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  1. New berkelium isotope: 242Bk

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    A new isotope of berkelium, 242Bk, was produced with a cross section of approx. 10 μb in reactions of boron on uranium and nitrogen on thorium. It decays by electron capture with a half-life of 7 +- 1.3 minutes. The branching ratio for this isotope for alpha decay is less than 1% and that for spontaneous fission is less than 0.03%. 2 figures, 2 tables

  2. Characterization of berkelium(III) dipicolinate and borate compounds in solution and the solid state.

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    Silver, Mark A; Cary, Samantha K; Johnson, Jason A; Baumbach, Ryan E; Arico, Alexandra A; Luckey, Morgan; Urban, Matthew; Wang, Jamie C; Polinski, Matthew J; Chemey, Alexander; Liu, Guokui; Chen, Kuan-Wen; Van Cleve, Shelley M; Marsh, Matthew L; Eaton, Teresa M; van de Burgt, Lambertus J; Gray, Ashley L; Hobart, David E; Hanson, Kenneth; Maron, Laurent; Gendron, Frédéric; Autschbach, Jochen; Speldrich, Manfred; Kögerler, Paul; Yang, Ping; Braley, Jenifer; Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E

    2016-08-26

    Berkelium is positioned at a crucial location in the actinide series between the inherently stable half-filled 5f(7) configuration of curium and the abrupt transition in chemical behavior created by the onset of a metastable divalent state that starts at californium. However, the mere 320-day half-life of berkelium's only available isotope, (249)Bk, has hindered in-depth studies of the element's coordination chemistry. Herein, we report the synthesis and detailed solid-state and solution-phase characterization of a berkelium coordination complex, Bk(III)tris(dipicolinate), as well as a chemically distinct Bk(III) borate material for comparison. We demonstrate that berkelium's complexation is analogous to that of californium. However, from a range of spectroscopic techniques and quantum mechanical calculations, it is clear that spin-orbit coupling contributes significantly to berkelium's multiconfigurational ground state. PMID:27563098

  3. Extraction of tetravalent berkelium and cerium by aliquate-336-S-NO3 quaternary ammonium salt

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    Extraction of tetravalent berkelium and cerium by aliquate-336-S-NO3 quaternary ammonium salt from nitric acid solutions is investigated. The effect of concentrations of nitric acid and extracting agent, nature of an oxidant (potassium bromate, potassium bichromate, mixture of AgNO3 and (NH4)2S2O8) and solvent on the distribution coefficient of berkelium(4) and cerium(4) is studied. It is established that solutions of aliquate-336-S-NO3 in carbon tetrachloride and dichloroethane extract quantitatively tetravalent berkelium from 10-12 M nitric acid solutions and cerium - from 1-10 M nitric acid solutions containing potassium bichromate as an oxidant. It is shown that the value of distribution coefficient for berkelium and cerium depends on the nature of an oxidant and extracting agent concentration. It is established that in the case of extraction by quaternary ammonium salt with one berkelium(4) mole four aliquate-336-SNO3 moles are associated and 1.5-1.6 mole of extracting agent are associated with one cerium(4) mole. It permits to make a conclusion that stoichiometry of extraction reactions by quaternary ammonium salt is not the same for tetravalent berkelium and cerium. It is shown that trivalent transplutonium and rare earth elements are not practically extracted by aliquate-336-S-NO3 from nitric acid solutions

  4. Zinc Phosphide Poisoning

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    Erdal Doğan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Zinc phosphide has been used widely as a rodenticide. Upon ingestion, it gets converted to phosphine gas in the body, which is subsequently absorbed into the bloodstream through the stomach and the intestines and gets captured by the liver and the lungs. Phosphine gas produces various metabolic and nonmetabolic toxic effects. Clinical symptoms are circulatory collapse, hypotension, shock symptoms, myocarditis, pericarditis, acute pulmonary edema, and congestive heart failure. In this case presentation, we aim to present the intensive care process and treatment resistance of a patient who ingested zinc phosphide for suicide purposes.

  5. Zinc Phosphide Poisoning

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    Erdal Doğan; Abdulmenap Güzel; Taner Çiftçi; İlker Aycan; Feyzi Çelik; Bedri Çetin; Gönül Ölmez Kavak

    2014-01-01

    Zinc phosphide has been used widely as a rodenticide. Upon ingestion, it gets converted to phosphine gas in the body, which is subsequently absorbed into the bloodstream through the stomach and the intestines and gets captured by the liver and the lungs. Phosphine gas produces various metabolic and nonmetabolic toxic effects. Clinical symptoms are circulatory collapse, hypotension, shock symptoms, myocarditis, pericarditis, acute pulmonary edema, and congestive heart failure. In this case pre...

  6. Gold phosphide complexes

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    2007-01-01

    The vast majority of gold complexes with five group-element donor ligands contain tertiary phosphines, although compounds with amine, arsine or stibine ligands are also known. Although phosphide ligands, which are formed by deprotonation of non-tertiary phosphines, are closely related to the former, they have been employed to a lesser extent, mainly due to their lower stability. Thus, the chemistry of phosphido-bridged derivatives of the main group elements1-3 or transition metals4-6 has been...

  7. Fabrication of boron-phosphide neutron detectors

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    Boron phosphide is a potentially viable candidate for high neutron flux neutron detectors. The authors have explored chemical vapor deposition methods to produce such detectors and have not been able to produce good boron phosphide coatings on silicon carbide substrates. However, semi-conducting quality films have been produced. Further testing is required

  8. Can Ni phosphides become viable hydroprocessing catalysts?

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    Soled, S.; Miseo, S.; Baumgartner, J.; Guzman, J.; Bolin, T.; Meyer, R.

    2015-05-15

    We prepared higher surface area nickel phosphides than are normally found by reducing nickel phosphate. To do this, we hydrothermally synthesized Ni hydroxy phosphite precursors with low levels of molybdenum substitution. The molybdenum substitution increases the surface area of these precursors. During pretreatment in a sulfiding atmosphere (such as H2S/H2) dispersed islands of MoS2 segregate from the precursor and provide a pathway for H2 dissociation that allows reduction of the phosphite precursor to nickel phosphide at substantially lower temperatures than in the absence of MoS2. The results reported here show that to create nickel phosphides with comparable activity to conventional supported sulfide catalysts, one would have to synthesize the phosphide with surface areas exceeding 400 m2/g (i.e. with nanoparticles less than 30 Å in lateral dimension).

  9. A successful management of aluminum phosphide intoxication

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    Moazezi, Zoleika; Abedi, Seyed Hassan

    2011-01-01

    Background: Aluminum Phosphide or rice tablet is one of the most common pesticides which leads to accidental or intentional acute intoxication and finally death. In this paper, we describe a successful management of intoxication with rice tablet in a young girl.

  10. InP (Indium Phosphide): Into the future

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    Major industry is beginning to be devoted to indium phosphide and its potential applications. Key to these applications are high speed and radiation tolerance; however the high cost of indium phosphide may be an inhibitor to progress. The broad applicability of indium phosphide to many devices will be discussed with an emphasis on photovoltaics. Major attention is devoted to radiation tolerance and means of reducing cost of devices. Some of the approaches applicable to solar cells may also be relevant to other devices. The intent is to display the impact of visionary leadership in the field and enable the directions and broad applicability of indium phosphide

  11. Efficient water reduction with gallium phosphide nanowires

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    Standing, Anthony; Assali, Simone; Gao, Lu; Verheijen, Marcel A.; van Dam, Dick; Cui, Yingchao; Notten, Peter H. L.; Haverkort, Jos E. M.; Bakkers, Erik P. A. M.

    2015-07-01

    Photoelectrochemical hydrogen production from solar energy and water offers a clean and sustainable fuel option for the future. Planar III/V material systems have shown the highest efficiencies, but are expensive. By moving to the nanowire regime the demand on material quantity is reduced, and new materials can be uncovered, such as wurtzite gallium phosphide, featuring a direct bandgap. This is one of the few materials combining large solar light absorption and (close to) ideal band-edge positions for full water splitting. Here we report the photoelectrochemical reduction of water, on a p-type wurtzite gallium phosphide nanowire photocathode. By modifying geometry to reduce electrical resistance and enhance optical absorption, and modifying the surface with a multistep platinum deposition, high current densities and open circuit potentials were achieved. Our results demonstrate the capabilities of this material, even when used in such low quantities, as in nanowires.

  12. Aluminium phosphide poising: a case report

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    This paper reports the case of a family in which three children were presented at Emergency Room (ER) with poisoning after the use of a pesticide at home. Initially, the cases were managed as routine cases of organophosphorus poisoning; however, the death of two children made the health team members realise that the poison's effects were delayed and devastating. Later, the compound was identified as Aluminium Phosphide (ALP), and the life of the last surviving child in the family was saved. (author)

  13. Comment on " An update on toxicology of aluminum phosphide "

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    Omid Mehrpour

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available I read with interest the recent published article by Dr Moghadamnia titled "An update on toxicology of aluminum phosphide". Since aluminum phosphide (AlP poisoning is an important medical concern in Iran, I have had the opportunities to work and publish many papers in this regard. I would like to comment on that paper.

  14. Synthesis, characterization and properties of hollow nickel phosphide nanospheres

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    Ni Yonghong; Tao Ali; Hu Guangzhi; Cao Xiaofeng; Wei Xianwen; Yang Zhousheng [College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Anhui Key Laboratory of Functional Molecular Solids, Anhui Normal University, Wuhu 241000 (China)

    2006-10-14

    Nickel phosphide (Ni{sub 12}P{sub 5}) hollow nanospheres with a mean diameter of 100 nm and a shell thickness of 15-20 nm have been successfully prepared by a hydrothermal-microemulsion route, using NaH{sub 2}PO{sub 2} as a phosphorus source. XRD, EDS (HR)TEM, SEM and the SAED pattern were used to characterize the final product. Experiments showed that the as-prepared nickel phosphide hollow nanospheres could selectively catalytically degrade some organic dyes such as methyl red and Safranine T under 254 nm UV light irradiation. At the same time, the nickel phosphide hollow nanospheres showed a stronger ability to promote electron transfer between the glass-carbon electrode and adrenalin than nickel phosphide honeycomb-like particles prepared by a simple hydrothermal route. A possible formation process for nickel phosphide hollow nanospheres was suggested based on the experimental results.

  15. A systematic review of aluminium phosphide poisoning.

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    Mehrpour, Omid; Jafarzadeh, Mostafa; Abdollahi, Mohammad

    2012-03-01

    Every year, about 300,000 people die because of pesticide poisoning worldwide. The most common pesticide agents are organophosphates and phosphides, aluminium phosphide (AlP) in particular. AlP is known as a suicide poison that can easily be bought and has no effective antidote. Its toxicity results from the release of phosphine gas as the tablet gets into contact with moisture. Phosphine gas primarily affects the heart, lungs, gastrointestinal tract, and kidneys. Poisoning signs and symptoms include nausea, vomiting, restlessness, abdominal pain, palpitation, refractory shock, cardiac arrhythmias, pulmonary oedema, dyspnoea, cyanosis, and sensory alterations. Diagnosis is based on clinical suspicion, positive silver nitrate paper test to phosphine, and gastric aspirate and viscera biochemistry. Treatment includes early gastric lavage with potassium permanganate or a combination with coconut oil and sodium bicarbonate, administration of charcoal, and palliative care. Specific therapy includes intravenous magnesium sulphate and oral coconut oil. Moreover, acidosis can be treated with early intravenous administration of sodium bicarbonate, cardiogenic shock with fluid, vasopresor, and refractory cardiogenic shock with intra-aortic baloon pump or digoxin. Trimetazidine may also have a useful role in the treatment, because it can stop ventricular ectopic beats and bigeminy and preserve oxidative metabolism. This article reviews the epidemiological, toxicological, and clinical/pathological aspects of AlP poisoning and its management. PMID:22450207

  16. Chemical vapour deposition of metal oxides and phosphides.

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    Binions, R.

    2006-01-01

    This thesis investigates the deposition of thin films of main group metal phosphide and main group metal oxide compounds on glass substrates by the use of dual source atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition. Binary phosphide systems with tin, germanium, silicon, antimony, copper or boron have been examined. Binary oxide systems of gallium, antimony, tin or niobium have also been investigated. Additionally these systems were deposited on gas sensor substrates and evaluated as metal oxi...

  17. Successful management of zinc phosphide poisoning.

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    Shakoori, Vahid; Agahi, Mahsa; Vasheghani-Farahani, Maryam; Marashi, Sayed Mahdi

    2016-06-01

    Zinc phosphide (Zn2P3) rodenticide, is generally misused intentionally for suicidal purpose in Iran. For many years, scientists believe that liberation of phosphine (PH3) on contact with acidic content of the stomach is responsible for clinical presentations. However, relatively long time interval between ingestion of Zn2P3 and presentation of its systemic toxicity, and progression of acute liver failure could not be explained by the current opinion. Hence, an innovative theory intended that phosphonium, as an intermediate product will create and pass through the stomach, which then will reduce to produce PH3in the luminal tract. Here, we present a case of massive Zn2P3 poisoning. In our case, we used repeated doses of castor oil to induce bowel movement with an aim of removing unabsorbed toxin, which was proved by radiography. Interestingly, the patient presents only mild symptoms of toxicity such as transient metabolic acidosis and hepatic dysfunction. PMID:27390464

  18. A Clinical Study of aluminium Phosphide Poisoning

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    S.K. Gupta,Annil Mahajan,Ajay Gupta

    2002-04-01

    Full Text Available Thc present prospectiYe study 01'56 cases ofAlwniniwn Phosphide (ALP poisoning in Gov!. MedicalCollcge Hospital Jammu. found out the prevalence of Deliberate self-poisoning self (DSP andaccidental ingestion in young population in age group of 16-30 years. Male-female ratio ",as 1.03: 1.00;ha' ing marital discord and family quarrels as prominent predisposing factors. The majority of patientshad gastrointestinal (GIT symptoms (73.2%, cardiac arrthymias (62.5% and shock (53.3%. Thccommoncst clectrocardiographic (ECG abnormalities were tachycardia (96%, atrial fibrillation(58% and venticular-ectopic (VE beats (59%. The management was supportive in the fonn ofstomach wash, intra"enous (IN fluids. dopamine, hydrocortisone, sodabicarbonate and assisted"entilation in intensiYe care unit (lCU setting

  19. Cavity optomechanics in gallium phosphide microdisks

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    Mitchell, Matthew; Barclay, Paul E

    2013-01-01

    Gallium phosphide microdisk optical microcavities with intrinsic quality factors > 280,000 and mode volumes < (10 lambda/n)^3 are demonstrated, and their nonlinear and optomechanical properties are studied. For optical intensities up to 350,000 intracavity photons, optical loss within the microcavity is observed to decrease with increasing intensity, indicating that saturable absorption sites are present in the GaP material, and that two photon absorption is not significant. Optomechanical coupling between several mechanical resonances and the optical modes of the microdisk is observed, and an optical spring effect consistent with a theoretically predicted optomechanical coupling rate g_0~80 kHz is measured for the 488 MHz mechanical fundamental radial breathing mode.

  20. Controlled synthesis and magnetic properties of nickel phosphide and bimetallic iron-nickel phosphide nanorods

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    Singh, Bhupendra; Ho, Chia-Ling [National Cheng Kung University, Department of Chemical Engineering, Taiwan (China); Tseng, Yuan-Chieh [National Chiao Tung University, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Taiwan (China); Lo, Chieh-Tsung, E-mail: tsunglo@mail.ncku.edu.tw [National Cheng Kung University, Department of Chemical Engineering, Taiwan (China)

    2012-02-15

    Nickel phosphide (Ni{sub 2}P) and bimetallic iron-nickel phosphides [(Fe{sub x}Ni{sub y}){sub 2}P] nanorods were fabricated by a seeded growth strategy. This strategy utilized pre-synthesized Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles as seeds and the thermal decomposition of metal precursors by multiple injections in a solution containing trioctylphosphine and didodecyldimethylammonium bromide (DDAB). The nanorods were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and magnetic measurements were carried out using superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID). The rod length was tunable, ranging from 10 to 110 nm depending on the number of injections, whereas the diameter of the rods was nearly 6 nm. It was found that the rod size increased with the number of injections under the constant total injection concentration and reaction time. In addition, the effect of the DDAB quantity used as a co-surfactant was studied, which showed that an optimum quantity was required to achieve uniform nanorods. Magnetic characterizations were performed over the two kinds of nanorods to identify their respective magnetic phases. The results demonstrated that the Ni{sub 2}P nanorods were defined as a Curie-Weiss paramagnet, whereas the (Fe{sub x}Ni{sub y}){sub 2}P nanorods exhibited superparamagnetic characteristics.

  1. Phosphine by bio-corrosion of phosphide-rich iron.

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    Glindemann, D; Eismann, F; Bergmann, A; Kuschk, P; Stottmeister, U

    1998-01-01

    Phosphine is a toxic agent and part of the phosphorus cycle. A hitherto unknown formation mechanism for phosphine in the environment was investigated. When iron samples containing iron phosphide were incubated in corrosive aquatic media affected by microbial metabolites, phosphine was liberated and measured by gas chromatography. Iron liberates phosphine especially in anoxic aquatic media under the influence of sulfide and an acidic pH. A phosphine-forming mechanism is suggested: Phosphate, an impurity of iron containing minerals, is reduced abioticly to iron phosphide. When iron is exposed to the environment (e.g. as outdoor equipment, scrap, contamination in iron milled food or as iron meteorites) and corrodes, the iron phosphide present in the iron is suspended in the medium and can hydrolyze to phosphine. Phosphine can accumulate to measurable quantities in anoxic microbial media, accelerating corrosion and preserving the phosphine formed from oxidation. PMID:19005813

  2. Acute aluminium phosphide poisoning, what is new?

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    Yatendra Singh

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Aluminium phosphide (AlP is a cheap solid fumigant and a highly toxic pesticide that is commonly used for grain preservation. AlP has currently generated interest with increasing number of cases in the past four decades because of its increased use for agricultural and nonagricultural purposes, and also its easy availability in the markets has led to its increased misuse to commit suicide. Ingestion is usually suicidal in intent, uncommonly accidental and rarely homicidal. The poison affects all systems, shock, cardiac arrhythmias with varied ECG changes and gastrointestinal features being the most prominent. Diagnosis is made on the basis of clinical suspicion, a positive silver nitrate paper test to phosphine, and gastric aspirate and viscera biochemistry. Treatment includes early gastric lavage with potassium permanganate or a combination of coconut oil and sodium bicarbonate, administration of charcoal and palliative care. Specific therapy includes intravenous magnesium sulphate and oral coconut oil. Unfortunately, the lack of a specific antidote Results in very high mortality and the key to treatment lies in rapid decontamination and institution of resuscitative measures. This article aims to identify the salient features and mechanism of AlP poisoning along with its management strategies and prognostic variables.

  3. An update on toxicology of aluminum phosphide

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    Moghadamnia Ali

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Aluminum phosphide (AlP is a cheap solid fumigant and a highly toxic pesticide which is commonly used for grain preservation. In Iran it is known as the “rice tablet”. AlP has currently aroused interest with increasing number of cases in the past four decades due to increased use in agricultural and non-agricultural purposesand also its easy availability in the markets has increased its misuse to commit suicide. Upon contact with moisture in the environment, AlP undergoes a chemical reaction yielding phosphine gas, which is the active pesticidal component. Phosphine inhibits cellular oxygen utilization and can induce lipid peroxidation. It was reported that AlP has a mortality rate more than 50% of intoxication cases. Poisoning with AlP has usually occurred in attempts to suicide. It is a more common case in adults rather than teen agers. In some eastern countries it is a very common agent with rapid action for suicide. Up to date, there is no effective antidote or treatment for its intoxication. Also, some experimental results suggest that magnesium sulfate, N-acetyl cysteine (NAC, glutathione, vitamin C and E, beta-carotenes, coconut oil and melatonin may play an important role in reducing the oxidative outcomes of phosphine. This article reviews the experimental and clinical features of AlP intoxication and tries to suggest a way to encounter its poisoning.

  4. An Update on Toxicology of Aluminum Phosphide

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    Ali Akbar Moghhadamnia

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Aluminum phosphide (AlP is a cheap solid fumigant and a highly toxic pesticide which is commonly used for grain preservation. In Iran it is known as the "rice tablet". AlP has currently aroused interest with increasing number of cases in the past four decades due to increased use in agricultural and non-agricultural purposes and also its easy availability in the markets has increased its misuse to commit suicide. Upon contact with moisture in the environment, AlP undergoes a chemical reaction yielding phosphine gas, which is the active pesticidal component. Phosphine inhibits cellular oxygen utilization and can induce lipid peroxidation. It was reported that AlP has a mortality rate more than 50% of intoxication cases. Poisoning with AlP has usually occurred in attempts to suicide. It is a more common case in adults rather than teen agers. In some eastern countries it is a very common agent with rapid action for suicide. Up to date, there is no effective antidote or treatment for its intoxication. Also, some experimental results suggest that magnesium sulfate, N-acetyl cysteine (NAC, glutathione, vitamin C and E, beta-carotenes, coconut oil and melatonin may play an important role in reducing the oxidative outcomes of phosphine. This article reviews the experimental and clinical features of AlP intoxication and tries to suggest a way to encounter its poisoning.

  5. Fabrication challenges for indium phosphide microsystems

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    From the inception of III–V microsystems, monolithically integrated device designs have been the motivating drive for this field, bringing together the utility of single-chip microsystems and conventional fabrication techniques. Indium phosphide (InP) has a particular advantage of having a direct bandgap within the low loss telecommunication wavelength (1550 nm) range, able to support passive waveguiding and optical amplification, detection, and generation depending on the exact alloy of In, P, As, Ga, or Al materials. Utilizing epitaxy, one can envision the growth of a substrate that contains all of the components needed to establish a single-chip optical microsystem, containing detectors, sources, waveguides, and mechanical structures. A monolithic InP MEMS system has, to our knowledge, yet to be realized due to the significant difficulties encountered when fabricating the integrated devices. In this paper we present our own research and consolidate findings from other research groups across the world to give deeper insight into the practical aspects of InP monolithic microsystem development: epitaxial growth of InP-based alloys, etching techniques, common MEMS structures realized in InP, and future applications. We pay special attention to shedding light on considerations that must be taken when designing and fabricating a monolithic InP MEMS device. (topical review)

  6. Fabrication challenges for indium phosphide microsystems

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    Siwak, N. P.; Fan, X. Z.; Ghodssi, R.

    2015-04-01

    From the inception of III-V microsystems, monolithically integrated device designs have been the motivating drive for this field, bringing together the utility of single-chip microsystems and conventional fabrication techniques. Indium phosphide (InP) has a particular advantage of having a direct bandgap within the low loss telecommunication wavelength (1550 nm) range, able to support passive waveguiding and optical amplification, detection, and generation depending on the exact alloy of In, P, As, Ga, or Al materials. Utilizing epitaxy, one can envision the growth of a substrate that contains all of the components needed to establish a single-chip optical microsystem, containing detectors, sources, waveguides, and mechanical structures. A monolithic InP MEMS system has, to our knowledge, yet to be realized due to the significant difficulties encountered when fabricating the integrated devices. In this paper we present our own research and consolidate findings from other research groups across the world to give deeper insight into the practical aspects of InP monolithic microsystem development: epitaxial growth of InP-based alloys, etching techniques, common MEMS structures realized in InP, and future applications. We pay special attention to shedding light on considerations that must be taken when designing and fabricating a monolithic InP MEMS device.

  7. A Suicide Attempt Using Zinc Phosphide (A Case Study

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    Aysenur Sumer Coskun

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Zinc phosphide is a toxin that is added to wheat for use in rodent control and is the active ingredient of rodenticide. A 17 year-old male attempted suicide by drinking pesticide [Zinc PHOSPHIDE (Zn3P2] and was subsequently admitted to the emergency department: the patient’s general condition was poor, he was unconscious and vomiting, the skin had a garlic odor and advanced acidosis was present. The patient was treated symptomatically, followed by mechanical ventilation, and was transferred to a psychiatric clinic on the fifth day.

  8. Carbon phosphide monolayers with superior carrier mobility

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    Wang, Gaoxue; Pandey, Ravindra; Karna, Shashi P.

    2016-04-01

    Two dimensional (2D) materials with a finite band gap and high carrier mobility are sought after materials from both fundamental and technological perspectives. In this paper, we present the results based on the particle swarm optimization method and density functional theory which predict three geometrically different phases of the carbon phosphide (CP) monolayer consisting of sp2 hybridized C atoms and sp3 hybridized P atoms in hexagonal networks. Two of the phases, referred to as α-CP and β-CP with puckered or buckled surfaces are semiconducting with highly anisotropic electronic and mechanical properties. More remarkably, they have the lightest electrons and holes among the known 2D semiconductors, yielding superior carrier mobility. The γ-CP has a distorted hexagonal network and exhibits a semi-metallic behavior with Dirac cones. These theoretical findings suggest that the binary CP monolayer is a yet unexplored 2D material holding great promise for applications in high-performance electronics and optoelectronics.Two dimensional (2D) materials with a finite band gap and high carrier mobility are sought after materials from both fundamental and technological perspectives. In this paper, we present the results based on the particle swarm optimization method and density functional theory which predict three geometrically different phases of the carbon phosphide (CP) monolayer consisting of sp2 hybridized C atoms and sp3 hybridized P atoms in hexagonal networks. Two of the phases, referred to as α-CP and β-CP with puckered or buckled surfaces are semiconducting with highly anisotropic electronic and mechanical properties. More remarkably, they have the lightest electrons and holes among the known 2D semiconductors, yielding superior carrier mobility. The γ-CP has a distorted hexagonal network and exhibits a semi-metallic behavior with Dirac cones. These theoretical findings suggest that the binary CP monolayer is a yet unexplored 2D material holding great

  9. Manganese phosphide thin films and nanorods grown on gallium phosphide and on glass substrates

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    Nateghi, N.; Lambert-Milot, S.; Ménard, D.; Masut, R. A.

    2016-05-01

    We report a simple and fast route to grow ferromagnetic manganese phosphide polycrystalline films and nanorods on GaP and on glass substrates using metalorganic vapor phase deposition. Increasing the growth temperature (≥600 °C) and growth time (≥30 min) results in nucleation of secondary MnP crystals on the primary grains. The secondary crystals grow faster along a specific direction of orthorhombic MnP (c-axis) and form long rods (up to ~10 μm) whose diameters are in the nanoscale (20-100 nm). The nanorods can be easily detached from the glass substrate. The films exhibit ferromagnetic behavior with a range of transition temperatures, depending on the growth conditions.

  10. Ternary transition metal phosphides: High-temperature superconductors

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    Barz, H.; Ku, H. C.; Meisner, G. P.; Fisk, Z.; Matthias, B. T.

    1980-01-01

    Two systems of ternary transition metal phosphides with the ordered Fe2P-type hexagonal structure are reported. They have the general formula MRuP and MOsP, in which M can be Ti, Zr, or Hf. An onset of the superconducting transition temperature as high as 13.0 K is reported for the ZrRuP compound.

  11. Acute Anterolateral Myocardial Infarction Due to Aluminum Phosphide Poisoning

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    Bita Dadpour; Zohre Oghabian

    2013-01-01

    Aluminum phosphide (AlP) is a highly effective rodenticide which is used as a suicide poison. Herein, a 24 year-old man who’d intentionally ingested about 1liter of alcohol and one tablet of AlP is reported. Acute myocardial infarction due to AlP poisoning has been occurred secondary to AIP poisoning. Cardiovascular complications are poor prognostic factors in AlP poisoning

  12. Acute Anterolateral Myocardial Infarction Due to Aluminum Phosphide Poisoning

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    Bita Dadpour

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Aluminum phosphide (AlP is a highly effective rodenticide which is used as a suicide poison. Herein, a 24 year-old man who’d intentionally ingested about 1liter of alcohol and one tablet of AlP is reported. Acute myocardial infarction due to AlP poisoning has been occurred secondary to AIP poisoning. Cardiovascular complications are poor prognostic factors in AlP poisoning

  13. Synthesis, characterization and hydrotreating performance of supported tungsten phosphide catalysts

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    2008-01-01

    Supported tungsten phosphide catalysts were prepared by temperature-programmed reduction of their precursors (supported phospho-tungstate catalysts) in H2 and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD),BET,temperature-programmed desorption of ammonia (NH3-TPD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS).The reduction-phosphiding processes of the precursors were investigated by thermogravimetry and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA) and the suitable phosphiding temperatures were defined.The hydrodesulfurization (HDS) and hydrodenitrogenation (HDN) activities of the catalysts were tested by using thiophene,pyridine,dibenzothiophene,carbazole and diesel oil as the feed-stock.The TiO2,γ-Al2O3 supports and the Ni,Co promoters could remarkably increase and stabilize active W species on the catalyst surface.A suitable amount of Ni (3%-5%),Co (5%-7%) and V (1%-3%) could increase dispersivity of the W species and the BET surface area of the WP/γ-Al2O3 catalyst.The WP/γ-Al2O3 catalyst possesses much higher thiophene HDS and carbazole HDN activities and the WP/TiO2 catalyst has much higher dibenzothiophene (DBT) HDS and pyridine HDN activities.The Ni,Co and V can obviously promote the HDS activity and inhibit the HDN activity of the WP/γ-Al2O3 catalyst.The G-Ni5 catalyst possesses a much higher diesel oil HDS activity than the sulphided industrial NiW/γ-Al2O3 catalyst.In general,a support or promoter in the WP/γ-Al2O3 catalyst which can increase the amount and dispersivity of the active W species can promote its HDS and HDN activities.

  14. Experimental study on SPDT machining of Gallium Phosphide

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    Václavík, Jan; Doleček, Roman; Lédl, Vít; Psota, Pavel

    Vol. 8884. Bellingham: The Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), 2013 - (Bentley, J.; Pfaff, M.), 88842H-88842H. (SPIE. 8884). ISBN 978-0-8194-9747-5. ISSN 0277-786X. [SPIE Optifab 2013. Rochester (US), 14.10.2013-17.10.2013] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) OE10003 Institutional support: RVO:61389021 Keywords : SPDT * precision machining * Gallium Phosphide * surface quality Subject RIV: JP - Industrial Processing http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2036139

  15. Amorphous Molybdenum Phosphide Nanoparticles for Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution

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    McEnaney, Joshua M.; Crompton, J. Chance; Callejas, Juan F.; Popczun, Eric J.; Biacchi, Adam J.; Nathan S. Lewis; Schaak, Raymond E.

    2014-01-01

    Amorphous molybdenum phosphide (MoP) nanoparticles have been synthesized and characterized as electrocatalysts for the hydrogen-evolution reaction (HER) in 0.50 M H_2SO_4 (pH 0.3). Amorphous MoP nanoparticles (having diameters of 4.2 ± 0.5 nm) formed upon heating Mo(CO)6 and trioctylphosphine in squalane at 320 °C, and the nanoparticles remained amorphous after heating at 450 °C in H_2(5%)/Ar(95%) to remove the surface ligands. At mass loadings of 1 mg cm^–2, MoP/Ti electrodes exhibited overp...

  16. Core-Shell Nanopillar Array Solar Cells using Cadmium Sulfide Coating on Indium Phosphide Nanopillars

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    Tu, Bor-An Clayton

    2013-01-01

    This thesis presents a new strategy to fabricate nanostructured indium phosphide and cadmium sulfide photovoltaics. The cells are formed by chemical bath deposition (electroless deposition) of cadmium sulfide onto indium phosphide nanopillar arrays grown by selective-area metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. Characterizations through electrical and optical measurements show that the devices consisting of p-InP core and CdS shell have a conversion efficiency, open circuit voltage, short cir...

  17. Aluminum Phosphide; the Most Fatal Rodenticide and Fungicide

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    Introduction: Aluminum phosphide (AP) is a fumigate agent, which is also used to control rodents and pests in grain storage facilities. This agent is commonly used in low income and agricultural communities. AP is easily available, cheap and highly toxic. Ingestion of even half a fresh tablet invariably results in death. Its suicidal or accidental poisoning is a medical emergency, while in some low income countries it reaches to more than two third of poisoning deaths. Methods: PubMed was systematically searched (December 2006) for articles related to aluminium phosphide poisoning. 24 articles were finally included. Mechanism of action; AP on exposure to moisture, liberates highly toxic gas, phosphine. In animal and human models AP rapidly inhibits cytochrome-c oxidase leading to inhibition of mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation and inhibits mitochondrial respiration and has cytotoxic action. Clinical Findings: Initial findings of intoxication may be nonspecific and transient. The symptoms may resolve within several hours after removal from exposure. It, however, produces phosphine gas, which is a mitochondrial poison. Its manufacturing and application pose risks of inhalation of phosphine. CNS; GCS is fine at the beginning. Biochemistry; Metabolic acidosis and liver dysfunction are reported. Shock is frequent. Respiratory Tract; Acute dyspnoea, hypotension, bradycardia and other signs of intoxication were also stated. Gastrointestinal; Reported short-segment esophageal strictures in the upper and mid esophagus, successfully managed by endoscopic dilatation. In sub-chronic use, degenerative changes in liver, heart and kidney of rabbits are reported. Cardiovascular; The ECG abnormalities are common and include hypotension, bradycardia, ST-T changes, Supraventricular tachycardia, ventricular ectopics, life threatening ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, atrial flutter/fibrillation, variable degrees of heart block and toxic myocarditis. Haematologic

  18. Band structures in silicene on monolayer gallium phosphide substrate

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    Ren, Miaojuan; Li, Mingming; Zhang, Changwen; Yuan, Min; Li, Ping; Li, Feng; Ji, Weixiao; Chen, Xinlian

    2016-07-01

    Opening a sizable band gap in the zero-gap silicene is a key issue for its application in nanoelectronics. We design new 2D silicene and GaP heterobilayer (Si/GaP HBL) composed of silicene and monolayer (ML) GaP. Based on first-principles calculations, we find that the interaction energies are in the range of -295.5 to -297.5 meV per unit cell, indicating a weak interaction between silicene and gallium phosphide (GaP) monolayer. The band gap changes ranging from 0.06 to 0.44 eV in hybrid HBLs. An unexpected indirect-direct band gap crossover is also observed in HBLs, dependent on the stacking pattern. These provide a possible way to design effective FETs out of silicene on GaP monolayer.

  19. Indium Phosphide-Based Semiconductor Nanocrystals and Their Applications

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    Paul Mushonga

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Semiconductor nanocrystals or quantum dots (QDs are nanometer-sized fluorescent materials with optical properties that can be fine-tuned by varying the core size or growing a shell around the core. They have recently found wide use in the biological field which has further enhanced their importance. This review focuses on the synthesis of indium phosphide (InP colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals. The two synthetic techniques, namely, the hot-injection and heating-up methods are discussed. Different types of the InP-based QDs involving their use as core, core/shell, alloyed, and doped systems are reviewed. The use of inorganic shells for surface passivation is also highlighted. The paper is concluded by some highlights of the applications of these systems in biological studies.

  20. Elastic, Optoelectronic and Thermal Properties of Boron Phosphide

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    S. Daoud

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Elastic, mechanical, optoelectronic and some thermal properties of boron phosphide (BP in its structure zincblende phase has been performed using the pseudopotential combined with the plane wave method. The plane-wave pseudopotential approach to the density-functional theory within the local density approximation (LDA implemented in Abinit code is used. The elastic stiffness and compliance constants, bulk modulus, shear modulus, zener anisotropy factor, young's modulus, internal strain parameter, poisson's ratio, sound velocity for directions within the important crystallographic planes, Debye temperature, melting point, refractive index, plasmon energy, force constants, lattice energy, band gap energy, homopolar energy, heteropolar energy, ionicity and dielectric constant are obtained and analyzed in comparison with the available data.

  1. Radiation-induced defect nature in indium phosphide

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    The effect of implantation of phosphorus and argon ions, as well as annealing under different conditions on photoluminescence (PL) and photoconductivity (PC) spectra of indium phosphide monocrystals is investigated. Bands of PC with red boundaries at 0.82; 0.91; 1.16 and 1.30 eV are detected. The assumption is made on the relation of the PC bands with centres comprising intrinsic lattice defects. PC band with a red boundary at 1.30 eV is related to antistructural defect PIn. In luminescence spectra bands with the maxima at 1.08; 1.02 and 1.21 eV are detected, which are also related to intrinsic defects. The assumption is made on the relation of PL band with the maximum at 1.14 eV to the centre [SiIn FeIn]. 24 refs.; 5 figs.; 1 tab

  2. Nanoimprinted DWDM laser arrays on indium phosphide substrates

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    Smistrup, Kristian; Nørregaard, Jesper; Mironov, Andrej;

    2014-01-01

    Dense wavelength division multiplexing lasers play a major role in today's long-haul broadband communication. Typical distributed feedback laser cavities consist of long half-pitch gratings in InGaAsP on InP substrates with grating periods of around 240 nm. The lasers include a quarter wavelength...... shift in the grating, and are single mode with high side-mode suppression. Typically, such lasers are patterned using e-beam lithography (EBL). We present a fabrication method based on patterning by thermal nanoimprint lithography, which is potentially less costly and faster than EBL. Thermal...... nanoimprint lithography of laser gratings raises two types of challenges: (1) The imprint process itself is delicate due to the mechanical fragility of indium phosphide substrates and the thermal mismatch between the substrate and the silicon stamp. (2) The subsequent processing puts requirements on the...

  3. Method of synthesizing bulk transition metal carbide, nitride and phosphide catalysts

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    Choi, Jae Soon; Armstrong, Beth L; Schwartz, Viviane

    2015-04-21

    A method for synthesizing catalyst beads of bulk transmission metal carbides, nitrides and phosphides is provided. The method includes providing an aqueous suspension of transition metal oxide particles in a gel forming base, dropping the suspension into an aqueous solution to form a gel bead matrix, heating the bead to remove the binder, and carburizing, nitriding or phosphiding the bead to form a transition metal carbide, nitride, or phosphide catalyst bead. The method can be tuned for control of porosity, mechanical strength, and dopant content of the beads. The produced catalyst beads are catalytically active, mechanically robust, and suitable for packed-bed reactor applications. The produced catalyst beads are suitable for biomass conversion, petrochemistry, petroleum refining, electrocatalysis, and other applications.

  4. THE STUDY OF MOLYBDENUM PHOSPHIDE AS CATALYST FOR SIMULTANEOUS HDN,HDS AND HDY

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    ZHAOTian-bo; LIFeng-yan; SUNGui-da; LICui-qing

    2003-01-01

    Transition-metal molybdenum phosphides were prepared by direct reduction of an amorphous phosphate precursor in hydrogen at relatively low temperature(650℃).XRD(X-ray diffraction analysis)measurements showed that pure molybdenum phosphide formed after the reduction with H2.The reactivity was determined in a continuous-flow microreactor at a H2 pressure of 3.0 MPa.A sample of prepared molybdenum phosphide catalyst diluted with γ-Al2O3(20% phosphate precursor)was used for simultaneuous HDN(Hydrodenitrogenation),HDS (Hydrodesulfurization and HDY)Hydrogenation of aromatics).The influences of space velocity,flow rate of hydrogen,reaction time and temperature on hydrotreating performance were studied.Pyridine,thiophene and cyclohexene were used as model compunds,their contents were respectively 5%,5% and 20%,Cyclohexane was used as the solvent.

  5. Ab-initio Calculations of Electronic Properties of Boron Phosphide (BP)

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    Ejembi, John; Franklin, Lashaunda; Malozovsky, Yuriy; Bagayoko, Diola

    2014-03-01

    We present results from ab-initio, self consistent local density approximation (LDA) calculations of electronic and related properties of zinc blende boron phosphide (BP). We employed a local density approximation (LDA) potential and implemented the linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) formalism. This implementation followed the Bagayoko, Zhao, and Williams (BZW) method, as enhanced by Ekuma and Franklin (BZW-EF). We discuss our preliminary results for the indirect band gap, from Γ to X, of Boron Phosphide. We also report calculated electron and hole effective masses for Boron Phosphide and total (DOS) and partial (pDOS) density of states. Acknowledgments: This research is funded in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Louisiana Board of Regents, through LASiGMA [Award Nos. EPS- 1003897, NSF (2010-15)-RII-SUBR] and NSF HRD-1002541, the US Department of Energy - National, Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) (Award No. DE-NA0001861), LaSPACE, and LONI-SUBR.

  6. Optical Properties of Strained Wurtzite Gallium Phosphide Nanowires

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    Greil, J.

    2016-06-08

    Wurtzite gallium phosphide (WZ GaP) has been predicted to exhibit a direct bandgap in the green spectral range. Optical transitions, however, are only weakly allowed by the symmetry of the bands. While efficient luminescence has been experimentally shown, the nature of the transitions is not yet clear. Here we apply tensile strain up to 6% and investigate the evolution of the photoluminescence (PL) spectrum of WZ GaP nanowires (NWs). The pressure and polarization dependence of the emission together with a theoretical analysis of strain effects is employed to establish the nature and symmetry of the transitions. We identify the emission lines to be related to localized states with significant admixture of Γ7c symmetry and not exclusively related to the Γ8c conduction band minimum (CBM). The results emphasize the importance of strongly bound state-related emission in the pseudodirect semiconductor WZ GaP and contribute significantly to the understanding of the optoelectronic properties of this novel material.

  7. Density-functional investigation of gallium phosphide- silicon interface

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    Steinbach, Gabi; Schreiber, Michael [Institut fuer Physik, Technische Universitaet Chemnitz, D-09107 Chemnitz (Germany); Gemming, Sibylle [Institut fuer Physik, Technische Universitaet Chemnitz, D-09107 Chemnitz (Germany); Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research, HZ Dresden-Rossendorf, Postfach 51 01 19, D-01314 Dresden (Germany); Doescher, Henning; Hannappel, Thomas [Helmholtz Center Berlin for Materials and Energy, Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1, D-14109 Berlin (Germany)

    2011-07-01

    Gallium phosphide is an established compound semiconductor in the optoelectronic industry with an indirect band gap of 2.26 eV. Used as substrate for GaAsP LEDs or active LED material itself, GaP thin films on cheaper silicon substrates promise a high application potential for LED engineering. The present study addresses the material discontinuities occuring at the boundaries of a GaP thin functional layer on a silicon substrate. Density-functional calculations have been performed with the pseudopotential plane-wave code ABINIT. At the ideally flat GaP(001)Si(001) interface both the Ga-rich and the P-rich terminations of the GaP layer are studied along with partially Si-occupied boundary layers. Substantially negative values of the work of separation for all investigated interfaces indicate the high stability and the low remanent stresses at the GaP-Si interface. Extended studies contain steps along the <110> direction with the aim to distinguish point-defects and line-defects as origin of the experimentally observed anti-phase boundaries.

  8. V18P9C2. A complex phosphide carbide

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    V18P9C2 crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group Pmma with the lattice parameters a = 17.044(3), b = 3.2219(7), and c = 13.030(2) Aa, Z = 2. The crystal structure is composed of 19 symmetry-independent atoms. The crystal structure is considered as a network formed by the transition metal atoms exhibiting cubic, trigonal prismatic, and octahedral voids centered by V, P, and C atoms, respectively. Vice versa, the V and P atoms form a three-dimensional network. The two CV6 octahedra are edge- and corner-connected to chains running parallel to [010]. The five unique P atoms are trigonal prismatically coordinated by V atoms with one to three faces capped again by a V atom. The V atoms have mainly cubic environments formed solely by V or by V and P atoms. V18P9C2 exhibits some structural relations to other compounds of the ternary system V-P-C as well as to other intermetallic phases. Despite the low carbon content, V18P9C2 is considered as a ternary compound rather than an interstitially stabilized (binary) phosphide in view of its special structural features.

  9. Severe myocardial depression in a patient with aluminium phosphide poisoning: A clinical, electrocardiographical and histopathological correlation

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    Shah Viral

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Aluminium phosphide poisoning is very common in India. It is one of the most fatal poisons. The clinical spectrum of poisoning varies depending upon the dosage and duration of consumption. The main effect of the poison is due to the release of phosphine which inhibits cytochrome oxidase and thereby hampers cellular oxygen utilization. Almost any organ can be affected by aluminium phosphide poisoning. We report a case where the heart was the predominantly affected organ. We describe the clinical symptoms and signs and their correlation with electrocardiographic and histopathological examinations.

  10. Indium Phosphide Window Layers for Indium Gallium Arsenide Solar Cells

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    Jain, Raj K.

    2005-01-01

    Window layers help in reducing the surface recombination at the emitter surface of the solar cells resulting in significant improvement in energy conversion efficiency. Indium gallium arsenide (In(x)Ga(1-x)As) and related materials based solar cells are quite promising for photovoltaic and thermophotovoltaic applications. The flexibility of the change in the bandgap energy and the growth of InGaAs on different substrates make this material very attractive for multi-bandgap energy, multi-junction solar cell approaches. The high efficiency and better radiation performance of the solar cell structures based on InGaAs make them suitable for space power applications. This work investigates the suitability of indium phosphide (InP) window layers for lattice-matched In(0.53)Ga(0.47)As (bandgap energy 0.74 eV) solar cells. We present the first data on the effects of the p-type InP window layer on p-on-n lattice-matched InGaAs solar cells. The modeled quantum efficiency results show a significant improvement in the blue region with the InP window. The bare InGaAs solar cell performance suffers due to high surface recombination velocity (10(exp 7) cm/s). The large band discontinuity at the InP/InGaAs heterojunction offers a great potential barrier to minority carriers. The calculated results demonstrate that the InP window layer effectively passivates the solar cell front surface, hence resulting in reduced surface recombination and therefore, significantly improving the performance of the InGaAs solar cell.

  11. General Strategy for the Synthesis of Transition Metal Phosphide Films for Electrocatalytic Hydrogen and Oxygen Evolution.

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    Read, Carlos G; Callejas, Juan F; Holder, Cameron F; Schaak, Raymond E

    2016-05-25

    Transition metal phosphides recently have been identified as promising Earth-abundant electrocatalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). Here, we present a general and scalable strategy for the synthesis of transition metal phosphide electrodes based on the reaction of commercially available metal foils (Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, and NiFe) with various organophosphine reagents. The resulting phosphide electrodes were found to exhibit excellent electrocatalytic HER and OER performance. The most active electrodes required overpotentials of only -128 mV for the HER in acid (Ni2P), -183 mV for the HER in base (Ni2P), and 277 mV for the OER in base (NiFeP) to produce operationally relevant current densities of 10 mA cm(-2). Such HER and OER performance compares favorably with samples prepared using significantly more elaborate and costly procedures. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the approach can also be utilized to obtain highly active and conformal metal phosphide coatings on photocathode materials, such as highly doped Si, that are relevant to solar fuels production. PMID:27156388

  12. Facile synthesis of iron phosphide nanorods for efficient and durable electrochemical oxygen evolution.

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    Xiong, Dehua; Wang, Xiaoguang; Li, Wei; Liu, Lifeng

    2016-07-01

    Iron phosphide (FeP) nanorods have been fabricated by a facile hydrothermal synthesis of iron oxyhydroxide precursors, followed by a convenient phosphorization process. The FeP nanorods dispersed on carbon fiber paper current collectors exhibit outstanding catalytic activity and excellent long-term stability toward the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). PMID:27333123

  13. Quantum dot infrared photodetectors based on indium phosphide

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    The subject of this work is a systematic study of quantum dot infrared photodetectors based on indium-phosphide substrate by means of various spectroscopic and electronic measurement methods in order to understand the physical and technological processes. This enables a concise definition of strategies in order to realize next generation devices in this material system and to gain overall progress in the research field of quantum dot infrared photodetectors. The interpretation of the experimental results is supported by analytical and numerical simulations. The samples, grown by collaboration partners, were characterized using differential transmission and fast Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, with a special emphasis on the latter one. Therefore, samples both in wedged waveguide geometry and samples with gold coated mesa structures have been processed. A large part of the discussion is dedicated to the current voltage characteristic of the devices, due to its large importance for device optimization, i.e. the reduction of the dark current plays a crucial role in the research field of high temperature infrared photon-detection. Further, results of photoluminescence measurements, performed by collaboration partners, have been used in order to attain a more complete picture of the samples' electronic band structure and in order to obtain complementary information with respect to other measurement methods applied within the experimental work and the simulation of the structures. In agreement to the simulations, a photocurrent response was observed at 6 and at 12 μm up to a temperature of 80 K, depending on the samples' design. The principle of parameter scaling was applied to the samples, in order to assign physical effects either to details in the samples' design or to technological quality aspects, i.e. the doping level and the thickness of the capping layer was varied. In addition to that a quantum well was introduced within a series of samples in order to

  14. Electrocardiographic findings and cardiac manifestations in acute aluminum phosphide poisoning.

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    Soltaninejad, Kambiz; Beyranvand, Mohammad-Reza; Momenzadeh, Seyed-Akbar; Shadnia, Shahin

    2012-07-01

    Aluminium phosphide (AlP) poisoning has a high mortality due to cardiovascular involvement. In this study, we evaluated the frequency of cardiac manifestations and electrocardiographic (ECG) findings in 20 patients with acute AlP poisoning, who were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) in Tehran, Iran, over a period of 6 months (between October 2008 and April 2009). The sex, age, cause and manner of ingestion, number of ingested AlP tablets, cardiac and ECG manifestations, creatine phosphokinase (CPK), CPK-myocardial band (CPK-mb) and troponin-T (TnT) were extracted from the patients' files. All data were analysed with Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) software. The majority (60%) of patients were male. The mean age was 27 ± 8.7 years. The mortality rate was 40%. In all of the patients, the cause of poisoning was intentional suicide and ingestion was the route of exposure. The mean number of ingested AlP tablets per patient was 2.2 ± 1.1. The average time interval between admission and cardiovascular manifestations or ECG findings was 168.8 ± 116.2 min. The range of systolic (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure was 60-130 mmHg and 40-70 mmHg, respectively. Dysrhythmia was observed in nine (45%) cases. Elevation of the ST segment was seen in nine cases (45%). Seven patients (35%) had prolonged QTc intervals. Bundle branch block (BBB) was observed in four (20%) patients. In nine (45%) patients, the serum cardiac TnT qualitative assay was positive. There were no significant differences between normal and abnormal ECG groups according to sex, age, number and manner of ingested AlP tablets and SBP. There was a significant correlation between cardiac manifestations and ECG findings and TnT-positive results with mortality in acute AlP poisoning. PMID:22687771

  15. Compton scattering studies of the electron momentum distribution in indium phosphide

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    Deb, A; Guin, R; Chatterjee, A K

    1999-01-01

    The electron momentum anisotropy of indium phosphide has been studied by measuring the directional Compton profiles of indium phosphide single crystals with the use of radiation from an sup 2 sup 4 sup 1 Am gamma source. Three different samples, cut along the [100], [110] and [111] planes, were used. The experimental anisotropy has been compared with the results based on the linear combination of Gaussian orbitals (LCGO) method. The agreement is very good with our theoretical results. It is found that the extrema appearing in the dependences on q of the anisotropies have an intimate connection with the bonding properties of the semiconductor. A self-consistent, all-electron, local density calculation for the partial density of states, total density of states and the charge analysis is also presented here.

  16. Hepatotoxicity due to zinc phosphide poisoning in two patients: role of N-acetylcysteine.

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    Oghabian, Zohreh; Afshar, Arefeh; Rahimi, Hamid Reza

    2016-08-01

    Zinc phosphide (Zn3P2/ZnP) is used as a rodenticide. The most common signs of toxicity are nausea, vomiting, hypotension, and metabolic acidosis; patients presenting such signs are referred to the emergency department (ED) of the hospitals. Therefore, this study aimed to report two cases of hepatotoxicity following accidental and intentional ZnP poisoning and successful management with N-acetylcysteine (NAC). PMID:27525081

  17. Phosphide residue exposure as the cause of serum vitamin depletion in female Wistar rats

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    Ayobola Abolape Iyanda

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Background: Synthetic chemical preservatives have received much negative publicity in recent time, some of which include insect resistance and misapplication of fumigants as well as a myriad of clinical conditions that have been associated with grain consumption. Aluminum phosphide is widely employed for the fumigation of grains meant for both international and local markets. Although its manufacturers have discouraged contamination of grains with spent or unspent phosphide residue, contamination still does occur especially among many illiterate cowpea merchants. The objective of this study is to determine the impact of phosphide residue contaminated cowpea on serum vitamin levels. Methods: Female Wistar rats were divided into 3 experimental groups with each group consisting of 6 rats. They were fed unfumigated (control, fumigated-contaminated (group 1 and fumigated but uncontaminated (group 2 cowpea. Results: Vitamin analysis using high performance liquid chromatography technique showed significant differences in the levels of niacin, folic acid, thiamine, riboflavin, and vitamins A, C, D and E; but pantothenic acid and pyridoxine were not significantly different in group 1 rats compared with control. Moreover, compared with control none of the vitamins were significantly different in rats in group 2. Conclusion: Cowpea is a source of many vitamins among the teeming poor in many part of the developing world; therefore there is need to ensure its proper fumigation. The results of this study suggest that although proper phosphide fumigation of cowpea may not alter serum vitamin levels but improper handling of the fumigation process may result in vitamin depletion. [J Exp Integr Med 2013; 3(2.000: 159-163

  18. Study of atomic hydrogen influence on oxygen diffusion in indium phosphide subsurface layers

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    One introduces a technique enabling to apply layer-by-layer etching by inert gas ions to study the effect of the external conditions on the relative variation of diffusion factor of impurities from gaseous phase into the crystalline specimen body. Paper contains the results of technique application to study the influence of hydrogen atoms on oxygen diffusion from gaseous phase into single-crystal indium phosphide body

  19. Plain abdominal radiography: A powerful tool to prognosticate outcome in patients with zinc phosphide poisoning

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    Aim: To evaluate the clinical features of zinc phosphide poisoning and to investigate whether outcome could be prognosticated based on abdominal radiography on presentation. Materials and methods: All zinc phosphide-poisoned patients who were referred to Loghman-Hakim Hospital between March 2011 and September 2013 were retrospectively reviewed. Data regarding patients' demographic characteristics, characteristics of the poisoning, abdominal radiography results, and patients' outcome were recorded. Results: In 102 patients, the most common presenting signs/symptoms were nausea and vomiting (60%). Four patients died and another seven had developed complications during their hospitalization (metabolic acidosis, liver abnormalities, or acute renal failure). Nineteen patients had radio-opaque abdominal radiographs, nine of whom had died or developed complications (p = 0.001). Plain abdominal radiography had a sensitivity and specificity of 81% and 89% in predicting the patients' death or further development of complications. The positive and negative predictive values were 47% and 97%, respectively. Conclusion: Plain abdominal radiography is a very good tool for prognostication in patients with zinc phosphide poisoning. Immediate abdominal radiography can help stratify patients into high- or low-risk groups and determine treatment strategies. - Highlights: • ZP poisoning may cause severe symptoms or death although less frequent compared to ALP. • ZP-poisoned patients may deteriorate within the first 72 hours post-ingestion. • Abdominal radiography is a good tool to predict death/complications in these patients

  20. Acetaminophen and zinc phosphide for lethal management of invasive lizards Ctenosaura similis

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    Michael L. AVERY, John D. EISEMANN, Kandy L. KEACHER,Peter J. SAVARIE

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Reducing populations of invasive lizards through trapping and shooting is feasible in many cases but effective integrated management relies on a variety of tools, including toxicants. In Florida, using wild-caught non-native black spiny-tailed iguanas Ctenosaura similis, we screened acetaminophen and zinc phosphide to determine their suitability for effective population management of this prolific invasive species. Of the animals that received acetaminophen, none died except at the highest test dose, 240 mg per lizard, which is not practical for field use. Zinc phosphide produced 100% mortality at dose levels as little as 25 mg per lizard, equivalent to about 0.5% in bait which is lower than currently used in commercial baits for commensal rodent control. We conclude that zinc phosphide has potential as a useful tool for reducing populations of invasive lizards such as the black spiny-tailed iguana provided target-selective delivery methods are developed [Current Zoology 57 (5: 625–629, 2011].

  1. Acetaminophen and zinc phosphide for lethal management of invasive lizards Ctenosaura similis

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    Michael L. AVERY; John D. EISEMANN; Kandy L. KEACHER; Peter J. SAVARIE

    2011-01-01

    Reducing populations of invasive lizards through trapping and shooting is feasible in many cases but effective integrated management relies on a variety of tools,including toxicants.In Florida,using wild-caught non-native black spiny-tailed iguanas Ctenosaura similis,we screened acetaminophen and zinc phosphide to determine their suitability for effective population management of this prolific invasive species.Of the animals that received acetaminophen,none died except at the highest test dose,240 mg per lizard,which is not practical for field use.Zinc phosphide produced 100% mortality at dose levels as little as 25 mg per lizard,equivalent to about 0.5% in bait which is lower than currently used in commercial baits for eommensal rodent control.We conclude that zinc phosphide has potential as a useful tool for reducing populations of invasive lizards such as the black spiny-tailed iguana provided target-selective delivery methods are developed [Current Zoology 57 (5):625-629,2011].

  2. Engineering absorption and blackbody radiation in the far-infrared with surface phonon polaritons on gallium phosphide

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    Streyer, W.; Law, S.; Rosenberg, A.; Wasserman, D. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States); Roberts, C.; Podolskiy, V. A. [Department of Physics and Applied Physics, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts 01854 (United States); Hoffman, A. J. [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana 46556 (United States)

    2014-03-31

    We demonstrate excitation of surface phonon polaritons on patterned gallium phosphide surfaces. Control over the light-polariton coupling frequencies is demonstrated by changing the pattern periodicity and used to experimentally determine the gallium phosphide surface phonon polariton dispersion curve. Selective emission via out-coupling of thermally excited surface phonon polaritons is experimentally demonstrated. Samples are characterized experimentally by Fourier transform infrared reflection and emission spectroscopy, and modeled using finite element techniques and rigorous coupled wave analysis. The use of phonon resonances for control of emissivity and excitation of bound surface waves offers a potential tool for the exploration of long-wavelength Reststrahlen band frequencies.

  3. Infrared reflection spectra in contactless nondestructive measurements of the electron density and mobility in indium phosphide

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    Il' in, M.A.; Karasev, P.Yu.; Denisova, N.A.; Rezvov, A.V.; Tyurina, S.V.

    1988-07-01

    On the basis of numerical calculations and experimental studies we analyze the possibilities of measuring the electrophysical parameters of indium phosphide by means of infrared reflection spectra at wavelengths ranging from 5 to 200 /mu/m. We demonstrate that contactless nondestructive measurements of the electron density in the range 10/sup 16/-10/sup 20/ cm/sup /minus/3/ can be made with a relative error not exceeding 15%, and of mobility with a relative error not exceeding 25%. A nomogram method is presented for rapid conversion of data form infrared reflection spectra into the parameters being measured.

  4. Solution-based synthesis and purification of zinc tin phosphide nanowires

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    Sheets, Erik J.; Balow, Robert B.; Yang, Wei-Chang; Stach, Eric A.; Agrawal, Rakesh

    2015-11-01

    The solution-based synthesis of nanoscale earth-abundant semiconductors has the potential to unlock simple, scalable, and tunable material processes which currently constrain development of novel compounds for alternative energy devices. One such promising semiconductor is zinc tin phosphide (ZnSnP2). We report the synthesis of ZnSnP2 nanowires via a solution-liquid-solid mechanism utilizing metallic zinc and tin in decomposing trioctylphosphine (TOP). Dried films of the reaction product are purified of binary phosphide phases by annealing at 345 °C. Tin is removed using a 0.1 M nitric acid treatment leaving pure ZnSnP2 nanowires. Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy indicates ZnSnP2 has a direct bandgap energy of 1.24 eV which is optimal for solar cell applications. Using a photoelectrochemical cell, we demonstrate cathodic photocurrent generation at open circuit conditions from the ZnSnP2 nanowires upon solar simulated illumination confirming p-type conductivity.The solution-based synthesis of nanoscale earth-abundant semiconductors has the potential to unlock simple, scalable, and tunable material processes which currently constrain development of novel compounds for alternative energy devices. One such promising semiconductor is zinc tin phosphide (ZnSnP2). We report the synthesis of ZnSnP2 nanowires via a solution-liquid-solid mechanism utilizing metallic zinc and tin in decomposing trioctylphosphine (TOP). Dried films of the reaction product are purified of binary phosphide phases by annealing at 345 °C. Tin is removed using a 0.1 M nitric acid treatment leaving pure ZnSnP2 nanowires. Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy indicates ZnSnP2 has a direct bandgap energy of 1.24 eV which is optimal for solar cell applications. Using a photoelectrochemical cell, we demonstrate cathodic photocurrent generation at open circuit conditions from the ZnSnP2 nanowires upon solar simulated illumination confirming p-type conductivity. Electronic supplementary information (ESI

  5. A Flexible Electrode Based on Iron Phosphide Nanotubes for Overall Water Splitting.

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    Yan, Ya; Xia, Bao Yu; Ge, Xiaoming; Liu, Zhaolin; Fisher, Adrian; Wang, Xin

    2015-12-01

    The design of cheap and efficient water splitting systems for sustainable hydrogen production has attracted increasing attention. A flexible electrode, based on carbon cloth substrate and iron phosphide nanotubes coated with an iron oxide/phosphate layer, is shown to catalyze overall water splitting. The as-prepared flexible electrode demonstrates remarkable electrocatalytic activity for both the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) at modest overpotentials. The surface iron oxide/phosphate, which is formed in situ, is proposed to improve the HER activity by facilitating the water-dissociation step and serves directly as the catalytically-active component for the OER process. PMID:26493157

  6. An efficient bifunctional electrocatalyst for water splitting based on cobalt phosphide

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    Yang, Libin; Qi, Honglan; Zhang, Chengxiao; Sun, Xuping

    2016-06-01

    The development of highly efficient electrocatalysts for water splitting is critical for various renewable-energy technologies. In this letter, we demonstrate a cobalt phosphide nanowire array grown on a Ti mesh (CoP/TM) behaving as a bifunctional electrocatalyst for water splitting. The CoP/TM electrode delivers 10 mA cm‑2 at an overpotential of 72 mV for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and 310 mV for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in 1.0 M KOH. Furthermore, its corresponding two-electrode alkaline electrolyzer displays 10 mA cm‑2 at 1.64 V.

  7. Efficient telecom to visible wavelength conversion in doubly resonant gallium phosphide microdisks

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    Lake, David P.; Mitchell, Matthew; Jayakumar, Harishankar; dos Santos, Laís Fujii; Curic, Davor; Barclay, Paul E.

    2016-01-01

    Resonant second harmonic generation between 1550 nm and 775 nm with normalized outside efficiency > 3.8 × 10 - 4 mW - 1 is demonstrated in a gallium phosphide microdisk supporting high-Q modes at visible ( Q ˜ 10 4 ) and infrared ( Q ˜ 10 5 ) wavelengths. The double resonance condition is satisfied for a specific pump power through intracavity photothermal temperature tuning using ˜ 360 μ W of 1550 nm light input to a fiber taper and coupled to a microdisk resonance. Power dependent efficiency consistent with a simple model for thermal tuning of the double resonance condition is observed.

  8. Theoretical investigations on the elastic and thermodynamic properties of rhenium phosphide

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    Wei, Qun; Zhu, Xuanmin; Lin, Zhengzhe; Yao, Ronghui [Xidian Univ., Xi' an (China). School of Physics and Optoelectronic Engineering; Yan, Haiyan [Baoji Univ. of Arts and Sciences (China). Dept. of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

    2016-04-01

    Structural, mechanical, and electronic properties of orthorhombic rhenium phosphide (Re{sub 2}P) are systematically investigated by using first principles calculations. The elastic constants and anisotropy of elastic properties are obtained. The metallic character of Re{sub 2}P is demonstrated by density of state calculations. The quasi-harmonic Debye model is applied to the study of the thermodynamic properties. The thermal expansion, heat capacities, and Grueneisen parameter on the temperature and pressure have been determined as a function of temperature and pressure in the pressure range from 0 to 100 GPa and the temperature range from 0 to 1600 K.

  9. Silicon nanowire arrays coupled with cobalt phosphide spheres as low-cost photocathodes for efficient solar hydrogen evolution.

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    Bao, Xiao-Qing; Fatima Cerqueira, M; Alpuim, Pedro; Liu, Lifeng

    2015-07-01

    We demonstrate the first example of silicon nanowire array photocathodes coupled with hollow spheres of the emerging earth-abundant cobalt phosphide catalysts. Compared to bare silicon nanowire arrays, the hybrid electrodes exhibit significantly improved photoelectrochemical performance toward the solar-driven H2 evolution reaction. PMID:26050844

  10. Silicon nanowire arrays coupled with cobalt phosphide spheres as low-cost photocathodes for efficient solar hydrogen evolution

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    Bao, Xiao-Qing; Cerqueira, M. F.; Alpuim, P.; Liu, Lifeng

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate the first example of silicon nanowire array photocathodes coupled with hollow spheres of the emerging earth-abundant cobalt phosphide catalysts. Compared to bare silicon nanowire arrays, the hybrid electrodes exhibit significantly improved photoelectrochemical performance toward the solar-driven H2 evolution reaction.

  11. Solution-based synthesis and purification of zinc tin phosphide nanowires.

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    Sheets, Erik J; Balow, Robert B; Yang, Wei-Chang; Stach, Eric A; Agrawal, Rakesh

    2015-12-01

    The solution-based synthesis of nanoscale earth-abundant semiconductors has the potential to unlock simple, scalable, and tunable material processes which currently constrain development of novel compounds for alternative energy devices. One such promising semiconductor is zinc tin phosphide (ZnSnP2). We report the synthesis of ZnSnP2 nanowires via a solution-liquid-solid mechanism utilizing metallic zinc and tin in decomposing trioctylphosphine (TOP). Dried films of the reaction product are purified of binary phosphide phases by annealing at 345 °C. Tin is removed using a 0.1 M nitric acid treatment leaving pure ZnSnP2 nanowires. Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy indicates ZnSnP2 has a direct bandgap energy of 1.24 eV which is optimal for solar cell applications. Using a photoelectrochemical cell, we demonstrate cathodic photocurrent generation at open circuit conditions from the ZnSnP2 nanowires upon solar simulated illumination confirming p-type conductivity. PMID:26530669

  12. Three-dimensional interconnected nickel phosphide networks with hollow microstructures and desulfurization performance

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    Graphical abstract: Three-dimensional interconnected nickel phosphide networks with hollow microstructures and desulfurization performance. - Highlights: • Three-dimensional Ni2P has been prepared using foam nickel as a template. • The microstructures interconnected and formed sponge-like porous networks. • Three-dimensional Ni2P shows superior hydrodesulfurization activity. - Abstract: Three-dimensional microstructured nickel phosphide (Ni2P) was fabricated by the reaction between foam nickel (Ni) and phosphorus red. The as-prepared Ni2P samples, as interconnected networks, maintained the original mesh structure of foamed nickel. The crystal structure and morphology of the as-synthesized Ni2P were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, automatic mercury porosimetry and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The SEM study showed adjacent hollow branches were mutually interconnected to form sponge-like networks. The investigation on pore structure provided detailed information for the hollow microstructures. The growth mechanism for the three-dimensionally structured Ni2P was postulated and discussed in detail. To investigate its catalytic properties, SiO2 supported three-dimensional Ni2P was prepared successfully and evaluated for the hydrodesulfurization (HDS) of dibenzothiophene (DBT). DBT molecules were mostly hydrogenated and then desulfurized by Ni2P/SiO2

  13. Structure characterization and strain relief analysis in CVD growth of boron phosphide on silicon carbide

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    Li, Guoliang [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (United States); Abbott, Julia K.C.; Brasfield, John D. [Department of Chemistry, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (United States); Liu, Peizhi [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (United States); Dale, Alexis [Department of Chemistry, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (United States); Duscher, Gerd [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (United States); Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States); Rack, Philip D. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (United States); Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States); Feigerle, Charles S., E-mail: cfeigerl@tennessee.edu [Department of Chemistry, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (United States)

    2015-02-01

    Highlights: • Crystalline boron phosphide was grown on vicinal 4H (0 0 0 1)-SiC surfaces. • The microstructure evolution of defects generated at the interface was characterized by transmission electron microscopy. • The evolution of lattice distortion and strain are determined. - Abstract: Boron phosphide (BP) is a material of interest for development of a high-efficiency solid-state thermal neutron detector. For a thick film-based device, microstructure evolution is key to the engineering of material synthesis. Here, we report epitaxial BP films grown on silicon carbide with vicinal steps and provide a detailed analysis of the microstructure evolution and strain relief. The BP film is epitaxial in the near-interface region but deviates from epitaxial growth as the film develops. Defects such as coherent and incoherent twin boundaries, dislocation loops, stacking faults concentrate in the near-interface region and segment this region into small domains. The formation of defects in this region do not fully release the strain originated from the lattice mismatch. Large grains emerge above the near-interface region and grain boundaries become the main defects in the upper part of the BP film.

