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  1. Preparation of Bi-Pb-Sr-Ca-Cu-O high Tc thick films on Ag or MgO substrate with superconductor paste; Bi kei ko Tc chodendo paste ni yoru Ag, MgO kibanjo eno atsumaku sakusei

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    Takabatake, N. [Ishikawa Technical High School, Ishikawa (Japan); Tsubota, T.; Ishikawa, T.; Ohashi, K. [Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Ishikawa (Japan)

    1995-07-15

    The following were reported on making Bi series superconducting thick films by a wet method. A paste was made by adding PSO (or ethanol solution of ethylenegrycol) of Yushiro Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. as a binder to a Bi series 2223 single-phase powder sample (blending composition Bi:Pb:Sr:Ca:Cu=1.8:0.4:2:2:3.2); the sample was then coated on an Ag (or MgO) substrate with a brush; after being dried at 105{degree}C for one hour, it was thermally decomposed at 700{degree}C for one hour; then, the process of prissurized forming (at pressure 2 to 5 ton f/cm{sup 2}) and of sintering at 845{degree}C for 20 hours or more were performed on the sample to form a thick film sample. A critical temperature Tc, critical current density Jc, etc., were measured on such thick film sample. As a result, nearly same values were obtained as Tc (93K) and Jc (84A/cm{sup 2}) which were those of a bulk sample made by using the same powder sample, pressurizing at 2 ton f/cm{sup 2} for pelletizing, and sintering at 845{degree}C for 20 hours. 6 refs., 7 figs., 1 tab.

  2. Kei Apple Plant Thorn Synovitis | Nyamohanga | Annals of African ...

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    It can present as a diagnostic difficulty because of its insidious onset after an apparently trivial injury, which may not be reported. Historically, thorn synovitis has been considered aseptic and treated with removal of the intra-articular foreign body and the affected synovial ring. We present a child with Kei apple thorn that had ...

  3. Operation of KeiGM for the carbon ion therapy facility at Gunma University

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    Muramatsu, M.; Kitagawa, A.; Hojo, S.; Miyazaki, H.; Ueno, T.; Sawada, K.; Tsuchiyama, M.; Ueda, S.; Kijima, Y.; Torikai, K.; Yamada, S.

    2012-01-01

    Carbon-ion radiotherapy is being carried out at Gunma University Heavy Ion Medical Centre (GHMC) since March 2010. A compact electron cyclotron resonance ion source (ECRIS) for GHMC, so-called KeiGM, supplies carbon 4+ ions for treatment. The general structure of KeiGM was copied from a prototype compact source, so-called Kei2. Based on experimental studies for production of carbon 4+ ions with a 10 GHz ECR source at the Heavy Ion Medical Accelerator in Chiba (HIMAC), so-called NIRS-ECR, the field distribution of the mirror magnet for Kei2 and KeiGM was designed. A microwave source with the traveling-wave-tube (TWT) was adopted for KeiGM, with a frequency range and maximum power of 9.75 - 10.25 GHz and 750 W, respectively. The KeiGM was installed in the GHMC facility in December 2008. The paper is followed by the associated poster. (authors)

  4. The Support of MPA (Marine Protected Area) in Coral Triangle Area: Evidence from Kei Islands, Indonesia

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    Hamid, Syahibul K.; Teniwut, Wellem A.; Teniwut, Roberto M. K.; Rahantoknam, Meyske A.; Hasyim, Cawalinya L.; Hungan, Marselus

    2017-10-01

    Kei Islands located inside the coral triangle. Therefore, the biodiversity level on the sea in this area is considered high. United nation has proposed for water that included in the coral triangle has to apply marine protected area (MPA) to preserve the area. The main problem is most of the community especially in Kei Islands have depended on the sea as their sources of the economy even fisheries commodity like fish play a large part on the inflation rate and other prosperity indicators likes school and housing. Also, Kei Islands practice on form local wisdom for owning areal of the sea which calls “petuanan laut” by certain of villages or group of villages in one area. This study aimed to map the cluster of catching fisheries area based on the quantity of fish supply on a local market in Kei Islands and measure each cluster on their support and perspective on Marine Protected Area (MPA). We conducted a focus group discussion and collecting additional data by questionnaires with descriptive and quantitative analysis with logistic regression. The implication of this study can provide a clear view of coastal communities view on MPA program also to identify an area that has marine resources, human resources, and equipment to provide government an empirical view on catching fisheries in Kei Islands to issued better policy to develop fishing industry in Kei Islands.

  5. The development of sasi laut in the preservation of sea in Kei community

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    Ananingsih, Sri Wahyu

    2018-02-01

    "Sasi laut" is a local wisdom of Kei society that prohibits community members to take natural resources in a particular area over a period of time. Sasi laut has an important role in the preservation of the sea. This article is based on research. The purpose of the research is to analyze causal factors of sasi laut are not practiced anymore in Kei kecil society, and the efforts to revitalize sasi laut as a local wisdom to preserve sea. This article uses socio-legal approach and the analysis is qualitative. The data consist of primary and secondary data. The results of the research show that sasi laut in several villages of Kei kecil is not practiced anymore because of the damage to sea and ecosystem, market problem, the society problem and adat institution problem. The efforts to revitalize sasi laut are improve the quality of the sea environment, legal awareness Kei society and the participation of local government. This article can be a recommendation for the local government of Southeast Maluku in order to determine the policy of sasi laut.

  6. Membangun Persaudaraan Lintas Iman dengan Berbasis pada Kebudayaan Masyarakat Adat Kei

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    Yosep Harbelubun

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Building interfaith relationship is a relevant topic for people who live in the plurality of religions and beliefs. All religions are called to maintain diversity by building interfaith relationship. A true brotherhood is the objective of building interfaith relationship. There are various ways which could be taken by religions in building interfaith relationship. Those ways could be found in all spheres of human life. One way which could be required by religions in building interfaith relationship is to go through the wisdom of local communities. This way can lead the religions to be present relevantly and contextually in society. According to the author, the local wisdom of Keiese (Kei community has a relevance to the efforts of building interfaith relationship. The values of Keiese (Kei local wisdom are in accordance with the universal values on religions, which could be used as a powerful way in building interfaith relationship up.

  7. Potential Demand of Relatively New and Emerging Marine Ecotourism in Kei Islands

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    Dewa Ayu Raka Susanti, Ida I.; Teniwut, Wellem A.; Kahfi, Syahibul; M. K Teniwut, Roberto; Picaulima, Simon; Hungan, Marselus; Rahantoknam, Meyske; Hasyim, Cawalinya; Rahakbauw, Siska D.; Renjaan, M. R.; Ngabalin, Anna M.; Ngangun, Tati A.; Pentury, Frischila; Betaubun, Kamilius D.; Ngamel, A. K.; Ohoiwutun, Elisabeth C.

    2017-10-01

    One of the main resources for the economic development of coastal are marine ecotourism. Although for developing country such as Indonesia and especially for an area that located far from a big city like Kei Islands in Maluku, development of marine ecotourism might face a greater challenge than any other places. Considering the potential for multiplier effect on economic of a coastal community, the purpose of this research was to analyze and measure the economic value of new, raw and emerging marine ecotourism spot and determine the demand based on domestic tourist perspective. We pick five new and emerging marine ecotourism spots in this area as case study and used purposive sampling technique to target potential domestic tourist who have visited those five marine ecotourism spots and measure their preference and measure their demand potential by used willingness to revisit (WTR) and logistic regression for analyze the data, this research conducted in Kei Islands, Indonesia. This result can provide broad and comprehensive perspective on developing marine ecotourism in a mildly isolated coastal area like Kei Islands and place similar.

  8. Exploitation Status of Devis’Anchovy in Kei Island Waters: Based on Total Length Data

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    Supeni, E. A.; Dobo, J.

    2017-10-01

    Devis’ anchovy (Encrasicholina devisi) are a group of small pelagic fishes, which is thought to be one of the most abundant fishery resources in Indonesian waters. The high utilized of this resources will certainly affect to population status. This research aimed to know the exploitation status of anchovy in Kei Island waters. Sampling was carried out by using the data collected from lift net catches during April to July 2016 at Sathean, Selayar and Lebetawi, Kei Islands. A total of 3,524 anchovies were analyzed based on total length that ranged from 23 to 87 mm with a mean length of 55.4 ± 11.8 mm. The von Bertalanffy growth parameters estimated were L∞ = 89.25 mm and K = 0.74 year-1, with the growth models equation is Lt = 89.25 (1 ‑ e ‑0.74(t+0.161). The result of mortality analysis showed that Z = 2.97, M = 1.098, F= 1.87 year-1 and E = 0.63. This study reveals that exploitation status of anchovy in Kei Island is on fully exploited and leads to the over exploited condition.

  9. Solar Sailing Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI) Mission for Impacting/Deflecting Near-Earth Asteroids

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    Wie, Bong

    2005-01-01

    A solar sailing mission architecture, which requires a t least ten 160-m, 300-kg solar sail spacecraft with a characteristic acceleration of 0.5 mm/sqs, is proposed as a realistic near- term option for mitigating the threat posed by near-Earth asteroids (NEAs). Its mission feasibility is demonstrated for a fictional asteroid mitigation problem created by AIAA. This problem assumes that a 200-m asteroid, designated 2004WR, was detected on July 4, 2004, and that the expected impact will occur on January 14, 2015. The solar sailing phase of the proposed mission for the AIAA asteroid mitigation problem is comprised of the initial cruise phase from 1 AU t o 0.25 AU (1.5 years), the cranking orbit phase (3.5 years), and the retrograde orbit phase (1 year) prior to impacting the target asteroid at its perihelion (0.75 AU from the sun) on January 1, 2012. The proposed mission will require at least ten kinetic energy interceptor (KEI) solar sail spacecraft. Each KEI sailcraft consists of a 160- m, 150-kg solar sail and a 150-kg microsatellite impactor. The impactor is to be separated from a large solar sail prior to impacting the 200-m target asteroid at its perihelion. Each 150-kg microsatellite impactor, with a relative impact velocity of at least 70 km/s, will cause a conservatively estimated AV of 0.3 cm/s in the trajectory of the 200-m target asteroid, due largely to the impulsive effect of material ejected from the newly-formed crater. The deflection caused by a single impactor will increase the Earth-miss-distance by 0.45Re (where Re denotes the Earth radius of 6,378 km). Therefore, at least ten KEI sailcraft will be required for consecutive impacts, but probably without causing fragmentation, to increase the total Earth-miss-distance by 4.5Re. This miss-distance increase of 29,000 km is outside of a typical uncertainty/error of about 10,000 km in predicting the Earth-miss- distance. A conventional Delta I1 2925 launch vehicle is capable of injecting at least two KEI

  10. A new species of Lepidodactylus (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the Kei Islands, Maluku, Indonesia.

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    Stubbs, Alexander L; Karin, Benjamin R; Arifin, Umilaela; Iskandar, Djoko T; Arida, Evy; Reilly, Sean B; Bloch, Luke M; Kusnadi, Agus; McGuire, Jimmy A

    2017-11-16

    Lepidodactylus pantai is a new species of gecko from the Kei Islands, Maluku, Indonesia that is closely associated with intertidal habitats. This species does not fit cleanly into any of the three species groups described for the genus because it possesses the unique combination of both divided terminal scansors on all toes and a nearly completely cylindrical tail without fringes or evidence of dorsoventral compression. A phylogenetic analysis including this species demonstrates that it is the sister taxon of a population from Palau, and that this clade is sister to the clade containing Group III species for which we have molecular data.

  11. Seaweed Fortification on Crispy Enbal as Local Food of Kei Islands

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    Marasabessy, Ismael; Sudirjo, Fien

    2017-10-01

    One of health problems phenomenon in Indonesian and the world is increasing the degenerative disease because human’s bad habits of eating that having less fiber. Source of fiber which is relatively abundant in eastern Indonesia is seaweed that is very precise to fortified on local food that aims to be more nutritious and economically valuable. The purpose of this study is to got appropriate seaweed fortification technique to produce Seaweed Crispy Enbal (SCE) as typical food from Kei islands that rich in fiber and preferred by consumers. The research was done in two stages. The first stage is to analyze quality of fiber and HCN content of seaweed and enbal flour as SCE raw material, and the two-stage is fortified fiber to enbal lempeng using two types of raw materials, namely pulp seaweed and flour seaweed. The results showed that the fiber content of seaweed Eucheuma cottonii and flour enbal respectively 7.01% and 4%, while HCN content less than 3 mg/kg. Fortification techniques using pulp seaweed better than others. It is because pulp seaweed produces seaweed crispy enbal with high value of sensory (really like) with having fiber content is 7.48%.

  12. Bi-Force

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    Sun, Peng; Speicher, Nora K; Röttger, Richard

    2014-01-01

    outperformed existing tools with Bi-Force at least when following the evaluation protocols from Eren et al. Bi-Force is implemented in Java and integrated into the open source software package of BiCluE. The software as well as all used datasets are publicly available at http://biclue.mpi-inf.mpg.de....... of pairwise similarities. We first evaluated the power of Bi-Force to solve dedicated bicluster editing problems by comparing Bi-Force with two existing algorithms in the BiCluE software package. We then followed a biclustering evaluation protocol in a recent review paper from Eren et al. (2013) (A...

  13. BI-RADS update.

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    Mercado, Cecilia L

    2014-05-01

    The updated American College of Radiology (ACR) Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) has been newly released. This article summarizes the changes and updates that have been made to BI-RADS. The goal of the revised edition continues to be the same: to improve clarification in image interpretation, maintain reporting standardization, and simplify the monitoring of outcomes. The new BI-RADS also introduces new terminology to provide a more universal lexicon across all 3 imaging modalities. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Kei Apple Plant Thorn Synovitis

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    teaching hospital in Nairobi Kenya as a referral from a private clinic complaining of pain and swelling of the right knee with inability to bear weight. He had been seen ... Black thorns or date palm thorns have caused most reported cases (5). But it can occur from thorns of several kinds of plants (6-8). Review of literature does.

  15. Exploratory Bi-Factor Analysis

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    Jennrich, Robert I.; Bentler, Peter M.

    2011-01-01

    Bi-factor analysis is a form of confirmatory factor analysis originally introduced by Holzinger. The bi-factor model has a general factor and a number of group factors. The purpose of this article is to introduce an exploratory form of bi-factor analysis. An advantage of using exploratory bi-factor analysis is that one need not provide a specific…

  16. State diagram of Pr-Bi system

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    Abulkhaev, V.L.; Ganiev, I.N.

    1994-01-01

    By means of thermal differential analysis, X-ray and microstructural analysis the state diagram of Pr-Bi system was studied. Following intermetallic compounds were defined in the system: Pr 2 Bi, Pr 5 Bi 3 , Pr 4 Bi 3 , Pr Bi, PrBi 2 , Pr 2 Bi, Pr 5 Bi 3 , Pr 4 Bi 3 and PrBi 2 . The data analysis on Ln-Bi diagram allowed to determine the regularity of change of properties of intermetallic compounds in the line of rare earth elements of cerium subgroup.

  17. bi tule

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    2004-01-01

    8.-18. IV 2004 Eesti Tarbekunsti- ja Disainimuuseumis Eesti Kunstiakadeemia keraamikaosakonna magistrantide grupinäitus "Läbi tule". Reeli Haamer, Kadri Kivi, Annika Vilippus, Ingrid Allik, Mathew Graziano ja Milvi Korela kaitsevad 12. IV oma magistritööd. 23. IV-15. VI näitus Leesi Ermi loomingust sarjas "Klassikud"

  18. BI Project Success

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    Tracey, Graham; Riha, James

    2009-01-01

    Managing business intelligence (BI) projects in higher education is a formidable responsibility that challenges even the most experienced technical project managers. Data source dependencies, uncertain data quality, changing information requirements, and urgency for actionable information are but a few examples among the multitude of challenges.…

  19. Sorghum bi-color

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    sunny

    2014-11-12

    Nov 12, 2014 ... Biomass materials require reduction and densification for the purpose of handling and space requirements. Guinea corn (Sorghum bi-color) is a major source of biomass material in the tropic regions. The densification process involves some ... a closed-end die, the temperature and the use of binder.

  20. Photocharged BiVO

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    Trzesniewski, B.J.; Smith, W.A.

    2016-01-01

    Bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) is a promising semiconductor material for the production of solar fuels via photoelectrochemical water splitting, however, it suffers from substantial recombination losses that limit its performance to well below its theoretical maximum. Here we demonstrate for the first

  1. Thermal Contraction of Electrodeposited Bi/BiSb Superlattice Nanowires

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    Dou XC

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The lattice parameter of Bi/BiSb superlattice nanowire (SLNW has been measured using in situ high-temperature X-ray diffraction method. The single crystalline Bi/BiSb SLNW arrays with different bilayer thicknesses have been fabricated within the porous anodic alumina membranes (AAMs by a charge-controlled pulse electrodeposition. Different temperature dependences of the lattice parameter and thermal expansion coefficient were found for the SLNWs. It was found that the thermal expansion coefficient of the SLNWs with a large bilayer thickness has weak temperature dependence, and the interface stress and defect are the main factors responsible for the thermal contraction of the SLNWs.

  2. Bi-liquid foams

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    Sonneville, Odile

    1997-01-01

    Concentrated emulsions have structures similar to foams; for this reason they are also called 'bi-liquid foams'. For oil in water emulsions, they are made of polyhedral oil cells separated by aqueous surfactant films. The limited stability of these Systems is a major nuisance in their applications. In this work, we tried to understand and to control the mechanisms through which bi-liquid foams can loose their stability. In a first stage, we characterized the states of surfactant films in bi-liquid foams submitted to different pressures. We determined their hydration, the surfactant density at interfaces as well as their thicknesses. The bi-liquid foams were made by concentrating hexadecane-in-water emulsions through centrifugation. The initial emulsions contained submicron oil droplets that were completely covered with surfactant. We measured the resistance of the films to dehydration, and we represented it by pressure-film thickness curves or pressure-film hydration curves. We also obtained evidence that the interfacial surfactant density increases when the film thickness is decreased (SDS case). The Newton Black Film state is the most dehydrated metastable state that can be reached. In this state, the films can be described as surfactant bilayers that only contain the hydration water of the surfactant polar heads. Two different processes are involved the destabilization of bi-liquid foams: Ostwald ripening (oil transfer from small cells to large cells) and coalescence (films rupture). The first mechanism can be controlled by choosing oils that are very insoluble in water, avoiding ethoxylated nonionic surfactants of low molecular weight, and making emulsions that are not too fine. The second mechanism is responsible for the catastrophic destabilization of bi-liquid foams made of droplets above one micron or with a low coverage in surfactant. In these cases, destabilization occurs in the early stages of concentration, when the films are still thick. It

  3. Bi-Cell Unit for Fuel Cell.

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    The patent concerns a bi-cell unit for a fuel cell . The bi-cell unit is comprised of two electrode packs. Each of the electrode packs includes an...invention relates in general to a bi-cell unit for a fuel cell and in particular, to a bi-cell unit for a hydrazine-air fuel cell .

  4. Spatial profile of thermoelectric effects during Peltier pulsing in Bi and Bi/MnBi eutectic

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    Silberstein, R. P.; Larson, D. J., Jr.

    1987-01-01

    The spatial profile of the thermal transients that occur during and following the current pulsing associated with Peltier Interface Demarcation during directional solidification is studied. Results for pure Bi are presented in detail and compared with corresponding results for the Bi/MnBi eutectic. Significant thermal transients occur throughout the sample that can be accounted for by the Peltier effect, the Thomson effect, and Joule heating. These effects are separated and their behavior is studied as a function of time, current density, and position with respect to the solid/liquid interface.

  5. Bilinguismes ou bi- appartenances

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    Jean-Charles Vegliante

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Dans cet essai, l’auteur évoque son sentiment de bi-appartenance lorsqu’il séjourne à Sienne, une de ses villes de prédilection. A l’occasion d’un congrès sur le thème : « Repenser la Méditerranée », ou de la projection d’un film évoquant les lendemains de massacres, il soulève des questions existentielles, en particulier la nécessité de « se parler ». Le bilinguisme se définit selon l’auteur comme une nécessité, une volonté de mieux entendre l’autre. Il évoque les exemples des poètes italiens Giuseppe Ungaretti (parfaitement francophone et Gabriele D’Annunzio, de l’allemand Franz Kafka et de l’anglais Milton. L’auteur passe du français à l’italien : « Lost in translation ?», comme il le dit plaisamment en conclusion.

  6. Microstructure Of MnBi/Bi Eutectic Alloy

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    Wilcox, William R.; Eisa, G. F.; Baskaran, B.; Richardson, Donald C.

    1988-01-01

    Collection of three reports describes studies of directional solidification of MnBi/Bi eutectic alloy. Two of the reports, "Influence of Convection on Lamellar Spacing of Eutectics" and "Influence of Convection on Eutectic Microstructure," establish theoretical foundation for remaining document. Reports seek to quantify effect of convection on concentration field of growing lamellar eutectic. Remaining report, "Study of Eutectic Formation," begins by continuing theoretical developments. New technique under development by one of the authors helps to reveal three-dimensional microstructures of alloys.

  7. BI Marketing Magazine 2012 nr.1

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    2012-01-01

    Fra publikasjonens nettside: BI Marketing Magasinet er en populærvitenskapelig presentasjon av utvalgte smakebiter fra Norges ledende markedsforskningsmiljø, Institutt for markedsføring ved Handelshøyskolen BI.

  8. Infinitesimal bi-Lipschitz Equivalence of Functions

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    Gaffney, Terence

    2016-01-01

    We introduce two different notions of infinitesimal bi-Lipschitz equivalence for functions, one related to bi-Lipschitz triviality of families of functions, one related to homeomorphisms which are bi-Lipschitz on the fibers of the functions in the family. We show that the first is not a generic condition, and that the second is.

  9. Towards Next Generation BI Systems

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    Varga, Jovan; Romero, Oscar; Pedersen, Torben Bach

    2014-01-01

    Next generation Business Intelligence (BI) systems require integration of heterogeneous data sources and a strong user-centric orientation. Both needs entail machine-processable metadata to enable automation and allow end users to gain access to relevant data for their decision making processes....... Although evidently needed, there is no clear picture about the necessary metadata artifacts, especially considering user support requirements. Therefore, we propose a comprehensive metadata framework to support the user assistance activities and their automation in the context of next generation BI systems....... This framework is based on the findings of a survey of current user-centric approaches mainly focusing on query recommendation assistance. Finally, we discuss the benefits of the framework and present the plans for future work....

  10. Teknisk Ståbi

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    Teknisk Ståbi er de bygningsprojekterendes og entreprenørers håndbog. Den dækker matematik, fysik, statestik, laster og sikkerhed samt beggematerialerne: beton, stål, træ, murværk, letbeton, glas og endelig fundering. Denne udgave er en næsten totalrevision, baseret på de nye Eurocodes, der afløs...

  11. Calorimetric investigations of U-Bi system

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    Agarwal, Renu; Joshi, A.R.

    2013-01-01

    U 0.333 Bi 0.667 is a compound that may form on breach of clad during reactor operation with metallic fuel and lead-bismuth coolant. Therefore, enthalpy of mixing of U-Bi liquid solution in limited composition range and enthalpy of formation of U 0.333 Bi 0.667 compound were measured by high temperature calorimetry. The enthalpy of mixing follows subregular solution model and enthalpy of formation U 0.333 Bi 0.667 from U(l) and Bi(l) at 843 K was -52.5 kJ/mol and -40.8 kJ/mol from U(s) and Bi(s) at 298.15 K. Both enthalpy of mixing and enthalpy of formation of intermetallic compound obtained experimentally were compared with Miedema model values. (author)

  12. Dispersion interactions between neighboring Bi atoms in (BiH3 )2 and Te(BiR2 )2.

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    Haack, Rebekka; Schulz, Stephan; Jansen, Georg

    2018-03-13

    Triggered by the observation of a short Bi⋯Bi distance and a BiTeBi bond angle of only 86.6° in the crystal structure of bis(diethylbismuthanyl)tellurane quantum chemical computations on interactions between neighboring Bi atoms in Te(BiR 2 ) 2 molecules (R = H, Me, Et) and in (BiH 3 ) 2 were undertaken. Bi⋯Bi distances atoms were found to significantly shorten upon inclusion of the d shells of the heavy metal atoms into the electron correlation treatment, and it was confirmed that interaction energies from spin component-scaled second-order Møller-Plesset theory (SCS-MP2) agree well with coupled-cluster singles and doubles theory including perturbative triples (CCSD(T)). Density functional theory-based symmetry-adapted perturbation theory (DFT-SAPT) was used to study the anisotropy of the interplay of dispersion attraction and steric repulsion between the Bi atoms. Finally, geometries and relative stabilities of syn-syn and syn-anti conformers of Te(BiR 2 ) 2 (R = H, Me, Et) and interconversion barriers between them were computed. © 2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  13. Gd-substituted Bi-2223 superconductor

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    The effects of gadolinium doping at calcium site on the normal and super- conducting properties of Bi-2223 system were ... quantities of the metal oxides and the carbonates were taken and thoroughly mixed. The calcination of the mixture after .... Therefore, Gd has higher solubility in (BiPb)-2223 as compared to Pr, and is, ...

  14. Insulator–superconductor transition in bi-layers of Co clusters and Bi

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    Dinóla, I. S.; Herrera, W. T.; Continentino, M. A.; Micklitz, H.; Baggio-Saitovitch, E.; Xing, Y. T.

    2013-01-01

    We have performed electrical resistance measurements on films of pure Bi and hybrid films of Co/Bi consisting of Co nanoclusters having a mean size of ∼4.5 nm covered by Bi. Films were produced by deposition of Bi on top of a layer of well-defined Co clusters onto sapphire substrates kept at low temperatures. As-deposited Co-clusters/Bi films reveal a superconducting-like transition close to T c of amorphous Bi, however, with variable range hopping behavior below T c , i.e., with a diverging resistance for T → 0. Upon annealing at low temperature, a superconducting state with zero resistance for T → 0 is found. Finally, annealing at higher temperature leads to non-superconducting crystalline Bi showing weak-localization behavior typical for a disordered semimetal (or metal). For some films, we find a superconducting transition occurring in two steps, the reason for this is not quite clear

  15. Insulator-superconductor transition in bi-layers of Co clusters and Bi

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    Dinóla, I. S.; Herrera, W. T.; Continentino, M. A.; Micklitz, H.; Baggio-Saitovitch, E.; Xing, Y. T.

    2013-07-01

    We have performed electrical resistance measurements on films of pure Bi and hybrid films of Co/Bi consisting of Co nanoclusters having a mean size of ˜4.5 nm covered by Bi. Films were produced by deposition of Bi on top of a layer of well-defined Co clusters onto sapphire substrates kept at low temperatures. As-deposited Co-clusters/Bi films reveal a superconducting-like transition close to T c of amorphous Bi, however, with variable range hopping behavior below T c, i.e., with a diverging resistance for T → 0. Upon annealing at low temperature, a superconducting state with zero resistance for T → 0 is found. Finally, annealing at higher temperature leads to non-superconducting crystalline Bi showing weak-localization behavior typical for a disordered semimetal (or metal). For some films, we find a superconducting transition occurring in two steps, the reason for this is not quite clear.

  16. One-step growth of nanosheet-assembled BiOCl/BiOBr microspheres for highly efficient visible photocatalytic performance

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    Zhang, Jinfeng; Lv, Jiali; Dai, Kai; Liang, Changhao; Liu, Qi

    2018-02-01

    In this work, we have developed a simple synthetic approach of nanosheet-assembled BiOCl/BiOBr microspheres by an ethylene glycol (EG)-assisted hydrothermal method. The crystalline form, morphology, chemical composition, optical performance and surface area of BiOCl/BiOBr microspheres were identified using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution TEM (HRTEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy spectra (EDX), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) analysis, high resolution X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS) and N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms. BiOCl/BiOBr microspheres were nanosheet-assembled particles, which possessed visible light absorption under LED light irridation. Additionally, the methylene blue (MB) photodegradation performance of different BiOCl/BiOBr microspheres irradiated under 410 nm LED light arrays were investigated, the results exhibited that as-prepared BiOCl/BiOBr products showed higher catalytic effiency than pure BiOCl or BiOBr. By optimizing the composition ration of the BiOCl and BiOBr, up to 93% degradation rate can be obtained in the 40%BiOCl/BiOBr microspheres. Finally, the photocatalytic mechanism of BiOCl/BiOBr microspheres had been proposed.

  17. Superstrengthening Bi2Te3 through Nanotwinning

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    Li, Guodong; Aydemir, Umut; Morozov, Sergey I.; Wood, Max; An, Qi; Zhai, Pengcheng; Zhang, Qingjie; Goddard, William A.; Snyder, G. Jeffrey

    2017-08-01

    Bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3 ) based thermoelectric (TE) materials have been commercialized successfully as solid-state power generators, but their low mechanical strength suggests that these materials may not be reliable for long-term use in TE devices. Here we use density functional theory to show that the ideal shear strength of Bi2Te3 can be significantly enhanced up to 215% by imposing nanoscale twins. We reveal that the origin of the low strength in single crystalline Bi2Te3 is the weak van der Waals interaction between the Te1 coupling two Te 1 - Bi - Te 2 - Bi - Te 1 five-layer quint substructures. However, we demonstrate here a surprising result that forming twin boundaries between the Te1 atoms of adjacent quints greatly strengthens the interaction between them, leading to a tripling of the ideal shear strength in nanotwinned Bi2Te3 (0.6 GPa) compared to that in the single crystalline material (0.19 GPa). This grain boundary engineering strategy opens a new pathway for designing robust Bi2Te3 TE semiconductors for high-performance TE devices.

  18. Preparation, characterization and enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activities of BiPO4/BiVO4 composites

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    Wu, Siyuan; Zheng, Hong; Lian, Youwei; Wu, Yiying

    2013-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • BiPO 4 /BiVO 4 composites were successfully prepared by the hydrothermal method. • BiPO 4 /BiVO 4 composites exhibited broad absorption in the visible region. • Visible-light photocatalytic activities of BiPO 4 /BiVO 4 composites were enhanced. • P/V molar ratio and pH value of the reaction affect photocatalytic activity. • The mechanism of enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activities was discussed. - Abstract: BiPO 4 /BiVO 4 composites with different P/V molar ratios were prepared by the hydrothermal method and the effect of pH values of hydrothermal reaction on photocatalytic activity of BiPO 4 /BiVO 4 composite was investigated. The photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The photocatalytic property of BiPO 4 /BiVO 4 was evaluated by photocatalytic degradation of Methylene blue under visible light irradiation. The results showed that the photocatalytic activity of the composites was much higher than that of pure BiPO 4 and BiVO 4 . The rate constant of Methylene blue degradation over BiPO 4 /BiVO 4 (P/V molar ratio of 5:1 and hydrothermal reaction pH value of 1.5) is 1.7 times that of pure BiVO 4 . The photocatalytic activity enhancement of BiPO 4 /BiVO 4 composite is closely related to the BiVO 4 functioning as a sensitizer to adsorb visible light and the heterojunction of BiPO 4 /BiVO 4 acting as an active center for hindering the rapid recombination of electron–hole pairs during the photocatalytic reaction

  19. Exploratory Bi-Factor Analysis: The Oblique Case

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    Jennrich, Robert I.; Bentler, Peter M.

    2012-01-01

    Bi-factor analysis is a form of confirmatory factor analysis originally introduced by Holzinger and Swineford ("Psychometrika" 47:41-54, 1937). The bi-factor model has a general factor, a number of group factors, and an explicit bi-factor structure. Jennrich and Bentler ("Psychometrika" 76:537-549, 2011) introduced an exploratory form of bi-factor…

  20. Bi nanobelts, nanocubes and their thermoelectric properties

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    Wang, Wenzhong; Chen, Shuo; Huang, Jianyu; Ren, Zhifeng; Harris, T.; Chen, Gang; Dresselhaus, M.

