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  1. Dynamics of Primary Events in the Photocycle of Excited Bacteriorhodopsin

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    Jun-Jun LU; Ming MING; Yi YANG; Jia WU; Bo LI; Jian-Dong DING; Qing-Guo LI; Shi-Xiong QIAN

    2004-01-01

    Transient dynamic behavior of the excited bacteriorhodopsin (BR), which was isolated from the strain H. salinarum, was studied at excitation wavelength from 585 to 639 nm. With the one-color femtosecond (fs) pump-probe technique, we revealed the primary events in BR's photocycle that took place in an ultrafast time scale. From the analysis of the decay components of the dynamical traces, it was evident that the isomerization of the retinal chromophore in BR and the intermediate J's formation occurred within 500 fs. BR exhibited pH-dependent dynamical behaviors. When the medium pH was between 5 and 9, the BR ultrafast dynamics has no obvious change. In contrast, the dynamical curves were obviously affected when the pH was out of that region.

  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. The effect of silver nanoparticles on the photocycle of bacteriorhodopsin of purple membranes of Halobacterium salinarum

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    Oleinikov, V. A.; Mochalov, K. E.; Solovyeva, D. O.; Chistyakov, A. A.; Lukashev, E. P.; Nabiev, I. R.

    2016-08-01

    The effect of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) that are adsorbed on the surface of the purple membranes of Halobacterium salinarium bacteria on the optical properties and functional peculiarities of the lightsensitive protein bacteriorhodopsin (BR) has been demonstrated for the first time. Two mechanisms of the effect of AgNPs on the protein photocycle have been demonstrated using Raman scattering, giant Raman scattering, flash photolysis, and atomic force microscopy. It has been shown that the nanoparticles in the immediate spatial vicinity of BR fix its photocycle at the stage where it was at the moment of interaction with the nanoparticles. At greater distances, which reach three radii of an AgNPs, they have a weaker effect on BR, under which it retains the ability to be involved in the photocycle, however, has its parameters significantly changed. Thus, in the case of wild-type BR the photocycle accelerates and for the BR-D96N mutant it becomes slower. The data that are obtained could be of significance for creation of such optoelectronic hybrid systems with BR, where the parameters of its photocycle can be controlled using NPs. The results of the study may also be used in the field of nanobioengineering research, which is directed to creation of unique materials with controlled properties for recording and storage of information, energy transformation, and identification and characterization of trace amounts of analytes.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Steric interaction between the 9-methyl group of the retinal and tryptophan 182 controls 13-cis to all-trans reisomerization and proton uptake in the bacteriorhodopsin photocycle

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    Weidlich, O.; Schalt, B.; Siebert, F. [Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet, Freiburg (Germany)] [and others

    1996-08-20

    The hypothesis was tested whether in bacteriorhodopsin (BR) the reduction of the steric interaction between the 9-methyl group of the chromophore all-trans-retinal and the tryptophan at position 182 causes the same changes as observed in the photocycle of 9-demethyl-BR. For this, the photocycle of the mutant W182F was investigated by time-resolved UV-vis and pH measurements and by static and time-resolved FT-IR difference spectroscopy. We found that the second half of the photocycle was similarly distorted in the two modified systems: based on the amide-I band, the protonation state of D96, and the kinetics of proton uptake, four N intermediates could be identified, the last one having a lifetime of several seconds; no O intermediate could be detected; the proton uptake showed a pronounced biphasic time course; and the pK{sub a} of group(s) on the cytoplasmic side in N was reduced from 11 in wild type BR to around 7.5. In contrast to 9-demethyl-BR, in the W182F mutant the first part of the photocycle does not drastically deviate from that of wild type BR. The results demonstrate the importance of the steric interaction between W182 and the 9-methyl group of the retinal in providing tight coupling between chromophore isomerization and the late proton transfer steps. 51 refs., 7 figs.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Multi-exponentially Photoelectric Response of Bacteriorhodopsin

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    姚保利; 徐大纶; 侯洵; 胡坤生; 王敖金

    2001-01-01

    A thin oriented bacteriorhodopsin (bR) film is deposited on a stainless steel slide by use of the electrophoretic sedimentation method. A junction is made with electrolyte gels having a counterelectrode to construct a bRbased photoelectric detector. The photoelectric response signal to a 10ns laser pulse is measured. A theory on the photoelectric kinetics of bR is developed based on the concept of the charge displacement current and the bR photocycle rate equations. Comparison between the theoretical and experimental results proves that the bR photoelectric response to a short laser pulse is a multi-exponential process. The decay time constants and amplitudes of each exponential component are obtained by data fitting.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Kinetic vs. Thermodynamic Control of Bacteriorhodopsin Pumping

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    Gunner, Marilyn

    2011-03-01

    Bacteriorhodopsin is a transmembrane proton pump that converts light energy to a transmembrane electrochemical gradient. Retinal, bound in the center of the protein, absorbs light and isomerizes from the all-trans to 13-cis configuration. A series of conformational changes and proton transfers then restores the structure to the all-trans ground state while pumping one proton from the high pH cell interior to the low pH exterior, saving energy in an electrochemical gradient. Poorly understood gating elements control key steps where incorrect proton transfer would return the protein to the ground state without pumping. The gate's barrier height determines how much the pump leaks. Analysis of high-resolution structures trapped in different intermediates has produced ideas for how bacteriorhodopsin ensures pumping. There are two contrasting strategies, one primarily thermodynamic and the other relying on kinetic control to ensure that protons are moved uphill. With thermodynamic control, residue protonation states always remain in quasi-equilibrium. Relatively slow conformational changes shift the energy landscape modifying site pKas. Residues then change ionization remaining in equilibrium in each metastable intermediate. The sequence of intermediates imparts the directionality to the transfers. Alternatively, the direction of transfer is determined by the accessibility of low energy pathways so is thus is under kinetic control. We will discuss which steps in the bacteriorhodopsin photocycle are under thermodynamic or under kinetic control. The role of three specific conformational changes (retinal isomerization, Arg82 reorientation and Glu194 and 204 separations) on the degree of proton transfer will be described. Supported by NFS MCB 1022208. Carried out with Yifan Song now at the University of Washington Department of Biochemistry.

  14. Crystallographic structure of the K intermediate of bacteriorhodopsin: conservation of free energy after photoisomerization of the retinal.

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    Schobert, Brigitte; Cupp-Vickery, Jill; Hornak, Viktor; Smith, Steven; Lanyi, Janos

    2002-08-23

    The K state, an early intermediate of the bacteriorhodopsin photocycle, contains the excess free energy used for light-driven proton transport. The energy gain must reside in or near the photoisomerized retinal, but in what form has long been an open question. We produced the K intermediate in bacteriorhodopsin crystals in a photostationary state at 100K, with 40% yield, and determined its X-ray diffraction structure to 1.43 A resolution. In independent refinements of data from four crystals, the changes are confined mainly to the photoisomerized retinal. The retinal is 13-cis,15-anti, as known from vibrational spectroscopy. The C13=C14 bond is rotated nearly fully to cis from the initial trans configuration, but the C14-C15 and C15=NZ bonds are partially counter-rotated. This strained geometry keeps the direction of the Schiff base N-H bond vector roughly in the extracellular direction, but the angle of its hydrogen bond with water 402, that connects it to the anionic Asp85 and Asp212, is not optimal. Weakening of this hydrogen bond may account for many of the reported features of the infrared spectrum of K, and for its photoelectric signal, as well as the deprotonation of the Schiff base later in the cycle. Importantly, although 13-cis, the retinal does not assume the expected bent shape of this configuration. Comparison of the calculated energy of the increased angle of C12-C13=C14, that allows this distortion, with the earlier reported calorimetric measurement of the enthalpy gain of the K state indicates that a significant part of the excess energy is conserved in the bond strain at C13.

  15. 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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  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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

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    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.

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Voltage dependence of proton pumping by bacteriorhodopsin mutants with altered lifetime of the M intermediate.

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    Full Text Available The light-driven proton pump bacteriorhodopsin (BR from Halobacterium salinarum is tightly regulated by the [H(+] gradient and transmembrane potential. BR exhibits optoelectric properties, since spectral changes during the photocycle are kinetically controlled by voltage, which predestines BR for optical storage or processing devices. BR mutants with prolonged lifetime of the blue-shifted M intermediate would be advantageous, but the optoelectric properties of such mutants are still elusive. Using expression in Xenopus oocytes and two-electrode voltage-clamping, we analyzed photocurrents of BR mutants with kinetically destabilized (F171C, F219L or stabilized (D96N, D96G M intermediate in response to green light (to probe H(+ pumping and blue laser flashes (to probe accumulation/decay of M. These mutants have divergent M lifetimes. As for BR-WT, this strictly correlates with the voltage dependence of H(+ pumping. BR-F171C and BR-F219L showed photocurrents similar to BR-WT. Yet, BR-F171C showed a weaker voltage dependence of proton pumping. For both mutants, blue laser flashes applied during and after green-light illumination showed reduced M accumulation and shorter M lifetime. In contrast, BR-D96G and BR-D96N exhibited small photocurrents, with nonlinear current-voltage curves, which increased strongly in the presence of azide. Blue laser flashes showed heavy M accumulation and prolonged M lifetime, which accounts for the strongly reduced H(+ pumping rate. Hyperpolarizing potentials augmented these effects. The combination of M-stabilizing and -destabilizing mutations in BR-D96G/F171C/F219L (BR-tri shows that disruption of the primary proton donor Asp-96 is fatal for BR as a proton pump. Mechanistically, M destabilizing mutations cannot compensate for the disruption of Asp-96. Accordingly, BR-tri and BR-D96G photocurrents were similar. However, BR-tri showed negative blue laser flash-induced currents even without actinic green light, indicating

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

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    Mason, A J

    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...

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Computational insights into the photocyclization of diclofenac in solution: effects of halogen and hydrogen bonding.

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    Bani-Yaseen, Abdulilah Dawoud

    2016-08-21

    The effects of noncovalent interactions, namely halogen and hydrogen bonding, on the photochemical conversion of the photosensitizing drug diclofenac (DCF) in solution were investigated computationally. Both explicit and implicit solvent effects were qualitatively and quantitatively assessed employing the DFT/6-31+G(d) and SQM(PM7) levels of theory. Full geometry optimizations were performed in solution for the reactant DCF, hypothesized radical-based intermediates, and the main product at both levels of theories. Notably, in good agreement with previous experimental results concerning the intermolecular halogen bonding of DCF, the SQM(PM7) method revealed different values for d(ClO, Å) and ∠(C-ClO, °) for the two chlorine-substituents of DCF, with values of 2.63 Å/162° and 3.13 Å/142° for the trans and cis orientations, respectively. Employing the DFT/6-31+G(d) method with implicit solvent effects was not conclusive; however, explicit solvent effects confirmed the key contribution of hydrogen and halogen bonding in stabilizing/destabilizing the reactant and hypothesized intermediates. Interestingly, the obtained results revealed that a protic solvent such as water can increase the rate of photocyclization of DCF not only through hydrogen bonding effects, but also through halogen bonding. Furthermore, the atomic charges of atoms majorly involved in the photocyclization of DCF were calculated using different methods, namely Mulliken, Hirshfeld, and natural bond orbital (NBO). The obtained results revealed that in all cases there is a notable nonequivalency in the noncovalent intermolecular interactions of the two chlorine substituents of DCF and the radical intermediates with the solvent, which in turn may account for the discrepancy of their reactivity in different media. These computational results provide insight into the importance of halogen and hydrogen bonding throughout the progression of the photochemical conversion of DCF in solution. PMID:27424600

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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) ...

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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。

  4. Mixed Potential Energy Surfaces of the Ultrafast Isomerization of Retinal in Bacteriorhodopsin

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    Prokhorenko Valentyn I.

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available We observe, using electronic two-dimensional photon echo spectroscopy, that the cis and trans potential energy surfaces of the ultrafast isomerization of retinal in bacteriorhodopsin are mixed via the hydrogen out of plane (HOOP mode.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Transient Fourier holography with bacteriorhodopsin films for breast cancer diagnostics

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    Rao, Devulapalli; Kothapalli, Sri-Rajasekar; Wu, Pengfei; Yelleswarapu, Chandra

    X-ray mammography is the current gold standard for breast cancer screening. Microcalcifications and other features which are helpful to the radiologist for early diagnostics are often buried in the noise generated by the surrounding dense tissue. So image processing techniques are required to enhance these important features to improve the sensitivity of detection. An innovative technique is demonstrated for recording a hologram of the mammogram. It is recorded on a thin polymer film of Bacteriorhodopsin (bR) as photo induced isomerization grating containing the interference pattern between the object beam containing the Fourier spatial frequency components of the mammogram and a reference beam. The hologram contains all the enhanced features of the mammogram. A significant innovation of the technique is that the enhanced components in the processed image can be viewed by the radiologist in time scale. A technician can record the movie and when the radiologist looks at the movie at his convenience, freezing the frame as and when desired, he would see the microcalcifications as the brightest and last long in time. He would also observe lesions with intensity decreasing as their size increases. The same bR film can be used repeatedly for recording holograms with different mammograms. The technique is versatile and a different frequency band can be chosen to be optimized by changing the reference beam intensity. The experimental arrangement can be used for mammograms in screen film or digital format.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Theoretical and experimental analysis of the propagation of sinusoidal signals in Bacteriorhodopsin films

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    Blaya, S.; Candela, M.; Acebal, P.; Carretero, L.; Gomariz, M.; Madrigal, R. F.; Fimia, A.

    2014-05-01

    Time-delay of transmitted pulses with respect to the incident pulse in bacteriorhodopsin films has been studied without the use of a pump beam. Based on a modified saturable absorber model, analytical expressions of the transmitted pulse have been obtained. As a result, time delay, distortion and fractional delay have been theoretically analyzed for sinusoidal pulses with a low background.

  2. Fundamentals of photoelectric effects in molecular electronic thin film devices: applications to bacteriorhodopsin-based devices.

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    Hong, F T

    1995-01-01

    This tutorial lecture focuses on the fundamental mechanistic aspects of light-induced charge movements in pigment-containing membranes. The topic is relevant to molecular electronics because many prototypes optoelectronic devices are configured as pigment-containing thin films. We use reconstituted bacteriorhodopsin membranes as an example to illustrate the underlying principle of measurements and data interpretation. Bacteriorhodopsin, a light-driven proton pump, is the only protein component in the purple membrane of Halobacterium halobium. It resembles the visual pigment rhodopsin chemically but performs the function of photosynthesis. Bacteriorhodopsin thus offers an unprecedented opportunity for us to compare the visual photoreceptor and the photosynthetic apparatus from a mechanistic point of view. Bacteriorhodopsin, well known for its exceptional chemical and mechanical stability, is also a popular advanced biomaterial for molecular device construction. The tutorial approaches the subject from two angles. First, the fundamental photoelectric properties are exploited for device construction. Second, basic design principles for photosensors and photon energy converters can be elucidated via 'reverse engineering'. The concept of molecular intelligence and the principle of biomimetic science are discussed.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. Quantum yields for the light adaptations in Anabaena sensory rhodopsin and bacteriorhodopsin

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    Wada, Yoichiro; Kawanabe, Akira; Furutani, Yuji; Kandori, Hideki; Ohtani, Hiroyuki

    2008-02-01

    Archael-type rhodopsin has an all- trans or a 13- cis retinal. The light-induced interconversion between these two forms has been found in Anabaena sensory rhodopsin, even though only the photoreaction from the 13- cis form to the all- trans form exists in bacteriorhodopsin. In this study, we obtained the quantum yields for the 13- cis → all- trans and all- trans → 13- cis reactions of Anabaena sensory rhodopsin (0.24 ± 0.03 and 0.38 ± 0.07, respectively) and concluded that these values were independent of the wavelength of the excitation light as well as bacteriorhodopsin. In other words, no excess energy effects can be found in these reactions.

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  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. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Crystal structure of Escherichia coli-expressed Haloarcula marismortui bacteriorhodopsin I in the trimeric form.

