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  1. Steady-State Characterization of Bacteriorhodopsin-D85N Photocycle

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    Timucin, Dogan A.; Downie, John D.; Norvig, Peter (Technical Monitor)

    1999-01-01

    An operational characterization of the photocycle of the genetic mutant D85N of bacteriorhodopsin, BR-D85N, is presented. Steady-state bleach spectra and pump-probe absorbance data are obtained with thick hydrated films containing BR-D85N embedded in a gelatin host. Simple two- and three-state models are used to analyze the photocycle dynamics and extract relevant information such as pure-state absorption spectra, photochemical-transition quantum efficiencies, and thermal lifetimes of dominant states appearing in the photocycle, the knowledge of which should aid in the analysis of optical recording and retrieval of data in films incorporating this photochromic material. The remarkable characteristics of this material and their implications from the viewpoint of optical data storage and processing are discussed.

  2. Cooperative phenomena in the photocycle of D96N mutant bacteriorhodopsin.

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    Radionov, A N; Kaulen, A D

    1995-12-27

    The M intermediate decay in the photocycle of D96N mutant bacteriorhodopsin does not depend on the light intensity of the exciting flash. Cooperative phenomena in the photocycle are revealed after addition of azide causing acceleration of the M decay and making it kinetically well separated from the N decay. Increase in the light intensity induces slight deceleration of the M decay and significant acceleration of the N decay. The data obtained directly confirm our recent model [Komrakov and Kaulen (1995) Biophys. Chem. 56, 113-119], according to which appearance of the Mslow intermediate in the photocycle of the wild type bR at high light intensity is due to destabilization of the N intermediate leading to the acceleration of the N-->M and N-->bR reactions. PMID:8549749

  3. High resolution electron diffraction analysis of structural changes associated with the photocycle of bacteriorhodopsin

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    Han, B. -G. [Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA (United States). Life Sciences Div.; Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Biophysics

    1994-04-01

    Changes in protein structure that occur during the formation of the M photointermediate of bacteriorhodopsin can be directly visualized by electron diffraction techniques. Samples containing a high percentage of the M intermediate were trapped by rapidly cooling the crystals with liquid nitrogen following illumination with filtered green light at 240K and 260K respectively. Difference Fourier projection maps for M minus bR at two temperatures and for M{sub 260K} minus M{sub 240K} are presented. While it is likely that a unique M-substate is trapped when illuminated at 260K produces a mixture of the M{sub 240K} substate and a second M-substate which may have a protein structure similar to the N-intermediate. The diffraction data clearly show that statistically significant structural changes occur upon formation of the M{sub 240K} specimen and then further upon formation of the second substate which is present in the mixture that is produced at 260K. A preliminary 3-D difference map, based on data collected with samples tilted up to 30{degree}, has been constructed at a resolution of 3.5{angstrom} parallel to the membrane plane and a resolution of 8.5{angstrom} perpendicular to the membrane. The data have been analyzed by a number of different criteria to ensure that the differences seen reflect real conformation changes at a level which is significantly above the noise in the map. Furthermore, a comparison of the positions of specific backbone and side-chain groups relative to significant difference peaks suggests that it will be necessary to further refine the atomic resolution model before it will be possible to interpret the changes in chemical structure that occur in the protein at this stage of the photocycle.

  4. Schiff base switch II precedes the retinal thermal isomerization in the photocycle of bacteriorhodopsin.

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    Ting Wang

    Full Text Available In bacteriorhodopsin, the order of molecular events that control the cytoplasmic or extracellular accessibility of the Schiff bases (SB are not well understood. We use molecular dynamics simulations to study a process involved in the second accessibility switch of SB that occurs after its reprotonation in the N intermediate of the photocycle. We find that once protonated, the SB C15 = NZ bond switches from a cytoplasmic facing (13-cis, 15-anti configuration to an extracellular facing (13-cis, 15-syn configuration on the pico to nanosecond timescale. Significantly, rotation about the retinal's C13 = C14 double bond is not observed. The dynamics of the isomeric state transitions of the protonated SB are strongly influenced by the surrounding charges and dielectric effects of other buried ions, particularly D96 and D212. Our simulations indicate that the thermal isomerization of retinal from 13-cis back to all-trans likely occurs independently from and after the SB C15 = NZ rotation in the N-to-O transition.

  5. Part I. Bacteriorhodopsin-related materials work for molecular electronics. Part II. Volumetric optical memory based on the branched photocycle of bacteriorhodopsin. Part III. The role of calcium in the bacteriorhodopsin binding site

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    Stuart, Jeffrey Alan

    Part I. A protocol for the routine isolation and purification of purple membrane sheets containing the integral membrane protein, bacteriorhodopsin, was developed based upon modifications of protocols already in the literature. This simplified protocol is geared toward the facile isolation of protein for use in molecular electronic devices. Methods for the incorporation of bacteriorhodopsin into various polymeric supports were also developed, primarily in the form of dried films and hydrated cubes. This work also represents the first reported production of dried films of the deionized protein, or blue membrane. Part II. An architecture for a volumetric optical memory based on the branched-photocycle of bacteriorhodopsin is presented. The branching reaction circumvents problems associated with destructive reading and writing processes and allows access to a stable, long-lived state, separated both temporally and energetically from the main photocycle, thereby making long-term data storage possible. The state, denoted as Q, can only be accessed by exposing the protein to two different wavelengths of light in the proper sequence, with the appropriate temporal separation (roughly 2 ms between the light pulses). The Q-state (assigned as a binary one) is transparent to both writing and reading processes, making them rigorously non-destructive. Bacteriorhodopsin in its resting state is assigned as a binary zero. A differential absorption reading process is used to determine the state of each volumetric binary element. Preliminary results are reported. Part III. The nature of the chromophore binding site of light-adapted bacteriorhodopsin is analyzed by using all-valence electron MNDO and MNDO-PSDCI molecular orbital theory to interpret previously reported linear and nonlinear optical spectroscopic measurements. It is concluded that the unique two-photon properties of the chromophore are due in part to the electrostatic field associated with a Casp{2+} ion near the

  6. Nonlinear transmittance of the 4-keto bacteriorhodopsin

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    Vanhanen, J.; Leppanen, V. P.; Jaaskelainen, T.; Parkkinen, J. P. S.; Parkkinen, S.

    1999-09-01

    The photocycle of the 4-keto bacteriorhodopsin is investigated. We constructed a multilevel theoretical model for the nonlinear transmittance properties of the material. Adjusting the relaxation parameters we are able to fit the theoretical intensity dependent transmittance curves into the experiments and to determine the photocycle from simple optical measurements.

  7. Absorption characteristics of bacteriorhodopsin molecules

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    H K T Kumar; K Appaji Gowda

    2000-03-01

    The bacteriorhodopsin molecule absorbs light and undergoes a series of structural transformation following a well-defined photocycle. The complex photocycle is transformed to an equivalent level diagram by considering the lifetime of the intermediate states. Assuming that only and states are appreciably populated at any instant of time, the level diagram is further simplified to two-level system. Based on the rate equations for two-level system, an analytic expression for the absorption coefficient of bacteriorhodopsin molecule is derived. It is applied to study the behaviour of absorption coefficient of bacteriorhodopsin film in the visible wavelength region of 514 nm. The dependence of absorption coefficient of bacteriorhodopsin film on the thickness of the film, total number density of active molecules and initial number density of molecules in -state is presented in the graphical form.

  8. Protein changes associated with reprotonation of the Schiff base in the photocycle of Asp96-->Asn bacteriorhodopsin. The MN intermediate with unprotonated Schiff base but N-like protein structure

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    Sasaki, J.; Shichida, Y.; Lanyi, J. K.; Maeda, A.

    1992-01-01

    The difference Fourier transform infrared spectrum for the N intermediate in the photoreaction of the light-adapted form of bacteriorhodopsin can be recorded at pH 10 at 274 K (Pfefferle, J.-M., Maeda, A., Sasaki, J., and Yoshizawa, T. (1991) Biochemistry 30, 6548-6556). Under these conditions, Asp96-->Asn bacteriorhodopsin gives a photoproduct which shows changes in protein structure similar to those observed in N of wild-type bacteriorhodopsin. However, decreased intensity of the chromophore bands and the single absorbance maximum at about 400 nm indicate that the Schiff base is unprotonated, as in the M intermediate. This photoproduct was named MN. At pH 7, where the supply of proton is not as restricted as at pH 10, Asp96-->Asn bacteriorhodopsin yields N with a protonated Schiff base. The Asn96 residue, which cannot deprotonate as Asp96 in wild-type bacteriorhodopsin, is perturbed upon formation of both MN at pH 10 and N at pH 7. We suggest that the reprotonation of the Schiff base is preceded by a large change in the protein structure including perturbation of the residue at position 96.

  9. The effects of heavy water in the proteorhodopsin photocycle

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    The proton transporting photocycle of the proteorhodopsin at its normal pH (9.5) shows a marked deuterium effect. It was shown earlier that the intermediates N and PR' are responsible for the proton uptake and release. By proton-deuteron exchange the M2-N and N-PR' transitions become 2-3 times slower. On the contrary, the early μs domain is less affected than the decay part of the photocycle. The effects measured on proteorhodopsin are very similar to those measured on bacteriorhodopsin. (authors)

  10. Retinal isomerization dynamics in dry bacteriorhodopsin films

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    Colonna, Anne; Groma, Géza I.; Vos, Marten H.

    2005-10-01

    The primary photoprocesses in neutral and acid forms of oriented dried bacteriorhodopsin films were investigated by femtosecond absorption spectroscopy. The excitation energy dependence of the signals was used to distinguish photochemistry from processes involving photophysics of photocycle intermediates. Both the kinetics and the quantum yield of all- trans excited state decay by retinal photoisomerization and subsequent J → K transition were found to be very similar as in hydrated environments. Therefore, unlike slower photocycle phases, communication of the retinal with the environment does not play a role in retinal isomerization. Our results are important for understanding recent nonlinear optical applications of such films.

  11. Photocycle of halorhodopsin from Halobacterium salinarium.

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    Váró, G; Zimányi, L; Fan, X; Sun, L; Needleman, R; Lanyi, J K

    1995-05-01

    The light-driven chloride pump, halorhodopsin, is a mixture containing all-trans and 13-cis retinal chromophores under both light and dark-adapted conditions and can exist in chloride-free and chloride-binding forms. To describe the photochemical cycle of the all-trans, chloride-binding state that is associated with the transport, and thereby initiate study of the chloride translocation mechanism, one must first dissect the contributions of these species to the measured spectral changes. We resolved the multiple photochemical reactions by determining flash-induced difference spectra and photocycle kinetics in halorhodopsin-containing membranes prepared from Halobacterium salinarium, with light- and dark-adapted samples at various chloride concentrations. The high expression of cloned halorhodopsin made it possible to do these measurements with unfractionated cell envelope membranes in which the chromophore is photostable not only in the presence of NaCl but also in the Na2SO4 solution used for reference. Careful examination of the flash-induced changes at selected wavelengths allowed separating the spectral changes into components and assigning them to the individual photocycles. According to the results, a substantial revision of the photocycle model for H. salinarium halorhodopsin, and its dependence on chloride, is required. The cycle of the all-trans chloride-binding form is described by the scheme, HR-hv-->KL1L2N-->HR, where HR, K, L, and N designate halorhodopsin and its photointermediates. Unlike the earlier models, this is very similar to the photoreaction of bacteriorhodopsin when deprotonation of the Schiff base is prevented (e.g., at low pH or in the D85N mutant). Also unlike in the earlier models, no step in this photocycle was noticeably affected when the chloride concentration was varied between 20 mM and 2 M in an attempt to identify a chloride-binding reaction. PMID:7612849

  12. Time-resolved laser studies on the proton pump mechanism of bacteriorhodopsin

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    El-Sayed, M.A.

    1991-01-01

    The research work carried out in 1991 can be classified as follows: (1) Work on the nature of the binding site of Eu{sup 3+} in which a fluorescence technique was used to determine the binding equilibrium constant from the concentration of the free Eu{sup 3+} in equilibrium with the bound ions. (2) The mechanism of the slow deprotonation process of bacteriorhodopsin during its photocycle from the observed temperature and pH dependence of its kinetics. (3) Using the circular dichroism spectrum of bR and its perturbed forms to examine the nature of the primary process as well as the origin of the non-exponential kinetic behavior of its photocycle. (4) Studies of bacteriorhodopsin mutants to identify the important amino acids that are part of the reaction coordinate of the deprotonation process as well as to assign the species that are important in giving rise to UV transient absorption whose origin was controversial.

  13. Bacteriorhodopsin overview of fundamentals and applications

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    Thai, Serey

    1999-07-01

    Bacteriorhodopsin (BR) is a light transducing photochromic protein in the purple membrane of a salt-loving microorganism that inhabits salt marshes. It has strong absorption in a broad region of the visible spectrum. The B- state in the photocycle can be considered to be the ground state, which has absorption maxima at 570 nm. Perhaps, the most intriguing features of this organic photopolymer are its extraordinary stability in the chemical, thermal and photochemical sense, its large optical nonlinearity, dynamic nature, durability, real-time holographic recording capabilities, and information storage potential. Furthermore, BR-doped polymer film can be fabricated for a large-scale application, whereas photorefractive crystals like BSO or KNSBM cannot be grown easily to the same dimension as BR. Hence, BR's potential in optical system includes transient dynamic applications of an M-type hologram and 3D optical memories of a branched photocycle that shows a great promise for data storage and retrieval due to its high capacity. The major advantages of this organic photopolymer include high density, low cost, low weight and portability which are a projected requirement for the Air Force and commercial applications.

  14. Trapping the M sub 1 and M sub 2 substrates of bacteriorhodopsin for electron diffraction studies

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    Perkins, G.A.

    1992-05-01

    Visible and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) absorption spectroscopies are used to observe protein conformational changes occuring during the bacteriorhodopsin photocycle. Spectroscopic measurements which define the conditions under which bacteriorhodopsin can be isolated and trapped in two distinct substates of the m intermediate of the photocycle, M{sub 1}, and M{sub 2}, are described. A protocol that can be used for high-resolution electron diffraction studies is presented that will trap glucose-embedded purple membrane in the M{sub 1}and M{sub 2} substates at greater than 90% concentration. It was discovered that glucose alone does not provide a fully hydrated environment for bacteriorhodopsin. Equilibration of glucose-embedded samples at high humidity can result in a physical state that is demonstrably closer to the native, fully hydrated state. An extension of the C-T Model of bacteriorhodopsin functionality (Fodor et al., 1988; Mathies et al., 1991) is proposed based on FTIR results and guided by published spectra from resonance Raman and FTIR work. 105 refs.

  15. Trapping the M{sub 1} and M{sub 2} substrates of bacteriorhodopsin for electron diffraction studies

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    Perkins, G.A.

    1992-05-01

    Visible and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) absorption spectroscopies are used to observe protein conformational changes occuring during the bacteriorhodopsin photocycle. Spectroscopic measurements which define the conditions under which bacteriorhodopsin can be isolated and trapped in two distinct substates of the m intermediate of the photocycle, M{sub 1}, and M{sub 2}, are described. A protocol that can be used for high-resolution electron diffraction studies is presented that will trap glucose-embedded purple membrane in the M{sub 1}and M{sub 2} substates at greater than 90% concentration. It was discovered that glucose alone does not provide a fully hydrated environment for bacteriorhodopsin. Equilibration of glucose-embedded samples at high humidity can result in a physical state that is demonstrably closer to the native, fully hydrated state. An extension of the C-T Model of bacteriorhodopsin functionality (Fodor et al., 1988; Mathies et al., 1991) is proposed based on FTIR results and guided by published spectra from resonance Raman and FTIR work. 105 refs.

  16. Time-resolved laser studies on the proton pump mechanism of bacteriorhodopsin. Progress report, January 31,1991--February 1, 1992

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    El-Sayed, M.A.

    1991-12-31

    The research work carried out in 1991 can be classified as follows: (1) Work on the nature of the binding site of Eu{sup 3+} in which a fluorescence technique was used to determine the binding equilibrium constant from the concentration of the free Eu{sup 3+} in equilibrium with the bound ions. (2) The mechanism of the slow deprotonation process of bacteriorhodopsin during its photocycle from the observed temperature and pH dependence of its kinetics. (3) Using the circular dichroism spectrum of bR and its perturbed forms to examine the nature of the primary process as well as the origin of the non-exponential kinetic behavior of its photocycle. (4) Studies of bacteriorhodopsin mutants to identify the important amino acids that are part of the reaction coordinate of the deprotonation process as well as to assign the species that are important in giving rise to UV transient absorption whose origin was controversial.

  17. Electron microscopic observation and rotational diffusion measurement of bacteriorhodopsin in lipid vesicles

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    HU; Kunsheng

    2001-01-01

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  18. Application of chemical modification and spin-labeling techniques to the study of energy conversion by bacteriorhodopsin

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    Packer, L.; Quintanilha, A.T.; Mehlhorn, R.J.

    1983-03-01

    Light generates a pH gradient and an electrical potential across the purple membrane of Halobacterium halobium. We are investigating the time-resolved changes in protonation of the side chains of specific amino-acid residues and the correlation of these changes with photon absorption and the ensuing photo-reaction cycle. We seek to determine the precise molecular description of the photocycle and of the time dependent steps in the uptake, translocation, and release of protons by the retinal proton catalyst in this membrane, bacteriorhodopsin (BR). 14 references, 3 figures, 1 table.

  19. A residue substitution near the beta-ionone ring of the retinal affects the M substates of bacteriorhodopsin

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    Varo, G.; Zimanyi, L.; Chang, M.; Ni, B.; Needleman, R.; Lanyi, J. K.

    1992-01-01

    The switch in the bacteriorhodopsin photocycle, which reorients access of the retinal Schiff base from the extracellular to the cytoplasmic side, was suggested to be an M1----M2 reaction (Varo and Lanyi. 1991. Biochemistry. 30:5008-5015, 5016-5022). Thus, in this light-driven proton pump it is the interconversion of proposed M substates that gives direction to the transport. We find that in monomeric, although not purple membrane-lattice immobilized, D115N bacteriorhodopsin, the absorption maximum of M changes during the photocycle: in the time domain between its rise and decay it shifts 15 nm to the blue relative to the spectrum at earlier times. This large shift strongly supports the existence of two M substates. Since D115 is located near the beta-ionone ring of the retinal, the result raises questions about the possible involvement of the retinal chain or protein residues as far away as 10 A from the Schiff base in the mechanism of the switching reaction.

  20. All-optical biomolecular parallel logic gates with bacteriorhodopsin.

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    Sharma, Parag; Roy, Sukhdev

    2004-06-01

    All-optical two input parallel logic gates with bacteriorhodopsin (BR) protein have been designed based on nonlinear intensity-induced excited-state absorption. Amplitude modulation of a continuous wave (CW) probe laser beam transmission at 640 nm corresponding to the peak absorption of O intermediate state through BR, by a modulating CW pump laser beam at 570 nm corresponding to the peak absorption of initial BR state has been analyzed considering all six intermediate states in its photocycle using the rate equation approach. The transmission characteristics have been shown to exhibit a dip, which is sensitive to normalized small-signal absorption coefficient (beta), rate constants of O and N intermediate states and absorption of the O state at 570 nm. There is an optimum value of beta for a given pump intensity range for which maximum modulation can be achieved. It is shown that 100% modulation can be achieved if the initial state of BR does not absorb the probe beam. The results have been used to design low-power all-optical parallel NOT, AND, OR, XNOR, and the universal NAND and NOR logic gates for two cases: 1) only changing the output threshold and 2) considering a common threshold with different beta values. PMID:15382746

  1. Nonlinear optical properties of bacteriorhodopsin

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    Hendrickx, Eric; Verbiest, Thierry; Clays, Koen J.; Persoons, Andre P.

    1993-04-01

    In this paper we show the applicability of Hyper-Rayleigh scattering to obtain hyperpolarizabilities of ionic and biochemical compounds. It was found that dark-adapted bacteriorhodopsin and its isolated chromophore have considerable second order nonlinear optical properties. Information obtained from depolarization studies of the scattered light is discussed.

  2. The effect of charged lipids on bacteriorhodopsin membrane reconstitution and its photochemical activities

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    Bacteriorhodopsin (BR) was reconstituted into artificial lipid membrane containing various charged lipid compositions. The proton pumping activity of BR under flash and continuous illumination, proton permeability across membrane, as well as the decay kinetics of the photocycle intermediate M412 were studied. The results showed that lipid charges would significantly affect the orientation of BR inserted into lipid membranes. In liposomes containing anionic lipids, BRs were more likely to take natural orientation as in living cells. In neutral or positively charged liposomes, most BRs were reversely assembled, assuming an inside out orientation. Moreover, the lipids charges also affect BR's M intermediate kinetics, especially the slow component in M intermediate decay. The half-life M412s increased significantly in BRs in liposomes containing cationic lipids, while decreased in those in anionic liposomes

  3. High-speed integrated optical logic based on the protein bacteriorhodopsin.

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    Mathesz, Anna; Fábián, László; Valkai, Sándor; Alexandre, Daniel; Marques, Paulo V S; Ormos, Pál; Wolff, Elmar K; Dér, András

    2013-08-15

    The principle of all-optical logical operations utilizing the unique nonlinear optical properties of a protein was demonstrated by a logic gate constructed from an integrated optical Mach-Zehnder interferometer as a passive structure, covered by a bacteriorhodopsin (bR) adlayer as the active element. Logical operations were based on a reversible change of the refractive index of the bR adlayer over one or both arms of the interferometer. Depending on the operating point of the interferometer, we demonstrated binary and ternary logical modes of operation. Using an ultrafast transition of the bR photocycle (BR-K), we achieved high-speed (nanosecond) logical switching. This is the fastest operation of a protein-based integrated optical logic gate that has been demonstrated so far. The results are expected to have important implications for finding novel, alternative solutions in all-optical data processing research. PMID:23500476

  4. All-optical switching characteristics in bacteriorhodopsin and its applications in integrated optics

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    Huang, Yuhua; Wu, Shin-Tson; Zhao, Youyuan

    2004-03-01

    We experimentally and theoretically investigated the optical switching characteristics of bacteriorhodopsin (bR) at l=633 nm using the pump-probe method. A diode-pumped second harmonic YAG laser (l=532 nm which is located around the maximum initial Br state absorption) was used as a pumping beam and a cw He-Ne laser (l=633 nm which is around the peaks of K and O states) was used as a probe. Due to the nonlinear intensity induced excited state absorption of the K, L, M, N, and O states in the bR photocycle, the switching characteristics are sensitive to the intensity of the probe and pump beams. Based on this property, we have demonstrated an all-optical device functioning as 11 kinds of variable binary all-optical logic gates.

  5. Resonant optical rectification in bacteriorhodopsin.

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    Groma, Géza I; Colonna, Anne; Lambry, Jean-Christophe; Petrich, Jacob W; Váró, György; Joffre, Manuel; Vos, Marten H; Martin, Jean-Louis

    2004-05-25

    The relative role of retinal isomerization and microscopic polarization in the phototransduction process of bacteriorhodopsin is still an open question. It is known that both processes occur on an ultrafast time scale. The retinal trans-->cis photoisomerization takes place on the time scale of a few hundred femtoseconds. On the other hand, it has been proposed that the primary light-induced event is a sudden polarization of the retinal environment, although there is no direct experimental evidence for femtosecond charge displacements, because photovoltaic techniques cannot be used to detect charge movements faster than picoseconds. Making use of the known high second-order susceptibility chi(2) of retinal in proteins, we have used a nonlinear technique, interferometric detection of coherent infrared emission, to study macroscopically oriented bacteriorhodopsin-containing purple membranes. We report and characterize impulsive macroscopic polarization of these films by optical rectification of an 11-fs visible light pulse in resonance with the optical transition. This finding provides direct evidence for charge separation as a precursor event for subsequent functional processes. A simple two-level model incorporating the resonant second-order optical properties of retinal, which are known to be a requirement for functioning of bacteriorhodopsin, is used to describe the observations. In addition to the electronic response, long-lived infrared emission at specific frequencies was observed, reflecting charge movements associated with vibrational motions. The simultaneous and phase-sensitive observation of both the electronic and vibrational signals opens the way to study the transduction of the initial polarization into structural dynamics. PMID:15148391

  6. Nonlinear Optical Studies of Bacteriorhodopsin

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    Rao, D. V. G. L. N.; Aranda, F. J.; Chen, Z.; Akkara, J. A.; Kaplan, D. L.; Nakashima, M.

    We report interesting results on nonlinear optics at low powers in bacteriorhodopsin films with applications in all-optical switching and modulation. Chemically stabilized films of bacteriorhodopsin in a polymer matrix for which the lifetime of the excited M state is 3 to 4 orders of magnitude longer than that of water solutions of wild-type bR were used in these experiments. Due to the sensitivity of the films, very small powers of order microwatts are required for optical phase conjugation. The influence of the fast photochemical M to B transition induced by blue light on the saturation intensity, phase conjugate intensity and switching time was established. We also report our measurements of the intensity dependence of the self-focusing and self-defocusing properties of wild-type bR in water solution using the Z-scan technique with low power cw lasers at two wavelengths on either side of the absorption band. Our measurements indicate that the sign of the nonlinearity depends on the wavelength and the magnitude depends on the fluence of the incident laser beam. The observed self-focusing and defocusing is not due to the intrinsic electronic nonlinearity. The observations can be explained in terms of the Kramers-Kronig dispersion relation that relates the real and imaginary parts of the complex index of refraction.

  7. Optical limiting by chemically enhanced bacteriorhodopsin films

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    Song, Q. Wang; Zhang, Chungping; Gross, Richard; Birge, Robert

    1993-05-01

    Measurements of effective nonlinearity of a chemically enhanced bacteriorhodopsin film are presented, using 2-scan method. Optical limiting properties and the film's nonlinear transmission properties of the film are also studied.

  8. Optical Fourier and Holographic Techniques for Medical Image Processing with Bacteriorhodopsin

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    Yelleswarapu, Chandra

    2008-03-01

    The biological photochrome bacteriorhodopsin (bR) shows many intrinsic optical and physical properties. The active chromophore in bR is a retinal group which absorbs light and goes through a photocycle. The unique feature of the system is its flexibility -- the photocycle can be optically controllable since the process of photoisomerization can go in both directions depending on wavelength, intensity and polarization of the incident light, opening a variety of possibilities for manipulating amplitude, phase, polarization and index of refraction of the incident light. Over the years we studied the basic nonlinear optics and successfully exploited the unique properties for several optical spatial filtering techniques with applications in medical image processing. For nonlinear Fourier filtering, the photo-controlled light modulating characteristics of bR films are exploited. At the Fourier plane, the spatial frequency information carried by a blue probe beam at 442 nm is selectively manipulated in the bR film by changing the position and intensity of a yellow control beam at 568 nm. In transient Fourier holography, photoisomerizative gratings are recorded and reconstructed in bR films. Desired spatial frequencies are obtained by matching the reference beam intensity to that of the particular frequency band in object beam. A novel feature of the technique is the ability to transient display of selected spatial frequencies in the reconstructing process which enables radiologists to study the features of interest in time scale. The results offer useful information to radiologists for early detection of breast cancer. Some of the highlights will be presented.

  9. Nonlinear Optical Image Processing with Bacteriorhodopsin Films

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    Downie, John D.; Deiss, Ron (Technical Monitor)

    1994-01-01

    The transmission properties of some bacteriorhodopsin film spatial light modulators are uniquely suited to allow nonlinear optical image processing operations to be applied to images with multiplicative noise characteristics. A logarithmic amplitude transmission feature of the film permits the conversion of multiplicative noise to additive noise, which may then be linearly filtered out in the Fourier plane of the transformed image. The bacteriorhodopsin film displays the logarithmic amplitude response for write beam intensities spanning a dynamic range greater than 2.0 orders of magnitude. We present experimental results demonstrating the principle and capability for several different image and noise situations, including deterministic noise and speckle. Using the bacteriorhodopsin film, we successfully filter out image noise from the transformed image that cannot be removed from the original image.

  10. Novelty filter that uses a bacteriorhodopsin film

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    Okamoto, Takayuki; Yamaguchi, Ichirou; Boothroyd, Simon A.; Chrostowski, Jacek

    1997-01-01

    We propose a new novelty optical filter that uses a bacteriorhodopsin film. This filter is based on the time-dependent nonlinear diffraction efficiency of real-time holograms recorded in the film. As soon as the signal beam carrying a pattern is diffracted by the polarization hologram recorded in the bacteriorhodopsin film, it begins to erase the hologram and suppresses the diffraction of the beam at the position of the stationary part of the pattern. This filter enhances only leading edges of moving patterns. In this system undesired scattered light, which is orthogonally polarized to the diffracted beam, is discriminated by a polarizer.

  11. Kinetics of picosecond laser pulse induced charge separation and proton transfer in bacteriorhodopsin.

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    Yao, Baoli; Xu, Dalun; Hou, Xun; Hu, Kunsheng; Wang, Aojin

    2003-01-01

    Bacteriorhodopsin (BR) films oriented by an electrophoretic method are deposited on a transparent conductive ITO glass. A counterelectrode of copper and gelose gel is used to compose a sandwich-type photodetector with the structure of ITO/BR film/gelose gel/Cu. A single 30-ps laser pulse and a mode-locked pulse train are respectively used to excite the BR photodetector. The ultrafast falling edge and the bipolar response signal are measured by the digital oscilloscope under seven different time ranges. Marquardt nonlinear least squares fitting is used to fit all the experimental data and a good fitting equation is found to describe the kinetic process of the photoelectric signal. Data fitting resolves six exponential components that can be assigned to a seven-step BR photocycle model: BR-->K-->KL-->L-->M-->N-->O-->BR. Comparing tests of the BR photodetector with a 100-ps Si PIN photodiode demonstrates that this type of BR photodetector has at least 100-ps response time and can also serve as a fast photoelectric switch. PMID:12542379

  12. B-M-type anisotropy in bacteriorhodopsin films for nonlinear spatial light modulation

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    Korchemskaya, Elena Y.; Stepanchikov, Dmitriy A.; Dyukova, Tatyana V.; Shakhbazian, Valery Y.

    2003-02-01

    Bacteriorhodopsin (BR), a photoreceptor protein possesses a photochemical cycle of several distinct intermediates; all of them are photoactive. The BR molecules both in the initial form of the photocycle, BR570 (absorption maximum around 570 nm) and longest-lived (in films) intermediate M412 (absorption maximum at 412 nm) possess anisotropic absorption. Under the action of linearly polarized light, the reversible anisotropic photoselection of BR molecules takes place. So far only the method of photoinduced anisotropy based on anisotropic properties of BR570 was applied to realtime optical processing. In the present work, the potentialities for the use of photoinduced anisotropy in the BR-films based on both BR570 and M412 for the spatial light modulation are demonstrated. The overall blocking of highintensity features from an image is shown. Mixed B-M-type anisotropy in the chemically modified BR films, as applied to the edge enhancement, can provide a contrast ratio as high as 250:1. Low saturation intensity of the BR-films allows for the blocking of any intensity feature from an image that is carried out by choosing an appropriate intensity level of a controlling He-Ne laser beam without analyzer rotation. The photoanisotropic incoherent-to-coherent optical conversion with concurrent spatial-intensity modulation is also performed on the BR-films.

  13. All-optical switching and all-optical logic gates based on bacteriorhodopsin

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    Huang, Yuhua; Wu, Shin-Tson; Zhao, Youyuan

    2004-06-01

    We demonstrate an all-optical switching using a bacteriorhodopsin (bR) film. The transmission of the bR film is investigated using the pump-probe method. A diode-pumped second harmonic YAG laser (λ = 532nm which is around the maximum initial B state absorption) was used as a pumping beam and a cw He-Ne laser (λ = 632 nm which is around the peaks of K and O states) was used as a probe. Due to the nonlinear intensity induced excited state absorption of the K, L, M, N, and O states in the bR photocycle, the switching characteristics are sensitive to the intensity of the probe and pump beams. Based on this property, we design an all-optical operating device functioning as 11 kinds of variable binary all-optical logic gates. The incident 532nm beam acts as an input to the logic gate and the transmission of the 632nm bears the output of the gate.

  14. Photocyclic initiating system for free radical photopolymerization studied through holographic recording

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    Ibrahim, Ahmad; Allonas, Xavier; Ley, Christian; El Fouhaili, Bandar; Carré, Christiane

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    This paper discusses the efficiency of photocyclic initiating system (PCIS) based on a pyrromethene dye (EMP), an amine as electron donor (NPG) and an iodonium salt as electron acceptor (I250) under homogenous irradiation and holographic recording. It is shown that the PCIS is more efficient than the corresponding two component systems. This high efficiency is due to a photocyclic reaction that takes places during the irradiation, inducing the recovery of the dye in the ground state and the f...

  15. Detecting conformational change by current transport in Bacteriorhodopsin

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    Alfinito, Eleonora

    2008-01-01

    Charge transport modification exhibiting an increase of conductance activated by an external green light in Bacteriorhodopsin is correlated to its conformational change. A theoretical model based on a map of the protein structure into a resistor network is implemented to account for a sequential tunneling mechanism of charge transfer through neighbouring amino-acids. The model is validated by comparison with current-voltage experiments and provides for the potential barriers involved in the charge transfer an average height of 69 meV over an interacting radius of 6 \\aa. The predictability of the model is also tested on bovine rhodopsin, the prototype of the G protein coupled receptor (GPCR) family also sensitive to the light, with results exhibiting the opposite behaviour of a decrease of conductance in the presence of light.

  16. Inhomogeneity observed in the photocycle of photoactive yellow protein

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    In order to obtain insight into the hydrogen-bonding network surrounding the chromophore in biologically photo-functional proteins, photoactive yellow protein (PYP) has been modified by a combination of a site-directed mutagenesis and a substitution of the chromophore with an analogue. Fluorescence excitation and emission spectroscopies have been performed to evaluate the inhomogeneous nature of the spectra originated from the variation of conformational substates of the modified proteins. Noticeable inhomogeneity including contributions from two distinct substates has been observed for a PYP hybrid with the E46Q mutation and a substitution of the p-coumaric acid chromophore with caffeic acid. Transient absorption spectroscopy has been also conducted to clarify whether inhomogeneity affects the recovering kinetics or not. For the PYP hybrid, a remarkable difference of the recovery time from the signaling state has been observed, depending on the wavelength of the excitation light triggering the photocycle. Although this observation is preliminary, it indicates that kinetically inhomogeneous species likely exist in the PYP hybrid

  17. Nonlinear transmission properties in bacteriorhodopsin-embedded photonic crystal

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    Okada-Shudo, Yoshiko; Ishihara, Teruya

    2003-11-01

    Transmission spectra and photoinduced transmission change are observed in periodic waveguide which consist of a quartz grating substrate and a thin protein film of bacteriorhodopsin. We propose a scheme to achieve all optical switching using the photoinduced refractive index change of bacteriorhodopsin.

  18. Tailoring of organic dyes with oxidoreductive compounds to obtain photocyclic radical generator systems exhibiting photocatalytic behavior

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    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The combination of a dye which absorbs the photon, an electron acceptor and an electron donor leading to energy conversion through electron transfer, was the basis of the so called three-component systems. In this paper, an experimental work combining Rose bengal dye with a triazine derivative as electron acceptor and ethyl 4-(dimethylaminobenzoate as electron donor, will underline the benefit of the photocyclic behavior of three-component systems leading to the dye regeneration. A thermodynamic approach of the photocycle is presented, followed by a mechanistic and computational study of ideal photocycles, in order to outline the specific kinetics occuring in so called photocatalytic systems. The simple kinetic model used is enough to outline the benefit of the cyclic system and to give the basic requirements in term of chemical combination needed to be fulfilled in order to obtain a photocatalytic behavior.

  19. Ultrafast all-optical switching in bacteriorhodopsin

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    Roy, Sukhdev; Singh, C. P.; Reddy, K. P. J.

    2001-04-01

    All-optical switching has been demonstrated in bacteriorhodopsin based on excited-state nonlinear absorption. A probe laser beam at 640 nm corresponding to the O-state absorption maximum is switched due to a strong pulsed pump laser beam at 570 nm, that corresponds to the maximum ground state absorption. We have studied the effect of variation in pulse width and in small signal absorption coefficient on the switching characteristics. The switching time decreases as the pulse width of the pump beam decreases and the small signal absorption coefficient increases. The switching contrast depends mainly on the peak pumping intensity.

  20. All-optical switching in bacteriorhodopsin based on M state dynamics and its application to photonic logic gates

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    Singh, Chandra Pal; Roy, Sukhdev

    2003-03-01

    All-optical switching has been theoretically analyzed in bacteriorhodopsin (bR) based on nonlinear intensity induced excited state absorption of the M state. The transmission of a cw probe laser beam at 410 nm corresponding to the peak absorption of M state through a bR film is switched by a pulsed pump laser beam at 570 nm that corresponds to the maximum initial B state absorption. The switching characteristics have been numerically simulated using the rate equation approach considering all the six intermediate states (B, K, L, M, N and O) in the bR photocycle. The switching characteristics are shown to be sensitive to various parameters such as the pump pulse width, pump intensity, life time of the M state, thickness of the film and absorption cross-section of the B-state at probe wavelength ( σBp). It has been shown that the probe laser beam can be completely switched off (100% modulation) by the pump laser beam at relatively low pump powers, for σBp=0. The switching characteristics have also been used to theoretically design all-optical NOT, OR, AND and the universal NOR and NAND logic gates with two pulsed pump laser beams using the six state model.

  1. Multiplexed Holographic Data Storage in Bacteriorhodopsin

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    Mehrl, David J.; Krile, Thomas F.

    1999-01-01

    Biochrome photosensitive films in particular Bacteriorhodopsin exhibit features which make these materials an attractive recording medium for optical data storage and processing. Bacteriorhodopsin films find numerous applications in a wide range of optical data processing applications; however the short-term memory characteristics of BR limits their applications for holographic data storage. The life-time of the BR can be extended using cryogenic temperatures [1], although this method makes the system overly complicated and unstable. Longer life-times can be provided in one modification of BR - the "blue" membrane BR [2], however currently available films are characterized by both low diffraction efficiency and difficulties in providing photoreversible recording. In addition, as a dynamic recording material, the BR requires different wavelengths for recording and reconstructing of optical data in order to prevent the information erasure during its readout. This fact also put constraints on a BR-based Optical Memory, due to information loss in holographic memory systems employing the two-lambda technique for reading-writing thick multiplexed holograms.

  2. Separation of photoactive conformers based on hindered diarylethenes: efficient modulation in photocyclization quantum yields.

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    Li, Wenlong; Jiao, Changhong; Li, Xin; Xie, Yongshu; Nakatani, Keitaro; Tian, He; Zhu, Weihong

    2014-04-25

    Endowing both solvent independency and excellent thermal bistability, the benzobis(thiadiazole)-bridged diarylethene system provides an efficient approach to realize extremely high photocyclization quantum yields (Φo-c , up to 90.6 %) by both separating completely pure anti-parallel conformer and suppressing intramolecular charge transfer (ICT). PMID:24668917

  3. Biological Significance of Photoreceptor Photocycle Length: VIVID Photocycle Governs the Dynamic VIVID-White Collar Complex Pool Mediating Photo-adaptation and Response to Changes in Light Intensity.

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    Full Text Available Most organisms on earth sense light through the use of chromophore-bearing photoreceptive proteins with distinct and characteristic photocycle lengths, yet the biological significance of this adduct decay length is neither understood nor has been tested. In the filamentous fungus Neurospora crassa VIVID (VVD is a critical player in the process of photoadaptation, the attenuation of light-induced responses and the ability to maintain photosensitivity in response to changing light intensities. Detailed in vitro analysis of the photochemistry of the blue light sensing, FAD binding, LOV domain of VVD has revealed residues around the site of photo-adduct formation that influence the stability of the adduct state (light state, that is, altering the photocycle length. We have examined the biological significance of VVD photocycle length to photoadaptation and report that a double substitution mutant (vvdI74VI85V, previously shown to have a very fast light to dark state reversion in vitro, shows significantly reduced interaction with the White Collar Complex (WCC resulting in a substantial photoadaptation defect. This reduced interaction impacts photoreceptor transcription factor WHITE COLLAR-1 (WC-1 protein stability when N. crassa is exposed to light: The fast-reverting mutant VVD is unable to form a dynamic VVD-WCC pool of the size required for photoadaptation as assayed both by attenuation of gene expression and the ability to respond to increasing light intensity. Additionally, transcription of the clock gene frequency (frq is sensitive to changing light intensity in a wild-type strain but not in the fast photo-reversion mutant indicating that the establishment of this dynamic VVD-WCC pool is essential in general photobiology and circadian biology. Thus, VVD photocycle length appears sculpted to establish a VVD-WCC reservoir of sufficient size to sustain photoadaptation while maintaining sensitivity to changing light intensity. The great diversity

  4. Multiplexed Holographic Optical Data Storage In Thick Bacteriorhodopsin Films

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    Downie, John D.; Timucin, Dogan A.; Gary, Charles K.; Ozcan, Meric; Smithey, Daniel T.; Crew, Marshall

    1998-01-01

    The optical data storage capacity of photochromic bacteriorhodopsin films is investigated by means of theoretical calculations, numerical simulations, and experimental measurements on sequential recording of angularly multiplexed diffraction gratings inside a thick D85N BR film.

  5. Electron microscopic observation and rotational diffusion measurement of bacteriorhodopsin in lipid vesicles

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    2001-01-01

    The morphology of bacteriorhodopsin reconstituted into dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine and egg-phosphatidylcholine vesicles was observed by freeze-fracture electron microscopy. The rotational diffusion of bacteriorhodopsin at different concentrations of melittin was measured by observing flash-induced transient dichroism in dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine vesicles. In the presence of melittin, bacteriorhodopsin molecules in dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine vesicles were aggregated into large particles or patches, and the ability of rotational diffusion of bacteriorhodop sin in vesicles was decreased. This suggests that melittin produces its effect via direct electrostatic interaction with bacteriorhodopsin. Low temperature-induced aggregation of bacteriorhodopsin was also observed in dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine vesicles. Low temperature may cause phase separation. Bacteriorhodopsin was also successfully reconstituted into egg-phosphatidylcholine vesicles, but Iow temperature-induced aggregation of bacteriorhodopsin in dimyristoylphosphati dylcholine cannot appear in egg-phosphatidylcholine vesicles. This suggests that different lipids have different effects on bacteriorhodopsin in vesicles.

  6. Bacteriorhodopsin: Tunable Optical Nonlinear Magnetic Response

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    Bovino, F A; Sibilia, C; Giardina, M; Váró, G; Gergely, C

    2011-01-01

    We report on a strong and tunable magnetic optical nonlinear response of Bacteriorhodopsin (BR) under "off resonance" femtosecond (fs) pulse excitation, by detecting the polarization map of the noncollinear second harmonic signal of an oriented BR film, as a function of the input beam power. BR is a light-driven proton pump with a unique photochemistry initiated by the all trans retinal chromophore embedded in the protein. An elegant application of this photonic molecular machine has been recently found in the new area of optogenetics, where genetic expression of BR in brain cells conferred a light responsivity to the cells enabling thus specific stimulation of neurons. The observed strong tunable magnetic nonlinear response of BR might trigger promising applications in the emerging area of pairing optogenetics and functional magnetic resonance imaging susceptible to provide an unprecedented complete functional mapping of neural circuits.

  7. Bacteriorhodopsin-based photochromic pigments for optical security applications

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    Hampp, Norbert A.; Fischer, Thorsten; Neebe, Martin

    2002-04-01

    Bacteriorhodopsin is a two-dimensional crystalline photochromic protein which is astonishingly stable towards chemical and thermal degradation. This is one of the reasons why this is one of the very few proteins which may be used as a biological pigment in printing inks. Variants of the naturally occurring bacteriorhodopsin have been developed which show a distinguished color change even with low light intensities and without the requirement of UV-light. Several pigments with different color changes are available right now. In addition to this visual detectable feature, the photochromism, the proteins amino acid sequence can be genetically altered in order to code and identify specific production lots. For advanced applications the data storage capability of bacteriorhodopsin will be useful. Write-once-read-many (WORM) recording of digital data is accomplished by laser excitation of printed bacteriorhodopsin inks. A density of 1 MBit per square inch is currently achieved. Several application examples for this biological molecule are described where low and high level features are used in combination. Bacteriorhodopsin-based inks are a new class of optical security pigments.

  8. Numerical simulation of the nonlinear optical response of bacteriorhodopsin

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    Kowalski, Gregory J.

    1996-10-01

    The numerical simulation of the nonlinear optical behavior of bacteriorhodopsin in a solution of water is described. Relationships for the intensity dependent absorption coefficient and index of refraction are developed and used in the numerical simulation of bacteriorhodopsin as an optical limiter and as defocussing element for laser pulses in the picosecond regime. The algorithm is a transient finite volume method that is coupled with a 'ray model' of the radiation which simultaneously solves the heat transfer and Maxwell's equations. The nonlinear behavior of the material is included in this analysis using a modified Euler predictor-corrector integration technique. Calculated power limiting and z-scan curves are in qualitative agreement with experiments. These results indicate that the code can be used to investigate and optimize optical systems which use the nonlinear behavior of bacteriorhodopsin.

  9. Enhancement of photoanisotropy in Bacteriorhodopsin films

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    Rao, D. V. G. L. N.; Wu, Pengfei

    2003-03-01

    The biological material of Bacteriorhodopsin (bR) and its derivatives are among the most promising candidates for potential applications in photonics in view of their large optical nonlinearity, ease of optimization and tailoring optical properties. We report a novel scheme for significant enhancement of photo-anisotropic effects in bR films using two exciting beams at different wavelengths with orthogonal polarization. We monitor the photoinduced anisotropy with a probe beam passing through the bR film placed between two crossed polarizers. Near twenty times enhancement of probe beam intensity has been observed as compared with the case of only one exciting beam. The mechanism of the enhancement originates from optimization of direction-selected photo-isomerization of the biomaterial controlled by the polarized exciting beams. We also demonstrate an all-optical switch with the additional novel feature of output sign-control by applying this technique. It is possible to achieve fast optical switching since the photo-isomerization of M to B state of the bR molecule may be as fast as nanoseconds.

  10. Measurements of photoinduced refractive index changes in bacteriorhodopsin films

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    Ravinder Kumar Banyal; B Raghavendra Prasad

    2007-03-01

    We report the pump-probe measurements of nonlinear refractive index changes in photochromic bacteriorhodopsin films. The photoinduced absorption is caused by pump beam at 532 nm and the accompanying refractive index changes are studied using a probe beam at 633 nm. The proposed technique is based on a convenient and accurate determination of optical path difference using digital interferometry-based local fringe shift. The results are presented for the wild-type as well as genetically modified D96N variant of the bacteriorhodopsin.

  11. Measurements of photoinduced refractive index changes in bacteriorhodopsin films

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    Banyal, Ravinder Kumar; Raghavendra Prasad, B.

    2007-03-01

    We report the pump--probe measurements of nonlinear refractive index changes in photochromic bacteriorhodopsin films. The photoinduced absorption is caused by pump beam at 532 nm and the accompanying refractive index changes are studied using a probe beam at 633 nm. The proposed technique is based on a convenient and accurate determination of optical path difference using digital interferometry-based local fringe shift. The results are presented for the wild-type as well as genetically modified D96N variant of the bacteriorhodopsin.

  12. Fast integrated optical switching by the protein bacteriorhodopsin

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    Fábián, László; Wolff, Elmar K.; Oroszi, László; Ormos, Pál; Dér, András

    2010-07-01

    State-of-the-art photonic integration technology is ready to provide the passive elements of optical integrated circuits, based either on silicon, glass or plastic materials. The bottleneck is to find the proper nonlinear optical (NLO) materials in waveguide-based integrated optical circuits for light-controlled active functions. Recently, we proposed an approach where the active role is performed by the chromoprotein bacteriorhodopsin as an NLO material, that can be combined with appropriate integrated optical devices. Here we present data supporting the possibility of switching based on a fast photoreaction of bacteriorhodopsin. The results are expected to have important implications for photonic switching technology.

  13. Optical CDMA system using bacteriorhodopsin for optical data storage

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    Bae; Yang; Jin; Lee; Park

    1999-11-01

    An optical CDMA (code division multiple access) system for the optical data storage using bacteriorhodopsin (BR) is reported as an application of the BR materials. The desired signal of multiple input can be recorded and reconstructed by use of orthogonal codes. An experimental setup is proposed and demonstrated. PMID:10585180

  14. Conversion of light-energy into molecular strain in the photocycle of the photoactive yellow protein.

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    Gamiz-Hernandez, Ana P; Kaila, Ville R I

    2016-01-28

    The Photoactive Yellow Protein (PYP) is a light-driven photoreceptor, responsible for the phototaxis of halophilic bacteria. Recently, a new short-lived intermediate (pR0) was characterized in the PYP photocycle using combined time-resolved X-ray crystallography and density functional theory calculations. The pR0 species was identified as a highly contorted cis-intermediate, which is stabilized by hydrogen bonds with protein residues. Here we show by hybrid quantum mechanics/classical mechanics (QM/MM) molecular dynamics simulations, and first-principles calculations of optical properties, that the optical shifts in the early steps of the PYP photocycle originate from the conversion of light energy into molecular strain, stored in the pR0 state, and its relaxation in subsequent reaction steps. Our calculations quantitatively reproduce experimental data, which enables us to identify molecular origins of the optical shifts. Our combined approach suggests that the short-lived pR0 intermediate stores ∼1/3 of the photon energy as molecular strain, thus providing the thermodynamic driving force for later conformational changes in the protein. PMID:26726853

  15. Solid-state NMR studies of bacteriorhodopsin and the purple membrane

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    2001-01-01

    proteins. This technique may prove particularly useful when studying large proteins that are difficult to orient where the MAS lineshapes will remain relatively unaffected in comparison with current static NMR methods. Finally the MAOSS method was extended to the study of the lipid components of the purple membrane and the feasibility of determining structural constraints from phospholipid headgroups was assessed. The potential of using sup 3 sup 1 P NMR to observe qualitative protein-lipid interactions in both the purple membrane and reconstituted membranes containing bovine rhodopsin was also demonstrated. Following the demonstration of a new MAS NMR method for resolving orientational constraints in uni-axially oriented biological membranes (Glaubitz and Watts, 1998), experiments were performed to realise the potential of the new method on large, oriented membrane proteins. Using bacteriorhodopsin in the purple membrane as a paradigm for large membrane proteins, the protein was specifically labelled with de...