    2006-03-01

    Highly crystallized Bi nanobelts and monodispersed nanocubes have been synthesized via a low-temperature organic solution approach, in which sodium bismuthate was reduced by ethylene glycol in the presence of poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP). By changing some experimental conditions, Bi nanobelts and nanocubes have been prepared successfully. The as-prepared Bi nanobelts are single crystal with high crystallinity. The width of the nanobelts is in the range of 50-500 nanometers and the length is up to of several tens of micrometers. The as-synthesized Bi nanocubes are highly crystallized and monodispersed with edge length of 50-60 nm. The electrical, thermal, and Seebeck properties of the as-grown nanobelts were studied by a TEM-STM probe inside a high resolution TEM. The same studies were also carried out on bulk samples made by hot-press using the nanocubes.

  1. Quarterly, Bi-annual and Annual Reports

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The Quarterly, Bi-annual and Annual Reports are periodic reports issued for public release. For the deep set fishery these reports are issued quarterly and anually....

  2. Influence of photoinduced Bi-related self-doping on the photocatalytic activity of BiOBr nanosheets

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    Wu, Dan [School of Life Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong SAR (China); Yue, Songtao; Wang, Wei [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); An, Tiacheng, E-mail: antc99@gig.ac.cn [Institute of Environmental Health and Pollution Control, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006 (China); Li, Guiying [Institute of Environmental Health and Pollution Control, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006 (China); Ye, Liqun [School of Life Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong SAR (China); College of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Engineering, Nanyang Normal University, Nanyang 473061 (China); Yip, Ho Yin [School of Life Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong SAR (China); Wong, Po Keung, E-mail: pkwong@cuhk.edu.hk [School of Life Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong SAR (China)

    2017-01-01

    Highlights: • Bi{sup 5+} self-doped BiOBr nanosheets are achieved under UV irradiation. • Bi{sup 5+} is formed due to the oxidation of surface Bi{sup 3+} by photoexcited h{sup +} of BiOBr. • Two photoinduced h{sup +} mediated oxidation processes happen simultaneously. • Self-doped BiOBr is superior in phenol degradation and bacterial inactivation. • Bi{sup 5+} electron trapping induced photocatalytic enhancement mechanism is proposed. - Abstract: Under UV irradiation, self-doped Bi{sup 5+} is evidenced to be generated on the surface of BiOBr nanosheets, but with well-preserved crystal structure and morphology compared with pure counterpart. Bi{sup 5+} self-doping BiOBr (BiOBr-4) exhibits distinct photocatalytic mode for dyes degradation, as compared with pure BiOBr nanosheets. These photodegradation distinctions are mainly due to the simultaneous occurrence of two photoinduced hole (h{sup +}) mediated oxidation processes on the BiOBr surfaces: (1) a portion of photoexcited h{sup +} participates in the photocatalytic oxidation of dyes, and (2) partial h{sup +} involves the oxidation of Bi{sup 3+} to Bi{sup 5+}. Notably, BiOBr-4 nanosheets comparatively show superior photocatalytic activity for the phenol decomposition as well as the bacterial inactivation. Besides Bi{sup 5+} induced narrowed bandgap and enhanced light adsorption capacity, significantly, the oxidative Bi{sup 5+} acts as electron traps to promote the photoexcited electron-hole separation and accelerate h{sup +} migration, resulting in the considerable photocatalytic enhancement of BiOBr-4 nanosheets. These novel findings will not only give new insights into the photocatalytic mechanism but also explore new route to enhance photocatalytic performance of Bi-based materials.

  3. Three-Dimensional BiOI/BiOX (X = Cl or Br Nanohybrids for Enhanced Visible-Light Photocatalytic Activity

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    Yazi Liu

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Three-dimensional flower-like BiOI/BiOX (X = Br or Cl hybrids were synthesized via a facile one-pot solvothermal approach. With systematic characterizations by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, Transmission electron microscopy (TEM, the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BETspecific surface area, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, and the UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS, the BiOI/BiOCl composites showed a fluffy and porous 3-D architecture with a large specific surface area (SSA and high capability for light absorption. Among all the BiOX (X = Cl, Br, I and BiOI/BiOX (X = Cl or Br composites, BiOI/BiOCl stands out as the most efficient photocatalyst under both visible and UV light irradiations for methyl orange (MO oxidation. The reaction rate of MO degradation on BiOI/BiOCl was 2.1 times higher than that on pure BiOI under visible light. Moreover, BiOI/BiOCl exhibited enhanced water oxidation efficiency for O2 evolution which was 1.5 times higher than BiOI. The enhancement of photocatalytic activity could be attributed to the formation of a heterojunction between BiOI and BiOCl, with a nanoporous structure, a larger SSA, and a stronger light absorbance capacity especially in the visible-light region. The in situ electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR revealed that BiOI/BiOCl composites could effectively evolve superoxide radicals and hydroxyl radicals for photodegradation, and the superoxide radicals are the dominant reactive species. The superb photocatalytic activity of BiOI/BiOCl could be utilized for the degradation of various industrial dyes under natural sunlight irradiation which is of high significance for the remediation of industrial wastewater in the future.

  4. Metaheuristics for bi-level optimization

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    2013-01-01

    This book provides a complete background on metaheuristics to solve complex bi-level optimization problems (continuous/discrete, mono-objective/multi-objective) in a diverse range of application domains. Readers learn to solve large scale bi-level optimization problems by efficiently combining metaheuristics with complementary metaheuristics and mathematical programming approaches. Numerous real-world examples of problems demonstrate how metaheuristics are applied in such fields as networks, logistics and transportation, engineering design, finance and security.

  5. Electronic structures and stability of Ni/Bi2Te3 and Co/Bi2Te3 interfaces

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    Xiong, Ka

    2010-03-04

    We investigate the electronic structures and stability for Ni/Bi 2Te3, NiTe/Bi2Te3, Co/Bi 2Te3 and CoTe2/Bi2Te3 interfaces by first-principles calculations. It is found that the surface termination strongly affects the band alignment. Ni and Co are found to form Ohmic contacts to Bi2Te3. The interface formation energy for Co/Bi2Te3 interfaces is much lower than that of Ni/Bi2Te3 interfaces. Furthermore, we found that NiTe on Bi2Te3 is more stable than Ni, while the formation energies for Co and CoTe2 on Bi2Te3 are comparable. © 2010 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  6. Topotactic synthesis of a new BiS2-based superconductor Bi2(O,F)S2

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    Okada, Tomoyuki; Ogino, Hiraku; Shimoyama, Jun-ichi; Kishio, Kohji

    2015-01-01

    A new BiS2-based superconductor Bi2(O,F)S2 was discovered. This is a layered compound consisting of alternate stacking structure of rock-salt-type BiS2 superconducting layer and fluorite-type Bi(O,F) blocking layer. Bi2(O,F)S2 was obtained as the main phase by topotactic fluorination of undoped Bi2OS2 using XeF2, which is the first topotactic synthesis of an electron-doped superconductor via reductive fluorination. With increasing F-content, a- and c-axis length increased and decreased, respe...

  7. Topotactic synthesis of a new BiS2-based superconductor Bi2(O,F)S2

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    Okada, Tomoyuki; Ogino, Hiraku; Shimoyama, Jun-ichi; Kishio, Kohji

    2015-02-01

    A new BiS2-based superconductor, Bi2(O,F)S2, was discovered. It is a layered compound consisting of alternately stacked structure of rock-salt-type BiS2 superconducting layers and fluorite-type Bi(O,F) blocking layers. Bi2(O,F)S2 was obtained as the main phase by topotactic fluorination of undoped Bi2OS2 using XeF2. This is the first topotactic synthesis of an electron-doped superconductor via reductive fluorination. With increasing F-content, a- and c-axis lengths increased and decreased, respectively, and Tc increased to 5.1 K.

  8. Critical evaluation and optimization of data on the Bi-Te-Se phase diagram and crystal structure of Bi2Te4-Bi2Se3 alloys

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    Chizhevskaya, S.N.; Shelimova, L.E.; Shestakov, V.A.

    1997-01-01

    Critical analysis of published experimental data on the diagram of the Bi-Te-Se ternary system state is accomplished. The refined version of the diagram of the Bi 2 Te 3 -Bi 2 Se 3 quasi-binary system is plotted. The sub-solidus area of this diagram is plotted for the first time on the basis of experimental data and thermo-dynamical calculations. The stratification cupola in a solid state is outlined and the supposition is made on the Bi 2 Te 2 Se compound formation by syntetic reaction. The crystallographic data on the solid solutions of the Bi 2 Te 3 -Bi 2 Se 3 cross section and Bi 2 Te 2 Se compound are generalized [ru

  9. In-situ synthesis of nanofibers with various ratios of BiOCl{sub x}/BiOBr{sub y}/BiOI{sub z} for effective trichloroethylene photocatalytic degradation

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    Zhang, Yifan [Department of Chemistry, Inha University, 100 Inharo, Incheon 402-751 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Mira [Department of Organic Materials and Fiber Engineering, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-756 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hak Yong [Department of BIN Convergence Technology, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, 561-756 (Korea, Republic of); Ding, Bin [College of Textiles, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620 (China); Park, Soo-Jin, E-mail: sjpark@inha.ac.kr [Department of Chemistry, Inha University, 100 Inharo, Incheon 402-751 (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-10-30

    Highlights: • BiOCl{sub x}/BiOBr{sub y}/BiOI{sub z}/PAN fibers were synthesized by in-situ method. • Photodegradation behavior of BiOCl{sub x}/BiOBr{sub y}/BiOI{sub z}/PAN fibers was measured under solar light irradiation. • BiOCl{sub 0.3}/BiOBr{sub 0.3}/BiOI{sub 0.4}/PAN fibers exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity. • Photocatalytic mechanism was discussed in detail. - Abstract: In this work, BiOCl{sub x}/BiOBr{sub y}/BiOI{sub z} (x + y + z = 1) composite nanofibers were prepared through electrospinning and the sol-gel methods. Photocatalytic degradation of trichloroethylene (TCE) by BiOCl{sub x}/BiOBr{sub y}/BiOI{sub z}/PAN nanofibers was systematically investigated via gas chromatography (GC). Optimum photocatalytic activity was achieved with BiOCl{sub 0.3}/BiOBr{sub 0.3}/BiOI{sub 0.4} fibers under solar light irradiation. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) peaks due to C−O and C=O were observed at 286.0 and 288.3 eV, respectively, it indicated that the BiOCl{sub x}/BiOBr{sub y}/BiOI{sub z} mixture had been successfully doped on the polyacrylonitrile (PAN) fibers. Furthermore, X-ray diffraction (XRD) results also confirmed that we had synthesized the as-prepared composite nanofibers successfully. Photocatalytic activities of BiOCl{sub 0.3}/BiOBr{sub 0.3}/BiOI{sub 0.4} were up to 3 times higher than the pure BiOCl, BiOBr and BiOI samples, respectively.

  10. Considerations about using OLAP Cubes and Self-Service BI Tools for BI Systems’ Development

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    Gianina MIHAI

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available Nowadays, the decision-making process must be an extremely fast one. This is why any decision-maker in a company must obtain information from the multiple available data source used in its transactional systems as easily and as quickly as possible. Business Intelligence (BI systems are the ones that provide the tools necessary for obtaining this information. In this article, we shall present the strengths and weaknesses regarding data analyses in a BI system using OLAP cubes and self-service BI tools.

  11. Quantum interference effects in [Co/Bi]n thin films

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    Athanasopoulos P.

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Magnetoconductivity (MC, Δσ(Β, and Hall coefficient, RH(B, measurements have been performed in polycrystalline thin films of Bi(15nm, Bi(10nm/Co(1nm/Bi(10nm trilayer and [Co(0.7nm/Bi(2nm]10 multilayer, grown by magnetron scattering. The temperature dependence of RH(B curves reveal the existence of a second conduction channel below 250K, that can be assigned to surface states. MC measurements between ±0.4T show at 5K an interplay between weak-antilocalization (WAL in Bi and Bi/Co/Bi films and weal-localization (WL in [Co/Bi]10 multilayer.

  12. Phase stability, structures and properties of the (Bi2)m (Bi2Te3)n natural superlattices

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    Bos, J.-W.G.; Faucheux, F.; Downie, R.A.; Marcinkova, A.

    2012-01-01

    The phase stability of the (Bi 2 ) m (Bi 2 Te 3 ) n natural superlattices has been investigated through the low temperature solid state synthesis of a number of new binary Bi x Te 1−x compositions. Powder X-ray diffraction revealed that an infinitely adaptive series forms for 0.44≤x≤0.70, while an unusual 2-phase region with continuously changing compositions is observed for 0.41≤x≤0.43. For x>0.70, mixtures of elemental Bi and an almost constant composition (Bi 2 ) m (Bi 2 Te 3 ) n phase are observed. Rietveld analysis of synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction data collected on Bi 2 Te (m=2, n=1) revealed substantial interchange of Bi and Te between Bi 2 and Bi 2 Te 3 blocks, demonstrating that the block compositions are variable. All investigated phase pure compositions are degenerate semiconductors with low residual resistivity ratios and moderate positive magnetoresistances (R/R 0 =1.05 in 9 T). The maximum Seebeck coefficient is +80 μV K −1 for x=0.63, leading to an estimated thermoelectric figure of merit, zT=0.2 at 250 K. - Graphical abstract: An infinite number of possible (Bi 2 ) m (Bi 2 Te 3 ) n structures exist for Bi x Te 1−x compositions between x=0.44 and x=0.70. Compositions near x=2/3 are promising p-type thermoelectrics. Highlights: ► Phase Stability of the (Bi 2 ) m ·(Bi 2 Te 3 ) n Natural Superlattices. ► Thermoelectric Properties in the Bi x Te 1−x Phase Diagram. ► Crystal Structure of Bi 2 Te from Synchrotron X-ray Powder Diffraction.

  13. Preparation and Faraday rotation of Bi-YIG/PMMA nanocomposite

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    Fu, H. P.; Hong, R. Y.; Wu, Y. J.; Di, G. Q.; Xu, B.; Zheng, Y.; Wei, D. G.

    Bismuth-substituted yttrium iron garnet (Bi-YIG) nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared by coprecipitation and subsequent heating treatment. Thermal gravity-differential thermal analysis was performed to investigate the thermal behavior of the Bi-YIG precursors and to decide the best annealing temperature. Phase formation of garnet NPs was investigated by X-ray powder diffraction. The size of Bi-YIG NPs was investigated by transmission electron microscopy, and the magnetic properties of Bi-YIG NPs were measured using a vibrating sample magnetometer. The results show that the temperature needed for the transformation of Bi-YIG from the amorphous phase to the garnet phase decreases with increasing Bi content, and Bi-YIG NPs with sizes of 28-78 nm are obtained after heating treatment at 650-1000 °C. The saturation magnetization of Bi-YIG NPs increases as the Bi content increases. Moreover, the Faraday rotation of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) slices doped with Bi-YIG NPs was investigated. The results indicate that the angle of Faraday rotation increases with increasing Bi content in PMMA composites, and the maximum value of the figure of merit is 1.46°, which is comparable to the value of a sputtered film. The Bi-YIG NPs-doped PMMA slices are new promising materials for magneto-optical devices.

  14. (Bi)-harmonicity of (warped) product maps

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    Todjihounde, L.

    2006-01-01

    In this paper we introduce the (warped) product of maps defined between Riemannian (warped) product spaces and we give necessary and sufficient conditions for (warped) product maps to be (bi)-harmonic. We obtain from these results good characterizations of non trivial harmonic metrics and nonharmonic biharmonic metrics on warped product spaces. (author)

  15. Role of vanadium in Bi-2223 ceramics

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    Previous reports ([1–7] and also, [9]) on V-substituted samples of Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3Os have mostly pointed out that V ... Two series of V-substituted samples were prepared by partial replacement of V at two different sites; viz. the ..... also evaluated the phase composition on the basis of our susceptibility plots. This has also.

  16. Jaapan Euroopa pilgu läbi

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    2011-01-01

    Eesti fotograafi Krista Möldri ja soome fotograafi Kalle Kataila fotonäitus "Jaapan Euroopa pilgu läbi" ("European Eyes on Japan") Temnikova & Kasela galeriis (Müürivahe 22, Lastekodu 1) alates 8.12.2011. Näituse kuraator Mikiko Kikuta

  17. Study of magnetic rotation in 198Bi

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    Pai, H.; Mukherjee, G.; Bhattacharya, S.; Bhattacharya, C.

    2010-01-01

    In this work, the high-spin spectroscopy of 198 Bi has been studied in details with an aim to confirm the proposed MR bands in this nucleus which were not connected to the low lying states and to search for other MR bands

  18. The Hotelling bi-matrix game

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    Mouche, van P.H.M.; Pijnappel, Willem

    2018-01-01

    We study the pure equilibrium set for a specific symmetric finite game in strategic form, referred to as the Hotelling bi-matrix game. General results tha guarantee non-emptiness of this set (for all parametric values) do not seem to exist. We prove non-emptiness by determining the pure equilibrium

  19. Business Intelligence: Magnum B.I.

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    Briggs, Linda L.

    2007-01-01

    Business intelligence (BI) tools offer schools the ability to look beyond a routine statistic, such as what percentage of students have passed a given test. Through data analysis, schools can view specific scores for a select group of students, for example, and compare that data to other groups, classes, or teachers. That is the kind of…

  20. Luminescence characteristics of Bi3+-activated oxides

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    Blasse, G.; Steen, A.C. van der

    The value of the Stokes shift of the emission of Bi3+-activated oxides can be related to the optical trap depth, i.e. the energy difference between the 3P1 and the 3P0 level. A useful interpretation of the liuminescence properties of these materials seems to be possible starting from this point of

  1. Bi-log-concave Distribution Functions

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    Dümbgen, Lutz; Kolesnyk, Petro; Wilke, Ralf

    2017-01-01

    Nonparametric statistics for distribution functions F or densities f=F′ under qualitative shape constraints constitutes an interesting alternative to classical parametric or entirely nonparametric approaches. We contribute to this area by considering a new shape constraint: F is said to be bi-log...

  2. ARPES study on Bi2Se3 and BiSbTe1.25Se1.75

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    Lohani, H.; Mishra, P.; Majhi, K.; Banerjee, A.; Yadav, A. K.; Ganesan, R.; Kumar, P. S. Anil; Sekhar, B. R.

    2017-05-01

    We present a comparative angle resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES) study on Bi2Se3 and BiSbTe1.25Se1.75. Dirac like surface state bands (SSB) and effects of band bending (BB) are observed in both the compounds. The BB effects are more pronounced in BiSbTe1.25Se1.75 in comparison to Bi2Se3.

  3. Thermoelectric Properties of Bi Doped Tetrahedrite

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    Prem Kumar, D. S.; Chetty, R.; Femi, O. E.; Chattopadhyay, K.; Malar, P.; Mallik, R. C.

    2017-05-01

    Bi doped tetrahedrites with nominal compositions of Cu12Sb4- x Bi x S13 ( x = 0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8) were synthesized by the solid state reaction method. Powder x-ray diffraction patterns confirmed that Cu12Sb4S13 (tetrahedrite structure) was the main phase, along with Cu3SbS4 and Cu3SbS3 as the secondary phases. Electron probe microanalysis provided the elemental composition of all the samples. It was confirmed that the main phase is the tetrahedrite phase with slight deviations in the stoichiometry. All the transport properties were measured between 423 K and 673 K. The electrical resistivity increased with an increase in Bi content for all the samples, possibly induced by the variation in the carrier concentration, which may be due to the influence of impurity phases. The increase in electrical resistivity with an increase in temperature indicates the degenerate semiconducting nature of the samples. The absolute Seebeck coefficient is positive throughout the temperature range indicating the p-type nature of the samples. The Seebeck coefficient for all the samples increased with an increase in Bi content as electrical resistivity. The variation of electrical resistivity and the Seebeck coefficient with doping can be attributed to the changes in the carrier concentration of the samples. The total thermal conductivity increases with an increase in temperature and decreases with an increase in the Bi content that could be due to the reduction in carrier thermal conductivity. The highest thermoelectric figure of merit ( zT) 0.84 at 673 K was obtained for the sample with x = 0.2 due to lower thermal conductivity (1.17 W/m K).

  4. Selective hydrothermal synthesis of BiOBr microflowers and Bi2O3 shuttles with concave surfaces

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    Xiao Peipei; Zhu Lingling; Zhu Yongchun; Qian Yitai

    2011-01-01

    Through controlling the amount of NaOH added, BiOBr and Bi 2 O 3 with different shapes were hydrothermally synthesized in the reaction system of Bi(NO 3 ) 3 -hexadecyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB)-NaOH. As 8 mmol of NaOH was added, BiOBr microflowers constructed of nanoflakes were synthesized. The thickness of these single-crystal nanoflakes was about 20 nm. In the similar condition, when the amount of NaOH added was 28 mmol, Bi 2 O 3 shuttles with concave surfaces were obtained. The length of these shuttles was 100 μm and the diameter at the middle of these shuttles was 50 μm. The photocatalytic activity of as-prepared BiOBr microflowers was evaluated by the degradation of methyl orange (MO) under visible-light irradiation (λ>420 nm), which was up to 96% within 90 min. - Graphical abstract: Through controlling the amount of NaOH added, BiOBr microflowers and Bi 2 O 3 shuttles with concave surfaces were hydrothermally synthesized in the reaction system of Bi(NO 3 ) 3 -hexadecyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB)-NaOH. Highlights: → BiOBr microflowers constructed of nanoflakes were synthesized hydrothermally. → Bi 2 O 3 shuttles with concave surfaces were also synthesized. → Their formation mechanisms were studied based on the experimental results. → The photocatalytic activity of BiOBr microflowers was evaluated under visible-light irradiation.

  5. Phonons of single quintuple Bi 2 Te 3 and Bi 2 Se 3 films and bulk materials

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    Cheng, Wei

    2011-03-10

    Phonons of single quintuple films of Bi2Te3 and Bi2Se3 and corresponding bulk materials are calculated in detail by MedeA (a trademark of Materials Design) and Vienna ab initio simulation package (VASP). The calculated results with and without spin-orbit couplings are compared, and the important roles that the spin-orbit coupling plays in these materials are discussed. A symmetry breaking caused by the anharmonic potentials around Bi atoms in the single quintuple films is identified and discussed. The observed Raman intensity features in Bi 2Te3 and Bi2Se3 quintuple films are explained. © 2011 American Physical Society.

  6. New oxide magnetic material for sub-4K cryocoolers; Sankabutsu jiseitai no chikureizai eno oyo

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    Numazawa, T.; Sato, A.; Wada, H. [National Research Inst. of Metals, Tokyo (Japan). Tsukuba Magnet Lab.; Arai, O. [Tokyo Inst. of Tech., Tokyo (Japan)

    2000-05-29

    Aiming at improvement of refrigerating performance below 4 K, magnetic cryocoolers with large heat capacity in this region were examined. Noticing comparatively weak and simple magnetic interaction of oxide magnetic materials, possible substances which have large volume specific heat below 4 K were searched, and found perovskite system rare earth magnetic material GdAlO{sub 3}. Though GdAlO{sub 3} polycrystal shows {lambda} type ferromagnetic transition directly below 4 K, magnetic entropy of Gd is sufficiently maintained, and Gd has a large specific heat peak in 3 {approx} 4 K. Comparing with practical magnetic cryocooler HoCu{sub 2}, this GdAlO{sub 3} was found to have over 3.5 times specific heat. (NEDO)

  7. Strongly compressed Bi (111) bilayer films on Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} studied by scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Zhang, K. F.; Yang, Fang; Song, Y. R. [Key Laboratory of Artificial Structures and Quantum Control (Ministry of Education), Department of Physics and Astronomy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Liu, Canhua; Qian, Dong; Gao, C. L.; Jia, Jin-Feng [Key Laboratory of Artificial Structures and Quantum Control (Ministry of Education), Department of Physics and Astronomy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures, Nanjing 210093 (China)

    2015-09-21

    Ultra-thin Bi films show exotic electronic structure and novel quantum effects, especially the widely studied Bi (111) film. Using reflection high-energy electron diffraction and scanning tunneling microscopy, we studied the structure and morphology evolution of Bi (111) thin films grown on Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3}. A strongly compressed, but quickly released in-plane lattice of Bi (111) is found in the first three bilayers. The first bilayer of Bi shows a fractal growth mode with flat surface, while the second and third bilayer show a periodic buckling due to the strong compression of the in-plane lattice. The lattice slowly changes to its bulk value with further deposition of Bi.

  8. Implementing Sentinels in the TARGIT BI Suite

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    Middelfart, Morten; Pedersen, Torben Bach

    2011-01-01

    users based on previous observations, e.g., that revenue might drop within two months if an increase in customer problems combined with a decrease in website traffic is observed. In this paper we show how users, without any prior technical knowledge, can mine and use sentinels in the TARGIT BI Suite. We......This paper describes the implementation of socalled sentinels in the TARGIT BI Suite. Sentinels are a novel type of rules that can warn a user if one or more measure changes in a multi-dimensional data cube are expected to cause a change to another measure critical to the user. Sentinels notify...... pattern mining or correlation techniques. We demonstrate, through extensive experiments, that mining and usage of sentinels is feasible with good performance for the typical users on a real, operational data warehouse....

  9. A bi-metric theory of gravitation

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    Rosen, N.

    1975-01-01

    The bi-metric theory of gravitation proposed previously is simplified in that the auxiliary conditions are discarded, the two metric tensors being tied together only by means of the boundary conditions. Some of the properties of the field of a particle are investigated; there is no black hole, and it appears that no gravitational collapse can take place. Although the proposed theory and general relativity are at present observationally indistinguishable, some differences are pointed out which may some day be susceptible of observation. An alternative bi-metric theory is considered which gives for the precession of the perihelion 5/6 of the value given by general relativity; it seems less satisfactory than the present theory from the aesthetic point of view. (author)

  10. Superconductivity in Bi/Ni bilayer system: Clear role of superconducting phases found at Bi/Ni interface

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    Liu, L. Y.; Xing, Y. T.; Merino, I. L. C.; Micklitz, H.; Franceschini, D. F.; Baggio-Saitovitch, E.; Bell, D. C.; Solórzano, I. G.

    2018-01-01

    Bi/Ni bilayers with varying Bi and Ni layer thicknesses have been prepared by (a) pulsed-laser deposition (PLD) at 300 K and (b) thermal evaporation at 4.2 K. A two-step superconducting transition appears on the electrical transport measurements in the samples prepared by PLD. High-resolution transmission and scanning transmission electron microscopy, supported by energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDXS) analysis, reveal that two superconducting intermetallic alloys, namely NiBi and NiBi3, are formed by interdiffusion, if the bilayers are prepared at 300 K. The Tc of the two phases behaves very differently in an external magnetic field and the upper critical magnetic fields at zero temperature [Bc 2(0 ) ] were estimated as 1.1 and 7.4 T, respectively. The lower value corresponds to the Bc 2(0) of NiBi3 phase and the higher one is supposed to be of NiBi. These alloys are responsible for the superconductivity and the two-step transition appearing in the Bi/Ni bilayer system. Surprisingly, the Bi-rich phase (NiBi3) is formed near the Ni layer, while the Ni-rich phase (NiBi) is formed far from the Ni layer. The EDXS analysis at nanometer scale clearly shows an unusual increase of Ni concentration near the interface of Bi/substrate. The limited thickness of Bi layer in the interdiffusion process results in an unexpected distribution of Ni concentration. Samples prepared at 4.2 K after annealing at 300 K do not show any superconductivity, which indicates that a nonepitaxial Bi/Ni interface does not induce superconductivity in the case interdiffusion does not occur. These results offer a deeper understanding of the superconductivity in the Bi/Ni bilayer system.

  11. Gd-substituted Bi-2223 superconductor

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    resistivity with a view to study metal-to-insulator transition, (2) the XRD patterns of the specimens with a view to study the .... values [4] of the transition temperatures for Gd-substituted (BiPb)-2212 specimens. The specimens of Batches I and II with x > 0.4 .... (retd) P N Dheer and Dr R G Sharma. 540. Pramana – J. Phys., Vol.

  12. Systems and methods for bi-directional energy delivery with galvanic isolation

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    Kajouke, Lateef A.

    2013-06-18

    Systems and methods are provided for bi-directional energy delivery. A charging system comprises a first bi-directional conversion module, a second bi-directional conversion module, and an isolation module coupled between the first bi-directional conversion module and the second bi-directional conversion module. The isolation module provides galvanic isolation between the first bi-directional conversion module and the second bi-directional conversion module.

  13. The electrical resistivities of liquid Pd-Bi alloys and the band structure of crystalline β-PdBi2 and PdBi

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    Xu, R.; Groot, R.A. de; Lugt, W. van der

    1992-01-01

    Measurements of the electrical resistivity ρ of liquid Pd-Bi alloys as a function of temperature have been performed in the concentration range from pure bismuth to 60 at.% Pd. Plotted as a function of composition, the resistivity of Pd-Bi exhibits a maximum near 30 at.% Pd. At this maximum the

  14. BiKEGG: a COBRA toolbox extension for bridging the BiGG and KEGG databases.

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    Jamialahmadi, Oveis; Motamedian, Ehsan; Hashemi-Najafabadi, Sameereh

    2016-10-18

    Development of an interface tool between the Biochemical, Genetic and Genomic (BiGG) and KEGG databases is necessary for simultaneous access to the features of both databases. For this purpose, we present the BiKEGG toolbox, an open source COBRA toolbox extension providing a set of functions to infer the reaction correspondences between the KEGG reaction identifiers and those in the BiGG knowledgebase using a combination of manual verification and computational methods. Inferred reaction correspondences using this approach are supported by evidence from the literature, which provides a higher number of reconciled reactions between these two databases compared to the MetaNetX and MetRxn databases. This set of equivalent reactions is then used to automatically superimpose the predicted fluxes using COBRA methods on classical KEGG pathway maps or to create a customized metabolic map based on the KEGG global metabolic pathway, and to find the corresponding reactions in BiGG based on the genome annotation of an organism in the KEGG database. Customized metabolic maps can be created for a set of pathways of interest, for the whole KEGG global map or exclusively for all pathways for which there exists at least one flux carrying reaction. This flexibility in visualization enables BiKEGG to indicate reaction directionality as well as to visualize the reaction fluxes for different static or dynamic conditions in an animated manner. BiKEGG allows the user to export (1) the output visualized metabolic maps to various standard image formats or save them as a video or animated GIF file, and (2) the equivalent reactions for an organism as an Excel spreadsheet.

  15. Investigation of the electronic structure of the BiSBr and BiSeBr clusters by density functional method

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    Audzijonis, A.; Gaigalas, G.; Zigas, L.; Pauliukas, A.; Zaltauskas, R.; Kvedaravicius, A.; Cerskus, A.

