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  1. Characterization of 2219 Aluminum Produced by Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication

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    Taminger, Karen M. B.; Hafley, Robert A.

    2002-01-01

    Researchers at NASA Langley Research Center are developing a new electron beam freeform fabrication (EB F(sup 3)) technique to fabricate metal parts. This process introduces metal wire into a molten pool created by a focused electron beam. Potential aerospace applications for this technology include ground-based fabrication of airframe structures and on-orbit construction and repair of space components and structures. Processing windows for reliably producing high quality 2219 aluminum parts using the EB F(sup 3) technique are being defined. The effects of translation speed, wire feed rate, and beam power on the resulting microstructures and mechanical properties are explored. Tensile properties (ultimate tensile strength, yield strength, and elongation) show little effect over the range of processing conditions tested. Basic processing-microstructure-property correlations are drawn for the EB F(sup 3) process.

  2. Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication of Titanium Alloy Gradient Structures

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    Brice, Craig A.; Newman, John A.; Bird, Richard Keith; Shenoy, Ravi N.; Baughman, James M.; Gupta, Vipul K.

    2014-01-01

    Historically, the structural optimization of aerospace components has been done through geometric methods. A monolithic material is chosen based on the best compromise between the competing design limiting criteria. Then the structure is geometrically optimized to give the best overall performance using the single material chosen. Functionally graded materials offer the potential to further improve structural efficiency by allowing the material composition and/or microstructural features to spatially vary within a single structure. Thus, local properties could be tailored to the local design limiting criteria. Additive manufacturing techniques enable the fabrication of such graded materials and structures. This paper presents the results of a graded material study using two titanium alloys processed using electron beam freeform fabrication, an additive manufacturing process. The results show that the two alloys uniformly mix at various ratios and the resultant static tensile properties of the mixed alloys behave according to rule-of-mixtures. Additionally, the crack growth behavior across an abrupt change from one alloy to the other shows no discontinuity and the crack smoothly transitions from one crack growth regime into another.

  3. Combined Compression and Shear Structural Evaluation of Stiffened Panels Fabricated Using Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication

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    Nelson, Erik Walter

    2008-01-01

    Unitized aircraft structures have the potential to be more efficient than current aircraft structures. The Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication (EBF3) process can be used to manufacture unitized aircraft structures. The structural efficiency of blade stiffened panels made with EBF3 was compared to panels made by integrally machining from thick plate. The panels were tested under two load cases in a combined compression-shear load test fixture. One load case tested the panels' responses to a...

  4. Grain Refinement of Freeform Fabricated Ti-6Al-4V Alloy Using Beam/Arc Modulation

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    Mitzner, Scott; Liu, Stephen; Domack, Marcia S.; Hafley, Robert A.

    2012-01-01

    Grain refinement can significantly improve the mechanical properties of freeform-fabricated Ti-6Al-4V alloy, promoting increased strength and enhanced isotropy compared with coarser grained material. Large beta-grains can lead to a segregated microstructure, in regard to both alpha-phase morphology and alpha-lath orientation. Beam modulation, which has been used in conventional fusion welding to promote grain refinement, is explored in this study for use in additive manufacturing processes including electron beam freeform fabrication (EBF(sup 3)) and gas-tungsten arc (GTA) deposition to alter solidification behavior and produce a refined microstructure. The dynamic molten pool size induced by beam modulation causes rapid heat flow variance and results in a more competitive grain growth environment, reducing grain size. Consequently, improved isotropy and strength can be achieved with relatively small adjustments to deposition parameters.

  5. Fabrication of freeform optics

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    Blalock, Todd; Medicus, Kate; DeGroote Nelson, Jessica

    2015-08-01

    Freeform surfaces on optical components have become an important design tool for optical designers. Non-rotationally symmetric optical surfaces have made solving complex optical problems easier. The manufacturing and testing of these surfaces has been the technical hurdle in freeform optic's wide-spread use. Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) optics manufacturing technology has made the fabrication of optical components more deterministic and streamlined for traditional optics and aspheres. Optimax has developed a robust freeform optical fabrication CNC process that includes generation, high speed VIBE polishing, sub-aperture figure correction, surface smoothing and testing of freeform surfaces. Metrology of freeform surface is currently achieved with coordinate measurement machines (CMM) for lower resolution and interferometry with computer generated holograms (CGH) for high resolution irregularity measurements.

  6. Effect of Orientation on Tensile Properties of Inconel 718 Block Fabricated with Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication (EBF3)

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    Bird, R. Keith; Atherton, Todd S.

    2010-01-01

    Electron beam freeform fabrication (EBF3) direct metal deposition processing was used to fabricate an Inconel 718 bulk block deposit. Room temperature tensile properties were measured as a function of orientation and location within the block build. This study is a follow-on activity to previous work on Inconel 718 EBF3 deposits that were too narrow to allow properties to be measured in more than one orientation

  7. Monitoring Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication by Active Machine Vision Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Additive manufacturing is a modern fabrication process by which three dimensional components are built up layer-by-layer. Each layer corresponds to a cross-section...

  8. Evolution and Control of 2219 Aluminum Microstructural Features through Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication

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    Taminger, Karen M.; Hafley, Robert A.; Domack, Marcia S.

    2006-01-01

    Electron beam freeform fabrication (EBF3) is a new layer-additive process that has been developed for near-net shape fabrication of complex structures. EBF3 uses an electron beam to create a molten pool on the surface of a substrate. Wire is fed into the molten pool and the part translated with respect to the beam to build up a 3-dimensional structure one layer at a time. Unlike many other freeform fabrication processes, the energy coupling of the electron beam is extremely well suited to processing of aluminum alloys. The layer-additive nature of the EBF3 process results in a tortuous thermal path producing complex microstructures including: small homogeneous equiaxed grains; dendritic growth contained within larger grains; and/or pervasive dendritic formation in the interpass regions of the deposits. Several process control variables contribute to the formation of these different microstructures, including translation speed, wire feed rate, beam current and accelerating voltage. In electron beam processing, higher accelerating voltages embed the energy deeper below the surface of the substrate. Two EBF3 systems have been established at NASA Langley, one with a low-voltage (10-30kV) and the other a high-voltage (30-60 kV) electron beam gun. Aluminum alloy 2219 was processed over a range of different variables to explore the design space and correlate the resultant microstructures with the processing parameters. This report is specifically exploring the impact of accelerating voltage. Of particular interest is correlating energy to the resultant material characteristics to determine the potential of achieving microstructural control through precise management of the heat flux and cooling rates during deposition.

  9. Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication (EBF3) for Cost Effective Near-Net Shape Manufacturing

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    Taminger, Karen M.; Hafley, Robert A.

    2006-01-01

    Manufacturing of structural metal parts directly from computer aided design (CAD) data has been investigated by numerous researchers over the past decade. Researchers at NASA Langley Research Center are developing a new solid freeform fabrication process, electron beam freeform fabrication (EBF3), as a rapid metal deposition process that works efficiently with a variety of weldable alloys. EBF3 deposits of 2219 aluminium and Ti-6Al-4V have exhibited a range of grain morphologies depending upon the deposition parameters. These materials have exhibited excellent tensile properties comparable to typical handbook data for wrought plate product after post-processing heat treatments. The EBF3 process is capable of bulk metal deposition at deposition rates in excess of 2500 cubic centimeters per hour (150 in3/hr) or finer detail at lower deposition rates, depending upon the desired application. This process offers the potential for rapidly adding structural details to simpler cast or forged structures rather than the conventional approach of machining large volumes of chips to produce a monolithic metallic structure. Selective addition of metal onto simpler blanks of material can have a significant effect on lead time reduction and lower material and machining costs.

  10. Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication for Cost Effective Near-Net Shape Manufacturing

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    Taminger, Karen M.; Hafley, Robert A.

    2006-01-01

    Manufacturing of structural metal parts directly from computer aided design (CAD) data has been investigated by numerous researchers over the past decade. Researchers at NASA Langley Research Center are developing a new solid freeform fabrication process, electron beam freeform fabrication (EBF3), as a rapid metal deposition process that works efficiently with a variety of weldable alloys. EBF3 deposits of 2219 aluminium and Ti-6Al-4V have exhibited a range of grain morphologies depending upon the deposition parameters. These materials have exhibited excellent tensile properties comparable to typical handbook data for wrought plate product after post-processing heat treatments. The EBF3 process is capable of bulk metal deposition at deposition rates in excess of 2500 cm3/hr (150 in3/hr) or finer detail at lower deposition rates, depending upon the desired application. This process offers the potential for rapidly adding structural details to simpler cast or forged structures rather than the conventional approach of machining large volumes of chips to produce a monolithic metallic structure. Selective addition of metal onto simpler blanks of material can have a significant effect on lead time reduction and lower material and machining costs.

  11. Using Powder Cored Tubular Wire Technology to Enhance Electron Beam Freeform Fabricated Structures

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    Gonzales, Devon; Liu, Stephen; Domack, Marcia; Hafley, Robert

    2016-01-01

    Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication (EBF3) is an additive manufacturing technique, developed at NASA Langley Research Center, capable of fabricating large scale aerospace parts. Advantages of using EBF3 as opposed to conventional manufacturing methods include, decreased design-to-product time, decreased wasted material, and the ability to adapt controls to produce geometrically complex parts with properties comparable to wrought products. However, to fully exploit the potential of the EBF3 process development of materials tailored for the process is required. Powder cored tubular wire (PCTW) technology was used to modify Ti-6Al-4V and Al 6061 feedstock to enhance alloy content, refine grain size, and create a metal matrix composite in the as-solidified structures, respectively.

  12. Texture-Induced Anisotropy in an Inconel 718 Alloy Deposited Using Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication

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    Tayon, W.; Shenoy, R.; Bird, R.; Hafley, R.; Redding, M.

    2014-01-01

    A test block of Inconel (IN) 718 was fabricated using electron beam freeform fabrication (EBF(sup 3)) to examine how the EBF(sup 3) deposition process affects the microstructure, crystallographic texture, and mechanical properties of IN 718. Tests revealed significant anisotropy in the elastic modulus for the as-deposited IN 718. Subsequent tests were conducted on specimens subjected to a heat treatment designed to decrease the level of anisotropy. Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) was used to characterize crystallographic texture in the as-deposited and heat treated conditions. The anisotropy in the as-deposited condition was strongly affected by texture as evidenced by its dependence on orientation relative to the deposition direction. Heat treatment resulted in a significant improvement in modulus of the EBF(sup 3) product to a level nearly equivalent to that for wrought IN 718 with reduced anisotropy; reduction in texture through recrystallization; and production of a more homogeneous microstructure.

  13. Metallurgical Mechanisms Controlling Mechanical Properties of Aluminum Alloy 2219 Produced by Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication

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    Domack, Marcia S.; Tainger, Karen M.

    2006-01-01

    The electron beam freeform fabrication (EBF3) layer-additive manufacturing process has been developed to directly fabricate complex geometry components. EBF3 introduces metal wire into a molten pool created on the surface of a substrate by a focused electron beam. Part geometry is achieved by translating the substrate with respect to the beam to build the part one layer at a time. Tensile properties demonstrated for electron beam deposited aluminum and titanium alloys are comparable to wrought products, although the microstructures of the deposits exhibit cast features. Understanding the metallurgical mechanisms controlling mechanical properties is essential to maximizing application of the EBF3 process. Tensile mechanical properties and microstructures were examined for aluminum alloy 2219 fabricated over a range of EBF3 process variables. Unique microstructures were observed within the deposited layers and at interlayer boundaries, which varied within the deposit height due to microstructural evolution associated with the complex thermal history experienced during subsequent layer deposition. Microstructures exhibited irregularly shaped grains with interior dendritic structures, described based on overall grain size, morphology, distribution, and dendrite spacing, and were correlated with deposition parameters. Fracture features were compared with microstructural elements to define fracture paths and aid in definition of basic processing-microstructure-property correlations.

  14. In-process thermal imaging of the electron beam freeform fabrication process

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    Taminger, Karen M.; Domack, Christopher S.; Zalameda, Joseph N.; Taminger, Brian L.; Hafley, Robert A.; Burke, Eric R.

    2016-05-01

    Researchers at NASA Langley Research Center have been developing the Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication (EBF3) metal additive manufacturing process for the past 15 years. In this process, an electron beam is used as a heat source to create a small molten pool on a substrate into which wire is fed. The electron beam and wire feed assembly are translated with respect to the substrate to follow a predetermined tool path. This process is repeated in a layer-wise fashion to fabricate metal structural components. In-process imaging has been integrated into the EBF3 system using a near-infrared (NIR) camera. The images are processed to provide thermal and spatial measurements that have been incorporated into a closed-loop control system to maintain consistent thermal conditions throughout the build. Other information in the thermal images is being used to assess quality in real time by detecting flaws in prior layers of the deposit. NIR camera incorporation into the system has improved the consistency of the deposited material and provides the potential for real-time flaw detection which, ultimately, could lead to the manufacture of better, more reliable components using this additive manufacturing process.

  15. In-Process Thermal Imaging of the Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication Process

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    Taminger, Karen M.; Domack, Christopher S.; Zalameda, Joseph N.; Taminger, Brian L.; Hafley, Robert A.; Burke, Eric R.

    2016-01-01

    Researchers at NASA Langley Research Center have been developing the Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication (EBF3) metal additive manufacturing process for the past 15 years. In this process, an electron beam is used as a heat source to create a small molten pool on a substrate into which wire is fed. The electron beam and wire feed assembly are translated with respect to the substrate to follow a predetermined tool path. This process is repeated in a layer-wise fashion to fabricate metal structural components. In-process imaging has been integrated into the EBF3 system using a near-infrared (NIR) camera. The images are processed to provide thermal and spatial measurements that have been incorporated into a closed-loop control system to maintain consistent thermal conditions throughout the build. Other information in the thermal images is being used to assess quality in real time by detecting flaws in prior layers of the deposit. NIR camera incorporation into the system has improved the consistency of the deposited material and provides the potential for real-time flaw detection which, ultimately, could lead to the manufacture of better, more reliable components using this additive manufacturing process.

  16. Propulsion Design with Freeform Fabrication Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Propulsion Design with Freeform Fabrication (PDFF) will develop and implement a novel design methodology that leverages the rapidly evolving Solid Freeform...

  17. Closed-Loop Process Control for Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication and Deposition Processes

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    Taminger, Karen M. (Inventor); Hafley, Robert A. (Inventor); Martin, Richard E. (Inventor); Hofmeister, William H. (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    A closed-loop control method for an electron beam freeform fabrication (EBF(sup 3)) process includes detecting a feature of interest during the process using a sensor(s), continuously evaluating the feature of interest to determine, in real time, a change occurring therein, and automatically modifying control parameters to control the EBF(sup 3) process. An apparatus provides closed-loop control method of the process, and includes an electron gun for generating an electron beam, a wire feeder for feeding a wire toward a substrate, wherein the wire is melted and progressively deposited in layers onto the substrate, a sensor(s), and a host machine. The sensor(s) measure the feature of interest during the process, and the host machine continuously evaluates the feature of interest to determine, in real time, a change occurring therein. The host machine automatically modifies control parameters to the EBF(sup 3) apparatus to control the EBF(sup 3) process in a closed-loop manner.

  18. Effect of Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication (EBF3) Processing Parameters on Composition of Ti-6-4

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    Lach, Cynthia L.; Taminger, Karen; Schuszler, A. Bud, II; Sankaran, Sankara; Ehlers, Helen; Nasserrafi, Rahbar; Woods, Bryan

    2007-01-01

    The Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication (EBF3) process developed at NASA Langley Research Center was evaluated using a design of experiments approach to determine the effect of processing parameters on the composition and geometry of Ti-6-4 deposits. The effects of three processing parameters: beam power, translation speed, and wire feed rate, were investigated by varying one while keeping the remaining parameters constant. A three-factorial, three-level, fully balanced mutually orthogonal array (L27) design of experiments approach was used to examine the effects of low, medium, and high settings for the processing parameters on the chemistry, geometry, and quality of the resulting deposits. Single bead high deposits were fabricated and evaluated for 27 experimental conditions. Loss of aluminum in Ti-6-4 was observed in EBF3 processing due to selective vaporization of the aluminum from the sustained molten pool in the vacuum environment; therefore, the chemistries of the deposits were measured and compared with the composition of the initial wire and base plate to determine if the loss of aluminum could be minimized through careful selection of processing parameters. The influence of processing parameters and coupling between these parameters on bulk composition, measured by Direct Current Plasma (DCP), local microchemistries determined by Wavelength Dispersive Spectrometry (WDS), and deposit geometry will also be discussed.

  19. Characterization of Electron Beam Free-Form Fabricated 2219 Aluminum and 316 Stainless Steel

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    Ekrami, Yasamin; Forth, Scott C.; Waid, Michael C.

    2011-01-01

    Researchers at NASA Langley Research Center have developed an additive manufacturing technology for ground and future space based applications. The electron beam free form fabrication (EBF3) is a rapid metal fabrication process that utilizes an electron beam gun in a vacuum environment to replicate a CAD drawing of a part. The electron beam gun creates a molten pool on a metal substrate, and translates with respect to the substrate to deposit metal in designated regions through a layer additive process. Prior to demonstration and certification of a final EBF3 part for space flight, it is imperative to conduct a series of materials validation and verification tests on the ground in order to evaluate mechanical and microstructural properties of the EBF3 manufactured parts. Part geometries of EBF3 2219 aluminum and 316 stainless steel specimens were metallographically inspected, and tested for strength, fatigue crack growth, and fracture toughness. Upon comparing the results to conventionally welded material, 2219 aluminum in the as fabricated condition demonstrated a 30% and 16% decrease in fracture toughness and ductility, respectively. The strength properties of the 316 stainless steel material in the as deposited condition were comparable to annealed stainless steel alloys. Future fatigue crack growth tests will integrate various stress ranges and maximum to minimum stress ratios needed to fully characterize EBF3 manufactured specimens.

  20. Solid freeform fabrication of biomaterials

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    Chu, Tien-Min Gabriel

    1999-12-01

    The biological performance of porous Hydroxyapatite (HA) is closely related to the pore architecture in the implants. The study on the effect of architecture to the biological performance of porous HA requires new manufacturing methods that can fabricate implants with controlled pores channels. In this thesis, four highly loaded HA and alumina suspensions were formulated and three different processes involving Solid Freeform Fabrication (SFF) were developed. An aqueous HA suspension in acrylamides was first formulated and the UV-curing properties were evaluated. With a medical grade HA powder, two non-aqueous HA suspensions were formulated: a 40 vol.% HA suspension in Hexanediol Diacrylate (HDDA) and a 40 vol.% HA suspension in 1:1 mix of Propoxylated Neopentyl Glycol Diacrylate (PNPGDA) and Isobomyl Acrylate (EBA). A 50 vol.% Alumina suspension in PNPGDA/IBA was also formulated. The effect of dispersant to the viscosity of the suspensions was characterized. In the Stereolithography (SL) method, the curing parameters of HA/HDDA and HA/PNPGDA/IBA were determined. Prototype HA implants with 1,700 mum internal channels were built directly on an SL Apparatus (SLA). The designed internal channel patterns were preserved after sintering. In the Ink-jet printing method, the high temperature flow behaviors of the suspensions were characterized. The effects of solids loading to the viscosity of the suspensions were modeled with Krieger-Dougherty equation. Leveling theory developed in paint industry was employed to analyze the self-leveling capability of the suspensions. In the indirect SL method, the thermal curing behavior of HA and alumina suspensions were characterized. The total cure time was measured and the curing kinetics was modeled. Negative molds for the implants were designed and built on SLA with epoxy resin. HA/PNPGDA/IBA was cast into the mold and cured in an oven. The binders and the epoxy mold were pyrolyzed and the green bodies sintered. Internal channels

  1. Elevated temperature characterization of electron beam freeform fabricated Ti-6Al-4V and dispersion strengthened Ti-8Al-1Er

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    Bush, R.W., E-mail: ralph.bush@usafa.edu [Department of Engineering Mechanics, 2354 Fairchild Dr., U.S. Air Force Academy, USAF Academy, CO 80840 (United States); Brice, C.A. [Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, TX (United States)

    2012-09-30

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Electron beam freeform fabrication process. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ti-6Al-4V and rare-earth dispersion Ti alloy. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Tensile, creep, and oxidation properties comparable to alloys made with conventional fabrication methods. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fabrication process allows use of rare-earth dispersion Ti alloy. - Abstract: Electron beam freeform fabrication is an additive manufacturing process that can be used to build fully dense, structural metallic parts directly from a three-dimensional computer model. This technique can replace conventional fabrication methods, such as forging or machining from plate, and enable significant cost, time, and tool savings. Additionally, this method enables the fabrication of alloys with novel compositions that are not well suited to production via ingot metallurgy processes. Ti-8Al-1Er is an experimental dispersion strengthened titanium alloy composition that requires rapid cooling to achieve optimal properties and thus is not amenable to ingot metallurgy production methods. Oxide dispersion strengthened alloys, such as Ti-8Al-1Er are known to have excellent thermal stability and improved high temperature properties. In this work, the room temperature tensile, elevated temperature tensile, creep properties and oxidation resistance of electron beam additive manufactured Ti-6Al-4V and Ti-8Al-1Er were measured and compared to those of laser beam additive manufactured Ti-8Al-1Er and wrought Ti-6Al-4V. Elevated temperature tensile properties were measured between 93 Degree-Sign and 538 Degree-Sign C. Creep tests were performed between 425 Degree-Sign and 455 Degree-Sign C at stresses between 345 and 483 MPa. It was found that the elevated temperature properties of the electron beam additive manufactured products are comparable to those of wrought forms. The elevated temperature strengths of Ti-8Al-1Er are comparable to those of Ti-6Al-4V in percentage of room

  2. Elevated temperature characterization of electron beam freeform fabricated Ti–6Al–4V and dispersion strengthened Ti–8Al–1Er

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    Highlights: ► Electron beam freeform fabrication process. ► Ti–6Al–4V and rare-earth dispersion Ti alloy. ► Tensile, creep, and oxidation properties comparable to alloys made with conventional fabrication methods. ► Fabrication process allows use of rare-earth dispersion Ti alloy. - Abstract: Electron beam freeform fabrication is an additive manufacturing process that can be used to build fully dense, structural metallic parts directly from a three-dimensional computer model. This technique can replace conventional fabrication methods, such as forging or machining from plate, and enable significant cost, time, and tool savings. Additionally, this method enables the fabrication of alloys with novel compositions that are not well suited to production via ingot metallurgy processes. Ti–8Al–1Er is an experimental dispersion strengthened titanium alloy composition that requires rapid cooling to achieve optimal properties and thus is not amenable to ingot metallurgy production methods. Oxide dispersion strengthened alloys, such as Ti–8Al–1Er are known to have excellent thermal stability and improved high temperature properties. In this work, the room temperature tensile, elevated temperature tensile, creep properties and oxidation resistance of electron beam additive manufactured Ti–6Al–4V and Ti–8Al–1Er were measured and compared to those of laser beam additive manufactured Ti–8Al–1Er and wrought Ti–6Al–4V. Elevated temperature tensile properties were measured between 93° and 538 °C. Creep tests were performed between 425° and 455 °C at stresses between 345 and 483 MPa. It was found that the elevated temperature properties of the electron beam additive manufactured products are comparable to those of wrought forms. The elevated temperature strengths of Ti–8Al–1Er are comparable to those of Ti–6Al–4V in percentage of room temperature strength retained at temperature. Based on a Larson–Miller analysis of the creep test

  3. Solid freeform fabrication of biological materials

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    Wang, Jiwen

    This thesis investigates solid freeform fabrication of biological materials for dental restoration and orthopedic implant applications. The basic approach in this study for solid freeform fabrication of biological materials is micro-extrusion of single or multiple slurries for 3D components and inkjet color printing of multiple suspensions for functionally graded materials (FGMs). Common issues associated with micro-extrusion and inkjet color printing are investigated. These common issues include (i) formulation of stable slurries with a pseudoplastic property, (ii) cross-sectional geometry of the extrudate as a function of the extrusion parameters, (iii) fabrication path optimization for extrusion process, (iv) extrusion optimization for multi-layer components, (v) composition control in functionally graded materials, and (vi) sintering optimization to convert the freeform fabricated powder compact to a dense body for biological applications. The present study clearly shows that the rheological and extrusion behavior of dental porcelain slurries depend strongly on the pH value of the slurry and extrusion conditions. A slurry with pseudoplastic properties is a basic requirement for obtaining extruded lines with rectangular cross-sections. The cross-sectional geometry of the extrudate is also strongly affected by extrusion parameters including the extrusion nozzle height, nozzle moving speed, extrusion rate, and critical nozzle height. Proper combinations of these extrusion parameters are necessary in order to obtain single line extrudates with near rectangular cross-sections and 3D objects with dimensional accuracy, uniform wall thickness, good wall uprightness, and no wall slumping. Based on these understandings, single-wall, multi-wall, and solid teeth have been fabricated via micro-extrusion of the dental slurry directly from a CAD digital model in 30 min. Inkjet color printing using stable Al2O3 and ZrO 2 aqueous suspensions has been developed to fabricate

  4. Thermoreversible Gelling Slurry for Solid Freeforming Fabrication

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    Direct-Ink-writing technique (DIW) can perform solid freeforming fabrication (SFF) to produce on-demand complex ceramic components. In this study, thermally gelling concentrated alumina slurry was prepared as a new ink for the direct-ink-writing technique. By employing the triblock copolymers of poly (ethylene oxide) (PEO) and poly (propylene oxide) (PPO), the concentrated alumina slurry showed nearly Newtonian behavior (sol state) at cooled temperature (5 deg. C) and thickened (gel state) at room temperature (30 deg. C). These states were reversible with the temperature change. The thermally-thickened alumina slurry had enough viscoelastic response to perform direct-ink-writing of 3D periodic colloidal structures with feature sizes of around 100μm in air without any clogging. The cooled slurry can be also handled easily on its setting up for DIW due to its low viscosity.

  5. Friction Freeform Fabrication of Superalloy Inconel 718: Prospects and Problems

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    Dilip, J. J. S.; Janaki Ram, G. D.

    2013-12-01

    Friction Freeform Fabrication is a new solid-state additive manufacturing process. The present investigation reports a detailed study on the prospects of this process for additive part fabrication in superalloy Inconel 718. Using a rotary friction welding machine and employing alloy 718 consumable rods in solution treated condition, cylindrical-shaped multi-layer friction deposits (10 mm diameter) were successfully produced. In the as-deposited condition, the deposits showed very fine grain size with no grain boundary δ phase. The deposits responded well to direct aging and showed satisfactory room-temperature tensile properties. However, their stress rupture performance was unsatisfactory because of their layered microstructure with very fine grain size and no grain boundary δ phase. The problem was overcome by heat treating the deposits first at 1353 K (1080 °C) (for increasing the grain size) and then at 1223 K (950 °C) (for precipitating the δ phase). Overall, the current study shows that Friction Freeform Fabrication is a very useful process for additive part fabrication in alloy 718.

  6. Development of a CW NCRF Photoinjector using Solid Freeform Fabrication (SFF)

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    A key issue for high average power, normal conducting radio frequency (NCRF), photoinjectors is efficient structure cooling. To that end, RadiaBeam has been developing the use of Solid Freeform Fabrication (SFF) for the production of NCRF photoinjectors. In this paper we describe the preliminary design, developed in collaboration with JLab, of a high gradient, very high duty cycle, photoinjector combining the cooling efficiency only possible through the use of SFF, and the RF efficiency of a re-entrant gun design. Simulations of the RF and thermal-stress performance are presented, as well as material testing of SFF components.

  7. Fabrication of electroless nickel plated aluminum freeform mirror for an infrared off-axis telescope.

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    Kim, Sanghyuk; Chang, Seunghyuk; Pak, Soojong; Lee, Kwang Jo; Jeong, Byeongjoon; Lee, Gil-Jae; Kim, Geon Hee; Shin, Sang Kyo; Yoo, Song Min

    2015-12-01

    Freeform mirrors can be readily fabricated by a single point diamond turning (SPDT) machine. However, this machining process often leaves mid-frequency errors (MFEs) that generate undesirable diffraction effects and stray light. In this work, we propose a novel thin electroless nickel plating procedure to remove MFE on freeform surfaces. The proposed procedure has a distinct advantage over a typical thick plating method in that the machining process can be endlessly repeated until the designed mirror surface is obtained. This is of great importance because the sophisticated surface of a freeform mirror cannot be optimized by a typical SPDT machining process, which can be repeated only several times before the limited thickness of the nickel plating is consumed. We will also describe the baking process of a plated mirror to improve the hardness of the mirror surface, which is crucial for minimizing the degradation of that mirror surface that occurs during the polishing process. During the whole proposed process, the changes in surface figures and textures are monitored and cross checked by two different types of measurements, as well as by an interference pattern test. The experimental results indicate that the proposed thin electroless nickel plating procedure is very simple but powerful for removing MFEs on freeform mirror surfaces. PMID:26836671

  8. Freeform fabrication of polymer-matrix composite structures

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    Kaufman, S.G.; Spletzer, B.L.; Guess, T.L.

    1997-05-01

    The authors have developed, prototyped, and demonstrated the feasibility of a novel robotic technique for rapid fabrication of composite structures. Its chief innovation is that, unlike all other available fabrication methods, it does not require a mold. Instead, the structure is built patch by patch, using a rapidly reconfigurable forming surface, and a robot to position the evolving part. Both of these components are programmable, so only the control software needs to be changed to produce a new shape. Hence it should be possible to automatically program the system to produce a shape directly from an electronic model of it. It is therefore likely that the method will enable faster and less expensive fabrication of composites.

  9. In-chip fabrication of free-form 3D constructs for directed cell migration analysis

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    Olsen, Mark Holm; Hjortø, Gertrud Malene; Hansen, Morten;

    2013-01-01

    Free-form constructs with three-dimensional (3D) microporosity were fabricated by two-photon polymerization inside the closed microchannel of an injection-molded, commercially available polymer chip for analysis of directed cell migration. Acrylate constructs were produced as woodpile topologies...... with a range of pore sizes from 5 × 5 μm to 15 × 15 μm and prefilled with fibrillar collagen. Dendritic cells seeded into the polymer chip in a concentration gradient of the chemoattractant CCL21 efficiently negotiated the microporous maze structure for pore sizes of 8 × 8 μm or larger. The cells...

  10. Design a freeform microlens array module for any arbitrary-shape collimated beam shaping and color mixing

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    Chen, Enguo; Wu, Rengmao; Guo, Tailiang

    2014-06-01

    Collimated beam shaping with freeform surface usually employs a predefined mapping to tailor one or multiple freeform surfaces. Limitation on those designs is that the source, the freeform optics and the target are in fixed one-to-one correspondence with each other. To overcome this drawback, this paper presents a kind of freeform microlens array module integrated with an ultra-thin freeform microlens array and a condenser lens to reshape any arbitrary-shape collimated beam into a prescribed uniform rectangular illumination and achieve color mixing. The design theory is explicitly given, and some key issues are addressed. Several different application examples are given, and the target is obtained with high uniformity and energy efficiency. This freeform microlens array module, which shows better flexibility and practicality than the regular designs, can be used not only to reshape any arbitrary-shape collimated beam (or a collimated beam integrated with several sub-collimated beams), but also most importantly to achieve color mixing. With excellent optical performance and ultra-compact volume, this optical module together with the design theory can be further introduced into other applications and will have a huge market potential in the near future.

  11. Development of an indirect solid freeform fabrication process based on microstereolithography for 3D porous scaffolds

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    Kang, Hyun-Wook; Seol, Young-Joon; Cho, Dong-Woo

    2009-01-01

    Scaffold fabrication using solid freeform fabrication (SFF) technology is a hot topic in tissue engineering. Here, we present a new indirect SFF technology based on microstereolithography (MSTL), which has the highest resolution of all SFF methods, to construct a three-dimensional (3D) porous scaffold by combining SFF with molding technology. To realize this indirect method, we investigated and modified a water-soluble photopolymer. We used MSTL technology to fabricate a high-resolution 3D porous mold composed of the modified polymer. The mold can be removed using an appropriate solvent. We tested two materials, polycaprolactone and calcium sulfate hemihydrate, using the molding process, and developed a lost-mold shape forming process by dissolving the mold. This procedure demonstrated that the proposed method can yield scaffold pore sizes as small as 60-70 µm. In addition, cytotoxicity test results indicated that the proposed process is feasible for producing 3D porous scaffolds.

  12. Development of an indirect solid freeform fabrication process based on microstereolithography for 3D porous scaffolds

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    Scaffold fabrication using solid freeform fabrication (SFF) technology is a hot topic in tissue engineering. Here, we present a new indirect SFF technology based on microstereolithography (MSTL), which has the highest resolution of all SFF methods, to construct a three-dimensional (3D) porous scaffold by combining SFF with molding technology. To realize this indirect method, we investigated and modified a water-soluble photopolymer. We used MSTL technology to fabricate a high-resolution 3D porous mold composed of the modified polymer. The mold can be removed using an appropriate solvent. We tested two materials, polycaprolactone and calcium sulfate hemihydrate, using the molding process, and developed a lost-mold shape forming process by dissolving the mold. This procedure demonstrated that the proposed method can yield scaffold pore sizes as small as 60–70 µm. In addition, cytotoxicity test results indicated that the proposed process is feasible for producing 3D porous scaffolds

  13. Long-stroke fast tool servo and a tool setting method for freeform optics fabrication

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    Liu, Qiang; Zhou, Xiaoqin; Liu, Zhiwei; Lin, Chao; Ma, Long

    2014-09-01

    Diamond turning assisted by fast tool servo is of high efficiency for the fabrication of freeform optics. This paper describes a long-stroke fast tool servo to obtain a large-amplitude tool motion. It has the advantage of low cost and higher stiffness and natural frequency than other flexure-based long-stroke fast tool servo systems. The fast tool servo is actuated by a voice coil motor and guided by a flexure-hinge structure. Open-loop and close-loop control tests are conducted on the testing platform. While fast tool servo system is an additional motion axis for a diamond turning machine, a tool center adjustment method is described to confirm tool center position in the machine tool coordinate system when the fast tool servo system is fixed on the diamond turning machine. Last, a sinusoidal surface is machined and the results demonstrate that the tool adjustment method is efficient and precise for a flexure-based fast tool servo system, and the fast tool servo system works well on the fabrication of freeform optics.

  14. 3D printing method for freeform fabrication of optical phantoms simulating heterogeneous biological tissue

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    Wang, Minjie; Shen, Shuwei; Yang, Jie; Dong, Erbao; Xu, Ronald

    2014-03-01

    The performance of biomedical optical imaging devices heavily relies on appropriate calibration. However, many of existing calibration phantoms for biomedical optical devices are based on homogenous materials without considering the multi-layer heterogeneous structures observed in biological tissue. Using such a phantom for optical calibration may result in measurement bias. To overcome this problem, we propose a 3D printing method for freeform fabrication of tissue simulating phantoms with multilayer heterogeneous structure. The phantom simulates not only the morphologic characteristics of biological tissue but also absorption and scattering properties. The printing system is based on a 3D motion platform with coordinated control of the DC motors. A special jet nozzle is designed to mix base, scattering, and absorption materials at different ratios. 3D tissue structures are fabricated through layer-by-layer printing with selective deposition of phantom materials of different ingredients. Different mixed ratios of base, scattering and absorption materials have been tested in order to optimize the printing outcome. A spectrometer and a tissue spectrophotometer are used for characterizing phantom absorption and scattering properties. The goal of this project is to fabricate skin tissue simulating phantoms as a traceable standard for the calibration of biomedical optical spectral devices.

  15. Porogen-based solid freeform fabrication of polycaprolactone-calcium phosphate scaffolds for tissue engineering.

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    Mondrinos, Mark J; Dembzynski, Robert; Lu, Lin; Byrapogu, Venkata K C; Wootton, David M; Lelkes, Peter I; Zhou, Jack

    2006-09-01

    Drop on demand printing (DDP) is a solid freeform fabrication (SFF) technique capable of generating microscale physical features required for tissue engineering scaffolds. Here, we report results toward the development of a reproducible manufacturing process for tissue engineering scaffolds based on injectable porogens fabricated by DDP. Thermoplastic porogens were designed using Pro/Engineer and fabricated with a commercially available DDP machine. Scaffolds composed of either pure polycaprolactone (PCL) or homogeneous composites of PCL and calcium phosphate (CaP, 10% or 20% w/w) were subsequently fabricated by injection molding of molten polymer-ceramic composites, followed by porogen dissolution with ethanol. Scaffold pore sizes, as small as 200 microm, were attainable using the indirect (porogen-based) method. Scaffold structure and porosity were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and microcomputed tomography, respectively. We characterized the compressive strength of 90:10 and 80:20 PCL-CaP composite materials (19.5+/-1.4 and 24.8+/-1.3 Mpa, respectively) according to ASTM standards, as well as pure PCL scaffolds (2.77+/-0.26 MPa) fabricated using our process. Human embryonic palatal mesenchymal (HEPM) cells attached and proliferated on all scaffolds, as evidenced by fluorescent nuclear staining with Hoechst 33258 and the Alamar Blue assay, with increased proliferation observed on 80:20 PCL-CaP scaffolds. SEM revealed multilayer assembly of HEPM cells on 80:20 PCL-CaP composite, but not pure PCL, scaffolds. In summary, we have developed an SFF-based injection molding process for the fabrication of PCL and PCL-CaP scaffolds that display in vitro cytocompatibility and suitable mechanical properties for hard tissue repair. PMID:16678255

  16. Development of a hybrid scaffold with synthetic biomaterials and hydrogel using solid freeform fabrication technology

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    Shim, Jin-Hyung; Park, Min; Park, Jaesung; Cho, Dong-Woo [Department of Mechanical Engineering, POSTECH (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jong Young, E-mail: dwcho@postech.ac.kr [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Andong National University (Korea, Republic of)

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    Natural biomaterials such as hyaluronic acid, gelatin and collagen provide excellent environments for tissue regeneration. Furthermore, gel-state natural biomaterials are advantageous for encapsulating cells and growth factors. In cell printing technology, hydrogel which contains cells was printed directly to form three-dimensional (3D) structures for tissue or organ regeneration using various types of printers. However, maintaining the 3D shape of the printed structure, which is made only of the hydrogel, is very difficult due to its weak mechanical properties. In this study, we developed a hybrid scaffold consisting of synthetic biomaterials and natural hydrogel using a multi-head deposition system, which is useful in solid freeform fabrication technology. The hydrogel was intentionally infused into the space between the lines of a synthetic biomaterial-based scaffold. The cellular efficacy of the hybrid scaffold was validated using rat primary hepatocytes and a mouse pre-osteoblast MC3T3-E1 cell line. In addition, the collagen hydrogel, which encapsulates cells, was dispensed and the viability of the cells observed. We demonstrated superior effects of the hybrid scaffold on cell adhesion and proliferation and showed the high viability of dispensed cells.

  17. Multi-layered culture of human skin fibroblasts and keratinocytes through three-dimensional freeform fabrication.

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    Lee, Wonhye; Debasitis, Jason Cushing; Lee, Vivian Kim; Lee, Jong-Hwan; Fischer, Krisztina; Edminster, Karl; Park, Je-Kyun; Yoo, Seung-Schik

    2009-03-01

    We present a method to create multi-layered engineered tissue composites consisting of human skin fibroblasts and keratinocytes which mimic skin layers. Three-dimensional (3D) freeform fabrication (FF) technique, based on direct cell dispensing, was implemented using a robotic platform that prints collagen hydrogel precursor, fibroblasts and keratinocytes. A printed layer of cell-containing collagen was crosslinked by coating the layer with nebulized aqueous sodium bicarbonate. The process was repeated in layer-by-layer fashion on a planar tissue culture dish, resulting in two distinct cell layers of inner fibroblasts and outer keratinocytes. In order to demonstrate the ability to print and culture multi-layered cell-hydrogel composites on a non-planar surface for potential applications including skin wound repair, the technique was tested on a poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) mold with 3D surface contours as a target substrate. Highly viable proliferation of each cell layer was observed on both planar and non-planar surfaces. Our results suggest that organotypic skin tissue culture is feasible using on-demand cell printing technique with future potential application in creating skin grafts tailored for wound shape or artificial tissue assay for disease modeling and drug testing. PMID:19108884

  18. Development of a hybrid scaffold with synthetic biomaterials and hydrogel using solid freeform fabrication technology

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    Natural biomaterials such as hyaluronic acid, gelatin and collagen provide excellent environments for tissue regeneration. Furthermore, gel-state natural biomaterials are advantageous for encapsulating cells and growth factors. In cell printing technology, hydrogel which contains cells was printed directly to form three-dimensional (3D) structures for tissue or organ regeneration using various types of printers. However, maintaining the 3D shape of the printed structure, which is made only of the hydrogel, is very difficult due to its weak mechanical properties. In this study, we developed a hybrid scaffold consisting of synthetic biomaterials and natural hydrogel using a multi-head deposition system, which is useful in solid freeform fabrication technology. The hydrogel was intentionally infused into the space between the lines of a synthetic biomaterial-based scaffold. The cellular efficacy of the hybrid scaffold was validated using rat primary hepatocytes and a mouse pre-osteoblast MC3T3-E1 cell line. In addition, the collagen hydrogel, which encapsulates cells, was dispensed and the viability of the cells observed. We demonstrated superior effects of the hybrid scaffold on cell adhesion and proliferation and showed the high viability of dispensed cells.

  19. Fabrication, characterization, and biocompatibility of single-walled carbon nanotube-reinforced alginate composite scaffolds manufactured using freeform fabrication technique.

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    Yildirim, Eda D; Yin, Xi; Nair, Kalyani; Sun, Wei

    2008-11-01

    Composite polymeric scaffolds from alginate and single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) were produced using a freeform fabrication technique. The scaffolds were characterized for their structural, mechanical, and biological properties by scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, tensile testing, and cell-scaffold interaction study. Three-dimensional hybrid alginate/SWCNT tissue scaffolds were fabricated in a multinozzle biopolymer deposition system, which makes possible to disperse and align SWCNTs in the alginate matrix. The structure of the resultant scaffolds was significantly altered due to SWCNT reinforcement, which was confirmed by Raman spectroscopy. Microtensile testing presented a reinforcement effect of SWCNT to the mechanical strength of the alginate struts. Ogden constitutive modeling was utilized to predict the stress-strain relationship of the alginate scaffold, which compared well with the experimental data. Cellular study by rat heart endothelial cell showed that the SWCNT incorporated in the alginate structure improved cell adhesion and proliferation. Our study suggests that hybrid alginate/SWCNT scaffolds are a promising biomaterial for tissue engineering applications. PMID:18506813

  20. Design of free-form reflector for vehicle LED low-beam headlamp

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    Tsai, Chung-Yu

    2016-08-01

    A method is proposed for the design of a vehicle low-beam headlamp system comprising a reflector and an LED light source. In the proposed approach, the profile of the reflector is designed using a free-form (FF) surface construction method such that each incident ray is directed in such a way as to form a user-specified light pattern on the measuring plane. The light ray paths within the headlamp system are analyzed using an exact analytical model and a skew-ray tracing approach. The validity of the proposed FF design method is demonstrated by means of ZEMAX simulations. It is shown that the light pattern formed on the measuring plane is in good agreement with the target pattern specified by ECE R112. The FF design method is mathematically straightforward and easily implemented in computer code. As such, it provides a useful tool for the design and analysis tasks in optical systems design.

  1. Solid Free-Form Fabrication of Continuous Fiber Reinforced Composites for Propulsion Application

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    Vaidyanathan, R.; Walish, J.; Fox, M.; Rigali, M.; Sutaria, M.; Gillespie, John W., Jr.; Yarlagadda, Shridhar; Effinger, Mike; Munafo, Paul M. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    temperature applications. Typical volume fractions of the two phases are 80 to 95% for the cell phase and 5 to 20% for the interpenetrating cell boundary phase. ACR is currently developing an innovative solid freeform form fabrication (SFF) approach to produce Hf and Zr based ceramic composite components reinforced with continuous carbon fiber tows for critical structural components such as tubes and blisks. The process is simple, robust and will be widely applicable to a number of material systems. This technique was originally developed at the University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials (UD-CCM) for rapid fabrication of polymer matrix composites by a technique called automated tow placement or ATP. The current process is being developed in collaboration with UD-CCM. The paper will detail the freeform fabrication process to create low-cost ceramic fiber reinforced composites for high-temperature applications. The results of mechanical properties and microstructural characterization will be presented, together with examples of complex shapes and parts. It is believed that the process will be able to create complex shaped parts for propulsion applications at an order of magnitude lower cost than current CVI and PIP processes.

  2. Solid Freeform Fabrication of Continuous Fiber Reinforced Composites for Propulsion Applications

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    Vaidyanathan, R.; Walish, J.; Fox, M.; Rigali, M.; Sutaria, M.; Gillespie, John W., Jr.; Yarlagadda, Shridhar; Effinger, Mike

    2000-01-01

    temperature applications. Typical volume fractions of the two phases are 80 to 95% for the cell phase and 5 to 20% for the interpenetrating cell boundary phase. ACR is currently developing an innovative solid freeform form fabrication (SFF) approach to produce Hf and Zr based ceramic composite components reinforced with continuous carbon fiber tows for critical structural components such as tubes and blisks. The process is simple, robust and will be widely applicable to a number of material systems. This technique was originally developed at the University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials (UD-CCM) for rapid fabrication of polymer matrix composites by a technique called automated tow placement or ATP. The current process is being developed in collaboration with UD-CCM. The paper will detail the freeform fabrication process to create low-cost ceramic fiber reinforced composites for high-temperature applications. The results of mechanical properties and microstructural characterization will be presented, together with examples of complex shapes and parts. It is believed that the process will be able to create complex shaped parts for propulsion applications at an order of magnitude lower cost than current CVI and PIP process.

  3. Finite Element Models for Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication Process Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II proposal offers to develop a comprehensive computer simulation methodology based on the finite element method for...

  4. Finite Element Models for Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication Process Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This Small Business Innovation Research proposal offers to develop the most accurate, comprehensive and efficient finite element models to date for simulation of...

  5. Interactive Modeling of Architectural Freeform Structures - Combining Geometry with Fabrication and Statics

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    Jiang, Caigui

    2014-09-01

    This paper builds on recent progress in computing with geometric constraints, which is particularly relevant to architectural geometry. Not only do various kinds of meshes with additional properties (like planar faces, or with equilibrium forces in their edges) become available for interactive geometric modeling, but so do other arrangements of geometric primitives, like honeycomb structures. The latter constitute an important class of geometric objects, with relations to “Lobel” meshes, and to freeform polyhedral patterns. Such patterns are particularly interesting and pose research problems which go beyond what is known for meshes, e.g. with regard to their computing, their flexibility, and the assessment of their fairness.

  6. Free-form processing of near-net shapes using directed light fabrication

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    Directed light fabrication (DLF) is a rapid fabrication process that fuses gas delivered metal powders within a focal zone of a laser beam to produce fully dense, near-net shape, three-dimensional metal components from a computer generated solid model. Computer controls dictate the metal deposition pathways, and no preforms or molds are required to generate complex sample geometries with accurate and precise tolerances. The DLF technique offers unique advantages over conventional thermomechanical processes or thermal spray processes in that many labor and equipment intensive steps can be avoided to produce components with fully dense microstructures. Moreover, owing to the flexibility in power distributions of lasers, a variety of materials have been processed, ranging from aluminum alloys to tungsten, and including intermetallics such as Mo5Si3. Since DLF processing offers unique capabilities and advantages for the rapid fabrication of complex metal components, an examination of the microstructural development has been performed in order to define and optimize the processed materials. Solidification studies of DLF processing have demonstrated that a continuous liquid/solid interface is maintained while achieving high constant cooling rates that can be varied between 10 to 105 K s-1 and solidification growth rates ranging up to the 10-2 m s-1

  7. Characterization of New PEEK/HA Composites with 3D HA Network Fabricated by Extrusion Freeforming

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    Full Text Available Addition of bioactive materials such as calcium phosphates or Bioglass, and incorporation of porosity into polyetheretherketone (PEEK has been identified as an effective approach to improve bone-implant interfaces and osseointegration of PEEK-based devices. In this paper, a novel production technique based on the extrusion freeforming method is proposed that yields a bioactive PEEK/hydroxyapatite (PEEK/HA composite with a unique configuration in which the bioactive phase (i.e., HA distribution is computer-controlled within a PEEK matrix. The 100% interconnectivity of the HA network in the biocomposite confers an advantage over alternative forms of other microstructural configurations. Moreover, the technique can be employed to produce porous PEEK structures with controlled pore size and distribution, facilitating greater cellular infiltration and biological integration of PEEK composites within patient tissue. The results of unconfined, uniaxial compressive tests on these new PEEK/HA biocomposites with 40% HA under both static and cyclic mode were promising, showing the composites possess yield and compressive strength within the range of human cortical bone suitable for load bearing applications. In addition, preliminary evidence supporting initial biological safety of the new technique developed is demonstrated in this paper. Sufficient cell attachment, sustained viability in contact with the sample over a seven-day period, evidence of cell bridging and matrix deposition all confirmed excellent biocompatibility.

  8. Characterization of New PEEK/HA Composites with 3D HA Network Fabricated by Extrusion Freeforming.

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    Vaezi, Mohammad; Black, Cameron; Gibbs, David M R; Oreffo, Richard O C; Brady, Mark; Moshrefi-Torbati, Mohamed; Yang, Shoufeng

    2016-01-01

    Addition of bioactive materials such as calcium phosphates or Bioglass, and incorporation of porosity into polyetheretherketone (PEEK) has been identified as an effective approach to improve bone-implant interfaces and osseointegration of PEEK-based devices. In this paper, a novel production technique based on the extrusion freeforming method is proposed that yields a bioactive PEEK/hydroxyapatite (PEEK/HA) composite with a unique configuration in which the bioactive phase (i.e., HA) distribution is computer-controlled within a PEEK matrix. The 100% interconnectivity of the HA network in the biocomposite confers an advantage over alternative forms of other microstructural configurations. Moreover, the technique can be employed to produce porous PEEK structures with controlled pore size and distribution, facilitating greater cellular infiltration and biological integration of PEEK composites within patient tissue. The results of unconfined, uniaxial compressive tests on these new PEEK/HA biocomposites with 40% HA under both static and cyclic mode were promising, showing the composites possess yield and compressive strength within the range of human cortical bone suitable for load bearing applications. In addition, preliminary evidence supporting initial biological safety of the new technique developed is demonstrated in this paper. Sufficient cell attachment, sustained viability in contact with the sample over a seven-day period, evidence of cell bridging and matrix deposition all confirmed excellent biocompatibility. PMID:27240326

  9. Processing parameters investigation for the fabrication of self-supported and freeform polymeric microstructures using ultraviolet-assisted three-dimensional printing

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    Ultraviolet-assisted three-dimensional (3D) printing (UV-3DP) was used to manufacture photopolymer-based microdevices with 3D self-supported and freeform features. The UV-3DP technique consists of the robotized deposition of extruded filaments, which are rapidly photopolymerized under UV illumination during the deposition process. This paper systematically studies the processing parameters of the UV-3DP technique using two photo-curable polymers and their associated nanocomposite materials. The main processing parameters including materials' rheological behavior, deposition speed and extrusion pressure, and UV illumination conditions were thoroughly investigated. A processing map was then defined in order to help choosing the proper parameters for the UV-3DP of microstructures with various geometries. Compared to self-supported features, the accurate fabrication of 3D freeform structures was found to take place in a narrower processing region since a higher rigidity of the extruded filament was required for structural stability. Finally, various 3D self-supported and freeform microstructures with high potential in micro electromechanical systems, micro-systems and organic electronics were fabricated to show the capability of the technique. (paper)

  10. Printing cell-laden gelatin constructs by free-form fabrication and enzymatic protein crosslinking.

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    Irvine, Scott A; Agrawal, Animesh; Lee, Bae Hoon; Chua, Hui Yee; Low, Kok Yao; Lau, Boon Chong; Machluf, Marcelle; Venkatraman, Subbu

    2015-02-01

    Considerable interest has arisen in precision fabrication of cell bearing scaffolds and structures by free form fabrication. Gelatin is an ideal material for creating cell entrapping constructs, yet its application in free form fabrication remains challenging. We demonstrate the use of gelatin, crosslinked with microbial transglutaminase (mTgase), as a material to print cell bearing hydrogels for both 2-dimensional (2-D) precision patterns and 3-dimensional (3-D) constructs. The precision patterning was attained with 3 % gelatin and 2 % high molecular weight poly (ethylene oxide) (PEO) whereas 3-D constructs were obtained using a 5 % gelatin solution. These hydrogels, referred to as "bioinks" supported entrapped cell growth, allowing cell spreading and proliferation for both HEK293 cells and Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells (HUVECs). These bioinks were shown to be dispensable by robotic precision, forming patterns and constructs that were insoluble and of suitable stiffness to endure post gelation handling. The two bioinks were further characterized for fabrication parameters and mechanical properties. PMID:25653062

  11. Precision Extruding Deposition for Freeform Fabrication of PCL and PCL-HA Tissue Scaffolds

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    Shor, L.; Yildirim, E. D.; Güçeri, S.; Sun, W.

    Computer-aided tissue engineering approach was used to develop a novel Precision Extrusion Deposition (PED) process to directly fabricate Polycaprolactone (PCL) and composite PCL/Hydroxyapatite (PCL-HA) tissue scaffolds. The process optimization was carried out to fabricate both PCL and PCL-HA (25% concentration by weight of HA) with a controlled pore size and internal pore structure of the 0°/90° pattern. Two groups of scaffolds having 60 and 70% porosity and with pore sizes of 450 and 750 microns, respectively, were evaluated for their morphology and compressive properties using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and mechanical testing. The surface modification with plasma was conducted on PCL scaffold to increase the cellular attachment and proliferation. Our results suggested that inclusion of HA significantly increased the compressive modulus from 59 to 84 MPa for 60% porous scaffolds and from 30 to 76 MPa for 70% porous scaffolds. In vitro cell-scaffolds interaction study was carried out using primary fetal bovine osteoblasts to assess the feasibility of scaffolds for bone tissue engineering application. In addition, the results in surface hydrophilicity and roughness show that plasma surface modification can increase the hydrophilicity while introducing the nano-scale surface roughness on PCL surface. The cell proliferation and differentiation were calculated by Alamar Blue assay and by determining alkaline phosphatase activity. The osteoblasts were able to migrate and proliferate over the cultured time for both PCL as well as PCL-HA scaffolds. Our study demonstrated the viability of the PED process to the fabricate PCL and PCL-HA composite scaffolds having necessary mechanical property, structural integrity, controlled pore size and pore interconnectivity desired for bone tissue engineering.

  12. Free-form Light Actuators - Fabrication and Control of Actuation in Microscopic Scale.

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    Zeng, Hao; Wasylczyk, Piotr; Parmeggiani, Camilla; Martella, Daniele; Wiersma, Diederik Sybolt

    2016-01-01

    Liquid crystalline elastomers (LCEs) are smart materials capable of reversible shape-change in response to external stimuli, and have attracted researchers' attention in many fields. Most of the studies focused on macroscopic LCE structures (films, fibers) and their miniaturization is still in its infancy. Recently developed lithography techniques, e.g., mask exposure and replica molding, only allow for creating 2D structures on LCE thin films. Direct laser writing (DLW) opens access to truly 3D fabrication in the microscopic scale. However, controlling the actuation topology and dynamics at the same length scale remains a challenge. In this paper we report on a method to control the liquid crystal (LC) molecular alignment in the LCE microstructures of arbitrary three-dimensional shape. This was made possible by a combination of direct laser writing for both the LCE structures as well as for micrograting patterns inducing local LC alignment. Several types of grating patterns were used to introduce different LC alignments, which can be subsequently patterned into the LCE structures. This protocol allows one to obtain LCE microstructures with engineered alignments able to perform multiple opto-mechanical actuation, thus being capable of multiple functionalities. Applications can be foreseen in the fields of tunable photonics, micro-robotics, lab-on-chip technology and others. PMID:27285398

  13. Free-form Light Actuators — Fabrication and Control of Actuation in Microscopic Scale

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    Zeng, Hao; Wasylczyk, Piotr; Parmeggiani, Camilla; Martella, Daniele; Wiersma, Diederik Sybolt

    2016-01-01

    Liquid crystalline elastomers (LCEs) are smart materials capable of reversible shape-change in response to external stimuli, and have attracted researchers' attention in many fields. Most of the studies focused on macroscopic LCE structures (films, fibers) and their miniaturization is still in its infancy. Recently developed lithography techniques, e.g., mask exposure and replica molding, only allow for creating 2D structures on LCE thin films. Direct laser writing (DLW) opens access to truly 3D fabrication in the microscopic scale. However, controlling the actuation topology and dynamics at the same length scale remains a challenge. In this paper we report on a method to control the liquid crystal (LC) molecular alignment in the LCE microstructures of arbitrary three-dimensional shape. This was made possible by a combination of direct laser writing for both the LCE structures as well as for micrograting patterns inducing local LC alignment. Several types of grating patterns were used to introduce different LC alignments, which can be subsequently patterned into the LCE structures. This protocol allows one to obtain LCE microstructures with engineered alignments able to perform multiple opto-mechanical actuation, thus being capable of multiple functionalities. Applications can be foreseen in the fields of tunable photonics, micro-robotics, lab-on-chip technology and others. PMID:27285398

  14. Freeform fabrication of tissue-simulating phantoms by combining three-dimensional printing and casting

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    Shen, Shuwei; Zhao, Zuhua; Wang, Haili; Han, Yilin; Dong, Erbao; Liu, Bin; Liu, Wendong; Cromeens, Barrett; Adler, Brent; Besner, Gail; Ray, William; Hoehne, Brad; Xu, Ronald

    2016-03-01

    Appropriate surgical planning is important for improved clinical outcome and minimal complications in many surgical operations, such as a conjoined twin separation surgery. We combine 3D printing with casting and assembling to produce a solid phantom of high fidelity to help surgeons for better preparation of the conjoined twin separation surgery. 3D computer models of individual organs were reconstructed based on CT scanned data of the conjoined twins. The models were sliced, processed, and converted to an appropriate format for Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). The skeletons of the phantom were printed directly by FDM using Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene (ABS) material, while internal soft organs were fabricated by casting silicon materials of different compositions in FDM printed molds. The skeleton and the internal organs were then assembled with appropriate fixtures to maintain their relative positional accuracies. The assembly was placed in a FMD printed shell mold of the patient body for further casting. For clear differentiation of different internal organs, CT contrast agents of different compositions were added in the silicon cast materials. The produced phantom was scanned by CT again and compared with that of the original computer models of the conjoined twins in order to verify the structural and positional fidelity. Our preliminary experiments showed that combining 3D printing with casting is an effective way to produce solid phantoms of high fidelity for the improved surgical planning in many clinical applications.

  15. Stimulation of healing within a rabbit calvarial defect by a PCL/PLGA scaffold blended with TCP using solid freeform fabrication technology.

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    Shim, Jin-Hyung; Moon, Tae-Sung; Yun, Mi-Jung; Jeon, Young-Chan; Jeong, Chang-Mo; Cho, Dong-Woo; Huh, Jung-Bo

    2012-12-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the healing capacity within an 8-mm rabbit calvarial defect using a polycaprolactone (PCL)/poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) scaffold blended with tri-calcium phosphate (TCP) that was constructed using solid freeform fabrication (SFF) technology. The PCL/PLGA/TCP scaffold showed a 37 % higher compressive strength and rougher surface than the PCL/PLGA scaffold. In animal experiments, new bone formation was analyzed using microcomputed tomography (micro-CT) and histological and histometric analyses. The PCL/PLGA/TCP groups had significantly greater neo-tissue areas as compared with the control groups at 4 and 8 weeks (P PCL/PLGA/TCP group had significantly greater bone density as compared with the control and PCL/PLGA groups at 4 and 8 weeks (P PCL/PLGA/TCP scaffold fabricated using SFF technology is useful for recovering and enhancing new bone formation in bony defects in rabbits. PMID:22960800

  16. Nanopillar Fabrication with Focused Ion Beam Cutting

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    Kuzmin, Oleksii V.; Pei, Yutao T.; De Hosson, Jeff T. M.

    2014-01-01

    A versatile method to fabricate taper-free micro-/nanopillars of large aspect ratio was developed with focused ion beam (FIB) cutting. The key features of the fabrication are a FIB with an incident angle of 90 degrees to the long axis of the pillar that enables milling of the pillar sideways avoidin

  17. Importance of fiducials on freeform optics

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    Brunelle, Matt; Yuan, Joe; Medicus, Kate; DeGroote Nelson, Jessica

    2015-10-01

    Freeform optical surfaces, which have little to no symmetry, are gaining popularity with lens designers and optical system integrators. These freeform optics can enhance optical performance by reducing the number of elements, enabling lighter and more efficient systems, and by reducing aberrations. Most traditional manufacturing techniques cannot yield polished freeform optical surfaces. Likewise, traditional metrology equipment has difficulty accurately measuring the deviation of freeform surfaces from their nominal shape, the surface form error. The inclusion of mechanical fiducials on freeform optics can ease some of this difficulty. Well placed fiducials can provide alignment features for contact metrology equipment such as coordinate measuring machines (CMMs). Mechanical fiducials allow for precise locating of all surfaces of an optic in reference to one another and provide a reference from which the freeform surface can be measured against. This allows a CMM to output the deviation of a surface from its nominal shape, as well as the wedge and center thickness of the optic. Alignment fiducials also enable more precise locating of the surface during the manufacturing process, shortening the time required for production and lowering the cost of fabricating freeform optics. This paper will explore the advantages of including locating fiducials on freeform optics and how they can aid in the manufacture and measurement of optical surfaces.

  18. Paneling architectural freeform surfaces

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    Eigensatz, Michael

    2010-07-26

    The emergence of large-scale freeform shapes in architecture poses big challenges to the fabrication of such structures. A key problem is the approximation of the design surface by a union of patches, socalled panels, that can be manufactured with a selected technology at reasonable cost, while meeting the design intent and achieving the desired aesthetic quality of panel layout and surface smoothness. The production of curved panels is mostly based on molds. Since the cost of mold fabrication often dominates the panel cost, there is strong incentive to use the same mold for multiple panels. We cast the major practical requirements for architectural surface paneling, including mold reuse, into a global optimization framework that interleaves discrete and continuous optimization steps to minimize production cost while meeting user-specified quality constraints. The search space for optimization is mainly generated through controlled deviation from the design surface and tolerances on positional and normal continuity between neighboring panels. A novel 6-dimensional metric space allows us to quickly compute approximate inter-panel distances, which dramatically improves the performance of the optimization and enables the handling of complex arrangements with thousands of panels. The practical relevance of our system is demonstrated by paneling solutions for real, cutting-edge architectural freeform design projects. © 2010 ACM.

  19. Paneling architectural freeform surfaces

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    Eigensatz, Michael

    2010-07-25

    The emergence of large-scale freeform shapes in architecture poses big challenges to the fabrication of such structures. A key problem is the approximation of the design surface by a union of patches, so-called panels, that can be manufactured with a selected technology at reasonable cost, while meeting the design intent and achieving the desired aesthetic quality of panel layout and surface smoothness. The production of curved panels is mostly based on molds. Since the cost of mold fabrication often dominates the panel cost, there is strong incentive to use the same mold for multiple panels. We cast the major practical requirements for architectural surface paneling, including mold reuse, into a global optimization framework that interleaves discrete and continuous optimization steps to minimize production cost while meeting user-specified quality constraints. The search space for optimization is mainly generated through controlled deviation from the design surface and tolerances on positional and normal continuity between neighboring panels. A novel 6-dimensional metric space allows us to quickly compute approximate inter-panel distances, which dramatically improves the performance of the optimization and enables the handling of complex arrangements with thousands of panels. The practical relevance of our system is demonstrated by paneling solutions for real, cutting-edge architectural freeform design projects.