  16. Optical Processing of Speckle Images with Bacteriorhodopsin for Pattern Recognition

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    Downie, John D.; Tucker, Deanne (Technical Monitor)

    1994-01-01

    Logarithmic processing of images with multiplicative noise characteristics can be utilized to transform the image into one with an additive noise distribution. This simplifies subsequent image processing steps for applications such as image restoration or correlation for pattern recognition. One particularly common form of multiplicative noise is speckle, for which the logarithmic operation not only produces additive noise, but also makes it of constant variance (signal-independent). We examine the optical transmission properties of some bacteriorhodopsin films here and find them well suited to implement such a pointwise logarithmic transformation optically in a parallel fashion. We present experimental results of the optical conversion of speckle images into transformed images with additive, signal-independent noise statistics using the real-time photochromic properties of bacteriorhodopsin. We provide an example of improved correlation performance in terms of correlation peak signal-to-noise for such a transformed speckle image.

  17. Studies on light transduction by bacteriorhodopsin and rhodopsin

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    The visual photoreceptor pigments in vertebrates and invertebrates all use retinal (vitamin A aldehyde) as the light-absorbing molecule. Recently, Stoeckenius et al. discovered bacteriorhodopsin (bR) in the purple membrane of the extreme halophile, Halobacterium halobium, which also contains all-trans retinal as the chromophore, bR carries out light-dependent proton translocation from the inside to the outside of the H. halobium cell. Since the discovery of bR, H. halobium has been found to elaborate three more retinal-based light-transducing proteins. These are halorhodopsin, a chloride ion pump, and sensory rhodopsins I and II. The authors are carrying out structure-function studies of bacteriorhodopsin, bovine rhodopsin, and related proteins primarily by the technique of recombinant DNA; they summarize below the results they have obtained recently

  18. Nonlinear optical properties of bacteriorhodopsin, retinal, and related molecules

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    Hendrickx, Eric; Clays, Koen J.; Vinckier, A.; Persoons, Andre P.; Dehu, Christophe; Bredas, Jean-Luc

    1995-10-01

    The first hyperpolarizabilities, (beta) , of bacteriorhodopsin, retinal, and related molecules were determined experimentally by using the hyper-Rayleigh scattering technique and compared to the calculated values obtained with the semiempirical intermediate neglect of differential overlap/configuration interaction/sum-over-states method. The experimental and theoretical results are in excellent mutual agreeement. The hyper-Rayleigh scattering technique is shown to be very sensitive to the degree of solubilization of bacteriorhodopsin. Theoretical and experimental data confirm the expected dependence of (beta) on the first transition energy as well as an exponential increase of (beta) with the number of double bonds. It was found that, upon trans to 13-cis or 9-cis isomerization of a retinal double bond, a constant fraction of the (beta) value is lost, regardless of the nature of the electron withdrawing group or the solvent of choice.

  19. Do Cation-π Interactions Exist in Bacteriorhodopsin

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    HU Kun-Sheng; WANG Guang-Yu; HE Jin-An

    2001-01-01

    Metal ions are essential to the structure and physiological functions of bacteriorhodopsin. Experimental evidence suggests the existence of specific cation binding to the negatively charged groups of Asp85 and Asp212 via an electrostatic interaction. However, only using electrostatic force is not enough to explain the role of the metal cations because the carboxylate of Asp85 is well known to be protonated in the M intermediate. Considering the presence of some aromatic amino acid residues in the vicinity of the retinal pocket, the existence of cation-π interactions between the metal cation and aromatic amino acid residues is suggested. Obviously, introduction of this kind of interaction is conducive to understanding the effects of the metal cations and aromatic amino acid residues inside the protein on the structural stability and proton pumping of bacteriorhodopsin.

  20. Bacteriorhodopsin as a Possible Element of Membrane Bioreactors

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    Maksimychev, A. V.; Chamorovskii, S. K.

    1988-06-01

    Certain approaches to the creation of membrane bioreactors, representing an example of integrated membrane systems, are examined. The characteristic features of the use of organised molecular assemblies in such systems as sensor and regulatory elements are discussed. The properties of the retinal-protein complex of bacteriorhodopsin as a promising component of integrated membrane systems, capable of carrying out regulatory functions, are examined. The bibliography includes 139 references.

  1. Nonlinear polarization interaction in bacteriorhodopsin films with anisotropically saturating absorption

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    Korchemskaya, Elena Y.; Soskin, Marat S.; Stepanchikov, Dmitriy A.; Druzhko, Anna B.; Dyukova, Tatyana V.

    1996-06-01

    The effect of protein and matrix modifications on the photoanisotropic properties is studied for developing the concept of impact upon the main optical properties of the dynamic optical material based on bacteriorhodopsin (BR) both interaction of transmembrane protein--chromophore complex BR with matrix and interaction of protein opsin with chromophore retinal. Also possibility of the application of BR-films for the light polarization modulator is proposed.

  2. Nonlinear polarization-modulated spectroscopy of bacteriorhodopsin and its analogues

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    Taranenko, V. B.; Bazhenov, V. Yu; Kulikovskaya, O. A.

    1996-09-01

    We report on a novel nonlinear polarization-modulated spectroscopic method for an accurate measurement of the nonlinear change of both real and imaginary parts of the complex refractive index in isotropic materials having either scalar or tensor photoresponse. It is based on a vector two-wave-mixing interaction and heterodyne detection of dynamic change of optical polarization. New data on steady-state and transient nonlinear characteristics of bacteriorhodopsin-based materials (suspensions and polymer films) are obtained using this method.

  3. All-optical logic-gates based on bacteriorhodopsin film

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    Chen Gui-Ying; Zhang Chun-Ping; Guo Zong-Xia; Tian Jian-Guo; Zhang Guang-Yin; Song Qi-Wang

    2005-01-01

    Based on self-diffraction in bacteriorhodopsin (bR) film, we propose all-optical NOT, XOR, half adder and XNOR logic operations. Using the relation between diffraction light and the polarization states of recording beams, we demonstrate NOT and XNOR logic operations. Studying the relation of polarization states among the diffracting, recording and reading beams, we implement XOR logic and half adder operations with three inputs. The methods are simple and practicable.

  4. Three electronic state model of the primary phototransformation of bacteriorhodopsin.

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    Humphrey, W; H. Lu; Logunov, I; Werner, H.J.; Schulten, K

    1998-01-01

    The primary all-trans --> 13-cis photoisomerization of retinal in bacteriorhodopsin has been investigated by means of quantum chemical and combined classical/quantum mechanical simulations employing the density matrix evolution method. Ab initio calculations on an analog of a protonated Schiff base of retinal in vacuo reveal two excited states S1 and S2, the potential surfaces of which intersect along the reaction coordinate through an avoided crossing, and then exhibit a second, weakly avoid...

  5. High production of bacteriorhodopsin from wild type Halobacterium salinarum.

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    Seyedkarimi, Mansooreh-Sadat; Aramvash, Asieh; Ramezani, Rohollah

    2015-09-01

    Bacteriorhodopsin (bR) is a trans-membrane proton pump found in the purple membrane of Halobacterium salinarum. This protein has high photochemical and photoelectric conversion efficiency and thermal stability, allowing it to withstand high temperatures, high salinity, and nutritionally-limited environments. The ability of this protein to convert light energy into chemical energy has applications that are mainly therapeutic/diagnostic and research-oriented. There is increasing demand for bacteriorhodopsin production in different fields. The present study maximized bacteriorhodopsin production using H. salinarum. The physical parameters of illumination, agitation speed, temperature, and nitrogen source were studied using a fractional factorial design to determine the optimal levels of each. The most suitable nitrogen source was determined to be peptone from meat. The optimal temperature was 39 °C, agitation speed was 150 rpm, and light intensity was 6300 lux for bR production. Under these conditions, the maximum bR yield was 196 mg/l, which is about 4.23 fold greater than those obtained with basal medium. The proposed strategies could be used for bR production using this archaeobacterium; the results are the highest reported thus far from a batch culture of H. salinarum. PMID:26254806

  6. Fractal morphological analysis of Bacteriorhodopsin (bR) layers deposited onto Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) electrodes

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    Uniform Bacteriorhodopsin layers for the purpose of fabricating Bacteriorhodopsin-based biosensors were prepared by allowing drying of the layers under a constant electric field. To properly observe and understand the 'electric field effect' on the protein Bacteriorhodopsin, the electric and non-electric field influenced Bacteriorhodopsin layers prepared using a manual syringe-deposition method applied onto Indium Tin Oxide electrodes were structurally investigated using Scanning Electron Microscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy. The results yield obvious morphological differences between the electric and non-electric field assisted Bacteriorhodopsin layers and brings to attention the occurrence of the so-called 'coffee-ring' effect in the latter case. We applied stochastic fractal method based on the generalized Cauchy process to describe the morphological features surrounding the void. Fractal dimension is used to characterize the local regularity of the Bacteriorhodopsin clusters and the correlation exponent is used to describe the long-range correlation between the clusters. It is found that the Bacteriorhodopsin protein tends to exhibit with strong spatial correlation in the presence of external electric field compared to in absence of the electric field. Long-range correlation in the morphological feature may be associated to the enhancement of aggregation process of Bacteriorhodopsin protein in the presence of electric field, thereby inhibiting the formation of the so-called 'coffee-ring' effect. As such, the observations discussed in this work suggest some amount of control of surface uniformity when forming layers.

  7. The EF loop in green proteorhodopsin affects conformation and photocycle dynamics.

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    Mehler, Michaela; Scholz, Frank; Ullrich, Sandra J; Mao, Jiafei; Braun, Markus; Brown, Lynda J; Brown, Richard C D; Fiedler, Sarah A; Becker-Baldus, Johanna; Wachtveitl, Josef; Glaubitz, Clemens

    2013-07-16

    The proteorhodopsin family consists of retinal proteins of marine bacterial origin with optical properties adjusted to their local environments. For green proteorhodopsin, a highly specific mutation in the EF loop, A178R, has been found to cause a surprisingly large redshift of 20 nm despite its distance from the chromophore. Here, we analyze structural and functional consequences of this EF loop mutation by time-resolved optical spectroscopy and solid-state NMR. We found that the primary photoreaction and the formation of the K-like photo intermediate is almost pH-independent and slower compared to the wild-type, whereas the decay of the K-intermediate is accelerated, suggesting structural changes within the counterion complex upon mutation. The photocycle is significantly elongated mainly due to an enlarged lifetime of late photo intermediates. Multidimensional MAS-NMR reveals mutation-induced chemical shift changes propagating from the EF loop to the chromophore binding pocket, whereas dynamic nuclear polarization-enhanced (13)C-double quantum MAS-NMR has been used to probe directly the retinylidene conformation. Our data show a modified interaction network between chromophore, Schiff base, and counterion complex explaining the altered optical and kinetic properties. In particular, the mutation-induced distorted structure in the EF loop weakens interactions, which help reorienting helix F during the reprotonation step explaining the slower photocycle. These data lead to the conclusion that the EF loop plays an important role in proton uptake from the cytoplasm but our data also reveal a clear interaction pathway between the EF loop and retinal binding pocket, which might be an evolutionary conserved communication pathway in retinal proteins. PMID:23870260

  8. Spectral Signatures of the Pentagonal Water Cluster in Bacteriorhodopsin

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    The exchange of protons between basic and acidic groups within proteins often involves transient protonation of amino acids and water molecules embedded in the protein matrix. One of the best studied proteins in this respect is Bacteriorohodopsin (BR), which works in the membrane of Halobacterium salinarium as a light-driven proton pump. The pumping process is triggered in the initial bR state by a photon absorption of an all-trans retinylidene chromophore, which is linked via a protonated Schiff base (pRSB) to the sidechain of Lys216. The subsequent photocycle comprises a series of intermediate states J, K, L, M, N and O, which are characterized by conformational and absorbance changes of the chromophore accompanying several elementary proton transfer processes. Upon completion of the photocycle one net proton has been transferred from the cyctoplasmic to the extracellular side against the proton gradient across the membrane. These proton exchange reactions can be monitored by time resolved infrared (IR) spectroscopy of the BR wild type and site specific mutants, which allow the localization of absorbance changes within the protein. Furthermore, these measurements have revealed the fundamental importance of internal water molecules in these processes as supported by recent large-scale QM/MM molecular dynamics studies of anharmonic IR spectra

  9. Spectral Signatures of the Pentagonal Water Cluster in Bacteriorhodopsin

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    Baer, M; Mathias, G; Kuo, I W; Tobias, D J; Mundy, C J; Marx, D

    2008-07-25

    The exchange of protons between basic and acidic groups within proteins often involves transient protonation of amino acids and water molecules embedded in the protein matrix. One of the best studied proteins in this respect is Bacteriorohodopsin (BR), which works in the membrane of Halobacterium salinarium as a light-driven proton pump. The pumping process is triggered in the initial bR state by a photon absorption of an all-trans retinylidene chromophore, which is linked via a protonated Schiff base (pRSB) to the sidechain of Lys216. The subsequent photocycle comprises a series of intermediate states J, K, L, M, N and O, which are characterized by conformational and absorbance changes of the chromophore accompanying several elementary proton transfer processes. Upon completion of the photocycle one net proton has been transferred from the cyctoplasmic to the extracellular side against the proton gradient across the membrane. These proton exchange reactions can be monitored by time resolved infrared (IR) spectroscopy of the BR wild type and site specific mutants, which allow the localization of absorbance changes within the protein. Furthermore, these measurements have revealed the fundamental importance of internal water molecules in these processes as supported by recent large-scale QM/MM molecular dynamics studies of anharmonic IR spectra.

  10. Rate Constant Change of Photo Reaction of Bacteriorhodopsin Observed in Trimeric Molecular System.

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    Tsujiuchi, Yutaka; Masumoto, Hiroshi; Goto, Takashi

    2016-04-01

    To elucidate the time evolution of photo reaction of bacteriorhodopsin in glycerol mixed purple membrane at around 196 K under irradiation by red light, a kinetic model was constructed. The change of absorption with irradiation at times of 560 nm and 412 nm was analyzed for the purpose of determining reaction rates of photo reaction of bacteriorhodopsin and its product M intermediate. In this study it is shown that reaction rates of conversion from bacteriorhodopsin to the M intermediate can be explained by a set of linear differential equations. This model analysis concludes that bacteriorhodopsin in which constitutes a trimer unit with other two bacteriorhodopsin molecules changes into M intermediates in the 1.73 of reaction rate, in the initial step, and according to the number of M intermediate in a trimer unit, from three to one, the reaction rate of bacteriorhodopsin into M intermediates smaller as 1.73, 0.80, 0.19 which caused by influence of inter-molecular interaction between bacteriorhodopsin. PMID:27451646

  11. The behaviours of optical novelty filter based on bacteriorhodopsin film

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    Chen Gui-Ying; Yuan Yi-Zhe; Liang Xin; Xu Tang; Zhang Chun-Ping; Song Qi-Wang

    2006-01-01

    The quality of the novelty filter image is investigated at different intensities of the incident blue and yellow beams irradiating a bacteriorhodopsin (bR) film. The relationship between the transmitted blue beams and the incident yellow beams is established. The results show that the contrast of the novelty filter image depends on the lifetime of longest lived photochemical state (M state). These results enable one to identify the direction of a moving object and to improve the quality of the novel filter image by prolonging the lifetime of M state.

  12. Bacteriorhodopsin protein hybrids for chemical and biological sensing

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    Winder, Eric Michael

    Bacteriorhodopsin (bR), an optoelectric protein found in Halobacterium salinarum, has the potential for use in protein hybrid sensing systems. Bacteriorhodopsin has no intrinsic sensing properties, however molecular and chemical tools permit production of bR protein hybrids with transducing and sensing properties. As a proof of concept, a maltose binding protein-bacteriorhodopsin ([MBP]-bR) hybrid was developed. It was proposed that the energy associated with target molecule binding, maltose, to the hybrid sensor protein would provide a means to directly modulate the electrical output from the MBP-bR bio-nanosensor platform. The bR protein hybrid is produced by linkage between bR (principal component of purified purple membrane [PM]) and MBP, which was produced by use of a plasmid expression vector system in Escherichia coli and purified utilizing an amylose affinity column. These proteins were chemically linked using 1-ethyl-3-[3-dimethylaminopropyl]carbodiimide hydrochloride (EDC) and N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS), which facilitates formation of an amide bond between a primary carboxylic acid and a primary amine. The presence of novel protein hybrids after chemical linkage was analyzed by SDS-PAGE. Soluble proteins (MBP-only derivatives and unlinked MBP) were separated from insoluble proteins (PM derivatives and unlinked PM) using size exclusion chromatography. The putatively identified MBP-bR protein hybrid, in addition to unlinked bR, was collected. This sample was normalized for bR concentration to native PM and both were deposited onto indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass slides by electrophoretic sedimentation. The photoresponse of both samples, activated using 100 Watt tungsten lamp at 10 cm distance, were equal at 175 mV. Testing of deposited PM with 1 mM sucrose or 1 mM maltose showed no change in the photoresponse of the material, however addition of 1 mM maltose to the deposited MBP-bR linked hybrid material elicited a 57% decrease in photoresponse

  13. Light-Induced Charge Separation and Transfer in Bacteriorhodopsin

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    HUANG Yu-Hua; LI Qing-Guo; ZHAO You-Yuan; ZHANG Zhong-Bin; OU-YANG Xiao-Ping; GONG Qin-Gan; CHEN Ling-Bing; LI Fu-Ming; LIU Jian; DING Jian-Dong

    2000-01-01

    The photo-voltage signals in bacteriorhodopsin(bR) excited by 1064nm pulse laser are different from those by 532 or 355 nm. It shows that the positive and negative photoelectric signals are produced by the motion of the positive and negative charges, respectively, and more energy is needed for producing the positive charges than the negative. The mechanism of light-induced charge generation and charge transfer in bR was studied and analyzed by measuring the photoelectric signals with different impedance of measuring circuit and different pulse-width of 532 nm laser as pump light.

  14. Engineering a Robust Photovoltaic Device with Quantum Dots and Bacteriorhodopsin

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    Renugopalakrishnan, Venkatesan; Barbiellini, Bernardo; King, Chris; Molinari, Michael; Mochalov, Konstantin; Sukhanova, Alyona; Nabiev, Igor; Fojan, Peter; Tuller, Harry L.; Chin, Michael; Somasundaran, Ponisseril; Padrós, Esteve; Ramakrishna, Seeram

    2014-01-01

    We present a route toward a radical improvement in solar cell efficiency using resonant energy transfer and sensitization of semiconductor metal oxides with a light-harvesting quantum dot (QD)/bacteriorhodopsin (bR) layer designed by protein engineering. The specific aims of our approach are (1) controlled engineering of highly ordered bR/QD complexes; (2) replacement of the liquid electrolyte by a thin layer of gold; (3) highly oriented deposition of bR/QD complexes on a gold layer; and (4) ...

  15. Effective photochromic nonlinearity of dried blue-membrane bacteriorhodopsin films

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    Tallent, Jack; Song, Q. Wang; Li, Zengfa; Stuart, Jeff; Birge, R. R.

    1996-09-01

    We report the effective nonlinearity for photochromic conversion in a blue-membrane bacteriorhodopsin film hosted in a dry polyvinyl alcohol matrix. The shift in absorption maximum on photoconversion in this film is larger than that of the same material in hydrated form, thus offering a larger modulation of the refractive index. The photoexcited index modulation is stable for several months, which provides for holographic data recording and long-term photochromic data storage. The effective index modulation is experimentally measured and is in good agreement with the theoretical predictions based on the Kramers-Kronig transformation.

  16. Spontaneous pattern formation in a thin film of bacteriorhodopsin with mixed absorptive-dispersive nonlinearity

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    Glückstad, J.; Saffman, M.

    1995-03-01

    We have observed the spontaneous formation of transverse spatial patterns in a thin film of bacteriorhodopsin with a feedback mirror. Bacteriorhodopsin has a mixed absorptive-dispersive nonlinearity at the wavelength used in the experiments (633 nm). Threshold values of the incident intensity for observation of pattern formation are found from a linear stability analysis of a model that describes bacteriorhodopsin as a sluggish saturable nonlinear medium with a complex Kerr coefficient. The calculated threshold intensity is in good agreement with the experimental observations, and the patterns are predicted to be frequency offset from the pump radiation.

  17. 细菌视紫红质激子的饱和密度及激子长度的研究%Study on Saturation Density and Length of Excitons in Bacteriorhodopsin

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    黄燕萍; 陈树德; 王祖赓; 李庆国

    2001-01-01

    The three-energy model simulated with photocycle characteristicsis used to explain bacteriorhodopsin’s 3-order nonlinear susceptibility and its time response, which was measured with four-wave mixing technique. The saturation density and length of excitons in bacteriorhodopsin are obtained with fitting to the phase-space filling model. The possible mechanism for generating the 3rd nonlinear optical susceptibility χ(3) and response time are discussed.%对光能转换生物分子细菌视紫红质(bR)作前向立体简并四波混频实验所测得的三阶非线性电极化率和它们的时间响应,用光循环结构模拟的三能级模型予以解释,并用位相空间充满理论模拟得到激子饱和密度和激子长度。

  18. All-optical nonlinear holographic correlation using bacteriorhodopsin films

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    Thoma, Ralph; Dratz, Michael; Hampp, Norbert

    1995-05-01

    Films made of the halobacterial photochrome bacteriorhodopsin (BR) can be used in a number of holographic real-time applications. Their application as active material in a dual-axis joint- Fourier-transform (DAJFT) real-time correlator was shown recently. The BR films have a strong nonlinear intensity dependence on the light-induced absorption and refractive-index changes. Therefore the holographic diffraction efficiency also shows a nonlinear dependence on the writing intensity. We investigate the effect of this nonlinearity on the result of the correlation process in a bacteriorhodopsin-based DAJFT correlator. Numerical models supporting the experimental observations are presented. It was found that the BR film combines the holographic function for most objects with that of a spatial bandpass filter, whose center frequency is tuned by the writing intensity. This results in smaller peak widths and a suppression of the sidelobes. BR films allow the application of this nonlinear behavior in real time to the all-optical correlation process.

  19. Thermochromism of bacteriorhodopsin and its pH dependence.

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    Neebe, Martin; Rhinow, Daniel; Schromczyk, Nina; Hampp, Norbert A

    2008-06-12

    Purple membranes (PMs), which consist of the photochromic membrane protein bacteriorhodopsin (BR) and lipids only, show complex thermochromic properties. Three different types of reversible temperature-dependent spectral transitions were found, involving spectral states absorbing at 460, 519, and 630 nm. These thermochromic absorption changes were analyzed in the range from 10 to 80 degrees C. In dependence on the bulk pH value, hypsochromic or bathochromic shifts in the BR absorption spectra are observed in BR gels as well as in BR films. The thermochromic changes between both purple and blue or purple and red were quantified in the CIE color system. The molecular changes causing these effects are discussed, and a model is presented in terms of intramolecular protonation equilibriums. The thermochromic properties of BR may be of interest in applications like security tags, as this feature may complement the well-known photochromic properties of BR. PMID:18491932

  20. Bacteriorhodopsin films for optical signal processing and data storage

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    Walkup, John F. (Principal Investigator); Mehrl, David J. (Principal Investigator)

    1996-01-01

    This report summarizes the research results obtained on NASA Ames Grant NAG 2-878 entitled 'Investigations of Bacteriorhodopsin Films for Optical Signal Processing and Data Storage.' Specifically we performed research, at Texas Tech University, on applications of Bacteriorhodopisin film to both (1) dynamic spatial filtering and (2) holographic data storage. In addition, measurements of the noise properties of an acousto-optical matrix-vestor multiplier built for NASA Ames by Photonic Systems Inc. were performed at NASA Ames' Photonics Laboratory. This research resulted in two papers presented at major optical data processing conferences and a journal paper which is to appear in APPLIED OPTICS. A new proposal for additional BR research has recently been submitted to NASA Ames Research Center.

  1. Bacteriorhodopsin-based bipolar photosensor for biomimetic sensing

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    Kasai, Katsuyuki; Haruyama, Yoshihiro; Yamada, Toshiki; Akiba, Makoto; Tominari, Yukihiro; Kaji, Takahiro; Terui, Toshifumi; Peper, Ferdinand; Tanaka, Shukichi; Katagiri, Yoshitada; Kikuchi, Hiroshi; Okada-Shudo, Yoshiko; Otomo, Akira

    2013-10-01

    Bacteriorhodopsin (bR) is a promising biomaterial for several applications. Optical excitation of bR at an electrode-electrolyte interface generates differential photocurrents while an incident light is turned on and off. This unique functional response is similar to that seen in retinal neurons. The bR-based bipolar photosensor consists of the bR dip-coated thin films patterned on two ITO plates and the electrolyte solution. This bipolar photocell will function as a biomimetic photoreceptor cell. The bipolar structure, due to the photocurrent being generated in alignment with the cathodic direction, makes the excitatory and inhibitory regions possible. This scheme shows our bipolar cell can act as a basic unit of edge detection and forms the artificial visual receptive field.

  2. Integrated optical switching based on the protein bacteriorhodopsin.

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    Dér, András; Valkai, Sándor; Fábián, László; Ormos, Pál; Ramsden, Jeremy J; Wolff, Elmar K

    2007-01-01

    According to our earlier pioneering study, a dry film containing native bacteriorhodopsin (bR) shows unique nonlinear optical properties (refractive index change, controllable by light of different colors, greater than 2 x 10(-3)) that are in many respects superior to those of the materials presently applied in integrated optics. Here, we report on the first integrated optical application based on a miniature Mach-Zehnder interferometer (see Figs. 1 and 2) demonstrating a real switching effect by bR (efficiency higher than 90%) due to the M-state. Our results also imply that the refractive index change of the K-state (9 x 10(-4)) is high enough for fast switching. PMID:17132043

  3. Generalized model for all-optical light modulation in bacteriorhodopsin

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    Roy, Sukhdev; Singh, C. P.; Reddy, K. P. J.

    2001-10-01

    We present a generalized model for the photochemical cycle of bacteriorhodopsin (bR) protein molecule. Rate equations have been solved for the detailed light-induced processes in bR for its nine states: B→K↔L↔MI→MII↔N↔O↔P→Q→B. The complete steady-state intensity-induced population densities in various states of the molecule have been computed to obtain a general, exact, and analytical expression for the nonlinear absorption coefficient for multiple modulation pump laser beams. All-optical light modulation of different probe laser beam transmissions by intensity induced population changes due to one and two modulation laser beams has been analyzed. The proposed model has been shown to accurately model experimental results.

  4. Bacteriorhodopsin-the basis of molecular superfast nanoelectronics

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    Samoilovich, M. I.; Belyanin, A. F.; Grebennikov, E. P.; Guriyanov, A. V.

    2002-12-01

    We give some perspectives on the possibilities for application of the bacteriorhodopsin (BR) molecule in the development of nanoelectronic devices in conjunction with photonic crystals-materials with inhibited photonic band. This involves the use of a single BR molecule by `changing' the photon gradient formation with externally initiated electric fields, preserving the mechanisms of negative reverse communication, or the use of an intermolecular mechanism of photo transitions and dependence on the electric field. Greatly enhanced optical responses, linear and nonlinear, in metal nanocomposites and nanodiamond containing nanoscale surface features have been intensively studied in recent years. These results foreshadow fascinating possibilities for linear and nonlinear local spectroscopy of single molecules. Use of photonic crystals (at present the only technologically realized three-dimensional photonic crystals are the opal matrices) suggests the possible application of a number of physical phenomena.

  5. High-contrast, all-optical switching in bacteriorhodopsin films

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    Banyal, Ravinder Kumar; Raghavendra Prasad, B.

    2005-09-01

    We report experiments with nonlinear-absorption-based, high-contrast, all-optical switching in photochromic bacteriorhodopsin (BR) films. The switching action is accomplished by control of the transmission of a weak probe beam through a BR sample with the help of strong pump beam illumination at 532 nm wavelength. We found that the switching properties of BR films depend on several experimentally controllable parameters such as probe wavelength, pump beam intensity, and excitation rate. A comparative study of the switching behavior and other parameters of practical use was carried out at three probe wavelengths (543, 594, and 633 nm) and various beam powers and pump excitation rates. The results are presented for commercially available wild-type and D96N variant BR films.

  6. Nonlinear Optical Interactions in Bacteriorhodopsin Using Z-Scan

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    Aranda, Francisco J.; Rao, Devulapalli V. G. L. N.; Wong, Chi L.; Zhou, Ping; Chen, Zhong; Akkara, Joseph A.; Kaplan, David L.; Roach, Joseph F.

    1995-06-01

    Nonlinear refractive index coefficient n2 of bacteriorhodopsin suspensions in water is measured by the Z-scan technique with a low power continuous wave laser at 647.1 manometer wavelength. Our results indicate that both the magnitude and the sign of n2 depend strongly on the light intensity. Negative values for n2 are obtained for on axis laser irradiance at the focus above 3 W/cm2. The observed self-defocusing phenomena can be attributed to the index change due to the light induced transition between the photochromic states. The results elucidate the origin of n2 and offer a plausible explanation for the differences in the reported n2 measurements.

  7. Enhanced photocurrent generation in bacteriorhodopsin based bio-sensitized solar cells using gel electrolyte.

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    Chellamuthu, Jeganathan; Nagaraj, Pavithra; Chidambaram, Sabari Girisun; Sambandam, Anandan; Muthupandian, Ashokkumar

    2016-09-01

    High purity light sensitive photoactive protein Bacteriorhodopsin (BR) was isolated successfully via a simple two phase extraction technique (ATPS) as an alternate method for the tedious sucrose gradient ultracentrifugation procedure (SGU). Bio sensitized solar cells (BSSCs) were fabricated by the integration of BR into TiO2 (photo anode) with acetamide based gel electrolytes and platinum (photo cathode) as a counter electrode. The structural and photoelectrical behaviours of BR and BSSCs were analyzed by Atomic Force Microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, photocurrent and photovoltage (IV) measurement and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The short circuit photocurrent (Jsc) and photoelectric conversion efficiency (η) of acetamide based gel electrolyte (AG) (1.08mAcm(-2), 0.49%) are twice higher than that of traditional triiodide based liquid electrolyte (LE) (0.62mAcm(-2), 0.19%). Also, quasi-Fermi level and lifetime of photogenerated electrons in acetamide based gel electrolyte is about four times higher than that observed in traditional triiodide redox electrolyte. A comparison of the observed results with similar BSSCs made of other natural photoactive protein systems shows that BR as sensitizer has better photovoltaic performance. The enhanced photocurrent generation of the BSSC constructed in our study could be due to the interaction of BR with acetamide based modified poly(ethylene)oxide (PEO) gel electrolyte. PMID:27380296

  8. Bacteriorhodopsin-based Langmuir-Schaefer films for solar energy capture.

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    Bertoncello, Paolo; Nicolini, Davide; Paternolli, Cristina; Bavastrello, Valter; Nicolini, Claudio

    2003-06-01

    The photovoltaic (PV) solar cell, converting incident solar radiation directly into electrical energy, today represents the most common power source for the earth-orbiting spacecraft, and the utilization of organic materials in this context is here explored in comparison with the present state of the art placing emphasis in organic nanotechnology. Poly[3-3'(vinylcarbazole)] (PVK) was synthesized by oxidative polymerization with ferric chloride of N-vinylcarbazole. The resulting polymer was then deposited on solid support by using the Langmuir-Schaefer (LS) technique. The pressure-area isotherm of PVK revealed the possibility of compact monolayer formation at the air-water interface. Different layers of PVK were doped with iodine vapors. The cyclic voltammetry investigation of PVK-doped I2 showed a distinctive electrochemical behavior. The photoinduced charge transfer across a donor/acceptor (D/A) hybrid interface provided an effective method to study the PV properties of the composite LS films. The results are compared with other approaches within the biological framework, such as bacteriorhodopsin (BR), and organic nanostructured materials. PMID:15382669

  9. Application of Bacteriorhodopsin Films in an Adaptive-Focusing Schlieren System

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    Downie, John D.

    1995-01-01

    The photochromic property of bacteriorhodopsin films is exploited in the application of a focusing schlieren optical system for the visualization of optical phase information. By encoding an image on the film with light of one wavelength and reading out with a different wavelength, the readout beam can effectively see the photographic negative of the original image. The potential advantage of this system over previous focusing schlieren systems is that the updatable nature of the bacteriorhodopsin film allows system adaptation. I discuss two image encoding and readout techniques for the bacteriorhodopsin and use film transmission characteristics to choose the more appropriate method. I demonstrate the system principle with experimental results using argon-ion and He-Cd lasers as the two light sources of different wavelengths, and I discuss current limitations to implementation with a white-light source.

  10. Dynamic Behaviour of Self-Diffraction in Bacteriorhodopsin Film

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    GUO Zong-Xia; CHEN Gui-Ying; ZHANG Chun-Ping; TIAN Jian-Guo; Q. Wang Song; SHEN Bin; FU Guang-Hua

    2004-01-01

    @@ We investigate the dependences of the diffraction efficiency of the first order self-diffracted beam in bacteriorhodopsin (bR) films on the illumination time, the intensity and wavelength of the incident light. When the blue light (λ = 488 nm) and low intensity red light (λ = 632.8 nm) are incident on the bR film respectively,the diffraction efficiencies increase from zero to a stable value with the illumination time. When the green light (λ = 533 nm) and high-intensity red light illuminate the bR film respectively, the diffraction efficiencies increase from zero to the maximum and then decrease to a stable value with the illumination time. Rise and decay times are dependent on the intensity and wavelength of the incident light. The maximaldiffraction efficiency of the red light is twice as high as that of the green light. The highest diffraction efficiency of 5.4% is obtained at 633nm.The diffraction efficiency change with the time for the green light is larger than that for the blue and red light.

  11. Engineering a Robust Photovoltaic Device with Quantum Dots and Bacteriorhodopsin.

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    Renugopalakrishnan, Venkatesan; Barbiellini, Bernardo; King, Chris; Molinari, Michael; Mochalov, Konstantin; Sukhanova, Alyona; Nabiev, Igor; Fojan, Peter; Tuller, Harry L; Chin, Michael; Somasundaran, Ponisseril; Padrós, Esteve; Ramakrishna, Seeram

    2014-07-31

    We present a route toward a radical improvement in solar cell efficiency using resonant energy transfer and sensitization of semiconductor metal oxides with a light-harvesting quantum dot (QD)/bacteriorhodopsin (bR) layer designed by protein engineering. The specific aims of our approach are (1) controlled engineering of highly ordered bR/QD complexes; (2) replacement of the liquid electrolyte by a thin layer of gold; (3) highly oriented deposition of bR/QD complexes on a gold layer; and (4) use of the Forster resonance energy transfer coupling between bR and QDs to achieve an efficient absorbing layer for dye-sensitized solar cells. This proposed approach is based on the unique optical characteristics of QDs, on the photovoltaic properties of bR, and on state-of-the-art nanobioengineering technologies. It permits spatial and optical coupling together with control of hybrid material components on the bionanoscale. This method paves the way to the development of the solid-state photovoltaic device with the efficiency increased to practical levels. PMID:25383133

  12. Integrated optical devices using bacteriorhodopsin as active nonlinear optical material

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    Dér, András; Fábián, László; Valkai, Sándor; Wolff, Elmar; Ramsden, Jeremy; Ormos, Pál

    2006-08-01

    Coupling of optical data-processing devices with microelectronics, telecocommunication and sensory functions, is among the biggest challenges in molecular electronics. Intensive research is going on to find suitable nonlinear optical materials that could meet the demanding requirements of optoelectronic applications, especially regarding high sensitivity and stability. In addition to inorganic and organic crystals, biological molecules have also been considered for use in integrated optics, among which the bacterial chromoprotein, bacteriorhodopsin (bR) generated the most interest. bR undergoes enormous absorption and concomitant refractive index changes upon initiation of a cyclic series of photoreactions by a burst of actinic light. This effect can be exploited to create highly versatile all-optical logical elements. We demonstrate the potential of this approach by investigating the static and dynamic response of several basic elements of integrated optical devices. Our results show that, due to its relatively high refractive index changes, bR can be used as an active nonlinear optical material to produce a variety of integrated optical switching and modulation effects.

  13. Alternative translocation of protons and halide ions by bacteriorhodopsin

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    Bacteriorhodopsin (bR568) in purple membrane near pH 2 shifts its absorption maximum from 568 to 605 nm forming the blue protein bRacid605, which no longer transports protons and which shows no transient deprotonation of the Schiff base upon illumination. Continued acid titration with HCl or HBr but not H2SO4 restores the purple chromophore to yield bRHCl564 or bRHBr568. These acid purple forms also regain transmembrane charge transport, but no transient Schiff base deprotonation is observed. In contrast to bR568, no rate decrease of the bRacidpurple transport kinetics is detected in 2H2O; however, the transport rate decreases by a factor of ∼ 2 in bRHBr568 compared with bRHCl564. The data indicate that in the acid purple form bR transports the halide anions instead of protons. The authors present a testable model for the transport mechanism, which should also be applicable to halorhodopsin

  14. Nonlinear Coherent Optical Image Processing Using Logarithmic Transmittance of Bacteriorhodopsin Films

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    Downie, John D.

    1995-01-01

    The transmission properties of some bacteriorhodopsin-film spatial light modulators are uniquely suited to allow nonlinear optical image-processing operations to be applied to images with multiplicative noise characteristics. A logarithmic amplitude-transmission characteristic of the film permits the conversion of multiplicative noise to additive noise, which may then be linearly filtered out in the Fourier plane of the transformed image. I present experimental results demonstrating the principle and the capability for several different image and noise situations, including deterministic noise and speckle. The bacteriorhodopsin film studied here displays the logarithmic transmission response for write intensities spanning a dynamic range greater than 2 orders of magnitude.

  15. Nonlinear coherent optical image processing using logarithmic transmittance of bacteriorhodopsin films

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    Downie, John D.

    1995-08-01

    The transmission properties of some bacteriorhodopsin-film spatial light modulators are uniquely suited to allow nonlinear optical image-processing operations to be applied to images with multiplicative noise characteristics. A logarithmic amplitude-transmission characteristic of the film permits the conversion of multiplicative noise to additive noise, which may then be linearly filtered out in the Fourier plane of the transformed image. I present experimental results demonstrating the principle and the capability for several different image and noise situations, including deterministic noise and speckle. The bacteriorhodopsin film studied here displays the logarithmic transmission response for write intensities spanning a dynamic range greater than 2 orders of magnitude.

  16. Spatial light modulation based on photoinduced change in the complex refractive index of bacteriorhodopsin

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    Takei, Hiroyuki; Shimizu, Norio

    1996-04-01

    Bacteriorhodopsin exhibits photoinduced changes in both absorption and refractive index at 633 nm. To explore the possibility of exploiting this property in constructing a photoaddressed spatial light modulator, we investigated the transmission property of a Fabry-Perot interferometer containing a bacteriorhodopsin thin film. Film was formed that had a phase shift of pi /4 and sufficient interference fringe contrast for spatial light modulation. This establishes the possibility of constructing a spatial light modulator that features nonlinear input-output characteristics and can operate at moderate light intensities of the order of tens of milliwatts per centimeter square. spatial light modulation, complex refractive index.

  17. A pKa calculation of residues in a proton pump, bacteriorhodopsin, from structures determined by electron crystallography.

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    Mitsuoka, Kaoru

    2014-11-01

    Bacteriorhodopsin (bR) is a light-driven proton pump, which is a membrane protein found in halophilic archeae like Halobacterium salinarum and in eubacteria [1]. When the covalently bound retinal chromophore absorbs the light energy, it changes the conformation from all-trans to 13-cis. This configuration change initiates ion translocation across the cell membrane and a proton moves from inside to outside of the cell. The bR molecules are forming two-dimensional crystals on the membranes of halophilic archeae, and therefore the atomic model of bR was first determined by electron crystallography. The determined structure can be used to determine the pKa values, through which the charge states of ionizable residues in bR determine their pH-dependent properties. The pH-dependent properties are crucial for proton translocation from ionizable residues or to ionizable residues. Detection of the intermediate states of the reaction cycle (photocycle) produced spectroscopic information, which can predict the ionization state of the ionozable residues. In the transition from the L intermediate to the M intermediate, it is known that a proton moves from the Shiff base on the retinal chromophore to Asp85, while a proton is released to the extracellar side from proton-releasing groups including Glu194 and Glu204. Experimentally the pKa value of the proton release is determined to be about 9.7, while the pKa value of Asp85 was measured to change from 2.6 to 7.5 by the proton release from the proton-releasing groups [2]. Here we used the PROPKA program [3] to calculate the pKa values of Asp85 and the proton-releasing groups from the structures at pH 5.5 and at pH 10.0 determined by electron crystallography. The calculation showed that the pKa value of Asp85 changes from 5.3 to 6.1, which qualitatively show the similar changes with the measured difference. The largest change between the structures is the shift of Arg82 by the proton release from the proton-releasing groups

  18. Photo-cycle dynamics of LOV1-His domain of phototropin from Chlamydomonas reinhardtii with roseoflavin monophosphate cofactor

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    Tyagi, A.; Penzkofer, A.; Mathes, T.; Hegemann, P.

    2010-09-01

    The wild-type phototropin protein phot from the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii consists of two N-terminal LOV domains LOV1 and LOV2 with flavin mononucleotide (FMN) cofactor and a C-terminal serine-threonine kinase domain. It controls multiple steps in the sexual lifecycle of the alga. Here the LOV1-His domain of phot with modified cofactor is studied. FMN is replaced by roseoflavin monophosphate (8-dimethylamino-8-demethyl-FMN, RoFMN). The modified LOV1 domain is called RoLOV1. The photo-dynamics consequences of the cofactor change are studied. The absorption, emission, and photo-cyclic behaviour of LOV1-His and RoLOV1-His are compared. A spectroscopic characterisation of the cofactors FMN and RoFMN (roseoflavin) is given.

  19. White Light Schlieren Optics Using Bacteriorhodopsin as an Adaptive Image Grid

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    Peale, Robert; Ruffin, Boh; Donahue, Jeff; Barrett, Carolyn

    1996-01-01

    A Schlieren apparatus using a bacteriorhodopsin film as an adaptive image grid with white light illumination is demonstrated for the first time. The time dependent spectral properties of the film are characterized. Potential applications include a single-ended Schlieren system for leak detection.

  20. Study of nonlinear optical properties of multilayer Langmuir-Blodgett films containing bacteriorhodopsin.

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    Barmenkov Yu, O; Kir'yanov, A V; Starodumov, A N; Maslyanitsyn, I A; Shigorin, V D; Lemmetyinen, H

    2000-08-01

    Multilayer oriented Langmuir-Blodgett films of bacteriorhodopsin were prepared and their nonlinear optical properties, including second harmonic generation and photoresponse at a two phase-modulated beams mixing, were investigated. The nonlinear component of refractive index of the films was measured. PMID:10946566

  1. Real-time self-induced nonlinear optical Zernike-type filter in a bacteriorhodopsin film

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    Iturbe Castillo, David; Sanchez-de-la-Llave, David; Garcia, Ruben R.; Olivos-Perez, L. I.; Gonzalez, Luis A.; Rodriguez-Ortiz, M.

    2001-11-01

    We propose the use of a nonlinear bacteriorhodopsin film to self-induce a Zernike-type filter in robust optical phase-contrast systems. The device requires relatively low light intensity levels (as low as 200 nW/cm2) at wavelengths around 633 nm and can contrast dynamical phase distributions.

  2. Determination of the thermal expansion and thermo-optic coefficients of a bacteriorhodopsin film

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    Wang Song, Q.; Zhang, Chunping; Ku, Chin-Yu; Huang, Ming-Chieh; Gross, Richard B.; Birge, Robert R.

    1995-02-01

    The linear expansion and thermo-optic coefficients of a bacteriorhodopsin film were measured by using an interferometric method. The experimental results confirm the previous suspicions that the large refractive nonlinearity which occurs at high illumination intensities arises form a thermal effect. The results also suggest a possible way to increase the usable thermal nonlinearity by four times.

  3. Optical switching in bistable active cavity containing nonlinear absorber on bacteriorhodopsin

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    Bazhenov, Vladimir Y.; Taranenko, Victor B.; Vasnetsov, Mikhail V.

    1993-04-01

    The transverse nonlinear dynamics of switchings in an active system (laser with nonlinear saturable absorber on bacteriorhodopsin in a self-imaging cavity) is studied both experimentally and theoretically. The soliton-like light field structure formation and continuously cycled self-switching process are investigated.

  4. Evidence of multipolar response of Bacteriorhodopsin by noncollinear second harmonic generation.

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    Bovino, F A; Larciprete, M C; Sibilia, C; Váró, G; Gergely, C

    2012-06-18

    Noncollinear second harmonic generation from a Bacteriorhodopsin (BR) oriented multilayer film was systematically investigated by varying the polarization state of both fundamental beams. Both experimental results and theoretical simulations, show that the resulting polarization mapping is an useful tool to put in evidence the optical chirality of the investigated film as well as the corresponding multipolar contributions to the nonlinear. PMID:22714524

  5. A Native Threonine Coordinates Ordered Water to Tune Light-Oxygen-Voltage (LOV) Domain Photocycle Kinetics and Osmotic Stress Signaling in Trichoderma reesei ENVOY.

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    Lokhandwala, Jameela; Silverman Y de la Vega, Rafael I; Hopkins, Hilary C; Britton, Collin W; Rodriguez-Iglesias, Aroa; Bogomolni, Roberto; Schmoll, Monika; Zoltowski, Brian D

    2016-07-01

    Light-oxygen-voltage (LOV) domain-containing proteins function as small light-activated modules capable of imparting blue light control of biological processes. Their small modular nature has made them model proteins for allosteric signal transduction and optogenetic devices. Despite intense research, key aspects of their signal transduction mechanisms and photochemistry remain poorly understood. In particular, ordered water has been identified as a possible key mediator of photocycle kinetics, despite the lack of ordered water in the LOV active site. Herein, we use recent crystal structures of a fungal LOV protein ENVOY to interrogate the role of Thr(101) in recruiting water to the flavin active site where it can function as an intrinsic base to accelerate photocycle kinetics. Kinetic and molecular dynamic simulations confirm a role in solvent recruitment to the active site and identify structural changes that correlate with solvent recruitment. In vivo analysis of T101I indicates a direct role of the Thr(101) position in mediating adaptation to osmotic stress, thereby verifying biological relevance of ordered water in LOV signaling. The combined studies identify position 101 as a mediator of both allostery and photocycle catalysis that can impact organism physiology. PMID:27226624

  6. Probing bacteriorhodopsin photochemistry with nonlinear optics. Comparing the second harmonic generation of bR and the photochemically induced intermediate K

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    Bouevitch, O.; Lewis, A. [Hebrew Univ., Jerusalem (Israel); Sheves, M. [Weizmann Inst. of Science, Rehevot (Israel)

    1995-06-29

    The nonlinear optical properties of the bacteriorhodopsin chromophore in the bR568 and K states are investigated by second harmonic generation. The comparison of amplitudes and phases of the second-order nonlinear optical polarizabilities of the retinal chromophore in the two states has revealed a noticeable increase of the induced dipole of the retinal as a result of the bR568 $YLD K transition. The results have been explained in terms of recent theoretical understandings of the nonlinear optical properties of polyenes. Within the context of these understandings we have discussed the molecular origins of the light-induced color changes and the possible mechanism of photon energy storage observed in this protein. 54 refs., 8 figs., 3 tabs.

  7. Proton uptake mechanism of bacteriorhodopsin as determined by time-resolved stroboscopic-FTIR-spectroscopy.

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    Souvignier, G; Gerwert, K

    1992-11-01

    Bacteriorhodopsin's proton uptake reaction mechanism in the M to BR reaction pathway was investigated by time-resolved FTIR spectroscopy under physiological conditions (293 K, pH 6.5, 1 M KCl). The time resolution of a conventional fast-scan FTIR spectrometer was improved from 10 ms to 100 mus, using the stroboscopic FTIR technique. Simultaneously, absorbance changes at 11 wavelengths in the visible between 410 and 680 nm were recorded. Global fit analysis with sums of exponentials of both the infrared and visible absorbance changes yields four apparent rate constants, k(7) = 0.3 ms, k(4) = 2.3 ms, k(3) = 6.9 ms, k(6) = 30 ms, for the M to BR reaction pathway. Although the rise of the N and O intermediates is dominated by the same apparent rate constant (k(4)), protein reactions can be attributed to either the N or the O intermediate by comparison of data sets taken at 273 and 293 K. Conceptionally, the Schiff base has to be oriented in its deprotonated state from the proton donor (asp 85) to the proton acceptor (asp 96) in the M(1) to M(2) transition. However, experimentally two different M intermediates are not resolved, and M(2) and N are merged. From the results the following conclusions are drawn: (a) the main structural change of the protein backbone, indicated by amide I, amide II difference bands, takes place in the M to N (conceptionally M(2)) transition. This reaction is proposed to be involved in the "reset switch" of the pump, (b) In the M to N (conceptionally M(2)) transition, most likely, asp-85's carbonyl frequency shifts from 1,762 to 1,753 cm(-1) and persists in O. Protonation of asp-85 explains the red-shift of the absorbance maximum in O. (c) The catalytic proton uptake binding site asp-96 is deprotonated in the M to N transition and is reprotonated in O. PMID:19431858

  8. Metal ion binding sites of bacteriorhodopsin. Laser-induced lanthanide luminescence study

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    Laser-excited luminescence lifetimes of lanthanide ions bound to bacteriorhodopsin have been measured in deionized membranes. The luminescence titration curve, as well as the binding curve of apomembrane (retinal-free) with Eu3+, has shown that the removal of the retinal does not significantly affect the affinity of Eu3+ for the two high affinity sites of bacteriorhodopsin. The D2O effects on decay rate constants indicate that Eu3+ bound to the high affinity sites of native membrane or apomembrane is coordinated by about six ligands in the first coordination sphere. Tb3+ is shown to be coordinated by four ligands. The data indicate that metal ions bind to the protein with a specific geometry. From intermetal energy transfer experiments using Eu3+-Pr3+, Tb3+-Ho3+, and Tb3+-Er3+, the distance between the two high affinity sites is estimated to be 7-8 A

  9. Tryptophan fluorescence quenching by alkaline earth metal cations in deionized bacteriorhodopsin.

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    Wang, G; Wang, A J; Hu, K S

    2000-12-01

    Tryptophan quenching by the addition of alkaline earth metal cations to deionized bacteriorhodopsin suspensions was determined. The results show that the addition of cation primarily quenches fluorescence from surface tryptophan residues. The quenched intensity exhibits a 1/R dependence, where R is the ionic radius of the corresponding metal ion. This observation results from a stronger energy transfer coupling between the tryptophan and the retinal. The membrane curvature may be involved as a result of cations motion and correlated conformational changes. PMID:11332888

  10. Optical signal processing on photorefractive crystal substrate and bacteriorhodopsin thin film

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    Azimipour, Mehdi; Pashaie, Ramin

    2013-03-01

    In this article we present a new approach for implementation of computation algorithms to perform nonlinear signal processing with light on the surface of a photorefractive crystal and Bacteriorhodopsin thin film. Using the developed mathematical models for the photodynamics of these materials, we demonstrate a specific operation mode and a design procedure to obtain nonlinear response which can be used for implementation of high-performance photonic computers.

