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  1. Studies of DNA-carbon nanotube interactions

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    Hughes, Mary Elizabeth

    2008-10-01

    Recently a new biomaterial consisting of a DNA-wrapped single-walled carbon nanotube, and known as a DNA/SWNT, has been discovered. The possible applications of this hybrid are varied and range from genomic sequencing to nanoscale electronics to molecular delivery. The realization of these potential applications requires more knowledge about the microscopic properties of this material. In this thesis, I present studies of: the orientation of nucleobases on the nanotube sidewall; the sequence and length dependence of the DNA-nanotube interaction; and solution conditions to manipulate the DNA/SWNT hybrid. The measurement of the UV optical absorbance of DNA/SWNT and the nucleotide absorbance from DNA/SWNT provide the first experimental confirmation that DNA binds to nanotubes through pi-stacking. Because the hypochromic absorbance typical of pi-stacked structures are expected to occur primarily for DNA dipole transitions that lie along the axis of the optically anisotropic SWNTs, the absorbance changes following binding of DNA to the nanotubes reveals the preferred orientation assumed by each of the four bound nucleotides with respect to the nanotube's long axis. The first observations of pronounced sequence- and length-dependent variations in the binding between ssDNA and SWNTs in aqueous solution are presented. These observations rely on the discovery that there exists a range of DNA lengths able to hybridize with SWNTs that can nevertheless be dissociated at temperatures below the boiling point of water. Quantitative results comparing the isochronal dissociation temperatures and binding energies of DNA/SWNT composed of differing DNA sequences and lengths are given. These results indicate variability and complexity in the binding mechanism responsible for the stability of the hybrid system that transcends simple models based on the sum of independent base-nanotube interactions. Binding energies between a DNA base and nanotube (0.05 to 0.09 eV per base) are similar

  2. Dependent failure analysis of NPP data bases

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    A technical approach for analyzing plant-specific data bases for vulnerabilities to dependent failures has been developed and applied. Since the focus of this work is to aid in the formulation of defenses to dependent failures, rather than to quantify dependent failure probabilities, the approach of this analysis is critically different. For instance, the determination of component failure dependencies has been based upon identical failure mechanisms related to component piecepart failures, rather than failure modes. Also, component failures involving all types of component function loss (e.g., catastrophic, degraded, incipient) are equally important to the predictive purposes of dependent failure defense development. Consequently, dependent component failures are identified with a different dependent failure definition which uses a component failure mechanism categorization scheme in this study. In this context, clusters of component failures which satisfy the revised dependent failure definition are termed common failure mechanism (CFM) events. Motor-operated valves (MOVs) in two nuclear power plant data bases have been analyzed with this approach. The analysis results include seven different failure mechanism categories; identified potential CFM events; an assessment of the risk-significance of the potential CFM events using existing probabilistic risk assessments (PRAs); and postulated defenses to the identified potential CFM events. (orig.)

  3. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy of DNA-Carbon Nanotube Hybrids

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    Yarotski, Dzmitry; Kilina, Svetlana; Talin, Alec; Balatsky, Alexander; Tretiak, Sergei; Taylor, Antoinette

    2009-03-01

    Production of carbon nanotube-based (CNT) devices holds a great promise for bringing the size of electronic circuits down to molecular scales. Recently, yet another step has been made towards achieving this goal by developing a new method for metal-semiconductor CNT separation, which relies on wrapping the CNT with ssDNA molecule[1]. Though it was shown that the outcome of the separation process strongly depends on the DNA sequence, further investigations have to be conducted to determine detailed structure of the hybrids and their electronic properties. Here, we use STM to characterize structural and electronic properties of the CNT-DNA hybrids and compare experimental results to theoretical calculations. STM images reveal 3.3 nm DNA coiling period, which agrees very well with the theoretical predictions. Additional width modulations with characteristic lengths of 1.9 and 2.6 nm are observed along the molecule itself. Although scanning tunneling microscopy confirms the presence of DNA in the hybrid and visualizes its structure, further experimental work is required to reveal the dependence of electronic properties of hybrids on their internal structure. [1] M. Zheng et al., Science 302, 1545 (2004).

  4. Learning Dependency-Based Compositional Semantics

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    Liang, Percy; Klein, Dan

    2011-01-01

    Suppose we want to build a system that answers a natural language question by representing its semantics as a logical form and computing the answer given a structured database of facts. The core part of such a system is the semantic parser that maps questions to logical forms. Semantic parsers are typically trained from examples of questions annotated with their target logical forms, but this type of annotation is expensive. Our goal is to learn a semantic parser from question-answer pairs instead, where the logical form is modeled as a latent variable. Motivated by this challenging learning problem, we develop a new semantic formalism, dependency-based compositional semantics (DCS), which has favorable linguistic, statistical, and computational properties. We define a log-linear distribution over DCS logical forms and estimate the parameters using a simple procedure that alternates between beam search and numerical optimization. On two standard semantic parsing benchmarks, our system outperforms all existing...

  5. Dependence Analysis of Component Based Software through Assumptions

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    Ratneshwer; Tripathi, A. K.

    2011-01-01

    This study presents a quantitative approach for dependency analysis of Component Based Software (CBS) systems. Various types of dependency, in a CBS, have been observed through 'assumptions' and based on these observations some derived dependency relationships are proposed. The proposed dependency relationships are validated theoretically and an example illustration has been shown to demonstrate the proposal. The result of the study suggests that these dependency relationships may prove helpf...

  6. Dependence Analysis of Component Based Software through Assumptions

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    Ratneshwer

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available This study presents a quantitative approach for dependency analysis of Component Based Software (CBS systems. Various types of dependency, in a CBS, have been observed through 'assumptions' and based on these observations some derived dependency relationships are proposed. The proposed dependency relationships are validated theoretically and an example illustration has been shown to demonstrate the proposal. The result of the study suggests that these dependency relationships may prove helpful in understanding CBS systems.

  7. Web Application Comprehension Based on Dependence Analysis

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    WU Jun-hua; XU Bao-wen; JIANG Ji-xiang

    2004-01-01

    Many research indicate a lot of money and time are spent on maintaining and modifying program delivered.So the policies to support program comprehension are very important.Program comprehension is a crucial and difficult task.Insufficient design, illogical code structure, short documents will enhance the comprehensive difficulty.Developing Web application is usually a process with quick implementation and delivery.In addition, generally a Web application is coded by combining mark language statements with some embedded applets.Such programming mode affects comprehension of Web applications disadvantageously.This paper proposes a method to improving understanding Web by dependence analysis and slice technology.

  8. TEOS-based oxides: deposition dependent properties

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    This paper reports the effects of three important parameters, deposition temperature, TEOS concentration and RF power in the plasma enhanced CVD of TEOS-based oxides on the resulting film characteristics such as impurity incorporation, film density, moisture absorption, intrinsic and thermal stresses. Ion-bombardment induced desorption of reactive precursor species is suggested to occur under certain conditions. Further, it is shown that the film properties continue to evolve until the film thickness exceeds 3000A. For 1 μm films deposited using typical settings of deposition parameters, the average TCE is estimated to be 0.9 ppm/ C using the stress-temperature characteristics. (orig.)

  9. Architecture Level Dependency Analysis of SOA Based System through ?-Adl

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    Pawan Kumar; Ratneshwer

    2016-01-01

    A formal Architecture Description Language (ADL) provides an effective way to dependency analysis at early stage of development. ?-ADL is an ADL that represents the static and dynamic features of software services. In this paper, we describe an approach of dependency analysis of SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) based system, at architecture level, through ?-ADL. A set of algorithms are also proposed for identification of dependency relationships from a SOA based system. The proposed algori...

  10. DEPEND: A simulation-based environment for system level dependability analysis

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    Goswami, Kumar; Iyer, Ravishankar K.

    1992-01-01

    The design and evaluation of highly reliable computer systems is a complex issue. Designers mostly develop such systems based on prior knowledge and experience and occasionally from analytical evaluations of simplified designs. A simulation-based environment called DEPEND which is especially geared for the design and evaluation of fault-tolerant architectures is presented. DEPEND is unique in that it exploits the properties of object-oriented programming to provide a flexible framework with which a user can rapidly model and evaluate various fault-tolerant systems. The key features of the DEPEND environment are described, and its capabilities are illustrated with a detailed analysis of a real design. In particular, DEPEND is used to simulate the Unix based Tandem Integrity fault-tolerance and evaluate how well it handles near-coincident errors caused by correlated and latent faults. Issues such as memory scrubbing, re-integration policies, and workload dependent repair times which affect how the system handles near-coincident errors are also evaluated. Issues such as the method used by DEPEND to simulate error latency and the time acceleration technique that provides enormous simulation speed up are also discussed. Unlike any other simulation-based dependability studies, the use of these approaches and the accuracy of the simulation model are validated by comparing the results of the simulations, with measurements obtained from fault injection experiments conducted on a production Tandem Integrity machine.

  11. Bases neurofisiológicas da dependência do tabaco Neurophysiological basis of tobacco dependence

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    Planeta, Cleopatra S.; Cruz, Fábio C.

    2005-01-01

    A maioria dos estudos pré-clínicos e clínicos aponta a nicotina como o principal agente responsável pelo desenvolvimento da dependência ao tabaco. Muitos trabalhos têm demonstrado que as bases neurais da dependência à nicotina são semelhantes àquelas das outras drogas de abuso. A nicotina induz preferência condicionada por lugar e auto-administração e, portanto, atua como reforçador positivo, esse efeito parece ser mediado pelo sistema dopaminérgico mesolímbico. A nicotina também induz à sens...

  12. Variance-based sensitivity indices for models with dependent inputs

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    Computational models are intensively used in engineering for risk analysis or prediction of future outcomes. Uncertainty and sensitivity analyses are of great help in these purposes. Although several methods exist to perform variance-based sensitivity analysis of model output with independent inputs only a few are proposed in the literature in the case of dependent inputs. This is explained by the fact that the theoretical framework for the independent case is set and a univocal set of variance-based sensitivity indices is defined. In the present work, we propose a set of variance-based sensitivity indices to perform sensitivity analysis of models with dependent inputs. These measures allow us to distinguish between the mutual dependent contribution and the independent contribution of an input to the model response variance. Their definition relies on a specific orthogonalisation of the inputs and ANOVA-representations of the model output. In the applications, we show the interest of the new sensitivity indices for model simplification setting. - Highlights: ► Uncertainty and sensitivity analyses are of great help in engineering. ► Several methods exist to perform variance-based sensitivity analysis of model output with independent inputs. ► We define a set of variance-based sensitivity indices for models with dependent inputs. ► Inputs mutual contributions are distinguished from their independent contributions. ► Analytical and computational tests are performed and discussed.

  13. Base-sequence-dependent sliding of proteins on DNA

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    Barbi, M; Place, C.; Popkov, V.; Salerno, M.

    2004-01-01

    The possibility that the sliding motion of proteins on DNA is influenced by the base sequence through a base pair reading interaction, is considered. Referring to the case of the T7 RNA-polymerase, we show that the protein should follow a noise-influenced sequence-dependent motion which deviate from the standard random walk usually assumed. The general validity and the implications of the results are discussed.

  14. Least Dependent Component Analysis Based on Mutual Information

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    Stögbauer, H; Astakhov, S A; Grassberger, P; St\\"ogbauer, Harald; Kraskov, Alexander; Astakhov, Sergey A.; Grassberger, Peter

    2004-01-01

    We propose to use precise estimators of mutual information (MI) to find least dependent components in a linearly mixed signal. On the one hand this seems to lead to better blind source separation than with any other presently available algorithm. On the other hand it has the advantage, compared to other implementations of `independent' component analysis (ICA) some of which are based on crude approximations for MI, that the numerical values of the MI can be used for: (i) estimating residual dependencies between the output components; (ii) estimating the reliability of the output, by comparing the pairwise MIs with those of re-mixed components; (iii) clustering the output according to the residual interdependencies. For the MI estimator we use a recently proposed k-nearest neighbor based algorithm. For time sequences we combine this with delay embedding, in order to take into account non-trivial time correlations. After several tests with artificial data, we apply the resulting MILCA (Mutual Information based ...

  15. Material identification based upon energy-dependent attenuation of neutrons

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    Marleau, Peter

    2015-10-06

    Various technologies pertaining to identifying a material in a sample and imaging the sample are described herein. The material is identified by computing energy-dependent attenuation of neutrons that is caused by presence of the sample in travel paths of the neutrons. A mono-energetic neutron generator emits the neutron, which is downscattered in energy by a first detector unit. The neutron exits the first detector unit and is detected by a second detector unit subsequent to passing through the sample. Energy-dependent attenuation of neutrons passing through the sample is computed based upon a computed energy of the neutron, wherein such energy can be computed based upon 1) known positions of the neutron generator, the first detector unit, and the second detector unit; or 2) computed time of flight of neutrons between the first detector unit and the second detector unit.

  16. Node-Dependence-Based Dynamic Incentive Algorithm in Opportunistic Networks

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    Ruiyun Yu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Opportunistic networks lack end-to-end paths between source nodes and destination nodes, so the communications are mainly carried out by the “store-carry-forward” strategy. Selfish behaviors of rejecting packet relay requests will severely worsen the network performance. Incentive is an efficient way to reduce selfish behaviors and hence improves the reliability and robustness of the networks. In this paper, we propose the node-dependence-based dynamic gaming incentive (NDI algorithm, which exploits the dynamic repeated gaming to motivate nodes relaying packets for other nodes. The NDI algorithm presents a mechanism of tolerating selfish behaviors of nodes. Reward and punishment methods are also designed based on the node dependence degree. Simulation results show that the NDI algorithm is effective in increasing the delivery ratio and decreasing average latency when there are a lot of selfish nodes in the opportunistic networks.

  17. Dependency-based Convolutional Neural Networks for Sentence Embedding

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    Ma, Mingbo; Huang, Liang; Xiang, Bing; Zhou, Bowen

    2015-01-01

    In sentence modeling and classification, convolutional neural network approaches have recently achieved state-of-the-art results, but all such efforts process word vectors sequentially and neglect long-distance dependencies. To exploit both deep learning and linguistic structures, we propose a tree-based convolutional neural network model which exploit various long-distance relationships between words. Our model improves the sequential baselines on all three sentiment and question classificat...

  18. Multifractal Dimensional Dependence Assessment Based on Tsallis Mutual Information

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    José M. Angulo

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Entropy-based tools are commonly used to describe the dynamics of complex systems. In the last few decades, non-extensive statistics, based on Tsallis entropy, and multifractal techniques have shown to be useful to characterize long-range interaction and scaling behavior. In this paper, an approach based on generalized Tsallis dimensions is used for the formulation of mutual-information-related dependence coefficients in the multifractal domain. Different versions according to the normalizing factor, as well as to the inclusion of the non-extensivity correction term are considered and discussed. An application to the assessment of dimensional interaction in the structural dynamics of a seismic real series is carried out to illustrate the usefulness and comparative performance of the measures introduced.

  19. Bases neurofisiológicas da dependência do tabaco Neurophysiological basis of tobacco dependence

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    Cleopatra S. Planeta

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available A maioria dos estudos pré-clínicos e clínicos aponta a nicotina como o principal agente responsável pelo desenvolvimento da dependência ao tabaco. Muitos trabalhos têm demonstrado que as bases neurais da dependência à nicotina são semelhantes àquelas das outras drogas de abuso. A nicotina induz preferência condicionada por lugar e auto-administração e, portanto, atua como reforçador positivo, esse efeito parece ser mediado pelo sistema dopaminérgico mesolímbico. A nicotina também induz à sensibilização comportamental que é provavelmente resultante de alterações da expressão gênica do núcleo acumbens induzidas pela exposição prolongada a essa substância. A suspensão do uso de nicotina resulta em síndrome de abstinência. As evidências indicam que esses sinais e sintomas sejam mediados por receptores colinérgicos nicotínicos centrais e periféricos. Outros neurotransmissores, como por exemplo a serotonina e os peptídeos opióides, também podem estar envolvidos na mediação da dependência e síndrome de abstinência à nicotina. A revisão da literatura mostra a complexidade dos efeitos da nicotina no organismo. A integração entre as abordagens comportamental, neuroquímica e molecular possibilitará a compreensão dos mecanismos neurais da dependência ao tabaco e fornecerá as bases para o desenvolvimento racional de agentes terapêuticos que possam ser utilizados para o tratamento da dependência e síndrome de abstinência ao tabaco.It is generally accepted that nicotine is the major component in tobacco smoke responsible for addiction. Several studies have demonstrated that the neural mechanisms underlying nicotine addiction have much in common with those underlying the mechanisms of addiction to other drugs. Thus, it has been shown that nicotine induces conditioning place preference and self-administration across many species. Repeated treatment with nicotine also induces behavioral sensitization in

  20. SA BASED SOFTWARE DEPLOYMENT RELIABILITY ESTIMATION CONSIDERING COMPONENT DEPENDENCE

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    Su Xihong; Liu Hongwei; Wu Zhibo; Yang Xiaozong; Zuo Decheng

    2011-01-01

    Reliability is one of the most critical properties of software system.System deployment architecture is the allocation of system software components on host nodes.Software Architecture (SA)based software deployment models help to analyze reliability of different deployments.Though many approaches for architecture-based reliability estimation exist,little work has incorporated the influence of system deployment and hardware resources into reliability estimation.There are many factors influencing system deployment.By translating the multi-dimension factors into degree matrix of component dependence,we provide the definition of component dependence and propose a method of calculating system reliability of deployments.Additionally,the parameters that influence the optimal deployment may change during system execution.The existing software deployment architecture may be ill-suited for the given environment,and the system needs to be redeployed to improve reliability.An approximate algorithm,A*_D,to increase system reliability is presented.When the number of components and host nodes is relative large,experimental results show that this algorithm can obtain better deployment than stochastic and greedy algorithms.

  1. Temperature dependence of APD-based PET scanners

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    Purpose: Solid state detectors such as avalanche photodiodes (APDs) are increasingly being used in PET detectors. One of the disadvantages of APDs is the strong decrease of their gain factor with increasing ambient temperature. The light yield of most scintillation crystals also decreases when ambient temperature is increased. Both effects lead to considerable temperature dependence of the performance of APD-based PET scanners. In this paper, the authors propose a model for this dependence and the performance of the LabPET8 APD-based small animal PET scanner is evaluated at different temperatures.Methods: The model proposes that the effect of increasing temperature on the energy histogram of an APD-based PET scanner is a compression of the histogram along the energy axis. The energy histogram of the LabPET system was acquired at 21 °C and 25 °C to verify the validity of this model. Using the proposed model, the effect of temperature on system sensitivity was simulated for different detector temperature coefficients and temperatures. Subsequently, the effect of short term and long term temperature changes on the peak sensitivity of the LabPET system was measured. The axial sensitivity profile was measured at 21 °C and 24 °C following the NEMA NU 4-2008 standard. System spatial resolution was also evaluated. Furthermore, scatter fraction, count losses and random coincidences were evaluated at different temperatures. Image quality was also investigated.Results: As predicted by the model, the photopeak energy at 25 °C is lower than at 21 °C with a shift of approximately 6% per °C. Simulations showed that this results in an approximately linear decrease of sensitivity when temperature is increased from 21 °C to 24 °C and energy thresholds are constant. Experimental evaluation of the peak sensitivity at different temperatures showed a strong linear correlation for short term (2.32 kcps/MBq/°C = 12%/°C, R = −0.95) and long term (1.92 kcps/MBq/°C = 10%/

  2. Efficient Design of Triplet Based Spike-Timing Dependent Plasticity

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    Azghadi, Mostafa Rahimi; Iannella, Nicolangelo; Abbott, Derek

    2012-01-01

    Spike-Timing Dependent Plasticity (STDP) is believed to play an important role in learning and the formation of computational function in the brain. The classical model of STDP which considers the timing between pairs of pre-synaptic and post-synaptic spikes (p-STDP) is incapable of reproducing synaptic weight changes similar to those seen in biological experiments which investigate the effect of either higher order spike trains (e.g. triplet and quadruplet of spikes), or, simultaneous effect of the rate and timing of spike pairs on synaptic plasticity. In this paper, we firstly investigate synaptic weight changes using a p-STDP circuit and show how it fails to reproduce the mentioned complex biological experiments. We then present a new STDP VLSI circuit which acts based on the timing among triplets of spikes (t-STDP) that is able to reproduce all the mentioned experimental results. We believe that our new STDP VLSI circuit improves upon previous circuits, whose learning capacity exceeds current designs due ...

  3. Physical implementation of pair-based spike timing dependent plasticity

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    Full text: Objective Spike-timing-dependent plasticity (STOP) is one of several plasticity rules which leads to learning and memory in the brain. STOP induces synaptic weight changes based on the timing of the pre- and post-synaptic neurons. A neural network which can mimic the adaptive capability of biological brains in the temporal domain, requires the weight of single connections to be altered by spike timing. To physically realise this network into silicon, a large number of interconnected STOP circuits on the same substrate is required. This imposes two significant limitations in terms of power and area. To cover these limitations, very large scale integrated circuit (VLSI) technology provides attractive features in terms of low power and small area requirements. An example is demonstrated by (lndiveli et al. 2006). The objective of this paper is to present a new implementation of the STOP circuit which demonstrates better power and area in comparison to previous implementations. Methods The proposed circuit uses complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology as depicted in Fig. I. The synaptic weight can be stored on a capacitor and charging/discharging current can lead to potentiation and depression. HSpice simulation results demonstrate that the average power, peak power, and area of the proposed circuit have been reduced by 6, 8 and 15%, respectively, in comparison with Indiveri's implementation. These improvements naturally lead to packing more STOP circuits onto the same substrate, when compared to previous proposals. Hence, this new implementation is quite interesting for real-world large neural networks.

  4. Exploiting Weak Dependencies in Tree-based Search

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    Arbelaez, Alejandro; Hamadi, Youssef

    2009-01-01

    In this work, our objective is to heuristically discover a simplified form of functional dependencies between variables called weak dependencies. Once discovered, these relations are used to rank the variables. Our method shows that these relations can be detected with some acceptable overhead during constraint propagation. More precisely, each time a variable y gets instantiated as a result of the instantiation of x, a weak dependency (x,y) is recorded. As a consequence, the weight of x is r...

  5. Reynolds number dependency of an insect-based flapping wing.

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    Han, Jong-Seob; Chang, Jo-Won; Kim, Sun-Tae

    2014-01-01

    Aerodynamic characteristics depending on Reynolds number (Re) ranges were studied to investigate the suitable design parameters of an insect-based micro air vehicle (MAV). The tests centered on the wing rotation timing and Re ranges, and were conducted to understand the lift augmentations and unsteady effects. A dynamically scaled-up flapping wing controlled by a pair of servos was installed underwater with a micro force/torque sensor. A high-speed camera and a laser sheet were also put in front of the water tank for the time-resolved digital particle image velocimetry (DPIV). The lift augmentations clearly appeared at low Re and were well reflected on the insect's flight range. In the case of the high Re, however, the peak standing for the wing–wake interaction was delayed, and the pitching-up rotation was not able to lead to another lift enhancement, i.e., rotational lift. In such Re, the mean CL and the L/D of the advanced rotation were substantially decreased from those of the other rotations. The DPIV results at high Re well described turbulent characteristics such as the irregular, unstable, and high-intensity vortex structures with a short temporal delay. In the advanced rotation, the LEV in the rotational phase could not maintain the attachment. Thus, the rotational lift was not able to work. On the contrary, the temporal response delay benefitted the wing in the delayed rotation. Therefore, the wing in the delayed rotation had both a similar level of the mean CL and a higher marked L/D than those of the advanced rotation. Such results indicate that the high Re could interrupt lift augmentation mechanisms, and these augmentations would not be suitable for a heavier MAV. In conclusion, using adequate wing kinematics to acquire estimations of the weight and range of the Re is highly recommended at the aerodynamic design step. PMID:25381677

  6. Cloak based on the angle dependent constitutive parameters tensors.

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    Gurvitz, Egor; Andronaki, Semen; Vozianova, Anna; Khodzitsky, Mikhail

    2015-10-01

    The transformation optics cloak was proposed for the medium with the angle dependent tensors of permittivity and permeability consisted of the right-handed and left-handed metamaterial media. The cloaking effect was numerically simulated using finite element method in the terahertz frequency range for different wave sources. The impact of cloaking medium thickness on the invisibility effect was demonstrated. PMID:26480088

  7. Computer-aided software evolution based on inferred dependencies

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    Harn, Meng-Chyi

    1999-01-01

    The major problem addressed by this research is how to automate parts of software evolution using dependency rules, especially for large and complex real time embedded systems. The main topics of this study are the development of a Relational Hypergraph model (RH model) and the design of a Computer Aided Software Evolution System (CASES). The goals of this dissertation are to explore the existing issues, to formalize software evolution, to reuse software evolution components, and to build a d...

  8. Age dependency of base modification in rabbit liver DNA

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    Yamamoto, O.; Fuji, I.; Yoshida, T.; Cox, A. B.; Lett, J. T.

    1988-01-01

    Age-related modifications of DNA bases have been observed in the liver of the New Zealand white (NZW) rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), a lagomorph with a median life span in captivity of 5-7 yr. The ages of the animals studied ranged from 6 wk to 9 yr. After the DNA had been extracted from the liver cell nuclei and hydrolyzed with acid, the bases were analyzed by column chromatography with Cellulofine gels (GC-15-m). Two peaks in the chromatogram, which eluted before the four DNA bases, contained modified bases. Those materials, which were obtained in relatively large amounts from old animals, were highly fluorescent, and were shown to be crosslinked base products by mass spectrometry. The yield of crosslinked products versus rabbit age (greater than 0.5 yr) can be fitted by an exponential function (correlation coefficient: 0.76 +/- 0.09).

  9. Research on Dependable Ionizing Radiation Protection based on Model i*

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    Tan Hai

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The software’s unreliability mostly attributes to an erroneous analysis on the requirements done at the beginning. In this paper, we apply the tool of i* frame requirement modeling and build early requirement model against ionizing radiation. After finding out possible risks and corresponding solutions during the process of modeling analysis, we propose reasoning models against ionizing radiation. The radiation protection system  with  the  above models  can  figure out  the  purpose  of agents  related  to radiant source and provide normal service even when the environment software system is being interfered. It can serve the ecological and economical society with stability and development.  The model is divided into several sections. Section 1 gives the outline of the dependant software. Section 2 illustrates the  i* frame  technology. Section 3, 4 and 5 cover the topic of dependant security requirement analysis, SD&SR model on ionizing radiation respectively. Section 6 gives the conclusion.

  10. Spin-dependent transport in oxide-based tunnel junctions

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    Galceran Vercher, Regina

    2015-01-01

    Aquesta tesi estudia les propietats de magnetotransport en unions túnel on un dels elèctrodes és l’òxid ferromagnètic La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (LSMO). En concret, ens interessem per dos fenòmens diferents: (i) magnetoresistència (MR) en unions túnel amb un sol elèctrode magnètic i (ii) filtratge d’espí en unions túnel magnètiques. L’efecte túnel és extremadament dependent de les interfícies i una bona qualitat de les heteroestructures resulta crucial per a obtenir un bon rendiment dels dispositius. És ...

  11. Rank-Based Similarity Search: Reducing the Dimensional Dependence.

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    Houle, Michael E; Nett, Michael

    2015-01-01

    This paper introduces a data structure for k-NN search, the Rank Cover Tree (RCT), whose pruning tests rely solely on the comparison of similarity values; other properties of the underlying space, such as the triangle inequality, are not employed. Objects are selected according to their ranks with respect to the query object, allowing much tighter control on the overall execution costs. A formal theoretical analysis shows that with very high probability, the RCT returns a correct query result in time that depends very competitively on a measure of the intrinsic dimensionality of the data set. The experimental results for the RCT show that non-metric pruning strategies for similarity search can be practical even when the representational dimension of the data is extremely high. They also show that the RCT is capable of meeting or exceeding the level of performance of state-of-the-art methods that make use of metric pruning or other selection tests involving numerical constraints on distance values. PMID:26353214

  12. Porphyrin-based Nanostructure-Dependent Photodynamic and Photothermal Therapies

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    Jin, Cheng S.

    This thesis presents the investigation of nanostructure-dependent phototherapy. We reviewed the liposomal structures for delivery of photosensitizers, and introduced a novel class of phototransducing liposomes called "porphysomes". Porphysomes are self-assembled from high packing density of pyropheophorbide alpha-conjugated phospholipids, resulting in extreme self-quenching of porphyrin fluorescence and comparable optical absorption to gold nanoparticles for high photothermal efficiency. We demonstrated this self-assembly of porphyrin-lipid conjugates converts a singlet oxygen generating mechanism (photodynamic therapy PDT activity) of porphyrin to photothermal mechanism (photothermal therapy PTT activity). The efficacy of porphysome-enhanced PTT was then evaluated on two pre-clinical animal models. We validated porphysome-enabled focal PTT to treat orthotopic prostate cancer using MRI-guided focal laser placement to closely mimic the current clinic procedure. Furthermore, porphysome-enabled fluorescence-guided transbronchial PTT of lung cancer was demonstrated in rabbit orthotopic lung cancer models, which led to the development of an ultra-minimally invasive therapy for early-stage peripheral lung cancer. On the other hand, the nanostructure-mediated conversion of PDT to PTT can be switched back by nanoparticle dissociation. By incorporating folate-conjugated phospholipids into the formulation, porphysomes were internalized into cells rapidly via folate receptor-mediated endocytosis and resulted in efficient disruption of nanostructures, which turned back on the photodynamic activity of densely packed porphyrins, making a closed loop of conversion between PDT and PTT. The multimodal imaging and therapeutic features of porphysome make it ideal for future personalized cancer treatments.

  13. Base metal thermocouples drift rate dependence from thermoelement diameter

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    testing was used to establish the relation between the level of EMF drift and the lead diameter of the thermocouple thermoelements. Furthermore this data was also used to create a drift function which mathematically expresses the dependency between the drift rate and the diameter of the thermocouple leads

  14. Optical fiber temperature sensor based on wavelength-dependent detection

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    Zhigang Li(李志刚); Zhenhui Du(杜振辉); Baoguang Wang(王宝光); Chengzhi Jiang(蒋诚志)

    2004-01-01

    Semiconductor fiber temperature sensors have been used widely in many fields, but most of them pick up temperature by measuring the optical intensity of certain fixed narrow-band in absorption spectrum.Furthermore, they are sensitive to the loss of optical intensity and the fluctuation of light source power.The novel temperature measurement system proposed in this paper is based on the semiconductor absorption theory and the spectral analysis of method. To measure temperature, the sensor model detects not the certain narrow-band spectrum but the most spectra of the optical absorption edge. Therefore the measurement accuracy and the stability can be improved greatly. Experimental results are in agreement with theoretical analysis results perfectly.

  15. Structure for Dependability Computer-Based Systems from an Interdisciplinary Perspective

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    Besnard, Denis; Jones, Cliff

    2006-01-01

    Provides an overview of the work in dependable computer-based systems. Topics include fault tolerance, evolution, software development, HCI, architecture certification, dependability arguments, organisations diagrams, time and procedures. This book is useful for system developers, stakeholders, decision makers, policymakers and academics.

  16. Reliability and Dependability of Component-Based Software through reuse: An Analytical Study

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    Dr.Usman Ali Khan

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The use of software in business industry, defense, medical and research is increasing enormously. This significant increase has caused the developers to look for a flexible, timely, cost-efficient, trustworthy and dependable software development methodology. The kind of suppleness offered by the Component-Based Software Development (CBSD, and the opportunity of reducing costs and time through software reuse, has lead to an increased inclination towards component based development techniques. Reliability and dependability plays significant role in growth of software system, especially when the software development is component based. Reliability and dependability of complex information systems that are embedded in the infrastructure supporting advanced society has become a nationwide and worldwide concern of the highest priority. This paper addresses the key factors involved in enhancing the reliability and dependability in Component – Based Software Development

  17. Realization of spin-dependent splitting with arbitrary intensity patterns based on all-dielectric metasurfaces

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    Ke, Yougang; He, Yongli; Zhou, Junxiao; Luo, Hailu; Wen, Shuangchun

    2015-01-01

    We report the realization of spin-dependent splitting with arbitrary intensity patterns based on all-dielectric metasurface. Compared to the plasmonic metasurfaces, the all-dielectric metasurface exhibit more high transmission e?ciency and conversion e?ciency, which make it is possible to achieve the spin-dependent splitting with arbitrary intensity patterns. Our findings suggest a way for generation and manipulation of spin photons, and thereby o?er the possibility of developing spin-based nanophotonic applications.

  18. Effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Group Therapy Compared to the Usual Opioid Dependence Treatment

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    Saeed Imani; Mohammad Kazem Atef Vahid; Banafsheh Gharraee; Alireza Noroozi; Mojtaba Habibi; Sarah Bowen

    2015-01-01

     Objective: This study investigated the effectiveness of mindfulness-based group therapy (MBGT) compared to the usual opioid dependence treatment (TAU).Thirty outpatients meeting the DSM-IV-TR criteria for opioid dependence from Iranian National Center for Addiction Studies (INCAS) were randomly assigned into experimental (Mindfulness-Based Group Therapy) and control groups (the Usual Treatment).The experimental group undertook eight weeks of intervention, but the control group received the u...

  19. Operational Risk Aggregation Based on Business Line Dependence: A Mutual Information Approach

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    Wenzhou Wang; Limeng Shi; Xiaoqian Zhu

    2016-01-01

    The dependencies between different business lines of banks have serious effects on the accuracy of operational risk estimation. Furthermore, the dependencies are far more complicated than simple linear correlation. While Pearson correlation coefficient is constructed based on the hypothesis of a linear association, the mutual information that measures all the information of a random variable contained in another random variable is a powerful alternative. Based on mutual information, the gener...

  20. Clinical Trial of Abstinence-Based Vouchers and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Cannabis Dependence

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    Budney, Alan J.; Moore, Brent A.; Rocha, Heath L.; Higgins, Stephen T.

    2006-01-01

    Ninety cannabis-dependent adults seeking treatment were randomly assigned to receive cognitive-behavioral therapy, abstinence-based voucher incentives, or their combination. Treatment duration was 14 weeks, and outcomes were assessed for 12 months post treatment. Findings suggest that (a) abstinence-based vouchers were effective for engendering…

  1. Frequency dependence of the self-heating effect in polymer-based composites

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    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The self-heating effect caused by viscous energy dissipation in polymer-based composite structures subjected to harmonic loads is considered to have a great influence on the residual life of the component. The purpose of the conducted investigations is the determination of the dynamic mechanical behaviour of a polymer-based composite material under different excitation frequencies and temperatures.Design/methodology/approach: The dynamic mechanical analysis was employed for measurements of temperature and frequency dependence of the complex rigidity parameters. Obtained loss rigidity curves for different load frequencies enable the determination of the glass-transition temperatures and finally frequency-dependence of the loss rigidity determined on the basis of the kinetic molecular theory and Williams-Landel-Ferry (WLF hypothesis.Findings: The dependency between glass-transition temperature and excitation frequency has been investigated. The activation energy of the phase transition as well as the temperature dependence of the shift factor was calculated. The glass-transition temperature and constants of WLF equation enable the determination of temperature and frequency dependence of the loss rigidity according to the time-temperature superposition principle.Research limitations/implications: The ranges of temperatures were limited to 30-150 °C and excitation frequencies to 1-200 Hz, the behaviour of the composite material outside these ranges can be estimated based on the theoretical assumptions only. Obtained dependencies are correct only for linearly viscoelastic materials.Practical implications: Obtained dependencies can be useful for estimation of the mechanical and thermal degradation of polymer-based composites and can be subsequently applied for the determination of fatigue, crack growth and residual life of composite structures.Originality/value: The determination of temperature and frequency dependence of the loss rigidity

  2. Magnetic field dependence of the vortex structure based on the microscopic theory

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    We investigate the vortex structure in the vortex lattice state by the self-consistent numerical calculation based on the microscopic theory, and focus on the magnetic field dependence. First, we study the vortex structure comparatively for the s-wave and the dx2-y2-wave pairing cases by the quasi-classical Eilenberger theory. We show the spatial variation of the local density of states (LDOS), and discuss the field dependence of the spatially averaged density of states, vortex core radius, and internal field distribution. Second, we propose the site-selective NMR relaxation time measurement as a new method to observe the quasiparticle state around the vortex core. We explain the relation between the LDOS and the temperature dependence of the site-selective T1 based on the Bogoliubov-de Gennes theory, and discuss the field dependence of the T1-behavior. (orig.)

  3. Copula-EVT Based Tail Dependence Structure of Financial Markets in China

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    2008-01-01

    Tail dependence structure model based on Copula theory and extreme value theory (EVT) is constructed to picture the tail correlation of financial time series more exact. The empirical research results show that the Gumbel Copula can fit the upper and lower tail dependence structures of Shanghai A share index and Shenzhen A share index, and correlation of upper tails of both indices is stronger than that of lower-tails.

  4. ICT based estimation of time-dependent origin-destination matrices

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    Barceló Bugeda, Jaime; Montero Mercadé, Lídia; Marqués, Laura; Carmona, Carlos

    2011-01-01

    Time-Dependent Origin-Destination (OD) matrices are a key input to Dynamic Traffic Models, microscopic and mesoscopic traffic simulators are relevant examples of such models, traditionally used to assist in the design and evaluation of Traffic Management and Information Systems (ATMS/ATIS). Dynamic traffic models are also starting to be used to support real-time traffic management decisions. The typical approaches to the time-dependent OD estimation have been based either on ad hoc heuristics...

  5. Toward a Formalism for Conservative Claims about the Dependability of Software-Based Systems

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    Bishop, P. G.; Bloomfield, R. E.; Littlewood, B.; Povyakalo, A. A.; Wright, D

    2011-01-01

    In recent work, we have argued for a formal treatment of confidence about the claims made in dependability cases for software-based systems. The key idea underlying this work is "the inevitability of uncertainty": It is rarely possible to assert that a claim about safety or reliability is true with certainty. Much of this uncertainty is epistemic in nature, so it seems inevitable that expert judgment will continue to play an important role in dependability cases. Here, we consider a simple ca...

  6. Error exponent analysis of person identification based on fusion of dependent/independent modalities

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    Koval, Oleksiy; Voloshynovskyy, Svyatoslav; Pun, Thierry

    2007-01-01

    Abstract-Performance limits of multimodal detection systems are analyzed in this paper. Two main setups are analyzed, i.e., based on fusion of dependent and independent modalities, respectively. The analysis is performed in terms of attainable probability of detection errors characterized by the corresponding error exponents. It is demonstrated that an expected performance gain from fusion of dependent modalities is superior than in the case when one fuses independent signals. In order to qua...

  7. Leucine-based receptor sorting motifs are dependent on the spacing relative to the plasma membrane

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    Geisler, C; Dietrich, J; Nielsen, B L;

    1998-01-01

    amino acid, is constitutively active. In this study, we have investigated how the spacing relative to the plasma membrane affects the function of both types of leucine-based motifs. For phosphorylation-dependent leucine-based motifs, a minimal spacing of 7 residues between the plasma membrane and the...... phospho-acceptor was required for phosphorylation and thereby activation of the motifs. For constitutively active leucine-based motifs, a minimal spacing of 6 residues between the plasma membrane and the acidic residue was required for optimal activity of the motifs. In addition, we found that the acidic......Many integral membrane proteins contain leucine-based motifs within their cytoplasmic domains that mediate internalization and intracellular sorting. Two types of leucine-based motifs have been identified. One type is dependent on phosphorylation, whereas the other type, which includes an acidic...

  8. Repair and Strengthening Assessment of Existing Bridges Based on Time-Dependent Reliability Analysis

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    孙晓燕; 黄承逵; 孙保沭

    2004-01-01

    The strategy on repair and strengthening of existing bridges based on time-dependent reliability was analyzed with the maximum expected benefit as the objective function. A sample of risk-ranking decision was illustrated based on updated inspection information with 35 survival age. The effect of improvement of live loads and difference of repair methods on time-dependent reliability of existing bridges are considered. The results show that the decision method can be used in real project, with the cost of failure consequence and the risk of failure considered.

  9. Temperature Dependent IR-Drop Analysis in Graphene Nanoribbon Based Power Interconnect

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The paper proposes a temperature dependent resistive model of graphene nanoribbon (GNR based power interconnects. Using the proposed model, IR-drop analysis for 16nm technology node latest by ITRS is performed. For a temperature range from 150 K to 450 K, the variation of resistance of GNR interconnect is ~ 2-5 × times lesser than that of traditional copper based power interconnects. Our analysis shows that GNR based power interconnects can show ~ 2-3 times reduction in Peak IR-drop as compared with copper based interconnects for local, intermediate and global interconnects.

  10. Dependent Neyman type A processes based on common shock Poisson approach

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    Kadilar, Gamze Özel; Kadilar, Cem

    2016-04-01

    The Neyman type A process is used for describing clustered data since the Poisson process is insufficient for clustering of events. In a multivariate setting, there may be dependencies between multivarite Neyman type A processes. In this study, dependent form of the Neyman type A process is considered under common shock approach. Then, the joint probability function are derived for the dependent Neyman type A Poisson processes. Then, an application based on forest fires in Turkey are given. The results show that the joint probability function of the dependent Neyman type A processes, which is obtained in this study, can be a good tool for the probabilistic fitness for the total number of burned trees in Turkey.

  11. Operational Risk Aggregation Based on Business Line Dependence: A Mutual Information Approach

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    Wenzhou Wang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The dependencies between different business lines of banks have serious effects on the accuracy of operational risk estimation. Furthermore, the dependencies are far more complicated than simple linear correlation. While Pearson correlation coefficient is constructed based on the hypothesis of a linear association, the mutual information that measures all the information of a random variable contained in another random variable is a powerful alternative. Based on mutual information, the generalized correlation coefficient which can capture both linear and nonlinear correlation can be derived. This paper models the correlation between business lines by mutual information and normal copula. The experiment on a real-world Chinese bank operational risk data set shows that using mutual information to model the dependencies between business lines is more reasonable than linear correlation.

  12. Optimal condition-based maintenance decisions for systems with dependent stochastic degradation of components

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    Components in engineered systems are subjected to stochastic deterioration due to the operating environmental conditions, and the uncertainty in material properties. The components need to be inspected and possibly replaced based on preventive or failure replacement criteria to provide the intended and safe operation of the system. In the present study, we investigate the influence of dependent stochastic degradation of multiple components on the optimal maintenance decisions. We use copula to model the dependent stochastic degradation of components, and formulate the optimal decision problem based on the minimum expected cost rule and the stochastic dominance rules. The latter is used to cope with decision maker's risk attitude. We illustrate the developed probabilistic analysis approach and the influence of the dependency of the stochastic degradation on the preferred decisions through numerical examples

  13. Intensity dependence of the minority-carrier difusion length in amorphous silicon based alloys

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    Hack, M.; Shur, M.

    1984-04-01

    Many of the recent measurements of the minority-carrier diffusion length (Lp) in amorphous silicon based alloys have been based on a utilization of the surface photovoltage (SPV). In this case an equation relating photon flux and Lp under ideal conditions has to be modified because of the back diffusion of carriers and the effects of high field regions. To account for the high field region, the 'aparent' diffusion length has been determined for varying intensities of bias light. In the present investigation, a theoretical analysis shows that the zero field diffusion length is indeed intensity dependent and that this dependence can be directly related to the slope of the density of states near the valence band edge. The intensity dependence of the minority carrier diffusion length and the energy slope of the density of states near the valence band edge are obtained on the basis of experimental results.

  14. Transition-Based Dependency Parsing with Stack Long Short-Term Memory

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    Dyer, Chris; Ballesteros, Miguel, (O. Minim.); Ling, Wang; Matthews, Austin; Smith, Noah A.

    2015-01-01

    We propose a technique for learning representations of parser states in transition-based dependency parsers. Our primary innovation is a new control structure for sequence-to-sequence neural networks---the stack LSTM. Like the conventional stack data structures used in transition-based parsing, elements can be pushed to or popped from the top of the stack in constant time, but, in addition, an LSTM maintains a continuous space embedding of the stack contents. This lets us formulate an efficie...

  15. Development of a new preference-based instrument to measure dependency

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    Eva Rodríguez Míguez; José María Abellán Perpiñán; José Carlos Álvarez Villamarín; José Manuel González Martínez; Antonio Rodríguez Sampayo

    2013-01-01

    This paper reports the estimation of a preference-based scoring algorithm for a new dependency health state classification system. According to this system health states are described as a combination of 6 attributes (eat, incontinence, personal care, mobility, housework and cognition/mental problems), with 3 or 4 levels each. The tariff of this instrument is based on community preferences, hence it is consistent with the so-called ‘societal perspective’. Preference weights can be used in QAL...

  16. An electroplating topography model based on layout-dependent variation of copper deposition rate

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    Wang Qiang; Chen Lan; Li Zhigang; Ruan Wenbiao

    2011-01-01

    A layout-pattern-dependent electroplating model is developed based on the physical mechanism of the electroplating process.Our proposed electroplating model has an advantage over former ones due to a consideration of the variation of copper deposition rate with different layout parameters during the process.The simulation results compared with silicon data demonstrate the improvement in accuracy.

  17. Condition-dependent expression of melanin-based coloration in the Eurasian kestrel

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    Piault, Romain; van den Brink, Valentijn; Roulin, Alexandre

    2012-01-01

    Melanin is the most common pigment in animal integuments and is responsible for some of the most striking ornaments. A central tenet of sexual selection theory states that melanin-based traits can signal absolute individual quality in any environment only if their expression is condition-dependent.

  18. Managing Dependencies in Knowledge-Based Systems: A Graph-Based Approach

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    Tapankov, Martin

    2009-01-01

    In knowledge-based engineering, the inference engine plays an important part in the behaviour of the system. A flexible and adaptive execution scheme allows the designer to experiment with different modes of operation and selecting an appropriate one with respect to the initial data set and the execution goal. In this project, an extension of an existing research prototype software in the field of knowledge-based engineering will be developed, with the goal of building a reliable and easy to ...

  19. Simulation of biochemical reactions with time-dependent rates by the rejection-based algorithm

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    We address the problem of simulating biochemical reaction networks with time-dependent rates and propose a new algorithm based on our rejection-based stochastic simulation algorithm (RSSA) [Thanh et al., J. Chem. Phys. 141(13), 134116 (2014)]. The computation for selecting next reaction firings by our time-dependent RSSA (tRSSA) is computationally efficient. Furthermore, the generated trajectory is exact by exploiting the rejection-based mechanism. We benchmark tRSSA on different biological systems with varying forms of reaction rates to demonstrate its applicability and efficiency. We reveal that for nontrivial cases, the selection of reaction firings in existing algorithms introduces approximations because the integration of reaction rates is very computationally demanding and simplifying assumptions are introduced. The selection of the next reaction firing by our approach is easier while preserving the exactness

  20. A Shortest Dependency Path Based Convolutional Neural Network for Protein-Protein Relation Extraction

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    Quan, Chanqin

    2016-01-01

    The state-of-the-art methods for protein-protein interaction (PPI) extraction are primarily based on kernel methods, and their performances strongly depend on the handcraft features. In this paper, we tackle PPI extraction by using convolutional neural networks (CNN) and propose a shortest dependency path based CNN (sdpCNN) model. The proposed method (1) only takes the sdp and word embedding as input and (2) could avoid bias from feature selection by using CNN. We performed experiments on standard Aimed and BioInfer datasets, and the experimental results demonstrated that our approach outperformed state-of-the-art kernel based methods. In particular, by tracking the sdpCNN model, we find that sdpCNN could extract key features automatically and it is verified that pretrained word embedding is crucial in PPI task. PMID:27493967

  1. A Method Based on Intuitionistic Fuzzy Dependent Aggregation Operators for Supplier Selection

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    Fen Wang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Recently, resolving the decision making problem of evaluation and ranking the potential suppliers have become as a key strategic factor for business firms. In this paper, two new intuitionistic fuzzy aggregation operators are developed: dependent intuitionistic fuzzy ordered weighed averaging (DIFOWA operator and dependent intuitionistic fuzzy hybrid weighed aggregation (DIFHWA operator. Some of their main properties are studied. A method based on the DIFHWA operator for intuitionistic fuzzy multiple attribute decision making is presented. Finally, an illustrative example concerning supplier selection is given.

  2. Vibrationally resolved UV/Vis spectroscopy with time-dependent density functional based tight binding

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    Rüger, Robert; van Lenthe, Erik; Heine, Thomas; Visscher, Lucas

    2016-01-01

    We report a time-dependent density functional based tight-binding (TD-DFTB) scheme for the calculation of UV/Vis spectra, explicitly taking into account the excitation of nuclear vibrations via the harmonic approximation. The theory of vibrationally resolved UV/Vis spectroscopy is first summarized from the viewpoint of TD-DFTB. The method is benchmarked against time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) calculations for strongly dipole allowed excitations in various aromatic and polar molecules. Using the recent 3ob:freq parameter set of Elstner's group, excellent agreement with TD-DFT calculations using local functionals was achieved.

  3. Nuclear equation of state based on density dependent realistic effective NN interaction

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    Basu, D N

    2003-01-01

    A density dependent M3Y effective nucleon-nucleon (NN) interaction based on the G-matrix elements of the Reid-Elliott NN potential is used to determine the nuclear matter equation of state. The equilibrium density of the nuclear matter is determined by minimizing the energy per nucleon. The density dependence parameters are chosen to reproduce the saturation energy per nucleon and the saturation density of spin and isospin symmetric cold infinite nuclear matter. The nuclear matter equation of state thus obtained is then used to calculate the pressure, the energy density, the nuclear incompressibility and the velocity of sound in nuclear medium.

  4. Structural organization of films based on polyaniline/polysulfonic acid complexes depending on the synthesis method

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    The optical properties and morphology of complexes based on polyaniline (PANI) and poly(2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propanesulfonic acid) (PAMPS), depending on their synthesis conditions, have been characterized by UV-visible spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. The dependence of the electron absorption spectra of PANI/PAMPS complexes and the surface topography of their films on the initiation way of PANI formation (chemical and enzymatic) and the use of promoters of aniline polymerization has been investigated. The aniline polymerization kinetics with and without polymerization promoters has been studied. All PANI/PAMPS complexes are found to have a nanocomposite time-stable structure.

  5. Phase-Shifted Based Numerical Method for Modeling Frequency-Dependent Effects on Seismic Reflections

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    Chen, Xuehua; Qi, Yingkai; He, Xilei; He, Zhenhua; Chen, Hui

    2016-04-01

    The significant velocity dispersion and attenuation has often been observed when seismic waves propagate in fluid-saturated porous rocks. Both the magnitude and variation features of the velocity dispersion and attenuation are frequency-dependent and related closely to the physical properties of the fluid-saturated porous rocks. To explore the effects of frequency-dependent dispersion and attenuation on the seismic responses, in this work, we present a numerical method for seismic data modeling based on the diffusive and viscous wave equation (DVWE), which introduces the poroelastic theory and takes into account diffusive and viscous attenuation in diffusive-viscous-theory. We derive a phase-shift wave extrapolation algorithm in frequencywavenumber domain for implementing the DVWE-based simulation method that can handle the simultaneous lateral variations in velocity, diffusive coefficient and viscosity. Then, we design a distributary channels model in which a hydrocarbon-saturated sand reservoir is embedded in one of the channels. Next, we calculated the synthetic seismic data to analytically and comparatively illustrate the seismic frequency-dependent behaviors related to the hydrocarbon-saturated reservoir, by employing DVWE-based and conventional acoustic wave equation (AWE) based method, respectively. The results of the synthetic seismic data delineate the intrinsic energy loss, phase delay, lower instantaneous dominant frequency and narrower bandwidth due to the frequency-dependent dispersion and attenuation when seismic wave travels through the hydrocarbon-saturated reservoir. The numerical modeling method is expected to contribute to improve the understanding of the features and mechanism of the seismic frequency-dependent effects resulted from the hydrocarbon-saturated porous rocks.

  6. Growth dependence of conjugation explains limited plasmid invasion in biofilms: an individual‐based modelling study

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    Merkey, Brian; Lardon, Laurent; Seoane, Jose Miguel;

    2011-01-01

    Plasmid invasion in biofilms is often surprisingly limited in spite of the close contact of cells in a biofilm. We hypothesized that this poor plasmid spread into deeper biofilm layers is caused by a dependence of conjugation on the growth rate (relative to the maximum growth rate) of the donor....... By extending an individual‐based model of microbial growth and interactions to include the dynamics of plasmid carriage and transfer by individual cells, we were able to conduct in silico tests of this and other hypotheses on the dynamics of conjugal plasmid transfer in biofilms. For a generic model plasmid......, we find that invasion of a resident biofilm is indeed limited when plasmid transfer depends on growth, but not so in the absence of growth dependence. Using sensitivity analysis we also find that parameters related to timing (i.e. a lag before the transconjugant can transfer, transfer proficiency...

  7. Relativistic mean field interaction with density dependent meson-nucleon vertices based on microscopical calculations

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    Roca-Maza, X; Centelles, M; Ring, P; Schuck, P

    2011-01-01

    Although ab-initio calculations of relativistic Brueckner theory lead to large scalar isovector fields in nuclear matter, at present, successful versions of covariant density functional theory neglect the interactions in this channel. A new high precision density functional DD-ME$\\delta$ is presented which includes four mesons $\\sigma$, $\\omega$, $\\delta$, and $\\rho$ with density dependent meson-nucleon couplings. It is based to a large extent on microscopic ab-initio calculations in nuclear matter. Only four of its parameters are determined by adjusting to binding energies and charge radii of finite nuclei. The other parameters, in particular the density dependence of the meson-nucleon vertices, are adjusted to non-relativistic and relativistic Brueckner calculations of symmetric and asymmetric nuclear matter. The isovector effective mass $m_{p}^{\\ast}-m_{n}^{\\ast}$ derived from relativistic Brueckner theory is used to determine the coupling strength of the $\\delta$-meson and its density dependence.

  8. Microstructural indicators of transition mechanisms in time-dependent fatigue crack growth in nickel base superalloys

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    Heeter, Ann E.

    Gas turbine engines are an important part of power generation in modern society, especially in the field of aerospace. Aerospace engines are design to last approximately 30 years and the engine components must be designed to survive for the life of the engine or to be replaced at regular intervals to ensure consumer safety. Fatigue crack growth analysis is a vital component of design for an aerospace component. Crack growth modeling and design methods date back to an origin around 1950 with a high rate of accuracy. The new generation of aerospace engines is designed to be efficient as possible and require higher operating temperatures than ever seen before in previous generations. These higher temperatures place more stringent requirements on the material crack growth performance under creep and time dependent conditions. Typically the types of components which are subject to these requirements are rotating disk components which are made from advanced materials such as nickel base superalloys. Traditionally crack growth models have looked at high temperature crack growth purely as a function of temperature and assumed that all crack growth was either controlled by a cycle dependent or time dependent mechanism. This new analysis is trying to evaluate the transition between cycle-dependent and time-dependent mechanism and the microstructural markers that characterize this transitional behavior. The physical indications include both the fracture surface morphology as well as the shape of the crack front. The research will evaluate whether crack tunneling occurs and whether it consistently predicts a transition from cycle-dependent crack growth to time-dependent crack growth. The study is part of a larger research program trying to include the effects of geometry, mission profile and environmental effects, in addition to temperature effects, as a part of the overall crack growth system. The outcome will provide evidence for various transition types and correlate those

  9. Cigarette smoking, nicotine dependence and anxiety disorders: a systematic review of population-based, epidemiological studies

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    Moylan Steven

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Multiple studies have demonstrated that rates of smoking and nicotine dependence are increased in individuals with anxiety disorders. However, significant variability exists in the epidemiological literature exploring this relationship, including study design (cross-sectional versus prospective, the population assessed (random sample versus clinical population and diagnostic instrument utilized. Methods We undertook a systematic review of population-based observational studies that utilized recognized structured clinical diagnostic criteria (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM or International Classification of Diseases (ICD for anxiety disorder diagnosis to investigate the relationship between cigarette smoking, nicotine dependence and anxiety disorders. Results In total, 47 studies met the predefined inclusion criteria, with 12 studies providing prospective information and 5 studies providing quasiprospective information. The available evidence suggests that some baseline anxiety disorders are a risk factor for initiation of smoking and nicotine dependence, although the evidence is heterogeneous and many studies did not control for the effect of comorbid substance use disorders. The identified evidence however appeared to more consistently support cigarette smoking and nicotine dependence as being a risk factor for development of some anxiety disorders (for example, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, although these findings were not replicated in all studies. A number of inconsistencies in the literature were identified. Conclusions Although many studies have demonstrated increased rates of smoking and nicotine dependence in individuals with anxiety disorders, there is a limited and heterogeneous literature that has prospectively examined this relationship in population studies using validated diagnostic criteria. The most consistent evidence supports smoking and nicotine dependence as

  10. Childhood ADHD and risk for substance dependence in adulthood: a longitudinal, population-based study.

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    Sharon Levy

    Full Text Available Adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD are known to be at significantly greater risk for the development of substance use disorders (SUD compared to peers. Impulsivity, which could lead to higher levels of drug use, is a known symptom of ADHD and likely accounts, in part, for this relationship. Other factors, such as a biologically increased susceptibility to substance dependence (addiction, may also play a role.This report further examines the relationships between childhood ADHD, adolescent- onset SUD, and substance abuse and substance dependence in adulthood.Individuals with childhood ADHD and non-ADHD controls from the same population-based birth cohort were invited to participate in a prospective outcome study. Participants completed a structured neuropsychiatric interview with modules for SUD and a psychosocial questionnaire. Information on adolescent SUD was obtained retrospectively, in a previous study, from medical and school records. Associations were summarized using odds ratios (OR and 95% CIs estimated from logistic regression models adjusted for age and gender.A total of 232 ADHD cases and 335 non-ADHD controls participated (mean age, 27.0 and 28.6 years, respectively. ADHD cases were more likely than controls to have a SUD diagnosed in adolescence and were more likely to have alcohol (adjusted OR 14.38, 95% CI 1.49-138.88 and drug (adjusted OR 3.48, 95% CI 1.38-8.79 dependence in adulthood. The subgroup of participating ADHD cases who did not have SUD during adolescence were no more likely than controls to develop new onset alcohol dependence as adults, although they were significantly more likely to develop new onset drug dependence.Our study found preliminary evidence that adults with childhood ADHD are more susceptible than peers to developing drug dependence, a disorder associated with neurological changes in the brain. The relationship between ADHD and alcohol dependence appears to be more complex.

  11. Enabling Requirements-Based Programming for Highly-Dependable Complex Parallel and Distributed Systems

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    Hinchey, Michael G.; Rash, James L.; Rouff, Christopher A.

    2005-01-01

    The manual application of formal methods in system specification has produced successes, but in the end, despite any claims and assertions by practitioners, there is no provable relationship between a manually derived system specification or formal model and the customer's original requirements. Complex parallel and distributed system present the worst case implications for today s dearth of viable approaches for achieving system dependability. No avenue other than formal methods constitutes a serious contender for resolving the problem, and so recognition of requirements-based programming has come at a critical juncture. We describe a new, NASA-developed automated requirement-based programming method that can be applied to certain classes of systems, including complex parallel and distributed systems, to achieve a high degree of dependability.

  12. Dependence of the modulation response of quantum dot based nanocavity devices on the number of emitters

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    Lorke, Michael; Nielsen, Torben Roland; Mørk, Jesper

    2011-01-01

    A microscopic theory is used to study the dynamical properties of semiconductor quantum dot based nanocavity laser systems. The carrier kinetics and photon populations are determined using a fully quantum mechanical treatment of the light‐matter coupling. In this work, we investigate the dependency...... of the modulation response in such devices on the number of emitters coupled to the cavity mode. (© 2011 WILEY‐VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)...

  13. Implementation of an analogue model of a memristor based on a light-dependent resistor

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    In this paper, an analogue model of a memristor using a light-dependent resistor (LDR) is presented. This model can be simplified into two parts: a control circuit and a variable resistor. It can be used to easily verify theoretical presumptions about the switching properties of memristors. This LDR-based memristor model can also be used in both simulations and experiments for future research into memristor applications. The paper includes mathematical models, simulations, and experimental results

  14. Momentum-dependent mean field based upon the Dirac-Brueckner approach for nuclear matter

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    A momentum-dependent mean field potential, suitable for application in the transport-model description of nucleus-nucleus collisions, is derived in a microscopic way. The derivation is based upon the Bonn meson-exchange model for the nucleon-nucleon interaction and the Dirac-Brueckner approach for nuclear matter. The properties of the microscopic mean field are examined and compared with phenomenological parametrizations which are commonly used in transport-model calculations

  15. A Power Market Forward Curve with Hydrology Dependence - An Approach based on Artificial Neural Networks

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    Green, Rikard

    2014-01-01

    This paper develops an hourly forward curve for power markets where the intra-day and intra-week shapes (profiles) depend on the level of the hydrological balance. The shaping model is based on a feed-forward Artificial Neural Network (ANN), which is trained on a historical data set of hourly electricity spot prices from the Nord Pool market and weekly measurements of the Nordic hydrological balance. The yearly seasonal cycle is estimated with historical electricity forward prices from the...

  16. Humidity Dependence of Charge Transport through DNA Revealed by Silicon-Based Nanotweezers Manipulation

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    Yamahata, Christophe; Collard, Dominique; Takekawa, Tetsuya; Kumemura, Momoko; Hashiguchi, Gen; Fujita, Hiroyuki

    2007-01-01

    The study of the electrical properties of DNA has aroused increasing interest since the last decade. So far, controversial arguments have been put forward to explain the electrical charge transport through DNA. Our experiments on DNA bundles manipulated with silicon-based actuated tweezers demonstrate undoubtedly that humidity is the main factor affecting the electrical conduction in DNA. We explain the quasi-Ohmic behavior of DNA and the exponential dependence of its conductivity with relati...

  17. Sulfuric acid nucleation: power dependencies, variation with relative humidity, and effect of bases

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    J. H. Zollner

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Nucleation of particles composed of sulfuric acid, water, and nitrogen base molecules was studied using a continuous flow reactor. The particles formed from these vapors were detected with an ultrafine condensation particle counter, while vapors of sulfuric acid and nitrogen bases were detected by chemical ionization mass spectrometry. Variation of particle numbers with sulfuric acid concentration yielded a power dependency on sulfuric acid of 5 ± 1 for relative humidities of 14–68% at 296 K; similar experiments with varying water content yielded power dependencies on H2O of ~7. The critical cluster contains about 5 H2SO4 molecules and a new treatment of the power dependency for H2O suggests about 12 H2O molecules for these conditions. Addition of 2-to-45 pptv of ammonia or methyl amine resulted in up to millions of times more particles than in the absence of these compounds. Particle detection efficiencies, sulfuric acid and nitrogen base detection, wall losses, and the extent of particle growth are discussed with the help of a recent computational fluid dynamics study that simulated the flow and chemistry in the flow reactor. Results are compared to previous laboratory nucleation studies and they are also discussed in terms of atmospheric nucleation scenarios.

  18. Data Dependent Peak Model Based Spectrum Deconvolution for Analysis of High Resolution LC-MS Data

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    Wei, Xiaoli; Shi, Xue; Kim, Seongho; Patrick, Jeffrey S.; Binkley, Joe; Kong, Maiying; McClain, Craig; Zhang, Xiang

    2014-01-01

    A data dependent peak model (DDPM) based spectrum deconvolution method was developed for analysis of high resolution LC-MS data. To construct the selected ion chromatogram (XIC), a clustering method, the density based spatial clustering of applications with noise (DBSCAN), is applied to all m/z values of an LC-MS data set to group the m/z values into each XIC. The DBSCAN constructs XICs without the need for a user defined m/z variation window. After the XIC construction, the peaks of molecula...

  19. Modeling of Rate-Dependent Hysteresis Using a GPO-Based Adaptive Filter

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    Zhen Zhang; Yaopeng Ma

    2016-01-01

    A novel generalized play operator-based (GPO-based) nonlinear adaptive filter is proposed to model rate-dependent hysteresis nonlinearity for smart actuators. In the proposed filter, the input signal vector consists of the output of a tapped delay line. GPOs with various thresholds are used to construct a nonlinear network and connected with the input signals. The output signal of the filter is composed of a linear combination of signals from the output of GPOs. The least-mean-square (LMS) al...

