intervals of TL intensities on the TL glow ratio was examined in comparison of the notified method of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW method) with EN1788. Two kinds of un-irradiated geological standard rock and three kinds of spices (black pepper, turmeric, and oregano) irradiated at 0.3 kGy or 1.0 kGy were subjected to TL analysis. Although the TL glow ratio exceeded 0.1 in the andesite according to the calculation of the MHLW notified method (integration interval; 70-490degC), the maximum of the first glow were observed at 300degC or more, attributed the influence of the natural radioactivity and distinguished from food irradiation. When the integration interval was set to 166-227degC according to EN1788, the TL glow ratios became remarkably smaller than 0.1, and the evaluation of the un-irradiated sample became more clear. For spices, the TL glow ratios by the MHLW notified method fell below 0.1 in un-irradiated samples and exceeded 0.1 in irradiated ones. Moreover, Glow1 maximum temperatures of the irradiated samples were observed at the range of 168-196degC, and those of un-irradiated samples were 258degC or more. Therefore, all samples were correctly judged by the criteria of the MHLW method. However, based on the temperature range of integration defined by EN1788, the TL glow ratio of un-irradiated samples remarkably became small compared with that of the MHLW method, and the discrimination of the irradiated sample from non-irradiation sample became clearer. (author)

  6. Surface oxygen micropatterns on glow discharge polymer targets by photo irradiation

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    Reynolds, Hannah; Baxamusa, Salmaan; Haan, Steven W.; Fitzsimmons, Paul; Carlson, Lane; Farrell, Mike; Nikroo, Abbas; Watson, Brian J.

    2016-02-01

    Recent simulations predict surface oxygen may be a significant source of disruptive perturbations in the implosion process of glow-discharge polymers (GDP) ablators at the National Ignition Facility. GDP material held in ambient atmospheric conditions showed an increase in mass when stored in light transparent containers, which suggests that photo exposure is a driving force for oxygen absorption. To investigate if surface oxygen is a contributing factor of disruptive perturbations during implosion, a method to imprint a periodic micropattern of oxygen on the surface of GDP was developed and used to fabricate a flat sample for empirical testing. Photo exposure using collimated blue light was used to generate micropatterns of surface oxygen on the GDP material. The periodic oxygen micropattern was confirmed by secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and energy dispersive spectroscopy. A SIMS depth profile showed the atomic percent of oxygen ranged from 8 at. % near the surface to 1 at. % at a depth of 2 μm in a sample exposed for 4 min. The molecular interactions formed between the GDP and oxygen molecules were characterized using Fourier transform infrared resonance (FTIR), which showed the formation of hydroxyl (O-H) and carbonyl (C=O) bonds. The FTIR enabled the oxygen mass uptake as a function of photo exposure time to be quantified (resolved to typically 0.05 at. % oxygen). This experimental protocol was then applied to produce a GDP flat part with a periodic 75 μm wavelength micropattern of photo exposed (oxygen rich) and masked (oxygen deficient) regions. The micropatterned GDP ablators developed in this work are being used to assess the effect of surface oxygen on disruptive perturbations during the inertial confinement fusion implosion process.

  7. A comparison of hydrogen vs. helium glow discharge effects on fusion device first-wall conditioning

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    Hydrogen- and deuterium-fueled glow discharges are used for the initial conditioning of magnetic fusion device vacuum vessels following evacuation from atmospheric pressure. Hydrogenic glow discharge conditioning (GDC) significantly reduces the near-surface concentration of simple adsorbates, such as H2O, CO, and CH4, and lowers ion-induced desorption coefficients by typically three orders of magnitude. The time evolution of the residual gas production observed during hydrogen-glow discharge conditioning of the carbon first-wall structure of the TFTR device is similar to the time evolution observed during hydrogen GDC of the initial first-wall configuration in TFTR, which was primarily stainless steel. Recently, helium GDC has been investigated for several wall-conditioning tasks on a number of tokamaks including TFTR. Helium GDC shows negligible impurity removal with stainless steel walls. For impurity conditioning with carbon walls, helium GDC shows significant desorption of H2O, CO, and CO2; however, the total desorption yield is limited to the monolayer range. In addition, helium GDC can be used to displace hydrogen isotopes from the near-surface region of carbon first-walls in order to lower hydrogenic retention and recycling. 38 refs., 6 figs

  8. Southeast Pacific atmospheric composition and variability sampled along 20° S during VOCALS-REx

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    P. I. Williams

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The VAMOS Ocean-Climate-Atmosphere-Land Regional Experiment (VOCALS-REx was conducted from 15 October to 15 November 2008 in the South East Pacific region to investigate interactions between land, sea and atmosphere in this unique tropical eastern ocean environment and to improve the skill of global and regional models in representing the region. This study synthesises selected aircraft, ship and surface site observations from VOCALS-REx to statistically summarise and characterise the atmospheric composition and variability of the Marine Boundary Layer (MBL and Free Troposphere (FT along the 20° S parallel between 70° W and 85° W. Significant zonal gradients in mean MBL sub-micron aerosol particle size and composition, carbon monoxide, ozone and sulphur dioxide were seen over the campaign, with a generally more variable and polluted coastal environment and a less variable, more pristine remote maritime regime. Gradients are observed to be associated with strong gradients in cloud droplet number. The FT is often more polluted in terms of trace gases than the MBL in the mean; however increased variability in the FT composition suggests an episodic nature to elevated concentrations. This is consistent with a complex vertical interleaving of airmasses with diverse sources and hence pollutant concentrations as seen by generalised back trajectory analysis, which suggests contributions from both local and long-range sources. Furthermore, back trajectory analysis demonstrates that the observed zonal gradients both in the boundary layer and the free troposphere are characteristic of marked changes in airmass history with distance offshore – coastal boundary layer airmasses having been in recent contact with the local land surface and remote maritime airmasses having resided over ocean for in excess of ten days. Boundary layer composition to the east of 75° W was observed to be dominated by coastal emissions from sources to the west of the Andes

  9. Southeast Pacific atmospheric composition and variability sampled along 20˚S during VOCALS-REx

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    Allen, G.; Kleinman, L.; Coe, H.; Clarke, A.; Bretherton, C.; Wood, R.; Abel, S. J.; Barrett, P.; Brown, P.; George, R.; Freitag, S.; McNaughton, C.; Howell, S.; Shank, L.; Kapustin, V.; Brekhovskikh, V.; Lee, Y.-N.; Springston, S.; Toniazzo, T.; Krejci, R.; Fochesatto, J.; Shaw, G.; Krecl, P.; Brooks, B.; McKeeking, G.; Bower, K. N.; Williams, P. I.; Crosier, J.; Crawford, I.; Connolly, P.; Covert, D.; Bandy, A. R.

    2011-01-10

    The VAMOS Ocean-Climate-Atmosphere-Land Regional Experiment (VOCALS-REx) was conducted from 15 October to 15 November 2008 in the South East Pacific region to investigate interactions between land, sea and atmosphere in this unique tropical eastern ocean environment and to improve the skill of global and regional models in representing the region. This study synthesises selected aircraft, ship and surface site observations from VOCALS-REx to statistically summarise and characterise the atmospheric composition and variability of the Marine Boundary Layer (MBL) and Free Troposphere (FT) along the 20{sup o} S parallel between 70{sup o} W and 85{sup o} W. Significant zonal gradients in mean MBL sub-micron aerosol particle size and composition, carbon monoxide, ozone and sulphur dioxide were seen over the campaign, with a generally more variable and polluted coastal environment and a less variable, more pristine remote maritime regime. Gradients are observed to be associated with strong gradients in cloud droplet number. The FT is often more polluted in terms of trace gases than the MBL in the mean; however increased variability in the FT composition suggests an episodic nature to elevated concentrations. This is consistent with a complex vertical interleaving of airmasses with diverse sources and hence pollutant concentrations as seen by generalised back trajectory analysis, which suggests contributions from both local and long-range sources. Furthermore, back trajectory analysis demonstrates that the observed zonal gradients both in the boundary layer and the free troposphere are characteristic of marked changes in airmass history with distance offshore - coastal boundary layer airmasses having been in recent contact with the local land surface and remote maritime airmasses having resided over ocean for in excess of ten days. Boundary layer composition to the east of 75{sup o} W was observed to be dominated by coastal emissions from sources to the west of the Andes

  10. South East Pacific atmospheric composition and variability sampled along 20° S during VOCALS-REx

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    G. Allen

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available The VAMOS Ocean-Cloud-Atmosphere-Land Regional Experiment (VOCALS-REx was conducted from 15 October to 15 November 2008 in the South East Pacific (SEP region to investigate interactions between land, sea and atmosphere in this unique tropical eastern ocean environment and to improve the skill of global and regional models in representing the region. This study synthesises selected aircraft, ship and surface site observations from VOCALS-REx to statistically summarise and characterise the atmospheric composition and variability of the Marine Boundary Layer (MBL and Free Troposphere (FT along the 20° S parallel between 70° W and 85° W. Significant zonal gradients in mean MBL sub-micron aerosol particle size and composition, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide and ozone were seen over the campaign, with a generally more variable and polluted coastal environment and a less variable, more pristine remote maritime regime. Gradients in aerosol and trace gas concentrations were observed to be associated with strong gradients in cloud droplet number. The FT was often more polluted in terms of trace gases than the MBL in the mean; however increased variability in the FT composition suggests an episodic nature to elevated concentrations. This is consistent with a complex vertical interleaving of airmasses with diverse sources and hence pollutant concentrations as seen by generalised back trajectory analysis, which suggests contributions from both local and long-range sources. Furthermore, back trajectory analysis demonstrates that the observed zonal gradients both in the boundary layer and the free troposphere are characteristic of marked changes in airmass history with distance offshore – coastal boundary layer airmasses having been in recent contact with the local land surface and remote maritime airmasses having resided over ocean for in excess of ten days. Boundary layer composition to the east of 75° W was observed to be dominated by coastal

  11. Atmospheric trace gas measurements with a new clean air sampling system

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    The development of a new clean air sampling system for the Department of Energy's WB-57F aircraft has allowed the analysis of CCl3F (Fluorocarbon-11), CCl2F2 (Fluorocarbon-12), CHClF2 (Fluorocarbon-22), C2Cl3F3 (Fluorocarbon-113), CH4, CO, CO2, N2O, CH3Cl, CCl4, CH3CCl3, OCS and SF6 in tropospheric and stratospheric samples. Samples collected during the interception of the plume from the eruption of Mount St. Helens indicate that OCS was injected into the stratosphere during the eruption. A large CO2 gradient was found at 19.2 km on this flight

  12. Shock compression of glow discharge polymer (GDP): density functional theory (DFT) simulations and experiments on Sandia's Z-machine

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    Mattsson, Thomas R.; Cochrane, K. R.; Ao, T.; Lemke, R. W.; Flicker, D. G.; Schoff, M. E.; Blue, B. E.; Hamel, S.; Herrmann, M. C.

    2015-11-01

    Glow discharge polymer (GDP) is used extensively as capsule/ablation material in inertial confinement fusion (ICF) capsules. Accurate knowledge of the equation of state (EOS) under shock and release is particularly important for high-fidelity design, analysis, and optimization of ICF experiments since the capsule material is subject to several converging shocks as well as release towards the cryogenic fuel. We performed Density Functional Theory (DFT) based quantum molecular dynamics (QMD) simulations, to gain knowledge of the behavior of GDP - including the effect of changes in chemical composition. The shock pressures calculated from DFT are compared experimental data taken on magnetically launched flyer plate impact experiments on at Sandia's Z-machine. Large GDP samples were grown in a planar geometry to improve the sample quality and maintained in a nitrogen atmosphere following manufacturing, thus allowing for a direct comparison to the DFT/QMD simulations. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's NNSA under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  13. Study on Glow Discharge Plasma Used in Polyester Surface Modification

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    Liu, Wenzheng; Lei, Xiao; Zhao, Qiang

    2016-01-01

    To achieve an atmospheric pressure glow discharge (APGD) in air and modify the surface of polyester thread using plasma, the electric field distribution and discharge characteristics under different conditions were studied. We found that the region with a strong electric field, which was formed in a tiny gap between two electrodes constituting a line-line contact electrode structure, provided the initial electron for the entire discharge process. Thus, the discharge voltage was reduced. The dielectric barrier of the line-line contact electrodes can inhibit the generation of secondary electrons. Thus, the transient current pulse discharge was reduced significantly, and an APGD in air was achieved. We designed double layer line-line contact electrodes, which can generate the APGD on the surface of a material under treatment directly. A noticeable change in the surface morphology of polyester fiber was visualized with the aid of a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Two electrode structures - the multi-row line-line and double-helix line-line contact electrodes - were designed. A large area of the APGD plasma with flat and curved surfaces can be formed in air using these contact electrodes. This can improve the efficiency of surface treatment and is significant for the application of the APGD plasma in industries.

  14. Solid phase microextraction Arrow for the sampling of volatile amines in wastewater and atmosphere.

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    Helin, Aku; Rönkkö, Tuukka; Parshintsev, Jevgeni; Hartonen, Kari; Schilling, Beat; Läubli, Thomas; Riekkola, Marja-Liisa

    2015-12-24

    A new method is introduced for the sampling of volatile low molecular weight alkylamines in ambient air and wastewater by utilizing a novel SPME Arrow system, which contains a larger volume of sorbent compared to a standard SPME fiber. Parameters affecting the extraction, such as coating material, need for preconcentration, sample volume, pH, stirring rate, salt addition, extraction time and temperature were carefully optimized. In addition, analysis conditions, including desorption temperature and time as well as gas chromatographic parameters, were optimized. Compared to conventional SPME fiber, the SPME Arrow had better robustness and sensitivity. Average intermediate reproducibility of the method expressed as relative standard deviation was 12% for dimethylamine and 14% for trimethylamine, and their limit of quantification 10μg/L and 0.13μg/L respectively. Working range was from limits of quantification to 500μg/L for dimethylamine and to 130μg/L for trimethylamine. Several alkylamines were qualitatively analyzed in real samples, while target compounds dimethyl- and trimethylamines were quantified. The concentrations in influent and effluent wastewater samples were almost the same (∼80μg/L for dimethylamine, 120μg/L for trimethylamine) meaning that amines pass the water purification process unchanged or they are produced at the same rate as they are removed. For the air samples, preconcentration with phosphoric acid coated denuder was required and the concentration of trimethylamine was found to be around 1ng/m(3). The developed method was compared with optimized method based on conventional SPME and advantages and disadvantages of both approaches are discussed. PMID:26643724

  15. Glow discharge amorphous silicon tin alloys

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    Mahan, A H; Sanchez, A; Williamson, D L; von Roedern, B; Madan, A

    1984-06-01

    We present basic density of states, photoresponse, and transport measurements made on low bandgap a-SiSn:H alloys produced by RF glow discharge deposition of SiH/sub 4/, H/sub 2/ and Sn(CH/sub 3/)/sub 4/. Although we demonstrate major changes in the local bonding structure and the density of states, the normalized photoresponse still remains poor. We provide evidence that two types of defect levels are produced with Sn alloying, and that the resultant density of states increase explains not only the n- to p-type conductivity transition reported earlier, but also the photoresponse behavior. We also report that a-SiSn:H can be doped with P. From our device analysis we suggest that in order to improve the alloy performance significantly, the density of states should be decreased to levels comparable to or lower than those presently obtained in a-Si:H.

  16. Inner Surface Modification of a Tube by Magnetic Glow-Arc Plasma Source Ion Implantation

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    ZHANG Gu-Ling; YANG Si-Ze; WANG Jiu-Li; WU Xing-Fang; FENG Wen-Ran; CHEN Guang-Liang; GU Wei-Chao; NIU Er-Wu; FAN Song-Hua; LIU Chi-Zi

    2006-01-01

    @@ A new method named the magnetic glow-arc plasma source ion implantation (MCA-PSⅡ) is proposed for inner surface modification of tubes. In MGA-PSⅡ, under the control of an axial magnetic field, which is generated by an electric coil around the tube sample, glow arc plasma moves spirally into the tube from its two ends. A negative voltage applied on the tube realized its inner surface implantation. Titanium nitride (TiN) films are prepared on the inner surface of a stainless steel tube in diameter 90mm and length 600mm. Hardness tests show that the hardness at the tube centre is up to 20 GPa. XRD, XPS and AES analyses demonstrate that good quality of TiN films can be achieved.

  17. Inner Surface Modification of a Tube by Magnetic Glow-Arc Plasma Source Ion Implantation

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    Zhang, Gu-Ling; Wang, Jiu-Li; Wu, Xing-Fang; Feng, Wen-Ran; Chen, Guang-Liang; Gu, Wei-Chao; Niu, Er-Wu; Fan, Song-Hua; Liu, Chi-Zi; Yang, Si-Ze

    2006-05-01

    A new method named the magnetic glow-arc plasma source ion implantation (MGA-PSII) is proposed for inner surface modification of tubes. In MGA-PSII, under the control of an axial magnetic field, which is generated by an electric coil around the tube sample, glow arc plasma moves spirally into the tube from its two ends. A negative voltage applied on the tube realized its inner surface implantation. Titanium nitride (TiN) films are prepared on the inner surface of a stainless steel tube in diameter 90 mm and length 600 mm. Hardness tests show that the hardness at the tube centre is up to 20 GPa. XRD, XPS and AES analyses demonstrate that good quality of TiN films can be achieved.

  18. Sampling system of atmospheric water vapour for analysis of the γ sub(D) relationship

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    The development of a system to water vapour air, for natural isotopic composition analysis of hydrogen is presented. The system uses molecular sieve, type '4A', without cooling agent and permits the choice of a sampling time, variyng from a few minutes to many hours, through the control of the admission of vapour flux. The system has good performance in field conditions, with errors of the order of + -3,00/00 in the γ sub(D)(0/00) measurements

  19. Multiplicity detector using a glow-discharge memory

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    It has been proposed to eliminate the x-y cor relation ambiguities introduced by multiple tracks in a wire chamber by using the chamber itself as a memory. Hits in the chamber itself ignite glow discharges storing the x-y location of the hits in a correlated fashion. Glow ignition may be achieved by employing a multi-step avalanche chamber above a memory gap. Correlation is maintained during readout by successively pulsing each hit wire in one coordinate and sensing transmissions through glows in the other coordinate. Prototypes constructed by the authors are discussed along with the associated high voltage and readout systems

  20. Glow Discharge Characteristics in Transverse Supersonic Air Flow

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    A low pressure glow discharge in a transverse supersonic gas flow of air at pressures of the order 1 torr has been experimentally studied for the case where the flow only partially fills the inter electrode gap. It is shown that the space region with supersonic gas flow has a higher concentration of gas particles and, therefore, works as a charged particle generator. The near electrode regions of glow discharge are concentrated specifically in this region. This structure of glow discharge is promising for plasma deposition of coatings under ultralow pressures

  1. Self-Aspirated Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Ionization Source for Direct Sampling of Analytes on Surfaces and in Liquid Solutions

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    Asano, Keiji G [ORNL; Ford, Michael J [ORNL; Tomkins, Bruce A [ORNL; Van Berkel, Gary J [ORNL

    2005-01-01

    A self-aspirating heated nebulizer probe is described and demonstrated for use in the direct analysis of analytes on surfaces and in liquid samples by atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI) mass spectrometry. Functionality and performance of the probe as a self-aspirating APCI source is demonstrated using reserpine and progesterone as test compounds. The utility of the probe to sample analytes directly from surfaces was demonstrated first by scanning development lanes of a reversed-phase thin-layer chromatography plate in which a three-component dye mixture, viz., Fat Red 7B, Solvent Green 3, and Solvent Blue 35, was spotted and the components were separated. Development lanes were scanned by the sampling probe operated under computer control (x, y plane) while full-scan mass spectra were recorded using a quadrupole ion trap mass spectrometer. In addition, the ability to sample the surface of pharmaceutical tablets (viz., Extra Strength Tylenol(reg. sign) and Evista(reg. sign) tablets) and to detect the active ingredients (acetaminophen and raloxifene, respectively) selectively was demonstrated using tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS). Finally, the capability to sample analyte solutions from the wells of a 384-well microtiter plate and to perform quantitative analyses using MS/MS detection was illustrated with cotinine standards spiked with cotinine-d{sub 3} as an internal standard.

  2. Properties of composite Ti(NCO) layers formed on tool steel under glow discharge conditions

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    Kim, S.K. [Ulsan Univ. (Korea, Republic of). Dept. of Metallurgical Engineering; Wierzchon, T.; Sobiecki, J.R. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, Narbutta 85, 02-524, Warsaw (Poland)

    1997-10-01

    Recently, metallo-organic compounds have become the donors of titanium in the PACVD process because a chlorine atmosphere is to be avoided. A Ti(NCO) layer was formed on tool steel by using titanium tetraisopropoxide, hydrogen and nitrogen under glow discharge conditions. This process was combined with the plasma nitriding process to obtain composite Ti(NCO) layers on tool steel. The layers thus obtained had high hardness, good wear and corrosion-resistant properties. Detailed results on the structure and properties of this layer are presented. (orig.) 9 refs.

  3. A model for unconventional glow discharge nitriding of grade 2 titanium

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    T. Frączek; Olejnik, M.

    2013-01-01

    An analysis of the influence of different parameters of the ion nitriding process conducted in a H2 + N2 atmosphere on the properties of the surface layer of Grade 2 titanium was carried out in the study. This allowed a model for ion nitriding of technical titanium to be developed. The equipment used in the experimental work included a JON-600 current glow-discharge furnace. It was found that the process of cathode nitriding with the use of the active screen led to an increase in the concentr...

  4. Seasonal trends and nightly fluctuations of SWIR air-glow irradiance

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    Dayton, David C.; Allen, Jeffrey; Nolasco, Rudolph; Gonglewski, John D.; Myers, Michael; Fertig, Gregory

    2011-11-01

    It is well known that luminance from photo-chemical reactions of hydroxyl ions in the upper atmosphere (~85 km altitude) produces a significant amount of night time radiation in the short wave infra-red (SWIR) band with wavelength between 0.9 and 1.7 μm. This air glow has been proposed as an illumination source for obtaining imagery in the dark of night. By examining short term nightly fluctuations and long term seasonal trends in the ground level irradiance we hope to determine the source reliability for night time low light surveillance and imaging.

  5. Design and installation of gloveboxes with inert gas atmosphere for molten salt electrolysis and preparation of alloy samples

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    Gloveboxes with argon gas atmosphere were equipped for the investigation of direct electrolysis of actinide mononitride in molten salt and subsequent preparation of alloy samples for experimental use. Design of the gloveboxes was focused on keeping high purity enough to prevent the reaction of nitride and alloy samples and also chloride -molten salt with oxygen and moisture besides the safety for handling actinides such as plutonium and neptunium. As a result, both the oxygen and moisture contents in the gloveboxes could be kept less than 1 ppm, which would be in accord with the above purpose. A molten salt electrorefiner, a cathode processor, an electrolysis testing apparatus, an arc furnace, two furnaces for heat treatment and a differential scanning calorimeter were installed in the gloveboxes. It was confirmed that these apparatus had an excellent ability for the respective experimental use and met with specifications for safety and operation. (author)

  6. THERMODYNAMIC MODELING OF THE SURFACE LAYER STRUCTURE ON INCONEL 600 OXIDIZED IN A CONTROLLED ATMOSPHERE

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    Full Text Available Samples of Inconel 600 were isothermally oxidized in a controlled atmosphere with a special mounting at high-temperature oxidation. Along with this experimental study, a simulation of thermodynamic behavior of the material in the same oxidation conditions was carried out using the Thermo-Calc code. The thermodynamic modeling is able to predict the phase nature and its distribution in the structure of the surface layer resulting from the corrosion of the material in thermodynamic equilibrium in the absence of mechanical stress. The results of this simulation are supplemented to results obtained from the analysis by glow discharge spectrometry (GDS which is performed on the samples tested.

  7. Accounting protesting and warm glow bidding in Contingent Valuation surveys considering the management of environmental goods

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    Grammatikopoulou, Ioanna; Olsen, Søren Bøye

    2013-01-01

    Based on a Contingent Valuation survey aiming to reveal the willingness to pay (WTP) for conservation of a wetland area in Greece, we show how protest and warm glow motives can be taken into account when modeling WTP. In a sample of more than 300 respondents, we find that 54% of the positive bids...... selection bias by using a sample selection model. In our empirical sample, using the typical approach of removing protesters from the analysis, the value of protecting the wetland is significantly underestimated by as much as 46% unless correcting for selection bias....

  8. SWIR air glow mapping of the night sky

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    Myers, Michael M.; Dayton, David C.; Gonglewski, John D.; Fertig, Gregory; Allen, Jeff; Nolasco, Rudolf; Burns, Dennis; Mons, Ishan

    2010-08-01

    It is well known that luminance from photo-chemical reactions of hydroxyl ions in the upper atmosphere (~85 km altitude) produces a significant amount of night time radiation in the short wave infra-red (SWIR) band of wave length 0.9 to 1.7 μm. Numerous studies of these phenomena have demonstrated that the irradiance shows significant temporal and spatial variations in the night sky. Changes in weather patterns, seasons, sun angle, moonlight, etc have the propensity to alter the SWIR air glow irradiance pattern. By performing multiple SWIR measurements a mosaic representation of the celestial hemisphere was constructed and used to investigate these variations over time and space. The experimental setup consisted of two sensors, an InGaAs SWIR detector and a visible astronomical camera, co-located and bore sighted on an AZ-EL gimbal. This gimbal was programmed to view most of the sky using forty five discrete azimuth and elevation locations. The dwell time at each location was 30 seconds with a total cycle time of less than 30 minutes. The visible astronomical camera collected image data simultaneous with the SWIR camera in order to distinguish SWIR patterns from clouds. Data was reduced through batch processing producing polar representations of the sky irradiance as a function of azimuth, elevation, and time. These spatiotemporal variations in the irradiance, both short and long term, can be used to validate and calibrate physical models of atmospheric chemistry and turbulence. In this paper we describe our experimental setup and present some results of our measurements made over several months in a rural marine environment on the Islands of Kauai and Maui Hawaii.

  9. SWIR Hemispherical Air-Glow Plotting System SHAPS

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    Gonglewski, John D.; Myers, Michael M.; Dayton, David C.; Fertig, Gregory; Allen, Jeffrey; Nolasco, Rudolph; Maia, Franscisco

    2010-10-01

    It is well known that luminance from photo-chemical reactions of hydroxyl ions in the upper atmosphere (~85 km altitude) produces a significant amount of night time radiation in the short wave infra-red (SWIR) band of wave length 0.9 to 1.7 μm. Numerous studies of these phenomena have demonstrated that the irradiance shows significant temporal and spatial variations in the night sky. Changes in weather patterns, seasons, sun angle, moonlight, etc have the propensity to alter the SWIR air glow irradiance pattern. By performing multiple SWIR measurements a mosaic representation of the celestial hemisphere was constructed and used to investigate these variations over time and space. The experimental setup consisted of two sensors, an InGaAs SWIR detector and a visible astronomical camera, co-located and bore sighted on an AZ-EL gimbal. This gimbal was programmed to view most of the sky using forty five discrete azimuth and elevation locations. The dwell time at each location was 30 seconds with a total cycle time of less than 30 minutes. The visible astronomical camera collected image data simultaneous with the SWIR camera in order to distinguish SWIR patterns from clouds. Data was reduced through batch processing producing polar representations of the sky irradiance as a function of azimuth, elevation, and time. These spatiotemporal variations in the irradiance, both short and long term, can be used to validate and calibrate physical models of atmospheric chemistry and turbulence. In this paper we describe our experimental setup and present some results of our measurements made over several months in a rural marine environment on the Island of Kauai Hawaii.

  10. Direct Analysis of Amphetamine Stimulants in a Whole Urine Sample by Atmospheric Solids Analysis Probe Tandem Mass Spectrometry

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    Crevelin, Eduardo J.; Salami, Fernanda H.; Alves, Marcela N. R.; De Martinis, Bruno S.; Crotti, Antônio E. M.; Moraes, Luiz A. B.

    2016-02-01

    Amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) are among illicit stimulant drugs that are most often used worldwide. A major challenge is to develop a fast and efficient methodology involving minimal sample preparation to analyze ATS in biological fluids. In this study, a urine pool solution containing amphetamine, methamphetamine, ephedrine, sibutramine, and fenfluramine at concentrations ranging from 0.5 pg/mL to 100 ng/mL was prepared and analyzed by atmospheric solids analysis probe tandem mass spectrometry (ASAP-MS/MS) and multiple reaction monitoring (MRM). A urine sample and saliva collected from a volunteer contributor (V1) were also analyzed. The limit of detection of the tested compounds ranged between 0.002 and 0.4 ng/mL in urine samples; the signal-to-noise ratio was 5. These results demonstrated that the ASAP-MS/MS methodology is applicable for the fast detection of ATS in urine samples with great sensitivity and specificity, without the need for cleanup, preconcentration, or chromatographic separation. Thus ASAP-MS/MS could potentially be used in clinical and forensic toxicology applications.

  11. Direct Analysis of Amphetamine Stimulants in a Whole Urine Sample by Atmospheric Solids Analysis Probe Tandem Mass Spectrometry

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    Crevelin, Eduardo J.; Salami, Fernanda H.; Alves, Marcela N. R.; De Martinis, Bruno S.; Crotti, Antônio E. M.; Moraes, Luiz A. B.

    2016-05-01

    Amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) are among illicit stimulant drugs that are most often used worldwide. A major challenge is to develop a fast and efficient methodology involving minimal sample preparation to analyze ATS in biological fluids. In this study, a urine pool solution containing amphetamine, methamphetamine, ephedrine, sibutramine, and fenfluramine at concentrations ranging from 0.5 pg/mL to 100 ng/mL was prepared and analyzed by atmospheric solids analysis probe tandem mass spectrometry (ASAP-MS/MS) and multiple reaction monitoring (MRM). A urine sample and saliva collected from a volunteer contributor (V1) were also analyzed. The limit of detection of the tested compounds ranged between 0.002 and 0.4 ng/mL in urine samples; the signal-to-noise ratio was 5. These results demonstrated that the ASAP-MS/MS methodology is applicable for the fast detection of ATS in urine samples with great sensitivity and specificity, without the need for cleanup, preconcentration, or chromatographic separation. Thus ASAP-MS/MS could potentially be used in clinical and forensic toxicology applications.

  12. Multifunctional Glow Discharge Analyzer for Spacecraft Monitoring Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Makel Engineering, Inc. (MEI) and Penn State University (PSU) propose to develop a highly sensitive spectrometer based on glow discharge emission for the...

  13. An efficient algorithm for computerized deconvolution of thermoluminescent glow curves

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    The models employed so far for deconvolving thermoluminescent glow curves are either derived by neglecting the interaction among traps and resorting to the quasi-equilibrium approximation, or are simply phenomenological. Several published articles have shown that the approximations are difficult to justify. Further it has never been shown that they are rigorously applicable to any known system. As to the phenomenological model it is no physically meaningful. An algorithm is reported which allows analyses of glow curves without the aforementioned approximations.

  14. Mixed Feelings: Theories and Evidence of Warm Glow and Altruism

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    Konow, James

    2006-01-01

    This paper presents theoretical and empirical analyses of experiments that test competing theories of altruism, including pure altruism (a preference for the well-being of others), warm glow (a good feeling from giving) and impure altruism (a combination of pure altruism and warm glow). These theories produce different predictions regarding crowding out, i.e., the reduction in private donations due to public spending. Variations on dictator experiments involving both students and charities ex...

  15. The impact of molecular emission in compositional depth profiling using Glow Discharge-Optical Emission Spectroscopy

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    The scope of this paper is to investigate and discuss how molecular emission can affect elemental analysis in glow discharge optical emission (GD-OES), particularly in compositional depth profiling (CDP) applications. Older work on molecular emission in glow discharges is briefly reviewed, and the nature of molecular emission spectra described. Work on the influence of hydrogen in the plasma, in particular elevated background due to a continuum spectrum, is discussed. More recent work from sputtering of polymers and other materials with a large content of light elements in a Grimm type source is reviewed, where substantial emission has been observed from several light diatomic molecules (CO, CH, OH, NH, C2). It is discussed how the elevated backgrounds from such molecular emission can lead to significant analytical errors in the form of 'false' depth profile signals of several atomic analytical lines. Results from a recent investigation of molecular emission spectra from mixed gases in a Grimm type glow discharge are presented. An important observation is that dissociation and subsequent recombination processes occur, leading to formation of molecular species not present in the original plasma gas. Experimental work on depth profiling of a polymer coating and a thin silicate film, using a spectrometer equipped with channels for molecular emission lines, is presented. The results confirm that molecular emission gives rise to apparent depth profiles of elements not present in the sample. The possibilities to make adequate corrections for such molecular emission in CDP of organic coatings and very thin films are discussed

  16. Effect of the percentage of reinforcement on the wear in the metal matrix composites sintered with abnormal glow discharge

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    In this study an analysis of the behavior of dry wear coefficient of a Metal Matrix Composite (MMC) in 316 stainless steel reinforced with particles of titanium carbide (TiC) according to ASTM G 99 standards, in a pin-on-disk test. In this research it is tested the effect of the percentage of reinforcement in the MMC manufactured with 3, 6 y 9% (vol.) of TiC, in samples compacted at 800 MPa, generating different values of grain size, hardness and density, they are sintered with abnormal glow discharge, at a temperature of 1200 degree centigrade ±5 degree centigrade, with a protection atmosphere H2 - N2 and a permanence time of 30 minutes. According to the results obtained it is concluded that the best condition for the MMC manufacturing, in relation to the reinforcement percentage, is the one obtained when the mixture contains 6% of TiC compacted at 800 MPa. In these conditions, it was obtained: achieving smaller grain size, the greater hardness and the lowest coefficient of friction. In this respect, it was observed that the incorporation of the ceramic particles (TiC) in a matrix of austenitic steel (316) shows significant improvements in the resistance to the wear. (Author)

  17. Atmospheric pressure plasma polymerization of 1,3-butadiene for hydrophobic finishing of textile substrates

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    Atmospheric pressure plasma processing of textile has both ecological and economical advantages over the wet-chemical processing. However, reaction in atmospheric pressure plasma has important challenges to be overcome before it can be successfully used for finishing applications in textile. These challenges are (i) generating stable glow plasma in presence liquid/gaseous monomer, and (ii) keeping the generated radicals active in the presence of contaminants such as oxygen and air. In this study, a stable glow plasma was generated at atmospheric pressure in the mixture of gaseous reactive monomer-1,3-butadiene and He and was made to react with cellulosic textile substrate. After 12 min of plasma treatment, the hydrophilic surface of the cellulosic substrate turned into highly hydrophobic surface. The hydrophobic finish was found to be durable to soap washing. After soap washing, a water drop of 37 μl took around 250 s to get absorbed in the treated sample compared to 0. Both top and bottom sides of the fabric showed similar hydrophobic results in terms of water absorbency and contact angle. The results may be attributed to chemical reaction of butadiene with the cellulosic textile substrate. The surface characterization of the plasma modified samples under SEM and AFM revealed modification of the surface under <100 nm. The results showed that atmospheric pressure plasma can be successfully used for carrying out reaction of 1,3-butadiene with cellulosic textile substrates for producing hydrophobic surface finish.