  14. Three-dimensional interconnected nickel phosphide networks with hollow microstructures and desulfurization performance

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    Zhang, Shuna, E-mail: zhangshujuan@tust.edu.cn [College of Textile Engineering, Zhejiang Industry Polytechnic College, Shaoxing 312000 (China); Zhang, Shujuan [College of Science, Tianjin University of Science and Technology, Tianjin 300457 (China); Song, Limin, E-mail: tjpu2012@sohu.com [College of Environment and Chemical Engineering and State Key Laboratory of Hollow-Fiber Membrane Materials and Membrane Processes, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300387 (China); Wu, Xiaoqing [Institute of Composite Materials and Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Advanced Textile Composite Materials, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300387 (China); Fang, Sheng, E-mail: songlmnk@sohu.com [College of Environment and Chemical Engineering and State Key Laboratory of Hollow-Fiber Membrane Materials and Membrane Processes, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300387 (China)

    2014-05-01

    Graphical abstract: Three-dimensional interconnected nickel phosphide networks with hollow microstructures and desulfurization performance. - Highlights: • Three-dimensional Ni{sub 2}P has been prepared using foam nickel as a template. • The microstructures interconnected and formed sponge-like porous networks. • Three-dimensional Ni{sub 2}P shows superior hydrodesulfurization activity. - Abstract: Three-dimensional microstructured nickel phosphide (Ni{sub 2}P) was fabricated by the reaction between foam nickel (Ni) and phosphorus red. The as-prepared Ni{sub 2}P samples, as interconnected networks, maintained the original mesh structure of foamed nickel. The crystal structure and morphology of the as-synthesized Ni{sub 2}P were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, automatic mercury porosimetry and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The SEM study showed adjacent hollow branches were mutually interconnected to form sponge-like networks. The investigation on pore structure provided detailed information for the hollow microstructures. The growth mechanism for the three-dimensionally structured Ni{sub 2}P was postulated and discussed in detail. To investigate its catalytic properties, SiO{sub 2} supported three-dimensional Ni{sub 2}P was prepared successfully and evaluated for the hydrodesulfurization (HDS) of dibenzothiophene (DBT). DBT molecules were mostly hydrogenated and then desulfurized by Ni{sub 2}P/SiO{sub 2}.

  15. Structure characterization and strain relief analysis in CVD growth of boron phosphide on silicon carbide

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    Highlights: • Crystalline boron phosphide was grown on vicinal 4H (0 0 0 1)-SiC surfaces. • The microstructure evolution of defects generated at the interface was characterized by transmission electron microscopy. • The evolution of lattice distortion and strain are determined. - Abstract: Boron phosphide (BP) is a material of interest for development of a high-efficiency solid-state thermal neutron detector. For a thick film-based device, microstructure evolution is key to the engineering of material synthesis. Here, we report epitaxial BP films grown on silicon carbide with vicinal steps and provide a detailed analysis of the microstructure evolution and strain relief. The BP film is epitaxial in the near-interface region but deviates from epitaxial growth as the film develops. Defects such as coherent and incoherent twin boundaries, dislocation loops, stacking faults concentrate in the near-interface region and segment this region into small domains. The formation of defects in this region do not fully release the strain originated from the lattice mismatch. Large grains emerge above the near-interface region and grain boundaries become the main defects in the upper part of the BP film

  16. Structural stability and mutual transformations of molybdenum carbide, nitride and phosphide

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    Graphical abstract: Both Mo2C and Mo2N can be transformed to MoP, whereas the reverse changes are inviable, which is used to develop a promising and practical pathway for preparing MoP nanoparticles. Highlights: → Mo carbide, nitride and phosphide are prepared. → The structural stability increases in the order of Mo2N 2C 2C and Mo2N can be transformed to MoP, whereas the reverse changes are inviable. → This study develops a promising and practical pathway for preparing MoP nanoparticles. -- Abstract: The structural stability and transformations of Mo carbide, nitride and phosphide were investigated under various atmosphere conditions by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The results indicated that the order of structural stability of these Mo-based compounds was as follows: Mo2N 2C 2C and Mo2N can be transformed to MoP, whereas the reverse transformations did not occur. Noticeably, compared with those Mo sources containing oxygen, the use of Mo2C/Mo2N as Mo-source can produce finely dispersed MoP nanoparticles by the temperature-programmed reaction (TPR) method. The result was probably due to the fact that lower-levels H2O generated during synthesis process can avoid strong hydrothermal sintering. The influence of formation energy had been considered and was found to relate to the structural stability and transformations of these Mo-based compounds.

  17. Transition Metal Phosphide Nanoparticles Supported on SBA-15 as Highly Selective Hydrodeoxygenation Catalysts for the Production of Advanced Biofuels.

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    Yang, Yongxing; Ochoa-Hernández, Cristina; de la Peña O'Shea, Víctor A; Pizarro, Patricia; Coronado, Juan M; Serrano, David P

    2015-09-01

    A series of catalysts constituted by nanoparticles of transition metal (M = Fe, Co, Ni and Mo) phosphides (TMP) dispersed on SBA-15 were synthesized by reduction of the corresponding metal phosphate precursors previously impregnated on the mesostructured support. All the samples contained a metal-loading of 20 wt% and with an initial M/P mole ratio of 1, and they were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), N2 sorption, H2-TPR and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Metal phosphide nanocatalysts were tested in a high pressure continuous flow reactor for the hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) of a methyl ester blend containing methyl oleate (C17H33-COO-CH3) as main component (70%). This mixture constitutes a convenient surrogate of triglycerides present in vegetable oils, and following catalytic hydrotreating yields mainly n-alkanes. The results of the catalytic assays indicate that Ni2P/SBA-15 catalyst presents the highest ester conversion, whereas the transformation rate is about 20% lower for MoP/SBA-15. In contrast, catalysts based on Fe and Co phosphides show a rather limited activity. Hydrocarbon distribution in the liquid product suggests that both hydrodeoxygenation and decarboxylation/decarbonylation reactions occur simultaneously over the different catalysts, although MoP/SBA-15 possess a selectivity towards hydrodeoxygenation exceeding 90%. Accordingly, the catalyst based on MoP affords the highest yield of n-octadecane, which is the preferred product in terms of carbon atom economy. Subsequently, in order to conjugate the advantages of both Ni and Mo phosphides, a series of catalysts containing variable proportions of both metals were prepared. The obtained results reveal that the mixed phosphides catalysts present a catalytic behavior intermediate between those of the monometallic phosphides. Accordingly, only marginal enhancement of the yield of n-octadecane is obtained for the catalysts with a Mo/Ni ratio of 3. Nevertheless, owing to this high selectivity

  18. Molybdenum Disulfide as a Protection Layer and Catalyst for Gallium Indium Phosphide Solar Water Splitting Photocathodes

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    Britto, Reuben J.; Benck, Jesse D.; Young, James L.; Hahn, Christopher; Deutsch, Todd G.; Jaramillo, Thomas F.

    2016-06-02

    Gallium indium phosphide (GaInP2) is a semiconductor with promising optical and electronic properties for solar water splitting, but its surface stability is problematic as it undergoes significant chemical and electrochemical corrosion in aqueous electrolytes. Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) nanomaterials are promising to both protect GaInP2 and to improve catalysis since MoS2 is resistant to corrosion and also possesses high activity for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). In this work, we demonstrate that GaInP2 photocathodes coated with thin MoS2 surface protecting layers exhibit excellent activity and stability for solar hydrogen production, with no loss in performance (photocurrent onset potential, fill factor, and light limited current density) after 60 hours of operation. This represents a five-hundred fold increase in stability compared to bare p-GaInP2 samples tested in identical conditions.

  19. Effect of hydrostatic pressure on the structural, elastic and electronic properties of (B3) boron phosphide

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    Salah Daoud; Kamel Loucif; Nadhira Bloud; Noudjoud Lebgaa; Laarbi Belagraa

    2012-07-01

    In this paper we present the results obtained from first-principles calculations of the effect of hydrostatic pressure on the strucural, elastic and electronic properties of (B3) boron phosphide, using the pseudopotential plane-wave method (PP-PW) based on density functional theory within the Teter and Pade exchange-correlation functional form of the local density approximation (LDA). The lattice parameter, molecular and crystal densities, near-neighbour distances, independent elastic constant, bulk modulus, shear modulus, anisotropy factor and energy bandgaps of (B3) BP under high pressure are presented. The results showed a phase transition pressure from the zinc blende to rock-salt phase at around 1.56 Mbar, which is in good agreement with the theoretical data reported in the literature.

  20. Synthesis of the titanium phosphide telluride Ti 2PTe 2: A thermochemical approach

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    Philipp, Frauke; Schmidt, Peer; Milke, Edgar; Binnewies, Michael; Hoffmann, Stefan

    2008-04-01

    The phosphide telluride Ti 2PTe 2 can be synthesised from the elements or from oxides in a thermite type reaction. Both ways have been optimised by consideration of the thermodynamic behaviour of the compound. Hence, the investigation of phase equilibria in the ternary system Ti/P/Te and of the thermal decomposition of Ti 2PTe 2 was necessary. This investigation was performed by using different experimental approaches as total pressure measurements, thermal analysis and mass spectrometry. The results were supported and further analysed by thermodynamic modelling of the ternary system. It was shown that Ti 2PTe 2(s) decomposes to Ti 2P (s) and Te 2(g) in six consecutive steps. The growth of single crystals of Ti 2PTe 2 is thermodynamically described as a chemical vapour transport with TiCl 4(g) acting as the transport agent.

  1. Effect of InAlAs window layer on efficiency of indium phosphide solar cells

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    Jain, Raj K.; Landis, Geoffrey A.

    1992-01-01

    Indium phosphide (InP) solar cell efficiencies are limited by surface recombination. The effect of a wide bandgap, lattice-matched indium aluminum arsenide (In(0.52)Al(0.48)As) window layer on the performance of InP solar cells was investigated by using the numerical code PC-1D. The p(+)n InP solar cell performance improved significantly with the use of the window layer. No improvement was seen for the n(+)p InP cells. The cell results were explained by the band diagram of the heterostructure and the conduction band energy discontinuity. The calculated current voltage and internal quantum efficiency results clearly demonstrated that In(0.52)Al(0.48)As is a very promising candidate for a window layer material for p(+)n InP solar cells.

  2. Effect of InAlAs window layer on the efficiency of indium phosphide solar cells

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    Jain, R. K.; Landis, G. A.

    1991-01-01

    Indium phosphide (InP) solar cell efficiencies are limited by surface recombination. The effect of a wide-bandgap lattice-matched indium aluminum arsenide (In0.52Al0.48As) window layer on the performance of InP solar cells was investigated using a numerical code PC-1D. The p(+)n InP solar cell performance improves significantly with the use of a window layer. No improvement is seen for n(+)p InP cells. Cell results are explained by the band diagram of the heterostructure and the conduction-band energy discontinuity. The calculated I-V and internal quantum efficiency results clearly demonstrate that In0.52Al0.48As is a promising candidate as a window layer material for p(+)n InP solar cells.

  3. Aluminum phosphide poisoning: Possible role of supportive measures in the absence of specific antidote

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    Vijay Kumar Agrawal

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Aluminum phosphide (ALP poisoning is one of the major causes of suicidal deaths. Toxicity by ALP is caused by the liberation of phosphine gas, which rapidly causes cell hypoxia due to inhibition of oxidative phosphorylation, leading to circulatory failure. Treatment of ALP toxicity is mainly supportive as there is no specific antidote. We recently managed 7 cases of ALP poisoning with severe hemodynamic effects. Patients were treated with supportive measures including gastric lavage with diluted potassium permanganate, coconut oil and sodium-bicarbonate first person account should be avoided in a scientific paper. Intravenous magnesium sulfate, proper hemodynamic monitoring and vasopressors. Four out of 7 survived thus suggesting a role of such supportive measures in the absence of specific antidote for ALP poisoning.

  4. Treatment of Aluminium Phosphide Poisoning with a Combination of Intravenous Glucagon, Digoxin and Antioxidant Agents

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    Zohreh Oghabian

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Aluminium phosphide (AlP is used to protect stored grains from rodents. It produces phosphine gas (PH3, a mitochondrial poison thought to cause toxicity by blocking the cytochrome c oxidase enzyme and inhibiting oxidative phosphorylation, which results in cell death. AlP poisoning has a high mortality rate among humans due to the rapid onset of cardiogenic shock and metabolic acidosis, despite aggressive treatment. We report a 21-yearold male who was referred to the Afzalipour Hospital, Kerman, Iran, in 2015 after having intentionally ingested a 3 g AlP tablet. He was successfully treated with crystalloid fluids, vasopressors, sodium bicarbonate, digoxin, glucagon and antioxidant agents and was discharged from the hospital six days after admission in good clinical condition. For the treatment of AlP poisoning, the combination of glucagon and digoxin with antioxidant agents should be considered. However, evaluation of further cases is necessary to optimise treatment protocols.

  5. Treatment of Aluminium Phosphide Poisoning with a Combination of Intravenous Glucagon, Digoxin and Antioxidant Agents.

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    Oghabian, Zohreh; Mehrpour, Omid

    2016-08-01

    Aluminium phosphide (AlP) is used to protect stored grains from rodents. It produces phosphine gas (PH3), a mitochondrial poison thought to cause toxicity by blocking the cytochrome c oxidase enzyme and inhibiting oxidative phosphorylation, which results in cell death. AlP poisoning has a high mortality rate among humans due to the rapid onset of cardiogenic shock and metabolic acidosis, despite aggressive treatment. We report a 21-year-old male who was referred to the Afzalipour Hospital, Kerman, Iran, in 2015 after having intentionally ingested a 3 g AlP tablet. He was successfully treated with crystalloid fluids, vasopressors, sodium bicarbonate, digoxin, glucagon and antioxidant agents and was discharged from the hospital six days after admission in good clinical condition. For the treatment of AlP poisoning, the combination of glucagon and digoxin with antioxidant agents should be considered. However, evaluation of further cases is necessary to optimise treatment protocols. PMID:27606117

  6. Ab-initio calculations of electronic, transport, and structural properties of boron phosphide

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    Ejembi, J. I.; Nwigboji, I. H.; Franklin, L.; Malozovsky, Y.; Zhao, G. L.; Bagayoko, D., E-mail: diola-bagayoko@subr.edu [Department of Physics, Southern University and A and M College, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70813 (United States)

    2014-09-14

    We present results from ab-initio, self-consistent density functional theory calculations of electronic and related properties of zinc blende boron phosphide (zb-BP). We employed a local density approximation potential and implemented the linear combination of atomic orbitals formalism. This technique follows the Bagayoko, Zhao, and Williams method, as enhanced by the work of Ekuma and Franklin. The results include electronic energy bands, densities of states, and effective masses. The calculated band gap of 2.02 eV, for the room temperature lattice constant of a=4.5383 Å, is in excellent agreement with the experimental value of 2.02±0.05 eV. Our result for the bulk modulus, 155.7 GPa, agrees with experiment (152–155 GPa). Our predictions for the equilibrium lattice constant and the corresponding band gap, for very low temperatures, are 4.5269 Å and 2.01 eV, respectively.

  7. Redox mechanism in the binary transition metal phosphide Cu3P

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    Mauvernay, B.; Doublet, M.-L.; Monconduit, L.

    2006-05-01

    The electrochemical behaviour of the binary transition metal phosphide Cu3P towards lithium is investigated through galvano- and potentiostatic measurements. Obtained through high-temperature synthesis, this system shows a better volumetric capacity than graphite and a good capacity retention. In situ X-ray diffraction and first-principles electronic structure calculations are combined with the electrochemical results to show that the complete insertion of 3Li+ in the Cu3P electrode proceeds with the formation of three intermediate phases of lithium composition LixCu(3-x)P (x=1,2,3). The extra capacity previously observed in discharge is now clearly assigned to lithium insertion into the CuP2 impurity and to SEI reactions.

  8. Determination of indium in zinc phosphide samples by isotope dilution method

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    A method of indium determination by isotope dilution method using substoichiometry principle has been developed. The addition of insufficient quantities of EDTA reagent for extraction of the determined element is the essence of the method. A column with AV-17 anionite was used for separation of indium complexonate, charged positively from the part of the determined indium, not bound with the complexonate. For analyses a radioactive sup(115m)In isotope was used, which is formed in the course of Cd irradiation by neutron flux of 1.2 1013 n/cm2 in the nuclear reactor. A means of obtaining sup(115m)In generator with high specific radioactivity (without carrier) was described. The developed method was applied for analysis of semiconducting material of zinc phosphide, alloyed by indium

  9. Optimal synthesis and magnetic properties of size-controlled nickel phosphide nanoparticles

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    Highlights: • A pulse discharge method was used to synthesize noncrystalline Ni-P nanoparticles. • Size controlled nanoparticles were prepared through adjustment of reaction parameters. • Local structures both centered around Ni and P atoms were investigated including coordinated atoms and bondlengths. • Magnetic properties of the nickel phosphide nanoparticles are found to be ferromagnetic and size-dependent. - Abstract: Pulse discharge method was used in liquid phase to prepare nickel phosphide nanoparticles. The size and morphology of the as-prepared nanoparticles were found to be easily controlled through changing reaction parameters such as temperature, reactants concentration, reactants molar ratio, pulse discharge number, and pulse discharge voltage. The optimal reaction parameters have been obtained by single-factor experiments. X-ray diffraction, X-ray absorption fine structure spectra, Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope, and Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrum were used to characterize the as-prepared Ni–P nanoparticles. Vibrating Sample Magnetometer was used as magnetic measurements of the Ni–P nanoparticles. The results demonstrate that the as-prepared Ni–P nanoparticles are in amorphous phase, and consist of Ni and P elements. The P-content in the as-prepared Ni–P nanoparticles increases with the increasing of Ni–P particle size, and is independent on the initial concentration of P-concentration in the reaction solution. The Ni–P nanoparticles have totally about 12 near-neighbors of Ni–Ni and Ni–P around center Ni. The Ni–Ni distance increases with the increasing particle size. The as-prepared Ni–P nanoparticles present paramagnetic nature. Their saturated magnetizations are also size-dependent. The larger Ni–P particles has lower saturated magnetization, which can be attributed to the entrance of P into Ni lattice, causing a larger Ni–Ni separation and a looser, distorted local atomic structure

  10. Materials Development for Boron Phosphide Based Neutron Detectors: Final Technical Report

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    Edgar, James Howard [Ksnsas State University

    2014-09-12

    The project goal was to improve the quality of boron phosphide (BP) by optimizing its epitaxial growth on single crystal substrates and by producing bulk BP single crystals with low dislocation densities. BP is potentially a good semiconductor for high efficiency solid state neutron detectors by combining neutron capture and charge creation within the same volume. The project strategy was to use newly available single crystal substrates, silicon carbide and aluminum nitride, engineered to produce the best film properties. Substrate variables included the SiC polytype, crystallographic planes, misorientation of the substrate surface (tilt direction and magnitude) from the major crystallographic plane, and surface polarity (Si and C). The best films were (111)BP on silicon-face (0001) 4H-SiC misoriented 4° in the [1-100] direction, and BP on (100) and (111) 3C-SiC/Si; these substrates resulted in films that were free of in-plane twin defects, as determined by x-ray topography. The impact of the deposition temperature was also assessed: increasing the temperature from 1000 °C to 1200 °C produced films that were more ordered and more uniform, and the size of individual grains increased by more than a factor of twenty. The BP films were free of other compounds such as icosahedral boron phosphide (B12P2) over the entire temperature range, as established by Raman spectroscopy. The roughness of the BP films was reduced by increasing the phosphine to diborane ratio from 50 to 200. Bulk crystals were grown by reacting boron dissolved in nickel with phosphorus vapor to precipitate BP. Crystals with dimensions up to 2 mm were produced.

  11. Novel synthesis of dispersed molybdenum and nickel phosphides from thermal carbonization of metal- and phosphorus-containing resins.

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    Yao, Zhiwei; Tong, Jin; Qiao, Xue; Jiang, Jun; Zhao, Yu; Liu, Dongmei; Zhang, Yichi; Wang, Haiyan

    2015-11-28

    Dispersed pure phases of MoP and Ni2P nanoparticles supported by carbon were synthesized by carbonization of metal- and phosphorus-containing resins under an inert atmosphere. The solid products and the evolution of gases during the carbonization process were investigated by various techniques, including X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES), N2 adsorption-desorption analysis, and mass spectrometry (MS). The resins underwent two carbonization stages: the low-temperature carbonization stage (high-temperature carbonization stage (≥650 °C). There was an initial reduction of Mo and Ni precursors in the low-temperature region. However, the formation of phosphides was observed in the high-temperature carbonization stage, in which Mo(Ni) and POx species were further reacted with the carbonization products (C, H2 and CH4) to yield Mo(Ni) phosphide. Note that compared with the traditional H2-temperature-programmed reduction (H2-TPR) method, this novel synthesis route produced a large amount of CO(x) besides H2O, leading to a lower water vapor pressure. In addition, the residual carbon produced from resin can play a role in bonding of nanoparticle aggregation. Therefore, the better dispersions and higher surface areas of the as-prepared phosphide nanoparticles were attributed to the mitigation of hydrothermal sintering and the intimate contact between phosphide nanoparticles and carbon species. PMID:26501890

  12. Ensembles of indium phosphide nanowires: physical properties and functional devices integrated on non-single crystal platforms

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    A new route to grow an ensemble of indium phosphide single-crystal semiconductor nanowires is described. Unlike conventional epitaxial growth of single-crystal semiconductor films, the proposed route for growing semiconductor nanowires does not require a single-crystal semiconductor substrate. In the proposed route, instead of using single-crystal semiconductor substrates that are characterized by their long-range atomic ordering, a template layer that possesses short-range atomic ordering prepared on a non-single-crystal substrate is employed. On the template layer, epitaxial information associated with its short-range atomic ordering is available within an area that is comparable to that of a nanowire root. Thus the template layer locally provides epitaxial information required for the growth of semiconductor nanowires. In the particular demonstration described in this paper, hydrogenated silicon was used as a template layer for epitaxial growth of indium phosphide nanowires. The indium phosphide nanowires grown on the hydrogenerated silicon template layer were found to be single crystal and optically active. Simple photoconductors and pin-diodes were fabricated and tested with the view towards various optoelectronic device applications where group III-V compound semiconductors are functionally integrated onto non-single-crystal platforms. (orig.)

  13. Effect of dislocations on the open-circuit voltage, short-circuit current and efficiency of heteroepitaxial indium phosphide solar cells

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    Jain, Raj K.; Flood, Dennis J.

    1990-01-01

    Excellent radiation resistance of indium phosphide solar cells makes them a promising candidate for space power applications, but the present high cost of starting substrates may inhibit their large scale use. Thin film indium phosphide cells grown on Si or GaAs substrates have exhibited low efficiencies, because of the generation and propagation of large number of dislocations. Dislocation densities were calculated and its influence on the open circuit voltage, short circuit current, and efficiency of heteroepitaxial indium phosphide cells was studied using the PC-1D. Dislocations act as predominant recombination centers and are required to be controlled by proper transition layers and improved growth techniques. It is shown that heteroepitaxial grown cells could achieve efficiencies in excess of 18 percent AMO by controlling the number of dislocations. The effect of emitter thickness and surface recombination velocity on the cell performance parameters vs. dislocation density is also studied.

  14. Recent advances in transition metal phosphide nanomaterials: synthesis and applications in hydrogen evolution reaction.

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    Shi, Yanmei; Zhang, Bin

    2016-03-14

    The urgent need of clean and renewable energy drives the exploration of effective strategies to produce molecular hydrogen. With the assistance of highly active non-noble metal electrocatalysts, electrolysis of water is becoming a promising candidate to generate pure hydrogen with low cost and high efficiency. Very recently, transition metal phosphides (TMPs) have been proven to be high performance catalysts with high activity, high stability, and nearly ∼100% Faradic efficiency in not only strong acidic solutions, but also in strong alkaline and neutral media for electrochemical hydrogen evolution. In this tutorial review, an overview of recent development of TMP nanomaterials as catalysts for hydrogen generation with high activity and stability is presented. The effects of phosphorus (P) on HER activity, and their synthetic methods of TMPs are briefly discussed. Then we will demonstrate the specific strategies to further improve the catalytic efficiency and stability of TMPs by structural engineering. Making use of TMPs as cocatalysts and catalysts in photochemical and photoelectrochemical water splitting is also discussed. Finally, some key challenges and issues which should not be ignored during the rapid development of TMPs are pointed out. These strategies and challenges of TMPs are instructive for designing other high-performance non-noble metal catalysts. PMID:26806563

  15. Effect of heat-treatment on the surface properties of gallium phosphide nanosolids by Raman spectroscopy

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    ZHANG Zhaochun; YUE Longyi; GUO Jingkang

    2006-01-01

    Raman spectra of gallium phosphide (GaP) nanosolids (unheated and heat-treated at 598 and 723 K, respectively)were investigated. It was observed that both the longitudinal optical mode (LO) and the transverse optical mode (TO) displayed an asymmetry on the low-wavenumber side. The scattering bands were fitted to a sum of four Lorentzians which were assigned to the LO mode, surface phonon mode, TO mode, and a combination of Ga-O-P symmetric bending and sum band formed from the X-point TA + LA phonons, respectively. Analysis of the characteristic of surface phonon mode revealed that the surface phonon peak of the GaP nanosolids could be confirmed. In the infrared spectrum of the GaP nanoparticles, we observed the bands on account of symmetric stretching and bending of PO2, as well as stretching of Ga-O.The Raman scattering intensity arising from the Ga-O-P linkages increased as increasing the heat-treatment temperature.

  16. Theoretical investigation of indium phosphide buried ring resonators for new angular velocity sensors

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    Dell'Olio, Francesco; Ciminelli, Caterina; Armenise, Mario Nicola

    2013-02-01

    Here, we report the guidelines to be followed to optimize the design of a new angular velocity sensor based on an indium phosphide (InP) ring resonator. Optical properties of InP ring resonators have been investigated together with some significant physical effects for improving the sensor sensitivity. Three-dimensional algorithms have been utilized for the theoretical estimation of the waveguide loss. An optimized waveguide with propagation loss <0.3 dB/cm and a ring resonator with a quality factor of 1.5×106 have been designed. Performance of angular velocity sensors based on InP low-loss ring resonators has been estimated and discussed. Resolution of 10 deg/h and bias drift in the range of 0.1 to 0.3 deg/h have been evaluated for a fully integrated optical gyro including an InGaAsP/InP optical cavity having a footprint less than 24 cm2.

  17. Physical properties of new cerium palladium phosphide with C6Cr23-type structure

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We have found that a cerium palladium phosphide crystallizes into a C6Cr23-type structure with atomic disorder. Prepared polycrystalline samples show a homogeneity range in the ternary Ce–Pd–P phase diagram. The physical properties of the highest-quality sample of Ce2.4Pd20.7P5.9 were investigated by measuring the magnetization, electrical resistivity and specific heat. No pronounced phase transition was observed down to 0.5 K. The Kondo screening of localized 4f electrons in metallic Ce2.4Pd20.7P5.9 appears to be weaker than that in the isostructural compounds of Ce3Pd20Si6 and Ce3Pd20Ge6. By a comparative study of Ce2.4Pd20.7P5.9 and Ce3Pd20X6 (X = Si, Ge, the competition between the Kondo temperature and ordering temperatures including the quadrupolar ordering temperature is briefly discussed.

  18. Photoluminescence blue shift of indium phosphide nanowire networks with aluminum oxide coating

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    Fryauf, David M.; Zhang, Junce; Norris, Kate J.; Diaz Leon, Juan J.; Oye, Michael M.; Kobayashi, Nobuhiko P. [Nanostructured Energy Conversion Technology and Research (NECTAR), Advanced Studies Laboratories, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA (United States); Baskin School of Engineering, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA (United States); NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA (United States); Wei, Min [Baskin School of Engineering, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA (United States); School of Micro-Electronics and Solid-Electronics, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu (China)

    2014-07-15

    This paper describes our finding that optical properties of semiconductor nanowires were modified by depositing a thin layer of metal oxide. Indium phosphide nanowires were grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition on silicon substrates with gold catalyst resulting in three-dimensional nanowire networks, and optical properties were obtained from the collective nanowire networks. The networks were coated with an aluminum oxide thin film deposited by plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition. We studied the dependence of the peak wavelength of photoluminescence spectra on the thickness of the oxide coatings. A continuous blue shift in photoluminescence spectra was observed when the thickness of the oxide coating was increased. The observed blue shift is attributed to the Burstein-Moss effect due to increased carrier concentration in the nanowire cores caused by repulsion from intrinsic negative fixed charges located at the inner oxide surface. Samples were further characterized by scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and selective area diffractometry to better understand the physical mechanisms for the blue shift. (copyright 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  19. Density functional study of the group II phosphide semiconductor compounds under hydrostatic pressure

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    The full-potential all-electron linearized augmented plane wave plus local orbital (FP-LAPW+lo) method, as implemented in the suite of software WIEN2k, has been used to systematically investigate the structural and electronic properties of the group II phosphide semiconductor compounds M3P2 (M = Be, Mg and Ca). The exchange-correlation functional was approximated as a generalized gradient functional introduced by Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (GGA96) and Engel-Vosko (EV-GGA). Internal parameters were optimized by relaxing the atomic positions in the force directions using the Hellman-Feynman approach. The structural parameters, bulk modules, cohesive energy, band structures and density of states have been calculated and compared to the available experimental and theoretical results. These compounds are predicted to be semiconductors with the direct band gap of about 1.60, 2.55 and 2.62 eV for Be3P2, Mg3P2 and Ca3P2, respectively. The effects of hydrostatic pressure on the behavior of band parameters such as band gap, valence bandwidths and anti-symmetric gap (the energy gap between two parts of the valence bands) are investigated using both GGA96 and EV-GGA. The contribution of s, p and d orbitals of different atoms to the density of states is discussed in detail

  20. Synthesis of the titanium phosphide telluride Ti2PTe2: A thermochemical approach

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    The phosphide telluride Ti2PTe2 can be synthesised from the elements or from oxides in a thermite type reaction. Both ways have been optimised by consideration of the thermodynamic behaviour of the compound. Hence, the investigation of phase equilibria in the ternary system Ti/P/Te and of the thermal decomposition of Ti2PTe2 was necessary. This investigation was performed by using different experimental approaches as total pressure measurements, thermal analysis and mass spectrometry. The results were supported and further analysed by thermodynamic modelling of the ternary system. It was shown that Ti2PTe2(s) decomposes to Ti2P(s) and Te2(g) in six consecutive steps. The growth of single crystals of Ti2PTe2 is thermodynamically described as a chemical vapour transport with TiCl4(g) acting as the transport agent. - Graphical abstract: Oxygen partial pressure and electrochemical potential above the oxides of titanium, tellurium and phosphorus calculated at 1000 K, marked: level of equalisation of oxygen partial pressure

  1. Size-dependent magnetic and electrocatalytic properties of nickel phosphide nanoparticles

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    Pan, Yuan; Lin, Yan; Liu, Yunqi; Liu, Chenguang

    2016-03-01

    Nickel phosphide (Ni2P) nanoparticles (NPs) with different sizes were synthesized via thermal decomposition of bis(triphenylphosphine)nickel dichloride precursor in the presence of oleylamine. The size of the as-synthesized Ni2P NPs could easily be controlled by increasing the reaction temperature from 300 to 340 °C. The structure and morphology were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), N2 adsorption-desorption and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Then the influences of the size of the Ni2P NPs on the magnetic and electrocatalytic properties were investigated systematically. The results indicate that the as-synthesized Ni2P NPs exhibit ferromagnetic characteristic at 5 K. The Ni2P NPs with small size exhibit superparamagnetism and the larger size exhibit ferromagnetic characteristic at 300 K. The blocking temperature, saturation magnetization, remanent magnetization and coercivity increased significantly with the increase of size of Ni2P NPs, indicating the strong size effect of Ni2P NPs for magnetic properties. Electrochemical tests indicate that the catalytic activity can be enhanced by decreasing the size of Ni2P NPs. Due to the larger electrochemical active surface area and higher electrical conductivity, the Ni2P NPs with small size exhibit higher electrocatalytic activity. This work suggests that the size of Ni2P NPs is an important factor to affect the magnetic and electrocatalytic properties.

  2. Cobalt Phosphide Hollow Polyhedron as Efficient Bifunctional Electrocatalysts for the Evolution Reaction of Hydrogen and Oxygen.

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    Liu, Mengjia; Li, Jinghong

    2016-01-27

    The development of efficient and low-cost hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) electrocatalysts for renewable-energy conversion techniques is highly desired. A kind of hollow polyhedral cobalt phosphide (CoP hollow polyhedron) is developed as efficient bifunctional electrocatalysts for HER and OER templated by Co-centered metal-organic frameworks. The as-prepared CoP hollow polyhedron, which have large specific surface area and high porosity providing rich catalytic active sites, show excellent electrocatalytic performances for both HER and OER in acidic and alkaline media, respectively, with onset overpotentials of 35 and 300 mV, Tafel slopes of 59 and 57 mV dec(-1), and a current density of 10 mA cm(-2) at overpotentials of 159 and 400 mV for HER and OER, respectively, which are remarkably superior to those of particulate CoP (CoP particles) and comparable to those of commercial noble-metal catalysts. In addition, the CoP hollow polyhedron also show good durability after long-term operations. PMID:26711014

  3. Highly Efficient and Robust Nickel Phosphides as Bifunctional Electrocatalysts for Overall Water-Splitting.

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    Li, Jiayuan; Li, Jing; Zhou, Xuemei; Xia, Zhaoming; Gao, Wei; Ma, Yuanyuan; Qu, Yongquan

    2016-05-01

    To search for the efficient non-noble metal based and/or earth-abundant electrocatalysts for overall water-splitting is critical to promote the clean-energy technologies for hydrogen economy. Herein, we report nickel phosphide (NixPy) catalysts with the controllable phases as the efficient bifunctional catalysts for water electrolysis. The phases of NixPy were determined by the temperatures of the solid-phase reaction between the ultrathin Ni(OH)2 plates and NaH2PO2·H2O. The NixPy with the richest Ni5P4 phase synthesized at 325 °C (NixPy-325) delivered efficient and robust catalytic performance for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in the electrolytes with a wide pH range. The NixPy-325 catalysts also exhibited a remarkable performance for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in a strong alkaline electrolyte (1.0 M KOH) due to the formation of surface NiOOH species. Furthermore, the bifunctional NixPy-325 catalysts enabled a highly performed overall water-splitting with ∼100% Faradaic efficiency in 1.0 M KOH electrolyte, in which a low applied external potential of 1.57 V led to a stabilized catalytic current density of 10 mA/cm(2) over 60 h. PMID:27064172

  4. V{sub 18}P{sub 9}C{sub 2}. A complex phosphide carbide

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    Boller, Herbert [Linz Univ. (Austria). Inst. fuer Anorganische Chemie; Effenberger, Herta [Wien Univ. (Austria). Inst. fuer Mineralogie und Kristallographie

    2016-08-01

    V{sub 18}P{sub 9}C{sub 2} crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group Pmma with the lattice parameters a = 17.044(3), b = 3.2219(7), and c = 13.030(2) Aa, Z = 2. The crystal structure is composed of 19 symmetry-independent atoms. The crystal structure is considered as a network formed by the transition metal atoms exhibiting cubic, trigonal prismatic, and octahedral voids centered by V, P, and C atoms, respectively. Vice versa, the V and P atoms form a three-dimensional network. The two CV{sub 6} octahedra are edge- and corner-connected to chains running parallel to [010]. The five unique P atoms are trigonal prismatically coordinated by V atoms with one to three faces capped again by a V atom. The V atoms have mainly cubic environments formed solely by V or by V and P atoms. V{sub 18}P{sub 9}C{sub 2} exhibits some structural relations to other compounds of the ternary system V-P-C as well as to other intermetallic phases. Despite the low carbon content, V{sub 18}P{sub 9}C{sub 2} is considered as a ternary compound rather than an interstitially stabilized (binary) phosphide in view of its special structural features.

  5. Growth and Photoelectrochemical Energy Conversion of Wurtzite Indium Phosphide Nanowire Arrays.

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    Kornienko, Nikolay; Gibson, Natalie A; Zhang, Hao; Eaton, Samuel W; Yu, Yi; Aloni, Shaul; Leone, Stephen R; Yang, Peidong

    2016-05-24

    Photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting into hydrogen and oxygen is a promising strategy to absorb solar energy and directly convert it into a dense storage medium in the form of chemical bonds. The continual development and improvement of individual components of PEC systems is critical toward increasing the solar to fuel efficiency of prototype devices. Within this context, we describe a study on the growth of wurtzite indium phosphide (InP) nanowire (NW) arrays on silicon substrates and their subsequent implementation as light-absorbing photocathodes in PEC cells. The high onset potential (0.6 V vs the reversible hydrogen electrode) and photocurrent (18 mA/cm(2)) of the InP photocathodes render them as promising building blocks for high performance PEC cells. As a proof of concept for overall system integration, InP photocathodes were combined with a nanoporous bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) photoanode to generate an unassisted solar water splitting efficiency of 0.5%. PMID:27124203

  6. Electronic Structures of Free-Standing Nanowires made from Indirect Bandgap Semiconductor Gallium Phosphide

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    Liao, Gaohua; Luo, Ning; Chen, Ke-Qiu; Xu, H. Q.

    2016-06-01

    We present a theoretical study of the electronic structures of freestanding nanowires made from gallium phosphide (GaP)—a III-V semiconductor with an indirect bulk bandgap. We consider [001]-oriented GaP nanowires with square and rectangular cross sections, and [111]-oriented GaP nanowires with hexagonal cross sections. Based on tight binding models, both the band structures and wave functions of the nanowires are calculated. For the [001]-oriented GaP nanowires, the bands show anti-crossing structures, while the bands of the [111]-oriented nanowires display crossing structures. Two minima are observed in the conduction bands, while the maximum of the valence bands is always at the Γ-point. Using double group theory, we analyze the symmetry properties of the lowest conduction band states and highest valence band states of GaP nanowires with different sizes and directions. The band state wave functions of the lowest conduction bands and the highest valence bands of the nanowires are evaluated by spatial probability distributions. For practical use, we fit the confinement energies of the electrons and holes in the nanowires to obtain an empirical formula.

  7. CVD growth and properties of boron phosphide on 3C-SiC

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    Padavala, Balabalaji; Frye, C. D.; Wang, Xuejing; Raghothamachar, Balaji; Edgar, J. H.

    2016-09-01

    Improving the crystalline quality of boron phosphide (BP) is essential for realizing its full potential in semiconductor device applications. In this study, 3C-SiC was tested as a substrate for BP epitaxy. BP films were grown on 3C-SiC(100)/Si, 3C-SiC(111)/Si, and 3C-SiC(111)/4H-SiC(0001) substrates in a horizontal chemical vapor deposition (CVD) system. Films were produced with good crystalline orientation and morphological features in the temperature range of 1000-1200 °C using a PH3+B2H6+H2 mixture. Rotational twinning was absent in the BP due to the crystal symmetry-matching with 3C-SiC. Confocal 3D Raman imaging of BP films revealed primarily uniform peak shift and peak widths across the scanned area, except at defects on the surface. Synchrotron white beam X-ray topography showed the epitaxial relationship between BP and 3C-SiC was (100) BP||(100) 3C-SiC and (111) BP||(111) 3C-SiC. Scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis indicated residual tensile strain in the films and improved crystalline quality at temperatures below 1200 °C. These results indicated that BP properties could be further enhanced by employing high quality bulk 3C-SiC or 3C-SiC epilayers on 4H-SiC substrates.

  8. ROLE OF C AND P SITES ON THE CHEMICAL ACTIVITY OF METAL CARBIDE AND PHOSPHIDES: FROM CLUSTERS TO SINGLE-CRYSTAL SURFACES

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    RODRIGUEZ,J.A.; VINES, F.; LIU, P.; ILLAS, F.

    2007-07-01

    Transition metal carbides and phosphides have shown tremendous potential as highly active catalysts. At a microscopic level, it is not well understood how these new catalysts work. Their high activity is usually attributed to ligand or/and ensemble effects. Here, we review recent studies that examine the chemical activity of metal carbide and phosphides as a function of size, from clusters to extended surfaces, and metal/carbon or metal/phosphorous ratio. These studies reveal that the C and P sites in these compounds cannot be considered as simple spectators. They moderate the reactivity of the metal centers and provide bonding sites for adsorbates.

  9. Ternary Phosphide Ho 2Cu 6- xP 5- y, Its Crystal Structure, and REm+ n(Cu 2P 3) m(Cu 4P 2) n Relationship with Other Rhombohedral Rare-Earth Copper Phosphides

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    Mozharivskyj, Yurij; Kuz'ma, Yurij B.

    2000-04-01

    Crystals of the phosphide Ho2Cu6-xP5-y (x=0.41, y=0.50) have been prepared by annealing pressed powders of the elements at 800°C for 2 weeks. The structure was determined by single-crystal methods: space group Roverline3m (No. 166), Z=3, a=3.976(1) Å, c=40.554(8) Å, R=0.045 for 243 independent reflections [F>4σ(F)]. The unit cell of Ho2Cu6-xP5-y can be built from a close packing of Ho atoms and fragments of Cu3P, with one of the fragments containing additional P atoms. It can be also considered as an intercalation of additional P atoms in the YbCu3-xP2 structure (P. Klüfers, A. Mewis, and H. U. Schuster, Z. Kristallogr. 149, 211 (1979)). The REm+n(Cu2P3)m(Cu4P2)n relationship with other rare-earth copper phosphides, having similar structural characteristics is discussed.

  10. Correlation between morphology and cathodoluminescence in porous III-V phosphides

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    Full text: Porosity is an effective tool for tailoring the basic properties of semiconductor materials. It has been demonstrated that nanoporous Si exhibits intense visible luminescence at wavelengths dependent on the dimensions of the porous skeleton [Cullis et al, 1997]. Anodic etching techniques have recently been used for fabricating porous structures in III-V compounds [Tiginyanu et al, 1997a]. Compared with porous Si, III-V materials have a number of important advantages including the potential for changing the chemical composition and further extending the applications of porous structures using properties specific to acentricity [Tiginyanu et al, 1997b]. The enhanced nonlinear optical response and intense luminescence reported for porous III-V compounds may enable the development of fully integrated light source and frequency converter sub-systems. This work shows that the luminescence intensity and porosity of Indium and Gallium Phosphides (InP and GaP) can be spatial modulated by varying the anodization conditions. Synchronous spatial modulation of porosity and cathodoluniinescence (CL) intensity is achieved in InP by periodically switching the dissolution current. Porous GaP exhibits increased photosensitivity, nonlinear optical response and luminescence efficiency. CL intensity increases in GaP, when current line oriented pores are introduced at high anodic current densities [Stevens-Kalceff et al, 2001]. We show that porosity induces a pronounced birefringence in GaP in the transparency region. In addition, voltage oscillations are observed to synchronously modulate the pore sizes and the CL intensity. Copyright (2002) Australian Society for Electron Microscopy Inc

  11. Elevated Carboxyhaemoglobin Concentrations by Pulse CO-Oximetry is Associated with Severe Aluminium Phosphide Poisoning.

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    Mashayekhian, Mohammad; Hassanian-Moghaddam, Hossein; Rahimi, Mitra; Zamani, Nasim; Aghabiklooei, Abbas; Shadnia, Shahin

    2016-09-01

    In pulse CO-oximetry of aluminium phosphide (ALP)-poisoned patients, we discovered that carboxyhaemoglobin (CO-Hb) level was elevated. We aimed to determine whether a higher CO level was detected in patients with severe ALP poisoning and if this could be used as a prognostic factor in these patients. In a prospective case-control study, 96 suspected cases of ALP poisoning were evaluated. In the ALP-poisoned group, demographic characteristics, gastric and exhalation silver nitrate test results, average CO-Hb saturation, methaemoglobin saturation, and blood pressure and blood gas analysis until death/discharge were recorded. Severely poisoned patients were defined as those with systolic blood pressure ≤80 mmHg, pH ≤7.2, or HCO3 ≤15 meq/L or those who died, while patients with minor poisoning were those without any of these signs/symptoms. A control group (37 patients) was taken from other medically ill patients to detect probable effects of hypotension and metabolic acidosis on CO-Hb and methaemoglobin saturations. Of 96 patients, 27 died and 37 fulfilled the criteria for severe poisoning. All patients with carbon monoxide saturation >18% met the criteria to be included in the severe poisoning group and all with a SpCO >25% died. Concerning all significant variables in univariate analysis of severe ALP toxicity, the only significant variable which could independently predict death was carbon monoxide saturation. Due to high mortality rate and need for intensive care support, early prediction of outcome is vital for choosing an appropriate setting (ICU or ordinary ward). CO-oximetry is a good diagnostic and prognostic factor in patients with ALP poisoning even before any clinical evidence of toxicity will develop. PMID:26899262

  12. Hydroxyethyl Starch Could Save a Patient With Acute Aluminum Phosphide Poisoning.

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    Marashi, Sayed Mahdi; Nasri Nasrabadi, Zeynab; Jafarzadeh, Mostafa; Mohammadi, Sogand

    2016-07-01

    A 40-year-old male patient with suicidal ingestion of one tablet of aluminium phosphide was referred to the department of toxicology emergency of Baharloo Hospital, Tehran, Iran. The garlic odor was smelled from the patient and abdominal pain and continuous vomiting as well as agitation and heartburn were the first signs and symptoms. Systolic and diastolic blood pressures at the arrival time were 95 and 67 mmHg, respectively. Gastric lavage with potassium permanganate (1:10,000), and 2 vials of sodium bicarbonate through a nasogastric tube was started for the patient and the management was continued with free intravenous infusion of 1 liter of NaCl 0.9% serum plus NaHCO3, hydrocortisone acetate (200 mg), calcium gluconate (1 g) and magnesium sulfate (1 g). Regarding the large intravenous fluid therapy and vasoconstrictor administering (norepinephrine started by 5 µg/min and continued till 15 µg/min), there were no signs of response and the systolic blood pressure was 49 mmHg. At this time, hydroxyethyl starch (HES) (6% hetastarch 600/0.75 in 0.9% sodium chloride) with a dose of 600 cc in 6 hours was started for the patient. At the end of therapy with HES, the patient was stable with systolic and diastolic blood pressure of 110 and 77 mmHg, respectively. He was discharged on the 6th day after the psychological consultation, with normal clinical and paraclinical examinations. This is the first report of using HES in the management of AlP poisoning and its benefit to survive the patient. PMID:27424021

  13. A simplified acute physiology score in the prediction of acute aluminum phosphide poisoning outcome

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    Shahin Shadnia

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Background : Aluminum phosphide (AlP is used as a fumigant. It produces phosphine gas, which is a mitochondrial poison. Unfortunately, there is no known antidote for AlP intoxication, and also, there are few data about its prognostic factors. AIMS: The aim of this study was to determine the impact of the Simplified Acute Physiology Score II (SAPS II in the prediction of outcome in patients with acute AlP poisoning requiring admission to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU. Materials and Methods : This was a prospective study in patients with acute AlP poisoning, admitted to the ICU over a period of 12 months. The demographic data were collected and SAPSII was recorded. The patients were divided into survival and non-survival groups due to outcome. Statistical Analysis : The data were expressed as mean ± SD for continuous or discrete variables and as frequency and percentage for categorical variables. The results were compared between the two groups using SPSS software. Results : During the study period, 39 subjects were admitted to the ICU with acute AlP poisoning. All 39 patients required endotracheal intubation and mechanical ventilation in addition to gastric decontamination with sodium bicarbonate, permanganate potassium, and activated charcoal, therapy with MgSO 4 and calcium gluconate and adequate hydration. Among these patients, 26 (66.7% died. SAPSII was significantly higher in the non-survival group than in the survival group (11.88 ± 4.22 vs. 4.31 ± 2.06, respectively (P < 0.001. Conclusion : SAPSII calculated within the first 24 hours was recognized as a good prognostic indicator among patients with acute AlP poisoning requiring ICU admission.

  14. Electrocatalytic and photocatalytic hydrogen production from acidic and neutral-pH aqueous solutions using iron phosphide nanoparticles.

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    Callejas, Juan F; McEnaney, Joshua M; Read, Carlos G; Crompton, J Chance; Biacchi, Adam J; Popczun, Eric J; Gordon, Thomas R; Lewis, Nathan S; Schaak, Raymond E

    2014-11-25

    Nanostructured transition-metal phosphides have recently emerged as Earth-abundant alternatives to platinum for catalyzing the hydrogen-evolution reaction (HER), which is central to several clean energy technologies because it produces molecular hydrogen through the electrochemical reduction of water. Iron-based catalysts are very attractive targets because iron is the most abundant and least expensive transition metal. We report herein that iron phosphide (FeP), synthesized as nanoparticles having a uniform, hollow morphology, exhibits among the highest HER activities reported to date in both acidic and neutral-pH aqueous solutions. As an electrocatalyst operating at a current density of -10 mA cm(-2), FeP nanoparticles deposited at a mass loading of ∼1 mg cm(-2) on Ti substrates exhibited overpotentials of -50 mV in 0.50 M H2SO4 and -102 mV in 1.0 M phosphate buffered saline. The FeP nanoparticles supported sustained hydrogen production with essentially quantitative faradaic yields for extended time periods under galvanostatic control. Under UV illumination in both acidic and neutral-pH solutions, FeP nanoparticles deposited on TiO2 produced H2 at rates and amounts that begin to approach those of Pt/TiO2. FeP therefore is a highly Earth-abundant material for efficiently facilitating the HER both electrocatalytically and photocatalytically. PMID:25250976

  15. Aluminum phosphide poisoning known as rice tablet: A common toxicity in North Iran

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    A Hosseinian

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Aluminum phosphide (ALP is a highly effective insecticide and rodenticide used frequently to protect stored grain. Acute poisoning with this compound is common in some countries including India and Iran, and is a serious health problem. Aim: The objective of this study was to survey ALP poisoning locally known as "Rice Tablet" and the outcome in a referral poisoning hospital in Mazandaran province, northern part of Iran. Materials and Methods: The study was a cross-sectional study from March 2007 to February 2008. Records of all patients admitted and hospitalized to a referral teaching hospital during the 2 year period were collected. Information including gender, age, cause of toxicity, amount of AIP consumed, route of exposure, time between exposure and hospital admission, signs and symptoms of toxicity at admission, therapeutic intervention, laboratory tests, and outcome were extracted from the patients′ notes. Patients who died and survived were compared using appropriate statistical tests. Results: During the two-year period, 102 patients, 46 men and 56 women with mean (±SD age 28.5 ± 12.4 year were admitted with ALP poisoning. The most common signs and symptoms at admission were nausea (79.4%, vomiting (76.5%, and abdominal pain (31.4%. 41.1% of the patients showed metabolic acidosis. Suicidal intention was the most common cause of poisoning (97% leading to 19 (18.6% deaths. Compared with the patients who survived, those who died had taken higher amount of ALP tablet (2.2 ± 2.4 vs. 1.4 ± 1.0, P < 0.05, had poor liver function test (P < 0.0001 and severe metabolic acidosis (pH: 7.17 ± 0.19 vs. 7.33 ± 0.08, P < 0.0001. Conclusion: ALP poisoning is a common toxicity in Iran causing high morality. This is a serious health problem in agricultural region where ALP is readily available. Withdrawal of ALP tablet from the market and introduction of safer products as rodenticides and insecticides is recommended.

  16. ZrCu2P2 and HfCu2P2 phosphides and their crystal structure

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    Isostructural ZrCu2P2 and HfCu2P2 compounds are prepared for the first time. X-ray diffraction analysis (of powder, DRON-2.0 diffractometer, FeKsub(α) radiation) was used to study crystal structure of HfCu2P2 phosphide belonging to the CaAl2Si2 structural type (sp. group P anti 3 m 1, R=0.095). Lattice parameters the compounds are as follows: for ZrCu2P2 a=0.3810(1), c=0.6184(5); for HfCu2P2 a=0.3799(1), c=0.6160(2) (nm). Atomic parameters in the HfCu2P2 structure and interatomic distances are determined

  17. Facile synthesis of iron phosphide Fe{sub 2}P nanoparticle and its catalytic performance in thiophene hydrodesulfurization

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    Huang, Xiang, E-mail: huangxianghd@gmail.com; Dong, Qing; Huang, He; Yue, Li; Zhu, Zhibin; Dai, Jinhui [Ocean University of China, Institute of Materials Science and Engineering (China)

    2014-12-15

    Nanosized iron phosphide (Fe{sub 2}P) was successfully synthesized under mild solvothermal conditions with environmental-friendly raw materials. The key synthetic parameters including the molar ratios of Fe/P in initial mixture, the solvothermal treatment temperature, and duration were systematically investigated, and the samples were characterized using X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. These measurements indicated that the nanoparticles are pure Fe{sub 2}P with an average particle size of about 20 nm. Furthermore, the catalytic performance of the as-synthesized Fe{sub 2}P/ZSM-5 in thiophene hydrodesulfurization was tested. The results showed that the desulfurization efficiency of thiophene can reach up to 88 % after 3 h with a stable catalytic activity during the whole examination process.

  18. Structure and magnetic properties of ternary phosphides and carbides of the rare-earth and transition metals

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    The focal point of this study was the analysis of the magnetic properties of the ternary phosphides. To obtain a comprehensive idea, as many phosphides as possible as well as a few ternary carbides have been synthesized and structurally or magnetically characterized. The susceptibility measurements with the Faraday scale have been completed when required by spectroscopic analyses according to MOESSBAUER, by the determination of the electrical conductivity, by the examination as to the superconductivity and the determination of the magnetic order by neutron diffraction. Compounds of type: AFe2P2 (A=Ca, Pr, Eu); ACo2P2 (A=Ca, Sr, La-Nd, Sm, Eu, Th, U); ANi2P2 (A=Ca, La-Nd, Sm-Yb); A2Fe12P7 (A=Y, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm-Lu, Th); A2Co12P7 (A=Ca, Sc, Ti, Y, Zr, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm-Lu, Hf, Th, U); AFe5P3 (A=Er, Tm); ACo5P3 (A=Y, Nd, Sm, Tb, Dy, Tm, Yb); AFe4P12 (A=Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu); ACo8P5 (A=La, Pr, Eu); SmFeP, LnCoP, Eu0,19Co4P12, HoCo3P2; A8Rh5C12 (A=Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Y); A2Cr2C3 (A=Y, Tb-Tm), NdNi2C2, ErMoC2, UCr4C4, UW4C4. (orig./MM)

  19. Probing hydrodesulfurization over bimetallic phosphides using monodisperse Ni2-xMxP nanoparticles encapsulated in mesoporous silica

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    Danforth, Samuel J.; Liyanage, D. Ruchira; Hitihami-Mudiyanselage, Asha; Ilic, Boris; Brock, Stephanie L.; Bussell, Mark E.

    2016-06-01

    Metal phosphide nanoparticles encapsulated in mesoporous silica provide a well-defined system for probing the fundamental chemistry of the hydrodesulfurization (HDS) reaction over this new class of hydrotreating catalysts. To investigate composition effects in bimetallic phosphides, the HDS of dibenzothiophene (DBT) was carried out over a series of Ni-rich Ni2-xMxP@mSiO2 (M = Co, Fe) nanocatalysts (x ≤ 0.50). The Ni2-xMxP nanoparticles (average diameters: 11-13 nm) were prepared by solution-phase arrested precipitation and encapsulated in mesoporous silica, characterized by a range of techniques (XRD, TEM, IR spectroscopy, BET surface area, CO chemisorption) and tested for DBT HDS activity and selectivity. The highest activity was observed for a Ni1.92Co0.08P@mSiO2 nanocatalyst, but the overall trend was a decrease in HDS activity with increasing Co or Fe content. In contrast, the highest turnover frequency (TOF) was observed for the most Co- and Fe-rich compositions based on sites titrated by CO chemisorption. IR spectral studies of adsorbed CO on the Ni2-xMxP@mSiO2 catalysts indicate that an increase in electron density occurs on Ni sites as the Co or Fe content is increased, which may be responsible for the increased TOFs of the catalytic sites. The Ni2-xMxP@mSiO2 nanocatalysts exhibit a strong preference for the direct desulfurization pathway (DDS) for DBT HDS that changes only slightly with increasing Co or Fe content.

  20. Observation of persistent photoconductivity in bulk Gallium Arsenide and Gallium Phosphide samples at cryogenic temperatures using the Whispering Gallery mode method

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    Hartnett, J G; Floch, J -M Le; Krupka, J; Tobar, M E; Cros, D

    2009-01-01

    Whispering Gallery modes in bulk cylindrical Gallium Arsenide and Gallium Phosphide samples have been examined both in darkness and under white light at cryogenics temperatures < 50 K. In both cases persistent photoconductivity was observed after initially exposing semiconductors to white light from a halogen lamp. Photoconductance decay time constants for GaP and GaAs were determined to be 0.900 +/- 0.081 ns and 1.098 +/- 0.063 ns, respectively, using this method.

  1. X-Ray Emission Spectra and Electronic Structures of Red Phosphorus, 3d Transition-Metal Phosphides and III V Compounds

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    Sugiura, Chikara

    1995-07-01

    The P Kβ emission spectra in fluorescence from red amorphous phosphorus, 3d transition-metal phosphides TiP, CrP, FeP, Fe2P, Fe3P, CoP, Co2P, Ni5P4, Ni2P, Ni3P, Cu3P, ZnP2 (black) and Zn3P2, and the semiconducting phosphides of the III-V type, BP, AlP, GaP and InP are measured with a high-resolution two-crystal vacuum spectrometer equipped with Ge(111) crystals. The influence of the metal atoms appears distinctly on the P Kβ fluorescence emission spectra. The measured spectra are compared with available X-ray emission and XPS valence-band spectra and theoretical energy-band calculations on a common energy scale. It is shown that considerable p-d, s mixing occurs in the valence bands of the 3d transition-metal phosphides and the P 3p states mix fairly with the P 3s states in the valence bands of red phosphorus, Gap and InP

  2. Studies of high temperature ternary phases in mixed-metal-rich early transition metal sulfide and phosphide systems

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    Marking, G.A.

    1994-01-04

    Investigations of ternary mixed early transition metal-rich sulfide and phosphide systems resulted in the discovery of new structures and new phases. A new series of Zr and Hf - group V transition metal - sulfur K-phases was synthesized and crystallographically characterized. When the group V transition metal was Nb or Ta, the unit cell volume was larger than any previously reported K-phase. The presence of adventitious oxygen was determined in two K-phases through a combination of neutron scattering and X-ray diffraction experiments. A compound Hf{sub 10}Ta{sub 3}S{sub 3} was found to crystallize in a new-structure type similar to the known gamma brasses. This structure is unique in that it is the only reported {open_quotes}stuffed{close_quotes} gamma-brass type structure. The metal components, Hf and Ta, are larger in size and more electropositive than the metals found in normal gamma brasses (e.g. Cu and Zn) and because of the larger metallic radii, sulfur can be incorporated into the structure where it plays an integral role in stabilizing this phase relative to others. X-ray single-crystal, X-ray powder and neutron powder refinements were performed on this structure. A new structure was found in the ternary Nb-Zr-P system which has characteristics in common with many known early transition metal-rich sulfides, selenides, and phosphides. This structure has the simplest known interconnection of the basic building blocks known for this structural class. Anomalous scattering was a powerful tool for differentiating between Zr and Nb when using Mo K{alpha} X-radiation. The compounds ZrNbP and HfNbP formed in the space group Prima with the simple Co{sub 2}Si structure which is among the most common structures found for crystalline solid materials. Solid solution compounds in the Ta-Nb-P, Ta-Zr-P, Nb-Zr-P, Hf-Nb-P, and Hf-Zr-S systems were crystallographically characterized. The structural information corroborated ideas about bonding in metal-rich compounds.

  3. 磷化钼作为同时加氢脱氮、脱硫和降烯烃催化剂的研究%THE STUDY OF MOLYBDENUM PHOSPHIDE AS CATALYST FOR SIMULTANEOUS HDN, HDS AND HDY

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    赵天波; 李凤艳; 孙桂大; 李翠清

    2003-01-01

    Transition-metal molybdenum phosphides were prepared by direct reduction of an amorphous phosphate precursor in hydrogen at relatively low temperature (650 ℃). XRD (X-ray diffraction analysis) measurements showed that pure molybdenum phosphide formed after the reduction with H2. The reactivity was determined in a continuous-flow microreactor at a H2 pressure of 3.0 MPa. A sample of prepared molybdenum phosphide catalyst diluted with γ-Al2O3 (20% phosphate precursor) was used for simultaneous HDN (Hydrodenitrogenation), HDS (Hydrodesulfurization) and HDY(Hydrogenation of aromatics). The influences of space velocity, flow rate of hydrogen, reaction time and temperature on hydrotreating performance were studied. Pyridine, thiophene and cyclohexene were used as model compounds, their contents were respectively 5%, 5% and 20%. Cyclohexane was used as the solvent.

  4. Peapod-like composite with nickel phosphide nanoparticles encapsulated in carbon fibers as enhanced anode for li-ion batteries.

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    Zhang, Huijuan; Feng, Yangyang; Zhang, Yan; Fang, Ling; Li, Wenxiang; Liu, Qing; Wu, Kai; Wang, Yu

    2014-07-01

    Herein, we introduce a peapod-like composite with Ni12 P5 nanoparticles encapsulated in carbon fibers as the enhanced anode in Li-ion batteries for the first time. In the synthesis, NiNH4 PO4 ⋅H2 O nanorods act as precursors and sacrificial templates, and glucose molecules serve as the green carbon source. With the aid of hydrogen bonding between the precursor and carbon source, a polymer layer is hydrothermally formed and then rationally converted into carbon fibers upon inert calcination at elevated temperatures. Meanwhile, NiNH4 PO4 ⋅H2 O nanorods simultaneously turn into Ni12 P5 nanoparticles encapsulated in carbon fibers by undergoing a decomposition and reduction process induced by high temperature and the carbon fibers. The obtained composite performs excellently as a Li-ion batteries anode relative to pure-phase materials. Specific capacity can reach 600 m Ah g(-1) over 200 cycles, which is much higher than that of isolated graphitized carbon or phosphides, and reasonably believed to originate from the synergistic effect based on the combination of Ni12 P5 nanoparticles and carbon fibers. Due to the benignity, sustainability, low cost, and abundance of raw materials of the peapod-like composite, numerous potential applications, in fields such as optoelectronics, electronics, specific catalysis, gas sensing, and biotechnology can be envisaged. PMID:24648293

  5. Chemical Reaction between Boric Acid and Phosphine Indicates Boric Acid as an Antidote for Aluminium Phosphide Poisoning

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    Motahareh Soltani

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: Aluminium phosphide (AlP is a fumigant pesticide which protects stored grains from insects and rodents. When it comes into contact with moisture, AlP releases phosphine (PH3, a highly toxic gas. No efficient antidote has been found for AlP poisoning so far and most people who are poisoned do not survive. Boric acid is a Lewis acid with an empty p orbital which accepts electrons. This study aimed to investigate the neutralisation of PH3 gas with boric acid. Methods: This study was carried out at the Baharlou Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran, between December 2013 and February 2014. The volume of released gas, rate of gas evolution and changes in pH were measured during reactions of AlP tablets with water, acidified water, saturated boric acid solution, acidified saturated boric acid solution, activated charcoal and acidified activated charcoal. Infrared spectroscopy was used to study the resulting probable adduct between PH3 and boric acid. Results: Activated charcoal significantly reduced the volume of released gas (P <0.01. Although boric acid did not significantly reduce the volume of released gas, it significantly reduced the rate of gas evolution (P <0.01. A gaseous adduct was formed in the reaction between pure AlP and boric acid. Conclusion: These findings indicate that boric acid may be an efficient and non-toxic antidote for PH3 poisoning.

  6. Relation between photovoltaic characteristics and acceptor concentration at the interface of indium oxide/indium phosphide heterojunction solar cell

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    Photovoltaic characteristics of a heterojunction solar cell composed of reactively evaporated indium oxide (In2O3) film and single crystalline p-type indium phosphide (InP) was found to depend on acceptor concentration at the interface. The value of acceptor concentration was preferable to be high to obtain a high performance cell because larger open-circuit voltage can be obtained due to decrease of diode saturation current of the cell with the increase of the acceptor concentration. The acceptor concentration of the cell was increased by annealing during forming an ohmic contact. The increase of acceptor concentration by annealing thought to be able to explain in terms of out diffusion of the interstitial zinc atoms in InP bulk. Further, the value of acceptor concentration is modified by substrate heating during deposition of transparent and conductive In2O3 film. In order to produce a high performance cell, low substrate temperature (200 deg C) was preferable during deposition of In2O3 (Authors)

  7. Solar Hydrogen Production Using Molecular Catalysts Immobilized on Gallium Phosphide (111)A and (111)B Polymer-Modified Photocathodes.

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    Beiler, Anna M; Khusnutdinova, Diana; Jacob, Samuel I; Moore, Gary F

    2016-04-20

    We report the immobilization of hydrogen-producing cobaloxime catalysts onto p-type gallium phosphide (111)A and (111)B substrates via coordination to a surface-grafted polyvinylimidazole brush. Successful grafting of the polymeric interface and subsequent assembly of cobalt-containing catalysts are confirmed using grazing angle attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Photoelectrochemical testing in aqueous conditions at neutral pH shows that cobaloxime modification of either crystal face yields a similar enhancement of photoperformance, achieving a greater than 4-fold increase in current density and associated rates of hydrogen production as compared to results obtained using unfunctionalized electrodes tested under otherwise identical conditions. Under simulated solar illumination (100 mW cm(-2)), the catalyst-modified photocathodes achieve a current density ≈ 1 mA cm(-2) when polarized at 0 V vs the reversible hydrogen electrode reference and show near-unity Faradaic efficiency for hydrogen production as determined by gas chromatography analysis of the headspace. This work illustrates the modularity and versatility of the catalyst-polymer-semiconductor approach for directly coupling light harvesting to fuel production and the ability to export this chemistry across distinct crystal face orientations. PMID:26998554

  8. Preparation, properties, and characterization of boron phosphide films on 4H- and 6H-silicon carbide

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    Padavala, Balabalaji; Frye, C. D.; Ding, Zihao; Chen, Ruifen; Dudley, Michael; Raghothamachar, Balaji; Khan, Neelam; Edgar, J. H.

    2015-09-01

    Epitaxial growth of boron phosphide (BP) films on 4H- and 6H-SiC(0001) substrates with on- and off-axis orientations was investigated in this study. The films were prepared by chemical vapor deposition using phosphine and diborane as reactants over a temperature range of 1000 oC-1200 °C. The effects of growth parameters such as temperature, reactant flow rates, substrate type, and crystallographic orientation on BP film properties were studied in detail. The epitaxial relationship between BP film and 4H-and 6H-SiC substrate was (111) BPBP||(0001) SiCSiC . Film quality, determined by preferred crystalline orientation and grain size, improved with temperature and PH3/B2H6 flow ratio, as indicated by scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. In addition, smoother films were obtained when the diborane flow rate was reduced. Rotational twinning in BP films was absent on 4H-SiC(0001) tilted 4° towards [ 1 1 bar 00 ] , but was confirmed on both 4H-SiC(0001) tilted 4° towards [ 1 2 bar 10 ] , and on-axis 6H-SiC(0001) substrates by synchrotron white beam x-ray topography technique.

  9. Lattice-mismatched In(0.40)Al(0.60)As window layers for indium phosphide solar cells

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    Jain, Raj K.; Landis, Geoffrey A.; Wilt, David M.; Flood, Dennis J.