  20. Estimating the survival function based on the semi-Markov model for dependent censoring.

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    Zhao, Ziqiang; Zheng, Ming; Jin, Zhezhen

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, we study a nonparametric maximum likelihood estimator (NPMLE) of the survival function based on a semi-Markov model under dependent censoring. We show that the NPMLE is asymptotically normal and achieves asymptotic nonparametric efficiency. We also provide a uniformly consistent estimator of the corresponding asymptotic covariance function based on an information operator. The finite-sample performance of the proposed NPMLE is examined with simulation studies, which show that the NPMLE has smaller mean squared error than the existing estimators and its corresponding pointwise confidence intervals have reasonable coverages. A real example is also presented. PMID:25772373

  1. Condition-based prediction of time-dependent reliability in composites

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    This paper presents a reliability-based prediction methodology to obtain the remaining useful life of composite materials subjected to fatigue degradation. Degradation phenomena such as stiffness reduction and increase in matrix micro-cracks density are sequentially estimated through a Bayesian filtering framework that incorporates information from both multi-scale damage models and damage measurements, that are sequentially collected along the process. A set of damage states are further propagated forward in time by simulating the damage progression using the models in the absence of new damage measurements to estimate the time-dependent reliability of the composite material. As a key contribution, the estimation of the remaining useful life is obtained as a probability from the prediction of the time-dependent reliability, whose validity is formally proven using the axioms of Probability Logic. A case study is presented using multi-scale fatigue damage data from a cross-ply carbon-epoxy laminate. - Highlights: • A prognostics framework is proposed to predict fatigue damage in composite materials. • The prognostics methodology is formulated to incorporate uncertainties. • Time-dependent reliability predictions are obtained using particle filters. • RUL is straightforwardly obtained from the calculation of time-dependent reliability. • A case study is presented using multi-scale fatigue damage data

  2. Design and Implementation of BCM Rule Based on Spike-Timing Dependent Plasticity

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    Azghadi, Mostafa Rahimi; Iannella, Nicolangelo; Abbott, Derek

    2012-01-01

    The Bienenstock-Cooper-Munro (BCM) and Spike Timing-Dependent Plasticity (STDP) rules are two experimentally verified form of synaptic plasticity where the alteration of synaptic weight depends upon the rate and the timing of pre- and post-synaptic firing of action potentials, respectively. Previous studies have reported that under specific conditions, i.e. when a random train of Poissonian distributed spikes are used as inputs, and weight changes occur according to STDP, it has been shown that the BCM rule is an emergent property. Here, the applied STDP rule can be either classical pair-based STDP rule, or the more powerful triplet-based STDP rule. In this paper, we demonstrate the use of two distinct VLSI circuit implementations of STDP to examine whether BCM learning is an emergent property of STDP. These circuits are stimulated with random Poissonian spike trains. The first circuit implements the classical pair-based STDP, while the second circuit realizes a previously described triplet-based STDP rule. T...

  3. Addressing dependability by applying an approach for model-based risk assessment

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    This paper describes how an approach for model-based risk assessment (MBRA) can be applied for addressing different dependability factors in a critical application. Dependability factors, such as availability, reliability, safety and security, are important when assessing the dependability degree of total systems involving digital instrumentation and control (I and C) sub-systems. In order to identify risk sources their roles with regard to intentional system aspects such as system functions, component behaviours and intercommunications must be clarified. Traditional risk assessment is based on fault or risk models of the system. In contrast to this, MBRA utilizes success-oriented models describing all intended system aspects, including functional, operational and organizational aspects of the target. The EU-funded CORAS project developed a tool-supported methodology for the application of MBRA in security-critical systems. The methodology has been tried out within the telemedicine and e-commerce areas, and provided through a series of seven trials a sound basis for risk assessments. In this paper the results from the CORAS project are presented, and it is discussed how the approach for applying MBRA meets the needs of a risk-informed Man-Technology-Organization (MTO) model, and how methodology can be applied as a part of a trust case development

  4. Addressing dependability by applying an approach for model-based risk assessment

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    Gran, Bjorn Axel [Institutt for energiteknikk, OECD Halden Reactor Project, NO-1751 Halden (Norway)]. E-mail: bjorn.axel.gran@hrp.no; Fredriksen, Rune [Institutt for energiteknikk, OECD Halden Reactor Project, NO-1751 Halden (Norway)]. E-mail: rune.fredriksen@hrp.no; Thunem, Atoosa P.-J. [Institutt for energiteknikk, OECD Halden Reactor Project, NO-1751 Halden (Norway)]. E-mail: atoosa.p-j.thunem@hrp.no

    2007-11-15

    This paper describes how an approach for model-based risk assessment (MBRA) can be applied for addressing different dependability factors in a critical application. Dependability factors, such as availability, reliability, safety and security, are important when assessing the dependability degree of total systems involving digital instrumentation and control (I and C) sub-systems. In order to identify risk sources their roles with regard to intentional system aspects such as system functions, component behaviours and intercommunications must be clarified. Traditional risk assessment is based on fault or risk models of the system. In contrast to this, MBRA utilizes success-oriented models describing all intended system aspects, including functional, operational and organizational aspects of the target. The EU-funded CORAS project developed a tool-supported methodology for the application of MBRA in security-critical systems. The methodology has been tried out within the telemedicine and e-commerce areas, and provided through a series of seven trials a sound basis for risk assessments. In this paper the results from the CORAS project are presented, and it is discussed how the approach for applying MBRA meets the needs of a risk-informed Man-Technology-Organization (MTO) model, and how methodology can be applied as a part of a trust case development.

  5. Inverse Temperature Dependence of Nuclear Quantum Effects in DNA Base Pairs.

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    Fang, Wei; Chen, Ji; Rossi, Mariana; Feng, Yexin; Li, Xin-Zheng; Michaelides, Angelos

    2016-06-01

    Despite the inherently quantum mechanical nature of hydrogen bonding, it is unclear how nuclear quantum effects (NQEs) alter the strengths of hydrogen bonds. With this in mind, we use ab initio path integral molecular dynamics to determine the absolute contribution of NQEs to the binding in DNA base pair complexes, arguably the most important hydrogen-bonded systems of all. We find that depending on the temperature, NQEs can either strengthen or weaken the binding within the hydrogen-bonded complexes. As a somewhat counterintuitive consequence, NQEs can have a smaller impact on hydrogen bond strengths at cryogenic temperatures than at room temperature. We rationalize this in terms of a competition of NQEs between low-frequency and high-frequency vibrational modes. Extending this idea, we also propose a simple model to predict the temperature dependence of NQEs on hydrogen bond strengths in general. PMID:27195654

  6. Spectral-based Propagation Schemes for Time-Dependent Quantum Systems with Application to Carbon Nanotubes

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    Chen, Zuojing

    2010-01-01

    Effective modeling and numerical spectral-based propagation schemes are proposed for addressing the challenges in time-dependent quantum simulations of systems ranging from atoms, molecules, and nanostructures to emerging nanoelectronic devices. While time-dependent Hamiltonian problems can be formally solved by propagating the solutions along tiny simulation time steps, a direct numerical treatment is often considered too computationally demanding. In this paper, however, we propose to go beyond these limitations by introducing high-performance numerical propagation schemes to compute the solution of the time-ordered evolution operator. In addition to the direct Hamiltonian diagonalizations that can be efficiently performed using the new eigenvalue solver FEAST, we have designed a Gaussian propagation scheme and a basis transformed propagation scheme (BTPS) which allow to reduce considerably the simulation times needed by time intervals. It is outlined that BTPS offers the best computational efficiency allow...

  7. Modeling dependence based on mixture copulas and its application in risk management

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    OUYANG Zi-sheng; LIAO Hui; YANG Xiang-qun

    2009-01-01

    This paper is concerned with the statistical modeling of the dependence structure of multivariate financial data using the copula, and the application of copula functions in VaR valuation. After the introduction of the pure copula method and the maximum and minimum mixture copula method, authors present a new algorithm based on the more generalized mixture copula functions and the dependence measure, and apply the method to the portfolio of Shanghai stock composite index and Shenzhen stock component index. Comparing with the results from various methods, one can find that the mixture copula method is better than the pure Gaussia copula method and the maximum and minimum mixture copula method on different VaR level.

  8. Inverse Temperature Dependence of Nuclear Quantum Effects in DNA Base Pairs

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    2016-01-01

    Despite the inherently quantum mechanical nature of hydrogen bonding, it is unclear how nuclear quantum effects (NQEs) alter the strengths of hydrogen bonds. With this in mind, we use ab initio path integral molecular dynamics to determine the absolute contribution of NQEs to the binding in DNA base pair complexes, arguably the most important hydrogen-bonded systems of all. We find that depending on the temperature, NQEs can either strengthen or weaken the binding within the hydrogen-bonded complexes. As a somewhat counterintuitive consequence, NQEs can have a smaller impact on hydrogen bond strengths at cryogenic temperatures than at room temperature. We rationalize this in terms of a competition of NQEs between low-frequency and high-frequency vibrational modes. Extending this idea, we also propose a simple model to predict the temperature dependence of NQEs on hydrogen bond strengths in general. PMID:27195654

  9. Steganalysis for LSB Matching Based on the Dependences Between Neighboring Pixels

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    Jun Zhang

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available It is hard to detect LSB matching steganography, especially in low embedding rate. However there are still some chances to attack it since the data embedding alters the dependences between neighboring pixels.  Based on this fact, this paper proposes a novel steganalysis method by modeling the dependences. The neighboring pixels are divided into three groups: horizontal, vertical, and diagonal.  Then, the prediction errors of the central pixel are calculated by each group respectively. Finally, the empirical probability matrices among these prediction errors are computed and used as features for steganalysis. Experimental results show the proposed method has better performance than SPAM scheme, which currently is the most sensitive detector for LSB Matching. Furthermore, combined with the SPAM features, the method achieves the best accuracy.

  10. Condition-dependence, pleiotropy and the handicap principle of sexual selection in melanin-based colouration.

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    Roulin, Alexandre

    2016-05-01

    The signalling function of melanin-based colouration is debated. Sexual selection theory states that ornaments should be costly to produce, maintain, wear or display to signal quality honestly to potential mates or competitors. An increasing number of studies supports the hypothesis that the degree of melanism covaries with aspects of body condition (e.g. body mass or immunity), which has contributed to change the initial perception that melanin-based colour ornaments entail no costs. Indeed, the expression of many (but not all) melanin-based colour traits is weakly sensitive to the environment but strongly heritable suggesting that these colour traits are relatively cheap to produce and maintain, thus raising the question of how such colour traits could signal quality honestly. Here I review the production, maintenance and wearing/displaying costs that can generate a correlation between melanin-based colouration and body condition, and consider other evolutionary mechanisms that can also lead to covariation between colour and body condition. Because genes controlling melanic traits can affect numerous phenotypic traits, pleiotropy could also explain a linkage between body condition and colouration. Pleiotropy may result in differently coloured individuals signalling different aspects of quality that are maintained by frequency-dependent selection or local adaptation. Colouration may therefore not signal absolute quality to potential mates or competitors (e.g. dark males may not achieve a higher fitness than pale males); otherwise genetic variation would be rapidly depleted by directional selection. As a consequence, selection on heritable melanin-based colouration may not always be directional, but mate choice may be conditional to environmental conditions (i.e. context-dependent sexual selection). Despite the interest of evolutionary biologists in the adaptive value of melanin-based colouration, its actual role in sexual selection is still poorly understood. PMID

  11. Constraint-based modeling and kinetic analysis of the Smad dependent TGF-beta signaling pathway.

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    Zhike Zi

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Investigation of dynamics and regulation of the TGF-beta signaling pathway is central to the understanding of complex cellular processes such as growth, apoptosis, and differentiation. In this study, we aim at using systems biology approach to provide dynamic analysis on this pathway. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We proposed a constraint-based modeling method to build a comprehensive mathematical model for the Smad dependent TGF-beta signaling pathway by fitting the experimental data and incorporating the qualitative constraints from the experimental analysis. The performance of the model generated by constraint-based modeling method is significantly improved compared to the model obtained by only fitting the quantitative data. The model agrees well with the experimental analysis of TGF-beta pathway, such as the time course of nuclear phosphorylated Smad, the subcellular location of Smad and signal response of Smad phosphorylation to different doses of TGF-beta. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: The simulation results indicate that the signal response to TGF-beta is regulated by the balance between clathrin dependent endocytosis and non-clathrin mediated endocytosis. This model is useful to be built upon as new precise experimental data are emerging. The constraint-based modeling method can also be applied to quantitative modeling of other signaling pathways.

  12. Designing Structure-Dependent MPC-Based AGC Schemes Considering Network Topology

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    Young-Sik Jang

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the important features of structure-dependent model predictive control (MPC-based approaches for automatic generation control (AGC considering network topology. Since power systems have various generators under different topologies, it is necessary to reflect the characteristics of generators in power networks and the control system structures in order to improve the dynamic performance of AGC. Specifically, considering control system structures is very important because not only can the topological problems be reduced, but also a computing system for AGC in a bulk-power system can be realized. Based on these considerations, we propose new schemes in the proposed controller for minimizing inadvertent line flows and computational burden, which strengthen the advantages of MPC-based approach for AGC. Analysis and simulation results in the IEEE 39-bus model system show different dynamic behaviors among structure-dependent control schemes and possible improvements in computational burden via the proposed control scheme while system operators in each balancing area consider physical load reference ramp constraints among generators.

  13. Composition dependences and optimization of the magnetic properties of Fe-based metallic glasses

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    Fe-based metallic glasses (MGs) and their derivative nanocrystalline alloys have demonstrated promising properties and found wide practical applications for soft magnetic use. Yet it still remains unclear how to improve their magnetic properties by designing the alloy compositions. Here the composition dependences of magnetic properties are systematically examined and the interdependences among these properties are elucidated for the Fe-based MGs. The mechanisms are unraveled from the concentrations of fundamental magnetic units and their exchange interactions. It is revealed that the overall soft magnetic properties can be improved by increasing the base metal content or in parallel decreasing the content of metallic alloying elements. In particular, the alloying of P is found to benefit the global properties by elevating the capacity to contain more base metals, although the exchange interactions may be weakened concomitantly. This study helps establish the composition–property correlations and outline the designing strategies to optimize the magnetic properties of Fe-based MGs. Thus it is believed to have implications for the development and applications of Fe-based amorphous and nanocrystalline alloys. (paper)

  14. Effect of Angular Velocity on Sensors Based on Morphology Dependent Resonances

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    Amir R. Ali

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available We carried out an analysis to investigate the morphology dependent optical resonances shift (MDR of a rotating spherical resonator. The spinning resonator experiences an elastic deformation due to the centrifugal force acting on it, leading to a shift in its MDR. Experiments are also carried out to demonstrate the MDR shifts of a spinning polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS microsphere. The experimental results agree well with the analytical prediction. These studies demonstrated that spinning sensor based on MDR may experience sufficient shift in the optical resonances, therefore interfering with its desirable operational sensor design. Also the results show that angular velocity sensors could be designed using this principle.

  15. Effect of angular velocity on sensors based on morphology dependent resonances.

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    Ali, Amir R; Ioppolo, Tindaro

    2014-01-01

    We carried out an analysis to investigate the morphology dependent optical resonances shift (MDR) of a rotating spherical resonator. The spinning resonator experiences an elastic deformation due to the centrifugal force acting on it, leading to a shift in its MDR. Experiments are also carried out to demonstrate the MDR shifts of a spinning polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microsphere. The experimental results agree well with the analytical prediction. These studies demonstrated that spinning sensor based on MDR may experience sufficient shift in the optical resonances, therefore interfering with its desirable operational sensor design. Also the results show that angular velocity sensors could be designed using this principle. PMID:24759108

  16. Registration-Based Range-Dependence Compensation for Bistatic STAP Radars

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    Lapierre Fabian D

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available We address the problem of detecting slow-moving targets using space-time adaptive processing (STAP radar. Determining the optimum weights at each range requires data snapshots at neighboring ranges. However, in virtually all configurations, snapshot statistics are range dependent, meaning that snapshots are nonstationary with respect to range. This results in poor performance. In this paper, we propose a new compensation method based on registration of clutter ridges and designed to work on a single realization of the stochastic snapshot at each range. The method has been successfully tested on simulated, stochastic snapshots. An evaluation of performance is presented.

  17. Implementation of an analogue model of a memristor based on a light-dependent resistor

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    Wang Xiao-Yuan; Andrew L. Fitch; Herbert H. C. Iu; Victor Sreeram; Qi Wei-Gui

    2012-01-01

    In this paper,an analogue model of a memristor using a light-dependent resistor (LDR) is presented.This model can be simplified into two parts:a control circuit and a variable resistor.It can be used to easily verify theoretical presumptions about the switching properties of memristors.This LDR-based memristor model can also be used in both simulations and experiments for future research into memristor applications.The paper includes mathematical models,simulations,and experimental results.

  18. Multi-configuration time-dependent density-functional theory based on range separation

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    Fromager, E.; Knecht, S.; Jensen, Hans Jørgen Aagaard

    2013-01-01

    -range density-functional (DFT) description, is then considered. The resulting time-dependent multi-configuration short-range DFT (TD-MC-srDFT) model is applied to the calculation of singlet excitation energies in H, Be, and ferrocene, considering both short-range local density (srLDA) and generalized gradient......-parameter Becke-Lee-Yang-Parr functional (TD-DFT/CAM-B3LYP), and superior to wave-function (TD-MCSCF, symmetry adapted cluster-configuration interaction) and TD-DFT results based on LDA, GGA, and hybrid functionals. © 2013 American Institute of Physics....

  19. Estimating the Probability of Vegetation to Be Groundwater Dependent Based on the Evaluation of Tree Models

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    Isabel C. Pérez Hoyos

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems (GDEs are increasingly threatened by humans’ rising demand for water resources. Consequently, it is imperative to identify the location of GDEs to protect them. This paper develops a methodology to identify the probability of an ecosystem to be groundwater dependent. Probabilities are obtained by modeling the relationship between the known locations of GDEs and factors influencing groundwater dependence, namely water table depth and climatic aridity index. Probabilities are derived for the state of Nevada, USA, using modeled water table depth and aridity index values obtained from the Global Aridity database. The model selected results from the performance comparison of classification trees (CT and random forests (RF. Based on a threshold-independent accuracy measure, RF has a better ability to generate probability estimates. Considering a threshold that minimizes the misclassification rate for each model, RF also proves to be more accurate. Regarding training accuracy, performance measures such as accuracy, sensitivity, and specificity are higher for RF. For the test set, higher values of accuracy and kappa for CT highlight the fact that these measures are greatly affected by low prevalence. As shown for RF, the choice of the cutoff probability value has important consequences on model accuracy and the overall proportion of locations where GDEs are found.

  20. Temperature dependent lattice misfit in nickel-base superalloys - Simulation and experiment

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    Neumeier, Steffen; Goeken, Mathias [Lehrstuhl fuer Allgemeine Werkstoffeigenschaften, Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg, Erlangen (Germany)

    2011-07-01

    Ni-base superalloys are widely used in high temperature applications like jet engines and land-based turbines, because of their excellent high temperature properties. They derive their excellent high temperature strength and creep resistance from the presence of a high volume fraction of Ni{sub 3}Al {gamma}{sup '} precipitates (L1{sub 2} structure), which are embedded coherently within the face centred cubic (A1) {gamma} matrix. The magnitude and sign of the lattice misfit between {gamma} and {gamma}{sup '} are important parameters affecting the microstructural evolution and high temperature strength of Ni-base superalloys. Therefore the knowledge of the lattice misfit at application temperature is of great importance. In this study the lattice misfit of several 1{sup st}, 2{sup nd} and 4{sup th} generation Ni-base superalloys in dependence of temperature has been measured by means of HRXRD and compared with lattice misfit simulations based on thermodynamic calculations. The influence of the thermal expansion coefficients and the change in the chemical composition of both {gamma} and {gamma}{sup '} due to the {gamma}{sup '} dissolution with increasing temperature has been taking into account. The experimentally measured {gamma} and {gamma}{sup '} lattice parameters could be reproduced by the simulation and the {gamma}/{gamma}{sup '} lattice misfit could be reasonably predicted.

  1. Temperature dependence of the light yield of the LAB-based and mesitylene-based liquid scintillators

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    DongMei, Xia; XiaoBo, Li; XiLei, Sun; YaYun, Ding; Li, Zhou; Jun, Cao; Wei, Hu; XingCheng, Ye; HaiTao, Chen; XueFeng, Ding; Bing, Du

    2014-01-01

    We studied the temperature dependence of the light yield of the linear alkyl benzene (LAB)-based and mesitylene-based liquid scintillators. The light yield increases by 23% for both liquid scintillators when the temperature is lowered from $26\\;^{\\circ}$C to $-40\\;^{\\circ }$C, correcting for the temperature response of the photomultiplier tube. The measurements help to understand the energy response of the liquid scintillator detectors. Especially, the next generation reactor neutrino experiments for neutrino mass hierarchy, such as the Jiangmen Underground Neutrino Observatory (JUNO), require very high energy resolution. As no apparent degradation on the liquid scintillator transparency was observed, lowering the operation temperature of the detector to $\\sim4\\;^\\circ$C will increase the photoelectron yield of the detector by 13%, combining the light yield increase of the liquid scintillator and the quantum efficiency increase of the photomultiplier tubes.

  2. A class-based link prediction using Distance Dependent Chinese Restaurant Process

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    Andalib, Azam; Babamir, Seyed Morteza

    2016-08-01

    One of the important tasks in relational data analysis is link prediction which has been successfully applied on many applications such as bioinformatics, information retrieval, etc. The link prediction is defined as predicting the existence or absence of edges between nodes of a network. In this paper, we propose a novel method for link prediction based on Distance Dependent Chinese Restaurant Process (DDCRP) model which enables us to utilize the information of the topological structure of the network such as shortest path and connectivity of the nodes. We also propose a new Gibbs sampling algorithm for computing the posterior distribution of the hidden variables based on the training data. Experimental results on three real-world datasets show the superiority of the proposed method over other probabilistic models for link prediction problem.

  3. Stress dependence of the Hall coefficient of a nickel-base superalloy

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    Kosaka, Daigo; Frishman, Anatoli; Nakagawa, Norio

    2016-02-01

    This paper reports on the Hall Effect and their stress dependence, observed experimentally on the superalloy Inconel® 718. The work is motivated by the desire to develop a nondestructive method of characterizing the near-surface protective residual stress in metals. Our approach is based on Hall Effect measurements, because it is anticipated that these measurements are less contaminated by cold work and other effects than conductivity-based measurements such as eddy current. The challenge is that, in metals, the Hall coefficient is very small. To achieve the required sensitivity, the Hall coefficient was measured with an AC injected current and an AC magnetic field. The measurements were performed on a thin film sample. The Hall coefficient was found to be positive, and varies proportionally to the applied tension. The proportionality coefficient is significantly larger than estimated from the volumetric effect in a free carrier model.

  4. Field strength and dose dependence of contrast enhancement by gadolinium-based MR contrast agents

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    The relaxivities r1 and r2 of magnetic resonance contrast agents and the T1 relaxation time values of tissues are strongly field dependent. We present quantitative data and simulations of different gadolinium-based extracellular fluid contrast agents and the modulation of their contrast enhancement by the magnetic field to be able to answer the following questions: How are the dose and field dependences of their contrast enhancement? Is there an interrelationship between dose and field dependence? Should one increase or decrease doses at specific fields? Nuclear magnetic relaxation dispersion data were acquired for the following contrast agents: gadopentetate dimeglumine, gadoterate meglumine, gadodiamide injection, and gadoteridol injection, as well as for several normal and pathological human tissue samples. The magnetic field range stretched from 0.0002 to 4.7 T, including the entire clinical imaging range. The data acquired were then fitted with the appropriate theoretical models. The combination of the diamagnetic relaxation rates (R1 = 1/T1 and R2 = 1/T2) of tissues with the respective paramagnetic contributions of the contrast agents allowed the prediction of image contrast at any magnetic field. The results revealed a nearly identical field and dose-dependent increase of contrast enhancement induced by these contrast agents within a certain dose range. The target tissue concentration (TTC) was an important though nonlinear factor for enhancement. The currently recommended dose of 0.1 mmol/kg body weight seems to be a compromise close to the lower limits of diagnostically sufficient contrast enhancement for clinical imaging at all field strengths. At low field contrast enhancement might be insufficient. Adjustment of dose or concentration, or a new class of contrast agents with optimized relaxivity, would be a valuable contribution to a better diagnostic yield of contrast enhancement at all fields. (orig.)

  5. Data dependent peak model based spectrum deconvolution for analysis of high resolution LC-MS data.

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    Wei, Xiaoli; Shi, Xue; Kim, Seongho; Patrick, Jeffrey S; Binkley, Joe; Kong, Maiying; McClain, Craig; Zhang, Xiang

    2014-02-18

    A data dependent peak model (DDPM) based spectrum deconvolution method was developed for analysis of high resolution LC-MS data. To construct the selected ion chromatogram (XIC), a clustering method, the density based spatial clustering of applications with noise (DBSCAN), is applied to all m/z values of an LC-MS data set to group the m/z values into each XIC. The DBSCAN constructs XICs without the need for a user defined m/z variation window. After the XIC construction, the peaks of molecular ions in each XIC are detected using both the first and the second derivative tests, followed by an optimized chromatographic peak model selection method for peak deconvolution. A total of six chromatographic peak models are considered, including Gaussian, log-normal, Poisson, gamma, exponentially modified Gaussian, and hybrid of exponential and Gaussian models. The abundant nonoverlapping peaks are chosen to find the optimal peak models that are both data- and retention-time-dependent. Analysis of 18 spiked-in LC-MS data demonstrates that the proposed DDPM spectrum deconvolution method outperforms the traditional method. On average, the DDPM approach not only detected 58 more chromatographic peaks from each of the testing LC-MS data but also improved the retention time and peak area 3% and 6%, respectively. PMID:24533635

  6. Effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Group Therapy Compared to the Usual Opioid Dependence Treatment

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    Saeed Imani

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available  Objective: This study investigated the effectiveness of mindfulness-based group therapy (MBGT compared to the usual opioid dependence treatment (TAU.Thirty outpatients meeting the DSM-IV-TR criteria for opioid dependence from Iranian National Center for Addiction Studies (INCAS were randomly assigned into experimental (Mindfulness-Based Group Therapy and control groups (the Usual Treatment.The experimental group undertook eight weeks of intervention, but the control group received the usual treatment according to the INCAS program.  Methods:The Five Factor Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ and the Addiction Sevier Index (ASI were administered at pre-treatment and post-treatment assessment periods. Thirteen patients from the experimental group and 15 from the control group completed post-test assessments. Results:The results of MANCOVA revealed an increase in mean scores in observing, describing, acting with awareness, non-judging, non-reacting, and decrease in mean scores of alcohol and opium in MBGT patient group. Conclusion:The effectiveness of MBGT, compared to the usual treatment, was discussed in this paper as a selective protocol in the health care setting for substance use disorders.

  7. Performance analysis of a dependable scheduling strategy based on a fault-tolerant grid model

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    WANG Yuanzhuo; LIN Chuang; YANG Yang; SHAN Zhiguang

    2007-01-01

    The grid provides an integrated computer platform composed of differentiated and distributed systems.These resources are dynamic and heterogeneous.In this paper,a novel fault-tolerant grid-scheduling model is pre sented based on Stochastic Petri Nets (SPN) to assure the heterogeneity and dynamism of the grid system.Also,a new grid-scheduling strategy,the dependable strategy for the shortest expected accomplishing time (DSEAT),is put forward,in which the dependability factor is introduced in the task-dispatching strategy.In the end,the performance of the scheduling strategy based on the fault-tolerant gridscheduling model is analyzed by an software package,named SPNP.The numerical results show that dynamic resources will increase the response time for all classes of tasks in differing degrees.Compared with shortest expected accomplishing time (SEAT) strategy,the DSEAT strategy can reduce the negative effects of dynamic and autonomic resources to some extent so as to guarantee a high quality of service (QoS).

  8. Self-assembled peptide-based hydrogels as scaffolds for anchorage-dependent cells.

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    Zhou, Mi; Smith, Andrew M; Das, Apurba K; Hodson, Nigel W; Collins, Richard F; Ulijn, Rein V; Gough, Julie E

    2009-05-01

    We report here the design of a biomimetic nanofibrous hydrogel as a 3D-scaffold for anchorage-dependent cells. The peptide-based bioactive hydrogel is formed through molecular self-assembly and the building blocks are a mixture of two aromatic short peptide derivatives: Fmoc-FF (Fluorenylmethoxycarbonyl-diphenylalanine) and Fmoc-RGD (arginine-glycine-aspartate) as the simplest self-assembling moieties reported so far for the construction of small-molecule-based bioactive hydrogels. This hydrogel provides a highly hydrated, stiff and nanofibrous hydrogel network that uniquely presents bioactive ligands at the fibre surface; therefore it mimics certain essential features of the extracellular matrix. The RGD sequence as part of the Fmoc-RGD building block plays a dual role of a structural component and a biological ligand. Spectroscopic and imaging analysis using CD, FTIR, fluorescence, TEM and AFM confirmed that FF and RGD peptide sequences self-assemble into beta-sheets interlocked by pi-pi stacking of the Fmoc groups. This generates the cylindrical nanofibres interwoven within the hydrogel with the presence of RGDs in tunable densities on the fibre surfaces. This rapid gelling material was observed to promote adhesion of encapsulated dermal fibroblasts through specific RGD-integrin binding, with subsequent cell spreading and proliferation; therefore it may offer an economical model scaffold to 3D-culture other anchorage-dependent cells for in-vitro tissue regeneration. PMID:19201459

  9. Dynamic analysis of fault rockburst based on gradient-dependent plasticity and energy criterion

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    Xuebin Wang; Xiaobin Yang; Zhihui Zhang; Yishan Pan

    2004-01-01

    Fault rockburst is treated as a strain localization problem under dynamic loading condition considering strain gradient and strain rate. As a kind of dynamic fracture phenomena, rockburst has characteristics of strain localization, which is considered as a one-dimensional shear problem subjected to normal compressive stress and tangential shear stress. The constitutive relation of rock material is bilinear (elastic and strain softening) and sensitive to shear strain rate. The solutions proposed based on gradientdependent plasticity show that intense plastic strain is concentrated in fault band and the thickness of the band depends on the characteristic length of rock material. The post-peak stiffness of the fault band was determined according to the constitutive parameters of rock material and shear strain rate. Fault band undergoing strain softening and elastic rock mass outside the band constitute a system and the instability criterion of the system was proposed based on energy theory. The criterion depends on the constitutive relation of rock material, the structural size and the strain rate. The static result regardless of the strain rate is the special case of the present analytical solution. High strain rate can lead to instability of the system.

  10. Hierarchical Clustering Algorithm based on Attribute Dependency for Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder

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    J Anuradha

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD is a disruptive neurobehavioral disorder characterized by abnormal behavioral patterns in attention, perusing activity, acting impulsively and combined types. It is predominant among school going children and it is tricky to differentiate between an active and an ADHD child. Misdiagnosis and undiagnosed cases are very common. Behavior patterns are identified by the mentors in the academic environment who lack skills in screening those kids. Hence an unsupervised learning algorithm can cluster the behavioral patterns of children at school for diagnosis of ADHD. In this paper, we propose a hierarchical clustering algorithm to partition the dataset based on attribute dependency (HCAD. HCAD forms clusters of data based on the high dependent attributes and their equivalence relation. It is capable of handling large volumes of data with reasonably faster clustering than most of the existing algorithms. It can work on both labeled and unlabelled data sets. Experimental results reveal that this algorithm has higher accuracy in comparison to other algorithms. HCAD achieves 97% of cluster purity in diagnosing ADHD. Empirical analysis of application of HCAD on different data sets from UCI repository is provided.

  11. A suppository-base-matrix tablet for time-dependent colon-specific delivery system

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    Meijuan Zou

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Our research has focused on the main design features and release performances of time-dependent colon-specific (TDCS delivery tablets, which relies on the relative constancy that is observed in the small intestinal transit time of dosage forms. But inflammatory bowel disease(IBD)can affect the transit time, and usually results in watery stool. Compared to the TDCS and wax-matrix TDCS tablet, a promising time-dependent colon-specific delivery system was investigated. In our study, a suppository-base-matrix coated tablet was evaluated. Water soluble suppository-base helps the expansion of tablet, facilitates uniform film dissolution and achives high osmotic pressure. Combining the expansion of carboxymethyl starch sodium (CMS-Na and the moisture absorption of NaCl, the coated TDCS tablet obtained a burst and targeted drug delivery system. A very good correlation between in vitro drug release and in vivo outcome was observed. This TDCS coated tablet provides a promising strategy to control drug release to the desired lower gastrointestinal region.

  12. Flagellin Encoded in Gene-Based Vector Vaccines Is a Route-Dependent Immune Adjuvant.

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    Rady, Hamada F; Dai, Guixiang; Huang, Weitao; Shellito, Judd E; Ramsay, Alistair J

    2016-01-01

    Flagellin has been tested as a protein-based vaccine adjuvant, with the majority of studies focused on antibody responses. Here, we evaluated the adjuvant activity of flagellin for both cellular and humoral immune responses in BALB/c mice in the setting of gene-based immunization, and have made several novel observations. DNA vaccines and adenovirus (Ad) vectors were engineered to encode mycobacterial protein Ag85B, with or without flagellin of Salmonella typhimurium (FliC). DNA-encoded flagellin given IM enhanced splenic CD4+ and CD8+ T cell responses to co-expressed vaccine antigen, including memory responses. Boosting either IM or intranasally with Ad vectors expressing Ag85B without flagellin led to durable enhancement of Ag85B-specific antibody and CD4+ and CD8+ T cell responses in both spleen and pulmonary tissues, correlating with significantly improved protection against challenge with pathogenic aerosolized M. tuberculosis. However, inclusion of flagellin in both DNA prime and Ad booster vaccines induced localized pulmonary inflammation and transient weight loss, with route-dependent effects on vaccine-induced T cell immunity. The latter included marked reductions in levels of mucosal CD4+ and CD8+ T cell responses following IM DNA/IN Ad mucosal prime-boosting, although antibody responses were not diminished. These findings indicate that flagellin has differential and route-dependent adjuvant activity when included as a component of systemic or mucosally-delivered gene-based prime-boost immunization. Clear adjuvant activity for both T and B cell responses was observed when flagellin was included in the DNA priming vaccine, but side effects occurred when given in an Ad boosting vector, particularly via the pulmonary route. PMID:26844553

  13. Flagellin Encoded in Gene-Based Vector Vaccines Is a Route-Dependent Immune Adjuvant.

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    Hamada F Rady

    Full Text Available Flagellin has been tested as a protein-based vaccine adjuvant, with the majority of studies focused on antibody responses. Here, we evaluated the adjuvant activity of flagellin for both cellular and humoral immune responses in BALB/c mice in the setting of gene-based immunization, and have made several novel observations. DNA vaccines and adenovirus (Ad vectors were engineered to encode mycobacterial protein Ag85B, with or without flagellin of Salmonella typhimurium (FliC. DNA-encoded flagellin given IM enhanced splenic CD4+ and CD8+ T cell responses to co-expressed vaccine antigen, including memory responses. Boosting either IM or intranasally with Ad vectors expressing Ag85B without flagellin led to durable enhancement of Ag85B-specific antibody and CD4+ and CD8+ T cell responses in both spleen and pulmonary tissues, correlating with significantly improved protection against challenge with pathogenic aerosolized M. tuberculosis. However, inclusion of flagellin in both DNA prime and Ad booster vaccines induced localized pulmonary inflammation and transient weight loss, with route-dependent effects on vaccine-induced T cell immunity. The latter included marked reductions in levels of mucosal CD4+ and CD8+ T cell responses following IM DNA/IN Ad mucosal prime-boosting, although antibody responses were not diminished. These findings indicate that flagellin has differential and route-dependent adjuvant activity when included as a component of systemic or mucosally-delivered gene-based prime-boost immunization. Clear adjuvant activity for both T and B cell responses was observed when flagellin was included in the DNA priming vaccine, but side effects occurred when given in an Ad boosting vector, particularly via the pulmonary route.

  14. Thermomechanics-based nonlinear rate-dependent coupled damage-plasticity granular micromechanics model

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    Misra, Anil; Singh, Viraj

    2015-09-01

    Thermomechanics and granular micromechanics approaches are combined to derive constitutive equations for modeling rate-dependent granular materials with damage and plasticity. The derivation is motivated by the recognition that the effect of micro-scale mechanisms upon the macro-scale behavior is known to be significant for granular materials. A general thermomechanical framework applicable to rate-dependent granular materials with damage and plasticity is developed. Based upon this framework, an expression for macro-scale Cauchy stress tensor is obtained in terms of the micro-scale grain interaction forces and the relationship between micro- and macro-scale kinematics. In addition, a Clausius-Duhem type inequality applicable to inter-granular interaction is derived, which is used to establish micro-scale constitutive relations for particular type of inter-granular interactions. The expression for Cauchy stress tensor and the micro-scale constitutive relations is then combined under a mean field kinematic assumption to obtain evolution-type macro-scale constitutive equations. The advantage of the granular micromechanics approach is that the damage and plasticity are defined using simple 1d functions at micro-scale, and complicated plastic potentials, damage functions and rules for their evolution are not required. The resultant model is applied to investigate primary, secondary and tertiary creep, creep-recovery as well as rate-dependent response under uniaxial compressive loading. Model applicability is also demonstrated for asymmetric tensile-compressive response under creep-recovery loading. The model is used to evaluate the evolution of elastic energy, and viscous, plastic and damage dissipation at the macro- and micro-scale with respect to creep time and loading level. The results show the development of loading-induced anisotropy due to damage and plasticity in these materials.

  15. Value-based attentional capture influences context-dependent decision-making.

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    Itthipuripat, Sirawaj; Cha, Kexin; Rangsipat, Napat; Serences, John T

    2015-07-01

    Normative theories posit that value-based decision-making is context independent. However, decisions between two high-value options can be suboptimally biased by the introduction of a third low-value option. This context-dependent modulation is consistent with the divisive normalization of the value of each stimulus by the total value of all stimuli. In addition, an independent line of research demonstrates that pairing a stimulus with a high-value outcome can lead to attentional capture that can mediate the efficiency of visual information processing. Here we tested the hypothesis that value-based attentional capture interacts with value-based normalization to influence the optimality of decision-making. We used a binary-choice paradigm in which observers selected between two targets and the color of each target indicated the magnitude of their reward potential. Observers also had to simultaneously ignore a task-irrelevant distractor rendered in a color that was previously associated with a specific reward magnitude. When the color of the task-irrelevant distractor was previously associated with a high reward, observers responded more slowly and less optimally. Moreover, as the learned value of the distractor increased, electrophysiological data revealed an attenuation of the lateralized N1 and N2Pc responses evoked by the relevant choice stimuli and an attenuation of the late positive deflection (LPD). Collectively, these behavioral and electrophysiological data suggest that value-based attentional capture and value-based normalization jointly mediate the influence of context on free-choice decision-making. PMID:25995350

  16. An improved assay for antibody dependent cellular cytotoxicity based on time resolved fluorometry.

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    Patel, A K; Boyd, P N

    1995-07-17

    A new and faster assay for antibody dependent cellular cytotoxicity based on release of europium from target cells is described. This has a number of important advantages over the traditional assays based on release of chromium-51 (51Cr). The new method involves labelling of Wein 133 target cells (B cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cells) which express the antigen, CDw52, with the chelate europium diethylenetriaminopentaacetic acid (EuDTPA) according to the method of Blomberg et al. (1986). Labelled cells are sensitised (coated) with the anti-lymphocytic monoclonal antibody, Campath-1H. Human peripheral blood mononuclear cells are added to mediate lysis of EuDTPA labelled Wein 133 cells by ADCC. Release of EuDTPA from lysed cells is determined by mixing supernatants with enhancement solution containing 2-naphthoyl trifluoroacetone, 2-NTA, to form a highly fluorescent chelate which is measured using time resolved fluorometry. Results obtained with the new EuDPTA release assays were comparable to traditional assays based on the release of the radioisotope 51Cr. It is anticipated that this assay will have a widespread application among laboratories performing ADCC assays. The method is non-hazardous and has been used routinely for over 2 years to monitor production and purification of Campath-1H. PMID:7622867

  17. Rheological behaviour of hydraulic lime-based grouts. Shear-time and temperature dependence

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    Bras, Ana; Henriques, Fernando M. A.; Cidade, M. T.

    2013-05-01

    This paper deals with the coupled effect of temperature and fly ash (FA) addition on rheological behaviour of natural hydraulic lime (NHL5) based grouts, currently used in masonry consolidation. The use of a grout injection technique for masonry consolidation may lead to an increase of hydrostatic pressure and lead to structural damage. This means that the thixotropic effects become self-evident in grout design. It was shown that there is a relation between the structuration rate of each grout and the pressure that occurs inside masonry during its consolidation. According to the results, it seems also that there is a grout threshold temperature ( T limit) that separates a domain where the grout build-up structure area is almost constant, from another where flocculation area starts to increase significantly. We believe that in the first region the thixotropic effects are almost isolated from the irreversible effects (due to hydration). For the NHL5 based grout T limit=20 °C and for the grout with NHL5+15 % of FA T limit=15 °C. Grouts' characterization based on maximum resisting time, structuration rate and on the analysis of the hydraulic lime grout behaviour tested at different shear rates was performed using a shear thinning model and assuming that the structure is shear- and time-dependent. The goal is to use this methodology during mix proportioning and design for masonry injection purpose. The tested grout compositions were optimized compositions obtained in previous research using the design of experiments method.

  18. Calculation of temperature distribution in adiabatic shear band based on gradient-dependent plasticity

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    王学滨

    2004-01-01

    A method for calculation of temperature distribution in adiabatic shear band is proposed in terms of gradient-dependent plasticity where the characteristic length describes the interactions and interplaying among microstructures. First, the increment of the plastic shear strain distribution in adiabatic shear band is obtained based on gradient-dependent plasticity. Then, the plastic work distribution is derived according to the current flow shear stress and the obtained increment of plastic shear strain distribution. In the light of the well-known assumption that 90% of plastic work is converted into the heat resulting in increase in temperature in adiabatic shear band, the increment of the temperature distribution is presented. Next, the average temperature increment in the shear band is calculated to compute the change in flow shear stress due to the thermal softening effect. After the actual flow shear stress considering the thermal softening effect is obtained according to the Johnson-Cook constitutive relation, the increment of the plastic shear strain distribution, the plastic work and the temperature in the next time step are recalculated until the total time is consumed. Summing the temperature distribution leads to rise in the total temperature distribution. The present calculated maximum temperature in adiabatic shear band in titanium agrees with the experimental observations. Moreover, the temperature profiles for different flow shear stresses are qualitatively consistent with experimental and numerical results. Effects of some related parameters on the temperature distribution are also predicted.

  19. Novel protein detection method based on proximity-dependent polymerase reaction and aptamers

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    2008-01-01

    In recent years, specific detection of proteins is one of the hot issues about aptamers in proteomics.Here we reported a simple, sensitive and specific proximity-dependent protein assay with dual DNA aptamers. Thrombin was used as the model protein, and two aptamer probes with complementary sequence at 3'-end were designed for the two distinct epitopes of the protein. Association of the two aptamers with thrombin resulted in stable hybrids due to the proximity of 3'-end, then polymerase reaction was induced. The amount of obtained dsDNA was indicated using the fluorescence dye Sybr Green 1. The results showed that the initial velocity of polymerase reaction had a positive correlation with concentration of thrombin. The advantages of this dual-aptamer-based approach included simple and flexible design of aptamer probes, high selectivity and high sensitivity. The detection limit was 6.9pmol/L.

  20. Pressure-dependent dynamical properties of Zn-based II-VI semiconductors

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    The effect of pressure on optical phonons and polaron properties in ZnS, ZnSe, and ZnTe II-VI compound semiconductors has been investigated. The calculations are performed in the framework of ab initio pseudopotential approach based on the density functional perturbation theory. At zero pressure, a reasonable degree of agreement is generally found between our results and data available in the literature. It is found that when pressure is increased the phonon modes at Γ in the Brillouin zone are shifted towards high energies. The pressure dependence of features such as Fröhlich coupling parameter, the Debye temperature of the longitudinal optical phonon frequency and the polaron effective mass showed that the polaron properties are sensitive to the pressure effect.

  1. Adjoint-Based a Posteriori Error Estimation for Coupled Time-Dependent Systems

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    Asner, Liya

    2012-01-01

    We consider time-dependent parabolic problem s coupled across a common interface which we formulate using a Lagrange multiplier construction and solve by applying a monolithic solution technique. We derive an adjoint-based a posteriori error representation for a quantity of interest given by a linear functional of the solution. We establish the accuracy of our error representation formula through numerical experimentation and investigate the effect of error in the adjoint solution. Crucially, the error representation affords a distinction between temporal and spatial errors and can be used as a basis for a blockwise time-space refinement strategy. Numerical tests illustrate the efficacy of the refinement strategy by capturing the distinctive behavior of a localized traveling wave solution. The saddle point systems considered here are equivalent to those arising in the mortar finite element technique for parabolic problems. © 2012 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

  2. 2D simulations based on general time-dependent reciprocal relation for LFEIT.

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    Karadas, Mursel; Gencer, Nevzat Guneri

    2015-08-01

    Lorentz field electrical impedance tomography (LFEIT) is a newly proposed technique for imaging the conductivity of the tissues by measuring the electromagnetic induction under the ultrasound pressure field. In this paper, the theory and numerical simulations of the LFEIT are reported based on the general time dependent formulation. In LFEIT, a phased array ultrasound probe is used to introduce a current distribution inside a conductive body. The velocity current occurs, due to the movement of the conductive particles under a static magnetic field. In order to sense this current, a receiver coil configuration that surrounds the volume conductor is utilized. Finite Element Method (FEM) is used to carry out the simulations of LFEIT. It is shown that, LFEIT can be used to reconstruct the conductivity even up to 50% perturbation in the initial conductivity distribution. PMID:26736569

  3. Numerical Simulation of Blinking Quantum dot Based on Temperature Dependence 3-Dimensional Levy Random Walk

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    Anita Sharma

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Blinking statistics of quantum dot has attracted much attraction in recent years. Various experiments were conducted and various theories have been given to explain this phenomenon. However, the problem is not yet resolved. The weak temperature dependence of the power law parameters have complicated the phenomena. We have simulated the blinking statistics of quantum dot based on the random walk model. We have shown that three-dimensional biased Levy random walk of electrons, the bias being the Columbic interaction between electrons and ionized atoms can explain the observed experimental results. We have simulated the blinking properties of quantum dots in a broad temperature range (10-300 K. The distributions exhibit power law behavior for a wide range of temperature, but the power law parameter increases marginally with temperature. The trend of change is independent of the size of the quantum dots as confirmed from the simulation.

  4. Dependencies among Architectural Views Got from Software Requirements Based on a Formal Model

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available A system architect has software requirements and some unspecified knowledge about a problem domain (e.g., an enterprise as source information for assessment and evaluation of possible solutions and getting the target point, a preliminary software design. The solving factor is architect’s experience and expertise in the problem domain (“AS-IS”. A proposed approach is dedicated to assist a system architect in making an appropriate decision on the solution (“TO-BE”. It is based on a formal mathematical model, Topological Functioning Model (TFM. Compliant TFMs can be transformed into software architectural views. The paper demonstrates and discusses tracing dependency links from the requirements to and between the architectural views.

  5. Compositional dependence of microstructure and tribological properties of plasma sprayed Fe-based metallic glass coatings

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    YANG Qin; LI Ran; LIU ZengQian; SHI MinJie; LUO XueKun; ZHANG Tao

    2012-01-01

    Gas-atomized powders of three Fe-based glass-forming alloys were sprayed on mild steel substrates by atmospheric plasma spaying using the same spaying parameters.Microstructures,thermal stabilities and tribological properties of the sprayed coatings were analyzed.The coating performances showed a strong dependence on the intrinsic characters of the compositions,i,e.,glass-forming ability (GFA) and supercooled liquid region (ΔTx).The coatings tended to exhibit higher amorphous phase fraction for the composition with higher GFA and lower porosity for that with larger ΔTx.All the coatings exhibited superior wear resistance compared with the substrate.Higher wear resistance could be obtained in coatings with higher amorphous phase fraction,i.e.higher GFA of the composition.This study has important implications for composition selecting and optimizing in the fabrication of metallic glass coatings.

  6. Left-handed properties dependence versus the interwire distance in Fe-based microwires metastructures

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    Ababei, Gabriel; Olariu, Cristina Stefania; Lupu, Nicoleta; Chiriac, Horia

    2016-05-01

    Experimental and theoretical investigations on the left-handed properties dependence versus the interwire distance of three new proposed Fe77.5Si7.5B15 glass coated microwires-based metastructures are presented. The left-handed characteristics of the metastructures were determined in the frequency range 8.2 ÷ 12 GHz and external d.c. magnetic fields ranging from 0 to 32 kA/m. The experimental results show that the electromagnetic losses of the metastructures increase with the decreasing of the interwire distance due to the increasing of the long-range dynamic dipole-dipole interaction within inter-wires in the presence of the microwave field. The numerical calculations using Nicolson-Weiss-Ross algorithm are in agreement with the experimental results. The variation of the interwire distance proves to be a useful tool to obtain metastructures with controlled left-handed characteristics.

  7. Time-dependent atmospheric CO2 inversions based on interannually varying tracer transport

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    The use of inverse calculations to estimate surface CO2 fluxes from atmospheric concentration measurements has gained large attention in recent years. The success of an inversion will, among other factors, depend strongly on how realistically atmospheric tracer transport is represented by the employed transport model, as it links surface CO2 fluxes to modelled concentrations at the location of measurement stations. We present sensitivity studies demonstrating that transport modelling should be based on interannually varying meteorology, as compared to the traditional use of repeating a single year's winds only. Moreover, we propose an improved procedure of representing the concentration sampling in the model, which allows consistency with the measurements and uses their information content more efficiently. In further sensitivity tests, we estimate the effect of different spatial transport model resolutions and different meteorological driver data sets. Finally, we assess the quality of the inversion results with the help of independent measurements and flux estimates, and preliminarily discuss some of the resulting features

  8. Detection of Periodicity Based on Serial Dependence of Phase-Folded Data

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    Zucker, Shay

    2015-01-01

    We introduce and test several novel approaches for periodicity detection in unevenly-spaced sparse datasets. Specifically, we examine five different kinds of periodicity metrics, which are based on non-parametric measures of serial dependence of the phase-folded data. We test the metrics through simulations in which we assess their performance in various situations, including various periodic signal shapes, different numbers of data points and different signal to noise ratios. One of the periodicity metrics we introduce seems to perform significantly better than the classical ones in some settings of interest to astronomers. We suggest that this periodicity metric - the Hoeffding-test periodicity metric - should be used in addition to the traditional methods, to increase periodicity detection probability.

  9. Left-handed properties dependence versus the interwire distance in Fe-based microwires metastructures

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    Gabriel Ababei

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Experimental and theoretical investigations on the left-handed properties dependence versus the interwire distance of three new proposed Fe77.5Si7.5B15 glass coated microwires-based metastructures are presented. The left-handed characteristics of the metastructures were determined in the frequency range 8.2 ÷ 12 GHz and external d.c. magnetic fields ranging from 0 to 32 kA/m. The experimental results show that the electromagnetic losses of the metastructures increase with the decreasing of the interwire distance due to the increasing of the long-range dynamic dipole-dipole interaction within inter-wires in the presence of the microwave field. The numerical calculations using Nicolson–Weiss–Ross algorithm are in agreement with the experimental results. The variation of the interwire distance proves to be a useful tool to obtain metastructures with controlled left-handed characteristics.

  10. Effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Intervention for Health-Related Quality of Life in Drug-Dependent Males

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    Hosseinzadeh Asl, Navid Reza; Hosseinalipour, Fattaneh

    2014-01-01

    Background: Nowadays drug dependence has become one of the main concerns worldwide. Indeed, drug dependence and abuse have become personal, social and, health problems that intensively threat human resources. Objectives: This study aimed to examine the effect of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) on health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in drug-dependent males. Patients and Methods: An experimental research with pretest/posttest design and a control group was conducted on 49 drug-depe...

  11. Exercise-based transportation reduces oil dependence, carbon emissions and obesity

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    Higgins, P.A.T.

    2005-09-15

    Societal dependence on oil leads to increasingly negative social consequences throughout the world, including climate change, air pollution, political and economic instability, and habitat degradation. Reliance on the automobile for transportation also contributes to a sedentary lifestyle, an obesity epidemic and poor health. These problems are particularly pronounced in the USA, which currently consumes c. 27% of global oil production and produces c. 25% of global carbon emissions, and where c. 65% of adults are overweight or obese. Other countries throughout the world that replicate or hope to replicate the automobile-based lifestyle of the USA face similar problems now or in the near future. This paper develops and applies calculations relating the distances that could be travelled through recommended daily walking or cycling with weight loss, oil consumption and carbon emissions. These straightforward calculations demonstrate that widespread substitution of driving with distances travelled during recommended daily exercise could reduce the USA's oil consumption by up to 38%. This saving far exceeds the amount of oil recoverable from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, suggesting that exercise can reduce foreign oil dependence and provide an alternative to oil extraction from environmentally sensitive habitat. At the same time, an average individual who substitutes this amount of exercise for transportation would burn respectively c. 12.2 and 26.0 kg of fat per year for walking and cycling. This is sufficient to eliminate obese and overweight conditions in a few years without dangerous or draconian diet plans. Furthermore, a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of c. 35% is possible if the revenue saved through decreased health care spending on obesity is redirected toward carbon abatement. As a result, exercise-based transportation may constitute a favourable alternative to the energy and diet plans that are currently being implemented in the USA and may

  12. A Neutralizing Antibody Assay Based on a Reporter of Antibody-Dependent Cell-Mediated Cytotoxicity.

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    Wu, Yuling; Li, Jia J; Kim, Hyun Jun; Liu, Xu; Liu, Weiyi; Akhgar, Ahmad; Bowen, Michael A; Spitz, Susan; Jiang, Xu-Rong; Roskos, Lorin K; White, Wendy I

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    Benralizumab is a humanized anti-IL5 receptor α (IL5Rα) monoclonal antibody (mAb) with enhanced (afucosylation) antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC) function. An ADCC reporter cell-based neutralizing antibody (NAb) assay was developed and characterized to detect NAb against benralizumab in human serum to support the clinical development of benralizumab. The optimal ratio of target cells to effector cells was 3:1. Neither parental benralizumab (fucosylated) nor benralizumab Fab resulted in ADCC activity, confirming the requirement for ADCC activity in the NAb assay. The serum tolerance of the cells was determined to be 2.5%. The cut point derived from normal and asthma serum samples was comparable. The effective range of benralizumab was determined, and 35 ng/mL [80% maximal effective concentration (EC80)] was chosen as the standard concentration to run in the assessment of NAb. An affinity purified goat anti-benralizumab polyclonal idiotype antibody preparation was shown to have NAb since it inhibited ADCC activity in a dose-dependent fashion. The low endogenous concentrations of IL5 and soluble IL5 receptor (sIL5R) did not demonstrate to interfere with the assay. The estimated assay sensitivities at the cut point were 1.02 and 1.10 μg/mL as determined by the surrogate neutralizing goat polyclonal and mouse monoclonal anti-drug antibody (ADA) controls, respectively. The assay can detect NAb (at 2.5 μg/mL) in the presence of 0.78 μg/mL benralizumab. The assay was not susceptible to non-specific matrix effects. This study provides an approach and feasibility of developing an ADCC cell-based NAb assay to support biopharmaceuticals with an ADCC function. PMID:26205082

  13. Investigation of local time dependence of Mercury's sodium exosphere based on a numerical simulation

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    Misawa, Hiroaki; Sonobe, Aya; Morioka, Akira; Okano, Shoichi

    2008-11-01

    Mercury has a surface-bounded exosphere (SBE) similar to that of the Moon. One of the atmospheric species, sodium, was found by ground-based observations to be the most prominent component. Mercury's sodium SBE is known to be non-uniform with respect to local time (LT) in low-latitude regions: the sodium column density in the dawn-side region is larger than that in the dusk-side region, and the sodium abundance is the largest in the morning-noon region. To reveal the production processes for the exosphere near Mercury's surface, the LT dependence of the exosphere was investigated through a numerical simulation. Three data sets of sodium column densities observed for the dawn-side hemisphere, observed by Sprague et al. [1997. Distribution and abundance of sodium in Mercury's atmosphere, 1985-1988. Icarus 12, 506-527], were compared with results simulated by a 3D Monte Carlo method, and the source rates and density of sodium of the planetary surface were estimated. In the simulation, the photon-stimulated desorption (PSD) and thermal desorption (TD) processes were assumed as the release mechanisms. The sodium source rates for the three data sets, at respective heliocentric distances of about 0.33, 0.42, and 0.44 AU, were estimated as 1-4×10 8 Na/cm 2/s with weak LT dependence. In contrast, the expected sodium surface density showed clear dependence on LT and the heliocentric distance. The sodium surface density decreases from early morning to noon by a few orders, and, particularly for large heliocentric distances, the surface is in a condition of sodium excess and depletion with respect to the surface sodium density assumed by Killen et al. [2004. Source rates and ion recycling rates for Na and K in Mercury's atmosphere. Icarus 171, 1-19] in the early morning and morning-noon regions, respectively. This study implies that the decrease in sodium surface density from the early morning to noon regions might produce the characteristic LT dependence in the low

  14. Universal framework for temperature dependence prediction of the negative bias temperature instability based on microscope pictures

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    Ma, Chenyue; Zhang, Lining; Lin, Xinnan; Chan, Mansun

    2016-04-01

    A universal framework for describing the temperature enhanced negative bias temperature instability (NBTI) is developed in this paper. Analytical time evolution models of the NBTI mechanisms, as Pb center generation and hole-transport in the oxygen vacancies, are proposed based on careful investigation of atom-level microscopic pictures. A logarithmic time function is derived to describe the interface state (Pb center) generation and recovery evolution by revealing a fact that the activation energy is significantly modified by the accumulation of generated defects. Corresponding coefficients, including the generation amplitudes and time constant, are identified depending on temperature linearly and exponentially. Moreover, the unrecoverable oxide hole-trapping is proposed resulted from the hole-transport among deep-level oxygen vacancies driven by electrical field within the gate oxide. A power-law time function is derived to describing this evolution, with time exponent linear to temperature. Parameters calculated by the proposed analytical models reveal good consistent with the parameters directly extracted from the measured data, indicating the validation and universality of the physical based framework in reproducing the parametric shift of the NBTI degradation under various temperature conditions and process technologies.

  15. Cryptography based on chaotic random maps with position dependent weighting probabilities

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    Chaotic cryptology has been widely investigated recently. A common feature in the most recent developments of chaotic cryptosystems is the use of a single dynamical rule in the encoding-decoding process. The main objective of this paper is to provide a set of chaotic systems instead of a single one for cryptography. In this paper, we introduce a chaotic cryptosystem based on the symbolic dynamics of random maps with position dependent weighting probabilities. The random maps model is a deterministic dynamical system in a finite phase space with n points. The maps that establish the dynamics of the system are chosen randomly for every point. The essential idea of this paper is that, given two dynamical systems that behave in a certain way, it is possible to combine them (by composing) into a new dynamical system. This dynamically composed system behaves in a completely different way compared to the constituent systems. The proposed scheme exploits the symbolic dynamics of a set of chaotic maps in order to encode the binary information. The performance of the new cryptosystem based on chaotic dynamical systems properties is examined. Both theoretical and experimental results demonstrate that the proposed algorithm using symbolic dynamics achieves the optimal security criteria.

  16. Action dependent heuristic dynamic programming based residential energy scheduling with home energy inter-exchange

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    Highlights: • The algorithm is developed in the two-household energy management environment. • We develop the absent energy penalty cost for the first time. • The algorithm has ability to keep adapting in real-time operations. • Its application can lower total costs and achieve better load balancing. - Abstract: Residential energy scheduling is a hot topic nowadays in the background of energy saving and environmental protection worldwide. To achieve this objective, a new residential energy scheduling algorithm is developed for energy management, based on action dependent heuristic dynamic programming. The algorithm works under the circumstance of residential real-time pricing and two adjacent housing units with energy inter-exchange, which can reduce the overall cost and enhance renewable energy efficiency after long-term operation. It is designed to obtain the optimal control policy to manage the directions and amounts of electricity energy flux. The algorithm’s architecture is mainly constructed based on neural networks, denoting the learned characteristics in the linkage of layers. To get close to real situations, many constraints such as maximum charging/discharging power of batteries are taken into account. The absent energy penalty cost is developed for the first time as a part of the performance index function. When the environment changes, the residential energy scheduling algorithm gains new features and keeps adapting in real-time operations. Simulation results show that the developed algorithm is beneficial to energy conversation

  17. Fragment-Based De Novo Design of Cyclin-Dependent Kinase 2 Inhibitors.

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    Tripathi, Sunil Kumar; Singh, Poonam; Singh, Sanjeev Kumar

    2016-01-01

    Cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs) are core components of the cell cycle machinery that govern the transition between phases during cell cycle progression. Abnormalities in CDKs activity and regulation are common features of cancer, making CDK family members attractive targets for the development of anticancer drugs. One of the main bottlenecks hampering the development of drugs for kinase is the difficulty to attain selectivity. A huge variety of small molecules have been reported as CDK inhibitors, as potential anticancer agents, but none of these has been approved for commercial use. Computer-based molecular design supports drug discovery by suggesting novel new chemotypes and compound modifications for lead candidate optimization. One of the methods known as de novo ligand design technique has emerged as a complementary approach to high-throughput screening. Several automated de novo software programs have been written, which automatically design novel structures to perfectly fit in known binding site. The de novo design supports drug discovery assignments by generating novel pharmaceutically active agents with desired properties in a cost as well as time efficient approach. This chapter describes procedure and an overview of computer-based molecular de novo design methods on a conceptual level with successful examples of CDKs inhibitors. PMID:26231707

  18. Opinion mining feature-level using Naive Bayes and feature extraction based analysis dependencies

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    Sanda, Regi; Baizal, Z. K. Abdurahman; Nhita, Fhira

    2015-12-01

    Development of internet and technology, has major impact and providing new business called e-commerce. Many e-commerce sites that provide convenience in transaction, and consumers can also provide reviews or opinions on products that purchased. These opinions can be used by consumers and producers. Consumers to know the advantages and disadvantages of particular feature of the product. Procuders can analyse own strengths and weaknesses as well as it's competitors products. Many opinions need a method that the reader can know the point of whole opinion. The idea emerged from review summarization that summarizes the overall opinion based on sentiment and features contain. In this study, the domain that become the main focus is about the digital camera. This research consisted of four steps 1) giving the knowledge to the system to recognize the semantic orientation of an opinion 2) indentify the features of product 3) indentify whether the opinion gives a positive or negative 4) summarizing the result. In this research discussed the methods such as Naï;ve Bayes for sentiment classification, and feature extraction algorithm based on Dependencies Analysis, which is one of the tools in Natural Language Processing (NLP) and knowledge based dictionary which is useful for handling implicit features. The end result of research is a summary that contains a bunch of reviews from consumers on the features and sentiment. With proposed method, accuration for sentiment classification giving 81.2 % for positive test data, 80.2 % for negative test data, and accuration for feature extraction reach 90.3 %.

  19. Filling predictable and unpredictable gaps, with and without similarity-based interference: Evidence for LIFG effects of dependency processing

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    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available One of the most replicated findings in neurolinguistic literature on syntax is the increase of hemodynamic activity in the left inferior frontal gyrus (LIFG in response to object relative clauses (ORs compared to subject relative clauses (SRs. However, behavioral studies have shown that ORs are primarily only costly when similarity-based interference is involved and recently, Leiken & Pylkkänen (2014 showed with magnetoencephalography (MEG that an LIFG increase at an OR gap is also dependent on such interference. However, since ORs always involve a cue indicating an upcoming dependency formation, OR dependencies could be processed already prior to the gap-site and thus show no sheer dependency effects at the gap itself. To investigate the role of gap predictability in LIFG dependency effects, this MEG study compared ORs to Verb Phrase Ellipsis (VPE, which was used as an example of a non-predictable dependency. Additionally, we explored LIFG sensitivity to filler-gap order by including Right Node Raising (RNR structures, in which the order of filler and gap is reverse to that of ORs and VPE. Half of the stimuli invoked similarity-based interference and half did not. Our results demonstrate that LIFG effects of dependency can be elicited regardless of whether the dependency is predictable, the stimulus materials evoke similarity-based interference, or the filler precedes the gap. Thus, contrary to our own prior data, the current findings suggest a highly general role for the LIFG in dependency interpretation that is not limited to environments involving similarity-based interference. Additionally, the millisecond time-resolution of MEG allowed for a detailed characterization of the temporal profiles of LIFG dependency effects across our three constructions, revealing that the timing of these effects is somewhat construction-specific.