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    Vitaly Shevchenko

    Full Text Available Bacteriorhodopsins are a large family of seven-helical transmembrane proteins that function as light-driven proton pumps. Here, we present the crystal structure of a new member of the family, Haloarcula marismortui bacteriorhodopsin I (HmBRI D94N mutant, at the resolution of 2.5 Å. While the HmBRI retinal-binding pocket and proton donor site are similar to those of other archaeal proton pumps, its proton release region is extended and contains additional water molecules. The protein's fold is reinforced by three novel inter-helical hydrogen bonds, two of which result from double substitutions relative to Halobacterium salinarum bacteriorhodopsin and other similar proteins. Despite the expression in Escherichia coli and consequent absence of native lipids, the protein assembles as a trimer in crystals. The unique extended loop between the helices D and E of HmBRI makes contacts with the adjacent protomer and appears to stabilize the interface. Many lipidic hydrophobic tail groups are discernible in the membrane region, and their positions are similar to those of archaeal isoprenoid lipids in the crystals of other proton pumps, isolated from native or native-like sources. All these features might explain the HmBRI properties and establish the protein as a novel model for the microbial rhodopsin proton pumping studies.

  1. 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

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

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    Imhof, Martin; Hampp, Norbert, E-mail: hampp@staff.uni-marburg.de [Department of Chemistry, Material Sciences Center, University of Marburg, Hans-Meerwein-Str., D-35032 Marburg (Germany); Rhinow, Daniel [Max-Planck-Institute of Biophysics, Max-von-Laue-Straße 3, D-60438 Frankfurt (Germany)

    2014-02-24

    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.

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

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    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...

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Enhancement of photoelectric response of bacteriorhodopsin by multilayered WO3 x H2O nanocrystals/PVA membrane.

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    Li, Rui; Hu, Fengping; Bao, Qiaoliang; Bao, Shujuan; Qiao, Yan; Yu, Shucong; Guo, Jun; Li, Chang Ming

    2010-02-01

    For the first time, a multilayered WO(3) x H(2)O/PVA membrane on bacteriorhodopsin (bR) is constructed to significantly enhance the photoelectric response of bR by the spillover effect of WO(3) x H(2)O nanocrystals, providing great potential in its important applications in bioelectronics and proton exchange membrane fuel cells.

  8. 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.

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

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    Ignat Ignatov

    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.

  10. New Nano- and Biotechnological Applications of Bacterial and Animal Photoreceptor Pigments  Bacteriorhodopsin, Rhodopsin and Iodopsin

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    Ignat Ignatov

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper views predominately the structure and function of animal and bacterial photoreceptor pigments (rhodopsin, iodopsin, bacteriorhodopsin and new aspects of their nano- and biotechnological usage. On an example of bacteriorhodopsin was 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-HCl buffer (pH = 6,76 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Light pulses do not induce c-fos or per1 in the SCN of hamsters that fail to reentrain to the photocycle.

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    Barakat, Monique T; O'Hara, Bruce F; Cao, Vinh H; Larkin, Jennie E; Heller, H Craig; Ruby, Norman F

    2004-08-01

    Circadian activity rhythms of most Siberian hamsters (Phodopus sungorus sungorus) fail to reentrain to a 5-h phase shift of the light-dark (LD) cycle. Instead, their rhythms free-run at periods close to 25 h despite the continued presence of the LD cycle. This lack of behavioral reentrainment necessarily means that molecular oscillators in the master circadian pacemaker, the SCN, were unable to reentrain as well. The authors tested the hypothesis that a phase shift of the LD cycle rendered the SCN incapable of responding to photic input. Animals were exposed to a 5-h phase delay of the photocycle, and activity rhythms were monitored until a lack of reentrainment was confirmed. Hamsters were then housed in constant darkness for 24 h and administered a 30-min light pulse 2 circadian hours after activity onset. Brains were then removed, and tissue sections containing the SCN were processed for in situ hybridization. Sections were probed with Siberian hamster c-fos and per1 mRNA probes because light rapidly induces these 2 genes in the SCN during subjective night but not at other circadian phases. Light pulses induced robust expression of both genes in all animals that reentrained to the LD cycle, but no expression was observed in any animal that failed to reentrain. None of the animals exhibited an intermediate response. This finding is the first report of acute shift in a photocycle eliminating photosensitivity in the SCN and suggests that a specific pattern of light exposure may desensitize the SCN to subsequent photic input.

  18. Studying proton pumping mechanism of bacteriorhodopsin and cytochrome c oxidase with multi-conformation continuum electrostatics

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    Song, Yifan

    The proton gradient across the biological membrane is important for the biological systems. Bacteriorhodopsin and cytochrome c oxidase convert different energy sources into this gradient. The focus of this thesis is to understand the mechanism of these proteins using computational methods. In bacteriorhodopsin, residue ionization states were calculated in 9 crystal structures trapped in bR, early M and late M states by Multi-Conformation Continuum Electrostatics (MCC). The three groups in the central cluster are ionized in bR structures while a proton has transferred from the SB+ to Asp 85 - in the late M structures matching prior experimental results. The proton release cluster binds one proton in bR structure which is lost to water by pH 8 in late M. Modest changes in intra-protein interactions cause the charge shifts within the clusters. Motions of Arg 82 couple the proton shift in the central cluster to proton release. Changes in the total charge of the two clusters are coupled by direct long-range interactions. Cytochrome c oxidase is a transmembrane proton pump that builds an electrochemical gradient using chemical energy from the reduction of O2. Ionization states of all residues were calculated with MCCE in seven anaerobic oxidase redox states ranging from fully oxidized to fully reduced in Rb. sphaeroides cytochrome c oxidase. At pH 7, only a hydroxide coordinated to CuB shifts its pKa from below 7 to above 7, and so picks up a proton when Heme a3 and CuB are reduced. Glu I-286, Tyr I-288, His I-334 and a second hydroxide on Heme a3 all have pKas above 7. The propionic acids near the BNC are deprotonated with pKas well below 7. This suggests electroneutrality in the BNC is not maintained during the anaerobic reduction. The electrochemical midpoint potential (E m) of Heme a is calculated to shift down when the BNC is reduced, which agrees with prior experiments. If the BNC reduction is electroneutral, then the Heme a Em is independent of the BNC redox state.

  19. 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)

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    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.

  20. 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; Yeow, John T. W.

    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.

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

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    Hildebrand, E.; Schimz, A. (Kernforschungsanlage Juelich G.m.b.H. (Germany, F.R.). Inst. fuer Neurobiologie)

    1983-05-01

    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.

  2. 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

    2012-12-27

    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.

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

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    Chang-Hoon Nam

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.)

  12. The influence of a transmembrane pH gradient on protonation probabilities of bacteriorhodopsin: the structural basis of the back-pressure effect.

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    Calimet, Nicolas; Ullmann, G Matthias

    2004-06-01

    Bacteriorhodopsin pumps protons across a membrane using the energy of light. The proton pumping is inhibited when the transmembrane proton gradient that the protein generates becomes larger than four pH units. This phenomenon is known as the back-pressure effect. Here, we investigate the structural basis of this effect by predicting the influence of a transmembrane pH gradient on the titration behavior of bacteriorhodopsin. For this purpose we introduce a method that accounts for a pH gradient in protonation probability calculations. The method considers that in a transmembrane protein, which is exposed to two different aqueous phases, each titratable residue is accessible for protons from one side of the membrane depending on its hydrogen-bond pattern. This method is applied to several ground-state structures of bacteriorhodopsin, which residues already present complicated titration behaviors in the absence of a proton gradient. Our calculations show that a pH gradient across the membrane influences in a non-trivial manner the protonation probabilities of six titratable residues which are known to participate in the proton transfer: D85, D96, D115, E194, E204, and the Schiff base. The residues connected to one side of the membrane are influenced by the pH on the other side because of their long-range electrostatic interactions within the protein. In particular, D115 senses the pH at the cytoplasmic side of the membrane and transmits this information to D85 and the Schiff base. We propose that the strong electrostatic interactions found between D85, D115, and the Schiff base as well as the interplay of their respective protonation states under the influence of a transmembrane pH gradient are responsible for the back-pressure effect on bacteriorhodopsin.

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

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    Christopher Knoblauch

    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.

  14. Topological change and impedance spectrum of rat olfactory receptor I7: A comparative analysis with bovine rhodopsin and bacteriorhodopsin

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    Alfinito, Eleonora; Pennetta, Cecilia; Reggiani, Lino

    2009-04-01

    We present a theoretical investigation on possible selection of olfactory receptors (ORs) as sensing components of nanobiosensors. Accordingly, we generate the impedance spectra of the rat OR I7 in the native and activated states and analyze their differences. In this way, we connect the protein morphological transformation, caused by the sensing action, with its change in electrical impedance. The results are compared with those obtained by studying the best known protein of the G protein coupled receptor (GPCR) family: bovine rhodopsin. Our investigations indicate that a change in morphology goes with a change in impedance spectrum mostly associated with a decrease in the static impedance up to about 60% of the initial value, in qualitative agreement with existing experiments on rat OR I7. The predictiveness of the model is tested successfully for the case of recent experiments on bacteriorhodopsin. The present results point to a promising development of a new class of nanobiosensors based on the electrical properties of GPCR and other sensing proteins.

  15. 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.

  16. pH-Sensitive photoinduced energy transfer from bacteriorhodopsin to single-walled carbon nanotubes in SWNT-bR hybrids.

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    El Hadj, Karim; Bertoncini, Patricia; Chauvet, Olivier

    2013-10-22

    Energy transfer mechanisms in noncovalently bound bacteriorhodopsin/single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) hybrids are investigated using optical absorption and photoluminescence excitation measurements. The morphology of the hybrids was investigated by atomic force microscopy. In this study, proteins are immobilized onto the sidewall of the carbon nanotubes using a sodium cholate suspension-dialysis method that maintains the intrinsic optical and fluorescence properties of both molecules. The hybrids are stable in aqueous solutions for pH ranging from 4.2 to 9 and exhibit photoluminescence properties that are pH-dependent. The study reveals that energy transfer from bacteriorhodopsin to carbon nanotubes takes place. So, at pH higher than 5 and up to 9, the SWNTs absorb the photons emitted by the aromatic residues of the protein, inducing a strong increase in intensity of the E11 emissions of SWNTs through their E33 and E44 excitations. From pH = 4.2 to pH = 5, the protein fluorescence is strongly quenched whatever the emission wavelengths, while additional fluorescence features appear at excitation wavelengths ranging from 660 to 680 nm and at 330 nm. The presence of these features is attributed to a resonance energy transfer mechanism that has an efficiency of 0.94 ± 0.02. More, by increasing the pH of the dispersion, the fluorescence characteristics become those observed at higher pH values and vice versa.

  17. Charge transport in bacteriorhodopsin monolayers: The contribution of conformational change to current-voltage characteristics

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    Alfinito, E.; Reggiani, L.

    2009-03-01

    When moving from native to light-activated bacteriorhodospin, modification of charge transport consisting of an increase of conductance is correlated to the protein conformational change. A theoretical model based on a map of the protein tertiary 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. The predictability of the model is further tested on bovine rhodopsin, a G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) also sensitive to light. In this case, results show an opposite behaviour with a decrease of conductance in the presence of light.

  18. Identification of Specific Effect of Chloride on the Spectral Properties and Structural Stability of Multiple Extracellular Glutamic Acid Mutants of Bacteriorhodopsin

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    Lazarova, Tzvetana; Mlynarczyk, Krzysztof; Querol, Enric; Tenchov, Boris; Filipek, Slawomir; Padrós, Esteve

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    In the present work we combine spectroscopic, DSC and computational approaches to examine the multiple extracellular Glu mutants E204Q/E194Q, E204Q/E194Q/E9Q and E204Q/E194Q/E9Q/E74Q of bacteriorhodopsin by varying solvent ionic strength and composition. Absorption spectroscopy data reveal that the absorption maxima of multiple EC Glu mutants can be tuned by the chloride concentration in the solution. Visible Circular dichroism spectra imply that the specific binding of Cl- can modulate weakened exciton chromophore coupling and reestablish wild type-like bilobe spectral features of the mutants. The DSC data display reappearance of the reversible thermal transition, higher Tm of denaturation and an increase in the enthalpy of unfolding of the mutants in 1 M KCl solutions. Molecular dynamics simulations indicate high affinity binding of Cl- to Arg82 and to Gln204 and Gln194 residues in the mutants. Analysis of the experimental data suggests that simultaneous elimination of the negatively charged side chain of Glu194 and Glu204 is the major cause for mutants’ alterations. Specific Cl- binding efficiently coordinates distorted hydrogen bonding interactions of the EC region and reconstitutes the conformation and structure stability of mutated bR in WT-like fashion. PMID:27657718

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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...

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. Cost comparisons

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    2010-01-01

    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/...

  9. 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=...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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...

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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...

  19. CCF model comparison

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    Pulkkinen, U. [VTT Industrial Systems (Finland)

    2004-04-01

    The report describes a simple comparison of two CCF-models, the ECLM, and the Beta-model. The objective of the comparison is to identify differences in the results of the models by applying the models in some simple test data cases. The comparison focuses mainly on theoretical aspects of the above mentioned CCF-models. The properties of the model parameter estimates in the data cases is also discussed. The practical aspects in using and estimating CCFmodels in real PSA context (e.g. the data interpretation, properties of computer tools, the model documentation) are not discussed in the report. Similarly, the qualitative CCF-analyses needed in using the models are not discussed in the report. (au)

  20. 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)

    2016-04-19

    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.

  1. 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...

  2. 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

  3. NTP comparison process

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    Corban, Robert

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. Long History of IAM Comparisons

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    Smith, Steven J.; Clarke, Leon E.; Edmonds, James A.; Kejun, Jiang; Kriegler, Elmar; Masui, Toshihiko; Riahi, Keywan; Shukla, Priyadarshi R.; Tavoni, Massimo; Van Vuuren, Detlef; Weyant, John

    2015-04-23

    Correspondence to editor: We agree with the editors that the assumptions behind models of all types, including integrated assessment models (IAMs), should be as transparent as possible. The editors were in error, however, when they implied that the IAM community is just “now emulating the efforts of climate researchers by instigating their own model inter-comparison projects (MIPs).” In fact, model comparisons for integrated assessment and climate models followed a remarkably similar trajectory. Early General Circulation Model (GCM) comparison efforts, evolved to the first Atmospheric Model Inter-comparison Project (AMIP), which was initiated in the early 1990s. Atmospheric models evolved to coupled atmosphere-ocean models (AOGCMs) and results from the first Coupled Model Inter-Comparison Project (CMIP1) become available about a decade later. Results of first energy model comparison exercise, conducted under the auspices of the Stanford Energy Modeling Forum, were published in 1977. A summary of the first comparison focused on climate change was published in 1993. As energy models were coupled to simple economic and climate models to form IAMs, the first comparison exercise for IAMs (EMF-14) was initiated in 1994, and IAM comparison exercises have been on-going since this time.

  6. Comparisons and lessons learned

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

    2012-01-01

    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...... areas. Comparisons of the added value parameters of four conceptual models from FM and CREM show many similarities and a trend towards convergence, but the basic structure of the models are different. This can be related to CREM being oriented on development and management of new and existing buildings......: The advancement in new knowledge and understanding that this book provides offers a new state of the art which can give inspiration and guidance for cutting edge FM organisations and professionals as well as for advanced teaching and future research. Research limitations: The chapter is based on the contributions...

  7. 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...

  8. 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.

  9. 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...

  10. 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

  11. Improving the DGK comparison protocol

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    Veugen, P.J.M.

    2012-01-01

    When processing signals in the encrypted domain, homomorphic encryption can be used to enable linear operations on encrypted data. Comparison of encrypted data however requires an additional protocol between the parties and will be relatively expensive. A well-known and frequently used comparison pr

  12. Social Comparison Processes in Organizations

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    Greenberg, Jerald; Ashton-James, Claire E.; Ashkanasy, Neal M.

    2007-01-01

    We systematically analyze the role of social comparison processes in organizations. Specifically, we describe how social comparison processes have been used to explain six key areas of organizational inquiry: (1) organizational justice, (2) performance appraisal, (3) virtual work environments, (4) affective behavior in the workplace, (5) stress,…

  13. 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...

  14. 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)

  15. 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)

  16. 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

  17. 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...

  18. International comparisons in mathematics education

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    Huntly, Ian; Luna, Eduardo

    2012-01-01

    This text explores international comparisons in mathematics education and highlights strengths and weaknesses in various systems world-wide, allowing teachers, researchers and academics to compare and contrast different approaches.