  20. Acylinder and freeform optical manufacturing

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    Fess, Edward; Wolfs, Frank; DeFisher, Scott; Ross, James

    2015-10-01

    Aspheric cylinders have the ability to improve optical performance over standard cylindrical surfaces. Over the last several years there has also been development into the application and functionality of utilizing freeform surfaces to improve optical performance. Freeforms have the ability to not only improve image quality over a greater field of view, but can open up the design space of an optical system making it more compact. Freeform geometries, much like aspheric cylinders, may not have an axis of rotation to spin the optic about during manufacturing. This leads to costly fabrication processes and custom metrology set ups, which may inhibit their use. Over the last several years, OptiPro Systems has developed and optimized our eSX grinding, UFF and USF polishing, UltraSurf metrology, and ProSurf software programming technologies to make the processing of these complex geometries much easier and deterministic. In this paper we will discuss the challenges associated with manufacturing complex shapes like aspheric cylinders as well as freeform geometries, and how several technologies working together can overcome them. The technologies focus on metrology feedback to a grinding and polishing machine that is controlled through an iterative computer aided manufacturing software system. We will also present examples of these hard to manufacture shapes with results.

  1. Thermal Imaging for Assessment of Electron-Beam Free Form Fabrication (EBF(sup 3)) Additive Manufacturing Welds

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    Zalameda, Joseph N.; Burke, Eric R.; Hafley, Robert A.; Taminger, Karen M.; Domack, Christopher S.; Brewer, Amy R.; Martin, Richard E.

    2013-01-01

    Additive manufacturing is a rapidly growing field where 3-dimensional parts can be produced layer by layer. NASA s electron beam free-form fabrication (EBF(sup 3)) technology is being evaluated to manufacture metallic parts in a space environment. The benefits of EBF(sup 3) technology are weight savings to support space missions, rapid prototyping in a zero gravity environment, and improved vehicle readiness. The EBF(sup 3) system is composed of 3 main components: electron beam gun, multi-axis position system, and metallic wire feeder. The electron beam is used to melt the wire and the multi-axis positioning system is used to build the part layer by layer. To insure a quality weld, a near infrared (NIR) camera is used to image the melt pool and solidification areas. This paper describes the calibration and application of a NIR camera for temperature measurement. In addition, image processing techniques are presented for weld assessment metrics.

  2. Geometric Rationalization for Freeform Architecture

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    jiang, caigui

    2016-06-20

    The emergence of freeform architecture provides interesting geometric challenges with regards to the design and manufacturing of large-scale structures. To design these architectural structures, we have to consider two types of constraints. First, aesthetic constraints are important because the buildings have to be visually impressive. Sec- ond, functional constraints are important for the performance of a building and its e cient construction. This thesis contributes to the area of architectural geometry. Specifically, we are interested in the geometric rationalization of freeform architec- ture with the goal of combining aesthetic and functional constraints and construction requirements. Aesthetic requirements typically come from designers and architects. To obtain visually pleasing structures, they favor smoothness of the building shape, but also smoothness of the visible patterns on the surface. Functional requirements typically come from the engineers involved in the construction process. For exam- ple, covering freeform structures using planar panels is much cheaper than using non-planar ones. Further, constructed buildings have to be stable and should not collapse. In this thesis, we explore the geometric rationalization of freeform archi- tecture using four specific example problems inspired by real life applications. We achieve our results by developing optimization algorithms and a theoretical study of the underlying geometrical structure of the problems. The four example problems are the following: (1) The design of shading and lighting systems which are torsion-free structures with planar beams based on quad meshes. They satisfy the functionality requirements of preventing light from going inside a building as shad- ing systems or reflecting light into a building as lighting systems. (2) The Design of freeform honeycomb structures that are constructed based on hex-dominant meshes with a planar beam mounted along each edge. The beams intersect without

  3. Freeform micromachining of an infrared Alvarez lens

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    Smilie, Paul J.; Dutterer, Brian S.; Lineberger, Jennifer L.; Davies, Matthew A.; Suleski, Thomas J.

    2011-02-01

    In 1967, Luis Alvarez introduced a novel concept for a focusing lens whereby two transmitting elements with cubic polynomial surfaces yield a composite lens of variable focal length with small lateral shifts. Computer simulations have demonstrated the behavior of these devices, but fabricating the refractive cubic surfaces of the types needed with adequate precision and depth modulation has proven to be challenging using standard methods, and, to the authors' knowledge, Alvarez lens elements have not been previously machined in infrared materials. Recent developments in freeform diamond machining capability have enabled the fabrication of such devices. In this paper, we discuss the fabrication of freeform refractive Alvarez elements in germanium using diamond micro-milling on a five-axis Moore Nanotech® 350FG Freeform Generator. Machining approaches are discussed, and measurements of surface figure and finish are presented. Initial experimental tests of optical performance are also discussed.

  4. New strategies and developments in transparent free-form design: From facetted to nearly smooth envelopes

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    Baldassini, Niccolo

    2009-09-01

    Free-form geometries in architecture pose new challenges to designers and engineers. Form, structure and fabrication processes are closely linked, which makes the realization of complex architectural free-form structures even harder. Free-form transparent design today is mainly based on triangularly facetted forms or quadrilateral meshes supported by a structure composed of rectilinear bars, with strong shape restrictions. After a brief review of the history, we report on some very recent progress in this area. Beginning with a presentation of improved methods for triangle mesh design, we also discuss experiences in coupling triangular glass panels with continuous curved structures, seeking an optimised structural behaviour and simplified connections. Furthermore, we present how the results of research on planar quadrilateral (PQ) meshes lead the way to optimized beam layouts and the breakdown of free-form shapes using planar quadrilateral panels. PQ meshes are rooted in discrete differential geometry, an active area of mathematical research. Using recent projects as examples, we discuss how transparent free-form envelopes with a smooth visual appearance are achievable if the structure is designed to adhere to the limits of current glazing technology and the surfaces are reasonably simple (e.g. rotational, overall developable, or of a small scale). In section 6 we show how the latter restriction can be relaxed: the theoretical and computational methodology for PQ meshes can easily be extended to create nearly smooth approximations of free-form surfaces by single-curved panels. This has a strong impact on glass panelling design, since it avoids expensive double-curvature glass and exploits cold-bending technology. We elaborate on how this discretisation technique goes hand in hand with the technology for construction of the structure, glazing system and structural joints. Our approach has been tested in three case studies, each one validating a particular aspect of

  5. Harmonic beam splitter design and fabrication

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    Xiaofeng Ma(马小凤); Yingjian Wang(王英剑); Zhengxiu Fan(范正修); Jianda Shao(邵建达)

    2004-01-01

    Two problems of half-wave hole and high ripples in the transmittance region for a harmonic beam splitter had been pointed out and analyzed. Based on the application of a half-wavelength control and a new admittance matching methods, a harmonic beam splitter was designed and fabricated. The former method eliminated the half-wave hole fundamentally, and the latter smoothed high ripples in the transmittance region effectively. The matching stack consisted of a symmetrically periodic structure and provided a complete matching at the desired wavelength, i.e., both conditions for the equivalent admittance and phase thickness were fulfilled. Furthermore, both the theoretical and the tested curves had been given, and a good agreement between them was obtained.

  6. Free-form illumination optics

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    Mohedano, Rubén; Chaves, Julio; Hernández, Maikel

    2016-04-01

    In many illumination problems, the beam pattern needed and/or some geometrical constraints lead to very asymmetric design conditions. These asymmetries have been solved in the past by means of arrangements of rotationally symmetric or linear lamps aimed in different directions whose patterns overlap to provide the asymmetric prescriptions or by splitting one single lamp into several sections, each one providing a part of the pattern. The development of new design methods yielding smooth continuous free-form optical surfaces to solve these challenging design problems, combined with the proper CAD modeling tools plus the development of multiple axes diamond turn machines, give birth to a new generation of optics. These are able to offer the performance and other advanced features, such as efficiency, compactness, or aesthetical advantages, and can be manufactured at low cost by injection molding. This paper presents two examples of devices with free-form optical surfaces, a camera flash, and a car headlamp.

  7. In vitro and in vivo evaluation of bone formation using solid freeform fabrication-based bone morphogenic protein-2 releasing PCL/PLGA scaffolds

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    The aim of this study was to develop novel polycaprolactone/poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PCL/PLGA) scaffolds with a heparin–dopamine (Hep–DOPA) conjugate for controlled release of bone morphogenic protein-2 (BMP-2) to enhance osteoblast activity in vitro and also bone formation in vivo. PCL/PLGA scaffolds were prepared by a solid freeform fabrication method. The PCL/PLGA scaffolds were functionalized with Hep–DOPA and then BMP-2 was sequentially coated onto the Hep–DOPA/PCL/PLGA scaffolds. The characterization and surface elemental composition of all scaffolds were evaluated by scanning electron microscope and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The osteoblast activities on all scaffolds were assessed by cell proliferation, alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity and calcium deposition in vitro. To demonstrate bone formation in vivo, plain radiograph, micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) evaluation and histological studies were performed after the implantation of all scaffolds on a rat femur defect. Hep–DOPA/PCL/PLGA had more controlled release of BMP-2, which was quantified by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, compared with Hep/PCL/PLGA. The in vitro results showed that osteoblast-like cells (MG-63 cells) grown on BMP-2/Hep–DOPA/PCL/PLGA had significantly enhanced ALP activity and calcium deposition compared with those on BMP-2/Hep/PCL/PLGA and PCL/PLGA. In addition, the plain radiograph, micro-CT evaluation and histological studies demonstrated that the implanted BMP-2/Hep–DOPA/PCL/PLGA on rat femur had more bone formation than BMP-2/Hep/PCL/PLGA and PCL/PLGA in vivo. (paper)

  8. 3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing, and Solid Freeform Fabrication: The Technologies of the Past, Present and Future

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    Beaman, Joseph

    2015-03-01

    Starting in the late 1980's, several new technologies were created that have the potential to revolutionize manufacturing. These technologies are, for the most part, additive processes that build up parts layer by layer. In addition, the processes that are being touted for hard-core manufacturing are primarily laser or e-beam based processes. This presentation gives a brief history of Additive Manufacturing and gives an assessment for these technologies. These technologies initially grew out of a commercial need for rapid prototyping. This market has a different requirement for process and quality control than traditional manufacturing. The relatively poor process control of the existing commercial Additive Manufacturing equipment is a vestige of this history. This presentation discusses this history and improvements in quality over time. The emphasis will be on Additive Manufacturing processes that are being considered for direct manufacturing, which is a different market than the 3D Printing ``Makerbot'' market. Topics discussed include past and present machine sensors, materials, and operational methods that were used in the past and those that are used today to create manufactured parts. Finally, a discussion of new methods and future directions of AM is presented.

  9. New Freeform Manufacturing Chains Based on Atmospheric Plasma Jet Machining

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    Arnold, T.; Boehm, G.; Paetzelt, H.

    2016-01-01

    New manufacturing chains for precise fabrication of asphere and freeform optical surfaces including atmospheric Plasma Jet Machining (PJM) technology will be presented. PJM is based on deterministic plasma-assisted material removal. It has the potential for flexible and cost-efficient shape generation and correction of small and medium-sized optical freeform elements. The paper discusses the interactions between the plasma tools and optical fused silica samples in the context of the pre-machined and intermediate surface states and identifies several plasma jet machining methods for freeform generation, surface correction, and finishing as well as suitable auxiliary polishing methods. The successful application of either processing chain is demonstrated.

  10. Use of Woven Fabrics for Strengthening of Reinforced Concrete Beams

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    Parthraj R. Puranik

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Worldwide, a great deal of research is currently being conducted concerning the use of fiber reinforced plastic wraps, laminates and sheets in the repair and strengthening of reinforced concrete (RC members. Fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP application is a very effective way to repair and strengthen structures that have become structurally weak over their life span. But the use of woven fabrics for strengthening RC members has not been much investigated. Woven fabrics though cannot provide compressive strength, but have a great potential to provide bending or tensile strength to RC beams. In the present investigation, three different woven fabrics were used to strengthen RC beams. The aim is to study the effectiveness of woven fabric in strengthening of RC beams and the effect of number of fabric layers on load carrying capacity of RC beams.

  11. Freeform array projection

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    Michaelis, D.; Schreiber, P.; Li, C.; Bräuer, A.; Gross, H.

    2015-09-01

    The concept of multichannel array projection is generalized in order to realize an ultraslim, highly efficient optical system for structured illumination with high lumen output, where additionally the Köhler illumination principle is utilized and source light homogenization occurs. The optical system consists of a multitude of neighboring optical channels. In each channel two optical freeforms generate a real or a virtual spatial light pattern and furthermore, the ray directions are modified to enable Köhler illumination of a subsequent projection lens. The internal light pattern may be additionally influenced by absorbing apertures or slides. The projection lens transfers the resulting light pattern to a target, where the total target distribution is produced by superposition of all individual channel output pattern. The optical system without absorbing apertures can be regarded as a generalization of a fly's eye condenser for structured illumination. In this case light pattern is exclusively generated by freeform light redistribution. The commonly occurring blurring effect for freeform beamshaping is reduced due to the creation of a virtual object light structure by means of the two freeform surfaces and its imaging towards the target. But, the remaining blurring inhibits very high spatial frequencies at the target. In order to create target features with very high spatial resolution the absorbing apertures can be utilized. In this case the freeform beamshaping can be used for an enhanced light transmission through the absorbing apertures. The freeform surfaces are designed by a generalized approach of Cartesian oval representation.

  12. Solid gold nanostructures fabricated by electron beam deposition

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    Mølhave, Kristian; Madsen, Dorte Nørgaard; Rasmussen, A.M.;

    2003-01-01

    Direct writing with gold by electron beam deposition is a method for rapid fabrication of electrically conducting nanostructures. An environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM) equipped with a source of the precursor gas dimethylacetylacetonate gold(Ill) was used to fabricate nanoscale tips...

  13. Freeform Honeycomb Structures

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    Jiang, Caigui

    2014-07-01

    Motivated by requirements of freeform architecture, and inspired by the geometry of hexagonal combs in beehives, this paper addresses torsion-free structures aligned with hexagonal meshes. Since repetitive geometry is a very important contribution to the reduction of production costs, we study in detail “honeycomb structures”, which are defined as torsion-free structures where the walls of cells meet at 120 degrees. Interestingly, the Gauss-Bonnet theorem is useful in deriving information on the global distribution of node axes in such honeycombs. This paper discusses the computation and modeling of honeycomb structures as well as applications, e.g. for shading systems, or for quad meshing. We consider this paper as a contribution to the wider topic of freeform patterns, polyhedral or otherwise. Such patterns require new approaches on the technical level, e.g. in the treatment of smoothness, but they also extend our view of what constitutes aesthetic freeform geometry.

  14. Metrological multispherical freeform artifact

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    Blobel, Gernot; Wiegmann, Axel; Siepmann, Jens; Schulz, Michael

    2016-07-01

    Precisely known artifacts are required to characterize the accuracy of asphere and freeform measuring instruments. To this end the best knowledge of the surface characteristics in conjunction with a low measurement uncertainty are necessary. Because this is a challenging task for typical freeform surfaces used in optical systems, the concept of "metrological" artifacts is introduced. We have developed a multispherical freeform artifact for performance tests of tactile touch probe and contact-free optical measuring systems. The measurement accuracy of the complete form and the deviation from calibrated spherical sections can thus be determined. The radius calibration of multiple spherical sections is performed with an extended radius measuring procedure by interferometry. Evaluated surface forms of different measuring methods and the radii determined can be compared to each other. In this study, a multispherical freeform specimen made of copper, with two differing radii, has been measured by two optical measuring methods, a full field measuring tilted-wave interferometer and a high accuracy cylinder coordinate measuring machine with an optical probe. The surface form measurements are evaluated and compared, and the radii determined are compared to the results of a radius measurement bench.

  15. Implementing ISO standard-compliant freeform component drawings

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    Youngworth, Richard N.; Kiontke, Sven R.; Aikens, David M.

    2016-07-01

    Successful fabrication of aspheres requires all parts of the process chain including design, production, and measurements. Aspheres now are well-established and accepted as an equal optical element, when done properly. Research and industry have now started to focus efforts to develop the next element that propels the field forward in capability, namely the optical freeform surface. An essential factor enabling wide use of freeforms is communicating requirements. This paper discusses form description and tolerancing additions to ISO 10110 to accommodate freeform surfaces. Information stating how ISO 10110 and related standards documents such as ISO 14999-4 are being continually developed to meet the requirements for specifying freeform surfaces is also provided. This paper further provides an example monolithic freeform element using the recently updated relevant parts of ISO 10110. The first manufacturing of this component has been successful, and this paper shows the role the ISO standard has played in success. Definitions for toleranced parameters, such as surface registration (centration) and form deviation (irregularity, slope, Zernike, PV, and PVr), are also indicated. The monolithic example also shows how to use the defined data and definitions for metrology and data handling. Metrology results for the freeform surface are given.

  16. Fabrication of free standing resolution standards using proton beam writing

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    Zhang, F. [Centre for Ion Beam Applications (CIBA), Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117542 (Singapore)]. E-mail: phyzf@nus.edu.sg; Kan, J.A. van [Centre for Ion Beam Applications (CIBA), Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117542 (Singapore); Chiam, S.Y. [Centre for Ion Beam Applications (CIBA), Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117542 (Singapore); Watt, F. [Centre for Ion Beam Applications (CIBA), Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117542 (Singapore)

    2007-07-15

    The need for a smaller beam size has been driven by the goals of producing nanostructures using proton beam writing (PBW) and also improving the spatial resolution for ion beam applications (e.g. PIXE, RBS, IBIC, etc.) to nanodimensions. Thus, it is vital to have a resolution standard which has a high degree of side-wall straightness. PBW, as a true direct-write 3D micromachining process, is an ideal technique to produce free standing resolution standards with precise edges and straight side walls. This paper describes a process for fabricating free standing Ni resolution standards with a thickness of 2 {mu}m. A large area support structure for the grid was fabricated in PMMA using deep ultraviolet (DUV) at 220-250 nm exposure, and at the centre of the support structure we used PBW to fabricate a microgrid. Ni Sulfamate electroplating was then performed to produce a 2 {mu}m thick Ni grid from this polymer pattern. The combination of PBW and DUV allows a rapid fabrication of the resolution standard, which was observed to have a side-wall verticality of 89.4{sup o}, and an average side wall projection to the beam of around 20 nm on either side.

  17. Fabrication of free standing resolution standards using proton beam writing

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    The need for a smaller beam size has been driven by the goals of producing nanostructures using proton beam writing (PBW) and also improving the spatial resolution for ion beam applications (e.g. PIXE, RBS, IBIC, etc.) to nanodimensions. Thus, it is vital to have a resolution standard which has a high degree of side-wall straightness. PBW, as a true direct-write 3D micromachining process, is an ideal technique to produce free standing resolution standards with precise edges and straight side walls. This paper describes a process for fabricating free standing Ni resolution standards with a thickness of 2 μm. A large area support structure for the grid was fabricated in PMMA using deep ultraviolet (DUV) at 220-250 nm exposure, and at the centre of the support structure we used PBW to fabricate a microgrid. Ni Sulfamate electroplating was then performed to produce a 2 μm thick Ni grid from this polymer pattern. The combination of PBW and DUV allows a rapid fabrication of the resolution standard, which was observed to have a side-wall verticality of 89.4o, and an average side wall projection to the beam of around 20 nm on either side

  18. Fabrication of Beam Homogenizers in Quartz by Laser Micromachining

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    Kopitkovas, G.; Lippert, T.; David, C.; Gobrecht, J.; Wokaun, A.

    2004-03-01

    A one step micromachining process, which utilizes laser assisted chemical wet etching and projection of a diffractive gray tone phase masks is applied to fabricate 3 - dimensional microstructures (such as planoconvex or Fresnel microlenses) in UV transparent materials. Arrays of microlenses in quartz are tested as a beam homogenizers for quadrupled Nd:YAG laser. (author)

  19. Monolithic freeform element

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    Kiontke, Sven R.

    2015-09-01

    For 10 years there has been the asphere as one of the new products to be accepted by the market. All parts of the chain design, production and measurement needed to learn how to treat the asphere and what it is helpful for. The aspheric optical element now is established and accepted as an equal optical element between other as a fast growing part of all the optical elements. Now we are focusing onto the next new element with a lot of potential, the optical freeform surface. Manufacturing results will be shown for fully tolerance optic including manufacturing, setup and optics configurations including measurement setup. The element itself is a monolith consisting of several optical surfaces that have to be aligned properly to each other. The freeform surface is measured for surface form tolerance (irregularity, slope, Zernike, PV).

  20. Fabrication of a focusing grating mirror by electron beam lithography.

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    Hori, Y; Sogawa, F; Asakure, H; Kato, M; Serizawa, H

    1990-06-10

    A focusing grating mirror (FGM), which is a new computer generated holographic grating with functions of focusing lens and diffraction grating mirror, is proposed and fabricated, we believe, for the first time. A high speed and accurate electron beam writing system, based on a multitask minicomputer, 16-bit D/A converters with 64K-word static memories, and a scanning electron beam microscope, is developed and used to fabricate the FGMs comprising grating corrugations with chirp and bend structures. Excellent properties of the FGM are obtained, giving almost diffraction-limited spot size and the expected wavelength dispersion. The fabricated FGM is combined with a laser diode as an external cavity mirror to confirm the functions of direct optical feedback and wavelength selection, and the fundamental operation of an external-cavity laser is demonstrated. PMID:20567287

  1. Fabrication of polymeric photonic structures using proton beam writing

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    Polymeric materials offer several advantages over existing semiconductor and inorganic technologies (LiNbO3, SiO2 etc) for applications in microphotonics. Polymers can be easily coated on almost any substrate making it possible to easily integrate polymeric devices with existing silicon or non-silicon based technologies. The optical properties of polymers can be engineered to give the desired refractive index, loss, transparency or electro-optic coefficient. This makes it possible to manufacture both passive and active components such as high bandwidth modulators and optical interconnects. Furthermore, emerging lithographic technologies such as nanoimprint lithography (NIL) are well suited to low cost mass production in polymer. It is therefore important to have tools that can easily and rapidly prototype micro-optical structures in polymer. Proton beam writing is a lithographic technique that is well suited to producing such structures with a resolution down to 100 nm or better, and negligible proximity effects. Proton beam writing is a direct write lithographic technique that utilizes a highly focused beam of protons to pattern various types of substrates. The main application areas for proton beam writing include microfluidics, tissue engineering substrates, fabrication of stamps for nanoimprint technology and microphotonics. Proton beam writing being a direct write technique, offers some unique opportunities for the rapid prototyping of microphotonic devices in polymers. The minimum feature size and the overall length scale best suited for microphotonics is perfectly matched to the capabilities of the proton beam writing technique (100 nm - 1 μm resolution with overall lengths of 1-2 cm). There are two fabrication routes that can be followed using proton beam writing. The first involves the direct micromachining of the microoptical components, usually in polymer. This method may typically require some post irradiation processing like resist development

  2. Preliminary study for preparing zirconia ceramic dental implants by freeform fabrication%自由成形制备氧化锆全瓷牙种植体的初步研究

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    高戈; 夏海斌; 李小倩; 张祥林

    2011-01-01

    Objective To explore the process of preparing all-ceramic dental implant by freeform fabrication,and study the influence of sintering temperature on main performance of zirconia ceramic. Methods The high solid content(55 vol %) slurry of zirconia ceramic was used to prepare dental implant by freeform fabrication. The sintered samples were performed at 1 100°C,1 200 °C, 1 300 X and 1 400 X for 2-hour by pressureless sintering method with furnace cooling. Then the degree of densification, flexural strength, morphology and phase composition were tested. Results The maximum shrinkage of sample was 16.83 %, bulk density was 98.36 %, the flexural strength of sample sintered at 1 300 X was 480 Mpa, and diffraction peak of monoclinic zirconia was detected in sample sintered at 1 400 °C by X-ray diffraction, which caused the decrease of flexural strength. Conclusion It is demonstrated that the freeform fabrication has broad prospects in dental restoration manufacturing, the sample sintering at 1 300 °C has the best overall performance, and 1 300 X is the best sintering temperature.%目的 探索陶瓷自由成形制备全瓷牙种植体的工艺,并研究烧结温度对氧化锆陶瓷主要性能的影响.方法 采用固相含量为55 vol%的氧化锆陶瓷浆料,通过自由成形的方法制备试样,并用无压烧结方法在1 100℃、1 200℃、1 300℃和1400℃下烧结试样,保温2h,随炉冷却.对烧结试样的致密化程度、抗弯强度、微观形貌及相组成进行测试.结果 试样最大收缩率为16.83%,致密度可达98.36%;1 300℃试样3点抗弯强度达到480 MPa;1 400℃试样X射线衍射检测出单斜相氧化锆的衍射峰,抗弯强度有所下降.结论 陶瓷自由成形技术在牙科修复体制造领域具有广阔的发展前景,1 300℃烧结温度下试样综合性能最优,为最佳烧结温度.

  3. Three-dimensional metamaterials fabricated using Proton Beam Writing

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    Proton Beam Writing (PBW) is a direct write lithographic technique that has recently been applied to the fabrication of three dimensional metamaterials. In this work, we show that the unique capabilities of PBW, namely the ability to fabricate arrays of high resolution, high aspect ratio microstructures in polymer or replicated into metal, is well suited to metamaterials research. We have also developed a novel method for selectively electroless plating silver directly onto polymer structures that were fabricated using PBW. This method opens up new avenues for utilizing PBW for making metamaterials and other sub-wavelength metallic structures. Several potential applications of three dimensional metamaterials fabricated using PBW are discussed, including sensing and negative refractive index materials

  4. Three-dimensional metamaterials fabricated using Proton Beam Writing

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    Bettiol, A.A., E-mail: a.bettiol@nus.edu.sg [Centre for Ion Beam Applications, Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, 2 Science Dr. 3, Singapore 117542 (Singapore); Turaga, S.P.; Yan, Y.; Vanga, S.K. [Centre for Ion Beam Applications, Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, 2 Science Dr. 3, Singapore 117542 (Singapore); Chiam, S.Y. [NUS High School for Maths and Science, 20 Clementi Avenue 1, Singapore 129957 (Singapore)

    2013-07-01

    Proton Beam Writing (PBW) is a direct write lithographic technique that has recently been applied to the fabrication of three dimensional metamaterials. In this work, we show that the unique capabilities of PBW, namely the ability to fabricate arrays of high resolution, high aspect ratio microstructures in polymer or replicated into metal, is well suited to metamaterials research. We have also developed a novel method for selectively electroless plating silver directly onto polymer structures that were fabricated using PBW. This method opens up new avenues for utilizing PBW for making metamaterials and other sub-wavelength metallic structures. Several potential applications of three dimensional metamaterials fabricated using PBW are discussed, including sensing and negative refractive index materials.

  5. Three-dimensional printing of freeform helical microstructures: a review

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    Farahani, R. D.; Chizari, K.; Therriault, D.

    2014-08-01

    Three-dimensional (3D) printing is a fabrication method that enables creation of structures from digital models. Among the different structures fabricated by 3D printing methods, helical microstructures attracted the attention of the researchers due to their potential in different fields such as MEMS, lab-on-a-chip systems, microelectronics and telecommunications. Here we review different types of 3D printing methods capable of fabricating 3D freeform helical microstructures. The techniques including two more common microfabrication methods (i.e., focused ion beam chemical vapour deposition and microstereolithography) and also five methods based on computer-controlled robotic direct deposition of ink filament (i.e., fused deposition modeling, meniscus-confined electrodeposition, conformal printing on a rotating mandrel, UV-assisted and solvent-cast 3D printings) and their advantages and disadvantages regarding their utilization for the fabrication of helical microstructures are discussed. Focused ion beam chemical vapour deposition and microstereolithography techniques enable the fabrication of very precise shapes with a resolution down to ~100 nm. However, these techniques may have material constraints (e.g., low viscosity) and/or may need special process conditions (e.g., vacuum chamber) and expensive equipment. The five other techniques based on robotic extrusion of materials through a nozzle are relatively cost-effective, however show lower resolution and less precise features. The popular fused deposition modeling method offers a wide variety of printable materials but the helical microstructures manufactured featured a less precise geometry compared to the other printing methods discussed in this review. The UV-assisted and the solvent-cast 3D printing methods both demonstrated high performance for the printing of 3D freeform structures such as the helix shape. However, the compatible materials used in these methods were limited to UV-curable polymers and

  6. Nanostructure fabrication using electron beam irradiation of organometallic compounds

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    Bedson, T R

    2001-01-01

    Nanoelectronics- the quest to fabricate quantum devices- is the motivation for this thesis. The place of nanolithography is discussed amongst conventional microfabrication methods, together with the materials currently employed in lithography. The experimental methods, equipment and new resist materials (films of nanoparticles) are then explored in the work described. A summary of the results obtained by the research is presented, followed by the detailed results in the form of a series of published and submitted papers. A systematic study of the response of ferrocene adsorbed onto graphite at 160K to low energy electron beams, that results in varying behaviour depending on the energy of irradiation, is first described. Following are studies of the characteristics of passivated gold nanoclusters when used as a monolayer negative tone resist in direct electron beam writing. Fabrication of lines with widths as narrow as 26 nm has been achieved. Measurements of the linewidth as a function of electron dose allow ...

  7. Electron-beam modification of textile fabrics for hydrophilic finishing

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    A study has been made to modify different textile fabrics such as cotton, cotton/polyester blend and nylon-6 fabrics by surface coating with a constant thickness layer of 25 μm of aqueous solution of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and acrylic acid (AAc). Radiation curing of surface coating was accomplished by electron beam irradiation with a constant dose of 50 kGy. Parameters affecting hydrophilicity of cured coated fabrics, namely, presence or absence of cross-linking agent and concentration of AAc in coating solution, were investigated. Properties affiliated with hydrophilicity, specifically water uptake and weight loss, before and after several washing cycles were followed up. Crease recovery angle was determined. Considerable enhancement, in water uptake as well as crease recovery angle, has been attained with increasing AAc content in solution in case of nylon-6, followed by blends and then cotton. Moreover, dyeing properties for coated fabrics, with solution containing 4 wt.% AAc, has been tested by color difference method, for basic and reactive dyes. Relative increase in color strength has been achieved. The presence of cross-linking agent in coating solution played a significant role, specifically in case of dyeing properties. Morphology of coated fabrics was examined by scanning electron microscope (SEM), which indicated fastness and compatibility between coating and fabrics. Correlation between structure and obtained results was given

  8. Induced base transistor fabricated by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Chang, C.-Y.; Liu, W. C.; Jame, M. S.; Wang, Y. H.; Luryi, S.

    1986-09-01

    A novel three-terminal hot-electron device, the induced base transistor (IBT), has been fabricated by molecular beam epitaxy. Two-dimensional electron gas induced by the applied collector field in an undoped GaAs quantum well is used as the base of the IBT. The common-base current gain alpha has been achieved as high as 0.96 under a collector bias of 2.5 V and an emitter current of 3 mA.

  9. Investigations on freeform measurements

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    Savio, Enrico; Costacurta, A.; De Chiffre, Leonardo

    This report is made as a part of the project Easytrac, an EU project under the programme: Competitive and Sustainable Growth: Contract No: G6RD-CT-2000-00188, coordinated by UNIMETRIK S.A. (Spain). The project is concerned with low uncertainty calibrations on coordinate measuring machines. The Ce...... Centre for Geometrical Metrology (CGM) at the Technical University of Denmark takes care of free form measurements, in collaboration with DIMEG, University of Padova, Italy. The present report describes some preliminary investigations on freeform measurements....

  10. Identifying and Characterizing Micro-machining Signatures on Freeform Surfaces Using Morphological Methods

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    Lou, Shan; Jiang, Xiang; Scott, Paul J.

    2013-01-01

    Freeform surfaces are replacing traditional surfaces and have significantly reduced volume and weight and highly improved performance in modern complex optic systems, bio-systems and other disciplines [1]. These high-precision freeform components are enabled by state-of-the-art micro-machining technologies, compromising mechanical methods (diamond turning and polishing etc.), physical methods (laser beam and ion beam machining), and chemical methods (lithography, electro-chemical machining et...

  11. Effect of solid freeform fabrication-based polycaprolactone/poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)/collagen scaffolds on cellular activities of human adipose-derived stem cells and rat primary hepatocytes.

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    Shim, Jin-Hyung; Kim, Arthur Joon; Park, Ju Young; Yi, Namwoo; Kang, Inhye; Park, Jaesung; Rhie, Jong-Won; Cho, Dong-Woo

    2013-04-01

    Highly biocompatible polycaprolactone (PCL)/poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA)/collagen scaffolds in which the PCL/PLGA collagen solution was selectively dispensed into every other space between the struts were fabricated using solid freeform fabrication (SFF) technology, as we described previously. The objective of this study was to evaluate and compare the PCL/PLGA/collagen scaffolds (group 3) with PCL/PLGA-only scaffolds (group 1) and PCL/PLGA scaffolds with collagen by the dip-coating method (group 2) using human adipose-derived stem cells (hASCs) and rat primary hepatocytes. The selectively dispensed collagen formed a three-dimensional (3D) network of nanofibers in group 3, as observed by scanning electron microscopy. The compressive strength and modulus of group 3 were approximately 140 and 510 times higher, respectively, than those of a sponge-type collagen scaffold whose weak mechanical properties were regarded as a critical drawback. Proliferation and osteogenic differentiation of hASCs were promoted significantly in group 3 compared to groups 1 and 2. In addition, we found that the viability and albumin secretion ability of rat primary hepatocytes were highly retained for 10 days in group 3 but not group 1. Interestingly, hepatocyte aggregation, which enhances hepatic function through cell-cell interactions, was observed particularly in group 3. In conclusion, group 3, in which the collagen was selectively dispensed in the 3D space of the porous PCL/PLGA framework, will be a promising 3D scaffold for culturing various cell types. PMID:23430333

  12. Single Pass Stripline Beam Position Monitor Design, Fabrication and Commissioning

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    Tan, Y.-R. E.; Wang, D.; Van Garderen, E.; McKinlay, J.

    2012-10-01

    To monitor the position of the electron beam during transport from the Booster Synchrotron to the Storage Ring at the Australian Synchrotron, a stripline Beam Position Monitor (BPM) has been designed, fabricated and installed in-house. The design was based on an existing stripline in the Booster and modified for the transfer line with a particular emphasis on ensuring the line impedance is properly matched to the detector system. The initial bench tests of a prototype stripline showed that the fabrication of the four individual striplines in the BPM was made precisely, each with a measured standing wave ratio (SWR) of 1.8 at 500 MHz. Further optimization for impedance matching will be done for new stripline BPMs. The linearity and gain factor was measured with the detector system. The detector system that digitizes the signals is an Instrumentation Technologies Brilliance Single Pass [1]. The results show an error of 1 mm at an offset (from the electrical centre) of 10 mm when a linear gain factor is assumed and an RMS noise of ~150 um that decreases to < 10 um with increasing signal intensity. The results were under our requirements for the transport line. The commissioning results of the stripline will also be presented showing a strong signal for an electron beam with an estimated integrated charge of ~50 nC with a position stability of 28 um (horizontal) and 75 um (vertical).

  13. Single Pass Stripline Beam Position Monitor Design, Fabrication and Commissioning

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    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available To monitor the position of the electron beam during transport from the Booster Synchrotron to the Storage Ring at the Australian Synchrotron, a stripline Beam Position Monitor (BPM has been designed, fabricated and installed in-house. The design was based on an existing stripline in the Booster and modified for the transfer line with a particular emphasis on ensuring the line impedance is properly matched to the detector system. The initial bench tests of a prototype stripline showed that the fabrication of the four individual striplines in the BPM was made precisely, each with a measured standing wave ratio (SWR of 1.8 at 500 MHz. Further optimization for impedance matching will be done for new stripline BPMs. The linearity and gain factor was measured with the detector system. The detector system that digitizes the signals is an Instrumentation Technologies Brilliance Single Pass [1]. The results show an error of 1 mm at an offset (from the electrical centre of 10 mm when a linear gain factor is assumed and an RMS noise of ~150 um that decreases to < 10 um with increasing signal intensity. The results were under our requirements for the transport line. The commissioning results of the stripline will also be presented showing a strong signal for an electron beam with an estimated integrated charge of ~50 nC with a position stability of 28 um (horizontal and 75 um (vertical.

  14. FAME: Freeform Active Mirrors Experiment

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    Hugot, Emmanuel; Agocs, Tibor; Challita, Zalpha; Jasko, Attila; Kroes, Gabby; Banyai, Evelin; Miller, Chris; Taylor, William; Schnetler, Hermine; Venema, Lars

    2014-07-01

    This paper discusses the development of a demonstrator freeform active mirror for future astronomical instruments both on Earth and in space. It consists of a system overview and progress in various areas of technology in the building blocks of the mirror: an extreme freeform thin face sheet, an active array, design tools and the metrology and control of the system. The demonstrator aims to investigate the applicability of the technique in high end astronomical systems, also for space and cryogenically.

  15. Ion-beam assisted laser fabrication of sensing plasmonic nanostructures

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    Kuchmizhak, Aleksandr; Gurbatov, Stanislav; Vitrik, Oleg; Kulchin, Yuri; Milichko, Valentin; Makarov, Sergey; Kudryashov, Sergey

    2016-01-01

    Simple high-performance, two-stage hybrid technique was developed for fabrication of different plasmonic nanostructures, including nanorods, nanorings, as well as more complex structures on glass substrates. In this technique, a thin noble-metal film on a dielectric substrate is irradiated by a single tightly focused nanosecond laser pulse and then the modified region is slowly polished by an accelerated argon ion (Ar+) beam. As a result, each nanosecond laser pulse locally modifies the initial metal film through initiation of fast melting and subsequent hydrodynamic processes, while the following Ar+-ion polishing removes the rest of the film, revealing the hidden topography features and fabricating separate plasmonic structures on the glass substrate. We demonstrate that the shape and lateral size of the resulting functional plasmonic nanostructures depend on the laser pulse energy and metal film thickness, while subsequent Ar+-ion polishing enables to vary height of the resulting nanostructures. Plasmonic properties of the fabricated nanostructures were characterized by dark-field micro-spectroscopy, Raman and photoluminescence measurements performed on single nanofeatures, as well as by supporting numerical calculations of the related electromagnetic near-fields and Purcell factors. The developed simple two-stage technique represents a new step towards direct large-scale laser-induced fabrication of highly ordered arrays of complex plasmonic nanostructures.

  16. Ion-beam assisted laser fabrication of sensing plasmonic nanostructures

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    Kuchmizhak, Aleksandr; Vitrik, Oleg; Kulchin, Yuri; Milichko, Valentin; Makarov, Sergey; Kudryashov, Sergey

    2015-01-01

    Simple high-performance two-stage hybrid technique was developed for fabrication of different plasmonic nanostructures, including nanorods, nanorings, as well as more complex structures on glass substrates. In this technique a thin noble metal film on a dielectric substrate is irradiated by a tightly focused single nanosecond laser pulse and then the modified region is slowly polished by an accelerated argon ion (Ar+) beam. As a result, each nanosecond laser pulse locally modifies the initial metal film through initiation of fast melting and subsequent hydrodynamic processes, while the following Ar+-ion polishing removes the rest of the film, revealing the hidden topography features and fabricating separate plasmonic structures on the glass substrate. We demonstrate that the shape and lateral size of the resulting functional plasmonic nanostructures depends on the laser pulse energy and metal film thickness, while subsequent Ar+-ion polishing enables to vary height of the resulting nanostructures. The plasmon...

  17. Freeform Fabrication of Magnetophotonic Crystals with Diamond Lattices of Oxide and Metallic Glasses for Terahertz Wave Control by Micro Patterning Stereolithography and Low Temperature Sintering

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    Maasa Nakano; Soshu Kirihara

    2013-01-01

    Micrometer order magnetophotonic crystals with periodic arranged metallic glass and oxide glass composite materials were fabricated by stereolithographic method to reflect electromagnetic waves in terahertz frequency ranges through Bragg diffraction. In the fabrication process, the photo sensitive acrylic resin paste mixed with micrometer sized metallic glass of Fe72B14.4Si9.6Nb4 and oxide glass of B2O3·Bi2O3 particles was spread on a metal substrate, and cross sectional images of ultra viole...

  18. Nanostructure fabrication using electron beam irradiation of organometallic compounds

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    Nanoelectronics- the quest to fabricate quantum devices- is the motivation for this thesis. The place of nanolithography is discussed amongst conventional microfabrication methods, together with the materials currently employed in lithography. The experimental methods, equipment and new resist materials (films of nanoparticles) are then explored in the work described. A summary of the results obtained by the research is presented, followed by the detailed results in the form of a series of published and submitted papers. A systematic study of the response of ferrocene adsorbed onto graphite at 160K to low energy electron beams, that results in varying behaviour depending on the energy of irradiation, is first described. Following are studies of the characteristics of passivated gold nanoclusters when used as a monolayer negative tone resist in direct electron beam writing. Fabrication of lines with widths as narrow as 26 nm has been achieved. Measurements of the linewidth as a function of electron dose allow a quantitative measure of the sensitivity, for comparison with established negative tone resists. The experimental results are compared with Monte Carlo simulations of the electron scattering process. It is concluded that, in the case of such monolayer films, exposure of the clusters is dominated by electrons scattered in the substrate, so that the properties of the resist depend intimately on the nanocluster/substrate combination. (author)

  19. Freeform Fabrication of Magnetophotonic Crystals with Diamond Lattices of Oxide and Metallic Glasses for Terahertz Wave Control by Micro Patterning Stereolithography and Low Temperature Sintering

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    Maasa Nakano

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Micrometer order magnetophotonic crystals with periodic arranged metallic glass and oxide glass composite materials were fabricated by stereolithographic method to reflect electromagnetic waves in terahertz frequency ranges through Bragg diffraction. In the fabrication process, the photo sensitive acrylic resin paste mixed with micrometer sized metallic glass of Fe72B14.4Si9.6Nb4 and oxide glass of B2O3·Bi2O3 particles was spread on a metal substrate, and cross sectional images of ultra violet ray were exposed. Through the layer by layer stacking, micro lattice structures with a diamond type periodic arrangement were successfully formed. The composite structures could be obtained through the dewaxing and sintering process with the lower temperature under the transition point of metallic glass. Transmission spectra of the terahertz waves through the magnetophotonic crystals were measured by using a terahertz time domain spectroscopy.

  20. The Osteogenesis of Bone Marrow Stem Cells on mPEG-PCL-mPEG/Hydroxyapatite Composite Scaffold via Solid Freeform Fabrication

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    2014-01-01

    The study described a novel bone tissue scaffold fabricated by computer-aided, air pressure-aided deposition system to control the macro- and microstructure precisely. The porcine bone marrow stem cells (PBMSCs) seeded on either mPEG-PCL-mPEG (PCL) or mPEG-PCL-mPEG/hydroxyapatite (PCL/HA) composite scaffold were cultured under osteogenic medium to test the ability of osteogenesis in vitro. The experimental outcomes indicated that both scaffolds possessed adequate pore size, porosity, and hydr...

  1. Fabrication and mechanical testing of glass fiber entangled sandwich beams: A comparison with honeycomb and foam sandwich beams

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    Shahdin, Amir; Mezeix, Laurent; Bouvet, Christophe; Morlier, Joseph; Gourinat, Yves

    2009-01-01

    The aim of this paper is the fabrication and mechanical testing of entangled sandwich beam specimens and the comparison of their results with standard sandwich specimens with honeycomb and foam as core materials. The entangled sandwich specimens have glass fiber cores and glass woven fabric as skin materials. The tested glass fiber entangled sandwich beams possess low compressive and shear modulus as compared to honeycomb and foam sandwich beams of the same specifications. Although the entang...

  2. Overview on surface representations for freeform surfaces

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    Gross, H.; Brömel, A.; Beier, M.; Steinkopf, R.; Hartung, J.; Zhong, Y.; Oleszko, M.; Ochse, D.

    2015-09-01

    Freeform surfaces are a new and exciting opportunity in lens design. The technological boundary conditions for manufacturing surfaces with reduced symmetry are complicated. Recently the progress in understanding and controlling this kind of components is ready for use in commercial products. Nearly all procedures of classical design development are changing, if freeform surfaces are used. The mathematical description of the surfaces, the optimization algorithms in lens design and their convergence, the initial design approaches, the evaluation of performance over the field of view, the data transfer in the mechanical design software and in the manufacturing machines, the metrology for characterization of real surfaces and the return of the real surfaces into the simulation are affected. In this contribution, in particular an overview on possible mathematical formulations of the surfaces is given. One of the requirements on the descriptions is a good performance to correct optical aberrations. After fabrication of real surfaces, there are typical deviations seen in the shape. First more localized deformations are observed, which are only poorly described by mode expansions. Therefore a need in describing the surface with localized finite support exists. Secondly the classical diamond turning grinding process typically shows a regular ripple structure. These midfrequency errors are best described by special approaches. For all these cases it would be the best to have simple, robust solutions, that allow for fast calculation in fitting measured surfaces and in raytrace.

  3. Nanostructured component fabrication by electron beam-physical vapor deposition

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    Singh, Jogender; Wolfe, Douglas E.

    2005-08-01

    Fabrication of cost-effective, nano-grained net-shaped components has brought considerable interest to Department of Defense, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Department of Energy. The objective of this paper is to demonstrate the versatility of electron beam-physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD) technology in engineering new nanostructured materials with controlled microstructure and microchemistry in the form of coatings and net-shaped components for many applications including the space, turbine, optical, biomedical, and auto industries. Coatings are often applied on components to extent their performance and life under severe environmental conditions including thermal, corrosion, wear, and oxidation. Performance and properties of the coatings depend upon their composition, microstructure, and deposition condition. Simultaneous co-evaporation of multiple ingots of different compositions in the high energy EB-PVD chamber has brought considerable interest in the architecture of functional graded coatings, nano-laminated coatings, and design of new structural materials that could not be produced economically by conventional methods. In addition, high evaporation and condensate rates allowed fabricating precision net-shaped components with nanograined microstructure for various applications. Using EB-PVD, nano-grained rhenium (Re) coatings and net-shaped components with tailored microstructure and properties were fabricated in the form of tubes, plates, and Re-coated spherical graphite cores. This paper will also present the results of various metallic and ceramic coatings including chromium, titanium carbide (TiC), titanium diboride (TiB2), hafnium nitride (HfN), titanium-boron-carbonitride (TiBCN), and partially yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) TBC coatings deposited by EB-PVD for various applications.

  4. Fabrication of a microreactor by proton beam writing technique

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    Microreactors are innovative and promising tools in technology nowadays because of their advantages compared to the conventional-scale reactors. These advantages include vast improvements in surface to volume ratio, energy efficiency, reaction speed and yield and increased control of reaction conditions, to name a few examples. The high resolution capability of the micromachining technique utilizing accelerated ion beams in the fabrication technology of microreactors has not yet been taken advantage of. In this work we present the design of a prototype micro-electrochemical cell of 1.5 μL volume (2.5 x 2.5 x 0.240 mm) created with a 3 MeV proton microbeam. The cell can be separated into two half-cells with a suitable membrane applicable to galvanic or fuel cells as well. We deposited gold electrodes on both of the half-cells. The operability of the device was demonstrated by electric current flow between the two electrodes in this micro-electrochemical cell containing a simple electrolyte solution. We used a polycapillary film to separate the two half-cells, hindering the mixing of the anolyte and catholyte solutions. As a result of the minimal mixing caused by the polycapillary film, this cell design can be suitable for electro-synthesis. Due to the high resolution of proton beam writing, it is planned to reduce the dimensions of this kind of microreactor.

  5. Fabrication of a microreactor by proton beam writing technique

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    Huszank, R.; Szilasi, S. Z.; Vad, K.; Rajta, I.

    2009-06-01

    Microreactors are innovative and promising tools in technology nowadays because of their advantages compared to the conventional-scale reactors. These advantages include vast improvements in surface to volume ratio, energy efficiency, reaction speed and yield and increased control of reaction conditions, to name a few examples. The high resolution capability of the micromachining technique utilizing accelerated ion beams in the fabrication technology of microreactors has not yet been taken advantage of. In this work we present the design of a prototype micro-electrochemical cell of 1.5 μL volume (2.5 × 2.5 × 0.240 mm) created with a 3 MeV proton microbeam. The cell can be separated into two half-cells with a suitable membrane applicable to galvanic or fuel cells as well. We deposited gold electrodes on both of the half-cells. The operability of the device was demonstrated by electric current flow between the two electrodes in this micro-electrochemical cell containing a simple electrolyte solution. We used a polycapillary film to separate the two half-cells, hindering the mixing of the anolyte and catholyte solutions. As a result of the minimal mixing caused by the polycapillary film, this cell design can be suitable for electro-synthesis. Due to the high resolution of proton beam writing, it is planned to reduce the dimensions of this kind of microreactor.

  6. The Osteogenesis of Bone Marrow Stem Cells on mPEG-PCL-mPEG/Hydroxyapatite Composite Scaffold via Solid Freeform Fabrication

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    Han-Tsung Liao

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The study described a novel bone tissue scaffold fabricated by computer-aided, air pressure-aided deposition system to control the macro- and microstructure precisely. The porcine bone marrow stem cells (PBMSCs seeded on either mPEG-PCL-mPEG (PCL or mPEG-PCL-mPEG/hydroxyapatite (PCL/HA composite scaffold were cultured under osteogenic medium to test the ability of osteogenesis in vitro. The experimental outcomes indicated that both scaffolds possessed adequate pore size, porosity, and hydrophilicity for the attachment and proliferation of PBMSCs and the PBMSCs expressed upregulated genes of osteogensis and angiogenesis in similar manner on both scaffolds. The major differences between these two types of the scaffolds were the addition of HA leading to higher hardness of PCL/HA scaffold, cell proliferation, and VEGF gene expression in PCL/HA scaffold. However, the in vivo bone forming efficacy between PBMSCs seeded PCL and PCL/HA scaffold was different from the in vitro results. The outcome indicated that the PCL/HA scaffold which had bone-mimetic environment due to the addition of HA resulted in better bone regeneration and mechanical strength than those of PCL scaffold. Therefore, providing a bone-mimetic scaffold is another crucial factor for bone tissue engineering in addition to the biocompatibility, 3D architecture with high porosity, and interpored connection.

  7. Biomechanical and Histological Evaluation of Roughened Surface Titanium Screws Fabricated by Electron Beam Melting

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    Yang, Jun; Cai, Hong; Lv, Jia; Zhang, Ke; Leng, Huijie; Wang, Zhiguo; Liu, Zhongjun

    2014-01-01

    Background Various fabrication methods are used to improve the stability and osseointegration of screws within the host bone. The aim of this study was to investigate whether roughened surface titanium screws fabricated by electron beam melting can provide better stability and osseointegration as compared with smooth titanium screws in sheep cervical vertebrae. Methods Roughened surface titanium screws, fabricated by electron beam melting, and conventional smooth surface titanium screws were ...

  8. Special diffractive elements for optical trapping fabricated on optical fiber tips using the focused ion beam

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    Rodrigues Ribeiro, R. S.; Guerreiro, A.; Viegas, J.; Jorge, P. A. S.

    2016-05-01

    In this work, spiral phase lenses and Fresnel zone lenses for beam tailoring, fabricated on the tip of optical fibers, are reported. The spiral phase lenses allow tailoring the fundamental guided mode, a Gaussian beam, into a Laguerre - Gaussian profile without using additional optical elements. Whereas, the Fresnel lenses are used as focusing systems. The lenses are fabricated using Focused Ion Beam milling, enabling high resolution in the manufacturing process. The output optical intensity profiles matching the numerical simulations are presented and analyzed.

  9. Null testing of nonrotational symmetry transmission optical freeform: design, modeling, and inspection on the basis of Fermat principles

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    Qiu, Gufeng; Cui, Xudong

    2015-11-01

    We present a general design method for a type of transmission freeforms without rotational symmetry and achieve the null testing by putting a well-designed Fermat reflector on the transmitting optical path. The design principle of the reflector is given, and an eccentric spherical surface with 1-mm deviation is used as an example of testing freeform. We fabricated the reflector and the freeform with the single-point diamond turning machine. Both conventional interference inspection and our approach give consistent results. The design error is less than 106 mm, and the measurement accuracy is nearly completely determined by the fabrication precision. This approach can also be applied to the inspections of reflecting freeforms with low costs.

  10. Micro-beam and pulsed laser beam techniques for the micro-fabrication of diamond surface and bulk structures

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    Micro-fabrication in diamond is applicable in a wide set of emerging technologies, exploiting the exceptional characteristics of diamond for application in bio-physics, photonics and radiation detection. Micro ion-beam irradiation and pulsed laser irradiation are complementary techniques, which permit the implementation of complex geometries, by modification and functionalization of surface and/or bulk material, modifying the optical, electrical and mechanical characteristics of the material. In this article we summarize the work done in Florence (Italy), concerning ion beam and pulsed laser beam micro-fabrication in diamond

  11. Free-form architectural envelopes: Digital processes opportunities of industrial production at a reasonable price

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    E. Castaneda

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Free-form architecture is one of the major challenges for architects, engineers, and the building industry. This is due to the inherent difficulty of manufacturing double curvature facades at reasonable prices and quality. This paper discusses the possibilities of manufacturing free-form facade panels for architectural envelopes supported by recent advances in CAD/CAM systems and digital processes. These methods allow for no-mould processes, thus reducing the final price. Examples of actual constructions will be presented to prove the viability of computer numerically controlled (CNC fabrication technologies. Scientific literature will be reviewed. Promising fabrication methods (additive, subtractive, forming to accomplish this proposal will be discussed. This research will provide valuable information regarding the feasibility of manufacturing free-form panels for architectural envelopes at lower prices.  

  12. Fabrication of Submicron Beams with Galvanic Etch Stop for Si in TMAH

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    Yuelin Wang; Heng Yang; Haitao Cheng; Rong Lu; Yanhong Wu; Xinxin Li

    2009-01-01

    A novel method has been developed to fabricate submicron beams with galvanic etch stop for Si in TMAH. The different Au:Si area ratios before and after the release of the beams are used to trigger the galvanic etch stop to fabricate submicron single crystal Si beams in standard Si wafers. Before the beams are released from the substrate, the Au electrodes are connected to the substrate electrically. The Au:Si area ratios are much smaller than the threshold value. TMAH etches the Si wafers. Af...

  13. Theoretical and experimental investigation of design for multioptical-axis freeform progressive addition lenses

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    Xiang, HuaZhong; Chen, JiaBi; Zhu, TianFen; Wei, YeFei; Fu, DongXiang

    2015-11-01

    A freeform progressive addition lens (PAL) provides a good solution to correct presbyopia and prevent juvenile myopia by distributing pupils' optical powers of distance zone, near zone, and intermediate zone and is more widely adopted in the present optometric study. However, there is still a lack of a single-optical-axis system for the design of a PAL. This paper focuses on the research for an approach for designing a freeform PAL. A multioptical-axis system based on real viewing conditions using the eyes is employed for the representation of the freeform surface. We filled small pupils in the intermediate zone as a progressive corridor and the distance- and near-vision portions were defined as the standard spherical surfaces delimited by quadratic curves. Three freeform PALs with a spherical surface as the front side and a freeform surface as the backside were designed. We demonstrate the fabrication and measurement technologies for the PAL surface using computer numerical control machine tools from Schneider Smart and a Visionix VM-2000 Lens Power Mapper. Surface power and astigmatic values were obtained. Preliminary results showed that the approach for the design and fabrication is helpful to advance the design procedure optimization and mass production of PALs in optometry.

  14. An CFRP fabrics as internal reinforcement in concrete beams

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    Achintha, M.; Alami, F; Bloodworth, A.G.

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents preliminary results of an experimental programme that investigated mechanical properties of a balanced-symmetric CFRP fabric laminate. Although FRP fabrics have potential to be formed into efficient reinforcement systems that can enable the development of innovative low embodied energy concrete structures, very little research on applications of FRP fabrics has been reported in the literature. In accordance with the classical laminate theory, in a balanced-symmetric lamina...

  15. Large area mold fabrication for the nanoimprint lithography using electron beam lithography

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    2010-01-01

    The mold fabrication is a critical issue for the development of nanoimprint lithography as an effective low-cost and mass production process.This paper describes the fabrication process developed to fabricate the large area nanoimprint molds on the silicon wafers.The optimization of e-beam exposure dose and pattern design is presented.The overlayer process is developed to improve the field stitching accuracy of e-beam exposure,and around 10 nm field stitching accuracy is obtained.By means of the optimization of the e-beam exposure dose,pattern design and overlayer process,large area nanoimprint molds having dense line structures with around 10 nm field stitching accuracy have been fabricated.The fabricated mold was used to imprint commercial imprinting resist.

  16. Freeform grinding and polishing with PROSurf

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    Wolfs, Franciscus; Fess, Edward; DeFisher, Scott; Torres, Josh; Ross, James

    2015-10-01

    Recently, the desire to use freeform optics has been increasing, including shapes such as torics and anamorphic aspheres. Freeform optics can be used to expand capabilities of optical systems. They can compensate for limitations in rotationally symmetric optics. These same traits that give freeform optics the ability to improve optical systems also makes them more challenging to manufacture. This holds true for grinding, polishing, and metrology. As freeform optics become more prevalent in the industry, tolerances will become more stringent, requiring deterministic manufacturing processes. To generate freeforms, it is crucial to have control over all aspects of the process. Controlling the surface definition is important for achieving a better surface finish during processing. Metrology will be required to adjust tool paths at various stages in manufacturing. During grinding, metrology will be used to adjust tool positions relative to the nominal tool path to compensate for repeatable machine and tooling error. For polishing, metrology will be used to deterministically adjust dwell relative to the amount of the error in different surface locations, allowing for convergence towards the desired surface at a uniform rate. OptiPro has developed PROSurf, a CAM software package for creating freeform tool paths and applying metrology-based corrections. The software can be used for both grinding and polishing freeform optics. The software has flexibility to allow for different methods of modelling the surface: mathematical equations, solid models, and point clouds. The software is designed to make it easier to manufacture and polish complex freeform optics.

  17. Fabrication of Submicron Beams with Galvanic Etch Stop for Si in TMAH

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    Yuelin Wang

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available A novel method has been developed to fabricate submicron beams with galvanic etch stop for Si in TMAH. The different Au:Si area ratios before and after the release of the beams are used to trigger the galvanic etch stop to fabricate submicron single crystal Si beams in standard Si wafers. Before the beams are released from the substrate, the Au electrodes are connected to the substrate electrically. The Au:Si area ratios are much smaller than the threshold value. TMAH etches the Si wafers. After the beams are fully released, they are mechanically supported by the Au wires, which also serve as the galvanic etch stop cathodes. The Au:Si area ratios are much larger than the threshold value. The beams are protected by galvanic etch stop. The thicknesses of the beams are determined by shallow dry etching before TMAH etching. A 530 nm thick beam was fabricated in standard (111 wafers. Experiments showed that the beam thicknesses did not change with over etching, even if the SiO2 layers on the surface of the beams were stripped.

  18. Advanced free-form micro tooling

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    Tosello, Guido; Gavillet, J.

    2011-01-01

    -beam lithography and nano imprinting lithography [Che05][Che09] have high manufacturing cost and a low throughput. The aim was obtain large tool area with nano structures patterning without using energy intensive nano machining (e.g. focus ion beam, X-ray lithography, etc) but, instead, by exploiting the advantage......The present deliverable contains the report of the work and results achieved within the framework of WP 2.2 in Tasks 2.2.4 “Advanced free-form micro tooling” in experimental research done regarding practical applications of methods of applying nano structures to tooling solutions. As part of Task 2.......2.4, tests based on three different chemical-based-batch techniques to establish surface nano (i.e. sub-μm) structures on large tools area were performed. The three approached regarded: o Scheme 1  The use of Ø500nm nanobeads deposition for direct patterning of a Ø4inch. silicon wafer and subsequent nickel...

  19. Use of Woven Fabrics for Strengthening of Reinforced Concrete Beams

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    Parthraj R. Puranik; Deval A. Vasavada

    2014-01-01

    Worldwide, a great deal of research is currently being conducted concerning the use of fiber reinforced plastic wraps, laminates and sheets in the repair and strengthening of reinforced concrete (RC) members. Fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) application is a very effective way to repair and strengthen structures that have become structurally weak over their life span. But the use of woven fabrics for strengthening RC members has not been much investigated. Woven fabrics though cannot provide co...

  20. Fabrication of particle-free thin films by laser ablation combined with an electron beam

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    Particle-free silicon and nickel thin films were successfully fabricated by laser-ablating a melted section of their target surface, which gives a high evaporation pressure at the melting point. The influence of direct evaporation from a melted target was reduced negligibly by melting the target only locally with a focused electron beam (e-beam) and increasing the laser frequency. The silicon films fabricated by the present method, pulse laser deposition of a partially molten target, were able to firmly adhere to the substrates and withstood steel needle scratching, unlike e-beam-evaporated films

  1. Geometric Computing for Freeform Architecture

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    Wallner, J.

    2011-06-03

    Geometric computing has recently found a new field of applications, namely the various geometric problems which lie at the heart of rationalization and construction-aware design processes of freeform architecture. We report on our work in this area, dealing with meshes with planar faces and meshes which allow multilayer constructions (which is related to discrete surfaces and their curvatures), triangles meshes with circle-packing properties (which is related to conformal uniformization), and with the paneling problem. We emphasize the combination of numerical optimization and geometric knowledge.

  2. Prediction of Flexural Capacity of RC Beams Strengthened in Flexure with FRP Fabric and Cementitious Matrix

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    Kyusan Jung

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents both experimental and analytical research results for predicting the flexural capacity of reinforced concrete (RC beams strengthened in flexure with fabric reinforced cementitious matrix (FRCM. In order to assess the efficiency of the FRCM-strengthening method, six beams were strengthened in flexure with FRCM composite having different amounts and layers of FRP fabric and were tested under four-point loading. From test results, it was confirmed that the slippage between the FRP fabric and matrix occurs at a high strain level, and all of the FRCM-strengthened beams failed by the debonding of the FRCM. Additionally, a new bond strength model for FRCM considering the slippage between fabric and matrix was proposed, using a test database to predict the strengthening performance of the FRCM composite. The prediction of the proposed bond strength model agreed well with the debonding loads of the test database.