    2008-01-01

    The energy levels of valence bands (VB) of the BiSBr and BiSeBr crystals have been calculated for investigation of the photoelectron emission spectra of BiSBr, BiSeBr and BiSI crystals. The molecular model of this crystal has been used for the calculation of VB by the Density Functional Theory (DFT) method. The molecular cluster, consisting of 20 molecules of BiSBr, BiSeBr, has been used for calculations of averaged total density of states, including atom vibrations. The spectra of the averaged total density of states from VB of BiSBr and BiSeBr clusters have been compared with the experimental photoelectron emission spectra from VB of BiSI crystals. The results clarify that the atomic vibrations in A 5 B 6 C 7 type crystals with chain structure create a smoother appearance of the averaged total density of state spectrum and the experimental X-ray photoemission spectra (XPS)

  16. Preparation of flowerlike BiOBr/Bi2MoO6 composite superstructures and the adsorption behavior to dyes

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    He, Qiong; Ni, Yonghong; Ye, Shiyong

    2017-05-01

    Flowerlike BiOBr/Bi2MoO6 composite superstructures were synthesized by a simple solvothermal route with subsequent direct precipitation at room temperature, employing bismuth nitrate, sodium molybdate, and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as the raw materials. The phase and the morphology of the as-prepared products were characterized by SEM, TEM, SAED, XRD and EDS. BET investigation proved the mesoporous structure of flowerlike BiOBr/Bi2MoO6 composite superstructures. It was found that the composite superstructures exhibited higher adsorption ability to methylene blue (MB) and pyronine B (PB) dyes from their solutions than single component (BiOBr or Bi2MoO6). As a case, the adsorption behavior of MB aqueous solution on BiOBr/Bi2MoO6 composite superstructures was detailedly studied, including the adsorption isotherm, kinetics and thermodynamic parameters. The results indicated that flowerlike BiOBr/Bi2MoO6 composite superstructures have potential applications in the field of wastewater treatment.

  17. Orbital-dependent Rashba coupling in bulk BiTeCl and BiTeI

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    Zhu, Zhiyong

    2013-02-06

    By all-electron ab initio calculations, the layered polar semiconductor BiTeCl is shown to host giant bulk Rashba spin splitting, similar to the recently reported compound BiTeI. In both materials, the standard Rashba–Bychkov model is no longer applicable, because of huge band extrema shifts even in the absence of spin–orbit coupling and a strong momentum dependence of the Rashba coupling constant (αR). By assuming αR to be orbital dependent, a phenomenological extension of the Rashba–Bychkov model is proposed which explains the splitting behavior of states with small in-plane momentum.

  18. Cs2Bi(PO4(WO4

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    Kateryna V. Terebilenko

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Dicaesium bismuth(III phosphate(V tungstate(VI, Cs2Bi(PO4(WO4, has been synthesized during complex investigation in a molten pseudo-quaternary Cs2O–Bi2O3–P2O5–WO3 system. It is isotypic with K2Bi(PO4(WO4. The three-dimensional framework is built up from [Bi(PO4(WO4] nets, which are organized by adhesion of [BiPO4] layers and [WO4] tetrahedra above and below of those layers. The interstitial space is occupied by Cs atoms. Bi, W and P atoms lie on crystallographic twofold axes.

  19. Bismuth distribution in InSb/Bi epitaxial layers

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    Lantsov, A.F.; Akchurin, R.Kh.; Zinov'ev, V.G.

    1981-01-01

    Bismuth distribution in epitaxial layers of InSb/Bi, prepared by liquid-phase epitaxy (LPE) on InSb sublayers, is studied. The solution-melt, crystallization is carried out from the compositions corresponded to the cross sections InSb-Bi, InSb-InBi and InSb-In 2 Bi of ternary system In-Sb-Bi and changed in the limits, determined by the state diagram liquidus in the temperature range from 220 to 450 deg C. The temperature dependence of the coefficients of bismuth distribution in epitaxial layers of InSb(Bi) is specified. The dependence of bismuth concentration on the composition of initial liquid phase is established [ru

  20. On $g_{ij}$-closed bi-generalized topological spaces

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    Rakesh Bhowmick

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, generalizations of adherence and convergence of nets and filters on a bi-GTS are introduced and studied. Several properties and interrelations among such adherence and convergence of nets and filters on a bi-GTS are discussed and characterized using graphs of functions. Finally, these results are applied to investigate the behaviour of a generalization of compactness, known as $g_{ij}$-$closedness$ of a bi-GTS.

  1. Bi-metallic catalysts, methods of making, and uses thereof

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    Basset, Jean-Marie

    2017-01-19

    Provided herein are bi-metallic catalysts, methods of making, and uses thereof. In some embodiments, the bi-metallic catalyst contains two different metal catalysts that can be used in hydrocarbon metathesis reactions, in some embodiments, the methods of making the bi-metallic catalysts can include two steps utilizing a surface organometallic chemistry approach in which the two different metal catalysts are sequentially grafted onto a support.

  2. Fuzzy Bi-cooperative games in multilinear extension form

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    Borkotokey, S.; Hazarika, P.; Mesiar, Radko

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 259, č. 1 (2015), s. 44-55 ISSN 0165-0114 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP402/11/0378 Institutional support: RVO:67985556 Keywords : Fuzzy Bi-cooperative games * Bi-cooperative game * Bi-coalition * LG value Subject RIV: BA - General Mathematics Impact factor: 2.098, year: 2015 http://library.utia.cas.cz/separaty/2015/E/mesiar-0442007.pdf

  3. High pressure synthesis of BiS2

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    Søndergaard-Pedersen, Simone; Nielsen, Morten Bormann; Bremholm, Martin

    crystal structures and electrical properties.1,2 Up until now, the most sulfur rich phase in the Bi-S phase diagram was Bi2S3.3 For BiS2 the Bi atoms have anisotropic charge distribution and more complex structures are expected when comparing the layered structures of transition metal dichalcogenides....... The possibilities of using high pressure synthesis to discover new phases in the Bi-S binary system were investigated as early as the 1960’s.4 The research led to discovery of a compound with BiS2 stoichiometry, but no structure solution of BiS2 was reported. A reason behind making this new phase is to study...... the physical properties since the related compound Bi2S3 is known to be a thermoelectric material.5 In this research the BiS2 compound was synthesized by a high pressure and high temperature method using a multi-anvil large volume press and the structure was solved by single crystal diffraction. The structure...

  4. Theory of Valence Transition in BiNiO$_3$

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    Naka, Makoto; Seo, Hitoshi; Motome, Yukitoshi

    2015-01-01

    Motivated by the colossal negative thermal expansion recently found in BiNiO$_3$, the valence transition accompanied by the charge transfer between the Bi and Ni sites is theoretically studied. We introduce an effective model for Bi-$6s$ and Ni-$3d$ orbitals with taking into account the valence skipping of Bi cations, and investigate the ground-state and finite-temperature phase diagrams within the mean-field approximation. We find that the valence transition is caused by commensurate locking...

  5. Synthesis and growth mechanism of Bi2S3 nanoribbons.

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    Liu, Zhaoping; Liang, Jianbo; Li, Shu; Peng, Sheng; Qian, Yitai

    2004-02-06

    This article describes a facile solvothermal method by using mixed solvents for the large-scale synthesis of Bi(2)S(3) nanoribbons with lengths of up to several millimeters. These nanoribbons were formed by a solvothermal reaction between Bi(III)-glycerol complexes and various sulfur sources in a mixed solution of aqueous NaOH and glycerol. HRTEM (high-resolution transmission electron microscopy) and SAED (selective-area electron diffraction) studies show that the as-synthesized nanoribbons had predominately grown along the [001] direction. The Bi(2)S(3) nanoribbons prepared by the use of different sulfur sources have a common formation process: the initial formation of NaBiS(2) polycrystals, which serve as the precursors to Bi(2)S(3), the decomposition of NaBiS(2), and the formation of Bi(2)S(3) seeds in the solution through a homogeneous nucleation process; the growth of Bi(2)S(3) nanoribbons occurs at the expense of NaBiS(2) materials. The growth mechanism of millimeter-scale nanoribbons involves a special solid-solution-solid transformation as well as an Ostwald ripening process. Some crucial factors affect nanoribbon growth, such as, solvothermal temperature, volume ratio of glycerol to water, and the concentration of NaOH; these have also been discussed.

  6. High pressure studies of superconductivity in BiO0.75F0.25BiS2

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    Hc1 decrease under external pressure P (0 ≤ P ≤ 1 GPa). We observe a decrease in critical current density and transition temperature on applying pressure in BiO0.75F0.25BiS2. Introduction. Crystal structure of the parent LnOBiS2 (Ln = La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Yb) consists of double. BiS2 layers stacked alternately with an Ln2O2 ...

  7. Synthesis, Analysis, and Testing of BiOBr-Bi2WO6 Photocatalytic Heterojunction Semiconductors

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    Xiangchao Meng

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In photocatalysis, the recombination of electron-hole pairs is generally regarded as one of its most serious drawbacks. The synthesis of various composites with heterojunction structures has increasingly shed light on preventing this recombination. In this work, a BiOBr-Bi2WO6 photocatalytic heterojunction semiconductor was synthesized by the facile hydrothermal method and applied in the photocatalytic degradation process. It was determined that both reaction time and temperature significantly affected the crystal structure and morphologies of the photocatalysts. BiOBr (50 at%-Bi2WO6 composites were prepared under optimum synthesis conditions (120°C for 6 h and by theoretically analyzing the DRS results, it was determined that they possessed the suitable band gap (2.61 eV to be stimulated by visible-light irradiation. The photocatalytic activities of the as-prepared photocatalysts were evaluated by the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB under visible-light irradiation. The experimental conditions, including initial concentration, pH, and catalyst dosage, were explored and the photocatalysts in this system were proven stable enough to be reused for several runs. Moreover, the interpreted mechanism of the heterojunction enhancement effect proved that the synthesis of a heterojunction structure provided an effective method to decrease the recombination rate of the electron-hole pairs, thereby improving the photocatalytic activity.

  8. Formation of Bi(II) and Bi(IV) in aqueous hydrochloric solutions of Bi(III)

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    Aleksandrov, A.I.; Makarov, I.E.

    1987-01-01

    They have detected the formation of Bi(II) and Bi(IV) in concentrated hydrochloric acid solutions and determined certain of their physicochemical properties using low-temperature radiolysis with optical recording, EPR spectroscopy, and pulse radiolysis. The formation of bismuth (II) and bismuth (IV) under the action of ionizing radiation on hydrochloric acid solutions of bismuth (III) has been shown by low-temperature and pulse radiolysis. The kinetics of bismuth (IV) disappearance at 300 0 K have a complex nature and would seem to be caused both by the disproportionation of bismuth (IV) and the reaction of bismuth (IV) with bismuth (II), which leads to bismuth (III). The properties of bismuth (IV), which is formed from the reaction of Cl 2 - with bismuth (III) agree with previously established relationships on the variation in optical transition energies and the unpaired electron density at the s atomic orbital of the ion for the series of isoelectronic ions mercury (I), thallium (II), lead (III), and bismuth (IV) in the 2 S/sub 1/2/ state

  9. Bi-Directional Fast Charging Study Report

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    Tyler Gray

    2012-02-01

    This report details the hardware and software infrastructure needed to demonstrate the possibility of utilizing battery power in plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs) with a bi directional fast charger to support/offset peak building loads. This document fulfills deliverable requirements for Tasks 1.2.1.2, 1.2.1.3, and 1.2.1.4 of Statement of Work (SOW) No.5799 for Electric Transportation Engineering Corporation, now ECOtality North America (NA) support for the Idaho National Laboratory (INL).

  10. First principles study of AlBi

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    Amrani, B.; Achour, H.; Louhibi, S.; Tebboune, A.; Sekkal, N.

    2008-05-01

    Using the first principles method of the full potential linear augmented plane waves (FPLAPW), the structural and the electronic properties of AlBi are investigated. It is found that this compound has a small and direct semiconducting gap at Γ. Through the quasi-harmonic Debye model, in which the phononic effects are considered, the dependences of the volume, the bulk modulus, the variation of the thermal expansion α, as well as the Debye temperature θ D and the heat capacity C v are successfully obtained in the whole range from 0 to 30 GPa and temperature range from 0 to 1200 K. (author)

  11. Nanomechanical behavior of 3D porous metal–ceramic nanocomposite Bi/Bi2 O3 films

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    Domingo Roca, Roger

    2015-01-01

    The nanomechanical properties of three-dimensional (3D) porous metal/metal oxide composite (Bi/Bi2O3) films grown by direct current electrodeposition have been studied by nanoindentation at two different loading rates. The synthesized films exhibit a mixture of crystallographic phases of metallic Bi and α-Bi2O3, as evidenced by X-ray diffraction. An in-situ compaction of the sample during the nanoindentation assays has been observed. This in-situ compaction has an influence over both the hard...

  12. Magnetic properties of solid solutions between BiCrO3 and BiGaO3 with perovskite structures.

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    Belik, Alexei A

    2015-04-01

    Magnetic properties of BiCr 1- x Ga x O 3 perovskite-type solid solutions are reported, and a magnetic phase diagram is established. As-synthesized BiCrO 3 and BiCr 0.9 Ga 0.1 O 3 crystallize in a monoclinic ( m ) C2/c structure. The Néel temperature ( T N ) decreases from 111 K in BiCrO 3 to 98 K in BiCr 0.9 Ga 0.1 O 3 , and spin-reorientation transition temperature increases from 72 K in BiCrO 3 to 83 K in BiCr 0.9 Ga 0.1 O 3 . o -BiCr 0.9 Ga 0.1 O 3 with a PbZrO 3 -type orthorhombic structure is obtained by heating m -BiCr 0.9 Ga 0.1 O 3 up to 573 K in air; it shows similar magnetic properties with those of m -BiCr 0.9 Ga 0.1 O 3 . T N of BiCr 0.8 Ga 0.2 O 3 is 81 K, and T N of BiCr 0.7 Ga 0.3 O 3 is 63 K. Samples with x = 0.4, 0.5, 0.6 and 0.7 crystallize in a polar R3c structure. Long-range antiferromagnetic order with weak ferromagnetism is observed below T N = 56 K in BiCr 0.6 Ga 0.4 O 3 , T N = 36 K in BiCr 0.5 Ga 0.5 O 3 and T N = 18 K in BiCr 0.4 Ga 0.6 O 3 . BiCr 0.3 Ga 0.7 O 3 shows a paramagnetic behaviour because the Cr concentration is below the percolation threshold of 31%.

  13. Unusual Concentration Induced Antithermal Quenching of the Bi(2+) Emission from Sr2P2O7:Bi(2.).

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    Li, Liyi; Peng, Mingying; Viana, Bruno; Wang, Jing; Lei, Bingfu; Liu, Yingliang; Zhang, Qinyuan; Qiu, Jianrong

    2015-06-15

    The resistance of a luminescent material to thermal quenching is essential for the application in high power LEDs. Usually, thermal luminescence quenching becomes more and more serious as the activator concentration increases. Conversely, we found here that a red phosphor Sr2P2O7:Bi(2+) is one of the exceptions to this as we studied the luminescence properties at low (10-300 K) and high (300-500 K) temperatures. As Bi(2+) ions are incorporated into Sr2P2O7, they exhibit the emissions at ∼660 and ∼698 nm at room temperature and are encoded, hereafter, as Bi(1) and Bi(2) due to the substitutions for two different crystallographic sites Sr(1) and Sr(2), respectively, in the compound. However, they will not substitute for these sites equally. At lower dopant concentration, they will occupy preferentially Sr(2) sites partially due to size match. As the concentration increases, more Bi(2+) ions start to occupy the Sr(1) sites. This can be verified by the distinct changes of emission intensity ratio of Bi(2) to Bi(1). As environment temperature increases, the thermal quenching happens, but it can be suppressed by the Bi(2+) concentration increase. This becomes even more pronounced in Bi(2+) heavily doped sample as we decompose the broad emission band into separated Bi(1) and Bi(2) Gaussian peaks. For the sample, the Bi(1) emission at ∼660 nm even shows antithermal-quenching particularly at higher temperatures. This phenomenon is accompanied by the blue shift of the overall emission band and almost no changes of lifetimes. A mechanism is proposed due to volume expansion of the unit cell, the increase of Bi(1) content, and temperature dependent energy transfer between Bi(2) and Bi(1). This work helps us better understand the complex luminescent behavior of Bi(2+) doped materials, and it will be helpful to design in the future the heavily doped phosphor for WLEDs with even better resistance to thermal quenching.

  14. In situ grown hierarchical 50%BiOCl/BiOI hollow flowerlike microspheres on reduced graphene oxide nanosheets for enhanced visible-light photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B

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    Su, Xiangde; Yang, Jinjin; Yu, Xiang; Zhu, Yi; Zhang, Yuanming

    2018-03-01

    50%BiOCl/BiOI/reduced graphene oxide (50%BiOCl/BiOI/rGO) composite photocatalyst was synthesized successfully by a facile one-step solvothermal route in this work. Reduction of graphene oxide (GO) took place in the process of solvothermal reaction and a new Bi-C bond between rGO and 50%BiOCl/BiOI was formed. The introduction of rGO affected the morphology of 50%BiOCl/BiOI, resulting in the transformation of 50%BiOCl/BiOI from solid microspheres to hollow microspheres. Both the introduction of rGO and formation of 50%BiOCl/BiOI hollow microspheres can facilitate the light absorption. The strong interaction between 50%BiOCl/BiOI and rGO and the electrical conductivity of rGO greatly improved the effective separation of photogenerated carriers. Hence, GOB-5 demonstrated the highest photocatalytic activity which was over twice of the pristine 50%BiOCl/BiOI in the presence of visible light. Mechanism study revealed that 50%BiOCl/BiOI generated electrons and holes in the presence of visible light, and holes together with rad O2- generated from reduction of O2 by electrons degraded the pollutant directly. Overall, this work provides an excellent reference to the synthesis of chemically bonded BiOX/BiOY (X, Y = Cl, Br, I)/rGO nanocomposite and helps to promote their applications in environmental protection and photoelectric conversion.

  15. Die-Bonding of LED Chips on Ag/Cu Substrate Using Sn/Zn/Bi/Sn and Sn/Bi/Zn/Bi/Sn Bonding Systems

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    Tang, Y. K.; Lin, E. J.; Wang, J. Y.; Lin, Y. S.; Hu, Y. J.; Hsu, Y. C.; Liu, C. Y.

    2018-01-01

    Two multilayer bonding structures have been designed to die-bond light-emitting diode (LED) chips on Ag/Cu thermal substrate, viz. Sn/ZnBi/Sn bilayer solder structure and Sn/BiZnBi/Sn sandwich solder structure. Both multilayer bonding structures successfully achieved LED chip die-attachment on Ag/Cu thermal substrate at relatively low temperature of 150°C. However, voids formed more seriously at the bonding interface for the Sn/ZnBi/Sn bilayer structure. On the other hand, little voiding was seen at the bonding interface for the Sn/BiZnBi/Sn sandwich structure. The average shear strength of the Sn/ZnBi/Sn bilayer solder structure and Sn/BiZnBi/Sn sandwich solder structure was 25 MPa and 40 MPa, respectively. We believe that the improved shear strength results for the sandwich solder structure compared with the bilayer solder structure are mainly due to less voiding at the bonding interface, which weakens the interface joint shear strength. Also, the intermetallic compounds (IMCs) jointing region at the joint interface of the sandwich solder structure was larger than at the joint interface of the bilayer solder structure. We believe that the IMC jointing at the interface could improve the die-bonding strength, while the Zn content in the bonding structure promoted voiding at the bonding interface for both solder structures. Moreover, the Zn content in the bonding structure slightly reduced the IMC joint region at the bonding interface for both solder structures.

  16. Clinical impact of BI-RADS classification in Taiwanese breast cancer patients: BI-RADS 5 versus BI-RADS 0-4.

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    Kuo, Yao-Lung; Cheng, Lili; Chang, Tsai-Wang

    2012-07-01

    The aim of this study was to analyze and determine the prognostic value of the Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) classification in Taiwanese patients with breast cancer. Nine hundred ninety-eight patients with breast cancer were diagnosed between January 1, 1999, and August 31, 2005, and 491 (49%) of them were classified as BI-RADS 5. Overall survival and disease-free survival were estimated with the Kaplan-Meier method and compared across the two groups (BI-RADS 5 versus BI-RADS 0-4) using the log-rank test. Univariate and multivariate analyses were used to identify the prognostic factors. The median follow-up time was 81.8 months. Kaplan-Meier analysis showed a significant difference between the two subgroups in five-year overall survival (P = 0.001) and five-year disease-free survival (P BI-RADS 5 versus BI-RADS 0-4) were statistically significantly associated with five-year overall survival and disease-free survival, as were tumor size, lymph-node status, tumor grade, estrogen-receptor status, progesterone-receptor status, and HER-2 status. On multivariate analysis, only the mammographic findings, lymph-node status, HER-2 status, and tumor grade were significant factors related to five-year overall survival and disease-free survival. The BI-RADS classification is a reliable prognostic and predictive factor. Patients with BI-RADS 5 breast cancer showed a worse pattern of relapse than that of BI-RADS 0-4 breast cancer patients. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. The effect of FR enhancement in reactive ion beam sputtered Bi, Gd, Al-substituted iron- garnets: Bi2O3 nanocomposite films

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    Berzhansky, V.; Shaposhnikov, A.; Karavainikov, A.; Prokopov, A.; Mikhailova, T.; Lukienko, I.; Kharchenko, Yu.; Miloslavskaya, O.; Kharchenko, N.

    2012-01-01

    The effect of considerable Faraday rotation (FR) and figure of merit (Q) enhancement in Bi, Gd, Al-substituted iron garnets: Bi2O3 nano-composite films produced by separate reactive ion beam sputtered Bi:YIG and Bi2O3 films was found. It reached threefold enhancement of the FR and twofold of the Q one on GGG substrates.

  18. Effect of Bi on the corrosion resistance of zirconium alloys

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    Yao Meiyi; Zhou Bangxin; Li Qiang; Zhang Weipeng; Zhu Li; Zou Linghong; Zhang Jinlong; Peng Jianchao

    2014-01-01

    In order to investigate systematically the effect of Bi addition on the corrosion resistance of zirconium alloys, different zirconium-based alloys, including Zr-4 (Zr-l.5Sn-0.2Fe-0.1Cr), S5 (Zr-0.8Sn-0.35Nb-0.4Fe-0.1Cr), T5 (Zr-0.7Sn-l.0Nb-0.3Fe-0.1Cr) and Zr-1Nb, were adopted to prepare the zirconium alloys containing Bi of 0∼0.5% in mass fraction. These alloys were denoted as Zr-4 + xBi, S5 + xBi, T5 + xBi and Zr-1Nb + xBi, respectively. The corrosion behavior of these specimens was investigated by autoclave testing in lithiated water with 0.01 M LiOH or deionized water at 360 ℃/18.6 MPa and in superheated steam at 400 ℃/10.3 MPa. The microstructure of the alloys was examined by TEM and the second phase particles (SPPs) were analyzed by EDS. Microstructure observation shows that the addition of Bi promotes the precipitation of Sn as second phase particles (SPPs) because Sn is in solid solution in α-Zr matrix in Zr-4, S5 and T5 alloys. The concentration of Bi dissolved in α-Zr matrix increase with the increase of Nb in the alloys, and the excess Bi precipitates as Bi-containing SPPs. The corrosion results show that the effect of Bi addition on the corrosion behavior of different zirconium-based alloys is very complicated, depending on their compositions and corrosion conditions. In the case of higher Bi concentration in α-Zr, the zirconium alloys exhibit better corrosion resistance. However, in the case of precipitation of Bi-containing SPPs, the corrosion resistance gets worse. This indicates that the solid solution of Bi in α-Zr matrix can improve the corrosion resistance, while the precipitation of the Bi-containing SPPs is harmful to the corrosion resistance. (authors)

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  20. Photoreduction of non-noble metal Bi on the surface of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} for enhanced visible light photocatalysis

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    Zhang, Xiaojing [State Key Laboratory of Oil and Gas Reservoir Geology and Exploitation, Southwest Petroleum University, No. 8, Xindu Road, Xindu District, Chengdu 610500 (China); The Center of New Energy Materials and Technology, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southwest Petroleum University, No. 8, Xindu Road, Xindu District, Chengdu 610500 (China); Yu, Shan; Liu, Yang; Zhang, Qian [The Center of New Energy Materials and Technology, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southwest Petroleum University, No. 8, Xindu Road, Xindu District, Chengdu 610500 (China); Zhou, Ying, E-mail: yzhou@swpu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Oil and Gas Reservoir Geology and Exploitation, Southwest Petroleum University, No. 8, Xindu Road, Xindu District, Chengdu 610500 (China); The Center of New Energy Materials and Technology, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southwest Petroleum University, No. 8, Xindu Road, Xindu District, Chengdu 610500 (China)

    2017-02-28

    Highlights: • Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}-Bi composite was synthesized by in situ photoreduction of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. • Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}-Bi exhibits improved photocatalytic efficiency towards degradation of Rhodamine B. • The generation of elemental Bi in Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}-Bi induces vacancy and structure distortion of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. • The surface oxygen adsorption mode changes from hydroxyl group on Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} to molecular oxygen on Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}-Bi. - Abstract: In this report, Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}-Bi composite was prepared through an in situ photoreduction method and was characterized systematically by X-Ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The as-prepared Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}-Bi maintains the same crystal structure with the pristine Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} regardless of some surface defects. Nevertheless, these surface defects result in the change of surface oxygen adsorption mode from hydroxyl to molecular oxygen on Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. Photocatalytic activity over Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}-Bi is 2.4 times higher than that of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} towards the degradation of organic dye Rhodamine B (RhB) under visible light irradiation (λ > 420 nm). A deep study shows that cleavage of benzene ring is the main pathway for RhB degradation over Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}, but both the benzene cleavage and de-ethylation pathway coexist for RhB decomposition in the presence of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}-Bi as the photocatalyst. Photoelectrochemical study including transient photocurrent tests and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements shows that Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}-Bi could facilitate the charge transfer process compared to Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. These data above has indicated a new insight into the promotion mechanism based on Bi related heterostructures.

  1. Magnetization studies of Bi-2223 tapes

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    Mueller, K.H.; Andrikidis, C. [CSIRO, Sydney, NSW (Australia). Division of Applied Physics; Liu, H.K.; Dou, S.X. [University of Wollongong, NSW (Australia). Centre for Superconducting and Electronic Materials

    1996-12-31

    Full text: Superconducting Bi-2223 silver sheathed tapes show a critical current density large enough for power transmission line applications where the magnetic fields involved are small. Unfortunately, the performance of these tapes at 77 K in large fields is quite poor and a better understanding of magnetization data might help to elucidate the reasons for the limitation of the tape`s current carrying capacity. We have investigated by means of magnetic moment measurements on monofilamentary Bi-2223 tapes, using a Quantum Design SQUID magnetometer, the correlation between intergranular critical current density J{sub c}{sup J} which is flowing over the entire tape, and the intragranular critical current density J{sub c}{sup G} which is flowing inside grains. The experimental data reveal that J{sub c}{sup G} depends strongly on the magnetic history of grains and the value of J{sub c}{sup G}. The anomalous peak seen in magnetization loops of tapes correlates well with the peak seen in the critical current density measured electrically in a decreasing magnetic field. The position of the anomalous peak does not shift further to higher fields when the applied field exceeds the field of full grain penetration. By separating the silver cladding from the superconductor we found that, opposite to common believe, the current does not flow mainly near the superconductor-silver interface but is more homogeneously distributed throughout the filament

  2. Construction of a bimolecular fluorescence complementation (BiFC ...

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    Protein–protein interactions are essential for signal transduction in cells. Bimolecular fluorescence complementation (BiFC) is a novel technology that utilises green fluorescent proteins to visualize protein–protein interactions and subcellular protein localisation. BiFC based on pSATN vectors are a good system for ...

  3. Synthesis of size-controlled Bi particles by electrochemical deposition

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    conditions (Heremans and Thrush 1999; Dresselhaus et al. 2003). A few of the reported papers on the preparation of. Bi nanostructures include the formation of one-dimen- sional wires by injecting liquid Bi into the nanochannels of porous anodic alumina membrane templates (Cheng et al. 2002; Huber et al 2003) and the ...

  4. BiFeO3 Crystal Structure at Low Temperatures

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    Palewicz, A.; Sosnowska, I.; Przenioslo, R.; Hewat, A.W.

    2010-01-01

    The crystal and magnetic structure of BiFeO 3 have been studied with the use of high resolution neutron diffraction between 5 K and 300 K. The atomic coordinates in BiFeO 3 are almost unchanged between 5 K and 300 K. (authors)

  5. Preparation and characterization of Bi 2 S 3 compound semiconductor

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    ... are grown by layer by layer mechanism.We studied the transport properties viz. Hall effect, resistivity, thermoelectric power and thermal conductivity on Bi2S3 pellets. Raman spectroscopy and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) were carried out on Bi2S3 single crystal for studying their optical and thermal behaviours.

  6. Bi-cooperative games in bipolar fuzzy settings

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    Hazarika, P.; Borkotokey, S.; Mesiar, Radko

    2018-01-01

    Roč. 47, č. 1 (2018), s. 51-66 ISSN 0308-1079 Institutional support: RVO:67985556 Keywords : Bi-cooperative games * bipolar fuzzy bi-coalition * Shapley function Subject RIV: BA - General Mathematics Impact factor: 2.490, year: 2016 http://library.utia.cas.cz/separaty/2018/E/mesiar-0485377.pdf

  7. Atomic structure and physical properties of liquid Pb Bi alloys

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    Kaban, I.; Hoyer, W.; Plevachuk, Yu; Sklyarchuk, V.

    2004-09-01

    The atomic structure and physical properties (dynamic viscosity, electrical conductivity, and thermopower) of liquid Pb-Bi alloys have been investigated in a wide temperature range. Gradual and reversible changes of the physical properties during heating and cooling of the Pb-Bi liquid alloys have been observed. No drastic structural transformations or atomic rearrangement with temperature variation have been found.

  8. Scavenger Receptor BI Plays a Role in Facilitating Chylomicron Metabolism

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    Out, R.; Kruijt, J.K.; Rensen, P.C.N.; Hildebrand, R.B.; Vos, P. de; Eck, M. van; Berkel, T.J.C. van

    2004-01-01

    The function of scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI) in mediating the selective uptake of high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol esters is well established. However, the potential role of SR-BI in chylomicron and chylomicron remnant metabolism is largely unknown. In the present

  9. Genetic Variant of the Scavenger Receptor BI in Humans

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    Vergeer, Menno; Korporaal, Suzanne J. A.; Franssen, Remco; Meurs, Illiana; Out, Ruud; Hovingh, G. Kees; Hoekstra, Menno; Sierts, Jeroen A.; Dallinga-Thie, Geesje M.; Motazacker, Mohammad Mahdi; Holleboom, Adriaan G.; van Berkel, Theo J. C.; Kastelein, John J. P.; van Eck, Miranda; Kuivenhoven, Jan Albert

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND In mice, the scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI) is essential for the delivery of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol to the liver and steroidogenic organs. Paradoxically, elevated HDL cholesterol levels are associated with increased atherosclerosis in SR-BI-knockout mice. It

  10. Genetic variant of the scavenger receptor BI in humans

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    Vergeer, Menno; Korporaal, Suzanne J A; Franssen, Remco; Meurs, Illiana; Out, Ruud; Hovingh, G Kees; Hoekstra, Menno; Sierts, Jeroen A; Dallinga-Thie, Geesje M; Motazacker, Mohammad Mahdi; Holleboom, Adriaan G; Van Berkel, Theo J C; Kastelein, John J P; Van Eck, Miranda; Kuivenhoven, Jan Albert

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND: In mice, the scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI) is essential for the delivery of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol to the liver and steroidogenic organs. Paradoxically, elevated HDL cholesterol levels are associated with increased atherosclerosis in SR-BI-knockout mice.

  11. Negative magnetostrictive magnetoelectric coupling of BiFeO3

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    Lee, Sanghyun; Fernandez-Diaz, M. T.; Kimura, H.; Noda, Y.; Adroja, D. T.; Lee, Seongsu; Park, Junghwan; Kiryukhin, V.; Cheong, S. -W.; Mostovoy, M.; Park, Je-Geun

    2013-01-01

    How magnetoelectric coupling actually occurs on a microscopic level in multiferroic BiFeO3 is not well known. By using high-resolution single crystal neutron diffraction techniques, we have determined the electric polarization of each individual element of BiFeO3, and concluded that magnetostrictive

  12. Modelling of Uncertainty and Bi-Variable Maps

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    Nánásiová, Ol'ga; Pykacz, Jarosław

    2016-05-01

    The paper gives an overview and compares various bi-varilable maps from orthomodular lattices into unit interval. It focuses mainly on such bi-variable maps that may be used for constructing joint probability distributions for random variables which are not defined on the same Boolean algebra.