  19. Pairwise Comparisons Rating Scale Paradox

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    Koczkodaj, W. W.

    2015-01-01

    This study demonstrates that incorrect data are entered into a pairwise comparisons matrix for processing into weights for the data collected by a rating scale. Unprocessed rating scale data lead to a paradox. A solution to it, based on normalization, is proposed. This is an essential correction for virtually all pairwise comparisons methods using rating scales. The illustration of the relative error currently, taking place, is discussed.

  20. 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...

  1. Comparisons between China and India

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    ArvinderSingh

    2005-01-01

    Comparisons between China and India abound. However, the usual comparisons are based on the GDP growth rates, exports, or FDI etc., and thus have not taken us analytically far. An appreciation of the so far understated dissimilarities between the two economies,especially the social settings in which they work, would not only help in understanding better the nature of profound transformation that the both are going through, but would enhance our theoretical understanding of other developing/transitional economies as well.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. On the Benefit of Dimensional Comparisons

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    Pohlmann, Britta; Moller, Jens

    2009-01-01

    People not only use social comparisons to evaluate their abilities, they also engage in dimensional comparisons, comparing their own achievement in different domains. Processes of dimensional comparison have contrasting effects on subject-specific self-concepts: downward dimensional comparisons result in higher self-concept in the…

  5. 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

  6. 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 be...... 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....

  7. 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.

  8. International Comparisons and Educational Reform.

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    Purves, Alan C., Ed.

    Increasingly over the past decade there have appeared in the press bar graphs comparing the performance of U.S. students with their counterparts in other countries. Usually these graphs have been accompanied by dire warnings and pointing fingers. The main source of the data on international comparisons has been the International Association for…

  9. 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.

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. Cross-National Yardstick Comparisons

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

    2015-01-01

    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......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...

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. High pressure rinsing system comparison

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    D. Sertore; M. Fusetti; P. Michelato; Carlo Pagani; Toshiyasu Higo; Jin-Seok Hong; K. Saito; G. Ciovati; T. Rothgeb

    2007-06-01

    High pressure rinsing (HPR) is a key process for the surface preparation of high field superconducting cavities. A portable apparatus for the water jet characterization, based on the transferred momentum between the water jet and a load cell, has been used in different laboratories. This apparatus allows to collected quantitative parameters that characterize the HPR water jet. In this paper, we present a quantitative comparison of the different water jet produced by various nozzles routinely used in different laboratories for the HPR process

  16. 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...

  17. 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.

  18. 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)

  19. Euromet Comparison on Surface Texture

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

    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...... 5436-1. In this work, results of the calibration of the standards are presented. Overall 50 surface roughness parameters were determined by each participant. A considerable part of the over 600 measurement results did not fulfil the En...

  20. 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)

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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...

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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....

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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)

  12. 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

  13. Commentary: Problematic issues in cultural comparisons.

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    Campesino, Maureen

    2002-01-01

    This commentary offers a critique of cross-cultural comparisons of health care systems between the United States and less economically developed nations. Two main issues are discussed: the abuse of power in such comparisons and the reluctance of nurses from the United States to address conditions of suffering in their own country. Recommendations are given to increase sensitivity of nurses. PMID:12486641

  14. Social comparison and coping with cancer treatment

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    Van der Zee, K; Buunk, B; Sanderman, R; Botke, G; van den Bergh, F

    2000-01-01

    In the present study scales were developed as indicators of four social comparison processes of respectively identification with others who are either doing better or worse and contrasting one's situation against the situation of either upward or downward comparison others. In a sample of 112 cancer

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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...

  19. A Model for Light-Driven Proton Pump and Transfer in Bacteriorhodopsin

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    黄玉华; 赵有源; 欧阳小平; 李富铭; 丁建东; 李庆国

    2003-01-01

    A theoretical model was assumed to describe the kinetic processes of light-driven proton pump and motion. The calculation shows that the photovoltage signals are greatly affected by experimental conditions including pulse width of excitation and impedance of measurement system. At the same excitation, only a negative photovoltage signal can be observed with small impedance and both the negative and positive signals can be observed with large impedance. With the same impedance, shorter response time of the pulsed photoelectric signals is responsible for shorter pulsed excitation. All these phenomena are in good agreement with the experimental results.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. COMPARISON OF OVERALL PERFORMANCE BETWEEN

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    E. Hosseini Koupaie

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The main objective of present work was to compare the overall performances of "moving-bed" and "conventional" sequencing batch reactor. For this purpose, different experimental parameters including COD and dye concentration, turbidity, MLSS concentration, MLVSS/MLSS ratio, sludge volume index (SVI and Oxidation-Reduction Potential (ORP were calculated. One conventional sequencing batch reactor and three moving-bed sequencing batch reactors (MB-SBR were operated in this study. Each MB-SBR was equipped with a type of moving biofilm carrier. The results of dye, COD and turbidity analysis showed that there were no significant differences between the moving-bed and conventional sequencing batch reactors in the matters of effluent quality. A higher fluctuation of MLSS concentration and also higher SVI were observed in moving-bed compared to that of the conventional sequencing batch reactor. Higher ORP values which mean higher oxidation potential were measured in the reactors equipped with the moving carriers in comparison with those measured in the conventional sequencing batch reactor.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Inferior or superior : socials comparison in Dutch and Spanish organizations

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    Carmona Rodriguez, Carmen

    2006-01-01

    SUMMARY Social comparison is an automatic and daily process through which individuals acquire information about themselves. Since Festinger (1954) postulated his assumptions on social comparison, extensive research has focused on understanding and explaining the social comparison process. In particu

  6. 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...

  7. 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

  8. Educational differences in smoking: international comparison

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    A.E.J.M. Cavelaars (Adrienne); N.K. Rasmussen; A.E. Kunst (Anton); J.J.M. Geurts (José); R. Crialesi; J.P. Mackenbach (Johan); L. Grotvedt; U. Helmert (Uwe); E. Lahelma; T. Spuhler; O. Lundberg; J. Matheson; M. do Rosario-Giraldes; A. Mielck; E. 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 co

  9. 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...

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. THE COMPARISON OF DIFFERENT WEB SHOP IMPLEMENTATIONS

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    Gartner, Pavle

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this thesis is comparison of different online shop implementations in PHP programming language. It will help developer, who lacks experiance in this area, to make a decision about the way of custom application development by taking customers’ requirements into account. We will be comparing implementations of online shop Prodaja sestavljenih računalnikov. For comparison, we chose three ways of implementation: with Zend Framework library, Drupal CMS and Magento Commerce ecommerce...

  15. A Group-Period Phase Comparison Method Based on Equivalent Phase Comparison Frequency

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    DU Bao-Qiang; ZHOU Wei; DONG Shao-Feng; ZHOU Hai-Niu

    2009-01-01

    Based on the principle of equivalent phase comparison frequency, we propose a group-period phase comparison method. This method can be used to reveal the inherent relations between periodic signals and the change laws of the phase difference. If these laws are applied in the processing of the mutual relations between frequency signals, phase comparison can be accomplished without frequency normalization. Experimental results show that the method can enhance the measurement resolution to 10-13/s in the time domain.

  16. Rankings, Standards, and Competition: Task vs. Scale Comparisons

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    Garcia, Stephen M.; Tor, Avishalom

    2007-01-01

    Research showing how upward social comparison breeds competitive behavior has so far conflated local comparisons in "task" performance (e.g. a test score) with comparisons on a more general "scale" (i.e. an underlying skill). Using a ranking methodology (Garcia, Tor, & Gonzalez, 2006) to separate task and scale comparisons, Studies 1-2 reveal that…

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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) Another commonly used form of bargain advertising is to offer goods at prices lower than those being... business). This may be done either on a temporary or a permanent basis, but in either case the...

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. Comparison of simple graphical process models

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    Katarina Tomicic-Pupek

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Comparing structure of graphical process models can reveal different variations of processes. Since most contemporary norms for process modeling lean on directed connectivity of objects in the model, their connections structure form sequences which can be translated into performing scenarios. While the sequences can be tested for completeness in performing process activities using simulation methods, the similarity or difference of static characteristics of sequences in different model variants is difficult to explore. The goal of the paper is to test the appliance of a method for comparison of graphical models by analyzing and comparing the static characteristics of process models. Therefore a metamodel of process models is developed and a comparison procedure conducted using a graphical model comparison algorithm.

  4. 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).

  5. 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.

  6. Comparison of MMW ground vehicle signatures

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    Saylor, Ph. D., Annie V.; Kissell, Ann

    2006-05-01

    A continuing question asked of MMW target signature and model providers is the applicability of data from one frequency band to another. Recent monopulse Ka-band ground target signature measurements made by US Army programs provide an opportunity to do an in-depth comparison of signatures of several ground vehicles. The vehicles measured correspond to those measured at W-band by another Army program. This paper provides a comparison of vehicle signatures produced by models derived by AMRDEC from the measurements. The results have implications for missile programs that do not have an extensive measurement budget but require target signatures and models for algorithm development.

  7. Performance comparison of electronic radon monitors.

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    Lin, Chi-Feng; Wang, Jeng-Jong; Lin, Shih-Jung; Lin, Chien-Kung

    2013-11-01

    The electronic radon monitors are noted for their convenience and acceptable accuracy. Even so, it is necessary to reassure their data quality regularly. We utilized a performance comparison system for this purpose. The instruments in our laboratories (Alphaguard, RAD7, RTM-2100 and Safety Siren) were tested via the comparison experiments. We conclude that by utilizing this system with the concept of calibration factor, it can be helpful to decide whether to send the monitors back to the original manufacturers for adjustment. PMID:23566805

  8. Risks of advanced technology - Nuclear: risk comparison

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    Latarjet, R. (Institut du Radium, Orsay (France))

    The author presents a general definition of the concept of risk and makes a distinction between the various types of risk - the absolute and the relative; the risk for oneself and for others. The quantitative comparison of risks presupposes their ''interchangeability''. In the case of major risks in the long term - or genotoxic risks - there is a certain degree of interchangeability which makes this quantitative comparison possible. It is expressed by the concept of rad-equivalence which the author defines and explains giving as a concrete example the work conducted on ethylene and ethylene oxide.

  9. 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.

  10. Ordinal Welfare Comparisons with Multiple Discrete Indicators

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

    We develop an ordinal method for making welfare comparisons between populations with multidimensional discrete well-being indicators observed at the micro level. The approach assumes that, for each well-being indicator, the levels can be ranked from worse to better; however, no assumptions are ma...... 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....

  11. 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...... measurement uncertainties in the range 1.5–5.5 μm, showing a good stability over the 6 months of the circulation. The comparison has shown that CT measurements on the industrial parts used lie in the range 6–53 μm, with maximum values up to 158 μm....

  12. 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. 

  13. 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.

  14. A Comparison between Saussure and Chomsky

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    2009-01-01

    Saussure and Chomsky are two important and influential figures in modern linguistics.Their achievements and contributiom endow them great reputation.in order to understand their theories more profoundly and look for some.rlationship between them,this paper makes a plain comparison between Saussure and Chomsky based on reviewing their linguistic theories and generalizes some similarities and differences betwcen them.

  15. 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

  16. The Comparisons between English and Chinese Vowels

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    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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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 ...... for their measurements. The industrial items are suitable artefacts for CT measurements of this kind, and each participant has been offered to keep a set used for the measurements in the comparison.......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...... - CIA-CT”. In the comparison, 27 laboratories from 8 countries were involved, and CT scanned two items selected among common industrial parts: a polymer part and a metal part. Altogether, 27 sets of items were circulated in parallel to the participants. Different measurands are considered, encompassing...

  19. 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

  20. Comparison in religion: a methodological contribution

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    Hermans, C.A.M.; Sterkens, C.J.A.

    2014-01-01

    How do we build theory on religion in cross-religious research? This article deals with four methodological issues in answering this question. What are the goals of cross-religious comparison? What is the object of cross-religious research? What kind of definition of religion is used in cross-religi

  1. 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.

  2. 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...

  3. On Comparison of Rewriting and skopostheory

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    2015-01-01

    Andrew Lefevere and Hans Vermeer’ are outstanding figures in the history of translation studies.Their theory Rewriting and Skopostheory can be considered as milestone in their study history.This paper makes comparison between two theories with regard to their main features and makes persons-in-the-translation further get a deeper understanding of two theories.

  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...

  5. Comparison of mimo radar concepts: Detection performance

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    Rossum, W.L. van; Huizing, A.G.

    2007-01-01

    In this paper, four different array radar concepts are compared: pencil beam, floodlight, monostatic MIMO, and multistatic MIMO. The array radar concepts show an increase in complexity accompanied by an increase in diversity. The comparison between the radar concepts is made by investigating the det

  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. 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

  8. Algorithmic parameterization of mixed treatment comparisons

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    van Valkenhoef, Gert; Tervonen, Tommi; de Brock, Bert; Hillege, Hans

    2012-01-01

    Mixed Treatment Comparisons (MTCs) enable the simultaneous meta-analysis (data pooling) of networks of clinical trials comparing a parts per thousand yen2 alternative treatments. Inconsistency models are critical in MTC to assess the overall consistency between evidence sources. Only in the absence

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Lipidic cubic phase injector is a viable crystal delivery system for time-resolved serial crystallography.

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    Nogly, Przemyslaw; Panneels, Valerie; Nelson, Garrett; Gati, Cornelius; Kimura, Tetsunari; Milne, Christopher; Milathianaki, Despina; Kubo, Minoru; Wu, Wenting; Conrad, Chelsie; Coe, Jesse; Bean, Richard; Zhao, Yun; Båth, Petra; Dods, Robert; Harimoorthy, Rajiv; Beyerlein, Kenneth R; Rheinberger, Jan; James, Daniel; DePonte, Daniel; Li, Chufeng; Sala, Leonardo; Williams, Garth J; Hunter, Mark S; Koglin, Jason E; Berntsen, Peter; Nango, Eriko; Iwata, So; Chapman, Henry N; Fromme, Petra; Frank, Matthias; Abela, Rafael; Boutet, Sébastien; Barty, Anton; White, Thomas A; Weierstall, Uwe; Spence, John; Neutze, Richard; Schertler, Gebhard; Standfuss, Jörg

    2016-08-22

    Serial femtosecond crystallography (SFX) using X-ray free-electron laser sources is an emerging method with considerable potential for time-resolved pump-probe experiments. Here we present a lipidic cubic phase SFX structure of the light-driven proton pump bacteriorhodopsin (bR) to 2.3 Å resolution and a method to investigate protein dynamics with modest sample requirement. Time-resolved SFX (TR-SFX) with a pump-probe delay of 1 ms yields difference Fourier maps compatible with the dark to M state transition of bR. Importantly, the method is very sample efficient and reduces sample consumption to about 1 mg per collected time point. Accumulation of M intermediate within the crystal lattice is confirmed by time-resolved visible absorption spectroscopy. This study provides an important step towards characterizing the complete photocycle dynamics of retinal proteins and demonstrates the feasibility of a sample efficient viscous medium jet for TR-SFX.

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. The relationship between social comparison processes and personality

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    VanderZee, K; Buunk, B; Sanderman, R

    1996-01-01

    The relationship between social comparison processes and personality was examined in a sample of cancer patients (Study 1) and in a random population sample (Study 2). Previous studies showed that the need for comparison, its affective consequences and the tendency to make self-enhancing comparisons

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Bayesian hypothesis testing for key comparisons

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    Wübbeler, Gerd; Bodnar, Olha; Elster, Clemens

    2016-08-01

    Unilateral degrees of equivalence are the key result in the analysis of key comparison data and they are used to approve, or disapprove, calibration and measurement capabilities of the participating laboratories. To this end, it is checked whether a degree of equivalence differs significantly from zero. Proceeding in such a way can be viewed as carrying out a classical hypothesis test. We develop a Bayesian counterpart to this approach which has the advantage that it can include prior assessment of the corresponding Consultative Committee about the calibration and measurement capabilities of the participating laboratories. Simple expressions are derived and their implementation is provided in terms of MATLAB® and R programs. The novel procedure is illustrated by its application to two recent key comparisons CCL-K1 and CCM.FF-K4.1.2011.

