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  1. Performance of bare high-purity germanium detectors in liquid argon for the GERDA experiment

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    Heider, Marik Barnabé; Chkvorets, Oleg; Di Vacri, Assunta; Gusev, Konstantin; Schönert, Stefan; Shirchenko, Mark

    2008-01-01

    The GERmanium Detector Array, GERDA, will search for neutrinoless double beta decay in 76Ge at the National Gran Sasso Laboratory of the INFN. Bare high-purity germanium detectors enriched in 76Ge will be submerged in liquid argon serving simultaneously as a shield against external radioactivity and as a cooling medium. In GERDA Phase-I, reprocessed enriched-Ge detectors, which were previously operated by the Heidelberg-Moscow and IGEX collaborations, will be redeployed. Before operating the enriched detectors, tests are performed with non-enriched bare HPGe detectors in the GERDA underground Detector Laboratory to test the Phase-I detector assembly, the detector handling protocols, the refurbishment technology and to study the long-term stability in liquid argon. The leakage currents in liquid argon and liquid nitrogen have been extensively studied under varying gamma irradiation conditions. In total three non-enriched high-purity p-type prototype germanium detectors have been operated successfully. The dete...

  2. Performance and stability tests of bare high purity germanium detectors in liquid argon for the GERDA experiment

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    GERDA will search for neutrinoless double beta decay of 76Ge by using a novel approach of bare germanium detectors in liquid argon (LAr). Enriched germanium detectors from the previous Heidelberg-Moscow and IGEX experiments have been reprocessed and will be deployed in GERDA Phase-I. At the center of this thesis project is the study of the performance of bare germanium detectors in cryogenic liquids. Identical detector performance as in vacuum cryostats (2.2 keV FWHM at 1.3 MeV) was achieved in cryogenic liquids with a new low-mass detector assembly and contacts. One major result is the discovery of a radiation induced leakage current (LC) increase when operating bare detectors with standard passivation layers in LAr. Charge collection and build-up on the passivation layer were identified as the origin of the LC increase. It was found that diodes without passivation do not exhibit this feature. Three month-long stable operation in LAr at ∝ 5 pA LC under periodic gamma irradiation demonstrated the suitability of the modi ed detector design. Based on these results, all Phase-I detectors were reprocessed without passivation layer and subsequently successfully characterized in LAr in the GERDA underground Detector Laboratory. The mass loss during the reprocessing was ∝300 g out of 17.9 kg and the exposure above ground ∝ 5 days. This results in a negligible cosmogenic background increase of ∝ 5.10-4 cts/(keV.kg.y) at 76Ge Qβ for 60Co and 68Ge. (orig.)

  3. Performance and stability tests of bare high purity germanium detectors in liquid argon for the GERDA experiment

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    Barnabe Heider, Marik

    2009-05-27

    GERDA will search for neutrinoless double beta decay of {sup 76}Ge by using a novel approach of bare germanium detectors in liquid argon (LAr). Enriched germanium detectors from the previous Heidelberg-Moscow and IGEX experiments have been reprocessed and will be deployed in GERDA Phase-I. At the center of this thesis project is the study of the performance of bare germanium detectors in cryogenic liquids. Identical detector performance as in vacuum cryostats (2.2 keV FWHM at 1.3 MeV) was achieved in cryogenic liquids with a new low-mass detector assembly and contacts. One major result is the discovery of a radiation induced leakage current (LC) increase when operating bare detectors with standard passivation layers in LAr. Charge collection and build-up on the passivation layer were identified as the origin of the LC increase. It was found that diodes without passivation do not exhibit this feature. Three month-long stable operation in LAr at {proportional_to} 5 pA LC under periodic gamma irradiation demonstrated the suitability of the modi ed detector design. Based on these results, all Phase-I detectors were reprocessed without passivation layer and subsequently successfully characterized in LAr in the GERDA underground Detector Laboratory. The mass loss during the reprocessing was {proportional_to}300 g out of 17.9 kg and the exposure above ground {proportional_to} 5 days. This results in a negligible cosmogenic background increase of {proportional_to} 5.10{sup -4} cts/(keV.kg.y) at {sup 76}Ge Q{sub {beta}}{sub {beta}} for {sup 60}Co and {sup 68}Ge. (orig.)

  4. High-Purity Chromium Targets

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    Rudoy, A.; Milman, Yu.; Korzhova, N.

    1995-01-01

    A procedure for producing large-scale chromium ingots by means of induction-arc melting was developed. From the high-purity, low-alloyed chromium ingots obtained, chromium targets were produced by of thermoplastic treatment techniques. The method of electron-beam evaporation of high-purity chromium was also used for production of targets.

  5. Synthesis of high purity hexanitrostilbene

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    Stull, T.W.

    1975-09-01

    The development of a continuous process and the apparatus for the synthesis of high purity hexanitrostilbene type I (HNS I) are described. Optimum solution concentrations and ratios were investigated, and product washing and slurrying procedures were developed to yield a high purity product. The synthesized products were evaluated against the Navy's WS-5003F specification. In addition, other tests suggested by Sandia Laboratory and/or developed in-house, were employed to enable better classification of the explosive and to assure its suitability for ultimate use. Information in this document will enable any facility to synthesize HNS I at a purity level of approximately 99.5 percent, with yields approaching 38 percent.

  6. High purity limestone quest

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    Mitchell, Clive

    2011-01-01

    Limestone probably has the largest number of commercial applications of all the industrial minerals. These include construction (aggregate, rail ballast and dimension stone), mineral fillers (in paper, paint, plastic, rubber and pharmaceuticals), adhesives, abrasives, fertilisers, food additives, environmental applications (acidity neutralisation, flue gas desulphurisation, soil conditioning and stabilisation), and production of cement, lime and calcium chemicals. ‘High-purity’ limestone i...

  7. High purity products by crystallisation

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    Verdoes, D.; Bassett, J.M.

    2009-01-01

    Crystallisation from a melt or solution has the potential to yield a product with a very high purity in a single equilibrium step. Pure crystals have to be separated from the impure mother liquor, which is usually done by standard solid-liquid separation techniques like filtration or centrifugation.

  8. High purity tellurium dioxide production

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    The method of high purity tellurium dioxide production has been developed which deals with the powdered tellurium dissolvent in the hydrochloric acid in the presence of hydrogen peroxide followed by ammonia deposition, pH being 0.5-2.0. Tellurium dioxide output is 21.6-95.6 % relatively to the theoretical one. The content of separate due impruties doesn-t eceed 10-4 -10-6% mas. 14 refs., 2 figs., 3 tabs

  9. High-purity steel making

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    The conference heard a total of 32 papers of which 8 were inputted in INIS. These papers are centred on certain topical problems related to the manufacture of high purity steels, on impurities in steels, the effect of the radiation environment on steels made by different melting methods, argon protection against reoxidation during casting, the effects of secondary metallurgy on the properties of stainless austenitic steel, the properties of electroslag remelted steel, the metallurgic quality of the central part of ingots weighing 135 tons, and the chemical heterogeneity of ingots and castings. (J.C.)

  10. High purity conductivity cell standardization

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    High purity conductivity is the first line of defense in detecting contamination entering the steam cycle. Long-term accuracy of this measurement is essential in maintaining operation within established water quality guidelines. More accurate temperature measurement and specialized temperature compensation for the properties of high purity water with various trace treatment materials, along with high performance measuring circuit design have greatly improved measurement capabilities. However, the integrity of the conductivity cell itself, especially over the long term, still comes into question. The conductivity cell is now probably the greatest source of uncertainty in the measurement. The traditional certified glass and platinum cell may not retain its precise constant after rough handling or even shipping. Newer cell designs with concentric titanium electrodes are now being certified and provide much better durability of their cell constant. Many plants have standardized on these as the basis for checking other cells. The plant standard cell is kept clean, is carefully handled, and may be returned to the manufacturer periodically for re-certification to maintain its integrity. However, some plants require that cells be verified in-house periodically using standard solutions

  11. High purity silane and silicon production

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    Breneman, William C. (Inventor)

    1987-01-01

    Silicon tetrachloride, hydrogen and metallurgical silicon are reacted at about 400.degree.-600.degree. C. and at pressures in excess of 100 psi, and specifically from about 300 up to about 600 psi to form di- and trichlorosilane that is subjected to disproportionation in the presence of an anion exchange resin to form high purity silane. By-product and unreacted materials are recycled, with metallurgical silicon and hydrogen being essentially the only consumed feed materials. The silane product may be further purified, as by means of activated carbon or cryogenic distillation, and decomposed in a fluid bed or free space reactor to form high purity polycrystalline silicon and by-product hydrogen which can be recycled for further use. The process results in simplified waste disposal operations and enhances the overall conversion of metallurgical grade silicon to silane and high purity silicon for solar cell and semiconductor silicon applications.

  12. Thermal conductivity of high purity vanadium

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    The thermal conductivity, Seebeck coefficient, and electrical resistivity of four high purity vanadium samples have been measured as functions of temperature over the temperature range 5 to 3000K. The highest purity sample had a resistance ratio (rho/sub 2730K//rho /sub 4.20K/) of 1524. The highest purity sample had a thermal conductivity maximum of 920 W/mK at 90K and had a thermal conductivity of 35 W/mK at room temperature. At low temperatures the thermal resistivity was limited by the scattering of electrons by impurities and phonons. The thermal resistivity of vanadium departed from Matthiessen's rule at low temperatures. The electrical resistivity and Seebeck coefficient of high purity vanadium showed no anomalous behavior above 1300K. The intrinsic electrical resistivity at low temperatures was due primarily to interband scattering of electrons. The Seebeck coefficient was positive from 10 to 2400K and had a maximum which was dependent upon sample purity. (auth)

  13. Method of high purity silane preparation

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    Tsuo, Y. Simon; Belov, Eugene P.; Gerlivanov, Vadim G.; Zadde, Vitali V.; Kleschevnikova, Solomonida I.; Korneev, Nikolai N.; Lebedev, Eugene N.; Pinov, Akhsarbek B.; Ryabenko, Eugene A.; Strebkov, Dmitry S.; Chernyshev, Eugene A.

    2000-01-01

    A process for the preparation of high purity silane, suitable for forming thin layer silicon structures in various semiconductor devices and high purity poly- and single crystal silicon for a variety of applications, is provided. Synthesis of high-purity silane starts with a temperature assisted reaction of metallurgical silicon with alcohol in the presence of a catalyst. Alcoxysilanes formed in the silicon-alcohol reaction are separated from other products and purified. Simultaneous reduction and oxidation of alcoxysilanes produces gaseous silane and liquid secondary products, including, active part of a catalyst, tetra-alcoxysilanes, and impurity compounds having silicon-hydrogen bonds. Silane is purified by an impurity adsorption technique. Unreacted alcohol is extracted and returned to the reaction with silicon. Concentrated mixture of alcoxysilanes undergoes simultaneous oxidation and reduction in the presence of a catalyst at the temperature -20.degree. C. to +40.degree. C. during 1 to 50 hours. Tetra-alcoxysilane extracted from liquid products of simultaneous oxidation and reduction reaction is directed to a complete hydrolysis. Complete hydrolysis of tetra-alcoxysilane results in formation of industrial silica sol and alcohol. Alcohol is dehydrated by tetra-alcoxysilane and returned to the reaction with silicon.

  14. High-purity germanium crystal growing

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    The germanium crystals used for the fabrication of nuclear radiation detectors are required to have a purity and crystalline perfection which is unsurpassed by any other solid material. These crystals should not have a net electrically active impurity concentration greater than 1010cm-3 and be essentially free of charge trapping defects. Such perfect crystals of germanium can be grown only because of the highly favorable chemical and physical properties of this element. However, ten years of laboratory scale and commercial experience has still not made the production of such crystals routine. The origin and control of many impurities and electrically active defect complexes is now fairly well understood but regular production is often interrupted for long periods due to the difficulty of achieving the required high purity or to charge trapping in detectors made from crystals seemingly grown under the required conditions. The compromises involved in the selection of zone refining and crystal grower parts and ambients is discussed and the difficulty in controlling the purity of key elements in the process is emphasized. The consequences of growing in a hydrogen ambient are discussed in detail and it is shown how complexes of neutral defects produce electrically active centers

  15. Zone refining high-purity germanium

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    The effects of various parameters on germanium purification by zone refining have been examined. These parameters include the germanium container and container coatings, ambient gas and other operating conditions. Four methods of refining are presented which reproducibly yield 3.5 kg germanium ingots from which high purity (vertical barN/sub A/ - N/sub D/vertical bar less than or equal to2 x 1010 cm-3) single crystals can be grown. A qualitative model involving binary and ternary complexes of Si, O, B, and Al is shown to account for the behavior of impurities at these low concentrations

  16. Preserving high-purity 233U

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    The MARC X Conference hosted a workshop for the scientific community to communicate needs for high-purity 233U and its by-products in order to preserve critical items otherwise slated for downblending and disposal. Currently, only small portions of the U.S. holdings of separated 233U are being preserved. However, many additional kilograms of 233U (>97 % pure) still are destined to be disposed, and it is unlikely that this material will ever be replaced due to a lack of operating production capability. Summaries of information conveyed at the workshop and feedback obtained from the scientific community are presented herein. (author)

  17. High-purity enrichment of 84Sr

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    High-purity 84Sr (i.e., >99 at %) is an important tool in many areas of basic and applied research, in particular for spikes used in isotopic dilution/mass spectrometer investigations in geochemistry, cosmochemistry, and paleoclimate-age studies. In nature, the 84Sr abundance is only 0.56%; however, it can be enriched to the specified requirements by using a high-resolution separator, such as the 180 deg. -sector separator, or by completing two passes through a high-production, lower-resolution machine, such as the calutron. The latter option was used for this enrichment to produce ∼1 g of strontium with a final 84Sr concentration of 99.64%. Three innage runs were made, vaporizing a total of ∼17 g of metal feed that had been pre-enriched in the calutron to ∼70% 84Sr. A partial recovery, followed by recycle of the unresolved feed, was made after the second innage run. A process efficiency of 8.44% was achieved, and 4.33 g of the unresolved feed material was recovered. A modified ion-source unit using materials compatible with strontium and the use of krypton as mass markers to aid in operations are described. Standard contamination analyses were performed to evaluate the enrichment and to compare measured results with predicted product purity

  18. Highly Accurate Sensor for High-Purity Oxygen Determination Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — In this STTR effort, Los Gatos Research (LGR) and the University of Wisconsin (UW) propose to develop a highly-accurate sensor for high-purity oxygen determination....

  19. Multielement trace determination in high purity advanced ceramics and high purity metals

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    R Matschat; H-J Heinrich; M Czerwensky; S Kuxenko; H Kipphardt

    2005-07-01

    In the field of advanced ceramics two CRMs were developed in the last few years by the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, one for silicon nitride and one for silicon carbide. Besides their application by industry they are appropriate to be used for the validation of special methods used for trace determination in accordance with high purity materials. This is demonstrated, for example, on ultrapure silicon carbide which was analysed by solid sampling electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry (SS ET AAS). BAM is also certifying primary pure reference materials used as the National Standards for inorganic analysis in Germany. The crucial point of this project is the certification of the total purity of high purity materials, each representing one element of the periodic table. A variety of different analytical methods was necessary to determine the trace contents of metallic and non-metallic impurities from almost the whole periodic table in the high purity materials. The primary CRMs of copper, iron and molybdenum are used as examples to demonstrate the modus operandi, analytical effects observed by using high resolution ICP mass spectrometry (HR ICP–MS) and the results.

  20. Workshop on Preserving High Purity Uranium-233

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    Krichinsky, Alan M [ORNL; Giaquinto, Joseph [ORNL; Canaan, R Douglas {Doug} [ORNL

    2016-01-01

    A workshop was held on at the MARC X conference to provide a forum for the scientific community to communicate needs for high-purity 233U and its by-products in order to preserve critical items otherwise slated for downblending and disposal. Currently, only a small portion of the U.S. holdings of separated 233U is being preserved. However, many additional kilograms of 233U (>97% pure) still are destined to be downblended which will permanently destroy their potential value for many other applications. It is not likely that this material will ever be replaced due to a lack of operating production capability. Summaries of information conveyed at the workshop and feedback obtained from the scientific community are presented herein.

  1. Dynamic shear deformation in high purity Fe

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    Cerreta, Ellen K [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Bingert, John F [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Trujillo, Carl P [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Lopez, Mike F [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Gray, George T [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2009-01-01

    The forced shear test specimen, first developed by Meyer et al. [Meyer L. et al., Critical Adiabatic Shear Strength of Low Alloyed Steel Under Compressive Loading, Metallurgical Applications of Shock Wave and High Strain Rate Phenomena (Marcel Decker, 1986), 657; Hartmann K. et al., Metallurgical Effects on Impact Loaded Materials, Shock Waves and High Strain rate Phenomena in Metals (Plenum, 1981), 325-337.], has been utilized in a number of studies. While the geometry of this specimen does not allow for the microstructure to exactly define the location of shear band formation and the overall mechanical response of a specimen is highly sensitive to the geometry utilized, the forced shear specimen is useful for characterizing the influence of parameters such as strain rate, temperature, strain, and load on the microstructural evolution within a shear band. Additionally, many studies have utilized this geometry to advance the understanding of shear band development. In this study, by varying the geometry, specifically the ratio of the inner hole to the outer hat diameter, the dynamic shear localization response of high purity Fe was examined. Post mortem characterization was performed to quantify the width of the localizations and examine the microstructural and textural evolution of shear deformation in a bcc metal. Increased instability in mechanical response is strongly linked with development of enhanced intergranular misorientations, high angle boundaries, and classical shear textures characterized through orientation distribution functions.

  2. Production of high purity uranium compounds from crude yellow cake

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    High purity ammonium uranyl tricarbonate is produced from crude plant yellow cake by treatment of the yellow cake with a mineral acid, neutralization of the acidic solution with a conversion of the uranium therein to ammonium uranyl tricarbonate, precipitation of the ammonium uranyl tricarbonate with a nonsolvent, followed by separation. Optionally, the ammonium uranyl tricarbonate can be calcined to produce high purity uranium oxides

  3. Delta Doping High Purity CCDs and CMOS for LSST

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    Blacksberg, Jordana; Nikzad, Shouleh; Hoenk, Michael; Elliott, S. Tom; Bebek, Chris; Holland, Steve; Kolbe, Bill

    2006-01-01

    A viewgraph presentation describing delta doping high purity CCD's and CMOS for LSST is shown. The topics include: 1) Overview of JPL s versatile back-surface process for CCDs and CMOS; 2) Application to SNAP and ORION missions; 3) Delta doping as a back-surface electrode for fully depleted LBNL CCDs; 4) Delta doping high purity CCDs for SNAP and ORION; 5) JPL CMP thinning process development; and 6) Antireflection coating process development.

  4. High purity efficient first Stokes Raman laser

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    Liu, Xiaomeng; Liu, Qinyong; Li, Daijun; Du, Keming

    2015-02-01

    The subject of the solid-state Raman frequency conversion to the yellow frequency spectra has been an active topic since the mid 1990's, because of its application in bio-medical and astronomy fields. However, the yellow laser performance is often limited because of the cascade conversion to second or higher Stokes. This cascade conversion not only limits the conversion efficiency and the output power of the first Stokes, but also degrades the pulse and the beam profile of the first Stokes. We present a type of polarization coupled Raman resonator, in which the higher order ( the second Stokes and higher ) laser output can be dramatically suppressed. Our Raman resonator is pumped by a Q-switched and frequency doubled slab laser, and we can get an almost pure (P559/(P559 +P532)>99%) 559 nm yellow light output with an efficiency over 39% from 532 nm to 559 nm. The resonator includes a high reflection rear mirror, a KGW crystal, a polarization coupled input/output element, and a high reflection output coupler of 559 nm (R559 nm = 0.6). Furthermore, we have proposed an improvement of this polarization coupled Raman resonator. The theoretical calculations of the temporal and spatial dependent Raman conversion equations show that the conversion efficiency of the first order Stokes is greatly enhanced with an additionalλ/2 waveplate for 589 nm and the BBO crystal.

  5. High purity tellurium production using dry refining processes

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    N R Munirathnam; D S Prasad; J V Rao; T L Prakash

    2005-07-01

    Tellurium (99.95 at.% purity) is purified using dry processes such as selective vapourization and zone melting in a thoroughly etched and cleaned quartz boat, under continuous flow of hydrogen (H2) gas. The tellurium ingot was quadruple zone refined (QZR) under continuous flow of H2 gas. Thus, the purified tellurium of ultra high purity (UHP) grade is analysed for 60 impurity elements in the periodic table using glow discharge mass spectrometer (GDMS). The sum of all elemental impurities indicate that the purity of tellurium as 7N (99.99999 at.%). The total content of gas and gas forming impurities like O, N and C are found to be within acceptable limits for opto-electronic applications.

  6. Thermocurrent dosimetry with high purity aluminum oxide

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    Fullerton, G.D.; Cameron, J.R.; Moran, P.R.

    1976-01-01

    The application of thermocurrent (TC) to ionizing radiation dosimetry was studied. It was shown that TC in alumina (Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/) has properties that are suited to personnel dosimetry and environmental monitoring. TC dosimeters were made from thin disks of alumina. Aluminum electrodes were evaporated on each side: on one face a high voltage electrode and on the opposite face a measuring electrode encircled by a guard ring. Exposure to ionizing radiation resulted in stored electrons and holes in metastable trapping sites. The signal was read-out by heating the dosimeter with a voltage source and picnometer connected in series between the opposite electrodes. The thermally remobilized charge caused a transient TC. The thermogram, TC versus time or temperature, is similar to a TL glow curve. Either the peak current or the integrated current is a measure of absorbed dose. Six grades of alumina were studied from a total of four commercial suppliers. All six materials displayed radiation induced TC signals. Sapphire of uv-grade quality from the Adolf Meller Co. (AM) had the best dosimetry properties of those investigated. Sources of interference were studied. Thermal fading, residual signal and radiation damage do not limit TC dosimetry. Ultraviolet light can induce a TC response but it is readily excluded with uv-opaque cladding. Improper surface preparation prior to electrode evaporation was shown to cause interference. A spurious TC signal resulted from polarization of surface contaminants. Spurious TC was reduced by improved cleaning prior to electrode application. Polished surfaces resulted in blocking electrodes and caused a sensitivity shift due to radiation induced thermally activated polarization. This was not observed with rough cut surfaces.

  7. Low cost routes to high purity silicon and derivatives thereof

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    Laine, Richard M; Krug, David James; Marchal, Julien Claudius; Mccolm, Andrew Stewart

    2013-07-02

    The present invention is directed to a method for providing an agricultural waste product having amorphous silica, carbon, and impurities; extracting from the agricultural waste product an amount of the impurities; changing the ratio of carbon to silica; and reducing the silica to a high purity silicon (e.g., to photovoltaic silicon).

  8. Electrochemical study of aluminum corrosion in boiling high purity water

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    Draley, J. E.; Legault, R. A.

    1969-01-01

    Electrochemical study of aluminum corrosion in boiling high-purity water includes an equation relating current and electrochemical potential derived on the basis of a physical model of the corrosion process. The work involved an examination of the cathodic polarization behavior of 1100 aluminum during aqueous oxidation.

  9. High-purity limestone assessment : from mine to market

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    Mitchell, Clive

    2009-01-01

    High-purity limestone can be defined as carbonate rock that contains greater than 97% calcium carbonate (CaCO3, typically as calcite); it is often referred to as high-calcium or highly-calcitic limestone. Limestone has by far the largest number of commercial uses of all the industrial minerals; including construction (aggregate, cement and dimension stone), mineral fillers (for paper, paint, plastic, rubber and pharmaceuticals), adhesives, abrasives, fertilisers and soil conditioners, the pro...

  10. High-Purity Silicon Seeds for Silane Pyrolysis

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    Hsu, G. C.; Rohatgi, N. K.; Morrison, A.

    1985-01-01

    Seed particles for fluidized-bed production of silicon made by new contamination-free, economical method. In new method, large particles of semiconductor-grade silicon fired at each other by high-speed streams of gas and thereby break up into particles of suitable size for fluidized bed. No foreign materials introduced, and leaching unnecessary. Method used to feed fluidized-bed reactor for continuous production of high-purity silicon.

  11. Recrystallization behavior of high purity aluminum at 300 ℃

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    DU Yu-xuan; ZHANG Xin-ming; YE Ling-ying; LUO Zhi-hui

    2006-01-01

    The recrystallization behavior of 98.5% cold rolled high purity aluminum foils annealed at 300 ℃ was investigated, and the evolution of the microstructures was followed by electron back scattered diffraction(EBSD). The results show that the recrystallization process of the high purity aluminum foils at 300 ℃ is a mixture of discontinuous- and continuous-recrystallization.The orientations of the recrystallization nuclei include not only the cube orientation, but also other orientations such as some near deformation texture components which are the results of strong recovery process. However, such continuously recrystallized grains are usually associated with relatively high free energy, so they would be consumed by the discontinuously-recrystallized grains (cube-oriented grains) in subsequent annealing. On the other hand, the pattern quality index of recrystallized grains shows dependence on the crystal orientation which might introduce some errors into evaluating volume fraction of recrystallization by integrating pattern quality index of EBSD.

  12. Hydrogen concentration and distribution in high-purity germanium crystals

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    High-purity germanium crystals used for making nuclear radiation detectors are usually grown in a hydrogen ambient from a melt contained in a high-purity silica crucible. The benefits and problems encountered in using a hydrogen ambient are reviewed. A hydrogen concentration of about 2 x 1015cm-3 has been determined by growing crystals in hydrogen spiked with tritium and counting the tritium β-decays in detectors made from these crystals. Annealing studies show that the hydrogen is strongly bound, either to defects or as H2 with a dissociation energy > 3 eV. This is lowered to 1.8 eV when copper is present. Etching defects in dislocation-free crystals grown in hydrogen have been found by etch stripping to have a density of about 1 x 107 cm-3 and are estimated to contain 108 H atoms each

  13. High purity biodegradable magnesium coating for implant application

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    This paper describes efforts to create high purity Mg coating by Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) technique that is appropriate for implant applications and to improve the interaction between the implant and the biological environment. The in vitro and in vivo tests conducted with Mg coatings that consist of grains with controlled size demonstrated promising properties in terms of lower corrosion and acceptable foreign body reaction which makes them prospective as biodegradable metallic materials.

  14. Observing bulk diamond spin coherence in high-purity nanodiamonds

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    Knowles, Helena S.; Kara, Dhiren M.; Atatüre, Mete

    2013-01-01

    Nitrogen-vacancy centres (NVs) in diamond are attractive for research straddling quantum information science and nanoscale magnetometry and thermometry. While ultrapure bulk diamond NVs sustain the longest spin coherence times among optically accessible spins, nanodiamond NVs display persistently poor spin coherence. Here we introduce high-purity nanodiamonds accommodating record-long NV coherence times, >60 us, observed via universal dynamical decoupling. We show that the main contribution t...

  15. High purity zirconium obtainment through the iodine compounds transport method

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    This paper describes the experimental method and the equipment designed, constructed and actually applied for the high purity zirconium obtainment from a zirconium sponge of the nuclear type. The mechanism of purification is based on the impure metal attack with gaseous iodine (at 200 deg C) to obtain zirconium tetra iodine as main product which is then transformed into a pure zirconium base (at 1000-1300 deg C), precipitating the metallic zirconium and releasing the gaseous iodine. From the first experiences carried out, pure zirconium has been obtained from an initial filament of 0.5 mm of diameter as well as wires up to 2.5 mm of diameter. This work presents the results from the studies and analysis made to characterize the material obtained. Finally, the refining methods to which the zirconium produced may be submitted so as to optimize the final purity are discussed. (Author)

  16. Neutron energy determination with a high-purity germanium detector

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    Beck, Gene A.

    1992-01-01

    Two areas that are related to planetary gamma-ray spectrometry are investigated. The first task was the investigation of gamma rays produced by high-energy charged particles and their secondaries in planetary surfaces by means of thick target bombardments. The second task was the investigation of the effects of high-energy neutrons on gamma-ray spectral features obtained with high-purity Ge-detectors. For both tasks, as a function of the funding level, the experimental work was predominantly tied to that of other researchers, whenever there was an opportunity to participate in bombardment experiments at large or small accelerators for charged particles.

  17. Spectroscopic Determination of Trace Contaminants in High Purity Oxygen

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    Hornung, Steven D.

    2011-01-01

    Oxygen used for extravehicular activities (EVA) must be free of contaminants because a difference in a few tenths of a percent of argon or nitrogen content can mean significant reduction in available EVA time. These inert gases build up in the extravehicular mobility unit because they are not metabolized or scrubbed from the atmosphere. Measurement of oxygen purity above 99.5% is problematic, and currently only complex instruments such as gas chromatographs or mass spectrometers are used for these determinations. Because liquid oxygen boil-off from the space shuttle will no longer be available to supply oxygen for EVA use, other concepts are being developed to produce and validate high purity oxygen from cabin air aboard the International Space Station. A prototype optical emission technique capable of detecting argon and nitrogen below 0.1% in oxygen was developed at White Sands Test Facility. This instrument uses a glow discharge in reduced pressure gas to produce atomic emission from the species present. Because the atomic emission lines from oxygen, nitrogen, and argon are discrete and in many cases well-separated, trace amounts of argon and nitrogen can be detected in the ultraviolet and visible spectrum. This is a straightforward, direct measurement of the target contaminants and may lend itself to a device capable of on-orbit verification of oxygen purity. System design and optimized measurement parameters are presented.

  18. Weldability of a high purity offshore cast steel

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    Koivula, J.; Katila, R.; Liimatainen, J.; Martikainen, H.

    1989-01-01

    High purity, high strength cast steels with excellent weldability have been developed for offshore components with wall thicknesses up to 200 mm. The three new steel grades developed were given the designations OS 340, OS 540, and OS 690 according to their respective guaranteed yield strengths. The strengthening of OS steels is based mainly on solid solution hardening. Microalloying is not used because of weldability requirements. As a result of the ultra-low impurity content and low carbon contents the grain boundaries are clean of carbides, segregated impurities, and non-metallic inclusions, which contribute to the excellent toughness of these steels. (author).

  19. The GALATEA test-facility for High Purity Germanium Detectors

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    Abt, I; Doenmez, B; Garbini, L; Irlbeck, S; Majorovits, B; Palermo, M; Schulz, O; Seitz, H; Stelzer, F

    2014-01-01

    GALATEA is a test facility designed to investigate bulk and surface effects in high purity germanium detectors. A vacuum tank houses an infrared screened volume with a cooled detector inside. A system of three stages allows an almost complete scan of the detector. The main feature of GALATEA is that there is no material between source and detector. This allows the usage of alpha and beta sources as well as of a laser beam to study surface effects. A 19-fold segmented true-coaxial germanium detector was used for commissioning.

  20. The GALATEA test-facility for high purity germanium detectors

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    Abt, I.; Caldwell, A.; Dönmez, B.; Garbini, L.; Irlbeck, S.; Majorovits, B.; Palermo, M., E-mail: palermo@mpp.mpg.de; Schulz, O.; Seitz, H.; Stelzer, F.

    2015-05-11

    GALATEA is a test facility designed to investigate bulk and surface effects in high purity germanium detectors. A vacuum tank houses a cold volume with the detector inside. A system of three precision motorized stages allows an almost complete scan of the detector. The main feature of GALATEA is that there is no material between source and detector. This allows the usage of alpha and beta sources to study surface effects. A 19-fold segmented true-coaxial germanium detector was used for commissioning. A first analysis of data obtained with an alpha source is presented here.

  1. The compressibility of high purity YbB2.

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    Kalkan, B; Suzer, S; Ozdas, E

    2012-08-29

    The compressibility and phase stability of Y bB(2) are investigated under high pressure using high-resolution synchrotron x-ray diffraction in a diamond anvil cell. The bulk modules of high purity Y bB(2) is obtained as ∼182 GPa using the Birch-Murnaghan equation of state. The patterns measured up to 20 GPa and the pressure dependence of normalized lattice parameters, a/a(0) and c/c(0), reveal that the compressibility of Y bB(2) is low and fairly isotropic, and this material can be classified as a hard material. X-ray photoemission studies demonstrate that Yb in Y bB(2) has a mostly trivalent valence state at room temperature. Moreover, sample preparation details provide a new insight into the high purity synthesis of Y bB(2) at ambient pressure and moderate temperatures. The presented structural and compressibility results are in agreement with the available theoretical and experimental data on binary rare-earth borides and can serve as a reliable reference for future studies. PMID:22850355

  2. High purity neodymium acetate from mixed rare earth carbonates

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    Queiroz, Carlos A. da Silva; Rocha, Soraya M. Rizzo da; Vasconcellos, Mari E. de; Lobo, Raquel M.; Seneda, Jose A., E-mail: cqueiroz@ipen.b, E-mail: smrrocha@ipen.b, E-mail: mstela@ipen.b, E-mail: rmlobo@ipen.b, E-mail: jaseneda@ipen.b [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Pedreira, Walter dos R., E-mail: walter.pedreira@fundacentro.gov.b [Fundacao Jorge Duprat Figueiredo de Seguranca e Medicina do Trabalho (FUNDACENTRO), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    A simple and economical chemical process for obtaining high purity neodymium acetate is discussed. The raw material in the form rare earth carbonate is produced industrially from the chemical treatment of Brazilian monazite. Ion exchange chromatography technique with a strong cationic resin, proper to water treatment, and without the use of retention ions was used for the fractionating of the rare earth elements (REE). In this way, it was possible to obtain 99.9% pure Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3} in yields greater than or equal 80%, with the elution of the REE using ammonium salt of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) solution in pH controlled. The complex of EDTA-neodymium was transformed into neodymium oxide, which was subsequently dissolved in acetic acid to obtain the neodymium acetates. Molecular absorption spectrophotometry was used to monitor the neodymium content during the process and sector field inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry was used to certify the purity of the neodymium acetates. The typical neodymium acetates obtained contain the followings contaminants in {mu}g g{sup -1}: Sc(5.1); Y (0.9); La (1.0); Ce (6.1); Pr (34,4); Sm (12.8); Eu (1.1); Gd (15.4); Tb (29.3); Dy (5.2), Ho(7.4); Er (14.6); Tm (0.3); Yb (2.5); Lu (1.0). The high purity neodymium acetates obtained from this procedure have been applied, replacing the imported product, in research and development area on rare earth catalysts. (author)

  3. Recent developments in high purity niobium metal production at CBMM

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    Abdo, Gustavo Giovanni Ribeiro, E-mail: Gustavo.abdo@cbmm.com.br; Sousa, Clovis Antonio de Faria, E-mail: Clovis@cbmm.com.br; Guimarães, Rogério Contato, E-mail: Rogerio.guimaraes@cbmm.com.br; Ribas, Rogério Marques, E-mail: Rogerio.ribas@cbmm.com.br; Vieira, Alaércio Salvador Martins, E-mail: Alaercio.vieira@cbmm.com.b; Menezes, Andréia Duarte, E-mail: Amenezes@cbmm.com.br; Fridman, Daniel Pallos, E-mail: Daniel.fridman@cbmm.com.br; Cruz, Edmundo Burgos, E-mail: Edmundo@cbmm.com.br [CBMM – Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração Córrego da Mata, s/n Araxá, Minas Gerais 38183-903 Brazil (Brazil)

    2015-12-04

    CBMM is a global supplier of high quality niobium products including pure niobium, the focus of this paper. CBMM’s position has been consolidated over three decades of producing high purity niobium metal ingots. The company supplies, among other products, commercial and reactor grade niobium ingots. One of the main uses of CBMM’s ingots is for the manufacture of particle accelerators (superconducting radio frequency – SRF – cavities), where the purity and homogeneity of niobium metal is essentially important for good performance. CBMM constantly strives to improve process controls and product quality, and is currently implementing innovations in production, research and development to further improve ingot quality. The main aim is to reduce the content of interstitial elements, such as nitrogen (N), oxygen (O), carbon (C), and hydrogen (H), starting with the raw materials through the final step of ingot production. CBMM held the first trial to produce the world’s largest-diameter niobium ingot (as cast 535 mm). The results of this initial trial presented very low levels of interstitial impurities (N, O, C, H), allowing the achievement of residual resistivity ratio (RRR) values very close to 300 in a six-melt process in an electron beam furnace. These values were reached with 850 ppm of tantalum. SRF cavities will be produced with this material in order to study the effect of low impurities and high RRR on the Q factor and accelerating gradient.

  4. Recent developments in high purity niobium metal production at CBMM

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    Abdo, Gustavo Giovanni Ribeiro; Sousa, Clovis Antonio de Faria; Guimarães, Rogério Contato; Ribas, Rogério Marques; Vieira, Alaércio Salvador Martins; Menezes, Andréia Duarte; Fridman, Daniel Pallos; Cruz, Edmundo Burgos

    2015-12-01

    CBMM is a global supplier of high quality niobium products including pure niobium, the focus of this paper. CBMM's position has been consolidated over three decades of producing high purity niobium metal ingots. The company supplies, among other products, commercial and reactor grade niobium ingots. One of the main uses of CBMM's ingots is for the manufacture of particle accelerators (superconducting radio frequency - SRF - cavities), where the purity and homogeneity of niobium metal is essentially important for good performance. CBMM constantly strives to improve process controls and product quality, and is currently implementing innovations in production, research and development to further improve ingot quality. The main aim is to reduce the content of interstitial elements, such as nitrogen (N), oxygen (O), carbon (C), and hydrogen (H), starting with the raw materials through the final step of ingot production. CBMM held the first trial to produce the world's largest-diameter niobium ingot (as cast 535 mm). The results of this initial trial presented very low levels of interstitial impurities (N, O, C, H), allowing the achievement of residual resistivity ratio (RRR) values very close to 300 in a six-melt process in an electron beam furnace. These values were reached with 850 ppm of tantalum. SRF cavities will be produced with this material in order to study the effect of low impurities and high RRR on the Q factor and accelerating gradient.

  5. Recent developments in high purity niobium metal production at CBMM

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    CBMM is a global supplier of high quality niobium products including pure niobium, the focus of this paper. CBMM’s position has been consolidated over three decades of producing high purity niobium metal ingots. The company supplies, among other products, commercial and reactor grade niobium ingots. One of the main uses of CBMM’s ingots is for the manufacture of particle accelerators (superconducting radio frequency – SRF – cavities), where the purity and homogeneity of niobium metal is essentially important for good performance. CBMM constantly strives to improve process controls and product quality, and is currently implementing innovations in production, research and development to further improve ingot quality. The main aim is to reduce the content of interstitial elements, such as nitrogen (N), oxygen (O), carbon (C), and hydrogen (H), starting with the raw materials through the final step of ingot production. CBMM held the first trial to produce the world’s largest-diameter niobium ingot (as cast 535 mm). The results of this initial trial presented very low levels of interstitial impurities (N, O, C, H), allowing the achievement of residual resistivity ratio (RRR) values very close to 300 in a six-melt process in an electron beam furnace. These values were reached with 850 ppm of tantalum. SRF cavities will be produced with this material in order to study the effect of low impurities and high RRR on the Q factor and accelerating gradient

  6. A TNFR2-Agonist Facilitates High Purity Expansion of Human Low Purity Treg Cells

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    Xuehui He; Sija Landman; Stijn C G Bauland; Juliette van den Dolder; Koenen, Hans J.P.M.; Irma Joosten

    2016-01-01

    Regulatory T cells (Treg) are important for immune homeostasis and are considered of great interest for immunotherapy. The paucity of Treg numbers requires the need for ex vivo expansion. Although therapeutic Treg flow-sorting is feasible, most centers aiming at Treg-based therapy focus on magnetic bead isolation of CD4+CD25+ Treg using a good manufacturing practice compliant closed system that achieves lower levels of cell purity. Polyclonal Treg expansion protocols commonly use anti-CD3 plu...

  7. MACRIB High efficiency - high purity hadron identification for DELPHI

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    Albrecht, Z; Moch, M; Albrecht, Zoltan; Feindt, Michael; Moch, Markus

    2001-01-01

    Analysis of the data shows that hadron tags of the two standard DELPHI particle identification packages RIBMEAN and HADSIGN are weakly correlated. This led to the idea of constructing a neural network for both kaon and proton identification using as input the existing tags from RIBMEAN and HADSIGN, as well as preproccessed TPC and RICH detector measurements together with additional dE/dx information from the DELPHI vertex detector. It will be shown in this note that the net output is much more efficient at the same purity than the HADSIGN or RIBMEAN tags alone. We present an easy-to-use routine performing the necessary calculations.

  8. Modified matrix volatilization setup for characterization of high purity germanium.

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    Meruva, Adisesha Reddy; Raparthi, Shekhar; Kumar, Sunil Jai

    2016-01-01

    Modified matrix volatilization (MV) method has been described to characterize high purity germanium material of 7 N (99.99999%) purity. Transport of both, the chlorine gas generated in-situ in this method and the argon gas (carrier) is fine controlled by means of a mass flow controller. This enabled both uniform reaction of chlorine gas with the germanium matrix and smooth removal of germanium matrix as its chloride. This resulted in improvement in the reproducibility of the analytical results. The use of quartz reaction vessel has lead to the reduction in the process blank levels. The combined effect of these modifications in the MV setup has resulted in very consistent and low process blanks and hence improved detection limits of this method. Applicability of the method has been expanded to rare earth elements and other elements after examining their recoveries. The quantification is done by using inductively coupled plasma quadrupole mass spectrometer (ICP-QMS) and continuum source graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (CS-GFAAS). In the absence of certified reference materials for high pure germanium, the accuracy of the method is established by spike recovery tests. The precision of the method has been found to vary from 1 to 30% for concentrations between 1 and 30 ng g(-1). The limits of detection (LOD) for the target analytes are found to be between 18 and 0.033 ng g(-1). PMID:26695261

  9. High purity samarium oxide from mixed rare earth carbonates

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    A simple and economical chemical process for the production of highly pure samarium oxides is discussed. The raw material, which was used in the form of rare earth carbonates was produced industrially from the chemical treatment of Brazilian monazite. Ion exchange chromatography was performed using a strong cationic resin that is typically employed in water treatment processes to fractionate rare earth elements (REE) without the use of retention ions. Under these conditions, 99.9% pure Sm2O3 was eluted using the ammonium salt of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) at a controlled pH. The EDTA-samarium complex was separated from EDTA and then precipitated as oxalate and fired to samarium oxide. Molecular absorption spectrophotometry was used to monitor the samarium content during the proposed process, and sector field inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry was used to certify the purity of the samarium oxide. Typical samarium oxide obtained from the proposed procedure contained the following contaminants in micrograms per gram: Sc (20.90); Y (11.80); La (8.4); Ce (4.3); Pr (2.5); Nd (5.1); Eu (94); Gd (114); Tb (3.6); Dy (2.5), Ho (2.3); Er (3.0); Tm (2.3); Yb (38,2); Lu (25.6). The high-purity samarium oxides produced in the present study can be used as an alternative to imported products in research and development applications. (author)

  10. High purity samarium oxide from mixed rare earth carbonates

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    Queiroz, Carlos A. da S.; Seneda, Jose A.; Vasconcellos, Mari E. de, E-mail: cqueiroz@ipen.br, E-mail: jaseneda@ipen.br, E-mail: mstela@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Pedreira Filho, Walter dos R., E-mail: walter.pedreira@fundacentro.gov.br [Fundaco Jorge Duprat Figueiredo de Seguranca e Medicina do Trabalho (FUNDACENTRO), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2013-07-01

    A simple and economical chemical process for the production of highly pure samarium oxides is discussed. The raw material, which was used in the form of rare earth carbonates was produced industrially from the chemical treatment of Brazilian monazite. Ion exchange chromatography was performed using a strong cationic resin that is typically employed in water treatment processes to fractionate rare earth elements (REE) without the use of retention ions. Under these conditions, 99.9% pure Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} was eluted using the ammonium salt of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) at a controlled pH. The EDTA-samarium complex was separated from EDTA and then precipitated as oxalate and fired to samarium oxide. Molecular absorption spectrophotometry was used to monitor the samarium content during the proposed process, and sector field inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry was used to certify the purity of the samarium oxide. Typical samarium oxide obtained from the proposed procedure contained the following contaminants in micrograms per gram: Sc (20.90); Y (11.80); La (8.4); Ce (4.3); Pr (2.5); Nd (5.1); Eu (94); Gd (114); Tb (3.6); Dy (2.5), Ho (2.3); Er (3.0); Tm (2.3); Yb (38,2); Lu (25.6). The high-purity samarium oxides produced in the present study can be used as an alternative to imported products in research and development applications. (author)

  11. Portable High Sensitivity and High Resolution Sensor to Determine Oxygen Purity Levels Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The objective of this Phase I STTR project is to develop a highly sensitive oxygen (O2) sensor, with high accuracy and precision, to determine purity levels of high...

  12. Durability of optical coatings in high purity tritium gas

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    The aim of the Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino (KATRIN) experiment is the model-independent measurement of the anti-neutrino mass. KATRIN measures the endpoint region of the electron energy spectrum of tritium beta decay where a non-vanishing neutrino mass has an influence on the shape of the spectrum. The beta electrons are produced in a windowless gaseous tritium source. In order to reach the design sensitivity of 200 meV/c2 (90% C.L.) the tritium concentration of the inlet gas is continuously monitored by a laser Raman system with 0.1% statistical uncertainty. The system uses an optical measurement cell which is located in-line in the tritium loop of KATRIN. Tritium resistant optical coatings on all windows surfaces of the measurement cell are necessary to maintain a reliable and almost maintenance-free nonstop operation of the Raman system over 5 years of KATRIN measurements. However the up to now employed electron-beam deposited coatings were damaged after about 3 months of contact with a high purity tritium gas atmosphere (∝200 mbar, >90% purity). Therefore commercially available coating types are currently being tested in a dedicated COAting Test EXperiment (COATEX) by repeated exposures to tritium gas and subsequent measurements of their optical properties. In this talk an overview of COATEX is given, and results from the first series of exposures are presented.

  13. Production of high-purity isotopes by electromagnetic separation

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    Improvement in isotopic purity of nuclides prepared by electromagnetic separation is searched into the principle of cascades of monochromators. The principal drawback of which is to allow the separation of only one isotope at a time. The electromagnetic separator of Saclay is equipped with an electrostatic post-analyzer, which is described. Significant results are obtained, concerning isotopic enhancements of uranium-235 and mercury-204. A schema of isotopic contagion is then proposed, the basis of it is the scattering of the primary ions in the residual atmosphere of the separator chamber. The most frequent type of collisions being accompanied by neutralisation of the ions, the schema explains the efficiency of the second stage. As a matter of conclusion, some particularities concerning the routine work at a high enhancement, small output machine, are given. (author)

  14. Improvements in high purity radioxenon sample preparation and analysis

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    This paper describes the production and analysis of high purity radioxenon samples. The University of Texas' 1.1 MW TRIGA research reactor is used for radioactive sample production via neutron activation. The reactor's facilities include a pneumatic system for precise irradiation of samples. In order to use the pneumatic facilities, gaseous samples have been encapsulated in quartz to fit into the polyethylene vials designed for the system. Enriched, stable, isotopically pure xenon gas is irradiated with neutrons in order to activate it to radioxenon isotopes, which are then measured with a β-γ coincidence system. The system enhancement and procedures to produce the radioxenon samples are described and examples of first of their kind measurements are shown for 125Xe, 127Xe, 129m Xe, and 137Xe. (author)

  15. Characteristics of GRIFFIN high-purity germanium clover detectors

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    Rizwan, U.; Garnsworthy, A. B.; Andreoiu, C.; Ball, G. C.; Chester, A.; Domingo, T.; Dunlop, R.; Hackman, G.; Rand, E. T.; Smith, J. K.; Starosta, K.; Svensson, C. E.; Voss, P.; Williams, J.

    2016-06-01

    The Gamma-Ray Infrastructure For Fundamental Investigations of Nuclei, GRIFFIN, is a new experimental facility for radioactive decay studies at the TRIUMF-ISAC laboratory. The performance of the 16 high-purity germanium (HPGe) clover detectors that will make up the GRIFFIN spectrometer is reported. The energy resolution, efficiency, timing resolution, crosstalk and preamplifier properties of each crystal were measured using a combination of analog and digital data acquisition techniques. The absolute efficiency and add-back factors are determined for the energy range of 80-3450 keV. The detectors show excellent performance with an average over all 64 crystals of a FWHM energy resolution of 1.89(6) keV and relative efficiency with respect to a 3 in . × 3 in . NaI detector of 41(1)% at 1.3 MeV.

  16. Purity analyses of high-purity organic compounds with nitroxyl radicals based on the Curie–Weiss law

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    Matsumoto, Nobuhiro, E-mail: nobu-matsumoto@aist.go.jp; Shimosaka, Takuya [National Metrology Institute of Japan (NMIJ), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), AIST Central-3, 1-1-1 Umezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8563 (Japan)

    2015-05-07

    This work reports an attempt to quantify the purities of powders of high-purity organic compounds with stable nitroxyl radicals (namely, 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine 1-oxyl (TEMPO), 1-oxyl-2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-4-hydroxypiperidine (TEMPOL), and 4-hydroxy-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine 1-oxyl benzoate (4-hydroxy-TEMPO benzoate)) in terms of mass fractions by using our “effective magnetic moment method,” which is based on both the Curie–Weiss law and a fundamental equation of electron paramagnetic resonance (ESR). The temperature dependence of the magnetic moment resulting from the radicals was measured with a superconducting quantum interference device magnetometer. The g value for each compound was measured with an X-band ESR spectrometer. The results of the purities were (0.998 ± 0.064) kg kg{sup −1} for TEMPO, (1.019 ± 0.040) kg kg{sup −1} for TEMPOL, and (1.001 ± 0.048) kg kg{sup −1} for 4-hydroxy-TEMPO benzoate. These results demonstrate that this analytical method as a future candidate of potential primary direct method can measure the purities with expanded uncertainties of approximately 5%.

  17. Differential Diode Laser Sensor for High-Purity Oxygen Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — A compact portable sensor for determining the purity of oxygen concentrations near 100 percent is proposed based on differential absorption of two beams from a...

  18. Automation of the Characterization of High Purity Germanium Detectors

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    Dugger, Charles ``Chip''

    2014-09-01

    Neutrinoless double beta decay is a rare hypothesized process that may yield valuable insight into the fundamental properties of the neutrino. Currently there are several experiments trying to observe this process, including the Majorana DEMONSTRAOR experiment, which uses high purity germanium (HPGe) detectors to generate and search for these events. Because the event happens internally, it is essential to have the lowest background possible. This is done through passive detector shielding, as well as event discrimination techniques that distinguish between multi-site events characteristic of gamma-radiation, and single-site events characteristic of neutrinoless double beta decay. Before fielding such an experiment, the radiation response of the detectors must be characterized. A robotic arm is being tested for future calibration of HPGe detectors. The arm will hold a source at locations relative to the crystal while data is acquired. Several radioactive sources of varying energy levels will be used to determine the characteristics of the crystal. In this poster, I will present our work with the robot, as well as the characterization of data we took with an underground HPGe detector at the WIPP facility in Carlsbad, NM (2013). Neutrinoless double beta decay is a rare hypothesized process that may yield valuable insight into the fundamental properties of the neutrino. Currently there are several experiments trying to observe this process, including the Majorana DEMONSTRAOR experiment, which uses high purity germanium (HPGe) detectors to generate and search for these events. Because the event happens internally, it is essential to have the lowest background possible. This is done through passive detector shielding, as well as event discrimination techniques that distinguish between multi-site events characteristic of gamma-radiation, and single-site events characteristic of neutrinoless double beta decay. Before fielding such an experiment, the radiation response of

  19. Bright Photon Pair Source with High Spectral and Spatial Purity

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    Spontaneous parametric down-conversion (SPDC) is a reliable and robust source of photons for quantum information applications. For applications that involve operations such as entanglement swapping or single-photon heralding, two-photon states are required to be factorable (uncorrelated) in their spectral and spatial degrees of freedom. We report the design and experimental characterization of an SPDC source that has been optimized for high spectral and spatial purity. The source is pumped by the 776 nm output of a mode-locked Ti:Sapphire laser and consists of a periodically-poled Potassium Titanyl Phosphate (PPKTP) crystal phase-matched for collinear type-II SPDC. The dispersive properties of PPKTP at these wavelengths is such that it is possible to minimize the spectral entanglement by matching the widths of the pump to the spectral phase-matching function. The spatial entanglement is minimized through careful control of the pump focus, yielding nearly single-mode emission. An advantage of this approach is that the emission rate into the collection modes is very high, resulting in a very bright SPDC source. We also report a scheme that employs the output of collinear sources such as these to produce polarization-entangled photon pairs. The scheme, which requires only simple polarization elements, can be scaled to N-photon GHZ states.

  20. High-purity quartz mineralisation in kyanite quartzites, Norway

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    Müller, Axel; Ihlen, Peter M.; Wanvik, Jan Egil; Flem, Belinda

    2007-06-01

    This study presents an evaluation of Norwegian kyanite quartzites from Gullsteinberget, Knøsberget, Kjeksberget, Sormbrua, Tverrådalen, Juovvačorrú and Nasafjellet as potential deposits of high-purity quartz (HPQ) for use as raw material for special applications in high-technology industries. Fine-grained quartz, which forms 70 to 85 vol.% of these rocks, generally contains less than 50 μg g-1 (total sum) of the structurally incorporated trace elements B, Li, Al, Ge, Ti, Fe, Mn, K and P. The concentrations are in the same range as those found in HPQ products, which are being mined and produced in Norway and elsewhere. Quartz analyses were performed using laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Complimentary whole-rock analyses and cathodoluminescence studies of quartz were carried out to reveal processes, which have led to the low trace-element concentrations in quartz. This discovery, together with a better knowledge of the processes leading to the formation of HPQ in kyanite quartzites, could lead to the recognition of a new global type of HPQ resource applicable for industrial use. However, the processing technology necessary to separate HPQ from kyanite quartzite economically has not been developed so far.

  1. Observing bulk diamond spin coherence in high-purity nanodiamonds.

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    Knowles, Helena S; Kara, Dhiren M; Atatüre, Mete

    2014-01-01

    Nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centres in diamond are attractive for research straddling quantum information science, nanoscale magnetometry and thermometry. Whereas ultrapure bulk diamond NVs sustain the longest spin coherence times among optically accessible spins, nanodiamond NVs exhibit persistently poor spin coherence. Here we introduce high-purity nanodiamonds accommodating record-long NV coherence times, >60 μs, observed through universal dynamical decoupling. We show that the main contribution to decoherence comes from nearby nitrogen impurities rather than surface states. We protect the NV spin free precession, essential to d.c. magnetometry, by driving solely these impurities into the motional narrowing regime. This extends the NV free induction decay time from 440 ns, longer than that in type Ib bulk diamond, to 1.27 μs, which is comparable to that in type IIa (impurity-free) diamond. These properties allow the simultaneous exploitation of both high sensitivity and nanometre resolution in diamond-based emergent quantum technologies. PMID:24270582

  2. The Status Quo and Development Trend of High-purity Gold Sputtering Targets

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    YANG Anheng; XIE Hongchao; ZHU Yong

    2012-01-01

    This article gives a brief introduction to manufacturers and markets of sputtering targets as well as the manufacturing technology thereof.Then,it analyzes the application of high-purity gold sputtering targets in the fields of integrated circuit,information storage,flat panel display,etc.Based on the above,the article analyzes the processing development trend for the high-purity gold sputtering targets in aspects of ultra-high purity,manufacturing technology,analysis and testing technologies.

  3. Analytical challenges in characterization of high purity materials

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    K L Ramakumar

    2005-07-01

    Available analytical literature reveals that it is possible to identify a lot of procedures to carry out any determination using a plethora of analytical techniques. The fundamental analytical requirements for realizing the desired and acceptable information from a chemical analysis are representative nature of the sample, precision, accuracy, selectivity and sensitivity. These decide, to a larger extent, the selection of the most appropriate methodology in order to obtain chemical information from a system. A number of analytical methodologies are being used in the author’s laboratory for carrying out trace elemental analysis as a part of chemical quality control. Quite a good number of analytical challenges with specific reference to the characterization of high purity materials of relevance to nuclear technology were addressed and methodologies were developed for trace elemental analysis of both metallic and non-metallic constituents. A brief review of these analytical challenges and the analytical methodologies developed and also the future needs of analytical chemist are presented in this paper.

  4. Methods for multielement analysis of high purity noble metals

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    The current state of four main methods for analysis of high purity noble metals: atomic-absorption, atomic-emission, neutron-activation and spark source mass spectrometry methods. Most of impurities, 65 elements including Cs, Be, B, Sc, In, Zr, Hf, V, Nb, Ta, Mo, W, Tl, Te, Re, I, Ru, Th, U, RE and others, are determined by the method of spark source mass spectrometry. The detection limits for most of impurities are at the 10-6-10-8% level. The neutron-activation analysis possess the lowest detection limits. In the given case the detection limits can be reduced on account of sample irradiation in the 1-5x1014 n/cm2 x s neutron fluxes 10-15 times; on account of increasing the mass of samples analyzed up to 1g - 10 times; on account of using Ge(Li)-detectors with sensitive volume of 100-150 cm3 - 3-7 times. Thus under simultaneous realization of these conditions the detection limits are reduced approximately 5x103 times. The methods of extraction - atomic-absorption and echemical-spectral analysis - are inferior to spark source mass spectrometry and neutron activation analyses with regard to the attained detection limits but they are more simple and available

  5. The determination of boron in aluminium of high purity

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    A description is given of the investigations that led to the development of chemical methods for the determination of boron within the range 0,25 to 1,0 p.p.m. in aluminium of high purity. Methods were developed that incorporated fluorimetry, directly in solutions containing aluminium and after separation of boron by liquid-liquid extraction into 2-ethyl-1,3 hexanediol. A published spectrophotometric method, involving extraction of the BF4sup(-) complex with methylene blue into dichloroethane, was modified for application to alluminium samples. Details of this modified procedure and the fluorimetric-extraction procedure are appended. The precision of the methylene-blue method is about 6 percent relative and is recommended for precision and speed in preference to others. Separation of boron by distillation and spectrophotometric determination with curcumin gave low values in comparison with those obtained by the other methods. Agreement between the boron values obtained on the samples tested was good for the fluorimetric and methylene-blue spectrophotometric methods

  6. Development of high purity vanadium alloys for fusion reactors

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    Vanadium alloys are most attractive candidate materials for liquid Li self-cooled blanket system of fusion reactors. This paper summarizes the program and its activities of the NIFS (National Institute for Fusion Science), Japan for developments of high purity V-4Cr-4Ti alloys. The results from NIFS-Heats show various benefits by reducing the level of oxygen. Significant improvement of the impact properties of the welded joint by reducing oxygen level is one of examples in recent studies. Collaboration is in progress, in which those heats are being characterized by a number of research groups including Japanese universities, and international collaboration partners in the US, Russia and China. The impact tests of irradiated specimens are in progress for further investigation. Significant progress has been made recently on the insulator ceramic coating in static conditions in the Japan-USA Cooperation Program. The understanding on the condition of in-situ CaO coating in liquid Li was enhanced. Based on these achievements, a flowing loop test is being planned to investigate the effects of temperature gradient and Li chemistry. (Y. Tanaka)

  7. Trace radioactive measurement in foodstuffs using high purity germanium detector

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    Trace radioactivity in food has been seriously considered sources of potential harm after the accidental radioactive releases in the last decades which led to contamination of the food chain. Countermeasures are being used to reduce the radiological health risk to the population and to ensure that public safety and international commitments are met. Investigation of radioactive traces in foods was carried out by gamma-ray spectrometry. The radionuclides being measured were fission products 137Cs and 134Cs and naturally occurring 40Κ. Gamma-ray measurements were performed using a hybrid gamma-ray counting system with coaxial p-type Tennelec High Purity Germanium (HPGe) detector with relative efficiency of 18.4%. Channels were calibrated to energies using a standard check source with 137Cs and 60Co present. Self-shielding within samples was taken into account by comparing directly with reference standards of similar matrix and geometry. Efficiencies of radionuclides of interests were accounted in calculating the activity concentrations in the samples. Efficiency calibration curve was generated using an in-house validated program called FINDPEAK, a least-square method that fits a polynomial up to sixth-order of equation. Lower Limits of Detection (LLD) obtained for both 137Cs and 134Cs ranges from 1-6 Bq/Kg depending on the sample matrix. In the last five years, there have been no foodstuffs analyzed exceeded the local and international regulatory limit of 1000Bq/Kg for the summed activities of 137Cs and 134Cs. (author)

  8. A light hydrocarbon fuel processor producing high-purity hydrogen

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    Löffler, Daniel G.; Taylor, Kyle; Mason, Dylan

    This paper discusses the design process and presents performance data for a dual fuel (natural gas and LPG) fuel processor for PEM fuel cells delivering between 2 and 8 kW electric power in stationary applications. The fuel processor resulted from a series of design compromises made to address different design constraints. First, the product quality was selected; then, the unit operations needed to achieve that product quality were chosen from the pool of available technologies. Next, the specific equipment needed for each unit operation was selected. Finally, the unit operations were thermally integrated to achieve high thermal efficiency. Early in the design process, it was decided that the fuel processor would deliver high-purity hydrogen. Hydrogen can be separated from other gases by pressure-driven processes based on either selective adsorption or permeation. The pressure requirement made steam reforming (SR) the preferred reforming technology because it does not require compression of combustion air; therefore, steam reforming is more efficient in a high-pressure fuel processor than alternative technologies like autothermal reforming (ATR) or partial oxidation (POX), where the combustion occurs at the pressure of the process stream. A low-temperature pre-reformer reactor is needed upstream of a steam reformer to suppress coke formation; yet, low temperatures facilitate the formation of metal sulfides that deactivate the catalyst. For this reason, a desulfurization unit is needed upstream of the pre-reformer. Hydrogen separation was implemented using a palladium alloy membrane. Packed beds were chosen for the pre-reformer and reformer reactors primarily because of their low cost, relatively simple operation and low maintenance. Commercial, off-the-shelf balance of plant (BOP) components (pumps, valves, and heat exchangers) were used to integrate the unit operations. The fuel processor delivers up to 100 slm hydrogen >99.9% pure with <1 ppm CO, <3 ppm CO 2. The

  9. The Hydrometallurgical Extraction and Recovery of High-Purity Silver

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    Hoffmann, James E.

    2012-06-01

    -bearing inputs, will be described in detail to demonstrate how typical chemical engineering unit process and unit operations have supplanted classic smelting and fire refining techniques. The Kennecott Copper Company, which has operated a hydrometallurgical circuit successfully for the recovery of high-purity silver from the slimes wet chlorination residue, has permitted me to provide some operation information and results using the technology. Both Phelps Dodge and Kennecott should be recognized for their forward-looking attitude in undertaking the conversion of conceptual chemistry into successful, full-scale plants. The process as employed at Phelps Dodge is discussed at length in reference (J.E. Hoffmann and B. Wesstrom: Hydrometallurgy, 1994, vol. 94, pp. 69-105).

  10. Corrosion of high purity Fe-Cr-Ni alloys in 13 N boiling nitric acid

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    Corrosion in boiling nitric acid was investigated for high purity Fe-18%Cr-12%Ni alloys and type 304L stainless steels (SS). Owing to very low impurity concentration, the solution treated high purity alloys show almost no intergranular corrosion while the type 304L SS show severe intergranular corrosion. Both in the high purity alloys and type 304L SS, aging treatments ranging from 873 K to 1073 K for 1 h enhance intergranular corrosion. During the aging treatments, impurities should be segregated to the grain boundaries. The corrosion behaviors were discussed from a standpoint of impurity segregation to grain boundaries. This study is of importance for purex reprocessing of spent fuels

  11. QUANTITATIVE MINERALOGY OF HIGH PURITY QUARTZ, CASE OF SPRUCE PINE, NORTH CAROLINA

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    Manyara, Saimon Gerald

    2014-01-01

    High Purity Quartz is one of the important minerals in the electronic industry today, but production of extreme high purity quartz requires a detailed knowledge of the resource from mine to the processing plant. To achieve this, a detailed study of fed materials to the plants is required. Studies have shown that quartz can be contaminated with some minerals that need to be traced and removed so as to obtain high purity quartz as possible (at least 99.998% pure quartz). The common contaminant ...