  3. Freeform surface characterisation: theory and practice

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    The specification and characterisation of freeform surfaces is immature: many CAD packages only allow the nominal freeform geometry to be specified. To control manufacturing and function, the allowable geometric variability also needs to be specified. Currently International standards specify allowable geometry through geometrical tolerancing. Geometrical tolerancing has proved to be a very blunt instrument with many cases, particularly in the aerospace and biomedical industries, of failure of the function of freeform surfaces due to inadequate specification. The paper begins by discussing the importance of the decomposition of the surface geometry into different scales for both specification and characterisation. The three main types of geometrical decomposition: linear, morphological and segmentation are briefly discussed. The Laplace-Beltrami operator (LBO) is the generalization of the Laplace operator to manifolds (i.e. freeform surfaces). By taking Eigenfunctions/Eigenvalues of the LBO a spectral decomposition of the freeform geometry can be realized. The Eigenfunctions are called manifold harmonics and are a direct generalization of Fourier harmonics for freeform surfaces. Tolerancing the Eigenfunctions provides a very powerful and flexible system to control geometrical variability of freeform surfaces; extending the geometrical tolerancing system by allowing decomposition of the geometrical shapes within tolerance zones. Further a generalized Gaussian filter can also be realized by Gaussian weighting the LBO spectra and reconstructing the weighted Eigenfunctions

  4. Diffractive optics fabricated by direct write methods with an electron beam

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    Kress, Bernard; Zaleta, David; Daschner, Walter; Urquhart, Kris; Stein, Robert; Lee, Sing H.

    1993-01-01

    State-of-the-art diffractive optics are fabricated using e-beam lithography and dry etching techniques to achieve multilevel phase elements with very high diffraction efficiencies. One of the major challenges encountered in fabricating diffractive optics is the small feature size (e.g. for diffractive lenses with small f-number). It is not only the e-beam system which dictates the feature size limitations, but also the alignment systems (mask aligner) and the materials (e-beam and photo resists). In order to allow diffractive optics to be used in new optoelectronic systems, it is necessary not only to fabricate elements with small feature sizes but also to do so in an economical fashion. Since price of a multilevel diffractive optical element is closely related to the e-beam writing time and the number of etching steps, we need to decrease the writing time and etching steps without affecting the quality of the element. To do this one has to utilize the full potentials of the e-beam writing system. In this paper, we will present three diffractive optics fabrication techniques which will reduce the number of process steps, the writing time, and the overall fabrication time for multilevel phase diffractive optics.

  5. One Gaudí beam and fabric formed shells

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    Manelius, Anne-Mette

    2009-01-01

    At the recent Structural Membranes conference in Stuttgart, Ronnie Araya presented a paper on the current research at CAST. This summer Ronnie and his crew have produced a number of shell structures in a sort of composite formwork created by tensioned sheets of fabrics and padded frc. The methods...

  6. Pigment colors printing on cotton fabrics by surface coating induced by electron beam and thermal curing

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    Cotton fabrics were coated from one surface with different pigment colors incorporated in formulations containing ethylene glycol (EG), methyl methacrylate (MMA) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) oligomer as a base material. The coated fabrics were exposed to various doses of accelerated electrons generated from the 1.5 MeV (25 kW) electron beam accelerator machine. In order to find the suitable conditions that afford the highest performance of pigment printing, the effect of irradiation dose and formulation composition on the color strength of the printed fabrics was investigated. The durability of the printed fabrics in terms of color fastness, tensile mechanical, crease resistance and water absorption was also studied. The results of pigment printing by electron beam irradiation was compared with the conventional thermal printing method with the same pigment colors involving the use of pastes containing binder and thickener systems. It was found that cotton fabrics printed with the pigment colors under the effect of electron beam irradiation displayed higher color strength than those fabrics printed by the conventional thermal fixation at equal pigment color ratios. In this regard, the color strength on cotton fabrics printed with the Imperon violet, blue and yellow pigment colors was 85.2, 75.4 and 91.3 in the case of printing with electron beam and 63.5, 46.0 and 50.2 in the case of thermal curing, respectively. The results showed that the pigment printing by electron beam or thermal curing improves the crease recovery and mechanical properties of cotton fabrics and exhibited comparable durability properties in terms of washing, rubbing and handling

  7. Wearable Fabric Reconfigurable Beam-Steering Antenna for On/Off-Body Communication System

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    Seonghun Kang; Chang Won Jung

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents a comparison of on-body performances between omnidirectional (loop antenna) and reconfigurable beam-steering antennas. Both omnidirectional and reconfigurable antennas were manufactured on the same fabric substrate and operated at the frequency band of the WLAN 802.11a (5.725–5.85 GHz). The reconfigurable antenna was designed to steer the beam directions. In order to implement the beam-steering capability, the antenna used two PIN diodes. The maximum beam directions of thr...

  8. Micro-patterns fabrication using focused proton beam lithography

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    Cutroneo, Mariapompea; Havránek, Vladimír; Macková, Anna; Semián, Vladimír; Torrisi, L.; Calcagno, L.

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 371, MAR (2016), s. 344-349. ISSN 0168-583X. [22nd International conference on Ion Beam Analysis (IBA). Opatija, 14.06.2015-19.06.2015] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LM2011019; GA ČR(CZ) GBP108/12/G108 Institutional support: RVO:61389005 Keywords : ion-micro-beam * STIM analysis * pattern in PMMA Subject RIV: BG - Nuclear, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Colliders Impact factor: 1.124, year: 2014

  9. Optical fiber sensors fabricated by the focused ion beam technique

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    Yuan, Scott Wu; Wang, Fei; Bang, Ole

    2012-01-01

    Focused ion beam (FIB) is a highly versatile technique which helps to enable next generation of lab-on-fiber sensor technologies. In this paper, we demonstrate the use application of FIB to precisely mill the fiber taper and end facet of both conventional single mode fiber (SMF) and photonic...

  10. Fabrication of Multi-Harmonic Buncher for Pulsed Proton Beam Generation

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    Kim, H. S.; Kwon, H. J.; Cho, Y. S. [Korea Multipurpose Accelerator Complex, Gyeongju (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    Fast neutrons with a broad spectrum can be generated by irradiating the proton beams on target materials. To measure the neutron energy by time of flight (TOF) method, the short pulse width of the proton beam is preferred because the neutron energy uncertainty is proportional to the pulse width. In addition, the pulse repetition rate should be low enough to extend the lower limit of the available neutron energy. Pulsed proton beam generation system is designed based on an electrostatic deflector and slit system as shown in Fig. 1. In a simple deflector with slit system, most of the proton beam is blocked by slit, especially when the beam pulse width is short. The ideal field pattern inside the buncher cavity is saw-tooth wave. To make the field pattern similar to the saw-tooth waveform, we adopted a multi-harmonic buncher (MHB). The design for the multi-harmonic buncher including 3D electromagnetic calculation has been performed. Based on the design, a multi-harmonic buncher cavity was fabricated. It consists of two resonators, two drift tubes and a vacuum chamber. The resonator is a quarter-wave coaxial resonator type. The drift tube is connected to the resonator by using a coaxial vacuum feedthrough. Design summary and detailed fabrication method of the multi-harmonic buncher is presented in this paper. A multi-harmonic buncher for a proton beam chopper system to generate a short pulse neutron beam was designed, fabricated and assembled.

  11. Low phonon energy Nd:LaF3 channel waveguide lasers fabricated by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Bhutta, T.; Chardon, A.M.; Shepherd, D. P.; Daran, E.; Serrano, C.; Munoz-Yague, A.

    2001-01-01

    We report the first fabrication and laser operation of channel waveguides based on LaF3 planar thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy. To our knowledge, this is the lowest phonon energy dielectric material to have shown guided-wave laser operation to date. A full characterization, in terms of spectroscopy, laser results, and propagation losses, is given for the planar thin films upon which the channel waveguides are based. Two channel-fabrication methods are then described, the first invo...

  12. Fabrication of microchannels in fused silica using femtosecond Bessel beams

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    Yashunin, D. A., E-mail: yashuninda@yandex.ru [Institute of Applied Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 46 Ulyanov Str., Nizhny Novgorod 603950 (Russian Federation); Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University, 24 Minin St., Nizhny Novgorod 603950 (Russian Federation); Malkov, Yu. A. [Institute of Applied Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 46 Ulyanov Str., Nizhny Novgorod 603950 (Russian Federation); Mochalov, L. A.; Stepanov, A. N. [Institute of Applied Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 46 Ulyanov Str., Nizhny Novgorod 603950 (Russian Federation); Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University, 24 Minin St., Nizhny Novgorod 603950 (Russian Federation); Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod, 23 Gagarin Ave., Nizhny Novgorod 603950 (Russian Federation)

    2015-09-07

    Extended birefringent waveguiding microchannels up to 15 mm long were created inside fused silica by single-pulse irradiation with femtosecond Bessel beams. The birefringent refractive index change of 2–4 × 10{sup −4} is attributed to residual mechanical stress. The microchannels were chemically etched in KOH solution to produce 15 mm long microcapillaries with smooth walls and a high aspect ratio of 1:250. Bessel beams provide higher speed of material processing compared to conventional multipulse femtosecond laser micromachining techniques and permit simple control of the optical axis direction of the birefringent waveguides, which is important for practical applications [Corrielli et al., “Rotated waveplates in integrated waveguide optics,” Nat. Commun. 5, 4249 (2014)].

  13. Freeform mirror based optical systems for FAME

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    Agócs, Tibor; Kroes, Gabby; Venema, Lars; Hugot, Emmanuel; Schnetler, Hermine; Jaskó, Attila

    2014-07-01

    In this paper we present the design of freeform mirror based optical systems that have the potential to be used in future astronomical instrumentation in the era of extremely large ground based telescopes. Firstly we describe the optical requirements followed by a summary of the optimization methodology used to design the freeform surface. The intention is to create optical architectures, which not only have the numerous advantages of freeform based systems (increased optical performance and/or reduction of mass and volume), but also can be manufactured and tested with today's manufacturing techniques and technologies. The team plans to build a demonstrator based on one of the optical design examples presented in this paper. The demonstrator will be built and tested as part of the OPTICON FP7 Freeform Active Mirror Experiment (FAME) project. A hydroforming technique developed as part of the previous OPTICON FP7 project will be used to produce an accurate, compact and stable freeform mirror. The manufacturing issues normally experienced in the production of freeform mirrors are solved through the hydroforming of thin polished substrates, which then will be supported with an active array structure. The active array will be used to compensate for residual manufacturing errors, thermo-elastic deformation and gravity-induced errors.

  14. Microring resonators fabricated by electron beam bleaching of chromophore doped polymers

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    Decomposition of chromophore molecules under direct electron beam irradiation reduces the refractive index of chromophore containing polymers. The induced refractive index contrast between the exposed and unexposed regions is high enough for waveguide bends of small radius and thus microring resonator devices. This electron beam bleaching of chromophore-containing polymers provides a fabrication approach for nonlinear polymer optical waveguide devices. Fabrication of high quality microring resonators with critical feature size on the order of 100 nm was demonstrated with this technique in an electro-optic polymer that contains YL124 chromophores

  15. Challenges of fabricating plasmonic and photonic structures with Neon ion beam milling

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    Leißner, Till; Fiutowski, Jacek; Bozhevolnyi, Sergey I.;

    -established electron beam lithography and focussed ion beam milling (FIB) using Gallium ions. These techniques, however, are to some extend limited in their resolution, and in addition Gallium and Carbon are implanted and deposited into the plasmonic structures during FIB process, potentially changing plasmonic...... properties. We are currently studying the capabilities of focussed Helium and Neon ion beam milling for the fabricating of plasmonic and photonic devices. We found that Neon ion beam milling enables us to prepare plasmonic structures, such as trenches (see Fig. 1) and V-grooves without doping and alloying...... effects specific to Galium FIB. Neon FIB milling is superior to Helium FIB milling in terms of the processing speed and smaller levels of implanted ions. From our perspective it is the most promising technique for the fabrication of individual plasmonic devices with a few nanometers precision. The main...

  16. Effects of gamma and electron beam irradiation on the properties of calendered cord fabrics

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    The effects of gamma and e-beam irradiation on mechanical and structural properties of nylon 66 (Ny 66), nylon 6 (Ny 6) and poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) fabrics used in tyres were investigated. The untreated (greige), treated cords and calendered fabrics were irradiated at different doses. It is found that the effects of high energy irradiation on greige, treated cords and calendered fabrics are similar. No protective effect of compounds used in calendering was observed against radiation-induced oxidative degradation. The deterioration effect of gamma irradiation on mechanical properties is much higher than that of e-beam irradiation for all types of samples. Limiting viscosity numbers of both gamma and e-beam irradiated nylon 6 and nylon 66 cords were found to decrease with increasing dose. It is concluded that PET calendered fabric has higher resistance to ionizing radiation. Ny 6 and Ny 66 calendered fabrics are more sensitive even at low doses. Therefore, the effects of high energy irradiation on tyre cords have to be taken into consideration during tyre design reinforced with particularly Ny fabrics if pre-vulcanization with high energy radiation is to be applied.

  17. Effects of gamma and electron beam irradiation on the properties of calendered cord fabrics

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    Aytaç, Ayşe; Deniz, Veli; Şen, Murat; Hegazy, El-Sayed; Güven, Olgun

    2010-03-01

    The effects of gamma and e-beam irradiation on mechanical and structural properties of nylon 66 (Ny 66), nylon 6 (Ny 6) and poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) fabrics used in tyres were investigated. The untreated (greige), treated cords and calendered fabrics were irradiated at different doses. It is found that the effects of high energy irradiation on greige, treated cords and calendered fabrics are similar. No protective effect of compounds used in calendering was observed against radiation-induced oxidative degradation. The deterioration effect of gamma irradiation on mechanical properties is much higher than that of e-beam irradiation for all types of samples. Limiting viscosity numbers of both gamma and e-beam irradiated nylon 6 and nylon 66 cords were found to decrease with increasing dose. It is concluded that PET calendered fabric has higher resistance to ionizing radiation. Ny 6 and Ny 66 calendered fabrics are more sensitive even at low doses. Therefore, the effects of high energy irradiation on tyre cords have to be taken into consideration during tyre design reinforced with particularly Ny fabrics if pre-vulcanization with high energy radiation is to be applied.

  18. Fabrication and characterization of nanoelectronic devices for electron beam lithography applications

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    Yang, Xiaojing

    Vertically aligned carbon nanofibers (VACNFs) have shown promise for use as field emission electron sources. Dual-gate field emission structures (triodes) have been fabricated and characterized. The electron beams can be successfully focused in these triodes. These studies show VACNF based field emission devices are promising for electron beam lithography applications. In this thesis, work is continued on triode device investigation. Methods to improve the device fabrication, to understand/optimize the device performance, and to repair defective triodes are presented. Numerical simulation of the triode performance is included. Depth of field (DOF) of these triode structures is calculated by simulation and is determined to be ˜5mum for the current triode structures. The DOF can be improved by employing thicker electrodes. The optimum beam radius is also reduced for thick electrodes. 3D modeling of the structure misalignment shows that a very small and well-converged beam is observed for the maximum shifts studied: 100nm focus electrode shift or 50nm VACNF shift, although astigmatism and coma-type aberrations will increase somewhat from these misalignments. The simulation results are promising and warrant further research on these devices. Single-gate individual cathode-addressable devices are successfully fabricated. VACNFs are successfully grown on an insulating substrate instead of a conductive silicon substrate for this purpose. Electron field emission is demonstrated to be successful from these devices. Several possible fabrication schemes to achieve fully self-aligning aperture formation in triode fabrication are designed and discussed. The best way to achieve self-alignment is to employ a process based on both chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) and reactive ion etching (RIE) selectivity. Fully self-aligned devices are successfully fabricated in this manner. Repair on a missing/defective VACNF in triodes is shown to be promising using an electron beam

  19. Precise Fabrication of Silicon Wafers Using Gas Cluster Ion Beams

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    Precise surface processing of a silicon wafer was studied by using a gas cluster ion beam (GCIB). The damage caused to the silicon surface was strongly dependent on irradiation parameters. The extent of damage varied with the species of source gas and the acceleration voltage (Va) of cluster ions. It also varied with the cluster size and residual gas pressure. The influence of electron acceleration voltage (Ve) used for ionization of a neutral cluster was also investigated. The irradiation damage, such as an amorphous silicon (a-Si) layer, a mixed layer of a-Si and c-Si (transition layer), and surface roughness, was increased with Ve. It is suggested that the increase in the amount of energy per atom was induced by high Ve, because of variation of the cluster size and/or cluster charge. An undamaged smooth surface can be produced by Ar-GCIB irradiation at low Ve and Va.

  20. Fabrication and characterization of suspended beam structures for SiO2 photonic MEMS

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    Peters, T.J.; Tichem, M.

    2015-01-01

    This paper proposes a microfabrication process for the reliable release of SiO2 beam structures. These structures are intended to be utilized in SiO2 photonic MEMS. A major fabrication challenge is the release of thick (>10 μm) SiO2 structures with high yield. A single mask process is developed base

  1. Customizable in situ TEM devices fabricated in freestanding membranes by focused ion beam milling

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    Lei, Anders; Petersen, Dirch Hjorth; Booth, Tim;

    2010-01-01

    Nano- and microelectromechanical structures for in situ operation in a transmission electron microscope (TEM) were fabricated with a turnaround time of 20 min and a resolution better than 100 nm. The structures are defined by focused ion beam (FIB) milling in 135 nm thin membranes of single...

  2. Medical linear accelerator mounted mini-beam collimator: design, fabrication and dosimetric characterization

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    The goal of this work was to design, build and experimentally characterize a linear accelerator mounted mini-beam collimator for use at a nominal 6 MV beam energy. Monte Carlo simulation was used in the design and dosimetric characterization of a compact mini-beam collimator assembly mounted to a medical linear accelerator. After fabrication, experimental mini-beam dose profiles and central axis relative output were measured and the results used to validate the simulation data. The simulation data was then used to establish traceability back to an established dosimetric code of practice. The Monte Carlo simulation work revealed that changes in collimator blade width have a greater influence on the valley-to-peak dose ratio than do changes in blade height. There was good agreement between the modeled and measured profile data, with the exception of small differences on either side of the central peak dose. These differences were found to be systematic across all depths and result from limitations associated with the collimator fabrication. Experimental mini-beam relative output and simulation data agreed to better than  ±2.0%, which is well within the level of uncertainty required for dosimetric traceability of non-standard field geometries. A mini-beam collimator has now been designed, built and experimentally characterized for use with a commercial linear accelerator operated at a nominal 6 MV beam energy. (paper)

  3. Evaluation of Titanium Alloys Fabricated Using Rapid Prototyping Technologies—Electron Beam Melting and Laser Beam Melting

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    Toru Okabe

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available This study characterized properties of Ti-6Al-4V ELI (extra low interstitial, ASTM grade 23 specimens fabricated by a laser beam melting (LBM and an electron beam melting (EBM system for dental applications. Titanium alloy specimens were made into required size and shape for each standard test using fabrication methods. The LBM specimens were made by an LBM machine utilizing 20 µm of Ti-6Al-4V ELI powder. Ti-6Al-4V ELI specimens were also fabricated by an EBM using 40 µm of Ti-6Al-4V ELI powder (average diameter, 40 µm: Arcam ABÒ in a vacuum. As a control, cast Ti-6Al-4V ELI specimens (Cast were made using a centrifugal casting machine in an MgO-based mold. Also, a wrought form of Ti-6Al-4V ELI (Wrought was used as a control. The mechanical properties, corrosion properties and grindability (wear properties were evaluated and data was analyzed using ANOVA and a non-parametric method (α = 0.05. The strength of the LBM and wrought specimens were similar, whereas the EBM specimens were slightly lower than those two specimens. The hardness of both the LBM and EBM specimens was similar and slightly higher than that of the cast and wrought alloys. For the higher grindability speed at 1,250 m/min, the volume loss of Ti64 LBM and EBM showed no significant differences among all the fabrication methods. LBM and EBM exhibited favorable results in fabricating dental appliances with excellent properties as found for specimens made by other fabricating methods.

  4. Deformation of a laser beam in the fabrication of graphite microstructures inside a volume of diamond

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    Kononenko, T. V.; Zavedeev, E. V.

    2016-03-01

    We report a theoretical and experimental study of the energy profile deformation along the laser beam axis during the fabrication of graphite microstructures inside a diamond crystal. The numerical simulation shows that the use of a focusing lens with a numerical aperture NA beam due to the spherical aberration that occurs in the case of refraction of the focused laser beam at the air – diamond interface. The calculation results are confirmed by experimental data on the distribution of the laser intensity along the beam axis in front of its focal plane, derived from observations of graphitisation wave propagation in diamond. The effect of radiation self-focusing on laser-induced graphitisation of diamond is analysed. It is shown that if the wavefront distortion due to self-focusing can be neglected at a minimum pulse energy required for the optical breakdown of diamond, then an increase in the beam distortion with increasing pulse energy has no effect on the graphitisation process.

  5. Fabrication of symmetric sub-5 nm nanopores using focused ion and electron beams

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    Nanopores fabricated in solid-state membranes have previously been used for the rapid electrical detection and characterization of single biopolymer molecules. Various methods for producing solid-state nanopores have been reported, but fabricating nanopores of desired sizes controllably is still challenging. Here we report a fabrication technique which uses a focused ion beam (FIB) system to engineer nanopores precisely. This technique provides visual feedback over the formation process. The present method can produce highly symmetrical nanopores with diameters smaller than ∼5 nm and can be used to create an array of multiple nanopores simultaneously. In addition, nanopores produced using the focused ion beam sculpting technique can be tailored down to less than 1 nm in diameter using high-energy electron radiation

  6. Fabrication of moth-eye structures on silicon by direct six-beam laser interference lithography

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    This paper presents a new method for the generation of cross-scale laser interference patterns and the fabrication of moth-eye structures on silicon. In the method, moth-eye structures were produced on a surface of silicon wafer using direct six-beam laser interference lithography to improve the antireflection performance of the material surface. The periodic dot arrays of the moth-eye structures were formed due to the ablation of the irradiance distribution of interference patterns on the wafer surface. The shape, size, and distribution of the moth-eye structures can be adjusted by controlling the wavelength, incidence angles, and exposure doses in a direct six-beam laser interference lithography setup. The theoretical and experimental results have shown that direct six-beam laser interference lithography can provide a way to fabricate cross-scale moth-eye structures for antireflection applications.

  7. Functional webs for freeform architecture

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    Deng, Bailin

    2011-08-01

    Rationalization and construction-aware design dominate the issue of realizability of freeform architecture. The former means the decomposition of an intended shape into parts which are sufficiently simple and efficient to manufacture; the latter refers to a design procedure which already incorporates rationalization. Recent contributions to this topic have been concerned mostly with small-scale parts, for instance with planar faces of meshes. The present paper deals with another important aspect, namely long-range parts and supporting structures. It turns out that from the pure geometry viewpoint this means studying families of curves which cover surfaces in certain well-defined ways. Depending on the application one has in mind, different combinatorial arrangements of curves are required. We here restrict ourselves to so-called hexagonal webs which correspond to a triangular or tri-hex decomposition of a surface. The individual curve may have certain special properties, like being planar, being a geodesic, or being part of a circle. Each of these properties is motivated by manufacturability considerations and imposes constraints on the shape of the surface. We investigate the available degrees of freedom, show numerical methods of optimization, and demonstrate the effectivity of our approach and the variability of construction solutions derived from webs by means of actual architectural designs.

  8. Nodal aberration theory applied to freeform surfaces

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    Fuerschbach, Kyle; Rolland, Jannick P.; Thompson, Kevin P.

    2014-12-01

    When new three-dimensional packages are developed for imaging optical systems, the rotational symmetry of the optical system is often broken, changing its imaging behavior and making the optical performance worse. A method to restore the performance is to use freeform optical surfaces that compensate directly the aberrations introduced from tilting and decentering the optical surfaces. In order to effectively optimize the shape of a freeform surface to restore optical functionality, it is helpful to understand the aberration effect the surface may induce. Using nodal aberration theory the aberration fields induced by a freeform surface in an optical system are explored. These theoretical predications are experimentally validated with the design and implementation of an aberration generating telescope.

  9. New freeform NURBS imaging design code

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    Chrisp, Michael P.

    2014-12-01

    A new optical imaging design code for NURBS freeform surfaces is described, with reduced optimization cycle times due to its fast raytrace engine, and the ability to handle larger NURBS surfaces because of its improved optimization algorithms. This program, FANO (Fast Accurate NURBS Optimization), is then applied to an f/2 three mirror anastigmat design. Given the same optical design parameters, the optical system with NURBS freeform surfaces has an average r.m.s. spot size of 4 microns. This spot size is six times smaller than the conventional aspheric design, showing that the use of NURBS freeform surfaces can improve the performance of three mirror anastigmats for the next generation of smaller pixel size, larger format detector arrays.

  10. Experience on Fabrication and Assembly of the First CLIC Two-Beam Module Prototype

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    Gudkov, D; Riddone, G; Rossi, F; Lebet, S

    2013-01-01

    The CLIC two-beam module prototypes are intended to prove the design of all technical systems under the different operation modes. Two validation programs are currently under way and they foresee the construction of four prototype modules for mechanical tests without beam and three prototype modules for tests with RF and beam. The program without beam will show the capability of the technical solutions proposed to fulfil the stringent requirements on radio-frequency, supporting, pre-alignment, stabilization, vacuum and cooling systems. The engineering design was performed with the use of CAD/CAE software. Dedicated mock-ups of RF structures, with all mechanical interfaces and chosen technical solutions, are used for the tests and therefore reliable results are expected. The components were fabricated by applying different technologies and methods for manufacturing and joining. The first full-size prototype module was assembled in 2012. This paper is focused on the production process including the comparison o...

  11. Design of a low F-number freeform off-axis three-mirror system with rectangular field-of-view

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    In this paper, a low F-number freeform off-axis three-mirror system with rectangular field-of-view (FOV) is presented, and the system has an integrated configuration that can be aligned with ordinary methods. The initial structure is solved analytically, and the optimization process is described in detail. This F/1.38 freeform system with a 4° × 5° FOV provides good imaging performance, especially in middle-wave and long-wave infrared bands. The primary mirror and the tertiary mirror are approximately tangent, so these two freeform mirrors can be fabricated on a single substrate. This configuration provides a solution to the practical application of freeform off-axis three-mirror systems. Additionally, a prototype of this system is demonstrated, and the imaging performance of the prototype is tested experimentally. The actual performance of the prototype is discussed and analyzed. (paper)

  12. Computer Aided Design of Computer Generated Holograms for electron beam fabrication

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    Urquhart, Kristopher S.; Lee, Sing H.; Guest, Clark C.; Feldman, Michael R.; Farhoosh, Hamid

    1989-01-01

    Computer Aided Design (CAD) systems that have been developed for electrical and mechanical design tasks are also effective tools for the process of designing Computer Generated Holograms (CGHs), particularly when these holograms are to be fabricated using electron beam lithography. CAD workstations provide efficient and convenient means of computing, storing, displaying, and preparing for fabrication many of the features that are common to CGH designs. Experience gained in the process of designing CGHs with various types of encoding methods is presented. Suggestions are made so that future workstations may further accommodate the CGH design process.

  13. Ion and electron beam assisted fabrication of nanostructures integrated in microfluidic chips

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    In present work we have designed and fabricated microfluidic chips (MFC) with integrated nets of nanochannels and whisker nanostructures in microchannels for investigation of biological samples in their native environment. We have designed a number of MFC topologies: (a) hydrodynamic traps with nanoscale channels which link microchannels; (b) a structure with regular vertical nanorod (nanowhisker) array, which could be used as a sensitive element. These topologies were created by means of ion and electron beam assisted techniques. These MFCs allow to investigate biological objects by means of high resolution microscopy. Fabricated MFCs were investigated with emulator of biological objects in different buffer solutions.

  14. Large scale silver nanowires network fabricated by MeV hydrogen (H+) ion beam irradiation

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    Honey, S.; Naseem, S.; Ishaq, A.; Maaza, M.; Bhatti, M. T.; Wan, D.

    2016-04-01

    A random two-dimensional large scale nano-network of silver nanowires (Ag-NWs) is fabricated by MeV hydrogen (H+) ion beam irradiation. Ag-NWs are irradiated under H+ ion beam at different ion fluences at room temperature. The Ag-NW network is fabricated by H+ ion beam-induced welding of Ag-NWs at intersecting positions. H+ ion beam induced welding is confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Moreover, the structure of Ag NWs remains stable under H+ ion beam, and networks are optically transparent. Morphology also remains stable under H+ ion beam irradiation. No slicings or cuttings of Ag-NWs are observed under MeV H+ ion beam irradiation. The results exhibit that the formation of Ag-NW network proceeds through three steps: ion beam induced thermal spikes lead to the local heating of Ag-NWs, the formation of simple junctions on small scale, and the formation of a large scale network. This observation is useful for using Ag-NWs based devices in upper space where protons are abandoned in an energy range from MeV to GeV. This high-quality Ag-NW network can also be used as a transparent electrode for optoelectronics devices. Project supported by the National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF), the French Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique, iThemba-LABS, the UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences & Nanotechnology, the Third World Academy of Science (TWAS), Organization of Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSDW), the Abdus Salam ICTP via the Nanosciences African Network (NANOAFNET), and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan.

  15. Fabrication of Beam-rotating Actuator for Multiple-beam Disk Drive

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    Kim, Boung Jun; Kim, Soo Hyun; Kwak, Yoon Keun

    2002-05-01

    Current trends in computer and communication industries are towards increasingly higher resolution images and video processing techniques. However, such sophisticated processing tasks require massive storage systems such as a compact disk read only memory (CD-ROM) and digital versatile disc (DVD). Current demands in the development of such systems are higher data density storage media and an improved data transfer rate. The latter is discussed in this paper. A multiple-beam optical disk drive is presented as a method for improving the effective data transfer rate by increasing the beam spot number formed on an optical disk. The beam-rotating actuator is necessary for positioning the multiple-beam onto more than one track. Ray tracing was also employed for the real system setup. The beam-rotating actuator is made up of piezoelectric material, a high-stiffness wire hinge and a dove prism. The actuator has an approximately 1 kHz resonance frequency and a suitable operational range. The dynamic equation for the actuator is derived for the control of the real system.

  16. Design and analysis of a reconfigurable discrete pin tooling system for molding of three-dimensional free-form objects

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    KOÇ, Bahattin; Koc, Bahattin; Thangaswamy, Sridhar

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents the design and analysis of a new reconfigurable tooling for the fabrication of three-dimensional (3D) free-form objects. The proposed reconfigurable tooling system comprises a set of matrices of a closely stacked discrete elements (i.e., pins) arranged to form a cavity in which a free-form object can be molded. By reconfiguring the pins, a single tool can be used in the place of multiple tools to produce different parts with the involvement of much lesser time and cost. Th...

  17. Focused ion beam techniques for fabricating geometrically-complex components and devices.

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    Mayer, Thomas Michael; Adams, David Price; Hodges, V. Carter; Vasile, Michael J.

    2004-03-01

    We have researched several new focused ion beam (FIB) micro-fabrication techniques that offer control of feature shape and the ability to accurately define features onto nonplanar substrates. These FIB-based processes are considered useful for prototyping, reverse engineering, and small-lot manufacturing. Ion beam-based techniques have been developed for defining features in miniature, nonplanar substrates. We demonstrate helices in cylindrical substrates having diameters from 100 {micro}m to 3 mm. Ion beam lathe processes sputter-define 10-{micro}m wide features in cylindrical substrates and tubes. For larger substrates, we combine focused ion beam milling with ultra-precision lathe turning techniques to accurately define 25-100 {micro}m features over many meters of path length. In several cases, we combine the feature defining capability of focused ion beam bombardment with additive techniques such as evaporation, sputter deposition and electroplating in order to build geometrically-complex, functionally-simple devices. Damascene methods that fabricate bound, metal microcoils have been developed for cylindrical substrates. Effects of focused ion milling on surface morphology are also highlighted in a study of ion-milled diamond.

  18. Ring beam shaping optics fabricated with ultra-precision cutting for YAG laser processing

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    Kuwano, Ryoichi; Koga, Toshihiko; Tokunaga, Tsuyoshi; Wakayama, Toshitaka; Otani, Yukitoshi; Fujii, Nobuyuki

    2012-03-01

    In this study, a method for generating ring intensity distribution at a refraction-type lens with an aspheric element was proposed, and the beam shaping optical element was finished using only ultra-precision cutting. The shape of the optical element and its irradiance pattern were determined from numerical calculation based on its geometrical and physical optics. An ultra-precision lathe was employed to fabricate beam shaping optical elements, and acrylic resin was used as the material. The transmittance of an optical element (a rotationally symmetrical body) with an aspheric surface fabricated using a single-crystal diamond tool was over 98%, and its surface roughness was 9.6 nm Ra. The method enabled the formation of a circular melting zone on a piece of stainless steel with a thickness of 300 μm through pulse YAG laser ( λ 1:06 μm) processing such that the average radius was 610 μm and the width was 100-200 μm. Circular processing using a ring beam shaping optical element can be realized by single-pulse beam irradiation without beam scanning.

  19. Proton beam writing and electroplating for the fabrication of high aspect ratio Au microstructures

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    We present an approach to fabricate tall high aspect ratio Au microstructures by means of proton beam direct writing. Combining proton beam direct writing and electroplating, we successfully produced gold structures with sub-micrometer lateral dimensions, structure heights in excess of 11 μm, and aspect ratios over 28. Sidewall quality of the Au structures was improved by lowering the process temperature to 20 deg. C when developing PMMA patterns with GG developer. The application of such structures as X-ray masks for deep X-ray lithography with synchrotron radiation was demonstrated.

  20. Proton beam writing and electroplating for the fabrication of high aspect ratio Au microstructures

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    Yue Weisheng [Centre for Ion Beam Applications, Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117542 (Singapore); Ren Yaping [Singapore Synchrotron Light Source, National University of Singapore, 5 Research Link, Singapore 117603 (Singapore); Kan, Jeroen Anton van; Chiam, S.-Y. [Centre for Ion Beam Applications, Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117542 (Singapore); Jian, Linke; Moser, Herbert O. [Singapore Synchrotron Light Source, National University of Singapore, 5 Research Link, Singapore 117603 (Singapore); Osipowicz, Thomas [Centre for Ion Beam Applications, Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117542 (Singapore)], E-mail: phyto@nus.edu.sg; Watt, Frank [Centre for Ion Beam Applications, Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117542 (Singapore)

    2009-07-01

    We present an approach to fabricate tall high aspect ratio Au microstructures by means of proton beam direct writing. Combining proton beam direct writing and electroplating, we successfully produced gold structures with sub-micrometer lateral dimensions, structure heights in excess of 11 {mu}m, and aspect ratios over 28. Sidewall quality of the Au structures was improved by lowering the process temperature to 20 deg. C when developing PMMA patterns with GG developer. The application of such structures as X-ray masks for deep X-ray lithography with synchrotron radiation was demonstrated.

  1. Fabrication and characterization of highly reproducible, high resistance nanogaps made by focused ion beam milling

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    Nanoelectrodes were fabricated combining photolithography, electron beam lithography and focused ion beam milling allowing for large scale integration and nanoengineering of the electrode properties. The structure determination by transmission and scanning electron microscopy showed a highly reproducible gap width. The atomic scale electrode structure was characterized using scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The nanogap resistances were found to be the highest hitherto reported for nanogaps, namely in the 300-1300 TΩ range. Gold nanoparticles were trapped by ac dielectrophoresis, and the electrodes were shown to be stable enough to endure empty gap voltages as high as 5 V as well as currents high enough to induce fusing of trapped nanoparticles

  2. Fabrication of an oil-water separation copper filter using laser beam machining

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    Ha, Kyoung Ho; Chu, Chong Nam

    2016-04-01

    In this study, oil and water are successfully separated using a copper filter that is fabricated using only laser beam machining. Even though copper is hydrophilic and recast copper material, which inevitably results during laser beam machining, is super-hydrophilic, the filter can prevent the water from penetrating and allow oil to flow based on surface tension of the liquids at the hole exit. For practical uses of the filter, both the pressure differences at which the filter is able to retain its ability to separate and the oil penetration rate of the filter are revealed. The fabrication process is simple and time-saving, and the filter has high durability because of lack of surface coating or surface chemical modification.

  3. Silica-gold bilayer-based transfer of focused ion beam-fabricated nanostructures.

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    Wu, Xiaofei; Geisler, Peter; Krauss, Enno; Kullock, René; Hecht, Bert

    2015-10-21

    The demand for using nanostructures fabricated by focused ion beam (FIB) on delicate substrates or as building blocks for complex devices motivates the development of protocols that allow FIB-fabricated nanostructures to be transferred from the original substrate to the desired target. However, transfer of FIB-fabricated nanostructures is severely hindered by FIB-induced welding of structure and substrate. Here we present two (ex and in situ) transfer methods for FIB-fabricated nanostructures based on a silica-gold bilayer evaporated onto a bulk substrate. Utilizing the poor adhesion between silica and gold, the nanostructures can be mechanically separated from the bulk substrate. For the ex situ transfer, a spin-coated poly(methyl methacrylate) film is used to carry the nanostructures so that the bilayer can be etched away after being peeled off. For the in situ transfer, using a micro-manipulator inside the FIB machine, a cut-out piece of silica on which a nanostructure has been fabricated is peeled off from the bulk substrate and thus carries the nanostructure to a target substrate. We demonstrate the performance of both methods by transferring plasmonic nano-antennas fabricated from single-crystalline gold flakes by FIB milling to a silicon wafer and to a scanning probe tip. PMID:26395208

  4. Advanced optic fabrication using ultrafast laser radiation

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    Taylor, Lauren L.; Qiao, Jun; Qiao, Jie

    2016-03-01

    Advanced fabrication and finishing techniques are desired for freeform optics and integrated photonics. Methods including grinding, polishing and magnetorheological finishing used for final figuring and polishing of such optics are time consuming, expensive, and may be unsuitable for complex surface features while common photonics fabrication techniques often limit devices to planar geometries. Laser processing has been investigated as an alternative method for optic forming, surface polishing, structure writing, and welding, as direct tuning of laser parameters and flexible beam delivery are advantageous for complex freeform or photonics elements and material-specific processing. Continuous wave and pulsed laser radiation down to the nanosecond regime have been implemented to achieve nanoscale surface finishes through localized material melting, but the temporal extent of the laser-material interaction often results in the formation of a sub-surface heat affected zone. The temporal brevity of ultrafast laser radiation can allow for the direct vaporization of rough surface asperities with minimal melting, offering the potential for smooth, final surface quality with negligible heat affected material. High intensities achieved in focused ultrafast laser radiation can easily induce phase changes in the bulk of materials for processing applications. We have experimentally tested the effectiveness of ultrafast laser radiation as an alternative laser source for surface processing of monocrystalline silicon. Simulation of material heating associated with ultrafast laser-material interaction has been performed and used to investigate optimized processing parameters including repetition rate. The parameter optimization process and results of experimental processing will be presented.

  5. Design and fabrication of Si-based photonic crystal stamps with electron beam lithography (EBL)

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    Jannesary, Reyhaneh; Bergmair, Iris; Zamiri, Saeid; Hingerl, Kurt; Hubbard, Graham; Abbott, Steven; Chen, Qin; Allsopp, Duncan

    2009-05-01

    The quest for mass replication has established technologies like nanoimprinting via hard stamps or PDMS stamps, where the stamps are usually produced via Electron Beam Lithography (EBL) for applications in the microelectronic industry. On the other hand, nanopatterning with self ordered structures1 or via holographic patterns provide the basis for large area imprints for applications for example, antireflection coatings based on biomimetic motheyes2. In this work we report on a technology for enabling the mass replication of custom-designed and e-beam lithographically prepared structures via establishing novel roll to roll nanoimprint processes for pattern transfer into UV curable pre-polymers. The new nano-fabrication technology is based on the concept of Disposal Master Technology (DMT) capable of patterning areas up to 1 x 1 m2 and is suitable for mass volume manufacturing of large area arrays of sub-wavelength photonic elements. As an example to show the potential of the application of the new nanoimprint technologies, we choose the fabrication of a photonic crystal (PhC) structure with integrated light coupling devices for low loss interconnection between PhC lightwave circuits and optical fibre systems. We present two methods for fabrication of nanoimprint lithography stamps in Si substrate. In the first method optimized electron beam lithography (EBL) and lift-off patterning of a 15-nm thick Cr mask, and then the pattern transfer into Si using reacting ion etching (RIE) with SF6 as etch gas. In the first method, we use 200nm of positive resist PMMA 950K for EBL exposure. In this method, resist thickness, exposure dose, development time and parameter for etching have been optimized and a photonic crystal of Si-rods in air was fabricated. In the second method lift-off has not been performed and metal mask has been used as master. The subsequent steps for fabricating the master will be presented in detail.

  6. Characterization of titanium aluminide alloy components fabricated by additive manufacturing using electron beam melting

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    Intermetallic, γ-TiAl, equiaxed, small-grain (∼2 μm) structures with lamellar γ/α2-Ti3Al colonies with average spacing of 0.6 μm have been fabricated by additive manufacturing using electron beam melting (EBM) of precursor, atomized powder. The residual microindentation (Vickers) hardness (HV) averaged 4.1 GPa, corresponding to a nominal yield strength of ∼1.4 GPa (∼HV/3), and a specific yield strength of 0.37 GPa cm3 g-1 (for a density of 3.76 g cm-3), in contrast to 0.27 GPa cm3 g-1 for EBM-fabricated Ti-6Al-4V components. These results demonstrate the potential to fabricate near net shape and complex titanium aluminide products directly using EBM technology in important aerospace and automotive applications.

  7. The fabrication of x-ray masks using proton beam writing

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    We have developed a simplified method of fabricating x-ray masks for deep x-ray lithography by using proton beam writing (PBW) without subsequent soft x-ray copying steps. Combining direct PBW and subsequent electroplating, x-ray masks with gold absorber patterns of up to 11 µm height and with vertical and smooth sidewalls were fabricated. The smallest size in the absorber pattern is less than 0.5 µm in this work. The masks were used for x-ray lithography with synchrotron radiation, and 870 µm SU-8 structures with smooth sidewalls were produced. This fabrication method is promising to be an important alternative to conventional methods for x-ray mask making

  8. Polymer microlens replication by Nanoimprint Lithography using proton beam fabricated Ni stamp

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    It is essential to have a simplified and a rapid method for fabricating micro/nano structures in different kinds of polymeric materials. Though it is possible to fabricate arrays of microlens directly by P beam writing (PBW), it is restricted to a few types of resist materials. Therefore we have fabricated a Ni electroplated metallic stamp comprising of arrays of inverse/negative features of microlenses. The metallic stamp of about 500 μm thick is made on a silicon wafer coated with 10 μm thick polymethylglutarimide (PMGI) resist and the desired structures are written by PBW followed by thermal reflow and Ni electroplating. An array of microlenses is imprinted on a polycarbonate (PC) substrate by the Nanoimprint Lithography (NIL) technique and the replicated microlenses featuring various numerical apertures, diameters and pitches are characterized

  9. Open-cellular copper structures fabricated by additive manufacturing using electron beam melting

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    Highlights: → Relative stiffness versus relative density measurements for reticulated mesh and stochastic open cellular copper were shown to follow the Gibson-Ashby foam model. → Microstructures for the mesh struts and foam ligaments illustrated a propensity of copper oxide precipitates which provided structural hardness and strength. → These components, fabricated by electron beam melting, exhibit interesting prospects for specialized, complex heat-transfer devices. - Abstract: Cu reticulated mesh and stochastic open cellular foams were fabricated by additive manufacturing using electron beam melting. Fabricated densities ranged from 0.73 g/cm3 to 6.67 g/cm3. The precursor Cu powder contained Cu2O precipitates and the fabricated components contained arrays of Cu2O precipitates and interconnected dislocation microstructures having average spacings of ∼2 μm, which provide hardness values ∼75% above commercial Cu products. Plots of stiffness (Young's modulus) versus density and relative stiffness versus relative density were in very close agreement with the Gibson-Ashby model for open cellular foams. These open cellular structure components exhibit considerable potential for novel, complex, multi-functional electrical and thermal management systems, especially complex, monolithic heat exchange devices.

  10. Strain-engineered manufacturing of freeform carbon nanotube microstructures

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    de Volder, M.; Park, S.; Tawfick, S.; Hart, A. J.

    2014-07-01

    The skins of many plants and animals have intricate microscale surface features that give rise to properties such as directed water repellency and adhesion, camouflage, and resistance to fouling. However, engineered mimicry of these designs has been restrained by the limited capabilities of top-down fabrication processes. Here we demonstrate a new technique for scalable manufacturing of freeform microstructures via strain-engineered growth of aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs). Offset patterning of the CNT growth catalyst is used to locally modulate the CNT growth rate. This causes the CNTs to collectively bend during growth, with exceptional uniformity over large areas. The final shape of the curved CNT microstructures can be designed via finite element modeling, and compound catalyst shapes produce microstructures with multidirectional curvature and unusual self-organized patterns. Conformal coating of the CNTs enables tuning of the mechanical properties independently from the microstructure geometry, representing a versatile principle for design and manufacturing of complex microstructured surfaces.

  11. Design, fabrication, and testing of superconducting RF cavities for high average beam currents

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    Meidlinger, David Joseph

    For high current applications, it is desirable for the cavity shape to have a low longitudinal loss factor and to have a high beam-breakup threshold current. This dissertation describes three different cavities designed for this purpose: a six-cell elliptical cavity for particles traveling at the speed of light, a two-cell elliptical cavity for subluminal particle speeds, and a single cell cavity which uses the TM012 mode for acceleration. SUPERFISH simulations predict the peak fields in both of the elliptical cavities will not exceed the TeSLA values by more than 10% but both will have 28.7% larger apertures. The elliptical designs assume the bunch frequency equals the accelerating mode frequency. The beam pipe radius is chosen so that the cutoff frequency is less than twice that of the accelerating mode. Hence all of the monopole and dipole higher-order modes (HOMs) that can be driven by a Fourier component of the beam have low loaded Q values. This simplifies the problem of HOM damping. The TM012 cavity is predicted to have much higher peak fields than a pi-mode elliptical cavity, but offers potential advantages from its simplified shape; it is essentially a circular waveguide with curved end plates. This basic shape results in easier fabrication and simplified tuning. Two prototype two-cell cavities were fabricated and tested at cryogenic temperatures without beam.

  12. Fabrication of Faraday Cup Array for the Measurement of 2-Dimensional Proton Beam Profile

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    It has an advantage of easy-to-use and possible to visually check, immediately; on the other hand, the measurement range is very limited. Another method is using the CCD camera-scintillator device such as p43 phosphor screen or chromox. A variety of faraday cup detectors have been recently introduced. The faraday cup is one of the powerful and popular tools for the measurement of beam current. By using several faraday cups in array geometry, it is possible to observe current distribution. In this study, we developed an external faraday cup array for the measure the beam current and profile at a KOMAC (Korea Multi-purpose Accelerator Complex) beam utilization facility. To measure the beam profile, before fabrication of faraday cup array, we use gafchromic film. By making the faraday cup array we were able to reduce the consumption of Gafchromic film and a more accurate diagnosis of the proton beam is possible. The use of faraday cup array, experiment using the proton beam is more reliable and confident

  13. Fabrication of Faraday Cup Array for the Measurement of 2-Dimensional Proton Beam Profile

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    Jung, Myunghwan; Kim, Bom Sok; Kim, Kyeryung [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-05-15

    It has an advantage of easy-to-use and possible to visually check, immediately; on the other hand, the measurement range is very limited. Another method is using the CCD camera-scintillator device such as p43 phosphor screen or chromox. A variety of faraday cup detectors have been recently introduced. The faraday cup is one of the powerful and popular tools for the measurement of beam current. By using several faraday cups in array geometry, it is possible to observe current distribution. In this study, we developed an external faraday cup array for the measure the beam current and profile at a KOMAC (Korea Multi-purpose Accelerator Complex) beam utilization facility. To measure the beam profile, before fabrication of faraday cup array, we use gafchromic film. By making the faraday cup array we were able to reduce the consumption of Gafchromic film and a more accurate diagnosis of the proton beam is possible. The use of faraday cup array, experiment using the proton beam is more reliable and confident.

  14. Technology of nano-/micro structure fabrication using high-energy ion beams and its applications

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    High-energy ion microbeam technology, which can be used to control various types of ion beams with an energy of MeV/amu or more at the micro-/nano scale can provide novel methods of device fabrication by making the full use of the interaction of high-energy ions with materials. Such devices are expected to be utilized in the fields of information technology, medical treatment, and so on. It is necessary to advance the development of materials, beam technology, and processing technology, through the accumulation of basic and systematic findings concerning the interaction of ion beams with different materials by the collaboration of many scientists in various research fields. (author)

  15. Design and fabrication of a large rectangular magnetic cusp plasma source for high intensity neutral beam injectors

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    The design and fabrication techniques for a large, rectangular magnetic bucket plasma source are described. This source is compatible with the accelerator structures for the TFTR and DIII neutral-beam systems

  16. Controlled fabrication of nanopores using a direct focused ion beam approach with back face particle detection

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    Patterson, N.; Adams, D. P.; Hodges, V. C.; Vasile, M. J.; Michael, J. R.; Kotula, P. G.

    2008-06-01

    We report a direct, ion drilling technique that enables the reproducible fabrication and placement of nanopores in membranes of different thickness. Using a 30 keV focused Ga ion beam column combined with an in situ, back face, multi-channelplate particle detector, nanopores are sputtered in Si3N4 and W/Si3N4 to have diameters as small as 12 nm. Transmission electron microscopy shows that focused ion beam-drilled holes are near-conical with the diameter decreasing from entry to exit side. By monitoring the detector signal during ion exposure, the drilled hole width can be minimized such that the exit-side diameter is smaller than the full width at half-maximum of the nominally Gaussian-shaped incident beam. Judicious choice of the beam defining aperture combined with back face particle detection allows for reproducible exit-side hole diameters between 18 and 100 nm. The nanopore direct drilling technique does not require potentially damaging broad area exposure to tailor hole sizes. Moreover, this technique successfully achieves breakthrough despite the effects of varying membrane thickness, redeposition, polycrystalline grain structure, and slight ion beam current fluctuations.

  17. Controlled fabrication of nanopores using a direct focused ion beam approach with back face particle detection

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    We report a direct, ion drilling technique that enables the reproducible fabrication and placement of nanopores in membranes of different thickness. Using a 30 keV focused Ga ion beam column combined with an in situ, back face, multi-channelplate particle detector, nanopores are sputtered in Si3N4 and W/Si3N4 to have diameters as small as 12 nm. Transmission electron microscopy shows that focused ion beam-drilled holes are near-conical with the diameter decreasing from entry to exit side. By monitoring the detector signal during ion exposure, the drilled hole width can be minimized such that the exit-side diameter is smaller than the full width at half-maximum of the nominally Gaussian-shaped incident beam. Judicious choice of the beam defining aperture combined with back face particle detection allows for reproducible exit-side hole diameters between 18 and 100 nm. The nanopore direct drilling technique does not require potentially damaging broad area exposure to tailor hole sizes. Moreover, this technique successfully achieves breakthrough despite the effects of varying membrane thickness, redeposition, polycrystalline grain structure, and slight ion beam current fluctuations

  18. Fabrication of the beam splitters for soft X-ray laser application

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    WANG Zhanshan; CUI Mingqi; WU Yonggang; TANG Weixing; QIN Shuji; CHEN Lingyan; XU Xiangdong; HONG Yilin; FU Shaojun; ZHU Jie

    2003-01-01

    The soft X-ray interferometry is completed by the Mach-Zehnder interferometer using a soft X-ray laser, and it is also an important method to measure the electron densities of a laser-produced plasma near the critical surface. It is apparently demonstrated in this paper that the incident angle of each optical element in the soft X-ray Mach- Zehnder interferometer should be near normal incidence based on the polarized characteristics of the soft X-ray multilayers, and the product of reflectivity and transmission of the beam splitter should be taken as a standard of design according to the structure of the soft X-ray Mach-Zehnder interferometer. The beam splitters used in the soft X-ray interferometry at 13.9 nm are fabricated using the ion beam sputtering. The figure error of the beam splitter has reached the nanometer magnitude, in which the product of reflectivity and transmission of the beam splitter is more than 1.6%.

  19. Diffraction efficiency of plasmonic gratings fabricated by electron beam lithography using a silver halide film

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    Sudheer, Porwal, S.; Bhartiya, S.; Rao, B. T.; Tiwari, P.; Srivastava, Himanshu; Sharma, T. K.; Rai, V. N.; Srivastava, A. K.; Naik, P. A.

    2016-07-01

    The silver nanoparticle surface relief gratings of ˜10 μm period are fabricated using electron beam lithography on the silver halide film substrate. Morphological characterization of the gratings shows that the period, the shape, and the relief depth in the gratings are mainly dependent on the number of lines per frame, the spot size, and the accelerating voltage of electron beam raster in the SEM. Optical absorption of the silver nanoparticle gratings provides a broad localized surface plasmon resonance peak in the visible region, whereas the intensity of the peaks depends on the number density of silver nanoparticles in the gratings. The maximum efficiency of ˜7.2% for first order diffraction is observed for the grating fabricated at 15 keV. The efficiency is peaking at 560 nm with ˜380 nm bandwidth. The measured profiles of the diffraction efficiency for the gratings are found in close agreement with the Raman-Nath diffraction theory. This technique provides a simple and efficient method for the fabrication of plasmonic nanoparticle grating structures with high diffraction efficiency having broad wavelength tuning.

  20. Fabrication of optical channel waveguides in crystals and glasses using macro- and micro ion beams

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    Bányász, I., E-mail: banyasz@sunserv.kfki.hu [Wigner Research Centre for Physics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 49, H-1525 Budapest (Hungary); Rajta, I.; Nagy, G.U.L. [MTA Atomki, Institute for Nuclear Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 51, H-4001 Debrecen (Hungary); Zolnai, Z. [Research Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science, Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 49, H-1525 Budapest (Hungary); Havranek, V. [Nuclear Physics Institute AV CR, Řež near Prague 250 68 (Czech Republic); Pelli, S. [MDF-Lab, “Nello Carrara” Institute of Applied Physics, IFAC-CNR, Via Madonna del Piano 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, FI (Italy); “Enrico Fermi” Center for Study and Research, Piazza del Viminale 2, 00184 Roma (Italy); Veres, M. [Wigner Research Centre for Physics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 49, H-1525 Budapest (Hungary); Berneschi, S.; Nunzi-Conti, G. [MDF-Lab, “Nello Carrara” Institute of Applied Physics, IFAC-CNR, Via Madonna del Piano 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, FI (Italy); Righini, G.C. [“Enrico Fermi” Center for Study and Research, Piazza del Viminale 2, 00184 Roma (Italy)

    2014-07-15

    Active and passive optical waveguides are fundamental elements in modern telecommunications systems. A great number of optical crystals and glasses were identified and are used as good optoelectronic materials. However, fabrication of waveguides in some of those materials remains still a challenging task due to their susceptibility to mechanical or chemical damages during processing. Researches were initiated on ion beam fabrication of optical waveguides in tellurite glasses. Channel waveguides were written in Er:TeO{sub 2}–WO{sub 3} glass through a special silicon mask using 1.5 MeV N{sup +} irradiation. This method was improved by increasing N{sup +} energy to 3.5 MeV to achieve confinement at the 1550 nm wavelength, too. An alternative method, direct writing of the channel waveguides in the tellurite glass using focussed beams of 6–11 MeV C{sup 3+} and C{sup 5+} and 5 MeV N{sup 3+}, has also been developed. Channel waveguides were fabricated in undoped eulytine-(Bi{sub 4}Ge{sub 3}O{sub 12}) and sillenite type (Bi{sub 12}GeO{sub 20}) bismuth germanate crystals using both a special silicon mask and a thick SU8 photoresist mask and 3.5 MeV N{sup +} irradiation. The waveguides were studied by phase contrast and interference microscopy and micro Raman spectroscopy. Guiding properties were checked by the end fire method.

  1. Three-dimensional diffractive micro- and nano-optical elements fabricated by electron-beam lithography

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    Divliansky, Ivan B.; Johnson, Eric G.

    2007-02-01

    The broad development of the micro- and nano-technologies in the past few years increased the need of techniques capable of fabricating sub-micron structures with arbitrary surface profiles. Out of the several fabrication approaches (HEBS lithography, laser writing, etc.) the electron beam writing stands out as the one capable of the highest resolution, superior alignment accuracy and very small surface roughness. These characteristics make the technique greatly applicable in the fields of photonics and micro-opto-electro-mechanical-systems (MOEMS). Here we describe the specificity of fabricating 3D diffractive micro- and nano-optical elements using Leica EBPG 5000+ electron beam system. Parameters like speed of writing, dose accumulation, pattern writing specifics, etc. affect greatly the electronbeam resist properties and the desired 3D profile. We present data that can be used to better understand the different dependencies and therefore achieve better profile and surface roughness management. The results can be useful in future developments in the areas of integrated photonic circuits and MOEMS.

  2. Fabrication of optical channel waveguides in crystals and glasses using macro- and micro ion beams

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    Active and passive optical waveguides are fundamental elements in modern telecommunications systems. A great number of optical crystals and glasses were identified and are used as good optoelectronic materials. However, fabrication of waveguides in some of those materials remains still a challenging task due to their susceptibility to mechanical or chemical damages during processing. Researches were initiated on ion beam fabrication of optical waveguides in tellurite glasses. Channel waveguides were written in Er:TeO2–WO3 glass through a special silicon mask using 1.5 MeV N+ irradiation. This method was improved by increasing N+ energy to 3.5 MeV to achieve confinement at the 1550 nm wavelength, too. An alternative method, direct writing of the channel waveguides in the tellurite glass using focussed beams of 6–11 MeV C3+ and C5+ and 5 MeV N3+, has also been developed. Channel waveguides were fabricated in undoped eulytine-(Bi4Ge3O12) and sillenite type (Bi12GeO20) bismuth germanate crystals using both a special silicon mask and a thick SU8 photoresist mask and 3.5 MeV N+ irradiation. The waveguides were studied by phase contrast and interference microscopy and micro Raman spectroscopy. Guiding properties were checked by the end fire method

  3. Design and Fabrication of the Lithium Beam Ion Injector for NDCX-II

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    A 130 keV injector is developed for the NDCX-II facility. It consists of a 10.9 cm diameter lithium doped alumina-silicate ion source heated to ∼1300 C and 3 electrodes. Other components include a segmented Rogowski coil for current and beam position monitoring, a gate valve, pumping ports, a focusing solenoid, a steering coil and space for inspection and maintenance access. Significant design challenges including managing the 3-4 kW of power dissipation from the source heater, temperature uniformity across the emitter surface, quick access for frequent ion source replacement, mechanical alignment with tight tolerance, and structural stabilization of the cantilevered 27-inch OD graded HV ceramic column. The injector fabrication is scheduled to complete by May 2011, and assembly and installation is scheduled to complete by the beginning of July. The Neutralized Drift Compression eXperiment (NDCX-II) is for the study of high energy density physics and inertial fusion energy research utilizing a lithium ion (Li+) beam with a current of 93 mA and a pulse length of 500 ns (compressed to 1 ns at the target). The injector is one of the most complicated sections of the NDCX-II accelerator demanding significant design and fabrication resources. It needs to accommodate a relatively large ion source (10.9 cm), a high heat load (3-4 kW) and specific beam optics developed from the physics model. Some specific design challenges are noted in this paper.

  4. Optical Pattern Fabrication in Amorphous Silicon Carbide with High-Energy Focused Ion Beams

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    Topographic and optical patterns have been fabricated in a-SiC films with a focused high-energy (1 MeV) H+ and He+ ion beam and examined with near-field techniques. The patterns have been characterized with atomic force microscopy and scanning near-field optical microscopy to reveal local topography and optical absorption changes as a result of the focused high-energy ion beam induced modification. Apart of a considerable thickness change (thinning tendency), which has been observed in the ion-irradiated areas, the near-field measurements confirm increases of optical absorption in these areas. Although the size of the fabricated optical patterns is in the micron-scale, the present development of the technique allows in principle writing optical patterns up to the nanoscale (several tens of nanometers). The observed values of the optical contrast modulation are sufficient to justify the efficiency of the method for optical data recording using high-energy focused ion beams. (author)

  5. Silica-gold bilayer-based transfer of focused ion beam-fabricated nanostructures

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    Wu, Xiaofei; Geisler, Peter; Krauss, Enno; Kullock, René; Hecht, Bert

    2015-10-01

    The demand for using nanostructures fabricated by focused ion beam (FIB) on delicate substrates or as building blocks for complex devices motivates the development of protocols that allow FIB-fabricated nanostructures to be transferred from the original substrate to the desired target. However, transfer of FIB-fabricated nanostructures is severely hindered by FIB-induced welding of structure and substrate. Here we present two (ex and in situ) transfer methods for FIB-fabricated nanostructures based on a silica-gold bilayer evaporated onto a bulk substrate. Utilizing the poor adhesion between silica and gold, the nanostructures can be mechanically separated from the bulk substrate. For the ex situ transfer, a spin-coated poly(methyl methacrylate) film is used to carry the nanostructures so that the bilayer can be etched away after being peeled off. For the in situ transfer, using a micro-manipulator inside the FIB machine, a cut-out piece of silica on which a nanostructure has been fabricated is peeled off from the bulk substrate and thus carries the nanostructure to a target substrate. We demonstrate the performance of both methods by transferring plasmonic nano-antennas fabricated from single-crystalline gold flakes by FIB milling to a silicon wafer and to a scanning probe tip.The demand for using nanostructures fabricated by focused ion beam (FIB) on delicate substrates or as building blocks for complex devices motivates the development of protocols that allow FIB-fabricated nanostructures to be transferred from the original substrate to the desired target. However, transfer of FIB-fabricated nanostructures is severely hindered by FIB-induced welding of structure and substrate. Here we present two (ex and in situ) transfer methods for FIB-fabricated nanostructures based on a silica-gold bilayer evaporated onto a bulk substrate. Utilizing the poor adhesion between silica and gold, the nanostructures can be mechanically separated from the bulk substrate. For the ex

  6. Correlation between ion beam parameters and physical characteristics of nanostructures fabricated by focused ion beam

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    We report a study of the physical characteristics of the pillars of C, Pt and W grown by 10-30 keV Ga focused ion beam (FIB) as a function of Ga ion flux, and present a quantitative analysis of the elements using energy-dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDAX). All the FIB grown pillars exhibit a rough morphology with whisker like protrusions on the cylindrical surface and broadening of the base as compared to the nominal size. For a constant fluence, the height of the pillar initially increases and then reduces after going through a maximum as a function of ion flux in all the cases. The compositional analysis shows good metallic quality for Pt structures but reveals significant contamination of Ga in C and Ga and C in W structures at higher ion fluxes. Explanation to all these observations has been sought in the light of secondary ion and electron effects and the different processes involved which lead to the FIB induced deposition

  7. Design, development and fabrication of improved beam position monitor sensor for LEHIPA

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    A prototype Beam Position Monitor (BPM) Sensor was developed for LEHIPA with an internal diameter of 65 mm, Teflon as dielectric material, vacuum compatibility of 10e-7 torr/l/s and push-fit connectors of 1GHz bandwidth. In order to meet the new requirement of 35 mm diameter and increased bandwidth of 3 GHz and to achieve better radiation hardness, an improved BPM sensor has been designed, developed and fabricated. Push-fit mechanism has been changed in mechanical design to improve the contact between the central pin of the connector and the sensor, maintaining 50Ω geometry. The simulations were carried out in CST Microwave Studio Suite. The sensor has been fabricated and tested for vacuum compatibility of the order of 10e-9 torr/l/s. The paper discusses the design and simulation results of improved BPM sensor. (author)

  8. Ralicon anodes for image photon counting fabricated by electron beam lithography

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    The Anger wedge and strip anode event location system developed for microchannel plate image photon detectors at the Space Sciences Laboratory of the University of California, Berkeley, has been extended in the present work by the use of electron beam lithography (EBL). This method of fabrication can be used to produce optical patterns for the subsequent manufacture of anodes by conventional photo-etching methods and has also enabled anodes to be produced directly by EBL microfabrication techniques. Computer-aided design methods have been used to develop several types of RALICON (Readout Anodes of Lithographic Construction) for use in photon counting microchannel plate imaging detectors. These anodes are suitable for linear, two dimensional or radial position measurements and they incorporate novel design features made possible by the EBL fabrication technique which significantly extend their application relative to published wedge-strip anode designs. (author)

  9. YBa2Cu3O7 nanobridges fabricated by direct-write electron beam lithography

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    A direct method for nondamaging, nanometer-scale patterning of high Tc superconductor thin films is presented. We have fabricated superconducting nanobridges in high-quality, epitaxial thin-film YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) by combining direct-write electron beam lithography and an improved aqueous etchant. Weak links with both length and width dimensions less than 20 nm have exhibited critical currents at 77 K of 4--20 μA and IcRn products of 10--100 μV which compare favorably with results for other YBCO junction technologies. We have used this technique in the fabrication of a shock-wave pulse former as an initial demonstration of its applicability to monolithic superconductive electronics

  10. Design and Focused Ion Beam Fabrication of Single Crystal Diamond Nanobeam Cavities

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    Babinec, T M; Smith, K J M; Khan, M; Loncar, M

    2010-01-01

    We present the design and fabrication of nanobeam photonic crystal cavities in single crystal diamond. First, we present three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain simulations of a high quality factor Q ~ 10^6 and small mode volume V ~ 0.5 ({\\lambda}/n)^3 device. Resonance wavelength was designed for 637nm, which corresponds to the zero-phonon line of the Nitrogen-Vacancy defect. Next, we demonstrate two focused ion beam (FIB) fabrication approaches for three-dimensional sculpting of thin diamond membranes and photonic crystal resonators from bulk crystals. These approaches include a diamond crystal "side-etching" procedure as well as an application of the TEM "lift-off" technique. Finally, we discuss certain aspects this technique that are a challenge to the development of high-Q/V resonators.