    1993-01-01

    The efficiency of indium phosphide (InP) solar cells is limited by its high surface recombination velocity (approximately 10(exp 7) cm/s). This might be reduced by a wide-bandgap window layer. The performance of InP solar cells with wide-bandgap (1.8 eV) lattice-mismatched In(0.40)Al(0.60)As as a window layer was calculated. Because the required window layer thickness is less than the critical layer thickness, growth of strained (pseudomorphic) layers without interfacial misfit dislocations should be possible. Calculations using the PC-lD numerical code showed that the efficiencies of baseline and optimized p(+)n (p-on-n) cells are increased to more than 22 and 24 percent, (air mass zero (AMO), 25 C), respectively for a lattice-mismatched In(0.40)Al(0.60)As window layer of 10-nm thickness. Currently, most cell development work has been focused on n(+)p (n-on-p) structures although comparatively little improvement has been found for n(+)p cells.

  10. Hydrazine-Assisted Formation of Indium Phosphide (InP-Based Nanowires and Core-Shell Composites

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    David Jishiashvili

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Indium phosphide nanowires (InP NWs are accessible at 440 °C from a novel vapor phase deposition approach from crystalline InP sources in hydrazine atmospheres containing 3 mol % H2O. Uniform zinc blende (ZB InP NWs with diameters around 20 nm and lengths up to several tens of micrometers are preferably deposited on Si substrates. InP particle sizes further increase with the deposition temperature. The straightforward protocol was extended on the one-step formation of new core-shell InP–Ga NWs from mixed InP/Ga source materials. Composite nanocables with diameters below 20 nm and shells of amorphous gallium oxide are obtained at low deposition temperatures around 350 °C. Furthermore, InP/Zn sources afford InP NWs with amorphous Zn/P/O-coatings at slightly higher temperatures (400 °C from analogous setups. At 450 °C, the smooth outer layer of InP-Zn NWs is transformed into bead-shaped coatings. The novel combinations of the key semiconductor InP with isotropic insulator shell materials open up interesting application perspectives in nanoelectronics.

  11. Molecular fingerprint-region spectroscopy from 5-12 \\mu m using an orientation-patterned gallium phosphide optical parametric oscillator

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    Maidment, Luke; Reid, Derryck T

    2016-01-01

    We report a femtosecond optical parametric oscillator (OPO) based on the new semiconductor gain material orientation patterned gallium phosphide (OP-GaP), which enables the production of high-repetition-rate femtosecond pulses spanning 5-12 \\mu m with average powers in the few to tens of milliwatts range. This is the first example of a broadband OPO operating across the molecular fingerprint region, and we demonstrate its potential by conducting broadband Fourier-transform spectroscopy using water vapor and a polystyrene reference standard.

  12. Electron-phonon superconductivity in the ternary phosphides Ba M2P2 (M =Ni,Rh,and Ir)

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    Karaca, Ertuǧrul; Tütüncü, H. M.; Srivastava, G. P.; Uǧur, S.

    2016-08-01

    Ab initio plane-wave pseudopotential calculations of electronic and vibrational properties have been carried out for the ternary phosphides Ba M2P2 (M =Ni,Rh and Ir) with a ThCr2Si2 -type structure. The calculated electronic results show the metallic character of Ba M2P2 , and the plots of total and partial density of states of Ba M2P2 exhibit strong hybridization between the d states of the M atom and the p states of the P atom below the Fermi energy. Differences in the phonon spectrum and density of states both in the acoustical and optical ranges for these compounds are presented and discussed. The Eliashberg spectral function for these compounds has been calculated by using a linear response approach based on the density functional theory. By integrating the Eliashberg spectral function, the average electron-phonon coupling parameter (λ ) is determined to be 0.61 for BaNi2P2 , 0.55 for BaIr2P2 , and 0.43 for BaRh2P2 . Using the calculated values of λ and the logarithmically averaged phonon frequency ωln the superconducting critical temperature (Tc) values for BaNi2P2,BaIr2P2 , and BaRh2P2 are obtained to be 2.80, 1.97, and 0.70 K, respectively, which compare very well with their experimental values of 3.0, 2.1, and 1.0 K.

  13. Tailored surface structure of LiFePO4/C nanofibers by phosphidation and their electrochemical superiority for lithium rechargeable batteries.

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    Lee, Yoon Cheol; Han, Dong-Wook; Park, Mihui; Jo, Mi Ru; Kang, Seung Ho; Lee, Ju Kyung; Kang, Yong-Mook

    2014-06-25

    We offer a brand new strategy for enhancing Li ion transport at the surface of LiFePO4/C nanofibers through noble Li ion conducting pathways built along reduced carbon webs by phosphorus. Pristine LiFePO4/C nanofibers composed of 1-dimensional (1D) LiFePO4 nanofibers with thick carbon coating layers on the surfaces of the nanofibers were prepared by the electrospinning technique. These dense and thick carbon layers prevented not only electrolyte penetration into the inner LiFePO4 nanofibers but also facile Li ion transport at the electrode/electrolyte interface. In contrast, the existing strong interactions between the carbon and oxygen atoms on the surface of the pristine LiFePO4/C nanofibers were weakened or partly broken by the adhesion of phosphorus, thereby improving Li ion migration through the thick carbon layers on the surfaces of the LiFePO4 nanofibers. As a result, the phosphidated LiFePO4/C nanofibers have a higher initial discharge capacity and a greatly improved rate capability when compared with pristine LiFePO4/C nanofibers. Our findings of high Li ion transport induced by phosphidation can be widely applied to other carbon-coated electrode materials. PMID:24786736

  14. Results from Coupled Optical and Electrical Sentaurus TCAD Models of a Gallium Phosphide on Silicon Electron Carrier Selective Contact Solar Cell

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    Limpert, Steven; Ghosh, Kunal; Wagner, Hannes; Bowden, Stuart; Honsberg, Christiana; Goodnick, Stephen; Bremner, Stephen; Green, Martin

    2014-06-09

    We report results from coupled optical and electrical Sentaurus TCAD models of a gallium phosphide (GaP) on silicon electron carrier selective contact (CSC) solar cell. Detailed analyses of current and voltage performance are presented for devices having substrate thicknesses of 10 μm, 50 μm, 100 μm and 150 μm, and with GaP/Si interfacial quality ranging from very poor to excellent. Ultimate potential performance was investigated using optical absorption profiles consistent with light trapping schemes of random pyramids with attached and detached rear reflector, and planar with an attached rear reflector. Results indicate Auger-limited open-circuit voltages up to 787 mV and efficiencies up to 26.7% may be possible for front-contacted devices.

  15. Design and fabrication of anti-reflection coating on Gallium Phosphide, Zinc Selenide and Zinc Sulfide substrates for visible and infrared application

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    Vápenka, David; Václavík, Jan; Mokrý, Pavel

    Cedex: EDP Sciences, 2013 - (Šulc, M.; Kopecký, V.; Lédl, V.; Melich, R.; Skeren, M.), s. 00029. (Book Series: EPJ Web of Conferences. 48). ISSN 2100-014X. [OaM 2012 International Conference on Optics and Measurement. Liberec (CZ), 16.10.2012-18.10.2012] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) OE10003; GA MŠk(CZ) ED2.1.00/03.0079 Institutional support: RVO:61389021 Keywords : gallium phosphide * zinc selenide * zinc sulfide Subject RIV: JK - Corrosion ; Surface Treatment of Materials http://www.epj-conferences.org/articles/epjconf/pdf/2013/09/epjconf_OAM2012_00029.pdf

  16. Electronic structure, magnetic ordering and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism in La1-xPrxCo2P2 phosphides

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    L.V. Bekenov

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The electronic structure and magnetic ordering in La1-xPrxCo2P2 (x=0, 0.25, and 1 phosphides have been studied theoretically using the fully relativistic spin-polarized Dirac linear muffin-tin orbital (LMTO band-structure method. The X-ray absorption and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism spectra at the Co L2,3 and Pr M4,5 edges have been investigated theoretically within the framework of the LSDA+U method. The core-hole effect in the final state as well as the effects of the electric quadrupole E2 and magnetic dipole M1 transitions have been investigated. Good agreement with experimental measurements has been found.

  17. A Mechanistic Study of CO2 Reduction at the Interface of a Gallium Phosphide (GaP) Surface using Core-level Spectroscopy - Oral Presentation

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    Flynn, Kristen [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)

    2015-08-19

    Carbon dioxide (CO2) emission into the atmosphere has increased tremendously through burning of fossil fuels, forestry, etc.. The increased concentration has made CO2 reductions very attractive though the reaction is considered uphill. Utilizing the sun as a potential energy source, CO2 has the possibility to undergo six electron and four proton transfers to produce methanol, a useable resource. This reaction has been shown to occur selectively in an aqueous pyridinium solution with a gallium phosphide (GaP) electrode. Though this reaction has a high faradaic efficiency, it was unclear as to what role the GaP surface played during the reaction. In this work, we aim to address the fundamental role of GaP during the catalytic conversion, by investigating the interaction between a clean GaP surface with the reactants, products, and intermediates of this reaction using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. We have determined a procedure to prepare atomically clean GaP and our initial CO2 adsorption studies have shown that there is evidence of chemisorption and reaction to form carbonate on the clean surface at LN2 temperatures (80K), in contrast to previous theoretical calculations. These findings will enable future studies on CO2 catalysis.

  18. A Mechanistic Study of CO2 Reduction at the Interface of a Gallium Phosphide (GaP) Surface using Core-level Spectroscopy

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    Flynn, Kristen [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)

    2015-08-18

    Carbon dioxide (CO2) emission into the atmosphere has increased tremendously through burning of fossil fuels, forestry, etc.. The increased concentration has made CO2 reductions very attractive though the reaction is considered uphill. Utilizing the sun as a potential energy source, CO2 has the possibility to undergo six electron and four proton transfers to produce methanol, a useable resource. This reaction has been shown to occur selectively in an aqueous pyridinium solution with a gallium phosphide (GaP) electrode. Though this reaction has a high faradaic efficiency, it was unclear as to what role the GaP surface played during the reaction. In this work, we aim to address the fundamental role of GaP during the catalytic conversion, by investigating the interaction between a clean GaP surface with the reactants, products, and intermediates of this reaction using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. We have determined a procedure to prepare atomically clean GaP and our initial CO2 adsorption studies have shown that there is evidence of chemisorption and reaction to form carbonate on the clean surface at LN2 temperatures (80K), in contrast to previous theoretical calculations. These findings will enable future studies on CO2 catalysis.

  19. Effect of multilayer structure, stacking order and external electric field on the electrical properties of few-layer boron-phosphide.

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    Chen, Xianping; Tan, Chunjian; Yang, Qun; Meng, Ruishen; Liang, Qiuhua; Jiang, Junke; Sun, Xiang; Yang, D Q; Ren, Tianling

    2016-06-28

    Development of nanoelectronics requires two-dimensional (2D) systems with both direct-bandgap and tunable electronic properties as they act in response to the external electric field (E-field). Here, we present a detailed theoretical investigation to predict the effect of atomic structure, stacking order and external electric field on the electrical properties of few-layer boron-phosphide (BP). We demonstrate that the splitting of bands and bandgap of BP depends on the number of layers and the stacking order. The values for the bandgap show a monotonically decreasing relationship with increasing layer number. We also show that AB-stacking BP has a direct-bandgap, while ABA-stacking BP has an indirect-bandgap when the number of layers n > 2. In addition, for a bilayer and a trilayer, the bandgap increases (decreases) as the electric field increases along the positive direction of the external electric field (E-field) (negative direction). In the case of four-layer BP, the bandgap exhibits a nonlinearly decreasing behavior as the increase in the electric field is independent of the electric field direction. The tunable mechanism of the bandgap can be attributed to a giant Stark effect. Interestingly, the investigation also shows that a semiconductor-to-metal transition may occur for the four-layer case or more layers beyond the critical electric field. Our findings may inspire more efforts in fabricating new nanoelectronics devices based on few-layer BP. PMID:27250915

  20. Proposing Boric Acid as an Antidote for Aluminium Phosphide Poisoning by Investigation of the Chemical Reaction Between Boric Acid and Phosphine

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    Motahareh Soltani

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Aluminium phosphide (AlP is a storage fumigant pesticide, which is used to protect stored grains especially from insects and rodents. It releases phosphine (PH3 gas, a highly toxic mitochondrial poison, in contact with moisture, particularly if acidic. Although the exact mechanism of action is unknown so far, the major mechanism of PH3 toxicity seems to be the inhibition of cytochrome-c oxidase and oxidative phosphorylation which eventually results in adenosine triphosphate (ATP depletion and cell death. Death due to AlP poisoning seems to be as a result of myocardial damage. No efficient antidote has been found for AlP poisoning so far, and unfortunately, most of the poisoned human cases die. PH3, like ammonia (NH3, is a Lewis base with a lone-pair electron. However, boric acid (B(OH3 is a Lewis acid with an empty p orbital. It is predicted that lone-pair electron from PH3 is shared with the empty p orbital from B(OH3 and a compound forms in which boron attains its octet. In other words, PH3 is trapped and neutralised by B(OH3. The resulting polar reaction product seems to be excretable by the body due to hydrogen bonding with water molecules. The present article proposes boric acid as a non-toxic and efficient trapping agent and an antidote for PH3 poisoning by investigating the chemical reaction between them.

  1. A comparative study on carbon, boron-nitride, boron-phosphide and silicon-carbide nanotubes based on surface electrostatic potentials and average local ionization energies.

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    Esrafili, Mehdi D; Behzadi, Hadi

    2013-06-01

    A density functional theory study was carried out to predict the electrostatic potentials as well as average local ionization energies on both the outer and the inner surfaces of carbon, boron-nitride (BN), boron-phosphide (BP) and silicon-carbide (SiC) single-walled nanotubes. For each nanotube, the effect of tube radius on the surface potentials and calculated average local ionization energies was investigated. It is found that SiC and BN nanotubes have much stronger and more variable surface potentials than do carbon and BP nanotubes. For the SiC, BN and BP nanotubes, there are characteristic patterns of positive and negative sites on the outer lateral surfaces. On the other hand, a general feature of all of the systems studied is that stronger potentials are associated with regions of higher curvature. According to the evaluated surface electrostatic potentials, it is concluded that, for the narrowest tubes, the water solubility of BN tubes is slightly greater than that of SiC followed by carbon and BP nanotubes. PMID:23408252

  2. New Intermetallic Ternary Phosphide Chalcogenide AP2-xXx (A = Zr, Hf; X = S, Se) Superconductors with PbFCl-Type Crystal Structure

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    Kitô, Hijiri; Yanagi, Yousuke; Ishida, Shigeyuki; Oka, Kunihiko; Gotoh, Yoshito; Fujihisa, Hiroshi; Yoshida, Yoshiyuki; Iyo, Akira; Eisaki, Hiroshi

    2014-07-01

    We have synthesized a series of intermetallic ternary phosphide chalcogenide superconductors, AP2-xXx (A = Zr, Hf; X = S, Se), using the high-pressure synthesis technique. These materials have a PbFCl-type crystal structure (space group P4/nmm) when x is greater than 0.3. The superconducting transition temperature Tc changes systematically with x, yielding dome-like phase diagrams. The maximum Tc is achieved at approximately x = 0.7, at which point the Tc is 6.3 K for ZrP2-xSex (x = 0.75), 5.5 K for HfP2-xSex (x = 0.7), 5.0 K for ZrP2-xSx (x = 0.675), and 4.6 K for Hfp2-xSx (x = 0.5). They are typical type-II superconductors and the upper and lower critical fields are estimated to be 2.92 T at 0 K and 0.021 T at 2 K for ZrP2-xSex (x = 0.75), respectively.

  3. Interaction between F2 gas with the pristine and 3C-doped(4, 4 armchair boron phosphide nanotubes: a DFT study

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available In this research, the structure, quantum and NQR (Nuclear quadrupole resonanceparameters of F2 gas adsorption on the pristine and 3C-doped (4,4 armchair models of boron phosphide nanotubes (BPNTs have been investigated in the framework of density functional theory. For this purpose, at the first step, four models for F2 adsorption on the inner and outer surfaces of pristine and 3C-doped BPNTS are considered and then all structures are optimized by using Gaussian 03 program package. The optimized structures are used to calculate the quantum and NQR parameters. The calculated results reveal that the adsorption energy of pristine and 3C-doped models of BPNTs are exothermic and adsorption process is a physisorption process due to the weak Van der Waals interaction. The substitution of three carbons with three B atoms of nanotube decreases significantly the adsorption energies. The F2 adsorption and 3C-doping decrease the band gap, global hardness, and ionization potential of the pristine BPNTs. The calculated NQR parameters of all the models show that CQ and &etaQ values of the first layer are larger than those of the other layers.

  4. GeP and (Ge1−xSnx)(P1−yGey) (x≈0.12, y≈0.05): Synthesis, structure, and properties of two-dimensional layered tetrel phosphides

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    GeP and Sn-doped GeP were synthesized from elements in bismuth and tin flux, respectively. The layered crystal structures of these compounds were characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction. Both phosphides crystallize in a GaTe structure type in the monoclinic space group C2/m (No. 12) with GeP: a=15.1948(7) Å, b=3.6337(2) Å, c=9.1941(4) Å, β=101.239(2)°; Ge0.93(3)P0.95(1)Sn0.12(3): a=15.284(9) Å, b=3.622(2) Å, c=9.207(5) Å, β=101.79(1)°. The crystal structure of GeP consists of 2-dimensional GeP layers held together by weak electron lone pair interactions between the phosphorus atoms that confine the layer. Each layer is built of Ge–Ge dumbbells surrounded by a distorted antiprism of phosphorus atoms. Sn-doped GeP has a similar structural motif, but with a significant degree of disorder emphasized by the splitting of all atomic positions. Resistivity measurements together with quantum-chemical calculations reveal semiconducting behavior for the investigated phosphides. - Graphical abstract: Layered phosphides GeP and Sn-doped GeP were synthesized from elements in bismuth and tin flux, respectively. The crystal structure of GeP consists of 2-dimensional GeP layers held together by weak electron lone pair interactions between the phosphorus atoms that confine the layer. Sn-doped GeP has a similar structural motif with a significant degree of disorder emphasized by the splitting of all atomic positions. Resistivity measurements together with quantum-chemical calculations reveal semiconducting behavior for the investigated phosphides. - Highlights: • GeP crystallizes in a layered crystal structure. • Doping of Sn into GeP causes large structural distortions. • GeP is narrow bandgap semiconductor. • Sn-doped GeP exhibits an order of magnitude higher resistivity due to disorder

  5. Life cycle environmental impacts from CZTS (copper zinc tin sulfide) and Zn3P2 (zinc phosphide) thin film PV (photovoltaic) cells

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    While solar PV (photovoltaic) cells are promising for clean energy production, their mass deployment is hindered by production costs, material availability, and toxicity. Two materials that can overcome these challenges and replace today's CdTe (cadmium telluride) and CIGS (copper indium gallium diselenide) based PV cells are Zn3P2 (zinc phosphide) and CZTS (copper zinc tin sulfide). A cradle to gate life cycle assessment was conducted to understand the environmental impacts from these technologies. The impacts from Zn3P2 and CdTe were similar and lower than the impacts from CZTS and CIGS. While CdTe has the toxic Cd element, the ecotoxicity impact from material acquisition and processing was higher for Zn and P than for CdTe. In CIGS, the ecotoxicity impact came mainly from Ga and would be significantly reduced if CZTS were to replace CIGS in the commercial market. For all four thin films studied, the contribution of raw materials to total impact was much lower than the impact coming from electricity consumption during the manufacturing stage. Therefore, to reduce environmental impact, future PV technology development should focus more on the process improvement. The manufacturing stages that contributed most to the impact were the absorber layer for CIGS and CZTS and the substrate cleaning for CdTe and Zn3P2. - Highlights: • Four impact categories were evaluated for CZTS, Zn3P2, and current PV technologies. • The analysis was cradle-to-gate and performed with GaBi 6.0 and Ecoinvent 2.2. • The impacts of Zn3P2 are similar to CdTe and lower than that of CIGS and CZTS. • Materials in the absorber layer did not usually have a large contribution. • Electricity use was a major contributor to the overall impact

  6. An Improved Study of Electronic Band Structure and Optical Parameters of X-Phosphides (X--B, AL, Ga, In) by Modified Becke-Johnson Potential%An Improved Study of Electronic Band Structure and Optical Parameters of X-Phosphides (X--B, AL, Ga, In) by Modified Becke-Johnson Potential

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    Masood Yousaf; M.A. Saeed; R. Ahmed; M.M. Alsardia; Ahmad Radzi Mat Isa; A. Shaari

    2012-01-01

    We report the electronic band structure and optical parameters of X-Phosphides (X=B, AI, Ga, In) by first-principles technique based on a new approximation known as modified Becke-Johnson (roB J). This potential is considered more accurate in elaborating excited states properties of insulators and semiconductors as compared to LDA and GGA. The present calculated band gaps values of BP, AlP, GaP, and InP are 1.867 eV, 2.268 eV, 2.090 eV, and 1.377 eV respectively, which are in close agreement to the experimental results. The band gap values trend in this study is as: E9 (mBJ-GGA/LDA) 〉 E9 (GGA) 〉 Eg (LDA). Optical parametric quantities (dielectric constant, refractive index, reflectivity and optical conductivity) which based on the band structure are aiso presented and discussed. BP, AlP, GaP, and InP have strong absorption in between the energy range 4-9 eV, 4-7 ev, 3-7 eV, and 2-7 eV respectively. Static dielectric constant, static refractive index and coefficient of reflectivity at zero frequency, within mBJ-GGA, are also calculated. BP, AIP, GaP, and InP show significant optical conductivity in the range 5.2-10 eV, 4.3-8 eV, 3.5- 7.2 eV, and 3.2-8 eV respectively. The present study endorses that the said compounds can be used in opto-electronic applications, for different energy ranges.

  7. Oxidation-reduction properties of americium, curium, berkelium, californium, einsteinium and fermium, and thermodynamic consequences for the 5f series

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    The amalgamation of 5f elements from Am to Fm has been studied by using 241Am, 244Cm, 249Bk, 249Cf, 252Cf, 253Es, 254Es, 252Fm and 255Fm with two electrochemical methods, radiocoulometry and radiopolarography, perfectly adapted to investigate extremely diluted solutions when the concentration of electroactive species is as low as 10-16M. The theory of radiocoulometry has been developed in the general cases of reversible and irreversible electrode process. It has been used to interpret the experimental data on the kinetic curves of amalgamation, and to estimate the standard rate constant of the electrode process in complexing medium (citric). On the other hand the radiopolarographic method has been applied to study the mechanism of reduction at the dropping mercury electrode of cations M3+ in aqueous medium to the metal M with formation of amalgam. The results are exploited into two directions: 1- Acquisition of some data concerning the oxidation-reduction properties of elements from Am to Fm. Therefore the standard electrode E0 [M(III-0)] potentials for Bk, Cf and Es, and the standard electrode E0 [M(II-0)] potential for Fm are estimated and the relative stability of each oxidation state (from II to VII) of 5f elements is discussed; 2- Acquisition of unknown thermodynamic data on transcalifornium elements. Correlations between 4f and 5f elements are precised and some divergences appear for the second half of 4f and 5f series (i.e. for 65<=Z<=71 and 97<=Z<=103)

  8. Evaluation of thermal neutron cross-sections and resonance integrals of protactinium, americium, curium, and berkelium isotopes

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    Data on the thermal neutron fission and capture cross-sections as well as their corresponding resonance integrals are reviewed and analysed. The data are classified according to the form of neutron spectra under investigation. The weighted mean values of the cross-sections and resonance integrals for every type of neutron spectra were adopted as evaluated data. (author). 87 refs, 2 tabs

  9. Cleavage Luminescence from Cleaved Indium Phosphide

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    We outline the experiments performed to gain further information about the structure and properties of cleaved InP surfaces. The experiments involved detecting the luminescence produced after cleaving thin InP plates within a high vacuum, by a process of converting the luminescence to an electrical signal which could be amplified and measured accurately. The experimental results show that the detected luminescence durations from cleaved InP are usually only about 10μs. It is believed that this time represents the time of travel of the crack with the actual recombination time being much shorter. Strong signals could also be picked up from cleaved InP in air

  10. Electroreflectance of indium gallium arsenide phosphide lattice matched to indium phosphide

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    We report the first systematic measurement of the electroreflectance spectra of In/sub u/Ga/sub 1-u/P/sub v/As/sub 1-v/ over the range of compositions that lattice-match InP substrates, at room temperature and for energies between 0.7 and 3.5 eV. Analysis of the spectra has enabled us to determine the composition dependence of E0, E0+Δ0, E1, E1+Δ1, Δ0, and Δ1. Experimentally determined values of E0, E0+Δ0, and m*/m0 have been used to predict the values of the g factors for these compounds

  11. Room temperature particle detectors based on indium phosphide

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    Yatskiv, R., E-mail: yatskiv@ufe.c [Institute of Photonics and Electronics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Chaberska 57, 18251 Praha 8 (Czech Republic); Grym, J.; Zdansky, K. [Institute of Photonics and Electronics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Chaberska 57, 18251 Praha 8 (Czech Republic); Pekarek, L. [Institute of Photonics and Electronics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Chaberska 57, 18251 Praha 8 (Czech Republic); Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Na Slovance 2, 18221 Praha 8 (Czech Republic)

    2010-01-01

    A study of electrical properties and detection performance of particle detectors based on bulk InP and semiconducting LPE layers operated at room temperature is presented. Bulk detectors were fabricated on semi-insulating InP crystals grown by liquid-encapsulated Czochralski (LEC) technique. High purity InP layers of both n- and p-type conductivity were used to fabricate detector structures with p-n junction. The detection performance of particle detectors was measured by pulse-height spectra with alpha particles emitted from {sup 241}Am source at room temperature. Better noise properties were achieved for detectors with p-n junctions due to better quality contacts on p-type layers.

  12. Room temperature particle detectors based on indium phosphide

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    Yatskiv, R.; Grym, J.; Zdansky, K.; Pekarek, L.

    2010-01-01

    A study of electrical properties and detection performance of particle detectors based on bulk InP and semiconducting LPE layers operated at room temperature is presented. Bulk detectors were fabricated on semi-insulating InP crystals grown by liquid-encapsulated Czochralski (LEC) technique. High purity InP layers of both n- and p-type conductivity were used to fabricate detector structures with p-n junction. The detection performance of particle detectors was measured by pulse-height spectra with alpha particles emitted from 241Am source at room temperature. Better noise properties were achieved for detectors with p-n junctions due to better quality contacts on p-type layers.

  13. Room temperature particle detectors based on indium phosphide

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    A study of electrical properties and detection performance of particle detectors based on bulk InP and semiconducting LPE layers operated at room temperature is presented. Bulk detectors were fabricated on semi-insulating InP crystals grown by liquid-encapsulated Czochralski (LEC) technique. High purity InP layers of both n- and p-type conductivity were used to fabricate detector structures with p-n junction. The detection performance of particle detectors was measured by pulse-height spectra with alpha particles emitted from 241Am source at room temperature. Better noise properties were achieved for detectors with p-n junctions due to better quality contacts on p-type layers.

  14. Hydrodechlorination of polychlorinated molecules using transition metal phosphide catalysts

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    Cecilia, J.A.; Infantes-Molina, A., E-mail: ainfantes@uma.es; Rodríguez-Castellón, E.

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • Ni{sub 2}P catalyst is much more active than CoP one for Cl-removal. • Benzene is the main reaction product for Ni{sub 2}P catalyst. • The activity followed the order ClB > 1,4-DClB ≈ 1,2,4-TClB > 1,3-DClB > 1,2-DClB for Ni{sub 2}P. • The activity followed the order ClB > 1,4-DClB > 1,3-DClB > 1,2-DClB > 2,4-TClB for CoP. • Active phase dispersion, P-concentration on the surface and H-species on the surface explain the results. - Abstract: Ni{sub 2}P and CoP catalysts (5 wt.% of metal) supported on a commercial SiO{sub 2} were tested in the gas phase catalytic hydrodechlorination (HDCl) of mono (chlorobenzene-ClB) and polychlorobenzenes (PCBs) (1,2- dichlorobenzene (1,2-DClB), 1,3-dichlorobenzene (1,3-DClB), 1,4-dichlorobenzene (1,4-DClB), and 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene (1,2,4-TClB)) at atmospheric pressure. It was investigated how the number and position of chlorine atoms in the molecule influence the HDCl activity. The prepared catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), CO chemisorption, N{sub 2} adsorption–desorption at −196 °C, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Characterization results indicated better active phase dispersion and greater amount of P on the Ni{sub 2}P catalyst surface. Catalytic results showed that the Ni{sub 2}P was more active and stable in this type of reactions. The hydrodechlorination activity decreased by increasing the number of chlorine atoms in the molecule and chlorine substituents in close proximity. The observed trend in the HDCl activity was: ClB > 1,4-DClB > 1,3-DClB > 1,2-DClB > 1,2,4-TClB. The exception was the catalytic response after 24 h on stream observed for the Ni{sub 2}P in the HDCl reaction of 1,2,4-TClB, which was equal to that observed for the 1,4-DClB molecule, and also yielding benzene as the main reaction product.

  15. THz sources using indium phosphide high electron mobility transistors

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    Deal, W. R.

    2013-09-01

    In the last few years, InP HEMT maximum frequency of oscillation (fMAX) has pushed well beyond 1 THz (1000 GHz). This implies that solid state amplification is possible to frequencies approaching 1 THz. In this paper, we provide an overview of power amplifier and power generation work which has been done using InP HEMT technology. In particular, power generation has been demonstrated to 0.67 THz

  16. Indium phosphide X-Ray and particle detector

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    Pekárek, Ladislav; Žďánský, Karel

    Bratislava: Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, 2006 - (Nitsch, K.; Rodová, M.), s. 52-53 ISBN 80-901-748-7-6. [Development of Materials Science in Research and Education , Joint Seminar 2006 /16./. Valtice (CZ), 12.09.2006-15.09.2006] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA102/06/0153; GA AV ČR(CZ) KAN400670651 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20670512; CEZ:AV0Z10100520 Keywords : particle detectors * III-V semiconductors * crystal growth Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering

  17. 40 CFR 180.284 - Zinc phosphide; tolerances for residues.

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  18. Synthesis of actinide nitrides, phosphides, sulfides and oxides

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    Van Der Sluys, William G.; Burns, Carol J.; Smith, David C.

    1992-01-01

    A process of preparing an actinide compound of the formula An.sub.x Z.sub.y wherein An is an actinide metal atom selected from the group consisting of thorium, uranium, plutonium, neptunium, and americium, x is selected from the group consisting of one, two or three, Z is a main group element atom selected from the group consisting of nitrogen, phosphorus, oxygen and sulfur and y is selected from the group consisting of one, two, three or four, by admixing an actinide organometallic precursor wherein said actinide is selected from the group consisting of thorium, uranium, plutonium, neptunium, and americium, a suitable solvent and a protic Lewis base selected from the group consisting of ammonia, phosphine, hydrogen sulfide and water, at temperatures and for time sufficient to form an intermediate actinide complex, heating said intermediate actinide complex at temperatures and for time sufficient to form the actinide compound, and a process of depositing a thin film of such an actinide compound, e.g., uranium mononitride, by subliming an actinide organometallic precursor, e.g., a uranium amide precursor, in the presence of an effectgive amount of a protic Lewis base, e.g., ammonia, within a reactor at temperatures and for time sufficient to form a thin film of the actinide compound, are disclosed.

  19. Observation of Weyl nodes and Fermi arcs in tantalum phosphide

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    Xu, N.; Weng, H. M.; Lv, B. Q.; Matt, C. E.; Park, J.; Bisti, F.; Strocov, V. N.; Gawryluk, D.; Pomjakushina, E.; Conder, K.; Plumb, N. C.; Radovic, M.; Autès, G.; Yazyev, O. V.; Fang, Z.; Dai, X.; Qian, T.; Mesot, J.; Ding, H.; Shi, M.

    2016-03-01

    A Weyl semimetal possesses spin-polarized band-crossings, called Weyl nodes, connected by topological surface arcs. The low-energy excitations near the crossing points behave the same as massless Weyl fermions, leading to exotic properties like chiral anomaly. To have the transport properties dominated by Weyl fermions, Weyl nodes need to locate nearly at the chemical potential and enclosed by pairs of individual Fermi surfaces with non-zero Fermi Chern numbers. Combining angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and first-principles calculation, here we show that TaP is a Weyl semimetal with only a single type of Weyl fermions, topologically distinguished from TaAs where two types of Weyl fermions contribute to the low-energy physical properties. The simple Weyl fermions in TaP are not only of fundamental interests but also of great potential for future applications. Fermi arcs on the Ta-terminated surface are observed, which appear in a different pattern from that on the As-termination in TaAs and NbAs.

  20. Nanoperforated indium phosphide for terahertz imaging bio-applications

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    We demonstrate the fabrication of thin InP membranes with porous compact packed structure that have been cut during electrochemical etching in the same anodic process. Besides, we show the possibility of pore filling with metal-organic composites. Chemical compounds have been identified by XRD method. The THz emitting characteristics of InP porous films were drastically changed after filling with sensitized metal-organic composites. We show that InP porous membranes filled with metal-organic composites are perfect materials for bio-applications. The experimental study and emulations based on Finite Element Model (FEM) show also that the obtained nanocomposite materials are promising for nonlinear optical applications, in particular for the development of THz emitters, THz imaging systems, MEMS, MOEMS, etc.

  1. Experimental study of the hydrogen complexes in indium phosphide

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    Darwich, R.; Pajot, B.; Rose, B.; Robein, D.; Theys, B.; Rahbi, R.; Porte, C.; Gendron, F.

    1993-12-01

    The structure of the H-related complexes in p-type InP and in liquid encapsulated Czochralski semi-insulating InP:Fe has been studied from the vibrational absorption of their PH stretching modes. The acceptor complexes are produced by plasma hydrogenation so that PD modes have been investigated also. The study has first been performed at 6 K on the fundamentals and on the most intense of the first overtones. The trends in the frequencies and widths of the PH modes of the H-acceptor complexes for Be, Zn, and Cd acceptors are discussed and explained qualitatively. In InP:Fe, the PH intrinsic modes are sharper than those of the acceptor complexes indicating a weaker interaction with the environment. This study has been followed by the measurement of the temperature dependence of the frequencies and of the linewidths for increasing temperatures. The frequency shifts and the broadenings of the lines are interpreted by the temperature-dependent random dephasing of the vibration of the high-frequency oscillators in the excited state. The analysis shows that the PH mode in the acceptor complexes couples to TA phonons of the InP lattice while the one in the complexes involving a vacancy couples to a two TA phonon combination. The anharmonicity of the P-H bonds is comparable to the one in phosphine. A comparison of the anharmonicity parameters derived from the overtone measurements with those derived from the hydrogen isotope effects gives evidence of the interaction between the H atom and the lattice. The amplitude of vibration of the D atom is smaller than that of the H atom and this explains why the interaction of the D atom with the lattice is smaller. This is the reason why the width of the PD modes is smaller than that of the corresponding PH modes. The splitting of some of the PH lines in samples subjected to a uniaxial stress has been studied. The splitting of the PH;Zn mode is in full agreement with a P-H bond along a axis. The same orientation of the P-H bond is also found from the splitting of a line attributed to an In vacancy ``decorated'' by a H atom (VIn(PH)). The splitting of the strongest line in InP:Fe leads to its attribution to a PH mode in a cubic center containing four H atoms (VIn(PH)4). The presence of this center seems to account for most of the hydrogen present in InP:Fe. Upon annealing of the InP:Fe samples, VIn(PH)4 is a source of atomic hydrogen that can be trapped by other defects and it can leave partially hydrogenated In vacancies.

  2. Spectroscopic properties of colloidal indium phosphide quantum wires

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    Wang, Lin-Wang; Wang, Fudong; Yu, Heng; Li, Jingbo; Hang, Qingling; Zemlyanov, Dmitry; Gibbons, Patrick C.; Wang, Lin-Wang; Janes, David B.; Buhro, William E.

    2008-07-11

    Colloidal InP quantum wires are grown by the solution-liquid-solid (SLS) method, and passivated with the traditional quantum dots surfactants 1-hexadecylamine and tri-n-octylphosphine oxide. The size dependence of the band gaps in the wires are determined from the absorption spectra, and compared to other experimental results for InP quantum dots and wires, and to the predictions of theory. The photoluminescence behavior of the wires is also investigated. Efforts to enhance photoluminescence efficiencies through photochemical etching in the presence of HF result only in photochemical thinning or photo-oxidation, without a significant influence on quantum-wire photoluminescence. However, photo-oxidation produces residual dot and rod domains within the wires, which are luminescent. The results establish that the quantum-wire band gaps are weakly influenced by the nature of the surface passivation, and that colloidal quantum wires have intrinsically low photoluminescence efficiencies.

  3. Electron microscopy imaging of proteins on gallium phosphide semiconductor nanowires

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    Hjort, Martin; Bauer, Mikael; Gunnarsson, Stefan; Mårsell, Erik; Zakharov, Alexei A.; Karlsson, Gunnel; Sanfins, Elodie; Prinz, Christelle N.; Wallenberg, Reine; Cedervall, Tommy; Mikkelsen, Anders

    2016-02-01

    We have imaged GaP nanowires (NWs) incubated with human laminin, serum albumin (HSA), and blood plasma using both cryo-transmission electron microscopy and synchrotron based X-ray photoemission electron microscopy. This extensive imaging methodology simultaneously reveals structural, chemical and morphological details of individual nanowires and the adsorbed proteins. We found that the proteins bind to NWs, forming coronas with thicknesses close to the proteins' hydrodynamic diameters. We could directly image how laminin is extending from the NWs, maximizing the number of proteins bound to the NWs. NWs incubated with both laminin and HSA show protein coronas with a similar appearance to NWs incubated with laminin alone, indicating that the presence of HSA does not affect the laminin conformation on the NWs. In blood plasma, an intermediate sized corona around the NWs indicates a corona with a mixture of plasma proteins. The ability to directly visualize proteins on nanostructures in situ holds great promise for assessing the conformation and thickness of the protein corona, which is key to understanding and predicting the properties of engineered nanomaterials in a biological environment.We have imaged GaP nanowires (NWs) incubated with human laminin, serum albumin (HSA), and blood plasma using both cryo-transmission electron microscopy and synchrotron based X-ray photoemission electron microscopy. This extensive imaging methodology simultaneously reveals structural, chemical and morphological details of individual nanowires and the adsorbed proteins. We found that the proteins bind to NWs, forming coronas with thicknesses close to the proteins' hydrodynamic diameters. We could directly image how laminin is extending from the NWs, maximizing the number of proteins bound to the NWs. NWs incubated with both laminin and HSA show protein coronas with a similar appearance to NWs incubated with laminin alone, indicating that the presence of HSA does not affect the laminin conformation on the NWs. In blood plasma, an intermediate sized corona around the NWs indicates a corona with a mixture of plasma proteins. The ability to directly visualize proteins on nanostructures in situ holds great promise for assessing the conformation and thickness of the protein corona, which is key to understanding and predicting the properties of engineered nanomaterials in a biological environment. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr08888g

  4. Observation of Weyl nodes and Fermi arcs in tantalum phosphide.

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    Xu, N; Weng, H M; Lv, B Q; Matt, C E; Park, J; Bisti, F; Strocov, V N; Gawryluk, D; Pomjakushina, E; Conder, K; Plumb, N C; Radovic, M; Autès, G; Yazyev, O V; Fang, Z; Dai, X; Qian, T; Mesot, J; Ding, H; Shi, M

    2016-01-01

    A Weyl semimetal possesses spin-polarized band-crossings, called Weyl nodes, connected by topological surface arcs. The low-energy excitations near the crossing points behave the same as massless Weyl fermions, leading to exotic properties like chiral anomaly. To have the transport properties dominated by Weyl fermions, Weyl nodes need to locate nearly at the chemical potential and enclosed by pairs of individual Fermi surfaces with non-zero Fermi Chern numbers. Combining angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and first-principles calculation, here we show that TaP is a Weyl semimetal with only a single type of Weyl fermions, topologically distinguished from TaAs where two types of Weyl fermions contribute to the low-energy physical properties. The simple Weyl fermions in TaP are not only of fundamental interests but also of great potential for future applications. Fermi arcs on the Ta-terminated surface are observed, which appear in a different pattern from that on the As-termination in TaAs and NbAs. PMID:26983910

  5. A Semiconductor Under Insulator Technology in Indium Phosphide

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    Mnaymneh, Khaled; Frédérick, Simon; Lapointe, Jean; Poole, Philip J; Williams, Robin L

    2012-01-01

    This Letter introduces a Semiconductor-Under-Insulator (SUI) technology in InP for designing strip waveguides that interface InP photonic crystal membrane structures. Strip waveguides in InP-SUI are supported under an atomic layer deposited insulator layer in contrast to strip waveguides in silicon supported on insulator. We show a substantial improvement in optical transmission when using InP-SUI strip waveguides interfaced with localized photonic crystal membrane structures when compared with extended photonic crystal waveguide membranes. Furthermore, SUI makes available various fiber-coupling techniques used in SOI, such as sub-micron coupling, for planar membrane III-V systems.

  6. Strongly-guided indium phosphide/indium gallium arsenic phosphide Mach-Zehnder modulator for optical communications

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    Betty, Ian Brian

    2006-12-01

    The development of strongly-guided InP/In1-x GaxAsyP 1-y based Mach-Zehnder optical modulators for 10Gb/s telecommunications is detailed. The modulators have insertion losses including coupling as low as 4.5dB, due to the incorporation of monolithically integrated optical mode spot-size converters (SSC's). The modulators are optimized to produce system performance that is independent of optical coupling alignment and for wavelength operation between 1525nm and 1565nm. A negatively chirped Mach-Zehnder modulator design is demonstrated, giving optimal dispersion-limited reach for 10Gb/s ON/OFF-keying modulation. It is shown that the optical system performance for this design can be determined from purely DC based optical measurements. A Mach-Zehnder modulator design invoking nearly no transient frequency shifts under intensity modulation is also presented, for the first time, using phase-shifter implementations based on the Quantum-Confined-Stark-Effect (QCSE). The performance impact on the modulator from the higher-order vertical and lateral waveguide modes found in strongly-guided waveguides has been determined. The impact of these higher-order modes has been minimized using the design of the waveguide bends, MMI structures, and doping profiles. The fabrication process and optical design for the spot-size mode converters are also thoroughly explored. The SSC structures are based on butt-joined vertically tapered passive waveguide cores within laterally flared strongly-guided ridges, making them compatible with any strong-guiding waveguide structure. The flexibility of the SSC process is demonstrated by the superior performance it has also enabled in a 40Gb/s electro-absorption modulator. The presented electro-absorption modulator has 3.6dB fiber-to-fiber insertion loss, polarization dependent loss (PDL) of only 0.3dB over 15dB extinction, and low absolute chirp (|alpha H| < 0.6) over the full dynamic range.

  7. Use of trioctylphosphine oxide for transplutonium element extraction and purification

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    Investigated was extraction of tri-valent curium, berkelium, californium, einsteinium as well as cerium and europium with trioctylphosphin oxide from lactic acid solutions, containing DTPA and aluminium nitrate depending on the aluminium nitrate and TOPO concentrations and nitric acid solutions of variable concentration as well. Under optimum conditions of extraction chromatography of berkelium studied was the distribution of cobalt, nickel, chromium, iron, aluminium, titanium, zirconium and niobium ions, and the coefficients of berkelium purification from cations investigated were determined. The effect of weight quantities of cation impurities on extraction chromatographic yield of berkelium has been investigated. Examples of practice application of the extraction chromatography with the use of TOPO are given

  8. Heterodyne pump probe measurements of nonlinear dynamics in an indium phosphide photonic crystal cavity

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    Heuck, Mikkel; Combrié, S.; Lehoucq, G.;

    2013-01-01

    Using a sensitive two-color heterodyne pump-probe technique, we investigate the carrier dynamics of an InP photonic crystal nanocavity. The heterodyne technique provides unambiguous results for all wavelength configurations, including the degenerate case, which cannot be investigated with the...... widely used homodyne technique. A model based on coupled mode theory including two carrier distributions is introduced to account for the relaxation dynamics, which is assumed to be governed by both diffusion and recombination....

  9. Absorption and fluorescence spectra of gallium phosphide(GaP) nanoparticles

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    YUE Long-yi; ZHANG Zhao-chun; CHEN Xu

    2006-01-01

    The optical absorption spectrum ranging from 200 to 800 nm and fluorescence spectra ranging from 300 to 650 nm of GaP nanoparticles at room temperature were reported. From the optical absorption spectrum it is inferred that the GaP nanoparticles exhibit a direct transition of about 410 nm (3.02 eV) and an indirect transition around 480 nm (2.58 eV). In addition, an absorption peak at about 308 nm (4.02 eV) corresponding to the direct transition at higher energy was observed. The absorption peak was attributed to the transition from the spin-orbit-split valence band to the lowest conduction band along the A direction. By observing the fluorescence of the GaP nanoparticles, it follows that multiple emission bands corresponding to the violet, blue, and yellow light are shown peaking at about 400.4-414.1 nm (3.097-2.994 eV), 450.1-466.8 nm (2.755-2.656 eV), and 582.4 nm (2.129 eV),respectively. The violet and blue light emissions are ascribed to the direct and indirect transitions from conduction band to valence band of the GaP nanoparticles. As to the weak yellow emission, it may be attributed to the radiative recombination from defect centers. The spin-orbit-splitting of the GaP nanoparticles is determined as about 100 meV.

  10. Preparation of doped and co-doped indium phosphide single crystals

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    Pekárek, Ladislav; Žďánský, Karel

    Praha: MAXDORF, 2004 - (Nitsch, K.; Rodová, M.), s. 50-51 ISBN 80-7345-032-1. [Development of Materials Science in Research and Education - DMS -RE 2004 /14./. Lednice (CZ), 31.08.2004-03.09.2004] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IBS2067354 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2067918 Keywords : crystal growth * semiconductor doping * radiation detection Subject RIV: JB - Sensors, Measurment, Regulation

  11. Gallium phosphide as a new material for anodically bonded atomic sensors

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    Nezih Dural

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Miniaturized atomic sensors are often fabricated using anodic bonding of silicon and borosilicate glass. Here we describe a technique for fabricating anodically bonded alkali-metal cells using GaP and Pyrex. GaP is a non-birefringent semiconductor that is transparent at alkali-metal resonance wavelengths, allowing new sensor geometries. GaP also has a higher thermal conductivity and lower He permeability than borosilicate glass and can be anodically bonded below 200 °C, which can also be advantageous in other vacuum sealing applications.

  12. Emission bands of phosphorus and calculation of band structure of rare earth phosphides

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    The method of x-ray emission spectroscopy has been used to investigate the electronic structure of monophosphides of rare-earth metals (REM). The fluorescence K bands of phosphorus have been obtained in LaP, PrP, SmP, GdP, TbP, DyP, HoP, ErP, TmP, YbP, and LuP and also the Lsub(2,3) bands of phosphorus in ErP, TmP, YbP, and LuP. Using the Green function technique involving the muffin-tin potential, the energy spectrum for ErP has been calculated in the single-electron approximation. The hystogram of electronic state distribution N(E) is compared with the experimental K and Lsub(2,3) bands of phosphorus in ErP. The agreement between the main details of N(E) and that of x-ray spectra allows to state that the model used provides a good description of the electron density distribution in crystals of REM monophosphides. In accordance with the character of the N(E) distribution the compounds under study are classified as semimetals or semiconductors with a very narrow forbidden band

  13. Design and fabrication of indium phosphide air-bridge waveguides with MEMS functionality

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    Ng, Wing H.; Podoliak, Nina; Horak, Peter; Wu, Jiang; Liu, Huiyun; Stewart, William J.; Kenyon, Anthony J.

    2015-05-01

    We present the design and fabrication of a dual air-bridge waveguide structure integrated with MEMS functionality. The structure is designed to function as a tunable optical buffer for telecommunication application. The optical buffer structure is based on two parallel waveguides made of high refractive index material with subwavelength dimensions. They are suspended in air, and are separated by a sub-micron air gap. Due to the fact that the size of the waveguides is much smaller than the wavelength of light that propagates in the structure, a significant fraction of the optical mode is in the air gap between the waveguides. By changing the size of the air gap using MEMS techniques, we can vary this fraction and hence the effective refractive index of the waveguide structure, thus generating tunable optical delay. The optical buffer structure was grown on an InP substrate by molecular beam epitaxy, and the device layer was made of InGaP. An InGaAs layer was sandwiched between the device layer and the substrate to serve as a sacrificial layer. The sub-micron waveguides, their supports in the form of side pillars with tapered shapes in order to minimize optical losses, and the MEMS structures were patterned using electron beam lithography and plasma etching. Electrodes were integrated into the structure to provide electrostatic actuation. After the sample patterning, the waveguide structure was released using HF etch. Our simulations predict that by varying the waveguide separation from 50 nm to 500 nm, we could achieve a change in propagation delay by a factor of two.

  14. Design and fabrication of indium phosphide air-bridge waveguides with MEMS functionality

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    Ng, Wing; Podoliak, Nina; Horak, Peter; Wu, Jiang; Liu, Huiyun; Stewart, Will; Kenyon, Anthony J.

    2015-01-01

    We present the design and fabrication of a dual air-bridge waveguide structure integrated with MEMS functionality. The structure is designed to function as a tunable optical buffer for telecommunication application. The optical buffer structure is based on two parallel waveguides made of high refractive index material with subwavelength dimensions. They are suspended in air, and are separated by a sub-micron air gap. Due to the fact that the size of the waveguides is much smaller than the wav...

  15. Electrochemical Etching of Indium Phosphide Surfaces Studied by Voltammetry and Scanned Probe Microscopes

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    Kaneshiro, Chinami; Sato, Taketomo; Hasegawa, Hideki

    1999-01-01

    Using voltammetry, X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS), in situ electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), ex situ atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) measurements, electrochemical etching modes for n-InP surfaces were investigated and optimized for uniform and controlled etching in an HCl electrolyte. The voltammograms indicated the presence of active and passive regions. The surfaces obtained in the active region were clean and featureless with ...

  16. Sea urchin-like cobalt-iron phosphide as an active catalyst for oxygen evolution reaction

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    Mendoza-Garcia, Adriana; Su, Dong; Sun, Shouheng

    2016-02-01

    Sea urchin-like (CoxFe1-x)2P shows Co/Fe-composition dependent catalysis for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in 0.1 M KOH. The (Co0.54Fe0.46)2P is the most efficient OER catalyst, reaching 10 mA cm-2 at an overpotential of 0.37 V (vs. RHE). The report offers a new synergistic approach to tune and optimize the electrocatalysis of OER.Sea urchin-like (CoxFe1-x)2P shows Co/Fe-composition dependent catalysis for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in 0.1 M KOH. The (Co0.54Fe0.46)2P is the most efficient OER catalyst, reaching 10 mA cm-2 at an overpotential of 0.37 V (vs. RHE). The report offers a new synergistic approach to tune and optimize the electrocatalysis of OER. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr08763e

  17. Efficient Water Splitting Catalyzed by Cobalt Phosphide-Based Nanoneedle Arrays Supported on Carbon Cloth.

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    Wang, Peng; Song, Fang; Amal, Rose; Ng, Yun Hau; Hu, Xile

    2016-03-01

    Efficient and low-cost electrocatalysts for water splitting are essential for solar fuel production. Herein, we report that nanoarrays of CoP supported on carbon cloth are an efficient bifunctional catalyst for overall water splitting. The catalyst exhibits remarkable activity for both the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in alkaline media, delivering a current density of 10 mA cm(-2) at an overpotential of 281 mV for OER and 95 mV for HER. During electrocatalysis, the surface of the CoP catalyst was covered with a layer of CoOx , which was the active species. However, the CoP core and the nanoarray morphology contributed significantly to the activity. PMID:26811938

  18. High Sensitivity Indium Phosphide Based Avalanche Photodiode Focal Plane Arrays Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — nLight has demonstrated highly-uniform APD arrays based on the highly sensitive InGaAs/InP material system. These results provide great promise for achieving the...

  19. High Sensitivity Indium Phosphide Based Avalanche Photodiode Focal Plane Arrays Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — We propose to build a monolithically integrated FPA of densely packed APDs (70-um pitch) operating at or around 1500 nm wavelength that is suitable for the...

  20. The structural evolution and diffusion during the chemical transformation from cobalt to cobalt phosphide nanoparticles

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    Ha, Don-Hyung

    2011-01-01

    We report the structural evolution and the diffusion processes which occur during the phase transformation of nanoparticles (NPs), ε-Co to Co 2P to CoP, from a reaction with tri-n-octylphosphine (TOP). Extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) investigations were used to elucidate the changes in the local structure of cobalt atoms which occur as the chemical transformation progresses. The lack of long-range order, spread in interatomic distances, and overall increase in mean-square disorder compared with bulk structure reveal the decrease in the NP\\'s structural order compared with bulk structure, which contributes to their deviation from bulk-like behavior. Results from EXAFS show both the Co2P and CoP phases contain excess Co. Results from EXAFS, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and density functional theory calculations reveal that the inward diffusion of phosphorus is more favorable at the beginning of the transformation from ε-Co to Co2P by forming an amorphous Co-P shell, while retaining a crystalline cobalt core. When the major phase of the sample turns to Co 2P, the diffusion processes reverse and cobalt atom out-diffusion is favored, leaving a hollow void, characteristic of the nanoscale Kirkendall effect. For the transformation from Co2P to CoP theory predicts an outward diffusion of cobalt while the anion lattice remains intact. In real samples, however, the Co-rich nanoparticles continue Kirkendall hollowing. Knowledge about the transformation method and structural properties provides a means to tailor the synthesis and composition of the NPs to facilitate their use in applications. © 2011 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  1. Synthesis of Indium Nitride Epitaxial Layers on a Substrate of Porous Indium Phosphide

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    J.A. Suchikova

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents a technique to obtain InN films on porous InP substrates by radical-beam gettering epitaxy. According to the results of the Auger spectroscopy, InN film thickness ranged from 100 nm to 0.5 microns depending on the etching conditions.

  2. Indium tin oxide and indium phosphide heterojunction nanowire array solar cells

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    Heterojunction solar cells were formed with a position-controlled InP nanowire array sputtered with indium tin oxide (ITO). The ITO not only acted as a transparent electrode but also as forming a photovoltaic junction. The devices exhibited an open-circuit voltage of 0.436 V, short-circuit current of 24.8 mA/cm2, and fill factor of 0.682, giving a power conversion efficiency of 7.37% under AM1.5 G illumination. The internal quantum efficiency of the device was higher than that of the world-record InP cell in the short wavelength range

  3. Indium phosphide-based monolithically integrated PIN waveguide photodiode readout for resonant cantilever sensors

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    An integrated photodiode displacement readout scheme for a microelectromechanical cantilever waveguide resonator sensing platform is presented. III-V semiconductors are used to enable the monolithic integration of passive waveguides with active optical components. This work builds upon previously demonstrated results by measuring the displacement of cantilever waveguide resonators with on-chip waveguide PIN photodiodes. The on-chip integration of the readout provides an additional 70% improvement in mass sensitivity compared to off-chip photodetector designs due to measurement stability and minimized coupling loss. In addition to increased measurement stability, reduced packaging complexity is achieved due to the simplicity of the readout design. We have fabricated cantilever waveguides with integrated photodetectors and experimentally characterized these cantilever sensors with monolithically integrated PIN photodiodes.

  4. Key factors limiting the open circuit voltage of n(+)pp(+) indium phosphide solar cells

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    Goradia, Chandra; Thesling, William; Weinberg, Irving

    1991-01-01

    Solar cells made from gallium arsenide (GaAs), with a room temperature bandgap of E(sub g) = 1.43 eV have exhibited the best measured open circuit voltage (V sub OC) of 1.05 V at 1 AMO, 25 C. The material InP is in many ways similar to GaAs. A simple calculation comparing InP to GaAs then shows that solar cells made from InP, with E(sub g) = 1.35 at 300 K, should exhibit the best measured (V sub OC) of approximately 950 mV at 1 AMO, 300 K. However, to date, the best measured V(sub OC) for InP solar cells made by any fabrication method is 899 mV at AM1.5, 25 C which would translate to 912 mV at 1 AMO, 25 C. The V(sub OC) of an n(+)pp(+) InP solar cell is governed by several factors. Of these, some factors, such as the thickness and doping of the emitter and base regions, are easily controlled and can be adjusted to desired values dictated by a good performance optimizing model. Such factors were not considered. There are other factors which also govern V(sub OC), and their values are not so easily controlled. The primary ones among these are (1) the indirect or Hall-Shockley-Read lifetimes in the various regions of the cell, (2) the low-doping intrinsic carrier concentration n(sub i) of the InP material, (3) the heavy doping factors in the emitter and BSF regions, and (4) the front surface recombination velocity S(sub F). The influence of these latter factors on the V(sub OC) of the n(+)pp(+) InP solar cell and the results were used to produce a near-optimum design of the n(+)pp(+) InP solar cell.

  5. Polycrystalline indium phosphide on silicon by indium assisted growth in hydride vapor phase epitaxy

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    Metaferia, Wondwosen; Sun, Yan-Ting, E-mail: yasun@kth.se; Lourdudoss, Sebastian [Laboratory of Semiconductor Materials, Department of Materials and Nano Physics, KTH—Royal Institute of Technology, Electrum 229, 164 40 Kista (Sweden); Pietralunga, Silvia M. [CNR-Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnologies, P. Leonardo da Vinci, 32 20133 Milano (Italy); Zani, Maurizio; Tagliaferri, Alberto [Department of Physics Politecnico di Milano, P. Leonardo da Vinci, 32 20133 Milano (Italy)

    2014-07-21

    Polycrystalline InP was grown on Si(001) and Si(111) substrates by using indium (In) metal as a starting material in hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE) reactor. In metal was deposited on silicon substrates by thermal evaporation technique. The deposited In resulted in islands of different size and was found to be polycrystalline in nature. Different growth experiments of growing InP were performed, and the growth mechanism was investigated. Atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy for morphological investigation, Scanning Auger microscopy for surface and compositional analyses, powder X-ray diffraction for crystallinity, and micro photoluminescence for optical quality assessment were conducted. It is shown that the growth starts first by phosphidisation of the In islands to InP followed by subsequent selective deposition of InP in HVPE regardless of the Si substrate orientation. Polycrystalline InP of large grain size is achieved and the growth rate as high as 21 μm/h is obtained on both substrates. Sulfur doping of the polycrystalline InP was investigated by growing alternating layers of sulfur doped and unintentionally doped InP for equal interval of time. These layers could be delineated by stain etching showing that enough amount of sulfur can be incorporated. Grains of large lateral dimension up to 3 μm polycrystalline InP on Si with good morphological and optical quality is obtained. The process is generic and it can also be applied for the growth of other polycrystalline III–V semiconductor layers on low cost and flexible substrates for solar cell applications.

  6. Aminophosphines: A Double Role in the Synthesis of Colloidal Indium Phosphide Quantum Dots.

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    Tessier, Mickael D; De Nolf, Kim; Dupont, Dorian; Sinnaeve, Davy; De Roo, Jonathan; Hens, Zeger

    2016-05-11

    Aminophosphines have recently emerged as economical, easy-to-implement precursors for making InP nanocrystals, which stand out as alternative Cd-free quantum dots for optoelectronic applications. Here, we present a complete investigation of the chemical reactions leading to InP formation starting from InCl3 and tris(dialkylamino)phosphines. Using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and single crystal X-ray diffraction, we demonstrate that injection of the aminophosphine in the reaction mixture is followed by a transamination with oleylamine, the solvent of the reaction. In addition, mass spectrometry and NMR indicate that the formation of InP concurs with that of tetra(oleylamino)phosphonium chloride. The chemical yield of the InP formation agrees with this 4 P(+III) → P(-III) + 3 P(+V) disproportionation reaction occurring, since full conversion of the In precursor was only attained for a 4:1 P/In ratio. Hence it underlines the double role of the aminophosphine as both precursor and reducing agent. These new insights will guide further optimization of high quality InP quantum dots and might lead to the extension of synthetic protocols toward other pnictide nanocrystals. PMID:27111735

  7. Photo-induced changes of hydrogen bonding in semi-insulating iron-doped indium phosphide

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    Pajot, B.; Song, C.-Y.; Darwich, R.; Gendron, F.; Ewels, C.

    1995-09-01

    After illumination with 1-1.3 eV photons during cooling-down, metastable PH modes are observed by IR absorption at 5 K in semi-insulating InP:Fe. They correlate with the photo-injection of holes, but not with a change of the charge state of the H-related centres present at equilibrium. They are explained by a change of the bonding of H, induced by hole trapping, from IR-inactive centres to PH-containing centres, stable only below 80 K. One metastable centre has well-defined geometrical parameters and the other one could be located in a region near from the interface with (Fe,P) precipitates.

  8. A convenient solvothermal synthesis route to metal phosphides with a shape of hollow nanospheres.

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    Bao, Keyan; Liu, Shuzhen; Cao, Jie; Liang, Jiangbo; Zhu, Yongchun; Hu, Xiaobo; Zhu, Lingling; Liu, Xiaoyan; Qian, Yitai

    2009-08-01

    InP hollow nanospheres with an average size of 550 nm and shell thickness of about 110 nm were solvothermally synthesized in EA (ethanolamine)-H2O binary solution at 190 degrees C for 36 h. The shells of InP hollow nanospheres were composed of small nanoparticles. The similar route has been extended to prepare Cd3P2, Cu3P and Sn4P3 hollow nanospheres in 150-190 degrees C for 24-36 h. PMID:19928169

  9. A Mild One-Step Solvothermal Route to Metal Phosphides (Metal=Co, Ni, Cu)

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    Xie, Y.; Su, H. L.; Qian, X. F.; Liu, X. M.; Qian, Y. T.

    2000-01-01

    Nanocrystalline Co2P, Ni2P, and Cu3P were successfully prepared through a simple solvothermal process based on the direct reactions of metal halides with yellow phosphorus at rather mild temperatures (80-140°C) with ethylenediamine used as the solvent. XRD, XPS, and TEM were used to study the phases, compositions, and morphologies of the final products. A possible mechanism is proposed and the influential factors in the process are discussed in detail.

  10. DWDM laser arrays fabricated using thermal nanoimprint lithography on Indium Phosphide substrates

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    Smistrup, K.; Nørregaard, J.; Mironov, A.;

    Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) lasers play a major role in today’s long-haul broadband communication. Typical distributed feedback (DFB) laser cavities consist of long half-pitch gratings in InGaAsP on InP substrates with pitches around 240 nm. Lasers are made reliably single mode by...... including a lambda quarter shift at the center of the grating. The need for phase shifts and multiple wavelengths eliminates some lithography methods such as holography. Typically, these lasers are produced by e-beam lithography (EBL). We present a production method based on thermal nanoimprint lithography...... damaged during the imprint process and the narrow temperature window for imprint and separation (80°C and 55°C) ensures minimal issues with thermal mismatch between the InP substrate and the Si stamp. The imprinted InP wafers were processed in NeoPhotonics standard process line to create working lasers...

  11. Surface modifications by swift heavy-ion irradiation of indium phosphide

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    InP (001) samples were irradiated with 200 MeV Au ions at different fluences. The surface nanotopographical changes due to increasing fluence of swift heavy ions were observed by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), where the onset of large increase in surface roughness for fluences sufficient to cause complete surface amorphization was observed. Transmission Electron Microscopy was used to observe formed bulk-ion tracks in InP and high resolution TEM (HRTEM) revealed that single-ion tracks might not be amorphous in nature. Surface-ion tracks were observed by AFM in the form of ill-defined pits (hollows) of ∼12 nm in diameter (width). In addition, Rutherford backscattering was utilized to follow the formation of disorder to amorphization in the irradiated material. The interpretation of large increase in surface roughness with the onset of amorphization can be attributed to the plastic phenomena induced by the change of states from crystalline to amorphous by ion irradiation

  12. Metallic impurity-activated crystal growth of boron phosphide by chemical vapor deposition and its physical properties

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    Needle single crystals of boron monophosphide as large as 5 - 100 μm in diameter and 4 mm in length were obtained by chemical vapor deposition on an impurity painted zone of quartz substrate at 1060 - 1120 0C. The impurities such as Mn, Ni, Pt, Ag or Au were painted on the substrate in a form of aqueous solution of their salts and decomposed or reduced to the respective metal in hydrogen atmosphere at 10000C. Needle crystals with the homo p-n junction were also prepared using Ni impurity. The colors of grown crystals varied with the change of gas composition. Differences of electrical resistivity and thermoelectric power were found between the crystals of different colors. (auth.)

  13. Indium phosphide/cadmium sulfide thin-film solar cells. Quarterly technical progress report No. 1, June 1979-August 1979

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    Zanio, K.

    1979-11-01

    Cadmium sulfide and InP thin films were prepared by thermal evaporation and planar reactive deposition, respectively. Polycrystalline CdS films up to 10 ..mu..m thick showed absorption losses of less than 10% over the 0.6- to 1.0-..mu..m wavelength range. A threefold increase in lateral grain size was achieved when CdS/ITO/GLASS structures were partially recrystallized in flowing H/sub 2/S/Ar at 550/sup 0/C. InP deposited onto (100) InP semiinsulating substrate at substrate temperatures as low as 260/sup 0/C was n-type with room-temperature mobilities as high as 1500 cm/sup 2//Vsec. The CdS and InP films were integrated into an all-thin-film InP/CdS/ITO/GLASS structure.

  14. Analysis of two-phonon infrared spectral features of gallium arsenide and indium phosphide by first-principles calculations

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    We perform a self-consistent calculation based on density functional perturbation theory to analyze the infrared spectral features of GaAs and InP arising from two-phonon processes. The features are identified and assigned the critical points in the first Brillouin zone. Distribution of the critical points is investigated. The analysis demonstrates that collections of phonons of wave vectors around symmetry points and along symmetry lines are responsible for strong infrared features in two-phonon processes. (paper)

  15. Antiphase domain tailoring for combination of modal and 4¯ -quasi-phase matching in gallium phosphide microdisks.

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    Guillemé, P; Vallet, M; Stodolna, J; Ponchet, A; Cornet, C; Létoublon, A; Féron, P; Durand, O; Léger, Y; Dumeige, Y

    2016-06-27

    We propose a novel phase-matching scheme in GaP whispering-gallery-mode microdisks grown on Si substrate combining modal and 4¯ -quasi-phase-matching for second-harmonic-generation. The technique consists in unlocking parity-forbidden processes by tailoring the antiphase domain distribution in the GaP layer. Our proposal can be used to overcome the limitations of form birefringence phase-matching and 4¯ -quasi-phase-matching using high order whispering-gallery-modes. The high frequency conversion efficiency of this new scheme demonstrates the competitiveness of nonlinear photonic devices monolithically integrated on silicon. PMID:27410613

  16. Controlled Synthesis of Uniform Cobalt Phosphide Hyperbranched Nanocrystals Using Tri- n -octylphosphine Oxide as a Phosphorus Source

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    Zhang, Haitao

    2011-01-12

    A new method to produce hyperbranched Co 2P nanocrystals that are uniform in size, shape, and symmetry was developed. In this reaction tri-n-octylphosphine oxide (TOPO) was used as both a solvent and a phosphorus source. The reaction exhibits a novel monomer-saturation-dependent tunability between Co metal nanoparticle (NP) and Co 2P NP products. The morphology of Co 2P can be controlled from sheaflike structures to hexagonal symmetric structures by varying the concentration of the surfactant. This unique product differs significantly from other reported hyperbranched nanocrystals in that the highly anisotropic shapes can be stabilized as the majority shape (>84%). This is the first known use of TOPO as a reagent as well as a coordinating background solvent in NP synthesis. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

  17. Highest achievable detection range for SPR based sensors using gallium phosphide (GaP) as a substrate: a theoretical study

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    Verma, Rajneesh K.; Mishra, Akhilesh K.

    2016-06-01

    In the present study, we have theoretically modelled a surface plasmon resonance (SPR) based sensing chip utilizing a prism made up of gallium phosphidee. It has been found in the study that a large range of refractive index starting from the gaseous medium to highly concentrated liquids can be sensed by using a single chip in the visible region of the spectrum. The variation of the sensitivity as well as detection accuracy with sensing region refractive index has been analyzed in detail. The large value of the sensitivity along with the large dynamic range is the advantageous feature of the present sensing probe.