  11. Polarization properties of four-wave interaction in dynamic recording material based on bacteriorhodopsin

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    Korchemskaya, Ellen Y.; Soskin, Marat S.

    1994-10-01

    The polarization properties of four-wave interaction on polymer films with bacteriorhodopsin that possess anisotropically saturating nonlinearity are studied both theoretically and experimentally. The amplitude and the polarization of the diffracted wave for recording material with anisotropically saturating nonlinearity are calculated. Low saturation intensity allows the operation of the polarization of low-intensity signals to be realized. It is shown that control of the diffractive wave polarization is possible only with the variation of the light recording intensity.

  12. The 3rd-order nonlinearity of bacteriorhodopsin by four-wave mixing

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    2000-01-01

    The 3rd-order nonlinear optical susceptibility X(3) and the response time of the light-transducing biomolecule bacteriorhodopsin were measured with the four-wave mixing technique and a picosecond frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser(532nm).The X(3) and the response time measured are 10-9 esu and 20 ps,respectively.The possible mechanism for generating the 3rd-order nonlinear optical susceptibility X(3) and response time were discussed.

  13. Optical chirality of bacteriorhodopsin films via second harmonic Maker's fringes measurements

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    Larciprete, M. C.; Belardini, A.; Sibilia, C.; Saab, M.-b.; Váró, G.; Gergely, C.

    2010-05-01

    We experimentally investigated second harmonic generation from an oriented multilayer film of bacteriorhodopsin protein, deposited onto a charged surface. The generated signal is obtained as a function of incidence angle, at different polarization state of both fundamental and generated beams. We show that the measurements, together with the analytical curves, allow to retrieve the nonvanishing elements of the nonlinear optical tensor, including the ones introduced by optical chirality.

  14. Light-induced changes in the absorption spectrum of bacteriorhodopsin under two-wavelength excitation

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    Koklyushkin, A. V.; Korolev, A. E.

    2004-09-01

    The results of spectrophotometric measurements of nonlinear light-induced changes in the absorption spectrum of bacteriorhodopsin D96N occurring upon simultaneous excitation at the wavelengths 633 and 441 nm in the excitation intensity range typical for recording of dynamic holograms are presented. The quantitative conditions under which the action of the radiation at one wavelength reduces the change in the optical density caused by the radiation at the other wavelength are determined.

  15. Can the Low-Resolution Structures of Photointermediates of Bacteriorhodopsin Explain Their Crystal Structures?

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    Kamikubo, Hironari; Kataoka, Mikio

    2004-01-01

    To understand the molecular mechanism of light-driven proton pumps, the structures of the photointermediates of bacteriorhodopsin have been intensively investigated. Low-resolution diffraction techniques have demonstrated substantial conformational changes at the helix level in the M and N intermediates, between which there are noticeable differences. The intermediate structures at atomic resolution have also been solved by x-ray crystallography. Although the crystal structures have demonstra...

  16. Regioselective Photocyclizations of Di(quinolinyl)arylamines and Tri(quinolinyl)amine with Emission Color Changes and Photoreaction-Induced Self-Assemblies.

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    Karasawa, Satoru; Todo, Jun-Ichi; Usui, Kazuteru; Harada, Naomi; Yoza, Kenji; Suemune, Hiroshi; Koga, Noboru

    2016-06-01

    Bis[2,4-di(trifluoromethyl)quinoline-7-yl]amine (1), bis[2,4-di(trifluoromethyl)quinoline-7-yl]methylamine (2), bis[2,4-di(trifluoromethyl)quinoline-7-yl]phenylamine derivatives, Q2 NPhX; X=NO2 (3 a), I (3 b), H (3 c), OMe (3 d), and NH2 (3 e), tris[2,4-di(trifluoromethyl)quinoline-7-yl]amine (4), and bis[2,4-di(pentafluoroethyl)quinoline-7-yl]-4-nitrophenylamine (5) were prepared as functional fluorophores. On irradiating the solution samples, 1 showed no noticeable alteration, whereas 2, 3 a-d, and 4 showed emission color changes from yellowish green to blue, indicating that a photoreaction took place. Analyses of the photoproduct based on absorption and emission spectra, (1) H NMR spectra, and X-ray crystallography indicated that photocyclization reactions occurred regioselectively and quantitatively to form bent-bent dipyridocarbazoles. In 3 a-d, the reaction rates depended on the solvent polarity and the substituent on the benzene ring. The photoreactions were accelerated with decreasing solvent polarity and with increasing electron-withdrawing character of the substituents. The photocyclization of triquinolineamine 4 was faster than that of 3 a in all solvents. The results of semiempirical quantum-chemical PM6 calculations suggested that the observed regioselective photocyclization could be explained by stabilization of the excited triplet transition state for the bent-bent form because of the molecular geometry with the CH-NQ hydrogen bonds. The solution of 5 in MeOH displayed photoreaction-induced self-assembly behavior to form twisted tape-like fibers of width 200 nm, as determined by TEM imaging. PMID:27136086

  17. Two-photon polarization data storage in bacteriorhodopsin films and its potential use in security applications

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    Bacteriorhodopsin (BR) films allow write-once-read-many recording of polarization data by a two-photon-absorption (TPA) process. The optical changes in BR films induced by the TPA recording were measured and the Müller matrix of a BR film was determined. A potential application of BR films in security technology is shown. Polarization data can be angle-selective retrieved with high signal-to-noise ratio. The BR film does not only carry optical information but serves also as a linear polarizer. This enables that polarization features recorded in BR films may be retrieved by merely using polarized light from a mobile phone display

  18. Photoinduced Birefringence and Broadband All-Optical Photonic Switch in a Bacteriorhodopsin/Polymer Composite Film

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    WEI Lai; TENG Xue-Lei; Lu Ming; ZHAO You-Yuan; MA De-Wang; DING Jian-Dong

    2007-01-01

    Photoinduced birefringence with large optical nonlinearity in a bacteriorhodopsin/polymer composite film is observed.A high refractive index change of 8.5×10-5 photoinduced by 476nm pumping beam is reached at the low intensity of 6.5mW/cm2.Based on it,a broadband all-optical photonic switch is realized with an optical controlling switch system.Because of controlling beam's selectivity in switching,the transporting beams of different wavelengths with different intensities and shapes can be modulated by adjusting the wavelength and intensity of the controlling beam.

  19. Nonlinear photoinduced anisotropy and modifiable optical image display in a bacteriorhodopsin/polymer composite film

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    Wei, Lai; Luo, Jia; Zhu, Jiang; Lu, Ming; Zhao, You-yuan; Ma, De-wang; Ding, Jian-dong

    2007-04-01

    The nonlinear photoinduced anisotropy with large birefringence in a bacteriorhodopsin/polymer composite (bR/PC) film was observed. The contrast ratio, a ratio of the maximum to the minimum intensity of transmitted probe light through the bR/PC film within the linear gray scale range could reach ˜350:1. An all-optical image display in different colors was performed. The intensity of the transmitted signal could be modulated by adjusting the multibeam polarization states and intensities. Therefore, the positive image, negative image, and image erasure in display were demonstrated.

  20. A Novel Optical Filter for Removing Bright-Background Using an Enhanced Bacteriorhodopsin Thin Film

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    ZHANG Chun-Ping(张春平); GU Li-Qun(顾立群); CHEN Gm-Ying(陈桂英); GUO Zong-Xia(郭宗霞); FU Guang-Hua(富光华); ZHANG Guang-Yin(张光寅); ZHANG Tian-Hao(张天浩); LI Yu-Dong(李玉栋); Q. Wang SONG

    2003-01-01

    We found that the bacteriorhodopsin (bR) film has a special property of complementary suppression modulated transmission (CSMT). The yellow and the blue beams can be suppressed mutually when both the beams illuminate the bR film simultaneously. When the blue beam carrying an image with a bright-background noise illuminates on the bR film and then a yellow beam with uniform intensity distribution illuminates the same area, the brightbackground can be removed due to the CSMT. In our demonstration, the pattern model is letters "VLSI" with ground noise of small words and the ground noise is removed from the pattern by the new optical filter.

  1. Förster Resonance Energy Transfer between Core/Shell Quantum Dots and Bacteriorhodopsin

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    Karna, Shashi P.; Craig R. Friedrich; Garrett, Gregory A.; Lueking, Donald R.; Winder, Eric M.; Griep, Mark H.

    2012-01-01

    An energy transfer relationship between core-shell CdSe/ZnS quantum dots (QDs) and the optical protein bacteriorhodopsin (bR) is shown, demonstrating a distance-dependent energy transfer with 88.2% and 51.1% of the QD energy being transferred to the bR monomer at separation distances of 3.5 nm and 8.5 nm, respectively. Fluorescence lifetime measurements isolate nonradiative energy transfer, other than optical absorptive mechanisms, with the effective QD excited state lifetime reducing from 18...

  2. General model for lipid-mediated two-dimensional array formation of membrane proteins: Application to bacteriorhodopsin

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    Sabra, Mads Christian; Uitdehaag, J.C.M.; Watts, A

    1998-01-01

    Based on experimental evidence for 2D array formation of bacteriorhodopsin, we propose a general model for lipid-mediated 2D array formation of membrane proteins in lipid bilayers. The model includes two different lipid Species; "annular" lipids and "neutral" lipids, and one protein species. The ...

  3. Contrast enhancement and phase conjugation low-power optical signal in dynamic recording material based on bacteriorhodopsin

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    Korchemskaya, Elena Y.; Soskin, Marat S.; Dukova, Tatjana V.; Vsevolodov, Nicolai N.

    1994-02-01

    Polymer films with fragments of the purple membranes containing protein bacteriorhodopsin (BR) have been used for the real-time optical information processing of low-power (several milliwatt) cw gas laser signals. The nonlinear recording media with BR have a potential in microscopic techniques for in-vivo diagnosis of the crystalline lens.

  4. Studying of Phototransformation of Light Signal by Photoreceptor Pigments - Rhodopsin, Iodopsin and Bacteriorhodopsin

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    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available This review article views predominately the structure and function of animal and bacterial photoreceptor pigments (rhodopsin, iodopsin, bacteriorhodopsin and their aspects of nano- and biotechnological usage. On an example of bacteriorhodopsin is described the method of its isolation from purple membranes of photo-organotrophic halobacterium Halobacterium halobium by cellular autolysis by distilled water, processing of bacterial biomass by ultrasound at 22 KHz, alcohol extraction of low and high-weight molecular impurities, cellular RNA, carotenoids and lipids, the solubilization with 0,5 % (w/v SDS-Na and subsequent fractionation by methanol and gel filtration chromatography on Sephadex G-200 Column balanced with 0.09 M Tris-borate buffer (pH = 8,35 with 0,1 % (w/v SDS-Na and 2,5 mM EDTA. Within the framework of the research the mechanism of color perception by the visual analyzer having the ability to analyze certain ranges of the optical spectrum, as colors was studied along with an analysis of the additive mixing of two colors. It was shown that at the mixing of electromagnetic waves with different wavelengths, the visual analyzer perceive them as separate or average wave length corresponding to mix color.

  5. Calibration of Membrane Viscosity of the Reconstituted Vesicles by Measurement of the Rotational Diffusion of Bacteriorhodopsin

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    王敖金; 胡坤生

    2002-01-01

    Membrane viscosity of the reconstituted vesicles was calibrated by rotational diffusion of bacteriorhodopsin (BR) in dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) and egg phosphatidylcholine (PC) vesicles. Rotational diffusion of BR in the vesicles was measured by flash-induced absorption anisotropy decay. BR was, for the first time, reconstituted successfully into DMPC and egg PC vesicles. From the measurement of flash-induced absorption anisotropy decay of BR, the value of rotational diffusion coefficient D was obtained from each curve fitting by a global fitting procedure and, in turn, membrane viscosity η was estimated from D. The results have shown that membrane viscosity is temperature-dependent. It was decreased as temperature increased, but a transition occurred in the region of the respective phase transition of DMPC and egg PC, respectively. The decrease of η was fast near the phase transition for DMPC and egg PC. Few effects of lipid/BR ratio and glycerol or sucrose in suspension medium on membrane viscosity were found.

  6. Generation and analysis of bacteriorhodopsin mutants with the potential for biotechnological applications.

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    Saeedi, P; Moosaabadi, J Mohammadian; Sebtahmadi, S Sina; Mehrabadi, J Fallah; Behmanesh, M; Nejad, H Rouhani; Nazaktabar, A

    2012-01-01

    The properties of bacteriorhodopsin (BR) can be manipulated by genetic engineering. Therefore, by the methods of gene engineering, Asp85 was replaced individually by two other amino acids (D85V, D85S). The resulting recombinant proteins were assembled into soybean vesicles retinylated to form functional BR-like nano-particles. Proton translocation was almost completely abrogated by the mutant D85S, while the D85V mutant was partially active in pumping protons. Compared with wild type, maximum absorption of the mutants, D85V and D85S, were 563 and 609 nm, which illustrated 5 nm reductions (blue shift) and 41 nm increases (red shift), respectively. Since proton transport activity and spectroscopic activities of the mutants are different, a wide variety of membrane bioreactors (MBr) have been developed. Modified proteins can be utilized to produce unique photo/Electro-chromic materials and tools. PMID:22976247

  7. High-effective cultivation of Halobacterium salinarum providing with bacteriorhodopsin production under controlled stress.

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    Kalenov, Sergei V; Baurina, Marina M; Skladnev, Dmitry A; Kuznetsov, Alexander Ye

    2016-09-10

    Submerged growth of Halobacterium salinarum and therefore synthesis of bacteriorhodopsin (BR) and carotenoids depend greatly on products of both chemical and/or photochemical oxidation of medium components and cellular metabolism which act as inhibitors. Some cultivation variants which allowed eliminating an adverse effect of inhibitors on biomass accumulation and BR synthesis are reviewed. The application of activated charcoal or ion exchange resin as adsorbents at preparing inoculums and the main cultivation stages was shown to allow controlling, namely lowering overstress of the halobacterial cells by metabolites. The halobacterial biomass containing BR up to 1,750mgL(-1) and the minimum amount of carotinoids that would BR greatly facilitate isolation was accumulated up to 45gL(-1) during eight-day cultivation with cell recycling through adsorbent suspension in a fed-batch mode. To control BR biosynthesis the express method of BR quantification based on colour shades of cell suspension was developed. PMID:27449487

  8. Broadband optical limiter based on nonlinear photoinduced anisotropy in bacteriorhodopsin film

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    Huang, Yuhua; Siganakis, Georgios; Moharam, M. G.; Wu, Shin-Tson

    2004-11-01

    Nonlinear photoinduced anisotropy in a bacteriorhodopsin film was theoretically and experimentally investigated and a broadband active optical limiter was demonstrated in the visible spectral range. A diode-pumped second harmonic yttrium aluminum garnet laser was used as a pumping beam and three different wavelengths at λ =442, 532, and 655nm from different lasers were used as probing beams. The pump and probe beams overlap at the sample. When the pumping beam is absent, the probing beam cannot transmit the crossed polarizers. With the presence of the pumping beam, a portion of the probing light is detected owing to the photoinduced anisotropy. Due to the optical nonlinearity, the transmitted probing beam intensity is clamped at a certain value, which depends on the wavelength, when the pumping beam intensity exceeds 5mW/mm2. Good agreement between theory and experiment is found.

  9. An all-optical time-delay relay based n a bacteriorhodopsin film

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    Chen Gui-Ying; Xu Xu-Xu; Zhang Chun-Ping; Qi Shen-Wen; Song Qi-Wang

    2008-01-01

    Using a special property of dynamic complementary-suppression-modulated transmission (DCSMT) in the bacteriorhodopsin (bR) film,we have demonstrated an all-optical time-delay relay.To extend our work,the relationship between the delay time of the all-optical time-delay relay and parameters of a bR film is numerically studied.We show how the delay time changes with the product of concentration and thickness (PCT) of a bR film.Furthermore,the shortest and longest delay times are given for the relay of 'switch off'.The saturable delay time and maximum delaytime of 'switch on' are also given.How the wavelengths (632.8,568,533 and 412 nm) and intensities of the illuminating light influence the delay time is also discussed.The simulation results are useful for optimizing the design of all-optical time-delay relays.

  10. Photoinduced nonlinear refraction in a polymeric film encapsulating a bacteriorhodopsin mutant

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    Teng, Xue-lei; Lu, Ming; Zhao, You-yuan; Ma, De-wang; Zhao, Ying-chun; Ding, Jian-dong; Huang, Wei-da

    2010-08-01

    The absorption change versus time after switching off the illumination on a polymeric film that contained a bacteriorhodopsin (BR) mutant has been measured. The M-lifetime of this BR mutant is ˜320 s. A pertinent Z-scan was performed to study the BR optical nonlinearity. A physical model with multi-level transitions in the Z-scan was suggested. The minimum saturated light intensity measured at 633 nm is ˜0.9 mW/cm2. A low intensity of 70 μW/cm2 has been used for recording in this film. The change in refraction index Δn633 is -3.0×10-3 and Δn476 is 8.5×10-3 with the intensity all at ˜100 mW/cm2.

  11. Systems Issues Pertaining to Holographic Optical Data Storage in Thick Bacteriorhodopsin Films

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    Downie, John D.; Timucin, Dogan A.; Gary, Charles K.; Oezcan, Meric; Smithey, Daniel T.; Crew, Marshall; Lau, Sonie (Technical Monitor)

    1998-01-01

    The optical data storage capacity and raw bit-error-rate achievable with thick photochromic bacteriorhodopsin (BR) films are investigated for sequential recording and read- out of angularly- and shift-multiplexed digital holograms inside a thick blue-membrane D85N BR film. We address the determination of an exposure schedule that produces equal diffraction efficiencies among each of the multiplexed holograms. This exposure schedule is determined by numerical simulations of the holographic recording process within the BR material, and maximizes the total grating strength. We also experimentally measure the shift selectivity and compare the results to theoretical predictions. Finally, we evaluate the bit-error-rate of a single hologram, and of multiple holograms stored within the film.

  12. On the mechanism of weak-field coherent control of retinal isomerization in bacteriorhodopsin

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    Experimental studies of the short time reaction dynamics controlling the chemical branching ratio provide direct evidence for the mechanism of coherent control of the retinal photoisomerization in bacteriorhodopsin in the weak-field limit with respect to the previous report [V. Prokhorenko, A. Nagy, S. Waschuk, L. Brown, R. Birge, R. Miller, Science 313 (2006) 1257]. The phase sensitivity of the reaction dynamics is directly revealed using time- and frequency-resolved pump-probe measurements. The high degree of control of the reaction branching ratio is theoretically explained through a combination of spectral amplitude shaping and phase-dependent coupling to selectively excite vibrations most strongly coupled to the reaction coordinate. Coherent control in this context must involve reaction dynamics that occur on time scales comparable to electronic and vibrational decoherence time scales

  13. Effective atomic numbers and electron densities of bacteriorhodopsin and its comprising amino acids in the energy range 1 keV–100 GeV

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    Ahmadi, Morteza; Lunscher, Nolan [Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology and Department of Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, 200 University Ave., W., Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1 (Canada); Yeow, John T.W., E-mail: jyeow@uwaterloo.ca [Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology and Department of Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, 200 University Ave., W., Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1 (Canada)

    2013-04-01

    Recently, there has been an interest in fabrication of X-ray sensors based on bacteriorhodopsin, a proton pump protein in cell membrane of Halobacterium salinarium. Therefore, a better understanding of interaction of X-ray photons with bacteriorhodopsin is required. We use WinXCom program to calculate the mass attenuation coefficient of bacteriorhodopsin and its comprising amino acids for photon energies from 1 keV to 100 GeV. These amino acids include alanine, arginine, asparagine, aspartic acid, glutamine, glutamic acid, glycine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, proline, serine, threonine, tryptophan, tyrosine, valine, Asx1, Asx2, Glx1 and Glx2. We then use that data to calculate effective atomic number and electron densities for the same range of energy. We also emphasize on two ranges of energies (10–200 keV and 1–20 MeV) in which X-ray imaging and radiotherapy machines work.

  14. Surface modification by using of immobilized electrostatic self-assembly of bacteriorhodopsin as protein memory

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    Ashkan Zare Karizak

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Bacteriorhodopsin (BR is the light harvesting and photoactive proton pump found in the membrane of a salt marsh bacteria. This protein has significant potential to use in optical computing and memory devices due to unique intrinsic physical properties of photo and bioelectric. All these features make BR one of the most promising protein candidates in protein memories. Protein memory is a kind of optical memory with a large storage capacity and high speed processing features. BR protein was used with the polymer film in order to create better stability. In order to investigate immobilization of electrostatic self-assembly of BR on glass and polycarbonate as protein memories was used. Polycarbonate is a layer of compact disc (CD structure which considered dye immobilized on its surface and have reading and writing abilities of information via 0,1 bites. In this study, surfaces of polycarbonate modified by the mixture of 5% sulfuric acid and 20% acetic acid; furthermore, by using of PEI as cationic resin the surface of polycarbonate was charged and BR immobilized on it electrostatically. The modified surfaces were characterized by AFM technique. Also, light activity for reading data is retained. This is an appropriate method for optimal stability and activity assay of the protein and also is suitable for preparation of protein memories.

  15. Polarization multiplexed write-once-read-many optical data storage in bacteriorhodopsin films

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    Yao, Baoli; Lei, Ming; Ren, Liyong; Menke, Neimule; Wang, Yingli; Fischer, Thorsten; Hampp, Norbert

    2005-11-01

    In polymeric films of bacteriorhodopsin (BR) a photoconversion product, which was named the F620 state, was observed on excitation of the film with 532 nm nanosecond laser pulses. This photoproduct shows a strong nonlinear absorption. Such BR films can be used for write-once-read-many (WORM) optical data storage. We demonstrate that a photoproduct similar or even identical to that obtained with nanosecond pulses is generated on excitation with 532 nm femtosecond pulses. This photoproduct also shows strong anisotropic absorption, which facilitates polarization storage of data. The product is thermally stable and is irretrievable to the initial B state either by photochemical reaction or through a thermal pathway. The experimental results indicate that the product is formed by a two-photon absorption process. Optical WORM storage is demonstrated by use of two polarization states, but more polarization states may be used. The combination of polarization data multiplexing and extremely short recording time in the femtosecond range enables very high data volumes to be stored within a very short time.

  16. Photosensory behaviour of a bacteriorhodopsin-deficient mutant, ET-15, of Halobacterium halobium

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    Halobacterium halobium, strain ET-15, which does not contain detectable amounts of bacteriorhodopsin (BR) shows behavioral responses to UV and yellow-green light. Attractant stimuli, i.e. light-increases in the yellow-green range or light-decreases in the UV, suppress the spontaneous reversals of the swimming direction for a certain time. Repellent stimuli, i.e. light-decreases in the yellow-green range or light-increases in the UV, elicit an additional reversal response after a few seconds. Action spectra of both sensory photosystems, PS 370 and PS 565, were measured with attractant as well as with repellent stimuli. As in BR-containing cells, maximal sensitivity was always found at 370 nm for the UV-system and at 565 nm for the long-wavelength system. Fluence-response curves at 370 and 565 nm obtained with strain ET-15 and with a BR-containing strain show that the sensitivity of both photosystems is not reduced in the absence of BR. It is concluded that BR is required neither for PS 565 nor for PS 370. Instead retinal-containing pigments different from BR have to be assumed to mediate photosensory behavior. (author)

  17. Förster Resonance Energy Transfer between Core/Shell Quantum Dots and Bacteriorhodopsin

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    Mark H. Griep

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available An energy transfer relationship between core-shell CdSe/ZnS quantum dots (QDs and the optical protein bacteriorhodopsin (bR is shown, demonstrating a distance-dependent energy transfer with 88.2% and 51.1% of the QD energy being transferred to the bR monomer at separation distances of 3.5 nm and 8.5 nm, respectively. Fluorescence lifetime measurements isolate nonradiative energy transfer, other than optical absorptive mechanisms, with the effective QD excited state lifetime reducing from 18.0 ns to 13.3 ns with bR integration, demonstrating the Förster resonance energy transfer contributes to 26.1% of the transferred QD energy at the 3.5 nm separation distance. The established direct energy transfer mechanism holds the potential to enhance the bR spectral range and sensitivity of energies that the protein can utilize, increasing its subsequent photocurrent generation, a significant potential expansion of the applicability of bR in solar cell, biosensing, biocomputing, optoelectronic, and imaging technologies.

  18. Deposition of Bacteriorhodopsin Protein in a Purple Membrane Form on Nitrocellulose Membranes for Enhanced Photoelectric Response

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    Kim, Young Jun; Neuzil, Pavel; Nam, Chang-Hoon; Engelhard, Martin

    2013-01-01

    Bacteriorhodopsin protein (bR)-based systems are one of the simplest known biological energy converters. The robust chemical, thermal and electrochemical properties of bR have made it an attractive material for photoelectric devices. This study demonstrates the photoelectric response of a dry bR layer deposited on a nitrocellulose membrane with indium tin oxide (ITO) electrodes. Light-induced electrical current as well as potential and impedance changes of dried bR film were recorded as the function of illumination. We have also tested bR in solution and found that the electrical properties are strongly dependent on light intensity changing locally proton concentration and thus pH of the solution. Experimental data support the assumption that bR protein on a positively charged nitrocellulose membrane (PNM) can be used as highly sensitive photo- and pH detector. Here the bR layer facilitates proton translocation and acts as an ultrafast optoelectric signal transducer. It is therefore useful in applications related to bioelectronics, biosensors, bio-optics devices and current carrying junction devices. PMID:23271605

  19. Enhanced Photocurrent Generation from Bacteriorhodopsin Photocells Using Grating-Structured Transparent Conductive Oxide Electrodes.

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    Kaji, Takahiro; Kasai, Katsuyuki; Haruyama, Yoshihiro; Yamada, Toshiki; Inoue, Shin-Ichiro; Tominari, Yukihiro; Ueda, Rieko; Terui, Toshifumi; Tanaka, Shukichi; Otomo, Akira

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    We fabricated a grating-structured electrode made of indium-doped zinc oxide (IZO) with a high refractive index (approximately 2) for a bacteriorhodopsin (bR) photocell. We investigated the photocurrent characteristics of the bR photocell and demonstrated that the photocurrent values from the bR/IZO electrode with the grating structure with a grating period of 340 nm were more than 3.5-4 times larger than those without the grating structure. The photocurrent enhancement was attributed to the resonance effect due to light coupling to the grating structure as well as the scattering effect based on the experimental results and analysis using the photonic band structure determined using finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations. The refractive index of the bR film in electrolyte solution (1.40) used in the FDTD simulations was estimated by analyzing the extinction peak wavelength of 20-nm gold colloids in the bR film. Our results indicate that the grating- or photonic-crystal-structured transparent conductive oxide (TCO) electrodes can increase the light use efficiency of various bR devices such as artificial photosynthetic devices, solar cells, and light-sensing devices. PMID:27451605

  20. Nonlinear optical method for the investigation of spectral properties of biomolecular complexes: second harmonic generation in ordered structures of bacteriorhodopsin

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    Aktsipetrov, Oleg A.; Fedyanin, Andrew A.; Murzina, Tatyana V.; Borisevich, G. P.; Kononenko, A. A.

    1995-02-01

    For the first time the method of the second harmonic generation was used to study the photo- and electrically induced nonlinear optical transformations in thin oriented films of purple membranes (PM). Variations of the film nonlinear susceptibility were investigated as the bacteriorhodopsin (bR) molecule underwent the cycle of photoinduced transformations for both dry electrically oriented films and bR molecules embedded into poly(vinyl alcohol) matrix. The electrically induced changes of the nonlinear optical properties were studied for the electrostatic field strength up to the values 4 (DOT) 104 V/cm. Nonlinear susceptibilities of oriented and nonoriented dried PM films are compared.

  1. Application of nonlinear absorption properties and light adaptation process in the polymer films based on bacteriorhodopsin for the low-power optical signal processing

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    Korchemskaya, Elena Y.; Soskin, Marat S.

    1994-01-01

    Experimental and theoretical investigations were made of the characteristics of nonlinear transmission and light adaptation processes of polymer films based on bacteriorhodopsin (BR). It was found that media containing BR can be used to enhance the contrast of low-power signals for realization of the connection structure of the neural network.

  2. Coherent control of the isomerization of retinal in bacteriorhodopsin in the high intensity regime

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    Coherent control protocols provide a direct experimental determination of the relative importance of quantum interference or phase relationships of coupled states along a selected pathway. These effects are most readily observed in the high intensity regime where the field amplitude is sufficient to overcome decoherence effects. The coherent response of retinal photoisomerization in bacteriorhodopsin to the phase of the photoexcitation pulses was examined at fluences of 1015- 2.5 x 1016 photons per square centimeter, comparable to or higher than the saturation excitation level of the S0-S1 retinal electronic transition. At moderate excitation levels of ∼6 x 1015 photons/cm2 (2), chirping the excitation pulses increases the all-trans to 13-cis isomerization yield by up to 16% relative to transform limited pulses. The reported results extend previous weak-field studies [Prokhorenko et al., Science 313, 1257 (2006)] and further illustrate that quantum coherence effects persist along the reaction coordinate in strong fields even for systems as complex as biological molecules. However, for higher excitation levels of ∼200 GW/cm2, there is a dramatic change in photophysics that leads to multiphoton generated photoproducts unrelated to the target isomerization reaction channel and drastically changes the observed isomerization kinetics that appears, in particular, as a red shift of the transient spectra. These results explain the apparent contradictions of the work by Florean et al.[Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 106, 10896 (2009)] in the high intensity regime. We are able to show that the difference in observations and interpretation is due to artifacts associated with additional multiphoton-induced photoproducts. At the proper monitoring wavelengths, coherent control in the high intensity regime is clearly observable. The present work highlights the importance of conducting coherent control experiments in the low intensity regime to access information on quantum

  3. All-Optical Switching in Bacteriorhodopsin Based on Excited-State Absorption

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    Roy, Sukhdev

    2008-03-01

    Switching light with light is of tremendous importance for both fundamental and applied science. The advent of nano-bio-photonics has led to the design, synthesis and characterization of novel biomolecules that exhibit an efficient nonlinear optical response, which can be utilized for designing all-optical biomolecular switches. Bacteriorhodopsin (bR) protein found in the purple membrane of Halobacterium halobium has been the focus of intense research due to its unique properties that can also be tailored by physical, chemical and genetic engineering techniques to suit desired applications. The talk would focus on our recent results on all-optical switching in bR and its mutants, based on excited-state absorption, using the pump-probe technique. We would discuss the all-optical control of various features of the switching characteristics such as switching contrast, switching time, switching pump intensity, switched probe profile and phase, and relative phase-shift. Optimized conditions for all-optical switching that include optimized values of the small-signal absorption coefficient (for cw case), the pump pulse width and concentration for maximum switching contrast (for pulsed case), would be presented. We would discuss the desired optimal spectral and kinetic properties for device applications. We would also discuss the application of all-optical switching to design low power all-optical computing devices, such as, spatial light modulators, logic gates and multiplexers and compare their performance with other natural photoreceptors such as pharaonis phoborhodopsin, proteorhodopsin, photoactive yellow protein and the blue light plant photoreceptor phototropin.

  4. Studying the Mechanism of Phototransformation of Light Signal by Various Mammal and Bacterial Photoreceptor Pigments  Rhodopsin, Iodopsin and Bacteriorhodopsin

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    Ignat Ignatov

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available This review article outlines the structure and function of mammal and bacterial photoreceptor pigments (rhodopsin, iodopsin, bacteriorhodopsin and their aspects of bio-nanotechnological usage. On an example of bacteriorhodopsin is described the method of its isolation from purple membranes of photo-organotrophic halobacterium Halobacterium halobium ET 1001 by cellular autolysis by distilled water, processing of bacterial biomass by ultrasound at 22 KHz, alcohol extraction of low and high-weight molecular impurities, cellular RNA, carotenoids and lipids, the solubilization with 0,5 % (w/v SDS-Na and subsequent fractionation by methanol and gel filtration chromatography on Sephadex G-200 Column balanced with 0,09 M Tris-buffer (pH = 8,35 with 0,1 % (w/v SDS-Na and 2,5 mM EDTA. Within the framework of the research the mechanism of color perception by the visual retina analyzer having the ability to analyze certain ranges of the optical spectrum as colors, was studied along with an analysis of the additive mixing of two or more colors. It was shown that at the mixing of electromagnetic waves with different wavelengths, the visual analyzer perceives them as the separate or average wave length corresponding to the mixing color.

  5. Observation of helix associations for insertion of a retinal molecule and distortions of helix structures in bacteriorhodopsin

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    Urano, Ryo; Okamoto, Yuko

    2015-12-01

    We applied a newly proposed prediction method for membrane protein structures to bacteriorhodopsin that has distorted transmembrane helices in the native structure. This method uses an implicit membrane model, which restricts sampling space during folding in a membrane region, and includes helix bending. Replica-exchange simulations were performed with seven transmembrane helices only without a retinal molecule. Obtained structures were classified into clusters of similar structures, which correspond to local-minimum free energy states. The two lowest free energy states corresponded to a native-like structure with the correct empty space for retinal and a structure with this empty space filled with a helix. Previous experiments of bacteriorhodopsin suggested that association of transmembrane helices enables them to make a room for insertion of a retinal. Our results are consistent with these results. Moreover, distortions of helices in the native-like structures were successfully reproduced. In the distortions, whereas the locations of kinks for all helices were similar to those of Protein Data Bank's data, the amount of bends was more similar for helices away from the retinal than for those close to the retinal in the native structure. This suggests a hypothesis that the amino-acid sequence specifies the location of kinks in transmembrane helices and that the amount of distortions depends on the interactions with the surrounding molecules such as neighboring helices, lipids, and retinal.

  6. Synthesis of 13C and 2H labelled retinals: spectroscopic investigations on isotopically labelled rhodopsin and bacteriorhodopsin

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    In order to develop probes of the structure of chromophores, the author introduces isotopic modifications at specific chromophoric positions as structural probes. To obtain bacteriorhodopsin, rhodopsin and their photoproducts labelled in the chromophore at selected positions, bacterioopsin and opsin were reacted with the appropriate labelled a11-trans and 11-cis retinals. The author describes the synthesis of a11-trans retinal selectively 13C labelled at different positions. The characterization of these labelled a11-trans retinals by mass spectrometry, 300 MHz 1H NMR and 75 MHz 13C NMR spectroscopy is given. The photochemical preparation and isolation of the pure 9-, 11- and 13-cis forms is described in the experimental part. (Auth.)

  7. Towards structural investigations on isotope labelled native bacteriorhodopsin in detergent micelles by solution-state NMR spectroscopy

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    1H NMR signals of the retinal moiety in detergent-solubilized bacteriorhodopsin are assigned, enabling the interpretation of NOEs within the chromophore. To achieve this, a number of differently labelled samples were prepared to test the applicability of the various assignment and distance measurement strategies. In measurements with and without light,1H and 13C chemical shifts of the retinal in the native protein were partially assigned for both the dark- and the light-adapted states. Additionally, samples with residue-specific1H amino acids and/or retinal in an otherwise deuterated protein were prepared to measure the distances between either two kinds of amino acids or between individual amino acids and the retinal moiety. With the observation of NOE within the bound retinal and between retinal and its neighbouring aminoacids, an important step towards the elucidation of distance constraints in the binding pocket of the proton pump is made

  8. Recent Advances in the Field of Bionanotechnology: An Insight into Optoelectric Bacteriorhodopsin, Quantum Dots, and Noble Metal Nanoclusters

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    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Molecular sensors and molecular electronics are a major component of a recent research area known as bionanotechnology, which merges biology with nanotechnology. This new class of biosensors and bioelectronics has been a subject of intense research over the past decade and has found application in a wide variety of fields. The unique characteristics of these biomolecular transduction systems has been utilized in applications ranging from solar cells and single-electron transistors (SETs to fluorescent sensors capable of sensitive and selective detection of a wide variety of targets, both organic and inorganic. This review will discuss three major systems in the area of molecular sensors and electronics and their application in unique technological innovations. Firstly, the synthesis of optoelectric bacteriorhodopsin (bR and its application in the field of molecular sensors and electronics will be discussed. Next, this article will discuss recent advances in the synthesis and application of semiconductor quantum dots (QDs. Finally, this article will conclude with a review of the new and exciting field of noble metal nanoclusters and their application in the creation of a new class of fluorescent sensors.

  9. Application of polymer films based on bacteriorhodopsin and its analogs for low-light-level imaging systems

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    Korchemskaya, Elena Y.; Soskin, Marat S.; Stepanchikov, Dmitriy A.; Djukova, T. V.; Druzhko, Anna B.; Vsevolodov, Nicolai N.

    1995-03-01

    In recent years polymer films based on bacteriorhodopsin (BR) have attracted a lot of attention in the area of optical imaging systems. The high photosensitivity of these films allows the processing of low-power optical signals (several mW/cm2 CW gas laser irradiation). Spatial resolution does not fall below 5000 lines/mm, photoresponse time is 50 microsecond(s) and images can be recorded and erased over million cycles. Polymer film with BR combine a dynamic recording with optical image processing. The characteristics of anisotropically-saturating nonlinearity of polymer films with BR allow a suppression of the background with greater intensity than usable signal intensity of be performed. Low saturation intensity of the polymer films with BR allows the operation of the polarization of low-intensity signals to be realized. Nonlinear photoresponse of the high photosensitivity BR genetic variant Asp96-Glu is studied in this work too. We hope that the polymer films based on BR and its analogs will find potential use precisely in the medical low- light-level imaging systems.

  10. Structural Transition of Bacteriorhodopsin Is Preceded by Deprotonation of Schiff Base: Microsecond Time-Resolved X-Ray Diffraction Study of Purple Membrane

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    Oka, Toshihiko; Inoue, Katsuaki; Kataoka, Mikio; Yagi, Naoto

    2004-01-01

    The structural changes in the photoreaction cycle of bacteriorhodopsin, a light-driven proton pump, was investigated at a resolution of 7 Å by a time-resolved x-ray diffraction experiment utilizing synchrotron x rays from an undulator of SPring-8. The x-ray diffraction measurement system, used in coupling with a pulsed YAG laser, enabled us to record a diffraction pattern from purple membrane film at a time-resolution of 6 μs over the time domain of 5 μs to 500 ms. In the time domain, the fun...

  11. Photochromic Bacteriorhodopsin Mutant with High Holographic Efficiency and Enhanced Stability via a Putative Self-Repair Mechanism

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    2015-01-01

    The Q photoproduct of bacteriorhodopsin (BR) is the basis of several biophotonic technologies that employ BR as the photoactive element. Several blue BR (bBR) mutants, generated by using directed evolution, were investigated with respect to the photochemical formation of the Q state. We report here a new bBR mutant, D85E/D96Q, which is capable of efficiently converting the entire sample to and from the Q photoproduct. At pH 8.5, where Q formation is optimal, the Q photoproduct requires 65 kJ mol-1 of amber light irradiation (590 nm) for formation and 5 kJ mol-1 of blue light (450 nm) for reversion, respectively. The melting temperature of the resting state and Q photoproduct, measured via differential scanning calorimetry, is observed at 100 °C and 89 °C at pH 8.5 or 91 °C and 82 °C at pH 9.5, respectively. We hypothesize that the protein stability of D85E/D96Q compared to other blue mutants is associated with a rapid equilibrium between the blue form E85(H) and the purple form E85(−) of the protein, the latter providing enhanced structural stability. Additionally, the protein is shown to be stable and functional when suspended in an acrylamide matrix at alkaline pH. Real-time photoconversion to and from the Q state is also demonstrated with the immobilized protein. Finally, the holographic efficiency of an ideal thin film using the Q state of D85E/D96Q is calculated to be 16.7%, which is significantly better than that provided by native BR (6–8%) and presents the highest efficiency of any BR mutant to date. PMID:24498928

  12. Nonlinear Optical Properties of Bacteriorhodopsin and Retinal Chromophores and Their Applications for Optical Information Storage and Processing.

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    Chen, Zhongping

    Retinal, a conjugated polyene, plays a crucial role in biology. Both the visual pigments and the energy transducing protein, bacteriorhodopsin (BR) have a form of retinal as their chromophores. Because visual excitation and energy transduction in these systems is initiated by the promotion of retinal to an excited electronic state, information about the excited-state structure of retinal and the effect of chromophore/protein interactions on this structure are essential to understanding the functions of these systems. In this thesis, surface second harmonic (SH) generation is used to measure the light-induced dipole moment changes of a series of retinal derivatives that were designed and synthesized to model specific components of chromophore/protein interactions. In addition, we report an in situ probe of the dipole moment change of the retinal chromophore bound in BR by SH generation from oriented purple membranes. The dipole moment changes of various forms of BR, including light-adapted, dark-adapted, blue, and acid purple membrane, were measured and compared. These results, combined with the results from model compounds, elucidate the effects of the chromophore/protein interactions on light-induced charge redistribution and give insight on the fundamental nature of light excitation and energy storage in SR and rhodopsin. Furthermore, the dependence of the molecular hyperpolarizability of the conjugated molecules on donor/acceptor strength, protonation, conjugate length, planarity, and nonconjugate charges is investigated. Our study shows for the first time that nonconjugated charges have a very large effect on the nonlinear optical properties of conjugated molecules. BR has interesting photochromic characteristics, very large optical nonlinearities, and a unique optoelectrical property where the polarity of the photovoltage depends on both its photochromic state and the excitation wavelength. These unique characteristics coupled with its high stability make BR

  13. Comparison of the structural changes occurring during the primary phototransition of two different channelrhodopsins from Chlamydomonas algae.

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    Ogren, John I; Yi, Adrian; Mamaev, Sergey; Li, Hai; Lugtenburg, Johan; DeGrip, Willem J; Spudich, John L; Rothschild, Kenneth J

    2015-01-20

    Channelrhodopsins (ChRs) from green flagellate algae function as light-gated ion channels when expressed heterologously in mammalian cells. Considerable interest has focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms of ChRs to bioengineer their properties for specific optogenetic applications such as elucidating the function of specific neurons in brain circuits. While most studies have used channelrhodopsin-2 from Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (CrChR2), in this work low-temperature Fourier transform infrared-difference spectroscopy is applied to study the conformational changes occurring during the primary phototransition of the red-shifted ChR1 from Chlamydomonas augustae (CaChR1). Substitution with isotope-labeled retinals or the retinal analogue A2, site-directed mutagenesis, hydrogen-deuterium exchange, and H2(18)O exchange were used to assign bands to the retinal chromophore, protein, and internal water molecules. The primary phototransition of CaChR1 at 80 K involves, in contrast to that of CrChR2, almost exclusively an all-trans to 13-cis isomerization of the retinal chromophore, as in the primary phototransition of bacteriorhodopsin (BR). In addition, significant differences are found for structural changes of the protein and internal water(s) compared to those of CrChR2, including the response of several Asp/Glu residues to retinal isomerization. A negative amide II band is identified in the retinal ethylenic stretch region of CaChR1, which reflects along with amide I bands alterations in protein backbone structure early in the photocycle. A decrease in the hydrogen bond strength of a weakly hydrogen bonded internal water is detected in both CaChR1 and CrChR2, but the bands are much broader in CrChR2, indicating a more heterogeneous environment. Mutations involving residues Glu169 and Asp299 (homologues of the Asp85 and Asp212 Schiff base counterions, respectively, in BR) lead to the conclusion that Asp299 is protonated during P1 formation and suggest that

  14. FTIR Studies of Internal Water Molecules of Bacteriorhodopsin: Structural Analysis of Halide-bound D85S and D212N Mutants in the Schiff Base Region

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    Shibata, Mikihiro; Kandori, Hideki

    2007-12-01

    Bacteriorhodopsin (BR), a membrane protein found in Halobacterium salinarum, functions as a light-driven proton pump. The Schiff base region has a quadropolar structure with positive charges located at the protonated Schiff base and Arg82, and counterbalancing negative charges located at Asp85 and Asp212 (Figure 1A). It is known that BR lacks a proton-pumping activity if Asp85 or Asp212 is neutralized by mutation. On the other hand, binding of C1- brings different effects for pumping functions in mutants at D85 and D212 position. While C1--bound D85T and D85S pump C1-, photovoltage measurements suggested that C1--bound D212N pumps protons at low pH. In this study, we measured low-temperature FTIR spectra of D85S and D212N containing various halides to compare the halide binding site of both proteins. In the case of D85S, the N-D stretching vibrations of the Schiff base were halide-dependent. This result suggests that the halide is a hydrogen-bond acceptor of the Schiff base, being consistent with the X-ray crystal structure. On the other hand, no halide dependence was observed for vibrational bands of the retinal skeleton and the Schiff base in the D212N mutant. This result suggests that the halide does not form a hydrogen bond with the Schiff base directly, unlike the mutation at D85 position. Halide-dependent water bands in the Schiff base region also differ between D85S and D212N. From these results, halide binding site of both proteins and role of two negative charges in BR will be discussed.

  15. Second-harmonic generation of biological interfaces: probing the membrane protein bacteriorhodopsin and imaging membrane potential around GFP molecules at specific sites in neuronal cells of C. elegans

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    Lewis, Aaron; Khatchatouriants, Artium; Treinin, Millet; Chen, Zhongping; Peleg, Gadi; Friedman, Noga; Bouevitch, Oleg; Rothman, Zvi; Loew, Leslie; Sheres, Mordechai

    1999-07-01

    Second-harmonic generation (SHG) is applied to problems of probing membrane proteins and functionally imaging around selective sites and at single molecules in biological membranes. The membrane protein bacteriorhodopsin (bR) has been shown to have large second-harmonic (SH) intensities that are modulated by protein/retinylidene chromophore interactions. The nonlinear optical properties of model compounds, which simulate these protein chromophore interactions in retinal proteins, are studied in this work by surface SHG and by hyper-Rayleigh scattering. Our results indicate that non-conjugated charges and hydrogen bonding effects have a large effect on the molecular hyperpolarizability of the retinal chromophore. However, mbR, the model system studies suggest that polarizable amino acids strongly affect the vertically excited state of the retinylidene chromophore and appear to play the major role in the observed protein enhancement (>50%) of the retinylidene chromophore molecular hyperpolarizability and associated induced dipole. Furthermore, the data provide insights on emulating these interactions for the design of organic nonlinear optical materials. Our studies have also led to the development of dyes with large SH intensities that can be embedded in cell membranes and can functionally image membrane potential. Single molecules of such dyes in selected single molecular regions of a cell membrane have been detected. SHG from green fluorescent protein (GFP) selectively expressed in concert with a specific protein in neuronal cells in a transgenic form of the worm C. elegans is also reported. The membrane potential around the GFP molecules expressed in these cells has been imaged with SHG in live animals.

  16. Isolation of a new Pseudomonas halophila strain possess bacteriorhodopsin-like protein by a novel method for screening of photoactive protein producing bacteria.

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    Fanaei, Maryam; Emtiazi, Giti

    2014-02-01

    Bacteriorhodopsin (bR) is a transmembrane protein deposited in the purple membrane of Halobacterium salinarum which absorbs energy from photons to create a photo-induced proton gradient across the membrane. A bR molecule can be considered as a natural solar device transforming light into other types of energy and therefore is of interest for a wide range of applications including two and three-dimensional memory storage, optical data processing, artificial cells, holographic media, the artificial retina and photo sensor devices. H. salinarum is a slow-growing, halophilic Archaea present in red salt waters. The present study introduces a novel bR-like pigment from a new strain of Pseudomonas halophila (with registered accession number KC959570 in the NCBI databank) which has a very significant degree of light-dependent activity. This is the first report on the presence of functional bR-like protein in the Pseudomonas family. The isolate is a fast-growing, halophilic bacterium and is comparable with other photoactive protein producer microorganisms. Also, in the present study a novel isolation method for screen light-stimulating protein producing microorganisms is introduced. For this purpose 2,3,5-triphenyltetrazolium chloride (TTC) was employed for the first time as an artificial hydrogen acceptor in the proton-transfer processes. The TTC test is an easy and susceptible method for estimating hydrogen production during the proton transport process. This is the first report of the use of TTC for photo activity measurement and selection of bacteria containing light dependent proteins. PMID:24002576

  17. Nonlinear Optical Characteristic Measurement of Chemically Enhanced Bacteriorhodopsin Film Using Z-scan Technology%利用Z扫描技术测量菌紫质膜的非线性光学参数

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    徐军; 何俊发; 侯素霞; 胡坤生; 张亦南

    2000-01-01

    本文讨论一种有发展前景的光敏生物材料-细菌视紫红质(菌紫质),采用化学增强法制备菌紫质膜,利用Z扫描技术测量了菌紫质膜的非线性光学参数,结果表明菌紫质具有大的非线性光学系数,在光信息处理领域有十分广泛的应用.%We present a unique biological material that exhibits interesting photochromic characteristics and important optoelectric properties. This distinctive material is related to the visual pigment rhodopsin and is called bacteriorhodopsin (bR). In this paper the films of the chemically enhanced bacteriorhodopsin are prepared and the effective nonlinearity n2 of the film is measured with the Z-scan Technology. Anomalous absorption at three wavelengths is observed. Large optical nonlinearities of bR should be useful for both information storage and compulation.

  18. Quadratic electro-optic effects in bacteriorhodopsin: Measurement of γ(-ω;0,0,ω) in dried gelatin thin films

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    Yamazaki, Mikio; Goodisman, Jerry; Birge, Robert R.