  11. High quality YBCO superconductive thin films fabricated by laser molecular beam epitaxy

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    2001-01-01

    High quality YBa2Cu3O6+x (YBCO) superconductive thin films have been fabricated on the SrTiO3(100) substrate using laser molecular beam epitaxy (laser-MBE).The active oxygen source was used,which made the necessary ambient oxygen pressure be 2-3 orders lower than that in pulsed laser deposition (PLD).Tc0 is 85-87 K,and Jc~1.0×106 A/cm2.Atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements show that no obvious particulates can be observed and the root mean square roughness is 7.8 nm.High stability DC superconducting quantum interference devices (DC-SQUID) was fabricated using this YBCO thin film.

  12. X-ray zone plate fabrication using a focused ion beam

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    An x-ray zone plate was fabricated using the novel approach of focused ion beam (FIB) milling. The FIB technique was developed in recent years, it has been successfully used for transmission electron microscopy (TEM) sample preparation, lithographic mask repair, and failure analysis of semiconductor devices. During FIB milling, material is removed by the physical sputtering action of ion bombardment. The sputter yield is high enough to remove a substantial amount of material, therefore FIB can perform a direct patterning with submicron accuracy. The authors succeeded in fabricating an x-ray phase zone plate using the Micrion 9500HT FIB station, which has a 50 kV Ga+ column. Circular Fresnel zones were milled in a 1.0-microm-thick TaSiN film deposited on a silicon wafer. The outermost zone width of the zone plate is 170 nm at a radius of 60 microm. An achieved aspect ratio was 6:1

  13. Nanoelectromechanical device fabrications by 3-D nanotechnology using focused-ion beams

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    Reo Kometani and Sunao Ishihara

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanoelectromechanical devices, which can be used as nanotools in nanofactories, were fabricated by focused ion beam chemical vapor deposition (FIB-CVD. The devices are made of diamond-like carbon (DLC, deposited on a Si substrate using gasified phenanthrene (C14H10 as a carbon source. The Young modulus and density of the deposited DLC were measured as 190 GPa and 3.8 g cm−3, respectively. The work function was smaller for DLC (2.9 eV than for W (4.7 eV and Fe (5.2 eV deposited by FIB-CVD. A nanomanipulator was manufactured by FIB-CVD and used for actual manipulations. A glass capillary based local field emitter was developed and produced as a tool for spot deposition, and its electron field emission was confirmed. FIB-CVD is proven as an efficient fabrication technology of novel nanoelectromechanical devices.

  14. Micromachining of commodity plastics by proton beam writing and fabrication of spatial resolution test-chart for neutron radiography

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    Proton beam writing is a direct-write technique and a promising method for the micromachining of commodity plastics such as acrylic resins. Herein, we describe the fabrication of microscopic devices made from a relatively thick (∼75 μm) acrylic sheet using proton beam writing. In addition, a software package that converts image pixels into coordinates data was developed, and the successful fabrication of a very fine jigsaw puzzle was achieved. The size of the jigsaw puzzle pieces was 50 × 50 μm. For practical use, a prototype of a line and space test-chart was also successfully fabricated for the determination of spatial resolution in neutron radiography

  15. Micromachining of commodity plastics by proton beam writing and fabrication of spatial resolution test-chart for neutron radiography

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    Sakai, T., E-mail: sakai.takuro@jaea.go.jp [Quantum Beam Science Directorate, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan); Yasuda, R.; Iikura, H.; Nojima, T.; Matsubayashi, M. [Quantum Beam Science Directorate, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan); Kada, W.; Kohka, M.; Satoh, T.; Ohkubo, T.; Ishii, Y. [Takasaki Advanced Radiation Research Institute, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Takasaki, Gunma 370-1292 (Japan); Takano, K. [Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan)

    2013-07-01

    Proton beam writing is a direct-write technique and a promising method for the micromachining of commodity plastics such as acrylic resins. Herein, we describe the fabrication of microscopic devices made from a relatively thick (∼75 μm) acrylic sheet using proton beam writing. In addition, a software package that converts image pixels into coordinates data was developed, and the successful fabrication of a very fine jigsaw puzzle was achieved. The size of the jigsaw puzzle pieces was 50 × 50 μm. For practical use, a prototype of a line and space test-chart was also successfully fabricated for the determination of spatial resolution in neutron radiography.

  16. Radiation damage and its recovery in focused ion beam fabricated ferroelectric capacitors

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    Stanishevsky, A.; Nagaraj, B.; Melngailis, J.; Ramesh, R.; Khriachtchev, L.; McDaniel, E.

    2002-09-01

    We studied the effect of ion damage on the properties of 50 keV Ga+ focused ion beam fabricated lead-zirconate-titanate capacitors as a function of the ion dose. We observed significant modification in the chemical composition of the damaged layer due to loss of lead and oxygen, and gallium impurity accumulation. The 5-10 nm thick damaged layer becomes dielectric after annealing and does not recover its ferroelectric properties. This dielectric layer substantially reduces the actual volume of the ferroelectric material in sub-100 nm structures, and can affect their performance.

  17. Machining with micro-size single crystalline diamond tools fabricated by a focused ion beam

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    A study was carried out to understand the physics of micro-scale mechanical machining (henceforth referred to as 'micro-machining') with a micro-size tool using a five-axis ultra-precision machine. A micro-size single crystalline diamond (SCD) tool with sharp cutting edges fabricated by a focused ion beam (FIB) was employed to orthogonal-machine four materials (three polycrystalline metals with various grain sizes and one amorphous metal plating material). Since the wealth of knowledge of macro-machining cannot be successfully used in micro-machining, this study contributes to the understanding of the physics of mechanical machining with micro-size tools

  18. Nanoelectromechanical device fabrications by 3-D nanotechnology using focused-ion beams

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    Reo Kometani and Sunao Ishihara

    2009-01-01

    Nanoelectromechanical devices, which can be used as nanotools in nanofactories, were fabricated by focused ion beam chemical vapor deposition (FIB-CVD). The devices are made of diamond-like carbon (DLC), deposited on a Si substrate using gasified phenanthrene (C14H10) as a carbon source. The Young modulus and density of the deposited DLC were measured as 190 GPa and 3.8 g cm−3, respectively. The work function was smaller for DLC (2.9 eV) than for W (4.7 eV) and Fe (5.2 eV) deposited by FIB-CV...

  19. Dispersive ground plane core-shell type optical monopole antennas fabricated with electron beam induced deposition.

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    Acar, Hakkı; Coenen, Toon; Polman, Albert; Kuipers, Laurens Kobus

    2012-09-25

    We present the bottom-up fabrication of dispersive silica core, gold cladding ground plane optical nanoantennas. The structures are made by a combination of electron-beam induced deposition of silica and sputtering of gold. The antenna lengths range from 300 to 2100 nm with size aspect ratios as large as 20. The angular emission patterns of the nanoantennas are measured with angle-resolved cathodoluminescence spectroscopy and compared with finite-element methods. Good overall correspondence between the the measured and calculated trends is observed. The dispersive nature of these plasmonic monopole antennas makes their radiation profile highly tunable. PMID:22889269

  20. Describing freeform surfaces with orthogonal functions

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    Ochse, D.; Uhlendorf, K.; Reichmann, L.

    2015-09-01

    In optical design with freeform surfaces descriptions of the surfaces are needed that use only few parameters and are suitable for optimisation. Depending on the merit function - spot size or wavefront error - and the position of the surface in the system, different surface types can yield different optimisation performance. It has been demonstrated by G. Forbes that slope orthogonal polynomials are an advantageous freeform description. From literature on Gaussian moments it is known that this can be achieved using differences of Zernike polynomials, which are easy to compute and implement with recent algorithms. We will demonstrate the benefits of Zernike polynomials with optimisation examples. Furthermore we present an orthogonal surface representation on a rectangular aperture based on Chebyshev polynomials. This description is very convenient when the aperture has a very high aspect ratio, or when designing a system with a rectangular pupil.

  1. Focused ion beam fabrication of spintronic nanostructures: an optimization of the milling process

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    Focused ion beam (FIB) milling has been used to fabricate magnetic nanostructures (wires, squares, discs) from single magnetic layers (Co, permalloy) and spin-valve (permalloy/Cu/Co) multilayers (thicknesses 5-50 nm) prepared by ion beam sputtering deposition. Milled surfaces of metallic thin films typically exhibit residual roughness, which is also transferred onto the edges of the milled patterns. This can lead to domain wall pinning and influence the magnetization behaviour of the nanostructures. We have investigated the milling process and the influence of the FIB parameters (incidence angle, dwell time, overlap and ion beam current) on the roughness of the milled surface. It has been found that the main reasons for increased roughness are different sputter yields for various crystallographic orientations of the grains in polycrystalline magnetic thin films. We have found that the oblique ion beam angle, long dwell time and overlap < 1 are favourable parameters for suppression of this intrinsic roughness. Finally, we have shown how to determine the ion dose necessary to mill through the whole thin film up to the silicon substrate from scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images only.

  2. Influence of astigmatism on the fabrication of diffractive structures by use of focused ion-beam milling

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    Fu, Yongqi; Bryan, Ngoi Kok Ann

    2004-08-01

    Astigmatism exists in a focused-ion-beam (FIB) system and causes the shape of a beam spot to change from a normal circle to an ellipse. This variation influences the fabrication of diffractive structures by use of programmable controlled milling of a FIB. It is analyzed combined with the fabrication of blazed gratings and Fresnel diffractive lenses. Fabrication errors caused by a beam spot with astigmatism is discussed in detail for four cases of the long axis of an ellipse (a) in accordance with the X axis, (b) in accordance with the Y axis, (c) at 45° with the X axis, and (d) at -45° with the X axis. Finally, a method is given for correction of the astigmatism and how to determine the circularity of the beam spot qualitatively.

  3. High speed e-beam lithography for gold nanoarray fabrication and use in nanotechnology

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    Jorge Trasobares

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available E-beam lithography has been used for reliable and versatile fabrication of sub-15 nm single-crystal gold nanoarrays and led to convincing applications in nanotechnology. However, so far this technique was either too slow for centimeter to wafer-scale writing or fast enough with the so-called dot on the fly (DOTF technique but not optimized for sub-15 nm dots dimension. This prevents use of this technology for some applications and characterization techniques. Here, we show that the DOTF technique can be used without degradation in dots dimension. In addition, we propose two other techniques. The first one is an advanced conventional technique that goes five times faster than the conventional one. The second one relies on sequences defined before writing which enable versatility in e-beam patterns compared to the DOTF technique with same writing speed. By comparing the four different techniques, we evidence the limiting parameters for the writing speed. Wafer-scale fabrication of such arrays with 50 nm pitch allowed XPS analysis of a ferrocenylalkyl thiol self-assembled monolayer coated gold nanoarray.

  4. RC beams shear-strengthened with fabric-reinforced-cementitious-matrix (FRCM) composite

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    Loreto, Giovanni; Babaeidarabad, Saman; Leardini, Lorenzo; Nanni, Antonio

    2015-12-01

    The interest in retrofit/rehabilitation of existing concrete structures has increased due to degradation and/or introduction of more stringent design requirements. Among the externally-bonded strengthening systems fiber-reinforced polymers is the most widely known technology. Despite its effectiveness as a material system, the presence of an organic binder has some drawbacks that could be addressed by using in its place a cementitious binder as in fabric-reinforced cementitious matrix (FRCM) systems. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the behavior of reinforced concrete (RC) beams strengthened in shear with U-wraps made of FRCM. An extensive experimental program was undertaken in order to understand and characterize this composite when used as a strengthening system. The laboratory results demonstrate the technical viability of FRCM for shear strengthening of RC beams. Based on the experimental and analytical results, FRCM increases shear strength but not proportionally to the number of fabric plies installed. On the other hand, FRCM failure modes are related with a high consistency to the amount of external reinforcement applied. Design considerations based on the algorithms proposed by ACI guidelines are also provided.

  5. Sub-micrometre accurate free-form optics by three-dimensional printing on single-mode fibres

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    Gissibl, Timo; Thiele, Simon; Herkommer, Alois; Giessen, Harald

    2016-06-01

    Micro-optics are widely used in numerous applications, such as beam shaping, collimation, focusing and imaging. We use femtosecond 3D printing to manufacture free-form micro-optical elements. Our method gives sub-micrometre accuracy so that direct manufacturing even on single-mode fibres is possible. We demonstrate the potential of our method by writing different collimation optics, toric lenses, free-form surfaces with polynomials of up to 10th order for intensity beam shaping, as well as chiral photonic crystals for circular polarization filtering, all aligned onto the core of the single-mode fibres. We determine the accuracy of our optics by analysing the output patterns as well as interferometrically characterizing the surfaces. We find excellent agreement with numerical calculations. 3D printing of microoptics can achieve sufficient performance that will allow for rapid prototyping and production of beam-shaping and imaging devices.

  6. Sub-micrometre accurate free-form optics by three-dimensional printing on single-mode fibres

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    Gissibl, Timo; Thiele, Simon; Herkommer, Alois; Giessen, Harald

    2016-01-01

    Micro-optics are widely used in numerous applications, such as beam shaping, collimation, focusing and imaging. We use femtosecond 3D printing to manufacture free-form micro-optical elements. Our method gives sub-micrometre accuracy so that direct manufacturing even on single-mode fibres is possible. We demonstrate the potential of our method by writing different collimation optics, toric lenses, free-form surfaces with polynomials of up to 10th order for intensity beam shaping, as well as chiral photonic crystals for circular polarization filtering, all aligned onto the core of the single-mode fibres. We determine the accuracy of our optics by analysing the output patterns as well as interferometrically characterizing the surfaces. We find excellent agreement with numerical calculations. 3D printing of microoptics can achieve sufficient performance that will allow for rapid prototyping and production of beam-shaping and imaging devices. PMID:27339700

  7. Gold nanopillar arrays as biosensors fabricated by electron beam lithography combined with electroplating.

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    Liu, Jianpeng; Zhang, Sichao; Ma, Yaqi; Shao, Jinhai; Lu, Bingrui; Chen, Yifang

    2015-03-20

    We report our work on the development of subwavelength gold pillar arrays as local surface plasmonic (LSP) resonators for sensor applications. These arrays are fabricated by electron beam lithography combined with electroplating. The conical shape, instead of flat one, on the top of Au pillars, induced by uneven current density in the plating, may affect the LSP resonance (LSPR). This paper aims to carry out a systematic study of LSPR behavior in nanopillar arrays with both flat and conical shapes on the top, trying to prove the feasibility of the developed nanoprocess. Both numerical simulations by the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method and experimental characterization on fabricated LSP resonators for reflectance spectra were carried out. Our experiments indicate that the fabricated nanopillar arrays in Au demonstrate the promising capability of refractive index sensing with sensitivity of 270 nm/refractive index unit. FDTD simulation of electric field density in the gap between pillars reveals the correlation between the resonant absorption of the incident light and the standing waves of localized surface plasmon polaritons in the gaps of the pillar array, despite the conical shape of the pillars. Moreover, it was discovered that the resonant absorption becomes stronger when the light incident angle is increased. The proposed nanoprocess for pillar arrays should possess great prospects for manufacturing Au pillars with high aspect ratio for achieving higher sensitivity at an economical cost. PMID:25968546

  8. Control of cardiomyocyte orientation on a microscaffold fabricated by photopolymerization with laser beam interference

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    Fujita, Akiko; Fujita, Katsumasa; Nakamura, Osamu; Matsuda, Takehisa; Kawata, Satoshi

    2006-03-01

    We fabricate scaffolds with a fine linear grating (periodicity of 1 to 8 µm and height of 1 µm) on a glass substrate for controlling cardiomyocyte orientation. The fabrication is done by the solidification of a liquid photopolymerizable material using two laser beam interference. As the photopolymerizable material, we use acrylated trimethylene-carbonate-based oligomers initiated with trimethylolpropane (T/TMP), followed by acrylation at terminal ends. Rat cardiomyocytes cultured on the fabricated scaffolds exhibit cell elongation, orientation, and contraction along the scaffold grating. Fluorescence observation of bundles of actin filaments of the cultured cells show that the cytoskeleton of the cells is also generated and oriented parallel to the grating. With a change in grating periodicity from 8 to 1 µm, the percentage of the cells that show orientation along the grating increase from approximately 40 to 70%. The cell orientation along the grating is observed 18 h after seeding the cells on the scaffold. This result implies that the attachment between a cell and a well-defined microarchitectural substrate at an early stage of culture is a significant determinant of cell morphology.

  9. Nano- and micro-fabrication of perfluorinated polymers using quantum beam technology

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    Miyoshi, Nozomi; Oshima, Akihiro; Urakawa, Tatsuya; Fukutake, Naoyuki; Nagai, Hiroyuki; Gowa, Tomoko; Takasawa, Yuya; Takahashi, Tomohiro; Numata, Yukari; Katoh, Takanori; Katoh, Etsuko; Tagawa, Seiichi; Washio, Masakazu

    2011-02-01

    Micro- and nano-fabrication researches of various perfluorinated polymers carried out recently both by synchrotron radiation (SR) direct photo-etching and by focused ion beam (FIB) direct mask less etching are reviewed. After the irradiation, the etching depth of the fabricated samples has been evaluated by optical microscope and scanning electron microscope. SR-induced surface modifications were studied by solid-state 19F nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) analysis. It was found that the etching rate of FEP at 140 °C was highest and that of PTFE and PFA at 140 °C was lower in the SR etching. It was found that crosslinking reactions were induced by SR irradiation at the region within about 50 μm from the irradiated surface. FIB mask less etching showed very attractive features for nano-scale fabrications. The aspect ratio for crosslinked PTFE (RX-PTFE) reached 390. In addition, the nano-scale controlled structures with high aspect and quality of RX-PTFE were obtained without solid debris.

  10. Focused Ion Beam Fabrication of Silicon-On Field-Effect Transistors.

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    Mattiussi, Greg Andrew

    N-channel metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFET's) have been fabricated on silicon -on-insulator (SOI) substrates using a Focused Ion Beam (FIB) to pattern the gate and to dope the source and drains. Lightly -doped source (LDS) structures were implemented with the FIB to increase the drain-to-source voltage at which single transistor latch-up occurred. FIB exposure of two electron-beam resists was investigated for lithography of the transistor gate and the device mesas. Vertical resist profiles were achieved for linewidths down to 0.2 μm in width in the case of the negative-tone SAL-601 resist from Shipley Co. Openings in resist as narrow as 0.35 μm were made using the positive-tone P28 resist from OCG Microelectronic Materials. Optimal doses, pre- and post-exposure processing conditions were determined for both resists. Transistors with LDS structures showed higher latching voltages than those without. The magnitude of the increase in latching voltage due to the LDS was a function of body doping level, SOI thickness, and coded gate length. The largest increase was 5.1 V for a 0.8 μm MOSFET fabricated in a 125 nm thick SOI film with a body implant dose of 5.6times10^ {12} B cm^{-2}. Devices fabricated in SOI films of thickness 250 nm showed smaller increases in latching voltage with the LDS than those in 125 nm SOI films.

  11. Freeform lens design for providing LED small angle illumination in underwater application

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    Zhang, Xiaohui; Chen, Chen

    2015-08-01

    With high light efficiency and long aging life, LED solid-state light source has attracted much attention in underwater application, such as optical communication and imaging. But, the large divergence angle of LED illumination has been a big challenge in practical underwater application, such as the light attenuation in water and then the decreased signal-to-noise ratio. Source-target map is a vital method in illumination optics design, and the focus is to solve numerically differential equations and then construct the freeform surface. To achieve high accuracy freeform surface, an improved method is suggested and optimized through much more advanced and accuracy Runge-Kutta method, which is different from the original design one through Euler method. The designed lens is simulated by ray trace software TracePro, and the simulation results show that the uniformity of 0.8 and the efficacy of 0.6 is obtained. While as, the method is proven to be effective, and also the accuracy of the smooth freeform surface is strengthened. One designed illumination lens is fabricated by computer numeric control (CNC) machine to demonstrate the design experimentally.

  12. Selective Adsorption of Nano-bio Materials and Nanostructure Fabrication on Molecular Resists Modified by Proton Beam Irradiation

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    Lee, H. W.; Kim, S. K.; Kim, H. S.; Choi, H. Y. [Hanyang Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2007-04-15

    Characterizing the properties of the proton beam-irradiated surface through AFM patterning. Si oxide nanostructures with the height of more than 50 nm were formed using atomic force microscope lithography on the proton beam-irradiated surface. From the result of the investigation into the voltage dependence and the growth rate of Si oxide nanostructures, it is suggested that Si oxide is not only grown in the perpendicular direction of the surface, but also affected in the horizontal direction of the surface when applying a positive voltage to an AFM tip. The 3D Si oxide nanostructures, for the first time, were fabricated by applying the negative voltage and subsequently positive voltage to an AFM tip. - Fabricating nano-patterns on the proton beam-irradiated resist using AFM anodization. The proton beam was irradiated on a PMMA coated-surface and the nanostructures were fabricated by AFM anodization lithography. The formation of nano-structures depending on the applied voltage to the AFM tip, the resist showed either groove or protruded patterns. The various nano-structures can be fabricated by controlling the tip bias voltage and physical properties of polymer resist. - Characterizing the electrical properties of the proton beam-irradiated surface. By employing Kelvin force microscopy, it was known that proton beam-irradiated substrate had higher surface potential energy at positive tip bias compared to that of a bare Si substrate. The result supports that the increase in the height of nanostructures fabricated at positive tip bias is due to the increase in the surface potential energy of the proton beam-irradiated substrate. The high potential energy of proton beam-irradiated surface may allow the selective adsorption of nano-bio materials on a local area and thus nano-array patterning.

  13. Fabrication of micro-optical components in polymer using proton beam micro-machining and modification

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    Proton beam micro-machining (PBM) is a direct write lithographic technique that utilizes a high energy (MeV) sub-micron focused proton beam to machine or modify a material, usually a polymer. The technique has been developed in recent years at the Research Centre for Nuclear Microscopy, National University of Singapore where structures with feature sizes of well below 1 μm have recently been demonstrated. The PBM technique has several desirable features that make it suitable for rapid prototyping of micro-optical components. Structures made using PBM have very smooth side walls, high aspect ratio, and a scale that can be easily matched to existing optical fiber technology (0.1-1000 μm). Furthermore, PBM can also be used to modify the optical properties of polymers, particularly if the end of range is used. In this paper we demonstrate the use of proton beam micro-machining and modification for manufacturing micro-optical components in positive and negative resist. The structures that are fabricated can be used for both rapid prototyping and for large scale replication

  14. Quantitative optimization of solid freeform deposition of aqueous hydrogels

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    Many soft tissues exhibit complex anatomical geometry that is challenging to replicate for regenerative medicine applications. Solid freeform fabrication (SFF) has emerged as an attractive approach for creating 3D tissues, but a detailed understanding of how specific fabrication parameters affect accuracy and viability has not been established to date. In this study, we evaluate the effects of printing parameters of the Fab-Home 3D printing system on accuracy using alginate, photocrosslinkable polyethylene-glycol diacrylate (PEG-DA) and gelatin as commonly used model hydrogel materials. Print accuracy and resolution along the length, width and height were determined based on quantitative image analysis. The effects of extrusion parameters on cell viability were assessed using porcine aortic valve interstitial cells (PAVIC) as a model cell type. We observed that pressure, pathheight and pathspace all significantly affected print accuracy and resolution. Printing conditions did not affect PAVIC viability within the ranges applied. We predicted that optimal pressure, pathheight and pathspace values would be increased linearly with increasing nozzle diameter, and we confirmed that the predicted values generate accurate 3D geometries while poorly chosen parameters yield inaccurate, unpredictable geometries. This systematic optimization strategy therefore improves the accuracy of 3D printing platforms for biofabrication and tissue engineering applications. (paper)

  15. A novel method of freeform surface grinding with a soft wheel based on industrial robots

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    Sha, Sheng-chun; Guo, Xiao-ling

    2011-08-01

    In order to meet the growing demand for high-quality images, optical elements of freeform surface are more and more applied to imaging system. However the fabrication of freeform surface optical elements is much more difficult than that of traditional spherical ones. Recent research on freeform surface manufacture often deals with precision machine tools which have limitations on dimensions and are always expensive. Little has been researched on industrial robots. In this paper, a new method of freeform surface grinding based on industrial robots was found. This method could be applied to both whole surface grinding as well as partial surface grinding. The diameter of lenses to be ground would not be restricted to the machine tool's size. In this method a high-speed-rotating soft wheel was used. The relation between removing amount and grinding time which could be called removing function was established and measured. The machining precision was achieved by means of controlling the grinding time instead of the machine tool or industrial robot itself. There are two main factors affecting the removing function: i).rotating speed of the soft wheel; ii).pressure between the wheel and the work piece. In this paper, two groups of experiments have been conducted. One is the removing function tested at constant rotating speed while under different pressure. The other is that tested under a certain pressure with variable speed. Tables and curves which can show the effect of speed and pressure on the removing efficiency have been obtained. Cause for inaccuracy between experiment data and calculated result according to the theory and the non-linearity in the curves was analyzed. Through these analyses the removing function could be concluded under certain condition including rotating speed and pressure. Finally several experiments were performed to verify the appropriateness of the removing function. It could also be concluded that this method was more efficient in comparison

  16. E-beam lithography and optical near-field lithography: new prospects in fabrication of various grating structures

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    Kley, Ernst-Bernhard; Clausnitzer, Tina

    2003-12-01

    Today"s technologies available for the fabrication of micro structured optical elements are well developed for defined classes of structures. Techniques for very complex optical functions or for combinations of optical functions together with others are more or less in the level of research or labs. A promising approach for complex grating fabrication is the use of optical near field holography (NFH) and e-beam writing for unification of the advantages. The paper wants to show the potential of both techniques itself as well as the potential that arises from their teamwork. The paper demonstrates one and two dimensional gratings, chirped and unidirectional gratings fabricated by NFH using e-beam written masks. It shows also possibilities for the fabrication of gratings on binary, multilevel and continuous optical profiles.

  17. Electron beam, ion beam, X-ray optical techniques for fabricating surface-acoustic-wave and thin-film optical devices

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    Most surface-acoustic-wave and thin-film optical devices are made by the planar fabrication process. The exposure of the pattern in the polymer film is the first and most crucial step in ensuring desired device geometry, dimensional control, and freedom from pattern distortion. The methods of exposing the polymer film include: optical projection, conventional contact printing, conformable photomask contact printing, holographic recording, scanning electron beam lithography, projection electron lithography, and x-ray lithography. In this paper scanning electron beam lithography, conformable photomask contact printing, holographic recording, and x-ray lithography are discussed. In the last section, ion beam etching of relief structures is discussed

  18. Microstructure of the Nickel-Base Superalloy CMSX-4 Fabricated by Selective Electron Beam Melting

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    Ramsperger, Markus; Singer, Robert F.; Körner, Carolin

    2016-03-01

    Powder bed-based additive manufacturing (AM) processes are characterized by very high-temperature gradients and solidification rates. These conditions lead to microstructures orders of magnitude smaller than in conventional casting processes. Especially in the field of high performance alloys, like nickel-base superalloys, this opens new opportunities for homogenization and alloy development. Nevertheless, the high susceptibility to cracking of precipitation-hardenable superalloys is a challenge for AM. In this study, electron beam-based AM is used to fabricate samples from gas-atomized pre-alloyed CMSX-4 powder. The influence of the processing strategy on crack formation is investigated. The samples are characterized by optical and SEM microscopy and analyzed by microprobe analysis. Differential scanning calorimetry is used to demonstrate the effect of the fine microstructure on characteristic temperatures. In addition, in situ heat treatment effects are investigated.

  19. High-Tc Josephson junctions fabricated by focused ion beam direct milling

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    High-Tc Josephson junctions were successfully fabricated by focused ion beam (FIB) direct milling. The characteristics of the junction barrier were carefully controlled by tuning the thickness of the link region. The optimal remaining thickness for the YBCO is about 70–80 nm even though the YBCO thicknesses are different. The temperature-dependence of the critical current provides good evidence of the superconductor–normal–superconductor weak link of the junctions. Although the flux-flow behavior increasingly dominates at lower temperatures, the voltage–current shows resistively shunted junction-like characteristics at temperatures close to Tc. The Shapiro steps of a single junction irradiated with microwaves were measured, revealing strong Josephson effects in ion-damaged junctions. This method will be of great benefit to nanoSQUIDs for the detection of spin systems. (paper)

  20. Fabrication of nanoelectrodes for neurophysiology: cathodic electrophoretic paint insulation and focused ion beam milling

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    Qiao, Yi; Chen, Jie; Guo, Xiaoli; Cantrell, Donald; Ruoff, Rodney; Troy, John

    2005-09-01

    The fabrication and characterization of tungsten nanoelectrodes insulated with cathodic electrophoretic paint is described together with their application within the field of neurophysiology. The tip of a 127 µm diameter tungsten wire was etched down to less than 100 nm and then insulated with cathodic electrophoretic paint. Focused ion beam (FIB) polishing was employed to remove the insulation at the electrode's apex, leaving a nanoscale sized conductive tip of 100-1000 nm. The nanoelectrodes were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and their electrochemical properties characterized by steady state linear sweep voltammetry. Electrode impedance at 1 kHz was measured too. The ability of a 700 nm tipped electrode to record well-isolated action potentials extracellularly from single visual neurons in vivo was demonstrated. Such electrodes have the potential to open new populations of neurons to study.

  1. Applications of microstructures fabricated by proton beam writing to electric-micro filters

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    Furuta, Yusuke [Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology, 3-7-5 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8548 (Japan); Nishikawa, Hiroyuki [Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology, 3-7-5 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8548 (Japan)], E-mail: nishi@sic.shibaura-it.ac.jp; Satoh, Takahiro; Ishii, Yasuyuki; Kamiya, Tomihiro [Takasaki Advanced Radiation Research Institute, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), 1233 Watanuki-machi, Takasaki, Gunma 370-1292 (Japan); Nakao, Ryota; Uchida, Satoshi [Tokyo Metropolitan University, 1-1 Minami-Osawa, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo 192-0379 (Japan)

    2009-06-15

    Fabrication of high-aspect-ratio microstructures was performed by proton beam writing (PBW) using a microbeam line at Takasaki Ion Accelerators for Advanced Radiation Application (TIARA), JAEA Takasaki, JAPAN. As one of the applications of the high-aspect-ratio structures micro-machined by PBW, we utilized the high-aspect pillars for electric-micro filters of microbes such as Escherichia coli and Yeast based on the dielectrophoretic force. The filter is equipped with high-aspect pillars with a height of {approx}20 {mu}m and a diameter of {approx}1 {mu}m on a glass plate. Evaluation of the dielectrophoresis (DEP) device for capturing E. coli and Yeast was made using either observation by optical microscope or photoluminescence (PL) measurements.

  2. Poly(methyl methacrylate) Composites with Size-selected Silver Nanoparticles Fabricated Using Cluster Beam Technique

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    Hanif, Muhammad; Juluri, Raghavendra R.; Chirumamilla, Manohar;

    2016-01-01

    based on cluster beam technique allowing the formation of monocrystalline size-selected silver nanoparticles with a +/- 5-7% precision of diameter and controllable embedment into poly (methyl methacrylate). It is shown that the soft-landed silver clusters preserve almost spherical shape with a slight......An embedment of metal nanoparticles of well-defined sizes in thin polymer films is of significant interest for a number of practical applications, in particular, for preparing materials with tunable plasmonic properties. In this article, we present a fabrication route for metal-polymer composites...... tendency to flattening upon impact. By controlling the polymer hardness (from viscous to soft state) prior the cluster deposition and annealing conditions after the deposition the degree of immersion of the nanoparticles into polymer can be tuned, thus, making it possible to create composites with either...

  3. Fabrication of electrospun Si-Zr-C fibers by electron beam irradiation

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    Silicon-based non-oxide ceramic carbide fiber is one of the leading candidate ceramic materials for engineering applications because of its excellent mechanical properties at high temperature and good chemical resistance. In this study, polycarbosilane (PCS) and zirconium butoxide were used as a precursor to prepare polyzirconocarbosilane (PZC) fibers A polymer solution was prepared by dissolving PCS in zirconium butoxide (50/50 wt %). This solution was heated at 250 .deg. C in a nitrogen atmosphere for 2 hour with stirring, and then dried in a vacuum oven for 48 hour. PZC fibers were fabricated using an electrospinning technique. The fibers were irradiated with an electron beam to induce structural crosslinking. Crosslinked PZC fibers were heat treated at 1,300 .deg. C in a nitrogen atmosphere. The microstructures of PZC fibers were examined by SEM. Chemical structures of PZC fibers were examined by FT-IR and XRD. Thermal stability of PZC fibers was investigated by TGA

  4. Free-form design of rotor blades

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    This work investigates an integrated free-form approach for the design of rotor blades, where airfoil shapes are treated as unknowns. This leads to the simultaneous optimization of the chord, twist and structural design variables, together with the airfoil shapes along the blade. As airfoils are automatically tailored to the evolution of the blade, this process results in a better exploration of the solution space and relieves the user from the burden of up-front choices, leading to better final designs. The proposed approach is demonstrated by sizing a 2 MW wind turbine blade

  5. Fabrication of 3D nanoimprint stamps with continuous reliefs using dose-modulated electron beam lithography and thermal reflow

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    3D electron beam lithography and thermal reflow were combined to fabricate structures with multilevel and continuous profiles. New shapes, smooth surfaces and sharp corners were achieved. By using exposure with variable doses, up to 20 steps were fabricated in a 500 nm thick resist with a lateral resolution of 200 nm. Steps were reflowed into continuous slopes by thermal post-processing, and were transferred into silicon substrates by proportional plasma etching. The method can be used for the fabrication of 3D nanoimprint stamps with both sharp features and continuous profiles.

  6. The response of fibroblasts to hexagonal nanotopography fabricated by electron beam lithography.

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    Dalby, Matthew J; Gadegaard, Nikolaj; Wilkinson, Chris D W

    2008-03-15

    It has been known for many years that cells will react to the shape of their microenvironment. It is more recently becoming clear that cells can alter their morphology, adhesions, and cytoskeleton in response to their nanoenvironment. A few studies have gone further and measured cellular response to high-adhesion nanomaterials. There have, however, been practical difficulties associated with genomic studies focusing on low-adhesion nanotopographies. Because of advancement in fabrication techniques allowing the production of large area of structure and the ability to amplify mRNA prior to microarray hybridization, these difficulties can be overcome. Here, electron beam lithography has been used to fabricate arrays of pits with 120 nm diameters, 100 nm depth and 300 nm center to center spacing in hexagonal arrangement. Electron and fluorescent microscopies have been used to observe morphological changes in fibroblasts cultured on the pits. 1.7k gene microarray was used to gauge genomic response to the pits. The results show reduction in cellular adhesion, decrease in spreading, and a broad genomic down-regulation. Also noted was an increase in endocytotic activity in cells on the pits. PMID:17647239

  7. Electron beam and mechanical lithographies as enabling factors for organic-based device fabrication

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    Organic-based photonics and molecular electronics are attracting an increasing interest in modern science. The realization of high-resolution master structures by electron beam lithography (EBL) and their transfer to different organic functional materials by mechanical lithographies allow to fully exploit the wide flexibility of molecular systems for opto- and nanoelectronic devices. Planar nanojunctions, consisting of two metallic electrodes separated by an insulating medium, permit to test the molecular conduction properties. Since the typical size of a biomolecule is of the order of a few nanometer, hybrid molecular electronic (HME) devices need metallic electrodes separated by a nanometer-scale channel. Conversely, photonic applications often require 100 nm to 1 μm features on large areas. In this work, we report on the fabrication of both large-area periodic master structures with resolution down to 200 nm, and planar metallic electrodes with sub-10 nm separation obtained by EBL followed by metal electroplating deposition. The fabricated 3-terminal bio-nanodevices show a transistor-like behaviour with a maximum voltage gain of 0.76. Moreover, we developed a number of mechanical patterning methods, including soft hot embossing, rapid prototyping, sub-micrometer fluidics, high- and room-temperature nanoimprinting, to fabricate planar nanostructures on both biomolecular and organic materials. These allowed us a high-fidelity pattern transfer up to 100-nm scale resolution, without reducing the emission yields of light-emitting organics, thus opening the way to the one-step realization of organic-based confined optoelectronic devices

  8. Fabrication of Efficient, Large Aperture Transmission Diffraction Gratings by Ion-Beam Etching

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    The utilization of high-power short pulse laser employing chirped-pulse amplification (CPA) for material processing and inertial confinement research is widely increasing. The performance of these high-power CPA laser system continues to be limited by the ability of the pulse compression gratings to hold up to the high-average-power or high-peak-power of the laser. Pulse compression gratings used in transmission and fabricated out of bulk fused silica have intrinsically the highest laser damage threshold when compared with metal or multilayer dielectric gratings that work in reflection. LLNL has developed processing capability to produce high efficiency fused silica transmission gratings at sizes useful to future Petawatt-class systems, and has demonstrated high efficiency at smaller aperture. This report shows that fused silica diffraction exhibiting >95% efficiency into the -1 diffraction order in transmission (90o deflection of the incident light, at an incidence angle of 45o to the grating face). The microstructure of this grating consisted of grooves ion-beam etched to a depth of 1.6 microns with a pitch of 0.75 microns, using a holographically produced photoresist mask that was subsequently stripped away in significance to the fabrication of the small scale high efficiency grating was the development of the processing technology and infrastructure for production of such gratings at up to 65 cm diameter. LLNL is the currently the only location in the world with the ability to coat, interferometrically expose, and ion etch diffractive optics at this aperture. Below, we describe the design, fabrication, performance and, the scaleup process for a producing a high-efficiency transmission grating on a 65 cm fused silica substrate

  9. Fabrication of three-dimensional SU-8 microchannels by proton beam writing for microfluidics applications: Fluid flow characterisation

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    The proton beam writing (PBW) technique was used to fabricate microfluidic structures in SU-8 resist. A network of the buried channels was fabricated as part of a project to develop functional microfluidic device for neuronal studies and self-powered microfluidics. Protons with energies between 2.5 MeV and 0.75 MeV were used to fabricate the buried channels with a minimum feature size of around 1 μm and depths of 40–55 μm. Roughness of channels sidewalls was around 2.5 nm rms. Exposure regime and examples of functional networks fabricated using PBW are described. COMSOL Multiphysics® software was used to model the flow characteristics of fluid in the SU-8 microchannels structured by PBW. The results obtained using PBW are compared with the structures fabricated by UV-lithography

  10. Fabrication of three-dimensional SU-8 microchannels by proton beam writing for microfluidics applications: Fluid flow characterisation

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    Al-Shehri, S., E-mail: s.al-shehri@surrey.ac.uk; Palitsin, V.; Webb, R.P.; Grime, G.W.

    2015-04-01

    The proton beam writing (PBW) technique was used to fabricate microfluidic structures in SU-8 resist. A network of the buried channels was fabricated as part of a project to develop functional microfluidic device for neuronal studies and self-powered microfluidics. Protons with energies between 2.5 MeV and 0.75 MeV were used to fabricate the buried channels with a minimum feature size of around 1 μm and depths of 40–55 μm. Roughness of channels sidewalls was around 2.5 nm rms. Exposure regime and examples of functional networks fabricated using PBW are described. COMSOL Multiphysics® software was used to model the flow characteristics of fluid in the SU-8 microchannels structured by PBW. The results obtained using PBW are compared with the structures fabricated by UV-lithography.

  11. Three-dimensional printing of complex biological structures by freeform reversible embedding of suspended hydrogels.

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    Hinton, Thomas J; Jallerat, Quentin; Palchesko, Rachelle N; Park, Joon Hyung; Grodzicki, Martin S; Shue, Hao-Jan; Ramadan, Mohamed H; Hudson, Andrew R; Feinberg, Adam W

    2015-10-01

    We demonstrate the additive manufacturing of complex three-dimensional (3D) biological structures using soft protein and polysaccharide hydrogels that are challenging or impossible to create using traditional fabrication approaches. These structures are built by embedding the printed hydrogel within a secondary hydrogel that serves as a temporary, thermoreversible, and biocompatible support. This process, termed freeform reversible embedding of suspended hydrogels, enables 3D printing of hydrated materials with an elastic modulus hardware and software tools. Proof-of-concept structures based on femurs, branched coronary arteries, trabeculated embryonic hearts, and human brains were mechanically robust and recreated complex 3D internal and external anatomical architectures. PMID:26601312

  12. Direct-Write Fabrication of Cellulose Nano-Structures via Focused Electron Beam Induced Nanosynthesis.

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    Ganner, Thomas; Sattelkow, Jürgen; Rumpf, Bernhard; Eibinger, Manuel; Reishofer, David; Winkler, Robert; Nidetzky, Bernd; Spirk, Stefan; Plank, Harald

    2016-01-01

    In many areas of science and technology, patterned films and surfaces play a key role in engineering and development of advanced materials. Here, we introduce a new generic technique for the fabrication of polysaccharide nano-structures via focused electron beam induced conversion (FEBIC). For the proof of principle, organosoluble trimethylsilyl-cellulose (TMSC) thin films have been deposited by spin coating on SiO2 / Si and exposed to a nano-sized electron beam. It turns out that in the exposed areas an electron induced desilylation reaction takes place converting soluble TMSC to rather insoluble cellulose. After removal of the unexposed TMSC areas, structured cellulose patterns remain on the surface with FWHM line widths down to 70 nm. Systematic FEBIC parameter sweeps reveal a generally electron dose dependent behavior with three working regimes: incomplete conversion, ideal doses and over exposure. Direct (FT-IR) and indirect chemical analyses (enzymatic degradation) confirmed the cellulosic character of ideally converted areas. These investigations are complemented by a theoretical model which suggests a two-step reaction process by means of TMSC → cellulose and cellulose → non-cellulose material conversion in excellent agreement with experimental data. The extracted, individual reaction rates allowed the derivation of design rules for FEBIC parameters towards highest conversion efficiencies and highest lateral resolution. PMID:27585861

  13. Efficient composite fabrication using electron-beam rapidly cured polymers engineered for several manufacturing processes

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    Low cost, efficiently processed ultra high specific strength and stiffness graphite fiber reinforced polymeric composite materials are of great interest to commercial transportation, construction and aerospace industries for use in various components with enhanced degrees of weight reduction, corrosion/erosion resistance and fatigue resistance. 10 MeV Electron Beam cure processing has been found to increase the cure rate by an order of magnitude over thermally cured systems yet provide less molded in stresses and high Tgs. However, a limited range of resins are available which are easily processed with low shrinkage and with performance properties equal or exceeding those of state of the art toughened epoxies and BMI's. The technology, introduced by an academia-industry partnership sparked by Langley Research Center utilizes a cost effective, rapid curing polymeric composite processing technique which effectively reduces the need for expensive tooling and energy inefficient autoclave processing and can cure the laminate in seconds (compared to hours for thermal curing) in ambient or sub-ambient conditions. The process is based on electron beam (E-Beam) curing of a new series of (65 to 1,000,000 cPs.) specially formulated resins that have been shown to exhibit excellent mechanical and physical properties once cured. Fabrication processes utilizing these specially formulated and newly commercialized resins, (e.g. including Vacuum Assist Resin Transfer molding (VARTM), vacuum bag prepreg layup, pultrusion and filament winding grades) are engineered to cure with low shrinkage, provide excellent mechanical properties, be processed solventless (environmentally friendly) and are inherently non toxic

  14. Design and fabrication of a diffractive beam splitter for dual-wavelength and concurrent irradiation of process points.

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    Amako, Jun; Shinozaki, Yu

    2016-07-11

    We report on a dual-wavelength diffractive beam splitter designed for use in parallel laser processing. This novel optical element generates two beam arrays of different wavelengths and allows their overlap at the process points on a workpiece. To design the deep surface-relief profile of a splitter using a simulated annealing algorithm, we introduce a heuristic but practical scheme to determine the maximum depth and the number of quantization levels. The designed corrugations were fabricated in a photoresist by maskless grayscale exposure using a high-resolution spatial light modulator. We characterized the photoresist splitter, thereby validating the proposed beam-splitting concept. PMID:27410878

  15. Detection and reconstruction of freeform sweeps

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    Barton, Michael

    2014-05-01

    We study the difficult problem of deciding if parts of a freeform surface can be generated, or approximately generated, by the motion of a planar profile through space. While this task is basic for understanding the geometry of shapes as well as highly relevant for manufacturing and building construction, previous approaches were confined to special cases like kinematic surfaces or "moulding" surfaces. The general case remained unsolved so far. We approach this problem by a combination of local and global methods: curve analysis with regard to "movability", curve comparison by common substring search in curvature plots, an exhaustive search through all planar cuts enhanced by quick rejection procedures, the ordering of candidate profiles and finally, global optimization. The main applications of our method are digital reconstruction of CAD models exhibiting sweep patches, and aiding in manufacturing freeform surfaces by pointing out those parts which can be approximated by sweeps. © 2014 The Author(s) Computer Graphics Forum © 2014 The Eurographics Association and John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  16. Freeform reflector design for LED street lighting

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    Li, Chen; Schreiber, Peter; Walkling, Andreas; Schierz, Christoph; Schwede, Maik; Gühne, Volker

    2011-10-01

    Faceted freeform reflectors were designed for intelligent street lighting with LED cluster arrays for main traffic roads. Special attention was paid to achieve highly efficient illumination on both wet and dry road surfaces. CIE reflection tables W4 and C2 were applied in the simulation for these two conditions, respectively. The reflector design started with plane facets, then - to avoid artifacts from the images of the individual LEDs - plane facets were replaced with cylindrical facets. To get even more flexibility for the design and optimization, freeform facets were employed, modeled by extruding two different conic curves together. Besides of achieving well-proportioned road luminance distribution, the basic shapes of the reflectors were formed to control stray light caused by multiple reflections within the reflector and by reflection of light from neighbor clusters within the cluster array. The merit functions include useful transmission of light to the road as well as overall and lengthwise uniformity according to road illumination standards. Due to the large amount of variables, the optimization was carried out sequentially facet by facet. The design loops included compromising with manufacturing limitations for plastics molding and thorough analysis of conformity with DIN EN 13201 standards for ME road lighting classes. The calculated reflector profiles are realized by plastic injection molding.

  17. High quality YBCO superconductive thin films fabricated by laser molecular beam epitaxy

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    CHEN; Fan

    2001-01-01

    [1]Hirata,K.,Yamamoto,K.,Iijinma,J.et al.,Tunneling measurements on superconductor/insulator/superconductor junctions using single-crystal YBa2Cu3O7-x thin films,Appl.Phys.Lett.,1990,56(7):683-685.[2]Kingston,J.J.,Wellstood,F.C.,Lerch,P.et al.,Multilayer YBa2Cu3Ox-SrTiO3-YBa2Cu3Ox films for insulating crossovers,Appl.Phys.Lett.,1990,56(2):189-191.[3]Grundler,D.,Krumme,J.P.,David,B.et al.,YBa2Cu3O7 ramp-type junctions and superconducting quantum interference devices with an ultra thin barrier of NdGaO3,Appl.Phys.Lett.,1994,65(14):1841-1843.[4]Yang Guozhen,Lu Huibin,Chen Zhenghao et al.,Laser molecular beam epitaxy system and its key technologies,Science in China (in Chinese),Ser.A,1998,28(3):260-265.[5]Wang Ning,Lu Huibin,Chen,W.Z.et al.,Morphology and microstructure of BaTiO3/SrTiO3 superlattices grown on SrTiO3 by laser molecular-beam epitaxy,Appl.Phys.Lett.,1999,75(22):3464-3466.[6]Chen Li-Chyng,Particulates generated by pulsed laser ablation,in Pulsed Laser Deposition of Thin Films (eds.Chrisey,D.B.,Hulber,G.K.),New York:John Wiley & Sons,Inc.,1994,167-198.[7]Wang,H.S.,Dietsche,W.,Eissler,D.et al.,Molecular beam epitaxial growth and structure properties of DyBa2Cu3O7-y,J.Crys.Growth,1993,126:565-577.[8]Kita,R.,Hase,T.,Itti,R.et al.,Synthesis of CuO films using mass-separated,low-energy O+ ion beams,Appl.Phys.Lett.,1992,60(21):2684-2685.[9]Lu Huibin,Zhou Yueliang,Yang Guozhen et al.,Active gas source for thin film preparation,Chinese Patent (in Chinese),1996,No.ZL 96219046.2.[10]Wang Jing,Chen Fan,Zhao Tong et al.,Fabrication of high stable DC-SQUIDS with L-MBE YBCO thin films,Chinese Journal of Low Temperature Physics (in Chinese),1999,21(1):13-16.

  18. FDTD analysis of photonic quasicrystals with different tiling geometries and fabrication by single beam computer-generated holography

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    Zito, G; Santamato, E; Marino, A; Tkachenko, V; Abbate, G

    2013-01-01

    Multiple-beam holography has been widely used for the realization of photonic quasicrystals with high rotational symmetries not achievable by the conventional periodic crystals. Accurate control of the properties of the interfering beams is necessary to provide photonic band-gap structures. Here we show, by FDTD simulations of the transmission spectra of 8-fold quasiperiodic structures, how the geometric tiling of the structure affects the presence and properties of the photonic band-gap for low refractive index contrasts. Hence, we show an interesting approach to the fabrication of photonic quasicrystals based on the use of a programmable Spatial Light Modulator encoding Computer-Generated Holograms, that permits an accurate control of the writing pattern with almost no limitations in the pattern design. Using this single-beam technique we fabricated quasiperiodic structures with high rotational symmetries and different geometries of the tiling, demonstrating the great versatility of our technique.

  19. Fabrication summary on the equipment of an OTR beam profile monitor for the J-PARC 3-50BT

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    A two-dimensional beam profile monitor for 3-50 beam transport line in J-PARC was fabricated and installed in 2012. Then beam profile measurement by using OTR lights has been started in the beginning of 2013. Adding a measurement using fluorescence light has been run from May in 2013, the equipment has worked all right. In this manuscript, designing and fabrication on this equipment which has relatively large inner volume of about 550 litters for employing precise optical system built-in, are summarized and discussed as below: (1) construction design for chamber having built-in OFFNER optical system, (2) a sliding triple-target, (3) applying thin metal foil to a target frame, (4) an in-situ optical system and glass view, (5) optical devise alignment in the chamber, and (6) vacuum evacuation characteristics. (author)

  20. Additive manufacturing for freeform mechatronics design: from concepts to applications

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    Baars, G. van; Smeltink, J.; Werff, J. van der; Limpens, M.; Barink, M.; Berg, D. van den; Vreugd, J. de; Witvoet, G.; Galaktionov, O.S.

    2015-01-01

    This article presents developments of freeform mechatronics concepts, enabled by industrial Additive Manufacturing (AM), aiming at breakthroughs for precision engineering challenges such as lightweight, advanced thermal control, and integrated design. To assess potential impact in future application

  1. Active array design for FAME: Freeform Active Mirror Experiment

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    Jaskó, Attila; Aitink-Kroes, Gabby; Agócs, Tibor; Venema, Lars; Hugot, Emmanuel; Schnetler, Hermine; Bányai, Evelin

    2014-07-01

    In this paper a status report is given on the development of the FAME (Freeform Active Mirror Experiment) active array. Further information regarding this project can be found in the paper by Venema et al. (this conference). Freeform optics provide the opportunity to drastically reduce the complexity of the future optical instruments. In order to produce these non-axisymmetric freeform optics with up to 1 mm deviation from the best fit sphere, it is necessary to come up with new design and manufacturing methods. The way we would like to create novel freeform optics is by fine tuning a preformed high surface-quality thin mirror using an array which is actively controlled by actuators. In the following we introduce the tools deployed to create and assess the individual designs. The result is an active array having optimal number and lay-out of actuators.

  2. Efficient Design And Fabrication Of Free-Form Reciprocal Structures

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    Parigi, Dario; Kirkegaard, Poul Henning

    2013-01-01

    Structures based on the principle of reciprocity have been autonomously studied and used since the antiquity on the basis of different needs and purposes. The application of the principle of reciprocity requires the presence of at least two elements, at the same time both supporting and being sup...

  3. Solid freeform fabrication of bone tissue engineering scaffolds

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    XIONG Zhuo; YAN Yongnian; ZHANG Renji; CHEN Lifeng; WANG Li

    2001-01-01

    @@ INTRODUCTIONTissue engineering is a promising approach to large segmental bone repair fortrauma, replacement surgery, skeletal deficiency or abnormal development. Thefabrication of bone regeneration scaffolds with appropriate bone conductive property,bone inductive property, biodegradation property and mechanical properties is thecrux of this approach.

  4. Optical Fabrication and Metrology of Aspheric and Freeform Mirrors Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The requirement for cost effective manufacturing and metrology of large optical surfaces is instrumental for the success of future NASA programs such as LISA,...

  5. Validation of calibration procedures for freeform parts on CMMs

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    Savio, Enrico; De Chiffre, Leonardo

    2003-01-01

    The paper describes the validation of a new method for establishment of traceability of freeform measurements on coordinate measuring machines currently being considered for development as a new ISO standard. The method deals with calibration by: i) repeated measurements of a given uncalibrated w...... calibration of local deviations on CMMs in two different laboratories, as well as of three different freeform items from industrial applications: a turbine blade, a screw compressor rotor and a bevel gear....

  6. Effect of Scanning Beam Profile to Fabricate Fused Fiber Tapers by CO_2 Laser Irradiation Method

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    Bayle; Fabien; Luo; Aiping; Marin; Emmanuel; Meunier; Jean-Pierre

    2003-01-01

    Beam uniformity is a crucial building block of CO2 experiments aimed at fusing and stretching optical fibers in a lossless manner. When the irradiation beam is expanded through a galvanometer mirror, ways to achieve beam uniformity are investigated.

  7. Effect of Scanning Beam Profile to Fabricate Fused Fiber Tapers by CO2 Laser Irradiation Method

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    Bayle Fabien; Luo Aiping; Marin Emmanuel; Meunier Jean-Pierre

    2003-01-01

    Beam uniformity is a crucial building block of CO2 experiments aimed at fusing and stretching optical fibers in a lossless manner. When the irradiation beam is expanded through a galvanometer mirror, ways to achieve beam uniformity are investigated.

  8. Geometric Modeling and Reasoning of Human-Centered Freeform Products

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    Wang, Charlie C L

    2013-01-01

    The recent trend in user-customized product design requires the shape of products to be automatically adjusted according to the human body’s shape, so that people will feel more comfortable when wearing these products.  Geometric approaches can be used to design the freeform shape of products worn by people, which can greatly improve the efficiency of design processes in various industries involving customized products (e.g., garment design, toy design, jewel design, shoe design, and design of medical devices, etc.). These products are usually composed of very complex geometric shapes (represented by free-form surfaces), and are not driven by a parameter table but a digital human model with free-form shapes or part of human bodies (e.g., wrist, foot, and head models).   Geometric Modeling and Reasoning of Human-Centered Freeform Products introduces the algorithms of human body reconstruction, freeform product modeling, constraining and reconstructing freeform products, and shape optimization for improving...

  9. Design of freeform optics for an ophthalmological application

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    Sieber, Ingo; Yi, Allen; Li, Likai; Beckert, Erik; Steinkopf, Ralf; Gengenbach, Ulrich

    2014-05-01

    Optical freeform surfaces are gaining importance in different optical applications. A huge demand arises e.g. in the fields of automotive and medical engineering. Innovative systems often need high-quality and high-volume optics. Injectionmoulded polymer optics represents a cost-efficient solution. However, it has to be ensured that the tight requirements with respect to the system's performance are met by the replicated freeform optics. To reach this goal, it is not sufficient to only characterise the manufactured optics by peak-to-valley or rms data describing a deviation from the nominal surface. Instead, optical performance of the manufactured freeform optics has to be analysed and compared with the performance of the nominal surface. This can be done by integrating the measured surface data of the manufactured freeform optics into the optical simulation model. The feedback of the measured surface data into the model allows for a simulation of the optical performance of the optical subsystem containing the real freeform optics manufactured. Hence, conclusions can be drawn as to whether the specifications with respect to e.g. imaging quality are met by the real manufactured optics. This approach will be presented using an Alvarez-Humphrey optics as an example of a tuneable optics of an ophthalmological application. The focus of this article will be on design for manufacturing the freeform optics, the integration of the measured surface data into the optical simulation model, simulation of the optical performance, and analysis in comparison to the nominal surface.

  10. Intelligent freeform manufacturing of complex organs.

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    Wang, Xiaohong

    2012-11-01

    Different from the existing tissue engineering strategies, rapid prototyping (RP) techniques aim to automatically produce complex organs directly from computer-aided design freeform models with high resolution and sophistication. Analogous to building a nuclear power plant, cell biology (especially, renewable stem cells), implantable biomaterials, tissue engineering, and single/double/four nozzle RP techniques currently enable researchers in the field to realize a part of the task of complex organ manufacturing. To achieve this multifaceted undertaking, a multi-nozzle rapid prototyping system which can simultaneously integrate an anti-suture vascular system, multiple cell types, and a cocktail of growth factors in a construct should be developed. This article reviews the pros and cons of the existing cell-laden RP techniques for complex organ manufacturing. It is hoped that with the comprehensive multidisciplinary efforts, the implants can virtually replace the functions of a solid internal organ, such as the liver, heart, and kidney. PMID:22888830

  11. Focused ion beam fabrication of novel core-shell nanowire structures.

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    He, Li; Johansson, Jonas; Murayama, Mitsuhiro; Hull, Robert

    2008-11-01

    A novel method of indirect deposition by means of a focused ion beam (FIB) is utilized to develop metal/insulator/semiconductor nanowire core-shell structures. This method is based upon depositing an annular pattern centered on a nanowire, with secondary deposition then coating the wire. Typical cross-sectional deposition area increments as a function of ion doses are 1.3 × 10(-2) µm(2) nC(-1) for Pt and 3.5 × 10(-2) µm(2) nC(-1) for SiO(2). The structures are examined with a transmission electron microscope (TEM) using a new nanowire TEM sample preparation method that allows direct examinations of individually selected core-shell nanowires fabricated under different indirect FIB deposition conditions. Elemental analyses by means of energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and electron energy filtered TEM imaging verify the deposition of SiO(2) and Pt layers. Relatively uniform Pt and SiO(2) coatings on individual GaP nanowires can be achieved with overall thickness deviation of about 10% for deposition up to 25-30 nm thick Pt or SiO(2) shells. It should be possible to extend this approach to any nanowire/nanotube system, and to a wide range of coatings in any desired layer sequences. PMID:21832742

  12. Infrared waveguide fabrications with an E-beam evaporated chalcogenide glass film

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    Yang, Xiaoming

    2014-12-12

    Chalcogenide glasses have a variety of unique optical properties due to the intrinsic structural flexibility and bonds metastability. They are desirable materials for many applications, such as infrared communication sensors, holographic grating, optical imaging, and ultrafast nonlinear optic devices. Here, we introduce a novel electron-beam evaporation process to deposit the good quality arsenic trisulfide (As2S3) films and then the As2S3 films were used to fabricate the As2S3 waveguides with three approaches. The first method is photoresist lift-off. Because of the restriction of thermal budget of photoresist, the As2S3 film must be deposited at the room temperature. The second one is the silicon dioxide lift-off process on sapphire substrates, in which the As2S3 film could be evaporated at a high temperature (>180 °C) for better film quality. The third one is the plasma etching process with a metal protective thin layer in the pattern development process.

  13. Focused ion beam fabrication and IBIC characterization of a diamond detector with buried electrodes

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    Olivero, P; Jaksic, M; Pastuovic, Z; Picollo, F; Skukan, N; Vittone, E

    2016-01-01

    This paper reports on the fabrication and characterization of a high purity monocrystalline diamond detector with buried electrodes realized by the selective damage induced by a focused 6 MeV carbon ion beam scanned over a pattern defined at the micrometric scale. A suitable variable-thickness mask was deposited on the diamond surface in order to modulate the penetration depth of the ions and to shallow the damage profile toward the surface. After the irradiation, the sample was annealed at high temperature in order to promote the conversion to the graphitic phase of the end-of-range regions which experienced an ion-induced damage exceeding the damage threshold, while recovering the sub-threshold damaged regions to the highly resistive diamond phase. This process provided conductive graphitic electrodes embedded in the insulating diamond matrix; the presence of the variable-thickness mask made the terminations of the channels emerging at the diamond surface and available to be connected to an external electro...