  20. Dependency Parsing

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    Kubler, Sandra; Nivre, Joakim

    2009-01-01

    Dependency-based methods for syntactic parsing have become increasingly popular in natural language processing in recent years. This book gives a thorough introduction to the methods that are most widely used today. After an introduction to dependency grammar and dependency parsing, followed by a formal characterization of the dependency parsing problem, the book surveys the three major classes of parsing models that are in current use: transition-based, graph-based, and grammar-based models. It continues with a chapter on evaluation and one on the comparison of different methods, and it close

  1. Final Technical Report on Quantifying Dependability Attributes of Software Based Safety Critical Instrumentation and Control Systems in Nuclear Power Plants

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    With the current transition from analog to digital instrumentation and control systems in nuclear power plants, the number and variety of software-based systems have significantly increased. The sophisticated nature and increasing complexity of software raises trust in these systems as a significant challenge. The trust placed in a software system is typically termed software dependability. Software dependability analysis faces uncommon challenges since software systems' characteristics differ from those of hardware systems. The lack of systematic science-based methods for quantifying the dependability attributes in software-based instrumentation as well as control systems in safety critical applications has proved itself to be a significant inhibitor to the expanded use of modern digital technology in the nuclear industry. Dependability refers to the ability of a system to deliver a service that can be trusted. Dependability is commonly considered as a general concept that encompasses different attributes, e.g., reliability, safety, security, availability and maintainability. Dependability research has progressed significantly over the last few decades. For example, various assessment models and/or design approaches have been proposed for software reliability, software availability and software maintainability. Advances have also been made to integrate multiple dependability attributes, e.g., integrating security with other dependability attributes, measuring availability and maintainability, modeling reliability and availability, quantifying reliability and security, exploring the dependencies between security and safety and developing integrated analysis models. However, there is still a lack of understanding of the dependencies between various dependability attributes as a whole and of how such dependencies are formed. To address the need for quantification and give a more objective basis to the review process -- therefore reducing regulatory uncertainty

  2. Theory of valley-dependent transport in graphene-based lateral quantum structures

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    Chen, Feng-Wu; Chou, Mei-Yin; Chen, Yiing-Rei; Wu, Yu-Shu

    2016-08-01

    Modulation of electronic states in two-dimensional materials can be achieved by using in-plane variations of the band gap or the average potential in lateral quantum structures. In the atomic configurations with hexagonal symmetry, this approach makes it possible to tailor the valleytronic properties for potential device applications. In this work, we present a multiband theory to calculate the valley-dependent electron transport in graphene-based lateral quantum structures. As an example, we consider the structures with a single interface that exhibits an energy gap or potential discontinuity. The theoretical formalism proceeds within the tight-binding description, by first deriving the local bulk complex band structures in the regions of a constant gap or potential and, next, joining the local wave functions across the interface via a cell-averaged current operator to ensure the current continuity. The theory is applied to the study of electron reflection off and transmission through an interface. Both reflection and transmission are found to exhibit valley-contrast behavior that can be used to generate valley-polarized electron sources. The results vary with the type of interfaces, as well as between monolayer and bilayer graphene-based structures. In the monolayer case, the valley contrast originates from the band warping and only becomes sizable for incident carriers of high energy, whereas in AB-stacked bilayer graphene, the vertical interlayer coupling emerges as an additional important cause for valley contrast, and the favorable carrier energy is also found to be drastically lower. Our numerical results clearly demonstrate the propitious valleytronic properties of bilayer graphene structures.

  3. Cell cycle-dependent microtubule-based dynamic transport of cytoplasmic dynein in mammalian cells.

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    Takuya Kobayashi

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Cytoplasmic dynein complex is a large multi-subunit microtubule (MT-associated molecular motor involved in various cellular functions including organelle positioning, vesicle transport and cell division. However, regulatory mechanism of the cell-cycle dependent distribution of dynein has not fully been understood. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Here we report live-cell imaging of cytoplasmic dynein in HeLa cells, by expressing multifunctional green fluorescent protein (mfGFP-tagged 74-kDa intermediate chain (IC74. IC74-mfGFP was successfully incorporated into functional dynein complex. In interphase, dynein moved bi-directionally along with MTs, which might carry cargos such as transport vesicles. A substantial fraction of dynein moved toward cell periphery together with EB1, a member of MT plus end-tracking proteins (+TIPs, suggesting +TIPs-mediated transport of dynein. In late-interphase and prophase, dynein was localized at the centrosomes and the radial MT array. In prometaphase and metaphase, dynein was localized at spindle MTs where it frequently moved from spindle poles toward chromosomes or cell cortex. +TIPs may be involved in the transport of spindle dyneins. Possible kinetochore and cortical dyneins were also observed. CONCLUSIONS AND SIGNIFICANCE: These findings suggest that cytoplasmic dynein is transported to the site of action in preparation for the following cellular events, primarily by the MT-based transport. The MT-based transport may have greater advantage than simple diffusion of soluble dynein in rapid and efficient transport of the limited concentration of the protein.

  4. Wavelet-based linear-response time-dependent density-functional theory

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    Highlights: ► We has been implemented LR-TD-DFT in the pseudopotential wavelet-based program. ► We have compared the results against all-electron Gaussian-type program. ► Orbital energies converges significantly faster for BigDFT than for DEMON2K. ► We report the X-ray crystal structure of the small organic molecule flugi6. ► Measured and calculated absorption spectrum of flugi6 is also reported. - Abstract: Linear-response time-dependent (TD) density-functional theory (DFT) has been implemented in the pseudopotential wavelet-based electronic structure program BIGDFT and results are compared against those obtained with the all-electron Gaussian-type orbital program DEMON2K for the calculation of electronic absorption spectra of N2 using the TD local density approximation (LDA). The two programs give comparable excitation energies and absorption spectra once suitably extensive basis sets are used. Convergence of LDA density orbitals and orbital energies to the basis-set limit is significantly faster for BIGDFT than for DEMON2K. However the number of virtual orbitals used in TD-DFT calculations is a parameter in BIGDFT, while all virtual orbitals are included in TD-DFT calculations in DEMON2K. As a reality check, we report the X-ray crystal structure and the measured and calculated absorption spectrum (excitation energies and oscillator strengths) of the small organic molecule N-cyclohexyl-2-(4-methoxyphenyl)imidazo[1, 2-a]pyridin-3-amine.

  5. Realization of position-dependent absorption based on biexciton coherence in a Quantum Dot Nanostructure

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    Hamedi, H. R.; Afshari, Hadi

    2016-01-01

    In this letter, the two-dimensional (2D) spatial-dependent of probe absorption based on biexciton coherence is investigated by monitoring the probe absorption spectra in a Quantum Dot (QD) Nanostructure. We find that due to the quantum interference which is set up by two control pulses that couples to a resonance of the biexciton, the 2D spatial distribution of probe absorption spectrum can be controlled via adjusting the system parameters. We study the effect of controlling parameters of the QD system on spatial distribution of the probe field absorption for two different cases in which the QD interacts with the standing-wave laser fields; first, when two laser fields which couple to a biexciton state, correspond to the two orthogonal standing-wave fields and couple the different transitions. Second, when only one of laser fields correspond to the combination of two orthogonal standing-wave fields, while the other one corresponds to a traveling-wave field. Results exhibit different interesting 2D absorption patterns.

  6. FDTD based transition time dependent crosstalk analysis for coupled RLC interconnects

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    The performance of high density chips operating in the GHz range is mostly affected by on-chip interconnects. The interconnect delay depends on many factors, a few of them are inputs toggling patterns, line and coupling parasitics, input rise/fall time and source/load characteristics. The transition time of the input is of prime importance in high speed circuits. This paper addresses the FDTD based analysis of transition time effects on functional and dynamic crosstalk. The analysis is carried out for equal and unequal transition times of coupled inputs. The analysis of the effects of unequal rise time is equally important because practically, it is quite common to have mismatching in the rise time of the signals transmitting through different length wires. To demonstrate the effects, two distributed RLC lines coupled inductively and capacitively are taken into consideration. The FDTD technique is used because it gives accurate results and carries time domain analysis of coupled lines. The number of lumps in SPICE simulations is considered the same as those of spatial segments. To validate the FDTD computed results, SPICE simulations are run and results are compared. A good agreement of the computed results has been observed with respect to SPICE simulated results. An average error of less than 3.2% is observed in the computation of the performance parameters using the proposed method. (semiconductor integrated circuits)

  7. Mechanism-based medication development for the treatment of nicotine dependence

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    Zheng-xiong XI; Krista SPILLER; Eliot L GARDNER

    2009-01-01

    Tobacco use is a global problem with serious health consequences. Though some treatment options exist, there remains a great need for new effective pharmacotherapies to aid smokers in maintaining long-term abstinence. In the present article, we first discuss the neural mechanisms underlying nicotine reward, and then review various mechanism-based pharmacological agents for the treatment of nicotine dependence. An oversimplified hypothesis of addiction to tobacco is that nicotine is the major addictive component of tobacco. Nicotine binds to a4β2 and a7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) located on dopaminergic, glutamatergic and GABAergic neurons in the mesolimbic dopamine (DA) system, which causes an increase in extracellular DA in the nucleus accumbens (NAc). That increase in DA reinforces tobacco use, particularly during the acquisition phase. Enhanced glutamate transmission to DA neurons in the ventral tegmental area appears to play an important role in this process. In addition, chronic nicotine treatment increases endocannabinoid levels in the mesolimbic DA system, which indirectly modulates NAc DA release and nicotine reward. Accordingly, pharmacological agents that target brain acetylcholine, DA, glutamate, GABA, or endocannabonoid signaling systems have been proposed to interrupt nicotine action. Furthermore, pharmacokinetic strategies that alter plasma nicotine availability, metabolism and clearance also significantly alter nicotine's action in the brain. Progress using these pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic agents is reviewed. For drugs in each category, we discuss the mechanistic rationale for their potential anti-nicotine efficacy, major findings in preclinical and clinical studies, and future research directions.

  8. Microscopic predictions of fission yields based on the time dependent GCM formalism

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    Regnier D.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Accurate knowledge of fission fragment yields is an essential ingredient of numerous applications ranging from the formation of elements in the r-process to fuel cycle optimization in nuclear energy. The need for a predictive theory applicable where no data is available, together with the variety of potential applications, is an incentive to develop a fully microscopic approach to fission dynamics. One of the most promising theoretical frameworks is the time-dependent generator coordinate method (TDGCM applied under the Gaussian overlap approximation (GOA. Previous studies reported promising results by numerically solving the TDGCM+GOA equation with a finite difference technique. However, the computational cost of this method makes it difficult to properly control numerical errors. In addition, it prevents one from performing calculations with more than two collective variables. To overcome these limitations, we developed the new code FELIX-1.0 that solves the TDGCM+GOA equation based on the Galerkin finite element method. In this article, we briefly illustrate the capabilities of the solver FELIX-1.0, in particular its validation for n+239Pu low energy induced fission. This work is the result of a collaboration between CEA,DAM,DIF and LLNL on nuclear fission theory.

  9. Microscopic predictions of fission yields based on the time dependent GCM formalism

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    Regnier, D.; Dubray, N.; Schunck, N.; Verrière, M.

    2016-03-01

    Accurate knowledge of fission fragment yields is an essential ingredient of numerous applications ranging from the formation of elements in the r-process to fuel cycle optimization in nuclear energy. The need for a predictive theory applicable where no data is available, together with the variety of potential applications, is an incentive to develop a fully microscopic approach to fission dynamics. One of the most promising theoretical frameworks is the time-dependent generator coordinate method (TDGCM) applied under the Gaussian overlap approximation (GOA). Previous studies reported promising results by numerically solving the TDGCM+GOA equation with a finite difference technique. However, the computational cost of this method makes it difficult to properly control numerical errors. In addition, it prevents one from performing calculations with more than two collective variables. To overcome these limitations, we developed the new code FELIX-1.0 that solves the TDGCM+GOA equation based on the Galerkin finite element method. In this article, we briefly illustrate the capabilities of the solver FELIX-1.0, in particular its validation for n+239Pu low energy induced fission. This work is the result of a collaboration between CEA,DAM,DIF and LLNL on nuclear fission theory.

  10. Whatever the cost? Information integration in memory-based inferences depends on cognitive effort.

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    Hilbig, Benjamin E; Michalkiewicz, Martha; Castela, Marta; Pohl, Rüdiger F; Erdfelder, Edgar

    2015-05-01

    One of the most prominent models of probabilistic inferences from memory is the simple recognition heuristic (RH). The RH theory assumes that judgments are based on recognition in isolation, such that other information is ignored. However, some prior research has shown that available knowledge is not generally ignored. In line with the notion of adaptive strategy selection--and, thus, a trade-off between accuracy and effort--we hypothesized that information integration crucially depends on how easily accessible information beyond recognition is, how much confidence decision makers have in this information, and how (cognitively) costly it is to acquire it. In three experiments, we thus manipulated (a) the availability of information beyond recognition, (b) the subjective usefulness of this information, and (c) the cognitive costs associated with acquiring this information. In line with the predictions, we found that RH use decreased substantially, the more easily and confidently information beyond recognition could be integrated, and increased substantially with increasing cognitive costs. PMID:25504054

  11. A temperature dependent slip factor based thermal model for friction stir welding of stainless steel

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    2013-12-01

    This paper proposes a new slip factor based three-dimensional thermal model to predict the temperature distribution during friction stir welding of 304L stainless steel plates. The proposed model employs temperature and radius dependent heat source to study the thermal cycle, temperature distribution, power required, the effect of process parameters on heat generation per mm length of the weld and peak temperature during the friction stir welding process. Simulations of friction stir welding process were carried out on 304L stainless steel workpieces for various rotational and welding speeds. The predicted thermal cycle, power required and temperature distributions were found to be in good agreement with the experimental results. The heat generation per mm length of weld and peak temperature were found to be directly proportional to rotational speed and inversely proportional to welding speed. The rate of increase in heat generation per mm length of the weld and peak temperature are found to be higher at lower rotational speeds and lower at higher rotational speed. The heat generation during friction stir welding was found to be 80.8 % at shoulder, 16.1 % at pin side and 3.1 % at the bottom of the pin.

  12. PROSODIC FEATURE BASED TEXT DEPENDENT SPEAKER RECOGNITION USING MACHINE LEARNING ALGORITHMS

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    Sunil Agrawal

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Most of us are aware of the fact that voices of different individuals do not sound alike. The ability of recognizing a person solely from his voice is known as speaker recognition. Speaker recognition can not only assist in building better access control systems and security apparatus, it can be a useful tool in many other areas such as forensic speech analysis. The choice of features plays an important role in the performance of ML algorithm. Here we propose prosodic features based text dependent speaker recognition where the prosodic features can be extracted through linear predictive coding. Formants are efficient parameters to characterize a speaker’s voice. Formants are combined with their corresponding amplitudes, fundamental frequency, duration of speech utterance and energy ofthe windowed section. This feature vector is input to machine learning (ML algorithms for recognition. We investigate the performance of four ML algorithms namely MLP, RBFN, C4.5 decision tree, and BayesNet. Out of these ML algorithms, C4.5 decision tree performance is consistent. MLP performs better for gender recognition and experimental results show that RBFN gives better performance for increased population size.

  13. Trajectory-based nonadiabatic dynamics with time-dependent density functional theory.

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    Curchod, Basile F E; Rothlisberger, Ursula; Tavernelli, Ivano

    2013-05-10

    Understanding the fate of an electronically excited molecule constitutes an important task for theoretical chemistry, and practical implications range from the interpretation of atto- and femtosecond spectroscopy to the development of light-driven molecular machines, the control of photochemical reactions, and the possibility of capturing sunlight energy. However, many challenging conceptual and technical problems are involved in the description of these phenomena such as 1) the failure of the well-known Born-Oppenheimer approximation; 2) the need for accurate electronic properties such as potential energy surfaces, excited nuclear forces, or nonadiabatic coupling terms; and 3) the necessity of describing the dynamics of the photoexcited nuclear wavepacket. This review provides an overview of the current methods to address points 1) and 3) and shows how time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) and its linear-response extension can be used for point 2). First, the derivation of Ehrenfest dynamics and nonadiabatic Bohmian dynamics is discussed and linked to Tully's trajectory surface hopping. Second, the coupling of these trajectory-based nonadiabatic schemes with TDDFT is described in detail with special emphasis on the derivation of the required electronic structure properties. PMID:23625831

  14. Valence-dependent bond-order potentials for modeling Ni-based superalloys

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    The creep properties of Ni-based superalloys degrade with time due to precipitation of topologically close-packed (tcp) phases. We have compiled a structure map of the occurrence of tcp phases for binary transition-metal (TM) compounds from experimental databases. The structure map highlights the well-known role of the average d-band filling for the stability of tcp phases. Atomistic modelling of tcp stability requires extending the second-moment approximation to the electronic density of states (DOS) by including up to at least the sixth moment. We have developed an analytic bond-order potential (BOP) that systematically takes into account higher moment contributions to the DOS and depends explicitly on the valence of the TM elements. By including up to sixth-moment terms the analytic BOP is able to reproduce the structural trend across the non-magnetic 4d and 5d TM series. For the parameterization of the new BOP, we performed extensive density functional theory (DFT) calculations of the elemental and binary compound phases of Ni, the technologically important alloying element Cr, and the refractory metals Mo, Re, and W. In particular, we investigated the tcp phases A15, C14, C15, C36, μ, σ, and χ for the Ni-Cr, Re-W, Mo-Re, and Mo-W binary systems. We discuss the structural trends of the DFT calculations and compare to the predictions of the analytic BOP within the canonical d-band model

  15. Predictive model of nicotine dependence based on mental health indicators and self-concept

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    Hamid Kazemi Zahrani

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: The purpose of this research was to investigate the predictive power of anxiety, depression, stress and self-concept dimensions (Mental ability, job efficiency, physical attractiveness, social skills, and deficiencies and merits as predictors of nicotine dependency among university students in Isfahan. Methods: In this correlational study, 110 male nicotine-dependent students at Isfahan University were selected by convenience sampling. All samples were assessed by Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS, self-concept test and Nicotine Dependence Syndrome Scale. Data were analyzed by Pearson correlation and stepwise regression. Results: The result showed that anxiety had the highest strength to predict nicotine dependence. In addition, the self-concept and its dimensions predicted only 12% of the variance in nicotine dependence, which was not significant. Conclusion: Emotional processing variables involved in mental health play an important role in presenting a model to predict students’ dependence on nicotine more than identity variables such as different dimensions of self-concept.

  16. Post-Correction of Pipelined Analog-Digital Converters Based on Input Dependent Integral Nonlinearity Modeling

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    Samer Medawar; Peter H\\xe4ndel; Niclas Bj\\xf6rsell; Magnus Jansson

    2010-01-01

    The integral nonlinearity (INL) is used for the postcorrection of analog-digital converters (ADCs). An input-frequency-dependent INL model is developed for the postcorrection. The model consists of a static term that is dependent on the ADC output code and a dynamic term that has an additional dependence on the input frequency. The concept of ADC digital output postcorrection by INL is first introduced. The INL model is subtracted from the digital output for postcorrection. The static compens...

  17. Estimation and control of space - dependent reactor cores via observer - based control theory

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    Park, Young Ho

    1992-02-15

    In this thesis modern control theory is applied to control of a nuclear reactor described as a distributed-parameter system: It concerns mainly with the infinite-dimensional observer theory and the finite-dimensional compensator theory. The first half of the thesis describes a dynamic estimation method for reconstructing the measurable and unmeasurable state variables in a nuclear reactor from output measurement data, which can be used to generate input of a feedback control system and can be also served as a core estimator of a reactor in transient. The method is based on the Luenberger-type observer theory that is extended to infinite-dimensional systems (distributed-parameter systems). The infinite-dimensional observer theory is described from a theoretical point of view. The concept of strategic sensors is introduced and a theorem that provides a relationship between the construction of an observer and the structure of sensors is given. If the properties of the eigenvalues and eigenfunctions of the spatial operator are known, the modal decomposition of the state spaces enables us to use the pole assignment algorithms developed in finite-dimensional systems to obtain the stabilizing observer gain. This allows us to estimate or reconstruct the states of a transient reactor using only a few output measurement data and arbitrary initial conditions. The dynamic estimation method is applied to several reactor model problems: estimation of flux with and without precursor or xenon-iodine distributions using flux measurement by a finite number of sensors. Three reactor models considered are: I) a time-dependent one-group neutron diffusion equation with and II) without precursor dynamics, and III) with xenon dynamics in their linearized forms which exhibited spatial power oscillations. The observer designed is tested by using the model-based data through numerical simulations. The results show that the spatial distributions of the state variables, i.e., neutron flux

  18. Estimation and control of space - dependent reactor cores via observer - based control theory

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    In this thesis modern control theory is applied to control of a nuclear reactor described as a distributed-parameter system: It concerns mainly with the infinite-dimensional observer theory and the finite-dimensional compensator theory. The first half of the thesis describes a dynamic estimation method for reconstructing the measurable and unmeasurable state variables in a nuclear reactor from output measurement data, which can be used to generate input of a feedback control system and can be also served as a core estimator of a reactor in transient. The method is based on the Luenberger-type observer theory that is extended to infinite-dimensional systems (distributed-parameter systems). The infinite-dimensional observer theory is described from a theoretical point of view. The concept of strategic sensors is introduced and a theorem that provides a relationship between the construction of an observer and the structure of sensors is given. If the properties of the eigenvalues and eigenfunctions of the spatial operator are known, the modal decomposition of the state spaces enables us to use the pole assignment algorithms developed in finite-dimensional systems to obtain the stabilizing observer gain. This allows us to estimate or reconstruct the states of a transient reactor using only a few output measurement data and arbitrary initial conditions. The dynamic estimation method is applied to several reactor model problems: estimation of flux with and without precursor or xenon-iodine distributions using flux measurement by a finite number of sensors. Three reactor models considered are: I) a time-dependent one-group neutron diffusion equation with and II) without precursor dynamics, and III) with xenon dynamics in their linearized forms which exhibited spatial power oscillations. The observer designed is tested by using the model-based data through numerical simulations. The results show that the spatial distributions of the state variables, i.e., neutron flux

  19. Environment-dependent crystal-field tight-binding based on density-functional theory

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    Electronic structure calculations based on Kohn-Sham density-functional theory (DFT) allow the accurate prediction of chemical bonding and materials properties. Due to the high computational demand DFT calculations are, however, restricted to structures containing at most several hundreds of atoms, i.e., to length scales of a few nanometers. Though, many processes of technological relevance, for example in the field of nanoelectronics, are governed by phenomena that occur on a slightly larger length scale of up to 100 nanometers, which corresponds to tens of thousands of atoms. The semiempirical Slater-Koster tight-binding (TB) method makes it feasible to calculate the electronic structure of such large systems. In contrast to first-principles-based DFT, which is universally applicable to almost all chemical species, the TB method is based on parametrized models that are usually specialized for a particular application or for one certain class of compounds. Usually the model parameters (Slater-Koster tables) are empirically adjusted to reproduce either experimental reference data (e.g., geometries, elastic constants) or data from first-principles methods such as DFT. The construction of a new TB model is therefore connected with a considerable effort that is often contrasted by a low transferability of the parametrization. In this thesis we develop a systematic methodology for the derivation of accurate and transferable TB models from DFT calculations. Our procedure exploits the formal relationship between the two methods, according to which the TB total energy can be understood as a direct approximation of the Kohn--Sham energy functional. The concept of our method is different to previous approaches such as the DFTB method, since it allows to extract TB parameters from converged DFT wave functions and Hamiltonians of arbitrary reference structures. In the following the different subjects of this thesis are briefly summarized. We introduce a new technique for the

  20. INHIBITION STUDIES OF TERPENE BASED NATURAL PRODUCTS WITH CYCLIN-DEPENDENT KINASE 4 (CDK4 MIMIC CDK2)

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    Dr. Sunil H. Ganatra et al

    2012-01-01

    Cyclin dependent kinases (CDKs) are known as cell cycle regulators in eukaryotic cell cycle. Different CDKs (CDK2, CDK4 etc.) are having structure homology among them. Using computer based molecular modeling tools, interactions between naturally occurring terpene based compounds with crystal structure of CDK4 mimic CDK2 enzyme having PDB ID : 1GII. Using In-silico techniques, the binding energies between terpene based compounds and receptor enzymes are calculated in the form of ΔG in kcal/mol...

  1. Size of pancreas in non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus: a study based on CT

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    Shin, Ju Won; Yoon, Soon Min; Yoon, Mi Jin; Song, Moon Gab; Kim, Yoon Suk; Yoon, Young Kyu [Eulji General Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Jun, Se June [Incheon-Christian Hospital, Incheon (Korea, Republic of)

    1997-02-01

    To evaluate changes of pancreatic size with aging in control subjects and in non-insulin- dependent diabetic patients. Two groups of non-insulin-dependent diabetic patients were examined; one had been treated with an oral hypoglycemic agent(n=59), and the other with insulin(n=56). The CT findings of 175 patients without clinical evidence of pancreatic disease were included as a normal control. In control subjects, pancreatic size and age correlated. The pancreas was smaller in non-insulin-dependent diabetics than in control subjects and smaller in insulin- treated non-insulin-dependent diabetics than in non-insulin treated patients. The pancreas was smaller in non-insulin-dependent diabetic patients than in control subjects within the same age range.

  2. Size of pancreas in non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus: a study based on CT

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    To evaluate changes of pancreatic size with aging in control subjects and in non-insulin- dependent diabetic patients. Two groups of non-insulin-dependent diabetic patients were examined; one had been treated with an oral hypoglycemic agent(n=59), and the other with insulin(n=56). The CT findings of 175 patients without clinical evidence of pancreatic disease were included as a normal control. In control subjects, pancreatic size and age correlated. The pancreas was smaller in non-insulin-dependent diabetics than in control subjects and smaller in insulin- treated non-insulin-dependent diabetics than in non-insulin treated patients. The pancreas was smaller in non-insulin-dependent diabetic patients than in control subjects within the same age range

  3. Analysis of Temperature Dependence for a Ratiometric Wavelength Measurement System Using SMS Fiber Structure Based Edged Filters

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    Hatta, Agus; Semenova, Yuliya; Rajan, Ginu; Wang, Pengfei; Zheng, J; Farrell, Gerald

    2009-01-01

    Temperature dependence of an edge filter based on singlemode-multimodesinglemode (SMS) fiber structure is investigated numerically and experimentally. The experimental results and numerical results are in good agreement within an operational temperature range from 10 to 40 oC. It is found that the thermo-optic coefficient (TOC) has a more significant effect on the temperature dependence of an SMS edge filter compared to the thermal expansion coefficient (TEC). In the ratiometric wavelength me...

  4. The Effectiveness of Teaching Emotion Regulation Based on Gross Model in Reducing Impulsivity in Drug-Dependent People

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    Y Aazam; F. Sohrabi; A Borjal; H Chopan

    2014-01-01

    Objective: This study aimed to determine the effectiveness of teaching emotion regulation based on gross model in reducing impulsivity in drug dependent people. Method: This research project was some type of pilot studies that has employed pretest - posttest design with control group. For the present study, all the addicted referring to drug-quitting clinics in2011 at Marivan constituted the study population. A total of 30 drug-dependent persons was selected by simple random sampling and rand...

  5. Laser spot welding of cobalt-based amorphous foils dependence of the quality of the joint on the welding regime

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    The intensity of the shear strength was chosen as an indicator for the quality of the joint performed by laser spot welding of cobalt-based amorphous foils. The shearing force is defined as depending of the most important laser welding parameters: U, tp and Def, The modeling of the dependence was performed by a regressive analysis of the achieved results of one planned three factors central composition orthogonal plan of second degree. (Author)

  6. Optimal procedures based on interdirections and pseudo-Mahalanobis ranks for testing multivariate elliptic white noise against ARMA dependence

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    Paindaveine, Davy; Hallin, Marc

    2002-01-01

    We propose a multivariate generalization of signed-rank tests for testing elliptically symmetric white noise against ARMA serial dependence. These tests are based on Randles's concept of interdirections and the ranks of pseudo-Mahalanobis distances. They are affine-invariant and asymptotically equivalent to strictly distribution-free statistics. Depending on the score function considered (van der Waerden, Laplace. $\\ldots$), they allow for locally asymptotically maximin tests a...

  7. Numerical modelling of softwood time-dependent behaviour based on microstructure

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    Engelund, Emil Tang

    2010-01-01

    by the basic physical mechanism behind the time-dependent behaviour. The mechanism causing time-dependency is thought to be sliding of the microfibrils past each other as a result breaking and re-bonding of hydrogen bonds. This can be incorporated in a numerical model by only allowing time......-dependency in shear modes. Thus, in the local coordinate system corresponding to the orientation of the microfibrils in the S2 layer of the cell wall, only elastic and viscous deformations are included. However, the macroscopic behaviour of the entire cell is visco-elastic in that creep, creep recovery and...

  8. Iso-spin Dependent Microscopic Optical Model Potential Based on Dirac Bruckner Haretree Fock Method

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    2011-01-01

    The microscopic optical model is investigated in the Dirac-Brueckner-Hartree-Fock (DBHF) framework with Bonn B meson exchange potential. Both real and imaginary parts of isospin-dependent self-energies are derived from a strict projection

  9. Calibration period dependence of extreme flood estimations (with a model-based flood frequency method)

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    Brigode, P.; Bernardara, P.; Paquet, E.; Gailhard, J.; Garavaglia, F.; Ribstein, P.; Micovic, Z.

    2013-12-01

    Extreme floods estimation methods are developed since many years within the hydrological and statistical communities. More recently, approaches based on the statistical analysis of flood streamflow samples simulated by rainfall-runoff models which are forced by simulated rainfall spread in the scientific literature. These approaches, called stochastic simulation methods, are typically composed by a probabilistic rainfall model and a rainfall-runoff model. Each of these two models are calibrated over observed hydrometeorological series such as daily precipitation series for the probabilistic rainfall models or such as daily streamflow, precipitation and temperature series for the rainfall-runoff models. Since extreme flood observations are by definition particularly rare, the validation of the proposed extreme flood estimations is one of the main critical issues, whatever the method - statistical or physically-based - used. Moreover, the observed hydrometeorological series used for the calibration of the stochastic simulation methods may be subject to significant variability over time, due to global climate oscillations such as El Niño Southern Oscillations for example. If the estimation of total involved uncertainty is a difficult task, investigating to what extent the proposed extreme flood values are dependent on the calibration period is an interesting first step. The general aim of this study is to propose a methodology for performing a sensitivity analysis of extreme flood estimations to the variability of observed series used for the model calibrations in a stochastic simulation framework. The methodology proposed is based on the nonparametric bootstrap concept and consists to perform a set of block-bootstrap experiments, thus generating different sets of observed series sub-samples. The generated observed series sub-samples are then used for the calibration of the different models considered within the stochastic simulation method. The main originality of

  10. IV-Based Cointegration Testing in Dependent Panels with Time-Varying Variance

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    Hanck, Christoph; Demetrescu, Matei; Tarcolea, Adina

    2012-01-01

    While the limiting null distributions of cointegration tests are invariant to a certain amount of conditional heteroskedasticity as long as global homoskedasticity conditions are fulfilled, they are certainly affected when the innovations exhibit time-varying volatility. Worse yet, distortions from single units accumulate in panels, where one must anyway pay special attention to dependence among cross-sectional units, be it time-dependent or not. To obtain a panel cointegration test robust to...

  11. Current dependence of spin torque switching rate based on Fokker-Planck approach

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    The spin torque switching rate of an in-plane magnetized system in the presence of an applied field is derived by solving the Fokker-Planck equation. It is found that three scaling currents are necessary to describe the current dependence of the switching rate in the low-current limit. The dependences of these scaling currents on the applied field strength are also studied

  12. The Effectiveness of Teaching Emotion Regulation Based on Gross Model in Reducing Impulsivity in Drug-Dependent People

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective: This study aimed to determine the effectiveness of teaching emotion regulation based on gross model in reducing impulsivity in drug dependent people. Method: This research project was some type of pilot studies that has employed pretest - posttest design with control group. For the present study, all the addicted referring to drug-quitting clinics in2011 at Marivan constituted the study population. A total of 30 drug-dependent persons was selected by simple random sampling and randomly assigned to one of the experiment and control groups. Findings: The results showed that emotion regulation training can be effective in reducing symptoms of impulsivity in drug-dependent individuals. Conclusion: Given that drug-dependent individuals are naturally more susceptible to negative emotions, they will probably act impulsively without having any plans in such situations. Therefore, emotion regulation training to such people can enhance their self-restraining power in such situations.

  13. Cranial computed tomography associated with development of functional dependence in a community-based elderly population

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    The purpose of this study was to investigate whether changes at computed tomography (CT) imaging in the ageing brain are associated with future risks for functional dependence. One hundred sixty residents aged 69 years and older at the cranial CT and were independently living in a rural community in Hokkaido, Japan. Cranial CT was performed between 1991 and 1993, graded for ventricular enlargement, sulcal enlargement, white matter change, and small infarction. Functional status was reassessed in 1998 in each participant. Multiple logistic regression analysis was performed to estimate the association of CT changes in the ageing brain with development of functional dependence over six years. Functional dependence was found in 19 residents at the second survey. After adjusting for age, sex, medical conditions, and cognitive functioning, small infarction and ventricular enlargement were significantly associated with development of functional dependence (adjusted odds ratio=9.27 and 4.62). After controlling for age, the age-related changes on cranial CT have significant association on development of functional dependence. (author)

  14. Final Technical Report on Quantifying Dependability Attributes of Software Based Safety Critical Instrumentation and Control Systems in Nuclear Power Plants

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    Smidts, Carol [The Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States); Huang, Funqun [The Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States); Li, Boyuan [The Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States); Li, Xiang [The Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States)

    2016-03-25

    With the current transition from analog to digital instrumentation and control systems in nuclear power plants, the number and variety of software-based systems have significantly increased. The sophisticated nature and increasing complexity of software raises trust in these systems as a significant challenge. The trust placed in a software system is typically termed software dependability. Software dependability analysis faces uncommon challenges since software systems’ characteristics differ from those of hardware systems. The lack of systematic science-based methods for quantifying the dependability attributes in software-based instrumentation as well as control systems in safety critical applications has proved itself to be a significant inhibitor to the expanded use of modern digital technology in the nuclear industry. Dependability refers to the ability of a system to deliver a service that can be trusted. Dependability is commonly considered as a general concept that encompasses different attributes, e.g., reliability, safety, security, availability and maintainability. Dependability research has progressed significantly over the last few decades. For example, various assessment models and/or design approaches have been proposed for software reliability, software availability and software maintainability. Advances have also been made to integrate multiple dependability attributes, e.g., integrating security with other dependability attributes, measuring availability and maintainability, modeling reliability and availability, quantifying reliability and security, exploring the dependencies between security and safety and developing integrated analysis models. However, there is still a lack of understanding of the dependencies between various dependability attributes as a whole and of how such dependencies are formed. To address the need for quantification and give a more objective basis to the review process -- therefore reducing regulatory uncertainty

  15. Dependence of particle size on the effective thermal diffusivity and conductivity of nanofluids: role of base fluid properties

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    Nisha, M. R.; Philip, J.

    2012-10-01

    Effect of nanoparticle size on effective thermal diffusivity and conductivity of polymeric and water based nanofluids are investigated following thermal wave interference technique. Two sets of nanofluids, prepared by dispersing TiO2 nanoparticles, with average sizes in the range 5-100 nm, in polyvinyl alcohol and water show opposing particle size dependences. Variations are explained invoking effective medium theory, including size of nanoparticles, molecular weight of base fluid and effects associated with it.

  16. Angular dependence of coercivity with temperature in Co-based nanowires

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    Bran, C., E-mail: cristina.bran@icmm.csic.es [Institute of Materials Science of Madrid, CSIC, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Espejo, A.P. [Departamento de Física, Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH) and Center for the Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CEDENNA), Avenida Ecuador 3493, 9170124 Santiago (Chile); Palmero, E.M. [Institute of Materials Science of Madrid, CSIC, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Escrig, J. [Departamento de Física, Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH) and Center for the Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CEDENNA), Avenida Ecuador 3493, 9170124 Santiago (Chile); Vázquez, M. [Institute of Materials Science of Madrid, CSIC, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2015-12-15

    The magnetic behavior of arrays of Co and CoFe nanowire arrays has been measured in the temperature range between 100 and 300 K. We have paid particular attention to the angular dependence of magnetic properties on the applied magnetic field orientation. The experimental angular dependence of coercivity has been modeled according to micromagnetic analytical calculations, and we found that the propagation of a transversal domain wall mode gives the best fitting with experimental observations. That reversal mode holds in the whole measuring temperature range, for nanowires with different diameters and crystalline structure. Moreover, the quantitative strength of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy and its magnetization easy axis are determined to depend on the crystalline structure and nanowires diameter. The evolution of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy with temperature for nanowires with different composition gives rise to an opposite evolution of coercivity with increasing temperature: it decreases for CoFe while it increases for Co nanowire arrays.

  17. Petri net-based dependability modeling methodology for reconfigurable field programmable gate arrays

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    Graczyk, Rafał; Orleański, Piotr; Poźniak, Krzysztof

    2015-09-01

    Dependability modeling is an important issue for aerospace and space equipment designers. From system level perspective, one has to choose from multitude of possible architectures, redundancy levels, component combinations in a way to meet desired properties and dependability and finally fit within required cost and time budgets. Modeling of such systems is getting harder as its levels of complexity grow together with demand for more functional and flexible, yet more available systems that govern more and more crucial parts of our civilization's infrastructure (aerospace transport systems, telecommunications, exploration probes). In this article promising method of modeling complex systems using Petri networks is introduced in context of qualitative and quantitative dependability analysis. This method, although with some limitation and drawback offer still convenient visual formal method of describing system behavior on different levels (functional, timing, random events) and offers straight correspondence to underlying mathematical engine, perfect for simulations and engineering support.

  18. Angular dependence of coercivity with temperature in Co-based nanowires

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    The magnetic behavior of arrays of Co and CoFe nanowire arrays has been measured in the temperature range between 100 and 300 K. We have paid particular attention to the angular dependence of magnetic properties on the applied magnetic field orientation. The experimental angular dependence of coercivity has been modeled according to micromagnetic analytical calculations, and we found that the propagation of a transversal domain wall mode gives the best fitting with experimental observations. That reversal mode holds in the whole measuring temperature range, for nanowires with different diameters and crystalline structure. Moreover, the quantitative strength of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy and its magnetization easy axis are determined to depend on the crystalline structure and nanowires diameter. The evolution of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy with temperature for nanowires with different composition gives rise to an opposite evolution of coercivity with increasing temperature: it decreases for CoFe while it increases for Co nanowire arrays

  19. Towards a conjoint-based, context-dependent model of task allocation in activity settings: Some numerical experiments

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    Borgers, Aloys; Hofman, Frank; Ponjé, Maarten; Timmermans, Harry

    None of the currently developed activity-based models of transport demand explicitly models task allocation among household members. To fill this gap, the present paper suggests to complement activity-based models of activity scheduling with a context-dependent model of task allocation. That is, it is assumed that the allocation of tasks within households is partly based on such contextual variables as the amount of time a member has to spend on mandatory activities and car availability. In particular, the paper advocates a conjoint-based approach, based on an assignment task as opposed to the traditional ranking, rating or choice response formats. By definition, an assignment task involves a combinatorial explosion of choice alternatives, implying that additional operational decisions to estimate the context-dependent model are required. This study presents the results of various numerical experiments, conducted to better understand the impacts of those decisions on the degree of bias in the parameter estimates of the choice model. The results of these simulations indicate that under particular assumptions, the development and estimation of a conjoint-based, context-dependent model of task allocation within households is feasible.

  20. Motivation and Exercise Dependence: A Study Based on Self-Determination Theory

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    Gonzalez-Cutre, David; Sicilia, Alvaro

    2012-01-01

    The objective of this study was to use self-determination theory to analyze the relationships of several motivational variables with exercise dependence. The study involved 531 exercisers, ranging in age from 16 to 60 years old, who responded to different questionnaires assessing perception of motivational climate, satisfaction of basic…

  1. Monaural separation of dependent audio sources based on a generalized Wiener filter

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    Ma, Guilin; Agerkvist, Finn T.; Luther, J.B.

    2007-01-01

    ) coefficients of the dependent sources is modeled by complex Gaussian mixture models in the frequency domain from samples of individual sources to capture the properties of the sources and their correlation. During the second stage, the mixture is separated through a generalized Wiener filter, which takes...

  2. Molecular-based mechanisms of Mendelian forms of salt-dependent hypertension: questioning the prevailing theory.

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    Kurtz, Theodore W; Dominiczak, Anna F; DiCarlo, Stephen E; Pravenec, Michal; Morris, R Curtis

    2015-05-01

    This critical review directly challenges the prevailing theory that a transient increase in cardiac output caused by genetically mediated increases in activity of the ENaC in the aldosterone sensitive distal nephron, or of the NCC in the distal convoluted tubule, accounts entirely for the hemodynamic initiation of all Mendelian forms of salt-dependent hypertension (Figure 1). The prevailing theory of how genetic mutations enable salt to hemodynamically initiate Mendelian forms of salt-dependent hypertension in humans (Figure 1) depends on the results of salt-loading studies of cardiac output and systemic vascular resistance in nongenetic models of hypertension that lack appropriate normal controls. The theory is inconsistent with the results of studies that include measurements of the initial hemodynamic changes induced by salt loading in normal, salt-resistant controls. The present analysis, which takes into account the results of salt-loading studies that include the requisite normal controls, indicates that mutation-induced increases in the renal tubular activity of ENaC or NCC that lead to transient increases in cardiac output will generally not be sufficient to enable increases in salt intake to initiate the increased BP that characterizes Mendelian forms of salt-dependent hypertension (Table). The present analysis also raises questions about whether mutation-dependent increases in renal tubular activity of ENaC or NCC are even necessary to account for increased risk for salt-dependent hypertension in most patients with such mutations. We propose that for the genetic alterations underlying Mendelian forms of salt-dependent hypertension to enable increases in salt intake to initiate the increased BP, they must often cause vasodysfunction, ie, an inability to normally vasodilate and decrease systemic vascular resistance in response to increases in salt intake within dietary ranges typically observed in most modern societies. A subnormal ability to vasodilate in

  3. Scale-Dependent Habitat Selection and Size-Based Dominance in Adult Male American Alligators.

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    Strickland, Bradley A; Vilella, Francisco J; Belant, Jerrold L

    2016-01-01

    Habitat selection is an active behavioral process that may vary across spatial and temporal scales. Animals choose an area of primary utilization (i.e., home range) then make decisions focused on resource needs within patches. Dominance may affect the spatial distribution of conspecifics and concomitant habitat selection. Size-dependent social dominance hierarchies have been documented in captive alligators, but evidence is lacking from wild populations. We studied habitat selection for adult male American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis; n = 17) on the Pearl River in central Mississippi, USA, to test whether habitat selection was scale-dependent and individual resource selectivity was a function of conspecific body size. We used K-select analysis to quantify selection at the home range scale and patches within the home range to determine selection congruency and important habitat variables. In addition, we used linear models to determine if body size was related to selection patterns and strengths. Our results indicated habitat selection of adult male alligators was a scale-dependent process. Alligators demonstrated greater overall selection for habitat variables at the patch level and less at the home range level, suggesting resources may not be limited when selecting a home range for animals in our study area. Further, diurnal habitat selection patterns may depend on thermoregulatory needs. There was no relationship between resource selection or home range size and body size, suggesting size-dependent dominance hierarchies may not have influenced alligator resource selection or space use in our sample. Though apparent habitat suitability and low alligator density did not manifest in an observed dominance hierarchy, we hypothesize that a change in either could increase intraspecific interactions, facilitating a dominance hierarchy. Due to the broad and diverse ecological roles of alligators, understanding the factors that influence their social dominance

  4. Polygenic risk for alcohol dependence associates with alcohol consumption, cognitive function and social deprivation in a population-based cohort:Alcohol dependence cognition

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    Clarke, Toni-Kim; Smith, Andrew H; Gelernter, Joel; Henry R Kranzler; Farrer, Lindsay A.; Hall, Lynsey S.; Fernandez-pujals, Ana M.; MacIntyre, Donald J; Smith, Blair H; Hocking, Lynne J.; Padmanabhan, Sandosh; Hayward, Caroline; Thomson, Pippa A.; Porteous, David J.; Deary, Ian J.

    2016-01-01

    Alcohol dependence is frequently co-morbid with cognitive impairment. The relationship between these traits is complex as cognitive dysfunction may arise as a consequence of heavy drinking or exist prior to the onset of dependence. In the present study, we tested the genetic overlap between cognitive abilities and alcohol dependence using polygenic risk scores (PGRS). We created two independent PGRS derived from two recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of alcohol dependence (SAGE GWA...

  5. Polynomial fuzzy model-based control systems stability analysis and control synthesis using membership function dependent techniques

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    Lam, Hak-Keung

    2016-01-01

    This book presents recent research on the stability analysis of polynomial-fuzzy-model-based control systems where the concept of partially/imperfectly matched premises and membership-function dependent analysis are considered. The membership-function-dependent analysis offers a new research direction for fuzzy-model-based control systems by taking into account the characteristic and information of the membership functions in the stability analysis. The book presents on a research level the most recent and advanced research results, promotes the research of polynomial-fuzzy-model-based control systems, and provides theoretical support and point a research direction to postgraduate students and fellow researchers. Each chapter provides numerical examples to verify the analysis results, demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed polynomial fuzzy control schemes, and explain the design procedure. The book is comprehensively written enclosing detailed derivation steps and mathematical derivations also for read...

  6. Integrated optical devices based on sol – gel waveguides using the temperature dependence of the effective refractive index

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    Pavlov, S V; Trofimov, N S; Chekhlova, T K [Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2014-07-31

    A possibility of designing optical waveguide devices based on sol – gel SiO{sub 2} – TiO{sub 2} films using the temperature dependence of the effective refractive index is shown. The dependences of the device characteristics on the parameters of the film and opticalsystem elements are analysed. The operation of a temperature recorder and a temperature limiter with a resolution of 0.6 K mm{sup -1} is demonstrated. The film and output-prism parameters are optimised. (fibreoptic and nonlinear-optic devices)

  7. A Knowledge Base with Dependencies%一个带有依赖关系的知识库

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    庄朝晖

    2011-01-01

    人工智能以知识为基础,然而知识往往是可错的.当知识被发现是错误时,就要撤销该错误知识及依赖于该错误知识的知识.基于对Forget机制、TMS和ATMS的改进,提出一种新的知识表示方法,即带有依赖关系的知识库.基于命题逻辑程序,给出带有依赖关系的知识库的示例,同时还给出1个规则加入算法和2个规则撤销算法.第2个规则撤销算法可以处理循环依赖关系.带有依赖关系的知识库,是一种全新结构的知识库,在知识表示、信念修正和辩论推理中具有应用的前景.%Knowledge plays an important role in artificial intelligence,but there is the possibility that knowledge turns out to be erroneous. When a proposition turns out to be erroneous.this erroneous proposition and the other propositions, which depend on the erroneous proposition, will be retracted from the knowledge base. Based on TMS and ATMS, this paper presents a novel representation of knowledge.I. E. Knowledge base with dependencies. This paper applies this idea to propositional logic program. Given a logic program, consequences together with their dependencies are recorded in the consequence set. Based on the consequences set with the dependencies, this paper proposes the algorithm of rule addition and two algorithms of rule deletion. The second algorithm of rule deletion can handle the problem of circular dependency. As a conclusion, this paper argues that justifications of knowledge should be stored in knowledge bases and different kinds of knowledge have different kinds of justifications. In this paper, this idea is applied to propositional logic program. In the future, we will extend this method to predicate logic and inductive logic. Based on knowledge base with dependencies,the retractions of knowledge become more efficiency. Therefore,this method provides a new foundation for belief revision and argument.

  8. Temperature dependence of Hall electron density of GaN-based heterostructures

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    Zhang Jin-Feng; Zhang Jin-Cheng; Hao Yue

    2004-01-01

    The theoretic calculation and analysis of the temperature dependence of Hall electron density of a sample AlGaN/GaN heterostructure has been carried out in the temperature range from 77 to 300K. The densities of the twodimensional electron gas and the bulk electrons are solved by self-consistent calculation of one-dimensional Schrodinger and Poisson equations at different temperatures, which allow for the variation of energy gap and structure strain, and are used for evaluation of the temperature dependence of Hall electron density. The calculated Hall electron density agrees with the measured one quite well with the appropriate bulk mobility data. Analysis revealed that for the temper ature range considered, even in the heterostructures with a small bulk conductance the factors that determine the Hall mobility and electron density could be of different sources, and not just the two-dimensional electron gas as generally supposed.

  9. On a Class of Dual Risk Model with Dependence based on the FGM Copula

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    Hua Dong

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we consider an extension to a dual model under a barrier strategy, in which the innovation sizes depend on the innovation time via the FGM copula. We first derive a renewal equation for the expected total discounted dividends until ruin. Some differential equations and closed-form expressions are given for exponential innovation sizes. Then the optimal dividend barrier and the Laplace transform of the time to ruin are considered. Finally, a numerical example is given.

  10. Effect of Angular Velocity on Sensors Based on Morphology Dependent Resonances

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    Ali, Amir R.; Tindaro Ioppolo

    2014-01-01

    We carried out an analysis to investigate the morphology dependent optical resonances shift (MDR) of a rotating spherical resonator. The spinning resonator experiences an elastic deformation due to the centrifugal force acting on it, leading to a shift in its MDR. Experiments are also carried out to demonstrate the MDR shifts of a spinning polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microsphere. The experimental results agree well with the analytical prediction. These studies demonstrated that spinning senso...

  11. Neural Correlates of Reward-Based Spatial Learning in Persons with Cocaine Dependence

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    Tau, Gregory Z.; Marsh, Rachel; Wang, Zhishun; Torres-Sanchez, Tania; Graniello, Barbara; Hao, Xuejun; Xu, Dongrong; Packard, Mark G.; Duan, Yunsuo; Kangarlu, Alayar; Martinez, Diana; Peterson, Bradley S.

    2013-01-01

    Dysfunctional learning systems are thought to be central to the pathogenesis of and impair recovery from addictions. The functioning of the brain circuits for episodic memory or learning that support goal-directed behavior has not been studied previously in persons with cocaine dependence (CD). Thirteen abstinent CD and 13 healthy participants underwent MRI scanning while performing a task that requires the use of spatial cues to navigate a virtual-reality environment and find monetary reward...

  12. A versatile proximity-dependent probe based on light-up DNA-scaffolded silver nanoclusters.

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    Ma, Jin-Liang; Yin, Bin-Cheng; Ye, Bang-Ce

    2016-02-01

    It is well-known that proximity-dependent probes containing an analyte recognization site and a signal formation domain could be assembled specifically into a sandwich-like structure (probe-analyte-probe) via introducing an analyte. In this work, using the design for zirconium ion (Zr(4+)) detection as the model, we develop a novel and reliable proximity-dependent DNA-scaffolded silver nanocluster (DNA/AgNC) probe for Zr(4+) detection via target-induced emitter proximity. The proposed strategy undergoes the two following processes: target-mediated emitter pair proximity as target recognition implement and the synthesis of DNA/AgNCs with fluorescence as a signal reporter. Upon combination of the rationally designed probe with Zr(4+), the intact templates were obtained according to the -PO3(2-)-Zr(4+)-PO3(2-)- pattern. The resultant structure with an emitter pair serves as a potent template to achieve highly fluorescent DNA/AgNCs. To verify the universality of the proposed proximity-dependent DNA/AgNC probe, we extend the application of the proximity-dependent probe to DNA and adenosine triphosphate (ATP) detection by virtue of a specific DNA complementary sequence and ATP aptamer as a recognition unit, respectively. The produced fluorescence enhancement of the DNA/AgNCs in response to the analyte concentration allows a quantitative evaluation of the target, including Zr(4+), DNA, and ATP with detection limits of ∼3.00 μM, ∼9.83 nM, and ∼0.81 mM, respectively. The proposed probe possesses good performance with simple operation, cost-effectiveness, good selectivity, and without separation procedures. PMID:26814697

  13. Dependency Analysis of Legacy Digital Materials to Support Emulation Based Preservation

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    Aaron Hsu; Geoffrey Brown

    2011-01-01

    Emulation has been widely discussed as a preservation strategy for digital documents that depend upon proprietary executables, as well as for legacy programs. The fundamental assumption of this strategy is that an artifact (document or program) will be bundled with any required contemporaneous software in an archival information package (AIP) which can be loaded and executed in an emulation environment by patrons wishing to access the preserved artifact, yet little has been written about how ...

  14. Model-Driven Engineering for Trusted Embedded Systems based on Security and Dependability Patterns

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    Hamid, Brahim; Geisel, Jacob; Ziani, Adel; Bruel, Jean-Michel; Perez, Jon

    2013-01-01

    Nowadays, many practitioners express their worries about current software engineering practices. New recommendations should be considered to ground software engineering on two pillars: solid theory and proven principles. We took the second pillar towards software engineering for embedded system applications, focusing on the problem of integrating Security and Dependability (S&D) by design to foster reuse. The framework and the methodology we propose associate the model-driven paradigm and a m...

  15. Anaphora: Text-based or discourse-dependent? Functionalist vs. formalist accounts

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    Cornish, Francis

    2010-01-01

    International audience The traditional definition of anaphora in purely co-textual terms as a relation between two co-occurring expressions is in wide currency in theoretical and descriptive studies of the phenomenon. Indeed, it is currently adopted in on-line psycholinguistic experiments on the interpretation of anaphors, and is the basis for all computational approaches to automatic anaphor resolution (see Mitkov, 2002). Under this conception, the anaphor, a referentially-dependent expre...

  16. Streaming-LDA: A Copula-based Approach to Modeling Topic Dependencies in Document Streams

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    Amoualian, Hesam; Clausel, Marianne; Gaussier, Eric; Amini, Massih-Reza

    2016-01-01

    International audience We propose in this paper two new models for modeling topic and word-topic dependencies between consecutive documents in document streams. The first model is a direct extension of Latent Dirichlet Allocation model (LDA) and makes use of a Dirichlet distribution to balance the influence of the LDA prior parameters wrt to topic and word-topic distribution of the previous document. The second extension makes use of copulas, which constitute a generic tools to model depen...

  17. FEM–based thermal modelling of the cutting process using power law-temperature dependent concept

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    W. Grzesik; P. Niesłony

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: Purpose of this study is to compare two variants of the FEM simulation model of orthogonal cuttingprocess of AISI 1045 carbon steel with uncoated and multilayer-coated carbide tools i.e. standard and Power Law–Temperature Dependent (PL-TD) options. The primary reason for undertaking this problem was unsatisfactoryaccuracy of the predictions of cutting temperature especially for coated cutting tools.Design/methodology/approach: Methodology used employs the Lagrangian-FEM model with mo...

  18. Haplotype-sharing analysis for alcohol dependence based on quantitative traits and the Mantel statistic

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    König Inke R; Franke Daniel; Kleensang Andre; Ziegler Andreas

    2005-01-01

    Abstract Haplotype-based methods have become increasingly popular in the last decade because shared lengths in haplotypes can be used for disease localization. In this contribution, we propose a novel linkage-based haplotype-sharing approach for quantitative traits based on the class of Mantel statistics which is closely related to the weighted pair-wise correlation statistic. Because these statistics are known to be liberal, we propose a permutation test to evaluate significance. We applied ...

  19. Dependency Analysis of Legacy Digital Materials to Support Emulation Based Preservation

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    Aaron Hsu

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Emulation has been widely discussed as a preservation strategy for digital documents that depend upon proprietary executables, as well as for legacy programs. The fundamental assumption of this strategy is that an artifact (document or program will be bundled with any required contemporaneous software in an archival information package (AIP which can be loaded and executed in an emulation environment by patrons wishing to access the preserved artifact, yet little has been written about how to identify the required components for such an AIP. Even where a digital document was distributed with a binary viewer, there may be dependencies on other software libraries. In this paper we discuss a pilot study that performed dependency analysis for digital materials originally distributed on CD-ROM. In particular, we show how to utilize a small number of existing off-the-shelf libraries to build a tool that can analyze executables within ISO (CD-ROM images, and then examine the results of applying this tool to a body of archived images.

  20. A biophysically-based neuromorphic model of spike rate- and timing-dependent plasticity.

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    Rachmuth, Guy; Shouval, Harel Z; Bear, Mark F; Poon, Chi-Sang

    2011-12-01

    Current advances in neuromorphic engineering have made it possible to emulate complex neuronal ion channel and intracellular ionic dynamics in real time using highly compact and power-efficient complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) analog very-large-scale-integrated circuit technology. Recently, there has been growing interest in the neuromorphic emulation of the spike-timing-dependent plasticity (STDP) Hebbian learning rule by phenomenological modeling using CMOS, memristor or other analog devices. Here, we propose a CMOS circuit implementation of a biophysically grounded neuromorphic (iono-neuromorphic) model of synaptic plasticity that is capable of capturing both the spike rate-dependent plasticity (SRDP, of the Bienenstock-Cooper-Munro or BCM type) and STDP rules. The iono-neuromorphic model reproduces bidirectional synaptic changes with NMDA receptor-dependent and intracellular calcium-mediated long-term potentiation or long-term depression assuming retrograde endocannabinoid signaling as a second coincidence detector. Changes in excitatory or inhibitory synaptic weights are registered and stored in a nonvolatile and compact digital format analogous to the discrete insertion and removal of AMPA or GABA receptor channels. The versatile Hebbian synapse device is applicable to a variety of neuroprosthesis, brain-machine interface, neurorobotics, neuromimetic computation, machine learning, and neural-inspired adaptive control problems. PMID:22089232

  1. Condition-based prediction of time-dependent reliability in composites

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This paper presents a reliability-based prediction methodology to obtain the remaining useful life of composite materials subjected to fatigue degradation....

  2. A Feasibility Study of Virtual Reality-Based Coping Skills Training for Nicotine Dependence

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    Bordnick, Patrick S.; Traylor, Amy C.; Carter, Brian L.; Graap, Ken M.

    2012-01-01

    Objective: Virtual reality (VR)-based cue reactivity has been successfully used for the assessment of drug craving. Going beyond assessment of cue reactivity, a novel VR-based treatment approach for smoking cessation was developed and tested for feasibility. Method: In a randomized experiment, 10-week treatment feasibility trial, 46…

  3. Prediction of Quality of Life of Non–Insulin-Dependent Diabetic Patients Based on Perceived Social Support

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    Hossein Shareh

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Background: The objective of this study was to predic quality of life based on perceived social support components in non–insulin-dependent diabetic patients.Materials and Method: Fifty patients with non–insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus from Al-Zahra diabetic center in Shiraz participated in a cross-sectional study via survey instrument. All subjects completed multidimensional scale of perceived social support (MSPSS and world health organization quality of life- brief (WHOQOL-BREF questionnaires. Results: On the basis of stepwise multiple regression analysis friends and family dimensions of perceived social support were the best predictors of the quality of life and its dimensions (p<0.01.Conclusion: Friends and family dimensions of perceived social support have significant contributions in predicting quality of life of patients with non–insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.

  4. Spatially dependent burnup implementation into the nodal program based on the finite element response matrix method

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    In this work a spatial burnup scheme and feedback effects has been implemented into the FERM ( 'Finite Element Response Matrix' )program. The spatially dependent neutronic parameters have been considered in three levels: zonewise calculation, assembly wise calculation and pointwise calculation. Flux and power distributions and the multiplication factor were calculated and compared with the results obtained by CITATIOn program. These comparisons showed that processing time in the Ferm code has been hundred of times shorter and no significant difference has been observed in the assembly average power distribution. (Author)

  5. A substrate dependent biological containment systems for Pseudomonas putida based on the Escherichia coli gef gene

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    Jensen, Lars Bogø; Ramos, J. L.; Kaneva, Z.;

    1993-01-01

    operon (Pm) and the lacI gene, encoding the Lac repressor, plus xylS2, coding for a positive regulator of Pm. In liquid culture under optimal growth conditions and in sterile and nonsterile soil microcosms, P. putida KT2440 (pWWO) bearing the containment system behaves as designed. In the presence of a......A model substrate-dependent suicide system to biologically contain Pseudomonas putida KT2440 is reported. The system consists of two elements. One element carries a fusion between a synthetic lac promoter (PA1-04/03) and the gef gene, which encodes a killing function. This element is contained...

  6. Phase factors in bases for solutions of time-dependent Schroedinger equations

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    The time-dependent Schroedinger equation is formulated within a model space by means of a finite set of coupled, linear differential equations. The basis is spanned by a set of orthogonal and well-defined many body wave-functions, which are solutions of a model Hamiltonian in a 'moving frame'. As a by-product one is able to separate approximatively collective potential, collective kinetic, and intrinsic excitation energy for arbitrary collective motion. For the two types of motion discussed in greater details (i.e. center of mass and quadrupole motion), the expressions for the collective kinetic energy approach their correct asymptotic values. (orig.)

  7. Probing time-dependent mechanical behaviors of catch bonds based on two-state models

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    Xiaofeng Chen; Zhixiu Mao; Bin Chen

    2015-01-01

    With lifetime counter-intuitively being prolonged under forces, catch bonds can play critical roles in various sub-cellular processes. By adopting different “catching” strategies within the framework of two-state models, we construct two types of catch bonds that have a similar force-lifetime profile upon a constant force-clamp load. However, when a single catch bond of either type is subjected to varied forces, we find that they can behave very differently in both force history dependence an...

  8. Student perceptions and learning outcome on a fishbowl strategy-based pharmacology seminar on drug dependence

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    Madhav M. Mutalik

    2016-06-01

    Conclusions: Use of the and ldquo;fishbowl and rdquo; technique produced better learning outcome through a pharmacology seminar on drug dependence. The newly designed method did involve each participant in the class, facilitated active learning, benefited to the speakers as well as non-speakers, and helped build the team spirit. and ldquo;Fishbowl and rdquo; principle highlights the importance of individual and small-group learning, and thus makes pharmacology learning more effective and interesting. [Int J Basic Clin Pharmacol 2016; 5(3.000: 879-883

  9. Effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention in opioid Dependence Treatment &Mental Health

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    2008-11-01

    Findings: therapy compliance, retention in treatment, decrease in somatic symptoms, anxiety, social dysfunction and increase in health was significantly in both combination of psychological intervention method than the Naltroxan group. Mindfulness-based on relapse prevention was more effective than CBT relapse prevention in decreasing of, social dysfunction, relapse prevention, increase of therapy compliance, and health. Results: Mindfulness based relapse prevention was superior to CBT and Naltroxan and considerably increased effectiveness of opioid relapse prevention therapy.

  10. Effectiveness of simulation-based nursing education depending on fidelity: a meta-analysis

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    Kim, Junghee; Park, Jin-Hwa; Shin, Sujin

    2016-01-01

    Background Simulation-based nursing education is an increasingly popular pedagogical approach. It provides students with opportunities to practice their clinical and decision-making skills through various real-life situational experiences. However, simulation approaches fall along a continuum ranging from low-fidelity to high-fidelity simulation. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect size of simulation-based educational interventions in nursing and compare effect sizes accordi...

  11. Mutual dependency grid for stakeholder mapping: a component-based approach to supply chain participant analysis

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    Pan, Yu-Chun; Tang, Yinshan; Gulliver, Stephen

    2013-01-01

    Stakeholder analysis plays a critical role in business analysis. However, the majority of the stakeholder identification and analysis methods focus on the activities and processes and ignore the artefacts being processed by human beings. By focusing on the outputs of the organisation, an artefact-centric view helps create a network of artefacts, and a component-based structure of the organisation and its supply chain participants. Since the relationship is based on the components, i.e. after ...

  12. Multi-configuration time-dependent density-functional theory based on range separation

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    Fromager, Emmanuel; Jensen, Hans Jørgen Aa

    2012-01-01

    Multi-configuration range-separated density-functional theory is extended to the time-dependent regime. An exact variational formulation is derived. The approximation, which consists in combining a long-range Multi-Configuration-Self-Consistent Field (MCSCF) treatment with an adiabatic short-range density-functional (DFT) description, is then considered. The resulting time-dependent multi-configuration short-range DFT (TD-MC-srDFT) model is applied to the calculation of singlet excitation energies in H2, Be and ferrocene, considering both short-range local density (srLDA) and generalized gradient (srGGA) approximations. In contrast to regular TD-DFT, TD-MC-srDFT can describe double excitations. As expected, when modeling long-range interactions with the MCSCF model instead of the adiabatic Buijse-Baerends density-matrix functional as recently proposed by Pernal [K. Pernal, J. Chem. Phys. 136, 184105 (2012)], the description of both the 1^1D doubly-excited state in Be and the 1^1\\Sigma^+_u state in the stretch...

  13. Solvent-dependent luminescent Cu(I) framework based on 5-(4-pyridyl)tetrazole

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    A new Cu(Ι) coordination compound, Cu4(L)4.2EtOH (1), has been obtained from the solvothermal reaction of CuBr, HL (L=5-(4-pyridyl) tetrazole), EtOH and NH3.H2O. The structure determination reveals that 1 has a 2D network, where each Cu(I) atom adopts a trigonal coordination mode. The 2D networks stacked in an ABAB sequence through the π-π interaction to form a 3D supramolecular framework, giving a 1D channel along the b-axis. The TGA and powder XRD measurements reveal that the framework is stable after removal of the guest molecules. Gas (N2) adsorption measurement was carried out for the framework. Framework 1 shows II sorption profile with N2, which indicates that N2 molecules cannot diffuse into the micropore and only surface adsorption occurs. The photoluminescent research shows that compound 1 displays an interesting solvent-dependent luminescence. - Abstract: A new Cu(I) compound, Cu4(L)4.2EtOH (1) (L=5-(4-pyridyl) tetrazole), was synthesized under solvothermal method, which displays an interesting solvent-dependent luminescence. Display Omitted

  14. Temperature dependent shear band dynamics in a Zr-based bulk metallic glass

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    There is strong interest in determining the time scales involved in the shear banding process during plastic deformation of bulk metallic glasses. Knowing these time scales helps to understand shear banding in more detail, and may also answer the question of whether significant localised heating can occur in and near shear bands. In this study we investigated flow serrations, corresponding to discrete shear events, of a Zr52.2Ti5Cu17.9Ni14.6Al10 (Vit105) bulk metallic glass with respect to their stress drop and strain burst magnitude as well as their duration, as a function of temperature in the range of 60 C to -40 C. The results show that while the stress drop magnitude and the strain burst magnitude remain approximately constant with varying temperature, there is a strong temperature dependence of the shear event duration, ranging from approximately 1 ms at 60 C to 80 ms at -40 C. A calculation of the associated shear band velocities shows pronounced Arrhenius-type behaviour with an activation energy of 0.3 eV, in good agreement with recent potential energy landscape simulations. The strong temperature dependence of shear banding observed in this metallic glass is found to be analogous to the behaviour of other (non-metallic) amorphous materials.