    1998-04-01

    Quadratic electro-optic effects (dc or low frequency Kerr effect) of bacteriorhodopsin dispersed in dried gelatin thin films are examined in the near resonance region at three wavelengths: 633, 647, and 676 nm. The films show relatively large quadratic electro-optic effects compared to other molecular dispersed systems. The purple membrane is fixed within the polymerized gelatin matrix, and we show that the electronic contribution to γ dominates over possible orientational contributions. At 676 nm, the quadratic electro-optic coefficient s1133(-ω;0,0,ω) is 6.7×10-20m2/V2 and the third order nonlinear susceptibility χ1133(3)(-ω;0,0,ω) is 7.0×10-13cm4 statCoulomb-2, with both values obtained for a protein concentration of 6.9×1018cm-3. The orientationally averaged second molecular hyperpolarizability determined from the quadratic electro-optic coefficients at 676 nm assuming an Onsager ellipsoidal local field factor is (10.8±5.1)×10-32 cm7 statCoulomb-2 [(1.34±0.63)×10-56 F3 m4 C-2]. The value increases roughly tenfold when the probe wavelength is decreased to 633 nm. The behavior of γ(-ω;0,0,ω), when fit to a two-state model, predicts that γ(-ω;0,0,ω) is strongly enhanced via type III processes. Thus, the magnitude of γ(-ω;0,0,ω) is dominated by a term (Δμ102×μ102)/(ω10-ω)3, where Δμ10 is the change in dipole moment, μ10 is the transition moment, and ω10 is the transition energy of the lowest-lying allowed 1Bu*+-like π,π* state. We calculate that Δμ10 is 12.8±1.2 D, in good agreement with previous Stark and two-photon experimental values. Time-dependent Hartree-Fock methods based on the MNDO Hamiltonian yield reasonable agreement with experiment, underestimating γ(-ω;0,0,ω) by factors of only 2-4, with the error increasing as the frequency approaches resonance.

  19. Incorporation of the dopamine D2L receptor and bacteriorhodopsin within bicontinuous cubic lipid phases. 2. Relevance to in meso crystallization of integral membrane proteins in novel lipid systems

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    Conn, Charlotte E.; Darmanin, Connie; Sagnella, Sharon M.; Mulet, Xavier; Greaves, Tamar L.; Varghese, Joseph N.; Drummond, Calum J.

    2014-09-24

    The dopamine D2 long (D2L) receptor and bacteriorhodopsin (bR), which are integral membraneproteins, have been incorporated within bicontinuous cubic mesophases formed by the lipids anandamide and H-farnesoyl monoethanolamide, which have been specifically investigated by us for use as in mesocrystallization media. We show that the incorporated membraneprotein affects the structure of the cubic phases with the particular effect observed dependent on the geometry of the underlying cubic phase. The results are complementary to those obtained in Part 1 of this series, where we demonstrated that the structural effects observed depend on the structure of the membraneprotein. Importantly protein concentrations commonly used for crystallization can destroy the cubic phase matrix, particularly where there is a large discrepancy between the hydrophilic and the hydrophobic spans of the membraneprotein, and the hydrophilic and hydrophobic domain sizes of the cubic phase.

  20. Determination of the Waist Position of a Gaussian Beam by Bacteriorhodopsin Film%由细菌视紫红质测定高斯光束的束腰位置

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    陈桂英; 郭宗霞; 张春平; 田建国; Q.W.Song; Mingchien Huang

    2004-01-01

    Relation between transmitted intensity of bacteriorhodopsin(bR) film and the incident intensity was tested.A new method of determining waist position of a Gaussian beam passing an optical system was proposed by the nonlinear transmission of the bR film.The measured results are in agreement with the calculated results based on the parameters of the Guassian beam.%介绍并测量了细菌视紫红质(bR)的透过光强随入射光强的变化特性,并提出利用bR的非线性透过特性测定高斯光束的束腰位置,测量结果与利用已知的高斯光束参数所计算的结果相一致.

  1. Intercompany comparison

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    Vančura, Jiří

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this thesis is to perform the comparison between the largest drugstores and parfumeries in the Czech Republic and evaluation of financial situation by using ratio analysis from 2009 to 2013. For comparison were chosen dm drogerie markt s.r.o., Rossmann, spol. s.r.o, Family drogerie s.r.o, Sephora s.r.o. and Yves Rocher s.r.o. Intercompany comparison was done using univariate and multivariate methods. Among multivariate methods were included method of simple sum of the sequence, met...

  2. Social Comparison Seeking: Providing General Comparison Curtails Local Comparison

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    Buckingham, Justin T.; Zell, Ethan; Schurtz, David R.

    2012-01-01

    Past research shows that people use local social comparison information more than general social comparison information when both are given (Zell & Alicke, 2010). The present studies examined the extent to which people seek local comparisons when they have already received general comparison information. In Study 1, students received their exam…

  3. Nonlinear phase contrast using a bacteriorhodopsin film

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    Iturbe Castillo, Marcelo D.; Sanchez-de-la-Llave, J. D.; Ramos Garcia, Ruben; Tepichin-Rodriguez, Eduardo; Olivos-Perez, L. I.

    2002-11-01

    In this paper we demonstrate a novel phase contrast system that employs a BR film. Since the filter is optically induced by the Fourier transform of the phase object, no alignment is necessary at the filter plane making it extremely robust. Due to the optical properties of BR films the phase filter can be induced with low light intensity levels. The material response allows operation at video frame rates, processing of high spatial resolution objects, and the use of relatively inexpensive laser sources. Such characteristics and the fact that BR films can be produced at a low cost makes the system simple to implement, relatively inexpensive and extremely robust. The effects of varying the illuminating area beyond the phase object area and filter saturation are also analyzed.

  4. Holographic particle image velocimetry using Bacteriorhodopsin

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    Koek, W.D.

    2006-01-01

    To gain better insight into the behaviour of turbulent flow there is a demand for a practical measurement instrument to perform three-dimensional flow measurements. Holography is a three-dimensional imaging technique, and as such is ideally suited for this purpose. Because flow media (such as water

  5. Cost comparisons

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    How much does the LHC cost? And how much does this represent in other currencies? Below we present a table showing some comparisons with the cost of other projects. Looking at the figures, you will see that the cost of the LHC can be likened to that of three skyscrapers, or two seasons of Formula 1 racing! One year's budget of a single large F1 team is comparable to the entire materials cost of the ATLAS or CMS experiments.   Please note that all the figures are rounded for ease of reading.    CHF € $   LHC 4.6 billions 3 billions  4 billions   Space Shuttle Endeavour (NASA) 1.9 billion 1.3 billion 1.7 billion   Hubble Space Telescope (cost at launch – NASA/...

  6. FTIR spectroscopy of the M photointermediate in pharaonis rhoborhodopsin.

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    Furutani, Yuji; Iwamoto, Masayuki; Shimono, Kazumi; Kamo, Naoki; Kandori, Hideki

    2002-01-01

    pharaonis phoborhodopsin (ppR; also called pharaonis sensory rhodopsin II, psR-II) is a photoreceptor for negative phototaxis in Natronobacterium pharaonis. During the photocycle of ppR, the Schiff base of the retinal chromophore is deprotonated upon formation of the M intermediate (ppR(M)). The present FTIR spectroscopy of ppR(M) revealed that the Schiff base proton is transferred to Asp-75, which corresponds to Asp-85 in a light-driven proton-pump bacteriorhodopsin (BR). In addition, the C=...

  7. The Lifetimes of Pharaonis Phoborhodopsin Signaling States Depend on the Rates of Proton Transfers—Effects of Hydrostatic Pressure and Stopped Flow Experiments†

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    Kikukawa, Takashi; Saha, Chabita K.; Balashov, Sergei P.; Imasheva, Eleonora S.; Zaslavsky, Dmitry; Gennis, Robert B.; ABE, Takayuki; Kamo, Naoki

    2008-01-01

    Pharaonis phoborhodopsin (ppR), a negative phototaxis receptor of Natronomonas pharaonis, undergoes photocycle similar to the light-driven proton pump bacteriorhodopsin (BR), but the turnover rate is much slower due to much longer lifetimes of the M and O intermediates. The M decay was shown to become as fast as it is in BR in the L40T/F86D mutant. We examined the effects of hydrostatic pressure on the decay of these intermediates. For BR, pressure decelerated M decay but slightly affected O ...

  8. AHMED Code comparison exercise: comparison report

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    The NEA Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations (CSNI) sponsored in 1994/1995 a code comparison exercise based on NaOH tests performed in VTT's AHMED (Aerosol and Heat Transfer Measurement Device) facility with the objective of testing containment aerosol codes in well defined conditions prior to the VANAM standard problem, where aerosol behavior has been studied in a large scale multi-compartment facility. For the code users it is important to know how well their codes can predict experimental results in AHMED's well defined conditions before their codes are compared with aerosol behaviour measured in large scale facilities where the driving forces are merely the thermal-hydraulics. In other words, comparisons against well controlled thermal-hydraulic and aerosol source conditions, as in the AHMED tests, provide the code user a better understanding of the effects of certain aspects of the aerosol modelling used in the codes, that can be gained from comparisons of tests in large scale facilities. Calculated results from 6 different codes and 6 different institutes: CONTAIN 1.12 (JRC, VTT, ECN), FIPLOC-MI (GRS), IDRA 4.1 (ENEA), MACRES (NUPEC), MELCOR 1.8.3 or 1.8.2 (ENEA, ECN, VTT) and NAUAHYGROS 1.1 (VTT) were submitted (ECN results were submitted after the preparation of the first draft of this report). The codes used for the analyses of this comparison exercise represent a wide spectrum of the containment codes that are used for severe accident analyses

  9. Structural Control of Nonadiabatic Photochemical Bond Formation: Photocyclization in Structurally Modified ortho-Terphenyls.

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    Molloy, Molly S; Snyder, Joshua A; DeFrancisco, Justin R; Bragg, Arthur E

    2016-06-16

    Understanding how molecular structure impacts the shapes of potential energy surfaces and prospects for nonadiabatic photochemical dynamics is critical for predicting and controlling the chemistry of molecular excited states. Ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy was used to interrogate photoinduced, nonadiabatic 6π cyclization of a collection of ortho-terphenyls (OTP) modified with alkyl substituents of different sizes and electron-donating/withdrawing character positioned on its central and pendant phenyl rings. OTP alkylated at the 4,4″ and 4',5' positions of the pendant and central rings, respectively, exhibiting biphasic excited-state relaxation; this is qualitatively similar to relaxation of OTP itself, including a fast decrease in excited-state absorption (τ1 = 1-4 ps) followed by formation of metastable cyclized photoproducts (τ2 = 3-47 ps) that share common characteristic spectroscopic features for all substitutions despite variations in chemical nature of the substituents. By contrast, anomalous excited-state dynamics are observed for 3',6'dimethyl-OTP, in which the methyl substituents crowd the pendant rings sterically; time-resolved spectral dynamics and low photochemical reactivity with iodine reveal that methylation proximal to the pendant rings impedes nonadiabatic cyclization. Results from transient measurements and quantum-chemical calculations are used to decipher the nature of excited state relaxation mechanisms in these systems and how they are perturbed by mechanical, electronic, and steric interactions induced by substituents. PMID:27171560

  10. The EF Loop in Green Proteorhodopsin Affects Conformation and Photocycle dynamics

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    Mehler, Michaela; Scholz, Frank; Ullrich, Sandra J.; Mao, Jiafei; Braun, Markus; Brown, Lynda J.; Brown, Richard C.D.; Fiedler, Sarah A.; Becker-Baldus, Johanna; Wachtveitl, Josef; Glaubitz, Clemens

    2013-01-01

    The proteorhodopsin family consists of retinal proteins of marine bacterial origin with optical properties adjusted to their local environments. For green proteorhodopsin, a highly specific mutation in the EF loop, A178R, has been found to cause a surprisingly large redshift of 20 nm despite its distance from the chromophore. Here, we analyze structural and functional consequences of this EF loop mutation by time-resolved optical spectroscopy and solid-state NMR. We found that the primary pho...

  11. Statistical Group Comparison

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    Liao, Tim Futing

    2011-01-01

    An incomparably useful examination of statistical methods for comparisonThe nature of doing science, be it natural or social, inevitably calls for comparison. Statistical methods are at the heart of such comparison, for they not only help us gain understanding of the world around us but often define how our research is to be carried out. The need to compare between groups is best exemplified by experiments, which have clearly defined statistical methods. However, true experiments are not always possible. What complicates the matter more is a great deal of diversity in factors that are not inde

  12. Matrix comparison, Part 2

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    Schneider, Jesper Wiborg; Borlund, Pia

    2007-01-01

    The present two-part article introduces matrix comparison as a formal means for evaluation purposes in informetric studies such as cocitation analysis. In the first part, the motivation behind introducing matrix comparison to informetric studies, as well as two important issues influencing such...... comparisons, matrix generation, and the composition of proximity measures, are introduced and discussed. In this second part, the authors introduce and thoroughly demonstrate two related matrix comparison techniques the Mantel test and Procrustes analysis, respectively. These techniques can compare and...... evaluate the degree of monotonicity between different proximity measures or their ordination results. In common with these techniques is the application of permutation procedures to test hypotheses about matrix resemblances. The choice of technique is related to the validation at hand. In the case of the...

  13. Public opinion: Country comparisons

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    Hopkins, Debbie

    2015-11-01

    Climate change awareness, risk perception and policy support vary between and within countries. National-scale comparisons can help to explain this variability and be used to develop targeted interventions.

  14. International Sports League Comparisons

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    Helmut Dietl; Rodney Fort; Markus Lang

    2011-01-01

    Comparisons between European and North American sports leagues have occurred over the years. In this paper, we attempt to bring these comparisons down to the essential elements -what has come to be called Rottenberg's (1956) invariance principle and theoretical insights into attempts to alter competitive balance using revenue sharing, talent drafts, and payroll caps. We also examine player reserve systems (the reserve clause in North American leagues and transfer restrictions in European leag...

  15. Problems in risk comparisons

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    Risk comparisons are usually made for some specific purpose (to help communicating the message that a situation is either acceptable or not acceptable). However, the communication should be fair and, as the author of the next Chapter says: relevant, adequate, understandable and credible. Since ''risk'' has many attributes, the characterization of risks to be compared must involve appropriately compared attributes. The author of this Chapter begins by discussing the difficult task of risk characterization before he deals with the problems involved in risk comparison. He finally refers to the principle of ceteris paribus, which means that, in risk comparisons, all factors, circumstances and assumptions which are not explicitly presented in the risk characterization and quantification must be mutually equivalent. (author). 14 refs, 1 tab

  16. MCNP and GADRAS Comparisons

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    Klasky, Marc Louis [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Myers, Steven Charles [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); James, Michael R. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Mayo, Douglas R. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

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    To facilitate the timely execution of System Threat Reviews (STRs) for DNDO, and also to develop a methodology for performing STRs, LANL performed comparisons of several radiation transport codes (MCNP, GADRAS, and Gamma-Designer) that have been previously utilized to compute radiation signatures. While each of these codes has strengths, it is of paramount interest to determine the limitations of each of the respective codes and also to identify the most time efficient means by which to produce computational results, given the large number of parametric cases that are anticipated in performing STR's. These comparisons serve to identify regions of applicability for each code and provide estimates of uncertainty that may be anticipated. Furthermore, while performing these comparisons, examination of the sensitivity of the results to modeling assumptions was also examined. These investigations serve to enable the creation of the LANL methodology for performing STRs. Given the wide variety of radiation test sources, scenarios, and detectors, LANL calculated comparisons of the following parameters: decay data, multiplicity, device (n,γ) leakages, and radiation transport through representative scenes and shielding. This investigation was performed to understand potential limitations utilizing specific codes for different aspects of the STR challenges.

  17. Integrated optical devices using bacteriorhodopsin as active nonlinear optical material

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    Dér, A; Fábián, L.; Valkai, S.; Wolff, E.; Ramsden, Jeremy J.; Ormos, P.

    2006-01-01

    Coupling of optical data-processing devices with microelectronics, telecocommunication and sensory functions, is among the biggest challenges in molecular electronics. Intensive research is going on to find suitable nonlinear optical materials that could meet the demanding requirements of optoelectronic applications, especially regarding high sensitivity and stability. In addition to inorganic and organic crystals, biological molecules have also been considered for use in in...

  18. First hyperpolarizability of bacteriorhodopsin, retinal and related molecules revisited

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    Ghosh, Sampa; Ranjini, Arumugam Sri; Pandey, Ravindra; Das, Puspendu Kumar

    2009-06-01

    The previously reported β values of BR and retinal based chromophores were very high but subsequent measurements found them to be much less. We have found that the β values of these compounds do not vary so much with experimental conditions as with the method of analysis. Hyper-Rayleigh scattering measurements at 1543 and 1907 nm produce more realistic β values close to the intrinsic (static) hyperpolarizability, β0 which for BR is still very high (275 × 10 -30 esu). The optical nonlinearity of BR arises entirely due to the protonated retinal Schiff Base (PRSB) which in its isolated form has the same intrinsic hyperpolarizability as that of the protein.

  19. Real-time holography on bacteriorhodopsin-based materials

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    Taranenko, Victor B.

    1998-09-01

    The main properties and mechanisms of photoresponse of the bacteriohodopsin-based materials are presented. Fields of their potential applications in the real-time holography and nonlinear optics are discussed.

  20. Reusable holographic velocimetry system based on polarization multiplexing in Bacteriorhodopsin

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    Koek, W.D.; Chan, V.S.S.; Ooms, T.A.; Bhattacharya, N.; Westerweel, J.; Braat, J.J.M.

    2005-01-01

    We present a novel holographic particle image velocimetry (HPIV) system using a reversible holographic material as the recording medium. In HPIV the three-dimensional flow field throughout a volume is detected by adding small tracer particles to a normally transparent medium. By recording the partic

  1. Intersociety literacy comparisons

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    CHAKRAVARTY, Satya R.; Majumder, Amita

    2005-01-01

    Basu and Foster (1998) characterized a sophisticated literacy measure using five axioms. In this paper we argue that if a measure satisfies three of their five axioms, namely, anonymity, monotonicity and externality, then also it becomes suitable in some applications. We, therefore, introduce two classes of measures whose members will satisfy at least these three axioms. Two population principles for intersociety literacy comparisons are also suggested and their relationships with the Basu-Fo...

  2. Microfinance - interregional comparison

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    Harmincová, Zuzana

    2014-01-01

    In the introduction of the master thesis, the historical development and the reasons for the emergence of microfinance are described. The thesis focuses on comparison of the functioning of microfinance in various developing regions of the world, as well as on the analysis of the overall functioning, effectiveness, strengths and weaknesses, potential threats and opportunities in the microfinance markets. The conclusion offers several possibilities and insights on how microfinance could be more...

  3. International Comparisons of GDP

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    Ian Castles; David Henderson

    2005-01-01

    When it comes to making international comparisons of real GDP, different views, conventions and practices are still in evidence. The authors set out the case for using purchasing power parity (PPP) converters for this purpose, rather than conversions based on exchange rates, and give reasons for rejecting various arguments that are still widely made to the contrary. In doing so, they provide instances of the differing current practices of international agencies, and argue the case for greater...

  4. Comparison of Power for Multiple Comparison Procedures

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    Robert S. Rodger

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available The number of methods for evaluating, and possibly making statistical decisions about, null contrasts - or their small sub-set, multiple comparisons - has grown extensively since the early 1950s. That demonstrates how important the subject is, but most of the growth consists of modest variations of the early methods. This paper examines nine fairly basic procedures, six of which are methods designed to evaluate contrasts chosen post hoc, i.e., after an examination of the test data. Three of these use experimentwise or familywise type 1 error rates (Scheffé 1953, Tukey 1953, Newman-Keuls, 1939 and 1952, two use decision-based type 1 error rates (Duncan 1951 and Rodger 1975a and one (Fisher's LSD 1935 uses a mixture of the two type 1 error rate definitions. The other three methods examined are for evaluating, and possibly deciding about, a limited number of null contrasts that have been chosen independently of the sample data - preferably before the data are collected. One of these (planned t-tests uses decision-based type 1 error rates and the other two (one based on Bonferroni's Inequality 1936, and the other Dunnett's 1964 Many-One procedure use a familywise type 1 error rate. The use of these different type 1 error rate definitionsA creates quite large discrepancies in the capacities of the methods to detect true non-zero effects in the contrasts being evaluated. This article describes those discrepancies in power and, especially, how they are exacerbated by increases in the size of an investigation (i.e., an increase in J, the number of samples being examined. It is also true that the capacity of a multiple contrast procedure to 'unpick' 'true' differences from the sample data is influenced by the type of contrast the procedure permits. For example, multiple range procedures (such as that of Newman-Keuls and that of Duncan permit only comparisons (i.e., two-group differences and that greatly limits their discriminating capacity (which is not

  5. NTP comparison process

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    The systems engineering process for the concept definition phase of the program involves requirements definition, system definition, and consistent concept definition. The requirements definition process involves obtaining a complete understanding of the system requirements based on customer needs, mission scenarios, and nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) operating characteristics. A system functional analysis is performed to provide a comprehensive traceability and verification of top-level requirements down to detailed system specifications and provides significant insight into the measures of system effectiveness to be utilized in system evaluation. The second key element in the process is the definition of system concepts to meet the requirements. This part of the process involves engine system and reactor contractor teams to develop alternative NTP system concepts that can be evaluated against specific attributes, as well as a reference configuration against which to compare system benefits and merits. Quality function deployment (QFD), as an excellent tool within Total Quality Management (TQM) techniques, can provide the required structure and provide a link to the voice of the customer in establishing critical system qualities and their relationships. The third element of the process is the consistent performance comparison. The comparison process involves validating developed concept data and quantifying system merits through analysis, computer modeling, simulation, and rapid prototyping of the proposed high risk NTP subsystems. The maximum amount possible of quantitative data will be developed and/or validated to be utilized in the QFD evaluation matrix. If upon evaluation of a new concept or its associated subsystems determine to have substantial merit, those features will be incorporated into the reference configuration for subsequent system definition and comparison efforts.

  6. Support vector comparison machines

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    Hocking, Toby Dylan; Spanurattana, Supaporn; Sugiyama, Masashi

    2014-01-01

    In ranking problems, the goal is to learn a ranking function from labeled pairs of input points. In this paper, we consider the related comparison problem, where the label indicates which element of the pair is better, or if there is no significant difference. We cast the learning problem as a margin maximization, and show that it can be solved by converting it to a standard SVM. We use simulated nonlinear patterns and a real learning to rank sushi data set to show that our proposed SVMcompar...

  7. Comparison of imagine systems

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    It is of great use to be able to accurately compare different film/screen systems. It allows informed decisions to be made as to the optimal choice of film and screens in regard to technical matters such as speed and resolution. Comparisons of these have not been easy, especially in the face of different terminology and specifications used by different manufacturers. A straight forward method is proposed, which requires only a line pair test tool, and the ability to produce scattergraphs. The relative efficiencies of different film/screen systems, incorporating orthochromatic and monochromatic elements are clearly portrayed. Copyright (1997) Australian Institute of Radiography

  8. Comparison of imagine systems

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    Mitchell, F. [Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon (Hong Kong). Optometry and Radiography Department

    1997-12-01

    It is of great use to be able to accurately compare different film/screen systems. It allows informed decisions to be made as to the optimal choice of film and screens in regard to technical matters such as speed and resolution. Comparisons of these have not been easy, especially in the face of different terminology and specifications used by different manufacturers. A straight forward method is proposed, which requires only a line pair test tool, and the ability to produce scattergraphs. The relative efficiencies of different film/screen systems, incorporating orthochromatic and monochromatic elements are clearly portrayed. Copyright (1997) Australian Institute of Radiography 12 refs., 1 tab., 4 figs.

  9. EUROMET SUPPLEMENTARY COMPARISON - SURFACE TEXTURE

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    Koenders, L.; Andreasen, Jan Lasson; De Chiffre, Leonardo

    At the length meeting in Prague in Oct. 1999 a new comparison was suggested on surface texture. The last comparison on this field was finished in 1989. In the meantime the instrumentation, the standards and the written standards have been improved including some software filters. The pilot...... laboratories for this supplementary comparison on surface texture are the Centre for Geometrical Metrology at the Technical University of Denmark and the Micro- and Nanotopography laboratory at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Germany....

  10. Comparisons and lessons learned

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    Jensen, Per Anker; van der Voordt, Theo; Coenen, Christian;

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: To create an overview and evaluation of the achievements of the contributions in this book by identifying, summarising and discussing cross-cutting themes and essential learning points across the former chapters. Methodology: Based on a purposeful reading of all chapters comparisons...... are made of the essential theoretical perspectives, conceptual models and findings from empirical research. The most important novel aspects of the contributions are pinpointed. Findings: The three basic perspectives of FM, CREM and B2B marketing show to provide both overlapping and complementary focus......, while FM is more service and process oriented. Empirical research regarding the added value of FM is seen to utilise a broad range of both qualitative and quantitative methods in various combinations. The contributions provide important new focus and insights on different types of added value, its...

  11. CIRP Interlaboratory Comparison

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    De Chiffre, Leonardo; Hansen, Hans Nørgaard; Morace, Renata Erica

    An interlaboratory comparison on mechanical and optical coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) was organized by the Centre for Geometrical Metrology (CGM), Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Management (IPL), Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and carried out within Collège International......, USA. A total of 23 CMMs (12 mechanical and 11 optical) were used to measure an optomechanical hole plate designed and manufactured by DTU. A measurement procedure was sent to each participant together with a plate to be measured. The measurement procedure refers to the German DKD guideline, using the...... reversal method with traceability achieved by a comparator measurement. Using the optomechanical hole plate, the measurement procedure can be carried out on optical as well as mechanical measuring machines. Circulation started in March 2003, and was completed in September 2003, whit three optomechanical...

  12. A Comparison of Computation Techniques for DNA Sequence Comparison

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    Harshita G. Patil

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available This Project shows a comparison survey done on DNA sequence comparison techniques. The various techniques implemented are sequential comparison, multithreading on a single computer and multithreading using parallel processing. This Project shows the issues involved in implementing a dynamic programming algorithm for biological sequence comparison on a general purpose parallel computing platform Tiling is an important technique for extraction of parallelism. Informally, tiling consists of partitioning the iteration space into several chunks of computation called tiles (blocks such that sequential traversal of the tiles covers the entire iteration space. The idea behind tiling is to increase the granularity of computation and decrease the amount of communication incurred between processors. This makes tiling more suitable for distributed memory architectures where communication startup costs are very high and hence frequent communication is undesirable. Our work to develop sequence- comparison mechanism and software supports the identification of sequences of DNA.

  13. Rankings from Fuzzy Pairwise Comparisons

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    Broek, van den Pim; Noppen, Joost; Mohammadian, M.

    2006-01-01

    We propose a new method for deriving rankings from fuzzy pairwise comparisons. It is based on the observation that quantification of the uncertainty of the pairwise comparisons should be used to obtain a better crisp ranking, instead of a fuzzified version of the ranking obtained from crisp pairwise

  14. The Simplex in Pair Comparisons

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    Bloxom, Bruce

    1972-01-01

    Paper develops a model which expresses pair comparisons as a function of (a) affective values which form a perfect simplex, (b) systematic (constant over replications) deviations from the simplex-structured affective values, and (c) errors of measurement for the pair comparisons. (Author)

  15. Homomorphic encryption and secure comparison

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    Damgård, Ivan Bjerre; Geisler, Martin; Krøigaard, Mikkel

    2008-01-01

    Computation (MPC). We show how our comparison protocol can be used to improve security of online auctions, and demonstrate that it is efficient enough to be used in practice. For comparison of 16 bits numbers with security based on 1024 bits RSA (executed by two parties), our implementation takes 0.28 sec...

  16. NTF – wind speed comparison

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    Vesth, Allan; Gómez Arranz, Paula

    The report describes measurements carried out on a given turbine. A comparison between wind speed on the met mast and Nacelle Wind speed are made and the results are presented on graphs and in a table. The data used for the comparison are the data that are same as used for the power curve report...

  17. Some comparison theorems for Kahler manifolds

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    Tam, Luen-Fai; Yu, Chengjie

    2010-01-01

    In this work, we will verify some comparison results on Kahler manifolds. They are complex Hessian comparison for the distance function from a closed complex submanifold of a Kahler manifold with holomorphic bisectional curvature bounded below by a constant, eigenvalue comparison and volume comparison in terms of scalar curvature. This work is motivated by comparison results of Li and Wang .

  18. Social Comparison in the Classroom: A Review

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    Dijkstra, Pieternel; Kuyper, Hans; van der Werf, Greetje; Buunk, Abraham P.; van der Zee, Yvonne G.

    2008-01-01

    This article reviews research conducted on social comparison processes in the classroom since Festinger proposed his theory of social comparison. It covers the theoretical framework of social comparison theory, and it is organized around the following themes: motives for social comparison, dimensions of social comparison, direction of social…

  19. Indirect comparisons of therapeutic interventions

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    Boulkhemair, Dalila

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Health political background: The comparison of the effectiveness of health technologies is not only laid down in German law (Social Code Book V, § 139 and § 35b but also constitutes a central element of clinical guidelines and decision making in health care. Tools supporting decision making (e. g. Health Technology Assessments (HTA are therefore in need of a valid methodological repertoire for these comparisons. Scientific background: Randomised controlled head-to-head trials which directly compare the effects of different therapies are considered the gold standard methodological approach for the comparison of the efficacy of interventions. Because this type of trial is rarely found, comparisons of efficacy often need to rely on indirect comparisons whose validity is being controversially debated. Research questions: Research questions for the current assessment are: Which (statistical methods for indirect comparisons of therapeutic interventions do exist, how often are they applied and how valid are their results in comparison to the results of head-to-head trials? Methods: In a systematic literature research all medical databases of the German Institute of Medical Documentation and Information (DIMDI are searched for methodological papers as well as applications of indirect comparisons in systematic reviews. Results of the literature analysis are summarized qualitatively for the characterisation of methods and quantitatively for the frequency of their application. The validity of the results from indirect comparisons is checked by comparing them to the results from the gold standard – a direct comparison. Data sets from systematic reviews which use both direct and indirect comparisons are tested for consistency by of the z-statistic. Results: 29 methodological papers and 106 applications of indirect methods in systematic reviews are being analysed. Four methods for indirect comparisons can be identified: 1. Unadjusted indirect comparisons

  20. Low power spatial light modulator with pharaonis phoborhodopsin

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    Spatial light modulation (SLM) has been theoretically analysed in pharaonis phoborhodopsin (ppR) and its mutants based on nonlinear intensity induced excited-state absorption, to achieve large percentage modulation at low power. Amplitude modulation of probe laser read beam (I p') transmissions at 560, 512 and 390 nm, corresponding to the peak absorption of ppRO, ppRKL and ppRM intermediate states, respectively, of ppR photocycle, by write beam intensity (I m') at 498 nm, corresponding to the peak absorption of the initial ppR state, have been analysed using the rate equation approach, considering all six intermediate states in its photocycle. The SLM characteristics are shown to be sensitive to the normalized small signal absorption coefficient (β) and the rate constants of intermediates. For a given I m' range, there is an optimum value of β (β opt) for maximum percentage modulation. We can achieve 100% modulation of the read beam if the initial ppR state does not absorb the respective probe beams. The SLM characteristics of F86D ppR have also been used to design an all-optical XOR logic gate. High dynamic range and sensitivity can be achieved at low write beam intensities in ppR compared to wild-type bacteriorhodopsin (WT-bR)

  1. Low power spatial light modulator with pharaonis phoborhodopsin

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    Sharma, Parag [Department of Physics and Computer Science, Dayalbagh Educational Institute (Deemed University), Agra 282005 (India); Roy, Sukhdev [Department of Physics and Computer Science, Dayalbagh Educational Institute (Deemed University), Agra 282005 (India)]. E-mail: sukhdevr@hotmail.com; Singh, C.P. [Department of Physics and Computer Science, Dayalbagh Educational Institute (Deemed University), Agra 282005 (India)

    2005-04-22

    Spatial light modulation (SLM) has been theoretically analysed in pharaonis phoborhodopsin (ppR) and its mutants based on nonlinear intensity induced excited-state absorption, to achieve large percentage modulation at low power. Amplitude modulation of probe laser read beam (I {sub p}') transmissions at 560, 512 and 390 nm, corresponding to the peak absorption of ppR{sub O}, ppR{sub KL} and ppR{sub M} intermediate states, respectively, of ppR photocycle, by write beam intensity (I {sub m}') at 498 nm, corresponding to the peak absorption of the initial ppR state, have been analysed using the rate equation approach, considering all six intermediate states in its photocycle. The SLM characteristics are shown to be sensitive to the normalized small signal absorption coefficient ({beta}) and the rate constants of intermediates. For a given I {sub m}' range, there is an optimum value of {beta} ({beta} {sub opt}) for maximum percentage modulation. We can achieve 100% modulation of the read beam if the initial ppR state does not absorb the respective probe beams. The SLM characteristics of F86D ppR have also been used to design an all-optical XOR logic gate. High dynamic range and sensitivity can be achieved at low write beam intensities in ppR compared to wild-type bacteriorhodopsin (WT-bR)

  2. Resonance energy transfer in nano-bio hybrid structures can be modulated by UV laser irradiation

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    A method for targeted variation of the radiation properties of quantum dots (QDs) to control the efficiency of resonance energy transfer in nanocrystal assemblies and nano-bio hybrid materials has been developed. The method is based on strong ultraviolet (UV) laser irradiation of QDs and allows the extinction and luminescence spectra to be controlled and the luminescence quantum yield and decay kinetics to be varied. Water-soluble QDs have been synthesized and used for analyzing the effect of energy transfer from semiconductor nanocrystals on the photocycle of the photosensitive protein bacteriorhodopsin (bR) in bR–QD complexes. The UV irradiation mode has been selected in a way permitting the modulation of QD optical parameters without modification of their structure or physico-chemical properties. It is concluded that the QD interaction with bR accelerates its photocycle, but this acceleration is determined by electrostatic interactions, rather than Förster resonance energy transfer from QDs to bR. The method of UV laser irradiation of fluorescent semiconductor QDs has proven to be an efficient technique for variation of nanocrystal optical properties without affecting their structure, as well as for fine modulation of the energy transfer processes in the nanocrystal assemblies and nano-bio hybrid materials. (letter)

  3. Health Resources County Comparison Tool

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The Health Resources County Comparison Tool allows the public, local health planners, and researchers to compare health status indicators and health care resources...

  4. Indirect comparisons of therapeutic interventions

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    Boulkhemair, Dalila; Raspe, Heiner; Lühmann, Dagmar; Schöttker, Ben

    2009-01-01

    Health political background The comparison of the effectiveness of health technologies is not only laid down in German law (Social Code Book V, § 139 and § 35b) but also constitutes a central element of clinical guidelines and decision making in health care. Tools supporting decision making (e. g. Health Technology Assessments (HTA)) are therefore in need of a valid methodological repertoire for these comparisons. Scientific background Randomised controlled head-to-head tri...

  5. Visual comparison for information visualization

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    Gleicher, M.

    2011-09-07

    Data analysis often involves the comparison of complex objects. With the ever increasing amounts and complexity of data, the demand for systems to help with these comparisons is also growing. Increasingly, information visualization tools support such comparisons explicitly, beyond simply allowing a viewer to examine each object individually. In this paper, we argue that the design of information visualizations of complex objects can, and should, be studied in general, that is independently of what those objects are. As a first step in developing this general understanding of comparison, we propose a general taxonomy of visual designs for comparison that groups designs into three basic categories, which can be combined. To clarify the taxonomy and validate its completeness, we provide a survey of work in information visualization related to comparison. Although we find a great diversity of systems and approaches, we see that all designs are assembled from the building blocks of juxtaposition, superposition and explicit encodings. This initial exploration shows the power of our model, and suggests future challenges in developing a general understanding of comparative visualization and facilitating the development of more comparative visualization tools. © The Author(s) 2011.

  6. Charmonium: Comparison with experiment

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    The charmonium model, formulated in detail in an earlier publication, is compared in a comprehensive fashion with the data on the psi family. The parameters of the ''naive'' model, in which the system is described as a cc-bar pair, are determined from the observed positions of psi, psi', and the P states. The model then yields a successful description of the spectrum of spin-triplet states above the charm threshold. It also accounts for the ratio of the leptonic widths of psi' and psi. When the cc-bar potential is applied to the UPSILON family, it accounts, without any readjustment of parameters, for the positions of the 2S and 3S levels and for the leptonic widths of UPSILON and UPSILON' relative to that of psi. The model does not give acceptable values of the absolute leptonic widths, a shortcoming which is ascribed to large quantum-chromodynamic corrections to the van Royen--Weisskopf formula. The calculated E1 rates are about twice the values observed in the psi family. This naive model is also extended with considerable success to mesons composed of one heavy and one light quark. A significant extension of the model is achieved by incorporating coupling to charmed-meson decay channels. This gives a satisfactory understanding of psi (3772) as the 13D1 cc-bar state, mixed via open and closed decay channels to 23S. The model has decay amplitudes that are oscillatory functions of the decay momentum; these oscillations are a direct consequence of the radial nodes in the cc-bar parent states. These amplitudes provide a qualitative understanding of the observed peculiar branching ratios into various charmed-meson channels near the resonance at 4.03 GeV, which is assigned to 33S. The coupling of the cc-bar states below the charm threshold to closed decay channels modifies the bound states and leads to reduction of about 20% in E1 rates in comparison to those of the naive model

  7. Social Comparison in the Classroom : A Review

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    Dijkstra, Pieternel; Kuyper, Hans; van der Werf, Greetje; Buunk, Abraham P.; van der Zee, Yvonne G.

    2008-01-01

    This article reviews research conducted on social comparison processes in the classroom since Festinger proposed his theory of social comparison. It covers the theoretical framework of social comparison theory, and it is organized around the following themes: motives for social comparison, dimension

  8. Establishing confidence from measurement comparisons

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    Measurement comparisons can test the compatibility expected from the claimed uncertainties. Traditionally one compares to a reference with a much (4×) smaller uncertainty, although one is not always available. From the highest-accuracy frontiers of measurement science, we report methods developed to treat cases where no undisputed reference is available, and even selecting an ad hoc reference value can be problematic. Unmediated comparisons of pairs of peer measurements can be evaluated and aggregated with rigorous variants of familiar tools: En and χ2. Monte Carlo simulation can rigorously extend these tools into regions where significant departures from the traditional analytic approximations of probabilities are expected. Furthermore, rich data sets can be aggregated to obtain straightforward statements about physically significant 'consensus invariants' (i.e. quantities that should be expected to be consistent within claimed uncertainties), and whether they have been demonstrated to be equivalent by this direct peer-to-peer comparison

  9. Ordinal Comparison of Multidimensional Deprivation

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    Sonne-Schmidt, Christoffer Scavenius; Tarp, Finn; Østerdal, Lars Peter

    This paper develops an ordinal method of comparison of multidimensional inequality. In our model, population distribution g is more unequal than f when the distributions have common median and can be obtained from f  by one or more shifts in population density that increase inequality. For our...... benchmark 2x2 case (i.e. the case of two binary outcome variables), we derive an empirical method for making inequality comparisons. As an illustration, we apply the model to childhood poverty in Mozambique....

  10. Euromet Comparison on Surface Texture

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    Koenders, L.; Andreasen, Jan Lasson; De Chiffre, Leonardo; Jung, L.; Krüger-Sehm, R.

    2004-01-01

    In the region of EUROMET, we performed from 2001 to 2003 a comparison covering a number among the most interesting parameters in the field of surface texture, i.e. Pt, D, Ra, Rz, RSm, and the Rk-parameters. 16 institutes carried out measurements on typical roughness standards as described in ISO...

  11. Matrixed business support comparison study.

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    Parsons, Josh D.

    2004-11-01

    The Matrixed Business Support Comparison Study reviewed the current matrixed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) division staff models at Sandia National Laboratories. There were two primary drivers of this analysis: (1) the increasing number of financial staff matrixed to mission customers and (2) the desire to further understand the matrix process and the opportunities and challenges it creates.

  12. NCSL National Measurement Interlaboratory Comparison Database requirements

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    WHEELER,JAMES C.; PETTIT,RICHARD B.

    2000-04-20

    With the recent development of an International Comparisons Database which provides worldwide access to measurement comparison data between National Measurement Institutes, there is currently renewed interest in developing a database of comparisons for calibration laboratories within a country. For many years, the National Conference of Standards Laboratories (NCSL), through the Measurement Comparison Programs Committee, has sponsored Interlaboratory Comparisons in a variety of measurement areas. This paper will discuss the need for such a National database which catalogues and maintains Interlaboratory Comparisons data. The paper will also discuss future requirements in this area.

  13. [Individual difference in making temporal comparisons: development of Temporal Comparison Orientation Scale].

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    Namikawa, Tsutomu

    2011-02-01

    This study developed the Temporal Comparison Orientation Scale and investigated its reliability and validity. Study 1 (N = 481) examined the factor structure and correlations with other related scales (self-consciousness scale; revaluation tendency scale; self-esteem scale; depression scale; social comparison orientation scale). The results suggested that the Temporal Comparison Orientation Scale had good reliability and validity. Study 2 examined the relationship between temporal comparison orientation and affect generated by temporal comparisons. The results showed that individuals high in temporal comparison orientation experienced more negative affect after upward and downward comparisons than individuals low in temporal comparison orientation. The possible uses and limitations of the scale were discussed. PMID:21400863

  14. Comparison of Wireless Standards-Setting

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    Romanchuk, Sergiy; Vasyuk, Volodymyr

    2010-01-01

    In this paper wireless communication standards are described. Problems of standardization of wireless telecommunication networks of Europe have been considered. Also comparison of wireless networks and the table of comparison of telecommunication networks of different standards are resulted.

  15. The neural correlates of beauty comparison

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    Kedia, Gayannée; Mussweiler, Thomas; Mullins, Paul; Linden, David E. J.

    2013-01-01

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. How attractive someone is perceived to be depends on the individual or cultural standards to which this person is compared. But although comparisons play a central role in the way people judge the appearance of others, the brain processes underlying attractiveness comparisons remain unknown. In the present experiment, we tested the hypothesis that attractiveness comparisons rely on the same cognitive and neural mechanisms as comparisons of simple nonsocia...

  16. Social support, social comparison, and anger

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    Murat İskender; Taşkın Tanrıkulu

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this research is to examine the relationship of social support, social comparison, anger and anger expression. Participants were 258 high school students who completed a questionnaire package that included the Multidimensional Scale for Social Support, the Social Comparison Scale, and the State-Trait Anger Scale. The hypothesis model was tested correlational analysis. According to results social support was related positively to social comparison. Also social comparison was rel...

  17. A complete description of comparison meaningful functions

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    Marichal, Jean-Luc

    2004-01-01

    Comparison meaningful functions acting on some real interval are completely described as transformed coordinate projections on minimal invariant subsets. The case of monotone comparison meaningful functions is further specified. Several already known results for comparison meaningful functions and invariant functions are obtained as consequences of our description.

  18. Pluralism and Objectivism: Cornerstones for Interpersonal Comparisons

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    Nielsen, Lasse

    2012-01-01

    comparison, and between a subjectivist and objectivist standard of interpersonal comparison. The paper provides a normative argument for pluralism and objectivism with regard to interpersonal comparison, and it suggests that the Capability Approach as developed by Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum fits these...

  19. Cross-National Yardstick Comparisons

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    Møller Hansen, Kasper; Leth Olsen, Asmus; Bech, Mickael

    2015-01-01

    Comparing performance between countries is both a theoretically and intuitively useful yardstick for voters. Cross-national comparisons provide voters with heuristics that are less cognitively demanding, less ambiguous, and less uncertain than solely national, absolute performance measurements. We...... test this proposition using a unique, choice experiment embedded in the 2011 Danish National Election Study. This design allows to contrast cross-national comparisons with more traditional national sociotropic and egotropic concerns. The findings suggest that voters are strongly influenced by cross-national...... performance comparisons—even when accounting for classic national sociotropic and egotropic items. Specifically, voters respond strongly to how the prospective wealth of Denmark evolves relative to the neighboring Sweden. Interestingly, voters are more negative in their response to cross-national losses...

  20. Comparisons of EVD and DVD

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    YAN Ming; DAI Jian-hua; HU Guo-rong

    2006-01-01

    The goal of the Enhanced Versatile Disc (EVD) standard is to define an advanced high definition disc competing with Digital Versatile Disc (DVD). The EVD standard consists of the physical specification, the file system specification, and the specification for audio/video data and Enhanced(x) Audio Coding (ExAC) technology. EVD is an integrated system similar to DVD. Comprehensive comparisons of EVD and DVD are given in this paper. Their key differences include disc formats, file system structures, data structures, audio/video coding, and other issues. Among them,we emphasize on the logic structure of EVD data and its enhanced audio coding method ExAC. We can draw conclusions through these comparisons that EVD is more the advantageous.

  1. Comparison of color demosaicing methods

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    Losson, Olivier; Macaire, Ludovic; Yang, Yanqin

    2010-01-01

    Mono-CCD color cameras acquire only one color component at each pixel by means of their color filter array (CFA) covering the CCD sensor. To obtain a color image, a procedure - called demosaicing - is then necessary to estimate the other two missing color components at each pixel. This chapter deals with the quality of color images generated in such a way. We attempt to determine which demosaicing method provides the best results according to several comparison criteria, particularly for subs...

  2. Audit Activities and Their Comparison

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    Hudcová, Michaela

    2013-01-01

    This work deals with audit activities and assurance engagements. So it deals with similar issues from Czech and international perspective. It describes the types of audit activities and assurance engagements. It also describes related legislation, standards and regulatory authorities. The work contains information about persons, who perform audit activities and assurance engagements. This thesis compares audit activities and assurance engagements. The comparison shows a great similarity. This...

  3. Comparison of Topographic Correction Methods

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    Rudolf Richter

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available A comparison of topographic correction methods is conducted for Landsat-5 TM, Landsat-7 ETM+, and SPOT-5 imagery from different geographic areas and seasons. Three successful and known methods are compared: the semi-empirical C correction, the Gamma correction depending on the incidence and exitance angles, and a modified Minnaert approach. In the majority of cases the modified Minnaert approach performed best, but no method is superior in all cases.

  4. Comparison of tritium production facilities

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    Detailed investigation and research on the source of tritium, tritium production facilities and their comparison are presented based on the basic information about tritium. The characteristics of three types of proposed tritium production facilities, i.e., fissile type, accelerator production tritium (APT) and fusion type, are presented. APT shows many advantages except its rather high cost; fusion reactors appear to offer improved safety and environmental impacts, in particular, tritium production based on the fusion-based neutron source costs much lower and directly helps the development of fusion energy source

  5. The Comparison in Sister Carrie

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    李雪萍

    2015-01-01

    本文主要分析小说《嘉莉妹妹》中对比手法的应用。首先对比分析了两种不同的美国社会生活方式——奢华和贫穷,然后主要对比了嘉莉的崛起和霍斯特伍德的衰落。%This article mainly analyzes the comparison in the novel.It firstly compares two different kinds of American social life—luxury and poverty,and then mainly comparatively analyzes Carrie’s rising and Hurstwood’s deterioration.

  6. Ascertainment and comparison of risks

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    The author reviews the major problems arising from a comparison and an ascertainment of risks. Extensive scattering shown in the results from ten different studies reflect statistical inadequacies as well as differences in methodological approach. The controversy over renewable energy sources illustrates how the use of different criteria produce different results. Each source of energy (except coal) has practically the same number of lost working days as well as deaths per worker unit, but the risks are lower using nuclear energy as opposed to other sources if calculated pro unit or produced energy. Despite considerable uncertainty over the consequences of nuclear accidents, comparative nuclear energy shows up very favourably. (AF)

  7. RISKIND verification and benchmark comparisons

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    This report presents verification calculations and benchmark comparisons for RISKIND, a computer code designed to estimate potential radiological consequences and health risks to individuals and the population from exposures associated with the transportation of spent nuclear fuel and other radioactive materials. Spreadsheet calculations were performed to verify the proper operation of the major options and calculational steps in RISKIND. The program is unique in that it combines a variety of well-established models into a comprehensive treatment for assessing risks from the transportation of radioactive materials. Benchmark comparisons with other validated codes that incorporate similar models were also performed. For instance, the external gamma and neutron dose rate curves for a shipping package estimated by RISKIND were compared with those estimated by using the RADTRAN 4 code and NUREG-0170 methodology. Atmospheric dispersion of released material and dose estimates from the GENII and CAP88-PC codes. Verification results have shown the program to be performing its intended function correctly. The benchmark results indicate that the predictions made by RISKIND are within acceptable limits when compared with predictions from similar existing models

  8. Review of interspecies risk comparisons

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    Use of laboratory animal data to make quantitative predictions of the risks of toxic effects in humans assumes that a relationship exists between the potencies in animals and humans and that its parameters can be estimated adequately. Such ''scaling rules'' have been used to predict the risks of carcinogenicity or other effects. A survey of the literature yielded only a modest number of papers devoted to the validity of these interspecies risk extrapolations, of which approximately 25 attempt quantitative comparisons for either radiation or chemical hazards. Some authors have investigated relatively large data sets in an attempt to identify the scaling rule that provides the best correlation of risks in two or more species. Others have selected a scaling rule and investigated whether its predictions from data in laboratory species match the risks found in humans. Opinion is divided on the validity of specific extrapolation rules and the utility of animal experiments for quantitative risk assessment. Correlations exist among risk levels in various species, but many factors appear to influence toxicity that are not captured in a simple scaling rule such as dose per unit weight or per unit surface area. Although scaling rules are useful, better projections will be made if case-specific factors such as pharmacokinetics can be considered. Further careful comparisons of quantitative risk estimates are needed. 38 references

  9. Comparison of mixed quantum states

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    In this article, we study the problem of comparing mixed quantum states: given n unknown mixed quantum states, can one determine whether they are identical or not with an unambiguous quantum measurement? We first study the universal comparison of mixed quantum states, and prove that this task is generally impossible to accomplish. Then, we focus on the unambiguous comparison of n mixed quantum states arbitrarily chosen from a set of k mixed quantum states. The condition for the existence of an unambiguous measurement operator which can produce a conclusive result when the unknown states are actually the same and the condition for the existence of an unambiguous measurement operator when the unknown states are actually different are studied independently. We derive a necessary and sufficient condition for the existence of the first measurement operator, and a necessary condition and two sufficient conditions for the second. Furthermore, we find that the sufficiency of the necessary condition for the second measurement operator has a simple and interesting dependence on n and k. At the end, a unified condition is obtained for the simultaneous existence of these two unambiguous measurement operators.

  10. Comparison of sodium aerosol codes

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    Although hypothetical fast reactor accidents leading to severe core damage are very low probability events, their consequences are to be assessed. During such accidents, one can envisage the ejection of sodium, mixed with fuel and fission products, from the primary circuit into the secondary containment. Aerosols can be formed either by mechanical dispersion of the molten material or as a result of combustion of the sodium in the mixture. Therefore considerable effort has been devoted to study the different sodium aerosol phenomena. To ensure that the problems of describing the physical behaviour of sodium aerosols were adequately understood, a comparison of the codes being developed to describe their behaviour was undertaken. The comparison consists of two parts. The first is a comparative study of the computer codes used to predict aerosol behaviour during a hypothetical accident. It is a critical review of documentation available. The second part is an exercise in which code users have run their own codes with a pre-arranged input. For the critical comparative review of the computer models, documentation has been made available on the following codes: AEROSIM (UK), MAEROS (USA), HAARM-3 (USA), AEROSOLS/A2 (France), AEROSOLS/B1 (France), and PARDISEKO-IIIb (FRG)

  11. Temporal dependence in longitudinal paired comparisons

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    Dittrich, Regina; Francis, Brian; Katzenbeisser, Walter

    2008-01-01

    This paper develops a new approach to the analysis of longitudinal paired comparison data, where comparisons of the same objects by the same judges are made on more than one occasion. As an alternative to other recent approaches to such data, which are based on Kalman filter- ing, our approach treats the problem as one of multivariate multinomial data, allowing dependence terms between comparisons over time to be incorporated. The resulting model can be fitted as a Poisson log-linear model an...