  14. Design and development of a micro polycrystalline diamond ball end mill for micro/nano freeform machining of hard and brittle materials

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    Micro end mills play a key role in micro/nano milling applications for intricate three-dimensional die/molds or sensors for micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS). In order to achieve higher machining accuracy and longer tool life, micro end mills are usually made of ultra-hard materials such as polycrystalline diamond (PCD) or cubic boron nitride (CBN). One of the best choices for their fabrication is the wire electrical discharge machining (WEDM) method. There are two basic categories of micro end mills, namely the ball end mill for 3D freeform surface machining and straight/round edge end mills for non-freeform surface machining. This paper focuses on the design and development of the micro ball end mill for hard and brittle materials. Firstly, the available typical ball end mill is analyzed. Secondly, a micro ball end mill with uniform axial rake and clearance angles is designed and analyzed by the finite element method (FEM). The designed micro ball end mill only needs simultaneously three linear and one index rotational WEDM axes instead of simultaneously five WEDM axes for traditional ball end mills. Then, micro PCD ball end mills are fabricated and the radius variation follows in ±2.0 µm, which is more accurate than commercially available ones. Finally, the 3D freeform geometry milling on tungsten carbide (WC) and silicon wafer successfully demonstrated the possibility of micro-mechanical freeform machining by the developed micro ball end mill

  15. Broad and focused ion beams Ga+ implantation damage in the fabrication of p+-n Si shallow junctions

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    The use of focused and broad beam Ga+ implantation for the fabrication of p+-n Si shallow junctions is explored. In particular, the issue of ion induced damage and its effect on diode electrical properties is explored. FIB-fabricated junctions exhibit a deeper junction with lower sheet resistance and higher leakage current than the BB-implanted diodes. TEM analysis exhibits similar amorphization and recrystallization behavior for both implantation techniques with the BB case generating a higher dislocation loop density after a 900 degree C anneal. 6 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab

  16. Spiral phase plates with radial discontinuities for the generation of multiring orbital angular momentum beams: fabrication, characterization, and application

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    Ruffato, Gianluca; Massari, Michele; Carli, Marta; Romanato, Filippo

    2015-11-01

    A design of spiral phase plates for the generation of multiring beams carrying orbital angular momentum (OAM) is presented. Besides the usual helical profile, these phase plates present radial π-discontinuities in correspondence of the zeros of the associated Laguerre polynomials. Samples were fabricated by electron beam lithography over glass substrates coated with a polymethylmethacrylate resist layer. The optical response was analyzed and the purity of the generated beams was investigated in terms of Laguerre-Gaussian modes contributions. The far-field intensity pattern was compared with theoretical models and numerical simulations, while the expected phase features were confirmed by interferometric analysis with a Mach-Zehnder setup. The high quality of the output beams confirms the applicability of these phase plates for the generation of high-order OAM beams with nonzero radial index. An application consisting of the design of computer-generated holograms encoding information for light beams carrying phase singularities is presented and described. A numerical code based on an iterative Fourier transform algorithm has been developed for the computation of phase-only diffractive optical element for illumination under OAM beams. Numerical analysis and preliminary experimental results confirm the applicability of these devices as high-security optical elements for anticounterfeiting applications.

  17. Computational study and experimental validation of porous structures fabricated by electron beam melting: A challenge to avoid stress shielding

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    In this paper, several diamond non-stochastic lattice structures, fabricated by electron beam melting, were mechanically characterized by compression tests. A finite element model of the structures was developed, obtaining an equation that estimates the elastic modulus of the lattice structure. Finally, the differences between the numerical and the experimental results were analyzed and discussed. - Highlights: • Diamond non-stochastic lattice structures were fabricated by electron beam melting. • Finite element models of the structures were developed. • An inverse relationship between aspect ratio and elastic modulus it is shown. • An equation that estimates the elastic modulus of the structure was obtained. • Differences between the numerical and the experimental results were discussed

  18. Fabrication of nano-scaled polymer-derived SiAlCN ceramic components using focused ion beam

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    Fully dense polymer-derived amorphous silicoaluminum carbonitride (SiAlCN) ceramics were synthesized from polysilazane as preceramic precursors followed by a thermal decomposition process. The nanofabrication of amorphous SiAlCN ceramics was implemented with a focused ion beam (FIB). FIB conditions such as the milling rate, the beam current, and the number of passes were considered. It was found that nanopatterns with a feature size of less than 100 nm could be fabricated onto polymer-derived ceramics (PDCs) precisely and quickly. Specific nanostructures of thin walls, nozzle, and gear have been fabricated as demonstrations, indicating that the FIB technique was a promising method to realize nanostructures on PDCs, especially for microelectromechanical system and micro/nano-sensor applications. (paper)

  19. Fabrication of nano-scaled polymer-derived SiAlCN ceramic components using focused ion beam

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    Tian, Ye; Shao, Gang; Wang, Xingwei; An, Linan

    2013-09-01

    Fully dense polymer-derived amorphous silicoaluminum carbonitride (SiAlCN) ceramics were synthesized from polysilazane as preceramic precursors followed by a thermal decomposition process. The nanofabrication of amorphous SiAlCN ceramics was implemented with a focused ion beam (FIB). FIB conditions such as the milling rate, the beam current, and the number of passes were considered. It was found that nanopatterns with a feature size of less than 100 nm could be fabricated onto polymer-derived ceramics (PDCs) precisely and quickly. Specific nanostructures of thin walls, nozzle, and gear have been fabricated as demonstrations, indicating that the FIB technique was a promising method to realize nanostructures on PDCs, especially for microelectromechanical system and micro/nano-sensor applications.

  20. A capacitive power sensor based on the MEMS cantilever beam fabricated by GaAs MMIC technology

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    In this paper, a novel capacitive power sensor based on the microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) cantilever beam at 8–12 GHz is proposed, fabricated and tested. The presented design can not only realize a cantilever beam instead of the conventional fixed–fixed beam, but also provide fine compatibility with the GaAs monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) process. When the displacement of the cantilever beam is very small compared with the initial height of the air gap, the capacitance change between the measuring electrode and the cantilever beam has an approximately linear dependence on the incident radio frequency (RF) power. Impedance compensating technology, by modifying the slot width of the coplanar waveguide transmission line, is adopted to minimize the effect of the cantilever beam on the power sensor; its validity is verified by the simulation of high frequency structure simulator software. The power sensor has been fabricated successfully by Au surface micromachining using polyimide as the sacrificial layer on the GaAs substrate. Optimization of the design with impedance compensating technology has resulted in a measured return loss of less than −25 dB and an insertion loss of around 0.1 dB at 8–12 GHz, which shows the slight effect of the cantilever beam on the microwave performance of this power sensor. The measured capacitance change starts from 0.7 fF to 1.3 fF when the incident RF power increases from 100 to 200 mW and an approximate linear dependence has been obtained. The measured sensitivities of the sensor are about 6.16, 6.27 and 6.03 aF mW−1 at 8, 10 and 12 GHz, respectively. (paper)

  1. Fabrication of speckle patterns by focused ion beam deposition and its application to micro-scale residual stress measurement

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    Zhu, Ronghua; Xie, Huimin; Xue, Yunfei; Wang, Liang; Li, YanJie

    2015-09-01

    This paper deals with the characterization of influence parameters on the fabrication of speckle patterns using FIB deposition. In many manufacturing processes the presence of residual stress is disturbing, and can significantly affect the mechanical properties of materials and structures. Digital image correlation (DIC) is validated to be an effective approach for the determination of micro-scale residual stress under the dual-beam microscope (FIB-EB). Considering the high-quality micro-scale speckle pattern is the prerequisite in DIC measurement, the influence parameters on the deposited speckle patterns, such as the quality of the speckle template, total deposition time, ion beam current density, and dwell time, are primarily discussed. Moreover, in the measurement of residual stress, the integrated fabrication technique under the FIB-EB dual-beam system is also explained, covering the following steps: fabrication of the speckle pattern by FIB deposition, slot milling for stress release by FIB, high-resolution SEM imaging before and after stress release as well as the deformation analysis by DIC. As application, the optimized micro-scale speckle patterns are deposited on the surface of laser shock peened metallic glass, and the residual stress distribution on the sample surface is successfully measured.

  2. Characterization of Ti-6Al-4V open cellular foams fabricated by additive manufacturing using electron beam melting

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    Ti-6Al-4V open cellular foams were fabricated by additive manufacturing using electron beam melting (EBM). Foam models were developed from CT-scans of aluminum open cellular foams and embedded in CAD for EBM. These foams were fabricated with solid cell structures as well as hollow cell structures and exhibit tailorable stiffness and strength. The strength in proportion to the measured microindentation hardness is as much as 40% higher for hollow cell (wall) structures in contrast to solid, fully dense EBM fabricated components. Plots of relative stiffness versus relative density were in good agreement with the Gibson-Ashby model for open cellular foam materials. Stiffness or Young's modulus values measured using a resonant frequency-damping analysis technique were found to vary inversely with porosity especially for solid cell wall, open cellular structure foams. These foams exhibit the potential for novel biomedical, aeronautics, and automotive applications.

  3. Fabrication of high sensitivity 3D nanoSQUIDs based on a focused ion beam sculpting technique

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    De Leo, Natascia; Fretto, Matteo; Lacquaniti, Vincenzo; Granata, Carmine; Vettoliere, Antonio

    2016-09-01

    In this paper a nanofabrication process, based on a focused ion beam (FIB) nanosculpting technique, for high sensitivity three-dimensional nanoscale superconducting quantum interference devices (nanoSQUIDs) is reported. The crucial steps of the fabrication process are described, as are some peculiar features of the superconductor–normal metal–insulator–superconductor (SNIS) Josephson junctions, which may useful for applications in cryocooler systems. This fabrication procedure is employed to fabricate sandwich nanojunctions and high sensitivity nanoSQUIDs. Specifically, the superconductive nanosensors have a rectangular loop of 1 × 0.2–0.4 μm2 interrupted by two square Nb/Al–AlO x /Nb SNIS Josephson junctions with side lengths of 0.3 μm. The characterization of a typical nanoSQUID has been carried out and a spectral density of magnetic flux noise as low as 0.8 μΦ0 Hz–1/2 has been measured.

  4. In Vitro and in Vivo Evaluation of Silicate-Coated Polyetheretherketone Fabricated by Electron Beam Evaporation.

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    Wen, Jin; Lu, Tao; Wang, Xiao; Xu, Lianyi; Wu, Qianju; Pan, Hongya; Wang, Donghui; Liu, Xuanyong; Jiang, Xinquan

    2016-06-01

    Intrinsic bioinertness severely hampers the application of polyetheretherketone (PEEK), although in the field of dentistry it is considered to be an ideal titanium substitute implanting material. In this study, a bioactive silicate coating was successfully introduced onto PEEK surface by using electron beam evaporation (EBE) technology to improve its bioactivity and osseointegration of PEEK. Through controlling the duration of EBE, the incorporated amounts of silicon (Si) could be exquisitely adjusted to obtain proper biofunctionality, as assessed by cell adhesion, proliferation, osteogenic gene expression, and protein detection. In vivo, the samples were then tested in a femur implantation model to assay osseointegration effects in ovariectomized (OVX) rats. Remarkable enhancement of adhesion, spreading, osteogenesis, and differentiation of bone marrow stem cells (rBMSCs-OVX) were noted on silicate-coated samples. In particular, the group that was processed for 5 min with EBE (EBE-5 min) showed the most improvements in ALP activity and osteogenic-related gene expression compared to the remaining groups. Better osseointegration of the group that was processed for 8 min with EBE (EBE-8 min) was observed in vivo, as indicated by micro-CT test, fluorescent labeling, and histological and histomorphometric analyses. Collectively, the outcomes of the above experiments demonstrate that the present work is a meaningful attempt to promote osseointegration under osteoporotic conditions with only Si element incorporated to PEEK surface by the application of EBE technique. To the best of our knowledge, this work is the first demonstration of tuning the surface properties of PEEK via the adoption of an EBE-fabricated silicate coating to address an osteoporotic problem both in vitro and in vivo. PMID:27124890

  5. Physical and electrochemical characterization of amorphous lithium lanthanum titanate solid electrolyte thin-film fabricated by e-beam evaporation

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    Amorphous lithium lanthanum titanate (LLTO) solid electrolyte thin-films have been fabricated by e-beam evaporation. The effect of different e-beam power on the physical properties and electrical performance of LLTO thin-film is investigated. Higher e-beam power is a key factor to obtain good quality LLTO thin-film which has higher ionic conductivity. X-ray diffraction patterns, X-ray photoelectron spectra, scanning electron microscopy and impedance spectroscopy are used to characterize their physical and electrical properties. An all-solid-state of Li/LiPON/LLTO/LiCoO2 cell using LLTO thin-film as solid electrolyte exhibits the first discharge capacity of about 50 μA h/cm2-μm and the capacity fading is about 0.5% per cycles after 100 discharge-charge cycles at discharge current of 7 μA/cm2, demonstrating the promise of e-beam evaporation deposition for the fabrication of LLTO thin-film for all-solid-state thin-film rechargeable lithium batteries

  6. Physical and electrochemical characterization of amorphous lithium lanthanum titanate solid electrolyte thin-film fabricated by e-beam evaporation

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    Li Chilin [Department of Chemistry and Laser Chemistry Institute, Shanghai Key laboratory of Molecular Catalysts and Innovative Materials, Fudan University, Shanghai, 200433 (China); Zhang Bin [Department of Chemistry and Laser Chemistry Institute, Shanghai Key laboratory of Molecular Catalysts and Innovative Materials, Fudan University, Shanghai, 200433 (China); Fu Zhengwen [Department of Chemistry and Laser Chemistry Institute, Shanghai Key laboratory of Molecular Catalysts and Innovative Materials, Fudan University, Shanghai, 200433 (China)]. E-mail: zhengwen@sh163.net

    2006-12-05

    Amorphous lithium lanthanum titanate (LLTO) solid electrolyte thin-films have been fabricated by e-beam evaporation. The effect of different e-beam power on the physical properties and electrical performance of LLTO thin-film is investigated. Higher e-beam power is a key factor to obtain good quality LLTO thin-film which has higher ionic conductivity. X-ray diffraction patterns, X-ray photoelectron spectra, scanning electron microscopy and impedance spectroscopy are used to characterize their physical and electrical properties. An all-solid-state of Li/LiPON/LLTO/LiCoO{sub 2} cell using LLTO thin-film as solid electrolyte exhibits the first discharge capacity of about 50 {mu}A h/cm{sup 2}-{mu}m and the capacity fading is about 0.5% per cycles after 100 discharge-charge cycles at discharge current of 7 {mu}A/cm{sup 2}, demonstrating the promise of e-beam evaporation deposition for the fabrication of LLTO thin-film for all-solid-state thin-film rechargeable lithium batteries.

  7. Manufacturing of high-precision aspherical and freeform optics

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    Hoogstrate, André M.; van Drunen, Casper; van Venrooy, Bart; Henselmans, Rens

    2012-09-01

    Aspherical and freeform optical elements have a large potential in reducing optical aberrations and to reduce the number of elements in complex high performance optical systems. However, manufacturing a single piece or a small series of aspherical and freeform optics has for long been limited by the lack of flexible metrology tools. With the cooperative development of the NANOMEFOS metrology tool by TNO, TU/e and VSL, we are able to measure the form of aspheres and freeforms up to 500 mm in diameter with an accuracy better than 10 nm rms. This development opened the possibility to exploit a number of iterative, corrective manufacturing chains in which manufacturing technologies such as Single Point Diamond Turning, freeform grinding, deterministic polishing and classical polishing are combined in an iterative loop with metrology tools to measure form deviation (like CMM, LVDT contact measurement, interferometry and NANOMEFOS). This paper discusses the potentials, limitations and differences of iterative manufacturing chains used by TNO in the manufacturing of high performance optics for astronomical purposes such as the anufacturing of the L2 of the Optical Tube Assembly of the four laser-guide star facility of the ESO VLT, Manufacturing of Aluminium freeforms mirrors for the SCUBA-2 instrument. Based on these results we will give an outlook into the new challenges and solutions in manufacturing high-precision optics.

  8. Freeform metrology using swept-source optical coherence tomography with custom pupil-relay precision scanning configuration

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    Yao, Jianing; Xu, Di; Zhao, Nan; Rolland, Jannick P.

    2015-10-01

    The recent advances in the optics manufacturing industry to achieve the capability of fabricating rotationally nonsymmetric optical quality surfaces have considerably stimulated the optical designs with freeform components. This opens up new horizons for novel optical systems with larger fields of view and higher performance, or significantly more compact in volume at equal performance compared to conventional systems. A bottleneck to the broad industrial applications of freeform optics remains the lack of a high performance optical metrology tool capable of measuring significant surface departures and slopes of the parts. To address this issue, we have developed a fiber-based swept-source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) system for point-cloud freeform metrology, where two-axis galvanometer scanners are leveraged for high-speed lateral scans. We specifically designed a custom all-reflective achromatic pupil relay system to achieve a diffraction-limited scanning configuration. Coupled with a large field-of-view (FOV) telecentric scan lens, the imaging covers 28.9 mm × 28.9 mm FOV with 35 μm lateral resolution and more than 600 μm depth of focus. Freeform metrology is demonstrated for an Alvarez surface of 400 μm surface sag. The high sensitivity of the SS-OCT system allows for capturing the slope variations of the part up to the maximum slope that is 5 degrees in this case. Specific surface reconstruction, rendering and fitting algorithms were developed to evaluate the metrology results and investigate the accuracy and precision of the measurements.

  9. Electrical properties comparison of TiO2/PS/Si devices fabricated by spin coating and electron beam gun

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    Dariani, R. S.; Faraji, F.

    2016-04-01

    Three porous silicon (PS) samples with different porosities by electrochemical anodization are fabricated. Then, TiO2 nanoparticles are deposited on PS by two methods, spin coating and electron beam gun. I- V characteristics of all samples show diode behavior. Our result showed that transient current decreases with increasing porosity for PS/Si samples while increases for TiO2/PS/Si samples in both deposition methods. The reason could be due to filling pores by TiO2 nanoparticles and reduction of resistivity on PS surface. Also, our result showed that transient current increases highly for samples which were deposited by electron beam gun with respect to spin coating. The reason could be that in spin coating method TiO2 sol with high viscosity was used and causes that TiO2 nanoparticles cannot easily penetrate into PS pores. But in electron beam gun method TiO2 nanoparticles reaches to PS surface as a few atoms and can easily penetrate into PS pores. Ideality factor of our samples reduces after TiO2 deposition. Also, ideality factor of samples which were deposited by electron beam gun decreases with respect to spin coating, since transient current and I- V curve slop increase in electron beam gun.

  10. Fabrication and Characterization of High Strength Al-Cu Alloys Processed Using Laser Beam Melting in Metal Powder Bed

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    Ahuja, Bhrigu; Karg, Michael; Nagulin, Konstantin Yu.; Schmidt, Michael

    The proposed paper illustrates fabrication and characterization of high strength Aluminium Copper alloys processed using Laser Beam Melting process. Al-Cu alloys EN AW-2219 and EN AW-2618 are classified as wrought alloys and 2618 is typically considered difficult to weld. Laser Beam Melting (LBM) process from the family of Additive Manufacturing processes, has the unique ability to form fully dense complex 3D geometries using micro sized metallic powder in a layer by layer fabrication methodology. LBM process can most closely be associated to the conventional laser welding process, but has significant differences in terms of the typical laser intensities and scan speeds used. Due to the use of high intensities and fast scan speeds, the process induces extremely high heating and cooling rates. This property gives it a unique physical attribute and therefore its ability to process high strength Al-Cu alloys needs to be investigated. Experiments conducted during the investigations associate the induced energy density controlled by varying process parameters to the achieved relative densities of the fabricated 3D structures.

  11. Tailored femtosecond Bessel beams for high-throughput, taper-free through-silicon vias (TSVs) fabrication

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    He, Fei; Yu, Junjie; Chu, Wei; Wang, Zhaohui; Tan, Yuanxin; Cheng, Ya; Sugioka, Koji

    2016-03-01

    For higher-density integration and acceleration of operating speed in Si ICs, 3D integration of wafers and/or dies is essential. Fabrication of current 3D ICs relies on 3D assembly which electrically connects stacked chips to form a single circuit. A key technology for the 3D assembly is TSVs which are vertical electrical connections passing completely through silicon chips to electrically connect vertically assembled Si ICs. Typical TSVs have wide features, with diameters of a range from several microns to 50 μm and depths up to 500 μm with aspect ratios up to 15 depending on the application and integration scheme. In this work, we present high-throughput, taper-free TSVs fabrication using femtosecond Bessel beams operated at different wavelengths from 400 nm to 2.4 μm. Furthermore, special phase filters are designed to suppress the damages induced by the side-lobes of Bessel beams for high-quality TSVs fabrication. Our technique can be potentially used for 3D assembly in manufacture of 3D silicon integrated circuits.

  12. Sub-5 nm graphene nanopore fabrication by nitrogen ion etching induced by a low-energy electron beam

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    Fox, Daniel S.; Maguire, Pierce; Zhou, Yangbo; Rodenburg, Cornelia; O’Neill, Arlene; Coleman, Jonathan N.; Zhang, Hongzhou

    2016-05-01

    A flexible and efficient method to fabricate nanopores in graphene has been developed. A focused, low-energy (5 keV) electron beam was used to locally activate etching of a graphene surface in a low pressure (0.3 Pa) N2 environment. Nanopores with sub-5 nm diameters were fabricated. The lattice structure of the graphene was observed to recover within 20 nm of the nanopore edge. Nanopore growth rates were investigated systematically. The effects of nitrogen pressure, electron beam dwell time and beam current were characterised in order to understand the etching mechanism and enable optimisation of the etching parameters. A model was developed which describes how the diffusion of ionised nitrogen affects the nanopore growth rate. Etching of other two-dimensional materials was attempted as demonstrated with MoS2. The lack of etching observed supports our model of a chemical reaction-based mechanism. The understanding of the etching mechanism will allow more materials to be etched by selection of an appropriate ion species.

  13. Sub-10 nm beam confinement by X-ray waveguides: design, fabrication and characterization of optical properties

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    Optimized X-ray waveguides have been fabricated and characterized in terms of transmission, angular acceptance, farfield pattern and imaging applications. Beam confinement down to sub-10 nm in two orthogonal directions has been demonstrated, at the nano-focus endstation at P10 of PETRA III at HASYLAB/DESY. The propagation of hard X-ray synchrotron beams in waveguides with guiding layer diameters in the 9–35 nm thickness range has been studied. The planar waveguide structures consist of an optimized two-component cladding. The presented fabrication method is suitable for short and leak-proof waveguide slices with lengths (along the optical axis) in the sub-500 µm range, adapted for optimized transmission at photon energies of 11.5–18 keV. A detailed comparison between finite-difference simulations of waveguide optics and the experimental results is presented, concerning transmission, divergence of the waveguide exit beam, as well as the angular acceptance. In a second step, two crossed waveguides have been used to create a quasi-point source for propagation-based X-ray imaging at the new nano-focus endstation of the P10 coherence beamline at Petra III. By inverting the measured Fraunhofer diffraction pattern by an iterative error-reduction algorithm, a two-dimensional focus of 10 nm × 10 nm is obtained. Finally, holographic imaging of a lithographic test structure based on this optical system is demonstrated

  14. Structural optimization of free-form reciprocal structures

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    Parigi, Dario

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents an optimization algorithm for the design of structurally efficient free-form reciprocal structures. Because of the geometric complexity of reciprocal structures, only a few structural studies have been carried out so far, and we have a limited knowledge of the relation between...... geometry and structural behaviour in reciprocal structures. This study takes advantage of the preceding work carried by the author on the Reciprocalizer, a software tool for the generation of reciprocal geometries. The Reciprocalizer has been included into a structural optimization algorithm for the...... generation of structurally efficient free-form reciprocal structures....

  15. Development of elastomeric lab-on-a-chip devices through Proton Beam Writing (PBW) based fabrication strategies

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    In recent years, one of the most exciting developments in fluidic device applications is the rapid evolution of miniaturized micro- and nanofluidic systems, the so called 'lab-on-a-chip' devices. These devices integrate laboratory functions into a single chip, and are capable of various biochemical analysis and synthesis, such as sample injection and preparation, single cell/molecule observation, bioparticle sequencing and sorting etc. The evolvement of lab-on-a-chip concept implies the use of novel fabrication techniques for the construction of versatile analytical components in a fast and reproducible manner. Endowed with unique three-dimensional fabrication abilities, Proton Beam Writing (PBW) , which is capable of producing nanometer scaled fluidic structures with smooth and straight side wall features, has a great potential to develop all sorts of polymer fluidic devices. In this paper, we describe the batch fabrication of Poly-dimethysiloxane (PDMS) elastomeric lab-on-a-chip devices utilizing PBW technique. A series of fabrication processes, involving PBW, nickel electroplating, soft lithography, polymer dynamic coating and hydrophilic treating, were modified and adopted in our work. Subsequent characterization of individual categories of channel devices was carried out for specific fluidic studies. Respective experimental procedures are presented and results are explained. The channel devices demonstrated good fluidic performance and functionality, suggesting their further application in more complex biological investigations, and the versatility of PBW in lab-on-a-chip development.

  16. Water resistance and surface morphology of synthetic fabrics covered by polysiloxane/acrylate followed by electron beam irradiation

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    El-Naggar, A M; Mohammed, S S; Alam, E A

    2003-01-01

    Different synthetic fabrics were treated by electron beam surface coating with two formulations based on polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and polystyrene (PS) or poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) oligomers. The water resistance properties were investigated in terms of the percentage of water repellency and absorption. Also, the surface coated fabrics were examined by scanning electron microscopy/microscope (SEM) connected to an energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) unit to determine the percentage atomic contents of elements. The results showed that the adhesion of the polysiloxane formulation to the surface depends largely on the kind of acrylate oligomer and textile fabric as indicated by the EDX analysis for silicon. In this regard, PDMS/PS formulation is more compatible with polyester and nylon-6 fabrics than PDMS/PMMA one. However, it was found that PDMS/PMMA formulation is more compatible with cotton/polyester blend than PDMS/PS. The SEM micrographs give further supports to the EDX analysis. On the basis of the perce...

  17. Fabrication of a polymer with three-dimensional structure by the ion beam graft polymerization method

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    The graft polymerization method is one of the most effective techniques to produce a new polymer with unique function. To produce the polymer, we conducted experiments on radiation graft polymerization using ion beams of several hundred keV energy. A high density polyethylene (PE) film was irradiated with H+ beams, then, graft polymerization with monomer solution such as acrylic acid or acrylonitrile was conducted. Radicals generated by the interaction between the beam ions and the PE molecules become the starting point of the graft polymerization. Since the range in PE depends on ion energy, the density distribution of the graft chain can be controlled by the ion energy. Using a mask which restricts the ion beam incidence, PE sheets containing graft chains only in the unmasked area were obtained. Multiple ion beam graft polymerization can produce a polymer which has some functional bases at specified position. We have demonstrated the production of a polymer film with a three-dimensional structure.

  18. Fabrication of periodic nanostructures by single-point diamond turning with focused ion beam built tool tips

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    Periodic nanostructures have been widely used on emerging nano-products such as plasmonic solar cell and nano-optics. However, lack of cost-effective fabrication techniques has become the bottleneck for commercialization of these nano-products. In this work, we develop a scale up approach to fabricate high-precision nanostructures in large area. In this method, a nano-scale single crystal diamond (SCD) tool is produced by focused ion beam (FIB) machining. The nano SCD tool is then further applied to cut periodic nanostructures using single-point diamond turning (SPDT). A divergence compensation method and surface topography generation model forms a deterministic FIB fabrication approach. It has been used to generate four periods of the required periodic nano-grating structures (with a minimal dimension of 150 nm) on a normal SCD tool tip and achieves 10 nm form accuracy. The contribution of the beam tail effect has also been evaluated by using the surface topography simulation method. The fabricated diamond tool is then applied to obtain nano-grating on an electroless nickel substrate in a total area of 5 × 2 mm2 through SPDT. The whole SPDT machine process only takes 2 min (with a material removal rate up to 1.8 × 104 μm3 s−1). Due to the elastic recovery that occurred upon the workpiece material, the practical cutting width is 13 nm smaller than the tool tip. The machining trial shows it is very promising to apply this scale up nanofabrication approach for commercialization of nano-products which possess period nanostructures. (paper)

  19. Abaca/polyester nonwoven fabric functionalization for metal ion adsorbent synthesis via electron beam-induced emulsion grafting

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    A metal ion adsorbent was developed from a nonwoven fabric trunk material composed of both natural and synthetic polymers. A pre-irradiation technique was used for emulsion grafting of glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) onto an electron beam irradiated abaca/polyester nonwoven fabric (APNWF). The dependence of degree of grafting (Dg), calculated from the weight of APNWF before and after grafting, on absorbed dose, reaction time and monomer concentration were evaluated. After 50 kGy irradiation with 2 MeV electron beam and subsequent 3 h reaction with an emulsion consisting of 5% GMA and 0.5% polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate (Tween 20) surfactant in deionized water at 40 °C, a grafted APNWF with a Dg greater than 150% was obtained. The GMA-grafted APNWF was further modified by reaction with ethylenediamine (EDA) in isopropyl alcohol at 60 °C to introduce amine functional groups. After a 3 h reaction with 50% EDA, an amine group density of 2.7 mmole/gram adsorbent was achieved based from elemental analysis. Batch adsorption experiments were performed using Cu2+ and Ni2+ ions in aqueous solutions with initial pH of 5 at 30 °C. Results show that the adsorption capacity of the grafted adsorbent for Cu2+ is four times higher than Ni2+ ions. - Highlights: • An amine type adsorbent from abaca/polyester nonwoven fabric was synthesized. • Pre-irradiation method was used in grafting glycidyl methacrylate on nonwoven fabric. • Radiation-induced grafting was performed with monomer in emulsion state. • The calculated adsorption capacity for Cu2+ is four times higher than Ni2+ ions. • Grafted adsorbent can remove Cu2+ faster than a chemically similar commercial resin

  20. Fabrication of micro-array of Fresnel rings on Si by electron beam lithography and reactive ion etching

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    Chiromawa, Nura Liman; Ibrahim, Kamarulazizi

    2016-02-01

    Recently, micro-lenses have attracted more attention among optoelectronics device application developers. This paper presents the micro-array of Si-Fresnel rings fabricated by the electron beam lithography and reactive ion etching. Fresnel rings units containing 11 concentric rings were created on the PMMA layer with the outermost Fresnel ring, having an external diameter of 45.24 μm, and are located ≈200 μm away from each other. These structures can be copied as the micro-array of Fresnel lenses for optoelectronics device applications.

  1. The fabrication and high temperature stability of biaxially textured Ni tape by ion beam structure modification method

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    For the conventional rolling assisted biaxially textured metallic substrate (RABiTS) process, a large degree of cold rolling deformation and a subsequent high temperature annealing procedure are required to obtain adequately biaxially textured Ni tape. Recently, we have reported a newly developed process, named as ion beam structure modification (ISM), for fabricating biaxially textured Ni tape by use of low energy argon ion beam bombardment. In this paper, the biaxial texture of ISM processed Ni tape and its thermal stability at high temperatures are investigated. Results show that Ni tape processed under optimum ISM conditions, the (2 0 0) rocking curve FWHM is less than 5.7 deg. , and the (1 1 1) phi-scan FWHM is less than 7.5 deg. . High temperature annealing does not impair the biaxial-texture already developed in ISM processed Ni foils, although ISMs should not be regarded as a complete equilibrium process

  2. Fabrication of micro-pin array with high aspect ratio on stainless steel using nanosecond laser beam machining

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    Lee, Se Won [School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University, Gwanak 599 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-Gu, Seoul, 151-744 (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Hong Shik, E-mail: shinhs05@ut.ac.kr [Department of Energy System Engineering, Korea National University of Transportation, Chungju, Chungbuk, 380-702 (Korea, Republic of); Chu, Chong Nam [School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University, Gwanak 599 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-Gu, Seoul, 151-744 (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-01-01

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A high aspect ratio micro-pin array was fabricated by laser beam machining using the piling of a recast layer. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The recast layer could be piled due to the chromium oxide with high surface tension and viscosity of chromium oxide. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The machining characteristics for a high aspect ratio micro-pin array were investigated according to laser beam parameters. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Experiments for attaching force relative to the surface roughness of the subject plane were carried out. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The developed micro-pin array was successfully attached to vertical wall. - Abstract: In this paper, a micro-pin array with a high aspect ratio was fabricated on AISI 304 using laser beam ablation for attachment to a vertical wall. In recent times, there has been research in various fields, including robotics and bio-MEMS, regarding attachment to vertical walls, and micro-pin arrays may offer the best solution. For vertical wall attachment, the micro-pin should have a high aspect ratio, long length, and sharp tip. The recast layer could be piled due to the chromium oxide with high surface tension and viscosity of chromium oxide, and it composed the micro-pins with high aspect ratio. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to identify the characteristics of the piled recast layer. The machining characteristics for a high aspect ratio micro-pin array were investigated according to laser beam machining parameters. In addition, experiments for attaching force relative to the surface roughness of the subject plane were carried out.

  3. High-performance beam steering using electrowetting-driven liquid prism fabricated by a simple dip-coating method

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    Enrico Clement, Carlos; Park, Sung-Yong

    2016-05-01

    A high degree of beam steering is demonstrated using an electrowetting-driven liquid prism. While prism devices have typically relied on complex and expensive laboratory setups, such as high-vacuum facilities for fabrication of dielectric layers, this work utilizes a simple dip-coating method to provide an ion gel layer as a dielectric, offering 2 or 3 orders higher specific capacitance (c ≈ 10 μF/cm2) than that of conventional dielectrics. Analytical studies present the effects of liquid selection and arrangement on overall prism performance. For experimental demonstrations of high-performance beam steering, we not only selected two immiscible liquids of water and 1-bromonaphthalene (1-BN) oil which provide the large refractive index difference (nwater = 1.33 and n1-BN = 1.65 at λ = 532 nm) between them, but also utilized a double-stacked prism configuration which increases the number of interfaces for incoming light to be steered. At a prism apex angle of φ = 27°, we were able to achieve significantly large beam steering of up to β = 19.06°, which is the highest beam steering performance ever demonstrated using electrowetting technology.

  4. Development of Focused Ion Beam technique for high speed steel 3D-SEM artefact fabrication

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    Carli, Lorenzo; MacDonald, A. Nicole; De Chiffre, Leonardo;

    2009-01-01

    The work describes preliminary manufacture by grinding, followed by machining on a Focused Ion Beam (FIB), of a high speed steel step artefact for 3D-SEM calibration. The FIB is coupled with a SEM in the so called dual beam instrument. The milling capabilities of FIB were checked from a qualitative...... point of view, using the dual beam SEM imaging, and quantitatively using a reference stylus instrument, to establish traceability. A triangular section having a depth of about 10 μm was machined, where the 50 μm curvature radius due to grinding was reduced to about 2 μm by FIB milling...... as it was estimated using the dual beam SEM....

  5. Advances in traceability of Freeform Measurements on CMMs

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    Savio, Enrico; Hansen, Hans Nørgaard; Larsen, Erik;

    2001-01-01

    Poster Presentation: The work here presented is concerned with the calibration of freeform surfaces using coordinate measuring machines (CMMs). The approach to calibration is based on repeated measurements of an uncalibrated object in multiple orthogonal positions. The basic idea is to eleminate ...

  6. Fabrication of optical channel waveguides in crystals and glasses using macro- and micro ion beams

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    Banyasz, I.; Rajta, I.; Nagy, G. U. L.; Zolnai, Z.; Havránek, Vladimír; Veres, M.; Berneschi, S.; Nunzi-Conti, G.; Righini, G. C.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 331, JUL (2014), s. 157-162. ISSN 0168-583X R&D Projects: GA MŠk(XE) LM2011019 Institutional support: RVO:61389005 Keywords : channel optical waveguides * ion beam irradiation * focussed ion beam * Er-doped tungsten-tellurite glass * Bismuth germanate * Micro Raman spectroscopy Subject RIV: BG - Nuclear, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Colliders Impact factor: 1.124, year: 2014

  7. The design, fabrication and operation of the mechanical systems for the Neutral Beam Engineering Test Facility

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    The Neutral Beam Engineering Test Facility (NBETF) at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL) is a National Test Facility used to develop long pulse Neutral Beam Sources. The Facility will test sources up to 120 keV, 50 A, with 30 s beam-on times with a 10% duty factor. For this application, an actively cooled beam dump is required and one has been constructed capable of dissipating a wide range of power density profiles. The flexibility of the design is achieved by utilizing a standard modular panel design which is incorporated into a moveable support structure comprised of eight separately controllable manipulator assemblies. The thermal hydraulic design of the panels permits the dissipation of 2 kW/cm2 anywhere on the panel surface. The cooling water requirements of the actively cooled dump system are provided by the closed loop Primary High Pressure Cooling Water System. To minimize the operating costs of continuously running this high power system, a variable speed hydraulic drive is used for the main pump. During beam pulses, the pump rotates at high speed, then cycles to low speed upon completion of the beam shot. A unique neutralizer design has been installed into the NBETF beamline. This is a gun-drilled moveable brazed assembly which provides continuous armoring of the beamline near the source. The unit penetrates the source mounting valve during operation and retracts to permit the valve to close as needed. The beamline also has an inertially cooled duct calorimeter assembly. This assembly is a moveable hinged matrix of copper plates that can be used as a beam stop up to pulse lengths of 50 ms. The beamline is also equipped with many beam scraper plates of differing detail design and dissipation capabilities

  8. Novel precipitate-microstructural architecture developed in the fabrication of solid copper components by additive manufacturing using electron beam melting

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    Highlights: → In this study we have fabricated copper monoliths by electron beam melting. → We observe columnar Cu2O (Cuprite) precipitates which extend in the build direction. → These precipitates are interconnected by dislocations and exhibit 2 μm spatial arrays. → These spatial columns of precipitates and elongated copper grains occur by a directional solidification process. - Abstract: The fabrication of Cu components by additive manufacturing using electron beam melting (EBM) from low-purity, atomized Cu powder containing a high density of Cu2O precipitates exhibits a novel example of precipitate-dislocation architecture. Such architectures are seen by optical metallography, and scanning and transmission electron microscopy, to consist generally of equiaxed precipitate-dislocation cell-like arrays (1-3 μm) in the horizontal reference plane perpendicular to the build direction with elongated or columnar-like arrays extending from ∼12 to >60 μm in length and corresponding spatial dimensions of 1-3 μm. The hardnesses for these architectures ranged from ∼HV 83 to 88, in contrast to the original Cu powder microindentation hardness of HV 72 and the commercial Cu base plate hardness of HV 57. These observations illustrate the prospect for creating some form of controlled microstructural architecture by EBM parameter alternation or optimization.

  9. Fabrication and characterization of tunnel barriers in a multi-walled carbon nanotube formed by argon atom beam irradiation

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    We have evaluated tunnel barriers formed in multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) by an Ar atom beam irradiation method and applied the technique to fabricate coupled double quantum dots. The two-terminal resistance of the individual MWNTs was increased owing to local damage caused by the Ar beam irradiation. The temperature dependence of the current through a single barrier suggested two different contributions to its Arrhenius plot, i.e., formed by direct tunneling through the barrier and by thermal activation over the barrier. The height of the formed barriers was estimated. The fabrication technique was used to produce coupled double quantum dots with serially formed triple barriers on a MWNT. The current measured at 1.5 K as a function of two side-gate voltages resulted in a honeycomb-like charge stability diagram, which confirmed the formation of the double dots. The characteristic parameters of the double quantum dots were calculated, and the feasibility of the technique is discussed

  10. Fabrication of single TiO2 nanotube devices with Pt interconnections using electron- and ion-beam-assisted deposition

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    Lee, Mingun; Cha, Dongkyu; Huang, Jie; Ha, Min-Woo; Kim, Jiyoung

    2016-06-01

    Device fabrication using nanostructured materials, such as nanotubes, requires appropriate metal interconnections between nanotubes and electrical probing pads. Here, electron-beam-assisted deposition (EBAD) and ion-beam-assisted deposition (IBAD) techniques for fabrication of Pt interconnections for single TiO2 nanotube devices are investigated. IBAD conditions were optimized to reduce the leakage current as a result of Pt spreading. The resistivity of the IBAD-Pt was about three orders of magnitude less than that of the EBAD-Pt, due to low carbon concentration and Ga doping, as indicated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis. The total resistances of single TiO2 nanotube devices with EBAD- or IBAD-Pt interconnections were 3.82 × 1010 and 4.76 × 108 Ω, respectively. When the resistivity of a single nanotube is low, the high series resistance of EBAD-Pt cannot be ignored. IBAD is a suitable method for nanotechnology applications, such as photocatalysis and biosensors.

  11. Design, fabrication, and beam commissioning of a continuous-wave four-rod rf quadrupole

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    Yin, X. J.; Yuan, Y. J.; Xia, J. W.; He, Y.; Zhao, H. W.; Zhang, X. H.; Du, H.; Li, Z. S.; Li, X. N.; Jiang, P. Y.; Yang, Y. Q.; Ma, L. Z.; Wu, J. X.; Xu, Z.; Sun, L. T.; Zhang, W.; Zhang, X. Z.; Meng, J.; Zhou, Z. Z.; Yao, Q. G.; Cai, G. Z.; Lu, W.; Wang, H. N.; Chen, W. J.; Zhang, Y.; Xu, X. W.; Xie, W. J.; Lu, Y. R.; Zhu, K.; Liu, G.; Yan, X. Q.; Gao, S. L.; Wang, Z.; Chen, J. E.

    2016-01-01

    A new heavy-ion linac within a continuous-wave (CW) 4-rod radio-frequency quadrupole (RFQ) was designed and constructed as the injector for the separated-sector cyclotron (SSC) at the Heavy Ion Research Facility at Lanzhou (HIRFL). In this paper, we present the development of and the beam commissioning results for the 53.667 MHz CW RFQ. In the beam dynamics design, the transverse phase advance at zero current, σ0 ⊥ , is maintained at a relatively high level compared with the longitudinal phase advance (σ0 ∥ ) to avoid parametric resonance. A quasi-equipartitioning design strategy was applied to control the emittance growth and beam loss. The installation error of the electrodes was checked using a FARO 3D measurement arm during the manufacturing procedure. This method represents a new approach to measuring the position shifts of electrodes in a laboratory environment and provides information regarding the manufacturing quality. The experimental results of rf measurements exhibited general agreement with the simulation results obtained using CST code. During on-line beam testing of the RFQ, two kinds of ion beams (40Ar 8 + and 16O5+ ) were transported and accelerated to 142.8 keV /u , respectively. These results demonstrate that the SSC-Linac has made a significant progress. And the design scheme and technology experiences developed in this work can be applied to other future CW RFQs.

  12. Design, fabrication and operation of the mechanical systems for the Neutral Beam Engineering Test Facility

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    The Neutral Beam Engineering Test Facility (NBETF) at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL) is a National Test Facility used to develop long pulse Neutral Beam Sources. The Facility will test sources up to 120 keV, 50 A, with 30 s beam-on times with a 10% duty factor. For this application, an actively cooled beam dump is required and one has been constructed capable of dissipating a wide range of power density profiles. The flexibility of the design is achieved by utilizing a standard modular panel design which is incorporated into a moveable support structure comprised of eight separately controllable manipulator assemblies. A unique neutralizer design has been installed into the NBETF beamline. This is a gun-drilled moveable brazed assembly which provides continuous armoring of the beamline near the source. The unit penetrates the source mounting valve during operation and retracts to permit the valve to close as needed. The beamline is also equpped with many beam scraper plates of differing detail design and dissipation capabilities

  13. Charging suppression in focused-ion beam fabrication of visible subwavelength dielectric grating reflector using electron conducting polymer

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    Alias, Mohd Sharizal

    2015-08-19

    Nanoscale periodic patterning on insulating materials using focused-ion beam (FIB) is challenging because of charging effect, which causes pattern distortion and resolution degradation. In this paper, the authors used a charging suppression scheme using electron conducting polymer for the implementation of FIB patterned dielectric subwavelength grating (SWG) reflector. Prior to the FIB patterning, the authors numerically designed the optimal structure and the fabrication tolerance for all grating parameters (period, grating thickness, fill-factor, and low refractive index layer thickness) using the rigorous-coupled wave analysis computation. Then, the authors performed the FIB patterning on the dielectric SWG reflector spin-coated with electron conducting polymer for the anticharging purpose. They also performed similar patterning using thin conductive film anticharging scheme (30 nm Cr coating) for comparison. Their results show that the electron conducting polymer anticharging scheme effectively suppressing the charging effect during the FIB patterning of dielectric SWG reflector. The fabricated grating exhibited nanoscale precision, high uniformity and contrast, constant patterning, and complied with fabrication tolerance for all grating parameters across the entire patterned area. Utilization of electron conducting polymer leads to a simpler anticharging scheme with high precision and uniformity for FIB patterning on insulator materials.

  14. On the magnetic properties of iron nanostructures fabricated via focused electron beam induced deposition and autocatalytic growth processes

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    Tu, F.; Drost, M.; Vollnhals, F.; Späth, A.; Carrasco, E.; Fink, R. H.; Marbach, H.

    2016-09-01

    We employ Electron beam induced deposition (EBID) in combination with autocatalytic growth (AG) processes to fabricate magnetic nanostructures with controllable shapes and thicknesses. Following this route, different Fe deposits were prepared on silicon nitride membranes under ultra-high vacuum conditions and studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and scanning transmission x-ray microspectroscopy (STXM). The originally deposited Fe nanostructures are composed of pure iron, especially when fabricated via autocatalytic growth processes. Quantitative near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy was employed to derive information on the thickness dependent composition. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) in STXM was used to derive the magnetic properties of the EBID prepared structures. STXM and XMCD analysis evinces the existence of a thin iron oxide layer at the deposit–vacuum interface, which is formed during exposure to ambient conditions. We were able to extract magnetic hysteresis loops for individual deposits from XMCD micrographs with varying external magnetic field. Within the investigated thickness range (2–16 nm), the magnetic coercivity, as evaluated from the width of the hysteresis loops, increases with deposit thickness and reaches a maximum value of ∼160 Oe at around 10 nm. In summary, we present a viable technique to fabricate ferromagnetic nanostructures in a controllable way and gain detailed insight into their chemical and magnetic properties.

  15. A Comparison of Biocompatibility of a Titanium Alloy Fabricated by Electron Beam Melting and Selective Laser Melting

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    Wang, Hong; Zhao, Bingjing; Liu, Changkui; Wang, Chao; Tan, Xinying; Hu, Min

    2016-01-01

    Electron beam melting (EBM) and selective laser melting (SLM) are two advanced rapid prototyping manufacturing technologies capable of fabricating complex structures and geometric shapes from metallic materials using computer tomography (CT) and Computer-aided Design (CAD) data. Compared to traditional technologies used for metallic products, EBM and SLM alter the mechanical, physical and chemical properties, which are closely related to the biocompatibility of metallic products. In this study, we evaluate and compare the biocompatibility, including cytocompatibility, haemocompatibility, skin irritation and skin sensitivity of Ti6Al4V fabricated by EBM and SLM. The results were analysed using one-way ANOVA and Tukey’s multiple comparison test. Both the EBM and SLM Ti6Al4V exhibited good cytobiocompatibility. The haemolytic ratios of the SLM and EBM were 2.24% and 2.46%, respectively, which demonstrated good haemocompatibility. The EBM and SLM Ti6Al4V samples showed no dermal irritation when exposed to rabbits. In a delayed hypersensitivity test, no skin allergic reaction from the EBM or the SLM Ti6Al4V was observed in guinea pigs. Based on these results, Ti6Al4V fabricated by EBM and SLM were good cytobiocompatible, haemocompatible, non-irritant and non-sensitizing materials. Although the data for cell adhesion, proliferation, ALP activity and the haemolytic ratio was higher for the SLM group, there were no significant differences between the different manufacturing methods. PMID:27391895

  16. On the magnetic properties of iron nanostructures fabricated via focused electron beam induced deposition and autocatalytic growth processes.

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    Tu, F; Drost, M; Vollnhals, F; Späth, A; Carrasco, E; Fink, R H; Marbach, H

    2016-09-01

    We employ Electron beam induced deposition (EBID) in combination with autocatalytic growth (AG) processes to fabricate magnetic nanostructures with controllable shapes and thicknesses. Following this route, different Fe deposits were prepared on silicon nitride membranes under ultra-high vacuum conditions and studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and scanning transmission x-ray microspectroscopy (STXM). The originally deposited Fe nanostructures are composed of pure iron, especially when fabricated via autocatalytic growth processes. Quantitative near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy was employed to derive information on the thickness dependent composition. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) in STXM was used to derive the magnetic properties of the EBID prepared structures. STXM and XMCD analysis evinces the existence of a thin iron oxide layer at the deposit-vacuum interface, which is formed during exposure to ambient conditions. We were able to extract magnetic hysteresis loops for individual deposits from XMCD micrographs with varying external magnetic field. Within the investigated thickness range (2-16 nm), the magnetic coercivity, as evaluated from the width of the hysteresis loops, increases with deposit thickness and reaches a maximum value of ∼160 Oe at around 10 nm. In summary, we present a viable technique to fabricate ferromagnetic nanostructures in a controllable way and gain detailed insight into their chemical and magnetic properties. PMID:27454990

  17. A one-dimensional ion beam figuring system for x-ray mirror fabrication

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    We report on the development of a one-dimensional Ion Beam Figuring (IBF) system for x-ray mirror polishing. Ion beam figuring provides a highly deterministic method for the final precision figuring of optical components with advantages over conventional methods. The system is based on a state of the art sputtering deposition system outfitted with a gridded radio frequency inductive coupled plasma ion beam source equipped with ion optics and dedicated slit developed specifically for this application. The production of an IBF system able to produce an elongated removal function rather than circular is presented in this paper, where we describe in detail the technical aspect and present the first obtained results

  18. A one-dimensional ion beam figuring system for x-ray mirror fabrication

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    Idir, Mourad, E-mail: midir@bnl.gov; Huang, Lei; Bouet, Nathalie; Kaznatcheev, Konstantine; Vescovi, Matthew; Lauer, Ken [NSLS-II, Brookhaven National Laboratory, P.O. Box 5000, Upton, New York 11973 (United States); Conley, Ray [Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States); Rennie, Kent; Kahn, Jim; Nethery, Richard [Kaufman & Robinson, Inc., 1330 Blue Spruce Drive, Fort Collins, Colorado 80524 (United States); Zhou, Lin [College of Mechatronics and Automation, National University of Defense Technology, 109 Deya Road, Changsha, Hunan 410073 (China); Hu’nan Key Laboratory of Ultra-precision Machining Technology, Changsha, Hunan 410073 (China)

    2015-10-15

    We report on the development of a one-dimensional Ion Beam Figuring (IBF) system for x-ray mirror polishing. Ion beam figuring provides a highly deterministic method for the final precision figuring of optical components with advantages over conventional methods. The system is based on a state of the art sputtering deposition system outfitted with a gridded radio frequency inductive coupled plasma ion beam source equipped with ion optics and dedicated slit developed specifically for this application. The production of an IBF system able to produce an elongated removal function rather than circular is presented in this paper, where we describe in detail the technical aspect and present the first obtained results.

  19. Silicon dioxide etching process for fabrication of micro-optics employing pulse-modulated electron-beam-excited plasma

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    Silicon dioxide etching process employing a pulse-modulated electron-beam-excited plasma (EBEP) has been developed for a fabrication process of optical micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMSs). Nonplanar dielectric materials were etched by using self-bias induced by the electron beam generating the plasma. In order to investigate the effect of pulse modulation on electron beam, plasma diagnostics were carried out in the EBEP employing C4F8 gas diluted with Ar gas by using a Langmuir single probe and time resolved optical emission spectroscopy. It was found that the pulse-modulated EBEP has an excellent potential to reduce the plasma-induced thermal damage on a photoresist film on a substrate to get the uniform etching and the anisotropic SiO2 etching in comparison with the conventional EBEP. The pulse-modulated EBEP enabled us to get the high etch rate of SiO2 of 375 nm/min without any additional bias power supply. Furthermore, the microfabrication on the core area of optical fiber was realized. These results indicate that the pulse-modulated EBEP will be a powerful tool for the application to optical MEMS process

  20. Design, fabrication and testing of elliptical crystal bender for the EXAFS beam-line at INDUS-II synchrotron source

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    N C Das; S N Jha; D Bhattacharyya; A K Poswal; A K Sinha; V K Mishra

    2004-10-01

    An extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) beam-line for X-ray absorption studies using energy dispersive geometry and position sensitive detector is being developed for the INDUS-II synchrotron source. The optical design of the beam-line has been completed based on the working principle that a single crystal bent in the shape of an ellipse by a crystal bender would act as a dispersing as well as focusing element. The heart of the beam-line is the crystal bender which has been designed on the basis of the principle of four-point bending and has been fabricated indigenously. The crystal bender is capable of producing pre-defined elliptical curvature on a crystal surface by applying different couples at the two-ends of the crystal which has variable width along its length. The focusing property of the crystal bender has been tested using a laser source and has been compared with the theoretically simulated results.

  1. Fabrication of devices for channeling-based high-energy micro-beams

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    Antonini, A.; Guidi, V.; Martinelli, G.; Milan, E.

    2007-05-01

    Presently MeV energy micro-beams are employed to study the cell response to radiation-induced damage. In fact, one of the frontiers is the study of radiobiological effects of particle radiation on human tissues. At relatively low energy (of the order of MeV), micro-beam facilities have been constructed to irradiate living cells with the aim to understand the architecture of biological tissues on radiation response and its behaviour at low dose. Interaction of radiation at high energy (GeV or higher) and its effects have indeed been considered for interplanetary space missions where a human equipage is being submitted to prolonged interaction with direct cosmic radiation. Thus, some particle accelerator laboratories study methods for implementation of micro-beam facilities to address the interaction of high-energy protons and ions with cells. A channeling-based scheme for generation of micro-beams has been proposed in the past; two designs for micro-collimator devices have been considered in this study and preliminary samples have been accordingly produced.

  2. Fabrication and modification of metal nanocluster composites using ion and laser beams

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    Metal nanocluster composites have attractive properties for applications in nonlinear optics. However, traditional fabrication techniques -- using melt-glass substrates -- are severely constrained by equilibrium thermodynamics and kinetics. This paper describes the fabrication of metal nanoclusters in both crystalline and glassy hosts by ion implantation and pulsed laser deposition. The size and size distribution of the metal nanoclusters can be modified by controlling substrate temperature during implantation, by subsequent thermal annealing, or by laser irradiation. The authors have characterized the optical response of the composites by absorption and third-order nonlinear-optical spectroscopies; electron and scanning-probe microscopies have been used to benchmark the physical characteristics of the composites. The outlook for controlling the structure and nonlinear optical response properties of these nanophase materials appears increasingly promising

  3. Nanoimprint of Glass Materials with Glassy Carbon Molds Fabricated by Focused-Ion-Beam Etching

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    Takahashi, Masaharu; Sugimoto, Kohichi; Maeda, Ryutaro

    2005-07-01

    Micro/nano-imprinting or hot embossing is a target of interest for the industrial production of microdevices. In fluidic micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) applications, polymer materials have been employed for their low cost in the fabrication of economical products. However, glasses are much more suitable for higher-temperature applications or use in reactive chemical environments. In optical MEMS as well, glasses are good candidate materials for enhanced optical properties. In this study, micro/nano-imprinting was employed for Pyrex glass and quartz glass molding, and test structures were successfully fabricated with good fidelity for a 10× 10× 7 μm microstructure and a 0.3 μm line-and-space pattern with a depth of 0.4 μm.

  4. Fabrication and characterization of a metal nanocrystal memory using molecular beam epitaxy

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    Recently, single and few electron devices have attracted a lot of attention due to their advantages when compared to the conventional DRAM or Flash memories. There is also a great effort to replace the silicon oxide (SiO2) with materials of high dielectric constant that could allow the further downscaling of MOSFET devices. In this work, initially we study the hafnium oxide (HfO2) deposition on thin SiO2. We fabricate a HfO2 layer, with good dielectric properties and with high dielectric constant. Then, we fabricate a novel MOS memory device with platinum (Pt) nanoparticles embedded in the HfO2/SiO2 interface

  5. Design, fabrication and first beam tests of the C-band RF acceleration unit at SINAP

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    Fang, Wencheng; Gu, Qiang; Sheng, Xing; Wang, Chaopeng; Tong, Dechun; Chen, Lifang; Zhong, Shaopeng; Tan, Jianhao; Lin, Guoqiang; Chen, Zhihao; Zhao, Zhentang

    2016-07-01

    C-band RF acceleration is a crucial technology for the compact Free Electron Laser (FEL) facility at the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics (SINAP), Chinese Academy of Sciences. A project focusing on C-band RF acceleration technology was launched in 2008, based on high-gradient accelerating structures powered by klystron and pulse compressor units. The target accelerating gradient is 40 MV/m or higher. Recently one prototype of C-band RF unit, consisting of a 1.8 m accelerating structure and a klystron with a TE0115 mode pulse compressor, has been tested with high-power and electron beam. Stable operation at 40 MV/m was demonstrated and, 50 MV/m approached by the end of the test. This paper introduces the C-band R&D program at SINAP and presents the experiment results of high-power and beam tests.

  6. Highly energetic nonequilibrium microstructure fabricated by ion beam manipulation in the Ag-Pd system

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    Li, Z C

    2003-01-01

    An artificial ordered layered structure of high energy was obtained by a form of ion beam manipulation, namely interface-assisted ion beam mixing, of appropriately designed nano-sized Ag-Pd multilayered films, in which the interfacial free energy elevated the Ag-Pd multilayered films to near to the corresponding highly energetic state. Diffraction analysis suggested that the ordered layered structure consisted of two overlapped face-centred-cubic lattices with lattice constants smaller than those of both pure Ag and pure Pd. The growth mechanism was also discussed in terms of a dynamic atomic collision, followed by a relaxation lasting for an extremely short time, involved in the irradiation process.

  7. Ballistic impact properties of mixed multi-layered amorphous surface alloyed materials fabricated by high-energy electron-beam irradiation

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    The objective of this study is to investigate ballistic impact properties of multi-layered amorphous surface alloyed materials fabricated by high-energy electron-beam irradiation. The mixture of Zr-based amorphous alloy powders and LiF+MgF2 flux powders was deposited on a Ti alloy substrate, and then electron beam was irradiated on this powder mixture to fabricate an one-layered surface alloyed material. On top of this layer, the powder mixture was deposited again and then irradiated with electron beam whose beam current was decreased to fabricate the multi-layered surface alloyed material. In the mixed multi-layered surface alloyed materials fabricated with LM1 alloy powders and LM2 or LM10 alloy powders, the surface region consisted of amorphous phases, together with a small amount of crystalline particles, whereas the center region was complicatedly composed of amorphous phases, crystallized phases, and dendritic β phases. Since the surface region mostly composed of amorphous matrix was quite hard, the alloyed materials sufficiently blocked the travel of a projectile. When cracks formed at the surface region propagated into the center region, the formation of many cracks or debris was accelerated, which could beneficially work for absorbing the ballistic impact energy, thereby leading to the higher ballistic impact properties than the surface alloyed materials fabricated with LM1 or LM2 alloy powders

  8. Fabrication of luminescent nanostructures by electron-beam direct writing of PMMA resist

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    Angulo Barrios, Carlos; Carrasco, S; Canalejas Tejero, Victor; López-Romero Moraleda, David; Navarro Villoslada, Fernando; Moreno-Bondi, M.C.; García Fierro, José Luis; Capel Sánchez, M.C.

    2012-01-01

    We report on the conversion of non-luminescent conventional poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA)-based electron-beam resists into luminescent materials when used as negative-tone resists, that is, when exposed to high electron irradiation doses. Raman spectroscopy reveals the chemical transformation induced by electron irradiation which is responsible for the observed luminescence in the visible (blue) region. The emission intensity from exposed PMMA-based patterns can be controlled by the electro...

  9. Design and fabrication of an ion accelerator for TFTR-type neutral beam systems

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    The design of the prototype 120-keV, 65-A, 0.5-sec ion accelerator for TFTR-type beam systems is described. Details of the manufacture of the constituent parts are given along with descriptions of the major components of the accelerator. Included are the molybdenum grid structures, molybdenum shields, stainless steel hats and the epoxy insulator. Specific manufacturing problems are discussed along with the results of tests to determine the voltage holding capabilities of the assembly

  10. Design and fabrication of an ion accelerator for TFTR-type neutral beam systems

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    Paterson, J.A.; Duffy, T.J.; Haughian, J.M.; Biagi, L.A.; Yee, D.P.

    1977-10-01

    The design of the prototype 120-keV, 65-A, 0.5-sec ion accelerator for TFTR-type beam systems is described. Details of the manufacture of the constituent parts are given along with descriptions of the major components of the accelerator. Included are the molybdenum grid structures, molybdenum shields, stainless steel hats and the epoxy insulator. Specific manufacturing problems are discussed along with the results of tests to determine the voltage holding capabilities of the assembly.

  11. Beam propagation modeling of modified volume Fresnel zone plates fabricated by femtosecond laser direct writing

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    Srisungsitthisunti, Pornsak; Ersoy, Okan K; Xu, Xianfan

    2009-01-01

    Light diffraction by volume Fresnel zone plates (VFZPs) is simulated by the Hankel transform beam propagation method (Hankel BPM). The method utilizes circularly symmetric geometry and small step propagation to calculate the diffracted wave fields by VFZP layers. It is shown that fast and accurate diffraction results can be obtained with the Hankel BPM. The results show an excellent agreement with the scalar diffraction theory and the experimental results. The numerical method allows more com...

  12. Porous γ-TiAl Structures Fabricated by Electron Beam Melting Process

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Porous metal structures have many benefits over fully dense structures for use in bio-implants. The designs of porous structures can be made more sophisticated by altering their pore volume and strut orientation. Porous structures made from biocompatible materials such as titanium and its alloys can be produced using electron-beam melting, and recent reports have shown the biocompatibility of titanium aluminide (γ-TiAl. In the present work, we produced porous γ-TiAl structures by electron-beam melting, incorporating varying pore volumes. To achieve this, the individual pore dimensions were kept constant, and only the strut thickness was altered. Thus, for the highest pore volume of ~77%, the struts had to be as thin as half a millimeter. To accomplish such fine struts, we used various beam currents and scan strategies. Microscopy showed that selecting a proper scan strategy was most important in producing these fine struts. Microcomputed tomography revealed no major gaps in the struts, and the fine struts displayed compressive stiffness similar to that of natural bone. The characteristics of these highly-porous structures suggest their promise for use in bio-implants.

  13. High Growth Rate Metal-Organic Molecular Beam Epitaxy for the Fabrication of GaAs Space Solar Cells

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    Freundlich, A.; Newman, F.; Monier, C.; Street, S.; Dargan, P.; Levy, M.

    2005-01-01

    In this work it is shown that high quality GaAs photovoltaic devices can be produced by Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) with growth rates comparable to metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) through the subsitution of group III solid sources by metal-organic compounds. The influence the III/V flux-ratio and growth temperatures in maintaining a two dimensional layer by layer growth mode and achieving high growth rates with low residual background impurities is investigated. Finally subsequent to the study of the optimization of n- and p doping of such high growth rate epilayers, results from a preliminary attempt in the fabrication of GaAs photovoltaic devices such as tunnel diodes and solar cells using the proposed high growth rate approach are reported.