  15. Action-Dependent Adaptive Critic Design Based Neurocontroller for Cement Precalciner Kiln

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    Baosheng Yang

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available There are many factors that can affect the calciner process of cement production, such as highly nonlinearity and time-lag, making it very difficult to establish an accurate model of the cement precalciner kiln (PCK system. In order to reduce transport energy consumption and to ensure the quality of cement clinker burning, one needs to explore different control methods from the traditional way. Adaptive Critic Design (ACD integrated neural network, reinforcement learning and dynamic programming techniques, is a new optimal method. As the PCK system parameters change frequently with high real-time property, ADACD (Action-Dependant ACD algorithm is used in PCK system to control the temperature of furnace export and oxygen content of exhaust. ADACD does not depend on the system model, it may use historical data to train a controller offline, and then adapt online. Also the BP network of artificial neural network is used to accomplish the network modeling, and action and critic modules of the algorithm. The results of simulation show that, after the fluctuations in the early control period, the controlled parameters tend to be stabilized guaranteeing the quality of cement clinker calcining.

  16. Time-Dependent Reliability Modeling and Analysis Method for Mechanics Based on Convex Process

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    Lei Wang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of the present study is to evaluate the time-dependent reliability for dynamic mechanics with insufficient time-varying uncertainty information. In this paper, the nonprobabilistic convex process model, which contains autocorrelation and cross-correlation, is firstly employed for the quantitative assessment of the time-variant uncertainty in structural performance characteristics. By combination of the set-theory method and the regularization treatment, the time-varying properties of structural limit state are determined and a standard convex process with autocorrelation for describing the limit state is formulated. By virtue of the classical first-passage method in random process theory, a new nonprobabilistic measure index of time-dependent reliability is proposed and its solution strategy is mathematically conducted. Furthermore, the Monte-Carlo simulation method is also discussed to illustrate the feasibility and accuracy of the developed approach. Three engineering cases clearly demonstrate that the proposed method may provide a reasonable and more efficient way to estimate structural safety than Monte-Carlo simulations throughout a product life-cycle.

  17. Quark Matter at High Density based on Extended Confined-isospin-density-dependent-mass Model

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    Qauli, A I

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the effect of the inclusion of relativistic Coulomb terms in a confined-isospin-density-dependent-mass (CIDDM) model of strange quark matter (SQM). We found that if we include Coulomb term in scalar density form, SQM equation of state (EOS) at high densities is stiffer but if we include Coulomb term in vector density form is softer than that of standard CIDDM model. We also investigate systematically the role of each term of the extended CIDDM model. Compared with what was reported in Ref.~\\cite {ref:isospin}, we found the stiffness of SQM EOS is controlled by the interplay among the the oscillator harmonic, isospin asymmetry and Coulomb contributions depending on the parameter's range of these terms. We have found that the absolute stable condition of SQM and the mass of 2 $M_\\odot$ pulsars can constrain the parameter of oscillator harmonic $\\kappa_1$ $\\approx 0.53$ in the case Coulomb term excluded. If the Coulomb term is included, for the models with their parameters are consistent with SQM ...

  18. Size-dependent bistability of an electrostatically actuated arch NEMS based on strain gradient theory

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    This paper deals with the investigation of the size-dependent nature of nonlinear dynamics, in a doubly clamped shallow nano-arch actuated by spatially distributed electrostatic force. We employ strain gradient theory together with the Euler–Bernoulli and shallow arch assumptions in order to derive the nonlinear partial differential equation governing the transverse motion of the arch with mid-plane stretching effects. Using the Galerkin projection method, we derive the lumped single degree of freedom model which is then used for the study of the size effects on the nonlinear snap-through and pull-in instabilities of the arch nano-electro-mechanical-system (NEMS). Moreover, using strain gradient theory, the size-dependent bistability and fundamental frequencies of the nano-arch are scrutinized, revealing that, despite what is predicted by the classical theory, the bistability region in the parameter space of the nano-structure shrinks as the structure scales down. Also, we show that the minimum initial elevation, required for bistability, increases as the nano-arch scales down. (paper)

  19. Time-Dependent Properties of Multimodal Polyoxymethylene Based Binder for Powder Injection Molding

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    Gonzalez-Gutierrez, Joamin; Stringari, Gustavo Beulke; Zupancic, Barbara; Kubyshkina, Galina; Bernstorff, Bernd Von; Emri, Igor

    Powder injection molding (PIM) is one of the most versatile methods for the manufacturing of small complex shaped components from metal, ceramic or cemented carbide powders for the use in many applications. PIM consists of mixing the powder and a polymeric binder, injecting this mixture in a mold, debinding and then sintering. Catalytic debinding of polyoxymethylene (POM) is attractive since it shows high debinding rates and low risk of cracking. This work examines the possibility of using POM with bimodal molecular mass distribution as the main component of the binding agent by studying its time-dependent properties and comparing them to monomodal POM. Furthermore, possible optimization of the binder formulation was investigated by the addition of shorter polymeric chains (wax) to bimodal POM, as to create a multimodal material. It was observed that the magnitude of the complex viscosity for the commercial bimodal material was more than 2 times lower than for the chemically identical monomodal POM within the investigated frequency range and temperature. Viscosity values were observed to drop as the content of wax was increased, without compromising the binders mechanical properties in solid state. A new formulation of bimodal POM plus 8 wt.% of added wax provided the most appropriate results from investigated combinations. This work has shown how the addition of short polymeric chains in POM influences its time-dependent properties in solid and molten state, which can be an important tool for the optimization of binders designed to be used in PIM technology.

  20. Pressure dependent elastic and structural (B3-B1) properties of Ga based monopnictides

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    By formulating an effective interionic interaction potential that incorporates the long-range Coulomb, the covalency effects, the charge transfer caused by the deformation of the electron shells of the overlapping ions, the Hafemeister and Flygare type short-range overlap repulsion extended up to the second neighbour ions and the van der Waals (vdW) interaction, the pressure dependent elastic and thermodynamical properties of the III-V semiconductors as GaY (Y = N, P, As) are studied. The estimated values of phase transition pressure of GaY (Y = N, P, As) are in reasonably good agreement with the available data on the phase transition pressures (Pt = 41, 22, 17 GPa). The vast volume discontinuity in pressure-volume phase diagram identifies a structural phase transition from zinc-blende (B3) to rock salt (B1) structure. Later on, the Poisson's ratio ν, the ratio RS/B of S (Voigt averaged shear modulus) over B (bulk modulus), elastic anisotropy parameter, elastic wave velocity, average wave velocity and Debye temperature as functions of pressure is calculated. From Poisson's ratio and the ratio RS/B it is inferred that GaY (Y = N, P, As) is brittle [ductile] in zinc-blende (B3) [Sodium Chloride (B1)] phase. To our knowledge this is the first quantitative theoretical prediction of the pressure dependence of ductile (brittle) nature of GaY compounds and still awaits experimental confirmations.

  1. Size-dependent bistability of an electrostatically actuated arch NEMS based on strain gradient theory

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    Tajaddodianfar, Farid; Nejat Pishkenari, Hossein; Hairi Yazdi, Mohammad Reza; Maani Miandoab, Ehsan

    2015-06-01

    This paper deals with the investigation of the size-dependent nature of nonlinear dynamics, in a doubly clamped shallow nano-arch actuated by spatially distributed electrostatic force. We employ strain gradient theory together with the Euler-Bernoulli and shallow arch assumptions in order to derive the nonlinear partial differential equation governing the transverse motion of the arch with mid-plane stretching effects. Using the Galerkin projection method, we derive the lumped single degree of freedom model which is then used for the study of the size effects on the nonlinear snap-through and pull-in instabilities of the arch nano-electro-mechanical-system (NEMS). Moreover, using strain gradient theory, the size-dependent bistability and fundamental frequencies of the nano-arch are scrutinized, revealing that, despite what is predicted by the classical theory, the bistability region in the parameter space of the nano-structure shrinks as the structure scales down. Also, we show that the minimum initial elevation, required for bistability, increases as the nano-arch scales down.

  2. Effects of Electric Potential Treatment of a Chromium Hexacyanoferrate Modified Biosensor Based on PQQ-Dependent Glucose Dehydrogenase

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    Ta-Feng Tseng; Yang-Li Yang; Yuh-Jiuan Lin; Shyh-Liang Lou

    2010-01-01

    A novel potential treatment technique applied to a glucose biosensor that is based on pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ)-dependent glucose dehydrogenase (GDH) and chromium hexacyanoferrate (CrHCF) incorporated into a platinum (Pt) electrode was demonstrated. CrHCF, serving as a mediator, was electrochemically deposited on the Pt electrode as ascertained by CV, SEM, FTIR and XPS measurements. The potential treatment of CrHCF, which converts Fe(II) to Fe(III), enables the glucose detection. The amp...

  3. Tail dependence of financial stocks and CDS markets: Evidence using copula methods and simulation-based inference

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    da Silva, Paulo Pereira; Rebelo, Paulo Tomaz; Afonso, Cristina

    2013-01-01

    Using copula methods and simulation-based inference the authors address the association between the performance of the stocks of European banks and the CDS markets. Their analysis has three purposes: (i) analysing the dependence structure of the markets when extreme events occur; (ii) checking the validity of the conclusion of Merton (On the Pricing of Corporate Debt: The Risk Structure of Interest Rates, 1974) and other similar structural models concerning the intensification of the relation...

  4. Dependence of the signal amplification potential of colloidal gold nanoparticles on resonance wavelength in surface plasmon resonance-based detection

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    Fu, Elain; Ramsey, Stephen A.; Yager, Paul

    2007-01-01

    We demonstrate the resonance wavelength-dependent signal of colloidal gold nanoparticles adsorbed to a planar gold surface in surface plasmon resonance (SPR)-based detection. Experimental measurements of the SPR signal as a function of particle surface coverage are presented for three different resonance wavelengths. The SPR signal due to the colloidal gold nanoparticles varies across the resonance wavelengths of 650 nm, 770 nm, and 920 nm. The experimental SPR curves show good agreement with...

  5. A temperature-dependent gain control system for improving the stability of Si-PM-based PET systems

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    The silicon-photomultiplier (Si-PM) is a promising photodetector for the development of new PET systems due to its small size, high gain and relatively low sensitivity to the static magnetic field. One drawback of the Si-PM is that it has significant temperature-dependent gain that poses a problem for the stability of the Si-PM-based PET system. To reduce this problem, we developed and tested a temperature-dependent gain control system for the Si-PM-based PET system. The system consists of a thermometer, analog-to-digital converter, personal computer, digital-to-analog converter and variable gain amplifiers in the weight summing board of the PET system. Temperature characteristics of the Si-PM array are measured and the calculated correction factor is sent to the variable gain amplifier. Without this correction, the temperature-dependent peak channel shifts of the block detector were -55% from 20 deg. C to 35 deg.C. With the correction, the peak channel variations were corrected within ±8%. The coincidence count rate of the Si-PM-based PET system was measured using a Na-22 point source while monitoring the room temperature. Without the correction, the count rate inversely changed with the room temperature by 10% for 1.5 deg. C temperature changes. With the correction, the count rate variation was reduced to within 3.7%. These results indicate that the developed temperature-dependent gain control system can contribute to improving the stability of Si-PM-based PET systems.

  6. Investigation of negative bias temperature instability dependence on fin width of silicon-on-insulator-fin-based field effect transistors

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    Young, Chadwin D., E-mail: chadwin.young@utdallas.edu; Wang, Zhe [Materials Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Dallas, 800 W. Campbell Road, Richardson, Texas 75080 (United States); Neugroschel, Arnost [Department of Electrical and Computer Enginering, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611 (United States); Majumdar, Kausik; Matthews, Ken; Hobbs, Chris [SEMATECH, Albany, New York 12203 (United States)

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    The fin width dependence of negative bias temperature instability (NBTI) of double-gate, fin-based p-type Field Effect Transistors (FinFETs) fabricated on silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers was investigated. The NBTI degradation increased as the fin width narrowed. To investigate this phenomenon, simulations of pre-stress conditions were employed to determine any differences in gate oxide field, fin band bending, and electric field profile as a function of the fin width. The simulation results were similar at a given gate stress bias, regardless of the fin width, although the threshold voltage was found to increase with decreasing fin width. Thus, the NBTI fin width dependence could not be explained from the pre-stress conditions. Different physics-based degradation models were evaluated using specific fin-based device structures with different biasing schemes to ascertain an appropriate model that best explains the measured NBTI dependence. A plausible cause is an accumulation of electrons that tunnel from the gate during stress into the floating SOI fin body. As the fin narrows, the sidewall device channel moves in closer proximity to the stored electrons, thereby inducing more band bending at the fin/dielectric interface, resulting in a higher electric field and hole concentration in this region during stress, which leads to more degradation. The data obtained in this work provide direct experimental proof of the effect of electron accumulation on the threshold voltage stability in FinFETs.

  7. Fronts propagating with curvature dependent speed: Algorithms based on Hamilton-Jacobi formulations

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    Osher, Stanley; Sethian, James A.

    1987-01-01

    New numerical algorithms are devised (PSC algorithms) for following fronts propagating with curvature-dependent speed. The speed may be an arbitrary function of curvature, and the front can also be passively advected by an underlying flow. These algorithms approximate the equations of motion, which resemble Hamilton-Jacobi equations with parabolic right-hand-sides, by using techniques from the hyperbolic conservation laws. Non-oscillatory schemes of various orders of accuracy are used to solve the equations, providing methods that accurately capture the formation of sharp gradients and cusps in the moving fronts. The algorithms handle topological merging and breaking naturally, work in any number of space dimensions, and do not require that the moving surface be written as a function. The methods can be used also for more general Hamilton-Jacobi-type problems. The algorithms are demonstrated by computing the solution to a variety of surface motion problems.

  8. A substrate dependent biological containment systems for Pseudomonas putida based on the Escherichia coli gef gene

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    Jensen, Lars Bogø; Ramos, J. L.; Kaneva, Z.; Molin, Søren

    1993-01-01

    A model substrate-dependent suicide system to biologically contain Pseudomonas putida KT2440 is reported. The system consists of two elements. One element carries a fusion between a synthetic lac promoter (PA1-04/03) and the gef gene, which encodes a killing function. This element is contained...... within a transposaseless mini-Tn5 transposon so that it can be integrated at random locations on the Pseudomonas chromosome. The second element, harbored by plasmid pCC102, is designed to control the first and bears a fusion between the promoter of the P. putida TOL plasmid-encoded meta-cleavage pathway...... operon (Pm) and the lacI gene, encoding the Lac repressor, plus xylS2, coding for a positive regulator of Pm. In liquid culture under optimal growth conditions and in sterile and nonsterile soil microcosms, P. putida KT2440 (pWWO) bearing the containment system behaves as designed. In the presence of a...

  9. Fuzzy control of carbon dioxide short circuit transfer welding based on reducing dependence of operating skills

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    王雅生; 蔡洪能; 张庆; 曲海英

    2002-01-01

    In order to reduce dependence of operating skill ,fuzzy control system is developed, the core of which is a 16 bit Single Chip Microcomputer of Intel 80C196KC.It is realized by software programming. In this system two fuzzy controller are designed. The PID parameter self-adjusting fuzzy controller is used to compensate welding current deviation in the process of arc voltage optimized control. To obtain the optimum result of ultimate frequency of short circuit transfer, the self-optimizing fuzzy controller carries out the arc voltage self-optimizing by under the condition of the given welding current. Arc voltage and welding current are kept the optimum matching relationship by two fuzzy controllers.

  10. The Home Care Crew Scheduling Problem: Preference-based visit clustering and temporal dependencies

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    Rasmussen, Matias Sevel; Justesen, Tor Fog; Dohn, Anders Høeg; Larsen, Jesper

    2012-01-01

    windows of the visits must be respected. The challenge when assigning visits to home carers lies in the existence of soft preference constraints and in temporal dependencies between the start times of visits.We model the problem as a set partitioning problem with side constraints and develop an exact...... preference constraints. The algorithm is tested both on real-life problem instances and on generated test instances inspired by realistic settings. The use of the specialised branching scheme on real-life problems is novel. The visit clustering decreases run times significantly, and only gives a loss of......In the Home Care Crew Scheduling Problem a staff of home carers has to be assigned a number of visits to patients’ homes, such that the overall service level is maximised. The problem is a generalisation of the vehicle routing problem with time windows. Required travel time between visits and time...

  11. Dependence and risk assessment for oil prices and exchange rate portfolios: A wavelet based approach

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    Aloui, Chaker; Jammazi, Rania

    2015-10-01

    In this article, we propose a wavelet-based approach to accommodate the stylized facts and complex structure of financial data, caused by frequent and abrupt changes of markets and noises. Specifically, we show how the combination of both continuous and discrete wavelet transforms with traditional financial models helps improve portfolio's market risk assessment. In the empirical stage, three wavelet-based models (wavelet-EGARCH with dynamic conditional correlations, wavelet-copula, and wavelet-extreme value) are considered and applied to crude oil price and US dollar exchange rate data. Our findings show that the wavelet-based approach provides an effective and powerful tool for detecting extreme moments and improving the accuracy of VaR and Expected Shortfall estimates of oil-exchange rate portfolios after noise is removed from the original data.

  12. An interactive Tool for Writer Identification based on Offline Text Dependent Approach

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    Saranya K

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Writer identification is the process of identifying the writer of the document based on their handwriting. The growth of computational engineering, artificial intelligence and pattern recognition fields owes greatly to one of the highly challenged problem of handwriting identification. This paper proposes the computational intelligence technique to develop discriminative model for writer identification based on handwritten documents. Scanned images of handwritten documents are segmented into words and these words are further segmented into characters for word level and character level writer identification. A set of features are extracted from the segmented words and characters. Feature vectors are trained using support vector machine and obtained 94.27% accuracy for word level, 90.10% for character level. An interactive tool has been developed based on the word level writer identification model.

  13. Acute systemic exposure to silver-based nanoparticles induces hepatotoxicity and NLRP3-dependent inflammation.

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    Ramadi, Khalil B; Mohamed, Yassir A; Al-Sbiei, Ashraf; Almarzooqi, Saeeda; Bashir, Ghada; Al Dhanhani, Aisha; Sarawathiamma, Dhanya; Qadri, Shahnaz; Yasin, Javed; Nemmar, Abderrahim; Fernandez-Cabezudo, Maria J; Haik, Yousef; Al-Ramadi, Basel K

    2016-10-01

    Nanoparticles (NPs) are increasingly being commercialized for use in biomedicine. NP toxicity following acute or chronic exposure has been described, but mechanistic insight into this process remains incomplete. Recent evidence from in vitro studies suggested a role for NLRP3 in NP cytotoxicity. In this study, we investigated the effect of systemic administration of composite inorganic NP, consisting of Ag:Cu:B (dose range 1-20 mg/kg), on the early acute (4-24 h post-exposure) and late phase response (96 h post-exposure) in normal and NLRP3-deficient mice. Our findings indicate that systemic exposure (≥2 mg/kg) was associated with acute liver injury due to preferential accumulation of NP in this organ and resulted in elevated AST, ALT and LDH levels. Moreover, within 24 h of NP administration, there was a dose-dependent increase in intraperitoneal neutrophil recruitment and upregulation in gene expression of several proinflammatory mediators, including TNF-α, IL-1β and S100A9. Histological analysis of liver tissue revealed evidence of dose-dependent hepatocyte necrosis, increase in sinusoidal Kupffer cells, lobular granulomas and foci of abscess formation which were most pronounced at 24 h following NP administration. NP deposition in the liver led to a significant upregulation in gene expression of S100A9, an endogenous danger signal recognition molecule of phagocytes, IL-1β and IL-6. The extent of proinflammatory cytokine activation and hepatotoxicity was significantly attenuated in mice deficient in the NLRP3 inflammasome, demonstrating the critical role of this innate immune system recognition receptor in the response to NP. PMID:26956548

  14. Determination of Delayed Neutrons Source Time Dependence Based on In-Pile Oscillation Measurements

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    A new method for determining the delayed neutrons Normalized Emission Rate, g(t), based on in-pile kinetic measurements was developed and is presented in the present work.It is based on measurements which utilize the reactor itself as the measurement system.In these measurements reactor reactivity oscillates around its critical state,power oscillations are measured,and kinetic equations are used for the derivation of Normalized Emission Rate analytically.In contrast to other in-pile measurements, this method does not require a multi-parameter fit process for determination of delayed neutrons Normalized Emission Rate. Measurements were performed in IRR-2 research reactor

  15. An automated electrophysiological assay for differentiating Ca(v)2.2 inhibitors based on state dependence and kinetics.

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    Swensen, Andrew M; Niforatos, Wende; Vortherms, Timothy A; Perner, Richard J; Li, Tao; Schrimpf, Michael R; Scott, Victoria E; Lee, Lance; Jarvis, Michael F; McGaraughty, Steve

    2012-12-01

    Ca(V)2.2 (N-type) calcium channels are key regulators of neurotransmission. Evidence from knockout animals and localization studies suggest that Ca(V)2.2 channels play a critical role in nociceptive transmission. Additionally, ziconotide, a selective peptide inhibitor of Ca(V)2.2 channels, is clinically used to treat refractory pain. However, the use of ziconotide is limited by its low therapeutic index, which is believed, at least in part, to be a consequence of ziconotide inhibiting Ca(V)2.2 channels regardless of the channel state. Subsequent efforts have focused on the discovery of state-dependent inhibitors that preferentially bind to the inactivated state of Ca(V)2.2 channels in order to achieve an improved safety profile relative to ziconotide. Much less attention has been paid to understanding the binding kinetics of these state-dependent inhibitors. Here, we describe a novel electrophysiology-based assay on an automated patch platform designed to differentiate Ca(V)2.2 inhibitors based on their combined state dependence and kinetics. More specifically, this assay assesses inactivated state block, closed state block, and monitors the kinetics of recovery from block when channels move between states. Additionally, a use-dependent assay is described that uses a train of depolarizing pulses to drive channels to a similar level of inactivation for comparison. This use-dependent protocol also provides information on the kinetics of block development. Data are provided to show how these assays can be utilized to screen for kinetic diversity within and across chemical classes. PMID:22428804

  16. Doping dependence of the (π, π) shadow band in La-based cuprates studied by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy

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    The (π, π) shadow band (SB) in the La-based cuprate family (La214) was studied by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy over a wide doping range from x=0.01 to x=0.25. Unlike the well-studied case of the Bi-based cuprate family, an overall strong, monotonic doping dependence of the SB intensity at the Fermi level (EF) was observed. In contrast to a previous report for the presence of the SB only close to x=1/8, we found that it exists in a wide doping range, associated with a doping-independent (π, π) wave vector but a strongly doping-dependent intensity: it is strongest at x∼0.03 and systematically diminishes as the doping increases until it becomes negligible in the overdoped regime. This SB with the observed doping dependence of intensity can in principle be caused by the antiferromagnetic fluctuations or a particular form of low-temperature orthorhombic lattice distortion known to persist up to x∼0.21 in the system, with both being weakened with increasing doping. However, a detailed binding-energy-dependent analysis of the SB at x=0.07 does not appear to support the former interpretation, leaving the latter as a more plausible candidate, despite a challenge in quantitatively linking the doping dependences of the SB intensity and the magnitude of the lattice distortion. Our finding highlights the necessity for a careful and global consideration of the inherent structural complications for correctly understanding the cuprate Fermiology and its microscopic implication.

  17. Ageing dependence and martensite stabilization in copper based shape memory alloys

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    Shape memory alloys exhibit a peculiar property called shape memory effect based on a first order solid state phase transformation, martensitic transformation which occurs in thermal manner on cooling the materials. Martensitic transformation is evaluated by the structural changes in microscopic scale. Copper-based ternary alloys exhibit shape memory effect in metastable beta phase region. These alloys have bcc-based ordered structures at high temperature, and transform martensiticaly to the long-period layered structures on cooling. The material atoms move cooperatively on (110)-type close packed planes of parent phase by means of a shear-like mechanism, and structural and fundamental properties of these alloys are altered by aging in the martensitic state. Therefore, the ageing gives rise to the structural changes in both long and short-range order in material. X-ray powder diffraction studies carried out in a long time interval on copper based shape memory alloys reveal that peak locations and intensities chance with ageing duration in martensitic condition, and these changes lead to the martensite stabilization in the redistribution or disordering manner, and stabilization proceeds by a diffusion-controlled process. (author)

  18. Ageing dependence and martensite stabilization in copper based shape memory alloys

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    Shape memory alloys exhibit a peculiar property called shape memory effect based on a first order solid state phase transformation, martensitic transformation which occurs in thermal manner on cooling the materials. Martensitic transformation is evaluated by the structural changes in microscopic scale. Copper-based ternary alloys exhibit shape memory effect in metastable beta phase region. These alloys have bcc-based ordered structures at high temperature, and transform martensiticaly to the long-period layered structures on cooling. The material atoms move cooperatively on {110}-type close packed planes of parent phase by means of a shear-like mechanism, and structural and fundamental properties of these alloys are altered by aging in the martensitic state. Therefore, the ageing gives rise to the structural changes in both long and short-range order in material. X-ray powder diffraction studies carried out in a long time interval on copper based shape memory alloys reveal that peak locations and intensities chance with ageing duration in martensitic condition, and these changes lead to the martensite stabilization in the redistribution or disordering manner, and stabilization proceeds by a diffusion-controlled process

  19. Mediators of Telephone-Based Continuing Care for Alcohol and Cocaine Dependence

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    Mensinger, Janell Lynn; Lynch, Kevin G.; Tenhave, Thomas R.; McKay, James R.

    2007-01-01

    A previous randomized trial with 224 alcohol and/or cocaine addicts who had completed an initial phase of treatment indicated that 12 weeks of telephone-based continuing care yielded higher abstinence rates over 24 months than did group counseling continuing care. The current study examined mediators of this treatment effect. Results suggested…

  20. Dose Dependent Dopaminergic Modulation of Reward-Based Learning in Parkinson's Disease

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    van Wouwe, N. C.; Ridderinkhof, K. R.; Band, G. P. H.; van den Wildenberg, W. P. M.; Wylie, S. A.

    2012-01-01

    Learning to select optimal behavior in new and uncertain situations is a crucial aspect of living and requires the ability to quickly associate stimuli with actions that lead to rewarding outcomes. Mathematical models of reinforcement-based learning to select rewarding actions distinguish between (1) the formation of stimulus-action-reward…

  1. Contextual Cueing in Multiconjunction Visual Search Is Dependent on Color- and Configuration-Based Intertrial Contingencies

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    Geyer, Thomas; Shi, Zhuanghua; Muller, Hermann J.

    2010-01-01

    Three experiments examined memory-based guidance of visual search using a modified version of the contextual-cueing paradigm (Jiang & Chun, 2001). The target, if present, was a conjunction of color and orientation, with target (and distractor) features randomly varying across trials (multiconjunction search). Under these conditions, reaction times…

  2. Using Design-Based Latent Growth Curve Modeling with Cluster-Level Predictor to Address Dependency

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    Wu, Jiun-Yu; Kwok, Oi-Man; Willson, Victor L.

    2014-01-01

    The authors compared the effects of using the true Multilevel Latent Growth Curve Model (MLGCM) with single-level regular and design-based Latent Growth Curve Models (LGCM) with or without the higher-level predictor on various criterion variables for multilevel longitudinal data. They found that random effect estimates were biased when the…

  3. DECK: Distance and environment-dependent, coarse-grained, knowledge-based potentials for protein-protein docking

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    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Computational approaches to protein-protein docking typically include scoring aimed at improving the rank of the near-native structure relative to the false-positive matches. Knowledge-based potentials improve modeling of protein complexes by taking advantage of the rapidly increasing amount of experimentally derived information on protein-protein association. An essential element of knowledge-based potentials is defining the reference state for an optimal description of the residue-residue (or atom-atom pairs in the non-interaction state. Results The study presents a new Distance- and Environment-dependent, Coarse-grained, Knowledge-based (DECK potential for scoring of protein-protein docking predictions. Training sets of protein-protein matches were generated based on bound and unbound forms of proteins taken from the DOCKGROUND resource. Each residue was represented by a pseudo-atom in the geometric center of the side chain. To capture the long-range and the multi-body interactions, residues in different secondary structure elements at protein-protein interfaces were considered as different residue types. Five reference states for the potentials were defined and tested. The optimal reference state was selected and the cutoff effect on the distance-dependent potentials investigated. The potentials were validated on the docking decoys sets, showing better performance than the existing potentials used in scoring of protein-protein docking results. Conclusions A novel residue-based statistical potential for protein-protein docking was developed and validated on docking decoy sets. The results show that the scoring function DECK can successfully identify near-native protein-protein matches and thus is useful in protein docking. In addition to the practical application of the potentials, the study provides insights into the relative utility of the reference states, the scope of the distance dependence, and the coarse-graining of

  4. Patterns of Path Dependence? The History and Future of Market-Based Climate Policy in Europe

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    At the end of the 1990s, the EU was still sceptic towards emissions trading, but in 2003 they have adopted a Directive that enables such trading in the EU from 2005 onwards. Those who write about this remarkable attitude change usually present a list of (more or less relevant) ad hoc explanations without providing an overall theoretical framework. In this paper, we have tried to develop such a framework on the basis of the path dependence approach. Sunk costs, switching costs and learning effects, among others, explain why decision-makers often change policy incrementally and build upon the path of existing regulation, ineffective and inefficient as it may be. This is exactly what initially happened in Europe. Various policymakers favoured traditional instruments, like standards or voluntary agreements. Moreover, those Member States that already had extant policy to build upon were tempted to make it more flexible by adding credit trading to it, a sub-optimal type of emissions trading. Permit trading, however, is more efficient and effective according to economic theory. An institutional lock-in was bound to take place. The attitudes of EU policy-makers changed, nevertheless, as a result of internal pressures and external 'shocks', which have contributed to a process of cultural change (and not just the other way around). The European Commission exerted internal pressure by adopting a pioneering role and while information on permit trading improved and resistance against 'pollution rights' crumbled, an external 'shock' occurred in the form of the withdrawal of the US from the Kyoto Protocol, which gave other countries favourable to unrestricted private trading credible threat power. Although the permit trading Directive has been adopted, a full-scale institutional break-out is not guaranteed. Some firms and policy-makers still try to steer the national allocation of emission rights in the inefficient direction of credit trading, by linking the height of ceilings

  5. Pulmonary Toxicity of Perfluorinated Silane-Based Nanofilm Spray Products: Solvent Dependency

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    Nørgaard, Asger Wisti; Hansen, Jitka S.; Sørli, Jorid Birkelund;

    2014-01-01

    A number of cases of pulmonary injury by use of aerosolized surface coating products have been reported worldwide. The aerosol from a commercial alcohol-based nanofilm product (NFP) for coating of nonabsorbing surfaces was found to induce severe lung damage in a recent mouse bioassay. The NFP...... POTS has been investigated. BALB/cA mice were exposed to aerosolized water-based NFPs containing POTS, and solutions of hydrolyzed POTS in methanol, ethanol, and 2-propanol, respectively. No acute respiratory effect was observed at exposure concentrations up to 110mg/m3 with an aqueous solution of POTS...... aerosolized POTS in methanol further exacerbated the tidal volume reduction, demonstrating that the concentration of vaporized solvent participated in the toxicity of POTS....

  6. Glass forming ability of iron based amorphous alloys depending on Mo, Cr and Co content

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    The Fe41Co7Cr15Mo14C15B6Y2 multicomponent Fe-based alloy is known to be one of the best glass formers in iron-based systems and shows a critical casting thickness of 16 mm. The elements constituting the alloy have different influences on the glass forming ability. Therefore, the content of Mo, Cr and Co was systematically changed in the master alloy Fe77-x(Co,Cr,Mo)xC15B6Y2 to investigate how these three elements support the glassy microstructure. It was found that a certain content of Mo, Cr, and Co leads to a microstructure of amorphous matrix and α-Fe precipitates without any carbides.

  7. A wavelength-dependent visible and infrared spectrophotometric function for the Moon based on ROLO data

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    Buratti, B.J.; Hicks, M.D.; Nettles, J.; Staid, M.; Pieters, C.M.; Sunshine, J.; Boardman, J.; Stone, T.C.

    2011-01-01

    The USGS's Robotic Lunar Observatory (ROLO) dedicated ground-based lunar calibration project obtained photometric observations of the Moon over the spectral range attainable from Earth (0.347-2.39 ??m) and over solar phase angles of 1.55??-97??. From these observations, we derived empirical lunar surface solar phase functions for both the highlands and maria that can be used for a wide range of applications. The functions can be used to correct for the effects of viewing geometry to produce lunar mosaics, spectra, and quick-look products for future lunar missions and ground-based observations. Our methodology can be used for a wide range of objects for which multiply scattered radiation is not significant, including all but the very brightest asteroids and moons. Copyright 2011 by the American Geophysical Union.

  8. Depth dependence of soil carbonate accumulation based on cosmogenic 36Cl dating

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    Liu, Beiling; Phillips, Fred M.; Elmore, David; Sharma, Pankaj

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    Indurated pedogenic carbonate layers (calcretes) are common in soils on stable surfaces in arid to semiarid climates. The morphology and composition of calcretes provide important information on the geomorphic and climatic histories of the regions where they are formed, but they have proved difficult to date with conventional radiometric methods. We report cosmogenic 36Cl-buildup ages from three fractions (leachable Cl, carbonate, silicate) of a calcrete from the surface of an alluvial slope below the Ajo Mountains in southern Arizona. All three fractions give reasonably concordant ages, ranging from 700 ka at the base of the calcrete horizon to 200 ka at its top. These ages are in good agreement both with estimates of age based on correlation with similar, independently dated, soils in the region and with 36Cl-buildup ages on surficial boulders. These results support the ideas that calcretes accumulate upward with time and that water movement through the carbonate matrix is very limited after induration.

  9. Chk2-dependent phosphorylation of XRCC1 in the DNA damage response promotes base excision repair

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    Chou, Wen-Cheng; Wang, Hui-Chun; Wong, Fen-Hwa; Ding, Shian-ling; Wu, Pei-Ei; Shieh, Sheau-Yann; Shen, Chen-Yang

    2008-01-01

    The DNA damage response (DDR) has an essential function in maintaining genomic stability. Ataxia telangiectasia-mutated (ATM)-checkpoint kinase 2 (Chk2) and ATM- and Rad3-related (ATR)-Chk1, triggered, respectively, by DNA double-strand breaks and blocked replication forks, are two major DDRs processing structurally complicated DNA damage. In contrast, damage repaired by base excision repair (BER) is structurally simple, but whether, and how, the DDR is involved in repairing this damage is un...

  10. Time dependent approach of TeV blazars based on a model of inhomogeneous stratified jet

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    The study of the emission and variability mechanisms of TeV blazars has been the subject of intensive research for years. The homogeneous one-zone model commonly used is puzzling since it yields very high Lorentz factor, in contradiction with other observational evidences. In this work, I describe a new time dependent multi-zone approach, in the framework of the two-flow model. I compute the emission of a full jet, where relativistic electron-positron pairs distributed in pileup propagate. The evolution and the emission of the plasma is computed taking into account a turbulent heating term, some radiative cooling, and a pair production term due to photo-annihilation process. Applied to PKS 2155-304, the model allows the reproduction of the full spectra, as well as the simultaneous multi wavelength variability, with a relatively small Lorentz factor. The variability is explained by the instability of the pair creation process. Nonetheless, the value is still high to agree with other observational evidences in radio. Hence, I show in the last part of this work how to conciliate high Lorentz factor with the absence of apparent superluminal movement in radio, by taking into account the effect of the opening angle on the appearance of relativistic jets. (author)

  11. Size and composition dependence of the frozen structures in Co-based bimetallic clusters

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    This Letter studies the size-dependent freezing of Co, Co–Ni, and Co–Cu clusters by using molecular dynamics with embedded atom method. Size effect occurs in these three types of clusters. The clusters with large sizes always freeze to form their bulk-like structures. However, the frozen structures for small sizes are generally related to their compositions. The icosahedral clusters are formed for Co clusters (for ⩽3.2 nm diameter) and also for Co–Ni clusters but at a larger size range (for ⩽4.08 nm). Upon the Co–Cu clusters, decahedral structure is obtained for small size (for 2.47 nm). The released energy induced the structural transformation plays a key role in the frozen structures. These results indicate that the preformed clusters with special structures can be tuned by controlling their compositions and sizes. -- Highlights: ► The size effect occurs in the Co, Co–Ni, and Co–Cu clusters. ► The clusters with large sizes always freeze to form their bulk-like structures. ► The frozen structures for small sizes are generally related to their compositions. ► Icosahedron is formed for Co and also for Co–Ni but at a larger size range. ► Upon the Co–Cu clusters, decahedral structure is obtained for small size.

  12. Time Dependent Magnesium AZ31B Behavior: Experimental and Physically based Modeling Investigation

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    Rodriguez, A. K.; Ayoub, G.; Kridli, G.; Zbib, H.

    The need to produce vehicles with improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions has led the automotive industry to consider use of "lightweighting" materials in the construction of automotive body and chassis systems. For automotive body structures and closure panel applications, mostly made of sheet, aluminum alloys are being introduced due to their lower densities and relatively high specific strengths, as well as their compatibility with the traditional manufacturing process that are used with steel. However, interest has been increasingly focusing on the use of sheet magnesium in the manufacturing of panels and structural components, since its density is about 40% lower compared to aluminum. Accordingly, the objectives of this study are to investigate the evolution of microstructure during thermo-mechanical processing of twin-roll cast AZ31B alloys sheets, and to examine the mechanical properties of the alloy under superplastic conditions. The rate dependent crystal plasticity model have been used and integrated using an explicit model was coupled with the Taylor polycrystal model in the aim to capture the overall behavior of our studied material.

  13. The Field-Dependent Rheological Properties of Magnetorheological Grease Based on Carbonyl-Iron-Particles

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    Mohamad, N.; Mazlan, S. A.; Ubaidillah; Choi, Seung-Bok; Nordin, M. F. M.

    2016-09-01

    This paper presents dynamic viscoelastic properties of magnetorheological (MR) grease under variation of magnetic fields and magnetic particle fractions. The tests to discern the field-dependent properties are undertaken using both rotational and oscillatory shear rheometers. As a first step, the MR grease is developed by dispersing the carbonyl iron (CI) particles into grease medium with a mechanical stirrer. Experimental data are obtained by changing the magnetic field from 0 to 0.7 T at room temperature of 25 °C. It is found that a strong Payne effect limits the linear viscoelastic region of MR grease at strains above 0.1%. The results exhibit a high dynamic yield stress which is equivalent to Bingham plastic rheological model, and show relatively good MR effect at high shear rate of 2000 s‑1. In addition, high dispersion of the magnetic particles and good thermal properties are proven. The results presented in this work directly indicate that MR grease is a smart material candidate that could be widely applicable to various fields including vibration control.

  14. Electron dynamics triggered by double attosecond pulses: Simulations based on time-dependent density functional theory

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    In order to observe the high-field effect, the external laser field must reach its peak intensity before the electron ionization. To this end, it is important to reduce pulse duration to typical attosecond timescale. In this paper, the interaction electron dynamics between attosecond pulses and dielectric is investigated within the time-dependent density functional theory. Taking the CaF2 crystal as an example, we give a comparison of electron dynamics response between single and double pulses. Moreover, the nonlinear energy absorption and electron excitation processes are simulated by adjusting the polarization direction of the sub-pulse. Present results demonstrate that the double pulses show lower electron excitation and energy absorption than the single pulse, which is in accordance with experimental higher ablation threshold and smaller heat-affected zones of the double pulses. In addition, the curves of final excited electron number and energy absorption exhibit the quasi-symmetry about the axis of 180°, which has not been reported yet.

  15. Electron dynamics triggered by double attosecond pulses: Simulations based on time-dependent density functional theory

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    Jiao, Yalong [School of Physics, Key Laboratory of Cluster Science of Ministry of Education, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081 (China); Wang, Feng, E-mail: wangfeng01@tsinghua.org.cn [Laser Micro/Nano Fabrication Laboratory, School of Mechanical Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081 (China); Hong, Xuhai; Su, Wenyong [School of Physics, Key Laboratory of Cluster Science of Ministry of Education, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081 (China); Zhang, Zhen [School of Software, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081 (China)

    2014-01-10

    In order to observe the high-field effect, the external laser field must reach its peak intensity before the electron ionization. To this end, it is important to reduce pulse duration to typical attosecond timescale. In this paper, the interaction electron dynamics between attosecond pulses and dielectric is investigated within the time-dependent density functional theory. Taking the CaF{sub 2} crystal as an example, we give a comparison of electron dynamics response between single and double pulses. Moreover, the nonlinear energy absorption and electron excitation processes are simulated by adjusting the polarization direction of the sub-pulse. Present results demonstrate that the double pulses show lower electron excitation and energy absorption than the single pulse, which is in accordance with experimental higher ablation threshold and smaller heat-affected zones of the double pulses. In addition, the curves of final excited electron number and energy absorption exhibit the quasi-symmetry about the axis of 180°, which has not been reported yet.

  16. Valence-dependent influence of serotonin depletion on model-based choice strategy.

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    Worbe, Y; Palminteri, S; Savulich, G; Daw, N D; Fernandez-Egea, E; Robbins, T W; Voon, V

    2016-05-01

    Human decision-making arises from both reflective and reflexive mechanisms, which underpin goal-directed and habitual behavioural control. Computationally, these two systems of behavioural control have been described by different learning algorithms, model-based and model-free learning, respectively. Here, we investigated the effect of diminished serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine) neurotransmission using dietary tryptophan depletion (TD) in healthy volunteers on the performance of a two-stage decision-making task, which allows discrimination between model-free and model-based behavioural strategies. A novel version of the task was used, which not only examined choice balance for monetary reward but also for punishment (monetary loss). TD impaired goal-directed (model-based) behaviour in the reward condition, but promoted it under punishment. This effect on appetitive and aversive goal-directed behaviour is likely mediated by alteration of the average reward representation produced by TD, which is consistent with previous studies. Overall, the major implication of this study is that serotonin differentially affects goal-directed learning as a function of affective valence. These findings are relevant for a further understanding of psychiatric disorders associated with breakdown of goal-directed behavioural control such as obsessive-compulsive disorders or addictions. PMID:25869808

  17. pH-Dependent Assembly and Conversions of Six Cadmium(II)-Based Coordination Complexes

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    Fang, Hua-Cai; Zhu, Ji-Qin; Zhou, Li-Jiang; Jia, Hong-Yang; Li, Shan-Shan; Gong, Xue; Li, Shu-Bin; Cai, Yue-Peng; Thallapally, Praveen K.; Liu, Jun; Exarhos, Gregory J.

    2010-07-07

    Six cadmium(II) complexes containing N2O2 donor tetradentate asymmetrical Schiff base ligand 2-{[2-(dimethylamino)ethylimino]methyl}-6-methoxyphenol (HL5), namely, [(Cd3L52Cl4)2]•CH3OH•H2O (1), [Cd(L5)Cl]2•CH3OH (2), [Cd2(HL5)Cl4]n (3), {[Cd3(H2L5)2Cl8]•2H2O}n (4), [(H2L5)2]2+•[CdCl4]2-•H2O (5), and [(H2L5)2]2+•[CdCl4]2- (6), have been synthesized using cadmium(II) chloride and asymmetrical Schiff base ligand HL5 under different pH conditions at room temperature. The diverse structures show the marked sensitivity of the structural chemistry of the tetradentate asymmetrical Schiff base ligand HL5. Complex 1 formed at pH = 10 exhibits a rare zero- dimensional structure of trinuclear cadmium (II). At pH = 8-9, a dinuclear cadmium (II) complex 2 is formed. The reaction at pH = 5-7 leads to two one-dimensional structures of 3 and 4. A further decrease of the pH to 3-5 results in a zero-dimensional structure 5. Owing to the departure of lattice water molecules in the crystal, complex 5 at room temperature can gradually undergo single-crystal-to-single-crystal transformation to result complex 6. The results further show that conversions of complex 1 to 5 can also be achieved by adjusting the pH value of the reaction solution, 1→2pH=8→5pH=3 and 3→4pH=5. Comparing these experimental results, it is clear that the pH plays a crucial role in the formation of the resulting structures, which simultaneously provide very effective strategies for constructing the CdII compounds with N2O2 donor tetradentate asymmetrical Schiff base ligand. The strong fluorescent emissions of the six compounds (1-6) make them potentially useful photoactive materials. Furthermore, six Schiff base cadmium complexes (1–6), with DPPH (2,2-dipheny1-1-picrylhydrazy1) as a co-oxidant exhibited the stronger scavenging activity.

  18. Context-Dependent Prognostics and Health Assessment: A Condition-Based Maintenance Approach That Supports Mission Compliance

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    Allgood, G.O.; Kercel, S.W.

    1999-04-19

    In today's manufacturing environment, plants, systems, and equipment are being asked to perform at levels not thought possible a decade ago. The intent is to improve process operations and equipment reliability, availability, and maintainability without costly upgrades. Of course these gains must be achieved without impacting operational performance. Downsizing is also taking its toll on operations. Loss of personnel, particularly those who represent the corporate history, is depleting US industries of their valuable experiential base which has been relied on so heavily in the past. These realizations are causing companies to rethink their condition-based maintenance policies by moving away from reacting to equipment problems to taking a proactive approach by anticipating needs based on market and customer requirements. This paper describes a different approach to condition-based maintenance-context-dependent prognostics and health assessment. This diagnostic capability is developed around a context-dependent model that provides a capability to anticipate impending failures and determine machine performance over a protracted period of time. This prognostic capability links operational requirements to an economic performance model. In this context, a system may provide 100% operability with less than 100% functionality. This paradigm is used to facilitate optimal logistic supply and support.

  19. Application of thermodynamics-based rate-dependent constitutive models of concrete in the seismic analysis of concrete dams

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    Fei LENG

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper discusses the seismic analysis of concrete dams with consideration of material nonlinearity. Based on a consistent rate-dependent model and two thermodynamics-based models, two thermodynamics-based rate-dependent constitutive models were developed with consideration of the influence of the strain rate. They can describe the dynamic behavior of concrete and be applied to nonlinear seismic analysis of concrete dams taking into account the rate sensitivity of concrete. With the two models, a nonlinear analysis of the seismic response of the Koyna Gravity Dam and the Dagangshan Arch Dam was conducted. The results were compared with those of a linear elastic model and two rate-independent thermodynamics-based constitutive models, and the influences of constitutive models and strain rate on the seismic response of concrete dams were discussed. It can be concluded from the analysis that, during seismic response, the tensile stress is the control stress in the design and seismic safety evaluation of concrete dams. In different models, the plastic strain and plastic strain rate of concrete dams show a similar distribution. When the influence of the strain rate is considered, the maximum plastic strain and plastic strain rate decrease.

  20. Application of thermodynamics-based rate-dependent constitutive models of concrete in the seismic analysis of concrete dams

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    Leng Fei; Lin Gao

    2008-01-01

    This paper discusses the seismic analysis of concrete dams with consideration of material nonlinearity. Based on a consistent rate-dependent model and two thermodynamics-based models, two thermodynamics-based rate-dependent constitutive models were developed with consideration of the influence of the strain rate. They can describe the dynamic behavior of concrete and be applied to nonlinear seismic analysis of concrete dams taking into account the rate sensitivity of concrete. With the two models, a nonlinear analysis of the seismic response of the Koyna Gravity Dam and the Dagangshan Arch Dam was conducted. The results were compared with those of a linear elastic model and two rate-independent thermodynamics-based constitutive models, and the influences of constitutive models and strain rate on the seismic response of concrete dams were discussed. It can be concluded from the analysis that, during seismic response, the tensile stress is the control stress in the design and seismic safety evaluation of concrete dams. In different models, the plastic strain and plastic strain rate of concrete dams show a similar distribution. When the influence of the strain rate is considered, the maximum plastic strain and plastic strain rate decrease.

  1. Spin-dependent transport behavior in C60 and Alq3 based spin valves with a magnetite electrode (invited)

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    Zhang, Xianmin; Mizukami, Shigemi; Ma, Qinli; Kubota, Takahide; Oogane, Mikihiko; Naganuma, Hiroshi; Ando, Yasuo; Miyazaki, Terunobu

    2014-05-01

    The spin-dependent transport behavior in organic semiconductors (OSs) is generally observed at low temperatures, which likely results from poor spin injection efficiency at room temperature from the ferromagnetic metal electrodes to the OS layer. Possible reasons for this are the low Curie temperature and/or the small spin polarization efficiency for the ferromagnetic electrodes used in these devices. Magnetite has potential as an advanced candidate for use as the electrode in spintronic devices, because it can achieve 100% spin polarization efficiency in theory, and has a high Curie temperature (850 K). Here, we fabricated two types of organic spin valves using magnetite as a high efficiency electrode. C60 and 8-hydroxyquinoline aluminum (Alq3) were employed as the OS layers. Magnetoresistance ratios of around 8% and over 6% were obtained in C60 and Alq3-based spin valves at room temperature, respectively, which are two of the highest magnetoresistance ratios in organic spin valves reported thus far. The magnetoresistance effect was systemically investigated by varying the thickness of the Alq3 layer. Moreover, the temperature dependence of the magnetoresistance ratios for C60 and Alq3-based spin valves were evaluated to gain insight into the spin-dependent transport behavior. This study provides a useful method in designing organic spin devices operated at room temperature.

  2. Cell resistances of ABPBI-based HT-PEFC-MEAs. Time dependence and influence of operating parameters

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    Lehnert, W.; Wippermann, K.; Wannek, C. [Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH (DE). Inst. of Energy Research - Fuel Cells (IEF-3)

    2010-07-01

    Time-dependent measurements of cell impedance of a HT-PEFC based on ABPBI (poly (2,5-benzimidazole)) were performed at constant frequencies close to the high-frequency (h.f.) intercept of the corresponding Nyquist plots with the real axis. The h.f. impedances approximate the ohmic resistance of the cell and they decrease, when current (140 mA/cm{sup 2}) is switched on. Steady state values are attained after 10 minutes. Vice versa, when current is switched off (OCV), the h.f. impedances instantaneously increase but reach steady state values only after about 1 hour. These values rise with increasing gas flow rates. The results are discussed in terms of hydration/dehydration processes, changing the equilibrium between orthophosphoric and pyrophosphoric acid and thus the conductivity of the electrolyte as well as the mobility of molecules and charge carriers. Impedance spectra were recorded after each time-dependent measurement under OCV conditions. The fit of these impedance data based on an equivalent circuit revealed ohmic resistances corrected by h.f. inductances and low frequency impedances associated with the cathode oxygen exchange reaction. The charge transfer resistances deduced from the low frequency impedances strongly depend on both air and hydrogen flow rates. (orig.)

  3. AN ALGORITHM FOR RADIATION MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS BASED ON SOLVING THE TIME-DEPENDENT TRANSFER EQUATION

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    We describe a new algorithm for solving the coupled frequency-integrated transfer equation and the equations of magnetohydrodynamics in the regime that light-crossing time is only marginally shorter than dynamical timescales. The transfer equation is solved in the mixed frame, including velocity-dependent source terms accurate to O(v/c). An operator split approach is used to compute the specific intensity along discrete rays, with upwind monotonic interpolation used along each ray to update the transport terms, and implicit methods used to compute the scattering and absorption source terms. Conservative differencing is used for the transport terms, which ensures the specific intensity (as well as energy and momentum) are conserved along each ray to round-off error. The use of implicit methods for the source terms ensures the method is stable even if the source terms are very stiff. To couple the solution of the transfer equation to the MHD algorithms in the ATHENA code, we perform direct quadrature of the specific intensity over angles to compute the energy and momentum source terms. We present the results of a variety of tests of the method, such as calculating the structure of a non-LTE atmosphere, an advective diffusion test, linear wave convergence tests, and the well-known shadow test. We use new semi-analytic solutions for radiation modified shocks to demonstrate the ability of our algorithm to capture the effects of an anisotropic radiation field accurately. Since the method uses explicit differencing of the spatial operators, it shows excellent weak scaling on parallel computers

  4. FEM–based thermal modelling of the cutting process using power law-temperature dependent concept

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    W. Grzesik

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Purpose of this study is to compare two variants of the FEM simulation model of orthogonal cuttingprocess of AISI 1045 carbon steel with uncoated and multilayer-coated carbide tools i.e. standard and Power Law–Temperature Dependent (PL-TD options. The primary reason for undertaking this problem was unsatisfactoryaccuracy of the predictions of cutting temperature especially for coated cutting tools.Design/methodology/approach: Methodology used employs the Lagrangian-FEM model with more accuratethermophysical properties of the substrate and coating materials. All thermal properties (thermal conductivity anddiffusivity and specific heat are expressed in the forms of polynomial models of the 5th degree. Multi-layercoating is substituted by homogeneous monolithic layer with equivalent thermal properties. In addition, thesesimulation algorithms use the Johnson-Cook constitutive law.Findings: Basically, the FEM package applied allows the temperature distribution and heat flux intensity to bepredicted closer to appropriate measurements and computations.Research limitations/implications: Research limitations deal with the lack of reliable data and models forboth cutting tool and workpiece material. Future research should be focused on other coatings which are commonlyused in cutting tool industry.Practical implications: They can be related to more detailed inputs from research and developing centerswhich exist in many leading branches of industry. Unfortunately, academic approach is sometimes very narrowand does not consider real machining conditions.Originality/value: Originality of this simulation approach can be seen in elaborating more accurate modelsfor thermal properties. Moreover, it contributes to finding some fundamental relationships between all physicalphenomena involved into tool-chip contact behaviour.

  5. Reduction of CO{sub 2} emission and oil dependency with biomass-based polygeneration

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    Joelsson, Jonas M.; Gustavsson, Leif [Ecotechnology and Environmental Science, Department of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Mid Sweden University, SE-831 25 Oestersund (Sweden)

    2010-07-15

    We compare different options for the use of lignocellulosic biomass to reduce CO{sub 2} emission and oil use, focusing on polygeneration of biomass-based motor fuels and electricity, and discuss methodological issues related to such comparisons. The use of biomass can significantly reduce CO{sub 2} emission and oil use, but there is a trade-off between the reductions in CO{sub 2} emission and oil use. Bioelectricity from stand-alone plants replacing coal-based electricity reduced CO{sub 2} emission by 99 kg per GJ biomass input but gave no oil use reduction. Stand-alone produced methanol replacing diesel reduced the CO{sub 2} emission with 38 kg and the oil use with 0.67 GJ per GJ biomass, indicating that a potential CO{sub 2} emission reduction of 90 kg is lost per GJ oil reduced. CO{sub 2} emission and oil use reduction for alternatives co-producing fuel and electricity fall between the stand-alone alternatives. Plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles using bioelectricity reduced CO{sub 2} emission by 75-88 kg and oil use by 0.99-1.2 GJ, per GJ biomass input. Biomass can also reduce CO{sub 2} emission and/or oil use more efficiently if fossil-fuel-fired boilers or electric heating is replaced by district heating from biomass-based combined heat and power generation. This is also true if electricity or motor fuel is produced from black liquor gasification in pulp mills or if wood is used instead of concrete in building construction. Biomass gasification is an important technology to achieve large reductions, irrespective of whether CO{sub 2} emission or oil use reduction is prioritised. (author)

  6. Angular Dependency of Hyperspectral Measurements over Wheat Characterized by a Novel UAV Based Goniometer

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    Andreas Burkart; Helge Aasen; Luis Alonso; Gunter Menz; Georg Bareth; Uwe Rascher

    2015-01-01

    In this study we present a hyperspectral flying goniometer system, based on a rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) equipped with a spectrometer mounted on an active gimbal. We show that this approach may be used to collect multiangular hyperspectral data over vegetated environments. The pointing and positioning accuracy are assessed using structure from motion and vary from σ = 1° to 8° in pointing and σ = 0.7 to 0.8 m in positioning. We use a wheat dataset to investigate the influence o...

  7. Light-dependent gene regulation by a coenzyme B12-based photoreceptor

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    Ortiz-Guerrero, Juan Manuel; Polanco, María Carmen; Murillo, Francisco J; Padmanabhan, S.; Elías-Arnanz, Montserrat

    2011-01-01

    Cobalamin (B12) typically functions as an enzyme cofactor but can also regulate gene expression via RNA-based riboswitches. B12-directed gene regulatory mechanisms via protein factors have, however, remained elusive. Recently, we reported down-regulation of a light-inducible promoter in the bacterium Myxococcus xanthus by two paralogous transcriptional repressors, of which one, CarH, but not the other, CarA, absolutely requires B12 for activity even though both have a canonical B12-binding mo...

  8. Guard zone based D2D underlaid cellular networks with two-tier dependence

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    Chen, Zheng; Kountouris, Marios

    2015-01-01

    International audience Device-to-device (D2D) communication is under active investigation and may be a key feature in 5G networks for its great potential in improving network spectral and energy efficiency. Underlaying proximity-based D2D communication links in current cellular networks allows D2D users to opportunistically access the cellular spectrum, thus causing interference not only in the D2D tier but also between D2D and macrocell tiers. In this paper, we consider a D2D underlaid ce...

  9. Temperature dependence of the structural order in the {gamma}{prime} phase of nickel base superalloy

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    Royer, A. [European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble (France); Bastie, P. [Univ. Joseph Fourier Grenoble 1-CNRS, Saint-Martin-d`Heres (France). Lab. de Spectrometrie Physique; Veron, M. [LTPCM, Saint-Martin-d`Heres (France)

    1999-03-19

    Single crystal nickel base superalloys are used for the high-temperature parts of aircraft engines like turbine blades. Their good mechanical properties at high temperature are related to the precipitation of an ordered {gamma}{prime} phase which induces a structural hardening of the material. The {gamma}{prime} phase has an ordered L1{sub 2} structure while the {gamma} matrix is disordered and has a FCC structure. The volume fraction of f{gamma}{prime} of the {gamma}{prime} phase evolves with the temperature and a complete solutionizing occurs above 1,280 C in the AM1 superalloy. The {gamma}{prime} phase of Ni based superalloys is usually analyzed through its prototype Ni{sub 3}Al. As the Ni{sub 3}Al structure remains totally ordered up to temperature very close to the melting point, it is commonly assumed in superalloys that the {gamma}{prime} phase precipitates are fully ordered up to their solutionizing and that the volume fraction of the precipitates is equivalent to the volume fraction of the ordered phase. However, in superalloys, it is difficult to separate experimentally the effects related to the solutionizing of the precipitates from those due to a possible partial disordering of the {gamma}{prime} phase and this assumption has not been verified yet. The aim of this paper is to study the structural order in the {gamma}{prime} phase of a superalloy.

  10. Evaluation of Key Dependent S-Box Based Data Security Algorithm using Hamming Distance and Balanced Output

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    Balajee Maram K.

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Data security is a major issue because of rapid evolution of data communication over unsecured internetwork. Here the proposed system is concerned with the problem of randomly generated S-box. The generation of S-box depends on Pseudo-Random-Number-Generators and shared-secret-key. The process of Pseudo-Random-Number-Generator depends on large prime numbers. All Pseudo-Random-Numbers are scrambled according to shared-secret-key. After scrambling, the S-box is generated. In this research, large prime numbers are the inputs to the Pseudo-Random-Number-Generator. The proposed S-box will reduce the complexity of S-box generation. Based on S-box parameters, it experimentally investigates the quality and robustness of the proposed algorithm which was tested. It yields better results with the S-box parameters like Hamming Distance, Balanced Output and Avalanche Effect and can be embedded to popular cryptography algorithms

  11. A theory of the strain-dependent critical field in Nb3Sn, based on anharmonic phonon generation

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    Valentinis, D F; Bordini, B; Rossi, L

    2014-01-01

    We propose a theory to explain the strain dependence of the critical properties in A15 superconductors. Starting from the strong-coupling formula for the critical temperature, and assuming that the strain sensitivity stems mostly from the electron-phonon alpha F-2 function, we link the strain dependence of the critical properties to a widening of alpha F-2. This widening is attributed to the nonlinear generation of phonons, which takes place in the anharmonic deformation potential induced by the strain. Based on the theory of sum- and difference-frequency wave generation in nonlinear media, we obtain an explicit connection between the widening of alpha F-2 and the anharmonic energy. The resulting model is fit to experimental datasets for Nb3Sn, and the anharmonic energy extracted from the fits is compared with first-principles calculations.

  12. Time-dependent Multi-group Multidimensional Relativistic Radiative Transfer Code Based On Spherical Harmonic Discrete Ordinate Method

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    Tominaga, Nozomu; Blinnikov, Sergei I

    2015-01-01

    We develop a time-dependent multi-group multidimensional relativistic radiative transfer code, which is required to numerically investigate radiation from relativistic fluids involved in, e.g., gamma-ray bursts and active galactic nuclei. The code is based on the spherical harmonic discrete ordinate method (SHDOM) that evaluates a source function including anisotropic scattering in spherical harmonics and implicitly solves the static radiative transfer equation with a ray tracing in discrete ordinates. We implement treatments of time dependence, multi-frequency bins, Lorentz transformation, and elastic Thomson and inelastic Compton scattering to the publicly available SHDOM code. Our code adopts a mixed frame approach; the source function is evaluated in the comoving frame whereas the radiative transfer equation is solved in the laboratory frame. This implementation is validated with various test problems and comparisons with results of a relativistic Monte Carlo code. These validations confirm that the code ...

  13. Intensity-dependent equivalent circuit parameters of organic solar cells based on pentacene and C60

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    Yoo, Seunghyup; Domercq, Benoit; Kippelen, Bernard

    2005-05-01

    We present studies of the current-voltage characteristics of organic solar cells based on heterojunctions of pentacene and C60 as a function of illumination intensity. The photovoltaic response at a given illumination level is parameterized and modeled using the equivalent circuit model developed for inorganic pn-junction solar cells. Reduction in shunt resistance and increase in diode reverse saturation current density are observed upon increase of the light intensity. We demonstrate that this effect can be modeled by a refined equivalent circuit model that contains an additional shunt resistance and an additional diode the properties of which are functions of the light intensity. The effects of these additional components on the overall photovoltaic performance are discussed.

  14. Free vibration analysis of size-dependent cracked microbeam based on the modified couple stress theory

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    Sourki, R.; Hoseini, S. A. H.

    2016-04-01

    This paper investigates the analysis for free transverse vibration of a cracked microbeam based on the modified couple stress theory within the framework of Euler-Bernoulli beam theory. The governing equation and the related boundary conditions are derived by using Hamilton's principle. The cracked beam is modeled by dividing the beam into two segments connected by a rotational spring located at the cracked section. This model invokes the consideration of the additional strain energy caused by the crack and promotes a discontinuity in the bending slope. In this investigation, the influence of diverse crack position, crack severity, material length scale parameter as well as various Poisson's ratio on natural frequencies is studied. A comparison with the previously published studies is made, in which a good agreement is observed. The results illustrate that the aforementioned parameters are playing a significant role on the dynamic behavior of the microbeam.

  15. Dependence of image quality on energy spread for a Bragg diffraction based radiography system

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    The aim of this work is to investigate the relationship between contrast and energy resolution of a quasi-monochromatic X-ray system based on Bragg diffraction on a mosaic crystal. Three different energies have been considered: 18, 22 and 26 keV. A commercial phantom containing large and small area details and a digital detector have been used. Results show that for large area details and for a certain value of energy, the energy spread of the incident X-ray beams produces a small reduction of the contrast, while for small area details the high reduction of the contrast is principally due to the spatial resolution properties of the system

  16. Machine Learning Based Multi-Physical-Model Blending for Enhancing Renewable Energy Forecast -- Improvement via Situation Dependent Error Correction

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    Lu, Siyuan; Hwang, Youngdeok; Khabibrakhmanov, Ildar; Marianno, Fernando J.; Shao, Xiaoyan; Zhang, Jie; Hodge, Bri-Mathias; Hamann, Hendrik F.