  12. Computational Chemistry Comparison and Benchmark Database

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    SRD 101 NIST Computational Chemistry Comparison and Benchmark Database (Web, free access)   The NIST Computational Chemistry Comparison and Benchmark Database is a collection of experimental and ab initio thermochemical properties for a selected set of molecules. The goals are to provide a benchmark set of molecules for the evaluation of ab initio computational methods and allow the comparison between different ab initio computational methods for the prediction of thermochemical properties.

  13. 2004■2005 Prices Comparison of Neodymia

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    2005-01-01

    Global NdFeB magnetic materials industry grows at over20% every year, strongly stimulating the production ofneodymia and Nd metal. In 2005, NdFeB in global market is3,000 - 4,000 tons short of supply. Prices comparison ofneodymia at the same period of this year and last year isshown in Table 1.Table 1 2004 2005 Prices Comparison of Neodymia2004■2005 Prices Comparison of Neodymia

  14. Comparison of Thematic Maps Using Symbolic Entropy

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    Ruiz Marín, Manuel; López Hernández, Fernando Antonio; Páez, Antonio

    2011-01-01

    Comparison of thematic maps is an important task in a number of disciplines. Map comparison has traditionally been conducted using cell-by-cell agreement indicators, such as the Kappa measure. More recently, other methods have been proposed that take into account not only spatially coincident cells in two maps, but also their surroundings or the spatial structure of their differences. The objective of this paper is to propose a framework for map comparison that considers 1) the patterns of sp...

  15. The Current Status of Microscopical Hair Comparisons

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    Rowe, Walter F.

    2001-01-01

    Although the microscopical comparison of human hairs has been accepted in courts of law for over a century, recent advances in DNA technology have called this type of forensic examination into question. In a number of cases, post-conviction DNA testing has exonerated defendants who were convicted in part on the results of microscopical hair comparisons. A federal judge has held a Daubert hearing on the microscopical comparison of human hairs and has concluded that this type of examination doe...

  16. The neural correlates of beauty comparison.

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    Kedia, Gayannée; Mussweiler, Thomas; Mullins, Paul; Linden, David E J

    2014-05-01

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. How attractive someone is perceived to be depends on the individual or cultural standards to which this person is compared. But although comparisons play a central role in the way people judge the appearance of others, the brain processes underlying attractiveness comparisons remain unknown. In the present experiment, we tested the hypothesis that attractiveness comparisons rely on the same cognitive and neural mechanisms as comparisons of simple nonsocial magnitudes such as size. We recorded brain activity with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) while participants compared the beauty or height of two women or two dogs. Our data support the hypothesis of a common process underlying these different types of comparisons. First, we demonstrate that the distance effect characteristic of nonsocial comparisons also holds for attractiveness comparisons. Behavioral results indicated, for all our comparisons, longer response times for near than far distances. Second, the neural correlates of these distance effects overlapped in a frontoparietal network known for its involvement in processing simple nonsocial quantities. These results provide evidence for overlapping processes in the comparison of physical attractiveness and nonsocial magnitudes. PMID:23508477

  17. Text Steganographic Approaches: A Comparison

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    Monika Agarwal

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents three novel approaches of text steganography. The first approach uses the theme ofmissing letter puzzle where each character of message is hidden by missing one or more letters in a wordof cover. The average Jaro score was found to be 0.95 indicating closer similarity between cover andstego file. The second approach hides a message in a wordlist where ASCII value of embedded characterdetermines length and starting letter of a word. The third approach conceals a message, withoutdegrading cover, by using start and end letter of words of the cover. For enhancing the security of secretmessage, the message is scrambled using one-time pad scheme before being concealed and cipher text isthen concealed in cover. We also present an empirical comparison of the proposed approaches with someof the popular text steganographic approaches and show that our approaches outperform the existingapproaches.

  18. A comparison of carbon calculators

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    International attention to carbon dioxide emissions is turning to an individual's contribution, or 'carbon footprint.' Calculators that estimate an individual's CO2 emissions have become more prevalent on the internet. Even with similar inputs, however, these calculators can generate varying results, often by as much as several metric tons per annum per individual activity. This paper examines the similarities and differences among ten US-based calculators. Overall, the calculators lack consistency, especially for estimates of CO2 emissions from household electricity consumption. In addition, most calculators lack information about their methods and estimates, which impedes comparison and validation. Although carbon calculators can promote public awareness of carbon emissions from individual behavior, this paper reveals the need for improved consistency and transparency in the calculators

  19. Comparison Direction and Comparison Dimension among Disabled Individuals: Toward a Refined Conceptualization of Social Comparison under Stress.

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    Buunk, Bram P.

    1995-01-01

    Illuminates the nature and direction of social comparison research using a sample of 168 Dutch individuals. Some of the findings revealed uncertainty and frustration related to a need for social comparison, a desire more for information than affiliation about similar others, and the influence of health problems in evaluating one's situation. (RJM)

  20. Advanced nuclear systems in comparison

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    This study aims at a comparison of future reactor concepts, paying particular attention to aspects of safety, of the fuel cycle, the economics, the experience-base and the state of development. Representative examples of typical development lines, that could possibly be 'of interest' within a time horizon of 50 years were selected for comparison. This can be divided into three phases: - Phase I includes the next 10 years and will be characterised mainly by evolutionary developments of light water reactors (LWR) of large size; representative: EPR, - Phase II: i.e. the time between 2005 and 2020 approximately, encompasses the forecasted doubling of today's world-wide installed nuclear capacity; along with evolutionary reactors, innovative systems like AP600, PIUS, MHTGR, EFR will emerge, - Phase III covers the time between 2020 and 2050 and is characterised by the issue of sufficient fissile material resources; novel fast reactor systems including hybrid systems can, thus, become available; representatives: IFR, EA, ITER (the latter being). The evaluated concepts foresee partly different fuel cycles. Fission reactors can be operated in principle on the basis of either a Uranium-Plutonium-cycle or a Thorium-Uranium-cycle, while combinations of these cycles among them or with other reactor concepts than proposed are possible. With today's nuclear park (comprising mainly LWRs), the world-wide plutonium excess increases annually by about 100 t. Besides strategies based on reprocessing like: - recycling in thermal and fast reactors with mixed oxide fuels, - plutonium 'burning' in reactors with novel fuels without uranium or in 'hybrid' systems, allowing a reduction of this excess, direct disposal of spent fuel elements including their plutonium content ('one-through') is being considered. (author) figs., tabs., 32 refs

  1. Magnetohydrodynamic stability comparison theorems revisited

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    Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) stability comparison theorems are presented for several different plasma models, each one corresponding to a different level of collisionality: a collisional fluid model (ideal MHD), a collisionless kinetic model (kinetic MHD), and two intermediate collisionality hybrid models (Vlasov-fluid and kinetic MHD-fluid). Of particular interest is the re-examination of the often quoted statement that ideal MHD makes the most conservative predictions with respect to stability boundaries for ideal modes. Some of the models have already been investigated in the literature and we clarify and generalize these results. Other models are essentially new and for them we derive new comparison theorems. Three main conclusions can be drawn: (1) it is crucial to distinguish between ergodic and closed field line systems; (2) in the case of ergodic systems, ideal MHD does indeed make conservative predictions compared to the other models; (3) in closed line systems undergoing perturbations that maintain the closed line symmetry this is no longer true. Specifically, when the ions are collisionless and their gyroradius is finite, as in the Vlasov-fluid model, there is no compressibility stabilization. The Vlasov-fluid model is more unstable than ideal MHD. The reason for this is related to the wave-particle resonance associated with the perpendicular precession drift motion of the particles (i.e., the ExB drift and magnetic drifts), combined with the absence of any truly toroidally trapped particles. The overall conclusion is that to determine macroscopic stability boundaries for ideal modes for any magnetic geometry using a simple conservative approach, one should analyze the ideal MHD energy principle for incompressible displacements.

  2. Comparison and converse comparison theorems for backward stochastic differential equations with Markov chain noise

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    Yang, Zhe; Ramarimbahoaka, Dimbinirina; Robert J. Elliott

    2016-01-01

    Comparison and converse comparison theorems are important parts of the research on backward stochastic differential equations. In this paper, we obtain comparison results for one dimensional backward stochastic differential equations with Markov chain noise, adapting previous results under simplified hypotheses. We introduce a type of nonlinear expectation, the $f$-expectation, which is an interpretation of the solution to a BSDE, and use it to establish a converse comparison theorem for the ...

  3. The distribution of interlaboratory comparison data

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    Heydorn, Kaj

    2008-01-01

    The distribution of mutually consistent results from interlaboratory comparisons is expected to be leptokurtic, and readers are warned against accepting conclusions based on simulations assuming normality.......The distribution of mutually consistent results from interlaboratory comparisons is expected to be leptokurtic, and readers are warned against accepting conclusions based on simulations assuming normality....

  4. Affective and Behavioral Consequences of Social Comparison.

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    Testa, Maria N.; Major, Brenda

    Considerable attention in recent years has focused on the consequences of social comparisons and has suggested that learning that one's outcomes or abilities compare unfavorably to others' is an unpleasant, if not painful experience. Indeed, upward comparisons have been shown to result in negative affect, loss of self-esteem, stress symptoms, and…

  5. Projected cost comparison of nuclear electricity

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    Comparison of electricity generation costs has been done in the late years through a large co-operation between several organisations. The studies are aiming to provide reliable comparison of electricity generating costs of nuclear and conventional base load power plants. This paper includes the result of the joint IAEA/OECD study published in 1997. (author)

  6. Comparison of debris flux models

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    Sdunnus, H.; Beltrami, P.; Klinkrad, H.; Matney, M.; Nazarenko, A.; Wegener, P.

    The availability of models to estimate the impact risk from the man-made space debris and the natural meteoroid environment is essential for both, manned and unmanned satellite missions. Various independent tools based on different approaches have been developed in the past years. Due to an increased knowledge of the debris environment and its sources e.g. from improved measurement capabilities, these models could be updated regularly, providing more detailed and more reliable simulations. This paper addresses an in-depth, quantitative comparison of widely distributed debris flux models which were recently updated, namely ESA's MASTER 2001 model, NASA's ORDEM 2000 and the Russian SDPA 2000 model. The comparison was performed in the frame of the work of the 20t h Interagency Debris Coordination (IADC) meeting held in Surrey, UK. ORDEM 2000ORDEM 2000 uses careful empirical estimates of the orbit populations based onthree primary data sources - the US Space Command Catalog, the H ystackaRadar, and the Long Duration Exposure Facility spacecraft returned surfaces.Further data (e.g. HAX and Goldstone radars, impacts on Shuttle windows andradiators, and others) were used to adjust these populations for regions in time,size, and space not covered by the primary data sets. Some interpolation andextrapolation to regions with no data (such as projections into the future) wasprovided by the EVOLVE model. MASTER 2001The ESA MASTER model offers a full three dimensional description of theterrestrial debris distribution reaching from LEO up to the GEO region. Fluxresults relative to an orbiting target or to an inertial volume can be resolved intosource terms, impactor characteristics and orbit, as well as impact velocity anddirection. All relevant debris source terms are considered by the MASTERmodel. For each simulated source, a corresponding debris generation model interms of mass/diameter distribution, additional velocities, and directionalspreading has been developed. A

  7. The Language of Comparisons: Communicating about Percentages

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    Jessica Polito

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available While comparisons between percentages or rates appear frequently in journalism and advertising, and are an essential component of quantitative writing, many students fail to understand precisely what percentages mean, and lack fluency with the language used for comparisons. After reviewing evidence demonstrating this weakness, this experience-based perspective lays out a framework for teaching the language of comparisons in a structured way, and illustrates it with several authentic examples that exemplify mistaken or misleading uses of such numbers. The framework includes three common types of erroneous or misleading quantitative writing: the missing comparison, where a key number is omitted; the apples-to-pineapples comparison, where two subtly incomparable rates are presented; and the implied fallacy, where an invalid quantitative conclusion is left to the reader to infer.

  8. The Current Status of Microscopical Hair Comparisons

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    Walter F. Rowe

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Although the microscopical comparison of human hairs has been accepted in courts of law for over a century, recent advances in DNA technology have called this type of forensic examination into question. In a number of cases, post-conviction DNA testing has exonerated defendants who were convicted in part on the results of microscopical hair comparisons. A federal judge has held a Daubert hearing on the microscopical comparison of human hairs and has concluded that this type of examination does not meet the criteria for admission of scientific evidence in federal courts. A review of the available scientific literature on microscopical hair comparisons (including studies conducted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation leads to three conclusions: (1 microscopical comparisons of human hairs can yield scientifically defensible conclusions that can contribute to criminal investigations and criminal prosecutions, (2 the reliability of microscopical hair comparisons is strongly affected by the training of the forensic hair examiner, (3 forensic hair examiners cannot offer estimates of the probability of a match of a questioned hair with a hair from a randomly selected person. In order for microscopical hair examinations to survive challenges under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Daubert decision, hair microscopists must be better trained and undergo frequent proficiency testing. More research on the error rates of microscopical hair comparisons should be undertaken, and guidelines for the permissible interpretations of such comparisons should be established. Until these issues have been addressed and satisfactorily resolved, microscopical hair comparisons should be regarded by law enforcement agencies and courts of law as merely presumptive in nature, and all microscopical hair comparisons should be confirmed by nuclear DNA profiling or mitochondrial DNA sequencing.

  9. Project JADE. Comparison of technologies

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    This report presents a comparison of the technical aspects of three disposal methods, all of which are variations of the KBS-3 method: - KBS-3 V, Vertical disposal - KBS-3 H, Horizontal disposal - MLH, Medium Long Holes. The comparison is based on the criteria listed below. Most weight has been given those criteria influencing the long-term function and safety of the repository that are difficult to alter. Such criteria can only be altered by adopting different technical designs: Technical feasibility; Geological investigations; Design; Construction; Deposition; Environmental impact; Human intrusion after sealing. It is practically possible to carry out all of the disposal methods. KBS-3 V has been studied most completely and therefore has been ranked before the other two methods with respect to 'Technical feasibility'. In principle, the methods are based on the same repository layout and disposal depth, therefore there are no conclusive differences between the methods with respect to 'Geological investigations' and 'Design'. As the disposal tunnels and disposal holes have the same form in the KBS-3 V and KBS-3 H facilities, well-tested excavation methods will be adopted during the construction phase for these two alternatives. Machines suitable for boring the long, horizontal disposal holes of the MLH alternative are available on the market, but the technique must be developed further. Therefore, MLH is currently ranked after KBS-3 V and KBS-3 H with respect to 'Construction'. However, the present degree of technical development reached for KBS-3 V och H could also be achieved for the MLH alternative with a moderate amount of development work. With the current design, the bentonite-barrier in KBS-3 V will have a higher density and therefore a lower conductivity than in the other alternatives. A clear advantage for KBS-3 V and H is that the canisters are disposed individually in deposition holes. Every disposal procedure will be a completed procedure, which is

  10. RTU Comparison Calculator Enhancement Plan

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    Miller, James D.; Wang, Weimin; Katipamula, Srinivas

    2014-03-31

    Over the past two years, Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) has been investigating ways to increase the operating efficiency of the packaged rooftop units (RTUs) in the field. First, by issuing a challenge to the RTU manufactures to increase the integrated energy efficiency ratio (IEER) by 60% over the existing ASHRAE 90.1-2010 standard. Second, by evaluating the performance of an advanced RTU controller that reduces the energy consumption by over 40%. BTO has previously also funded development of a RTU comparison calculator (RTUCC). RTUCC is a web-based tool that provides the user a way to compare energy and cost savings for two units with different efficiencies. However, the RTUCC currently cannot compare savings associated with either the RTU Challenge unit or the advanced RTU controls retrofit. Therefore, BTO has asked PNNL to enhance the tool so building owners can compare energy and savings associated with this new class of products. This document provides the details of the enhancements that are required to support estimating energy savings from use of RTU challenge units or advanced controls on existing RTUs.

  11. Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool

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    Power through Policy: 'Best Practices' for Cost-Effective Distributed Wind is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-funded project to identify distributed wind technology policy best practices and to help policymakers, utilities, advocates, and consumers examine their effectiveness using a pro forma model. Incorporating a customized feed from the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE), the Web-based Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool (Policy Tool) is designed to assist state, local, and utility officials in understanding the financial impacts of different policy options to help reduce the cost of distributed wind technologies. The Policy Tool can be used to evaluate the ways that a variety of federal and state policies and incentives impact the economics of distributed wind (and subsequently its expected market growth). It also allows policymakers to determine the impact of policy options, addressing market challenges identified in the U.S. DOE’s '20% Wind Energy by 2030' report and helping to meet COE targets.

  12. Attractor comparisons based on density

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    Recognizing a chaotic attractor can be seen as a problem in pattern recognition. Some feature vector must be extracted from the attractor and used to compare to other attractors. The field of machine learning has many methods for extracting feature vectors, including clustering methods, decision trees, support vector machines, and many others. In this work, feature vectors are created by representing the attractor as a density in phase space and creating polynomials based on this density. Density is useful in itself because it is a one dimensional function of phase space position, but representing an attractor as a density is also a way to reduce the size of a large data set before analyzing it with graph theory methods, which can be computationally intensive. The density computation in this paper is also fast to execute. In this paper, as a demonstration of the usefulness of density, the density is used directly to construct phase space polynomials for comparing attractors. Comparisons between attractors could be useful for tracking changes in an experiment when the underlying equations are too complicated for vector field modeling

  13. RTU Comparison Calculator Enhancement Plan

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    Miller, James D. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Wang, Weimin [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Katipamula, Srinivas [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)

    2015-07-01

    Over the past two years, Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) has been investigating ways to increase the operating efficiency of the packaged rooftop units (RTUs) in the field. First, by issuing a challenge to the RTU manufactures to increase the integrated energy efficiency ratio (IEER) by 60% over the existing ASHRAE 90.1-2010 standard. Second, by evaluating the performance of an advanced RTU controller that reduces the energy consumption by over 40%. BTO has previously also funded development of a RTU comparison calculator (RTUCC). RTUCC is a web-based tool that provides the user a way to compare energy and cost savings for two units with different efficiencies. However, the RTUCC currently cannot compare savings associated with either the RTU Challenge unit or the advanced RTU controls retrofit. Therefore, BTO has asked PNNL to enhance the tool so building owners can compare energy and savings associated with this new class of products. This document provides the details of the enhancements that are required to support estimating energy savings from use of RTU challenge units or advanced controls on existing RTUs.

  14. Inter laboratory comparison on Industrial Computed Tomography

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    Angel, Jais Andreas Breusch; De Chiffre, Leonardo; Larsen, Erik;

    The ‘CIA-CT comparison - Inter laboratory comparison on industrial Computed Tomography” is organized by DTU Department of Mechanical Engineering within the Danish project “Centre for Industrial Application of CT scanning - CIA-CT”. The project is co-financed by the Danish Ministry of Science......, Technology and Innovation. The comparison aims to collect information about measurement performance in state-of the-art industrial CT (Computed Tomography) scanning. Since CT scanning has entered the field of manufacturing and coordinate metrology, evaluation of uncertainty of measurement with assessment of...

  15. Quantitative comparison of power decompositions

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    Erhan Balci, M.; Hakan Hocaoglu, M. [Gebze Institute of Technology, Department of Electronics Engineering, Kocaeli 41400 (Turkey)

    2008-03-15

    This paper presents a comparison on power decompositions in a simple single phase circuit with nonsinusoidal waveforms of voltage and/or currents by giving particular emphasis to Reactive Power compensation. The experimental circuit is analysed by using exact analytical expressions for current and voltages determined via considering source impedance and nonlinearity, which is introduced due to supply side harmonics. Results demonstrate that; power decompositions proposed by Kusters and Moore, Fryze, Shepherd and Zakikhani, Sharon, and Czarnecki provide correct information regarding Power Factor improvement with passive compensation in nonsinusoidal voltage source-linear load, nonsinusoidal voltage source-nonlinear load and sinusoidal voltage source-nonlinear load cases. In these cases, Reactive component of Kusters and Moore's power decomposition can completely be compensated when Power Factor is maximum if there is no resonance or significant changes on load voltages in the case of compensation capacitance is inserted. The Reactive components of Fryze, Shepherd and Zakikhani, Sharon, Czarnecki's power decompositions attain minimum value when power factor is maximum. Furthermore, Kusters and Moore's Reactive Power could directly be related to the power of optimum compensation capacitance. On the other hand, power decompositions proposed by Budeanu, Kimbark and Depenbrock do not provide any useful information about optimum Reactive Power compensation with a basic capacitance in the cases nonsinusoidal voltage source-linear load and nonsinusoidal voltage source-nonlinear load although they can completely be compensated in these cases. An important observation is that; Distortion Powers of Budeanu and Kimbark, and Depenbrock's Residual Power have compensable parts; on the other hand, Kusters and Moore's Residual Reactive Power, Sharon's Complementary Power, Depenbrock's In Phase Power and Czarnecki's Scattered Power are almost

  16. Medicare Managed Care plan Performance, A Comparison...

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The study evaluates the performance of Medicare managed care, Medicare Advantage, Plans in comparison to Medicare fee-for-service Plans in three states with...

  17. A theory for technological risk comparisons

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    A unified and consistent theory is presented for the comparison of risks associated with technological systems. For purposes of such comparison, technological systems are characterized by two random components: consequences of a given accident, and number of accident during some observation period. The more objective comparisons are based on stochastic dominance principles of zeroth- and first-degree; the currently used Farmer's line and frequency-consequence curves are examples of this approach. Another group of methods is more subjective; comparison is based on some index of dispreference, like the expected value. Limitations of current indices are discussed; hence, a new index is proposed, which overcomes the main drawbacks of present methods. As a numerical example, aircraft and nuclear power accidents are compared. (orig.)

  18. Micro Foundations for International Productivity Comparisons

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    Gersbach, Hans; Ark, Bart van

    1994-01-01

    This paper describes the methodology and procedures of international comparisons of productivity levels for twelve manufacturing industries (producing food products, beer, soap and detergents, iron and steel, machine tools, various types of machinery, computers, audio and video equipment, industrial

  19. Apple and Samsung Mobile Devices Comparison

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    Bureš, Jakub

    2013-01-01

    Bachelor thesis presents a comparison of mobile devices, Apple and Samsung, in particular the characteristics of the individual companies and the historical development of their mobile devices. It is focused on a comparison of selected mobile devices and finally discusses the major patent wars waged between the two companies. At the same time bachelor's thesis in his research points to the specific preferences of users of mobile devices.

  20. Review of nuclear model codes comparison exercises

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    The OECD/NEA Data Banks has conducted a series of international nuclear model code comparisons with the aim of verifying the correctness of codes, of building confidence in models used for predicting data for which no experimental values are known and to drive towards refinement of models where necessary. Exercises involving coupled channels, optical, statistical and pre-equilibrium models are reviewed here. Progress in recent comparisons is reported and planned exercises are described. (author). 11 refs, 5 figs

  1. Comparison of statistics on jobs: September 2007

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    Andrew Machin

    2008-01-01

    Presents latest comparisons from the Labour Force Survey and Workforce Jobs statistics, reconciling the estimates from both sourcesThis article presents the latest comparison of jobs statistics from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the Workforce Jobs (WFJ) statistics, and reconciliation of the estimates from the two sources. It introduces new evidence on the level of overcounting of self-employment in the LFS, and subsequent double-counting in the WFJ figures. This improvement is based on th...

  2. Go Glocal: Intercultural Comparison of Leadership Ethics

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    Rafael Capurro

    2013-01-01

    This article deals with basic concepts of leadership based on the research of the French sinologist François Jullien. It addresses particularly the concept of efficacy in Greek thought in comparison with Daoist thought (Zhuangzi). This comparison is particularly relevant because classical Chinese philosophy developed over thousands of years with hardly any influence from the West. The spirit of Daoist strategic thinking is to avoid the trap of particularity by getting the opponent to adapt an...

  3. 7 CFR 28.15 - Classification and comparison; requests.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 7 Agriculture 2 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Classification and comparison; requests. 28.15 Section... Standards Act Requests for Classification and Comparison § 28.15 Classification and comparison; requests. All requests for classification and comparison shall be in writing on a form supplied by the...

  4. 16 CFR 233.2 - Retail price comparisons; comparable value comparisons.

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    2010-01-01

    ... GUIDES AGAINST DECEPTIVE PRICING § 233.2 Retail price comparisons; comparable value comparisons. (a... fountain pens at $10, it is not dishonest for retailer Doe to advertise: “Brand X Pens, Price Elsewhere $10... here would be deceptive, since the price charged by the small suburban outlets would have no...

  5. Interprovincial Comparisons of University Financing. Fourth Report of the Tripartite Committee on Interprovincial Comparisons.

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    Council of Ontario Universities, Toronto.

    Eight indicators used to make interprovincial comparisons of university financing in Canada are outlined and the values of these indicators are presented for 1974-1975 to 1980-1981. The Tripartite Committee on Interprovincial Comparisons has directed attention to how much financial support is provided to universities, how university financing fits…

  6. Mass spectrometric analysis of integral membrane proteins: application to complete mapping of bacteriorhodopsins and rhodopsin.

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    Ball, L. E.; Oatis, J. E.; Dharmasiri, K.; Busman, M.; Wang, J.; Cowden, L. B.; Galijatovic, A.; N. Chen; Crouch, R K; Knapp, D R

    1998-01-01

    Integral membrane proteins have not been readily amenable to the general methods developed for mass spectrometric (or internal Edman degradation) analysis of soluble proteins. We present here a sample preparation method and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) separation system which permits online HPLC-electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) and -tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) analysis of cyanogen bromide cleavage fragments of integral membrane proteins. This method has...

  7. Optical nonlinearity of pure bacteriorhodopsin Langmuir-Blodgett films derived from multi-wave mixing

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    Liu, S. H.; Du, Weichong

    1993-10-01

    We report an observation of optical phase conjugate and high-order diffractions from degenerate multi-wave mixing in LB films of pure purple membrane for the first time. The saturated absorption intensity and the saturated nonlinear refractive index of the LB films have been estimated to be 0.42 W/cm2, and 5×10-2 cm2/W, respectively. The typical response time of its nonlinearity is about several milliseconds.

  8. Real medical benefit assessed by indirect comparison.

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    Falissard, Bruno; Zylberman, Myriam; Cucherat, Michel; Izard, Valérie; Meyer, François

    2009-01-01

    Frequently, in data packages submitted for Marketing Approval to the CHMP, there is a lack of relevant head-to-head comparisons of medicinal products that could enable national authorities responsible for the approval of reimbursement to assess the Added Therapeutic Value (ASMR) of new clinical entities or line extensions of existing therapies.Indirect or mixed treatment comparisons (MTC) are methods stemming from the field of meta-analysis that have been designed to tackle this problem. Adjusted indirect comparisons, meta-regressions, mixed models, Bayesian network analyses pool results of randomised controlled trials (RCTs), enabling a quantitative synthesis.The REAL procedure, recently developed by the HAS (French National Authority for Health), is a mixture of an MTC and effect model based on expert opinions. It is intended to translate the efficacy observed in the trials into effectiveness expected in day-to-day clinical practice in France. PMID:19671436

  9. Photon/Electron Benchmarks for Intercode Comparisons

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    Hughes, Henry Grady III [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Sweezy, Jeremy Ed [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Lemaire, Sebastien [CEA/DIF (France); Caillaud, M. [CEA/DIF (France); Sauvestre, J. E. [CEA/DIF (France); Umbert, A. [CEA/DIF (France)

    2015-07-21

    The goal of this work was to improve accuracy and efficiency of two Monte-Carlo transport codes (MCNP and DIANE) with an emphasis on γ+electron physics. The approach involved intercode comparisons + measurements for gamma/e- energy deposition in a cylinder with a photon source and different materials (C, Pb) and the bombardment of 15-MeV electrons on thick targets (Al, Be, Pb). Comparisons of the codes DIANE and MCNP6 showed good agreement (differences < 3%) for gamma-electron energy deposition in a 2D cylinder, except for the first 0.1 μm of lead (difference < 10%). Comparisons with measurements showed generally good agreement, often better than 10%; best-performing codes/options are problem-dependent; and single-event discrepancies are in active use in reviewing electron elastic scattering.

  10. On health safety standards and risks comparison

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    Special index is desirable for the establishment of universal safety standards of population and personnel, and other levels of decision-making on protective steps as well as for the comparison of different risk sources. It is defined as effective damage per year - dissipated years of the healthy life as a result of risk source effect during the present year. Universal safety norms in the terms of this value are suggested. Derived safety norms for the ionizing radiation and some other concrete risk sources involving chemical pollutants of the environment were obtained on their basis. The recommendations on the methods and indexes of different risk sources comparison are given. Examples for the comparison of different kinds of risks are presented

  11. Infrared spectral normal emittance/emissivity comparison

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    Hanssen, L.; Wilthan, B.; Filtz, J.-R.; Hameury, J.; Girard, F.; Battuello, M.; Ishii, J.; Hollandt, J.; Monte, C.

    2016-01-01

    The National Measurement Institutes (NMIs) of the United States, Germany, France, Italy and Japan, have joined in an inter-laboratory comparison of their infrared spectral emittance scales. This action is part of a series of supplementary inter-laboratory comparisons (including thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity) sponsored by the Consultative Committee on Thermometry (CCT) Task Group on Thermophysical Quantities (TG-ThQ). The objective of this collaborative work is to strengthen the major operative National Measurement Institutes' infrared spectral emittance scales and consequently the consistency of radiative properties measurements carried out worldwide. The comparison has been performed over a spectral range of 2 μm to 14 μm, and a temperature range from 23 °C to 800 °C. Artefacts included in the comparison are potential standards: oxidized Inconel, boron nitride, and silicon carbide. The measurement instrumentation and techniques used for emittance scales are unique for each NMI, including the temperature ranges covered as well as the artefact sizes required. For example, all three common types of spectral instruments are represented: dispersive grating monochromator, Fourier transform and filter-based spectrometers. More than 2000 data points (combinations of material, wavelength and temperature) were compared. Ninety-eight percent (98%) of the data points were in agreement, with differences to weighted mean values less than the expanded uncertainties calculated from the individual NMI uncertainties and uncertainties related to the comparison process. Main text To reach the main text of this paper, click on Final Report. Note that this text is that which appears in Appendix B of the BIPM key comparison database kcdb.bipm.org/. The final report has been peer-reviewed and approved for publication by the CCT, according to the provisions of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (CIPM MRA).

  12. Comparison of prokaryotic community structure from Mediterranean and Atlantic saltern concentrator ponds by a metagenomic approach

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    Ana Beatriz eFernández

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available We analyzed the prokaryotic community structure of a saltern pond with 21 % total salts located in Isla Cristina, Huelva, Southwest Spain, close to the Atlantic ocean coast. For this purpose, we constructed a metagenome (designated as IC21 obtained by pyrosequencing consisting of 486 Mb with an average read length of 397 bp and compared it with other metagenomic datasets obtained from ponds with 19, 33 and 37 % total salts acquired from Santa Pola marine saltern, located in Alicante, East Spain, on the Mediterranean coast. Although the salinity in IC21 is closer to the pond with 19 % total salts from Santa Pola saltern (designated as SS19, IC21 is more similar at higher taxonomic levels to the pond with 33 % total salts from Santa Pola saltern (designated as SS33, since both are predominated by the phylum Euryarchaeota. However, there are significant differences at lower taxonomic levels where most sequences were related to the genus Halorubrum in IC21 and to Haloquadratum in SS33. Within the Bacteroidetes, the genus Psychroflexus is the most abundant in IC21 while Salinibacter dominates in SS33. Sequences related to bacteriorhodopsins and halorhodopsins correlate with the abundance of Haloquadratum in Santa Pola SS19 to SS33 and of Halorubrum in Isla Cristina IC21 dataset, respectively. Differences in composition might be attributed to local ecological conditions since IC21 showed a decrease in the number of sequences related to the synthesis of compatible solutes and in the utilization of phosphonate.

  13. NOC AND BUS ARCHITECTURE: A COMPARISON

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    RAJEEV KAMAL

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Network-on-chip designs promise to offer considerable advantages over the traditional bus-based architecture. As continuing scaling of Moore’s law enables ever greater transistor densities, design complexity, power limitations and application convergence networks have started to replace busses in much smaller systems and the enhancement of NoC. This paper summarizes the advantages of the NoC and the limitations of traditional bus based architecture. In this paper we discuss a detailed comparison of area, power, scalability andperformance of traditional busses in comparison with NoC.

  14. Comparison of Temperature Loadings of Bridge Girders

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    J. Římal

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper compares the effect of temperature changes on the superstructure of bridges, above all the effect of non-uniform temperature. Loadings according to standards ESN 73 6203, ENV 1991-1-5 and DIN 1072 are compared here. The paper shows a short summary of temperature loading according to each standard and shows the comparison of bending moments arisen from these temperature loadings on superstructure made from continuous girder from a steel-concrete box girder with a composite concrete slab. With respect to a variety of design processes, the comparison is made without any coefficient of loading, combination or material. 

  15. Go Glocal: Intercultural Comparison of Leadership Ethics

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    Rafael Capurro

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available This article deals with basic concepts of leadership based on the research of the French sinologist François Jullien. It addresses particularly the concept of efficacy in Greek thought in comparison with Daoist thought (Zhuangzi. This comparison is particularly relevant because classical Chinese philosophy developed over thousands of years with hardly any influence from the West. The spirit of Daoist strategic thinking is to avoid the trap of particularity by getting the opponent to adapt and keeping oneself open to adaptability. The moral price is a “logic of manipulation”. The shortcomings of this ethic is confronted with the Western quest for ethical principles and values.

  16. Systematic Comparison of Operating Reserve Methodologies: Preprint

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    Ibanez, E.; Krad, I.; Ela, E.

    2014-04-01

    Operating reserve requirements are a key component of modern power systems, and they contribute to maintaining reliable operations with minimum economic impact. No universal method exists for determining reserve requirements, thus there is a need for a thorough study and performance comparison of the different existing methodologies. Increasing penetrations of variable generation (VG) on electric power systems are posed to increase system uncertainty and variability, thus the need for additional reserve also increases. This paper presents background information on operating reserve and its relationship to VG. A consistent comparison of three methodologies to calculate regulating and flexibility reserve in systems with VG is performed.

  17. A comparison of Monte Carlo generators

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    Golan, Tomasz

    2014-01-01

    A comparison of GENIE, NEUT, NUANCE, and NuWro Monte Carlo neutrino event generators is presented using a set of four observables: protons multiplicity, total visible energy, most energetic proton momentum, and $\\pi^+$ two-dimensional energy vs cosine distribution.

  18. The discovery and comparison of symbolic magnitudes.

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    Chen, Dawn; Lu, Hongjing; Holyoak, Keith J

    2014-06-01

    Humans and other primates are able to make relative magnitude comparisons, both with perceptual stimuli and with symbolic inputs that convey magnitude information. Although numerous models of magnitude comparison have been proposed, the basic question of how symbolic magnitudes (e.g., size or intelligence of animals) are derived and represented in memory has received little attention. We argue that symbolic magnitudes often will not correspond directly to elementary features of individual concepts. Rather, magnitudes may be formed in working memory based on computations over more basic features stored in long-term memory. We present a model of how magnitudes can be acquired and compared based on BARTlet, a representationally simpler version of Bayesian Analogy with Relational Transformations (BART; Lu, Chen, & Holyoak, 2012). BARTlet operates on distributions of magnitude variables created by applying dimension-specific weights (learned with the aid of empirical priors derived from pre-categorical comparisons) to more primitive features of objects. The resulting magnitude distributions, formed and maintained in working memory, are sensitive to contextual influences such as the range of stimuli and polarity of the question. By incorporating psychological reference points that control the precision of magnitudes in working memory and applying the tools of signal detection theory, BARTlet is able to account for a wide range of empirical phenomena involving magnitude comparisons, including the symbolic distance effect and the semantic congruity effect. We discuss the role of reference points in cognitive and social decision-making, and implications for the evolution of relational representations. PMID:24531498

  19. Comparison of instability theory with simulation results

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    The results of a quantitative comparison between linear instability theory and simulation results for a third order charge fluctuation mode in a quadrupole - focused beam are summarized. The theory is found to provide a good account of the initial instability exhibited by the simulation computations

  20. Comparison on Computed Tomography using industrial items

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    Angel, Jais Andreas Breusch; De Chiffre, Leonardo

    2014-01-01

    In a comparison involving 27 laboratories from 8 countries, measurements on two common industrial items, a polymer part and a metal part, were carried out using X-ray Computed Tomography. All items were measured using coordinate measuring machines before and after circulation, with reference...

  1. Inter laboratory comparison on Industrial Computed Tomography

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    Angel, Jais Andreas Breusch; De Chiffre, Leonardo

    An interlaboratory comparison on industrial X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) was organized by the Centre for Geometrical Metrology (CGM), Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and carried out within the project “Centre for Industrial Application of CT scanning...

  2. Transports and the environment: European comparisons

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    For different issues (freight transport, passenger transport, greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, fuel consumption in transport and energy efficiency), and illustrated by data tables and figures, this report proposes assessments and comments of the impact on the environment, an overview of the French situation, a comparison with European countries, and an analysis of French peculiarities

  3. Presentation of the comparison Negawatt - Negatep

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    France aims to divide by four the CO2 emissions for 2050. Many scenario have been proposed to reach this objective. Among them, the scenario Negatep proposed by the SLC and the scenario Negawatt proposed the association Negawatt. This document is a presentation and a comparison of these scenario with a sectoral analysis of the energy consumption. (A.L.B.)

  4. Ranking health between countries in international comparisons

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    Brønnum-Hansen, Henrik

    2014-01-01

    Cross-national comparisons and ranking of summary measures of population health sometimes give rise to inconsistent and diverging conclusions. In order to minimise confusion, international comparative studies ought to be based on well-harmonised data with common standards of definitions and...

  5. Comparison of multispectral images across the Internet

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    Heijden, van der G.W.A.M.; Polder, G.; Gevers, Th.

    2000-01-01

    Comparison in the RGB domain is not suitable for precise color matching, due to the strong dependency of this domain on factors like spectral power distribution of the light source and object geometry. We have studied the use of multispectral or hyperspectral images for color matching, since it can

  6. "Units of Comparison" across Languages, across Time

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    Thomas, Margaret

    2009-01-01

    Lardiere's keynote article adverts to a succession of "units of comparison" that have been employed in the study of cross-linguistic differences, including mid-twentieth-century structural patterns, generative grammar's parameters, and (within contemporary Minimalism) features. This commentary expands on the idea of units of cross-linguistic…

  7. The Comparisons between English and Chinese Vowels

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    贾静

    2015-01-01

    English and Chinese have distinctive pronunciation systems. Usually, this kind of difference poses difficulties to language learners. Throughout the comparison between the two systems, students can get a general knowledge of their differences, which may help them to understand what causes their difficulties during pronunciation.

  8. On the comparison of fundamental numerical ephemerides

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    Tkachuk, V. V.; Choliy, V. Ya.

    2013-12-01

    We present the results of our comparison of three main numerical ephemerides (DELE, INPOP, EPM) for the determination of precision and errors of their dynamical coordinate systems. It was shown that all of them have comparable levels of precision, however the EPM demonstrates an unusual shift of the coordinate origin. Systematic errors were estimated as well, and mutual shifts of coordinate centres were found.

  9. Do young children understand relative value comparisons?

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    Joyce F Benenson

    Full Text Available Many forms of judgments, such as those used in economic games or measures of social comparison, require understanding relative value, as well as the more complex ability to make comparisons between relative values. To examine whether young children can accurately compare relative values, we presented children 4 to 7 years with simple judgments of relative value in two scenarios. Children then were asked to compare the relative values in the two scenarios. Results show that even the youngest children downgraded evaluations of a reward when another has a larger amount, indicating the ability to make relative value judgments. When asked to compare relative values however, only the oldest children were able to make these comparisons consistently. We then extended this analysis to economic game performance. Specifically, previous results using economic games suggest that younger children are more generous than older ones. We replicate this result, and then show that a simple change in procedure, based on the initial study, is sufficient to change young children's choices. Our results strongly suggest that conclusions regarding young children's pro-social motives based on relative value comparisons should be viewed cautiously.

  10. Subjective comparison of temporal and quality scalability

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    Korhonen, Jari; Reiter, Ulrich; You, Junyong

    2011-01-01

    reduced either by downscaling the frame rate (temporal scalability) or the image quality (quality scalability). However, the user preferences between different scalability types are not well known in different scenarios. In this paper, we present a methodology for subjective comparison between temporal...

  11. Model selection and comparison for independents sinusoids

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    Nielsen, Jesper Kjær; Christensen, Mads Græsbøll; Jensen, Søren Holdt

    method by considering the problem in a full Bayesian framework instead of the approximate formulation, on which the asymptotic MAP criterion is based. This leads to a new model selection and comparison method, the lp-BIC, whose computational complexity is of the same order as the asymptotic MAP criterion...

  12. Using MDE for Generic Comparison of Views

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    Graaf, B.S.; Van Deursen, A.

    2007-01-01

    We investigate the application of technologies for modeldriven engineering to check the conformance of two software models. This involves their model-based comparison, and visualisation of the results. To generalise our approach we use reflection, metamodel generalisation, and higher-order transform

  13. COMPARISON OF VARIOUS PARTICLE SIZING TECHNIQUES

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    2000-01-01

    SEM,TEM,gas adsorption,X-ray Sedigraph and laser particle sizing have been employed to analyse particle size distribution and powder agglomeration for Alcoa A16 and for Sumitomo AKS-53B and SKP-53 α-Al2O3 powders on several occasions as well.Comparison and evaluation of various particle-sizing techniques have been made.

  14. The Cuntz Semigroup and Comparison of Open Projections

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    Ortega, Eduard; Rordam, Mikael; Thiel, Hannes

    2010-01-01

    We show that a number of naturally occurring comparison relations on positive elements in a C*-algebra are equivalent to natural comparison properties of their corresponding open projections in the bidual of the C*-algebra. In particular we show that Cuntz comparison of positive elements corresponds to a comparison relation on open projections, that we call Cuntz comparison, and which is defined in terms of-and is weaker than-a comparison notion defined by Peligrad and Zsid\\'o. The latter cor...

  15. Comparison of Decision-Making Methods Comparison of Decision-Making Methods

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    Elena Kostenko; Volodymyr Kuznichenko; Volodymyr Lapshyn

    2014-01-01

    A comparison is made between the most commonly used decision-making method (AHP),and two methods developed by the authors (APM and CSM). It is shown that the newlydeveloped methods do not change the correlations and types of inequalities between theglobal priorities of the alternatives when the number of alternatives changes. Thisdifferentiates them from the AHP, which does change them. Also, unlike the AHP, whichuses pair comparison matrices of criteria relative to goals and alternatives, th...

  16. Design and modeling of a light powered biomimicry micropump

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    Sze, Tsun-kay Jackie; Liu, Jin; Dutta, Prashanta

    2015-06-01

    The design of compact micropumps to provide steady flow has been an on-going challenge in the field of microfluidics. In this work, a novel micropump concept is introduced utilizing bacteriorhodopsin and sugar transporter proteins. The micropump utilizes light energy to activate the transporter proteins, which create an osmotic pressure gradient and drive the fluid flow. The capability of the bio inspired micropump is demonstrated using a quasi 1D numerical model, where the contributions of bacteriorhodopsin and sugar transporter proteins are taken care of by appropriate flux boundary conditions in the flow channel. Proton flux created by the bacteriorhodopsin proteins is compared with experimental results to obtain the appropriate working conditions of the proteins. To identify the pumping capability, we also investigate the influences of several key parameters, such as the membrane fraction of transporter proteins, membrane proton permeability and the presence of light. Our results show that there is a wide bacteriorhodopsin membrane fraction range (from 0.2 to 10%) at which fluid flow stays nearly at its maximum value. Numerical results also indicate that lipid membranes with low proton permeability can effectively control the light source as a method to turn on/off fluid flow. This capability allows the micropump to be activated and shut off remotely without bulky support equipment. In comparison with existing micropumps, this pump generates higher pressures than mechanical pumps. It can produce peak fluid flow and shutoff head comparable to other non-mechanical pumps.

  17. A Geometric Framework for the Inconsistency in Pairwise Comparisons

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    Koczkodaj, Waldemar W.; Magnot, Jean-Pierre

    2016-01-01

    In this study, a pairwise comparison matrix is generalized to the case when coefficients create Lie group $G$, non necessarily abelian. A necessary and sufficient criterion for pairwise comparisons matrices to be consistent is provided. Basic criteria for finding a nearest consistent pairwise comparisons matrix (extended to the class of group $G$) are proposed. A geometric interpretation of pairwise comparisons matrices in terms of connections to a simplex is given. Approximate reasoning is m...

  18. Economic Comparison and Group Identity: Lessons from India

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    Fontaine, Xavier; Yamada, Katsunori

    2012-01-01

    The caste issue dominates a large part of India's social and political life. Caste shapes one's identity. Furthermore, strong tensions exist between castes. Using subjective well-being data, we assess the role economic comparisons play in this society. We focus on both within and between-castes comparisons. Within-caste comparisons appear to reduce well-being. Comparisons between rival castes are found to decrease well-being three times more. We link these results to two models in which econo...

  19. 40 CFR 761.326 - Conducting the comparison study.

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    ... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Conducting the comparison study. 761...-liquid PCB Remediation Waste Samples § 761.326 Conducting the comparison study. Extract or analyze the comparison study samples using the alternative method. For an alternative extraction method or...

  20. 30 CFR 206.155 - Accounting for comparison.

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    ... 30 Mineral Resources 2 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Accounting for comparison. 206.155 Section 206... MANAGEMENT PRODUCT VALUATION Federal Gas § 206.155 Accounting for comparison. (a) Except as provided in... subpart. (b) The requirement for accounting for comparison contained in the terms of leases will govern...

  1. Comparison versus Contrast: Task Specifics Affect Category Acquisition

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    Ankowski, Amber A.; Vlach, Haley A.; Sandhofer, Catherine M.

    2013-01-01

    A large literature has documented that comparison and contrast lead to better performance in a variety of tasks. However, studies of comparison and contrast present contradictory conclusions as to when and how these processes benefit learners. Across four studies, we examined how the specifics of the comparison and contrast task affect performance…

  2. International Comparisons: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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    Hazelkorn, Ellen

    2010-01-01

    The presentation addresses the question of why international comparisons, e.g. rankings and benchmarking, have become so important for higher education. It looks at the thinking behind making comparisons, what kind of evidence we need to make valid comparisons and explore the basic questions of indicators, data, whether the process is fit-for-purpose, and the pitfalls in using comparative data.

  3. Novel directional comparison protection for distribution lines

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    2008-01-01

    For quickly clearing up a fault of distribution lines, which concerned with complex structure and operating modes, a directional comparison protection is necessary. The paper evaluated the traditional directional relay through modeling a typical distribution system and presented a novel negative sequence directional relay and a new directional comparison protection scheme specially designed for distribution systems. In the relay and the protection scheme, a particular negative sequence component has been constructed to solve the problem that there is no negative sequence component in a symmetrical fault case so that they could operate correctly in both asymmetrical fault and symmetrical fault. Extensive EMTP simulation studies proved that the protection schemes are able to provide fast and reliable responses for all fault conditions. In particular, they are able to give correct responses adapting to the change of system operation conditions, including the changing of system configuration, power flow direction, and source and tapped-offload conditions.

  4. Comparison of Different ECG Signals on MATLAB

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    Rajan Chaudhary

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we discuss about biomedical engineering and then a brief description of ECG signal. We have generated a new method to compare different arrhythmic heart signals with normal sinus signals at MATLAB. This is making the comparison very easy. ECG is used to measure the rate and regularity of heartbeats, as well as the position and size of the chambers, the existence of any damage to the heart, and the effects of devices or drugs used to regulate the heart, such as a pacemaker. Uttermost ECGs are performed for diagnostic or research purposes on human hearts, but may also be performed on heart of animals, usually for diagnosis of heart abnormalities or research. Result obtained showing that Comparison of Normal (Sinus and Abnormal (arrhythmia ECG signal. Through this method we can compare any type of disordered signal of heart.

  5. MAAP comparison to separate effects tests

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    As part of the Modular Accident Analysis Program (MAAP) benchmarking efforts, data from several separate effects tests were identified as candidates for qualification of MAAP models. These included two critical flow tests, to check the critical flow models in MAAP, and a series of heat transfer tests, to check the heat transfer modeling in MAAP. The critical flow tests were selected because critical flow modeling was identified as important to the MAAP predictions in the phenomena identification study. The same basis was used to select fuel heat transfer tests for comparison to MAAP predictions. For these comparisons, data from two different vessel blowdown tests at General Electric and critical flow data for four different power operated relief valves from the Electric Power Research institute Valve Testing Program was used

  6. Robot Trajectories Comparison: A Statistical Approach

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    A. Ansuategui

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The task of planning a collision-free trajectory from a start to a goal position is fundamental for an autonomous mobile robot. Although path planning has been extensively investigated since the beginning of robotics, there is no agreement on how to measure the performance of a motion algorithm. This paper presents a new approach to perform robot trajectories comparison that could be applied to any kind of trajectories and in both simulated and real environments. Given an initial set of features, it automatically selects the most significant ones and performs a statistical comparison using them. Additionally, a graphical data visualization named polygraph which helps to better understand the obtained results is provided. The proposed method has been applied, as an example, to compare two different motion planners, FM2 and WaveFront, using different environments, robots, and local planners.

  7. Visual comparison testing of automotive paint simulation

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    Meyer, Gary; Fan, Hua-Tzu; Seubert, Christopher; Evey, Curtis; Meseth, Jan; Schnackenberg, Ryan

    2015-03-01

    An experiment was performed to determine whether typical industrial automotive color paint comparisons made using real physical samples could also be carried out using a digital simulation displayed on a calibrated color television monitor. A special light booth, designed to facilitate evaluation of the car paint color with reflectance angle, was employed in both the real and virtual color comparisons. Paint samples were measured using a multi-angle spectrophotometer and were simulated using a commercially available software package. Subjects performed the test quicker using the computer graphic simulation, and results indicate that there is only a small difference between the decisions made using the light booth and the computer monitor. This outcome demonstrates the potential of employing simulations to replace some of the time consuming work with real physical samples that still characterizes material appearance work in industry.