  12. A cleaner two-step synthesis of high purity diallyldimethylammonium chloride monomers for flocculant preparation

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    TIAN Bing-hui; FAN Bin; PENG Xian-jia; LUAN Zhao-kun

    2005-01-01

    In order to improve the flocculation efficiency of polydiallyldimethylammonium chloride (PDADMAC), high molecular weight PDADMAC should be prepared from high purity diallyldimethylammonium chloride(DADMAC) monomers. In this paper, a cleaner method with microwave irradiation and alkali solidification was proposed for preparing high pure DADMAC by selective heating under low temperature, and the prepared high purity DADMAC is characterized using FTIR and atomic absorption spectrometry. The new method provides a solution to the key technical problem of PDADMAC synthesis. Comparing with the conventional methods, the results showed that the advantages of the novel synthesis include: (a) high purity DADMAC is improved from 57% to 71%; (b) reaction time of tertiary amine preparation is shortened from 6 h to 7 min; (c) water instead of acetone was used as reaction medium; (d) toxic by-products,wastewater and waste gas are eliminated. Flocculant made from the synthesized high purity DADMAC monomers was proved more efficient in flocculation tests.

  13. A cleaner two-step synthesis of high purity diallyldimethylammonium chloride monomers for flocculant preparation.

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    Tian, Bing-hui; Fan, Bin; Peng, Xian-jia; Luan, Zhao-kun

    2005-01-01

    In order to improve the flocculation efficiency of polydiallyldimethylammonium chloride (PDADMAC), high molecular weight PDADMAC should be prepared from high purity diallyldimethylammonium chloride(DADMAC) monomers. In this paper, a cleaner method with microwave irradiation and alkali solidification was proposed for preparing high pure DADMAC by selective heating under low temperature, and the prepared high purity DADMAC is characterized using FTIR and atomic absorption spectrometry. The new method provides a solution to the key technical problem of PDADMAC synthesis. Comparing with the conventional methods, the results showed that the advantages of the novel synthesis include: (a) high purity DADMAC is improved from 57% to 71%; (b) reaction time of tertiary amine preparation is shortened from 6 h to 7 min; (c) water instead of acetone was used as reaction medium; (d) toxic by-products, wastewater and waste gas are eliminated. Flocculant made from the synthesized high purity DADMAC monomers was proved more efficient in flocculation tests. PMID:16313006

  14. Physical methods of preparing high-purity scandium and electrorefining in halide

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    Capabilities of the physical methods (vacuum melting, vacuum distillation and sublimation, zone melting) of producing high-purity metal scandium are analyzed based on literary and fundamental data, and their comparison to electrorefining in halide melts is considered. Advantages and disadvantages of the methods are demonstrated. A conclusion is made about a high competitiveness of electrorefining in saline melts for the production of high-purity scandium

  15. Activation analysis of high purity metals and application to study on physical properties

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    In order to determine the true characteristics of matters, the utmost reduction of impurities is indispensable. By the heightening of the purity of aluminum, that of 99.9999% purity has been obtained, but efforts have been exerted to further heighten the purity. For the purpose, it is important to know the behavior of trace impurities during refining, and the quantitative research by neutron activation analysis for various impurities has been carried out. The research on the electron condition of trace impurity atoms in refined aluminum is also important. The band refining of high purity aluminum is explained. By repeating the refining 10 times, the sample of RRR exceeding 30000 was obtained. The impurities contributing to the resistivity are Sc, Ti, V and Cr. Based on the results, the heightening of aluminum purity was attempted by devising the new procedure. As for the electric properties of solute elements in high purity metals, those of transition elements and rare earth elements in aluminum are reported. As the result of measuring the remaining resistance, the sample having the RRR exceeding 45000 after the correction for size effect was done has been obtained. At present, the efforts toward further high purity are continued. (K.I.)

  16. Deformation behaviour of fine grained high purity beryllium - influence of fabrication parameters, temperature and copper additions

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    The deformation behaviour of high-purity beryllium was tested on hot isostatically pressed samples of different initial grain size and compared with material manufactured commercially from pure beryllium and with beryllium-copper alloys containing 0.44, 1.1 and 2.1 at.% copper. Initial grain size of these high purity material was 0C. Grain structure of the samples was subsequently analysed by light, rastor and transmission electron microscopy. The influence of copper additions on deformation of high-purity beryllium was analysed. A further aim of this study was to investigate, by suitable methods, the mode of action of relevant impurities and to throw light on their influence on grain formation. This should enable reliable information to be provided for the manufacture of high-purity beryllium which, in turn, will lead to an improvement in ductility. (orig./IHOE)

  17. Fabrication of high quality anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) on low purity aluminum—A comparative study with the AAO produced on high purity aluminum

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    Highlights: • Nanoporous alumina was fabricated by anodization in sulfuric acid solution with glycol. • The AAO manufacturing on low- and high-purity Al was compared. • The pores size was ranging between 30 and 50 nm. • No difference in the quality of the AAO fabricated on both Al types was observed. • The current vs. anodization time curves were recorded. -- Abstract: In this work the quality, arrangement, composition, and regularity of nanoporous AAO formed on the low-purity (AA1050) and high-purity aluminum during two-step anodization in a mixture of sulfuric acid solution (0.3 M), water and glycol (3:2, v/v), at various voltages (15, 20, 25, 30, 35 V) and at temperature of −1 °C, are investigated. The electrochemical conditions have allowed to obtain pores with the size ranging from 30 to 50 nm, which are much larger than those usually obtained by anodization in a pure sulfuric acid solution (<20 nm). The mechanism of the AAO growth is discussed. It was found that with the increase of applied anodizing voltage a number of incorporated sulfate ions in the aluminum oxide matrix increases, which was connected with the appearance of an unusual area in the current vs. time curves. On the surface of anodizing low- and high-purity aluminum, the formation of hillocks was observed, which was associated with the sulfate ions incorporation. The sulfate ions are replacing the oxygen atom/atoms in the AAO amorphous crystal structure and, consequently, the AAO template swells, the oxide cracks and uplifts causing the formation of hillocks. The same mechanism occurs for both low- and high-purity aluminum. Nanoporous AAO characterized by a very high regularity, not registered previously for low purity aluminum, was obtained. Furthermore, no significant difference in the regularity ratio between the AAO obtained on low- and high-purity aluminum, was observed. The electrochemical conditions applied in this study can be, thus, used for the fabrication of high quality

  18. Spectroscopic Determination of Trace Contaminants in High-Purity Oxygen

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    Hornung, Steven

    2013-01-01

    Oxygen used for extravehicular activities (EVAs) must be free of contaminants because a difference in a few tenths of a percent of argon or nitrogen content can mean significant reduction in available EVA time. These inert gases build up in the extravehicular mobility unit because they are not metabolized or scrubbed from the atmosphere. A prototype optical emission technique capable of detecting argon and nitrogen below 0.1% in oxygen has been developed. This instrument uses a glow discharge in reduced-pressure gas to produce atomic emission from the species present. Because the atomic emission lines from oxygen, nitrogen, and argon are discrete, and in many cases well-separated, trace amounts of argon and nitrogen can be detected in the ultraviolet and visible spectrum. This is a straightforward, direct measurement of the target contaminants, and may lend itself to a device capable of on-orbit verification of oxygen purity. A glow discharge is a plasma formed in a low-pressure (1 to 10 Torr) gas cell between two electrodes. Depending on the configuration, voltages ranging from 200 V and above are required to sustain the discharge. In the discharge region, the gas is ionized and a certain population is in the excited state. Light is produced by the transitions from the excited states formed in the plasma to the ground state. The spectrum consists of discrete, narrow emission lines for the atomic species, and broader peaks that may appear as a manifold for molecular species such as O2 and N2, the wavelengths and intensities of which are a characteristic of each atom. The oxygen emission is dominated by two peaks at 777 and 844 nm.

  19. Hot ductility and high temperature microstructure of high purity iron alloys

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    The inherent properties of metals are affected by impurity elements, sometimes strongly. There are many brittle phenomena in iron and its alloys due to the harmful effect of trace impurities such as sulphur, phosphorus, hydrogen and so on. On the other hand, a large number of alloying elements also embrittle iron due to the transformation and precipitation of secondary phase. For example, the ductility of Fe-Cr alloy decreases with the increase in chromium content, although the strength and the corrosion resistance increase with chromium content. In Fe-Cr alloy containing high chromium, 475 C embrittlement and σ-phase embrittlement are well known. An Fe-50mass%Cr alloy of conventional purity is extremely brittle due to the formation of σ-phase. However, we found the highly purified alloy is essentially ductile. In the workshop of UHPM-94, the experimental results on the ductility of Fe-50mass%Cr alloy were presented and discussed. In this research, the effect of purification on the hot ductility of high purity Fe-18mass%Cr and Fe-50mass%Cr alloys was investigated by tensile testing at high temperature. It was found that the ductility of Fe-18mass%Cr alloy is remarkably improved by purification, especially by the reduction of interstitial impurities such as carbon and nitrogen. The highly-purified Fe-50mass%Cr alloy has astonishing ductility at the temperature range between room temperature and 1073K. Also in a high purity Fe-50mass%Cr alloy, the formation of the σ-phase was not observed during ageing for 1000h at 973K. These results are also very important for the development of high-performance Fe-Cr alloys and of the manufacturing process. Consequently, purification technology is very useful for progress in metal science. (orig.)

  20. Development and validation of a reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography method for routine identification and purity assessment of high-purity steviol glycoside sweeteners.

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    Bililign, Tsion; Moore, Jeffrey C; Tan, Shane; Leeks, Allan T

    2014-02-12

    The widespread application of stevia-based sweeteners in food products has resulted in the need for reliable analytical methods for measuring the purity and identity of high-purity steviol glycoside ingredients. The objective of this research was to develop and validate a new reversed-phase separation method capable of separating and quantifying nine steviol glycosides present in typical high-purity stevia extract ingredients. Results of the study established the linearity of the method at a correlation factor of 1.000 for the two major components and other minor components of this food ingredient. Method accuracy values were in the range of 99.1-100.9%. The percent relative standard deviation for six independent assay determinations was 1.0%. The method was determined to be robust for minor changes in column temperature, initial acetonitrile content, flow rate, and wavelength. The validated high-performance liquid chromatography method was found to be suitable to be included by USP as a Food Chemicals Codex compendial standard for steviol glycosides. PMID:24443893

  1. High-precision efficiency calibration of a high-purity co-axial germanium detector

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    A high-purity co-axial germanium detector has been calibrated in efficiency to a precision of about 0.15% over a wide energy range. High-precision scans of the detector crystal and γ-ray source measurements have been compared to Monte-Carlo simulations to adjust the dimensions of a detector model. For this purpose, standard calibration sources and short-lived online sources have been used. The resulting efficiency calibration reaches the precision needed e.g. for branching ratio measurements of super-allowed β decays for tests of the weak-interaction standard model

  2. Production of high purity electronic materials at Special Materials Plant (Paper No. 45)

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    Special Materials Plant of the Nuclear Fuel Complex, Hyderabad, produces a number of high purity/ultrapurity metals and materials for use in electronics industry. Based on the laboratory scale R and D efforts at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Bombay, this plant was set up at Nuclear Fuel Complex involving a capital outlay of approximately Rs. 5 millions and has been under operation for over 5 years. The experience gathered during the process of the transfer of the R and D to production in this sophisticated high technology areas is described. Among its important products are included capacitor grade sintered tantalum anodes, ultrapure materials like selenium, indium, etc., and also many other metals used in electronics industry in smaller quantities. The plant makes use of many production techniques, the important ones of which are: (a) multi-stage liquid-liquid extraction for separation of niobium and tantalum, (b) pyro-metallurgical reduction techniques, (c) distillation of metals in vacuum, (f) zone refining, (g) electron refining etc. Whereas in the case of tantalum the purity of the final product is about 99.99% in other cases like selenium, indium, tellurium, etc. the purity exceeds 99.999%. For gallium the purity almost approaches 99.9999% particularly, with respect to electrically active impurities. Experience at Special Materials Plant has generated significant confidence in the High Purity Materials Development Programme. (auth.)

  3. Growth of high purity semiconductor epitaxial layers by liquid phase epitaxy and their characterization

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    S Dhar

    2005-07-01

    This paper briefly describes our work and the results on the growth of several III–V epitaxial semiconductor materials in high purity form by liquid phase epitaxy (LPE) technique. Various possible sources of impurities in such growth are listed and step-by-step procedures adopted to reduce them are discussed in particular reference to the growth of GaAs layers. The technique of growing very high purity layers by treating the melt with erbium is described for the growth of InGaAs and GaSb layers.

  4. Dissolution of high-purity lead and subsequent crystal growth during the preparation of corrosion coupons

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    High-purity lead discs were prepared using several combinations of polishing, rinsing and ultrasonic treatment. Physical degradation of the lead surface and the premature generation and deposition of oxides on the surface were observed for certain combinations of preparation steps. Ultrasonic treatment of the discs was found to be particularly detrimental as it induced significant crystal growth and, in several instances, deterioration of the polished surface. Simple air drying of freshly rinsed discs also led to oxide formation on the surface after as short a time as 1 min. An effective method for preparing discs from high-purity lead is described. (author)

  5. Scalable preparation of high purity rutin fatty acid esters following enzymatic synthesis

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    Lue, Bena-Marie; Guo, Zheng; Xu, Xuebing;

    2010-01-01

    Investigations into expanded uses of modified flavonoids are often limited by the availability of these high purity compounds. As such, a simple, effective and relatively fast method for isolation of gram quantities of both long and medium chain fatty acid esters of rutin following scaled......-up biosynthesis reactions was established. Acylation reactions of rutin and palmitic or lauric acids were efficient in systems containing dried acetone and molecular sieves, yielding from 70–77% bioconversion after 96 h. Thereafter, high purity isolates (>97%) were easily obtained in significant quantities...

  6. Influence of recrystallization annealing on the cube texture in high-purity aluminum foils

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    Zhang, X.M.; Tang, J.G.; Du, Y.X.; Zhou, Z.P.; Chen, Z.Y.; Liu, C.M. [Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South Univ., HN (China)

    2001-07-01

    The cube texture in high-purity aluminum foils under different annealing conditions was investigated by means of orientation distribution function (ODF) and microscopy. It was shown that low recrystallization temperature was favorable to the nucleation of cube orientation and to the growth of the cube nuclei, and that stronger cube texture was obtained by multistage annealing than by single one. The strongest cube texture in high purity aluminum foils annealed in two-stage in the vacuum was obtained. It demonstrated that the recrystallization behavior was controlled by the existing state of Fe in aluminum. A model of multistage annealing was proposed for development of strong cube texture with temperature. (orig.)

  7. Preparation of gas sealed high isotopic purity heavy water reference standards

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    The method for preparation of helium gas sealed high isotopic purity heavy water (D2O) reference standards has been amply demonstrated. The percentage purity of the reference standards has been confirmed employing Fourier-Transform Infrared (FT-IR) method standardized with certified D2O standards having an accuracy of ± 0.01 wt.% each. The work has also been extended in the preparation of high purity reference standards (99.86 wt.%, 99.90 wt.% and 99.96 wt.%) with accuracy of ± 0.01 wt.% in stainless steel containers (total 15 Nos.) in collaboration with Heavy Water Plant (HWP) laboratory, Baroda. The standards prepared here are extremely useful for day-to-day quality control of product D2O as well as certifying the quality of export consignments from different HWPs. (author)

  8. Quantification and validation of large-scale gas sealed high isotopic purity heavy water reference standards

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    The isotopic purity of helium gas sealed heavy water reference standards prepared here on a large scale in the high concentration range has been estimated employing FT-IR method standardized with certified D2O standard and confirmed by validation using the same method with supplementary certified standard having its purity value declared from a different method - FT-NMR spectroscopy, each of the certified standards having an accuracy of ± 0.01 wt.%. The same quantification and validation procedure has been well applied to declare the purity values of large - scale reference standards (99.86 wt.%, 99.90 wt.% and 99.96 wt.%) jointly prepared with Heavy Water Plant (HWP) Laboratory, Baroda to analyze high concentration heavy water samples with same level of accuracy and reproducibility for all the HWP laboratories in India. (author)

  9. High-Purity Fe3S4 Greigite Microcrystals for Magnetic and Electrochemical Performance

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    Li, Guowei; Zhang, Baomin; Yu, Feng; Novakova, Alla A.; Krivenkov, Maxim S.; Kiseleva, Tatiana Y.; Chang, Liao; Rao, Jiancun; Polyakov, Alexey O.; Blake, Graeme R.; de Groot, Robert A.; Palstra, Thomas T. M.

    2014-01-01

    High-purity Fe3S4 (greigite) microcrystals with octahedral shape were synthesized via a simple hydrothermal method using a surfactant. The as-prepared samples have the inverse spinel structure with high crystallinity. The saturation magnetization (M-s) reaches 3.74 mu(B) at 5 K and 3.51 mu(B) at roo

  10. Synthesis of high purity metal oxide nanoparticles for optical applications

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    Baker, C.; Kim, W.; Friebele, E. J.; Villalobos, G.; Frantz, J.; Shaw, L. B.; Sadowski, B.; Fontana, J.; Dubinskii, M.; Zhang, J.; Sanghera, J.

    2014-09-01

    In this paper we present our recent research results in synthesizing various metal oxide nanoparticles for use as laser gain media (solid state as well as fiber lasers) and transparent ceramic windows via two separate techniques, co-precipitation and flame spray pyrolysis. The nanoparticles were pressed into ceramic discs that exhibited optical transmission approaching the theoretical limit and showed very high optical-to-optical lasing slope efficiency. We have also synthesized sesquioxide nanoparticles using a Flame Spray Pyrolysis (FSP) technique that leads to the synthesis of a metastable phase of sesquioxide which allows fabricating excellent optical quality transparent windows with very fine grain sizes. Finally, we present our research in the synthesis of rare earth doped boehmite nanoparticles where the rareearth ion is encased in a cage of aluminum and oxygen to prevent ion-ion proximity and energy transfer. The preforms have been drawn into fibers exhibiting long lifetimes and high laser efficiencies.

  11. Optical levitation of high purity nanodiamonds in vacuum without heating

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    Frangeskou, A C; Gines, L; Mandal, S; Williams, O A; Barker, P F; Morley, G W

    2016-01-01

    Levitated nanodiamonds containing nitrogen vacancy centres in high vacuum are a potential test bed for numerous phenomena in fundamental physics. However, experiments so far have been limited to low vacuum due to heating arising from optical absorption of the trapping laser. We show that milling pure diamond creates nanodiamonds that do not heat up as the optical intensity is raised above 700 GW/m$^2$ below 5 mbar of pressure. This advance now means that the level of attainable vacuum for nanodiamonds in optical dipole traps is no longer temperature limited.

  12. Characterization of segmented large volume, high purity germanium detectors

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    γ-ray tracking in future HPGe arrays like AGATA will rely on pulse shape analysis (PSA) of multiple γ-interactions. For this purpose, a simple and fast procedure was developed which enabled the first full characterization of a segmented large volume HPGe detector. An analytical model for the hole mobility in a Ge crystal lattice was developed to describe the hole drift anisotropy with experimental velocity values along the crystal axis as parameters. The new model is based on the drifted Maxwellian hole distribution in Ge. It is verified by reproducing successfully experimental longitudinal hole anisotropy data. A comparison between electron and hole mobility shows large differences for the longitudinal and tangential velocity anisotropy as a function of the electrical field orientation. Measurements on a 12 fold segmented, n-type, large volume, irregular shaped HPGe detector were performed in order to determine the parameters of anisotropic mobility for electrons and holes as charge carriers created by γ-ray interactions. To characterize the electron mobility the complete outer detector surface was scanned in small steps employing photopeak interactions at 60 keV. A precise measurement of the hole drift anisotropy was performed with 356 keV rays. The drift velocity anisotropy and crystal geometry cause considerable rise time differences in pulse shapes depending on the position of the spatial charge carrier creation. Pulse shapes of direct and transient signals are reproduced by weighting potential calculations with high precision. The measured angular dependence of rise times is caused by the anisotropic mobility, crystal geometry, changing field strength and space charge effects. Preamplified signals were processed employing digital spectroscopy electronics. Response functions, crosstalk contributions and averaging procedures were taken into account implying novel methods due to the segmentation of the Ge-crystal and the digital electronics. The results are

  13. Characterization of segmented large volume, high purity germanium detectors

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    Bruyneel, B. [Koeln Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Kernphysik

    2006-07-01

    {gamma}-ray tracking in future HPGe arrays like AGATA will rely on pulse shape analysis (PSA) of multiple {gamma}-interactions. For this purpose, a simple and fast procedure was developed which enabled the first full characterization of a segmented large volume HPGe detector. An analytical model for the hole mobility in a Ge crystal lattice was developed to describe the hole drift anisotropy with experimental velocity values along the crystal axis as parameters. The new model is based on the drifted Maxwellian hole distribution in Ge. It is verified by reproducing successfully experimental longitudinal hole anisotropy data. A comparison between electron and hole mobility shows large differences for the longitudinal and tangential velocity anisotropy as a function of the electrical field orientation. Measurements on a 12 fold segmented, n-type, large volume, irregular shaped HPGe detector were performed in order to determine the parameters of anisotropic mobility for electrons and holes as charge carriers created by {gamma}-ray interactions. To characterize the electron mobility the complete outer detector surface was scanned in small steps employing photopeak interactions at 60 keV. A precise measurement of the hole drift anisotropy was performed with 356 keV rays. The drift velocity anisotropy and crystal geometry cause considerable rise time differences in pulse shapes depending on the position of the spatial charge carrier creation. Pulse shapes of direct and transient signals are reproduced by weighting potential calculations with high precision. The measured angular dependence of rise times is caused by the anisotropic mobility, crystal geometry, changing field strength and space charge effects. Preamplified signals were processed employing digital spectroscopy electronics. Response functions, crosstalk contributions and averaging procedures were taken into account implying novel methods due to the segmentation of the Ge-crystal and the digital electronics

  14. Preparation of high purity plutonium oxide standards for radiochemical Analysis

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    Due to the lack of suitable high level plutonium solution standards from a national accredited laboratory or commercial vendors, a well-characterized plutonium oxide was used to prepared radiochemistry instrument calibration standards and working standards at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). All the dilution and aliquoting steps were performed gravimetrically. The counting efficiency of a liquid scintillation counter obtained from the alpha activity of this plutonium oxide was compared to a commercial 241Am standardized solution. The results agreed to within 0.05%. The aliquots of the plutonium standard solutions and dilutions were then sealed in glass ampules for long term storage

  15. Modeling of mode purity in high power gyrotrons

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    Cai, S.Y.; Antonsen, T.M. Jr.; Saraph, G.P. [Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD (United States)] [and others

    1993-04-01

    Spurious mode generation at the same frequency of the operational mode in a high power gyrotron can significantly reduce the power handling capability and the stability of a gyrotron oscillator because these modes are usually not matched at the output window and thus have high absorption and reflection rates. To study the generation of this kind of mode, the authors developed a numerical model based on an existing multimode self-consistent time-dependent computer code. This model includes both TE and TM modes and accounts for mode transformations due to the waveguide inhomogeneity. With this new tool, they study the mode transformation in the gyrotron and the possibility of excitation of parasitic TE and TM modes in the up taper section due to the gyroklystron mechanism. Their preliminary results show moderate excitation of both TE and TM modes at the same frequency as the main operating mode at locations near their cutoff. Details of the model and further simulation results will be presented.

  16. 90Y of high purity for medical applications

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    Several 90 Sr/90Y-generator systems have been developed and used to produce 90Y. The most important parameter of the 90Y to be assayed is 90Sr content. In addition, when labelling monoclonal antibodies for therapy trace metal quantities accompanying 90Y (Fe3+, Zn2+ , Cu2+ , ZrO2+ , etc.) are to be kept as low as possible in order to obtain high labelling efficiencies. Generally generators' lifetime is limited due to the 90Sr breakthrough which increases in eluates as a result of the radiolytic degradation of the resin used as support. In the study a described procedure for 90Y purification from metal contamination is modified in order to lower the amount of 90Sr present in eluates from generators. As a result a very low 90Sr content is always assured (90 Sr/90Y-6). (author)

  17. Recovery of high purity precious metals from printed circuit boards

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    Waste printed circuit boards (WPCB) have an inherent value because of the precious metal content. For an effective recycling of WPCB, it is essential to recover the precious metals. This paper reports a promising method to recover the precious metals. Aqua regia was used as a leachant and the ratio between metals and leachant was fixed at 1/20 (g/ml). Silver is relatively stable so the amount of about 98 wt.% of the input was recovered without an additional treatment. Palladium formed a red precipitate during dissolution, which were consisted of Pd(NH4)2Cl6. The amount precipitated was 93 wt.% of the input palladium. A liquid-liquid extraction with toluene was used to extract gold selectively. Also, dodecanethiol and sodium borohydride solution were added to make gold nanoparticles. Gold of about 97 wt.% of the input was recovered as nanoparticles which was identified with a high-resolution transmission electron microscopy through selected area electron diffraction and nearest-neighbor lattice spacing.

  18. Ion-exchange preparation of high-purity vanadium acid from industrial liquors

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    The results of investigations on production of special-purity vanadium acid and vanadium oxide directly from process solutions (technical grade liquors) using ionites are presented. Potentiality of thorough purification of vanadium(5) oxide, when producing vanadium acid on the KU-2 cationite with subsequent purification on anionite, is shown. On the basis of the results obtained a principle flowsheet of ion-exchange production of high-purity vanadium(5) oxide from industrial liquors has been developed. 2 refs.; 1 fig.; 4 tabs

  19. Synthesis of High Purity Si3N4 and SiC Powders by CVD Method

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    Halamka, M.; Kavecký, Š.; Dočekal, Bohumil; Madejová, J.; Šajgalík, P.

    2003-01-01

    Roč. 47, č. 3 (2003), s. 88-93. ISSN 0862-5468 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4031919 Keywords : high purity ceramics * trace element analysis * atomic absorption spectrometry Sub ject RIV: CB - Analytical Chemistry, Separation Impact factor: 0.449, year: 2003

  20. Oto Cosmo Observatory and high purity NaI(Tl) detector for dark matter search

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    The Oto Cosmo Observatory was constructed to study nuclear-particle rare processes. Now, several experiments studying dark matter and double beta decay are undergoing in three experimental halls. In this report, we show the present status of Oto Cosmo Observatory and the new project to search for dark matters by a high purity NaI scintillator. (author)

  1. Integration of High-Purity Carbon Nanotube Solution into Electronic Devices

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    Tulevski, George; IBM TJ Watson Reserach Center Team

    Due to their exceptional electronic properties, carbon nanotubes (cnt) are leading candidates to be employed as channel materials in future nanoelectronic devices. A key bottleneck to realizing device integration is the sorting of carbon nanotubes, namely the isolation of high-purity, semiconducting cnt solutions. This talk will describe our efforts in using polymer-based sorting methods to isolate high-density and high-purity semiconducting cnt solutions. We explore the dependence of starting material and polymer to cnt ratio on the effectiveness of the separation. We confirm optically and electrically that the semiconducting purity is >99.99% through several thousand individual device measurements. In addition to single-cnt devices, thin-film transistors were also fabricated and tested. Due to the high purity of the solutions, device switching (~105 ION/IOFF) was observed at channel lengths below the percolation threshold (<500 nm). Operating below the percolation threshold allows for devices with much higher current densities and effective mobilities as transport is now the result of direct transport as opposed to hopping between cnts.

  2. Production of high-purity radium-223 from legacy actinium-beryllium neutron sources.

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    Soderquist, Chuck Z; McNamara, Bruce K; Fisher, Darrell R

    2012-07-01

    Radium-223 is a short-lived alpha-particle-emitting radionuclide with potential applications in cancer treatment. Research to develop new radiopharmaceuticals employing (223)Ra has been hindered by poor availability due to the small quantities of parent actinium-227 available world-wide. The purpose of this study was to develop innovative and cost-effective methods to obtain high-purity (223)Ra from (227)Ac. We obtained (227)Ac from two surplus actinium-beryllium neutron generators. We retrieved the actinium/beryllium buttons from the sources and dissolved them in a sulfuric-nitric acid solution. A crude actinium solid was recovered from the solution by coprecipitation with thorium fluoride, leaving beryllium in solution. The crude actinium was purified to provide about 40 milligrams of actinium nitrate using anion exchange in methanol-water-nitric acid solution. The purified actinium was then used to generate high-purity (223)Ra. We extracted (223)Ra using anion exchange in a methanol-water-nitric acid solution. After the radium was separated, actinium and thorium were then eluted from the column and dried for interim storage. This single-pass separation produces high purity, carrier-free (223)Ra product, and does not disturb the (227)Ac/(227)Th equilibrium. A high purity, carrier-free (227)Th was also obtained from the actinium using a similar anion exchange in nitric acid. These methods enable efficient production of (223)Ra for research and new alpha-emitter radiopharmaceutical development. PMID:22697483

  3. Synthesis of High-Purity Chemical Library Reveals a Potent Inducer of Oxidative Stress

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    Cui, Jiayue; Matsumoto, Kenji; Wang, Cindy Y.; Peter, Marcus E.; Kozmin, Sergey A.

    2010-01-01

    Synthesis of high-purity biogenic heterocyclic library enabled identification of a small molecule, which potently inhibited proliferation of several cancer cell lines and induces rapid oxidative stress. This agent elicited unusual mechanism of cell death induction, which entailed activation of both caspase-dependent and independent pathways.

  4. Preparation of uranium-plutonium mixed nitride pellets with high purity

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    Uranium-plutonium mixed nitride pellets have been prepared in the gloveboxes with high purity Ar gas atmosphere. Carbothermic reduction of the oxides in N2-H2 mixed gas stream was adopted for synthesizing mixed nitride. Sintering was carried out in various conditions and the effect on the pellet characteristics was investigated. (author)

  5. Structure and texture of electrolytic superconducting coatings of high-purity niobium

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    Kolosov, V. N.; Shevyrev, A. A.

    2014-08-01

    Modes of epitaxial growth of electrolytic superconducting coatings of high-purity niobium on substrates of niobium, molybdenum, and tungsten have been investigated. The dynamics of changes in the structure and texture of the coatings depending on the method of treatment of substrates, cathode current density, and thickness of the deposited niobium layer has been studied.

  6. Mechanical synthesis of high purity Cu-In-Se alloy nanopowder as precursor for printed CISe thin film solar cells

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    Zaghi, Armin E.; Buffiere, Marie; Brammertz, Guy; Batuk, Maria; Lenaers, Nick; Kniknie, Bas; Hadermann, Joke; MEURIS, Marc; Poortmans, Jef; Vleugels, Jef

    2014-01-01

    Mechanical alloying and ball milling are low cost, up-scalable techniques for the preparation of high purity chalcogenide nanopowders to be used as precursor material for printing thin film solar cells. In this study, high purity copper indium selenium (Cu-In-Se) alloy nanopowders with 20-200 nm particle size were synthesized from macroscopic elemental Cu, In and Se powders via mechanical alloying and planetary ball milling. The particle size distribution, morphology, composition, and purity ...

  7. Preparation and validation of gas sealed high isotopic purity heavy water reference standards

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    The method for preparation of helium gas sealed high isotopic purity heavy water (D2O) reference standards on a large scale has been amply demonstrated. The percentage purity of the reference standards has been estimated employing Fourier-Transform Infrared (FT-IR) method standardized with certified D2O standard and confirmed by validation using the same method with supplementary certified standard having its purity value declared from a different method – Fourier-Transform Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (FT-NMR) spectroscopy, each of the certified standards having an accuracy of + 0.01 wt.%. The work has also been extended in the preparation of high purity reference standards (99.86 wt.%, 99.90 wt.% and 99.96 wt.%) with an accuracy of + 0.01 wt.% in stainless steel storage-containers (total 15 Nos.) in collaboration with Heavy Water Plant (HWP) laboratory, Baroda, Vadodara. The standards prepared are extremely useful for day-to-day quality control of product D2O as well as certifying the quality of export consignments from different HWPs. This also helps all the heavy water plant laboratories in India to analyze high grade heavy water samples with same level of accuracy and reproducibility. (author)

  8. Velocity-space pictures of continuum electrons produced by slow, bare, highly charged ions

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    Velocity-space pictures of the electron continua produced by the impact of ions on He and Ne have been measured for the bare projectiles of p, He, C, O, and Ne at a projectile velocity of 1.63 a.u. For the three highly charged projectiles, this velocity lies in the ionization open-quotes thresholdclose quotes region where electron capture dominates the reaction. The electron velocity-space distributions for these cases are concentrated near the velocity of the projectile, not near the saddle-point velocity, and seem to open-quotes saturateclose quotes at a nearly universal shape. The data are in qualitative agreement with CDW-EIS calculations. copyright 1997 The American Physical Society

  9. Fused salt processing of impure plutonium dioxide to high-purity plutonium metal

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    A process for converting impure plutonium dioxide (approx. 96% pure) to high-purity plutonium metal (>99.9%) was developed. The process consists of reducing the oxide to an impure plutonium metal intermediate with calcium metal in molten calcium chloride. The impure intermediate metal is cast into an anode and electrorefined to produce high-purity plutonium metal. The oxide reduction step is being done now on a 0.6-kg scale with the resulting yield being >99.5%. The electrorefining is being done on a 4.0-kg scale with the resulting yield being 80 to 85%. The purity of the product, which averages 99.98%, is essentially insensitive to the purity of the feed metal. The yield, however, is directly dependent on the chemical composition of the feed. To date, approximately 250 kg of impure oxide has been converted to pure metal by this processing sequence. The availability of impure plutonium dioxide, together with the need for pure plutonium metal, makes this sequence a valuable plutonium processing tool

  10. Magnetoresistance of 5N, 6N, and 6N8 high purity aluminum

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    Hoshikawa, H.; Megumi, T.; Tabuchi, H.; Sasaki, K.; Tomaru, T.; Shintomi, T.

    2012-06-01

    The electrical resistivity of high purity aluminum was measured in a magnetic field of up to 15 T in both the perpendicular and the parallel directions at 4.2 K with the four wire method. The effect of aluminum purity was investigated using wire specimens of three different purities, i.e., 5N and 6N-Al, which are commercially available, and 6N8-Al, which was further purified from 6N-Al. Specimens of commercial 5N copper were also tested for comparison. When a magnetic field was applied perpendicular to the current direction, RRR (residual resistivity ratio) declined with an increase in the field, with RRR at 15 T having a value that was about a third of that at 0 T. When the magnetic field was applied parallel to the current direction, RRR tended to show higher values than the former case, and the magnetoresistance behavior differed with the purity. While RRR of 5N-Al dropped sharply below 1 T and was almost constant over 1 T, RRR of 6N-Al and 6N8-Al increased with the magnetic field and maintained its high value.

  11. High purity materials as targets for radioisotope production: Needs and challenges

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    V Shivarudrappa; K V Vimalnath

    2005-07-01

    Radionuclides have become powerful and indispensable tools in many endeavours of human activities, most importantly in medicine, industry, biology and agriculture, apart from R&D activities. Ready availability of radionuclides in suitable radiochemical form, its facile detection and elegant tracer concepts are responsible for their unprecedented use. Application of radioisotopes in medicine has given birth to a new branch, viz. nuclear medicine, wherein radioisotopes are used extensively in the diagnosis and treatment of variety of diseases including cancer. Artificial transmutation of an element employing thermal neutrons in a reactor or high energy particle accelerators (cyclotrons) are the routes of radioisotope production world over. Availability of high purity target materials, natural or enriched, are crucial for any successful radioisotope programme. Selection of stable nuclides in suitable chemical form as targets with desired isotopic and chemical purity are among the important considerations in radioisotope production. Mostly the oxide, carbonate or the metal itself are the preferred target forms for neutron activation in a research reactor. Chemical impurities, particularly from the elements of the same group, put a limitation on the purity of the final radioisotope product. Whereas the isotopic impurities result in the production of undesirable radionuclidic impurities, which affect their effective utilization. Isotope Group, BARC, is in the forefront of radioisotope production and supply in the country, meeting demands for gamut of radioisotope applications indigenously for over four decades now. Radioisotopes such as 131I, 99Mo, 32P, 51Cr, 153Sm, 82Br, 203Hg, 198Au etc are produced in TBq quantities every month and supplied to several users and to Board of Radiation and Isotope Technology (BRIT). Such a large production programme puts a huge demand on the reliable sources of availability of high purity target materials which are at present mostly met

  12. A Study of the Surface Quality of High Purity Copper after Heat Treatment

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    Aicheler, M; Atieh, S; Calatroni, S; Riddone, G; Lebet, S; Samoshkin, A

    2011-01-01

    Themanufacturing flow of accelerating structures for the compact linear collider, based on diamond-machined high purity copper components, include several thermal cycles (diffusion bonding, brazing of cooling circuits, baking in vacuum, etc.). The high temperature cycles may be carried out following different schedules and environments (vacuum, reducing hydrogen atmosphere, argon, etc.) and develop peculiar surface topographies which have been the object of extended observations. This study presents and discusses the results of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and optical microscopy investigations.

  13. Charge particle activation analysis of light element impurities in high purity materials

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    Charged particle activation analysis (CPAA) of low Z element impurities like oxygen, carbon, nitrogen, boron etc. can be determined with high sensitivity and accuracy in high purity materials at ppm to ppb levels. The oxygen and carbon impurities in ppm levels have been determined in high purity metals like copper, silicon, stainless steel, tantalum, magnesium and aluminium using 40 MeV alpha-charge particles at Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Calcutta. Radiochemical separations were carried out to separate the radioactive products 18F and 11C formed by the nuclear reaction 16O (α pn) 18F and 12C (α, αn) 11C, respectively. Determination of carbon by deuteron activation is also studied using the nuclear reaction12C(d,n) 13N. (author). 4 refs., 1 tab

  14. Synthesis and Characterization of High-Purity Bismuth Nanowires via Seed-Assisted Growth Approach

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    Mu, Xin; Zhao, Wen-Yu; He, Dan-Qi; Zhou, Hong-Yu; Zhu, Wan-Ting; Zhang, Qing-Jie

    2015-06-01

    Nanowires are considered as high-performance thermoelectric materials with large Seebeck coefficients due to quantum confinement and low thermal conductivity because of enhanced boundary scattering of phonons. In this work, a seed-assisted growth method has been developed to synthesize high-purity bismuth nanowires. The bismuth seeds were first synthesized by reducing BiCl3 in the ice water with NaBH4. The high-purity bismuth nanowires about 40-50 nm in diameter and several tens of micrometers in length were then grown on bismuth seeds by reducing NaBiO3 with ethylene glycol. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy were employed to characterize the crystal structure, microstructure, and growth direction of the bismuth seeds and nanowires. The effects of temperature, reductant, and bismuth seeds template on the microstructures of the bismuth nanowires were also investigated. The synthesis conditions of bismuth seeds and nanowires were optimized. The selected area electron diffraction pattern confirms that the growth direction of bismuth nanowires is parallel to [] direction. It was discovered that high-purity bismuth nanowires with high aspect ratio can be synthesized by precisely controlling the temperature to adjust the nucleation rate of the bismuth nuclei, selecting the appropriate reductant to maintain a low nucleation rate, and using bismuth seeds as the template of the epitaxial growth of the bismuth nuclei.

  15. The preparation method of high purity rare earth elements and yttrium

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    The subject of the patent is a method of separation of high purity rare earth elements and yttrium as well as their oxides. Solution containing rare earth ions (concentration 15-30 g/cm3, pH=3-5) is passed through the column with carboxylic cationite and then the complexing agent (EDTA) is introduced into the column and the eluate is directed to another column with sulfonic cationite. The process is then repeated with EDTA in the sequence of three columns containing different forms of sulfonic cationite. To the eluent leaving the last column concentrated HNO3 is added for EDTA precipitation. Oxalic acid is added to the residual solution. The precipitated sediments of high purity rare earths and yttrium oxides is then filtrated, washed and dried. 2 tabs

  16. Fabrication of novel cryomill for synthesis of high purity metallic nanoparticles

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    Kumar, Nirmal; Biswas, Krishanu

    2015-08-01

    The successful preparation of free standing metal nanoparticles with high purity in bulk quantity is the pre-requisite for any potential application. This is possible by using ball milling at cryogenic temperature. However, the most of ball mills available in the market do not allow preparing high purity metal nanoparticles by this route. In addition, it is not possible to carry out in situ measurements of process parameters as well as diagnostic of the process. In the present investigation, we present a detailed study on the fabrication of a cryomill, which is capable of avoiding contaminations in the product. It also provides in situ measurements and diagnostic of the low temperature milling process. Online monitoring of the milling temperature and observation of ball motion are the important aspects in the newly designed mill. The nanoparticles prepared using this fabricated mill have been found to be free standing and also free from contaminations.

  17. Effect of trace yttrium on cube texture of high-purity aluminum foils

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    刘楚明; 张新明; 陈志永; 蒋红辉; 周卓平

    2001-01-01

    The effect of trace yttrium on cube texture of high-purity aluminum foils has been investigated by means of orientation distribution functions (ODFs). The results show that a small addition of yttrium to high-purity aluminum brings about a considerable increment of the cube texture, and it reduces the content of R texture. The rare earth yttrium may combine with the other impurities to form the metallic compounds, such as FeYAl8, Fe6YAl6, Fe4YAl8 and Si2YAl2. When the precipitation of these particles in the matrix is nearly completed and the Fe concentration in the matrix becomes low, the cube texture can develop well and the R texture can be suppressed.

  18. Plating of iridium for use as high purity electrodes in the assay of ultrapure copper

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    Fabrication of high-purity iridium electrodes using electrochemical deposition was performed to produce anodes used to assay ultrapure copper for extremely low uranium and thorium contamination primarily in support of the Majorana collaboration. High-purity iridium was deposited using a low current density under a constant voltage to produce a smooth film over a micron thick. The current efficiency was 23 % using an electrolyte of 40 mM IrCl3 · 4H2O, and H2SO4 employing polished iridium wires as electrodes at an elevated temperature of 80 deg C. The electrodes can be converted to iridium oxide with different oxidation states by heating them in air for various periods. (author)

  19. Measurements on the residual resistivity ratio (RRR) of high purity aluminium under cyclic mechanical stresses

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    High purity aluminium used for the stabilization of superconducting cable achieves very low electrical resistivity at 4.2 K even at high magnetic fields. However, the resistivity is strain dependent, especially cyclic strain dependent. In aluminium stabilized superconducting magnets a strain induced increase of the resistivity can be observed after only few charging cycles of the magnet. Measurements on two types of mostly favored aluminium purities, 4N and 4N8, are foreseen. The measuring device and the planned measuring program are described here below. The purpose of this paper is to communicate first results of RRR measurements and to discuss the test equipment extension for the measurements of cyclic strain behavior

  20. Synthesis and Characterization of High-Purity Tellurium Nanowires via Self-seed-Assisted Growth Approach

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    Li, Ying; Zhao, Wen-yu; Mu, Xin; Liu, Xing; He, Dan-qi; Zhu, Wan-ting; Zhang, Qing-jie

    2016-03-01

    Nanowires have attracted intense attention in recent years due to their novel physical properties. In this work, we prepare high-purity tellurium nanowires through the self-seed-assisted growth method previously developed by us. The tellurium seeds were firstly synthesized by reducing Na2TeO3 in the ice water with NaBH4. The high-purity tellurium nanowires with a diameter of 40-50 nm and a length of several tens of micrometers were then grown on tellurium seeds by reducing Na2TeO3 with hydrazine hydrate. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy were employed to characterize the crystal structure, microstructure, and growth direction of tellurium seeds and nanowires. The effects of temperature, time, surfactant and tellurium seeds on microstructures of tellurium nanowires has also been investigated. The synthesis conditions of tellurium seeds and nanowires was optimized. The selected area electron diffraction pattern confirms that the growth direction of tellurium nanowires is parallel to [0001] direction. It was discovered that high-purity tellurium nanowires with high aspect ratio can be synthesized by precisely controlling the temperature to adjust the nucleation rate of the tellurium nuclei, selecting the appropriate surfactant to induce the coordination along the macromolecular chain, and using tellurium seeds as the templates of the epitaxial growth of tellurium nuclei.

  1. Study on vacuum brazing of high purity alumina for application in proton synchrotron

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    Highlights: • Study compares Mo–Mn metallization and active brazing routes for joining alumina. • Targeted application: UHV chamber of proton synchrotron. • Both kinds of joints were UHV compatible with helium leak rate <1.1 × 10−10 mbar l/s. • Active brazed joints met tensile and flexural strength design requirement (>50 MPa). • Active brazing is a simpler and economical route for joining high purity alumina. - Abstract: The paper describes an experimental study to evaluate two different vacuum brazing processes to obtain high purity alumina (99.7%) joints suitable for application in rapid cycle proton synchrotron. Two different brazing routes, adopted for making alumina–alumina brazed joints, included (i) multi-step Mo–Mn metallization, followed by brazing with BVAg-8 alloy and (ii) advanced single-step active brazing with CuSil-ABA® alloy. Both the brazing routes yielded helium leak tight and ultra-high vacuum (pressure < 10−9 mbar) compatible joints. Active-brazed specimens exhibited tensile and mean flexural strengths of 62 and 110 MPa, respectively. Metallized-brazed specimens, although associated with relatively lower tensile strength (35 MPa) than the targeted value (>50 MPa), displayed higher mean flexural strength of 149 MPa. The results of the study demonstrated that active brazing is a simple and cost effective alternative to conventional multi-step metallization route for producing quality joints of high purity alumina for application in rapid cycle proton synchrotron machine

  2. Aluminium. II - A review of deformation properties of high purity aluminium and dilute aluminium alloys.

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    Reed, R. P.

    1972-01-01

    The elastic and plastic deformation behavior of high-purity aluminum and of dilute aluminum alloys is reviewed. Reliable property data, including elastic moduli, elastic coefficients, tensile, creep, fatigue, hardness, and impact are presented. Single crystal tensile results are discussed. Rather comprehensive reference lists, containing publications of the past 20 years, are included for each of the above categories. Defect structures and mechanisms responsible for mechanical behavior are presented. Strengthening techniques (alloys, cold work, irradiation, quenching, composites) and recovery are briefly reviewed.

  3. The determination of boron in high-purity aluminium metal by spark-source mass spectrometry

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    A method is described for the determination of boron in high-purity aluminium metal. Both isotopic boron lines (10B+1 and 11B+1) are used for the analysis. As there are no low-abundance isotopic lines for aluminium, measurements were made direct without reference to aluminium as an internal standard. The boron concentration values of eight aluminium samples analysed by this method compared favourably with results obtained from other techniques

  4. Obtaining water with a high degree of purity by using reverse osmosis

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    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we used the method of reverse osmosis in order to obtain water with a high degree of purity. For this aim, we used the TKA 20-120ECO device. We completed physic-chemical determinations for the water of supply, as well as for the water obtained after the osmosis process. The results that we obtained are relevant and interesting.

  5. High-purity germanium detector ionization pulse shapes of nuclear recoils, gamma interactions and microphonism

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    Baudis, L.; Hellmig, J.; Klapdor-Kleingrothaus, H. V.; Ramachers, Y.; Hammer, J. W.; Mayer, A.

    1999-01-01

    Nuclear recoil measurements with high-purity Germanium detectors are very promising to directly detect dark matter candidates. The main background sources in such experiments are natural radioactivity and microphonic noise. Digital pulse shape analysis is an encouraging approach to reduce the background originating from the latter. To study the pulse shapes of nuclear recoil events we performed a neutron scattering experiment, which covered the ionization energy range from 20 to 80 keV. We ha...

  6. Ceramic materials for obtaining of high-purity niobium and tantalum compounds

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    Meterial, based on quartz ceramics with protective coating of niobium pentaoxide, has been developed. It can be used for manufacture of containers, lining and structural products, designated for operation under conditions of rapid temperature drops and in corrosive medium, containing fluoride vapors. Such products can be used instead of platinum containers in synthesis of high-purity niobium and tantalum pentaoxide and can be recommended for application in chemical industry

  7. Hydrogen and fundamental defects in electron-irradiated high-purity silicon

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    2008-01-01

    The dynamics of various fundamental defects in electron-irradiated high-purity silicon detectors (diodes) were investigated by deep-level transient spectroscopy (DLTS). Samples with various oxygen concentrations were used and hydrogen was intentionally introduced into some samples. The defect dynamics was investigated by first creating defect centres by irradiating the diodes with 6-MeV electrons and subsequently annealing the samples, isochronally or isothermally, at increasingly higher temp...

  8. High Purity Tungsten Spherical Particle Preparation From WC-Co Spent Hard Scrap

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    Han Chulwoong; Na Hyunwoong; Choi Hanshin; Kim Yonghwan

    2015-01-01

    Tungsten carbide-cobalt hard metal scrap was recycled to obtain high purity spherical tungsten powder by a combined hydrometallurgy and physical metallurgy pathway. Selective leaching of tungsten element from hard metal scrap occurs at solid / liquid interface and therefore enlargement of effective surface area is advantageous. Linear oxidation behavior of Tungsten carbide-cobalt and the oxidized scrap is friable to be pulverized by milling process. In this regard, isothermally oxidized Tungs...

  9. The thermal properties of high purity and fully dense tungsten produced by chemical vapor deposition

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    Highlights: • High purity and fully dense CVD-W samples were prepared. • The deposition rate of CVD-W is higher than 0.6 mm/h. • Thermal conductivity of CVD-W is higher than that of forged-W. • CVD-W had a higher threshold energy of crack initiation than that of forged W. • CVD-W has higher energy absorption than that of forged-W. - Abstract: The ultra-high purity (>99.9999 wt.%) and fully dense (19.23 g/cm3) tungsten (W) by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) was prepared with the deposition rate higher than 0.6 mm/h. The thermal diffusivity, specific heat, heat conductivity and coefficient of thermal expansion of CVD-W at the temperature range of 473–1273 K were measured. Thermal shock tests were carried out on a 60 kW electron-beam material testing scenario to investigate the crack-resistant performance of CVD-W, and the crack initiation threshold energies of CVD-W were achieved in 5 ms heating duration. Compared to forged-W, the higher heat conductivity (160.5–111 W/(m K)) and threshold energy of crack initiation (1.1–1.65 MJ/m2) of CVD-W can be attributed to the material characteristics including high purity, fully dense, rough surface composed of pyramid-like grains, and the columnar grain structures

  10. The thermal properties of high purity and fully dense tungsten produced by chemical vapor deposition

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    Lv, Yanwei, E-mail: lv.yanwei@cxtc.com [Xiamen Honglu Tungsten Molybdenum Industry Co. Ltd., 361021 Xiamen (China); Song, Jiupeng [Xiamen Honglu Tungsten Molybdenum Industry Co. Ltd., 361021 Xiamen (China); Lian, Youyun [Fusion Reactor Design and Material Division, Southwestern Institute of Physics, P.O. Box 432, 610041 Chengdu (China); Yu, Yang [Xiamen Honglu Tungsten Molybdenum Industry Co. Ltd., 361021 Xiamen (China); Liu, Xiang [Fusion Reactor Design and Material Division, Southwestern Institute of Physics, P.O. Box 432, 610041 Chengdu (China); Zhuang, Zhigang [China National R and D Center for Tungsten Technology, Xiamen Tungsten Co. Ltd, 361026 Xiamen (China)

    2015-02-15

    Highlights: • High purity and fully dense CVD-W samples were prepared. • The deposition rate of CVD-W is higher than 0.6 mm/h. • Thermal conductivity of CVD-W is higher than that of forged-W. • CVD-W had a higher threshold energy of crack initiation than that of forged W. • CVD-W has higher energy absorption than that of forged-W. - Abstract: The ultra-high purity (>99.9999 wt.%) and fully dense (19.23 g/cm{sup 3}) tungsten (W) by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) was prepared with the deposition rate higher than 0.6 mm/h. The thermal diffusivity, specific heat, heat conductivity and coefficient of thermal expansion of CVD-W at the temperature range of 473–1273 K were measured. Thermal shock tests were carried out on a 60 kW electron-beam material testing scenario to investigate the crack-resistant performance of CVD-W, and the crack initiation threshold energies of CVD-W were achieved in 5 ms heating duration. Compared to forged-W, the higher heat conductivity (160.5–111 W/(m K)) and threshold energy of crack initiation (1.1–1.65 MJ/m{sup 2}) of CVD-W can be attributed to the material characteristics including high purity, fully dense, rough surface composed of pyramid-like grains, and the columnar grain structures.

  11. Corrosion behavior of high purity Fe-Cr-Ni alloys in trans-passive condition

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    The corrosion behavior of high-purity (99.99%) Fe-Cr-Ni alloys was investigated in 13 N nitric acid with/without Ce4+ ions to clarify the effect of impurities on the trans-passive corrosion of stainless steel. The following results were obtained. (1) Almost no intergranular corrosion was observed in the high-purity alloys, although the corrosion rate of the matrix region was nearly the same as that of a commercial stainless steel with the same Cr and Ni content. (2) Due to the improved intergranular corrosion resistance, the effect of the purification became significant in the corrosion condition with the grain-separation being predominant. (3) The high-purity alloys showed higher susceptivility to intergranular corrosion with aging treatment between 873 K and 1073 K. Although the sulfuric acid/copper sulfate test suggested the formation of Cr-depleted zones, a grain boundary micro-analysis using a FETEM with an EDX did not reveal any change in Cr content or impurity segregain along the grain boundaries. The mechanism of corrosion enhancement resulting from the aging treatment remains nuclear. (author)

  12. Effect of high-temperature heat treatment duration on the purity and microstructure of MWCNTs

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    I Srikanth; N Padmavathi; P S R Prasad; P Ghosal; R K Jain; Ch Subrahmanyam

    2016-02-01

    The effect of high-temperature heat treatment on purity and structural changes of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were studied by subjecting the raw MWCNTs (pristine MWCNTs) to 2600°C for 60 and 120 min. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to study the effect of heat-treatment duration on the purity and structural changes of MWCNTs. Results show that high-temperature heat treatment can be used to purify MWCNTs with proper optimization of treatment time. It was observed that 60 min heat treatment of raw MWCNTs imparts high purity and structural perfection to MWCNTs, while 120 min heat treatment imparts structural degradation to MWCNTs with collapse of the innermost shells. The present study indicates that metal impurities act as moderators in controlling the degradation of MWCNTs up to certain duration, and once the metal impurities escape completely, further heat treatment degrades the structure of MWCNTs.

  13. Characterization of high purity Silicon derived from Rice husk through improved Leaching process

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    Yusuf, Gbadebo; Awodugba, Ayodeji; Raimi, Adepoju; Babatola, Babatunde

    2014-03-01

    Rice husk is an abundant source of silicon and silicon compounds. High purity Silicon are required in high technology products such as semiconductors and solar cell. In this work, the possibility of obtaining pure silicon compounds through leaching process was investigated. Mesoporous silica nanoparticles with amorphous morphology have been synthesized from rice husk which was further subjected to improved leaching process to obtain pure silicon. XRD analysis shows the crystal structure of the as-received RHA with major reflections or peaks of crystalline quartz from ICSD powder diffraction occur at Bragg 2 θ angles of 20.856°, 26.636° and 36.541°. The purity of silicon obtained in terms of silica content was improved by leaching in 10 wt% hydrochloric acid. Advance future works on characterizing the electrical properties of the refined Rice Husk will eventually add value to the Rice Husk Silicon product and make it more attractive not only to the Photovoltaic industry but also other industries that require high purity silicon at reasonable cost. We wish to thank the Managements of Osun state Polytechnic-Iree and Ladoke Akintola University of Technology-Ogbomoso for creating enabling environment for this research work.

  14. Isotope dilution mass spectrometry of microelectronically relevant heavy metal traces in high-purity cobalt

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    Because cobalt and its silicides are increasingly used in microelectronic devices, an isotope dilution mass spectrometric (IDMS) method has been developed for trace analysis of relevant heavy metals (U, Th, Fe, Zn, Tl, and Cd) in high-purity cobalt. The measurements of the isotope ratios were carried out with a small thermal ionization quadrupole mass spectrometer by producing positive thermal ions in a single- or double-filament ion source. For the trace/matrix separation and the isolation of the different heavy metals, anion-exchange chromatography and an extraction method for iron were applied. The detection limits obtained were (in ng/g): U = 0.007, Th = 0.017, Tl = 0.06, Cd = 1, Zn = 8, and Fe = 11, which demonstrates that the particularly critical radioactive impurities uranium and thorium could be analysed down to the low pg/g range. Three cobalt samples of different purity were analysed with concentrations ranging from about 0.1 ng/g for U and Th in an ultra high-purity material produced for microelectronic purposes, up to about 70 μg/g for Cd in a cobalt sample with declared purity of 99.8%. Because IDMS usually results in accurate analytical results, it can be used in the future for calibration of other methods like glow discharge mass spectrometry, as could be shown by analysing one cobalt sample by both methods. IDMS can also be applied for the production of urgently needed certified standard reference materials in this important field of high technology. (orig.)

  15. High Purity DNA Extraction with a SPE Microfluidic Chip Using KI as the Binding Salt

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    Xing CHEN; Da Fu CUI; Chang Chun LIU

    2006-01-01

    Based on solid phase extraction method, a novel silicon-PDMS-glass microchip for high purity DNA extraction has been developed by using KI as the binding salt. The microfluidic chip fabricated by MEMS technology was composed of a silicon substrate with a coiled channel and a compounded PDMS-glass cover. With this microfluidic chip, the wall of the coiled channel was used as solid phase matrix for binding DNA and DNA was extracted by the fluxion of the binding buffer, washing buffer and elution buffer. KI as a substitute for guanidine, was used successfully as binding salt for purification DNA, obtaining higher purity of genomic DNA and about 13.9 ng DNA from 1 μL rat whole blood in 35 minutes.

  16. Construction of a Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain for high purity levan production.

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    Feng, Jun; Gu, Yanyan; Han, Lifang; Bi, Kexin; Quan, Yufeng; Yang, Chao; Zhang, Wei; Cao, Mingfeng; Wang, Shufang; Gao, Weixia; Sun, Yang; Song, Cunjiang

    2015-06-01

    Bacillus amyloliquefaciens NK-1 has the potential to produce levan and poly-gamma-glutamic acid (γ-PGA) simultaneously. However, it is not possible to purify each single product from the same strain because the extraction process is identical. We deleted the pgs cluster (for γ-PGA synthesis) from the NK-1 strain and constructed a γ-PGA-deficient NK-ΔLP strain. Nuclear magnetic results showed that the NK-ΔLP strain could produce high purity levan product. However, its levan titer was only 1.96 g L(-1) in the basal medium. Single-factor experimental and response surface methodology was used to optimize the culture condition, leading to levan titer of 13.9 and 22.6 g L(-1) in flask culture and in a 5-L bioreactor, respectively. The levan purity can reach to 92.7% after 48 h cultivation. Furthermore, the relationship between levanase (LevB) and levan molecular weight was studied. The results showed that LevB resulted in the production of low molecular weight levan and its expression level determined the ratio of high and low molecular weight levan. We also deleted the sac cluster (for levan synthesis) from the NK-1 strain and constructed a levan-deficient NK-L strain. The NK-L strain exhibited increased purity of γ-PGA product from 79.5 to 91.2%. PMID:25953857

  17. High-energy proton radiation damage of high-purity germanium detectors

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    Pehl, R. H.; Varnell, L. S.; Metzger, A. E.

    1978-01-01

    Quantitative studies of radiation damage in high-purity germanium gamma-ray detectors due to high-energy charged particles have been carried out; two 1.0 cm thick planar detectors were irradiated by 6 GeV/c protons. Under proton bombardment, degradation in the energy resolution was found to begin below 7 x 10 to the 7th protons/sq cm and increased proportionately in both detectors until the experiment was terminated at a total flux of 5.7 x 10 to the 8th protons/sq cm, equivalent to about a six year exposure to cosmic-ray protons in space. At the end of the irradiation, the FWHM resolution measured at 1332 keV stood at 8.5 and 13.6 keV, with both detectors of only marginal utility as a spectrometer due to the severe tailing caused by charge trapping. Annealing these detectors after proton damage was found to be much easier than after neutron damage.

  18. Electron emission in collisions of fast highly charged bare ions with helium atoms

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    Mondal, Abhoy; Mandal, Chittranjan; Purkait, Malay

    2016-01-01

    We have studied the electron emission from ground state helium atom in collision with fast bare heavy ions at intermediate and high incident energies. In the present study, we have applied the present three-body formalism of the three Coulomb wave (3C-3B) model and the previously adopted four-body formalism of the three Coulomb wave (3C-4B). To represent the active electron in the helium atom in the 3C-3B model, the initial bound state wavefunction is chosen to be hydrogenic with an effective nuclear charge. The wavefunction for the ejected electron in the exit channel has been approximated to be a Coulomb continuum wavefunction with same effective nuclear charge. Effectively the continuum-continuum correlation effect has been considered in the present investigation. Here we have calculated the energy and angular distribution of double differential cross sections (DDCS) at low and high energy electron emission from helium atom. The large forward-backward asymmetry is observed in the angular distribution which is explained in terms of the two-center effect (TCE). Our theoretical results are compared with available experimental results as well as other theoretical calculations based on the plain wave Born approximation (PWBA), continuum-distorted wave (CDW) approximation, continuum-distorted wave eikonal-initial state (CDW-EIS) approximation, and the corresponding values obtained from the 3C-4B model [S. Jana, R. Samanta, M. Purkait, Phys. Scr. 88, 055301 (2013)] respectively. It is observed that the four-body version of the present investigation produces results which are in better agreement with experimental observations for all cases.

  19. High purity NaI(Tl) scintillator to search for dark matter

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    Fushimi, Ken-Ichi; Ejiri, Hiroyasu; Hazama, Ryuta; Ikeda, Haruo; Inoue, Kunio; Imagawa, Kyoshiro; Kanzaki, Gakuji; Kozlov, Alexandre; Orito, Reiko; Shima, Tatsushi; Takemoto, Yasuhiro; Teraoka, Yuri; Umehara, Saori; Yoshida, Sei

    2016-01-01

    A high purity and large volume NaI(Tl) scintillator was developed to search for cosmic dark matter. The required densities of radioactive impurities (RIs) such as U-chain, Th-chain are less than a few ppt to establish high sensitivity to dark matter. The impurity of RIs were effectively reduced by selecting raw materials of crucible and by performing chemical reduction of lead ion in NaI raw powder. The impurity of $^{226}$Ra was reduced less than 100 $\\mu$Bq/kg in NaI(Tl) crystal. It should ...

  20. Requirements on pumps for supply of high-purity water; Anforderungsprofil an Pumpen fuer die Reinstwasserversorgung

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    Pfeffer, R. [Philipp Hilge GmbH, Bodenheim (Germany)

    2001-07-01

    In pharmaceutical plants, the quality of high-purity water supply depends to a high degree on the materials, pipe conduit design and control systems, sterilisation characteristics of components like pipelines, armatures and pumps, and the design of the plant components. [German] Eine grosse Rolle fuer die Sicherstellung der Qualitaet einer Pharmaanlage und speziell von Reinstwasseranlagen fuer Wasser fuer Injektionszwecke spielt die Auswahl der Werkstoffe, die Leitungsfuehrung und Regeltechnik, die Sterilisationsfaehigkeit der verwendeten Bauteile wie Rohrleitungen, Armaturen und Pumpen sowie die Konstruktionsmerkmale der Anlagenteile. (orig.)

  1. Recycling of high purity selenium from CIGS solar cell waste materials

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    Highlights: • A new method for recycling of selenium from CIGS solar cell materials is presented. • Separation of selenium as selenium dioxide after heating in oxygen atmosphere. • Complete selenium separation after oxidation of <63 μm particles at 800 °C for 1 h. • After reduction of selenium dioxide the selenium purity was higher than 99.999 wt%. - Abstract: Copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) is a promising material in thin film solar cell production. To make CIGS solar cells more competitive, both economically and environmentally, in comparison to other energy sources, methods for recycling are needed. In addition to the generally high price of the material, significant amounts of the metals are lost in the manufacturing process. The feasibility of recycling selenium from CIGS through oxidation at elevated temperatures was therefore examined. During oxidation gaseous selenium dioxide was formed and could be separated from the other elements, which remained in solid state. Upon cooling, the selenium dioxide sublimes and can be collected as crystals. After oxidation for 1 h at 800 °C all of the selenium was separated from the CIGS material. Two different reduction methods for reduction of the selenium dioxide to selenium were tested. In the first reduction method an organic molecule was used as the reducing agent in a Riley reaction. In the second reduction method sulphur dioxide gas was used. Both methods resulted in high purity selenium. This proves that the studied selenium separation method could be the first step in a recycling process aimed at the complete separation and recovery of high purity elements from CIGS

  2. Simulation of gamma-ray current pulse shapes produced in a high purity germanium detector

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    Bambford, G.J.; Rester, A.C.; Coldwell, R.L. (Inst. for Astrophysics and Planetary Exploration, Univ. of Florida, Alachua, FL (United States))

    1992-08-01

    In this paper, the authors present results of a simulation of gamma-ray interactions in a high purity germanium detector (HPGe). Gamma-ray interactions have been divided into Compton events which leave only part of their energy in the detector and full energy events which leave all their energy in the detector. The current pulse shapes from the detector were examined on a pulse by pulse basis. the simulation shows that rejecting all waveforms with trailing edges less than 50 ns improves the peak to Compton ratio by a factor of two and in addition, flattens the remaining Compton edges.