  18. Determination of volatile, toxic hydrogen phosphides in the sediments of the Elbe river, the Elbe estuaries and the Heligoland Bay

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    The distribution and concentraion of phosphines in the sediments of the Elbe river were determined by selective preparation and analysis. The concentration of phosphines in one kilogram wet sediment was in the range of 0.1 to 57 n g with the bulking, anaerobic mud from harbors having the highest and the sandy, aerobic sediments having the lowest concentrations. Phosphines in fluvial sediments were detected successfully for the first time applying the method described. (orig.)

  19. Plasma frequency and dielectric function dependence on doping and temperature for p-type indium phosphide epitaxial films

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    The optical properties of p-type InP epitaxial films with different doping concentrations are investigated by infrared absorption measurements accompanied by reflection and transmission spectra taken from 25 to 300 K. A complete dielectric function (DF) model, including intervalence band (IVB) transitions, free-carrier and lattice absorption, is used to determine the optical constants with improved accuracy in the spectral range from 2 to 35 μm. The IVB transitions by free holes among the split-off, light-hole, and heavy-hole bands are studied using the DF model under the parabolic-band approximation. A good understanding of IVB transitions and the absorption coefficient is useful for designing high operating temperature and high detectivity infrared detectors and other optoelectronic devices. In addition, refractive index values reported here are useful for optoelectronic device designing, such as implementing p-InP waveguides in semiconductor quantum cascade lasers. The temperature dependence of hole effective mass and plasma frequency is also reported.

  20. Deterministic control of the quantum properties of single indium arsenide artificial atoms with indium phosphide nanoscale architectures

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    Kim, Danny

    This thesis presents optical spectra of single InAs quantum dots on InP with an unprecedented signal-to-noise ratio and spectral resolution that has facilitated comprehensive characterization and made a significant contribution to their understanding. InAs quantum dots on InP are the leading contenders for a variety of quantum electrooptic devices that require wavelengths in the 1.5 mum range, most notably triggered single/entangled photon sources for quantum key distribution. As of yet, spectroscopic data for InAs on InP has only provided proof of emission, but no high quality data has been available, preventing any conclusive understanding of their properties. The work presented in this thesis dramatically improves upon previous reports by key optimizations at each experimental stage: growth, processing, and optical setup. The spectra clearly resolve, for the first time, the structure within the s-shell and p-shell, with fine resolution, allowing quantitative evaluation of exciton complexes such as trions, biexcitons, and triplet states. By measuring numerous dots, the behavioral trends of these species with respect to dot geometry is deduced. Also, for the first time, magnetic-field dependent spectra are obtained for individual InAs/InP dots. A remarkable discovery was the strong relation of the exciton g-factor to dot height. This thesis also demonstrates deterministic nanometer-scale control of the quantum dot dimensions---with the goal being to exploit the structure/quantum property relation in these dots. This was accomplished by using the apex of an in-situ grown nanoscale InP pyramid as a nucleation site. The dimension of this top (001) surface on which the dot nucleates is responsive to manometer-scale changes in the pyramid base dimensions, which can be precisely controlled with lithography. The InAs grown on top of these mesas then conform to the size, where the available area can be purposely relaxed or constrained. For similar height, the resulting dots have diameters larger or smaller as compared to dots formed on planar substrates, ultimately allowing control of the aspect ratio. Control of lateral dot dimensions is corroborated by SEM images and also by magneto-optical spectra, thereby demonstrating deterministic control of the quantum properties.

  1. Influence of 2 MeV electrons irradiation on gallium phosphide light-emitting diodes reverse currents

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    Results of reverse electrophysical characteristics study of red and green LED's, initial and irradiated with 2 MeV electrons were given. It was found that reverse current was predominantly caused by carriers tunneling at Urev <- 9 V, and by the avalanche multiplication at Urev >- 13 V, in the range U = 9-13 V both mechanisms are available. Current increase at high voltage areas (Urev > 19 V) is limited by the base resistance of diode. In the case of significant reverse currents (I > 1 mA) irradiation of diodes leads to the shift of reverse current-voltage characteristics into the high voltages direction

  2. Additional investigations of silicon phosphides (SiP and Si3P2) at phosphor-diffused silicon wafers

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    Results were obtained by X-ray microanalysis and neutron activation analysis. The formation of the Si3P2-phase (circular particles of about 15 μm in diameter) takes place on polished silicon slices during the phosphorus diffusion both in N2-O2-POCl3 carrier gas and in O2-P2O5 carrier gas. In this case the average phosphorus concentration in phosphorus glass sheet (reaction phase, i.e. SiO2-P2O5-phase) is greater than the limit value being placed in the interval c1 = (8,30 ... 9,44) mass-percent phosphorus for a temperature T = 1523 K (12500C). The surface concentration of phosphorus in silicon between the Si3P2-particles being formed on slices does not depend on the phosphorus concentration in the carrier gas. This constant concentration value is identical with the solid solubility limit for phosphorus in silicon, measured for C/sub F/ = 1.29 x 1021 P-atoms/cm3, resp. c/sub F/ = 2.72 mass percent. On the other hand the phosphorus concentration is C/sub G/ = 9.2 x 1020 P-atoms/cm3 in the interior of the diffused layer in silicon directly beside the Si3P2-particle. The formation of the SiP-phase was observed on lapped silicon slices for phosphorus diffusion in wet N2-O2-POCl3 carrier gas at a temperature T = 1523 K (12500C). (author)

  3. Synthesis of hollow spherical tin phosphides (Sn4P3) and their high adsorptive and electrochemical performance

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    Liu, Shuling; Zhang, Hongzhe; Xu, Liqiang; Ma, Lanbing

    2016-03-01

    Sn4P3 hollow spherical microstructures are successfully synthesized by a facile Solvothermal approach with the help of ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA). Further study show that EDTA plays an important role as chelating and capping reagent in the formation of Sn4P3 hollow microspheres at room temperature. The research displays that the as-prepared Sn4P3 catalysts could absorb some typical organic dyes such as Methylene Blue, Safranine T and Methyl Orange, especially the adsorption ratio for some could reach to 99%. Meanwhile, as anode materials for lithium ion batteries, the initial discharge capacity of the as-prepared Sn4P3 hollow microspheres exceed 1478 mA h g-1 at 100 mA g-1 and it still keeps at 261mA h g-1 after 20 cycles. Even the current density is increased to 500 mA g-1, the second discharge capacity still can attain to 689 mA h g-1.

  4. Indium phosphide quantum dots in GaP and in In 0.48 Ga 0.52 P

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    Hatami, Fariba

    2002-01-01

    Im Rahmen dieser Arbeit wurden selbstorganisierte, verspannte InP-Quantenpunkte mittels Gasquellen-Molekularstrahlepitaxie hergestellt und deren strukturelle und optische Eigenschaften untersucht. Die Quantenpunkte wurden sowohl in InGaP-Matrix gitterangepasst auf GaAs-Substrat als auch in GaP-Matrix auf GaP-Substrat realisiert. Die starke Gitterfehlanpassung von 3,8% im InP/InGaP- bzw. 7,7% im InP/GaP-Materialsystem ermöglicht Inselbildung mittels des Stranski-Krastanow-Wachstumsmodus: Ab e...

  5. Sub-surface damage in indium phosphide caused by micromachining of grooves with femtosecond and nanosecond laser pulses

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    Borowiec, A. [McMaster University, Department of Engineering Physics, Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research, Hamilton, Ontario (Canada); Couillard, M.; Botton, G.A. [McMaster University, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research, Hamilton, Ontario (Canada); Haugen, H.K. [McMaster University, Departments of Physics and Astronomy, and Engineering Physics, Hamilton, Ontario (Canada); Center for Electrophotonic Materials and Devices, Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research, Hamilton, Ontario (Canada)

    2004-12-01

    Grooves laser-micromachined in InP using 130 fs and 8 ns pulses with fluences {approx}2 and 0.7 J/cm{sup 2} are investigated by cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy. At the fluence of 2 J/cm{sup 2}, irradiation with both femtosecond and nanosecond laser pulses yield substantial resolidified layers with a maximum thickness of {approx}0.5 {mu}m. In contrast, at the fluence of 0.7 J/cm{sup 2}, irradiation with nanosecond pulses leads to a layer of similar thickness, while femtosecond irradiation produces laser induced periodic surface structures with minimal resolidified material. For both fluences, femtosecond pulses generate substantial densities of defects extending over a few microns in depth, while nanosecond laser irradiation leads to no observable damage beneath the resolidified layer. The high peak power density and the stress confinement obtained from femtosecond pulses, along with incubation effects, are identified as the major factors leading the observed plastic deformations. (orig.)

  6. Magnetic properties of CeTPO (T = Co,Ru,Os) phosphides studied by muon spin relaxation

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    We have investigated the magnetic ground state properties in the pnictide systems CeTPO with T = Co,Ru,Os by means of zero field (ZF) and weak transverse field muon spin relaxation (muSR). For CeCoPO, magnetic order of the Co-3d moments below 75 K is found as evidenced by the observation of a spontaneous muon spin precession frequency. A second muon frequency below 45 K suggests a spin reorientation transition. No clear indication for Ce-4f magnetic ordering is found. In contrast, for CeRuPO and CeOsPO ZF-muSR shows Ce-4f magnetic order below 15 K and 4.5 K, respectively. Here, no magnetic order of the d electronic moments is observed. This is consistent with macroscopic results. For all systems, the temperature dependence of the magnetic order parameter (muon precession frequency) suggests a peculiar interplay between the transition metal d and rare earth Ce-4f electronic subsystems.

  7. Chemical mechanical polishing of Indium phosphide, Gallium arsenide and Indium gallium arsenide films and related environment and safety aspects

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    Matovu, John Bogere

    As scaling continues with advanced technology nodes in the microelectronic industry to enhance device performance, the performance limits of the conventional substrate materials such as silicon as a channel material in the front-end-of-the-line of the complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) need to be surmounted. These challenges have invigorated research into new materials such as III-V materials consisting of InP, GaAs, InGaAs for n-channel CMOS and Ge for p-channels CMOS to enhance device performance. These III-V materials have higher electron mobility that is required for the n-channel while Ge has high hole mobility that is required for the p-channel. Integration of these materials in future devices requires chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) to achieve a smooth and planar surface to enable further processing. The CMP process of these materials has been associated with environment, health and safety (EH&S) issues due to the presence of P and As that can lead to the formation of toxic gaseous hydrides. The safe handling of As contaminated consumables and post-CMP slurry waste is essential. In this work, the chemical mechanical polishing of InP, GaAs and InGaAs films and the associated environment, health and safety (EH&S) issues are discussed. InP removal rates (RRs) and phosphine generation during the CMP of blanket InP films in hydrogen peroxide-based silica particle dispersions in the presence and absence of three different multifunctional chelating carboxylic acids, namely oxalic acid, tartaric acid, and citric acid are reported. The presence of these acids in the polishing slurry resulted in good InP removal rates (about 400 nm min-1) and very low phosphine generation (surfaces (0.1 nm RMS surface roughness). The optimized slurry compositions consisting of 3 wt % silica, 1 wt % hydrogen peroxide and 0.08 M oxalic acid or citric acid that provided the best results on blanket InP films were used to evaluate their planarization capability of patterned InP-STI structures of 200 mm diameter wafers. Cross sectional scanning electron microscope (SEM) images showed that InP in the shallow trench isolation structures was planarized and scratches, slurry particles and smearing of InP were absent. Additionally, wafers polished at pH 6 showed very low dishing values of about 12-15 nm, determined by cross sectional SEM. During the polishing of blanket GaAs, GaAs RRs were negligible with deionized water or with silica slurries alone. They were relatively high in aq. solutions of H2O2 alone and showed a strong pH dependence, with significantly higher RRs in the alkaline region. The addition of silica particles to aq. H2O2 did not increase the GaAs RRs significantly. The evolution of arsenic trihydride (AsH3) during the dissolution of GaAs in aq. H2O2 solution was similarly higher in the basic pH range than in neutral pH or in the acidic pH range. However, no AsH3 was measured during polishing, evidently because of the relatively high water solubility of AsH3. The work done on InGaAs polishing shows that InGaAs RR trends are different from those observed for InP or GaAs. InGaAs RRs at pH 2 are higher than those at pH 10 and highest at pH 4. Dissolution rates (DRs), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), contact angles, X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy (XRF), zeta potential measurements and calculated Gibbs free energy changes of the reactions involved during polishing and gas formation were used to discuss the observed RRs and hydride gas generation trends and to propose the reaction pathways involved in the material removal and in hydride gas generation mechanisms.

  8. One- and two-phonon raman scattering in ternary phosphides ZnSiP2, ZnGeP2, CdSiP2

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    One- and two-phonon Raman scattering (RS) of orientated single crystals of ZnSiP2, ZnGeP2, and CdSiP2 are investigated. For the first time in ZnSiP2 the lattice vibrations B2(L/T) 146/145 and B1 466 cm-1 are observed, and the values of L-T splitting of polar modes are determined. It is concluded that in crystals of ZnGeP2, ZnSiP2, and CdSiP2 a completely symmetric component of the second-order RS spectra is formed by overtones and gives the distribution of the phonon state density of the lattice of these compounds. This distribution is determined in the main by the points GAMMA, T, N of Brillouin zone and has the general form for all compounds investigated. An estimation is given of the frequencies of inactive A2-phonons in ZnGeP2, ZnSiP2 and CdSiP2. (author)

  9. Metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect-transistors on indium phosphide using HfO2 and silicon passivation layer with equivalent oxide thickness of 18 A˚

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    Chen, Yen-Ting; Zhao, Han; Yum, Jung Hwan; Wang, Yanzhen; Lee, Jack C.

    2009-05-01

    In this letter, we demonstrate the electrical properties of metal-oxide-semiconductor capacitors and metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs) on InP using atomic layer deposited HfO2 gate dielectric and a thin silicon interface passivation layer (Si IPL). Compared with single HfO2, the use of Si IPL results in better interface quality with InP substrate, as illustrated by smaller frequency dispersion and reduced hysteresis. MOSFETs with Si IPL show much higher drive current and transconductance, improved subthreshold swing, interface-trap density and gate leakage current with equivalent oxide thickness scaling down to 18 Å.

  10. Tin phosphide-based anodes for sodium-ion batteries: synthesis via solvothermal transformation of Sn metal and phase-dependent Na storage performance

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    Shin, Hyun-Seop; Jung, Kyu-Nam; Jo, Yong Nam; Park, Min-Sik; Kim, Hansung; Lee, Jong-Won

    2016-05-01

    There is a great deal of current interest in the development of rechargeable sodium (Na)-ion batteries (SIBs) for low-cost, large-scale stationary energy storage systems. For the commercial success of this technology, significant progress should be made in developing robust anode (negative electrode) materials with high capacity and long cycle life. Sn-P compounds are considered promising anode materials that have considerable potential to meet the required performance of SIBs, and they have been typically prepared by high-energy mechanical milling. Here, we report Sn-P-based anodes synthesised through solvothermal transformation of Sn metal and their electrochemical Na storage properties. The temperature and time period used for solvothermal treatment play a crucial role in determining the phase, microstructure, and composition of the Sn-P compound and thus its electrochemical performance. The Sn-P compound prepared under an optimised solvothermal condition shows excellent electrochemical performance as an SIB anode, as evidenced by a high reversible capacity of ~560 mAh g‑1 at a current density of 100 mA g‑1 and cycling stability for 100 cycles. The solvothermal route provides an effective approach to synthesising Sn-P anodes with controlled phases and compositions, thus tailoring their Na storage behaviour.

  11. Tin phosphide-based anodes for sodium-ion batteries: synthesis via solvothermal transformation of Sn metal and phase-dependent Na storage performance

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    Shin, Hyun-Seop; Jung, Kyu-Nam; Jo, Yong Nam; Park, Min-Sik; Kim, Hansung; Lee, Jong-Won

    2016-01-01

    There is a great deal of current interest in the development of rechargeable sodium (Na)-ion batteries (SIBs) for low-cost, large-scale stationary energy storage systems. For the commercial success of this technology, significant progress should be made in developing robust anode (negative electrode) materials with high capacity and long cycle life. Sn-P compounds are considered promising anode materials that have considerable potential to meet the required performance of SIBs, and they have been typically prepared by high-energy mechanical milling. Here, we report Sn-P-based anodes synthesised through solvothermal transformation of Sn metal and their electrochemical Na storage properties. The temperature and time period used for solvothermal treatment play a crucial role in determining the phase, microstructure, and composition of the Sn-P compound and thus its electrochemical performance. The Sn-P compound prepared under an optimised solvothermal condition shows excellent electrochemical performance as an SIB anode, as evidenced by a high reversible capacity of ~560 mAh g−1 at a current density of 100 mA g−1 and cycling stability for 100 cycles. The solvothermal route provides an effective approach to synthesising Sn-P anodes with controlled phases and compositions, thus tailoring their Na storage behaviour. PMID:27189834

  12. Materials Integration and Metamorphic Substrate Engineering from Silicon to Gallium Arsenide to Indium Phosphide for Advanced III-V/Silicon Photovoltaics

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    Carlin, Andrew M.

    Lattice-mismatched epitaxy in the III-V compound semiconductor system based on III-AsP and related alloys are of enormous importance, and considerable research interest, for many years. The reason is straightforward if one considers the limitations placed on available materials properties for devices dictated by lattice matching to the dominant substrate technologies - Si, GaAs (and/or Ge) and InP. For III-V epitaxy, the lattice constants of these substrates have defined a generation or more of device advances since growth of heterostructures possessing the same equilibrium lattice constants as the substrate yields essentially defect-free (specifically extended defect-free) materials and devices. Removing the restriction of lattice matching to current substrate technology opens a rich spectrum of bandgaps, bandgap combinations, conduction and valence band offsets, etc., that are desirable and exploitable for advancing device technologies for new functionality and greater performance. However successful exploitation of these properties requires mitigation of a variety of extended defects that result from the lattice mismatch between substrate and epitaxial heterostructures. A well known method to achieve this solution is through the use of compositionally (lattice constant-graded) buffer interlayers, in which the equilibrium lattice constants of interlayers are slowly altered by controlled changes in layer composition so that the mismatch strain between the initial substrate and the final device layers is spread across a thickness of buffer. The research accomplished has yielded success for both lattice constant ranges Si - GaAs and GaAs - InP. For the Si - GaAs system, a three step GaP nucleation process on Si has been developed and demonstrated, which maintains total avoidance of creating coalescence-related defects such as antiphase domains and stacking faults resulting from the initial III-V/IV interfaces while reducing overall threading dislocation density by ~10x, to a range of 1×107 cm-2, compared to current state of the art. This reduction can now enable future III-V/Si solar cells based on GaAsP metamorphic buffers in which the underlying Si substrate can participate as an active sub-cell, and such buffers have been demonstrated in this research. Second, in this same lattice constant range, novel GaP/SiGe interfaces on Si were grown and demonstrated to eliminate the small, but not negligible lattice misfit between GaP and Si, and provides a second pathway for future III-V/Si solar cell integration through subsequent metamorphic buffer growth. For the GaAs-InP range of lattice constants, multiple metamorphic buffer strategies, including those based on anion-specific quaternary GaInAsP, combinations of step and linearly-graded buffers, and buffers with multiple ternary alloys were all investigated. Micro-scale phase separation within quaternary anion-graded GaInAsP was identified as a mechanism to significantly inhibit proper lattice misfit strain relaxation, which was explained by thermodynamic arguments consistent with theoretical phase separation. This led to the creation of hybrid step and linearly graded InGaAs/InGaP metamorphic buffers through which phase separation was totally eliminated by avoiding specific compositions that were identified as sources for phase separation. These findings have enabled a realistic path for accessing the full range of bandgaps needed for future high efficiency III-V solar cells through optimized metamorphic III-V grading strategies.

  13. Tin phosphide-based anodes for sodium-ion batteries: synthesis via solvothermal transformation of Sn metal and phase-dependent Na storage performance.

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    Shin, Hyun-Seop; Jung, Kyu-Nam; Jo, Yong Nam; Park, Min-Sik; Kim, Hansung; Lee, Jong-Won

    2016-01-01

    There is a great deal of current interest in the development of rechargeable sodium (Na)-ion batteries (SIBs) for low-cost, large-scale stationary energy storage systems. For the commercial success of this technology, significant progress should be made in developing robust anode (negative electrode) materials with high capacity and long cycle life. Sn-P compounds are considered promising anode materials that have considerable potential to meet the required performance of SIBs, and they have been typically prepared by high-energy mechanical milling. Here, we report Sn-P-based anodes synthesised through solvothermal transformation of Sn metal and their electrochemical Na storage properties. The temperature and time period used for solvothermal treatment play a crucial role in determining the phase, microstructure, and composition of the Sn-P compound and thus its electrochemical performance. The Sn-P compound prepared under an optimised solvothermal condition shows excellent electrochemical performance as an SIB anode, as evidenced by a high reversible capacity of ~560 mAh g(-1) at a current density of 100 mA g(-1) and cycling stability for 100 cycles. The solvothermal route provides an effective approach to synthesising Sn-P anodes with controlled phases and compositions, thus tailoring their Na storage behaviour. PMID:27189834

  14. Low-temperature properties of rare-earth and actinide iron phosphide compounds MFe4P/sub 12/ (M = La, Pr, Nd, and Th)

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    The low-temperature properties of MFe4P/sub 12/ (M = La, Pr, Nd, and Th) single crystals have been studied by means of electrical-resistivity, magnetization, specific-heat, and magnetoresistivity measurements. Superconductivity among these compounds is known to occur only in LaFe4P/sub 12/, which has a superconducting transition temperature T/sub c/ of ∼4 K. The compounds PrFe4P/sub 12/ and NdFe4P/sub 12/ display features that suggest the occurrence of antiferromagnetic ordering below ∼6.2 K and ferromagnetic ordering below ∼2 K, respectively. Isothermal magnetization curves for PrFe4P/sub 12/ below 6 K reveal a spin-flop or metamagnetic transition

  15. Corrigendum to "Preparation, properties, and characterization of boron phosphide films on 4H- and 6H-silicon carbide" [Solid State Sci. 47 (2015) 55-60

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    Padavala, Balabalaji; Frye, C. D.; Ding, Zihao; Chen, Ruifen; Dudley, Michael; Raghothamachar, Balaji; Khan, Neelam; Edgar, J. H.

    2016-03-01

    The authors regret that there was a typographical error in the conclusions section that says 4H-SiC(0001) miscut 4° towards [1 2 bar 10] direction did not produce rotational twins defects, instead of 4H-SiC(0001) miscut 4° towards [1 1 bar 00] direction.

  16. Optical phonon modes of III-V nanoparticles and indium phosphide/II-VI core-shell nanoparticles: A Raman and infrared study

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    Manciu, Felicia Speranta

    The prospects for realizing efficient nanoparticle light emitters in the visible/near IR for communications and bio-medical applications have benefited from progress in chemical fabrication of nanoparticles. III-V semiconductor nanopaticles such as GaP and InP are promising materials for the development of "blue" and "green" emitters, respectively, due to their large effective bandgaps. Enhanced emission efficiency has been achieved for core-shell nanoparticles, since inorganic shell materials increase electronic tunability and may decrease surface defects that often occur for nanoparticles capped with organic molecules. Also, the emission wavelength of InP nanoparticle cores can be tuned from green to red by changing the shell material in InP/II-VI core-shell nanoparticles. Investigations of phonon modes in nanocrystals are of both fundamental and applied interest. In the former case the optical phonon modes, such as surface/interface modes, are dependent on the nanoparticle dimensions, and also can provide information about dynamical properties of the nanoparticles and test the validity of various theoretical approaches. In the latter case the vibronic properties of nanoparticle emitters are controlled by confined phonons and modifications of the electron-phonon interaction by the confinement. Thus, the objective of the present thesis is the detailed study of the phonon modes of III-V nanoparticles (GaP and InP) and InP/II-VI core-shell nanoparticles by IR absorption and Raman scattering spectroscopies, and an elucidation of their complex vibrational properties. With the exception of three samples (two GaP and one InP), all samples were synthesized by a novel colloidal chemistry method, which does not requires added surfactant, but rather treatment of the corresponding precursors in octadecene noncoordinative solvent. Sample quality was characterized by ED, TEM and X-ray diffraction. Based on a comparison with a dielectric continuum model, the observed features in the IR and Raman results are assigned to the surface optical (SO) modes of the corresponding nanoparticles (InP and GaP), and to SO/interface modes for InP/II-VI core-shell nanoparticles. For the latter systems, an evaluation of the ratio of the shell material thickness to the core radius is achieved. Reasonable agreement is obtained between the Raman and FIR results, as well as with the calculations. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  17. Discovery of Isotopes of the Transuranium Elements with 93 <= Z <= 98

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    Fry, C; Thoennessen, M

    2012-01-01

    One hundred and five isotopes of the transuranium elements neptunium, plutonium, americium, curium, berkelium and californium have so far been observed; the discovery of these isotopes is discussed. For each isotope a brief summary of the first refereed publication, including the production and identification method, is presented.

  18. Effect of calcination conditions on the properties of a new tungsten phosphide catalyst for hydroprocessing%焙烧条件对新型磷化钨催化剂加氢活性的影响

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    宋亚娟; 李翠清; 孙桂大; 黄顺贤

    2006-01-01

    以磷酸氢二铵和偏钨酸铵为原料,用不同条件焙烧处理的方法制备了一系列负载型和非负载型磷化钨(WP)催化剂.并对合成的催化剂进行了BET和XRD表征,并以噻吩、吡啶和环己烷混合溶液为模型化合物,对WP催化剂的噻吩加氢脱硫(HDS)和吡啶加氢脱氮(HDN)活性进行了评估,着重考察了WP催化剂前体的焙烧温度和焙烧时间等制备条件对催化剂结构和加氢精制催化活性的影响.

  19. Superconducting LaRu 2P 2 and other alkaline earth and rare earth metal ruthenium and osmium phosphides and arsenides with ThCr 2Si 2 structure

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    Jeitschko, W.; Glaum, R.; Boonk, L.

    1987-07-01

    The ThCr 2Si 2-type compounds MRu 2P 2 ( M = Ca, Sr, Ba, Y, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Yb), MOs 2P 2 ( M = Sr, Ba, Eu), and MRu 2As 2 ( M = Ca, Sr, Ba, La, Eu) were prepared by sintering techniques and/or by reaction of the elemental components in a tin flux. The crystal structures of SrRu 2P 2 and LaRu 2P 2 were refined from single-crystal diffractometer data to residuals of R = 0.019 (224 structure factors, 11 variable parameters) and R = 0.028 (510 F's, 11 variables), respectively. LaRu 2P 2 is diamagnetic and becomes superconducting at 4.1 K. No transition to a superconducting state was observed down to 1.8 K for the compounds MFe 2P 2 ( M = Ca, Sr, Ba, La), MRu 2P 2 ( M = Ca, Sr, Ba, Y), and MOs 2P 2 ( M = Sr, Ba).

  20. Neutron multiplicities for the transplutonium nuclides

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    This paper continues, with respect to the transplutonium nuclides, earlier efforts to collate and evaluate data from the scientific literature on the prompt neutron multiplicity distribution from fission and its first moment = ΣnuPnu. The isotopes considered here for which P/sub nu/ and or data (or both) were found in the literature are of americium (Am), curium (Cm), berkelium (Bk), californium (Cf), einsteinium (Es), fermium (Fm), and nobelium (No)

  1. A terminal molybdenum arsenide complex synthesized from yellow arsenic.

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    Curley, John J; Piro, Nicholas A; Cummins, Christopher C

    2009-10-19

    A terminal molybdenum arsenide complex is synthesized in one step from the reactive As(4) molecule. The properties of this complex with its arsenic atom ligand are discussed in relation to the analogous nitride and phosphide complexes. PMID:19764796

  2. Window structure for passivating solar cells based on gallium arsenide

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    Barnett, Allen M. (Inventor)

    1985-01-01

    Passivated gallium arsenide solar photovoltaic cells with high resistance to moisture and oxygen are provided by means of a gallium arsenide phosphide window graded through its thickness from arsenic rich to phosphorus rich.

  3. Low Cost Automated Module Assembly for 180 GHz Devices Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Emergence of Indium Phosphide IC's has made possible devices operating at frequencies up to 200GHZ and beyond. Building modules using these devices opens a goldmine...

  4. Phosphorus in iron alloys surface engineering

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    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Purpose consideration of role of phosphorus in iron alloys surface engineering and relations of the iron phosphides layers growth parameters in processes of phosphorising, phosphorcarburising, and phosphonitriding with their structure and properties.Design/methodology/approach: The layers were generated on a base of Armco iron and 0.4%C, 1.1%Cr steel as a result of annealing in a mixture of argon or carburising, nitriding atmosphere and phosphorus vapours in: temperature T = 700 - 1170 K, phosphorus partial pressure p = 0.1 - 20 kPa, process duration t = 3.6 - 21.6 ks. The diffusion layers were investigated by means of the methods: metallographic, X - ray structural analysis, microanalysis, Vickers and wear dry friction resistance tests.Findings: Formation of compact layer of phosphides with the adjustable relation of Fe3P to Fe2P was described; means of growth and kinetics of iron phosphides layers and phosphocarburised and phosphonitrided were explained, it was found that iron phosphides presence in steel surface increases its hardness and resistance to wear.Research limitations/implications: Research implications it was found that nucleation Fe3P crystals starts in areas of surface being found in a certain distance from iron grains boundaries and the growth process of iron phosphide continuous layers is an effect of iron diffusion through phosphide layer from the core towards the surface. In advanced phases of the of iron phosphide layer growth, a gap between the layer and the base is created as a process of degradation of the base layer interface.Practical implications: Practical implications: it has found that the obtained layers are new kind of composites diffusive layers with iron phosphide particles generated as a result of phosphorising, phosphorcarburising or phosphonitriding with very promising tribobiological propertiesOriginality/value: An original value of the paper is description of the formation elementary processes

  5. TOWARD AN IMPROVED UNDERSTANDING OF STRUCTURE AND MAGNETISM IN NEPTUNIUM AND PLUTONIUM PHOSPHONATES AND SULFONATES

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    Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas

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    This grant supported the exploratory synthesis of new actinide materials with all of the actinides from thorium to californium with the exceptions of protactinium and berkelium. We developed detailed structure-property relationships that allowed for the identification of novel materials with selective ion-exchange, selective oxidation, and long-range magnetic ordering. We found novel bonding motifs and identified periodic trends across the actinide series. We identified structural building units that would lead to desired structural features and novel topologies. We also characterized many different spectroscopic trends across the actinide series. The grant support the preparation of approximately 1200 new compounds all of which were structurally characterized.

  6. Composition containing transuranic elements for use in the homeopathic treatment of aids

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    A homeopathic remedy consisting of a composition containing one or more transuranic elements, particularly plutonium, for preventing and treating acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in humans, as well as seropositivity for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Said composition is characterized in that it uses any chemical or isotopic form of one or more transuranic elements (neptunium, plutonium, americium, curium, berkelium, californium or einsteinium), particularly plutonium, said form being diluted and dynamized according to conventional homeopathic methods, particularly the so-called Hahnemann and Korsakov methods, and provided preferably but not exclusively in the form of lactose and/or saccharose globules or granules impregnated with the active principle of said composition. (author)

  7. Detection of rare earth elements in Powder River Basin sub-bituminous coal ash using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS)

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    Tran, Phuoc [National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Pittsburgh, PA, (United State; Mcintyre, Dustin [National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Pittsburgh, PA, (United State

    2015-10-01

    We reported our preliminary results on the use of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy to analyze the rare earth elements contained in ash samples from Powder River Basin sub-bituminous coal (PRB-coal). We have identified many elements in the lanthanide series (cerium, europium, holmium, lanthanum, lutetium, praseodymium, promethium, samarium, terbium, ytterbium) and some elements in the actinide series (actinium, thorium, uranium, plutonium, berkelium, californium) in the ash samples. In addition, various metals were also seen to present in the ash samples

  8. PROCEEDINGS OF THE SYMPOSIUM COMMEMORATING THE 25th ANNIVERSARY OF ELEMENTS 97 and 98 HELD ON JAN. 20, 1975

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    Seaborg, Glenn T.; Street Jr., Kenneth; Thompson, Stanley G.; Ghiorso, Albert

    1976-07-01

    This volume includes the talks given on January 20, 1975, at a symposium in Berkeley on the occasion of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the discovery of berkelium and californium. Talks were given at this symposium by the four people involved in the discovery of these elements and by a number of people who have made significant contributions in the intervening years to the investigation of their nuclear and chemical properties. The papers are being published here, without editing, in the form in which they were submitted by the authors in the months following the anniversary symposium, and they reflect rather faithfully the remarks made on that occasion.

  9. Towards a monolithically integrated III–V laser on silicon: optimization of multi-quantum well growth on InP on Si

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    High-quality InGaAsP/InP multi-quantum wells (MQWs) on the isolated areas of indium phosphide on silicon necessary for realizing a monolithically integrated silicon laser is achieved. Indium phosphide layer on silicon, the pre-requisite for the growth of quantum wells is achieved via nano-epitaxial lateral overgrowth (NELOG) technique from a defective seed indium phosphide layer on silicon. This technique makes use of epitaxial lateral overgrowth (ELOG) from closely spaced (1 µm) e-beam lithography-patterned nano-sized openings (∼300 nm) by low-pressure hydride vapor phase epitaxy. A silicon dioxide mask with carefully designed opening patterns and thickness with respect to the opening width is used to block the defects propagating from the indium phosphide seed layer by the so-called necking effect. Growth conditions are optimized to obtain smooth surface morphology even after coalescence of laterally grown indium phosphide from adjacent openings. Surface morphology and optical properties of the NELOG indium phosphide layer are studied using atomic force microscopy, cathodoluminescence and room temperature µ-photoluminescence (µ-PL) measurements. Metal organic vapor phase epitaxial growth of InGaAsP/InP MQWs on the NELOG indium phosphide is conducted. The mask patterns to avoid loading effect that can cause excessive well/barrier thickness and composition change with respect to the targeted values is optimized. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscope studies show that the coalesced NELOG InP on Si is defect-free. PL measurement results indicate the good material quality of the grown MQWs. Microdisk (MD) cavities are fabricated from the MQWs on ELOG layer. PL spectra reveal the existence of resonant modes arising out of these MD cavities. A mode solver using finite difference method indicates the pertinent steps that should be adopted to realize lasing. (invited paper)

  10. 补药控制偏高磷化氢浓度熏蒸锈赤扁谷盗生产试验%FIELD TRAIL OF CRYPTOLESTES FERRUGINEUS (STEPHENS)FUMIGATED WITH HIGHER LEVEL OF PHOSPHINE CONCENTRATION MAINTAINED BY ALUMINIUM PHOSPHIDE SUPPLEMENT

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    黄子法; 王殿轩; 汪灵广; 王公勤

    2012-01-01

    The field trial of phosphine fumigation was carried out that was focus on the Cryptolestes ferrugineus (Stephens)control completely in a horizontal storage of paddy rice, in which the population of the insect was similarly high both monitored by the method of sieving and light trap attracting. The gastightness of the warehouse was 30 seconds of half time decreased from 500 Pa to 250 Pa. The results involved in that the phosphine concentration reached to 130-170 mL/m3 in 20h after aluminium powder and tablet application. The peak concentration, 800 mL/m3 was monitored in three days. And then the concentration went down quickly. The maintaining time of phosphine was six days above 400 mL/m3, nine days in 300-400 mL/m3, seven days in 200?00 mL/m3. Total time of more than 300 mL/m3 was 15 days. Through the process of phosphine concentration maintaining the insect population was killed fully and successfully.%针对灯光诱捕和取样检查都发现锈赤扁谷盗发生数量较多的储藏稻谷,实仓进行了补充施药控制偏高磷化氢浓度杀虫试验,试验仓房的气密性为500 Pa正压半衰期为30 s.试验结果为:在粮面施用磷化铝粉剂和通风口施用磷化铝片剂后,环流20 h仓内磷化氢浓度可达130 mL/m3~170 mL/m3,施药3d后两种剂型药剂都达到了释放磷化氢的高峰(800 mL/m3),随后磷化氢浓度较快地下降.通过分别2次补充施药后,保持磷化氢浓度在400 mL/m3以上的时间达6d,300 mL/m~400 mL/m3的时间达9d,200 mL/m3~300 mL/m3的时间7d.试验仓熏蒸中磷化氢控制偏高浓度(大于300 mL/m3)的时间达到了15 d.在此偏高浓度下,9d后大部分害虫死亡,整个熏蒸过程实现了完全杀死锈赤扁谷盗.

  11. Strained quantum well photovoltaic energy converter

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    Freundlich, Alexandre (Inventor); Renaud, Philippe (Inventor); Vilela, Mauro Francisco (Inventor); Bensaoula, Abdelhak (Inventor)

    1998-01-01

    An indium phosphide photovoltaic cell is provided where one or more quantum wells are introduced between the conventional p-conductivity and n-conductivity indium phosphide layer. The approach allows the cell to convert the light over a wider range of wavelengths than a conventional single junction cell and in particular convert efficiently transparency losses of the indium phosphide conventional cell. The approach hence may be used to increase the cell current output. A method of fabrication of photovoltaic devices is provided where ternary InAsP and InGaAs alloys are used as well material in the quantum well region and results in an increase of the cell current output.

  12. Accidental Phosphine Gas Poisoning with Fatal Myocardial Dysfunction in Two Families

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    Aluminum phosphide is commonly used as a rodenticide and insecticide and is one of the most fatal poisons. The active ingredient is Phosphine gas which inhibits cytochrome oxidase and cellular oxygen utilization. The clinical symptoms are due to multiorgan involvement including cardiac toxicity which is the most common cause of mortality. Severity of clinical manifestations depends upon the amount of the gas to which a person is exposed. There is no specific antidote available. High index of suspicion and early aggressive treatment is the key to success. We report 2 cases of aluminum phosphide toxicity in 2 families due to incidental exposure after fumigation. (author)

  13. Thermodynamics calculation of reactions between phosphorus and main elements in Al-Si-Cu alloys

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    Li, Wangxing; Zhang, Ying; Yi, Danqing; Kong, Fanxiao; Chen, Xingyu

    2011-05-01

    The Gibbs free energy was calculated between phosphorus and the main elements in Al-Si-Cu alloys sampled as A390 to study the reaction process and give theoretical directions for the adding of phosphorus in industry. The results show that the elements such as aluminum, silicon, and copper have the capabilities to react with phosphorus according to the preference of Al, Cu, Si. As temperature increases, the reactions between phosphorus and the elements become more difficult. If aluminum is in existence, the phosphides of other elements will transform to aluminum phosphide.

  14. An atomic beam source for actinide elements: concept and realization

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    For ultratrace analysis of actinide elements and studies of their atomic properties with resonance ionization mass spectroscopy (RIMS), efficient and stable sources of actinide atomic beams are required. The thermodynamics and kinetics of the evaporation of actinide elements and oxides from a variety of metals were considered, including diffusion, desorption, and associative desorption. On this basis various sandwich-type filaments were studied. The most promising system was found to consist of tantalum as the backing material, an electrolytically deposited actinide hydroxide as the source of the element, and a titanium covering layer for its reduction to the metal. Such sandwich sources were experimentally proven to be well suited for the production of atomic beams of plutonium, curium, berkelium and californium at relatively low operating temperatures and with high and reproducible yields. (orig.)

  15. EC decay of 244Bk

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    Sodaye, Suparna; Tripathi, R.; Sudarshan, K.; Sharma, S. K.; Pujari, P. K.; Palit, R.; Mukhopadhyay, S.

    2014-12-01

    Berkelium isotopes have been produced in 11B-induced reaction on 238U. The EC decay of 244Bk → 244Cm has been studied by carrying out the single and coincidence measurements of the γ-rays emitted during the de-excitation of the 244Cm levels. Radiochemical separations have been carried out to minimize the contribution from the fission products and target. The new half-life of 244Bk is obtained as 5.02 ± 0.03 h, which is close to the theoretically calculated value. The relative intensities of the decay γ-rays have been re-evaluated. Based on the coincidence measurements, a tentative partial level scheme for 244Bk → 244Cm decay has been proposed.

  16. Nuclear fission and the transuranium elements

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    Many of the transuranium elements are produced and isolated in large quantities through the use of neutrons furnished by nuclear fission reactions: plutonium (atomic number 94) in ton quantities; neptunium (93), americium (95), and curium (96) in kilogram quantities; berkelium (97) in 100 milligram quantities; californium (98) in gram quantities; and einsteinium (99) in milligram quantities. Transuranium isotopes have found many practical applications---as nuclear fuel for the large-scale generation of electricity, as compact, long-lived power sources for use in space exploration, as means for diagnosis and treatment in the medical area, and as tools in numerous industrial processes. Of particular interest is the unusual chemistry and impact of these heaviest elements on the periodic table. This account will feature these aspects. 9 refs., 5 figs

  17. Nuclear fission and the transuranium elements

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    Seaborg, G.T.

    1989-02-01

    Many of the transuranium elements are produced and isolated in large quantities through the use of neutrons furnished by nuclear fission reactions: plutonium (atomic number 94) in ton quantities; neptunium (93), americium (95), and curium (96) in kilogram quantities; berkelium (97) in 100 milligram quantities; californium (98) in gram quantities; and einsteinium (99) in milligram quantities. Transuranium isotopes have found many practical applications---as nuclear fuel for the large-scale generation of electricity, as compact, long-lived power sources for use in space exploration, as means for diagnosis and treatment in the medical area, and as tools in numerous industrial processes. Of particular interest is the unusual chemistry and impact of these heaviest elements on the periodic table. This account will feature these aspects. 9 refs., 5 figs.

  18. EC decay of 244Bk

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    Berkelium isotopes have been produced in 11B-induced reaction on 238U. The EC decay of 244Bk → 244Cm has been studied by carrying out the single and coincidence measurements of the γ-rays emitted during the de-excitation of the 244Cm levels. Radiochemical separations have been carried out to minimize the contribution from the fission products and target. The new half-life of 244Bk is obtained as 5.02 ± 0.03 h, which is close to the theoretically calculated value. The relative intensities of the decay γ-rays have been re-evaluated. Based on the coincidence measurements, a tentative partial level scheme for 244Bk → 244Cm decay has been proposed. (paper)

  19. Production of transuranium elements

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    The Radiochemical Engineering Development Center (REDC) has the programmatic responsibility for the Department of Energy's Transuranium Element Program. Principle elements from the program are einsteinium, berkelium, and fermium. Targets containing curium oxide mixed with aluminum powder are fabricated by the REDC and irradiated in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) High Flux Isotope Reactor. Following an irradiation period of 6-12 months, targets are returned to the REDC for chemical processing. Processing operations consists of aluminum dejacketing in a caustic-nitrate solution, filtration, acid dissolution, solvent extraction, anion exchange, and finally a cation exchange to recover the actinides. The processing operations take place in heavily shielded hot cell facilities and all operations are carried out remotely. The chemistry for the separations has been well established over the 26-yr. operating life of the facility

  20. InP-based two-dimensional photonic crystals filled with polymers

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    Van der Heijden, R W; Snijders, J A P; Van der Heijden, R W; Karouta, F; Nötzel, R; Salemink, H W M; Kjellander, B K C; Bastiaansen, C W M; Broer, D J; Van der Drift, E

    2006-01-01

    Polymer filling of the air holes of Indium Phosphide based two-dimensional photonic crystals is reported. After infiltration of the holes with a liquid monomer and solidification of the infill in situ by thermal polymerization, complete filling is proven using scanning electron microscopy. Optical transmission measurements of a filled photonic crystal structure exhibit a redshift of the air band, confirming the complete filling.

  1. High-resolution synchrotron diffraction study of porous buffer InP(001) layers

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    Lomov, A. A.; Punegov, V. I.; Nohavica, Dušan; Chuev, M.A.; Vasiliev, A.L.; Novikov, D. V.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 47, č. 5 (2014), s. 1614-1625. ISSN 0021-8898 Institutional support: RVO:67985882 Keywords : porous layers * X-ray reciprocal space mapping * indium phosphide Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering Impact factor: 3.720, year: 2014

  2. All-optical signal processing at 10 GHz using a photonic crystal molecule

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    Combrié, Sylvain; Lehoucq, Gaëlle; Junay, Alexandra; De Rossi, Alfredo, E-mail: alfredo.derossi@thalesgroup.com [Thales Research and Technology, 1 Avenue A. Fresnel, 91767 Palaiseau (France); Malaguti, Stefania; Bellanca, Gaetano; Trillo, Stefano [Department of Engineering, Università di Ferrara, v. Saragat 1, 44122 Ferrara (Italy); Ménager, Loic [Thales Systèmes Aeroportés, 2 Av. Gay Lussac, 78851 Elancourt (France); Peter Reithmaier, Johann [Institute of Nanostructure Technologies and Analytics, CINSaT, University of Kassel, Heinrich-Plett-Str. 40, 34132 Kassel (Germany)

    2013-11-04

    We report on 10 GHz operation of an all-optical gate based on an Indium Phosphide Photonic Crystal Molecule. Wavelength conversion and all-optical mixing of microwave signals are demonstrated using the 2 mW output of a mode locked diode laser. The spectral separation of the optical pump and signal is crucial in suppressing optical cross-talk.

  3. Orientation relationships of carlsbergite in schreibersite and kamacite in the North Chile iron meteorite

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    Nolze, G.; Wagner, G.; Neumann, R. S.; Skála, Roman; Geist, V.

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 70, č. 4 (2006), s. 373-382. ISSN 0026-461X Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : EBSD * phosphides * carlsbergite Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy Impact factor: 1.064, year: 2006

  4. All-optical signal processing at 10 GHz using a photonic crystal molecule

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    We report on 10 GHz operation of an all-optical gate based on an Indium Phosphide Photonic Crystal Molecule. Wavelength conversion and all-optical mixing of microwave signals are demonstrated using the 2 mW output of a mode locked diode laser. The spectral separation of the optical pump and signal is crucial in suppressing optical cross-talk

  5. Proceedings of the 23rd intersociety energy conversion engineering conference

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    These proceedings collect papers on the subject of spacecraft power supplies. Topics include: Photovoltaics, silicon and indium phosphide solar cells, solar thermal power, space power reactors, SNAP reactors, radioisotope heat sources, thermoelectric generators, risk assessment for space nuclear power, Brayton and Rankine cycle power systems, MHD in space, space power automation, space power computer simulation, and high voltage in space

  6. Rugae-like FeP nanocrystal assembly on a carbon cloth: an exceptionally efficient and stable cathode for hydrogen evolution

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    Yang, Xiulin; Lu, Ang-Yu; Zhu, Yihan; Min, Shixiong; Hedhili, Mohamed Nejib; Han, Yu; Huang, Kuo-Wei; Li, Lain-Jong

    2015-06-01

    There is a strong demand to replace expensive Pt catalysts with cheap metal sulfides or phosphides for hydrogen generation in water electrolysis. Earth-abundant Fe can be electroplated on carbon cloth (CC) to form high surface area rugae-like FeOOH assembly. Subsequent gas phase phosphidation converts the FeOOH to FeP or FeP2 and the morphology of the crystal assembly is controlled by the phosphidation temperature. FeP prepared at 250 °C presents lower crystallinity and that prepared at higher temperatures of 400 °C and 500 °C possesses higher crystallinity, but lower surface area. The phosphidation at 300 °C produces nanocrystalline FeP and preserves the high-surface area morphology; thus, it exhibits the highest HER efficiency in 0.5 M H2SO4, i.e., the required overpotential to reach 10 and 20 mA cm-2 is 34 and 43 mV, respectively. These values are lowest among the reported non-precious metal phosphides on CC. The Tafel slope for FeP prepared at 300 °C is around 29.2 mV dec-1, which is comparable to that of Pt/CC; this indicates that the hydrogen evolution for our best FeP is limited by the Tafel reaction (same as Pt). Importantly, the FeP/CC catalyst exhibits much better stability in a wide-range working current density (up to 1 V cm-2), suggesting that it is a promising replacement of Pt for HER.There is a strong demand to replace expensive Pt catalysts with cheap metal sulfides or phosphides for hydrogen generation in water electrolysis. Earth-abundant Fe can be electroplated on carbon cloth (CC) to form high surface area rugae-like FeOOH assembly. Subsequent gas phase phosphidation converts the FeOOH to FeP or FeP2 and the morphology of the crystal assembly is controlled by the phosphidation temperature. FeP prepared at 250 °C presents lower crystallinity and that prepared at higher temperatures of 400 °C and 500 °C possesses higher crystallinity, but lower surface area. The phosphidation at 300 °C produces nanocrystalline FeP and preserves the high

  7. Rague-Like FeP Nanocrystal Assembly on Carbon Cloth: An Exceptionally Efficient and Stable Cathode for Hydrogen Evolution

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    Yang, Xiulin

    2015-05-25

    There is a strong demand to replace expensive Pt catalysts with cheap metal sulfides or phosphides for hydrogen generation in water electrolysis. The earth-abundant Fe can be electroplated on carbon cloth (CC) to form high surface area rague-like FeOOH assembly. Subsequent gas phase phosphidation converts the FeOOH to FeP or FeP2 and the morphology of the crystal assembly is controlled by the phosphidation temperature. The FeP prepared at 250 oC presents lower crystallinity and those prepared at higher temperatures 400 oC and 500 oC possess higher crystallinity but lower surface area. The phosphidation at 300 oC produces nanocrystalline FeP and preserves the high-surface area morphology; thus it exhibits the highest HER efficiency in 0.5 M H2SO4; i.e. the required overpotential to reach 10 and 20 mA/cm2 is 34 and 43 mV respectively. These values are lowest among the reported non-precious metal phosphides on CC. The Tafel slope for the FeP prepared at 300 oC is around 29.2 mV/dec comparable to that of Pt/CC, indicating that the hydrogen evolution for our best FeP is limited by Tafel reaction (same as Pt). Importantly, the FeP/CC catalyst exhibits much better stability in a wide range working current density (up to 1 V/cm2), suggesting that it is a promising replacement of Pt for HER.

  8. Measurement of the mechanical loss of prototype GaP/AlGaP crystalline coatings for future gravitational wave detectors

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    Cumming, A. V.; Craig, K.; Martin, I. W.; Bassiri, R.; Cunningham, L.; Fejer, M. M.; Harris, J. S.; Haughian, K.; Heinert, D.; Lantz, B.; Lin, A. C.; Markosyan, A. S.; Nawrodt, R.; Route, R.; Rowan, S.

    2015-02-01

    Thermal noise associated with the dielectric optical coatings used to form the mirrors of interferometric gravitational wave detectors is expected to be an important limit to the sensitivity of future detectors. Improvements in detector performance are likely to require coating materials of lower mechanical dissipation. Typically, current coatings use multiple alternating layers of ion-beam-sputtered amorphous silica and tantalum pentoxide (doped with titania). We present here measurements of the mechanical dissipation of promising alternative crystalline coatings that use multi-layers of single crystal gallium phosphide (GaP) and aluminium gallium phosphide (AlGaP) that are epitaxially grown and lattice matched to a silicon substrate. Analysis shows that the dissipation of the crystalline coating materials appears to be significantly lower than that of the currently used amorphous coatings, potentially enabling a reduction of coating thermal noise in future gravitational wave detectors.

  9. Measurement of the mechanical loss of prototype GaP/AlGaP crystalline coatings for future gravitational wave detectors

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    Thermal noise associated with the dielectric optical coatings used to form the mirrors of interferometric gravitational wave detectors is expected to be an important limit to the sensitivity of future detectors. Improvements in detector performance are likely to require coating materials of lower mechanical dissipation. Typically, current coatings use multiple alternating layers of ion-beam-sputtered amorphous silica and tantalum pentoxide (doped with titania). We present here measurements of the mechanical dissipation of promising alternative crystalline coatings that use multi-layers of single crystal gallium phosphide (GaP) and aluminium gallium phosphide (AlGaP) that are epitaxially grown and lattice matched to a silicon substrate. Analysis shows that the dissipation of the crystalline coating materials appears to be significantly lower than that of the currently used amorphous coatings, potentially enabling a reduction of coating thermal noise in future gravitational wave detectors. (paper)

  10. Innovation in crystal growth: A personal perspective

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    Mullin, J. B.

    2008-04-01

    The evolution of crystal growth has been crucially dependent on revolutionary innovations and initiatives involving ideas, technology and communication. A personal perspective is presented on some of these aspects in connection with the early history of semiconductors that have helped evolve our knowledge and advance the science and technology of crystal growth. The presentation considers examples from work on germanium, silicon, indium antimonide, gallium arsenide, indium phosphide, gallium phosphide and mercury cadmium telluride. In connection with metal organic vapour phase epitaxy (MOVPE), the influence of adduct purification for alkyls is noted together with the growth of Hg xCd 1-xTe. The role of crystal growth organisations together with initiatives in the publication of the Journal of Crystal Growth (JCG) and the pivotal role of the International Organisation of Crystal Growth (IOCG) are also highlighted in the quest for scientific excellence.

  11. New intermetallic MIrP (M=Ti, Zr, Nb, Mo) and MgRuP compounds related with MoM'P (M'=Ni and Ru) superconductor

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    Using a cubic-anvil high-pressure apparatus, ternary iridium phosphides MIrP (M=Ti, Zr, Nb, Mo) and MgRuP have been prepared by reaction of stoichiometric amounts of each metal and phosphide powders at around 2 Gpa and above 1523 K for the first time. The structure of these compounds prepared at high-pressure has been characterized by X-ray powder diffraction. Diffraction lines of these compounds are assigned by the index of the Co2Si-type structure. The electrical resistivity and the d.c magnetic susceptibility of MIrP (M=Ti, Zr, Nb, Mo) have measured at low temperatures. Unfortunately, no superconducting transition for MIrP (M=Ti, Zr, Nb, Mo) and MgRuP are observed down to 2 K.

  12. Contribution à l'étude de l'épitaxie par jets moléculaires à grande échelle de semi-conducteurs phosphorés

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    Dhellemmes, Sébastien

    2006-01-01

    The increase of the components frequencies strengthens the interest for phosphorus containing semiconductors. The development of phosphorus solid sources with valve and cracker enables to consider industrial prospects for Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE), which is competed by chemical vapour deposition. It is the objective of the joint laboratory “P-Taxy” between Riber and IEMN, in which this work has been prepared.Several aspects of MBE of phosphides have been studied in a large volume reactor. ...

  13. Comparison of the performance of cop-coated and pt-coated radial junction n+p-silicon microwire-array photocathodes for the sunlight-driven reduction of water to H2(g)

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    Roske, Christopher W.; Popczun, Eric J.; Seger, Brian;

    2015-01-01

    The electrocatalytic performance for hydrogen evolution has been evaluated for radial-junction n+p-Si microwire (MW) arrays with Pt or cobalt phosphide, CoP, nanoparticulate catalysts in contact with 0.50 M H2SO4(aq). The CoP-coated (2.0 mg cm-2) n+p-Si MW photocathodes were stable for over 12 h ...

  14. Hybrid Photonic Integration on a Polymer Platform

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    Ziyang Zhang; David Felipe; Vasilis Katopodis; Panos Groumas; Christos Kouloumentas; Hercules Avramopoulos; Jean-Yves Dupuy; Agnieszka Konczykowska; Alberto Dede; Antonio Beretta; Antonello Vannucci; Giulio Cangini; Raluca Dinu; Detlef Schmidt; Martin Moehrle

    2015-01-01

    To fulfill the functionality demands from the fast developing optical networks, a hybrid integration approach allows for combining the advantages of various material platforms. We have established a polymer-based hybrid integration platform (polyboard), which provides flexible optical input/ouptut interfaces (I/Os) that allow robust coupling of indium phosphide (InP)-based active components, passive insertion of thin-film-based optical elements, and on-chip attachment of optical fibers. This ...

  15. Time-resolved lasing action from single and coupled photonic crystal nanocavity array lasers emitting in the telecom-band

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    Englund, Dirk; Vuckovic, Jelena

    2008-01-01

    We measure the lasing dynamics of single and coupled photonic crystal nanocavity array lasers fabricated in the indium gallium arsenide phosphide material system. Under short optical excitation, single cavity lasers produce pulses as fast as 11 ps (FWHM), while coupled cavity lasers show significantly longer lasing duration which is not explained by a simple rate equations model. A Finite Difference Time Domain simulation including carrier gain and diffusion suggests that asynchronous lasing across the nanocavity array extends the laser's pulse duration.

  16. Superconductivity theory applied to the periodic table of the elements

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    The modern theory of superconductivity, based upon the BCS to Bose-Einstein transition, is applied to the periodic table of the elements, in order to isolate the essential features of high temperature superconductivity and to predict its occurrence within the periodic table. It is predicted that Sodium-Ammonia, Sodium Zinc Phosphide and Bismuth (I) Iodide are promising materials for experimental explorations of high temperature superconductivity

  17. Superconductivity theory applied to the periodic table of the elements

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    Elifritz, Thomas Lee

    1995-01-01

    The modern theory of superconductivity, based upon the BCS to Bose-Einstein transition is applied to the periodic table of the elements, in order to isolate the essential features of of high temperature superconductivity and to predict its occurrence with the periodic table. It is predicted that Sodium-Ammonia, Sodium Zinc Phosphide and Bismuth (I) Iodide are promising materials for experimental explorations of high temperature superconductivity.

  18. Energy Relevant Materials: Investigations Based on First Principles

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    Delczeg-Czirjak, Erna-Krisztina

    2010-01-01

    Energy production, storage and efficient usage are all crucial factors for environmentally sound and sustainable future technologies. One important question concerns the refrigeration industry, where the energy efficiency of the presently used technologies is at best 40% of the theoretical Carnot limit. Magnetic refrigerators offer a modern low-energy demand and environmentally friendly alternative. Iron phosphide based materials have been proposed to be amongst the most promising candidates ...

  19. Applied solid state science advances in materials and device research

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    Wolfe, Raymond

    2013-01-01

    Applied Solid State Science: Advances in Materials and Device Research, Volume 1 presents articles about junction electroluminescence; metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) physics; ion implantation in semiconductors; and electron transport through insulating thin films. The book describes the basic physics of carrier injection; energy transfer and recombination mechanisms; state of the art efficiencies; and future prospects for light emitting diodes. The text then discusses solid state spectroscopy, which is the pair spectra observed in gallium phosphide photoluminescence. The extensive studies

  20. Laboratory trials of seven rodenticides for use against the cotton rat (Sigmodon hispidus).

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    Gill, J. E.; Redfern, R.

    1980-01-01

    The efficacy of seven rodenticides for use against Sigmodon hispidus was investigated in the laboratory. The poisons (warfarin, coumatetralyl, difenacoum, brodifacoum, bromadiolone, calciferol and zinc phosphide) were all toxic at the concentrations normally used against Rattus rattus and R. norvegicus and all were palatable. Trials are now needed to confirm the efficacy of these poisons in the field, but it seems likely that, if used in suitable bait formulations, they would all be useful fo...

  1. Laboratory trials of seven rodenticides for use against the cotton rat (Sigmodon hispidus).

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    Gill, J E; Redfern, R

    1980-12-01

    The efficacy of seven rodenticides for use against Sigmodon hispidus was investigated in the laboratory. The poisons (warfarin, coumatetralyl, difenacoum, brodifacoum, bromadiolone, calciferol and zinc phosphide) were all toxic at the concentrations normally used against Rattus rattus and R. norvegicus and all were palatable. Trials are now needed to confirm the efficacy of these poisons in the field, but it seems likely that, if used in suitable bait formulations, they would all be useful for the practical control of S. hispidus. PMID:7462594

  2. Laboratory test of seven rodenticides for the control of Mastomys natalensis.

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    Gill, J E; Redfern, R

    1979-10-01

    Laboratory feeding tests were carried out to assess the efficacy of seven rodenticides against Mastomys natalensis. The poisons (warfarin, coumatetralyl, difenacoum, brodifacoum, bromadiolone, calciferol and zinc phosphide) were all toxic at the concentrations normally used against Rattus norvegicus (Berk.), although several were unpalatable. Trials are now needed to demonstrate the relative efficacy of these poisons in the field, but it is likely that, given suitable bait formulations, they would all be useful as practical control agents. PMID:489963

  3. NREL Spurred the Success of Multijunction Solar Cells (Fact Sheet)

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    2013-08-01

    Many scientists once believed that high-quality gallium indium phosphide (GaInP) alloys could not be grown for use as semiconductors because the alloys would separate. However, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) thought differently, and they employed GaInP in a material combination that allowed the multijunction cell to flourish. The multijunction cell is now the workhorse that powers satellites and the catalyst for renewed interest in concentrator photovoltaic products.

  4. Synthesis and structural characterization of CsNiP crystal

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    G S Gopalakrishna; B H Doreswamy; M J Mahesh; M Mahendra; M A Sridhar; J Shashidhara Prasad; K G Ashamanjari

    2004-02-01

    CsNiP crystals were synthesized by hydrothermal technique and characterized by the X-ray diffraction method. This alkaline transition metal phosphide crystallizes in the hexagonal system with space group P6$_3/mmc$ and cell parameters, = 7.173(2) Å, = 5.944(9) Å, = 264.87(7) Å3 and = 2. The final residual factor is 1 = 0.0362 for 206 reflections with > 2().

  5. Optical properties of nanowire metamaterials with gain

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    Isidio de Lima, Joaquim Junior; Adam, Jost; Rego, Davi;

    2016-01-01

    The transmittance, reflectance and absorption of a nanowire metamaterial with optical gain are numerically simulated and investigated. It is assumed that the metamaterial is represented by aligned silver nanowires embedded into a semiconductor matrix, made of either silicon or gallium phosphide...... constant of the metamaterial. This peculiar behavior is explained by the field redistribution between the lossy metal nanowires and the amplifying matrix material. These findings are significant for a proper design of nanowire metamaterials with low optical losses for diverse applications....

  6. Superconductivity theory applied to the periodic table of the elements

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    Elifritz, T.L. [Information Corporation, Madison, WI (United States)

    1994-12-31

    The modern theory of superconductivity, based upon the BCS to Bose-Einstein transition, is applied to the periodic table of the elements, in order to isolate the essential features of high temperature superconductivity and to predict its occurrence within the periodic table. It is predicted that Sodium-Ammonia, Sodium Zinc Phosphide and Bismuth (I) Iodide are promising materials for experimental explorations of high temperature superconductivity.

  7. Semi-insulating InP detectors with guard ring electrode

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    Yatskiv, Roman; Žďánský, Karel; Pekárek, Ladislav; Gorodynskyy, Vladyslav

    Piscataway : Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, 2008, ---. ISBN 978-1-4244-2258-6. ISSN 1092-8669. [IPRM 2008 - Indium Phosphide and Related Materials Conference /20./. Versailles (FR), 25.05.2008-29.05.2008] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KAN400670651; GA AV ČR(CZ) KAN401220801 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20670512 Keywords : radiation detection * semiconductor materials Subject RIV: JB - Sensors, Measurment, Regulation

  8. Performance of a Double Gate Nanoscale MOSFET (DG-MOSFET) Based on Novel Channel Materials

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    Rakesh Prasher; Devi Dass; Rakesh Vaid

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we have studied a double gate nanoscale MOSFET for various channel materials using simulation approach. The device metrics considered at the nanometer scale are subthreshold swing (SS), drain induced barrier lowering (DIBL), on and off current, carrier injection velocity (vinj), etc. The channel materials studied are Silicon (Si), Germanium (Ge), Gallium Arsenide (GaAs), Zinc Oxide (ZnO), Zinc Sulfide (ZnS), Indium Arsenide (InAs), Indium Phosphide (InP) and Indium Antimonide (...

  9. CLINICAL STUDY OF ACUTE POISONING: A RETROSPECTIVE STUDY

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    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available : OBJECTIVES: To determine the common agents, clinical features and outcomes of acute poisoning. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective study of patients of acute poisoning of more than 14 years age admitted through emergency with a history of intentional, self-inflicted and suicidal poisoning in SRMS-IMS from Jan 2010 to Dec 2012. RESULTS: A total of 58 cases were included with a common age of affection 16 to 25 years and male to female ratio 1.63: 1. Poisoning cases occur throughout the year with maximum prevalence in May and minimum in June. Organophosphorus was the most common poison followed by aluminium phosphide. Vomiting was the most common symptoms followed by altered sensorium. 70.68% patients were discharged, 20.68% expired and 8.62% left against medical advice. Aluminium phosphide was the most common toxin consumed by dead patients. CONCLUSION: Acute poisoning is commonly affecting young population and is caused by variety of toxin. High mortality is associated with aluminum phosphide.

  10. CoP nanosheet assembly grown on carbon cloth: A highly efficient electrocatalyst for hydrogen generation

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    Yang, Xiulin

    2015-07-01

    There exists a strong demand to replace expensive noble metal catalysts with cheap metal sulfides or phosphides for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). Recently metal phosphides such as NixP, FeP and CoP have been considered as promising candidates to replace Pt cathodes. Here we report that the nanocrystalline CoP nanosheet assembly on carbon cloth can be formed by a two-step process: electrochemical deposition of Co species followed by gas phase phosphidation. The CoP catalyst in this report exhibits a Tafel slope of 30.1mV/dec in 0.5M H2SO4 and 42.6mV/dec in 1M KOH. The high HER performance of our CoP catalysts is attributed to the rugae-like morphology which results in a high double-layer capacitance and high density of active sites, estimated as 7.77×1017sites/cm2. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.

  11. SEM-EDX analysis of an unknown "known" white powder found in a shipping container from Peru

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    Albright, Douglas C.

    2009-05-01

    In 2008, an unknown white powder was discovered spilled inside of a shipping container of whole kernel corn during an inspection by federal inspectors in the port of Baltimore, Maryland. The container was detained and quarantined while a sample of the powder was collected and sent to a federal laboratory where it was screened using chromatography for the presence of specific poisons and pesticides with negative results. Samples of the corn kernels and the white powder were forwarded to the Food and Drug Administration, Forensic Chemistry Center for further analysis. Stereoscopic Light Microscopy (SLM), Scanning Electron Microscopy/Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrometry (SEM/EDX), and Polarized Light Microscopy/Infrared Spectroscopy (PLM-IR) were used in the analysis of the kernels and the unknown powder. Based on the unique particle analysis by SLM and SEM as well as the detection of the presence of aluminum and phosphorous by EDX, the unknown was determined to be consistent with reacted aluminum phosphide (AlP). While commonly known in the agricultural industry, aluminum phosphide is relatively unknown in the forensic community. A history of the use and acute toxicity of this compound along with some very unique SEM/EDX analysis characteristics of aluminum phosphide will be discussed.