  14. Focused-ion-beam-fabricated homogeneous acute-angled Au nanorods for surface-enhanced Raman scattering

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    Well-ordered acute-angled Au nanorod (NR) arrays were fabricated using a focused ion beam (FIB) (fibAu-NR). The angle between the NRs and the substrate was tilted at 30-90deg. A fibAu-NR with an angle of less than 90deg significantly increased the effect of surface-enhanced Raman scattering, which was evaluated using low-concentration rose bengal (<10-5 M) as the molecular test probe. The results show that an angled NR surface produces a strong local electromagnetic effect owing to a large number of Raman active sites. In addition, an optimized fibAu-NR was found to distinguish cyanuric acid in milk solution with good reproducibility. (author)

  15. Direct fabrication through electron beam melting technology of custom cranial implants designed in a PHANToM-based haptic environment

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    Repairing critical human skull injuries requires the production and use of customized cranial implants and involves the integration of computer aided design and manufacturing (CAD and CAM). The main causes for large cranial defects are trauma, cranial tumors, infected craniotomy bone flaps and external neurosurgical decompression. The success of reconstructive cranial surgery depends upon: the preoperative evaluation of the defect, the design and manufacturing of the implant, and the skill of the operating surgeon. Cranial implant design is usually carried out manually using CAD although this process is very time-consuming and the quality of the end product depends wholly upon the skill of the operator. This paper presents an alternative automated method for the design of custom-made cranial plates in a PHANToM®-based haptic environment, and their direct fabrication in biocompatible metal using electron beam melting (EBM) technology.

  16. Multi-frequency response from a designed array of micromechanical cantilevers fabricated using a focused ion beam

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    We demonstrate arrays of cantilevers with different lengths, fabricated by focused ion beam milling. The arrays of oscillators generate a spectrum of different resonant frequencies, where each frequency correlates to the corresponding individual cantilever. The frequency response from all the cantilevers is collected from a single measurement under the same environment and conditions for the entire array. The mass response of the system generated the same Δf/f0 for the cantilevers, within 0.1% accuracy. We denote the method MFSAC: multi-frequency signal analysis from an array of cantilevers. The simultaneous detection of several frequencies in one spectrum has great benefits in mass sensor applications, offering the possibility for true label-free detection

  17. Atomic retention and near infrared photoluminescence from PbSe nanocrystals fabricated by sequential ion implantation and electron beam annealing

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    Nanocrystals of PbSe have been fabricated in a silicon dioxide matrix by sequential low energy ion implantation followed by an electron beam annealing step. Transmission electron microscopy reveals PbSe nanocrystals with typical sizes between 3 and 10 nm in the sub-surface region. Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry has been used to study the total atomic retention, as a function of implanted atoms, following annealing. Photoluminescence was observed in various samples, at 4 K, as a broad peak between 1.4 and 2.0 μm, with observation of a dependence of the peak wavelength on annealing temperature. Room temperature photoluminescence was observed for samples with a high retention of implanted atoms, demonstrating the importance of nanocrystal density for achieving ambient temperature emission in these systems

  18. Microoptical array projectors for free-form screen applications.

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    Sieler, M; Fischer, S; Schreiber, P; Dannberg, P; Bräuer, A

    2013-11-18

    The system design of front-projection systems for free-form screens utilizing conventional single-aperture optical layouts always requires a trade-off between system complexity and achievable luminous output. This article presents novel slide pre-processing algorithms based on array projection technology that are able to resolve the design drawbacks for both free-form as well as strongly-inclined planar screen applications by breaking the common contradiction between system simplicity and flux. Starting from describing common design strategies and their drawbacks, the theoretical basics of the novel concept are investigated and applied to raytracing simulations. Experimental results are shown and evaluated regarding their optical performance. PMID:24514382

  19. The application of focused-ion-beam implantation to the design and fabrication of MOS devices

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    The full potential of a semiconductor research and prototyping tool is rarely realized before it is integrated into a fabrication line. Once the equipment is the process flow, its streams can be used to give the facility new capabilities and the extent to which its weaknesses can be overcome can be realistically evaluated. With 0.1-μm alignment and dimensions in mind, the goal of this work was to integrate the FIB into an integrated-circuit processing line, and demonstrate the FIB capabilities by fabricating improved MOS devices. Four MOS test vehicles were chosen to demonstrate the features of the FIB, in two distinct integrated circuit processing lines. Each of the four experiments demonstrated different capabilities of the FIB. The high-gain MOSFET is a 1.6-μm long with a highly localized (0.1 μm) FIB B implant in the channel. The channel implant controls the device threshold and reduces the effective channel length. A technique for combining optical and FIB lithography on the same layer is described. By merging the two lithographic techniques, large features can be generated optically and small features can be generated with the FIB, significantly reducing FIB writing time

  20. Fabrication of GeSn-multiple quantum wells by overgrowth of Sn on Ge by using molecular beam epitaxy

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    We report on the fabrication and structural characterization of epitaxially grown ultra-thin layers of Sn on Ge virtual substrates (Si buffer layer overgrown by a 50 nm thick Ge epilayer followed by an annealing step). Samples with 1 to 5 monolayers of Sn on Ge virtual substrates were grown using solid source molecular beam epitaxy and characterized by atomic force microscopy. We determined the critical thickness at which the transition from two-dimensional to three-dimensional growth occurs. This transition is due to the large lattice mismatch between Ge and Sn (≈14.7%). By depositing Ge on top of Sn layers, which have thicknesses at or just below the critical thickness, we were able to fabricate ultra-narrow GeSn multi-quantum-well structures that are fully embedded in Ge. We report results on samples with one and ten GeSn wells separated by 5 and 10 nm thick Ge spacer layers that were characterized by high resolution transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. We discuss the structure and material intermixing observed in the samples

  1. Fabrication of GeSn-multiple quantum wells by overgrowth of Sn on Ge by using molecular beam epitaxy

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    Oliveira, F. [Institute for Semiconductor Engineering, University of Stuttgart, 70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Centre of Physics, University of Minho, Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal); Fischer, I. A.; Schulze, J. [Institute for Semiconductor Engineering, University of Stuttgart, 70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Benedetti, A. [CACTI, Univ. de Vigo, Campus Universitario Lagoas Marcosende 15, Vigo (Spain); Zaumseil, P. [IHP GmbH, Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics, Leibniz-Institut für innovative Mikroelektronik, Im Technologiepark 25, 15236 Frankfurt (Oder) (Germany); Cerqueira, M. F.; Vasilevskiy, M. I. [Centre of Physics, University of Minho, Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal); Stefanov, S.; Chiussi, S. [Dpto. Fisica Aplicada, Univ. de Vigo, Rua Maxwell s/n, Campus Universitario Lagoas Marcosende, Vigo (Spain)

    2015-12-28

    We report on the fabrication and structural characterization of epitaxially grown ultra-thin layers of Sn on Ge virtual substrates (Si buffer layer overgrown by a 50 nm thick Ge epilayer followed by an annealing step). Samples with 1 to 5 monolayers of Sn on Ge virtual substrates were grown using solid source molecular beam epitaxy and characterized by atomic force microscopy. We determined the critical thickness at which the transition from two-dimensional to three-dimensional growth occurs. This transition is due to the large lattice mismatch between Ge and Sn (≈14.7%). By depositing Ge on top of Sn layers, which have thicknesses at or just below the critical thickness, we were able to fabricate ultra-narrow GeSn multi-quantum-well structures that are fully embedded in Ge. We report results on samples with one and ten GeSn wells separated by 5 and 10 nm thick Ge spacer layers that were characterized by high resolution transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. We discuss the structure and material intermixing observed in the samples.

  2. AHA! meets Auld Linky : Integrating Designed and Freeform Hypertext Systems

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    Millard, David E.; Davis, Hugh C.; Weal, Mark J; Aben, Koen; De Bra, Paul

    2003-01-01

    In this paper we present our efforts to integrate two adaptive hypermedia systems that take very different approaches. The Adaptive Hypermedia Architecture (AHA!) aims to establish a consistently organized, strictly designed form of hypertext while Auld Linky takes an open and potentially sculptural approach, producing more freeform, less deterministic hypertexts. We describe the difficulties in reconciling the two approaches. This leads us to draw a number of conclusions about the benefits a...

  3. NEW VISUAL METHOD FOR FREE-FORM SURFACE RECONSTRUCTION

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    2002-01-01

    A new method is put forward combining computer vision with computer aided geometric design (CAGD) to resolve the problem of free-form surface reconstruction. The surface is first subdivided into N-sided Gregory patches, and a stereo algorithm is used to reconstruct the boundary curves. Then, the cross boundary tangent vectors are computed through reflectance analysis. At last, the whole surface can be reconstructed jointing these patches with G1 continuity(tangent continuity). Examples on synthetic images are given.

  4. Fabrication of carbon nanorod from the irradiation of proton beam on carbon nanotube and characterization of its resistance variation

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    Fabrication method of the transparent carbon nanotubes film on the glass with the transparency of 50 ∼ 80 % and the sheet resistance of 500 ∼ 2000 Ω/sq is developed based on the established study of the enhancement of the conductivity. Deformation of the bundle-type single-walled carbon nanotubes are analyzed with the variation of the energy transfer in the carbon nanotubes by the variation of the dose of the 10 MeV proton beam. Construction of the variation of the conductivity of the carbon nanotube network and the variation of the transparency of the glass are used for the feasibility of the fabrication of the transparent electrode using carbon nanotubes network. Transparent carbon nanotubes film are fabricated using spray method and the sheet resistance and transparency are controlled by the control of the quantity of the dispersion. Accumulated energy on the carbon nanotubes are controlled by the dose of the 10 MeV proton. Proton irradiation creates defects on the carbon nanotubes by particle collision and the recombination of the defects generates the decrease of the diameter of the carbon nanotubes. Ejection of the carbon from the carbon nanotubes generates not only the formation of the connection between carbon nanotubes but also between carbon nanotube bundles. These connections decrease the resistance between carbon nanotube networks and 2.5 times increase is measured. Although the electrical conductivity is increased by the proton irradiation, sulfuration of the glass is increased. Variation of the transparency is caused by the positive ion irradiation and the transparency is decreased with the dose due to the increase of the energy transfer on the glass

  5. Fabrication of a micro-hole array on metal foil by nanosecond pulsed laser beam machining using a cover plate

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    A novel laser beam machining (LBM) method is proposed to achieve higher precision and better quality beyond the limits of a commercialized nanosecond pulsed laser system. The use of a cover plate is found to be effective for the precision machining of a thin metal foil at micro scale. For verifying the capability of cover plate laser beam machining (c-LBM) technology, a 30 by 30 array of micro-holes was fabricated on 8 µm-thick stainless steel 304 (STS) foil. As a result, thermal deformation and cracks were significantly reduced in comparison with the results using LBM without a cover plate. The standard deviation of the inscribed and circumscribed circle of the holes with a diameter of 12 µm was reduced to 33% and 81%, respectively and the average roundness improved by 77%. Moreover, the smallest diameter obtainable by c-LBM in the given equipment was found to be 6.9 µm, which was 60% less than the minimum size hole by LBM without a cover plate. (technical note)

  6. Josephson junctions fabricated by focused ion beam from ex situ grown MgB2 thin films

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    We prepared MgB2 thin films on SrTiO3 (1 0 0) and Al2O3 (1 1-bar 0 2) substrates by e-beam evaporation of MgB2 pellet. The films were deposited at room temperature and post-annealed at 900 deg. C in Mg vapour for 5-30 min. Superconducting transition temperatures were observed between 22 and 30 K. Structure and surface morphology of the films were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The films grown on Al2O3 substrates are c-axis oriented while a film grown on SrTiO3 substrate is aligned with the (1 0 1) direction normal to the substrate planes. The films have grain sizes of about 70 nm. The films were patterned into 4 and 8 μm wide microbridges. The microbridges were observed to carry large critical current densities of approximately 1 MA/cm2 at 6.7 K. Focused ion beam (FIB) was used on the bridges in order to fabricate Josephson junctions. A cut 50 nm in width was made across the microbridges followed by an in situ platinum (Pt) deposition into the cut made. SNS-like weak-link junctions were formed in the process

  7. Performance test and evaluation of multilevel Fresnel zone plate with three-step profile fabricated with electron-beam lithography

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    A multilevel Fresnel zone plate (FZP) designed as an approximation of a kinoform profile has been developed. The FZP is made by electron-beam lithography and reactive ion etching. The zone structure consists of three levels made from tantalum with a total thickness of 4 μm. The half pitch of the outermost zone structure is 0.6 μm. The theoretical efficiency of the 1st-order diffraction is 0.49 at an X-ray energy of 9.85 keV. A performance test is carried out at the beamline 20XU of SPring-8. The focused beam width is measured to be 0.6 μm. The measured efficiency of the 1st-order diffraction is 0.39 at 9.85 keV. Although the measured efficiency is less than the theoretical value, it is superior to the efficiency of an optimized tantalum binary FZP. The diffraction efficiencies of the 0th, -1st, and ±2nd orders are also measured. Using the measured data, the structure of the fabricated zone is evaluated. (author)

  8. Facile fabrication of ZnO nanowire-based UV sensors by focused ion beam micromachining and thermal oxidation

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    Chao, Liang-Chiun, E-mail: lcchao@mail.ntust.edu.tw [Department of Electronic Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China); Ye, Chi-Chao; Chen, Yi-Pei [Department of Electronic Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China); Yu, Hua-Zhong [Department of Chemistry and 4D Labs, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6 (Canada)

    2013-10-01

    ZnO nanowire UV sensors were fabricated by using focused ion beam micromachining and thermal oxidation of metallic zinc microstructures. A metallic zinc “micro-strip” was first deposited by thermal evaporation with the aid of a shadow mask on SiO{sub 2}/Si substrate. A 3-μm wide “trench” was cut across the metallic strip by focused ion beam; the subsequent thermal oxidation at 450 °C results in the growth of single crystalline [110] ZnO nanowires across the trench. The ZnO nanowire sensor was completed by patterning silver ohmic contacts on the two ends of the metallic strip. Our photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopic studies show that the room temperature emission of the ZnO nanowire is due to the recombination of free exciton and free to bound transition, while at 10 K, the PL is dominated by the recombination of surface excitons. Irradiated at 300 nm, the rise time, decay time and normalized photoconductive gain of the ZnO sensor were determined to be 200 ms, 400 ms and 3 × 10{sup −6} m{sup 2}V{sup −1}, respectively. The fast sensor response is due to the high crystalline quality of the nanowire, which facilitates a rapid equilibrium of absorption and desorption of molecular oxygen on the surface.

  9. EQUIVALENT NORMAL CURVATURE APPROACH MILLING MODEL OF MACHINING FREEFORM SURFACES

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    YI Xianzhong; MA Weiguo; QI Haiying; YAN Zesheng; GAO Deli

    2008-01-01

    A new milling methodology with the equivalent normal curvature milling model machining freeform surfaces is proposed based on the normal curvature theorems on differential geometry. Moreover, a specialized whirlwind milling tool and a 5-axis CNC horizontal milling machine are introduced. This new milling model can efficiently enlarge the material removal volume at the tip of the whirlwind milling tool and improve the producing capacity. The machining strategy of this model is to regulate the orientation of the whirlwind milling tool relatively to the principal directions of the workpiece surface at the point of contact, so as to create a full match with collision avoidance between the workpiece surface and the symmetric rotational surface of the milling tool. The practical results show that this new milling model is an effective method in machining complex three- dimensional surfaces. This model has a good improvement on finishing machining time and scallop height in machining the freeform surfaces over other milling processes. Some actual examples for manufacturing the freeform surfaces with this new model are given.

  10. APPROXIMATION OF FREE-FORM CURVE – AIRFOIL SHAPE

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    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Approximation of free-form shape is essential in numerous engineering applications, particularly in automotive and aircraft industries. Commercial CAD software for the approximation of free-form shape is based almost exclusively on parametric polynomial and rational parametric polynomial. The parametric curve is defined by vector function of one independent variable R(u = (x(u, y(u, z(u, where 0≤u≤1. Bézier representation is one of the parametric functions, which is widely used in the approximating of free-form shape. Given a string of points with the assumption of sufficiently dense to characterise airfoil shape, it is desirable to approximate the shape with Bézier representation. The expectation is that the representation function is close to the shape within an acceptable working tolerance. In this paper, the aim is to explore the use of manual and automated methods for approximating section curve of airfoil with Bézier representation.

  11. Non-axisymmetrical freeform design for short LED street lamp

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    Jen, Ching-Hsuan; Chen, Yi-Yung; Whang, Allen Jong-Woei; Lu, Ming-Jun

    2011-10-01

    Based on energy savings trend, LED has been developing as the main force of the future lighting, especially the road lighting. For controlling the intensity distribution of LED, the concept of freeform design has been proposed in many articles with transmission or reflection components but mainly focus on axial symmetrical types or dual axial symmetrical types. We, in this paper, design a non-axisymmetrical freeform system applying in a short LED street lamp whose dimension is 10cm (W) x 10cm (L) x 7cm (H) that has an advantage, easy maintaining. For coordinate transformation and simplifying the non- axisymmetrical system, we create two virtual surfaces and design the slope of each discrete point on the freeform surface to control the light path between the two virtual surfaces and avoid the total internal reflection. The short street lamp has four LEDs to light 3m square and each LED light a triangle area. According to the simulation results, the uniformity of illumination is 1:3 and the optical efficiency is more than 80% that meet the legal requirements of street lamp. In short, to reduce manufacturing and maintenance costs, the proposed design is appropriate to use in the actual lighting on the road and to replace the traditional street lamps.

  12. FAME: Freeform Active Mirrors Experiment: manufacturing process development

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    Challita, Zalpha; Hugot, Emmanuel; Venema, Lars; Schnetler, Hermine; Ferrari, Marc; Cuby, Jean-Gabriel

    2014-07-01

    Extreme freeform mirrors couple a non-axisymmetrical shape and an extreme asphericity, i.e. more than one millimeter of deviation from the best fit sphere. In astronomical instrumentation, such a large asphericity allows compact instruments, using less optical components. However, the lack of freeform mirrors manufacturing facilities is a real issue. We present the concept and development of an innovative manufacturing process based on plasticity forming which allow imprinting permanent deformations on mirrors, following a pre-defined mold. The aim of this activity, pursued in the frame of the OPTICON-FAME (Freeform Active Mirrors Experiment) project, is to demonstrate the suitability of this method for VIS/NIR/MIR applications. The process developed can operate on thin and flat polished initial substrates. Three study cases have been highlighted by FEA (Finite Element Analysis) and the real tests associated were performed on thin substrates in AISI420b stainless steel with 100 mm optical diameter. A comparison between FEA and tests is performed to study the evolution of the mechanical behaviour and the optical quality. The opto-mechanical results will allow a fine tuning of FEA parameters to optimize the residual form errors obtained through this process to converge toward an innovative and recurrent process.

  13. Free-Form Region Description with Second-Order Pooling.

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    Carreira, João; Caseiro, Rui; Batista, Jorge; Sminchisescu, Cristian

    2015-06-01

    Semantic segmentation and object detection are nowadays dominated by methods operating on regions obtained as a result of a bottom-up grouping process (segmentation) but use feature extractors developed for recognition on fixed-form (e.g. rectangular) patches, with full images as a special case. This is most likely suboptimal. In this paper we focus on feature extraction and description over free-form regions and study the relationship with their fixed-form counterparts. Our main contributions are novel pooling techniques that capture the second-order statistics of local descriptors inside such free-form regions. We introduce second-order generalizations of average and max-pooling that together with appropriate non-linearities, derived from the mathematical structure of their embedding space, lead to state-of-the-art recognition performance in semantic segmentation experiments without any type of local feature coding. In contrast, we show that codebook-based local feature coding is more important when feature extraction is constrained to operate over regions that include both foreground and large portions of the background, as typical in image classification settings, whereas for high-accuracy localization setups, second-order pooling over free-form regions produces results superior to those of the winning systems in the contemporary semantic segmentation challenges, with models that are much faster in both training and testing. PMID:26357341

  14. Biaxial Texture Evolution in MgO Films Fabricated Using Ion Beam-Assisted Deposition

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    Xue, Yan; Zhang, Ya-Hui; Zhao, Rui-Peng; Zhang, Fei; Lu, Yu-Ming; Cai, Chuan-Bing; Xiong, Jie; Tao, Bo-Wan

    2016-04-01

    The growth of multifunctional thin films on flexible substrates is important technologically, because flexible electronics require such a platform. In this study, we examined the evolution of biaxial texture in MgO films prepared using ion beam-assisted deposition (IBAD) on a Hastelloy substrate. Texture and microstructure developments were characterized through in situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction monitoring, x-ray diffraction, and atomic force microscopy, which demonstrated that biaxial texture was developed during the nucleation stage (~2.2 nm). The best biaxial texture was obtained with a thickness of approximately 12 nm. As MgO continued to grow, the influence of surface energy was reduced, and film growth was driven by the attempt to minimize volume free-energy density. Thus the MgO grains were subsequently rotated at the (002) direction toward the ion beam. In addition, an approach was developed for accelerating in-plane texture evolution by pre-depositing an amorphous MgO layer before IBAD.

  15. Microstructure of SiC ceramics fabricated by pyrolysis of electron beam irradiated polycarbomethylsilane containing precursors

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    A modified gel-casting method was developed to form the ceramics precursor matrix by using polycarbomehylsilane (PCMS) and SiC powder. The polymer precursor was mixed with SiC powder in toluene, and then the slurry samples were cast into designed shapes. The pre-ceramic samples were then irradiated by 2.0 MeV electron beam generated by a Cockcroft-Walton type accelerator in He gas flow to about 15 MGy. The cured samples were pyrolyzed and sintered into SiC ceramics at 1300degC in Ar gas. The modified gel-casting method leaves almost no internal stress in the pre-ceramic samples, and the electron beam curing not only diminished the amount of pyrolysis gaseous products but also enhanced the interface binding of the polymer converted SiC and the grains of SiC powder. Optical microscope, AFM and SEM detected no visible internal or surface cracks in the final SiC ceramics matrix. A maximum value of 122 MPa of flexural strength of the final SiC ceramics was achieved. (author)

  16. Biaxial Texture Evolution in MgO Films Fabricated Using Ion Beam-Assisted Deposition

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    Xue, Yan; Zhang, Ya-Hui; Zhao, Rui-Peng; Zhang, Fei; Lu, Yu-Ming; Cai, Chuan-Bing; Xiong, Jie; Tao, Bo-Wan

    2016-07-01

    The growth of multifunctional thin films on flexible substrates is important technologically, because flexible electronics require such a platform. In this study, we examined the evolution of biaxial texture in MgO films prepared using ion beam-assisted deposition (IBAD) on a Hastelloy substrate. Texture and microstructure developments were characterized through in situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction monitoring, x-ray diffraction, and atomic force microscopy, which demonstrated that biaxial texture was developed during the nucleation stage (~2.2 nm). The best biaxial texture was obtained with a thickness of approximately 12 nm. As MgO continued to grow, the influence of surface energy was reduced, and film growth was driven by the attempt to minimize volume free-energy density. Thus the MgO grains were subsequently rotated at the (002) direction toward the ion beam. In addition, an approach was developed for accelerating in-plane texture evolution by pre-depositing an amorphous MgO layer before IBAD.

  17. Radiation grafting of flame retardants onto polyester/cotton blend fabric by electron beams

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    When the various flame retardants were grafted onto polyester/cotton(65/35) blend fabric at room temperature, the graft % was increased with the increase of radiation dosages. The great % of flame retardants at low dose rate is higher than that of flame retardants at high dose rate. It is the suitable method for the high grafting efficiency that the samples were irradiated by mutual method and then were cured 1200C for 10 minutes. In the case of fyral 76 mixture solution, the rate of grafting(%/sec) was proportional to the power 0.75 for dose intensity and in 2-bromoethyl acrylate/bis(2-chloroethyl) vinyl phosphonate (40/60) the rate of grafting was proportional to the power 0.96 for dose intensity. (author)

  18. Growth and characterization of ZnSe/CdSe/ZnSe quantum dots fabricated by using an alternate molecular beam supplying method

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    ZnSe/CdSe/ZnSe structures inserted CdSe thin layer are fabricated using an alternate molecular beam supply (ALS). Examining the PL peak energy dependence on beam irradiation time in ALS cycle, we studied the initial stage of CdSe growth. When CdSe below the critical thickness is supplied on ZnSe grown on GaAs (1 0 0), two kinds of 2D islands (platelets) appear. We confirmed the alloying of 2D-CdSe islands and 3D-CdSe islands (dots) is prominent under Cd beam irradiation in ALS growth

  19. Cation-exchanger fabric prepared by electron beam - induced graft copolymerization of binary monomer mixture

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    Applying the electron-beam preirradiation method in air the sorption-active polypropylene fiber, containing sulfonic acid (R-SO3H) groups, was prepared by simultaneous graft copolymerization of sodium styrenesulfonate with acrylic acid in water solution. The effect of reaction conditions on the grafting yield and reaction mechanism was examined. It was found that the received CEF contains groups of strong acid (R-SO3H) and weak acid (R-COOH) in almost equal proportion. The ion-exchange properties of the CEF towards Cu(II) and Co(II) ions were investigated depending on the form of the CEF and a pH of the solution. It was shown that the utilization of the CEF in Na- form allows to make the best use of its ion-exchange capacity. (author)

  20. The fabrication of silicon nanostructures by focused-ion-beam implantation and TMAH wet etching

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    Sievilae, Paeivi; Chekurov, Nikolai; Tittonen, Ilkka, E-mail: paivi.sievila@tkk.fi [Department of Micro and Nanosciences, Helsinki University of Technology, PO Box 3500, FI-02015 TKK (Finland)

    2010-04-09

    Local gallium implantation of silicon by a focused ion beam (FIB) has been used to create a mask for anisotropic tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH) wet etching. The dependence of the etch stop properties of gallium-doped silicon on the implanted dose has been investigated and a dose of 4 x 10{sup 13} ions cm{sup -2} has been determined to be the threshold value for achieving observable etching resistance. Only a thin, approx. 50 nm, surface layer is found to be durable enough to serve as a mask with a high selectivity of at least 2000:1 between implanted and non-implanted areas. The combined FIB-TMAH process has been used to generate various types of 3D nanostructures including nanochannels separated by thin vertical sidewalls with aspect ratios up to 1:30, ultra-narrow (approx. 25 nm) freestanding bridges and cantilevers, and gratings with a resolution of 20 lines {mu}m{sup -1}.

  1. The fabrication of silicon nanostructures by focused-ion-beam implantation and TMAH wet etching.

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    Sievilä, Päivi; Chekurov, Nikolai; Tittonen, Ilkka

    2010-04-01

    Local gallium implantation of silicon by a focused ion beam (FIB) has been used to create a mask for anisotropic tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH) wet etching. The dependence of the etch stop properties of gallium-doped silicon on the implanted dose has been investigated and a dose of 4 x 10(13) ions cm(- 2) has been determined to be the threshold value for achieving observable etching resistance. Only a thin, approx. 50 nm, surface layer is found to be durable enough to serve as a mask with a high selectivity of at least 2000:1 between implanted and non-implanted areas. The combined FIB-TMAH process has been used to generate various types of 3D nanostructures including nanochannels separated by thin vertical sidewalls with aspect ratios up to 1:30, ultra-narrow (approx. 25 nm) freestanding bridges and cantilevers, and gratings with a resolution of 20 lines microm(- 1). PMID:20215652

  2. The fabrication of silicon nanostructures by focused-ion-beam implantation and TMAH wet etching

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    Local gallium implantation of silicon by a focused ion beam (FIB) has been used to create a mask for anisotropic tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH) wet etching. The dependence of the etch stop properties of gallium-doped silicon on the implanted dose has been investigated and a dose of 4 x 1013 ions cm-2 has been determined to be the threshold value for achieving observable etching resistance. Only a thin, approx. 50 nm, surface layer is found to be durable enough to serve as a mask with a high selectivity of at least 2000:1 between implanted and non-implanted areas. The combined FIB-TMAH process has been used to generate various types of 3D nanostructures including nanochannels separated by thin vertical sidewalls with aspect ratios up to 1:30, ultra-narrow (approx. 25 nm) freestanding bridges and cantilevers, and gratings with a resolution of 20 lines μm-1.

  3. Fabrication and characterization of graded calcium phosphate coatings produced by ion beam sputtering/mixing deposition

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    Ion beam sputtering/mixing deposition was used to produce thin calcium phosphate coatings on titanium substrate from the hydroxyapatite target. It was found that as-deposited coatings were amorphous. No distinct absorption band of the hydroxyl group was observed in FTIR spectra of the coatings but new absorption bands were present for CO32-, which was brought about during the deposition process. Scanning electron microscopy revealed that the deposited coatings had a uniform and dense structure. The calcium to phosphorous ratio of these coatings varied between 2.0 and 8.0. Analyses of XPS data revealed that the coating could be divided into four distinctive zones, and a graded structure was achieved in the as-received coating. Scratch tests showed that the coatings adhered well to the substrate

  4. Nonlinear optical studies of inorganic nanoparticles-polymer nanocomposite coatings fabricated by electron beam curing

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    Misra, Nilanjal; Rapolu, Mounika; Venugopal Rao, S.; Varshney, Lalit; Kumar, Virendra

    2016-05-01

    The optical nonlinearity of metal nanoparticles in dielectrics is of special interest because of their high polarizability and ultrafast response that can be utilized in potential device applications. In this study nanocomposite thin films containing in situ generated Ag nanoparticles dispersed in an aliphatic urethane acrylate (AUA) matrix were synthesized using electron beam curing technique, in presence of an optimized concentration of diluent Trimethylolpropanetriacrylate (TMPTA). The metal nanocomposite films were characterized using UV-visible spectrophotometry, transmission electron microscope (TEM) and field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) techniques. Ag nanoparticle impregnated films demonstrated an absorption peak at ∼420 nm whose intensity increased with increase in the Ag concentration. The optical limiting property of the coatings was tested using a nanosecond Nd-YAG laser operated at third harmonic wavelength of 355 nm. For a 25 ns pulse and 10 Hz cycle, Ag-polymer coatings showed good optical limiting property and the threshold fluence for optical limiting was found to be ∼3.8×10-2 J/cm2 while the transmission decreased to 82%. The nonlinear optical coefficients were also determined using the standard Z-scan technique with picosecond (∼2 ps, 1 kHz) and femtosecond (∼150 fs, 100 MHz) pulses. Open aperture Z-scan data clearly suggested two-photon absorption as the dominant nonlinear absorption mechanism. Our detailed studies suggest these composites are potential candidates for optical limiting applications.

  5. Silicon sample holder for molecular beam epitaxy on pre-fabricated integrated circuits

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    Hoenk, Michael E. (Inventor); Grunthaner, Paula J. (Inventor); Grunthaner, Frank J. (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    The sample holder of the invention is formed of the same semiconductor crystal as the integrated circuit on which the molecular beam expitaxial process is to be performed. In the preferred embodiment, the sample holder comprises three stacked micro-machined silicon wafers: a silicon base wafer having a square micro-machined center opening corresponding in size and shape to the active area of a CCD imager chip, a silicon center wafer micro-machined as an annulus having radially inwardly pointing fingers whose ends abut the edges of and center the CCD imager chip within the annulus, and a silicon top wafer micro-machined as an annulus having cantilevered membranes which extend over the top of the CCD imager chip. The micro-machined silicon wafers are stacked in the order given above with the CCD imager chip centered in the center wafer and sandwiched between the base and top wafers. The thickness of the center wafer is about 20% less than the thickness of the CCD imager chip. Preferably, four titanium wires, each grasping the edges of the top and base wafers, compress all three wafers together, flexing the cantilever fingers of the top wafer to accommodate the thickness of the CCD imager chip, acting as a spring holding the CCD imager chip in place.

  6. Design and development of a freeform active mirror for an astronomy application

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    Challita, Zalpha; Hugot, Emmanuel; Jaskó, Attila; Kroes, Gabby; Taylor, William; Miller, Chris; Schnetler, Hermine; Venema, Lars; Mosoni, Laszlo; Mignant, David Le; Ferrari, Marc; Cuby, Jean-Gabriel

    2014-01-01

    The advent of extremely large telescopes will bring unprecedented light-collecting power and spatial resolution, but it will also lead to a significant increase in the size and complexity of focal-plane instruments. The use of freeform mirrors could drastically reduce the number of components in optical systems. Currently, manufacturing issues limit the common use of freeform mirrors at short wavelengths. This article outlines the use of freeform mirrors in astronomical instruments with a description of two efficient freeform optical systems. A new manufacturing method is presented which seeks to overcome the manufacturing issues through hydroforming of thin polished substrates. A specific design of an active array is detailed, which will compensate for residual manufacturing errors, thermoelastic deformation, and gravity-induced errors during observations. The combined hydroformed mirror and the active array comprise the Freeform Active Mirror Experiment, which will produce an accurate, compact, and stable f...

  7. Fabrication using electron beam melting of a V–4Cr–4Ti alloy and its thermo-mechanical strengthening study

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    A 30 kg V–4Cr–4Ti ingot was fabricated by double electron beam melting for a structural materials application study for fusion reactors. The fabricated alloy was forged, hot rolled, and cold rolled to sheets of more than 90% deformation. Preliminary thermo-mechanical strengthening studies were completed, such as SACWA (solution annealing, cold working and aging), SAACW (solution annealing, aging and cold working), and SACWACWA (solution annealing, cold working, aging, cold working and aging), which were evaluated by hardness and tensile tests. Compared with traditional SAA (solution annealing and aging), multiplex strengthening is prominent via the imposed thermo-mechanical treatments, especially SACWACWA. SEM (scanning electron microscope) observation of the fracture surfaces was made after tensile testing; and all show ductile dimple fracture characteristics. In all conditions, there are coarse Ti-oxycarbonitride precipitates of about 200 nm in the grains or on grain boundaries. In the SA (solution annealing) and SAA conditions, there are just a few of the coarse precipitates on the boundaries, but in SAACW, the precipitates on the boundaries have a higher density and nearly contiguous morphology. This may be harmful for mechanical properties, especially in high-temperature environments, as these large precipitates may coarsen. There are also just a few coarse precipitates in the SACWA and SACWACWA conditions, while the density of nanometer-sized precipitates increased greatly, especially with SACWACWA. Cold working before aging manifests a better strengthening effect. This is possibly due to the dislocations, created in the cold working being pinned by precipitates formed in the succeeding aging process

  8. Dependence of resistivity on structure and composition of AZO films fabricated by ion beam co-sputtering deposition

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    The correlation between the resistivity and the structure/composition in the aluminum doped zinc oxide (AZO) films fabricated by the ion beam co-sputtering deposition at room temperature was investigated. The various compositions of AZO films were controlled by the sputtered area ratio of Al to Zn target. The structure, Al concentrations and resistivities of the as-deposited films were determined by X-ray diffractometer (XRD), energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) and four-point probe station, respectively. The lowest resistivity of the deposited film was 5.66 x 10-4 Ω-cm at the 0.7 wt.% aluminum concentration. The most intense ZnO (0 0 2) diffraction peak, the largest grain size, the longest mean free path, and the highest free carrier concentration in the film result in the lowest resistivity of 5.66 x 10-4 Ω-cm at room temperature; simultaneously, the thermal stability of the resistivity of the AZO film as a function of the sample temperature was investigated. Below 200 deg. C the film's resistivity was almost kept at a fixed value and the lowest resistivity of 4.64 x 10-4 Ω-cm at 247 deg. C was observed.

  9. Performance comparison of polynomial representations for optimizing optical freeform systems

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    Brömel, A.; Gross, H.; Ochse, D.; Lippmann, U.; Ma, C.; Zhong, Y.; Oleszko, M.

    2015-09-01

    Optical systems can benefit strongly from freeform surfaces, however the choice of the right representation isn`t an easy one. Classical representations like X-Y-polynomials, as well as Zernike-polynomials are often used for such systems, but should have some disadvantage regarding their orthogonality, resulting in worse convergence and reduced quality in final results compared to newer representations like the Q-polynomials by Forbes. Additionally the supported aperture is a circle, which can be a huge drawback in case of optical systems with rectangular aperture. In this case other representations like Chebyshev-or Legendre-polynomials come into focus. There are a larger number of possibilities; however the experience with these newer representations is rather limited. Therefore in this work the focus is on investigating the performance of four widely used representations in optimizing two ambitious systems with very different properties: Three-Mirror-Anastigmat and an anamorphic System. The chosen surface descriptions offer support for circular or rectangular aperture, as well as different grades of departure from rotational symmetry. The basic shapes are for example a conic or best-fit-sphere and the polynomial set is non-, spatial or slope-orthogonal. These surface representations were chosen to evaluate the impact of these aspects on the performance optimization of the two example systems. Freeform descriptions investigated here were XY-polynomials, Zernike in Fringe representation, Q-polynomials by Forbes, as well as 2-dimensional Chebyshev-polynomials. As a result recommendations for the right choice of freeform surface representations for practical issues in the optimization of optical systems can be given.

  10. Freeform correction polishing for optics with semi-kinematic mounting

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    Huang, Chien-Yao; Kuo, Ching-Hsiang; Peng, Wei-Jei; Yu, Zong-Ru; Ho, Cheng-Fang; Hsu, Ming-Ying; Hsu, Wei-Yao

    2015-10-01

    Several mounting configurations could be applied to opto-mechanical design for achieving high precise optical system. The retaining ring mounting is simple and cost effective. However, it would deform the optics due to its unpredictable over-constraint forces. The retaining ring can be modified to three small contact areas becoming a semi-kinematic mounting. The semi-kinematic mounting can give a fully constrained in lens assembly and avoid the unpredictable surface deformation. However, there would be still a deformation due to self-weight in large optics especially in vertical setup applications. The self-weight deformation with a semi-kinematic mounting is a stable, repeatable and predictable combination of power and trefoil aberrations. This predictable deformation can be pre-compensated onto the design surface and be corrected by using CNC polisher. Thus it is a freeform surface before mounting to the lens cell. In this study, the freeform correction polishing is demonstrated in a Φ150 lens with semi-kinematic mounting. The clear aperture of the lens is Φ143 mm. We utilize ANSYS simulation software to analyze the lens deformation due to selfweight deformation with semi-kinematic mounting. The simulation results of the self-weight deformation are compared with the measurement results of the assembled lens cell using QED aspheric stitching interferometer (ASI). Then, a freeform surface of a lens with semi-kinematic mounting due to self-weight deformation is verified. This deformation would be corrected by using QED Magnetorheological Finishing (MRF® ) Q-flex 300 polishing machine. The final surface form error of the assembled lens cell after MRF figuring is 0.042 λ in peak to valley (PV).

  11. Detailed modeling of cluster galaxies in free-form lenses

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    Lam, Daniel

    2015-08-01

    The main goal of the Frontier Fields is to characterize the population of high redshift galaxies that are gravitationally lensed and magnified by foreground massive galaxy clusters. The magnification received by lensed images has to be accurately quantified in order to derive the correct science results. The magnification is in turn computed from lens models, which are constructed from various constraints, most commonly the positions and redshifts of multiply-lensed galaxies.The locations and magnification of multiple images that appear near cluster galaxies are very sensitive to the mass distribution of those individual galaxies. In current free-form lens models, they are at best crudely approximated by arbitrary mass halos and are usually being completely neglected. Given sufficient free parameters and iterations, such models may be highly consistent but their predictive power would be rather limited. This shortcoming is particularly pronounced in light of the recent discovery of the first multiply-lensed supernova in the Frontier Fields cluster MACSJ1149. The proximity of its images to cluster galaxies mandates detailed modeling on galaxy-scales, where free-form methods solely based on grid solutions simply fail.We present a hybrid free-form lens model of Abell 2744, which for the first time incorporates a detailed mass component modeled by GALFIT that accurately captures the stellar light distribution of the hundred brightest cluster galaxies. The model better reproduces the image positions than a previous version, which modeled cluster galaxies with simplistic NFW halos. Curiously, this improvement is found in all but system 2, which has two radial images appearing around the BCG. Despite its complex light profile is being captured by GALFIT, the persistent discrepancies suggest considering mass distributions that may be largely offset from the stellar light distribution.

  12. GFFD: Generalized free-form deformation with scalar fields

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    秦绪佳; 华炜; 方向; 鲍虎军; 彭群生

    2003-01-01

    The novel free-form deformation (FFD) technique presented in the paper uses scalar fields definedby skeletons with arbitrary topology. The technique embeds objects into the scalar field by assigning a field value to each point of the objects. When the space of the skeleton is changed, the distribution of the scalar field changes accordingly, which implicitly defines a deformation of the space. The generality of skeletons assures that the technique can freely define deformable regions to produce a broader range of shape deformations.

  13. FORMING FREEFORM SURFACE SHEET METAL USINGINTEGRATED REVERSE ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

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    邢渊

    2001-01-01

    This paper presented a model of integrated reverse engineering system and set up its various data output flowchart, which is easy to be associated with other systems. The idea of integrated reverse engineer is introduced to the system of forming sheet metal with complex surface and using IDEF0 method sets up the function model of the system. The freeform surface reconstruction and CAD modeling of the system are described and decomposed. This paper discussed some problems, such as the feature expression, feature modeling and feature translation of the sheet parts and dies.

  14. A Vectorial Solver for Free-form Vector Gradient

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    Boyé, Simon; Barla, Pascal; Guennebaud, Gael

    2012-01-01

    The creation of free-form vector drawings as been greatly improved in recent years with techniques based on harmonic or bi-harmonic interpolation. Such methods offer the best trade-off between spar- sity (keeping the number of control points small) and expressivity (achieving complex shapes and gradients). Unfortunately, the lack of a robust and versatile method to compute such images still lim- its their use in real-world applications. In this paper, we introduce a vectorial solver for the c...

  15. Fabrication of Fe3Si/CaF2 heterostructures ferromagnetic resonant tunneling diode by selected-area molecular beam epitaxy

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    We have fabricated 200-nm-diameter ferromagnetic resonant tunneling diodes (FM-RTDs) using CaF2/Fe3Si heterostructures on Si(111) substrates, by selected-area molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) using electron-beam (EB) lithography. Clear negative differential resistances (NDRs) were observed in the current-voltage (I-V) characteristics at room temperature (RT). The reproducibility of the I-V characteristics was greatly improved, and approximately 40% of the FM-RTDs showed clear NDRs at RT.

  16. Fabrication of Fe{sub 3}Si/CaF{sub 2} heterostructures ferromagnetic resonant tunneling diode by selected-area molecular beam epitaxy

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    Sadakuni-Makabe, Kenji; Suzuno, Mitsushi; Harada, Kazunori [Institute of Applied Physics, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennohdai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8573 (Japan); Suemasu, Takashi, E-mail: suemasu@bk.tsukuba.ac.jp [Institute of Applied Physics, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennohdai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8573 (Japan); Akinaga, Hiro [Nanodevice Innovation Research Center and Nanotechnology Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568 (Japan)

    2011-10-03

    We have fabricated 200-nm-diameter ferromagnetic resonant tunneling diodes (FM-RTDs) using CaF{sub 2}/Fe{sub 3}Si heterostructures on Si(111) substrates, by selected-area molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) using electron-beam (EB) lithography. Clear negative differential resistances (NDRs) were observed in the current-voltage (I-V) characteristics at room temperature (RT). The reproducibility of the I-V characteristics was greatly improved, and approximately 40% of the FM-RTDs showed clear NDRs at RT.

  17. Novel powder/solid composites possessing low Young’s modulus and tunable energy absorption capacity, fabricated by electron beam melting, for biomedical applications

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    Highlights: • We fabricated novel porous composites by electron beam melting. • The composites consist of necked powder and melted solid framework. • Unmelted powder that is usually discarded was mechanically functionalized by necking. • The composites possess controllably low Young’s modulus and excellent toughness. • The composites would be promising for utilization in biomedical applications. - Abstract: A novel, hierarchical, porous composite from a single material composed of necked powder and melted solid, with tunable mechanical properties, is fabricated by electron beam melting and subsequent heat treatment. The composite demonstrates low Young’s modulus (⩽31 GPa) and excellent energy absorption capacity, both of which are necessary for use in orthopedic applications. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on the synthesis of a material combining controllably low Young’s modulus and excellent toughness

  18. Fabrication of reproducible sub-5 nm nanogaps by a focused ion beam and observation of Fowler-Nordheim tunneling

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    Li, Hu; Wani, Ishtiaq H.; Hayat, Aqib; Leifer, Klaus, E-mail: Klaus.Leifer@angstrom.uu.se [Appled Materials Science, Department of Engineering Sciences, Uppsala University, Box 534, 75121 Uppsala (Sweden); Jafri, S. Hassan M. [Appled Materials Science, Department of Engineering Sciences, Uppsala University, Box 534, 75121 Uppsala (Sweden); Department of Electrical Engineering, Mirpur University of Science and Technology, Mirpur, Azad Kashmir, 10250 (Pakistan)

    2015-09-07

    Creating a stable high resistance sub-5 nm nanogap in between conductive electrodes is one of the major challenges in the device fabrication of nano-objects. Gap-sizes of 20 nm and above can be fabricated reproducibly by the precise focusing of the ion beam and careful milling of the metallic lines. Here, by tuning ion dosages starting from 4.6 × 10{sup 10} ions/cm and above, reproducible nanogaps with sub-5 nm sizes are milled with focused ion beam. The resistance as a function of gap dimension shows an exponential behavior, and Fowler-Nordheim tunneling effect was observed in nanoelectrodes with sub-5 nm nanogaps. The application of Simmon's model to the milled nanogaps and the electrical analysis indicates that the minimum nanogap size approaches to 2.3 nm.

  19. Ohmic Contact Fabrication Using a Focused-ion Beam Technique and Electrical Characterization for Layer Semiconductor Nanostructures.

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    Chen, Ruei-San; Tang, Chih-Che; Shen, Wei-Chu; Huang, Ying-Sheng

    2015-01-01

    Layer semiconductors with easily processed two-dimensional (2D) structures exhibit indirect-to-direct bandgap transitions and superior transistor performance, which suggest a new direction for the development of next-generation ultrathin and flexible photonic and electronic devices. Enhanced luminescence quantum efficiency has been widely observed in these atomically thin 2D crystals. However, dimension effects beyond quantum confinement thicknesses or even at the micrometer scale are not expected and have rarely been observed. In this study, molybdenum diselenide (MoSe2) layer crystals with a thickness range of 6-2,700 nm were fabricated as two- or four-terminal devices. Ohmic contact formation was successfully achieved by the focused-ion beam (FIB) deposition method using platinum (Pt) as a contact metal. Layer crystals with various thicknesses were prepared through simple mechanical exfoliation by using dicing tape. Current-voltage curve measurements were performed to determine the conductivity value of the layer nanocrystals. In addition, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, selected-area electron diffractometry, and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy were used to characterize the interface of the metal-semiconductor contact of the FIB-fabricated MoSe2 devices. After applying the approaches, the substantial thickness-dependent electrical conductivity in a wide thickness range for the MoSe2-layer semiconductor was observed. The conductivity increased by over two orders of magnitude from 4.6 to 1,500 Ω(-) (1) cm(-) (1), with a decrease in the thickness from 2,700 to 6 nm. In addition, the temperature-dependent conductivity indicated that the thin MoSe2 multilayers exhibited considerably weak semiconducting behavior with activation energies of 3.5-8.5 meV, which are considerably smaller than those (36-38 meV) of the bulk. Probable surface-dominant transport properties and the presence of a high surface electron concentration in MoSe2 are proposed

  20. Worthwhile optical method for free-form mirrors qualification

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    Sironi, G.; Canestrari, R.; Toso, G.; Pareschi, G.

    2013-09-01

    We present an optical method for free-form mirrors qualification developed by the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) in the context of the ASTRI (Astrofisica con Specchi a Tecnologia Replicante Italiana) Project which includes, among its items, the design, development and installation of a dual-mirror telescope prototype for the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) observatory. The primary mirror panels of the telescope prototype are free-form concave mirrors with few microns accuracy required on the shape error. The developed technique is based on the synergy between a Ronchi-like optical test performed on the reflecting surface and the image, obtained by means of the TraceIT ray-tracing proprietary code, a perfect optics should generate in the same configuration. This deflectometry test allows the reconstruction of the slope error map that the TraceIT code can process to evaluate the measured mirror optical performance at the telescope focus. The advantages of the proposed method is that it substitutes the use of 3D coordinates measuring machine reducing production time and costs and offering the possibility to evaluate on-site the mirror image quality at the focus. In this paper we report the measuring concept and compare the obtained results to the similar ones obtained processing the shape error acquired by means of a 3D coordinates measuring machine.

  1. Free-form surface reconstruction for machine vision rapid prototyping

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    Bradley, Colin; Vickers, Geoffrey W.

    1993-09-01

    Prototyping is an essential step in the manufacture of many objects, both consumer and industrial. A fundamental step in this process is the definition of the 3-D form of the object shape, for example, a designer's models created in clay or wood. A 3-D vision system (range sensor) offers the advantage of speed in defining shapes compared to a traditional tactile sensor. The viability of using range sensors is demonstrated by the development of a rapid prototyping system comprised of a laser-based range sensor and software that creates a computer model of the object. One particularly important area of application is the reverse engineering of models comprised of free-form surfaces. This is important in mold and die manufacture for aerodynamic and ergonomic object surfaces. Several methods of modeling free-form surfaces from irregular data are examined and a radial basis function approach is used in developing a self-contained, interactive software package utilizing the laser-generated range data.

  2. An easy method to perform e-beam negative tone lift-off fabrication on dielectric material with a sandwiched conducting polymer layer

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    A HSQ/PMMA bilayer negative tone lift-off process has recently been used for the fabrication of nano-structures on metallic and semi-conducting substrates with high precision and high aspect ratios. In this study, the HSQ/PMMA bilayer process was further extended to the fabrication of nano-structures on insulating substrates through introducing an additional conducting polymer layer to eliminate resist/substrate charging and proximity effects during e-beam lithography. With this new approach, nano-structures with high aspect ratios and high spatial resolutions can be fabricated on a wide range of substrates. High numerical aperture micro zone plates (MZPs) and phase micro zone plates (PMZPs) with focus distances ∼3 µm have been demonstrated with this new approach on fused silica substrates. The focusing characteristics of resulting MZPs and PMZPs showed good consistency with the design values of the specified working wavelength (∼409 nm)

  3. Poly(cyclohexyl 2-cyanoacrylate-co-ethoxyethyl 2-cyanoacrylate) as a positive-tone electron beam resist for phase-shift mask fabrication

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    Tamura, Akira; Yonezawa, Masaji; Sato, Mitsuyoshi; Okuyama, T.

    1994-11-01

    Poly(cyclohexyl 2-cyanoacrylate) (PCHCA), a positive tone electron beam resist, has both high sensitivity and high dry-etching durability. Therefore, PCHCA has been successfully used for the fabrication of conventional chromium photomasks using dry-etching. However, when PCHCA was applied to the phase-shift mask fabrication, cracks were observed in resist patterns on the SiO2 shifter layer. The cyclic-alkyl group of PCHCA enhances dry-etching durability but causes the cracks in resist patterns. On the other hand, the noncyclic group prevent cracks, but reduces dry-etching durability. However, the copolymer of cyclohexyl 2- cyanoacrylate and ethoxyethyl 2-cyanoacrylate was delineated on SiO2 without generating cracks and reducing dry-etching durability, with high sensitivity. Using this copolymer, the phase-shift masks having SiO2 shifters with vertical walls were fabricated by dry-etching process in short time.

  4. Influence of 700 °C vacuum annealing on fracture behavior of micro/nanoscale focused ion beam fabricated silicon structures

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    Goshima, Yoshiharu; Fujii, Tatsuya; Inoue, Shozo; Namazu, Takahiro

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, we describe the influence of 700 °C vacuum annealing on strength and fracture behavior of micro- and nano-scale Si structures fabricated by focused ion beam (FIB). Si nanowires (NWs) made from silicon-on-nothing (SON) membrane are fabricated using FIB. Microscale Si specimens are fabricated by conventional micromachining technologies and FIB. These specimens are tensioned to failure using specially developed microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) device and thin-film tensile tester, respectively. The mean fracture strengths of the nano- and microscale specimens are 5.6 and 1.6 GPa, respectively, which decrease to 2.9 and 0.9 GPa after vacuum annealing at 700 °C for only 10 s. These strength values do not vary with increasing annealing time. Fracture origin and its behavior are discussed in the light of fracture surface and FIB damage layer observations.

  5. Optical properties of organic films, multilayers and plasmonic metal-organic waveguides fabricated by organic molecular beam deposition

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    Wickremasinghe, Niranjala D.

    In this thesis, the optical properties of tris (8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminum (Alq3) and 3,5,9,10-perylentetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) organic films, PTCDA/ Alq3 multilayers and plasmonic Alq3 -metal waveguides are investigated. The organic films and heterostructures used for this work were fabricated by organic molecular beam deposition (OMBD). We investigated the quenching of the light emission in Alq3 films grown on a Si substrate as a function of cw laser excitation intensity at varying temperatures from 15 to 300 K. The saturation of the singlet-singlet annihilation coefficient was measured with spectrally-integrated (SI) photoluminescence (PL) using a photodiode. The bimolecular quenching coefficient was further studied with time-resolved (TR) PL as a function of 100 fs pulse fluences. The PL quenching is attributed to the annihilation of trapped excitons at Alq3 nanocrystal grain boundaries. The saturation is explained by the limited density of available trapping states at the grain boundaries. Our interpretation is supported by structural investigations of ultrathin Alq3 films with atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and by comparing the experimental data with calculations using a coupled rate equation model. The wavelength dispersion of the refractive indices of PTCDA and Alq 3 layers and of PTCDA/Alq3 multilayer waveguides grown on Pyrex substrates was investigated. The m-line technique, an evanescent prism coupling technique, was used to determine the layers' thickness and the in-plane (TE modes) and normal (TM modes) refractive indices. The potential for controlling the refractive index dispersion and anisotropy by tailored organic multilayer waveguides is discussed.

  6. Design, fabrication and VNA testing of an auto-focussing buncher section for 40 keV, 500 mA DC electron beam injection

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    A buncher section for the 40 keV, DC electron beam has been designed in such a way so that it will act as a buncher and focuser to the injected electron beam. The autofocussing effect is obtained by introducing a slow rise of the Eacc in the first buncher cell. The RF phase focusing force is proportional to the factor (βγ2)-1 and it damps out very quickly as the particle becomes relativistic. Taking this dependency into account, the field asymmetry is introduced only in the first bunching cavity. This paper presents the electromagnetic (EM) design of the RF structure, beam dynamics, fabrication and the measurements of the EM parameters with VNA. (author)

  7. Improving the Performance of Three-Mirror Imaging Systems with Freeform Optics

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    Howard, Joseph M.; Wolbach, Steven

    2013-01-01

    The image quality improvement for three-mirror systems by Freeform Optics is surveyed over various f-number and field specifications. Starting with the Korsch solution, we increase the surface shape degrees of freedom and record the improvements.

  8. Manufacture of Free-Form Optical Surfaces with Limited Mid-Spatial Frequency Error Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Our proposed innovation is a robust manufacturing process for free-form optical surfaces with limited mid-spatial frequency (MSF) irregularity error. NASA and many...

  9. Machining and metrology systems for free-form laser printer mirrors

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    D W Davis; M Walter; M Takahashi; T Masaki

    2003-10-01

    A major challenge in optics is to make optical components like mirrors and lenses smaller and cheaper. This is achieved by designing optical components that have conformal or free-form shapes. A free-form optic is defined as one that is not symmetrical about any axis. These highly demanding requirements are met by single point diamond machining in rigid ultra precision machine tools.

  10. On the Use of Quaternions, Dual Quaternions, and Double Quaternions For Freeform Motion Synthesis

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    Q.J.Ge; C.Chang; A.Varshney; J.Menon

    2004-01-01

    Recently, there has been considerable effort to bring together quaternion-based representations of spatial displacements with curve design techniques in Computer Aided Geometric Design (CAGD) to develop methods for synthesizing freeform Cartesian motions. These methods have a wide range of applications from computer graphics,Cartesian motion planning for robot manipulators to task specification and motion approximation for spatial mechanism design. This paper compares the use of quaternions, dual quaternions, and double quaternions for freeform motion synthesis in a CAD environment.

  11. Comment on the article "Distilling free-form natural laws from experimental data"

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    Hillar, Christopher; Sommer, Friedrich

    2012-01-01

    In the article "Distilling free-form natural laws from experimental data", Schmidt and Lipson introduced the idea that free-form natural laws can be learned from experimental measurements in a physical system using symbolic (genetic) regression algorithms. An important claim in this work is that the algorithm finds laws in data without having incorporated any prior knowledge of physics. Upon close inspection, however, we show that their method implicitly incorporates Hamilton's equations of m...

  12. Development of an Indirect Stereolithography Technology for Scaffold Fabrication with a Wide Range of Biomaterial Selectivity

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    Kang, Hyun-Wook; Cho, Dong-Woo

    2012-01-01

    Tissue engineering, which is the study of generating biological substitutes to restore or replace tissues or organs, has the potential to meet current needs for organ transplantation and medical interventions. Various approaches have been attempted to apply three-dimensional (3D) solid freeform fabrication technologies to tissue engineering for scaffold fabrication. Among these, the stereolithography (SL) technology not only has the highest resolution, but also offers quick fabrication. Howev...

  13. Freeform surface measurement and characterisation using a toolmakers microscope

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    Current freeform surface (FFS) characterization systems mainly cover aspects related to computer-aided design/manufacture (CAD/CAM). This paper describes a new approach that extends into computer-aided inspection (CAI).The following novel features are addressed: - ◼ Feature recognition and extraction from surface data; - ◼ Characterisation of properties of the surface's M and N vectors at individual vertex; - ◼ Development of a measuring plan using a toolmakers microscope for the inspection of the FFS; - ◼ Inspection of the actual FFS produced by CNC milling; - ◼ Verification of the measurement results and comparison with the CAD design data; Tests have shown that the deviations between the CAI and CAD data were within the estimated uncertainty limits

  14. A Free-Form Power Experiment to Enhance Student Creativity

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    Fons, John T.

    2008-01-01

    Laboratory sessions offer students an opportunity to develop creative problem-solving skills and to better understand the nature of the scientific process through hands-on learning. Unfortunately, traditional procedures are often written in such detail, they require students to do little more than follow step-by-step directions. Under those circumstances, students do not have the opportunity for creative and critical thinking and often lose appreciation for the laboratory setting. To encourage student creativity in the lab, I assign a free-form exercise that requires students to measure their power output when performing an activity of their choosing. Students develop their own experimental procedure and analysis restricted only by equipment availability and safety. The short handout I provide for my students contains no formal procedure or guidelines; it simply lists the requirements for their reports.

  15. Free-Form Deformation with Rational DMS-Spline Volumes

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    Gang Xu; Guo-Zhao Wang; Xiao-Diao Chen

    2008-01-01

    In this paper, we propose a novel free-form deformation (FFD) technique, RDMS-FFD (Rational DMS-FFD),based on rational DMS-spline volumes. RDMS-FFD inherits some good properties of rational DMS-spline volumes and combines more deformation techniques than previous FFD methods in a consistent framework, such as local deformation,control lattice of arbitrary topology, smooth deformation, multiresolution deformation and direct manipulation of deforma-tion. We first introduce the rational DMS-spline volume by directly generalizing the previous results related to DMS-splies.How to generate a tetrahedral domain that approximates the shape of the object to be deformed is also introduced in this paper. Unlike the traditional FFD techniques, we manipulate the vertices of the tetrahedral domain to achieve deformation results. Our system demonstrates that RDMS-FFD is powerful and intuitive in geometric modeling.

  16. Free-form nanostructured tools for plastic injection moulding

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    Kafka, Jan; Sonne, Mads Rostgaard; Lam, Yee Cheong;

    realized and successfully transferred to plastic parts during injection moulding.As an example, we present theory and results regarding the imprint of pillar nanostructures on a semi-spherical mold surface, followed by injection molding of the same. The deformation of the flexible stamp is characterized by...... 100.000 injection moulding cycles; the imprinting of nanostructures has been successfully at-tempted with several types of thermoplastic polymer, including PS, ABS, PE, PP, COC (Topaz), and PA (Nylon), showing that most polymers are compatible, while some may require an increase in mold temperature......We present results on a recently developed process to provide nanostructured surfaces on curved free-form injection moulding tools. The nanostructures are prepared using a sol-gel type coating, which can be applied by various means. Nanostructures are transferred from master structures origi...

  17. An Image Stabilization Optical System Using Deformable Freeform Mirrors

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    Qun Hao

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available An image stabilization optical system using deformable freeform mirrors is proposed that enables the ray sets to couple dynamically in the object and image space. It aims to correct image blurring and degradation when there is relative movement between the imaging optical axis and the object. In this method, Fermat’s principle and matrix methods are used to describe the optical path of the entire optical system with a shift object plane and a fixed corresponding image plane in the carrier coordinate system. A constant optical path length is determined for each ray set, so the correspondence between the object and the shift free image point is used to calculate the solution to the points on the surface profile of the deformable mirrors (DMs. Off-axis three-mirror anastigmats are used to demonstrate the benefits of optical image stabilization with one- and two-deformable mirrors.

  18. An image stabilization optical system using deformable freeform mirrors.

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    Hao, Qun; Cheng, Xuemin; Kang, Jiqiang; Jiang, Yuhua

    2015-01-01

    An image stabilization optical system using deformable freeform mirrors is proposed that enables the ray sets to couple dynamically in the object and image space. It aims to correct image blurring and degradation when there is relative movement between the imaging optical axis and the object. In this method, Fermat's principle and matrix methods are used to describe the optical path of the entire optical system with a shift object plane and a fixed corresponding image plane in the carrier coordinate system. A constant optical path length is determined for each ray set, so the correspondence between the object and the shift free image point is used to calculate the solution to the points on the surface profile of the deformable mirrors (DMs). Off-axis three-mirror anastigmats are used to demonstrate the benefits of optical image stabilization with one- and two-deformable mirrors. PMID:25599423

  19. Fabrication of nanometer structures by means of a fine-focused ion beam; Herstellung von Nanometer-Strukturen mittels feinfokussiertem Ionenstrahl (FIB)

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    Mucke, S.

    2004-04-01

    Focused Ion Beams are an important approach for nanostructure fabrication in the semiconductor industry and material sciences. Applications in sputtering and ion induced deposition of materials are investigated. The IMSA FIB system equipped with the high resolution Orsay Physics CANION M31plus ion column with current densities up to 10 A/cm{sup 2} including a gas injection system is applied. In this work the ion beam induced chemical vapour deposition of tungsten, wherefore tungsten hexacarbonyl as precursor gas is used for a first investigation. Conductive tungsten-nanowires with smallest cross-section upon a substrate of Si and SiO{sub 2} are produced. The ion beam parameters of this focused ion beam system are optimized for the metal deposition. A short insight in the theory of layer nucleation and growth induced by the ion beam during the metal deposition is given. The layer quality is determined by Auger electron analysis which shows the components in atomic percent like 80% W, 5% O, 6% C and 9% Ga in optimum. The nanowire geometry is investigated by scanning electron microscopy, where the length of the wires is determined to 20.. 100 {mu}m, a width down to 150 nm and a thickness up to 600 nm. An electrical specific resistance in the range of 150.. 320 {mu}{omega}cm of the nanowires is demonstrated. (orig.)