  8. Comparison of interventions to reduce sun exposure.

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    Roberts, Dawn C; Black, Danielle

    2009-01-01

    Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light is the leading behavioral cause of skin cancer. This study evaluated the efficacy of 2 interventions to reduce UV exposure in college students prior to an opportunity for high-intensity exposure. Participants of 1 college campus were assigned randomly to 1 of 2 interventions prior to their spring holiday spent in a warm, sunny location: (1) a community-based informational campaign, or (2) a combination of the campaign and a cognitive-behavioral small group intervention. Participants of a second college campus served as a comparison group. The cognitive-behavioral group exhibited increased knowledge, more positive attitudes toward UV protection, greater advancement through stages of change, and greater protective clothing use relative to the comparison or community-education groups. The informational campaign had little apparent impact in this study. PMID:19433378

  9. Comparison of fast discrete wavelet transform algorithms

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    MENG Shu-ping; TIAN Feng-chun; XU Xin

    2005-01-01

    This paper presents an analysis on and experimental comparison of several typical fast algorithms for discrete wavelet transform (DWT) and their implementation in image compression, particularly the Mallat algorithm, FFT-based algorithm, Short-length based algorithm and Lifting algorithm. The principles, structures and computational complexity of these algorithms are explored in details respectively. The results of the experiments for comparison are consistent to those simulated by MATLAB. It is found that there are limitations in the implementation of DWT. Some algorithms are workable only for special wavelet transform, lacking in generality. Above all, the speed of wavelet transform, as the governing element to the speed of image processing, is in fact the retarding factor for real-time image processing.

  10. Patent documentation - comparison of two MT strategies

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    Offersgaard, Lene; Povlsen, Claus

    2007-01-01

    This paper focuses on two matters: A comparison of how two different MT strategies manage translating the text type of patent documentation and a survey of what is needed to transform a MT research prototype system to a translation application for patent texts. The two MT strategies is represented...... distinctive text type of patents pose special demands for machine translation and these aspects are discussed based on linguistic observations with focus on the users point of view. Two main demands are automatic pre processing of the documents and implementation of a module which in a flexible and user......-friendly manner offers the opportunity to extend the lexical coverage of the system. These demands and the comparison of the two MT strategies are discussed on the basis of proofread patents....

  11. A new comparison theorem of multidimensional BSDEs

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    Wu, Panyu

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, we define a new total order on R^N and use this order together with backward stochastic viability property(for short BSVP) to study the property of the generator of backward stochastic differential equation(for short BSDE) when the price of contingent claim can be represented by a BSDE in the no-arbitrage financial market. The main result is the necessary and sufficient condition for comparison theorem of multidimensional BSDEs under this order.

  12. Outdoor Propagation Models-Comparison Literature Review

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    Mr. Umesh Yadav

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available The aim of comparing different outdoor propagation models is to study the earlier introduced models in the present environment of RF technology and requirement. In the present era of telecom services coverage is not enough but we need to introduce cellular network with high quality parameters. In this comparison review we will focus on the type of terrain/ environment which will best suit the different outdoor propagations models

  13. MCCI simulation comparison between MELCOR and CORQUENCH

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    This paper presents a comparison between the MELCOR and CORQUENCH codes in modeling the progression of a reactor scale ex-vessel core melt. This study investigates the impact of advanced modeling options on the progression of molten corium-concrete interactions (MCCI). Two cooling phenomena, water ingression and melt eruptions, and the crust anchoring phenomenon were shown to largely impact the accident progression. Recommendations are made concerning updating CONRCON-Mod3 within MELCOR and future research activities. (author)

  14. International comparison of the remuneration system disclosure

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    Simona FRANZONI

    2010-01-01

    This research is aimed at assessing whether rules and recommendations adopted in European Countries (France; Germany; Italy; Spain; United Kingdom) and non-European Countries (Canada; Japan; Russia; United States) enable companies to have a regulatory framework as a guarantee of information completeness, so that anyone can, on the one hand, assess if the company is transparency-oriented and, on the other, to facilitate the comparison of remuneration systems with other companies in other Europ...

  15. Educational differences in smoking: international comparison

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    Cavelaars, Adrienne; Rasmussen, N. K.; Kunst, Anton; Geurts, José; Crialesi, R.; Mackenbach, Johan; Grotvedt, L.; Helmert, Uwe; Lahelma, E; Spuhler, T.; Lundberg, O.; Matheson, J.; Rosario-Giraldes, M.; Mielck, A.; Regidor, Enrique

    2000-01-01

    textabstractOBJECTIVE: To investigate international variations in smoking associated with educational level. DESIGN: International comparison of national health, or similar, surveys. SUBJECTS: Men and women aged 20 to 44 years and 45 to 74 years. SETTING: 12 European countries, around 1990. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Relative differences (odds ratios) and absolute differences in the prevalence of ever smoking and current smoking for men and women in each age group by educational level. RESULTS: I...

  16. A comparison of implementation strategies for MPC

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    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Four quadratic programming (QP formulations of model predictive control (MPC are compared with regards to ease of formulation, memory requirement, and numerical properties. The comparison is based on two example processes: a paper machine model, and a model of the Tennessee Eastman challenge process; the number of free variables range from 150-1400. Five commercial QP solvers are compared. Preliminary results indicate that dense solvers still are the most efficient, but sparse solvers hold great promise.

  17. Ordinal Welfare Comparisons with Multiple Discrete Indicators

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    Arndt, Channing; Distante, Roberta; Hussain, M. Azhar;

    about relative importance of any dimension nor about complementarity/substitutability relationships between dimensions. The method is based on the concept of multidimensional first order dominance. We introduce a rapid and reliable algorithm for empirically determining whether one population dominates...... another on the basis of available binary indicators by drawing upon linear programming theory. These approaches are applied to household survey data from Vietnam and Mozambique with a focus on child poverty comparisons over time and between regions....

  18. Comparison of methods for quantum state tomography

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    Estimation of quantum states is a basic task in quantum information science. The major problem is that the number of measurements scales exponentially with respect to the number of particles. Several methods can be used to extract information about the quantum state with a limited number of measurements, e.g. maximum likelihood estimation, hedged maximum likelihood estimation, compressed sensing, and Bayesian mean estimation. Here we do a comparison between these methods and show advantages/disadvantages as well as open problems.

  19. Comparison of two dissimilar modal identification techniques

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    Pappa, Richard S.; Schenk, Axel; Niedbal, Norbert; Klusowski, Erhard

    1992-01-01

    Recent laboratory results using a refined phase resonance method and the eigensystem realization algorithm on the same test structure are reported. These methods are dissimilar modal identification techniques suitable for future large spacecraft. The theory, application approach, and results obtained for each technique are summarized and compared. Although both methods worked well in this investigation, significant differences occurred in some identified mode shapes. Comparison of independently derived modal parameters provides the means for disclosing such discrepancies in flight projects.

  20. A Comparison of Farm and Nonfarm Households

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    Katchova, Ani L.

    2005-01-01

    This study compares the economic well-being of farm and nonfarm households using data from the 2001 Agricultural Resource Management Survey and the 2001 Survey of Consumer Finances. Comparisons are made in terms of income and wealth using Tukey-Kramer mean separation tests, regression analysis, and Gini coefficients. The results show that income and wealth of rural residence and intermediate farms are comparable to those of nonfarm households without businesses, while the well-being of commer...

  1. Loudness effect on pairwise comparisons and sorting

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    Susini, Patrick; Houix, Olivier; SAINT PIERRE, Guillaume

    2015-01-01

    Effect of loudness on the perceptual structure underlying a corpus of sounds is investigated bytwo experimental methods: pairwise comparisons and sorting. Both methods are applied to a corpus of recordingssounds presented with their ecological, non normalized loudness, and to the same corpus equalized in loudness. Twotypes of perceptual structures (multidimensional scaling and hierarchical cluster analysis) are derived. Domination ofone auditory attribute ? loudness ? on less salient ones is ...

  2. Comparison of methods for calculating water erosion

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    Svobodová, Pavlína

    2011-01-01

    Bachelor thesis presents a comparison of methods for calculating water erosion. The aim is to summarize available evidence concerning the problems of water erosion. There are presented some methods how to calculate average annual erosion of soils, and selected models for calculating the erosion immediately. There are also listed possible erosion control measures through which we can at least slow the effects of erosion, rather than stop completely.

  3. International comparisons of labour disputes in 2006

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    Dominic Hale

    2008-01-01

    Presents data for EU Member States and the OECD, comparing overall strike rates between countries and by industryThis article continues a regular series on international labour disputes and presents data on labour disputes in member countries of the European Union and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, between 1997 and 2006. Comparisons are made of overall strike rates between countries as well as strike rates by industry. The article also describes the differences in...

  4. International comparisons of labour disputes in 2005

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    Dominic Hale

    2007-01-01

    Presents data for EU countries and the OECD, comparing overall strike rates between countries and by industryThis article continues a regular series on international labour disputes and presents data on labour disputes in member countries of the European Union and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, between 1996 and 2005. Comparisons are made of overall strike rates between countries as well asstrike rates by industry. The article also describes the differences in defi...

  5. Poverty Comparisons with Endogenous Absolute Poverty Lines

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    Simler, Kenneth R.; Arndt, Channing

    2006-01-01

    The objective of measuring poverty is usually to make comparisons over time or between two or more groups. Comm on statistical inference methods are used to determine whether an apparent difference in measured poverty is statistically significant. Studies of relative poverty have long recognized that when the poverty line is calculated from sample survey data, both the variance of the poverty line and the variance of the welfare metric contribute to the variance of the poverty estimate. In co...

  6. Organic Beef Production - Sire Breed Comparison

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    Fallon, Richard; Leavy, Elaine

    2008-01-01

    The results to date, from this sire breed comparison study indicate that with the contrasting Aberdeen Angus and Charolais sire breeds that is possible to achieve animal performance data comparable to well managed conventional suckler calf to beef systems (300 kg carcass for heifers in Nov and 400 kg carcass for steers in March). Similarly the responses to sire breed type, sex and date of slaughter for the organic beef animals are biologically compatible. Organic beef is produced under organi...

  7. A simple method for global sequence comparison.

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    Pizzi, E; Attimonelli, M; Liuni, S; Frontali, C.; Saccone, C.

    1992-01-01

    A simple method of sequence comparison, based on a correlation analysis of oligonucleotide frequency distributions, is here shown to be a reliable test of overall sequence similarity. The method does not involve sequence alignment procedures and permits the rapid screening of large amounts of sequence data. It identifies those sequences which deserve more careful analysis of sequence similarity at the level of resolution of the single nucleotide. It uses observed quantities only and does not ...

  8. Spectral comparison of large urban graphs

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    Hanna, S

    2009-01-01

    The spectrum of an axial graph is proposed as a means for comparison between spaces, particularly for measuring between very large and complex graphs. A number of methods have been used in recent years for comparative analysis within large sets of urban areas, both to investigate properties of specific known types of street network or to propose a taxonomy of urban morphology based on an analytical technique. In many cases, a single or small range of predefined, scalar measures...

  9. comparison of english and chinese advertisement slogan

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    2011-01-01

    advertisements in cross-culture communication come from different cultural background.the english and chinese advertisement slogan is a lively and distinctive field.differences of advertising slogan are becoming more important in the context of economic globalization.this paper,from the comparison of chinese and english advertisement slogan,language used in slogans,translation of slogan,mainly from the points of view of cross-culture to analysis the differences of tow language ads slogan.

  10. COMPARISON OF CHINESE AND WESTERN WINE CULTURE

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    Tsze, S.

    2014-01-01

    Wine, as a distinguished and traditional drink, has long been liked by people all over the world, and has developed a unique culture both in Chi- na and abroad. This essay will make a comparison between Chinese and western wine culture from three aspects, and especially focus on the differences between the two cultures. And fi nally a conclusion about the differences will be drawn

  11. Costs comparison of electric energy in Brazil

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    A cost comparison study of various sources of electric energy generation was performed using uniform analysis criteria. The results indicate higher costs for coal, followed by nuclear and hidro. It was verified that presently, large hidro-power plants can only be located far from the load centers, with increasing costs of hidro-power energy in Brazil. These costs become higher than the nuclear plant if the hidro plant is located at distances exceeding 1000 Km. (Author)

  12. Comparison of propeller-driven propulsion systems

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    Mejergren, Henrik

    2014-01-01

    Global warming caused by combustion of fossil fuels is a hot topic in today’s society and the world is constantly trying to makes steps towards a brighter tomorrow with stricter environmental laws and research of alternative fuels. A great propulsion system is however not great solely of it being environmental friendly, it must also achieve other requirements. A comparison using different propulsion systems and different fuel types has been made and evaluated in four different categories; pow...

  13. Energy security externalities and fuel cycle comparisons

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    Externalities related to 'energy security' may be one way in which the full social costs of energy use diverge from the market prices of energy commodities. Such divergences need to be included in reckoning the full costs of different fuel cycles. In this paper we critically examine potential externalities related to energy security and issues related to the measurement of 2 these externalities, in the context of fuel cycle comparisons

  14. Traditional marketing vs. Internet marketing. A comparison

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    Varfan, Mona; Shima, Alfa

    2008-01-01

    Title: Traditional marketing vs. Internet marketing: A comparison Problem: Marketing is an important strategy for businesses and it contains numerous effective tools. Traditional marketing has been in use for many years and nowadays Internet has brought new ways of doing business for companies and that has affected marketing. What are the main differences between Internet marketing and traditional marketing? Which one of the two approaches contains the most used and effective marketing tools ...

  15. A comparison of error subspace Kalman filters

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    Nerger, Lars; Hiller, Wolfgang; Schröter, Jens

    2005-01-01

    Three advanced filter algorithms based on the Kalman filter are reviewed and presented in a unified notation. They are the well-known ensemble Kalman filter (EnKF), the singular evolutive extended Kalman (SEEK) filter, and the less common singular evolutive interpolated Kalman (SEIK) filter. For comparison, the mathematical formulations of the filters are reviewed in relation to the extended Kalman filter as error subspace Kalman filters. The algorithms are presented in their original form an...

  16. Santa Barbara Cluster Comparison Test with DISPH

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    Saitoh, Takayuki; Makino, Junichiro

    2016-01-01

    The Santa Barbara cluster comparison project (Frenk et al. Frenk+1999) revealed that there is a systematic difference between entropy profiles of clusters of galaxies obtained by Eulerian mesh and Lagrangian smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) codes: Mesh codes gave a core with a constant entropy whereas SPH codes did not. One possible reason for this difference is that mesh codes are not Galilean invariant. Another possible reason is the problem of the SPH method, which might give too much...

  17. Micro Foundations for International Productivity Comparisons

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    Gersbach, Hans; Ark, Bart van

    1994-01-01

    This paper describes the methodology and procedures of international comparisons of productivity levels for twelve manufacturing industries (producing food products, beer, soap and detergents, iron and steel, machine tools, various types of machinery, computers, audio and video equipment, industrial electronics, wired communication equipment, passenger cars and car components) between Germany, Japan and the United States. These estimates were carried out for a study on comparative productivit...

  18. Comparison of Chinese and American wine culture

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    2015-01-01

    Wine which has a long history in human life and culture is not only a kind of objectively existing material but also a cultural symbol.In this thesis,it will focus on the comparison between Chinese and American wine culture.Four aspects will be included:the origin of wine;the various types of wine;the etiquette of wine drinking;the connection between wine culture and arts and humanities

  19. Comparison Study Of Multiobjective Evolutionary Algorithms

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    Syomkin, A. M.

    2004-01-01

    Many real-world problems involve two types of difficulties: 1) multiple, conflicting objectives and 2) a highly complex search space. Efficient evolutionary strategies have been developed to deal with both difficulties. Evolutionary algorithms possess several characteristics such as parallelism and robustness that make them preferable to classical optimization methods. In the presented paper I conducted comparison studies among the well-known evolutionary algorithms based on NP-hard 0-1 multi...

  20. Hydraulic fracture model comparison study: Complete results

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    Warpinski, N.R. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States); Abou-Sayed, I.S. [Mobil Exploration and Production Services (United States); Moschovidis, Z. [Amoco Production Co. (US); Parker, C. [CONOCO (US)

    1993-02-01

    Large quantities of natural gas exist in low permeability reservoirs throughout the US. Characteristics of these reservoirs, however, make production difficult and often economic and stimulation is required. Because of the diversity of application, hydraulic fracture design models must be able to account for widely varying rock properties, reservoir properties, in situ stresses, fracturing fluids, and proppant loads. As a result, fracture simulation has emerged as a highly complex endeavor that must be able to describe many different physical processes. The objective of this study was to develop a comparative study of hydraulic-fracture simulators in order to provide stimulation engineers with the necessary information to make rational decisions on the type of models most suited for their needs. This report compares the fracture modeling results of twelve different simulators, some of them run in different modes for eight separate design cases. Comparisons of length, width, height, net pressure, maximum width at the wellbore, average width at the wellbore, and average width in the fracture have been made, both for the final geometry and as a function of time. For the models in this study, differences in fracture length, height and width are often greater than a factor of two. In addition, several comparisons of the same model with different options show a large variability in model output depending upon the options chosen. Two comparisons were made of the same model run by different companies; in both cases the agreement was good. 41 refs., 54 figs., 83 tabs.

  1. Goals and Social Comparisons Promote Walking Behavior.

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    Chapman, Gretchen B; Colby, Helen; Convery, Kimberly; Coups, Elliot J

    2016-05-01

    The effectiveness of a pedometer intervention was affected by manipulating the goals given to participants and by providing social comparison feedback about how participants' performance compared with others. In study 1 (n= 148), university staff members received a low, medium, or high walking goal (10%, 50%, or 100% increase over baseline walking). Participants walked 1358 more steps per day (95% confidence interval [CI], 729, 1985), when receiving a high goal than when receiving a medium goal, but a medium goal did not increase walking relative to a low goal (554 more steps; 95% CI, -71,1179). In study 2 (n= 64), participants received individual feedback only or individual plus social comparison feedback. Participants walked 1120 more steps per day (95% CI, 538, 1703) when receiving social comparison feedback than when receiving only individual feedback. Goals and the performance of others act as reference points and influence the effect that pedometer feedback has on walking behavior, illustrating the applicability of the principles of behavioral economics and social psychology to the design of health behavior interventions. PMID:26139447

  2. First CSNI numerical benchmark problem: comparison report

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    In order to be able to make valid statements about a model's ability to describe a certain physical situation, it is indispensable that the numerical errors are much smaller than the modelling errors; otherwise, numerical errors could compensate or over pronounce model errors in an uncontrollable way. Therefore, knowledge about the numerical errors dependence on discretization parameters (e.g. size of spatial and temporal mesh) is required. In recognition of this need, numerical benchmark problems have been introduced. In the area of transient two-phase flow, numerical benchmarks are rather new. In June 1978, the CSNI Working Group on Emergency Core Cooling of Water Reactors has proposed to ICD /CSNI to sponsor a First CSNI Numerical Benchmark exercise. By the end of October 1979, results of the computation had been received from 10 organisations in 10 different countries. Based on these contributions, a preliminary comparison report has been prepared and distributed to the members of the CSNI Working Group on Emergency Core Cooling of Water Reactors, and to the contributors to the benchmark exercise. Comments on the preliminary comparison report by some contributors have subsequently been received. They have been considered in writing this final comparison report

  3. Selecting numerical scales for pairwise comparisons

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    It is often desirable in decision analysis problems to elicit from an individual the rankings of a population of attributes according to the individual's preference and to understand the degree to which each attribute is preferred to the others. A common method for obtaining this information involves the use of pairwise comparisons, which allows an analyst to convert subjective expressions of preference between two attributes into numerical values indicating preferences across the entire population of attributes. Key to the use of pairwise comparisons is the underlying numerical scale that is used to convert subjective linguistic expressions of preference into numerical values. This scale represents the psychological manner in which individuals perceive increments of preference among abstract attributes and it has important implications about the distribution and consistency of an individual's preferences. Three popular scale types, the traditional integer scales, balanced scales and power scales are examined. Results of a study of 64 individuals responding to a hypothetical decision problem show that none of these scales can accurately capture the preferences of all individuals. A study of three individuals working on an actual engineering decision problem involving the design of a decay heat removal system for a nuclear fission reactor show that the choice of scale can affect the preferred decision. It is concluded that applications of pairwise comparisons would benefit from permitting participants to choose the scale that best models their own particular way of thinking about the relative preference of attributes.

  4. AERICOMP: an aerial photo comparison system

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    Grewe, Lynne L.; Rowe, Neil; Baer, Wolfgang

    2000-08-01

    This paper describes a system, which compares aerial photographs of the same terrain taken at different times and tires to recognize straight-edged cultural features that have changed. This work is intended to be highly robust, handling very different lighting conditions, weather, times of year, camera, and film between the images to be compared. Our system AERICOMP is designed to facilitate battlefield terrain modeling by permitting automatic updates form new images. AERICOMP does coarse registration, image correction, feature detection, automatic refined registration, feature difference detection and reduction, feature difference presentation and operator acceptance, difference identification, and database update. It emphasizes line segments for comparisons because differences in them are more robust for photometric changes between terrain images. In addition, line segment comparisons require less computation than pixel comparisons and are more compatible with identification tasks. For our intended application of battlefield terrain modeling, detecting changes in man-made structures is of much greater importance than changes in vegetation, and line segments are the key to identifying such structures. We show results involving change analysis between color IR and black/white USGS photographs of the same area six years apart. Even a mostly automatic system benefits form user interacting at key points. AERICOMP exploits user judgements at the beginning and end of its processing to assist in coarse registration and to approve the significance of any differences found. AERICOMP is currently under development at the Naval Postgraduate School, and is supported by the TENCAPS project under the US Navy.

  5. ORAM and shutdown PRA comparison study

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    A comparison study between results obtained from an Outage Risk Assessment and Management (ORAM) model and a shutdown Probabilistic Risk Analysis (PRA) model was conducted. The purpose of the study was to provide useful risk information for better outage planning by focusing resources and contingency plans on risk significant configurations. The comparison study used selected configurations from the 8th refueling outage of the Hope Creek Generation Station (HCGS), a Boiling Water Reactor (BWR). A total of Eleven configurations were compared. Three configurations were selected to evaluate the impact of the Service Water System during the early stage of a refueling outage. (There are existing studies suggesting that the designed redundancy of Service Water Systems is needed during the early stage of a shutdown.) Four configurations were selected because they were deemed risk significant by the ORAM analysis. (For configurations deemed risk significant by ORAM results, compensatory actions have been taken and contingency plans have been developed to mitigate potential deviations from the configuration. The shutdown PRA was used to evaluate the necessity and effectiveness of these contingency plans and compensatory actions.) To increase the comparison population, an additional four configurations were randomly selected. Thus, a total of 15 configurations were evaluated by the shutdown PRA, and a total of 11 configurations were studied by the ORAM. (author)

  6. PROMPT: a protein mapping and comparison tool

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    Frishman Dmitrij

    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Comparison of large protein datasets has become a standard task in bioinformatics. Typically researchers wish to know whether one group of proteins is significantly enriched in certain annotation attributes or sequence properties compared to another group, and whether this enrichment is statistically significant. In order to conduct such comparisons it is often required to integrate molecular sequence data and experimental information from disparate incompatible sources. While many specialized programs exist for comparisons of this kind in individual problem domains, such as expression data analysis, no generic software solution capable of addressing a wide spectrum of routine tasks in comparative proteomics is currently available. Results PROMPT is a comprehensive bioinformatics software environment which enables the user to compare arbitrary protein sequence sets, revealing statistically significant differences in their annotation features. It allows automatic retrieval and integration of data from a multitude of molecular biological databases as well as from a custom XML format. Similarity-based mapping of sequence IDs makes it possible to link experimental information obtained from different sources despite discrepancies in gene identifiers and minor sequence variation. PROMPT provides a full set of statistical procedures to address the following four use cases: i comparison of the frequencies of categorical annotations between two sets, ii enrichment of nominal features in one set with respect to another one, iii comparison of numeric distributions, and iv correlation of numeric variables. Analysis results can be visualized in the form of plots and spreadsheets and exported in various formats, including Microsoft Excel. Conclusion PROMPT is a versatile, platform-independent, easily expandable, stand-alone application designed to be a practical workhorse in analysing and mining protein sequences and associated annotation

  7. On the role of code comparisons in verification and validation.

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    Oberkampf, William Louis; Trucano, Timothy Guy; Pilch, Martin M.

    2003-08-01

    This report presents a perspective on the role of code comparison activities in verification and validation. We formally define the act of code comparison as the Code Comparison Principle (CCP) and investigate its application in both verification and validation. One of our primary conclusions is that the use of code comparisons for validation is improper and dangerous. We also conclude that while code comparisons may be argued to provide a beneficial component in code verification activities, there are higher quality code verification tasks that should take precedence. Finally, we provide a process for application of the CCP that we believe is minimal for achieving benefit in verification processes.

  8. KEY COMPARISON: Final report of International Comparison EUROMET.QM-K1c: Comparison of measurements of nitrogen monoxide in nitrogen

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    van der Veen, A. M. H.; Nieuwenkamp, G.; Oudwater, R.; Wessel, R. M.; Novak, J.; Perrochet, J.-F.; Ackermann, A.; Rakowska, A.; Cortez, L.; Dias, F.; Konopelko, L.; Kustikov, Y.; Sutour, C.; Masé, T.; Milton, M. J. T.; Uprichard, I. J.; Woods, P. T.; Walden, J.; Lopez Esteban, M. T.

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    Following-up the key comparison CCQM-K1c, EUROMET organized a regional key comparison involving ten laboratories. The objectives of this EUROMET key comparison were essentially the same as for the CCQM-K1c comparison: to compare the measurement capabilities of national metrological institutes (NMIs) in measuring amount of substance fractions of nitrogen monoxide in nitrogen. The nominal amount of substance fraction of the standards used for the comparison was 100 µmol/mol. The pilot laboratory in this key comparison also piloted the CCQM key comparison and has long-term experience in the behaviour of these mixtures and the technical challenges in preparing batches of very similar mixtures. Most participants used chemiluminescence as the measurement method; two participants used UV techniques and one ND-IR. The degrees of equivalence between this comparison and CCQM-K1c were calculated; four laboratories participated in both key comparisons, thus providing sufficient data for demonstrating the comparability. Main text. To reach the main text of this paper, click on Final Report. The final report has been peer-reviewed and approved for publication by the CCQM, according to the provisions of the Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA).

  9. Photoactive mitochondria: in vivo transfer of a light-driven proton pump into the inner mitochondrial membrane of Schizosaccharomyces pombe.

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    Hoffmann, A; Hildebrandt, V; Heberle, J; Büldt, G

    1994-09-27

    The light-driven proton pump bacteriorhodopsin (bR) from Halobacterium salinarium has been genetically transferred into the inner mitochondrial membrane (IM) of the eukaryotic cell Schizosaccharomyces pombe, where the archaebacterial proton pump replaces or increases the proton gradient usually formed by the respiratory chain. For targeting and integration, as well as for the correct orientation of bR in the IM, the bacterioopsin gene (bop) was fused to signal sequences of IM proteins. Northern and Western blot analysis proved that all hybrid gene constructs containing the bop gene and a mitochondrial signal sequence were expressed and processed to mature bR. Fast transient absorption spectroscopy showed photocycle activity of bR integrated in the IM by formation of the M intermediate. Experiments with the pH-sensitive fluorescence dye 2',7'-bis(2-carboxyethyl)-5 (and -6)-carboxyfluorescein revealed bR-mediated proton pumping from the mitochondrial matrix into the intermembrane space. Glucose uptake measurements under anaerobic conditions showed that yeast cells containing photoactive mitochondria need less sugar under illumination. In summary, our experiments demonstrate the functional genetic transfer of a light energy converter to a naturally nonphotoactive eukaryotic organism. PMID:7937771

  10. Comparison of real development levels of countries: Genesis and perspectives

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    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Comparison of levels of development among countries is usually done by reducing values in national currencies with a common denominator, using the official exchange rate. Because of its unreality, the values calculated in this way do not illustrate real relations between compared countries. That brings about the launching of the UN International Comparison Project (latter Programme with two fold aims: developing a method for international comparison of real domestic product which could be applied to a number of very heterogeneous countries, and the comparison of growing number of very different countries. Until now six phases of comparisons are finished. Taking into consideration problems that appeared in the realization of the VI ICP phase as well as quality improvement proposals, a decision has been made to launch a new, global round for 2003-2006. Comparison will cover 150 countries (the widest coverage ever. This will give global character to the comparison, which was the end cause of the ICP.

  11. ACCELERATION RENDERING METHOD ON RAY TRACING WITH ANGLE COMPARISON AND DISTANCE COMPARISON

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    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available In computer graphics applications, to produce realistic images, a method that is often used is ray tracing. Ray tracing does not only model local illumination but also global illumination. Local illumination count ambient, diffuse and specular effects only, but global illumination also count mirroring and transparency. Local illumination count effects from the lamp(s but global illumination count effects from other object(s too. Objects that are usually modeled are primitive objects and mesh objects. The advantage of mesh modeling is various, interesting and real-like shape. Mesh contains many primitive objects like triangle or square (rare. A problem in mesh object modeling is long rendering time. It is because every ray must be checked with a lot of triangle of the mesh. Added by ray from other objects checking, the number of ray that traced will increase. It causes the increasing of rendering time. To solve this problem, in this research, new methods are developed to make the rendering process of mesh object faster. The new methods are angle comparison and distance comparison. These methods are used to reduce the number of ray checking. The rays predicted will not intersect with the mesh, are not checked weather the ray intersects the mesh. With angle comparison, if using small angle to compare, the rendering process will be fast. This method has disadvantage, if the shape of each triangle is big, some triangles will be corrupted. If the angle to compare is bigger, mesh corruption can be avoided but the rendering time will be longer than without comparison. With distance comparison, the rendering time is less than without comparison, and no triangle will be corrupted.

  12. Evolution of rhodopsin ion pumps in haloarchaea

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    Ford Doolittle W

    2007-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The type 1 (microbial rhodopsins are a diverse group of photochemically reactive proteins that display a broad yet patchy distribution among the three domains of life. Recent work indicates that this pattern is likely the result of lateral gene transfer (LGT of rhodopsin genes between major lineages, and even across domain boundaries. Within the lineage in which the microbial rhodopsins were initially discovered, the haloarchaea, a similar patchy distribution is observed. In this initial study, we assess the roles of LGT and gene loss in the evolution of haloarchaeal rhodopsin ion pump genes, using phylogenetics and comparative genomics approaches. Results Mapping presence/absence of rhodopsins onto the phylogeny of the RNA polymerase B' subunit (RpoB' of the haloarchaea supports previous notions that rhodopsins are patchily distributed. The phylogeny for the bacteriorhodopsin (BR protein revealed two discrepancies in comparison to the RpoB' marker, while the halorhodopsin (HR tree showed incongruence to both markers. Comparative analyses of bacteriorhodopsin-linked regions of five haloarchaeal genomes supported relationships observed in the BR tree, and also identified two open reading frames (ORFs that were more frequently linked to the bacteriorhodopsin gene than those genes previously shown to be important to the function and expression of BR. Conclusion The evidence presented here reveals a complex evolutionary history for the haloarchaeal rhodopsins, with both LGT and gene loss contributing to the patchy distribution of rhodopsins within this group. Similarities between the BR and RpoB' phylogenies provide supportive evidence for the presence of bacteriorhodopsin in the last common ancestor of haloarchaea. Furthermore, two loci that we have designated bacterio-opsin associated chaperone (bac and bacterio-opsin associated protein (bap are inferred to have important roles in BR biogenesis based on frequent linkage and co

  13. Comparison of Alternative Processes for Support Decisions

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    Manuel Martínez-Álvarez

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available There are many tasks that revolve around combinatorial analysis problems, same tasks found in Decision Support Systems (DSS as most of these are responsible for assessing a number of possibilities to deliver the best options. Within the analysis of possible solutions is performed by the DSS there are alternative procedures inside the engine for making decisions that involve them. As part of these alternative procedures today has highlighted the use of metaheuristics, thus in this paper we propose a comparison of some of them trying to broaden the spectrum we have for the applications nowadays.

  14. On the comparison of Cauchy mean values

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    Losonczi László

    2002-01-01

    Suppose that and exist, with , on . Then there is (moreover if ) such that where denotes the divided difference of at the points . This is the Cauchy Mean Value Theorem for divided differences (see e.g. [4]). If the function is invertible then is a mean value of . It is called the Cauchy mean of the numbers and will be denoted by ). Here we completely solve the comparison problem of Cauchy means in the special cases and . In the general case we find necessary conditions (which ar...

  15. Comparison between microfabrication technologies for metal tooling

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    Uriarte, L.; Herrero, A.; Ivanov, A.;

    2006-01-01

    microtechnologies for processing tooling inserts made of metal. The following technologies have been analysed: micromilling, micro-electrodischarge machining (EDM, including wire-EDM, sinking-EDM, and EDM-milling), laser micromachining, electroforming, and electrochemical milling (ECF) (an electrochemical machining...... applications have been selected to form the benchmark part and to carry out this analysis. The results provide a global comparison between the micromanufacturing processes mentioned earlier in terms of technical capabilities and cost effectiveness of different feature machinings. As a second result, the...

  16. Preference Learning and Ranking by Pairwise Comparison

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    Fürnkranz, Johannes; Hüllermeier, Eyke

    This chapter provides an overview of recent work on preference learning and ranking via pairwise classification. The learning by pairwise comparison (LPC) paradigm is the natural machine learning counterpart to the relational approach to preference modeling and decision making. From a machine learning point of view, LPC is especially appealing as it decomposes a possibly complex prediction problem into a certain number of learning problems of the simplest type, namely binary classification. We explain how to approach different preference learning problems, such as label and instance ranking, within the framework of LPC. We primarily focus on methodological aspects, but also address theoretical questions as well as algorithmic and complexity issues.

  17. COMPARISON BETWEEN FORMULAS OF MAXIMUM SHIP SQUAT

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    PETRU SERGIU SERBAN

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Ship squat is a combined effect of ship’s draft and trim increase due to ship motion in limited navigation conditions. Over time, researchers conducted tests on models and ships to find a mathematical formula that can define squat. Various forms of calculating squat can be found in the literature. Among those most commonly used are of Barrass, Millward, Eryuzlu or ICORELS. This paper presents a comparison between the squat formulas to see the differences between them and which one provides the most satisfactory results. In this respect a cargo ship at different speeds was considered as a model for maximum squat calculations in canal navigation conditions.

  18. Multivariate Lipschitz optimization: Survey and computational comparison

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    Hansen, P.; Gourdin, E.; Jaumard, B.

    1994-12-31

    Many methods have been proposed to minimize a multivariate Lipschitz function on a box. They pertain the three approaches: (i) reduction to the univariate case by projection (Pijavskii) or by using a space-filling curve (Strongin); (ii) construction and refinement of a single upper bounding function (Pijavskii, Mladineo, Mayne and Polak, Jaumard Hermann and Ribault, Wood...); (iii) branch and bound with local upper bounding functions (Galperin, Pint{acute e}r, Meewella and Mayne, the present authors). A survey is made, stressing similarities of algorithms, expressed when possible within a unified framework. Moreover, an extensive computational comparison is reported on.

  19. Comparison between calorimeter and HLNC errors

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    This paper summarizes an error analysis that compares systematic and random errors of total plutonium mass estimated for high-level neutron coincidence counter (HLNC) and calorimeter measurements. This task was part of an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) study on the comparison of the two instruments to determine if HLNC measurement errors met IAEA standards and if the calorimeter gave ''significantly'' better precision. Our analysis was based on propagation of error models that contained all known sources of errors including uncertainties associated with plutonium isotopic measurements. 5 refs., 2 tabs

  20. Comparison of hyperbolic and hyperboloid conductor electrostatics

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    Lekner, John

    2006-01-01

    The potentials and fields of hyperbolic and hyperboloidal conductors are available analytically. A detailed comparison of the two-dimensional and three-dimensional problems shows strong similarities, but also interesting differences. The electric field near a hyperboloidal needle is stronger (ceteris paribus) than near a hyperbolic blade, and dies off faster. The field at the hyperbolic conductor varies as the 1/3 power of the local curvature. At the hyperboloid conductor the field varies as the 1/4 power of the local Gaussian curvature (which is the product of the two principal curvatures).

  1. Rooftop Unit Comparison Calculator User Manual

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    Miller, James D. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)

    2015-04-30

    This document serves as a user manual for the Packaged rooftop air conditioners and heat pump units comparison calculator (RTUCC) and is an aggregation of the calculator’s website documentation. Content ranges from new-user guide material like the “Quick Start” to the more technical/algorithmic descriptions of the “Methods Pages.” There is also a section listing all the context-help topics that support the features on the “Controls” page. The appendix has a discussion of the EnergyPlus runs that supported the development of the building-response models.

  2. A comparison of risk aversion between markets

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    Tavares, José Pedro Moura

    2013-01-01

    In this study we perform a comparison between the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the FTSE 100 indexes concerning their estimated risk aversions. Risk neutral densities are calculated for both indexes using a polynomial-lognormal, a GB2 and a mixture of two lognormal distributions; we show that the best fit to observed data is obtained using the latter. For the method of best fit, and assuming a power utility function, the risk aversion of investors is calculated using a maximum likelihood m...

  3. Comparison of PSSE & PowerFactory

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    Karlsson, Björn

    2013-01-01

    In this thesis a comparison of PSSE (Power System Simulator for Engineering) fromSiemens and PowerFactory from DIgSILENT is done. The two tools can be used inmany ways to analyze power system stability and behavior. This thesis cover the useof load flow and dynamic stability simulation. Different modeling and definitions areused by the tools why differences in the results may occur. A network defined in PSSEcan be imported to PowerFactory. The thesis presents what is need to be consideredwhen...

  4. Individual differences on social comparison : properties of the orientation Spanish scale towards social comparison

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    Buunk, AP; Belmonte, J; Peiro, JM; Zurriaga, R; Gibbons, FX

    2005-01-01

    This paper describes the development and the properties of the INCOM-E, the Spanish language version of the INCOM, a measure to assess individual differences in social comparison orientation that was originally developed simultaneously in English and in Dutch. In both Study 1 (including 212 students

  5. Interprovincial Comparisons of University Financing. Eighth Report of the Tripartite Committee on Interprovincial Comparisons.

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    Eight indicators used to make interprovincial comparisons of university financing in Canada are outlined and the amounts for these indicators for each of the 10 provinces are presented for 1974-1975 to 1984-1985. The eight indicators are as follows: provincial operating grants per student, provincial operating grants per capita, provincial…

  6. Interprovincial Comparisons of University Financing. Ninth Report of the Tripartite Committee on Interprovincial Comparisons.

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    Expenditures on universities by each of Canada's provinces are compared. An introductory section describes the project through which the study is undertaken, explains the indicators used, and discusses structural problems encountered in making comparisons. The central portion of the report is a tabulation of these indicators for each province and…

  7. The politics of comparison in mediated publics

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    Birkbak, Andreas

    News media and social media are often compared in a way that focuses on their contrasts, e.g. as between objective news and passionate opinions – or between a clear-cut public and multiple issue-oriented quasi-publics. If we do not assume such divisions to be pre-given, it becomes possible to stu...... mediated publics. Here, the researcher can begin to think with and not just about contemporary media practices when trying to rethink comparison and its politics.......News media and social media are often compared in a way that focuses on their contrasts, e.g. as between objective news and passionate opinions – or between a clear-cut public and multiple issue-oriented quasi-publics. If we do not assume such divisions to be pre-given, it becomes possible to study...... comparative practices are different, or do we focus on how they interlink? I argue that if we want to learn from the comparative work being done with media, the politics of linkages is more interesting. In the paper, I try to demonstrate empirically what is at stake in these politics of comparisons through...

  8. Comparison of Savannah River Site's meteorological databases

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    A five-year meteorological database from the 61-meter, H-Area tower for the period 1987--1991 was compared to an earlier database for the period 1982--1986. The amount of invalid data for the newer 87--91 database was one third that for the earlier database. The data recovery percentage for the last four years of the 87-91 database was well above 90%. Considerable effort was necessary to fill in for missing data periods for the newer database for the H-Area tower. Therefore, additional databases that have been prepared for the remaining SRS meteorological towers have had missing and erroneous data flagged, but not replaced. The F-Area tower's database was used for cross-comparison purposes because of its proximity to H Area. The primary purpose of this report is to compare the H-Tower databases for 82-86 and 87-91. Statistical methods enable the use of probability statements to be made concerning the hypothesis of no differences between the distributions of the two time periods, assuming each database is a random sample from its respective distribution. This assumption is required for the statistical tests to be valid. A number of statistical comparisons can be made between the two data sets, even though the 82-86 database exist only as distributions of frequency and mean speed

  9. A comparison of three redundancy resolution methods

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    The report performs an analytical comparison of three redundancy resolution methods developed by researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory that obtain solutions for the joint velocities for a redundant manipulator based on its kinematic velocity model with an (m x n) Jacobian matrix of full rank m(< n): (i) the Input Relegation Control (IRC) Method; the Belmans and Culioli (B and C) method; and an extension of the B and C method termed Full Space Parameterization (FSP). The report is organized as follows: the three methods are reviewed in section 2. The comparison of the IRC and B and C methods is presented in section 3. The IRC and FSP methods are compared in section 4. The unification of the B and C and FSP null space parameterizations and joint velocity solution methods is discussed in section 5. Constraint free representations of the B and C and FSP joint velocity solutions are derived in terms of the IRC basis and compared to IRC in Appendix A. A summary and conclusion are provided in the final section

  10. The interpretation of shoeprint comparison class correspondences.

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    Hancock, Sheida; Morgan-Smith, Rian; Buckleton, John

    2012-12-01

    The underlying principles involved in the interpretation of shoeprint comparisons have become a topical subject due to criticisms in the 2009 National Academy of Science (NAS) report on forensic sciences [1]. Difficulties in the application and understanding of these principles were also highlighted in a recent court ruling [2-5]. We report here a survey that may inform some aspects of this interpretation and discuss the implications of findings from this survey in the light of that court ruling and more importantly the NAS report. Five hundred shoeprints taken from student volunteers in Auckland, New Zealand were compared against each other for the presence of any pattern correspondences. Comparisons were undertaken of the full outsole and of smaller portions of the more common patterns. Of the 500 shoe impressions collected 488 (97.6%) were ultimately represented only once in the survey. The greatest number of corresponding patterns was for the most common brand of shoe (Converse Chuck Taylor All Star) and occurred in 3 of 500 observations. No instances of an imitation brand matching the authentic brand were found. Smaller sections of the common patterns showed a greater number of corresponding prints. However, the greatest number of matching partial patterns was again for the most common brand of shoe (Converse Chuck Taylor All Star) and occurred in 29 of 500 observations. We conclude that pattern match alone is of considerable evidential value even when the print is partial. PMID:23068775

  11. A comparison of three redundancy resolution methods

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    Unseren, M.A.; Reister, D.B.

    1997-10-01

    The report performs an analytical comparison of three redundancy resolution methods developed by researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory that obtain solutions for the joint velocities for a redundant manipulator based on its kinematic velocity model with an (m x n) Jacobian matrix of full rank m(< n): (i) the Input Relegation Control (IRC) Method; the Belmans and Culioli (B and C) method; and an extension of the B and C method termed Full Space Parameterization (FSP). The report is organized as follows: the three methods are reviewed in section 2. The comparison of the IRC and B and C methods is presented in section 3. The IRC and FSP methods are compared in section 4. The unification of the B and C and FSP null space parameterizations and joint velocity solution methods is discussed in section 5. Constraint free representations of the B and C and FSP joint velocity solutions are derived in terms of the IRC basis and compared to IRC in Appendix A. A summary and conclusion are provided in the final section.

  12. New enumeration algorithm for protein structure comparison and classification

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    2013-01-01

    Background Protein structure comparison and classification is an effective method for exploring protein structure-function relations. This problem is computationally challenging. Many different computational approaches for protein structure comparison apply the secondary structure elements (SSEs) representation of protein structures. Results We study the complexity of the protein structure comparison problem based on a mixed-graph model with respect to different computational frameworks. We d...

  13. Adaption or social comparison? The effects of income on happiness

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    Luis Angeles

    2008-01-01

    Two mechanisms have attracted considerable attention from researchers studying the effects of income on happiness: adaptation and social comparison. In most empirical studies these two mechanisms have been considered separately. This paper contributes to the literature by jointly testing for the presence of adaptation and social comparison using UK data. Our results show that the data supports both adaptation and social comparison when we test them separately, but that only adaptation survive...

  14. Remote and Ground Truth Spectral Measurement Comparisons

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    Abercromby, Kira Jorgensen; Hamada, Kris; Guyote, Michael; Okada, Jennifer; Barker, Edwin

    2007-01-01

    FORMOSAT III are a set of six research satellites from Taiwan that were launched in April 2006. The satellites are in 800 km, 71 degree inclination orbits and separated by 24 degrees in ascending node. Ground truth spectral measurements were taken of outer surface materials on FORMOSAT III. From those measurements, a computer model was built to predict the spectral reflectance, which included phase angle and orientation of the spacecraft relative to the observer. However, materials exposed to the space environment have exhibited spectral changes including a darkening and a reddening of the spectra. This reddening was seen as an increase in slope of the reflectance as the wavelength increases. Therefore, the model of pristine materials was augmented to include the space weathering effects. Remote data were collected on two of the six FORMOSAT satellites using the 1.6 meter telescope at AMOS (Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing) site with the Spica spectrometer. Due to the separation in ascending node, observations were made on whichever one of the six satellites was visible on that specific night. Three nights of data were collected using the red (6000 9500 angstroms) filter and two nights of data were collected using the blue (3200 -6600 angstroms) filter. A comparison of the data showed a good match to the pristine model for the blue filter region. The absorption feature near 5500 angstroms due to the copper colored Kapton multi-layer insulation (MLI) was very apparent in the remote samples and a good fit to the data was seen in both satellites observed. The features in the red filter regime agreed with the pristine model up through 7000 angstroms where the reddening begins and the slope of the remote sample increases. A comparison of the two satellites showed similar features in the red and blue filter regions, i.e. the satellites were aging at the same rate. A comparison of the pristine model to the first month of remote measurements showed the amount by

  15. Comparison of metagenomic samples using sequence signatures

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    Jiang Bai

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Sequence signatures, as defined by the frequencies of k-tuples (or k-mers, k-grams, have been used extensively to compare genomic sequences of individual organisms, to identify cis-regulatory modules, and to study the evolution of regulatory sequences. Recently many next-generation sequencing (NGS read data sets of metagenomic samples from a variety of different environments have been generated. The assembly of these reads can be difficult and analysis methods based on mapping reads to genes or pathways are also restricted by the availability and completeness of existing databases. Sequence-signature-based methods, however, do not need the complete genomes or existing databases and thus, can potentially be very useful for the comparison of metagenomic samples using NGS read data. Still, the applications of sequence signature methods for the comparison of metagenomic samples have not been well studied. Results We studied several dissimilarity measures, including d2, d2* and d2S recently developed from our group, a measure (hereinafter noted as Hao used in CVTree developed from Hao’s group (Qi et al., 2004, measures based on relative di-, tri-, and tetra-nucleotide frequencies as in Willner et al. (2009, as well as standard lp measures between the frequency vectors, for the comparison of metagenomic samples using sequence signatures. We compared their performance using a series of extensive simulations and three real next-generation sequencing (NGS metagenomic datasets: 39 fecal samples from 33 mammalian host species, 56 marine samples across the world, and 13 fecal samples from human individuals. Results showed that the dissimilarity measure d2S can achieve superior performance when comparing metagenomic samples by clustering them into different groups as well as recovering environmental gradients affecting microbial samples. New insights into the environmental factors affecting microbial compositions in metagenomic samples

  16. Comparison of Recent Total Irradiance Measurements

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    Helizon, R.; Pap, J.

    2002-12-01

    Total solar irradiance has been measured since 1978 from various satellites. Since the absolute accuracy of the current irradiance measurements is about 0.2%, one needs to compile composite irradiance time series to study long-term changes and to establish whether there are any secular variations over the last two and half decades. In this paper we compare the UARS/ACRIM II and SOHO/VIRGO total irradiance data as well as the SOHO/VIRGO and ACRIM III total irradiance. Our main goal is to validate the newly processed ACRIM II total irradiance. Comparison of the SOHO/VIRGO and ACRIM III data will also help to establish whether the high total irradiance values for the maximum of solar cycle 23 represent real solar, rather than, instrumental events.

  17. Blanket comparison and selection study. Volume I

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    The objectives of the Blanket Comparison and Selection Study (BCSS) can be stated as follows: (1) Define a small number (approx. 3) of blanket design concepts that should be the focus of the blanket R and D program. A design concept is defined by the selection of all materials (e.g., breeder, coolant, structure and multiplier) and other major characteristics that significantly influence the R and D requirements. (2) Identify and prioritize the critical issues for the leading blanket concepts. (3) Provide the technical input necessary to develop a blanket R and D program plan. Guidelines for prioritizing the R and D requirements include: (a) critical feasibility issues for the leading blanket concepts will receive the highest priority, and (b) for equally important feasibility issues, higher R and D priority will be given to those that require minimum cost and short time

  18. Comparison of SANC with KORALZ and PHOTOS

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    Using the SANC system we study the one-loop electroweak standard model prediction, including virtual and real photon emissions, for the decays of on-shell vector and scalar bosons B → ff-bar(γ), where B is a vector boson, Z or W, or a Standard Model Higgs. The complete one-loop corrections and exact photon emission matrix element are taken into account. For the phase-space integration, the Monte Carlo technique is used. For Z decay the QED part of the calculation is first cross-checked with the exact one-loop QED prediction of KORALZ. For Higgs boson and W decays, a comparison is made with the approximate QED calculation of PHOTOS Monte Carlo. This provides a useful element for the evaluation of the theoretical uncertainty of PHOTOS, very interesting for its application in ongoing LEP2 and future LC and LHC phenomenology. (author)

  19. Comparison of future energy scenarios for Denmark

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    Kwon, Pil Seok; Østergaard, Poul Alberg

    2012-01-01

    Scenario-making is becoming an important tool in energy policy making and energy systems analyses. This article probes into the making of scenarios for Denmark by presenting a comparison of three future scenarios which narrate 100% renewable energy system for Denmark in 2050; IDA 2050, Climate...... Commission 2050, and CEESA (Coherent Energy and Environmental System Analysis). Generally, although with minor differences, the scenarios suggest the same technological solutions for the future such as expansion of biomass usage and wind power capacity, integration of transport sector into the other energy...... sectors. The methodologies used in two academic scenarios, IDA 2050 and CEESA, are compared. The main differences in the methodologies of IDA 2050 and CEESA are found in the estimation of future biomass potential, transport demand assessment, and a trial to examine future power grid in an electrical...