  3. Simulation of gamma-ray current pulse shapes produced in a high purity germanium detector

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    In this paper, the authors present results of a simulation of gamma-ray interactions in a high purity germanium detector (HPGe). Gamma-ray interactions have been divided into Compton events which leave only part of their energy in the detector and full energy events which leave all their energy in the detector. The current pulse shapes from the detector were examined on a pulse by pulse basis. the simulation shows that rejecting all waveforms with trailing edges less than 50 ns improves the peak to Compton ratio by a factor of two and in addition, flattens the remaining Compton edges

  4. High Purity Heroin Use Among Women in Karaj, Iran: A Pilot Study

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    Babakhanian, Masuadeh; Mansouri, Sahar; Moradi, Zahra; Abarashi, Zahra

    2013-01-01

    Objective: High purity heroin use is a new epidemic health concern among Iranian drug-using women in recent years. However, the nature and initial factors associated with this serious health problem have not been studied yet. Methods: To understand this issue, a cross-sectional study was conducted and sixty treatment and non-treatment seekers who met the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed., Text Revision (DSM.IV-TR) criteria for drug dependence with mean age of 28.7...

  5. Ion implanted N-type contract for high-purity germanium radiation detectors

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    Thin large-area n+ contacts on high-purity germanium detectors have been produced by implantation of 25 keV phosphorous ions. The contacts show leakage current of less than 10-9 A up to fields of greater than 2000 V/cm. Unannealed lattice damage may still limit the maximum applied field, but proper surface treatment prior to implantation and subsequent annealing steps have resulted in a dramatic improvement in the applied field. Spectra are presented which demonstrate that the n+ window is thin and the spectrometer performance is excellent

  6. Crystal growth and detector performance of large size high-purity Ge crystals

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    Wang, Guojian; Mei, Hao; Mei, Dongming; Irmscher, Klaus; Guan, Yutong; Yang, Gang

    2015-01-01

    High-purity germanium crystals approximately 12 cm in diameter were grown in a hydrogen atmosphere using the Czochralski method. The dislocation density of the crystals was determined to be in the range of 2000 - 4200 cm-2, which meets a requirement for use as a radiation detector. The axial and radial distributions of impurities in the crystals were measured and are discussed. A planar detector was also fabricated from one of the crystals and then evaluated for electrical and spectral performance. Measurements of gamma-ray spectra from Cs-137 and Am-241 sources demonstrate that the detector has excellent energy resolution.

  7. High purity H-2/H2O/Ni/SZ electrodes at 500 degrees C

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    Høgh, Jens Valdemar Thorvald; Hansen, Karin Vels; Norrman, Kion; Chorkendorff, Ib; Jacobsen, Torben; Mogensen, Mogens

    2013-01-01

    stabilized zirconia (SZ) with 10,13 and 18 mol% yttria and one with 6 mol% scandia plus 4 mol% yttria were studied at open circuit voltage at 400-500 degrees C in mixtures of H-2/H2O over 46 days. The polarization resistances (R-p) for all samples increased significantly during the first 10-20 days at 500......The performance of SOFC (solid oxide fuel cell) anodes is influenced negatively by impurities. In the present study segregation of impurities is minimized by using high purity materials at relatively low temperatures to prevent fast segregation. Ni point electrodes on polished single crystals of...

  8. Formation and evolution of tweed structures on high-purity aluminum polycrystalline foils under cyclic tension

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    Peculiarities of formation and evolution of tweed structures on the surface of high-purity aluminum polycrystalline foils under cyclic tension were studied using an atom force microscope and a white light interferometer. Tweed structures of micron and submicron sizes were found on the foils at different number of cycles. In the range of 42,000 < N < 95,000 cycles destruction of tweed patterns is observed, which leads to their disappearance from the surface of the foils. Formation of tweed structures of various scales is discussed in terms of the Grinfeld instability

  9. Formation and evolution of tweed structures on high-purity aluminum polycrystalline foils under cyclic tension

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    Kuznetsov, P. V., E-mail: kpv@ispms.tsc.ru [Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science SB RAS, Tomsk, 634055 (Russian Federation); National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk, 634050 (Russian Federation); Vlasov, I. V. [Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science SB RAS, Tomsk, 634055 (Russian Federation); Sklyarova, E. A.; Smekalina, T. V. [National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk, 634050 (Russian Federation)

    2015-10-27

    Peculiarities of formation and evolution of tweed structures on the surface of high-purity aluminum polycrystalline foils under cyclic tension were studied using an atom force microscope and a white light interferometer. Tweed structures of micron and submicron sizes were found on the foils at different number of cycles. In the range of 42,000 < N < 95,000 cycles destruction of tweed patterns is observed, which leads to their disappearance from the surface of the foils. Formation of tweed structures of various scales is discussed in terms of the Grinfeld instability.

  10. GAS CHROMATOGRAPHIC-MASS SPECTROMETRIC ANALYSIS OF HIGH PURITY SULFUR HEXAFLUORIDE ENRICHED WITH 32S ISOTOPE

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    Krylov, V. A.; Sozin, A. Iu.; Chernova, O. Iu.

    2016-01-01

    The method of gas chromatography-mass spectrometry was used for the first time to investigate the impurity composition of high-purity sulfur hexafluoride enriched with 32S isotope. For the separation of impurities an adsorption capillary column GS-GasPro of 60 m ´ 0.32 mm with a modified silica gel and a column of 25 m × 0.26 mm, df = 0.25 microns with  a poly trimethylsilyl propyne (PTMSP) were used. It was shown that GS-GasPro column allowed separating the impurity substances with low molec...

  11. Search of axions from a nuclear power reactor with a high-purity germanium detector

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    This article reports the first study of possible emissions of axions from power reactors using Primakoff and Compton conversions as the detection mechanisms. The expected experimental signatures are mono-energetic lines produced by their Primakoff or Compton conversions at a high-purity germanium (HPGe) detector. No evidence of axion emissions were observed and constraints on axion couplings versus axion mass within the framework of invisible axion models were placed. This experimental approach provides a unique probe for axion mass at the keV-MeV range not accessible to the other techniques

  12. High purity H-2/H2O/Ni/SZ electrodes at 500 degrees C

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    Høgh, Jens Valdemar Thorvald; Hansen, Karin Vels; Norrman, Kion;

    2013-01-01

    The performance of SOFC (solid oxide fuel cell) anodes is influenced negatively by impurities. In the present study segregation of impurities is minimized by using high purity materials at relatively low temperatures to prevent fast segregation. Ni point electrodes on polished single crystals...... of stabilized zirconia (SZ) with 10,13 and 18 mol% yttria and one with 6 mol% scandia plus 4 mol% yttria were studied at open circuit voltage at 400-500 degrees C in mixtures of H-2/H2O over 46 days. The polarization resistances (R-p) for all samples increased significantly during the first 10-20 days at 500...

  13. New red phosphor for near-ultraviolet light-emitting diodes with high color-purity

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    New red phosphors, Na5Eu(MoO4)4 doped with boron oxide were prepared by the solid-state reaction. Their structure and photo-luminescent properties were investigated. With the introduction of boron oxide, the red emission intensity of the phosphors under 395 nm excitation is strengthened, with high color-purity (x = 0.673, y = 0.327). The single red light-emitting diode was obtained by combining InGaN chip with the red phosphor, bright red light can be observed by naked eyes from the red light-emitting diodes under a forward bias of 20 mA.

  14. Separation of high purity gadolinium for reactor applications by solvent extraction process

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    A two cycle solvent extraction process employing 2-ethyl hexyl, 2-ethyl hexyl phosphonic acid (EHEHPA) has been developed for the separation of high purity gadolinium. Intermediate rare earth concentrate obtained during samarium purification process, comprised of 70% gadolinium along with lighter rare earths (Sm, Nd) as well as heavier rare earths (Tb, Dy, Y) have been processed for obtaining >99.5 % gadolinium oxide. The oxide was subsequently converted to its nitrate form for use as a secondary shut down device in PHWR system. The experimental conditions were optimized using computer simulation and validated by bench scale counter-current operations. (author)

  15. Size-controlled growth of colloidal gold nanoplates and their high-purity acquisition

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    A facile while flexible approach to size-controllable high-purity colloidal gold nanoplates has been presented. By adjusting the quantity of seeds and I- through a seed-mediated, cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTABr)-assisted synthetic system, the edge length of the gold nanoplates can be adjusted from 140 to 30 nm without changing their thickness or crystal structure. By simply increasing the ion concentration of the reaction solution, the as-prepared gold nanoplates can be deposited due to the different electrostatic aggregation effects between nanoplates and spherical nanoparticles. Effective storage methods to keep the structural and optical stability of these gold nanoplates are also proposed.

  16. A simple high-sensitivity technique for purity analysis of xenon gas

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    Leonard, D. S.; Dobi, A.; C. Hall; Kaufman, L.; Langford, T.; Slutsky, S.; Yen, Y. R.

    2010-01-01

    We report on the development and performance of a high-sensitivity purity-analysis technique for gaseous xenon. The gas is sampled at macroscopic pressure from the system of interest using a UHV leak valve. The xenon present in the sample is removed with a liquid-nitrogen cold trap, and the remaining impurities are observed with a standard vacuum mass-spectroscopy device. Using calibrated samples of xenon gas spiked with known levels of impurities, we find that the minimum detectable levels o...

  17. Q-degradation in high purity niobium cavities - dependence on temperature and RRR-value

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    Operational procedures for large accelerator systems using superconducting niobium cavities of high purity like CEBAF have to avoid holding the cavities in the temperature range 70 K ≤T≤150 K during cooldown. Investigation of the Q-degradation of a niobium cavity under various conditions is presented. Single cell and 5-cell 1500 MHz cavities of the Cornell/CEBAF-design were used. The cavities were manufactured of niobium with varying RRR-values ranging from 40 to 370. The mechanisms of Q-degradation were identified, and possible curing techniques are proposed. (R.P.) 6 refs.; 3 figs.; 1 tab

  18. A Comparison of Methods for Computing the Residual Resistivity Ratio of High-Purity Niobium

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    Splett, J. D.; Vecchia, D. F.; Goodrich, L.F.

    2011-01-01

    We compare methods for estimating the residual resistivity ratio (RRR) of high-purity niobium and investigate the effects of using different functional models. RRR is typically defined as the ratio of the electrical resistances measured at 273 K (the ice point) and 4.2 K (the boiling point of helium at standard atmospheric pressure). However, pure niobium is superconducting below about 9.3 K, so the low-temperature resistance is defined as the normal-state (i.e., non-superconducting state) re...

  19. Preparation of high-purity bismuth by sulphur deleadization in vacuum distillation

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    熊利芝; 何则强; 刘文萍; 麻成金; 戴永年

    2004-01-01

    The feasibility of separation of impurities in refined bismuth and sulphur deleadization with vacuum distillation was studied theoretically. Experimental studies on sulphur deleadization were carried out under vacuum.The influences of amount of sulphur, distillation temperature, vacuum degree and distillation time on deleadization were investigated and an optimal technical condition was achieved. The content of lead in refined bismuth can be decreased from 30 μg/g to 0.21 μg/g, which has reached the level of "5N" high-purity bismuth. Other impurities in refined bismuth can be also removed effectively under certain conditions.

  20. SIMULTANEOUS PRODUCTION OF HIGH-PURITY HYDROGEN AND SEQUESTRATION-READY CO2 FROM SYNGAS

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    Linda Denton; Hana Lorethova; Tomasz Wiltowski; Court Moorefield; Parag Kulkarni; Vladimir Zamansky; Ravi Kumar

    2003-12-01

    This final report summarizes the progress made on the program ''Simultaneous Production of High-Purity Hydrogen and Sequestration-Ready CO{sub 2} from Syngas (contract number DE-FG26-99FT40682)'', during October 2000 through September of 2003. GE Energy and Environmental Research (GE-EER) and Southern Illinois University (SIU) at Carbondale conducted the research work for this program. This program addresses improved methods to efficiently produce simultaneous streams of high-purity hydrogen and separated carbon dioxide from synthesis gas (syngas). The syngas may be produced through either gasification of coal or reforming of natural gas. The process of production of H{sub 2} and separated CO{sub 2} utilizes a dual-bed reactor and regenerator system. The reactor produces hydrogen and the regenerator produces separated CO{sub 2}. The dual-bed system can be operated under either a circulating fluidized-bed configuration or a cyclic fixed-bed configuration. Both configurations were evaluated in this project. The experimental effort was divided into lab-scale work at SIU and bench-scale work at GE-EER. Tests in a lab-scale fluidized bed system demonstrated the process for the conversion of syngas to high purity H{sub 2} and separated CO{sub 2}. The lab-scale system generated up to 95% H{sub 2} (on a dry basis). Extensive thermodynamic analysis of chemical reactions between the syngas and the fluidized solids determined an optimum range of temperature and pressure operation, where the extent of the undesirable reactions is minimum. The cycling of the process between hydrogen generation and oxygen regeneration has been demonstrated. The fluidized solids did not regenerate completely and the hydrogen purity in the reuse cycle dropped to 70% from 95% (on a dry basis). Changes in morphology and particle size may be the most dominant factor affecting the efficiency of the repeated cycling between hydrogen production and oxygen regeneration. The concept of

  1. High-Q optical resonators: characterization and application to stabilization of lasers and high spectral purity microwave oscillators

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    Llopis, Olivier; Merrer, Pierre-Henri; Bouchier, Aude; Saleh, Khaldoun; Cibiel, Gilles

    2010-01-01

    Microwave optical systems for frequency generation are described in this paper. The goal is to reach high spectral purity in the microwave frequency range using ultra high Q optical resonators. The resonators investigated are of two types : resonant (passive) fiber rings and WGM tridimensional resonators. They all feature ultra high optical Q factors, in excess of 10^8 or 10^9 near 1550 nm. These resonators also sustain a large number of optical resonances, and the microwave signal is stabili...

  2. High purity NaI(Tl) scintillator to search for dark matter

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    Fushimi, Ken-Ichi; Hazama, Ryuta; Ikeda, Haruo; Inoue, Kunio; Imagawa, Kyoshiro; Kanzaki, Gakuji; Kozlov, Alexandre; Orito, Reiko; Shima, Tatsushi; Takemoto, Yasuhiro; Teraoka, Yuri; Umehara, Saori; Yoshida, Sei

    2016-01-01

    A high purity and large volume NaI(Tl) scintillator was developed to search for cosmic dark matter. The required densities of radioactive impurities (RIs) such as U-chain, Th-chain are less than a few ppt to establish high sensitivity to dark matter. The impurity of RIs were effectively reduced by selecting raw materials of crucible and by performing chemical reduction of lead ion in NaI raw powder. The impurity of $^{226}$Ra was reduced less than 100 $\\mu$Bq/kg in NaI(Tl) crystal. It should be remarked that the impurity of $^{210}$Pb, which is difficult to reduce, is effectively reduced by chemical processing of NaI raw powder down to less than 30 $\\mu$Bq/kg. The expected sensitivity to cosmic dark matter by using 250 kg of the high purity and large volume NaI(Tl) scintillator (PICO-LON; Pure Inorganic Crystal Observatory for LOw-background Neutr(al)ino) is 7$\\times$10$^{-45}$ cm$^{2}$ for 50 GeV$/c^{2}$ WIMPs.

  3. Synthesis of high purity rutile nanoparticles from medium-grade Egyptian natural ilmenite

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    Mohamed G. Shahien

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The Egyptian magmatic ilmenite is classified as a medium-grade ore. The present work is an attempt to produce a high-quality TiO2 that can be used in several industries from this medium-grade raw material using the mechanical activation, carbothermic reduction, hydrochloric acid leaching and calcination. A mixture from the ilmenite (FeTiO3 and activated carbon was milled for 30 h. This mixture was annealed at 1200 °C for one hour and the product was leached by hydrochloric acid and calcined at 600 °C for two hours. The role of the ball milling was to grind the raw ilmenite to obtain the nano size, and the carbothermic reduction was to reduce all the Fe-Ti phases to a mixture from Fe metal and TiO2. Leaching procedure was carried out to remove all the Fe metal and obtain a high-grade TiO2. After leaching and calcination of the milled and annealed mixture of FeTiO3/C under the optimal conditions, TiO2 nanoparticles with a size of 10–100 nm and purity more than 95% were obtained. The qualifications of the synthesized high purity rutile nanoparticles from the Egyptian natural ilmenite match the conditions of many industrial applications.

  4. The role of microchemical and microstructural effects in the IASCC of high purity austenitic stainless steels

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    The role of chromium depletion and radiation hardening on the irradiation assisted stress corrosion cracking in CERT tests in high purity 288 degrees C water following proton irradiation at either 400 degrees C or 200 degrees C has been examined using ultra high purity 304L stainless steel and austenitic Fe/xCr/24Ni (x=15, 20, 24) alloys. No intergranular cracking was found in any of the irradiated 254 wt% nickel alloys after CERT tests in 2 ppm O2 water at 288 degrees C, with 0.5, 1.0 or 3.2 μS/cm conductivity, while the UHP 304L alloy cracked extensively. Since the 24 wt% Ni alloys experienced severe grain boundary Cr depletion (from 6.3 at% to 13 at% below bulk), these results suggest that Ni improves the resistance of the irradiated alloys to cracking. Conversely, these results also show little correlation with grain boundary Cr depletion. Cracking of the UHP 304L alloy still occurred, although to a lesser extent, when the sample was irradiated at 200 degrees C where radiation induced segregation was expected to be significantly suppressed. This indicated that radiation hardening may play a role in IASCC in high temperature water

  5. High purity isotopically enriched 70Ge and 74Ge single crystals: Isotope separation, growth, and properties

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    70Ge and 74Ge isotopes were successfully separated from natural Ge and zone purified. Several highly enriched, high purity 70Ge and 74Ge single crystals were grown by the vertical Bridgman method. The growth system was designed for reliable growth of low dislocation density, high purity Ge single crystals of very small weight (∼4g). A 70Ge and a 74Ge crystal were selected for complete characterization. In spite of the large surface to volume ratio of these ingots, both 70Ge and 74Ge crystals contain low electrically active chemical net-impurity concentrations of ∼2x1012 cm-3, which is two orders of magnitude better than that of 74Ge crystals previously grown by two different groups.1,2 Isotopic enrichment of the 70Ge and the 74Ge crystals is 96.3% and 96.8%, respectively. The residual donors and acceptors present in both crystals were identified as phosphorus and copper, respectively. In addition less than 1011 cm-3 gallium, aluminum, and indium were found in the 70Ge crystal

  6. Device to generate high purity hydroxide solution in-line for ion chromatography.

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    Masunaga, Hiroto; Higo, Yuji; Ishii, Mizuo; Maruyama, Noboru; Yamazaki, Shigeo

    2016-05-01

    Herein, we report a new device that generates a high-purity hydroxide solution in line. The device's container has three compartments that are isolated from each other by two cation exchange (CE) membranes. In each end of the container, an electrode is installed. The three compartments are filled with ion exchange resins. A bipolar boundary is a composite boundary comprising anion- and cation-exchangers. This device has two bipolar boundaries, which are used to separate the location of hydroxide solution generation from the location where water is electrolyzed. Therefore, it can produce high-purity hydroxide solutions that are free from gases and anionic impurities. The hydroxide solution is generated on the basis of an electrokinetic phenomenon at the surfaces of ion-exchange resins and membranes in an electric field; NaOH concentration can be controlled at rates from 0.01 to 100mM per 1mL/min by adjusting the electrical current (0-200mA) applied to the device. As the generated solution is used as an eluent for a suppressed anion chromatography, the electrical conductivity of the effluent from the suppressor is as low as that of ultra-pure water. Thus, the noise of the base-line electrical conductivity is improved, and so the detection limit of anions on the sub-ng/mL order can be achieved. PMID:27063368

  7. Development of manufacturing technology for high purity low activation vanadium alloys

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    Vanadium alloys are promising candidate low activation materials for structural components of fusion reactors. Establishment of industrial infrastructure is, however, remaining to be a critical issue because of lack of other large scale commercial applications. In the present study, technologies for large scale manufacturing of high purity V-4Cr-4Ti alloy were developed by improving the present commercial production processes of vanadium metal, and optimizing alloying, plating, sheeting and wiring techniques. Efforts were focused on reducing carbon, nitrogen and oxygen impurities, which are known to deteriorate workability, weldability and radiation resistance of vanadium alloys. Especially, improvements were made in atmospheric control during calcination, aluminothermic reduction, vacuum arc remelting, and hot forging and rolling. A medium size (30kg) high purity V-4Cr-4Ti ingot was produced and designated as NIFS-HEAT-1. The specimens produced out of the ingot are being submitted to Round-robin tests by Japanese universities. Two larger ingots of 166kg in total weight were produced recently (NIFS-HEAT-2(A) and (B)). By these efforts, technology for fabricating large V-4Cr-4Ti alloy products with <100ppm C, ∼100ppm N and 100∼200ppm O was demonstrated. (author)

  8. Wet routes of high purity BaTiO3 nanopowders

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    High purity BaTiO3 nanopowders were prepared in wet routes through stearic acid gel (SAG) and acetic acid gel (AAG) techniques, respectively. BaTiO3 samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscope, Fourier transform infrared spectrometry, X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, and thermal gravimetric analysis. The present results indicate that both methods have a similar reaction process during calcination, while BaTiO3 crystallites were initially formed at 550 deg. C by SAG and 800 deg. C by AAG. Both methods could produce BaTiO3 powders with a cubic perovskite structure, while they had different grain size distributions within 25-50 nm for SAG and 50-80 nm for AAG. BaTiO3 samples prepared by SAG had a lower agglomeration than those by AAG. SAG has shown many distinctive advantages in the preparation of high purity BaTiO3 nanopowders, without Ba and Ti losses and hazardous wastes

  9. Microwave-assisted co-precipitation synthesis of high purity β-tricalcium phosphate crystalline powders

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    Highlights: → A new fabrication technique has been set up for the preparation of high purity β-TCP. → β-TCP could be obtained in a short time. → The formation process of β-TCP was different from the previous reports. - Abstract: A new fabrication technique of β-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) has been investigated by the microwave-assisted co-precipitation method and subsequent calcinations. The synthesized powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), thermogravimetry-differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The calcium/phosphorous atomic ratio of the as-dried sample was determined by energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDAX). The results showed that high purity and well-crystallized β-TCP powders could be obtained in a rapid way by microwave processing. The formation process of β-TCP was explained based on the TG-DTA analysis. The effects of microwave irradiation on the reaction mechanism and reaction rate were preliminarily analyzed in the paper.

  10. RRR degradation and gas absorption in the electron beam welding area of high purity niobium

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    Experiences concerning RRR degradation and gas absorption of high purity niobium welded at different electron beam (EB) facilities are summarized. The oxygen and nitrogen content is increased as a rule at the welding seam. The absorption of hydrogen takes place not directly at the welding seam but in the heat-affected area. The RRR degradation is moderate, if the total pressure is better than 5x10-5 mbar and the preparation is done under clean condition. A series of welding was done in the new DESY EB facility, which was specifically designed to meet the requirements for the welding of niobium cavities for TESLA. High vacuum (between 2x10-8 and 2x10-6 mbar) allowed improving the niobium purity at the welding seam, in which the RRR were increased from 350 to ca. 370-380. The distribution of RRR, gases, grain size and thermal conductivity in the welding area are analyzed. The repair of a burned hole in the cavity is also discussed

  11. Preparation and quality control of high purity 123I for clinical use

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    NaI was irradiated with 50-60 MeV protons at the Uppsala synchro-cyclotron. A mixture of xenon isotopes was separated from the target and delivered to the clinic in Lund by night train. During the transport 123Xe decayed to 123I which was extracted as iodide at the arrival. The radiochemical and radionuclidic purity of the carrier-free 123I-iodide solution was studied in detail. Less than 1 percent of the 123I was in other chemical form than iodide, and the only contaminating radionuclides found with Ge(Li)-spectrometry were 30 percent of 122I (half-life 3.2 min) and 0.5 percent of 125(half-life 60.2 d). The disturbance from high energy gamma radiation of the 123I-decay was studied by obtaining pulse height distributions from a scintillation-camera equipped with different collimators. The absorbed dose to the thyroid after oral administration of 100 μCi of high-purity 123I-iodide was calculated to be totally 2.2 rad of which 0.6 rad was due to the 125I contamination. (author)

  12. Production of carbon monoxide-free hydrogen and helium from a high-purity source

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    Golden, Timothy Christopher; Farris, Thomas Stephen

    2008-11-18

    The invention provides vacuum swing adsorption processes that produce an essentially carbon monoxide-free hydrogen or helium gas stream from, respectively, a high-purity (e.g., pipeline grade) hydrogen or helium gas stream using one or two adsorber beds. By using physical adsorbents with high heats of nitrogen adsorption, intermediate heats of carbon monoxide adsorption, and low heats of hydrogen and helium adsorption, and by using vacuum purging and high feed stream pressures (e.g., pressures of as high as around 1,000 bar), pipeline grade hydrogen or helium can purified to produce essentially carbon monoxide -free hydrogen and helium, or carbon monoxide, nitrogen, and methane-free hydrogen and helium.

  13. Germanium field-effect transistor made from a high-purity substrate

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    Field effect transistors have been fabricated on high-purity germanium substrates using low-temperature technology. The aim of this work is to preserve the low density of trapping centers in high-quality starting material by low-temperature (0C) processing. The use of germanium promises to eliminate some of the traps which cause generation-recombination noise in silicon field-effect transistors (FET's) at low temperatures. Typically, the transconductance (g/sub m/) in the germanium FET's is 10 mA/V and the gate leakage can be less than 10-12 A. Present devices exhibit a large 1/f noise component and most of this noise must be eliminated if they are to be competitive with silicon FET's commonly used in high-resolution nuclear spectrometers

  14. Formation of recrystallization cube texture in high purity face-centered cubic metal sheets

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    Mao, W.

    1999-10-01

    An investigation on recrystallization textures in high purity face-centered cubic (fcc) aluminum, copper, and nickel indicated that the cube texture is a unique dominant final texture. In a macroview of rolling deformation, a balanced activation of four slip systems can result in certain stability of some substructure with cube orientation in the deformed matrix. In the stable substructure the dislocation density is very low, and the dislocation configuration is rather simple in comparison to other orientations so that the cube substructure can easily be transformed into cube recrystallization nuclei by a recovery process. A high orientation gradient and correspondingly high angle boundaries to the deformed matrix are usually expected around the cube nuclei, which, therefore, grow rapidly. After the primary recrystallization, the size of cube grains is much larger than the grains with other orientations, which will be expensed as the cube grains grow further, so that the cube texture can finally become a dominant texture component.

  15. Contribution to the study of the conductivity of high purity water

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    In this work a study is made more particularly of two points: the production of high purity water and the estimation of this purity by means of conductivity measurements. As far as water purification is concerned it is observed that the de-ionisation produced by ion exchange resins in mixed beds leads to a water having a lower conductivity than that obtained by distillation. This low conductivity however, measured at the column exit before the water comes into contact with air is not stable. In fact the carbon dioxide in the water gives rise to an equilibrium with production of the ions HCO3-, CO3--. These ions are retained during the passage of the water through the resins. They reappear again at the column exit as a result of the displacement of the hydration equilibrium of CO2; because of this the conductivity of the water increases with time. The water obtained by successive distillations does not behave in the same way because no carbon dioxide is present. Distillation is however a costly purification process on an industrial scale, especially if large quantities of water have to be treated. The measurement of these low conductivities is very delicate. The method employed makes use of a direct current and gives reproducible results if care is taken to exclude interfering electric fields by screening the apparatus. (author)

  16. A Circularly Symmetric Antenna Design With High Polarization Purity and Low Spillover

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    Holler, C M; Jones, M E; King, O G; Muchovej, S J C; Stevenson, M A; Wylde, R J; Copley, C J; Davis, R J; Pearson, T J; Readhead, A C S

    2011-01-01

    We describe the development of two circularly symmetric antennas with high polarization purity and low spillover. Both were designed to be used in an all-sky polarization and intensity survey at 5 GHz (the C-Band All-Sky Survey, C-BASS). The survey requirements call for very low levels of cross-polar leakage and far-out sidelobes. Two different existing antennas, with 6.1-m and 7.6-m diameter primaries, were adapted by replacing the feed and secondary optics, resulting in identical beam performances of 0.73deg FWHM, cross-polarization better than -50 dB, and far-out sidelobes below -70 dB. The polarization purity was realized by using a symmetric low-loss dielectric foam support structure for the secondary mirror, avoiding the need for secondary support struts. Ground spill-over was largely reduced by using absorbing baffles around the primary and secondary mirrors, and by the use of a low-sidelobe profiled corrugated feedhorn. The 6.1-m antenna and receiver have been completed and test results show that the ...

  17. High-quality and high-purity homoepitaxial diamond (100) film growth under high oxygen concentration condition

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    Defect formation during diamond homoepitaxial growth was sufficiently inhibited by adding oxygen simultaneously in the growth ambient with high concentration of 2%. A 30-μm thick diamond films with surface roughness of <2 nm were homoepitaxially deposited on the (100) diamond single crystal substrates with reasonable growth rate of approximately 3 μm h−1 under the conditions of higher methane concentration of 10%, higher substrate temperature of ∼1000 °C, and higher microwave power density condition of >100 W cm−3. Surface characteristic patterns moved to an identical direction with growth thickness, indicating that lateral growth was dominant growth mode. High chemical purity represented by low nitrogen concentration of less than 1 ppb and the highest 12C isotopic ratio of 99.998% of the obtained homoepitaxial diamond (100) films suggest that the proposed growth condition has high ability of impurity control

  18. A method for rapid isolation of total RNA of high purity and yield from Arthrospira platensis.

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    Pathak, Ravi Ramesh; Lochab, Sunila

    2010-07-01

    Arthrospira (Spirulina) platensis is widely used as a food supplement and has been an economically important species for centuries. However, the genetic aspect of studies of this particular organism has always been neglected, mainly because of the nonavailability of suitable methods for isolation of nucleic acids and the difficulties faced during further manipulations. Although total RNA has been isolated using commercially available kits, we present a method optimized to obtain DNA-free total RNA of higher yields and higher purity in less time than is required by other methods (precipitation and 70% ethanol wash. This method, optimized for the cyanobacterium Arthrospira (Spirulina) platensis, eliminates the need for DNase treatment and produces high-quality RNA, as validated by bioanalyzer, RT-PCR, and cloning. With the recent release of the Arthrospira genome, the current method will be of great value for carrying out high-throughput studies like microarray and real-time PCR. PMID:20651857

  19. The importance of Soret transport in the production of high purity silicon for solar cells

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    Srivastava, R.

    1985-01-01

    Temperature-gradient-driven diffusion, or Soret transport, of silicon vapor and liquid droplets is analyzed under conditions typical of current production reactors for obtaining high purity silicon for solar cells. Contrary to the common belief that Soret transport is negligible, it is concluded that some 15-20 percent of the silicon vapor mass flux to the reactor walls is caused by the high temperature gradients that prevail inside such reactors. Moreover, since collection of silicon is also achieved via deposition of silicon droplets onto the walls, the Soret transport mechanism becomes even more crucial due to size differences between diffusing species. It is shown that for droplets in the 0.01 to 1 micron diameter range, collection by Soret transport dominates both Brownian and turbulent mechanisms.

  20. Radiation induced frequency and resistance changes in electrolyzed high purity quartz resonators

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    Radiation induced frequency and resistance changes in precision 5 MHz AT-cut quartz resonators fabricated from electrolyzed, high purity quarts are described. A description is given of the radiation measurement methods, transient and steady-state data, and the results of thermal modeling. It is concluded that SARP optical and Premium-Q quartz may be pure enough as grown that (1) the usual frequency time dependent recovery characteristic of t/sup -1/2/ is not observed; (2) without electrolysis, the impurity levels are nevertheless high enough to cause a significant decrease in Q for a short time following a pulse of ionizing radiation; (3) electrolysis can further reduce radiation response so that impurity effects are no longer significant; and (4) the transient radiation response in electrolyzed quartz is primarily thermal in nature

  1. The influence of grain size and texture on the mechanical response of high purity hafnium

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    The mechanical behavior of hafnium is influenced by texture, strain rate, temperature, chemistry, and stress state; however the effects of microstructure remain poorly understood. As is observed in other group IVb elements, such as titanium and zirconium, deformation in hafnium at quasi-static and dynamic strain rates occurs through a combination of prismatic slip, pyramidal slip, and twinning. For titanium and zirconium, the mechanical behavior has been previously shown to be highly dependent upon the average grain size of the material. Here, the effects of grain size on the mechanical response of high purity hafnium tested in compression are systematically probed and the flow stress and work hardening behavior is correlated with the substructural and textural evolution during deformation. The influence of strain rate, temperature, and texture as a function of the microstructure is examined and Hall-Petch constants for hafnium are calculated

  2. Microstructure Evolution of 1050 Commercial Purity Aluminum Processed by High-Strain-Rate Deformation

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    Yang, Yang; Chen, Yadong; Ma, Fei; Hu, Haibo; Zhang, Qingming; Tang, Tiegang; Zhang, Xiaowei

    2015-11-01

    1050 commercial purity aluminum was first deformed by split-Hopkinson pressure bar. Two means of loading methods were conducted, namely uni-directional impact and multiaxial impact. The nominal strain rates reached 1.1 ×103 and 3.0 × 103/s, respectively, with the total strain 1.6 and 3.6. TEM observations reveal that the initial coarse grains are refined significantly. The majority of the structures in the deformed state are composed of elongated grains/cells whose width/length average grain sizes are 187/411 nm. However, the grains of multiaxial impacted sample are equiaxed with an average size of 517 nm. Dynamic recovery is suppressed during high-strain-rate deformation, so the dislocation configurations could not reach equilibrium states. High densities of dislocations are generated, forming several kinds of configurations. Interactions of dislocation substructures result in the refinement of grains.

  3. Observation of Impact Ionization of Shallow States in Sub-Kelvin, High-Purity Germanium

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    Phipps, A.; Sadoulet, B.; Sundqvist, K. M.

    2016-07-01

    We report on the observation of impact ionization processes involving shallow impurity states in a sub-Kelvin, high-purity n-type germanium detector similar to those used by direct detection dark matter experiments such as the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search. An optical fiber is used to generate packets of charge carriers near one surface of the detector. The charge carriers drift to the opposite surface by application of an electric field. The resulting drift current is measured by a high-speed charge amplifier. The onset of impact ionization for both electron and hole transport is clearly observed in the drift current as the applied electric field is increased above ≈ 5 V/cm. We present the effective charge collection efficiency and trapping length as a function of applied electric field for electrons and holes. We estimate the impact ionization cross section to be on the order of 5× 10^{-13} mathrm {cm}^2.

  4. Observation of Impact Ionization of Shallow States in Sub-Kelvin, High-Purity Germanium

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    Phipps, A.; Sadoulet, B.; Sundqvist, K. M.

    2016-01-01

    We report on the observation of impact ionization processes involving shallow impurity states in a sub-Kelvin, high-purity n-type germanium detector similar to those used by direct detection dark matter experiments such as the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search. An optical fiber is used to generate packets of charge carriers near one surface of the detector. The charge carriers drift to the opposite surface by application of an electric field. The resulting drift current is measured by a high-speed charge amplifier. The onset of impact ionization for both electron and hole transport is clearly observed in the drift current as the applied electric field is increased above ≈ 5 V/cm. We present the effective charge collection efficiency and trapping length as a function of applied electric field for electrons and holes. We estimate the impact ionization cross section to be on the order of 5× 10^{-13} {cm}^2.

  5. Hot working of high purity Fe-C alloys in the {alpha}-range

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    Montheillet, F; Le Coze, J, E-mail: montheil@emse.f [Ecole des Mines (SMS), CNRS UMR 5146, 158 cours Fauriel, 42023 Saint-Etienne Cedex 2 (France)

    2010-07-01

    The influence of carbon in solid solution on the stress-strain curves of {alpha}-iron was investigated using model alloys prepared from high purity iron. Uniaxial compression tests were carried out within the ferritic domain at temperatures between 700 and 880 {sup 0}C. Oscillating stress-strain curves observed at high temperatures and low strain rates indicate that discontinuous dynamic recrystallization takes place. The macroscopic strain rate sensitivities m and apparent activation energies Q associated with the flow stress are not significantly modified by carbon additions. By contrast, the 'mesoscopic' parameters h and r associated with strain hardening and dynamic recovery, respectively, are strongly dependent on the carbon content. Finally, an estimation of the grain boundary mobilities during dynamic recrystallization was carried out from the above rheological data.

  6. Status of Research on Application of High Purity Rare Earth Oxides in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Ma Zhihong; Qiu Jufeng

    2004-01-01

    The solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) is a high-efficient and environmentally friendly power generation system.The rare earth oxide materials are used extensively in the manufacturing of SOFC components.In particular, the CeO2doped with Gd2O3 or Sm2O3, lanthanide perovskite oxides are indispensable and key materials for developing the intermediate temperature SOFC.The research and development status of application of high purity rare earth oxides in SOFC was overviewed.The rare earth oxide-based and -doped materials were discussed for the SOFC components.Concerning the rare earth oxides applicable to SOFC, several topics were also pointed out for further researching and developing.

  7. A Rapid and Cost-Effective Laser Based Synthesis of High Purity Cadmium Selenide Quantum Dots.

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    Gondall, M A; Qahtan, Talal F; Dastageer, M A; Yamani, Z H; Anjum, D H

    2016-01-01

    A rapid and cost effective method is developed to synthesize high purity cadmium Selenide (CdSe) quantum dots in acetone medium using second harmonic of Nd:YAG nanosecond pulsed laser of 532 nm wavelength. The thermal agglomeration due the nanosecond pulse duration of the laser was successfully eliminated by using unfocussed laser beam and thereby providing a favorable conditions for the synthesis of quantum dots having the grain size of 3 nm. The morphological and optical characterizations like XRD, HRTEM, optical absorption of the synthesized CdSe quantum dots, reveal that the material possesses the similar characteristics of the one synthesized through cumbersome wet chemical methods. Relative to the CdSe bulk material, the synthesized CdSe quantum dots showed a blue shift in the measured band gap energy from near infrared spectral region to visible region, making this material very attractive for many solar energy harvesting applications like photo-catalysis and solar cells. PMID:27398538

  8. A simple high-sensitivity technique for purity analysis of xenon gas

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    We report on the development and performance of a high-sensitivity purity-analysis technique for gaseous xenon. The gas is sampled at macroscopic pressure from the system of interest using a UHV leak valve. The xenon present in the sample is removed with a liquid-nitrogen cold trap, and the remaining impurities are observed with a standard vacuum mass-spectroscopy device. Using calibrated samples of xenon gas spiked with known levels of impurities, we find that the minimum detectable levels of N2, O2, and methane are 1x10-9, 160x10-12, and 60 x10-12 g/g, respectively. This represents an improvement of about a factor of 10 000 compared to measurements performed without a cold trap.

  9. A simple high-sensitivity technique for purity analysis of xenon gas

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    Leonard, D S; Hall, C; Kaufman, L; Langford, T; Slutsky, S; Yen, Y R

    2010-01-01

    We report on the development and performance of a high-sensitivity purity-analysis technique for gaseous xenon. The gas is sampled at macroscopic pressure from the system of interest using a UHV leak valve. The xenon present in the sample is removed with a liquid-nitrogen cold trap, and the remaining impurities are observed with a standard vacuum mass-spectroscopy device. Using calibrated samples of xenon gas spiked with known levels of impurities, we find that the minimum detectable levels of N2, O2, and methane are 1 ppb, 160 ppt, and 60 ppt respectively. This represents an improvement of about a factor of 10,000 compared to measurements performed without a coldtrap.

  10. High Purity Tungsten Spherical Particle Preparation From WC-Co Spent Hard Scrap

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Tungsten carbide-cobalt hard metal scrap was recycled to obtain high purity spherical tungsten powder by a combined hydrometallurgy and physical metallurgy pathway. Selective leaching of tungsten element from hard metal scrap occurs at solid / liquid interface and therefore enlargement of effective surface area is advantageous. Linear oxidation behavior of Tungsten carbide-cobalt and the oxidized scrap is friable to be pulverized by milling process. In this regard, isothermally oxidized Tungsten carbide-cobalt hard metal scrap was mechanically broken into particles and then tungsten trioxide particle was recovered by hydrometallurgical method. Recovered tungsten trioxide was reduced to tungsten particle in a hydrogen environment. After that, tungsten particle was melted and solidified to make a spherical one by RF (Ratio Frequency thermal plasma process. Well spherical tungsten micro-particle was successfully obtained from spent scrap. In addition to the morphological change, thermal plasma process showed an advantage for the purification of feedstock particle.

  11. Simulation for photon detection in spectrometric system of high purity (HPGe) using MCNPX code

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    The Brazilian National Commission of Nuclear Energy defines parameters for classification and management of radioactive waste in accordance with the activity of materials. The efficiency of a detection system is crucial to determine the real activity of a radioactive source. When it's possible, the system's calibration should be performed using a standard source. Unfortunately, there are only a few cases that it can be done this way, considering the difficulty of obtaining appropriate standard sources for each type of measurement. So, computer simulations can be performed to assist in calculating of the efficiency of the system and, consequently, also auxiliary the classification of radioactive waste. This study aims to model a high purity germanium (HPGe) detector with MCNPX code, approaching the spectral values computationally obtained of the values experimentally obtained for the photopeak of 137Cs. The approach will be made through changes in outer dead layer of the germanium crystal modeled. (author)

  12. Influence of carbon and nitrogen on corrosion resistance of high purity Fe-50mass% Cr alloys

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    High purity Fe-50mass%Cr alloys containing (C+N) in the range of 30 to 500 mass ppm were prepared and their corrosion resistance was investigated. Pitting potential in a 3.5mass%NaCl solution at 343K rose with reducing (C+N) content. Alloys containing (C+N) at less than 100 mass ppm did not sustain pitting corrosion. However, alloys containing 500 mass ppm (C+N) corroded severely in 6%FeCl3+1/20N HCl solutions. Heat treatment at 923K was recognized as influencing corrosion resistance due to precipitation of carbonitrides only in the case of the alloy containing 500 mass ppm (C+N). (orig.)

  13. Bibliographical study on the high-purity germanium radiation detectors used in gamma and X spectrometry

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    The germanium or silicon lithium-drifted detectors, Ge(Li) or Si(Li), and high-purity germanium detectors, HP Ge (impurity concentration approximately 1010cm-3), are the most commonly used at the present time as gamma and X-ray spectrometers. The HP Ge detectors for which room temperature storage is the main characteristic can be obtained with a large volume and a thin window, and are used as the Ge(Li) in γ ray spectrometry or the Si(Li) in X-ray spectrometry. This publication reviews issues from 1974 to 1978 on the state of the art and applications of the HP Ge semiconductor detectors. 101 bibliographical notices with French summaries are presented. An index for authors, documents and periodicals, and subjects is included

  14. Application of Thermodynamic Calculations to the Pyro-refining Process for Production of High Purity Bismuth

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    Mezbahul-Islam, Mohammad; Belanger, Frederic; Chartrand, Patrice; Jung, In-Ho; Coursol, Pascal

    2016-04-01

    The present work has been performed with the aim to optimize the existing process for the production of high purity bismuth (99.999 pct). A thermo-chemical database including most of the probable impurities of bismuth (Bi-X, X = Ag, Au, Al, Ca, Cu, Fe, Mg, Mn, Na, Ni, Pb, S, Sb, Sn, Si, Te, Zn) has been constructed to perform different thermodynamic calculations required for the refining process. Thermodynamic description for eight of the selected binaries, Bi-Ca, Cu, Mn, Ni, Pb, S, Sb, and Sn, has been given in the current paper. Using the current database, different thermodynamic calculations have been performed to explain the steps involved in the bismuth refining process.

  15. Effect of hot finishing rolling on cube texture in high purity aluminum foils

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    2001-01-01

    The effect of hot finishing rolling temperature on cube texture in high purity aluminium foils was investigated by means of orientation distribution functions (ODFs). The results show that a relatively strong rotated cube orientation {100}〈011〉 exists when the end temperature of hot finishing rolling is 290  ℃, and the cube texture is the strongest after the final recrystallization. The cold rolling textures are comprised of S?-, Cu- and Bs-components, and the orientation {100}〈011〉 is unstable, it may be split and evolved into two complementary copper components (112) [1—1—1] and (1—1—2) [111] during the cold rolling. And a sharp cube recrystallization texture would nucleate and grow in the deformation matrix with the Cu-orientation.

  16. High-purity germanium detector ionization pulse shapes of nuclear recoils, gamma interactions and microphonism

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    Baudis, L; Klapdor-Kleingrothaus, H V; Ramachers, Y; Hammer, J W; Mayer, A

    1998-01-01

    Nuclear recoil measurements with high-purity Germanium detectors are very promising to directly detect dark matter candidates. The main background sources in such experiments are natural radioactivity and microphonic noise. Digital pulse shape analysis is an encouraging approach to reduce the background originating from the latter. To study the pulse shapes of nuclear recoil events we performed a neutron scattering experiment, which covered the ionization energy range from 20 to 80 keV. We have measured ionization efficiencies as well and found an excellent agreement with the theory of Lindhard. In a further experiment we measured pulse shapes of a radioactive gamma-source and found no difference to nuclear recoil pulse shapes. Pulse shapes originating from microphonics of a HPGe-detector are presented for the first time. A microphonic noise suppression method, crucial for dark matter direct detection experiments, can therefore be calibrated with pulse shapes from gamma-sources.

  17. Estimation of decrease in efficiency of the high purity Germanium detector after a long time operation

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    In many recent years, the gamma spectrometry using the high purity germanium (HPGe) detector have come into widespread use to determine the activity of radioactive samples. However, the decrease in detector efficiency remarkably influences on the result of measured gamma spectra. In this work, we estimated the decrease in efficiency of the GC1518 HPGe detector made in Canberra Industries, Inc. and located at the Center for HCMC Nuclear Techniques. It was found that the detector efficiency reduces to 8% within 6 years from October 1999 to August 2005. The decrease in efficiency can be explained by increase in the thickness of an inactive germanium layer based on using the Monte Carlo simulation. (author)

  18. Defects interaction processes in deformed high purity polycrystalline molybdenum at elevated temperatures

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    Lambri, O.A., E-mail: olambri@fceia.unr.edu.ar [Laboratorio de Materiales, Escuela de Ingeniería Eléctrica, Centro de Tecnología e Investigación Eléctrica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Ingeniería y Agrimensura, Universidad Nacional de Rosario – CONICET, Avda. Pellegrini 250, (2000) Rosario (Argentina); Bonifacich, F.G. [Laboratorio de Materiales, Escuela de Ingeniería Eléctrica, Centro de Tecnología e Investigación Eléctrica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Ingeniería y Agrimensura, Universidad Nacional de Rosario – CONICET, Avda. Pellegrini 250, (2000) Rosario (Argentina); Bozzano, P.B. [Laboratorio de Microscopía Electrónica, Unidad de Actividad Materiales, Centro Atómico Constituyentes, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica e Instituto Sábato – Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Avda. Gral. Paz 1499, (1650) San Martín (Argentina); Zelada, G.I. [Laboratorio de Materiales, Escuela de Ingeniería Eléctrica, Centro de Tecnología e Investigación Eléctrica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Ingeniería y Agrimensura, Universidad Nacional de Rosario – CONICET, Avda. Pellegrini 250, (2000) Rosario (Argentina); and others

    2014-10-15

    Mechanical spectroscopy (damping and elastic modulus as a function of temperature) and transmission electron microscopy studies have been performed in high purity polycrystalline molybdenum plastically deformed to different values of tensile and torsion strain. Mechanical spectroscopy measurements were performed from room temperature up to 1285 K. A relaxation peak in polycrystalline molybdenum related to the movement of dislocations into lower energy configurations near grain boundaries has been discovered to appear around 1170 K. The activation energy of the peak is 4.2 eV ± 0.5 eV. This relaxation phenomenon involves the interaction between vacancies and mobile dislocations near the grain boundaries. It should be highlighted that this relaxation process is controlled by the arrangement of vacancies and dislocations which occur at temperature below 1070 K.

  19. Radiochemical neutron activation analysis of trace impurities in high purity aluminum

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    Rapid radiochemical neutron activation analysis (RNAA) procedures were developed and employed for the determination of 32 trace impurities in high purity aluminum thin foils. Anion exchange column chromatography was developed for the sequential group chemical separation of various elements which helped in reducing the spectral interferences and improving the sensitivity of the method. The procedure is simple and requires a very short time to separate the elements in three groups for radiometric assay. To determine very low contents of uranium and thorium, 239Np and 233Pa as activation products were separated using anion exchange and coprecipitation methods. The impurity contents were found to be low, therefore, their adverse effects on microelectronic devices would be negligible. Our data could partially be compared with the data reported in literature. (author)

  20. All-fibre multiplexed source of high-purity heralded single photons

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    Francis-Jones, Robert J A; Mosley, Peter J

    2016-01-01

    Single photon sources based on spontaneous photon-pair generation have enabled pioneering experiments in quantum optics. However, their non-determinism presents a bottleneck to scaling up photonic and hybrid quantum-enhanced technologies. Furthermore, photon pairs are typically emitted into many correlated frequency modes, producing an undesirable mixed state on heralding. Here we present a complete fibre-integrated heralded single photon source that addresses both these difficulties simultaneously. We use active switching to provide a path to deterministic operation by multiplexing separate spontaneous sources, and dispersion engineering to minimise frequency correlation for high-purity single photon generation. All the essential elements -- nonlinear material with dispersion control, wavelength isolation, optical delay, and fast switching -- are incorporated in a low-loss alignment-free package that heralds photons in telecoms single-mode fibre. Our results demonstrate a scalable approach to delivering pure...

  1. "Giant" red and green core/shell quantum dots with high color purity and photostability

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    Huang, Bo; Xu, Ruilin; Zhuo, Ningze; Zhang, Lei; Wang, Haibo; Cui, Yiping; Zhang, Jiayu

    2016-03-01

    "Giant" red CdSe/CdS and green CdSeS/ZnS core/shell quantum dots (QDs), whose color purity were ∼100% and 91%, respectively, were synthesized, and the color gamut could be more than 120% relative to the NTSC color space for the display utilizing these two kinds of QDs. Time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) measurement showed that the PL dynamics was evolved from tri-exponential decay to bi-exponential type with the increase of the shell thickness, and the PL decay characteristics of these giant QDs did not evidently change under long-term UV irradiation, indicating that the thick shell could isolate the effect of the surface's defects on the exciton's recombination within these QDs. Their high photostability could have an advantage in the application on display and white-light LEDs.

  2. Operation of a high purity germanium crystal in liquid argon as a Compton suppressed radiation spectrometer

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    Orrell, J L; Amsbaugh, J F; Doe, P J; Hossbach, T W; Orrell, John L.; Aalseth, Craig E.; Amsbaugh, John F.; Doe, Peter J.; Hossbach, Todd W.

    2007-01-01

    A high purity germanium crystal was operated in liquid argon as a Compton suppressed radiation spectrometer. Spectroscopic quality resolution of less than 1% of the full-width half maximum of full energy deposition peaks was demonstrated. The construction of the small apparatus used to obtain these results is reported. The design concept is to use the liquid argon bath to both cool the germanium crystal to operating temperatures and act as a scintillating veto. The scintillation light from the liquid argon can veto cosmic-rays, external primordial radiation, and gamma radiation that does not fully deposit within the germanium crystal. This technique was investigated for its potential impact on ultra-low background gamma-ray spectroscopy. This work is based on a concept initially developed for future germanium-based neutrinoless double-beta decay experiments.

  3. High-purity 3D nano-objects grown by focused-electron-beam induced deposition

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    Córdoba, Rosa; Sharma, Nidhi; Kölling, Sebastian; Koenraad, Paul M.; Koopmans, Bert

    2016-09-01

    To increase the efficiency of current electronics, a specific challenge for the next generation of memory, sensing and logic devices is to find suitable strategies to move from two- to three-dimensional (3D) architectures. However, the creation of real 3D nano-objects is not trivial. Emerging non-conventional nanofabrication tools are required for this purpose. One attractive method is focused-electron-beam induced deposition (FEBID), a direct-write process of 3D nano-objects. Here, we grow 3D iron and cobalt nanopillars by FEBID using diiron nonacarbonyl Fe2(CO)9, and dicobalt octacarbonyl Co2(CO)8, respectively, as starting materials. In addition, we systematically study the composition of these nanopillars at the sub-nanometer scale by atom probe tomography, explicitly mapping the homogeneity of the radial and longitudinal composition distributions. We show a way of fabricating high-purity 3D vertical nanostructures of ∼50 nm in diameter and a few micrometers in length. Our results suggest that the purity of such 3D nanoelements (above 90 at% Fe and above 95 at% Co) is directly linked to their growth regime, in which the selected deposition conditions are crucial for the final quality of the nanostructure. Moreover, we demonstrate that FEBID and the proposed characterization technique not only allow for growth and chemical analysis of single-element structures, but also offers a new way to directly study 3D core–shell architectures. This straightforward concept could establish a promising route to the design of 3D elements for future nano-electronic devices.

  4. High-purity 3D nano-objects grown by focused-electron-beam induced deposition.

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    Córdoba, Rosa; Sharma, Nidhi; Kölling, Sebastian; Koenraad, Paul M; Koopmans, Bert

    2016-09-01

    To increase the efficiency of current electronics, a specific challenge for the next generation of memory, sensing and logic devices is to find suitable strategies to move from two- to three-dimensional (3D) architectures. However, the creation of real 3D nano-objects is not trivial. Emerging non-conventional nanofabrication tools are required for this purpose. One attractive method is focused-electron-beam induced deposition (FEBID), a direct-write process of 3D nano-objects. Here, we grow 3D iron and cobalt nanopillars by FEBID using diiron nonacarbonyl Fe2(CO)9, and dicobalt octacarbonyl Co2(CO)8, respectively, as starting materials. In addition, we systematically study the composition of these nanopillars at the sub-nanometer scale by atom probe tomography, explicitly mapping the homogeneity of the radial and longitudinal composition distributions. We show a way of fabricating high-purity 3D vertical nanostructures of ∼50 nm in diameter and a few micrometers in length. Our results suggest that the purity of such 3D nanoelements (above 90 at% Fe and above 95 at% Co) is directly linked to their growth regime, in which the selected deposition conditions are crucial for the final quality of the nanostructure. Moreover, we demonstrate that FEBID and the proposed characterization technique not only allow for growth and chemical analysis of single-element structures, but also offers a new way to directly study 3D core-shell architectures. This straightforward concept could establish a promising route to the design of 3D elements for future nano-electronic devices. PMID:27454835

  5. Assessment of radiochemical purity of [{sup 18}F]fludeoxyglucose by high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC)

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    Lacerda, Aline E.; Silva, Juliana B.; Silveira, Marina B.; Ferreira, Soraya Z., E-mail: radiofarmacoscdtn@cdtn.b [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Unidade de Pesquisa e Producao de Radiofarmacos

    2011-07-01

    The quality control of [{sup 18}F]fludeoxyglucose ({sup 18}FDG) has received attention due to its increasing clinical use. Although the quality requirements of {sup 18}FDG are established in various pharmacopoeia, the suitability of all testing methods used should be verified under actual conditions of use and documented. The aim of this study was to develop a high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) method for radiochemical purity evaluation of {sup 18}FDG, based on pharmacopoeia references, and to verify its suitability for routine quality control in our centre. HPLC analysis was performed with an Agilent HPLC. {sup 18}FDG and impurities were separated on an anion-exchange column by isocratic elution with 0.1 M NaOH as the mobile phase. Detection was accomplished with refractive index and NaI (Tl) scintillation detectors. The flow rate of the mobile phase was set at 0.8 mL/min and the column temperature was kept at 35 deg C. Specificity, linearity, precision and robustness were assessed to verify if the method was adequate for its intended purpose. Retention time of {sup 18}FDG was not affected by the presence of other components of the formulation and a good peak resolution was achieved. The analytical curve of {sup 18}FDG was linear, with a correlation coefficient value of 0.9995. Intraday repeatable precision, reported as the relative standard deviation, was 0.11%. Analytical procedure remained unaffected by small variations in mobile phase flow rate. Results evidenced that HPLC is suitable for radiochemical purity evaluation of {sup 18}FDG, considering operational conditions of our laboratory. (author)

  6. Qualification and initial characterization of a high-purity 233U spike for use in uranium analyses

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    Several high-purity 233U items potentially useful as isotope dilution mass spectrometry standards for safeguards, non-proliferation, and nuclear forensics measurements are identified and rescued from downblending. By preserving the supply of 233U materials of different pedigree for use as source materials for certified reference materials (CRMs), it is ensured that the safeguards community has high quality uranium isotopic standards required for calibration of the analytical instruments. One of the items identified as a source material for a high-purity CRM is characterized for the uranium isotope-amount ratios using thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS). Additional verification measurements on this material using quadrupole inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICPMS) are also performed. As a result, the comparison of the ICPMS uranium isotope-amount ratios with the TIMS data, with much smaller uncertainties, validated the ICPMS measurement practices. ICPMS is proposed for the initial screening of the purity of items in the rescue campaign

  7. Simultaneous determination of dysprosium, holmium and erbium in high purity rare earth oxides by second order derivative spectrophotometry

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    High purity individual rare earth oxides are increasingly used as major components in lasers (Y2O3), phosphors (YVO3, Eu2O3), magnetic bubble memory films (Gd2O3) and refractive-index lenses and fibre optics (La2O3). The determination of individual lanthanides in high purity rare earth oxides is a more important and difficult task. This paper reports the utilization of higher order derivative spectrophotometry for the simultaneous determination of dysprosium, holmium and erbium in high purity rare earth oxides. The developed procedure is simple, reliable and allows the determination of 0.001 to 0.2% of dysprosium, holmium and erbium in several rare earth. (author). 9 refs, 2 figs, 2 tabs

  8. An Inexpensive Route to Synthesize High-Purity CrO2 for EMI Shielding in X-Band Frequencies

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    Vivek Verma; Shahab Ahmad; Abdullah Dar; Kotnala, R.

    2012-01-01

    Rod-shaped high-purity samples of CrO2 have been synthesized by an inexpensive and simplified procedure. Here, we have prepared pure CrO2 without applying any external pressure or control it during synthesis. The sample prepared exhibited an improvement in saturation magnetization values, 68 emu/g at 300 K, 136 emu/g at 80 K, and uniform grained microstructure. The complex permittivity, permeability, and microwave absorption properties of high-purity CrO2 sample were investigated in the 8.2–1...

  9. Influence of gas atmospheres on the first-stage sintering of high-purity niobium powders

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    Niobium and tantalum surfaces easily absorb oxygen. With decreasing particle size, the content of oxygen increases. The role of this surface oxygen and oxygen in the sintering atmospheres on the first-stage sintering is not well established. Therefore the sintering behavior of high-purity niobium powders was studied by annealing cylindrical powder compacts (particle size less than 63 microns) in the temperature range from 1000 C to 1600 C in ultra-high vacuum and under low oxygen partial pressures, as well as in inert gas atmospheres with low oxygen contents. The specific surface of the samples was determined by metallographic methods, adsorption, and capacitance measurements. Low oxygen partial pressures (0.0001 Pa) lead to a slight enhancement of the surface diffusion which is controlling first-stage sintering. High heating rates (T greater than 3000 K/min) to temperatures above the melting point of Nb2O5 (Tm 1495 C) enhances the neck growth due to the formation of a liquid oxide phase on the surface of the powder particles. 23 references

  10. Hydrogen in-situ refining method for preparing high purity gadolinium

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    The removal of non-metallic impurities, especially oxygen and nitrogen, from the rare-earth metal gadolinium (Gd) is challenging, due to their strong affinity to Gd metal. Herein we present an effective approach to prepare high purity Gd via a novel hydrogen in-situ refining method. The final concentrations of oxygen and nitrogen could be reduced to 30 and 19 mass ppm, respectively. The changes of lattice parameters were derived from XRD; enthalpy values and gaseous speciation associated with the gas–solid physiochemical reactions were determined through a combination of DSC/MS measurements and thermodynamic calculations. The results show that oxygen and nitrogen can be efficiently removed by degassing Gd with dissolved hydrogen. The underlying mechanism for the refinement is discussed systematically in this paper. - Highlights: • Hydrogen can shuttle gadolinium freely at high temperature. • The concentration of O and N dropped to 30 ppm and 19 ppm, respectively. • The hydrogen content could finally decrease to 17 ppm. • Hydrogen, water and ammonia signals can be detected successfully. • This method is environment friendly and no other recontaminations

  11. Initiation and accommodation of primary twins in high-purity titanium

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    Uniaxial compression tests were carried out at room temperature and at strain rates of 0.001, 0.01, 0.1 and 1 s−1 on samples of high-purity titanium. The initial texture was favorably oriented for contraction twinning. The double-differentiation method was employed to detect the initiation of twinning as well as of dynamic recrystallization. Critical strains of about −0.24 and −0.65 were determined, respectively, for these two mechanisms. The relevant mechanisms were identified by means of electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) techniques. At a true strain of ε = −0.3, two main kinds of primary twins, {112¯2} contraction and {101¯2} extension, were observed and second-generation twins were also identified by means of the EBSD analysis. The presence of low Schmid factor (SF) (0.4) twins. The appearance of the low SF twins is explained in terms of the low accommodation work required in the neighboring grains; this involves prismatic glide in the present case. The absence of the potential high SF twins, on the other hand, is justified as requiring the operation of a combination of several difficult deformation modes: basal glide, pyramidal glide, and twinning

  12. Hydrogen in-situ refining method for preparing high purity gadolinium

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    Li, Guoling [Beijing National Laboratory of Molecular Sciences, State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Materials Chemistry and Applications, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Department of Materials Physics and Chemistry, University of Science and Technology Beijing, NO. 30, Xueyuan Road, Beijing 100083 (China); Li, Li [Beijing National Laboratory of Molecular Sciences, State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Materials Chemistry and Applications, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Fu, Kai [Beijing National Laboratory of Molecular Sciences, State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Materials Chemistry and Applications, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Department of Materials Physics and Chemistry, University of Science and Technology Beijing, NO. 30, Xueyuan Road, Beijing 100083 (China); Wang, Chongyun [Department of Materials Physics and Chemistry, University of Science and Technology Beijing, NO. 30, Xueyuan Road, Beijing 100083 (China); Zheng, Jie [Beijing National Laboratory of Molecular Sciences, State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Materials Chemistry and Applications, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Xu, Li [State Grid Smart Grid Research Institute, Future Science& Technology Park, Changping, Beijing 102211 (China); Tian, Wenhuai [Department of Materials Physics and Chemistry, University of Science and Technology Beijing, NO. 30, Xueyuan Road, Beijing 100083 (China); Li, Xingguo, E-mail: xgli@pku.edu.cn [Beijing National Laboratory of Molecular Sciences, State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Materials Chemistry and Applications, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China)

    2015-11-05

    The removal of non-metallic impurities, especially oxygen and nitrogen, from the rare-earth metal gadolinium (Gd) is challenging, due to their strong affinity to Gd metal. Herein we present an effective approach to prepare high purity Gd via a novel hydrogen in-situ refining method. The final concentrations of oxygen and nitrogen could be reduced to 30 and 19 mass ppm, respectively. The changes of lattice parameters were derived from XRD; enthalpy values and gaseous speciation associated with the gas–solid physiochemical reactions were determined through a combination of DSC/MS measurements and thermodynamic calculations. The results show that oxygen and nitrogen can be efficiently removed by degassing Gd with dissolved hydrogen. The underlying mechanism for the refinement is discussed systematically in this paper. - Highlights: • Hydrogen can shuttle gadolinium freely at high temperature. • The concentration of O and N dropped to 30 ppm and 19 ppm, respectively. • The hydrogen content could finally decrease to 17 ppm. • Hydrogen, water and ammonia signals can be detected successfully. • This method is environment friendly and no other recontaminations.

  13. High-Purity Germanium Spectroscopy at Rates in Excess of 10^{6} Events/s

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    VanDevender, Brent A.; Dion, Michael P.; Fast, James E.; Rodriguez, Douglas C.; Taubman, Matthew S.; Wilen, Christopher D.; Wood, Lynn S.; Wright, Michael E.