  20. Design, fabrication, installation and commissioning of water-cooled beam viewer for undulator front-ends of Indus-2

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    A water-cooled beam viewer is developed indigenously to observe the bright synchrotron light coming from recently installed undulators in Indus-2 storage ring at RRCAT, Indore. The beam viewer is installed in the undulator front-end. The frontend is a long ultra high vacuum (UHV) assembly consisting of UHV valves, shutters, vacuum pumps and beam diagnostic devices. The front-end acts as an interface between Indus-2 ring and beamline. The beam viewer uses a fluorescent sheet of Chromium doped Alumina (CHROMOX) which produces visible fluorescent light when bright synchrotron light from the undulator falls on it. This visible fluorescent light is observed through a glass window by a CCD camera. The beam viewer has been successfully tested and commissioned in Indus-2 front-end for undulator. At present, the beam viewer is operating under vacuum of 5 x 10-10 mbar in the Indus-2 undulator front-end

  1. Architectural Geometry and Fabrication-Aware Design

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    Pottmann, Helmut

    2013-04-27

    Freeform shapes and structures with a high geometric complexity play an increasingly important role in contemporary architecture. While digital models are easily created, the actual fabrication and construction remains a challenge. This is the source of numerous research problems many of which fall into the area of Geometric Computing and form part of a recently emerging research area, called "Architectural Geometry". The present paper provides a short survey of research in Architectural Geometry and shows how this field moves towards a new direction in Geometric Modeling which aims at combining shape design with important aspects of function and fabrication. © 2013 Kim Williams Books, Turin.

  2. The influence of cell morphology on the compressive fatigue behavior of Ti-6Al-4V meshes fabricated by electron beam melting.

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    Zhao, S; Li, S J; Hou, W T; Hao, Y L; Yang, R; Misra, R D K

    2016-06-01

    Additive manufacturing technique is a promising approach for fabricating cellular bone substitutes such as trabecular and cortical bones because of the ability to adjust process parameters to fabricate different shapes and inner structures. Considering the long term safe application in human body, the metallic cellular implants are expected to exhibit superior fatigue property. The objective of the study was to study the influence of cell shape on the compressive fatigue behavior of Ti-6Al-4V mesh arrays fabricated by electron beam melting. The results indicated that the underlying fatigue mechanism for the three kinds of meshes (cubic, G7 and rhombic dodecahedron) is the interaction of cyclic ratcheting and fatigue crack growth on the struts, which is closely related to cumulative effect of buckling and bending deformation of the strut. By increasing the buckling deformation on the struts through cell shape design, the cyclic ratcheting rate of the meshes during cyclic deformation was decreased and accordingly, the compressive fatigue strength was increased. With increasing bending deformation of struts, fatigue crack growth in struts contributed more to the fatigue damage of meshes. Rough surface and pores contained in the struts significantly deteriorated the compressive fatigue strength of the struts. By optimizing the buckling and bending deformation through cell shape design, Ti-6Al-4V alloy cellular solids with high fatigue strength and low modulus can be fabricated by the EBM technique. PMID:26878293

  3. High specific capacity retention of graphene/silicon nanosized sandwich structure fabricated by continuous electron beam evaporation as anode for lithium-ion batteries

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    Highlights: • A graphene/silicon multilayer is fabricated by electron beam deposition. • It exhibits specific capacity retention over 1000 mA h g−1. • Capacity retention at 100 nm and 7-layer exceeds 90%. • It can be used for lighting of light-emitting diodes. - Abstract: A graphene/silicon (Si) multilayer sandwich structures are fabricated using electron beam (EB) deposition without air exposure. The graphene and Si thin films are formed on Cu current correctors through a continuous process in high-vacuum EB chamber. Synthesized graphene should be suggested to the stacked multiple layer from Raman analysis. The fabricated multilayer films are used as anodes. In the beginning, the half-cell, which used a seven-layer of each thickness 50-nm graphene and Si film, exhibits good specific capacity retention over 1000 mA h g−1 after 30 charge/discharge cycles. The capacity value changed with the number of graphene and Si layers. In this study, the number of layers that exhibited optimal properties is seven. Morphological investigation showed a fine layer-by-layer structure. The relationship between different thicknesses of graphene and Si is investigated at 7 L. A 100-nm thickness exhibited optimal properties. Finally, the optimal 7 L and 100-nm thick graphene/Si exhibited high discharge capacitance >1600 mA h g−1 at a current density of 100 mA g−1 after 30 cycles. Initial coulombic and reversible efficiencies exceed 84%. The capacity retention (30th/1st discharge value) at 100 nm and 7 L exceeds 90%. Finally, the soft package battery is assembled by combining the fabricated graphene and Si electrode as anode, LiCoO2 as cathode, separator and liquid electrolyte. It can be used for commercial light-emitting diode (LED) lighting even under bending status

  4. Efficient focusing of 8 keV X-rays with multilayer Fresnel zone plates fabricated by atomic layer deposition and focused ion beam milling

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    Mayer, Marcel; Keskinbora, Kahraman; Grévent, Corinne; Szeghalmi, Adriana; Knez, Mato; Weigand, Markus; Snigirev, Anatoly; Snigireva, Irina; Schütz, Gisela

    2013-01-01

    Fresnel zone plates (FZPs) recently showed significant improvement by focusing soft X-rays down to ∼10 nm. In contrast to soft X-rays, generally a very high aspect ratio FZP is needed for efficient focusing of hard X-rays. Therefore, FZPs had limited success in the hard X-ray range owing to difficulties of manufacturing high-aspect-ratio zone plates using conventional techniques. Here, employing a method of fabrication based on atomic layer deposition (ALD) and focused ion beam (FIB) milling,...

  5. Fabrication of metallic nanostructures of sub-20 nm with an optimized process of E-beam lithography and lift-off

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    Yue, Weisheng

    2012-01-01

    A process consisting of e-beam lithography and lift-off was optimized to fabricate metallic nanostructures. This optimized process successfully produced gold and aluminum nanostructures with features size less than 20 nm. These structures range from simple parallel lines to complex photonic structures. Optical properties of gold split ring resonators (SRRs) were characterized with Raman spectroscopy. Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) on SRRs was observed with 4-mercaptopyridine (4-MPy) as molecular probe and greatly enhanced Raman scattering was observed. Copyright © 2012 American Scientific Publishers.

  6. Three-dimensional cone-beam computed tomography-based virtual treatment planning and fabrication of a surgical splint for asymmetric patients: surgery first approach.

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    Uribe, Flavio; Janakiraman, Nandakumar; Shafer, David; Nanda, Ravindra

    2013-11-01

    Virtual 3-dimensional planning in orthognathic surgery allows for a detailed visualization and analysis of skeletal and dental deformities, especially in patients with asymmetries. This approach also eliminates conventional stone model surgery through computer-aided fabrication of surgical stents. This article presents a new approach with 3-dimensional cone-beam computed tomography-based treatment planning for the surgical correction of facial asymmetry in conjunction with the surgery first approach. Good esthetic and occlusal outcomes were obtained for 2 patients after orthognathic surgery and orthodontic treatment with a short total treatment time. PMID:24182591

  7. Optimal design and fabrication method for antireflection coatings for P-polarized 193 nm laser beam at large angles of incidence (68°-74°).

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    Jin, Jingcheng; Jin, Chunshui; Li, Chun; Deng, Wenyuan; Chang, Yanhe

    2013-09-01

    Most of the optical axes in modern systems are bent for optomechanical considerations. Antireflection (AR) coatings for polarized light at oblique incidence are widely used in optical surfaces like prisms or multiform lenses to suppress undesirable reflections. The optimal design and fabrication method for AR coatings with large-angle range (68°-74°) for a P-polarized 193 nm laser beam is discussed in detail. Experimental results showed that after coating, the reflection loss of a P-polarized laser beam at large angles of incidence on the optical surfaces is reduced dramatically, which could greatly improve the output efficiency of the optical components in the deep ultraviolet vacuum range. PMID:24323257

  8. Peculiarities of profile formation for orifices fabricated by electron beam drilling at gun pulsed supply with trapezoidal voltage

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    Peculiarities of substance removal from the surface of a solid body under effect of a pulse beam with beam diameter varying during the pulse and distribution of power density by its cross section taking place at electron gun pulsed supply with trapezoidal voltage are considered. Conical holes with different configuration of the profile envelope can be obtained with variation of pulse duration. Photos of hole profiles obtained by pulsed beam at gun pulsed supply with different pulse duration are presented. Experiments have been conducted with various materials including quartz and nickel

  9. High growth rate metal-organic molecular beam epitaxy for the fabrication of GaAs space solar cells

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    Freundlich, A.; Newman, F.; Monier, C.; Street, S. [University of Houston, TX (United States). Space Vacuum Epitaxy Center; Dargan, P.; Levy, M. [Riber Inc., Edison, NJ (United States)

    2000-06-01

    In this work, the epitaxial growth of GaAs photovoltaic devices using metalorganic molecular beam epitaxy (MOMBE) and chemical beam epitaxy (CBE) with growth rates in excess of 3 {mu}m/h is undertaken. The performance of these preliminary devices offer encouraging evidence for MOMBE and CBE as possible alternatives to the more common metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) for the production of III-V solar cells. (author)

  10. Beam Dynamics Studies and the Design, Fabrication and Testing of Superconducting Radiofrequency Cavity for High Intensity Proton Accelerator

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    Saini, Arun [Univ. of Delhi, New Delhi (India)

    2012-03-01

    The application horizon of particle accelerators has been widening significantly in recent decades. Where large accelerators have traditionally been the tools of the trade for high-energy nuclear and particle physics, applications in the last decade have grown to include large-scale accelerators like synchrotron light sources and spallation neutron sources. Applications like generation of rare isotopes, transmutation of nuclear reactor waste, sub-critical nuclear power, generation of neutrino beams etc. are next area of investigation for accelerator scientific community all over the world. Such applications require high beam power in the range of few mega-watts (MW). One such high intensity proton beam facility is proposed at Fermilab, Batavia, US, named as Project-X. Project-X facility is based on H- linear accelerator (linac), which will operate in continuous wave (CW) mode and accelerate H- ion beam with average current of 1 mA from kinetic energy of 2.5 MeV to 3 GeV to deliver 3MW beam power. One of the most challenging tasks of the Project-X facility is to have a robust design of the CW linac which can provide high quality beam to several experiments simultaneously. Hence a careful design of linac is important to achieve this objective.

  11. Mapping algorithm for freeform construction using non-ideal light sources

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    Li, Chen; Michaelis, D.; Schreiber, P.; Dick, L.; Bräuer, A.

    2015-09-01

    Using conventional mapping algorithms for the construction of illumination freeform optics' arbitrary target pattern can be obtained for idealized sources, e.g. collimated light or point sources. Each freeform surface element generates an image point at the target and the light intensity of an image point is corresponding to the area of the freeform surface element who generates the image point. For sources with a pronounced extension and ray divergence, e.g. an LED with a small source-freeform-distance, the image points are blurred and the blurred patterns might be different between different points. Besides, due to Fresnel losses and vignetting, the relationship between light intensity of image points and area of freeform surface elements becomes complicated. These individual light distributions of each freeform element are taken into account in a mapping algorithm. To this end the method of steepest decent procedures are used to adapt the mapping goal. A structured target pattern for a optics system with an ideal source is computed applying corresponding linear optimization matrices. Special weighting factor and smoothing factor are included in the procedures to achieve certain edge conditions and to ensure the manufacturability of the freefrom surface. The corresponding linear optimization matrices, which are the lighting distribution patterns of each of the freeform surface elements, are gained by conventional raytracing with a realistic source. Nontrivial source geometries, like LED-irregularities due to bonding or source fine structures, and a complex ray divergence behavior can be easily considered. Additionally, Fresnel losses, vignetting and even stray light are taken into account. After optimization iterations, with a realistic source, the initial mapping goal can be achieved by the optics system providing a structured target pattern with an ideal source. The algorithm is applied to several design examples. A few simple tasks are presented to discussed

  12. Form, figure, and thickness measurement of freeform and conformal optics with non-contact sensors

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    DeFisher, Scott; Fess, Edward; Matthews, Greg

    2014-05-01

    Advancements in optical manufacturing technology allow optical designers to implement freeform and conformal shapes in their systems. Metrology of the shapes has traditionally been difficult, especially at the sub-micron level. Contact measuring systems typically lack the accuracy required for optical qualification and can damage the surface. Interferometric systems are unable to handle high spherical departures and may require complicated lateral calibration to generate feedback for deterministic grinding and polishing. OptiPro has developed UltraSurf, a noncontact coordinate measuring machine to determine the form, figure, and thickness of freeform and conformal optics. We integrated several non-contact sensors that acquire surface information through different optical principles. Each probe has strength and weaknesses relative to an optic's material properties, surface finish, and figure error. The measuring probe is scanned over the optical surface while maintaining perpendicularity and a constant focal offset. Measurements of freeform and conformal shapes will be presented. The scanning method of UltraSurf and the non-contact probes will also be shown. The form, figure, and thickness data will highlight the capabilities of UltraSurf to measure freeform surfaces. Comparisons between accuracy and measureable surface departure will be made with current metrology systems such as coordinate measuring machines, interferometers, and profilometers. Additionally, methods for defining a freeform or conformal surface for metrology analysis and manufacturing will be discussed.

  13. Electron beam lithography-assisted fabrication of Au nano-dot array as a substrate of a correlated AFM and confocal Raman spectroscopy

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    This paper documents a study of an Au nano-dot array that was fabricated by electron beam lithography on a glass wafer. The patterns that had features of 100 nm dots in diameter with a 2-μm pitch comprised a total area of 200x200μm2. The dot-shaped Cr underlayer was open to the air after developing Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). When dipped into the Cr etchant, the exposed Cr layer was eliminated from the glass wafer in a short period of time. In order to ultimately fabricate the Ti/Au dot arrays, Ti and Au were deposited onto the arrays with a thickness of 2 and 40 nm, respectively. The lift-off procedure was carried out in the Cr etchant using sonication in order to completely remove the residual Cr/PMMA layer. The fabricated Au nano-dot array was then immersed in an Ag enhancing solution and then into an ethanol solution containing (N-(6-(Biotinamido)hexyl)-3'-(2'-pyridyldithio)-propionamide (Biotin-HPDP). The substrate was analyzed using a correlated atomic force microscopy (AFM) and confocal Raman spectroscopy. Through this procedure, position-dependent surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) signals could be obtained

  14. An orientation competition in yttria-stabilized zirconia thin films fabricated by ion beam assisted sputtering deposition

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    A previously found orientation competition in ion beam sputtered yttria-stabilized zirconia thin films was studied in detail. The effects of sputtering energy and deposition angle were analyzed in ion sputtered films without assisting ions bombardment. It is found that for normally deposited films, (001) and (011) orientations are favored at low and high sputtering energy respectively. For inclined substrate deposited films, as deposition angle increases, (001), (011) and (111) orientations are advantaged in turn. The results can be attributed to the in-plane energy exchange of deposition atom and adatoms. In ion beam assisting deposited YSZ films of low assisting ions energy and current, a (001) oriented biaxial texture is gradually induced as ion energy increased. In the case of ion beam assisted inclined deposition of 45°, (001) orientation is enhanced and two preferential in-plane orientations are found coexist.

  15. Efficient free-form surface representation with application in orthodontics

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    Yamany, Sameh M.; El-Bialy, Ahmed M.

    1999-03-01

    Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry concerned with the study of growth of the craniofacial complex. The detection and correction of malocclusion and other dental abnormalities is one of the most important and critical phases of orthodontic diagnosis. This paper introduces a system that can assist in automatic orthodontics diagnosis. The system can be used to classify skeletal and dental malocclusion from a limited number of measurements. This system is not intended to deal with several cases but is aimed at cases more likely to be encountered in epidemiological studies. Prior to the measurement of the orthodontics parameters, the position of the teeth in the jaw model must be detected. A new free-form surface representation is adopted for the efficient and accurate segmentation and separation of teeth from a scanned jaw model. THe new representation encodes the curvature and surface normal information into a 2D image. Image segmentation tools are then sued to extract structures of high/low curvature. By iteratively removing these structures, individual teeth surfaces are obtained.

  16. FORMING FREEFORM SURFACE SHEET METAL USINGINTEGRATED REVERSE ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

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    XING; Yuan(

    2001-01-01

    [1]Puntambekar N V, Jablokow A G, Sommer H J. Unified review of 3D model generation for reverse engineering[J]. Computer Integrated Manufacturing System,1994,7(4):259~268.[2]Chikofsky E J. Reverse engineering and design recovery: a taxonomy[J]. IEEE Software,1990,6(3):13~17.[3]Chou Hon-yue. Application of reverse engineering in die and mold manufacturing[A]. 3rd Int Conf on Mould & Die Technique in Asia[C]. Taibei, China,1995.753~764.[4]Dipl-Ing Thomas Haller. Rapid mould and die making using reverse engineering and rapid prototyping[A]. 3rd Int Conf on Mould & Die Technique in Asia[C]. Taibei, China,1995.739~752.[5]Abella R J, Daschbach J M. Reverse engineering industrial applications[J]. Computers Ind Engng,1994,26(2):381~385.[6]Chen Y D, Tang X J. Automatic digitization of freeform curves by coordinate measuring machines[J]. ASME PED,1992,62:113~125.[7]Antonie van Rensburg. Implementing IDEF techniques as simulation modeling specifications[J]. Computers Ind Engng,1994,29(1-4):467~571.[8]Eastma C M, Fereshetian N. Informaiton models for use in product design: a comparison[J]. Computer-Aided Design.1994,26(7):551~572.

  17. Microstructural evolution of a focused ion beam fabricated Mg nanopillar at high temperatures: Defect annihilation and sublimation

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    Microstructural evolution of focused ion beam machined Mg nanopillars was investigated by in situ heating experiments in a transmission electron microscope. The dislocation loops generated by a Ga+ ion beam were annihilated at around half of the melting point of Mg. At a higher temperature (673 K), the sublimation of Mg occurred due to the reduced stability of Mg under the vacuum environment. In the course of sublimation, the Ga-rich liquid was formed and stabilized the structural instability of moving solid–vapor interface

  18. Mathematical description and measurement of refractive parameters of freeform spectacle lenses.

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    Yu, Jing; Qiu, Zhongjun; Fang, Fengzhou

    2014-08-01

    Refractive parameters are the main design and evaluation parameters of freeform spectacle lenses. In this paper, the mathematical model of refractive parameters is established, and the refractive power distribution on the whole surface is drawn with a radial basis function. The measurement methods are analyzed, and typical freeform spectacle lenses are measured with a freeform verifier. The refractive power distribution on the whole surface, the cylinder view, and the refractive power curve along the progressive corridor are drawn up. There are no evident image changes on the whole surface. The refractive power smoothly varies along the progressive corridor. In comparing the results with the analysis, measurement results are in agreement with the calculation. PMID:25090322

  19. Efficient optimal design of smooth optical freeform surfaces using ray targeting

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    Wu, Rengmao; Wang, Huihui; Liu, Peng; Zhang, Yaqin; Zheng, Zhenrong; Li, Haifeng; Liu, Xu

    2013-07-01

    An optimization design method is proposed for generating smooth freeform reflective and refractive surfaces. In this method, two optimization steps are employed for ray targeting. The first step aims to ensure the shape of the target illumination, and the second step is employed to further improve the irradiance uniformity. These two steps can provide significant savings of time because the time consuming Monte Carlo raytracing is not used during the optimization process. Both smooth freeform reflective surfaces and smooth freeform refractive surfaces can be designed, and the target illumination could be achieved just by controlling the positions of several hundred predefined rays on the target plane with these two steps. The simulation results and the experimental tests show that this optimization design method is robust and efficient.

  20. Flexible method based on four-beam interference lithography for fabrication of large areas of perfectly periodic plasmonic arrays

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    Vala, Milan; Homola, Jiří

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 22, č. 15 (2014), s. 18778-18789. ISSN 1094-4087 R&D Projects: GA ČR GBP205/12/G118 Institutional support: RVO:67985882 Keywords : Interference lithography * Polymer substrate * Four-beam interference Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering Impact factor: 3.488, year: 2014

  1. Integration of carbon nanotubes with semiconductor technology: fabrication of hybrid devices by III–V molecular beam epitaxy

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    Stobbe, Søren; Lindelof, P. E.; Nygård, J.

    2006-01-01

    incorporation of singlewall nanotubes in III–V semiconductor heterostructures grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). We demonstrate that singlewall carbon nanotubes can be overgrown using MBE; electrical contacts to the nanotubes are obtained by GaMnAs grown at 250 °C. The resulting devices can exhibit field...

  2. Design and fabrication of nano-scale single crystal diamond cutting tool by focused ion beam (FIB) milling

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    Baek, Seung-Yub

    2015-07-01

    Micro/nanoscale diamond cutting tools used in ultra-precision machining can be fabricated by precision grinding, but it is hard to fabricate a tool with a nanometric cutting edge and complex configurations. High-precision geometry accuracy and special shapes for microcutting tools with sharp edges can be achieved by FIB milling. Because the FIB milling method induces much smaller machining stress compared with conventional precision grinding methods. In this study, the FIB milling characteristics of single-crystal diamond were investigated, along with methods for decreasing the FIB-induced damage on diamond tools. Lift-off process method and Pt(Platinum) coating process method with FIB milling were investigated to reduce the damage layer on diamond substrate and quadrilateral-shaped single-crystal diamond cutting tool with cutting edge width under 500 nm were obtained.

  3. Fabrication of domain reversed gratings for SHG in LiNbO3 by electron beam bombardment

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    A novel technique for the lithographic definition and the fabrication of domain reversed regions in LiNbO3 is reported, with application to periodic structures for second harmonic generation. For the first time, to our knowledge, domain reversal has been achieved on the negative c-face of the crystal. Such a structure should be useful for quasiphasematched second harmonic generation of infra-red laser radiation. (author)

  4. Understanding the Role of Hot Isostatic Pressing Parameters on the Microstructural Evolution of Ti-6Al-4V and Inconel 718 Fabricated by Electron Beam Melting

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    Peter, William H [ORNL; Nandwana, Peeyush [ORNL; Kirka, Michael M [ORNL; Dehoff, Ryan R [ORNL; Sames, William [Texas A& M University; ERDMAN III, DONALD L [ORNL; Eklund, Anders [Avure Technologies, Inc.; Howard, Ron [Avure Technologies, Inc.

    2015-04-01

    In this project, Avure and ORNL evaluated the influence of hot isostatic pressing (HIP) and thermal cycling as standalone post processing techniques on the microstructure of electron beam powder bed deposited Ti-6Al-4V and Inconel 718 alloys. Electron beam powder bed deposition is an effective technology for fabricating complex net shape components that cannot be manufactured with conventional processes. However, material deposited by this technology results in columnar grain growth which is detrimental for many applications. For Ti-6Al-4V, it has been found that thermal cycling alone is not sufficient to breakdown the columnar microstructure that is typical of electron beam powder bed technology. HIP, on the other hand, has the potential to be an effective technique to break down the columnar microstructure of Ti-6Al-4V into a more equiaxed and refined β grain structure, and provide a more homogeneous microstructure compared to the thermally cycled samples. Overall, the project showed that hot isostatic pressing reduced/eliminated porosity in both Ti-6Al-4V and Inconel 718 However, based on the unique thermal cycle and the application of pressure in the HIP vessel, Ti-6Al-4V e-beam deposited microstructures were modified from columnar grain growth to equiaxed microstructures; a significant outcome to this collaboration. Inconel 718, on the other hand, shows no change in the macrostructure as a result of the current HIP cycle based on the thermal history, and would require further investigation. Though the results of HIP cycle were very good at changing the microstructure, further development in optimizing the post heat treatments and HIP cycles is required to improve mechanical properties.

  5. Fabricating Arrays of Vanadium Dioxide Nanodisks by Focused Ion-Beam Lithography and Pulsed-Laser Deposition

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    Vanadium dioxide undergoes a structural (monoclinic to tetragonal) insulator-to-metal transition at 70 C, accompanied by large changes in electrical and optical properties. By combining focused ion-beam lithography and pulsed laser depo-sition, patterned arrays of vanadium dioxide nanoparticles are created that can be used for studies of linear and nonlinear optical physics, as well as demonstrating the potential for a variety of applications.

  6. Crystalline garnet Bragg reflectors for high power, high temperature, and integrated applications fabricated by multi-beam pulsed laser deposition

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    Sloyan, Katherine A.; May-Smith, Timothy C.; Zervas, Michalis N.; Eason, Robert W.

    2012-01-01

    Crystalline Bragg reflectors are of interest for high power, high temperature and integrated applications. We demonstrate the automated growth of such structures by shuttered multi-beam Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD). Geometries include 145 layer stacks exhibiting >99.5% reflection and ? phase-shifted designs. A crystalline grating strength-apodized sample was grown by mixing plumes to obtain layers with custom refractive indices. Peak reflection wavelength was tuneable with incident position,...

  7. Silver nano-particles in fluoride films fabricated by Pulsed Laser Deposition with auxiliary Electron Beam Evaporation

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    Novotný, Michal; Lančok, Ján; Bulíř, Jiří; Hruška, Petr; Fekete, Ladislav; Fitl, Přemysl

    Strasbourg: European Materials Research Society, 2013. [E- MRS 2013 Spring Meeting. 27.05.2013-31.05.2013, Strasbourg] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) 7AMB12FR034; GA ČR(CZ) GAP108/11/1312 Grant ostatní: AVČR(CZ) M100101271 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : lanthanum fluoride * calcium fluoride * thin film * silver nanoparticles * pulsed laser deposition * electron beam evaporation Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism

  8. Applications for Gradient Metal Alloys Fabricated Using Additive Manufacturing

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    Hofmann, Douglas C.; Borgonia, John Paul C.; Dillon, Robert P.; Suh, Eric J.; Mulder, jerry L.; Gardner, Paul B.

    2013-01-01

    Recently, additive manufacturing (AM) techniques have been developed that may shift the paradigm of traditional metal production by allowing complex net-shaped hardware to be built up layer-by-layer, rather than being machined from a billet. The AM process is ubiquitous with polymers due to their low melting temperatures, fast curing, and controllable viscosity, and 3D printers are widely available as commercial or consumer products. 3D printing with metals is inherently more complicated than with polymers due to their higher melting temperatures and reactivity with air, particularly when heated or molten. The process generally requires a high-power laser or other focused heat source, like an electron beam, for precise melting and deposition. Several promising metal AM techniques have been developed, including laser deposition (also called laser engineered net shaping or LENS® and laser deposition technology (LDT)), direct metal laser sintering (DMLS), and electron beam free-form (EBF). These machines typically use powders or wire feedstock that are melted and deposited using a laser or electron beam. Complex net-shape parts have been widely demonstrated using these (and other) AM techniques and the process appears to be a promising alternative to machining in some cases. Rather than simply competing with traditional machining for cost and time savings, the true advantage of AM involves the fabrication of hardware that cannot be produced using other techniques. This could include parts with "blind" features (like foams or trusses), parts that are difficult to machine conventionally, or parts made from materials that do not exist in bulk forms. In this work, the inventors identify that several AM techniques can be used to develop metal parts that change composition from one location in the part to another, allowing for complete control over the mechanical or physical properties. This changes the paradigm for conventional metal fabrication, which relies on an

  9. 0.532-μm laser conditioning of HfO2/SiO2 third harmonic separator fabricated by electron-beam evaporation

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    Dawei Li; Yuan'an Zhao; Jianda Shao; Zhengxiu Fan; Hongbo He

    2008-01-01

    The 0.532-μm laser conditioning of HfO2/SiO2 third harmonic separator fabricated by electron-beam evaporation (EBE) was studied.The laser induced damage threshold (LIDT) of the separator determined by 1-on-1 test is 9.1 J/cm2 and it is 15.2 J/cm2 after laser conditioning determined by raster scanning.Two kinds of damage morphologies,taper pits and flat bottom pits,are found on the sample surface and they show different damage behaviors.The damage onset of taper pits does not change obviously and the laser conditioning effect is contributed to the flat bottom pits,which limits the application of laser conditioning.

  10. Improved tunnel magnetoresistance of magnetic tunnel junctions with Heusler Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5 electrodes fabricated by molecular beam epitaxy

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    The authors have developed a magnetic tunnel junction of Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5 electrodes and a MgO barrier fabricated by molecular beam epitaxy and observed that this device had a tunnel magnetoresistance ratio of 386% at approximately 300 K and 832% at 9 K. The lower Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5 electrode was annealed during and after deposition resulting in a highly ordered structure with small roughness. This highly ordered structure could be obtained by annealing treatment even at low temperatures. Furthermore, a weak temperature dependence of the tunnel magnetoresistance ratio was observed for the developed magnetic tunnel junction.

  11. E-beam and UV induced fabrication of CeO2, Eu2O3 and their mixed oxides with UO2

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    Pavelková, Tereza; Vaněček, Vojtěch; Jakubec, Ivo; Čuba, Václav

    2016-07-01

    CeO2, Eu2O3 and mixed oxides of CeO2-UO2, Eu2O3-UO2 were fabricated. The preparative method was based on the irradiation of aqueous solutions containing cerium/europium (and uranyl) nitrates and ammonium formate. In the course of irradiation, the solid phase (precursor) was precipitated. The composition of irradiated solutions significantly affected the properties of precursor formed in the course of the irradiation. However, subsequent heat treatment of (amorphous) precursors at temperatures ≤650 °C invariably resulted in the formation of powder oxides with well-developed nanocrystals with linear crystallite size 13-27 nm and specific surface area 10-46 m2 g-1. The applicability of both ionizing (e-beam) and non-ionizing (UV) radiation was studied.

  12. Freeform solar concentrator with a highly asymmetric acceptance cone

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    Wheelwright, Brian; Angel, J. Roger P.; Coughenour, Blake; Hammer, Kimberly

    2014-10-01

    A solar concentrator with a highly asymmetric acceptance cone is investigated. Concentrating photovoltaic systems require dual-axis sun tracking to maintain nominal concentration throughout the day. In addition to collecting direct rays from the solar disk, which subtends ~0.53 degrees, concentrating optics must allow for in-field tracking errors due to mechanical misalignment of the module, wind loading, and control loop biases. The angular range over which the concentrator maintains axis throughput is defined as the optical acceptance angle. Concentrators with substantial rotational symmetry likewise exhibit rotationally symmetric acceptance angles. In the field, this is sometimes a poor match with azimuth-elevation trackers, which have inherently asymmetric tracking performance. Pedestal-mounted trackers with low torsional stiffness about the vertical axis have better elevation tracking than azimuthal tracking. Conversely, trackers which rotate on large-footprint circular tracks are often limited by elevation tracking performance. We show that a line-focus concentrator, composed of a parabolic trough primary reflector and freeform refractive secondary, can be tailored to have a highly asymmetric acceptance angle. The design is suitable for a tracker with excellent tracking accuracy in the elevation direction, and poor accuracy in the azimuthal direction. In the 1000X design given, when trough optical errors (2mrad rms slope deviation) are accounted for, the azimuthal acceptance angle is +/- 1.65°, while the elevation acceptance angle is only +/-0.29°. This acceptance angle does not include the angular width of the sun, which consumes nearly all of the elevation tolerance at this concentration level. By decreasing the average concentration, the elevation acceptance angle can be increased. This is well-suited for a pedestal alt-azimuth tracker with a low cost slew bearing (without anti-backlash features).

  13. Fabrication and installment of the hard-wired I and C works for the neutral beam injection test stand of the K-STAR project

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    Instrumentation and Control(I and C) of the neutral beam injection test stand (NBI-TS) for the K-STAR national fusion research project has been underway since the start of the project to answer the diverse requests arising from the various facets of the development and construction phases of the project. In a parallel effort with the software oriented I and C development, there has been existing an enormous amount of hard-wiring I and C works for the NBI facility to be developed and fabricated in schedule. Circuits and hardwired functions have been designed, tested, fabricated, and finally installed to the relevant parts of the system. Examples of those hard-wired I and C works are related to the vacuum system, gas feeding system, arc detector circuit, ion source monitoring, bending magnet and calorimeter. Another one to be mentioned is the interlock circuitry. One of the interlock circuits are related to the coolant flow failure. The other is the interlock circuit related to the vacuum failure. All of the above mentioned circuitry now constitutes integral parts for the proper operation of the NBI system; details of those hard-wired I and C work are described in this report

  14. Efficient focusing of 8 keV X-rays with multilayer Fresnel zone plates fabricated by atomic layer deposition and focused ion beam milling

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    The fabrication and performance of multilayer Al2O3/Ta2O5 Fresnel zone plates in the hard X-ray range and a discussion of possible future developments considering available materials are reported. Fresnel zone plates (FZPs) recently showed significant improvement by focusing soft X-rays down to ∼10 nm. In contrast to soft X-rays, generally a very high aspect ratio FZP is needed for efficient focusing of hard X-rays. Therefore, FZPs had limited success in the hard X-ray range owing to difficulties of manufacturing high-aspect-ratio zone plates using conventional techniques. Here, employing a method of fabrication based on atomic layer deposition (ALD) and focused ion beam (FIB) milling, FZPs with very high aspect ratios were prepared. Such multilayer FZPs with outermost zone widths of 10 and 35 nm and aspect ratios of up to 243 were tested for their focusing properties at 8 keV and shown to focus hard X-rays efficiently. This success was enabled by the outstanding layer quality thanks to ALD. Via the use of FIB for slicing the multilayer structures, desired aspect ratios could be obtained by precisely controlling the thickness. Experimental diffraction efficiencies of multilayer FZPs fabricated via this combination reached up to 15.58% at 8 keV. In addition, scanning transmission X-ray microscopy experiments at 1.5 keV were carried out using one of the multilayer FZPs and resolved a 60 nm feature size. Finally, the prospective of different material combinations with various outermost zone widths at 8 and 17 keV is discussed in the light of the coupled wave theory and the thin-grating approximation. Al2O3/Ir is outlined as a promising future material candidate for extremely high resolution with a theoretical efficiency of more than 20% for as small an outermost zone width as 10 nm at 17 keV

  15. Cold Light Mirror Fabricated by Electron Beam Evaporation of TiO2 and SiO2

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    ZHONGDi-sheng; XUGuang-zhong; 等

    2000-01-01

    A process suitable for production on a large scale of cold light mirror for film projector is introduced.Deposition parameters required for producing TiO2/SiO2 optical multialyer systems by electron beam evaporation of TiO2 and SiO2 starting materials are investigated.Manufacture and techniques of cold mirror and the adhesion, stability, wear and corrosion resistance of cold mirror by this process are discussed.The result shows that cold mirror produced has good optical properties and better adhesion.

  16. Amorphous silicon carbonitride diaphragm for environmental-cell transmission electron microscope fabricated by low-energy ion beam induced chemical vapor deposition

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    Matsutani, Takaomi; Yamasaki, Kayo; Imaeda, Norihiro; Kawasaki, Tadahiro

    2015-12-01

    An amorphous silicon carbonitride (a-SiCN) diaphragm for an environmental-cell transmission electron microscope (E-TEM) was fabricated by low-energy ion beam induced chemical vapor deposition (LEIBICVD) with hexamethyldisilazane (HMDSN). The films were prepared by using gaseous HMDSN and N2+ ions with energies ranging from 300 to 600 eV. The diaphragms were applied to Si (1 0 0) and a Cu grid with 100-μm-diameter holes. With increasing ion energy, these diaphragms became perfectly smooth surfaces (RMS = 0.43 nm at 600 eV), as confirmed by atomic force microscopy and TEM. The diaphragms were amorphous and transparent to 200 kV electrons, and no charge-up was observed. Fourier transform infrared spectra and X-ray photoelectron spectra revealed that the elimination of organic compounds and formation of Si-N and C-N bonds can be promoted in diaphragms by increasing the ion impact energy. The resistance to electron beams and reaction gases in the E-cell was improved when the diaphragm was formed with high ion energy.

  17. Surface characterization and assessment of cell attachment capabilities of thin films fabricated by ion-beam irradiation of poly(L-lactic acid) substrates

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    Highlights: ► Thin films can be obtained by ion-beam irradiation of poly(L-lactic acid). ► Both surfaces of the thin film were carbonized by the irradiation. ► No significant changes were noticed in the topographies of the two surfaces. ► Fibroblasts attached firmly to the bottom as well as the top surface of the film. - Abstract: The ion-beam irradiation of substrates of poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA), a biodegradable polymer, gave rise to exfoliatable thin films when the substrate was immersed in an aqueous solution. The thin films exhibited excellent cell affinity, and hence, can be useful in bioengineering applications. In this study, we characterized both surfaces of the thin films and evaluated their cell attachment capabilities. Each surface was analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and dynamic force microscopy (DFM). These analyses showed that carbonization took place at both surfaces. In addition, no significant changes were noticed in the topographies of the two surfaces. Finally, the cell attachment capabilities of the surfaces were determined by culturing mouse fibroblasts on them. The cells attached firmly to the bottom as well as the top surface of the film and were well spread out. These results could be attributed to the carbonization of the surfaces of the thin-film. Such thin films, fabricated by the irradiation of a biodegradable polymer, are expected to find wide application in areas such as tissue regeneration and cell transplantation.

  18. Artificial granularity in two-dimensional arrays of nanodots fabricated by focused-electron-beam-induced deposition

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    Porrati, F; Sachser, R; Huth, M [Physikalisches Institut, Goethe-Universitaet, Max-von-Laue-Strasse 1, D-60438 Frankfurt am Main (Germany); Strauss, M [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Biophysik, Max-von-Laue-Strasse 3, D-60438 Frankfurt am Main (Germany); Andrusenko, I; Gorelik, T; Kolb, U [Institut fuer Physikalische Chemie, Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz, Welderweg 11, D-55099 Mainz (Germany); Bayarjargal, L; Winkler, B [Institut fuer Geowissenschaften, Abt. Kristallographie, Goethe-Universitaet, Altenhoeferallee 1, D-60438 Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

    2010-09-17

    We have prepared 2D arrays of nanodots embedded in an insulating matrix by means of focused-electron-beam-induced deposition using the W(CO){sub 6} precursor. By varying the deposition parameters, i.e. the electron beam current and energy and the raster constant, we obtain an artificial granular material with tunable electrical properties. The analysis of the temperature dependence of the conductivity and of the current-voltage characteristic suggests that the transport mechanism is governed by electron tunneling between artificial grains. In order to understand the nature of the granularity and thus the microstructural origin of the electronic transport behavior, we perform TEM and micro-Raman investigations. Independent of the deposition parameters, TEM measurements show that the dots are constituted of amorphous tungsten carbide clusters embedded in an amorphous carbonaceous matrix. Micro-Raman spectra show two peaks, around 690 and 860 cm{sup -1} associated with the W-C stretching modes. Higher frequency peaks give information on the composition of the matrix. In particular, we measure a peak at about 1290 cm{sup -1}, which is associated with sp{sup 3} carbon bonds. Furthermore we detect the so-called D and G peaks, at about 1350 and 1560 cm{sup -1}, associated with the vibration modes of the sp{sup 2} carbon bonds. The analysis of the position of the peaks and of their relative intensity suggests that the composition of the matrix is between nanocrystalline graphite and amorphous carbon.

  19. Source fabrication and lifetime for Li+ ion beams extracted from alumino-silicate sources

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    Roy, Prabir K.; Greenway, Wayne G.; Kwan, Joe W

    2012-03-05

    A space-charge-limited beam with current densities (J) exceeding 1 mA/cm2 have been measured from lithium alumino-silicate ion sources at a temperature of ~1275 °C. At higher extraction voltages, the source appears to become emission limited with J ≥ 1.5 mA/cm2, and J increases weakly with the applied voltage. A 6.35 mm diameter source with an alumino-silicate coating, ≤0.25 mm thick, has a measured lifetime of ~40 h at ~1275 °C, when pulsed at 0.05 Hz and with pulse length of ~6 μs each. At this rate, the source lifetime was independent of the actual beam charge extracted due to the loss of neutral atoms at high temperature. Finally, the source lifetime increases with the amount of alumino-silicate coated on the emitting surface, and may also be further extended if the temperature is reduced between pulses.

  20. Source fabrication and lifetime for Li+ ion beams extracted from alumino-silicate sources

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    Roy, Prabir K.; Greenway, Wayne G.; Kwan, Joe W.

    2012-04-01

    A space-charge-limited beam with current densities (J) exceeding 1 mA/cm2 have been measured from lithium alumino-silicate ion sources at a temperature of ~1275 °C. At higher extraction voltages, the source appears to become emission limited with J ≥ 1.5 mA/cm2, and J increases weakly with the applied voltage. A 6.35 mm diameter source with an alumino-silicate coating, ≤0.25 mm thick, has a measured lifetime of ~40 h at ~1275 °C, when pulsed at 0.05 Hz and with pulse length of ~6 μs each. At this rate, the source lifetime was independent of the actual beam charge extracted due to the loss of neutral atoms at high temperature. Finally, the source lifetime increases with the amount of alumino-silicate coated on the emitting surface, and may also be further extended if the temperature is reduced between pulses.

  1. Optical design through optimization using freeform orthogonal polynomials for rectangular apertures

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    Nikolic, Milena; Benítez, P.; Miñano, Juan C.; Grabovickic, D.; Liu, Jiayao; Narasimhan, B.; Buljan, M.

    2015-09-01

    With the increasing interest in using freeform surfaces in optical systems due to the novel application opportunities and manufacturing techniques, new challenges are constantly emerging. Optical systems have traditionally been using circular apertures, but new types of freeform systems call for different aperture shapes. First non-circular aperture shape that one can be interested in due to tessellation or various folds systems is the rectangular one. This paper covers the comparative analysis of a simple local optimization of one design example using different orthogonalized representations of our freeform surface for the rectangular aperture. A very simple single surface off-axis mirror is chosen as a starting system. The surface is fitted to the desired polynomial representation, and the whole system is then optimized with the only constraint being the effective focal length. The process is repeated for different surface representations, amongst which there are some defined inside a circle, like Forbes freeform polynomials, and others that can be defined inside a rectangle like a new calculated Legendre type polynomials orthogonal in the gradient. It can be observed that with this new calculated polynomial type there is a faster convergence to a deeper minimum compared to "defined inside a circle" polynomials. The average MTF values across 17 field points also show clear benefits in using the polynomials that adapted more accurately to the aperture used in the system.

  2. Student Evaluation of Teaching: A Study Exploring Student Rating Instrument Free-Form Text Comments

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    Stupans, Ieva; McGuren, Therese; Babey, Anna Marie

    2016-01-01

    Student rating instruments are recognised to be valid indicators of effective instruction, providing a valuable tool to improve teaching. However, free-form text comments obtained from the open-ended question component of such surveys are only infrequently analysed comprehensively. We employed an innovative, systematic approach to the analysis of…

  3. Variation in mechanical behavior due to different build directions of Titanium6Aluminum4Vanadium fabricated by electron beam additive manufacturing technology

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    Roy, Lalit

    Titanium has always been a metal of great interest since its discovery especially for critical applications because of its excellent mechanical properties such as light weight (almost half of that of the steel), low density (4.4 gm/cc) and high strength (almost similar to steel). It creates a stable and adherent oxide layer on its surface upon exposure to air or water which gives it a great resistance to corrosion and has made it a great choice for structures in severe corrosive environment and sea water. Its non-allergic property has made it suitable for biomedical application for manufacturing implants. Having a very high melting temperature, it has a very good potential for high temperature applications. But high production and processing cost has limited its application. Ti6Al4V is the most used titanium alloy for which it has acquired the title as `workhouse' of the Ti family. Additive layer Manufacturing (ALM) has brought revolution in manufacturing industries. Today, this additive manufacturing has developed into several methods and formed a family. This method fabricates a product by adding layer after layer as per the geometry given as input into the system. Though the conception was developed to fabricate prototypes and making tools initially, but its highly economic aspect i.e., very little waste material for less machining and comparatively lower production lead time, obviation of machine tools have drawn attention for its further development towards mass production. Electron Beam Melting (EBM) is the latest addition to ALM family developed by Arcam, ABRTM located in Sweden. The electron beam that is used as heat source melts metal powder to form layers. For this thesis work, three different types of specimens have been fabricated using EBM system. These specimens differ in regard of direction of layer addition. Mechanical properties such as ultimate tensile strength, elastic modulus and yield strength, have been measured and compared with standard data

  4. Cavity Design, Fabrication and Commission Performance of a 750MHz, 4-rod Separator for CEBAF 4-Hall Beam Delivery System

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    Wang, Haipeng [Jefferson Lab, Newport News, VA; Cheng, Guangfeng [Jefferson Lab, Newport News, VA; Turlington, Larry T. [Jefferson Lab, Newport News, VA; Wissmann, Mark J. [Jefferson Lab, Newport News, VA

    2015-09-01

    A short version of the original CEBAF normal conducting 4-rod separator cavity has been developed into a 750MHz one * since the concept of simultaneous 4-hall operation for CEBAF is introduced **. This work has been advanced further based on the EM design optimization, bench measurement and by conducting RF-thermal coupled simulation using CST and ANSYS to confirm the cavity tuning and thermal performance. The cavity fabrication used matured technology like copper plating and machining. The cavity flanges, couplers, tuners and cooling channels adopted consistent/compatible hardware with the existing 500MHz cavities. The electromagnetic and thermal design simulations have greatly reduced the prototyping and bench tuning time of the first prototype. Four production cavities have reached a typical 1.94MV kick voltage or 3.0kW wall loss on each cavity after a minor multipactoring or no processing, 7.5% overhead power than the design specification.

  5. Solid freeform-fabricated scaffolds designed to carry multicellular mesenchymal stem cell spheroids for cartilage regeneration

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    G-S Huang; C-S Tseng; B Linju Yen; L-G Dai; P-S Hsieh; S-h Hsu

    2013-01-01

    Three-dimensional (3D) cellular spheroids have recently emerged as a new trend to replace suspended single cells in modern cell-based therapies because of their greater regeneration capacities in vitro. They may lose the 3D structure during a change of microenvironment, which poses challenges to their translation in vivo. Besides, the conventional microporous scaffolds may have difficulty in accommodating these relatively large spheroids. Here we revealed a novel design of microenvironment fo...

  6. The behaviour of water- and gas-atomised tool steel powders in coaxial laser freeform fabrication

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    Pinkerton, Andrew J.; Li, Lin

    2004-04-01

    Recent work has shown that using a lower-cost water-atomised stainless steel powder for multiple layer laser deposition is functionally possible, and can produce parts with final properties equivalent to, or in some respects better than, gas-atomised powder. Before the feasibility of using water-atomised powders in growing fields such as rapid tooling can be determined, it is essential that the behaviour of more appropriate materials be investigated. This paper reports work using a CO{sub 2} laser and coaxial powder feed head to compare the characteristics of water- and gas-atomised H13 tool steel during the deposition process. The dimensions and geometries of the deposited tracks, and the final material microstructures are examined, and significant differences arising from the type of atomisation method are revealed. Possible explanations for the observed phenomena are discussed.

  7. The behaviour of water- and gas-atomised tool steel powders in coaxial laser freeform fabrication

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    Recent work has shown that using a lower-cost water-atomised stainless steel powder for multiple layer laser deposition is functionally possible, and can produce parts with final properties equivalent to, or in some respects better than, gas-atomised powder. Before the feasibility of using water-atomised powders in growing fields such as rapid tooling can be determined, it is essential that the behaviour of more appropriate materials be investigated. This paper reports work using a CO2 laser and coaxial powder feed head to compare the characteristics of water- and gas-atomised H13 tool steel during the deposition process. The dimensions and geometries of the deposited tracks, and the final material microstructures are examined, and significant differences arising from the type of atomisation method are revealed. Possible explanations for the observed phenomena are discussed

  8. Solid Freeform Fabrication of Continuous Fiber Reinforced Composites for Propulsion Applications

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    Vaidyanathan, R.; Fox, M.; Walish, J.; Rigali, M.; Cipriani, R.; Gillespie, J.; Yarlagadda, S.; Effinger, M.

    2001-01-01

    Monolithic ceramics lack the fracture toughness necessary to be considered for propulsion related applications. To be used for such applications, materials must possess low density, high elastic modulus, a low thermal expansion coefficient, high thermal conductivity, excellent erosion and oxidation/corrosion resistance, and flaw-insensitivity. They will in many cases also be required to possess the ability to be joined, to survive thermal cycling and multi-axial stress states, and for reusable applications the materials must maintain the above attributes after prolonged exposure to extremely harsh chemical environments. The final and possibly most important attributes for these materials are the need to be of low cost and readily available in large quantities.

  9. Fabrication of polymer electrolyte membranes fuel cell as reduction of ETFE film polymer structure using electron beam

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    Crosslinking of ETFE polymer electrolyte membranes (PEMs) by combining several sources such as, -Electron beam (EB) -Thermal energy Characteristics of ETFE membrane: Ion exchange capacity (IEC), Water-uptake(WU) Size increment(SI), Tensile test, Chemical resistance Ionic conductivity (IC) Electric characteristics in PEMFC. Grafting monomer: Styrene (S), Methylstyrene (MS), Ion exchange capacity: Titration method with 0.1N NaOH Water-uptake : 24hr in DI water, room temp. = 26 .deg. C Tensile test: In stron analyzer Chemical resistance: 28% H2O2, 50 .deg. C Size increment: % wt-change after Di water-swelled at 26 .deg. C and for 24hr Ionic conductivity: 4 probe, measured in DI water at 26 .deg. C Electric characteristics: PEMFC (H2/O2), Cell size : 1 Χ 1 cm2 Temp. range: 50∼70 .deg. C, Pt loading : 0.4mg/cm2

  10. Plasmonic Gold Helices for the visible range fabricated by oxygen plasma purification of electron beam induced deposits

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    Haverkamp, Caspar; Jäckle, Sara; Manzoni, Anna; Christiansen, Silke

    2016-01-01

    Electron beam induced deposition (EBID) currently provides the only direct writing technique for truly three-dimensional nanostructures with geometrical features below 50 nm. Unfortunately, the depositions from metal-organic precursors suffer from a substantial carbon content. This hinders many applications, especially in plasmonics where the metallic nature of the geometric surfaces is mandatory. To overcome this problem a post-deposition treatment with oxygen plasma at room temperature was investigated for the purification of gold containing EBID structures. Upon plasma treatment, the structures experience a shrinkage in diameter of about 18 nm but entirely keep their initial shape. The proposed purification step results in a core-shell structure with the core consisting of mainly unaffected EBID material and a gold shell of about 20 nm in thickness. These purified structures are plasmonically active in the visible wavelength range as shown by dark field optical microscopy on helical nanostructures. Most no...

  11. The field emission properties of high aspect ratio diamond nanocone arrays fabricated by focused ion beam milling

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    Z.L. Wang, Q. Wang, H.J. Li, J.J. Li, P. Xu, Q. Luo, A.Z. Jin, H.F. Yang and C.Z. Gu

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available High aspect ratio diamond nanocone arrays are formed on freestanding diamond film by means of focused ion beam (FIB milling technology and hot-filament chemical vapor deposition (HFCVD method. The structure and phase purity of an individual diamond nanocone are characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM and micro-Raman spectroscopy. The result indicates that the diamond cones with high aspect ratio and small tip apex radius can be obtained by optimizing the parameters of FIB milling and diamond growth. The diamond nanocone arrays were also used to study the electron field emission properties and electric field shielding effect, finding high emission current density, low threshold and weak shielding effect, all attributable to the high field enhancement factor and suitable cone density of the diamond nanocone emitter

  12. Efficient focusing of 8 keV X-rays with multilayer Fresnel zone plates fabricated by atomic layer deposition and focused ion beam milling.

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    Mayer, Marcel; Keskinbora, Kahraman; Grévent, Corinne; Szeghalmi, Adriana; Knez, Mato; Weigand, Markus; Snigirev, Anatoly; Snigireva, Irina; Schütz, Gisela

    2013-05-01

    Fresnel zone plates (FZPs) recently showed significant improvement by focusing soft X-rays down to ~10 nm. In contrast to soft X-rays, generally a very high aspect ratio FZP is needed for efficient focusing of hard X-rays. Therefore, FZPs had limited success in the hard X-ray range owing to difficulties of manufacturing high-aspect-ratio zone plates using conventional techniques. Here, employing a method of fabrication based on atomic layer deposition (ALD) and focused ion beam (FIB) milling, FZPs with very high aspect ratios were prepared. Such multilayer FZPs with outermost zone widths of 10 and 35 nm and aspect ratios of up to 243 were tested for their focusing properties at 8 keV and shown to focus hard X-rays efficiently. This success was enabled by the outstanding layer quality thanks to ALD. Via the use of FIB for slicing the multilayer structures, desired aspect ratios could be obtained by precisely controlling the thickness. Experimental diffraction efficiencies of multilayer FZPs fabricated via this combination reached up to 15.58% at 8 keV. In addition, scanning transmission X-ray microscopy experiments at 1.5 keV were carried out using one of the multilayer FZPs and resolved a 60 nm feature size. Finally, the prospective of different material combinations with various outermost zone widths at 8 and 17 keV is discussed in the light of the coupled wave theory and the thin-grating approximation. Al2O3/Ir is outlined as a promising future material candidate for extremely high resolution with a theoretical efficiency of more than 20% for as small an outermost zone width as 10 nm at 17 keV. PMID:23592622

  13. Fabrication of catalytically active nanocrystalline samarium (Sm)-doped cerium oxide (CeO2) thin films using electron beam evaporation

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    Samarium (Sm)-doped cerium oxide (CeO2) thin films were fabricated using electron beam evaporation technique. The synthesized films were deposited either on glass or ITO substrates and studied their nature by annealing at different temperatures. The optical properties and other morphological studies were done by UV–Vis, XRD, XPS, SEM, EDS, and FT-IR analysis. XRD and XPS analysis clearly confirm the presence of Sm in the ceria site. From the SEM study, it was found that after annealing at high temperature (∼300 or 500 °C), the particles size was reduced due to breakdown of large aggregates of particles which is also confirmed from UV–Vis, XPS, and XRD analyses. The FT-IR study proves the presence of –COO–, –OH, or ammonium group on the particles surface. The deposition of Sm-doped CeO2 nanomaterials was found more feasible on ITO substrate compared to that of glass substrate in terms of stability and depth of film thickness. The Sm-doped CeO2 nanomaterial acts as a re-usable catalyst for the reduction of organic dye molecules in the presence of NaBH4. The catalysis rate was compared by considering the electron transfer process during the reduction. The synthesized Sm-doped CeO2 thin films might find wide variety of applications in various emerging fields like solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), oxygen sensor or as catalyst in different types of organic and inorganic catalytic reactions. The fabrication process is very simple, straightforward, less time consuming, and cost effective.Graphical Abstract

  14. Efficient focusing of 8 keV X-rays with multilayer Fresnel zone plates fabricated by atomic layer deposition and focused ion beam milling

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    Mayer, Marcel; Keskinbora, Kahraman; Grévent, Corinne, E-mail: grevent@is.mpg.de [Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Heisenbergstrasse 3, D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Szeghalmi, Adriana [Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Albert-Einstein-Strasse 15, D-07745 Jena (Germany); Knez, Mato [CIC nanoGUNE Consolider, Tolosa Hiribidea 76, E-20018 Donostia-San Sebastian (Spain); Basque Foundation for Science, Alameda Urquijo 36-5, E-48011 Bilbao (Spain); Weigand, Markus [Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Heisenbergstrasse 3, D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Snigirev, Anatoly; Snigireva, Irina [European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, 6 rue Jules Horowitz, BP 220, F-38043 Grenoble (France); Schütz, Gisela [Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Heisenbergstrasse 3, D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany)

    2013-05-01

    The fabrication and performance of multilayer Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} Fresnel zone plates in the hard X-ray range and a discussion of possible future developments considering available materials are reported. Fresnel zone plates (FZPs) recently showed significant improvement by focusing soft X-rays down to ∼10 nm. In contrast to soft X-rays, generally a very high aspect ratio FZP is needed for efficient focusing of hard X-rays. Therefore, FZPs had limited success in the hard X-ray range owing to difficulties of manufacturing high-aspect-ratio zone plates using conventional techniques. Here, employing a method of fabrication based on atomic layer deposition (ALD) and focused ion beam (FIB) milling, FZPs with very high aspect ratios were prepared. Such multilayer FZPs with outermost zone widths of 10 and 35 nm and aspect ratios of up to 243 were tested for their focusing properties at 8 keV and shown to focus hard X-rays efficiently. This success was enabled by the outstanding layer quality thanks to ALD. Via the use of FIB for slicing the multilayer structures, desired aspect ratios could be obtained by precisely controlling the thickness. Experimental diffraction efficiencies of multilayer FZPs fabricated via this combination reached up to 15.58% at 8 keV. In addition, scanning transmission X-ray microscopy experiments at 1.5 keV were carried out using one of the multilayer FZPs and resolved a 60 nm feature size. Finally, the prospective of different material combinations with various outermost zone widths at 8 and 17 keV is discussed in the light of the coupled wave theory and the thin-grating approximation. Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Ir is outlined as a promising future material candidate for extremely high resolution with a theoretical efficiency of more than 20% for as small an outermost zone width as 10 nm at 17 keV.

  15. Thickness-dependent blue shift in the excitonic peak of conformally grown ZnO:Al on ion-beam fabricated self-organized Si ripples

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    Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films of thicknesses 5,10, 15, 20, and 30 nm were deposited on 500 eV argon ion-beam fabricated nanoscale self-organized rippled-Si substrates at room temperature and are compared with similar films deposited on pristine-Si substrates (without ripples). It is observed that morphology of self-organized AZO films is driven by the underlying substrate morphology. For instance, for pristine-Si substrates, a granular morphology evolves for all AZO films. On the other hand, for rippled-Si substrates, morphologies having chain-like arrangement (anisotropic in nature) are observed up to a thickness of 20 nm, while a granular morphology evolves (isotropic in nature) for 30 nm-thick film. Photoluminescence studies reveal that excitonic peaks corresponding to 5–15 nm-thick AZO films, grown on rippled-Si templates, show a blue shift of 8 nm and 3 nm, respectively, whereas the peak shift is negligible for 20-nm thick film (with respect to their pristine counter parts). The observed blue shifts are substantiated by diffuse reflectance study and attributed to quantum confinement effect, associated with the size of the AZO grains and their spatial arrangements driven by the anisotropic morphology of underlying rippled-Si templates. The present findings will be useful for making tunable AZO-based light-emitting devices

  16. Thickness-dependent blue shift in the excitonic peak of conformally grown ZnO:Al on ion-beam fabricated self-organized Si ripples

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    Basu, T.; Kumar, M.; Som, T., E-mail: tsom@iopb.res.in [Institute of Physics, Sachivalaya Marg, Bhubaneswar 751 005 (India); Nandy, S. [CENIMAT, Faculdade de Ciencias e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Caparica 2829 516 (Portugal); Satpati, B. [Surface Physics and Material Science Division, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata 700 064 (India); Saini, C. P.; Kanjilal, A. [Department of Physics, School of Natural Sciences, Shiv Nadar University, Gautam Budh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh 201 314 (India)

    2015-09-14

    Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films of thicknesses 5,10, 15, 20, and 30 nm were deposited on 500 eV argon ion-beam fabricated nanoscale self-organized rippled-Si substrates at room temperature and are compared with similar films deposited on pristine-Si substrates (without ripples). It is observed that morphology of self-organized AZO films is driven by the underlying substrate morphology. For instance, for pristine-Si substrates, a granular morphology evolves for all AZO films. On the other hand, for rippled-Si substrates, morphologies having chain-like arrangement (anisotropic in nature) are observed up to a thickness of 20 nm, while a granular morphology evolves (isotropic in nature) for 30 nm-thick film. Photoluminescence studies reveal that excitonic peaks corresponding to 5–15 nm-thick AZO films, grown on rippled-Si templates, show a blue shift of 8 nm and 3 nm, respectively, whereas the peak shift is negligible for 20-nm thick film (with respect to their pristine counter parts). The observed blue shifts are substantiated by diffuse reflectance study and attributed to quantum confinement effect, associated with the size of the AZO grains and their spatial arrangements driven by the anisotropic morphology of underlying rippled-Si templates. The present findings will be useful for making tunable AZO-based light-emitting devices.

  17. Free-form deformation based non-rigid registration on breast cancer MR imaging

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    Zhang, Liangbin; Suo, Shiteng; Lu, Xuesong; Li, Yuehua; Chen, Li; Zhang, Su

    2013-07-01

    High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound treatment combined with magnetic resonance technology (MRI-guided HIFU, MRgHIFU) can protect the thermal ablation without harming the surrounding tissue by using MRI for target positioning, where image registration plays an important role in the implementation of precise treatment. In this paper, we apply three-dimension free-form deformation non-rigid registration on treatment plan amendments and tracking of breast cancer. Free-form deformation based and demons based non-rigid registration are respectively employed on breast cancer MR imaging required at different times before and after for comparison. The results of the experiments show that the registration performed on the breast tumor image data with slight and larger deformation is effective, and the mutual information of the ROI increased from 1.49 before registration to 1.53.

  18. Template matching of freeform surfaces based on orthogonal distance fitting for precision metrology

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    Freeform surfaces are widely used in advanced optical and mechanical devices. In order to assess the form quality of a freeform surface, it is required to match the measurement surface with the design template. To improve the matching efficiency and accuracy, the whole procedure is divided into two stages: rough matching and final fitting. A new rough matching method, called the structured region signature, is proposed. The structured region signature is a generalized global feature which represents the surface shape by a one-dimensional function. The template location occupying the best matching signature is considered to be the correct rough position of the measurement surface. After that the motion parameters are updated iteratively based on the orthogonal distance fitting. The dependence between the foot-point parameters of the projection points and the motion parameters is derived from the closest-distance relationship between correspondence point pairs. Numerical experiments are given to demonstrate the validity of this approach

  19. A simple procedure to include a free-form measurement capability to standard coordinate measurement machines

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    Schneider, Florian; Rascher, Rolf; Stamp, Richard; Smith, Gordon

    2013-09-01

    The modern optical industry requires objects with complex topographical structures. Free-form shaped objects are of large interest in many branches, especially for size reduced, modern lifestyle products like digital cameras. State of the art multi-axes-coordinate measurement machines (CMM), like the topographical measurement machine TII-3D, are by principle suitable to measure free-form shaped objects. The only limitation is the software package. This paper may illustrate a simple way to enhance coordinate measurement machines in order to add a free-form function. Next to a coordinate measurement machine, only a state of the art CAD† system and a simple piece of software are necessary. For this paper, the CAD software CREO‡ had been used. CREO enables the user to develop a 3D object in two different ways. With the first method, the user might design the shape by drawing one or more 2D sketches and put an envelope around. Using the second method, the user could define one or more formulas in the editor to describe the favoured surface. Both procedures lead to the required three-dimensional shape. However, further features of CREO enable the user to export the XYZ-coordinates of the created surface. A special designed software tool, developed with Matlab§, converts the XYZ-file into a measurement matrix which can be used as a reference file. Finally the result of the free-form measurement, carried out with a CMM, has to be loaded into the software tool and both files will be computed. The result is an error profile which provides the deviation between the measurement and the target-geometry.

  20. Optical design of 400-1000nm spectral imaging system based on a single freeform mirror

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    Hou, Jia; He, Zhiping; Shu, Rong

    2015-10-01

    The imaging spectrometer supplies spectral images in one spectral dimension and two spatial dimensions simultaneously. The Offner spectral imaging system was outstanding because of its small volume, light weight, free spectral smile and little keystone. However, the manufacture of the convex grating is a challenge and the cost is high. Here, an optical design of a compact 400-1000nm spectral imaging system using a planar grating based on a single freeform mirror was proposed. The spectrograph was similar with the Offner structure, only the grating is planar. The multi-spectra was split by the planar diffraction grating, and the collimating mirror and the focusing mirror were the same freeform surface by using it twice. The freeform surface was non-rotational symmetry. Its large degree of freedom can correct kinds of aberration, such as astigmatism, smile and keystone. The system has a compact volume as 120×100×100mm3. The entrance slit was 6mm, and the object NA(numerical aperture) was 0.12. The pixel size of the detector was 16μm×16μm, and its resolution was 375(spatial)×400(spectral). The design result showed that image quality close to the diffraction limit has been obtained. The maximums of the keystone and the smile at all working wavelengths in all fields were respectively 1.6μm and 7.5μm, which were both less than half of the pixel size. At last, the tolerance analysis considering manufacture and alignment of the system was done, the result showed that the manufacturability of the existing diamond turning machining technology can satisfy the accuracy need of the freeform mirror.