  18. Tedlar bag sampling technique for vertical profiling of carbon dioxide through the atmospheric boundary layer with high precision and accuracy.

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    Schulz, Kristen; Jensen, Michael L; Balsley, Ben B; Davis, Kenneth; Birks, John W

    2004-07-01

    Carbon dioxide is the most important greenhouse gas other than water vapor, and its modulation by the biosphere is of fundamental importance to our understanding of global climate change. We have developed a new technique for vertical profiling of CO2 and meteorological parameters through the atmospheric boundary layer and well into the free troposphere. Vertical profiling of CO2 mixing ratios allows estimates of landscape-scale fluxes characteristic of approximately100 km2 of an ecosystem. The method makes use of a powered parachute as a platform and a new Tedlar bag air sampling technique. Air samples are returned to the ground where measurements of CO2 mixing ratios are made with high precision (< or =0.1%) and accuracy (< or =0.1%) using a conventional nondispersive infrared analyzer. Laboratory studies are described that characterize the accuracy and precision of the bag sampling technique and that measure the diffusion coefficient of CO2 through the Tedlar bag wall. The technique has been applied in field studies in the proximity of two AmeriFlux sites, and results are compared with tower measurements of CO2. PMID:15296321

  19. Atmospheric deposition of heavy metals studied by analysis of moss samples using neutron activation analysis and atomic absorption spectrometry

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    In a study of the atmospheric deposition of trace elements in different parts of Norway samples of the moss Hylocomium splendens were analyzed with respect to 26 elements. The determination of Cu, Zn, Pb, Cd and Ni was carried out by flame atomic absorption spectrometry, while an additional 21 elements were determined by instrumental neutron activation analysis. Several elements showed a substantially higher deposition in the southernmost parts of Norway than in places located farther north. As regards Pb, As and Sb, the difference amounted to a factor of ten or more. A similar but less pronounced trend was evident for elements such as V, Zn, Cd, Se and Ag. In some cases local pollution sources or marine aerosols had a significant effect on the results. For several heavy metals however long-distance transport from areas to the south and the south west of Norway was responsible for a major part of the air pollution

  20. Advances in the Remote Glow Discharge Experiment

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    Dominguez, Arturo; Zwicker, A.; Rusaits, L.; McNulty, M.; Sosa, Carl

    2014-10-01

    The Remote Glow Discharge Experiment (RGDX) is a DC discharge plasma with variable pressure, end-plate voltage and externally applied axial magnetic field. While the experiment is located at PPPL, a webcam displays the live video online. The parameters (voltage, magnetic field and pressure) can be controlled remotely in real-time by opening a URL which shows the streaming video, as well as a set of Labview controls. The RGDX is designed as an outreach tool that uses the attractive nature of a plasma in order to reach a wide audience and extend the presence of plasma physics and fusion around the world. In March 2014, the RGDX was made publically available and, as of early July, it has had approximately 3500 unique visits from 107 countries and almost all 50 US states. We present recent upgrades, including the ability to remotely control the distance between the electrodes. These changes give users the capability of measuring Paschen's Law remotely and provides a comprehensive introduction to plasma physics to those that do not have access to the necessary equipment.

  1. Anode glow and double layer in DC magnetron anode plasma

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    Sputtering magnetron is widely used device in research and industry alike. DC planar magnetron employs series of magnets to create magnetic field above the electrode surface which traps electrons in closed E-bar x B-bar drift. Similar device used in reversed polarity power was reported for use in various applications. In contrast to its normal counterpart there is no closed drift effect in there. This device has very limited understanding. We here investigate this device for its discharge properties. Our device is dominated by anode glow. The anode glow is expected to have the electron sheath which provides energy to electron to excite the neutrals. Where as many experimental studies have been reported for anode glow and anode double layer, many of them uses auxiliary anode in the discharge. Most of the cases anode double layer (fire ball/fire rod) is small structures very near to anode surface which in itself is required to be small. The DC planar magnetron biased in reverse polarity have glow only near anode. Measurements confirm it as anode glow and the presence of electrons sheath is proven. The double layer structure was observed and measured in two mutually perpendicular directions. The double layer shows sub MHz oscillation that is typical of the unstable anode double layer. The dimension of anode glow is relatively large and is primarily in magnetic field free region making it easy to probe. The potential structure still shows large cathode fall but surprisingly visible cathode glow is not present. The device operates very stable for pressure bellow 0.01 mbar. But it shows instabilities such as unstable anode double layer above said pressure. (author)

  2. Laser-induced fluorescence monitoring of the gas phase in a glow discharge during reactive sputtering of vanadium

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    Khvostikov, V. A.; Grazhulene, S. S.; Burmii, Zh. P.; Marchenko, V. A.

    2011-11-01

    Processes in the gas phase of a glow discharge during diode and magnetron reactive sputtering of vanadium in an Ar-O2 atmosphere have been investigated by laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) as a function of the parameters of the glow discharge and the composition of the atmosphere. The intensity of the fluorescence spectra increased by 1.5-2.0 orders of magnitude in the magnetron sputtering process compared with that of diode sputtering. Under continuous sputtering conditions, the dependences of the intensities and relative compositions of the fluorescence spectra on the discharge parameters (discharge voltage and current) have been investigated. In pulsed mode of the glow discharge, the dynamics of changes in the spectra have been studied versus variations in the discharge duration and the lag time for recording the fluorescence signal. The dependence of the spectral line intensities on the partial pressure of oxygen has been found for vanadium and its oxide. The cathode surface at pressures of 0.03-0.04 Pa was shown to convert to the oxidized state.

  3. Determination of Vanadium, Tin and Mercury in Atmospheric Particulate Matter and Cement Dust Samples by Direct Current Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry.

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    Hindy, Kamal T.; And Others

    1992-01-01

    An atmospheric pollution study applies direct current plasma atomic emission spectrometry (DCP-AES) to samples of total suspended particulate matter collected in two industrial areas and one residential area, and cement dust collected near major cement factories. These samples were analyzed for vanadium, tin, and mercury. The results indicate the…

  4. Glow rate technique for spectroscopy of complex thermostimulated relaxation processes

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    The glow rate technique (GRT) developed for the analysis of complex trap spectra, is the extension of the known heating rate method to the full glow curve. It is shown that using two glow curves measured at different heating rate constants, a special mean activation energy of simultaneously emptied traps can be obtained as a function of temperature or emitted light sum to a good approximation. Expressions have been derived for the calculation of the mean activation energy function from data measured using a linear, logarithmic or a hyperbolic heating mode. Theoretical expressions for the mean activation energy function have been obtained and discussed for arbitrary trap distribution functions (TDF) in activation energy and frequency factor. The mean activation energy function additional to the glow curve gives direct quantitative information about the activation energies of traps involved in the thermostimulated relaxation. Application of the curve fit analysis to both the glow intensity and mean energy data offers a procedure for the advanced evaluation of parameters of the trap spectrum, which allows estimation of the true TDF as well as verifying the model used. The GRT can be applied down to very low intensities. (author)

  5. AC Glow Discharge Plasma in N2O

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    This paper considers the optical and electrical characterization of AC glow discharge plasma in the abnormal glow mode used for optical emission spectroscopy. The total discharge current and applied voltage are measured using conventional techniques. The electrical characteristics of the planer-cathode glow discharge confirmed that the plasma is operating at abnormal discharge mode characterized by the increases in the operating voltage as the current was raised under given pressure. Optical emission spectroscopy was used to determine the main emission lines of the glow discharge plasma of N2O at pressures between 0.5 and 4.0 Torr. It shows that the discharge emission range is mainly within 300-400 nm. The emission lines correspond to NO, O2, and O2+ are the dominant lines in the glow discharge plasma in the present study. Intensity of the emission lines show linear increase with the discharge current up to 0.4 A followed by saturation at higher currents. No emission lines were observed in this work corresponding to atomic oxygen or nitrogen

  6. Thermoluminescence glow curves and deconvoluted glow peaks of Ge doped flat fibers at ultra-high doses of electron radiation

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    The behavior of Ge doped silica, SiO2 flat fibers (FF) irradiated with 2.5 MeV electron radiation at ultra-high dose (UHD) range, up to 1 MGy, has been investigated. The analyzed glow curves measured by the usage of the WinREMS software revealed that peak height and glow curve maximum temperature are highly dependent on the dose. The shape of the glow curves is constant with increasing dose. The supralinearity of all glow peaks increases to its f(D)max, which occurs around 50 kGy. No saturation occurs at f(D)max and further increases in dose, up to 1 MGy, exhibits a significant decrease in f(D). The glow peaks 2 (230 °C) and 4 (290 °C), deconvoluted by the usage of WinGCF software, are the first-order kinetic peaks and can be used as the main dosimetric peaks for high-dose measurements between 1 and 50 kGy in an industrial environment. - Highlights: • The supralinearity of FF was highly dependent on UHD. • f(D)max occurs around 50 kGy for 6 wt% Ge doped FF. • Peak 2 (230 °C) and peak 4 (290 °C) are the first-order kinetic peaks. • Sensitivity of FF decreases for doses >50 kGy

  7. [The glow discharge as an atomization and ionization source

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    This is to summarize the research progress in this project at the University of Florida over the past 13 months. In keeping with the directions of the Federal Demonstration Project, the report will be brief, presenting an overview of the major findings. We have continued the study of the glow discharge, primarily as an ionization source for elemental analysis. Glow discharge interest continues to grow in the analytical chemistry community as evidenced by the number of special symposia at major conferences, by the new researchers entering the field, and by the introduction of new instrumentation. There is little doubt that glow discharge mass spectrometry, for example, is now a major technique in the elemental analysis of solids

  8. Use of universal functional optimisation for TL glow curve analysis

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    The effective use of any TL instrument requires an efficient software package to be able to fulfil different tasks required by research and practical applications. One of the standard features of the package used at the NPI Prague is the application of the interactive modular system Universal Functional Optimisation (UFO) for glow curve deconvolution. The whole system has been tested on standard glow curves using different models of the TL process (a single peak described by the Podgorsak approximation, first order kinetics and/or general order kinetics). Calculated values of basic TL parameters (E and s) show a good agreement with the results obtained by other authors. The main advantage of the system is in its modularity that enables flexible changes in the TL model and mathematical procedures of the glow curve analysis. (author)

  9. Glow discharge conditioning of the PDX vacuum vessel

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    A glow discharge technique has been developed and applied to the conditioning of the large (38 m3) Poloidal Divertor Experiment (PDX) vacuum vessel. The discharge parameters and working gas (H2) were chosen to maximize C and O removal and minimize metal sputtering. The glow discharge was produced by biasing one or two internal anodes at 400 V to sustain a discharge current of 2 to 4 A per anode. Purified H2 at a pressure of 3 x 10-2 torr was flowed through PDX at approx. 10 t-l/s. The effectiveness of the glow discharge conditioning was monitored by measuring impurity gas (CH4, C2H4, and CO) exhaust rates by mass spectrometry and C and O surface removal rates by in-situ AES and XPS

  10. A Novel Technique for Wastewater Treatment by Contact Glow-discharge Electrolysis

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    Jinzhang Gao

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available The min-review gives a brief introduction to contact glow-discharge electrolysis, a novel technique for wastewater treatment. The literatures concerning the basic principle are cited rather than the all, emphasizing on the degradation of organic pollutants in water. Now, the application is only limited in a small amount of water sample, the larger scale test has not been made. However, as a new method for purification of water, at least, the discussion is beneficial to the treatment of decentralized water or cellar water.

  11. Atmospheric pressure plasma polymerization of 1,3-butadiene for hydrophobic finishing of textile substrates

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    Samanta, Kartick K.; Jassal, Manjeet; Agrawal, Ashwini K.

    2010-02-01

    Atmospheric pressure plasma processing of textile has both ecological and economical advantages over the wet-chemical processing. However, reaction in atmospheric pressure plasma has important challenges to be overcome before it can be successfully used for finishing applications in textile. These challenges are (i) generating stable glow plasma in presence liquid/gaseous monomer, and (ii) keeping the generated radicals active in the presence of contaminants such as oxygen and air. In this study, a stable glow plasma was generated at atmospheric pressure in the mixture of gaseous reactive monomer-1,3-butadiene and He and was made to react with cellulosic textile substrate. After 12 min of plasma treatment, the hydrophilic surface of the cellulosic substrate turned into highly hydrophobic surface. The hydrophobic finish was found to be durable to soap washing. After soap washing, a water drop of 37 μl took around 250 s to get absorbed in the treated sample compared to textile substrate. The surface characterization of the plasma modified samples under SEM and AFM revealed modification of the surface under textile substrates for producing hydrophobic surface finish.

  12. Realization of SOC behavior in a dc glow discharge plasma

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    Nurujjaman, M; Nurujjaman, Md.

    2006-01-01

    Experimental observations consistent with Self Organized Criticality (SOC) have been obtained in the electrostatic floating potential fluctuations of a dc glow discharge plasma. Power spectrum exhibits a power law which is compatible with the requirement for SOC systems. Also the estimated value of the Hurst exponent (self similarity parameter), H being greater than 0.5, along with an algebraic decay of the autocorrelation function, indicate the presence of temporal long-range correlations, as may be expected from SOC dynamics. This type of observations in our opinion has been reported for the first time in a glow discharge system.

  13. On the second kinetic order thermoluminescent glow curves

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    The kinetic parameters of thermoluminescent material such as CaF2-N and CaSO4-Dy with the different grain sizes are investigated in detail using the least square method of fitting. It was found that the activation energy E (or trap depth) and peak temperature Tmax are changed with the elapsed time between the irradiation and read-out for the low temperature glow curve peaks. The similar TL glow curve shapes are obtained for the different CaSO4-Dy grain size. (author). 7 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs

  14. Development of a sintering methodology through abnormal glow discharge for manufacturing metal matrix composites

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    Pérez, S.; Pineda, Y.; Sarmiento, A.; López, A.

    2016-02-01

    In this study, a sintering methodology is presented by using abnormal glow discharge to metal matrix composites (MMC), consisting of 316 steel, reinforced with titanium carbide (TiC). The wear behaviour of these compounds was evaluated according to the standard ASTM G 99 in a tribometer pin-on-disk. The effect of the percentage of reinforcement (3, 6, and 9%), with 40 minutes of mixing in the planetary mill is analysed, using compaction pressure of 700MPa and sintering temperature of 1,100°C±5°C, gaseous atmosphere of H2 - N2, and sintering time of 30 minutes. As a result of the research, it shows that the best behaviour against wear is obtained when the MMC contains 6% TiC. Under this parameter the lowest percentage of pores and the lowest coefficient of friction are achieved, ensuring that the incorporation of ceramic particles (TiC) in 316 austenitic steel matrix significantly improves the wear resistance. Also, it is shown that it is possible to sinter such materials using the abnormal glow discharge, being a novel and effective method in which the working temperature is reached in a short time.

  15. Diffusion strengthening of Ti6Al4V alloy in Ar + O2 glow discharge plasma

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    The effect of particular diffusion treatment in the temperature range 1023 - 1273 K with use of the glow discharge plasma in the atmosphere Ar + O2 on the microstructure, phase composition, microhardness, friction coefficient, wear resistance, surface roughness as well as the resistance against electrochemical corrosion of two commercial two-phase Ti6Al4V titanium alloy has been investigated in the work. As a result of the treatments performed on the specimens the value of the microhardness of the diffusion zone has increased from about 350 VHN 0.05 to about 1000 VHN 0.05 (however, the brittleness of the diffusion zone has increased at the same time), the amount of the β phase has decreased in that area, the resistance of the diffusion treated specimens to electrochemical corrosion in the 0.5 M aqueous solution NaCl is approximately the same as that of the not treated ones, the surface roughness after the treatments is slightly greater than that before the treatments and the tribological properties of duplex treated specimens are better than those of the shot-pinned ones. The positive effect of the glow discharge plasma on the thickness of the diffusion zone rich in interstitial oxygen atoms has been depicted as well. (author)

  16. Atmospheric CO2, d(O2/N2), APO and oxidative ratios from aircraft flask samples over Fyodorovskoye, Western Russia

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    Laan, van der S.; Laan-Luijkx, van der I.T.; Rödenbeck, C.; Varlagin, A.; Shironya, I.; Neubert, R.E.M.

    2014-01-01

    We present atmospheric CO2 and d(O2/N2) from flask samples taken on board aircraft over Fyodorovskoye (56°27'N, 32°55'E) at heights of 3000 m and 100 m between 1998 and 2008. The long-term trends for CO2 and d(O2/N2) are similar for both sampling heights, and also similar to observations from marine

  17. Atmospheric CO2, delta(O-2/N-2), APO and oxidative ratios from aircraft flask samples over Fyodorovskoye, Western Russia

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    van der Laan, Sander; van der Laan - Luijkx, Ingrid; Roedenbeck, C.; Varlagin, A.; Shironya, I.; Neubert, R. E. M.; Ramonet, M.; Meijer, H. A. J.

    2014-01-01

    We present atmospheric CO2 and delta(O-2/N-2) from flask samples taken on board aircraft over Fyodorovskoye (56 degrees 27'N, 32 degrees 55'E) at heights of 3000 m and 100 m between 1998 and 2008. The long-term trends for CO2 and delta(O-2/N-2) are similar for both sampling heights, and also similar

  18. Camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World): Handbook for Volunteers.

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    Camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) began in Romania in 1995 as a weeklong leadership camp with the purpose of encouraging young women to become active citizens by building their self-esteem and confidence, increasing their self-awareness, and developing their skills in goal-setting, assertiveness, and career and life planning. Since that first…

  19. Comprehensive speciation analysis by liquid chromatography-particle beam mass spectrometry (LC/PB-MS) employing electron impact and glow discharge ionization sources

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    The particle beam mass spectrometer (PB-MS) equipped with glow discharge/electron impact ionization sources serves as an analytical tool for the comprehensive speciation analysis of solution-phase samples, providing elemental and molecular species information in a single separation. Application of PB/GDMS towards the comprehensive speciation analysis and characterization of botanical products is being highlighted

  20. STUDY ON THE TANTALIZING ON THE SURFACE OF TITANIUM ALLOY BY NET-SHAPE CATHODE GLOW DISCHARGING

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    F. Chen; H. Zhou; Y.F. Zhang; J.D. Pan

    2005-01-01

    A new net-shape cathode sputtering target which has a simple structure and a high sputtering was put forward. The multiple-structure made of alloying and coating layers of tantalum was achieved on the surface of TC4 (Ti6Al4V) using this method in double glow surface alloying process. The tantalized samples were investigated by SEM, XRD and electrochemical corrosion method .Results show the complicated tissue of pure tantalizing layer and diffusion layer was successfully formed on the surface of TC4 with the method of net-shape cathode glow discharge, which further improved the corrosion-resistance of TC4 and formed good corrosion-resistant alloys.

  1. Rationale and Methods for Archival Sampling and Analysis of Atmospheric Trace Chemical Contaminants On Board Mir and Recommendations for the International Space Station

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    Perry, J. L.; James, J. T.; Cole, H. E.; Limero, T. F.; Beck, S. W.

    1997-01-01

    Collection and analysis of spacecraft cabin air samples are necessary to assess the cabin air quality with respect to crew health. Both toxicology and engineering disciplines work together to achieve an acceptably clean cabin atmosphere. Toxicology is concerned with limiting the risk to crew health from chemical sources, setting exposure limits, and analyzing air samples to determine how well these limits are met. Engineering provides the means for minimizing the contribution of the various contaminant generating sources by providing active contamination control equipment on board spacecraft and adhering to a rigorous material selection and control program during the design and construction of the spacecraft. A review of the rationale and objectives for sampling spacecraft cabin atmospheres is provided. The presently-available sampling equipment and methods are reviewed along with the analytical chemistry methods employed to determine trace contaminant concentrations. These methods are compared and assessed with respect to actual cabin air quality monitoring needs. Recommendations are presented with respect to the basic sampling program necessary to ensure an acceptably clean spacecraft cabin atmosphere. Also, rationale and recommendations for expanding the scope of the basic monitoring program are discussed.

  2. Multi-elemental semi-quantitative analyses of suspended particulate matter by glow discharge MS

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    We report the possibilities for multi-elemental analysis of suspended particulate matter (SPM) by glow discharge mass spectrometry (GDMS). To cope with the small sample volume, SPM sample was deposited on the surface of a high purity (7N grade) indium electrode. NIST SRM 1648 Urban Particulate Matter was analyzed to evaluate the method. For 34 elements, GDMS results agreed well with their reference values within a factor of 2 from the major constituents (12.5 wt% of Si) to the trace constituents (down to 0.8 μg/g of Eu), even when using typical relative sensitivity factors (RSF). A total of 53 elements including halogens were analyzed using approximately 10 mg of SPM sample by GDMS with sub-μg/g sensitivity. (author)

  3. Instructional guidelines on sampling of water, atmospheric precipitations, sewage and other liquids, their packing, marking, transportation, preparation to investigations and storage

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    Instructional guidelines was elaborated in the frame of International Scientific Technic Centre project T-1082.3 and directed on arrangement of radiation environment investigations on the territory of the Republic waste disposal site. Instructional guidelines put requirements on sampling of water, atmospheric precipitations, sewage and other liquids, their packing, marking, transportation, preparation of samples to investigation and storage of samples in laboratory conditions. The aim of investigations is revelation of polluted objects on the territory of the Republic waste disposal site, determination of pollution intensity level, pollution dynamics, determination of pollution impact and elaboration measures in order to eliminate their harmful effect on human body and environment.

  4. Identification and quantification of flavonoids in human urine samples by column switching liquid chromatography coupled to atmospheric pressure chemical ionization mass spectrometry

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    Nielsen, S. E.; Freese, R.; Cornett, Claus;

    2000-01-01

    column-switching, using the first column (a Zorbax 300SB C-3 column) for sample cleanup and eluting the heart-cut flavonoid fraction onto the second column (a Zorbax SE C-18 column) for separation and detection by ultraviolet and atmospheric pressure chemical ionization MS using single ion monitoring in...... variation for the analysis of the 12 different flavonoids in quality control urine samples were 12.3% on average (range 11.0-13.7%, n = 24, reproducibility) and the repeatability of the assay were 5.0% (mean, range 0.1-14.8%, it = 12). A subset of 10 urine samples from a human dietary intervention study...

  5. A comparative study of mechanical and tribological properties of AISI-304 and AISI-316 submitted to glow discharge nitriding

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    Fabiana Cristina Nascimento; Carlos Eugênio Foerster; Silvio Luiz Rutz da Silva; Carlos Mauricio Lepienski; Carlos José de Mesquita Siqueira; Clodomiro Alves Junior

    2009-01-01

    Mechanical and tribological properties os AISI 304 and AISI 316 stainless steels submited to glow discharge ion nitriding are reported.The atmosphere was 20:80 - N2:H2 with substrate temperatures ranging from 300 to 500 °C. Treatment at 300 °C produced expanded austenite (γN) in both steels. Increasing the temperature, the phases γ´-Fe4N and - Fe2+xN were present and the latter is the major phase for AISI 304. At 500 °C, the CrN phase was also identified in both steels. Hardnesses o...

  6. Neutral and ionic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in atmospheric and dry deposition samples over a source region (Tianjin, China).

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    Yao, Yiming; Chang, Shuai; Sun, Hongwen; Gan, Zhiwei; Hu, Hongwei; Zhao, Yangyang; Zhang, Yufen

    2016-05-01

    Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) were detected in the atmosphere of a source region in Tianjin, China. Fluorotelomer alcohols (FTOHs) were the dominant neutral PFASs in the atmosphere with total concentrations of 93.6-131 pg/m(3) and 8:2 FTOH contributing the most, whereas perfluorooctane sulfonamide derivatives (PFOSAs) were two magnitudes lower or undetected. In comparison, ionic PFASs (perfluoroalkyl carboxyl acids (PFCAs)) in the atmosphere were detected at similar or even higher levels. At wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs), the air over influent was found with higher levels of FTOHs than over aeration tank and effluent; whereas in the air over the aeration tank, the concentrations of PFOSAs and nonvolatile ionic PFASs substantially increased, suggesting a possible direct release of ionic PFASs to the atmosphere besides the atmospheric conversion from volatile precursors. In the air phase, a low proportion (1-5%) of PFCAs was subjected to dry deposition in the source region. Interestingly, the dry-deposition-to-bulk-air ratios of PFCA analogues were the lowest at medium chain lengths (C8 and C9) and increased with either shorter or longer chain length. The extraordinary affinity of shorter-chain PFCAs (C6-C7) to particles was presumed to be due to their smaller molecular size favoring the interactions between the carboxyl head groups and specific sorption sites on particulate matter. PMID:26952273

  7. Thermoluminescence of lunar samples

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    Dalrymple, G.B.; Doell, Richard R.

    1970-01-01

    Appreciable natural thermoluminescence with glow curve peaks at about 350 degrees centigrade for lunar fines and breccias and above 400 degrees centigrade for crystalline rocks has been recognized in lunar samples. Plagioclase has been identified as the principal carrier of thermoluminescence, and the difference in peak temperatures indicates compositional or structural differences between the feldspars of the different rock types. The present thermoluminescence in the lunar samples is probably the result of a dynamic equilibrium between acquisition from radiation and loss in the lunar thermal environment. A progressive change in the glow curves of core samples with depth below the surface suggests the use of thermoluminescence disequilibrium to detect surfaces buried by recent surface activity, and it also indicates that the lunar diurnal temperature variation penetrates to at least 10.5 centimeters.

  8. Pre-conditioned Backward Monte Carlo solutions to radiative transport in planetary atmospheres. Fundamentals: Sampling of propagation directions in polarising media

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    Muñoz, García; Mills,; P, F

    2014-01-01

    Context. The interpretation of polarised radiation emerging from a planetary atmosphere must rely on solutions to the vector Radiative Transport Equation (vRTE). Monte Carlo integration of the vRTE is a valuable approach for its flexible treatment of complex viewing and/or illumination geometries and because it can intuitively incorporate elaborate physics. Aims. We present a novel Pre-Conditioned Backward Monte Carlo (PBMC) algorithm for solving the vRTE and apply it to planetary atmospheres irradiated from above. As classical BMC methods, our PBMC algorithm builds the solution by simulating the photon trajectories from the detector towards the radiation source, i.e. in the reverse order of the actual photon displacements. Methods. We show that the neglect of polarisation in the sampling of photon propagation directions in classical BMC algorithms leads to unstable and biased solutions for conservative, optically-thick, strongly-polarising media such as Rayleigh atmospheres. The numerical difficulty is avoid...

  9. Atmospheric pressure plasma polymerization of 1,3-butadiene for hydrophobic finishing of textile substrates

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    Samanta, Kartick K; Jassal, Manjeet; Agrawal, Ashwini K, E-mail: ashwini@smita-iitd.co, E-mail: manjeet.jassal@smita-iitd.co [Smart and Innovative Textile Materials Group (SMITA), Department of Textile Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016 (India)

    2010-02-01

    Atmospheric pressure plasma processing of textile has both ecological and economical advantages over the wet-chemical processing. However, reaction in atmospheric pressure plasma has important challenges to be overcome before it can be successfully used for finishing applications in textile. These challenges are (i) generating stable glow plasma in presence liquid/gaseous monomer, and (ii) keeping the generated radicals active in the presence of contaminants such as oxygen and air. In this study, a stable glow plasma was generated at atmospheric pressure in the mixture of gaseous reactive monomer-1,3-butadiene and He and was made to react with cellulosic textile substrate. After 12 min of plasma treatment, the hydrophilic surface of the cellulosic substrate turned into highly hydrophobic surface. The hydrophobic finish was found to be durable to soap washing. After soap washing, a water drop of 37 {mu}l took around 250 s to get absorbed in the treated sample compared to < 1 s in the untreated samples. The plasma modified samples showed water contact angle of around 134{sup 0}. Both top and bottom sides of the fabric showed similar hydrophobic results in terms of water absorbency and contact angle. The results may be attributed to chemical reaction of butadiene with the cellulosic textile substrate. The surface characterization of the plasma modified samples under SEM and AFM revealed modification of the surface under <100 nm. The results showed that atmospheric pressure plasma can be successfully used for carrying out reaction of 1,3-butadiene with cellulosic textile substrates for producing hydrophobic surface finish.

  10. Glow discharge electron impact ionization source for miniature mass spectrometers.

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    Gao, Liang; Song, Qingyu; Noll, Robert J; Duncan, Jason; Cooks, R Graham; Ouyang, Zheng

    2007-05-01

    A glow discharge electron impact ionization (GDEI) source was developed for operation using air as the support gas. An alternative to the use of thermoemission from a resistively heated filament electron source for miniature mass spectrometers, the GDEI source is shown to have advantages of long lifetime under high-pressure operation and low power consumption. The GDEI source was characterized using our laboratory's handheld mass spectrometer, the Mini 10. The effects of the discharge voltage and pressure were investigated. Design considerations are illustrated with calculations. Performance is demonstrated in a set of experimental tests. The results show that the low power requirements, mechanical ruggedness, and quality of the data produced using the small glow discharge ion source make it well-suited for use with a portable handheld mass spectrometer. PMID:17441220

  11. Taylor discharge cleaning and glow discharge conditioning in Novillo tokamak

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    Lopez C, R.; Valencia A, R.; Colunga S, S.; Melendez L, L.; Chavez A, E.; Olayo G, G.; Gaytan G, E.; Cruz C, G.; Flores O, A.

    1993-12-31

    Both Taylor and Glow discharge conditioning techniques in Novillo Tokamak are applied. In each case the results are showed. The effectiveness of each one of these two conditioning techniques was monitored by measuring the gas impurities CH{sub 4}, C{sub 2}H{sub 4}, CO, C and O by means of mass spectrometry. In every case tokamak discharges were carried out after conditioning and the better plasma parameters obtained were used to determine the conditioning quality. A 20 kW, 17.5 kHz power oscillator was used for Taylor discharges. The oscillator energized the OHT, synchronized with a 200-700 G toroidal magnetic field. For the Glow discharges the same power oscillator DC voltage source was used to bias two SS electrodes with a 0-1500 V and 2 A maximum discharge current. (author) 5 refs., 2 figs.

  12. Glow Discharge Induced Hydroxyl Radical Degradation of 2-Naphthylamine

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    Lu, Quanfang; Yu, Jie; Gao, Jinzhang; Yang, Wu

    2005-06-01

    In an aqueous solution, normal electrolysis at high voltages switches over spontaneously to glow discharge electrolysis and gives rise to hydroxyl radical, hydrogen peroxide, and aqueous electron, as well as several other active species. Hydroxyl radical directly attacks organic contaminants to make them oxidized. In the present paper, 2-naphthylamine is eventually degraded into hydrogen carbonate and carbon dioxide. The degradation process is analyzed by using an Ultraviolet (UV) absorption spectrum, high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and chemical oxygen demand (COD). It is demonstrated that 2-naphthylamine (c0 =30 mg·l-1) is completely converted within 2h at 30°C and 600 V by glow discharge electrolysis, and the degradation is strongly dependent upon the presence of ferrous ions. COD is ascended in the absence of ferrous ions and descended in the presence of them.

  13. Glow Discharge Induced Hydroxyl Radical Degradation of 2-Naphthylamine

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    Lu Quanfang; Yu Jie; Gao Jinzhang; Yang Wu

    2005-01-01

    In an aqueous solution, normal electrolysis at high voltages switches over sponta-neously to glow discharge electrolysis and gives rise to hydroxyl radical, hydrogen peroxide, andaqueous electron, as well as several other active species. Hydroxyl radical directly attacks or-ganic contaminants to make them oxidized. In the present paper, 2-naphthylamine is eventuallydegraded into hydrogen carbonate and carbon dioxide. The degradation process is analyzed byusing an Ultraviolet (UV) absorption spectrum, high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)and chemical oxygen demand (COD). It is demonstrated that 2-naphthylamine (c0 =30 mg.1-1) iscompletely converted within 2h at 30℃ and 600 V by glow discharge electrolysis, and the degra-dation is strongly dependent upon the presence of ferrous ions. COD is ascended in the absenceof ferrous ions and descended in the presence of them.

  14. Effect of glow discharge air plasma on grain crops seed

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    Dubinov, A.E.; Lazarenko, E.M.; Selemir, V.D.

    2000-02-01

    Oat and barley seeds have been exposed to both continuous and pulsed glow discharge plasmas in air to investigate the effects on germination and sprout growth. Statistical analysis was used to evaluate the effect of plasma exposure on the percentage germination and length of sprout growth. A stimulating effect of plasma exposure was found together with a strong dependence on whether continuous or pulsed discharges were used.

  15. The Use of DC Glow Discharges as Undergraduate Educational Tools

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    Stephanie A. Wissel and Andrew Zwicker, Jerry Ross, and Sophia Gershman

    2012-10-09

    Plasmas have a beguiling way of getting students excited and interested in physics. We argue that plasmas can and should be incorporated into the undergraduate curriculum as both demonstrations and advanced investigations of electromagnetism and quantum effects. Our device, based on a direct current (DC) glow discharge tube, allows for a number of experiments into topics such as electrical breakdown, spectroscopy, magnetism, and electron temperature.