  13. Theory of Valence Transition in BiNiO_{3}.

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    Naka, Makoto; Seo, Hitoshi; Motome, Yukitoshi

    2016-02-05

    Motivated by the colossal negative thermal expansion recently found in BiNiO_{3}, the valence transition accompanied by the charge transfer between the Bi and Ni sites is theoretically studied. We introduce an effective model for Bi-6s and Ni-3d orbitals taking into account the valence skipping of Bi cations, and investigate the ground-state and finite-temperature phase diagrams within the mean-field approximation. We find that the valence transition is caused by commensurate locking of the electron filling in each orbital associated with charge and magnetic orderings, and the critical temperature and the nature of the transitions are strongly affected by the relative energy between the Bi and Ni levels and the effective electron-electron interaction in the Bi sites. The obtained phase diagram well explains the temperature- and pressure-driven valence transitions in BiNiO_{3} and the systematic variation of valence states for a series of Bi and Pb perovskite oxides.

  14. Theory of Valence Transition in BiNiO3

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    Naka, Makoto; Seo, Hitoshi; Motome, Yukitoshi

    2016-02-01

    Motivated by the colossal negative thermal expansion recently found in BiNiO3 , the valence transition accompanied by the charge transfer between the Bi and Ni sites is theoretically studied. We introduce an effective model for Bi -6 s and Ni -3 d orbitals taking into account the valence skipping of Bi cations, and investigate the ground-state and finite-temperature phase diagrams within the mean-field approximation. We find that the valence transition is caused by commensurate locking of the electron filling in each orbital associated with charge and magnetic orderings, and the critical temperature and the nature of the transitions are strongly affected by the relative energy between the Bi and Ni levels and the effective electron-electron interaction in the Bi sites. The obtained phase diagram well explains the temperature- and pressure-driven valence transitions in BiNiO3 and the systematic variation of valence states for a series of Bi and Pb perovskite oxides.

  15. Transmission electron microscopy investigation of Bi-2223/Ag tapes

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    Andersen, L.G.; Bals, S.; Tendeloo, G. Van

    2001-01-01

    The microstructure of (Bi,Pb)(2)Sr2Ca2CuOx (Bi-2223) tapes has been investigated by means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high-resolution TEM. The emphasis has been placed on: (1) an examination of the grain morphology and size, (2) grain and colony boundary angles, which are formed...

  16. Controllable topological transformation from BiOCl hierarchical microspheres to Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} superstructures in the Bi–W–Cl–O system

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    Cheng, Jiao [National Engineering Research Center for Manufacturing Equipment Digitization, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), No. 1037, Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430074 (China); State Key Laboratory of Materials Processing and Die & Mould Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, No. 1037, Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430074 (China); Shi, Songxin, E-mail: shisx@hust.edu.cn [National Engineering Research Center for Manufacturing Equipment Digitization, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), No. 1037, Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430074 (China); Tang, Tengteng [State Key Laboratory of Materials Processing and Die & Mould Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, No. 1037, Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430074 (China); Tian, Shouqin [State Key Laboratory of Materials Processing and Die & Mould Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, No. 1037, Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430074 (China); Nanomaterials and Smart Sensors Research Laboratory, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, No. 1037, Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430074 (China); Yang, Wenjuan [State Key Laboratory of Materials Processing and Die & Mould Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, No. 1037, Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430074 (China); Zeng, Dawen [Nanomaterials and Smart Sensors Research Laboratory, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, No. 1037, Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430074 (China)

    2015-09-15

    Graphical abstract: The three-dimensional (3D) Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} superstructures assembled by nanosheets were directly transformed topologically from BiOCl hierarchical microspheres via a facile one-pot solvothermal method. Furthermore, the crystal growth of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} superstructure was confirmed to occur at the exposed plane (0 0 1) of BiOCl nanosheets with WO{sub 6}{sup 6−} units replacing the interlaminar Cl atoms. Their similar layered structures favored the controllable transformation of BiOCl to Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} through the substitution process. And this topological transformation may provide a new prospective to the synthesis of other 3D compounds. - Highlights: • Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} superstructures were prepared by topological transformation of BiOCl assembly. • Transformation process experienced three stages of BiOCl, BiOCl/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} and Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. • Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} superstructures grew at the exposed (0 0 1) facets of BiOCl nanosheets. • The growth mechanism was revealed from thermodynamic and kinetic dynamic aspects. - Abstract: In this work, three-dimensional (3D) Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} superstructures assembled by nanosheets were prepared using the topological transformation of BiOCl hierarchical microspheres via a facile one-pot solvothermal method. Interestingly, it was found that the transformation process experienced three stages including BiOCl, BiOCl/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} composites and Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} with increasing solvothermal time at 150 °C, which was confirmed by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Raman spectrometer and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) results. Importantly, the crystal growth of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} superstructures occurred at the exposed (0 0 1) facets of BiOCl nanosheets with WO{sub 6}{sup 6−} units replacing the interlaminar Cl atoms. Also, the growth mechanism was revealed and discussed in the thermodynamic and kinetic dynamic aspects. Compared with BiOCl superstructures, the BiOCl/Bi

  17. Modeling constrained sintering of bi-layered tubular structures

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    Tadesse Molla, Tesfaye; Kothanda Ramachandran, Dhavanesan; Ni, De Wei

    2015-01-01

    Constrained sintering of tubular bi-layered structures is being used in the development of various technologies. Densification mismatch between the layers making the tubular bi-layer can generate stresses, which may create processing defects. An analytical model is presented to describe...... the densification and stress developments during sintering of tubular bi-layered samples. The correspondence between linear elastic and linear viscous theories is used as a basis for derivation of the model. The developed model is first verified by finite element simulation for sintering of tubular bi-layer system....... Furthermore, the model is validated using densification results from sintering of bi-layered tubular ceramic oxygen membrane based on porous MgO and Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95-d layers. Model input parameters, such as the shrinkage kinetics and viscous parameters are obtained experimentally using optical dilatometry...

  18. Targeting SR-BI for cancer diagnostics, imaging and therapy

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    Maneesha Amrita Rajora

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI plays an important role in trafficking cholesteryl esters between the core of high density lipoprotein and the liver. Interestingly, this integral membrane protein receptor is also implicated in the metabolism of cholesterol by cancer cells, whereby overexpression of SR-BI has been observed in a number of tumours and cancer cell lines, including breast and prostate cancers. Consequently, SR-BI has recently gained attention as a cancer biomarker and exciting target for the direct cytosolic delivery of therapeutic agents. This brief review highlights these key developments in SR-BI-targeted cancer therapies and imaging probes. Special attention is given to the exploration of high density lipoprotein nanomimetic platforms that take advantage of upregulated SR-BI expression to facilitate targeted drug-delivery and cancer diagnostics, and promising future directions in the development of these agents.

  19. Effect of Silver Doping on Transport Properties of Bi2Se3: AgxBi2Se3 and Bi2-xAgxSe3

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    Zhang, Min; Wei, Zhan-Tao

    2018-03-01

    Ag-doped Bi2Se3 with the formula AgxBi2Se3 and Bi2-xAgxSe3 were prepared and their electrical and magnetic transport properties have been investigated to study the influence of silver doping on transport properties of Bi2Se3 with different Ag-doped method. All samples exhibited metallic resistivity and the resistivity increased with increasing Ag concentration. The lattice parameter c of Ag-substituted and Ag-intercalated samples displays a contrary change as the Ag concentration increased. For the Ag-intercalated samples, both the resistance upturn were observed in the curves of temperature dependent of resistivity and temperature dependent of magnetoresistance, respectively, indicating that the enhanced surface effect was obtained in those samples. Monotonously, field-induced MR peaks around 200 K were also observed in those samples. Similar behaviors were not observed in the Ag-substituted samples.

  20. In situ preparation of (BiO)2CO3/BiOBr sheet-on-sheet heterojunctions with enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Gao, Lin; Li, Xiao; Zhao, Jinyan; Zhang, Xin; Zhang, Xuhong; Yu, Haitao

    2017-09-01

    (BiO)2CO3/BiOBr sheet-on-sheet nanocomposites with different (BiO)2CO3 contents were synthesized via a in situ bubbling method and characterized by XRD, XPS, SEM, HRTEM, N2 adsorption-desorption, UV-vis DRS, PL, photocurrent and EIS. The photocatalytic activities of these samples were evaluated by degradation of methylene blue (MB) and Rhodamine B (RhB) under visible light irradiation. The results showed that the (BiO)2CO3/BiOBr composites displayed higher photocatalytic activity than the pristine (BiO)2CO3 and BiOBr. The 15 wt% (BiO)2CO3/BiOBr showed the highest photocatalytic activity under visible light irradiation. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of (BiO)2CO3/BiOBr composites could be attributed to the well-matched band structure and intimate contact interfaces between (BiO)2CO3 and BiOBr, which led to the effective transfer and separation of the photogenerated charge carriers. A possible photocatalytic mechanism for the (BiO)2CO3/BiOBr composites was also proposed based on the experimental results.

  1. High-pressure studies of superconductivity in BiO0. 75F0. 25BiS2

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    ). We have investigated the effect of pressure on magnetization measurements. Our studies suggest improved superconducting properties in polycrystalline samples of BiO 0.75 F 0.25 BiS 2 . The Tc in our sample is 5.3 K, at ambient pressure, ...

  2. Amalgams for fluorescent lamps. Pt. II. The systems Bi-Pb-Hg and Bi-Pb-Au-Hg

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    Lankhorst, M.H.R.; Keur, W.; Hal, H.A.M. van [Philips Research Labs., Eindhoven (Netherlands)

    2000-09-14

    In nowadays compact fluorescent lamps, having coolest spot temperatures in the range 60-130 C, amalgams based on the eutectic Bi-In and Bi-Pb-Sn alloys are used to control the mercury vapour pressure inside the lamp. The consequence of the trend towards smaller and more attractive compact fluorescent lamps is that the amalgam temperature increases. In this paper the materials and thermodynamic properties of the amalgams Bi-Pb-Hg and Bi-Pb-Au-Hg are described. The mercury vapour pressure measurements show that these amalgams can be used for controlling the optimal mercury vapour pressure inside fluorescent lamps at temperatures in the range 60-150 C. In the ternary Bi-Pb-Au system the new ternary compound BiPb{sub 3}Au has been found for which the crystal structure and melting point have been determined. The results of XRD, EPMA, DTA and mercury vapour pressure measurements are combined to formulate a thermodynamic model for the mercury activity in both liquid and solid Bi-Pb-Hg and Bi-Pb-Au-Hg. (orig.)

  3. Electronic structure, galvanomagnetic and magnetic properties of the bismuth subhalides Bi4I4 and Bi4Br4

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    Filatova, T.G.; Gurin, P.V.; Kloo, L.; Kulbachinskii, V.A.; Kuznetsov, A.N.; Kytin, V.G.; Lindsjo, M.; Popovkin, B.A.

    2007-01-01

    Two bismuth-rich subhalides, Bi 4 Br 4 and Bi 4 I 4 , featuring extended quasi one-dimensional metallic fragments in their structures, have been investigated. The gas-phase technique of crystal growth has been refined for obtaining large (up to 5 mm long) single crystals. Electronic structure calculations on three-dimensional structures of both compounds have been performed (DFT level, hybrid B3LYP functional), predicting a semiconducting behavior for both compounds, with an indication of possible directional anisotropy of electric conductivity. Galvanomagnetic (resistance, magnetoresistance, Hall effect, thermopower) and magnetic (temperature and field dependence of magnetization) properties have been measured experimentally. Both compounds are found to be diamagnetic, room-temperature semiconductors with n-type conductivity. While Bi 4 Br 4 demonstrates a typical case of one dimensionality, the difference in magnetoresistivity between Bi 4 Br 4 and Bi 4 I 4 indicates some weak interactions between isolated bismuth metallic fragments within the bismuth substructures. - Graphical abstract: Quasi one-dimensional compounds Bi 4 Br 4 and Bi 4 I 4 have been investigated theoretically (electronic structure calculations) and experimentally (galvanomagnetic and magnetic measurements). Both compounds are found to be diamagnetic, room-temperature semiconductors with n-type conductivity and a possibility of significant directional anisotropy. Magnetoresistivity data indicate some weak interactions between isolated bismuth fragments in Bi 4 I 4

  4. Suppression of A site charge disproportionation in Bi 1- xLa xNiO 3

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    Ishiwata, Shintaro; Azuma, Masaki; Takano, Mikio; Nishibori, Eiji; Takata, Masaki; Sakata, Makoto

    2003-05-01

    The effect of the La substitution for Bi in newly found triclinic perovskite BiNiO 3 was examined. The charge disproportionation of Bi ions into Bi 3+ and Bi 5+ was suppressed by 20% substitution. Bi 0.8La 0.2NiO 3 showed a metal-insulator transition at around 300 K.

  5. Thermoelectric properties of Bi2Te3 base solid solutions in the Bi2Te3-InS system

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    Safarov, M.G.; Rustamov, P.G.; Alidzhanov, M.A.

    1979-01-01

    The rich Bi 2 Te 3 part ot the Bi 2 Te 3 -InS constitutional diagram has been studied with a view to produce new Bi 2 Te 3 -based solid solutions and to establish the maximum solubility of InS in Bi 2 Te 3 . The methods of differential-thermal, X-ray phase and microstructural analysis have been used. The alloys microhardness, density and thermal electric properties have been measured. A large region of Bi 2 Te 3 -based restricted solid solutions has been detected; it reaches 14.0 mol.% InS at room temperature. Studied have been the thermoelectromotive forces, electric and thermal conductivity of the alloys, containing up to 5 mol.% InS in the 300-700 K temperature range

  6. Synthesis of chemically bonded BiOCl@Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} microspheres with exposed (0 2 0) Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} facets and their enhanced photocatalytic activities under visible light irradiation

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    Ma, Yongchao [Qingdao Agricultural University, Qingdao 266109 (China); Chen, Zhiwei [School of Life Sciences, Shandong University of Technology, Zibo 255049 (China); Qu, Dan [Qingdao Agricultural University, Qingdao 266109 (China); Shi, Jinsheng, E-mail: jsshiqn@aliyun.com [Qingdao Agricultural University, Qingdao 266109 (China)

    2016-01-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • BiOCl@Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} composites were prepared via a controlled anion exchange method. • The shell of composites was composed of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} sheets with exposed (0 2 0) facets. • The BiOCl@Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} composites showed efficient photocatalytic activity. • A possible photocatalytic degradation mechanism is proposed. - Abstract: Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} photocatalysts has been extensively studied for its photocatalytic activity. However, few works have been conducted on hierarchical Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} composite photocatalysts with specifically exposed facets. In this work, we report a facile method to synthesize BiOCl@Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} hierarchical composite microspheres. Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanosheets with specifically exposed (0 2 0) facet were directly formed on the surface of BiOCl precursor microspheres via a controlled anion exchange route between BiOCl and Na{sub 2}WO{sub 4}. The visible-light photocatalytic activity of the BiOCl@Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} heterojunction with exposed (0 2 0) facets (denoted as BiOCl@Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}) was investigated by degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) and ciprofloxacin (CIP) aqueous solution under visible light irradiation. The experimental results indicated that the BiOCl@Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} composite microsphere with intimate interfacial contacts exhibited improved efficiency for RhB photodegradation in comparison with pure BiOCl and Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. The BiOCl@Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} composite microsphere also shows high photocatalytic activity for degradation of CIP under visible light irradiation. The enhanced photocatalytic performance of BiOCl@Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}-020 hierarchical microspheres can be ascribed to the improved visible light harvesting ability, high charge separation and transfer. This work will make significant contributions toward the exploration of novel heterostructures with high potential in photocatalytic applications.

  7. Self-integrated β-Bi2O3/Bi2O2.33@Bi2O2CO3 ternary composites: Formation mechanism and visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Bian, Yuan; Ma, Yongjin; Shang, Yanyang; Tan, Pengfei; Pan, Jun

    2018-02-01

    Bi2O2CO3 with a narrow band gap (Eg ∼ 2.93 eV) was self-assembled by Bi2O2CO3 nanosheets via a hydrothermal method, and the β-Bi2O3/Bi2O2.33@Bi2O2CO3 composites were further fabricated using Bi2O2CO3 as template by slow thermal decomposition for 4 h, described as: Bi2O2CO3 → β-Bi2O3/Bi2O2.33@Bi2O2CO3 (300 °C) → β-Bi2O3/Bi2O2.33 (320 °C) → β-Bi2O3(350 °C). Deep investigation towards the generation and existence of β-Bi2O3 and Bi2O2.33 on the surfaces and interfaces of Bi2O2CO3 were also carefully conducted by XRD, HRTEM and XPS analysis. In comparison with pure Bi2O2CO3, β-Bi2O3/Bi2O2.33@Bi2O2CO3 displayed superior photocatalytic degradation efficiency and stability to cationic dyes under visible-light irradiation. Especially, the as-prepared BOC-300 °C with relatively high specific surface area (12.11 m2 g-1) could entirely remove Rh-B and MB in 45 min and 60 min, which were approximately 4.7 and 6.6 times as high as that of pure Bi2O2CO3, respectively. Further study demonstrated that the enhanced photocatalytic degradation efficiency of β-Bi2O3/Bi2O2.33@Bi2O2CO3 is surely owing to the well matched band gap and p-n heterojunction, which made it possible for much faster charge transfer rather than electron-hole pairs recombination process.

  8. Condensation energy density in Bi-2212 superconductors

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    Matsushita, Teruo; Kiuchi, Masaru; Haraguchi, Teruhisa; Imada, Takeki; Okamura, Kazunori; Okayasu, Satoru; Uchida, Satoshi; Shimoyama, Jun-ichi; Kishio, Kohji

    2006-01-01

    The relationship between the condensation energy density and the anisotropy parameter, γ a , has been derived for Bi-2212 superconductors in various anisotropic states by analysing the critical current density due to columnar defects introduced by heavy ion irradiation. The critical current density depended on the size of the defects, determined by the kind and irradiation energy of the ions. A significantly large critical current density of 17.0 MA cm -2 was obtained at 5 K and 0.1 T even for the defect density of a matching field of 1 T in a specimen irradiated with iodine ions. The dependence of the critical current density on the size of the defects agreed well with the prediction from the summation theory of pinning forces, and the condensation energy density could be obtained consistently from specimens irradiated with different ions. The condensation energy density obtained increased with decreasing γ a over the entire range of measurement temperature, and reached about 60% of the value for the most three-dimensional Y-123 observed by Civale et al at 5 K. This gives the reason for the very strong pinning in Bi-2212 superconductors at low temperatures. The thermodynamic critical field obtained decreased linearly with increasing temperature and extrapolated to zero at a certain characteristic temperature, T * , lower than the critical temperature, T c . T * , which seems to be associated with the superconductivity in the block layers, was highest for the optimally doped specimen. This shows that the superconductivity becomes more inhomogeneous as the doped state of a superconductor deviates from the optimum condition

  9. Fabrication and efficient visible light-induced photocatalytic activity of Bi2MoO6/BiPO4 composite

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    Lin, Xue; Liu, Di; Guo, Xiaoyu; Sun, Nan; Zhao, Shuang; Chang, Limin; Zhai, Hongju; Wang, Qingwei

    2015-01-01

    Novel Bi2MoO6/BiPO4 composites with heterojunction structure were fabricated by a one-step hydrothermal method. The photocatalytic properties of Bi2MoO6/BiPO4 composites were evaluated by photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B (Rh B) under visible light irradiation (λ>420 nm). The results showed that Bi2MoO6/BiPO4 photocatalysts showed much higher photocatalytic activity for the Rh B degradation than the pure BiPO4 and Bi2MoO6 under visible light. The best photocatalytic performance of Bi2MoO6/BiPO4 with about 98.0% Rh B degradation located at molar ratio of 2:1 under visible light illumination for 30 min. The enhanced photocatalytic activity could be mainly ascribed to the formation of heterojunction interface in Bi2MoO6/BiPO4 composites, which is beneficial to the transfer and separation of photogenerated electron-hole pairs, as well as the strong visible light absorption resulting from the sensitization role of Bi2MoO6 to BiPO4. It was also observed that the photodegradation of Rh B is chiefly attributed to the oxidation action of the generated O2rad - radicals and the action of hvb+ through direct hole oxidation process.

  10. Metamorphic GaAs/GaAsBi Heterostructured Nanowires.

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    Ishikawa, Fumitaro; Akamatsu, Yoshihiko; Watanabe, Kentaro; Uesugi, Fumihiko; Asahina, Shunsuke; Jahn, Uwe; Shimomura, Satoshi

    2015-11-11

    GaAs/GaAsBi coaxial multishell nanowires were grown by molecular beam epitaxy. Introducing Bi results in a characteristic nanowire surface morphology with strong roughening. Elemental mappings clearly show the formation of the GaAsBi shell with inhomogeneous Bi distributions within the layer surrounded by the outermost GaAs, having a strong structural disorder at the wire surface. The nanowire exhibits a predominantly ZB structure from the bottom to the middle part. The polytipic WZ structure creates denser twin defects in the upper part than in the bottom and middle parts of the nanowire. We observe room temperature cathodoluminescence from the GaAsBi nanowires with a broad spectral line shape between 1.1 and 1.5 eV, accompanied by multiple peaks. A distinct energy peak at 1.24 eV agrees well with the energy of the reduced GaAsBi alloy band gap by the introduction of 2% Bi. The existence of localized states energetically and spatially dispersed throughout the NW are indicated from the low temperature cathodoluminescence spectra and images, resulting in the observed luminescence spectra characterized by large line widths at low temperatures as well as by the appearance of multiple peaks at high temperatures and for high excitation powers.

  11. Oblate deformation and intruder configuration in 194,195Bi

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    Mukherjee, G.; Banerjee, K.; Banerjee, S.R.; Basu, S.K.; Bhattacharya, C.; Bhattacharya, S.; Bhattacharya, Srijit; Bhattacharjee, T.; Chanda, S.; Dey, A.; Gupta, D.; Meena, J.K.; Mukhopadhyay, S.; Rana, T.K.; Bhattacharya, Sudeb; Ganguly, S.; Goswami, A.; Kshetri, R.; Pradhan, M.K.; Raut, R.; Dey, G.

    2006-01-01

    The experimental information on 194,195 Bi are very scarce compared to its neighbouring isotopes. Only 6 levels above the ground state band of 195 Bi, based on 9/2, are known with tentative spin parity assignments. Only two low energy gamma rays above the 10 isomeric state are known in 194 Bi. It is interesting not only to extend the presently known bands to higher spins, beyond band crossing but also to search for the intruder quasiparticle configurations to get a clear idea about the structure of these nuclei

  12. Crystal Splitting in the Growth of Bi2S3

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    Tang, Jing; Alivisatos, A. Paul

    2006-06-15

    Novel Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanostructures with a sheaf-like morphology are obtained via reaction of bismuth acetate-oleic acid complex with elemental sulfur in 1-octadecence. We propose these structures form by the splitting crystal growth mechanism, which is known to account for the morphology some mineral crystals assume in nature. By controlling the synthetic parameters, different forms of splitting, analogous to observed in minerals, are obtained in our case of Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3}. These new and complex Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanostructures are characterized by TEM, SEM, XRD and ED.

  13. A cohomological obstruction for global quasi-bi-Hamiltonian fields

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    Rakotondralambo, Joseph, E-mail: joseph.rakotondralambo@unimes.f [Departement de Mathematiques et Informatique, Faculte des Sciences, Universite d' Antananarivo (Madagascar)

    2011-02-14

    We introduce the notion of integrating factor for a 1-form which is an inner product of a vector fields and a 2-form, and the notion of weakly bi-Hamiltonian field also, which is locally quasi-bi-Hamiltonian. A cohomological class in some first cohomology space is associated to such vector fields when this is weakly bi-Hamiltonian and defined relatively to the above 1-form. This class is a cohomological obstruction to the existence of a global integrating factor for the 1-form.

  14. Positive Predictive Value of BI-RADS MR Imaging

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    Gatsonis, Constantine; Hanna, Lucy; DeMartini, Wendy B.; Lehman, Constance

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: To evaluate the positive predictive values (PPVs) of Breast Imaging and Reporting Data Systems (BI-RADS) assessment categories for breast magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and to identify the BI-RADS MR imaging lesion features most predictive of cancer. Materials and Methods: This institutional review board–approved HIPAA-compliant prospective multicenter study was performed with written informed consent. Breast MR imaging studies of the contralateral breast in women with a recent diagnosis of breast cancer were prospectively evaluated. Contralateral breast MR imaging BI-RADS assessment categories, morphologic descriptors for foci, masses, non-masslike enhancement (NMLE), and kinetic features were assessed for predictive values for malignancy. PPV of each imaging characteristic of interest was estimated, and logistic regression analysis was used to examine the predictive ability of combinations of characteristics. Results: Of 969 participants, 71.3% had a BI-RADS category 1 or 2 assessment; 10.9%, a BI-RADS category 3 assessment; 10.0%, a BI-RADS category 4 or 5 assessment; and 7.7%, a BI-RADS category 0 assessment on the basis of initial MR images. Thirty-one cancers were detected with MR imaging. Overall PPV for BI-RADS category 4 and 5 lesions was 0.278, with 17 cancers in patients with a BI-RADS category 4 lesion (PPV, 0.205) and 10 cancers in patients with a BI-RADS category 5 lesion (PPV, 0.714). Of the cancers, one was a focus, 17 were masses, and 13 were NMLEs. For masses, irregular shape, irregular margins, spiculated margins, and marked internal enhancement were most predictive of malignancy. For NMLEs, ductal, clumped, and reticular or dendritic enhancement were the features most frequently seen with malignancy. Kinetic enhancement features were less predictive of malignancy than were morphologic features. Conclusion: Standardized terminology of the BI-RADS lexicon enables quantification of the likelihood of malignancy for MR imaging

  15. Positive predictive value of BI-RADS MR imaging.

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    Mahoney, Mary C; Gatsonis, Constantine; Hanna, Lucy; DeMartini, Wendy B; Lehman, Constance

    2012-07-01

    To evaluate the positive predictive values (PPVs) of Breast Imaging and Reporting Data Systems (BI-RADS) assessment categories for breast magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and to identify the BI-RADS MR imaging lesion features most predictive of cancer. This institutional review board-approved HIPAA-compliant prospective multicenter study was performed with written informed consent. Breast MR imaging studies of the contralateral breast in women with a recent diagnosis of breast cancer were prospectively evaluated. Contralateral breast MR imaging BI-RADS assessment categories, morphologic descriptors for foci, masses, non-masslike enhancement (NMLE), and kinetic features were assessed for predictive values for malignancy. PPV of each imaging characteristic of interest was estimated, and logistic regression analysis was used to examine the predictive ability of combinations of characteristics. Of 969 participants, 71.3% had a BI-RADS category 1 or 2 assessment; 10.9%, a BI-RADS category 3 assessment; 10.0%, a BI-RADS category 4 or 5 assessment; and 7.7%, a BI-RADS category 0 assessment on the basis of initial MR images. Thirty-one cancers were detected with MR imaging. Overall PPV for BI-RADS category 4 and 5 lesions was 0.278, with 17 cancers in patients with a BI-RADS category 4 lesion (PPV, 0.205) and 10 cancers in patients with a BI-RADS category 5 lesion (PPV, 0.714). Of the cancers, one was a focus, 17 were masses, and 13 were NMLEs. For masses, irregular shape, irregular margins, spiculated margins, and marked internal enhancement were most predictive of malignancy. For NMLEs, ductal, clumped, and reticular or dendritic enhancement were the features most frequently seen with malignancy. Kinetic enhancement features were less predictive of malignancy than were morphologic features. Standardized terminology of the BI-RADS lexicon enables quantification of the likelihood of malignancy for MR imaging-detected lesions through careful evaluation of lesion features. In

  16. A DNC function that computes no effectively bi-immune set

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    Beros, Achilles A.

    2013-01-01

    In Diagonally Non-Computable Functions and Bi-Immunity, Carl Jockusch and Andrew Lewis proved that every DNC function computes a bi-immune set. They asked whether every DNC function computes an effectively bi-immune set. We construct a DNC function that computes no effectively bi-immune set, thereby answering their question in the negative.

  17. Photocatalytic properties of KBiO3 and LiBiO3 with tunnel structures

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    gap of the TiO2 (∼3.2eV) limits its usage under vis- ible light. To overcome this issue, studies are being conducted to develop newer materials.10,11 Bismuth- based compounds such as BiVO4, Bi2WO6, Bi2MoO6,. CaBi2O4, BiNbO4 and BiTaO4 have been reported as new photocatalytic materials.12–20 Many Bi. +3.

  18. A supercompressed state of substance in the M-Bi system

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    Leonova, M.E.; Gulish, O.K.; Sevast'yanov, L.G.; Semeneko, K.N.; Bdikin, I.K.

    2000-01-01

    In situ studies of reversible baric transition of Na 3 Bi intermetallic compound were conducted, interactions in the system Li-Na-Bi under atmospheric pressure being analyzed. Formation of a new ternary compound of the composition Li 2 NaBi crystallized in Li 3 Bi type cubical structure was ascertained. It is shown that formation of Na 3 Bi compounds (high pressure phase), as well as that of Li 3 Bi and Li 2 NaBi under atmospheric pressure, occurs with great volumetric effects (ΔV/V 0 ) amounts to 29, 24 and 32% respectively. It permits considering the compounds formation as chemical compression reaction [ru

  19. Solvothermal modification of BiOCl nanosheets with Bi nanoparticles using ascorbic acid as reductant and the superoxide radicals dominated photocatalytic performance

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    Cui, Zhankui; Gao, Keke; Ge, Suxiang; Fa, Wenjun

    2017-11-01

    BiOCl nanosheets were solvothermally modified with Bi nanoparticles (NPs) using ascorbic acid as the reductant. The structures of Bi/BiOCl composites were characterized by XRD, Raman spectroscopy, FTIR spectroscopy and SEM. The light absorption properties were measured by UV–vis–NIR spectroscopy. The photocatalytic performances were evaluated by photodegrading methyl orange (MO) and the photocatalytic mechanism was investigated using trapping experiments and a fluorescent probe method. The results show that Bi NPs are uniformly distributed on the surfaces of BiOCl nanosheets and the modification amount of Bi NPs could be well controlled because of the mild property of ascorbic acid as reducing agent. The photocatalytic activities for the composites are improved obviously and the best photocatalytic performance is obtained when the weight ratio of Bi and BiOCl is1:10 and the photochemical reaction rate is 3.5 times that of pure BiOCl nanosheets and 19.7 times of Bi powders. The enhanced photocatalytic efficiency is ascribed to the favorable formation of dominant \\cdot O2- radicals caused by the increased photoinduced electrons from both Bi NPs and BiOCl nanosheets.

  20. Bismuth-boron multiple bonding in BiB{sub 2}O{sup -} and Bi{sub 2}B{sup -}

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    Jian, Tian; Cheung, Ling Fung; Chen, Teng-Teng; Wang, Lai-Sheng [Department of Chemistry, Brown University, Providence, RI (United States)

    2017-08-01

    Despite its electron deficiency, boron is versatile in forming multiple bonds. Transition-metal-boron double bonding is known, but boron-metal triple bonds have been elusive. Two bismuth boron cluster anions, BiB{sub 2}O{sup -} and Bi{sub 2}B{sup -}, containing triple and double B-Bi bonds are presented. The BiB{sub 2}O{sup -} and Bi{sub 2}B{sup -} clusters are produced by laser vaporization of a mixed B/Bi target and characterized by photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio calculations. Well-resolved photoelectron spectra are obtained and interpreted with the help of ab initio calculations, which show that both species are linear. Chemical bonding analyses reveal that Bi forms triple and double bonds with boron in BiB{sub 2}O{sup -} ([Bi≡B-B≡O]{sup -}) and Bi{sub 2}B{sup -} ([Bi=B=Bi]{sup -}), respectively. The Bi-B double and triple bond strengths are calculated to be 3.21 and 4.70 eV, respectively. This is the first experimental observation of Bi-B double and triple bonds, opening the door to design main-group metal-boron complexes with multiple bonding. (copyright 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  1. Critical current densities in Bi-2223 sinter forgings.