    2014-10-01

    Abstract—In gamma spectroscopy, a compromise must be made between energy resolution and event-rate capability. Some foreseen nuclear material safeguards applications require a spectrometer with energy resolution typical of high purity germanium (HPGe) detectors, operated at rates up to and exceeding 106 events per second. We report the performance of an HPGe spectrometer adapted to run at such rates. Our system consists of a commercial semi-coaxial HPGe detector, a modified high-voltagerail, resistive-feedback, charge-sensitive preamplifier and a continuous waveform digitizer. Digitized waveforms are analyzed offline with a novel time-variant trapezoidal filter algorithm. Several time-invariant trapezoidal filters are run in parallel and the slowest one not rejected by instantaneous pileup conditions is used to measure each pulse height. We have attained full-widthat- half-maximum energy resolution of less than 8 keV measured at 662 keV with 1:08*106 per second incoming event rate and 38% throughput. An additional constraint on the width of the fast trigger filter removes a significant amount of edge pileup that passes the first pileup cut, reducing throughput to 26%. While better resolution has been reported by other authors, our throughput is over an order of magnitude higher than any other reported HPGe system operated at such an event rate.

  14. Determination of halogens and sulfur in high-purity polyimide by IC after digestion by MIC.

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    Krzyzaniak, Sindy R; Santos, Rafael F; Dalla Nora, Flavia M; Cruz, Sandra M; Flores, Erico M M; Mello, Paola A

    2016-09-01

    In this work, a method for sample preparation of high-purity polyimide was proposed for halogens and sulfur determination by ion chromatography (IC) with conductivity detection and, alternatively, by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). A relatively high polyimide mass (600mg) was completely digested by microwave-induced combustion (MIC) using 20bar of O2 and 50mmolL(-1) NH4OH as absorbing solution. These conditions allowed final solutions with low carbon content (<10mgL(-1)) and suitable pH for analysis by both IC and ICP-MS. The accuracy was evaluated using a certified reference material of polymer for Cl, Br and S and spike recovery experiments for all analytes. No statistical difference (t-test, 95% of confidence level) was observed between the results obtained for Cl, Br and S by IC after MIC and the certified values. In addition, spike recoveries obtained for F, Cl, Br, I and S ranged from 94% to 101%. The proposed method was suitable for polyimide decomposition for further determination of halogens and sulfur by IC and by ICP-MS (Br and I only). Taking into account the lack of methods and the difficulty of bringing this material into solution, MIC can be considered as a suitable alternative for the decomposition of polyimide for routine quality control of halogens and sulfur using IC or ICP-MS. PMID:27343595

  15. Simultaneously Recovering High-Purity Chromium and Removing Organic Pollutants from Tannery Effluent

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Chromium pollution is a serious issue because of carcinogenic toxicities of the pollutants and low recovery rate of chromium because of the presence of organic, such as protein and fat. In this work, high recovery rate and high purity of the chromium ion were successfully prepared by the way of acid enzyme, flocculant, and Fenton oxidation. The experiments were characterized by TG, TOC, UV-VIS, and SEM. In the work, the tannery waste chrome liquor was used as experimental material. The results showed that the percentage of reduction of TOC in the tannery waste chrome liquor by method of Fenton oxidation, acid enzyme, and the flocculant was 71.15%, 65.26%, and 22.05%, respectively. Therefore, the organism content of chrome tanning waste liquid was greatly reduced through the pretreatment. And the application experiment showed that the properties and grain surface and fibers of the tanned leather with commercial chromium powder and chrome tanning agent prepared from the chromium waste liquid treated with Fenton are nearly the same.

  16. Production of Ultrafine, High-purity Ceramic Powders Using the US Bureau of Mines Developed Turbomill

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    Hoyer, Jesse L.

    1993-01-01

    Turbomilling, an innovative grinding technology developed by the U.S. Bureau of Mines in the early 1960's for delaminating filler-grade kaolinitic clays, has been expanded into the areas of particle size reduction, material mixing, and process reaction kinetics. The turbomill, originally called an attrition grinder, has been used for particle size reduction of many minerals, including natural and synthetic mica, pyrophyllite, talc, and marble. In recent years, an all-polymer version of the turbomill has been used to produce ultrafine, high-purity, advanced ceramic powders such as SiC, Si3N4, TiB2, and ZrO2. In addition to particle size reduction, the turbomill has been used to produce intimate mixtures of high surface area powders and whiskers. Raw materials, TiN, AlN, and Al2O3, used to produce a titanium nitride/aluminum oxynitride (TiN/AlON) composite, were mixed in the turbomill, resulting in strength increases over samples prepared by dry ball milling. Using the turbomill as a leach vessel, it was found that 90.4 pct of the copper was extracted from the chalcopyrite during a 4-hour leach test in ferric sulfate versus conventional processing which involves either roasting of the ore for Cu recovery or leaching of the ore for several days.

  17. Influence of Ta Content in High Purity Niobium on Cavity Performance Preliminary Results*

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    Kneisel, P

    2004-01-01

    In a previous paper* a program designed to study the influence of the residual tantalum content on the superconducting properties of pure niobium metal for RF cavities was outlined. The main rationale for this program was based on a potential cost reduction for high purity niobium, if a less strict limit on the chemical specification for Ta content, which is not significantly affecting the RRR–value, could be tolerated for high performance cavities. Four ingots with different Ta contents have been melted and transformed into sheets. In each manufacturing step the quality of the material has been monitored by employing chemical analysis, neutron activation analysis, thermal conductivity measurements and evaluation of the mechanical properties. The niobium sheets have been scanned for defects by an eddy current device. From three of the four ingots—Ta contents 100, 600 and 1,200 wppm—two single cell cavities each of the CEBAF variety have been fabricated and a series of tests on each ...

  18. Generation of high spectral purity photon-pairs with MgO-doped periodically poled lithium niobate

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    Zhan, Mengying; Sun, Qichao; Xiang, Tong; Chen, Xianfeng

    2015-12-01

    We study the spectral correlation of photon pairs generated via type-II spontaneous parametric down conversion in periodically poled lithium niobate crystals. By performing Schmidt decomposition on the two-photon wavefunction, we calculate the spectral purity of the two-photon state under various pump laser characteristics and doping concentrations of MgO in lithium niobate crystals. Our results show that periodically poled 5% MgO doped lithium niobate is a good candidate to generate photon-pairs with high spectral purity at telecom wavelength.

  19. Quantification of trace amounts of impurities in high purity cobalt by high resolution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

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    XIE Hualin; HUANG Kelong; NIE Xidu; TANG Yougen

    2007-01-01

    An analytical method using high resolution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (HR-ICP-MS) for rapid simultaneous determination of 24 elements (Be, Mg, Al, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni, Cu, Zn, Ga, Ge, As, Se, Mo, Ag, Cd, Sn,Sb, Ba, Pt, Au, and Pb) in high purity cobalt was described. Sample digestions were performed in closed microwave vessels using HNO3 and HCl. The matrix effects because of the presence of excess HCl and Co were evaluated. The usefulness of high mass resolution for overcoming some spectral interference was demonstrated. The optimum conditions for the determination were tested and discussed. The standard addition method was employed for quantitative analysis. The detection limits were 0.016-1.50 μg.g-1, the recovery ratios were 92.2%-111.2%, and the RSD was less than 3.6%. The method was accurate, quick, and convenient. It was applied to the determination of trace impurities in high purity cobalt with satisfactory results.

  20. Quantification of Trace Amounts of Impurities in High Purity Cobalt by High Resolution Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry

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    Hua Lin XIE; Xi Du NIE; You Gen TANG

    2006-01-01

    An analytical method using high resolution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (HR-ICP-MS) for rapid simultaneous determination of Be, Mg, Al, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni, Cu, Zn, Ga, Ge, As, Se, Mo, Ag, Cd, Sn, Sb, Ba, Pt, Au and Pb in high purity cobalt was described. Sample digestions were performed in closed microwave vessels using HNO3 and HCl. The matrix effects due to thc presence of excess HCl and Co were evaluated. The usefulness of high mass resolution for overcoming some spectral interference was demonstrated. The optimum conditions for the determination was tested and discussed. Correction for matrix effects, Sc, Rh and Bi were used as internal standards. The detection limits is 0.003-0.57 μg/g, the recovery ratio is 92.2%- 111.2%, and the RSD is less than 3.6%. The method is accurate, quick and convenient. It has been applied to the determination of trace impurities in high purity cobalt with satisfactory results.

  1. Effect of grain boundaries on the conductivity of high-purity ZrO2---Y2O3 ceramics

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    Verkerk, M.J.; Middelhuis, B.J.; Burggraaf, A.J.

    1982-01-01

    Grain boundary conductivities are determined by complex impedance measurements (1–106 Hz) on high-purity ceramics prepared by the alkoxide synthesis and on less pure ceramics obtained from a commercial powder. The grain size was varied systematically in the region 0.36–55 μm. The grain boundary cond

  2. Synthesis of High Purity SiC Powder for High-resistivity SiC Single Crystals Growth

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    Li WANG; Xiaobu HU; Xiangang XU; Shouzheng JIANG; Lina NING; Minhua JIANG

    2007-01-01

    High purity silicon carbide (SiC) powder was synthesized in-situ by chemical reaction between silicon and carbon powder. In order to ensure that the impurity concentration of the resulting SiC powder is suitable for high-resistivity SiC single crystal growth, the preparation technology of SiC powder is different from that of SiC ceramic. The influence of the shape and size of carbon particles on the morphology and phase composition of the obtained SiC powder were discussed. The phase composition and morphology of the products were investigated by X-ray diffraction, Raman microspectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The results show that the composition of resulting SiC by in-situ synthesis from Si/C mixture strongly depends on the nature of the carbon source, which corresponds to the particle size and shape, as well as the preparation temperature. In the experimental conditions, flake graphite is more suitable for the synthesis of SiC powder than activated carbon because of its relatively smaller particle size and flake shape, which make the conversion more complete. The major phase composition of the full conversion products is β-SiC, with traces of α-SiC.Glow discharge mass spectroscopy measurements indicated that SiC powder synthesized with this chemical reaction method can meet the purity demand for the growth of high-resistivity SiC single crystals.

  3. Production of high purity natural uranium oxides by hydrometallurgical processing of uranium ores

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    A research program has been carried out on the production of high purity natural uranium oxides, according to the commercial plant operating standards of uranium isotope separation from ores. The washing process of (NH4)4[UO2(CO3)3] crystals with NH4HCO4 have been studied. The results showed that during washing at: NH4HCO4 concentration of 70-80 kg/m3; solid / liquid ratio of 1:2; refining steps of 2-3; and duration of each washing step of 600 seconds; Molybdenum and nitrogen contents in natural uranium oxide, after calcination of(NH4)4[UO2(CO)3] were reduced to 0.0008 % and 0.011 %, respectively. The process of refining of (NH4)4[UO2(CO)3] and Na2U2O7 crystals with (C4H9O)3PO solution in hydrocarbon thinner has also been studied. It was determined that the primary minerals dissolving in nitric acid, uranium dissolution, uranium counter current extraction with carbonate solutions, (NH4)4 [UO2(CO3)3] crystals precipitation and calcination to U3O8, allows to reduce impurities contents for molybdenum (0.0003 to 0.005 %); nitrogen (0.001 to 0.003 %0) and sulfate ion (0.006 to 0.009 %) to desired levels. (author)

  4. GELATIO: a general framework for modular digital analysis of high-purity Ge detector signals

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    Agostini, M.; Pandola, L.; Zavarise, P.; Volynets, O.

    2011-08-01

    GELATIO is a new software framework for advanced data analysis and digital signal processing developed for the GERDA neutrinoless double beta decay experiment. The framework is tailored to handle the full analysis flow of signals recorded by high purity Ge detectors and photo-multipliers from the veto counters. It is designed to support a multi-channel modular and flexible analysis, widely customizable by the user either via human-readable initialization files or via a graphical interface. The framework organizes the data into a multi-level structure, from the raw data up to the condensed analysis parameters, and includes tools and utilities to handle the data stream between the different levels. GELATIO is implemented in C++. It relies upon ROOT and its extension TAM, which provides compatibility with PROOF, enabling the software to run in parallel on clusters of computers or many-core machines. It was tested on different platforms and benchmarked in several GERDA-related applications. A stable version is presently available for the GERDA Collaboration and it is used to provide the reference analysis of the experiment data.

  5. GELATIO: a general framework for modular digital analysis of high-purity Ge detector signals

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    Agostini, M; Zavarise, P; Volynets, O

    2011-01-01

    GELATIO is a new software framework for advanced data analysis and digital signal processing developed for the GERDA neutrinoless double beta decay experiment. The framework is tailored to handle the full analysis flow of signals recorded by high purity Ge detectors and photo-multipliers from the veto counters. It is designed to support a multi-channel modular and flexible analysis, widely customizable by the user either via human-readable initialization files or via a graphical interface. The framework organizes the data into a multi-level structure, from the raw data up to the condensed analysis parameters, and includes tools and utilities to handle the data stream between the different levels. GELATIO is implemented in C++. It relies upon ROOT and its extension TAM, which provides compatibility with PROOF, enabling the software to run in parallel on clusters of computers or many-core machines. It was tested on different platforms and benchmarked in several GERDA-related applications. A stable version is pr...

  6. Temperature sensitivity of surface channel effects on high-purity germanium detectors

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    The temperature sensitivity of surface channel effects on planar high-purity germanium detectors was measured using 60-keV gamma-ray scanning techniques, as part of a radiation damage study. When measured in this manner, the surface effects on most detectors showed extreme temperature sensitivity in the 72-95 K region. The effect of the surface channel increased with increasing temperature to such an extent that the efficiency, as measured by the count rate in the 1332-keV peak from a 60Co source, decreased by a factor of over two in some cases. Since the peak efficiency for the 1332-keV gamma ray decreased as the temperature increased throughout the operating range (72-120 K) the effect of the surface channel must continue to increase beyond the temperature (95 K) at which the 60-keV scan loses its sensitivity because of the strong attenuation of these much lower energy gamma rays. Radiation damage had no measurable effect on the surface characteristics. No correlation between the surface effects and the resolution changes of the 1332-keV peak was observed. (orig.)

  7. Temperature sensitivity of surface channel effects on high-purity germanium detectors

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    Hull, E.L. [Indiana Univ., Bloomington, IN (United States). Cyclotron Facility; Pehl, R.H. [Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Madden, N.W. [Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Luke, P.N. [Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Cork, C.P. [Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Malone, D.L. [Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Xing, J.S. [Indiana Univ., Bloomington, IN (United States). Cyclotron Facility; Komisarcik, K. [Indiana Univ., Bloomington, IN (United States). Cyclotron Facility; Vanderwerp, J.D. [Indiana Univ., Bloomington, IN (United States). Cyclotron Facility; Friesel, D.L. [Indiana Univ., Bloomington, IN (United States). Cyclotron Facility

    1995-10-15

    The temperature sensitivity of surface channel effects on planar high-purity germanium detectors was measured using 60-keV gamma-ray scanning techniques, as part of a radiation damage study. When measured in this manner, the surface effects on most detectors showed extreme temperature sensitivity in the 72-95 K region. The effect of the surface channel increased with increasing temperature to such an extent that the efficiency, as measured by the count rate in the 1332-keV peak from a {sup 60}Co source, decreased by a factor of over two in some cases. Since the peak efficiency for the 1332-keV gamma ray decreased as the temperature increased throughout the operating range (72-120 K) the effect of the surface channel must continue to increase beyond the temperature (95 K) at which the 60-keV scan loses its sensitivity because of the strong attenuation of these much lower energy gamma rays. Radiation damage had no measurable effect on the surface characteristics. No correlation between the surface effects and the resolution changes of the 1332-keV peak was observed. (orig.).

  8. Temperature sensitivity of surface channel effects on high-purity germanium detectors

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    Hull, E. L.; Pehl, R. H.; Madden, N. W.; Luke, P. N.; Cork, C. P.; Malone, D. L.; Xing, J. S.; Komisarcik, K.; Vanderwerp, J. D.; Friesel, D. L.

    1995-02-01

    The temperature sensitivity of surface channel effects on planar high-purity germanium detectors was measured using 60-keV gamma-ray scanning techniques, as part of a radiation damage study. When measured in this manner, the surface effects on most detectors showed extreme temperature sensitivity in the 72-95 K region. The effect of the surface channel increased with increasing temperature to such an extent that the efficiency, as measured by the count rate in the 1332-keV peak from a 60Co source, decreased by a factor of over two in some cases. Since the peak efficiency for the 1332-keV gamma ray decreased as the temperature increased throughout the operating range (72-120 K) the effect of the surface channel must continue to increase beyond the temperature (95 K) at which the 60-keV scan loses its sensitivity because of the strong attenuation of these much lower energy gamma rays. Radiation damage had no measurable effect on the surface characteristics. No correlation between the surface effects and the resolution changes of the 1332-keV peak was observed.

  9. Interaction between a high purity magnesium surface and PCL and PLA coatings during dynamic degradation

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    Chen Ying; Song Yang; Zhang Shaoxiang; Li Jianan; Zhao Changli; Zhang Xiaonong, E-mail: xnzhang@sjtu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Metal Matrix Composites, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China)

    2011-04-15

    In this study, polycaprolactone (PCL) and polylactic acid (PLA) coatings were prepared on the surface of high purity magnesium (HPMs), respectively, and electrochemical and dynamic degradation tests were used to investigate the degradation behaviors of these polymer-coated HPMs. The experimental results indicated that two uniform and smooth polymer films with thicknesses between 15 and 20 {mu}m were successfully prepared on the HPMs. Electrochemical tests showed that both PCL-coated and PLA-coated HPMs had higher free corrosion potentials (E{sub corr}) and smaller corrosion currents (I{sub corr}) in the modified simulated body fluid (m-SBF) at 37 {sup 0}C, compared to those of the uncoated HPMs. Dynamic degradation tests simulating the flow conditions in coronary arteries were carried out on a specific test platform. The weight of the specimens and the pH over the tests were recorded to characterize the corrosion performance of those samples. The surfaces of the specimens after the dynamic degradation tests were also examined. The data implied that there was a special interaction between HPM and its polymer coatings during the dynamic degradation tests, which undermined the corrosion resistance of the coated HPMs. A model was proposed to illustrate the interaction between the polymer coatings and HPM. This study also suggested that this reciprocity may also exist on the implanted magnesium stents coated with biodegradable polymers, which is a potential obstacle for the further development of drug-eluting magnesium stents.

  10. Laser transformation hardening of a high-purity iron-carbon-chromium alloy

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    Successful laser transformation hardening of steel surfaces requires that the absorbed laser energy is sufficient to austenitize the initial microstructure to a depth of 0.5 mm or more. Hardening is accomplished when rapid cooling by conduction of heat away from the surface causes transformation of the austenite layer to martensite. Heating and cooling rates of 104 K/s or greater are typical of the laser hardening process and the entire thermal cycle may be accomplished in less than 0.1 s. In an earlier study, laser surface hardening of commercial plain carbon and chromium alloyed steels was examined. It was shown that in the alloyed steel chromium enrichment of the cementite in the initial microstructure could prevent complete transformation of pearlite to asutenite during the very rapid laser heating cycle. However, interpretation of the results was complicated somewhat by the fact that manganese was also partitioned to the cementite. The purpose of this work was to conduct selected identical laser heating experiments on a high-purity Fe-C-Cr alloy to test the effect of chromium unequivocally, i.e., in the absence of manganese and other elements normally present in commercial steels

  11. Mechanism of strengthening of cube texture for high purity aluminum foils by additional-annealing

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    张新明; 刘胜胆; 唐建国; 周卓平

    2003-01-01

    The mechanism of strengthening of cube texture ({001}〈100〉) by additional-annealing of high purity aluminum foils was investigated by using orientation distribution functions (ODFs) and electron back scattered diffraction (EBSD). The results of ODFs and fiber show that the orientation densities of the S {123}〈634〉 and Cu {112}〈111〉 components increase in both the additional-annealed samples and the 0.11 mm final cold-rolled foils. And the EBSD results demonstrate that cube nuclei can be identified in the deformed matrix of those additional-annealed samples. It is suggested that the strengthening of cube texture can be brought out by the increasing of components of S and Cu and the formation of cube nuclei caused by additional-annealing. Moreover, it is found that the cube texture increases first and then decreases with increasing additional-annealing temperature, and it is the strongest at 180 ℃.The strengthening of cube texture by additional-annealing is proposed as the result of oriented growth of cube subgrains.

  12. The dislocation relaxation by kink-pair formation on screw dislocations in high-purity molybdenum

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    By means of low-frequency internal-friction measurements in an inverted torsion pendulum at 0.5 to 15 Hz, the so-called γ-relaxation in high-purity molybdenum (occurring between 400 and 550 K) is investigated on predeformed single crystals with torsion axes or . The sum of the formation enthalpy of widely separated kink pairs on a0/2 screw dislocations, 2Hk, and of the migration enthalpy for the migration of the kinks along these dislocations, HkM, is obtained by the peak-shift method and found to be 2Hk+HkM=(1.275±0.03) eV. This agrees with the value 2Hk=1.22 eV deduced earlier from the analysis of the strain-rate and temperature dependence of the flow stress of pure molybdenum after cyclic deformation into saturation. The present results are in full agreement with the view that in refractory b.c.c. metals the kink-pair formation on screw dislocations controls the γ-relaxation as well as the plastic deformation at low and intermediate temperatures. (orig.)

  13. Inter-electrode charge collection in high-purity germanium detectors with amorphous semiconductor contacts

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    High-purity germanium (HPGe) radiation detectors with segmented signal readout electrodes combine excellent energy resolution with fine spatial resolution, opening exciting possibilities in radiation imaging applications. Segmenting the electrodes provides the ability to determine the positions of radiation interactions in the detector, but it also brings potential challenges that can inhibit performance. A challenge unique to segmented electrode detectors is collection of charge carriers to the gap between adjacent electrodes rather than to the electrodes themselves, which gives a deficit in the summed energy. While amorphous semiconductor electrical contacts have enabled a simplified fabrication process capable of fine electrode segmentation, the amorphous semiconductor passivation layer between electrodes is prone to inter-electrode charge collection. This article presents a study of the impact of fabrication process parameters on the energy deficit due to inter-electrode charge collection for double-sided strip detectors. Eight double-sided strip HPGe detectors were fabricated with amorphous germanium (a-Ge) and amorphous silicon (a-Si) contacts formed by sputter deposition. Each detector was evaluated for inter-electrode charge collection performance, using as a metric the deficit in the summed signal of two adjacent electrodes. It is demonstrated that both a-Ge and a-Si contacts can be produced with nearly non-existent inter-electrode charge collection when the appropriate combination of sputter gas hydrogen content and gas pressure are selected

  14. Microhardness evolution and mechanical characteristics of commercial purity titanium processed by high-pressure torsion

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    An investigation was conducted to evaluate the microstructural evolution and mechanical properties of a commercial purity (CP) titanium (grade 2) processed by high-pressure torsion (HPT) at room temperature. Microstructural analysis was performed to provide detailed information on the effect of shear strain on the grain size. The results demonstrate that significant grain refinement is achieved through HPT processing with a reduction from ∼45 μm in the initial annealed condition to a grain size of ∼150 nm after 10 turns of HPT. Measurements of the Vickers microhardness show that the disks are essentially homogeneous after 5 or more turns of torsional straining. Analysis by X-ray diffraction (XRD) revealed an allotropic phase transformation from the α-phase (hexagonal closed-packed) to the ω-phase (hexagonal) during HPT processing. The results from mechanical testing at an elevated temperature of 673 K are consistent with the microstructural observations thereby showing that ultra-fine grained CP Ti exhibits excellent mechanical properties

  15. Safety studies conducted on a proprietary high-purity aloe vera inner leaf fillet preparation, Qmatrix.

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    Williams, Lonnie D; Burdock, George A; Shin, Eunju; Kim, Seunghyun; Jo, T H; Jones, Kenneth N; Matulka, Ray A

    2010-06-01

    The aloe vera plant has a long history of safe use for oral and topical applications. This publication describes safety studies conducted on a proprietary high-purity aloe vera inner leaf fillet preparation, Qmatrix. In a 13-week study in rats, Qmatrix was administered via gavage at 0, 500, 1000 and 2000 mg/kg body weight (bw)/day. There were no significant changes in food or water consumption, body weight, serum biochemistry or hematology at any of the doses tested. Sporadic, significant increases were observed in some of the measured urinalysis parameters; however, these variations were not treatment-related, as most were observed only in one sex, not dose-dependent and within historical control values. Organ weights were unaffected, except for a statistically significant, though not dose-dependent, increase in absolute and relative weights of the right kidney in males at 500 and 2000 mg/kg bw/day, respectively. Histopathological analysis revealed no abnormal signs. Qmatrix was non-mutagenic in an Ames test and a chromosomal aberration test at concentrations up to 10,000 microg/plate, and in an in vivo bone marrow micronucleus test at doses up to 5000 mg/kg bw/day. Based on these results, Qmatrix is not genotoxic in vitro or in vivo and; has an oral NOAEL greater than 2000 mg/kg bw/day following 90 days of oral exposure. PMID:20096744

  16. State of the art in high purity germanium systems for homeland security applications

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    The IAEA initiated the Coordinated Research Project Improvement of Technical Measures to Detect and Respond to Illicit Trafficking of Nuclear and other Radioactive Materials in April 2002. The resultant reference manual was published in March 2006. In response to the needs expressed by the IAEA, ORTEC developed the Detective line of high purity germanium (HPGe) radioisotope identifiers (RIIDs). These are now well known and widely used. Several hundred are deployed worldwide in interdiction. The technology used in the Detective has been further developed to address two additional threat interdiction requirements. In the first, a smaller, lighter weight Detective-like device was developed by ORTEC and adapted to meet the needs of the US Human Portable Radiation Detection Systems (HPRDS) programme. The commercial version of this new instrument will be available in January 2008. The development programme and the new product are described. The second advancement is the broadening of the scope of the technology to address new applications for spectroscopic portal monitors as well as wide area search systems. ORTEC has developed modular hardware and software for use in a variety of portal and other configurations. In addition, a software model has been developed to predict portal performance in a variety of detectors and detector placement in these configurations. The hardware and software are described, and performance model data presented and compared to measurements in a pedestrian portal. (author)

  17. GELATIO: a general framework for modular digital analysis of high-purity Ge detector signals

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    Agostini, M [Physik-Department E15, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, James-Franck-Str. 1, D-85748 Garching (Germany); Pandola, L; Zavarise, P [INFN Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, SS 17-bis km 18-910, I-67100, Assergi (Italy); Volynets, O, E-mail: matteo.agostini@ph.tum.de [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Physik, Foehringer Ring 6, D-80805, Muenchen (Germany)

    2011-08-15

    GELATIO is a new software framework for advanced data analysis and digital signal processing developed for the GERDA neutrinoless double beta decay experiment. The framework is tailored to handle the full analysis flow of signals recorded by high purity Ge detectors and photo-multipliers from the veto counters. It is designed to support a multi-channel modular and flexible analysis, widely customizable by the user either via human-readable initialization files or via a graphical interface. The framework organizes the data into a multi-level structure, from the raw data up to the condensed analysis parameters, and includes tools and utilities to handle the data stream between the different levels. GELATIO is implemented in C++. It relies upon ROOT and its extension TAM, which provides compatibility with PROOF, enabling the software to run in parallel on clusters of computers or many-core machines. It was tested on different platforms and benchmarked in several GERDA-related applications. A stable version is presently available for the GERDA Collaboration and it is used to provide the reference analysis of the experiment data.

  18. GELATIO: a general framework for modular digital analysis of high-purity Ge detector signals

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    GELATIO is a new software framework for advanced data analysis and digital signal processing developed for the GERDA neutrinoless double beta decay experiment. The framework is tailored to handle the full analysis flow of signals recorded by high purity Ge detectors and photo-multipliers from the veto counters. It is designed to support a multi-channel modular and flexible analysis, widely customizable by the user either via human-readable initialization files or via a graphical interface. The framework organizes the data into a multi-level structure, from the raw data up to the condensed analysis parameters, and includes tools and utilities to handle the data stream between the different levels. GELATIO is implemented in C++. It relies upon ROOT and its extension TAM, which provides compatibility with PROOF, enabling the software to run in parallel on clusters of computers or many-core machines. It was tested on different platforms and benchmarked in several GERDA-related applications. A stable version is presently available for the GERDA Collaboration and it is used to provide the reference analysis of the experiment data.

  19. Stress corrosion of very high purity stainless steels in alkaline media

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    This research thesis reports the study of stress corrosion resistance of stainless steels in caustic environments. It notably concerns the electronuclear industrial sector, the production of soda by electrolysis, and the preparation of hydrogen as energy vector. After a presentation of the experimental conditions, the author highlights the influence of purity on stress corrosion cracking of 20Cr-25Ni-type austenitic alloys. The specific action of a high number of addition metallic and non-metallic elements has been studied. Stress corrosion tests have been also performed in autoclave on austeno-ferritic (21 to 25 pc Cr - 6 to 10 pc Ni) as well as ferritic (26 pc Cr) grades. The author reports the study of electrochemical properties of stainless steel in soda by means of potentiostatic techniques with an application of Pourbaix thermodynamic equilibrium diagrams, and the study of the chemical composition of passivation thin layers by Auger spectroscopy. He more particularly studies the influence of electrode potential and of some addition elements on the chemical characteristics of oxides developed at the surface of austenite. Then, the author tries to establish correlations between strain hardening microstructure of the various steels and their sensitivity to stress corrosion

  20. Electrical properties of as-grown and proton-irradiated high purity silicon

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    Krupka, Jerzy; Karcz, Waldemar; Kamiński, Paweł; Jensen, Leif

    2016-08-01

    The complex permittivity of as-grown and proton-irradiated samples of high purity silicon obtained by the floating zone method was measured as a function of temperature at a few frequencies in microwave spectrum by employing the quasi TE011 and whispering gallery modes excited in the samples under test. The resistivity of the samples was determined from the measured imaginary part of the permittivity. The resistivity was additionally measured at RF frequencies employing capacitive spectroscopy as well as in a standard direct current experiment. The sample of as-grown material had the resistivity of ∼85 kΩ cm at room temperature. The sample irradiated with 23-MeV protons had the resistivity of ∼500 kΩ cm at 295 K and its behavior was typical of the intrinsic material at room and at elevated temperatures. For the irradiated sample, the extrinsic conductivity region is missing and at temperatures below 250 K hopping conductivity occurs. Thermal cycle hysteresis of the resistivity for the sample of as-grown material is observed. After heating and subsequent cooling of the sample, its resistivity decreases and then slowly (∼50 h) returns to the initial value.

  1. Effectiveness of a high purity chlorine dioxide solution in eliminating intracanal Enterococcus faecalis biofilm.

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    Herczegh, Anna; Ghidan, Agoston; Friedreich, Dóra; Gyurkovics, Milán; Bendő, Zsolt; Lohinai, Zsolt

    2013-03-01

    We investigated the effectiveness of chlorine dioxide (ClO2) solution in comparison to sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) and chlorhexidine gluconate (CHX) in the elimination of intracanal Enterococcus faecalis biofilm. Extracted human teeth were inoculated with E. faecalis. After preparation the canals were irrigated with ClO2, NaOCl, CHX or physiologic saline for control. Two and five days later bacterial samples were collected and streaked onto Columbia agar. CFU/mL were counted. The canal walls were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The gas phase was investigated in an upside down Petri dish where E. faecalis was inoculated onto blood agar. The irrigants were placed on absorbent paper into the cover. Bacteria were detectable in the control group, but not in any of the irrigants groups. There was a massive reinfection 2 or 5 days after irrigation in the control group. The lowest reinfection was found after the ClO2 treatment. These findings were confirmed by SEM images. We observed an antibacterial effect of ClO2 and NaOCl gas phases on E. faecalis growth, but not of CHX. ClO2 eliminates intracanal biofilm and keeps canal nearly free from bacteria. We suggest the use of high purity ClO2 as a root canal irrigant in clinical practice. PMID:23529300

  2. Simulation study comparing high-purity germanium and cadmium zinc telluride detectors for breast imaging

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    We conducted simulations to compare the potential imaging performance for breast cancer detection with High-Purity Germanium (HPGe) and Cadmium Zinc Telluride (CZT) systems with 1% and 3.8% energy resolution at 140 keV, respectively. Using the Monte Carlo N-Particle (MCNP5) simulation package, we modelled both 5 mm-thick CZT and 10 mm-thick HPGe detectors with the same parallel-hole collimator for the imaging of a breast/torso phantom. Simulated energy spectra were generated, and planar images were created for various energy windows around the 140 keV photopeak. Relative sensitivity and scatter and the torso fractions were calculated along with tumour contrast and signal-to-noise ratios (SNR). Simulations showed that utilizing a ±1.25% energy window with an HPGe system better suppressed torso background and small-angle scattered photons than a comparable CZT system using a −5%/+10% energy window. Both systems provided statistically similar contrast and SNR, with HPGe providing higher relative sensitivity. Lowering the counts of HPGe images to match CZT count density still yielded equivalent contrast between HPGe and CZT. Thus, an HPGe system may provide equivalent breast imaging capability at lower injected radioactivity levels when acquiring for equal imaging time. (paper)

  3. Synthesis and Characterization of High-purity Aluminum Titanate with Water Quenching Method

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    SHEN Yang; RUAN Yu-Zhong; YU Yan

    2009-01-01

    High-purity aluminum titanate was synthesized via a water quenching method with waste-residue in the aluminum factory and industrial TiO2 as the main raw materials, which belongs to the comprehensive utilization of solid wastes. Compared with the conventional method, it can reduce synthesis temperature, effectively inhibit decomposition and raise the content of AT; the addition of tiny silicon powder can improve the sintering and optimize the properties of AT. The crystalline phase structure and microstructure of each sample were characterized with XRD and SEM methods; the content of each crystalline phase in each sample was confirmed with Rietveld Quantification method; the properties of each sample were also tested. The experimental results showed that No. 4 is the optimum specimen, with the corresponding mass ratio of Al2O3/TiO2 to be 1.27 and the content of AT of 97.2 wt%. The addition of optimum tiny silicon powder is confirmed to be 8wt%; its corresponding bulk density is 2.63 g/cm3, bending strength is 46.34 MPa, and the retention of one thermal vibration bending strength is 71.5%.

  4. Determination of trace impurities in high purity water by emission spectroscopy and flame photometry

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    A spectrochemical method for the determination of trace amounts of Fe, Mg, Mn, Sn, Cr, Bi, Ni, Ca, Na, Zn, Sr, Al, Ba and Cu in high purity water is described. In addition Na, Li and K are measured by flame photometry. The standards used in the spectrochemical method are prepared by evaporation in hot plate of 50 mL standard solution in Teflon becker to dryness, the residue being dissolved with 500 μL hot HCl (1:1). Four hundred μL of this solution is evaporated under infra-red lamp on Apiezon treated flat top graphite electrodes. The residue is submitted to a direct current arc excitation. The accuracy is estimated by the spectrochemical method with a direct procedure sample preparation. The relative standard deviation varies from +- 4% to +- 27%. For the elements Na, Li and K standard solutions are concentrated fiftyfold by a simple evaporation procedure and then measured by flame photometry. The standard deviation and accuracy are given. (Author)

  5. High Purity Germanium Detector as part of Health Canada's Mobile Nuclear Laboratory

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    In the event of a nuclear emergency on Canadian soil, Health Canada has designed and equipped two Mobile Nuclear Labs (MNLs) which can be deployed near a radiological accident site to provide radiological measurement capabilities. These measurements would help public authorities to make informed decisions for radiation protection recommendations. One of the MNLs has been outfitted with a High Purity Germanium (HPGe) detector within a lead castle, which can be used for identification as well as quantification of gamma emitting radioisotopes in contaminated soil, water, and other samples. By spring 2014, Health Canada's second MNL will be equipped with a similar detector to increase sample analysis capacity and also provide redundancy if one of the detectors requires maintenance. The Mobile Nuclear Lab (MNL) with the HPGe detector has been successfully deployed in the field for various exercises. One of these field exercises was a dirty bomb scenario where an unknown radioisotope required identification. A second exercise was an inter-comparison between the measurements of spiked soil and water samples, by two field teams and a certified laboratory. A third exercise was the deployment of the MNL as part of a full scale nuclear exercise simulating an emergency at a Canadian nuclear power plant. The lessons learned from these experiences will be discussed. (authors)

  6. Industrial symbiosis: high purity recovery of metals from Waelz sintering waste by aqueous SO2 solution.

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    Copur, Mehmet; Pekdemir, Turgay; Colak, Sabri; Künkül, Asim

    2007-10-22

    Sintering operation in the production of Zn, Cd, and Pb by Waelz process produces a powdery waste containing mainly (about 70%) ZnO, CdO, and PbO. The waste may be referred to as Waelz sintering waste (WSW). The aim of this study is to develop a process for the separation and recovery of the metals from WSW with high purities. The process is based on the dissolution of the WSW in aqueous SO2 solution. The research reported here concentrated on the effect of some important operational parameters on dissolution process. The parameters investigated and their ranges were as follows: SO(2) gas flow rate (V); 38-590 ml/min, stirring speed (W); 100-1000 rpm, reaction temperature (T); 13-60 degrees C, reaction time (t); 1-16 min, and solid-liquid ratio (S/L); 0.1-0.5 g/ml. The results showed that the dissolution rate increased with increasing W, V, and S/L and decreasing T. The best dissolution conditions were found to be V=325 ml/min, W=600 rpm, t=6 min, T=21 degrees C, and S/L=0.1g/ml. Separation of Zn from Cd involved precipitation of ZnSO3 from a mixture solution. The best pH level for the precipitation was observed to be 6. PMID:17482352

  7. High color purity orange-emitting KBaBP2O8:Eu3+ phosphor: Synthesis, characterization and photoluminescence properties

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    A series of orange-emitting KBaBP2O8:Eu3+ phosphors with high color purity were synthesized by using a solid-state reaction technique at high-temperature. The phase purity, surface morphology, compositional and elemental analysis as well as photoluminescence properties were investigated by various characterization methods including X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopic (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectra (EDS), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), and fluorescence spectroscopy (FS) measurements. The luminescence characteristics including excitation and emission spectrum, decay curves, chromaticity coordinates and color purity were discussed and calculated. The influence of the doping concentration of Eu3+ and charge compensator (alkali metal ion) on the relative emission intensity of Eu3+ was investigated. The as-prepared phosphor can be effectively excited with a 394 nm light, and exhibit orange emission with high color purity belonging to the prevailing 5D0→7F1 magnetic dipole transition (594 nm) of Eu3+. The above work indicates this phosphor could be a potential candidate as orange phosphor for application in white light-emitting diodes (w-LEDs). - Highlights: • A series of KBaBP2O8:Eu3+ phosphors were prepared by a solid-state reaction. • Its structure, luminescent properties are well characterized and studied. • The concentration quenching mechanism of Eu3+ was determined. • KBaBP2O8:Eu3+ shows orange emissions under UV excitation

  8. Synthesis of high purity monoglycerides from crude glycerol and palm stearin

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    Pakamas Chetpattananondh

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available The optimum conditions for the glycerolysis of palm stearin and crude glycerol derived from biodiesel process werefound to be a reaction temperature of 200oC with a molar ratio of crude glycerol to palm stearin of 2.5:1, and a reaction timeof 20 minutes. The yield and purity of monoglycerides obtained under these conditions was satisfactory as compared withthe glycerolysis of pure glycerol. To increase the purity of monoglycerides a two-step process, removal of residual glyceroland crystallization, was proposed instead of either vacuum or molecular distillation. Residual glycerol was removed byadding hydrochloric acid followed by washing with hot water. Optimum conditions for crystallization were achieved byusing isooctane as a solvent and a turbine impeller speed of 200 rpm at a crystallization temperature of 35oC. A purity notexceeding 99 percent of monoglycerides was obtained with monopalmitin as the major product.

  9. Dielectric Performance of a High Purity HTCC Alumina at High Temperatures - a Comparison Study with Other Polycrystalline Alumina

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    Chen, Liangyu

    2014-01-01

    A very high purity (99.99+%) high temperature co-fired ceramic (HTCC) alumina has recently become commercially available. The raw material of this HTCC alumina is very different from conventional HTCC alumina, and more importantly there is no glass additive in this alumina material for co-firing processing. Previously, selected HTCC and LTCC (low temperature co-fired ceramic) alumina materials were evaluated at high temperatures as dielectric and compared to a regularly sintered 96% polycrystalline alumina (96% Al2O3), where 96% alumina was used as the benchmark. A prototype packaging system based on regular 96% alumina with Au thickfilm metallization successfully facilitated long term testing of high temperature silicon carbide (SiC) electronic devices for over 10,000 hours at 500 C. In order to evaluate this new high purity HTCC alumina for possible high temperature packaging applications, the dielectric properties of this HTCC alumina substrate were measured and compared with those of 96% alumina and a previously tested LTCC alumina from room temperature to 550 C at frequencies of 120 Hz, 1 KHz, 10 KHz, 100 KHz, and 1 MHz. A parallel-plate capacitive device with dielectric of the HTCC alumina and precious metal electrodes were used for measurements of the dielectric constant and dielectric loss of the co-fired alumina material in the temperature and frequency ranges. The capacitance and AC parallel conductance of the capacitive device were directly measured by an AC impedance meter, and the dielectric constant and parallel AC conductivity of the dielectric were calculated from the capacitance and conductance measurement results. The temperature and frequency dependent dielectric constant, AC conductivity, and dissipation factor of the HTCC alumina substrate are presented and compared to those of 96% alumina and a selected LTCC alumina. Other technical advantages of this new co-fired material for possible high packaging applications are also discussed.

  10. Production of High Purity Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes from Catalytic Decomposition of Methane

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    Kong Bee Hong; Aidawati Azlin Binti Ismail; Mohamed Ezzaham Bin Mohd Mahayuddin; Abdul Rahman Mohamed; Sharif Hussein Sharif Zein

    2006-01-01

    Acid-based purification process of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) produced via catalytic decomposition of methane with NiO/TiO2 as a catalyst is described. By combining the oxidation in air and the acid refluxes, the impurities, such as amorphous carbon, carbon nanoparticles, and the NiO/TiO2 catalyst, are eliminated. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images confirm the removal of the impurities. The percentage of the carbon nanotubes purity was analyzed using thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). Using this process, 99.9 wt% purity of MWNTs was obtained.

  11. High Magnetic Field Influence on the Widmanstaitten Transformation in High Purity Fe-0.36 wt% C Alloy

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    Shoujing Wang,; Xiang Zhao; Na Xiao; Liang Zuo

    2012-01-01

    The influence of high magnetic field with different strength on the proeutectoid ferrite transformation in high purity Fe-0.36 wt% C during diffusional Υ phase transformation was studied. It was found that the formation of acicular ferrite (ie. Widmanst3tten ferrite) was obviously suppressed by the applied high magnetic field. The stronger the magnetic field is, the more the ferrite grains elongating and aligning along the field direction will be. This is attributed to additional driving force for phase transformation and demagnetization effect introduced by the applied magnetic field. This is also considered to be related to the preferential growth of proeutectoid ferrite nuclei along field direction caused by magnetic dipolar interaction.

  12. Development of technology for high-purity 244Pu production by method of electromagnetic separation

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    The IAEA needs plutonium isotopic reference materials and spikes certified to an accuracy of 0.05% or better for the verification of large throughputs and inventories of plutonium under IAEA safeguards and for the isotopic analysis of traces of plutonium in environmental samples taken to confirm state declarations. At the request of the IAEA the Russian Federal Nuclear Center (RFNC) has defined a plan to produce highly enriched plutonium isotopes necessary for the preparation of the required reference materials and spikes. The objective is to produce about 260 mg of 99.74% enriched 242Pu and up to 100 mg of 99.56% enriched 244Pu by electromagnetic separation starting from 5 g of a feed material of US origin containing about 16% of 244Pu. A second enrichment cycle is foreseen to produce about 1 mg of 99.99% enriched 244Pu. In view of the limited amount of feed material, RFNC will upgrade its technologies and procedures for the preparation of high-purity plutonium chloride, the processes of ionisation, the radiochemical recovery of the material deposited on the collectors of the mass separator or scattered in the machine and the regeneration of the latter, before proceeding with the production of the isotopes requested by the IAEA. To cover the cost of this development RFNC has applied to the International Science and Technology Center for a grant which is presently under evaluation. The project described in this paper is undertaken with the close support and collaboration of the IAEA, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), New Brunswick Laboratory (NBL) and the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM)

  13. Porous and mesh alumina formed by anodization of high purity aluminum films at low anodizing voltage

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    Electrochemical oxidation of high-purity aluminum (Al) films under low anodizing voltages (1–10) V has been conducted to obtain anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) with ultra-small pore size and inter-pore distance. Different structures of AAO have been obtained e.g. nanoporous and mesh structures. Highly regular pore arrays with small pore size and inter-pore distance have been formed in oxalic or sulfuric acids at different temperatures (22–50 °C). It is found that the pore diameter, inter-pore distance and the barrier layer thickness are independent of the anodizing parameters, which is very different from the rules of general AAO fabrication. The brand formation mechanism has been revealed by the scanning electron microscope study. Regular nanopores are formed under 10 V at the beginning of the anodization and then serve as a template layer dominating the formation of ultra-small nanopores. Anodization that is performed at voltages less than 5 V leads to mesh structured alumina. In addition, we have introduced a simple one-pot synthesis method to develop thin walls of oxide containing lithium (Li) ions that could be used for battery application based on anodization of Al films in a supersaturated mixture of lithium phosphate and phosphoric acid as matrix for Li-composite electrolyte. - Highlights: • We develop anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) with small pore size and inter-pore distance. • Applying low anodizing voltages onto aluminum film leads to form mesh structures. • The value of anodizing voltage (1–10 V) has no effect on pore size or inter-pore distance. • Applying anodizing voltage less than 5 V leads to mesh structured AAO. • AAO can be used as a matrix for Li-composite electrolytes

  14. Porous and mesh alumina formed by anodization of high purity aluminum films at low anodizing voltage

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    Abd-Elnaiem, Alaa M., E-mail: alaa.abd-elnaiem@science.au.edu.eg [KACST-Intel Consortium Center of Excellence in Nano-manufacturing Applications (CENA), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia); Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Assiut University, Assiut 71516 (Egypt); Mebed, A.M. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Assiut University, Assiut 71516 (Egypt); Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Al-Jouf University, Sakaka 2014 (Saudi Arabia); El-Said, Waleed Ahmed [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Assiut University, Assiut 71516 (Egypt); Abdel-Rahim, M.A. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Assiut University, Assiut 71516 (Egypt)

    2014-11-03

    Electrochemical oxidation of high-purity aluminum (Al) films under low anodizing voltages (1–10) V has been conducted to obtain anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) with ultra-small pore size and inter-pore distance. Different structures of AAO have been obtained e.g. nanoporous and mesh structures. Highly regular pore arrays with small pore size and inter-pore distance have been formed in oxalic or sulfuric acids at different temperatures (22–50 °C). It is found that the pore diameter, inter-pore distance and the barrier layer thickness are independent of the anodizing parameters, which is very different from the rules of general AAO fabrication. The brand formation mechanism has been revealed by the scanning electron microscope study. Regular nanopores are formed under 10 V at the beginning of the anodization and then serve as a template layer dominating the formation of ultra-small nanopores. Anodization that is performed at voltages less than 5 V leads to mesh structured alumina. In addition, we have introduced a simple one-pot synthesis method to develop thin walls of oxide containing lithium (Li) ions that could be used for battery application based on anodization of Al films in a supersaturated mixture of lithium phosphate and phosphoric acid as matrix for Li-composite electrolyte. - Highlights: • We develop anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) with small pore size and inter-pore distance. • Applying low anodizing voltages onto aluminum film leads to form mesh structures. • The value of anodizing voltage (1–10 V) has no effect on pore size or inter-pore distance. • Applying anodizing voltage less than 5 V leads to mesh structured AAO. • AAO can be used as a matrix for Li-composite electrolytes.

  15. Matrix elimination ion chromatography for determination of trace levels of anions in high purity lithium carbonate

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    Lithium carbonate is used as a precursor in the synthesis of lithium-based ceramic, Li2TiO3, which is being considered as a promising solid breeder material in the tritium breeding blanket of thermonuclear fusion reactors . The presence of unwanted impurities in the precursor material can alter the ceramic properties of lithium titanate. Therefore a simple, rapid and accurate method for the determination of anionic impurities in high purity lithium carbonate has been developed. The quantitative determination of various anionic impurities (fluoride, chloride and sulphate) simultaneously was carried out by anion exchange chromatography with suppressed conductometric detection. The large concentration of carbonate anion in the solution poses a challenge in the determination of other anions present at trace level. Therefore the matrix elimination was accomplished by adopting a sample pretreatment for the removal of large excess of carbonate from the sample matrix. Onguard H-cartridges were found most suitable for this purpose. The H-guard cartridge has a packing of high capacity strong acid cation exchange resin in the H form. During the pretreatment procedure, the lithium ion in the sample exchange with H+ of the resin while the carbonate is converted to carbonic acid with the help of H+ ions. The Onguard H-cartridges could be successfully used to remove the interfering carbonate quantitatively from the salt solution provided that the concentration of carbonate is well below the total capacity of the packing material of the cartridges. The developed method was validated for its accuracy and precision. The limit of detection for various anions was in the range 0.02-0.4 μg g-1 and the relative standard deviation was 3-5 % for the overall method

  16. Stability of Y-90 Zevalin: Radiochemical purity evaluation using instant thin layer and size exclusion high performance liquid chromatography

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    Aim: The purpose of the study was to evaluate the stability of typical Y-90 Zevalin (IDEC Pharmaceuticals Corp) patient doses, either maintained at room temperature or refrigerated, using the manufacturer's recommended instant thin layer chromatography procedure and confirming the results using size exclusion high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) to evaluate radiochemical purity. Material and Methods: Following radiolabeling of Y-90 Zevalin, two patient doses were withdrawn into a 10-ml syringe. One patient dose, consisting of 41.2 mCi Y-90 Zevalin in 10 ml, was refrigerated. The other patient dose, consisting of 31.2 mCi Y-90 Zevalin in 7.3 ml, was maintained at room temperature. At selected time intervals after formulation, ranging from 0.5 to 49 hrs, radiochemical purity evaluations were performed using instant thin layer chromatography (ITLC-SG) with normal saline and size exclusion HPLC using a TSKgel G3000SW molecular sizing column. For each time interval, five separate samples were analyzed and the data statistically summarized. Results: Following initial radiolabeling, the radiochemical purity of all preparations evaluated was greater than 95%, as demonstrated by both chromatographic methods. At 24 hours post radiolabeling, the mean radiochemical purity of Y-90 Zevalin, refrigerated or maintained at room temperature, was 95.4% ± 0.3% (s.d.) and 86.3% ± 1.2% (s.d), respectively using instant thin layer chromatography. At 48 hours post radiolabeling, the mean radiochemical purity of Y-90 Zevalin, refrigerated or maintained at room temperature, was 91.0% ±± 0.8% (s.d.) and 86.0% ± 2.0% (s.d.), respectively using instant thin layer chromatography. In general, size exclusion HPLC confirmed the chromatographic results. With increased time post radiolabeling, an increase in radiolabeled low molecular weight components (Y-90 DTPA) and an increase in radiolabeled high molecular weight components and/or aggregates was observed. These radiochemical

  17. Efficient continuous synthesis of high purity deep eutectic solvents by twin screw extrusion.

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    Crawford, D E; Wright, L A; James, S L; Abbott, A P

    2016-03-01

    Mechanochemical synthesis has been applied to the rapid synthesis of Deep Eutectic Solvents (DESs), including Reline 200 (choline chloride : urea, 1 : 2), in a continuous flow methodology by Twin Screw Extrusion (TSE). This gave products in higher purity and with Space Time Yields (STYs), four orders of magnitude greater than for batch methods. PMID:26911554

  18. High-Purity Aluminum Magnet Technology for Advanced Space Transportation Systems

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    Goodrich, R. G.; Pullam, B.; Rickle, D.; Litchford, R. J.; Robertson, G. A.; Schmidt, D. D.; Cole, John (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Basic research on advanced plasma-based propulsion systems is routinely focused on plasmadynamics, performance, and efficiency aspects while relegating the development of critical enabling technologies, such as flight-weight magnets, to follow-on development work. Unfortunately, the low technology readiness levels (TRLs) associated with critical enabling technologies tend to be perceived as an indicator of high technical risk, and this, in turn, hampers the acceptance of advanced system architectures for flight development. Consequently, there is growing recognition that applied research on the critical enabling technologies needs to be conducted hand in hand with basic research activities. The development of flight-weight magnet technology, for example, is one area of applied research having broad crosscutting applications to a number of advanced propulsion system architectures. Therefore, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Louisiana State University (LSU), and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) have initiated an applied research project aimed at advancing the TRL of flight-weight magnets. This Technical Publication reports on the group's initial effort to demonstrate the feasibility of cryogenic high-purity aluminum magnet technology and describes the design, construction, and testing of a 6-in-diameter by 12-in-long aluminum solenoid magnet. The coil was constructed in the machine shop of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at LSU and testing was conducted in NHMFL facilities at Florida State University and at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The solenoid magnet was first wound, reinforced, potted in high thermal conductivity epoxy, and bench tested in the LSU laboratories. A cryogenic container for operation at 77 K was also constructed and mated to the solenoid. The coil was then taken to NHMFL facilities in Tallahassee, FL. where its magnetoresistance was measured in a 77 K environment under steady magnetic fields as high as 10 T. In

  19. Development of fabrication technology of the extra high purity stainless steel 'SUS310EHP'

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    The Extra High Purity Stainless Steel 'SUS310EHP' has been developed to use in high oxidizing environments of the reprocessing plant. This stainless steel has higher intergranular-corrosion-resistance than R-SUS304ULC that is used in Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant. The SUS310EHP fabrication technology was verified by making sheets, plates and tubes. Moreover, the weldability of this stainless Steel was also investigated using the sheets, plates and tubes. (author)

  20. Diffusion bonding and brazing of high purity copper for linear collider accelerator structures

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    Elmer, J. W.; Klingmann, J.; van Bibber, K.

    2001-05-01

    Diffusion bonding and brazing of high purity copper were investigated to develop procedures for joining precision machined copper components for the Next Linear Collider (NLC). Diffusion bonds were made over a range of temperatures from 400 °C to 1000 °C, under two different loading conditions [3.45 kPa (0.5 psi) and 3.45 MPa (500 psi)], and on two different diamond machined surface finishes. Brazes were made using pure silver, pure gold, and gold-nickel alloys, and different heating rates produced by both radiation and induction heating. Braze materials were applied by both physical vapor deposition (PVD) and conventional braze alloy shims. Results of the diffusion bonding experiments showed that bond strengths very near that of the copper base metal could be made at bonding temperatures of 700 °C or higher at 3.45 MPa bonding pressure. At lower temperatures, only partial strength diffusion bonds could be made. At low bonding pressures (3.45 kPa), full strength bonds were made at temperatures of 800 °C and higher, while no bonding (zero strength) was observed at temperatures of 700 °C and lower. Observations of the fracture surfaces of the diffusion bonded samples showed the effects of surface finish on the bonding mechanism. These observations clearly indicate that bonding began by point asperity contact, and flatter surfaces resulted in a higher percentage of bonded area under similar bonding conditions. Results of the brazing experiments indicated that pure silver worked very well for brazing under both conventional and high heating rate scenarios. Similarly, pure silver brazed well for both the PVD layers and the braze alloy shims. The gold and gold-containing brazes had problems, mainly due to the high diffusivity of gold in copper. These problems led to the necessity of overdriving the temperature to ensure melting, the presence of porosity in the joint, and very wide braze joints. Based on the overall findings of this study, a two-step joining method

  1. Baring high-albedo soils by overgrazing - A hypothesized desertification mechanism

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    Otterman, J.

    1974-01-01

    Observations are reported of high-albedo soils denuded by overgrazing which appear bright, in high contrast to regions covered by natural vegetation. Measurements and modeling show that the denuded surfaces are cooler, when compared under sunlit conditions. This observed 'thermal depression' effect should, on theoretical grounds, result in a decreased lifting of air necessary for cloud formation and precipitation, and thus lead to regional climatic desertification.

  2. Characterization of deposits build-up on austenitic stainless steel AISI 316L exposed in high purity water system

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    For the characterization of deposit layers on AISI 316L surfaces in high purity water systems, operating up to 80 deg C Moessbauer spectroscopy (ME), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) are used. Austenitic steel particles were identified on the surfaces of systems not properly cleaned before start-up. Long exposition of austenitic surfaces to high purity water promotes the build-up, composed by trivalent iron and chromium oxidehydroxides and oxide. The oxidehydroxide phase is located mainly at the solid-water interface, whereas oxide phase is in direct contact with metal. Spheroid-like morphology of particles in these layers and the lack of metal attack suggest that coagulation and crystallization processes are the way for oxide production from existing dissolved species. (author)

  3. Potential utility of eGFP-expressing NOG mice (NOG-EGFP as a high purity cancer sampling system

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Purpose It is still technically difficult to collect high purity cancer cells from tumor tissues, which contain noncancerous cells. We hypothesized that xenograft models of NOG mice expressing enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP, referred to as NOG-EGFP mice, may be useful for obtaining such high purity cancer cells for detailed molecular and cellular analyses. Methods Pancreato-biliary cancer cell lines were implanted subcutaneously to compare the tumorigenicity between NOG-EGFP mice and nonobese diabetic/severe combined immunodeficiency (NOD/SCID mice. To obtain high purity cancer cells, the subcutaneous tumors were harvested from the mice and enzymatically dissociated into single-cell suspensions. Then, the cells were sorted by fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS for separation of the host cells and the cancer cells. Thereafter, the contamination rate of host cells in collected cancer cells was quantified by using FACS analysis. The viability of cancer cells after FACS sorting was evaluated by cell culture and subsequent subcutaneous reimplantation in NOG-EGFP mice. Results The tumorigenicity of NOG-EGFP mice was significantly better than that of NOD/SCID mice in all of the analyzed cell lines (p  Conclusions This method provides a novel cancer sampling system for molecular and cellular analysis with high accuracy and should contribute to the development of personalized medicine.

  4. Application of multisection packing concept to sorption-enhanced steam methane reforming reaction for high-purity hydrogen production

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    Lee, Chan Hyun; Mun, Sungyong; Lee, Ki Bong

    2015-05-01

    Hydrogen has been gaining popularity as a new clean energy carrier, and bulk hydrogen production is achieved through the steam methane reforming (SMR) reaction. Since hydrogen produced via the SMR reaction contains large amounts of impurities such as unreacted reactants and byproducts, additional purification steps are needed to produce high-purity hydrogen. By applying the sorption-enhanced reaction (SER), in which catalytic reaction and CO2 byproduct removal are carried out simultaneously in a single reactor, high-purity hydrogen can be directly produced. Additionally, the thermodynamic limitation of conventional SMR reaction is circumvented, and the SMR reaction process becomes simplified. To improve the performance of the SER, a multisection packing concept was recently proposed. In this study, the multisection packing concept is experimentally demonstrated by applying it to a sorption-enhanced SMR (SE-SMR) reaction. The experimental results show that the SE-SMR reaction is significantly influenced by the reaction temperature, owing to the conflicting dependence of the reaction rate and the CO2 sorption uptake on the reaction temperature. Additionally, it is confirmed that more high-purity hydrogen (<10 ppm of CO) can be produced by applying the multisection packing concept to the SE-SMR reactions operated at sufficiently high temperatures where the SMR reaction is not limited by rate.

  5. Preparation of High-purity Indium Oxalate Salt from Indium Scrap by Organic Acids

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    Koo, Su-Jin; Ju, Chang-Sik [Pukyoung National University, Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-12-15

    Effect of organic acid on the preparation of indium-oxalate salt from indium scraps generated from ITO glass manufacturing process was studied. Effects of parameters, such as type and concentration of organic acids, pH of reactant, temperature, reaction time on indium-oxalate salt preparation were examined. The impurity removal efficiency was similar for both oxalic acid and citric acid, but citric acid did not make organic acid salt with indium. The optimum conditions were 1.5 M oxalic acid, pH 7, 80 .deg. C, and 6 hours. On the other hand, the recoveries increased with pH, but the purity decreased. The indium-oxalate salt purity prepared by two cycles was 99.995% (4N5). The indium-oxalate salt could be converted to indium oxide and indium metal by substitution reaction and calcination.

  6. Note: Simple and portable setup for loading high purity liquids in diamond anvil cell

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    Olejnik, Ella; Deemyad, Shanti

    2016-03-01

    Here we explain a simple and inexpensive procedure to preserve the original purity of the liquid samples during the loading process in a diamond anvil cell. The idea is to keep the sample in frozen form during the loading process while preventing the condensation of the water or other introduction of contaminants. The system can be quickly and easily assembled in a basic laboratory setup. This process can be used for loading some of the common pressure media in a diamond anvil cell.

  7. Mechanical properties of iron-manganese alloys of high and commercial purity

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    Fe-Mn alloys are studied for their mechanical properties within the wide concentration range (from 4 up to 54 % Mn) as dependent on the purity of melting, type of the lattice and phase composition in the initial state and under the effect of deformation. It is shown that structure of the austenite matrix, presence of defects in it and its resistance to phase transformations under deformation exert a decisive influence on the level of mechanical properties

  8. Gas and RRR distribution in high purity Niobium EB welded in Ultra-High Vacuum

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    Electron beam (EB) welding in UHV (ultra-high vacuum, 10-5 divide 10-8 mbar) is applied in the standard fabrication of high gradient niobium superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities of TESLA design. The quality of EB welding is critical for cavity performance. Experimental data of gas content (H2, O2, N2) and RRR (residual resistivity ratio) measurements in niobium (Nb) welding seams are presented. EB welding in UHV conditions allow to preserve low gas content (1 divide 3 wt. ppm hydrogen and 5 divide 7 ppm oxygen and nitrogen), essential for high values of RRR - 350 divide 400 units. Gas content redistribution in the electron beam welded and heat affected region take place in the welding process. Correlation between gas solubility parameters, RRR and thermal conductivity are presented. Mechanisms of gas solubility in EB welding process are discussed

  9. Concentration of yttrium subgroup impurities in high-purity yttrium oxide by TBP-NH4SCN extraction chromatography

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    Separation factors for all the yttrium subgroup elements and yttrium, extracted with TBP from 0.45 M NH4SCN solution at 24 to 42 deg have been determined and found to be >= 1.9. Eight yttrium subgroup impurities in high-purity yttrium oxide have been concentrated by means of TBP-NH4SCN extraction chromatography at 32 deg before spectroscopic determination. Analysis of one real sample and two synthetic samples gave average recoveries of 80 to 100%. (author)

  10. Uranium recovery from phosphate fertilizer in the form of a high purity compound

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    Uranium recovery from phosphate fertilizer industry is based on a one cycle extraction-stripping process. The process was experimented on both sulfuric and nitric acid attack of phosphate rock when uranium is dissolved in phosphoric acid (WPA) or phosphonitric (PN) solution respectively. The WPA and PN solution must be clarified. In the first alternative by ageing and settling and in the second by settling in the presence of flocculant. The organic components must be removed on active carbon for WPA only since in the case of nitric attack calcined phosphates are used. In both alternatives uranium is extracted from aqueous acidic solutions in the same time with the rare earths (REE), by di(2-ethylhexyl) phosphate (DEPA) as basic extractants, eventually in the presence of octylphosphine oxide (TOPO) as synergic agent. The stripping process is carried out in two stages: in the first stage REE are stripped and precipitated by HF or NH4F + H2S04 and in the second stage uranium as U(VI) is stripped by the same reagents but in the presence of Fe(II) as reductant for U(VI) to U(IV) inextractible species. Tetravalent uranium is also precipitated as green cake either UF4xH20 or (NH4)7U6F31 as dependent on reagents HF or NH4F + H2S04. Uranium stripping is possible for PN solution only if HNO3 partially extracted is previously washed out by a urea solution. The green cake washed and filtered is dissolved in nitric acid in presence of Al(OH)3 as complexant for F. The filtered nitric solution is adjusted to 3-5 mol/L HNO3 and extracted by 20% TBP when uranium is transferred to the organic phase which after scrubbing is stripped in the classic way with acidulated (HN03) demineralized water. Uranium is precipitated as diuranate of high purity. Rare earths left in the aqueous raffinate are extracted by pure TBP from 8-10 mol/L HNO3 medium. The stripping process takes place with acidulated water. Rare earths are precipitated as hydroxides. (author)

  11. High-throughput instant quantification of protein expression and purity based on photoactive yellow protein turn off/on label.