  16. Investigation and application of hollow anode glow discharge ion source

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    Abdelsalam, F.W.; Helal, A.G. [Accelerators and Ion Sources Department, Nuclear Research Center, Atomic Energy Authority, P.O. Box 13759 Inchas, Cairo (Egypt); Saddeek, Y.B. [Physics Dep., Faculty of Science, AL-Azhar University in Assuitt, Assuitt (Egypt); Abdelrahman, M.M., E-mail: moustafa82003@yahoo.co [Accelerators and Ion Sources Department, Nuclear Research Center, Atomic Energy Authority, P.O. Box 13759 Inchas, Cairo (Egypt); Soliman, B.A. [Accelerators and Ion Sources Department, Nuclear Research Center, Atomic Energy Authority, P.O. Box 13759 Inchas, Cairo (Egypt)

    2010-11-15

    In the present work, a new shape of a glow discharge ion source has been designed, fabricated and constructed at Accelerators and Ion Sources Department, Nuclear Research Center, Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority, Egypt. The discharge and output beam characteristics of the ion source at different operating gas pressures have been measured at the optimum distance between the anode and the cathode (3.5 mm) using hydrogen and nitrogen gases. Furthermore, mixture of different gases was studied, e.g., addition of H{sub 2} gas to N{sub 2} gas with different ratios has been investigated. Finally, as an application of this new ion source, ion beam modification of insulators (glass) which depends on glass structure has been achieved. It has been found that, the transmission of light is decreased by coating the glass surface with Ar ion beam more than coating with plasma of Ar gas at the same pressure and the same exposure time. So we could use this ion source as a coating tool for borate glass surface. The parameters affected the glow discharge ion source efficiency have been examined carefully using a mixture of gases. Using helium gas, the glow discharge is in a turbulent state due to instabilities. An investigated H{sub 2}-N{sub 2} mixture has been used in order to obtain an optimum percentage of the mixture of the two gases to increase the electric field necessary for ionization balance.

  17. Role of electronic mechanisms in surface erosion and glow phenomena

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    Experimental studies of desorption induced by electronic transitions (DIET) are described. Such studies are producing an increasingly complete picture of the dynamical pathways through which incident electronic energy is absorbed and rechanneled to produce macroscopic erosion and glow. These mechanistic studies can determine rate constants for erosion and glow processes in model materials and provide valuable guidance in materials selection and development. Extensive experiments with electron, photon, and heavy particle irradiation of alkali halides and other simple model materials have produced evidence showing that: (1) surface erosion, consisting primarily in the ejection or desorption of ground-state neutral atoms, occurs with large efficiencies for all irradiated species; (2) surface glow, resulting from the radiative decay of desorbed atoms, likewise occurs for all irradiating species; (3) the typical mechanism for ground-state neutral desorption is exciton formation, followed by relaxation to a permanent, mobile electronic defect which is the precursor to bond-breaking in the surface or near-surface bulk of the material; and (4) the mechanisms for excited atom formation may include curve crossing in atomic collisions, interactions with surface defect or impurity states, or defect diffusion

  18. Simultaneous determination of hydroxycinnamates and catechins in human urine samples by column switching liquid chromatography coupled to atmospheric pressure chemical ionization mass spectrometry

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    Nielsen, Salka E.; Sandström, B.

    2003-01-01

    atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI) MS using single ion monitoring (SIM) in negative mode. Linear calibration graphs were achieved in the dynamic range of 10-1000 ng/ml urine. The inter- and intraassay coefficients of variation (C.V.%) for the analysis of the four compounds in quality control...... urine samples were between 7.8 and 10.9, n=17 (reproducibility), and the repeatability of the assay was between 2.5 and 5.0% (n = 12). Analyses of urine samples from a human dietary intervention study with intake of 600 g of fruits and vegetables were demonstrated. To our knowledge, this is the first...

  19. Atmospheric CO₂, δ(O₂/N₂) and δ13CO2 measurements at Jungfraujoch, Switzerland: results from a flask sampling intercomparison program

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    Laan-Luijkx, I.T. van der; S. Van der Laan; Uglietti, C.; M. F. Schibig; R. E. M. Neubert; H. A. J. Meijer; W. A. Brand; A. Jordan; J. M. Richter; Rothe, M; M. C. Leuenberger

    2013-01-01

    We present results from an intercomparison program of CO2, δ(O2/N2) and δ13CO2 measurements from atmospheric flask samples. Flask samples are collected on a bi-weekly basis at the High Altitude Research Station Jungfraujoch in Switzerland for three European laboratories: the University of Bern, Switzerland, the University of Groningen, the Netherlands and the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany. Almost 4 years of measurements of CO2, δ(O2/N2) ...

  20. Atmospheric Aerosol Sampling with Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in Alaska: Instrument Development, Payload Integration, and Measurement Campaigns

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    Barberie, S. R.; Saiet, E., II; Hatfield, M. C.; Cahill, C. F.

    2014-12-01

    Atmospheric aerosols remain one of biggest variables in understanding global climate. The number of feedback loops involved in aerosol processes lead to nonlinear behavior at the systems level, making confident modeling and prediction difficult. It is therefore important to ground-truth and supplement modeling efforts with rigorous empirical measurements. To this end, the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration (ACUASI) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has developed a new cascade DRUM-style impactor to be mounted aboard a variety of unmanned aircraft and work in tandem with an optical particle counter for the routine collection of atmospheric aerosols. These UAS-based aerosol samplers will be employed for measurement campaigns in traditionally hazardous conditions such as volcanic plumes and over forest fires. Here we report on the development and laboratory calibration of the new instrument, the integration with UAS, and the vertical profiling campaigns being undertaken.

  1. The atmospheric circulation of a nine-hot Jupiter sample: Probing circulation and chemistry over a wide phase space

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    Kataria, Tiffany; Lewis, Nikole K; Visscher, Channon; Showman, Adam P; Fortney, Jonathan J; Marley, Mark S

    2016-01-01

    We present results from an atmospheric circulation study of nine hot Jupiters that comprise a large transmission spectral survey using the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes. These observations exhibit a range of spectral behavior over optical and infrared wavelengths which suggest diverse cloud and haze properties in their atmospheres. By utilizing the specific system parameters for each planet, we naturally probe a wide phase space in planet radius, gravity, orbital period, and equilibrium temperature. First, we show that our model "grid" recovers trends shown in traditional parametric studies of hot Jupiters, particularly equatorial superrotation and increased day-night temperature contrast with increasing equilibrium temperature. We show how spatial temperature variations, particularly between the dayside and nightside and west and east terminators, can vary by hundreds of K, which could imply large variations in Na, K, CO and CH4 abundances in those regions. These chemical variations can be large enough...

  2. Identification and quantification of flavonoids in human urine samples by column switching liquid chromatography coupled to atmospheric pressure chemical ionization mass spectrometry

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    Nielsen, Salka E.; Freese, R.; Cornett, C.;

    2000-01-01

    A rapid and sensitive high-performance liquid chromatographic mass spectrometric (HPLC-MS) method is described for the determination and quantification of 12 dietary flavonoid glycosides and aglycons in human urine samples. Chromatographic separation of the analytes of interest was achieved by...... column-switching, using the first column (a Zorbax 300SB C-3 column) for sample cleanup and eluting the heart-cut flavonoid fraction onto the second column (a Zorbax SE C-18 column) for separation and detection by ultraviolet and atmospheric pressure chemical ionization MS using single ion monitoring in...... variation for the analysis of the 12 different flavonoids in quality control urine samples were 12.3% on average (range 11.0-13.7%, n = 24, reproducibility) and the repeatability of the assay were 5.0% (mean, range 0.1-14.8%, it = 12). A subset of 10 urine samples from a human dietary intervention study...

  3. Argon gas concentration effects on nanostructured molybdenum nitride layer growth using 100 Hz pulsed dc glow discharge

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    Ikhlaq, U.; Ahmad, R.; Saleem, S.; Shah, M. S.; Umm-i-Kalsoom; Khan, N.; Khalid, N.

    2012-08-01

    The effect of argon concentration (10%-40%) on the surface properties of molybdenum is studied in nitrogen-argon mixture using 100 Hz pulsed dc glow discharge. The analysis is carried out by using X-ray diffractometer (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and Vickers microhardness tester to investigate surface properties of the nitrided samples. XRD results exhibit the formation of molybdenum nitrides. Crystallite size analysis and SEM morphology confirm the growth of nanostructured molybdenum nitride layers. Moreover, significant increase in surface hardness (by a factor of about two times) is found when the sample is treated for 30% argon in nitrogen-argon mixed plasma.

  4. The Atmospheric Circulation of a Nine-hot-Jupiter Sample: Probing Circulation and Chemistry over a Wide Phase Space

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    Kataria, Tiffany; Sing, David K.; Lewis, Nikole K.; Visscher, Channon; Showman, Adam P.; Fortney, Jonathan J.; Marley, Mark S.

    2016-04-01

    We present results from an atmospheric circulation study of nine hot Jupiters that compose a large transmission spectral survey using the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes. These observations exhibit a range of spectral behavior over optical and infrared wavelengths, suggesting diverse cloud and haze properties in their atmospheres. By utilizing the specific system parameters for each planet, we naturally probe a wide phase space in planet radius, gravity, orbital period, and equilibrium temperature. First, we show that our model “grid” recovers trends shown in traditional parametric studies of hot Jupiters, particularly equatorial superrotation and increased day–night temperature contrast with increasing equilibrium temperature. We show how spatial temperature variations, particularly between the dayside and nightside and west and east terminators, can vary by hundreds of kelvin, which could imply large variations in Na, K, CO and {{{CH}}}4 abundances in those regions. These chemical variations can be large enough to be observed in transmission with high-resolution spectrographs, such as ESPRESSO on VLT, METIS on the E-ELT, or MIRI and NIRSpec aboard JWST. We also compare theoretical emission spectra generated from our models to available Spitzer eclipse depths for each planet and find that the outputs from our solar-metallicity, cloud-free models generally provide a good match to many of the data sets, even without additional model tuning. Although these models are cloud-free, we can use their results to understand the chemistry and dynamics that drive cloud formation in their atmospheres.

  5. Seasonal associations and atmospheric transport distances of fungi in the genus Fusarium collected with unmanned aerial vehicles and ground-based sampling devices

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    Lin, Binbin; Ross, Shane D.; Prussin, Aaron J.; Schmale, David G.

    2014-09-01

    Spores of fungi in the genus Fusarium may be transported through the atmosphere over long distances. New information is needed to characterize seasonal trends in atmospheric loads of Fusarium and to pinpoint the source(s) of inoculum at both local (farm) and regional (state or country) scales. We hypothesized that (1) atmospheric concentrations of Fusarium spores in an agricultural ecosystem vary with height and season and (2) transport distances from potential inoculum source(s) vary with season. To test these hypotheses, spores of Fusarium were collected from the atmosphere in an agricultural ecosystem in Blacksburg, VA, USA using a Burkard volumetric sampler (BVS) 1 m above ground level and autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) 100 m above ground level. More than 2200 colony forming units (CFUs) of Fusarium were collected during 104 BVS sampling periods and 180 UAV sampling periods over four calendar years (2009-2012). Spore concentrations ranged from 0 to 13 and 0 to 23 spores m-3 for the BVS and the UAVs, respectively. Spore concentrations were generally higher in the fall, spring, and summer, and lower in the winter. Spore concentrations from the BVS were generally higher than those from the UAVs for both seasonal and hourly collections. A Gaussian plume transport model was used to estimate distances to the potential inoculum source(s) by season, and produced mean transport distances of 1.4 km for the spring, 1.7 km for the summer, 1.2 km for the fall, and 4.1 km for the winter. Environmental signatures that predict atmospheric loads of Fusarium could inform disease spread, air pollution, and climate change.

  6. Green Ocean Amazon 2014/15 High-Volume Filter Sampling: Atmospheric Particulate Matter of an Amazon Tropical City and its Relationship to Population Health Field Campaign Report

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    Machado, C. M. [Federal Univ. of Amazonas (Brazil); Santos, Erickson O. [Federal Univ. of Amazonas (Brazil); Fernandes, Karenn S. [Federal Univ. of Amazonas (Brazil); Neto, J. L. [Federal Univ. of Amazonas (Brazil); Souza, Rodrigo A. [Univ. of the State of Amazonas (Brazil)

    2016-08-01

    Manaus, the capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonas, is developing very rapidly. Its pollution plume contains aerosols from fossil fuel combustion mainly due to vehicular emission, industrial activity, and a thermal power plant. Soil resuspension is probably a secondary source of atmospheric particles. The plume transports from Manaus to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility ARM site at Manacapuru urban pollutants as well as pollutants from pottery factories along the route of the plume. Considering the effects of particulate matter on health, atmospheric particulate matter was evaluated at this site as part of the ARM Facility’s Green Ocean Amazon 2014/15 (GoAmazon 2014/15) field campaign. Aerosol or particulate matter (PM) is typically defined by size, with the smaller particles having more health impact. Total suspended particulate (TSP) are particles smaller than 100 μm; particles smaller than 2.5 μm are called PM2.5. In this work, the PM2.5 levels were obtained from March to December of 2015, totaling 34 samples and TSP levels from October to December of 2015, totaling 17 samples. Sampling was conducted with PM2.5 and TSP high-volume samplers using quartz filters (Figure 1). Filters were stored during 24 hours in a room with temperature (21,1ºC) and humidity (44,3 %) control, in order to do gravimetric analyses by weighing before and after sampling. This procedure followed the recommendations of the Brazilian Association for Technical Standards local norm (NBR 9547:1997). Mass concentrations of particulate matter were obtained from the ratio between the weighted sample and the volume of air collected. Defining a relationship between particulate matter (PM2.5 and TSP) and respiratory diseases of the local population is an important goal of this project, since no information exists on that topic.

  7. Ion diffusion into metals by double glow discharge. A new plasma surface alloying technique

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    The diffusion of ions into a metal by double glow discharge--a new plasma surface alloying technique--is presented. An enhanced discharge caused by double glow cross-interaction is introduced as a special discharge. The conditions and physics of double glow cross-interaction are discussed. The effects of this cross-interaction on plasma surface alloying are also discussed. Experimental results and industrial applications as well as future industrialization and problems of application and promotion are mentioned

  8. Dynamic terahertz spectroscopy of gas molecules mixed with unwanted aerosol under atmospheric pressure using fibre-based asynchronous-optical-sampling terahertz time-domain spectroscopy

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    Hsieh, Yi-Da; Nakamura, Shota; Abdelsalam, Dahi Ghareab; Minamikawa, Takeo; Mizutani, Yasuhiro; Yamamoto, Hirotsugu; Iwata, Tetsuo; Hindle, Francis; Yasui, Takeshi

    2016-06-01

    Terahertz (THz) spectroscopy is a promising method for analysing polar gas molecules mixed with unwanted aerosols due to its ability to obtain spectral fingerprints of rotational transition and immunity to aerosol scattering. In this article, dynamic THz spectroscopy of acetonitrile (CH3CN) gas was performed in the presence of smoke under the atmospheric pressure using a fibre-based, asynchronous-optical-sampling THz time-domain spectrometer. To match THz spectral signatures of gas molecules at atmospheric pressure, the spectral resolution was optimized to 1 GHz with a measurement rate of 1 Hz. The spectral overlapping of closely packed absorption lines significantly boosted the detection limit to 200 ppm when considering all the spectral contributions of the numerous absorption lines from 0.2 THz to 1 THz. Temporal changes of the CH3CN gas concentration were monitored under the smoky condition at the atmospheric pressure during volatilization of CH3CN droplets and the following diffusion of the volatilized CH3CN gas without the influence of scattering or absorption by the smoke. This system will be a powerful tool for real-time monitoring of target gases in practical applications of gas analysis in the atmospheric pressure, such as combustion processes or fire accident.

  9. Thermoluminescence glow curve for UV induced ZrO2:Ti phosphor with variable concentration of dopant and various heating rate

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    Neha Tiwari

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The present paper reports the synthesis and characterization of Ti doped ZrO2 nanophosphors. The effects of variable concentration of titanium on thermoluminescence (TL behaviour are studied. The samples were prepared by combustion a synthesis technique which is suitable for less time taking techniques also for large scale production for nano phosphors. The starting material used for sample preparation are Zr(NO33 and Ti(NO33 and urea used as a fuel. The prepared sample was characterized by X-ray diffraction technique (XRD with variable concentration of Ti (0.05–0.5 mol% there is no any phase change found with increase the concentration of Ti. Sample shows cubic structure and the particle size calculated by Scherer's formula. The surface morphology of prepared phosphor was determined by field emission gun scanning electron microscopy (FEGSEM technique for optimized concentration of dopant. The good connectivity with grains and the semi-sphere like structure was found by FEGSEM. The functional group analysis was determined by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopic techniques. The prepared phosphor examined by thermoluminescence technique. For recording TL glow curve every time 2 mg phosphor was irradiated by UV 254 nm source and fixed the heating rate at 5 °C s−1. Sample shows well resolved peak at 167 °C with a shoulder peak at 376 °C. The higher temperature peak shows the well stability and less fading in prepared phosphor. Also the effect of Ti concentration at fixed UV exposure time was studied. The effect of UV exposure time and dose versus intensity plot was studied. Sample shows linear response with dose and broaden peak with high temperature shows the more stability and less fading in TL glow curve. The linear dose response, high stability and less fading phenomenon shows the sample may be useful for thermoluminescence dosimetry application. Trapping parameters are calculated for every recorded glow curve. The

  10. Sintering unalloyed titanium in DC electrical abnormal glow discharge

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    Allan Seeber

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Powder metallurgy is widely used in the manufacture of components that have complex geometry. The good dimensional control, reduction in manufacturing steps and operating costs which has favored the use of this technique for manufacturing of titanium alloys components. However, the high affinity of this material with oxygen hinders strongly the sintering process. For this, the sintering associated with plasma technology can be considered an alternative technique for the processing of this material. The strict control of sintering atmosphere performed at low pressures and the reactive species present in the plasma environment can help to improve the sintering of this material. The results presented in this paper show a good correlation between the parameters used for the compaction of the samples and the microstructure develop during the plasma sintering of samples. The microstructure of the plasma assisted samples is also affected by the particular configuration used in the plasma reactor.

  11. Three spacecraft observe Jupiter's glowing polar regions

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    1996-09-01

    again in 1994, when the fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 hit Jupiter in a spectacular series of events. The explosive impacts appeared to repress the auroral activity at the time, suggesting a remarkable effect of comet dust on the charged particles creating the aurorae in Jupiter's atmosphere. The new results on variability due to other causes will help astronomers to assess that effect more confidently. They will also compare the 1994 and 1996 IUE data to see how the atmosphere of Jupiter has recovered from the impacts. In Jupiter's vicinity IUE registered ultraviolet emissions from oxygen and sulphur atoms littering the orbit of Io, and probably released by volcanic emissions from that peculiar moon. This Io Torus is highly variable too. The record of its ultraviolet emissions, both within the 1996 campaign and in comparison with earlier observations, will help the astronomers to understand the reasons for the variations. A remarkable history The close scrutiny of Jupiter and its moons was the final astronomical task of IUE, before the termination of space operations on 30 September 1996. Over the past few months the IUE science team and collaborating astronomers in Europe have fulfilled a wish-list of important observations precluded by the intense demands on their ultraviolet space observatory throughout its life of nearly nineteen years. The observations in the final science programme confirmed and extended IUE's record, as the most reliable and productive astronomical satellite that ever flew. In March of this year the spacecraft was ailing, with only one of its six gyros still functioning, which severely limited the scope of its original mission. By skillful control and spacecraft engineering it went on harvesting new data, including prolonged observations of Comet Hyakutake. The concluding campaigns that began in April targeted the gamma-ray emitting "blazar" Markarian 421, various other active galaxies, and stellar winds, as well as Jupiter. "I am sad but

  12. Method for the determination of lignin content of a sample by flash pyrolysis in an atmosphere of hydrogen or helium and method therefor

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    Shakkottai, Parthasarathy (Inventor); Kwack, Eug Y. (Inventor); Lawson, Daniel D. (Inventor)

    1991-01-01

    The lignin content of wood, paper pulp or other material containing lignin (such as filter paper soaked in black liquor) is more readily determined by flash pyrolysis of the sample at approximately 550.degree. C. in a reducing atmosphere of hydrogen or in an inert atmosphere of helium followed by a rapid analysis of the product gas by a mass spectrometer. The heated pyrolysis unit as fabricated comprises a small platinum cup welded to an electrically-heated stainless steel ribbon with control means for programmed short duration (1.5 sec, approximately) heating and means for continuous flow of hydrogen or helium. The pyrolysis products enter an electron-ionization mode mass spectrometer for spectral evaluation. Lignin content is obtained from certain ratios of integrated ion currents of many mass spectral lines, the ratios being linearly related to the Kappa number of Klason lignin.

  13. Transmission and fluorescence X-ray absorption spectroscopy cell/flow reactor for powder samples under vacuum or in reactive atmospheres.

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    Hoffman, A S; Debefve, L M; Bendjeriou-Sedjerari, A; Ouldchikh, S; Bare, Simon R; Basset, J-M; Gates, B C

    2016-07-01

    X-ray absorption spectroscopy is an element-specific technique for probing the local atomic-scale environment around an absorber atom. It is widely used to investigate the structures of liquids and solids, being especially valuable for characterization of solid-supported catalysts. Reported cell designs are limited in capabilities-to fluorescence or transmission and to static or flowing atmospheres, or to vacuum. Our goal was to design a robust and widely applicable cell for catalyst characterizations under all these conditions-to allow tracking of changes during genesis and during operation, both under vacuum and in reactive atmospheres. Herein, we report the design of such a cell and a demonstration of its operation both with a sample under dynamic vacuum and in the presence of gases flowing at temperatures up to 300 °C, showing data obtained with both fluorescence and transmission detection. The cell allows more flexibility in catalyst characterization than any reported. PMID:27475549

  14. Transmission and fluorescence X-ray absorption spectroscopy cell/flow reactor for powder samples under vacuum or in reactive atmospheres

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    Hoffman, A. S.

    2016-07-26

    X-ray absorption spectroscopy is an element-specific technique for probing the local atomic-scale environment around an absorber atom. It is widely used to investigate the structures of liquids and solids, being especially valuable for characterization of solid-supported catalysts. Reported cell designs are limited in capabilities—to fluorescence or transmission and to static or flowing atmospheres, or to vacuum. Our goal was to design a robust and widely applicable cell for catalyst characterizations under all these conditions—to allow tracking of changes during genesis and during operation, both under vacuum and in reactive atmospheres. Herein, we report the design of such a cell and a demonstration of its operation both with a sample under dynamic vacuum and in the presence of gases flowing at temperatures up to 300 °C, showing data obtained with both fluorescence and transmission detection. The cell allows more flexibility in catalyst characterization than any reported.

  15. Transmission and fluorescence X-ray absorption spectroscopy cell/flow reactor for powder samples under vacuum or in reactive atmospheres

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    Hoffman, A. S.; Debefve, L. M.; Bendjeriou-Sedjerari, A.; Ouldchikh, S.; Bare, Simon R.; Basset, J.-M.; Gates, B. C.

    2016-07-01

    X-ray absorption spectroscopy is an element-specific technique for probing the local atomic-scale environment around an absorber atom. It is widely used to investigate the structures of liquids and solids, being especially valuable for characterization of solid-supported catalysts. Reported cell designs are limited in capabilities—to fluorescence or transmission and to static or flowing atmospheres, or to vacuum. Our goal was to design a robust and widely applicable cell for catalyst characterizations under all these conditions—to allow tracking of changes during genesis and during operation, both under vacuum and in reactive atmospheres. Herein, we report the design of such a cell and a demonstration of its operation both with a sample under dynamic vacuum and in the presence of gases flowing at temperatures up to 300 °C, showing data obtained with both fluorescence and transmission detection. The cell allows more flexibility in catalyst characterization than any reported.

  16. Atmospheric deposition of heavy metals in Norway studied by the analysis of moss samples using neutron activation analysis and atomic absorption spectrometry

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    In a study of the atmospheric deposition of trace elements in different parts of Norway, samples of the moss Hylocomium Splendens were analyzed with respect to 28 elements. The determination of Cu, Zn, Cd and Pb was carried out by atomic absorption spectrophotometry, while 24 additional elements were determined by instrumental neutron activation analysis. In samples from southemmost Norway, a substantially higher concentration was found for elements such as Pb, Sb, V, Cr, Cu, Zn, As, Se, Mo, Ag and Cd than in samples from places located in the more northerly parts of the country. The results indicate that sources which are to the south and south-west of Scandinavia, contribute significantly to heavy metal deposition in Norway. (author)

  17. Improved ion implant fluence uniformity in hydrogen enhanced glow discharge plasma immersion ion implantation into silicon

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    Luo, J.; Li, L. H.; Liu, H. T.; Yu, K. M.; Xu, Y.; Zuo, X. J.; Zhu, P. Z.; Ma, Y. F.; Fu, Ricky K. Y.; Chu, Paul K.

    2014-06-01

    Enhanced glow discharge plasma immersion ion implantation does not require an external plasma source but ion focusing affects the lateral ion fluence uniformity, thereby hampering its use in high-fluence hydrogen ion implantation for thin film transfer and fabrication of silicon-on-insulator. Insertion of a metal ring between the sample stage and glass chamber improves the ion uniformity and reduces the ion fluence non-uniformity as the cathode voltage is raised. Two-dimensional multiple-grid particle-in-cell simulation confirms that the variation of electric field inside the chamber leads to mitigation of the ion focusing phenomenon and the results are corroborated experimentally by hydrogen forward scattering.

  18. Glow Discharge AES: Methodological Peculiarities of Pulse Element Analysis and Flash Desorption

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    Bregadze, Vasil G; Tsakadze, Ketevan J

    2007-01-01

    Different techniques of Glow Discharge AES are described in this paper. The most important parameters at such investigations are: the power of VHF-field, pressure of the inert gas and concentration of the easily ionizable additive, e.g. NaCl. The influences of these parameters were studied It is proposed a high sensitive flash desorption method, which enables investigation of the water desorption rate from humidified samples of biological origin, namely DNA and chromatin. The ways of minimizing of detection limit are considered as the most important characteristics of an analytical device. The concentration of any measured element is detectable if it correlates to the signal equal to tripled standard deviation of the results of background measurement. Electron temperature of the Helium has been evaluated by absorption rate at two lines of helium \\lambda=353.828nm; \\lambda'=344.759nm that was equal to T_c ~ 15000 K.

  19. Study on the Precipitates Formed by Double Glow Plasma Surface Alloying with Tungsten-Molybdenum

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    Bin ZHAO; Jiansheng WU; Zhonghou LI; Xiaoping LIU; Zhong XU

    2001-01-01

    Due to the slow cooling rate in the alloying furnace, large amount of brittle precipitates appear in the alloyed layers which are formed by the DGPSA (Double Glow Plasma Surface Alloying)with tungsten-molybdenum. It causes the mechanical properties of the samples to be seriously degraded. Qualitative phase analysis reveals that they are mainly composed of theμ-phase, and a small amount of carbide, M6C. In this paper the microstructure and thermodynamic factors of the precipitates are exhaustively investigated. There are two transformation noses in the isothermal transformation (IT) diagram of the precipitates. As a major object of this work, an effective measure is offered to depress the deposition of the precipitates.

  20. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon concentrations in gas and particle phases and source determination in atmospheric samples from a semiurban area of Dourados, Brazil.

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    Ré, Nilva; Kataoka, Vanessa Mayumi Fukuy; Cardoso, Claudia Andrea Lima; Alcantara, Glaucia Braz; de Souza, João Batista Gomes

    2015-07-01

    A headspace solid-phase microextraction (HS-SPME) procedure that employs a PDMS/DVB fiber was developed for the analysis of gas-phase polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) collected in polyurethane foam (PUF) by gas chromatography (GC) mass spectrometry. The method exhibited good linearity (R (2) > 0.99) and repeatability (4.9-25 %) as well as an impressive detection limit that ranged from 1.1 to 3.3 ng. Twenty-two air samples were collected by high-volume samplers from January to November 2007 in a semiurban area of Dourados (Brazil) and were analyzed for their content of total suspended particulates and PAHs. The PAHs were extracted from the PUF samples using the developed procedure (HS-SPME), and PAHs adsorbed on particulate matter were extracted with dichloromethane/methanol (4:1 [v/v]) in an ultrasonic bath. The values of the total daily concentrations of 16 PAHs determined in the samples ranged from 0.375 to 8.407 ng m(-3). In addition, diagnostic ratios were calculated, showing that the PAHs in the atmosphere at the sampling site originated predominantly from vehicle emissions and the combustion of grass and wood. Hierarchical cluster analysis and principal component analysis were performed as well, the results of which indicated (1) the same sources of PAH identified by the diagnostic ratios and (2) that the sampling days could be categorized into three groups depending on the atmospheric conditions. GC retention indices were also used to identify PAHs, biphenyl (phenylbenzene), and heterocyclic organic compounds (benzofurans) in some of the samples. PMID:25851064

  1. Comparative Spectroscopic Temperature Measurements In Hydrogen Hollow Cathode Glow Discharge

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    Majstorovic, G. Lj.; Šišovic, N. M.; Konjevic, N.

    2010-07-01

    We report results of optical emission spectroscopy measurements of rotational Trot and translational temperature Ttr of hydrogen molecules. The light source was hollow cathode glow discharge with titanium cathode operated in hydrogen at low pressure. The rotational temperature of excited electronic states of H2 was determined either from relative line intensities of the R branch of the GK ? B band or from the Q branch of the Fulcher-a diagonal band. The population of excited energy levels, determined from relative line intensities, was used to derive ro-vibronic temperature of the ground state of hydrogen molecule.

  2. Glow discharge lamp: A light source for optical emission spectroscopy

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    Vishwanathan, K. S.; Srinivasan, V.; Nalini, S.; Mahalingam, T. R.

    A glow discharge lamp based on a modified version of the Grimm design has been fabricated. Its utility as a radiation source for optical emission spectrography by standardizing a method for the analysis of low alloy steels using a set of certified standards from DMRL, Hyderabad, has been demonstrated. A model has been proposed where the sputtering rates of different metals have been correlated with their heats of sublimation, metallic radii, and densities. Sputtering rates of ten different metals obtained from literature have been used to test this model, and the correlation appears to be excellent.

  3. Glow discharge lamp: a light source for optical emission spectroscopy

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    A glow discharge lamp based on a modified version of the Grimm design has been fabricated. Its utility as a radiation source for optical emmission spectrography by standardising a method for the analysis of low alloy steels using a set of certified standards from DMRL, Hyderabad, has been demonstrated. A model has been proposed where the sputtering rates of different metals have been correlated with their heats of sublimation, metallic radii and densities. Sputtering rates of ten different metals obtained from literature have been used to test this model, and the correlation appears to be excellent. (author). 19 re fs., 13 figs., 2 tabs

  4. Glow discharge assisted oxynitriding process of titanium for medical application

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    Wierzchoń, Tadeusz; Czarnowska, Elżbieta; Grzonka, Justyna; Sowińska, Agnieszka; Tarnowski, Michał; Kamiński, Janusz; Kulikowski, Krzysztof; Borowski, Tomasz; Kurzydłowski, Krzysztof J.

    2015-04-01

    The plasma oxynitriding process is a prospective method of producing titanium oxides as an integral part of a diffusive nitrided surface layer on titanium implants. This hybrid process, which combines glow discharge assisted nitriding and oxidizing, permits producing TiO2 + Ti2N + αTi(N)-type diffusive surface layers. The oxynitrided surface layers improve the corrosion and wear resistance of the substrate material. Additionally, the nanocrystalline titanium oxide TiO2 (rutile) improves the biological properties of titanium and its alloys when in contact with blood, whereas the TiN + Ti2N + αTi(N) zone eliminates the effect of metalosis.

  5. Reproducing continuous radio blackout using glow discharge plasma

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    A novel plasma generator is described that offers large-scale, continuous, non-magnetized plasma with a 30-cm-diameter hollow structure, which provides a path for an electromagnetic wave. The plasma is excited by a low-pressure glow discharge, with varying electron densities ranging from 109 to 2.5 × 1011 cm−3. An electromagnetic wave propagation experiment reproduced a continuous radio blackout in UHF-, L-, and S-bands. The results are consistent with theoretical expectations. The proposed method is suitable in simulating a plasma sheath, and in researching communications, navigation, electromagnetic mitigations, and antenna compensation in plasma sheaths

  6. Mapping land water and energy balance relations through conditional sampling of remote sensing estimates of atmospheric forcing and surface states

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    Farhadi, Leila; Entekhabi, Dara; Salvucci, Guido

    2016-04-01

    In this study, we develop and apply a mapping estimation capability for key unknown parameters that link the surface water and energy balance equations. The method is applied to the Gourma region in West Africa. The accuracy of the estimation method at point scale was previously examined using flux tower data. In this study, the capability is scaled to be applicable with remotely sensed data products and hence allow mapping. Parameters of the system are estimated through a process that links atmospheric forcing (precipitation and incident radiation), surface states, and unknown parameters. Based on conditional averaging of land surface temperature and moisture states, respectively, a single objective function is posed that measures moisture and temperature-dependent errors solely in terms of observed forcings and surface states. This objective function is minimized with respect to parameters to identify evapotranspiration and drainage models and estimate water and energy balance flux components. The uncertainty of the estimated parameters (and associated statistical confidence limits) is obtained through the inverse of Hessian of the objective function, which is an approximation of the covariance matrix. This calibration-free method is applied to the mesoscale region of Gourma in West Africa using multiplatform remote sensing data. The retrievals are verified against tower-flux field site data and physiographic characteristics of the region. The focus is to find the functional form of the evaporative fraction dependence on soil moisture, a key closure function for surface and subsurface heat and moisture dynamics, using remote sensing data.