  1. A Comparison of Goniophotmetric Measurement Facilities

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    Thorseth, Anders; Lindén, Johannes; Dam-Hansen, Carsten

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we present the preliminary results of a comparison between widely different goniophotometric and goniospectroradiometric measurement facilities. The objective of the comparison is to increase consistency and clarify the capabilities among Danish test laboratories. The study will seek...... to find the degree of equivalence between the various facilities and methods. The collected data is compared by using a three-way variation of principal component analysis, which is well suited for modelling large sets of correlated data. This method drastically decreases the number of numerical values...... needed to represent the data. The model shows good agreement with data, while also highlighting the differences between the measurements. We conclude that the method could be useful for comparing large sets of goniophotometric data....

  2. A comparison of goniophotometric measurement facilities

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    Thorseth, Anders; Lindén, Johannes; Dam-Hansen, Carsten

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we present the preliminary results of a comparison between widely different goniophotometric and goniospectroradiometric measurement facilities. The objective of the comparison is to increase consistency and clarify the capabilities among Danish test laboratories. The study will seek...... to find the degree of equivalence between the various facilities and methods. The collected data is compared by using a three-way variation of principal component analysis, which is well suited for modelling large sets of correlated data. This method drastically decreases the number of numerical values...... needed to represent the data. The model shows good agreement with data, while also highlighting the differences between the measurements. We conclude that the method could be useful for comparing large sets of goniophotometric data....

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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...

  6. 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.

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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

  10. comparison of english and chinese advertisement slogan

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    张悦

    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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. Comparison of Chinese and American wine culture

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    刘迁

    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

  16. 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...

  17. Comparison of Chinese and American wine culture

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    刘迁

    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.

  18. 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...

  19. Comparison of energy performance requirements levels

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    Spiekman, Marleen; Thomsen, Kirsten Engelund; Rose, Jørgen;

    This summary report provides a synthesis of the work within the EU SAVE project ASIEPI on developing a method to compare the energy performance (EP) requirement levels among the countries of Europe. Comparing EP requirement levels constitutes a major challenge. From the comparison of for instance...... of all other project material related to that topic, which allows to easily identify the most pertinent information. Part C lists the project partners and sponsors....

  20. 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)

  1. 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

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Supercomputers and biological sequence comparison algorithms.

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    Core, N G; Edmiston, E W; Saltz, J H; Smith, R M

    1989-12-01

    Comparison of biological (DNA or protein) sequences provides insight into molecular structure, function, and homology and is increasingly important as the available databases become larger and more numerous. One method of increasing the speed of the calculations is to perform them in parallel. We present the results of initial investigations using two dynamic programming algorithms on the Intel iPSC hypercube and the Connection Machine as well as an inexpensive, heuristically-based algorithm on the Encore Multimax.

  6. 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

  7. 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)

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

    2005-01-01

    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).

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

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    Liliana liliana

    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.

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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).

  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. 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.

  19. Comparison of properties of digital spectrometer systems.

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    Mazanova, Monika; Dryak, Pavel; Kovar, Petr; Auerbach, Pavel

    2014-05-01

    We have tested two digital spectrometer systems, the DSP 9660 and Lynx(®) modules, connected to a HPGe detector. Lynx(®) is a fully integrated 32K channel signal analyzer based on digital signal processing techniques, which offers advanced digital stabilization. The model DSP 9660 digitalizes the signal directly at a very high sampling rate. The evaluated properties were integral nonlinearity, differential linearity, channel profiles, resolution and throughput. We found that the DSP system has slightly inferior resolution and throughput in comparison with the Lynx(®) system.

  20. A comparison of thermal zone aggregation methods

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    Dobbs, Justin R. [Cornell University; Hencey, Brandon M. [Cornell University

    2012-12-10

    The impact of increasing energy prices on building operation budgets has fueled demand for more energy-efficient structures. Existing building energy simulation tools generate an immense amount of data yet comparatively little knowledge. This paper introduces a framework that allows aggregation-based model reduction to operate on geometric building information models. The resulting aggregation sequence provides designers with faster simulations and affords insight into complex multi-scale thermal interactions. A comparison of the trade-off between simulation speed and accuracy for three hierarchical cluster partitioning methods concludes the discussion.

  1. 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...

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. Comparison of Different Implementations of MFCC

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    ZHENG Fang; ZHANG Guoliang; SONG Zhanjiang

    2001-01-01

    The performance of the Mel-Frequency Cepstrum Coefficients (MFCC) may be affected by (1) the number of filters, (2) the shape of filters, (3) the way in which filters are spaced, and (4) the way in which the power spectrum is warped. In this paper, several comparison experiments are done to find a best implementation. The traditional MFCC calculation excludes the 0th coefficient for the reason that it is regarded as somewhat unreliable. According to the analysis and experiments, the authors find that it can be regarded as the generalized frequency band energy (FBE) and is hence useful, which results in the FBE-MFCC. The authors also propose a better analysis, namely the auto-regressive analysis, on the frame energy,which outperforms its 1st and/or 2nd order differential derivatives. Experiments with the “863”Speech Database show that, compared with the traditional MFCC with its corresponding autoregressive analysis coefficients, the FBE-MFCC and the frame energy with their corresponding auto-regressive analysis coefficients form the best combination, reducing the Chinese syllable error rate (CSER) by about 10%, while the FBE-MFCC with the corresponding auto-regressive analysis coefficients reduces CSER by 2.5%. Comparison experiments are also done with a quite casual Chinese speech database, named Chinese Annotated Spontaneous Speech (CASS)corpus. The FBE-MFCC can reduce the error rate by about 2.9% on an average.

  6. Multiple comparison analysis testing in ANOVA.

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    McHugh, Mary L

    2011-01-01

    The Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) test has long been an important tool for researchers conducting studies on multiple experimental groups and one or more control groups. However, ANOVA cannot provide detailed information on differences among the various study groups, or on complex combinations of study groups. To fully understand group differences in an ANOVA, researchers must conduct tests of the differences between particular pairs of experimental and control groups. Tests conducted on subsets of data tested previously in another analysis are called post hoc tests. A class of post hoc tests that provide this type of detailed information for ANOVA results are called "multiple comparison analysis" tests. The most commonly used multiple comparison analysis statistics include the following tests: Tukey, Newman-Keuls, Scheffee, Bonferroni and Dunnett. These statistical tools each have specific uses, advantages and disadvantages. Some are best used for testing theory while others are useful in generating new theory. Selection of the appropriate post hoc test will provide researchers with the most detailed information while limiting Type 1 errors due to alpha inflation.

  7. Topology based methods for vector field comparisons

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    Batra, Rajesh Kumar

    Vector fields are commonly found in almost all branches of the physical sciences. Aerodynamics, dynamical systems, electromagnetism, and global climate modeling are a few examples. These multivariate data fields are often large, and no general, automated method exists for comparing these fields. Existing methods require either subjective visual judgments, or data interface compatibility, or domain specific knowledge. A topology based method intrinsically eliminates all of the above limitations and has the additional advantage of significantly compressing the vector field by representing only key features of the flow. Therefore, large databases are compactly represented and quickly searched. Topology is a natural framework for the study of many vector fields. It provides rules of an organizing principle, a flow grammar, that can describe and connect together the properties common to flows. Helman and Hesselink first introduced automated methods to extract and visualize this grammar. This work extends their method by introducing automated methods for vector topology comparison. Basic two-dimensional flows are first compared. The theory is extended to compare three-dimensional flow fields and the topology on no-slip surfaces. Concepts from graph theory and linear programming are utilized to solve these problems. Finally, the first automated method for higher order singularity comparisons is introduced using mathematical theories from geometric (Clifford) algebra.

  8. A comparison of packaged piezoactuators for industrial applications

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    Pretorius, Jaco; Hugo, Marius; Spangler, Ronald L., Jr.

    2004-07-01

    A comparison of different commercially available packaged piezoelectric actuators is presented. The comparisons are based on force, stress and strain performance at similar field densities. A new metric of comparison, based on energy efficiency, is introduced. This paper provides designers with useful information on actuators and actuator performance for industrial applications. The QuickPack and PowerAct actuators remain the only packaged piezoelectric actuators to be produced in high volume and to feature in commercial applications.

  9. PR Personnel and Print Journalists: A Comparison of Professionalism

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    Nayman, Oguz; And Others

    1977-01-01

    Reports on a comparison of Colorado public relations personnel and newspaper journalists, which focused on demographic characteristics, professional orientation, job satisfaction, and attitude toward professional improvement. (GW)

  10. 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...

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Comparison of genomic data via statistical distribution.

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    Amiri, Saeid; Dinov, Ivo D

    2016-10-21

    Sequence comparison has become an essential tool in bioinformatics, because highly homologous sequences usually imply significant functional or structural similarity. Traditional sequence analysis techniques are based on preprocessing and alignment, which facilitate measuring and quantitative characterization of genetic differences, variability and complexity. However, recent developments of next generation and whole genome sequencing technologies give rise to new challenges that are related to measuring similarity and capturing rearrangements of large segments contained in the genome. This work is devoted to illustrating different methods recently introduced for quantifying sequence distances and variability. Most of the alignment-free methods rely on counting words, which are small contiguous fragments of the genome. Our approach considers the locations of nucleotides in the sequences and relies more on appropriate statistical distributions. The results of this technique for comparing sequences, by extracting information and comparing matching fidelity and location regularization information, are very encouraging, specifically to classify mutation sequences.

  15. 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

  16. 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)

  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. PhenoBlocks: Phenotype Comparison Visualizations.

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    Glueck, Michael; Hamilton, Peter; Chevalier, Fanny; Breslav, Simon; Khan, Azam; Wigdor, Daniel; Brudno, Michael

    2016-01-01

    The differential diagnosis of hereditary disorders is a challenging task for clinicians due to the heterogeneity of phenotypes that can be observed in patients. Existing clinical tools are often text-based and do not emphasize consistency, completeness, or granularity of phenotype reporting. This can impede clinical diagnosis and limit their utility to genetics researchers. Herein, we present PhenoBlocks, a novel visual analytics tool that supports the comparison of phenotypes between patients, or between a patient and the hallmark features of a disorder. An informal evaluation of PhenoBlocks with expert clinicians suggested that the visualization effectively guides the process of differential diagnosis and could reinforce the importance of complete, granular phenotypic reporting.

  19. Thermoeconomic comparison of industrial heat pumps

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    Ommen, Torben Schmidt; Markussen, Christen Malte; Reinholdt, L.;

    2011-01-01

    Four natural working fluids in various heat pump cycles are expected to cover the heating range between 50oC and 150°C. The different thermodynamic cycles are the Condensing Vapour, Transcritical and Compression/Absorption. As the considered technologies have significant differences in application......, limitations and design, a generic comparison is used. To establish the optimal individual temperature range of operation, a thermoeconomic evaluation is performed, with heat price as the decision parameter. Each individual heat pump is favourable in specific temperature intervals, which will vary according...... to the temperature lift between sink and source. At temperature lifts below 30°C the entire temperature range is covered. Exceeding this temperature lift, the range of sink temperatures is not completely covered above 125°C. Three of the heat pumps prove very cost competitive when compared to heating with natural...

  20. 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.

  1. 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...

  2. Illicit drug profiling, reflection on statistical comparisons.

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    Esseiva, Pierre; Gaste, Laeticia; Alvarez, Daniel; Anglada, Frederic

    2011-04-15

    This paper presents reflexions about statistical considerations on illicit drug profiling and more specifically about the calculation of threshold for determining of the seizure are linked or not. The specific case of heroin and cocaine profiling is presented with the necessary details on the target profiling variables (major alkaloids) selected and the analytical method used. Statistical approach to compare illicit drug seizures is also presented with the introduction of different scenarios dealing with different data pre-treatment or transformation of variables. The main aim consists to demonstrate the influence of data pre-treatment on the statistical outputs. A thorough study of the evolution of the true positive rate (TP) and the false positive rate (FP) in heroin and cocaine comparison is then proposed to investigate this specific topic and to demonstrate that there is no universal approach available and that the calculations have to be revaluate for each new specific application.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Performance Comparison of Active Queue Management Techniques

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    T. B. Reddy

    2008-01-01

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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)

    2000-01-01

    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

  12. Ozone Profile Comparisons at High Latitudes

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    McPeters, R. D.; Bojkov, B. R.; Deland, M.

    2008-05-01

    Ozone profiles measured by both satellite and ground based instruments at a site at 67.4 N were compared. The measurements were made during the Sodankyla Total Column Ozone Intercomparison (SAUNA) which was held in Sodankyla, Finland in March-April 2006 in support of Aura validation. Measurements by the NOAA 16 SBUV/2 and the Aura MLS instrument were compared with lidar and sonde profiles measured in Sodankyla. Profiles from the satellite instruments generally agreed with profiles from the ground-based instruments to within about 10%. The total column ozone comparisons showed that SBUV/2 and the Aura OMI instrument agreed well with the double Brewer instruments provided the scenes were carefully matched.

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. Dynamic programming algorithms for biological sequence comparison.

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    Pearson, W R; Miller, W

    1992-01-01

    Efficient dynamic programming algorithms are available for a broad class of protein and DNA sequence comparison problems. These algorithms require computer time proportional to the product of the lengths of the two sequences being compared [O(N2)] but require memory space proportional only to the sum of these lengths [O(N)]. Although the requirement for O(N2) time limits use of the algorithms to the largest computers when searching protein and DNA sequence databases, many other applications of these algorithms, such as calculation of distances for evolutionary trees and comparison of a new sequence to a library of sequence profiles, are well within the capabilities of desktop computers. In particular, the results of library searches with rapid searching programs, such as FASTA or BLAST, should be confirmed by performing a rigorous optimal alignment. Whereas rapid methods do not overlook significant sequence similarities, FASTA limits the number of gaps that can be inserted into an alignment, so that a rigorous alignment may extend the alignment substantially in some cases. BLAST does not allow gaps in the local regions that it reports; a calculation that allows gaps is very likely to extend the alignment substantially. Although a Monte Carlo evaluation of the statistical significance of a similarity score with a rigorous algorithm is much slower than the heuristic approach used by the RDF2 program, the dynamic programming approach should take less than 1 hr on a 386-based PC or desktop Unix workstation. For descriptive purposes, we have limited our discussion to methods for calculating similarity scores and distances that use gap penalties of the form g = rk. Nevertheless, programs for the more general case (g = q+rk) are readily available. Versions of these programs that run either on Unix workstations, IBM-PC class computers, or the Macintosh can be obtained from either of the authors.

  17. [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

  18. IMP 8 magnetosheath field comparisons with models

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    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.

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  19. 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)

  20. The interaction between purple membrane and membrane lipid

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    2002-01-01

    Bacteriorhodopsin in purple membrane was reconstituted into different lipid vesicles. The effect of three different lipids on the structure and function of bacteriorhodopsin in lipid vesicles was studied by the observation on freeze-fracture eletron microscopy, the rotational diffusion of bacteriorhodopsin in lipid vesicles, the measurement of absorption spectrum, and the absorbance change with time. For these prepared samples, the results showed that DMPC was the stable lipid environment of bacteriorhodopsin; egg-pc causeed the loss of retinal chromophore of bacteriorhodopsin and it was not reversible change, cholesterol could stabilize the bacteriorhodopsin in lipid environment,but it caused the aggregation of bacteriorhodopsin.

  1. SUPPLEMENTARY COMPARISON Technically enhanced naturally occurring radionuclides (TENORM) in phosphogypsum: Comparison CCRI(II)-S5

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    Shakhashiro, A.; Sansone, U.; Wershofen, H.; Bollhöfer, A.; Kim, C. K.; Kim, C. S.; Korun, M.; Moune, M.; Lee, S. H.; Tarjan, S.

    2010-01-01

    Within the frame of mutual cooperation between the IAEA and the BIPM, the Consultative Committee for Ionizing Radiation Section II—Measurement of Radionuclides accepted an IAEA-organized interlaboratory comparison in 2008 on the determination of technically enhanced naturally occurring radionuclides in phosphogypsum. The study was piloted by the Chemistry Unit at the IAEA's Laboratories in Seibersdorf (Austria). This report presents the methodology applied in conducting this comparison and the results. Activity results for Pb-210, Ra-226, Th-230, U-234, U-235 and U-238 were reported by three national metrology institutes (NMI) and five other expert laboratories or designated institutes. Four different approaches were used to calculate the nominal value of the reported results and associated uncertainties, and the results from each individual participant were evaluated and compared with this nominal reference value. The reported evaluation of the measurement results demonstrated agreement amongst the participating laboratories. 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 CCRI Section II, according to the provisions of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA).