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    Kim, Youngmin; Ganesan, Prabhakar; Ihee, Hyotcherl

    2013-08-01

    Quantifying the concentration and purity of a target protein is essential for high-throughput protein expression test and rapid screening of highly soluble proteins. However, conventional methods such as PAGE and dot blot assay generally involve multiple time-consuming tasks requiring hours or do not allow instant quantification. Here, we demonstrate a new method based on the Photoactive yellow protein turn Off/On Label (POOL) system that can instantly quantify the concentration and purity of a target protein. The main idea of POOL is to use Photoactive Yellow Protein (PYP), or its miniaturized version, as a fusion partner of the target protein. The characteristic blue light absorption and the consequent yellow color of PYP is absent when initially expressed without its chromophore, but can be turned on by binding its chromophore, p-coumaric acid. The appearance of yellow color upon adding a precursor of chromophore to the co-expressed PYP can be used to check the expression amount of the target protein via visual inspection within a few seconds as well as to quantify its concentration and purity with the aid of a spectrometer within a few minutes. The concentrations measured by the POOL method, which usually takes a few minutes, show excellent agreement with those by the BCA Kit, which usually takes ∼1 h. We demonstrate the applicability of POOL in E. coli, insect, and mammalian cells, and for high-throughput protein expression screening. PMID:23740751

  12. Methods to improve and understand the sensitivity of high purity germanium detectors for searches of rare events

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    Volynets, Oleksandr

    2012-07-27

    Observation of neutrinoless double beta-decay could answer fundamental questions on the nature of neutrinos. High purity germanium detectors are well suited to search for this rare process in germanium. Successful operation of such experiments requires a good understanding of the detectors and the sources of background. Possible background sources not considered before in the presently running GERDA high purity germanium detector experiment were studied. Pulse shape analysis using artificial neural networks was used to distinguish between signal-like and background-like events. Pulse shape simulation was used to investigate systematic effects influencing the efficiency of the method. Possibilities to localize the origin of unwanted radiation using Compton back-tracking in a granular detector system were examined. Systematic effects in high purity germanium detectors influencing their performance have been further investigated using segmented detectors. The behavior of the detector response at different operational temperatures was studied. The anisotropy effects due to the crystallographic structure of germanium were facilitated in a novel way to determine the orientation of the crystallographic axes.

  13. Impurity analyses of high-purity carbon monoxide gas using micro gas chromatography for development as a certified reference material.

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    Matsumoto, Nobuhiro; Watanabe, Takuro; Kato, Kenji

    2013-03-22

    High-purity carbon monoxide (CO) gas as a certified reference material (CRM) was analyzed using a micro gas chromatograph (micro-GC) with a micro thermal conductivity detector. The main reason to select the micro-GC was its compact size to provide a safe experimental environment. Thus, both the CO gas cylinder and the micro-GC were placed inside a draft shield with a limited small space. Peaks of several impurities were found in chromatograms of the micro-GC. The main impurities in the CO gas were helium, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide. It was found that helium was the impurity of the highest concentration. High-accuracy calibration gas mixtures were used to construct calibration lines for the micro-GC. The mixtures were precisely prepared by the gravimetric blending method. Calibration lines had enough linearity and accuracy for quantitative analyses of the impurities. The values of detection limit of the impurities were 0.7-4μmol/mol. The purity of the high-purity CO gas was around 99.996%, which was the value estimated from the sum of the concentrations of the impurities. PMID:23415447

  14. Methods to improve and understand the sensitivity of high purity germanium detectors for searches of rare events

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    Observation of neutrinoless double beta-decay could answer fundamental questions on the nature of neutrinos. High purity germanium detectors are well suited to search for this rare process in germanium. Successful operation of such experiments requires a good understanding of the detectors and the sources of background. Possible background sources not considered before in the presently running GERDA high purity germanium detector experiment were studied. Pulse shape analysis using artificial neural networks was used to distinguish between signal-like and background-like events. Pulse shape simulation was used to investigate systematic effects influencing the efficiency of the method. Possibilities to localize the origin of unwanted radiation using Compton back-tracking in a granular detector system were examined. Systematic effects in high purity germanium detectors influencing their performance have been further investigated using segmented detectors. The behavior of the detector response at different operational temperatures was studied. The anisotropy effects due to the crystallographic structure of germanium were facilitated in a novel way to determine the orientation of the crystallographic axes.

  15. Ion irradiation effects on high purity bcc Fe and model FeCr alloys

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    FeCr binary alloys are a simple representative of the reduced activation ferritic/martensitic (F-M) steels, which are currently the most promising candidates as structural materials for the sodium cooled fast reactors (SFR) and future fusion systems. However, the impact of Cr on the evolution of the irradiated microstructure in these materials is not well understood in these materials. Moreover, particularly for fusion applications, the radiation damage scenario is expected to be complicated further by the presence of large quantities of He produced by the nuclear transmutation (∼ 10 appm He/dpa). Within this context, an elaborate ion irradiation study was performed at 500 C on a wide variety of high purity FeCr alloys (with Cr content ranging from ∼ 3 wt.% to 14 wt.%) and a bcc Fe, to probe in detail the influence of Cr and He on the evolution of microstructure. The irradiations were performed using Fe self-ions, in single beam mode and in dual beam mode (damage by Fe ions and co-implantation of He), to separate ballistic damage effect from the impact of simultaneous He injection. Three different dose ranges were studied: high dose (157 dpa, 17 appm He/dpa for the dual beam case), intermediate dose (45 dpa, 57 appm He/dpa for dual beam case) and in-situ low dose (0.33 dpa, 3030 appm He/dpa for the dual beam case). The experiments were performed at the JANNuS triple beam facility and dual beam in situ irradiation facility at CEA-Saclay and CSNSM, Orsay respectively. The microstructure was principally characterized by conventional TEM, APT and EDS in STEM mode. The main results are as follows: 1) A comparison of the cavity microstructure in high dose irradiated Fe revealed strong swelling reduction by the addition of He. It was achieved by a drastic reduction in cavity sizes and an increased number density. This behaviour was observed all along the damage depth, up to the damage peak. 2) Cavity microstructure was also studied in the dual beam high dose

  16. Effects of electric field on recrystallization texture evolution in cold-rolled high-purity aluminum sheet during annealing

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    WU Yan; ZHAO Xiang; HE Chang-shu; ZHAO Zhi-peng; ZUO Liang; C. ESLING

    2007-01-01

    The effects of an external DC (direct current) electric field on recrystallization texture evolution in the cold-rolled aluminum sheets with 99.99% purity were investigated by means of X-ray diffraction techniques. The cold-rolled high-purity aluminum sheets were annealed for 60 min at 200, 300 and 400 ℃, respectively with and without an external DC electric field of 800 V/mm. The results show that with DC electric field, the recrystallization cube texture is strengthened at the stage of grain growth. Possible reason for the strengthening of the recrystallization cube texture with the applied electric field may be attributed to both selected nucleation and selected growth of cube oriented crystal nuclei.

  17. Dielectric Performance of High Purity HTCC Alumina at High Temperatures - A Comparison Study with Other Polycrystalline Alumina

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    Chen, Liang-Yu

    2012-01-01

    A very high purity (99.99+) high temperature co-fired ceramic (HTCC) alumina has recently become commercially available. The raw material of this HTCC alumina is very different from conventional HTCC alumina, and more importantly there is no glass additive in this co-fired material. Previously, selected HTCC and LTCC (low temperature co-fired ceramic) alumina materials were evaluated at high temperatures as dielectric and compared to a regularly sintered 96 polycrystalline alumina (96 Al2O3), where 96 alumina was used as the benchmark. A prototype packaging system based on regular 96 alumina with Au thick-film metallization successfully facilitated long term testing of high temperature silicon carbide (SiC) electronic devices for over 10,000 hours at 500C. In order to evaluate this new HTCC alumina for possible high temperature packaging applications, the dielectric properties of this HTCC alumina substrate were measured and compared with those of 96 alumina and a LTCC alumina from room temperature to 550C at frequencies of 120 Hz, 1 KHz, 10 KHz, 100 KHz, and 1 MHz. A parallel-plate capacitive device with dielectric of the HTCC alumina and precious metal electrodes were used for measurements of the dielectric constant and dielectric loss of the co-fired alumina material in the temperature and frequency ranges. The capacitance and AC parallel conductance of the capacitive device were directly measured by an AC impedance meter, and the dielectric constant and parallel AC conductivity of the dielectric were calculated from the capacitance and conductance measurement results. The temperature and frequency dependent dielectric constant, AC conductivity, and dissipation factor of the HTCC alumina substrate are presented and compared to those of 96 alumina. Other technical advantages of this new co-fired material for possible high packaging applications are also discussed.

  18. Photocatalytic Degradation of Rhodamine B Dye with High Purity Anatase Nano-TiO2 Synthesized by a Hydrothermal Method

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    SHI Xiaoliang; YANG Xingyong; WANG Shuwei; WANG Sheng; ZHANG Qiaoxin; WANG Yufu

    2011-01-01

    High purity anatase nano-TiO2 powders with high photocatalytic activity were prepared by a hydrothermal synthesis method.X-ray diffraction(XRD),field emission transmission electron microscopy (FETEM),ultraviolet-visible(UV-Vis)light absorption spectrum and photoluminescence(PL)spectrum were adopted to characterize the catalyst.Effects of temperature,time and sol concentration of hydrothermal synthesis on particle size and phases were investigated.Photocatalytic activities in the degradation of Rhodamine B Dye were studied.The experimental results indicated that photocatalytic activity of the nano-TiO2 powers was much higher than that of P25(Degussa).

  19. Considering Process Nonlinearity in Dual-Point Composition Control of a High-Purity Ideal Heat Integrated Distillation Column

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    2001-01-01

    Dual-point composition control for a high-purity ideal heat integrated distillation column (HIDiC) is addressed in this work. Three measures are suggested and combined for overcoming process inherent nonlinearities:(1) variable scaling; (2) multi-model representation of process dynamics and (3) feedforward compensation. These strategies can offer the developed control systems with several distinct advantages: (1) capability of dealing with severe disturbances; (2) tight tuning of controller parameters and (3) high robustness with respect to variation of operating conditions. Simulation results demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed methodology.

  20. Processing and properties of high-purity, fine-grain-size depleted-uranium, deep-drawn shapes

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    Unalloyed uranium is a candidate material for shaped charge liners used in conventional ordinance applications. For test purposes, it was decided that a high-grade uranium material with good toughness should be used. This report describes a process for producing a high-purity (less than 500 ppM total impurities) wrought material consisting of a recrystallized, equiaxed grain structure with a 10 micron (ASTM-8) average grain size. The fabrication process is discussed in detail. In all, six material conditions having a wide range of mechanical and structural properties were investigated. The tensile, hardness, and microstructural properties of these six material conditions are reported in detail

  1. High Purity Hydrogen Production with In-Situ Carbon Dioxide and Sulfur Capture in a Single Stage Reactor

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    Nihar Phalak; Shwetha Ramkumar; Daniel Connell; Zhenchao Sun; Fu-Chen Yu; Niranjani Deshpande; Robert Statnick; Liang-Shih Fan

    2011-07-31

    Enhancement in the production of high purity hydrogen (H{sub 2}) from fuel gas, obtained from coal gasification, is limited by thermodynamics of the water gas shift (WGS) reaction. However, this constraint can be overcome by conducting the WGS in the presence of a CO{sub 2}-acceptor. The continuous removal of CO{sub 2} from the reaction mixture helps to drive the equilibrium-limited WGS reaction forward. Since calcium oxide (CaO) exhibits high CO{sub 2} capture capacity as compared to other sorbents, it is an ideal candidate for such a technique. The Calcium Looping Process (CLP) developed at The Ohio State University (OSU) utilizes the above concept to enable high purity H{sub 2} production from synthesis gas (syngas) derived from coal gasification. The CLP integrates the WGS reaction with insitu CO{sub 2}, sulfur and halide removal at high temperatures while eliminating the need for a WGS catalyst, thus reducing the overall footprint of the hydrogen production process. The CLP comprises three reactors - the carbonator, where the thermodynamic constraint of the WGS reaction is overcome by the constant removal of CO{sub 2} product and high purity H{sub 2} is produced with contaminant removal; the calciner, where the calcium sorbent is regenerated and a sequestration-ready CO{sub 2} stream is produced; and the hydrator, where the calcined sorbent is reactivated to improve its recyclability. As a part of this project, the CLP was extensively investigated by performing experiments at lab-, bench- and subpilot-scale setups. A comprehensive techno-economic analysis was also conducted to determine the feasibility of the CLP at commercial scale. This report provides a detailed account of all the results obtained during the project period.

  2. The pros and cons of using organic amines to treat high-purity boiler feedwater

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    Robinson, James; Carvalho, Luis; Robinson, Gregory [GE Water and Process Technologies, Trevose, PA (United States)

    2012-10-15

    Organic amines have been used for decades and continue to be used to protect steam plant equipment and maintain reliable, efficient plant operations. Their proper use can provide increased corrosion protection not available through the use of inorganic chemicals alone. Research has found that these organic treatments or their decomposition products have low corrosion risk as long as pH is adequately maintained. In the power industry, many avoid using organic chemical treatments because their use causes them to exceed the turbine manufacturer's steam cation conductivity limits. Yet, meeting those limits does not assure that potentially acidic species, such as chloride and sulfate, are within an acceptable range. Thus improved criteria for steam purity and plant-friendly methods of monitoring those criteria are needed. (orig.)

  3. A facile approach for synthesizing Fe-based layered double hydroxides with high purity and its exfoliation.

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    Wang, Yinling; Li, Fajun; Dong, Shengye; Liu, Xiaowang; Li, Maoguo

    2016-04-01

    Transition metal (e.g., Fe, Co, Ni)-based layered double hydroxides (LDHs) and their exfoliated nanosheets have great potential applications due to their redox and magnetic properties. Here we report a facile approach for the preparation of Co-Fe LDHs with good crystallinity and high purity. The proposed approach includes two steps: (1) The mixed divalent metal (e.g., Co(2+), Fe(2+)) hydroxides were first synthesized using a homogeneous precipitation without piping N2 into the system; hexamethylenetetramine (HMT) was the hydrolysis agent providing OH(-), and hydroxylamine hydrochloride (HAH) was used as both a reducing and a complexing reagent. (2) Then the as-prepared hydroxides were slowly oxidated by air and simultaneously intercalated by CO3(2-) to form CO3-intercalated LDHs. The Co-Fe LDHs were roundly characterized by XRD, SEM, EDX and FT-IR. The effect of HAH on the morphology and structure of the Co-Fe LDHs was also studied. The magnetism of Co-Fe LDHs at room temperature was investigated and the results showed that the LDHs displayed a low saturation magnetization value of 6.3emug(-1), suggesting that the purity of the products was very high. In addition, the intercalated CO3(2-) in the Co-Fe LDHs could be successfully exchanged with other anions such as Cl(-) and ClO4(-). Furthermore, the exchanged-LDHs could be exfoliated in formamide. This work establishes a new method for the synthesis of Fe-based LDHs with good crystallinity and high purity under mild conditions, and can accelerate the development of applications using these layered materials. PMID:26773611

  4. Spectrographic determination of lanthanides in high-purity uranium compounds, after chromatographic separation by alumina-hydrofluoric acid

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    A method is presented for the determination of fourteen rare earth elements in high-purity uranium compounds by emission spectrography. The rare earths are chromatographically separated from uranium by using alumina-hydrofluoric acid. Lanthanum is used both as collector and internal standard. The technique of excitation involves a total consumption of the sample in a 17 ampere direct current arc. The range of determination is about 0.005 to 0.5 μg/g uranium. The coefficient of variation for Pr, Ho, Dy, Er, Tm, Lu, Gd and Tb amounts to 10%. (Author)

  5. Mechanical energy losses in plastically deformed and electron plus neutron irradiated high purity single crystalline molybdenum at elevated temperatures

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    Zelada, Griselda I. [Laboratorio de Materiales, Escuela de Ingenieria Electrica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Ingenieria y Agrimensura, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Avda. Pellegrini 250, 2000 Rosario (Argentina); Lambri, Osvaldo Agustin [Laboratorio de Materiales, Escuela de Ingenieria Electrica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Ingenieria y Agrimensura, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Avda. Pellegrini 250, 2000 Rosario (Argentina); Instituto de Fisica Rosario - CONICET, Member of the CONICET& #x27; s Research Staff, Avda. Pellegrini 250, 2000 Rosario (Argentina); Bozzano, Patricia B. [Laboratorio de Microscopia Electronica, Unidad de Actividad Materiales, Centro Atomico Constituyentes, Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Avda. Gral. Paz 1499, 1650 San Martin (Argentina); Garcia, Jose Angel [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada II, Facultad de Ciencias y Tecnologia, Universidad del Pais Vasco, Apdo. 644, 48080 Bilbao, Pais Vasco (Spain)

    2012-10-15

    Mechanical spectroscopy (MS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) studies have been performed in plastically deformed and electron plus neutron irradiated high purity single crystalline molybdenum, oriented for single slip, in order to study the dislocation dynamics in the temperature range within one third of the melting temperature. A damping peak related to the interaction of dislocation lines with both prismatic loops and tangles of dislocations was found. The peak temperature ranges between 900 and 1050 K, for an oscillating frequency of about 1 Hz. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  6. Dual-Frequency 780-nm Ti:Sa Laser for High Spectral Purity Tunable CW THz Generation

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    Loas, Goulc'Hen; Romanelli, Marco; Alouini, Mehdi

    2014-01-01

    International audience — A two-axis, two-polarization, dual-frequency Ti:Sa laser optimized for high spectral purity CW-THz generation is demonstrated. The laser output power is 50mW. Its mean emission wavelength is optimized around 780nm in order to suit the maximum efficiency of low temperature grown GaAs photomixers. Despite the extremely wide gain bandwidth of Ti:Sa, a proper intracavity filtering design, adapted to this particular laser architecture, enables tunable and single-frequen...

  7. Stress corrosion cracking behavior of newer iron--chromium--nickel alloys at 5500F in high purity water

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    As part of a long range materials development program, new commercial plant materials were evaluated for future BWR applications. These materials include ferritic, martensitic, austenitic, and austeno-ferritic stainless steels. Each alloy was characterized for chemical composition, microstructure, and mechanical properties. Stress corrosion cracking screening tests were performed in 5500F, high-purity water containing 36 ppM oxygen on uniaxial tensile specimens stressed at 75 percent of the 5500F ultimate tensile strength. Tests were continued to 5000 hours or failure which ever occurred first. Post-test metallographic examinations were performed on the failed specimen. Results of the evaluation program are presented. 12 fig, 3 tables

  8. Magnetic and magnetothermal properties and the magnetic phase diagram of high purity single crystalline terbium along the easy magnetization direction

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    The magnetic and magnetothermal properties of a high purity terbium single crystal have been re-investigated from 1.5 to 350 K in magnetic fields ranging from 0 to 75 kOe using magnetization, ac magnetic susceptibility and heat capacity measurements. The magnetic phase diagram has been refined by establishing a region of the fan-like phase broader than reported in the past, by locating a tricritical point at 226 K, and by a more accurate definition of the critical fields and temperatures associated with the magnetic phases observed in Tb. (paper)

  9. Preparation of uniform nanoparticles of ultra-high purity metal oxides, mixed metal oxides, metals, and metal alloys

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    Woodfield, Brian F.; Liu, Shengfeng; Boerio-Goates, Juliana; Liu, Qingyuan; Smith, Stacey Janel

    2012-07-03

    In preferred embodiments, metal nanoparticles, mixed-metal (alloy) nanoparticles, metal oxide nanoparticles and mixed-metal oxide nanoparticles are provided. According to embodiments, the nanoparticles may possess narrow size distributions and high purities. In certain preferred embodiments, methods of preparing metal nanoparticles, mixed-metal nanoparticles, metal oxide nanoparticles and mixed-metal nanoparticles are provided. These methods may provide tight control of particle size, size distribution, and oxidation state. Other preferred embodiments relate to a precursor material that may be used to form nanoparticles. In addition, products prepared from such nanoparticles are disclosed.

  10. Extra high purity stainless steel 'SUS310EHP®' with high corrosion resistance for next generation nuclear fuel reprocessing plant

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    A new stainless steel 'SUS310EHP®' has been developed for a next generation nuclear fuel reprocessing facility. This metal shows good corrosion resistance thanks to the high purity of its chemical component. It is expected to greatly extend the life of the reprocessing equipment. (author)

  11. Mechanical Properties of High Purity SiC Fiber-Reinforced CVI-SiC Matrix Composites

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    Mechanical properties of silicon carbide composites reinforced with highly crystalline fibers and fabricated by the chemical vapor infiltration method were evaluated. Materials used were SiC/SiC composites reinforced with unidirectional Hi-Nicalon Type-S fibers and unidirectional Tyranno SA fibers with various fiber/matrix interphase. Also, SiC/SiC composites reinforced with plain weave Tyranno SA fibers with carbon or multilayers of silicon carbide and carbon interphase were evaluated. In-plane tensile, transthickness tensile and interlaminar shear properties were evaluated by the in-plane tensile test, the transthickness tensile test, the diametral compression test and the compression test of double-notched specimens.The elastic modulus and proportional limit stress were improved by using high purity silicon carbide fibers. The in-plane tensile properties were insensitive to carbon interphase thickness for a range of thicknesses between 30 and 230 nm. It was found that the in-plane tensile strength of composites containing multilayers of silicon carbide and carbon coating of fibers and fiber bundles was superior to that of composites with carbon alone. Transthickness tensile strength and shear strength of high purity silicon carbide composites were successfully evaluated

  12. AN IMPROVED METHOD FOR ISOLATING RESIDUAL KRAFT LIGNIN IN HIGH YIELD AND PURITY

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    Shubin Wu; Dimitris S.Argyropoulos

    2004-01-01

    When washed pulps is milled and ground to a fine powder, the resulting material may easily be degraded by cellulolytic enzymes. The klason and UV lignin content of the solid residuals obtained in this step were 49.9% lignin for spruce KP, and 21.4% for poplar KP. The solid residuals from enzymatic treatment contained about 93.3% and 90.7% of the lignin originally presented in the spruce KP and poplar KP respectively. The enzymatic treated residual was then subjected to mild acidolysis, which caused the cleavage of lignin-carbohydrate linkages.The resulting Ground Enzymatic/Acidolysis Kraft Lignin (GEA-KL) is of significantly higher yield than our previous two-step (enzymatic/acidolysis) residual kraft lignin (EA-KL). The improved method offers kraft lignin preparations in higher yield and purity than any other known method with minimal work up and solvent requirements. DFRC/quantitative 31p NMR protocol and quantitative DEPT edited 13C RMR were used for characterizing of RKLs.

  13. AN IMPROVED METHOD FOR ISOLATING RESIDUAL KRAFT LIGNIN IN HIGH YIELD AND PURITY

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    ShubinWu; DimitrisS.Argyropoulos

    2004-01-01

    When washed pulps is milled and ground to a fine powder, the resulting material may easily be degraded by cellulolytic enzymes. The klason and UV lignin content of the solid residuals obtained in this step were 49.9% lignin for spruce KP, and 21.4% for poplar KP. The solid residuals from enzymatic treatment contained about 93.3% and 90.7% of the lignin originally presented in the spruce KP and poplar KP respectively. The enzymatic treated residual was then subjected to mild acidolysis, which caused the cleavage of lignin-carbohydrate linkages. The resulting Ground Enzymatic/Acidolysis KraftLignin (GEA-KL) is of significantly higher yield than our previous two-step (enzymatic/acidolysis) residual kraft lignin (EA-KL). The improved method offers kraft lignin preparations in higher yield and purity than any other known method with minimal work up and solvent requirements. DFRC/quantitative P NMR protocol and quantitative DEPT edited C RMR were used for characterizing of RKLs.

  14. High-Purity Composite Briquette for Direct UMG-Si Production in Arc Furnaces

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    Perruchoud, Raymond; Fischer, Jean-Claude

    2013-12-01

    In metallurgical grade Si (MG-Si), the coal (B) and charcoal (P) contents are on average above 30 ppm as the carbon reduction materials used in the arc furnace are either rich in B or in P. A decrease of both impurities by a factor of 3 using purer raw materials would allow for the direct production of the upgraded metallurgical grade (UMG).This would significantly improve the efficiency of the resulting photovoltaic (PV) cells made with the refined solar grade silicon (SoG-Si) or massively decrease the costs of Si purification by shortening the number of steps needed for reaching B and P contents below 1 ppm requested for the SoG-Si used for the PV cells. A composite C/SiO2 briquette fulfilling the purity targets for the direct production of UMG-Si in the arc furnace was developed. The composite contains several carbon materials with different levels of reactivities and quartz sand. The raw materials aspects, the paste and briquette preparation, as well as the final carbonization step are discussed. The finished briquettes are free of volatiles and are mechanically and thermally very stable, thus, ensuring stable arc furnace charges with minimum losses of dust and SiO gas. Semi-industrial trials including the downstream purification steps for the production of SoG-Si by a metallurgical low-cost route are contemplated.

  15. Development of bipolar pulse accelerator for high-purity intense pulsed ion beam

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    In order to improve the purity of the intense pulsed ion beam, a new type of a pulsed ion beam accelerator named “bipolar pulse accelerator” has been proposed. A double coaxial type bipolar pulse generator was developed as the power supply of the bipolar pulse accelerator. By applying the bipolar pulse with voltage of about ±100 kV and pulse duration of about 70 ns to the drift tube of the bipolar pulse accelerator, the ion beam was successfully accelerated from the grounded anode to the drift tube in the 1st gap by the negative pulse of the bipolar pulse and the pulsed ion beam with current density of 40 A/cm2 and pulse duration of 30 ns was obtained at 50 mm downstream from the anode surface. In addition, part of the ion beam was again accelerated toward the grounded cathode in the 2nd gap by the positive pulse of the bipolar pulse. The pulsed ion beam with the peak ion current density of 2 A/cm2 and the beam pulse duration of 30 ns was obtained at 25 mm downstream from the cathode surface, which suggests the bipolar pulse acceleration. (author)

  16. Genetically Engineered Wine Yeast Produces a High Concentration of l-Lactic Acid of Extremely High Optical Purity

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    Saitoh, Satoshi; Ishida, Nobuhiro; Onishi, Toru; Tokuhiro, Kenro; Nagamori, Eiji; Kitamoto, Katsuhiko; Takahashi, Haruo

    2005-01-01

    For mass production of lactic acid, we newly constructed a transgenic wine yeast strain that included six copies of the bovine l-lactate dehydrogenase gene on the genome. On fermentation in inexpensive cane juice-based medium, l-lactate production of this recombinant reached 122 g/liter and the optical purity was 99.9% or higher.

  17. All electrochemical fabrication of a bilayer membrane composed of nanotubular photocatalyst and palladium toward high-purity hydrogen production

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    Hattori, Masashi; Noda, Kei

    2015-12-01

    We developed an all-electrochemical technique for fabricating a bilayer structure of a titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotube array (TNA) and a palladium film (TNA/Pd membrane), which works for photocatalytic high-purity hydrogen production. Electroless plating was used for depositing the Pd film on the TNA surface prepared by anodizing a titanium foil. A 3-μm-thick TNA/Pd membrane without any pinholes in a 1.5-cm-diameter area was fabricated by transferring a 1-μm-thick TNA onto an electroless-plated 2-μm-thick Pd film with a mechanical peel-off process. This ultrathin membrane with sufficient mechanical robustness showed photocatalytic H2 production via methanol reforming under ultraviolet illumination on the TNA side, immediately followed by the purification of the generated H2 gas through the Pd layer. The hydrogen production rate and the apparent quantum yield for high-purity H2 production from methanol/water mixture with the TNA/Pd membrane were also examined. This work suggests that palladium electroless plating is more suitable and practical for preparing a well-organized TNA/Pd heterointerface than palladium sputter deposition.

  18. 57Fe hyperfine interaction parameters and selected magnetic properties of high purity MFe12O19 (M = Sr, Ba)

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    Much of the confusion regarding the 57Fe Moessbauer spectroscopic hyperfine parameters of SrFe12O19 and BaFe12O19 at 300 K has been removed by means of an interlaboratory investigation of well-characterized samples prepared from high purity starting materials. In contrast to previous investigations, the contributions of each of the five Fe sublattices to the Moessbauer spectrum are discernible at 300 K and five components are necessary for an adequate fit of the data. The relative magnitudes of the hyperfine fields, Hn, and isomer shifts, δ, are as follows: for SrFe12O19 and BaFe12O19: Hn(2b)n(12k)n(4f1)n(2a)n(4f2), for SrFe12O19 δ(4f1)≤δ(2b)2), and for BaFe12O19 δ(2b)1)2)<δ(2a). The above assignment is based on considerations of both magnetic and crystal/chemical structures. The high purity starting materials seem to have appreciable influences on both hyperfine interaction parameters and bulk magnetic properties as observed by others for spinel and garnet ferrites. (orig.)

  19. Structural and mechanical behaviour of severe plastically deformed high purity aluminium sheets processed by constrained groove pressing technique

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    Highlights: • High purity aluminium sheets constrained groove pressed up to plastic strain of 5.8. • Microstructural evolution studied by TEM and X-ray diffraction profile analysis. • Ultrafine grained structure with grain size ∼900 nm achieved in sheets. • Yield strength increased by 5.3 times and tensile strength doubled after first pass. • Enhanced deformation homogeneity seen with increased accumulated plastic strain. - Abstract: High purity aluminium sheets (∼99.9%) are subjected to intense plastic straining by constrained groove pressing method successfully up to 5 passes thereby imparting an effective plastic strain of 5.8. Transmission electron microscopy studies of constrained groove pressed sheets divulged significant grain refinement and the average grain sizes obtained after five pass is estimated to be ∼0.9 μm. In addition to that, microstructural evolution of constrained groove pressed sheets is characterized by X-ray diffraction peak profile analysis employing Williamson–Hall method and the results obtained fairly concur with electron microscopy findings. The tensile behaviour evolution with increased straining indicates substantial improvement of yield strength by ∼5.3 times from 17 MPa to 90 MPa during first pass corroborated to grain refinement observed. Marginal increase in strengths is noticed during second pass followed by minor drop in strengths attributed to predominance of dislocation recovery is noticed in subsequent passes. Quantitative assessment of degree of deformation homogeneity using microhardness profiles reveal relatively better strain homogeneity at higher number of passes

  20. Mapping bare soil in South West Wales, UK, using high resolution colour infra-red aerial photography for water quality and flood risk management applications

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    Sykes, Helena; Neale, Simon; Coe, Sarah

    2016-04-01

    Natural Resources Wales is a UK government body responsible for environmental regulation, among other areas. River walks in Water Framework Directive (WFD) priority catchments in South West Wales, UK, identified soil entering water courses due to poaching and bank erosion, leading to deterioration in the water quality and jeopardising the water quality meeting legal minimum standards. Bare soil has also been shown to cause quicker and higher hydrograph peaks in rural catchments than if those areas were vegetated, which can lead to flooding of domestic properties during peak storm flows. The aim was to target farm visits by operational staff to advise on practices likely to improve water quality and to identify areas where soft engineering solutions such as revegetation could alleviate flood risk in rural areas. High resolution colour-infrared aerial photography, 25cm in the three colour bands and 50cm in the near infrared band, was used to map bare soil in seven catchments using supervised classification of a five band stack including the Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI). Mapping was combined with agricultural land use and field boundary data to filter out arable fields, which are supposed to bare soil for part of their cycle, and was very successful when compared to ground truthing, with the exception of silage fields which contained sparse, no or unproductive vegetation at the time the imagery was acquired leading to spectral similarity to bare soil. A raindrop trace model was used to show the path sediment from bare soil areas would take when moving through the catchment to a watercourse, with hedgerows inserted as barriers following our observations from ground truthing. The findings have been used to help farmers gain funding for improvements such as fencing to keep animals away from vulnerable river banks. These efficient and automated methods can be rolled out to more catchments in Wales and updated using aerial imagery acquired more recently to

  1. High Color-Purity Green, Orange, and Red Light-Emitting Didoes Based on Chemically Functionalized Graphene Quantum Dots

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    Kwon, Woosung; Kim, Young-Hoon; Kim, Ji-Hee; Lee, Taehyung; Do, Sungan; Park, Yoonsang; Jeong, Mun Seok; Lee, Tae-Woo; Rhee, Shi-Woo

    2016-01-01

    Chemically derived graphene quantum dots (GQDs) to date have showed very broad emission linewidth due to many kinds of chemical bondings with different energy levels, which significantly degrades the color purity and color tunability. Here, we show that use of aniline derivatives to chemically functionalize GQDs generates new extrinsic energy levels that lead to photoluminescence of very narrow linewidths. We use transient absorption and time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopies to study the electronic structures and related electronic transitions of our GQDs, which reveals that their underlying carrier dynamics is strongly related to the chemical properties of aniline derivatives. Using these functionalized GQDs as lumophores, we fabricate light-emitting didoes (LEDs) that exhibit green, orange, and red electroluminescence that has high color purity. The maximum current efficiency of 3.47 cd A−1 and external quantum efficiency of 1.28% are recorded with our LEDs; these are the highest values ever reported for LEDs based on carbon-nanoparticle phosphors. This functionalization of GQDs with aniline derivatives represents a new method to fabricate LEDs that produce natural color. PMID:27048887

  2. High Color-Purity Green, Orange, and Red Light-Emitting Didoes Based on Chemically Functionalized Graphene Quantum Dots

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    Kwon, Woosung; Kim, Young-Hoon; Kim, Ji-Hee; Lee, Taehyung; Do, Sungan; Park, Yoonsang; Jeong, Mun Seok; Lee, Tae-Woo; Rhee, Shi-Woo

    2016-04-01

    Chemically derived graphene quantum dots (GQDs) to date have showed very broad emission linewidth due to many kinds of chemical bondings with different energy levels, which significantly degrades the color purity and color tunability. Here, we show that use of aniline derivatives to chemically functionalize GQDs generates new extrinsic energy levels that lead to photoluminescence of very narrow linewidths. We use transient absorption and time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopies to study the electronic structures and related electronic transitions of our GQDs, which reveals that their underlying carrier dynamics is strongly related to the chemical properties of aniline derivatives. Using these functionalized GQDs as lumophores, we fabricate light-emitting didoes (LEDs) that exhibit green, orange, and red electroluminescence that has high color purity. The maximum current efficiency of 3.47 cd A‑1 and external quantum efficiency of 1.28% are recorded with our LEDs; these are the highest values ever reported for LEDs based on carbon-nanoparticle phosphors. This functionalization of GQDs with aniline derivatives represents a new method to fabricate LEDs that produce natural color.

  3. Fast separation of DNA sequencing fragments in highly alkaline solutions of linear polyacrylamide using electrophoresis in bare silica capillaries

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    Klepárník, Karel; Malá, Zdeňka; Boček, Petr

    2001-01-01

    Roč. 22, č. 4 (2001), s. 783-788. ISSN 0173-0835 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA203/00/0772; GA ČR GA303/00/0928; GA AV ČR IAA4031703 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4031919 Keywords : capillary electrophoresis * alkaline environment * bare capillary Subject RIV: CB - Analytical Chemistry, Separation Impact factor: 4.282, year: 2001

  4. Trace analysis measurements in high-purity aluminium by means of radiochemical neutron and proton activation analysis

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    The aim of the study consisted in the development of efficient radiochemical composite processes and activation methods for the multi-element determination of traces within the lower ng range in high-purity aluminium. More than 50 elements were determined with the help of activation with reactor neutrons; the selective separation of matrix activity (adsorption with hydrated antimony pentoxide) led to a noticeable improvement of detectability, as compared with instrumental neutron activation analysis. Further improvements were achieved with the help of radiochemical group separations in ion exchangers or with the help of the selective separation of the pure beta-emitting elements. Over 20 elements up to high atomic numbers were determined by means of activating 13 MeV protons and 23 Me protons. In this connection, improvements of the detection limit by as a factor of 10 were achieved with radiochemical separation techniques, as compared with pure instrumental proton activation analysis. (RB)

  5. Application of a Barrier Filter at a High Purity Synthetic Graphite Plant, CRADA 99-F035, Final Report

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    Superior Graphite Company and the US Department of Energy have entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to study the application of ceramic barrier filters at its Hopkinsville, Kentucky graphite plant. Superior Graphite Company is a worldwide leader in the application of advanced thermal processing technology to produce high purity graphite and carbons. The objective of the CRADA is to determine the technical and economic feasibility of incorporating the use of high-temperature filters to improve the performance of the offgas treatment system. A conceptual design was developed incorporating the ceramic filters into the offgas treatment system to be used for the development of a capital cost estimate and economic feasibility assessment of this technology for improving particulate removal. This CRADA is a joint effort of Superior Graphite Company, Parsons Infrastructure and Technology Group, and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) of the US Department of Energy (DOE).

  6. Phase transformations of high-purity PbI2 nanoparticles synthesized from lead-acid accumulator anodes

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    Malevu, T. D.; Ocaya, R. O.; Tshabalala, K. G.

    2016-09-01

    High-purity hexagonal lead iodide nanoparticles have been synthesized from a depleted sealed lead acid battery anode. The synthesized product was found to consist of the rare 6R polytype form of PbI2 that is thought to have good potential in photovoltaic applications. We investigate the effects of annealing time and post-melting temperature on the structure and optical properties using 1.5418 Å CuKα radiation. Photoluminescence measurements were done under 150 W/221 nm wavelength xenon excitation. Phase transformation was observed through XRD peaks when annealing time increased from 0.5-5 h. The nanoparticle grain size and inter-planar distance appeared to be independent of annealing time. PL measurements show three broad peaks in a range of 400 nm to 700 nm that are attributed to excitonic, donor-acceptor pair and luminescence bands from the deep levels.

  7. The influence of impurity concentration and magnetic fields on the superconducting transition of high-purity titanium

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    The influence of impurity concentration c and applied magnetic field H on the superconducting transition of high-purity commercial titanium samples was investigated. The superconductive transition temperature TC was found to be very sensitive to the impurity concentration (dTC/dc ∼ -0.6 mK/w.ppm) and to the applied magnetic field (dTC/dH) ∼ -1.1 mK/G). A linear dependence of TC decrease on impurity concentration, as theoretically predicted by various authors, was observed. In the purest sample, a linear decrease of TC on the applied magnetic field was found. The run-to-run and sample-to-sample reproducibility of the transition of the same sample was evaluated, and its suitability as a thermometric reference point below 1 K was discussed

  8. Optical injection locking of monolithically integrated photonic source for generation of high purity signals above 100 GHz.

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    Balakier, Katarzyna; Fice, Martyn J; van Dijk, Frederic; Kervella, Gael; Carpintero, Guillermo; Seeds, Alwyn J; Renaud, Cyril C

    2014-12-01

    A monolithically integrated photonic source for tuneable mm-wave signal generation has been fabricated. The source consists of 14 active components, i.e. semiconductor lasers, amplifiers and photodetectors, all integrated on a 3 mm(2) InP chip. Heterodyne signals in the range between 85 GHz and 120 GHz with up to -10 dBm output power have been successfully generated. By optically injection locking the integrated lasers to an external optical comb source, high-spectral-purity signals at frequencies >100 GHz have been generated, with phase noise spectral density below -90 dBc/Hz being achieved at offsets from the carrier greater than 10 kHz. PMID:25606875

  9. Role of Chemical Driving Force in Martensitic Transformations of High-Purity Fe-Cr-Ni Alloys

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    Behjati, P.; Najafizadeh, A.

    2011-12-01

    The main objective of the present work is to point out the respective roles of chemical driving force and stacking fault energy (SFE) in the occurrence of martensitic transformations in high-purity Fe-Cr-Ni alloys. For this purpose, the transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray diffractometer, thermal differential microanalyzer (TDA), and tension test were employed to report M s temperatures, austenite stacking fault energies, and driving forces for the concerned alloys. It was observed that the martensitic transformations in the studied alloys occur through the γ → ɛ → α' steps. As a remarkable result, it was shown that a low SFE, if necessary to ɛ-phase nucleation, is not a sufficient condition for nucleation of α' phase. In fact, the formation of stable α' nuclei from α' embryos occur if the required chemical driving force is provided. Also, an equation was proposed for the kinetics of spontaneous martensitic transformation as a function of driving force.

  10. Large-scale fabrication of boron nitride nanotubes with high purity via solid-state reaction method

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    2014-01-01

    An effective solid-state reaction method is reported for synthesizing boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) in large scale and with high purity by annealing amorphous boron powder and ferric chloride (FeCl3) catalyst in ammonia atmosphere at elevated temperatures. FeCl3 that has rarely been utilized before is introduced not only as a catalyst but also as an efficient transforming agent which converts boron powder into boron chloride (BCl3) vapor in situ. The nanotubes are bamboo in shape and have an average diameter of about 90 nm. The effect of synthetic temperatures on nanotube morphology and yield is investigated. The photoluminescence (PL) measurement shows emission bands of the nanotubes at 354, 423, 467, and 666 nm. A combined growth mechanism of vapor–liquid-solid (VLS) and solid–liquid-solid (SLS) model is proposed for the formation of the BNNTs. PMID:25313303

  11. Performance of a compact multi-crystal high-purity germanium detector array for measuring coincident gamma-ray emissions

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    The Multi-sensor Airborne Radiation Survey (MARS) detector is a 14-crystal array of high-purity germanium (HPGe) detectors housed in a single cryostat. The array was used to measure the astrophysical S-factor for the 14N(p,γ)15O⁎ reaction for several transition energies at an effective center-of-mass energy of 163 keV. Owing to the granular nature of the MARS detector, the effect of gamma-ray summing was greatly reduced in comparison to past experiments which utilized large, single-crystal detectors. The new S-factor values agree within their uncertainties with the past measurements. Details of the analysis and detector performance are presented

  12. Growth and structural characterization of pyramidal site-controlled quantum dots with high uniformity and spectral purity

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    Dimastrodonato, Valeria; Young, Robert J; Pelucchi, Emanuele

    2010-01-01

    This work presents some fundamental features of pyramidal site-controlled InGaAs Quantum Dots (QDs) grown by MetalOrganic Vapour Phase Epitaxy on patterned GaAs (111)B substrate. The dots self-form inside pyramidal recesses patterned on the wafer via pre-growth processing. The major advantage of this growth technique is the control it provides over the dot nucleation posi-tion and the dimensions of the confined structures onto the sub-strate. The fundamental steps of substrate patterning and the QD forma-tion mechanism are described together with a discussion of the structural particulars. The post-growth processes, including sur-face etching and substrate removal, which are required to facili-tate optical characterization, are discussed. With this approach extremely high uniformity and record spectral purity are both achieved.

  13. Effect of alumina on sintering behavior and electrical conductivity of high-purity yttria-stabilized zirconia

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    The sintering behavior and electrical conductivity of high-purity 8-mol% Y2O3-stabilized ZrO2 (8YSZ) with Al2O3 additions were investigated. The addition of 1 wt% Al2O3 to 8YSZ provided dense, sintered samples with 94% relative density at 1,400 C without a holding time. Addition of 1 wt% SiO2 enhanced the sinterability of 8YSZ. Na2O addition of 0.1 wt% remarkably lowered it. Electrical conductivity at 1,000 C in air increased slightly with increased Al2O3 content up to 1 wt% and then monotonously decreased. 8YSZ with 1 wt% Al2O3 showed the maximum conductivity of 0.16 S/cm at 1,000 C

  14. The Influence Of Dead Layer Effect On The Characteristics Of The High Purity Germanium P-Type Detector

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    The present work aims at reviewing the studies of the influence of dead layer effect on the characteristics of a high purity germanium (HPGe) p-type detector, obtained by the author and his colleagues in the recent years. The object for study was the HPGe GC1518 detector-based gamma spectrometer of the Center for Nuclear Techniques, Ho Chi Minh City. The studying problems were: The modeling of an HPGe detector-based gamma spectrometer with using the MCNP code; the method of determining the thickness of dead layer by experimental measurements of gamma spectra and the calculations using MCNP code; the influence of material parameters and dead layer on detector efficiency; the increase of dead layer thickness over the operating time of the GC1518 detector; the influence of dead layer thickness increase on the decrease of detector efficiency; the dead layer effect for the gamma spectra measured in the GC1518 detector. (author)

  15. Performance of a compact multi-crystal high-purity germanium detector array for measuring coincident gamma-ray emissions

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    Howard, Chris; Daigle, Stephen; Buckner, Matt [University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 (United States); Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory, Durham, NC 27708 (United States); Erikson, Luke E.; Runkle, Robert C. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA 99352 (United States); Stave, Sean C., E-mail: Sean.Stave@pnnl.gov [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA 99352 (United States); Champagne, Arthur E.; Cooper, Andrew; Downen, Lori [University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 (United States); Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory, Durham, NC 27708 (United States); Glasgow, Brian D. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA 99352 (United States); Kelly, Keegan; Sallaska, Anne [University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 (United States); Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory, Durham, NC 27708 (United States)

    2015-05-21

    The Multi-sensor Airborne Radiation Survey (MARS) detector is a 14-crystal array of high-purity germanium (HPGe) detectors housed in a single cryostat. The array was used to measure the astrophysical S-factor for the {sup 14}N(p,γ){sup 15}O{sup ⁎} reaction for several transition energies at an effective center-of-mass energy of 163 keV. Owing to the granular nature of the MARS detector, the effect of gamma-ray summing was greatly reduced in comparison to past experiments which utilized large, single-crystal detectors. The new S-factor values agree within their uncertainties with the past measurements. Details of the analysis and detector performance are presented.

  16. Mechanical properties of a high-purity Fe-9Cr-2W-0.1C model alloy for low-activation ferritic steels for fusion reactors

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    Reduced-activation ferritic steels, such as JLF-1 (Fe-9Cr-2W-0.1C-V-Ta-N) steel, are candidate structural materials for use in the next fusion device. It is essential to develop low-activation ferritic steels which have been purified in order to reduce the amount of radioactive impurity elements. It is important to clarify whether or not purification causes any significant changes in the mechanical properties of the ferritic steels, as they will be used as structural materials. In this study a high-purity Fe-9Cr-2W-0.1C model alloy was prepared from an ultra-high-purity iron. A significantly lower tensile strength was observed in the high-purity ferritic steel at room temperature and 573 K, as compared to that of JLF-1 steel. The difference in yield strength at room temperature is considered to be mainly due to a lower content of nitrogen and soluble impurities, a larger packet diameter and a larger lath length in the case of the high-purity steel. The hardness of the as-quenched high-purity steel and the recovery behavior below 823 K are not significantly different from those of conventional ferritic steel. (author)

  17. 高纯镓制备技术的研究进展%Study Status of Preparing Method for High-purity Gallium

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    厉英; 曾杰; 闫晨; 刘杰

    2013-01-01

    High-purity gallium is mainly used in wireless communication and photoelectric semiconductor field in the form of GaAs, GaP and GaN. With the rapid development of the market on 3G smartphone and LED, the de mand for high-purity gallium increases steadily, so it is essential to enhance the research and production of high-purity gallium. The related methods for preparing high-purity gallium are reviewed, the advantages and disadvantages of the various methods are compared. It is pointed out that the combined process is an efficient and feasible method to produ cing high-purity gallium.%高纯镓主要以砷化镓、磷化镓、氮化镓的形式应用于无线通讯和光电半导体领域;随着3G智能手机、LED市场的快速发展,对高纯镓产品需求越来越大,因此应加强对高纯镓的研制和生产.总结了高纯镓的相关制备方法,分析比较了各种方法的优缺点,指出联合法是生产高纯镓的高效可行的方法.

  18. High-purity 60GHz band millimeter-wave generation based on optically injected semiconductor laser under subharmonic microwave modulation.

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    Fan, Li; Xia, Guangqiong; Chen, Jianjun; Tang, Xi; Liang, Qing; Wu, Zhengmao

    2016-08-01

    Based on an optically injected semiconductor laser (OISL) operating at period-one (P1) nonlinear dynamical state, high-purity millimeter-wave generation at 60 GHz band is experimentally demonstrated via 1/4 and 1/9 subharmonic microwave modulation (the order of subharmonic is with respect to the frequency fc of the acquired 60 GHz band millimeter-wave but not the fundamental frequency f0 of P1 oscillation). Optical injection is firstly used to drive a semiconductor laser into P1 state. For the OISL operates at P1 state with a fundamental frequency f0 = 49.43 GHz, by introducing 1/4 subharmonic modulation with a modulation frequency of fm = 15.32 GHz, a 60 GHz band millimeter-wave with central frequency fc = 61.28 GHz ( = 4fm) is experimentally generated, whose linewidth is below 1.6 kHz and SSB phase noise at offset frequency 10 kHz is about -96 dBc/Hz. For fm is varied between 13.58 GHz and 16.49 GHz, fc can be tuned from 54.32 GHz to 65.96 GHz under matched modulation power Pm. Moreover, for the OISL operates at P1 state with f0 = 45.02 GHz, a higher order subharmonic modulation (1/9) is introduced into the OISL for obtaining high-purity 60 GHz band microwave signal. With (fm, Pm) = (7.23 GHz, 13.00 dBm), a microwave signal at 65.07 GHz ( = 9fm) with a linewidth below 1.6 kHz and a SSB phase noise less than -98 dBc/Hz is experimentally generated. Also, the central frequency fc can be tuned in a certain range through adjusting fm and selecting matched Pm. PMID:27505789

  19. Synthesis of high purity single-walled carbon nanotubes from ethanol by catalytic gas flow CVD reactions

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    Highly pure single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) with their contents >96% of the total products were achieved by chemical vapour deposition gas flow reactions using ethanol as the carbon source. The high purity SWNTs were formed under critically controlled synthesis conditions and by applying a high hydrogen flow, under which the non-catalytic condensation of carbon was completely suppressed. Purification of the products in acid at ambient conditions readily yielded over 99% pure SWNT products, as the only impurities left in the products were iron particles of clean surface. Therefore, the present study demonstrates the full potential of the CVD gas flow reactions in continuous production of high quality SWNTs. Comparable syntheses were conducted using other alcohols in place of ethanol and it was found that high alkyl alcohols like isopropanol and hexanol produced more amorphous carbon while methanol produced no carbon. The high yield growth of SWNTs was attributed greatly to the reaction chemistry of ethanol and the 'right' amount of hydrogen in the system, as discussed

  20. Influence of dissolved oxygen, dissolved hydrogen and surface film on the corrosion products release from stainless steel in high purity water at room temperature

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    The influence of dissolved oxygen, dissolved hydrogen and surface film on corrosion products release from SUS 304 stainless steel was studied in high purity water at room temperature. The determination of corrosion products released was performed by using millipore filter (0.45μm), cation-exchange resins and anion-exchange resins. The selective release of Fe component from stainless steel occurred in deoxygenated water containing saturated hydrogen or below 120 ppb oxygen, while the selective release of Co and Ni occurred in oxygenated water containing above 8 ppm oxygen. In the case of preautoclaved stainless steel coated with R3O4 (spinel type oxides) film, the selective release of Co and Ni occurred in any high purity water, regardless of dissolved oxygen or dissolved hydrogen. Similar selective dissolution of Co from cobalt ferrite occurred in any high purity water, regardless of dissolved oxygen or dissolved hydrogen. Relation between corrosion potential and release was discussed. (author)

  1. Highly purified water production technology. The influence of water purity on steam quality

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    The fundamental question related to high-pressure steam generation, intended for powering steam turbines, concerns steam production conditions based on constant quality standards. The characteristics of water (salinity, silica concentration) are indicated for a given steam quality as a function of the pressure. Two processes for the purification of feedwater for high pressure boilers are described: a treatment using precoated cellulose or resin filters and a treatment using mixed-bed ion exchangers. When ultrapure water is required, the demineralized water is filtred using microfiltration and ultrafiltration processes

  2. Effect of using a high-purity Fe source on the transport properties of p-type β-FeSi2 grown by molecular-beam epitaxy

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    Intentionally undoped p-type β-FeSi2 thin films were grown on Si(111) substrates by molecular-beam epitaxy using low-purity (4N) and high-purity (5N) Fe sources to investigate the effect of using a high-purity Fe source on the electrical properties of β-FeSi2. The hole mobility increased and the hole density decreased greatly as the annealing temperature and time were increased, particularly for the β-FeSi2 films produced using 5N-Fe. The observed temperature dependence of the hole mobility was reproduced well by considering various carrier scattering mechanisms due to acoustic-phonon, polar-optical phonon, nonpolar-optical phonon, and ionized impurities

  3. Radiation detectors fabricated on high-purity GaAs epitaxial materials

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    Wu, X.; Kostamo, P.; Gädda, A.; Nenonen, S.; Riekkinen, T.; Härkönen, J.; Salonen, J.; Andersson, H.; Zhilyaev, Y.; Fedorov, L.; Eränen, S.; Mattila, M.; Lipsanen, H.; Prunnila, M.; Kalliopuska, J.; Oja, A.

    2014-12-01

    Epitaxial GaAs material shows a great potential in X-ray spectroscopy and radiography applications due to its high absorption efficiency and low defect density. Fabrication of pixel radiation detectors from high-purtity epitaxial GaAs has been developed further. The process is based on mesa etching for pixellisation and sputtering for metallization. The leakage currents of processed pad detectors are below 10 nA/cm2 at a reverse bias of 100 V and decrease exponentially with the temperature. Measurement with transient current technique (TCT) shows that electrons have a trapping time of 8 ns. Good spectroscopic result were obtained from both a pad detector and a hybridized Medipix GaAs detector.

  4. Quantification of the microstructures of high purity nickel subjected to dynamic plastic deformation

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    Luo, Z.P.; Zhang, H.W.; Hansen, Niels; Lu, K.

    2012-01-01

    A quantitative microstructural analysis is presented for pure polycrystalline nickel processed by means of dynamic plastic deformation at high strain rates (102–103 s−1) to strains from 0.3 to 2.9. This analysis covers a number of structural parameters, such as the spacing between and the...... misorientation angle across dislocation boundaries and high angle boundaries. These boundaries subdivide the structure on a finer and finer scale towards saturation at the highest strain. The structural evolution follows a hierarchical pattern from the formation of cells and cell blocks to a characteristic...... lamellar structure, which is similar to that observed in metals deformed at a low strain rate by conventional deformation processes. However, at a constant strain the increase in strain rate increases the dislocation density and reduces the distance between deformation-induced dislocation boundaries and...

  5. CO{sub 2} looping cycle performance of a high-purity limestone after thermal activation/doping

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    Vasilije Manovic; Edward J. Anthony; Gemma Grasa; J. Carlos Abanades [CANMET Energy Technology Centre Ottawa, Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    2008-09-15

    The influence of thermal pretreatment on the performance of a high-purity limestone (La Blanca) during CO{sub 2} capture cycles is investigated in this paper. This limestone was chosen for more detailed investigation because, in earlier research, it failed to show any favorable effect as a result of thermal pretreatment. Here, the original sample, with a particle size of 0.4-0.6 mm, and ground samples were thermally pretreated at 1000-1200{sup o}C, for 6-24 h, and then subjected to several carbonation/calcination cycles in a thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA). This work shows that thermal pretreatment failed to produce a significant self-reactivation effect during CO{sub 2} cycles, despite the use of a wide range of conditions during pretreatment (grinding, temperature, and pretreatment duration) as well as during cycling (CO{sub 2} concentration and duration of the carbonation stage). Additional doping experiments showed that both high Na content and lack of Al in La Blanca limestone cause poor self-reactivation performance after thermal pretreatment. Scanning electron microscope-energy-dispersive X-ray (SEM-EDX) analyses also confirmed more pronounced sintering and loss of activity, which we believe are caused by the relatively high Na content. However, stabilization of sorbent particle morphology by Al can allow this limestone to show self-reactivation performance and higher conversions over a longer series of CO{sub 2} cycles. 35 refs., 12 figs., 2 tabs.

  6. State-of-the-art in analytical characterization of high purity solid samples by different spectroscopic methods

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    S S Grazhulene

    2005-07-01

    Facilities and some results of several spectroscopic methods which have potential applications in the field of analysis of solid high purity substances and which have been elaborated in Russia, will be discussed in this paper. Laser nondispersive atomic fluorescence method with glow discharge cathode sputtering atomiser, may be used for trace element determination as well as a tool for the investigation of technological processes, viz. deposition of thin films. Investigations on reduction of a background level in the new hollow cathode ion source for mass-spectrometry have been carried out. Laser mass spectrometry with tandem laser mass reflectron is successfully designed and applied for gaseous impurities determination in high pure silicon with limit of detection of 10-3–10-5 ppm wt. Several results of the layer-by-layer and bulk trace analysis of solids by high resolution mass spectrometry with radio frequency powered glow discharge ion source with the limits of detection at 10-1–10-3 ppm wt will be presented here. The traditional arc and spark emission technique still finds considerable use. One of the examples considered in the paper is the analysis of metalfullerenes. To overcome the calibration problem the fluorination process inside the electrode crater using zinc fluoride has been investigated.

  7. Positive corona discharge ion source with IMS/MS to detect impurities in high purity Nitrogen

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    Sabo, M.; Klas, M.; Wang, H.; Huang, C.; Chu, Y; Matejčík, Š.

    2011-01-01

    Abstract We have applied the Ion Mobility Spectrometry/Mass Spectrometry (IMS/MS) and the Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Ionisation/Mass Spectrometry (APCI/MS) techniques to study the formation of the ions in the positive corona discharge (CD) in highly purified nitrogen with impurities at 100 ppt level. The main products observed were H3O+(H2O)n ions (reduced ion mobility of 2.15 cm2?V-1?s-1). Additionally, we have observed ions with reduced mobilities 2.42 ...

  8. A facile route to high-purity BN nanoplates with ultraviolet cathodoluminescence emissions at room temperature

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    Highlights: • We present a novel and simple approach to great-scale fabrication of BN nanoplates. • The as-synthesized products are extensively characterized. • The formation mechanism of BN nanoplates are elucidated based on experimental observations. • A growth model was proposed according to our experimental observations and analysis. • BN nanoplates’ CL performance envisions its applications such as UV emitters. - Abstract: We present a novel and notably simple approach to fabricate BN nanoplates in large scale employing ammonia borane as a single-source precursor. The structure and chemical composition of the as-synthesized products are extensively characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS). XRD analysis indicates that the products are hexagonal BN crystal. SEM images confirm that the BN nanoplates have an average diameter of about 200 nm and thickness of tens of nanometers. HRTEM results illustrate the BN nanoplates to be single-crystals. EELS result suggests the nanoplates are composed of boron and nitride elements. The formation mechanism of the BN nanoplates has been elucidated based on our experimental observations, and a growth model has been proposed accordingly. Cathodoluminescence spectroscopic analysis is performed and strong ultraviolet (UV) emissions are detected. Our method provides a simple route towards the large-scale fabrication of high-quality BN nanoplates, for which various promising applications such as compact UV emitters can be envisioned

  9. thesis of high-purity carbon nanotubes over alumina and silica supported bimetallic catalysts

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    Sanja Ratković

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Carbon nanotubes (CNTs were synthesized by a catalytic chemical vapor deposition method (CCVD of ethylene over alumina and silica supported bimetallic catalysts based on Fe, Co and Ni. The catalysts were prepared by a precipitation method, calcined at 600 °C and in situ reduced in hydrogen flow at 700 °C. The CNTs growth was carried out by a flow the mixture of C2H4 and nitrogen over the catalyst powder in a horizontal oven. The structure and morphology of as-synthesized CNTs were characterized using SEM. The as-synthesized nanotubes were purified by acid and basic treatments in order to remove impurities such as amorphous carbon, graphite nanoparticles and metal catalysts. XRD and DTA/TG analyses showed that the amounts of by-products in the purified CNTs samples were reduced significantly. According to the observed results, ethylene is an active carbon source for growing high-density CNTs with high yield but more on alumina-supported catalysts than on their silica- supported counterparts. The last might be explained by SMSI formed in the case of alumina-supported catalysts, resulting in higher active phase dispersion.

  10. High purity microfluidic sorting and analysis of circulating tumor cells: towards routine mutation detection.

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    Autebert, Julien; Coudert, Benoit; Champ, Jérôme; Saias, Laure; Guneri, Ezgi Tulukcuoglu; Lebofsky, Ronald; Bidard, François-Clément; Pierga, Jean-Yves; Farace, Françoise; Descroix, Stéphanie; Malaquin, Laurent; Viovy, Jean-Louis

    2015-05-01

    A new generation of the Ephesia cell capture technology optimized for CTC capture and genetic analysis is presented, characterized in depth and compared with the CellSearch system as a reference. This technology uses magnetic particles bearing tumour-cell specific EpCAM antibodies, self-assembled in a regular array in a microfluidic flow cell. 48,000 high aspect-ratio columns are generated using a magnetic field in a high throughput (>3 ml h(-1)) device and act as sieves to specifically capture the cells of interest through antibody-antigen interactions. Using this device optimized for CTC capture and analysis, we demonstrated the capture of epithelial cells with capture efficiency above 90% for concentrations as low as a few cells per ml. We showed the high specificity of capture with only 0.26% of non-epithelial cells captured for concentrations above 10 million cells per ml. We investigated the capture behavior of cells in the device, and correlated the cell attachment rate with the EpCAM expression on the cell membranes for six different cell lines. We developed and characterized a two-step blood processing method to allow for rapid processing of 10 ml blood tubes in less than 4 hours, and showed a capture rate of 70% for as low as 25 cells spiked in 10 ml blood tubes, with less than 100 contaminating hematopoietic cells. Using this device and procedure, we validated our system on patient samples using an automated cell immunostaining procedure and a semi-automated cell counting method. Our device captured CTCs in 75% of metastatic prostate cancer patients and 80% of metastatic breast cancer patients, and showed similar or better results than the CellSearch device in 10 out of 13 samples. Finally, we demonstrated the possibility of detecting cancer-related PIK3CA gene mutation in 20 cells captured in the chip with a good correlation between the cell count and the quantitation value Cq of the post-capture qPCR. PMID:25815443

  11. Muon diffusion and trapping studies in high purity vanadium. [Temperature dependence

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    Heffner, R.H.; Brown, J.A.; Hutson, R.L.; Leon, M.; Gauster, W.B.; Carlson, O.N.; Rehbein, D.K.; Fiory, A.T.

    1978-01-01

    The first results of a study of the effects of varying impurity concentration on the temperature dependence of the depolarization rate of positive muons implanted into vanadium are presented. Data are reported for the most highly purified polycrystalline sample yet measured, and the same sample subsequently doped with about 500 ppM oxygen by weight. The data for the pure sample shows a low depolarization rate (< .15 ..mu..sec/sup -1/) at all temperatures measured, showing a broad minimum centered at approx. 35 K, followed by a sharp peak near 90 K and a rapid drop to negligible values at 200 K. The data are contrasted with previously published data on less pure samples, and call into question previous interpretations of the behavior of the ..mu../sup +/ at low temperatures in impure vanadium as one-phonon-assisted tunneling. 6 references.

  12. A simplified method for obtaining high-purity perchlorate from groundwater for isotope analyses.

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    vonKiparski, G; Hillegonds, D

    2011-04-04

    Investigations into the occurrence and origin of perchlorate (ClO{sub 4}{sup -}) found in groundwater from across North America have been sparse until recent years, and there is mounting evidence that natural formation mechanisms are important. New opportunities for identifying groundwater perchlorate and its origin have arisen with the utilization of improved detection methods and sampling techniques. Additionally, application of the forensic potential of isotopic measurements has begun to elucidate sources, potential formation mechanisms and natural attenuation processes. Procedures developed appear to be amenable to enable high precision stable isotopic analyses, as well as lower precision AMS analyses of {sup 36}Cl. Immediate work is in analyzing perchlorate isotope standards and developing full analytical accuracy and uncertainty expectations. Field samples have also been collected, and will be analyzed when final qa/qc samples are deemed acceptable.