  7. Analytical performance of glow discharge optical emission spectrometry with neon-argon mixed gases in determination of aluminum in steel samples%氖氩混合气体辉光放电发射光谱法测定钢样中铝的分析特性

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    WAGATSUMA; Kazuaki; HYUNKOOK; Park

    2007-01-01

    The emission characteristics of several atomic and ionic line of Al emitted from a Ne-Ar mixed gas glow discharge plasma were investigated. In comparison with pure Ar and pure Ne plasmas, the relative intensities of the Al emission lines are much different among these plasma gases. The Al Ⅱ lines which are identified to the 4f-3d transitions, such as Al Ⅱ 358. 71 nm and Al Ⅱ 358.66 nm, give intense emission when Ne is employed as the plasma gas, whereas these Al Ⅱ lines cannot be emitted from the pure Ar plasma. The reason for this effect is that the 4f excited levels are highly and selectively populated through resonance charge transfer collision between Al atom and Ne ion. The addition of small amounts of Ar to the Ne plasma increases the population of gas ions as well as the number density of electrons in the plasma because Ar ions are predominantly produced through Penning ionization collision between Ne metastable and Ar atom. This change occurring in the Ne-Ar mixed gas plasma results in enhancement in the emission intensities of Al lines. Among the atomic and ionic Al lines, the Al Ⅱ 358. 641 nm line can be employed as an analytical line for determination of trace-level Al, since the intensity is large and the background equivalent concentration is small in the Ne-Ar plasma.%研究了在Ne-Ar混合气体辉光等离子体中铝的原子及离子发射光谱线,并与纯Ar和纯Ne辉光等离子体进行了比较.在不同的放电气体环境下,Al发射线的相对强度不同.在Ne为放电气体时,可以观察到由4f→3d跃迁而产生的Al Ⅱ 358.71 nm和Al Ⅱ 358.66 nm两条发射线,而这两条线在以Ar为放电气体时不会产生.这种现象的原因是由于4f激发态是由Al原子和Ne离子的共振电荷转移碰撞而选择性高几率的产生的.由于亚稳态的Ne与Ar原子的彭宁碰撞会产生大量的Ar离子,因此在Ne等离子体中加入少量的Ar气时,会增加等离子体中气体离子的数量和电子

  8. Organic composition of size segregated atmospheric particulate matter, during summer and winter sampling campaigns at representative sites in Madrid, Spain

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    Mirante, Fátima; Alves, Célia; Pio, Casimiro; Pindado, Oscar; Perez, Rosa; Revuelta, M.a. Aranzazu; Artiñano, Begoña

    2013-10-01

    Madrid, the largest city of Spain, has some and unique air pollution problems, such as emissions from residential coal burning, a huge vehicle fleet and frequent African dust outbreaks, along with the lack of industrial emissions. The chemical composition of particulate matter (PM) was studied during summer and winter sampling campaigns, conducted in order to obtain size-segregated information at two different urban sites (roadside and urban background). PM was sampled with high volume cascade impactors, with 4 stages: 10-2.5, 2.5-1, 1-0.5 and < 0.5 μm. Samples were solvent extracted and organic compounds were identified and quantified by GC-MS. Alkanes, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), alcohols and fatty acids were chromatographically resolved. The PM1-2.5 was the fraction with the highest mass percentage of organics. Acids were the organic compounds that dominated all particle size fractions. Different organic compounds presented apparently different seasonal characteristics, reflecting distinct emission sources, such as vehicle exhausts and biogenic sources. The benzo[a]pyrene equivalent concentrations were lower than 1 ng m- 3. The estimated carcinogenic risk is low.

  9. A review on chemical effects in aqueous solution induced by plasma with glow discharge

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    Chemical effects in different aqueous solutions induced by plasma with glow discharge electrolysis (GDE) and contact glow discharge electrolysis (CGDE) are described. The experimental and discharge characteristics are also reviewed. These are followed by a discussion of their mechanisms of both anodic and cathodic CGDE

  10. Simulation of the influence of thermal quenching on thermoluminescence glow-peaks

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    Subedi, B.; Kitis, G. [Nuclear Physics Laboratory, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki (Greece); Pagonis, V. [Physics Department, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD 21157 (United States)

    2010-05-15

    The thermal quenching of luminescence efficiency is an effect which is present in many thermoluminescent (TL) materials. It causes a significant decrease of the luminescence signal and disturbs the shape of the glow-peaks. Therefore, in principle, the thermoluminescence kinetics theory cannot describe TL glow-peaks influenced by thermal quenching. In the present work a detailed simulation of the influence of the thermal quenching effect on thermoluminescence glow-peaks is presented. Specifically we study the shift of the quenched glow-peak with heating rate and the effect on the various heating rate methods, the influence on the symmetry factor and the kinetic order of the glow-peak, and the effect of thermal quenching on the initial rise and peak shape methods for evaluating kinetic parameters. Furthermore, the evaluation of the thermal quenching parameters using the quenched glow-peak and the possibility of using the conventional expression describing a single glow-peak to fit the quenched glow peaks are also investigated. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  11. Numerical analysis of thermoluminescence glow curves; Analisis numerico de las cruvas de termoluminiscencia

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    Gomez Ros, J. M.; Delgado, A.

    1989-07-01

    This report presents a method for the numerical analysis of complex thermoluminescence glow curves resolving the individual glow peak components. The method employs first order kinetics analytical expressions and is based In a Marquart-Levenberg minimization procedure. A simplified version of this method for thermoluminescence dosimetry (TLD) is also described and specifically developed to operate whit Lithium Fluoride TLD-100. (Author). 36 refs.

  12. The possibilities of atmospheric plasma-spraying application to obtain hydroxyapatite coatings on the stainless steel samples

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    Mihailović Marija D.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available For decades, the standard metallic materials for hip implants, besides the 316LVM stainless steel, were titanium- and cobalt/chromium-based alloys. Although bioinert, due to their corrosion resistance, they are not biocompatible. Contemporary surgical implants are not made just of bioinert metal anymore, but with deposited bioactive hydroxyapatite (HAp coating. Hydroxyapatite is chemically identical with the mineral constituent of bones and teeth, what besides its biocompatibility provides bioactivity as well. The HAp limitations are, however, weak tensile strength and low fatigue resistance for long term loadings, if used alone. This is the reason for HAp to be deposited onto the surgical implant, and to enable its bioactivity, what means intergrowth with bones, and therefore the long-lasting and mechanical stable non-cemented prosthesis. This is important predominantly because the need for such prostheses for younger population, and a better life quality. There are several contemporary techniques that have been used for deposition of these coatings onto the metal implant. The possibilities of atmospheric plasma-spraying for obtaining the stable HAp coatings on the 316LVM stainless steel, ordinary used as a standard material for hip implants production are presented in this paper. The coatings of a commercially available hydroxyapatite powder were plasma-sprayed onto the specimens of medical grade 316LVM stainless steel under various operating conditions. The optical microscopy was used for microstructure and porosity characterization, while coating morphology and Ca/P ratio were analyzed using SEM equipped with EDX. Coating microstructure varied from a porous to a glassy structure, depending on operating conditions applied and coating thickness. Coating porosity was determined to be at the lower required limit requested for the bone-coating intergrowth possibility, but nevertheless adhesion measurements showed good results. The Ca/P ratio was

  13. Emergency procedures for nuclear installations: on the simulation and interpretation of offsite air sampling measurements during the early phase of an accidental release of radioactivity to the atmosphere

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    During the early stages of an accidental release of radioactive material to the atmosphere, the immediate aims of the offsite Emergency management scheme are twofold: firstly, to determine the extent of any contamination occurring close to the site (i.e. out to a few km) for purposes of protecting the local public; secondly, to provide early estimates of source term and hence permit consequences farther afield to be assessed. In practice, these objectives would be largely reliant upon the sampling measurements made by mobile offsite survey teams and the ability with which they may be interpreted in terms of an atmospheric dispersion model. This paper investigates the methodology and effectiveness of these tasks for the rapid provision of advice to decision makers. SF6 tracer experiments which simulate the offsite plume sampling procedure are described. These provide realistic demonstrations of data quality with respect to variability and sparsity, and provide practical insight into the cause of these effects as well as guidance to improve the effectiveness of the sampling strategy. A statistical scheme is described which may be used in conjunction with a plume dispersion model to analyse such data and to provide hourly averaged estimates of source strength and plume concentration/dose. Worked examples using SF6 simulation data sets for a single sampling vehicle and a 2-dimensional gaussian plume model are presented and used to assess the accuracy and limitations of the averall approach. Although the results are encouraging, performance is found to fairly sensitive to the quality and quantity of the data

  14. Multiple solutions in the theory of dc glow discharges

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    Almeida, P G C; Benilov, M S; Faria, M J [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade da Madeira, Largo do Municipio, 9000 Funchal (Portugal)

    2010-04-15

    Multiple steady-state solutions existing in the theory of dc glow discharges are computed for the first time. The simulations are performed in 2D in the framework of the simplest self-consistent model, which accounts for a single ion species and employs the drift-diffusion approximation. Solutions describing up to nine different modes were found in the case where losses of the ions and the electrons due to diffusion to the wall were neglected. One mode is 1D, exists at all values of the discharge current, and represents in essence the well-known solution of von Engel and Steenbeck. The other eight modes are axially symmetric, exist in limited ranges of the discharge current, and are associated with different patterns of current spots on the cathode. The mode with a spot at the centre of the cathode exhibits a well pronounced effect of normal current density. Account of diffusion losses affects the solutions dramatically: the number of solutions is reduced, a mode appears that exists at all discharge currents and comprises the Townsend, subnormal, normal and abnormal discharges. The solutions that exist in limited current ranges describe patterns, and these patterns seem to represent axially symmetric analogues of the 3D patterns observed in dc glow microdischarges in xenon.

  15. Double Glow Plasma Surface Alloyed Burn-resistant Titanium Alloy

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    ZHANG Ping-ze; XU Zhong; HE Zhi-yong; ZHANG Gao-hui

    2004-01-01

    Conventional titanium alloy may be ignited and burnt under high temperature, high pressure and high gas flow velocity condition. In order to avoid this problem, we have developed a new kind of burn-resistant titanium alloy-double glow plasma surface alloying burn-resistant titanium alloy. Alloying element Cr, Mo, Cu are induced into the Ti-6Al-4V and Ti-6.5Al-0.3Mo-l.5Zr-0.25Si substrates according to double glow discharge phenomenon, Ti-Cr ,Ti-Mo, Ti-Cu binary burn-resistant alloy layers are formed on the surface of Ti-6Al-4V and Ti-6.5Al-0.3Mo-l.5Zr-0.25Si alloys. The depth of the surface burn-resistant alloy layer can reach to above 200 microns and alloying element concentration can reach 90%.Burn-resistant property experiments reveal that if Cr concentration reach to 14%, Cu concentration reach to 12%, Mo concentration reach to 10% in the alloying layers, ignition and burn of titanium alloy can be effectively avoided.

  16. Double Glow Plasma Surface Alloyed Burn-resistant Titanium Alloy

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    ZHANGPing-ze; XUZhong; HEZhi-yong; ZHANGGao-hui

    2004-01-01

    Conventional titanium alloy may be ignited and burnt under high temperature, high pressure and high gas flow velocity condition. In order to avoid this problem, we have developed a new kind of burn-resistant titanium alloy-double glow plasma surface alloying burn-resistant titanium alloy. Alloying element Cr, Mo, Cu are induced into the Ti-6A1-4V and Ti-6.5Al-0.3Mo-1.5Zr-0.25Si substrates according to double glow discharge phenomenon, Ti-Cr ,Ti-Mo, Ti-Cu binary burn-resistant alloy layers are formed on the surface of Ti-6A1-4V and Ti-6.5Al-0.3Mo-1.5Zr-0.25Si alloys. The depth of the surface burn-resistant alloy layer can reach to above 200 microns and alloying element concentration can reach 90%. Burn-resistant property experiments reveal that if Cr concentration reach to 14%, Cu concentration reach to 12%, Mo concentration reach to 10% in the alloying layers, ignition and burn of titanium alloy can be effectively avoided.

  17. Glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy: a complementary technique to analyze thin electrodeposited polyaniline films

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    Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy (GDOES) has been developed to perform depth profiles of thick metallic films, in tens of microns range. GDOES spectroscopy can also be used to analyze thin organic polymer films since this technique has a great potential thanks to its high depth resolution, multi-element capability, sensitivity, and adaptability to solids or films and to conducting or non-conducting samples. In particular thin electrodeposited conducting polymer films remain an unexplored field of investigation for GDOES technique. However GDOES was used in this work to analyze electrodeposited polyaniline films, in addition to other techniques such as profilometry, electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD). More precisely polyaniline thin films were electrodeposited from HCl solutions and the presence of an anilinium chloride excess at the top surface of the polymer film was demonstrated using GDOES and XRD. Rinsing of these films with water led to the removal of this excess and to the partial dedoping of the polymer film due to the porous structure of polymer films. Polyaniline thin films were also electrodeposited from H2SO4 solutions and an anilinium hydrogen sulfate was similarly observed at the top surface of the polymer. This excess was removed by rinsing, contrary to hydrogen sulfate anions incorporated into the polymer film during the electrochemical polymerization that were not completely expulsed from the polyaniline films as proved using GDOES. - Highlights: • Polyaniline films were electrodeposited from HCl and H2SO4 solutions • Polymer films were analyzed by Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy (GDOES) • The incorporation of anions in the films was proved using GDOES depth profiles • The crystalline structure of polyaniline films was modified by water rinsing

  18. Atmospheric CO2, δ(O2/N2 and δ13CO2 measurements at Jungfraujoch, Switzerland: results from a flask sampling intercomparison program

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    I. T. van der Laan-Luijkx

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available We present results from an intercomparison program of CO2, δ(O2/N2 and δ13CO2 measurements from atmospheric flask samples. Flask samples are collected on a bi-weekly basis at the High Altitude Research Station Jungfraujoch in Switzerland for three European laboratories: the University of Bern, Switzerland, the University of Groningen, the Netherlands and the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany. Almost 4 years of measurements of CO2, δ(O2/N2 and δ13CO2 are compared in this paper to assess the measurement compatibility of the three laboratories. While the average difference for the CO2 measurements between the laboratories in Bern and Jena meets the required compatibility goal as defined by the World Meteorological Organization, the standard deviation of the average differences between all laboratories is not within the required goal. However, the obtained annual trend and seasonalities are the same within their estimated uncertainties. For δ(O2/N2 significant differences are observed between the three laboratories. The comparison for δ13CO2 yields the least compatible results and the required goals are not met between the three laboratories. Our study shows the importance of regular intercomparison exercises to identify potential biases between laboratories and the need to improve the quality of atmospheric measurements.

  19. Effects of traces of molecular gases (hydrogen, nitrogen) in glow discharges in noble gases

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    Steers, E. B. M.; Smid, P.; Hoffmann, V.

    2008-07-01

    The "Grimm" type of low pressure glow discharge source, introduced some forty years ago, has proved to be a versatile analytical source. A flat sample is used as the cathode and placed about 0.2mm away from the end of a hollow tubular anode leading to an obstructed discharge. When the source was first developed, it was used for the direct analysis of solid metallic samples by optical emission spectroscopy (OES), normally with argon as the plasma gas; it was soon found that, using suitable electrical parameters, the cathode material was sputtered uniformly from a circular crater of diameter equal to that of the tubular anode, so that the technique could be used for compositional depth profile analysis (CDPA). Over the years the capability and applications of the technique have steadily increased. The use of rf powered discharges now permits the analysis of non-conducting layers and samples; improved instrumental design now allows CDPA of ever thinner layers (e.g. resolution of layers 5 nm thick in multilayer stacks is possible). For the original bulk material application, pre-sputtering could be used to remove any surface contamination but for CDPA, analysis must start immediately the discharge is ignited, so that any surface contamination can introduce molecular gases into the plasma gas and have significant analytical consequences, especially for very thin layers; in addition, many types of samples now analysed contain molecular gases as components (either as occluded gas, or e.g. as a nitride or oxide), and this gas enters the discharge when the sample is sputtered. It is therefore important to investigate the effect of such foreign gases on the discharge, in particular on the spectral intensities and hence the analytical results. The presentation will concentrate mainly on the effect of hydrogen in argon discharges, in the concentration range 0-2 % v/v but other gas mixtures (e.g. Ar/N_2, Ne/H_2) will be considered for comparison. In general, the introduction of

  20. Glow curve analysis of composite peak 5 in LiF:Mg,Ti (TLD-100) using optical bleaching, thermal annealing and computerised glow curve deconvolution

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    The relative intensity of glow peak 5a in the composite glow peak 5 of LiF:Mg,Ti (TLD-100) is very weak following gamma irradiation, and has been estimated at approximately 0.1 of the intensity of peak 5. Typical glow curve analysis using computerised glow curve deconvolution with unconstrained variation of the peak shape parameters, yields values of the relative intensity of glow peak 5a varying from 0 to 15%. Due to the potential of peak 5a to fulfil the criteria of a quasi-tissue-equivalent nanodosemeter which estimates quality factor, considerable efforts have been invested in ancillary techniques to improve the reliability of the estimation of the intensity of peak 5a. Optical bleaching and thermal annealing techniques were used to obtain single-peak glow curves consisting of peak 4 only and peak 5 only. A multi-stage CGCD protocol was then constructed using these peak shape parameters for peaks 4 and 5, which allows more accurate estimation of the relative intensity of peak 5a. Following 60Co irradiation of ten chips to a dose level of 1 Gy, the technique yields a relative intensity of 0.08±0.008 (1 SD). (author)

  1. A Comparative Study between the Filamentary and Glow Modes of DBD Plasma in the Treatment of Wool Fibers

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    Doaa. M. El-Zeer

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available In the present research it has been studied the effect of the DBD plasma on the treatment and modification of the surface a printing properities of the wool. Two types of DBD plasma have been investigated namely; the filamentary mode FDBD plasma and the glow mode GDBD plasma to reach the best condition of the treatment. Two discharge cells have been constructed one of them is for the generation of Atmospheric pressure glow discharge APGD and the other is for the generation of filamentary dielectric barrier discharge FDBD plasma. These two cells have the same dimensions except for the type of the dielectric barrier. In the APGD cell the dielectric barrier is a commercial porous fiber while in the FDBD cell the barrier is a Pyrex glass. It has been found that changing the type of the dielectric barriers acquires the discharge different properties. The efficiencies of these two types of discharge in the treatment of the textiles has been examined by treating the wool fabric with these two types of DBD plasma at different conditions of the current and treatment time. The induced changes in wool properties, such as whiteness index, wettability, tensile strength, elongation %, surface morphology, printability and fastness properties, have been investigated. The surface characterization was performed using FTIR and SEM imaging. It has been discovered that GDBD plasma is more efficient than FDBD because of not only its homogeneity but also the high concentration of nitrogen excited species that are the responsible for the surface activation of the textile.

  2. Fukushima radionuclides at air filter and rain water samples collected from Istanbul and their atmospheric removal time

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    Accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) is one of the most serious accident in the world after Chernobyl accident. Following the continuing release of radionuclides in air after FDNPP, traces of fission products (131I, 134Cs and 137Cs) were recorded in the air filter and rain water samples collected from the CNAEM area at Istanbul on 4 April 2011. Airborne particle samples were collected daily in air filters and radio assayed with a high purity germanium detector. The fission products 131I, 134Cs and 137Cs were measured with the maximum activity concentrations of 1.03±0.08, 0.25±0.03 and 0.23±0.03 mBq m-3, respectively. For determination of the origin of the releases the 134Cs/137Cs ratio was calculated between 1.09 and 0.85. The authors find removal times for 137Cs of 8.13 d, 134Cs of 7.25 d and 131I of 6.82 d. (authors)

  3. GCAFIT-A new tool for glow curve analysis in thermoluminescence nanodosimetry

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    Glow curve analysis is widely used for dosimetric studies and applications. Therefore, a new computer program, GCAFIT, for deconvoluting first-order kinetics thermoluminescence (TL) glow curves and evaluating the activation energy for each glow peak in the glow curve has been developed using the MATLAB technical computing language. A non-linear function describing a single glow peak is fitted to experimental points using the Levenberg-Marquardt least-square method. The developed GCAFIT software was used to analyze the glow curves of TLD-100, TLD-600, and TLD-700 nanodosimeters. The activation energy E obtained by the developed GCAFIT software was compared with that obtained by the peak shape methods of Grossweiner, Lushchik, and Halperin-Braner. The frequency factor S for each glow peak was also calculated. The standard deviations are discussed in each case and compared with those of other investigators. The results show that GCAFIT is capable of accurately analyzing first-order TL glow curves. Unlike other software programs, the developed GCAFIT software does not require activation energy as an input datum; in contrast, activation energy for each glow peak is given in the output data. The resolution of the experimental glow curve influences the results obtained by the GCAFIT software; as the resolution increases, the results obtained by the GCAFIT software become more accurate. The values of activation energy obtained by the developed GCAFIT software a in good agreement with those obtained by the peak shape methods. The agreement with the Halperin-Braner and Lushchik methods is better than with that of Grossweiner. High E and S values for peak 5 were observed; we believe that these values are not real because peak 5 may in fact consist of two or three unresolved peaks. We therefore treated E and S for peak 5 as an effective activation energy, Eeff, and an effective frequency factor, Seff. The temperature value for peak 5 was also treated as an effective quantity

  4. GCAFIT—A new tool for glow curve analysis in thermoluminescence nanodosimetry

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    Abd El-Hafez, A. I.; Yasin, M. N.; Sadek, A. M.

    2011-05-01

    Glow curve analysis is widely used for dosimetric studies and applications. Therefore, a new computer program, GCAFIT, for deconvoluting first-order kinetics thermoluminescence (TL) glow curves and evaluating the activation energy for each glow peak in the glow curve has been developed using the MATLAB technical computing language. A non-linear function describing a single glow peak is fitted to experimental points using the Levenberg-Marquardt least-square method. The developed GCAFIT software was used to analyze the glow curves of TLD-100, TLD-600, and TLD-700 nanodosimeters. The activation energy E obtained by the developed GCAFIT software was compared with that obtained by the peak shape methods of Grossweiner, Lushchik, and Halperin-Braner. The frequency factor S for each glow peak was also calculated. The standard deviations are discussed in each case and compared with those of other investigators. The results show that GCAFIT is capable of accurately analyzing first-order TL glow curves. Unlike other software programs, the developed GCAFIT software does not require activation energy as an input datum; in contrast, activation energy for each glow peak is given in the output data. The resolution of the experimental glow curve influences the results obtained by the GCAFIT software; as the resolution increases, the results obtained by the GCAFIT software become more accurate. The values of activation energy obtained by the developed GCAFIT software a in good agreement with those obtained by the peak shape methods. The agreement with the Halperin-Braner and Lushchik methods is better than with that of Grossweiner. High E and S values for peak 5 were observed; we believe that these values are not real because peak 5 may in fact consist of two or three unresolved peaks. We therefore treated E and S for peak 5 as an effective activation energy, Eeff, and an effective frequency factor, Seff. The temperature value for peak 5 was also treated as an effective quantity

  5. TL response of single crystal TLD-100 to 70 eV: 5 keV electrons and comparison with TSEE glow curves

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    Lasky, J.B.; Moran, P.R.

    1976-01-01

    A ''TL effective'' energy-range relationship was found which agrees with the universal curve above 2 keV but becomes nearly constant at about 300/sup 0/A for energies between 1 keV and 100 eV. The glow curve shape obtained from single crystal TLD-100, after irradiation with 70 eV to 30 keV electrons, is essentially the same as that obtained after irradiation with cesium ..gamma..-rays, (i.e. TL emitted from bulk of sample) as long as (1) the dose is well below saturation and (2) irradiations are performed on freshly cleaved crystals or vacuum annealed crystals. This result shows that there is no intrinsic difference between TL traps near the surface and in the bulk. Irradiation with electron energies less than 1 keV results in the TL signal being emitted from the same region from which TSEE electrons are emitted. The usual TSEE glow curve, found by other investigators, is different from the TL glow curve obtained from vacuum annealed crystals. However, if the TL sample is given the same ''standard annealing'' as is customary in TSEE experiments, the TL glow curve obtained after irradiation with low energy electrons is altered and there is then good agreement between this TL glow curve and the TSEE curve found by others. This altered glow curve is a result of hydroxyl ions which diffuse into the sample during annealing. The TL efficiency was comparable to cesium ..gamma..-rays for 30-5 keV electrons, decreased rapidly between 5 and 1 keV and remained constant at about 20% of the efficiency of cesium ..gamma..-rays below 1 keV. Half of this decrease in efficiency can be attributed to the higher LET of low energy electrons. The cause for the remaining decrease is not known but it may have its origin in the same mechanism proposed to account for the large range of low energy electrons.

  6. Atmospheric aerosol sampling campaign in Budapest and K-puszta. Part 2. Application of Stochastic Lung Model

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    Complete text of publication follows. The Stochastic Lung Model [1] is a new important tool for the investigation of the health impact of atmospheric aerosols. The obtained concentrations of urban and rural aerosols (see part 1) were applied for lung deposition calculations with this model. The health effects of the inhaled particles may strongly depend on the location of deposition within the lung. This model was applied in order to calculate the deposition efficiencies of the measured aerosols in the tracheobronchial and the acinar regions of human respiratory system. In the acinar regions takes place the gas-exchange. In this model a lot of parameters can be adjusted and changed. For example: tidal volume, aerosol diameter and density, time of breathing cycle, etc. So can be calculation some cases among others males, females or children, sleep, sitting, light or heavy exercise, etc. As example the Figure 1. demonstrates that the acinar deposition has a maximum at 1-3 μm aerosol size and above 10 μm the practically do not reach the acinar region at sitting breathing conditions for male person. In the part I. the elements have been grouped. The first group was composed of Fe, Si and Ca. These elements can be found in 2-8 m size range with the largest rate. The deposition of Fe, Si and Ca elements has the largest probability in acinar region. The elemental concentrations in Budapest are much larger than in K-puszta. Thus, the acinar deposition of aerosol containing Fe, Si and Ca is relatively more significant in Budapest than in K-puszta. The second group was composed of S, Pb and W. The majority of these elements was in the 0,25-1 μm size range. These elements also deposit in acinar region but with less probability. Because their particles have large concentration they can also deposit in large amount. This work was supported by the National Research and Development Program (NRDP 3/005/2001). (author)

  7. Quantification of levoglucosan and its isomers by High Performance Liquid Chromatography – Electrospray Ionization tandem Mass Spectrometry and its applications to atmospheric and soil samples

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    C. Piot

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available The determination of atmospheric concentrations of levoglucosan and its two isomers, unambiguous tracers of biomass burning emissions, became even more important with the development of wood as renewable energy for domestic heating. Many researches demonstrated the increase during recent years of atmospheric particulate matter load due to domestic biomass combustion in developed countries. Analysis of biomass burning tracers is traditionally performed with Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS technique after derivatization and requires an organic solvent extraction. A simpler and faster technique using Liquid Chromatography – Electrospray Ionisation – tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS/MS was optimized for the analysis of levoglucosan, mannosan and galactosan isomers after an aqueous extraction. This technique allows a good separation between the three compounds in a very reduced time (runtime ~5 min. LOD and LOQ of this method are 30 μg l−1 and 100 μg l−1 respectively, allowing the use of filters from low-volume sampler (as commonly used in routine campaigns. A comparison of simultaneous levoglucosan measurements by GC-MS and LC-ESI-MS/MS for about 50 samples coming from different types of sampling sites and seasons was realized and shows very good agreement between the two methods. Therefore LC-ESI-MS/MS method can be used as an alternative to GC-MS particularly for measurement campaigns in routine where analysis time is important and detection limit is reduced. This paper shows that this method is also applicable to other environmental sample types like soil.

  8. Quantification of levoglucosan and its isomers by High Performance Liquid Chromatography – Electrospray Ionization tandem Mass Spectrometry and its applications to atmospheric and soil samples

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    N. Marchand

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The determination of atmospheric concentrations of levoglucosan and its two isomers, unambiguous tracers of biomass burning emissions, became even more important with the development of wood as renewable energy for domestic heating. Many researches demonstrated the increase during recent years of atmospheric particulate matter load due to domestic biomass combustion in developed countries. Analysis of biomass burning tracers is traditionally performed with Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS technique after derivatization and requires an organic solvent extraction. A simpler and faster technique using Liquid Chromatography – Electrospray Ionisation – tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS/MS was optimized for the analysis of levoglucosan, mannosan and galactosan isomers after an aqueous extraction. This technique allows a good separation between the three compounds in a very reduced time (runtime ~5 min. LOD and LOQ of this method are 30 μg l−1 and 100 μg l−1 respectively, allowing the use of filters from low-volume sampler (as commonly used in routine campaigns. A comparison of simultaneous levoglucosan measurements by GC-MS and LC-ESI-MS/MS for about 50 samples coming from different types of sampling sites and seasons was realized and shows very good agreement between the two methods. Therefore LC-ESI-MS/MS method can be used as an alternative to GC-MS particularly for measurement campaigns in routine where analysis time is important and detection limit is reduced. This paper shows that this method is also applicable to other environmental sample types like soil.

  9. Laser spectroscopy in a laser-produced plasma at atmospheric pressure: comparison between A.E.S., L.I.F., and L.E.I./R.I.S. for the analysis of solid samples

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    The aim of this work is trace determination in solid samples by atomic spectroscopy in a laser-produced plasma at atmospheric pressure. Working directly on solid samples with laser ablation allows the micro analysis of all sorts of samples (non-conducting, biologicals...), without chemical preparation and possible pollution by chemical reagents. Working at atmospheric pressure simplifies the set-up and the samples preparation and allows a rapid method of analysis. The analytical studies of the plasma are done using Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (AES) Laser-Induced Fluorescence (LIF) and Laser Enhanced Ionization (LEI) or Resonance Ionization Spectroscopy (RIS): advantages and disadvantages of these techniques are presented

  10. The microstructure and optical properties of crystallized hydrogenated silicon films prepared by very high frequency glow discharge

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    Wang Desheng; Yang Zhibo; Li Fei [Department of Physics, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, 73000 (China); He Deyan, E-mail: hedy@lzu.edu.cn [Department of Physics, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, 73000 (China)

    2011-08-01

    A series of nc-Si:H films with different crystalline volume fractions have been deposited by very high frequency glow discharge in a plasma with a silane concentration [SiH{sub 4}]/([SiH{sub 4}] + [H{sub 2}]) varying from 2% to 10%. The nc-Si:H films have been characterized by Raman spectroscopy, XRD diffraction, and UV-vis-near infrared spectrophotometer. The deposition rate increases nearly linear with increasing the silane concentration while the crystalline volume fraction decrease from 58% to 12%. The refractive index and the absorption of the samples were obtained through a modified four-layer-medium transmission model based on the envelope method. It was found that the refractive indices and absorption coefficient increase with increasing silane concentration. Compared to the films deposited using conventional RF-PECVD with excitation frequency of 13.56 MHz, the samples prepared by very high frequency glow discharge have higher absorption coefficients, which is due to its better compactness and lower defect density.

  11. Study of a contracted glow in low-frequency plasma-jet discharges operating with argon

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    In this work, we present an experimental and theoretical study of a low frequency, atmospheric plasma-jet discharge in argon. The discharge has the characteristics of a contracted glow with a current channel of submillimeter diameter and a relatively high voltage cathode layer. In order to interpret the measurements, we consider the separate modeling of each region of the discharge: main channel and cathode layer, which must then be properly matched together. The main current channel was modeled, extending a previous work, as similar to an arc in which joule heating is balanced by lateral heat conduction, without thermal equilibrium between electrons and heavy species. The cathode layer model, on the other hand, includes the emission of secondary electrons by ion impact and by additional mechanisms, of which we considered emission due to collision of atoms excited at metastable levels, and field-enhanced thermionic emission (Schottky effect). The comparison of model and experiment indicates that the discharge can be effectively sustained in its contracted form by the secondary electrons emitted by collision of excited argon atoms, whereas thermionic emission is by far insufficient to provide the necessary electrons

  12. Stimulated Electromagnetic Emission Indicator of Glow Plasma Discharges from Ionospheric HF Wave Transmissions with HAARP

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    Bernhardt, P. A.; Scales, W.; Briczinski, S. J.; Fu, H.; Mahmoudian, A.; Samimi, A.

    2012-12-01

    High power radio waves resonantly interact with to accelerate electrons for production of artificial aurora and plasma clouds. These plasma clouds are formed when the HF frequency is tuned near a harmonic of the electron cyclotron frequency. At a narrow band resonance, large electrostatic fields are produced below the F-layer and the neutral atmosphere breaks down with a glow plasma discharge. The conditions for this resonance are given by matching the pump wave frequency and wave-number with the sum of daughter frequencies and wave-numbers for several plasma modes. The most likely plasma mode that accelerates the electrons is the electron Bernstein wave in conjunction with an ion acoustic wave. Both upper hybrid and whistler mode waves are also possible sources of electron acceleration. To determine the plasma process for electron acceleration, stimulated electromagnetic emissions are measured using ground receivers in a north-south chain from the HAARP site. Recent observations have shown that broad band spectral lines downshifted from the HF pump frequency are observed when artificial plasma clouds are formed. For HF transmissions are the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th gyro harmonic, the downshifted indicators are found 500 Hz, 20 kHz, and 140 kHz, respectively, from the pump frequency. This Indicator Mode (IM) anticipates that a plasma layer will be formed before it is recorded with an ionosonde or optical imager.

  13. Study of a contracted glow in low-frequency plasma-jet discharges operating with argon

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    Minotti, F.; Giuliani, L.; Xaubet, M.; Grondona, D. [Departamento de Física, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, C1428EHA, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Instituto de Física del Plasma (INFIP), Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Universidad de Buenos Aires - UBA, C1428EHA, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2015-11-15

    In this work, we present an experimental and theoretical study of a low frequency, atmospheric plasma-jet discharge in argon. The discharge has the characteristics of a contracted glow with a current channel of submillimeter diameter and a relatively high voltage cathode layer. In order to interpret the measurements, we consider the separate modeling of each region of the discharge: main channel and cathode layer, which must then be properly matched together. The main current channel was modeled, extending a previous work, as similar to an arc in which joule heating is balanced by lateral heat conduction, without thermal equilibrium between electrons and heavy species. The cathode layer model, on the other hand, includes the emission of secondary electrons by ion impact and by additional mechanisms, of which we considered emission due to collision of atoms excited at metastable levels, and field-enhanced thermionic emission (Schottky effect). The comparison of model and experiment indicates that the discharge can be effectively sustained in its contracted form by the secondary electrons emitted by collision of excited argon atoms, whereas thermionic emission is by far insufficient to provide the necessary electrons.

  14. Application of Glow Discharge Plasma to Alter Surface Properties of Materials

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    Trigwell, Steve; Buhler, Charles R.; Calle, Carlos I.

    2005-01-01

    Some polymer materials that are considered important for spaceport operations are rendered noncompliant when subjected to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Standard electrostatic testing. These materials operate in stringent environmental conditions, such as high humidity. Treating materials that fail electrostatic testing and altering their surface properties so that they become compliant would result in considerable cost savings. Significant improvement in electrostatic dissipation of Saf-T-Vu PVC after treatment with air Atmospheric Plasma Glow Discharge (APGD) was observed and the material now passed the KSC electrostatic test. The O:C ratio on the surface, as monitored by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, increased from 0.165 tO 0.275 indicating enhanced oxidation, and surface contact angle measurements decreased from 107.5 to 72.6 showing increased hydrophilicity that accounted for the increased conductivity. Monitoring of the aging showed that the materials hydrophobic recovery resulted in it failing the electrostatic test 30 hours after treatment. This was probably due to the out-diffusion of the added Zn, Ba, and Cd salt stabilizers detected on the surface and/or diffusion of low molecular weight oligomers. On going work includes improving the long term hydrophilicity by optimizing the APGD process with different gas mixtures. Treatment of other spaceport materials is also presented.