  2. International comparisons of road safety using Singular Value Decomposition.

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    Oppe, S.

    2001-01-01

    There is a general interest in the comparison of road safety developments in different countries. Comparisons have been made, based on absolute levels of accident or fatality risk or on the rate of change of functions regarding risk, the number of accidents, fatalities or injuries over time. Such co

  3. 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...

  4. 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.

  5. 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....

  6. 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

  7. Competitive Behavior: A Manifestation of Motivation for Ability Comparison

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    Conolley, Edward S.; And Others

    1978-01-01

    Social comparison theory predicts that when the person is uncertain about the level of his ability, he may seek comparison information through competitive behavior. An experiment is reported in which the level of the subject's uncertainty about his competence was manipulated and subsequent measures of his competitive motivation and behavior were…

  8. Neuroticism and reactions to social comparison information among cancer patients

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    Van der Zee, K; Buunk, B; Sanderman, R

    1998-01-01

    In an experimental study neuroticism was examined as a moderator of breast cancer patients' affective reactions to social comparison information about a fellow patient. Fifty-seven women with breast cancer completed Eysenck's Personality Questionnaire and received social comparison information about

  9. 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…

  10. Social Comparison Information and Judgments about Depression and Seeking Counseling.

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    Strohmer, Douglas C.; And Others

    1984-01-01

    Used a role playing technique to examine the influence of social comparison on help seeking attitudes in 80 students. Results indicated that subjects who received serious social comparison information reported the highest depression scores and were more willing to seek counseling help. (JAC)

  11. Social Comparison Processes in an Organizational Context: New Directions

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    Goodman, Paul S.; Haisley, Emily

    2007-01-01

    The goal of this article is to frame some new directions to social comparison research in organizational settings. Four themes are developed. First, we examine the role of organizational variables in shaping the basic sub processes in social comparison, such as the selection of referents. The second theme focuses on the meaning of level of…

  12. Finding a Comparison Group: Is Online Crowdsourcing a Viable Option?

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    Azzam, Tarek; Jacobson, Miriam R.

    2013-01-01

    This article explores the viability of online crowdsourcing for creating matched-comparison groups. This exploratory study compares survey results from a randomized control group to survey results from a matched-comparison group created from Amazon.com's MTurk crowdsourcing service to determine their comparability. Study findings indicate…

  13. Affect and identification in social comparison after loss of work

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    Ybema, J.F.; Buunk, Abraham (Bram); Heesink, J.A.M.

    1996-01-01

    This study examined the effects of social comparison among 172 individuals who had recently lost their jobs in a collective dismissal of employees. A part of a fictitious interview with another fired person was presented to the participants. This interview contained social comparison information on

  14. 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.

  15. Time-resolved step-scan Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy reveals differences between early and late M intermediates of bacteriorhodopsin.

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    Rödig, C; Chizhov, I; Weidlich, O; Siebert, F

    1999-05-01

    In this report, from time-resolved step-scan Fourier transform infrared investigations from 15 ns to 160 ms, we provide evidence for the subsequent rise of three different M states that differ in their structures. The first state rises with approximately 3 microseconds to only a small percentage. Its structure as judged from amide I/II bands differs in small but well-defined aspects from the L state. The next M state, which appears in approximately 40 microseconds, has almost all of the characteristics of the "late" M state, i.e., it differs considerably from the first one. Here, the L left arrow over right arrow M equilibrium is shifted toward M, although some percentage of L still persists. In the last M state (rise time approximately 130 microseconds), the equilibrium is shifted toward full deprotonation of the Schiff base, and only small additional structural changes take place. In addition to these results obtained for unbuffered conditions or at pH 7, experiments performed at lower and higher pH are presented. These results are discussed in terms of the molecular changes postulated to occur in the M intermediate to allow the shift of the L/M equilibrium toward M and possibly to regulate the change of the accessibility of the Schiff base necessary for effective proton pumping. PMID:10233083

  16. MDA based-approach for UML Models Complete Comparison

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    Chaouni, Samia Benabdellah; Mouline, Salma

    2011-01-01

    If a modeling task is distributed, it will frequently be necessary to integrate models developed by different team members. Problems occur in the models integration step and particularly, in the comparison phase of the integration. This issue had been discussed in several domains and various models. However, previous approaches have not correctly handled the semantic comparison. In the current paper, we provide a MDA-based approach for models comparison which aims at comparing UML models. We develop an hybrid approach which takes into account syntactic, semantic and structural comparison aspects. For this purpose, we use the domain ontology as well as other resources such as dictionaries. We propose a decision support system which permits the user to validate (or not) correspondences extracted in the comparison phase. For implementation, we propose an extension of the generic correspondence metamodel AMW in order to transform UML models to the correspondence model.

  17. MDA based-approach for UML Models Complete Comparison

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    Samia Benabdellah Chaouni

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available If a modeling task is distributed, it will frequently be necessary to integrate models developed by different team members. Problems occur in the models integration step and particularly, in the comparison phase of the integration. This issue had been discussed in several domains and various models. However, previous approaches have not correctly handled the semantic comparison. In the current paper, we provide a MDA-based approach for models comparison which aims at comparing UML models. We develop an hybrid approach which takes into account syntactic, semantic and structural comparison aspects. For this purpose, we use the domain ontology as well as other resources such as dictionaries. We propose a decision support system which permits the user to validate (or not correspondences extracted in the comparison phase. For implementation, we propose an extension of the generic correspondence metamodel AMW in order to transform UML models to the correspondence model.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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).

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Comparison of Spatiotemporal Fusion Models: A Review

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    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.

  4. 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.

  5. Asteroseismic versus Gaia distances: a first comparison

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    De Ridder, J; Eyer, L; Aerts, C

    2016-01-01

    Context. The Kepler space mission led to a large amount of high-precision time series of solar-like oscillators. Using a Bayesian analysis that combines asteroseismic techniques and additional ground-based observations, the mass, radius, luminosity, and distance of those stars can be estimated with good precision. This has given a new impetus to the research field of galactic archeology. Aims. The first data release of the Gaia space mission contains the TGAS catalog with parallax estimates for more than 2 million stars, including many of the Kepler targets. Our goal is to make a first proper comparison of asteroseismic and astrometric parallaxes of a selection of dwarfs, subgiants, and red giants observed by Kepler for which asteroseismic distances were published. Methods. We compare asteroseismic and astrometric distances of solar-like pulsators using an appropriate statistical errors-in- variables model on a linear as well as on a logarithmic scale. Results. For a sample of 22 dwarf and subgiant solar-like...

  6. Comparison of surface and satellite gravity data

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    Rapp, R. H.

    1978-01-01

    Satellite derived potential coefficients (GEM 9) are compared to terrestrial gravity data by degree in terms of coefficient differences and in terms of mean anomaly differences. The root mean square undulation difference (to degree 20) was 9 + or - m and the anomaly difference was + or - 7 mgals with GEM 9 commission errors of + or - 1.7 m and + or - 3.8 mgals. The standard deviations of the GEM 9 implied undulations increased from + or - 4 cm at degree 2 to + or - 53 cm at degree 20. The corresponding values implied by a recent (June 1978) terrestrial 5 deg field were + or - 2.53 m and + or - 0.38 m (at degree 20). Comparisons between Geos-3 altimeter derived anomalies and 1 deg X 1 Deg terrestrial data showed that + or - 6-8 mgals is a reasonable accuracy estimate for the altimeter derived anomalies. Anomalies derived from satellite to satellite tracking data indicate an accuracy of about + or - 6 mgals for the recovery of 5 deg equal area blocks.

  7. Orion Landing Simulation Eight Soil Model Comparison

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    Mark, Stephen D.

    2009-01-01

    LS-DYNA finite element simulations of a rigid Orion Crew Module (CM) were used to investigate the CM impact behavior on eight different soil models. Ten different landing conditions, characterized by the combination of CM vertical and horizontal velocity, hang angle, and roll angle were simulated on the eight different soils. The CM center of gravity accelerations, pitch angle, kinetic energy, and soil contact forces were the outputs of interest. The simulation results are presented, with comparisons of the CM behavior on the different soils. The soils analyzed in this study can be roughly categorized as soft, medium, or hard, according to the CM accelerations that occur when landing on them. The soft group is comprised of the Carson Sink Wet soil and the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Low Density Dry Sand. The medium group includes Carson Sink Dry, the KSC High Density In-Situ Moisture Sand and High Density Flooded Sand, and Cuddeback B. The hard soils are Cuddeback A and the Gantry Unwashed Sand. The softer soils were found to produce lower peak accelerations, have more stable pitch behavior, and to be less sensitive to the landing conditions. This investigation found that the Cuddeback A soil produced the highest peak accelerations and worst stability conditions, and that the best landing performance was achieved on the KSC Low Density Dry Sand.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Perceptual expertise in forensic facial image comparison.

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    White, David; Phillips, P Jonathon; Hahn, Carina A; Hill, Matthew; O'Toole, Alice J

    2015-09-01

    Forensic facial identification examiners are required to match the identity of faces in images that vary substantially, owing to changes in viewing conditions and in a person's appearance. These identifications affect the course and outcome of criminal investigations and convictions. Despite calls for research on sources of human error in forensic examination, existing scientific knowledge of face matching accuracy is based, almost exclusively, on people without formal training. Here, we administered three challenging face matching tests to a group of forensic examiners with many years' experience of comparing face images for law enforcement and government agencies. Examiners outperformed untrained participants and computer algorithms, thereby providing the first evidence that these examiners are experts at this task. Notably, computationally fusing responses of multiple experts produced near-perfect performance. Results also revealed qualitative differences between expert and non-expert performance. First, examiners' superiority was greatest at longer exposure durations, suggestive of more entailed comparison in forensic examiners. Second, experts were less impaired by image inversion than non-expert students, contrasting with face memory studies that show larger face inversion effects in high performers. We conclude that expertise in matching identity across unfamiliar face images is supported by processes that differ qualitatively from those supporting memory for individual faces.

  12. Comparison of Polar Cap (PC) index calculations.

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    Stauning, P.

    2012-04-01

    The Polar Cap (PC) index introduced by Troshichev and Andrezen (1985) is derived from polar magnetic variations and is mainly a measure of the intensity of the transpolar ionospheric currents. These currents relate to the polar cap antisunward ionospheric plasma convection driven by the dawn-dusk electric field, which in turn is generated by the interaction of the solar wind with the Earth's magnetosphere. Coefficients to calculate PCN and PCS index values from polar magnetic variations recorded at Thule and Vostok, respectively, have been derived by several different procedures in the past. The first published set of coefficients for Thule was derived by Vennerstrøm, 1991 and is still in use for calculations of PCN index values by DTU Space. Errors in the program used to calculate index values were corrected in 1999 and again in 2001. In 2005 DMI adopted a unified procedure proposed by Troshichev for calculations of the PCN index. Thus there exists 4 different series of PCN index values. Similarly, at AARI three different sets of coefficients have been used to calculate PCS indices in the past. The presentation discusses the principal differences between the various PC index procedures and provides comparisons between index values derived from the same magnetic data sets using the different procedures. Examples from published papers are examined to illustrate the differences.

  13. A numerical comparison of sensitivity analysis techniques

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    Hamby, D.M.

    1993-12-31

    Engineering and scientific phenomena are often studied with the aid of mathematical models designed to simulate complex physical processes. In the nuclear industry, modeling the movement and consequence of radioactive pollutants is extremely important for environmental protection and facility control. One of the steps in model development is the determination of the parameters most influential on model results. A {open_quotes}sensitivity analysis{close_quotes} of these parameters is not only critical to model validation but also serves to guide future research. A previous manuscript (Hamby) detailed many of the available methods for conducting sensitivity analyses. The current paper is a comparative assessment of several methods for estimating relative parameter sensitivity. Method practicality is based on calculational ease and usefulness of the results. It is the intent of this report to demonstrate calculational rigor and to compare parameter sensitivity rankings resulting from various sensitivity analysis techniques. An atmospheric tritium dosimetry model (Hamby) is used here as an example, but the techniques described can be applied to many different modeling problems. Other investigators (Rose; Dalrymple and Broyd) present comparisons of sensitivity analyses methodologies, but none as comprehensive as the current work.

  14. Comparison of particulate verification techniques study

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    Rivera, Rachel

    2006-08-01

    The efficacy of five particulate verification techniques on four types of materials was studied. Statistical Analysis Software/JMP 6.0 was used to create a statistically valid design of experiments. In doing so, 35 witness coupons consisting of the four types of materials being studied, were intentionally contaminated with particulate fallout. Image Analysis was used to characterize the extent of particulate fallout on the coupons and was used to establish a baseline, or basis of comparison, against the five techniques that were studied. The five particulate verification techniques were the Tapelift, the Particulate Solvent Rinse, the GelPak lift, an in-line vacuum filtration probe, and the Infinity Focusing Microscope (IFM). The four types of materials consisted of magnesium flouride (MgF II) coated mirrors, composite coated silver aluminum (CCAg), Z93 and NS43G coated aluminum, and silicon (si) wafers. The vacuum probe was determined to be most effective for Z93, the tapelift or vacuum probe for MgF2, and the GelPak Lift for CCAg and si substrates. A margin of error for each technique, based on experimental data from two experiments, for si wafer substrates, yielded the following: Tapelift - 67%, Solvent Rinse - 58%, GelPak- 26%, Vacuum Probe - 93%, IFM-to be determined.

  15. Energy storage systems - Characteristics and comparisons

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    Ibrahim, H. [Wind Energy Research Laboratory (WERL), Universite du Quebec a Rimouski, 300 allee des Ursulines, Que. (Canada); Anti Icing Materials International Laboratory (AMIL), Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi, 555 boulevard de l' Universite, Que. (Canada); Ilinca, A. [Wind Energy Research Laboratory (WERL), Universite du Quebec a Rimouski, 300 allee des Ursulines, Que. (Canada); Perron, J. [Anti Icing Materials International Laboratory (AMIL), Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi, 555 boulevard de l' Universite, Que. (Canada)

    2008-06-15

    Electricity generated from renewable sources, which has shown remarkable growth worldwide, can rarely provide immediate response to demand as these sources do not deliver a regular supply easily adjustable to consumption needs. Thus, the growth of this decentralized production means greater network load stability problems and requires energy storage, generally using lead batteries, as a potential solution. However, lead batteries cannot withstand high cycling rates, nor can they store large amounts of energy in a small volume. That is why other types of storage technologies are being developed and implemented. This has led to the emergence of storage as a crucial element in the management of energy from renewable sources, allowing energy to be released into the grid during peak hours when it is more valuable. The work described in this paper highlights the need to store energy in order to strengthen power networks and maintain load levels. There are various types of storage methods, some of which are already in use, while others are still in development. We have taken a look at the main characteristics of the different electricity storage techniques and their field of application (permanent or portable, long- or short-term storage, maximum power required, etc.). These characteristics will serve to make comparisons in order to determine the most appropriate technique for each type of application. (author)

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. BER Comparison between CDMA & COFDM Model

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    Sandeep Kumar Nigam

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The work emphasizes the suitability of Coded orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (COFDM which is a technique of modulation for 3G transceiver systems. The performance of a COFDM system may be affected due to the main factors which were measured comprising of channel noise, multipath delay spread, distortion of the signal (clipping {&} requirement of timing. Using MATLAB to access the performance of COFDM the computer simulations is performed [18]. In the 3rd generation mobile phone system CDMA modulation techniques is mainly proposed for Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA. For the comparison between the two techniques to be established Code Division Multiple Access was used. It was observed and found on examination that a very high tolerance to channel noise, peak power clipping, multipath delay spread as was provided by COFDM [12]. On observation total immunity to multipath delay spread was found in COFDM and provided less reflection time as compared to the guard interval used in COFDM signal. We are aware that multipath signal would provide strengthening to the received signal. Corresponding to multipath reflection of 30 km, delay spread up to 100μsec could be borne. Frequency selective fading strikes a problem due to the multipath and due to this the thing which comes into the picture is that the received signal is heavily attenuated as well as interference comes into existence

  19. 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)

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. TLD environmental monitoring: an interlaboratorial comparison

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    Taam, Ilka H.; Rosa, Rodolfo O. [Instituto de Engenharia Nuclear (IEN/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)], E-mail: ilka@ien.gov.br, E-mail: oliveira@ien.gov.br; Mauricio, Claudia L.P.; Goncalves, Sergio A.; Seda, Rosangela P.G.; Diz, Ricardo [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)], E-mail: claudia@ird.gov.br, E-mail: alves@ird.gov.br, E-mail: rseda@ird.gov.br, E-mail: diz@ird.gov.br

    2007-07-01

    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)

  5. Comparison of bioseparation methods for microgravity experiments

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    Morrison, Dennis R.; Cohly, Hari H. P.; Rodkey, L. Scott; Barlow, Grant H.; Hymer, Wesley C.