  20. Empirical Comparison of Robust Portfolios’ Investment Effects

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    Bartosz Kaszuba

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this article is to assess whether correct application of robust estimators in construction of minimum variance portfolios’ (MVP allows to achieve better investment results in comparison with portfolios defined using classical MLE estimators. Theoretical robust portfolios properties and portfolios investment effect are compared.This paper proposes a practical methodology of comparing alternative estimation methods, based on random portfolio selection. This approach enables to analyse investment effects of various portfolios. The empirical analysis shows that for MVP portfolios with nonnegative constraints created using robust methods, there is no significant risk improvement, and that even for most robust methods, there is an observable significant risk increase compared to the risk of classicalportfolios. This paper also shows that robust portfolio estimators cause higher transaction cost.

  1. GCSS Idealized Cirrus Model Comparison Project

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    Starr, David OC.; Benedetti, Angela; Boehm, Matt; Brown, Philip R. A.; Gierens, Klaus; Girard, Eric; Giraud, Vincent; Jakob, Christian; Jensen, Eric; Khvorostyanov, Vitaly; Einaudi, Franco (Technical Monitor)

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    The GCSS Working Group on Cirrus Cloud Systems (WG2) is conducting a systematic comparison and evaluation of cirrus cloud models. This fundamental activity seeks to support the improvement of models used for climate simulation and numerical weather prediction through assessment and improvement of the "process" models underlying parametric treatments of cirrus cloud processes in large-scale models. The WG2 Idealized Cirrus Model Comparison Project is an initial comparison of cirrus cloud simulations by a variety of cloud models for a series of idealized situations with relatively simple initial conditions and forcing. The models (16) represent the state-of-the-art and include 3-dimensional large eddy simulation (LES) models, two-dimensional cloud resolving models (CRMs), and single column model (SCM) versions of GCMs. The model microphysical components are similarly varied, ranging from single-moment bulk (relative humidity) schemes to fully size-resolved (bin) treatments where ice crystal growth is explicitly calculated. Radiative processes are included in the physics package of each model. The baseline simulations include "warm" and "cold" cirrus cases where cloud top initially occurs at about -47C and -66C, respectively. All simulations are for nighttime conditions (no solar radiation) where the cloud is generated in an ice supersaturated layer, about 1 km in depth, with an ice pseudoadiabatic thermal stratification (neutral). Continuing cloud formation is forced via an imposed diabatic cooling representing a 3 cm/s uplift over a 4-hour time span followed by a 2-hour dissipation stage with no cooling. Variations of these baseline cases include no-radiation and stable-thermal-stratification cases. Preliminary results indicated the great importance of ice crystal fallout in determining even the gross cloud characteristics, such as average vertically-integrated ice water path (IWP). Significant inter-model differences were found. Ice water fall speed is directly

  2. A Comparison of Methods for Cascade Prediction

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    Guo, Ruocheng

    2016-01-01

    Information cascades exist in a wide variety of platforms on Internet. A very important real-world problem is to identify which information cascades can go viral. A system addressing this problem can be used in a variety of applications including public health, marketing and counter-terrorism. As a cascade can be considered as compound of the social network and the time series. However, in related literature where methods for solving the cascade prediction problem were proposed, the experimental settings were often limited to only a single metric for a specific problem formulation. Moreover, little attention was paid to the run time of those methods. In this paper, we first formulate the cascade prediction problem as both classification and regression. Then we compare three categories of cascade prediction methods: centrality based, feature based and point process based. We carry out the comparison through evaluation of the methods by both accuracy metrics and run time. The results show that feature based met...

  3. The Frontier Fields Lens Modeling Comparison Project

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    Meneghetti, M; Coe, D; Contini, E; De Lucia, G; Giocoli, C; Acebron, A; Borgani, S; Bradac, M; Diego, J M; Hoag, A; Ishigaki, M; Johnson, T L; Jullo, E; Kawamata, R; Lam, D; Limousin, M; Liesenborgs, J; Oguri, M; Sebesta, K; Sharon, K; Williams, L L R; Zitrin, A

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    Gravitational lensing by clusters of galaxies offers a powerful probe of their structure and mass distribution. Deriving a lens magnification map for a galaxy cluster is a classic inversion problem and many methods have been developed over the past two decades to solve it. Several research groups have developed techniques independently to map the predominantly dark matter distribution in cluster lenses. While these methods have all provided remarkably high precision mass maps, particularly with exquisite imaging data from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), the reconstructions themselves have never been directly compared. In this paper, we report the results of comparing various independent lens modeling techniques employed by individual research groups in the community. Here we present for the first time a detailed and robust comparison of methodologies for fidelity, accuracy and precision. For this collaborative exercise, the lens modeling community was provided simulated cluster images -- of two clusters Are...

  4. Performance Comparison of Active Queue Management Techniques

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    Full Text Available Congestion is an important issue which researchers focus on in the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP network environment. To keep the stability of the whole network, congestion control algorithms have been extensively studied. Queue management method employed by the routers is one of the important issues in the congestion control study. Active Queue Management (AQM has been proposed as a router-based mechanism for early detection of congestion inside the network. In this study, we are comparing AQM two popular queue management methods, Random Early Detection (RED and droptail, in different aspects, such as throughput and fairness Index. The comparison results indicate RED performed slightly better with higher throughput and higher fairness Index than droptail. Simulation is done by using Network Simulator (NS2 and the graphs are drawn using X- graph.

  5. Comparison of select reference management tools.

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    Zhang, Yingting

    2012-01-01

    Bibliographic management tools have been widely used by researchers to store, organize, and manage their references for research papers, theses, dissertations, journal articles, and other publications. There are a number of reference management tools available. In order for users to decide which tool is best for their needs, it is important to know each tool's strengths and weaknesses. This article compares four reference management tools, one of which is licensed by University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey libraries and the other three are open source and freely available. They were chosen based on their functionality, ease of use, availability to library users, and popularity. These four tools are EndNote/EndNote Web, Zotero, Connotea, and Mendeley Desktop/Mendeley Web. Each tool is analyzed in terms of the following features: accessing, collecting, organizing, collaborating, and citing/formatting. A comparison table is included to summarize the key features of these tools. PMID:22289095

  6. Comparison of the Discriminatory Processor Sharing Policies

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    Osipova, Natalia

    2008-01-01

    Discriminatory Processor Sharing policy introduced by Kleinrock is of a great interest in many application areas, including telecommunications, web applications and TCP flow modelling. Under the DPS policy the job priority is controlled by the vector of weights. Verifying the vector of weights it is possible to modify the service rates of the jobs and optimize system characteristics. In the present paper we present the results concerning the comparison of two DPS policies with different weight vectors. We show the monotonicity of the expected sojourn time of the system depending on the weight vector under certain condition on the system. Namely, the system has to consist of classes with means which are quite different from each other. The classes with similar means can be organized together and considered as one class, so the given restriction can be overcame.

  7. Comparison of Present SST Gravity Field Models

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    LUO Jia; SHI Chuang; ZOU Xiancai; WANG Haihong

    2006-01-01

    Taking the main land of Europe as the region to be studied, the potential of the new satellite gravity technique: satellite-to-satellite tracking (SST) and improving the accuracy of regional gravity field model with the SST models are investigated. The drawbacks of these models are discussed. With GPM98C as the reference, the gravity anomaly residuals of several other models, the latest SST global gravity field models (EIGEN series and GGM series), were computed and compared. The results of the comparison show that in the selected region, some systematic errors with periodical properties exist in the EIGEN and GGM's S series models in the high degree and order. Some information that was not shown in the classic gravity models is detected in the low and middle degree and order of EIGEN and GGM's S series models. At last, the effective maximum degrees and orders of SST models are suggested.

  8. Comparison between Chinese and English Animal Idioms

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    郭薇

    2011-01-01

    Idiom is an important component of language,and animal idioms form a large proportion in idioms as a whole.Through the comparison between Chinese and English animal idioms one can understand the cultures of these two countries.The differences of these two nations of animal idioms can be divided into three conditions,namely idioms of the same meaning with different images,idioms of the same images with different meanings and similar forms with different emotions.In addition,because of the unique historical events happened in each nation and the accumulation of their differences,idioms may fied no correspondents in other languages.This situation is called cultural gaps.These distinctions in animal idioms embody the discrepancies in a lot of aspects in human life and culture including history,geography,religion and conventions,to name just a few.

  9. Software Testing Method Based on Model Comparison

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    XIE Xiao-dong; LU Yan-sheng; MAO Cheng-yin

    2008-01-01

    A model comparison based software testing method (MCST) is proposed. In this method, the requirements and programs of software under test are transformed into the ones in the same form, and described by the same model describe language (MDL).Then, the requirements are transformed into a specification model and the programs into an implementation model. Thus, the elements and structures of the two models are compared, and the differences between them are obtained. Based on the diffrences, a test suite is generated. Different MDLs can be chosen for the software under test. The usages of two classical MDLs in MCST, the equivalence classes model and the extended finite state machine (EFSM) model, are described with example applications. The results show that the test suites generated by MCST are more efficient and smaller than some other testing methods, such as the path-coverage testing method, the object state diagram testing method, etc.

  10. Interlaboratory Comparison of Magnetic Thin Film Measurements.

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    da Silva, F C S; Wang, C M; Pappas, D P

    2003-01-01

    A potential low magnetic moment standard reference material (SRM) was studied in an interlaboratory comparison. The mean and the standard deviation of the saturation moment m s, the remanent moment m r, and the intrinsic coercivity H c of nine samples were extracted from hysteresis-loop measurements. Samples were measured by thirteen laboratories using inductive-field loopers, vibrating-sample magnetometers, alternating-gradient force magnetometers, and superconducting quantum-interference-device magnetometers. NiFe films on Si substrates had saturation moment measurements reproduced within 5 % variation among the laboratories. The results show that a good candidate for an SRM must have a highly square hysteresis loop (m r/m s > 90 %), H c ≈ 400 A·m(-1) (5 Oe), and m s ≈ 2 × 10(-7) A·m(2) (2 × 10(-4) emu). PMID:27413599

  11. Interlaboratory comparison of radioimmunological parathyroid hormone determination

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    An inter-laboratory study of serum immunoreactive PTH (iPTH) determination using standardized sera has been performed in order to check the value of the assays for the diagnosis of hyperparathyroid states. The results demonstrate: (1) that most of the cooperating laboratories (eleven of twelve) were able to discriminate between normal and grossly elevated PTH-values; (2) that direct comparison of values from different laboratories indicates very poor agreement; (3) that PTH values cannot be interpreted without a description of the characteristics of the assay used; (4) that the introduction of standard sera is advantageous and should be undertaken; (5) that determination of iPTH in serum samples is far from being a routine method when compared with radioimmunoassays for hormones like insulin, growth hormone, etc.; the difficulties being due to lack of standradized reagents and peculiarities in the metabolism of the hormone. (orig.)

  12. Insights from Human/Mouse genome comparisons

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    Pennacchio, Len A.

    2003-03-30

    Large-scale public genomic sequencing efforts have provided a wealth of vertebrate sequence data poised to provide insights into mammalian biology. These include deep genomic sequence coverage of human, mouse, rat, zebrafish, and two pufferfish (Fugu rubripes and Tetraodon nigroviridis) (Aparicio et al. 2002; Lander et al. 2001; Venter et al. 2001; Waterston et al. 2002). In addition, a high-priority has been placed on determining the genomic sequence of chimpanzee, dog, cow, frog, and chicken (Boguski 2002). While only recently available, whole genome sequence data have provided the unique opportunity to globally compare complete genome contents. Furthermore, the shared evolutionary ancestry of vertebrate species has allowed the development of comparative genomic approaches to identify ancient conserved sequences with functionality. Accordingly, this review focuses on the initial comparison of available mammalian genomes and describes various insights derived from such analysis.

  13. Wishbone bus Architecture - A Survey and Comparison

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    Sharma, Mohandeep; 10.5121/vlsic.2012.3210

    2012-01-01

    The performance of an on-chip interconnection architecture used for communication between IP cores depends on the efficiency of its bus architecture. Any bus architecture having advantages of faster bus clock speed, extra data transfer cycle, improved bus width and throughput is highly desirable for a low cost, reduced time-to-market and efficient System-on-Chip (SoC). This paper presents a survey of WISHBONE bus architecture and its comparison with three other on-chip bus architectures viz. Advanced Micro controller Bus Architecture (AMBA) by ARM, CoreConnect by IBM and Avalon by Altera. The WISHBONE Bus Architecture by Silicore Corporation appears to be gaining an upper edge over the other three bus architecture types because of its special performance parameters like the use of flexible arbitration scheme and additional data transfer cycle (Read-Modify-Write cycle). Moreover, its IP Cores are available free for use requiring neither any registration nor any agreement or license.

  14. MULTILATERAL COMPARISON ON CHINESE MANUFACTURING'S INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIVENESS

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    Ruoen REN; Haitao ZHENG

    2005-01-01

    This paper analyses Chinese manufacturing performance from a multilateral perspective in 1980-2004. The PPPs, relative price levels, labor productivity and ULCs in multilateral comparison are used to explore Chinese manufacturing competitiveness. The PPPs are based on the benchmark year 1997. These results are compared to the previous estimates based on the 1987 benchmark. The findings are as follows: the PPPs derived by the different approaches in the base year 1997 in Chinese manufacturing are approximately 3.7 yuan/international $. Since the middle 1980s, China's relative price level has been the lowest among all five countries and declined during the period of time. Its ULC has also been declining with some fluctuation. In the 1980s, there was "no catch-up rapid growth" in its labor productivity. However, after 1992, a beginning has been made with catch up distinctly, though from a very low level.

  15. Comparison of historical documents for writership

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    Ball, Gregory R.; Pu, Danjun; Stritmatter, Roger; Srihari, Sargur N.

    2010-01-01

    Over the last century forensic document science has developed progressively more sophisticated pattern recognition methodologies for ascertaining the authorship of disputed documents. These include advances not only in computer assisted stylometrics, but forensic handwriting analysis. We present a writer verification method and an evaluation of an actual historical document written by an unknown writer. The questioned document is compared against two known handwriting samples of Herman Melville, a 19th century American author who has been hypothesized to be the writer of this document. The comparison led to a high confidence result that the questioned document was written by the same writer as the known documents. Such methodology can be applied to many such questioned documents in historical writing, both in literary and legal fields.

  16. A Comparison of Different Machine Transliteration Models

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    Choi, K; Oh, J; 10.1613/jair.1999

    2011-01-01

    Machine transliteration is a method for automatically converting words in one language into phonetically equivalent ones in another language. Machine transliteration plays an important role in natural language applications such as information retrieval and machine translation, especially for handling proper nouns and technical terms. Four machine transliteration models -- grapheme-based transliteration model, phoneme-based transliteration model, hybrid transliteration model, and correspondence-based transliteration model -- have been proposed by several researchers. To date, however, there has been little research on a framework in which multiple transliteration models can operate simultaneously. Furthermore, there has been no comparison of the four models within the same framework and using the same data. We addressed these problems by 1) modeling the four models within the same framework, 2) comparing them under the same conditions, and 3) developing a way to improve machine transliteration through this com...

  17. Santa Barbara Cluster Comparison Test with DISPH

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    Saitoh, Takayuki

    2016-01-01

    The Santa Barbara cluster comparison project (Frenk et al. Frenk+1999) revealed that there is a systematic difference between entropy profiles of clusters of galaxies obtained by Eulerian mesh and Lagrangian smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) codes: Mesh codes gave a core with a constant entropy whereas SPH codes did not. One possible reason for this difference is that mesh codes are not Galilean invariant. Another possible reason is the problem of the SPH method, which might give too much "protection" to cold clumps because of the unphysical surface tension induced at contact discontinuities. In this paper, we apply the density independent formulation of SPH (DISPH), which can handle contact discontinuities accurately, to simulations of a cluster of galaxies, and compare the results with those with the standard SPH. We obtained the entropy core when we adopt DISPH. The size of the core is, however, significantly smaller than those obtained with mesh simulations, and is comparable to those obtained with qu...

  18. Code comparison for accelerator design and analysis

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    This paper presents a comparison between results obtained from standard accelerator physics codes used for the design and analysis of sychrotrons and storage rings, with programs SYNCH, MAD, HARMON, PATRICIA, PATPET, BETA, DIMAD, MARYLIE and RACETRACK. In the analysis the authors have considered 5 (various size) lattices with large and small bend angles including AGS Booster (10 degrees bend) RHIC (2.24 degrees), SXLS, XLS (XUV ring with 45 degrees bend) and X-RAY rings. The differences in the integration methods used and the treatment of the fringe fields in these codes could lead to different results. The inclusion of nonlinear (e.g. dipole) terms may be necessary in these calculations specially for a small ring

  19. Code comparison for accelerator design and analysis

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    We present a comparison between results obtained from standard accelerator physics codes used for the design and analysis of synchrotrons and storage rings, with programs SYNCH, MAD, HARMON, PATRICIA, PATPET, BETA, DIMAD, MARYLIE and RACE-TRACK. In our analysis we have considered 5 (various size) lattices with large and small angles including AGS Booster (10/degree/ bend), RHIC (2.24/degree/), SXLS, XLS (XUV ring with 45/degree/ bend) and X-RAY rings. The differences in the integration methods used and the treatment of the fringe fields in these codes could lead to different results. The inclusion of nonlinear (e.g., dipole) terms may be necessary in these calculations specially for a small ring. 12 refs., 6 figs., 10 tabs

  20. Comparison of Hippocampal Volume in Dementia Subtypes

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    Aims. To examine the relationship between different types of dementia and hippocampal volume. Methods. Hippocampal volume was measured using FL3D sequence magnetic resonance imaging in 26 Alzheimer's, vascular dementia, mixed dementia, and normal pressure hydrocephalus patients and 15 healthy controls and also hippocampal ratio, analyzed. Minimental scale was used to stratify patients on cognitive function impairments. Results. Hippocampal volume and ratio was reduced by 25% in Alzheimer's disease, 21% in mixed dementia, 11% in vascular dementia and 5% in normal pressure hydrocephalus in comparison to control. Also an asymmetrical decrease in volume of left hippocampus was noted. The severity of dementia increased in accordance to decreasing hippocampal volume. Conclusion. Measurement in hippocampal volume may facilitate in differentiating different types of dementia and in disease progression. There was a correlation between hippocampal volume and severity of cognitive impairment

  1. IMP 8 magnetosheath field comparisons with models

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    Z. Kaymaz

    Full Text Available This study presents cross-sectional vector maps of the magnetic field derived from IMP 8 magnetometer in the magnetosheath at 30 Re behind the Earth. In addition the vector patterns of the magnetosheath field for northward, southward, and east-west interplanetary magnetic field (IMF directions are qualitatively compared with those obtained from the Spreiter-Stahara gas dynamic (GD and Fedder-Lyon magnetohydrodynamic models (MHD. The main purpose is to display the cross-sectional differences in relation to the dayside merging with different IMF directions, allowing the reader to make direct visual comparisons of the vector patterns. It is seen that for east-west IMF directions, the data-based and MHD-based patterns differ noticeably in a similar way from the GD model, presumably reflecting the influence of dayside magnetic merging of the Earth's magnetic field with the y-component of the interplanetary magnetic field. All three northward IMF cross sections show comparable field draping patterns as expected for a closed magnetosphere. For southward IMF case, on the other hand, differences between the three cross-sectional patterns are greater as seen in the field vector sizes and directions, especially closer to the magnetopause where more disturbed magnetospheric conditions are known to be exist. The data comparisons with the MHD and GD models show that the differences result from the magnetic field-flow coupling and that the effects of dayside reconnection are present in IMP 8 magnetic field measurements.

    Keywords. Vector maps · IMP 8 magnetometer · Inter-planetary magnetic fields

  2. [Hospital comparison--status quo and prospects].

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    Betzler, M; Haun, P

    1998-12-01

    Hospitals are competing with each other for the limited financial resources available in the health care sector. Comparison of hospitals is legally required (BPf1V section 5) to improve financial efficiency in the health care sector and make competition between hospitals keener, while also objectivizing it. If comparison of the hospitals is really to enhance profitability or efficiency, and not just to reduce the prices for hospital stays regardless of quality, it must extend to far more than the global figures in the compilation summarizing performance and calculation and the hospital statistics (no. of cases, days of care, length of stay, case lump sums and special fees). Documentation of particular features of the patient population, the potentials of the hospital and description of the treatment processes yield valuable information on capacity and performance level. With rising costs, the danger is growing that the quality and risk dimension of the actual medical treatment will not be promoted with the same enthusiasm by those offering the service. Hospital audit does not only allow a check on the hospital's own situation with regard to performance, quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction, but can also provide a basis of structural planning. The fact is that all efforts made and steps taken by the responsible persons in the hospital to improve the quality of structures, processes and results can only be successful if they are also perceived by the patients, the doctors who refer them and the visitors. If hospital audit is restricted to the bed occupancy and the invoicing data, it is only realistic to expect cuts in performance level. This would be bad for the patient and, in view of the consequent costs, also for the overall costs in the health care sector. Against the backdrop of a future performance-related system of remuneration instead of the principle of covering one's own costs that has been in place hitherto, openness about treatment results gains

  3. Comparison And Assessment for Major Anions

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    Mayada Mohammed

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Four major anions (nitrate, phosphate, sulfate and chloride  are measured in Tigris river at Mosul in six locations since Sept.2005 to June 2006.  The same 4 anions are measured previously by researches or thesis, so their results are added to the former one for comparison. The variation of flow is also reported for the whole period in order to study the concentration-flow relationship. The nitrate and phosphate concentrations are increasing with the river flow increase and decreasing with its decrease for most periods, (reaching up to1.05mg/l at June for nitrate and 0.482mg/l at April for phosphate .The lowest concentrations are observed (as low as 0.285 mg/l at Dec. for nitrate and 0.07mg/l at Jan for phosphate. Sulfate and chloride concentration are varying oppositely to the river flow for most periods, both showing their peaks at Jan. and their lowest at June (reaching up to 170 mg/l for sulfate, and 33.4 mg/l for chloride while the minimum values are 68mg/l for sulfate, and 15.6 mg/l for chloride. The data of the previous years are not complete and data for only 8 years are available. It indicates that the anions concentrations variation corresponding to the river flow is similar to that of  the studied years. However the data with equal flow rate only are used for comparison purposes to achieve correct results. All of the studied anions are increasing since 1982-2006 in different percentages except the phosphate. The 4 major anions are lower than the standards and MCL for the recent and previous studies.

  4. Thorium in the workplace: The preparation and validation of comparison samples for a European-based measurement comparison project

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    The quality of any comparison exercise depends critically on the quality, accuracy and fitness for purpose of the comparison samples. The comparisons were designed to move progressively from the testing of the analysis capabilities for relatively simple, aqueous solutions through to the more complex natural matrix materials encountered in the workplace. In each case, it was imperative that the comparison samples were prepared and validated in such a way as to ensure traceability of their activity values to national and international standards of radioactivity, to enable a reasonable estimate to be made of the uncertainty on those values and to ensure homogeneity both within and between samples. The processes involved are discussed. (author)

  5. KEY COMPARISON: Final report on key comparison CCQM-K30: Determination of lead in wine

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    Hearn, Ruth; Santamaria-Fernandez, Rebeca; Sargent, Mike

    2008-01-01

    The CCQM-K30 key comparison was organized by the Inorganic Analysis Working Group (IAWG) of the CCQM to test the capabilities of national metrological institutes (NMIs) to measure the lead content of wine at the ~3 ng/g level. LGC designed and coordinated the study with the samples being prepared and distributed by Fundacion Chile. Eleven NMIs participated in the key comparison, nine of whom used isotope dilution, one used ICP-MS with external calibration and another used GF-AAS with external calibration. The two laboratories who did not use IDMS, subsequently reported technical difficulties and were therefore not used in the calculation of the KCRV. The agreement among the laboratories using IDMS was excellent as evidenced by the small values for both the equivalence statements (Di reviewed and approved for publication by the CCQM, according to the provisions of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA).

  6. SUPPLEMENTARY COMPARISON - EUROMET.L-S11 comparison on surface texture

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    Koenders, L.; Andreasen, Jan Lasson; De Chiffre, Leonardo;

    2004-01-01

    The measurement of roughness of technical surfaces is important in research and for industry. There are a lot of 2D roughness parameters that are defined and standardized by ISO. Calibration standards can be used to calibrate the instruments and ensure traceability to the SI unit of length. Most of...... of the comparison. Other problems are related to more complex parameters like RSm and Rk and their ambiguous definition in the written standards....

  7. Tradeoffs Between Branch Mispredictions and Comparisons for Sorting Algorithms

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    Brodal, Gerth Stølting; Moruz, Gabriel

    ) comparisons performs Omega(nlogd n) branch mispredictions. We show that Multiway MergeSort achieves this tradeoff by adopting a multiway merger with a low number of branch mispredictions. For adaptive sorting algorithms we similarly obtain that an algorithm performing O(dn(1+log (1+Inv/n))) comparisons must...

  8. Design and Comparison Direct Torque Control Techniques for Induction Motors

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    Blaabjerg, Frede; Kazmierkowski, Marian P.; Zelechowski, Marcin;

    2005-01-01

    In this paper a comparison of two significant control methods of induction motor are presented. The first one is a classical Direct Torque and Flux Control (DTC) and is compared with a scheme, which uses Space Vector Modulator (DTC-SVM). A comparison in respect to dynamic and steady state...

  9. On-Going Comparison of Advanced Fuel Cycle Options

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    This paper summarizes the current comprehensive comparison of four major fuel cycle strategies: once-through, thermal recycle, thermal+fast recycle, fast recycle. It then proceeds to summarize comparison of the major technology options for the key elements of the fuel cycle that can implement each of the four strategies - separation processing, transmutation reactors, and fuels

  10. Comparison of Blackbodies for Calibration of Infrared Ear Thermometers

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    Pušnik, Igor; Clausen, Sønnik; Favreau, Jacques-Olivier; Gutschwager, Berndt; Dogan, Aliye Kartal; Diril, Ahmet; Guven, Ozlem Pehlivan; McEvoy, Helen; Hoem, Stian Samset; Steiner, Anton; van der Ham, Eric

    The article presents the results of the EURAMET Project No. 927 “Comparison of blackbodies for calibration of infrared ear thermometers (IRETs)”. The objective of the comparison was to determine the agreement of blackbodies used for the calibration of IRETs among European national laboratories. To...

  11. Cache-Cache Comparison for Supporting Meaningful Learning

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    Wang, Jingyun; Fujino, Seiji

    2015-01-01

    The paper presents a meaningful discovery learning environment called "cache-cache comparison" for a personalized learning support system. The processing of seeking hidden relations or concepts in "cache-cache comparison" is intended to encourage learners to actively locate new knowledge in their knowledge framework and check…

  12. Comparison of INMARSAT and ATS3 satellite communication

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    There exists a need to provide communication through a satellite- based network which allows a user to communicate from a remote site to a fixed site. This discussion provides a comparison, both technical and financial, between the existing ATS3 satellite system and the commercial INMARSAT system. This comparison identified the limitations of each system to provide various types of communication.

  13. A Note on Multigroup Comparisons Using SAS PROC CALIS

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    Jones-Farmer, L. Allison; Pitts, Jennifer P.; Rainer, R. Kelly

    2008-01-01

    Although SAS PROC CALIS is not designed to perform multigroup comparisons, it is believed that SAS can be "tricked" into doing so for groups of equal size. At present, there are no comprehensive examples of the steps involved in performing a multigroup comparison in SAS. The purpose of this article is to illustrate these steps. We demonstrate…

  14. The Age and Sex in the Social Comparison Orientation

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    Alfonso Urzua, M.; Patricia Zuniga, B.; Buunk, Abraham P.

    2012-01-01

    The Social Comparison Orientation (SCO) is the personal disposition of individuals prone to social comparison. The aim of this study was to analyze the SCO at different ages in men and women. The main hypothesis is that the average is higher in SCO younger age ranges and decreases as age increases.

  15. ZBLAN supercontinuum generation - detailed comparison between measurement and simulation

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    Agger, Christian; Petersen, Christian; Dupont, Sune;

    2011-01-01

    We present a detailed comparison between modeling and experiments on supercontinuum generation in a ZBLAN fiber. Good agreement is obtained when pumping both in the normal and anomalous dispersion regimes.......We present a detailed comparison between modeling and experiments on supercontinuum generation in a ZBLAN fiber. Good agreement is obtained when pumping both in the normal and anomalous dispersion regimes....

  16. Gender Differences in Comparisons and Entitlement: Implications for Comparable Worth.

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    Major, Brenda

    1989-01-01

    Addresses the role of comparison processes in the persistence of the gender wage gap, its toleration by those disadvantaged by it, and resistance to comparable worth as a corrective strategy. Argues that gender segregation and undercompensation for women's jobs leads women to use different comparison standards when evaluating what they deserve.…

  17. Assessing the evidentiary value of smokeless powder comparisons.

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    Dennis, Dana-Marie K; Williams, Mary R; Sigman, Michael E

    2016-02-01

    Gas chromatography-electron ionization-mass spectrometry (GC-EI-MS) and physical characteristics data for 726 smokeless reloading powders were analyzed by pairwise comparisons of samples comprising the same product and different products. Pairwise comparisons were restricted to samples having matching kernel shape, color, presence or absence of a perforation and measurements. Discrete results were analyzed for same and different products having matching chemical composition determined from a list of 13 organic components. A continuous score-based likelihood ratio was determined for same and different product comparisons using the Fisher transform of the Pearson correlation between the total ion spectra of the compared samples. Probability distributions for same product and different product comparisons appeared bimodal and were modeled with kernel density distributions. In the discrete and continuous data comparisons, the likelihood ratios for probabilities conditioned on same shape, color, presence/absence of perforation and size were found to provide relatively limited support for either the proposition of same product or different product. Further restricting the pairwise comparisons to samples belonging to the same cluster, as determined by agglomerative hierarchical cluster analysis, provided probability distributions for same product and different product comparisons that were more normal, but did not improve the resulting likelihood ratios. These results inform the forensic analyst regarding the evidentiary value of database search results and direct comparisons of recovered and control samples of smokeless powders. PMID:26774249

  18. 38 CFR 4.120 - Evaluations by comparison.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 38 Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Evaluations by comparison. 4.120 Section 4.120 Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS SCHEDULE... Evaluations by comparison. Disability in this field is ordinarily to be rated in proportion to the...

  19. Comparison Promotes Learning and Transfer of Relational Categories

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    Kurtz, Kenneth J.; Boukrina, Olga; Gentner, Dedre

    2013-01-01

    We investigated the effect of co-presenting training items during supervised classification learning of novel relational categories. Strong evidence exists that comparison induces a structural alignment process that renders common relational structure more salient. We hypothesized that comparisons between exemplars would facilitate learning and…

  20. Vulnerability management tools for COTS software - A comparison

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    Welberg, S.M.

    2008-01-01

    In this paper, we compare vulnerability management tools in two stages. In the first stage, we perform a global comparison involving thirty tools available in the market. A framework composed of several criteria based on scope and analysis is used for this comparison. From this global view of the to

  1. Grouped pair-wise comparison for subjective sound quality evaluation

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    MAO Dongxing; GAO Yali; YU Wuzhou; WANG Zuomin

    2006-01-01

    In subjective sound quality pair-wise comparison evaluation, test time grows with square of the number of sound stimulus. For this reason, subjective evaluation of large quantity of stimulus is difficult to carry out with pair-wise comparison method. A grouped pair-wise comparison (GPC) method is proposed to greatly decrease time and difficult of subjective comparison test, in which stimuli in the whole evaluation corpus are divided into N test groups,with reference-link stimuli configured in each group. Derived from subjective results of each group, final results of all stimuli are reconstructed, and their perceptual attributes of sound quality can be analyzed. With car interior noise as example, realization of subjective sound quality evaluation with GPC method is introduced. The results of GPC evaluation are in good agreement with those obtained from paired comparison and semantic differential methods.

  2. Indirect comparisons: a review of reporting and methodological quality.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The indirect comparison of two interventions can be valuable in many situations. However, the quality of an indirect comparison will depend on several factors including the chosen methodology and validity of underlying assumptions. Published indirect comparisons are increasingly more common in the medical literature, but as yet, there are no published recommendations of how they should be reported. Our aim is to systematically review the quality of published indirect comparisons to add to existing empirical data suggesting that improvements can be made when reporting and applying indirect comparisons. METHODOLOGY/FINDINGS: Reviews applying statistical methods to indirectly compare the clinical effectiveness of two interventions using randomised controlled trials were eligible. We searched (1966-2008 Database of Abstracts and Reviews of Effects, The Cochrane library, and Medline. Full review publications were assessed for eligibility. Specific criteria to assess quality were developed and applied. Forty-three reviews were included. Adequate methodology was used to calculate the indirect comparison in 41 reviews. Nineteen reviews assessed the similarity assumption using sensitivity analysis, subgroup analysis, or meta-regression. Eleven reviews compared trial-level characteristics. Twenty-four reviews assessed statistical homogeneity. Twelve reviews investigated causes of heterogeneity. Seventeen reviews included direct and indirect evidence for the same comparison; six reviews assessed consistency. One review combined both evidence types. Twenty-five reviews urged caution in interpretation of results, and 24 reviews indicated when results were from indirect evidence by stating this term with the result. CONCLUSIONS: This review shows that the underlying assumptions are not routinely explored or reported when undertaking indirect comparisons. We recommend, therefore, that the quality of indirect comparisons should be improved, in

  3. Utilizing constitutional values in constitutional comparison

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    2001-12-01

    Full Text Available We are living in an era in which constitutional law has become a comparative science. A cogent, generally accepted methodology for constitutional comparison, however does not exist. There can, it is therefore submitted, be no such thing as a universal, monolithic science or discipline of comparative law, be it in the field of private or of public law. On the other hand, juridical comparison done unscientifically will not yield the fruits of useful knowledge.The law in general is replete with unspecific notions such as justice, reasonableness, public interest, boni mores, and many others. It should therefore not be disturbing to find that values are often foundational to the operation and application of constitutional law. The values underpinning different constitutional systems may be useful as a tertium comparationis in a comparative exercise. This however requires a penetrating consideration of the foundations of the systems being compared.In this contribution "a small comparative exercise" is undertaken by way of demonstration of the method. The South African constitutional provisions relating to equality and affirmative action are set against the background of the relevant norms and practices in the United States of America and Canada. This produces some useful insights:• in the USA equality increasingly underpins a strict proscription of discrimination, thus shrinking the scope for justifiable affirmative action programmes;• the South African law relating to discrimination and upliftment of the disadvantaged was clearly influenced by, and is therefore better understood against the background of, the equivalent arrangements in Canada, which was in its turn possibly conceived against the backdrop of early developments in this regard in the USA;• the Canadian doctrine and law of the constitution deals with affirmative action as an exception to the prohibition of discrimination and does not favour private affirmative action programmes

  4. KEY COMPARISON: Final report on CCEM-K10: Key comparison of resistance standards at 100 Ω

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    Schumacher, Bernd

    2007-01-01

    A key comparison of resistance standards at 100 Ω started in 2001. The pilot laboratory, seven national metrological institutes and the BIPM participated in that comparison. Within an expanded measurement uncertainty (k = 2) of 2 × 10-8 the results of the participants agreed with the key comparison reference value. The comparison was limited by the transport behaviour of the travelling standards and hence does not reflect the actual calibration capabilities of the participants. Main text. To reach the main text of this paper, click on Final Report. Note that this text is that which appears in Appendix B of the BIPM key comparison database kcdb.bipm.org/. The final report has been peer-reviewed and approved for publication by the CCEM, according to the provisions of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA).

  5. jTracker and Monte Carlo Comparison

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    Selensky, Lauren; SeaQuest/E906 Collaboration

    2015-10-01

    SeaQuest is designed to observe the characteristics and behavior of `sea-quarks' in a proton by reconstructing them from the subatomic particles produced in a collision. The 120 GeV beam from the main injector collides with a fixed target and then passes through a series of detectors which records information about the particles produced in the collision. However, this data becomes meaningful only after it has been processed, stored, analyzed, and interpreted. Several programs are involved in this process. jTracker (sqerp) reads wire or hodoscope hits and reconstructs the tracks of potential dimuon pairs from a run, and Geant4 Monte Carlo simulates dimuon production and background noise from the beam. During track reconstruction, an event must meet the criteria set by the tracker to be considered a viable dimuon pair; this ensures that relevant data is retained. As a check, a comparison between a new version of jTracker and Monte Carlo was made in order to see how accurately jTracker could reconstruct the events created by Monte Carlo. In this presentation, the results of the inquest and their potential effects on the programming will be shown. This work is supported by U.S. DOE MENP Grant DE-FG02-03ER41243.

  6. Comparison between analog and digital filters

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    Zoltan Erdei

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Digital signal processing(DSP is one of the most powerful technologies and will model science and engineering in the 21st century. Revolutionary changes have already been made in different areas of research such as communications, medical imaging, radar and sonar technology, high fidelity audio signal reproducing etc. Each of these fields developed a different signal processing technology with its own algorithms, mathematics and technology, Digital filters are used in two general directions: to separate mixed signals and to restore signals that were compromised in different modes. The objective of this paper is to compare some basic digital filters versus analog filters such as low-pass, high-pass, band-pass filters. Scientists and engineers comprehend that, in comparison with analog filters, digital filters can process the same signal in real-time with broader flexibility. This understanding is considered important to instill incentive for engineers to become interested in the field of DSP. The analysis of the results will be made using dedicated libraries in MATLAB and Simulink software, such as the Signal Processing Toolbox.

  7. Comparison of Spatiotemporal Fusion Models: A Review

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    Bin Chen

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Simultaneously capturing spatial and temporal dynamics is always a challenge for the remote sensing community. Spatiotemporal fusion has gained wide interest in various applications for its superiority in integrating both fine spatial resolution and frequent temporal coverage. Though many advances have been made in spatiotemporal fusion model development and applications in the past decade, a unified comparison among existing fusion models is still limited. In this research, we classify the models into three categories: transformation-based, reconstruction-based, and learning-based models. The objective of this study is to (i compare four fusion models (STARFM, ESTARFM, ISTAFM, and SPSTFM under a one Landsat-MODIS (L-M pair prediction mode and two L-M pair prediction mode using time-series datasets from the Coleambally irrigation area and Poyang Lake wetland; (ii quantitatively assess prediction accuracy considering spatiotemporal comparability, landscape heterogeneity, and model parameter selection; and (iii discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the three categories of spatiotemporal fusion models.

  8. A Comparison of Simulation Capabilities for Ducts

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    Miller, William A [ORNL; Smith, Matt K [ORNL; Gu, Lixing [Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC); New, Joshua Ryan [ORNL

    2014-11-01

    Typically, the cheapest way to install a central air conditioning system in residential buildings is to place the ductwork in the attic. Energy losses due to duct-attic interactions can be great, but current whole-house models are unable to capture the dynamic multi-mode physics of the interactions. The building industry is notoriously fragmented and unable to devote adequate research resources to solve this problem. Builders are going to continue to put ducts in the attic because floor space is too expensive to closet them within living space, and there are both construction and aesthetic issues with other approaches such as dropped ceilings. Thus, there is a substantial need to publicly document duct losses and the cost of energy used by ducts in attics so that practitioners, builders, homeowners and state and federal code officials can make informed decisions leading to changes in new construction and additional retrofit actions. Thus, the goal of this study is to conduct a comparison of AtticSim and EnergyPlus simulation algorithms to identify specific features for potential inclusion in EnergyPlus that would allow higher-fidelity modeling of HVAC operation and duct transport of conditioned air. It is anticipated that the resulting analysis from these simulation tools will inform energy decisions relating to the role of ducts in future building energy codes and standards.

  9. Aerosol Angstrom Absorption Coefficient Comparisons during MILAGRO.

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    Marley, N. A.; Marchany-Rivera, A.; Kelley, K. L.; Mangu, A.; Gaffney, J. S.

    2007-12-01

    Measurements of aerosol absorption were obtained as part of the MAX-Mex component of the MILAGRO field campaign at site T0 (Instituto Mexicano de Petroleo in Mexico City) by using a 7-channel aethalometer (Thermo- Anderson) during the month of March, 2006. The absorption measurements obtained in the field at 370, 470, 520, 590, 660, 880, and 950 nm were used to determine the aerosol Angstrom absorption exponents by linear regression. Since, unlike other absorbing aerosol species (e.g. humic like substances, nitrated PAHs), black carbon absorption is relatively constant from the ultraviolet to the infrared with an Angstrom absorption exponent of -1 (1), a comparison of the Angstrom exponents can indicate the presence of aerosol components with an enhanced UV absorption over that expected from BC content alone. The Angstrom exponents determined from the aerosol absorption measurements obtained in the field varied from - 0.7 to - 1.3 during the study and was generally lower in the afternoon than the morning hours, indicating an increase in secondary aerosol formation and photochemically generated UV absorbing species in the afternoon. Twelve-hour integrated samples of fine atmospheric aerosols (Petroleo (IMP) and CENICA.

  10. Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool Guidebook

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    Power through Policy: 'Best Practices' for Cost-Effective Distributed Wind is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-funded project to identify distributed wind technology policy best practices and to help policymakers, utilities, advocates, and consumers examine their effectiveness using a pro forma model. Incorporating a customized feed from the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE), the Web-based Distributed Wind Policy Comparison Tool (Policy Tool) is designed to assist state, local, and utility officials in understanding the financial impacts of different policy options to help reduce the cost of distributed wind technologies. The Policy Tool can be used to evaluate the ways that a variety of federal and state policies and incentives impact the economics of distributed wind (and subsequently its expected market growth). It also allows policymakers to determine the impact of policy options, addressing market challenges identified in the U.S. DOE's '20% Wind Energy by 2030' report and helping to meet COE targets.

  11. Wishbone Bus Architecture - A Survey and Comparison

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    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available The performance of an on-chip interconnection architecture used for communication between IP cores depends on the efficiency of its bus architecture. Any bus architecture having advantages of faster bus clock speed, extra data transfer cycle, improved bus width and throughput is highly desirable for a low cost, reduced time-to-market and efficient System-on-Chip (SoC. This paper presents a survey of WISHBONE bus architecture and its comparison with three other on-chip bus architectures viz. Advanced Microcontroller Bus Architecture (AMBA by ARM, CoreConnect by IBM and Avalon by Altera. The WISHBONE Bus Architecture by Silicore Corporation appears to be gaining an upper edge over the other three bus architecture types because of its special performance parameters like the use of flexible arbitration scheme and additional data transfer cycle (Read-Modify-Write cycle. Moreover, its IP Cores are available free for use requiring neither any registration nor any agreement or license.

  12. TLD environmental monitoring: an interlaboratorial comparison

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    Since 2000, the Thermoluminescent Dosimetry Laboratory of the Instituto de Engenharia Nuclear (LDOS/IEN) measures the environmental, indoor and outdoor air kerma rate at IEN facilities. It uses Harshaw LiF:Mg,Cu,P thermoluminescent detectors (TLD-100H) chips. In order to evaluate its performance, the LDOS/IEN promoted in 2006 a comparison study with the environmental dosimetry system of the Thermoluminescent Dosimetry Laboratory of the Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (LDT/IRD). LDT/IRD has more than 30 years experience with environmental TLD measurements. It also participates, since 1977, in the International Intercomparison of Environmental Dosemeters sponsored by the United States Department of Energy (DOE), with good results. In this study, both LDOS/IEN and LDT/IRD environmental dosimeters were placed together on seven different points of IEN facilities and stay there for two months. At the end of this period, the dosimeters were withdrawn and sent to their respective TLD laboratories to be evaluated following their routine procedures. The results indicated that both laboratories were quite in agreement with a correlation factor of about 0.99. (author)

  13. Comparison of post circumcision complications and wound

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    The objective of this study is to compare the frequency of post circumcision complications like bleeding and infection along with wound healing in infants by conventional open method and the bone-cutter method. Study Design: Randomized controlled trial. Place and Duration of Study: Combined Military Hospital and Military Hospital Rawalpindi, from March 2009 to March 2010. Patients and Methods: A total of 400 patients were included in the study that underwent circumcision. Patients were randomly allotted to either group A in whom the circumcision was done with conventional open technique (n = 200) or to group B, in whom circumcision was done with bone-cutter (n = 200). Patients were followed up in the surgical OPD after 5 days for assessment and earlier in case of any complication. Outcomes were measured by absence or presence of infection, post operative bleeding and cosmetic acceptance by the parents. Results: Comparison between the two groups showed that the bleeding rate was 8% in group A and 7% in group B (p = 0.704). Infection rate was 6% in group A and 5% in group B (p = 0.661). Delayed wound healing was seen in 4% of circumcisions in group A as opposed to 2% in group B ( p = 0.241). Conclusion: Complication is a part of any surgical procedure. So is the case with circumcision however no significant difference was found between the two procedures in terms of bleeding, infection, trauma to the glans and the cosmetic outcome. (author)

  14. Protein sequence comparison and protein evolution

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    Pearson, W.R. [Univ. of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (United States). Dept. of Biochemistry

    1995-12-31

    This tutorial was one of eight tutorials selected to be presented at the Third International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology which was held in the United Kingdom from July 16 to 19, 1995. This tutorial examines how the information conserved during the evolution of a protein molecule can be used to infer reliably homology, and thus a shared proteinfold and possibly a shared active site or function. The authors start by reviewing a geological/evolutionary time scale. Next they look at the evolution of several protein families. During the tutorial, these families will be used to demonstrate that homologous protein ancestry can be inferred with confidence. They also examine different modes of protein evolution and consider some hypotheses that have been presented to explain the very earliest events in protein evolution. The next part of the tutorial will examine the technical aspects of protein sequence comparison. Both optimal and heuristic algorithms and their associated parameters that are used to characterize protein sequence similarities are discussed. Perhaps more importantly, they survey the statistics of local similarity scores, and how these statistics can both be used to improve the selectivity of a search and to evaluate the significance of a match. They them examine distantly related members of three protein families, the serine proteases, the glutathione transferases, and the G-protein-coupled receptors (GCRs). Finally, the discuss how sequence similarity can be used to examine internal repeated or mosaic structures in proteins.

  15. Comparison of Home Retrofit Programs in Wisconsin

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    Cunningham, K.; Hannigan, E.

    2013-03-01

    To explore ways to reduce customer barriers and increase home retrofit completions, several different existing home retrofit models have been implemented in the state of Wisconsin. This study compared these programs' performance in terms of savings per home and program cost per home to assess the relative cost-effectiveness of each program design. However, given the many variations in these different programs, it is difficult to establish a fair comparison based on only a small number of metrics. Therefore, the overall purpose of the study is to document these programs' performance in a case study approach to look at general patterns of these metrics and other variables within the context of each program. This information can be used by energy efficiency program administrators and implementers to inform home retrofit program design. Six different program designs offered in Wisconsin for single-family energy efficiency improvements were included in the study. For each program, the research team provided information about the programs' approach and goals, characteristics, achievements and performance. The program models were then compared with performance results -- program cost and energy savings -- to help understand the overall strengths and weaknesses or challenges of each model.

  16. Comparison of Home Retrofit Programs in Wisconsin

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    Cunningham, Kerrie [Univ. of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN (United States). NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership; Hannigan, Eileen [Univ. of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN (United States). NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership

    2013-03-01

    To explore ways to reduce customer barriers and increase home retrofit completions, several different existing home retrofit models have been implemented in the state of Wisconsin. This study compared these programs' performance in terms of savings per home and program cost per home to assess the relative cost-effectiveness of each program design. However, given the many variations in these different programs, it is difficult to establish a fair comparison based on only a small number of metrics. Therefore, the overall purpose of the study is to document these programs' performance in a case study approach to look at general patterns of these metrics and other variables within the context of each program. This information can be used by energy efficiency program administrators and implementers to inform home retrofit program design. Six different program designs offered in Wisconsin for single-family energy efficiency improvements were included in the study. For each program, the research team provided information about the programs' approach and goals, characteristics, achievements and performance. The program models were then compared with performance results-program cost and energy savings-to help understand the overall strengths and weaknesses or challenges of each model.

  17. Santa Barbara Cluster Comparison Test with DISPH

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    Saitoh, Takayuki R.; Makino, Junichiro

    2016-06-01

    The Santa Barbara cluster comparison project revealed that there is a systematic difference between entropy profiles of clusters of galaxies obtained by Eulerian mesh and Lagrangian smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) codes: mesh codes gave a core with a constant entropy, whereas SPH codes did not. One possible reason for this difference is that mesh codes are not Galilean invariant. Another possible reason is the problem of the SPH method, which might give too much “protection” to cold clumps because of the unphysical surface tension induced at contact discontinuities. In this paper, we apply the density-independent formulation of SPH (DISPH), which can handle contact discontinuities accurately, to simulations of a cluster of galaxies and compare the results with those with the standard SPH. We obtained the entropy core when we adopt DISPH. The size of the core is, however, significantly smaller than those obtained with mesh simulations and is comparable to those obtained with quasi-Lagrangian schemes such as “moving mesh” and “mesh free” schemes. We conclude that both the standard SPH without artificial conductivity and Eulerian mesh codes have serious problems even with such an idealized simulation, while DISPH, SPH with artificial conductivity, and quasi-Lagrangian schemes have sufficient capability to deal with it.