  15. Uniformity of a dielectric barrier glow discharge: experiments and two-dimensional modeling

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    The experimental and calculated results of uniformity in a glow dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) under sub-atmospheric pressures are reported. Driven by a square-wave power source, the discharge in a parallel-electrode DBD system shows uniform or various lateral structures under different conditions. There exists a critical frequency below which the DBD is uniform for almost all the applied voltages. Above the critical frequency, a non-uniform (patterned) discharge is observed and the patterned structures change with frequency and voltage. A two-dimensional fluid modeling is performed on this DBD system which shows similar results in agreement with the experiments. The simulations reveal that the distribution of the space electron density at the beginning of each voltage pulse plays an important role in achieving the uniformity. Uniform space charge results in a uniform DBD. The patterned DBD always evolves from the initial uniform state to the eventual non-uniform one. During this process, the space electrons form a patterned distribution ahead of the surface charges and lead to non-uniform discharge channels.

  16. Atmospheric concentrations and size distributions of aircraft-sampled Cd, Cu, Pb and Zn over the southern bight of the North Sea

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    Injuk, J.; Otten, Ph.; Laane, R.; Maenhaut, W.; Van Grieken, R.

    In an effort to assess the atmospheric input of heavy metals to the Southern Bight of the North Sea, aircraft-based aerosol samplings in the lower troposphere were performed between September 1988 and October 1989. Total atmospheric particulate and size-differentiated concentrations of Cd, Cu, Pb and Zn were determined as a function of altitude, wind direction, air-mass history and season. The obtained data are compared with results of ship-based measurements carried out previously and with literature values of Cu, Pb and Zn, for the marine troposphere of the southern North Sea. The results point out the high variability of the concentrations with the meterological conditions, as well as with time and location. The experimentally found particle size distribution are bimodal with a significant difference in fractions of small and large particles. These large aerosol particles have a direct and essential impact on the air-to-sea transfer of anthropogenic trace metals, in spite of their low numerical abundance and relatively low heavy metal content.

  17. Intrinsic Noise Induced Coherence Resonance in a Glow discharge Plasma

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    Shaw, Pankaj Kumar; Ghosh, S; Janaki, M S; Iyengar, A N S

    2014-01-01

    Experimental evidence of intrinsic noise induced coherence resonance in a glow discharge plasma is being reported. Initially the system is started at a discharge voltage (DV) where it exhibited fixed point dynamics, and then with the subsequent increase in the DV spikes were excited which were few in number and with further increase of DV the number of spikes as well as their regularity increased. The regularity in the interspike interval of the spikes is estimated using normalized variance (NV). Coherence resonance was determined using normalized variance curve and also corroborated by Hurst exponent and power spectrum plots. We show that the regularity of the excitable spikes in the floating potential fluctuation increases with the increase in the DV, upto a particular value of DV. Using a Wiener filter, we separated the noise component which was observed to increase with DV and hence conjectured that noise can be playing an important role in the generation of the coherence resonance. From an anharmonic osc...

  18. Accurate models of collisions in glow discharge simulation

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    Very detailed, self-consistent kinetic glow discharge simulations are used to examine the effect of various models of collisional processes. The effects of allowing anisotropy in elastic electron collisions with neutral atoms instead of using the momentum transfer cross-section, the effects of using an isotropic distribution in inelastic electron-atom collisions, and the effects of including a Coulomb electron-electron collision operator are all described. It is shown that changes in any of the collisional models, especially the second and third described above, can make a profound difference in the simulation results. This confirms that many discharge simulations have great sensitivity to the physical and numerical approximations used. The results reinforce the importance of using a kinetic theory approach with highly realistic models of various collisional processes

  19. Anthropogenic versus geogenic contribution to total suspended atmospheric particulate matter and its variations during a two-year sampling period in Beijing, China.

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    Schleicher, Nina; Norra, Stefan; Chai, Fahe; Chen, Yizhen; Wang, Shulan; Stüben, Doris

    2010-02-01

    Weekly samples of total suspended particles in air (TSP) were taken in south-east Beijing for a two-year period continuously from August 2005 to August 2007. Mass concentrations varied between 76 and 1028 microg m(-3) with an average concentration of 370 microg m(-3) for the whole period. The chemical composition and the mass concentration of aerosols in combination with meteorological data are reflecting specific influences of distinct aerosol sources on the pollution of Beijing's atmosphere. Lead (Pb), titanium (Ti), zinc (Zn) and copper (Cu) concentrations were chosen as indicator elements for different sources. Their amounts considerably varied over the course of the year. Element ratios, such as Pb/Ti, supported the distinction between periods of predominant geogenic or anthropogenic caused pollution. However, the interactions between aerosols from different sources are numerous and aerosol pollution still is a big and complex challenge for the sustainable development of Beijing. PMID:20145883

  20. Efficiency of surface cleaning by a glow discharge for plasma spraying coating

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    Kadyrmetov, A. M.; Kashapov, N. F.; Sharifullin, S. N.; Saifutdinov, A. I.; Fadeev, S. A.

    2016-06-01

    The article presents the results of experimental studies of the quality of cleaning steel surfaces by a glow discharge for plasma spraying. Shows the results of measurements of the angle of surface wetting and bond strength of the plasma coating to the surface treated. The dependence of the influence of the glow discharge power, chamber pressure, distance between the electrodes and the processing time of the surface on cleaning efficiency. Optimal fields of factors is found. It is shown increase joint strength coating and base by 30-80% as a result of cleaning the substrate surface by a glow discharge plasma spraying.

  1. Note: Rapid reduction of graphene oxide paper by glow discharge plasma

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    This note reports on a novel method for the rapid reduction of graphene oxide (GO) paper using a glow discharge plasma reactor. Glow discharge is produced and sustained between two parallel-plate graphite electrodes at a pressure of 240 mTorr. By exposing GO paper at the junction of negative-glow and Faraday-dark area for 4 min, the oxygen-containing groups can be effectively removed (C/O ratio increases from 2.6 to 7.9), while the material integrality and flexibility are kept well. Electrochemical measurements demonstrate that the as-obtained reduced GO paper can be potentially used for supercapacitor application

  2. Aspects of Metal Surface Glowing Mechanisms with Intensive Electron Beam Bombardment

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The paper gives a brief description and analysis of the main physical processes which can have an effect on the glowing nature of metal element surfaces in different electric vacuum devices when they are bombarded by electron beams. It has been found that the electron glowing effects on metal surfaces according to the electron energy can be explained with the help of the transition scattering on plasma waves or just with the classical transition radiation effect. This fact is rather important in terms of classical physics interpretation of the observed glowing effects on metal surface elements and techniques optimization of metal and electron beams diagnostics as well.

  3. Non-local model of hollow cathode and glow discharge - theory calculations and experiment comparison

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    Gorin, Vladimir V.

    2009-01-01

    General form of the non-local equation for an ionization source in glow discharge and hollow cathode 3D-simulation is formulated. It is a fundamental equation in a hollow cathode theory, which allows to make up a complete set of field equations for a self-consistent problem in a stationary glow discharge and a hollow cathode. It enables to describe adequately the region of negative glow and the hollow cathode effect. Here you can see first attempts to compare calculation results of electrical...

  4. Thermoluminescence glow curve deconvolution and its statistical analysis using the flexibility of spreadsheet programs

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    Analysing thermoluminescence glow curves involves the solving of a system of non-linear equations. These equations are either differential equations that must be solved numerically or functional approximations for their solution. The current paper presents software with the functions needed for the study of glow curves that is not a stand-alone computer program but an extension of MS Excel. It supplies functions that solve the general one trap model for the thermoluminescence process without the use of approximating functions. Combined with the Solver utility of Excel this gives a very flexible system for the analysis of glow curves. Functions for analysing the statistics of the deconvolution results are included. (authors)

  5. Control of glow discharge parameters using transverse supersonic gas flow - numerical experiment

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    A low pressure glow discharge in a transverse supersonic gas flow was studied by numerical modelling for the case where the flow only partially fills the interelectrode gap. It's shown that by organizing a supersonic gas flow in a limited region of the interelectrode space can be controlled combustion conditions of the glow discharge, and its parameters. It is shown that it is possible to achieve stable combustion glow discharge at low and superlow pressures, when the parameter pL lies on the left branch of the Paschen curve

  6. Note: Rapid reduction of graphene oxide paper by glow discharge plasma

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    Bo, Zheng; Qian, Jiajing; Duan, Liangping; Qiu, Kunzan, E-mail: qiukz@zju.edu.cn; Yan, Jianhua; Cen, Kefa [State Key Laboratory of Clean Energy Utilization, College of Energy Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310027 (China); Han, Zhao Jun [CSIRO Manufacturing Flagship, P.O. Box 218, Bradfield Road, Lindfield, New South Wales 2070 (Australia); Ostrikov, Kostya [CSIRO Manufacturing Flagship, P.O. Box 218, Bradfield Road, Lindfield, New South Wales 2070 (Australia); Institute for Future Environments and School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland 4000 (Australia)

    2015-05-15

    This note reports on a novel method for the rapid reduction of graphene oxide (GO) paper using a glow discharge plasma reactor. Glow discharge is produced and sustained between two parallel-plate graphite electrodes at a pressure of 240 mTorr. By exposing GO paper at the junction of negative-glow and Faraday-dark area for 4 min, the oxygen-containing groups can be effectively removed (C/O ratio increases from 2.6 to 7.9), while the material integrality and flexibility are kept well. Electrochemical measurements demonstrate that the as-obtained reduced GO paper can be potentially used for supercapacitor application.

  7. Preparation of TiC, TiN, Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ and diamond-like carbon by a glow discharge technique

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    TiC, TiN, and Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ were deposited by means of modified plasma CVD, and diamond-like carbon as deposited by cracking hydrocarbon gas in a glow discharge atmosphere. Structural and compositional analyses were done for these thin films by SEM, AES, ESCA, X-ray, optical microscope and other techniques. It was found that the TiC, TiN or Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ film had almost the same characteristics as those of the corresponding bulk materials. Diamond-like carbon film turned to be electrically conductive when doped with boron during the deposition process

  8. Fast simulation of atmospheric turbulence phase screen based on non-uniform sampling%非均匀采样的功率谱反演大气湍流相位屏的快速模拟∗

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    蔡冬梅; 遆培培; 贾鹏; 王东; 刘建霞

    2015-01-01

    The generation of atmosphere turbulence wave-front is important for studying the light propagation and imaging through the atmosphere, and correcting the atmosphere turbulence, such as the adaptive optics system. The power spectral density method generates phase screens quickly for using the fast Fourier transform (FFT). The main drawback to this approach is that lower order aberrations such as tilt are often under represented. The reason is that the low frequency is sampled inadequately. Since the low order aberrations include a major percentage of the atmospheric energy spectrum, the error of simulated phase screens makes this method less desirable to use. To overcome this shortcoming, a non-uniform sampling method is proposed to generate phase screens accurately. Unfortunately, when the sampling is nonuniform, the FFT does not apply directly. Generating such a phase screen is computation intensive which greatly reduces simulation speed. In this paper, we develop a fast, more accurate method to generate atmospheric turbulence phase screens, according to non-uniforming sampling. The nonequispaced fast Fourier transform (NUFFT) arises in a variety of application areas, ranging from medical imaging to radio astronomy to the numerical solution of partial differential equations. Speeding up the simulation of atmospheric turbulence phase screens is possible by using the non-uniform fast Fourier transform. In this paper, the atmospheric turbulence phase screen is decomposed into a series of harmonics. Then the non-uniform distributed har-monics are projected onto over-sampled uniform grid by using the Gaussian kernel function. Atmospheric turbulence phase screen will be generated using the standard fast Fourier transform on the over-sampled uniform grid. The at-mospheric turbulence phase screens can be generated quickly. Using Kolmogorov spectrum model in this paper, the phase screens can be generated quickly. The performances of generated phase screens are analyzed

  9. A high-precision measurement system for carbon and hydrogen isotopic ratios of atmospheric methane and its application to air samples collected in the western pacific region

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    In order to study temporal and spatial variations of atmospheric CH4 quantitatively, we originally improved a measurement system for carbon and hydrogen isotopic ratios (δ13C and δD) of CH4 to attain high-precision measurements. By analyzing 100 mL aliquots of an ambient air sample, the precision of our system is 0.08 per mille for δ13C and 2.2 per mille for δD (1σ), which are one of the highest precisions reported so far. The system consists mainly of a CH4 preconcentration device and a continuous-flow gas chromatograph isotope ratio mass spectrometer equipped with a combustion furnace and a pyrolysis furnace for measurements of δ13C and δD. The preconcentration trap temperature was maintained at -130 ±1degC during collection of CH4 from the air sample by passing it through the trap, then at -83 ± 1degC while remaining air components such as N2 and O2 except for CH4 escaped, and finally at 100±1degC for CH4 elusion. The isotopic values are measured on a mass spectrometer, relative to respective reference gases. For this study, the δ13C and δD values of the reference gases were calibrated against our primary standards provided by the IAEA: our δ13C primary standards is NBS18, whereas our δD primary standards are V-SMOW and SLAP. To ensure the long-term stability and reproducibility of our measurement system, a calibrated whole air stored in a high-pressure cylinder, which was called 'test gas', was measured at least twice on each day when sample measurements were made. To measure small air samples, such as those extracted from ice cores, we also examined the relation between the sample size and the measured value of δ13C and δD: gradual enrichment of the δ13C occurred with decreasing CH4 content less than 8 nmol whereas no such effect could be seen for the δD. Furthermore, preliminary results of latitudinal distributions of δ13C and δD were discussed along with CH4 concentrations obtained by our shipboard air-sampling program. (author)

  10. Fission products in National Atmospheric Deposition Program—Wet deposition samples prior to and following the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant incident, March 8?April 5, 2011

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    Wetherbee, Gregory A.; Debey, Timothy M.; Nilles, Mark A.; Lehmann, Christopher M.B.; Gay, David A.

    2012-01-01

    Radioactive isotopes I-131, Cs-134, or Cs-137, products of uranium fission, were measured at approximately 20 percent of 167 sampled National Atmospheric Deposition Program monitoring sites in North America (primarily in the contiguous United States and Alaska) after the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant incident on March 12, 2011. Samples from the National Atmospheric Deposition Program were analyzed for the period of March 8-April 5, 2011. Calculated 1- or 2-week radionuclide deposition fluxes at 35 sites from Alaska to Vermont ranged from 0.47 to 5,100 Becquerels per square meter during the sampling period of March 15-April 5, 2011. No fission-product isotopes were measured in National Atmospheric Deposition Program samples obtained during March 8-15, 2011, prior to the arrival of contaminated air in North America.

  11. A single TiO2-coated side-glowing optical fiber for photocatalytic wastewater treatment

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    HU Yan; XU Jingjing; YUAN Chunwei; LIN Jian; YIN Zhidong

    2005-01-01

    By means of TiO2-layer-on-SiO2-layer, anatase TiO2 was deposited on novel side- glowing optical fibers, which can provide side UV radiation along the whole fiber length. FE-SEM images show that the double layers adhered well to the side-glowing optical fiber, and the TiO2 coating was homogeneous and smooth. The decomposition reaction of reactive brilliant red dye X-3B on a single TiO2-coated side-glowing optical fiber indicated that the side-scattering UV light intensity was strong enough for photocatalytic oxidation reaction. Therefore, TiO2-coated side-glowing optical fibers open up a new way to use the optical fiber reactor in photocatalytic wastewater treatment.

  12. Microhollow Glow Discharge Instrument for In Situ Lunar Surface Measurements Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Makel Engineering, Inc. (MEI) and Penn State University (PSU) propose to develop a highly sensitive spectrometer based on glow discharge plasma emission for the...

  13. A computerized glow curve analysis (GCA) method for WinREMS thermoluminescent dosimeter data using MATLAB

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    A computerized glow curve analysis (GCA) program for handling of thermoluminescence data originating from WinREMS is presented. The MATLAB program fits the glow peaks using the first-order kinetics model. Tested materials are LiF:Mg,Ti, CaF2:Dy, CaF2:Tm, CaF2:Mn, LiF:Mg,Cu,P, and CaSO4:Dy, with most having an average figure of merit (FOM) of 1.3% or less, with CaSO4:Dy 2.2% or less. Output is a list of fit parameters, peak areas, and graphs for each fit, evaluating each glow curve in 1.5 s or less. - Highlights: → Robust algorithm for performing thermoluminescent dosimeter glow curve analysis. → Written in MATLAB so readily implemented on variety of computers. → Usage of figure of merit demonstrated for six different materials.

  14. Effect of Ne Glow Discharge on Ion Density Control in LHD

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    S.Morita; M. Goto; S. Masuzaki; H. Suzuki; K. Tanaka; H. Nozato; Y. Takeiri; J. Miyazawa; LHD esperimental group

    2004-01-01

    Neon glow discharge cleaning was firstly attempted in Large Helical Device (LHD) instead of He glow discharge to remove hydrogen neutrals and to control the ion density, ni. The Ne glow discharge continued for 8 hours overnight after a three-day experiment. At the second night Halpha emission became weaker than the emission usually observed in the He glow discharge. A clear reduction of the hydrogen influx was also observed in neutral beam injection (NBI) discharges with Ne puff, whereas the neon recycling was strongly enhanced with appearance of a flat density profile. As a result, the lowest density limit was further reduced down to 0.2 times10 13 ,cm-3. The use of Ar puff formed a peaked density profile with a high Ti of 7 keV.

  15. CALCULATION OF BIMETAL PLATE BENDING FORCE OF A GLOW DISCHARGE STARTER

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    Akimov, V.; Mukha, L.

    2005-01-01

    Calculation techniques of bending power of bimetal plate electrode causing its displacement in the direction of the electrode of glow discharge starter have been represented. Calculation of bimetal electrode displacement has been conducted in correspondence with the chosen scheme.

  16. A new algorithm for identifying abnormal glow curves in thermoluminescence personal dosimetry

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    In this paper an algorithm for the investigation of routine curves in thermoluminescence personnel dosimetry is presented. In rare cases, the luminescence glow curves do not exhibit the expected form. They have an abnormal shape as a result of, for example, external contamination, hardware problems, and poor heat transfer. So, glow curves from a monthly exposure period are compared with regular glow curves. Each curve is divided into four regions of interest (ROIs) and the relationship between the different ROIs are analysed. There are few criteria combining all four ROIs, which are necessary to distinguish between normal and abnormal glow curves. For that, the numerical value and the channel of the curves maximum also need to be considered. In most cases an additional set of criteria permits the identification of the ROI in which the irregularity occurs. (author)

  17. Does exclusion of protest zeros and warm-glow bidders cause selection bias in Contingent Valuation?

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    Grammatikopoulou, Ioanna; Olsen, Søren Bøye; Pouta, Eija

    the true WTP due to protest behavior. We conduct a contingent valuation study to estimate the WTP for conserving a Natura 2000 wetland area in Greece. We find that 54% of the positive bidders exert warm glow motivations while 29% of all responses can be classified as protest zero bids. We employ three...... different models to test for the potential impacts of how these positive warm glow and protest zero bidders are treated. We first exclude the warm glow cases, secondly we include them, and, finally, we correct for selection bias by using the Full Information Maximum Likelihood method for grouped data model....... Our findings show that removal of warm glow positive bidders does not distort the WTP estimate in any significant way. However, using the same approach for protest zero bidders, we find strong evidence of selection bias associated with removal of protest zero responses. Specifically, WTP estimates...

  18. Electrical and optical properties of amorphous silicon carbide, silicon nitride and germanium carbide prepared by the glow discharge technique

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    Amorphous specimens of silicon carbide, silicon nitride and germanium carbide have been prepared by decomposition of suitable gaseous mixtures in a r.f. glow discharge. Substrates were held at a temperature Tsub(d) between 400 and 800 K during deposition. In all three of the above materials the results of optical absorption and of d.c. conductivity measurements show a systematic variation with Tsub(d) and with the volume ratio of the gases used. Electron microprobe results on silicon carbide specimens indicate that a wide range of film compositions can be prepared. The optical gap has a pronounced maximum at the composition Sisub(0.32)Csub(0.68) where it is 2.8 eV for a sample deposited at Tsub(d) = 500 K, but shifts to lower energies with increasing Tsub(d). The conductivity above about 400 K has a single activation energy approximately equal to half the optical gap and extended state conduction predominates if the silicon content exceeds 32%. If the latter is reduced, hopping transport takes over and it is suggested that the excess carbon in the network tends to bond in three-fold graphic coordination. Absence of any obvious feature in the electronic properties at the stoichiometric composition SiC implies that there is little tendency towards compound formation in the glow discharge films. The present results are discussed in relation to measurements on specimens prepared by different methods. (author)

  19. Influence of the atmosphere on the growth by CVD of silicon based nanostructures.

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    López-Camacho, E; Fernández, M; Gómez-Aleixandre, C

    2009-07-01

    Silica nanowires (phi = 70-80 nm) and core crystalline silicon carbide/amorphous silica coaxial nanocables (phi = 30-50 nm) have been grown on Ni (5 nm) covered silicon substrates by thermal CVD at 950 degrees C. Heating the sample in different atmospheres and the addition of methane lead to the growth of the nanostructures. The as-grown product was characterized by Scanning Electron (SEM) and Transmission Electron (TEM) Microscopies, Infrared (IR) and Glow Discharge Optical Emission (GDOES) Spectroscopies. High contents of Ni, O and Si have been detected in the surface layer for argon and nitrogen treatments and in both cases silica based nanostructures grew. However, no nanostructures were obtained in hydrogen environment probably due to the detected Ni migration inward the substrate making the nanostructures nucleation more difficult. In this work we have studied and proven that previous processes on the substrate surface affect significantly the nanostructures growth. PMID:19916427

  20. Analysis of PCDD/Fs and dioxin-like PCBs in atmospheric deposition samples from the Flemish measurement network: Optimization and validation of a new CALUX bioassay method.

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    Croes, K; Van Langenhove, K; Elskens, M; Desmedt, M; Roekens, E; Kotz, A; Denison, M S; Baeyens, W

    2011-01-01

    Since the CALUX (Chemically Activated LUciferase gene eXpression) bioassay is a fast, sensitive and inexpensive tool for the analysis of a high number of samples, validation of new methods is urgently needed. In this study, a new method for the analysis of PCDD/Fs and dioxin-like PCBs in atmospheric deposition samples with the CALUX bioassay was developed, optimized and validated. The method consists of 4 steps: filtration, extraction, clean up and bioassay analysis. To avoid the use of large amounts of toxic solvents, new techniques were used for filtration and extraction: a C18 filter was used instead of a liquid/liquid extraction and an Accelerated Solvent Extractor (ASE) was used instead of the traditional soxhlet extraction. After pre-oxidation of the sample extract, clean up was done using a multi-layer silica gel column coupled to a carbon column. The PCDD/F and PCB fractions were finally analyzed with the H1L7.5c1 and/or the H1L6.1c3 mouse hepatoma cell lines. The limit of quantification was 1.4pg CALUX-BEQm(-2)d(-1) for the PCBs and 5.6pgCALUX-BEQm(-2)d(-1) for the PCDD/Fs, when using the new sensitive H1L7.5c1 cell line. The GC-HRMS recovery for all PCDD/F congeners was between 55% and 112%, with a mean recovery of 90%. CALUX recoveries of spiked procedural blanks were between the accepted ranges of 80-120%. Repeatability and reproducibility were satisfactory and no interferences from metals were detected. The first results from the Flemish measurement program showed good correlation between CALUX and GC-HRMS. PMID:21094512

  1. Short-term low-temperature glow discharge nitriding of 316L austenitic steel

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    T. Frączek; Olejnik, M.; Jasiñski, J.; Skuza, Z.

    2011-01-01

    The AISI 316L austenitic steel after glow discharge nitriding at temperature of T = 673 K and duration of τ=14,4 ks, for two different variants of specimen arrangement in the glow-discharge chamber was investigated. In order to assess the effectiveness of nitriding process, the surface layers profile analysis examination, surface hardness and hardness profile examination, the analysis of surface layer structures and corrosion resistance tests were performed. It has been found that application...

  2. Surface modification of austenitic steel by various glow-discharge nitriding methods

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    Tomasz Borowski; Bogusława Adamczyk-Cieślak; Agnieszka Brojanowska; Krzysztof Kulikowski; Tadeusz Wierzchoń

    2015-01-01

    Recent years have seen intensive research on modifying glow-discharge nitriding processes. One of the most commonly used glow-discharge methods includes cathodic potential nitriding (conventional method), and active screen plasma nitriding. Each of these methods has a number of advantages. One very important, common feature of these techniques is full control of the microstructure, chemical and phase composition, thickness and the surface topography of the layers formed. Another advantage inc...

  3. Effects of norms, warm-glow and time use on household recycling

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    Halvorsen, Bente

    2004-01-01

    Abstract: The aim of this paper is to quantify the relative importance of motivations based on warm-glow, social and moral norms and cost of time used recycling on household recycling efforts. We also test for crowding-out of intrinsic motivations when recycling is perceived as mandatory. We find that the most important variable increasing household recycling efforts is agreeing that recycling is a pleasant activity in itself, which may be interpreted as a warm-glow effect. The...

  4. Glow discharge mass spectrometry study of chemical impurities diffusion in zirconium oxide layers

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    In the Pressurised Water Reactors (PWR) the primary cooling system is water at 350 deg C and 16 Mpa. In these extreme conditions the corrosion of the out-of-pile components of the reactor and in particular of the Zircaloy cladding containing the nuclear fuel pellets is accelerated. The formation of a growing oxide layer is observed on the elements of the nuclear reactor core. When the thickness of the oxide layer reaches a critical value, problems like structural malfunction and material failure can occur. At this stage the danger of the release of radioactivity in the coolant becomes effective. In this work a glow discharge mass spectrometer is used to study the diffusion of impurities like lithium, zinc and boron in oxide layers growing on Zircaloy samples. After a brief description of the different technique used the preparation and analysis of Zircaloy samples on which oxide layers of different thickness have been produced will be described. The analysis of these samples will allow the determination and evaluation the depth profiles of the impurities absorbed by the oxide. The analysis of the shape of the crater produced during the mass spectrometric analysis will give additional informations on the quality of the results obtained. The technique developed will finally be applied to the study of samples produced during reactor operation under real irradiation conditions. The results obtained show a lithium intake in the oxide layer and confirm the beneficial effect on the corrosion produced by boron. The influence of zinc on the corrosion behaviour of Zircaloy has not been established. The technique developed has also shown interesting capabilities concerning the analysis of irradiated samples. (author)

  5. Influence of Parameters of the Glow Discharge on Change of Structure and the Isotope Composition of the Cathode Materials

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    Savvatimova, I. B.; Gavritenkov, D. V.

    Results of examinations of changes in structure, element, and isotope composition of cathodes after the glow discharge exposure in hydrogen, deuterium, argon, and xenon are submitted. The voltage of the discharge was less than 1000 V and the current was 5-150 mA. Samples before and after ions bombardment in the glow discharge were explored by the methods of mass spectrometry: the secondary ions (SIMS), the secondary ions with additional ionization of neutral sprayed particles (SNMS), spark (SMS), and thermo-ionization (TIMS), and also methods of energy dispersion X-ray spectral analysis (EDX). The alpha-, beta-, gamma- emission, and gamma- spectrometry for radioactive uranium specimens were also carried out before and after experiments in the glow discharge. Changes in structure, isotope, and element composition of the cathode samples depend on current density, integrated ions flow (fluence of ions), kind of irradiating ions and other experimental conditions. Attempts are made to estimate qualitatively and quantitatively the role of each of the parameters on intensity of the observed changes in cathode composition. It is shown that the maximum changes in structure, chemical and isotope composition of the cathode material occur in "hot points," such as craters from microexplosions, phase segregations, blisters and other new formations. Various methods of the analysis revealed that the basic elements Mg, O, Si, Al, and Ca with quantities up to per cents and more were prevailing in these zones and not found out before experiment. The greatest changes of the isotope relations were observed for iron, calcium, silicon, chromium after experiments with pulsing current. EDX method finds out the elements missing in the samples before experiment such as cadmium, strontium, tin. The isotopes with mass number 59 (Co 100%), 55 (Mn 100%), 45 (Sc 100%) are also not found in initial samples and background measurement by TIMS method. Results of changes in the element and isotope

  6. Alarming atmospheres

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    Højlund, Marie; Kinch, Sofie

    2014-01-01

    . As a response to this situation, our design artefact, the interactive furniture Kidkit, invites children to become accustomed to the alarming sounds sampled from the ward while they are waiting in the waiting room. Our design acknowledges how atmospheres emerge as temporal negotiations between the...

  7. Sputter crater formation in the case of microsecond pulsed glow discharge in a Grimm-type source. Comparison of direct current and radio frequency modes

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    Depth profiling with pulsed glow discharge is a promising technique. The application of pulsed voltage for sputtering reduces the sputtering rate and thermal stress and hereby improves the analysis of thin layered and thermally fragile samples. However pulsed glow discharge is not well studied and this limits its practical use. The current work deals with the questions which usually arise when the pulsed mode is applied: Which duty cycle, frequency and pulse length must be chosen to get the optimal sputtering rate and crater shape? Are the well-known sputtering effects of the continuous mode valid also for the pulsed regime? Is there any difference between dc and rf pulsing in terms of sputtering? It is found that the pulse length is a crucial parameter for the crater shape and thermal effects. Sputtering with pulsed dc and rf modes is found to be similar. The observed sputtering effects at various pulsing parameters helped to interpret and optimize the depth resolution of GD OES depth profiles. - Highlights: ► The validity of the Boumans equation for pulsed rf and dc glow discharge is shown. ► The influence of the pulsing parameters on the sputter crater is ascertained. ► The dependence of the depth resolution on the pulsing parameters is shown. ► Rf and dc pulsed discharges are found to be similar in terms of sputtering.

  8. Is this an arc or a glow discharge?

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    A well known criterion for distinguishing an arc discharge from a glow discharge is a low voltage drop (10--30 V) and a high current density that varies from a few tens to 106 A/cm2 depending on arc type. The high current density is an attribute of arcs with cathode spots. The authors report here a study of the mechanism of emission in cathode spot arc where they realized a spotless discharge with a low voltage drop (30--50 V) and a high mean current density (104--106 A/cm2). The discharge was initiated between a broad cathode and point anode. The cathode was a smooth tungsten sphere electrode of about 100 μm in diameter. The point anode was made of various materials (Mo, Cu, Cd) with initial radius 1 μm. Before the experiment the cathode was cleaned by heating at 2,000 K at high vacuum (10-8 Torr). The discharge was initiated by self-breakdown when electrodes under the voltage 200--500 V were brought to close proximity with each other. The cathode-anode spacing d at the moment of breakdown was estimated to be < 1 μm. The discharge current was varied within 1--3 A by changing the applied voltage and impedance of coaxial cable generator. The discharge burned during 100--1,000 ns. After the single discharge the cathode and anode were examined with a scanning electron microscope. The cathode surface exposed to the discharge was smooth, i.e. no erosion pits similar to arc craters were found on the cathode surface. The anode was shortened after discharge by 5--50 μm depending on current, material and cone angle. A high current density and low voltage drop implies that this is an arc discharge, while the cold cathode and the absence f cathode spot trace are pertinent to a dense glow discharge. The mechanism of emission involving secondary electron emission is to be discussed

  9. Effect of the percentage of reinforcement on the wear in the metal matrix composites sintered with abnormal glow discharge; Efecto del porcentaje de refuerzo frente al desgaste en compuestos de matriz metalica sinterizados con descarga luminiscente anormal

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    Perez-Velasquez, S.; Pineda-Triana, Y.; Aguilar-Castro, Y.; Vera-Lopez, E.

    2016-05-01

    In this study an analysis of the behavior of dry wear coefficient of a Metal Matrix Composite (MMC) in 316 stainless steel reinforced with particles of titanium carbide (TiC) according to ASTM G 99 standards, in a pin-on-disk test. In this research it is tested the effect of the percentage of reinforcement in the MMC manufactured with 3, 6 y 9% (vol.) of TiC, in samples compacted at 800 MPa, generating different values of grain size, hardness and density, they are sintered with abnormal glow discharge, at a temperature of 1200 degree centigrade ±5 degree centigrade, with a protection atmosphere H{sub 2} - N{sub 2} and a permanence time of 30 minutes. According to the results obtained it is concluded that the best condition for the MMC manufacturing, in relation to the reinforcement percentage, is the one obtained when the mixture contains 6% of TiC compacted at 800 MPa. In these conditions, it was obtained: achieving smaller grain size, the greater hardness and the lowest coefficient of friction. In this respect, it was observed that the incorporation of the ceramic particles (TiC) in a matrix of austenitic steel (316) shows significant improvements in the resistance to the wear. (Author)

  10. Nanosecond Repetitively Pulsed Discharges in Air at Atmospheric Pressure -- Experiment and Theory of Regime Transitions

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    Pai, David; Lacoste, Deanna; Laux, Christophe

    2009-10-01

    In atmospheric pressure air preheated from 300 to 1000 K, the Nanosecond Repetitively Pulsed (NRP) method has been used to generate corona, glow, and spark discharges. Experiments have been performed to determine the parameter space (applied voltage, pulse repetition frequency, ambient gas temperature, and inter-electrode gap distance) of each discharge regime. Notably, there is a minimum gap distance for the existence of the glow regime that increases with decreasing gas temperature. A theory is developed to describe the Corona-to-Glow (C-G) and Glow-to-Spark (G-S) transitions for NRP discharges. The C-G transition is shown to depend on the Avalanche-to-Streamer Transition (AST) as well as the electric field strength in the positive column. The G-S transition is due to the thermal ionization instability. The minimum gap distance for the existence of the glow regime can be understood by considering that the applied voltage of the AST must be lower than that of the thermal ionization instability. This is a previously unknown criterion for generating glow discharges, as it does not correspond to the Paschen minimum or to the Meek-Raether criterion.

  11. Decomposition of halogenated molecules in a micro-structured electrode glow discharge at atmospheric pressure

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    A Micro-Structured Electrode (MSE) discharge operating at 1 bar is applied as a detector of halogenated hydrocarbons. Due to its physical properties (T ∼ 2000 K and high electron number densities of about 1015 -1016/cm3) this microplasma has comparable performances as classical plasmas used in analytical spectroscopy. The small size (micro m range) and a low power consumption makes it suitable for integration in miniaturized devices for chemical analysis. (author)

  12. Etching of UO{sub 2} in NF{sub 3} RF Plasma Glow Discharge

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    John M. Veilleux

    1999-08-01

    A series of room temperature, low pressure (10.8 to 40 Pa), low power (25 to 210 W) RF plasma glow discharge experiments with UO{sub 2} were conducted to demonstrate that plasma treatment is a viable method for decontaminating UO{sub 2} from stainless steel substrates. Experiments were conducted using NF{sub 3} gas to decontaminate depleted uranium dioxide from stainless-steel substrates. Depleted UO{sub 2} samples each containing 129.4 Bq were prepared from 100 microliter solutions of uranyl nitrate hexahydrate solution. The amorphous UO{sub 2} in the samples had a relatively low density of 4.8 gm/cm{sub 3}. Counting of the depleted UO{sub 2} on the substrate following plasma immersion was performed using liquid scintillation counting with alpha/beta discrimination due to the presence of confounding beta emitting daughter products, {sup 234}Th and {sup 234}Pa. The alpha emission peak from each sample was integrated using a gaussian and first order polynomial fit to improve quantification. The uncertainties in the experimental measurement of the etched material were estimated at about {+-} 2%. Results demonstrated that UO{sub 2} can be completely removed from stainless-steel substrates after several minutes processing at under 200 W. At 180 W and 32.7 Pa gas pressure, over 99% of all UO{sub 2} in the samples was removed in just 17 minutes. The initial etch rate in the experiments ranged from 0.2 to 7.4 {micro}m/min. Etching increased with the plasma absorbed power and feed gas pressure in the range of 10.8 to 40 Pa. A different pressure effect on UO{sub 2} etching was also noted below 50 W in which etching increased up to a maximum pressure, {approximately}23 Pa, then decreased with further increases in pressure.