    2015-07-15

    With increasing penetration of solar and wind energy to the total energy supply mix, the pressing need for accurate energy forecasting has become well-recognized. Here we report the development of a machine-learning based model blending approach for statistically combining multiple meteorological models for improving the accuracy of solar/wind power forecast. Importantly, we demonstrate that in addition to parameters to be predicted (such as solar irradiance and power), including additional atmospheric state parameters which collectively define weather situations as machine learning input provides further enhanced accuracy for the blended result. Functional analysis of variance shows that the error of individual model has substantial dependence on the weather situation. The machine-learning approach effectively reduces such situation dependent error thus produces more accurate results compared to conventional multi-model ensemble approaches based on simplistic equally or unequally weighted model averaging. Validation over an extended period of time results show over 30% improvement in solar irradiance/power forecast accuracy compared to forecasts based on the best individual model.

  17. Glycine- and sarcosine-based models of vanadate-dependent haloperoxidases in sulfoxygenation reactions.

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    Wikete, Cornelia; Wu, Pingsong; Zampella, Giuseppe; De Gioia, Luca; Licini, Giulia; Rehder, Dieter

    2007-01-01

    Reaction of R-styreneoxide with glycine-tert-butylester yielded amino alcohols of the general formula NR1R2R3, where R1 = CH2COOtBu and R2 = R3 = 2-phenyl-2-hydroxyethyl (H2LA); R2 = 2-phenyl-2-hydroxyethyl and R3 = 1-phenyl-2-hydroxyethyl (H2LB); R2 = H and R3 = 2-phenyl-2-hydroxyethyl (HLC); and R2 = H and R3 = 1-phenyl-2-hydroxyethyl (HLD). The corresponding reaction with sarcosine-tert-butylester and subsequent hydrolysis provided the zwitterion +NH(CH3){CH2CHPh(OH)}(CH2CO2-), HLE* (asterisk refers to unprotected carboxylate). Reaction of these ligands with VO(OiPr)3 in CH2Cl2 gave the oxovanadium(V) complexes [VOL(OiPr)2] and [VOL2(OiPr)] (for LC and LD) or, when reacted in the presence of MeOH, [VOL'(OMe)], where L' represents the methyl ester of LA, LB, and LE. The crystal and molecular structures of R-HLC, S-HLD, R,S-HLE* x H2O, and lambda-[VO(R,S-LB')OMe] have been determined. The complex [VOLB'(OMe)] contains vanadium in a distorted trigonal-bipyramidal array (tau = 0.72), the oxo group in the equatorial plane, and methoxide and N in the apical positions, and thus, it structurally models the active center of vanadate-dependent haloperoxidases. The structure and the bonding parameters, including a particularly long d(V-N) of 2.562 A, are backed up by DFT calculations. The isolated oxovanadium(V) complexes and the in situ systems L + VO(OiPr)3 catalyze the oxidation, by cumylhydroperoxide HO2R', of prochiral sulfides (MeSPh, MeSp-Tol, PhSBn) to chiral sulfoxides plus some sulfone. The best results with respect to enantioselectivity (enantiomeric excess (ee) = 38%) were obtained with the system VO(OiPr)3/LA, and the best selectivity with respect to sulfoxide (100%) was obtained with [VOLA(OiPr)]. The reaction with the hexacoordinated [VO(OMe)(HOMe)LD*] was very slow. Oxidation of PhSBn is faster than that of MeSPh and MeSpTol. Turn-over numbers are up to 60 mol of sulfoxide mol-1 of catalyst h-1 (-20 degrees C). The unspectacular ee apparently is a

  18. Reconnaissance Estimates of Recharge Based on an Elevation-dependent Chloride Mass-balance Approach

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    Charles E. Russell; Tim Minor

    2002-08-31

    Significant uncertainty is associated with efforts to quantity recharge in arid regions such as southern Nevada. However, accurate estimates of groundwater recharge are necessary to understanding the long-term sustainability of groundwater resources and predictions of groundwater flow rates and directions. Currently, the most widely accepted method for estimating recharge in southern Nevada is the Maxey and Eakin method. This method has been applied to most basins within Nevada and has been independently verified as a reconnaissance-level estimate of recharge through several studies. Recharge estimates derived from the Maxey and Eakin and other recharge methodologies ultimately based upon measures or estimates of groundwater discharge (outflow methods) should be augmented by a tracer-based aquifer-response method. The objective of this study was to improve an existing aquifer-response method that was based on the chloride mass-balance approach. Improvements were designed to incorporate spatial variability within recharge areas (rather than recharge as a lumped parameter), develop a more defendable lower limit of recharge, and differentiate local recharge from recharge emanating as interbasin flux. Seventeen springs, located in the Sheep Range, Spring Mountains, and on the Nevada Test Site were sampled during the course of this study and their discharge was measured. The chloride and bromide concentrations of the springs were determined. Discharge and chloride concentrations from these springs were compared to estimates provided by previously published reports. A literature search yielded previously published estimates of chloride flux to the land surface. {sup 36}Cl/Cl ratios and discharge rates of the three largest springs in the Amargosa Springs discharge area were compiled from various sources. This information was utilized to determine an effective chloride concentration for recharging precipitation and its associated uncertainty via Monte Carlo simulations

  19. Local Cubic Law Simulation of Stress-dependent Aperture-based Permeability

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    Huo, D.; Benson, S. M.

    2014-12-01

    Research on calculating fracture permeability has been undergoing for decades (Witherspoon, 1980). Local Cubic Law (LCL) has been proposed to be one feasible way to simulate the fracture permeability with variable aperture changes (Brown, 1987). The purpose of this research is to present an evaluation of LCL based on a set of experimental results of permeability, aperture distribution and effective stress. We concurrently measure fracture permeability and fracture aperture distribution changes (using X-Ray CT) with cycling stress. Fractured Berea sandstone and Zenifim sandstone are measured, representing rough and smooth rock fracture surfaces. Using thin section data, we evaluate the grain size and apply Stokes fluid flow simulation in a synthetic field to estimate the stagnant fluid level between rock grains. By accounting for the stagnant fluid level, LCL simulation provides a reliable prediction for fracture permeability. Comparing with previous research (Konzuk and Kueper, 2004), we propose that LCL simulation requires detailed information about local grain arrangement. The experiment shows that permeability change is greater than expected from mean aperture change at different stress levels. LCL simulation demonstrates that this is mainly due to the change of fluid flow pattern with stress, which is caused by aperture distribution change. LCL simulation also exhibits that channeling behavior plays an important role in fluid flow in fractures, and sometimes a small number of channels dominate the flow. In the experiment, we apply different flow rates to assess the LCL simulation at different Reynolds number. The simulation results show that fluid flow rate (1.24 < Re < 15.28) does not have a large impact on LCL predictability in the highly tortuous and rough rock fractures, which agrees with the results of Konzuk and Kueper (2004). References: Brown, S. R., 1987, Fluid flow through rock joints: The effect of surface roughness, J. Geophys. Res., 92(B2), 1337

  20. Angular Dependency of Hyperspectral Measurements over Wheat Characterized by a Novel UAV Based Goniometer

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    Andreas Burkart

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study we present a hyperspectral flying goniometer system, based on a rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV equipped with a spectrometer mounted on an active gimbal. We show that this approach may be used to collect multiangular hyperspectral data over vegetated environments. The pointing and positioning accuracy are assessed using structure from motion and vary from σ = 1° to 8° in pointing and σ = 0.7 to 0.8 m in positioning. We use a wheat dataset to investigate the influence of angular effects on the NDVI, TCARI and REIP vegetation indices. Angular effects caused significant variations on the indices: NDVI = 0.83–0.95; TCARI = 0.04–0.116; REIP = 729–735 nm. Our analysis highlights the necessity to consider angular effects in optical sensors when observing vegetation. We compare the measurements of the UAV goniometer to the angular modules of the SCOPE radiative transfer model. Model and measurements are in high accordance (r2 = 0.88 in the infrared region at angles close to nadir; in contrast the comparison show discrepancies at low tilt angles (r2 = 0.25. This study demonstrates that the UAV goniometer is a promising approach for the fast and flexible assessment of angular effects.

  1. Ranking of Reactions Based on Sensitivity of Protein Noise Depends on the Choice of Noise Measure.

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    Gokhale, Sucheta; Gadgil, Chetan

    2015-01-01

    Gene expression is a stochastic process. Identification of the step maximally affecting noise in the protein level is an important aspect of investigation of gene product distribution. There are numerous experimental and theoretical studies that seek to identify this important step. However, these studies have used two different measures of noise, viz. coefficient of variation and Fano factor, and have compared different processes leading to contradictory observations regarding the important step. In this study, we performed systematic global and local sensitivity analysis on two models of gene expression to investigate relative contribution of reaction rate parameters to steady state noise in the protein level using both the measures of noise. We analytically and computationally showed that the ranking of parameters based on the sensitivity of the noise to variation in a given parameter is a strong function of the choice of the noise measure. If the Fano factor is used as the noise measure, translation is the important step whereas for coefficient of variation, transcription is the important step. We derived an analytical expression for local sensitivity and used it to explain the distinct contributions of each reaction parameter to the two measures of noise. We extended the analysis to a generic linear catalysis reaction system and observed that the reaction network topology was an important factor influencing the local sensitivity of the two measures of noise. Our study suggested that, for the analysis of contributions of reactions to the noise, consideration of both the measures of noise is important. PMID:26625133

  2. Ranking of Reactions Based on Sensitivity of Protein Noise Depends on the Choice of Noise Measure.

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    Sucheta Gokhale

    Full Text Available Gene expression is a stochastic process. Identification of the step maximally affecting noise in the protein level is an important aspect of investigation of gene product distribution. There are numerous experimental and theoretical studies that seek to identify this important step. However, these studies have used two different measures of noise, viz. coefficient of variation and Fano factor, and have compared different processes leading to contradictory observations regarding the important step. In this study, we performed systematic global and local sensitivity analysis on two models of gene expression to investigate relative contribution of reaction rate parameters to steady state noise in the protein level using both the measures of noise. We analytically and computationally showed that the ranking of parameters based on the sensitivity of the noise to variation in a given parameter is a strong function of the choice of the noise measure. If the Fano factor is used as the noise measure, translation is the important step whereas for coefficient of variation, transcription is the important step. We derived an analytical expression for local sensitivity and used it to explain the distinct contributions of each reaction parameter to the two measures of noise. We extended the analysis to a generic linear catalysis reaction system and observed that the reaction network topology was an important factor influencing the local sensitivity of the two measures of noise. Our study suggested that, for the analysis of contributions of reactions to the noise, consideration of both the measures of noise is important.

  3. Self-assembled monolayers based spintronics: from ferromagnetic surface functionalization to spin-dependent transport

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    Tatay, Sergio; Galbiati, Marta; Delprat, Sophie; Barraud, Clément; Bouzehouane, Karim; Collin, Sophie; Deranlot, Cyrile; Jacquet, Eric; Seneor, Pierre; Mattana, Richard; Petroff, Frédéric

    2016-03-01

    Chemically functionalized surfaces are studied for a wide range of applications going from medicine to electronics. Whereas non-magnetic surfaces have been widely studied, functionalization of magnetic surfaces is much less common and has almost never been used for spintronics applications. In this article we present the functionalization of La2/3Sr1/3MnO3, a ferromagnetic oxide, with self-assembled monolayers for spintronics. La2/3Sr1/3MnO3 is the prototypical half-metallic manganite used in spintronics studies. First, we show that La2/3Sr1/3MnO3 can be functionalized by alkylphosphonic acid molecules. We then emphasize the use of these functionalized surfaces in spintronics devices such as magnetic tunnel junctions fabricated using a nano-indentation based lithography technique. The observed exponential increase of tunnel resistance as a function of alkyl chain length is a direct proof of the successful connection of molecules to ferromagnetic electrodes. For all alkyl chains studied we obtain stable and robust tunnel magnetoresistance, with effects ranging from a few tens to 10 000%. These results show that functionalized electrodes can be integrated in spintronics devices and open the door to a molecular engineering of spintronics.

  4. Temperature Dependence of Sensors Based on Silver-Decorated Nitrogen-Doped Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes

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    Eduardo Gracia-Espino

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Vapor sensors are easily fabricated onto alumina substrates using foils of silver-decorated nitrogen-doped multiwalled carbon nanotubes (CNX-MWNTs-Ag as active sensing material. The vapor sensors are tested using carbon disulfide, acetone, ethanol, and chloroform vapors. The CNX-MWNTs are produced by chemical vapor deposition process and then decorated with 14 nm Ag nanoparticles (Ag-NPs. The samples are characterized using scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction. Our results demonstrate that Ag-decorated CNX-MWNTs exhibit a better response and sensitivity when compared with pristine CNX-MWNTs based sensors, making them promising candidates for air-pollutants environmental monitoring. The temperature effect on the sensor performance is also studied; we found that the detection mechanism could be tuned from physisorption, at room temperature, to chemisorption at higher working temperature. Finally, first-principles density functional calculations are carried out to understand the interactions between the systems involved in the sensors, finding good agreement between experimental results and the theoretical approach.

  5. Temperature dependence of deformation mechanism in single crystal Ni-base superalloy

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    ZHANG Xuan; JIN Tao; ZHAO Nai-ren; WANG Zhi-hui; SUN Xiao-feng; GUAN Heng-rong; HU Zhuang-qi

    2005-01-01

    The tensile behavior of a new single crystal Ni-base superalloy was studied at various temperatures.Specimens were strained to fracture in the temperature range from 20 ℃ to 1 000 ℃. σ0.2 is essentially unaffected by temperatures between 20 ℃ and 400 ℃. At higher temperatures it increases until it reaches a maximum at about 800 ℃. Beyond 800 ℃ a sharp decrease of strength is observed. There is a slight fluctuation in ductility between 20 ℃ and 800 ℃. The elongation to fracture increases from 10% to 36% as the temperature increases from 800 ℃ to 1 000 ℃. The deformation is dominated by γ' shearing and the high-density dislocations are observed in matrix channels at low temperatures. The dislocation microstructure is inhomogeneous due to the formation of dislocation concentrations with high-density tangling at intermediate temperatures. The networks deposited at the γ'/γ'interfaces prevent dislocations from entering the γ' precipitates at high temperatures.

  6. Combined Prediction Model of Death Toll for Road Traffic Accidents Based on Independent and Dependent Variables

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    Feng Zhong-xiang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to build a combined model which can meet the variation rule of death toll data for road traffic accidents and can reflect the influence of multiple factors on traffic accidents and improve prediction accuracy for accidents, the Verhulst model was built based on the number of death tolls for road traffic accidents in China from 2002 to 2011; and car ownership, population, GDP, highway freight volume, highway passenger transportation volume, and highway mileage were chosen as the factors to build the death toll multivariate linear regression model. Then the two models were combined to be a combined prediction model which has weight coefficient. Shapley value method was applied to calculate the weight coefficient by assessing contributions. Finally, the combined model was used to recalculate the number of death tolls from 2002 to 2011, and the combined model was compared with the Verhulst and multivariate linear regression models. The results showed that the new model could not only characterize the death toll data characteristics but also quantify the degree of influence to the death toll by each influencing factor and had high accuracy as well as strong practicability.

  7. Temperature-dependent surface-enrichment effects of imidazolium-based ionic liquids.

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    Kolbeck, Claudia; Deyko, Alexey; Matsuda, Takashi; Kohler, Florian T U; Wasserscheid, Peter; Maier, Florian; Steinrück, Hans-Peter

    2013-11-11

    We present the first systematic study of the influence of temperature on the degree of surface enrichment of 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium-based ionic liquids (ILs). Using angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, we demonstrate that the degree of surface enrichment strongly decreases with increasing temperature for all the studied ILs. For ILs with the same cation, but different anions, [C8 C1 Im]Br, [C8 C1 Im][TfO] and [C8 C1 Im][Tf2 N], no significant differences of the temperature-induced partial loss of surface enrichment are found. Measurements for [C4 C1 Im][TfO], [C8 C1 Im][TfO] and [C18 C1 Im][TfO] indicate a small effect of the chain length. For [C18 C1 Im][TfO], a continuous decrease of alkyl surface enrichment is found with increasing temperature, with no abrupt changes at the phase-transition temperature from the smectic A to the isotropic phase, indicating that the surface enrichment is not affected by this phase transition. PMID:24123477

  8. Thickness dependence on the optoelectronic properties of multilayered GaSe based photodetector.

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    Ko, Pil Ju; Abderrahmane, Abdelkader; Takamura, Tsukasa; Kim, Nam-Hoon; Sandhu, Adarsh

    2016-08-12

    Two-dimensional (2D) layered materials exhibit unique optoelectronic properties at atomic thicknesses. In this paper, we fabricated metal-semiconductor-metal based photodetectors using layered gallium selenide (GaSe) with different thicknesses. The electrical and optoelectronic properties of the photodetectors were studied, and these devices showed good electrical characteristics down to GaSe flake thicknesses of 30 nm. A photograting effect was observed in the absence of a gate voltage, thereby implying a relatively high photoresponsivity. Higher values of the photoresponsivity occurred for thicker layers of GaSe with a maximum value 0.57 AW(-1) and external quantum efficiency of of 132.8%, and decreased with decreasing GaSe flake thickness. The detectivity was 4.05 × 10(10) cm Hz(1/2) W(-1) at 532 nm laser wavelength, underscoring that GaSe is a promising p-type 2D material for photodetection applications in the visible spectrum. PMID:27354428

  9. A label-free electrochemiluminescent sensor for ATP detection based on ATP-dependent ligation.

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    Zhao, Tingting; Lin, Chunshui; Yao, Qiuhong; Chen, Xi

    2016-07-01

    In this work, we describe a new label-free, sensitive and highly selective strategy for the electrochemiluminescent (ECL) detection of ATP at the picomolar level via ATP-induced ligation. The molecular-beacon like DNA probes (P12 complex) are self-assembled on a gold electrode. The presence of ATP leads to the ligation of P12 complex which blocks the digestion by Exonuclease III (Exo III). The protected P12 complex causes the intercalation of numerous ECL indicators (Ru(phen)3(2+)) into the duplex DNA grooves, resulting in significantly amplified ECL signal output. Since the ligating site of T4 DNA ligase and the nicking site of Exo III are the same, it involves no long time of incubation for conformation change. The proposed strategy combines the amplification power of enzyme and the inherent high sensitivity of the ECL technique and enables picomolar detection of ATP. The developed strategy also shows high selectivity against ATP analogs, which makes our new label-free and highly sensitive ligation-based method a useful addition to the amplified ATP detection arena. PMID:27154705

  10. Damping Dependence of Reversal Magnetic Field on Co-based Nano-Ferromagnetic with Thermal Activation

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    Nadia Ananda Herianto

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Currently, hard disk development has used HAMR technology that applies heat to perpendicular media until near Curie temperature, then cools it down to room temperature. The use of HAMR technology is significantly influence by Gilbert damping constants. Damping affects the magnetization reversal and coercivity field. Simulation is used to evaluate magnetization reversal by completing Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert explicit equation. A strong ferromagnetic cobalt based material with size 50×50×20 nm3 is used which parameters are anisotropy materials 3.51×106 erg/cm3, magnetic saturation 5697.5 G, exchange constant 1×10-7 erg/cm, and various Gilbert damping from 0.09 to 0.5. To observe the thermal effect, two schemes are used which are Reduced Barrier Writing and Curie Point Writing. As a result, materials with high damping is able to reverse the magnetizations faster and reduce the energy barrier. Moreover, it can lower the minimum field to start the magnetizations reversal, threshold field, and probability rate. The heating near Curie temperature has succeeded in reducing the reversal field to 1/10 compared to writing process in absence of thermal field.

  11. Vibrational relaxation dynamics in transient grating spectroscopy studied by rate equations based on time-dependent correlation function

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    Yu Guo-Yang; Song Yun-Fei; He Xing; Zheng Xian-Xu; Tan Duo-Wang; Chen Jun; Yang Yan-Qiang

    2012-01-01

    A modified model,a set of rate equations based on time-dependent correlation function,is used to study vibrational relaxation dynamics in transient grating spectroscopy.The dephasing,the population dynamics,and the vibrational coherence concerning two vibrational states are observed respectively in organic dye IR780 perchlorate molecules doped polyvinyl alcohol matrix.The result shows that in addition to the information concerning system-environment interaction and vibrational coherence,the vibrational energy transfer can be described by this modified model.

  12. Orientation-dependent nanostructure arrays based on anisotropic silicon wet-etching for repeatable surface-enhanced Raman scattering

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    Wang, C. G.; Wu, X. Z.; di, D.; Dong, P. T.; Xiao, R.; Wang, S. Q.

    2016-02-01

    Repeatable fabrication of sensitive plasmonic substrates through a simple procedure has become a major challenge for SERS-based sensing and imaging. Herein, a new class of high-performance SERS substrates, including pyramid, ridged-hexagon, and quasi-triangle nanostructures, is successfully fabricated based on the nanosphere lithography technique and anisotropic wet etching. Using the wafer-scale Cr-hole array as the etching mask, cavity-templates of various configurations are fabricated by the orientation-dependent wet etching technique, from where the nanostructure arrays are finally peeled-off. The anisotropic wet etching on (100), (110), and (111) silicon wafers has been systematically studied at the nanoscale revealing the formation mechanism of these cavity-templates. The peeled-off nanostructure arrays provide high-density tips and/or gaps (about 2.5 × 107 mm-2) and thus facilitate the generation of ``hot spots''. The distribution of the electromagnetic field is visualized by the finite difference time domain calculation. And the calculation results are validated by SERS characterization. The SERS enhancement factors of these substrates are in the order of 106-107, with the maximum enhancement factor of 1.32 × 107 yielded by the ridged-hexagon arrays. The proposed nanostructure arrays present excellent homogeneity and reproducibility (with the largest relative standard deviation of 16.43%) for the reason that the SERS-active substrates are peeled-off from an identical template. The cost-effective fabrication, high sensitivity, good homogeneity and well-performed reproducibility demonstrate that these orientation-dependent NSs are good candidates for SERS-based in vitro and in situ detection and biosensing.Repeatable fabrication of sensitive plasmonic substrates through a simple procedure has become a major challenge for SERS-based sensing and imaging. Herein, a new class of high-performance SERS substrates, including pyramid, ridged-hexagon, and quasi

  13. Dependence of ZnO-based dye-sensitized solar cell characteristics on the layer deposition method

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    Anca Dumbrava; Gabriel Prodan; Adrian Georgescu; Florin Moscalu

    2015-02-01

    The selection of a proper method for the semiconductor layer deposition is an important requirement towards a high efficiency for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). We compared three techniques for deposition of the semiconductor thin layer in ZnO-based DSSCs, in order to determine the dependence between the deposition method, the ZnO film properties and finally the DSSCs characteristics. For this purpose, we varied the method used for deposition of the semiconductor film and we replaced ZnO with Al-doped ZnO. The nanostructured films morphology was analysed by transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and selected area electron diffraction. The optical properties were examined by UV–visible spectroscopy and the bandgap energies were calculated using the Tauc equation. The higher fill factor value was registered for DSSCs based on the ZnO film obtained by electrochemical method, but the higher efficiency was registered for doctorblading method.

  14. Dramatic impact of the giant local magnetic fields on spin-dependent recombination processes in gadolinium based garnets

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    A giant magnetic field effect on spin-dependent recombination of the radiation-induced defects has been found in cerium doped gadolinium based garnet crystals and ceramics, promising materials for scintillator applications. A sharp and strong increase in the afterglow intensity stimulated by external magnetic field and an evidence of the magnetic field memory have been discovered. The effect was ascribed to huge Gd-induced internal magnetic fields, which suppress the recombination, and cross-relaxation with Gd3+ ions leading to reorientation of the spins of the electron and hole centers. Thus, the spin system of radiation-induced defects in gadolinium garnet based scintillator materials was shown to accumulate significant energy which can be released in external magnetic fields

  15. An Age-Dependent Physiologically-Based Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic Model for the Organophosphorus Insecticide Chlorpyrifos in the Preweanling Rat

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    Timchalk, Chuck; Kousba, Ahmed A.; Poet, Torka S.

    2007-08-01

    Juvenile rats are more susceptible than adults to the acute toxicity of organophosphorus insecticides like chlorpyrifos (CPF). Age- and dose-dependent differences in metabolism may be responsible. Of importance is CYP450 activation and detoxification of CPF to chlorpyrifos-oxon (CPF-oxon) and trichloropyridinol (TCP), as well as B-esterase (cholinesterase; ChE) and A-esterase (PON-1) detoxification of CPF-oxon to TCP. In the current study, a modified physiologically based pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PBPK/PD) model incorporating age-dependent changes in CYP450, PON-1, and tissue ChE levels for rats was developed. In this model, age was used as a dependent function to estimate body weight which was then used to allometrically scale both metabolism and tissue ChE levels. Model simulations suggest that preweanling rats are particularly sensitive to CPF toxicity, with levels of CPF-oxon in blood and brain disproportionately increasing, relative to the response in adult rats. This age-dependent non-linear increase in CPF-oxon concentration may potentially result from the depletion of non-target B-esterases, and a lower PON-1 metabolic capacity in younger animals. These results indicate that the PBPK/PD model behaves consistently with the general understanding of CPF toxicity, pharmacokinetics and tissue ChE inhibition in neonatal and adult rats. Hence, this model represents an important starting point for developing a computational model to assess the neurotoxic potential of environmentally relevant organophosphate exposures in infants and children.

  16. Ligand-based pharmacophore modeling; atom-based 3D-QSAR analysis and molecular docking studies of phosphoinositide-dependent kinase-1 inhibitors

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    P Kirubakaran

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Phosphoinositide-dependent kinase-1 plays a vital role in the PI3-kinase signaling pathway that regulates gene expression, cell cycle growth and proliferation. The common human cancers include lung, breast, blood and prostate possess over stimulation of the phosphoinositide-dependent kinase-1 signaling and making phosphoinositide-dependent kinase-1 an interesting therapeutic target in oncology. A ligand-based pharmacophore and atom-based 3D-QSAR studies were carried out on a set of 82 inhibitors of PDK1. A six point pharmacophore with two hydrogen bond acceptors (A, three hydrogen bond donors (D and one hydrophobic group (H was obtained. The pharmacophore hypothesis yielded a 3D-QSAR model with good partial least square statistics results. The training set correlation is characterized by partial least square factors (R2 = 0.9557, SD = 0.2334, F = 215.5, P = 1.407e-32. The test set correlation is characterized by partial least square factors (Q2 ext = 0.7510, RMSE = 0.5225, Pearson-R =0.8676. The external validation indicated that our QSAR model possess high predictive power with good value of 0.99 and value of 0.88. The docking results show the binding orientations of these inhibitors at active site amino acid residues (Ala162, Thr222, Glu209 and Glu166 of phosphoinositide-dependent kinase-1 protein. The binding free energy interactions of protein-ligand complex have been calculated, which plays an important role in molecular recognition and drug design approach.

  17. INHIBITION STUDIES OF TERPENE BASED NATURAL PRODUCTS WITH CYCLIN-DEPENDENT KINASE 4 (CDK4 MIMIC CDK2

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    Dr. Sunil H. Ganatra et al

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    Full Text Available Cyclin dependent kinases (CDKs are known as cell cycle regulators in eukaryotic cell cycle. Different CDKs (CDK2, CDK4 etc. are having structure homology among them. Using computer based molecular modeling tools, interactions between naturally occurring terpene based compounds with crystal structure of CDK4 mimic CDK2 enzyme having PDB ID : 1GII. Using In-silico techniques, the binding energies between terpene based compounds and receptor enzymes are calculated in the form of ΔG in kcal/mol. The reported binding energies for series of molecules are ranging from –5.35 to –13.20 kcal/mol. The negative docking energies and a few hydrogen bonds between selected ligands and receptor enzyme support the affinity of Terpene based compounds with CDK4 mimic CDK2 enzymes. It is also found out that those compounds having carbon atoms 30-31 interacts better with enzyme, whereas larger size compounds having carbon atoms higher than 40 show weak interactions. It is concluded that Tri-terpene class of compounds are the best CDK4 mimic CDK2 inhibitors.

  18. Investigation of organic magnetoresistance dependence on spin-orbit coupling using 8-hydroxyquinolinate rare-earth based complexes

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    Carvalho, R. S.; Costa, D. G.; Ávila, H. C.; Paolini, T. B.; Brito, H. F.; Capaz, Rodrigo B.; Cremona, M.

    2016-05-01

    The recently discovered organic magnetoresistance effect (OMAR) reveals the spin-dependent behavior of the charge transport in organic semiconductors. So far, it is known that hyperfine interactions play an important role in this phenomenon and also that spin-orbit coupling is negligible for light-atom based compounds. However, in the presence of heavy atoms, spin-orbit interactions should play an important role in OMAR. It is known that these interactions are responsible for singlet and triplet states mixing via intersystem crossing and the change of spin-charge relaxation time in the charge mobility process. In this work, we report a dramatic change in the OMAR effect caused by the presence of strong intramolecular spin-orbit coupling in a series of rare-earth quinolate organic complex-based devices. Our data show a different OMAR lineshape compared with the OMAR lineshape of tris(8-hydroxyquinolinate) aluminum-based devices, which are well described in the literature. In addition, electronic structure calculations based on density functional theory help to establish the connection between this results and the presence of heavy central ions in the different complexes.

  19. Orientation-dependent nanostructure arrays based on anisotropic silicon wet-etching for repeatable surface-enhanced Raman scattering.

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    Wang, C G; Wu, X Z; Di, D; Dong, P T; Xiao, R; Wang, S Q

    2016-02-28

    Repeatable fabrication of sensitive plasmonic substrates through a simple procedure has become a major challenge for SERS-based sensing and imaging. Herein, a new class of high-performance SERS substrates, including pyramid, ridged-hexagon, and quasi-triangle nanostructures, is successfully fabricated based on the nanosphere lithography technique and anisotropic wet etching. Using the wafer-scale Cr-hole array as the etching mask, cavity-templates of various configurations are fabricated by the orientation-dependent wet etching technique, from where the nanostructure arrays are finally peeled-off. The anisotropic wet etching on (100), (110), and (111) silicon wafers has been systematically studied at the nanoscale revealing the formation mechanism of these cavity-templates. The peeled-off nanostructure arrays provide high-density tips and/or gaps (about 2.5 × 10(7) mm(-2)) and thus facilitate the generation of "hot spots". The distribution of the electromagnetic field is visualized by the finite difference time domain calculation. And the calculation results are validated by SERS characterization. The SERS enhancement factors of these substrates are in the order of 10(6)-10(7), with the maximum enhancement factor of 1.32 × 10(7) yielded by the ridged-hexagon arrays. The proposed nanostructure arrays present excellent homogeneity and reproducibility (with the largest relative standard deviation of 16.43%) for the reason that the SERS-active substrates are peeled-off from an identical template. The cost-effective fabrication, high sensitivity, good homogeneity and well-performed reproducibility demonstrate that these orientation-dependent NSs are good candidates for SERS-based in vitro and in situ detection and biosensing. PMID:26853057

  20. Dependency Resolution Difficulty Increases with Distance in Persian Separable Complex Predicates: Evidence for Expectation and Memory-Based Accounts

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    Safavi, Molood S.; Husain, Samar; Vasishth, Shravan

    2016-01-01

    Delaying the appearance of a verb in a noun-verb dependency tends to increase processing difficulty at the verb; one explanation for this locality effect is decay and/or interference of the noun in working memory. Surprisal, an expectation-based account, predicts that delaying the appearance of a verb either renders it no more predictable or more predictable, leading respectively to a prediction of no effect of distance or a facilitation. Recently, Husain et al. (2014) suggested that when the exact identity of the upcoming verb is predictable (strong predictability), increasing argument-verb distance leads to facilitation effects, which is consistent with surprisal; but when the exact identity of the upcoming verb is not predictable (weak predictability), locality effects are seen. We investigated Husain et al.'s proposal using Persian complex predicates (CPs), which consist of a non-verbal element—a noun in the current study—and a verb. In CPs, once the noun has been read, the exact identity of the verb is highly predictable (strong predictability); this was confirmed using a sentence completion study. In two self-paced reading (SPR) and two eye-tracking (ET) experiments, we delayed the appearance of the verb by interposing a relative clause (Experiments 1 and 3) or a long PP (Experiments 2 and 4). We also included a simple Noun-Verb predicate configuration with the same distance manipulation; here, the exact identity of the verb was not predictable (weak predictability). Thus, the design crossed Predictability Strength and Distance. We found that, consistent with surprisal, the verb in the strong predictability conditions was read faster than in the weak predictability conditions. Furthermore, greater verb-argument distance led to slower reading times; strong predictability did not neutralize or attenuate the locality effects. As regards the effect of distance on dependency resolution difficulty, these four experiments present evidence in favor of working

  1. Dependency Resolution Difficulty Increases with Distance in Persian Separable Complex Predicates: Evidence for Expectation and Memory-Based Accounts.

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    Safavi, Molood S; Husain, Samar; Vasishth, Shravan

    2016-01-01

    Delaying the appearance of a verb in a noun-verb dependency tends to increase processing difficulty at the verb; one explanation for this locality effect is decay and/or interference of the noun in working memory. Surprisal, an expectation-based account, predicts that delaying the appearance of a verb either renders it no more predictable or more predictable, leading respectively to a prediction of no effect of distance or a facilitation. Recently, Husain et al. (2014) suggested that when the exact identity of the upcoming verb is predictable (strong predictability), increasing argument-verb distance leads to facilitation effects, which is consistent with surprisal; but when the exact identity of the upcoming verb is not predictable (weak predictability), locality effects are seen. We investigated Husain et al.'s proposal using Persian complex predicates (CPs), which consist of a non-verbal element-a noun in the current study-and a verb. In CPs, once the noun has been read, the exact identity of the verb is highly predictable (strong predictability); this was confirmed using a sentence completion study. In two self-paced reading (SPR) and two eye-tracking (ET) experiments, we delayed the appearance of the verb by interposing a relative clause (Experiments 1 and 3) or a long PP (Experiments 2 and 4). We also included a simple Noun-Verb predicate configuration with the same distance manipulation; here, the exact identity of the verb was not predictable (weak predictability). Thus, the design crossed Predictability Strength and Distance. We found that, consistent with surprisal, the verb in the strong predictability conditions was read faster than in the weak predictability conditions. Furthermore, greater verb-argument distance led to slower reading times; strong predictability did not neutralize or attenuate the locality effects. As regards the effect of distance on dependency resolution difficulty, these four experiments present evidence in favor of working memory

  2. Dependency resolution difficulty increases with distance in Persian separable complex predicates: Implications for expectation and memory-based accounts

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    Molood Sadat eSafavi

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Delaying the appearance of a verb in a noun-verb dependency tends to increase processing difficulty at the verb; one explanation for this locality effect is decay and/or interference of the noun in working memory. Surprisal, an expectation-based account, predicts that delaying the appearance of a verb either renders it no more predictable or more predictable, leading respectively to a prediction of no effect of distance or a facilitation. Recently, Husain et al (2014 suggested that when the exact identity of the upcoming verb is predictable (strong predictability, increasing argument-verb distance leads to facilitation effects, which is consistent with surprisal; but when the exact identity of the upcoming verb is not predictable (weak predictability, locality effects are seen. We investigated Husain et al.'s proposal using Persian complex predicates (CPs, which consist of a non-verbal element---a noun in the current study---and a verb. In CPs, once the noun has been read, the exact identity of the verb is highly predictable (strong predictability; this was confirmed using a sentence completion study. In two self-paced reading (SPR and two eye-tracking (ET experiments, we delayed the appearance of the verb by interposing a relative clause (Expt. 1 and 3 or a long PP (Expt. 2 and 4. We also included a simple Noun-Verb predicate configuration with the same distance manipulation; here, the exact identity of the verb was not predictable (weak predictability. Thus, the design crossed Predictability Strength and Distance. We found that, consistent with surprisal, the verb in the strong predictability conditions was read faster than in the weak predictability conditions. Furthermore, greater verb-argument distance led to slower reading times; strong predictability did not neutralize or attenuate the locality effects. As regards the effect of distance on dependency resolution difficulty, these four experiments present evidence in favor of working memory

  3. The relationships between field dependent/independent cognitive styles and information & communication technologies based programs in gifted education

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    Hakan Üstünel

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available The research aims to investigate gifted students’ FD/FI cognitive styles and factors affecting them like preferring to take Information & Communication Technologies-based courses at gifted children’s school. The study was carried out on two groups.  First group consisted of 52 students identified as gifted who are attending 6th and 7th grades at the Istanbul Science &Art Center in Istanbul, Turkey,  the second group consisted of 38 students who are not identified as gifted and totally the study consists of 90 students. In order to collect data pertaining to this research, Group Embedded Figures Test (GEFT was used to measure Field Dependence/Field Independence, (FD/FI.  According to the findings of the research, it has been observed that there is a significant difference between favored gifted students’ cognitive style scores and other students’ who are not identified as gifted. There is also a significant difference between in favor of Information& Communication Technologies (ICT based course taking gifted students’ cognitive style scores and other gifted students who are not taking ICT-based courses in Science and Art Center. In contrast to these, there is not a significant differences were found on cognitive styles in terms of gender and grade variants in both groups.

  4. Temperature and frequency dependence of negative differential capacitance in a planar GaN-based p-i-n photodetector

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    Bao, Xichang, E-mail: baoxc@qibebt.ac.cn [Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao 266101 (China); State Key Laboratories of Transducer Technology, Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200083 (China); Xu, Jintong; Li, Chao; Qiao, Hui; Zhang, Yan [State Key Laboratories of Transducer Technology, Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200083 (China); Li, Xiangyang, E-mail: lixy@mail.sitp.ac.cn [State Key Laboratories of Transducer Technology, Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200083 (China)

    2013-12-25

    Highlights: •Planar GaN-based p-i-n photodetector was prepared by ion implantation. •A novel negative differential capacitance (NDC) effect is observed in the photodetector. •The NDC effect is due to the carrier confinement of the deep level centers formed by ion implantation. -- Abstract: In this work, back-illuminated planar GaN-based p-i-n photodetectors were fabricated by Si implantation into GaN-based p-i-n structure grown by metal–organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). The dark current density of the photodetector is 1.03 nA/cm{sup 2} under zero bias. The unbiased responsivity is 0.122 A/W at 360 nm, corresponding to an external quantum efficiency of 42%. Temperature and frequency dependence of capacitance versus voltage characteristics of the photodetectors are also investigated respectively. A novel negative differential capacitance (NDC) effect observed in the photodetector at room temperature under the frequency of 120 kHz or at low temperature under relative high frequency (such as 200 kHz). The NDC effect becomes much more obvious with the temperature or frequency decreased. This novel phenomenon is mainly due to the carrier confinement of the deep level centers in the detector, which mainly include lattice defects formed by high dose ion implantation and subsequent annealing.

  5. Three-Level Supply Chain Coordination under Disruptions Based on Revenue-Sharing Contract with Price Dependent Demand

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    Qinghua Pang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Considering the market demand is stochastic and dependent on price, this paper shows that the revenue-sharing contract could coordinate a three-level supply chain consisting of one manufacturer, one distributor, and one retailer under normal environment. However, the original revenue-sharing contract cannot coordinate the supply chain under disruptions in circumstances of certain incidents leading to significant changes in market demand and causing additional deviation costs. To solve the problem, this essay introduces two improved forms of revenue-sharing contract: a mixed contract form based on a quantity discount policy and a pure form, which are characterized by antidisruption ability. The model of improved revenue-sharing contract is optimized when the market demand is in the additive form or in the multiplicative form with price dependent demand. Formulas are given to calculate the optimal contract parameters. Finally, this essay demonstrates the accuracy of the model of improved revenue-sharing contract with the help of numerical examples.

  6. A Microstructure-Based Time-Dependent Crack Growth Model for Life and Reliability Prediction of Turbopropulsion Systems

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    Chan, Kwai S.; Enright, Michael P.; Moody, Jonathan; Fitch, Simeon H. K.

    2014-01-01

    The objective of this investigation was to develop an innovative methodology for life and reliability prediction of hot-section components in advanced turbopropulsion systems. A set of generic microstructure-based time-dependent crack growth (TDCG) models was developed and used to assess the sources of material variability due to microstructure and material parameters such as grain size, activation energy, and crack growth threshold for TDCG. A comparison of model predictions and experimental data obtained in air and in vacuum suggests that oxidation is responsible for higher crack growth rates at high temperatures, low frequencies, and long dwell times, but oxidation can also induce higher crack growth thresholds (Δ K th or K th) under certain conditions. Using the enhanced risk analysis tool and material constants calibrated to IN 718 data, the effect of TDCG on the risk of fracture in turboengine components was demonstrated for a generic rotor design and a realistic mission profile using the DARWIN® probabilistic life-prediction code. The results of this investigation confirmed that TDCG and cycle-dependent crack growth in IN 718 can be treated by a simple summation of the crack increments over a mission. For the temperatures considered, TDCG in IN 718 can be considered as a K-controlled or a diffusion-controlled oxidation-induced degradation process. This methodology provides a pathway for evaluating microstructural effects on multiple damage modes in hot-section components.

  7. ATUS-PRO: A FEM-based solver for the time-dependent and stationary Gross-Pitaevskii equation

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    Marojević, Želimir; Göklü, Ertan; Lämmerzahl, Claus

    2016-05-01

    ATUS-PRO is a solver-package written in C++ designed for the calculation of numerical solutions of the stationary- and the time dependent Gross-Pitaevskii equation for local two-particle contact interaction utilising finite element methods. These are implemented by means of the deal.II library (Bangerth et al., 0000) [1], (Bangerth et al., 2007) [2]. The code can be used in order to perform simulations of Bose-Einstein condensates in gravito-optical surface traps, isotropic and full anisotropic harmonic traps, as well as for arbitrary trap geometries. A special feature of this package is the possibility to calculate non-ground state solutions (topological modes, excited states) (Marojević et al., 2013), (Yukalov et al., 1997, 2004) [3,4] for an arbitrarily high non-linearity term. The solver-package is designed to run on parallel distributed machines and can be applied to problems in one, two, or three spatial dimensions with axial symmetry or in Cartesian coordinates. The time dependent Gross-Pitaevskii equation is solved by means of the fully implicit Crank-Nicolson method, whereas stationary states are obtained with a modified version based on our own constrained Newton method (Marojević et al., 2013). The latter method enables to find the excited state solutions.

  8. Structure-activity relationship study of oxindole-based inhibitors of cyclin-dependent kinases based on least-squares support vector machines

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    Li Jiazhong [Department of Chemistry, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Liu Huanxiang [Department of Chemistry, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Yao Xiaojun [Department of Chemistry, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China)]. E-mail: xjyao@lzu.edu.cn; Liu Mancang [Department of Chemistry, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Hu Zhide [Department of Chemistry, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Fan Botao [Universite Paris 7-Denis Diderot, ITODYS 1, rue Guy de la Brosse, 75005 Paris (France)

    2007-01-09

    The least-squares support vector machines (LS-SVMs), as an effective modified algorithm of support vector machine, was used to build structure-activity relationship (SAR) models to classify the oxindole-based inhibitors of cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs) based on their activity. Each compound was depicted by the structural descriptors that encode constitutional, topological, geometrical, electrostatic and quantum-chemical features. The forward-step-wise linear discriminate analysis method was used to search the descriptor space and select the structural descriptors responsible for activity. The linear discriminant analysis (LDA) and nonlinear LS-SVMs method were employed to build classification models, and the best results were obtained by the LS-SVMs method with prediction accuracy of 100% on the test set and 90.91% for CDK1 and CDK2, respectively, as well as that of LDA models 95.45% and 86.36%. This paper provides an effective method to screen CDKs inhibitors.

  9. Several techniques for improving energy dependence of a commercial personal neutron dosemeter package based on PADC track detector

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    The practical applicability of several techniques has been investigated for improving the energy dependence of PADC-based personal neutron dosemeter for a commercial dose-assessment service. Under a constraint of no modification in detector material and the fixed chemical processes, two technical attempts have been investigated: an analysis of etch-pit data obtained by microscopic observation and a design of radiator structure. In addition to the number of etch-pits, information of their distribution in terms of various parameters was analyzed. It was found that the two-window method was possibly applicable to the distribution in the etch-pit size and the gray-level. In the latter, a performance of radiator-degrader structure has been confirmed experimentally, and it was found to be one of most promising techniques.

  10. A New User Dependent Iris Recognition System Based on an Area Preserving Pointwise Level Set Segmentation Approach

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    Nakissa Barzegar

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a new user dependent approach in iris recognition systems. In the proposed method, consistent bits of iris code are calculated, based on the user specifications, using the user's mask. Another contribution of our work is in the iris segmentation phase, where a new pointwise level set approach with area preserving has been used for determining inner and outer iris boundaries, both exclusively performed in one step. Thanks to the special properties of this segmentation technique, there is no constraint about angles of head tilt. Furthermore, we showed that this algorithm is robust in noisy situations and can locate irises which are partly occluded by eyelid and eyelashes. Experimental results, on three renowned iris databases (CASIAIrisV3, Bath, and Ubiris, show that our method outperforms some of the existing methods, both in terms of accuracy and response time.

  11. Effects of Electric Potential Treatment of a Chromium Hexacyanoferrate Modified Biosensor Based on PQQ-Dependent Glucose Dehydrogenase

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    Ta-Feng Tseng

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available A novel potential treatment technique applied to a glucose biosensor that is based on pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ-dependent glucose dehydrogenase (GDH and chromium hexacyanoferrate (CrHCF incorporated into a platinum (Pt electrode was demonstrated. CrHCF, serving as a mediator, was electrochemically deposited on the Pt electrode as ascertained by CV, SEM, FTIR and XPS measurements. The potential treatment of CrHCF, which converts Fe(II to Fe(III, enables the glucose detection. The amperometric measurement linearity of the biosensor was up to 20 mM (R = 0.9923, and the detection sensitivity was 199.94 nA/mM per cm2. More importantly, this biosensor remained stable for >270 days.

  12. Composition dependence of magnetic relaxation for CoNi chain-based compounds with mixed double azide-tetrazolate bridges.

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    Cheng, Min; Ding, You-Song; Gao, En-Qing; Zhang, Zhicheng; Jia, Qin-Xiang

    2016-05-10

    Seven isomorphous 2D CoNi (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) compounds based on ferromagnetic chains with mixed double [(μ-EO-N3)(μ-N-N-tetrazolate)] (EO = end-on) were synthesized and then structurally and magnetically characterized. They are formulated as [CoNi(L)(N3)(H2O)]·H2O (), (x = 1 (), 0.86 (), 0.74 (), 0.39 (), 0.14 (), 0.10 (), 0 (); L = 3-(5-tetrazole)-N-oxide-pyridine). Magnetic studies revealed that the homo-metallic compounds ( and ) behave as metamagnets, while the hetero-metallic compounds () show interesting composition-dependent slow relaxation due to the synergy effect of Co(II) and Ni(II) ions. PMID:27071813

  13. Frequency dependence and fuel effect on optical properties of nano TiO2-based structures

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    Ghasemifard, Mahdi; Ghamari, Misagh; Iziy, Meysam

    2016-06-01

    TiO2-(Ti0.5Si0.5)O2 nanopowders (TS-NPs) with average particle size around 90 nm were successfully synthesized by controlled auto-combustion method by using citric acid/nitric acid (AC:NA) and urea/metal cation (U:MC). The structure of powders was studied based on their X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns. The XRD of TS-NPs shows that rutile and anatase are the main phases of TS-NPs for AC:NA and U:MC, respectively. Particle size and histogram of nanopowders were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS). Optical properties of TS-NPs were calculated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and Kramers-Kroning (KK) relation. Plasma frequencies of TS-NPs obtained from energy loss functions depend on fuels as a result of changes in crystal structure, particle size distribution, and morphology.

  14. Temperature and bias-voltage dependence of atomic-layer-deposited HfO{sub 2}-based magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Fabretti, Savio, E-mail: fabretti@physik.uni-bielefeld.de [Thin Films and Physics of Nanostructures, Bielefeld University, Universitaetsstrasse 25, 33615 Bielefeld (Germany); Zierold, Robert; Nielsch, Kornelius [Institute of Applied Physics, Universität Hamburg, Jungiusstrasse 11, 20355 Hamburg (Germany); Voigt, Carmen; Ronning, Carsten [Institute for Solid State Physics, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Wien-Platz 1, 07743 Jena (Germany); Peretzki, Patrick; Seibt, Michael [4. Physikalisches Institut, Georg-August University Göttingen, Friedrich-Hund-Platz 1, 37077 Göttingen (Germany); Thomas, Andy [Thin Films and Physics of Nanostructures, Universitaetsstrasse 25, 33615 Bielefeld, Germany, and Institut für Physik, Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Staudingerweg 9, 55128 Mainz (Germany)

    2014-09-29

    Magnetic tunnel junctions with HfO{sub 2} tunnel barriers were prepared through a combination of magnetron sputtering and atomic layer deposition. We investigated the tunneling transport behavior, including the tunnel magnetoresistance ratio and the current-voltage characteristics between room temperature and 2 K. Here, we achieved a tunneling magneto resistance ratio of 10.3% at room temperature and 19.3% at 2 K. Furthermore, we studied the bias-voltage and temperature dependencies and compared the results with those of commonly used alumina- and magnesia-based magnetic tunnel junctions. We observed a polycrystalline/amorphous electrode-barrier system via high-resolution transmission electron microscopy.

  15. Structure-Based Design of Potent and Selective 3-Phosphoinositide-Dependent Kinase-1 (PDK1) Inhibitors

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    Medina, Jesus R.; Becker, Christopher J.; Blackledge, Charles W.; Duquenne, Celine; Feng, Yanhong; Grant, Seth W.; Heerding, Dirk; Li, William H.; Miller, William H.; Romeril, Stuart P.; Scherzer, Daryl; Shu, Arthur; Bobko, Mark A.; Chadderton, Antony R.; Dumble, Melissa; Gardiner, Christine M.; Gilbert, Seth; Liu, Qi; Rabindran, Sridhar K.; Sudakin, Valery; Xiang, Hong; Brady, Pat G.; Campobasso, Nino; Ward, Paris; Axten, Jeffrey M. (GSKPA)

    2014-10-02

    Phosphoinositide-dependent protein kinase-1(PDK1) is a master regulator of the AGC family of kinases and an integral component of the PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway. As this pathway is among the most commonly deregulated across all cancers, a selective inhibitor of PDK1 might have utility as an anticancer agent. Herein we describe our lead optimization of compound 1 toward highly potent and selective PDK1 inhibitors via a structure-based design strategy. The most potent and selective inhibitors demonstrated submicromolar activity as measured by inhibition of phosphorylation of PDK1 substrates as well as antiproliferative activity against a subset of AML cell lines. In addition, reduction of phosphorylation of PDK1 substrates was demonstrated in vivo in mice bearing OCl-AML2 xenografts. These observations demonstrate the utility of these molecules as tools to further delineate the biology of PDK1 and the potential pharmacological uses of a PDK1 inhibitor.

  16. Benchmarks for electronically excited states: Time-dependent density functional theory and density functional theory based multireference configuration interaction

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    Silva-Junior, Mario R.; Schreiber, Marko; Sauer, Stephan P. A.;

    2008-01-01

    Time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) and DFT-based multireference configuration interaction (DFT/MRCI) calculations are reported for a recently proposed benchmark set of 28 medium-sized organic molecules. Vertical excitation energies, oscillator strengths, and excited-state dipole...... moments are computed using the same geometries (MP2/6-31G*) and basis set (TZVP) as in our previous ab initio benchmark study on electronically excited states. The results from TD-DFT (with the functionals BP86, B3LYP, and BHLYP) and from DFT/MRCI are compared against the previous high-level ab initio......-DFT/B3LYP (0.27 and 0.44 eV, respectively), whereas TD-DFT/BP86 and TD-DFT/BHLYP are significantly less accurate. The energies of singlet states with double excitation character are generally overestimated by TD-DFT, whereas triplet state energies are systematically underestimated by the currently...

  17. Sample dependence of the structural, vibrational, and electronic properties of a-Si:H: A density-functional-based tight-binding study

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    Singh, Ranber; Prakash, S.; Shukla, Nitya Nath; R. Prasad

    2004-01-01

    The sample dependence of various properties of hydrogenated amorphous silicon ($a$-Si:H) have been studied with 216 silicon atoms and 24 hydrogen atoms using the density functional based tight binding molecular dynamics simulations. The Si-Si and Si-H pair correlation functions are independent of preparation procedure as well as initial conditions, the H-H pair correlation functions are sample dependent. The distribution of hydrogen atoms in all the samples is nonuniform and depends upon the ...

  18. A condition-based maintenance of a dependent degradation-threshold-shock model in a system with multiple degradation processes

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    This paper proposes a condition-based maintenance strategy for a system subject to two dependent causes of failure: degradation and sudden shocks. The internal degradation is reflected by the presence of multiple degradation processes in the system. Degradation processes start at random times following a Non-homogeneous Poisson process and their growths are modelled by using a gamma process. When the deterioration level of a degradation process exceeds a predetermined value, we assume that a degradation failure occurs. Furthermore, the system is subject to sudden shocks that arrive at the system following a Doubly Stochastic Poisson Process. A sudden shock provokes the total breakdown of the system. Thus, the state of the system is evaluated at inspection times and different maintenance tasks can be carried out. If the system is still working at an inspection time, a preventive maintenance task is performed if the deterioration level of a degradation process exceeds a certain threshold. A corrective maintenance task is performed if the system is down at an inspection time. A preventive (corrective) maintenance task implies the replacement of the system by a new one. Under this maintenance strategy, the expected cost rate function is obtained. A numerical example illustrates the analytical results. - Highlights: • A condition-based maintenance model is proposed. • Two dependent causes of failure are considered: deterioration and external shocks. • Deterioration is given by multiple degradation processes growing by a gamma process. • The initiation of degradation processes follows a Non-homogeneous Poisson process. • External shocks arrive at the system by using a Doubly Stochastic Poisson Process

  19. Development of one-energy group, two-dimensional, frequency dependent detector adjoint function based on the nodal method

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    One-energy group, two-dimensional computer code was developed to calculate the response of a detector to a vibrating absorber in a reactor core. A concept of local/global components, based on the frequency dependent detector adjoint function, and a nodalization technique were utilized. The frequency dependent detector adjoint functions presented by complex equations were expanded into real and imaginary parts. In the nodalization technique, the flux is expanded into polynomials about the center point of each node. The phase angle and the magnitude of the one-energy group detector adjoint function were calculated for a detector located in the center of a 200x200 cm reactor using a two-dimensional nodalization technique, the computer code EXTERMINATOR, and the analytical solution. The purpose of this research was to investigate the applicability of a polynomial nodal model technique to the calculations of the real and the imaginary parts of the detector adjoint function for one-energy group two-dimensional polynomial nodal model technique. From the results as discussed earlier, it is concluded that the nodal model technique can be used to calculate the detector adjoint function and the phase angle. Using the computer code developed for nodal model technique, the magnitude of one energy group frequency dependent detector adjoint function and the phase angle were calculated for the detector located in the center of a 200x200 cm homogenous reactor. The real part of the detector adjoint function was compared with the results obtained from the EXTERMINATOR computer code as well as the analytical solution based on a double sine series expansion using the classical Green's Function solution. The values were found to be less than 1% greater at 20 cm away from the source region and about 3% greater closer to the source compared to the values obtained from the analytical solution and the EXTERMINATOR code. The currents at the node interface matched within 1% of the average

  20. Symmetry-dependent spin-charge transport and thermopower through a ZSiNR-based FM/normal/FM junction.

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    Zhou, Benliang; Zhou, Benhu; Chen, Xiongwen; Liao, Wenhu; Zhou, Guanghui

    2015-11-25

    We investigate the spin-dependent transport and spin thermopower for a zigzag silicene nanoribbon (ZSiNR) with two ends covered by ferromagnets (FMs) under the modulation of a perpendicular electric field, where we take the 6- and 7-ZSiNR to exemplify the effect of the even- and odd-N ZSiNRs, respectively. By using the nonequilibrium Green's function approach, it is demonstrated that a ZSiNR-based FM/normal/FM junction still shows an interesting symmetry-dependent property although the σ mirror plane is absent for any ZSiNR due to the buckled structure of silicene. The junction with even- or odd-N ZSiNR has very different transport and thermopower behavior, which is attributed to the different parity of π and [Formula: see text] band wavefunctions under the c 2 symmetry operation with respect to the centre axis between two edges, and is linked to the unique symmetry of the band structure for the ribbon. As a result, the magnetoresistance (MR) for the 6-ZSiNR junction with a 100% plateau around zero electron energy is observed, but the plateau is absent for the 7-ZSiNR one. In addition, the spin thermopower also displays the even-odd behaviour. The 6-ZSiNR junction is found to possess superior thermospin performance compared with the 7-ZSiNR one, and its spin thermopower can be improved by one order of magnitude in the absence of an electric field. As the strength of the field increases, the spin thermopower for the 6-ZSiNR junction dramatically decreases, while it notably enhances for the 7-ZSiNR one. Interestingly, the spin thermopower for both junctions is strongly dependent on the strength of magnetisation in FM, and it can be very pronounced with a maximum absolute value of 200 μV K(-1)by the optimisation of the parameters. However, with the increase in temperature, the spin thermopower for the 6-ZSiNR junction decreases, but the situation for the 7-ZSiNR one is opposite. Finally, the spin figure of merit for the 6-ZSiNR junction is found to be four orders

  1. A New Class of Contrast Agents for MRI Based on Proton Chemical Exchange Dependent Saturation Transfer (CEST)

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    Ward, K. M.; Aletras, A. H.; Balaban, R. S.

    2000-03-01

    It has been previously shown that intrinsic metabolites can be imaged based on their water proton exchange rates using saturation transfer techniques. The goal of this study was to identify an appropriate chemical exchange site that could be developed for use as an exogenous chemical exchange dependent saturation transfer (CEST) contrast agent under physiological conditions. These agents would function by reducing the water proton signal through a chemical exchange site on the agent via saturation transfer. The ideal chemical exchange site would have a large chemical shift from water. This permits a high exchange rate without approaching the fast exchange limit at physiological pH (6.5-7.6) and temperature (37°C), as well as minimizing problems associated with magnetic field susceptibility. Numerous candidate chemicals (amino acids, sugars, nucleotides, heterocyclic ring chemicals) were evaluated in this preliminary study. Of these, barbituric acid and 5,6-dihydrouracil were more fully characterized with regard to pH, temperature, and concentration CEST effects. The best chemical exchange site found was the 5.33-ppm indole ring -NH site of 5-hydroxytryptophan. These data demonstrate that a CEST-based exogenous contrast agent for MRI is feasible.

  2. SVD-Based Technique for Interference Cancellation and Noise Reduction in NMR Measurement of Time-Dependent Magnetic Fields

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    Wenjun Chen

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available A nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR experiment for measurement of time-dependent magnetic fields was introduced. To improve the signal-to-interference-plus-noise ratio (SINR of NMR data, a new method for interference cancellation and noise reduction (ICNR based on singular value decomposition (SVD was proposed. The singular values corresponding to the radio frequency interference (RFI signal were identified in terms of the correlation between the FID data and the reference data, and then the RFI and noise were suppressed by setting the corresponding singular values to zero. The validity of the algorithm was verified by processing the measured NMR data. The results indicated that, this method has a significantly suppression of RFI and random noise, and can well preserve the FID signal. At present, the major limitation of the proposed SVD-based ICNR technique is that the threshold value for interference cancellation needs to be manually selected. Finally, the inversion waveform of the applied alternating magnetic field was given by fitting the processed experimental data.

  3. SVD-Based Technique for Interference Cancellation and Noise Reduction in NMR Measurement of Time-Dependent Magnetic Fields.

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    Chen, Wenjun; Ma, Hong; Yu, De; Zhang, Hua

    2016-01-01

    A nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiment for measurement of time-dependent magnetic fields was introduced. To improve the signal-to-interference-plus-noise ratio (SINR) of NMR data, a new method for interference cancellation and noise reduction (ICNR) based on singular value decomposition (SVD) was proposed. The singular values corresponding to the radio frequency interference (RFI) signal were identified in terms of the correlation between the FID data and the reference data, and then the RFI and noise were suppressed by setting the corresponding singular values to zero. The validity of the algorithm was verified by processing the measured NMR data. The results indicated that, this method has a significantly suppression of RFI and random noise, and can well preserve the FID signal. At present, the major limitation of the proposed SVD-based ICNR technique is that the threshold value for interference cancellation needs to be manually selected. Finally, the inversion waveform of the applied alternating magnetic field was given by fitting the processed experimental data. PMID:26959024

  4. An atomic orbital based real-time time-dependent density functional theory for computing electronic circular dichroism band spectra

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    Goings, Joshua J.; Li, Xiaosong

    2016-06-01

    One of the challenges of interpreting electronic circular dichroism (ECD) band spectra is that different states may have different rotatory strength signs, determined by their absolute configuration. If the states are closely spaced and opposite in sign, observed transitions may be washed out by nearby states, unlike absorption spectra where transitions are always positive additive. To accurately compute ECD bands, it is necessary to compute a large number of excited states, which may be prohibitively costly if one uses the linear-response time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) framework. Here we implement a real-time, atomic-orbital based TDDFT method for computing the entire ECD spectrum simultaneously. The method is advantageous for large systems with a high density of states. In contrast to previous implementations based on real-space grids, the method is variational, independent of nuclear orientation, and does not rely on pseudopotential approximations, making it suitable for computation of chiroptical properties well into the X-ray regime.

  5. MLT dependence in the relationship between plasmapause, solar wind, and geomagnetic activity based on CRRES: 1990-1991

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    Bandić, Mario; Verbanac, Giuli; Moldwin, Mark B.; Pierrard, Viviane; Piredda, Giovanni

    2016-05-01

    Using the database of CRRES in situ observations of the plasmapause crossings, we develop linear and more complex plasmapause models parametrized by (a) solar wind parameters V (solar wind velocity), BV (where B is the magnitude of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF)), and dΦmp/dt (which combines different physical mechanisms which run magnetospheric activity), and (b) geomagnetic indices Dst, Ap, and AE. The complex models are built by including a first harmonic in magnetic local time (MLT). Our method based on the cross-correlation analyses provides not only the plasmapause shape for different levels of geomagnetic activity but additionally yields the information of the delays in the MLT response of the plasmapause. All models based on both solar wind parameters and geomagnetic indices indicate the maximal plasmapause extension in the postdusk side at high geomagnetic activity. The decrease in the convection electric field places the bulge toward midnight. These results are compared and discussed in regard to past works. Our study shows that the time delays in the plasmapause response are a function of MLT and suggests that the plasmapause is formed by the mechanism of interchange instability motion. We observed that any change quickly propagates across dawn to noon, and then at lower rate toward midnight. The results further indicate that the instability may propagate much faster during solar maximum than around solar minimum. This study contributes to the determination of the MLT dependence of the plasmapause and to constrain physical mechanism by which the plasmapause is formed.

  6. Relationships between Microstructural Parameters and Time-Dependent Mechanical Properties of a New Nickel-Based Superalloy AD730™

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    Louis Thébaud

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available High temperature creep and dwell-fatigue properties of the new nickel-based superalloy AD730™ have been investigated. Three microstructures have been studied in creep (850 °C and 700 °C and dwell-fatigue (700 °C stress control with trapezoidal signals, and dwell times ranging from 1 s to 3600 s: a coarse grains microstructure, a fine grains one, and single crystalline samples. The aim of this study is to assess the influence of the grain size on creep and creep-fatigue properties. It is demonstrated that fine and coarse grains microstructures perform similarly in creep at 700 °C, showing that the creep properties at this temperature are controlled by the intragranular precipitation. Moreover, both the coarse grains and the fine grains microstructures show changes in creep deformation mechanisms depending on the applied stress in creep at 700 °C. At higher creep temperatures, the coarse grains microstructure performs better and almost no effect is observed by suppressing grain boundaries. During dwell-fatigue tests at 700 °C, a clear effect of the mechanical cycling has been evidenced on the time to failure on both the coarse and the fine grains microstructures. At high applied stresses, a beneficial effect of the cyclic unloading to the lifetime has been observed whereas at lower applied stresses, mechanical cycling is detrimental compared to the pure creep lifetime due to the development of a fatigue damage. Complex creep-fatigue interactions are hence clearly evidenced and they depend on the pure creep behavior reference.