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    Balachandran, U.; Fisher, B. L.; Goretta, K. C.; Harris, N. C.; Murayama, N.

    1999-07-23

    (Bi,Pb){sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} (Bi-2223) bars, prepared by sinter forging, exhibited good phase purity and strong textures with the c axes of the Bi-2223 grains parallel to the forging direction. The initial zero-field critical current density (J{sub c}) of the bars was 10{sup 3} A/cm{sup 2}, but because the forged bars were uncoated, this value decreased with repeated thermal cycling. J{sub c} as a function of applied magnetic field magnitude and direction roughly followed the dependencies exhibited by Ag-sheathed Bi-2223 tapes, but the forged bars were more strongly dependent on field strength and less strongly dependent on field angle.

  2. Silent and Efficient Supersonic Bi-Directional Flying Wing

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — We propose a Phase I study for a novel concept of a supersonic bi-directional (SBiDir) flying wing (FW) that has the potential to revolutionize supersonic flight...

  3. The ACR BI-RADS experience: learning from history.

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    Burnside, Elizabeth S; Sickles, Edward A; Bassett, Lawrence W; Rubin, Daniel L; Lee, Carol H; Ikeda, Debra M; Mendelson, Ellen B; Wilcox, Pamela A; Butler, Priscilla F; D'Orsi, Carl J

    2009-12-01

    The Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) initiative, instituted by the ACR, was begun in the late 1980s to address a lack of standardization and uniformity in mammography practice reporting. An important component of the BI-RADS initiative is the lexicon, a dictionary of descriptors of specific imaging features. The BI-RADS lexicon has always been data driven, using descriptors that previously had been shown in the literature to be predictive of benign and malignant disease. Once established, the BI-RADS lexicon provided new opportunities for quality assurance, communication, research, and improved patient care. The history of this lexicon illustrates a series of challenges and instructive successes that provide a valuable guide for other groups that aspire to develop similar lexicons in the future.

  4. The ACR BI-RADS® Experience: Learning From History

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    Burnside, Elizabeth S.; Sickles, Edward A.; Bassett, Lawrence W.; Rubin, Daniel L.; Lee, Carol H.; Ikeda, Debra M.; Mendelson, Ellen B.; Wilcox, Pamela A.; Butler, Priscilla F.; D’Orsi, Carl J.

    2011-01-01

    The Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System® (BI-RADS®) initiative, instituted by the ACR, was begun in the late 1980s to address a lack of standardization and uniformity in mammography practice reporting. An important component of the BI-RADS initiative is the lexicon, a dictionary of descriptors of specific imaging features. The BI-RADS lexicon has always been data driven, using descriptors that previously had been shown in the literature to be predictive of benign and malignant disease. Once established, the BI-RADS lexicon provided new opportunities for quality assurance, communication, research, and improved patient care. The history of this lexicon illustrates a series of challenges and instructive successes that provide a valuable guide for other groups that aspire to develop similar lexicons in the future. PMID:19945040

  5. Electronic structure of BiSeI clusters

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    Audzijonis, A.; Gaigalas, G.; Zigas, L.; Pauliukas, A.; Zaltauskas, R.; Cerskus, A.; Balnionis, D.; Kvedaravicius, A.

    2008-01-01

    The valence band (VB) energy levels of BiSeI crystals have been calculated and compared to the X-ray photoelectron spectra of SbSI crystals. A molecular cluster consisting of 20 molecules of BiSeI has been used to calculate the total VB density of states by the density functional theory (DFT) method. The spectrum of total VB density of states of the (BiSeI) 20 cluster weighted by atomic photoemission cross-sections has been compared with the experimental X-ray photoelectron VB spectrum of SbSI type crystals. The cluster model calculation has showed that the core level energy splitting depends on the difference of ionic charges of the same atoms at the edges of the (BiSeI) 20 cluster

  6. Anharmonic phonons and magnons in BiFeO3

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    Delaire, Olivier A [ORNL; Ma, Jie [ORNL; Stone, Matthew B [ORNL; Huq, Ashfia [ORNL; Gout, Delphine J [ORNL; Brown, Craig [National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Wang, Kefeng [Nanjing National Laboratory of Microstructures, Nanjing University, Nanjing; Ren, Zhifeng [Boston College, Chestnut Hill

    2012-01-01

    The phonon density of states (DOS) and magnetic excitation spectrum of polycrystalline BiFeO3 were measured for temperatures 200 < T < 750K , using inelastic neutron scattering (INS). Our results indicate that the magnetic spectrum of BiFeO3 closely resembles that of similar Fe perovskites, such as LaFeO3, despite the cycloid modulation in BiFeO3. We do not find any evidence for a spin gap. A strong T-dependence of the phonon DOS was found, with a marked broadening of the whole spectrum, providing evidence of strong anharmonicity. This anharmonicity is corroborated by large amplitude motions of Bi and O ions observed with neutron diffraction. These results highlight the importance of spin-phonon coupling in this material.

  7. Piezoelectric power converter with bi-directional power transfer

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    2014-01-01

    The present invention relates to a bi-directional piezoelectric power converter com¬ prising a piezoelectric transformer. The piezoelectric transformer comprises an input electrode electrically coupled to a primary section of the piezoelectric transformer and an output electrode electrically...... coupled to an output section of the piezoelectric transformer to provide a transformer output signal. A bi-directional switching circuit is coupled between the output electrode and a DC or AC output voltage of the power converter. Forward and reverse current conducting periods of the bi......, a reverse current is conducted through the bi-directional switching circuit from the DC or AC output voltage to the output electrode to discharge the DC or AC output voltage and return power to the primary section of the piezoelectric transformer....

  8. Bi-Layer Wound Dressing System for Combat Casualty Care

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    Martineau, Lucie; Shek, Pang N

    2004-01-01

    .... Considering that commercially available dressings are not designed to meet the challenges of treating combat burn wounds, DRDC-Toronto has designed a novel, absorbent and medicated bi-layer wound...

  9. Bi-Layer Wound Dressing System for Combat Casualty Care

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    Martineau, Lucie; Shek, Pang N

    2004-01-01

    .... Considering that commercially available dressings are not designed to meet the challenges of treating combat burn wounds, DRDC Toronto has designed a novel, absorbent and medicated bi-layer wound...

  10. Superconducting properties and electronic structure of NaBi

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    Kushwaha, S K; Krizan, J W; Gibson, Q D; Cava, R J; Xiong, J; Liang, T; Ong, N P; Klimczuk, T

    2014-01-01

    Resistivity, dc magnetization, and heat capacity measurements are reported for superconducting NaBi. T c , the electronic contribution to the specific heat γ, the ΔC p /γT c ratio, and the Debye temperature are found to be 2.15 K, 3.4 mJ mol −1  K −2 , 0.78, and 140 K respectively. The calculated electron–phonon coupling constant (λ ep = 0.62) implies that NaBi is a moderately coupled superconductor. The upper critical field and coherence length are found to be 250 Oe and 115 nm, respectively. Electronic structure calculations show NaBi to be a good metal, in agreement with the experiments; the p x and p y orbitals of Bi dominate the electronic states at the Fermi Energy. (fast track communication)

  11. Kohalikust hoolekandest omavalitsusjuhtide pilgu läbi / Ingrid Danilov

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    Danilov, Ingrid

    2005-01-01

    Haapsalu aselinnapea Läänemaal läbi viidud uuringust omavalitsusjuhtide arvamusest hoolekandest kui avalikust teenusest, sotsiaaltöötaja rollist kohalikus hoolekandes ning kohaliku omavalitsuse suutlikkusest elanikkonna abistamisel

  12. Bi-Histogram Equalization with Brightnes Preservation Using Contras Enhancement

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    A. Anitha Rani; Gowthami Rajagopal; A. Jagadeswaran

    2014-01-01

    Contrast enhancement is an important factor in the image preprocesing step. One of the widely acepted contrast enhancement method is the histogram equalization. Although histogram equalization achieves comparatively beter performance on almost al types of image, global histogram equalization sometimes produces excesive visual deterioration. A new extension of bi- histogram equalization caled Bi-Histogram Equalization with Neighborhod Metric (BHENM). First, large histogram bins that cause w...

  13. Extracting BI-RADS Features from Portuguese Clinical Texts

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    Nassif, Houssam; Cunha, Filipe; Moreira, Inês C.; Cruz-Correia, Ricardo; Sousa, Eliana; Page, David; Burnside, Elizabeth; Dutra, Inês

    2012-01-01

    In this work we build the first BI-RADS parser for Portuguese free texts, modeled after existing approaches to extract BI-RADS features from English medical records. Our concept finder uses a semantic grammar based on the BIRADS lexicon and on iterative transferred expert knowledge. We compare the performance of our algorithm to manual annotation by a specialist in mammography. Our results show that our parser’s performance is comparable to the manual method.

  14. Effects of Bi doping on dielectric and ferroelectric properties

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    [Pb0.95(La1−Bi)0.05][Zr0.53Ti0.47]O3 (PLBZT) ferroelectric thin films have been synthesized on indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated glass by sol–gel processing. PLBZT thin films were annealed at a relatively low temperature of 550 °C in oxygen ambient. Effects of Bi doping on structure, dielectric and ferroelectric properties of ...

  15. Microwave dynamics of YBCO bi-epitaxial Josephson structures

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    Constantinian, K. Y.; Ovsyannikov, G. A.; Mashtakov, A. D.

    1996-01-01

    The processes of interaction of microwaves (frequency View the MathML source) with a single high-Tc superconducting YBa2Cu3Ox (YBCO) bi-epitaxial grain-boundary junction and with an array of two junctions connected in series, have been investigated experimentally at temperatures T = 4.2− 77 K......, as well as the subharmonic detector response at weak magnetic fields φ microwave field induced frequency synchronization of two series connected bi-epitaxial YBCO junctions....

  16. The edge engineering of topological Bi(111) bilayer

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    Li, Xiao; Liu, Hai-Wen; Jiang, Hua; Wang, Fa; Feng, Ji

    2014-01-01

    A topological insulator is a novel quantum state, characterized by symmetry-protected non-trivial edge/surface states. Our first-principle simulations show the significant effects of the chemical decoration on edge states of topological Bi(111) bilayer nanoribbon, which remove the trivial edge state and recover the Dirac linear dispersion of topological edge state. By comparing the edge states with and without chemical decoration, the Bi(111) bilayer nanoribbon offers a simple system for asse...

  17. Behavior of faulty double BJT BiCMOS logic gates

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    Menon, Sankaran M.; Malaiya, Yashwant K.; Jayasumana, Anura P.

    1992-01-01

    Logic Behavior of a Double BJT BiCMOS device under transistor level shorts and opens is examined. In addition to delay faults, faults that cause the gate to exhibit sequential behavior were observed. Several faults can be detected only by monitoring the current. The faulty behavior of Bipolar (TTL) and CMOS logic families is compared with BiCMOS, to bring out the testability differences.

  18. Laser ablation of Bi-substituted gadolinium iron garnet films

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    Watanabe, N.; Hayashida, K.; Kawano, K.; Higuchi, K.; Ohkoshi, M.; Tsushima, K.

    1995-01-01

    Bi-substituted gadolinium iron garnet films were deposited by laser ablation. The composition, the structure and the magnetic properties of the films were found to be strongly dependent both on the compositions of the targets and on the pressure of oxygen. The highest values of Bi-substitution up to x=1.44 with uniform composition were obtained, after annealing in air. ((orig.))

  19. The Cu-Bi-Se phase system at temperatures between 300° and 750° C

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    Karup-Møller, Sven

    2003-01-01

    Phase relations were determined in the Cu-Bi-Se phase system at 300, 350, 400, 450, 550, 650 and 750degreesC. Four ternary phases, phase A-D, have been synthesized. Phase A (Cu4Bi4Se9) is isotype with Cu4Bi4S9, and phase B (Cu1.7Bi4.7 Se-8) and phase C (Cu3Bi5Se9) have the same structure type as P...

  20. The Crystal Structure of Cu4Bi4Se9

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    Makovicky, E.; Søtofte, Inger; Karup-Møller, S.

    2002-01-01

    The crystal structure Of Cu4Bi4Se9,, synthesized at 400 degreesC, was determined from single crystal X-ray diffraction data and refined to the R, value of 0.05. The compound is orthorhombic, with a = 32.692 Angstrom, b = 4.120 Angstrom, and c = 12.202 Angstrom, space group Pnma. The structure...... contains three square pyramidal Bi sites, an octahedrally coordinated Bi site as well as two tetrahedrally and two irregularly coordinated Cu sites. The structure is an intergrowth of PbS-like slabs with irregularly configured slabs of Bi pyramids and Cu tetrahedra. It contains covalently bonded Se-2...... groups. Isotypy with Cu4Bi4S9 is connected with substantial changes in coordination details for two out of five distinct Cu sites. Modular relationships to the structures of the cuprobismutite series of Cu-Bi sulfo-salts cart be expressed as different ways of recombination of the same large structural...

  1. Electronic structure of the BiSI cluster

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    Audzijonis, A.; Gaigalas, G.; Zigas, L.; Pauliukas, A.; Zaltauskas, R.; Cerskus, A.; Narusis, J.; Kvedaravicius, A.

    2007-01-01

    The energy levels of valence bands (VB) and core levels (CL) of the BiSI crystals have been investigated theoretically. The molecular model of this crystal was used for calculation of VB and CL by the unrestricted Hartree-Fock method using GAMESS program, with Hw and MINI basis set. The molecular cluster consisting of 20 molecules of BiSI was used for calculations of averaged total density of states including atom vibrations. The spectra of averaged total density of states from VB of BiSI cluster has been compared with experimental X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS) of VB of SbSI crystal. The results clarify that the atomic vibrations is one of possible reasons for the smoother appearance of the experimental XPS. The investigation of vibrational spectrum reveals new experimental information about the reflection spectrum of BiSI crystals. The cluster model calculations have shown that the splitting of the CL in the BiSI may be caused by the photoelectron emission from the atoms at the surface that is in different valence states. The cluster model calculation showed that splitting energy of CL depends on difference of ionic charges of the same atoms at the edges of BiSI cluster

  2. Electrochemically deposited BiTe-based nanowires for thermoelectric applications

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    Ng, Inn-Khuan; Kok, Kuan-Ying; Rahman, Che Zuraini Che Ab; Saidin, Nur Ubaidah; Ilias, Suhaila Hani; Choo, Thye-Foo [Malaysian Nuclear Agency, Bangi, 43000 Kajang, Selangor Darul Ehsan (Malaysia)

    2014-02-12

    Nanostructured materials systems such as thin-films and nanowires (NWs) are promising for thermoelectric power generation and refrigeration compared to traditional counterparts in bulk, due to their enhanced thermoelectric figures-of-merit. BiTe and its derivative compounds, in particular, are well-known for their near-room temperature thermoelectric performance. In this work, both the binary and ternary BiTe-based nanowires namely, BiTe and BiSbTe, were synthesized using template-assisted electrodeposition. Diameters of the nanowires were controlled by the pore sizes of the anodised alumina (AAO) templates used. Systematic study on the compositional change as a function of applied potential was carried out via Linear Sweep Voltanmetry (LSV). Chemical compositions of the nanowires were studied using Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrometry (EDXS) and their microstructures evaluated using diffraction and imaging techniques. Results from chemical analysis on the nanowires indicated that while the Sb content in BiSbTe nanowires increased with more negative deposition potentials, the formation of Te{sup 0} and Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} were favorable at more positive potentials.

  3. MRI in the Assessment of BI-RADS® 4 lesions.

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    Leithner, Doris; Wengert, Georg; Helbich, Thomas; Morris, Elizabeth; Pinker, Katja

    2017-10-01

    The American College of Radiology (ACR) Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) lexicon, which is used ubiquitously to standardize reporting of breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), provides 7 BI-RADS assessment categories to indicate the level of suspicion of malignancy and guide further management. A BI-RADS category 4 assessment is assigned when an imaging abnormality does not fulfill the typical criteria for malignancy, but is suspicious enough to warrant a recommendation for biopsy. The BI-RADS category 4 assessment covers a wide range of probability of malignancy, from >2 to BI-RADS 4 lesions is manifold. In lesions classified as suspicious on imaging with mammography, digital breast tomosynthesis, and sonography, MRI can aid in the noninvasive differentiation of benign and malignant lesions and obviate unnecessary breast biopsies. When the suspicion of cancer is confirmed with MRI, concurrent staging of disease for treatment planning can be accomplished. This article will provide a comprehensive overview of the role of breast MRI in the assessment of ACR BI-RADS 4 lesions. In addition, we will discuss strategies to decrease false positives and avoid false negative results when reporting MRI of the breast.

  4. (Bi)literacy i det flersprogede klasserum

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    Laursen, Helle; Lundqvist, Ulla; Orluf, Birgit

    I dette og et foregående paper præsenteres programmet Tegn på sprog - tosprogede børn lærer at læse og skrive og de foreløbige resultater heraf. I dette paper sættes særligt fokus på (bi)literacypraksisser i klasserummet og på børns brug af literacy, som det kommer til udtryk gennem deres...... information, der er tilgængelig for dem i de sociale fællesskaber, de indgår i (Kress 1997, 2000, Kenner 2004). For børn, der vokser op i flersprogede omgivelser, vil mødet med skriftsprog omfatte møder med skrift på flere sprog. Dataindsamlingen omfatter i 2008/2009 klasserumsobservationer i de fem 0...... skabes i klasserummet. Derudover diskuteres forståelsen af literacy og literacyunder-visning i lyset af den sproglige diversitet, man finder i mange klasserum....

  5. Delusion and bi-ocular vision.

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    De Masi, Franco

    2015-10-01

    The delusional experience is the result of a grave disjunction in the psyche whose outcome is not readily predictable. Examination of the specific mode of disjunction may help us understand the nature and radical character of delusion. I will present the therapy of a psychotic patient who after many years of analysis and progresses in his life continues to show delusional episodes although limited and contained. In his case, the two visions, one delusional and the other real, remain distinct and differentiated from each other because they both possess the same perceptual character, that of reality. He has a bi-ocular vision of reality and not a binocular one because his vision lacks integration, as would necessarily be the case if the two visions could be compared with each other. The principle of non-contradiction ceases to apply in delusion. A corollary of the failure of the principle of non-contradiction is that, if a statement and its negation are both true, then any statement is true. Logicians call this consequence the principle of explosion. For this reason, the distinction between truth, reality, improbability, probability, possibility and impossibility is lost in the delusional system, thus triggering an omnipotent, explosive mechanism with a potentially infinite progression. The paper presents some thoughts for a possible analytic transformation of the delusional experience. Copyright © 2015 Institute of Psychoanalysis.

  6. BI-RADS guided mammographic mass retrieval

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    Tao, Yimo; Lo, Shih-Chung B.; Hadjiski, Lubomir; Chan, Heang-Ping; Freedman, Matthew T.

    2011-03-01

    In this study, a mammographic mass retrieval platform was established using content-based image retrieval method to extract and to model the semantic content of mammographic masses. Specifically, the shape and margin of a mass was classified into different categories, which were sorted by radiologist experts according to BI-RADS descriptors. Mass lesions were analyzed by the likelihoods of each category with defined features including third order moments, curvature scale space descriptors, compactness, solidity, and eccentricity, etc. To evaluate the performance of the retrieval system, we defined that a retrieved image is considered relevant if it belongs to the same class (benign or malignant) as the query image. A total of 476 biopsy-proven mass cases (219 malignant and 257 benign) were used for 10 random test/train partitions. For each test query mass, 5 most similar masses were retrieved from the image library. The performance of the retrieval system was evaluated by ROC analysis of the malignancy rating of the query masses in the test set relative to the biopsy truth. Through 10 random test/train partitions, we found that the averaged area under the ROC curve (Az) was 0.80+/-0.06. With another independent dataset containing 415 cases (244 malignant and 171 benign) as a test set, the ROC analysis indicated the performance of the retrieval system had an Az of 0.75+/-0.03.

  7. A plate-on-plate sandwiched Z-scheme heterojunction photocatalyst: BiOBr-Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} with enhanced photocatalytic performance

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    Wang, Shengyao [College of Science, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070 (China); Key Laboratory of Environment Correlative Dietology, Ministry of Education, Wuhan 430070 (China); Yang, Xianglong; Zhang, Xuehao; Ding, Xing; Yang, Zixin [College of Science, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070 (China); Dai, Ke [College of Resources and Environment, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070 (China); Chen, Hao, E-mail: hchenhao@mail.hzau.edu.cn [College of Science, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070 (China); Key Laboratory of Environment Correlative Dietology, Ministry of Education, Wuhan 430070 (China)

    2017-01-01

    Highlights: • A visible light heterojunction photocatalyst of BiOBr-Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} was simply synthesized. • Carriers transferred efficiently in sandwiched layers causing an enhance activity. • A possible direct Z-scheme charge transfer mechanism of BiOBr-Bi2MoO6 is proposed. - Abstract: In this study, a direct Z-scheme heterojunction BiOBr-Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} with greatly enhanced visible light photocatalytic performance was fabricated via a two-step coprecipitation method. It was indicated that a plate-on-plate heterojunctions be present between BiOBr and Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} through different characterization techniques including X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and photoelectrochemical measurements. The crystal structure and morphology analysis revealed that the heterointerface in BiOBr-Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} occurred mainly on the (001) facets of BiOBr and (001) facets of Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6}. The photocatalytic activity of the BiOBr-Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} was investigated by degradation of RhB and about 66.7% total organic carbon (TOC) could be removed. Ciprofloxacin (CIP) was employed to rule out the photosensitization. It was implied that the higher activity of BiOBr-Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} could be attribute to the strong redox ability in the Z-scheme system, which was subsequently confirmed by photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL) and active spices trapping experiments. This study provides a promising platform for Z-scheme heterojunction constructing and also sheds light on highly efficient visible-light-driven photocatalysts designing.

  8. High-pressure studies of superconductivity in BiO0.75F0.25BiS2

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    2017-09-25

    Sep 25, 2017 ... conductors, i.e., on applying pressure the superconducting transition ... reactants BiF3, Bi2O3, Bi2S3 and Bi metal were weighed and .... ity between 11 and 16 m cm. The activation energy U0 is calculated from the slope of the curve in this linear region using the afore-mentioned formula. The best fit to. 0. 40.

  9. Accurate ab initio investigation of the ground and some low-lying electronic states of boron monoiodide, BI, and its ions BI+ and BI-

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    Kitsaras, Marios-Peter; Papakondylis, Aristotle

    2018-01-01

    The lowest electronic states of boron monoiodide, BI, and its ions BI± have been theoretically studied by the multireference configuration interaction technique employing basis sets of quadruple and quintuple-ζ quality. Scalar relativistic effects and spin-orbit coupling are taken into account as well. For all states we report potential energy curves, binding energies, and spectroscopic constants. Some quantities such as electron affinity, ionization potential, and dipole moment of BI are evaluated for the first time. The nature of the bonding in the systems under scrutiny is also discussed in some detail.

  10. Structural changes in nanocrystalline Bi2Te3/Bi2Se3 multilayer thin films caused by thermal annealing

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    Hamada, Jun; Takashiri, Masayuki

    2017-06-01

    To assess the performance of thermoelectric devices with nanostructured materials at high operating temperatures, we investigated the effects of structural changes on the thermoelectric properties of nanocrystalline bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3)/bismuth selenide (Bi2Se3) multilayer thin films caused by thermal annealing. Multilayer thin films with 12 and 48 layers were fabricated by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering. These thin films were then thermally annealed at temperatures ranging from 250 to 350 °C. As the annealing temperature increased, flake-like nanocrystals were grown in the 12- and 48-layer thin films. X-ray diffraction peaks from three alloys, which were determined to be Bi2Te3, Bi2Se3, and (Bi2Te3)0.4(Bi2Se3)0.6, were observed in the thin films. This indicates that Bi2Te3 and Bi2Se3 layers were not completely diffused mutually in this range of annealing temperature. The 12- and 48-layer thin films exhibited increases in both the electrical conductivity and the absolute value of the Seebeck coefficient at the annealing temperature of 300 °C. One possible explanation for this improvement is that the band structure is tuned by inducing strain during the variation of atomic composition in the multilayer thin films. As a result, the power factor was significantly improved by the thermal annealing. In particular, the maximum power factor reached 13.7 μW/(cm K2) in the 12-layer thin film at the annealing temperature of 350 °C. Therefore, we may conclude that if the multilayer thin films undergo structural changes at higher operating temperature (≈350 °C), thermoelectric devices composed of multilayer thin films are expected to exhibit suitable thermoelectric performance.

  11. High-pressure studies of superconductivity in BiO0. 75F0. 25BiS2

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 40; Issue 6. High-pressure studies of superconductivity in BiO 0.75 F 0.25 BiS 2 ... The upper critical field Hc2(0) is greater than 3 T, which is higher than earlier report onthis material. As determined from the M–H curve, both H c 2 and H c 1 decrease under external ...

  12. Synthesis of Pb-doped Bi-2223 from Pb-doped Bi-2212, Ca2CuO3, and CuO Above the Glass Transition Temperature of Bi-2212

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    Marvin U. Herrera

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available Synthesis of Pb-doped Bi-2223 from Pb-doped Bi-2212 (Pb=0.3, Ca2CuO3, and CuO was done by sintering at the glass-phase temperature of Pb-doped Bi-2212. The sample sintered at 850°C possesses nearly 100% Pb-doped Bi-2223, as revealed from the XRD pattern and magnetic susceptibility data. The presence of holes, terrace-like features, and magma-like flow features in the SE< micrographs of the sample strongly support a glass-state Pb-doped Bi-2223 formation.

  13. Tl, Bi, and Pb doping in Ba4BiPb2TlO12-δ

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    Sutto, T.E.; Averill, B.A.

    1992-01-01

    To determine the effects of different 6s metal concentrations on the superconducting nature of Ba 4 BiPb 2 TlO 12-δ , materials produced via four doping schemes were examined: Ba 4 Bi(Pb, Tl) 3 O 12-δ , Ba 4 -(BiPb) 3 TlO 12-δ , Ba 4 (Bi,Tl) 2 Pb 2 O 12-δ , and Ba 4 Bi x Pb 4-2x Tl x O 12-δ . For the parent compound a value of δ = 0.91 was observed, indicating that approximately 1/4 oxygen atom was missing per cubic subsection of the unit cell. For all samples, the symmetry of the parent compound changed from orthorhombic to tetragonal as the system moved away from the ideal composition. This was usually accompanied by the loss of superconductivity, which exhibited a maximum T c of 10.5 K for the parent compound Ba 4 BiPb 2 TlO 12-δ . Also reported are high-temperature magnetic susceptibility results, which are used to determine the effect of metal substitution on the density of states at the Fermi level. For each set of variants on the parent composition, the onset of superconductivity was accompanied by a significant decrease in the size of the Pauli paramagnetic signal. 16 refs., 6 figs

  14. Energy Storage Characteristics of BiFeO3/BaTiO3 Bi-Layers Integrated on Si

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    Menglin Liu

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available BiFeO3/BaTiO3 bi-layer thick films (~1 μm were deposited on Pt/Ti/SiO2/(100 Si substrates with LaNiO3 buffer layers at 500 °C via a rf magnetron sputtering process. X-ray diffraction (XRD analysis revealed that both BiFeO3 and BaTiO3 layers have a (00l preferred orientation. The films showed a small remnant polarization (Pr ~ 7.8 μC/cm2 and a large saturated polarization (Ps ~ 65 μC/cm2, resulting in a slim polarization-electric field (P-E hysteresis loop with improved energy storage characteristics (Wc = 71 J/cm3, η = 61%. The successful “slim-down” of the P-E loop from that of the pure BiFeO3 film can be attributed to the competing effects of space charges and the interlayer charge coupling on charge transport of the bi-layer film. The accompanying electrical properties of the bi-layer films were measured and the results confirmed their good quality.

  15. Effect of Bi2O3 Excess on Morphology and Structure of BiNbO4 Ceramics

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    Czekaj D.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Celem niniejszej pracy było wytworzenie ceramiki BiNbO4 z mieszaniny proszków metodą reakcji w fazie stałej z następu- jącym spiekaniem swobodnym przeprowadzonym w temperaturze Ts =870°C i Ts =910°C. Ponadto zbadano wpływ zawartości Bi2O3 na mikrostrukturę, skład chemiczny, fazowy i strukturę krystaliczną ceramiki BiNbO4. Mieszaniny tlenków wyjściowych Bi2C>3 i Nb20s przygotowano zarówno w ilości stechiometrycznej, jak i z nadmiarem tlenku bizmutu odpowiednio 3%mol, 5%mol i 10%mol. Na podstawie rentgenowskiej fazowej analizy stwierdzono, że oprócz głównej fazy rombowej a-BiNbO4 wytworzona ceramika zawiera niewielkie domieszki fazy tetragonalnej BisMOis i regularnej BhNbO?. Stwierdzono, że faza a-BiNb04 wykazuje symetrię rombową opisywaną jako Pnna (52, natomiast niestechiometryczność mieszaniny proszków wyjściowych powoduje niewielkie różnice parametrów komórki elementarnej

  16. Enhanced photoactivity of BiPO4/(001) facet-dominated square BiOBr flakes by combining heterojunctions with facet engineering effects

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    Shi, Jingzhi; Meng, Xiangying; Hao, Mengjian; Cao, Zhenzhu; He, Weiyan; Gao, Yanfang; Liu, Jinrong

    2018-02-01

    In this study, BiPO4/highly (001) facet exposed square BiOBr flake heterojunction photocatalysts with different molar ratios were fabricated via a two-step method. The synergetic effect of the heterojunction and facet engineering was systematically investigated. The physicochemical properties of the BiPO4/square BiOBr flake composites were characterized based on X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller method, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectra, photoluminescence, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and the photocurrent response. The BiPO4/square BiOBr flake heterojunction photocatalyst exhibited much higher photocatalytic performance compared with the individual BiPO4 and BiOBr. In particular, the BiPO4/BiOBr composite where P/Br = 1/3 exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity. The intensified separation of photoinduced charges at the p-n heterojunction between the BiPO4 nanoparticle and (001) facet of BiOBr was mainly responsible for the enhanced photoactivity.

  17. Axial magnetic bearing development for the BiVACOR rotary BiVAD/TAH.

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    Greatrex, Nicholas A; Timms, Daniel L; Kurita, Nobuyuki; Palmer, Edward W; Masuzawa, Toru

    2010-03-01

    A suspension system for the BiVACOR biventricular assist device (BiVAD) has been developed and tested. The device features two semi-open centrifugal impellers mounted on a common rotating hub. Flow balancing is achieved through the movement of the rotor in the axial direction. The rotor is suspended in the pump casings by an active magnetic suspension system in the axial direction and a passive hydrodynamic bearing in the radial direction. This paper investigates the axial movement capacity of the magnetic bearing system and the power consumption at various operating points. The force capacity of the passive hydrodynamic bearing is investigated using a viscous glycerol solution. Axial rotor movement in the range of +/-0.15 mm is confirmed and power consumption is under 15.5 W. The journal bearing is shown to stabilize the rotor in the radial direction at the required operating speed. Magnetic levitation is a viable suspension technique for the impeller of an artificial heart to improve device lifetime and reduce blood damage.