  13. Etching of UO2 in NF3 RF Plasma Glow Discharge

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    A series of room temperature, low pressure (10.8 to 40 Pa), low power (25 to 210 W) RF plasma glow discharge experiments with UO2 were conducted to demonstrate that plasma treatment is a viable method for decontaminating UO2 from stainless steel substrates. Experiments were conducted using NF3 gas to decontaminate depleted uranium dioxide from stainless-steel substrates. Depleted UO2 samples each containing 129.4 Bq were prepared from 100 microliter solutions of uranyl nitrate hexahydrate solution. The amorphous UO2 in the samples had a relatively low density of 4.8 gm/cm3. Counting of the depleted UO2 on the substrate following plasma immersion was performed using liquid scintillation counting with alpha/beta discrimination due to the presence of confounding beta emitting daughter products, 234Th and 234Pa. The alpha emission peak from each sample was integrated using a gaussian and first order polynomial fit to improve quantification. The uncertainties in the experimental measurement of the etched material were estimated at about ± 2%. Results demonstrated that UO2 can be completely removed from stainless-steel substrates after several minutes processing at under 200 W. At 180 W and 32.7 Pa gas pressure, over 99% of all UO2 in the samples was removed in just 17 minutes. The initial etch rate in the experiments ranged from 0.2 to 7.4 microm/min. Etching increased with the plasma absorbed power and feed gas pressure in the range of 10.8 to 40 Pa. A different pressure effect on UO2 etching was also noted below 50 W in which etching increased up to a maximum pressure, approximately23 Pa, then decreased with further increases in pressure

  14. Temporal evolution of the after glow plasma conductivity

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    Due to their exhibited advantages over continuous and RF glows, the pulsed discharges gain more attention in a wide variety of application fields, like film deposition, plasma chemistry, semiconductor processing, etc. For this reason, fast time-resolved experimental methods need to be developed in order to control the main parameters of the high voltage pulsed plasmas. It is well known that electric probes present major advantages over many other diagnostic techniques for studying plasma parameters, but the use of these probes in the high voltage pulsed plasmas encounters enormous difficulties. One of them is the issue of galvanic insulation of the probe during the high voltage pulse. Also, the plasma potential may change rapidly, inducing spurious currents in the probe. Other problems could arise in the afterglow when the probe can exert great influence over the plasma potential by the current that it draws from the plasma. In this paper, we proposed a new method for the determination of the electrical conductivity of the afterglow of the high voltage pulsed discharges, using a low frequency RF plane probe. The application of a small low frequency signal to the plane probe could successfully eliminate all the disadvantages mentioned above. (authors)

  15. Study on the onset of DC diaphragm glow discharge

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    In this paper, the DC diaphragm glow discharge (DGD) occurred around the small hole on quartz tube between two submersed graphite electrodes and the onset of DGD was systematically investigated. It was found that critical voltage (VD) decreased with the increasing conductivity, and then maintained at about 620 V. When the hole diameter increased from 1.0 mm to 2.5 mm, H2O2 formation and AO discoloration in anolyte increased with the increase of the hole diameter. In addition, the effect of electrolyte constituents on H2O2 formation and AO discoloration in anolyte induced by DGD was also studied. The concentration of H2O2 and AO discoloration in anolyte was close in inert electrolyte such as Na2SO4 and Na2HPO4 solution. The concentration of H2O2 and AO discoloration rate in Na2CO3 and NaAc solution was lower than those in Na2SO4 and Na2HPO4 solution, due to their capture ability for ·OH. However, NaCl showed enhancing effect on AO discoloration, although it consumed a certain amount of H2O2. The energy efficiencies of AO discoloration and H2O2 formation were also compared with those of other DGD reactor.

  16. Glow curve analysis by Gauss-Lorentz function

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    Vejnović Zdravko M.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A new method for fitting glow curves, described in a mixed order kinetics model, with Gauss-Lorentz function is shown. Theoretical expressions of the mixed order kinetics model are shown in a new way, so that the values of kinetic parameters can be obtained through the geometric parameters. When the model is described in this way it is possible to calculate precisely the kinetic parameters such as activation energy, pre-exponential factor and the factor a= n0/(h + n0. At the same time, obtained values of geometric parameters of the experimental curve, which is described with the Gauss-Lorentz function, can be used to estimate the kinetic model, in which thermoluminescence relaxation occurs. This gives a possibility of a new application of Gauss-Lorentz function to be used as a criterion for assessing model of relaxation, when it is not known in advance. The accuracy of fitting is studied, for the specific cases of computer simulated thermoluminescent curves with one peak.

  17. Platinum and Iridium Coatings Obtained by Double Glow Plasma Technology

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    WU Wangping; CHEN Zhaofeng; CHEN Zhou; CONG Xiangna; QIU Jinlian

    2012-01-01

    Pt and Ir coatings were produced by double glow plasma technology on the surface of Ti alloy substrates.The chemical compositions of the coatings were determined by X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.The microstructure and morphology of the coatings were observed by scanning electron microscopy.The hardness and elastic modulus of the coatings were estimated by nanoindentation.The measurements of adhesive forces of the coatings were performed with scratch tester.The results indicated that the Pt and Ir coatings displayed the preferred (220) orientation due to the initial nuclei with preferred growth on the surface of the substrates.The interface between the Pt coating and substrate exhibited no evidence of delamination.The Ir coating was composed of irregular columnar grains with many nanovoids at the interface between the coating and substrate.The mean values of hardness for Pt and Ir coatings were 0.9 GPa and 9 GPa,respectively.The elastic modulus of Pt and Ir coatings were 178 GPa and 339 GPa,respectively.The adhesive forces of the Pt and Ir coatings were about 66.4 N and 55 N,respectively.The Pt and Ir coatings adhered well to the Ti alloy substrates.

  18. Bulk plasma properties in the pulsed glow discharge

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    This work focuses on the spatial and temporal characteristics of a glow discharge plasma operated with power pulses of 5 ms in duration at 25% duty cycle. Interpretation of emission data provides insight into the nature of the plasma at each instant of a typical pulse cycle and at each position in space. Because the bulk plasma properties affect the distribution of excited energy levels of the sputtered atoms, an improved understanding of the plasma affords the ability to select conditions that enhance analytically important emission lines. Optical emission spectroscopy was used to determine the relative populations of excited states for atoms and ions during the initial breakdown, the steady state and the recombining periods of the discharge pulse cycle. The plasma is highly ionizing in nature at the time of breakdown--with lower excited states being overpopulated--before reaching the steady state, or plateau, period, also ionizing in nature. These behaviors arise from a loss of charged particles and photons to the surroundings that shifts the plasma away from Saha and Boltzmann balances during these periods. The post-pulse period typically displays recombining behavior, characterized by population inversion for selected species--except for regions close to the cathode, where electrons and ions are lost by diffusion and are not available for recombination. The sputtered analyte atom emissions closely mimic those of the plasma bath gas, except that their emissions persevere for longer in the recombining after-peak period than do the discharge gas species

  19. Radio frequency glow discharge-induced acidification of fluoropolymers.

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    Krawczyk, Benjamin M; Baltrusaitis, Jonas; Yoder, Colin M; Vargo, Terrence G; Bowden, Ned B; Kader, Khalid N

    2011-12-01

    Fluoropolymer surfaces are unique in view of the fact that they are quite inert, have low surface energies, and possess high thermal stabilities. Attempts to modify fluoropolymer surfaces have met with difficulties in that it is difficult to control the modification to maintain bulk characteristics of the polymer. In a previously described method, the replacement of a small fraction of surface fluorine by acid groups through radio frequency glow discharge created a surface with unexpected reactivity allowing for attachment of proteins in their active states. The present study demonstrates that 1-ethyl-3-[3-dimethylaminopropyl] carbodiimide hydrochloride (EDC) reacts with the acid groups on fluoropolymer surfaces in a novel reaction not previously described. This reaction yields an excellent leaving group in which a primary amine on proteins can substitute to form a covalent bond between a protein and these surfaces. In an earlier study, we demonstrated that collagen IV could be deposited on a modified PTFE surface using EDC as a linker. Once collagen IV is attached to the surface, it assembles to form a functional stratum resembling collagen IV in native basement membrane. In this study, we show data suggesting that the fluorine to carbon ratio determines the acidity of the fluoropolymer surfaces and how well collagen IV attaches to and assembles on four different fluoropolymer surfaces. PMID:21887736

  20. Atmospheric chemistry of a 33-34 hour old volcanic cloud from Hekla Volcano (Iceland): Insights from direct sampling and the application of chemical box modeling

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    Rose, William I.; Millard, Genevieve A.; Mather, Tamsin A.; Hunton, Donald E.; Anderson, Bruce; Oppenheimer, Clive; Thornton, Brett F.; Gerlach, Terrence M.; Viggiano, Albert A.; Kondo, Yutaka; Miller, Thomas M.; Ballenthin, John O.

    2006-10-01

    On 28 February 2000, a volcanic cloud from Hekla volcano, Iceland, was serendipitously sampled by a DC-8 research aircraft during the SAGE III Ozone Loss and Validation Experiment (SOLVE I). It was encountered at night at 10.4 km above sea level (in the lower stratosphere) and 33-34 hours after emission. The cloud is readily identified by abundant SO2 (≤1 ppmv), HCl (≤70 ppbv), HF (≤60 ppbv), and particles (which may have included fine silicate ash). We compare observed and modeled cloud compositions to understand its chemical evolution. Abundances of sulfur and halogen species indicate some oxidation of sulfur gases but limited scavenging and removal of halides. Chemical modeling suggests that cloud concentrations of water vapor and nitric acid promoted polar stratospheric cloud (PSC) formation at 201-203 K, yielding ice, nitric acid trihydrate (NAT), sulfuric acid tetrahydrate (SAT), and liquid ternary solution H2SO4/H2O/HNO3 (STS) particles. We show that these volcanically induced PSCs, especially the ice and NAT particles, activated volcanogenic halogens in the cloud producing >2 ppbv ClOx. This would have destroyed ozone during an earlier period of daylight, consistent with the very low levels of ozone observed. This combination of volcanogenic PSCs and chlorine destroyed ozone at much faster rates than other PSCs that Arctic winter. Elevated levels of HNO3 and NOy in the cloud can be explained by atmospheric nitrogen fixation in the eruption column due to high temperatures and/or volcanic lightning. However, observed elevated levels of HOx remain unexplained given that the cloud was sampled at night.

  1. Continuous-flow determination of aqueous sulfur by atmospheric-pressure helium microwave-induced plasma atomic emission spectrometry with gas-phase sample introduction

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    Nakahara, Taketoshi; Mori, Toshio; Morimoto, Satoru; Ishikawa, Hiroshi

    1995-06-01

    A simple continuous-flow generation of volatile hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide by acidification of aqueous sulfide and sulfite ions, respectively, is described for the determination of low concentrations of sulfur by atmospheric-pressure helium microwave-induced plasma atomic emission spectrometry (MIP-AES) in the normal ultraviolet (UV) and vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) regions of the spectrum. For measuring spectral lines in the VUV region, the monochromator and the enclosed external optical path between the MIP source and the entrance slit of the monochromator have both been purged with nitrogen to minimize oxygen absorption below 190 nm. Sulfur atomic emission lines at 180.73, 182.04 and 217.05 nm have been selected as the analytical lines. Of the various acids examined, 1.0 M hydrochloric acid is the most favorable for both the generation of hydrogen sulfide from sulfide ions and sulfur dioxide from sulfite ions. Either generated hydrogen sulfide or sulfur dioxide is separated from the solution in a simple gas-liquid separator and swept into the helium stream of a microwave-induced plasma for analysis. The best attainable detection limits (3 σ criterion) for sulfur at 180.73 nm were 0.13 and 1.28 ng ml -1 for the generation of hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide, respectively, with the corresponding background equivalent concentrations of 20.9 and 62.2 ng ml -1 in sulfur concentration. The typical analytical working graphs obtained under the optimized experimental conditions were rectilinear over approximately four orders of magnitude in sulfur concentration. The present method has been successfully applied to the recovery test of the sulfide spiked to waste water samples and to the determination of sulfite in some samples of commercially available wine.

  2. On-line analysis of secondary ozonides from cyclohexene and D-limonene ozonolysis using atmospheric sampling townsend discharge ionization mass spectrometry

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    Nøjgaard, J. K.; Nørgaard, A. W.; Wolkoff, P.

    An on-line technique has been developed for analysis of gas-phase oxidation products formed in a reaction flow tube using different reaction times, concentrations and humidities. Products of ozonolysis, including thermally labile secondary ozonides (SOZ), were directly introduced into an atmospheric sampling townsend discharge ionization (ASTDI) source coupled to a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer (MS). Instant changes in the product composition were monitored in the total-ion chromatogram, or by fragment ions in the collision activated dissociation mass spectra by use of MS/MS scan techniques. Assignment of the individual ions was accomplished by inspection of the products' mass spectra obtained by pre-concentration of the gas phase on a dedicated short column followed by chromatographic analysis. The observed reaction products correspond to those identified with other techniques. Of relevance for future mechanistic modelling, is the point that conditions of excess D-limonene favoured the formation of the D-limonene SOZ (major product), which was observed to be quite stable in dry and humid air, without oxidants. The D-limonene/ozone ratio was observed to be crucial for the stability of the SOZ, because it is prone to ozonolysis, and no SOZ could be detected in completely reacted 1:1 mixtures.

  3. GCAFIT-A new tool for glow curve analysis in thermoluminescence nanodosimetry

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    Abd El-Hafez, A.I., E-mail: nis_arafa@yahoo.co [National Institute for Standards, Tersa Street, El-Harm, P.O. 136, Code No. 12211, Giza (Egypt); Yasin, M.N. [Fayoum University, Faculty of Science, Physics Department (Egypt); Sadek, A.M. [National Institute for Standards, Tersa Street, El-Harm, P.O. 136, Code No. 12211, Giza (Egypt)

    2011-05-01

    Glow curve analysis is widely used for dosimetric studies and applications. Therefore, a new computer program, GCAFIT, for deconvoluting first-order kinetics thermoluminescence (TL) glow curves and evaluating the activation energy for each glow peak in the glow curve has been developed using the MATLAB technical computing language. A non-linear function describing a single glow peak is fitted to experimental points using the Levenberg-Marquardt least-square method. The developed GCAFIT software was used to analyze the glow curves of TLD-100, TLD-600, and TLD-700 nanodosimeters. The activation energy E obtained by the developed GCAFIT software was compared with that obtained by the peak shape methods of Grossweiner, Lushchik, and Halperin-Braner. The frequency factor S for each glow peak was also calculated. The standard deviations are discussed in each case and compared with those of other investigators. The results show that GCAFIT is capable of accurately analyzing first-order TL glow curves. Unlike other software programs, the developed GCAFIT software does not require activation energy as an input datum; in contrast, activation energy for each glow peak is given in the output data. The resolution of the experimental glow curve influences the results obtained by the GCAFIT software; as the resolution increases, the results obtained by the GCAFIT software become more accurate. The values of activation energy obtained by the developed GCAFIT software a in good agreement with those obtained by the peak shape methods. The agreement with the Halperin-Braner and Lushchik methods is better than with that of Grossweiner. High E and S values for peak 5 were observed; we believe that these values are not real because peak 5 may in fact consist of two or three unresolved peaks. We therefore treated E and S for peak 5 as an effective activation energy, E{sub eff,} and an effective frequency factor, S{sub eff}. The temperature value for peak 5 was also treated as an

  4. The deconvolution of thermoluminescence glow-curves using general expressions derived from the one trap-one recombination (OTOR) level model

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    The new developed thermoluminescence (TL) glow-peak expressions derived from the one trap-one recombination (OTOR) level model were used to analyze the TL glow-curves recorded with linear and exponential heating function profiles under various experimental conditions. The results showed that these expressions can, accurately, analyze the TL glow-curves even with the overlapped glow-peaks. Low values of R=An/Am were reported for glow-peaks in different TL materials. A glow-peak with the possibility of An>Am was also pointed out. - Highlights: • The accuracy of the TL expressions derived from the OTOR model was verified. • EHF and LHF glow-curves were deconvoluted using TL expressions based on OTOR model. • Low values of R=An/Am were reported for some glow-peaks. • A glow-peak with the possibility of An>Am was pointed out

  5. Impurities in TdeV with and without conditioning by trimethylboron/helium glow discharge

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    Boronisation by glow discharge with 30% B(CH3)3 in He was applied in the TdeV tokamak. Plasma current and density scans were performed before and after the process; the impurity influxes (visible spectroscopy and mass spectrometry), the plasma contamination (VUV spectroscopy and effective ion charge Zeff) and the radiated power Prad were measured. The density limit was investigated. The lifetime of the conditioning effect was correlated with surface analysis of wall samples. Without boronisation, Zeff, Prad and a large fraction of the particle recycling were determined by oxygen from the residual gas. The density limit was (3.5-4.0)x1019 m-3 and a shrinkage of the plasma radius occurred at low current and high density. With boronisation, oxygen is reduced several fold, and (Zeff-1) and Prad are reduced by ∝60%. Also, plasma shrinkage is eliminated and the density limit is increased to ∝5x1019 m-3. The lifetime of the effect seems to be mostly determined by saturation of the boron layer by oxygen. (orig.)

  6. The production of large concentrations of molecular ions in the lengthened negative glow region of a discharge

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    De Lucia, Frank C.; Herbst, Eric; Plummer, Grant M.; Blake, Geoffrey A.

    1983-01-01

    A technique for enhancement of positive molecular ion concentrations in a glow discharge is presented. The technique consists of modifying an anomalous glow discharge by the addition of a longitudinal magnetic field of up to 300 G. Enhancements in the ion signal strength, as measured by millimeter and submillimeter wave spectroscopy, are approximately two orders of magnitude. Evidence is presented that the magnetic field increases the length of the ion rich negative glow by restricting inside...

  7. Analysis of small bubbles entrapped in glass by glow discharge time of flight mass spectrometry

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    Complete text of publication follows. The gases appearing during the glass manufacturing process give rise to small bubbles which can seriously alter, especially in high quality glass, the function and usage of the commercial product, reducing the mechanical strength or producing optical inhomogeneities. The chemical composition of bubbles is extremely important to identify the damage sources and thus to understand and control their formation. The gaseous content of bubbles can be analyzed using techniques like mass spectrometry (MS) and laser Raman spectroscopy. However, mass spectrometry is the method that provides more information in shorter time. Up to now most experiments with MS have been carried out with electron impact for ionization and detection by quadrupole or magnetic sector mass spectrometers. Due to the presence of elements such as nitrogen, oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere a closed system incorporating a very small volume (for a fast evacuation of the entire line) and a mass spectrometer with fast scan capability (such as the time of flight (TOF) mass spectrometer) should be desirable. In this communication a new analytical method has been developed to analyze the composition of gases entrapped in glasses. The experimental setup consists basically of a glass breaker (a stainless steel bellows valve) on-line connected to a glow discharge for ionization and a TOF mass spectrometer for detection. The optimized system provides detection limits in the order of nL for molecular nitrogen, oxygen and carbon dioxide. The proposed method has been successfully tested for the analysis of gaseous content of bubbles (with diameters below 0.5 mm) entrapped in industrial glasses. The authors acknowledge to Gobierno del Principado de Asturias through PCTI 2006-2009 (project ref. PC07-013) and FP6 Contract STREP-NMP, N deg 032202 for the financial support.

  8. Glow-curve deconvolution of thermoluminescence curves in the simplified OTOR equation using the Hybrid Genetic Algorithm

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    Highlights: • Use of Hybrid Genetic Algorithm in TL analysis. • Deconvolution in simplified OTOR equation. • Glow curve analysis. -- Abstract: A novel method of analyzing thermoluminescence TL glow curves is presented here. This method is based on the recently derived simplified OTOR equation. It employs the Hybrid Genetic Algorithm for the extraction of the TL parameters. This method has been tested against theoretical glow-curve data that were generated using the full iteration method without any prior approximation in the OTOR model, and it has also been tested using the complex glow curve of NaCl

  9. Limitation of peak fitting and peak shape methods for determination of activation energy of thermoluminescence glow peaks

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    Sunta, C M; Piters, T M; Watanabe, S

    1999-01-01

    This paper shows the limitation of general order peak fitting and peak shape methods for determining the activation energy of the thermoluminescence glow peaks in the cases in which retrapping probability is much higher than the recombination probability and the traps are filled up to near saturation level. Right values can be obtained when the trap occupancy is reduced by using small doses or by post-irradiation partial bleaching. This limitation in the application of these methods has not been indicated earlier. In view of the unknown nature of kinetics in the experimental samples, it is recommended that these methods of activation energy determination should be applied only at doses well below the saturation dose.

  10. Dusty plasma structures in He-Kr DC glow discharge

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    Complete text of publication follows. Ion drift in gas mixtures has certain properties that can be used to generate ion flows with desired characteristics. For example, when the field is strong, ion heating is significant, and there is a large difference in atomic weight between ions and atoms, the ion velocity distribution can be highly anisotropic. Ion distribution anisotropy can cause a substantial change in properties of dust structures in plasmas. Experiments on dusty plasma structures in glow discharge in mixtures of light and heavy gases (helium and argon), (helium and krypton) are performed, and results of numerical simulations of ion and electron drift in the mixture are presented. The model of electron-atom collisions is considered taking into account non-elastic collisions in electron energy balance. On the basis of numerical simulation the characteristics of electron velocity distribution function, the energy characteristics of electron drift in constant electric field in He-Kr discharge were tabulated. Values of drift velocity, average electron energy, Townsend characteristic energy, and average electron energy leading to excitation and ionization of atoms, ratio between energy losses in elastic and nonelastic collisions, Townsend ionization coefficient were obtained. For the experiment conditions calculations of dust particle charging characteristics are also conducted - values of an average dust charge, charge fluctuation, and number of the bounded ions are calculated. These calculations have shown that dust charging in a mix of a 'light' gas with a small additive of a 'heavy' gas and ions has a number of features which lead, in particular, to considerable (up to thousand times) increase of dust kinetic energy - this effect was observed in the experiments.

  11. The role of magnetic energy on plasma localization during the glow discharge under reduced pressure

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    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we present the first results of our research on the synergy of fields, electric and magnetic, in the initiation and development of glow discharge under reduced pressure. In the two-electrode system under reduced pressure, the breakdown voltage characterizes a minimum energy input of the electric field to initiate and sustain the glow discharge. The glow discharge enhanced by the magnetic field applied just above the surface of the cathode influences the breakdown voltage decreasing its value. The idea of the experiment was to verify whether the contribution of potential energy of the magnetic field applied around the cathode is sufficiently effective to locate the plasma of glow discharge to the grounded cathode, which, in fact, is the part of a vacuum chamber wall (the anode is positively biased in this case. In our studies, we used the grounded magnetron unit with positively biased anode in order to achieve favorable conditions for the deposition of thin films on fibrous substrates such as fabrics for metallization, assuming that locally applied magnetic field can effectively locate plasma. The results of our studies (Paschen curve with the participation of the magnetic field seem to confirm the validity of the research assumption. What is the most spectacular - the glow discharge was initiated between introduced into the chamber anode and the grounded cathode of magnetron ‘assisted’ by the magnetic field (discharge did not include the area of the anode, which is a part of the magnetron construction.

  12. The power supplies for the glow discharge electrodes in Wendelstein 7-X

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    Rummel, Thomas, E-mail: thomas.rummel@ipp.mpg.de [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Plasmaphysik, Euratom Association, Wendelsteinstr. 1, D-17491 Greifswald (Germany); Fuellenbach, Frank [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Plasmaphysik, Euratom Association, Wendelsteinstr. 1, D-17491 Greifswald (Germany); Boehm, Guenther; Kaesler, Wolfgang; Burek, Rainer [PPT Puls-Plasmatechnik GmbH, Feldstr. 56, D-44141 Dortmund (Germany); Pingel, Steffen; Spring, Anett; Schacht, Joerg; Woelk, Andreas [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Plasmaphysik, Euratom Association, Wendelsteinstr. 1, D-17491 Greifswald (Germany)

    2011-10-15

    The conditioning of the Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) plasma vessel will be done by glow discharges. Ten electrodes are placed inside of the vessel. Due to the three dimensional geometry the conditions for the ignition and the stabilization of a glow discharge can vary from one electrode to the other electrode. Therefore ten individual power supplies with maximum ratings of 3 kV and 3 A will be used. The ten power supplies are individually controlled by a PLC based control system. This control system is a major part of the overall glow discharge system, because it has to allow the combination of two or more power supplies to groups, which can be controlled in a similar way. The glow discharge is planned to run up to a week in steady state mode. This requires a sophisticated monitoring system of the parameters of the power supplies and the implementation of a proper matrix of reaction after failures. One aim of the Wendelstein 7-X control system is the remote control of all activities from the W7-X main control room. The glow discharge power supply control has to allow such operation and special procedures for exchange of control rights were implemented. The power supply system was developed, manufactured installed and tested in collaboration between IPP and PPT.

  13. The measurement and analysis of electric fields in glow discharge plasmas

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    Interest in glow discharge plasmas has remained high for many decades because of their widespread application as a source of incoherent and coherent light, in plasma processing materials, in pulsed power devices, and in other technologies. Plasma etching of semiconductors and various plasma deposition process emerged as major applications during the 1980s. The technological significance of plasma processing is described in Plasma Processing of Materials. More fundamental work on glow discharges also advanced greatly during the 1980s. For example, substantial progress was made through the use of laser diagnostics to study glow discharges and as a result of the dramatically increased computing power that became available in the 1980s to model glow discharges. Many of the laser diagnostics are described in Radiative Processes in Discharge Plasmas. Kinetic theory models, in particular, became far more sophisticated and realistic during the 1980s. This article is a review of recent work that used optical diagnostics to study electric fields in glow discharge plasmas. Alternative methods for measuring electric electric fields in plasmas include electron beam deflection and electrostatic probes. Optical techniques have important advantages over these methods: They can be used at higher pressures and discharge current densities than electron beam deflection; and they are noninvasive, unlike electrostatic probes. In addition, optical techniques are usually easier to apply in a highly pure system than either of the alternative methods. 46 refs., 23 figs., 1 tab

  14. Enhancement of intensities in glow discharge mass spectrometry by using mixtures of argon and helium as plasma gases.

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    Lange, Britta; Matschat, Ralf; Kipphardt, Heinrich

    2007-12-01

    Glow discharge mass spectrometry (GD-MS) is an excellent technique for fast multi-element analysis of pure metals. In addition to metallic impurities, non-metals also can be determined. However, the sensitivity for these elements can be limited due to their high first ionization potentials. Elements with a first ionization potential close to or higher than that of argon, which is commonly used as discharge gas in GD-MS analysis, are ionized with small efficiency only. To improve the sensitivity of GD-MS for such elements, the influence of different glow-discharge parameters on the peak intensity of carbon, chlorine, fluorine, nitrogen, phosphorus, oxygen, and sulfur in pure copper samples was investigated with an Element GD (Thermo Fisher Scientific) GD-MS. Discharge current, discharge gas flow, and discharge gas composition, the last of which turned out to have the greatest effect on the measured intensities, were varied. Argon-helium mixtures were used because of the very high potential of He to ionize other elements, especially in terms of the high energy level of its metastable states. The effect of different Ar-He compositions on the peak intensity of various impurities in pure copper was studied. With Ar-He mixtures, excellent signal enhancements were achieved in comparison with use of pure Ar as discharge gas. In this way, traceable linear calibration curves for phosphorus and sulfur down to the microg kg(-1) range could be established with high sensitivity and very good linearity using pressed powder samples for calibration. This was not possible when pure argon alone was used as discharge gas. PMID:17940753

  15. Calibration of double focusing Glow Discharge Mass Spectrometry instruments with pin-shaped synthetic standards

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    Calibration of two commercially available glow discharge double focusing mass spectrometers, the VG 9000 and Element GD, is described using synthetic pin standards pressed from solution doped copper and zinc matrices. A special pressing die was developed for this purpose and optimal results were obtained with the highest possible pressures, i.e., 95 kN·cm−2. This calibration approach permits the determination of trace element mass fractions down to μg·kg−1 with small uncertainties and additionally provides traceability of the GD-MS results in the most direct manner to the SI (International System of Units). Results were validated by concurrent measurements of a number of compact copper and zinc certified reference materials. The impact of the sample pin cross-section (circular or square) was investigated with the use of a new pin-sample holder system for the Element GD. The pin-sample holder was designed by the manufacturer for pin-samples having circular cross-section; however, samples with square pin cross-section were also shown to provide acceptable results. Relative Sensitivity Factors for some 50 analytes in copper (VG 9000, Element GD) and zinc matrices (VG 9000) are presented. The field of applicability of GD-MS may be considerably extended via analysis of pin geometry samples based on their ease of preparation, especially with respect to the accuracy and traceability of the results and the enhanced number of analytes which can be reliably calibrated using such samples. - Highlights: ► GD-MS instruments were calibrated with synthetic pin standards of copper and zinc. ► This provides accurate determination of trace element mass fractions down to ppb. ► Measurement results obtain small uncertainties and are traceable to the SI. ► The standard preparation pressure of ≥ 95 kN·cm−2 is needed for accurate results. ► New/more accurate RSFs for some 50 analytes in each matrix were determined.

  16. Atmospheric pressure plasma produced inside a closed package by a dielectric barrier discharge in Ar/CO2 for bacterial inactivation of biological samples

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    Chiper, Alina Silvia; Chen, Weifeng; Mejlholm, Ole;

    2011-01-01

    The generation and evaluation of a dielectric barrier discharge produced inside a closed package made of a commercially available packaging film and filled with gas mixtures of Ar/CO2 at atmospheric pressure is reported. The discharge parameters were analysed by electrical measurements and optical...... emission spectroscopy in two modes of operation: trapped gas atmosphere and flowing gas atmosphere. Gas temperature was estimated using the OH(A–X) emission spectrum and the rotational temperature reached a saturation level after a few minutes of plasma running. The rotational temperature was almost three...

  17. H2/Ar direct current glow discharge mass spectrometry at constant voltage and pressure

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    The addition of hydrogen to a direct current (dc) - argon glow discharge (GD) coupled to a time of flight mass spectrometer has been studied using a fixed voltage between the electrodes and a fixed discharge pressure. Hydrogen contents investigated were 0.5%, 1% and 10% v/v in the argon discharge and the samples under study consisted of a copper-base, a nickel-base and an iron-base homogeneous materials. Also, the in-depth profile analysis of a tin plate was investigated. Results have shown that hydrogen addition gives rise to significant changes in the slope of the linear relationship between the electrical current and the discharge voltage. Clearly, the electrical resistance of the discharge at the typical operation voltages in the interval 600-1000 V increases with hydrogen added to pure argon. A decrease of the sputtering rates was observed the higher the hydrogen concentrations. Besides, the 'reduced sputtering rates', i.e. the sputtering rates divided by the corresponding electrical current, were also lower for the H2/Ar discharges than for pure argon. However, the analytical ion signals observed using discharge voltages higher than 900 V turned out to be higher in a 0.5% H2/Ar discharge than in pure argon for the copper and nickel materials. Besides, for the three samples investigated the ion yields were from 1.5 up to 3 times higher in 0.5% H2/Ar discharges as compared to the pure argon. Finally, the effect of 0.5% H2 addition to the Ar discharge on the in-depth profile of a tin plate has also been investigated. As compared to the use of a pure Ar GD, higher sensitivity for major and minor components of the coating were observed without loss of the relative depth resolution achieved

  18. Apocenter glow in eccentric debris disks: implications for Fomalhaut and $\\epsilon$ Eridani

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    Pan, Margaret; Kuchner, Marc J

    2016-01-01

    Debris disks often take the form of eccentric rings with azimuthal asymmetries in surface brightness. Such disks are often described as showing "pericenter glow", an enhancement of the disk brightness in regions nearest the central star. At long wavelengths, however, the disk apocenters should appear brighter than their pericenters: in the long wavelength limit, we find the apocenter/pericenter flux ratio scales as 1+e for disk eccentricity e. We produce new models of this "apocenter glow" to explore its causes and wavelength dependence and study its potential as a probe of dust grain properties. Based on our models, we argue that several far-infrared and (sub)millimeter images of the Fomalhaut and epsilon Eridani debris rings obtained with Herschel, JCMT, SHARC II, ALMA, and ACTA should be reinterpreted as suggestions or examples of apocenter glow. This reinterpretation yields new constraints on the disks' dust grain properties and size distributions.

  19. Physics of self-sustained oscillations in the positive glow corona

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    Cho, Sung Nae [Micro Devices Group, Micro Systems Laboratory, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, Mt. 14-1 Nongseo-dong, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do 446-712 (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-07-15

    The physics of self-sustained oscillations in the phenomenon of positive glow corona is presented. The dynamics of charged-particle oscillation under static electric field has been briefly outlined; and, the resulting self-sustained current oscillations in the electrodes have been compared with the measurements from the positive glow corona experiments. The profile of self-sustained electrode current oscillations predicted by the presented theory qualitatively agrees with the experimental measurements. For instance, the experimentally observed saw-tooth shaped electrode current pulses are reproduced by the presented theory. Further, the theory correctly predicts the pulses of radiation accompanying the abrupt rises in the saw-tooth shaped current oscillations, as verified from the various glow corona experiments.

  20. Computerized glow curve deconvolution of thermoluminescent emission from polyminerals of Jamaica Mexican flower

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    Favalli, A.; Furetta, C.; Zaragoza, E. Cruz; Reyes, A.