  1. Electron beam welding in the fabrication of thick-walled large-size pipes of C-Mn steels. Final report; Elektronenstrahlschweissen bei der Fertigung von dickwandigen Grossrohren aus C-Mn-Staehlen. Schlussbericht

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    Woeste, K.

    2001-11-01

    This research project investigates electron beam welding as a method of fabrication of large-size pipes with longitudinal welds. The effects of the welding speed on the mechanical and technological properties of the weld are investigated. From the economic view, electron beam welding is much more favourable than submerged-arc welding. [German] Dieses Forschungsprojekt soll dazu beitragen, das Elektronenstrahlschweissen als Fertigungsverfahren fuer laengsnahtgeschweisste Grossrohre zu qualifizieren. Dabei wird der Einfluss der Schweissgeschwindigkeit auf die mechanisch-technologischen Eigenschaften der Schweissung untersucht. Im Wirtschaftlichkeitsvergleich schneidet Elektronenstrahlschweissverfahren gegenueber dem Unterpulverschweissverfahren eindeutig besser ab.

  2. Novel free-form hohlraum shape design and optimization for laser-driven inertial confinement fusion

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    The hohlraum shape attracts considerable attention because there is no successful ignition method for laser-driven inertial confinement fusion at the National Ignition Facility. The available hohlraums are typically designed with simple conic curves, including ellipses, parabolas, arcs, or Lame curves, which allow only a few design parameters for the shape optimization, making it difficult to improve the performance, e.g., the energy coupling efficiency or radiation drive symmetry. A novel free-form hohlraum design and optimization approach based on the non-uniform rational basis spline (NURBS) model is proposed. In the present study, (1) all kinds of hohlraum shapes can be uniformly represented using NURBS, which is greatly beneficial for obtaining the optimal available hohlraum shapes, and (2) such free-form uniform representation enables us to obtain an optimal shape over a large design domain for the hohlraum with a more uniform radiation and higher drive temperature of the fuel capsule. Finally, a hohlraum is optimized and evaluated with respect to the drive temperature and symmetry at the Shenguang III laser facility in China. The drive temperature and symmetry results indicate that such a free-form representation is advantageous over available hohlraum shapes because it can substantially expand the shape design domain so as to obtain an optimal hohlraum with high performance

  3. Novel free-form hohlraum shape design and optimization for laser-driven inertial confinement fusion

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    Jiang, Shaoen; Jing, Longfei, E-mail: scmyking-2008@163.com; Ding, Yongkun [Laser Fusion Research Center, China Academy Engineering Physics, Mianyang 621900 (China); Huang, Yunbao, E-mail: huangyblhy@gmail.com [Mechatronics School of Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006 (China)

    2014-10-15

    The hohlraum shape attracts considerable attention because there is no successful ignition method for laser-driven inertial confinement fusion at the National Ignition Facility. The available hohlraums are typically designed with simple conic curves, including ellipses, parabolas, arcs, or Lame curves, which allow only a few design parameters for the shape optimization, making it difficult to improve the performance, e.g., the energy coupling efficiency or radiation drive symmetry. A novel free-form hohlraum design and optimization approach based on the non-uniform rational basis spline (NURBS) model is proposed. In the present study, (1) all kinds of hohlraum shapes can be uniformly represented using NURBS, which is greatly beneficial for obtaining the optimal available hohlraum shapes, and (2) such free-form uniform representation enables us to obtain an optimal shape over a large design domain for the hohlraum with a more uniform radiation and higher drive temperature of the fuel capsule. Finally, a hohlraum is optimized and evaluated with respect to the drive temperature and symmetry at the Shenguang III laser facility in China. The drive temperature and symmetry results indicate that such a free-form representation is advantageous over available hohlraum shapes because it can substantially expand the shape design domain so as to obtain an optimal hohlraum with high performance.

  4. Why are freeform telescopes less alignment sensitive than a traditional unobscured TMA?

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    Thompson, Kevin P.; Schiesser, Eric; Rolland, Jannick P.

    2015-10-01

    As freeform optical systems emerge as interesting and innovative solutions for imaging in 3D packages there is an assumption they are going to be more sensitive particularly at assembly. While it is true that the clocking of the component becomes a relatively weak new tolerance, for the most effective new class of freeform systems the alignment sensitivity is actually lower in most cases than for a comparable traditional unobscured three mirror anastigmatic (TMA) telescope. Traditional unobscured TMA telescopes, whose designs emerged in the mid-70s and which begin to appear as hardware in the literature in the early 90s, are based on using increasingly offset apertures with otherwise coaxial rotationally symmetric mirrors. The mirrors (typically 3 to correct spherical, coma, and astigmatism) have evolved to contain more high order terms as the designs are pushed to more compact and wider field packages - the NIRCAM camera for the JWST is an excellent example of this [1]. As the higher order terms are added, the mirrors become increasingly sensitive to decenters and tilts. An emerging class of freeform telescopes that provide wider field of view and/or faster f/numbers than the traditional TMA are based on a strategy where the surface shape remains a low order Zernike-type surface even in compact, unobscured packages. This optical design strategy results in an optical form that is not only higher performance but simultaneously less sensitive to alignment.

  5. Focused-ion-beam-fabricated Au nanorods coupled with Ag nanoparticles used as surface-enhanced Raman scattering-active substrate for analyzing trace melamine constituents in solution

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    Graphical abstract: -- Highlights: •Well-ordered Au-nanorod array with a controlled tip ring diameter (AuNRsd) is made by focused ion beam. •AuNRsd coupled with Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs/AuNRsd) is competent to sense target molecules in a solution. •Ag NPs/AuNRsd SERS active substrate can detect a single molecule of crystal violet. •Ag NPs/AuNRsd as a SERS-active substrate can distinguish melamine contaminants at low concentrations (e.g., 10−12 M). -- Abstract: A well-ordered Au-nanorod array with a controlled tip ring diameter (AuNRsd) was fabricated using the focused ion beam method. AuNRsd was then coupled with Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs) to bridge the gaps among Au nanorods. The effect of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) on AuNRsd and Ag NPs/AuNRsd was particularly verified using crystal violet (CV) as the molecular probe. Raman intensity obtained from a characteristic peak of CV on AuNRsd was estimated by an enhancement factor of ≈107 in magnitude, which increased ≈1012 in magnitude for that on Ag NPs/AuNRsd. A highly SERS-active Ag NPs/AuNRsd was furthermore applied for the detection of melamine (MEL) at very low concentrations. Raman-active peaks of MEL (10−3 to 10−12 M) in water or milk solution upon AuNRsd or Ag NPs/AuNRsd were well distinguished. The peaks at 680 and 702 cm−1 for MEL molecules were found suitable to be used as the index for sensing low-concentration MEL in a varied solution, while that at 1051 cm−1 was practical to interpret MEL molecules in water or milk solution bonded with Au (i.e., AuNRsd) or Ag (i.e., Ag NPs/AuNRsd) surface. At the interface of Ag NPs/AuNRsd and MEL molecules in milk solution, a laser-induced electromagnetic field or hotspot effect was produced and competent to sense low-concentration MEL molecules interacting with Ag and Au surfaces. Accordingly, Ag NPs/AuNRsd is very promising to be used as a fast and sensitive tool for screening MEL in complex matrices such as adulteration in e.g., food

  6. Focused-ion-beam-fabricated Au nanorods coupled with Ag nanoparticles used as surface-enhanced Raman scattering-active substrate for analyzing trace melamine constituents in solution.

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    Sivashanmugan, Kundan; Liao, Jiunn-Der; Liu, Bernard Haochih; Yao, Chih-Kai

    2013-10-24

    A well-ordered Au-nanorod array with a controlled tip ring diameter (Au_NRsd) was fabricated using the focused ion beam method. Au_NRsd was then coupled with Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs) to bridge the gaps among Au nanorods. The effect of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) on Au_NRsd and Ag NPs/Au_NRsd was particularly verified using crystal violet (CV) as the molecular probe. Raman intensity obtained from a characteristic peak of CV on Au_NRsd was estimated by an enhancement factor of ≈10(7) in magnitude, which increased ≈10(12) in magnitude for that on Ag NPs/Au_NRsd. A highly SERS-active Ag NPs/Au_NRsd was furthermore applied for the detection of melamine (MEL) at very low concentrations. Raman-active peaks of MEL (10(-3) to 10(-12)M) in water or milk solution upon Au_NRsd or Ag NPs/Au_NRsd were well distinguished. The peaks at 680 and 702 cm(-1) for MEL molecules were found suitable to be used as the index for sensing low-concentration MEL in a varied solution, while that at 1051 cm(-1) was practical to interpret MEL molecules in water or milk solution bonded with Au (i.e., Au_NRsd) or Ag (i.e., Ag NPs/Au_NRsd) surface. At the interface of Ag NPs/Au_NRsd and MEL molecules in milk solution, a laser-induced electromagnetic field or hotspot effect was produced and competent to sense low-concentration MEL molecules interacting with Ag and Au surfaces. Accordingly, Ag NPs/Au_NRsd is very promising to be used as a fast and sensitive tool for screening MEL in complex matrices such as adulteration in e.g., food and pharmaceutical products. PMID:24120168

  7. Optical performance simulation of free-form optics for an eye implant based on a measurement data enhanced model.

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    Sieber, Ingo; Li, Likai; Gengenbach, Ulrich; Beckert, Erik; Steinkopf, Ralf; Yi, Allen Y

    2016-08-20

    This paper describes the application of a modeling approach for precise optical performance prediction of free-form optics-based subsystems on a demonstration model of an eye implant. The simulation model is enhanced by surface data measured on the free-form lens parts. The manufacturing of the free-form lens parts is realized by two different manufacturing processes: ultraprecision diamond machining and microinjection molding. Evaluation of both processes is conducted by a simulation of the optical performance on the basis of their surface measurement comparisons with the nominal geometry. The simulation results indicate that improvements from the process optimization of microinjection molding were obtained for the best manufacturing accuracy. PMID:27556988

  8. Rapid Fabrication Techniques for Liquid Rocket Channel Wall Nozzles

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    Gradl, Paul R.

    2016-01-01

    The functions of a regeneratively-cooled nozzle are to (1) expand combustion gases to increase exhaust gas velocity while, (2) maintaining adequate wall temperatures to prevent structural failure, and (3) transfer heat from the hot gases to the coolant fluid to promote injector performance and stability. Regeneratively-cooled nozzles are grouped into two categories: tube-wall nozzles and channel wall nozzles. A channel wall nozzle is designed with an internal liner containing a series of integral coolant channels that are closed out with an external jacket. Manifolds are attached at each end of the nozzle to distribute coolant to and away from the channels. A variety of manufacturing techniques have been explored for channel wall nozzles, including state of the art laser-welded closeouts and pressure-assisted braze closeouts. This paper discusses techniques that NASA MSFC is evaluating for rapid fabrication of channel wall nozzles that address liner fabrication, slotting techniques and liner closeout techniques. Techniques being evaluated for liner fabrication include large-scale additive manufacturing of freeform-deposition structures to create the liner blanks. Abrasive water jet milling is being evaluated for cutting the complex coolant channel geometries. Techniques being considered for rapid closeout of the slotted liners include freeform deposition, explosive bonding and Cold Spray. Each of these techniques, development work and results are discussed in further detail in this paper.

  9. Visual space assessment of two all-reflective, freeform, optical see-through head-worn displays.

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    Bauer, Aaron; Rolland, Jannick P

    2014-06-01

    Head-worn displays have begun to infiltrate the commercial electronics scene as mobile computing power has decreased in price and increased in availability. A prototypical head-worn display is both lightweight and compact, while achieving high quality optical performance. In off-axis geometries, freeform optical surfaces allow an optical designer additional degrees of freedom necessary to create a device that meets these conditions. In this paper, we show two optical see-through head-worn display designs, both comprising two freeform elements with an emphasis on visual space assessment and parameters. PMID:24921511

  10. Focused-ion-beam-fabricated Au nanorods coupled with Ag nanoparticles used as surface-enhanced Raman scattering-active substrate for analyzing trace melamine constituents in solution

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    Sivashanmugan, Kundan [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, 1 University Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China); Liao, Jiunn-Der, E-mail: jdliao@mail.ncku.edu.tw [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, 1 University Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China); Center for Micro/Nano Science and Technology, National Cheng Kung University, 1 University Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China); Liu, Bernard Haochih; Yao, Chih-Kai [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, 1 University Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China)

    2013-10-24

    Graphical abstract: -- Highlights: •Well-ordered Au-nanorod array with a controlled tip ring diameter (Au{sub N}Rs{sub d}) is made by focused ion beam. •Au{sub N}Rs{sub d} coupled with Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs/Au{sub N}Rs{sub d}) is competent to sense target molecules in a solution. •Ag NPs/Au{sub N}Rs{sub d} SERS active substrate can detect a single molecule of crystal violet. •Ag NPs/Au{sub N}Rs{sub d} as a SERS-active substrate can distinguish melamine contaminants at low concentrations (e.g., 10{sup −12} M). -- Abstract: A well-ordered Au-nanorod array with a controlled tip ring diameter (Au{sub N}Rs{sub d}) was fabricated using the focused ion beam method. Au{sub N}Rs{sub d} was then coupled with Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs) to bridge the gaps among Au nanorods. The effect of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) on Au{sub N}Rs{sub d} and Ag NPs/Au{sub N}Rs{sub d} was particularly verified using crystal violet (CV) as the molecular probe. Raman intensity obtained from a characteristic peak of CV on Au{sub N}Rs{sub d} was estimated by an enhancement factor of ≈10{sup 7} in magnitude, which increased ≈10{sup 12} in magnitude for that on Ag NPs/Au{sub N}Rs{sub d}. A highly SERS-active Ag NPs/Au{sub N}Rs{sub d} was furthermore applied for the detection of melamine (MEL) at very low concentrations. Raman-active peaks of MEL (10{sup −3} to 10{sup −12} M) in water or milk solution upon Au{sub N}Rs{sub d} or Ag NPs/Au{sub N}Rs{sub d} were well distinguished. The peaks at 680 and 702 cm{sup −1} for MEL molecules were found suitable to be used as the index for sensing low-concentration MEL in a varied solution, while that at 1051 cm{sup −1} was practical to interpret MEL molecules in water or milk solution bonded with Au (i.e., Au{sub N}Rs{sub d}) or Ag (i.e., Ag NPs/Au{sub N}Rs{sub d}) surface. At the interface of Ag NPs/Au{sub N}Rs{sub d} and MEL molecules in milk solution, a laser-induced electromagnetic field or hotspot effect was produced and

  11. Quantum beam nanolithography

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    Recently, nanotechnology has attracted much attention. Nanotechnology-related research and development have been intensively carried out in the world. Quantum beam nanolithography such as electron beam lithography is expected as a fabrication tool for nanotechnology-related products. For the development of materials capable of fabricating nanostructures, it is important to understand beam-material interaction. We reported radiation-induced reactions in nanolithography materials studied by ISIR subpicosecond pulse radiolysis system. (author)

  12. Challenges in holographic measurement of aspheric and freeform optical components shape

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    Lédl, Vít; Psota, Pavel; Vojtíšek, Petr; Doleček, Roman; Mokrý, Pavel; Dlask, Martin

    Vol. 9508. Bellingham: SPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING, 2015 - (Hrabovsky, M.; Sheridan, J.; Fimia, A.), 95080M-95080M. (SPIE). ISBN 978-1-62841-629-9. ISSN 0277-786X. [Conference on Holography - Advances and Modern Trends IV. Prague (CZ), 15.04.2015-16.04.2015] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LO1206 Institutional support: RVO:61389021 Keywords : Holographic contouring * Multidirection illumination * Dualwavelength * Aspheric * Freeform * Polished Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering http://proceedings.spiedigitallibrary.org/proceeding.aspx?articleid=2293341

  13. A Computer Vision Method for 3D Reconstruction of Curves-Marked Free-Form Surfaces

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    Xiong Hanwei; Zhang Xiangwei

    2001-01-01

    Visual method is now broadly used in reverse engineering for 3D reconstruction. Thetraditional computer vision methods are feature-based, i.e., they require that the objects must revealfeatures owing to geometry or textures. For textureless free-form surfaces, dense feature points areadded artificially. In this paper, a new method is put forward combining computer vision with CAGD.The surface is subdivided into N-side Gregory patches using marked curves, and a stereo algorithm isused to reconstruct the curves. Then, the cross boundary tangent vector is computed throughreflectance analysis. At last, the whole surface can be reconstructed by jointing these patches withG1 continuity.

  14. Study of the Contact Force in Free-form Surfaces Compliant EDM Polishing by Robot

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    2002-01-01

    With an elastic negative pole being driven by ultra so nic vibration and being moved along the surface of work-piece compliantly by ro bot, a new kind of effective EDM, the compliant EDM, cuts the electrically condu ctive materials away and polishes work-piece of free-form surface. The study o f the contact force between the end of polishing tool and the surface of work-p iece is the key for the compliant EDM to study its cutting mechanism and to make better use of it. This paper makes a model for the cont...

  15. Irradiance tailoring with two-sided Fresnel-type freeform optics

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    Bruneton, Adrien; Bäuerle, Axel; Traub, Martin; Wester, Rolf; Loosen, Peter

    2012-10-01

    Based on the Monge-Kantorovich theory of optimal mass transport, the computation of a ray mapping between source and target irradiances is used to design two-sided freeform lenses fulfilling the constraints of an automotive application: compactness and sharp bright-dark cutoff. A generic segmentation technic resulting in Fresnel-type optics is presented and the whole procedure is illustrated with the design of a fog light lens. Finally Monte Carlo simulation of the virtual model and measurements of a polycarbonate prototype are presented.

  16. Cell-Laden Poly(ɛ-caprolactone)/Alginate Hybrid Scaffolds Fabricated by an Aerosol Cross-Linking Process for Obtaining Homogeneous Cell Distribution: Fabrication, Seeding Efficiency, and Cell Proliferation and Distribution

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    Lee, HyeongJin; Ahn, Seunghyun; Bonassar, Lawrence J.; Chun, Wook; Kim, GeunHyung

    2013-01-01

    Generally, solid-freeform fabricated scaffolds show a controllable pore structure (pore size, porosity, pore connectivity, and permeability) and mechanical properties by using computer-aided techniques. Although the scaffolds can provide repeated and appropriate pore structures for tissue regeneration, they have a low biological activity, such as low cell-seeding efficiency and nonuniform cell density in the scaffold interior after a long culture period, due to a large pore size and completel...

  17. Blood-Vessel Mimicking Structures by Stereolithographic Fabrication of Small Porous Tubes Using Cytocompatible Polyacrylate Elastomers, Biofunctionalization and Endothelialization

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    Birgit Huber; Sascha Engelhardt; Wolfdietrich Meyer; Hartmut Krüger; Annika Wenz; Veronika Schönhaar; Tovar, Günter E. M.; Kluger, Petra J.; Kirsten Borchers

    2016-01-01

    Blood vessel reconstruction is still an elusive goal for the development of in vitro models as well as artificial vascular grafts. In this study, we used a novel photo-curable cytocompatible polyacrylate material (PA) for freeform generation of synthetic vessels. We applied stereolithography for the fabrication of arbitrary 3D tubular structures with total dimensions in the centimeter range, 300 µm wall thickness, inner diameters of 1 to 2 mm and defined pores with a constant diameter of appr...

  18. CO II laser free-form processing of hard tissue

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    Werner, Martin; Klasing, Manfred; Ivanenko, Mikhail; Harbecke, Daniela; Steigerwald, Hendrik; Hering, Peter

    2007-07-01

    Drilling and surface processing of bone and tooth tissue belongs to standard medical procedures (bores and embeddings for implants, trepanation etc.). Small circular bores can be generally quickly produced with mechanical drills. However problems arise at angled drilling, the need to execute drilling procedures without damaging of sensitive soft tissue structures underneath the bone or the attempt to mill small non-circular cavities in hard tissue with high precision. We present investigations on laser hard tissue "milling", which can be advantageous for solving these problems. The processing of bone is done with a CO II laser (10.6 μm) with pulse durations of 50 - 100 μs, combined with a PC-controlled fast galvanic laser beam scanner and a fine water-spray, which helps keeping the ablation process effective and without thermal side-effects. Laser "milling" of non-circular cavities with 1 - 4 mm width and about 10 mm depth can be especially interesting for dental implantology. In ex-vivo investigations we found conditions for fast laser processing of these cavities without thermal damage and with minimised tapering. It included the exploration of different filling patterns (concentric rings, crosshatch, parallel lines, etc.), definition of maximal pulse duration, repetition rate and laser power, and optimal water spray position. The optimised results give evidence for the applicability of pulsed CO II lasers for biologically tolerable effective processing of deep cavities in hard tissue.

  19. Feature, design intention and constraint preservation for direct modeling of 3D freeform surfaces

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    Fu, Luoting; Kara, Levent Burak; Shimada, Kenji

    2012-06-01

    Direct modeling has recently emerged as a suitable approach for 3D free-form shape modeling in industrial design. It has several advantages over the conventional, parametric modeling techniques, including natural user interactions, as well as the underlying, automatic feature-preserving shape deformation algorithms. However, current direct modeling packages still lack several capabilities critical for product design, such as managing aesthetic design intentions, and enforcing dimensional, geometric constraints. In this paper, we describe a novel 3D surface editing system capable of jointly accommodating aesthetic design intentions expressed in the form of surface painting and color-coded annotations, as well as engineering constraints expressed as dimensions. The proposed system is built upon differential coordinates and constrained least squares, and is intended for conceptual design that involves frequent shape tuning and explorations. We also provide an extensive review of the state-of-the-art direct modeling approaches for 3D mesh-based, freeform surfaces, with an emphasis on the two broad categories of shape deformation algorithms developed in the relevant field of geometric modeling. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  20. Using the 3D-SMS for finding starting configurations in imaging systems with freeform surfaces

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    Satzer, Britta; Richter, Undine; Lippmann, Uwe; Metzner, Gerburg S.; Notni, Gunther; Gross, Herbert

    2015-09-01

    As the scientific field of the freeform optics is newly developing, there is only a small number of approved starting systems for the imaging lens design. We investigate the possibility to generate starting configurations of freeform lenses with the Simultaneous Multiple Surface (SMS) method. Surface fit and transfer to the ray tracing program are discussed in detail. Based on specific examples without rotational symmetry, we analyze the potential of such starting systems. The tested systems evolve from Scheimpflug configurations or have arbitrarily tilted image planes. The optimization behavior of the starting systems retrieved from the 3D-SMS is compared to classical starting configurations, like an aspheric lens. Therefore we evaluate the root mean square (RMS) spot radius before and after the optimization as well as the speed of convergence. In result the performance of the starting configurations is superior. The mean RMS spot diameter is reduced about up to 17.6 % in comparison to an aspheric starting configuration and about up to 28 % for a simple plane plate.

  1. Free-form glass reflectors for non-trivial illumination applications with extended sources

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    Heßling, Thomas; Geyer, Ulf; Hellwig, Ansgar; Hübner, Marc C.

    2012-10-01

    The field of illumination optics has an increasing demand for free-form optics that produce arbitrary light distributions. In various applications an asymmetric, e.g. rectangular illumination can be beneficial, such as street lights, shop lights or architectural lighting. Yet there are only very few construction methods for free-form surfaces, especially using extended sources. One such method utilizes a manifold of conic sections to derive a source-target mapping for a particular source and target distribution. Although it relies on the assumption of a point source it can be adapted to work with real, extended sources. We implemented the algorithm to construct glass reflectors for almost arbitrary light distributions, either prescribed in the near- or far-field. Starting with a point source, an initial surface is optimized in a second process with a feedback loop to produce the desired result with the actual extended source. Our method is quite robust and was used to design for example an asymmetrical street light reflector. It was manufactured at Auer Lighting GmbH out of borosilicate glass. Measured target distributions are in excellent agreement with the simulations. These promising results show that this particular design method can be applied to real world applications. It is a powerful tool whenever a highly optimized reflector for a non-trivial illumination is required.

  2. Design of compact freeform lens for application specific Light-Emitting Diode packaging.

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    Wang, Kai; Chen, Fei; Liu, Zongyuan; Luo, Xiaobing; Liu, Sheng

    2010-01-18

    Application specific LED packaging (ASLP) is an emerging technology for high performance LED lighting. We introduced a practical design method of compact freeform lens for extended sources used in ASLP. A new ASLP for road lighting was successfully obtained by integrating a polycarbonate compact freeform lens of small form factor with traditional LED packaging. Optical performance of the ASLP was investigated by both numerical simulation based on Monte Carlo ray tracing method and experiments. Results demonstrated that, comparing with traditional LED module integrated with secondary optics, the ASLP had advantages of much smaller size in volume (approximately 1/8), higher system lumen efficiency (approximately 8.1%), lower cost and more convenience for customers to design and assembly, enabling possible much wider applications of LED for general road lighting. Tolerance analyses were also conducted. Installation errors of horizontal and vertical deviations had more effects on the shape and uniformity of radiation pattern compared with rotational deviation. The tolerances of horizontal, vertical and rotational deviations of this lens were 0.11 mm, 0.14 mm and 2.4 degrees respectively, which were acceptable in engineering. PMID:20173861

  3. Design of compact LED free-form optical system for aeronautical illumination.

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    Cheng, Haobo; Xu, Chunyun; Jing, Xiaoli; Tam, Hon-Yuen

    2015-09-01

    A type of runway centerline light is designed for the application of light-emitting diode (LED) aeronautical illumination. A total internal reflection collimating lens and an integrated prism are designed, respectively, to meet the intensity distribution of International Convention on Civil Aviation (ICAO) regulations. The principle of geometric optics is adopted to construct the free-form surfaces of a collimating lens, which is simple. Different variations are used in the process of free-form surface calculation. An integrated prism with a diffuser is used for uniformly diffusing rays and then decreasing the central maximum intensity to avoid glare. The structure of the optical system is compact. Computer simulation results show that an optical efficiency of 79.2% is achieved for a 1  mm×1  mm LED source. Tolerance analysis is carried out to determine tolerance limits of manufacture and installation errors. To verify the optical performance of the proposed runway centerline light, the practical illumination distribution is measured by using Cree XP-E2 LED, which can comply with ICAO regulations. PMID:26368886

  4. Effect of Substrate Movement Speed by Synchronous Rolling-casting Freeform Manufacturing for Metal on Microstructure and Mechanical Property of ZLl04 Aluminum Alloy Slurry

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    LUO Xiaoqiang; LI Zhengyang; CHEN Guangnan; XU Wanli; YAN Qingzhi

    2015-01-01

    Synchronous rolling-casting freeform manufacturing for Metal (SRCFMM) means that the refined liquid metal is continuously pressed out from the bottom of crucible. There is a horizontal movable plate beneath the outlet. The clearance between the outlet and the plate is about several hundred micrometers. SRCFMM, similar to additive manufacturing, implies layer by layer shaping and consolidation of feedstock to arbitrary conifgurations, normally using a computer controlled movable plate. The primary dendritic crystal is easily crushed by movement of substrate in the rolling-casting area. ZL104 was used as the test materials, determi-ning the control temperature by differential scanning thermal analysis (DSC), preparing a kind of samples by SR CFMM, then analyzing microstructures and mechanical property of the samples. Characteristics and distribution of the primary particles were assessed by optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectrum (EDS) and image analysis software. Mechanical property of the samples was assessed by vickers hardness. The results show that the samples fabricated by SRCFMM have uniform structures and good performances with the velocity of the substrate controlled about 10 cm/s and temperature at about 580℃.

  5. Proton beam writing

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    Frank Watt; Breese, Mark B H; Bettiol, Andrew A; Jeroen A. van Kan

    2007-01-01

    Proton beam (p-beam) writing is a new direct-writing process that uses a focused beam of MeV protons to pattern resist material at nanodimensions. The process, although similar in many ways to direct writing using electrons, nevertheless offers some interesting and unique advantages. Protons, being more massive, have deeper penetration in materials while maintaining a straight path, enabling p-beam writing to fabricate three-dimensional, high aspect ratio structures with vertical, smooth side...

  6. CW RFQ fabrication and engineering

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    The design and fabrication of a four-vane RFQ to deliver a 100 mA CW proton beam at 6.7 MeV is described. This linac is an Oxygen-Free Electrolytic (OFE) copper structure 8 m in length and was fabricated using hydrogen furnace brazing as the joining technology

  7. Beam-Beam Effects

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    Herr, W; Pieloni, T.

    2016-01-01

    One of the most severe limitations in high-intensity particle colliders is the beam-beam interaction, i.e. the perturbation of the beams as they cross the opposing beams. This introduction to beam-beam effects concentrates on a description of the phenomena that are present in modern colliding beam facilities.

  8. Beam-Beam Effects

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    Herr, W

    2014-01-01

    One of the most severe limitations in high-intensity particle colliders is the beam-beam interaction, i.e. the perturbation of the beams as they cross the opposing beams. This introduction to beam-beam effects concentrates on a description of the phenomena that are present in modern colliding beam facilities.

  9. Smart freeform optics solution for an extremely thin direct-lit application

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    Leiner, Claude; Nemitz, Wolfgang; Schweitzer, Susanne; Wenzl, Franz P.; Sommer, Christian

    2016-04-01

    Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) based lighting solutions offer many advantages like the huge potential for energy saving, long lifetime, high reliability and the compact size compared to incandescent light bulbs. Especially the last-mentioned aspect favors new concepts for the design and integration of light points and luminaires. In case of a direct-lit system for general lighting applications the LEDs are separated by a certain distance, arranged in a regular array and illuminate an out-coupling surface which is placed in a certain height above the LED array. One approach to fulfill the demand of a uniform luminance of the out-coupling surface is to replace the surface by a diffuser sheet. In order to allow for a flat luminaire design the distance of the out-coupling surface has to be modified synchronously with a variation of the distance between the LEDs. This means, in order to maintain the uniformity of the luminance the distance to height ratio (DHR) of the optical arrangement has to be kept constant. A (from the viewpoint of costs desirable) reduction of the number of the LEDs and as a consequence thereof an increase of the DHR value can be achieved by using additional optical elements like, e.g., freeform optics. However, this can cause additional design problems due to the size of such optical elements. In this contribution we discuss a smart design of an extremely flat direct-lit luminaire for general lighting applications. The main advantage of this concept is the increased DHR ratio compared to diffuser sheet only-approaches and a smaller thickness of the whole set-up compared to common freeform approaches. For this demand we have designed very thin freeform optical elements with a maximal height of 75 μm that allow to maintain a uniform illumination in direct-lit applications using an LED-array with a comparably large distance between the individual LEDs. The presented design concept in addition emphasizes the use of cost-effective manufacturing methods

  10. Deformable registration for image-guided spine surgery: preserving rigid body vertebral morphology in free-form transformations

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    Reaungamornrat, S.; Wang, A. S.; Uneri, A.; Otake, Y.; Zhao, Z.; Khanna, A. J.; Siewerdsen, J. H.

    2014-03-01

    Purpose: Deformable registration of preoperative and intraoperative images facilitates accurate localization of target and critical anatomy in image-guided spine surgery. However, conventional deformable registration fails to preserve the morphology of rigid bone anatomy and can impart distortions that confound high-precision intervention. We propose a constrained registration method that preserves rigid morphology while allowing deformation of surrounding soft tissues. Method: The registration method aligns preoperative 3D CT to intraoperative cone-beam CT (CBCT) using free-form deformation (FFD) with penalties on rigid body motion imposed according to a simple intensity threshold. The penalties enforced 3 properties of a rigid transformation - namely, constraints on affinity (AC), orthogonality (OC), and properness (PC). The method also incorporated an injectivity constraint (IC) to preserve topology. Physical experiments (involving phantoms, an ovine spine, and a human cadaver) as well as digital simulations were performed to evaluate the sensitivity to registration parameters, preservation of rigid body morphology, and overall registration accuracy of constrained FFD in comparison to conventional unconstrained FFD (denoted uFFD) and Demons registration. Result: FFD with orthogonality and injectivity constraints (denoted FFD+OC+IC) demonstrated improved performance compared to uFFD and Demons. Affinity and properness constraints offered little or no additional improvement. The FFD+OC+IC method preserved rigid body morphology at near-ideal values of zero dilatation (D = 0.05, compared to 0.39 and 0.56 for uFFD and Demons, respectively) and shear (S = 0.08, compared to 0.36 and 0.44 for uFFD and Demons, respectively). Target registration error (TRE) was similarly improved for FFD+OC+IC (0.7 mm), compared to 1.4 and 1.8 mm for uFFD and Demons. Results were validated in human cadaver studies using CT and CBCT images, with FFD+OC+IC providing excellent preservation

  11. Large array of single, site-controlled InAs quantum dots fabricated by UV-nanoimprint lithography and molecular beam epitaxy

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    We present the growth of single, site-controlled InAs quantum dots on GaAs templates using UV-nanoimprint lithography and molecular beam epitaxy. A large quantum dot array with a period of 1.5 µm was achieved. Single quantum dots were studied by steady-state and time-resolved micro-photoluminescence experiments. We obtained single exciton emission with a linewidth of 45 µeV. In time-resolved experiments, we observed decay times of about 670 ps. Our results underline the potential of nanoimprint lithography and molecular beam epitaxy to create large-scale, single quantum dot arrays. (paper)

  12. ADAPTIVE MEASUREMENT METHOD BASED ON CHANGING-CURVATURE FOR UNKNOWN FREE-FORM SURFACE

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    Wu Shixiong; Wang Wen; Chen Zichen

    2004-01-01

    Current measurement method for unknown free-form surface has low efficiency. To acquire given precision, a lot of null points are measured. Based on change surface curvature, a new measurement planning is put forward. Sample step is evaluated from the change curvature and the locally-bounded character of extrapolating curve. Two coefficients, maximum error coefficient and local camber coefficient, are used to optimize sampling step. The first coefficient is computed to avoid sampling-point exceeding the measurement range and the second control sampling precision. Compared with the other methods, the proposed planning method can reduce the number of the measuring-point efficiently for the given precision. Measuring point distributes adaptively by the change surface curvature. The method can be applied to improve measurement efficiency and accuracy.

  13. Human-computer interaction in freeform object design and simultaneous manufacturing

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    Zhang, Wei; Lin, Heng; Ma, Liang; Chen, Delin

    2004-03-01

    Freeform object design and simultaneous manufacturing is a novel virtual design and manufacturing method that aims to enable creative and individualized product geometry design and rapid manufacturing of the designed model. The geometry is defined through the process of "virtual sculpting" during which the designer can touch and visualize the designed object in a virtual environment. Natural human-computer interaction is a key issue for this method. This paper first briefly reviewed the principle of the method, including the system configuration, data flow, and fundamental algorithm. Then an input/output device was developed to achieve natural human-computer interaction. Structure of the device and algorithms of calculating the input coordinates and output force were presented. Finally a feedback model was proposed and discussed to apply force feedback during virtual sculpting design.

  14. Free-form thin lens design with light scattering surfaces for practical LED down light illumination

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    Lin, Raychiy J.; Sun, Ching-Cherng

    2016-05-01

    The free-form optical quasilens surface technology was utilized to develop and design a solid transparent plastic optical lens for the LED down light with the narrow angular light distribution requirement in the LED lighting applications. In order to successfully complete the mission, the precise mid-field angular distribution model of the LED light source was established and built. And also the optical scattering surface property of the Harvey BSDF scattering model was designed, measured, and established. Then, the optical simulation for the entire optical system was performed to develop and design this solid transparent plastic optical lens system. Finally, the goals of 40 deg angular light distribution pattern defined at full width half maximum with glare reduced in the areas of interest and the optical performance of nearly 82% light energy transmission optics were achieved for the LED down light illumination.

  15. Design of efficient LED optics with two free-form surfaces.

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    Moiseev, Mikhail A; Kravchenko, Sergey V; Doskolovich, Leonid L

    2014-12-15

    Most LED illumination applications require generation of complex light patterns for which the secondary optics with two free-form surfaces needs to be used. We present a novel optimization method for computing such type of optical elements. An analytical solution for the generation of the initial surfaces is proposed. To accelerate the optimization process, a specific surface representation is used, that eliminates the need to run a time-expensive raytracing procedure. As an example, an optical element generating uniformly illuminated rectangular area with size of 60° by 40° is computed. Lighting efficacy for the extended Lambertian source 1x1 mm is 88.5% and nonuniformity is less than 8.5%. PMID:25607505

  16. Double freeform surfaces lens design for LED uniform illumination with high distance-height ratio

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    Wu, Heng; Zhang, Xianmin; Ge, Peng

    2015-10-01

    A practical method is proposed to design a double freeform surfaces (DFS) lens for LED sources, in order to form uniform illumination in the high distance-height ratio (DHR) lighting system. The ray mapping relationship is first established between the solid angle of the source and the target plane according to the energy conservation law and the variable separation method. A DFS lens is then constructed simultaneously and point by point to the ray mapping based on the Snell's law. Optical performance of the lens is investigated by the Monte Carlo method. A simple and effective method is utilized to optimize the lens design in accordance with the simulation results. As an example, a DFS lens with DHR of 2.5 (distance 30 mm, height 12 mm) is designed by the proposed method. Compared with the traditional methods, the illuminance uniformity is significantly improved from 67.20% to 86.43% and the size of the lens is dramatically reduced.

  17. MCF (Magnetic Compound Fluid) Polishing Process for Free-formed Resin Device using Robotic Arm

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    Wu, Y.; Sato, T.; Lin, W.; Yamamoto, K.; Shimada, K.

    2011-01-01

    The automatic polishing process for three-dimensional forms, such as prototype models of products made of acrylic resin, are being required to develop in order to reduce cost and time consumption. This paper proposes a new polishing technique using magnetic compound fluid (MCF) and robotic arm. Firstly, a polishing unit, which can generate a dynamic magnetic field and be attachable to the robotic arm, is developed. This unit can hold MCF slurry that acts as a flexible and restorable polishing tool for the sake of magnetic force. Secondly, the effects of the clearance between workpiece and polishing unit, the composition of MCF slurry, the relative motion, the dynamic magnetic field and the supplied amount of slurry on polishing characteristics of acrylic resin are experimentally demonstrated. As a result, the smoothest surface roughness is achieved to below 10 nm Ra in a few min, and the feasibility of polishing the free-formed device by controlling robotic arm has been confirmed.

  18. Optic design of head-up displays with freeform surfaces specified by NURBS

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    Ott, Peter

    2008-09-01

    The imaging system of a head-up display of production-vehicles in automobile industry includes the windshield which is different for each automobile type. Thus, the the imaging system has to be matched to it. This requires an effcient optic design procedure in order to minimize the development costs. One challenge is the layout of the freeform surfaces of the imaging reflectors because there is a lack of procedures comparable to classical imaging systems like first order design or aberration theory. Additionally, reference systems are not published. Onother big issue is consistent data management. It is usual practice in automotive industriy that the surface data of the imaging surfaces will be imported in CAD systems. Often, from these systems manufacturing code is automaticall generated. Importing surface date is delicate, because the surface describtion in CAD systems is done by NURBS (non-uniform rational B-Splines) which are not or insufficently implemented in commercial optic design software. Thus, a conversion of the surface is performed by the software tools. This conversion is normally not much documented and problems with e.g. accuracy, surface continuity often arrise. In this contribution some methods for the design of an imaging reflector for a head-up display and some resulting designs are presented. Additionally it is shown that already in the design phase the freeform surface can be described by NURBS without any lack of performance. This kind of describtion can then easily be transfered to CAD systems by standardized formats like IGES or STEP without any error-prone conversion.

  19. New developments in the manufacture of large freeform surfaces with micro-structures

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    Roblee, Jeff; Walter, Mark; Jacobs, Ben

    2015-10-01

    A new capability for simultaneously generating micro-structures and large freeform surfaces has been developed. Multiple axes of CNC coordinated motion have been integrated into an ultra precision machine platform, enabling a wide variety of optical mold masters to be created. Facilitated by a specially developed control system, freeform optical surfaces as large as 600 x 600 x 100 mm are possible. Some machine alignments are critical to the production of accurate parts and these will be discussed. A bridge construction reduces Abbe offsets, and oil hydrostatic linear slide ways provide sub-micron straightness. The linear axes are capable of accurate positioning by means of linear motors in combination with the non contact oil hydrostatic slide ways. Optical surface finishes are achieved with the stability of a large granite base supported by a high performance vibration isolation system. The machine includes a unique, self-compensating, patented oil bearing rotary axis. Critical machine errors are measured and corrected with integrated CNC machine compensation. The machine has accuracy and repeatability for the creation of precise, intersecting groove structures with multiple angles over large areas. Optical surfaces can be generated either by a ruling/shaping operation with a non-rotating tool, or by a flycutting tool rotating on a high speed air bearing spindle. The spindle can double as a positioning axis to generate variable angle grooves in ruling mode. A Fast Tool Servo can be utilized to create fine micro-structures. Work piece quality can be evaluated in-situ with metrology sensors.

  20. Fluorescence and optical properties of Er.sup.3+./sup. doped LaF.sub.3./sub. films fabricated by Electron Beam Evaporation and Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Lančok, Ján; Novotný, Michal; Bulíř, Jiří; Fitl, Přemysl; Pokorný, Petr; Bočan, Jiří; Munoz, D.; Gonzalo, J.; Afonso, C.N.; Moine, B.

    Strasbourg: EMRS, 2010. 3 16/1. [E- MRS - Strasbourg - 2010 K: Rare earth doped materials for optical based technologies. 07.06.2010-11.06.2010, Strasbourg] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA100100729 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100522 Keywords : Electron Beam Evaporation * Fluoride LaF 3 * fluorescence Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers

  1. E-beam and UV induced fabrication of CeO2, Eu2O3 and their mixed oxides with UO2

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    Pavelková, T.; Vaněček, V.; Jakubec, Ivo; Čuba, V.

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 124, JUL (2016), s. 252-257. ISSN 0969-806X Institutional support: RVO:61388980 Keywords : E-beam * Nuclear fuels * Radiation synthesis * Cerium(IV) oxide * Europium(III) oxide * Uranium(IV) oxide Subject RIV: CA - Inorganic Chemistry Impact factor: 1.380, year: 2014

  2. Ion implantation followed by laser/pulsed plasma/ion beam annealing: a new approach to fabrication of superconducting MgB2 thin films

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    The paper presents a new approach to formation of superconducting MgB2 thin films: ion implantation followed by annealing in an unconventional second step treatment using pulsed laser, plasma, or ion beams. Merits and drawbacks of individual approaches are discussed. (authors)

  3. Fabrication of nanopore on pyramid

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    Choi, Seong Soo, E-mail: sscphy2010@gmail.com [Department of Nanoscience and Instrument Center, SunMoon University, Ahsan 336-708 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Myong-Jin; Yamaguchi, Tokutaro [Department of Nanoscience and Instrument Center, SunMoon University, Ahsan 336-708 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Sung-In; Park, Kyung-Jin [Team for Measurement and Analysis, National Nanofab Center, Daejeon 305-806 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Nam Kyoo [School of Electrical Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-08-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Au nanopores on the apex of the pyramidal structure were fabricated. • The nanopore formations dependent upon the electron currents, the primary electron voltage, and the scan rate were examined. • Nanopore formation using focused ion beam was also investigated. - Abstract: There have been tremendous interests about the fabrication of metallic nanopore due to the ultrafast genome sequencing biosensor capability. In this report, the fabrication of the nanopore on the Au coated SiO{sub 2} pyramid has been examined using various high energy electron beam irradiation and focused ion beam (FIB) milling techniques. The microfabricated Au nano-apertures on pyramid were irradiated with various high energy electron beam and FIB techniques. The formation of the nanopore dependent on the probe current was also examined using electron probe micro-analysis (EPMA). The nanopore on the Au coated SiO{sub 2} pyramid is found to be an Au-Si mixture. The Au nanopore on the crater type hole was also fabricated using FIB Ga ion beam scanning. The shrinking rate was found to be the fastest compared with those fabricated with the other electron beam techniques.

  4. 基于微分几何的矩形照度分布自由曲面反射器设计%Freeform Reflector Design for Rectangular Illuminance Distribution Based on Differential Geometry

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    刘正权; 孙耀杰; 林燕丹

    2012-01-01

    A freeform reflector design method,which is mainly based on a first-order linear partial differential equation,is proposed for uniform rectangular illuminance distribution in the field of LED illumination. The interaction between the freeform surface and the light beam is depicted based on theory of the differential geometry and Snell's law. The energy topological relation between the Lambertian luminaire and the illuminated rectangular surface is established according to the LED luminous intensity distribution. The method deducts a first-order linear partial differential equation with some boundary conditions to represent the freeform reflector. The boundary conditions and the partial differential equation are solved by the Runge-Kutta method and finite difference method,respectively. The numerical results are validated in the form of raytracing,which reveal that the luminous flux efficiency is about 94 % ,the transverse uniformity of illuminance on the target surface is 0. 9 and the longitudinal uniformity of illuminance on the target surface is 0.8. The numerical computation time is less than 1 s.%在LED照明应用中为实现矩形均匀照度分布要求,提出了一种基于一阶线性偏微分方程的自由曲面反射器设计方法.基于微分几何理论和折射定律描述了光线与自由曲面的相互作用.根据LED光源特性建立了朗伯光源与矩形被照面之间的能量拓扑关系,推导了自由曲面反射器的一阶线性偏微分方程和边界条件.分别使用Runge-Kutta法和有限差分法对边界条件和偏微分方程进行数值计算,并对计算结果进行光线追迹仿真.仿真结果表明自由曲面反射器光通利用率达到了94%,矩形被照面横向照度均匀度达到了0.9,纵向照度均匀度达到了0.8.程序计算时间少于1 s.

  5. Three-dimensional fabrication and characterisation of core-shell nano-columns using electron beam patterning of Ge-doped SiO2

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    Gontard, Lionel C.; Jinschek, Joerg R.; Ou, Haiyan;

    2012-01-01

    A focused electron beam in a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) is used to create arrays of core-shell structures in a specimen of amorphous SiO2 doped with Ge. The same electron microscope is then used to measure the changes that occurred in the specimen in three dimensions using e...... Institute of Physics. [http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4731765]...

  6. A Proposal to the Department of Energy for The Fabrication of a Very High Energy Polarized Gama Ray Beam Facility and A Program of Medium Energy Physics Research at The National Synchrotron Light Source

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    Sandorfi, A.M.; LeVine, M.J.; Thorn, C.E.; Giordano, G.; Matone, G.

    1982-09-01

    This proposal requests support for the fabrication and operation of a modest facility that would provide relatively intense beams of monochromatic and polarized photons with energies in the range of several hundreds of MeV. These {gamma} rays would be produced by Compton backscattering laser light from the electrons circulating in the 2.5-3.0 GeV 'X-RAY' storage ring of the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) at Brookhaven National Laboratory. The excellent emittance, phase space, and high current of this state-of-the-art storage ring will allow the production of 2 x 10{sup 7} {gamma} rays per second. These photons would be tagged by detecting the scattered electrons, thereby determining the energy to 2.7 MeV for all {gamma}-ray energies. The efficiency of this tagging procedure is 100% and the {gamma}-ray beam would be essentially background free. Tagging will also allow the flexibility of operating with a dynamic range as large as 200 MeV in photon energy while still preserving high resolution and polarization. These beams will permit a fruitful study of important questions in medium-energy nuclear physics. The initial goals of this program are to reach reliable operation with photon energies up to 300 MeV and to develop {gamma}-ray beams with energies up to about 500 MeV. To demonstrate reliable operation, a modest physics program is planned that, for the most part, utilizes existing magnets and detector systems but nonetheless addresses several important outstanding problems. Gamma ray beams of the versatility, intensity, energy, and resolution that can be achieved at this facility are not currently available at any other world facility either existing or under construction. Furthermore, the proposed program would produce the first intense source of medium-energy {gamma} rays that are polarized. Because of the difficulties in producing such polarized beams, it is very unlikely that viable alternate sources can be developed in the near future; at

  7. A task specific uncertainty analysis method for least-squares-based form characterization of ultra-precision freeform surfaces

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    In the measurement of ultra-precision freeform surfaces, least-squares-based form characterization methods are widely used to evaluate the form error of the measured surfaces. Although many methodologies have been proposed in recent years to improve the efficiency of the characterization process, relatively little research has been conducted on the analysis of associated uncertainty in the characterization results which may result from those characterization methods being used. As a result, this paper presents a task specific uncertainty analysis method with application in the least-squares-based form characterization of ultra-precision freeform surfaces. That is, the associated uncertainty in the form characterization results is estimated when the measured data are extracted from a specific surface with specific sampling strategy. Three factors are considered in this study which include measurement error, surface form error and sample size. The task specific uncertainty analysis method has been evaluated through a series of experiments. The results show that the task specific uncertainty analysis method can effectively estimate the uncertainty of the form characterization results for a specific freeform surface measurement

  8. Theoretical study of fabrication of line-and-space patterns with 7 nm quarter-pitch using electron beam lithography with chemically amplified resist process: III. Post exposure baking on quartz substrates

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    Kozawa, Takahiro

    2015-09-01

    Electron beam (EB) lithography is a key technology for the fabrication of photomasks for ArF immersion and extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography and molds for nanoimprint lithography. In this study, the temporal change in the chemical gradient of line-and-space patterns with a 7 nm quarter-pitch (7 nm space width and 21 nm line width) was calculated until it became constant, independently of postexposure baking (PEB) time, to clarify the feasibility of single nano patterning on quartz substrates using EB lithography with chemically amplified resist processes. When the quencher diffusion constant is the same as the acid diffusion constant, the maximum chemical gradient of the line-and-space pattern with a 7 nm quarter-pitch did not differ much from that with a 14 nm half-pitch under the condition described above. Also, from the viewpoint of process control, a low quencher diffusion constant is considered to be preferable for the fabrication of line-and-space patterns with a 7 nm quarter-pitch on quartz substrates.

  9. Effect of Annealing Temperature on CuInSe2/ZnS Thin-Film Solar Cells Fabricated by Using Electron Beam Evaporation

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available CuInSe2 (CIS thin films are successfully prepared by electron beam evaporation. Pure Cu, In, and Se powders were mixed and ground in a grinder and made into a pellet. The pallets were deposited via electron beam evaporation on FTO substrates and were varied by varying the annealing temperatures, at room temperature, 250°C, 300°C, and 350°C. Samples were analysed by X-ray diffractometry (XRD for crystallinity and field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM for grain size and thickness. I-V measurements were used to measure the efficiency of the CuInSe2/ZnS solar cells. XRD results show that the crystallinity of the films improved as the temperature was increased. The temperature dependence of crystallinity indicates polycrystalline behaviour in the CuInSe2 films with (1 1 1, (2 2 0/(2 0 4, and (3 1 2/(1 1 6 planes at 27°, 45°, and 53°, respectively. FESEM images show the homogeneity of the CuInSe2 formed. I-V measurements indicated that higher annealing temperatures increase the efficiency of CuInSe2 solar cells from approximately 0.99% for the as-deposited films to 1.12% for the annealed films. Hence, we can conclude that the overall cell performance is strongly dependent on the annealing temperature.

  10. Evaluation of antinociceptive activity of nanoliposome-encapsulated and free-form diclofenac in rats and mice

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Jun Zheng Goh,1 Sook Nai Tang,1 Hoe Siong Chiong,1,2 Yoke Keong Yong,3 Ahmad Zuraini,1 Muhammad Nazrul Hakim1,4 1Department of Biomedical Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia; 2InQpharm Group, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 3Department of Human Anatomy, 4Halal Product Research Institute, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia Abstract: Diclofenac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID that exhibits anti-inflammatory, antinociceptive, and antipyretic activities. Liposomes have been shown to improve the therapeutic efficacy of encapsulated drugs. The present study was conducted to compare the antinociceptive properties between liposome-encapsulated and free-form diclofenac in vivo via different nociceptive assay models. Liposome-encapsulated diclofenac was prepared using the commercialized proliposome method. Antinociceptive effects of liposome-encapsulated and free-form diclofenac were evaluated using formalin test, acetic acid-induced abdominal writhing test, Randall–Selitto paw pressure test, and plantar test. The results of the writhing test showed a significant reduction of abdominal constriction in all treatment groups in a dose-dependent manner. The 20 mg/kg liposome-encapsulated diclofenac demonstrated the highest antinociceptive effect at 78.97% compared with 55.89% in the free-form group at equivalent dosage. Both liposome-encapsulated and free-form diclofenac produced significant results in the late phase of formalin assay at a dose of 20 mg/kg, with antinociception percentages of 78.84% and 60.71%, respectively. Significant results of antinociception were also observed in both hyperalgesia assays. For Randall–Sellito assay, the highest antinociception effect of 71.38% was achieved with 20 mg/kg liposome-encapsulated diclofenac, while the lowest antinociceptive effect of 17.32% was recorded with 0 mg/kg liposome formulation, whereas in the plantar test, the highest antinociceptive effect

  11. Rapid fabrication of miniature lens arrays by four-axis single point diamond machining

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    McCall, Brian; Tkaczyk, Tomasz S.

    2013-01-01

    A novel method for fabricating lens arrays and other non-rotationally symmetric free-form optics is presented. This is a diamond machining technique using 4 controlled axes of motion – X, Y, Z, and C. As in 3-axis diamond micro-milling, a diamond ball endmill is mounted to the work spindle of a 4-axis ultra-precision computer numerical control (CNC) machine. Unlike 3-axis micro-milling, the C-axis is used to hold the cutting edge of the tool in contact with the lens surface for the entire cut...

  12. Metallic parts fabrication using the SIS process

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    Mojdeh, Mehdi

    Since early 1980s, quite a few techniques of Rapid Prototyping (RP), also known as Layered Manufacturing, have been developed. By building three-dimensional parts in a layer-by-layer additive manner, these techniques allow freeform fabrication of parts of complex geometry. Despite recent advances in fabrication of polymer parts, most of the existing rapid prototyping processes are still not capable of fabrication of accurate metallic parts with acceptable mechanical properties. Insufficient dimensional accuracy, limited number of materials, proper mechanical properties, required post machining and lack of repeatability between builds have greatly limited the market penetration of these techniques. This dissertation presents an innovative layered manufacturing technique for fabrication of dense metallic parts called Selective Inhibition Sintering (SIS), developed at the University of Southern California. The SIS-Metal technology adapts RP capabilities and extends them to the field of fabrication of metallic parts for a variety of applications such as tooling and low volume production. Using this process, a metallic part, with varying 3 dimensional geometries, can be automatically constructed from a wide range of materials. SIS-Metal is the only RP process which is suitable for fabrication of dense, complex shaped, accurate objects using a variety of materials. In the SIS-Metal process a metallic part is built layer by layer by deposition for each layer of an inhibitor material which defines the corresponding layer boundary and then filling the voids of the created geometry with metal powder; and compacting the layer formed to reach a high powder density. The resulting green part is then sintered in a furnace to yield the final functional part. In this research different inhibition techniques were explored and a series of single and multi layer parts was fabricated using the most promising inhibition technique, namely, macro-mechanical inhibition. Dimensional

  13. Beam current measurement and beam positioning for baby-ebm

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    This paper describes the electron beam detection of Baby EBM. The detection is divided by two categories; beam current measurement and beam positioning under the scanning window. The beam detector system was completely fabricated and tested and the detector was able to detect the electron beam of Baby EBM. It has been found that the beam current of this EBM is 1.62 mA for energy of 0.14 MeV. A higher beam current can be obtained if a proper cooling system to the window foil is installed. (Author)

  14. Blue electroluminescence from Sb-ZnO/Cd-ZnO/Ga-ZnO heterojunction diode fabricated by dual ion beam sputtering.

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    Pandey, Sushil Kumar; Awasthi, Vishnu; Verma, Shruti; Mukherjee, Shaibal

    2014-12-15

    p-type Sb-doped ZnO/i-CdZnO/n-type Ga-doped ZnO was grown by dual ion beam sputtering deposition system. Current-voltage characteristics of the heterojunction showed a diode-like rectifying behavior with a turn-on voltage of ~5 V. The diode yielded blue electroluminescence emissions at around 446 nm in forward biased condition at room temperature. The emission intensity increased with the increase of the injection current. A red shifting of the emission peak position was observed with the increment of ambient temperature, indicating a change of band gap of the CdZnO active layer with temperature in low-temperature measurement. PMID:25607047

  15. Hot rolling and annealing effects on the microstructure and mechanical properties of ODS austenitic steel fabricated by electron beam selective melting

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    Gao, Rui; Ge, Wen-jun; Miao, Shu; Zhang, Tao; Wang, Xian-ping; Fang, Qian-feng

    2016-03-01

    The grain morphology, nano-oxide particles and mechanical properties of oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS)-316L austenitic steel synthesized by electron beam selective melting (EBSM) technique with different post-working processes, were explored in this study. The ODS-316L austenitic steel with superfine nano-sized oxide particles of 30-40 nm exhibits good tensile strength (412 MPa) and large total elongation (about 51%) due to the pinning effect of uniform distributed oxide particles on dislocations. After hot rolling, the specimen exhibits a higher tensile strength of 482 MPa, but the elongation decreases to 31.8% owing to the introduction of high-density dislocations. The subsequent heat treatment eliminates the grain defects induced by hot rolling and increases the randomly orientated grains, which further improves the strength and ductility of EBSM ODS-316L steel.

  16. Multi-sensor data fusion for measurement of complex freeform surfaces

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    Ren, M. J.; Liu, M. Y.; Cheung, C. F.; Yin, Y. H.

    2016-01-01

    Along with the rapid development of the science and technology in fields such as space optics, multi-scale enriched freeform surfaces are widely used to enhance the performance of the optical systems in both functionality and size reduction. Multi-sensor technology is considered as one of the promising methods to measure and characterize these surfaces at multiple scales. This paper presents a multi-sensor data fusion based measurement method to purposely extract the geometric information of the components with different scales which is used to establish a holistic geometry of the surface via data fusion. To address the key problems of multi-sensor data fusion, an intrinsic feature pattern based surface registration method is developed to transform the measured datasets to a common coordinate frame. Gaussian zero-order regression filter is then used to separate each measured data in different scales, and the datasets are fused based on an edge intensity data fusion algorithm within the same wavelength. The fused data at different scales is then merged to form a new surface with holistic multiscale information. Experimental study is presented to verify the effectiveness of the proposed method.

  17. Efficient color mixing through étendue conservation using freeform optics

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    Sorgato, Simone; Mohedano, Rubén.; Chaves, Julio; Cvetkovic, Aleksandra; Hernández, Maikel; Benitez, Pablo; Miñano, Juan C.; Thienpont, Hugo; Duerr, Fabian

    2015-08-01

    Today's SSL illumination market shows a clear trend to high flux packages with higher efficiency and higher CRI, realized by means of multiple color chips and phosphors. Such light sources require the optics to provide both near- and far-field color mixing. This design problem is particularly challenging for collimated luminaries, since traditional diffusers cannot be employed without enlarging the exit aperture and reducing brightness. Furthermore, diffusers compromise the light output ratio (efficiency) of the lamps to which they are applied. A solution, based on Köhler integration, consisting of a spherical cap comprising spherical microlenses on both its interior and exterior sides was presented in 2012. The diameter of this so-called Shell-Mixer was 3 times that of the chip array footprint. A new version of the Shell-Mixer, based on the Edge Ray Principle and conservation of etendue, where neither the outer shape of the cap nor the surfaces of the lenses are constrained to spheres or 2D Cartesian ovals will be shown in this work. The new shell is freeform, only twice as large as the original chip-array and equals the original model in terms of color uniformity, brightness and efficiency.

  18. A Skeleton-Based 3D Shape Reconstruction of Free-Form Objects with Stereo Vision

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    Saini, Deepika; Kumar, Sanjeev

    2015-12-01

    In this paper, an efficient approach is proposed for recovering the 3D shape of a free-form object from its arbitrary pair of stereo images. In particular, the reconstruction problem is treated as the reconstruction of the skeleton and the external boundary of the object. The reconstructed skeleton is termed as the line-like representation or curve-skeleton of the 3D object. The proposed solution for object reconstruction is based on this evolved curve-skeleton. It is used as a seed for recovering shape of the 3D object, and the extracted boundary is used for terminating the growing process of the object. NURBS-skeleton is used to extract the skeleton of both views. Affine invariant property of the convex hulls is used to establish the correspondence between the skeletons and boundaries in the stereo images. In the growing process, a distance field is defined for each skeleton point as the smallest distance from that point to the boundary of the object. A sphere centered at a skeleton point of radius equal to the minimum distance to the boundary is tangential to the boundary. Filling in the spheres centered at each skeleton point reconstructs the object. Several results are presented in order to check the applicability and validity of the proposed algorithm.

  19. Mesh-free free-form lensing - I. Methodology and application to mass reconstruction

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    Merten, Julian

    2016-09-01

    Many applications and algorithms in the field of gravitational lensing make use of meshes with a finite number of nodes to analyse and manipulate data. Specific examples in lensing are astronomical CCD images in general, the reconstruction of density distributions from lensing data, lens-source plane mapping or the characterization and interpolation of a point spread function. We present a numerical framework to interpolate and differentiate in the mesh-free domain, defined by nodes with coordinates that follow no regular pattern. The framework is based on radial basis functions (RBFs) to smoothly represent data around the nodes. We demonstrate the performance of Gaussian RBF-based, mesh-free interpolation and differentiation, which reaches the sub-percent level in both cases. We use our newly developed framework to translate ideas of free-form mass reconstruction from lensing on to the mesh-free domain. By reconstructing a simulated mock lens we find that strong-lensing only reconstructions achieve data.

  20. Freeform étendue-preserving optics for light and color mixing

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    Sorgato, Simone; Mohedano, Rubén.; Chaves, Julio; Cvetkovic, Aleksandra; Hernández, Maikel; Benítez, Pablo; Miñano, Juan C.; Thienpont, Hugo; Duerr, Fabian

    2015-09-01

    Today's SSL illumination market shows a clear trend towards high flux packages with higher efficiency and higher CRI, realized by means of multiple color chips and phosphors. Such light sources require the optics to provide both near- and far-field color mixing. This design problem is particularly challenging for collimated luminaries, since traditional diffusers cannot be employed without enlarging the exit aperture and reducing brightness (so increasing étendue). Furthermore, diffusers compromise the light output ratio (efficiency) of the lamps to which they are applied. A solution, based on Köhler integration, consisting of a spherical cap comprising spherical microlenses on both its interior and exterior sides was presented in 2012. When placed on top of an inhomogeneous multichip Lambertian LED, this so-called Shell-Mixer creates a homogeneous (both spatially and angularly) virtual source, also Lambertian, where the images of the chips merge. The virtual source is located at the same position with essentially the same size of the original source. The diameter of this optics was 3 times that of the chip-array footprint. In this work, we present a new version of the Shell-Mixer, based on the Edge Ray Principle, where neither the overall shape of the cap nor the surfaces of the lenses are constrained to spheres or rotational Cartesian ovals. This new Shell- Mixer is freeform, only twice as large as the original chip-array and equals the original model in terms of brightness, color uniformity and efficiency.