  13. Study on efficiency calibration method using 82Br, 160Tb and 40K for the high purity germanium detector

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    Background: High-purity germanium (HPGe) detector need to be calibrate detection efficiency for the measured sample using radioactivity standard sources. However, if a great variety of samples which have different materials, densities or geometries need calibrating, the standard sources used will be very expensive and are not beneficial to environmental protection. Purpose: To study a new Full-energy peak (FEP) efficiency calibration method without artificial standard sources for the high purity germanium detector using 82Br, 160Tb produced by neutron activation and 40K. Methods: A HPGe detector (diameter 76 mm) with relative efficiency of 42% and two soil samples (Φ70 mm × 66 mm) were used in the experiments. The ratios relative to 554.3 keV of FEP counting rates, εBr(Ei) for different γ energies, Ei, of 82Br were used to fit relative efficiency function, fBr(E). The ratios relative to 1271.8 keV, Uj, of those for γ-energy, Ej, of 86.7, 197.0, 215.6, 298.6 and 392.5 keV of 160Tb were calculated, and transformed into normalized relative efficiencies to γ-energy of 554.3 keV of 82Br by using the formula εBr(Ej)=uj fBr(E1271). Then the data of εBr(Ei) and εBe(Ej) were fitted to normalized relative efficiency function f(E). The absolute efficiency εK of 40K y energy (EK=1460.8 keV), resulting from KCI, which is mixed homogeneously with the sample can be determined. Thus, those of other any energy, E, can also be determined by using the formula, ε(E) =εK·f(E)/f(EK). Results: The experiments showed that change of fBr(E) is no significant when the sample-detector distance is more than 3 cm. In order to verify the new method. the activity in two soil samples (Φ70 mm × 66 mm) were measured (sample-detector distance =3.1 cm) and the results were compared with γ-γ coincidence method. The results of the activity concentration of seven radionuclides including 226Ra, 235U, 232Th, 40K, 134Cs, 137Cs and 60Co in each sample were in good agreement within

  14. Development of high-purity optical grade single-crystal CVD diamond for intracavity cooling

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    Bennett, Andrew M.; Wickham, Benjamin J.; Dhillon, Harpreet K.; Chen, Ying; Webster, Scott; Turri, Giorgio; Bass, Michael

    2014-02-01

    Microwave assisted chemical vapour deposited bulk diamond products have been used in a range of high power laser systems, due to low absorption across a range of wavelengths and exceptional thermal properties. However the application of polycrystalline products has frequently been limited to applications at longer wavelengths or thermal uses outside of the optical path due to the birefringence and scatter that are intrinsic properties of the polycrystalline materials. However, there are some solid state structures, including thin disc gain modules and amplifiers, that will gain significantly in terms of potential output powers if diamond could be used as a heat spreader in the optical path as well as a heat spreader on the rear surface of the disk. Therefore single crystal grades of diamond have been developed that overcome the limitations of the polycrystalline material, with low absorption, low scatter and low birefringence grades for demanding optical applications. We will present new data, characterising the performance of these materials across infra-red and visible wavelengths with absorption coefficient measured by laser calorimetry at a range of wavelengths from 1064 nm to 452 nm.

  15. Expression and purification of bioactive high-purity human midkine in Escherichia coli

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    Zhong-hui ZHANG; Li-juan DU; Di XIANG; Shun-ying ZHU; Ming-yuan WU; Hui-li LU; Yan YU; Wei HAN

    2009-01-01

    Midkine is a heparin-binding growth factor,which plays important roles in the regulation of cell growth and differentiation.The non-tagged recombinant human midkine (rhMK) is therefore required to facilitate its functional studies of this important growth factor.In the present work,rhMK was expressed in Escherichia coli (E.coli) BL21 (DE3).The expression of midkine was efficiently induced by isopropyl-β-D-thiogalactopyranoside (IPTG).After sonication,midkine was recovered in an insoluble form,and was dissolved in guaoidine hydrochloride buffer.Renaturation of the denatured protein was carried out in the defined protein refolding buffer,and the refolded protein was purified using S-Sepharose ion-exchange chromatography.The final preparation of the rhMK was greater than 98% pure as measured by sodium dodecylsulfate-polyacrylamid gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) and reverse phase high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC).The purified rhMK enhanced the proliferation of NIH3T3 cells.

  16. High Purity Germanium Gamma-PHA Assay of Uranium Storage Pigs for 321-M Facility

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    Dewberry, R.A.

    2001-09-18

    The Analytical Development Section of SRTC was requested by the Facilities Disposition Division (FDD) to determine the holdup of enriched uranium in the 321-M facility as part of an overall deactivation project of the facility. The 321-M facility was used to fabricate enriched uranium fuel assemblies, lithium-aluminum target tubes, neptunium assemblies, and miscellaneous components for the production reactors. The facility also includes the 324-M storage building and the passageway connecting it to 321-M. The results of the holdup assays are essential for determining compliance with the Solid Waste's Waste Acceptance Criteria, Material Control and Accountability, and to meet criticality safety controls. This report describes and documents the use of a portable HPGe detector and EG and G Dart system that contains a high voltage power supply, signal processing electronics, a personal computer with Gamma-Vision software, and space to store and manipulate multiple 4096-channel g-ray spectra to assay for 235U content in 268 uranium shipping and storage pigs. This report includes a description of three efficiency calibration configurations and also the results of the assay. A description of the quality control checks is included as well.

  17. High Purity Germanium Gamma-PHA Assay of Uranium Storage Pigs for 321-M Facility

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    The Analytical Development Section of SRTC was requested by the Facilities Disposition Division (FDD) to determine the holdup of enriched uranium in the 321-M facility as part of an overall deactivation project of the facility. The 321-M facility was used to fabricate enriched uranium fuel assemblies, lithium-aluminum target tubes, neptunium assemblies, and miscellaneous components for the production reactors. The facility also includes the 324-M storage building and the passageway connecting it to 321-M. The results of the holdup assays are essential for determining compliance with the Solid Waste's Waste Acceptance Criteria, Material Control and Accountability, and to meet criticality safety controls. This report describes and documents the use of a portable HPGe detector and EG and G Dart system that contains a high voltage power supply, signal processing electronics, a personal computer with Gamma-Vision software, and space to store and manipulate multiple 4096-channel g-ray spectra to assay for 235U content in 268 uranium shipping and storage pigs. This report includes a description of three efficiency calibration configurations and also the results of the assay. A description of the quality control checks is included as well

  18. Application of radiochemistry to the preparation of high-purity silicon

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    Radiochemical studies on the preparation of highly pure silicon for semiconductor use provided various useful information and tools for development of the process. The behaviour of phosphorus impurity during the purification steps of recrystallization and zone refining was followed by using radioactive phosphorus as tracer. The results showed that in each step, hydrolysed products suspended in the silicon tetraiodide played an important role in removing not only phosphorus but also other impurity elements. Activation analysis was applied to the determination of the arsenic concentration throughout the process and it was indicated that this could be reduced to the order of 10-3 ppm after fractional distillation. It was also indicated, by neutron activation analysis, that elemental silicon, after thermal decomposition of the iodide, usually contained several ppm iodine, but its concentration could be reduced by one order of magnitude by a simple fusion. The absorption of soft γ-rays has been applied to the determination of iodine concentration in the iodination gas stream and it has been found that the principle could be applied to the automatic control of the iodination reaction with further development of the technique. (author)

  19. Proteomic analysis of exosomal cargo: the challenge of high purity vesicle isolation.

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    Abramowicz, Agata; Widlak, Piotr; Pietrowska, Monika

    2016-04-26

    The re-discovery of exosomes as intercellular messengers with high potential for diagnostic and therapeutic utility has led to them becoming a popular topic of research in recent years. One of the essential research areas in this field is the characterization of exosomal cargo, which includes numerous non-randomly packed proteins and nucleic acids. Unexpectedly, a very challenging aspect of exploration of extracellular vesicles has turned out to be their effective and selective isolation. The plurality of developed protocols leads to qualitative and quantitative variability in terms of the obtained exosomes, which significantly affects the results of downstream analyses and makes them difficult to compare, reproduce and interpret between research groups. Currently, there is a general consensus among the exosome-oriented community concerning the urgent need for the optimization and standardization of methods employed for the purification of these vesicles. Hence, we review here several strategies for exosome preparation including ultracentrifugation, chemical precipitation, affinity capturing and filtration techniques. The advantages and disadvantages of different approaches are discussed with special emphasis being placed on their adequacy for proteomics applications, which are particularly sensitive to sample quality. We conclude that certain methods, exemplified by ultracentrifugation combined with iodixanol density gradient centrifugation or gel filtration, although labor-intensive, provide superior quality exosome preparations suitable for reliable analysis by mass spectrometry. PMID:27030573

  20. Trace characterization of high-purity nickel by instrumental and radiochemical neutron activation analysis

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    The high activity of the radionuclides 65Ni (t1/2=2.52 h) and 58Co (t1/2=70.8 d) imposes severe limitations on the performance of direct instrumental neutron activation analysis of nickel. The extent of the interference of the 58Co depends on the ratio of the fluxes of the fast and thermal neutrons. A method of selective removal of cobalt, based on extraction with β-nitroso-α-naphthol has been developed for the purpose of radiochemical NAA. Separation yields have been determined for 36 elements. The detection limits obtainable with both the instrumental and the radiochemical method are -4 μg/g for the elements Au, Eu, Ir, La, Sc and Sm, between 10-4 and 10-3 μg/g for Cr, Cs, Hf, Hg, Lu, Re, Sb, Ta, Th, Tm and Yb, between 10-3 and 10-2 μg/g for As, Ag, Br, Ce, Ga, Na, Ru, Se, W and Zn, and in the range 0.01-1 μg/g for Ba, Cd, Co, Fe, In, K, Mo, Nd, Pd, Rb, Sn, U and Zr. (orig.)

  1. An n-type high-purity germanium detector-based on-line rapid coal analysis system

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    This paper describes an n-type high-purity germanium (HPGe) detector-based coal analysis system that is capable of providing a real-time (200-second update time) analysis of sulfur and other elemental constituents of coal. The analysis system consists of a 234-μg californium-252 neutron source with suitable moderation and shielding,state-of-the-art pulse-shaping and processing electronics coupled to a 23.4% n-type HPGe detector, a 7000-series EGandG ORTEC multichannel analyzer, and a PDP/11 computer. This system is capable of processing very high input pulse rates with low dead time. System input rates of 75 kHz to a gated amplifier were processed with a live-to-real-time ratio of greater than 0.55 for the pulses in the range of interest of this measurement (i.e., from 2 MeV to 10 MeV). Results are also presented which compare the measured and predicted throughput pulse rates for different spectroscopy systems

  2. Chromium enrichment on the habit plane of dislocation loops in ion-irradiated high-purity Fe–Cr alloys

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    Reduced activation high-chromium ferritic/martensitic steels are candidate materials for Generation IV fission and fusion reactors. To gain knowledge about the radiation resistance of these steels in such environments, the first step is to study the Fe–Cr matrix of this material. For that purpose and to understand ballistic damage by neutrons, self-ion irradiations, with and without simultaneous He injection, were performed on a series of high-purity Fe–Cr binary alloys at 773 K. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis revealed “displacement fringe contrast” inside the dislocation loops. This was attributed to the presence of Cr-enriched zones on their habit plane, which is a defect-free region for body-centered cubic Fe-based alloys. A plausible mechanism is discussed to explain the phenomenon, the first step of which would be the radiation-induced segregation of Cr atoms on the dislocation loop core. Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy in scanning TEM mode and atom probe tomography (APT) gave a coherent quantitative estimate of the Cr concentration in these enriched areas. APT study showed that the enrichment was heterogeneous on the loop plane. Upon in situ annealing up to 900 K, the loops and the fringes disappeared completely, without leaving a secondary-phase particle, such as carbide, at their position. Fringes were present until the loop disappeared

  3. Trace element determination in high-purity aluminum clad samples by k0-based internal monostandard instrumental neutron activation analysis

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    The k0-based internal monostandard instrumental neutron activation analysis (IM-INAA) method was applied for quantification of trace impurities in seven high purity aluminum samples used as fuel cladding in a research reactor. Samples along with BCS CRM 182 (Si-Al alloy) were irradiated in high flux reactor neutrons for 10-15 h. In situ detection efficiency, needed in concentration calculation ratio by IM-INAA, was obtained using gamma rays of activation products produced in the samples. Elemental concentration ratios obtained with respect to Fe (used as internal monostandard) were converted to absolute concentrations by determining concentration of Fe by relative method of NAA. Concentrations of ten trace elements (Sc, Cr, Co, Zn, Ga, La, Ce, Sm, W and Hf) including major element Fe were determined in this work. The method used is non-destructive in nature and does not need multielement standards. Results of IM-INAA were compared with those obtained by relative method of INAA and inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES). Details of methodologies and results obtained by all methods are discussed and compared in the paper. (author)

  4. Cyclotron production of high-purity 123I for medical applications via the 127I(p,5n)123Xe → 123I nuclear reaction

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    The use of iodine-123 in nuclear medicine procedures is well documented in the scientific literature. Also, several methods for its production based on accelerator techniques have been described. Indirectly made 123I via the 127I(p,5n)123Xe → 123I reaction produces 123I of > 99.9% radionuclidic purity, with only 125I (123I production were developed at the University of California at Davis, where since 1974 the 76-in. isochronous cyclotron of the Crocker Nuclear Laboratory has been used for routine biweekly production of high-purity no-carrier-added 123I

  5. Experimental Demonstration of Advanced Palladium Membrane Separators for Central High Purity Hydrogen Production

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    Sean Emerson; Neal Magdefrau; Susanne Opalka; Ying She; Catherine Thibaud-Erkey; Thoman Vanderspurt; Rhonda Willigan

    2010-06-30

    The overall objectives for this project were to: (1) confirm the high stability and resistance of a PdCu trimetallic alloy to carbon and carbide formation and, in addition, resistance to sulfur, halides, and ammonia; (2) develop a sulfur, halide, and ammonia resistant alloy membrane with a projected hydrogen permeance of 25 m{sup 3}m{sup -2}atm{sup -0.5}h{sup -1} at 400 C and capable of operating at pressures of 12.1 MPa ({approx}120 atm, 1750 psia); and (3) construct and experimentally validate the performance of 0.1 kg/day H{sup 2} PdCu trimetallic alloy membrane separators at feed pressures of 2 MPa (290 psia) in the presence of H{sub 2}S, NH{sub 3}, and HCl. This project successfully increased the technology readiness level of palladium-based metallic membranes for hydrogen separation from coal-biomass gasifier exhaust or similar hydrogen-containing gas streams. The reversible tolerance of palladium-copper (PdCu) alloys was demonstrated for H{sub 2}S concentrations varying from 20 ppmv up to 487 ppmv and NH{sub 3} concentrations up to 9 ppmv. In addition, atomistic modeling validated the resistance of PdCu alloys to carbon formation, irreversible sulfur corrosion, and chlorine attack. The experimental program highlighted two key issues which must be addressed as part of future experimental programs: (1) tube defects and (2) non-membrane materials of construction. Four out of five FCC PdCu separators developed leaks during the course of the experimental program because {approx}10% of the alloy tubes contained a single defect that resulted in a thin, weak point in the tube walls. These defects limited operation of the existing tubes to less than 220 psig. For commercial applications of a PdCu alloy hydrogen separator under high sulfur concentrations, it was determined that stainless steel 316 is not suitable for housing or supporting the device. Testing with sulfur concentrations of 487 {+-} 4 ppmv resulted in severe corrosion of the stainless steel components of

  6. Corrosion of high purity copper as engineering barrier in deep geological repositories

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    Pure copper with oxygen content below 5 ppm (to minimize segregation at grain boundaries) and doped with phosphorus (to increase creep resistance) is the chosen material for the corrosion-resistant barrier of the High Level Radioactive 2 Wastecontainers in the Swedish and Finnish repository models. These models include the construction of the repository below the water table, which is a reducing environment in which copper has excellent resistance to general and localized corrosion in aqueous electrolytes. The aim of this work is contribute to determine the durability of the material, given that deep geological repositories of HLW are designed to ensure the protection of the environment for periods of hundreds of thousands years. As a first step in a more general analysis the effects of chloride, one of the main aggressive species of corrosion, are evaluated. To this purpose corrosion potential was determined and anodic polarization curves were performed in deaerated solutions varying the chloride concentration between 0.01 and 1M and the temperature between 30 and 90°C. Several electrochemical techniques were used: the evolution of corrosion potential was measured, anodic polarization curves were obtained and electrochemical impedance tests were performed. The analysis was complemented with microscopic observations of the type of corrosive attack, as well as determinations of the eventual corrosion products formed using Energy-Dispersive X-ray Analysis (EDS). Results show that the corrosion potential decreases with the increase of temperature and with the increase of chloride concentration. A correlation of the corrosion potential as a function of temperature and chloride concentration was obtained, with the purpose of making predictions in variable conditions.The current density increases both with temperature and with chloride concentration. A pitting potential is observed in certain conditions. (author)

  7. High-resolution hydrodynamic chromatographic separation of large DNA using narrow, bare open capillaries: a rapid and economical alternative technology to pulsed-field gel electrophoresis?

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    Liu, Lei; Veerappan, Vijaykumar; Pu, Qiaosheng; Cheng, Chang; Wang, Xiayan; Lu, Liping; Allen, Randy D; Guo, Guangsheng

    2014-01-01

    A high-resolution, rapid, and economical hydrodynamic chromatographic (HDC) method for large DNA separations in free solution was developed using narrow (5 μm diameter), bare open capillaries. Size-based separation was achieved in a chromatographic format with larger DNA molecules being eluting faster than smaller ones. Lambda DNA Mono Cut Mix was baseline-separated with the percentage resolutions generally less than 9.0% for all DNA fragments (1.5 to 48.5 kbp) tested in this work. High efficiencies were achieved for large DNA from this chromatographic technique, and the number of theoretical plates reached 3.6 × 10(5) plates for the longest (48.5 kbp) and 3.7 × 10(5) plates for the shortest (1.5 kbp) fragments. HDC parameters and performances were also discussed. The method was further applied for fractionating large DNA fragments from real-world samples (SacII digested Arabidopsis plant bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) DNA and PmeI digested Rice BAC DNA) to demonstrate its feasibility for BAC DNA finger printing. Rapid separation of PmeI digested Rice BAC DNA covering from 0.44 to 119.041 kbp was achieved in less than 26 min. All DNA fragments of these samples were baseline separated in narrow bare open capillaries, while the smallest fragment (0.44 kbp) was missing in pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) separation mode. It is demonstrated that narrow bare open capillary chromatography can realize a rapid separation for a wide size range of DNA mixtures that contain both small and large DNA fragments in a single run. PMID:24274685

  8. The influence of directed alloying and thermomechanical treatment on the structure and mechanical properties of high-purity chromium, molybdenum and tungsten

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    The possibilities of directed alloying as well as thermomechanical treatment for improvement of the mechanical properties of high-purity chromium, molybdenum and tungsten are considered. Classification of methods of directed alloying is given. The conditions are considered of hot, warm and cold metal working as well as the peculiarities of structure formation in each temperature range. (orig.)

  9. Physical simulations and experimental results of 4H-SiC MESFETs on high purity semi-insulating substrates

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    Chen Cang; Bai Song; Li Zhe-Yang; Wu Peng; Chen Zheng; Han Pin

    2009-01-01

    In this paper we report on DC and RF simulations and experimental results of 4H-SiC metal semiconductor field effect transistors(MESFETs)on high purity semi-insulating substrates. DC and small-signal measurements are compared with simulations. We design our device process to fabricate n-channel 4H-SiC MESFETs with 100 μm gate periphery. At 30 V drain voltage, the maximum current density is 440 mA/mm and the maximum transconductance is 33 mS/mm. For the continuous wave(CW)at a frequency of 2 GHz, the maximum output power density is measured to be 6.6 W/mm, with a gain of 12 dB and power-added efficiency of 33.7%. The cut-off frequency(f_T)and the maximum frequency(f_(max))are 9 GHz and 24.9 GHz respectively. The simulation results of f_T and f_(max) are 11.4 GHz and 38.6 GHZ respectively.

  10. Migration of grain boundaries and triple junctions in high-purity aluminum during annealing after slight cold rolling

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    Grain orientations and grain boundary migrations near triple junctions in a high purity aluminum were analyzed by electron back scattered diffraction. The results indicate that there are good correlations between the Schmid factors or Taylor factors and the misorientation values of point to original point in grains near the triple junctions in a slightly deformed sample. Grains with higher Schmid factors or lower Taylor factors typically correspond to higher misorientation values near the triple junctions. In a subsequent annealing at 400 °C, both grain boundaries and triple junctions migrate, but the former leave ghost lines. During such migration, a grain boundary grows from the grain with lower Schmid factor (higher Taylor factor) into the grain with higher Schmid factor (lower Taylor factor). Usually, the amount of migration of a grain boundary is considerably greater than that of a triple junction, and the grain boundary becomes more curved after migration. These observations indicate that the triple junctions have drag effects on grain boundary migration. - Highlights: • Polycrystalline aluminum with fine grains about 30 μm were used. • Off-line in situ EBSD was used to identify TJs before and after annealing. • Grains with higher SFs have higher misorientation values near TJs after deformation. • Grain boundaries grow from hard grains into soft grains during annealing. • Triple junctions have drag effects on grain boundaries migration

  11. Thermoluminescence (TL) properties and x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis of high purity CaSO4:Dy TL material

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    This paper presents the characterization and TL properties of dysprosium (Dy) doped calcium sulfate (CaSO4) TL material produced by co-precipitation technique with 0.5mol% concentration of dopant. The morphology of the produced TL material was studied using scanning electron microscope (SEM) and the micrograph shows that rectangular parallelepiped shaped crystal with the average of 150 μm in length were produced. The crystallinity of the produced powder was studied using x-ray powder diffraction (XRD). The XRD spectra show that the TL material produced is high purity anhydrite CaSO4 with average crystallite size of 74 nm with orthorhombic crystal system. The TL behavior of produced CaSO4:Dy was studied using a TLD reader after exposure to gamma ray by Co60 source with the doses of 1,5 and 10 Gy. The glow curve shows linear response with glow peak around 230°C which is desired development in the field of radiation dosimetry

  12. Production of High-purity Magnetite Nanoparticles from a Low-grade Iron Ore via Solvent Extraction

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    Suh, Yong Jae; Kil, Dae Sup; Jang, Hee Dong [Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Do, Thi May [Korea University of Science and Technology, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Cho, Kuk [Pusan National University, Busan (Korea, Republic of)

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    We produced magnetite nanoparticles (MNPs) and a Mg-rich solution as a nano-adsorbent and a coagulant for water treatment, respectively, using a low-grade iron ore. The ore was leached with aqueous hydrochloric acid and its impurities were removed by solvent extraction of the leachate using tri-n-butyl phosphate as an extractant. The content of Si and Mg, which inhibit the formation of MNPs, was reduced from 10.3 wt% and 15.5 wt% to 28.1 mg/L and < 1.4 mg/L, respectively. Consequently, the Fe content increased from 68.6 wt% to 99.8 wt%. The high-purity Fe{sup 3+} solution recovered was used to prepare 5-15-nm MNPs by coprecipitation. The wastewater produced contained a large amount of Mg{sup 2+} and can be used to precipitate struvite in sewage treatment. This process helps reduce the cost of both sewage and iron-ore-wastewater treatments, as well as in the economic production of the nano-adsorbent.

  13. Control of the Gas Flow in an Industrial Directional Solidification Furnace for Production of High Purity Multicrystalline Silicon Ingots

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A crucible cover was designed as gas guidance to control the gas flow in an industrial directional solidification furnace for producing high purity multicrystalline silicon. Three cover designs were compared to investigate their effect on impurity transport in the furnace and contamination of the silicon melt. Global simulations of coupled oxygen (O and carbon (C transport were carried out to predict the SiO and CO gases in the furnace as well as the O and C distributions in the silicon melt. Cases with and without chemical reaction on the cover surfaces were investigated. It was found that the cover design has little effect on the O concentration in the silicon melt; however, it significantly influences CO gas transport in the furnace chamber and C contamination in the melt. For covers made of metal or with a coating on their surfaces, an optimal cover design can produce a silicon melt free of C contamination. Even for a graphite cover without a coating, the carbon concentration in the silicon melt can be reduced by one order of magnitude. The simulation results demonstrate a method to control the contamination of C impurities in an industrial directional solidification furnace by crucible cover design.

  14. Effects of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus on creep rupture ductility of high purity Ni-Cr austenitic steels

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    Creep rupture ductility becomes one of the important properties of austenitic stainless steels as structural materials for fast breeder reactors. Using high purity nickel-chromium austenitic steels, the effects of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus on creep rupture ductility were investigated. Creep rupture tests were conducted at 600deg C and extensive microstructural works were performed. The results were as follows. Rupture strength increases with carbon or nitrogen content. Although the rupture ductility decreases with carbon, change in ductility with nitrogen is small. The ductility loss with carbon is due to the grain boundary embrittlement by carbides. With nitrogen, there is no precipitation during creep. Addition of phosphorus to ultra low carbon and nitrogen steels increases their rupture strength and ductility. Fine precipitates of (Fe,Cr)2P are uniformly dispersed in the grains and coarse (Fe,Cr)2P also precipitates on the grain boundary during creep. Grain boundary migration occurs extensively and few wedge type cracks are observed in the P containing steels. It is concluded that, from the viewpoint of increasing creep rupture ductility, nitrogen is much more effective than carbon and phosphorus is also beneficial. (author)

  15. Effects of thermal history and irradiation on the dc conductivity of high purity GeO2 glasses

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    The dc electrical properties of a series of high purity GeO2 glasses fused and equilibrated at various temperatures (T phi) in air were measured. T phi ranged from 13500C to 16900C. The charge carriers are shown to be the Na ions. The mobility is found to obey an Arrhenius function with enthalpy of activation of approximately 1.01 eV in the as-quenched state for all T phi's. The changes observed in the mobilities of the Na ions for the various T phi's are suggested to be caused by changes in the configurational coordinates of the average interstitial sites through which the Na ion moves with changes in T phi. These changes are manifested in the entropy of activation. Subsequent annealing treatments at 4200C (150 below the Littleton softening point) for the times observed in these experiments do not change the general behavior of the mobility with T phi even though they do change the observed values of mobilities. These changes are suggested to result from thermal compaction changing the average well structure through which the Na ion moves. The γ irradiation of these glasses causes a decrease in the mobility of the Na ion for all T phi samples. The mobilities decreases with increasing dose. These decreases in mobilities are suggested to be caused by radiation induced compaction and by change of defect concentrations. These two processes result through relaxation processes and coulombic forces in changes in the average well structure

  16. Atomic emission and atomic absorption spectrometric analysis of high-purity powders for the production of ceramics

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    Direct analysis methods and multistage combined analytical procedures for the determination of impurities at the μg/g level and the upper ng/g level in high-purity powders of Al2O3, AlN, Si3N4 and SiC are described. Results obtained with a novel direct slurry-atomization technique using a Babington nebulizer and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) are presented. A comparison of analysis results of combined analytical procedures including wet chemical decomposition and determinations with graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (ETAAS) or ICP-OES with those of slurry-atomization ICP-OES show the capabilities of this technique for routine analysis in production control. Detection limits for Al, B, Ca, Co, Cu, Fe, Mg, Mn, Si, Ti, W, V, and Zn in the matrices mentioned are between 0.03 and 2.5 μg/g. For elemental concentrations ≥10 μg/g relative standard deviations of the measurements are generally below 10%. The technique is shown to be a powerful tool for trace determinations in powder samples. This is shown by its use for analysis of a series of the ceramic powders mentioned and comparative results of other direct techniques such as total reflection X-ray fluorescence spectrometry and instrumental neutron activation analysis. (orig.)

  17. Activation analysis for measurements of silicon, phosphorus, alkali metals and other elements in high-purity metals

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    In the present thesis, methods of activation analysis were developed for the determination of the elements silicon, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, i.a. in the high-purity metals vanadium, niobium, tantalum, tungsten, molybdenum and iron. The determination of silicon is based on the activation of samples with reactor neutrons, on a subsequent radiochemical separation of the tracer radionuclide 31Si resulting from the reaction 30Si(n,γ), and on the measurement of β activity with the help of a liquid scintillation measuring desk. Since the tracer radionuclide 31Si almost exclusively emits β rays which are not sufficiently nuclide-specific, silicon was selectively separated from the other sample elements by being distilled as silicon tetrafluoride. The processing of the residue following the separation of silicon permits a complementary gamma-spectroscopic determination of a whole lot of additional elements. Thus, the separation of the nuclide 182Ta with the anion exchanger Dowex 1X8 from HF/H2SO4 medium permits the determination of 22 elements in vanadium, niobium and tantalum. Phosphorus content is determined by activating the samples with rapid neutrons (cyclotrons) via the reaction 31P(n,p)31Si. (orig./MM)

  18. Gamma-ray observations of SN 1987A with an array of high-purity germanium detectors

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    A balloon borne gamma-ray spectrometer comprising an array of high-purity n-type germanium (HPGe) detectors having geometric area 119 cm2, resolution 2.5 keV at 1.0 MeV, surrounded by an active NaI (Tl) collimator and Compton suppressing anticoincidence shield nominally 10 cm thick, was flown from Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia, on May 29--30, 1987, 96 days after the observed neutrino pulse. The average column depth of residual atmosphere in the direction of SN 1987A at float altitude was 6.3 g cm-2 during the observation. SN 1987A was within the 22-deg full-width-half-maximum (FWHM) field of view for about 3300 s during May 29.9--30.3 UT. No excess gamma rays were observed at energies appropriate to the Ni(56)-Co(56) decay chain or from other lines in the energy region from 0.1 to 3.0 MeV. With 80% of the data analyzed, the 3-sigma upper limit obtained for the 1238-keV line from Co(56) at the instrument resolution (about 3 keV) is 1.3 x 10-3 photons cm-2 s-1

  19. Study of corrosion processes on Al-AA 6061 crevices immersed in high purity water and sodium citrate solution

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    An experimental approach has been developed to study the corrosion behavior of artificial crevices manufactured with high purity aluminum and AA 6061 alloy, immersed in dematerialised water and sodium citrate solution (96,5 μS/cm). Alkaline attack was found on the surrounding of iron rich particles in the external zone of the crevice, as a result of localized oxygen reduction reaction on these sites. This attack was not observed in the zone inside the crevice. Study of the phase Mg2Si by EDS allowed establishing that there is not preferential dissolution inside the crevice. The formation of a stable and non-soluble complex between Al and citrate anion inhibited the production of Al(OH)3 precipitate, which was observed on the surface of specimens immersed in pure water. Investigations of the aluminum oxide evolution on AA 6061 surfaces in water showed that it was composed by two layers: an internal one made of Bohemite and an external one in direct contact with the water, with a Bayerite structure. The surface analysis was accomplished using XR, OM and SEM techniques. (author)

  20. High purity GaAs and Al xGa 1-xAs grown by metalorganic molecular beam epitaxy

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    Furuhata, Naoki; Okamoto, Akihiko; Hoshino, Hitoshi

    1990-06-01

    High purity GaAs and Al xGa 1- xAs were grown by metalorganic molecular beam epitaxy (MOMBE) using metalorganic sources and arsenic (As 4). In GaAs growth using triethylgallium (TEG) and As 4, carrier concentrations depended on As 4 pressure and substrate temperatures. Below 1.5 x 10 -4 Torr As 4 pressure, the p-type carrier concentrations decreased with an increase in As 4 pressure. Above 1.5 x 10 -4 Torr As 4 pressure, the epilayer converted from p-type to n-type conductivity. Carrier concentrations decreased with a decrease in substrate temperatures. At 500°C and 1.5 x 10 -4 Torr As 4 pressure, the carrier concentration in the p-type GaAs epilayer exhibited 1.5 x 10 14 cm -3 with a room temperature mobility of 400 cm 2/V.s. Al xGa 1-xAs ( x=0.1-0. .2) was also grown using TEG, three different Al sources (triethylaluminum (TEA), trimethylaluminum (TMA) and dimethylaluminum hydride (DMAH) and As 4. Using TEG, TEA and As 4, the Al 0.15Ga 0.85As epilayer showed p-type conduction with carrier concentration of 1.2x10 15 cm -3 and mobility of 117 cm 2/V.s. This carrier concentration is the lowest value ever reported for Al xGa 1- xAs grown by MOMBE.

  1. Search of neutrino magnetic moments with a high-purity germanium detector at the Kuo-Sheng nuclear power station

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    A search of neutrino magnetic moments was carried out at the Kuo-Sheng nuclear power station at a distance of 28 m from the 2.9 GW reactor core. With a high purity germanium detector of mass 1.06 kg surrounded by scintillating NaI(Tl) and CsI(Tl) crystals as anti-Compton detectors, a detection threshold of 5 keV and a background level of 1 kg-1 keV-1 day-1 near threshold were achieved. Details of the reactor neutrino source, experimental hardware, background understanding, and analysis methods are presented. Based on 570.7 and 127.8 days of Reactor ON and OFF data, respectively, at an average Reactor ON electron antineutrino flux of 6.4x1012 cm-2 s-1, the limit on the neutrino magnetic moments of μνe-11μB at 90% confidence level was derived. Indirect bounds on the νe radiative decay lifetimes were inferred

  2. Trace analysis of U, Th and other heavy metals in high purity aluminium with isotope dilution mass spectrometry

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    A method for the determination of very low concentrations of U, Th, Fe, Zn, Tl, Cd, Cu and Ag in high purity aluminium with isotope dilution mass spectrometry (IDMS) is developed using a compact and cost-efficient thermal ionization quadrupole mass spectrometer. The detection limits obtained are (in ng/g):U=0.018, Th=0.06, Fe=82, Zn=86, Tl=0.2, Cd=4, Cu=1, Ag=2.6. By this method it is possible to determine the α-emitters U and Th in aluminium down to the sub-ng/g level with good precision of 0.4-10% and 0.5-5%, respectively. The results should also be accurate because IDMS is a reliable analytical method. The dissolution of aluminium is carried out by aqua regia followed by the trace/matrix separation and the isolation of the trace elements by anion exchange chromatography (U, Th, Zn, Tl, Cd), electrodeposition (Cu, Ag) and extraction (Fe). Different aluminium samples are analysed by IDMS and the results are compared with those of other methods. (orig.)

  3. Design, construction, and operation of a laboratory scale reactorfor the production of high-purity, isotopically enriched bulksilicon

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    Ager III, J.W.; Beeman, J.W.; Hansen, W.L.; Haller, E.E.

    2004-12-20

    The design and operation of a recirculating flow reactor designed to convert isotopically enriched silane to polycrystalline Si with high efficiency and chemical purity is described. The starting material is SiF{sub 4}, which is enriched in the desired isotope by a centrifuge method and subsequently converted to silane. In the reactor, the silane is decomposed to silicon on the surface of a graphite starter rod (3 mm diameter) heated to 700-750 C. Flow and gas composition (0.3-0.5% silane in hydrogen) are chosen to minimize the generation of particles by homogeneous nucleation of silane and to attain uniform deposition along the length of the rod. Growth rates are 5 {micro}m/min, and the conversion efficiency is greater than 95%. A typical run produces 35 gm of polycrystalline Si deposited along a 150 mm length of the rod. After removal of the starter rod, dislocation-free single crystals are formed by the floating zone method. Crystals enriched in all 3 stable isotopes of Si have been made: {sup 28}Si (99.92%), {sup 29}Si (91.37%), and {sup 30}Si (88.25%). Concentrations of electrically active impurities (P and B) are as low as mid-10{sup 13} cm{sup -3}. Concentrations of C and O lie below 10{sup 16} and 10{sup 15} cm{sup -3}, respectively.

  4. Inception and propagation of positive streamers in high-purity nitrogen: effects of the voltage rise-rate

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    Clevis, T T J; Ebert, U

    2012-01-01

    Controlling streamer morphology is important for numerous applications. Up to now, the effect of the voltage rise rate was only studied across a wide range. Here we show that even slight variations in the voltage rise can have significant effects. We have studied positive streamer discharges in a 16 cm point-plane gap in high-purity nitrogen 6.0, created by 25 kV pulses with a duration of 130 ns. The voltage rise varies by a rise rate from 1.9 kV/ns to 2.7 kV/ns and by the first peak voltage of 22 to 28 kV. A structural link is found between smaller discharges with a larger inception cloud caused by a faster rising voltage. This relation is explained by the greater stability of the inception cloud due to a faster voltage rise, causing a delay in the destabilisation. Time-resolved measurements show that the inception cloud propagates slower than an earlier destabilised, more filamentary discharge. This explains that the discharge with a faster rising voltage pulse ends up to be shorter. Furthermore, the effect...

  5. High-purity isolation of anthocyanins mixtures from fruits and vegetables--a novel solid-phase extraction method using mixed mode cation-exchange chromatography.

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    He, Jian; Giusti, M Monica

    2011-11-01

    Research on biological activity of anthocyanins requires the availability of high purity materials. However, current methods to isolate anthocyanins or anthocyanin mixtures are tedious and expensive or insufficient for complete isolation. We applied a novel cation-exchange/reversed-phase combination solid-phase extraction (SPE) technique, and optimized the use of water/organic buffer mobile phases to selectively separate anthocyanins. Crude extracts of various representative anthocyanin sources were purified with this technique and compared to 3 commonly used SPE techniques: C(18), HLB, and LH-20. Purified anthocyanin fractions were analyzed with high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) coupled to photodiode array (PDA) and mass spectrometry (MS) detectors and by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. The UV-visible chromatograms quantitatively demonstrated that our novel technique achieved significantly higher (Pmethod, for 11 of the 12 anthocyanin sources tested. Among them, eight were purified to greater than 99% purity (based on UV-visible chromatograms). The new method efficiently removed non-anthocyanin phenolics. MS and FT-IR results semi-quantitatively confirmed extensive reduction of impurities. Due to strong ionic interaction, our sorbent capacity was superior to others, resulting in the highest throughput and least use of organic solvents. This new methodology for isolation of anthocyanin mixtures drastically increased purity and efficiency while maintaining excellent recovery rate and low cost. The availability of high purity anthocyanin mixtures will facilitate anthocyanin studies and promote the application of anthocyanins in the food and nutraceutical industries. PMID:21968344

  6. Stress corrosion cracking of A471 turbine disk steels: Effects of dissolved oxygen and carbon dioxide in high-purity water: Final report

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    Experiments were performed to determine the effect of dilute impurities in high purity water on the rate of initiation and growth of stress corrosion cracks in NiCrMoV steels. 3.5 NiCrMoV steels of commercial quality, high purity, and high purity with intentionally added tramp elements were investigated. Dissolved oxygen and carbon dioxide were the primary water impurities investigated. The tests were conducted on constant load, smooth bar tensile specimens of the NiCrMoV steels in flowing 1600C high purity water containing various dilute levels of impurities. It was determined that the initiation rate is very sensitive to changes in dissolved oxygen content; the peak initiation rate are achieved between 20 and 80 ppB dissolved oxygen. The initiation rate is less sensitive to dissolved CO2 content. The crack growth rate in high purity water is only weakly dependent on dissolved O2 and CO2. This work shows that the crack growth rate is strongly dependent on the yield strength (and therefore the microstructure that develops as a result of tempering) of the turbine disc alloy, whereas the initiation rate is only weakly dependent on material yield strength. In addition, crack growth rates decrease as grain sizes are decreased. In general, crack growth rates are very slow (less than 10-10 m/s) in these dilute environments in materials with yield strengths below 690 Mpa (100 ksi). The results of these experiments indicate that a hydrogen-assisted process may be an important cracking mechanism in these alloys in these dilute environments. Implication of a hydrogen-assisted mechanism could have important consequences in the design and selection of turbine disc alloys

  7. Stress corrosion cracking of A471 turbine disk steels: Effects of dissolved oxygen and carbon dioxide in high-purity water: Final report

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    Eiselstein, L.E.; Caligiuri, R.D.

    1987-06-01

    Experiments were performed to determine the effect of dilute impurities in high purity water on the rate of initiation and growth of stress corrosion cracks in NiCrMoV steels. 3.5 NiCrMoV steels of commercial quality, high purity, and high purity with intentionally added tramp elements were investigated. Dissolved oxygen and carbon dioxide were the primary water impurities investigated. The tests were conducted on constant load, smooth bar tensile specimens of the NiCrMoV steels in flowing 160C high purity water containing various dilute levels of impurities. It was determined that the initiation rate is very sensitive to changes in dissolved oxygen content; the peak initiation rate are achieved between 20 and 80 ppB dissolved oxygen. The initiation rate is less sensitive to dissolved CO2 content. The crack growth rate in high purity water is only weakly dependent on dissolved O2 and CO2. This work shows that the crack growth rate is strongly dependent on the yield strength (and therefore the microstructure that develops as a result of tempering) of the turbine disc alloy, whereas the initiation rate is only weakly dependent on material yield strength. In addition, crack growth rates decrease as grain sizes are decreased. In general, crack growth rates are very slow (less than 10 m/s) in these dilute environments in materials with yield strengths below 690 Mpa (100 ksi). The results of these experiments indicate that a hydrogen-assisted process may be an important cracking mechanism in these alloys in these dilute environments. Implication of a hydrogen-assisted mechanism could have important consequences in the design and selection of turbine disc alloys.

  8. Recovery of high purity zinc from filter ash produced during the thermal treatment of waste and inerting of residual materials.

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    Schlumberger, Stefan; Schuster, Michael; Ringmann, Stefan; Koralewska, Ralf

    2007-12-01

    The method described below recovers zinc, a valuable metal that is present in high concentrations in filter ash from the thermal treatment of waste, and returns the filter ash stripped of heavy metals to the combustion process in order to destroy organic substances. On an industrial scale, the heavy metals in the filter ash were mobilized by means of hydrochloric acid in the acidic fluids produced in the flue-gas scrubbing process without the addition of further chemicals. A pilot plant for implementing the selective reactive extraction (SRE) method on the ash extracts, using a highly selective complexant, was operated over a period of several months in order to obtain a concentrated, high-purity zinc salt solution (mono metal solution). A zinc depletion rate of 99.8% in the aqueous extract was achieved using mixer-settler units. The residual zinc concentration in the waste water was then 99.99% is then separated by means of electrolysis. To destroy organic substances present in the filter ash, particularly dioxins and furans, the extracted filter ash cake was returned to the combustion process together with household waste. Plant operation, raw and pure gas parameters, and quality of the bottom ash produced were not impacted by such recirculation. The profitability of the overall process is attributable both to the recovery of valuable zinc metal and to the cost savings made in waste water treatment and in the disposal of the waste combustion residues because the remaining mixture of filter ash and bottom ash can be reused in a combined form. This method therefore supports the sustainable and economically viable reuse of filter ash. PMID:18229749

  9. The Production of High Purity Phycocyanin by Spirulina platensis Using Light-Emitting Diodes Based Two-Stage Cultivation.

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    Lee, Sang-Hyo; Lee, Ju Eun; Kim, Yoori; Lee, Seung-Yop

    2016-01-01

    Phycocyanin is a photosynthetic pigment found in photosynthetic cyanobacteria, cryptophytes, and red algae. In general, production of phycocyanin depends mainly on the light conditions during the cultivation period, and purification of phycocyanin requires expensive and complex procedures. In this study, we propose a new two-stage cultivation method to maximize the quantitative content and purity of phycocyanin obtained from Spirulina platensis using red and blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs) under different light intensities. In the first stage, Spirulina was cultured under a combination of red and blue LEDs to obtain the fast growth rate until reaching an absorbance of 1.4-1.6 at 680 nm. Next, blue LEDs were used to enhance the concentration and purity of the phycocyanin in Spirulina. Two weeks of the two-stage cultivation of Spirulina yielded 1.28 mg mL(-1) phycocyanin with the purity of 2.7 (OD620/OD280). PMID:26433600

  10. The Globe laid bare

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    2015-01-01

    If you’re at CERN at the moment, you will certainly have noticed the work under way on the Globe. The structure, which has been in pride of place opposite the Laboratory for over ten years, has never been so completely laid bare. But, as we explained in a previous article (see here), it is all for a good cause. The Globe is built entirely from wood and certain parts of it need to be replaced.

  11. Preparation of High Purity Crystalline Silicon by Electro-Catalytic Reduction of Sodium Hexafluorosilicate with Sodium below 180°C

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    Chen, Yuan; Liu, Yang; Wang, Xin; Li, Kai; Chen, Pu

    2014-01-01

    The growing field of silicon solar cells requires a substantial reduction in the cost of semiconductor grade silicon, which has been mainly produced by the rod-based Siemens method. Because silicon can react with almost all of the elements and form a number of alloys at high temperatures, it is highly desired to obtain high purity crystalline silicon at relatively low temperatures through low cost process. Here we report a fast, complete and inexpensive reduction method for converting sodium ...

  12. Very Late Bare Metal Stent Thrombosis

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Very late stent thrombosis is a rare and not-well-understood complication after bare metal stent implantation. It usually presents as an ST elevation acute coronary syndrome and it is associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality. Pathophysiologic mechanisms are not well defined; nevertheless, recent studies have proposed a neoatherosclerotic process as the triggering mechanism. We present the case of a patient with bare metal very late stent thrombosis 12 years after implantation.

  13. Very Late Bare Metal Stent Thrombosis

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    Soto Herrera, Mariana; Restrepo, José A.; Felipe Buitrago, Andrés; Gómez Mejía, Mabel; Díaz, Jesús H.

    2013-01-01

    Very late stent thrombosis is a rare and not-well-understood complication after bare metal stent implantation. It usually presents as an ST elevation acute coronary syndrome and it is associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality. Pathophysiologic mechanisms are not well defined; nevertheless, recent studies have proposed a neoatherosclerotic process as the triggering mechanism. We present the case of a patient with bare metal very late stent thrombosis 12 years after implantation. PMID:24829831

  14. High Purity and Yield Separation of Semiconducting Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Dispersed in Aqueous Solutions with Density Gradient Ultracentrifugation Using Mixed Dispersants of Polysaccharides and Surfactants

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    Tsuchiya, Koji; Uchida, Katsumi; Kaminosono, Yoshiya; Shimizu, Kazushi; Ishii, Tadahiro; Yajima, Hirofumi

    2013-03-01

    The heterogeneity of as-synthesized single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) prevents their potential applications in high-resolution field-effect transistors, nanoscale sensors, and conductive films. In the present study, we demonstrate the development of a new selective-separation procedure for collecting semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes (s-SWNTs) with a high purity from as-synthesized SWNTs individually dispersed with mixed dispersing agents consisting of carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) in water using density gradient ultracentrifugation (DGU). Ultraviolet-visible-near infrared (UV-vis-NIR) absorption, resonance Raman, and NIR photoluminescence spectroscopies revealed that the s-SWNTs were enriched to a purity of more than 97%, and that the recovery was approximately 40% through the DGU treatment. This separation strategy is expected to impact the application fields using s-SWNTs.

  15. Effect of small additions of silicon, iron, and aluminum on the room-temperature tensile properties of high-purity uranium

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    Eleven binary and ternary alloys of uranium and very low concentrations of iron, silicon, and aluminum were prepared and tested for room-temperature tensile properties after various heat treatments. A yield strength approximately double that of high-purity derby uranium was obtained from a U-400 ppM Si-200 ppM Fe alloy after beta solution treatment and alpha aging. Higher silicon plus iron alloy contents resulted in increased yield strength, but showed an unacceptable loss of ductility

  16. Effects of 600 MeV proton irradiation on nucleation and growth of precipitates and helium bubbles in a high-purity Al-Mg-Si alloy

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    Singh, Bachu Narain; Leffers, Torben; Victoria, M.; Green, W. V.; Gavillet, D.

    Solution treated specimens of a high-purity Al-0.75%Mg-0.42%Si alloy were irradiated with 600 MeV protons at 150 and 240°C to a dose level of 0.47 and 0.55 dpa, respectively. Mg2Si-type precipitates formed during irradiation at 150 and 240°C; at 240°C, however, a large number of precipitates seem...

  17. Intergranular corrosion of 13Cr and 17Cr martensitic stainless steels in accelerated corrosive solution and high-temperature, high-purity water

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    Intergranular corrosion behavior of 13Cr and 17Cr martensitic stainless steels was studied by electrochemical and immersing corrosion tests. Effects of the mEtallurgical and environmental conditions on the intergranular corrosion of various tempered steels were examined by the following tests and discussed. (a) Anodic polarization measurement and electrolytical etching test in 0.5 kmol/m3 H2SO4 solution at 293 K. (b) Immersion corrosion test in 0.88 kmol/m3 HNO3 solution at 293 K. (c) Long-time immersion test for specimens with a crevice in a high purity water at 473 K∼561 K. It was found from the anodic polarization curves in 0.5 kmol/m3 H2SO4 solution-at 293 K that the steels tempered at 773∼873 K had susceptibility to intergranular corrosion in the potential region indicating a second current maximum (around-0.1 V. vs. SCE). But the steel became passive in the more noble potential region than the second current peak potential, while in the less noble potential region general corrosion occurred independent of its microstructure. The intergranular corrosion occurred due to the localized dissolution along the pre-austenitic grain boundary and the martensitic lath boundary. It could be explained by the same dissolution model of the chromium depleted zone as proposed for the intergranular corrosion of austenitic and ferritic stainless steels. The intergranular corrosion occurred entirely at the free surface in 0.88 kmol/m3 HNO3 solution, while in the high temperature and high purity water only the entrance of the crevice corroded. It was also suggested that this intergranular corrosion might serve as the initiation site for stress corrosion cracking of the martensitic stainless steel. (author)

  18. Intergranular corrosion of 13Cr and 17Cr martensitic stainless steels in accelerated corrosive solution and high-temperature, high-purity water

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    Ozaki, Toshinori; Ishikawa, Yuichi

    1988-12-01

    Intergranular corrosion behavior of 13Cr and 17Cr martensitic stainless steels was studied by electrochemical and immersing corrosion tests. Effects of the metallurgical and environmental conditions on the intergranular corrosion of various tempered steels were examined by the following tests and discussed. (a) Anodic polarization measurement and electrolytical etching test in 0.5 kmol/m/sup 3/ H/sub 2/SO/sub 4/ solution at 293 K. (b) Immersion corrosion test in 0.88 kmol/m/sup 3/ HNO/sub 3/ solution at 293 K. (c) Long-time immersion test for specimens with a crevice in a high purity water at 473 K/similar to/561 K. It was found from the anodic polarization curves in 0.5 kmol/m/sup 3/ H/sub 2/SO/sub 4/ solution-at 293 K that the steels tempered at 773/similar to/873 K had susceptibility to intergranular corrosion in the potential region indicating a second current maximum (around-0.1 V. vs. SCE). But the steel became passive in the more noble potential region than the second current peak potential, while in the less noble potential region general corrosion occurred independent of its microstructure. The intergranular corrosion occurred due to the localized dissolution along the pre-austenitic grain boundary and the martensitic lath boundary. It could be explained by the same dissolution model of the chromium depleted zone as proposed for the intergranular corrosion of austenitic and ferritic stainless steels. The intergranular corrosion occurred entirely at the free surface in 0.88 kmol/m/sup 3/ HNO/sub 3/ solution, while in the high temperature and high purity water only the entrance of the crevice corroded. It was also suggested that this intergranular corrosion might serve as the initiation site for stress corrosion cracking of the martensitic stainless steel.

  19. Couples Magnetic and Structural Transitions in High-Purity Dy and Gd5SbxGe4-x

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    2006-08-09

    Magnetic materials exhibiting magnetic phase transitions simultaneously with structural rearrangements of their crystal lattices hold a promise for numerous applications including magnetic refrigeration, magnetomechanical devices and sensors. We undertook a detailed study of a single crystal of dysprosium metal, which is a classical example of a system where magnetic and crystallographic sublattices can be either coupled or decoupled from one another. Magnetocaloric effect, magnetization, ac magnetic susceptibility, and heat capacity of high purity single crystals of dysprosium have been investigated over broad temperature and magnetic field intervals with the magnetic field vector parallel to either the a- or c-axes of the crystal. Notable differences in the behavior of the physical properties when compared to Dy samples studied in the past have been observed between 110 K and 125 K, and between 178 K and {approx}210 K. A plausible mechanism based on the formation of antiferromagnetic clusters in the impure Dy has been suggested in order to explain the reduction of the magnetocaloric effect in the vicinity of the Neel point. Experimental and theoretical investigations of the influence of commensurability effects on the magnetic phase diagram and the value of the magnetocaloric effect have been conducted. The presence of newly found anomalies in the physical properties has been considered as evidence of previously unreported states of Dy. The refined magnetic phase diagram of dysprosium with the magnetic field vector parallel to the a-axis of a crystal has been constructed and discussed. The magnetic and crystallographic properties of Gd{sub 5}Sb{sub x}Ge{sub 4-x} pseudo-binary system were studied by x-ray diffraction (at room temperature), heat capacity, ac-magnetic susceptibility, and magnetization in the temperature interval 5-320 K in magnetic fields up to 100 kOe. The magnetic properties of three composition (x = 0.5, 1,2) were examined in detail. The Gd{sub 5

  20. Charge carrier transport in high purity perylene single crystal studied by time-of-flight measurements and through field effect transistor characteristics

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    Electronic transport has been studied by measuring the characteristics of field effect transistors using high purity perylene and the results have been compared with those from time-of-flight measurements. The purity of the material has been monitored by carrier trapping time and delayed fluorescence lifetime. Three types of field effect transistors have been studied: (1) thin film transistor, (2) transistor prepared by placing a single crystal flake on a substrate and (3) transistor fabricated on a single crystal by depositing electrodes and insulating layer onto it. Compared to thin film transistors prepared by evaporating perylene onto a SiO2/Si substrate, higher mobility values were obtained with transistors using single crystals, but the electrical characteristics of the transistors were far from ideal: large threshold gate voltage observed in the second class of FETs indicated that a high density of traps are present at the interface between the organics and the insulator. A transistor of the third class showed that it functioned indeed as a FET with a reasonably high mobility, but the operation was not stable enough to allow reliable measurements. Much remains to be improved in the design and construction of a perylene FET before the potentiality of the material is fully developed. Also, it remains to be explored to what extent the bulk purity and the molecular order at the organics/insulator interface influence the transport of the charge carriers in an organic FET

  1. Determination of nickel, cobalt, copper, thorium and uranium in high-purity zinc metal by ICP-MS with on-line matrix separation

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    Traces of Co, Cu, Ni, Th and U in high-purity zinc metal were determined by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) in combination with flow-injection (FI) on-line matrix separation (FI-ICP-MS). The anion-exchange separation method of an HCl system was applied to the separation of Ni, Co, Cu, Th and U from zinc matrix. The matrix element, zinc, was adsorbed on an anion-exchange (BIO·RAD AG1-X8) mini-column (2.0 mm i.d. x 300 mm bed length), while the analytes were directly introduced into the ICP-MS. The following detection limits (in ng g-1) were obtained: Ni, 3.1; Co, 1.2; Cu, 4.0; Th, 0.12 and U, 0.48. The reproducibility has proved to be satisfactory with a relative standard deviation of less than 5% (at the 10 ng ml-1 level, n=3). The method was successfully applied to determining trace impurities in three 6 and 7 nines grade of high-purity zinc metals and in three standard reference materials of high-purity zinc metal samples (from NIST). (author)

  2. Development of on-site high- purity hydrogen manufacturing equipment; Mise au point d'un equipement de production d'hydrogene de grande purete

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    Furuta, H. [Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. (Japan)

    2000-07-01

    On-site high-purity hydrogen manufacturing equipment using city gas as a feedstock was developed to expand sales of city gas. High-purity hydrogen is used as an atmosphere gas and feedstock gas in industry, and demand is rising. Large-scale equipment for on-site production of industrial hydrogen from city gas is commercially available and its use is spreading. Conventional small-scale units, however, fail to meet market requirements vis-a-vis product (hydrogen) purity, hydrogen production cost, and ease of installation and operation, and are consequently less widely used. In response, Tokyo Gas applied its reforming technology (acquired through its experience in city gas manufacturing) in combination with various other resources to develop a unit capable of low-cost production of hydrogen of 'five nine' (99.999%) purity on a par with hydrogen supplied by high pressure gas cylinder. The equipment was in addition made more acceptable to the market by, for example, making it capable of full-auto load-following operation and on-site steam generation in order to make it more capable of independent and automated operation. Wider use of this equipment could contribute to greater sales of city gas, with each unit creating new demand for about 120,000 m{sup 3} N/year. It could also be used for production of hydrogen from city gas for supply to cogeneration systems and vehicles powered by polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs), which are expected to be used more extensively in the future. (author)

  3. Determination of trace zirconium and hafnium in high-purity scandium oxide by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry and extraction chromatography

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    Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry in combination with extraction chromatography was applied to the determination of trace amounts of zirconium and hafnium in high-purity scandium oxide. The chromatographic column separation procedure was carried out with 1-phenyl-3-methyl-4-benzoylpyrazol-5-one as the stationary phase and hydrochloride acid as the mobile phase. Optimum column operating conditions were established. The enrichment factor based on 0.1 g of scandium oxide was over 2000. The results obtained agreed well with those obtained by spark-source mass spectrometry without the separation of scandium. For a sample mass of 0.3 g, the detection limits for zirconium and hafnium were 0.14 and 0.17 μg g-1, respectively. The proposed method could be applied to the analysis of scandium oxide of laser grade and 99.9995% purity

  4. Survivability of bare, individual Bacillus subtilis spores to high-velocity surface impact: Implications for microbial transfer through space

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    Barney, Brandon L.; Pratt, Sara N.; Austin, Daniel E.

    2016-06-01

    Laboratory experiments show that endospores of Bacillus subtilis survive impact against a solid surface at velocities as high as 299 ±28 m/s. During impact, spores experience and survive accelerations of at least 1010 m/s2. The spores were introduced into a vacuum chamber using an electrospray source and accelerated to a narrow velocity distribution by entrainment in a differentially pumped gas flow. Different velocity ranges were studied by modifying the gas flow parameters. The spores were electrically charged, allowing direct measurement of the velocity of each spore as it passed through an image charge detector prior to surface impact. Spores impacted a glass surface and were collected for subsequent analysis by culturing. Most spores survived impact at all measured velocities. These experiments differ fundamentally from other studies that show either shock or impact survivability of bacteria embedded within or on the surface of a projectile. Bacteria in the present experiments undergo a single interaction with a solid surface at the full impact velocity, in the absence of any other effects such as cushioning due to microbe agglomerations, deceleration due to air or vapor, or transfer of impact shock through solid or liquid media. During these full-velocity impact events, the spores experience extremely high decelerations. This study is the first reported instance of accelerations of this magnitude experienced during a bacteria impact event. These results are discussed in the context of potential transfer of viable microbes in space and other scenarios involving surface impacts at high velocities.

  5. Synthesis of high purity gallium nitride powders and growth and characterization of aluminum nitride and gallium nitride bulk single crystals

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    Balkas, Cengiz Mustafa

    Single crystalline platelets of aluminum nitride (AlN) ≤ 1 mm thick have been grown within the range 1950-2250sp°C on silicon carbide (SiC) substrates via sublimation-recondensation in a resistively heated graphite furnace. The source material was sintered AlN. A maximum growth rate of 500 mum/hr was achieved at 2150sp°C and a source-to-seed separation of 4 mm. Crystals grown at high temperatures ranged in color from blue to green due to the incorporation of Si and C from the SiC substrates; those grown at lower temperatures were colorless and transparent. Secondary-ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) results showed approximately a two order of magnitude decrease in the concentrations of these two impurities in the transparent crystals. X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Raman spectroscopy studies revealed low densities of line and planar defects and a strain free material. The synthesis of high purity, single phase GaN powders was accomplished in a hot wall tube furnace via (1) the reaction of Ga(l) with ammonia (NHsb3) and (2) the conversion of Gasb2Osb3(s). Polyhedra of various shapes were obtained from both processes; some rod-shaped crystals were also observed in the material derived from Gasb2Osb3. The GaN powders produced via the first route were characterized via XRD technique. The diffraction data revealed the material to be single phase with a = 3.1891 A, c = 5.1855 A, in space group P6sb3mc, Z = 2 and Dsb{x} = 6.0886 gr/cmsp3. Scanning electron microscopy revealed a particle size distribution in the ground material between 1 and 5 mum with most of the particles being {≈}1{mu}m. The data obtained in this study was chosen to be the new standard for the powder diffraction pattern for this material by the International Center for Diffraction Data. Single crystals of GaN up to 3 mm in length were grown by sublimation of pellets of this material under an NHsb3 flow. Typical green densities were 50 to 60% of theoretical density

  6. 双环戊二烯解聚法制备高纯环戊二烯%Preparation of High Purity Cyclopentadiene by the Depolymerization of Dicyclopentadiene

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    芦齐; 李琪; 乔庆东

    2011-01-01

    The high purity cyclopentadiene(CPD) was prepared by using industrial raw dicyclopentadiene(DCPD).The raw materials and cyclopentadiene obtained by the depolymerization of dicyclopentadiene were analyzed by gas chromatography with SE-30 quartz capillary column.The raw material was purified, then was carried out thermal dimerization at 120 ℃ and depolymerization at 175~180 ℃.The purity of cyclopentadiene obtained by this way is more than 99%.Cyclopentadiene is very easy to polymerize and the purity of it after long time decreases remarkably, so it must be used as soon as.%采用工业粗品双环戊二烯(DCPD)为原料制备高纯度的环戊二烯(CPD),通过SE-30石英毛细管柱对原料和解聚后得到的环戊二烯进行气相色谱分析.对原料进行提纯,以120℃进行热二聚,最后在175~180℃进行解聚,得到的新鲜环戊二烯的纯度可达到99%以上.解聚后得到的环戊二烯在室温下极易发生聚合反应,长时间放置纯度大幅度降低,应立即使用.

  7. Microfluidic device with integrated microfilter of conical-shaped holes for high efficiency and high purity capture of circulating tumor cells

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    Tang, Yadong; Shi, Jian; Li, Sisi; Wang, Li; Cayre, Yvon E.; Chen, Yong

    2014-08-01

    Capture of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from peripheral blood of cancer patients has major implications for metastatic detection and therapy analyses. Here we demonstrated a microfluidic device for high efficiency and high purity capture of CTCs. The key novelty of this approach lies on the integration of a microfilter with conical-shaped holes and a micro-injector with cross-flow components for size dependent capture of tumor cells without significant retention of non-tumor cells. Under conditions of constant flow rate, tumor cells spiked into phosphate buffered saline could be recovered and then cultured for further analyses. When tumor cells were spiked in blood of healthy donors, they could also be recovered at high efficiency and high clearance efficiency of white blood cells. When the same device was used for clinical validation, CTCs could be detected in blood samples of cancer patients but not in that of healthy donors. Finally, the capture efficiency of tumor cells is cell-type dependent but the hole size of the filter should be more closely correlated to the nuclei size of the tumor cells. Together with the advantage of easy operation, low-cost and high potential of integration, this approach offers unprecedented opportunities for metastatic detection and cancer treatment monitoring.

  8. A Process Concept for High-Purity Production of Amines by Transaminase-Catalyzed Asymmetric Synthesis: Combining Enzyme Cascade and Membrane-Assisted ISPR

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    Börner, Tim; Rehn, Gustav; Grey, Carl;

    2015-01-01

    For the amine transaminase (ATA)-catalyzed synthesis of chiral amines, the choice of donor substrate is of high importance for reaction and process design. Alanine was investigated as an amine donor for the reductive amination of a poorly water-soluble ketone (4-phenyl-2-butanone) in a combined...... in situ product removal (ISPR) approach using liquid-membrane extraction together with an enzyme cascade. This ISPR strategy facilitates very high (>98%) product purity with an integrated enrichment step and eliminates product as well as coproduct inhibition. In the presented proof-of-concept alanine...

  9. The Globe laid bare

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    Anaïs Schaeffer

    2015-01-01

    If you’re at CERN at the moment, you will certainly have noticed the work under way on the Globe. The structure, which has been in pride of place opposite the Laboratory for over ten years, has never been so completely laid bare. But, as we explained in a previous article (see here), it is all for a good cause. The Globe is built entirely from wood and certain parts of it need to be replaced.   The Globe after the removal of all the sun baffles. Image: Lucien Fortunati. Picture the general structure of the Globe. In simple terms, the building consists of two spheres, one inside the other. The inner sphere houses the Universe of Particles exhibition and the conference room and is connected to the outer sphere by two access ramps. “Each of these two spheres is made up of eighteen large supporting arcs,” explains Amaya Martínez García of the GS department, who is supervising the Globe renovation project. “These eighteen arcs are ...