  7. Interlayer coupling dependent magnetic properties in amorphous and nanocrystalline FeTaC based multilayer thin films

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    We report systematic studies on the effects of heat treatment, the number of multilayers and temperature on interlayer coupling dependent magnetic properties in amorphous and nanocrystalline ([FeTaC(y nm)/ Ta(1 nm)]n=1–4/ FeTaC(y nm)/substrate) multilayer structured thin films fabricated directly on thermally oxidized Si substrate at ambient temperature and post annealed at different elevated temperatures (T A). As-deposited films and the films annealed at 200 °C exhibit an amorphous structure. With an increase in T A  ⩾  300 °C, the nucleation of fine nanocrystals in a residual amorphous matrix appears and a fraction of such nanocrystals increases with increasing T A. The changes in the microstructure modify the interlayer coupling between FeTaC ferromagnetic layers due to the release of stress accumulated during film deposition and enhanced interface roughness with increasing T A. As a result, a change in the shape of the magnetic hysteresis (M-H) loop and multistep magnetization reversal process, where the number of steps in the M-H loop, their nature and positions strongly depend on the number of multilayers, T A and temperature, were observed. As-deposited films and the films annealed at 200 °C exhibit multistep magnetization reversal behavior only at temperatures below 80 K, but the films annealed above 200 °C show such multistep reversal behavior even at 300 K. This causes an unusual variation of temperature-dependent coercivity in these multilayer films having different microstructures. Furthermore, the coercivity due to individual or collective switching between FeTaC layers in these films varies unusually and is substantially influenced by the bottom FeTaC layer grown directly on the substrate. The observed results were discussed on the basis of variation in interlayer coupling with the multilayer structure, post annealing conditions and temperature. This provided evidence of controlling the soft magnetic properties and

  8. Interlayer coupling dependent magnetic properties in amorphous and nanocrystalline FeTaC based multilayer thin films

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    Singh, Akhilesh K.; Perumal, Alagarsamy

    2016-03-01

    We report systematic studies on the effects of heat treatment, the number of multilayers and temperature on interlayer coupling dependent magnetic properties in amorphous and nanocrystalline ([FeTaC(y nm)/ Ta(1 nm)] n=1-4/ FeTaC(y nm)/substrate) multilayer structured thin films fabricated directly on thermally oxidized Si substrate at ambient temperature and post annealed at different elevated temperatures (T A). As-deposited films and the films annealed at 200 °C exhibit an amorphous structure. With an increase in T A  ⩾  300 °C, the nucleation of fine nanocrystals in a residual amorphous matrix appears and a fraction of such nanocrystals increases with increasing T A. The changes in the microstructure modify the interlayer coupling between FeTaC ferromagnetic layers due to the release of stress accumulated during film deposition and enhanced interface roughness with increasing T A. As a result, a change in the shape of the magnetic hysteresis (M-H) loop and multistep magnetization reversal process, where the number of steps in the M-H loop, their nature and positions strongly depend on the number of multilayers, T A and temperature, were observed. As-deposited films and the films annealed at 200 °C exhibit multistep magnetization reversal behavior only at temperatures below 80 K, but the films annealed above 200 °C show such multistep reversal behavior even at 300 K. This causes an unusual variation of temperature-dependent coercivity in these multilayer films having different microstructures. Furthermore, the coercivity due to individual or collective switching between FeTaC layers in these films varies unusually and is substantially influenced by the bottom FeTaC layer grown directly on the substrate. The observed results were discussed on the basis of variation in interlayer coupling with the multilayer structure, post annealing conditions and temperature. This provided evidence of controlling the soft magnetic properties and

  9. H∞ Filtering for Discrete Markov Jump Singular Systems with Mode-Dependent Time Delay Based on T-S Fuzzy Model

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    Cheng Gong

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper investigates the H∞ filtering problem of discrete singular Markov jump systems (SMJSs with mode-dependent time delay based on T-S fuzzy model. First, by Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional approach, a delay-dependent sufficient condition on H∞-disturbance attenuation is presented, in which both stability and prescribed H∞ performance are required to be achieved for the filtering-error systems. Then, based on the condition, the delay-dependent H∞ filter design scheme for SMJSs with mode-dependent time delay based on T-S fuzzy model is developed in term of linear matrix inequality (LMI. Finally, an example is given to illustrate the effectiveness of the result.

  10. Reasoning about embedded dependencies using inclusion dependencies

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    Hannula, Miika

    2015-01-01

    The implication problem for the class of embedded dependencies is undecidable. However, this does not imply lackness of a proof procedure as exemplified by the chase algorithm. In this paper we present a complete axiomatization of embedded dependencies that is based on the chase and uses inclusion dependencies and implicit existential quantification in the intermediate steps of deductions.

  11. Empirical metallicity-dependent calibrations of effective temperature against colours for dwarfs and giants based on interferometric data

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    Huang, Yang; Yuan, Hai-Bo; Xiang, Mao-sheng; Chen, Bing-Qiu; Zhang, Hua-Wei

    2015-01-01

    We present empirical metallicity-dependent calibrations of effective temperature against colours for dwarfs of luminosity classes IV and V and for giants of luminosity classes II and III, based on a collection from the literature of about two hundred nearby stars with direct effective temperature measurements of better than 2.5 per cent. The calibrations are valid for an effective temperature range 3,100 - 10,000 K for dwarfs of spectral types M5 to A0 and 3,100 - 5,700 K for giants of spectral types K5 to G5. A total of twenty-one colours for dwarfs and eighteen colours for giants of bands of four photometric systems, i.e. the Johnson ($UBVR_{\\rm J}I_{\\rm J}JHK$), the Cousins ($R_{\\rm C}I_{\\rm C}$), the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS, $gr$) and the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS, $JHK_{\\rm s}$), have been calibrated. Restricted by the metallicity range of the current sample, the calibrations are mainly applicable for disk stars ([Fe/H]$\\,\\gtrsim\\,-1.0$). The normalized percentage residuals of the calibrati...

  12. A novel quantitative model of cell cycle progression based on cyclin-dependent kinases activity and population balances.

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    Pisu, Massimo; Concas, Alessandro; Cao, Giacomo

    2015-04-01

    Cell cycle regulates proliferative cell capacity under normal or pathologic conditions, and in general it governs all in vivo/in vitro cell growth and proliferation processes. Mathematical simulation by means of reliable and predictive models represents an important tool to interpret experiment results, to facilitate the definition of the optimal operating conditions for in vitro cultivation, or to predict the effect of a specific drug in normal/pathologic mammalian cells. Along these lines, a novel model of cell cycle progression is proposed in this work. Specifically, it is based on a population balance (PB) approach that allows one to quantitatively describe cell cycle progression through the different phases experienced by each cell of the entire population during its own life. The transition between two consecutive cell cycle phases is simulated by taking advantage of the biochemical kinetic model developed by Gérard and Goldbeter (2009) which involves cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs) whose regulation is achieved through a variety of mechanisms that include association with cyclins and protein inhibitors, phosphorylation-dephosphorylation, and cyclin synthesis or degradation. This biochemical model properly describes the entire cell cycle of mammalian cells by maintaining a sufficient level of detail useful to identify check point for transition and to estimate phase duration required by PB. Specific examples are discussed to illustrate the ability of the proposed model to simulate the effect of drugs for in vitro trials of interest in oncology, regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. PMID:25601491

  13. Identification of dengue viral RNA-dependent RNA polymerase inhibitor using computational fragment-based approaches and molecular dynamics study.

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    Anusuya, Shanmugam; Velmurugan, Devadasan; Gromiha, M Michael

    2016-07-01

    Dengue is a major public health concern in tropical and subtropical countries of the world. There are no specific drugs available to treat dengue. Even though several candidates targeted both viral and host proteins to overcome dengue infection, they have not yet entered into the later stages of clinical trials. In order to design a drug for dengue fever, newly emerged fragment-based drug designing technique was applied. RNA-dependent RNA polymerase, which is essential for dengue viral replication is chosen as a drug target for dengue drug discovery. A cascade of methods, fragment screening, fragment growing, and fragment linking revealed the compound [2-(4-carbamoylpiperidin-1-yl)-2-oxoethyl]8-(1,3-benzothiazol-2-yl)naphthalene-1-carboxylate as a potent dengue viral polymerase inhibitor. Both strain energy and binding free energy calculations predicted that this could be a better inhibitor than the existing ones. Molecular dynamics simulation studies showed that the dengue polymerase-lead complex is stable and their interactions are consistent throughout the simulation. The hydrogen-bonded interactions formed by the residues Arg792, Thr794, Ser796, and Asn405 are the primary contributors for the stability and the rigidity of the polymerase-lead complex. This might keep the polymerase in closed conformation and thus inhibits viral replication. Hence, this might be a promising lead molecule for dengue drug designing. Further optimization of this lead molecule would result in a potent drug for dengue. PMID:26262439

  14. A New Approach for Combining Time-of-Flight and RGB Cameras Based on Depth-Dependent Planar Projective Transformations

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    Carlota Salinas

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Image registration for sensor fusion is a valuable technique to acquire 3D and colour information for a scene. Nevertheless, this process normally relies on feature-matching techniques, which is a drawback for combining sensors that are not able to deliver common features. The combination of ToF and RGB cameras is an instance that problem. Typically, the fusion of these sensors is based on the extrinsic parameter computation of the coordinate transformation between the two cameras. This leads to a loss of colour information because of the low resolution of the ToF camera, and sophisticated algorithms are required to minimize this issue. This work proposes a method for sensor registration with non-common features and that avoids the loss of colour information. The depth information is used as a virtual feature for estimating a depth-dependent homography lookup table (Hlut. The homographies are computed within sets of ground control points of 104 images. Since the distance from the control points to the ToF camera are known, the working distance of each element on the Hlut is estimated. Finally, two series of experimental tests have been carried out in order to validate the capabilities of the proposed method.

  15. Fabrication of novel microstructures based on orientation-dependent adsorption of surfactant molecules in a TMAH solution

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    In this work, the orientation-dependent adsorption of surfactant molecules on the silicon surface during etching in surfactant-added tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH) is investigated. Triton X-100 (C14H22O(C2H4O)n, n = 9–10) and 25 wt% TMAH are used as surfactant and main etchant, respectively. The crystallographic planes affected by the surfactant molecules are determined by analyzing the etching behavior of different mask patterns on Si{1 0 0} wafers and silicon hemispheres in pure and surfactant-added TMAH. Taken together, the shapes of the etched profiles and the analysis of the hemispherical etch rates confirm that thick and dense adsorbed surfactant layers are typically formed on both the exact and vicinal Si{1 1 0} surfaces. In addition, the results indicate that the adsorbed surfactant layer behaves as a permeable mask, partially slowing down the etch rate of the affected surface orientation/s and thus enforcing their appearance on the etching front. The peculiar etching properties of surfactant-added and surfactant-free TMAH are then utilized for the fabrication of advanced micromechanical structures with new shapes on Si{1 0 0} wafers and polydimethylsiloxane based on complex Si{1 0 0} molds.

  16. Computational Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging Based on Time-Dependent Bloch NMR Flow Equation and Bessel Functions.

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    Awojoyogbe, Bamidele O; Dada, Michael O; Onwu, Samuel O; Ige, Taofeeq A; Akinwande, Ninuola I

    2016-04-01

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a powerful magnetic field along with radio waves and a computer to produce highly detailed "slice-by-slice" pictures of virtually all internal structures of matter. The results enable physicians to examine parts of the body in minute detail and identify diseases in ways that are not possible with other techniques. For example, MRI is one of the few imaging tools that can see through bones, making it an excellent tool for examining the brain and other soft tissues. Pulsed-field gradient experiments provide a straightforward means of obtaining information on the translational motion of nuclear spins. However, the interpretation of the data is complicated by the effects of restricting geometries as in the case of most cancerous tissues and the mathematical concept required to account for this becomes very difficult. Most diffusion magnetic resonance techniques are based on the Stejskal-Tanner formulation usually derived from the Bloch-Torrey partial differential equation by including additional terms to accommodate the diffusion effect. Despite the early success of this technique, it has been shown that it has important limitations, the most of which occurs when there is orientation heterogeneity of the fibers in the voxel of interest (VOI). Overcoming this difficulty requires the specification of diffusion coefficients as function of spatial coordinate(s) and such a phenomenon is an indication of non-uniform compartmental conditions which can be analyzed accurately by solving the time-dependent Bloch NMR flow equation analytically. In this study, a mathematical formulation of magnetic resonance flow sequence in restricted geometry is developed based on a general second order partial differential equation derived directly from the fundamental Bloch NMR flow equations. The NMR signal is obtained completely in terms of NMR experimental parameters. The process is described based on Bessel functions and properties that can make it

  17. Time-dependent plug-in hybrid electric vehicle charging based on national driving patterns and demographics

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    Highlights: ► Analyzed National Household Travel Survey to simulate driving and charging patterns. ► Average compact PHEVs used 49 kW h of electricity and 6.8 L of gasoline per week. ► Percent of electrically driven miles increased from 64.3 in 2001 to 66.7 in 2009. ► Investigated demographic effects of sex, age, income, and household location. ► Analysis shows higher utility factors for females versus males and high age variation. -- Abstract: Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are one promising technology for addressing concerns around petroleum consumption, energy security and greenhouse gas emissions. However, there is much uncertainty in the impact that PHEVs can have on energy consumption and related emissions, as they are dependent on vehicle technology, driving patterns, and charging behavior. A methodology is used to simulate PHEV charging and gasoline consumption based on driving pattern data in USDOT’s National Household Travel Survey. The method uses information from each trip taken by approximately 170,000 vehicles to track their battery state of charge throughout the day, and to determine the timing and quantity of electricity and gasoline consumption for a fleet of PHEVs. Scenarios were developed to examine the effects of charging location, charging rate, time of charging and battery size. Additionally, demographic information was examined to see how driver and household characteristics influence consumption patterns. Results showed that a compact vehicle with a 10.4 kW h useable battery (approximately a 42 mile [68 km] all electric range) travels between 62.5% and 75.7% on battery electricity, depending on charging scenario. The percent of travel driven electrically (Utility Factor, UF) in a baseline charging scenario increased from 64.3% using 2001 NHTS data to 66.7% using 2009 data. The average UF was 63.5% for males and 72.9% for females and in both cases they are highly sensitive to age. Vehicle charging load profiles across

  18. The genetics of alcohol dependence: Twin and SNP-based heritability, and genome-wide association study based on AUDIT scores.

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    Mbarek, Hamdi; Milaneschi, Yuri; Fedko, Iryna O; Hottenga, Jouke-Jan; de Moor, Marleen H M; Jansen, Rick; Gelernter, Joel; Sherva, Richard; Willemsen, Gonneke; Boomsma, Dorret I; Penninx, Brenda W; Vink, Jacqueline M

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    Alcohol dependence (AD) is among the most common and costly public health problems contributing to morbidity and mortality throughout the world. In this study, we investigate the genetic basis of AD in a Dutch population using data from the Netherlands Twin Register (NTR) and the Netherlands Study of Depression and Anxiety (NESDA). The presence of AD was ascertained via the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) applying cut-offs with good specificity and sensitivity in identifying those at risk for AD. Twin-based heritability of AD-AUDIT was estimated using structural equation modeling of data in 7,694 MZ and DZ twin pairs. Variance in AD-AUDIT explained by all SNPs was estimated with genome-wide complex trait analysis (GCTA). A genome-wide association study (GWAS) was performed in 7,842 subjects. GWAS SNP effect concordance analysis was performed between our GWAS and a recent AD GWAS using DSM-IV diagnosis. The twin-based heritability of AD-AUDIT was estimated at 60% (55-69%). GCTA showed that common SNPs jointly capture 33% (SE = 0.12, P = 0.002) of this heritability. In the GWAS, the top hits were positioned within four regions (4q31.1, 2p16.1, 6q25.1, 7p14.1) with the strongest association detected for rs55768019 (P = 7.58 × 10(-7) ). This first GWAS of AD using the AUDIT measure found results consistent with previous genetic studies using DSM diagnosis: concordance in heritability estimates and direction of SNPs effect and overlap with top hits from previous GWAS. Thus, the use of appropriate questionnaires may represent cost-effective strategies to phenotype samples in large-scale biobanks or other population-based datasets. PMID:26365420

  19. Salt dependent premelting base pair opening probabilities of B and Z DNA Poly [d(G-C)] and significance for the B-Z transition

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    Chen, Y. Z.; Prohofsky, E W

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    We calculate room temperature thermal fluctuational base pair opening probabilities of B and Z DNA Poly[d(G-C)] at various salt concentrations and discuss the significance of thermal fluctuation in facilitating base pair disruption during B to Z transition. Our calculated base pair opening probability of the B DNA at lower salt concentrations and the probability of the Z DNA at high salt concentrations are in agreement with observations. The salt dependence of the probabilities indicates a B ...

  20. Development of a Subcell Based Modeling Approach for Modeling the Architecturally Dependent Impact Response of Triaxially Braided Polymer Matrix Composites

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    Sorini, Chris; Chattopadhyay, Aditi; Goldberg, Robert K.; Kohlman, Lee W.

    2016-01-01

    Understanding the high velocity impact response of polymer matrix composites with complex architectures is critical to many aerospace applications, including engine fan blade containment systems where the structure must be able to completely contain fan blades in the event of a blade-out. Despite the benefits offered by these materials, the complex nature of textile composites presents a significant challenge for the prediction of deformation and damage under both quasi-static and impact loading conditions. The relatively large mesoscale repeating unit cell (in comparison to the size of structural components) causes the material to behave like a structure rather than a homogeneous material. Impact experiments conducted at NASA Glenn Research Center have shown the damage patterns to be a function of the underlying material architecture. Traditional computational techniques that involve modeling these materials using smeared homogeneous, orthotropic material properties at the macroscale result in simulated damage patterns that are a function of the structural geometry, but not the material architecture. In order to preserve heterogeneity at the highest length scale in a robust yet computationally efficient manner, and capture the architecturally dependent damage patterns, a previously-developed subcell modeling approach where the braided composite unit cell is approximated as a series of four adjacent laminated composites is utilized. This work discusses the implementation of the subcell methodology into the commercial transient dynamic finite element code LS-DYNA (Livermore Software Technology Corp.). Verification and validation studies are also presented, including simulation of the tensile response of straight-sided and notched quasi-static coupons composed of a T700/PR520 triaxially braided [0deg/60deg/-60deg] composite. Based on the results of the verification and validation studies, advantages and limitations of the methodology as well as plans for future work

  1. Surfactant-dependent macrophage response to polypyrrole-based coatings electrodeposited on Ti6Al7Nb alloy

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    Mindroiu, Mihaela [University Polytechnica of Bucharest, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, 1-7 Polizu, 011061, Bucharest (Romania); Ion, Raluca [University of Bucharest, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 91-95 Spl. Independentei, 050095, Bucharest (Romania); Pirvu, Cristian [University Polytechnica of Bucharest, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, 1-7 Polizu, 011061, Bucharest (Romania); Cimpean, Anisoara, E-mail: anisoara.cimpean@bio.unibuc.ro [University of Bucharest, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 91-95 Spl. Independentei, 050095, Bucharest (Romania)

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    In this study, polypyrrole (PPy) films were successfully synthesized on Ti6Al7Nb alloy by potentiostatic polymerization in the presence of poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) (NaPSS), t-octylphenoxy polyethoxyethanol (Triton X-100) and N-dodecyl-β-D-maltoside (DM) surfactants. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) analysis of the PPy/surfactant composite films revealed a granular structure characterized by a lower surface roughness than un-modified PPy films. The results demonstrated that addition of surfactants, namely Triton X-100 and DM, can improve electrochemical film stability and corrosion resistance. Further, Triton X-100 enhanced the adhesive strength of PPy films to the substrate. The surfactant type also showed a great influence on the surface wettability, the highest hydrophilic character being observed in the case of PPy/PSS film. Few studies have been devoted to the elucidation of inflammatory cell response to PPy-based materials. Therefore, RAW 264.7 macrophages were cultured on PPy-surfactant films to determine whether they elicit a differential cell behavior in terms of cell adhesion, proliferation, cellular morphology and cytokine secretion. Our results highlight the dependence of macrophage response on the surfactants used in the pyrrole polymerization process and suggest that the immune response to biomaterials coated with PPy films might be controlled by the choice of surfactant molecules. Highlights: • We electrodeposited polypyrrole films on Ti6Al7Nb alloy using three surfactants. • Differences in electrostability and wettability of polypyrrole films were found. • Triton X increased and NaPSS decreased the adhesion of polypyrrole films to Ti6Al7Nb. • Cytoskeletal architecture and macrophage activation were affected by surfactants. • The hydrophilic PPy/PSS coating elicited the lowest inflammatory response.

  2. Proposed mechanistic description of dose-dependent BDE-47 urinary elimination in mice using a physiologically based pharmacokinetic model

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    Emond, Claude, E-mail: claude.emond@umontreal.ca [BioSimulation Consulting Inc., Newark, DE (United States); Departments of Environmental and Occupational Health, Medicine Faculty, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec (Canada); Sanders, J. Michael, E-mail: sander10@mail.nih.gov [National Cancer Institute, Research Triangle Park, NC (United States); Wikoff, Daniele, E-mail: dwikoff@toxstrategies.com [ToxStrategies, Austin, TX (United States); Birnbaum, Linda S., E-mail: birnbaumls@niehs.nih.gov [National Cancer Institute, Research Triangle Park, NC (United States)

    2013-12-01

    Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) have been used in a wide variety of consumer applications as additive flame retardants. In North America, scientists have noted continuing increases in the levels of PBDE congeners measured in human serum. Some recent studies have found that PBDEs are associated with adverse health effects in humans, in experimental animals, and wildlife. This laboratory previously demonstrated that urinary elimination of 2,2′,4,4′-tetrabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-47) is saturable at high doses in mice; however, this dose-dependent urinary elimination has not been observed in adult rats or immature mice. Thus, the primary objective of this study was to examine the mechanism of urinary elimination of BDE-47 in adult mice using a physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) model. To support this objective, additional laboratory data were collected to evaluate the predictions of the PBPK model using novel information from adult multi-drug resistance 1a/b knockout mice. Using the PBPK model, the roles of mouse major urinary protein (a blood protein carrier) and P-glycoprotein (an apical membrane transporter in proximal tubule cells in the kidneys, brain, intestines, and liver) were investigated in BDE-47 elimination. The resulting model and new data supported the major role of m-MUP in excretion of BDE-47 in the urine of adult mice, and a lesser role of P-gp as a transporter of BDE-47 in mice. This work expands the knowledge of BDE-47 kinetics between species and provides information for determining the relevancy of these data for human risk assessment purposes. - Highlights: • We report the first study on PBPK model on flame retardant in mice for BDE-47. • We examine mechanism of urinary elimination of BDE-47 in mice using a PBPK model. • We investigated roles of m-MUP and P-gp as transporters in urinary elimination.

  3. Achieving complete nitrogen removal by coupling nitritation-anammox and methane-dependent denitrification: A model-based study.

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    Chen, Xueming; Guo, Jianhua; Xie, Guo-Jun; Yuan, Zhiguo; Ni, Bing-Jie

    2016-05-01

    The discovery of denitrifying anaerobic methane oxidation (DAMO) processes enables the complete nitrogen removal from wastewater by utilizing the methane produced on site from anaerobic digesters. This model-based study investigated the mechanisms and operational window for efficient nitrogen removal by coupling nitritation-anaerobic ammonium oxidation (Anammox) and methane-dependent denitrification in membrane biofilm reactors (MBfRs). A mathematical model was applied to describe the microbial interactions among Anammox bacteria, DAMO archaea, and DAMO bacteria. The model sufficiently described the batch experimental data from an MBfR containing an Anammox-DAMO biofilm with different feeding nitrogen compositions, which confirmed the validity of the model. The effects of process parameters on the system performance and microbial community structure could therefore be reliably evaluated. The impacts of nitritation produced NO2 (-) /NH4 (+) ratio, methane supply, biofilm thickness and total nitrogen (TN) surface loading were comprehensively investigated with the model. Results showed that the optimum NO2 (-) /NH4 (+) ratio produced from nitritation for the Anammox-DAMO biofilm system was around 1.0 in order to achieve the maximum TN removal (over 99.0%), independent on TN surface loading. The corresponding optimal methane supply increased while the associated methane utilization efficiency decreased with the increase of TN surface loading. The cooperation between DAMO organisms and Anammox bacteria played the key role in the TN removal. Based on these results, the proof-of-concept feasibility of a single-stage MBfR coupling nitritation-Anammox-DAMO for complete nitrogen removal was also tested through integrating the model with ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB) and nitrite-oxidizing bacteria (NOB) processes whilst controlling the dissolved oxygen (DO) concentration in the simulated system. The maximum TN removal was found to be achieved at the bulk DO concentration

  4. Near-Infrared Spectroscopy – Electroencephalography-Based Brain-State-Dependent Electrotherapy: A Computational Approach Based on Excitation–Inhibition Balance Hypothesis

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    Dagar, Snigdha; Chowdhury, Shubhajit Roy; Bapi, Raju Surampudi; Dutta, Anirban; Roy, Dipanjan

    2016-01-01

    Stroke is the leading cause of severe chronic disability and the second cause of death worldwide with 15 million new cases and 50 million stroke survivors. The poststroke chronic disability may be ameliorated with early neuro rehabilitation where non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) techniques can be used as an adjuvant treatment to hasten the effects. However, the heterogeneity in the lesioned brain will require individualized NIBS intervention where innovative neuroimaging technologies of portable electroencephalography (EEG) and functional-near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) can be leveraged for Brain State Dependent Electrotherapy (BSDE). In this hypothesis and theory article, we propose a computational approach based on excitation–inhibition (E–I) balance hypothesis to objectively quantify the poststroke individual brain state using online fNIRS–EEG joint imaging. One of the key events that occurs following Stroke is the imbalance in local E–I (that is the ratio of Glutamate/GABA), which may be targeted with NIBS using a computational pipeline that includes individual “forward models” to predict current flow patterns through the lesioned brain or brain target region. The current flow will polarize the neurons, which can be captured with E–I-based brain models. Furthermore, E–I balance hypothesis can be used to find the consequences of cellular polarization on neuronal information processing, which can then be implicated in changes in function. We first review the evidence that shows how this local imbalance between E–I leading to functional dysfunction can be restored in targeted sites with NIBS (motor cortex and somatosensory cortex) resulting in large-scale plastic reorganization over the cortex, and probably facilitating recovery of functions. Second, we show evidence how BSDE based on E–I balance hypothesis may target a specific brain site or network as an adjuvant treatment. Hence, computational neural mass model-based integration of

  5. Hypernucleus-16O in the density-dependent Hartree approach based on the chiral-σ model

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    A relativistic density-dependent interaction has been used to study hypernucleus 16O. The density-dependent coupling constants of the relativistic effective Hartree-Lagrangian are obtained from the relativistic Brueckner-Bethe-Goldstone results of nuclear matter in the chiral-σ model. With these density-dependent coupling constants, the bound states and the single-particle energy spectra of the hypernuclei Λ16O and Σ16O are obtained. The theoretical results of Λ16O are in agreement with the experimental data fairly well

  6. Wavelength-Dependent Transient Characteristics Caused by Gain Saturation in Highly Nonlinear Fiber-Based Raman Amplifiers

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    Shinobu; Tamaoki; Tetsufumi; Tsuzaki; Motoki; Kakui; Masayuki; Shigematsu

    2003-01-01

    We have investigated the transient characteristics of discrete Raman Amplifiers and found that the response time caused by gain saturation is dependent upon the wavelength, which corresponds to the effective length of the pump light.

  7. Childhood trajectories of inattention, hyperactivity and oppositional behaviors and prediction of substance abuse/dependence: a 15-year longitudinal population-based study.

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    Pingault, J-B; Côté, S M; Galéra, C; Genolini, C; Falissard, B; Vitaro, F; Tremblay, R E

    2013-07-01

    Numerous prospective studies have shown that children diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at higher risk of long-term substance abuse/dependence. However, there are three important limits to these studies: (a) most did not differentiate the role of hyperactivity and inattention; (b) most did not control for associated behavioral problems; and (c) most did not consider females. Our aim was to clarify the unique and interactive contributions of childhood inattention and hyperactivity symptoms to early adulthood substance abuse/dependence. Behavioral problems of 1803 participants (814 males) in a population-based longitudinal study were assessed yearly between 6 and 12 years by mothers and teachers. The prevalence of substance abuse/dependence at age 21 years was 30.7% for nicotine, 13.4% for alcohol, 9.1% for cannabis and 2.0% for cocaine. The significant predictors of nicotine dependence were inattention (odds ratio (OR): 2.25; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.63-3.11) and opposition (OR: 1.65; 95%: 1.20-2.28). Only opposition contributed to the prediction of cannabis dependence (OR: 2.33; 95% CI: 1.40-3.87) and cocaine dependence (OR: 2.97; 95% CI: 1.06-8.57). The best behavioral predictor of alcohol abuse/dependence (opposition) was only marginally significant (OR: 1.38; 95% CI: 0.98-1.95). Frequent oppositional behaviors during elementary school were clearly the most pervasive predictors of substance abuse/dependence in early adulthood. The association of childhood ADHD with substance abuse/dependence is largely attributable to its association with opposition problems during childhood. However, inattention remained an important predictor of nicotine dependence, in line with genetic and molecular commonalities between the two phenotypes suggested in the literature. PMID:22733124

  8. 基于API依赖关系的代码相似度分析%Code Similarity Analysis Based on API Dependence Relation

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    姚新磊; 庞建民; 岳峰; 余勇

    2013-01-01

    Aiming at the problem of API feature obfuscation caused by API noise and API rearrangement which traditional System Call Dependence Graph(SCDG) can not eliminate, this paper presents a malicious code similarity analysis method based on API dependence. The method uses a program behavior description based on SCDG composed of control dependence and four types of data dependence between APIs. API noise and API rearrangement are eliminated through data dependence analysis and control dependence normalization. Experimental results show that, compared with API sequence similarity analysis method, this method significantly improves the accuracy of the similarity analysis of malicious code.%针对传统系统调用依赖图(SCDG)不能很好地消除API噪声、API重排等API特征混淆的问题,提出一种基于API依赖关系的恶意代码相似度分析方法.采用由API控制依赖关系和4类数据依赖关系组成的SCDG程序行为描述方式,通过数据依赖关系分析和控制依赖关系归一化,消除SCDG中的API噪声和API重排.实验结果表明,与API序列相似度分析方式相比,该方法能提高恶意代码相似度分析的准确性.

  9. Estimation of the frequency-dependent site amplification factors of Japan based on the coda normalization method

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    Takemoto, T.; Furumura, T.; Saito, T.; Maeda, T.; Noguchi, S.

    2011-12-01

    We estimated the frequency dependent properties of the site amplification factors at each station of the K-NET and KiK-net strong motion network across Japan based on the coda normalization method. Using a large number of waveform data of 3,004 acceleration record from 48 earthquakes and waveform record from 1800 strong motion stations, we estimated the site amplification factors at each frequency band from f=0.5-1 Hz, 1-2 Hz, 2-4 Hz, to 4-8 Hz. In this study we assumed a rock-site station (Tashiro at Kyushu) as a reference of the site amplification estimates. The estimated site amplification factors show strong variations in the low frequency band (0.5-1 Hz) as compare with that of the high frequency band (4-8 Hz). Large site amplification factor in the low-frequency band is found in major populated cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya with varying amplification factors between 10 to 20 dB relative to the reference rock-site station. Such distribution of the site amplification factors in the low-frequency (0.5-1 Hz) band is in good corresponding to the depth distribution of a basement rocks with S-wave speed greater than 2.9 km/s. On the other hand the site-amplification factors in high-frequency (4-8 Hz) band are rather small (5 to 10 dB) as compared with that of the low-frequency band and spatial distribution is almost randomly distributed irrespective to surface geology. In order to examine the reliability of our estimates of the site amplification factors based on the coda-normalization method and to examine how the site amplification modify the distribution of seismic intensity distributions for large earthquakes, we reproduced intensity distributions of recent Japanese M7 earthquakes such as the 2004 Niigata Chuetsu (M6.8), the 2005 Western Fukuoka (M7.0), and the 2008 Coast of Iwate (M6.8) earthquakes by removing the site amplification factors of each frequency band from the acceleration waveform record at each K-NET and the KiK-net station. The site

  10. Time-dependent multiconfiguration self-consistent-field method based on occupation restricted multiple active space model for multielectron dynamics in intense laser fields

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    Sato, Takeshi

    2014-01-01

    The time-dependent multiconfiguration self-consistent-field method based on the occupation-restricted multiple active space model is proposed (TD-ORMAS) for multielectron dynamics in intense laser fields. Extending the previously proposed time-dependent complete-active-space self-consistent-field method [TD-CASSCF; Phys. Rev. A, {\\bf 88}, 023402 (2013)], which divides the occupied orbitals into core and active orbitals, the TD-ORMAS method {\\it further} subdivides the active orbitals into an arbitrary number of subgroups, and poses the {\\it occupation restriction} by giving the minimum and maximum number of electrons distributed in each subgroup. This enables highly flexible construction of the configuration interaction (CI) space, allowing a large-active-space simulation of dynamics, e.g., the core excitation or ionization. The equations of motion both for CI coefficients and spatial orbitals are derived based on the time-dependent variational principle, and an efficient algorithm is proposed to solve for th...

  11. Sugar-based gemini surfactants with pH-dependent aggregation behavior : Vesicle-to-micelle transition, critical micelle concentration, and vesicle surface charge reversal

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    Johnsson, M; Wagenaar, A; Stuart, MCA; Engberts, JBFN

    2003-01-01

    In a recent report, we presented data on the rich and unusual pH-dependent aggregation behavior of a sugar-based (reduced glucose) gemini surfactant (Johnsson et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125, 757). In the present study, we extend the previous investigation by introducing a different sugar headgro

  12. Tailor-made design of J- or H-aggregated naphthalenediimide-based gels and remarkable fluorescence turn on/off behaviour depending on solvents.

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    Basak, Shibaji; Nandi, Nibedita; Baral, Abhishek; Banerjee, Arindam

    2015-01-14

    A naphthalenediimide (NDI)-based new gelator molecule has been discovered, the molecule forms interesting J/H-aggregated species depending on solvents (aliphatic/aromatic) and remarkably, the fluorescence of the gel phase materials is nicely tuned according to the electron donating capacity of the aromatic solvent. PMID:25426500

  13. Systems dependability assessment

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    Aubry, Jean-François

    2015-01-01

    Presents recent developments of probabilistic assessment of systems dependability based on stochastic models, including graph theory, finite state automaton and language theory, for both dynamic and hybrid contexts.

  14. Phosphoproteomics study based on in vivo inhibition reveals sites of calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II regulation in the heart

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    Scholten, A.; Preisinger, C.; Corradini, E.; Bourgonje, V.J.A.; Hennrich, M.L.; van Veen, T.A.B.; Swaminathan, P.D.; Joiner, M.L.; Vos, M.A.; Anderson, M.E.; Heck, A.J.R.

    2013-01-01

    Background The multifunctional Ca2+‐ and calmodulin‐dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) is a crucial mediator of cardiac physiology and pathology. Increased expression and activation of CaMKII has been linked to elevated risk for arrhythmic events and is a hallmark of human heart failure. A useful

  15. A Randomized Trial of Extended Telephone-Based Continuing Care for Alcohol Dependence: Within-Treatment Substance Use Outcomes

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    McKay, James R.; Van Horn, Deborah H. A.; Oslin, David W.; Lynch, Kevin G.; Ivey, Megan; Ward, Kathleen; Drapkin, Michelle L.; Becher, Julie R.; Coviello, Donna M.

    2010-01-01

    Objective: The study tested whether adding up to 18 months of telephone continuing care, either as monitoring and feedback (TM) or longer contacts that included counseling (TMC), to intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) improved outcomes for alcohol-dependent patients. Method: Participants (N = 252) who completed 3 weeks of IOP were randomized to…

  16. Temperature dependence of electric resistance of anodic oxide films on niobium base alloy NbTsU

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    Electrical resistance of oxide coatings formed on the surface of the NbTsU niobium alloy in aqueous solutions of alkaline electrolytes is investigated. Some anomalies related to the conditions of coating formation are canceled in temperature dependences of electrical resistance. The values of activation energy of electroconducting processes for different temperature intervals are calculated

  17. Bias-voltage dependence of perpendicular spin-transfer torque in asymmetric MgO-based magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Oh, Se Chung

    2009-10-25

    Spin-transfer torque (STT) allows the electrical control of magnetic states in nanostructures. The STT in magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) is of particular importance owing to its potential for device applications. It has been demonstrated that the MTJ has a sizable perpendicular STT (, field-like torque), which substantially affects STT-driven magnetization dynamics. In contrast to symmetric MTJs where the bias dependence of is quadratic, it is theoretically predicted that the symmetry breaking of the system causes an extra linear bias dependence. Here, we report experimental results that are consistent with the predicted linear bias dependence in asymmetric MTJs. The linear contribution is quite significant and its sign changes from positive to negative as the asymmetry is modified. This result opens a way to design the bias dependence of the field-like term, which is useful for device applications by allowing, in particular, the suppression of the abnormal switching-back phenomena. © 2009 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

  18. Fiber-optic temperature sensor based on interaction of temperature-dependent refractive index and absorption of germanium film.

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    Li, Min; Li, Yulin

    2011-01-10

    The interaction of a large temperature-dependent refractive index and a temperature-dependent absorption of semiconductor materials at 1550 nm can be used to build a very sensitive, film coated fiber-optic temperature probe. We developed a sensor model for the optical fiber-germanium film sensor. A temperature sensitivity of reflectivity change of 0.0012/°C, corresponding to 0.1°C considering a moderate signal processing system, over 100°C within the temperature regime of -20°C to 120°C, has been demonstrated by experimental tests of the novel sensor. The potential sensitivity and further applications of the sensor are discussed. PMID:21221150

  19. Structural and frequency dependencies of a.c. and dielectric characterizations of epitaxial InSb-based heterojunctions

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    A ASHERY; A H ZAKI; M HUSSIEN MOURAD; A M AZAB; A A M FARAG

    2016-08-01

    In this work, heterojunction of InSb/InP was grown by liquid phase epitaxy (LPE). Surface morphology and crystalline structure of the heterojunction were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The frequency and temperature dependences of a.c. conductivity and dielectric properties of the heterojunctions were investigated in the ranges of 100 kHz–5 MHz and 298–628 K, respectively. The a.c. conductivity and its frequency exponents were interpreted in terms of correlated barrier hopping model (CBH), as the dominant conduction mechanism for charge carrier transport. The calculated activation energy, from the Arrhenius plot, was found to decrease with increasing frequency. Experimental results of both dielectric constant $\\epsilon_1$ and dielectric loss $\\epsilon_2$ showed a remarkable dependence of both frequency and temperature.

  20. TRX-LOGOS - a graphical tool to demonstrate DNA information content dependent upon backbone dynamics in addition to base sequence

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    Fortin, Connor H.; Schulze, Katharina V.; Babbitt, Gregory A.

    2015-01-01

    Background It is now widely-accepted that DNA sequences defining DNA-protein interactions functionally depend upon local biophysical features of DNA backbone that are important in defining sites of binding interaction in the genome (e.g. DNA shape, charge and intrinsic dynamics). However, these physical features of DNA polymer are not directly apparent when analyzing and viewing Shannon information content calculated at single nucleobases in a traditional sequence logo plot. Thus, sequence lo...

  1. Temperature Dependence of the Average Energy Expended Per e-h Pair for Germanium-Based Dark Matter Experiments

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    Wei, W. -Z.; Wang, L.; Mei, D.-M.

    2016-01-01

    We report a new method to determine the temperature-dependent average energy expended per electron-hole (e-h) pair, $\\varepsilon$, for germanium detectors. As a result, the Fano factor and $\\varepsilon$ can be determined separately. Subsequently, we illustrate the variation of $\\varepsilon$ as a function of temperature. The impact of $\\varepsilon$ on the energy threshold and energy scale for germanium detectors at a given temperature is evaluated.

  2. Highly Efficient CIGS Based Devices for Solar Hydrogen Production and Size Dependent Properties of ZnO Quantum Dots

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    Jacobsson, T. Jesper

    2014-01-01

    Materials and device concepts for renewable solar hydrogen production, and size dependent properties of ZnO quantum dots are the two main themes of this thesis. ZnO particles with diameters less than 10 nm, which are small enough for electronic quantum confinement, were synthesized by hydrolysis in alkaline zinc acetate solutions. Properties investigated include: the band gap - particle size relation, phonon quantum confinement, visible and UV-fluorescence as well as photocatalytic performanc...

  3. Has China's Economy Become More Stable and Inertial? Nonlinear Investigations Based on Structural Break and Duration Dependent Regime Switching Models

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    Angang Hu; Jie Lu; Zhengyan Xiao

    2011-01-01

    In this study we use both the structural break model and duration dependent transition model to study the characteristics of China's GDP growth from 1953 to 2009. The empirical results show that China's economic growth had become more stable since the economic reform in the end of the 1970s, and had transformed from a "low growth rate, high volatility" state to a "high growth rate, low volatility" state. In contrast to other transitional countries, China's structural break did not happen imme...

  4. Ultrasmall Gold Nanoparticles as Carriers for Nucleus-Based Gene Therapy Due to Size-Dependent Nuclear Entry

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    Huo, Shuaidong; Jin, Shubin; Ma, Xiaowei; Xue, Xiangdong; Yang, Keni; Kumar, Anil; Wang, Paul C.; Zhang, Jinchao; Hu, Zhongbo; Liang, Xing-Jie

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the size-dependent penetration ability of gold nanoparticles and the potential application of ultrasmall gold nanoparticles for intranucleus delivery and therapy. We synthesized gold nanoparticles with diameters of 2, 6, 10, and 16 nm and compared their intracellular distribution in MCF-7 breast cancer cells. Nanoparticles smaller than 10 nm (2 and 6 nm) could enter the nucleus, whereas larger ones (10 and 16 nm) were found only in the cytoplasm. We then...

  5. Dependable Digitally-Assisted Mixed-Signal IPs Based on Integrated Self-Test & Self-Calibration

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    Kerkhoff, Hans G.; Wan, Jinbo

    2010-01-01

    Heterogeneous SoC devices, including sensors, analogue and mixed-signal front-end circuits and the availability of massive digital processing capability, are being increasingly used in safety-critical applications like in the automotive, medical, and the security arena. Already a significant amount of attention has been paid in literature with respect to the dependability of the digital parts in heterogeneous SoCs. This is in contrast to especially the sensors and front-end mixed-signal elect...

  6. A C-terminal tyrosine-based motif in the bile salt export pump directs clathrin-dependent endocytosis

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    Lam, Ping; Xu, Shuhua; Soroka, Carol J.; Boyer, James L.

    2012-01-01

    The liver specific bile salt export pump (BSEP) is crucial for bile-acid dependent bile flow at the apical membrane. BSEP, a member of the family of structurally related ATP-Binding Cassette (ABC) proteins, is composed of 12 transmembrane segments (TMS) and 2 large cytoplasmic nucleotide binding domains (NBD). The regulation of trafficking of BSEP to and from the cell surface is not well understood, but is believed to play an important role in cholestatic liver diseases such as primary famili...

  7. Structure and thickness dependence of p-n heterojunction solar cells based on copper phthalocyanine and perylene pigments

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    The p-n junction solar cells consisting of copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) and perylenetetra caboxylic-acid dibenzimidazole (PV) show stronger structure and thickness dependence. The devices with the structure of ITO/CuPc/PV/Ag possess better properties than devices with the structure ITO/PV/CuPc/Au. The reason is because the absorption peak of PV is located just in the absorption window of CuPc, which makes the CuPc/PV structures have higher absorption efficiency than the PV/CuPc structures. It is a fact that the photo-absorbance near the p-n interface determines all the properties of the solar cell, which is the active centre of the devices. The length of the active centre is centred in the p-n interface within a 24 nm region. The thickness dependence further enhanced the conclusions. Moreover, in different structures the thickness dependence follows different rules because of the difference in absorbed photons in the active centre of the solar cells

  8. Adiabatic shear localization evolution for steel based on the Johnson-Cook model and gradient-dependent plasticity

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    Xuebin Wang

    2006-01-01

    Gradient-dependent plasticity is introduced into the phenomenological Johnson-Cook model to study the effects of strainhardening, strain rate sensitivity, thermal-softening, and microstructure. The microstructural effect (interactions and interplay among microstructures) due to heterogeneity of texture plays an important role in the process of development or evolution of an adiabatic shear band with a certain thickness depending on the grain diameter. The distributed plastic shear strain and deformation in the shear band are derived and depend on the critical plastic shear strain corresponding to the peak flow shear stress, the coordinate or position, the internal length parameter, and the average plastic shear strain or the flow shear stress. The critical plastic shear strain, the distributed plastic shear strain, and deformation in the shear band are numerically predicted for a kind of steel deformed at a constant shear strain rate.Beyond the peak shear stress, the local plastic shear strain in the shear band is highly nonuniform and the local plastic shear deformation in the band is highly nonlinear. Shear localization is more apparent with the increase of the average plastic shear strain. The calculated distributions of the local plastic shear strain and deformation agree with the previous numerical and experimental results.

  9. Image resolution depending on slab thickness and object distance in a two-dimensional photonic-crystal-based superlens Image resolution depending on slab thickness and object distance in a two-dimensional photonic-crystal-based superlens

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    Zhang, Xiangdong Zhang Xiangdong

    2004-01-01

    Based on the exact numerical simulation and physical analysis, we have demonstrated all-angle single-beam left-handed behavior and superlens for both transverse electric and transverse magnetic modes in a twodimensional coated photonic crystal. The imaging behaviors by two-dimensional photonic-crystal-based superlens have been investigated systematically. Good-quality images and focusing, with relative refractive index of −1, have been observed in these systems for both polarized waves....

  10. Distinct spatiotemporal patterns and PARP dependence of XRCC1 recruitment to single-strand break and base excision repair

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    A. Campalans (Anna); R. Amouroux (Rachel); H. Menoni (Hervé); W. Vermeulen (Wim); J.P. Radicella (Pablo)

    2013-01-01

    textabstractSingle-strand break repair (SSBR) and base excision repair (BER) of modified bases and abasic sites share several players. Among them is XRCC1, an essential scaffold protein with no enzymatic activity, required for the coordination of both pathways. XRCC1 is recruited to SSBR by PARP-1,

  11. Excited States of DNA Base Pairs Using Long-Range Corrected Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory

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    Jensen, Lasse; Govind, Niranjan

    2009-08-01

    In this work, we present a study of the excitation energies of adenine, cytosine, guanine, thymine, and the adenine-thymine (AT) and guanine-cytosine (GC) base pairs using long-range corrected (LC) density functional theory. We compare three recent LC functionals, BNL, CAM-B3LYP, and LC-PBE0, with B3LYP and coupled cluster results from the literature. We find that the best overall performance is for the BNL functional based on LDA. However, in order to achieve this good agreement, a smaller attenuation parameter is needed, which leads to nonoptimum performance for ground-state properties. B3LYP, on the other hand, severely underestimates the charge-transfer (CT) transitions in the base pairs. Surprisingly, we also find that the CAM-B3LYP functional also underestimates the CT excitation energy for the GC base pair but correctly describes the AT base pair. This illustrates the importance of retaining the full long-range exact exchange even at distances as short as that of the DNA base pairs. The worst overall performance is obtained with the LC-PBE0 functional, which overestimates the excitations for the individual bases as well as the base pairs. It is therefore crucial to strike a good balance between the amount of local and long-range exact exchange. Thus, this work highlights the difficulties in obtained LC functionals, which provides a good description of both ground- and excited-state properties.

  12. Facilitating a transition from compulsory detention of people who use drugs towards voluntary community-based drug dependence treatment and support services in Asia.

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    Tanguay, Pascal; Kamarulzaman, Adeeba; Aramrattana, Apinun; Wodak, Alex; Thomson, Nicholas; Ali, Robert; Vumbaca, Gino; Lai, Gloria; Chabungbam, Anand

    2015-01-01

    Evidence indicates that detention of people who use drugs in compulsory centers in the name of treatment is common in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. The expansion of such practices has been costly, has not generated positive health outcomes, and has not reduced supply or demand for illicit drugs. United Nations agencies have convened several consultations with government and civil society stakeholders in order to facilitate a transition to voluntary evidence- and community-based drug dependence treatment and support services. In an effort to support such efforts, an informal group of experts proposes a three-step process to initiate and accelerate national-level transitions. Specifically, the working group recommends the establishment of a national multisectoral decision-making committee to oversee the development of national transition plans, drug policy reform to eliminate barriers to community-based drug dependence treatment and support services, and the integration of community-based drug dependence treatment in existing national health and social service systems.In parallel, the working group recommends that national-level transitions should be guided by overarching principles, including ethics, human rights, meaningful involvement of affected communities, and client safety, as well as good governance, transparency, and accountability. The transition also represents an opportunity to review the roles and responsibilities of various agencies across the public health and public security sectors in order to balance the workload and ensure positive results. The need to accelerate national-level transitions to voluntary community-based drug dependence treatment and support services is compelling--on economic, medical, sustainable community development, and ethical grounds--as extensively documented in the literature. In this context, the expert working group fully endorses initiation of a transition

  13. Effectiveness of Gross Model-Based Emotion Regulation Strategies Training on Anger Reduction in Drug-Dependent Individuals and its Sustainability in Follow-up

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    Massah, Omid; Sohrabi, Faramarz; A’azami, Yousef; Doostian, Younes; Farhoudian, Ali; Daneshmand, Reza

    2016-01-01

    Background Emotion plays an important role in adapting to life changes and stressful events. Difficulty regulating emotions is one of the problems drug abusers often face, and teaching these individuals to express and manage their emotions can be effective on improving their difficult circumstances. Objectives The present study aimed to determine the effectiveness of the Gross model-based emotion regulation strategies training on anger reduction in drug-dependent individuals. Patients and Methods The present study had a quasi-experimental design wherein pretest-posttest evaluations were applied using a control group. The population under study included addicts attending Marivan’s methadone maintenance therapy centers in 2012 - 2013. Convenience sampling was used to select 30 substance-dependent individuals undergoing maintenance treatment who were then randomly assigned to the experiment and control groups. The experiment group received its training in eight two-hour sessions. Data were analyzed using analysis of co-variance and paired t-test. Results There was significant reduction in anger symptoms of drug-dependent individuals after gross model based emotion regulation training (ERT) (P < 0.001). Moreover, the effectiveness of the training on anger was persistent in the follow-up period. Conclusions Symptoms of anger in drug-dependent individuals of this study were reduced by gross model-based emotion regulation strategies training. Based on the results of this study, we may conclude that the gross model based emotion regulation strategies training can be applied alongside other therapies to treat drug abusers undergoing rehabilitation. PMID:27162759

  14. Exercise Dependence

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    Erdal Vardar

    1987-01-01

    Exercise dependence define a condition in which a person performs excessive exercise resulting in deterioration of his or her physical and mental health wellness. Despite many clinical research studies on exercise dependence, exact diagnostic criteria has not been developed yet. Clinical evidences concerning etiology, epidemiology, underlying mechanisms and treatment of exercise dependence are still not sufficient. Moreover, evaluation of this clinical disorder within dependency perspective i...

  15. Exercise Dependence

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    Vardar, Erdal

    2012-01-01

    Exercise dependence define a condition in which a person performs excessive exercise resulting in deterioration of his or her physical and mental health wellness. Despite many clinical research studies on exercise dependence, exact diagnostic criteria has not been developed yet. Clinical evidences concerning etiology, epidemiology, underlying mechanisms and treatment of exercise dependence are still not sufficient. Moreover, evaluation of this clinical disorder within dependency perspective...

  16. Dependence of tunnel magnetoresistance in MgO based magnetic tunnel junctions on Ar pressure during MgO sputtering

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    Ikeda, Shoji; Hayakawa, Jun; Lee, Young Min; Sasaki, Ryutaro; Meguro, Toshiyasu; Matsukura, Fumihiro; Ohno, Hideo

    2005-01-01

    We investigated dependence of tunnel magnetoresistance effect in CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB magnetic tunnel junctions on Ar pressure during MgO-barrier sputtering. Sputter deposition of MgO-barrier at high Ar pressure of 10 mTorr resulted in smooth surface and highly (001) oriented MgO. Using this MgO as a tunnel barrier, tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) ratio as high as 355% at room temperature (578% at 5K) was realized after annealing at 325 C or higher, which appears to be related to a highly (001) ori...

  17. Optimal control theory for quantum-classical systems: Ehrenfest molecular dynamics based on time-dependent density-functional theory

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    We derive the fundamental equations of an optimal control theory for systems containing both quantum electrons and classical ions. The system is modeled with Ehrenfest dynamics, a non-adiabatic variant of molecular dynamics. The general formulation, that needs the fully correlated many-electron wavefunction, can be simplified by making use of time-dependent density-functional theory. In this case, the optimal control equations require some modifications that we will provide. The abstract general formulation is complemented with the simple example of the H2+ molecule in the presence of a laser field. (paper)

  18. Hole-filling map-based coding unit size decision for dependent views in three-dimensional high-efficiency video coding

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    Guo, Lilin; Zhou, Lunan; Tian, Xiang; Chen, Yaowu

    2016-05-01

    The three-dimensional high-efficiency video coding (3-D-HEVC) is an emerging compression standard for multiview video plus depth data. In addition to the quad-tree coding structure inherited from HEVC, some tools are integrated, which significantly improve the coding efficiency but also result in remarkably high computational complexity. We propose a fast coding unit (CU) size decision algorithm for both depth and texture components in dependent views, where hole-filling maps created through view synthesis are utilized. First, after coding the base view, warp it onto each dependent view via depth image based rendering, during which hole-filling maps are generated. Then for depth in dependent views, CU splitting can be early terminated considering the disoccluded information from hole-filling maps; for texture in dependent views, combining the disoccluded information and the interview correlations, the CU partitioning process can also be accelerated. Experimental results show that the proposed algorithm can achieve on average 54.3% time reduction, with a negligible Bjøntegaard delta bitrate increase of 0.15% on synthesized views, and a 0.05% increase on all the coded plus synthesized views compared with the original encoding scheme in a 3-D-HEVC test model.

  19. USING ECO-EVOLUTIONARY INDIVIDUAL-BASED MODELS TO INVESTIGATE SPATIALLY-DEPENDENT PROCESSES IN CONSERVATION GENETICS

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    Eco-evolutionary population simulation models are powerful new forecasting tools for exploring management strategies for climate change and other dynamic disturbance regimes. Additionally, eco-evo individual-based models (IBMs) are useful for investigating theoretical feedbacks ...

  20. On the frequency-dependent specific heat and TMDSC: Constitutive modelling based on thermodynamics with internal state variables

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    To develop constitutive models to represent the thermomechanically chemically coupled behaviour of curing resins, vulcanizing elastomers or melting and crystallizing polymers the technique of DSC is extremely helpful. In the present study, the method of TMDSC is interpreted and evaluated in the context of thermodynamics with internal state variables. The balance equation of energy and the dissipation principle in the form of the Clausius-Duhem inequality form the theoretical basis of our study. Since the pressure and the temperature are the external variables in DSC, the specific Gibbs free energy is used as thermodynamic potential. It depends on temperature, stress and a set of internal state variables to represent the microstructure of the material on a phenomenological basis. The temperature- and internal variable-induced changes in the Gibbs free energy are approximated by a Taylor series up to second order terms. As a substantial result of this work, closed-form expressions for the dynamic calorimetric response due to harmonic temperature perturbations and the frequency-dependent complex heat capacity are derived. The theory allows a physical interpretation of the complex heat capacity and its underlying phenomena and is in accordance with experimental observations from literature.

  1. Brain correlates of experience-dependent changes in stimulus discrimination based on the amount and schedule of exposure.

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    Mundy, Matthew E; Downing, Paul E; Honey, Robert C; Singh, Krish D; Graham, Kim S; Dwyer, Dominic M

    2014-01-01

    One product of simple exposure to similar visual stimuli is that they become easier to distinguish. The early visual cortex and other brain areas (such as the prefrontal cortex) have been implicated in such perceptual learning effects, but the anatomical specificity within visual cortex and the relationship between sensory cortex and other brain areas has yet to be examined. Moreover, while variations in the schedule (rather than merely the amount) of exposure influence experience-dependent improvement in discrimination, the neural sequelae of exposure schedule have not been fully investigated. In an event-related fMRI study, participants were exposed to confusable pairs of faces, scenes and dot patterns, using either intermixed or blocked presentation schedules. Participants then performed same/different judgements with exposed and novel pairs of stimuli. Stimulus independent activation, which was correlated with experience-dependent improvement in discrimination, was seen in frontal areas (e.g. frontal and supplementary eye fields and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex) and in early visual cortex (V1-4). In all regions, the difference in activation between exposed and novel stimuli decreased as a function of the degree of discrimination improvement. Overall levels of BOLD activation differed across regions, consistent with the possibility that, as a consequence of experience, processing shifts from initial engagement of early visual regions to higher order visual areas. Similar relationships were observed when contrasting intermixed with blocked exposure, suggesting that the schedule of exposure primarily influences the degree of, rather than the mechanisms for, discrimination performance. PMID:24967903

  2. Size-dependent geometrically nonlinear free vibration analysis of fractional viscoelastic nanobeams based on the nonlocal elasticity theory

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    Ansari, R.; Faraji Oskouie, M.; Gholami, R.

    2016-01-01

    In recent decades, mathematical modeling and engineering applications of fractional-order calculus have been extensively utilized to provide efficient simulation tools in the field of solid mechanics. In this paper, a nonlinear fractional nonlocal Euler-Bernoulli beam model is established using the concept of fractional derivative and nonlocal elasticity theory to investigate the size-dependent geometrically nonlinear free vibration of fractional viscoelastic nanobeams. The non-classical fractional integro-differential Euler-Bernoulli beam model contains the nonlocal parameter, viscoelasticity coefficient and order of the fractional derivative to interpret the size effect, viscoelastic material and fractional behavior in the nanoscale fractional viscoelastic structures, respectively. In the solution procedure, the Galerkin method is employed to reduce the fractional integro-partial differential governing equation to a fractional ordinary differential equation in the time domain. Afterwards, the predictor-corrector method is used to solve the nonlinear fractional time-dependent equation. Finally, the influences of nonlocal parameter, order of fractional derivative and viscoelasticity coefficient on the nonlinear time response of fractional viscoelastic nanobeams are discussed in detail. Moreover, comparisons are made between the time responses of linear and nonlinear models.

  3. Ultrasmall gold nanoparticles as carriers for nucleus-based gene therapy due to size-dependent nuclear entry.

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    Huo, Shuaidong; Jin, Shubin; Ma, Xiaowei; Xue, Xiangdong; Yang, Keni; Kumar, Anil; Wang, Paul C; Zhang, Jinchao; Hu, Zhongbo; Liang, Xing-Jie

    2014-06-24

    The aim of this study was to determine the size-dependent penetration ability of gold nanoparticles and the potential application of ultrasmall gold nanoparticles for intranucleus delivery and therapy. We synthesized gold nanoparticles with diameters of 2, 6, 10, and 16 nm and compared their intracellular distribution in MCF-7 breast cancer cells. Nanoparticles smaller than 10 nm (2 and 6 nm) could enter the nucleus, whereas larger ones (10 and 16 nm) were found only in the cytoplasm. We then investigated the possibility of using ultrasmall 2 nm nanoparticles as carriers for nuclear delivery of a triplex-forming oligonucleotide (TFO) that binds to the c-myc promoter. Compared to free TFO, the nanoparticle-conjugated TFO was more effective at reducing c-myc RNA and c-myc protein, which resulted in reduced cell viability. Our result demonstrated that the entry of gold nanoparticles into the cell nucleus is critically dependent on the size of the nanoparticles. We developed a strategy for regulating gene expression, by directly delivering TFOs into the nucleus using ultrasmall gold nanoparticles. More importantly, guidelines were provided to choose appropriate nanocarriers for different biomedical purposes. PMID:24824865

  4. Topological transitions in the strain dependences of thermopower and resistance in nanowires based on Bi-Sn

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    We studied the strain dependences of the resistance and thermopower of nanowires of Bi and its alloys with Sn in conditions of an anisotropic elastic strain with values of 2% elongation, which is one order of magnitude higher than the value achieved in the bulk samples. Glass-coated wires with diameters ranging from 150 nm to a few microns were prepared by liquid phase casting; they were single crystals with a strictly cylindrical shape. The change in the Fermi surface was calculated using Shubnikov de Haas oscillations. In thin wires of Bi doped with Sn the anomalies in thermopower were found out: the peculiarities on the deformation dependences of the thermopower α(ξ) in Bi-0.025at%Sn of the thermopower. The peculiarities in deformation curves of thermopower connected with electron topological transitions (ETT). The interband scattering plays key role in manifestations of above mentioned anomalies in thermopower at ETT which takes place only in doped Bi-wires at low temperatures. It is shown that the high concentrations and higher temperatures leads to a reduction in the thermopower anomalies which corresponds to the exit from the ETT.

  5. Mechanism of Action and Antiviral Activity of Benzimidazole-Based Allosteric Inhibitors of the Hepatitis C Virus RNA-Dependent RNA Polymerase

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    Tomei, Licia; Altamura, Sergio; Bartholomew, Linda; Biroccio, Antonino; Ceccacci, Alessandra; Pacini, Laura; Narjes, Frank; Gennari, Nadia; Bisbocci, Monica; Incitti, Ilario; Orsatti, Laura; Harper, Steven; Stansfield, Ian; Rowley, Michael; De Francesco, Raffaele

    2003-01-01

    The RNA-dependent RNA polymerase of hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the catalytic subunit of the viral RNA amplification machinery and is an appealing target for the development of new therapeutic agents against HCV infection. Nonnucleoside inhibitors based on a benzimidazole scaffold have been recently reported. Compounds of this class are efficient inhibitors of HCV RNA replication in cell culture, thus providing attractive candidates for further development. Here we report the detailed analysis...

  6. Relationship between Serotonergic Dysfunction Based on Loudness Dependence of Auditory-Evoked Potentials and Suicide in Patients with Major Depressive Disorder

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    Park, Young-Min

    2015-01-01

    The relationship between suicidality and the loudness dependence of auditory-evoked potentials (LDAEP) remains controversial. This article reviews the literature related to the LDAEP and suicide in patients with major depressive disorder, and suggests future research directions. Serotonergic dysfunction in suicidality seems to be more complicated than was originally thought. Studies of suicide based on the LDAEP have produced controversial results, but it is possible that these are due to dif...

  7. Method for evaluating an extended Fault Tree to analyse the dependability of complex systems: Application to a satellite-based railway system

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    Evaluating dependability of complex systems requires the evolution of the system states over time to be analysed. The problem is to develop modelling approaches that take adequately the evolution of the different operating and failed states of the system components into account. The Fault Tree (FT) is a well-known method that efficiently analyse the failure causes of a system and serves for reliability and availability evaluations. As FT is not adapted to dynamic systems with repairable multi-state components, extensions of FT (eFT) have been developed. However efficient quantitative evaluation processes of eFT are missing. Petri nets have the advantage of allowing such evaluation but their construction is difficult to manage and their simulation performances are unsatisfactory. Therefore, we propose in this paper a new powerful process to analyse quantitatively eFT. This is based on the use of PN method, which relies on the failed states highlighted by the eFT, combined with a new analytical modelling approach for critical events that depend on time duration. The performances of the new process are demonstrated through a theoretical example of eFT and the practical use of the method is shown on a satellite-based railway system. - Highlights: • New approach modelling critical events stemming from degraded-state duration. • Evaluating a repairable, multi-state and time duration dependent Fault Tree. • Practical solution for dependability analysis of a GNSS-based localisation. • Taking into account the local impacts on the GNSS-based localisation

  8. Distinct spatio temporal patterns and PARP dependence of XRCC1 recruitment to single-strand break and base excision repair

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    Single-strand break repair (SSBR) and base excision repair (BER) of modified bases and abasic sites share several players. Among them is XRCC1, an essential scaffold protein with no enzymatic activity, required for the coordination of both pathways. XRCC1 is recruited to SSBR by PARP-1, responsible for the initial recognition of the break. The recruitment of XRCC1 to BER is still poorly understood. Here we show by using both local and global induction of oxidative DNA base damage that XRCC1 participation in BER complexes can be distinguished from that in SSBR by several criteria. We show first that XRCC1 recruitment to BER is independent of PARP. Second, unlike SSBR complexes that are assembled within minutes after global damage induction, XRCC1 is detected later in BER patches, with kinetics consistent with the repair of oxidized bases. Third, while XRCC1-containing foci associated with SSBR are formed both in eu- and heterochromatin domains, BER complexes are assembled in patches that are essentially excluded from heterochromatin and where the oxidized bases are detected. (authors)

  9. A complexity measure based method for studying the dependence of 222Rn concentration time series on indoor air temperature and humidity

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    Mihailovic, Dragutin T; Krmar, Miodrag; Arsenić, Ilija

    2013-01-01

    We have suggested a complexity measure based method for studying the dependence of measured 222Rn concentration time series on indoor air temperature and humidity. This method is based on the Kolmogorov complexity (KL). We have introduced (i) the sequence of the KL, (ii) the Kolmogorov complexity highest value in the sequence (KLM) and (iii) the KL of the product of time series. The noticed loss of the KLM complexity of 222Rn concentration time series can be attributed to the indoor air humidity that keeps the radon daughters in air.

  10. Calculation of constants of acid-base equilibria at the oxide-electrolyte interface from electrokinetic potential dependence on pH

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    Method is proposed for calculating the constants of acid-base equilibria at the oxide-electrolyte interface. The method is based on the electrokinetic potential dependence on ph value at different electrolyte concentrations. It is shown that the calculated constant values for La2O3 and ZrO2 equal correspondingly 7.3 and 3.9 (pK10); 11.9 and 9.1 (pK20); 9.2 and 5.8 (pK30); 10.0 and 7.2 (pK40) agree well with literature data. 21 refs.; 3 figs.; 3 tabs

  11. Extremal dependence: some contributions

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    Ferreira, Helena

    2011-01-01

    Due to globalization and relaxed market regulation, we have assisted to an increasing of extremal dependence in international markets. As a consequence, several measures of tail dependence have been stated in literature in recent years, based on multivariate extreme-value theory. In this paper we present a tail dependence function and an extremal coefficient of dependence between two random vectors that extend existing ones. We shall see that in weakening the usual required dependence allows to assess the amount of dependence in $d$-variate random vectors based on bidimensional techniques. Very simple estimators will be stated and can be applied to the well-known \\emph{stable tail dependence function}. Asymptotic normality and strong consistency will be derived too. An application to financial markets will be presented at the end.