    1988-01-01

    The efficiency of the 1-g version of the continuous-flow electrophoresis (CFE) system flown on Space Shuttle missions is compared with the efficiency of a commercial CFE for separating living cells (human kidney, liver, and pituitary-gland cells and T-lymphocytes). In addition, the CFE system and a reciprocal isoelectric focusing (RIEF) system are compared with respect to protein pyrification efficiency. Correlations were made among electrophoretic mobilities (EPMs), secretory functions of cells, and input sample concentrations. A significant reduction in mean and range EPM was observed when input sample concentrations exceeded a low threshohold. This effect was not observed in microgravity experiments conducted at sample concentrations three times greater than the threshold for the controls. Comparison of CFE and RIEF methods showed that there are apparent advantages for each method depending on the product. For example, RIEF purification of urokinase removed more protein impurities, but focused the enzyme at a pH different than the enzyme's known isoelectric point.

  6. 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

  7. 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)

  8. The Scylla Multi-Code Comparison Project

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    Maller, Ariyeh; Stewart, Kyle; Bullock, James; Oñorbe, Jose; Scylla Team

    2016-01-01

    Cosmological hydrodynamical simulations are one of the main techniques used to understand galaxy formation and evolution. However, it is far from clear to what extent different numerical techniques and different implementations of feedback yield different results. The Scylla Multi-Code Comparison Project seeks to address this issue by running idenitical initial condition simulations with different popular hydrodynamic galaxy formation codes. Here we compare simulations of a Milky Way mass halo using the codes enzo, ramses, art, arepo and gizmo-psph. The different runs produce galaxies with a variety of properties. There are many differences, but also many similarities. For example we find that in all runs cold flow disks exist; extended gas structures, far beyond the galactic disk, that show signs of rotation. Also, the angular momentum of warm gas in the halo is much larger than the angular momentum of the dark matter. We also find notable differences between runs. The temperature and density distribution of hot gas can differ by over an order of magnitude between codes and the stellar mass to halo mass relation also varies widely. These results suggest that observations of galaxy gas halos and the stellar mass to halo mass relation can be used to constarin the correct model of feedback.

  9. 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

  10. Lindley-Shannon Information for Comparison of Priors Under Paired Comparisons Model

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    Muhammad Aslam

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available One of the main differences between classical statistics and Bayesian statistics is that the latter can utilise prior information in a formal way. This information can be quantified in terms of a probability distribution which is known as the prior distribution. If there is no relevant prior information available then there are ways to derive a 'non-informative' prior distribution. In this study, the informative and non-informative prior distributions for the parameters of the Bradley-Terry model for paired comparison data are compared.

  11. Comparison of Blackbodies for Calibration of Infrared Ear Thermometers

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    Pušnik, Igor; Clausen, Sønnik; Favreau, Jacques-Olivier;

    2011-01-01

    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 verify the accuracy of an IRET, a suitable blackbody (BB) is needed. Such a blackbody related to the EN standard, designed for the calibration of ear thermometers and immersed in a stirred water bath, was provided for the comparison by the pilot laboratory. The pilot provided also the transfer IRET...

  12. 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.

  13. GCSS Cirrus Parcel Model Comparison Project

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    Lin, Ruei-Fong; Starr, David OC.; DeMott, Paul J.; Cotton, Richard; Jensen, Eric; Sassen, Kenneth; Einaudi, Franco (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    The Cirrus Parcel Model Comparison Project, a project of GCSS Working Group on Cirrus Cloud Systems (WG2), involves the systematic comparison of current models of ice crystal nucleation and growth for specified, typical, cirrus cloud environments. The goal of this project is to document and understand the factors resulting in significant inter-model differences. The intent is to foment research leading to model improvement and validation. In Phase 1 of the project reported here, simulated cirrus cloud microphysical properties are compared for situations of "warm" (-40 C) and "cold" (-60 C) cirrus subject to updrafts of 4, 20 and 100 cm/s, respectively. Five models participated. These models employ explicit microphysical schemes wherein the size distribution of each class of particles (aerosols and ice crystals) is resolved into bins. Simulations are made including both homogeneous and heterogeneous ice nucleation mechanisms. A single initial aerosol population of sulfuric acid particles is prescribed for all simulations. To isolate the treatment of the homogeneous freezing (of haze drops) nucleation process, the heterogeneous nucleation mechanism is disabled for a second parallel set of simulations. Qualitative agreement is found for the homogeneous-nucleation-only simulations, e.g., the number density of nucleated ice crystals increases with the strength of the prescribed updraft. However, non-negligible quantitative differences are found. Detailed analysis reveals that the homogeneous nucleation formulation, aerosol size, ice crystal growth rate (particularly the deposition coefficient), and water vapor uptake rate are critical components that lead to differences in predicted microphysics. Systematic bias exists between results based on a modified classical theory approach and models using an effective freezing temperature approach to the treatment of nucleation. Each approach is constrained by critical freezing data from laboratory studies, but each includes

  14. Second-generation central receiver technology comparison

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    Klimas, P. C.; Becker, M.

    Fifteen years of solar thermal technology development have produced a considerable amount of knowledge relating to the production of electricity from central receiver power plants. This body of knowledge is under examination by researchers from the United States and the Federal Republic of Germany for the purpose of defining the next generation central receiver electricity producers. This second generation power plant is expected to represent a significant step towards commercialization of these systems. During the course of the study, specific activities needed to realize this next-step technology are being defined. The study is an international team effort. Under the International Energy Agency Small Solar Power Systems project, researchers from DLR, Interatom, Sandia National Laboratories, and Bechtel have designed a study in which technologies relating to existing systems are quantified, logical next-step systems are characterized, and future potential advances are identified. The receiver concepts under investigation are: salt-in-tube, volumetric, and direct absorption. Two plant performance levels are examined, 30 and 100 MW(sub e). Each concept is applied with common capacity factors, solar multiples, and types and sizes of heliostats at each performance level. Availability and uncertainty analyses are also performed. Annual energy production figures are calculated using the SOLERGY computer code. Capital and Operation and Maintenance cost methodologies are mutually agreed upon in order that levelized energy cost calculations will be consistent for each power plant. During the course of this effort, further potential advances in central receiver technology have continued to become apparent. These possible areas for improvement will be described. An additional comparison is being made between central receivers and trough-based systems.

  15. Comparison of several methods for BAP measurement.

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    Nakajima, J; Murata, Y; Sakamoto, M

    2006-01-01

    It has been more important for management of water quality to estimate the amount of bioavailable phosphorus (BAP) in suspended solids (SS) entering lakes and estuaries. AGP test or extraction by 0.1 mol l(-1) NaOH (C-BOD) is widely used. Recently, highly bioavailable phosphorus (HBAP) was introduced to indicate a more easily soluble and bioavailable fraction using successive extraction by 0.1 mol l(-1) HCl and 0.1 mol l(-1) NaOH. New biologically measured BAP (B-BAP) using bacterial respiration activity was introduced in this paper. B-BAP was estimated from oxygen uptake rate (OUR), which was measured by a respiratory meter for BOD measurement using a pressure sensor. B-BAP is useful for a rapid and direct measurement of phosphorus bioavailability. B-BAP, HBAP and C-BAP in river SS were measured and compared with each other. The percentages of HBAP and B-BAP to PP were large in the urban river, while the percentage of NaOH-P or C-BAP was large in the rivers flowing in agricultural areas. By comparison with phosphorus fractions in paddy soil and activated sludge it was suggested that SS in the rivers flowing in agricultural areas mainly consisted of clay, silt or sand, while the SS in the urban river consisted of a large percentage of organic particles as well. Phosphorus in SS was suggested to be more easily bioavailable in the urban river than the rivers in agricultural areas. The ratio of C-BAP/B-BAP was large in the rivers in agricultural areas and small in the urban river. As HBAP contents were almost similar to B-BAP contents in the river SS, HBAP can be a suitable index of phosphorus indicating easily and rapidly the bioavailable fraction in SS.

  16. SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY VALUES: A CROSS COUNTRY COMPARISON

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    CATANA DOINA

    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

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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

  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. An Adaptive Algorithm for Pairwise Comparison-based Preference Measurement

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    Meissner, Martin; Decker, Reinhold; Scholz, Sören W.

    2011-01-01

    The Pairwise Comparison‐based Preference Measurement (PCPM) approach has been proposed for products featuring a large number of attributes. In the PCPM framework, a static two‐cyclic design is used to reduce the number of pairwise comparisons. However, adaptive questioning routines that maximize ...... Hierarchy Process as well as a random selection of pairwise comparisons. By means of Monte Carlo simulations, we quantify the extent to which the adaptive selection of pairwise comparisons increases the efficiency of the respective approach....... the information gained from pairwise comparisons promise to further increase the efficiency of this approach. This paper introduces a new adaptive algorithm for PCPM, which accounts for several response errors. The suggested approach is compared with an adaptive algorithm that was proposed for the Analytic...

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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...

  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.

  8. 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.

  9. Comparisons in pharmacoepidemiology: New challenges and limitations of current approaches

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    Shakir, Saad A.W.; Layton, Deborah; Klungel, Olaf H.; Van Staa, Tjeerd

    2014-01-01

    Background: Undertaking robust comparisons in pharmacoepidemiological (PE) and comparative effectiveness (CE) studies are a major challenge. In these designs certain subject characteristics may influence the probability of exposure and the researcher cannot control allocation to treatment or the con

  10. Interlaboratory comparison of the measurement of retention curves

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    Hansen, M. H.; Houvenaghel, G.; Janz, M.;

    1999-01-01

    The results of an interlaboratory comparison of the measurement of apparent density, solid density, open porosity and retention curves are presented. Baumberger sandstone and Sander sandstone were used as test materials.Repeatability standard deviation and reproducibility standard deviation...

  11. Role and Evaluation of Interlaboratory Comparison Results in Laboratory Accreditation

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    Bode, P.

    2008-08-01

    Participation in interlaboratory comparisons provides laboratories an opportunity for independent assessment of their analytical performance, both in absolute way and in comparison with those by other techniques. However, such comparisons are hindered by differences in the way laboratories participate, e.g. at best measurement capability or under routine conditions. Neutron activation analysis laboratories, determining total mass fractions, often see themselves classified as `outliers' since the majority of other participants employ techniques with incomplete digestion methods. These considerations are discussed in relation to the way results from interlaboratory comparisons are evaluated by accreditation bodies following the requirements of Clause 5.9.1 of the ISO/IEC 17025:2005. The discussion and conclusions come largely forth from experiences in the author's own laboratory.

  12. 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.

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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. ...

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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...

  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 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...

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. Dynamical Coupling of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins and Their Hydration Water: Comparison with Folded Soluble and Membrane Proteins

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    Gallat, F.-X.; Laganowsky, A.; Wood, K.; Gabel, F.; van Eijck, L.; Wuttke, J.; Moulin, M.; Härtlein, M.; Eisenberg, D.; Colletier, J.-P.; Zaccai, G.; Weik, M.

    2012-01-01

    Hydration water is vital for various macromolecular biological activities, such as specific ligand recognition, enzyme activity, response to receptor binding, and energy transduction. Without hydration water, proteins would not fold correctly and would lack the conformational flexibility that animates their three-dimensional structures. Motions in globular, soluble proteins are thought to be governed to a certain extent by hydration-water dynamics, yet it is not known whether this relationship holds true for other protein classes in general and whether, in turn, the structural nature of a protein also influences water motions. Here, we provide insight into the coupling between hydration-water dynamics and atomic motions in intrinsically disordered proteins (IDP), a largely unexplored class of proteins that, in contrast to folded proteins, lack a well-defined three-dimensional structure. We investigated the human IDP tau, which is involved in the pathogenic processes accompanying Alzheimer disease. Combining neutron scattering and protein perdeuteration, we found similar atomic mean-square displacements over a large temperature range for the tau protein and its hydration water, indicating intimate coupling between them. This is in contrast to the behavior of folded proteins of similar molecular weight, such as the globular, soluble maltose-binding protein and the membrane protein bacteriorhodopsin, which display moderate to weak coupling, respectively. The extracted mean square displacements also reveal a greater motional flexibility of IDP compared with globular, folded proteins and more restricted water motions on the IDP surface. The results provide evidence that protein and hydration-water motions mutually affect and shape each other, and that there is a gradient of coupling across different protein classes that may play a functional role in macromolecular activity in a cellular context. PMID:22828339

  5. Comparison between Dione' and Enceladus' terrain units

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    Scipioni, F.; Tosi, F.; Stephan, K.; Filacchione, G.; Ciarniello, M.; Cerroni, P.

    2013-12-01

    water ice coming from the E-ring, deposits on Dione's leading hemisphere, making this side of brighter than the trailing hemisphere. Therefore, a comparison between Dione and Enceladus spectra is crucial to quantify the effectiveness of this mechanism.

  6. Comparison between Dione’ and Enceladus’ terrain units

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    Scipioni, Francesca; Tosi, F.; Stephan, K.; Filacchione, G.; Capaccioni, F.; Cerroni, P.

    2013-10-01

    of water ice coming from the E-ring, deposits on Dione’s leading hemisphere, making this side of brighter than the trailing hemisphere. Therefore, a comparison between Dione and Enceladus spectra is crucial to quantify the effectiveness of this mechanism.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. A Comparison of High-Voltage Switches

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

    1999-02-01

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

  10. MRI VERSUS ARTHROSCOPY: A COMPARISON OF FINDINGS

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    Somashekhara Reddy

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study is to correlate the findings of Magnetic Resonance Imaging with Arthroscopy in internal derangements of knee and to assess the sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in comparison to Arthroscopy. METHODS AND MATERIALS Fifty six patients with history of suspected internal derangement of knee were evaluated prospectively with MRI and correlated with arthroscopy during a one and half a year period from March 2012 to September 2013.1.5 Tesla MRI machine using a closed extremity coil is used. Sequences used in MRI of the knee include Turbo-spin echo (TSE, FFE (Gradient echo and Short Tau Inversion Recovery (STIR sequences in Axial, Sagittal and Coronal planes using a slice thickness of 3 mm with a 0.3 mm slice gap. Arthroscopy of the knee with standard anteromedial and anterolateral portals with the patient in supine position done in all the cases. RESULTS The diagnostic sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of MRI in detecting cruciate ligament and meniscal injuries as compared to Arthroscopy are as follows: Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL: 97.29%, 89.47%, 94.64%; Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL: 100%, 100%, 100%; Medial Meniscus (MM: 100%, 93.33%, 98.21% and Lateral Meniscus (LM: 93.10, 92.59, 92.85. Most common lesions found were ACL and Medial Meniscal tears (posterior horn of MM being the most common site. SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION  MRI is a useful non-invasive modality having high sensitivity, specificity and accuracy in diagnosing cruciate ligament and meniscal injuries.  MRI should be considered as the first line of investigation in all patients with suspected internal derangements of knee.  MRI being easily available and non-invasive is useful as a pre-operative screening modality, thus improves the quality of diagnostic and therapeutic arthroscopies and further reduces the morbidity.  Arthroscopy is the standard diagnosing tool in all patients with suspected internal

  11. Bilateral comparison of cryogenic radiometers between NPL and UME, linked to the CCPR-S3 supplementary comparison

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    Goodman, T.

    2016-01-01

    This report presents the results of a bilateral comparison between NPL and UME, which was carried out to establish the unilateral degrees of equivalence for UME with respect to the defined reference value of the CCPR S3 supplementary comparison of cryogenic radiometers using silicon trap detectors as transfer devices. In accordance with the protocol for the CCPR S3 comparison, UME was asked to calibrate a set of NPL supplied silicon trap transfer detectors at a series of laser wavelengths; UME chose to measure at 514.5 nm and 632.8 nm. 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 CCPR, according to the provisions of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (CIPM MRA).