  12. The effect of phosphorus on the radiation induced microstructure of stabilized austenitic stainless steels

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    This paper deals with the correlation of irradiation behavior and microstructural evolution of mono-(Ti) and multi-(Ti,Nb,V) stabilized type 316 stainless steels with different phosphorus levels. These steels, in the 20% cold worked condition, were irradiated between 400 and 5000C up to 100 dpa in Phenix reactor as stressed and unstressed samples. Phosphorus decreases strongly the swelling of stabilized austenitic steels. This effect is due to a large increase of the swelling incubation dose. The best swelling resistance is observed for the multistabilized (Nb, V, Ti) steel. Phosphorus decreases also the irradiation creep strain, but only because of the decrease in swelling. The transmission electron microscopy (TEM) examinations show that the improvement of swelling resistance by phosphorus addition comes from a decrease in void density, that occurs mainly when a uniform distribution of needle-shaped phosphides appears. In titanium stabilized steels, the phosphides are FeTiP whereas in the phosphides of the multistabilized steel, titanium is replaced by niobium, leaving the titanium in solution to play its role of swelling inhibitor for long irradiations

  13. Nuclear Chemistry Institute, Mainz University. Annual Report 1995

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    The annual report of the Institut fuer Kernchemie addresses inter alia three main research activities. The first belongs to the area of basic research, covering studies in the fields of nuclear fission, chemistry of the super-heavy elements and of heavy-ion reactions extending from the Coulomb barrier to relativistic energies, and nuclear astrophysics in connection with the ''r process''. By means of laser technology, high-precision data could be measured of the ionization energies of berkelium and californium. Studies of atomic clusters in the vacuum of an ionization trap revealed interesting aspects. The second major activity was devoted to the analysis of environmental media, applying inter alia neutron activation analysis and resonance ionization mass spectroscopy (RIMS). The third activity resulted in the development of novel processes, or the enhancement of existing processes or methods, for applications in basic research work and in environmental analytics. Another item of interest is the summarizing report on the operation of the TRIGA research reactor. (orig./SR)

  14. Paul Scherrer Institute Scientific Report 1999. Volume I: Particles and Matter

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    Although originally planned for fundamental research in nuclear physics, the particle beams of pions, muons, protons and neutrons are now used in a large variety of disciplines in both natural science and medicine. The beams at PSI have the world's highest intensities and therefore allow certain experiments to be performed, which would not be possible elsewhere. The highlight of research this year was the first-ever determination of the chemical properties of the superheavy element 107 Bohrium. This was undertaken, by an international team led by H. Gaeggeler of PSI's Laboratory for Radiochemistry. Bohrium was produced by bombarding a Berkelium target with Neon ions from the Injector I cyclotron and six atoms were detected after having passed through an online gas chromatography device. At the Laboratory for Particle Physics the focus has shifted from nuclear physics to elementary particle physics with about a fifty-fifty split between investigations of rare processes or particle decays using the high intensity muon, pion and recently also polarized neutron beams of PSI, and research at the highest energy frontier at CERN (Geneva) and DESY (Hamburg). Important space instrumentation has been contributed by the Laboratory for Astrophysics to the European Space Agency and NASA satellite programmes. The Laboratory for Micro and Nanotechnology continued to focus on research into molecular nanotechnology and SiGeC nanostructures, the latter with the aim of producing silicon based optoelectronics. Progress in 1999 in these topical areas is described in this report. A list of scientific publications in 1999 is also provided

  15. Investigations for the influence of geochemical parameters on the sorption and desorption of lanthanides and uranium onto opalinus clay as potential host rock for a repository

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    The development of a disposal in deep geological formations for radioactive waste is a very important task for the future. The safety assessment for more than a hundred thousand years needs a full understanding of all processes of interaction between the radioactive waste and the surrounded formations. This work contributes to this understanding. The interaction between lanthanides (homologues of the actinides americium, curium and berkelium) / uranium and the host rock opalinus clay under influence of organic substances (NOM) have been analyzed and discussed. The complex system was split into 3 binary basic systems with the following interactions - Interactions between lanthanides / uranium and NOM - Interactions between lanthanides / uranium and the opalinus clay - Interactions between NOM and opalinus clay All binary systems can be influenced by geological parameters like pH, ion strength and competing cations. The sorption / desorption of the lanthanides onto the opalinus clay is analyzed via inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. For the investigation of the complexation behavior of metals with NOM we used capillary electrophoresis coupled with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Under these conditions the chosen model organic humic acid affected the sorption of the lanthanides onto opalinus clay favorably. The smaller organic compounds, which dominate in the composition of the clay organics, remobilized the metals after sorption onto clay and the sorption can be inhibited by NOM. Due to the reduced metal sorption onto Opalinus clay by NOM, a migration through the clay may be possible.

  16. Hierarchical MoS2@MoP core-shell heterojunction electrocatalysts for efficient hydrogen evolution reaction over a broad pH range

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    Wu, Aiping; Tian, Chungui; Yan, Haijing; Jiao, Yanqing; Yan, Qing; Yang, Guoyu; Fu, Honggang

    2016-05-01

    A low-cost catalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) over a broad pH range is highly desired to meet the practical needs in different areas. In this study, hierarchical flower-like MoS2@MoP core-shell heterojunctions (HF-MoSP) are designed as a promising catalyst for HER over a broad pH range. The materials are obtained by the controllable phosphidation of the hierarchical MoS2 flower (HF-MoS2) composed of thin silk belt-like sheets. The phosphidation degree, P/S ratio and work function (WF) of HF-MoSP can be tuned easily over broad range by changing the phosphidation temperature. Under optimized condition, HF-MoSP exhibits excellent electrocatalytic activity for HER with a low onset overpotential of 29 mV and η of 108 mV at 10 mA cm-2 in 0.5 M H2SO4 and retains its good activity for 30 h. In addition, the catalyst shows excellent activity in 1 M KOH with an onset overpotential of 42 mV and η of 119 mV at 10 mA cm-2. The catalysts also exhibit obvious activity in neutral, weak acid and weak alkaline conditions. The good performance is relative to the synergy of the MoP shell and MoS2 core and the high WF of HF-MoSP close to Pt, and the large SBET of HF-MoSP benefited from the hierarchical structure. This study represents the construction of the core-shell heterojunction and provides a new way to provide the low-cost and high-performance catalyst for HER.A low-cost catalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) over a broad pH range is highly desired to meet the practical needs in different areas. In this study, hierarchical flower-like MoS2@MoP core-shell heterojunctions (HF-MoSP) are designed as a promising catalyst for HER over a broad pH range. The materials are obtained by the controllable phosphidation of the hierarchical MoS2 flower (HF-MoS2) composed of thin silk belt-like sheets. The phosphidation degree, P/S ratio and work function (WF) of HF-MoSP can be tuned easily over broad range by changing the phosphidation temperature. Under optimized

  17. Particle detectors based on InP Schottky diodes

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    A study of electrical properties and detection performance of Indium Phosphide detector structures with Schottky contacts prepared on high purity p-type InP was performed. Schottky barrier detectors were prepared by vacuum evaporation of Pd on p-type epitaxial layers grown on Zn-doped p-type substrates. The detection performance of the detectors was characterized by the measurement of pulse-height spectra with alpha particles emitted from 241Am source at room temperature. The influence of the quality of p-type epitaxial layers on the charge-collection efficiency and energy resolution in the full-width half-maximum is discussed.

  18. Study of phase transformation processes in steel after phosphor ion implantation and following thermal treatment

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    In the paper process of phase transformation after phosphor ion implantation in steel-45 and annealing in vacuum at 1000 deg C and irradiation by various doses of phosphor ions with energy 100 keV an accelerator are researched by conversion electron method. The phosphor overall solubility in iron is equal 4.53 %. Implantation dose below 6·1017 ions/cm2 allows increase phosphor ions content in implantation region to 35 %. Therefore, iron phosphides (Fe3P, Fe2P and Fe P) forming are possible. (author)

  19. Label swapper device for spectral amplitude coded optical packet networks monolithically integrated on InP.

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    Muñoz, P; García-Olcina, R; Habib, C; Chen, L R; Leijtens, X J M; de Vries, T; Robbins, D; Capmany, J

    2011-07-01

    In this paper the design, fabrication and experimental characterization of an spectral amplitude coded (SAC) optical label swapper monolithically integrated on Indium Phosphide (InP) is presented. The device has a footprint of 4.8x1.5 mm2 and is able to perform label swapping operations required in SAC at a speed of 155 Mbps. The device was manufactured in InP using a multiple purpose generic integration scheme. Compared to previous SAC label swapper demonstrations, using discrete component assembly, this label swapper chip operates two order of magnitudes faster. PMID:21747509

  20. Control of defects in a novel aluminum-induced heteroepitaxial growth of AlxGal-xP nanocrystals on silicon nanowires

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    Aluminum-induced heteroepitaxial growth of aluminum gallium phosphide nanocrystals (AlxGal-xP NCs) has been achieved on both silicon substrate and the tips of Al-catalyzed silicon nanowires (Si NWs). Al-induced growth is a silicon complementary metal–oxide-semiconductor compatible solution, and a growth mechanism of AlxGal-xP NCs was proposed. The decrease in structural defects in AlxGal-xP NCs grown heteroepitaxially on Si NWs was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy

  1. The Synthesis of Nanostructured Ni5P4 Films and their Use as a Non-Noble Bifunctional Electrocatalyst for Full Water Splitting

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    Ledendecker, M.; Krick Calderón, S.; Papp, C.; Steinrück, H; Antonietti, M.; Shalom, M.

    2015-01-01

    The investigation of nickel phosphide (Ni5P4) as a catalyst for the hydrogen (HER) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in strong acidic and alkaline environment is described. The catalyst can be grown in a 3D hierarchical structure directly on a nickel substrate, thus making it an ideal candidate for practical water splitting devices. The activity of the catalyst towards the HER, together with its high stability especially in acidic solution, makes it one of the best non-noble materials descr...

  2. Unprecedented ∞1(P103-) band anion in the crystal structure of HgAg6P20I2

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    A new phosphorus polyanion ∞1(P103-) has been determined within the novel double silver mercury phosphide iodide HgAg6P20I2. It crystallizes in a monoclinic space group P21/m with the lattice parameters a = 6.718(1) A, b = 27.701(6) A, c = 7.383(1) A, β = 113.98(3) deg., and Z = 2. An infinite one-dimensional phosphorus polyanion ∞1(P103-) is built from short tubular fragments P103- joint through common phosphorus atoms. Mercury and silver atoms having the same coordination but different formal charge are linked to the phosphorus atoms.

  3. Macrophage Solubilization and Cytotoxicity of Indium-Containing Particles as in vitro Correlates to Pulmonary Toxicity in vivo

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    Gwinn, William M.; Qu, Wei; Bousquet, Ronald W.; Price, Herman; Shines, Cassandra J.; Taylor, Genie J.; Waalkes, Michael P.; Morgan, Daniel L.

    2014-01-01

    Macrophage-solubilized indium-containing particles (ICPs) were previously shown in vitro to be cytotoxic. In this study, we compared macrophage solubilization and cytotoxicity of indium phosphide (InP) and indium-tin oxide (ITO) with similar particle diameters (∼1.5 µm) and then determined if relative differences in these in vitro parameters correlated with pulmonary toxicity in vivo. RAW 264.7 macrophages were treated with InP or ITO particles and cytotoxicity was assayed at 24 h. Ionic indi...

  4. Conductivity of nanoporous InP membranes investigated using terahertz spectroscopy

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    Merchant, S K E; Lloyd-Hughes, J; Parkinson, P; Herz, L M; Johnston, M B [Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Clarendon Laboratory, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PU (United Kingdom); Sirbu, L; Tiginyanu, I M [National Centre for Materials Study and Testing, Technical University of Moldova, and Institute of Applied Physics, Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Chisinau, MD-2004 (Moldova, Republic of)], E-mail: s.merchant@physics.ox.ac.uk, E-mail: m.johnston@physics.ox.ac.uk

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    We have investigated the terahertz conductivity of extrinsic and photoexcited electrons in nanoporous indium phosphide (InP) at different pore densities and orientations. The form of electronic transport in the film was found to differ significantly from that for bulk InP. While photo-generated electrons showed Drude-like transport, the behaviour for extrinsic electrons deviated significantly from the Drude model. Time-resolved photoconductivity measurements found that carrier recombination was slow, with lifetimes exceeding 1 ns for all porosities and orientations. When considered together, these findings suggest that the surfaces created by the nanopores strongly alter the dynamics of both extrinsic and photoexcited electrons.

  5. High-pressure and high-temperature powder diffraction on molybdenum diphosphide, MoP{sub 2}

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    Soto, V. [Centro de Investigacion Cientifica y de Educacion Superior de Ensenada, Esenada (Mexico); Knorr, K.; Ehm, L. [Christian-Albrechts-Univ. zu Kiel, Inst. fuer Geowissenschaften, Mineralogie/Kristallographie, Kiel (Germany); Baehtz, C. [HASYLAB Hamburg and TU Darmstadt, Materialwissenschaften, Darmstadt (Germany); Winkler, B. [Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe Univ. Frankfurt-Main, Mineralogie, Frankfurt/M. (Germany); Avalos-Borja, M. [Centro de Ciencias de la Materia Condensada, Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Ensenada, BC (Mexico)

    2004-07-01

    The isothermal compressibility and bulk thermal expansion of molybdenum diphosphide, MoP{sub 2}, were measured by in-situ X-ray powder diffraction from ambient conditions to 6.8 GPa and 839 K, respectively. A small anisotropy of the compressibilities in MoP{sub 2} appears to be governed by non-bonding interactions in this layer-like material. The thermal expansion data are compared to molybdenum phosphide, MoP, which was measured to 1262 K. (orig.)

  6. Imaging Pancreatic Cancer Using Bioconjugated InP Quantum Dots

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    Yong, Ken-Tye; Ding, Hong; Roy, Indrajit; Law, Wing-Cheung; Bergey, Earl J.; Maitra, Anirban; Prasad, Paras N.

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, we report the successful use of non-cadmium based quantum dots (QDs) as highly efficient and non-toxic optical probes for imaging live pancreatic cancer cells. Indium phosphide (core)-zinc sulphide (shell), or InP/ZnS, QDs with high quality and bright luminescence were prepared by a hot colloidal synthesis method in non-aqueous media. The surfaces of these QDs were then functionalized with mercaptosuccinic acid to make them highly dispersible in aqueous media. Further bioconjug...

  7. Photoelectrochemical decomposition of water utilizing monolithic tandem cells

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    Kocha, Shyam S.; Montgomery, Don; Peterson, Mark W.; Turner, John A. [National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO (United States)

    1998-04-30

    Photovoltaic tandem cells consisting of a gallium indium phosphide (GaInP{sub 2}) homojunction grown epitaxially upon a gallium arsenide (GaAs) homojunction, with a GaAs tunnel-diode interconnection were utilized to photoelectrochemically decompose water in a 1 M sulfuric acid electrolyte solution. Using a sol-gel process, a platinum colloid in water was used to modify the illuminated front surface of the device to catalyze the water decomposition process. A unique feature of this device is that the hydrogen and oxygen are co-evolved from the illuminated surface. The exact mechanism of the water decomposition process is not fully understood at this time

  8. Electron-phonon superconductivity in $A$Pt$_3$P compounds: from weak to strong coupling

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    Subedi, Alaska; Ortenzi, Luciano; Boeri, Lilia

    2012-01-01

    We study the newly discovered Pt phosphides $A$Pt$_3$P ($A$=Sr, Ca, La) [ T. Takayama et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 237001 (2012)] using first-principles calculations and Migdal-Eliashberg theory. Given the remarkable agreement with the experiment, we exclude the charge-density wave scenario proposed by previous first-principles calculations, and give conclusive answers concerning the superconducting state in these materials. The pairing increases from La to Ca and Sr due to changes in the ele...

  9. Effect of excess plasma on photoelectron spectra of nanoporous GaP

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    A comparative study of the effect of excess plasma on the photoelectron spectra (PES) of crystalline gallium phosphide (GaP) wafer and 'nanoporous' GaP network samples have been carried out. Rigid shift along with large changes in the line shapes of PES of nanoporous GaP have been observed in the presence of secondary light with respect to spectra measured in its absence. In case of GaP wafer, only rigid shift of PES have been observed. The valence bands offset between 'nanoporous' GaP and GaOx is found 2.30 eV at 300 K

  10. Reduction of sodium cyclotriphosphate by metallic molybdenum

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    Products of interaction between sodium cyclotriphosphate and powdered metallic molybdenum under heating up to 1000 deg C in vacuum were studied by the method of X-ray phase analysis and 31P NMR. It was ascertained that above 650-700 deg C molybdenum phosphide, MoP and amorphous phase containing mono-, di- and cyclotetraphosphates, are formed in the system. The amorphous phase also contains a portion of molybdenum in oxidation state 5+. At the ratio of regents, providing the maximum yield of cyclotetraphosphate, isolation of a small amount of elementary phosphorus was observed

  11. Efficient telecom to visible wavelength conversion in doubly resonant GaP microdisks

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    Lake, David P; Jayakumar, Harishankar; Santos, Laís Fujii dos; Curic, Davor; Barclay, Paul E

    2015-01-01

    Resonant second harmonic generation between 1550 nm and 775 nm with outside efficiency $> 4.4\\times10^{-4}\\, \\text{mW}^{-1}$ is demonstrated in a gallium phosphide microdisk cavity supporting high-$Q$ modes at visible ($Q \\sim 10^4$) and infrared ($Q \\sim 10^5$) wavelengths. The double resonance condition was satisfied through intracavity photothermal temperature tuning using $\\sim 360\\,\\mu$W of 1550 nm light input to a fiber taper and resonantly coupled to the microdisk. Above this pump power efficiency was observed to decrease. The observed behavior is consistent with a simple model for thermal tuning of the double resonance condition.

  12. 钝化

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    2005-01-01

    [篇名] ANALYSIS OF LOCAL DEFECTS IN SURFACE FILMS ON COMMERCIAL ALLOYS USING CONDUCTIVE ATOMIC FORCE MICROSCOPY (C-AFM), [篇名] Annealing-Induced Properties of Al-N-M (M: Co, Fe) Thin Films, [篇名] Anodic oscillatory behavior and film formation on indium phosphide, [篇名] Bias-temperature instabilities of polysilicon gate HfO{sub}2 MOSFETs, [ 篇名] Commercialization of a Silicon Nitridc Co-Fire Through (SINCOFT) process for manufacturing high efficiency mono-crystalline silicon solar cells, [篇名] Copper CMP for dual damascene technology some considerations on the mechanism of Cu removal.

  13. Electroluminescence

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    Henisch, H K

    1962-01-01

    Electroluminescence deals with the multiplicity of forms related to electroluminescence phenomena. The book reviews some basic observations of electroluminescence, the Gudden-Pohl and Dechene effects, the electroluminescence phenomena in zinc sulfide phosphors, in silicon carbide, and in compounds composed of elements in groups III and V of the Periodic Table (such as gallium phosphide). The text also explains polarization of free charge carriers, the outline of junction breakdown theory, carrier recombination, and phosphor suspensions. The book describes the growth of zinc sulfide crystals (f

  14. Existence of ternary hydrogenated phases of BeP/sub 2-x/H/sub y/

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    The phosphidation of beryllium in the presence of traces of hydrogen leads to non stoichiometric ternary phases BeP/sub 2-x/H/sub y/. The stoichiometric diphosphide BeP2 cannot be obtained. The hydrogenated phases are black and nonhygroscopic. The structural study with x-ray diffraction, neutrons diffraction, electronic microdiffraction, as well as the crystallographic data from single crystal, provide evidence for a quadratic cell with a = 7.08 A and c = 30.12 A. The stacking is diamond type when considering all the atoms: Be, P and H

  15. Raman spectroscopy of boron carbides and related boron-containing materials

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    Raman spectra of crystalline boron, boron carbide, boron arsenide (B12As2), and boron phosphide (B12P2) are reported. The spectra are compared with other boron-containing materials containing the boron icosahedron as a structural unit. The spectra exhibit similar features some of which correlate with the structure of the icosahedral units of the crystals. The highest Raman lines appear to be especially sensitive to the B-B distance in the polar triangle of the icosahedron. Such Raman structural markers are potentially useful in efforts to tailor electronic properties of these high temperature semiconductors and thermoelectrics

  16. Laboratory trials of five rodenticides for the control of Mesocricetus auratus Waterhouse.

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    Bradfield, A A; Gill, J E

    1984-10-01

    The efficacy of five rodenticides for use in bait against the golden hamster (Mesocricetus auratus Waterhouse) was investigated in the laboratory. The species proved to be resistant to warfarin (up to 0.5%) and difenacoum (0.005%), but brodifacoum (0.005%) gave complete mortality after three days' feeding. Calciferol (0.1%), though toxic, was significantly unpalatable. Zinc phosphide (5.0%) presented in a choice test for two days against unpoisoned feed gave 100% mortality, and appears to be the most suitable of these compounds for the control of M. auratus in the field. PMID:6334113

  17. Palladium nanoparticles on InP for hydrogen detection

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Layers of palladium (Pd nanoparticles on indium phosphide (InP were prepared by electrophoretic deposition from the colloid solution of Pd nanoparticles. Layers prepared by an opposite polarity of deposition showed different physical and morphological properties. Particles in solution are separated and, after deposition onto the InP surface, they form small aggregates. The size of the aggregates is dependent on the time of deposition. If the aggregates are small, the layer has no lateral conductance. Forward and reverse I-V characteristics showed a high rectification ratio with a high Schottky barrier height. The response of the structure on the presence of hydrogen was monitored.

  18. Poultry egg components as cereal bait additives for enhancing rodenticide based control success and trap index of house rat, Rattus rattus

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    Neena Singla; Deepia Kanwar

    2014-01-01

    Objective: To compare the acceptance and efficacy of cereal bait containing different concentrations of poultry egg components in laboratory and poultry farms to control house rat,Rattus rattus Methods: Acceptance of cereal bait containing different concentrations (2%, 5% and 10%) of poultry egg components such as egg shell powder (ESP), egg albumin (EA) and crushed egg shell as bait additives were studied after exposing them to different groups of rats in bi-choice with bait without additive. Behaviour of rats towards cereal bait containing 2% concentration of different egg components was recorded in no-choice conditions through Food Scale Consumption Monitor. In poultry farm predominantly infested with R. rattus, acceptance and efficacy of 2%zinc phosphide bait containing 2% EA and ESP was evaluated. Trap success of single rat traps containing chapatti pieces smeared with 2% EA and 2% ESP was also evaluated in poultry farm.Results:(R. rattus). containing 2% and 5% ESP and all the three concentrations of EA compared to plain bait by female rats and that of baits containing 5% and 10% EA by male rats. In no-choice test, non-significantly higher consumption, number of bouts made and time spent towards bait containing 2% EA was found by rats of both sexes. In poultry farm, acceptance and efficacy of 2% zinc phosphide bait containing 2% EA and ESP was significantly (P<0.05) more than 2% zinc phosphide bait without additive. No significant difference was, however, found in trap success of single rat traps containing chapatti pieces smeared with 2% concentration of EA and ESP placed in the poultry farm.Conclusions:Present data support the use of 2% egg albumin and egg shell powder in cereal bait In bi-choice tests, significantly (P<0.05) higher preference was observed for baits to enhance acceptance and efficacy of 2% zinc phosphide bait against R. rattus. This may further help in checking the spread of rodent borne diseases to animals and humans.

  19. High-efficiency GaAs and GaInP solar cells grown by all solid-state molecular-beam-epitaxy

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    Lu, Shulong; Ji, Lian; He, Wei; Dai, Pan; Yang, Hui; Arimochi, Masayuki; Yoshida, Hiroshi; Uchida, Shiro; Ikeda, Masao

    2011-01-01

    We report the initial results of GaAs and GaInP solar cells grown by all solid-state molecular-beam-epitaxy (MBE) technique. For GaAs single-junction solar cell, with the application of AlInP as the window layer and GaInP as the back surface field layer, the photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 26% at one sun concentration and air mass 1.5 global (AM1.5G) is realized. The efficiency of 16.4% is also reached for GaInP solar cell. Our results demonstrate that the MBE-grown phosphide-contained ...

  20. A Narrow Linewidth Singly Resonant ZGP OPO for Multiple Lidar Applications

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    Yu, Jirong; Lee, Hyung R.; Bai, Yingxin; Barnes, Norman P.

    2006-01-01

    A singly resonant, injection seeded Zinc Germanium Phosphide (ZGP) optical parametric oscillator (OPO), capable to tune over 4.3-10.1 microns, is demonstrated. This ZGP OPO uses a bow-tie cavity with a partially reflective mirror for injection seeding at the signal wavelength. The injection seed source can be either a continuous wave 3.39 m laser or a tunable near-infrared OPO laser, which provides wide wavelength tuning capability. The injection seeded ZGP OPO narrows the idler wavelength linewidth to less than 1nm, limited by the measurement resolution of the monochromator. This device has potential to be used as a transmitter for multiple purpose lidar applications.

  1. Influence of Natural Convection and Thermal Radiation Multi-Component Transport in MOCVD Reactors

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    Lowry, S.; Krishnan, A.; Clark, I.

    1999-01-01

    The influence of Grashof and Reynolds number in Metal Organic Chemical Vapor (MOCVD) reactors is being investigated under a combined empirical/numerical study. As part of that research, the deposition of Indium Phosphide in an MOCVD reactor is modeled using the computational code CFD-ACE. The model includes the effects of convection, conduction, and radiation as well as multi-component diffusion and multi-step surface/gas phase chemistry. The results of the prediction are compared with experimental data for a commercial reactor and analyzed with respect to the model accuracy.

  2. Data readout system utilizing photonic integrated circuit

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    We describe a novel optical solution for data readout systems. The core of the system is an Indium-Phosphide photonic integrated circuit performing as a front-end readout unit. It functions as an optical serializer in which the serialization of the input signal is provided by means of on-chip optical delay lines. The circuit employs electro-optic phase shifters to build amplitude modulators, power splitters for signal distribution, semiconductor optical amplifiers for signal amplification as well as on-chip reflectors. We present the concept of the system, the design and first characterization results of the devices that were fabricated in a multi-project wafer run

  3. Design procedure for millimeter-wave InP DHBT stacked power amplifiers

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    Squartecchia, Michele; Johansen, Tom Keinicke; Midili, Virginio

    2015-01-01

    The stacked-transistor concept for power amplifiers (PA) has been investigated in this work. Specifically, this architecture has been applied in the design of millimeter-wave monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) using indium phosphide (InP) double heterojunction bipolar transistors...... gives 13.1 dBm of output power, 10.1 dB of gain and 13 % of PAE. To the best of the authors' knowledge, this is the first investigation of multi-level stacked PAs based on InP HBT technology....

  4. Mid-infrared Laser System Development for Dielectric Laser Accelerators

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    Jovanovic, Igor; Xu, Guibao; Wandel, Scott

    Laser-driven particle accelerators based on dielectric laser acceleration are under development and exhibit unique and challenging pump requirements. Operation in the mid-infrared (5 μm) range with short pulses (500 μJ) and good beam quality is required. We present our progress on the design and development of a novel two- stage source of mid-infrared pulses for this application, which is based on optical parametric amplification. Beta barium borate and zinc germanium phosphide crystals are used, and are pumped by a Ti:sapphire ultrashort laser and seeded by self-phase modulation and parametric generation-based sources.

  5. Minor Actinide Burning in Thermal Reactors. A Report by the Working Party on Scientific Issues of Reactor Systems

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    The actinides (or actinoids) are those elements in the periodic table from actinium upwards. Uranium (U) and plutonium (Pu) are two of the principal elements in nuclear fuel that could be classed as major actinides. The minor actinides are normally taken to be the triad of neptunium (Np), americium (Am) and curium (Cm). The combined masses of the remaining actinides (i.e. actinium, thorium, protactinium, berkelium, californium, einsteinium and fermium) are small enough to be regarded as very minor trace contaminants in nuclear fuel. Those elements above uranium in the periodic table are known collectively as the transuranics (TRUs). The operation of a nuclear reactor produces large quantities of irradiated fuel (sometimes referred to as spent fuel), which is either stored prior to eventual deep geological disposal or reprocessed to enable actinide recycling. A modern light water reactor (LWR) of 1 GWe capacity will typically discharge about 20-25 tonnes of irradiated fuel per year of operation. About 93-94% of the mass of uranium oxide irradiated fuel is comprised of uranium (mostly 238U), with about 4-5% fission products and ∼1% plutonium. About 0.1-0.2% of the mass is comprised of neptunium, americium and curium. These latter elements accumulate in nuclear fuel because of neutron captures, and they contribute significantly to decay heat loading and neutron output, as well as to the overall radio-toxic hazard of spent fuel. Although the total minor actinide mass is relatively small - approximately 20-25 kg per year from a 1 GWe LWR - it has a disproportionate impact on spent fuel disposal, and thus the longstanding interest in transmuting these actinides either by fission (to fission products) or neutron capture in order to reduce their impact on the back end of the fuel cycle. The combined masses of the trace actinides actinium, thorium, protactinium, berkelium and californium in irradiated LWR fuel are only about 2 parts per billion, which is far too low for

  6. Radiological safety considerations in the design and operation of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Transuranium Research Laboratory (TRL)

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    The Transuranium Research Laboratory (TRL) is the central facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for chemical and physical research involving transuranium elements. Transuranium Research Laboratory investigations are about equally divided between studies of inorganic and structural chemistry of the heavy elements and nuclear structure and properties of their isotopes. Elements studied include neptunium, plutonium, americium, curium, berkelium, californium, and einsteinium, each in microgram-to-gram quantities depending upon availability and experimental requirements. This paper describes an eight-step safety procedure that is followed in planning and approving individual research projects. This procedure should provide an ''optimum margin of safety'' and should permit the accomplishment of successful research. Steps in the procedure are as follows: (1) Evaluate the external and internal exposure radioactivity hazards. (2) Establish any concurrent conventional industrial safety risks that may be encountered in the operation. (3) Consider, in the proper perspective, the potential consequences of possible interactions of radioactivity risks with associated industrial safety risks and problems, applying the concepts of credibility and probability. (4) Design equipment, develop operating procedures, and ensure the proficiency of operating personnel to provide necessary safeguards to accomplish programme objectives with minimum risks and minimum operational constraints. (5) Ensure that necessary safeguards are, in fact, incorporated in equipment and procedures before actual work is begun. (6) Ensure that appropriate monitoring instrumentation, surveillance, and other necessary protective technical and craft support are available and are used during operation. (7) Make certain that appropriate measures exist to manage credible radiation accidents and other emergencies properly. (8) Inform others, in sufficient detail, of the success or deficiency of design

  7. Radiochemical studies of neutron deficient actinide isotopes

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    The production of neutron deficient actinide isotopes in heavy ion reactions was studied using alpha, gamma, x-ray, and spontaneous fission detection systems. A new isotope of berkelium, 242Bk, was produced with a cross-section of approximately 10 μb in reactions of boron on uranium and nitrogen on thorium. It decays by electron capture with a half-life of 7.0 +- 1.3 minutes. The alpha-branching ratio for this isotope is less than 1% and the spontaneous fission ratio is less than 0.03%. Studies of (Heavy Ion, pxn) and (Heavy Ion, αxn) transfer reactions in comparison with (Heavy ion, xn) compound nucleus reactions revealed transfer reaction cross-sections equal to or greater than the compound nucleus yields. The data show that in some cases the yield of an isotope produced via a (H.I.,pxn) or (H.I.,αxn) reaction may be higher than its production via an xn compound nucleus reaction. These results have dire consequences for proponents of the ''Z1 + Z2 = Z/sub 1+2/'' philosophy. It is no longer acceptable to assume that (H.I.,pxn) and (H.I.,αxn) product yields are of no consequence when studying compound nucleus reactions. No evidence for spontaneous fission decay of 228Pu, 230Pu, 232Cm, or 238Cf was observed indicating that strictly empirical extrapolations of spontaneous fission half-life data is inadequate for predictions of half-lives for unknown neutron deficient actinide isotopes

  8. Transuranium Processing Plant semiannual report of production, status, and plans for period ending December 31, 1975

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    King, L.J.; Bigelow, J.E.; Collins, E.D.

    1976-10-01

    Between July 1, 1975, and December 31, 1975, maintenance was conducted at TRU for a period of three months, 295 g of curium oxide (enough for approximately 26 HFIR targets) were prepared, 100 mg of high-purity /sup 248/Cm, were separated from /sup 252/Cf that had been purified during earlier periods, 11 HFIR targets were fabricated, and 28 product shipments were made. No changes were made in the chemical processing flowsheets normally used at TRU during this report period. However, three equipment racks were replaced (with two new racks) during this time. In Cubicle 6, the equipment replaced was that used to decontaminate the transplutonium elements from rare earth fission products and to separate curium from the heavier elements by means of the LiCl-based anion-exchange process. In Cubicle 5, the equipment used to separate the transcurium elements by high-pressure ion exchange and to purify berkelium by batch solvent extraction was replaced. Two neutron sources were fabricated, bringing the total fabricated to 79. One source that had been used in a completed project was returned to the TRU inventory and is available for reissue. Three sources, for which no further use was foreseen, were processed to isolate and recover the ingrown /sup 248/Cm and the residual /sup 252/Cf. Eight pellets, each containing 100 ..mu..g of high-purity /sup 248/Cm were prepared for irradiation in HFIR to study the production of /sup 250/Cm. The values currently being used for transuranium element decay data and for cross-section data in planning irradiation-processing cycles, calculating production forecasts, and assaying products are tabulated.

  9. Radiochemical studies of neutron deficient actinide isotopes

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    Williams, K.E.

    1978-04-01

    The production of neutron deficient actinide isotopes in heavy ion reactions was studied using alpha, gamma, x-ray, and spontaneous fission detection systems. A new isotope of berkelium, /sup 242/Bk, was produced with a cross-section of approximately 10 ..mu..b in reactions of boron on uranium and nitrogen on thorium. It decays by electron capture with a half-life of 7.0 +- 1.3 minutes. The alpha-branching ratio for this isotope is less than 1% and the spontaneous fission ratio is less than 0.03%. Studies of (Heavy Ion, pxn) and (Heavy Ion, ..cap alpha..xn) transfer reactions in comparison with (Heavy ion, xn) compound nucleus reactions revealed transfer reaction cross-sections equal to or greater than the compound nucleus yields. The data show that in some cases the yield of an isotope produced via a (H.I.,pxn) or (H.I.,..cap alpha..xn) reaction may be higher than its production via an xn compound nucleus reaction. These results have dire consequences for proponents of the ''Z/sub 1/ + Z/sub 2/ = Z/sub 1+2/'' philosophy. It is no longer acceptable to assume that (H.I.,pxn) and (H.I.,..cap alpha..xn) product yields are of no consequence when studying compound nucleus reactions. No evidence for spontaneous fission decay of /sup 228/Pu, /sup 230/Pu, /sup 232/Cm, or /sup 238/Cf was observed indicating that strictly empirical extrapolations of spontaneous fission half-life data is inadequate for predictions of half-lives for unknown neutron deficient actinide isotopes.

  10. Paul Scherrer Institute Scientific Report 1999. Volume I: Particles and Matter

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    Gobrecht, J.; Gaeggeler, H.; Herlach, D.; Junker, K.; Kettle, P.-R.; Kubik, P.; Zehnder, A. [eds.

    2000-07-01

    lthough originally planned for fundamental research in nuclear physics, the particle beams of pions, muons, protons and neutrons are now used in a large variety of disciplines in both natural science and medicine. The beams at PSI have the world's highest intensities and therefore allow certain experiments to be performed, which would not be possible elsewhere. The highlight of research this year was the first-ever determination of the chemical properties of the superheavy element {sup 107} Bohrium. This was undertaken, by an international team led by H. Gaeggeler of PSI's Laboratory for Radiochemistry. Bohrium was produced by bombarding a Berkelium target with Neon ions from the Injector I cyclotron and six atoms were detected after having passed through an online gas chromatography device. At the Laboratory for Particle Physics the focus has shifted from nuclear physics to elementary particle physics with about a fifty-fifty split between investigations of rare processes or particle decays using the high intensity muon, pion and recently also polarized neutron beams of PSI, and research at the highest energy frontier at CERN (Geneva) and DESY (Hamburg). Important space instrumentation has been contributed by the Laboratory for Astrophysics to the European Space Agency and NASA satellite programmes. The Laboratory for Micro and Nanotechnology continued to focus on research into molecular nanotechnology and SiGeC nanostructures, the latter with the aim of producing silicon based optoelectronics. Progress in 1999 in these topical areas is described in this report. A list of scientific publications in 1999 is also provided.

  11. Actinide production in the reaction of heavy ions with curium-248

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    Chemical experiments were performed to examine the usefulness of heavy ion transfer reactions in producing new, neutron-rich actinide nuclides. A general quasi-elastic to deep-inelastic mechanism is proposed, and the utility of this method as opposed to other methods (e.g. complete fusion) is discussed. The relative merits of various techniques of actinide target synthesis are discussed. A description is given of a target system designed to remove the large amounts of heat generated by the passage of a heavy ion beam through matter, thereby maximizing the beam intensity which can be safely used in an experiment. Also described is a general separation scheme for the actinide elements from protactinium (Z=91) to mendelevium (Z=101), and fast specific procedures for plutonium, americium and berkelium. The cross sections for the production of several nuclides from the bombardment of 248Cm with 18O, 86Kr and 136Xe projectiles at several energies near and below the Coulomb barrier were determined. The results are compared with yields from 48Ca and 238U bombardments of 248Cm. Simple extrapolation of the product yields into unknown regions of charge and mass indicates that the use of heavy ion transfer reactions to produce new, neutron-rich above-target species is limited. The substantial production of neutron-rich below-target species, however, indicates that with very heavy ions like 136Xe and 238U the new species 248Am, 249Am and 247Pu should be produced with large cross sections from a 248Cm target. A preliminary, unsuccessful attempt to isolate 247Pu is outlined. The failure is probably due to the half life of the decay, which is calculated to be less than 3 minutes. The absolute gamma ray intensities from 251Bk decay, necessary for calculating the 251Bk cross section, are also determined

  12. Chemical extraction of refractory inclusions from iron- and nickel-base alloys

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    Most iron- and nickel-base alloys contain certain refractory inclusions, which affect the physical properties of the alloy. Carbides are the predominant inclusion, but oxides, nitrides, sulfides, borides, and phosphides may also be present. A chemical extraction has been developed which effectively separates these inclusions from the matrix without the application of an external potential. The refractory inclusions are quantitatively extracted by chemical dissolution of the matrix at 250C with a solution 0.9 M in copper(II) potassium chloride and hydrochloric acid. The reagent also contains 0.1 M tartaric acid to avoid contamination of the insoluble inclusion with matrix hydrolysis products. The chemical extractant is identified as the Berzelius reagent. The solvent is a general reagent for the isolation of most refractory phases: carbides, nitrides, phosphides, sulfides, oxides, and certain intermetallic compounds. The reagent dissolves alloys which are predominantly aluminum, cobalt, copper, iron, nickel, or zinc. The separation requires up to 24 hours to dissolve the alloys' matrix

  13. A Novel Bis(phosphido)pyridine [PNP] 2− Pincer Ligand and Its Potassium and Bis(dimethylamido)zirconium(IV) Complexes

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    Winston, Matthew S.

    2010-12-13

    A novel PNP bis(secondary phosphine)pyridine pincer ligand, 2,6-bis(2-(phenylphosphino)phenyl)pyridine, has been prepared in high yield, and the properties of the doubly deprotonated form as a ligand in K 4(PNP)2(THF)6 and (PNP)Zr(NMe2) 2 have been investigated. The neutral PNP ligand has been isolated as a mixture of noninterconverting diastereomers, due to the presence of two chirogenic phosphorus atoms of the secondary phopshines, but coordination of the dianionic form to potassium and zirconium allows for isolation of a single diastereomer in near-quantitative yield. The structure of a bis(dimethylamido) zirconium(IV) derivative of the bis(phosphido)pyridine ligand and DFT calculations suggest that the phosphides do not π-bond to early transition metals, likely due to geometric strain and possibly orbital size mismatch between phosphorus and zirconium. As a result, the soft phosphides are prone to formation of insoluble oligomers with substantial bridging of the phosphido lone pairs to other zirconium centers. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  14. A three-dimensional porous MoP@C hybrid as a high-capacity, long-cycle life anode material for lithium-ion batteries.

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    Wang, Xia; Sun, Pingping; Qin, Jinwen; Wang, Jianqiang; Xiao, Ying; Cao, Minhua

    2016-05-21

    Metal phosphides are great promising anode materials for lithium-ion batteries with a high gravimetric capacity. However, significant challenges such as low capacity, fast capacity fading and poor cycle stability must be addressed for their practical applications. Herein, we demonstrate a versatile strategy for the synthesis of a novel three-dimensional porous molybdenum phosphide@carbon hybrid (3D porous MoP@C hybrid) by a template sol-gel method followed by an annealing treatment. The resultant hybrid exhibits a 3D interconnected ordered porous structure with a relatively high surface area. Benefiting from its advantages of microstructure and composition, the 3D porous MoP@C hybrid displays excellent lithium storage performance as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries in terms of specific capacity, cycling stability and long-cycle life. It presents stable cycling performance with a high reversible capacity up to 1028 mA h g(-1) at a current density of 100 mA g(-1) after 100 cycles. By ex situ XRD, HRTEM, SAED and XPS analyses, the 3D porous MoP@C hybrid was found to follow the Li-intercalation reaction mechanism (MoP + xLi(+) + e(-)↔ LixMoP), which was further confirmed by ab initio calculations based on density functional theory. PMID:27136974

  15. Deep level defects in high temperature annealed InP

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    DONG; Zhiyuan; ZHAO; Youwen; ZENG; Yiping; DUAN; Manlong

    2004-01-01

    Deep level defects in high temperature annealed semi-conducting InP have been studied by deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS). There is obvious difference in the deep defects between as-grown InP, InP annealed in phosphorus ambient and iron phosphide ambient, as far as their quantity and concentration are concerned. Only two defects at 0.24 and 0.64 eV can be detected in InP annealed iniron phosphide ambient,while defects at 0.24, 0.42, 0.54 and 0.64 eV have been detected in InP annealed in phosphorus ambient, in contrast to two defects at 0.49 and 0.64 eV or one defect at 0.13eV in as-grown InP. A defect suppression phenomenon related to iron diffusion process has been observed. The formation mechanism and the nature of the defects have been discussed.

  16. Evaluation of critical materials in five additional advance design photovoltaic cells

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    Smith, S.A.; Watts, R.L.; Martin, P.; Gurwell, W.E.

    1981-02-01

    The objective of this study is to identify potential material supply constraints due to the large-scale deployment of five advanced photovoltaic (PV) cell designs, and to suggest strategies to reduce the impacts of these production capacity limitations and potential future material shortages. The Critical Materials Assessment Program (CMAP) screens the designs and their supply chains and identifies potential shortages which might preclude large-scale use of the technologies. The results of the screening of five advanced PV cell designs are presented: (1) indium phosphide/cadmium sulfide, (2) zinc phosphide, (3) cadmium telluride/cadmium sulfide, (4) copper indium selenium, and (5) cadmium selenide photoelectrochemical. Each of these five cells is screened individually assuming that they first come online in 1991, and that 25 Gwe of peak capacity is online by the year 2000. A second computer screening assumes that each cell first comes online in 1991 and that each cell has a 5 GWe of peak capacity by the year 2000, so that the total online capacity for the five cells is 25 GWe. Based on a review of the preliminary baseline screening results, suggestions were made for varying such parameters as the layer thickness, cell production processes, etc. The resulting PV cell characterizations were then screened again by the CMAP computer code. The CMAP methodology used to identify critical materials is described; and detailed characterizations of the advanced photovoltaic cell designs under investigation, descriptions of additional cell production processes, and the results are presented. (WHK)

  17. Photoelectrochemistry of Semiconductor Nanowire Arrays

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    Mallouk, Thomas E; Redwing, Joan M

    2009-11-10

    This project supported research on the growth and photoelectrochemical characterization of semiconductor nanowire arrays, and on the development of catalytic materials for visible light water splitting to produce hydrogen and oxygen. Silicon nanowires were grown in the pores of anodic aluminum oxide films by the vapor-liquid-solid technique and were characterized electrochemically. Because adventitious doping from the membrane led to high dark currents, silicon nanowire arrays were then grown on silicon substrates. The dependence of the dark current and photovoltage on preparation techniques, wire diameter, and defect density was studied for both p-silicon and p-indium phosphide nanowire arrays. The open circuit photovoltage of liquid junction cells increased with increasing wire diameter, reaching 350 mV for micron-diameter silicon wires. Liquid junction and radial p-n junction solar cells were fabricated from silicon nano- and microwire arrays and tested. Iridium oxide cluster catalysts stabilized by bidentate malonate and succinate ligands were also made and studied for the water oxidation reaction. Highlights of this project included the first papers on silicon and indium phosphide nanowire solar cells, and a new procedure for making ligand-stabilized water oxidation catalysts that can be covalently linked to molecular photosensitizers or electrode surfaces.

  18. Swelling of advanced austenitic stainless steels developed for the environment of heavy neutron exposure

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    Modified Type-316 and higher-nickel advanced austenitic steels were irradiated in the FFTF and JOYO fast reactors to a neutron dose as high as 210 dpa. At temperatures greater than 500 C, P-, Si-, and Ti-bearing cold-worked austenitic steels showed significant swelling suppression even after 150 dpa. The dominant mechanism is associated with formation of stable phosphide precipitated by addition of Ti and/or increased Si. In the lower-temperature regime, where the phosphide precipitate is not present, silicon acts to suppress swelling at contents of about 0.8 wt%. Only at this higher silicon level, increased amounts of nickel reduced the swelling. At 0.5 wt% silicon, the swelling was insensitive to the alloying elements, such as Ni, Ti and P. The effect of Si and Ni could be explained by their influence on void nucleation through effects on effective vacancy diffusion coefficient. Further improvement in swelling was expected by increasing the nickel and possibly the phosphorus contents of the advanced austenitics. ((orig.))

  19. Crack growth resistance of irradiated Zr-2.5Nb pressure tube material at low hydrogen levels

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    The primary factors influencing the crack growth resistance of irradiated Zr-2.5Nb pressure tube material at low concentrations of hydrogen/deuterium are reviewed. These factors include the initial characteristics of the material, which have brought about improvements in the toughness, and the operating conditions in reactor. The paper presents an update on the current status of this work using J-R curves. Such curves are determined from curved compact and rising-pressure burst test specimens at 250oC, i.e., the lower end of the operating temperature range. Some of the challenges encountered in assessing the crack growth toughness of this high-strength, thin-walled material are discussed. The role of chlorine, known to be responsible for the presence of Zr-Cl-C particles and preferential de-cohesion and fissuring, is also highlighted. The results from the curved compact specimens suggest a limiting level of chlorine above which no further significant degradation in crack growth resistance occurs. This level of chlorine is about 3 wt ppm for material having a low concentration of zirconium phosphide (P < 20 wt ppm). Such results require confirmation using burst tests on material with intermediate levels of chlorine and low levels of zirconium phosphide. (author)

  20. Ab-Initio Calculations of Electronic Properties of InP and GaP

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    Malozovsky, Y.; Franklin, L.; Ekuma, E. C.; Zhao, G. L.; Bagayoko, D.

    2013-06-01

    We present results from ab-initio, self-consistent local density approximation (LDA) calculations of electronic and related properties of zinc blende indium phosphide (InP) and gallium phosphide (GaP). We employed a LDA potential and implemented the linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) formalism. This implementation followed the Bagayoko, Zhao and Williams (BZW) method, as enhanced by Ekuma and Franklin (BZW-EF). This method searches for the optimal basis set that yields the minima of the occupied energies. This search entails increases of the size of the basis set and the related modifications of angular symmetry and of radial orbitals. Our calculated, direct band gap of 1.398 eV (1.40 eV), at the Γ point, is in excellent agreement with experimental values, for InP, and our preliminary result for the indirect gap of GaP is 2.135 eV, from the Γ to X high symmetry points. We have also calculated electron and hole effective masses for both InP and GaP. These calculated properties also agree with experimental findings. We conclude that the BZW-EF method could be employed in calculations of electronic properties of high-Tc superconducting materials to explain their complex properties.

  1. Polymer-Embedded Fabrication of Co2P Nanoparticles Encapsulated in N,P-Doped Graphene for Hydrogen Generation.

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    Zhuang, Minghao; Ou, Xuewu; Dou, Yubing; Zhang, Lulu; Zhang, Qicheng; Wu, Ruizhe; Ding, Yao; Shao, Minhua; Luo, Zhengtang

    2016-07-13

    We developed a method to engineer well-distributed dicobalt phosphide (Co2P) nanoparticles encapsulated in N,P-doped graphene (Co2P@NPG) as electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). We fabricated such nanostructure by the absorption of initiator and functional monomers, including acrylamide and phytic acid on graphene oxides, followed by UV-initiated polymerization, then by adsorption of cobalt ions and finally calcination to form N,P-doped graphene structures. Our experimental results show significantly enhanced performance for such engineered nanostructures due to the synergistic effect from nanoparticles encapsulation and nitrogen and phosphorus doping on graphene structures. The obtained Co2P@NPG modified cathode exhibits small overpotentials of only -45 mV at 1 mA cm(-2), respectively, with a low Tafel slope of 58 mV dec(-1) and high exchange current density of 0.21 mA cm(-2) in 0.5 M H2SO4. In addition, encapsulation by N,P-doped graphene effectively prevent nanoparticle from corrosion, exhibiting nearly unfading catalytic performance after 30 h testing. This versatile method also opens a door for unprecedented design and fabrication of novel low-cost metal phosphide electrocatalysts encapsulated by graphene. PMID:27267432

  2. Interaction of coal-derived synthesis gas impurities with solid oxide fuel cell metallic components

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    Marina, Olga A.; Pederson, Larry R.; Coyle, Christopher A.; Edwards, Danny J.; Chou, Yeong-Shyung; Cramer, Carolyn N.

    Oxidation-resistant alloys find use as interconnect materials, heat exchangers, and gas supply tubing in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) systems, especially when operated at temperatures below ∼800 °C. If fueled with synthesis gas derived from coal or biomass, such metallic components could be exposed to impurities contained in those fuel sources. In this study, coupons of ferritic stainless steels Crofer 22 APU and SS 441, austenitic nickel-chromium superalloy Inconel 600, and an alumina-forming high nickel alloy alumel were exposed to synthesis gas containing ≤2 ppm phosphorus, arsenic and antimony, and reaction products were tested. Crofer 22 APU coupons coated with a (Mn,Co) 3O 4 protective layer were also evaluated. Phosphorus was found to be the most reactive. On Crofer 22 APU, the (Mn,Cr) 3O 4 passivation layer reacted to form an Mn-P-O product, predicted to be manganese phosphate from thermochemical calculations, and Cr 2O 3. On SS 441, reaction of phosphorus with (Mn,Cr) 3O 4 led to the formation of manganese phosphate as well as an Fe-P product, predicted from thermochemical calculations to be Fe 3P. Minimal interactions with antimony or arsenic in synthesis gas were limited to Fe-Sb and Fe-As solid solution formation. Though not intended for use on the anode side, a (Mn,Co) 3O 4 spinel coating on Crofer 22 APU reacted with phosphorus in synthesis gas to produce products consistent with Mn 3(PO 4) 2 and Co 2P. A thin Cr 2O 3 passivation layer on Inconel 600 did not prevent the formation of nickel phosphides and arsenides and of iron phosphides and arsenides, though no reaction with Cr 2O 3 was apparent. On alumel, an Al 2O 3 passivation layer rich in Ni did not prevent the formation of nickel phosphides, arsenides, and antimonides, though no reaction with Al 2O 3 occurred. This work shows that unprotected metallic components of an SOFC stack and system can provide a sink for P, As and Sb impurities that may be present in fuel gases, and thus complicate

  3. Particle detectors based on semiconducting InP epitaxial layers

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    Yatskiv, R.; Grym, J.; Zdansky, K.

    2011-01-01

    A study of electrical properties and detection performance of two types of Indium Phosphide detector structures was performed: (i) with p-n-junction and (ii) with Schottky contact prepared on high purity p-type InP. The p-n junction detectors were based on a high purity InP:Pr layers of both n- and p- type conductivity with carrier concentration on the order of 1014 cm-3 grown on Sn doped n-type substrate. Schottky barrier detectors were prepared by vacuum evaporation of Pd on high purity p-type epitaxial layer grown on Mn doped p-type substrate. The detection performance of particle detectors was measured by pulse-height spectra with alpha particles emitted from 241Am source at room temperature.

  4. Particle detectors based on semiconducting InP epitaxial layers

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    Yatskiv, R; Grym, J; Zdansky, K, E-mail: yatskiv@ufe.cz [Institute of Photonics and Electronics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Chaberska 57, 18251 Praha 8 (Czech Republic)

    2011-01-15

    A study of electrical properties and detection performance of two types of Indium Phosphide detector structures was performed: (i) with p-n-junction and (ii) with Schottky contact prepared on high purity p-type InP. The p-n junction detectors were based on a high purity InP:Pr layers of both n- and p- type conductivity with carrier concentration on the order of 10{sup 14} cm{sup -3} grown on Sn doped n-type substrate. Schottky barrier detectors were prepared by vacuum evaporation of Pd on high purity p-type epitaxial layer grown on Mn doped p-type substrate. The detection performance of particle detectors was measured by pulse-height spectra with alpha particles emitted from {sup 241}Am source at room temperature.

  5. Particle detectors based on semiconducting InP epitaxial layers

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    A study of electrical properties and detection performance of two types of Indium Phosphide detector structures was performed: (i) with p-n-junction and (ii) with Schottky contact prepared on high purity p-type InP. The p-n junction detectors were based on a high purity InP:Pr layers of both n- and p- type conductivity with carrier concentration on the order of 1014 cm-3 grown on Sn doped n-type substrate. Schottky barrier detectors were prepared by vacuum evaporation of Pd on high purity p-type epitaxial layer grown on Mn doped p-type substrate. The detection performance of particle detectors was measured by pulse-height spectra with alpha particles emitted from 241Am source at room temperature.

  6. Numerical analysis of second harmonic generation for THz-wave in a photonic crystal waveguide using a nonlinear FDTD algorithm

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    Saito, Kyosuke; Tanabe, Tadao; Oyama, Yutaka

    2016-04-01

    We have presented a numerical analysis to describe the behavior of a second harmonic generation (SHG) in THz regime by taking into account for both linear and nonlinear optical susceptibility. We employed a nonlinear finite-difference-time-domain (nonlinear FDTD) method to simulate SHG output characteristics in THz photonic crystal waveguide based on semi insulating gallium phosphide crystal. Unique phase matching conditions originated from photonic band dispersions with low group velocity are appeared, resulting in SHG output characteristics. This numerical study provides spectral information of SHG output in THz PC waveguide. THz PC waveguides is one of the active nonlinear optical devices in THz regime, and nonlinear FDTD method is a powerful tool to design photonic nonlinear THz devices.

  7. InP nanopore arrays for photoelectrochemical hydrogen generation

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    Li, Qiang; Zheng, Maojun; Zhang, Bin; Zhu, Changqing; Wang, Faze; Song, Jingnan; Zhong, Miao; Ma, Li; Shen, Wenzhong

    2016-02-01

    We report a facile and large-scale fabrication of highly ordered one-dimensional (1D) indium phosphide (InP) nanopore arrays (NPs) and their application as photoelectrodes for photoelectrochemical (PEC) hydrogen production. These InP NPs exhibit superior PEC performance due to their excellent light-trapping characteristics, high-quality 1D conducting channels and large surface areas. The photocurrent density of optimized InP NPs is 8.9 times higher than that of planar counterpart at an applied potential of +0.3 V versus RHE under AM 1.5G illumination (100 mW cm-2). In addition, the onset potential of InP NPs exhibits 105 mV of cathodic shift relative to planar control. The superior performance of the nanoporous samples is further explained by Mott-Schottky and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy ananlysis.

  8. Structure and bonding in metal-rich compounds: pnictides, chalcides and halides

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    The subject is reviewed under the following headings: introduction (compounds included in the review; purpose of the review); MX compounds with M = transition metal and X = O,N,S or P; sulfides and selenides of the transition metals; transition-metal phosphides; alkali oxides; transition-metal oxides and nitrides with X/M < 1; metal-rich halides; conclusion. The references number 238. Compounds of the following principal elements of nuclear interest are included in the tables and text: Am, Ce, Cs, Eu, Gd, Hf, La, Mo, Np, Nb, Pu, Pr, Pa, Re, Ru, Sc, Ta, Tb, Th, W, U, V, Y, Zr. The information in the tables is presented under: structure type, space group, lattice parameters and remarks. (U.K.)

  9. Self-supported electrocatalysts for advanced energy conversion processes

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    Tian Yi Ma

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The biggest challenge in developing new energy conversion technologies such as rechargeable metal-air batteries, regenerated fuel cells and water splitting devices is to find suitable catalysts that can efficiently and stably catalyze the key electrochemical processes involved. This paper reviews the new development of self-supported electrocatalysts in three categories: electrocatalysts growing on rigid substrates, electrocatalysts growing on soft substrates, and free-standing catalyst films. They are distinct and superior to the conventional powdery electrocatalysts, showing advantages in controllable nanostructure and chemical component, flexible electrode configuration, and outstanding catalytic performance. The self-supported electrocatalysts with various architectures like nanowire/plate/pillar arrays and porous films, composed of metals, metal oxides/selenides/phosphides, organic polymers, carbons and their corresponding hybrids, are presented and discussed. These catalysts exhibit high activity, durability and selectivity toward oxygen reduction, oxygen evolution, and/or hydrogen evolution reactions. The perspectives on the relevant areas are also proposed.

  10. Systematic approach for tolerance analysis of photonic systems

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    van Gurp, J. F. C.; Tichem, M.; Staufer, U.

    2011-08-01

    Passive alignment of photonic components is an assembly method compatible with a high production volume. Its precision performance relies completely on the dimensional accuracies of geometrical alignment features. A tolerance analysis plays a key role in designing and optimizing these passive alignment features. The objective of this paper is to develop a systematic approach for conducting such tolerance analysis, starting with a conceptual package design, setting up the tolerance chain, describing it mathematically and converting the misalignment to a coupling loss probability distribution expressed in dB. The method has successfully been applied to a case study where an indium phosphide (InP) chip is aligned with a TriPleX1 (SiO2 cladding with Si3N4 core) interposer via a silicon optical bench (SiOB).

  11. Photovoltaic mechanisms in polycrystalline thin-film solar cells. Quarterly technical progress report No. 3, April 27-July 27, 1979

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    Zanio, K.

    1979-10-01

    Indium phosphide films were prepared on (100) InP substrates by the planar reactive deposition technique in the temperature range 220 to 260/sup 0/C and growth rates of about 1 ..mu..m/hr, complete single-crystal epitaxy was achieved. The onset of the single-crystal to polycrystalline transition at 245/sup 0/C is characterized by a mosaic structure. Parallel studies to eventually passivate the grain boundaries in polycrystalline films were undertaken. A 5HC1:3HNO/sub 3/:4HF etch was found to preferentially attack 90% of the grain boundaries in bulk polycrystalline InP wafers. Canyons with depths greater than 10 ..mu..m and widths less than 1 ..mu..m were the most common form of attack. Although the etch had no effect on simple twin boundaries, preferential attack was observed at interfaces formed by multiple twinning events.

  12. Photoelectrochemical based direct conversion systems

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    Kocha, S.; Arent, D.; Peterson, M. [National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States)] [and others

    1995-09-01

    The goal of this research is to develop a stable, cost effective, photoelectrochemical based system that will split water upon illumination, producing hydrogen and oxygen directly, using sunlight as the only energy input. This type of direct conversion system combines a photovoltaic material and an electrolyzer into a single monolithic device. We report on our studies of two multifunction multiphoton photoelectrochemical devices, one based on the ternary semiconductor gallium indium phosphide, (GaInP{sub 2}), and the other one based on amorphous silicon carbide. We also report on our studies of the solid state surface treatment of GaInP{sub 2} as well as our continuing effort to develop synthetic techniques for the attachment of transition metal complexes to the surface of semiconductor electrodes. All our surface studies are directed at controlling the interface energetics and forming stable catalytic surfaces.

  13. Modifying candle soot with FeP nanoparticles into high-performance and cost-effective catalysts for the electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution reaction.

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    Zhang, Zhe; Hao, Jinhui; Yang, Wenshu; Lu, Baoping; Tang, Jilin

    2015-03-14

    Developing inexpensive and highly efficient non-precious-metal electrocatalysts has been proposed as a promising alternative to platinum-based catalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). Herein, we report novel FeP NPs supported on inexpensive and available candle soot (FeP-CS) derived from Fe3O4-CS hybrid precursors obtained after a phosphidation reaction. As HER electrocatalysts, the FeP-CS hybrids exhibit high electrocatalytic ability for HER with a Tafel slope of 58 mV dec(-1), a low onset overpotential of 38 mV, a large exchange current density of 2.2 × 10(-1) mA cm(-2) and an overpotential of 112 mV to obtain a current of 10 mA cm(-2). The present work shows significant advance in designing and developing non-precious-metal electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction. PMID:25685982

  14. Synthesis and characterization of Fe3P composite nanorods produced by phosphate reduction in anodized alumina templates

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    A synthetic method for nanoscale iron phosphide rod production based on reductive annealing of iron phosphate deposited in porous alumina membranes has been explored. Two methods of pore filling, incipient wetness and drip-drying of precursor phosphate particles, were investigated. Reduction was carried out in a flowing H2/Ar atmosphere at 650-800 deg. C for 2 h and the template was removed by dissolution in NaOH. Particle morphology, composition and phase were examined by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, scanning transmission electron microscopy and energy-dispersive spectroscopy. The data suggest that rods are formed as heterogeneous structures comprising Fe3P nanoparticles within an amorphous matrix

  15. Nanocrystal doped matrixes

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    Parce, J. Wallace; Bernatis, Paul; Dubrow, Robert; Freeman, William P.; Gamoras, Joel; Kan, Shihai; Meisel, Andreas; Qian, Baixin; Whiteford, Jeffery A.; Ziebarth, Jonathan

    2010-01-12

    Matrixes doped with semiconductor nanocrystals are provided. In certain embodiments, the semiconductor nanocrystals have a size and composition such that they absorb or emit light at particular wavelengths. The nanocrystals can comprise ligands that allow for mixing with various matrix materials, including polymers, such that a minimal portion of light is scattered by the matrixes. The matrixes of the present invention can also be utilized in refractive index matching applications. In other embodiments, semiconductor nanocrystals are embedded within matrixes to form a nanocrystal density gradient, thereby creating an effective refractive index gradient. The matrixes of the present invention can also be used as filters and antireflective coatings on optical devices and as down-converting layers. Processes for producing matrixes comprising semiconductor nanocrystals are also provided. Nanostructures having high quantum efficiency, small size, and/or a narrow size distribution are also described, as are methods of producing indium phosphide nanostructures and core-shell nanostructures with Group II-VI shells.

  16. Aerogels Handbook

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    Aegerter, Michel A; Koebel, Matthias M

    2011-01-01

    Aerogels are the lightest solids known. Up to 1000 times lighter than glass and with a density as low as only four times that of air, they show very high thermal, electrical and acoustic insulation values and hold many entries in Guinness World Records. Originally based on silica, R&D efforts have extended this class of materials to non-silicate inorganic oxides, natural and synthetic organic polymers, carbon, metal and ceramic materials, etc. Composite systems involving polymer-crosslinked aerogels and interpenetrating hybrid networks have been developed and exhibit remarkable mechanical strength and flexibility. Even more exotic aerogels based on clays, chalcogenides, phosphides, quantum dots, and biopolymers such as chitosan are opening new applications for the construction, transportation, energy, defense and healthcare industries. Applications in electronics, chemistry, mechanics, engineering, energy production and storage, sensors, medicine, nanotechnology, military and aerospace, oil and gas recove...

  17. Biomimetic-Inspired Infrared Sensors from Zn3P2 Microwires: Study of Their Photoconductivity and Infrared Spectrum Properties

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    M. Israelowitz

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The fire beetle, Melanophila acuminata (Coleoptera: Buprestidae, senses infrared radiation at wavelengths of 3 and 10–25 microns via specialized protein-containing sensilla. Although the protein denatures outside of a biological system, this detection mechanism has inspired our bottom-up approach to produce single zinc phosphide microwires via vapour transport for IR sensing. The Zn3P2 microwires were immobilized and electrical contact was made by dielectrophoresis. Photoconductivity measurements have been extended to the near IR range, spanning the Zn3P2 band gaps. Purity and integrity of the Zn3P2 microwires including infrared light scattering properties were confirmed by infrared transmission microscopy. This biomimetic microwire shows promise for infrared chip development.

  18. Low Noise Amplifiers for 140 Ghz Wide-Band Cryogenic Receivers

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    Larkoski, Patricia V.; Kangaslahti, Pekka; Samoska, Lorene; Lai, Richard; Sarkozy, Stephen

    2013-01-01

    We report S-parameter and noise measurements for three different Indium Phosphide 35-nanometer-gate-length High Electron Mobility Transistor (HEMT) Low Noise Amplifier (LNA) designs operating in the frequency range centered on 140 gigahertz. When packaged in a Waveguide Rectangular-6.1 waveguide housing, the LNAs have an average measured noise figure of 3.0 decibels - 3.6 decibels over the 122-170 gigahertz band. One LNA was cooled to 20 degrees Kelvin and a record low noise temperature of 46 Kelvin, or 0.64 decibels noise figure, was measured at 152 gigahertz. These amplifiers can be used to develop receivers for instruments that operate in the 130-170 gigahertz atmospheric window, which is an important frequency band for ground-based astronomy and millimeter-wave imaging applications.

  19. 3D integrated hybrid silicon laser.

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    Song, Bowen; Stagarescu, Cristian; Ristic, Sasa; Behfar, Alex; Klamkin, Jonathan

    2016-05-16

    Lasers were realized on silicon by flip-chip bonding of indium phosphide (InP) devices containing total internal reflection turning mirrors for surface emission. Light is coupled to the silicon waveguides through surface grating couplers. With this technique, InP lasers were integrated on silicon. Laser cavities were also formed by coupling InP reflective semiconductor optical amplifiers to microring resonator filters and distributed Bragg reflector mirrors. Single-mode continuous wave lasing was demonstrated with a side mode suppression ratio of 30 dB. Up to 2 mW of optical power was coupled to the silicon waveguide. Thermal simulations were also performed to evaluate the low thermal impedance afforded by this architecture and potential for high wall-plug efficiency. PMID:27409867

  20. III-Vs at Scale: A PV Manufacturing Cost Analysis of the Thin Film Vapor-Liquid-Solid Growth Mode

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    Zheng, Maxwell; Horowitz, Kelsey; Woodhouse, Michael; Battaglia, Corsin; Kapadia, Rehan; Javey, Ali

    2016-06-01

    The authors present a manufacturing cost analysis for producing thin-film indium phosphide modules by combining a novel thin-film vapor-liquid-solid (TF-VLS) growth process with a standard monolithic module platform. The example cell structure is ITO/n-TiO2/p-InP/Mo. For a benchmark scenario of 12% efficient modules, the module cost is estimated to be $0.66/W(DC) and the module cost is calculated to be around $0.36/W(DC) at a long-term potential efficiency of 24%. The manufacturing cost for the TF-VLS growth portion is estimated to be ~$23/m2, a significant reduction compared with traditional metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. The analysis here suggests the TF-VLS growth mode could enable lower-cost, high-efficiency III-V photovoltaics compared with manufacturing methods used today and open up possibilities for other optoelectronic applications as well.

  1. Theoretical and experimental research in space photovoltaics

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    Faur, Mircea; Faur, Maria

    1995-01-01

    Theoretical and experimental research is outlined for indium phosphide solar cells, other solar cells for space applications, fabrication and performance measurements of shallow homojunction InP solar cells for space applications, improved processing steps and InP material characterization with applications to fabrication of high efficiency radiation resistant InP solar cells and other opto-electronic InP devices, InP solar cells fabricated by thermal diffusion, experiment-based predicted high efficiency solar cells fabricated by closed-ampoule thermal diffusion, radiation resistance of diffused junction InP solar cells, chemical and electrochemical characterization and processing of InP diffused structures and solar cells, and progress in p(+)n InP diffused solar cells.

  2. Room-temperature Coulomb staircase in semiconducting InP nanowires modulated with light illumination

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    Detailed electron transport analysis is performed for an ensemble of conical indium phosphide nanowires bridging two hydrogenated n+-silicon electrodes. The current-voltage (I-V) characteristics exhibit a Coulomb staircase in the dark with a period of ∼ 1 V at room temperature. The staircase is found to disappear under light illumination. This observation can be explained by assuming the presence of a tiny Coulomb island, and its existence is possible due to the large surface depletion region created within contributing nanowires. Electrons tunnel in and out of the Coulomb island, resulting in the Coulomb staircase I-V. Applying light illumination raises the electron quasi-Fermi level and the tunneling barriers are buried, causing the Coulomb staircase to disappear.

  3. Elastic constants of nanoporous III-V semiconductors

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    Resonant ultrasound spectroscopy is applied to determine elastic constants of nanoporous gallium arsenide and indium phosphide single crystals with various pore morphologies. Three samples with approximately the same level of porosity (30%) are studied; it is shown that in all cases this porosity leads to a decrease of Young’s moduli by more than 50% and to a significant increase of the Poisson’s ratios, while the strength of the resulting elastic anisotropy of the nanoporous material follows from the particular morphology of the pores. The experimentally obtained elastic constants are compared to those predicted for the given morphologies by finite elements modeling. It is observed that the numerical models give acceptably realistic predictions of the elastic constants, although they tend to underestimate the decrease of the elastic moduli due to the porosity as well as the corresponding increase of the Poisson’s ratio. (paper)

  4. Gate tunable monolayer MoS{sub 2}/InP heterostructure solar cells

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    Lin, Shisheng, E-mail: shishenglin@zju.edu.cn; Wang, Peng; Li, Xiaoqiang; Wu, Zhiqian; Xu, Zhijuan; Zhang, Shengjiao; Xu, Wenli [College of Information Science and Electronic Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China)

    2015-10-12

    We demonstrate monolayer molybdenum disulfide (MoS{sub 2})/indium phosphide (InP) van der Waals heterostructure with remarkable photovoltaic response. Furthermore, benefiting from the atomically thin and semiconductor nature of MoS{sub 2}, we have designed the gate tunable MoS{sub 2}/InP heterostructure. Applied with a top gate voltage, the Fermi level of MoS{sub 2} is effectively tuned, and the barrier height at the MoS{sub 2}/InP heterojunction correspondingly changes. The power conversion efficiency of MoS{sub 2}/InP solar cells has reached a value of 7.1% under AM 1.5G illumination with a gate voltage of +6 V. The tunable MoS{sub 2}/InP heterostructure may be promising for highly efficient solar cells.