  12. Temperature dependence of superstructure and fundamental reflections: study of a creep deformed single crystal nickel base superalloy AM1

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    Royer, A. [European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), 38 - Grenoble (France); Bastie, P. [Laboratoire de Spectrometrie Physique, Universite Joseph Fourier, Grenoble I-CNRS, UMR 5588, BP 87, F-38402, Saint-Martin-d`Heres Cedex (France); Veron, M. [LTPCM, UMR.CNRS/INPG/UJF, BP 75, F-38402, Saint-Martin-d`Heres Cedex (France)

    1997-08-30

    High-energy X-ray synchrotron radiation was used to measure internal strains inside the bulk of creep deformed AM1 single crystal superalloy specimen. A sample creep deformed at 1050 C with {gamma}` raft-like precipitates was studied `in situ` in temperature. The superstructure reflections (100) and (001) as well as fundamental reflections (200) and (002) were measured up to the temperature of deformation using a high-resolution triple crystal diffractometer. The lattice parameter distribution which is related to internal stress distribution was determined for each phase in parallel and perpendicularly to the rafts. It was shown that these parameters depend strongly on the thermomechanical history of the analysed material and on the temperature at which measurement is performed. (orig.) 12 refs.

  13. Ultrasound-induced emission enhancement based on structure-dependent homo- and heterochiral aggregations of chiral binuclear platinum complexes.

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    Komiya, Naruyoshi; Muraoka, Takako; Iida, Masayuki; Miyanaga, Maiko; Takahashi, Koichi; Naota, Takeshi

    2011-10-12

    Instant and precise control of phosphorescent emission can be performed by ultrasound-induced gelation of organic liquids with chiral, clothespin-shaped trans-bis(salicylaldiminato)Pt(II) complexes, anti-1. Nonemissive solutions of racemic, short-linked anti-1a (n = 5) and optically pure, long-linked anti-1c (n = 7) in organic liquids are transformed immediately into stable phosphorescent gels upon brief irradiation of low-power ultrasound. Emission from the gels can be controlled by sonication time, linker length, and optical activity of the complexes. Several experimental results indicated that structure-dependent homo- and heterochiral aggregations and ultrasound-control of the aggregate morphology are key factors for emission enhancement. PMID:21894951

  14. Unidirectional Spin-Dependent Molecule-Ferromagnet Hybridized States Anisotropy in Cobalt Phthalocyanine Based Magnetic Tunnel Junctions

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    Barraud, Clément; Bouzehouane, Karim; Deranlot, Cyrile; Fusil, Stéphane; Jabbar, Hashim; Arabski, Jacek; Rakshit, Rajib; Kim, Dong-Jik; Kieber, Christophe; Boukari, Samy; Bowen, Martin; Beaurepaire, Eric; Seneor, Pierre; Mattana, Richard; Petroff, Frédéric

    2015-05-01

    Organic or molecular spintronics is a rising field of research at the frontier between condensed matter physics and chemistry. It aims to mix spin physics and the richness of chemistry towards designing new properties for spin electronics devices through engineering at the molecular scale. Beyond the expectation of a long spin lifetime, molecules can be also used to tailor the spin polarization of the injected current through the spin-dependent hybridization between molecules and ferromagnetic electrodes. In this Letter, we provide direct evidence of a hybrid interface spin polarization reversal due to the differing hybridization between phthalocyanine molecules and each cobalt electrode in Co /CoPc /Co magnetic tunnel junctions. Tunnel magnetoresistance and anisotropic tunnel magnetoresistance experiments show that interfacial hybridized electronic states have a unidirectional anisotropy that can be controlled by an electric field and that spin hybridization at the bottom and top interfaces differ, leading to an inverse tunnel magnetoresistance.

  15. Relationship of strength of steel with seismic margin in strong motion. Based on influential evaluation for dependence of strain rate

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    Dynamic effect of impact loading such as seismic motion was researched in the viewpoint of seismic margin of steel structures. Impact fatigue tests were conducted from extremely low cycle to low cycle using cycle-loading test apparatus of impact-tensile load and the influence of dynamic strain on material strength of carbon steels. As the test results, the dynamic fatigue lives depended on strain amplitude not strain rate, suggesting the failure by seismic motion was not affected by strain rate. The strength for impact load includes viscosity stress caused by strain rate. Therefore, the test results and discussion suggested the viscosity stress corresponded to implicit seismic margin in the current design on the basis of stress. (author)

  16. High contrast all-optical diode based on direction-dependent optical bistability within asymmetric ring cavity

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    Xia, Xiu-Wen; Zhang, Xin-Qin; Xu, Jing-Ping; Yang, Ya-Ping

    2016-08-01

    We propose a simple all-optical diode which is comprised of an asymmetric ring cavity containing a two-level atomic ensemble. Attributed to spatial symmetry breaking of the ring cavity, direction-dependent optical bistability is obtained in a classical bistable system. Therefore, a giant optical non-reciprocity is generated, which guarantees an all-optical diode with a high contrast up to 22 dB. Furthermore, its application as an all-optical logic AND gate is also discussed. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11274242, 11474221, and 11574229), the Joint Fund of the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the China Academy of Engineering Physics (Grant No. U1330203), and the National Key Basic Research Special Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 2011CB922203 and 2013CB632701).

  17. Modulation of epileptic activity by deep brain stimulation: a model-based study of frequency-dependent effects

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    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available A number of studies showed that deep brain stimulation (DBS can modulate the activity in the epileptic brain and that a decrease of seizures can be achieved in responding patients. In most of these studies, the choice of stimulation parameters is critical to obtain desired clinical effects. In particular, the stimulation frequency is a key parameter that is difficult to tune. A reason is that our knowledge about the frequency-dependant mechanisms according to which DBS indirectly impacts the dynamics of pathological neuronal systems located in the neocortex is still limited. We address this issue using both computational modeling and intracerebral EEG (iEEG data.We developed a macroscopic (neural mass model of the thalamocortical network. In line with already-existing models, it includes interconnected neocortical pyramidal cells and interneurons, thalamocortical cells and reticular neurons. The novelty was to introduce, in the thalamic compartment, the biophysical effects of direct stimulation. Regarding clinical data, we used a quite unique data set recorded in a patient (drug-resistant epilepsy with a focal cortical dysplasia (FCD. In this patient, DBS strongly reduced the sustained epileptic activity of the FCD for low-frequency (LFS, < 2 Hz and high-frequency stimulation (HFS, > 70 Hz while intermediate-frequency stimulation (IFS, around 50 Hz had no effect.Signal processing, clustering and optimization techniques allowed us to identify the necessary conditions for reproducing, in the model, the observed frequency-dependent stimulation effects. Key elements which explain the suppression of epileptic activity in the FCD include a feed-forward inhibition and synaptic short-term depression of thalamocortical connections at LFS, and b inhibition of the thalamic output at HFS. Conversely, modeling results indicate that IFS favors thalamic oscillations and entrains epileptic dynamics.

  18. A comparison of field-dependent rheological properties between spherical and plate-like carbonyl iron particles-based magneto-rheological fluids

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    Tan Shilan, Salihah; Amri Mazlan, Saiful; Ido, Yasushi; Hajalilou, Abdollah; Jeyadevan, Balachandran; Choi, Seung-Bok; Azhani Yunus, Nurul

    2016-09-01

    This work proposes different sizes of the plate-like particles from conventional spherical carbonyl iron (CI) particles by adjusting milling time in the ball mill process. The ball mill process to make the plate-like particles is called a solid-state powder processing technique which involves repeated welding, fracturing and re-welding of powder particles in a high-energy ball mill. The effect of ball milling process on the magnetic behavior of CI particles is firstly investigated by vibrating sample magnetometer. It is found form this investigation that the plate-like particles have higher saturation magnetization (about 8%) than that of the spherical particles. Subsequently, for the investigation on the sedimentation behavior the cylindrical measurement technique is used. It is observed from this measurement that the plate-like particles show slower sedimentation rate compared to the spherical particles indicating higher stability of the MR fluid. The field-dependent rheological properties of MR fluids based on the plate-like particles are then investigated with respect to the milling time which is directly connected to the size of the plate-like particles. In addition, the field-dependent rheological properties such as the yield stress are evaluated and compared between the plate-like particles based MR fluids and the spherical particles based MR fluid. It is found that the yield shear stress of the plate-like particles based MR fluid is increased up to 270% compared to the spherical particles based MR fluid.

  19. Cytotoxicity of Cyclometalated Platinum Complexes Based on Tridentate NCN and CNN-coordinating ligands: Remarkable Coordination Dependence

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    Vezzu, Dileep A. k.; Lu, Qun; Chen, Yan-Hua; Huo, Shouquan

    2014-01-01

    A series of cyclometalated platinum complexes with diverse coordination patterns and geometries were screened for their anticancer activity. It was discovered that the NʌCʌN-coordinated platinum complex based on 1,3-di(pyridyl)benzene displayed much higher cytotoxicity against human lung cancer cells NCI-H522, HCC827, and NCI-H1299, and human prostate cancer cell RV1 than cisplatin. In a sharp contrast, the CʌNʌN-coordinated platinum complex based on 6-phenyl-2,2′-bipyridine was ineffective o...

  20. Engagement and Substance Dependence in a Primary Care-Based Addiction Treatment Program for People Infected with HIV and People at High-Risk for HIV Infection.

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    Walley, Alexander Y; Palmisano, Joseph; Sorensen-Alawad, Amy; Chaisson, Christine; Raj, Anita; Samet, Jeffrey H; Drainoni, Mari-Lynn

    2015-12-01

    To improve outcomes for people with substance dependence and HIV infection or at risk for HIV infection, patients were enrolled in a primary care-based addiction treatment program from 2008-2012 that included a comprehensive substance use assessment, individual and group counseling, addiction pharmacotherapy and case management. We examined whether predisposing characteristics (depression, housing status, polysubstance use) and an enabling resource (buprenorphine treatment) were associated with engagement in the program and persistent substance dependence at 6 months. At program enrollment 61% were HIV-infected, 53% reported heroin use, 46% reported alcohol use, 37% reported cocaine use, and 28% reported marijuana use in the past 30 days, 72% reported depression, 19% were homeless, and 53% had polysubstance use. Within 6-months 60% had been treated with buprenorphine. Engagement (defined as 2 visits in first 14 days and 2 additional visits in next 30 days) occurred in 64%; 49% had substance dependence at 6-months. Receipt of buprenorphine treatment was associated with engagement (Adjusted Odds Ratio (AOR) 8.32 95% CI: 4.13-16.77). Self-reported depression at baseline was associated with substance dependence at 6-months (AOR 3.30 95% CI: 1.65-6.61). Neither housing status nor polysubstance use was associated with engagement or substance dependence. The FAST PATH program successfully engaged and treated patients in a primary care-based addiction treatment program. Buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist, was a major driver of addiction treatment engagement. Given depression's association with adverse outcomes in this clinical population, including mental health treatment as part of integrated care holds potential to improve addiction treatment outcomes. PMID:26298399

  1. Doping Dependence of the $(\\pi,\\pi)$ Shadow Band in La-Based Cuprates Studied by Angle-Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy

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    Shen, Z. X.

    2011-08-15

    The ({pi},{pi}) shadow band (SB) in La-based cuprate family (La214) was studied by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) over a wide doping range from x = 0.01 to x = 0.25. Unlike the well-studied case of the Bi-based cuprate family, an overall strong, monotonic doping dependence of the SB intensity at the Fermi level (E{sub F}) was observed. In contrast to a previous report for the presence of the SB only close to x = 1/8, we found it exists in a wide doping range, associated with a doping-independent ({pi},{pi}) wave vector but strongly doping-dependent intensity: It is the strongest at x {approx} 0.03 and systematically diminishes as the doping increases until it becomes negligible in the overdoped regime. This SB with the observed doping dependence of intensity can in principle be caused by the antiferromagnetic fluctuations or a particular form of low-temperature orthorhombic lattice distortion known to persist up to x {approx} 0.21 in the system, with both being weakened with increasing doping. However, a detailed binding energy dependent analysis of the SB at x = 0.07 does not appear to support the former interpretation, leaving the latter as a more plausible candidate, despite a challenge in quantitatively linking the doping dependences of the SB intensity and the magnitude of the lattice distortion. Our finding highlights the necessity of a careful and global consideration of the inherent structural complications for correctly understanding the cuprate Fermiology and its microscopic implication.

  2. pH-dependent phase behavior of carbohydrate-based gemini surfactants. Effect of the length of the hydrophobic spacer

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    Klijn, Jaap E.; Stuart, Marc C. A.; Scarzello, Marco; Wagenaar, Anno; Engberts, Jan B. F. N.

    2006-01-01

    The phase behavior of a series of carbohydrate-based gemini surfactants with varying spacer lengths was studied using static and dynamic light scattering between pH 2 and 12. Cryo-electron microscopy pictures provide evidence for the different morphologies present in solution. The spacer length of t

  3. A Randomized Trial Adapting Contingency Management Targets Based on Initial Abstinence Status of Cocaine-Dependent Patients

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    Petry, Nancy M.; Barry, Danielle; Alessi, Sheila M.; Rounsaville, Bruce J.; Carroll, Kathleen M.

    2012-01-01

    Objective: Contingency management (CM) reduces drug use, but questions remain regarding optimal targets and magnitudes of reinforcement. We evaluated the efficacy of CM reinforcing attendance in patients who initiated treatment with cocaine-negative samples, and of higher magnitude abstinence-based CM in patients who began treatment positive.…

  4. Highly sensitive enzymatic determination of urea based on the pH-dependence of the fluorescence of graphene quantum dots

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    We report on a nanoparticle-based fluorescent sensing scheme for urea. It is based on the finding that graphene quantum dots (GQDs) display pH-sensitive green fluorescence if photoexcited at 460 nm. Fluorescence is gradually quenched due to an increase in the local pH value as a result of the hydrolysis of urea as catalyzed by urease. The effect was used to quantify urea in the 0.1–100 mM concentration range, with a limit of detection of 0.01 mM. The method was successfully applied to the determination of urea in human serum samples. The method is simple, effective, and therefore holds promise as a platform for sensing urea in blood. (author)

  5. Investigation of pump-wavelength dependence of terahertz-wave parametric oscillator based on LiNbO3

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    This paper investigates the performances of terahertz-wave parametric oscillators (TPOs) based on the LiNbO3 crystal at different pump wavelengths. The calculated results show that TPO characteristics, including the frequency tuning range, the THz-wave gain and the stability of THz-wave output direction based on the Si-prism coupler, can be significantly improved by using a short-wavelength pump. It also demonstrates that a long-wavelength-pump allows the employment of a short TPO cavity due to an enlarged phase-matching angle, that is, an increased angular separation between the pump and oscillated Stokes beams under the THz-wave generation at a specific frequency. The study provides an useful guide and a theoretical basis for the further improvement of TPO systems. (classical areas of phenomenology)

  6. Driving conditions dependence of magneto-electroluminescence in tri-(8-hydroxyquinoline)-aluminum based organic light emitting diodes

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    Peng, Qiming; Sun, Jixiang; Li, Xianjie; Li, Mingliang; Li, Feng

    2011-01-01

    we investigated the magneto-electroluminescence (MEL) in tri-(8-hydroxyquinoline)-aluminum based organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) through the steady-state and transient method simultaneously. The MELs show the great different behaviors when we turn the driving condition from a constant voltage to a pulse voltage. For devices driven by the constant voltage, the MELs are similar with the literature data; for devices driven by the pulse voltage, the MELs are quite different, they firstly in...

  7. Time-dependent growth of ceramic supported NaA membranes : a morphological and permeation based study / Jaco Zah

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    Zah, Jaco

    2006-01-01

    Based on its ideal aperture size (4.1 A) and hydrophilic framework, the NaA membrane possesses significant potential in the separation of many industrially important gaseous and liquid mixtures. In the local South African context, the foreseeable production of affordable, high-purity ethanol in the alternative fuel market exemplifies one such a possibility. However, there are still certain aspects to the composite NaA membrane that are not clearly understood. These include the tim...

  8. The Assessment and Foundation of Bell-Shaped Testability Growth Effort Functions Dependent System Testability Growth Models Based on NHPP

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    Tian-Mei Li; Cong-Qi Xu; Jing Qiu; Guan-Jun Liu; Qi Zhang

    2015-01-01

    This paper investigates a type of STGM (system testability growth model) based on the nonhomogeneous Poisson process which incorporates TGEF (testability growth effort function). First, we analyze the process of TGT (testability growth test) for equipment, which shows that the TGT can be divided into two committed steps: make the unit under test be in broken condition to identify TDL (testability design limitation) and remove the TDL. We consider that the amount of TGF (testability growth eff...

  9. Cost-based Optimal Distributed Generation Planning with Considering Voltage Depended Loads and Power Factor of Distributed Generation

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    Babak Yousefi-Khangah

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available If determination of location and size of Distributed Generation (DG are applied accurately, the DG’s ability will improve the network situation and reduce operation costs. In this paper, various market conditions are considered to maximize the benefit of DG’s presence and make a trade off among advantages of DG, network situation, and Distribution Company (DISCO owners. To determine the optimal location and size of DG, two methods of the cost minimization and the nodal pricing are combined. In addition to evaluating the impact of parameters such as variation of energy price and load on objective function, effect of these parameters on location and size of DG is considered. To confirm the results, impact of loads which are dependent on voltage and variation of the power factor of the DG units is applied and then effect of power factor on optimal location and size of DG is shown. A method is proposed for convergence of different results which is caused by different power factors. To observe long-term impact of the DG’s presence in the network, a load growth for five years is considered annually. Study is carried out on IEEE30 bus test circuit.

  10. Dynamic and rate-dependent yielding behavior of Co0.9Ni0.1 microcluster based magnetorheological fluids

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    Arief, Injamamul; Mukhopadhyay, P. K.

    2016-01-01

    In this paper we performed steady shear and oscillatory magnetorheological (MR) studies in magnetic fluids containing CoNi sub-micron sized clusters of 450 nm in diameter. Such Co-rich nanoclusters were synthesized by conventional homogeneous nucleation without any external surfactant or reducing agent in liquid polyol at elevated temperature. The x-ray diffraction, energy dispersive x-ray analysis, scanning and transmission electron microscopy studies were done for analyzing the sample composition and morphology. Two variants of fluid samples were prepared by dispersing 15 vol% and 20 vol% of CoNi powders in castor oil. Room temperature steady magnetoshear studies indicate viscoplastic behavior with stronger dependence of static yield stress on magnetization than a dipolar coupling that was operational in the dynamic yield stress. Magnetosweep measurements at constant shear rate showed interesting viscous relaxation at high magnetic fields. We also explored dynamical elastic behavior through oscillatory magnetorheological studies under both strain sweep and frequency sweep modes, and showed glass transition like phenomenon occurring in them above critical shear amplitudes.

  11. An independent dose calculation algorithm for MLC-based radiotherapy including the spatial dependence of MLC transmission

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    Lorenz, Friedlieb [Department of Radiation Oncology, Mannheim Medical Centre, University of Heidelberg, Mannheim (Germany); Nalichowski, Adrian [Department of Radiation Oncology, Dana Farber/Brigham and Women' s Cancer Centre, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115 (United States); Rosca, Florin [Department of Radiation Oncology, Dana Farber/Brigham and Women' s Cancer Centre, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115 (United States); Killoran, Joseph [Department of Radiation Oncology, Dana Farber/Brigham and Women' s Cancer Centre, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115 (United States); Wenz, Frederik [Department of Radiation Oncology, Mannheim Medical Centre, University of Heidelberg, Mannheim (Germany); Zygmanski, Piotr [Department of Radiation Oncology, Dana Farber/Brigham and Women' s Cancer Centre, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115 (United States)

    2008-02-07

    An analytical dose calculation algorithm was developed and commissioned to calculate dose delivered with both static and dynamic multileaf collimator (MLC) in a homogenous phantom. The algorithm is general; however, it was designed specifically to accurately model dose for large and complex IMRT fields. For such fields the delivered dose may have a considerable contribution from MLC transmission, which is dependent upon spatial considerations. Specifically, the algorithm models different MLC effects, such as interleaf transmission, the tongue-and-groove effect, rounded leaf ends, MLC scatter, beam hardening and divergence of the beam, which results in a gradual MLC transmission fall-off with increasing off-axis distance. The calculated dose distributions were compared to measured dose using different methods (film, ionization chamber array, single ionization chamber), and the differences among the treatment planning system, the measurements and the developed algorithm were analysed for static MLC and dynamic IMRT fields. It was found that the calculated dose from the developed algorithm agrees very well with the measurements (mostly within 1.5%) and that a constant value for MLC transmission is insufficient to accurately predict dose for large targets and complex IMRT plans with many monitor units.

  12. ZnPcS2P2-based Photodynamic Therapy Induces Mitochondria-dependent Apoptosis in K562 Cells

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    Hui-Fang HUANG; Yuan-Zhong CHEN; Yong WU

    2005-01-01

    Mitochondria play a key role in the regulation of apoptosis induced by numerous antitumor chemotherapeutic and other toxic agents. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) exerts significant cellular killing efficacy through either an apoptotic or necrotic cell death pathway. This study investigated the mechanism underlying the killing effects of a novel amphipathic photosensitizer [di-sulfonated di-phthalimidomethyl phthalocyanine zinc (ZnPcS2P2)]-mediated photodynamic therapy (ZnPcS2P2-PDT) on K562 cells. Apoptosis was evident in the post-PDT cells through the TdT-mediated dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL) method and DNA fragmentation assay. After ZnPcS2P2-PDT, K562 cells underwent mitochondria-dependent apoptosis as evidenced by the release of cytochrome c from mitochondria into cytosol, accompanied by mitochondrial membrane potential (Δ#m) reduction, indicating the opening of the mitochondrial permeability transition pore (PTP). The activities of protease from the caspase family and caspase-3 were also significantly elevated.Furthermore, ZnPcS2P2-PDT down-regulated the expression of chimaeric Bcr-Abl oncoprotein, which is the molecular hallmark of chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML).

  13. Molten-salt synthesis and composition-dependent luminescent properties of barium tungsto-molybdate-based solid solution phosphors

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    Xiang-Hong, He; Zhao-Lian, Ye; Ming-Yun, Guan; Ning, Lian; Jian-Hua, Sun

    2016-02-01

    Pr3+-activated barium tungsto-molybdate solid solution phosphor Ba(Mo1-zWz)O4:Pr3+ is successfully fabricated via a facile molten-salt approach. The as-synthesized microcrystal is of truncated octahedron and exhibits deep-red-emitting upon blue light excitation. Powder x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy techniques are utilized to investigate the formation of solid solution phosphor. The luminescence behaviors depend on the resulting composition of the microcrystals with fixed Pr3+-doping concentration, while the host lattices remain in a scheelite structure. The forming solid solution via the substitution of [WO4] for [MoO4] can significantly enhance its luminescence, which may be due to the fact that Ba(Mo1-zWz)O4:Pr3+ owns well-defined facets and uniform morphologies. Owing to its properties of high phase purity, well-defined facets, highly uniform morphologies, exceptional chemical and thermal stabilities, and stronger emission intensity, the resulting solid solution phosphor is expected to find potential applications in phosphor-converted white light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Project supported by the Construction Fund for Science and Technology Innovation Group from Jiangsu University of Technology, China, the Key Laboratory of Atmospheric Environment Monitoring and Pollution Control, China (Grant No. KHK1409), the Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions, China, and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 21373103).

  14. Temperature dependent electron effective mass and barrier height in HfO2 based metal/oxide/metal devices

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    El Kamel, F.

    2015-07-01

    Electrical measurements are realized on Cu/HfO2/Pt capacitors to extract the electron effective mass in HfO2 and the barrier height at the Cu/HfO2 interface. The dominant conduction mechanisms are found to be the Schottky emission at medium voltages and the Fowler-Nordheim tunneling at high voltages. Previous research has usually been carried out by assuming a constant value for either the electron effective mass in oxide or the interfacial potential barrier height to determine the other parameter. However, in contrast to that general practice, an iterative method was proposed in the present study to determine, at the same time, the electron effective mass in HfO2 and the barrier height at the Cu/HfO2 interface without making any prior assumption about their values. The temperature dependence of these two parameters was also studied in the 298-423 K range. It is found that they strongly vary with temperature. The effective mass decreases quadratically with temperature, while the barrier height increases linearly with temperature.

  15. Simulation of temperature history-dependent phenomena of glass-forming materials based on thermodynamics with internal state variables

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    In ref. , a profound ansatz for modelling the various phenomena associated with the glass-transition was presented. It extends classical theories, such as the concept of fictive temperature or order parameters, for example, in two ways. Firstly, temperature excitations as well as mechanical loadings are accounted for in a single consistent approach. Secondly, it is not formulated in the θ-p-V space, but rather in the θ-T-E space, taking the tensor character of stress T and strain E into account. Hence, it is a three-dimensional theory where the basic thermodynamic potential, the Gibbs free energy, depends on the stress tensor, the temperature and a set of internal variables. In the current article, expressions for the enthalpy, the entropy, the thermal expansion and the specific heat are derived. The specific heat and the thermal expansion behaviour are looked at for various temperature excitations. It is shown, that the results are in accord with experimental observations in literature.

  16. Orientation and temperature dependence of some mechanical properties of the single-crystal nickel-base superalloy Rene N4. II - Low cycle fatigue behavior

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    Gabb, T. P.; Gayda, J.; Miner, R. V.

    1986-01-01

    The low cycle fatigue (LCF) properties of a single-crystal nickel-base superalloy Rene N4, have been examined at 760 and 980 C in air. Specimens having crystallographic orientations near the 001, 011, -111, 023, -236, and -145 lines were tested in fully reversed, total-strain-controlled LCF tests at a frequency of 0.1 Hz. At 760 C, this alloy exhibited orientation dependent tension-compression anisotropies of yielding which continued to failure. Also at 760 C, orientations exhibiting predominately single slip exhibited serrated yielding for many cycles. At 980 C, orientation dependencies of yielding behavior were smaller. In spite of the tension-compression anisotropies, cyclic stress range-strain range behavior was not strongly orientation dependent for either test temperature. Fatigue life on a total strain range basis was highly orientation dependent at 760 and 980 C and was related chiefly to elastic modulus, low modulus orientations having longer lives. Stage I crack growth on 111 planes was dominant at 760 C, while Stage II crack growth occurred at 980 C. Crack initiation generally occurred at near-surface micropores, but occasionally at oxidation spikes in the 980 C tests.

  17. Enhanced intersystem crossing due to long-range exchange interaction in copper(II) porphyrin-free base porphyrin dimers: HOMO and spacer dependence

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    Highlights: • We found a parallel relationship between the two correlation lines of ln Δkisc vs. number of bonds. • Effects of HOMO of the terminal chromophore appear as the intercept of the correlation lines. • Difference of HOMO of the terminal porphyrin does not affect the interaction within the bridge part. • An expression involving both HOMO and spacer dependence for EISC rate was derived. - Abstract: Photodynamics induced by long-range exchange interaction was studied in two series of copper(II) porphyrin – free base porphyrin dimers linked via an aromatic spacer: one has a2u orbital as HOMO in the porphyrin π-system and the other has a1u orbital. Dependence on the HOMO as well as that on the spacer is presented for enhanced intersystem crossing (EISC) occurring in the free base half due to long-range coupling with the copper unpaired electron. Semilogarithmic plots of EISC rates vs. number of bonds show a linear correlation in each series of dimers. It was found that the two correlation lines show the same slope but different intercepts. This clearly indicates that electronic communication within the linkage does not depend on the terminal chromophore, while the terminal π-system affects the magnitude of EISC rates. Separately, a general expression for EISC rate, involving coupling between the terminal and linkage, was derived theoretically

  18. Spin-dependent transport behavior in C{sub 60} and Alq{sub 3} based spin valves with a magnetite electrode (invited)

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    Zhang, Xianmin, E-mail: xmzhang@wpi-aimr.tohoku.ac.jp; Mizukami, Shigemi; Ma, Qinli; Kubota, Takahide; Miyazaki, Terunobu [World Premier International Research Center, Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Oogane, Mikihiko; Naganuma, Hiroshi; Ando, Yasuo [Department of Applied Physics, Tohoku University, 6-6-05 Aza-aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan)

    2014-05-07

    The spin-dependent transport behavior in organic semiconductors (OSs) is generally observed at low temperatures, which likely results from poor spin injection efficiency at room temperature from the ferromagnetic metal electrodes to the OS layer. Possible reasons for this are the low Curie temperature and/or the small spin polarization efficiency for the ferromagnetic electrodes used in these devices. Magnetite has potential as an advanced candidate for use as the electrode in spintronic devices, because it can achieve 100% spin polarization efficiency in theory, and has a high Curie temperature (850 K). Here, we fabricated two types of organic spin valves using magnetite as a high efficiency electrode. C{sub 60} and 8-hydroxyquinoline aluminum (Alq{sub 3}) were employed as the OS layers. Magnetoresistance ratios of around 8% and over 6% were obtained in C{sub 60} and Alq{sub 3}-based spin valves at room temperature, respectively, which are two of the highest magnetoresistance ratios in organic spin valves reported thus far. The magnetoresistance effect was systemically investigated by varying the thickness of the Alq{sub 3} layer. Moreover, the temperature dependence of the magnetoresistance ratios for C{sub 60} and Alq{sub 3}-based spin valves were evaluated to gain insight into the spin-dependent transport behavior. This study provides a useful method in designing organic spin devices operated at room temperature.

  19. Matrix tablets based on thiolated poly(acrylic acid): pH-dependent variation in disintegration and mucoadhesion.

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    Guggi, Davide; Marschütz, Michaela K; Bernkop-Schnürch, Andreas

    2004-04-15

    This study examined the influence of the pH on the mucoadhesive and cohesive properties of polyarcylic acid (PAA) and thiolated PAA. The pH of PAA (molecular mass: 450 kDa) and of a corresponding PAA-cysteine conjugate was adjusted to 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. The amount of immobilised thiol groups and disulfide bonds was determined via Ellman's reagent. Tablets were compressed out of each pH-batch of both thiolated and unmodified PAA and the swelling behaviour, the disintegration time and the mucoadhesiveness were evaluated. The amount of thiol/disulfide groups per gram thiolated PAA of pH 3 and pH 8 was determined to be 332 +/- 94 micromol and 162 +/- 46 micromol, respectively. The thiolated PAA tablets displayed a minimum four-fold higher water uptake compared to unmodified PAA tablets. A faster and higher water uptake of both polymer types was observed above pH 5. Thiolated polymer tablets showed a 3-20-fold more prolonged disintegration time than unmodified PAA tablets. The cohesiveness of PAA-cysteine conjugate increased at higher pH, whereas the unmodified PAA behaved inversely. A 3-7-fold stronger mucoadhesiveness was observed for the PAA-cysteine conjugate tablets compared to unmodified PAA tablets. For both thiolated and unmodified polymer the mucoadhesiveness was 2-4-fold enhanced below pH 5. The difference in mucoadhesion between the two polymer types was most pronounced at these lower pH values. In this study substantial information regarding the pH-dependence of mucoadhesion and cohesion of unmodified polyacrylates and of thiolated polyacrylates is provided, representing helpful basic information for an ameliorated deployment of these polymers. PMID:15072786

  20. Characterization of different FAD-dependent glucose dehydrogenases for possible use in glucose-based biosensors and biofuel cells

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    Zafar, Muhammad Nadeem; Beden, Najat; Gorton, Lo [Lund University, Department of Biochemistry and Structural Biology, Lund (Sweden); Leech, Donal [National University of Ireland Galway, School of Chemistry, Galway (Ireland); Sygmund, Christoph; Ludwig, Roland [BOKU-University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Food Biotechnology Laboratory, Department of Food Sciences and Technology, Wien (Austria)

    2012-02-15

    In this study, different flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD)-dependent glucose dehydrogenases (FADGDHs) were characterized electrochemically after ''wiring'' them with an osmium redox polymer [Os(4,4'-dimethyl-2,2'-bipyridine){sub 2}(PVI){sub 10}Cl]{sup +} on graphite electrodes. One tested FADGDH was that recently discovered in Glomerella cingulata (GcGDH), another was the recombinant form expressed in Pichia pastoris (rGcGDH), and the third was a commercially available glycosylated enzyme from Aspergillus sp. (AspGDH). The performance of the Os-polymer ''wired'' GDHs on graphite electrodes was tested with glucose as the substrate. Optimal operational conditions and analytical characteristics like sensitivity, linear ranges and current density of the different FADGDHs were determined. The performance of all three types of FADGDHs was studied at physiological conditions (pH 7.4). The current densities measured at a 20 mM glucose concentration were 494 {+-} 17, 370 {+-} 24, and 389 {+-} 19 {mu}A cm{sup -2} for GcGDH, rGcGDH, and AspGDH, respectively. The sensitivities towards glucose were 2.16, 1.90, and 1.42 {mu}A mM{sup -1} for GcGDH, rGcGDH, and AspGDH, respectively. Additionally, deglycosylated rGcGDH (dgrGcGDH) was investigated to see whether the reduced glycosylation would have an effect, e.g., a higher current density, which was indeed found. GcGDH/Os-polymer modified electrodes were also used and investigated for their selectivity for a number of different sugars. (orig.)

  1. Free Vibration of Size-Dependent Functionally Graded Microbeams Based on the Strain Gradient Reddy Beam Theory

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    Ansari, R.; Gholami, R.; Sahmani, S.

    2014-09-01

    The microscale vibration characteristics of microbeams made of functionally graded materials (FGMs) are investigated based on the strain gradient Reddy beam theory capable of capturing the size effect. The non-classical governing differential equations, together with the corresponding boundary conditions, are obtained using Hamilton's principle. Then, the free vibration problem of simply supported FGM microbeams is solved using the Navier solution. The natural frequencies of FGM microbeams are calculated corresponding to a wide range of dimensionless length scale parameters, material property gradient indices, and aspect ratios to illustrate the influences of size effect on the vibrational response of FGM microbeams.

  2. Temperature dependence of gamma ray induced luminescence of ethanolamine based liquid scintillator between 212 and 273 K

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    The luminescence response of ethanolamine based liquid scintillator (Ethanolamine + 1g/l Butyle PBD + 0.1g/l BBOT) has been investigated as a function of temperature in the range 212-273 K. It has been observed that under gamma excitation the scintillation efficiency increases by a factor of 1.37 with decrease in temperature. The data obtained conforms to Arrhenius relation in which activation energy of rate process (.20 ev) is typical for thermal activated diffusion controlled process. (author)

  3. Temperature-dependent relativistic microscopic optical potential and the mean free path of a nucleon based on Walecka's model

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    The relativistic microscopic optical potential, the Schroedinger equivalent potential, and mean free paths of a nucleon at finite temperature in nuclear matter and finite nuclei are studied based on Walecka's model and thermo-field dynamics. We let only the Hartree-Fock self-energy of a nucleon represent the real part of the microscopic optical potential and the fourth order of meson exchange diagrams, i.e. the polarization diagrams represent the imaginary part of the microscopic optical potential in nuclear matter. The microscopic optical potential of finite nuclei is obtained by means of the local density approximation. (orig.)

  4. Membership-Function-Dependent Stability Analysis and Control Synthesis of Guaranteed Cost Fuzzy-Model-Based Control Systems

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    Lam, Hak-Keung; Xiao, Bo; Yu, Yan; Yin, Xunhe; Han, Hugang; Tsai, Shun-Hung; Chen, Chin-Sheng

    2016-01-01

    This paper focuses on the guaranteed cost stability analysis of fuzzy-model-based (FMB) control systems. Representing the nonlinear plant using a Takagi–Sugeno (T–S) fuzzy model, a fuzzy controller is employed to close the feedback loop. A weighted linear quadratic cost function is considered as the cost index to measure the performance of the closed-loop fuzzy system in terms of the system states, system outputs, and control signals. The stability of the FMB control system is investigated by...

  5. [Affective dependency].

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    Scantamburlo, G; Pitchot, W; Ansseau, M

    2013-01-01

    Affective dependency is characterized by emotional distress (insecure attachment) and dependency to another person with a low self-esteem and reassurance need. The paper proposes a reflection on the definition of emotional dependency and the confusion caused by various denominations. Overprotective and authoritarian parenting, cultural and socio-environmental factors may contribute to the development of dependent personality. Psychological epigenetic factors, such as early socio-emotional trauma could on neuronal circuits in prefronto-limbic regions that are essential for emotional behaviour.We also focus on the interrelations between dependent personality, domestic violence and addictions. The objective for the clinician is to propose a restoration of self-esteem and therapeutic strategies focused on autonomy. PMID:23888587

  6. Discovery of Potent Non-Nucleoside Inhibitors of Dengue Viral RNA-Dependent RNA Polymerase from a Fragment Hit Using Structure-Based Drug Design.

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    Yokokawa, Fumiaki; Nilar, Shahul; Noble, Christian G; Lim, Siew Pheng; Rao, Ranga; Tania, Stefani; Wang, Gang; Lee, Gladys; Hunziker, Jürg; Karuna, Ratna; Manjunatha, Ujjini; Shi, Pei-Yong; Smith, Paul W

    2016-04-28

    The discovery and optimization of non-nucleoside dengue viral RNA-dependent-RNA polymerase (RdRp) inhibitors are described. An X-ray-based fragment screen of Novartis' fragment collection resulted in the identification of a biphenyl acetic acid fragment 3, which bound in the palm subdomain of RdRp. Subsequent optimization of the fragment hit 3, relying on structure-based design, resulted in a >1000-fold improvement in potency in vitro and acquired antidengue activity against all four serotypes with low micromolar EC50 in cell-based assays. The lead candidate 27 interacts with a novel binding pocket in the palm subdomain of the RdRp and exerts a promising activity against all clinically relevant dengue serotypes. PMID:26984786

  7. Wearable monitoring for mood recognition in bipolar disorder based on history-dependent long-term heart rate variability analysis.

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    Valenza, Gaetano; Nardelli, Mimma; Lanatà, Antonio; Gentili, Claudio; Bertschy, Gilles; Paradiso, Rita; Scilingo, Enzo Pasquale

    2014-09-01

    Current clinical practice in diagnosing patients affected by psychiatric disorders such as bipolar disorder is based only on verbal interviews and scores from specific questionnaires, and no reliable and objective psycho-physiological markers are taken into account. In this paper, we propose to use a wearable system based on a comfortable t-shirt with integrated fabric electrodes and sensors able to acquire electrocardiogram, respirogram, and body posture information in order to detect a pattern of objective physiological parameters to support diagnosis. Moreover, we implemented a novel ad hoc methodology of advanced biosignal processing able to effectively recognize four possible clinical mood states in bipolar patients (i.e., depression, mixed state, hypomania, and euthymia) continuously monitored up to 18 h, using heart rate variability information exclusively. Mood assessment is intended as an intrasubject evaluation in which the patient's states are modeled as a Markov chain, i.e., in the time domain, each mood state refers to the previous one. As validation, eight bipolar patients were monitored collecting and analyzing more than 400 h of autonomic and cardiovascular activity. Experimental results demonstrate that our novel concept of personalized and pervasive monitoring constitutes a viable and robust clinical decision support system for bipolar disorders recognizing mood states with a total classification accuracy up to 95.81%. PMID:24240031

  8. Cytotoxicity of cyclometalated platinum complexes based on tridentate NCN and CNN-coordinating ligands: remarkable coordination dependence.

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    Vezzu, Dileep A K; Lu, Qun; Chen, Yan-Hua; Huo, Shouquan

    2014-05-01

    A series of cyclometalated platinum complexes with diverse coordination patterns and geometries were screened for their anticancer activity. It was discovered that the N^C^N-coordinated platinum complex based on 1,3-di(pyridyl)benzene displayed much higher cytotoxicity against human lung cancer cells NCI-H522, HCC827, and NCI-H1299, and human prostate cancer cell RV1 than cisplatin. In a sharp contrast, the C^N^N-coordinated platinum complex based on 6-phenyl-2,2'-bipyridine was ineffective on these cancer cells. This remarkable difference in cytotoxicity displayed by N^C^N- and C^N^N-coordinated platinum complexes was related to the trans effect of the carbon donor in the cyclometalated platinum complexes, which played a crucial role in facilitating the dissociation of the chloride ligand to create an active binding site. The DNA binding was studied for the N^C^N-coordinated platinum complex using electrophoresis and emission titration. The cellular uptake observed by fluorescent microscope showed that the complex is largely concentrated in the cytoplasm. The possible pathways for the cell apoptosis were studied by western blot analysis and the activation of PARP via caspase 7 was observed. PMID:24531534

  9. The dependence of the soft X ray spectral slope with radio property, luminosity, and redshift, for a large sample of AGN from the Einstein IPC data base

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    Brunner, H.; Worrall, D. M.; Wilkes, Belinda J.; Elvis, Martin

    1989-01-01

    The dependence of the soft X-ray spectral slope on radio, optical and X-ray properties, and on redshift are reported for a large sample of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN). The sample includes 317 optically and radio-selected AGN from a preliminary version of the Einstein Imaging Proportional Counter (IPC) quasar and AGN data base. The main results are: the difference in X-ray slope between radio-loud and radio-quiet AGN were confirmed for an independent and much larger sample of sources; a difference in X-ray slope between flat and steep radio spectrum AGN is observed only in high luminosity sub-sample; in flat radio spectrum AGNs there is an indication for a dependence of the X-ray spectral index on X-ray luminosity redshift and alpha sub 0x.

  10. Physics-Based Compact Model for CIGS and CdTe Solar Cells: From Voltage-Dependent Carrier Collection to Light-Enhanced Reverse Breakdown: Preprint

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    Sun, Xingshu; Alam, Muhammad Ashraful; Raguse, John; Garris, Rebekah; Deline, Chris; Silverman, Timothy

    2015-10-15

    In this paper, we develop a physics-based compact model for copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) and cadmium telluride (CdTe) heterojunction solar cells that attributes the failure of superposition to voltage-dependent carrier collection in the absorber layer, and interprets light-enhanced reverse breakdown as a consequence of tunneling-assisted Poole-Frenkel conduction. The temperature dependence of the model is validated against both simulation and experimental data for the entire range of bias conditions. The model can be used to characterize device parameters, optimize new designs, and most importantly, predict performance and reliability of solar panels including the effects of self-heating and reverse breakdown due to partial-shading degradation.

  11. The dependence of dielectric parameters and electric conduction of composite on the base of polyethylene and iron oxide on radiation dose

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    The radiation γ-influence at 0-500 kGy doses on dielectric parameters (ε and t gδ) and composite electric conduction (ζ) on the base of high-density polyethylene and iron oxide (α Fe2O3) radiated in air at room temperature is studied with the aim of modification of new class composite properties polymer -metal oxide.It is shown that ε=f(D) and tgδ=f(D) dependences have extreme character at(10 and 20 %) α-Fe2O3 high concentrations.ζ =f(D) dependence of investigated samples also has extreme character (besides composite high-density polyethylene +20% α-Fe2O3) and it is explained by accumulation of stabilized charge carriers in them

  12. Scattering of a proton with the Li4 cluster: Non-adiabatic molecular dynamics description based on time-dependent density-functional theory

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    Graphical abstract: Two trajectories for the collision of a proton with the Lithium tetramer. On the left, the proton is scattered away, and a Li2 molecule plus two isolated Lithium atoms result. On the right, the proton is captured and a LiH molecule is created. Highlights: ► Scattering of a proton with Lithium clusters described from first principles. ► Description based on non-adiabatic molecular dynamics. ► The electronic structure is described with time-dependent density-functional theory. ► The method allows to discern reaction channels depending on initial parameters. - Abstract: We have employed non-adiabatic molecular dynamics based on time-dependent density-functional theory to characterize the scattering behavior of a proton with the Li4 cluster. This technique assumes a classical approximation for the nuclei, effectively coupled to the quantum electronic system. This time-dependent theoretical framework accounts, by construction, for possible charge transfer and ionization processes, as well as electronic excitations, which may play a role in the non-adiabatic regime. We have varied the incidence angles in order to analyze the possible reaction patterns. The initial proton kinetic energy of 10 eV is sufficiently high to induce non-adiabatic effects. For all the incidence angles considered the proton is scattered away, except in one interesting case in which one of the Lithium atoms captures it, forming a LiH molecule. This theoretical formalism proves to be a powerful, effective and predictive tool for the analysis of non-adiabatic processes at the nanoscale.

  13. Time-Dependent Fatigue Crack Propagation Behavior of Two Solid-Solution-Strengthened Ni-Based Superalloys—INCONEL 617 and HAYNES 230

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    Ma, Longzhou; Roy, Shawoon K.; Hasan, Muhammad H.; Pal, Joydeep; Chatterjee, Sudin

    2012-02-01

    The fatigue crack propagation (FCP) as well as the sustained loading crack growth (SLCG) behavior of two solid-solution-strengthened Ni-based superalloys, INCONEL 617 (Special Metals Corporation Family of Companies) and HAYNES 230 (Haynes International, Inc., Kokomo, IN), were studied at increased temperatures in laboratory air under a constant stress-intensity-factor ( K) condition. The crack propagation tests were conducted using a baseline cyclic triangular waveform with a frequency of 1/3 Hz. Various hold times were imposed at the maximum load of a fatigue cycle to study the hold time effect. The results show that a linear elastic fracture mechanics (LEFM) parameter, stress intensity factor ( K), is sufficient to describe the FCP and SLCG behavior at the testing temperatures ranging from 873 K to 1073 K (600 °C to 800 °C). As observed in the precipitation-strengthened superalloys, both INCONEL 617 and HAYNES 230 exhibited the time-dependent FCP, steady SLCG behavior, and existence of a damage zone ahead of crack tip. A thermodynamic equation was adapted to correlate the SLCG rates to determine thermal activation energy. The fracture modes associated with crack propagation behavior were discussed, and the mechanism of time-dependent FCP as well as SLCG was identified. Compared with INCONEL 617, the lower crack propagation rates of HAYNES 230 under the time-dependent condition were ascribed to the different fracture mode and the presence of numerous W-rich M6C-type and Cr-rich M23C6-type carbides. Toward the end, a phenomenological model was employed to correlate the FCP rates at cycle/time-dependent FCP domain. All the results suggest that an environmental factor, the stress assisted grain boundary oxygen embrittlement (SAGBOE) mechanism, is mainly responsible for the accelerated time-dependent FCP rates of INCONEL 617 and HAYNES 230.

  14. The resolution-dependence of satellite-based cloud retrievals: First results from ASTER and MODIS observations

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    Werner, F.; Wind, G.; Zhang, Z.; Platnick, S. E.; Di Girolamo, L.

    2015-12-01

    The spatial resolution dependence of retrieved optical and microphysical cloud properties of marine shallow convective water clouds is presented using data from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER), as well as the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) onboard the scientific research satellite Terra. Both instruments are characterized by vastly different spatial resolutions of 15m (ASTER) and 1000m (MODIS), respectively. Cloud optical thickness (τ) and effective droplet radius (reff) are derived by means of the Cross-platform HIgh resolution Multi-instrument AtmosphEric Retrieval Algorithms (CHIMAERA) system which yields MODIS-like cloud property retrievals via a shared-core architecture. The retrieval algorithm employs a standard bi-spectral retrieval scheme with two reflectances (ρ) in the visible to near-infrared spectral wavelength range (VNIR, 0.86μm) and shortwave infrared spectral wavelength range (SWIR, 2.1μm), respectively. For an exemplary granule the high-resolution ρ sampled by the ASTER instrument are aggregated from 15m to an increasingly coarse spatial resolution between (30-1000m). Subsequently, retrieved τ and reff from aggregated ρ are compared to the mean of the high-resolution cloud properties within the aggregated pixels. The differences in retrieved τ and reff are related to the sub-pixel covariance of ρ in the VNIR and SWIR band, as well as the inhomogeneity index (i.e., the ratio of standard deviation to mean value of ρ in the VNIR). This analysis highlights the impact of sub-pixel inhomogeneity and plane-parallel assumptions in the cloud property retrieval. CHIMAERA also allows for a comparison of ASTER and MODIS retrievals without introducing biases due to individual instrument algorithms. Retrieved τ and reff from the 1000m aggregated ρ sampled by ASTER are compared to the retrieved cloud properties provided by MODIS. The presented results highlight the different

  15. Haplotype-Based Study of the Association of Alcohol Metabolizing Genes with Alcohol Dependence in Four Independent Populations

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    Liu, Jixia; Zhou, Zhifeng; Hodgkinson, Colin A.; Yuan, Qiaoping; Shen, Pei-Hong; Mulligan, Connie J.; Wang, Alex; Gray, Rebecca R.; Roy, Alec; Virkkunen, Matti; Goldman, David; Enoch, Mary-Anne

    2010-01-01

    Background Ethanol is metabolized by two rate limiting reactions: alcohol dehydrogenases (ADH) convert ethanol to acetaldehyde, subsequently metabolized to acetate by aldehyde dehydrogenases (ALDH). Approximately 50% of East Asians have genetic variants that significantly impair this pathway and influence alcohol dependence (AD) vulnerability. We investigated whether variation in alcohol metabolism genes might alter the AD risk in four non-East Asian populations by performing systematic haplotype association analyses in order to maximize the chances of capturing functional variation. Methods Haplotype-tagging SNPs were genotyped using the Illumina GoldenGate platform. Genotypes were available for 40 SNPs across the ADH genes cluster and 24 SNPs across the two ALDH genes in four diverse samples that included cases (lifetime AD) and controls (no Axis 1 disorders). The case, control sample sizes were: Finnish Caucasians: 232, 194; African Americans: 267, 422; Plains American Indians: 226, 110; Southwestern American (SW) Indians: 317, 72. Results In all four populations, as well as HapMap populations, five haplotype blocks were identified across the ADH gene cluster: (1) ADH5-ADH4; (2) ADH6-ADH1A-ADH1B; (3) ADH1C; (4) intergenic; (5) ADH7. The ALDH1A1 gene was defined by four blocks and ALDH2 by one block. No haplotype or SNP association results were significant after correction for multiple comparisons; however several results, particularly for ALDH1A1 and ADH4, replicated earlier findings. There was an ALDH1A1 block 1 and 2 (extending from intron 5 to the 3′ UTR) yin yang haplotype (haplotypes that have opposite allelic configuration) association with AD in the Finns driven by SNPs rs3764435 and rs2303317 respectively, and an ALDH1A1 block 3 (including the promoter region) yin yang haplotype association in SW Indians driven by 5 SNPs, all in allelic identity. The ADH4 SNP rs3762894 was associated with AD in Plains Indians. Conclusions The systematic evaluation of

  16. The association between fracture and obesity is site-dependent: a population-based study in postmenopausal women.

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    Prieto-Alhambra, Daniel; Premaor, Melissa O; Fina Avilés, Francesc; Hermosilla, Eduard; Martinez-Laguna, Daniel; Carbonell-Abella, Cristina; Nogués, Xavier; Compston, Juliet E; Díez-Pérez, Adolfo

    2012-02-01

    women is site-dependent, obesity being protective against hip and pelvis fractures but associated with an almost 30% increase in risk for proximal humerus fractures when compared with normal/underweight women. The reasons for these site-specific variations are unknown but may be related to different patterns of falls and attenuation of their impact by adipose tissue. PMID:22095911

  17. Multi-Scale Particle Size Distributions of Mars, Moon and Itokawa based on a time-maturation dependent fragmentation model

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    Charalambous, C. A.; Pike, W. T.

    2013-12-01

    We present the development of a soil evolution framework and multiscale modelling of the surface of Mars, Moon and Itokawa thus providing an atlas of extra-terrestrial Particle Size Distributions (PSD). These PSDs are profoundly based on a tailoring method which interconnects several datasets from different sites captured by the various missions. The final integrated product is then fully justified through a soil evolution analysis model mathematically constructed via fundamental physical principles (Charalambous, 2013). The construction of the PSD takes into account the macroscale fresh primary impacts and their products, the mesoscale distributions obtained by the in-situ data of surface missions (Golombek et al., 1997, 2012) and finally the microscopic scale distributions provided by Curiosity and Phoenix Lander (Pike, 2011). The distribution naturally extends at the magnitudinal scales at which current data does not exist due to the lack of scientific instruments capturing the populations at these data absent scales. The extension is based on the model distribution (Charalambous, 2013) which takes as parameters known values of material specific probabilities of fragmentation and grinding limits. Additionally, the establishment of a closed-form statistical distribution provides a quantitative description of the soil's structure. Consequently, reverse engineering of the model distribution allows the synthesis of soil that faithfully represents the particle population at the studied sites (Charalambous, 2011). Such representation essentially delivers a virtual soil environment to work with for numerous applications. A specific application demonstrated here will be the information that can directly be extracted for the successful drilling probability as a function of distance in an effort to aid the HP3 instrument of the 2016 Insight Mission to Mars. Pike, W. T., et al. "Quantification of the dry history of the Martian soil inferred from in situ microscopy

  18. FLS-Based Adaptive Synchronization Control of Complex Dynamical Networks With Nonlinear Couplings and State-Dependent Uncertainties.

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    Li, Xiao-Jian; Yang, Guang-Hong

    2016-01-01

    This paper is concerned with the problem of synchronization control of complex dynamical networks (CDN) subject to nonlinear couplings and uncertainties. An fuzzy logical system-based adaptive distributed controller is designed to achieve the synchronization. The asymptotic convergence of synchronization errors is analyzed by combining algebraic graph theory and Lyapunov theory. In contrast to the existing results, the proposed synchronization control method is applicable for the CDN with system uncertainties and unknown topology. Especially, the considered uncertainties are allowed to occur in the node local dynamics as well as in the interconnections of different nodes. In addition, it is shown that a unified controller design framework is derived for the CDN with or without coupling delays. Finally, simulations on a Chua's circuit network are provided to validate the effectiveness of the theoretical results. PMID:25720020

  19. Solvent-Dependent Self-Assembly of an Oxalato-Based Three-Dimensional Magnet Exhibiting a Novel Architecture.

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    Mon, Marta; Grancha, Thais; Verdaguer, Michel; Train, Cyrille; Armentano, Donatella; Pardo, Emilio

    2016-07-18

    The old but evergreen family of bimetallic oxalates still offers innovative and interesting results. When (Me4N)3[Cr(ox)3]·3H2O is reacted with Mn(II) ions in a nonaqueous solvent, a novel three-dimensional magnet of the formula [N(CH3)4]6[Mn3Cr4(ox)12]·6CH3OH is obtained instead of the one-dimensional compound obtained in water. This new material exhibits an unprecedented stoichiometry with a binodal (3,4) net topology and the highest critical temperature (TC = 7 K) observed so far in a manganese-chromium oxalate based magnet. PMID:27387762

  20. Spin-dependent transport properties of hetero-junction based on zigzag graphene nanoribbons with edge hydrogenation and oxidation

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    Cui, Li-ling; Long, Meng-qiu; Zhang, Xiao-jiao; Li, Xin-mei; Zhang, Dan; Yang, Bing-chu

    2016-02-01

    Using the non-equilibrium Green's function method and the spin-polarized density functional theory, we investigate the magnetism and spin resolved transport properties of hetero-structures based on zigzag graphene nanoribbons (ZGNRs) with edge hydrogenation (H) and oxidation (O). It is found that a perfect spin filtering effect can be realized on O-ZGNR-H/H-ZGNR-H in both parallel and anti-parallel spin configurations. Interestingly, an excellent dual spin filtering behavior can be obtained on O-ZGNR-H/H2-ZGNR-H, which is independent of the width of the nanoribbon. Our results indicate that the hetero-structure holds promise for spintronic devices in future.

  1. Solidification characteristics and segregation behaviour of nickel-base-superalloys in dependence of different rhenium and ruthenium contents

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    Heckl, A.; Rettig, R.; Singer, R. [Erlangen Univ. (Germany). Lehrstuhl WTM

    2008-07-01

    Technical application like turbines in power plants are determined by high temperature materials, which can sustain severe thermal and mechanical stresses under extreme conditions. The state of the art is defined by Nickel-Base-Superalloys, as they combine high mechanical fatigue and creep strength, long-term phase stability and good corrosion resistance up to very high homologous temperatures. Systematic alloy development to increase the turbine gas inlet temperature is fundamental for a continuous efficiency improvement, which simultaneously leads to a cost decrease of energy production, as well as lower CO2- emissions. The alloying element Rhenium (Re) is reported in the literature to a strong solid solution strengthener which promotes higher tensile strength as well as better creep properties. However, it also deteriorates the segregation behaviour during solidification which becomes a major problem with more demanding heat treatment processes in modern alloys. The inhomogeneous Re distribution promotes the formation of brittle topological-closedpacked (TCP) phases, which in turn can deteriorate the mechanical properties of the material. Additions of Ruthenium (Ru) appear to be advantageous through stabilization of the microstructure with respect to TCP-phase formation but also by reducing the degree to which Re partitions during solidification. The investigation of 12 Nickel-Base-Superalloys with different Re and Ru contents in the present paper allows to more fully characterize the influence of Re and Ru on the solidification process, segregation behaviour and mechanical properties of the material. Moreover, the results are compared with calculated prediction using ThermoCalc to verify the reliability of thermodynamic simulations. (orig.)

  2. Temperature dependent structures and properties of Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-based lead free piezoelectric composite.

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    Zhang, Ji; Sun, Lei; Geng, Xiao-Yu; Zhang, Bin-Bin; Yuan, Guo-Liang; Zhang, Shan-Tao

    2016-07-01

    The thermal depolarization around 100 °C of the Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-based piezoelectric solid solutions leads to the disappearance of macroscopic ferroelectric/piezoelectric properties and remains a long-standing obstacle for their actual applications. In this communication, we report lead-free piezoelectric composites of 0.94Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-0.06BaTiO3:0.5ZnO (BNT-6BT:0.5ZnO, where 0.5 is the mole ratio of ZnO to BNT-6BT) with deferred thermal depolarization, which is experimentally confirmed by systematic temperature dependent dielectric, ferroelectric, piezoelectric measurements. Especially, based on temperature dependent X-ray diffraction measurements on unpoled and poled samples, thermal depolarization is confirmed to have no relationship with the structural phase transition, the possible mechanism for the deferred thermal depolarization is correlated with the ZnO-induced local electric field which can suppress the depolarization field. We believe our results may be helpful for understanding the origin of thermal depolarization in BNT-based piezoelectric materials, and thus provide an effective way to overcoming this obstacle. PMID:27334673

  3. Bio-Psycho-Spiritual Modeling in Drug Dependents and Compiling of Intervention Program for Promotion of Resiliency Based on Cognitive Narratology and Positive Psychology

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    Ezat ollah Kordmirza Nikoozadeh

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Since the past few decades, the concentration of researches on drug abuse and drugs dependency have shift from risk factor to protective factors. In the past two decades, the concept of resiliency was increasingly considered by developmental psychology. The concentration shifted from risk to resiliency originates from disadvantage in emphasizing on identification of risk factors. Method: Target population was all volunteer addicts who referred to clinics in Tehran city. The group selected based on random cluster sampling. In total 319 persons (male composed of two groups, dependent to drug (150 persons and independent to drug (169 persons were participated in research and in general, 108 questionnaires of non-addicts and 126 of addicts were analyzed. In order to determine the fit model based on assumed variables in the research, by utilizing LISREL softwar99e, initially the relation between primary fundamental variables and final endogenous variables were reviewed. In continuation, the - relations between intermediary and endogenous variables were determined. Results: The results showed the fitting of predicted model of resiliency. Conclusion: In this research the program based on bio-psycho-spiritual model for instructional intervention in order to enhance of resiliency of addict people provided.

  4. A Simple Guiding Principle for the Temperature Dependence of the Solubility of Light Gases in Imidazolium-based Ionic Liquids Derived from Molecular Simulations

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    Kerlé, Daniela; Ludwig, Ralf; Wohlrab, Sebastian; Paschek, Dietmar

    2015-01-01

    We have determined the temperature dependence of the solvation behavior of a large collection of light gases in imidazolium-based Ionic Liquids (ILs) with the help of extensive molecular dynamics simulations. The solubility of molecular hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, methane, krypton, argon, neon and carbon dioxide in the imidazolium based ILs of type 1-n-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([C$_n$mim][NTf$_2$]) with varying chain lengths $n\\!=\\!2,4,6,8$ are computed for a temperature range between $300\\,\\mbox{K}$ and $500\\,\\mbox{K}$ at $1\\,\\mbox{bar}$. By applying Widom's particle insertion technique and Bennet's overlapping distribution method, we are able to determine the temperature dependent solvation free energies for those selected light gases in simulated imidazolium based ILs with high statistical accuracy. Our simulations show that the magnitude of the solvation free energy of a gas molecule at a chosen reference temperature and its temperature-derivatives are intimately related...

  5. Common cause failure methods dealing with dependent failures; a comparative application to US diesel generator data based on licensee event reports

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    The best treatment of dependent failures is an undecided issue in reliability analysis at present. In practice, only Flemings β-factor method and recently Atwood's Binomial failure rate common cause model have obtained more general approval in the probabilistic risk analyst community. The authors compare the above mentioned parametric common cause failure models to each other, as well as to some non-parametric models using actual diesel generator data originating in Licensee Event Reports (LER). In this context they use the lognormal distribution to fit the failure rates from LER data and compare this with the distribution determined by the binomial failure rate model. They also compare the β-factors obtained directly from data to those from Atwood's method. Based on this data base, they calculate the plant-by-plant unavailability distributions for the 1 out of 2 diesel generator system using the β-factor method, Atwood's method, Hartung's correlation model (non-parametric), and the estimated lognormal distributions assuming 1) independence and 2) complete dependence (statistical correlation) between parallel diesel generators. Due to the excellent data base, they have also been able to estimate the unavailability distribution directly from data using the individual failure rates of parallel diesel generators. These unavailability distributions are then compared to those obtained by different methods; the parameters compared are the mean, median and measures of uncertainty

  6. A modeling framework for the resilience analysis of networked systems-of-systems based on functional dependencies

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    Critical infrastructures provide services that are essential for the support of everyday activities in modern societies. Being the result of a continuous process of integration of diverse technologies and organizations, they require a multi-disciplinary, systemic approach in order to be understood. In this respect, one of the most challenging issues is the analysis of infrastructures under disturbance or malfunctioning, and their ability to resist, react and recover, in a word the resilience. This paper presents a methodology of resilience analysis of systems of systems, with infrastructures as a special instance. A conceptual representation of the infrastructure, based on the functional relationships among its components, is given and then analyzed with respect to its structural and dynamic properties. Most critical and vulnerable components are identified. The response of the system to failure propagation is simulated in order to check if it is able to cope with them and recover in a resilient fashion. The analysis outcomes are used for a resilience-informed review of the infrastructure

  7. Seasonal dependence of the "forecast parameter" based on the EIA characteristics for the prediction of Equatorial Spread F (ESF

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    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available In an earlier study, Thampi et al. (2006 have shown that the strength and asymmetry of Equatorial Ionization Anomaly (EIA, obtained well ahead of the onset time of Equatorial Spread F (ESF have a definite role on the subsequent ESF activity, and a new "forecast parameter" has been identified for the prediction of ESF. This paper presents the observations of EIA strength and asymmetry from the Indian longitudes during the period from August 2005–March 2007. These observations are made using the line of sight Total Electron Content (TEC measured by a ground-based beacon receiver located at Trivandrum (8.5° N, 77° E, 0.5° N dip lat in India. It is seen that the seasonal variability of EIA strength and asymmetry are manifested in the latitudinal gradients obtained using the relative TEC measurements. As a consequence, the "forecast parameter" also displays a definite seasonal pattern. The seasonal variability of the EIA strength and asymmetry, and the "forecast parameter" are discussed in the present paper and a critical value for has been identified for each month/season. The likely "skill factor" of the new parameter is assessed using the data for a total of 122 days, and it is seen that when the estimated value of the "forecast parameter" exceeds the critical value, the ESF is seen to occur on more than 95% of cases.

  8. Dependence of ablative ability of high-intensity focused ultrasound cavitation-based histotripsy on mechanical properties of agar.