  18. Local variation in Bi crystal sites of epitaxial GaAsBi studied by photoelectron spectroscopy and first-principles calculations

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    Laukkanen, P., E-mail: pekka.laukkanen@utu.fi [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Turku, FI-20014 Turku (Finland); Punkkinen, M.P.J., E-mail: marko.punkkinen@utu.fi [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Turku, FI-20014 Turku (Finland); Lahti, A. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Turku, FI-20014 Turku (Finland); Puustinen, J. [Optoelectronics Research Centre, Tampere University of Technology, FI-33101 Tampere (Finland); Tuominen, M. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Turku, FI-20014 Turku (Finland); Hilska, J. [Optoelectronics Research Centre, Tampere University of Technology, FI-33101 Tampere (Finland); Mäkelä, J.; Dahl, J.; Yasir, M. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Turku, FI-20014 Turku (Finland); Kuzmin, M. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Turku, FI-20014 Turku (Finland); Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg 194021, Russian Federation (Russian Federation); Osiecki, J.R.; Schulte, K. [The MAX IV laboratory, P. O. Box 118, Lund University, SE-221 00 Lund (Sweden); Guina, M. [Optoelectronics Research Centre, Tampere University of Technology, FI-33101 Tampere (Finland); Kokko, K. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Turku, FI-20014 Turku (Finland)

    2017-02-28

    Highlights: • XPS is used to study bulk-like properties of GaAsBi crystals. • Surface effects are removed from XPS signal by an epitaxial AlAs cap film. • Local variation of Bi composition is found. • The result is consistent with photoluminescence and theoretical results. • Ga vacancies and Bi crystallites are suggested to be dominating defects. - Abstract: Epitaxial Bi-containing III–V crystals (III-V{sub 1-x}Bi{sub x}) have attracted increasing interest due to their potential in infrared applications. Atomic-scale characterization and engineering of bulk-like III-V{sub 1-x}Bi{sub x} properties (e.g., Bi incorporation and defect formation) are challenging but relevant to develop applications. Toward that target, we report here that the traditional surface-science measurement of photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) is a potential, non-destructive method to be combined in the studies of bulk-like properties, when surface effects are properly removed. We have investigated epitaxial GaAs{sub 1-x}Bi{sub x} films, capped by epitaxial AlAs layers, with high-resolution photoelectron spectroscopy. The Bi5d core-level spectra of GaAs{sub 1-x}Bi{sub x} together with ab-initio calculations give direct evidence of variation of Bi bonding environment in the lattice sites. The result agrees with photoluminescence (PL) measurement which shows that the studied GaAs{sub 1-x}Bi{sub x} films include local areas with higher Bi content, which contribute to PL but do not readily appear in x-ray diffraction (XRD). The measured and calculated Bi core-level shifts show also that Ga vacancies and Bi clusters are dominant defects.

  19. Self-regulation of Bi/(Bi+Fe) ratio in metalorganic chemical vapor deposition of BiFeO3 thin films

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    Fujisawa, Hironori; Yoshimura, Nao; Nakashima, Seiji; Shimizu, Masaru

    2017-10-01

    Metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) is one of the suitable techniques for practical applications of BiFeO3 films. To develop the potential of MOCVD as a device fabrication process, we investigated the relationship between the film and gas compositions, and the growth under highly oxidizing conditions using O2 and O3 gases. In the growth of epitaxial BiFeO3 thin films on SrRuO3-covered 4° vicinal SrTiO3(001) at 620 °C, the self-regulation of the film composition was achieved for Bi and Fe precursor supply ratios between 62.1 to 78.5% under O2 and 56.1 to 73.2% under 5 wt % O3-mixed O2 atmospheres. The leakage was very sensitive to the precursor supply ratio and oxidizing gas. 150-nm-thick MOCVD-BiFeO3 films grown using O2+O3 gas showed the minimum leakage current density of 2.3 × 10-7 A/cm2 at +1 V. The highly oxidizing growth conditions using O3 can suppress the leakage while precise composition control is required.

  20. Imaging the modified core structure of buried Bi nanolines

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    Song, Jiaming; Hudak, Bethany; Sims, Hunter; Lupini, Andrew; Snijders, Paul

    Self-assembled, one-dimensional (1D) Bi nanolines on Si(100) surfaces are formed by two rows of surface Bi atoms supported by a ``Haiku'' core of reconstructed Si. These nanolines have been proposed as templates for atomic-scale wiring in nanoelectronics, or as sources of poorly soluble Bi dopants in Si films. Both applications require overgrowth of the nanolines to protect against oxidation. To understand the structure of the buried nanolines, high-resolution techniques are required. Here we employ scanning tunneling microscope (STM) and scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) to probe Bi nanoline structures at the surface as well as at the interface with the capping layer. STM and STS data of the nanolines are consistent with the well-known Haiku core structural model. However, using high-resolution STEM we show that after depositing a Si capping layer, a modified Si core can survive depending on capping-layer growth temperature, but the Bi atoms diffuse away from their original position. The resulting 1D Si nanostructures, buried in semiconducting Si, may offer a useful nanoelectronic platform to address dopant qubits. The combination of high resolution STM and STEM provides new opportunities to guide the design of atomic-scale functional materials. Research sponsored by the Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, managed by UT-Battelle, LLC, for the U. S. Department of Energy.

  1. Processing of bulk Bi-2223 high-temperature superconductor

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    Alexander Polasek

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available The Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3 O10+x (Bi-2223 is one of the main high temperature superconductors for applications. One of these applications is the Superconductor Fault Current Limiter (SCFCL, which is a very promising high temperature superconducting device. SCFCL's can be improved by using bulk superconductors with high critical currents, which requires a sufficiently dense and textured material. In the present work, a process for improving the microstructure of Bi-2223 bulk samples is investigated. Pressed precursor blocks are processed by sintering with a further partial melting step, in order to enhance the Bi-2223 grain texture and to healing cracks induced by pressing. In order to improve the microstructure, the precursor is mixed with silver powder before pressing. Samples with and without silver powder have been studied, with the aim of investigating the influence of silver on the microstructure evolution. The phase contents and the microstructure obtained have been analyzed through XRD and SEM/EDS. The electromagnetic characterization has been performed by Magnetic Susceptibility Analysis. We present and discuss the process and the properties of the superconducting blocks. High fractions of textured Bi-2223 grains have been obtained.

  2. BiOSS: A system for biomedical ontology selection.

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    Martínez-Romero, Marcos; Vázquez-Naya, José M; Pereira, Javier; Pazos, Alejandro

    2014-04-01

    In biomedical informatics, ontologies are considered a key technology for annotating, retrieving and sharing the huge volume of publicly available data. Due to the increasing amount, complexity and variety of existing biomedical ontologies, choosing the ones to be used in a semantic annotation problem or to design a specific application is a difficult task. As a consequence, the design of approaches and tools addressed to facilitate the selection of biomedical ontologies is becoming a priority. In this paper we present BiOSS, a novel system for the selection of biomedical ontologies. BiOSS evaluates the adequacy of an ontology to a given domain according to three different criteria: (1) the extent to which the ontology covers the domain; (2) the semantic richness of the ontology in the domain; (3) the popularity of the ontology in the biomedical community. BiOSS has been applied to 5 representative problems of ontology selection. It also has been compared to existing methods and tools. Results are promising and show the usefulness of BiOSS to solve real-world ontology selection problems. BiOSS is openly available both as a web tool and a web service. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Diffusion couple studies of the Ni-Bi-Sn system

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    Vassilev G.

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Investigations of Ni-Bi-Sn system were performed in order to inquire the phase diagram and to assess some diffusion kinetic parameters. For this purpose diffusion couples consisting of solid nickel (preliminary electroplated with tin and liquid Bi-Sn phase were annealed at 370 °C. Three compositions (0.8, 0.6 and 0.4 mole fractions Sn of the Bi-Sn melts were chosen. Annealing times from 24 to 216 h were applied. The phase and chemical compositions of the contact zone were determined by means of electron scanning microscope. It was confirmed that the diffusion layers consist mainly of Ni3Sn4 but other intermetallic phases grow as well. For the first time metastable Ni-Sn phases as NiSn and NiSn8 (NiSn9 were observed in metallurgical alloys (i.e. not in electroplated samples. The existence of a ternary compound previously reported in the literature was confirmed. More than one ternary Ni-Bi-Sn compounds might possibly be admitted. A growth coefficient of (2.29 ± 0.02 x 10-15 m2 s-1 was obtained. It was found that the apparent activation energy for diffusion layers growth (18 ± 8 kJ mol-1 is inferior to that one assessed at growth from solid state Bi-Sn mixtures (88 ± 12 kJ mol-1.

  4. Discovery of FeBi 2

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    Walsh, James P. S.; Clarke, Samantha M.; Meng, Yue; Jacobsen, Steven D.; Freedman, Danna E.

    2016-10-26

    Recent advances in high-pressure techniques offer chemists access to vast regions of uncharted synthetic phase space, expanding our experimental reach to pressures comparable to the core of the Earth. These newfound capabilities enable us to revisit simple binary systems in search of compounds that for decades have remained elusive. The most tantalizing of these targets are systems in which the two elements in question do not interact even as molten liquids—so-called immiscible systems. As a prominent example, immiscibility between iron and bismuth is so severe that no material containing Fe–Bi bonds is known to exist. The elusiveness of Fe–Bi bonds has a myriad of consequences; crucially, it precludes completing the iron pnictide superconductor series. Herein we report the first iron–bismuth binary compound, FeBi2, featuring the first Fe–Bi bond in the solid state. We employed geologically relevant pressures, similar to the core of Mars, to access FeBi2, which we synthesized at 30 GPa and 1500 K. The compound crystallizes in the Al2Cu structure type (space group I4/mcm) with a = 6.3121(3) Å and c = 5.4211(4) Å. The new binary intermetallic phase persists from its formation pressure of 30 GPa down to 3 GPa. The existence of this phase at low pressures suggests that it might be quenchable to ambient pressure at low temperatures. These results offer a pathway toward the realization of new exotic materials.

  5. Benign (BI-RADS 2) lesions in breast MRI.

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    Spick, C; Szolar, D H M; Tillich, M; Reittner, P; Preidler, K W; Baltzer, P A

    2015-04-01

    To assess the frequency of malignancy in lesions characterized as benign [Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) 2] on breast MRI. In this institutional review board-approved retrospective single-centre study, 1265 consecutive patients (mean age 50 ± 13 years), undergoing dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (1.5 T) of the breast during a 6 year time period, were eligible. This study investigated the MRI characteristics and frequency of malignancy in 192 of these patients with breast lesions classified as BI-RADS 2. Examinations were read during clinical practice and classified according to the MRI BI-RADS lexicon. Based on the patient's and referring physician's preferences, lesions were either histopathologically verified or were subjected to both clinical and imaging follow-up of at least 2 years (range 2-9 years). Descriptive statistical metrics were calculated. According to the standard of reference, 0 of 192 (0%) lesions classified as BI-RADS 2 were malignant. Histopathology was available in 67 (34.9%) lesions and revealed benign findings exclusively. The remaining 125 (65.1%) lesions did not exhibit changes during the follow-up period and were, therefore, considered negative for malignancy. The frequency of malignancy in breast lesions classified as BI-RADS 2 is zero. As a consequence, breast biopsies are unnecessary in these cases. Copyright © 2014 The Royal College of Radiologists. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Interobserver variability in upgraded and non-upgraded BI-RADS 3 lesions.

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    Michaels, A Y; Chung, C S W; Frost, E P; Birdwell, R L; Giess, C S

    2017-08-01

    To evaluate interobserver variability in the assessment of Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) 3 mammographic lesions, and to determine if the initial evaluation of upgraded BI-RADS 3 lesions was appropriate. Retrospective review of the mammography database (1/1/2004-12/31/2008) identified 1,188 screen-detected BI-RADS 3 lesions, 60 (5.1%) were upgraded to BI-RADS 4/5 during surveillance (cases). Cases were matched to 60 non-upgraded BI-RADS 3 lesions (controls) by lesion type, laterality, and year. Available studies were assessed separately by two radiologists blinded to outcomes. Eighty-two studies were available (43 cases, eight malignancies, and 39 controls). Reader 1 assessed 18/82 (22%) as BI-RADS 0, 13 cases, five controls; 35/82 (42.7%) as BI-RADS 2, 11 cases, 24 controls; 7/82 (8.5%) BI-RADS 3, four cases, three controls; 22/82 BI-RADS 4, 15 cases, seven controls. Reader 2 assessed 8/82 (9.8%) as BI-RADS 0, four cases, four controls; 27 (32.9%) BI-RADS 2, 11 cases, 16 controls; 33 (40.2%) BI-RADS 3, 19 cases, 14 controls; 14 (17%) BI-RADS 4, nine cases, five controls. For cancers, reader 1 assessed two BI-RADS 0, one BI-RADS 2, one BI-RADS 3, and four BI-RADS 4; reader 2 assessed two BI-RADS 2, four BI-RADS 3, and two BI-RADS 4. Reasons for BI-RADS 0 assessment included incomplete mammographic views, lack of ultrasound, and failure to include the lesion on follow-up imaging. Reasons for BI-RADS 4 assessment included suspicious morphology or instability. There is much interobserver variability in the assessment of BI-RADS 3 lesions. Many BI-RADS 3 lesions were judged as incompletely evaluated on blinded review. Copyright © 2017 The Royal College of Radiologists. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Size dependent structural, vibrational and magnetic properties of BiFeO3 and core-shell structured BiFeO3@SiO2 nanoparticles

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    Chauhan, Sunil; Kumar, Manoj; Chhoker, Sandeep; Katyal, S. C.

    2014-01-01

    Bulk BiFeO 3 , BiFeO 3 nanoparticles and core-shell structured BiFeO 3 @SiO 2 nanoparticles were synthesized by solid state reaction method, sol-gel and Stöber process (SiO 2 shell) respectively. Transmission electron microscopy image confirmed the core-shell structure of BiFeO 3 @SiO 2 nanoparticles with BiFeO3 core ∼50-90 nm and SiO 2 shell ∼16 nm. X-ray diffraction and FTIR spectroscopy results showed the presence of distorted rhombohedral structure with R3c space group in all three samples. The magnetic measurement indicated the existence of room-temperature weak ferromagnetism in core-shell BiFeO 3 @SiO 2 nanoparticles and BiFeO3 nanoparticles, whereas bulk BiFeO 3 showed antiferromagnteic nature. Electron Spin Resonance results confirmed the enhancement in magnetic properties of coreshell structured BiFeO 3 @SiO 2 nanoparticles in comparison with BiFeO 3 nanoparticles and bulk BiFeO 3

  8. Bismuth oxychloride homogeneous phasejunction BiOCl/Bi12O17Cl2 with unselectively efficient photocatalytic activity and mechanism insight

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    Hao, Lin; Huang, Hongwei; Guo, Yuxi; Du, Xin; Zhang, Yihe

    2017-10-01

    Fabrication of homo/hetero-junctions by coupling of wide-band gap semiconductor and narrow-band gap semiconductor is desirable as they can achieve a decent balance between photoabsorption and photo-redox ability. Herein, a n-n type bismuth oxychloride homogeneous phasejunction BiOCl/Bi12O17Cl2 was developed by facilely manipulating the basicity in a one-pot hydrothermal process. Compared with BiOCl which only responds to UV light, the photo-responsive range is remarkably extended to visible region. The BiOCl/Bi12O17Cl2 phasejunctions show much higher photocatalytic activity than the single BiOCl and Bi12O17Cl2 toward degradation of methyl orange (MO) under simulated solar light. In particular, it presented a high photo-oxidation ability in degrading diverse industrial contaminants including 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP), phenol, bisphenol A (BPA) and tetracycline hydrochloride. Based on a series of photoelectrochemical and photoluminescence measurements, the fortified photocatalytic performance of BiOCl/Bi12O17Cl2 phasejunctions was manifested to be attributed to the efficient separation and transfer efficiencies of photoinduced electron-hole pairs because of the junctional interface formed between BiOCl and Bi12O17Cl2. The study may not only furnish a high-effective photocatalyst in the application of environment purification, but also pave a path to fabricate agnate phase-junctional photocatalyst.

  9. Bi[NC5H3(CO2)2](OH2)xF (x=1 and 2): New one-dimensional Bi-coordination materials—Reversible hydration and topotactic decomposition to α-Bi2O3

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    Jeon, Hye Rim; Lee, Dong Woo; Ok, Kang Min

    2012-01-01

    Two one-dimensional bismuth-coordination materials, Bi[NC 5 H 3 (CO 2 ) 2 ](OH 2 ) x F (x=1 and 2), have been synthesized by hydrothermal reactions using Bi 2 O 3 , 2,6-NC 5 H 3 (CO 2 H) 2 , HF, and water at 180 °C. Structures of the two materials were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Although they have different crystal structures, both Bi-organic materials shared a common structural motif, a one-dimensional chain structure consisting of Bi 3+ cations and pyridine dicarboxylate linkers. Detailed structural analyses include infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and reversible hydration reactions for the coordinated water molecules were reported. Also, thermal decomposition of the rod-shaped Bi[NC 5 H 3 (CO 2 ) 2 ](OH 2 )F single crystals at 800 °C led to α-Bi 2 O 3 that maintained the same morphology of the original crystals. - Graphical abstract: Calcination of the Bi[NC 5 H 3 (CO 2 ) 2 ](OH 2 )F single crystals at 800 °C results in the α-Bi 2 O 3 rods that maintain the original morphology of the crystals. Highlights: ► Synthesis of one-dimensional chain Bi-organic frameworks. ► Reversible hydration reactions of Bi[NC 5 H 3 (CO 2 ) 2 ](OH 2 )F. ► Topotactic decomposition maintaining the same morphology of the original crystals.

  10. Bi-sulphotellurides associated with Pb - Bi - (Sb ± Ag, Cu, Fe) sulphosalts: an example from the Stan Terg deposit in Kosovo

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    Kołodziejczyk, Joanna; Pršek, Jaroslav; Voudouris, Panagiotis Ch.; Melfos, Vasilios

    2017-08-01

    New mineralogical and mineral-chemical data from the Stan Terg deposit, Kosovo, revealed the presence of abundant Bi-sulphotellurides associated with Bi- and Sb-sulphosalts and galena in pyrite-pyrrhotite-rich skarn-free ore bodies (ores without skarn minerals). The Bi-bearing association comprises Bi-sulphotellurides (joséite-A, joséite-B, unnamed phase A with a chemical formula close to (Bi,Pb)2(TeS)2, unnamed phase B with a chemical composition close to (Bi,Pb)2.5Te1.5S1.5), ikunolite, cosalite, Sb-lillianite, members of the kobellite series and Bi-jamesonite. Compositional trends of the Bi-sulphotellurides suggest lattice-scale incorporation of Bi-(Pb)-rich module and/or admixture with submicroscopic PbS layers in modulated structures, or complicated Bi-Te substitution. Cosalite is characterized by high Sb (max. 3.94 apfu), and low Cu and Ag (up to 0.72 apfu of Cu+Ag). Jamesonite from this mineralization has elevated Bi content, from 0.85 to 2.30 apfu. The negligible content of Au and Ag in the Bi-sulphotellurides, the low content of Ag in Bi-sulphosalts, together with the lack of Au-Ag bearing phases in the mineralization, indicate either ore deposition from fluid(s) depleted in precious metals, or physico-chemical conditions of ore formation preventing Au and Ag precipitation at the deposit site. The temperature of initial mineralization may have exceeded 400 °C as suggested by the lamellar exsolution textures observed in lillianite, which indicate breakdown textures from decomposition of high-temperature initial crystals. Non-stoichiometric phases among the Bi-sulphosalts and sulphotellurides studied at Stan Terg reflect modulated growth processes in a metasomatic environment.

  11. Sb-Bi Alloys and Ag-Cu-Pb-Sb-Bi Sulphosalts in the Jialong Cu-Sn Deposit in North Guangxi, South China

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    Jianping Liu

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available Although native bismuth is a relatively common mineral, native antimony is less abundant, and Sb-Bi alloys are relatively rare phases in Nature. Sb-Bi alloys and Ag-Cu-Pb-Sb-Bi sulphosalts have been discovered in the Jialong vein-type Cu-Sn deposit in North Guangxi, South China. The Jialong deposit is hosted by schist within the contact zone of a Neoproterozoic granite. Four stages of ore formation are recognised, with the Sb-Bi alloy- and sulphosalt-bearing assemblage formed during the third stage. Sulphosalts include Pb-Bi-Ag sulphosalts (pavonite, Sb-Bi sulphosalts (tintinaite, terrywallaceite, and Sb sulphosalt (ullmanite, freibergite, bournonite. Grains of Sb-Bi alloy measure 2–20 μm in diameter, show rounded margins and occur together with galena along the edges or internal fissures of sulphosalts. The Sb-Bi alloys do not coexist with bismuthinite, BiS (an unnamed mineral, or with native bismuth. Two phases of Sb-Bi alloys are identified based on back-scattered electron image observations and electron microprobe analysis. The textural and thermodynamic relationships indicate that Phase I was formed before Phase II. Phase I contains high Sb (69.15–80.12 wt % and lower Bi (18.01–27.85 wt %, while Phase II contains low Sb (0.89–25.24 wt % and high Bi (72.95–98.89 wt %. Cooling in the range of 270–400 °C and decreasing sulphur fugacity promote precipitation of Sb-Bi alloys and sulphosalts during the late stage of incursion of Sb- and Bi-bearing magmatic hydrothermal fluids.

  12. Sodium citrate-assisted anion exchange strategy for construction of Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3}/BiOI photocatalysts

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    Song, Peng-Yuan; Xu, Ming; Zhang, Wei-De, E-mail: zhangwd@scut.edu.cn

    2015-02-15

    Highlights: • Heterostructured Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3}/BiOI microspheres were prepared via anion exchange. • Sodium citrate-assisted anion exchange for construction of composite photocatalysts. • Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3}/BiOI composites show high visible light photocatalytic activity. - Abstract: Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3}/BiOI heterojuncted photocatalysts were constructed through a facile partial anion exchange strategy starting from BiOI microspheres and urea with the assistance of sodium citrate. The content of Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3} in the catalysts was regulated by modulating the amount of urea as a precursor, which was decomposed to generate CO{sub 3}{sup 2−} in the hydrothermal process. Citrate anion plays a key role in controlling the morphology and composition of the products. The Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3}/BiOI catalysts display much higher photocatalytic activity than pure BiOI and Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3} towards the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) and bisphenol A (BPA). The enhancement of photocatalytic activity of the heterojuncted catalysts is attributed to the formation of p–n junction between p-BiOI and n-Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3}, which is favorable for retarding the recombination of photoinduced electron-hole pairs. Moreover, the holes are demonstrated to be the main active species for the degradation of RhB and BPA.

  13. Bi:Ge substitution - its effect on the structural and electrical properties of the Bi2212 superconductor

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    Saligan, P.P.

    1997-03-01

    The critical temperature determined from dc resistance and ac magnetic susceptibility measurements, and the coherence length obtained from the of fluctuation conductivity of polycrystalline Bi 2-x Ge x Sr 2 CaCu 2 O 8 +δ were studied. The effect of sample quality was also studied by making two kinds of pellet samples: (1) by conventional sintering process and (2) by conventional sintering process followed annealing at high temperature. The rough phase diagram of Bi 2-x Ge x Sr 2 CaCu 2 O 8 +δ was constructed and it was found that from x=0 to x=0.3 a predominantly Bi2212 phase can be obtained. The critical temperature of the unsubstituted Bi 2 Sr 2 CaCu 2 O 8 +δ is sensitive to the cold press and anneal method. The resistive transition T c based on the maximum dR(T)dT of the as-sintered Bi 2 Sr 2 CaCu 2 O 8 +δ is about 74 K. The resistive T c of the cold-pressed-annealed samples either (1) remain near 74 K or (2) increase to approximately 85 K or (3) show two values at about 74 K and 85 K. A structural relaxation is observed in the Bi 2-x Ge x Sr 2 CaCu 2 O 8 +δ the c-axis decreases with increasing x and the a-axis increases at x=0.1 then settles back to its unsubstituted value at higher x. The as-sintered samples show an increasing resistive T c with x, 74 K for x=0 and 79 K for x>0. The resistive T c 's of the cold-pressed-annealed samples are almost independent of x, 85 K for x=0 and 87 K for x>0. The increase in the magnetic critical temperature induced by the cold press and anneal method is considerably larger compared to the increase in the resistive critical temperature, independent of the Bi:Ge substitution. An analysis of fluctuation conductivity just above T c using the Aslamasov-Larkin model for two-dimensional superconductors and the Lawrence-Doniach model for layered superconductors was done. The Aslamasov-Larkin model gives the thickness of the two dimensional superconductor to be ∼34 A also independent of the Bi:Ge substitution. The Lawrence

  14. LaBiTe3: An unusual thermoelectric material

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    Singh, Nirpendra

    2014-06-18

    Using first-principles calculations and semi-classical Boltzmann transport theory, the thermoelectric properties of LaBiTe3 are studied. The band gap and, hence, the thermoelectric response are found to be easily tailored by application of strain. Independent of the temperature, the figure of merit turns out to be maximal at a doping of about 1.6 × 1021 cm-3. At room temperature we obtain values of 0.4 and 0.5 for unstrained and moderately strained LaBiTe3, which increases to 1.1 and 1.3 at 800 K. A large spin splitting is observed in the conduction band at the T point. Therefore, LaBiTe3 merges characteristics that are interesting for thermoelectric as well as spintronic devices.

  15. Lossless/Lossy Compression of Bi-level Images

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    Martins, Bo; Forchhammer, Søren

    1997-01-01

    We present a general and robust method for lossless/lossy coding of bi-level images. The compression and decompression method is analoguous to JBIG, the current international standard for bi-level image compression, andis based on arithmetic coding and a template to determine the coding state. Loss......, an emerging international standard for lossless/lossy compression of bi-level images....... is introduced in a preprocess on the encoding side by flipping pixels in a controlled manner. The method is primarily aimed at halftoned images as a supplement to the specialized soft pattern matching techniques which work better for text. The new algorithm also works well on documents of mixed contents e...

  16. A note on {sup 207}Bi in environmental samples

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    Bossew, P. [European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre, Institute of Environment and Sustainability, Radioactivity Environmental Monitoring Group. Via Fermi 1, I-21020 Ispra, Vatican City State, Holy See (Italy)]. E-mail: peter.bossew@jrc.it; Lettner, H. [Institute of Physics and Biophysics, University of Salzburg, Hellbrunner Strasse 34, A-5020 Salzburg (Austria)]. E-mail: herbert.lettner@sbg.ac.at; Hubmer, A. [Institute of Physics and Biophysics, University of Salzburg, Hellbrunner Strasse 34, A-5020 Salzburg (Austria)

    2006-07-01

    Traces of the radionuclide {sup 207}Bi were identified in soil and cryoconite (glacier sediment) samples from Alpine regions of Austria. This nuclide has been produced in thermonuclear explosions mainly in the early 1960s and subsequently dispersed in the atmosphere. Activity concentrations up to 22 Bq/kg d.m. have been found. The ratio {sup 207}Bi:{sup 137}Cs(global fallout) equals (1.70 {+-} 0.12)10{sup -3}, which is in accordance with literature data. When low levels of {sup 207}Bi are assessed by gamma spectrometry, corrections must be made for a gamma line produced in the lead shield by neutron activation due to cosmic neutrons.

  17. BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE (BI IMPLEMENTATION FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF INDIVIDUAL CHANGE

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    Maria Amélia de Mesquita Fetzner

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Change is central in the implementation of Information Technology (IT. This paper reports on a study in which the aim was to examine the nature of change at the individual level with an analysis based on interviews with representatives from a Business Intelligence (BI solution provider and a group of clients. The implementations seemed to have occurred without great difficulty, BI learning was quick, intuitive, and the process generated a positive affect. Changes occurred in work practices, in the relationships between professionals, with regard to information, and in decision making. The study uses different theoretical approaches and proposes the application of an analytical perspective that includes affective, cognitive and behavioral aspects in order to investigate IT adoption. On a practical level, the study contributes to the knowledge regarding a particular technology - BI and, consequently, provides professionals with the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the perceptions people have of technology, which can lead to reflection and differentiated practices.

  18. Anomalous thermoelectricity in strained Bi2Te3 films

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    Liu, Yucong; Chen, Jiadong; Deng, Huiyong; Hu, Gujin; Zhu, Daming; Dai, Ning

    2016-01-01

    Bi2Te3-based alloys have been intensively used for thermoelectric coolers and generators due to their high Seebeck coefficient S. So far, efforts to improve the S have been made mostly on changing the structures and components. Herein, we demonstrate an anomalous thermoelectricity in strained Bi2Te3 films, i.e., the value of S is obviously changed after reversing the direction of temperature gradient. Further theoretical and experimental analysis shows that it originates from the coupling of thermoelectric and flexoelectric effects caused by a stress gradient. Our finding provides a new avenue to adjust the S of Bi2Te3-based thermoelectric materials through flexoelectric polarization. PMID:27600406

  19. Physicochemical analysis of Bi2Te3 - (Fe, Eu) - Bi2Te3 junctions grown by molecular beam epitaxy method

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    Balin, K.; Rapacz, R.; Weis, M.; Szade, J.

    2017-05-01

    Topological insulators (TI) are a class of materials gaining in importance due to their unique spin/electronic properties, which may allow for the generation of quasiparticles and electronic states which are not accessible in classical condensed-matter systems. Not surprisingly, TI are considered as promising materials for multiple applications in next generation electronic or spintronic devices, as well as for applications in energy conversion, such as thermo-electrics. In this study, we examined the practical challenges associated with the formation of a well-defined junction between a model 3D topological insulator, Bi2Te3, and a metal, Fe or Eu, from which spin injection could potentially be realized. The properties of multilayer systems grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), with Fe or Eu thin films sandwiched between two Bi2Te3 layers, were studied in-situ using electron diffraction and photoelectron spectroscopy. Their magnetic properties were measured using a SQUID magnetometer, while the in-depth chemical structure was assessed using secondary ion mass spectroscopy. An examination of impact of Bi2Te3 structure on chemical stability of the junction area has been realized. For Fe, we found that despite room temperature growth, a reaction between the Fe film and Bi2Te3 takes place, leading to the formation of FeTe and also the precipitation of metallic Bi. For the Eu tri-layer, a reaction also occurs, but the Te chemical state remains intact.

  20. Photoelectrochemical Performance Observed in Mn-Doped BiFeO3 Heterostructured Thin Films

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    Hao-Min Xu

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Pure BiFeO3 and heterostructured BiFeO3/BiFe0.95Mn0.05O3 (5% Mn-doped BiFeO3 thin films have been prepared by a chemical deposition method. The band structures and photosensitive properties of these films have been investigated elaborately. Pure BiFeO3 films showed stable and strong response to photo illumination (open circuit potential kept −0.18 V, short circuit photocurrent density was −0.023 mA·cm−2. By Mn doping, the energy band positions shifted, resulting in a smaller band gap of BiFe0.95Mn0.05O3 layer and an internal field being built in the BiFeO3/BiFe0.95Mn0.05O3 interface. BiFeO3/BiFe0.95Mn0.05O3 and BiFe0.95Mn0.05O3 thin films demonstrated poor photo activity compared with pure BiFeO3 films, which can be explained by the fact that Mn doping brought in a large amount of defects in the BiFe0.95Mn0.05O3 layers, causing higher carrier combination and correspondingly suppressing the photo response, and this negative influence was more considerable than the positive effects provided by the band modulation.

  1. An adaptive brightness preserving bi-histogram equalization

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    Shen, Hongying; Sun, Shuifa; Lei, Bangjun; Zheng, Sheng

    2011-11-01

    Based on mean preserving bi-histogram equalization (BBHE), an adaptive image histogram equalization algorithm for contrast enhancement is proposed. The threshold is gotten with adaptive iterative steps and used to divide the original image into two sub-images. The proposed Iterative of Brightness Bi-Histogram Equalization overcomes the over-enhancement phenomenon in the conventional histogram equalization. The simulation results show that the algorithm can not only preserve the mean brightness, but also keep the enhancement image information effectively from visual perception, and get a better edge detection result.