  10. Experimental and numerical investigation of stress corrosion cracking of sensitized type 304 stainless steel under high-temperature and high-purity water

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    Highlights: • SCC of stainless steel subjected to tension in high temperature water was studied. • Length of initiated micro-cracks was characterized by normal distribution. • Normal distribution for micro-crack length was close to that for grain size. • Conditions of the Monte Carlo simulation were determined based on the experiments. • The simulation results described the SCC behavior observed experimentally. - Abstract: This paper deals with experimental and numerical investigation of stress corrosion cracking of stainless steel under simulated environment of boiling water reactors. Constant tensile load tests were conducted in high-temperature and high-purity water. The number and maximum length of cracks increase with increasing applied stress and testing time. The length of micro-cracks is normally-distributed with the mean of 54 μm and standard deviation of 20 μm, which are close to the grain diameter, irrespective of applied stress and testing time. The Monte Carlo simulation was conducted on the basis of the experimental results. The applicability of the simulation is discussed

  11. Measurement of the high-field Q-drop in a high-purity large-grain niobium cavity for different oxidation processes

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    Ciovati, Gianluigi; Kneisel, Peter; gurevich, alex

    2007-06-01

    The most challenging issue for understanding the performance of superconducting radio-frequency (rf) cavities made of high-purity (residual resistivity ratio > 200) niobium is due to a sharp degradation (“Q-drop”) of the cavity quality factor Q0(Bp) as the peak surface magnetic field (Bp) exceeds about 90 mT, in the absence of field emission. In addition, a low-temperature (100 – 140 C) “in-situ” baking of the cavity was found to be beneficial in reducing the Q-drop. In this contribution, we present the results from a series of rf tests at 1.7 K and 2.0 K on a single-cell cavity made of high-purity large (with area of the order of few cm2) grain niobium which underwent various oxidation processes, after initial buffered chemical polishing, such as anodization, baking in pure oxygen atmosphere and baking in air up to 180 °C, with the objective of clearly identifying the role of oxygen and the oxide layer on the Q-drop. During each rf test a temperature mapping system allows measuring the local temperature rise of the cavity outer surface due to rf losses, which gives information about the losses location, their field dependence and space distribution. The results confirmed that the depth affected by baking is about 20 – 30 nm from the surface and showed that the Q-drop did not re-appear in a previously baked cavity by further baking at 120 °C in pure oxygen atmosphere or in air up to 180 °C. These treatments increased the oxide thickness and oxygen concentration, measured on niobium samples which were processed with the cavity and were analyzed with Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) and Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy (SIMS). Nevertheless, the performance of the cavity after air baking at 180 °C degraded significantly and the temperature maps showed high losses, uniformly distributed on the surface, which could be completely recovered only by a post-purification treatment at 1250 °C. A statistic of the position of the “hot-spots” on the

  12. On The Generation of Interferometric Colors in High Purity and Technical Grade Aluminum: An Alternative Green Process for Metal Finishing Industry

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    Graphical abstract: Toward green processes in metal finishing industry by rationally designed electrochemical anodization. Biomimetic photonic films based on nanoporous anodic alumina produced in high purity and technical grade aluminum foils display vivid colors that can be precisely tuned across the visible spectrum. The presented method is a solid rationale aimed toward green processes for metal finishing industry. - Highlights: • Environmentally friendly approach to color aluminum through biomimetic photonic films. • Nanoporous anodic alumina distributed Bragg Reflectors (NAA-DBRs). • Rationally designed galvanostatic pulse anodization approach. • Macroscopic and microscopic differences in high purity and technical grade aluminum. • Substitute method for conventional coloring processes in metal finishing industry. - Abstract: Metal finishing industry is one of the leading pollutants worldwide and green approaches are urgently needed in order to address health and environmental issues associated with this industrial activity. Herein, we present an environmentally friendly approach aimed to overcome some of these issues by coloring aluminum through biomimetic photonic films based on nanoporous anodic alumina distributed Bragg Reflectors (NAA-DBRs). Our study aims to compare the macroscopic and microscopic differences between the resulting photonic films produced in high purity and technical grade aluminum in terms of color features, appearance, electrochemical behavior and internal nanoporous structure in order to establish a solid rationale toward optimal fabrication processes that can be readily incorporated into industrial methodologies. The obtained results reveal that our approach, based on a rational galvanostatic pulse anodization approach, makes it possible to precisely generate a complete palette of colors in both types of aluminum substrates. As a result of its versatility, this method could become a promising alternative to substitute

  13. High-performance of bare and Ti-doped α-MnO2 nanoparticles in catalyzing the Oxygen Reduction Reaction

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    Pargoletti, E.; Cappelletti, G.; Minguzzi, A.; Rondinini, S.; Leoni, M.; Marelli, M.; Vertova, A.

    2016-09-01

    Nanostructured MnO2 has unique electrocatalytic properties towards the Oxygen Reduction Reaction (ORR, the main cathodic reaction in metal-air devices), representing an excellent alternative to the expensive platinum. Herein, we report the hydrothermal synthesis of bare and 5% Ti-doped α-MnO2 nanoparticles using two different oxidizing agents, namely ammonium persulfate for MH_N samples and potassium permanganate for MH_K ones. The physico-chemical characterizations show that oxidant cations induce different structural, morphological and surface properties of the final powders. Hence, correlations between the different α-MnO2 characteristics and their electrocatalytic performances towards the ORR are drawn, highlighting the diverse effect even on the kinetic point of view. The ORR activity in alkaline media is examined by means of Staircase - Linear Sweep Voltammetry (S-LSV), using Gas Diffusion Electrode (GDE) as the air-cathode. The presence of these nanoparticles in the GDEs leads to a significant shift of the ORR onset potential (∼100 mV) towards less cathodic values, underlining the electrocatalytic efficiency of all the nanopowders. Furthermore, high exchange current densities (j0) are determined for GDEs with Ti-doped MnO2, comparable to the well-performing Pd45Pt5Sn50, and making it a promising material for the ORR.

  14. Preparation of High Purity, High Molecular-Weight Chitin from Ionic Liquids for Use as an Adsorbate for the Extraction of Uranium from Seawater

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    Ensuring a domestic supply of uranium is a key issue facing the wider implementation of nuclear power. Uranium is mostly mined in Kazakhstan, Australia, and Canada, and there are few high-grade uranium reserves left worldwide. Therefore, one of the most appealing potential sources of uranium is the vast quantity dissolved in the oceans (estimated to be 4.4 billion tons worldwide). There have been research efforts centered on finding a means to extract uranium from seawater for decades, but so far none have resulted in an economically viable product, due in part to the fact that the materials that have been successfully demonstrated to date are too costly (in terms of money and energy) to produce on the necessary scale. Ionic Liquids (salts which melt below 100 deg C) can completely dissolve raw crustacean shells, leading to recovery of a high purity, high molecular weight chitin powder and to fibers and films which can be spun directly from the extract solution suggesting that continuous processing might be feasible. The work proposed here will utilize the unprecedented control this makes possible over the chitin fiber a) to prepare electrospun nanofibers of very high surface area and in specific architectures, b) to modify the fiber surfaces chemically with selective extractant capacity, and c) to demonstrate their utility in the direct extraction and recovery of uranium from seawater. This approach will 1) provide direct extraction of chitin from shellfish waste thus saving energy over the current industrial process for obtaining chitin; 2) allow continuous processing of nanofibers for very high surface area fibers in an economical operation; 3) provide a unique high molecular weight chitin not available from the current industrial process, leading to stronger, more durable fibers; and 4) allow easy chemical modification of the large surface areas of the fibers for appending uranyl selective functionality providing selectivity and ease of stripping. The resulting

  15. Preparation of High Purity, High Molecular-Weight Chitin from Ionic Liquids for Use as an Adsorbate for the Extraction of Uranium from Seawater

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    Rogers, Robin [Univ. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (United States)

    2013-12-21

    Ensuring a domestic supply of uranium is a key issue facing the wider implementation of nuclear power. Uranium is mostly mined in Kazakhstan, Australia, and Canada, and there are few high-grade uranium reserves left worldwide. Therefore, one of the most appealing potential sources of uranium is the vast quantity dissolved in the oceans (estimated to be 4.4 billion tons worldwide). There have been research efforts centered on finding a means to extract uranium from seawater for decades, but so far none have resulted in an economically viable product, due in part to the fact that the materials that have been successfully demonstrated to date are too costly (in terms of money and energy) to produce on the necessary scale. Ionic Liquids (salts which melt below 100{degrees}C) can completely dissolve raw crustacean shells, leading to recovery of a high purity, high molecular weight chitin powder and to fibers and films which can be spun directly from the extract solution suggesting that continuous processing might be feasible. The work proposed here will utilize the unprecedented control this makes possible over the chitin fiber a) to prepare electrospun nanofibers of very high surface area and in specific architectures, b) to modify the fiber surfaces chemically with selective extractant capacity, and c) to demonstrate their utility in the direct extraction and recovery of uranium from seawater. This approach will 1) provide direct extraction of chitin from shellfish waste thus saving energy over the current industrial process for obtaining chitin; 2) allow continuous processing of nanofibers for very high surface area fibers in an economical operation; 3) provide a unique high molecular weight chitin not available from the current industrial process, leading to stronger, more durable fibers; and 4) allow easy chemical modification of the large surface areas of the fibers for appending uranyl selective functionality providing selectivity and ease of stripping. The

  16. Effect of Carbon on Grain Boundary Segregation of Phosphorus and Phosphorus-Induced Intergranular Fracture in High Purity Iron with Phosphorus

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    2003-01-01

    The segregation of carbon at grain boundaries and its effect on phosphorus segregation and phosphorus-induced intergranular fracture in the alloy of high purity iron with phosphorus were investigated by scanning Auger electron spectroscopy, impact test and SEM observation of fractured surface. The experimental results showed that the carbon segregation at grain boundaries decreases the phosphorus segregation, and a change of fracture mode from intergranular fracture to transgranular one, hence a decrease of ductile-brittle transition temperature is observed. The mechanism of these effects was discussed.

  17. Determination of ultra-trace amounts of uranium and thorium in high-purity aluminium by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

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    A sensitive method is described for the simultaneous determination of ultra-trace amounts of uranium and thorium in high-purity aluminium by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Uranium and thorium were separated from a sample solution of 10 mol dm-3 hydrochloric acid by extraction with a 10% v/v solution of tributyl phosphate in cyclohexane. The internal standard method was used for quantification by ICP-MS. For a sample mass of 10 g, the detection limits for uranium and thorium are 7 and 8 pg g--1, respectively. (Author)

  18. A study on the influence of trace elements (C, S, B, Al, N) on the hot ductility of the high purity austenitic alloy Fe-Ni 36% (INVAR)

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    Simonetta-Perrot, M.T.

    1994-11-01

    In order to study the damage mechanisms leading to the ductility decrease of the Invar alloy at 600 C, a high-purity Fe-Ni 36% sample has been doped with trace elements with the purpose of identifying the role of sulfur, sulfur with Al N or B N precipitates and sulfur with boron, on the ductility, the failure modes, the intergranular damage and the plastic deformation mechanisms prior to failure. A new AES segregation quantification method has been used to study the kinetics and thermodynamics of intergranular and surface segregations and determine the relation between sulfur segregation and grain joint fragility. refs., figs., tabs.

  19. Microstructures and superconducting properties of high performance MgB2 thin films deposited from a high-purity, dense Mg-B target

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    Li, G. Z.; Susner, M. A.; Bohnenstiehl, S. D.; Sumption, M. D.; Collings, E. W.

    2015-12-01

    High quality, c-axis oriented, MgB2 thin films were successfully grown on 6H-SiC substrates using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) with subsequent in situ annealing. To obtain high purity films free from oxygen contamination, a dense Mg-B target was specially made from a high temperature, high pressure reaction of Mg and B to form large-grained (10-50 μm) MgB2. Microstructural analysis via electron microscopy found that the resulting grains of the film were composed of ultrafine columnar grains of 19-30 nm. XRD analysis showed the MgB2 films to be c-axis oriented; the a-axis and c-axis lattice parameters were determined to be 3.073 ± 0.005 Å and 3.528 ± 0.010 Å, respectively. The superconducting critical temperature, Tc,onset, increased monotonically as the annealing temperature was increased, varying from 25.2 K to 33.7 K. The superconducting critical current density as determined from magnetic measurements, Jcm, at 5 K, was 105 A/cm2 at 7.8 T; at 20 K, 105 A/cm2 was reached at 3.1 T. The transport and pinning properties of these films were compared to "powder-in-tube" (PIT) and "internal-infiltration" (AIMI) processed wires. Additionally, examination of the pinning mechanism showed that when scaled to the peak in the pinning curve, the films follow the grain boundary, or surface, pinning mechanism quite well, and are similar to the response seen for C doped PIT and AIMI strands, in contrast to the behavior seen in undoped PIT wires, in which deviations are seen at high b (b = B/Bc2). On the other hand, the magnitude of the pinning force was similar for the thin films and AIMI conductors, unlike the values from connectivity-suppressed PIT strands.

  20. Cathodic polarization curves of the oxygen reduction reaction on various structural materials of boiling water reactors in high temperature-high purity water

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    Cathodic polarization curves of the O2 reduction reaction were measured by using electrodes made from typical structural materials of boiling water reactors (BWRs) to evaluate the effects of kind of material on the electrochemical corrosion potential (ECP) calculation. To estimate ECPs at any region in the BWRs on the basis of the BWR environmental conditions, anodic and cathodic polarization curves should be obtained in advance under relevant conditions. The concentration of oxidants such as O2 and H2O2 in coolant changes depending on the region in which they exist. As well, reduction reaction rates might differ depending on the kind of materials. In this work, the cathodic polarization curves of type 316L stainless steel (316L SS) and Alloy 182 were measured in high purity water at 553 K with different O2 concentrations and compared with those of type 304 SS (304 SS). The results showed that the cathodic polarization curves differed depending on the kind of materials at the activation-controlled region. But, the difference in the ECP vs. O2 concentration relationship was small when the ECPs were calculated by using both anodic and cathodic polarization curves measured on the objective material. (author)

  1. Production of high purity lanthanum for research and development application; Producao de lantanio de alta pureza para aplicacao em pesquisa e desenvolvimento

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    Vasconcellos, Mari Estela de; Queiroz, Carlos A. da S.; Rocha, Soraya M.R.; Seneda, Jose A.; Pedreira, Walter R.; Sarkis, Jorge E.S.; Forbicini, Christina A.L.G.O.; Abrao, Alcidio [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)]. E-mail: mstela@net.ipen.br

    2002-07-01

    In this work the focus is a simple and economical procedure for the separation and purification of lanthanum oxide. Starting with a low cerium rare earth carbonate the final product is a lanthanum oxide of spectrochemical grade for use as standard. An ion exchange installation comprising four acrylic columns of 300 cm high and 12 cm i.d. was used. The technique uses a strong cationic ion exchange resin without barrier ion. The loaded resin is eluted with EDTA ammonium salt at pH 4.0. In an unique cycle La{sub 2}O{sub 3} greater than 99.9 % purity is achieved. The total capacity of the installation is ten kilogram rare earth oxides. Great emphasis was given to the analytical control. The highly pure lanthanum oxide was analyzed by the HPLC-ICP/MS technique. A typical high purity lanthanum oxide has as rare earth contaminants, in {mu}g g{sup -1}: Sc (47,01), Y (0,08), Ce (21,61), Pr (0,96), Nd (12,98), Sm (5,86), Eu (0,46), Gd (96,61), Tb (1,43), Dy (0,39), Ho (0,08), Er (0,43), Tm (0,05), Yb (6,48) e Lu (0,06). (author)

  2. Cyclotron production of high purity 44m,44Sc with deuterons from 44CaCO3 targets

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    Introduction: Due to its longer half-life, 44Sc (T1/2 = 3.97 h) as a positron emitter can be an interesting alternative to 68Ga (T1/2 = 67.71 min). It has been already proposed as a PET radionuclide for scouting bone disease and is already available as a 44Ti/44Sc generator. 44Sc has an isomeric state, 44mSc (T1/2 = 58.6 h), which can be co-produced with 44Sc and that has been proved to be considered as an in-vivo PET generator 44mSc/44Sc. This work presents the production route of 44mSc/44Sc generator from 44Ca(d,2n), its extraction/purification process and the evaluation of its performances. Methods: Irradiation was performed in a low activity target station using a deuteron beam of 16 MeV, which favors the number of 44mSc atoms produced simultaneously to 44Sc. Typical irradiation conditions were 60 min at 0.2 μA producing 44 MBq of 44Sc with a 44Sc/44mSc activity ratio of 50 at end of irradiation. Separations of the radionuclides were performed by means of cation exchange chromatography using a DGA® resin (Triskem). Then, the developed process was applied with bigger targets, and could be used for preclinical studies. Results: The extraction/purification process leads to a radionucleidic purity higher than 99.99% (43Sc, 46Sc, 48Sc < DL). 44mSc/44Sc labeling towards DOTA moiety was performed in order to get an evaluation of the specific activities that could be reached with regard to all metallic impurities from the resulting source. Reaction parameters of radiolabeling were optimized, reaching yields over 95%, and leading to a specific activity of about 10–20 MBq/nmol for DOTA. A recycling process for the enriched 44Ca target was developed and optimized. Conclusion: The quality of the final batch with regard to radionucleidic purity, specific activity and metal impurities allowed a right away use for further radiopharmaceutical evaluation. This radionucleidic pair of 44mSc/44Sc offers a quite interesting PET radionuclide for being further evaluated as an in

  3. Hardening in relation with microstructure evolution of high purity α-titanium deformed under monotonic and cyclic simple shear loadings at room temperature

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    Highlights: ► The paper is focused on multiscale study of high-purity α-Ti deformed at large strain. ► Quasi-static monotonic and cyclic simple shear tests at room-temperature are achieved. ► In plane flow stress anisotropy is observed associated to microstructure evolution. ► The grain fragmentation increases with the increase of the accumulated plastic strain. ► Twin activity and grain fragmentation are responsible for the anisotropic behavior. - Abstract: The aim of this paper is to gain understanding of the quasi-static, large strain deformation behavior at room-temperature of high-purity α-Ti with an initial split-basal texture. Simple shear tests were conducted along different directions in order to quantify the material's anisotropy and hardening evolution for different strain paths such as monotonic, Bauschinger, and cyclic loadings. The stress–strain curves indicate that the material displays strong anisotropy in the flow behavior. In order to capture the link between microstructure evolution (occurrence of twinning, grain size evolution, etc.) and the macroscopic response, a thoroughly detailed multi-scale characterization using scanning electron microscope (SEM) observations and electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) analysis was also conducted. Specifically, EBSD analyses indicate that the twin activity and grain fragmentation are responsible for the observed difference between the macroscopic hardening rates corresponding to different directions and loading paths.

  4. Aligned synthesis of multi-walled carbon nanotubes with high purity by aerosol assisted chemical vapor deposition: Effect of water vapor

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    Aligned multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) with high purity and bulk yield were achieved on a silicon substrate by an aerosol-assisted chemical vapor deposition. The introduction of specific amounts of water vapor played a key role in in situ controlling the purity and surface defects of the nanotubes. The morphology, surface quality and structure of MWCNTs were characterized by secondary and backscattered electron imaging in a field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). Crystallinity and defects of the MWCNTs' were investigated by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and Raman spectroscopy. In this work, water vapor was found to provide a weak oxidative environment, which enhanced and purified the MWCNTs' growth. However, excessive water vapor would inhibit the MWCNTs growth with a poor surface quality. In addition, it has been found that the surface morphology of the CNTs can be modified intentionally through producing some surface defects by tuning the amount of the water vapor, which may offer more nucleation sites on the chemically inert CNT surface for various applications such as catalyst support.

  5. Effects of 600 MeV proton irradiation on nucleation and growth of precipitates and helium bubbles in a high-purity Al-Mg-Si alloy

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    Singh, Bachu Narain; Leffers, Torben; Victoria, M.; Green, W. V.; Gavillet, D.

    Solution treated specimens of a high-purity Al-0.75%Mg-0.42%Si alloy were irradiated with 600 MeV protons at 150 and 240°C to a dose level of 0.47 and 0.55 dpa, respectively. Mg2Si-type precipitates formed during irradiation at 150 and 240°C; at 240°C, however, a large number of precipitates seem...... to have dissolved during the later stages of irradiation. Thermally aged reference specimens have also been investigated. The needle-shaped precipitates in the aged and the irradiated specimens lie along the 〈100〉 matrix directions. At 150°C bubbles were observed only at grain boundaries whereas at...... 240°C bubbles were seen in the grain interior as well as at the grain boundaries. Long rows of bubbles were observed with the same orientation in the matrix as the precipitate needles. Grain boundary bubbles were found to grow faster in the Al-Mg-Si alloy than in the high-purity aluminium...

  6. Preparation of High-purity Ferrous Oxalate%高纯草酸亚铁的制备工艺研究

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    2014-01-01

    The high-purity ferrous oxalate was prepared from ferrous sulphate and oxalic acid using dispersion agent and high-speed dispersion. The affect factors were investigated, and the optical conditions were obtained as followed:dispersion agent concentration 20%(m/m),reaction temperature 30℃,ferrous sulphate concentration 210 g/L,feeding time 40 min.Under the optimum conditions,the yield and purity of the product was 95%and 99.8%, respectively.%以硫酸亚铁、草酸为原料及硫酸溶液为分散剂,通过高速分散均质机,合成了高纯草酸亚铁产品。研究了硫酸亚铁浓度、分散剂浓度、反应时间、反应温度等对产率及纯度的影响,结果表明,当分散剂浓度为20%、硫酸亚铁浓度为210g·L-1、反应温度为30℃、反应时间为40min时,草酸亚铁产率为95%,纯度为99.8%。

  7. Single- and dual-beam in situ irradiations of high-purity iron in a transmission electron microscope: Effects of heavy ion irradiation and helium injection

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    In order to study the effects of 14 MeV neutron irradiation on materials used in the first walls of future fusion reactors, high-purity iron was ion-irradiated with and without helium in the JANNuS facility. Thin foils of high-purity iron were dual-beam irradiated in situ in a transmission electron microscope using 1 MeV Fe+ and 15 keV He+ ions. Several important results regarding dislocation loops and helium bubbles were obtained. For example, it was demonstrated that dislocation loops with a0 〈0 1 0〉 type Burgers vectors are glissile and can move and eliminate at the surface of the thin foil at 500 °C. A comparison of irradiations with and without helium showed that helium atoms reduce the mobility of dislocation loops in pure iron irradiated at 500 °C. Also, we demonstrated that the heterogeneous formation of bubbles inside dislocation loops found previously is also present for helium implantation rates of ∼80 atomic parts per million (appm) He/displacements per atom (dpa)

  8. Development of methods for the determination of rare earth elements as trace impurities in high-purity rare earth oxides and rare earth elements by ICP-MS and HPLC-ICP-MS

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    Nguyen, Viet Hung

    2013-01-01

    Rare earth elements (REEs) are greatly demanded in modern technology industries and are widely used in several technological applications. The ability of the REEs to carry out their unique properties in their specific applications is dependent on the purity of the respective element, as the presence of impurities can affect both their physical and chemical properties. The main metal-impurities in high-purity REOs are basically trace amounts of REEs. This study focuses on the development of me...

  9. High temperature annealing effects on deep-level defects in a high purity semi-insulating 4H-SiC substrate

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    Effects of high-temperature annealing on deep-level defects in a high-purity semi-insulating 4H silicon carbide substrate have been studied by employing current-voltage, capacitance-voltage, junction spectroscopy, and chemical impurity analysis measurements. Secondary ion mass spectrometry data reveal that the substrate contains boron with concentration in the mid 1015 cm−3 range, while other impurities including nitrogen, aluminum, titanium, vanadium and chromium are below their detection limits (typically ∼1014 cm−3). Schottky barrier diodes fabricated on substrates annealed at 1400–1700 °C exhibit metal/p-type semiconductor behavior with a current rectification of up to 8 orders of magnitude at bias voltages of ±3 V. With increasing annealing temperature, the series resistance of the Schottky barrier diodes decreases, and the net acceptor concentration in the substrates increases approaching the chemical boron content. Admittance spectroscopy results unveil the presence of shallow boron acceptors and deep-level defects with levels in lower half of the bandgap. After the 1400 °C annealing, the boron acceptor still remains strongly compensated at room temperature by deep donor-like levels located close to mid-gap. However, the latter decrease in concentration with increasing annealing temperature and after 1700 °C, the boron acceptor is essentially uncompensated. Hence, the deep donors are decisive for the semi-insulating properties of the substrates, and their thermal evolution limits the thermal budget for device processing. The origin of the deep donors is not well-established, but substantial evidence supporting an assignment to carbon vacancies is presented

  10. High temperature annealing effects on deep-level defects in a high purity semi-insulating 4H-SiC substrate

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    Iwamoto, Naoya; Azarov, Alexander; Ohshima, Takeshi; Moe, Anne Marie M.; Svensson, Bengt G.

    2015-07-01

    Effects of high-temperature annealing on deep-level defects in a high-purity semi-insulating 4H silicon carbide substrate have been studied by employing current-voltage, capacitance-voltage, junction spectroscopy, and chemical impurity analysis measurements. Secondary ion mass spectrometry data reveal that the substrate contains boron with concentration in the mid 1015 cm-3 range, while other impurities including nitrogen, aluminum, titanium, vanadium and chromium are below their detection limits (typically ˜1014 cm-3). Schottky barrier diodes fabricated on substrates annealed at 1400-1700 °C exhibit metal/p-type semiconductor behavior with a current rectification of up to 8 orders of magnitude at bias voltages of ±3 V. With increasing annealing temperature, the series resistance of the Schottky barrier diodes decreases, and the net acceptor concentration in the substrates increases approaching the chemical boron content. Admittance spectroscopy results unveil the presence of shallow boron acceptors and deep-level defects with levels in lower half of the bandgap. After the 1400 °C annealing, the boron acceptor still remains strongly compensated at room temperature by deep donor-like levels located close to mid-gap. However, the latter decrease in concentration with increasing annealing temperature and after 1700 °C, the boron acceptor is essentially uncompensated. Hence, the deep donors are decisive for the semi-insulating properties of the substrates, and their thermal evolution limits the thermal budget for device processing. The origin of the deep donors is not well-established, but substantial evidence supporting an assignment to carbon vacancies is presented.

  11. Solid Bare Strange Quark Stars

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    Xu, R X

    2003-01-01

    The reason, we need three terms of `strange', `bare', and `solid' before quark stars, is presented concisely though some fundamental issues are not certain. Observations favoring these stars are introduced.

  12. Determination of 15 trace rare earth elements in high purity scandium oxide by horizontal ICP/AES after separation with chromatography

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    An analytical method to determine 15 rare earth elements in high purity scandium oxide has been developed. In the method, the rare earth elements were separated from scandium and other impurity elements of non-rare earth by chromatographic and cation exchange procedure in which the CL-TBP levextrel resin is used as fixed phase and the 9 mol·L-1 HCl is used as eluent. After separation, the rare earth elements were determined by horizontal ICP/AES. For the 0.3 g sampling, it can analyze the Sc2O3 with purity of 99.99996% and total rare earth impurities of 0.31 μg·g-1(Ce, Pr and Nd are 0.05; Eu, Dy and Yb are 0.0033; the others are 0.017 μg·g-1). The recovery is from 85% to 110% and the relative standard deviation is less than 9%. The analytical results of 15 rare earth elements for two Sc2O3 samples determined by this method are in good agreement with other analytical methods

  13. 高纯氢氧化镁非均相合成与表征%Synthesis and Characterization of High-purity Magnesium Hydroxide by Heterogenous Precipitation Method

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    王景峰; 周莹莹; 胡宏; 张勇

    2013-01-01

      报道了二正丁胺沉淀镁离子制备高纯度氢氧化镁粉体的方法,使用红外、热分析、X射线衍射表征了产物的纯度,使用扫描电镜观测了产物的表面形貌,对反应体系的热力学和动力学过程进行了研究。研究结果表明,所合成的氢氧化镁为片状结晶,具有结晶程度高、纯度高和粒度小的优点。该方法可控程度高,镁离子沉淀效率高,胺用量小,与氨法相比具有明显的优势,为氢氧化镁的合成提供了一种可行性高、工艺简单、条件温和的绿色化学方法。%  A method for preparing high pure Mg(OH)2 powders was reported by di-n-butylamine precipitating Mg2+. The purity was measured by FT-IR, TG and XRD, the surface topography was analyzed by SEM. The thermodynamic and kinetic process of reaction system was also discussed. The results showed that the magnesium hydroxide powders were flaky crystal with high purity, high crys-tallinity and smaller size. This method could be well controlled which provided a high feasibility, simple technology, green chemistry and mild conditions for the synthesis of magnesium hydroxide. Compared with ammonia method, this method had obvious advan-tages of high precipitation efficiency and little amine consumption.

  14. An improved back-flush-to-vent gas chromatographic method for determination of trace permanent gases and carbon dioxide in ultra-high purity ammonia.

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    Trubyanov, Maxim M; Mochalov, Georgy M; Vorotyntsev, Ilya V; Vorotyntsev, Andrey V; Suvorov, Sergey S; Smirnov, Konstantin Y; Vorotyntsev, Vladimir M

    2016-05-20

    A novel method for rapid, quantitative determination of trace permanent gases and carbon dioxide in ultra-high purity ammonia by dual-channel two-dimensional GC-PDHID is presented. An improved matrix back-flush-to-vent approach combining back-flush column switching technique with auxiliary NaHSO4 ammonia trap is described. The NaHSO4 trap prevents traces of ammonia from entering the analytical column and is shown not to affect the impurity content of the sample. The approach allows shortening the analysis time and increasing the amount of measurements without extensive maintenance of the GC-system. The performance of the configuration has been evaluated utilizing ammonia- and helium-based calibration standards. The method has been applied for the analysis of 99.9999+% ammonia purified by high-pressure distillation at the production site. PMID:27083259

  15. I study of the quality of the welded unions for the method of orbital welding in atmosphere of argon of high purity subjected to reiterated repairs

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    In the assembly of the facilities of the industry doctor - pharmacist, biotechnical and nutritious it is broadly used the method of orbital welding in atmosphere of argon of high of high purity. The repairs of the welded unions carried out by this method in these industries are very limited and they should be carried out alone as exceptional cases. In the work the results are exposed when evaluating the quality of the welding obtained with lack of coalition and that they were subjected to reiterated repairs. In the same one the one settles down procedure that allows to carry out a number of up to three repairs without the is affected quality of the welded unions. They are also picked up in this work the experiences reached by the Cuban specialists in the one employment of machines of orbital welding in the construction of technological systems of the industry bio pharmaceutic

  16. Design, fabrication, performance and reliability of Pt- and RuO2-coated microrelays tested in ultra-high purity gas environments

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    We have fabricated, tested and analyzed the reliability of Pt- and RuO2-coated ohmic microrelays in ultra-high purity gas environments. RuO2-coated relays could survive 3 × 108 contact cycles without electrical degradation, while Pt-coated devices degraded after 105 cycles. Thermally actuated microrelays were fabricated using a process that employed a polysilicon surface-micromachined substructure. After releasing the devices, just a few blanket metal depositions were required to create the different coatings. This method allowed direct comparisons between different coating materials, and was enabled by a self-aligned shadow mask that provides electrical isolation between different traces. Testing was performed in a clean environment achieved through in situ ultra-high vacuum bakeouts, chamber cooling to <5 × 10−9 Torr and chamber refill with ultra-high purity gases. The RuO2 coatings were formed by two avenues—reactive sputtering and thermal oxidation. No significant difference in contact resistance or reliability was detected for these two deposition methods. For all coatings, post-test analysis by scanning electron microscopy and Auger electron spectroscopy indicated no difference in carbon concentration on real contact versus non-contacting areas, implying that carbon did not play a role in limiting the switches’ reliability. The Pt-coated switch reliability limit was attributed to surface wear rather than to the growth of a contaminating film. For the RuO2 switches, trace resistance was reduced by ten times using an Al underlayer, so that the total device resistance was compatible with commercial device requirements. Because RuO2 is expected to be resistant to hydrocarbon contamination, this work shows that the RuO2 coating provides a promising path toward achieving ultra-high reliability ohmic microswitches. (paper)

  17. THE STUDY OF MANUFACTURE PROCESS OF HIGH PURITY H2WO4 POWDER%高纯粉状钨酸制备工艺的研究

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    李玲

    2000-01-01

    APT在水中的难溶性使得酸分解APT制取钨酸的化学反应成为固-液反应,从而妨碍了反应均匀有效地进行。在本文所述的研究中,通过将APT热离解为偏钨酸铵而显著地改善了原料的水溶解性,使得反应成为近似液-液反应。本文还着重讨论了诸如溶浆温度、酸用量、保温时间、陈化时间等工艺参数对酸分解的影响。就以杂质含量很低的APT为原料生产高纯钨酸,确立了相应的工艺参数。在所拟工艺条件下制得的高纯钨酸,纯度>99.99%,平均粒度0.61μm。操作简便、工艺稳定、产品转化率高,易实现工业化。%Because ammonium paratungstate (APT) is difficult to dissolve in water,the chemical reaction of acid decomposition APT to H2WO4 is solid-liquid reaction and hinder the reaction uniformly and effectively carrying on. 牋牋營n this paper,the material's dissolvability is marktedly improved by hot-decomposition APT to ammonium metatung tate (AMT) and make the acid decomposition reaction an approximate liquid-liquid reaction. 牋牋燱e discussed the effect of process parameters such as dissolution temperature ,acid volume ,holding heat times and laying times atc on acid decomposition and use low impurity content APT to produce high-purity H2WO4,and establish its process parameters under the drafting process condition to obtain high purity H2WO4 with purity?99.99? and 0.61祄 average particle size. This process has unsophisticated and stable operation,high-product conversion rate and commerial production.

  18. Calculation of the photoelectric efficiency with Monte Carlo method of a planar high purity Ge detectors and application to cross sections measurement

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    The aim of this work is to elaborate a Monte Carlo programme which calculate the photoelectric efficiency of a planar high purity Ge detector for low energy photons. This programme calculate the auto absorption, the absorption in different media crossed by the photon and the intrinsic and total efficiencies. The results of this programme were very satisfactory since they reproduce the measured values in the two different cases of punctual and volumic sources. The result of the photoelectric efficiency calculation with this programme has been applied to determine the cross section of the 166-Er (n,2 n) 165-Er reaction induced by 14 MeV neutron, where only the measurement by x spectrometry is possible. The value obtained is concordant with the data given by the literature. 119 figs., 39 tabs., 96 refs. (F.M.)

  19. Signal modeling of high-purity Ge detectors with a small read-out electrode and application to neutrinoless double beta decay search in Ge-76

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    Agostini, M; Budjá\\vs, D; Bellotti, E; Brugnera, R; Cattadori, C M; di Vacri, A; Garfagnini, A; Pandola, L; Schönert, S

    2010-01-01

    The GERDA experiment searches for the neutrinoless double beta decay of Ge-76 using high-purity germanium detectors enriched in Ge-76. The analysis of the signal time structure provides a powerful tool to identify neutrinoless double beta decay events and to discriminate them from gamma-ray induced backgrounds. Enhanced pulse shape discrimination capabilities of "Broad Energy Germanium" detectors with a small read-out electrode have been recently reported. This paper describes the full simulation of the response of such a detector, including the Monte Carlo modeling of radiation interaction and subsequent signal shape calculation. A pulse shape discrimination method based on the ratio between the maximum current signal amplitude and the event energy applied to the simulated data shows quantitative agreement with the experimental data acquired with calibration sources. The simulation has been used to study the survival probabilities of the decays which occur inside the detector volume and are difficult to asse...

  20. Methods for solving several technical problems during designing a set of low background anti-compton high purity germanium gamma-ray spectrograph

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    Several methods are introduced for solving some technical problems of a set of high purity Germanium (HPGe) anti-Compton low background gamma ray spectrograph, including mainly the manufacturing and recreating of screened room, the design of main detector elevating device, the improvement of working stability, the alignment of anti-coincidence system, the scaling of spectrograph, and the measuring of samples, etc. The main technical indexes are: energy resolution FWHM = 1.77 keV (1332.5 keV), peak-Compton ratio 694:1 (662 keV), Compton integral suppression coefficient 3.8(137Cs 50∼595 keV), relative detecting efficiency 38.3% (1332.5 keV), system background 0.39 s-1(50∼2014 keV), and drift less than 0.07% under the gain of 1332.5 keV with stable zero point are obtained after 48 hours continuous working

  1. Synthesis of 195mPt radiolabelled cis-diamminedichloroplatinum(II) of high chemical and radiochemical purity using high performance liquid chromatography

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    An improved method is described for the synthesis of 195mPt-radiolabelled cis-diamminedichloroplatinum(II). An amount of 10 mg of 95% enriched 194Pt was irradiated for 75 h in the hydraulic conveyer of the Kyoto University Reactor at a thermal neutron flux of approximately 8.15x1013 n.cm-2.sec-1 and the 195mPt-radiolabelled CDDP was purified using HPLC. The chemical yield is 61%, chemical purity is greater than 99.74%, the radiochemical purity is nearly 100%, and the specific activity is 7.4x106 Bq mg-1 CDDP (200 μCi mg-1 CDDP). (author) 9 refs.; 5 figs.; 1 tab

  2. Thermal Photons From Magnetized Bare Strange Stars

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    Méndez, Enrique Moreno; Patiño, Leonardo; Ortega, Patricia

    2013-01-01

    A plasma made out of strange-quark matter (SQM) and electrons, has a rather high plasma frequency (>20 MeV). Thus, a compact star made of such material all the way up to its surface, i.e., a bare strange star, would be unable to radiate away its thermal emission. We use the MIT-bag model and assume that SQM is the ground state of nuclear matter at high density. We investigate whether the presence of a magnetic field will allow propagation of radiation at frequencies below the SQM plasma frequencies. Hence, we study the presence of gyrofrequencies in a SQM plasma permeated by a strong magnetic field (B > 10^{12} G). We find that small regions in the frequency spectrum allow radiation propagation due to the presence of the magnetic fields. It is likely that narrow bands of radiation would likely be observable from magnetized bare strange stars .

  3. Simulation of Axial Flow in a Bare Rod Bundle Using a Non-Linear Turbulence Model With High and Low Reynolds Approximations

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    This work presents a numerical investigation of fully developed turbulent flow in a triangular sub-channel of a bare rod bundle using a Non-Linear Eddy Viscosity Model (NLEVM). The numerical technique employed for discretizing the governing equations is the control-volume method with a boundary-fitted non-orthogonal coordinate system. The SIMPLE algorithm was used to correct the pressure field. The classical wall function and a low Reynolds model were used in order to handle flow calculations near the wall. In this work, the influence of constants of calibration existing in the non-linear terms of the model is analyzed. (authors)

  4. Application of INAA for chemical quality control analysis of C-C composite and high purity graphite by determining trace elemental concentrations

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    Carbon based materials like graphite and C-C composites are used for various scientific and technological applications. Owing to its low neutron capture cross section and good moderating properties, graphite is used as a moderator or reflector in nuclear reactors. For high temperature reactors like CHTR, graphite and C-C composites are proposed as structural materials. Studies are in progress to use C-C composites as prospective candidate instead of graphite due to their excellent mechanical and thermal properties. The advantage of carbon-carbon composite is that the microstructure and the properties can be tailor made. Impurities like rare earth elements and neutron poisons which have high neutron absorption cross section and elements whose activation products of have longer half-lives like 60Co (5.27 y), 65Zn (244.3 d) and 59Fe (44.5 d) are not desired in structural materials. For chemical quality control (CQC) it is necessary to evaluate accurately the impurity concentrations using a suitable non-destructive analytical technique. In the present work, two carbon/carbon composite samples and two high purity graphite samples were analyzed by Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) using high-flux reactor neutrons. Samples, sealed in Al foil, were irradiated in tray-rod position of Dhruva reactor, BARC at a neutron flux of ∼ 5 x 1013cm-2s-1. Radioactive assay was carried out using high resolution gamma ray spectrometry using 40% HPGe detector

  5. Kinetic and microstructural studies of thermal decomposition in uranium mononitride compacts subjected to heating in high-purity helium

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    Lunev, A. V.; Mikhalchik, V. V.; Tenishev, A. V.; Baranov, V. G.

    2016-07-01

    Although uranium mononitride has a high melting point (≈3100 K), it often decomposes well below this temperature. The threshold and kinetics of thermal decomposition depend on samples' chemical content and on gas environment. However, most experiments with uranium nitride samples were done so far in vacuum conditions and did not allow thorough examination of reaction kinetics at high temperatures. This research focuses on studying the different stages of thermal decomposition in uranium nitride samples subjected to heating in helium. Mass loss and thermal effects are identified with simultaneous thermal analysis (STA), while scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) are used to register phase and compositional changes. Thermal decomposition in uranium nitride samples is found to be a multi-stage process with the final stage characterized by uranium vaporization. The results are useful for estimating the high-temperature behaviour of uranium nitride fuel during its fabrication and performance in some of Gen IV reactors.

  6. Trace amounts of rare earth elements in high purity samarium oxide by sector field inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry after separation by HPLC

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    Today there is an increasing need for high purity rare earth compounds in various fields, the optical, the electronics, the ceramic, the nuclear and geochemistry. Samarium oxide has special uses in glass, phosphors, lasers and thermoelectric devices. Calcium chloride crystals treated with samarium have been employed in lasers, which produce light beams intense enough to burn metal. In general, the inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) presents some advantages for trace element analysis, due to high sensitivity and resolution, when compared with other analytical techniques such as ICP optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES). In this work, sector field inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry was used. Sixteen elements (Sc, Y and 14 lanthanides) were determined selectively with the ICP-MS system using a concentration gradient method. The detection limits with the ICP-MS system were about 0.2 (La) pg mL-1 to 8 (Gd) pg mL-1. The %R.S.D. of the methods varying between 0.9 and 1.5% for a set of five (n = 5) replicates was found for the IPEN's material and for the certificate reference sample. Determination of trace REEs in two high pure samarium oxides samples (IPEN and JMC) was performed. IPEN's material is highly pure (>99.99%) and was successfully analyzed without spectral interference (MO+ and MOH+)

  7. The production of ultra-high purity single isotopes or tailored isotope mixtures by ICP-MS

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    Liezers, Martin; Farmer, Orville T.; Dion, Michael P.; Thomas, Linda MP; Eiden, Gregory C.

    2015-01-01

    We report the development and testing of a simple collector arrangement for a commercial quadrupole ICP-MS that for the first time has been used to produce small quantities of highly enriched (>99.99%) single isotopes, with deposition rates >10 ng/hour. The collector assembly replaces the standard instrument detector allowing for implantation with simultaneous monitoring of the incident ion current. Even under zero bias implant conditions, low energy (<10 eV), ion collection efficiency was observed to be very high ~99%. 151Eu ion currents of 0.1-0.5 nA were collected on a simple, planar foil without resorting to any type of cup configuration. Recovery of the enriched isotope from such foils is much simpler than from a more complex cup configuration. High rejection of adjacent mass isotopes was demonstrated by selectively implanting 167Er without any discernible co-implantation of 166Er and 168Er. The important analytical possibilities of the new approach to isotope ratio measurement, tracer purification and radiation measurements are discussed.

  8. Improving efficiency and color purity of poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene) through addition of a high boiling-point solvent of 1-chloronaphthalene

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    Liang, Junfei; Yu, Lei; Zhao, Sen; Ying, Lei; Liu, Feng; Yang, Wei; Peng, Junbiao; Cao, Yong

    2016-07-01

    In this work, the β-phase of poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene) (PFO) was used as a probe to study the effects of the addition of a high boiling-point solvent of 1-chloronaphthalene on the nanostructures and electroluminescence of PFO films. Both absorption and photoluminescence spectra showed that the content of the β-phase in PFO film was obviously enhanced as a result of the addition of a small amount of 1-chloronaphthalene into the processing solvent of p-xylenes. Apparently rougher morphology associated with the effectively enhanced ordering of polymer chains across the entire film was observed for films processed from p-xylene solutions consisting of a certain amount of 1-chloronaphthalene, as revealed by atomic force microscopy and grazing incidence x-ray diffraction measurements. In addition to the effects on the nanostructures of films, of particular interest is that the performance and color purity of polymer light-emitting devices can be noticeably enhanced upon the addition of 1-chloronaphthalene. These observations highlight the importance of controlling the nanostructures of the emissive layer, and demonstrate that the addition of a low volume ratio of high boiling-point additive can be a promising strategy to attain high-performance polymer light-emitting diodes.

  9. Design, fabrication, performance and reliability of Pt- and RuO2-coated microrelays tested in ultra-high purity gas environments

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    de Boer, M. P.; Czaplewski, D. A.; Baker, M. S.; Wolfley, S. L.; Ohlhausen, J. A.

    2012-10-01

    We have fabricated, tested and analyzed the reliability of Pt- and RuO2-coated ohmic microrelays in ultra-high purity gas environments. RuO2-coated relays could survive 3 × 108 contact cycles without electrical degradation, while Pt-coated devices degraded after 105 cycles. Thermally actuated microrelays were fabricated using a process that employed a polysilicon surface-micromachined substructure. After releasing the devices, just a few blanket metal depositions were required to create the different coatings. This method allowed direct comparisons between different coating materials, and was enabled by a self-aligned shadow mask that provides electrical isolation between different traces. Testing was performed in a clean environment achieved through in situ ultra-high vacuum bakeouts, chamber cooling to real contact versus non-contacting areas, implying that carbon did not play a role in limiting the switches’ reliability. The Pt-coated switch reliability limit was attributed to surface wear rather than to the growth of a contaminating film. For the RuO2 switches, trace resistance was reduced by ten times using an Al underlayer, so that the total device resistance was compatible with commercial device requirements. Because RuO2 is expected to be resistant to hydrocarbon contamination, this work shows that the RuO2 coating provides a promising path toward achieving ultra-high reliability ohmic microswitches.

  10. Wet chemical treatments of high purity Ge crystals for γ-ray detectors: Surface structure, passivation capabilities and air stability

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    Carturan, S., E-mail: carturan@lnl.infn.it [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Padova, Padova (Italy); INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Legnaro, Padova (Italy); Maggioni, G. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Padova, Padova (Italy); INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Legnaro, Padova (Italy); Rezvani, S.J. [Department of Physics, University of Camerino, Camerino, Macerata (Italy); Gunnella, R. [Department of Physics, University of Camerino, Camerino, Macerata (Italy); INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, Frascati (Italy); Pinto, N. [Department of Physics, University of Camerino, Camerino, Macerata (Italy); INFN, Sezione di Perugia, Perugia (Italy); Gelain, M. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Padova, Padova (Italy); INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Legnaro, Padova (Italy); Napoli, D.R. [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Legnaro, Padova (Italy)

    2015-07-01

    Aiming at the production of HPGe diodes for γ-ray detection, surface passivation of the pristine Germanium surface is pursued by treatment of freshly etched, highly reactive Ge (100) surface by different chemicals, to obtain chemisorbed species with sufficient insulating properties for allowing high voltage application (up to 1100 V) with low leakage currents (lower than 30 pA). (100) surface termination of Ge crystal with hydride, methoxide, and sulphide is carried out by wet chemical treatments using suitable reactants. The chemical composition of the newly formed monolayers is investigated with regards to the nature of chemical bonding with Ge atop atoms. To this aim Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometry (FTIR) and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) were used; the performance as dielectric layer of each native Ge compound/complex is measured directly from I–V measurements of a HPGe diode. Atomic stability of each surface layer is monitored detecting structural changes after air exposure by XPS and FTIR spectroscopies and by relevant leakage current variations. - Highlights: • Different surface passivations were applied to HPGe by wet chemical methods. • New chemical bonds were characterized by FTIR and XPS. • Air stability: hydride and sulphide treatments display the best oxidation resistance. • I–V measurements: all the treatments provided efficient passivation.

  11. Wet chemical treatments of high purity Ge crystals for γ-ray detectors: Surface structure, passivation capabilities and air stability

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    Aiming at the production of HPGe diodes for γ-ray detection, surface passivation of the pristine Germanium surface is pursued by treatment of freshly etched, highly reactive Ge (100) surface by different chemicals, to obtain chemisorbed species with sufficient insulating properties for allowing high voltage application (up to 1100 V) with low leakage currents (lower than 30 pA). (100) surface termination of Ge crystal with hydride, methoxide, and sulphide is carried out by wet chemical treatments using suitable reactants. The chemical composition of the newly formed monolayers is investigated with regards to the nature of chemical bonding with Ge atop atoms. To this aim Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometry (FTIR) and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) were used; the performance as dielectric layer of each native Ge compound/complex is measured directly from I–V measurements of a HPGe diode. Atomic stability of each surface layer is monitored detecting structural changes after air exposure by XPS and FTIR spectroscopies and by relevant leakage current variations. - Highlights: • Different surface passivations were applied to HPGe by wet chemical methods. • New chemical bonds were characterized by FTIR and XPS. • Air stability: hydride and sulphide treatments display the best oxidation resistance. • I–V measurements: all the treatments provided efficient passivation

  12. Compressive creep and stress relaxation kinetics in a high purity silicon nitride ceramics in the 1400-1650 C range

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    Testu, S.; Besson, J.L. [ENSCI, Limoges (France); Rouxel, T. [Rennes-1 Univ. (France). Lab. Verres et Ceramiques; Granger, G.B. [Ceramiques Techniques Desmarquest, Saint-Gobain, Evreux (France)

    2000-07-01

    The paper presents the study of the mechanical behaviour at high temperature under compressive stresses of a gas pressure sintered silicon nitride. It is the last generation of Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} materials with elongated grains and a very few amount of glassy phase that explains a strong creep resistance up to 1400 C. Stress relaxation and creep tests were achieved in the 1400-1650 C temperature range. The Kolhraush-Williams-Watt empirical expression is used to fit the stress relaxation curves. The primary creep could be modelled as a delayed deformation ending by a plateau dependent on temperature. Both creep and stress relaxation curves parameters suggest the existence of strong microstructural changes during testing above 1450 C. (orig.)

  13. Determination of the efficiency of high purity germanium and silicon diode detectors for improved assessment of emission spectra delivered by medical X-ray tubes

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    X-ray sources are widely used in medicine: brachytherapy, radiodiagnosis, mammography and contact radiotherapy. Kerma in air is the primary quantity measured to determine the dose to the patient. Accurate air kerma assessment is obtained using correction factors calculated using the emission spectrum. The Laboratoire National Henri Becquerel launched an in-depth study of the spectral emission of its reference X-ray beams used in dosimetry. Two semiconductor detectors are discussed here: a High-Purity germanium and a silicon PiN, both cooled and operated with dedicated electronics and software. In the low energy range (E≤50 keV), those spectrometers are complementary but require a careful calibration to deduce the emitted spectrum from the detected one. Indeed, both detectors were characterized in terms of spectral response and intrinsic efficiency using a tuneable monochromatic X-ray source (SOLEX at CEA Saclay) in the 5- to 20-keV energy range and various radionuclides. The characterization methods and results, including the first measured spectra of medical X-ray tubes (high voltage≤50 kV), are presented in this work. This paper presents the first step of a broader project, aiming at assessing the emission spectrum independently of the detector choice. (authors)

  14. NAA and low-background Υ- spectrometry for the analysis of U and Th in high purity silica used in electronic devices

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    It has been established that soft error of high precision electronic circuits can be induced by alpha particle emitted from the naturally occurring radioactive impurities such as U and Th. Silica has used in electronic industries as the base materials and impurities must be controlled strictly. Recently, electronic circuits have become lower dimension and higher density, so alpha-particle emitting radioactive impurities have to be strictly controlled. The objective of the present study was to develop of NAA and gamma-spectrometry for the sensitive (ng/g) and precise analysis of U and Th. A new NAA method has been established using the HTS irradiation facility which has been used to produce radioisotopes for industries and medicines. When the ultratrace impurities have to be analyzed by NAA, background gamma-ray spectra induced from 222Rn and its progeny nuclides in atmosphere are serious problem. This unstable background was eliminated and stabilized by the use of a nitrogen purging system. By the use of HTS-NAA and low background gamma-spectrometry ultratrace amounts of U (0.1ng/g) and Th (0.01ng/g) in high purity silica could be analyzed

  15. High purity galacto-oligosaccharides enhance specific Bifidobacterium species and their metabolic activity in the mouse gut microbiome.

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    Monteagudo-Mera, A; Arthur, J C; Jobin, C; Keku, T; Bruno-Barcena, J M; Azcarate-Peril, M A

    2016-03-11

    Prebiotics are selectively fermented ingredients that result in specific changes in the composition and/or activity of the gastrointestinal microbiota, thus conferring benefit(s) upon the host health. The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of a β(1-4)galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) formulation consisting of 90% pure GOS (GOS90), on the composition and activity of the mouse gut microbiota. Germ-free mice were colonised with microbiota from four pathogen-free wt 129 mice donors (SPF), and stools were collected during a feeding trial in which GOS90 was delivered orally for 14 days. Pyrosequencing of 16S rDNA amplicons showed that Bifidobacterium and specific Lactobacillus, Bacteroides and Clostridiales were more prevalent in GOS90-fed mice after 14 days, although the prebiotic impact on Bifidobacterium varied among individual mice. Prebiotic feeding also resulted in decreased abundance of Bacteroidales, Helicobacter and Clostridium. High-throughput quantitative PCR showed an increased abundance of Bifidobacterium adolescentis, Bifidobacterium pseudocatenulatum, Bifidobacterium lactis and Bifidobacterium gallicum in the prebiotic-fed mice. Control female mice showed a higher diversity (phylogenetic diversity (PD) = 15.1±3.4 in stools and PD = 13.0±0.6 in intestinal contents) than control males (PD = 7.8±1.6 in stool samples and PD = 9.5±1.0 in intestinal contents). GOS90 did not modify inflammatory biomarkers (interleukin (IL)-6, IL-12, IL-1β, interferon gamma and tumour necrosis factor alpha). Decreased butyrate, acetate and lactate concentrations in stools of prebiotic fed mice suggested an increase in colonic absorption and reduced excretion. Overall, our results demonstrate that GOS90 is capable of modulating the intestinal microbiome resulting in expansion of the probiome (autochtonous commensal intestinal bacteria considered to have a beneficial influence on health). PMID:26839072

  16. 合成高纯度丙交酯的方法改进%Process Improvement on the Synthesis of Lactide with High Purity

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    唐拾贵; 蒋云晨; 孙雁龙; 叶飞; 郭凯

    2012-01-01

    Lactide(l) with high purity was synthesized from D,L-lactic acid(2) using 1,4-dewate-ring orbital fixed carboxyl group by stannous octanoate-catalyzed polymerization to give low poly( lactic acid) (5) and then pyrolysis 5. The optimum reaction conditions were as follows; 2 was 960 mmol,n (OH) : n(2) was 1:15,stannous octanoate was 1 % mass of 2,under 3. 0 kPa from 90 X heating to 160.0℃(2.0h),under 0.5 kPa from 160 X heating to 180.0℃(0.5h),reacted at 180.0℃ for 5.0 h to give 5; cracking from 180. 0 ℃gradually heating to 230. 0℃,to collect fraction between 180. 0℃ ~ 230.0℃ to obtain 1 in yield of 96.1% with purity of 97. 5% .%用1,4-去水山梨醇固定羧基,D,L-乳酸(2)经催化聚合制得低聚乳酸(5);5经热裂解合成了丙交酯(3).最佳反应条件为:2 960 mmol,n(OH)∶n(2) =1∶15,辛酸亚锡1.2%(以2质量计算),在3.0 kPa下由90℃升温至160.0℃(2.0 h);在0.4 kPa下由160℃升温至180.0℃(0.5 h),于180.0℃反应5.0h制得5;由180.0℃逐渐升温至230.0℃进行5的裂解反应,收集180.0℃~230.0℃馏分得1,收率96.1%,纯度97.5%.

  17. 电解电容器高压阳极用高纯铝箔再结晶组织研究%Study on recrystallization texture of high purity aluminum foil for electrolytic capacitor

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    王傲冰; 黄丽颖; 丛福官; 单长智

    2009-01-01

    利用Axiovert 25型金相显微镜对高纯铝箔制备过程中的组织进行了观察和分析.结果表明,轧制变形量越大,高纯铝箔的再结晶组织越细小;高纯铝箔的再结晶过程经历了回复、再结晶和晶粒长大三个阶段;高纯铝箔开始再结晶温度在200℃~230℃之间.%In this paper, Axiovert 25 type metallographic microscope was used to observe and analyze the preparation process of high-purity aluminum foils.The results showed that the greater the rolling deformation rate, the smaller of the recrystallization texture of high purity aluminum foil. The recrystallization process of high purity aluminum foil experienced three stages: reply, recrystallization and grain growth. Beginning recrystallization temperature of high purity aluminum foil is 200℃-230℃.

  18. In vitro and in vivo studies on the degradation of high-purity Mg (99.99wt.%) screw with femoral intracondylar fractured rabbit model.

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    Han, Pei; Cheng, Pengfei; Zhang, Shaoxiang; Zhao, Changli; Ni, Jiahua; Zhang, Yuanzhuang; Zhong, Wanrun; Hou, Peng; Zhang, Xiaonong; Zheng, Yufeng; Chai, Yimin

    2015-09-01

    High-purity magnesium (HP Mg) takes advantage in no alloying toxic elements and slower degradation rate in lack of second phases and micro-galvanic corrosion. In this study, as rolled HP Mg was fabricated into screws and went through in vitro immersion tests, cytotoxicity test and bioactive analysis. The HP Mg screws performed uniform corrosion behavior in vitro, and its extraction promoted cell viability, bone alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity, and mRNA expression of osteogenic differentiation related gene, i.e. ALP, osteopontin (OPN) and RUNX2 of human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (hBMSCs). Then HP Mg screws were implanted in vivo as load-bearing implant to fix bone fracture and subsequently gross observation, range of motion (ROM), X-ray scanning, qualitative micro-computed tomography (μCT) analysis, histological analysis, bending-force test and SEM morphology of retrieved screws were performed respectively at 4, 8, 16 and 24 weeks. As a result, the retrieved HP Mg screws in fixation of rabbit femoral intracondylar fracture showed uniform degradation morphology and enough bending force. However, part of PLLA screws was broken in bolt, although its screw thread was still intact. Good osseointegration was revealed surrounding HP Mg screws and increased bone volume and bone mineral density were detected at fracture gap, indicating the rigid fixation and enhanced fracture healing process provided by HP Mg screws. Consequently, the HP Mg showed great potential as internal fixation devices in intra-articular fracture operation. PMID:26117658

  19. Genotypic and phenotypic diversity of Ralstonia pickettii and Ralstonia insidiosa isolates from clinical and environmental sources including High-purity Water.

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    Ryan, Michael P

    2011-08-30

    Abstract Background Ralstonia pickettii is a nosocomial infectious agent and a significant industrial contaminant. It has been found in many different environments including clinical situations, soil and industrial High Purity Water. This study compares the phenotypic and genotypic diversity of a selection of strains of Ralstonia collected from a variety of sources. Results Ralstonia isolates (fifty-nine) from clinical, industrial and environmental origins were compared genotypically using i) Species-specific-PCR, ii) PCR and sequencing of the 16S-23S rRNA Interspatial region (ISR) iii) the fliC gene genes, iv) RAPD and BOX-PCR and v) phenotypically using biochemical testing. The species specific-PCR identified fifteen out of fifty-nine designated R. pickettii isolates as actually being the closely related species R. insidiosa. PCR-ribotyping of the 16S-23S rRNA ISR indicated few major differences between the isolates. Analysis of all isolates demonstrated different banding patterns for both the RAPD and BOX primers however these were found not to vary significantly. Conclusions R. pickettii species isolated from wide geographic and environmental sources appear to be reasonably homogenous based on genotypic and phenotypic characteristics. R. insidiosa can at present only be distinguished from R. pickettii using species specific PCR. R. pickettii and R. insidiosa isolates do not differ significantly phenotypically or genotypically based on environmental or geographical origin.

  20. Signal modeling of high-purity Ge detectors with a small read-out electrode and application to {sup 76}Ge double beta decay search

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    Agostini, Matteo; Schoenert, Stefan [Lehrstuhl fuer Experimentelle Physik und Astroteilchenphysik E15, Physikdepartment, Technischen Universitaet, Muenchen (Germany); Budjas, Dusan [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik (Germany); Ur, Calin A. [INFN, Padova (Italy)

    2011-07-01

    The GERDA experiment searches for neutrinoless double beta (0{nu}{beta}{beta}) decay of {sup 76}Ge using high-purity germanium detectors enriched in {sup 76}Ge. The analysis of the time structure of the signal provides a powerful tool to identify 0{nu}{beta}{beta} decay events and to discriminate them from background. The enhanced pulse shape discrimination capabilities of Broad Energy Germanium (BE Ge) detectors with a small read-out electrode have been recently reported. The full simulation of a thick-window BE Ge detector response including the Monte Carlo modeling of radiation interaction and subsequent signal shape calculation is discussed. A pulse shape discrimination method based on a cut on the ratio (A/E) between the maximum current signal amplitude (A) and the event energy (E) applied to the simulated data shows quantitative agreement with the experimental data acquired with calibration sources. The simulation has been used to study the survival probabilities of decays which occur inside the detector volume and which are difficult to assess experimentally. This includes the cosmogenic radio-isotopes {sup 68}Ge and {sup 60}Co and the 0{nu}{beta}{beta} decay of {sup 76}Ge.

  1. Signal modeling of high-purity Ge detectors with a small read-out electrode and application to neutrinoless double beta decay search in Ge-76

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    The GERDA experiment searches for the neutrinoless double beta decay of 76Ge using high-purity germanium detectors enriched in 76Ge. The analysis of the signal time structure provides a powerful tool to identify neutrinoless double beta decay events and to discriminate them from gamma-ray induced backgrounds. Enhanced pulse shape discrimination capabilities of Broad Energy Germanium detectors with a small read-out electrode have been recently reported. This paper describes the full simulation of the response of such a detector, including the Monte Carlo modeling of radiation interaction and subsequent signal shape calculation. A pulse shape discrimination method based on the ratio between the maximum current signal amplitude and the event energy applied to the simulated data shows quantitative agreement with the experimental data acquired with calibration sources. The simulation has been used to study the survival probabilities of the decays which occur inside the detector volume and are difficult to assess experimentally. Such internal decay events are produced by the cosmogenic radio-isotopes 68Ge and 60Co and the neutrinoless double beta decay of 76Ge. Fixing the experimental acceptance of the double escape peak of the 2.614 MeV photon to 90%, the estimated survival probabilities at Qββ = 2.039 MeV are (86±3)% for 76Ge neutrinoless double beta decays, (4.5±0.3)% for the 68Ge daughter 68Ga, and (0.9+0.4-0.2)% for 60Co decays.

  2. Heterogeneous nucleation of entrained eutectic Si in high purity melt spun Al-Si alloys investigated by entrained droplet technique and DSC

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    Li, J. H.; Albu, M.; Ludwig, T. H.; Hofer, F.; Arnberg, L.; Schumacher, P.

    2016-03-01

    Entrained droplet technique and DSC analyses were employed to investigate the influence of trace elements of Sr, Eu and P on the heterogeneous nucleation of entrained eutectic Si in high purity melt spun Al-5wt.% Si alloys. Sr and Eu addition was found to exert negative effects on the nucleation process, while an increased undercooling was observed. This can be attributed to the formation of phosphide compounds having a lower free energy and hence may preferentially form compared to AlP. Only a trace P addition was found to have a profound effect on the nucleation process. The nucleation kinetics is discussed on the basis of the classical nucleation theory and the free growth model, respectively. The estimated AlP patch size was found to be sufficient for the free growth of Si to occur within the droplets, which strongly indicates that the nucleation of Si on an AlP patch or AlP particle is a limiting step for free growth. The maximum nucleation site density within one droplet is directly related to the size distribution of AlP particles or AlP patches for Si nucleation, but is independent of the cooling rates. Although the nucleation conditions were optimized in entrained droplet experiments, the observed mechanisms are also valid at moderate cooling conditions, such as in shape casting.