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    Xu, Jin; Bigelow, Timothy A; Davis, Gabriel; Avendano, Alex; Shrotriya, Pranav; Bergler, Kevin; Hu, Zhong

    2014-12-01

    Cavitation-based histotripsy uses high-intensity focused ultrasound at low duty factor to create bubble clouds inside tissue to liquefy a region, and provides better fidelity to planned lesion coordinates and the ability to perform real-time monitoring. The goal of this study was to identify the most important mechanical properties for predicting lesion dimensions, among these three: Young's modulus, bending strength, and fracture toughness. Lesions were generated inside tissue-mimicking agar, and correlations were examined between the mechanical properties and the lesion dimensions, quantified by lesion volume and by the width and length of the equivalent bubble cluster. Histotripsy was applied to agar samples with varied properties. A cuboid of 4.5 mm width (lateral to focal plane) and 6 mm depth (along beam axis) was scanned in a raster pattern with respective step sizes of 0.75 and 3 mm. The exposure at each treatment location was either 15, 30, or 60 s. Results showed that only Young's modulus influenced histotripsy's ablative ability and was significantly correlated with lesion volume and bubble cluster dimensions. The other two properties had negligible effects on lesion formation. Also, exposure time differentially affected the width and depth of the bubble cluster volume. PMID:25480051

  9. A solvent-dependent fluorescent detection method for Fe(3+) and Hg(2+) based on a rhodamine B derivative.

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    Li, Xutian; Yin, Yue; Deng, Junjie; Zhong, Huixian; Tang, Jian; Chen, Zhi; Yang, Liting; Ma, Li-Jun

    2016-07-01

    A new rhodamine B-benzofurazan based fluorescent probe (1) for Fe(3+) and Hg(2+) was synthesized. In aqueous solution containing 30% (v/v) ethanol, probe 1 shows a high selective fluorescent enhancement recognition to Fe(3+) with a binding ratio of 1:1 (probe 1: Fe(3+)), when the concentration of Fe(3+) is less than that of the probe. When the concentration of Fe(3+) is higher than that of the probe, it shows fluorescent "turn-on" response to Fe(3+) by opening the rhodamine spirolactam with a binding ratio of 1:2 (probe 1: Fe(3+)). Furthermore, probe 1 displays a high selectivity and a hypersensitivity (detection limit is 4.4nM) to Hg(2+) with a binding ratio of 1:1 in ethanol. NMR and UV-vis experiments indicate that the different fluorescent recognition signals to Fe(3+) and Hg(2+) are derived from different binding modes of 1-Fe(3+) and 1-Hg(2+). PMID:27154682

  10. Density Functional Theoretical and Time-dependent Density Functional Theoretical Study on Thiophene.Benzothiadiazole-based Polymers

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    Wo, Han Young; Uddin, Mohammad Afsar; Hwang, Sungu Hwang [Pusan National University, Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-01-15

    In order to improve the performance of the photovoltaic cell, much effort has been dedicated in terms of the design of new materials, device architectures, and processing techniques. In the design of new molecular structure of the repeat unit, electronic properties such as the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) level and bandgap are important because they are related to the efficiency of the photovoltaic cell. A quantitative prediction of these electronic properties prior to the actual synthesis would be of great help by minimizing the effort of trial-and-error synthesis. Recently, we reported the molecular design and photovoltaic property relationships of low bandgap polymer based on a thiophene (T).benzothiadiazole (BT) alternating structure. DFT and TD-DFT calculations were applied to six different T.BT units. Torsional profile studies showed that the presence of the alkoxy linkage provides ring coplanarity, which leads to good π-π packing between two chains. Quantitative studies on the HOMO and bandgap of the polymers show excellent correlation between the experimental results and the DFT calculations.

  11. Combined microscopies study of the C-contamination induced by extreme-ultraviolet radiation: A surface-dependent secondary-electron-based model

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    SiO2 and Al2O3 surfaces exposed to periodically modulated extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light (λ = 46.9 nm) have been investigated at the μm scale by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, scanning Auger microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and Kelvin probe force microscopy. The formation of a carbon contamination layer preserving the same periodical modulation of the EUV dose has been observed. The mechanisms of hydrocarbon molecules deposition have been studied with the help of correlation plots between the modulated Auger signal and the corresponding EUV dose. A surface-dependent secondary-electron-based model has been proposed.

  12. Monoclinic to two-dimensional hexagonal transformation in hexacatenar molecules with a 1,2,3-triazole-based conjugated rod: morphology-dependent thermochromic behavior.

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    Han, Kyuwon; Cho, Byoung-Ki

    2014-10-14

    Novel hexacatenar molecules based on a 1,2,3-triazole-extended aromatic rod self-assemble into crystalline monoclinic and liquid crystalline hexagonal columnar structures depending on temperature. The phase transition may involve a conformational change from an anisotropic transoid to a half-disk cisoid conformer upon melting. In a hexacatenar molecule with sixfold octyl chains, the crystal-to-LC transition accompanies a photoluminescence color change from sky blue to dark blue, which is attributed to the formation of higher-order aggregates in the crystalline state. PMID:25207835

  13. Polarization-dependent all-optical modulator with ultra-high modulation depth based on a stereo graphene-microfiber structure

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    Xu, Fei; Chen, Jin-Hui; Zheng, Bi-cai; Shao, Guang-hao; Ge, Shi-Jun; Lu, Yan-Qing

    2015-01-01

    We report an in-line polarization-dependent all-optical fiber modulator based on a stereo graphene-microfiber structure (GMF) by utilizing the lab-on-rod technique. Owing to the unique spring-like geometry, an ultra-long GMF interaction length can be achieved, and an ultra-high modulation depth (MD) of ~7.5 dB and a high modulation efficiency (ME) of ~0.2 dB/mW were demonstrated for one polarization state. The MD and ME are more than one order larger than those of other graphene-waveguide hyb...

  14. Programa vellesa, activitat física i dependència (Vafid): justificació i bases per a la sistematització

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    Carrera Blancafort, Isabel

    2007-01-01

    El present estudi es centra en els programes d’activitat física adreçats a persones grans en situació de dependència, que es esenvolupen en grup i que utilitzen el moviment actiu com a principal eina de treball. Es tracta d’una recerca que, per una banda, estudia i analitza les bases teòriques que avalen la importància i la necessitat de l’aplicació d’aquest tipus de programes. Per l’altra, justifica i defineix, amb detall, les línies directrius que han de guiar el seu desenvolupament i la se...

  15. Combined microscopies study of the C-contamination induced by extreme-ultraviolet radiation: A surface-dependent secondary-electron-based model

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    Prezioso, S.; Donarelli, M.; Bisti, F.; Palladino, L.; Santucci, S.; Ottaviano, L. [Dip. di Fisica, Universita dell' Aquila, Via Vetoio, 67100 L' Aquila (Italy); Spadoni, S.; Avaro, L. [Micron, Process R and D, Via C. Olivetti 2, 20864 Agrate Brianza (Italy); Liscio, A.; Palermo, V. [CNR-ISOF, Via Gobetti 101, 40129 Bologna (Italy)

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    SiO{sub 2} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} surfaces exposed to periodically modulated extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light ({lambda} = 46.9 nm) have been investigated at the {mu}m scale by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, scanning Auger microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and Kelvin probe force microscopy. The formation of a carbon contamination layer preserving the same periodical modulation of the EUV dose has been observed. The mechanisms of hydrocarbon molecules deposition have been studied with the help of correlation plots between the modulated Auger signal and the corresponding EUV dose. A surface-dependent secondary-electron-based model has been proposed.

  16. Repair of DNA damage in mammalian cells after treatment with UV and dimethyl sulphate: discrimination between nucleotide and base excision repair by their temperature dependence.

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    Hjertvik, M; Erixon, K; Ahnström, G

    1998-03-01

    Alkylating agents have been reported to give rise to both short and long patches of repair. The reason for the different patch sizes is not known. One possibility is that alkylating agents can trigger both base and nucleotide excision repair. Another possibility is that base excision repair itself can result in different patch sizes. Recognition and incision at lesions is the rate limiting step in excision repair. In order to discriminate between base and nucleotide excision repair it would be desirable to be able to distinguish between different incision activities. In order to accurately measure incision rates, the rejoining of the strand-breaks formed must be inhibited. We have used two inhibitors, aphidicolin and 3-aminobenzamide. Aphidicolin, an inhibitor of DNA polymerases alpha/delta/epsilon. caused accumulation of single-strand breaks both after UV and dimethylsulphate. 3-Aminobenzamide, an inhibitor of poly(ADP-ribose)-polymerase caused accumulation of single-strand breaks only after alkylating agents and is thus specific for base excision repair. Enzymatic activities can be characterised by their activation energy. In order to discriminate between base and nucleotide excision repair the temperature dependence of incision activities was determined. When the temperature is decreased, the incision rate is reduced to a larger extent for UV than for DMS-induced repair. Incisions in UV-irradiated cells are practically cut off at temperatures of 15 degrees C and below, whereas DMS-exposed cells still are actively repairing at this temperature. In DMS treated cells the temperature dependence was the same whether aphidicolin or 3-aminobenzamide was used, speaking against an involvement of nucleotide excision repair. In addition, cell lines deficient in nucleotide excision repair responded in the same way to aphidicolin after DMS treatment as normal cells and were able to make incisions at 15 degrees C. This indicates that nucleotide excision repair is not to any

  17. The saponin-mediated enhanced uptake of targeted saporin-based drugs is strongly dependent on the saponin structure.

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    Bachran, Christopher; Sutherland, Mark; Heisler, Iring; Hebestreit, Philipp; Melzig, Matthias F; Fuchs, Hendrik

    2006-04-01

    Saponins are a group of plant glycosides consisting of a steroid or triterpenoid aglycone to which one or more sugar chains are attached. They exhibit cell membrane-permeabilizing properties and, thus, have been investigated for their therapeutic potential. Recently, at a non-permeabilizing concentration saponinum album from Gypsophila paniculata L. has been described to enhance the cytotoxicity of a chimeric toxin in a cell culture model. To elucidate whether this enhancing effect is also mediated by other saponins, we analyzed the ability of seven different saponins to enhance the cytotoxicity of a targeted chimeric toxin. The chimeric toxin is composed of saporin, a plant ribosome-inactivating toxin, a cleavable adapter, and human epidermal growth factor (EGF). Cytotoxicity on EGF receptor (EGFR)-bearing cells was analyzed both alone and after combined application of saponin and chimeric toxin. Only two of the tested saponins, quillajasaponin and saponinum album, enhanced cytotoxicity by more than 1,000-fold, whereas the enhancement factors of the other saponins were only approximately 10-fold. In contrast to saponinum album, quillajasaponin enhanced the cytotoxicity both on control cells lacking EGFR and on target cells, indicating that, in this case, the enhancement is not target cell receptor specific. This is also the case for some of the saponins with low enhancement factors. Saponinum album resulted in a more than 13,600-fold receptor-specific enhancement, decreasing the 50% inhibitory concentration (IC(50)) from 2.4 nM to 0.18 pM, which renders it the best option to promote saporin-3-based drug uptake while retaining specificity for the EGFR. PMID:16565437

  18. Temperature-dependent rigidity and magnetism of polyamide 6 nanocomposites based on nanocrystalline Fe-Ni alloy of various geometries

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    Full Text Available The focus of this study is to explore the potential use of Polyamide 6 nanocomposite reinforced with nanocrystalline (nc Fe20Ni80 alloy (Fe20Ni80/PA6 PNC in electromagnetic applications and provide understanding of how the alloy particle geometry is controlling the nanocomposite’s physical properties. Thermomechanical rigidity, room-temperature soft magnetic performance and thermal soft magnetic stability of Fe20Ni80/PA6 PNCs based on spherical-sea urchin alloy particles (UMB2-SU and necklace-like alloy chains (UMB2-NC have been investigated. Both PNCs have considerably superior bulk properties compared to neat PA6 and UMB2-SU exhibits the most remarkable overall performance. Morphological observations disclose two relevant phenomena: i improved dispersion and distribution of the SU alloy particles than the NC ones within PA6 matrix, leading to stronger filler-matrix interfacial interactions within the UMB2-SU as compared to the UMB2-NC and ii presence of constraint polymer regions in between alloy segments within the UMB2-SU that provide secondary reinforcing and soft magnetic mechanisms. Such phenomena along with the lower alloy crystallite size and PA6 γ-crystal type content within the UMB2-SU than in the UMB2-NC, are considered the main responsible factors for the distinctive performance of UMB2-SU. Overall, compared to various ferromagnetic nanocrystalline metallic materials, the research proposes the SU nc Fe20Ni80 alloy as a valuable nanofiller in polymers for electromagnetic applications.

  19. Feasibility study on the investigation of age-dependent effects of high-fre quency electromagnetic fields based on relevant biophysical and biological parameters. Final report

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    Based on a comprehensive literature study on the potential health hazard for children due to high frequency electromagnetic fields compared to adults the actual status of scientific knowledge is compiled and documented. The analysis of the available scientific literature can neither divert nor confirm indications on age dependent effects of electromagnetic fields. Concerning dosimetry the open questions result mainly from the missing representative detailed anatomic body or head models for children and missing data on possible age dependent dielectric tissue properties. There is also missing information on the maximum transmission power fluctuation range and the maximum antenna current close to the head of children using the mobile telephone which is dependent on the telephone type. The dosimetry related open questions can be defined and categorized, - the questions concerning the biological effects are more complicated, since up to now no assured low-dose mechanism is available. The so far published papers are controversial and were performed mostly with small animals and whole-body exposure. Due to the multitude of open questions concerning doses and biological effects it is not yet clear whether the health hazards for children due to HF fields are higher compared to adults or not. The study recommends the main research fields to be treated in the next future

  20. Molybdenum cofactor-dependent resistance to N-hydroxylated base analogs in Escherichia coli is independent of MobA function

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    Lack of molybdenum cofactor (MoCo) in Escherichia coli and related microorganisms was found to cause hypersensitivity to certain N-hydroxylated base analogs, such as HAP (6-N-hydroxylaminopurine). This observation has lead to a previous proposal that E. coli contains a molybdoenzyme capable of detoxifying such N-hydroxylated analogs. Here, we show that, unexpectedly, deletion of all known or putative molybdoenzymes in E. coli failed to reveal any base-analog sensitivity, suggesting that a novel type of MoCo-dependent activity is involved. Further, we establish that protection against the analogs does not require the common molybdopterin guanine-dinucleotide (MGD) form of the cofactor, but instead the guanosine monophosphate (GMP)-free version of MoCo (MPT) is sufficient

  1. Spin-dependent barrier effects on the transport properties of graphene-based normal metal/ferromagnetic barrier/d-wave superconductor junction

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    Hajati, Y., E-mail: yaserhajati@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Ahvaz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Heidari, A. [Department of mathematics, Izeh branch, Islamic Azad University, Izeh (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shoushtari, M.Z. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Ahvaz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Rashedi, G. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, University of Isfahan, Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-08-01

    Using the extended Blonder–Tinkham–Klapwijk formalism, the spin-dependent transport properties in a graphene-based normal metal/ferromagnetic barrier/d-wave superconductor (NF{sub B}d-wave) junction have been studied theoretically. Here, we have mainly studied the influences of spin-dependent barrier and rotation angle of d-wave superconducting order parameter (α) on the charge and spin conductance. It is found that the rotation angle has a strong effect on the amplitude and phase of the charge conductance oscillations. As a remarkable result, we obtained that because of the spin-dependent barrier (F{sub B}), the rotation angle cannot suppress the zero-bias charge conductance and for the maximum rotation angle α=π/4, the charge conductance shows oscillatory behavior which is different from similar non-spin-dependent barrier junctions. We have also shown that the spin filtering application of this junction is drastically changed by the rotation angle α. As α increases, the spin filtering application enhances, being strongest for α=π/4. At last, we propose an experimental setup to detect our predicted effects. - Highlights: • Rotation angle has a strong effect on the amplitude of the charge conductance. • The zero-bias charge conductance cannot be suppressed by the rotation angle. • The spin filtering application of the junction can be tuned by the rotation angle. • The peak of the charge conductance is replaced by lower eV by increasing α. • At the maximum rotation angle the charge conductance shows oscillatory behavior.

  2. Analysis program based on finite element method, MULTI(FEM), for evaluation of dose-dependent local disposition of drug in liver.

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    Fukumura, K; Yamaoka, K; Higashimori, M; Nakagawa, T

    1999-05-01

    A curve-fitting program based on the Finite Element Method, MULTI(FEM), was developed to model nonlinear local disposition of a drug in the liver under non-steady-state conditions. The program was written in FORTRAN on an IBM-compatible personal computer. The validity of MULTI(FEM) was confirmed by analyzing the outflow kinetics of oxacillin (a model drug) following a pulse input to isolated, perfused rat livers, according to both linear and nonlinear dispersion models. Four dose levels (300, 1000, 3000, and 5000 microg) of oxacillin were administered to observe the dose-dependency in the hepatic local disposition. First, the individual outflow time-profiles at the same dose were averaged, and the average time-profile was analyzed by MULTI(FEM) based on linear dispersion models to yield a single curve fit. The fitted parameters at each dose level were compared with parameters estimated using MULTI(FILT), a program based on fast inverse Laplace transform, to analyze linear pharmacokinetics. The estimated parameters by MULTI(FEM) were in good agreement with those by MULTI(FILT). The apparent elimination rate constant (ke) decreased with an increase in dose, whereas other parameters showed no discernible dependency on an increase of dose. Second, the average outflow time-profiles at the four dose levels were simultaneously analyzed by MULTI(FEM) based on dispersion models featuring Michaelis-Menten elimination. The outflow time-profiles of oxacillin were well approximated by a two-compartment dispersion model with central Michaelis-Menten elimination. The maximum elimination rate constant (Vmax) and the Michaelis constant (Km) were estimated to be 1520 microg/mL/min and 41.3 microg/mL, respectively. Thus, the capability of MULTI(FEM) was demonstrated in evaluating capacity-limited local disposition in the liver. PMID:10229646

  3. Weakly dependent functional data

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    Hörmann, Siegfried; 10.1214/09-AOS768

    2010-01-01

    Functional data often arise from measurements on fine time grids and are obtained by separating an almost continuous time record into natural consecutive intervals, for example, days. The functions thus obtained form a functional time series, and the central issue in the analysis of such data consists in taking into account the temporal dependence of these functional observations. Examples include daily curves of financial transaction data and daily patterns of geophysical and environmental data. For scalar and vector valued stochastic processes, a large number of dependence notions have been proposed, mostly involving mixing type distances between $\\sigma$-algebras. In time series analysis, measures of dependence based on moments have proven most useful (autocovariances and cumulants). We introduce a moment-based notion of dependence for functional time series which involves $m$-dependence. We show that it is applicable to linear as well as nonlinear functional time series. Then we investigate the impact of ...

  4. A chemo-mechanical free-energy-based approach to model durotaxis and extracellular stiffness-dependent contraction and polarization of cells.

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    Shenoy, Vivek B; Wang, Hailong; Wang, Xiao

    2016-02-01

    We propose a chemo-mechanical model based on stress-dependent recruitment of myosin motors to describe how the contractility, polarization and strain in cells vary with the stiffness of their surroundings and their shape. A contractility tensor, which depends on the distribution of myosin motors, is introduced to describe the chemical free energy of the cell due to myosin recruitment. We explicitly include the contributions to the free energy that arise from mechanosensitive signalling pathways (such as the SFX, Rho-Rock and MLCK pathways) through chemo-mechanical coupling parameters. Taking the variations of the total free energy, which consists of the chemical and mechanical components, in accordance with the second law of thermodynamics provides equations for the temporal evolution of the active stress and the contractility tensor. Following this approach, we are able to recover the well-known Hill relation for active stresses, based on the fundamental principles of irreversible thermodynamics rather than phenomenology. We have numerically implemented our free energy-based approach to model spatial distribution of strain and contractility in (i) cells supported by flexible microposts, (ii) cells on two-dimensional substrates, and (iii) cells in three-dimensional matrices. We demonstrate how the polarization of the cells and the orientation of stress fibres can be deduced from the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of the contractility tensor. Our calculations suggest that the chemical free energy of the cell decreases with the stiffness of the extracellular environment as the cytoskeleton polarizes in response to stress-dependent recruitment of molecular motors. The mechanical energy, which includes the strain energy and motor potential energy, however, increases with stiffness, but the overall energy is lower for cells in stiffer environments. This provides a thermodynamic basis for durotaxis, whereby cells preferentially migrate towards stiffer regions of the

  5. Low energy electron induced cytosine base release in 2′-deoxycytidine-3′-monophosphate via glycosidic bond cleavage: A time-dependent wavepacket study

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    Low energy electron (LEE) induced cytosine base release in a selected pyrimidine nucleotide, viz., 2′-deoxycytidine-3′-monophosphate is investigated using ab initio electronic structure methods and time dependent quantum mechanical calculations. It has been noted that the cytosine base scission is comparatively difficult process than the 3′ C–O bond cleavage from the lowest π* shape resonance in energy region * orbital of the base to the σ* orbital of the glycosidic N–C bond. In addition, the metastable state formed after impinging LEE (0–1 eV) has very short lifetime (10 fs) which may decay in either of the two competing auto-detachment or dissociation process simultaneously. On the other hand, the selected N–C mode may cleave to form the cytosine base anion at higher energy regions (>2 eV) via tunneling of the glycosidic bond. Resonance states generated within this energy regime will exist for a duration of ∼35–55 fs. Comparison of salient features of the two dissociation events, i.e., 3′ C–O single strand break and glycosidic N–C bond cleavage in 3′-dCMPH molecule are also provided

  6. Miniature Fourier transform spectrometer based on wavelength dependence of half-wave voltage of a LiNbO₃ waveguide interferometer.

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    Li, Jinyang; Lu, Dan-feng; Qi, Zhi-mei

    2014-07-01

    A simple and reliable spectrum-retrieval method was proposed for the development of miniature stationary Fourier transform (FT) spectrometers based on a LiNbO₃ (LN) waveguide Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) modulator. The method takes into account the wavelength dependence of the optical pathlength difference (OPD) and allows us to use a nonlinear voltage ramp to modulate the OPD. The method is based on the dispersion of the half-wave voltage, which was measured to be a monotonous polynomial function of the wavelength for the LN waveguide MZI used. With the measured dispersion of the half-wave voltage, the OPD, as a linear function of the modulating voltage, can be accurately determined at each wavelength in the near-infrared region in which the MZI used is a single-mode device. A prototype FT spectrometer was prepared using a LN waveguide MZI modulator based on the above method. The experimental results demonstrated that the spectrometer can be used for accurate determination of the laser wavelength and for liquid absorptiometry. PMID:24978772

  7. An evaluation method of the number of failed fuel rods based on the dependency of the fission product release on the defect size

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    A model for estimating the number of failed fuel rod and defect size based on the primary coolant activity is presented. Transport phenomena in the gap is represented by a diffusion process to attain a link with the defect size. The gap attenuation factor dependent on the defect size and the radioactive decay constant is introduced. It is shown that if the effective defect size is larger than the thickness of the clad, the gap attenuation factor is weekly dependent on the defect size. From the values of the gap attenuation factors, the rod escape rate coefficients can be evaluated. On the basis of the present model, the ENOFS computer program has been developed and applied to cycles 1 and 2 of KORI-1. The number of fuel failures deduced from ENOFS calculations was between four and five with small defect size for cycle 1. On the other hand, about 15 failed fuel rods with small defect size and one with more large defect size were predicted for cycle 2. The end of cycle 1 sipping test results showed that there were two assemblies with failed fuel rods, and for cycle 2 there were two fuel assemblies which included a few large defective fuels

  8. 2-Butanol and butanone production in Saccharomyces cerevisiae through combination of a B12 dependent dehydratase and a secondary alcohol dehydrogenase using a TEV-based expression system.

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    Payam Ghiaci

    Full Text Available 2-Butanol and its chemical precursor butanone (methyl ethyl ketone--MEK are chemicals with potential uses as biofuels and biocommodity chemicals. In order to produce 2-butanol, we have demonstrated the utility of using a TEV-protease based expression system to achieve equimolar expression of the individual subunits of the two protein complexes involved in the B12-dependent dehydratase step (from the pdu-operon of Lactobacillus reuteri, which catalyze the conversion of meso-2,3-butanediol to butanone. We have furthermore identified a NADH dependent secondary alcohol dehydrogenase (Sadh from Gordonia sp. able to catalyze the subsequent conversion of butanone to 2-butanol. A final concentration of 4±0.2 mg/L 2-butanol and 2±0.1 mg/L of butanone was found. A key factor for the production of 2-butanol was the availability of NADH, which was achieved by growing cells lacking the GPD1 and GPD2 isogenes under anaerobic conditions.

  9. Climatologies of nighttime upper thermospheric winds measured by ground-based Fabry-Perot interferometers during geomagnetically quiet conditions: 1. Local time, latitudinal, seasonal, and solar cycle dependence

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    Emmert, J. T.; Faivre, M. L.; Hernandez, G.; Jarvis, M. J.; Meriwether, J. W.; Niciejewski, R. J.; Sipler, D. P.; Tepley, C. A.

    2006-12-01

    We analyze ground-based Fabry-Perot interferometer observations of upper thermospheric (˜250 km) horizontal neutral winds derived from Doppler shifts in the 630.0 nm (red line) nightglow. The winds were measured over the following locations: South Pole (90°S), Halley (76°S, 27°W), Arequipa (17°S, 72°W), Arecibo (18°N, 67°W), Millstone Hill (43°N, 72°W), Søndre Strømfjord (67°N, 51°W), and Thule (77°N, 68°W). We derive climatological quiet time (Kp irradiance. Over Millstone Hill and Arecibo, solar EUV has a negative effect on wind magnitudes. As represented by the 10.7 cm radio flux proxy, the solar EUV dependence of the winds at all latitudes is characterized by a saturation or weakening of the effect above moderate values (F10.7 > 150). The seasonal dependence of the winds is generally annual, but there are isolated cases in which a semiannual variation is observed. Within the austral winter, winds measured from the South Pole show a substantial intraseasonal variation only along longitudes directed toward the magnetic pole. IMF effects are described in a companion paper.

  10. Experimental analysis of multi-attribute decision-making based on Atanassov intuitionistic fuzzy sets: a discussion of anchor dependency and accuracy functions

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    Chen, Ting-Yu

    2012-06-01

    This article presents a useful method for relating anchor dependency and accuracy functions to multiple attribute decision-making (MADM) problems in the context of Atanassov intuitionistic fuzzy sets (A-IFSs). Considering anchored judgement with displaced ideals and solution precision with minimal hesitation, several auxiliary optimisation models have proposed to obtain the optimal weights of the attributes and to acquire the corresponding TOPSIS (the technique for order preference by similarity to the ideal solution) index for alternative rankings. Aside from the TOPSIS index, as a decision-maker's personal characteristics and own perception of self may also influence the direction in the axiom of choice, the evaluation of alternatives is conducted based on distances of each alternative from the positive and negative ideal alternatives, respectively. This article originates from Li's [Li, D.-F. (2005), 'Multiattribute Decision Making Models and Methods Using Intuitionistic Fuzzy Sets', Journal of Computer and System Sciences, 70, 73-85] work, which is a seminal study of intuitionistic fuzzy decision analysis using deduced auxiliary programming models, and deems it a benchmark method for comparative studies on anchor dependency and accuracy functions. The feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed methods are illustrated by a numerical example. Finally, a comparative analysis is illustrated with computational experiments on averaging accuracy functions, TOPSIS indices, separation measures from positive and negative ideal alternatives, consistency rates of ranking orders, contradiction rates of the top alternative and average Spearman correlation coefficients.

  11. Non-density dependent pollen dispersal of Shorea maxwelliana (Dipterocarpaceae revealed by a Bayesian mating model based on paternity analysis in two synchronized flowering seasons.

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    Full Text Available Pollinator syndrome is one of the most important determinants regulating pollen dispersal in tropical tree species. It has been widely accepted that the reproduction of tropical forest species, especially dipterocarps that rely on insects with weak flight for their pollination, is positively density-dependent. However differences in pollinator syndrome should affect pollen dispersal patterns and, consequently, influence genetic diversity via the mating process. We examined the pollen dispersal pattern and mating system of Shorea maxwelliana, the flowers of which are larger than those of Shorea species belonging to section Mutica which are thought to be pollinated by thrips (weak flyers. A Bayesian mating model based on the paternity of seeds collected from mother trees during sporadic and mass flowering events revealed that the estimated pollen dispersal kernel and average pollen dispersal distance were similar for both flowering events. This evidence suggests that the putative pollinators - small beetles and weevils - effectively contribute to pollen dispersal and help to maintain a high outcrossing rate even during sporadic flowering events. However, the reduction in pollen donors during a sporadic event results in a reduction in effective pollen donors, which should lead to lower genetic diversity in the next generation derived from seeds produced during such an event. Although sporadic flowering has been considered less effective for outcrossing in Shorea species that depend on thrips for their pollination, effective pollen dispersal by the small beetles and weevils ensures outcrossing during periods of low flowering tree density, as occurs in a sporadic flowering event.

  12. The dependence of dielectric parameters and electric conduction of composite on the base of polyethylene and iron oxide on radiation dose

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    The radiation gamma-influence at 0-500 kGy doses on dielectric parameters and composite electric conduction on the base of high-density polyethylene and iron oxide radiated in air at room temperature is studied with the aim of modification of new class composite properties polymer-metal oxide. It is shown that different dependences have extreme character at (10 and 20 percent) α-Fe2O3 high concentrations. σ dependence of investigated samples also has extreme character and it is explained by accumulation of stabilized charge carriers in them. The experimental investigation of gamma-radiation influence on electrophysical properties of composite system of high-density polyethylene/α-Fe2O3 is the aim of the present paper. It is confirmed that electric conduction of polyethylene matrix is caused by charge carriers which appear at gamma -radiation and not by charges injected from electrodes. As a result of this the concentration density of deep traps on phase interface increases. Thus, the dose effects, like the influence of absorbed dose of gamma-radiation on electro-physical properties of previous radiation is caused not by spectrum change of molecular motions, but also accumulation in radiated material of stabilized charge cariers and less radical or molecular radiolysis products which act as trap centers

  13. Selective Detection of Mercury(Ⅱ) and Copper(Ⅱ) Based on the Opposite Size-dependent Fluorescence Quenching of CdTe Quantum Dots

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    XIA Yun-Sheng; CAO Chun; ZHU Chang-Qing

    2007-01-01

    Three different size CdTe quantum dots (QDs) capped by 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA) have been prepared in aqueous solutions,and their interactions with Cu2+ and Hg2+ have been investigated.The opposite size-dependent fluorescence quenching of CdTe QDs by Hg2+ and Cu2+ was observed: Hg2+ quenched smaller particles more efficiently than larger ones while larger particles were more markedly quenched by Cu2+.Based on the different size responses,Hg2+ and Cu2+ were respectively detected with high sensitivity and selectivity,for the first time,using the QDs with different sizes but the same components and capping ligands.

  14. Gate voltage dependent 1/f noise variance model based on physical noise generation mechanisms in n-channel metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors

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    Arai, Yukiko; Aoki, Hitoshi; Abe, Fumitaka; Todoroki, Shunichiro; Khatami, Ramin; Kazumi, Masaki; Totsuka, Takuya; Wang, Taifeng; Kobayashi, Haruo

    2015-04-01

    1/f noise is one of the most important characteristics for designing analog/RF circuits including operational amplifiers and oscillators. We have analyzed and developed a novel 1/f noise model in the strong inversion, saturation, and sub-threshold regions based on SPICE2 type model used in any public metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) models developed by the University of California, Berkeley. Our model contains two noise generation mechanisms that are mobility and interface trap number fluctuations. Noise variability dependent on gate voltage is also newly implemented in our model. The proposed model has been implemented in BSIM4 model of a SPICE3 compatible circuit simulator. Parameters of the proposed model are extracted with 1/f noise measurements for simulation verifications. The simulation results show excellent agreements between measurement and simulations.

  15. Crystal structure and temperature-dependent fluorescent property of a 2D cadmium (II) complex based on 3,6-dibromobenzene-1,2,4,5-tetracarboxylic acid

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    Zhang, Liang-Liang; Guo, Yu; Wei, Yan-Hui; Guo, Jie; Wang, Xing-Po; Sun, Dao-Feng

    2013-04-01

    A new cadmium (II) organic coordination polymers [Cd(dbtec)0.5(H2O)3]·H2O (1), has been constructed based on 3,6-dibromobenzene-1,2,4,5-tetracarboxylic acid (H4dbtec), and characterized by elemental analysis (EA), infrared spectroscopy (IR), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), and single crystal X-ray diffraction. In 1, μ2-η1:η1 and μ4-η2:η2 dbtec ligands link four hepta-coordinated CdII ions to form a 2D 44 topological layer structure, which is further connected into an interesting 3D network by hydrogen bond and Br⋯O halogen bond. Moreover, the thermal stabilities, solid ultraviolet spectroscopy and temperature-dependent fluorescent properties of 1 were investigated.

  16. Combinatorial DNA Damage Pairing Model Based on X-Ray-Induced Foci Predicts the Dose and LET Dependence of Cell Death in Human Breast Cells

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    Vadhavkar, Nikhil [Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (United States); Pham, Christopher [University of Texas, Houston, TX (United States). MD Anderson Cancer Center; Georgescu, Walter [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States). Life Sciences Div.; Deschamps, Thomas [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States). Life Sciences Div.; Heuskin, Anne-Catherine [Univ. of Namur (Belgium). Namur Research inst. for Life Sciences (NARILIS), Research Center for the Physics of Matter and Radiation (PMR); Tang, Jonathan [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States). Life Sciences Div.; Costes, Sylvain V. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States). Life Sciences Div.

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    In contrast to the classic view of static DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) being repaired at the site of damage, we hypothesize that DSBs move and merge with each other over large distances (m). As X-ray dose increases, the probability of having DSB clusters increases as does the probability of misrepair and cell death. Experimental work characterizing the X-ray dose dependence of radiation-induced foci (RIF) in nonmalignant human mammary epithelial cells (MCF10A) is used here to validate a DSB clustering model. We then use the principles of the local effect model (LEM) to predict the yield of DSBs at the submicron level. Two mechanisms for DSB clustering, namely random coalescence of DSBs versus active movement of DSBs into repair domains are compared and tested. Simulations that best predicted both RIF dose dependence and cell survival after X-ray irradiation favored the repair domain hypothesis, suggesting the nucleus is divided into an array of regularly spaced repair domains of ~;;1.55 m sides. Applying the same approach to high-linear energy transfer (LET) ion tracks, we are able to predict experimental RIF/m along tracks with an overall relative error of 12percent, for LET ranging between 30 350 keV/m and for three different ions. Finally, cell death was predicted by assuming an exponential dependence on the total number of DSBs and of all possible combinations of paired DSBs within each simulated RIF. Relative biological effectiveness (RBE) predictions for cell survival of MCF10A exposed to high-LET showed an LET dependence that matches previous experimental results for similar cell types. Overall, this work suggests that microdosimetric properties of ion tracks at the submicron level are sufficient to explain both RIF data and survival curves for any LET, similarly to the LEM assumption. Conversely, high-LET death mechanism does not have to infer linear-quadratic dose formalism as done in the LEM. In addition, the size of repair domains derived in our model

  17. {sup 1}H NMR-based metabolomics of time-dependent responses of Eisenia fetida to sub-lethal phenanthrene exposure

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    Lankadurai, Brian P.; Wolfe, David M.; Simpson, Andre J. [Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, 1265 Military Trail, Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4 Canada (Canada); Simpson, Myrna J., E-mail: myrna.simpson@utoronto.ca [Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, 1265 Military Trail, Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4 Canada (Canada)

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    {sup 1}H NMR-based metabolomics was used to examine the response of the earthworm Eisenia fetida after exposure to sub-lethal concentrations of phenanthrene over time. Earthworms were exposed to 0.025 mg/cm{sup 2} of phenanthrene (1/64th of the LC{sub 50}) via contact tests over four days. Earthworm tissues were extracted using a mixture of chloroform, methanol and water, resulting in polar and non-polar fractions that were analyzed by {sup 1}H NMR after one, two, three and four days. NMR-based metabolomic analyses revealed heightened E. fetida responses with longer phenanthrene exposure times. Amino acids alanine and glutamate, the sugar maltose, the lipids cholesterol and phosphatidylcholine emerged as potential indicators of phenanthrene exposure. The conversion of succinate to fumarate in the Krebs cycle was also interrupted by phenanthrene. Therefore, this study shows that NMR-based metabolomics is a powerful tool for elucidating time-dependent relationships in addition to the mode of toxicity of phenanthrene in earthworm exposure studies. - Highlights: > NMR-based earthworm metabolomic analysis of the mode of action of phenanthrene is presented. > The earthworm species E. fetida were exposed to sub-lethal phenanthrene concentrations. > Both polar and non-polar metabolites of E. fetida tissue extracts were analyzed by {sup 1}H NMR. > Longer phenanthrene exposure times resulted in heightened earthworm responses. > An interruption of the Krebs cycle was also observed due to phenanthrene exposure. - {sup 1}H NMR metabolomics is used to determine the relationship between phenanthrene exposure and the metabolic response of the earthworm E. fetida over time and also to elucidate the phenanthrene mode of toxicity.

  18. The Randomized Dependence Coefficient

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    Lopez-Paz, David; Hennig, Philipp; Schölkopf, Bernhard

    2013-01-01

    We introduce the Randomized Dependence Coefficient (RDC), a measure of non-linear dependence between random variables of arbitrary dimension based on the Hirschfeld-Gebelein-R\\'enyi Maximum Correlation Coefficient. RDC is defined in terms of correlation of random non-linear copula projections; it is invariant with respect to marginal distribution transformations, has low computational cost and is easy to implement: just five lines of R code, included at the end of the paper.

  19. Apache Maven dependency management

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    2013-01-01

    An easy-to-follow, tutorial-based guide with chapters progressing from basic to advanced dependency management.If you are working with Java or Java EE projects and you want to take advantage of Maven dependency management, then this book is ideal for you. This book is also particularly useful if you are a developer or an architect. You should be well versed with Maven and its basic functionalities if you wish to get the most out of this book.

  20. Phenibut dependence

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    Samokhvalov, Andriy V.; Paton-Gay, C Lindsay; Balchand, Kam; Rehm, Jürgen

    2013-01-01

    Phenibut is a γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) agonist designed and used as an anxiolytic in Russia. In Western countries, phenibut is not a registered medication but is available through online stores as a supplement. We present a case of a patient who used phenibut to self-medicate anxiety, insomnia and cravings for alcohol. While phenibut was helpful initially, the patient developed dependence including tolerance, significant withdrawal symptoms within 3–4 h of last use and failure to fulfil his...

  1. Understanding the Size-Dependent Sodium Storage Properties of Na2C6O6-Based Organic Electrodes for Sodium-Ion Batteries.

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    Wang, Yaqun; Ding, Yu; Pan, Lijia; Shi, Ye; Yue, Zhuanghao; Shi, Yi; Yu, Guihua

    2016-05-11

    Organic electroactive materials represent a new generation of sustainable energy storage technology due to their unique features including environmental benignity, material sustainability, and highly tailorable properties. Here a carbonyl-based organic salt Na2C6O6, sodium rhodizonate (SR) dibasic, is systematically investigated for high-performance sodium-ion batteries. A combination of structural control, electrochemical analysis, and computational simulation show that rational morphological control can lead to significantly improved sodium storage performance. A facile antisolvent method was developed to synthesize microbulk, microrod, and nanorod structured SRs, which exhibit strong size-dependent sodium ion storage properties. The SR nanorod exhibited the best performance to deliver a reversible capacity of ∼190 mA h g(-1) at 0.1 C with over 90% retention after 100 cycles. At a high rate of 10 C, 50% of the capacity can be obtained due to enhanced reaction kinetics, and such high electrochemical activity maintains even at 80 °C. These results demonstrate a generic design route toward high-performance organic-based electrode materials for beyond Li-ion batteries. Using such a biomass-derived organic electrode material enables access to sustainable energy storage devices with low cost, high electrochemical performance and thermal stability. PMID:27078609

  2. Porous silicon-VO{sub 2} based hybrids as possible optical temperature sensor: Wavelength-dependent optical switching from visible to near-infrared range

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    Antunez, E. E.; Salazar-Kuri, U.; Estevez, J. O.; Basurto, M. A.; Agarwal, V., E-mail: vagarwal@uaem.mx [Centro de Investigación en Ingeniería y Ciencias Aplicadas, Instituto de Investigación en Ciencias Básicas y Aplicadas, UAEM, Av. Universidad 1001, Col. Chamilpa, Cuernavaca, Mor. 62209 (Mexico); Campos, J. [Instituto de Energías Renovables, UNAM, Priv. Xochicalco S/N, Temixco, Mor. 62580 (Mexico); Jiménez Sandoval, S. [Laboratorio de Investigación en Materiales, Centro de Investigación y estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Unidad Querétaro, Qro. 76001 (Mexico)

    2015-10-07

    Morphological properties of thermochromic VO{sub 2}—porous silicon based hybrids reveal the growth of well-crystalized nanometer-scale features of VO{sub 2} as compared with typical submicron granular structure obtained in thin films deposited on flat substrates. Structural characterization performed as a function of temperature via grazing incidence X-ray diffraction and micro-Raman demonstrate reversible semiconductor-metal transition of the hybrid, changing from a low-temperature monoclinic VO{sub 2}(M) to a high-temperature tetragonal rutile VO{sub 2}(R) crystalline structure, coupled with a decrease in phase transition temperature. Effective optical response studied in terms of red/blue shift of the reflectance spectra results in a wavelength-dependent optical switching with temperature. As compared to VO{sub 2} film over crystalline silicon substrate, the hybrid structure is found to demonstrate up to 3-fold increase in the change of reflectivity with temperature, an enlarged hysteresis loop and a wider operational window for its potential application as an optical temperature sensor. Such silicon based hybrids represent an exciting class of functional materials to display thermally triggered optical switching culminated by the characteristics of each of the constituent blocks as well as device compatibility with standard integrated circuit technology.

  3. Comparison of frequency-distance relationship and Gaussian-diffusion-based methods of compensation for distance-dependent spatial resolution in SPECT imaging

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    The goal of this investigation was to compare resolution recovery versus noise level of two methods for compensation of distance-dependent resolution (DDR) in SPECT imaging. The two methods of compensation were restoration filtering based on the frequency-distance relationship (FDR) prior to iterative reconstruction, and modelling DDR in the projector/backprojector pair employed in iterative reconstruction. FDR restoration filtering was computationally faster than modelling the detector response in iterative reconstruction. Using Gaussian diffusion to model the detector response in iterative reconstruction sped up the process by a factor of 2.5 over frequency domain filtering in the projector/backprojector pair. Gaussian diffusion modelling resulted in a better resolution versus noise tradeoff than either FDR restoration filtering or solely modelling attenuation in the projector/backprojector pair of iterative reconstruction. For the pixel size investigated herein (0.317 cm), accounting for DDR in the projector/backprojector pair by Gaussian diffusion, or by applying a blurring function based on the distance from the face of the collimator at each distance, resulted in very similar resolution recovery and slice noise level. (author)

  4. Porous silicon-VO2 based hybrids as possible optical temperature sensor: Wavelength-dependent optical switching from visible to near-infrared range

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    Antunez, E. E.; Salazar-Kuri, U.; Estevez, J. O.; Campos, J.; Basurto, M. A.; Jiménez Sandoval, S.; Agarwal, V.

    2015-10-01

    Morphological properties of thermochromic VO2—porous silicon based hybrids reveal the growth of well-crystalized nanometer-scale features of VO2 as compared with typical submicron granular structure obtained in thin films deposited on flat substrates. Structural characterization performed as a function of temperature via grazing incidence X-ray diffraction and micro-Raman demonstrate reversible semiconductor-metal transition of the hybrid, changing from a low-temperature monoclinic VO2(M) to a high-temperature tetragonal rutile VO2(R) crystalline structure, coupled with a decrease in phase transition temperature. Effective optical response studied in terms of red/blue shift of the reflectance spectra results in a wavelength-dependent optical switching with temperature. As compared to VO2 film over crystalline silicon substrate, the hybrid structure is found to demonstrate up to 3-fold increase in the change of reflectivity with temperature, an enlarged hysteresis loop and a wider operational window for its potential application as an optical temperature sensor. Such silicon based hybrids represent an exciting class of functional materials to display thermally triggered optical switching culminated by the characteristics of each of the constituent blocks as well as device compatibility with standard integrated circuit technology.

  5. Mechanism-based inactivation of cytochrome P-450 dependent benzo[a]pyrene hydroxylase activity by acetylenic and olefinic polycyclic arylhydrocarbons

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    A series of aryl acetylenes and aryl olefins have been examined as substrates and inhibitors of cytochrome P-450 dependent monooxygenases in liver microsomes from 5,6-benzoflavone or phenobarbital pretreated rats. 1-Ethynylpyrene (EP), 3-ethynylperylene (EPL), cis- and trans-1-(2-bromo-vinyl)pyrene (c-BVP and t-BVP), and 1-allylpyrene (AP) serve as mechanism-based irreversible inactivators (suicide inhibitors) of benzo(a)pyrene (BP) hydroxylase, while 1-vinyl-pyrene (VP) and phenyl 1-pyrenyl acetylene (PPA) do not cause a detectable suicide inhibition of the BP hydroxylase. The mechanism-based loss of BP hydroxylase activity caused by the aryl acetylenes is not accompanied by a corresponding loss of the P-450 content of the microsomes. In the presence of NADPH, 3H-labeled EP covalently attached to P-450 isozymes with a measured stoichiometry of one mole of EP per mole of the P-450 heme. The results of the effects of these aryl derivatives in the mammalian cell-mediated mutagenesis assay and toxicity assay show that none of the compounds examined nor any of the their metabolites produced in the incubation system are cytotoxic to V79 cells

  6. Analog computing for a new nuclear reactor dynamic model based on a time-dependent second order form of the neutron transport equation

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    This paper considers the concept of analog computing based on a cellular neural network (CNN) paradigm to simulate nuclear reactor dynamics using a time-dependent second order form of the neutron transport equation. Instead of solving nuclear reactor dynamic equations numerically, which is time-consuming and suffers from such weaknesses as vulnerability to transient phenomena, accumulation of round-off errors and floating-point overflows, use is made of a new method based on a cellular neural network. The state-of-the-art shows the CNN as being an alternative solution to the conventional numerical computation method. Indeed CNN is an analog computing paradigm that performs ultra-fast calculations and provides accurate results. In this study use is made of the CNN model to simulate the space-time response of scalar flux distribution in steady state and transient conditions. The CNN model also is used to simulate step perturbation in the core. The accuracy and capability of the CNN model are examined in 2D Cartesian geometry for two fixed source problems, a mini-BWR assembly, and a TWIGL Seed/Blanket problem. We also use the CNN model concurrently for a typical small PWR assembly to simulate the effect of temperature feedback, poisons, and control rods on the scalar flux distribution

  7. Analog computing for a new nuclear reactor dynamic model based on a time-dependent second order form of the neutron transport equation

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    Pirouzmand, Ahmad; Hadad, Kamal [Shiraz University, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Suh, Kune Y. [Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-06-15

    This paper considers the concept of analog computing based on a cellular neural network (CNN) paradigm to simulate nuclear reactor dynamics using a time-dependent second order form of the neutron transport equation. Instead of solving nuclear reactor dynamic equations numerically, which is time-consuming and suffers from such weaknesses as vulnerability to transient phenomena, accumulation of round-off errors and floating-point overflows, use is made of a new method based on a cellular neural network. The state-of-the-art shows the CNN as being an alternative solution to the conventional numerical computation method. Indeed CNN is an analog computing paradigm that performs ultra-fast calculations and provides accurate results. In this study use is made of the CNN model to simulate the space-time response of scalar flux distribution in steady state and transient conditions. The CNN model also is used to simulate step perturbation in the core. The accuracy and capability of the CNN model are examined in 2D Cartesian geometry for two fixed source problems, a mini-BWR assembly, and a TWIGL Seed/Blanket problem. We also use the CNN model concurrently for a typical small PWR assembly to simulate the effect of temperature feedback, poisons, and control rods on the scalar flux distribution

  8. Structural Coloration Pigments based on Carbon Modified ZnS@SiO2 Nanospheres with Low-Angle Dependence, High Color Saturation, and Enhanced Stability.

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    Wang, Fen; Zhang, Xin; Lin, Ying; Wang, Lei; Zhu, Jianfeng

    2016-02-24

    Vividly structurally colored pigments produced by employing materials with high indices of refraction such as ZnS, TiO2, or ZrO2 have attracted great attention recently. Generally, pigments with high refractive index based on three-dimensional ordered macroporous (3DOM) structures were prepared by a colloidal crystal template method. However, the preparation of 3DOM structures is time-consuming. Moreover, it will also lead to iridescent colors. In this work, structurally colored pigments based on carbon-modified core-shell nanospheres of ZnS@SiO2 were prepared by a homogeneous deposition method, followed by a modified Stöber method and a calcination process. Compared with conventional method, the pigments prepared in our work shows high color saturation, enhanced stability and low angle dependent. Typical paints composed of pigments and ethanol could be spray coated on any substrates without limitation. These core-shell structural coloration pigments have potential applications for displays, colorimetric sensors, and pigments. PMID:26824514

  9. Porous silicon-VO2 based hybrids as possible optical temperature sensor: Wavelength-dependent optical switching from visible to near-infrared range

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    Morphological properties of thermochromic VO2—porous silicon based hybrids reveal the growth of well-crystalized nanometer-scale features of VO2 as compared with typical submicron granular structure obtained in thin films deposited on flat substrates. Structural characterization performed as a function of temperature via grazing incidence X-ray diffraction and micro-Raman demonstrate reversible semiconductor-metal transition of the hybrid, changing from a low-temperature monoclinic VO2(M) to a high-temperature tetragonal rutile VO2(R) crystalline structure, coupled with a decrease in phase transition temperature. Effective optical response studied in terms of red/blue shift of the reflectance spectra results in a wavelength-dependent optical switching with temperature. As compared to VO2 film over crystalline silicon substrate, the hybrid structure is found to demonstrate up to 3-fold increase in the change of reflectivity with temperature, an enlarged hysteresis loop and a wider operational window for its potential application as an optical temperature sensor. Such silicon based hybrids represent an exciting class of functional materials to display thermally triggered optical switching culminated by the characteristics of each of the constituent blocks as well as device compatibility with standard integrated circuit technology

  10. Adam Smith and dependency.

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    Ozler, Sule

    2012-06-01

    The focus of this paper is the works and life of Adam Smith, who is widely recognized as the father and founder of contemporary economics. Latent content analysis is applied to his seminal text in economics, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776). The results reveal that Smith considers dependence on others a problem and sees the solution to this problem in impersonalized interdependence. In addition, his views on social dependency and personal dependency, reflected in his Lectures on Jurisprudence (1963) and The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759), are analyzed. This analysis suggests a central tension between dependence and independence in Smith's writings. The personal dependency patterns he exhibited in his life, which also suggest a tension between dependence and independence, are identified through a reading of his biographies. Based on insights from psychoanalytic literature, this paper proposes that developing the ideas in the Wealth of Nations was part of Smith's creative solution to this tension. In particular, his solution to one individual's dependence on another was through a system of impersonalized interdependence. In other words, Smith defended against his personal dependence through his economic theorizing. PMID:22712591

  11. Phenibut dependence.

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    Samokhvalov, Andriy V; Paton-Gay, C Lindsay; Balchand, Kam; Rehm, Jürgen

    2013-01-01

    Phenibut is a γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) agonist designed and used as an anxiolytic in Russia. In Western countries, phenibut is not a registered medication but is available through online stores as a supplement. We present a case of a patient who used phenibut to self-medicate anxiety, insomnia and cravings for alcohol. While phenibut was helpful initially, the patient developed dependence including tolerance, significant withdrawal symptoms within 3-4 h of last use and failure to fulfil his roles at work and at home. He finally sought medical assistance in our addictions clinic. We have gradually, over the course of 9 weeks, substituted phenibut with baclofen, which has similar pharmacological properties, and then successfully tapered the patient off baclofen. This required approximately 10 mg of baclofen for each gram of phenibut. PMID:23391959

  12. Improving atmospheric CO2 retrievals using line mixing and speed-dependence when fitting high-resolution ground-based solar spectra

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    Mendonca, J.; Strong, K.; Toon, G. C.; Wunch, D.; Sung, K.; Deutscher, N. M.; Griffith, D. W. T.; Franklin, J. E.

    2016-05-01

    A quadratic speed-dependent Voigt spectral line shape with line mixing (qSDV + LM) has been included in atmospheric trace-gas retrievals to improve the accuracy of the calculated CO2 absorption coefficients. CO2 laboratory spectra were used to validate absorption coefficient calculations for three bands: the strong 20013 ← 00001 band centered at 4850 cm-1, and the weak 30013 ← 00001 and 30012 ← 00001 bands centered at 6220 cm-1 and 6340 cm-1 respectively, and referred to below as bands 1 and 2. Several different line lists were tested. Laboratory spectra were best reproduced for the strong CO2 band when using HITRAN 2008 spectroscopic data with air-broadened widths divided by 0.985, self-broadened widths divided by 0.978, line mixing coefficients calculated using the exponential power gap (EPG) law, and a speed-dependent parameter of 0.11 used for all lines. For the weak CO2 bands, laboratory spectra were best reproduced using spectroscopic parameters from the studies by Devi et al. in 2007 coupled with line mixing coefficients calculated using the EPG law. A total of 132,598 high-resolution ground-based solar absorption spectra were fitted using qSDV + LM to calculate CO2 absorption coefficients and compared to fits that used the Voigt line shape. For the strong CO2 band, the average root mean square (RMS) residual is 0.49 ± 0.22% when using qSDV + LM to calculate the absorption coefficients. This is an improvement over the results with the Voigt line shape, which had an average RMS residual of 0.60 ± 0.21%. When using the qSDV + LM to fit the two weak CO2 bands, the average RMS residual is 0.47 ± 0.19% and 0.51 ± 0.20% for bands 1 and 2, respectively. These values are identical to those obtained with the Voigt line shape. Finally, we find that using the qSDV + LM decreases the airmass dependence of the column averaged dry air mole fraction of CO2 retrieved from the strong and both weak CO2 bands when compared to the retrievals obtained using the Voigt

  13. Climatology of the relationship of cusp-related density anomaly with zonal wind and large-scale FAC based on CHAMP observations: IMF By and solar cycle dependence

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    Kervalishvili, Guram; Lühr, Hermann

    2014-05-01

    We present climatology of the relationship of cusp-related density enhancement with the neutral zonal wind velocity, large-scale field-aligned current (FAC), small-scale FAC, and electron temperature using the superposed epoch analysis (SEA) method. The dependence of these variables on the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) By component orientation and solar cycle are of particular interest. In addition, the obtained results of relative density enhancement (ρrel), zonal wind, electron temperature and FAC are subdivided into three local seasons of 130 days each: local winter (1 January ±65 days), combined equinoxes (1 April ±32 days and 1 October ±32 days), and local summer (1 July ±65 days). Our investigation is based on CHAMP satellite observations and NASA/GSFC's OMNI online data set for solar maximum (Mar/2002-2007) and minimum (Mar/2004-2009) conditions in the Northern Hemisphere. The SEA technique uses the time and location of the thermospheric mass density anomaly peaks as reference parameters. The relative amplitude of cusp-related density enhancement does on average not depend on the IMF By orientation, solar cycle phase, and local season. Also, it is apparent that the IMF By amplitude does not have a big influence on the relative amplitude of the density anomaly. Conversely, there exists a good correlation between ρrel and the negative amplitude of IMF Bz prevailing about half an hour earlier. In the cusp region, both large-scale FAC distribution and thermospheric zonal wind velocity exhibit a clear dependence on the IMF By orientation. In the case of positive (negative) IMF By there is a systematic imbalance between downward (upward) and upward (downward) FACs peaks equatorward and poleward of the reference point, respectively. The zonal wind velocity is directed towards west i.e. towards dawn in a geomagnetic latitude-magnetic local time (MLat-MLT) frame. This is true for all local seasons and solar conditions. The thermospheric density

  14. Overcoming bortezomib resistance in human B cells by anti-CD20/rituximab-mediated complement-dependent cytotoxicity and epoxyketone-based irreversible proteasome inhibitors

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    Verbrugge Sue Ellen

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In clinical and experimental settings, antibody-based anti-CD20/rituximab and small molecule proteasome inhibitor (PI bortezomib (BTZ treatment proved effective modalities for B cell depletion in lymphoproliferative disorders as well as autoimmune diseases. However, the chronic nature of these diseases requires either prolonged or re-treatment, often with acquired resistance as a consequence. Methods Here we studied the molecular basis of acquired resistance to BTZ in JY human B lymphoblastic cells following prolonged exposure to this drug and examined possibilities to overcome resistance by next generation PIs and anti-CD20/rituximab-mediated complement-dependent cytotoxicity (CDC. Results Characterization of BTZ-resistant JY/BTZ cells compared to parental JY/WT cells revealed the following features: (a 10–12 fold resistance to BTZ associated with the acquisition of a mutation in the PSMB5 gene (encoding the constitutive β5 proteasome subunit introducing an amino acid substitution (Met45Ile in the BTZ-binding pocket, (b a significant 2–4 fold increase in the mRNA and protein levels of the constitutive β5 proteasome subunit along with unaltered immunoproteasome expression, (c full sensitivity to the irreversible epoxyketone-based PIs carfilzomib and (to a lesser extent the immunoproteasome inhibitor ONX 0914. Finally, in association with impaired ubiquitination and attenuated breakdown of CD20, JY/BTZ cells harbored a net 3-fold increase in CD20 cell surface expression, which was functionally implicated in conferring a significantly increased anti-CD20/rituximab-mediated CDC. Conclusions These results demonstrate that acquired resistance to BTZ in B cells can be overcome by next generation PIs and by anti-CD20/rituximab-induced CDC, thereby paving the way for salvage therapy in BTZ-resistant disease.

  15. Early mortality in multiple myeloma: the time-dependent impact of comorbidity: A population-based study in 621 real-life patients.

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    Ríos-Tamayo, Rafael; Sáinz, Juan; Martínez-López, Joaquín; Puerta, José Manuel; Chang, Daysi-Yoe-Ling; Rodríguez, Teresa; Garrido, Pilar; de Veas, José Luís García; Romero, Antonio; Moratalla, Lucía; López-Fernández, Elisa; González, Pedro Antonio; Sánchez, María José; Jiménez-Moleón, José Juan; Jurado, Manuel; Lahuerta, Juan José

    2016-07-01

    Multiple myeloma is a heterogeneous disease with variable survival; this variability cannot be fully explained by the current systems of risk stratification. Early mortality remains a serious obstacle to further improve the trend toward increased survival demonstrated in recent years. However, the definition of early mortality is not standardized yet. Importantly, no study has focused on the impact of comorbidity on early mortality in multiple myeloma to date. Therefore, we analyzed the role of baseline comorbidity in a large population-based cohort of 621 real-life myeloma patients over a 31-year period. To evaluate early mortality, a sequential multivariate regression model at 2, 6, and 12 months from diagnosis was performed. It was demonstrated that comorbidity had an independent impact on early mortality, which is differential and time-dependent. Besides renal failure, respiratory disease at 2 months, liver disease at 6 months, and hepatitis virus C infection at 12 months, were, respectively, associated with early mortality, adjusting for other well-established prognostic factors. On the other hand, the long-term monitoring in our study points out a modest downward trend in early mortality over time. This is the first single institution population-based study aiming to assess the impact of comorbidity on early mortality in multiple myeloma. It is suggested that early mortality should be analyzed at three key time points (2, 6, and 12 months), in order to allow comparisons between studies. Comorbidity plays a critical role in the outcome of myeloma patients in terms of early mortality. Am. J. Hematol. 91:700-704, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:27074204

  16. Dependency of tunneling magneto-resistance on Fe insertion-layer thickness in Co2Fe6B2/MgO-based magnetic tunneling junctions

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    For Co2Fe6B2/MgO-based perpendicular magnetic tunneling junctions spin valves with [Co/Pd]n-synthetic-antiferromagnetic (SyAF) layers, the tunneling-magneto-resistance (TMR) ratio strongly depends on the nanoscale Fe insertion-layer thickness (tFe) between the Co2Fe6B2 pinned layer and MgO tunneling barrier. The TMR ratio rapidly increased as tFe increased up to 0.4 nm by improving the crystalline linearity of a MgO tunneling barrier and by suppressing the diffusion of Pd atoms from a [Co/Pd]n-SyAF. However, it abruptly decreased by further increasing tFe in transferring interfacial-perpendicular magnetic anisotropy into the IMA characteristic of the Co2Fe6B2 pinned layer. Thus, the TMR ratio peaked at tFe = 0.4 nm: i.e., 120% at 29 Ωμm2

  17. Association of the insulin-receptor variant Met-985 with hyperglycemia and non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus in the Netherlands: A population-based study

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    `t Hart, L.M.; Maassen, J.A. [Leiden Univ. (Netherlands); Does, F.E.E. van der [Free Univ., Amsterdam (Netherlands)] [and others

    1996-11-01

    One of the characteristics of non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) is the presence of insulin. Most NIDDM patients have a normal sequence of the insulin receptor, indicating that, if insulin-receptor mutations contribute to the development of NIDDM, they will be present only in a minor fraction of the NIDDM population. The goal of the present study was to examine whether insulin-receptor mutations contribute to the development of NIDDM. We examined 161 individuals with NIDDM and 538 healthy controls from the population-based Rotterdam study for the presence of mutations in the insulin-receptor gene by SSCP. A heterozygous mutation changing valine-985 into methionine was detected in 5.6% of diabetic subjects and in 1.3% of individuals with normal oral glucose tolerance test. Adjusted for age, gender, and body-mass index, this revealed a relative risk for diabetes of 4.49 (95% confidence interval 1.59-12.25) for Met-985 carriers. When the total study group was analyzed, the prevalence of the mutation increased with increasing serum glucose levels (test for trend P < .005). We conclude that the Met-985 insulin-receptor variant associates with hyperglycemia and represents a risk factor for NIDDM. 30 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  18. Magnetic circular dichroism of porphyrins containing M = Ca, Ni, and Zn. A computational study based on time-dependent density functional theory.

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    Peralta, G A; Seth, Michael; Ziegler, Tom

    2007-10-29

    A theoretical study is presented on the magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) exhibited by the porphyrin complexes MP (M = Mg,Ni,Zn), MTPP (M = Mg,Ni,Zn), and NiOEP, where P = porphyrin, TPP = tetraphenylporphyrin, and OEP = octaethylporphyrin. The study makes use of a newly implemented method for the calculation of A and B terms from the theory of MCD and is based on time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT). It is shown that the MCD spectrum is dominated by a single positive A term in the Q-band region in agreement with experiment where available. The band can be fully explained as the first transition in Gouterman's four-orbital model for the type of porphyrins studied here. For the Soret band, the experimental MCD spectrum appears as a single positive A term. This is also what is found computationally for NiP and NiTPP, where the second transition in Gouterman's four-orbital model give rise to a positive A term. However, for the remaining systems, the simulated MCD spectrum is actually due to two B terms that have the appearance of one positive pseudo A term. The two B terms appear because the second Gouterman state is coupled strongly to a second excited state (b(2u) --> 2e(g)) of nearly the same energy by the external magnetic field. PMID:17914806

  19. Size- and dimensionality-dependent optical, magnetic and magneto-optical properties of binary europium-based nanocrystals: EuX (X = O, S, Se, Te)

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    Zhou, Xingzhi; Zhang, Kelvin HL; Xiong, Jie; Park, Ju-Hyun; Dickerson, James H.; He, Weidong

    2016-05-01

    Europium chalcogenides (EuX, X = O, S, Se, Te), a class of prototypical Heisenberg magnetic semiconductors, exhibit intriguing properties in optics, magnetism, and magneto-optics at the nanoscale, and have broad application potential in optical/magnetic sensors, spintronics, optical isolators, etc. EuX nanocrystals (NCs) exhibit enhanced properties, such as high saturation magnetization, a strong magneto-optic effect (Faraday rotation), and high magneto resistance, which are all unanimously dependent on the NC’s size, shape, and surface information. In this report, we give an overview of the fundamental properties of bulk EuX, and illustrate the quantum confinement effects on the optical, magnetic and magneto-optical properties of EuX nanostructures. We then focus on doping and self-assembly—two efficient methods that enhance magnetic properties by manipulating magnetic coupling in EuX nanostructures. In particular, we look towards future research on Eu2+ NCs, which along with the overview provides an up-to-date platform for evaluating the fundamental properties and application potential of Eu-based semiconductors.

  20. Polarization-dependent all-optical modulator with ultra-high modulation depth based on a stereo graphene-microfiber structure

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    Xu, Fei; Zheng, Bi-cai; Shao, Guang-hao; Ge, Shi-jun; Lu, Yan-qing

    2015-01-01

    We report an in-line polarization-dependent all-optical fiber modulator based on a stereo graphene-microfiber structure (GMF) by utilizing the lab-on-rod technique. Owing to the unique spring-like geometry, an ultra-long GMF interaction length can be achieved, and an ultra-high modulation depth (MD) of ~7.5 dB and a high modulation efficiency (ME) of ~0.2 dB/mW were demonstrated for one polarization state. The MD and ME are more than one order larger than those of other graphene-waveguide hybrid all-optical modulators. By further optimizing the transferring and cleaning process, the modulator can quickly switch between transparent and opaque states for both the two polarization states with a maximized MD of tens of decibels. This modulator is compatible with current fiber-optic communication systems and may be applied in the near future to meet the impending need for ultrafast optical signal processing.