  2. Bi-directional associations between psychological arousal, cortisol, and sleep

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    Garde, Anne Helene; Albertsen, Karen; Persson, Roger

    2012-01-01

    The aim was to elucidate the possible bi-directional relation between daytime psychological arousal, cortisol, and self-reported sleep in a group of healthy employees in active employment. Logbook ratings of sleep (Karolinska Sleep Questionnaire), stress, and energy, as well as positive and negat......The aim was to elucidate the possible bi-directional relation between daytime psychological arousal, cortisol, and self-reported sleep in a group of healthy employees in active employment. Logbook ratings of sleep (Karolinska Sleep Questionnaire), stress, and energy, as well as positive...

  3. BiEntropy for Python v. 1.0

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    2018-03-15

    This Python package provides high-performance implementations of the functions and examples presented in "BiEntropy - The Approximate Entropy of a Finite Binary String" by Grenville J. Croll, presented at ANPA 34 in 2013. https://arxiv.org/abs/1305.0954 According to the paper, BiEntropy is "a simple algorithm which computes the approximate entropy of a finite binary string of arbitrary length" using "a weighted average of the Shannon Entropies of the string and all but the last binary derivative of the string."

  4. Lead activity in Pb-Sb-Bi alloys

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    A. S. Kholkina

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available The present work is devoted to the study of lead thermodynamic activity in the Pb-Sb-Bi alloys. The method for EMF measurements of the concentration cell: (–Pb|KCl-PbCl2¦¦KCl-PbCl2|Pb-(Sb-Bi(+ was used. The obtained concentration dependences of the galvanic cell EMF are described by linear equations. The lead activity in the ternary liquid-metal alloy demonstrates insignificant negative deviations from the behavior of ideal solutions.

  5. Via Baltica ei hakka läbi Harku metsa jooksma / Urmas Seaver

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    Seaver, Urmas, 1973-

    2005-01-01

    Tallinna linnavalitsus loobus plaanist ehitada magistraaltee Via Baltica läbi Harku metsa, kuna selle vastu on keskkonnaministeerium, kogutud on ka 1650 protestiallkirja. Kaart: Magistraaltee läbi rabametsa

  6. Radiation Induced Fault Analysis for Wide Temperature BiCMOS Circuits, Phase I

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — State of the art Radiation Hardened by Design (RHBD) techniques do not account for wide temperature variations in BiCMOS process. Silicon-Germanium BiCMOS process...

  7. The parallel bi-indication encoding аnd renewal of data in binary polyadic space

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    O.K. Yudin

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available  The parallel bi-indication encoding аnd renewal of data in binary polyadic space, based on simultaneous processing of possible areas of binary bi-indication polyadic numbers is developed.

  8. One-pot synthesis of belt-like Bi2S3/BiOCl hierarchical composites with enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Mi, Yuwei; Li, Haiping; Zhang, Yongfang; Zhang, Renjie; Hou, Wanguo

    2017-11-01

    One-dimensional (1D) belt-like Bi2S3/BiOCl composites were synthesized by a facile one-pot solvothermal method, using bismuth subsalicylate as the Bi source and, in particular, as the morphological template. The synthesized composites were characterized by many techniques, such as XRD, SEM, XPS, TEM and UV-vis diffuse reflectance and photoluminescence spectra. Photocatalytic activity of the composites was evaluated via catalytic degradation of salicylic acid (SA) and Rhodamine B (RhB) under visible light irradiation. The belt-like composites show a heterojunction structure in which the Bi2S3 nanoparticles are uniformly dispersed in the BiOCl matrix with dominant exposed (010) facets. They exhibit enhanced photodegradation efficiency in comparison with pure belt-like Bi2S3 and BiOCl. With increasing Bi2S3 content, the photodegradation efficiency of the composites increases then decreases. The Bi2S3/BiOCl composite with a Bi2S3 content of ∼2% exhibits the highest photocatalytic activity. The apparent first-order photodegradation rate constants of the composite for SA (∼0.048 h-1) and RhB (∼0.299 min-1) are significantly higher than those of the pure BiOCl and Bi2S3 for SA (∼0 and ∼0.0007 h-1) and RhB (∼0.102 and ∼0.002 min-1), respectively. The enhancement in photocatalytic activity is attributed to the efficient separation of photoinduced electrons and holes along with the increased specific surface area and visible-light absorption. The holes and superoxide radicals are the major active species. In addition, the belt-like Bi2S3/BiOCl photocatalysts exhibit excellent stability and reusability. This work provides a facile strategy for synthesis of 1D hierarchical Bi-based composite photocatalysts, and demonstrates the potential of belt-like Bi2S3/BiOCl composites for application in environmental remediation.

  9. Electromigration Critical Product to Measure Effect of Underfill Material in Suppressing Bi Segregation in Sn-58Bi Solder

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    Zhao, Xu; Takaya, Satoshi; Muraoka, Mikio

    2017-08-01

    Recently, we detected length-dependent electromigration (EM) behavior in Sn-58Bi (SB) solder and revealed the existence of Bi back-flow, which retards EM-induced Bi segregation and is dependent on solder length. The cause of the back-flow is attributed to an oxide layer formed on the SB solder. At present, underfill (UF) material is commonly used in flip-chip packaging as filler between chip and substrate to surround solder bumps. In this study, we quantitatively investigated the effect of UF material as a passivation layer on EM in SB solder strips. EM tests on SB solder strips with length of 50 μm, 100 μm, and 150 μm were conducted simultaneously. Some samples were coated with commercial thermosetting epoxy UF material, which acted as a passivation layer on the Cu-SB-Cu interconnections. The value of the critical product for SB solder was estimated to be 38 A/cm to 43 A/cm at 353 K to 373 K without UF coating and 59 A/cm at 373 K with UF coating. The UF material acting as a passivation layer suppressed EM-induced Bi segregation and increased the threshold current density by 37% to 55%. However, at very high current density, this effect became very slight. In addition, Bi atoms can diffuse to the anode side through the Sn phase, hence addition of microelements to the Sn phase to form obstacles, such as intermetallic compounds, may retard Bi segregation in SB solder.

  10. Structural evolution from Bi4.2K0.8Fe2O9+δ nanobelts to BiFeO3 nanochains and their multiferroic properties

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    Dong, Sining; Li, Xiaoguang; Liu, Xinyu; Dobrowolska, Malgorzata; Furdyna, Jacek

    2015-03-01

    In this study, we reported the structural evolution of Bi4.2K0.8Fe2O9+δ nanobelts to BiFeO3 nanochains and the related variations of multiferroic properties. By using in-situ transmission electron microscopy with comprehensive characterization, it was found that the layered perovskite multiferroic Bi4.2K0.8Fe2O9+δ nanobelts were very unstable in a vacuum environment with Bi being easily removed. Based on this finding, a simple vacuum annealing method was designed which successfully transformed the Bi4.2K0.8Fe2O9+δ nanobelts into one-dimensional BiFeO3 nanochains. Both the Bi4.2K0.8Fe2O9+δ nanobelts and the BiFeO3 nanochains showed multiferroic behaviors, with their ferroelectric and ferromagnetic properties clearly established by piezoresponse and magnetic measurements, respectively. Interestingly, the BiFeO3 nanochains exhibited a surprisingly large exchange bias with small training effects. This one-dimensional BiFeO3 multiferroic nanostructure characterized by a relatively stable exchange bias offers important functionalities that may be attractive for device applications.

  11. In-Situ Hydrothermal Synthesis of Bi-Bi2O2CO3 Heterojunction Photocatalyst with Enhanced Visible Light Photocatalytic Activity

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    Kar, Prasenjit; Maji, Tuhin Kumar; Nandi, Ramesh; Lemmens, Peter; Pal, Samir Kumar

    2017-04-01

    Bismuth containing nanomaterials recently received increasing attention with respect to environmental applications because of their low cost, high stability and nontoxicity. In this work, Bi-Bi2O2CO3 heterojunctions were fabricated by in-situ decoration of Bi nanoparticles on Bi2O2CO3 nanosheets via a simple hydrothermal synthesis approach. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high-resolution TEM (HRTEM) were used to confirm the morphology of the nanosheet-like heterostructure of the Bi-Bi2O2CO3 composite. Detailed ultrafast electronic spectroscopy reveals that the in-situ decoration of Bi nanoparticles on Bi2O2CO3 nanosheets exhibit a dramatically enhanced electron-hole pair separation rate, which results in an extraordinarily high photocatalytic activity for the degradation of a model organic dye, methylene blue (MB) under visible light illumination. Cycling experiments revealed a good photochemical stability of the Bi-Bi2O2CO3 heterojunction under repeated irradiation. Photocurrent measurements further indicated that the heterojunction incredibly enhanced the charge generation and suppressed the charge recombination of photogenerated electron-hole pairs.

  12. In vitro studies of immunoglobulin heavy-chain binding protein (BiP, GRP78). Interactions of BiP with newly synthesized proteins and adenine nucleotides

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    Kassenbrock, C.K.

    1988-01-01

    Here we examine the interaction of BiP with newly synthesized polypeptides in an in vitro protein translations-translocation system. We find that BiP forms tight complexes with nonglycosylated yeast invertase and incorrectly disulfide-bonded prolactin but not with glycosylated invertase or correctly disulfide-bonded prolactin. Moreover, BiP associates detectably only with completed chains of prolactin, not with chains undergoing synthesis. We conclude that BiP recognizes and binds with high affinity to aberrantly folded or aberrantly glycosylated polypeptides in vitro, but not to all nascent chains as they are folding. BiP also binds APT and can be purified by APT affinity chromatography. We show that submicromolar levels of ATP or ADP decrease the rate of absorption of 125 I-BiP to nitrocellulose filters coated with protein or nonionic detergents. ATP and ADP also protect portions of BiP from proteolytic degradation. In contrast, micromolar levels of AMP increase the rate of adsorption and the rate of proteolytic degradation of BiP. We also show that an ATPase activity co-purifies with BiP, but its slow turnover number suggests a regulatory, rather than a functional role. The BiP-associated ATPase shares several properties with the related cytoplasmic protein, HSC70/clathrin uncoating ATPase

  13. Non-noble metal Bi deposition by utilizing Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} as the self-sacrificing template for enhancing visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Yu, Shixin [Beijing Key Laboratory of Materials Utilization of Nonmetallic Minerals and Solid Wastes, National Laboratory of Mineral Materials, School of Materials Science and Technology, China University of Geosciences, Beijing 100083 (China); Zhang, Yihe, E-mail: zyh@cugb.edu.cn [Beijing Key Laboratory of Materials Utilization of Nonmetallic Minerals and Solid Wastes, National Laboratory of Mineral Materials, School of Materials Science and Technology, China University of Geosciences, Beijing 100083 (China); Li, Min [Beijing Key Laboratory of Materials Utilization of Nonmetallic Minerals and Solid Wastes, National Laboratory of Mineral Materials, School of Materials Science and Technology, China University of Geosciences, Beijing 100083 (China); Du, Xin [Research Center for Bioengineering and Sensing Technology, Department of Chemistry& Biological Engineering, University of Science & Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Huang, Hongwei, E-mail: hhw@cugb.edu.cn [Beijing Key Laboratory of Materials Utilization of Nonmetallic Minerals and Solid Wastes, National Laboratory of Mineral Materials, School of Materials Science and Technology, China University of Geosciences, Beijing 100083 (China)

    2017-01-01

    Highlights: • Bi metal deposited Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} photocatalyst is synthesized via an in-situ reduction. • The light absorption of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} is enhanced by Bi metal. • Charge separation efficiency of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} is increased by Bi metal. • Bi-Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} shows highly promoted photocatalytic activity for phenol degradation. - Abstract: Bi metal deposited on Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} composite photocatalysts have been successfully synthesized via a simple in-situ reduction method at room temperature with using Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} as self-sacrificing template and NaBH{sub 4} as reducing agent. The reduction extent can be easily modulated by controlling the concentration of NaBH{sub 4} solution. X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectra, N{sub 2} adsorption-desorption isotherms, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution TEM (HRTEM), diffuse reflection spectroscopy (DRS) and photoelectrochemical measurements were carried out to analyze the phase, morphology, optical property and photoelectrochemical property of the as-prepared samples. The photocatalytic activity is surveyed by degradation of phenol under visible light (λ > 420 nm), which showed that the BWO-0.2 photocatalyst exhibited the highest efficiency, which was over 3 times as high as pure Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. The enhanced photocatalytic activity should be attributed to strengthened photoabsorption and charge separation efficiency derived from the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of Bi metal.

  14. Superconducting Properties in Y-doped Semimetallic Bi3O2S3 Superconductors

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    Kim, Gun Cheol; Cheon, Miyeon; Ahmad, Dawood; Kwon, Yong Seung; Ko, Rock Kil; Kim, Young Cheol

    2018-02-01

    We report the superconducting properties of Y-doped semimetallic Bi3O2S3 superconductors. From electrical resistivity measurements, the Tc,zero of the optimally Y-doped Bi3O2S3 was higher than that of pure Bi3O2S3. This Y content dependence of the superconducting properties in Bi3O2S3 is explained by the chemical pressure effect.

  15. Domain walls and their conduction properties in ferroelectric BiFeO3 thin films

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    Farokhipoor, Saeedeh

    2013-01-01

    Geleidingseigenschappen BiFeO3 onderzocht In haar proefschrift behandelt Saeedeh Farokhipoor geleidingseigenschappen van BiFeO3, een materiaal waarvan typisch isolerend gedrag verwacht mag worden. Het onderzoek naar BiFeO3 staat recent in de belangstelling. Het is namelijk één van de weinige

  16. Epitaxial growth of solution deposited Bi2Sr2CaCu2Ox films

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    Gobel, OF; Du, [No Value; Hibma, T; von Lampe, [No Value; Steiner, U

    The epitaxial growth of Bi2Sr2CaCu2Ox (Bi2212) high temperature superconducting thin films was studied. The films were solution-deposited from a polymer-containing precursor onto SrTiO3 (001) substrates. Bi2212 formed an epitaxial phase with the c-axis parallel to the substrate normal and an in-lane

  17. How Is BI Used in Industry?: Report from a Knowledge Exchange Network

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    Pedersen, Torben Bach

    2004-01-01

    little information on how BI is used in industry is currently available to the BI research community. This industrial paper presents the experiences that the author has obtained from running a number of knowledge exchange activities related to BI, e.g., network meetings and workshops, with partners...

  18. Multilocational evaluation of white yam genotypes using GGE bi-plot ...

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    Five new white yam genotypes were evaluated in different locations of major yam producing areas; Umudike, Nsukka, Ubiaja, Abuja and Katsina-Ala, to test the performance and stability of these genotypes across the environments using GGE bi-plot software. The GGE bi-plot generated several graphic bi-plots which ...

  19. INTERVAL-VALUED INTUITIONISTIC FUZZY BI-IDEALS IN TERNARY SEMIRINGS

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    D. KRISHNASWAMY

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we introduce the notions of interval-valued fuzzy bi-ideal, interval-valued anti fuzzy bi-ideal and interval-valued intuitionistic fuzzy bi-ideal in ternary semirings and some of the basic properties of these ideals are investigated. We also introduce normal interval-valued intuitionistic fuzzy ideals in ternary semirings.

  20. First-principles study of native point defects in Bi2Se3

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    Xue, L.; Zhou, P.; Zhang, C. X.; He, C. Y.; Hao, G. L.; Sun, L. Z.; Zhong, J. X.

    2013-05-01

    Using first-principles method within the framework of the density functional theory, we study the influence of native point defect on the structural and electronic properties of Bi2Se3. Se vacancy in Bi2Se3 is a double donor, and Bi vacancy is a triple acceptor. Se antisite (SeBi) is always an active donor in the system because its donor level (ɛ(+1/0)) enters into the conduction band. Interestingly, Bi antisite (BiSe1) in Bi2Se3 is an amphoteric dopant, acting as a donor when μe 0.251 eV (the material is typical n-type). The formation energies under different growth environments (such as Bi-rich or Se-rich) indicate that under Se-rich condition, SeBi is the most stable native defect independent of electron chemical potential μe. Under Bi-rich condition, Se vacancy is the most stable native defect except for under the growth window as μe > 0.262 eV (the material is typical n-type) and ΔμSe < -0.459 eV (Bi-rich), under such growth window BiSe1 carrying one negative charge is the most stable one.

  1. First-principles study of native point defects in Bi2Se3

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    L. Xue

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Using first-principles method within the framework of the density functional theory, we study the influence of native point defect on the structural and electronic properties of Bi2Se3. Se vacancy in Bi2Se3 is a double donor, and Bi vacancy is a triple acceptor. Se antisite (SeBi is always an active donor in the system because its donor level (ɛ(+1/0 enters into the conduction band. Interestingly, Bi antisite (BiSe1 in Bi2Se3 is an amphoteric dopant, acting as a donor when μe 0.251 eV (the material is typical n-type. The formation energies under different growth environments (such as Bi-rich or Se-rich indicate that under Se-rich condition, SeBi is the most stable native defect independent of electron chemical potential μe. Under Bi-rich condition, Se vacancy is the most stable native defect except for under the growth window as μe > 0.262 eV (the material is typical n-type and ΔμSe < −0.459 eV (Bi-rich, under such growth window BiSe1 carrying one negative charge is the most stable one.

  2. Temperature-dependent structure, elasticity, and entropic stability of Bi phases on Cu(111)

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    van Gastel, Raoul; Kaminski, D; Vlieg, E.; Poelsema, Bene

    2014-01-01

    We have used low energy electron microscopy (LEEM) to characterize the structure and stability of Bi phases on Cu{111}. As a function of temperature we find that the Cu{111}(3√×3√)R30∘-Bi surface alloy phase gradually dealloys and is fully depleted from Bi at a temperature of 803 K. The dealloying

  3. Near-net-shape fabrication of continuous Ag-Clad Bi-Based superconductors

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    Lanagan, M. T. et al.

    1998-01-01

    We have developed a near-net-shape process for Ag-clad Bi-2212 superconductors as an alternative to the powder-in-tube process. This new process offers the advantages of nearly continuous processing, minimization of processing steps, reasonable ability to control the Bi-2212/Ag ratio, and early development of favorable texture of the Bi-2212 grains. Superconducting properties are discussed

  4. Measurement of the production yield for negative 209 Bi ions and compounds

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    Stan-Sion, C.; Constantinescu, O.; Enachescu, M.; Carli, W.

    2001-01-01

    The production yield for negative 209 Bi ions and compounds as obtained by sputtering the material with Cs ions in a high current ion source was determined. The accelerated Bi material consumption during the sputter process was also determined and the optimum chemical form of Bi suitable for an AMS experiment was established. (authors)

  5. Synthesis of BiFeO3 by carbonate precipitation

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    The precipitate yielded BiFeO3 at an optimal calcination temperature of ∼560◦C. Energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis ... C (Michel et al 1969; Fischer et al 1980). ..... C and used to synthesize this material by conventional ceramic synthesis method. Detailed exam- ination of the precipitate revealed that it consists of bis-.

  6. Parametric instabilities in magnetized bi-ion and dusty plasmas

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    Email: n.cramer@physics.usyd.edu.au. MS received 1 April 2003; accepted 31 July 2003. Abstract. The excitation of low frequency modes of oscillations in a magnetized bi-ion or dusty plasma with parametric pumping of the magnetic field is analysed. The equation of motion governing the perturbed plasma is derived and ...

  7. Parametric instabilities in magnetized bi-ion and dusty plasmas

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    The excitation of low frequency modes of oscillations in a magnetized bi-ion or dusty plasma with parametric pumping of the magnetic field is analysed. The equation of motion governing the perturbed plasma is derived and parametrically excited transverse modes propagating along the magnetic field are found.

  8. Unusual variation of blocking temperature in bi-magnetic nanoparticles

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    Arteaga-Cardona, Fernando; Santillán-Urquiza, Esmeralda; Pal, Umapada; Méndoza-Álvarez, M. E.; Torres-Duarte, Cristina; Cherr, Gary N.; de la Presa, Patricia; Méndez-Rojas, Miguel Á.

    2017-11-01

    Ferrite nanoparticles with bi-magnetic layered structure were synthesized by a seed-mediated co-precipitation technique. The strategy of growing a second magnetic layer enhanced the magnetic saturation (Ms) of the nanostructures, with a very small increase in their blocking temperature (TB). In contrary to the common magnetic nanostructures of 10-15 nm size range, which manifest blocking temperatures around room temperature (≈300 K), the measured TB values of the bi-magnetic nanostructures are much lower. The experimental TB values of the bi-magnetic nanostructures are much lower than their theoretically predicted ones. Moreover, the TB of the nanoparticles varies unusually, decreasing with particle size beyond a certain value. The low blocking temperature and high Ms of the fabricated bi-magnetic nanoparticles indicate the seed-mediated coprecipitation is an effective method for designing magnetic nanostructures suitable for biomedical applications such as in magnetic hyperthermia treatment, where nanostructures of low TB and high Ms are required.

  9. Structural, magnetic and photocatalytic characterization of Bi1 ...

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    The UV–Vis absorption spectra were recorded on a Shimadzu UV-Vis-52550 spectrophotometer with the wavelength range of 200–700 nm. Photocatalytic activity of the synthesized Bi1-xLaxFeO3 nanoparticles was evaluated by the degradation of methylene blue (MB) in aqueous solution under visible light radiation.

  10. Bi-cone vacuum chamber in the ISR

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    1976-01-01

    The "bi-cone" vacuum chamber in ISR intersection I-7, for experiment R702. Made from 0.28 mm thick titanium, it was at its time the most transparent chamber ever built. Ian Wilson is standing next to the chamber. See also 7609219.

  11. New bi-Hamiltonian systems on the plane

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    Tsiganov, A. V.

    2017-06-01

    We discuss several new bi-Hamiltonian integrable systems on the plane with integrals of motion of third, fourth, and sixth orders in momenta. The corresponding variables of separation, separated relations, compatible Poisson brackets, and recursion operators are also presented in the framework of the Jacobi method.

  12. Preparation, structural analysis and dielectric properties of Bi $ _ { ...

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    Home; Journals; Pramana – Journal of Physics; Volume 58; Issue 5-6. Preparation, structural analysis and dielectric properties of Bi La 1 − FeO3 perovskite. V L Mathe K K Patankar M B Kothale S B Kulkarni P B Joshi S A Patil. Colossal Magnetoresistance & Other Materials Volume 58 Issue 5-6 May-June 2002 pp ...

  13. Structural, magnetic and photocatalytic characterization of Bi1 ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 40; Issue 1. Structural, magnetic and photocatalytic characterization of Bi 1 − x La x FeO 3 nanoparticles synthesized by thermal decomposition method. S M MASOUDPANAH S M MIRKAZEMI R BAGHERIYEH F JABBARI F BAYAT. Volume 40 Issue 1 February 2017 pp ...

  14. Electrodeposition and characterization of Bi/Tl multilayer nanowires

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    Jaleh, Babak; Nasri, Atefeh; Kakuee, Omidreza

    2015-09-01

    Bi/Tl multilayer nanowires have been successfully fabricated using template-based electordeposition by polycarbonate nanoporous template with 100 nm diameter. The growth Bi/Tl multilayer nanowires was performed using dual-bath system containing Bi and Tl salt, respectively. The electrochemical reduction of ions was explored by cyclic voltammetry (CV). The deposition process was controlled with current-time profiles. X-ray diffraction pattern (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were employed for characterization of crystalline structure and morphology of nanowires. The XRD spectra showed that the lattice structure of Bi segment is rhombohedral and thallium segment has hexagonal lattice structure. The average nanowires diameter was determined from TEM images. Elemental analysis of nanowires was carried out using energy dispersive X-ray (EDX), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), and proton induced X-ray emission (PIXE). The length of nanowires was determined by RBS technique. Elemental concentration and weight percent of sample were measured by PIXE analysis.

  15. The SIKS/BiGGrid Big Data Tutorial

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    Hiemstra, Djoerd; Lammerts, Evert; de Vries, A.P.

    2011-01-01

    The School for Information and Knowledge Systems SIKS and the Dutch e-science grid BiG Grid organized a new two-day tutorial on Big Data at the University of Twente on 30 November and 1 December 2011, just preceding the Dutch-Belgian Database Day. The tutorial is on top of some exciting new

  16. Structural, magnetic and photocatalytic characterization of Bi1 ...

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    has gained much interest in recent years as potential visible catalysts for different processes [5]. Among ferrites, bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3) is an efficient visible-light photocatalyst for degradation of organic pollutants and water splitting appli- cations, due to its narrow band gap energy (<2.8eV) and excellent chemical stability ...

  17. Density and ultrasound velocity in Ga-Bi melts

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    Yagodin, D A; Popel, P S; Sidorov, V E; Son, L D; Filippov, V V

    2008-01-01

    Density d temperature dependences of Ga-Bi melts with 0, 10.2, 16.2, 29.8, 42.0, 51.6, 61.5, 80.0 and 100 at.%Bi were measured using absolute gamma-absorption technique with accuracy of 0.2 to 1.5 % (depending on bismuth concentration). In addition, temperature dependences of ultrasound velocity D s were determined for the samples with 11.0, 16.7, 29.8 and 100 at.% Bi. The accuracy in the acoustic measurements was higher than 0.3%. The special scanning equipment for the gamma-densitometer has allowed to measure density of co-existing phases below the separation cupola. The obtained values coincide with reference data within the declared accuracy. An anomalous behavior of ultrasound velocity (deviation of the D s (T) from linear dependences) and significant increase of ultrasound attenuation were discovered for the samples with 16.7 and 29.8 at.% Bi at the temperatures of 70 to 100 K above the separation cupola. Using the experimental data, the thermal expansion coefficient, molar volume and adiabatic compressibility were calculated. All theses characteristics demonstrate linear behavior similar to ideal solutions

  18. Density and ultrasound velocity in Ga-Bi melts

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    Yagodin, D A; Popel, P S; Sidorov, V E; Son, L D [Ural State Pedagogical University, Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Filippov, V V [Ekaterinburg High Artillery School, Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation)], E-mail: pspopel@mail.ru

    2008-02-15

    Density d temperature dependences of Ga-Bi melts with 0, 10.2, 16.2, 29.8, 42.0, 51.6, 61.5, 80.0 and 100 at.%Bi were measured using absolute gamma-absorption technique with accuracy of 0.2 to 1.5 % (depending on bismuth concentration). In addition, temperature dependences of ultrasound velocity D{sub s} were determined for the samples with 11.0, 16.7, 29.8 and 100 at.% Bi. The accuracy in the acoustic measurements was higher than 0.3%. The special scanning equipment for the gamma-densitometer has allowed to measure density of co-existing phases below the separation cupola. The obtained values coincide with reference data within the declared accuracy. An anomalous behavior of ultrasound velocity (deviation of the D{sub s}(T) from linear dependences) and significant increase of ultrasound attenuation were discovered for the samples with 16.7 and 29.8 at.% Bi at the temperatures of 70 to 100 K above the separation cupola. Using the experimental data, the thermal expansion coefficient, molar volume and adiabatic compressibility were calculated. All theses characteristics demonstrate linear behavior similar to ideal solutions.

  19. Virus spread in complete bi-partite graphs

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    Omic, J.S.; Kooij, R.E.; Mieghem, P. van

    2007-01-01

    In this paper we study the spread of viruses on the complete bi-partite graph Km,n. Using mean field theory we first show that the epidemic threshold for this type of graph satifies Tc = 1/√MN, hence, confirming previous results from literature. Next, we find an expression for the average number of

  20. A new high-spin isomer in 195Bi

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    Roy, T.; Mukherjee, G.; Rana, T.K.; Bhattacharya, Soumik; Asgar, Md.A.; Bhattacharya, C.; Bhattacharya, S.; Bhattacharyya, S.; Pai, H.; Madhavan, N.; Bala, I.; Gehlot, J.; Gurjar, R.K.; Jhingan, A.; Kumar, R.; Muralithar, S.; Nath, S.; Singh, R.P.; Varughese, T.; Basu, K.; Bhattacharjee, S.S.; Ghugre, S.S.; Raut, R.; Sinha, A.K.; Palit, R.

    2015-01-01

    A new high-spin isomer has been identified in 195 Bi at the focal plane of the HYbrid Recoil mass Analyser (HYRA) used in the gas-filled mode. The fusion evaporation reactions 169 Tm ( 30 Si, x n) 193, 195 Bi were used with the beam energies on targets of 168 and 146MeV for 6n and 4n channels, respectively. The evaporation residues, separated from the fission fragments, and their decays were detected at the focal plane of HYRA using MWPC, Si-Pad and clover HPGe detectors. The half-life of the new isomer in 195 Bi has been measured to be 1.6(1) μs. The configuration of the new isomer has been proposed and compared with the other isomers in this region. The Total Routhian Surface (TRS) calculations for the three-quasiparticle configurations corresponding to the new isomer suggest an oblate deformation for this isomeric state. The same calculations for different configurations in 195 Bi and for the even-even 194 Pb core indicate that the proton i 13/2 orbital has a large shape driving effect towards oblate shape in these nuclei. (orig.)

  1. A new high-spin isomer in {sup 195}Bi

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    Roy, T.; Mukherjee, G.; Rana, T.K.; Bhattacharya, Soumik; Asgar, Md.A.; Bhattacharya, C.; Bhattacharya, S.; Bhattacharyya, S.; Pai, H. [Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata (India); Madhavan, N.; Bala, I.; Gehlot, J.; Gurjar, R.K.; Jhingan, A.; Kumar, R.; Muralithar, S.; Nath, S.; Singh, R.P.; Varughese, T. [Inter University Acclerator Centre, New Delhi (India); Basu, K.; Bhattacharjee, S.S.; Ghugre, S.S.; Raut, R.; Sinha, A.K. [UGC-DAE-CSR Kolkata Centre, Kolkata (India); Palit, R. [Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Department of Nuclear and Atomic Physics, Mumbai (India)

    2015-11-15

    A new high-spin isomer has been identified in {sup 195}Bi at the focal plane of the HYbrid Recoil mass Analyser (HYRA) used in the gas-filled mode. The fusion evaporation reactions {sup 169}Tm ({sup 30}Si, x n) {sup 193,} {sup 195}Bi were used with the beam energies on targets of 168 and 146MeV for 6n and 4n channels, respectively. The evaporation residues, separated from the fission fragments, and their decays were detected at the focal plane of HYRA using MWPC, Si-Pad and clover HPGe detectors. The half-life of the new isomer in {sup 195}Bi has been measured to be 1.6(1) μs. The configuration of the new isomer has been proposed and compared with the other isomers in this region. The Total Routhian Surface (TRS) calculations for the three-quasiparticle configurations corresponding to the new isomer suggest an oblate deformation for this isomeric state. The same calculations for different configurations in {sup 195}Bi and for the even-even {sup 194}Pb core indicate that the proton i{sub 13/2} orbital has a large shape driving effect towards oblate shape in these nuclei. (orig.)

  2. Synthesis of BiFeO3 by carbonate precipitation

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    Magnetoelectric multiferroic BiFeO3 (BFO) was synthesized by a simple carbonate precipitation technique of metal nitrate solutions. X-ray powder diffraction and thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA) revealed that the precipitate consists of an intimate mixture of crystalline bismuth carbonate and an amorphous hydroxide of ...

  3. solid complexes with bi-, tri- and tetradentate schiff bases

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    The mixtures were stirred at room temperature and the precipitates thus formed ... Lead(II) and tin(II) solid complexes with bi-, tri- and tetradentate Schiff bases. Bull. .... CH-deformation. 1270 vs. 1230 vw. 1185 s. 1170 sh. 1150 s. 1110 w. 1070 s. 1030 s. 1310 m. 1250 sh. 1225 s. 1175 sh. 1150 m. 1110 m. 1075 w. 1030 w.