    The aim of this work is to study the main thermoluminescence (TL) characteristics of the inorganic polyminerals extracted from dehydrated Jamaica flower or roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa L.) belonging to Malvaceae family of Mexican origin. TL emission properties of the polymineral fraction in powder were studied using the initial rise (IR) method. The complex structure and kinetic parameters of the glow curves have been analysed accurately using the computerized glow curve deconvolution (CGCD) assuming an exponential distribution of trapping levels. The extension of the IR method to the case of a continuous and exponential distribution of traps is reported, such as the derivation of the TL glow curve deconvolution functions for continuous trap distribution. CGCD is performed both in the case of frequency factor, s, temperature independent, and in the case with the s function of temperature.

  1. Heating rate effect on thermoluminescence glow curves of LiF:Mg,Cu,P+PTFE phosphor

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    Cruz-Zaragoza, E. [Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, A.P. 70-543, Mexico D.F. 04510 (Mexico); Gonzalez, P.R., E-mail: pedro.gonzalez@inin.gob.mx [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Carretera Mexico-Toluca S/N, C.P. 52750, Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Azorin, J. [Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, San Rafael Atlixco 186, 09340 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Furetta, C. [Touro University Rome, Division of Touro College New York, Circne Gianicolense 15-17, 00153 Rome (Italy)

    2011-10-15

    The influence of heating rate on the thermoluminescence (TL) property of LiF:Mg,Cu,P+PTFE was analyzed. The activation energy and the frequency factor as a function of the heating rate were determined. The kinetic parameters and their dependence on the heating rate were evaluated using the sequential quadratic programming glow curve deconvolution (SQPGCD). The results showed that as the heating rate increases, the peak intensity at the maximum (I{sub M}) decreases and shifts to higher temperature; similar behavior of the kinetics parameters was observed. - Highlights: >Heating rate influence on the thermoluminescence (TL) property of LiF:Mg,Cu,P was analyzed. > The kinetic parameters, activation energy and frequency factor were evaluated using the sequential quadratic programming glow curve deconvolution. > The peak intensity at the maximum (I{sub M}) of the glow curves decreases. > Shifts to higher temperature were observed as the heating rate increased. > Similar behavior of the kinetics parameters was noticed.

  2. Decomposition Characteristics of an Artificial Biogas in a Low-Pressure DC Glow Discharge

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    Itoh, Yasuhiro; Oshita, Takamasa; Satoh, Kohki; Itoh, Hidenori

    The decomposition characteristics of an artificial biogas, which is a mixture of CH4, CO2 and H2S, using a low pressure DC glow discharge have been investigated. It is found that H2, CO, C2H2, H2O, CS2 and COS are produced from the artificial biogas in the glow discharge. About 65 % of hydrogen atoms in CH4 are converted into H2 at the input energy of 800 J, at which CH4 is completely decomposed, and the decomposition characteristics of the artificial biogas has little dependency on H2S additive. Farther, H2S has a tendency to be decomposed earlier than the other components of the artificial biogas. When the glow discharge is generated in the artificial biogas with H2S, some of carbon atoms are found to deposit on electrodes and the wall of a discharge chamber.

  3. Deuterium retention in graphite and its removal by inert gas glow discharge

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    The hydrogen isotope retention and its removal by inert gas glow discharge for graphite was investigated by residual gas analysis. The amount of retained hydrogen isotope in graphite during the deuterium glow discharge was about 1.0×1017 cm2, which was one order of magnitude larger than that in 316L stainless steel or tungsten. The removal ratio of hydrogen isotope by helium, neon and argon glow discharge cleaning were 49%, 22% and 6% respectively. These removal ratios were similar to those for the stainless steel, but larger than the tungsten. The removal ratio in graphite can be explained by both the depth distribution of incident deuterium in the materials and the etching depth. (author)

  4. Standards for glow discharge spectroscopy. Application to the analysis of cobalt in oxidized 316 stainless steel. Obtention of standards using ion implantation

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    The glow discharge optical spectroscopy, is a well known technique. Its greatest difficulty consists in the definition of standards for surface analysis (for thicknesses below 1 micron). The aim of the present work is the manufacturing of standard samples, obtained by ion implantation of cobalt in a 316 stainless steel. The validation of the procedure is carried out by means of the implantation of cobalt ions in iron and aluminum. Theoretical profiles of the implanted cobalt are obtained from the analysis of cobalt oxides using nuclear magnetic resonance and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopies

  5. Estimation of deposition velocities of HT and 14CO2 and their fluxes from surface environment with a development of a simultaneous sampling system for the speciation of atmospheric H-3 and C-14

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    Concerning atmospherically released tritium (T) and C-14 we have developed a new method, which can analyze their fluxes and the deposition velocities. Firstly, a simultaneous sampling system for the speciation of atmospheric tritium and C-14 has been developed. This system determines varieties of chemical forms of tritium and C-14, namely tritiated water (HTO), elemental tritium gas (HT) and tritiated methane (CH3T) for tritium, 14CO2 and 14C H4 for C-14, respectively. Secondly, a new method was developed to determine HT and 14CO2 deposition velocities. This method can determine their fluxes and the deposition velocities without any tritium and C-14 sources. (author)

  6. 110° C thermoluminescence glow peak of quartz – A brief review

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    D K Koul

    2008-12-01

    The 110°C glow peak of quartz, though unstable at room temperature, has worked wonderfully in archaeology and retrospective dosimetry due to its pre-dose sensitization property. Various aspects of the peak, like its nature, defect centres involved, the impact of different stimuli and its application have been extensively studied. The main aims of this review are to (i) summarize briefly the work carried out on the various facets of this TL glow peak during the last four decades and (ii) identify the areas which need further attention in order to have a better understanding of the luminescence characteristics of this TL peak.

  7. PIC/MCC Simulation of Glow Discharge Plasma in Four-Anode Device

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    YUAN Zhongcai; SHI Jiaming; XU Bo

    2007-01-01

    Numerical simulations by the code of Object-Oriented PIC (Particle-in-Cell) and the Monte Carlo Collision (MCC) method were carried out in order to obtain an insight into the characteristics of plasmas generated by glow discharges in low pressure helium in a four-anode DC glow discharge device. The results show that, the pressure, the external mirror magnetic field, and the virtual breadth of the annular electrode affect the radial distribution of the plasma density and temperature. The simulations are instructive for further experiments.

  8. Thermoluminescence glow-curve deconvolution functions for mixed order of kinetics and continuous trap distribution

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    Kitis, G

    2000-01-01

    New glow-curve deconvolution functions are proposed for mixed order of kinetics and for continuous-trap distribution. The only free parameters of the presented glow-curve deconvolution functions are the maximum peak intensity (I sub m) and the maximum peak temperature (T sub m), which can be estimated experimentally together with the activation energy (E). The other free parameter is the activation energy range (DELTA E) for the case of the continuous-trap distribution or a constant alpha for the case of mixed-order kinetics.

  9. Wavelet based time-frequency and multifractal analysis of the glow discharge plasma instabilities

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    Nurujjaman, Md; Iyengar, A N Sekar

    2009-01-01

    Wavelet based ridge patterns and multifractal analysis have been carried out of the anode glow related floating potential fluctuations of a glow discharge plasma. Wavelet based ridge plots and multifractal spectrum were constructed for the fluctuations for different discharge voltages. Presence of the strong and weak chaos has been explained qualitatively from the ridge plots and from the multifractal spectrum different quantities like correlation and fractal dimension, degree of multifractality, etc., have been estimated at different discharge voltages. Wavelet based analysis is very much consistent with nonlinear time series analysis.

  10. Second Order Fluid Glow Discharge Model Sustained by Different Source Terms

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    Behavior of charged particles in a DC low pressure glow discharge is studied. The electric properties of the glow discharge in argon, maintained by a constant source term with uniform electron and ion generation, between two plane electrodes or by secondary electron emission at the cathode, are determined. A fluid model is used to solve self-consistently the first three moments of the Boltzmann equation coupled with the Poisson equation. The stationary spatial distribution of the electron and ion densities, the electric potential, the electric field, and the electron energy, in a two-dimensional (2D) configuration, are presented.

  11. Thermoluminescence glow curve involving any extent of retrapping or any order of kinetics

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    Jai Prakash

    2013-09-01

    Adirovitch set of equations has been modified to explain the mechanisms involved in thermoluminescence (TL) glow curve. A simple model is proposed which explains the occurrence of TL glow curve involving any extent of retrapping or any order of kinetics. It has been observed that the extents of recombination and simultaneous rewrapping decide the order of kinetics involved. TL decay parameters, order of kinetics and initial concentration of trapped electrons per unit volume are evaluated easily and conveniently. It has been observed that retrapping increases with increasing order of kinetics.

  12. NITROGEN POTENTIAL DURING ION NITRIDING PROCESS IN GLOW-DISCHARGE PLASMA

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    Kozlov, A. A.

    2015-01-01

    The paper considers problems on regulation of phase composition of a nitrided layer during gas and ion nitriding process in a glow-discharge. It has been established that  available models for control of nitrided layer structure with the help of nitriding index (nitrogen potential) can not be applied for nitriding process in the glow-discharge. Principal difference of the ion nitriding from the gas one is in the fact that chemically active nitrogen is formed in the discharge zone (cathode lay...

  13. Short-term low-temperature glow discharge nitriding of 316L austenitic steel

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    T. Frączek

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available The AISI 316L austenitic steel after glow discharge nitriding at temperature of T = 673 K and duration of τ=14,4 ks, for two different variants of specimen arrangement in the glow-discharge chamber was investigated. In order to assess the effectiveness of nitriding process, the surface layers profile analysis examination, surface hardness and hardness profile examination, the analysis of surface layer structures and corrosion resistance tests were performed. It has been found that application of a booster screen effects in a nitrogen diffusion depth increment into the 316L austenitic steel surface, what results in the surface layer thickness escalation.

  14. Overheating Willingness to Pay: Who Gets Warm Glow and What It Means for Valuation

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    Interis, Matthew G.; Haab, Timothy C.

    2014-01-01

    In traditional contingent valuation, the researcher seeks the amount a respondent is willing, ceteris paribus, to pay to obtain something. But if a respondent receives a “warm glow†from a yes response, ceteris is not paribus. In estimating willingness to pay (WTP) to reduce environmental impacts from consumption of transportation fuel, we find that respondents who were relatively less environmentally focused in the past receive greater warm-glow benefits from a “yes†response and have ...

  15. Detrapping of tungsten nanoparticles in a direct-current argon glow discharge

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    Nanoparticles are grown from the sputtering of a tungsten cathode in a direct current argon glow discharge. Laser light scattering of a vertical laser sheet going through the plasma reveals that the dust particle cloud is compressed and pushed towards the anode during the discharge. Scanning electron microscopy images of substrates exposed to the plasma for given durations show that dust particles are continuously falling down on the anode during the discharge. These observations are explained by the fact that the electrostatic force at the negative glow-anode sheath boundary cannot balance the ion drag, gravity, and thermophoresis forces for particles of more than a few tens of nanometres in diameter

  16. An Assessment of Using Glow Curve Fitting Procedures for Obtaining Information on Exposure History

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    A detailed analysis has been performed of the usefulness of glow peak area ratios to determine when, during a dosemeter assignment period, an exposure has taken place. Several heating rates, including the fast rates usually used in routine dosimetry, have been used to quantify the impact of heating rate on such analysis. Large differences in glow peak positions and smaller changes in peak widths resulted from different heating rates. The results indicate that curve fitting techniques and determination of peak area ratios to determine exposure history have very limited usefulness at heating rates generally used in routine dosimetry. (author)

  17. Pilot study on the application of computerised glow curve analysis in TL based personal dosimetry services

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    Preliminary results of an inter-laboratory collaborative work on the application of computerised glow curve analysis to TL personal dosimetry are presented. Very simple analysis methods have proved to be useful for the evaluation of glow curves similar to those encountered in the dosimetric control of radiation workers. A first result obtained in the study has been the possibility of simplifying the TL working procedures by eliminating pre-annealing or pre-heating steps employed in conventional systems to avoid low temperature peaks. The presence of these unwanted peaks can be detected by the computerised evaluation methods, discriminating their contribution to the dosimetric TL data. (author)

  18. New planetary atmosphere simulations: application to the organic aerosols of Titan

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    Coll, Patrice; Cosia, David; Gazeau, Marie-Claire; Raulin, François

    1997-05-01

    The atmosphere of Titan partly consists of hazes and aerosol particles. Experimental simulation is one of the powerful approaches to study the processes which yield these particles, and their chemical composition. It provides laboratory analogues, sometimes called tholins. Development and optimization of experiemental tools were undertaken in order to perform chemical and physical analyses of analogues under conditions free from contamination. A ``Titan aerosol generator'' was developed in the frame of the Cassini-Huygens mission, in order to produce Titan's aerosol analogues within conditions closer to those of the titanian atmosphere : cold plasma simulation system, low pressure and low temperature. The direct current (DC) glow discharge is produced by applying a DC voltage between two conductive electrodes inserted into the gas mixture -model of the studied atmosphere- at low pressure. A high-impedance power supply is used to provide the electrical field. All the system is installed in a glove box, which protect samples from any contamination. Finally the research program expected with this new material is presented.

  19. The thermoluminescence glow curve and the deconvoluted glow peak characteristics of erbium doped silica fiber exposed to 70-130 kVp x-rays.

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    Alawiah, A; Bauk, S; Marashdeh, M W; Nazura, M Z N; Abdul-Rashid, H A; Yusoff, Z; Gieszczyk, W; Noramaliza, M N; Adikan, F R Mahamd; Mahdiraji, G A; Tamchek, N; Muhd-Yassin, S Z; Mat-Sharif, K A; Zulkifli, M I; Omar, N; Wan Abdullah, W S; Bradley, D A

    2015-10-01

    In regard to thermoluminescence (TL) applied to dosimetry, in recent times a number of researchers have explored the role of optical fibers for radiation detection and measurement. Many of the studies have focused on the specific dopant concentration, the type of dopant and the fiber core diameter, all key dependencies in producing significant increase in the sensitivity of such fibers. At doses of less than 1 Gy none of these investigations have addressed the relationship between dose response and TL glow peak behavior of erbium (Er)-doped silica cylindrical fibers (CF). For x-rays obtained at accelerating potentials from 70 to 130 kVp, delivering doses of between 0.1 and 0.7 Gy, present study explores the issue of dose response, special attention being paid to determination of the kinetic parameters and dosimetric peak properties of Er-doped CF. The effect of dose response on the kinetic parameters of the glow peak has been compared against other fiber types, revealing previously misunderstood connections between kinetic parameters and radiation dose. Within the investigated dose range there was an absence of supralinearity of response of the Er-doped silica CF, instead sub-linear response being observed. Detailed examination of glow peak response and kinetic parameters has thus been shown to shed new light of the rarely acknowledged issue of the limitation of TL kinetic model and sub-linear dose response of Er-doped silica CF. PMID:26188687

  20. Iridium Coating Deposited by Double Glow Plasma Technique — Effect of Glow Plasma on Structure of Coating at Single Substrate Edge

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    Double glow plasma technique has a high deposition rate for preparing iridium coating. However, the glow plasma can influence the structure of the coating at the single substrate edge. In this study, the iridium coating was prepared by double glow plasma on the surface of single niobium substrate. The microstructure of iridium coating at the substrate edge was observed by scanning electron microscopy. The composition of the coating was confirmed by energy dispersive spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. There was a boundary between the coating and the substrate edge. The covered area for the iridium coating at the substrate edge became fewer and fewer from the inner area to the outer flange-area. The bamboo sprout-like particles on the surface of the substrate edge were composed of elemental niobium. The substrate edge was composed of the Nb coating and there was a transition zone between the Ir coating and the Nb coating. The interesting phenomenon of the substrate edge could be attributed to the effects of the bias voltages and the plasma cloud in the deposition chamber. The substrate edge effect could be mitigated or eliminated by adding lots of small niobium plates around the substrate in a deposition process. (plasma technology)

  1. Sustained diffusive alternating current gliding arc discharge in atmospheric pressure air

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    Zhu, Jiajian; Gao, Jinlong; Li, Zhongshan;

    2014-01-01

    Rapid transition from glow discharge to thermal arc has been a common problem in generating stable high-power non-thermal plasmas especially at ambient conditions. A sustained diffusive gliding arc discharge was generated in a large volume in atmospheric pressure air, driven by an alternating......, synchronized with simultaneously recorded current and voltage waveforms. Dynamic details of the novel non-equilibrium discharge are revealed, which is characterized by a sinusoidal current waveform with amplitude stabilized at around 200 mA intermediate between thermal arc and glow discharge, shedding light to...

  2. DNA Sampling Hook

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The DNA Sampling Hook is a significant improvement on a method of obtaining a tissue sample from a live fish in situ from an aquatic environment. A tissue sample...

  3. Glow discharge plasma treatment for surface cleaning and modification of metallic biomaterials.

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    Aronsson, B O; Lausmaa, J; Kasemo, B

    1997-04-01

    Glow discharge plasma treatment is a frequently used method for cleaning, preparation, and modification of biomaterial and implant surfaces. The merits of such treatments are, however, strongly dependent on the process parameters. In the present work the possibilities, limitations, and risks of plasma treatment for surface preparation of metallic materials are investigated experimentally using titanium as a model system, and also discussed in more general terms. Samples were treated by different low-pressure direct current plasmas and analyzed using Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and light microscopy. The plasma system is a home-built, ultra-high vacuum-compatible system that allows sample introduction via a load-lock, and precise control of pressure, gas composition and flow rate, etc. This system allows uniform treatment of cylindrical and screw-shaped samples. With appropriate plasma parameters, argon plasma remove all chemical traces from former treatments (adsorbed contaminants and other impurities, and native oxide layers), in effect producing cleaner and more well-controlled surfaces than with conventional preparation methods. Removal (sputtering) rates up to 30 nm/min are possible. However, when inappropriate plasma parameters are used, the result may be increased contamination and formation of unintentional or undesired surface layers (e.g., carbides and nitrides). Plasma-cleaned surfaces provide a clean and reproducible starting condition for further plasma treatments to form well-controlled surface layers. Oxidation in pure O2 (thermally or in oxygen plasmas) results in uniform and stoichiometric TiO2 surface oxide layers of reproducible composition and thicknesses in the range 0.5-150 nm, as revealed by AES and XPS analyses. Titanium nitride layers were prepared by using N2 plasmas. While mild plasma treatments leave the surface microstructure unaffected

  4. Endotoxin removal by radio frequency gas plasma (glow discharge)

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    Poon, Angela

    2011-12-01

    Contaminants remaining on implantable medical devices, even following sterilization, include dangerous fever-causing residues of the outer lipopolysaccharide-rich membranes of Gram-negative bacteria such as the common gut microorganism E. coli. The conventional method for endotoxin removal is by Food & Drug Administration (FDA)-recommended dry-heat depyrogenation at 250°C for at least 45 minutes, an excessively time-consuming high-temperature technique not suitable for low-melting or heat-distortable biomaterials. This investigation evaluated the mechanism by which E. coli endotoxin contamination can be eliminated from surfaces during ambient temperature single 3-minute to cumulative 15-minute exposures to radio-frequency glow discharge (RFGD)-generated residual room air plasmas activated at 0.1-0.2 torr in a 35MHz electrodeless chamber. The main analytical technique for retained pyrogenic bio-activity was the Kinetic Chromogenic Limulus Amebocyte Lysate (LAL) Assay, sufficiently sensitive to document compliance with FDA-required Endotoxin Unit (EU) titers less than 20 EU per medical device by optical detection of enzymatic color development corresponding to sterile water extracts of each device. The main analytical technique for identification of chemical compositions, amounts, and changes during sequential reference Endotoxin additions and subsequent RFGD-treatment removals from infrared (IR)-transparent germanium (Ge) prisms was Multiple Attenuated Internal Reflection (MAIR) infrared spectroscopy sensitive to even monolayer amounts of retained bio-contaminant. KimaxRTM 60 mm x 15 mm and 50mm x 15mm laboratory glass dishes and germanium internal reflection prisms were inoculated with E. coli bacterial endotoxin water suspensions at increments of 0.005, 0.05, 0.5, and 5 EU, and characterized by MAIR-IR spectroscopy of the dried residues on the Ge prisms and LAL Assay of sterile water extracts from both glass and Ge specimens. The Ge prism MAIR-IR measurements

  5. Endotoxin removal by radio frequency gas plasma (glow discharge)

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    Poon, Angela

    2011-12-01

    Contaminants remaining on implantable medical devices, even following sterilization, include dangerous fever-causing residues of the outer lipopolysaccharide-rich membranes of Gram-negative bacteria such as the common gut microorganism E. coli. The conventional method for endotoxin removal is by Food & Drug Administration (FDA)-recommended dry-heat depyrogenation at 250°C for at least 45 minutes, an excessively time-consuming high-temperature technique not suitable for low-melting or heat-distortable biomaterials. This investigation evaluated the mechanism by which E. coli endotoxin contamination can be eliminated from surfaces during ambient temperature single 3-minute to cumulative 15-minute exposures to radio-frequency glow discharge (RFGD)-generated residual room air plasmas activated at 0.1-0.2 torr in a 35MHz electrodeless chamber. The main analytical technique for retained pyrogenic bio-activity was the Kinetic Chromogenic Limulus Amebocyte Lysate (LAL) Assay, sufficiently sensitive to document compliance with FDA-required Endotoxin Unit (EU) titers less than 20 EU per medical device by optical detection of enzymatic color development corresponding to contaminant. KimaxRTM 60 mm x 15 mm and 50mm x 15mm laboratory glass dishes and germanium internal reflection prisms were inoculated with E. coli bacterial endotoxin water suspensions at increments of 0.005, 0.05, 0.5, and 5 EU, and characterized by MAIR-IR spectroscopy of the dried residues on the Ge prisms and LAL Assay of sterile water extracts from both glass and Ge specimens. The Ge prism MAIR-IR measurements were repeated after employing 3-minute RFGD treatments sequentially for more than 10 cycles to observe removal of deposited matter that correlated with diminished EU titers. The results showed that 5 cycles, for a total exposure time of 15 minutes to low-temperature gas plasma, was sufficient to reduce endotoxin titers to below 0.05 EU/ml, and correlated with concurrent reduction of major endotoxin

  6. Dependence of the transition from Townsend to glow discharge on secondary emission

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    Raizer, Y.P.; Ebert, U.; Sijacic, D.

    2004-01-01

    In a recent paper Sijacic and Ebert have systematically studied the transition from Townsend to glow discharge, refering to older work from von Engel (1934) up to Raizer (1991), and they stated a strong dependendence on secondary emission gamma from the cathode. We here show that the earlier results

  7. Surface analysis by glow discharge spectrometry: cathode zone and sputtering yield

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    Applications of the glow discharge optical spectroscopy for surface analysis are numerous. Moreover, this method enables to get qualitative and semi-quantitative results which are already significant. However, we should improve our knowledge of the physical parameters involved in the glow discharge lamp mechanisms and learn to handle such phenomena. The problems can be divided into two categories: sputtering of the target under argon ions accelerated in the cathode dark space, and luminous emission of torn away species which reach the negative glow region. Our aim was to take stock of the present theoretical knowledge which can be applied to the specific self-maintained glow discharge plasma. Moreover, we tried to link together (often roughly) the basic discharge parameters, i.e. current intensity I, voltage of the lamp Vg, pressure of the gas p. Specially a comparison between theoretical and experimental results was established concerning the pure target sputtering yields. The contribution of the argon ions striking the cathode is estimated taking into account their energetic distribution. The role of the fast argon neutrals produced by charge exchange with the ions is important; we evaluated their energetic distribution and their contribution to sputtering. The total theoretical sputtering yield is inferred: the comparison with experimental results is presented. The role of the gas temperature is emphasized

  8. Source of high-voltage power supply for ozone generators at glow discharge

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    High-voltage power supply source on quasi-resonance inverter base which works at direct current regime is described. This source forms 20 kV voltage with 0 - 10 mA current regulation. It protects the source from current break-downs and feeds ozone generators at glow discharge

  9. Analysis of TLD-900 glow curves: results on single peak properties

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    In this paper we present fading experimental measurements on CaSO4:Dy (TLD-900) ribbons and computer calculated evaluations of single glow peak characteristics and their time dependence. The same method is also used to identify the time elapsed since an anomalous irradiation superposed to the normal one. (author)

  10. SkyGlowNet: an Internet-Enabled Light at Night Monitoring System

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    Craine, Erin M.; Craine, Eric R.; Craine, Brian L.; Crawford, David L.

    2013-05-01

    The "Sky Glow Network" (SkyGlowNet) is an internet connected depository of photometric light at night (LAN) data that are collected automatically by static, internet-enabled Sky Brightness Meters (iSBMs). The data are collected nightly at high temporal frequency and can be used to monitor extended areas of sky brightness on hourly, nightly, monthly, seasonal, and annual cycles over long periods of time. The photometry can be used for scientific and community planning purposes, as well as a powerful tool for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational outreach programs. The effective and efficient use of light in modern society has become an important and contentious issue that urgently requires better technical and societal understanding. It is important to us as astronomers, and will become increasingly relevant as dark sky areas shrink as a result of poorly implemented lighting. We outline the structure of SkyGlowNet, describe the iSBM unit, and discuss how to interact with the SkyGlowNet website. We discuss how these data can help us preserve observing sites in the future.

  11. Thermoluminescence glow curves of Ca2+ and Sr2+ doped LiCl single crystals

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    Effects of Ca2+ and Sr2+ dopants on the thermoluminescence glow curves of LiCl monocrystals have been studied. The crystals containing different amounts of Sr2+ and Ca2+, resp., were irradiated either by 60Co γ-radiation or by 90Sr beta particles

  12. Effect of rf power on the electrical properties of glow-discharge a-Si:H

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    TOLUNAY, Hüseyin

    2002-01-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon films were prepared in an rf glow-discharge system by decomposing undiluted silane at various rf power densities. Dark conductivity and photoconductivity of the films have been measured in the temperature range 420K-100K at four different photon fluxes. It was observed that both dark conductivity and photoconductivity increase with increasing rf power density.

  13. Quantitative Analysis on Carbon Migration in Double-Glow Discharge Plasma Surface Alloying Process

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    ZHANG Zhen-xia; WANG Cong-zeng; ZHANG Wen-quan; SU Xue-kuan

    2004-01-01

    Carbon migration is of great significance in double-glow discharge plasma surface alloying process, but literature of quantitative analysis about carbon migration is relatively scarce. In this paper differential equations of the carbon and metal concentration distribution were established. By means of differential equations carbon migration was described and a numerical solution was acquired. The computational results fit the experiment results quite well.

  14. A study on water treatment induced by plasma with contact glow discharge electrolysis

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    Oxidative degradation of eight kinds of dyes induced by plasma in aqueous solution was investigated with contract glow discharge electrolysis (CGDE). It has been demonstrated that these eight dyes underwent degradation in CGDE, where Fe2+ could be utilised to raise the efficiency of degradation of dyes

  15. Direct solar-thermal hydrogen production from water using nozzle/skimmer and glow discharge

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    Pyle, W.R.; Hayes, M.H.; Spivak, A.L. [H-Ion Solar Co., Richmond, CA (United States)

    1996-12-31

    An investigation of direct solar-thermal hydrogen and oxygen production from water is described. Nozzle jets and skimmers have been used for separation of the products and suppression of recombination. The dissociation of water vapor and the separation of its products was conducted in plasma-enhanced, non-equilibrium glow discharges.

  16. Enhancement in ion beam current with layered-glows in a constricted dc plasma ion source

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    High current mode has been discovered and investigated in a constricted dc plasma ion source. As discharge currents exceed a certain threshold, voltage to sustain the constricted dc plasma suddenly falls down to almost half of the value. In this sense, constricted dc plasmas can be sustained at much higher current than in conventional mode operation at a fixed discharge voltage. Phenomenally, several discrete layered-glows are created between an anode glow and a cathode glow. The layers are thin and divided by dark spaces where charged particles can be accelerated. In this high current mode, ion beam current density is about 100 times higher than in conventional mode at the same voltage. It is noteworthy that lower gas pressure is desirable to sustain the layered-glow mode, which is also profitable for ion source in terms of differential pumping. Ion current density exceeds 300 mA/cm2 at low discharge power of 175 W where ion density of plasma ball is estimated to be over 3.7x1012 cm-3.

  17. Thermoluminescence glow-curve deconvolution functions for first, second and general orders of kinetics

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    Thermoluminescence glow-curve deconvolution (GCD) functions are proposed for first, second and general orders of kinetics. The free parameters of the GCD functions are the maximum peak intensity (Im) and the maximum peak temperature (Tm), which can be obtained experimentally. The activation energy (E) and the order of kinetics (b) in the case of general order kinetics are the additional free parameters. (author)

  18. Period-two discharge characteristics in argon atmospheric dielectric-barrier discharges

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    Period multiplication and chaos behaviors in atmospheric glow discharges are important to understand atmospheric glow plasma stability and to optimize its applications. In this paper, we study the period-two discharge characteristics in argon atmospheric dielectric-barrier discharges using a one-dimension fluid model. Under certain conditions, period-two discharges can occur at different excitation frequencies and exhibit different current and voltage behaviors. When the discharge current becomes highly symmetrical the period-two discharge can reach to a steady state, which sustains over a broad frequency range. At the sufficiently high excitation frequency, the period-two discharge in atmospheric argon shows noticeably different behaviors from the discharges generated at kilohertz frequency. The spatial characteristics of period-two discharge as well as the influence of driving frequency on period-two discharge behaviors are also investigated.

  19. A comparative study of mechanical and tribological properties of AISI-304 and AISI-316 submitted to glow discharge nitriding

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    Fabiana Cristina Nascimento

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Mechanical and tribological properties os AISI 304 and AISI 316 stainless steels submited to glow discharge ion nitriding are reported.The atmosphere was 20:80 - N2:H2 with substrate temperatures ranging from 300 to 500 °C. Treatment at 300 °C produced expanded austenite (γN in both steels. Increasing the temperature, the phases γ´-Fe4N and - Fe2+xN were present and the latter is the major phase for AISI 304. At 500 °C, the CrN phase was also identified in both steels. Hardnesses of about 13-14 GPa at near surface regions were obtained in both steels. Moreover, AISI 316 nitrided at 500 °C has the deepest hard layer. Tribological tests showed that wear can be reduced by up to a factor of six after the nitriding processes, even for a working temperature of 300 °C. The profiles during and after nanoscratch tests did not reveal significant differences after nitriding processes in both steels.

  20. Atmospheric CO2, δ(O2/N2) and δ13CO2 measurements at Jungfraujoch, Switzerland: results from a flask sampling intercomparison program

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    W. A. Brand; A. Jordan; J. M. Richter; Rothe, M; H. A. J. Meijer; M. F. Schibig; R. E. M. Neubert; Uglietti, C.; S. Van der Laan; Laan-Luijkx, I.T. van der; M. C. Leuenberger

    2012-01-01

    We present results from an intercomparison program of CO2, δ(O2/N2) and δ13CO2 measurements from atmospheric flask samples. Flask samples are collected on a bi-weekly basis at the High Altitude Research Station Jungfraujoch in Switzerland for three European laboratories: the University of Bern, Switzerland, the University of Groningen, the Netherlands and the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany. Almost 4 yr of measurements of CO2, δ(O2/N2) and δ13...

  1. Self-Consistent Model for Atmospheric Pressure Dielectric Barrier Discharges in Helium

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    We show the necessity of leaving out the approximation of constant average electron energy in many fluid models. For this purpose a one-dimensional self-consistent model for He atmospheric barrier discharges is developed. With this model, the electron energy distribution function in the atmospheric pressure glow discharge is obtained without introducing much difficulty, and the new model is readily implemented for investigating discharges in complicated gases. (gases, plasmas, and electric discharges)

  2. Spatial and temporal variability of SWIR air glow measurements

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    Allan, Jeffery; Dayton, David; Gonglewski, John; Myers, Michael; Nolasco, Rudolf

    2011-05-01

    It is well known that luminance from photo-chemical reactions of hydroxyl ions in the upper atmosphere (~85 km altitude) produces a significant amount of night time radiation in the short wave infra-red (SWIR) band between 0.9 and 1.7 μm wave length. This phenomenon, often referred to as airglow, has been demonstrated as an effective illumination source for passive low light level night time imaging applications. It addition it has been shown that observation of the spatial and temporal variations of the illumination can be used to characterize atmospheric tidal wave actions in the airglow region. These spatio-temporal variations manifest themselves as traveling wave patterns whose period and velocity are related to the wind velocity at 85 km as well as the turbulence induced by atmospheric vertical instabilities. In this paper we present nearly a year of airglow observations over the whole sky, showing long term and short term fluctuations to characterize SWIR night time image system performance.

  3. Effect of discharge parameters on emission yields in a radio-frequency glow-discharge atomic-emission source

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    Parker, Mark; Hartenstein, Matthew L.; Marcus, R. Kenneth

    1997-05-01

    A study is performed on a radio-frequency glow-discharge atomic-emission (rf-GD-AES) source to determine the factors effecting the emission yields for both metallic and nonconductive sample types. Specifically, these studies focus on determining how the operating parameters (power and pressure) influence emission yields. The results follow predicted patterns as determined by Langmuir probe diagnostic studies of a similar source. In particular, discharge gas pressure is the key operating parameter as slight changes in pressure may significantly affect the emission yield of the analyte species. RF power is less important and is shown to produce only relatively small changes in the emission yield over the ranges typically used in rf-GD analyses. These studies indicate that the quantitative analysis of layered materials, depth-profiling, may be adversely affected if the data collection scheme, i.e. the quantitative algorithm, requires changing the pressure during an analysis to keep the operating current and voltage constant. A direct relationship is shown to exist between the Ar (discharge gas) emission intensity and that of sputtered species for nonconductors. This observance is used to compensate for differences in emission intensities observed in the analysis of various thickness nonconductive samples. The sputtered element emission signals are corrected based on the emission intensity of an Ar (1) transition, implying that quantitative analysis of nonconductive samples is not severely limited by the availability of matrix matched standards.

  4. Thermal quenching in calcite and evaluation of quenching parameters from composite glow curve by a computerized resolved peak technique

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    Kalita, J.M., E-mail: jitukalita09@gmail.com; Wary, G.