  5. The layered polyphosphide Ag3.73(4)Zn2.27(4)P16

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    Marianne Köpf; Oliver Osters; Melanie Bawohl; Tom Nilges

    2012-01-01

    The silver zinc hexa­deca­phosphide Ag3.73(4)Zn2.27(4)P16 is the first polyphosphide in the ternary system Ag/Zn/P. It was synthesized from stoichiometric mixtures of Ag, Zn and P in the molar ratio 4:2:16, using AgI as a mineralizing agent in a gas-phase-assisted reaction. Ag3.73(4)Zn2.27(4)P16 crystallizes in the Cu5InP16 structure type. The asymmetric unit contains two Ag/Zn sites with mixed occupancies and four P sites. One of the Ag/Zn sites is located on a twofold rotation axis. The pol...

  6. Electron Spin Relaxation in Intrinsic Bulk InP Semiconductor

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    Ma, Hong; Wang, Lihua; Ma, Guohong

    2010-01-01

    Electron spin dynamics is studied by time resolved pump probe reflectivity (TRPPR) technique using the co- and counter-circularly polarized femtosecond pulses in intrinsic bulk Indium Phosphide (InP) crystal at room temperature and 70 K. The reflectivity change from bleaching into absorption enhancement is observed with increasing pump photon energy. This phenomenon can be explained in terms of the spin sensitive band filling and band gap renormalization effects. Although electron spin relaxation process at room temperature is much faster than that at 70K, carrier density dependence of electron spin relaxation shows similar tendency. With increasing carrier density, the electron spin relaxation time increases initially and then decreases after reaching a maximum value. Our experimental results agree well with the recent theoretical prediction and D'yakonov-Perel' mechanism is considered as a dominating contribution to the electron spin relaxation in intrinsic bulk InP semiconductor.

  7. A quantum entropy source on an InP photonic integrated circuit for random number generation

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    Abellan, Carlos; Domenech, David; Muñoz, Pascual; Capmany, Jose; Longhi, Stefano; Mitchell, Morgan W; Pruneri, Valerio

    2016-01-01

    Random number generators are essential to ensure performance in information technologies, including cryptography, stochastic simulations and massive data processing. The quality of random numbers ultimately determines the security and privacy that can be achieved, while the speed at which they can be generated poses limits to the utilisation of the available resources. In this work we propose and demonstrate a quantum entropy source for random number generation on an indium phosphide photonic integrated circuit made possible by a new design using two-laser interference and heterodyne detection. The resulting device offers high-speed operation with unprecedented security guarantees and reduced form factor. It is also compatible with complementary metal-oxide semiconductor technology, opening the path to its integration in computation and communication electronic cards, which is particularly relevant for the intensive migration of information processing and storage tasks from local premises to cloud data centre...

  8. Zintl Salts Ba2P7X (X = Cl, Br, and I: Synthesis, Crystal, and Electronic Structures

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    Juli-Anna Dolyniuk

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Two barium phosphide halides, Ba2P7Br and Ba2P7I, were synthesized and structurally characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction. Both compounds crystallize in the monoclinic space group P21/m (No. 11 and are isostructural to Ba2P7Cl. The crystal structures of Ba2P7X (X = Cl, Br, I feature the presence of heptaphosphanortricyclane P73− clusters along with halogen anions and barium cations. According to the Zintl concept, Ba2P7X compounds are electron-balanced semiconductors. Quantum-chemical calculations together with UV-Visible spectroscopy confirm the title compounds are wide bandgap semiconductors. The bonding in the P73− clusters was analyzed by means of electron localization function. The elemental compositions were confirmed using energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy.

  9. Electron-phonon superconductivity in APt3P (A=Sr, Ca, La) compounds: From weak to strong coupling

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    Subedi, Alaska; Ortenzi, Luciano; Boeri, Lilia

    2013-04-01

    We study the newly discovered Pt phosphides APt3P (A=Sr, Ca, La) [T. Takayama , Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.108.237001 108, 237001 (2012)] using first-principles calculations and Migdal-Eliashberg theory. Given the remarkable agreement with the experiment, we exclude the charge-density wave scenario proposed by previous first-principles calculations, and give conclusive answers concerning the superconducting state in these materials. The pairing increases from La to Ca and Sr due to changes in the electron-phonon matrix elements and low-frequency phonons. Although we find that all three compounds are well described by conventional s-wave superconductivity and spin-orbit coupling of Pt plays a marginal role, we show that it could be possible to tune the structure from centrosymmetric to noncentrosymmetric opening new perspectives towards the understanding of unconventional superconductivity.

  10. Influence of Ni-P Coated SiC and Laser Scan Speed on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of IN625 Metal Matrix Composites

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    Sateesh, N. H.; Kumar, G. C. Mohan; Krishna, Prasad

    2015-12-01

    Nickel based Inconel-625 (IN625) metal matrix composites (MMCs) were prepared using pre-heated nickel phosphide (Ni-P) coated silicon carbide (SiC) reinforcement particles by Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) additive manufacturing process under inert nitrogen atmosphere to obtain interface influences on MMCs. The distribution of SiC particles and microstructures were characterized using optical and scanning electron micrographs, and the mechanical behaviours were thoroughly examined. The results clearly reveal that the interface integrity between the SiC particles and the IN625 matrix, the mixed powders flowability, the SiC ceramic particles and laser beam interaction, and the hardness, and tensile characteristics of the DMLS processed MMCs were improved effectively by the use of Ni-P coated SiC particles.

  11. The Significance of Multivalent Bonding Motifs and “Bond Order” in DNA-Directed Nanoparticle Crystallization

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    Thaner, Ryan V.; Eryazici, Ibrahim; Macfarlane, Robert J.; Brown, Keith A.; Lee, Byeongdu; Nguyen, SonBinh T.; Mirkin, Chad A.

    2016-05-18

    Multivalent oligonucleotide-based bonding elements have been synthesized and studied for the assembly and crystallization of gold nanoparticles. Through the use of organic branching points, divalent and trivalent DNA linkers were readily incorporated into the oligonucleotide shells that define DNA-nanoparticles and compared to monovalent linker systems. These multivalent bonding motifs enable the change of "bond strength" between particles and therefore modulate the effective "bond order." In addition, the improved accessibility of strands between neighboring particles, either due to multivalency or modifications to increase strand flexibility, gives rise to superlattices with less strain in the crystallites compared to traditional designs. Furthermore, the increased availability and number of binding modes also provide a new variable that allows previously unobserved crystal structures to be synthesized, as evidenced by the formation of a thorium phosphide superlattice.

  12. The temperature and oxygen pressure influence on the iron secondary ion emission

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    Investigations of secondary ion composition, ejected from the iron surface by an Ar+ beam with E=2keV and current density 5 x 10-7A/cm2, were carried out. The influence of the target temperature and oxygen partial pressure value near its surface on the composition and quantitative ratio of flow values of secondary ions ejected from the target is shown. A strong effect of bulk admixtures (C.S.P) on the temperature dependences of mass line intensities of secondary ions of oxides, carbides, sulphides and phosphides of iron in the high temperature ranges is discovered. The influence of two mechanisms of carbon diffusion on coverage size of the target surface by iron carbides is observed. (Auth.)

  13. Presumed cause of mass deaths of rooks (Corvus Frugilegus Pastinator) using PIXE analysis

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    Eighty-nine wild birds were found dead in Ogata Village in northern Japan in March 2006. Eighty-eight of the birds were rooks (Corvus Frugilegus Pastinator), which are migratory birds. Since the use of rodenticide (thallium sulfide and zinc phosphide) in the area around where the birds had been found was revealed by a survey, etiological and pathological examinations including elemental analysis by means of particle induced X-ray emission (PIXE) were conducted. Elemental analysis showed high concentrations (56-365 dry-μg/g) of thallium in the lungs, gastric contents, intestines, livers and kidneys. Histopathological examination revealed vacuolar degeneration of hepatic cells and granular and/or hyaline droplet degeneration of renal tubular epithelia. The results suggest that the mass deaths were caused by thallium poisoning. (author)

  14. Effects of pressure on deep levels in semiconductors: The MFe center in InP

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    This work investigated the effects of hydrostatic pressure on the properties and bistability of the scientifically challenging and technologically important deep MFe center in iron (Fe)-doped, n-type indium phosphide (InP). When occupied by electrons, the center can be reversibly placed in either of two configurations, termed A and B, by the proper choice of electric biasing conditions and temperature. Pressure has a very large influence on the balance between these two configurations, favoring A over B. Above 8 kbar essentially only the A configuration is observed. This result, along with detailed studies of the effects of pressure on the energetics of the two configurations and on the kinetics of the B→A transformation, provide important new insights about the nature of the two configurations and their associated deep levels. (copyright 2004 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  15. Radiation-hard, high efficiency InP solar cell and panel development

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    Indium phosphide solar cells with efficiencies over 19% (Air mass zero, 25 degrees C) and area of 4 cm2 have been made and incorporated into prototype panels. The panels will be tested in space to confirm the high radiation resistance expected from InP solar cells, which makes the material attractive for space use, particularly in high-radiation orbits. Laboratory testing indicated an end-of-life efficiency of 15.5% after 1015 1 MeV electrons, and 12% after 1016. These cells are made by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition, and have a shallow homojunction structure. The manufacturing process is amendable to scale-up to larger volumes; more than 200 cells were produced in the laboratory operation. Cell performance, radiation degradation, annealing behavior, and results of deep level transient spectroscopy studies are presented in this paper

  16. Pressure effects on the elastic and lattice dynamics properties of AlP from first-principles calculations

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    We have performed first-principles calculations to investigate the behavior under hydrostatic pressure of the structural, elastic and lattice dynamics properties of aluminum phosphide crystal (AlP), in both zinc-blende (B3) and nickel arsenide (B8) phases. Our calculated structural and electronic properties are in good agreement with previous theoretical and experimental results. The elastic constants, bulk modulus (B), shear modulus (G), and Young's modulus (E), Born effective charge and static dielectric constant ε0, were calculated with the generalized gradient approximations and the density functional perturbation theory (DFPT). Our results in the pressure behavior of the elastic and dielectric properties of both phases are compared and contrasted with the common III–V materials. The Born effective charge ZB decreases linearly with pressure increasing, while the static dielectric constant decreases quadratically with the increase of pressure

  17. Pressure effects on the elastic and lattice dynamics properties of AlP from first-principles calculations

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    Lakel, S., E-mail: s.lakel@yahoo.fr [Laboratory of physical materials - University of LAGHOUAT – BP 37G, Laghouat (Algeria); Laboratoire de Matériaux Semi Conducteurs et Métalliques «LMSM», Université de Biskra (Algeria); Okbi, F. [Laboratoire de Sciences Fondamentales, Université Amar Telidji de Laghouat, BP 37G, Laghouat 03000 (Algeria); Ibrir, M. [Laboratoire de Sciences Fondamentales, Université Amar Telidji de Laghouat, BP 37G, Laghouat 03000 (Algeria); Département de physique, Université de M' sila (Algeria); Almi, K. [Laboratoire de Matériaux Semi Conducteurs et Métalliques «LMSM», Université de Biskra (Algeria)

    2015-03-30

    We have performed first-principles calculations to investigate the behavior under hydrostatic pressure of the structural, elastic and lattice dynamics properties of aluminum phosphide crystal (AlP), in both zinc-blende (B3) and nickel arsenide (B8) phases. Our calculated structural and electronic properties are in good agreement with previous theoretical and experimental results. The elastic constants, bulk modulus (B), shear modulus (G), and Young's modulus (E), Born effective charge and static dielectric constant ε{sub 0}, were calculated with the generalized gradient approximations and the density functional perturbation theory (DFPT). Our results in the pressure behavior of the elastic and dielectric properties of both phases are compared and contrasted with the common III–V materials. The Born effective charge ZB decreases linearly with pressure increasing, while the static dielectric constant decreases quadratically with the increase of pressure.

  18. Calculated performance of p(+)n InP solar cells with In(0.52)Al(0.48)As window layers

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    Jain, R. K.; Landis, G. A.

    1991-01-01

    The performance of indium phosphide solar cells with lattice matched wide band-gap In(0.52)Al(0.48)As window layers was calculated using the PC-1D computer code. The conversion efficiency of p(+)n InP solar cells is improved significantly by the window layer. No improvement is seen for n(+)p structures. The improvement in InP cell efficiency was studied as a function of In(0.52)Al(0.48)As layer thickness. The use of the window layer improves both the open circuit voltage and short circuit current.For a typical In(0.52)Al(0.48)As window layer thickness of 20 nm, the cell efficiency improves in excess of 27 percent to a value of 18.74 percent.

  19. Competitive Oxidation and Hydration During Aqueous Alteration of Asteroids

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    Zolotov, M. Y.; Mironenko, M. V.; Shock, E. L.

    2005-01-01

    Introduction: Studies of chondrites show that incorporation of H2O ice during formation of asteroids followed by radioactive heating caused partial oxidation and hydration of primary reduced and anhydrous rocks. Oxidation of kamacite, phosphides, troilite and organic polymers occurred through consumption of water s oxygen and release of H2. Hydration caused formation of serpentine, saponite, chlorite, talc and hydrated salts. Since H2O was the major reactant in oxidation and hydration, these processes could have been competitive. Redox reactions in asteroids should have been closely connected to hydration (dehydration) during aqueous alteration and thermal metamorphism. For example, dehydration and reduction release H2O that can be consumed in oxidation and hydration, respectively. We model asteroidal processes in order to quantify the fate of H2O and water s oxygen in major redox and hydration/dehydration reactions. Model: Equilibrium compositions in the gas-solid-liquid

  20. Magnetic and transport properties of a strongly anisotropic ferromagnet, UCu2P2

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    We report here the results of the magnetisation and electrical resistivity measurements on UCu2P2 single crystals. This phosphide, crystallizing in the hexagonal structure of CaAl2Si2 type, appears to be a strongly anisotropic ferromagnet with evidence of a significant domain effect at low temperatures. Its Curie temperature is as high as 216 K which is the record for any known ferromagnetic uranium compounds. The anisotropy field is of the order of magnitude of 106Oe. The electrical resistivity results of UCu2P2 undoubtedly point to the semimetallic character of this compound. The character of magnetism in UCu2P2 as well as the origin of its very high Tc are discussed. We present also the magnetic ordering analysis based on the molecular-field approximation. As a result, we found four different magnetic structures which can occur for compounds with the CaAl2Si2-type crystal structure. (author)

  1. Evaluation of aziridine bonding agent by means of chemical and instrumental techniques of analysis

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available A new method using wet chemistry and instrumental analysis has been developed for evaluating the ring-opening of aziridine tris [1-(2 methyl aziridinyl] phosphide oxide (MAPO of the bonding agent used in composite propellant. A reduction was observed in the intensity absorption bands in 1400 and 1040 cm-1, characteristic of aziridinic ring. It was also observed, in some cases, that when the number of open aziridinyl ring increases, the NH band in the range 3400-3300 cm-1, that appears with ring-opening, is located in the region of lower wave numbers. The study of the synthesis of MAPO derivative indicated side reactions such as homopolymerization of rings and also, with secondary hydroxyl of the 12-hydroxy stearic acid and probable humidity existent in the original sample.

  2. Laboratory tests of seven rodenticides for the control of Meriones shawi.

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    Gill, J E; Redfern, R

    1983-10-01

    The response of Meriones shawi to seven rodenticides was investigated in laboratory feeding tests. The species proved to be much less susceptible to anticoagulants than most other species of rodent pests. Brodifacoum (at 0.005%), although giving complete mortality after only 8 days' continuous feeding, was more toxic than warfarin (0.025%), coumatetralyl (0.0375%), difenacoum (0.005%) and bromadiolone (0.005%). Calciferol (0.1%), though toxic, was significantly unpalatable. Zinc phosphide (5.0%) presented for 2 days in a choice test against unpoisoned food gave 80% mortality and appears to be the most suitable of these compounds for the control of M. shawi in the field. PMID:6605985

  3. Chemical composition and structural transformations of amorphous chromium coatings electrodeposited from Cr(III) electrolytes

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    Safonova, Olga V. [Swiss-Norwegian Beamlines at European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, 38043 Grenoble Cedex (France); Vykhodtseva, Ludmila N. [Department of Electrochemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Moscow State University, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Polyakov, Nikolai A. [A.N. Frumkin Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Swarbrick, Janine C. [European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, 38043 Grenoble Cedex (France); Sikora, Marcin [European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, 38043 Grenoble Cedex (France); Department of Solid State Physics, Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science, AGH University of Science and Technology, Av. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Krakow (Poland); Glatzel, Pieter [European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, 38043 Grenoble Cedex (France); Safonov, Viktor A., E-mail: safon@elch.chem.msu.r [Department of Electrochemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Moscow State University, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2010-12-15

    Amorphous chromium coatings were electrodeposited from Cr(III)-based solutions containing organic (HCOONa) or phosphorus-containing (NaH{sub 2}PO{sub 2}) additives. Their structure was studied by a combination of X-ray diffraction (XRD), valence-to-core X-ray emission spectroscopy (XES) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) at the Cr K-edge. Metalloid atoms (C or P) incorporated in electroplates structure are chemically bonded to chromium (i.e. are located in the first coordination shell). Upon annealing at elevated temperatures in vacuum, these amorphous coatings crystallize into a mixture of phases containing metallic chromium and chromium carbides or chromium phosphides. Quantitative analysis of valence-to-core XES data demonstrates that the average local structure of chromium in the amorphous coatings does not change significantly during crystallization.

  4. Application of fluorine calorimetry method for determination of compound formation enthalpy

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    Systematized and analyzed in detail are literary data on enthalpies of fluoride formation as well as other multiple compounds of Zr, Hf, U, Nb, Ta, Ru, Cd, Yt, Th, Be, Mo, W, V and other elements prepared by the fluorine calorimetry method. Considered and discussed are the results of determinations of combustion heats of different metals in fluorine, the most significant non-metals as well as compounds like oxides, sulfides, nitrides, phosphides, carbides, borides, low fluorides and others. Discussed is the influence of different factors on the accuracy of the data obtained. Separately considered are the results of determination of heat effects of reactions of fluoration with participation of a number of other fluorine-containing oxidants ( oxygen difluoride, chlorine, xenon, nitrogen, carbon, boron, silicon and sulfur fluorides)

  5. Shallow surface etching of organic and inorganic compounds by electrospray droplet impact

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    The electrospray droplet impact (EDI) was applied to bradykinin, polyethylene terephthalate (PET), SiO2/Si, and indium phosphide (InP). It was found that bradykinin deposited on the stainless steel substrate was ionized/desorbed without the accumulation of radiation products. The film thickness desorbed by a single collisional event was found to be less than 10 monolayers. In the EDI mass spectra for PET, several fragment ions were observed but the XPS spectra did not change with prolonged cluster irradiation. The etching rate for SiO2 by EDI was measured to be ∼0.2 nm/min. The surface roughness of InP etched by EDI was found to be one order of magnitude smaller than that etched by 3 keV Ar+ for about the same etching depths. EDI is capable of shallow surface etching with little damage left on the etched surface.

  6. Self-supported Cu3P nanowire arrays as an integrated high-performance three-dimensional cathode for generating hydrogen from water.

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    Tian, Jingqi; Liu, Qian; Cheng, Ningyan; Asiri, Abdullah M; Sun, Xuping

    2014-09-01

    Searching for inexpensive hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) electrocatalysts with high activity has attracted considerable research interest in the past years. Reported herein is the topotactic fabrication of self-supported Cu3 P nanowire arrays on commercial porous copper foam (Cu3 P NW/CF) from its Cu(OH)2 NW/CF precursor by a low-temperature phosphidation reaction. Remarkably, as an integrated three-dimensional hydrogen-evolving cathode operating in acidic electrolytes, Cu3 P NW/CF maintains its activity for at least 25 hours and exhibits an onset overpotential of 62 mV, a Tafel slope of 67 mV dec(-1) , and a Faradaic efficiency close to 100 %. Catalytic current density can approach 10 mA cm(-2) at an overpotential of 143 mV. PMID:25044801

  7. Optical and interfacial electronic properties of diamond-like carbon films

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    Woollam, J. A.; Natarajan, V.; Lamb, J.; Khan, A. A.; Bu-Abbud, G.; Banks, B.; Pouch, J.; Gulino, D. A.; Domitz, S.; Liu, D. C.

    1984-01-01

    Hard, semitransparent carbon films were prepared on oriented polished crystal wafers of silicon, indium phosphide and gallium arsenide, as well as on KBr and quartz. Properties of the films were determined using IR and visible absorption spectrocopy, ellipsometry, conductance-capacitance spectroscopy and alpha particle-proton recoil spectroscopy. Preparation techniques include RF plasma decomposition of methane (and other hydrocarbons), ion beam sputtering, and dual-ion-beam sputter deposition. Optical energy band gaps as large as 2.7 eV and extinction coefficients lower than 0.1 at long wavelengths are found. Electronic state densities at the interface with silicon as low as 10 to the 10th states/eV sq cm per were found.

  8. Reconfigurable photonic integrated mode (de)multiplexer for SDM fiber transmission

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    Melati, Daniele; Melloni, Andrea

    2016-01-01

    A photonic integrated circuit for mode multiplexing and demultiplexing in a few-mode fiber is presented and demonstrated. Two 10 Gbit/s channels at the same wavelength and polarization are simultaneously transmitted over modes LP01 and LP11a of a few-mode fiber exploiting the integrated mode MUX and DEMUX. The proposed Indium-Phosphide-based circuits have a good coupling efficiency with fiber modes with mode-dependant loss smaller than 1 dB. Measured mode excitation cross-talk is as low as -20 dB and a channel cross-talk after propagation and demultiplexing of -15 dB is achieved. An operational bandwidth of the full transmission system of at least 10 nm is demonstrated. Both mode MUX and DEMUX are fully reconfigurable and allow a dynamic switch of channel routing in the transmission system.

  9. On the properties of Au2₂P₃z (z = -1, 0, +1): analysis of geometry, interaction, and electron density

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    Xu, Kang-Ming; Jiang, Shuai; Zhu, Yu-Peng; Huang, Teng; Liu, Yi-Rong; Zhang, Yang; Lv, Yu-Zhou; Huang, Wei

    2015-03-02

    Au₂P₃, the only metastable binary phase of gold phosphide, has been discovered to exhibit remarkable semiconductor properties among metal phosphides. A systematic study on the geometry, the transformation of Au₂P₃ into different valence states and the different interactions among the atoms of the species is performed by using the density functional theory (DFT) method. The global minimum of Au₂P₃- is a 3D structure with Cs symmetry. This structure could be distorted from a planar configuration of Au₂P₃ which decreases the steric effect on it and leads to a new stable configuration. An analogous planar configuration, a local minimum rather than a global minimum, is also found in Au₂P₃⁺, due to the electron effect acting on the structure. Natural bond orbital (NBO) analysis reveals the re-distribution progression of the charge within the species. The central located Au atom and another no. 5 positioned P atom play significant roles on the structures. P5, as an electron adjuster, balances the electron distribution at different valence states of the structures. Deformation density analysis supplies information about charge transfer and the bonding type between two adjacent atoms as well. Looking deep into the bonding types, as electron localization function (ELF) suggests, the interaction between two adjacent P atoms (P3 and P4) of Au₂P₃ belongs to a strong covalent bond. The Au–P interactions among the configurations could be classified as weak classical covalent bonds through the atoms in molecules (AIM) dual parameter analysis. And for the first time, the weak interaction between the two adjacent Au atoms (Au1 and Au2) of the charged states of Au₂P₃ (Au₂P₃⁻ and Au₂P₃⁺), are verified and different from the neutral Au₂P₃ through the reduced density gradient (RDG) analysis.

  10. Translocation of 40 nm diameter nanowires through the intestinal epithelium of Daphnia magna.

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    Mattsson, Karin; Adolfsson, Karl; Ekvall, Mikael T; Borgström, Magnus T; Linse, Sara; Hansson, Lars-Anders; Cedervall, Tommy; Prinz, Christelle N

    2016-10-01

    Nanowires (NWs) have unique electrical and optical properties of value for many applications including lighting, sensing, and energy harnessing. Consumer products containing NWs increase the risk of NWs being released in the environment, especially into aquatic ecosystems through sewage systems. Daphnia magna is a common, cosmopolitan freshwater organism sensitive to toxicity tests and represents a likely entry point for nanoparticles into food webs of aquatic ecosystems. Here we have evaluated the effect of NW diameter on the gut penetrance of NWs in Daphnia magna. The animals were exposed to NWs of two diameters (40 and 80 nm) and similar length (3.6 and 3.8 μm, respectively) suspended in water. In order to locate the NWs in Daphnia, the NWs were designed to comprise one inherently fluorescent segment of gallium indium phosphide (GaInP) flanked by a gallium phosphide (GaP) segment. Daphnia mortality was assessed directly after 24 h of exposure and 7 days after exposure. Translocation of NWs across the intestinal epithelium was investigated using confocal fluorescence microscopy directly after 24 h of exposure and was observed in 89% of Daphnia exposed to 40 nm NWs and in 11% of Daphnia exposed to 80 nm NWs. A high degree of fragmentation was observed for NWs of both diameters after ingestion by the Daphnia, although 40 nm NWs were fragmented to a greater extent, which could possibly facilitate translocation across the intestinal epithelium. Our results show that the feeding behavior of animals may enhance the ability of NWs to penetrate biological barriers and that penetrance is governed by the NW diameter. PMID:27181920

  11. High efficiency GaP power conversion for Betavoltaic applications

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    Sims, Paul E.; Dinetta, Louis C.; Barnett, Allen M.

    1994-01-01

    AstroPower is developing a gallium phosphide (GaP) based energy converter optimized for radio luminescent light-based power supplies. A 'two-step' or 'indirect' process is used where a phosphor is excited by radioactive decay products to produce light that is then converted to electricity by a photovoltaic energy converter. This indirect conversion of beta-radiation to electrical energy can be realized by applying recent developments in tritium based radio luminescent (RL) light sources in combination with the high conversion efficiencies that can be achieved under low illumination with low leakage, gallium phosphide based devices. This tritium to light approach is inherently safer than battery designs that incorporate high activity radionuclides because the beta particles emitted by tritium are of low average energy and are easily stopped by a thin layer of glass. GaP layers were grown by liquid phase epitaxy and p/n junction devices were fabricated and characterized for low light intensity power conversion. AstroPower has demonstrated the feasibility of the GaP based energy converter with the following key results: 23.54 percent conversion efficiency under 968 muW/sq cm 440 nm blue light, 14.59 percent conversion efficiency for 2.85 muW/sq cm 440 nm blue light, and fabrication of working 5 V array. We have also determined that at least 20 muW/sq cm optical power is available for betavoltaic power systems. Successful developments of this device is an enabling technology for low volume, safe, high voltage, milliwatt power supplies with service lifetimes in excess of 12 years.

  12. Grain boundary segregation in FeCrNi model alloys; Korngrenzensegregation in FeCrNi-Modellegierungen

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    Schlueter, B.; Schneider, F.; Mummert, K. [Institut fuer Festkoerper- und Werkstofforschung Dresden e.V. (Germany); Muraleedharan, P. [Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam (India). Div. of Metallurgy

    1998-12-31

    P and S segregate at the grain boundaries and thus increase susceptibility to intergranular corrosion at those sites. This could be proven by means of nitric acid-chromate tests and potentiostatic etching tests. There is a direct connection between loss in mass, mean depth of intergranular corrosion attacks, dissolution current density, and level of segregation-induced concentration of P and S at the grain boundaries. The segregation effect at these sites was found to be most evident in specimens of the examined Fe-Cr-Ni steel which had been heat-treated for 1000 hours at 550 C. However, segregation occurs also in materials that received a heat treatment of 400 C/5000 hours, while intergranular corrosion is observed only after heat treatment of 500 C/1000 hours. Apart from segregation of P, formation of Cr-rich phosphides is observed, which leads to depletion of Cr at the precipitates. (orig./CB) [Deutsch] P und S segregieren an die KG und erhoehen dort die IK-Anfaelligkeit. Dies konnte mit Hilfe von Salpetersaeure-Chromat- und Potentiostatischem Aetztest nachgewiesen werden. Es besteht ein direkter Zusammenhang zwischen Masseverlust, mittlerer IK-Angriffstiefe, Aufloesungsstromdichte und Hoehe der segregationsbedingten Anreicherungen von P und S an den KG. Der KG-Segregationseffekt am untersuchten Fe-Cr-Ni-Stahl ist im Waermebehandlungszustand 550 C/1000 h am deutlichsten ausgepraegt. Aber auch bereits bei 400 C/5000 h findet Segregation statt. IKSpRK tritt nur im Waermebehandlungszustand 550 C/1000 h auf. Neben der P-Segregation wird die Bildung Cr-reicher Phosphide beobachtet, die zur Abreicherung von Cr an den Ausscheidungen fuehrt. (orig.)

  13. Microstructure, texture evolution and magnetic properties of strip-casting non-oriented 6.5 wt.% Si electrical steel doped with cerium

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    Li, Hao-Ze, E-mail: lhzqq83@163.com; Liu, Hai-Tao; Liu, Zhen-Yu, E-mail: zyliu@mail.neu.edu.cn; Wang, Guo-Dong

    2015-05-15

    A 0.3 mm thick non-oriented 6.5 wt.% Si electrical steel sheet doped with cerium is produced by twin-roll strip casting, hot rolling, warm rolling and annealing. A detailed study of the cerium precipitates in the as-cast strip, microstructure and texture evolution at different processing stages is carried out by electron probe micro-analysis, optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction and electron backscattered diffraction analysis. Grain interior distributing precipitates identified as Ce-oxides, Ce-oxysulfides and Ce-phosphides, and boundary distributing Ce-oxides and Ce-phosphides are observed in the as-cast strip. The initial as-cast strip is characterized by a much finer solidification microstructure and dominated by obvious < 001 >//ND texture through the strip thickness. After hot and warm rolling, inhomogeneous microstructure containing large amounts of in-grain shear bands is characterized by mixed < 110 >//RD and < 111 >//ND textures. The texture of the annealed sheet with a relatively large average grain size is far more optimized by the domination of the beneficial cube, rotated cube, (001)< 120 > to (001)< 130 > and Goss texture components, and the elimination of the detrimental γ-fiber texture, leading to a superior magnetic induction and improved iron loss. - Highlights: • An Fe–6.5 wt.% Si as-cast strip doped with cerium was produced. • A thin warm rolled sheet with limited edge cracks was obtained. • Microstructure and texture evolution at each stage were investigated. • Strong λ-fiber and Goss recrystallization textures were formed. • The magnetic properties of the annealed sheet were significantly improved.

  14. Microstructure, texture evolution and magnetic properties of strip-casting non-oriented 6.5 wt.% Si electrical steel doped with cerium

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    A 0.3 mm thick non-oriented 6.5 wt.% Si electrical steel sheet doped with cerium is produced by twin-roll strip casting, hot rolling, warm rolling and annealing. A detailed study of the cerium precipitates in the as-cast strip, microstructure and texture evolution at different processing stages is carried out by electron probe micro-analysis, optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction and electron backscattered diffraction analysis. Grain interior distributing precipitates identified as Ce-oxides, Ce-oxysulfides and Ce-phosphides, and boundary distributing Ce-oxides and Ce-phosphides are observed in the as-cast strip. The initial as-cast strip is characterized by a much finer solidification microstructure and dominated by obvious < 001 >//ND texture through the strip thickness. After hot and warm rolling, inhomogeneous microstructure containing large amounts of in-grain shear bands is characterized by mixed < 110 >//RD and < 111 >//ND textures. The texture of the annealed sheet with a relatively large average grain size is far more optimized by the domination of the beneficial cube, rotated cube, (001)< 120 > to (001)< 130 > and Goss texture components, and the elimination of the detrimental γ-fiber texture, leading to a superior magnetic induction and improved iron loss. - Highlights: • An Fe–6.5 wt.% Si as-cast strip doped with cerium was produced. • A thin warm rolled sheet with limited edge cracks was obtained. • Microstructure and texture evolution at each stage were investigated. • Strong λ-fiber and Goss recrystallization textures were formed. • The magnetic properties of the annealed sheet were significantly improved

  15. Colloidal InP nanocrystal

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    Full text: InP nanodots with the diameter of 4-10 nm were synthesized using sol-gel method. The nanodot dimensions were obtained using TEM, and we found the d(111) spacing to be 0.328nm which agrees within 3% of the literature value. Prepared nanoparticles where characterized then by Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. Performed measurements confirm good crystalline quality of obtained InP particles, which can be used as a basis for THz emitters, LED, and OLED displays. The synthesis of InP semiconductor nanodots was performed in a round-bottom three-neck flask equipped with a magnetic stirrer and heater with temperature control unit. The Na3P was obtained as a result of reaction of sodium and white phosphorous (similar as for GaP nanodots). The reaction mixture turned dark during synthesis due to the formation of Na3P suspension. The subsequent synthesis of indium phosphide nanodots was carried out by rapid injection of a suspension of sodium phosphide, maintained at room-temperature into a high stirred solution of indium chloride heated 150 degrees Celsius under N2 atmosphere. InCl3 + Na3P → InP + 3NaCl. The reaction mixture was then maintained at the fixed temperature for 2 h and then promptly cooled to room temperature using an ice-water bath. A solution containing 50% of ethanol and 50% of distilled water was used to dissolve the sodium chloride precipitated at the same time with the InP nanoparticles.

  16. Hydrostatic High-Pressure Studies to 25 GPA on the Model Superconducting Pnictide LaRu2P2

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    Lim, Jinhyuk; Forouzani, Neda; Schilling, James; Fotovat, Roxanna; Zheng, Chong; Hoffmann, Roald

    2014-03-01

    Prior to the discovery of the Fe-pnictides in 2008, the ruthenium phosphide LaRu2P2 possessed the highest value of the su- perconducting transition temperature, Tc ~ 4 K, in the entire pnictide family. Recently, there has been renewed interest in this compound in an effort to better understand why the Fe-pnictides have much higher values of Tc. In related phosphides superconductivity appears to only be present if the separation be- tween the phosphor ions dp-p in neigh- boring Ru2P2 planes is greater than the critical value 2.8 Å, too great for a P-P covalent bond to be formed. For example, in superconducting LaRu2P2, the value of dp-p is 3.0 Å. To test these ideas directly, we have carried out hydro- static high-pressure studies on single-crystalline LaRu2P2 in a diamond-anvil cell using He pressure medium to pres- sures as high as 25 GPa and temperatures as low as 1.5 K. We find that Tc initially increases under pressure, but suddenly disappears above 2.1 GPa. Since dp-p decreases under pressure, the sudden disappearance of superconductivity is likely due to the formation of a covalent P-P bond between adjacent Ru2P2 planes and a possible structural phase transition. Work at Washington University is supported by the NSF through Grant No. DMR-1104742 and by the Carnegie/DOE through NNSA/DOE Grant No. DE-FC52-08NA28554.

  17. Tin and Tin Compounds for Sodium Ion Battery Anodes: Phase Transformations and Performance.

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    Li, Zhi; Ding, Jia; Mitlin, David

    2015-06-16

    Sodium ion batteries (NIB, NAB, SIB) are attracting interest as a potentially lower cost alternative to lithium ion batteries (LIB), with readily available and geographically democratic reserves of the metal. Tin is one of most promising SIB anode materials, which alloys with up to 3.75 Na, leading to a charge storage capacity of 847 mAh g(-1). In this Account, we outline the state-of-the-art understanding regarding the sodiation-induced phase transformations and the associated performance in a range of Sn-based systems, treating metallic Sn and its alloys, tin oxide (SnO2), tin sulfide (SnS2/SnS), and tin phosphide (Sn4P3). We first detail what is known about the sodiation sequence in metallic Sn, highlighting the most recent insight into the reactions prior to the terminal equilibrium Na15Sn4 intermetallic. We explain why researchers argue that the equilibrium (phase diagram) series of phase transitions does not occur in this system, and rather why sodiation/desodiation proceeds through a series of metastable crystalline and amorphous structures. We also outline the recent modeling-based insight regarding how this phase transition profoundly influences the mechanical properties of the alloy, progressively changing the bonding and the near neighbor arrangement from "Sn-like" to "Na-like" in the process. We then go on to discuss the sodiation reactions in SnO2. We argue that while a substantial amount of experimental work already exists where the focus is on synthesis and testing of tin oxide-based nanocomposites, the exact sodiation sequence is just beginning to be understood. Unlike in Sn and Sn alloys, where capacities near the theoretical are reached at least early during cycling, SnO2 never quite achieves anything close to the 1398 mAh g(-1) that would be possible with a combination of fully reversible conversion and alloying reactions. We highlight recent work demonstrating that contrary to general expectations, it is the Sn to Na15Sn4 alloying reaction that

  18. La{sub 3}Cu{sub 4}P{sub 4}O{sub 2} and La{sub 5}Cu{sub 4}P{sub 4}O{sub 4}Cl{sub 2}. Synthesis, structure and {sup 31}P solid state NMR spectroscopy

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    Bartsch, Timo; Eul, Matthias; Poettgen, Rainer [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Anorganische und Analytische Chemie; Benndorf, Christopher; Eckert, Hellmut [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Physikalische Chemie; Sao Paulo Univ., Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil). Inst. of Physics

    2016-04-01

    The phosphide oxides La{sub 3}Cu{sub 4}P{sub 4}O{sub 2} and La{sub 5}Cu{sub 4}P{sub 4}O{sub 4}Cl{sub 2} were synthesized from lanthanum, copper(I) oxide, red phosphorus, and lanthanum(III) chloride through a ceramic technique. Single crystals can be grown in a NaCl/KCl flux. Both structures were refined from single crystal X-ray diffractometer data: I4/mmm, a = 403.89(4), c = 2681.7(3) pm, wR2 = 0.0660, 269 F{sup 2} values, 19 variables for La{sub 3}Cu{sub 4}P{sub 4}O{sub 2} and a = 407.52(5), c = 4056.8(7) pm, wR2 = 0.0905, 426 F{sup 2} values, 27 variables for La{sub 5}Cu{sub 4}P{sub 4}O{sub 4}Cl{sub 2}. Refinement of the occupancy parameters revealed full occupancy for the oxygen sites in both compounds. The structures are composed of cationic (La{sub 2}O{sub 2}){sup 2+} layers and covalently bonded (Cu{sub 4}P{sub 4}){sup 5-} polyanionic layers with metallic characteristics, and an additional La{sup 3+} between two adjacent (Cu{sub 4}P{sub 4}){sup 5-} layers. The structure of La{sub 5}Cu{sub 4}P{sub 4}O{sub 4}Cl{sub 2} comprises two additional LaOCl slabs per unit cell. Temperature-dependent magnetic susceptibility studies revealed Pauli paramagnetism. The phosphide substructure of La{sub 3}Cu{sub 4}P{sub 4}O{sub 2} was studied by {sup 31}P solid state NMR spectroscopy. By using a suitable dipolar re-coupling approach the two distinct resonances belonging to the P{sub 2}{sup 4-} and the P{sup 3-} units could be identified.

  19. Carbon doping of gallium arsenide and reflectance difference spectroscopy of compound semiconductors grown by metalorganic vapor-phase epitaxy

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    Begarney, Michael John

    The surface structure and chemistry of compound semiconductors used in heterojunction bipolar transistors was investigated. Lattice-matched, single crystal films of gallium arsenide and indium phosphide were deposited by metalorganic vapor-phase epitaxy in a horizontal-flow, quartz reactor. Two areas of the transistor fabrication process were studied: (1) carbon doping of the gallium arsenide base layer using carbon tetrachloride, and (2) in-situ monitoring of the surface reconstructions of gallium arsenide and indium phosphide by reflectance difference spectroscopy for improved heterointerface formation. Carbon tetrachloride was found to effect the growth of gallium arsenide in two ways: (1) reaction of chlorine with adsorbed gallium atoms to produce volatile GaCl, and (2) reaction of chlorine with the GaAs film to produce GaCl3. The latter of these reactions was found to be insignificant below a temperature-dependent threshold ratio of chlorine to gallium. At lower values of this ratio, step bunching and pinning was observed, while at higher values, pits ranging from 20 to 50 nm in diameter resulted. We show that these results arise due to the presence of the c(4 x 4) gallium arsenide reconstruction during crystal growth, and the site-specific adsorption of CCl4 at gallium atom sites, which are present only at step edges for this reconstruction. The relationship between the reflectance difference spectra and the atomic structure of arsenic-rich reconstructions of GaAs (001) were investigated. It was found that a roughening process, involving the desorption of arsenic and outdiffusion of gallium atoms to the surface, takes place as the surface structure changes with decreasing arsenic coverage. We determined that the intensity of the negative peak at 2.8 eV strongly depends on the presence of adsorbed alkyl groups and gallium atoms, while, by contrast, the intensity of the positive peak at 2.9 eV is directly proportional to the density of (2 x 4)-type dimers. We

  20. Model Catalysis of Ammonia Synthesis ad Iron-Water Interfaces - ASum Frequency Generation Vibrational Spectroscopic Study of Solid-GasInterfaces and Anion Photoelectron Spectroscopic Study of Selected Anionclusters

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    Ferguson, Michael James

    2005-12-15

    SFG spectra of ice-like structure we conclude that surface hydroxides are formed and no liquid water is present on the surface. Other than model catalysis, gas phase anion photoelectron spectroscopy of the Cl + H{sub 2} van der Waals well, silicon clusters, germanium clusters, aluminum oxide clusters and indium phosphide clusters were studied. The spectra help to map out the neutral potential energy surfaces of the clusters. For aluminum oxide, the structures of the anions and neutrals were explored and for silicon, germanium and indium phosphide the electronic structure of larger clusters was mapped out.

  1. Effects of Polytypism on Optical Properties and Band Structure of Individual Ga(N)P Nanowires from Correlative Spatially Resolved Structural and Optical Studies.

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    Dobrovolsky, Alexander; Persson, Per O Å; Sukrittanon, Supanee; Kuang, Yanjin; Tu, Charles W; Chen, Weimin M; Buyanova, Irina A

    2015-06-10

    III-V semiconductor nanowires (NWs) have gained significant interest as building blocks in novel nanoscale devices. The one-dimensional (1D) nanostructure architecture allows one to extend band structure engineering beyond quantum confinement effects by utilizing formation of different crystal phases that are thermodynamically unfavorable in bulk materials. It is therefore of crucial importance to understand the influence of variations in the NWs crystal structure on their fundamental physical properties. In this work we investigate effects of structural polytypism on the optical properties of gallium phosphide and GaP/GaNP core/shell NW structures by a correlative investigation on the structural and optical properties of individual NWs. The former is monitored by transmission electron microscopy, whereas the latter is studied via cathodoluminescence (CL) mapping. It is found that structural defects, such as rotational twins in zinc blende (ZB) GaNP, have detrimental effects on light emission intensity at low temperatures by promoting nonradiative recombination processes. On the other hand, formation of the wurtzite (WZ) phase does not notably affect the CL intensity neither in GaP nor in the GaNP alloy. This suggests that zone folding in WZ GaP does not enhance its radiative efficiency, consistent with theoretical predictions. We also show that the change in the lattice structure have negligible effects on the bandgap energies of the GaNP alloys, at least within the range of the investigated nitrogen compositions of light emitters within the desirable amber-red spectral range. PMID:25988267

  2. Study of the hBN/InP interface by deep level transient and photoluminescence spectroscopies

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    Mattalah, M. [IEMN, Universite de Lille, Cite Scientifique, Avenue Poincare, B.P.69, 59652 Villeneuve d' Ascq Cedex (France); Laboratoire de Materiaux Appliques, Universite Djilali Liabes, Sidi Bel Abbes 22000 (Algeria)], E-mail: maghnia.mattalah@iemn.univ-lille1.fr; Telia, A. [LMI, Departement d' Electronique, Universite de Constantine, Route de Ain El Bey 25000 Constantine (Algeria); Soltani, A. [IEMN, Universite de Lille, Cite Scientifique, Avenue Poincare, B.P.69, 59652 Villeneuve d' Ascq Cedex (France)], E-mail: ali.soltani@iemn.univ-lille1.fr; De Jaeger, J.-C. [IEMN, Universite de Lille, Cite Scientifique, Avenue Poincare, B.P.69, 59652 Villeneuve d' Ascq Cedex (France); Thevenin, P.; Bath, A. [LMOPS/Supelec, 2, rue Edouard Belin 57078 Metz Cedex3 (France); Akkal, B.; Abid, H. [Laboratoire de Materiaux Appliques, Universite Djilali Liabes, Sidi Bel Abbes 22000 (Algeria)

    2008-04-30

    Deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS) and photoluminescence (PL) techniques are used to study the defects occurring at the interface between hexagonal Boron Nitride (hBN) films and n-type Indium Phosphide (n-InP). The BN films are deposited on InP using plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The measured DLTS spectra shows four discrete peaks labelled ET{sub 1}, ET{sub 2}, ET{sub 3} and ET{sub 4}. The results are compared to those obtained on InP free surface and Metal/Insulator/Semiconductor (MIS) InP structures. The surface and interface characterization is studied by applying the PL technique to the InP(100) free surface and the Au/hBN/InP MIS structure. The minimum values of the surface and interface state density are 8 x 10{sup 10} eV{sup -1} cm{sup -2} and 1.3 x 10{sup 10} eV{sup -1} cm{sup -2} situated at 0.37 eV and 0.54 eV below the conduction band minimum, respectively. It is shown that the passivation layer reduces drastically the interface state density.

  3. Ab initio study of the unusual thermal transport properties of boron arsenide and related materials

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    Broido, D. A.; Lindsay, L.; Reinecke, T. L.

    2013-12-01

    Recently, using a first principles approach, we predicted that zinc blende boron arsenide (BAs) will have an ultrahigh lattice thermal conductivity, κ, of over 2000 Wm-1K-1 at room temperature (RT), comparable to that of diamond. Here, we provide a detailed ab initio examination of phonon thermal transport in boron arsenide, contrasting its unconventional behavior with that of other related materials, including the zinc blende crystals boron nitride (BN), boron phosphide, boron antimonide, and gallium nitride (GaN). The unusual vibrational properties of BAs contribute to its weak phonon-phonon scattering and phonon-isotope scattering, which are responsible for its exceptionally high κ. The thermal conductivity of BAs has contributions from phonons with anomalously large mean free paths (˜2 μm), two to three times those of diamond and BN. This makes κ in BAs sensitive to phonon scattering from crystal boundaries. An order of magnitude smaller RT thermal conductivity in a similar material, zinc blende GaN, is connected to more separated acoustic phonon branches, larger anharmonic force constants, and a large isotope mixture on the heavy rather than the light constituent atom. The striking difference in κ for BAs and GaN demonstrates the importance of using a microscopic first principles thermal transport approach for calculating κ. BAs also has an advantageous RT coefficient of thermal expansion, which, combined with the high κ value, suggests that it is a promising material for use in thermal management applications.

  4. Bifunctional Catalysts for Upgrading of Biomass-Derived Oxygenates: A Review

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    Robinson, Allison M.; Hensley, Jesse E.; Medlin, J. Will

    2016-08-05

    Deoxygenation is an important reaction in the conversion of biomass-derived oxygenates to fuels and chemicals. A key route for biomass refining involves the production of pyrolysis oil through rapid heating of the raw biomass feedstock. Pyrolysis oil as produced is highly oxygenated, so the feasibility of this approach depends in large part on the ability to selectively deoxygenate pyrolysis oil components to create a stream of high-value finished products. Identification of catalytic materials that are active and selective for deoxygenation of pyrolysis oil components has therefore represented a major research area. One catalyst is rarely capable of performing the different types of elementary reaction steps required to deoxygenate biomass-derived compounds. For this reason, considerable attention has been placed on bifunctional catalysts, where two different active materials are used to provide catalytic sites for diverse reaction steps. Here, we review recent trends in the development of catalysts, with a focus on catalysts for which a bifunctional effect has been proposed. We summarize recent studies of hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) of pyrolysis oil and model compounds for a range of materials, including supported metal and bimetallic catalysts as well as transition-metal oxides, sulfides, carbides, nitrides, and phosphides. Particular emphasis is placed on how catalyst structure can be related to performance via molecular-level mechanisms. These studies demonstrate the importance of catalyst bifunctionality, with each class of materials requiring hydrogenation and C-O scission sites to perform HDO at reasonable rates.

  5. Design, development and verification of the 30 and 44 GHz front-end modules for the Planck Low Frequency Instrument

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    We give a description of the design, construction and testing of the 30 and 44 GHz Front End Modules (FEMs) for the Low Frequency Instrument (LFI) of the Planck mission to be launched in 2009. The scientific requirements of the mission determine the performance parameters to be met by the FEMs, including their linear polarization characteristics. The FEM design is that of a differential pseudo-correlation radiometer in which the signal from the sky is compared with a 4-K blackbody load. The Low Noise Amplifier (LNA) at the heart of the FEM is based on indium phosphide High Electron Mobility Transistors (HEMTs). The radiometer incorporates a novel phase-switch design which gives excellent amplitude and phase match across the band. The noise temperature requirements are met within the measurement errors at the two frequencies. For the most sensitive LNAs, the noise temperature at the band centre is 3 and 5 times the quantum limit at 30 and 44 GHz respectively. For some of the FEMs, the noise temperature is still falling as the ambient temperature is reduced to 20 K. Stability tests of the FEMs, including a measurement of the 1/f knee frequency, also meet mission requirements. The 30 and 44 GHz FEMs have met or bettered the mission requirements in all critical aspects. The most sensitive LNAs have reached new limits of noise temperature for HEMTs at their band centres. The FEMs have well-defined linear polarization characteristics.

  6. Review on recent progress of nanostructured anode materials for Li-ion batteries

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    Goriparti, Subrahmanyam

    2014-07-01

    This review highlights the recent research advances in active nanostructured anode materials for the next generation of Li-ion batteries (LIBs). In fact, in order to address both energy and power demands of secondary LIBs for future energy storage applications, it is required the development of innovative kinds of electrodes. Nanostructured materials based on carbon, metal/semiconductor, metal oxides and metal phosphides/nitrides/sulfides show a variety of admirable properties for LIBs applications such as high surface area, low diffusion distance, high electrical and ionic conductivity. Therefore, nanosized active materials are extremely promising for bridging the gap towards the realization of the next generation of LIBs with high reversible capacities, increased power capability, long cycling stability and free from safety concerns. In this review, anode materials are classified, depending on their electrochemical reaction with lithium, into three groups: intercalation/de-intercalation, alloy/de-alloy and conversion materials. Furthermore, the effect of nanoscale size and morphology on the electrochemical performance is presented. Synthesis of the nanostructures, lithium battery performance and electrode reaction mechanisms are also discussed. To conclude, the main aim of this review is to provide an organic outline of the wide range of recent research progresses and perspectives on nanosized active anode materials for future LIBs.

  7. Noble metal-free hydrogen evolution catalysts for water splitting.

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    Zou, Xiaoxin; Zhang, Yu

    2015-08-01

    Sustainable hydrogen production is an essential prerequisite of a future hydrogen economy. Water electrolysis driven by renewable resource-derived electricity and direct solar-to-hydrogen conversion based on photochemical and photoelectrochemical water splitting are promising pathways for sustainable hydrogen production. All these techniques require, among many things, highly active noble metal-free hydrogen evolution catalysts to make the water splitting process more energy-efficient and economical. In this review, we highlight the recent research efforts toward the synthesis of noble metal-free electrocatalysts, especially at the nanoscale, and their catalytic properties for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). We review several important kinds of heterogeneous non-precious metal electrocatalysts, including metal sulfides, metal selenides, metal carbides, metal nitrides, metal phosphides, and heteroatom-doped nanocarbons. In the discussion, emphasis is given to the synthetic methods of these HER electrocatalysts, the strategies of performance improvement, and the structure/composition-catalytic activity relationship. We also summarize some important examples showing that non-Pt HER electrocatalysts could serve as efficient cocatalysts for promoting direct solar-to-hydrogen conversion in both photochemical and photoelectrochemical water splitting systems, when combined with suitable semiconductor photocatalysts. PMID:25886650

  8. Analysis of different types of poisoning in a tertiary care hospital in rural South India.

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    Jaiprakash, Heethal; Sarala, N; Venkatarathnamma, P N; Kumar, T N

    2011-01-01

    The global problem of acute poisoning has steadily increased over the past few years. It is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in developing countries. Better preventive and management strategies can be developed if the incidence and pattern of acute poisoning is known. The study aims at analyzing the pattern, cause and mortality rate of poisoning. The study was conducted in a rural area in South India. This retrospective study was conducted from January 2003-December 2003. The data was analysed using descriptive statistics. Out of the 225 cases 139 were males and 86 females. Poisoning was common in the age group of 21-30 years which was 84 cases and 11-20 years was 73 cases. The poisons consumed were as follows: Organophosphorous 135 cases, aluminum and zinc phosphide 50 cases, phenobarbitone 18 cases, benzodiazepines 7 cases, paracetamol 2 cases, miscellaneous 13 cases. 94% were suicides and 6% accidental. Mortality rate was 12.8%. Establishment of strict policies against the sale and availability of pesticides and over the counter drugs is an effective way to control organophosphorous and drug poisoning. PMID:21036199

  9. Triple-bond reactivity of an AsP complex intermediate: synthesis stemming from molecular arsenic, As(4).

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    Spinney, Heather A; Piro, Nicholas A; Cummins, Christopher C

    2009-11-11

    While P(4) is the stable molecular form of phosphorus, a recent study illustrated the possibility of P(2) generation for reactions in organic media under mild conditions. The heavier group 15 element arsenic can exist as As(4) molecules, but As(4) cannot be stored as a pure substance because it is both light-sensitive and reverts thermally to its stable, metallic gray form. Herein we report As(4) activation giving rise to a mu-As(2) diniobium complex, serving in turn as precursor to a terminal arsenide anion complex of niobium. Functionalization of the latter provides the new AsPNMes* ligand, which when complexed with tungsten pentacarbonyl elicits extrusion of the (AsP)W(CO)(5) molecule as a reactive intermediate. Trapping reactions of the latter with organic dienes are found to furnish double Diels-Alder adducts in which the AsP unit is embedded in a polycyclic organic framework. Thermal generation of (AsP)W(CO)(5) in the presence of the neutral terminal phosphide complex P identical withMo(N[(i)Pr]Ar)(3) leads to the cyclo-AsP(2) complex (OC)(5)W(cyclo-AsP(2))Mo(N[(i)Pr]Ar)(3). The (AsP)W(CO)(5) trapping products were crystallized and characterized by X-ray diffraction methods, and computational methods were applied for analysis of the As-As and As-P bonds in the complexes. PMID:19842699

  10. Phase transformations of mechanically alloyed Fe-Cr-P-C powders

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    Bensebaa, N. [Laboratoire de Magnetisme et de Spectroscopie des Solides, Departement de Physique, Faculte des Sciences, Universite de Annaba, B.P. 12, 23000 Annaba, Algerie (Algeria); Alleg, S. [Laboratoire de Magnetisme et de Spectroscopie des Solides, Departement de Physique, Faculte des Sciences, Universite de Annaba, B.P. 12, 23000 Annaba, Algerie (Algeria); Greneche, J.M. [Laboratoire de Physique de l' Etat Condense - UMR 6087, Universite du Maine, Faculte des Sciences 72085, Le Mans Cedex 9 (France)]. E-mail: greneche@univ-lemans.fr

    2005-05-03

    Fe{sub 77}Cr{sub 4}P{sub 8}C{sub 11} alloy was prepared by mechanical alloying (MA) of elemental Fe, Cr, P and C (graphite) powders in a planetary ball mill type Fritsch P7 under argon atmosphere. Morphological changes, microstructural and structural evolutions during ball milling were followed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectrometry (MS) as a function of the milling time. The crystallite size refinement against the milling time is accompanied by an increase of the atomic level strain. After 6 h of milling, the dissolution of phosphorous into the {alpha}-Fe matrix is evidenced by the formation of a small amount ({approx}4%) of the paramagnetic Fe{sub 2}P phase as revealed by Moessbauer spectrometry. The complete mixing of all the elemental powders at the atomic level is achieved at 12 h of milling and results, after 24 h, in an amorphous matrix where nanocrystalline phosphides and carbides with nearly equal crystallite sizes are embedded. Further milling time up to 190 h gives rise to the formation of both the orthorhombic and the hexagonal (FeCr){sub 7}C{sub 3} carbide as well as the superparamagnetic {epsilon}'-Fe{sub 2.2}C carbide through the recrystallisation of the amorphous phase.

  11. Fabrication and testing of diamond-machined gratings in ZnSe, GaP, and bismuth germanate for the near-infrared and visible

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    Kuzmenko, Paul J.; Little, Steve L.; Ikeda, Yuji; Kobayashi, Naoto

    2008-07-01

    High quality immersion gratings for infrared applications have been demonstrated in silicon and germanium. To extend this technology to shorter wavelengths other materials must be investigated. We selected three materials, zinc selenide, gallium phosphide and bismuth germanate (Bi4Ge3O12), based on high refractive index, good visible transmission and commercial availability in useful sizes. Crystal samples were diamond turned on an ultra-precision lathe to identify preferred cutting directions. Using this information we diamond-flycut test gratings over a range of feed rates to determine the optimal cutting conditions. For both ZnSe and GaP good surface quality was achieved at feed rates up to 1.0 cm/minute using a special compound angle diamond tool with negative rake angles on both cutting surfaces. The surface roughness of the groove facets was about 4 nm. A Zygo interferometer measured grating wavefront errors in reflection. For the ZnSe the RMS error was 80%), low random groove error (2.0 nm rms), and Rowland ghost intensities at < 0.1%. Preliminary tests on bismuth germanate show high tool wear.

  12. Fabrication and testing of diamond-machined gratings in ZnSe, GaP, and bismuth germanate for the near infrared and visible

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    Kuzmenko, P J; Little, S L; Ikeda, Y; Kobayashi, N

    2008-06-22

    High quality immersion gratings for infrared applications have been demonstrated in silicon and germanium. To extend this technology to shorter wavelengths other materials must be investigated. We selected three materials, zinc selenide, gallium phosphide and bismuth germanate (Bi{sub 4}Ge{sub 3}O{sub 12}), based on high refractive index, good visible transmission and commercial availability in useful sizes. Crystal samples were diamond turned on an ultra-precision lathe to identify preferred cutting directions. Using this information we diamond-flycut test gratings over a range of feed rates to determine the optimal cutting conditions. For both ZnSe and GaP good surface quality was achieved at feed rates up to 1.0 cm/minute using a special compound angle diamond tool with negative rake angles on both cutting surfaces. The surface roughness of the groove facets was about 4 nm. A Zygo interferometer measured grating wavefront errors in reflection. For the ZnSe the RMS error was < {lambda}/20 at 633nm. More extensive testing was performed with a HeNe laser source and a cooled CCD camera. These measurements demonstrated high relative diffraction efficiency (> 80%), low random groove error (2.0 nm rms), and Rowland ghost intensities at < 0.1%. Preliminary tests on bismuth germanate show high tool wear.

  13. Theoretical and Experimental Exploration of Breakdown Phenomena in an Argon-Filled GaP Device

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    Kurt, H. Hilal; Tanrıverdi, Evrim; Kurt, Erol

    2016-08-01

    A plasma device with large diameter and short interelectrode distance has been designed and implemented. Theoretical modeling and simulations have been carried out for different interelectrode distances, and experimental results obtained under different pressures p, both with argon atmosphere. The device produces direct-current (dc) discharges in the parallel-plate electrode configuration, with gallium phosphide (GaP) semiconductor at one side and SnO2-coated glass conducting material at the other side, separated by gas medium with width of 50 μm to 500 μm. The device can be operated under different values of interelectrode distance d, applied voltage U, and gas pressure p. Current-voltage characteristics and breakdown voltages have been found experimentally and theoretically. In addition, theoretical breakdown curves have been derived from simulations. The theory can also identify the space-charge density, thermal electron velocity, reduced electric field strength ( E/ N), electron density ne, and secondary-electron emission ( γ). Comparison between experiment and theory shows that the theory can estimate the breakdown very well for low pressure and small interelectrode gap.

  14. Review of pulmonary toxicity of indium compounds to animals and humans

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    Due to the increased production of ITO, the potential health hazards arising from occupational exposure to this material have attracted much attention. This review consists of three parts: 1) toxic effects of indium compounds on animals, 2) toxic effects of indium compounds on humans, and 3) recommendations for preventing exposure to indium compounds in the workplace. Available data have indicated that insoluble form of indium compounds, such as ITO, indium arsenide (InAs) and indium phosphide (InP), can be toxic to animals. Furthermore, InP has demonstrated clear evidence of carcinogenic potential in long-term inhalation studies using experimental animals. As for the dangers to humans, some data are available concerning adverse health effects to workers who have been exposed to indium-containing particles. The Japan Society for Occupational Health recommended the value of 3 μg/L of indium in serum as the occupational exposure limit based on biological monitoring to preventing adverse health effects in workers resulting from occupational exposure to indium compounds. Accordingly, it is essential that much greater attention is focused on human exposure to indium compounds, and precautions against possible exposure to indium compounds are most important with regard to health management among indium-handling workers.

  15. Clinical use of photodynamic antimicrobial chemotherapy for the treatment of deep carious lesions

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    Guglielmi, Camila De Almeida B.; Simionato, Maria Regina L.; Ramalho, Karen Müller; Imparato, José Carlos P.; Pinheiro, Sérgio Luiz; Luz, Maria A. A. C.

    2011-08-01

    The purpose of this study was to assess photodynamic antimicrobial chemotherapy (PACT) via irradiation, using a low power laser associated with a photosensitization dye, as an alternative to remove cariogenic microorganisms by drilling. Remaining dentinal samples in deep carious lesions on permanent molars (n = 26) were treated with 0.01% methylene blue dye and irradiated with a low power laser (InGaAIP - indium gallium aluminum phosphide; λ = 660 nm; 100 mW; 320 Jcm-2 90 s; 9J). Samples of dentin from the pulpal wall region were collected with a micropunch before and immediately after PACT and kept in a transport medium for microbiological analysis. Samples were cultured in plates of Brucella blood agar, Mitis Salivarius Bacitracin agar and Rogosa SL agar to determine the total viable bacteria, mutans streptococci and Lactobacillus spp. counts, respectively. After incubation, colony-forming units were counted and microbial reduction was calculated for each group of bacteria. PACT led to statistically significant reductions in mutans streptococci (1.38 log), Lactobacillus spp. (0.93 log), and total viable bacteria (0.91 log). This therapy may be an appropriate approach for the treatment of deep carious lesions using minimally invasive procedures.

  16. Hybrid Photonic Integration on a Polymer Platform

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    Ziyang Zhang

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available To fulfill the functionality demands from the fast developing optical networks, a hybrid integration approach allows for combining the advantages of various material platforms. We have established a polymer-based hybrid integration platform (polyboard, which provides flexible optical input/ouptut interfaces (I/Os that allow robust coupling of indium phosphide (InP-based active components, passive insertion of thin-film-based optical elements, and on-chip attachment of optical fibers. This work reviews the recent progress of our polyboard platform. On the fundamental level, multi-core waveguides and polymer/silicon nitride heterogeneous waveguides have been fabricated, broadening device design possibilities and enabling 3D photonic integration. Furthermore, 40-channel optical line terminals and compact, bi-directional optical network units have been developed as highly functional, low-cost devices for the wavelength division multiplexed passive optical network. On a larger scale, thermo-optic elements, thin-film elements and an InP gain chip have been integrated on the polyboard to realize a colorless, dual-polarization optical 90° hybrid as the frontend of a coherent receiver. For high-end applications, a wavelength tunable 100Gbaud transmitter module has been demonstrated, manifesting the joint contribution from the polyboard technology, high speed polymer electro-optic modulator, InP driver electronics and ceramic electronic interconnects.

  17. Development of P/M Fe–P soft magnetic materials

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    S K Chaurasia; Ujjwal Prakash; P S Misra; K Chandra

    2012-04-01

    Phosphorous is treated as an impurity in conventional steels owing to segregation of phosphorous and formation of brittle phosphides along the grain boundaries. It is responsible for cold and hot shortness in wrought steels. In conventional powder metallurgy, involving compaction and sintering, high phosphorous content (up to 0.7%) in Fe-based alloys exhibit attractive set ofmechanical andmagnetic properties. These powder-processed alloys suffer from increasing volumetric shrinkage during sintering as phosphorous is increased beyond 0.6%. Thus both cast as well as conventional powder metallurgy routes have their own limitations in dealing with iron–phosphorous alloys. Hot-powder forging was used in the present investigation for the development of high-density soft magnetic materials containing 0.3–0.8% phosphorous to overcome these difficulties. It was observed that phosphorous addition improves the final density of the resulting product. It was further observed that hot-forged iron–phosphorous alloys have excellent hot/cold workability and could be easily shaped to thin strips (0.5–1.0 mm thick) and wires (0.5–1.0 mm diameter). The powder hot-forged alloys were characterized in terms of microstructure, porosity content/densification, hardness, softmagnetic properties and electrical resistivity.Magnetic properties such as coercivity 0.35–1.24 Oe, saturation magnetization 14145–17490 G and retentivity 6402–10836 G were observed. The obtained results were discussed based on the microstructures evolved.

  18. Mechanical strength and tribological behavior of ion-beam deposited boron nitride films on non-metallic substrates

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    An investigation was conducted to examine the mechanical strength and tribological properties of boron nitride (BN) films ion-beam deposited on silicon (Si), fused silica (SiO2), gallium arsenide (GaAs), and indium phosphide (InP) substrates in sliding contact with a diamond pin under a load. The results of the investigation indicate that BN films on nonmetallic substrates, like metal films on metallic substrates, deform elastically and plastically in the interfacial region when in contact with a diamond pin. However, unlike metal films and substrates, BN films on nonmetallic substrates can fracture when they are critically loaded. Not only does the yield pressure (hardness) of Si and SiO2 substrates increase by a factor of 2 in the presence of a BN film, but the critical load needed to fracture increases as well. The presence of films on the brittle substrates can arrest crack formation. The BN film reduces adhesion and friction in the sliding contact. BN adheres to Si and SiO2 and forms a good quality film, while it adheres poorly to GaAs and InP. The interfacial adhesive strengths were 1 GPa for a BN film on Si and appreciably higher than 1 GPa for a BN film on SiO2

  19. A flexible master oscillator for a pulse-burst laser system

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    A new master oscillator is being installed in the pulse-burst laser system used for high-rep-rate Thomson scattering on the MST experiment. This new master oscillator will enable pulse repetition rates up to 1 MHz, with the ability to program a burst of pulses with arbitrary and varying time separation between each pulse. In addition, the energy of each master oscillator pulse can be adjusted to compensate for gain variations in the power amplifier section of the laser system. This flexibility is accomplished by chopping a CW laser source with a high-bandwidth acousto-optic modulator (AOM). The laser source is a Laser Quantum ventus 1064 diode-pumped solid-state laser with continuous output power variable from 100 to 500 mW. The 1064 nm, 2.7 mm diameter polarized beam is focused into the gallium phosphide crystal of a Brimrose AOM, which deflects the beam by approximately 60 mR when driven by the 400 MHz fixed frequency driver. Beam deflection is controlled by a simple digital input pulse, and is capable of producing deflected pulses of less than 20 ns width at repetition rates much greater than 1 MHz. These deflected pulses from the output of the AOM are collimated and propagated into the laser amplifier system, where they will be amplified to ∼2 J/pulse and injected into the MST plasma

  20. Characterization of electroless nickel as a seed layer for silicon solar cell metallization

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    Mehul C Raval; Chetan S Solanki

    2015-02-01

    Electroless nickel plating is a suitable method for seed layer deposition in Ni–Cu-based solar cell metallization. Nickel silicide formation and hence contact resistivity of the interface is largely influenced by the plating process and annealing conditions. In the present work, a thin seed layer is deposited from neutral pH and alkaline electroless nickel baths which are annealed in the range of 400–420°C for silicide morphology and contact resistivity studies. A minimum contact resistivity of 7 m cm2 is obtained for seed layer deposited from alkaline bath. Silicide formation for Pd-activated samples leads to uniform surface morphology as compared with unactivated samples due to non-homogeneous migration of nickel atoms at the interface. Formation of nickel phosphides during annealing and the presence of SiO2 at Ni–Si interface creates isolated Ni2Si–Si interface with limited supply of silicon. Such an interface leads to the formation of high resistivity metal-rich Ni3Si silicide phase which limits the reduction in contact resistivity.