  12. SUPPLEMENTARY COMPARISON Final report on EUROMET.L-S19 (EUROMET Project 910): Comparison of squareness measurements

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    Mokros, Jiri

    2010-01-01

    A bilateral comparison has been undertaken between two European national metrology institutes (NMIs) in the subject field of squareness measurement. Specifically, both NMIs made measurements of a cylindrical squareness standard, made of steel. Both participants made measurements of the internal angles at several positions around the circumference, as well as measurement of the corresponding straightness profiles. The report lists the results obtained by both participants, as well as an analysis of the results and their uncertainties. The results are in good agreement with one another. This bilateral comparison followed the same technical protocol as a previous supplementary comparison (EUROMET.L-S10). 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 (MRA).

  13. 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).

  14. Active charge/passive discharge solar heating systems: Thermal analysis and performance comparisons and performance comparisons

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    Swisher, J.

    1981-06-01

    This type of system combines liquid-cooled solar collector panels with a massive integral storage component that passively heats the building interior by radiation and free convection. The TRNSYS simulation program is used to evaluate system performance and to provide input for the development of a simplified analysis method. This method, which provides monthly calculations of delivered solar energy, is based on Klein's Phi-bar procedure and data from hourly TRNSYS simulations. The method can be applied to systems using a floor slab, a structural wall, or a water tank as the storage component. Important design parameters include collector area and orientation, building heat loss, collector and heat exchanger efficiencies, storage capacity, and storage to room coupling. Performance simulation results are used for comparisons with active and passive solar designs.

  15. Learning in clinical practice : Stimulating and discouraging response to social comparison

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    Raat, Janet; Kuks, Jan; Cohen-Schotanus, Janke

    2010-01-01

    Background: Social comparison theory is relevant for learning in general. In a clinical context, we examined four hypotheses concerning: preferred other to compare with, preferred direction of comparison, response to social comparison and influence of personal social comparison orientation (SCO). Ai

  16. Bilateral comparison of an IPRT between KRISS and SIC

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    Yang, I.; Sánchez, C. A.

    2013-09-01

    As a follow-up of a memorandum of understanding signed in 2009 between KRISS of Korea and SIC of Colombia, the two national metrology institutes carried out a bilateral comparison of calibration of an industrial platinum resistance thermometer (IPRT). A protocol that was similar to that of APMP.T-S6 has been agreed and followed in the comparison. The method of the calibration at each laboratory was calibration by comparison against calibrated reference thermometers. The nominal temperatures of the comparison were nine temperatures, including the ice point, between -50 °C and 500 °C. One commercially-available IPRT with α ˜ 0.00385 °C-1 that was prepared by KRISS was calibrated by comparison firstly at KRISS, and then at SIC, and finally at KRISS to assess the drift of the artifact during the comparison. At KRISS, an ice-point bath, three liquid baths and a salt bath were used to provide isothermal environment for the comparison. At SIC, an ice-point bath, two liquid baths and a vertical furnace with a metal equalizing block were used. The claimed uncertainty with k=2 of the calibration at KRISS, excluding the longterm instability and hysteresis of the traveling IPRT, was 30 mK, and that at SIC was 120 mK. The capability of the calibration of the two laboratories from -50 °C to 500 °C showed a good agreement within the claimed uncertainty of the calibration. The largest deviation of the two calibration results was 75 mK at 500 °C.

  17. New York State 2009 NHTS Comparison Report

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    Southworth, Frank [ORNL; Reuscher, Tim [Macrosys; Hwang, Ho-Ling [ORNL

    2012-06-01

    The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) initiated an effort in 1969 to collect detailed data on personal travel, with the most recent surveys being the 1995 Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey (NPTS) and the 2001 and 2009 National Household Travel Surveys (NHTS). The primary objective of these surveys is to collect trip-based data on the nature and characteristics of personal travel so that the relationships between the characteristics of personal travel and the socio-economic and demographic characteristics of the traveler and his/her household can be established. In addition to the number of sample households that the national NPTS/NHTS survey allotted to New York State, NYDOT procured an additional sample of households in the 1995, 2001, and 2009 surveys. The comparisons drawn in this report compare the results from these NYS sampled households to the results from households drawn for the rest of the nation. Many of the differences between NYC counties and others in the state result from the striking differences in private vehicle ownership levels, with less than one in two NYC drivers and only 64% of NYC households owning a vehicle in 2009: versus 9 out of 10 drivers owning a vehicle, and between 1.5 and 2 vehicles owned per household, on the average, in the state's other metro areas. And this situation has changed very little over the past fourteen years covered by the three latest NPTS/NHTS surveys. While households in metro areas outside NYC do not own a vehicle largely due to income constraints, many households in NYC/Manhattan do not own a vehicle by choice. However, the statistics suggest that the mobility of zero-vehicle households in NYC/Manhattan is by no means deterred by the lack of a vehicle. While the private vehicle tripmaking rate of NYC residents was between one half and one third that in the state's other metro areas, and their daily VMT about half that of other metro areas, most of their daily travel needs were met by

  18. International Pyroheliometer Comparison 2010 Results from SORCE/TIM

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    Heuerman, K.; Kopp, G.; Harber, D.

    2010-12-01

    The Eleventh International Pyrheliometer Comparison (IPC-XI), organized by the World Radiation Center (WRC) on behalf of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), was held 27 September - 15 October 2010 at the Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos (PMOD/WRC) in Davos Dorf, Switzerland with nearly 100 participants representing approximately 60 countries. This ground-based comparison, held every 5 years, has established a multi-decadal baseline record of solar measurement inter-comparisons with which solar radiometers can be linked to the WRC-maintained World Radiation Reference (WRR) and compared to other current and historical radiometers across the IPC’s multi-decadal time range. A ground-based SOlar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) Total Irradiance Monitor (TIM) participated in the IPC this year, indirectly linking the on-orbit total solar irradiance (TSI) measurements that NASA’s SORCE mission has been acquiring since 2003 with the IPC record. We report the results of this 3-week inter-comparison and estimate the corrections needed and uncertainties introduced in linking these ground-based relative comparisons to the spaceborne TSI data record.

  19. Pressure Tube and Pressure Vessel Reactors; certain comparisons

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    In a comparison between pressure tube and pressure vessel type reactors for pressurized D2O coolant and natural uranium, one can say that reactors of these two types having the same net electrical output, overall thermal efficiency, reflected core volume and fuel lattice have roughly the same capital cost. In these circumstances, the fuel burn-up obtainable has a significant influence on the relative economics. Comparisons of burn-up values made on this basis are presented in this report and the influence on the results of certain design assumptions are discussed. One of the comparisons included is based on the dimensions and ratings proposed for CANDU. Moderator temperature coefficients are compared and differences in kinetic behaviour which generally result in different design philosophies for the two types are mentioned, A comparison of different methods of obtaining flux flattening is presented. The influence of slight enrichment and other coolants, (boiling D2O and gases) on the comparison between pressure tube and pressure vessel designs is discussed and illustrated with comparative designs for 400 MW electrical output. This paper was presented at the EAES Enlarged Symposium on Heterogeneous Heavy Water Power Reactors, Mallorca, October 10 - 14, 1960

  20. Report on APMP supplementary comparison: high precision roundness measurement

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    Buajarern, J.; Naoi, K.; Baker, A.; Zi, X.; Tsai, C.-L.; Eom, T. B.; Leng, T. S.; Kruger, O.

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    A regional supplementary comparison, APMP.L-S4, was held in 2012 to demonstrate the equivalence of routine calibration services offered by NMIs to clients. Participants in this APMP.L-S4 comparison agreed to apply multi-step method for spidle error separation in order to yield the high precision roundness measurement. Eight laboratories from NMIs participated in this supplementary comparison; NIMT, NMIJ, NMIA, NIM, CMS/ITRI, KRISS, NMC/A*STAR and NMISA. This report describes the measurement results of 2 glass hemispheres and 2 softgauges. The calibrations of this comparison were carried out by participants during the period from March 2012 to May 2013. The results show that there is a degree of equivalence within 0.8 for all measurands. Hence, there is a close agreement between the measurements. 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 CCL, according to the provisions of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (CIPM MRA).

  1. Learning in clinical practice: Stimulating and discouraging response to social comparison

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    Raat, Janet; Kuks, Jan; Cohen-Schotanus, Janke

    2010-01-01

    Background: Social comparison theory is relevant for learning in general. In a clinical context, we examined four hypotheses concerning: preferred other to compare with, preferred direction of comparison, response to social comparison and influence of personal social comparison orientation (SCO). Aim: To investigate the relevance of social comparison for clinical workplace learning. Method: Students (n = 437) from nine different hospitals completed two questionnaires measuring their SCO and t...

  2. Comparison for Chinese subordinates as a motivation approach: Scale Development and Psychometric Properties

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    Jingjing Ge

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Chinese people are motivated by social comparison and temporal comparison. Based on this finding, we conceptualized lateral comparison and vertical comparison as two distinct constructs that represent individual self-enhancement toward the nature of social comparison with others and temporal comparison with self over time. We hypothesized that as stable individual psychological difference, lateral comparison and vertical comparison would have differential effects on people’s working behavior in the Chinese organizational context. Design/methodology/approach: Based on a conceptualization approach to Chinese management research, we conducted three studies to develop and validate a two-factor comparison scale which includes three-item lateral comparison and a three-item vertical comparison. Findings: Results from qualitative data in Study 1 provide evidence of convergent and discriminate validity of the scale, while Study 2 demonstrates the scale’s predictive validity. Furthermore, in Study two, a field survey in multiple Chinese organizations showed that lateral comparison and vertical comparison had differential effects on employee task performance and organizational citizenship behavior. Research implications: The theoretical and practical implications of this study are discussed in the working context in Chinese organizations and beyond. Originality/value: This finding integrates insights from previous research in social comparison and temporal comparison into a motivation approach that supervisors use toward subordinates in the Chinese organizational context.

  3. Conducting Indirect-Treatment-Comparison and Network-Meta-Analysis Studies : Report of the ISPOR Task Force on Indirect Treatment Comparisons Good Research Practices: Part 2

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    Hoaglin, David C.; Hawkins, Neil; Jansen, Jeroen P.; Scott, David A.; Itzler, Robbin; Cappelleri, Joseph C.; Boersma, Cornelis; Thompson, David; Larholt, Kay M.; Diaz, Mireya; Barrett, Annabel

    2011-01-01

    Evidence-based health care decision making requires comparison of all relevant competing interventions. In the absence of randomized controlled trials involving a direct comparison of all treatments of interest, indirect treatment comparisons and network meta-analysis provide useful evidence for jud

  4. Comparison of immunoturbidimetric and immunonephelometric assays for specific proteins.

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    Mali, Bahera; Armbruster, David; Serediak, Ernie; Ottenbreit, Tammy

    2009-10-01

    Immunoturbidimetric assays for specific proteins are available on "open system" clinical chemistry analyzers. The analytical performance of nine immunoturbidimetric specific protein assays (C3, C4, CRP, Haptoglobin, IgA, IgG, IgM, RF, and Transferrin) was compared to immunonephelometry. Testing was performed on the Abbott ARCHITECT ci8200 and the Dade Behring BNII nephelometer and evaluated for precision, linearity, limit of detection, prozone phenomenon, method comparison, workflow, and proficiency testing survey comparison. Immunoturbidimetric assays performance was satisfactory for total precision, linearity, limit of detection and the prozone effect was not observed. Method comparison was acceptable for the immunoglobulins, CRP and transferrin but less favorable for the other assays, likely due to methodology and antibody specificity differences. Immunourbidimetric specific protein assays allow for efficient test consolidation on a general purpose clinical chemistry analyzer.

  5. MENT reconstruction and potting comparison of a LMFBR fuel bundle

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    Since the advent of computer-assisted-tomography (CAT), the CAT techniques have been rapidly expanded to the nuclear industry. A number of investigators have applied these techniques to reconstruct the fuel bundle configuration inside a subassembly with various degrees of resolution; however, there has been little data available on the accuracy of these reconstructions, and no comparisons have been made with the internal structure of actual irradiated subassemblies. Some efforts have utilized pretest mock-ups to calibrate the CAT algorithms, but the resulting mock-up configurations do not necessarily represent an actual subassembly, so an exact comparison has been lacking. The purpose of this paper is to present the results of a comparison between a CAT reconstruction of an irradiated subassembly and the destructive examination of the same subassembly

  6. cocor: a comprehensive solution for the statistical comparison of correlations.

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    Full Text Available A valid comparison of the magnitude of two correlations requires researchers to directly contrast the correlations using an appropriate statistical test. In many popular statistics packages, however, tests for the significance of the difference between correlations are missing. To close this gap, we introduce cocor, a free software package for the R programming language. The cocor package covers a broad range of tests including the comparisons of independent and dependent correlations with either overlapping or nonoverlapping variables. The package also includes an implementation of Zou's confidence interval for all of these comparisons. The platform independent cocor package enhances the R statistical computing environment and is available for scripting. Two different graphical user interfaces-a plugin for RKWard and a web interface-make cocor a convenient and user-friendly tool.

  7. Visualization of three-way comparisons of omics data

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    Suematsu Makoto

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Density plot visualizations (also referred to as heat maps or color maps are widely used in different fields including large-scale omics studies in biological sciences. However, the current color-codings limit the visualizations to single datasets or pairwise comparisons. Results We propose a color-coding approach for the representation of three-way comparisons. The approach is based on the HSB (hue, saturation, brightness color model. The three compared values are assigned specific hue values from the circular hue range (e.g. red, green, and blue. The hue value representing the three-way comparison is calculated according to the distribution of three compared values. If two of the values are identical and one is different, the resulting hue is set to the characteristic hue of the differing value. If all three compared values are different, the resulting hue is selected from a color gradient running between the hues of the two most distant values (as measured by the absolute value of their difference according to the relative position of the third value between the two. The saturation of the color representing the three-way comparison reflects the amplitude (or extent of the numerical difference between the two most distant values according to a scale of interest. The brightness is set to a maximum value by default but can be used to encode additional information about the three-way comparison. Conclusion We propose a novel color-coding approach for intuitive visualization of three-way comparisons of omics data.

  8. BEACON: automated tool for Bacterial GEnome Annotation ComparisON

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    Kalkatawi, Manal Matoq Saeed

    2015-08-18

    Background Genome annotation is one way of summarizing the existing knowledge about genomic characteristics of an organism. There has been an increased interest during the last several decades in computer-based structural and functional genome annotation. Many methods for this purpose have been developed for eukaryotes and prokaryotes. Our study focuses on comparison of functional annotations of prokaryotic genomes. To the best of our knowledge there is no fully automated system for detailed comparison of functional genome annotations generated by different annotation methods (AMs). Results The presence of many AMs and development of new ones introduce needs to: a/ compare different annotations for a single genome, and b/ generate annotation by combining individual ones. To address these issues we developed an Automated Tool for Bacterial GEnome Annotation ComparisON (BEACON) that benefits both AM developers and annotation analysers. BEACON provides detailed comparison of gene function annotations of prokaryotic genomes obtained by different AMs and generates extended annotations through combination of individual ones. For the illustration of BEACON’s utility, we provide a comparison analysis of multiple different annotations generated for four genomes and show on these examples that the extended annotation can increase the number of genes annotated by putative functions up to 27 %, while the number of genes without any function assignment is reduced. Conclusions We developed BEACON, a fast tool for an automated and a systematic comparison of different annotations of single genomes. The extended annotation assigns putative functions to many genes with unknown functions. BEACON is available under GNU General Public License version 3.0 and is accessible at: http://www.cbrc.kaust.edu.sa/BEACON/

  9. Decay heat calculation an international nuclear code comparison

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    The results of an international code comparison on decay heat are presented and discussed. Participants from more than ten laboratories calculated, using the same input data, decay heat for thirteen cooling times between 1 and 1013 sec. Two irradiation cases were proposed: fission pulse and 3x107 seconds of irradiation of 235U fuel. The results are analysed and compared. This inter-comparison shows that, if the same input data are given, most of the codes give very similar results for the decay heat and consequently also for the fission product contribution

  10. Differential clock comparisons with phase-locked local oscillators

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    Hume, David B

    2015-01-01

    We develop protocols that circumvent the laser noise limit in the stability of optical clock comparisons by synchronous probing of two clocks using phase-locked local oscillators. This allows for probe times longer than the laser coherence time, avoids the Dick effect, and supports Heisenberg-limited scaling of measurement precision. We present a model for such frequency comparisons and develop numerical simulations of the protocol with realistic noise sources. This provides a route to reduce frequency ratio measurement durations by more than an order of magnitude as clock inaccuracies reach 1x10^-18.