    2015-04-15

    Thermoluminescence (TL) glow curves of X-ray irradiated micro-grain calcite mineral were recorded at various heating rates (2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 K/s) under same linear temperature profile from 300 to 520 K. By using a Computerized Glow Curve Deconvolution technique, all composite glow curves of calcite were analyzed and the glow curves were found to be a combination of three distinct overlapping peaks. Activation energies corresponding to these three peaks were found to be 0.70, 0.60 and 1.30 eV respectively. For each set of computerized resolved peak, variation of peak maximum temperature, FWHM and peak area with heating rate were studied. Entire glow curves were found to be influenced by thermal quenching. Thermal quenching activation energy, W and the pre-exponential unitless constant, C were evaluated from each resolved peak individually. Thermal quenching activation energies for the three peaks were found to be 1.36±0.54, 1.14±0.73 and 1.38±0.40 eV respectively. The significance of determining the individual value of quenching parameters related to each peak for a composite glow curve is reported. - Highlights: • TL of X-ray irradiated calcite mineral was recorded at various heating rates. • Composite glow curves were found to be a combination of three overlapping peaks. • Glow curves were found to be influenced by thermal quenching. • Thermal quenching parameters were evaluated from the composite glow curves.

  5. Positron production within our atmosphere

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    Dwyer, Joseph

    2016-04-01

    Positrons are commonly produced within our atmosphere by cosmic rays and the decay radioactive isotopes. Energetic positrons are also produced by pair production from the gamma rays generated by relativistic runaway electrons. Indeed, such positrons have been detected in Terrestrial Electron Beams (TEBs) in the inner magnetosphere by Fermi/GBM. In addition, positrons play an important role in relativistic feedback discharges (also known as dark lightning). Relativistic feedback models suggest that these discharges may be responsible for Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes (TGFs) and some gamma-ray glows. When producing TGFs, relativistic feedback discharges may generate large, lightning-like currents with current moments reaching hundreds of kA-km. In addition, relativistic feedback discharges also may limit the electric field that is possible in our atmosphere, affecting other mechanisms for generating runaway electrons. It is interesting that positrons, often thought of as exotic particles, may play an important role in thunderstorm processes. In this presentation, the role of positrons in high-energy atmospheric physics will be discussed. The unusual observation of positron clouds inside a thunderstorm by the ADELE instrument on an NCAR/NSF Gulfstream V aircraft will also be described. These observations illustrate that we still have much to learn about positron production within our atmosphere.

  6. Measurement of the Atmospheric $\

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    We report the first observation in a high energy neutrino telescope of cascades induced by atmospheric electron neutrinos and by neutral current interactions of atmospheric neutrinos of all flavors. Using data recorded during the first year of operation of IceCube's DeepCore low energy extension, a sample of 1029 events is observed in 281 days of data. The number of observed cascades is $N_{\\rm cascade} = 496 \\pm 66 (stat.) \\pm 88(syst.)$ and the rest of the sample consists of residual backgrounds due to atmospheric muons and charged current interactions of atmospheric muon neutrinos. The flux of the atmospheric electron neutrinos is determined in the energy range between approximately 80 GeV and 6 TeV and is consistent with models of atmospheric neutrinos.

  7. The thermoluminescence glow curve and the deconvoluted glow peak characteristics of erbium doped silica fiber exposed to 70–130 kVp x-rays

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    In regard to thermoluminescence (TL) applied to dosimetry, in recent times a number of researchers have explored the role of optical fibers for radiation detection and measurement. Many of the studies have focused on the specific dopant concentration, the type of dopant and the fiber core diameter, all key dependencies in producing significant increase in the sensitivity of such fibers. At doses of less than 1 Gy none of these investigations have addressed the relationship between dose response and TL glow peak behavior of erbium (Er)-doped silica cylindrical fibers (CF). For x-rays obtained at accelerating potentials from 70 to 130 kVp, delivering doses of between 0.1 and 0.7 Gy, present study explores the issue of dose response, special attention being paid to determination of the kinetic parameters and dosimetric peak properties of Er-doped CF. The effect of dose response on the kinetic parameters of the glow peak has been compared against other fiber types, revealing previously misunderstood connections between kinetic parameters and radiation dose. Within the investigated dose range there was an absence of supralinearity of response of the Er-doped silica CF, instead sub-linear response being observed. Detailed examination of glow peak response and kinetic parameters has thus been shown to shed new light of the rarely acknowledged issue of the limitation of TL kinetic model and sub-linear dose response of Er-doped silica CF. - Highlights: • Supralinearity was not observed within the dose range of 0.1–0.7 Gy. • Er doped silica CF showed a sub-linear response. • The peak height and Tmax showed a significant dependency on dose. • The kinetics parameters were highly dependence on dose

  8. Micro-structured electrode arrays : high-frequency discharges at atmospheric pressure—characterization and new applications

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    Baars-Hibbe, Lutz; Schrader, Christian; Sichler, Philipp; Cordes, Thorben; Gericke, Karl-Heinz; Büttgenbach, Stephanus; Draeger, Siegfried

    2004-01-01

    Micro-structured electrode (MSE) arrays allow to generate large-area uniform glow discharges over a wide pressure range up to atmospheric pressure. The electrode dimensions in the µm-range realized by means of modern micro-machining and galvanic techniques are small enough to generate sufficiently h

  9. Properties of thermoluminescence glow curves from tunneling recombination processes in random distributions of defects

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    Kitis, George [Nuclear Physics Laboratory, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki (Greece); Pagonis, Vasilis, E-mail: vpagonis@mcdaniel.edu [Physics Department, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD 21157 (United States)

    2014-09-15

    Localized electronic recombination processes in donor–acceptor pairs of luminescent materials have been recently modeled using a new kinetic model based on tunneling. Within this model, recombination is assumed to take place via the excited state of the donor, and nearest-neighbor recombinations take place within a random distribution of centers. An approximate semi-analytical version of the model has been shown to simulate successfully thermally and optically stimulated luminescence (TL and OSL), linearly modulated OSL (LM-OSL) and isothermal TL processes. This paper presents a detailed analysis of the geometrical properties of the TL glow curves obtained within three different published versions of the model. The dependence of the shape of the TL glow curves on the kinetic parameters of the model is examined by allowing simultaneous random variations of the parameters, within wide ranges of physically reasonable values covering several orders of magnitude. It is found that the TL glow curves can be characterized according to their shape factors μ{sub g}, as commonly done in TL theory of delocalized transitions. The values of the shape factor are found to depend rather weakly on the activation energy E and the frequency factor s, but they have a strong dependence on the parameter ρ′ which characterizes the concentration of acceptors in the model. It is also shown by simulation that both the variable heating rate and initial rise methods are applicable in this type of model and can yield the correct value of the activation energy E. However, the initial rise method of analysis for the semianalytical version of the model fails to yield the correct E value, since it underestimates the low temperature part of the TL glow curves. Two analytical expressions are given for the TL intensity, which can be used on an empirical basis for computerized glow curve deconvolution analysis (CGCD). - Highlights: • Detailed study of TL glow curves in a tunneling model for

  10. Properties of thermoluminescence glow curves from tunneling recombination processes in random distributions of defects

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    Localized electronic recombination processes in donor–acceptor pairs of luminescent materials have been recently modeled using a new kinetic model based on tunneling. Within this model, recombination is assumed to take place via the excited state of the donor, and nearest-neighbor recombinations take place within a random distribution of centers. An approximate semi-analytical version of the model has been shown to simulate successfully thermally and optically stimulated luminescence (TL and OSL), linearly modulated OSL (LM-OSL) and isothermal TL processes. This paper presents a detailed analysis of the geometrical properties of the TL glow curves obtained within three different published versions of the model. The dependence of the shape of the TL glow curves on the kinetic parameters of the model is examined by allowing simultaneous random variations of the parameters, within wide ranges of physically reasonable values covering several orders of magnitude. It is found that the TL glow curves can be characterized according to their shape factors μg, as commonly done in TL theory of delocalized transitions. The values of the shape factor are found to depend rather weakly on the activation energy E and the frequency factor s, but they have a strong dependence on the parameter ρ′ which characterizes the concentration of acceptors in the model. It is also shown by simulation that both the variable heating rate and initial rise methods are applicable in this type of model and can yield the correct value of the activation energy E. However, the initial rise method of analysis for the semianalytical version of the model fails to yield the correct E value, since it underestimates the low temperature part of the TL glow curves. Two analytical expressions are given for the TL intensity, which can be used on an empirical basis for computerized glow curve deconvolution analysis (CGCD). - Highlights: • Detailed study of TL glow curves in a tunneling model for random

  11. Automatable on-line generation of calibration curves and standard additions in solution-cathode glow discharge optical emission spectrometry

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    Two methods are described that enable on-line generation of calibration standards and standard additions in solution-cathode glow discharge optical emission spectrometry (SCGD-OES). The first method employs a gradient high-performance liquid chromatography pump to perform on-line mixing and delivery of a stock standard, sample solution, and diluent to achieve a desired solution composition. The second method makes use of a simpler system of three peristaltic pumps to perform the same function of on-line solution mixing. Both methods can be computer-controlled and automated, and thereby enable both simple and standard-addition calibrations to be rapidly performed on-line. Performance of the on-line approaches is shown to be comparable to that of traditional methods of sample preparation, in terms of calibration curves, signal stability, accuracy, and limits of detection. Potential drawbacks to the on-line procedures include signal lag between changes in solution composition and pump-induced multiplicative noise. Though the new on-line methods were applied here to SCGD-OES to improve sample throughput, they are not limited in application to only SCGD-OES—any instrument that samples from flowing solution streams (flame atomic absorption spectrometry, ICP-OES, ICP-mass spectrometry, etc.) could benefit from them. - Highlights: • Describes rapid, on-line generation of calibration standards and standard additions • These methods enhance the ease of analysis and sample throughput with SCGD-OES. • On-line methods produce results comparable or superior to traditional calibration. • Possible alternative, null-point-based methods of calibration are described. • Methods are applicable to any system that samples from flowing liquid streams

  12. Analytical applications of a sector-field GD-MS instrument with a microsecond pulsed glow discharge

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    Complete text of publication follows. Microsecond pulsed glow discharge (PGD) can significantly improve the sample atom excitation and ionisation efficiency of glow discharge analytical techniques, both with optical emission (GD-OES) and mass spectrometry (GD-MS). Very recently, microsecond DC PGD has been applied to a commercial sector-field GD-MS instrument with a fast flow ion source (ELEMENT GD, Thermo Scientific), and both analytical characteristics and ion dynamics have been investigated (M. Voronov et al., J. Anal. Atom. Spectrom., 2009, DOI: 10.1039/B819527G). One of the main advantages of using PGD linked with a high resolution sector-field MS is that the sputtering rate in PGD is lower compared to a continuous DC GD while the sensitivity is still sufficiently high. Therefore, it is possible to use a relatively slow sector-field MS instrument for depth profile analysis of coated samples even in sub-ppm range. Analytical applications of PGD coupled to the commercial sector-field MS instrument will be shown. CuInS2 coatings on glass, a promising material in solar cell industry, are one example where the depth profile analysis with the pulsed GD-MS proved to be a useful tool for characterization of these coatings. Development of this analytical application included the optimisations of the ion signal and the crater shape. The latter is particularly important for the interpretation of the results as the crater effect due to the uneven crater bottom can lead to false conclusions. Comparative measurements of the CuInS2 coatings have been undertaken using an rf pulsed GD-TOF-MS (Tofwerk) prototype instrument at EMPA, Thun. The TOF-MS instrument provides much faster signal acquisition and is therefore more suitable for depth profiling. However, the sensitivity and the spectral interferences are a challenge in this instrument. The authors would like to acknowledge financial support from EC funded Research Training Network GLADNET, contract no. MRTN-CT-2006

  13. Correlation between TL and OSL signals in KMgF3:Ce3+: Bleaching study of individual glow-peaks

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    KMgF3:Ce3+ is an ultra sensitive Thermoluminescence (TL) material with a complex TL and OSL glow-curve structure. The aim of the present work is to attempt a one-to-one correspondence between specific TL glow-peaks and OSL components in KMgF3:Ce3+. The correlation study involves the deconvolution of the TL curves and the estimation of the bleaching decay constants for individual glow-peaks followed by the deconvolution of the LM-OSL curve using the estimated decay constants. It was found that the bleaching of each individual glow-peak takes place in three different rates; namely in a fast, medium and slow rate.

  14. Development of On-Line Direct Current Glow Discharge Source for Analysis of Isotope Ratio of Hydrogen

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    2008-01-01

    <正>The present research is focused on the analysis of isotope ratio of the hydrogen by measuring an intensity ratio of hydrogen/deuterium/tritium fluxes. The direct current glow discharge tube may provide a

  15. A dielectric barrier discharge in neon at atmospheric pressure

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    A dielectric barrier discharge in neon at atmospheric pressure is investigated with electrical measurement and fast photography. It is found that a stable diffuse discharge can be easily generated in a gap with a gap space of 0.5-6 mm and is identified with a glow discharge. The first breakdown voltage of the gap is considerably higher than that of the same gap working in a stable diffuse discharge mode, which indicates that Penning ionization of neon metastables from the previous discharge with inevitable gas impurities plays an important role in the decrease in the breakdown voltage. Discharge patterns are observed in a gap shorter than 1 mm. From the experiments with a wedge-like gap, it is found that the discharge patterns are formed in the area with a higher applied electric field, which suggests that a higher applied electric field may cause a transition from a diffuse glow to discharge patterns.

  16. Evaluation of sampling methods for measuring exposure to volatile inorganic acids in workplace air. Part 1: sampling hydrochloric acid (HCl) and nitric acid (HNO₃) from a test gas atmosphere.

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    Howe, Alan; Musgrove, Darren; Breuer, Dietmar; Gusbeth, Krista; Moritz, Andreas; Demange, Martine; Oury, Véronique; Rousset, Davy; Dorotte, Michel

    2011-08-01

    Historically, workplace exposure to the volatile inorganic acids hydrochloric acid (HCl) and nitric acid (HNO(3)) has been determined mostly by collection on silica gel sorbent tubes and analysis of the corresponding anions by ion chromatography (IC). However, HCl and HNO(3) can be present in workplace air in the form of mist as well as vapor, so it is important to sample the inhalable fraction of airborne particles. As sorbent tubes exhibit a low sampling efficiency for inhalable particles, a more suitable method was required. This is the first of two articles on "Evaluation of Sampling Methods for Measuring Exposure to Volatile Inorganic Acids in Workplace Air" and describes collaborative sampling exercises carried out to evaluate an alternative method for sampling HCl and HNO(3) using sodium carbonate-impregnated filters. The second article describes sampling capacity and breakthrough tests. The method was found to perform well and a quartz fiber filter impregnated with 500 μL of 1 M Na(2)CO(3) (10% (m/v) Na(2)CO(3)) was found to have sufficient sampling capacity for use in workplace air measurement. A pre-filter is required to remove particulate chlorides and nitrates that when present would otherwise result in a positive interference. A GSP sampler fitted with a plastic cone, a closed face cassette, or a plastic IOM sampler were all found to be suitable for mounting the pre-filter and sampling filter(s), but care has to be taken with the IOM sampler to ensure that the sampler is tightly closed to avoid leaks. HCl and HNO(3) can react with co-sampled particulate matter on the pre-filter, e.g., zinc oxide, leading to low results, and stronger acids can react with particulate chlorides and nitrates removed by the pre-filter to liberate HCl and HNO(3), which are subsequently collected on the sampling filter, leading to high results. However, although there is this potential for both positive and negative interferences in the measurement, these are unavoidable

  17. Simulation of gas breakdown in high pressure molecular lasers and study role of preionization in glow discharge by percolation theory

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    In this paper, electrical breakdown in gases is simulated and the necessary condition for formation of a high pressure homogenous glow discharge is investigated by the percolation theory. In this simulation, a resistor network is used to simulate the electrical breakdown and then this resistor network is solved by percolation theory. The minimum initial electron density for formation of a glow discharge is calculated. Results are in agreement with published experimental results.

  18. Genetic Sample Inventory - NRDA

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This database archives genetic tissue samples from marine mammals collected in the North-Central Gulf of Mexico from 2010-2015. The collection includes samples from...

  19. Genetic Sample Inventory

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This database archives genetic tissue samples from marine mammals collected primarily from the U.S. east coast. The collection includes samples from field programs,...

  20. Glow discharge mass spectrometric analysis of nickel-based heat-resisting alloys

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    GD-MS analysis of nickel-based heat-resisting alloys has been performed using a VG 9000 glow discharge (GD) mass spectrometer. Concentrations of not only alloying elements (Al, Si, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Cu, Y, Nb, Mo and W) but also trace elements (B, C, Mg, P, S, Zn, Ga, As, Zr, Cd, Sn, Sb, Te, Pb and Bi) were successfully determined in disk shaped samples. The examination of spectral interference confirmed the following. The influence of manganese argide (55Mn40Ar+) on the ion beam intensity of 95Mo+ was negligible because manganese content of the alloys is usually less than 1 mass%. Mass spectra of 31P+ and 32S+ may be affected by the spectral interference of 62Ni2+ and 64Ni2+, respectively, due to the matrix element. However, these ion species were sufficiently separated at the mass resolution 5000 (m/Δm, at 5% peak height) used in this study. Relative sensitivity factors (RSFs) were determined by analyzing standard reference materials: JAERI CRMs, a NIST SRM, a BS CRM, BCS CRMs and the alloys prepared in our Institute. The average RSF-values obtained for Ni=1 were 0.436 for Al, 0.826 for Si, 0.281 for Ti, 0.375 for V, 1.480 for Cr, 1.122 for Mn, 0.754 for Fe, 0.653 for Co, 3.321 for Cu, 0.303 for Y, 0.436 for Nb, 0.862 for Mo, 0.935 for Ta and 1.052 for W. The analytical accuracy (σd) obtained was comparable to that of FP-XRF analysis, except for chromium and iron determinations. Relative standard deviations (RSDs) of five replicate measurements were within about 2.5%, except for phosphorus (P; 0.003 mass%, RSD; 3.31%) and sulfur (S; 0.005 mass%, RSD; 3.08%). GD-MS analytical values for ODS MA6000 alloy were obtained using a RSF correction program, and the values were in good agreement with those obtained by FP-XRF and by chemical analysis (author)

  1. Analysis of the different zones of glow discharge of ethyl alcohol (C2H6O)

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    The aim of this work is to explore the emission spectroscopy of ethyl alcohol in some regions, also is determine the result elements of the glow discharge, the spectrums were observed in a range of 200 at 1100 nm in the different zones inside of the tube at different distances of 20 and 30 cm. The elements are: in anode region C6H5 (483.02 nm), CHO (519.56 nm) and H2 (560.47 nm), in the positive column CO2+ (315.52 y 337.00 nm), O+ (357.48 nm), CH+ (380.61 nm) and CO+ (399.73 nm); in the cathode region we observed O+ (391.19 nm), CHOCHO (428.00 nm), CO+ (471.12 nm) and H2 (656.52 nm). C6H5, CHO y H2 species occurring in all regions analyzed varying the glow discharge emission intensity.

  2. Fading prediction in thermoluminescent materials using computerised glow curve deconvolution (CGCD)

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    Furetta, C; Weng, P S

    1999-01-01

    The fading of three different thermoluminescent (TL) materials, CaF sub 2 : Tm (TLD-300), manocrystalline LiF : Mg,Ti (DTG-4) and MgB sub 4 O sub 7 : Dy,Na has been studied at room temperature and at 50 deg. C of storage. The evolution as a function of the elapsed time of the whole glow curve as well as of the individual peaks has been analysed using the Computerised Glow Curve Deconvolution (CGCD) program developed at the NTHU. The analysis allows to predict the loss of the dosimetric information and to make any correction is necessary for using the TL dosimeters in practical applications. Furthermore, it is well demonstrated that using CGCD it is not necessary to anneal the peaks having a rapid fading to avoid, then, any interfering effect on the more stable peaks.

  3. Electrostatic analyzer for electron and ion energy in glow discharge tube

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    The project, the construction and use of an electrostatic energy analyser (Faraday Cup) are described explaining physically its working mechanism. The analyser was used in a glow discharge tube with air and an air-argon mixture. A chapter with the theory of the glow discharge is included. The ion and electron temperatures, the plasma potential and the distribution function for ions and electrons were measured. The electron temperature and plasma potential were also measured using a Langmuir probe and the results show reasonable agreement with the results of the analyser. Good fits of the experimental electron and ion distribution functions were obtained with Maxwellian distributions centered values near the plasma potential. Finally, we discuss the performance of the analyser compared to Langmuir probes. (author)

  4. Isotope effects on desorption kinetics of hydrogen isotopes implanted into stainless steel by glow discharge

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    In a fusion device the control of fuel particles implies to know the desorption rate of hydrogen isotopes by the plasma-facing materials. In this paper desorption kinetics of hydrogen isotopes implanted into type 316L stainless steel by glow discharge have been studied by experiment and numerical calculation. The temperature of a maximum desorption rate depends on glow discharge time and heating rate. Desorption spectra observed under various experimental conditions have been successfully reproduced by numerical simulations that are based on a diffusion-limited process. It is suggested, therefore, that desorption rate of a hydrogen isotope implanted into the stainless steel is limited by a diffusion process of hydrogen isotope atoms in bulk. Furthermore, small isotope effects were observed for the diffusion process of hydrogen isotope atoms. (authors)

  5. The impact of light source spectral power distribution on sky glow

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    Luginbuhl, Christian B.; Boley, Paul A.; Davis, Donald R.

    2014-05-01

    The effect of light source spectral power distribution on the visual brightness of anthropogenic sky glow is described. Under visual adaptation levels relevant to observing the night sky, namely with dark-adapted (scotopic) vision, blue-rich (“white”) sources produce a dramatically greater sky brightness than yellow-rich sources. High correlated color temperature LEDs and metal halide sources produce a visual brightness up to 8× brighter than low-pressure sodium and 3× brighter than high-pressure sodium when matched lumen-for-lumen and observed nearby. Though the sky brightness arising from blue-rich sources decreases more strongly with distance, the visual sky glow resulting from such sources remains significantly brighter than from yellow sources out to the limits of this study at 300 km.

  6. Double Glow Plasma Hydrogen-free Carburizing on Commercial Purity Titanium

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    ZHANG Gaohui; PAN Junde; HE Zhiyong; ZHANG Pingze; GAO Yuan; XU Zhong

    2005-01-01

    A carburized layer with special physical and chemical properties was formed on the surface of commercial purity titanium by a double glow plasma hydrogen-free carburizing technique. High-purity netlike solid graphite was used as a raw material and commercial purity titanium was used as the substrate material. Argon gas was used as the working gas. The carburized layer can be obviously observed under a microscope. X-ray diffraction indicates that TiC phase with higher hardness and dissociate state carbon phase was formed in the carburized layer. The glow discharge spectrum (GDS) analysis shows that the carbon concentration distributes gradiently along the depth of carburized layer. The surface hardness of the substrate increases obviously. The hardness distributes gradiently from the surface to inner of carburized layer. The friction coefficient reduces by more than 1/2, the ratio wear rate decreases by above three orders of magnitude. The wear resistance of the substrate material is improved consumedly.

  7. Glow corona generation and streamer inception at the tip of grounded objects during thunderstorms: revisited

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    The initiation of streamers prior to a lightning strike can be reportedly inhibited by glow corona discharges generated from tall objects. In contrast to previous studies based on a simplified one-dimensional model of glow corona, a two-dimensional evaluation of the corona ion drift from tall objects is used here to analyse this effect quantitatively. Proper estimates for the corona space charge distribution generated during both the charging process of a thundercloud and the descent of the downward stepped leader are thus calculated. It is found that the shielding effect of the corona space charge on the streamer inception is not as severe as previously reported. Estimations of the effective height of the downward leader tip at which streamer inception takes place are presented and discussed for lightning rods and dissipation array systems. (paper)

  8. A reflex glow discharge as a plasma source for broad area electron beam generation

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    The authors demonstrated an electron beam generation scheme in which two glow discharge electron guns are used in a reflex configuration to create a dense and cold plasma in a large volume. The thermal electrons from this plasma, created mainly by electron beam ionization, are subsequently accelerated in the gap between two grids by an externally applied electric field to produce a broad area electron beam. This electron beam current density and energy are independently controlled by the voltage applied to the glow discharge guns and by the electric field sustained between the grids respectively. They present a schematic representation of the electron gun used in the experimental demonstration of the concept reported here

  9. Uniqueness theorem for the non-local ionization source in glow discharge and hollow cathode

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    Gorin, Vladimir V

    2012-01-01

    The paper is devoted to the proof of the uniqueness theorem for solution of the equation for the non-local ionization source in a glow discharge and a hollow cathode in general 3D geometry. The theorem is applied to wide class of electric field configurations, and to the walls of discharge volume, which have a property of incomplete absorption of the electrons. Cathode is regarded as interior singular source, which is placed arbitrarily close to the wall. The existence of solution is considered also. During the proof of the theorem many of useful structure formulae are obtained. Elements of the proof structure, which have arisen, are found to have physical sense. It makes clear physical construction of non-local electron avalanche, which builds a source of ionization in glow discharge at low pressures. Last has decisive significance to understand the hollow cathode discharge configuration and the hollow cathode effect.

  10. A PC-based technique for creating 3D plots from monochromatic TL glow curves

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    Recording of thermoluminescence emission spectra of many minerals is beset with the problem of detecting low (TL) emission intensities at high temperatures where the thermal noise is competing. Although very expensive techniques have been described in literature to obtain elegantly isometric plots of temperature, wavelength and TL intensity of weakly emitting minerals, the present work describes a very simple method of creating 3D projections of TL emission from measurements of monochromatic TL glow curves and using a commercially available PC software. A microprocessor-based data acquisition system has been indigenously developed and interfaced to the conventional TL glow-curve recorder. The digitised data are directly fed into an IBM compatible PC-XT and the 3D plots are created using a commercially available software named 'SURFER'. The programme can also generate contour maps. Typical plots are presented for the case of minerals like Scapolite, Spodumene an Kunzite. (author). 4 refs., 6 figs

  11. Numerical Study on Characteristics of Argon Radio-Frequency Glow Discharge with Varying gas Pressure

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    YU Qian; DENG Yong-Feng; LIU Yue; HAN Xian-Wei

    2008-01-01

    A one-dimensional fluid simulation on argon rf glow discharge with varying linearly gas pressure from 1 Torr to 100 Torr is performed. The model based on mass conservation equations for electron and ion under diffusion and mobility approximation, and the electron energy conservation equation is solved numerically by finite volume method. The numerical results show that a uniform plasma with high density can be obtained from rf glow discharge with varying gas pressure, and the density of plasma becomes higher as the gas pressure varies from 1 Torr to 100 Torr. It is also shown that in the range of the gas pressure from 1 Torr to 100 Torr with the slower rate of varying gas pressure, higher density of plasma can be obtained.

  12. Self-Organization of a Laminar Structure of a Normal Glow Discharge

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    Timerkaev, B. A.; Petrova, O. A.; Saifutdinov, A. I.

    2016-03-01

    The behavior of a glow discharge at low pressures is considered. A combined experimental and theoretical method for determining the distributions of electron and ion concentrations in the discharge chamber is proposed. It is shown that the concentrations of charged particles in the negative glow rise not due to the intense ionization by fast electrons from the cathode regions, but instead due to the slowing down of their drift motion. The use of an experimental curve of the potential distribution along a discharge chamber and account of the nonlocal dependence of the Townsend coefficient on the electric field strength have allowed obtaining the distribution of the electric field strength and determining the exact character of variation in the concentration of charged particles along the discharge axis.

  13. Isotope effects on desorption kinetics of hydrogen isotopes implanted into stainless steel by glow discharge

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    Matsuyama, M.; Kondo, M.; Noda, N. [Hydrogen Isotope Research Center, University of Toyama, Gofuku, Toyama (Japan); Tanaka, M.; Nishimura, K. [National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki-shi, Gifu (Japan)

    2015-03-15

    In a fusion device the control of fuel particles implies to know the desorption rate of hydrogen isotopes by the plasma-facing materials. In this paper desorption kinetics of hydrogen isotopes implanted into type 316L stainless steel by glow discharge have been studied by experiment and numerical calculation. The temperature of a maximum desorption rate depends on glow discharge time and heating rate. Desorption spectra observed under various experimental conditions have been successfully reproduced by numerical simulations that are based on a diffusion-limited process. It is suggested, therefore, that desorption rate of a hydrogen isotope implanted into the stainless steel is limited by a diffusion process of hydrogen isotope atoms in bulk. Furthermore, small isotope effects were observed for the diffusion process of hydrogen isotope atoms. (authors)

  14. SkyGlowNet: Multi-Disciplinary Independent Student Research in Environmental Light at Night Monitoring

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    Craine, B. L.; Craine, E. R.; Culver, R. B.; DeBenedetti, J. C.; Flurchick, K. M.

    2014-07-01

    SkyGlowNet uses Internet-enabled sky brightness meters (iSBM) to monitor sky brightness over school sites. The data are used professionally and in STEM outreach to study natural and artificial sources of sky brightness, light pollution, energy efficiency, and environmental and health impacts of artificial night lighting. The iSBM units are owned by participating institutions and managed by faculty or students via proprietary Internet links. Student data are embargoed for two semesters to allow students to analyze data and publish results, then they are moved to a common area where students from different institutions can collaborate. The iSBM units can be set to operate automatically each night. Their data include time, sky brightness, weather conditions, and other related parameters. The data stream can be viewed and processed online or downloaded for study. SkyGlowNet is a unique, multi-disciplinary, real science program aiding research for science and non-science students.

  15. COATING AND MANDREL EFFECTS ON FABRICATION OF GLOW DISCHARGE POLYMER NIF SCALE INDIRECT DRIVE CAPSULES

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    OAK A271 COATING AND MANDREL EFFECTS ON FABRICATION OF GLOW DISCHARGE POLYMER NIF SCALE INDIRECT DRIVE CAPSULES. Targets for the National Ignition Facility (NIF) need to be about 200 (micro)m thick and 2 mm in diameter. These dimensions are well beyond those currently fabricated on a routine basis. They have investigated fabrication of near NIF scale targets using the depolymerizable mandrel technique. Poly-alpha-methylstyrene (PAMS) mandrels, about 2 mm in diameter, of varying qualities were coated with as much as 125 (micro)m of glow discharge polymer (GDP). The surface finish of the final shells was examined using a variety of techniques. A clear dependence of the modal spectrum of final GDP shell on the quality of the initial PAMS mandrels was observed. isolated features were found to be the greatest cause for a shell not meeting the NIF standard

  16. Chaotic-to-ordered state transition of cathode-sheath instabilities in DC glow discharge plasmas

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    Md Nurujjaman; A N Sekar Iyengar

    2006-08-01

    Transition from chaotic to ordered state has been observed during the initial stage of a discharge in a cylindrical DC glow discharge plasma. Initially it shows a chaotic behavior but increasing the discharge voltage changes the characteristics of the discharge glow and shows a period subtraction of order 7 period → 5 period → 3 period → 1 period, i.e. the system goes to single mode through odd cycle subtraction. On further increasing the discharge voltage, the system goes through period doubling, like 1 period → 2 period → 4 period. On further increasing the voltage, the system goes to stable state through two period subtraction, like 4 period → 2 period → stable.

  17. Polarity functions' characterization and the mechanism of starch modification by DC glow discharge plasma.

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    Khorram, S; Zakerhamidi, M S; Karimzadeh, Z

    2015-01-01

    The wheat starch was investigated, before and after exposure to the argon and oxygen glow discharge plasma, without any added chemical reagents, using a novel media polarity functions method. The mechanisms of modification of starch in plasma discharge irradiation were explained using some methods such as; NMR, IR spectroscopy, Kamlet-Abboud-Taft polarity functions (specific and nonspecific interaction) of modified starch. The starch modification, by plasma treatment, shows valuable changes with plasma gas and relative ionized or active species. Characterizations indicate that argon glow discharge plasma increases crosslink in C-2 site of starch. Also, oxygen plasma discharge irradiation tends to oxidize the OH group in C-6 site of carbonyl group. Furthermore, the reported mechanisms show the highest efficiency, because of the stereo-chemical orientation of active sites of starch and plasma potential of wall in plasma media. PMID:25965458

  18. Classification of mixed-radiation fields using the vector representation of thermoluminescent glow curves

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    A novel and robust technique, vector representation (VR), was developed for classifying the glow curves of thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLDs) exposed to proton, photon, and mixed proton-photon fields produced by two types of TLDs:LiF:Mg,Ti (TLD-100) and CaF2:Tm (TLD-300). Vectors were constructed from glow curve points and classified based on the TL vector inner product with a unit vector and TL vector magnitude. The goal was to perform two-category (proton or mixed/photon) and three-category (proton, photon, or mixed) classification. The method was tested for accuracy using leave-one-out validation (LOOV) with classification based on the smallest Mahalanobis distance. Using the high-temperature peaks of each material, correct classification rates exceeding 92% in all cases were obtained

  19. The glow duration time influence on the ionization rate detected in the diodes filled with noble gases on mbar pressures

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    Stepanović Olivera M.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available The results of the glow current duration time (glowing-time influence on the ionization rate detected in the gas filled diodes are presented. The electrical breakdown was detected as the minimal current impulse. After that diode glow from the minimal glowing-time (10-3 s, up to the maximal 103 s which overlap the time of the stationary regime formation in the gas diode tube. The diodes were with volumes of 300 cm3, but with a diode gap volume of about 1 cm3 and filled with helium, neon, argon or krypton, at the pressures of the order of mbar. The ionization rates were detected as the residual ionization after the glowing was interrupted, using the electrical breakdown time delay measuring method. The influence of the gap distance stationary current values and the relaxation period were also investigated. The result shows that the stationary regime in such a gas diode is established after the glowing time of 1-3 s, although the breakdown formative times were smaller then 1 ms.

  20. Theory and Concentration Calculations of PUF Atmospheric Passive Sampling Technique for Persistent Organic Pollutants%PUF大气被动采样技术对POPs的采样计算

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    刘俊文; 李琦路; 李军; 张干; 刘向

    2012-01-01

    随着《斯德哥尔摩公约》的实施,大气中持久性有机污染物(POPs)的大气被动采样(PAS)观测技术得到了快速发展,相比于传统大气主动采样技术,PAS技术具有明显的优势.以应用最为广泛的聚氨酯软性泡沫材料大气被动采样(PUF-PAS)为例,重点阐述和讨论了3种通过大气被动采样技术来计算污染物在空气中的浓度的方法,并对其采样原理和发展趋势进行了简要介绍.%With the implementation of Stockholm Convention, passive atmospheric sampling (PAS) techniques for persistent organic pollutants (POPs) monitoring have been greatly developed and improved. PAS has shown its convenience and advantages by compare with the conventional active sampling technology. The review takes the most popularly used PAS, the polyurethane foam based PAS (PUF-PAS) as an example. It is focused on 3 kinds of methods for atmospheric concentrations of POPs derived from PAS. The sampling theory and prospect of PAS have also been discussed.