  3. Water Accommodation on Bare and Coated Ice

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    Kong, Xiangrui

    2015-04-01

    A good understanding of water accommodation on ice surfaces is essential for quantitatively predicting the evolution of clouds, and therefore influences the effectiveness of climate models. However, the accommodation coefficient is poorly constrained within the literature where reported values vary by up to three orders of magnitude. In addition, the complexity of the chemical composition of the atmosphere plays an important role in ice phase behavior and dynamics. We employ an environmental molecular beam (EMB) technique to investigate molecular water interactions with bare and impurity coated ice at temperatures from 170 K to 200 K. In this work, we summarize results of water accommodation experiments on bare ice (Kong et al., 2014) and on ice coated by methanol (Thomson et al., 2013), butanol (Thomson et al., 2013) and acetic acid (Papagiannakopoulos et al., 2014), and compare those results with analogous experiments using hexanol and nitric acid coatings. Hexanol is chosen as a complementary chain alcohol to methanol and butanol, while nitric acid is a common inorganic compound in the atmosphere. The results show a strong negative temperature dependence of water accommodation on bare ice, which can be quantitatively described by a precursor model. Acidic adlayers tend to enhance water uptake indicating that the system kinetics are thoroughly changed compared to bare ice. Adsorbed alcohols influence the temperature dependence of the accommodation coefficient and water molecules generally spend less time on the surfaces before desorbing, although the measured accommodation coefficients remain high and comparable to bare ice for the investigated systems. We conclude that impurities can either enhance or restrict water uptake in ways that are influenced by several factors including temperature and type of adsorbant, with potential implications for the description of ice particle growth in the atmosphere. This work was supported by the Swedish Research Council and

  4. Measurement of terrestrial gamma radiation dose-rate (TGRD) level in soil samples from the district of Rembau, Malaysia, using high-purity Germanium detectors

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    This study assesses the gamma radiation levels and associated dose rates from the naturally occurring radionuclides 232Th, 238U and 40K in soil samples collected from the district of Rembau, Malaysia using High-purity Germanium (HPGe) Detectors. A 105 measurement were performed on surface soil using NaI (Tl) gamma-ray detector with crystal size 1x1, covering about 83% land of the Rembau district. The concentration of the naturally occurring radionuclides 232Th, 238U and 40K in soil samples collected were determined by using HPGe detector based on high-resolution gamma spectrometry system at Malaysia Nuclear Agency. The range of natural gamma radiation measured was from 114±14 nGy h−1 to 857±14 nGy h−1. The range of activity concentrations of U, Th and °K in soil from the studied areas varies from 151-401 Bq kg−1, 113-342 Bq kg−1 and 674-1526 Bq kg−1 with mean values of 245 Bq kg−1, 186 Bq kg−1 and 1152 Bq kg1 respectively. The mean values of terrestrial gamma radiation dose rate measured in Rembau district is 383±18 nGy h−1 compared to the Malaysian average is 92 nGy h−1 and world average is 59 nGy h−1 (UNSCEAR, 2000). The average annual dose from such terrestrial gamma radiation dose rates to an individual in Rembau district, assuming a tropical rural setting is estimated to be 0.78 mSv per year, which is considered to be within the normal range for doses from natural sources. An isodose map for the Rembau district has been plotted

  5. Firewalls From Double Purity

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    Bousso, Raphael

    2013-01-01

    The firewall paradox is often presented as arising from double entanglement, but I argue that more generally the paradox is double purity. Near-horizon modes are purified by the interior, in the infalling vacuum. Hence they cannot also be pure alone, or in combination with any third system, as demanded by unitarity. This conflict arises independently of the Page time, for entangled and for pure states. It implies that identifications of Hilbert spaces cannot resolve the paradox. Traditional complementarity requires the unitary identification of infalling matter with a scrambled subsystem of the Hawking radiation. Extending this map to the infalling vacuum overdetermines the out-state. More general complementarity maps ("A=R_B", "ER=EPR") founder when the near-horizon zone is pure. I argue that pure-zone states span the microcanonical ensemble, and that this suffices to make the horizon a special place. I advocate that the ability to detect the horizon locally, rather than the degree or probability of violence...

  6. Environmentally assisted cracking and irradiation embrittlement of CF-8 and CF-8M cast austenitic stainless steels in high-purity water

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    Cast austenitic stainless steels (CASS) are used for components with complex geometries in the cooling system of light water reactors (LWRs). Due to both thermal ageing and irradiation embrittlement, the long-term performance of CASS materials is of concern. To assess the impact of thermal ageing and irradiation embrittlement on the cracking behaviour of CASS materials, crack growth rate and fracture toughness JR curve tests were carried out on CF-8 and CF-8M compact-tension specimens in high-purity water with low dissolved oxygen. The as-received and thermally aged CASS specimens were irradiated to 0.08 dpa to investigate the combined effect of thermal ageing and neutron irradiation. The crack growth rates of irradiated CASS materials were compared with previous results on unirradiated specimens. While no elevated cracking susceptibility was observed for the irradiated specimens at this dose level, a slightly better corrosion fatigue performance was found in the CF-8 than in CF-8M materials. Thermal ageing history had little effect on the crack growth behaviour in the test environment. Trans-granular cleavage-like cracking was the main fracture mode in the crack growth rate tests, and delta ferrite morphology could be seen in some areas on the fracture surfaces. Compared to thermal ageing, neutron irradiation had a dominant role in the fracture toughness JR curve tests. The loss of toughness due to neutron irradiation was much more significant in the as-received than in the thermally aged CASS specimens. The fracture toughness of CASS specimens was reduced to a similar level after neutron irradiation regardless of their thermal ageing history. This suggests a more rapid development of embrittlement in the as-received than in the thermally aged CASS specimens under neutron irradiation. (authors)

  7. Neutron Damage in Mechanically-Cooled High-Purity Germanium Detectors for Field-Portable Prompt Gamma Neutron Activation Analysis (PGNAA) Systems

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    E.H. Seabury; C.J. Wharton; A.J. Caffrey; J.B. McCabe; C. DeW. Van Siclen

    2013-10-01

    Prompt Gamma Neutron Activation (PGNAA) systems require the use of a gamma-ray spectrometer to record the gamma-ray spectrum of an object under test and allow the determination of the object’s composition. Field-portable systems, such as Idaho National Laboratory’s PINS system, have used standard liquid-nitrogen-cooled high-purity germanium (HPGe) detectors to perform this function. These detectors have performed very well in the past, but the requirement of liquid-nitrogen cooling limits their use to areas where liquid nitrogen is readily available or produced on-site. Also, having a relatively large volume of liquid nitrogen close to the detector can impact some assessments, possibly leading to a false detection of explosives or other nitrogen-containing chemical. Use of a mechanically-cooled HPGe detector is therefore very attractive for PGNAA applications where nitrogen detection is critical or where liquid-nitrogen logistics are problematic. Mechanically-cooled HPGe detectors constructed from p-type germanium, such as Ortec’s trans-SPEC, have been commercially available for several years. In order to assess whether these detectors would be suitable for use in a fielded PGNAA system, Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has been performing a number of tests of the resistance of mechanically-cooled HPGe detectors to neutron damage. These detectors have been standard commercially-available p-type HPGe detectors as well as prototype n-type HPGe detectors. These tests compare the performance of these different detector types as a function of crystal temperature and incident neutron fluence on the crystal.

  8. Signal modeling of high-purity Ge detectors with a small read-out electrode and application to neutrinoless double beta decay search in Ge-76

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    Agostini, M; Schoenert, S [Physikdepartment E15, Technischen Universitaet Muenchen, Muenchen (Germany); Ur, C A; Brugnera, R; Garfagnini, A [INFN Padova, Padova (Italy); Budjas, D [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik, Heidelberg (Germany); Bellotti, E; Cattadori, C M [INFN Milano Bicocca, Milano (Italy); Vacri, A di; Pandola, L, E-mail: matteo.agostini@ph.tum.de [INFN Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, Assergi (Italy)

    2011-03-01

    The GERDA experiment searches for the neutrinoless double beta decay of {sup 76}Ge using high-purity germanium detectors enriched in {sup 76}Ge. The analysis of the signal time structure provides a powerful tool to identify neutrinoless double beta decay events and to discriminate them from gamma-ray induced backgrounds. Enhanced pulse shape discrimination capabilities of Broad Energy Germanium detectors with a small read-out electrode have been recently reported. This paper describes the full simulation of the response of such a detector, including the Monte Carlo modeling of radiation interaction and subsequent signal shape calculation. A pulse shape discrimination method based on the ratio between the maximum current signal amplitude and the event energy applied to the simulated data shows quantitative agreement with the experimental data acquired with calibration sources. The simulation has been used to study the survival probabilities of the decays which occur inside the detector volume and are difficult to assess experimentally. Such internal decay events are produced by the cosmogenic radio-isotopes {sup 68}Ge and {sup 60}Co and the neutrinoless double beta decay of {sup 76}Ge. Fixing the experimental acceptance of the double escape peak of the 2.614 MeV photon to 90%, the estimated survival probabilities at Q{sub {beta}{beta}} = 2.039 MeV are (86{+-}3)% for {sup 76}Ge neutrinoless double beta decays, (4.5{+-}0.3)% for the {sup 68}Ge daughter {sup 68}Ga, and (0.9{sup +0.4}{sub -0.2})% for {sup 60}Co decays.

  9. A radio-high-performance liquid chromatography dual-flow cell gamma-detection system for on-line radiochemical purity and labeling efficiency determination

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    Lindegren, S; Jensen, H; Jacobsson, L

    2014-01-01

    In this study, a method of determining radiochemical yield and radiochemical purity using radio-HPLC detection employing a dual-flow-cell system is evaluated. The dual-flow cell, consisting of a reference cell and an analytical cell, was constructed from two PEEK capillary coils to fit into the w...

  10. 高纯度银杏黄酮的制备%Preparation of High-Purity Flavonoids from Ginkgo biloba L.

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    张伟; 李芊; 林炳昌

    2011-01-01

    [ Objective ] To prepare highly purified flavonoids of Ginkgo biloba L. , so as to explore a large - scale preparation process line of high purity flavonoids from Ginkgo biloba L.. [ Method ] Purified with chromatographic column with packing of ODS, effects of mobile phase ratio, concentration temperature and drying temperature on yield of flavonoids from Ginkgo biloba L. were investigated. [ Result] The optimum preparation conditions were as follows: target fraction of methanol to 0.5% phosphoric acid ratio of 5:5 and 7: 3, concentration temperature and drying temperature of 45 °C. The content of flavonoids from Ginkgo biloba L. was more than 90%, and the yield reached 78.3% under the optimal preparation process. [ Conclusion ] High-purily flavonoids from Ginkgo biloba L. were obtained, which provided an effective method for the preparation of highly purified Ginkgo biloba L. flavonoids.%[目的]制备高纯度的银杏黄酮,探索一条规模化制备高纯度银杏总黄酮的工艺路线.[方法]用固相填料为ODS的色谱柱纯化银杏黄酮,考察梯度洗脱、浓缩温度、干燥温度对银杏黄酮含量的影响.[结果]甲醇∶0.5%磷酸=5∶5和7∶3(V∶V)的馏分为目标馏分,最佳浓缩温度和干燥温度为45 ℃,在最佳条件下,银杏黄酮质量百分含量≥90%,收率为78.3%.[结论]该试验获得了高纯度银杏黄酮,为高纯度的银杏总黄酮制备提供了一种高效的方法.

  11. Sub-band gap photo-enhanced secondary electron emission from high-purity single-crystal chemical-vapor-deposited diamond

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    Yater, J. E.; Shaw, J. L.; Pate, B. B.; Feygelson, T. I.

    2016-02-01

    Secondary-electron-emission (SEE) current measured from high-purity, single-crystal (100) chemical-vapor-deposited diamond is found to increase when sub-band gap (3.06 eV) photons are incident on the hydrogenated surface. Although the light does not produce photoemission directly, the SEE current increases by more than a factor of 2 before saturating with increasing laser power. In energy distribution curves (EDCs), the emission peak shows a corresponding increase in intensity with increasing laser power. However, the emission-onset energy in the EDCs remains constant, indicating that the bands are pinned at the surface. On the other hand, changes are observed on the high-energy side of the distribution as the laser power increases, with a well-defined shoulder becoming more pronounced. From an analysis of this feature in the EDCs, it is deduced that upward band bending is present in the near-surface region during the SEE measurements and this band bending suppresses the SEE yield. However, sub-band gap photon illumination reduces the band bending and thereby increases the SEE current. Because the bands are pinned at the surface, we conclude that the changes in the band levels occur below the surface in the electron transport region. Sample heating produces similar effects as observed with sub-band gap photon illumination, namely, an increase in SEE current and a reduction in band bending. However, the upward band bending is not fully removed by either increasing laser power or temperature, and a minimum band bending of ˜0.8 eV is established in both cases. The sub-band gap photo-excitation mechanism is under further investigation, although it appears likely at present that defect or gap states play a role in the photo-enhanced SEE process. In the meantime, the study demonstrates the ability of visible light to modify the electronic properties of diamond and enhance the emission capabilities, which may have potential impact for diamond-based vacuum electron

  12. Sub-band gap photo-enhanced secondary electron emission from high-purity single-crystal chemical-vapor-deposited diamond

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    Secondary-electron-emission (SEE) current measured from high-purity, single-crystal (100) chemical-vapor-deposited diamond is found to increase when sub-band gap (3.06 eV) photons are incident on the hydrogenated surface. Although the light does not produce photoemission directly, the SEE current increases by more than a factor of 2 before saturating with increasing laser power. In energy distribution curves (EDCs), the emission peak shows a corresponding increase in intensity with increasing laser power. However, the emission-onset energy in the EDCs remains constant, indicating that the bands are pinned at the surface. On the other hand, changes are observed on the high-energy side of the distribution as the laser power increases, with a well-defined shoulder becoming more pronounced. From an analysis of this feature in the EDCs, it is deduced that upward band bending is present in the near-surface region during the SEE measurements and this band bending suppresses the SEE yield. However, sub-band gap photon illumination reduces the band bending and thereby increases the SEE current. Because the bands are pinned at the surface, we conclude that the changes in the band levels occur below the surface in the electron transport region. Sample heating produces similar effects as observed with sub-band gap photon illumination, namely, an increase in SEE current and a reduction in band bending. However, the upward band bending is not fully removed by either increasing laser power or temperature, and a minimum band bending of ∼0.8 eV is established in both cases. The sub-band gap photo-excitation mechanism is under further investigation, although it appears likely at present that defect or gap states play a role in the photo-enhanced SEE process. In the meantime, the study demonstrates the ability of visible light to modify the electronic properties of diamond and enhance the emission capabilities, which may have potential impact for diamond-based vacuum electron

  13. Self-assembled SnO2 micro- and nanosphere-based gas sensor thick films from an alkoxide-derived high purity aqueous colloid precursor.

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    Kelp, G; Tätte, T; Pikker, S; Mändar, H; Rozhin, A G; Rauwel, P; Vanetsev, A S; Gerst, A; Merisalu, M; Mäeorg, U; Natali, M; Persson, I; Kessler, V G

    2016-03-24

    Tin oxide is considered to be one of the most promising semiconductor oxide materials for use as a gas sensor. However, a simple route for the controllable build-up of nanostructured, sufficiently pure and hierarchical SnO2 structures for gas sensor applications is still a challenge. In the current work, an aqueous SnO2 nanoparticulate precursor sol, which is free of organic contaminants and sorbed ions and is fully stable over time, was prepared in a highly reproducible manner from an alkoxide Sn(OR)4 just by mixing it with a large excess of pure neutral water. The precursor is formed as a separate liquid phase. The structure and purity of the precursor is revealed using XRD, SAXS, EXAFS, HRTEM imaging, FTIR, and XRF analysis. An unconventional approach for the estimation of the particle size based on the quantification of the Sn-Sn contacts in the structure was developed using EXAFS spectroscopy and verified using HRTEM. To construct sensors with a hierarchical 3D structure, we employed an unusual emulsification technique not involving any additives or surfactants, using simply the extraction of the liquid phase, water, with the help of dry butanol under ambient conditions. The originally generated crystalline but yet highly reactive nanoparticles form relatively uniform spheres through self-assembly and solidify instantly. The spheres floating in butanol were left to deposit on the surface of quartz plates bearing sputtered gold electrodes, producing ready-for-use gas sensors in the form of ca. 50 μm thick sphere-based-films. The films were dried for 24 h and calcined at 300 °C in air before use. The gas sensitivity of the structures was tested in the temperature range of 150-400 °C. The materials showed a very quickly emerging and reversible (20-30 times) increase in electrical conductivity as a response to exposure to air containing 100 ppm of H2 or CO and short (10 s) recovery times when the gas flow was stopped. PMID:26960813

  14. Quantitative determination of trace metals in high-purity silicon carbide powder by laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry without binders

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    We have developed a laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) method to directly determine the concentrations of trace metals in high-purity powdery silicon carbide (SiC) samples. The sample preparation procedure is simple and rapid. The sample was formed into pellets using no binders and heated at 1000 °C for 2 h. The operation parameters for LA and ICP-MS were optimized to achieve a table signal intensity and high sensitivity. National Institute of Standards and Technology Standard Reference Materials glasses were chosen as calibration standards, with 29Si chosen as the internal standard. The relative sensitivity factor obtained from the glass matrix was used to calculate the concentrations of analytes in the SiC ceramic samples. The regression correlation coefficients of the calibration curves for elements with internal standard correction ranged from 0.9981 to 0.9999, which are better than those obtained with an external standard correction method only. The relative standard deviation of the measured trace element concentrations was less than 5%. The limits of detection were 0.02, 0.08, 0.04, 0.005, 0.01, 0.02, 0.004, 0.07, and 0.006 mg kg−1 for B, Ti, Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni, Co, Cu, and Sr, respectively. The method was applied to analyze SiC samples with two different particle sizes. The analysis showed good agreement with the results of inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry. The reliability of the proposed method was confirmed by determining the contents of B, Ti, Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni, and Cu in BAM-S003. - Highlights: • Powdery SiC was converted into stable targets without any binders. • Stable signals for trace elements were obtained with RSDs less than 5%. • This method was successfully used to analyze silicon carbide samples with μm and nm particle sizes. • The limits of detection were much better than those obtained for INAA, SIS-ET-AAS, ICP-MS-decomposition, and other methods

  15. Sub-band gap photo-enhanced secondary electron emission from high-purity single-crystal chemical-vapor-deposited diamond

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    Yater, J. E., E-mail: joan.yater@nrl.navy.mil; Shaw, J. L.; Pate, B. B.; Feygelson, T. I. [Naval Research Laboratory, 4555 Overlook Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20375 (United States)

    2016-02-07

    Secondary-electron-emission (SEE) current measured from high-purity, single-crystal (100) chemical-vapor-deposited diamond is found to increase when sub-band gap (3.06 eV) photons are incident on the hydrogenated surface. Although the light does not produce photoemission directly, the SEE current increases by more than a factor of 2 before saturating with increasing laser power. In energy distribution curves (EDCs), the emission peak shows a corresponding increase in intensity with increasing laser power. However, the emission-onset energy in the EDCs remains constant, indicating that the bands are pinned at the surface. On the other hand, changes are observed on the high-energy side of the distribution as the laser power increases, with a well-defined shoulder becoming more pronounced. From an analysis of this feature in the EDCs, it is deduced that upward band bending is present in the near-surface region during the SEE measurements and this band bending suppresses the SEE yield. However, sub-band gap photon illumination reduces the band bending and thereby increases the SEE current. Because the bands are pinned at the surface, we conclude that the changes in the band levels occur below the surface in the electron transport region. Sample heating produces similar effects as observed with sub-band gap photon illumination, namely, an increase in SEE current and a reduction in band bending. However, the upward band bending is not fully removed by either increasing laser power or temperature, and a minimum band bending of ∼0.8 eV is established in both cases. The sub-band gap photo-excitation mechanism is under further investigation, although it appears likely at present that defect or gap states play a role in the photo-enhanced SEE process. In the meantime, the study demonstrates the ability of visible light to modify the electronic properties of diamond and enhance the emission capabilities, which may have potential impact for diamond-based vacuum electron

  16. Magnetospheric activity of bare strange quark stars

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    Yu, J. W.; Xu, R. X.

    2011-06-01

    In the model of Ruderman and Sutherland, the binding energy problem is a severe problem when modelling normal neutron stars as pulsars, i.e. both ions (e.g. 5626Fe) and electrons on the normal neutron star surface can be pulled out freely by the unipolar generator induced electric field, so that sparking on the polar cap can hardly occur. This problem can be solved within the partially screened gap (PSG) model for neutron stars. However, in this paper, we study this problem extensively in a model of bare strange quark stars (BSSs). We find that the huge potential barrier built by the electric field in the vacuum gap above the polar cap can usually prevent electrons from streaming into the magnetosphere, unless the electric potential of a pulsar is sufficiently lower than that at the infinite interstellar medium. Other processes, such as the diffusion and thermionic emission of electrons, have also been included here. Our conclusions are as follows. Both positive and negative particles on the surface of a BSS are bound strongly enough to form a vacuum gap above its polar cap as long as the BSS is not charged (or not highly negative charged), and multi-accelerators can occur in the magnetosphere of the BSS. Our results may be helpful to distinguish normal neutron stars and bare quark stars using a pulsar's magnetospheric activities.

  17. Use of electrodeposition for sample preparation and rejection rate prediction for assay of electroformed ultra high purity copper for 232Th and 238U prior to inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP/MS)

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    The search for neutrinoless double beta decay in 76Ge has driven the need for ultra-low background Ge detectors shielded by electroformed copper of ultra-high radiopurity (232Th and 238U into the plating bath simulates low purity copper and allows for the calculation of the electrochemical rejection rate of thorium and uranium in the electroplating system. This rejection value will help to model plating bath chemistry. (author)

  18. Self-assembled SnO2 micro- and nanosphere-based gas sensor thick films from an alkoxide-derived high purity aqueous colloid precursor

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    Kelp, G.; Tätte, T.; Pikker, S.; Mändar, H.; Rozhin, A. G.; Rauwel, P.; Vanetsev, A. S.; Gerst, A.; Merisalu, M.; Mäeorg, U.; Natali, M.; Persson, I.; Kessler, V. G.

    2016-03-01

    Tin oxide is considered to be one of the most promising semiconductor oxide materials for use as a gas sensor. However, a simple route for the controllable build-up of nanostructured, sufficiently pure and hierarchical SnO2 structures for gas sensor applications is still a challenge. In the current work, an aqueous SnO2 nanoparticulate precursor sol, which is free of organic contaminants and sorbed ions and is fully stable over time, was prepared in a highly reproducible manner from an alkoxide Sn(OR)4 just by mixing it with a large excess of pure neutral water. The precursor is formed as a separate liquid phase. The structure and purity of the precursor is revealed using XRD, SAXS, EXAFS, HRTEM imaging, FTIR, and XRF analysis. An unconventional approach for the estimation of the particle size based on the quantification of the Sn-Sn contacts in the structure was developed using EXAFS spectroscopy and verified using HRTEM. To construct sensors with a hierarchical 3D structure, we employed an unusual emulsification technique not involving any additives or surfactants, using simply the extraction of the liquid phase, water, with the help of dry butanol under ambient conditions. The originally generated crystalline but yet highly reactive nanoparticles form relatively uniform spheres through self-assembly and solidify instantly. The spheres floating in butanol were left to deposit on the surface of quartz plates bearing sputtered gold electrodes, producing ready-for-use gas sensors in the form of ca. 50 μm thick sphere-based-films. The films were dried for 24 h and calcined at 300 °C in air before use. The gas sensitivity of the structures was tested in the temperature range of 150-400 °C. The materials showed a very quickly emerging and reversible (20-30 times) increase in electrical conductivity as a response to exposure to air containing 100 ppm of H2 or CO and short (10 s) recovery times when the gas flow was stopped.Tin oxide is considered to be one of the

  19. Analysis of the Purity of Cetrimide by Titrations

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    Andersen, Jens Enevold Thaulov; Rasmussen, Claus/Dallerup; Nielsen, Hans/Boye

    2006-01-01

    The purity of cetrimide, trimethyl tetradecyl ammonium bromide (TTAB), that is an important preservative of many cosmetic and pharmaceutical products, was determined by three independent methods of titration. Traditionally, cetrimide was analysed by an assay method of the European Pharmacopoeia (Ph....... Eur.), which showed consistently a low purity of cetrimide with large standard deviations associated, however. A systematic 3% bias of the Ph. Eur. assay method was identified by comparing the result with results of two alternative methods of titration that exhibited high precision and high accuracy....... Titration by perchloric acid showed a 99.69 ± 0.05 % purity of cetrimide and titration by silver nitrate showed a 99.85% ± 0.05 % purity while the traditional assay method predicted a purity of only 97.1 ± 0.4. It was found that the discrepancy could be identified as differences in selectivity during the...

  20. Purity-bounded uncertainty relations in multidimensional space -- generalized purity

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    Karelin, M

    2004-01-01

    Uncertainty relations for mixed quantum states (purity-bounded position-momentum relations, developed by Bastiaans and then by Man'ko and Dodonov) are studied in general multi-dimensional case. An expression for family of mixed states at the lower bound of uncertainty relation is obtained. It is shown, that in case of entropy-bounded uncertainty relations, lower-bound state is thermal, and a transition from one-dimensional problem to multi-dimensional one is trivial. Results of numerical calculation of the relation lower bound for different types of generalized purity are presented. Analytical expressions for general purity-bounded relations in 2- and 3-dimensional cases are obtained.

  1. mu. /sup +/ diffusion and trapping in high purity and oxygen-doped Nb. [Temperature dependence, 10 to 120/sup 0/K, impurity-associated traps

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    Brown, J.A.; Heffner, R.H.; Leon, M.; Parkin, D.M.; Schillaci, M.E.; Gauster, W.B.; Fiory, A.T.; Kossler, W.J.; Birnbaum, H.K.; Denison, A.B.; Cooke, D.W.

    1978-01-01

    Data are presented for the temperature dependence of the muon depolarization rate between 10 and 120 K for three samples of niobium of varying purity. Two samples, each containing approximately 200 ppM substitutional Ta and interstitial concentrations of 10 ppM and 560 ppM (mostly O), respectively, were studied. A third sample containing only 3 ppM Ta and an estimated 10 ppM total interstitial impurities was also measured. The results indicate that even at the lowest temperatures studied the depolarization of the muon is dominated by traps associated with impurities. 9 references.

  2. Purity-bounded uncertainty relations in multidimensional space-generalized purity

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    Uncertainty relations for mixed quantum states (precisely, purity-bounded position-momentum relations, developed by Bastiaans and then by Man'ko and Dodonov) are studied in the general multidimensional case. An expression for a family of mixed states at the lower bound of uncertainty relation is obtained. It is shown that in the case of entropy-bounded uncertainty relations, the lower-bound state is thermal, and a transition from the one-dimensional problem to the multidimensional one is trivial. Results of numerical calculation of the relation of the lower bound for different types of generalized purity are presented. Analytical expressions for general purity-bounded relations for highly mixed states are obtained

  3. Purity-bounded uncertainty relations in multidimensional space-generalized purity

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    Karelin, M [B I Stepanov Institute of Physics, National Academy of Sciences, Minsk 220072 (Belarus)

    2005-07-15

    Uncertainty relations for mixed quantum states (precisely, purity-bounded position-momentum relations, developed by Bastiaans and then by Man'ko and Dodonov) are studied in the general multidimensional case. An expression for a family of mixed states at the lower bound of uncertainty relation is obtained. It is shown that in the case of entropy-bounded uncertainty relations, the lower-bound state is thermal, and a transition from the one-dimensional problem to the multidimensional one is trivial. Results of numerical calculation of the relation of the lower bound for different types of generalized purity are presented. Analytical expressions for general purity-bounded relations for highly mixed states are obtained.

  4. On the interaction mechanisms between atmospheric sources of hydrogen and Al-Si coated or bare high strength steels during the hot stamping process

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    Mandy, Mélodie; Georges, Cédric; Drillet, Pascal; Sturel, Thierry; Jacques, Pascal; SF2M - workshop "Mapping the future of materials science"

    2015-01-01

    The economic and ecological challenges of the automotive industry coupled to safety considerations involve lightweight design based on the development of new ultra high strength materials. The hot stamping process of Al-Si coated steels ensures these strength levels and, moreover, allows an easy forming of the material without the necessity of a controlled atmosphere. At high temperatures, the coating is hydrogen-permeable, while at low temperatures (below 120°C), it becomes tight to hydrogen...

  5. [Separation with ion exchange fiber column and determination of La, Nd, Eu and Gd in high purity ytterbium oxide by ICP-AES].

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    Gong, Qi; Chen, Jie; Ji, Ri-Wen; Pan, Xue-Zhen; Wu, Juan

    2010-02-01

    In the present paper, trace La, Nd, Eu and Gd were separated and enriched with strong acid ion exchange fiber column from high purity Yb2 O3, and then determined by Optima 5 300 DV ICP-AES. The ion exchange fiber's breakthrough capacity for Yb was 134 mg x g(-1). The separation condition using 4.0 g fiber column was that after the test solution (pH = 3.0) was fed into the ion exchange fiber column at 1.0 mL x min(-1), the column was pre--leached by dilute nitric acid (pH = 3.00) of 80 mL at 1.5 mL x min(-1) at first, and then was eluted by 0.01 mol x L(-1) ammonium EDTA (pH = 5.00) at the same flow rate. The results showed that 10 mg Yb could reach the baseline separation with 0.100 microg of the four rare earth impurities, and after 100 mg Yb in feed solution had been separated, only 0.017 1 microg x mL(-1) Yb remained in the impurities enriched effluent. When the concentration of Yb2 O3 is less than 100 microg x mL(-1) (87.8 microg x mL(-1) Yb), the matrix interference from Yb on with determination of La, Nd, Eu and Gd can be neglected. The enrichment factors were 3.68 x 10(5) for La2 O3, 4.20 x 10(5) for Nds O3, 3.82 x 10(5) for Eu2 O3, and 4.01 x 10(5) for Gd2 O3, and the detection limits of the method were 0.005 0, 0.014, 0.001 8 and 0.008 2 pg x mL(-1) for La2 O3, Nd2 O3, Eu2 O3 and Gd2 O3 respectively. The proposed method was applied to the analysis of 99.99% Yb2 O3 with RSD (%, n = 5) of 6.2, 5.9, 7.3 and 2.5 for La2 O3, Nd2 O3, Eu2 O3 and Gd2 O3 respectively, and the average recoveries of standard addition were 94.2%, 107%, 97.8% and 102% for La2 O3, Nd2 O3, Eu2 O3 and Gd2 O3 respectively. The calibration curve did not need matrix matching with Yb, and the analysis period was within 4 hour. PMID:20384159

  6. Thermal behavior of Ni (99.967% and 99.5% purity) deformed to an ultra-high strain by high pressure torsion

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    Zhang, H.W.; Huang, Xiaoxu; Pippan, R.;

    2010-01-01

    of dislocations and a large fraction of high angle boundaries (>15°) of 0.68–0.74, as determined by transmission electron microscopy, and 0.8–0.83, as determined by electron backscattering diffraction. The deformed samples were annealed isochronally for 1 h at temperatures from 100 to 600 °C, and the...

  7. Bare Higgs mass and potential at ultraviolet cutoff

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    Hamada, Yuta; Oda, Kin-ya

    2013-01-01

    We first review the current status of the top mass determination paying attention to the difference between the MS-bar and pole masses. Then we present our recent result on the bare Higgs mass at a very high ultraviolet cutoff scale.

  8. PREPARATION OF EPA AND DHA ESTERS WITH HIGH PURITY BY SUPERCRITICAL CO2 EXTRACTION AND RECTIFICATION%超临界CO2萃取精馏制取高纯度EPA乙酯和DHA乙酯

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    邱榕; 范维澄; 陈钧

    2001-01-01

    Fish oil ethyl esters complexed with aqueous silver nitrate solution were extracted and rectified by supercritical CO2 to obtain DHA ester and EPA ester with high purity. The effects of some independent variables,such as extraction pressure, temperature gradient of rectifying column and programmed pressure,on rectification were investigated.The results showed that programmed pressure is suitable for purification of EPA and DHA esters. Increase of column temperature gradient from bottom to top is one of the key elements in rectification. Furthermore, higher temperature gradient leads to better separation effect.

  9. Bare Higgs mass at Planck scale

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    Hamada, Yuta; Oda, Kin-ya

    2013-01-01

    In a certain quantum gravity/string theory context, it is possible that not only the physical Higgs mass but also the bare one (and hence the radiative corrections as well) can vanish at the Planck/string scale. We compute one and two loop quadratic divergent contributions to the bare Higgs mass in terms of the bare couplings in the Standard Model (SM). We approximate the bare couplings at the ultraviolet cutoff scale by the MSbar ones at the same scale, which we evaluate for the Higgs mass around 126GeV in the SM. We obtain the cutoff scale dependence of the bare Higgs mass up to two loop orders, and examine where it becomes zero. We find that if we take the current central value for the top quark pole mass, 173GeV, the bare Higgs mass vanishes at about 10^{23}GeV. With a 1.3 sigma smaller mass, 170GeV, the scale can be of the order of the Planck scale.

  10. The Liquid Argon Purity Demonstrator

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    Adamowski, M.; Carls, B.; Dvorak, E.; Hahn, A.; Jaskierny, W.; Johnson, C.; Jostlein, H.; Kendziora, C.; Lockwitz, S.; Pahlka, B.; Plunkett, R.; Pordes, S.; Rebel, B.; Schmitt, R.; Stancari, M.; Tope, T.; Voirin, E.; Yang, T.

    2014-07-01

    The Liquid Argon Purity Demonstrator was an R&D test stand designed to determine if electron drift lifetimes adequate for large neutrino detectors could be achieved without first evacuating the cryostat. We describe here the cryogenic system, its operations, and the apparatus used to determine the contaminant levels in the argon and to measure the electron drift lifetime. The liquid purity obtained by this system was facilitated by a gaseous argon purge. Additionally, gaseous impurities from the ullage were prevented from entering the liquid at the gas-liquid interface by condensing the gas and filtering the resulting liquid before returning to the cryostat. The measured electron drift lifetime in this test was greater than 6 ms, sustained over several periods of many weeks. Measurements of the temperature profile in the argon, to assess convective flow and boiling, were also made and are compared to simulation.

  11. The Liquid Argon Purity Demonstrator

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    Adamowski, M; Dvorak, E; Hahn, A; Jaskierny, W; Johnson, C; Jostlein, H; Kendziora, C; Lockwitz, S; Pahlka, B; Plunkett, R; Pordes, S; Rebel, B; Schmitt, R; Stancari, M; Tope, T; Voirin, E; Yang, T

    2014-01-01

    The Liquid Argon Purity Demonstrator was an R&D test stand designed to determine if electron drift lifetimes adequate for large neutrino detectors could be achieved without first evacuating the cryostat. We describe here the cryogenic system, its operations, and the apparatus used to determine the contaminant levels in the argon and to measure the electron drift lifetime. The liquid purity obtained by this system was facilitated by a gaseous argon purge. Additionally, gaseous impurities from the ullage were prevented from entering the liquid at the gas-liquid interface by condensing the gas and filtering the resulting liquid before returning to the cryostat. The measured electron drift lifetime in this test was greater than 6 ms, sustained over several periods of many weeks. Measurements of the temperature profile in the argon, to assess convective flow and boiling, were also made and are compared to simulation.

  12. Purity homophily in social networks.

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    Dehghani, Morteza; Johnson, Kate; Hoover, Joe; Sagi, Eyal; Garten, Justin; Parmar, Niki Jitendra; Vaisey, Stephen; Iliev, Rumen; Graham, Jesse

    2016-03-01

    Does sharing moral values encourage people to connect and form communities? The importance of moral homophily (love of same) has been recognized by social scientists, but the types of moral similarities that drive this phenomenon are still unknown. Using both large-scale, observational social-media analyses and behavioral lab experiments, the authors investigated which types of moral similarities influence tie formations. Analysis of a corpus of over 700,000 tweets revealed that the distance between 2 people in a social-network can be predicted based on differences in the moral purity content-but not other moral content-of their messages. The authors replicated this finding by experimentally manipulating perceived moral difference (Study 2) and similarity (Study 3) in the lab and demonstrating that purity differences play a significant role in social distancing. These results indicate that social network processes reflect moral selection, and both online and offline differences in moral purity concerns are particularly predictive of social distance. This research is an attempt to study morality indirectly using an observational big-data study complemented with 2 confirmatory behavioral experiments carried out using traditional social-psychology methodology. PMID:26726910

  13. Simultaneous determination of sub μg·g-1 levels of nine impurities in high purity iron by horizontal cation exchange resin mini-column and ICP-atomic emission spectrometry

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    Inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) has been applied to the simultaneous determination of trace impurities in high purity iron after simultaneous separation. Sub μg·g-1 levels of Ca, Cd, Co, Cu, Mg, Mn, Ni, Pb and Zn in high purity iron which had been dissolved in hydrofluoric acid and hydrogen peroxide were separated from the iron matrix using a horizontal cation exchange resin mini-column. Flow rates and flow directions of solutions through the mini-column were controlled by a peristaltic pump. Adsorbed elements on the resin mini-column were rapidly eluted using a reverse flow of the eluant against the flow for the adsorption. The eluted elements were determined by ICP-AES using an internal standard method and good results were obtained. A 100-fold enrichment of analytes was obtained with this preconcentration system using 1 g of the sample in comparison with an ordinary sample solution in which 0.5 g of the sample was dissolved in 100 cm3 without separation. (author)

  14. Stress corrosion cracking in high-purity water of 3-31/2% NiCrMoV low-alloy steels for steam turbine disks and rotors. Pt. 1

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    In recent years intergranular stress corrosion cracking has occurred world-wide in the shrink-fitted discs of low pressure turbine rotors made of low alloy steels. Only in a few cases steam impurities such as NaOH, Na2CO3, Na2SO4, H2S or NaCl, which initiate SCC, could be found. To clarify the SCC-behaviour experiments on turbine disc steels with different chemical compositions and yield strength were performed in high purity water. The results show, that chemical composition has no effect on the crack initiation. Under high purity water conditions no crack initiation due to stress corrosion cracking is observed on the steel with a yield strength of 850 N/mm2. On the steel with a yield strength of 1250 N/mm2 which is not used in service, crack initiation occurs in pure water. But if sharp cracks already exist, crack propagation occurs in both cases. The investigations showed, that stress corrosion cracking of turbine discs can be prevented by a good water chemistry with a cation conductivity less than 0.2 μS/cm (μmho/cm). (orig.)

  15. Stress corrosion cracking in high-purity water of 3-31/2% NiCrMoV low-alloy steels for steam turbine disks and rotors. Pt. 1

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    David, W.; Schleithoff, K.; Schmitz, F.

    1988-02-01

    In recent years intergranular stress corrosion cracking has occurred world-wide in the shrink-fitted discs of low pressure turbine rotors made of low alloy steels. Only in a few cases steam impurities such as NaOH, Na/sub 2/CO/sub 3/, Na/sub 2/SO/sub 4/, H/sub 2/S or NaCl, which initiate SCC, could be found. To clarify the SCC-behaviour experiments on turbine disc steels with different chemical compositions and yield strength were performed in high purity water. The results show, that chemical composition has no effect on the crack initiation. Under high purity water conditions no crack initiation due to stress corrosion cracking is observed on the steel with a yield strength of 850 N/mm/sup 2/. On the steel with a yield strength of 1250 N/mm/sup 2/ which is not used in service, crack initiation occurs in pure water. But if sharp cracks already exist, crack propagation occurs in both cases. The investigations showed, that stress corrosion cracking of turbine discs can be prevented by a good water chemistry with a cation conductivity less than 0.2 ..mu..S/cm (..mu..mho/cm).

  16. Challenges of the management of severe hemophilia A with inhibitors: two case reports emphasizing the potential interest of a high-purity human Factor VIII/von Willebrand factor concentrate and individually tailored prophylaxis guided by thrombin-generation test.

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    Mathieu, Sophie; Crampe, Carine; Dargaud, Yesim; Lavigne-Lissalde, Géraldine; Escuriola-Ettingshausen, Carmen; Tardy, Brigitte; Meley, Roland; Thouvenin, Sandrine; Stephan, Jean L; Berger, Claire

    2015-12-01

    Severe hemophilia A is an X-linked bleeding disorder. Immune tolerance induction (ITI) is the best strategy of treatment when patients develop inhibitors. The objective is to illustrate the benefit of a high-purity human factor VIII/von Willebrand factor (VWF) concentrate (Octanate) in the management of ITI. We also wanted to raise the potential interest of laboratory assays such as thrombin-generation test (TGT) and epitope mapping. Two patients were treated during ITI, first with a recombinant FVIII and then with plasma-derived factor VIII without success, and, finally, with Octanate. Bypassing agents were used based on the results of TGT. Epitope mapping was performed during ITI therapy. These observations suggest the potential contribution of Octanate in the management of ITI in difficult cases. The use of bypassing agents can be necessary in prophylaxis or to treat bleedings, and may be guided by TGT results. Epitope mapping is used to describe the inhibitor. This article shows a decrease of the inhibitor directed against the C2 domain after initiation of Octanate. A high-purity human factor VIII/von Willebrand factor concentrate (Octanate) may be a valuable therapeutical option for ITI therapy. TGT and epitope mapping could be of help in the management of ITI. PMID:26517064

  17. Bremsstrahlung from relativistic bare heavy ions: Nuclear and electronic contributions in amorphous and crystalline materials

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    Jensen, Tue Vissing; Sørensen, Allan Hvidkjær

    2013-01-01

    A charged particle emits bremsstrahlung while traversing matter. We calculate the radiation cross section for bare heavy ions penetrating amorphous materials and single crystals at highly relativistic energies. The main component originates in scattering of the virtual photons of screened target...... a pronounced directional dependence of the energy loss of bare heavy ions at extreme relativistic energies....

  18. Evaluation of Bare Ground on Rangelands using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

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    Robert P. Breckenridge; Maxine Dakins

    2011-01-01

    Attention is currently being given to methods that assess the ecological condition of rangelands throughout the United States. There are a number of different indicators that assess ecological condition of rangelands. Bare Ground is being considered by a number of agencies and resource specialists as a lead indicator that can be evaluated over a broad area. Traditional methods of measuring bare ground rely on field technicians collecting data along a line transect or from a plot. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) provide an alternative to collecting field data, can monitor a large area in a relative short period of time, and in many cases can enhance safety and time required to collect data. In this study, both fixed wing and helicopter UAVs were used to measure bare ground in a sagebrush steppe ecosystem. The data were collected with digital imagery and read using the image analysis software SamplePoint. The approach was tested over seven different plots and compared against traditional field methods to evaluate accuracy for assessing bare ground. The field plots were located on the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) site west of Idaho Falls, Idaho in locations where there is very little disturbance by humans and the area is grazed only by wildlife. The comparison of fixed-wing and helicopter UAV technology against field estimates shows good agreement for the measurement of bare ground. This study shows that if a high degree of detail and data accuracy is desired, then a helicopter UAV may be a good platform. If the data collection objective is to assess broad-scale landscape level changes, then the collection of imagery with a fixed-wing system is probably more appropriate.

  19. Ways for accurate analysis of high purity materials using the glow discharge mass spectrometry (GD-MS); Wege zur genauen Charakterisierung hochreiner Materialien mit der Glimmentladungs-Massenspektrometrie (GD-MS)

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    Gusarova, Tamara

    2010-04-14

    The main aim of this work consists in the investigation, development and application of improved possibilities of accurate analysis of high purity materials using the solid sample technique of Glow Discharge Mass Spectrometry (GD-MS), as well as in the sensitivity enhancement of GD Optical Emission Spectrometry (GD-OES) by implicating the hollow cathode effect. The emphasis of the PhD thesis consists in the accurate quantification for GD-MS. As appropriate certified reference materials (CRMs) for calibration are lacking in most cases an accurate quantification especially for trace elements mass fractions at {mu}g kg{sup -1} level can often not be achieved. To overcome this problem and to expand the possibilities of modern GD-MS hereby, synthetic standards were applied for calibration of both high resolution GD-MS instruments ''VG 9000'' and ''Element GD''. The standards were prepared by doping of matrix powder with trace element standard solutions followed by drying and pressing the doped powder to compact pellets. With the quantification approach worked out and described here accurate analysis results with small uncertainties can be achieved for most elements of periodic table in almost every matrix composition. Furthermore direct traceability of the analytical results to the International System of Units (SI) is provided ensuring their higher metrological quality. Numerous additional systematic investigations concerning the preparation of the synthetic standards and their properties were carried out. The results of calibration of GD-MS instruments with synthetic standards for Co (Co-C), Cu, In, Fe and Zn matrices were checked by measuring CRMs. These results were also contrasted with those of other quantification approaches, as usually used in GD-MS routine. The results achieved with synthetic standards had the highest accuracy. The successful participation in the round robin test CCQM-P107 between international

  20. The relative safety and efficacy of bare-metal and drug-eluting stents in low and high-risk patient subsets. An epidemiological analysis of three sequential cohorts of consecutive all comers (n=6129)

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    J. Daemen (Joost); P.H. van Twisk; N. Kukreja (Neville); R.T. van Domburg (Ron); H. Boersma (Eric); P.P.T. de Jaegere (Peter); P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick)

    2009-01-01

    textabstractAims: Sirolimus- and paclitaxel- eluting stents (SES and PES respectively) have been shown to produce a sustained reduction in restenosis and repeat revascularisations as compared to bare-metal stents (BMS) up to four years. There is still limited data about the long-term safety and effi

  1. Study of the recrystallization mechanisms of ultra-high purity iron doped with carbon, manganese and phosphorus; Etude des mecanismes de recristallisation dans le fer de ultra-haute purete dope en carbone, manganese et phosphore

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    Lesne, L.

    2000-07-04

    High purity steels have the potential to improve deep drawing properties for automotive applications. Understanding the influence of the chemical composition on the recrystallization mechanisms and on texture development should help to improve their properties. We have studied the influence of 10 ppm of carbon, 1000 ppm of manganese and 120 ppm of phosphorus on the recrystallization mechanisms of ultra-high purity iron (UHP iron > 99.997%). For this purpose we used 4 materials: one undoped (UHP), one doped with C, one doped with C, Mn and one doped With C, Mn, P. In order to restrict grain coarsening in the hot strips, hot rolling was performed in the ferritic region, in one pass of 80% thickness reduction. The hot bands were then fully recrystallized but exhibited non-isotropic textures, with in particular an intense Goss [110]<001> component for the doped materials. The hot-bands were subsequently cold rolled down to a thickness of 0.8 mm corresponding to a thickness reduction of 80%, and then continuously annealed at 10 deg. C/s. The recrystallization kinetics are delayed with the addition of doping elements. In particular, the incubation time for nucleation is shifted towards higher temperatures while the recrystallization velocity increases. The textures of the fully recrystallized materials exhibit a strong Goss component prejudicial for deep drawing properties. We have established that this component can only appear if coarse grains and carbon in solid solution were simultaneously present in the material before deformation. Characterisation of the cold deformed state enabled us to evaluate the energy stored during deformation as a function of the material composition and the grain orientation: - the overall stored energy increases with the doping elements content. - the stored energy in the {gamma} fibre grains is greater than in the {alpha} fibre grains: 30 J/mol for the {gamma} fibre instead of 5 J/mol for the {alpha} fibre, in the undoped UHP iron. In the

  2. Single ionization of diatomic molecules by bare ion impact

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    The molecular three-Coulomb wave model (M3CW) has been extensively used to study the double-differential ionization cross sections (DDCS) of diatomic molecules by the impact of bare ions at intermediate and high energies. In this model, the distortion of the initial channel by the incoming projectile is also included. The present DDCS results are found to be in good accord both with the experiment of Baran et al 2008 as well as with other theory

  3. Realization of the low background neutrino detector Double Chooz. From the development of a high-purity liquid and gas handling concept to first neutrino data

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    Pfahler, Patrick

    2012-12-17

    Neutrino physics is one of the most vivid fields in particle physics. Within this field, neutrino oscillations are of special interest as they allow to determine driving oscillation parameters, which are collected as mixing angles in the leptonic mixing matrix. The exact knowledge of these parameters is the main key for the investigation of new physics beyond the currently known Standard Model of particle physics. The Double Chooz experiment is one of three reactor disappearance experiments currently taking data, which recently succeeded to discover a non-zero value for the last neutrino mixing angle {Theta}{sub 13}. As successor of the CHOOZ experiment, Double Chooz will use two detectors with improved design, each of them now composed of four concentrically nested detector vessels each filled with different detector liquid. The integrity of this multi-layered structure and the quality of the used detector liquids are essential for the success of the experiment. Within this frame, the here presented work describes the production of two detector liquids, the filling and handling of the Double Chooz far detector and the installation of all necessary hardware components therefore. In order to meet the strict requirements existing for the detector liquids, all components were individually selected in an extensive material selection process at TUM, which compared samples from different companies for their key properties: density, transparency, light yield and radio purity. Based on these measurements, the composition of muon veto scintillator and buffer liquid were determined. For the production of the detector liquids, a simple surface building close to the far detector site was upgraded into a large-scale storage and mixing facility, which allowed to separately, mix, handle and store 90 m{sup 3} of muon veto scintillator and 110 m{sup 3} of buffer liquid. For the muon veto scintillator, a master-solution composed of 4800 l LAB, 180 kg PPO and 1.8 kg of bis/MSB was

  4. Realization of the low background neutrino detector Double Chooz. From the development of a high-purity liquid and gas handling concept to first neutrino data

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    Neutrino physics is one of the most vivid fields in particle physics. Within this field, neutrino oscillations are of special interest as they allow to determine driving oscillation parameters, which are collected as mixing angles in the leptonic mixing matrix. The exact knowledge of these parameters is the main key for the investigation of new physics beyond the currently known Standard Model of particle physics. The Double Chooz experiment is one of three reactor disappearance experiments currently taking data, which recently succeeded to discover a non-zero value for the last neutrino mixing angle Θ13. As successor of the CHOOZ experiment, Double Chooz will use two detectors with improved design, each of them now composed of four concentrically nested detector vessels each filled with different detector liquid. The integrity of this multi-layered structure and the quality of the used detector liquids are essential for the success of the experiment. Within this frame, the here presented work describes the production of two detector liquids, the filling and handling of the Double Chooz far detector and the installation of all necessary hardware components therefore. In order to meet the strict requirements existing for the detector liquids, all components were individually selected in an extensive material selection process at TUM, which compared samples from different companies for their key properties: density, transparency, light yield and radio purity. Based on these measurements, the composition of muon veto scintillator and buffer liquid were determined. For the production of the detector liquids, a simple surface building close to the far detector site was upgraded into a large-scale storage and mixing facility, which allowed to separately, mix, handle and store 90 m3 of muon veto scintillator and 110 m3 of buffer liquid. For the muon veto scintillator, a master-solution composed of 4800 l LAB, 180 kg PPO and 1.8 kg of bis/MSB was produced and, together

  5. Bare nominals and reference to capacities

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    Swart, Henriëtte de; Winter, Y.; Zwarts, J.

    2007-01-01

    Prefinal version. This paper concentrates on the syntax and semantics of bare nominals in Germanic and Romance languages. These languages do not normally allow nominals to occur without an article. However, some syntactic configurations, including predicative constructions, supplementives and some p

  6. Hydrodynamic behavior of a bare rod bundle

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    The temperature distribution within the rod bundle of a nuclear reactor is of major importance in nuclear reactor design. However temperature information presupposes knowledge of the hydrodynamic behavior of the coolant which is the most difficult part of the problem due to complexity of the turbulence phenomena. In the present work a 2-equation turbulence model--a strong candidate for analyzing actual three dimensional turbulent flows--has been used to predict fully developed flow of infinite bare rod bundle of various aspect ratios (P/D). The model has been modified to take into account anisotropic effects of eddy viscosity. Secondary flow calculations have been also performed although the model seems to be too rough to predict the secondary flow correctly. Heat transfer calculations have been performed to confirm the importance of anisotropic viscosity in temperature predictions. All numerical calculations for flow and heat have been performed by two computer codes based on the TEACH code. Experimental measurements of the distribution of axial velocity, turbulent axial velocity, turbulent kinetic energy and radial Reynolds stresses were performed in the developing and fully developed regions. A 2-channel Laser Doppler Anemometer working on the Reference mode with forward scattering was used to perform the measurements in a simulated interior subchannel of a triangular rod array with P/D = 1.124. Comparisons between the analytical results and the results of this experiment as well as other experimental data in rod bundle array available in literature are presented. The predictions are in good agreement with the results for the high Reynolds numbers

  7. Measurements of gamma (γ)-emitting radionuclides with a high-purity germanium detector: the methods and reliability of our environmental assessments on the Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant accident.

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    Mimura, Tetsuro; Mimura, Mari; Komiyama, Chiyo; Miyamoto, Masaaki; Kitamura, Akira

    2014-01-01

    The severe accident of Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant due to the Tohoku Region Pacific Coast Earthquake in 11 March 2011 caused wide contamination and pollution by radionuclides in Fukushima and surrounding prefectures. In the current JPR symposium, a group of plant scientists attempted to examine the impact of the radioactive contamination on wild and cultivated plants. Measurements of gamma (γ) radiation from radionuclides in "Fukushima samples", which we called and collected from natural and agricultural areas in Fukushima prefecture were mostly done with a high-purity Ge detector in the Graduate School of Maritime Sciences, Kobe University. In this technical note, we describe the methods of sample preparation and measurements of radioactivity of the samples and discuss the reliability of our data in regards to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Interlaboratory comparisons and proficiency test (IAEA proficiency test). PMID:24338059

  8. 偏析法提纯高纯铝中降温速度对去除Si和Fe的影响%The Effect of Cooling Rate on Si and Fe Removal in High Purity Aluminum Purification by Segregation Method

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    余宇楠

    2013-01-01

    The research progress of refined aluminum and high purity aluminum is introduced; the effect of cooling rate on Si and Fe segregation in industrial pure aluminum is tested and studied,the results show that the slower the cooling rate is,the more conducive to the segregation of Si and Fe in industrial pure aluminum.%介绍了精铝及高纯铝研究进展;试验研究了降温速度对Si和Fe元素在工业纯铝中偏析的影响,结果表明,降温速度越小,越有利于杂质元素Si和Fe在工业纯铝中的偏析.

  9. On line chemical analyzers for high purity steam and water, applied to steam power plants; Analizadores quimicos en linea para agua y vapor de alta pureza, aplicados a centrales termoelectricas

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    Diaz Perez, Ruth [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca (Mexico)

    1989-12-31

    This article presents a general overview of the advances in the subject of on line analyzers of chemical parameters for high purity water and steam and specifies which ones are commercially available. Also are mentioned besides, the criteria nowadays applied for the selection of the sites for sample grabbing and the analysis that is necessary to perform in each point, depending on the power plant type and the treatment administered (phosphates-Ph coordinated or AVT treatment). [Espanol] El articulo presenta un panorama general de los avances que en materia de analizadores de parametros quimicos en linea para agua y vapor de alta pureza, y especifica cuales estan disponibles en forma comercial. Se citan, ademas los criterios que se aplican actualmente para seleccionar los puntos de toma de muestra y los analisis que es necesario efectuar en cada punto, dependiendo del tipo de central y del tratamiento que se le administre (fosfatos-pH coordinado o tratamiento AVT).

  10. High Temperature Mechanical Property and Microstructure Characteristic of High Purity Al-Si Filler Metal%高纯铝硅钎料的高温力学性能和显微组织特征

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    史平安; 何建军; 王军; 李盛和

    2011-01-01

    In order to improve the welding quality and decrease the defects in laser welding-brazing of beryllium. The mechanical properties of high purity Al-Si filler metal were evaluated by high-temperature tension experiment. The microstructure characteristic, component distribution and interfacial reaction of the welded joints were analyzed by SEM and EDS. The mechanism of welding crack was investigated in the process of laser welding-brazing of beryllium. The results show that the grain size of β-Si dendrite becomes finer and uniform, with the increase of cooling rate, and all of those can make the tension strength, thermal plasticity improve. High content of C, O and Ca is detected in the crack band gathering at crystal boundary. Especially, BeO exists in the micro-cracks, the brittle phase segregates and aggregates in the grain boundary, which can result in the decrease of plasticity in local area.%为了降低铍焊缝的缺陷,提高焊接接头的强度,本文针对所研制的高纯铝硅钎料,采用高温拉伸试验、SEM扫描、能谱分析等分析手段,分析研究了其高温力学性能、组织特征和钎焊接头的成分分布,探讨了焊接缺陷形成机制.结果表明,冷却速率通过改变初生α-Al相和共晶β-Si相的形态进而影响到材料的力学性能,冷却速率增加,共晶β-Si相变细,相间距减小,材料的热塑性提高.焊缝部位的SEM及能谱分析结果显示,裂纹部位的C、O、Ca等杂质元素含量偏高,尤其是BeO在晶界的偏析严重,这些脆性相在晶界处聚集,导致局部区域塑性降低.

  11. Technology for sodium purity control

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    Jeong, Ji Young; Kim, B. H.; Kim, T. J. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea)

    1999-10-01

    When sodium is used as heat transfer fluid, the plugging in coolant flow, the corrosion of structure material and the transfer of radioactive material caused by the impurities in sodium are worth considerable. Accordingly, these impurities must be monitored and controlled continuously by sodium purification devices in the heat transfer system which sodium is used as coolant. Sodium purification loop was constructed for the purpose of accumulating the technology for purity control of the coolant, developing and verifying further efficient instruments for sodium purification. The plugging meter and the cold trap is used as the implement for measuring and controlling the oxygen and the hydrogen, the main impurities in sodium coolant. They are capable of excellent performance as the implements which could detect and monitor the impurities to the concentration limit required for nuclear reactor. Sodium purification loop could be used variably according to the experimental purpose. 18 refs., 34 figs., 8 tabs. (Author)

  12. Construction, assembling and operation of an equipment for sodium purity

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    The purpose of this work is the production of high purity metallic sodium for bench-scale, research studies. A stainless steel equipment was built and assembled, including high vacuum, heating and cooling systems. It was satisfactorily operated in two successive steps, filtration and vacuum distillation, with a good yield. (Author). 5 refs., 5 figs

  13. Bare metal stenting of the iliac arteries.

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    Kim, Tanner I; Schneider, Peter A

    2016-06-01

    A significant subset of patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) has iliac artery involvement that requires treatment. The development of bare metal stents has improved the short- and long-term outcomes of endovascular repair and has become first line therapy. Open surgical bypass has been reserved for extremely complex anatomic morphologies or endovascular failures. It is unclear whether primary stenting is superior to angioplasty with provisional stenting but if angioplasty is used alone, it is likely only appropriate for the most focal lesions. Self-expanding and balloon-expandable stents have unique characteristics that are suitable to different lesion morphologies. Both stent-types have demonstrated similar outcomes. Herein, we review the practice and results of bare metal stents in the iliac arteries. PMID:27035892

  14. A summary of volatile impurity measurements and gas generation studies on MISSTD-1, a high-purity plutonium oxide produced by low-temperature calcination of plutonium oxalate

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    Plutonium dioxide of high specific surface area was subjected to long-term tests of gas generation in sealed containers. The material preparation and the storage conditions were outside the bounds of acceptable parameters defined by DOE-STD-3013-2012 in that the material was stabilized to a lower temperature than required and had higher moisture content than allowed. The data provide useful information for better defining the bounding conditions for safe storage. Net increases in internal pressure and transient increases in H2 and O2 were observed, but were well within the bounds of gas compositions previously shown to not threaten integrity of 3013 containers.

  15. A summary of volatile impurity measurements and gas generation studies on MISSTD-1, a high-purity plutonium oxide produced by low-temperature calcination of plutonium oxalate

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    Berg, John M. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Narlesky, Joshua E. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Veirs, Douglas K. [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2012-06-08

    Plutonium dioxide of high specific surface area was subjected to long-term tests of gas generation in sealed containers. The material preparation and the storage conditions were outside the bounds of acceptable parameters defined by DOE-STD-3013-2012 in that the material was stabilized to a lower temperature than required and had higher moisture content than allowed. The data provide useful information for better defining the bounding conditions for safe storage. Net increases in internal pressure and transient increases in H{sub 2} and O{sub 2} were observed, but were well within the bounds of gas compositions previously shown to not threaten integrity of 3013 containers.

  16. Method of preparing uridine-diphospho-14C-D-glucose of high molar activity and radiochemical purity by enzyme synthesis

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    A new method is described of enzyme synthesis of uridine-diphospho-14C-D-glucose of high molar activity. After conversion of the initial 14C-D-glucose, the accompanying sugar phosphates and nucleoside-5'-phosphates are selectively hydrolyzed by the action of alkaline phosphatase in the presence of phenolphthalein as an indicator. Uridine-diphospho-14C-D-glucose is separated by paper chromatography from the reaction mixture thus modified. Synthesis yields range within 75% and 85% relative to the starting 14C-D-glucose. (B.S.)

  17. High power and spectral purity continuous-wave photonic THz source tunable from 1 to 4.5 THz for nonlinear molecular spectroscopy

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    Kiessling, J.; Breunig, I.; Schunemann, P. G.; Buse, K.; Vodopyanov, K. L.

    2013-10-01

    We report a diffraction-limited photonic terahertz (THz) source with linewidth Yb:YAG disc laser at 1030 nm. We take advantage of the enhancement of both optical fields inside a high-finesse OPO cavity: with 10 W of 1030 nm pump, 100 W of intracavity power near 2 μm was attained with GaAs inside cavity. This allows dramatic improvement in terms of generated THz power, as compared to the state-of-the art CW methods. We achieved >25 μW of single-frequency tunable CW THz output power scalable to >1 mW with proper choice of pump laser wavelength.

  18. Production of high optical purity l-lactic acid from waste activated sludge by supplementing carbohydrate: effect of temperature and pretreatment time.

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    Jian, Qiwei; Li, Xiang; Chen, Yinguang; Liu, Yanan; Pan, Yin

    2016-10-01

    It has been widely accepted that the most environmentally beneficial way to treat waste activated sludge (WAS), the byproduct of municipal wastewater treatment plant, is to recover the valuable organic acid. However, the bio-conversion of lactic acid, one of the high added-value chemical, is seldom reported from WAS fermentation. In this paper, l-lactic acid was observed dominant in the WAS fermentation liquid with carbohydrate addition at ambient temperature. Furthermore, the effect of temperature on l-lactic acid and d-lactic acid production was fully discussed: two isomers were rapidly produced and consumed up in one day at mesophilic condition; and almost optically pure l-lactic acid was generated at thermophilic condition, yet time-consuming with yield of l-lactic acid enhancing by 52.9% compared to that at ambient temperature. The study mechanism showed that mesophilic condition was optimal for both production and consumption of l-lactic acid and d-lactic acid, while consumption of l-lactic acid and production of d-lactic acid were severely inhibited at thermophilic condition. Therefore, by maintaining thermophilic for 4 h in advance and subsequently fermenting mesophilic for 34 h, the concentration of l-lactic acid with optical activity of 98.3% was improved to 16.6 ± 0.5 g COD/L at a high specific efficiency of 0.6097/d. PMID:26878176

  19. Alternative chromatographic processes for no-carrier added 177Lu radioisotope separation. Part 2. The conventional column chromatographic separation combined with HPLC for high purity

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    HPLC technique combined with the simple conventional column solid phase extraction (SPE) chromatography using di-(2-ethylhexyl)orthophosphoric acid (HDEHP) impregnated OASIS-HLB sorbent based SPE resins (OASIS-HDEHP ) was developed for the separation of no-carrier added (n.c.a) 177Lu from the bulk quantity of ytterbium target. This combination strategy was based on combining the advantages of the better resolution of HPLC separation of n.c.a 177Lu from the few milligram level Yb target with the high capacity of the OASISHDEHP column for the separation of 177Lu from the bulk Yb target. The production batches of several hundred mCi activity of n.c.a 177Lu radioisotope separated from 50 mg Yb target activated in a nuclear reactor of medium neutron flux (Φ = 5 x 1013 n x cm-2 x s-1) were successfully performed using this combined separation technique. With the target irradiation in a reactor of higher thermal neutron flux or with the parallel run of several separation units, several Ci-s of n.c.a 177Lu can be profitably produced on a commercial production basis. (author)

  20. Purity and adulterant analysis of crack seizures in Brazil.

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    Fukushima, André R; Carvalho, Virginia M; Carvalho, Débora G; Diaz, Ernesto; Bustillos, Jose Oscar William Vega; Spinosa, Helenice de S; Chasin, Alice A M

    2014-10-01

    Cocaine represents a serious problem to society. Smoked cocaine is very addictive and it is frequently associated with violence and health issues. Knowledge of the purity and adulterants present in seized cocaine, as well as variations in drug characteristics are useful to identify drug source and estimate health impact. No data are available regarding smoked cocaine composition in most countries, and the smoked form is increasing in the Brazilian market. The purpose of the present study is to contribute to the current knowledge on the status of crack cocaine seized samples on the illicit market by the police of São Paulo. Thus, 404 samples obtained from street seizures conducted by the police were examined. The specimens were macroscopically characterized by color, form, odor, purity, and adulterant type, as well as smoke composition. Samples were screened for cocaine using modified Scott test and thin-layer chromatographic (TLC) technique. Analyses of purity and adulterants were performed with gas chromatography equipped with flame ionization detector (GC-FID). Additionally, smoke composition was analyzed by GC-mass spectrometry (MS), after samples burning. Samples showed different colors and forms, the majority of which is yellow (74.0%) or white (20.0%). Samples free of adulterants represented 76.3% of the total. Mean purity of the analyzed drug was 71.3%. Crack cocaine presented no correlations between macroscopic characteristics and purity. Smoke analysis showed compounds found also in the degradation of diesel and gasoline. Therefore, the drug marketed as crack cocaine in São Paulo has similar characteristics to coca paste. High purity can represent a greater risk of dependency and smoke compounds are possibly worsening drug health impact. PMID:24887446