  1. Polarization Possibilities of Small Spin-Orbit Interaction in Strained-Superlattice Photocathodes

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    Strained-superlattice photocathodes based on InGaP/GaAs were investigated. The photocathode performance is found highly dependent on the superlattice parameters. The electron confinement energy in superlattice appears important. The strained-superlattice structure based on GaAsP/GaAs, with a maximum polarization as high as 90% and more than 1% quantum efficiency, is presently the prime candidate for the ILC polarized electron photocathodes. A recent systematic study shows, however, that the peak polarization seems saturated even though the heavy-hole (HH) and light-hole (LH) band splitting is increased significantly, indicating that there is a material specific spin relaxation mechanism. It is widely accepted that the D'yakonov-Perel mechanism is the dominant spin relaxation mechanism in the III-V compound superlattice structures with a low p-doping ({le} 10{sup 17} cm{sup -3}), and that the spin relaxation may be reduced by choosing a material with a smaller spin-orbit interaction. As the spin-orbit interaction in phosphides is much smaller than in arsenides, strained-superlattice structure based on InGaP/GaAs were investigated. The computer code SPECCODE developed by Subashiev and Gerchikov has been used for calculating the band structures in superlattice.

  2. III-V semiconductors for photoelectrochemical applications: surface preparation and characterization

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    Fertig, Dominic; Schaechner, Birgit; Calvet, Wofram; Kaiser, Bernhard; Jaegermann, Wolfram [TU Darmstadt, Fachbereich Materialwissenschaft, Fachgebiet Oberflaechenforschung (Germany)

    2011-07-01

    III-V semiconductors are promising reference systems for photoelectrochemical energy conversion. Therefore we have studied the influence of different acids and acidic solutions on the etching of p-doped gallium-arsenide and gallium-phosphide single crystal surfaces. From our experiments we conclude, that etching with HCl and subsequent annealing up to 450 C gives the best results for the removal of the carbonates and the oxides without affecting the quality of the sample. By treating the surfaces with ''piranha''-solution (H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}:H{sub 2}O{sub 2}:H{sub 2}O/7:2:1), the creation of an oxide layer with well defined thickness can be achieved. For the creation of an efficient photoelectrochemical cell, Pt nanoparticles have been deposited from solution. These surfaces are then characterized by photoelectron spectroscopy and AFM. Further electrochemical measurements try to correlate the effect of the surface cleaning and the Pt deposition on the photoactivity of the GaAs- and GaP-semiconductors.

  3. Effect of reducing agent and nano Al2O3 particles on the properties of electroless Ni–P coating

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    This work is an experimental study on the formation, characteristics and properties of electroless nickel phosphorous (Ni–P) coatings and electroless nickel alumina (Ni–P–Al2O3) coating with varying reducing agent concentration. The results obtained indicate that the deposition rate and surface roughness of both Ni–P coating and Ni–P–Al2O3 coatings are highly influenced by reducing agent (sodium hypophosphite). With increase in sodium hypophosphite Ni forms amorphous phase and as a result the micro hardness of the coating gets reduced. Heat treatment was carried out at 400 °C for 1 h after the coating, resulted in the formation of an intermetallic nickel phosphide (Ni3P) phase which improved the hardness of the Ni–P coating from 400 ± 25 to 700 ± 25 HV. A composite coating is formed due to the incorporation of nano alumina in the Ni–P coating leading to an increase in the hardness. The chemical composition of nickel gets reduced from 85.3 to 77.8 wt.% due to the presence of alumina which resists the deposition of Ni. The uniform distribution of alumina particles are observed using a scanning electron micrograph and confirmed by X-ray diffraction techniques. The specific wear rate of Ni–P–Al2O3 coated and post coating heat treated specimens was observed to be less when compared with that obtained in the case of conventional Ni–P coating.

  4. Status of international co-operation. Case study: Elucidation of the cause and control of second impurity pattern in semiconductors

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    Nishinaga, Tatau

    1992-01-01

    Cause and control of the 2nd impurity patterns in tellurium doped gallium antimonide and sulfur doped indium phosphide semiconductors were studied. The semiconductors were made using the Travelling Heater Method (THM) on Spacelab SL-1 (1983) and D-1 (1985). Samples were chemically etched and observed by spatial resolution photo luminescence method. As a result, the condition to control the formation of the 2nd impurity pattern is elucidated, and crystal growth without 1st or 2nd impurity patterns can be obtained using the THM method in microgravity. Methods to remove the macrosteps formed by LPE (Liquid Phase Epitaxy), which is a method for the formation of semiconductor thin solids, are found. It is made clear that the latter result is attributable to ground technology improvement yielded by analyzing experiments in microgravity. It is made clear that accurate research on the formation and disappearance of 2nd impurity patterns and accurate measurement of physical constants, such as the diffusion coefficient, are possible in microgravity conditions due to lack of thermal convection.

  5. Planck pre-launch status: Design and description of the Low Frequency Instrument

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    Bersanelli, M; Butler, R C; Mennella, A; Villa, F; Aja, B; Artal, E; Artina, E; Baccigalupi, C; Balasini, M; Baldan, G; Banday, A; Bastia, P; Battaglia, P; Bernardino, T; Blackhurst, E; Boschini, L; Burigana, C; Cafagna, G; Cappellini, B; Cavaliere, F; Colombo, F; Crone, G; Cuttaia, F; D'Arcangelo, O; Danese, L; Davies, R D; Davis, R J; De Angelis, L; De Gasperis, G C; De La Fuente, L; De Rosa, A; De Zotti, G; Falvella, M C; Ferrari, F; Ferretti, R; Figini, L; Fogliani, S; Franceschet, C; Franceschi, E; Gaier, T; Garavaglia, S; Gomez, F; Gorski, K; Gregorio, A; Guzzi, P; Herreros, J M; Hildebrandt, S R; Hoyland, R; Hughes, N; Janssen, M; Jukkala, P; Kettle, D; Kilpia, V H; Laaninen, M; Lapolla, P M; Lawrence, C R; Leahy, J P; Leonardi, R; Leutenegger, P; Levin, S; Lilje, P B; Lowe, S R; Lubin, D Lawson P M; Maino, D; Malaspina, M; Maris, M; Marti-Canales, J; Martinez-Gonzalez, E; Mediavilla, A; Meinhold, P; Miccolis, M; Morgante, G; Natoli, P; Nesti, R; Pagan, L; Paine, C; Partridge, B; Pascual, J P; Pasian, F; Pearson, D; Pecora, M; Perrotta, F; Platania, P; Pospieszalski, M; Poutanen, T; Prina, M; Rebolo, R; Roddis, N; Rubino-Martin, J A; Salmon, n M J; Sandri, M; Seiffert, M; Silvestri, R; Simonetto, A; Sjoman, P; Smoot, G F; Sozzi, C; Stringhetti, L; Taddei, E; Tauber, J; Terenzi, L; Tomasi, M; Tuovinen, J; Valenziano, L; Varis, J; Vittorio, N; Wade, L A; Wilkinson, A; Winder, F; Zacchei, A; Zonca, A

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    In this paper we present the Low Frequency Instrument (LFI), designed and developed as part of the Planck space mission, the ESA program dedicated to precision imaging of the cosmic microwave background (CMB). Planck-LFI will observe the full sky in intensity and polarisation in three frequency bands centred at 30, 44 and 70 GHz, while higher frequencies (100-850 GHz) will be covered by the HFI instrument. The LFI is an array of microwave radiometers based on state-of-the-art Indium Phosphide cryogenic HEMT amplifiers implemented in a differential system using blackbody loads as reference signals. The front-end is cooled to 20K for optimal sensitivity and the reference loads are cooled to 4K to minimise low frequency noise. We provide an overview of the LFI, discuss the leading scientific requirements and describe the design solutions adopted for the various hardware subsystems. The main drivers of the radiometric, optical and thermal design are discussed, including the stringent requirements on sensitivity, ...

  6. Conversion of an Ex-Transuranicum Laboratory Building into a RAW Processing Facility, Serbia. Annex A.I-5

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    From 1993 to 1994, a building previously designated for the handling of transuranium elements in the Vinca Institute of Nuclear Sciences, Belgrade, Serbia, a laboratory for transuranicum elements (LATRANSA), was used for the production of Fumitoxin (aluminium phosphide, or AlP). The fumitoxin production process was based on synthesis from pulverized aluminium and red phosphorus as the principle reactants. A third party ran the process, and due to inadequate performance, the process was terminated. A considerable amount of Fumitoxin pellets and partly reacted mixtures were left stored in glove boxes, which represented a hazardous waste and prevented the use of the LATRANSA building for any other purpose. Fumitoxin is formulated as a mixture of AlP and ammonium carbamate (NH2COONH4). When exposed to the atmosphere, the humidity in the air reacts with water (hydrolyzes), giving off a poisonous gas phosphine (PH3) and an inactive powder of aluminium hydroxide (Al(OH)3). The project included the cleanup of the building so it could be refurbished and reused for other purposes

  7. Nanoindentation techniques in the measurement of mechanical properties of InP-based free-standing MEMS structures

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    Recent advances in high-speed networks have made micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) find some niche applications in tunable optical devices. Indium phosphide (InP)-based MEMS have an inherent advantage of being direct band gap as compared to silicon and can thus be used in MEMS structures with light emission/detection capability. In this paper, we report an in-depth study using nanoindentation to determine the mechanical properties of InP free-standing structures that could be incorporated in optical MEMS. The fabrication process for InP-based cantilever beams and membranes is also reported. Young's modulus of the material is determined from both loading and unloading of the InP cantilever beam through a bending test. We also discuss the deformation behaviour of the InP cantilever beam. Indentation on an InP substrate was conducted using a spherical indenter of known radius, in addition to the conventional Berkovich tip. The results were compared with ideal analytical methods. Experiments were also carried out to determine Young's modulus and hardness using continuous stiffness mode (CSM) tests. In addition, as a benchmark, experiments on silicon and sapphire substrates are also discussed. The results show good agreement in the mechanical properties obtained through different experiments

  8. Surface and subsurface damages in nanoindentation tests of compound semiconductor InP

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    Nanoindentation tests were conducted on single-crystal indium phosphide (InP) using a Vickers indenter and a spherical indenter over a wide load range. The resulting indents were examined using scanning electron microscopy, cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy and selected area diffraction. Effects of the indenter type and indentation load on the surface cracking behavior, load–displacement characteristics and subsurface damage were investigated. The results showed that the cracking behavior and critical load for crack generation depends strongly on the indenter geometry and orientation. Pop-in events occur during loading in the case of the spherical indenter, but not in the case of the Vickers indenter. It was demonstrated that dislocations dominate the deformation mechanism, and no phase transformation occurs. The indenter contact immediately causes a high-density dislocation region, below which extend slip bands. The stress field of the indented zone was simulated by the finite element method, and the stress concentration regions corresponded to the high-density dislocation regions

  9. n/p/n Tunnel Junction InGaAs Monolithic Interconnected Module (MIM)

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    Wilt, David M.; Murray, Christopher S.; Fatemi, Navid S.; Weizer, Victor

    2005-01-01

    The Monolithic Interconnected Module (MIM), originally introduced at the First NREL thermophotovoltaic (TPV) conference, consists of low-bandgap indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) photovoltaic devices, series interconnected on a common semi-insulating indium phosphide (inP) substrate. An infrared reflector is deposited on the back surface of the substrate to reflect photons, which were not absorbed in the first pass through the structure. The single largest optical loss in the current device occurs int he heavily doped p-type emitter. A new MIM design (pat.pend.) has been developed which flips the polarity of the conventional MIM cell (i.e., n/p rather than p/n), eliminating the need for the high conductivity p-type emitter. The p-type base of the cell is connected to the n-type lateral conduction layer through a thin InGaAs tunnel junction. 0.58 eV and 0.74 eV InGaAs devices have demonstrated reflectances above 90% for wavelengths beyond the bandgap (greater than 95% for unprocessed structures). Electrical measurements indicate minimal voltage drops across the tunnel junction (less than mV/junction under 1200K-blackbody illumnination) and fill factors that are above 70% at current densities (J(sub sc)) above 8 Angstroms per square centimeters for the 0.74eV devices.

  10. An Epidemiological Study of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Rate and a Comparison with Other Poisonings Recorded in Mazandaran Department of Forensic Medicine, 2009-2011

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and poisonous gas. Since there is currently no information on the prevalence of carbon monoxide poisoning in Mazandaran, this study aimed to investigate the prevalence of carbon monoxide poisoning and compare its prevalence with other poisonings recorded in Mazandaran Department of Forensic Medicine, from 2009 to 2011. Methods: This is a descriptive-analytical study, in which the information was received from Mazandaran Department of Forensic Medicine. Results: Among the 2446 human deaths in 2009, 2010, 2011, 237 deaths were due to poisoning and 27 (11.4% were due to carbon monoxide poisoning, which ranked third after narcotic and Aluminum phosphide intoxication. Poisoning in males was 1.7 times more than females. Co was the most common cause of deaths among people aged 21 to 30 years. Conclusion: Considering the fact that in most cases of poisoning deaths caused by CO (silent killer come by quietly and in a hidden manner, CO actually makes any defense and escape impossible for the person and despite seeing the shadow of death, that person will inevitably surrender and will be defeated. Therefore, it is necessary to educate and inform the public through media and educational institutions about the risks and sources of CO poisoning.

  11. Use of the CSD program package for structure determination from powder data

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    Although Rietveld's method of full profile structure refinement of powder data is a much-used tool today, ab initio structure solution from powder data is still not a routine task. One of the reasons for this is that fully overlapped peaks usually cannot be handled by routine structure determination programs. This shortcoming is not present in the Crystal Structure Determination (CSD) package which accepts intensities from powder diagrams as well as single crystal data. In order to demonstrate the possibilities of the CSD package, powder diagrams of five substances with already known crystal structure were collected and evaluated with the CSD package. The samples were scheelite (CaWO4), pentaerythritol (C(CH2OH)4), sodium sulfite (Na2SO3), copper sulfate pentahydrate (CuSO4.5H2O) and silver germanium phosphide (Ag6Ge10P12) and showed problems typical for powder work like preferred orientation and heavy peak overlapping. For four of the samples, correct atomic positions for some atoms could be found from the automatic MULTAN solution, which were then used in subsequent least squares- and difference Fourier calculations to locate the remaining atoms. Surprisingly, the cubic Ag6Ge10P12 posed the most problems for the structure solution although one third of the observed intensities was single-indexed and the final R-value was as low as 4%. (orig.)

  12. Widely available active sites on Ni2P for electrochemical hydrogen evolution--insights from first principles calculations.

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    Hansen, Martin H; Stern, Lucas-Alexandre; Feng, Ligang; Rossmeisl, Jan; Hu, Xile

    2015-04-28

    We present insights into the mechanism and the active site for hydrogen evolution on nickel phosphide (Ni2P). Ni2P was recently discovered to be a very active non-precious hydrogen evolution catalyst. Current literature attributes the activity of Ni2P to a particular site on the (0001) facet. In the present study, using Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations, we show that several widely available low index crystal facets on Ni2P have better properties for a high catalytic activity. DFT calculations were used to identify moderately bonding nickel bridge sites and nickel hollow sites for hydrogen adsorption and to calculate barriers for the Tafel pathway. The investigated surfaces in this study were the (101̅0), (1̅1̅20), (112̅0), (112̅1) and (0001) facets of the hexagonal Ni2P crystal. In addition to the DFT results, we present experiments on Ni2P nanowires growing along the 〈0001〉 direction, which are shown as efficient hydrogen evolution catalysts. The experimental results add these nanowires to a variety of different morphologies of Ni2P, which are all active for HER. PMID:25812670

  13. Growth and Strain Evaluation of InGaP/InGaAs/Ge Triple-Junction Solar Cell Structures

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    Alhomoudi, Ibrahim A.

    2016-06-01

    Metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) has been used for development of photovoltaic (PV) structures that enable enhanced efficiency for triple-junction solar cell (TJSC) devices. The in-plane strain, lattice match, surface defects, surface morphology, compositional uniformity, threading dislocations (TDs), and depth profile of each layer of the TJSC structure have been examined. The heteroepitaxial layers were found to be near lattice matched to the substrate with excellent coherence between the layers. The analysis explained that the indium gallium phosphide (InGaP) and indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) layers on germanium (Ge) substrate are a strained structure with purely tetragonal crystalline phase, which indicates that the TJSC structural layers could maintain high crystalline quality. The biaxial in-plane strain in each layer of the TJSC structure is compressive and varies in magnitude for each layer in the structure, being strongly influenced by the Ge substrate and the multiple epilayers of the PV structure. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) results show no TDs observed over a region with area of 500 nm2, with surface defect density less than 1 × 108 cm-2. No evidence of stacking faults and no visible defects of antiphase domains (APDs) at interfaces were observed, indicating adequate nucleation of epitaxial layers on the substrate and on subsequent growth layers. Furthermore, secondary-ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) analysis showed no significant Ge diffusion from the substrate into the TJSC structure.

  14. Practical realization of deeply subwavelength multilayer metal-dielectric nanostructures based on InGaAsP (Presentation Recording)

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    Smalley, Joseph S. T.; Vallini, Felipe; Montoya, Sergio; Fullerton, Eric E.; Fainman, Yeshaiahu

    2015-09-01

    Using established nanofabrication techniques, we realize deeply subwavelength multilayer metal-dielectric nanostructures composed of silver and indium gallium arsenide phosphide (InGaAsP). In contrast to most, if not all, subwavelength multilayer metal-dielectric systems to date, the Bloch vector of the fabricated structure is parallel to the plane of the substrate, making it suitable for waveguide integration. InGaAsP multiple quantum wells (MQWs) are epitaxially grown on InP normal to the Bloch vector of the resulting multilayer. The associated carrier population of the MQWs allows for active control of the behavior of the nanostructure via external optical pumping. Individual layer thicknesses of 30nm are repeatedly achieved via electron-beam lithography, reactive ion etching of InGaAsP, and sputter deposition of silver. Resulting 60nm periods of the one-dimensional periodic structure are 25 times smaller than telecommunication wavelengths in vacuum. The realized multilayer nanostructures hold promise as a platform for active and tunable hyperbolic metamaterials at telecommunication frequencies.

  15. Nonlinear current-voltage characteristics based on semiconductor nanowire networks enable a new concept in thermoelectric device optimization

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    Diaz Leon, Juan J.; Norris, Kate J.; Hartnett, Ryan J.; Garrett, Matthew P.; Tompa, Gary S.; Kobayashi, Nobuhiko P.

    2016-08-01

    Thermoelectric (TE) devices that produce electric power from heat are driven by a temperature gradient (Δ T = T_{{hot}} - T_{{cold}}, T hot: hot side temperature, T cold: cold side temperature) with respect to the average temperature ( T). While the resistance of TE devices changes as Δ T and/or T change, the current-voltage ( I- V) characteristics have consistently been shown to remain linear, which clips generated electric power ( P gen) within the given open-circuit voltage ( V OC) and short-circuit current ( I SC). This P gen clipping is altered when an appropriate nonlinearity is introduced to the I- V characteristics—increasing P gen. By analogy, photovoltaic cells with a large fill factor exhibit nonlinear I- V characteristics. In this paper, the concept of a unique TE device with nonlinear I- V characteristics is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. A single TE device with nonlinear I- V characteristics is fabricated by combining indium phosphide (InP) and silicon (Si) semiconductor nanowire networks. These TE devices show P gen that is more than 25 times larger than those of comparable devices with linear I- V characteristics. The plausible causes of the nonlinear I- V characteristics are discussed. The demonstrated concept suggests that there exists a new pathway to increase P gen of TE devices made of semiconductors.

  16. Solar photocatalytic hydrogen production from water using a dual bed photosystem. Task 2 report; Annual report

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    Linkous, C.A.; McKaige, G.T.; Slattery, D.K.; Ouellette, A.J.A.; Austin, B.C.N.

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    This work is an investigation into the use of photocatalytic particles in a dual bed configuration, so as to effect the solar-driven decomposition of water to its constituent elements, particularly hydrogen. The system envisioned would consist of two modules, each consisting of a shallow, flat, sealed container, in which micron-sized photocatalytic particles are immobilized. An aqueous solution containing a redox mediator is pumped between the two chambers. Different photoparticles and catalysts are chosen for their respective modules so as to effect oxidative water-splitting in one vessel to evolve oxygen gas, and reductive water-splitting in the other to evolve hydrogen. This is a direct photoconversion scheme that breaks down the energetic requirement for water decomposition into a 2-photon process, and enables separate production of hydrogen and oxygen. Titanium dioxide, TiO{sub 2}, and indium phosphide, InP, were employed as photoparticles in the O{sub 2}- and H{sub 2}-evolving beds, respectively. Platinum catalysts were evaluated to prompt H{sub 2}-evolution. Calculations on the energy band structure of free and immobilized particles provided guidance as to how the microstructure of the particles should be configured. A series of redox mediators, spanning a range of redox potentials, were tested. While many electron donors facilitated H{sub 2}-evolution, only the most oxidizing ones enabled O{sub 2}-evolution. A single redox couple, capable of charge exchange in both modules, is desirable to avoid system design complexity.

  17. Holographic lens spectrum splitting photovoltaic system for increased diffuse collection and annual energy yield

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    Vorndran, Shelby D.; Wu, Yuechen; Ayala, Silvana; Kostuk, Raymond K.

    2015-09-01

    Concentrating and spectrum splitting photovoltaic (PV) modules have a limited acceptance angle and thus suffer from optical loss under off-axis illumination. This loss manifests itself as a substantial reduction in energy yield in locations where a significant portion of insulation is diffuse. In this work, a spectrum splitting PV system is designed to efficiently collect and convert light in a range of illumination conditions. The system uses a holographic lens to concentrate shortwavelength light onto a smaller, more expensive indium gallium phosphide (InGaP) PV cell. The high efficiency PV cell near the axis is surrounded with silicon (Si), a less expensive material that collects a broader portion of the solar spectrum. Under direct illumination, the device achieves increased conversion efficiency from spectrum splitting. Under diffuse illumination, the device collects light with efficiency comparable to a flat-panel Si module. Design of the holographic lens is discussed. Optical efficiency and power output of the module under a range of illumination conditions from direct to diffuse are simulated with non-sequential raytracing software. Using direct and diffuse Typical Metrological Year (TMY3) irradiance measurements, annual energy yield of the module is calculated for several installation sites. Energy yield of the spectrum splitting module is compared to that of a full flat-panel Si reference module.

  18. The core contribution of transmission electron microscopy to functional nanomaterials engineering.

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    Carenco, Sophie; Moldovan, Simona; Roiban, Lucian; Florea, Ileana; Portehault, David; Vallé, Karine; Belleville, Philippe; Boissière, Cédric; Rozes, Laurence; Mézailles, Nicolas; Drillon, Marc; Sanchez, Clément; Ersen, Ovidiu

    2016-01-21

    Research on nanomaterials and nanostructured materials is burgeoning because their numerous and versatile applications contribute to solve societal needs in the domain of medicine, energy, environment and STICs. Optimizing their properties requires in-depth analysis of their structural, morphological and chemical features at the nanoscale. In a transmission electron microscope (TEM), combining tomography with electron energy loss spectroscopy and high-magnification imaging in high-angle annular dark-field mode provides access to all features of the same object. Today, TEM experiments in three dimensions are paramount to solve tough structural problems associated with nanoscale matter. This approach allowed a thorough morphological description of silica fibers. Moreover, quantitative analysis of the mesoporous network of binary metal oxide prepared by template-assisted spray-drying was performed, and the homogeneity of amino functionalized metal-organic frameworks was assessed. Besides, the morphology and internal structure of metal phosphide nanoparticles was deciphered, providing a milestone for understanding phase segregation at the nanoscale. By extrapolating to larger classes of materials, from soft matter to hard metals and/or ceramics, this approach allows probing small volumes and uncovering materials characteristics and properties at two or three dimensions. Altogether, this feature article aims at providing (nano)materials scientists with a representative set of examples that illustrates the capabilities of modern TEM and tomography, which can be transposed to their own research. PMID:26674446

  19. Optical and mechanical properties of long-term ordered semiconductors

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    The 45-year-monitoring of optical and mechanical properties of the various semiconductor crystals grown in the sixties of the past century shows that the stimuli for long-term improvement of crystal quality prevail over those which lead to its degradation. Evolution of optical and mechanical properties testifies that now in diamond-like gallium phosphide (GaP) doped with nitrogen (N), the impurity is a regular element of the new crystal lattice - it increases the forbidden gap, and at relevant concentration and level of optical excitation creates a bound excitonic crystal. The ternary compound CdIn2S4, now having the perfect normal (instead of partly inversed) spinel crystal lattice, as well as GaP with evenly distributed impurities, demonstrate new stable and bright luminescent phenomena, including stimulated emission and 'hot' luminescence at room temperature. All chosen semiconductor crystals from different groups of semiconductor compounds demonstrate the long term ordering and improvement of useful for application properties. Existing technologies help us to reproduce artificially these naturally ordered structures for application in optoelectronics. (authors)

  20. Optimization of the properties of MOVPE-grown GaP epitaxial layers on GaP (1 1 1)B substrates

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    Gallium phosphide (GaP) homoepitaxial layers are optimized by varying the growth temperature, growth rate and V/III ratio in a low-pressure metal organic vapour phase epitaxy (MOVPE) process. It is observed that we need high growth temperature, low growth rate and an optimum value of the V/III ratio in order to obtain a mirror finish surface morphology. The surface morphology is mirror finish for an epitaxial layer grown ≥820 °C when viewed under a stereo-zoom microscope for a V/III ratio of about 100 or more. A sharp and intense excitonic photoluminescence (PL) feature and a fine structure associated with donor–acceptor pair recombination confirm a high optical quality of the grown layer, which is supported by high-resolution x-ray diffraction measurements. For silicon doping of GaP using silane in low-pressure MOVPE, our results confirm theoretical predictions available in the literature and the values of a distribution coefficient lie in a similar range known for other conventional semiconductors. This optimization provides high-quality GaP (1 1 1)B epilayers needed for the development of either nanostructure-based optoelectronic devices on transparent substrates or polarization-sensitive infrared photodetectors based on two-photon absorption

  1. Novel high-pressure phases of AlP from first principles

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    Liu, Chao; Hu, Meng; Luo, Kun; Yu, Dongli; Zhao, Zhisheng; He, Julong

    2016-05-01

    By utilizing a crystal structure prediction software via particle swarm optimization, this study proposes three new high-pressure phases of aluminum phosphide (AlP) with high density and high hardness, in addition to previously proposed phases (wz-, zb-, rs-, NiAs-, β-Sn-, CsCl-, and Cmcm-AlP). These new phases are as follows: (1) an I 4 ¯ 3d symmetric structure (cI24-AlP) at 55.2 GPa, (2) an R 3 ¯ m symmetric structure (hR18-AlP) at 9.9 GPa, and (3) a C222 symmetric structure (oC12-AlP) at 20.6 GPa. Based on first-principle calculations, these phases have higher energetic advantage than CsCl- and β-Sn-AlP at ambient pressure. The independent elastic constants and phonon dispersion spectra are calculated to check the mechanical and dynamic stabilities of these phases. According to mechanical property studies, these new AlP phases have higher hardness than NiAs-AlP, and oC12-AlP has the highest hardness of 7.9 GPa. Electronic band structure calculations indicate that NiAs- and hR18-AlP have electrical conductivity. Additionally, wz-, zb-, and oC12-AlP possess semiconductive properties with indirect bandgaps, and cI24-AlP has a semiconductive property with a direct bandgap.

  2. Dynamic Simulation of a CPV/T System Using the Finite Element Method

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    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this paper is the determination of a concentrating thermo-photovoltaic (CPV/T system dynamic model by means of the finite element method (FEM. The system consist of triple-junction InGaP/InGaAs/Ge (indium-gallium phosphide/indium-gallium-arsenide/germanium solar cells connected to a metal core printed circuit board (MCPCB placed on a coil circuit used for the thermal energy recovery. In particular, the main aim is to determine the fluid outlet temperature. It is evaluated corresponding both to a constant cell temperature equal to 120 °C, generally representing the maximum operating temperature, and to cell temperature values instantly variable with the direct normal irradiation (DNI. Hence, an accurate DNI analysis is realized adopting the Gordon-Reddy statistical model. Using an accurate electric model, the cell temperature and efficiency are determined together with the CPV/T module electric and thermal powers. Generally, the CPV system size is realized according to the user electric load demand and, then, it is important to evaluate the necessary minimum concentration ratio (Cmin, the limit of CPV system applicability, in order to determine the energy convenience profile. The fluid outlet temperature can be then obtained by the FEM analysis to verify if a CPV/T system can be used in solar heating and cooling applications.

  3. Elucidating the electron transport in semiconductors via Monte Carlo simulations: an inquiry-driven learning path for engineering undergraduates

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    Persano Adorno, Dominique; Pizzolato, Nicola; Fazio, Claudio

    2015-09-01

    Within the context of higher education for science or engineering undergraduates, we present an inquiry-driven learning path aimed at developing a more meaningful conceptual understanding of the electron dynamics in semiconductors in the presence of applied electric fields. The electron transport in a nondegenerate n-type indium phosphide bulk semiconductor is modelled using a multivalley Monte Carlo approach. The main characteristics of the electron dynamics are explored under different values of the driving electric field, lattice temperature and impurity density. Simulation results are presented by following a question-driven path of exploration, starting from the validation of the model and moving up to reasoned inquiries about the observed characteristics of electron dynamics. Our inquiry-driven learning path, based on numerical simulations, represents a viable example of how to integrate a traditional lecture-based teaching approach with effective learning strategies, providing science or engineering undergraduates with practical opportunities to enhance their comprehension of the physics governing the electron dynamics in semiconductors. Finally, we present a general discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of using an inquiry-based teaching approach within a learning environment based on semiconductor simulations.

  4. Advances in telecom and datacom optical components

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    Eldada, Louay A.

    2001-07-01

    We review and contrast key technologies developed to address the optical components market for telecom and datacom applications. We first look at different material systems, compare their properties, and describe the functions achieved to date in each of them. The material systems reviewed include glass fiber, silica on silicon, silicon on insulator, silicon oxynitride, sol-gels, polymers, thin film dielectrics, lithium niobate, indium phosphide, gallium arsenide, magneto-optic materials, and birefringent crystals. We then look at the most commonly used classes of technology and present their pros and cons as well as the functions achieved to date in each. The technologies reviewed include passive, actuation, and active technologies. The passive technologies described include fused fibers, dispersion-compensating fiber, beam steering (e.g., AWG), Bragg gratings, diffraction gratings, holographic elements, thin film filters, photonic crystals, microrings, and birefringent elements. The actuation technologies include thermo-optics, electro-optics, acousto- optics, magneto-optics, liquid crystals, total internal reflection technologies (e.g., bubble technology), and mechanical actuation (e.g., moving fibers and MEMS). We finally describe active technologies including heterostructures, quantum wells, rare earth doping, and semiconductor optical amplifiers. We also investigate the use of different material systems and technologies to achieve building block functions including lasers, amplifiers, detectors, modulators, polarization controllers, couplers, filters, switches, attenuators, nonreciprocal elements (Faraday rotators or nonreciprocal phase shifters) for isolators and circulators, wavelength converters, and dispersion compensators.

  5. Large Bandgap Semiconductors for Solar Water Splitting

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    Photoelectrochemical water splitting represents an eco-friendly technology that could enable the production of hydrogen using water as reactant and solar energy as primary energy source. The exploitation of solar energy for the production of hydrogen would help modern society to reduce the relian...... on fossil fuels as primary feedstock for hydrogen production and diminish the emission of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, weakening the global warming phenomenon.The dissertation reports the development of GaP (gallium phosphide) photocathodes as a large bandgap semiconductor for...... photoelectrochemical water splitting devices having tandem design. The increase of the photovoltage produced by GaP under illumination was the main goal of this work. GaP has a bandgap of 2.25 eV and could in theory produce a photovoltage of approximately 1.7 V. Instead, the photovoltage produced by the semiconductor...... of BiVO4 (bismuth vanadate) was investigated in view of combining this 2.4 eV large bandgap semiconductor with a Si back-illuminated photocathode. A device obtained by mechanical stacking of BiVO4 photoanode and standard Si photocathode performs non-assisted water splitting under illumination with...

  6. Elucidating the electron transport in semiconductors via Monte Carlo simulations: an inquiry-driven learning path for engineering undergraduates

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    Within the context of higher education for science or engineering undergraduates, we present an inquiry-driven learning path aimed at developing a more meaningful conceptual understanding of the electron dynamics in semiconductors in the presence of applied electric fields. The electron transport in a nondegenerate n-type indium phosphide bulk semiconductor is modelled using a multivalley Monte Carlo approach. The main characteristics of the electron dynamics are explored under different values of the driving electric field, lattice temperature and impurity density. Simulation results are presented by following a question-driven path of exploration, starting from the validation of the model and moving up to reasoned inquiries about the observed characteristics of electron dynamics. Our inquiry-driven learning path, based on numerical simulations, represents a viable example of how to integrate a traditional lecture-based teaching approach with effective learning strategies, providing science or engineering undergraduates with practical opportunities to enhance their comprehension of the physics governing the electron dynamics in semiconductors. Finally, we present a general discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of using an inquiry-based teaching approach within a learning environment based on semiconductor simulations. (paper)

  7. Recent Advances in PV Research and Future Directions

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    Deb, Satyen K.

    1998-04-01

    The photovoltaic technology is making a major thrust in the commercial arena with 1997 worldwide production of PV modules reaching over 125 MW and growing at the rate of 20-25semiconductor materials and devices are emerging as strong contenders for PV applications even though silicon is still the 'work-horse' of the industry. Ultra-high efficiency solar cells fabricated from gallium arsenide (GaAs) and its ternary alloys like gallium indium phosphide (GaInP2) are finding applications in space technology. Enormous progress has also been made on various thin-film solar cell technologies, which offer the promise for substantially reducing the cost of PV systems. Some of the leading contenders are amorphous and polycrystalline silicon, compound semiconductor thin films such as copper indium diselenide (CuInSe2) based alloys, and cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin films. Exciting new developments are happening in the use of nano-particle semiconductor materials like titanium dioxide (TiO2) for low-cost PV devices. Intense research on these and other materials and devices is making a strong impact on the technology. In this presentation, a brief overview of recent advances in PV research will b e made and the trends and opportunities for future research directions will be identified.

  8. Mechanism of anaerobic (microbial) corrosion. Technical summary report No. 1, 1 Jun-31 Dec 82

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    Iverson, W.P.; Olson, G.J.

    1982-12-01

    This report in the form of three papers describes research into the role of bacteria in anaerobic corrosion processes. During the year we have given more evidence for a novel mechanism of anaerobic corrosion in which a volatile, highly reactive phosporous compound is produced as a result of the activities of sulfate-reducing bacteria (Desulfovibio desuluricans). The corrosion product is an amorphous type of iron phosphide which can be detected by the formation of phosphine upon its acidification. Phosphine (in addition to H2S) has been detected from all the cases of suspected anaerobic corrosion (including tubercles from the inside of water pipes) examined so far. In examining the headspace over growing cultures of Desulfovibio to detect this volatile phosphorus containing compound, using a gas chromatograph (GC) with a flame photometric detector (FPD) specific for phosphorus and sulfur, two sulfur compounds, in addition to H2S, were detected and identified. These compounds, methylmercaptan, and dimethyldisulfide, were found to be relatively non-corrosive to iron under anaerobic conditions. No volatile phosphorus compounds were detected.

  9. The effect of process conditions on the performance of epitaxial InP solar cells

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    Borrego, J. M.; Ghandi, S. K.

    1991-01-01

    Indium phosphide solar cells have a higher resistance to electron irradiation than Si or GaAs cells of comparable junction depth. As a result, there is much interest in the use of this material for space applications. Cells of this material were made in bulk InP by a number of techniques, including ion implantation, direct diffusion in sealed ampoules, and by open tube diffusion. However, it is generally considered that the epitaxial approach will be superior to all of these techniques. The epitaxy of InP is considerably more difficult than that of gallium arsenide, for a number of reasons. Perhaps the most important is the fact that the native oxides of Indium are extremely difficult to remove, as compared to that of Gallium. In addition, thermal treatments for the desorption of these oxides often result in the formation of phosphorus vacancies and free indium on the surface. Thus, inadequate sample preparation before epitaxy, poor reactor cleaning procedures, or poor transition procedures between the growth of successive layers, all give rise to trap phenomena and to high interface recombination velocities. Moreover, the lifetime of the grown material is dominated by the occurrence of native defects, so that it is a strong function of growth parameters. These problems are of special interest to the fabrication of solar cells, where long life-time, combined with the absence of traps, is highly desirable. A study of this problem is described using a non-invasive diagnostic technique which was developed.

  10. Electrochemical and structural properties of electroless Ni-P-SiC nanocomposite coatings

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    Silicon carbide (SiC) nanoparticles were co-deposited with nickel-phosphorous (Ni-P) coatings through electroless deposition process. The effects of annealing temperature and SiC contents on properties of the coatings were investigated. Corrosion performance of the coatings was examined using potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). X-ray diffraction and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) were employed for structural and morphological studies, respectively. It was shown that the structure of the as-deposited Ni-P-SiC nanocomposite coating was amorphous, and changed to the nickel crystal, nickel phosphide (Ni3P) and silicide compounds (NixSiy) with heat treatment. Addition of the SiC concentration in the coating bath affected both composition and morphology of the coating. Presence of SiC nanoparticles in the Ni-P coating enhanced the corrosion resistance of the coating. Higher SiC contents, however, negatively affected the corrosion behavior of the coatings. Heat treatment also improved the corrosion resistance of the Ni-P-SiC coating. Annealing at 400 °C decreased the corrosion current density of the coating by approximately 60%.

  11. Bandgap Engineering of InP QDs Through Shell Thickness and Composition

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    Dennis, Allison M. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Mangum, Benjamin D. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Piryatinski, Andrei [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Park, Young-Shin [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Htoon, Han [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Hollingsworth, Jennifer A. [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2012-06-21

    Fields as diverse as biological imaging and telecommunications utilize the unique photophysical and electronic properties of nanocrystal quantum dots (NQDs). The development of new NQD compositions promises material properties optimized for specific applications, while addressing material toxicity. Indium phosphide (InP) offers a 'green' alternative to the traditional cadmium-based NQDs, but suffers from extreme susceptibility to oxidation. Coating InP cores with more stable shell materials significantly improves nanocrystal resistance to oxidation and photostability. We have investigated several new InP-based core-shell compositions, correlating our results with theoretical predictions of their optical and electronic properties. Specifically, we can tailor the InP core-shell QDs to a type-I, quasi-type-II, or type-II bandgap structure with emission wavelengths ranging from 500-1300 nm depending on the shell material used (ZnS, ZnSe, CdS, or CdSe) and the thickness of the shell. Single molecule microscopy assessments of photobleaching and blinking are used to correlate NQD properties with shell thickness.

  12. Fabrication of Titanium/Fluorapatite Composites and In Vitro Behavior in Simulated Body Fluid

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    Hezhou Ye; Xing Yang Liu; Hanping Hong

    2013-01-01

    Titanium/fluorapatite (Ti/FA) composites with various FA additions were fabricated by powder metallurgy.The decomposition of FA during sintering was accelerated by the presence of Ti.The main reaction products of FA and Ti were identified as CaO,Ti phosphides,and CaTiO3.The addition of FA significantly inhibited the densification of Ti.The in vitro bioactivity of the composites was evaluated in a simulated body fluid (SBF).After immersion into the SBF,all the Ti/FA composites induced nucleation and growth of bone-like carbonated apatite on the surface.Co-precipitation of CaCO3 and Mg(OH)2 was also detected on the surface of the composite with high FA addition at an early stage of immersion.Furthermore,the release of fluorine ions from the composite was confirmed,which could promote bone regeneration and retard the formation of caries in the biological environment.The in vitro behavior was attributed to multiple factors,including the surface conditions and the constituents of the composite.The results demonstrated that the Ti/FA composites were bioactive in nature even with a low FA addition and they could introduce the benefit of fluorine ions in the service.

  13. Electrochemical and structural properties of electroless Ni-P-SiC nanocomposite coatings

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    Farzaneh, Amir [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Tabriz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Mohammadi, Maysam, E-mail: maysam.mohammadi84@gmail.com [High Technology and Environmental Sciences, International Center for Science, Materials Research Institute, Kerman (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ehteshamzadeh, Maryam [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman (Iran, Islamic Republic of); High Technology and Environmental Sciences, International Center for Science, Materials Research Institute, Kerman (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Mohammadi, Farzad [Department of Materials Engineering, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    2013-07-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC) nanoparticles were co-deposited with nickel-phosphorous (Ni-P) coatings through electroless deposition process. The effects of annealing temperature and SiC contents on properties of the coatings were investigated. Corrosion performance of the coatings was examined using potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). X-ray diffraction and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) were employed for structural and morphological studies, respectively. It was shown that the structure of the as-deposited Ni-P-SiC nanocomposite coating was amorphous, and changed to the nickel crystal, nickel phosphide (Ni{sub 3}P) and silicide compounds (Ni{sub x}Si{sub y}) with heat treatment. Addition of the SiC concentration in the coating bath affected both composition and morphology of the coating. Presence of SiC nanoparticles in the Ni-P coating enhanced the corrosion resistance of the coating. Higher SiC contents, however, negatively affected the corrosion behavior of the coatings. Heat treatment also improved the corrosion resistance of the Ni-P-SiC coating. Annealing at 400 °C decreased the corrosion current density of the coating by approximately 60%.

  14. Molecular and biochemical evidence on the protection of cardiomyocytes from phosphine-induced oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction and apoptosis by acetyl-l-carnitine.

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    Baghaei, Amir; Solgi, Reza; Jafari, Abbas; Abdolghaffari, Amir Hossein; Golaghaei, Alireza; Asghari, Mohammad Hossein; Baeeri, Maryam; Ostad, Seyed Nasser; Sharifzadeh, Mohammad; Abdollahi, Mohammad

    2016-03-01

    The aim of the present study was to investigate the efficacy of acetyl-l-carnitine (ALCAR) on pathologic changes of mitochondrial respiratory chain activity, ATP production, oxidative stress, and cellular apoptosis/necrosis induced by aluminum phosphide (AlP) poisoning. The study groups included: the Sham that received almond oil only; the AlP that received oral LD50 dose of aluminum; the AC-100, AC-200, and AC-300 which received concurrent oral LD50 dose of AlP and single 100, 200, and 300mg/kg of ALCAR by intraperitoneal injection. After 24h, the rats were sacrificed; the heart and blood sample were taken for measurement of biochemical and mitochondrial factors. The results specified that ALCAR significantly attenuated the oxidative stress (elevated ROS and plasma iron levels) caused by AlP poisoning. ALCAR also increased the activity of cytochrome oxidase, which in turn amplified ATP production. Furthermore, flow cytometric assays and caspase activity indicated that ALCAR prohibited AlP-induced apoptosis in cardiomyocytes. PMID:26773361

  15. Planck pre-launch status: Design and description of the Low Frequency Instrument

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    Bersanelli, M.; Mandolesi, N.; Butler, R. C.; Mennella, A.; Villa, F.; Aja, B.; Artal, E.; Artina, E.; Baccigalupi, C.; Balasini, M.; Baldan, G.; Banday, A.; Bastia, P.; Battaglia, P.; Bernardino, T.; Blackhurst, E.; Boschini, L.; Burigana, C.; Cafagna, G.; Cappellini, B.; Cavaliere, F.; Colombo, F.; Crone, G.; Cuttaia, F.; D'Arcangelo, O.; Danese, L.; Davies, R. D.; Davis, R. J.; de Angelis, L.; de Gasperis, G. C.; de La Fuente, L.; de Rosa, A.; de Zotti, G.; Falvella, M. C.; Ferrari, F.; Ferretti, R.; Figini, L.; Fogliani, S.; Franceschet, C.; Franceschi, E.; Gaier, T.; Garavaglia, S.; Gomez, F.; Gorski, K.; Gregorio, A.; Guzzi, P.; Herreros, J. M.; Hildebrandt, S. R.; Hoyland, R.; Hughes, N.; Janssen, M.; Jukkala, P.; Kettle, D.; Kilpiä, V. H.; Laaninen, M.; Lapolla, P. M.; Lawrence, C. R.; Lawson, D.; Leahy, J. P.; Leonardi, R.; Leutenegger, P.; Levin, S.; Lilje, P. B.; Lowe, S. R.; Lubin, P. M.; Maino, D.; Malaspina, M.; Maris, M.; Marti-Canales, J.; Martinez-Gonzalez, E.; Mediavilla, A.; Meinhold, P.; Miccolis, M.; Morgante, G.; Natoli, P.; Nesti, R.; Pagan, L.; Paine, C.; Partridge, B.; Pascual, J. P.; Pasian, F.; Pearson, D.; Pecora, M.; Perrotta, F.; Platania, P.; Pospieszalski, M.; Poutanen, T.; Prina, M.; Rebolo, R.; Roddis, N.; Rubiño-Martin, J. A.; Salmon, M. J.; Sandri, M.; Seiffert, M.; Silvestri, R.; Simonetto, A.; Sjoman, P.; Smoot, G. F.; Sozzi, C.; Stringhetti, L.; Taddei, E.; Tauber, J.; Terenzi, L.; Tomasi, M.; Tuovinen, J.; Valenziano, L.; Varis, J.; Vittorio, N.; Wade, L. A.; Wilkinson, A.; Winder, F.; Zacchei, A.; Zonca, A.

    2010-09-01

    In this paper we present the Low Frequency Instrument (LFI), designed and developed as part of the Planck space mission, the ESA programme dedicated to precision imaging of the cosmic microwave background (CMB). Planck-LFI will observe the full sky in intensity and polarisation in three frequency bands centred at 30, 44 and 70 GHz, while higher frequencies (100-850 GHz) will be covered by the HFI instrument. The LFI is an array of microwave radiometers based on state-of-the-art indium phosphide cryogenic HEMT amplifiers implemented in a differential system using blackbody loads as reference signals. The front end is cooled to 20 K for optimal sensitivity and the reference loads are cooled to 4 K to minimise low-frequency noise. We provide an overview of the LFI, discuss the leading scientific requirements, and describe the design solutions adopted for the various hardware subsystems. The main drivers of the radiometric, optical, and thermal design are discussed, including the stringent requirements on sensitivity, stability, and rejection of systematic effects. Further details on the key instrument units and the results of ground calibration are provided in a set of companion papers.

  16. Design, development and verification of the 30 and 44 GHz front-end modules for the Planck Low Frequency Instrument

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    Davis, R. J.; Wilkinson, A.; Davies, R. D.; Winder, W. F.; Roddis, N.; Blackhurst, E. J.; Lawson, D.; Lowe, S. R.; Baines, C.; Butlin, M.; Galtress, A.; Shepherd, D.; Aja, B.; Artal, E.; Bersanelli, M.; Butler, R. C.; Castelli, C.; Cuttaia, F.; D'Arcangelo, O.; Gaier, T.; Hoyland, R.; Kettle, D.; Leonardi, R.; Mandolesi, N.; Mennella, A.; Meinhold, P.; Pospieszalski, M.; Stringhetti, L.; Tomasi, M.; Valenziano, L.; Zonca, A.

    2009-12-01

    We give a description of the design, construction and testing of the 30 and 44 GHz Front End Modules (FEMs) for the Low Frequency Instrument (LFI) of the Planck mission to be launched in 2009. The scientific requirements of the mission determine the performance parameters to be met by the FEMs, including their linear polarization characteristics. The FEM design is that of a differential pseudo-correlation radiometer in which the signal from the sky is compared with a 4-K blackbody load. The Low Noise Amplifier (LNA) at the heart of the FEM is based on indium phosphide High Electron Mobility Transistors (HEMTs). The radiometer incorporates a novel phase-switch design which gives excellent amplitude and phase match across the band. The noise temperature requirements are met within the measurement errors at the two frequencies. For the most sensitive LNAs, the noise temperature at the band centre is 3 and 5 times the quantum limit at 30 and 44 GHz respectively. For some of the FEMs, the noise temperature is still falling as the ambient temperature is reduced to 20 K. Stability tests of the FEMs, including a measurement of the 1/f knee frequency, also meet mission requirements. The 30 and 44 GHz FEMs have met or bettered the mission requirements in all critical aspects. The most sensitive LNAs have reached new limits of noise temperature for HEMTs at their band centres. The FEMs have well-defined linear polarization characteristcs.

  17. Superconductivity of ternary metal compounds prepared at high pressures

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    Shirotani, I

    2003-01-01

    Various ternary metal phosphides, arsenides, antimonides, silicides and germanides have been prepared at high temperatures and high pressures. These ternary metal compounds can be classified into four groups: [1] metal-rich compounds MM' sub 4 X sub 2 and [2] MM'X, [3] non-metal-rich compounds MXX' and [4] MM' sub 4 X sub 1 sub 2 (M and M' = metal element; X and X' = non-metal element). We have studied the electrical and magnetic properties of these materials at low temperatures, and found many new superconductors with the superconducting transition temperature (T sub c) of above 10 K. The metal-rich compound ZrRu sub 4 P sub 2 with a tetragonal structure showed the superconducting transition at around 11 K, and had an upper critical field (H sub c sub 2) of 12.2 tesla (T) at 0 K. Ternary equiatomic compounds ZrRuP and ZrRuSi crystallize in two modifications, a hexagonal Fe sub 2 P-type structure [h-ZrRuP(Si)] and an orthorhombic Co sub 2 P-type structure [o-ZrRuP(Si)]. Both h-ZrRuP and h-ZrRuSi have rather h...

  18. Synthesis and crystal structures of novel LaOAgS-type alkaline earth – Zinc, manganese, and cadmium fluoride pnictides

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    Charkin, Dmitri O., E-mail: charkin@inorg.chem.msu.ru; Urmanov, Arthur V.; Plokhikh, Igor V.; Korshunov, Alexander D.; Kuznetsov, Alexey N.; Kazakov, Sergey M.

    2014-02-05

    Highlights: • Sight new alkaline earth – Mn, Zn, Cd fluoride pnictides were prepared. • All new compounds adopt the LaOAgS structure type. • Bond distances in their structures are transferable within 2–3%. • Very close similarities are observed in structural chemistry of LaOAgS- and HfCuSi{sub 2}-type compounds of Mn, Cu, Zn, Ag, and Cd. -- Abstract: Systematic studies of the LaOAgS-type compounds among alkaline earth – Zn/Cd/Mn fluoride pnictides revealed the existence of new representatives SrFMnP, SrFMnAs, SrFMnSb, SrFZnAs, SrFZnSb, BaFZnAs, BaFCdP, and BaFCdAs. Similar to rare-earth oxide compounds and contrary to isolobal chalcogenides of Cu/Ag, not all possible compositions could be realized. No compound of the structure type is formed for calcium; strontium forms fluoride pnictides only with zinc and manganese, while for barium, new representatives are also formed with cadmium. This trend, which possibly has a geometrical origin, is corroborated by quantum chemical calculations. Formation of NdOZnP-type compounds also was not observed suggesting the structure to be characteristic only for rare earth – zinc oxide phosphides.

  19. Optimisation of semiconductor optical amplifiers for optical networks

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    Kelly, A E

    2000-01-01

    using this device are investigated. This thesis is concerned with the design, fabrication and testing of Multiple Quantum Well Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers (SOAs) in the Indium Phosphide (InP) material system at a wavelength of 1.55 mu m. Following an introduction to optical communication systems and an overview of SOAs, the realisation of two SOAs is described. First, the design and fabrication of an SOA for linear amplification is presented, which uses integrated mode expanders to match the output mode to that of an optical fibre. In conjunction with angled facets, these mode expanders allow the reduction of the intrinsic facet reflectivity so that anti-reflection (AR) coatings are not required for travelling wave operation. It is shown that despite the effective reflectivity being very low, the mirror loss can be improved by the application of a single layer AR coating. Devices with this AR coating are shown to have state of the art performance in terms of gain and noise. Secondly, the requirements for...

  20. ETIOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF ANEMIA IN DOG INTOXICATION

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    Likhoman A. V.

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Dog poisoning toxicant used at home for rodent control (often based on zinc phosphide is accompanied by the development of anemia . In etiopathogenesis of this type of pathology of the blood we can highlight as important: haemolytic , haemorrhagic and allergic components, but the nature and extent of the changes under there are unequal. This requires the development of a special algorithm of examination and treatment strategies of the animal in accordance with the stages of the development of the disease. Modern conditions dictate the need, along with the actions to carry out urgent medical identification as the main etiological factor and pathogenesis, and the leading pathogenetic factors that pose a threat to the danger of other pathological processes and disease states. First, we evaluate the extent of damage to the liver, kidneys, heart, spleen and blood vessels, which is possible only if the clinic has appropriate methods and equipment. It is undeniable in this regard the importance of evidence-based recommendations for dietary nutrition of the affected animal's behavior after the clinic urgent remedial measures. The article proves high importance of evaluating the effectiveness of the treatment in the clinic

  1. Modulation of electrical properties in Cu/n-type InP Schottky junctions using oxygen plasma treatment

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    Using current–voltage (I–V) measurements, we investigated the effect of oxygen plasma treatment on the temperature-dependent electrical properties of Cu/n-type indium phosphide (InP) Schottky contacts at temperatures in the range 100–300 K. Changes in the electrical parameters were evident below 180 K for the low-plasma-power sample (100 W), which is indicative of the presence of a wider distribution of regions of low barrier height. Modified Richardson plots were used to obtain Richardson constants, which were similar to the theoretical value of 9.4 A cm−2 K−2 for n-type InP. This suggests that, for all the samples, a thermionic emission model including a spatially inhomogeneous Schottky barrier can be used to describe the charge transport phenomena at the metal/semiconductor interface. The voltage dependence of the reverse-bias current revealed that Schottky emission was dominant for the untreated and high-plasma-power (250 W) samples. For the low-plasma-power sample, Poole–Frenkel emission was dominant at low voltages, whereas Schottky emission dominated at higher voltages. Defect states and nonuniformity of the interfacial layer appear to be significant in the reverse-bias charge transport properties of the low-plasma-power sample. (paper)

  2. Optimisation of semiconductor optical amplifiers for optical networks

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    This thesis is concerned with the design, fabrication and testing of Multiple Quantum Well Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers (SOAs) in the Indium Phosphide (InP) material system at a wavelength of 1.55μm. Following an introduction to optical communication systems and an overview of SOAs, the realisation of two SOAs is described. First, the design and fabrication of an SOA for linear amplification is presented, which uses integrated mode expanders to match the output mode to that of an optical fibre. In conjunction with angled facets, these mode expanders allow the reduction of the intrinsic facet reflectivity so that anti-reflection (AR) coatings are not required for travelling wave operation. It is shown that despite the effective reflectivity being very low, the mirror loss can be improved by the application of a single layer AR coating. Devices with this AR coating are shown to have state of the art performance in terms of gain and noise. Secondly, the requirements for non-linear switching using SOAs are investigated, through a combination of theory and experiment. From these findings, methods for optimisation are outlined, and an SOA is designed and fabricated which incorporates these changes. Following basic characterisation, the SOA is shown to have improved characteristics through CW measurements. The performance is demonstrated by world leading wavelength conversion experiments at 100Gbit/s and finally the prospects for operation of a 100Gbit/s interferometer using this device are investigated. (author)

  3. Structural Properties of Several Castanopsis carlesi Modified Starches%几种小红栲变性淀粉的结构特性

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    谢涛; 王焕龙; 张儒

    2011-01-01

    The scanning electron microscopy ( SEM ), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy ( FTIR ) and X-ray diffraction ( XRD) were applied to characterize the morphology, chemical and crystalline structures of several Castanopsis carlesi modified starches. The formation procedure of micro-porous starch is that the hollows in the surface of starch granule can be hydrolyzed from the outside to the inside, and be further punctured through the granule center by the mixture solution of a-amylase and glucoamylase, finally the net-cavity structure of starch granule which is distributed by plenty of about 1 u,m holes can be made. The carbonyl groups and glycosidic bonds in starch carbon chains can be enzymatic-hydrolyzed, while phosphide ester linkage can be formed by crosslinking reaction between hydroxyl groups in starch carbon chains and POC13. Whichever native, microporous, crosslinked or crosslinked microporous starch granule is a multi-crystal system which made from crystal and non-crystal, and belong to C-type crystalline. The crystalline degree and crystal size of crosslinked, native, crosslinked microporous and microporous starch increase in sequence, while the change of crystal interval is just adverse.%@@目前世界上变性淀粉的年产量已经达到500万t左右,如美国为200万t以上,欧洲为90万t,日本在30万t以上;

  4. Photobiomodulation regulates cytokine release and new blood vessel formation during oral wound healing in rats.

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    Wagner, Vivian Petersen; Curra, Marina; Webber, Liana Preto; Nör, Carolina; Matte, Ursula; Meurer, Luise; Martins, Manoela Domingues

    2016-05-01

    The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of photobiomodulation (PBM) on cytokine levels and angiogenesis during oral wound healing. Ulcers were made on the dorsum of the tongue in 48 Wistar rats. Irradiation with an indium-gallium-aluminum-phosphide (InGaAlP) laser (660 nm; output power, 40 mW; spot size, 0.04 cm(2)) was performed once a day on two points of the ulcer for 14 days. Two different energy densities were used: 4 J/cm(2) (energy per point 0.16 J, total energy 0.32 J) and 20 J/cm(2) (energy per point 0.8 J, total energy 1.6 J). Tissue levels of interleukin (IL)-1β and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α were investigated by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Image analysis of CD31-immunostained sections was used to investigate microvessel density (MVD). PBM increased the tissue levels of IL-1β at the early stage of oral wound healing (p increased the tissue levels of TNF-α during all stages of oral wound healing (p increased angiogenesis are among the basic mechanisms whereby PBM improves oral wound repair. PMID:26868031

  5. Opto-spintronics in InP using ferromagnetic tunnel spin filters

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    We demonstrate opto-spintronics using Fe-doped Indium Phosphide (InP). The method is based on optical orientation of InP conduction electron spins which are electrically detected in planar InP/oxide/Ni tunnel spin filters. We separate the optical excitation from electrical detection, avoiding thus additional interactions of photons with the ferromagnet. Interface engineering provides a surface iron accumulation and semiconducting Fe:In2O3 in the oxide tunnel barrier. The spin filtering effect switches to positive or negative asymmetry, depending on the Fe concentration in Fex:InP. With respect to the Fe-like electronic structure of these oxides, we can explain the opposite spin selection mechanisms as interface effects. In the temperature region where the InP mobility peaks, we find a maximum of spin-dependent asymmetry of ∼9% in semi-insulating Fe:InP (001), and show the electrical spin detection in hyperpolarized InP also at room temperature. Such robust electronic spin detection in an InP nanodevice is planned to complement dynamic nuclear polarization experiments. (fast track communication)

  6. T-shaped emitter metal heterojunction bipolar transistors for submillimeter wave applications

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    Fung, Andy; Samoska, Lorene; Velebir, Jim; Siege, Peter; Rodwell, Mark; Paidi, Vamsi; Griffth, Zach; Urteaga, Miguel; Malik, Roger

    2004-01-01

    We report on the development of submillimeter wave transistors at JPL. The goal of the effort is to produce advance-reliable high frequency and high power amplifiers, voltage controlled oscillators, active multipliers, and high-speed mixed-signal circuits for space borne applications. The technology in development to achieve this is based on the Indium Phosphide (InP) Heterojunction Bipolar Transistor (HBT). The HBT is well suited for high speed, high power and uniform (across wafer) performance, due to the ability to tailor the material structure that electrons traverse through by well-controlled epitaxial growth methods. InP with its compatible lattice matched alloys such as indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) and indium aluminium arsenide (InAlAs) provides for high electron velocities and high voltage breakdown capabilities. The epitaxial methods for this material system are fairly mature, however the implementation of high performance and reliable transistors are still under development by many laboratories. Our most recently fabricated, second generation mesa HBTs at JPL have extrapolated current gain cutoff frequency (FJ of 142GHz and power gain cutoff frequency (Fm,) of approximately 160GHz. This represents a 13% and 33% improvement of Ft and F, respectively, compared to the first generation mesa HBTs [l]. Analysis based on the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) device model, RF device characteristics can be significantly improved by reducing base contact resistance and base metal contact width. We will describe our effort towards increasing transistor performance and yield.

  7. Interfacial analysis of InP surface preparation using atomic hydrogen cleaning and Si interfacial control layers prior to MgO deposition

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    The objective of this study is to investigate how the surface characteristics of indium phosphide (InP) can be modified through the use of atomic hydrogen (H*) cleaning and silicon interfacial control layers (Si ICL), prior to the deposition of MgO dielectric layers. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis shows that the InP native oxide can be successfully removed using atomic hydrogen cleaning at a substrate temperature of 300 deg. C. However, atomic force microscopy (AFM) images display evidence for the growth of metallic In island features after H* cleaning, and subsequent deposition of MgO thin films on the H* cleaned surface resulted in high levels of interfacial indium oxide growth. It has also been shown that the deposition of thin (∼1 nm) Si layers on InP native oxide surfaces results in the transfer of oxygen from the InP substrate to the Si ICL and the formation of Si-InP bonds. XPS analysis indicates that MgO deposition and subsequent 500 deg. C annealing results in further oxidation of the Si layer. However, no evidence for the re-growth of interfacial In or P oxide species was observed, in contrast to observations on the H* cleaned surface.

  8. Scanning photoluminescence technique: application to defect recovery of ion implanted InP

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    The scanning photoluminescence technique at room temperature was applied to characterize the quality of ion-implanted indium phosphide as well as to investigate the defect recovery as a function of the annealing temperature. Doses ranging from 1010 to 1014 ions cm-2 were implanted with either neon or magnesium ions. The intensity of the photoluminescence response was found to be related to the ion dose. Two different substrates were used: an iron-doped semi-insulating one and an undoped one. The results were similar. Nevertheless, the sensitivity was higher for the undoped substrate. After thermal anneals ranging from 200 up to 800oC the average PL intensity was again recorded and was found to increase with the progressive recovery of the defects. After an anneal at 750oC the PL response was comparable to the signal obtained in the case of an annealed reference. The contribution of a doping impurity in a semi-insulating substrate was not clearly evidenced, the PL signal being dominated by the remaining non-radiative centres. (Author)

  9. Design, development and verification of the 30 and 44 GHz front-end modules for the Planck Low Frequency Instrument

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    Davis, R J; Davies, R D; Winder, W F; Roddis, N; Blackhurst, E J; Lawson, D; Lowe, S R; Baines, C; Butlin, M; Galtress, A; Shepherd, D; Aja, B; Artal, E; Bersanelli, M; Butler, R C; Castelli, C; Cuttaia, F; D'Arcangelo, O; Gaier, T; Hoyland, R; Kettle, D; Leonardi, R; Mandolesi, N; Mennella, A; Meinhold, P; Pospieszalski, M; Stringhetti, L; Tomasi, M; Valenziano, L; Zonca, A; 10.1088/1748-0221/4/12/T12002

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    We give a description of the design, construction and testing of the 30 and 44 GHz Front End Modules (FEMs) for the Low Frequency Instrument (LFI) of the Planck mission to be launched in 2009. The scientific requirements of the mission determine the performance parameters to be met by the FEMs, including their linear polarization characteristics. The FEM design is that of a differential pseudo-correlation radiometer in which the signal from the sky is compared with a 4-K blackbody load. The Low Noise Amplifier (LNA) at the heart of the FEM is based on indium phosphide High Electron Mobility Transistors (HEMTs). The radiometer incorporates a novel phase-switch design which gives excellent amplitude and phase match across the band. The noise temperature requirements are met within the measurement errors at the two frequencies. For the most sensitive LNAs, the noise temperature at the band centre is 3 and 5 times the quantum limit at 30 and 44 GHz respectively. For some of the FEMs, the noise temperature is stil...

  10. SPECTRUM OF POISONING IN CHILDREN: STUDY FROM TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL IN SOUTH INDIA

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    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To understand pattern of poisoning in different age group in tertiary child care center and quantify burden of poisoning in pediatric admissions and mortality. DESIGN: Retrospective observation study. SETTING: Tertiary care center for children. METHODS: All the children admitted with diagnosis of acute poisoning between January 2013 and June 2015 was studied. RESULTS: There were 332 admissions due to poisoning during the study period (5.4% of total admissions. Mortality due to poisoning was 7, i.e. , 1.97% of all - cause mortality. 2.1% of poisonings died during the study period where a s overall mortality from all causes was 5.71%. House hold Products topped the list with 112 cases, followed by agricultural products (88 cases, animal bites and stings (69 cases, drugs (48 cases and industrial compounds (7 cases. Majority of admissions were in summer seasons 31% of all poisoning followed by rainy season. CONCLUSIONS: Incidence of acute poisoning in childhood has not changed significantly over time. Organophosphorus compounds, phosphides and drugs poisoning peak during adolescence and is particularly alarming. Conditions such as free availability of these compounds, co morbid conditions of adolescents, adolescent stressors have to be addressed

  11. A method to give chemically stabilities of photoelectrodes for water splitting: Compositing of a highly crystalized TiO2 layer on a chemically unstable Cu2O photocathode using laser-induced crystallization process

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    Nishikawa, Masami; Fukuda, Masayuki; Nakabayashi, Yukihiro; Saito, Nobuo; Ogawa, Nobuhiro; Nakajima, Tomohiko; Shinoda, Kentaro; Tsuchiya, Tetsuo; Nosaka, Yoshio

    2016-02-01

    To prevent the self-reduction of the Cu2O photocathode for solar hydrogen production, we developed a compositing process of a highly crystalized TiO2 layer on the Cu2O photocathode using an excimer-laser-assisted metal-organic deposition (ELAMOD) process. The TiO2 layer was successfully crystalized without oxidation of Cu2O to CuO mainly owing to a photothermal effect with nanosecond duration time induced by laser absorption of the TiO2 precursor while the crystallization of the TiO2 layer by usual furnace heating process was accompanied by oxidation of Cu2O which degrade the water reduction ability. On the TiO2/Cu2O photocathode prepared by ELAMOD process, the self-reduction of Cu2O did not occur and then photocurrent due to water reduction was constant with reaction time while on the bare Cu2O photocathode, the photocurrent decreased owing to the occurrence of the self-reduction. This indicated that reaction stability of the photocathode was largely enhanced after compositing of the crystallineTiO2 layer. This ELAMOD process would be applicable for any kinds of chemically unstable photoelectrodes containing non-oxides such as sulfides and phosphides, and therefore any kinds of photoelectrodes would have potentials toward a practical use by improving their chemical stabilities.

  12. Fano-like resonances in split concentric nanoshell dimers in designing negative-index metamaterials for biological-chemical sensing and spectroscopic purposes.