  18. Energetic and economical comparison for biomass fuel

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    The common agricultural biomass, such as wheat straw, rape straw, wheat small corn, wheat forage, rape oil cakes and other, we can use as fuel for heat production. The biomass application for burning depends on economical situation on agriculture and fuel market. Energetic and economical parameters of agricultural biomass are estimated and compared to wooden grain. As parameters for comparison used the biomass heat value Q (MJ/kg), specific cost per 1 kWh heat production C0 (Ls/kWh) and the fuel consumption per 1 kWh heat production M0 (kg/kWh). The rape oil cakes have best heat value (20.82 MJ/kg), but cheapest heat energy we can get from rape straw (0.0046 Ls/kWh). Expenses of heat production for forge wheat corn (0.011 Ls/kWh) are alike to wooden chip (0.0103 Ls/kWh) and wooden grain (0.0122 Ls/kWh) (authors)

  19. Does contextual information bias bitemark comparisons?

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    Osborne, Nikola K P; Woods, Sally; Kieser, Jules; Zajac, Rachel

    2014-07-01

    A growing body of research suggests that the interpretation of fingerprint evidence is open to contextual bias. While there has been suggestion in the literature that the same might apply to bitemarks - a form of identification evidence in which a degree of contextual information during the comparison phase is generally unavoidable - there have so far been no empirical studies to test this assertion. We explored dental and non-dental students' ability to state whether two bitemarks matched, while manipulating task ambiguity and the presence and emotional intensity of additional contextual information. Provision of the contextual information influenced participants' decisions on the ambiguous bitemarks. Interestingly, when participants were presented with highly emotional images and subliminally primed with the words 'same' and 'guilty', they made fewer matches relative to our control condition. Dental experience also played a role in decision-making, with dental students making more matches as the experiment progressed, regardless of context or task ambiguity. We discuss ways that this exploratory research can be extended in future studies. PMID:25002044

  20. Comparison between electroglottography and electromagnetic glottography

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    Titze, Ingo R. [Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology and National Center for Voice and Speech, The University of Iowa and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Iowa City, Iowa 52242 (United States); Story, Brad H. [Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology and National Center for Voice and Speech, The University of Iowa and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Iowa City, Iowa 52242 (United States); Burnett, Gregory C. [Department of Applied Science, University of California at Davis, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California 94557 (United States); Holzrichter, John F. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California 94551 (United States); Ng, Lawrence C. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California 94551 (United States); Lea, Wayne A. [Speech Sciences Institute, Apple Valley, Minnesota 55124 (United States)

    2000-01-01

    Newly developed glottographic sensors, utilizing high-frequency propagating electromagnetic waves, were compared to a well-established electroglottographic device. The comparison was made on four male subjects under different phonation conditions, including three levels of vocal fold adduction (normal, breathy, and pressed), three different registers (falsetto, chest, and fry), and two different pitches. Agreement between the sensors was always found for the glottal closure event, but for the general wave shape the agreement was better for falsetto and breathy voice than for pressed voice and vocal fry. Differences are attributed to the field patterns of the devices. Whereas the electroglottographic device can operate only in a conduction mode, the electromagnetic device can operate in either the forward scattering (diffraction) mode or in the backward scattering (reflection) mode. Results of our tests favor the diffraction mode because a more favorable angle imposed on receiving the scattered (reflected) signal did not improve the signal strength. Several observations are made on the uses of the electromagnetic sensors for operation without skin contact and possibly in an array configuration for improved spatial resolution within the glottis. (c) 2000 Acoustical Society of America.

  1. Comparison between electroglottography and electromagnetic glottography

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    Newly developed glottographic sensors, utilizing high-frequency propagating electromagnetic waves, were compared to a well-established electroglottographic device. The comparison was made on four male subjects under different phonation conditions, including three levels of vocal fold adduction (normal, breathy, and pressed), three different registers (falsetto, chest, and fry), and two different pitches. Agreement between the sensors was always found for the glottal closure event, but for the general wave shape the agreement was better for falsetto and breathy voice than for pressed voice and vocal fry. Differences are attributed to the field patterns of the devices. Whereas the electroglottographic device can operate only in a conduction mode, the electromagnetic device can operate in either the forward scattering (diffraction) mode or in the backward scattering (reflection) mode. Results of our tests favor the diffraction mode because a more favorable angle imposed on receiving the scattered (reflected) signal did not improve the signal strength. Several observations are made on the uses of the electromagnetic sensors for operation without skin contact and possibly in an array configuration for improved spatial resolution within the glottis. (c) 2000 Acoustical Society of America

  2. Wind turbine blade tip comparison using CFD

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    The effect of wind turbine blade tip geometry is numerically analysed using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). Three different rotating blade tips are compared for attached flow conditions and the flow physics around the geometries are analysed. To this end, the pressure coefficient (Cp) is defined based on the stagnation pressure rather than on the inflow dynamic pressure. The tip geometry locally modifies the angles of attack (AOA) and the inflow dynamic pressure at each of the studied sections. However not all 3D effects could be reduced to a change of these two variables. An increase in loadings (particularly the normal force) towards the tip seem to be associated to a spanwise flow component present for the swept-back analysed tip. Integrated loads are ranked to asses wind turbine tip overall performance. It results from the comparison that a better tip shape that produced better torque to thrust ratios in both forces and moments is a geometry that has the end tip at the pitch axis. The work here presented shows that CFD may prove to be useful to complement 2D based methods on the design of new wind turbine blade tips

  3. Aerosol Angstrom Absorption Coefficient Comparisons during MILAGRO.

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    Marley, N. A.; Marchany-Rivera, A.; Kelley, K. L.; Mangu, A.; Gaffney, J. S.

    2007-12-01

    Measurements of aerosol absorption were obtained as part of the MAX-Mex component of the MILAGRO field campaign at site T0 (Instituto Mexicano de Petroleo in Mexico City) by using a 7-channel aethalometer (Thermo- Anderson) during the month of March, 2006. The absorption measurements obtained in the field at 370, 470, 520, 590, 660, 880, and 950 nm were used to determine the aerosol Angstrom absorption exponents by linear regression. Since, unlike other absorbing aerosol species (e.g. humic like substances, nitrated PAHs), black carbon absorption is relatively constant from the ultraviolet to the infrared with an Angstrom absorption exponent of -1 (1), a comparison of the Angstrom exponents can indicate the presence of aerosol components with an enhanced UV absorption over that expected from BC content alone. The Angstrom exponents determined from the aerosol absorption measurements obtained in the field varied from - 0.7 to - 1.3 during the study and was generally lower in the afternoon than the morning hours, indicating an increase in secondary aerosol formation and photochemically generated UV absorbing species in the afternoon. Twelve-hour integrated samples of fine atmospheric aerosols (MILAGRO. This research was supported by the Office of Science (BER), U.S. Department of Energy Grant No. DE-FG02-07ER64329. We also wish to thank Mexican Scientists and students for their assistance from the Instituto Mexicano de Petroleo (IMP) and CENICA.

  4. The National Ballistics Imaging Comparison (NBIC) project.

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    Song, J; Vorburger, T V; Ballou, S; Thompson, R M; Yen, J; Renegar, T B; Zheng, A; Silver, R M; Ols, M

    2012-03-10

    In response to the guidelines issued by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB-International) to establish traceability and quality assurance in U.S. crime laboratories, a NIST/ATF joint project entitled National Ballistics Imaging Comparison (NBIC) was initialized in 2008. The NBIC project aims to establish a National Traceability and Quality System for ballistics identifications in crime laboratories within the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN) of the U.S. NIST Standard Reference Material (SRM) 2460 bullets and 2461 cartridge cases are used as reference standards. 19 ballistics examiners from 13 U.S. crime laboratories participated in this project. They each performed 24 periodic image acquisitions and correlations of the SRM bullets and cartridge cases over the course of a year, but one examiner only participated in Phase 1 tests of SRM cartridge case. The correlation scores were collected by NIST for statistical analyses, from which control charts and control limits were developed for the proposed Quality System and for promoting future assessments and accreditations for firearm evidence in U.S. forensic laboratories in accordance with the ISO 17025 Standard. PMID:22014973

  5. Comparison of high-latitude thermospheric meridionalwinds I: optical and radar experimental comparisons

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    E. M. Griffin

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available Thermospheric neutral winds at Kiruna, Sweden (67.4°N, 20.4°E are compared using both direct optical Fabry-Perot Interferometer (FPI measurements and those derived from European incoherent scatter radar (EISCAT measurements. This combination of experimental data sets, both covering well over a solar cycle of data, allows for a unique comparison of the thermospheric meridional component of the neutral wind as observed by different experimental techniques. Uniquely in this study the EISCAT measurements are used to provide winds for comparison using two separate techniques: the most popular method based on the work of Salah and Holt (1974 and the Meridional Wind Model (MWM (Miller et al., 1997 application of servo theory. The balance of forces at this location that produces the observed diurnal pattern are investigated using output from the Coupled Thermosphere and Ionosphere (CTIM numerical model. Along with detailed comparisons from short periods the climatological behaviour of the winds have been investigated for seasonal and solar cycle dependence using the experimental techniques. While there are features which are consistent between the 3 techniques, such as the evidence of the equinoctial asymmetry, there are also significant differences between the techniques both in terms of trends and absolute values. It is clear from this and previous studies that the high-latitude representation of the thermospheric neutral winds from the empirical Horizontal Wind Model (HWM, though improved from earlier versions, lacks accuracy in many conditions. The relative merits of each technique are discussed and while none of the techniques provides the perfect data set to address model performance at high-latitude, one or more needs to be included in future HWM reformulations.

    Key words. Meteorology and atmospheric dynamics (thermospheric dynamics, Ionosphere (ionosphere-atmosphere interactions, auroral ionosphere

  6. KEY COMPARISON: Key comparison CCQM-K60: Total selenium and selenomethionine in selenised wheat flour

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    Goenaga Infante, Heidi; Sargent, Mike

    2010-01-01

    Key comparison CCQM-K60 was performed to assess the analytical capabilities of national metrology institutes (NMIs) to accurately quantitate the mass fraction of selenomethionine (SeMet) and total selenium (at low mg kg-1 levels) in selenised wheat flour. It was organized by the Inorganic Analysis Working Group (IAWG) of the Comité Consultatif pour la Quantité de Matière (CCQM) as a follow-up key comparison to the previous pilot study CCQM-P86 on selenised yeast tablets. LGC Limited (Teddington, UK) and the Institute for National Measurement Standards, National Research Council Canada (NRCC, Ottawa, Canada) acted as the coordinating laboratories. CCQM-K60 was organized in parallel with a pilot study (CCQM-P86.1) involving not only NMIs but also expert laboratories worldwide, thus enabling them to assess their capabilities, discover problems and learn how to modify analytical procedures accordingly. Nine results for total Se and four results for SeMet were reported by the participant NMIs. Methods used for sample preparation were microwave assisted acid digestion for total Se and multiple-step enzymatic hydrolysis and hydrolysis with methanesulfonic acid for SeMet. For total Se, detection techniques included inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) with external calibration, standard additions or isotope dilution analysis (IDMS); instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA); and graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (GFAAS) with external calibration. For determination of SeMet in the wheat flour sample, the four NMIs relied upon measurements using species-specific IDMS (using 76Se-enriched SeMet) with HPLC-ICP-MS. Eight of the nine participating NMIs reported results for total Se within 3.5% deviation from the key comparison reference value (KCRV). For SeMet, the four participating NMIs reported results within 3.2% deviation from the KCRV. This shows that the performance of the majority of the CCQM-K60 participants was very good

  7. Comparison of Standard and Fast Charging Methods for Electric Vehicles

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    Petr Chlebis

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes a comparison of standard and fast charging methods used in the field of electric vehicles and also comparison of their efficiency in terms of electrical energy consumption. The comparison was performed on three-phase buck converter, which was designed for EV’s fast charging station. The results were obtained by both mathematical and simulation methods. The laboratory model of entire physical application, which will be further used for simulation results verification, is being built in these days.

  8. Issues & comparison of images for excellent results by IP

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    Ajay Sharma

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, different well-known features for image processing specially for the comparison of images are studied, compared and their correlation is analyzed. The features form the basis for the comparison process and performance of the comparison strategy is very much depending upon these features. The study of different features either it is local or global features, which can be used as a basis for an appropriate choice of features or Descriptors. In the past a systematic analysis of image retrieval systems or features was often difficult because different studies usually used different data sets and no common performance measures were established.

  9. ENCORE: Software for Quantitative Ensemble Comparison.

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    Matteo Tiberti

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available There is increasing evidence that protein dynamics and conformational changes can play an important role in modulating biological function. As a result, experimental and computational methods are being developed, often synergistically, to study the dynamical heterogeneity of a protein or other macromolecules in solution. Thus, methods such as molecular dynamics simulations or ensemble refinement approaches have provided conformational ensembles that can be used to understand protein function and biophysics. These developments have in turn created a need for algorithms and software that can be used to compare structural ensembles in the same way as the root-mean-square-deviation is often used to compare static structures. Although a few such approaches have been proposed, these can be difficult to implement efficiently, hindering a broader applications and further developments. Here, we present an easily accessible software toolkit, called ENCORE, which can be used to compare conformational ensembles generated either from simulations alone or synergistically with experiments. ENCORE implements three previously described methods for ensemble comparison, that each can be used to quantify the similarity between conformational ensembles by estimating the overlap between the probability distributions that underlie them. We demonstrate the kinds of insights that can be obtained by providing examples of three typical use-cases: comparing ensembles generated with different molecular force fields, assessing convergence in molecular simulations, and calculating differences and similarities in structural ensembles refined with various sources of experimental data. We also demonstrate efficient computational scaling for typical analyses, and robustness against both the size and sampling of the ensembles. ENCORE is freely available and extendable, integrates with the established MDAnalysis software package, reads ensemble data in many common formats, and can

  10. Comparison of Five Parathyroid Scintigraphic Protocols

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    Virpi Tunninen

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Objectives. We compared five parathyroid scintigraphy protocols in patients with primary (pHPT and secondary hyperparathyroidism (sHPT and studied the interobserver agreement. The dual-tracer method (T99mc-sestamibi/123I was used with three acquisition techniques (parallel-hole planar, pinhole planar, and SPECT/CT. The single-tracer method (T99mc-sestamibi was used with two acquisition techniques (double-phase parallel-hole planar, and SPECT/CT. Thus five protocols were used, resulting in five sets of images. Materials and Methods. Image sets of 51 patients were retrospectively graded by four experienced nuclear medicine physicians. The final study group consisted of 24 patients (21 pHPT, 3 sHPT who had been operated upon. Surgical and histopathologic findings were used as the standard of comparison. Results. Thirty abnormal parathyroid glands were found in 24 patients. The sensitivities of the dual-tracer method (76.7–80.0% were similar (P=1.0. The sensitivities of the single-tracer method (13.3–31.6% were similar (P=0.625. All differences in sensitivity between these two methods were statistically significant (P<0.012. The interobserver agreement was good. Conclusion. This study indicates that any dual-tracer protocol with T99mc-sestamibi and 123I is superior for enlarged parathyroid gland localization when compared with single-tracer protocols using T99mc-sestamibi alone. The parathyroid scintigraphy was found to be independent of the reporter.

  11. Comparison of elastic and inelastic analyses

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    The use of inelastic analysis methods instead of the traditional elastic analysis methods in the design of radioactive material (RAM) transport packagings leads to a better understanding of the response of the package to mechanical loadings. Thus, better assessment of the containment, thermal protection, and shielding integrity of the package after a structure accident event can be made. A more accurate prediction of the package response can lead to enhanced safety and also allow for a more efficient use of materials, possibly leading to a package with higher capacity or lower weight. This paper discusses the advantages and disadvantages of using inelastic analysis in the design of RAM shipping packages. The use of inelastic analysis presents several problems to the package designer. When using inelastic analysis the entire nonlinear response of the material must be known, including the effects of temperature changes and strain rate. Another problem is that there currently is not an acceptance criteria for this type of analysis that is approved by regulatory agencies. Inelastic analysis acceptance criteria based on failure stress, failure strain , or plastic energy density could be developed. For both elastic and inelastic analyses it is also important to include other sources of stress in the analyses, such as fabrication stresses, thermal stresses, stresses from bolt preloading, and contact stresses at material interfaces. Offsetting these added difficulties is the improved knowledge of the package behavior. This allows for incorporation of a more uniform margin of safety, which can result in weight savings and a higher level of confidence in the post-accident configuration of the package. In this paper, comparisons between elastic and inelastic analyses are made for a simple ring structure and for a package to transport a large quantity of RAM by rail (rail cask) with lead gamma shielding to illustrate the differences in the two analysis techniques

  12. SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY VALUES: A CROSS COUNTRY COMPARISON

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    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available This empirical study aims at finding out how similar and/or different are the future Romanian and Slovenian managers in assessing the importance of organizations social responsibility values. The assumption of the research is that most of most of students in engineering and business will hold middle management position in the near future. The sample consists of 727 undergraduate and graduate students levels from Romania and Slovenia, two former socialist countries. The data has been collected between 2008 and 2009 in the framework of GLOBE student project , using a section of GLOBE III questionnaire, about the importance of CSR related values in critical decisions. The findings concern the similarities and significant differences between: 1 whole Romanian and Slovenian samples; 2 Romanian and Slovenian students in engineering; 3 Romanian and Slovenian students in business. Our findings revealed a trend toward convergence in the importance given to decisions effect on contribution to the economic welfare of the nation and local community, as well as on employees professional growth and development and on environment. The biggest difference between the groups concerns the decisions effect on firm profitability (the Romanians considering this value as more important in critical decisions than the Slovenians. The students in engineering proved to be a more homogeneous group, showing convergence in assessing the importance of eight out of fifteen social responsibility values. The biggest difference concerns the decisions effect on firm profitability (Romanians consider it as having higher importance in critical decisions than the Slovenians. Comparison of students in business revealed convergence in assessing the importance of employees professional growth and development and decisions effect on environment. The biggest positive difference concerns the same value of decisions effect on firm profitability. The Romanians are well behind Slovenians in

  13. Comparison-Bot: an Automated Preliminary-Final Report Comparison System.

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    Kalaria, Amit D; Filice, Ross W

    2016-06-01

    Regular comparison of preliminary to final reports is a critical part of radiology resident and fellow education as prior research has documented substantial preliminary to final discrepancies. Unfortunately, there are many barriers to this comparison: high study volume; overnight rotations without an attending; the ability to finalize reports remotely; the subtle nature of many changes; and lack of easy access to the preliminary report after finalization. We developed a system that automatically compiles and emails a weekly summary of report differences for all residents and fellows. Trainees can also create a custom report using a date range of their choice and can view this data on a resident dashboard. Differences between preliminary and final reports are clearly highlighted with links to the associated study in Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) for efficient review and learning. Reports with more changes, particularly changes made in the impression, are highlighted to focus attention on those exams with substantive edits. Our system provides an easy way for trainees to review changes to preliminary reports with immediate access to the associated images, thereby improving their educational experience. Departmental surveys showed that our report difference summary is easy to understand and improves the educational experience of our trainees. Additionally, interesting descriptive statistics help us understand how reports are changed by trainee level, by attending, and by exam type. Finally, this system can be easily ported to other departments who have access to their Health Level 7 (HL7) data. PMID:26537931

  14. A new phase comparison pilot protection based on wavelet transform

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    YANG Ying; TAI Neng-ling; YU Wei-yong

    2006-01-01

    Current phase comparison based pilot protection had been generally utilized as primary protection of the transmission lines in China from the 1950's to the 1980's. Conventional phase comparison pilot protection has a long phase comparison time, which results in a longer fault-clearing time. This paper proposes a new current phase comparison. pilot protection scheme that is based on non-power frequency fault current component.The phase of the fourth harmonic current of each end of the protected line has been abstracted by utilizing complex wavelet transformation and then compared in order to determine whether the inner fault occurs or not. This way can greatly decrease fault-clearing time and improve performances of this pilot protection when fault occurs under the heavy-load current and asymmetrical operation conditions. Many EMTP simulations have verified theproposed scheme's correctness and effectiveness.

  15. The Comparison between the Statistical Heuristic Search and A

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    张Po; 张铃

    1989-01-01

    In order to further unravel the principle and performance of the statistical heuristic seach algorithm S A,in this paper,in comparison with A * search,the hypothesis,performance and computational complexity of SA are discussed.

  16. Comparison theorems for neutral stochastic functional differential equations

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    Bai, Xiaoming; Jiang, Jifa

    2016-05-01

    The comparison theorems under Wu and Freedman's order are proved for neutral stochastic functional differential equations with finite or infinite delay whose drift terms satisfy the quasimonotone condition and diffusion term is the same.

  17. Algebraic comparison of metabolic networks, phylogenetic inference, and metabolic innovation

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    Hofacker Ivo L

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Comparison of metabolic networks is typically performed based on the organisms' enzyme contents. This approach disregards functional replacements as well as orthologies that are misannotated. Direct comparison of the structure of metabolic networks can circumvent these problems. Results Metabolic networks are naturally represented as directed hypergraphs in such a way that metabolites are nodes and enzyme-catalyzed reactions form (hyperedges. The familiar operations from set algebra (union, intersection, and difference form a natural basis for both the pairwise comparison of networks and identification of distinct metabolic features of a set of algorithms. We report here on an implementation of this approach and its application to the procaryotes. Conclusion We demonstrate that metabolic networks contain valuable phylogenetic information by comparing phylogenies obtained from network comparisons with 16S RNA phylogenies. The algebraic approach to metabolic networks is suitable to study metabolic innovations in two sets of organisms, free living microbes and Pyrococci, as well as obligate intracellular pathogens.

  18. Comparison between two possible CMS Barrel Muon Readout Architectures

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    A comparison between two possible readout arquitectures for the CMS muon barrel readout electronics is presented, including various aspects like costs, reliability, installation, staging and maintenance. A review of the present baseline architecture is given in the appendix. (Author)

  19. A Comparison of Distance Education Competencies Delivered Synchronously and Asynchronously.

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    Dooley, Kim E.; Lindner, James R.; Richards, Lance J.

    2003-01-01

    Comparison of agriculture courses delivered synchronously via interactive television (20 students) and asynchronously via the Web (22 students) showed similar achievement of core distance education competencies: adult learning, technology knowledge, instructional design, communication skills, graphic design, administration) regardless of delivery…

  20. Design and operation of an interlaboratory comparison scheme

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    The competence of laboratories is assessed by two complementary techniques. One of the techniques is the on-site evaluation following the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005. The other one implies the proficiency testing which involves the determination of laboratory performance by means of interlaboratory comparisons, whereby the laboratory performs practical tests and their results are further compared with those of other laboratories. The paper treats one of the most important topics of the proficiency testing – the interlaboratory comparison (ILC). There will be presented the need, the purpose and the main objectives of an ILC and also a typically situation where an interlaboratory comparison exercise (for radio-analytical methods) was planned. A fully description of the design and operation of an ILC scheme is the main purpose of this paper. A special attention will be given to the data analysis and evaluation of interlaboratory comparison scheme results. (authors)

  1. CCM key comparison CCM.D-K4 'Hydrometer'

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    Lorefice, S.; Becerra, L. O.; Lenard, E.; Lee, Y. J.; Lee, W. G.; Madec, T.; Meury, P. A.; Caceres, J.; Santos, C.; Vamossy, C.; Man, J.; Fen, K.; Toda, K.; Wright, J.; Bettin, H.; Toth, H.

    2016-01-01

    This report presents the comparison philosophy, methodology, analysis and the results of the designed CCM.D-K4 key comparison that covered the calibration of high resolution hydrometers for liquid and alcoholometers in the density range 600 kg/m3 to 2000 kg/m3 at the temperature of 20°C. The main purpose of this comparison was not only to evaluate the degree of equivalence in the calibration of high accuracy hydrometers between NMI participants, but also to link, were it is possible, the results of previous comparisons to Key Comparison Reference Values (KCRVs) of CCM.D-K4. Eleven NMI laboratories took part in the CCM.D-K4 divided in two groups (petals). With the CCM.D-K4 purpose, two similar sets consisting of three hydrometers for liquid density determinations and an alcoholometer were circulated to the NMI participants as a travelling standard in the time interval from January 2011 to April 2012. Twelve Key Comparison Reference Values (KCRVs) for each petal have been obtained at the density values related to the tested density marks of the transfer standards by the results of participants. The KCRVs and corresponding uncertainties were calculated by the weighted mean in the case of consistent results, otherwise the median was used. The degree of equivalence (DoE) with respect to the corresponding KCRV was determined for each participant and, in this particular comparison, the Weighted Least Squares (WLS) method was used to link the individual DoE of each participant by a continuous function. Significant drift of the transfer standards was not detected. This report also gives instructions on calculating pair-wise degrees of equivalence, with the addition of any information on correlations that may be necessary to estimate more accurately as well as the procedure for linking international comparisons to the CCM.D-K4. Finally an example of linkage to the CCM.D-K4 is given by dealing with the results of the bilateral comparison between INRiM and NMIA, which was

  2. Wild Cultures: A Comparison between Chimpanzee and Human Cultures

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    Diana Rocío Carvajal Contreras

    2013-01-01

    Review of Wild Cultures: A Comparison between Chimpanzee and Human Cultures. Christophe Boesch. 2012. Cambridge University Press. Pp. 276, 68 b & w illustrations, 11 tables. £60 (hardback). ISBN 9781109025370.

  3. [Pitfalls in international comparisons of health data and indices].

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    Rotstein, Z; Shani, M

    1991-05-01

    Comparison of published data and health indices from different countries with different health systems is subject to many pitfalls. Comparison of national expenditure for health care based on purchasing power of the currency may be misleading if the purchasing power of the health services is ignored. Comparisons may also be misleading if they ignore national geographic and demographic structures. Government and health authorities often quote different sets of data and use different terminology and definitions. This article stresses the disparity in the definition of medical manpower and points out differences relating to ratios of manpower to population and to per capita spending. Also addressed is the importance of the qualitative and value aspects of health systems not usually involved in comparison of international health indices. In conclusion, safety measures and precautions such as choosing the right index for the right purpose, adjustment of indices to the purchasing power parity of health, demographics, etc., should be used when conducting health care analyses. PMID:1937228

  4. Clinical Comparison of Haloperidol with Chlorpromazine in Mentally Retarded Children

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    LeVann, Leonard J.

    1971-01-01

    In an 8-week double-blind comparison, haloperidol reduced the severity of the target symptoms impulsiveness, hostility, and aggressiveness in significantly more mentally retarded children than did chlorpromazine. (Author)

  5. 16 CFR 233.5 - Miscellaneous price comparisons.

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    2010-01-01

    ... DECEPTIVE PRICING § 233.5 Miscellaneous price comparisons. The practices covered in the provisions set forth... principles. For example, retailers should not advertise a retail price as a “wholesale” price. They...

  6. Comparison of two procedures for determination of stability boundary

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    Půst, Ladislav; Kozánek, Jan

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 16, č. 3 (2009), s. 231-238. ISSN 1802-1484 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20760514 Keywords : identification of dynamic model * comparison of numerical methods * eigenvalue problem Subject RIV: BI - Acoustics

  7. Radioxenon standards used in laboratory inter-comparisons.

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    Gohla, H; Auer, M; Cassette, Ph; Hague, R K; Lechermann, M; Nadalut, B

    2016-03-01

    Preparation methods for (133)Xe standards of activity concentration and the results of the 2014 (133)Xe laboratory inter-comparison exercise are described. One element of the quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) program for laboratories of the International Monitoring System (IMS) will be regular inter-comparison exercises. However, until recently, no activity concentration standards for benchmarking were available. Therefore, two (133)Xe activity concentration reference standards were produced independently by Idaho National Laboratory and Seibersdorf Laboratories and used for the 2014 laboratory inter-comparison exercise. The preparation of a complementary (127)Xe activity concentration standard as well as a (127)Xe laboratory inter-comparison exercise suggests (127)Xe as a suitable isotope for QA/QC of remote IMS noble gas stations. PMID:26682890

  8. HIRENASD Comparisons of FEM modal frequencies and modeshapes

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Below are frequency comparisons of different models with experiment Note Modeshapes aren't very descriptive for higher modes. There is coupling between them so this...

  9. Number Comparison and Number Line Estimation Rely on Different Mechanisms

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    Delphine Sasanguie

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The performance in comparison and number line estimation is assumed to rely on the same underlying representation, similar to a compressed mental number line that becomes more linear with age. We tested this assumption explicitly by examining the relation between the linear/logarithmic fit in a non-symbolic number line estimation task and the size effect (SE in a non-symbolic comparison task in first-, second-, and third graders. In two experiments, a correlation between the estimation pattern in number line estimation and the SE in comparison was absent. An ANOVA showed no difference between the groups of children with a linear or a logarithmic representation considering their SE in comparison. This suggests that different mechanisms underlie both basic number processing tasks.

  10. Operating Reserves and Wind Power Integration: An International Comparison; Preprint

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    Milligan, M.; Donohoo, P.; Lew, D.; Ela, E.; Kirby, B.; Holttinen, H.; Lannoye, E.; Flynn, D.; O' Malley, M.; Miller, N.; Eriksen, P. B.; Gottig, A.; Rawn, B.; Gibescu, M.; Lazaro, E. G.; Robitaille, A.; Kamwa, I.

    2010-10-01

    This paper provides a high-level international comparison of methods and key results from both operating practice and integration analysis, based on an informal International Energy Agency Task 25: Large-scale Wind Integration.

  11. Appearance comparison in individuals with body dysmorphic disorder and controls.

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    Anson, Martin; Veale, David; Miles, Sarah

    2015-09-01

    Research investigating appearance comparison in body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) remains very limited, despite the fact that this is one of the most commonly observed behaviors in individuals with the disorder. The present study investigated the self-reported extent and nature of appearance comparison in 35 BDD participants relative to 45 controls using a newly devised and a standardized appearance comparison measure. The results showed that BDD participants reported significantly higher levels of appearance comparison than controls. Individuals with BDD also reported greater levels of comparing in terms of the specific feature(s) of their appearance they were most concerned about as compared to overall appearance, whilst controls showed the opposite pattern. Levels of comparing in BDD participants increased as targets increased in terms of attractiveness, and individuals with BDD rated themselves as being markedly less attractive than targets, and feeling markedly less satisfied with their appearance after comparing. Cognitive-behavioral treatment implications are discussed. PMID:26379252

  12. Error Rate Comparison during Polymerase Chain Reaction by DNA Polymerase

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    Peter McInerney; Paul Adams; Hadi, Masood Z.

    2014-01-01

    As larger-scale cloning projects become more prevalent, there is an increasing need for comparisons among high fidelity DNA polymerases used for PCR amplification. All polymerases marketed for PCR applications are tested for fidelity properties (i.e., error rate determination) by vendors, and numerous literature reports have addressed PCR enzyme fidelity. Nonetheless, it is often difficult to make direct comparisons among different enzymes due to numerous methodological and analytical differe...

  13. Tip studies using CFD and comparison with tip loss models

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    Hansen, Martin Otto Laver; Johansen, J.

    The flow past a rotating LM8.2 blade equipped with two different tips are computed using CFD. The different tip flows are analysed and a comparison with two different tip loss models is made. Keywords: tip flow, aerodynamics, CFD......The flow past a rotating LM8.2 blade equipped with two different tips are computed using CFD. The different tip flows are analysed and a comparison with two different tip loss models is made. Keywords: tip flow, aerodynamics, CFD...

  14. Price Comparisons on the Internet Based on Computational Intelligence

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    Kim, Jun Woo; Ha, Sung Ho

    2014-01-01

    Information-intensive Web services such as price comparison sites have recently been gaining popularity. However, most users including novice shoppers have difficulty in browsing such sites because of the massive amount of information gathered and the uncertainty surrounding Web environments. Even conventional price comparison sites face various problems, which suggests the necessity of a new approach to address these problems. Therefore, for this study, an intelligent product search system w...

  15. Comparison of Internal and External Prestressing for Typical Highway Bridges

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    BURDET, Olivier; Badoux, Marc

    2000-01-01

    The paper presents an analytical comparison of the amount of prestressing required for two similar bridges, one with internal and the other with external prestressing. This comparison shows that bridges with external prestressing can become economically competitive for large girder depths. The detrimental effect of the smaller stress in the prestressing steel at the ultimate limit state is more than compensated by the thinner webs made possible by the absence of the ducts.

  16. Comparison of data security in different type of firms

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    Součková, Tereza

    2011-01-01

    One of the objectives of this Diploma Thesis is an analysis of data security in three existing companies and a comparison of these companies. The comparison should reveal differences or similarities of data security of these companies which work in a different field of activity, employ a different number of employees and process different quantity of data. All these reasons should cause a different degree of data security.

  17. Purchasing power parities - a tool of international comparisons

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    Vojtěch Spěváček

    2003-01-01

    International comparison of gross domestic product and its component expenditures is based on the utilization of purchasing power parities which are conversion rates (both currency converters and price deflators). When GDPs of countries are converted to a common currency using PPPs, they are also revalued at common set of prices. The paper presents the concept of purchasing power parity and international comparison programmes of real expenditure on GDP. Particular attention is devoted to the ...

  18. The International Comparison Programme: 2005 results and supporting the programme

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    Ben Whitestone

    2008-01-01

    Explores improvements made in the latest round of the ICP initiative and UK Government support for it in AfricaThe results of the International Comparison Programme (ICP) were released by the World Bank in December 2007. The ICP is a global initiative to collect comparative price data and estimate relative price levels between countries. These figures allow international comparisons of real economic wealth to be made, and hence provide an essential tool for governments designing aid, trade an...

  19. PPPs for Industry Output: A New Dataset for International Comparisons

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    Timmer, Marcel; Ypma, Gerard; van Ark, Bart

    2007-01-01

    International comparisons of output, prices and productivity have been hampered by the unavailability of comprehensive sets of PPPs at the industry level. Existing expenditure PPPs and production PPPs both have their limitations. This paper proposes to use a mix of both for industry level comparisons. On the basis of a supply-use framework, the paper identifies how expenditure prices and output prices are conceptually related. It developscriteria on the basis of which an optimal mix of expend...

  20. Comparisons organized by Ionizing Radiation Metrology Laboratory of FTMC, Lithuania.

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    Gudelis, A; Gorina, I

    2016-03-01

    The newly established Ionizing Radiation Metrology Laboratory of the National Metrology Institute (FTMC) in Lithuania organized four comparisons in the field of low-level radioactivity measurements in water. For gamma-ray emitters, the activity concentration in the samples was in the range 1-25Bq/kg, while for tritium it was around 2Bq/g. The assigned values of all comparisons were traceable to the primary standards of the Czech Metrology Institute (CMI). PMID:26585643

  1. Comparison of Course Support Environments: Commercial Versus Open Source Software

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    Andreas VEGLIS

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available Course-support environments are an important technical development relating to computer communications in education that involves the linking of a web-compliant user interface and web-compliant tools and applets with an underlying database. This paper presents a comparison among three different course support environments. One of them is a commercial product and the other two are open source software. The comparison includes various features from the student, and the instructor point of view.

  2. A Comparison of Cross-Sector Cyber Security Standards

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    Robert P. Evans

    2005-09-01

    This report presents a review and comparison (commonality and differences) of three cross-sector cyber security standards and an internationally recognized information technology standard. The comparison identifies the security areas covered by each standard and reveals where the standards differ in emphasis. By identifying differences in the standards, the user can evaluate which standard best meets their needs. For this report, only cross-sector standards were reviewed.

  3. Comparison Framework of FPGA-based GNSS Signals Acquisition Architectures

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    Leclère, Jérôme; Botteron, Cyril; Farine, Pierre-André

    2013-01-01

    The acquisition of Global Navigation Satellite Systems signals using Code Division Multiple Access can be performed through classical correlation or using a Fourier transform. These methods are well known but what is missing is a comparison of their performance for a given hardware area or target. This paper presents this comparison for Field Programmable Gate Arrays, describing the different parameters involved in the acquisition, detailing some optimized implementations where hardware eleme...

  4. Numerical Comparison of Optimal Charging Schemes for Electric Vehicles

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    You, Shi; Hu, Junjie; Pedersen, Anders Bro;

    2012-01-01

    The optimal charging schemes for Electric vehicles (EV) generally differ from each other in the choice of charging periods and the possibility of performing vehicle-to-grid (V2G), and have different impacts on EV economics. Regarding these variations, this paper presents a numerical comparison of...... lithium-ion EV battery for the four charging schemes. The night charging scheme is found to be the cheapest solution after conducting an annual cost comparison....

  5. A Comparison Framework for Walking Performances using aSpaces

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    Villanueva Pipaón, Juan José; Gonzàlez i Sabaté, Jordi; Varona, Javier; Roca i Marvà, Francesc Xavier

    2005-01-01

    In this paper, we address the analysis of human actions by comparing different performances of the same action executed by different actors. Specifically, we present a comparison procedure applied to the walking action, but the scheme can be applied to other different actions, such as bending, running, etc. To achieve fair comparison results, we define a novel human body model based on joint angles, which maximizes the differences between human postures and, moreover, reflects the anatomical ...

  6. Comparison of the corporation tax base in selected OECD countries

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    Černá, Daniela

    2009-01-01

    The subject of this thesis is "Comparison of the corporation tax base in selected OECD countries". The main objective is comparison of corporation tax base legislation and its impact on the tax burden of corporations in Czech Republic, Austria and Cyprus. Sub-objectives are: analyzing the elements of corporation tax base in these countries, finding out how the asset depreciation is regulated in these countries and assess the impact of corporation tax base legislation on effective tax burden. ...

  7. SOCIAL COMPARISON DAN BODY DISSATISFACTION PADA WANITA DEWASA AWAL

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    Livian Sunartio; Monique Elizabeth Sukamto; Ktut Dianovinina

    2013-01-01

    AbstractMost women have a concern toward their physical appearance.Therefore, they often compare their physical appearance, especially their body shape, with other women’s body shapes which are more attractive. The purpose of this study was to examine the correlation between social comparison and body dissatisfaction among early adult women. Social comparison is the process of comparing oneself with others, whereas body dissatisfaction is the negative individual’s feelings, thoughts, and ...

  8. The Application of English-Chinese Comparison to Culture Teaching

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    Qiu-juan ZHU

    2006-01-01


    This thesis is a tentative endeavor to employ English-Chinese comparison to culture teaching so as to help English learners overcome negative transfer from their native culture and learn more idiomatic English.
    Key words: the English language, the Chinese language, comparison, culture teaching
    Résumé: Cet essai tente d’employer la comparaison anglais-chinois à l’enseignement de culture afin d’ai...

  9. Characterization of Consistent Completion of Reciprocal Comparison Matrices

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    Julio Benítez; Laura Carrión; Joaquín Izquierdo; Rafael Pérez-García

    2014-01-01

    Analytic hierarchy process (AHP) is a leading multi-attribute decision-aiding model that is designed to help make better choices when faced with complex decisions involving several dimensions. AHP, which enables qualitative analysis using a combination of subjective and objective information, is a multiple criteria decision analysis approach that uses hierarchical structured pairwise comparisons. One of the drawbacks of AHP is that a pairwise comparison cannot be completed by an actor or stak...

  10. Molecular evolution of herpesviruses: genomic and protein sequence comparisons.

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    Karlin, S; Mocarski, E S; Schachtel, G A

    1994-01-01

    Phylogenetic reconstruction of herpesvirus evolution is generally founded on amino acid sequence comparisons of specific proteins. These are relevant to the evolution of the specific gene (or set of genes), but the resulting phylogeny may vary depending on the particular sequence chosen for analysis (or comparison). In the first part of this report, we compare 13 herpesvirus genomes by using a new multidimensional methodology based on distance measures and partial orderings of dinucleotide re...

  11. Cylinder expansion test and gas gun experiment comparison

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    Harrier, Danielle [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2016-06-30

    This is a summer internship presentation by the Hydro Working Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and goes into detail about their cylinder expansion test and gas gun experiment comparison. Specifically, the gas gun experiment is detailed along with applications, the cylinder expansion test is detailed along with applications, there is a comparison of the methods with pros and cons and limitations listed, the summer project is detailed, and future work is talked about.

  12. A transatlantic comparison of training in emergency medicine.

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    Wyatt, J. P.; Weber, J E

    1998-01-01

    The system of training in accident and emergency (A&E) medicine in the United Kingdom is at a critical and much earlier stage of development than in the United States. Transatlantic comparison offers the opportunity to explore possible ways of improving training in the United Kingdom. Comparison revealed deficiencies in the UK training system in the following: prehospital care training, formal theoretical teaching, close supervision in a clinical setting, and in-service training examinations....

  13. Comparison groups on bills: Automated, personalized energy information

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    Iyer, Maithili; Kempton, Willett; Payne, Christopher

    2006-07-01

    A program called ``Innovative Billing?? has been developed to provide individualized energy information for a mass audience?the entireresidential customer base of an electric or gas utility. Customers receive a graph on the bill that compares that customer?s consumption with othersimilar customers for the same month. The program aims to stimulate customers to make ef?ciency improvements. To group as many as severalmillion customers into small ``comparison groups??, an automated method must be developed drawing solely from the data available to the utility.This paper develops and applies methods to compare the quality of resulting comparison groups.A data base of 114,000 customers from a utility billing system was used to evaluate Innovative Billing comparison groups, comparing fouralternative criteria: house characteristics (?oor area, housing type, and heating fuel); street; meter read route; billing cycle. Also, customers wereinterviewed to see what forms of comparison graphs made most sense and led to fewest errors of interpretation. We ?nd that good qualitycomparison groups result from using street name, meter book, or multiple house characteristics. Other criteria we tested, such as entire cycle, entiremeter book, or single house characteristics such as ?oor area, resulted in poor quality comparison groups. This analysis provides a basis forchoosing comparison groups based on extensive user testing and statistical analysis. The result is a practical set of guidelines that can be used toimplement realistic, inexpensive innovative billing for the entire customer base of an electric or gas utility.

  14. The differing roles of comparison and contrast in children's categorization.

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    Namy, Laura L; Clepper, Lauren E

    2010-11-01

    Comparison of perceptually similar exemplars from an object category encourages children to overlook compelling perceptual similarities and use relational and functional properties more relevant for taxonomic categorization. This article investigates whether showing children a contrasting object that is perceptually similar but out of kind serves the same function as comparison in heightening children's attention to taxonomically relevant features. In this study, 4-year-olds completed a forced-choice categorization task in which they viewed exemplars from a target category and then selected among (a) a perceptually similar out-of-kind object, (b) a category member that differed perceptually from the exemplars, and (c) a thematically related object. Children were assigned to one of four conditions: No-Compare/No-Contrast, Compare/No-Contrast, No-Compare/Contrast, or Compare/Contrast. As in previous work, comparison increased the frequency of category responses, but there was no effect of contrast on categorization. However, only those in the Compare/Contrast condition displayed consistently taxonomic patterns of responding. Follow-up studies revealed that the effect of comparison plus contrast was evident only when comparison preceded, rather than followed, contrast information and that the value added by providing contrastive information is not attributable to the perceptual similarity between the category exemplars and the contrast object. Comparison and contrast make differing contributions to children's categorization. PMID:20609449

  15. Worldwide site comparison for submillimetre astronomy

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    Tremblin, P.; Schneider, N.; Minier, V.; Durand, G. Al.; Urban, J.

    2012-12-01

    Aims: The most important limitation for ground-based submillimetre (submm) astronomy is the broad-band absorption of the total water vapour in the atmosphere above an observation site, often expressed as the precipitable water vapour (PWV). A long-term statistic on the PWV is thus mandatory to characterize the quality of an existing or potential site for observational submm-astronomy. In this study we present a three-year statistic (2008-2010) of the PWV for ground-based telescope sites all around the world and for stratospheric altitudes relevant for SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Far-Infrared Astronomy). The submm-transmission is calculated for typical PWVs using an atmospheric model. Methods: We used data from IASI (Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer) on the Metop-A satellite to retrieve water vapour profiles for each site (11 in total, comprising Antarctica, Chile, Mauna Kea, Greenland, Tibet). The use of a single instrument to make the comparison provides unbiased data with a common calibration method. The profiles are integrated above the mountain/stratospheric altitude to get an estimation of the PWV. We then applied the atmospheric model MOLIERE (Microwave Observation and LIne Estimation and REtrieval) to compute the corresponding atmospheric absorption for wavelengths between 150 μm and 3 mm. Results: We present the absolute PWV values for each site sorted by year and time percentage. The PWV corresponding to the first decile (10%) and the quartiles (25%, 50%, 75%) are calculated and transmission curves between 150 μm and 3 mm for these values are shown. The Antarctic and South-American sites present very good conditions for submillimetre astronomy. The 350 μm and 450 μm atmospheric windows are open all year long, whereas the 200 μm atmospheric window opens reasonably for 25% of the time in Antarctica and the extremely high-altitude sites in Chile. Potential interesting new facilities are Macon in Argentina and Summit in Greenland

  16. Collective violence: comparisons between youths and chimpanzees.

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    Wrangham, Richard W; Wilson, Michael L

    2004-12-01

    Patterns of collective violence found among humans include similarities to those seen among chimpanzees. These include participation predominantly by males, an intense personal and group concern with status, variable subgroup composition, defense of group integrity, inter-group fights that include surprise attacks, and a tendency to avoid mass confrontation. Compared to chimpanzee communities, youth gangs tend to be larger, composed of younger individuals, occupying smaller territories and having a more complex organization. Youth gangs also differ from chimpanzee communities as a result of numerous cultural and environmental influences including complex relations with non-gang society. These relations are governed in important ways by such factors as perceived economic and personal constraints, policing, family structure, and levels of poverty, crime, and racism. Nevertheless, the concepts that sociologists use to account for collective violence in youth gangs are somewhat similar to those applied by anthropologists and biologists to chimpanzees. Thus in both cases collective violence is considered to emerge partly because males are highly motivated to gain personal status, which they do by physical violence. In the case of youth gangs, the reasons for the prevalence of physical violence in status competition compared to non-gang society are clearly context-specific, both culturally and historically. By contrast, among chimpanzees the use of physical violence to settle status competition is universal (in the wild and captivity). The use of physical violence in individual status competition therefore has different sources in youth gangs and chimpanzees. Regardless of its origin, however, its combination with an intense concern for status can explain: (1) why individual males form alliances among each other; and hence (2) how such alliances generate social power, closed groups, and a capacity for defense of territory or pre-emptive attacks on rivals. This comparison

  17. Comparison of eye shields in radiotherapeutic beams

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    Full text: Both MeV electrons and kV photons are used in the treatment of superficial cancers. The advantages and disadvantages for each of these modalities have been widely reported in the literature (See for example [1-2]). Of particular note in the literature is the use of lead and tungsten eye shields to protect ocular structures during radiotherapy. An investigation addressing issues raised in the literature that are relevant to the Wellington Cancer Centre method of treatment of lesions near the eye shall be summarised. Various small sized fields were irradiated to determine depth dose and profile curves in a water phantom shielded by various commercially available eye shields. Transmission factors relevant to critical ocular structures and particle distribution theories are used to further elucidate the comparison between the use of MeV electrons and kV photons in the treatment of superficial cancers. Superficial X-rays from a Pantak Therapax unit SXT 150 model of HVL 4.90mm Al were used for the lead eye shield measurements and electrons from a Varian Clinac 2100C nominal energies 6MeV and 9MeV (Rp 3.00cm and 4.34cm respectively) were used for the tungsten eye shield measurements. For the photon measurements circular applicators of 3cm, 4cm and 5cm diameter were used and for the electrons standard 6x6cm and 10x 10cm applicators were used, with no custom inserts. A Scanditronix RFA-300 water phantom and Scanditronix RFAplus version 5.3 software application were used to collect and collate all data. The eye shields were the Radiation Products Design Inc. medium lead eye shield (item 934-014) and the MED-TEC tungsten eye shields MT-T-45 M and MT-T-45 S. It is demonstrated that electron fields have appreciably greater scatter into the area directly under the eye shields than the photon fields. Similarly at the region of dmax for the electron fields the relative dose is appreciably greater than the photon fields at similar depth. The relative merits for electron

  18. Instrument comparison for Aerosolized Titanium Dioxide

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    Ranpara, Anand

    Recent toxicological studies have shown that the surface area of ultrafine particles (UFP i.e., particles with diameters less than 0.1 micrometer) has a stronger correlation with adverse health effects than does mass of these particles. Ultrafine titanium dioxide (TiO2) particles are widely used in industry, and their use is associated with adverse health outcomes, such as micro vascular dysfunctions and pulmonary damages. The primary aim of this experimental study was to compare a variety of laboratory and industrial hygiene (IH) field study instruments all measuring the same aerosolized TiO2. The study also observed intra-instrument variability between measurements made by two apparently identical devices of the same type of instrument placed side-by-side. The types of instruments studied were (1) DustTrak(TM) DRX, (2) Personal Data RAMs(TM) (PDR), (3) GRIMM, (4) Diffusion charger (DC) and (5) Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer (SMPS). Two devices of each of the four IH field study instrument types were used to measure six levels of mass concentration of fine and ultrafine TiO2 aerosols in controlled chamber tests. Metrics evaluated included real-time mass, active surface area and number/geometric surface area distributions, and off-line gravimetric mass and morphology on filters. DustTrak(TM) DRXs and PDRs were used for mass concentration measurements. DCs were used for active surface area concentration measurements. GRIMMs were used for number concentration measurements. SMPS was used for inter-instrument comparisons of surface area and number concentrations. The results indicated that two apparently identical devices of each DRX and PDR were statistically not different with each other for all the trials of both the sizes of powder (p < 5%). Mean difference between mass concentrations measured by two DustTrak DRX devices was smaller than that measured by two PDR devices. DustTrak DRX measurements were closer to the reference method, gravimetric mass concentration

  19. A Comparison of High-Voltage Switches

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

    1999-02-01

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

  20. Final report on supplementary comparison EURAMET.EM-S32: Comparison of resistance standards at 1 TΩ and 100 TΩ

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    Jeckelmann, Beat; van der Beek, J. H. N.; Capra, Pier Paolo; Chrobok, Petr; Cirneanu, Liliana; Dudek, Edyta; Erkan, Ömer; Flouda, Irene; Galliana, Flavio; Godinho, Isabel; Gunnarsson, Ove; Iisakka, Ilkka; Istrate, Daniela; Lindic, Matjaž; Nicolas, Jacques; Orzepowski, Marcin; Pezel, Alain; Raso, Félix; Rietveld, Gert; Schumacher, Bernhard; Snopek, Lidia; Tenev, Andrey; Vrabcek, Peter

    2013-01-01

    Resistance standards with values in the TΩ range play an important role in electrical instrumentation. The calibration of such standards is, thus, a service offered by many metrology institutes. The techniques used to measure very high resistance values differ quite substantially from the calibration techniques applied in the lower resistance ranges. For this reason, the EURAMET technical committee for electricity and magnetism decided in 2008 to organise for the first time a supplementary comparison of resistance at 1 TΩ and 100 TΩ based on well characterized travelling standards. Eighteen European National Metrology Institutes participated in the comparison. With some exceptions, the results supplied by the participants agree reasonably well with the comparison reference value within the expanded uncertainty. As observed in other resistance comparisons, the characteristics of the standards used as transport artefacts ultimately limit the accuracy of comparisons in this field. The transport behaviour is difficult to model and introduces an undesired bias in the laboratory results. The transport uncertainties are at the level of the uncertainties claimed by some of the participants and, thus, limit the meaningfulness of the comparison results. Another remarkable observation is the big difference in the uncertainty statements made by the participants, even in cases where similar measurement systems were used. The results of the comparison allow the participants to critically review their measurement procedures and uncertainty models. Main text. To reach the main text of this paper, click on Final Report. Note that this text is that which appears in Appendix B of the BIPM key comparison database kcdb.bipm.org/. The final report has been peer-reviewed and approved for publication by EURAMET, according to the provisions of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (CIPM MRA).