  11. Bistatic Reverberation in Shallow Water: Modelling and Data Comparison

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    李风华; 刘建军

    2002-01-01

    Bistatic and monostatic reverberation data were recorded in the 2001 Asian Sea International Acoustic Experiment (ASIAEX). A model based on the normal mode theory has been developed to calculate bistatic bottom reverberation in shallow water and to explain the recorded data. The comparisons between the monostatic and bistatic reverberation data are discussed, and the comparisons between model predictions and measured bistatic reverberation data are also presented. The numerical and experimental results show that the numericalpredictions from the bistatic reverberation model fit the experimental data well, and the long-range bistatic reverberation with a time delay can be approximately expressed by the monostatic reverberation data.

  12. BLAST Ring Image Generator (BRIG: simple prokaryote genome comparisons

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    Beatson Scott A

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Visualisation of genome comparisons is invaluable for helping to determine genotypic differences between closely related prokaryotes. New visualisation and abstraction methods are required in order to improve the validation, interpretation and communication of genome sequence information; especially with the increasing amount of data arising from next-generation sequencing projects. Visualising a prokaryote genome as a circular image has become a powerful means of displaying informative comparisons of one genome to a number of others. Several programs, imaging libraries and internet resources already exist for this purpose, however, most are either limited in the number of comparisons they can show, are unable to adequately utilise draft genome sequence data, or require a knowledge of command-line scripting for implementation. Currently, there is no freely available desktop application that enables users to rapidly visualise comparisons between hundreds of draft or complete genomes in a single image. Results BLAST Ring Image Generator (BRIG can generate images that show multiple prokaryote genome comparisons, without an arbitrary limit on the number of genomes compared. The output image shows similarity between a central reference sequence and other sequences as a set of concentric rings, where BLAST matches are coloured on a sliding scale indicating a defined percentage identity. Images can also include draft genome assembly information to show read coverage, assembly breakpoints and collapsed repeats. In addition, BRIG supports the mapping of unassembled sequencing reads against one or more central reference sequences. Many types of custom data and annotations can be shown using BRIG, making it a versatile approach for visualising a range of genomic comparison data. BRIG is readily accessible to any user, as it assumes no specialist computational knowledge and will perform all required file parsing and BLAST comparisons

  13. A simple statistical method for catch comparison studies

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    Holst, René; Revill, Andrew

    2009-01-01

    For analysing catch comparison data, we propose a simple method based on Generalised Linear Mixed Models (GLMM) and use polynomial approximations to fit the proportions caught in the test codend. The method provides comparisons of fish catch at length by the two gears through a continuous curve...... with a realistic confidence band. We demonstrate the versatility of this method, on field data obtained from the first known testing in European waters of the Rhode Island (USA) 'Eliminator' trawl. These data are interesting as they include a range of species with different selective patterns. Crown Copyright (C...

  14. Comparison of resampling method applied to censored data

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    Claude Arrabal

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper is about a comparison study among the performances of variance estimators of certain parameters, usingresampling techniques such as bootstrap and jackknife. The comparison will be made among several situations ofsimulated censored data, relating the observed values of estimates to real values. For real data, it will be consideredthe dataset Stanford heart transplant, analyzed by Cho et al. (2009 using the model of Cox regression (Cox, 1972for adjustment. It is noted that the Jackknife residual is ecient to analyze inuential data points in the responsevariable.Keywords: bootstrap, Jackknife, simulation, Cox Regression Model, censored data.

  15. Comparison of greedy algorithms for α-decision tree construction

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    Alkhalid, Abdulaziz

    2011-01-01

    A comparison among different heuristics that are used by greedy algorithms which constructs approximate decision trees (α-decision trees) is presented. The comparison is conducted using decision tables based on 24 data sets from UCI Machine Learning Repository [2]. Complexity of decision trees is estimated relative to several cost functions: depth, average depth, number of nodes, number of nonterminal nodes, and number of terminal nodes. Costs of trees built by greedy algorithms are compared with minimum costs calculated by an algorithm based on dynamic programming. The results of experiments assign to each cost function a set of potentially good heuristics that minimize it. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.

  16. Efficient and Secure Comparison for On-Line Auctions

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

    2007-01-01

    We propose a protocol for secure comparison of integers based on homomorphic encryption. We also propose a homomorphic encryption scheme that can be used in our protocol and makes it more efficient than previous solutions. Our protocol is well-suited for application in on-line auctions, both...... with respect to functionality and performance. It minimizes the amount of information bidders need to send, and for comparison of 16 bit numbers with security based on 1024 bit RSA (executed by two parties), our implementation takes 0.28 seconds including all computation and communication. Using precomputation...

  17. Comparison between Agent Development Frameworks : BEE-GENT and JADE

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    Ankit Singh

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Agent-oriented programming is the software paradigm that brings the concepts of artificial intelligence into the realm of distributed systems. Agent-based distributed systems have been used in wide range of applications. This encouraged us to research on different agent development tools. This paper presents a brief introduction of multi-agent development frameworks: BEE-GENT and JADE. Comparison between their architecture, interaction mechanism and implementation are discussed. Based on the comparison, the advantages and limitations of BEE-GENT and JADE are concluded in the end.

  18. Mining Knowledge from Result Comparison Between Spatial Clustering Themes

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    SHA Zongyao; BIAN Fuling

    2005-01-01

    This paper introduces some definitions and defines a set of calculating indexes to facilitate the research, and then presents an algorithm to complete the spatial clustering result comparison between different clustering themes. The research shows that some valuable spatial correlation patterns can be further found from the clustering result comparison with multi-themes, based on traditional spatial clustering as the first step. Those patterns can tell us what relations those themes have, and thus will help us have a deeper understanding of the studied spatial entities. An example is also given to demonstrate the principle and process of the method.

  19. Designing experiments and analyzing data a model comparison perspective

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    Maxwell, Scott E

    2013-01-01

    Through this book's unique model comparison approach, students and researchers are introduced to a set of fundamental principles for analyzing data. After seeing how these principles can be applied in simple designs, students are shown how these same principles also apply in more complicated designs. Drs. Maxwell and Delaney believe that the model comparison approach better prepares students to understand the logic behind a general strategy of data analysis appropriate for various designs; and builds a stronger foundation, which allows for the introduction of more complex topics omitt

  20. SUPPLEMENTARY COMPARISON: Final report on the APMP comparison of capacitance at 100 pF (APMP supplementary comparison APMP.EM-S7)

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    Johnson, Leigh; Chua, Wey; Corney, Andrew; Hsu, Jimmy; Sardjono, Hadi; Lee, Rae Duk; Zhonghua, Zhang; Charoensook, Ajchara; Coogan, Peter; Nakamura, Yasuhiro; Moodley, Alan; Saxena, A. K.; Yan, Y. K.; Zainal Abidin, Abdul Rashid Bin; Lee, Jinni; Semenov, Yuri

    2008-01-01

    A comparison of capacitance at 100 pF was conducted between thirteen participating laboratories from the Asia-Pacific region. Measurements were made over the period 2004 to 2006. The behaviour of the travelling artefact was consistent with a steady linear drift at a rate of less than 0.1 µF/F per year. Despite the wide range of capabilities within the region, the results showed good agreement between all participating laboratories. 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 APMP, according to the provisions of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA).

  1. [Development of an Excel spreadsheet for meta-analysis of indirect and mixed treatment comparisons].

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    Tobías, Aurelio; Catalá-López, Ferrán; Roqué, Marta

    2014-01-01

    Meta-analyses in clinical research usually aimed to evaluate treatment efficacy and safety in direct comparison with a unique comparator. Indirect comparisons, using the Bucher's method, can summarize primary data when information from direct comparisons is limited or nonexistent. Mixed comparisons allow combining estimates from direct and indirect comparisons, increasing statistical power. There is a need for simple applications for meta-analysis of indirect and mixed comparisons. These can easily be conducted using a Microsoft Office Excel spreadsheet. We developed a spreadsheet for indirect and mixed effects comparisons of friendly use for clinical researchers interested in systematic reviews, but non-familiarized with the use of more advanced statistical packages. The use of the proposed Excel spreadsheet for indirect and mixed comparisons can be of great use in clinical epidemiology to extend the knowledge provided by traditional meta-analysis when evidence from direct comparisons is limited or nonexistent.

  2. Status and solidarity in social comparison: agentic and communal values and vertical and horizontal directions.

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    Locke, Kenneth D

    2003-03-01

    Social comparison involves positioning the self relative to others on a vertical or status dimension (ranging from upward to downward comparisons) and a horizontal or solidarity dimension (ranging from contrastive to connective comparisons). Across 3 studies in which 389 undergraduates recorded everyday social comparisons (n = 4,417), downward and connective comparisons were rated as more helpful and mood enhancing than upward and contrastive comparisons. The effects of horizontal comparisons were greater for people for whom solidarity was an important value; however, the effects of vertical comparisons were not greater for people who valued status. The roles of the comparison target, topic, and situation were also explored; for example, noticing undesirable features of the target enhanced status but undermined solidarity. PMID:12635921

  3. A Comparison of Acculturation Measures among Hispanic/Latino Adolescents

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    Unger, Jennifer B.; Ritt-Olson, Anamara; Wagner, Karla; Soto, Daniel; Baezconde-Garbanati, Lourdes

    2007-01-01

    Acculturation has been associated with numerous health and social outcomes among Hispanic/Latino adolescents. Various self-report scales have been used to measure acculturation, making comparisons of results across studies difficult. This study administered several commonly-used acculturation scales to 221 Hispanic/Latino 9th grade students in Los…

  4. 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 above represent the most frequently employed forms of bargain advertising. However, there are many... principles. For example, retailers should not advertise a retail price as a “wholesale” price. They...

  5. 16 CFR 233.1 - Former price comparisons.

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    2010-01-01

    ... DECEPTIVE PRICING § 233.1 Former price comparisons. (a) One of the most commonly used forms of bargain advertising is to offer a reduction from the advertiser's own former price for an article. If the former price... a reasonably substantial period of time, it provides a legitimate basis for the advertising of...

  6. Automation of the method gamma of comparison dosimetry images

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    The objective of this work was the development of JJGAMMA application analysis software, which enables this task systematically, minimizing intervention specialist and therefore the variability due to the observer. Both benefits, allow comparison of images is done in practice with the required frequency and objectivity. (Author)

  7. Strategy Use and Strategy Choice in Fraction Magnitude Comparison

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    Fazio, Lisa K.; DeWolf, Melissa; Siegler, Robert S.

    2016-01-01

    We examined, on a trial-by-trial basis, fraction magnitude comparison strategies of adults with more and less mathematical knowledge. College students with high mathematical proficiency used a large variety of strategies that were well tailored to the characteristics of the problems and that were guaranteed to yield correct performance if executed…

  8. A flow level capacity comparison of UMTS and HSDPA

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    Litjens, R.

    2005-01-01

    Using an operator perspective, we present a flow level capacity comparison of an HSDPA and a typically deployed release ‘99-based UMTS network, both in a qualitative and quantitative sense. The purpose of the qualitative reasoning is to generate a solid intuitive understanding of the HSDPA benefits.

  9. A Methodology to Allow Comparison among Different Energy Systems

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    Colli, A.

    2009-01-01

    The work proposes a methodology to overcome diversity of risk expressions and allow comparison among different energy systems, being them connected to traditional or innovative technologies. The investigation started with the analysis of ten different energy chains along their steps, which has led

  10. Interpreting Visual Preferences in the Visual Paired-Comparison Task

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    Richmond, Jenny; Colombo, Michael; Hayne, Harlene

    2007-01-01

    Performance on the visual paired-comparison (VPC) task has typically been interpreted with E. Sokolov's (1963) comparator model of the orienting response; novelty preferences are interpreted as evidence of retention, whereas null preferences are interpreted as evidence of forgetting. Here the authors capitalized on the verbal nature of human…

  11. Bayesian Model Comparison With the g-Prior

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    Nielsen, Jesper Kjær; Christensen, Mads Græsbøll; Cemgil, Ali Taylan;

    2014-01-01

    Model comparison and selection is an important problem in many model-based signal processing applications. Often, very simple information criteria such as the Akaike information criterion or the Bayesian information criterion are used despite their shortcomings. Compared to these methods, Djuric’...

  12. Comparisons of Interventions for Rumination Maintained by Automatic Reinforcement

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    Sharp, Rebecca A.; Phillips, Katrina J.; Mudford, Oliver C.

    2012-01-01

    The effectiveness of four antecedent treatments for rumination was compared for two individuals with autism, severe intellectual disabilities and long histories (at least 20 years) of rumination. Comparisons of increased meal size, supplemental feedings, fixed-time provision of peanut butter, and liquid rescheduling found liquid rescheduling to be…

  13. 1976-77 Internal Revenue Service Comparison Study. Final Report.

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    Application forms for the Basic Educational Opportunity Grant (BEOG) program for 1976-1977 were compared to 1975 tax forms filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Comparisons were also made to data from a similar 1974-1975 study. Based on a sample of 212,263 applicants, findings include the following: during 1976-1977, 70.7 percent of all…

  14. 1979-80 Internal Revenue Service Comparison Study. Final Report.

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    Application forms for the Basic Educational Opportunity Grant (BEOG) program for 1979-1980 were compared to 1978 tax forms filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Comparisons were also made to data from similar 1974-1975 and 1976-1977 studies. Based on a sample of 407,596 applicants, findings include the following: between 1976-1977 and…

  15. English Grammar Comparison:Descriptive Grammar vs. Prescriptive Grammar

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    ZHANG Jing-wen; LI Yi-an

    2015-01-01

    English grammar is thought as one of the most important parts in both language learning and teaching. While few peo⁃ple know there is more than one kind of English grammar. This essay provides the features and comparison between two com⁃monly used English grammar, namely descriptive grammar and prescriptive grammar, and assist English teachers to explore further in grammar teaching.

  16. Career Choices: A Comparison of Two Occupational Therapy Practice Groups.

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    Wilkins, Seanne; Rosenthal, Carolyn

    2001-01-01

    Comparison of 20 occupational therapists in gerontology with 20 in pediatrics found that societal and personal values, opportunity structures, attitudes and beliefs, experiences, and the context of work influenced choice of practice setting. Academic and clinical experiences were very influential for those in pediatrics. Those in gerontology felt…

  17. Teacher Job Satisfaction and Burnout Viewed through Social Comparisons

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    Kitchel, Tracy; Smith, Amy R.; Henry, Anna L.; Robinson, J. Shane; Lawver, Rebecca G.; Park, Travis D.; Schell, Ashley

    2012-01-01

    Understanding job satisfaction, stress, and burnout within agricultural education has the potential to impact the profession's future. Studying these factors through the theoretical lens of social comparison takes a cultural approach by investigating how agriculture teachers interact with and compare themselves to others. The purpose of this study…

  18. Terrestrial gravity data and comparisons with satellite data

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    Rapp, R. H.

    1987-01-01

    Figures that demonstrate the state of terrestrial gravity coverage, and comparisons between satellite derived gravity field and terrestrial gravity data are presented. It is shown that only a few areas of the world have information accurate enough for geodesy and geophysics. A gravity field mapping space mission is recommended.

  19. Face reconstruction from image sequences for forensic face comparison

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    Dam, van Chris; Veldhuis, Raymond; Spreeuwers, Luuk

    2015-01-01

    The authors explore the possibilities of a dense model-free three-dimensional (3D) face reconstruction method, based on image sequences from a single camera, to improve the current state of forensic face comparison. They propose a new model-free 3D reconstruction method for faces, based on the Lambe

  20. Comparison test of WLS200S-22 (Final)

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    Wagner, Rozenn

    This report presents the result of the test on a sector scanning Windcube WLS200S simulating offshore measurements from a coastal site. A comparison is made between the lidar measurements and those of a cup anemometer and a vane mounted on an on-shore met mast at a distance of 1.6 km....