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    Ahmadivand, Arash; Karabiyik, Mustafa; Pala, Nezih

    2015-05-01

    In this study, we investigated numerically the plasmon response of a dimer configuration composed of a couple of split and concentric Au nanoshells in a complex orientation. We showed that an isolated composition of two concentric split nanoshells could be tailored to support strong plasmon resonant modes in the visible wavelengths. After determining the accurate geometric dimensions for the presented antisymmetric nanostructure, we designed a dimer array that shows complex behavior during exposure to different incident polarizations. We verified that the examined dimer was able to support destructive interference between dark and bright plasmon modes, which resulted in a pronounced Fano-like dip. Observation of a Fano minimum in such a simple molecular orientation of subwavelength particles opens new avenues for employing this structure in designing various practical plasmonic devices. Depositing the final dimer in a strong coupling condition on a semiconductor metasurface and measuring the effective refractive index at certain wavelengths, we demonstrate that each one of dimer units can be considered a meta-atom due to the high aspect ratio in the geometric parameters. Using this method, by extending the number of dimers periodically and illuminating the structure, we examined the isotropic, polarization-dependent, and transmission behavior of the metamaterial configuration. Using numerical methods and calculating the effective refractive indices, we computed and sketched corresponding figure of merit over the transmission window, where the maximum value obtained was 42.3 for Si and 54.6 for gallium phosphide (GaP) substrates. PMID:25811974

  13. Deposition and characterization of amorphous electroless Ni-Co-P alloy thin film for ULSI application

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    Electroless based Ni-Co-P alloy thin films were deposited using sodium hypophosphite as a reducing agent and sodium citrate as a complexing agent in an alkaline plating bath. The effect of solution pH and temperature on the plating rate was examined. The decrease in activation energy (81.35 − 73.54 kJ mole−1) for the Ni-Co-P thin films deposited on corning glass was observed with the increase in pH (8.5–9.38) of the plating bath. There is a significant decrease in sheet resistance of alloy thin films as the post deposition annealing temperature approaches 400 °C. The presence of nickel as well as nickel phosphide peaks and transition from metastable Ni12P5, Ni8P5 and Ni5P2 phases into thermodynamically stable NiP, NiP2, Ni3P phases after annealing at 600 °C was observed in XRD spectra, indicating the crystallization of the thin films. Surface topography analysis shows the variation of grain size in the range 20–40 nm. (paper)

  14. Integrated Microwave Photonic Isolators: Theory, Experimental Realization and Application in a Unidirectional Ring Mode-Locked Laser Diode

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    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available A novel integrated microwave photonic isolator is presented. It is based on the timed drive of a pair of optical modulators, which transmit a pulsed or oscillating optical signal with low loss, when driven in phase. A signal in the reverse propagation direction will find the modulators out of phase and, hence, will experience high loss. Optical and microwave isolation ratios were simulated to be in the range up to 10 dB and 20 dB, respectively, using parameters representative for the indium phosphide platform. The experimental realization of this device in the hybrid silicon platform showed microwave isolation in the 9 dB–22 dB range. Furthermore, we present a design study on the use of these isolators inside a ring mode-locked laser cavity. Simulations show that unidirectional operation can be achieved, with a 30–50-dB suppression of the counter propagating mode, at limited driving voltages. The potentially low noise and feedback-insensitive operation of such a laser makes it a very promising candidate for use as on-chip microwave or comb generators.

  15. Device Architecture and Lifetime Requirements for High Efficiency Multicrystalline Silicon Solar Cells

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    Wagner, H.; Hofstetter, J.; Mitchell, B.; Altermatt, P.; Buonassisi, T.

    2015-03-23

    We present a numerical simulation study of different multicrystalline silicon materials and solar cell architectures to understand today's efficiency limitations and future efficiency possibilities. We compare conventional full-area BSF and PERC solar cells to future cell designs with a gallium phosphide heteroemitter. For all designs, mc-Si materials with different excess carrier lifetime distributions are used as simulation input parameters to capture a broad range of materials. The results show that conventional solar cell designs are sufficient for generalized mean lifetimes between 40 – 90 μs, but do not give a clear advantage in terms of efficiency for higher mean lifetime mc-Si material because they are often limited by recombination in the phosphorus diffused emitter region. Heteroemitter designs instead increase in cell efficiency considerable up to generalized mean lifetimes of 380 μs because they are significantly less limited by recombination in the emitter and the bulk lifetime becomes more important. In conclusion, to benefit from increasing mc-Si lifetime, new cell designs, especially heteroemitter, are desirable.

  16. Improvement in lifetime of pseudo-Schottky diode sensor: Towards selective detection of O3 in a gaseous mixture (O3, NO2)

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    This article concerns a pseudo-Schottky diode Palladium/Indium-Phosphide (Pd-InP) gas sensor. The catalytic activity of such a palladium layer coupled with a pseudo-Schottky structure enables the measurement of very low concentrations of two highly oxidant gases: nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and ozone (O3). The submission of the sensor to long O3 exposures leads to a degradation of its sensor characteristics (response time, recovery time and sensitivity) due to oxidation of the palladium metallization by O3. Therefore, to improve sensor lifetime and reduce drift, a methodology based on cyclic regeneration of the sensor's palladium surface (carbon monoxide (CO) reduction associated with thermal treatment) has been developed. The pseudo-Schottky gas sensor associated with this methodology exhibits reproducible responses, significant resolution and real time detection in the range of 20-100 ppb for NO2 and O3. Moreover, a sensor exposed to 20 ppb of O3 presented twice the response of the same sensor exposed to 100 ppb of NO2 (10.5 nA for 6.5 nA). Selectivity towards O3, with this methodology, is demonstrated in the case of atmospheric pollution monitoring

  17. 聚苯胺无溶剂聚氨酯防锈涂料的研制%Preparation of Polyaniline Solvent-free Polyurethane Anti-rust Coatings

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    赵绍洪; 张辉耀; 刘志文

    2012-01-01

    介绍了以蓖麻油酸改性环氧酯为含羟基树脂,以二丁胺改性1,6-己二醇二缩水甘油醚为反应性稀释剂,配合聚苯胺/凹凸棒纳米复合材料、磷钛粉、吸水剂等组成A组分,采用含-NCO基的聚氨酯预聚体为B组分,将A组分和B组分按规定比例混合均匀后涂布在金属表面即形成一种无溶剂、不含重金属的新型环境友好金属防锈涂料。%A two-component anti-rust coatings formula is designed in this paper. The component A includes ricinoleic acid modified epoxy ester as hydroxyl resin, n-dibutylamine modified 1,6-hexylene glycol two glycidyl ether as reactive thinner, Polyaniline/Attapulgite nanocomposites, titanium phosphide powder and water absorbent. The component B includes --NCO polyurethane prepolymer. The two components are mixed at some proportion and applied on the metal surface to serve as non- solvent non-heavy metal environmental friendly metal anti-rust coatings.

  18. Development of cadmium-free quantum dot for intracellular labelling through electroporation or lipid-calcium-phosphate

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    Liu, Ying-Feng; Hung, Wei-Ling; Hou, Tzh-Yin; Huang, Hsiu-Ying; Lin, Cheng-An J.

    2016-04-01

    Traditional fluorescent labelling techniques has severe photo-bleaching problem such as organic dyes and fluorescent protein. Quantum dots made up of traditional semiconductor (CdSe/ZnS) material has sort of biological toxicity. This research has developed novel Cd-free quantum dots divided into semiconductor (Indium phosphide, InP) and noble metal (Gold). Former has lower toxicity compared to traditional quantum dots. Latter consisting of gold (III) chloride (AuCl3) and toluene utilizes sonochemical preparation and different stimulus to regulate fluorescent wavelength. Amphoteric macromolecule surface technology and ligand Exchange in self-Assembled are involved to develop hydrophilic nanomaterials which can regulate the number of grafts per molecule of surface functional groups. Calcium phosphate (CaP) nanoparticle (NP) with an asymmetric lipid bilayer coating technology developed for intracellular delivery and labelling has synthesized Cd-free quantum dots possessing high brightness and multi-fluorescence successfully. Then, polymer coating and ligand exchange transfer to water-soluble materials to produce liposome nanomaterials as fluorescent probes and enhancing medical applications of nanotechnology.

  19. Have organic interstellar grains redox-catalyzed RNA and other synthesis from cometary precursors ?

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    Krueger, F. R.; Kissel, J.; Werther, W.; Schmid, E. R.

    The recent in-situ investigations of cosmic dust clearly show, that the only building blocks of life therein are nucleobases. All the other building blocks are just found as precursors in cometary dust. They themselves must be formed from precursors by hydrolysis in liquid water, like phosphates from phosphides, sugars (stabilized at mineralic surfaces) may be from polyines, and amino and lipidic acids from nitriles. Nevertheless, the self-organized synthesis of polymers like RNA's and peptides needs, i.a., additional redox-catalysis. These catalysts act in stabilizing and transmitting single electrons and/or holes in chemical reactions. At mineralic surfaces transition metals like FeII/III may take the task. However, once life has emancipated itself from minerals redox catalysts should be furtheron present yet organically without prior encoding for synthesis - as the code itself must have been evolved already before the encoded enzymes can act. However, there may be another solution for this enigma: Except archeae, all stems of life make use of quinone-type co-enzymes of the PQQ (pyrrolo-quinoline-quinone) type of redox catalysts. Interstellar dust reaching the interior of the solar system consists at least of homologuous polymers which may convert to PQQ types in liquid water, after being decelerated in the upper atmosphere. Due to their enormous radiation stability, these types are the natural end-products after long interstellar trips. They can withstand the collision processes with atmospheric molecules, then being washed out.

  20. A flexible master oscillator for a pulse-burst laser system

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    Den Hartog, D. J.; Young, W. C.

    2015-12-01

    A new master oscillator is being installed in the pulse-burst laser system used for high-rep-rate Thomson scattering on the MST experiment. This new master oscillator will enable pulse repetition rates up to 1 MHz, with the ability to program a burst of pulses with arbitrary and varying time separation between each pulse. In addition, the energy of each master oscillator pulse can be adjusted to compensate for gain variations in the power amplifier section of the laser system. This flexibility is accomplished by chopping a CW laser source with a high-bandwidth acousto-optic modulator (AOM). The laser source is a Laser Quantum ventus 1064 diode-pumped solid-state laser with continuous output power variable from 100 to 500 mW. The 1064 nm, 2.7 mm diameter polarized beam is focused into the gallium phosphide crystal of a Brimrose AOM, which deflects the beam by approximately 60 mR when driven by the 400 MHz fixed frequency driver. Beam deflection is controlled by a simple digital input pulse, and is capable of producing deflected pulses of less than 20 ns width at repetition rates much greater than 1 MHz. These deflected pulses from the output of the AOM are collimated and propagated into the laser amplifier system, where they will be amplified to ~ 2 J/pulse and injected into the MST plasma.

  1. Investigations of phase transition, elastic and thermodynamic properties of GaP by using the density functional theory

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    The phase transition of gallium phosphide (GaP) from zinc-blende (ZB) to a rocksalt (RS) structure is investigated by the plane-wave pseudopotential density functional theory (DFT). Lattice constant a0, elastic constants cij, bulk modulus B0 and the pressure derivative of bulk modulus B'0 are calculated. The results are in good agreement with numerous experimental and theoretical data. From the usual condition of equal enthalpies, the phase transition from the ZB to the RS structure occurs at 21.9 GPa, which is close to the experimental value of 22.0 GPa. The elastic properties of GaP with the ZB structure in a pressure range from 0 GPa to 21.9 GPa and those of the RS structure in a pressure range of pressures from 21.9 GPa to 40 GPa are obtained. According to the quasi-harmonic Debye model, in which the phononic effects are considered, the normalized volume V/V0, the Debye temperature θ, the heat capacity Cv and the thermal expansion coefficient α are also discussed in a pressure range from 0 GPa to 40 GPa and a temperature range from 0 K to 1500 K. (condensed matter: structural, mechanical, and thermal properties)

  2. Theoretical and Experimental Exploration of Breakdown Phenomena in an Argon-Filled GaP Device

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    Kurt, H. Hilal; Tanrıverdi, Evrim; Kurt, Erol

    2016-05-01

    A plasma device with large diameter and short interelectrode distance has been designed and implemented. Theoretical modeling and simulations have been carried out for different interelectrode distances, and experimental results obtained under different pressures p, both with argon atmosphere. The device produces direct-current (dc) discharges in the parallel-plate electrode configuration, with gallium phosphide (GaP) semiconductor at one side and SnO2-coated glass conducting material at the other side, separated by gas medium with width of 50 μm to 500 μm. The device can be operated under different values of interelectrode distance d, applied voltage U, and gas pressure p. Current-voltage characteristics and breakdown voltages have been found experimentally and theoretically. In addition, theoretical breakdown curves have been derived from simulations. The theory can also identify the space-charge density, thermal electron velocity, reduced electric field strength (E/N), electron density ne, and secondary-electron emission (γ). Comparison between experiment and theory shows that the theory can estimate the breakdown very well for low pressure and small interelectrode gap.

  3. A GaAs/GaInP dual junction solar cell grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    We report the recent result of GaAs/GaInP dual-junction solar cells grown by all solid-state molecular-beam-epitaxy (MBE). The device structure consists of a GaIn0.48P homojunction grown epitaxially upon a GaAs homojunction, with an interconnected GaAs tunnel junction. A photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 27% under the AM1.5 globe light intensity is realized for a GaAs/GaInP dual-junction solar cell, while the efficiencies of 26% and 16.6% are reached for a GaAs bottom cell and a GaInP top cell, respectively. The energy loss mechanism of our GaAs/GaInP tandem dual-junction solar cells is discussed. It is demonstrated that the MBE-grown phosphide-containing III—V compound semiconductor solar cell is very promising for achieving high energy conversion efficiency. (semiconductor devices)

  4. 300 mm InGaAs-on-insulator substrates fabricated using direct wafer bonding and the Smart Cut™ technology

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    Widiez, Julie; Sollier, Sébastien; Baron, Thierry; Martin, Mickaël; Gaudin, Gweltaz; Mazen, Frédéric; Madeira, Florence; Favier, Sylvie; Salaun, Amélie; Alcotte, Reynald; Beche, Elodie; Grampeix, Helen; Veytizou, Christelle; Moulet, Jean-Sébastien

    2016-04-01

    This paper reports the first demonstration of 300 mm In0.53Ga0.47As-on-insulator (InGaAs-OI) substrates. The use of direct wafer bonding and the Smart Cut™ technology lead to the transfer of high quality InGaAs layer on large Si wafer size (300 mm) at low effective cost, taking into account the reclaim of the III-V on Si donor substrate. The optimization of the three key building blocks of this technology is detailed. (1) The III-V epitaxial growth on 300 mm Si wafers has been optimized to decrease the defect density. (2) For the first time, hydrogen-induced thermal splitting is made inside the indium phosphide (InP) epitaxial layer and a wide implantation condition ranges is observed on the contrary to bulk InP. (3) Finally a specific direct wafer bonding with alumina oxide has been chosen to avoid outgas diffusion at the alumina oxide/III-V compound interface.

  5. Hybrid bioinorganic approach to solar-to-chemical conversion.

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    Nichols, Eva M; Gallagher, Joseph J; Liu, Chong; Su, Yude; Resasco, Joaquin; Yu, Yi; Sun, Yujie; Yang, Peidong; Chang, Michelle C Y; Chang, Christopher J

    2015-09-15

    Natural photosynthesis harnesses solar energy to convert CO2 and water to value-added chemical products for sustaining life. We present a hybrid bioinorganic approach to solar-to-chemical conversion in which sustainable electrical and/or solar input drives production of hydrogen from water splitting using biocompatible inorganic catalysts. The hydrogen is then used by living cells as a source of reducing equivalents for conversion of CO2 to the value-added chemical product methane. Using platinum or an earth-abundant substitute, α-NiS, as biocompatible hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) electrocatalysts and Methanosarcina barkeri as a biocatalyst for CO2 fixation, we demonstrate robust and efficient electrochemical CO2 to CH4 conversion at up to 86% overall Faradaic efficiency for ≥ 7 d. Introduction of indium phosphide photocathodes and titanium dioxide photoanodes affords a fully solar-driven system for methane generation from water and CO2, establishing that compatible inorganic and biological components can synergistically couple light-harvesting and catalytic functions for solar-to-chemical conversion. PMID:26305947

  6. Ab-initio Calculations of Electronic Properties of AlP, GaP and InP

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    Malozovsky, Yuriy; Saliev, Azizjon; Franklin, Lashaunda; Ekuma, Chinedu; Zhao, Guang-Lin; Bagayoko, Diola

    2014-03-01

    We present results from ab-initio, self consistent local density approximation (LDA) calculations of electronic and related properties of zinc blende aluminum, gallium and indium phosphides (AlP, GaP & InP). We employed a local density approximation (LDA) potential and implemented the linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) formalism. This implementation followed the Bagayoko, Zhao, and Williams (BZW) method, as enhanced by Ekuma and Franklin (BZW-EF). Our calculated, indirect band gap of 2.56 eV for AlP, and of 2.14 eV for GaP, from Γ to X, are in excellent agreement with experimental values. Our calculated direct band gap of 1.40 eV, at Γ -point for InP is also in excellent agreement with experimental value. We also report calculated electron and hole effective masses for AlP, GaP and InP and total (DOS) and partial (pDOS) densities of states. This research is funded in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Louisiana Board of Regents, through LASiGMA [Award Nos. EPS- 1003897, NSF (2010-15)-RII-SUBR] and NSF HRD-1002541, the US Department of Energy - National, Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) (Award No. DE-NA0001861), LaSPACE, and LONI-SUBR.

  7. Effect of III-V on insulator structure on quantum well intermixing

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    Takashima, Seiya; Ikku, Yuki; Takenaka, Mitsuru; Takagi, Shinichi

    2016-04-01

    To achieve the monolithic active/passive integration on the III-V CMOS photonics platform, quantum well intermixing (QWI) on III-V on insulator (III-V-OI) is studied for fabricating multi-bandgap III-V-OI wafers. By optimizing the QWI condition for a 250-nm-thick III-V layer, which contains a five-layer InGaAsP-based multi-quantum well (MQW) with 80-nm-thick indium phosphide (InP) cladding layers, we have successfully achieved a photoluminescence (PL) peak shift of over 100 nm on the III-V-OI wafer. We have also found that the progress of QWI on the III-V-OI wafer is slower than that on the InP bulk wafer regardless of the buried oxide (BOX) thickness, bonding interface materials, and handle wafers. We have also found that the progress of QWI on the III-V-OI wafer is slower than that on the InP bulk wafer regardless of the buried oxide (BOX) thickness, bonding interface materials, and bulk support wafers on which the III-V-OI structure is formed (handle wafers). By comparing between the measured PL shift and simulated diffusions of phosphorus vacancies and interstitials during QWI, we have found that the slow QWI progress in the III-V-OI wafer is probably attributed to the enhanced recombination of vacancies and interstitials by the diffusion blocking of vacancies and interstitials at the BOX interface.

  8. Transmission Enhancement of High-$k$ Waves through Metal-InGaAsP Multilayers Calculated via Scattering Matrix Method with Semi-Classical Optical Gain

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    Smalley, Joseph S T; Shahin, Shiva; Kanté, Boubacar; Fainman, Yeshaiahu

    2015-01-01

    We analyze the steady-state transmission of high-momentum (high-$k$) electromagnetic waves through metal-semiconductor multilayer systems with loss and gain in the near-infrared (NIR). Using a semi-classical optical gain model in conjunction with the scattering matrix method (SMM), we study indium gallium arsenide phosphide (InGaAsP) quantum wells as the active semiconductor, in combination with the metals, aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) and silver (Ag). Under moderate external pumping levels, we find that NIR transmission through Ag/InGaAsP systems may be enhanced by several orders of magnitude relative to the unpumped case, over a large angular and frequency bandwidth. Conversely, transmission enhancement through AZO/InGaAsP systems is orders of magnitude smaller, and has a strong frequency dependence. We discuss the relative importance of Purcell enhancement on our results and validate analytical calculations based on the SMM with numerical finite-difference time domain simulations.

  9. Performance of a Double Gate Nanoscale MOSFET (DG-MOSFET Based on Novel Channel Materials

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    Rakesh Prasher

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we have studied a double gate nanoscale MOSFET for various channel materials using simulation approach. The device metrics considered at the nanometer scale are subthreshold swing (SS, drain induced barrier lowering (DIBL, on and off current, carrier injection velocity (vinj, etc. The channel materials studied are Silicon (Si, Germanium (Ge, Gallium Arsenide (GaAs, Zinc Oxide (ZnO, Zinc Sulfide (ZnS, Indium Arsenide (InAs, Indium Phosphide (InP and Indium Antimonide (InSb. The results suggest that InSb and InAs materials have highest Ion and lowest Ioff values when used in the channel of the proposed MOSFET. Besides, InSb has the highest values for Ion / Ioff ratio, vinj, transconductance (gm and improved short channel effects (SS = 59.71 and DIBL = 1.14, both are very close to ideal values. More results such as effect of quantum capacitance verses gate voltage (Vgs, drain current (Ids vs. gate voltage and drain voltage (Vds, ratio of transconductance (gm and drain current (Id vs. gate voltage, average velocity vs. gate voltage and injection velocity (Vinj for the mentioned channel materials have been investigated. Various results obtained indicate that InSb and InAs as channel material appear to be suitable for high performance logic and even low operating power requirements for future nanoscale devices as suggested by latest ITRS reports.

  10. The effect of varying the capping agent of magnetic/luminescent Fe3O4-InP/ZnSe core-shell nanocomposite

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    Paulsen, Zuraan; Onani, Martin O.; Allard, Garvin R. J.; Kiplagat, Ayabei; Okil, Joseph O.; Dejene, Francis B.; Mahanga, Geoffrey M.

    2016-01-01

    Magnetic-luminescent nanoparticles have shown great promise in various biomedical applications namely: contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging, multifunctional drug carrier system, magnetic separation of cells, cell tracking, immunoassay, and magnetic bioseparation. This experiment describes the synthesis of a nanocomposite material, which is composed of an iron oxide (Fe3O4) superparamagnetic core and an indium phosphide/zinc selenide (InP/ZnSe) quantum dot shell. The magnetic nanoparticles (MNP's) and quantum dots (QD's) were synthesized separately before allowing them to conjugate. The MNP's were functionalized with a thiol-group allowing the QD shell to bind to the surface of the MNP by the formation of a thiol-metal bond. The nanocomposite was capped with 3-mercaptopropionic acid, oleylamine, β-cyclodextrin and their influence on the photoluminescence investigated. The synthesized nanocomposite was characterized with high- resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), selective electron area diffraction (SAED), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID), and photoluminescence. These techniques yielded particle size, morphology, dispersion, and chemical composition including luminescence and florescence.

  11. Electron microscopy an indispensable tool for knowledge based design and development of nuclear materials

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    Development of materials for core components such as clad and wrapper for the Indian sodium cooled fast reactors and the plasma facing components in the ITER program has been a continuous indigenous effort involving a close collaboration between the designer, materials researcher and industry. In recent times there has been an intensive effort to design and develop new radiation resistant and high temperature materials which include the advanced austenitic and ferritic steels. An elaborate TEM investigation of the 20% Cold Worked SS316 austenitic stainless steel wrapper exposed to different damage levels from the Fast Breeder Test Reactor at Kalpakkam provided an in depth understanding on the mechanism of evolution of radiation induced phase changes and voids. The identification of η and G phases with unique microchemistry at 40 and 83 dpa respectively and the consequent depletion of beneficial elements Ni and Si from the matrix, resulted in precipitate associated voids and a high degree of volumetric swelling. This knowledge provided the impetus to develop alloy D9 and its variants with higher Ni, Ti and optimum amounts of Si and P where precipitation of fine stable Ti carbides/carbonitrides and phosphides imparts superior strength while the matrix precipitate interfaces act as defect sinks to control void swelling

  12. Heterogeneous nucleation of entrained eutectic Si in high purity melt spun Al-Si alloys investigated by entrained droplet technique and DSC

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    Li, J. H.; Albu, M.; Ludwig, T. H.; Hofer, F.; Arnberg, L.; Schumacher, P.

    2016-03-01

    Entrained droplet technique and DSC analyses were employed to investigate the influence of trace elements of Sr, Eu and P on the heterogeneous nucleation of entrained eutectic Si in high purity melt spun Al-5wt.% Si alloys. Sr and Eu addition was found to exert negative effects on the nucleation process, while an increased undercooling was observed. This can be attributed to the formation of phosphide compounds having a lower free energy and hence may preferentially form compared to AlP. Only a trace P addition was found to have a profound effect on the nucleation process. The nucleation kinetics is discussed on the basis of the classical nucleation theory and the free growth model, respectively. The estimated AlP patch size was found to be sufficient for the free growth of Si to occur within the droplets, which strongly indicates that the nucleation of Si on an AlP patch or AlP particle is a limiting step for free growth. The maximum nucleation site density within one droplet is directly related to the size distribution of AlP particles or AlP patches for Si nucleation, but is independent of the cooling rates. Although the nucleation conditions were optimized in entrained droplet experiments, the observed mechanisms are also valid at moderate cooling conditions, such as in shape casting.

  13. Moessbauer spectroscopy: Methodology and some applications to magnetic materials

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    The development of a new computer program for analysis of Moessbauer spectra that allows the user to make a detailed simulation of a measured spectrum is described. The program includes several novel computational algorithms as well as extensive treatment of experimental side effects. Data collection instrumentation has been improved by the development of computer based data acquisition units. Replacing traditional multichannel analyzers, these computer controlled units provide increased flexibility, improved capacity and ease of data handling. The systems designed range from a simple Apple II interface, to a high performance self contained computer controlled unit. The computerized spectrometers feature two independent channels, allowing for acquisition of the spectrum of interest and of a simultaneous calibration spectra, as well as software controlled frequency of operation. Moessbauer spectroscopy is applied to amorphous Fe based alloys to study the correlations among hyperfine interactions, and to study the crystallization behaviour of these alloys. Special attention has been payed to the quadrupole interaction in the amorphous phases. Careful data analysis, making use of the above mentioned program, is used in an attempt to determine the complex magnetic structures found in various iron phosphides. The usefulness of the Ni-61 isotope for Moessbauer spectroscopy has been investigated. (author)

  14. Semiconductor GaAs: electronic paramagnetic resonance new data

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    The topic of this study was to put to the fore, thanks to our electron spin resonance experiments, one charge transfer process, which was optically induced between the deep donor As+Ga and the different acceptors, which were present in the material. We described these processes through a theoretical model, which we named charge transfer model. With this latter, we were able to trace a graph network, representing the As+Ga concentration kinetics. Then we verified the compatibility of our model with one transport experiment. One experimental verification of our model were delivered, thanks to neutronic transmutation doping. The following stage was the study of defects, induced by thermal strains, to which the crystal was submitted during the cooling phase. At last we wanted to get round the non solved super hyperfine structure problem for GaAs by studying another III-V material for which she was resolved, namely gallium phosphide. (MML). 150 refs., 72 figs., 16 tabs., 3 annexes

  15. Macroporous p-GaP Photocathodes Prepared by Anodic Etching and Atomic Layer Deposition Doping.

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    Lee, Sudarat; Bielinski, Ashley R; Fahrenkrug, Eli; Dasgupta, Neil P; Maldonado, Stephen

    2016-06-29

    P-type macroporous gallium phosphide (GaP) photoelectrodes have been prepared by anodic etching of an undoped, intrinsically n-type GaP(100) wafer and followed by drive-in doping with Zn from conformal ZnO films prepared by atomic layer deposition (ALD). Specifically, 30 nm ALD ZnO films were coated on GaP macroporous films and then annealed at T = 650 °C for various times to diffuse Zn in GaP. Under 100 mW cm(-2) white light illumination, the resulting Zn-doped macroporous GaP consistently exhibit strong cathodic photocurrent when measured in aqueous electrolyte containing methyl viologen. Wavelength-dependent photoresponse measurements of the Zn-doped macroporous GaP revealed enhanced collection efficiency at wavelengths longer than 460 nm, indicating that the ALD doping step rendered the entire material p-type and imparted the ability to sustain a strong internal electric field that preferentially drove photogenerated electrons to the GaP/electrolyte interface. Collectively, this work presents a doping strategy with a potentially high degree of controllability for high-aspect ratio III-V materials, where the ZnO ALD film is a practical dopant source for Zn. PMID:27254534

  16. Effect of radiation-thermal and thermal treatment on morphology of electrolyses Ni-P layer

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    Full text : In this research layer of Ni-P coated on stainless steel 304 by electroless method. Then coated layer irradiated in H2O2 environment and then oxidized under two condition, one in high temperature (673 K) without gamma radiation(thermic treatment) and, high temperature water with gamma radiation (radiation/terreic treatment) for 5 hours. Results of SEM and line scan showed that after oxidation treatment, surface of sample once (thermic treatment) exist of grains of oxides and phosphides with crated feature but surface of twist sample (radiation/terreic treatment) had not considerable cracks and existed granular of oxides feature on surface. According to SEM and line scan results, high temperature oxidation with gamma radiation cause formation continues of oxides on surface of sample but in high temperature water (673 K) without gamma radiation condition due of phase transformation, carbides phases Ni3P forms and surface crated. The reason of these changes due to of high oxidant radiation environment. It is concluded that radiation thermic treatment useful for avoiding from cracking Ni-P in high temperature environments

  17. The core contribution of transmission electron microscopy to functional nanomaterials engineering

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    Carenco, Sophie; Moldovan, Simona; Roiban, Lucian; Florea, Ileana; Portehault, David; Vallé, Karine; Belleville, Philippe; Boissière, Cédric; Rozes, Laurence; Mézailles, Nicolas; Drillon, Marc; Sanchez, Clément; Ersen, Ovidiu

    2016-01-01

    Research on nanomaterials and nanostructured materials is burgeoning because their numerous and versatile applications contribute to solve societal needs in the domain of medicine, energy, environment and STICs. Optimizing their properties requires in-depth analysis of their structural, morphological and chemical features at the nanoscale. In a transmission electron microscope (TEM), combining tomography with electron energy loss spectroscopy and high-magnification imaging in high-angle annular dark-field mode provides access to all features of the same object. Today, TEM experiments in three dimensions are paramount to solve tough structural problems associated with nanoscale matter. This approach allowed a thorough morphological description of silica fibers. Moreover, quantitative analysis of the mesoporous network of binary metal oxide prepared by template-assisted spray-drying was performed, and the homogeneity of amino functionalized metal-organic frameworks was assessed. Besides, the morphology and internal structure of metal phosphide nanoparticles was deciphered, providing a milestone for understanding phase segregation at the nanoscale. By extrapolating to larger classes of materials, from soft matter to hard metals and/or ceramics, this approach allows probing small volumes and uncovering materials characteristics and properties at two or three dimensions. Altogether, this feature article aims at providing (nano)materials scientists with a representative set of examples that illustrates the capabilities of modern TEM and tomography, which can be transposed to their own research.Research on nanomaterials and nanostructured materials is burgeoning because their numerous and versatile applications contribute to solve societal needs in the domain of medicine, energy, environment and STICs. Optimizing their properties requires in-depth analysis of their structural, morphological and chemical features at the nanoscale. In a transmission electron microscope (TEM

  18. Self-supported Zn3P2 nanowire arrays grafted on carbon fabrics as an advanced integrated anode for flexible lithium ion batteries

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    Li, Wenwu; Gan, Lin; Guo, Kai; Ke, Linbo; Wei, Yaqing; Li, Huiqiao; Shen, Guozhen; Zhai, Tianyou

    2016-04-01

    We, for the first time, successfully grafted well-aligned binary lithium-reactive zinc phosphide (Zn3P2) nanowire arrays on carbon fabric cloth by a facile CVD method. When applied as a novel self-supported binder-free anode for lithium ion batteries (LIBs), the hierarchical three-dimensional (3D) integrated anode shows excellent electrochemical performances: a highly reversible initial lithium storage capacity of ca. 1200 mA h g-1 with a coulombic efficiency of up to 88%, a long lifespan of over 200 cycles without obvious decay, and a high rate capability of ca. 400 mA h g-1 capacity retention at an ultrahigh rate of 15 A g-1. More interestingly, a flexible LIB full cell is assembled based on the as-synthesized integrated anode and the commercial LiFePO4 cathode, and shows striking lithium storage performances very close to the half cells: a large reversible capacity over 1000 mA h g-1, a long cycle life of over 200 cycles without obvious decay, and an ultrahigh rate performance of ca. 300 mA h g-1 even at 20 A g-1. Considering the excellent lithium storage performances of coin-type half cells as well as flexible full cells, the as-prepared carbon cloth grafted well-aligned Zn3P2 nanowire arrays would be a promising integrated anode for flexible LIB full cell devices.We, for the first time, successfully grafted well-aligned binary lithium-reactive zinc phosphide (Zn3P2) nanowire arrays on carbon fabric cloth by a facile CVD method. When applied as a novel self-supported binder-free anode for lithium ion batteries (LIBs), the hierarchical three-dimensional (3D) integrated anode shows excellent electrochemical performances: a highly reversible initial lithium storage capacity of ca. 1200 mA h g-1 with a coulombic efficiency of up to 88%, a long lifespan of over 200 cycles without obvious decay, and a high rate capability of ca. 400 mA h g-1 capacity retention at an ultrahigh rate of 15 A g-1. More interestingly, a flexible LIB full cell is assembled based on the as

  19. Fumigação de milho para o controle do gorgulho utilizando caule de Tanaecium nocturnum (Bignoniaceae Fumigation of maize for weevil control using Tanaecium nocturnum (Bignoniaceae

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    Murilo Fazolin

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o efeito da fumigação de grãos de milho com segmentos de caules injuriados de Tanaecium nocturnum no controle de Sitophilus zeamais. O delineamento experimental foi inteiramente casualizado, com sete repetições, em parcelas subdivididas. Considerou-se como parcela os tratamentos de fumigação e, como subparcelas, os intervalos de tempo consecutivos tomados a cada 23 dias para as avaliações. Os tratamentos foram: fumigação com 50 g de segmentos de caules verdes de T. nocturnum por quilograma de grãos de milho, que continham entre 800 e 900 mg kg-1 de HCN; fumigação com 60 mg de pastilhas de fosfeto de alumínio por quilograma de grãos de milho que continham 57% do princípio ativo; e testemunha (sem aplicação de fumigantes. A infestação por S. zeamais e a perda de peso de grãos foram avaliadas nove vezes durante 207 dias. A utilização de 50 g kg-1 de segmentos do caule de T. nocturnum para o controle de S. zeamais proporcionou redução da infestação pela praga e da perda de peso de grãos comparável à do fosfeto de alumínio. Esse controle alternativo pode ser adaptado às condições de armazenamento do milho em pequenas propriedades da Amazônia Ocidental.The objective of this work was to assess the effect of fumigating corn grains with injured stem parts of Tanaecium nocturnum in the control of Sitophilus zeamais. The experimental design was completely randomized with seven replicates in split plots. The plots consisted of fumigation treatments and the subplots, of consecutive time intervals taken every 23 days for the evaluations. The treatments were: fumigation using 50 g of green stem parts of T. nocturnum per kilogram of corn grains; which contained between 800 and 900 mg kg-1 HCN fumigation using 60 mg of aluminum phosphide tablets per kilogram of corn grains with 57% of active ingredient; and control (no fumigation. S. zeamais infestation and weight loss of corn grains were

  20. Germylenes and stannylenes stabilized within N2PE rings (E = Ge or Sn): combined experimental and theoretical study.

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    Vrána, Jan; Ketkov, Sergey; Jambor, Roman; Růžička, Aleš; Lyčka, Antonín; Dostál, Libor

    2016-06-21

    The deprotonation of aminophosphanes PhP(NHR)2 (R = t-Bu or Dip; Dip = 2,6-i-Pr2C6H3) and t-BuP(NHDip)2 using n-BuLi gave, depending on the stoichiometry, both the dilithium compounds {[PhP(Nt-Bu)2]Li2}2 (), [PhP(Nt-Bu)(NDip)]Li2·(Et2O) (), [t-BuP(NDip)2]Li2·(Et2O)2 () and [t-BuP(NDip)2]Li2·(tmeda)2 (), and the monolithium compounds [PhP(NHt-Bu)(NR)]Li·(tmeda) (R = t-Bu , Dip ) and [t-BuP(NHDip)(NDip)]Li·(tmeda) (). Treatment of , and with GeCl2·dioxane or SnCl2 in a 1 : 1 stoichiometric ratio gave the corresponding tetrylenes [PhP(Nt-Bu)2]E (E = Ge , Sn ), [PhP(Nt-Bu)(NDip)]Ge () and [t-BuP(NDip)2]E (E = Ge , Sn ). The heteroleptic germylene [Ph(H)P(Nt-Bu)2]GeCl () was obtained by the reaction of the monolithium compound [PhP(NHt-Bu)(Nt-Bu)]Li·(tmeda) () with GeCl2·dioxane in a 1 : 1 stoichiometric ratio, as a result of a spontaneous NH → PH tautomeric shift in the ligand backbone. In contrast, an analogous reaction with SnCl2 produced only stannylene along with the PhP(NHt-Bu)2 starting material, suggesting scrambling of the ligands rather than a NH → PH tautomeric shift. Finally, heating in solution led to P-C bond cleavage and formation of the bis(imino)phosphide [DipNPNDip]Li·(tmeda) (). The reaction of with GeCl2·dioxane, SnCl2 or PbCl2 in a 2 : 1 stoichiometric ratio yielded the unprecedented tetrylenes [DipNPNDip]2E (E = Ge , Sn and Pb ), in which the tetrylene center is incorporated within two N2PE rings. Treatment of the monolithium compound with n-BuLi and K (or KC8) gave [t-BuNPNt-Bu]Li·(tmeda) () and{[t-BuNPNt-Bu]K(tmeda)}2 (), respectively. In contrast to the reaction with , similar reactions of with GeCl2·dioxane and SnCl2 resulted in the known compounds cis-[P(μ-Nt-Bu)2P(t-BuN)2]E (E = Ge, Sn); evidently the t-Bu groups do not provide sufficient steric shielding to protect the bis(imino)phosphide backbone as in the case of . The bonding situation in a set of selected compounds (, ) has been subjected to a theoretical

  1. Microwave-assisted synthesis of carbon supported metal/metal oxide nanocomposites and their application in water purification

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    A novel, easy, and cost effective method for synthesizing carbon supported metal/metal oxide nanocomposites has been studied. Carbon supported metal/metal oxide nanocomposites have niche applications in the area of catalysis, fuel cells, electrodes, and more. The method utilizes a commercial microwave and features the addition of a developed graphite-jacket technique with renewable carbon resources, tannin and lignin. The method has been successfully used to synthesize carbon/nickel, carbon/iron oxide, and carbon/nickel phosphide nanocomposites. The method has shown its versatility in the synthesis of carbon nanocomposites. The process is much simpler when compared with the available methods for synthesizing carbon nanocomposites. The synthesized nanocomposites were classified using several characterization techniques, such as electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, surface area analysis, thermogravimetric analysis, and spectrophotometric studies. One application of the carbon nanocomposite is in wastewater remediation. The synthesized carbon/iron oxide nanocomposite was noted as being useful for removing arsenic (As) and phosphorus (P) from contaminated water. The adsorption process of the nanocomposite was critically studied in order to understand the process of removing pollutants from contaminated water. The study shows that the nanocomposites are capable of removing As and P from contaminated water. Kinetic and adsorption isotherm studies were applied to understand the adsorption of As and P onto the adsorbent. Several methods, such as pseudo-first and second order kinetic models, Elovich's equation, and the Weber-Morris intraparticle diffusion model were used to explain the kinetic aspects of the adsorption process. For the adsorption isotherm study, Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm models were applied.

  2. Morphological and Strength Properties of Tanjung Bin Coal Ash Mixtures for applied in Geotechnical Engineering Work

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    Abd. Rahim Awang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available In Malaysia, coal has been used as a raw material to generate electricity since 1988. In the past, most of the wastage of coal burning especially the bottom ash was not managed properly as it was dumped in the waste pond and accumulated drastically.This paper focuses on some properties of coal ash mixtures (fly  ash and bottom ash mixtures from Tanjung Bin power plant. The characteristics studied were morphological properties, compaction behaviour and strength properties. Strength properties of coal ash mixtures are carried out by conducting direct shear test and unconfined compression test. Besides, morphology and mineralogy of coal ash mixtures are studied using scanning electron microscope (SEM and x-ray diffraction (XRD. The coal ash mixtures were compacted at 95% of maximum dry density, sealed and cured for 0, 14, and 28 days before they were analysed for shear strength, morphological and mineralogical analyses. The shear strength of coal ash mixtures varied depending on the fly ash compositions. The maximum shear strength was obtained at mixture with 50%FA: 50%BA and the value increased with curing periods. The friction angle obtained ranged from 27° to 37°. Morphological analysis showed that the number of irregular shaped particles increased confirming change in material type with curing period. From mineralogical analysis, the crystalline compounds present in Tanjung Bin coal ash were Mullite, Quartz, Calcium Phosphide, Calcite, Cristobalite and Hematite. It can be concluded that the coal ash mixtures can advantageously be applied in the construction of embankments, roads, reclamation and fill behind retaining structures.

  3. Observed damage during Argon gas cluster depth profiles of compound semiconductors

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    Argon Gas Cluster Ion Beam (GCIB) sources have become very popular in XPS and SIMS in recent years, due to the minimal chemical damage they introduce in the depth-profiling of polymer and other organic materials. These GCIB sources are therefore particularly useful for depth-profiling polymer and organic materials, but also (though more slowly) the surfaces of inorganic materials such as semiconductors, due to the lower roughness expected in cluster ion sputtering compared to that introduced by monatomic ions. We have examined experimentally a set of five compound semiconductors, cadmium telluride (CdTe), gallium arsenide (GaAs), gallium phosphide (GaP), indium arsenide (InAs), and zinc selenide (ZnSe) and a high-κ dielectric material, hafnium oxide (HfO), in their response to argon cluster profiling. An experimentally determined HfO etch rate of 0.025 nm/min (3.95 × 10−2 amu/atom in ion) for 6 keV Ar gas clusters is used in the depth scale conversion for the profiles of the semiconductor materials. The assumption has been that, since the damage introduced into polymer materials is low, even though sputter yields are high, then there is little likelihood of damaging inorganic materials at all with cluster ions. This seems true in most cases; however, in this work, we report for the first time that this damage can in fact be very significant in the case of InAs, causing the formation of metallic indium that is readily visible even to the naked eye

  4. Observed damage during Argon gas cluster depth profiles of compound semiconductors

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    Barlow, Anders J., E-mail: anders.barlow@ncl.ac.uk; Portoles, Jose F.; Cumpson, Peter J. [National EPSRC XPS Users' Service (NEXUS), School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU (United Kingdom)

    2014-08-07

    Argon Gas Cluster Ion Beam (GCIB) sources have become very popular in XPS and SIMS in recent years, due to the minimal chemical damage they introduce in the depth-profiling of polymer and other organic materials. These GCIB sources are therefore particularly useful for depth-profiling polymer and organic materials, but also (though more slowly) the surfaces of inorganic materials such as semiconductors, due to the lower roughness expected in cluster ion sputtering compared to that introduced by monatomic ions. We have examined experimentally a set of five compound semiconductors, cadmium telluride (CdTe), gallium arsenide (GaAs), gallium phosphide (GaP), indium arsenide (InAs), and zinc selenide (ZnSe) and a high-κ dielectric material, hafnium oxide (HfO), in their response to argon cluster profiling. An experimentally determined HfO etch rate of 0.025 nm/min (3.95 × 10{sup −2} amu/atom in ion) for 6 keV Ar gas clusters is used in the depth scale conversion for the profiles of the semiconductor materials. The assumption has been that, since the damage introduced into polymer materials is low, even though sputter yields are high, then there is little likelihood of damaging inorganic materials at all with cluster ions. This seems true in most cases; however, in this work, we report for the first time that this damage can in fact be very significant in the case of InAs, causing the formation of metallic indium that is readily visible even to the naked eye.

  5. Ultra-thin GaAs single-junction solar cells integrated with a reflective back scattering layer

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    Yang, Weiquan; Becker, Jacob; Liu, Shi; Kuo, Ying-Shen; Li, Jing-Jing; Zhang, Yong-Hang [Center for Photonics Innovation and School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287 (United States); Landini, Barbara; Campman, Ken [Sumika Electronic Materials, Inc., Phoenix, Arizona 85034 (United States)

    2014-05-28

    This paper reports the proposal, design, and demonstration of ultra-thin GaAs single-junction solar cells integrated with a reflective back scattering layer to optimize light management and minimize non-radiative recombination. According to our recently developed semi-analytical model, this design offers one of the highest potential achievable efficiencies for GaAs solar cells possessing typical non-radiative recombination rates found among commercially available III-V arsenide and phosphide materials. The structure of the demonstrated solar cells consists of an In{sub 0.49}Ga{sub 0.51}P/GaAs/In{sub 0.49}Ga{sub 0.51}P double-heterostructure PN junction with an ultra-thin 300 nm thick GaAs absorber, combined with a 5 μm thick Al{sub 0.52}In{sub 0.48}P layer with a textured as-grown surface coated with Au used as a reflective back scattering layer. The final devices were fabricated using a substrate-removal and flip-chip bonding process. Solar cells with a top metal contact coverage of 9.7%, and a MgF{sub 2}/ZnS anti-reflective coating demonstrated open-circuit voltages (V{sub oc}) up to 1.00 V, short-circuit current densities (J{sub sc}) up to 24.5 mA/cm{sup 2}, and power conversion efficiencies up to 19.1%; demonstrating the feasibility of this design approach. If a commonly used 2% metal grid coverage is assumed, the anticipated J{sub sc} and conversion efficiency of these devices are expected to reach 26.6 mA/cm{sup 2} and 20.7%, respectively.

  6. Fabrication of Zr-2.5Nb pressure tubes to minimise the harmful effects of trace elements

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    Trace elements can reduce the fracture resistance of Zr-2.5Nb pressure tubes. The effects of hydrogen as hydrides and oxygen as an alloy-strengthening agent are well known, but the contribution of carbon, phosphorus, chlorine and segregated oxygen has only recently been recognized. Carbides and phosphides are brittle particles, while chlorine segregates to form planes of weakness that produce fissures is associated with low toughness. With long hold times in the (α + β) region, oxygen partitions in the α-grains; such grains are hard, and if they survive fabrication may reduce the toughness of the finished tube. Through a co-operative program involving AECL and manufacturers, a series of manufacturing innovations and controls has been introduced that minimize these harmful effects. Hydrogen is present in Zr sponge as water, can be absorbed at each stage of tube fabrication, and needs to be carefully controlled, particularly during ingot breakdown and subsequent forging. Hydrogen concentrations in finished tubes have been reduced by a factor of three through the optimization of manufacturing processes and the implementation of new technology. Multiple vacuum arc melting, use of selected raw materials and intermediate ingot surface conditioning have resulted in much improved fracture toughness through the reduction of chlorine and phosphorus concentrations. Optimum distribution of oxygen may be achieved through changes to the extrusion process cycle. An understanding of the Zr-2.5Nb-C phase diagram, particularly the solubility of carbon at low concentrations, has resulted in the specification of a lower carbon concentration. (author). 12 refs., 6 tabs., 10 figs

  7. Combination of high spatial resolution and low minimum detection limit using thinned specimens in cutting-edge electron probe microanalysis

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    Kubo, Yugo, E-mail: kubo-yugo@sei.co.jp; Hamada, Kotaro

    2015-10-15

    The effect of sample thickness on the spatial resolution and minimum detection limit (MDL) has been investigated for field-emission electron probe microanalysis with wavelength dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (FE-EPMA–WDX). Indium gallium phosphide samples thinned to thicknesses of about 100, 130, 210, 310, and 430 nm provided effective thin-sample FE-EPMA–WDX in the resolution range of 40–350 nm and MDL range of 13,000–600 ppm (mass). A comparison of the FE-EPMA results for thin and bulk samples demonstrated that thin-sample FE-EPMA can achieve both higher sensitivity and better spatial resolution than is possible using bulk samples. Most of the X-rays that determine the MDL are generated in a surface region of the sample with a depth of approximately 300 nm. The spatial resolution and MDL can be tuned by the sample thickness. Furthermore, analysis of small amounts of Cl in SiO{sub 2} indicated that thin-sample FE-EPMA can realize a spatial resolution and MDL of 41 nm and 446 ppm at I{sub prob}=50 nA, respectively, whereas bulk-sample FE-EPMA offers a resolution of only 348 nm and MDL of 426 ppm. - Highlights: • Mechanism for FE-EPMA combining high spatial resolution with a low detection limit. • Spatial resolution and minimum detection limit controllable by sample thickness. • Achievement of a combined resolution and detection limit of 41 nm and 446 ppm. • Spatial resolution and detection limit for FE-EPMA–WDX and FE-SEM–EDX.

  8. Pattern of Poisoning Cases in a Tertiary Hospital in Bangladesh

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    AKM Rafique Uddin

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Poisoning with various substances is a global problem. It is one of the most important reasons for emergency admission in the hospital. The earlier the initial resuscitations, gastric decontamination and use of specific antidotes, the better is the outcome. Epidemiology of poisoning differs from region to region. This study was carried out to determine the pattern and severity of poisoning in a tertiary care hospital. Objective: To characterize the poisoning cases admitted in Enam Medical College Hospital. Materials and Methods: All cases admitted to the emergency department of Enam Medical College Hospital during the period of April to December, 2010 were evaluated retrospectively. We reviewed data obtained from the hospital medical records and included the following factors: demographic characteristics, etiology and outcome of the acutely poisoned patients. Total 84 poisoning cases were found and they were included in the study. Results: The overall case fatality rate was 3.5%. More detailed data from 2010 reveals that two-thirds of the patients were 20-30 years old, 53% male and 47% female. Organophosphorus was the most common cause (73.9% followed by unknown poisoning (9.5%, sedative (5.9%, harpic (4.7%, aluminium phosphide (2.4%, savlon (1.2%, paracetamol (1.2% and amitryptiline (1.2%. 90.5% cases were suicidal and 9.5% were homicidal. Conclusion: This study provides important information on the characteristics of the poisoning in this region. Community education about the danger of the drugs and reduction of exposure to pesticides are recommended.

  9. Electrical properties of InP/InGaAs heterojunction bipolar transistors

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    In recent years, there has been considerable interest in indium phosphide (InP) and In-based III-V compounds because of their applications in many electronic and photonic devices. The issues involved in processing high quality InP-based devices have been widely explored during the last decade. Realization of highly reliable, high speed, and long distance fiber-optics communication systems requires good quality of the material growth, characterization techniques and reproducible device processing concepts. All these three elements should be included in the manufacturing sequence in order to produce devices of high quality. Until recently, most of the InP related technologies and advances have been focused around optical fiber communications (1.3-1.55 μm) where Si and GaAs could not compete. The main obstacle to rapid growth of InP based technology in the 80s was the enormous investment and interest of large companies and commercial research organizations in GaAs technology. Supporting and financing InP related devices and material was at best minimal. As a consequence, there has been a much slower perhaps more realistic development curve for non-optical InP-based devices and technologies. InP technology has survived solely on the basic of its technical performance, despite the financial problems. In this thesis, we investigate the static behaviour of InP/InGaAs heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBTs) which have attracted a significant amount of attention. (20 refs., 5 figs., 3 tabs.)

  10. Lattice-engineered Si{sub 1-x}Ge{sub x}-buffer on Si(001) for GaP integration

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    Skibitzki, Oliver, E-mail: skibitzki@ihp-microelectronics.com; Zaumseil, Peter; Yamamoto, Yuji; Andreas Schubert, Markus [IHP, Im Technologiepark 25, 15236 Frankfurt (Oder) (Germany); Paszuk, Agnieszka; Hannappel, Thomas [Technische Universität Ilmenau, Gustav-Kirchhoff-Str. 5, 98693 Ilmenau (Germany); Hatami, Fariba; Ted Masselink, W. [Institut für Physik, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Newtonstrasse 15, 12489 Berlin (Germany); Trampert, Achim [Paul Drude Institut für Festkörperelektronik, Hausvogteiplatz 5-7, 10117 Berlin (Germany); Tillack, Bernd [IHP, Im Technologiepark 25, 15236 Frankfurt (Oder) (Germany); Technische Universität Berlin, HFT4, Einsteinufer 25, 10587 Berlin (Germany); Schroeder, Thomas [IHP, Im Technologiepark 25, 15236 Frankfurt (Oder) (Germany); Brandenburgische Technische Universität, Konrad-Zuse Str. 1, 03046 Cottbus (Germany)

    2014-03-14

    We report a detailed structure and defect characterization study on gallium phosphide (GaP) layers integrated on silicon (Si) (001) via silicon-germanium (SiGe) buffer layers. The presented approach uses an almost fully relaxed SiGe buffer heterostructure of only 400 nm thickness whose in-plane lattice constant is matched to GaP—not at room but at GaP deposition temperature. Single crystalline, pseudomorphic 270 nm thick GaP is successfully grown by metalorganic chemical vapour deposition on a 400 nm Si{sub 0.85}Ge{sub 0.15}/Si(001) heterosystem, but carries a 0.08% tensile strain after cooling down to room temperature due to the bigger thermal expansion coefficient of GaP with respect to Si. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) studies confirm the absence of misfit dislocations in the pseudomorphic GaP film but growth defects (e.g., stacking faults, microtwins, etc.) especially at the GaP/SiGe interface region are detected. We interpret these growth defects as a residue of the initial 3D island coalescence phase of the GaP film on the SiGe buffer. TEM-energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy studies reveal that these defects are often correlated with stoichiometric inhomogeneities in the GaP film. Time-of-flight Secondary ion mass spectrometry detects sharp heterointerfaces between GaP and SiGe films with a minor level of Ga diffusion into the SiGe buffer.

  11. Electrical and Optical Performance Characteristics of p/n InGaAs Monolithic Interconnected Modules

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    Wilt, David M.; Fatemi, Navid S.; Jenkins, Phillip P.; Weizer, Victor G.; Hoffman, Richard W., Jr.; Murray, Christopher S.; Riley, David R.

    1997-01-01

    There has been a traditional trade-off in ThermoPhotoVoltaic (TPV) energy conversion development between system efficiency and power density. This trade-off originates from the use of front surface spectral controls such as selective emitters and various types of filters. A Monolithic Interconnected Module (MIM) structure has been developed which allows for both high power densities and high system efficiencies. The MIM device consists of many individual Indium Gallium Arsenide (InGaAs) devices series-connected on a single semi-insulating Indium Phosphide (InP) substrate. The MIMs are exposed to the entire emitter output, thereby maximizing output power density. An InfraRed (IR) reflector placed on the rear surface of the substrate returns the unused portion of the emitter output spectrum back to the emitter for recycling, thereby providing for high system efficiencies. Initial MIM development has focused on a 1 sq cm device consisting of eight (8) series interconnected cells. MIM devices, produced from 0.74eV InGaAs, have demonstrated V(sub infinity) = 3.2 volts, J(sub sc) = 70 mA/sq cm and a fill factor of 66% under flashlamp testing. IR reflectance measurements (greater than 2 microns) of these devices indicate a reflectivity of greater than 82%. MIM devices produced from 0.55 eV InGaAs have also been demonstrated. In addition, conventional p/n InGaAs devices with record efficiencies (11.7% AM0) have been demonstrated.

  12. Electrical and Optical Performance Characteristics of 0.74-eV p/n InGaAs Monolithic Interconnected Modules

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    Wilt, David M.; Fatemi, Navid S.; Jenkins, Phillip P.; Weizer, Victor G.; Hoffman, Richard W., Jr.; Jain, Raj K.; Murray, Christopher S.; Riley, David R.

    1997-01-01

    There has been a traditional trade-off in thermophotovoltaic (TPV) energy conversion development between system efficiency and power density. This trade-off originates from the use of front surface spectral controls such as selective emitters and various types of filters. A monolithic interconnected module (MIM) structure has been developed which allows for both high power densities and high system efficiencies. The MIM device consists of many individual indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) cells series-connected on a single semi-insulating indium phosphide (InP) substrate. The MIM is exposed to the entire emitter output, thereby maximizing output power density. An infrared (IR) reflector placed on the rear surface of the substrate returns the unused portion of the emitter output spectrum back to the emitter for recycling, thereby providing for high system efficiencies. Initial MIM development has focused on a 1 sq cm device consisting of eight (8) series interconnected cells. MIM devices, produced from 0.74-eV InGaAs, have demonstrated V(sub oc) = 3.2 volts, J(sub sc) = 70 mA/sq cm, and a fill factor of 66% under flashlamp testing. Infrared (IR) reflectance measurements (greater than 2 micron) of these devices indicate a reflectivity of greater than 82%. MIM devices produced from 0.55-eV InGaAs have also been demonstrated. In addition, conventional p/n InGaAs devices with record efficiencies (11.7% AM0) have been demonstrated.

  13. InGaAs/InP Monolithic Interconnected Modules (MIM) for Thermophotovoltaic Applications

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    Wilt, David M.; Fatemi, Navid S.; Jenkins, Phillip P.; Weizer, Victor G.; Hoffman, Richard W., Jr.; Scheiman, David A.; Murray, Christopher S.; Riley, David R.

    2004-01-01

    There has been a traditional trade-off in thermophotovoltaic (TPV) energy conversion development between systems efficiency and power density. This trade-off originates from the use of front surface spectral controls such as selective emitters and various types of filters. A monolithic interconnected module (MIM) structure has been developed which allows for both high power densities and high system efficiencies. The MIM device consists of many individual indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) devices series -connected on a single semi-insulating indium phosphide (InP) substrate. The MIMs are exposed to the entire emitter output, thereby maximizing output power density. An infrared (IR) reflector placed on the rear surface of the substrate returns the unused portion of the emitter output spectrum back to the emitter for recycling, thereby providing for high system efficiencies. Initial MIM development has focused on a 1 sq cm device consisting of eight series interconnected cells. MIM devices, produced from 0,74 eV InGAAs, have demonstrated V(sub infinity) = 3.23 volts, J(sub sc) = 70 mA/sq cm and a fill factor of 66% under flashlamp testing. Infrared (IR) reflectance measurement (less than 2 microns) of these devices indicate a reflectivity of less than 82%. MIM devices produced from 0.55 eV InGaAs have also been den=monstrated. In addition, conventional p/n InGaAs devices with record efficiencies (11.7% AM1) have been demonstrated.

  14. Enhancement of Electron Transfer in Various Photo-Assisted Oxidation Processes for Nitro-Phenolic Compound Conversion

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    Khue, Do Ngoc; Lam, Tran Dai; Minh, Do Binh; Loi, Vu Duc; Nam, Nguyen Hoai; Bach, Vu Quang; Van Anh, Nguyen; Van Hoang, Nguyen; Hu'ng, Dao Duy

    2016-05-01

    We present gas discharge phenomena in argon and air media using a gallium phosphide (GaP) semiconductor and metal electrodes. The system has a large-diameter (D) semiconductor and a microscaled adjustable interelectrode gap (d). Both theoretical and experimental findings are discussed for a direct-current (dc) electric field (E) applied to this structure with parallel-plate geometry. As one of the main parameters, the pressure p takes an adjustable value from 0.26 kPa to 101 kPa. After collection of experimental data, a new theoretical formula is developed to estimate the minimal breakdown point of the system as a function of p and d. It is proven that the minimal breakdown point in the semiconductor and metal electrode system differs dramatically from that in metal and metal electrode systems. In addition, the surface charge density σ and spatial electron distribution n e are calculated theoretically. Current-voltage characteristics (CVCs) demonstrate that there exist certain negative differential resistance (NDR) regions for small interelectrode separations (i.e., d = 50 μm) and low and moderate pressures between 3.7 kPa and 13 kPa in Ar medium. From the difference of currents in CVCs, the bifurcation of the discharge current is clarified for an applied voltage U. Since the current differences in NDRs have various values from 1 μA to 7.24 μA for different pressures, the GaP semiconductor plasma structure can be used in microwave diode systems due to its clear NDR region.

  15. A General Method for Constructing Two-Dimensional Layered Mesoporous Mono- and Binary-Transition-Metal Nitride/Graphene as an Ultra-Efficient Support to Enhance Its Catalytic Activity and Durability for Electrocatalytic Application.

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    Liu, Baocang; Huo, Lili; Si, Rui; Liu, Jian; Zhang, Jun

    2016-07-27

    We constructed a series of two-dimensional (2D) layered mesoporous mono- and binary-transition-metal nitride/graphene nanocomposites (TMN/G, TM = Ti, Cr, W, Mo, TiCr, TiW, and TiMo) via an efficient and versatile nanocasting strategy for the first time. The 2D layered mesoporous TMN/G is constituted of small TMN nanoparticles composited with graphene nanosheets and has a large surface area with high porosity. Through decoration with well-dispersed Pt nanoparticles, 2D layered mesoporous Pt/TMN/G catalysts can be obtained that display excellent catalytic activity and stability for methanol electro-oxidation reactions (MOR) and oxygen reduction reactions (ORR) in both acidic and alkaline media. The 2D layered mesoporous binary-Pt/TMN/G catalysts possess catalytic activity superior to that of mono-Pt/TMN/G, graphene free Pt/TMN, Pt/G, and Pt/C catalysts. Encouragingly, the 2D layered mesoporous Pt/Ti0.5Cr0.5N/G catalyst exhibits the best electrocatalytic performance for both MOR and ORR. The outstanding electrocatalytic performance of the Pt/Ti0.5Cr0.5N/G catalyst is rooted in its large surface area, high porosity, strong interaction among Pt, Ti0.5Cr0.5N, and graphene, an excellent electron transfer property facilitated by N-doped graphene, and the small size of Pt and Ti0.5Cr0.5N nanocrystals. The outstanding catalytic performance provides the 2D layered mesoporous Pt/Ti0.5Cr0.5N/G catalyst with a wide range of application prospects in direct methanol fuel cells in both acidic and alkaline media. The synthetic method may be available for constructing other 2D layered mesoporous metal nitrides, carbides, and phosphides. PMID:27356463

  16. Electro-optic methods for longitudinal bunch diagnostics at FLASH

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    Steffen, B.R.

    2007-07-15

    Precise measurements of the temporal profile of sub-picosecond electron bunches are of high interest for the optimization and operation of VUV and X-ray free electron lasers. In this thesis, the shortest electro-optic signals measured so far for electron bunch diagnostics are presented, reaching a time resolution of better than 50 fs (rms). The e ects that introduce signal distortions and limit the time resolution are studied in numerical simulations for different electro-optic detection materials and techniques. The time resolution is mainly limited by lattice resonances of the electro-optic crystal. Electro-optic signals as short as 54 fs (rms) are obtained with gallium phosphide (GaP) crystals in a crossed polarizer detection scheme using temporally resolved electro-optic detection. Measuring near crossed polarization, where the electro-optic signal is proportional to the velocity field of the relativistic electron bunch, the shortest obtained signal width is 70 fs (rms). The electro-optic signals are compared to electron bunch shapes that are measured simultaneously with a transverse deflecting structure with 20 fs resolution. Numerical simulations using the bunch shapes as determined with the transverse deflecting cavity as input data are in excellent agreement with electro-optical signals obtained with GaP, both for temporally and spectrally resolved measurements. In the case of zinc telluride (ZnTe) the observed signals are slightly broader and significantly smaller than expected from simulations. These discrepancies are probably due to the poor optical quality of the available ZnTe crystals. (orig.)

  17. AN EPIDEMIOLOGICAL STUDY OF POISONING IN A TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL

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    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available AIMS : The aim of this retrospective study was to analyze the rate and chara cteristics of acute poisoning cases admitted to adult intensive care unit ( ICU in a tertiary care medical college hospital. We report clinical features , demographic data , laboratory results , mortality rate , and the results of our treatment in cases who ca me with the history of poisoning. METHODS: The study was done in patients admitted with history of poisoning under the department of medicine at RRMCH Hospital , Bengaluru from December 2013 to November 2014. This study includes 84 poisoning Patients who we re admitted to ICU care. Detailed history , clinical examination and laboratory inv est igations were done in all patients. Ventilator support and supportive treatment was instituted to required patients as p er our ICU criteria of intubation and Ventilation. Data was collected in structured format and analyzed. RESULTS: Majority of the cases were due to organophosphorus compound poisoning ( n=47 , 61% . Others had consumed drugs which included analgesics , carbomates , anti - hypertensive , spirit , benzodiazepines. A mongst these , 4 had consumed aluminum phosphide and all 4 of them died. In some history did not reveal the identity of the drugs. The most common indication for mechanical ventilation in these patients was respiratory failure due to OP poisoning. CONCLUSIO N: Pesticides were the main cause of poisoning ( 68.97% . The reasons being agriculture based economics , poverty due to poor agricultural yield and easy availability of pesticides. Patient education by conducting community based public awareness camps and l ectures might also help in bringing down the incidence of poisoning. The mortality could be decreased by enhanced ICU care , better medical management , appropriate supportive therapy and further restrictions on the highly toxic pesticides.

  18. Optical communication components

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    Eldada, Louay

    2004-03-01

    We review and contrast key technologies developed to address the optical components market for communication applications. We first review the component requirements from a network perspective. We then look at different material systems, compare their properties, and describe the functions achieved to date in each of them. The material systems reviewed include silica fiber, silica on silicon, silicon on insulator, silicon oxynitride, sol-gels, polymers, thin-film dielectrics, lithium niobate, indium phosphide, gallium arsenide, magneto-optic materials, and birefringent crystals. We then describe the most commonly used classes of optical device technology and present their pros and cons as well as the functions achieved to date in each of them. The technologies reviewed include passive, actuation, and active technologies. The passive technologies described include fused fibers, dispersion-compensating fiber, beam steering, Bragg gratings, diffraction gratings, holographic elements, thin-film filters, photonic crystals, microrings, and birefringent elements. The actuation technologies include thermo-optics, electro-optics, acousto-optics, magneto-optics, electroabsorption, liquid crystals, total internal reflection technologies, and mechanical actuation. The active technologies include heterostructures, quantum wells, rare-earth doping, dye doping, Raman amplification, and semiconductor amplification. We also investigate the use of different material systems and device technologies to achieve building-block functions, including lasers, amplifiers, detectors, modulators, polarization controllers, couplers, filters, switches, attenuators, isolators, circulators, wavelength converters, chromatic dispersion compensators, and polarization mode dispersion compensators. Some of the technologies presented are well established in the industry and in some cases have reached the commodity stage, others have recently become ready for commercial introduction, while some others

  19. Telecom optical componentry: past, present, future

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    Eldada, Louay A.

    2001-10-01

    We review and contrast key technologies developed to address the optical components market for telecom applications. We first look at different material systems, compare their properties, and describe the functions achieved to date in each of them. The material systems reviewed include silica fiber, silica on silicon, silicon on insulator, silicon oxynitride, sol-gels, polymers, thin film dielectrics, lithium niobate, indium phosphide, gallium arsenide, magneto-optic materials, and birefringent crystals. We then look at the most commonly used classes of technology and present their pros & cons as well as the functions achieved to date in each. The technologies reviewed include passive, actuation, and active technologies. The passive technologies described include fused fibers, dispersion-compensating fiber, beam steering (e.g., AWG), Bragg gratings, diffraction gratings, holographic elements, thin film filters, photonic crystals, microrings, and birefringent elements. The actuation technologies include thermo-optics, electro-optics, acousto-optics, magneto-optics, liquid crystals, total internal reflection technologies (e.g., bubble technology), and mechanical actuation (e.g., moving fibers, MEMS). We finally describe active technologies including heterostructures, quantum wells, rare earth doping, Raman amplification, and semiconductor amplification. We also investigate the use of different material systems and technologies to achieve building block functions including lasers, amplifiers, detectors, modulators, polarization controllers, couplers, filters, switches, attenuators, non-reciprocal elements for isolators and circulators, wavelength converters, chromatic dispersion compensators, and polarization mode dispersion (PMD) compensators. Some of the technologies presented are established in the industry, others have recently been proven to be commercially viable, and some others are still under development in laboratories.

  20. Effect of reducing agent and nano Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles on the properties of electroless Ni–P coating

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    Karthikeyan, S.; Ramamoorthy, B., E-mail: ramoo@iitm.ac.in

    2014-07-01

    This work is an experimental study on the formation, characteristics and properties of electroless nickel phosphorous (Ni–P) coatings and electroless nickel alumina (Ni–P–Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) coating with varying reducing agent concentration. The results obtained indicate that the deposition rate and surface roughness of both Ni–P coating and Ni–P–Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coatings are highly influenced by reducing agent (sodium hypophosphite). With increase in sodium hypophosphite Ni forms amorphous phase and as a result the micro hardness of the coating gets reduced. Heat treatment was carried out at 400 °C for 1 h after the coating, resulted in the formation of an intermetallic nickel phosphide (Ni{sub 3}P) phase which improved the hardness of the Ni–P coating from 400 ± 25 to 700 ± 25 HV. A composite coating is formed due to the incorporation of nano alumina in the Ni–P coating leading to an increase in the hardness. The chemical composition of nickel gets reduced from 85.3 to 77.8 wt.% due to the presence of alumina which resists the deposition of Ni. The uniform distribution of alumina particles are observed using a scanning electron micrograph and confirmed by X-ray diffraction techniques. The specific wear rate of Ni–P–Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coated and post coating heat treated specimens was observed to be less when compared with that obtained in the case of conventional Ni–P coating.