  4. Texture formation features of Bi(Pb)2223-Ag tapes

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    Aksenova, T.D.; Bratukhin, P.V.; Shavkin, S.V.; Antipova, E.V.

    1993-01-01

    The powder-in-tube technique has proven to be the most successful method of fabrication long lengths of conductor utilizing ceramic high temperature superconductors. There have been numerous successful demonstrations that silver-clad Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconducting composites are able to overcome weak-link effects and carry high currents through formation of crystallographic texture. The thermomechanical process that has produced the best 2212-based conductors is fundamentally different from that used to produce the best (Pb)2223-based conductors. The 2212-based conductors with high J c have been produced with a partial-melt heat treatment while high-J c (Pb)2223-based conductors have been formed with repetitive deformation and annealing. For Bi2212-Ag composites we have proposed a new model of texture formation during partial melt process. The model is based on anisotropic Bi2212 crystalline growth from melt in quasi-two-dimensional volume and explains a wide set of experimental data. In this paper some features of texture formation in Bi(Pb)2223-Ag tapes are discussed. (orig.)

  5. Full-Information Item Bi-Factor Analysis.

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    Gibbons, Robert D.; Hedeker, Donald R.

    1992-01-01

    An item-response model for binary response data exhibiting the bi-factor structure is derived, and a practical parameter estimation method is developed. The model, which provides an alternate to the traditional conditionally independent unidimensional item response theory model, is illustrated with an example from psychiatric research. (SLD)

  6. Bi-alphabetic pulse compression radar signal design

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    Bi-alphabetic pulse compression radar signal design. I A PASHA1, P S MOHARIR2 AND N SUDARSHAN RAO3. 1Shadan College of Engineering & Technology, Hyderabad 500 008, India. 2National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad 500 007, India. 3Department of Electrical Communication Engineering, ...

  7. Modeling Kinetics of Distortion in Porous Bi-layered Structures

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    Tadesse Molla, Tesfaye; Frandsen, Henrik Lund; Bjørk, Rasmus

    2013-01-01

    Shape distortions during constrained sintering experiment of bi-layer porous and dense cerium gadolinium oxide (CGO) structures have been modeled. Technologies like solid oxide fuel cells require co-firing thin layers with different green densities, which often exhibit differential shrinkage...

  8. Fabrication of laminated Bi-2212/Ag multifilamentary tape

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    Yuan, D.-W.; Majer, W. J.; Francavilla, T. L.

    2000-03-01

    The powder-in-tube (PIT) process has been successfully used to make long lengths of Ag-sheathed oxide superconductors. A modified PIT approach is proposed to fabricate conductors with laminated Bi-2212 configurations. Ag/Bi-2212 tapes consisting of seven laminae were produced with various thicknesses ranging from 0.38 to 0.25 mm. The use of a turkshead was found to be beneficial, yielding tapes with good dimensional integrity and consistency. Critical current density (Jc ) values greater than 105 A cm-2 (0.01 T and Bicons/Journals/Common/perp" ALT="perp" ALIGN="TOP"/> tape surface) have been attained for tapes of different thicknesses. Nonetheless, Jc was found to be related to the average thickness of individual Bi-2212 lamina. It is believed that excessive cold working accounts for the decrease in Jc with decreasing size below a threshold value. The enhancement of Jc is attributed to the high Bi-2212 grain alignment along the Ag-oxide interfaces and uniform dimensions within the laminate conductors.

  9. Effects of Bi doping on dielectric and ferroelectric properties of ...

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    However, when the Bi-doping content is more than 0·6, the pyrochlore phase appears and the remnant polarization Pr of PLBZT ... cal transparency, outstanding ferroelectric and electro-optic properties (Gaidi et al 2004; Khodorov .... of the pyrochlore phase appear. In addition, a slight shift of characteristic peaks in XRD pa-.

  10. Lossy/lossless coding of bi-level images

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    Martins, Bo; Forchhammer, Søren

    1997-01-01

    Summary form only given. We present improvements to a general type of lossless, lossy, and refinement coding of bi-level images (Martins and Forchhammer, 1996). Loss is introduced by flipping pixels. The pixels are coded using arithmetic coding of conditional probabilities obtained using a template...

  11. Synthesis and characterization of bi-functional magneto-luminescent ...

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    Home; Journals; Journal of Chemical Sciences; Volume 128; Issue 7. Synthesis and characterization of bi-functional magneto-luminescent Fe₃O₄ @ SiO₂ @ NaLuF₄ :Eu³⁺ hybrid core / shell nanospheres. JIGMET LADOL HEENA KHAJURIA HAQ NAWAZ SHEIKH YUGAL KHAJURIA. Regular Article Volume 128 Issue ...

  12. Bi-local holography in the SYK model: perturbations

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    Jevicki, Antal; Suzuki, Kenta [Department of Physics, Brown University,182 Hope Street, Providence, RI 02912 (United States)

    2016-11-08

    We continue the study of the Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev model in the Large N limit. Following our formulation in terms of bi-local collective fields with dynamical reparametrization symmetry, we perform perturbative calculations around the conformal IR point. These are based on an ε expansion which allows for analytical evaluation of correlators and finite temperature quantities.

  13. Stratification of mammographic computerized analysis by BI-RADS categories

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    Lederman, Richard; Leichter, Isaac; Buchbinder, Shalom; Novak, Boris; Bamberger, Philippe; Fields, Scott

    2003-01-01

    The Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) was implemented to standardize characterization of mammographic findings. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate in which BI-RADS categories the changes recommended by computerized mammographic analysis are most beneficial. Archival cases including, 170 masses (101 malignant, 69 benign) and 63 clusters of microcalcifications (MCs; 36 malignant, 27 benign), were evaluated retrospectively, using the BI-RADS categories, by several radiologists, blinded to the pathology results. A computerized system then automatically extracted from the digitized mammogram features characterizing mammographic lesions, which were used to classify the lesions. The results of the computerized classification scheme were compared, by receiver operating characteristics (ROC) analysis, to the conventional interpretation. In the ''low probability of malignancy group'' (excluding BI-RADS categories 4 and 5), computerized analysis improved the A z of the ROC curve significantly, from 0.57 to 0.89. In the ''high probability of malignancy group'' (mostly category 5) the computerized analysis yielded an ROC curve with an A z of 0.99. In the ''intermediate probability of malignancy group'' computerized analysis improved the A z significantly, from 0.66 for to 0.83. Pair-wise analysis showed that in the latter group the modifications resulting from computerized analysis were correct in 83% of cases. Computerized analysis has the ability to improve the performance of the radiologists exactly in the BI-RADS categories with the greatest difficulties in arriving at a correct diagnosis. It increased the performance significantly in the problematic group of ''intermediate probability of malignancy'' and pinpointed all the cases with missed cancers in the ''low probability'' group. (orig.)

  14. Bayesian probability of malignancy with BI-RADS sonographic features.

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    Bouzghar, Ghizlane; Levenback, Benjamin J; Sultan, Laith R; Venkatesh, Santosh S; Cwanger, Alyssa; Conant, Emily F; Sehgal, Chandra M

    2014-04-01

    The purpose of this study was to develop a quantitative approach for combining individual American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) sonographic features of breast masses for assessing the overall probability of malignancy. Sonograms of solid breast masses were analyzed by 2 observers blinded to patient age, mammographic features, and lesion pathologic findings. BI-RADS sonographic features were determined by using American College of Radiology criteria. A naïve Bayes model was used to determine the probability of malignancy of all the sonographic features together and with age and BI-RADS mammographic features. The diagnostic performance for various combinations was evaluated by using the area under the receiver operating curve (Az). Sonographic features had high positive and negative predictive values. The Az values for BI-RADS sonographic features for the 2 observers ranged from 0.772 to 0.884, which increased to 0.866 to 0.924 when used with patient age and BI-RADS mammographic features. The benefit of adding age and mammographic information was more marked for the observer with lower initial diagnostic performance. Age-specific analysis showed that diagnostic performance varied with age, with higher performance for patients aged 45 years and younger and patients older than 60 years compared to those aged 46 to 60 years. In 85% of cases, the diagnosis of the observers matched. When the consensus between the observers was used for diagnostic decisions, a high level of diagnostic performance (Az, 0.954) was achieved. A naïve Bayes model provides a systematic approach for combining sonographic features and other patient characteristics for assessing the probability of malignancy to differentiate malignant and benign breast masses.

  15. Measurements of AC losses in oxide superconducting tapes and coils; Sankabutsu chodendo senzai oyobi koiru no koryu sonshitsu shokutei

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    Nakagami, M.; Watabe, K.; Kawagoe, A.; Sumiyoshi, F. [Kagoshima Univ., Kagoshima (Japan); Hayashi, H. [Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc., Fukuoka (Japan)

    1999-06-07

    The application to the electric power equipment is expected oxide superconductivity wire rod, and short length linearity under the operating condition and quantitative evaluation of the ac loss in coil shape are important. Until now, we propose the pointing vector method as loss measuring method of the short length linear sample, and the equipment has been produced experimentally. However, in this measuring method, it was small within the signal of electric field with 10{sup -4}-10{sup -6} at loss component ratio, and there was a problem that the sensitometry was not sufficiently taken, since moreover, they are about number 10nV and weak signal very. Then, noise counterplan method in the measuring circuit, etc. were examined in order to improve the sensitometry this time. In addition, the examination of loss measuring method of the wire rod as coil shape is also reported, because it was done. (NEDO)

  16. 209Bi NMR in heavy-electron system YbBiPt

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    Reyes, A.P.; Le, L.P.; Heffner, R.H.; Ahrens, E.T.; Fisk, Z.; Canfield, P.C.

    1994-01-01

    Bismuth NMR Knight shift and spin lattice relaxation rate 1/T 1 are reported between 35--325K in the low-carrier heavy fermion system YbBiPt. The Knight shift is strongly temperature dependent and negative. Its temperature dependence tracks the bulk susceptibility with a hyperfine coupling constant A hf = -7.89 kOe/μB. At low temperatures 1/T 1 exhibits a dramatic increase, such that the average 4f spin correlation time τ f shows a crossover behavior at about 75K. The rate 1/τ f is proportional to temperature, but with a different proportionality constant above and below about 75K. The linear temperature dependence is consistent with non-interacting 4f local moments which are relaxed via Korringa-type scattering with the conduction electrons. Below 75K, we infer that the reduced thermal excitation of a higher crystal-field multiplet is responsible for the dramatic decrease in the rate of 4f relaxation

  17. Parents' behavioral inhibition moderates association of preschoolers' BI with risk for age 9 anxiety disorders.

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    Stumper, Allison; Danzig, Allison P; Dyson, Margaret W; Olino, Thomas M; Carlson, Gabrielle A; Klein, Daniel N

    2017-03-01

    Temperamental behavioral inhibition (BI) in children predicts later anxiety disorders. However, many children with BI do not develop anxiety disorders, suggesting the importance of identifying moderating factors. The current study examined whether parents' history of BI moderates the associations between preschoolers' BI and anxiety disorders at age 9. The sample was 392 children and their parents from the community. Child BI was measured at age 3 using observational (Laboratory Temperament Assessment Battery; Lab-TAB) and parent report (Behavior Inhibition Questionnaire; BIQ) measures. In addition, both parents reported on their own history of childhood BI using the Retrospective Measure of Behavioral Inhibition (RMBI). When the children were 9 years old, a parent and the child were interviewed using the Kiddie Schedule for the Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia - Present and Lifetime version (K-SADS-PL). Parents' reports of their own BI moderated the associations of both observed and parent-reported child BI at age 3 with children's anxiety disorders at age 9. Among children whose parents reported having had higher childhood BI, those who exhibited high BI at age 3 were more likely to meet criteria for anxiety disorders at age 9. The major limitation is the use of a retrospective measure of parental BI. These findings demonstrate that parents' histories of childhood BI moderate the association between their young children's BI and subsequent anxiety disorders. Thus, parental BI appears to identify a subgroup of BI children at particularly high risk for developing anxiety disorders by late childhood. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Preparation and photophysical properties of some oxides in Ca-Bi-O system

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    Luo Wenjun [Photocatalytic Materials Center, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047 (Japan); Ecomaterials and Renewable Energy Research Center (ERERC), Department of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Tang Junwang [Photocatalytic Materials Center, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047 (Japan); Zou Zhigang [Ecomaterials and Renewable Energy Research Center (ERERC), Department of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Ye Jinhua [Photocatalytic Materials Center, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047 (Japan)], E-mail: jinhua.ye@nims.go.jp

    2008-05-08

    Four stable phases with stoichiometric molar ratio, Ca{sub 6}Bi{sub 6}O{sub 15}, Ca{sub 4}Bi{sub 6}O{sub 13}, CaBi{sub 2}O{sub 4} and Ca{sub 5}Bi{sub 14}O{sub 26} have been prepared by conventional solid-state reaction method. The details of the reaction processes were investigated and the different intermediate products were identified by X-ray diffraction before the pure phases were obtained. In the four phases the valence of Bi was +3 and the lone-pair electrons of Bi{sup 3+} led to the formation of the Bi-O sheet structures. Bi-O polyhedrons with different coordination numbers and bond lengths were discussed. The optical properties of the four samples were also investigated. The band gaps of Ca{sub 6}Bi{sub 6}O{sub 15}, CaBi{sub 2}O{sub 4}, Ca{sub 4}Bi{sub 6}O{sub 13} and Ca{sub 5}Bi{sub 14}O{sub 26} were estimated from the absorption spectra as 3.34, 3.08, 2.76 and 2.60 eV, respectively, and they were all direct transition semiconductors. Moreover, the Raman spectra of Ca{sub 6}Bi{sub 6}O{sub 15}, Ca{sub 4}Bi{sub 6}O{sub 13} and CaBi{sub 2}O{sub 4} were also investigated and the results suggested that some high frequency phonon modes (Raman shift more than 450 cm{sup -1}) appeared in the crystals with Ca being introduced into the three complex oxides.

  19. Attempting to realize n-type BiCuSeO

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    Zhang, Xiaoxuan; Feng, Dan; He, Jiaqing; Zhao, Li-Dong

    2018-02-01

    As an intrinsic p-type semiconductor, BiCuSeO has been widely researched in the thermoelectric community, however, n-type BiCuSeO has not been reported so far. In this work, we successfully realized n-type BiCuSeO through carrying out several successive efforts. Seebeck coefficient of BiCuSeO was increased through introducing extra Bi/Cu to fill the Bi/Cu vacancies that may produce holes, and the maximum Seebeck coefficient was increase from +447 μVK-1 for undoped BiCuSeO to +638 μVK-1 for Bi1.04Cu1.05SeO. The Seebeck coefficient of Bi1.04Cu1.05SeO was changed from p-type to n-type through electron doping through introducing Br/I in Se sites, the maximum negative Seebeck coefficient can reach ∼ -465 μVK-1 and -543 μVK-1 for Bi1.04Cu1.05Se1-xIxO and Bi1.04Cu1.05Se1-xBrxO, respectively. Then, after compositing Bi1.04Cu1.05Se0.99Br0.01O with Ag, n-type BiCuSeO can be absolutely obtained in the whole temperature range of 300-873 K, the maximum ZT 0.05 was achieved at 475 K in the Bi1.04Cu1.05Se0.99Br0.01O+15% Ag. Our report indicates that it is possible to realize n-type conducting behaviors in BiCuSeO system.

  20. Layer structured bismuth selenides Bi2Se3 and Bi3Se4 for high energy and flexible all-solid-state micro-supercapacitors

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    Hao, Chunxue; Wang, Lidan; Wen, Fusheng; Xiang, Jianyong; Li, Lei; Hu, Wentao; Liu, Zhongyuan

    2018-02-01

    In this work, bismuth selenides (Bi2Se3 and Bi3Se4), both of which have a layered rhombohedral crystal structure, have been found to be useful as electrode materials for supercapacitor applications. In a liquid electrolyte system (6M KOH), Bi2Se3 nanoplates exhibit much better performance as an electrode material than Bi3Se4 nanoparticles do, delivering a higher specific capacitance (272.9 F g-1) than that of Bi3Se4 (193.6 F g-1) at 5 mV s-1. This result may be attributed to the fact that Bi2Se3 nanoplates possess more active electrochemical surfaces for the reversible surface redox reactions owing to their planar quintuple stacked layers (septuple layers for Bi3Se4). To meet the demands of electronic skin, we used a novel flexible annular interdigital structure electrode to support the all-solid-state micro-supercapacitors (AMSCs). The Bi2Se3 AMSC device delivers a much better supercapacitor performance, exhibits a large stack capacitance of 89.5 F cm-3 at 20 mV s-1 (Bi3Se4: 79.1 F cm-3), a high energy density of 17.9 mWh cm-3 and a high power density of 18.9 W cm-3. The bismuth selenides also exhibit good cycle stability, with 95.5% retention after 1000 c for Bi2Se3 (Bi3Se4:90.3%). Clearly, Bi2Se3 nanoplates can be promising electrode materials for flexible annular interdigital AMSCs.

  1. Thermal analysis and phase diagrams of the LiF BiF3 e NaF BiF3 systems

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    Nakamura, Gerson Hiroshi de Godoy

    2013-01-01

    Investigations of the binary systems LiF-BiF 3 and NaF-BiF 3 were performed with the objective of clarifying the thermal behavior and phase equilibria of these systems and their intermediary phases, an important requisite for high-quality crystal growth. Several samples in the entire range of compositions (0 to 100 mol% BiF 3 ) of both systems were subjected to experiments of differential thermal analysis (DTA) and thermogravimetry (TG), and also of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). A few specific compositions were selected for X-ray diffraction to supplement the experimental data. Due to the high vulnerability of BiF 3 to oxygen contamination, its volatility and propensity to destroy metal parts upon heating, it was necessary to determine the optimal conditions for thermal analysis before investigating the systems themselves. Phase relations in the system LiF-BiF 3 were completely clarified and a phase diagram was calculated and evaluated via the commercial software Factsage. The diagram itself consists in a simple peritectic system in which the only intermediary compound, LiBiF 4 , decomposes into LiF and a liquid phase. The NaF-BiF 3 system could not be completely elucidated and the phase relations in the NaF poor side (> 50% BiF 3 ) are still unknown. In the NaF rich side, however, the possible peritectoid decomposition of the compound NaBiF 4 was identified. In both systems X-ray diffraction yielded crystal structures discrepant with the literature for the intermediary phases, LiBiF 4 , NaBiF 4 and a solid solution of NaF and BiF 3 called I. The observed structures remain unknown and explanations for the discrepancies were proposed. (author)

  2. SR-BI as target in atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease - A comprehensive appraisal of the cellular functions of SR-BI in physiology and disease.

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    Hoekstra, Menno

    2017-03-01

    High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is considered an anti-atherogenic lipoprotein species due to its role in reverse cholesterol transport. HDL delivers cholesterol esters to the liver through selective uptake by scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI). In line with the protective role for HDL in the context of cardiovascular disease, studies in mice and recently also in humans have shown that a disruption of normal SR-BI function predisposes subjects to the development of atherosclerotic lesions and cardiovascular disease. Although SR-BI function has been studied primarily in the liver, it should be acknowledged that the SR-BI protein is expressed in multiple tissues and cell types across the body, albeit at varying levels between the different tissues. Given that SR-BI is widely expressed throughout the body, multiple cell types and tissues can theoretically contribute to the atheroprotective effect of SR-BI. In this review the different functions of SR-BI in normal physiology are highlighted and the (potential) consequences of cell type-specific disruption of SR-BI function for atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease susceptibility discussed. It appears that hepatocyte and platelet SR-BI inhibit respectively the development of atherosclerotic lesions and thrombosis, suggesting that SR-BI located on these cell compartments should be regarded as being a protective factor in the context of cardiovascular disease. The relative contribution of SR-BI present on endothelial cells, steroidogenic cells, adipocytes and macrophages to the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease remains less clear, although proper SR-BI function in these cells does appear to influence multiple processes that impact on cardiovascular disease susceptibility. Copyright © 2017 The Author. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Few-Layer Nanoplates of Bi 2 Se 3 and Bi 2 Te 3 with Highly Tunable Chemical Potential

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    Kong, Desheng

    2010-06-09

    A topological insulator (TI) represents an unconventional quantum phase of matter with insulating bulk band gap and metallic surface states. Recent theoretical calculations and photoemission spectroscopy measurements show that group V-VI materials Bi2Se3, Bi2Te3, and Sb2Te3 are TIs with a single Dirac cone on the surface. These materials have anisotropic, layered structures, in which five atomic layers are covalently bonded to form a quintuple layer, and quintuple layers interact weakly through van der Waals interaction to form the crystal. A few quintuple layers of these materials are predicted to exhibit interesting surface properties. Different from our previous nanoribbon study, here we report the synthesis and characterizations of ultrathin Bi2Te3 and Bi2Se3 nanoplates with thickness down to 3 nm (3 quintuple layers), via catalyst-free vapor-solid (VS) growth mechanism. Optical images reveal thickness-dependent color and contrast for nanoplates grown on oxidized silicon (300 nm SiO2/Si). As a new member of TI nanomaterials, ultrathin TI nanoplates have an extremely large surface-to-volume ratio and can be electrically gated more effectively than the bulk form, potentially enhancing surface state effects in transport measurements. Low-temperature transport measurements of a single nanoplate device, with a high-k dielectric top gate, show decrease in carrier concentration by several times and large tuning of chemical potential. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  4. Nanomechanical behavior of 3D porous metal–ceramic nanocomposite Bi/Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} films

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    Domingo-Roca, R. [Departament de Física , Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona , E-08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Esqué-de los Ojos, D., E-mail: Daniel.Esque@uab.cat [Departament de Física , Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona , E-08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Guerrero, M., E-mail: Miguel.Guerrero@uab.cat [Departament de Física , Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona , E-08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Pellicer, E.; Baró, M.D.; Suriñach, S. [Departament de Física , Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona , E-08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Sort, J. [Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA) and Departament de Física , Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, E-08193 Bellaterra (Spain)

    2015-02-25

    The nanomechanical properties of three-dimensional (3D) porous metal/metal oxide composite (Bi/Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}) films grown by direct current electrodeposition have been studied by nanoindentation at two different loading rates. The synthesized films exhibit a mixture of crystallographic phases of metallic Bi and α-Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}, as evidenced by X-ray diffraction. An in-situ compaction of the sample during the nanoindentation assays has been observed. This in-situ compaction has an influence over both the hardness and elastic modulus of the material, being more important on the latter and, therefore, on the determination of the degree of porosity of the composite film. The influence of the loading rate on the mechanical properties has been investigated. In addition, time-dependent deformation processes (creep tests) have been also performed, revealing an anelastic behavior irrespective of the loading rate. From these creep tests, a viscoelastic non-Newtonian behavior of the sample is evidenced, which is well-described by a three-element Voigt model.

  5. Transparency and radiation hardness of Cherenkov crystals NaBi(WO4)2:Sc

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    Nefedov, V.A.; Zadneprovski, B.I.; Devitsin, E.G.; Kozlov, V.A.; Potashov, S.Yu.; Terkulov, A.

    2001-01-01

    The effects of doping the Cherenkov crystal NaBi(WO 4 ) 2 with Sc ions on the optical properties and radiation hardness of this crystal have been studied. The radiation hardness of NaBi(WO 4 ) 2 :Sc is about 3 times higher than that of undoped NaBi(WO 4 ) 2 . Analytical estimations give the increase of the number of Cherenkov photons by a factor of 1.3, which leads to an improvement of the energy resolution of a calorimeter based on NaBi(WO 4 ) 2 :Sc crystals compared with undoped NaBi(WO 4 ) 2 of approximately 15%

  6. Heat treatment control of Bi-2212 coils: I. Unravelling the complex dependence of the critical current density of Bi-2212 wires on heat treatment

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    Shen, Tengming; Li, Pei; Ye, Liyang

    2018-01-01

    A robust and reliable heat treatment is crucial for developing superconducting magnets from several superconductors especially Bi-2212. An improper heat treatment may significantly reduce the critical current density Jc of a Bi-2212 superconducting coil, even to zero, since the Jc of Bi-2212 wires is sensitive to parameters of its heat treatment (partial melt processing). To provide an essential database for heat treating Bi-2212 coils, the dependence of Jc on heat treatment is studied systematically in 11 industrial Bi-2212 wires, revealing several common traits shared between these wires and outlier behaviors. The dependence of the Jc of Bi-2212 on heat treatment is rather complex, with many processing parameters affecting Jc, including the peak processing temperature Tp, the time at the peak temperature tp, the time in the melt tmelt, the rate at which Bi-2212 melt is initially cooled CR1, the rate at which the solidification of Bi-2212 melt occurs CR2, and the temperature Tq at which the cooling rate switches from CR1 to CR2. The role of these parameters is analyzed and clarified, in the perspective of heat treating a coil. Practical advices on heat treatment design are given. The ability of a Bi-2212 coil to follow the prescribed recipe decreases with increasing coil sizes. The size of a coil that can be properly heat treated is determined.

  7. Heterogeneous photocatalysts BiOX/NaBiO3 (X = Cl, Br, I): Photo-generated charge carriers transfer property and enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Ji, Lei; Wang, Haoren; Yu, Ruimin

    2016-10-01

    BiOX/NaBiO3 (X = Cl, Br, I) heterostructures were synthesized by a simple chemical etching method using haloid acid as etching agents to react with NaBiO3. Several characterization tools including X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (UV-vis DRS) were employed for structural and composition analyses of the samples. The as-prepared heterogeneous samples exhibited more efficient photocatalytic activities than pure NaBiO3 and BiOX (X = Cl, Br, I) for the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) under visible light (or UV light) irradiation, which could be attributed to the formation of the p-n junction between p-BiOX (X = Cl, Br, I) and n-NaBiO3, which effectively suppresses the recombination of photo-generated electron-hole pairs. Terephthalic acid photoluminescence (TA-PL) probing test and trapping agents experiments demonstrated that radOH (or h+) was the dominant reactive species depend on the different band gap structure of the p-n heterojunctions. Possible transfer processes of photo-generated charge carriers were proposed based on the band structures of BiOX/NaBiO3 (X = Cl, Br, I) and the experimental results.

  8. Novel Bi2O3/NaBi(MoO4)2 heterojunction with enhanced photocatalytic activity under visible light irradiation

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    Liu, Jinxiong; Wei, Renjie; Hu, Juncheng; Li, Lizhong; Li, Jinlin

    2013-01-01

    Highlights: •Novel Bi 2 O 3 /NaBi(MoO 4 ) 2 heterojunction was prepared via one-step synthesis. •The Bi 2 O 3 contents in the composites are controllable. •The catalyst shows enhanced photocatalytic activity under visible light irradiation. •The catalyst shows superior photostability. •The mechanism of enhanced photocatalytic activity was proposed. -- Abstract: A novel Bi 2 O 3 /NaBi(MoO 4 ) 2 composite photocatalyst with nanostructured heterojunctions was prepared via a simple supercritical method. The products were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). The visible light-induced photocatalytic activities were evaluated. The activity of the composite catalyst was 5 and 13 times as much as that of pure NaBi(MoO 4 ) 2 and commercial Bi 2 O 3 , respectively. The catalyst could be reused more than five times without obvious deactivation. The enhanced photocatalytic performance was attributed to electric-field-assisted charge transfer at the heterojunction interfaces between Bi 2 O 3 and NaBi(MoO 4 ) 2 with matching band potentials, which consequently favored an effective photoexcited electron and hole separation

  9. Magnetic properties and thermal stability of MnBi/NdFeB hybrid bonded magnets

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    Cao, S.; Yue, M.; Yang, Y. X.; Zhang, D. T.; Liu, W. Q.; Zhang, J. X.; Guo, Z. H.; Li, W.

    2011-01-01

    Magnetic properties and thermal stability were investigated for the MnBi/NdFeB (MnBi = 0, 20, 40, 60, 80, and 100 wt.%) bonded hybrid magnets prepared by spark plasma sintering (SPS) technique. Effect of MnBi content on the magnetic properties of the hybrid magnets was studied. With increasing MnBi content, the coercivity of the MnBi/NdFeB hybrid magnets increases rapidly, while the remanence and maximum energy product drops simultaneously. Thermal stability measurement on MnBi magnet, NdFeB magnet, and the hybrid magnet with 20 wt.% MnBi indicates that both the NdFeB magnet and the MnBi/NdFeB hybrid magnet have a negative temperature coefficient of coercivity, while the MnBi magnet has a positive one. The (BH) max of the MnBi/NdFeB magnet (MnBi = 20 wt.%) is 5.71 MGOe at 423 K, which is much higher than 3.67 MGOe of the NdFeB magnet, indicating a remarkable improvement of thermal stability.

  10. Effects of Bi Addition on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Nanocrystalline Ag Coatings

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    Yuxin Wang

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available In this study we investigated the effects of Bi addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of an electrodeposited nanocrystalline Ag coating. Microstructural features were investigated with transmission electron microscopy (TEM. The results indicate that the addition of Bi introduced nanometer-scale Ag-Bi solid solution particles and more internal defects to the initial Ag microstructures. The anisotropic elastic-plastic properties of the Ag nanocrystalline coating with and without Bi addition were examined with nanoindentation experiments in conjunction with the recently-developed inverse method. The results indicate that the as-deposited nanocrystalline Ag coating contained high mechanical anisotropy. With the addition of 1 atomic percent (at% Bi, the anisotropy within Ag-Bi coating was very small, and yield strength of the nanocrystalline Ag-Bi alloy in both longitudinal and transverse directions were improved by over 100% compared to that of Ag. On the other hand, the strain-hardening exponent of Ag-Bi was reduced to 0.055 from the original 0.16 of the Ag coating. Furthermore, the addition of Bi only slightly increased the electrical resistivity of the Ag-Bi coating in comparison to Ag. Results of our study indicate that Bi addition is a promising method for improving the mechanical and physical performances of Ag coating for electrical contacts.

  11. Growth of layered superconductor β-PdBi{sub 2} films using molecular beam epitaxy

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    Denisov, N.V., E-mail: denisov@iacp.dvo.ru [Institute of Automation and Control Processes FEB RAS, 5 Radio Street, 690041 Vladivostok (Russian Federation); Matetskiy, A.V.; Tupkalo, A.V. [Institute of Automation and Control Processes FEB RAS, 5 Radio Street, 690041 Vladivostok (Russian Federation); Zotov, A.V. [Institute of Automation and Control Processes FEB RAS, 5 Radio Street, 690041 Vladivostok (Russian Federation); School of Natural Sciences, Far Eastern Federal University, 690950 Vladivostok (Russian Federation); Department of Electronics, Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service, 690600 Vladivostok (Russian Federation); Saranin, A.A. [Institute of Automation and Control Processes FEB RAS, 5 Radio Street, 690041 Vladivostok (Russian Federation); School of Natural Sciences, Far Eastern Federal University, 690950 Vladivostok (Russian Federation)

    2017-04-15

    Highlights: • Bulk β-PdBi{sub 2} is layered material with advanced properties of topological superconductor. • We present a method for growing β-PdBi{sub 2} films of a desired thickness. • Method utilizes MBE growth of β-PdBi{sub 2}, using Bi(111) film on Si(111) as a template. • Electronic and superconducting properties of the films are similar to those of bulk β-PdBi{sub 2}. - Abstract: Bulk β-PdBi{sub 2} layered material exhibits advanced properties and is supposed to be probable topological superconductor. We present a method based on molecular beam epitaxy that allows us to grow β-PdBi{sub 2} films from a single β-PdBi{sub 2} triple layer up to the dozens of triple layers, using Bi(111) film on Si(111) as a template. The grown films demonstrate structural, electronic and superconducting properties similar to those of bulk β-PdBi{sub 2} crystals. Ability to grow the β-PdBi{sub 2} films of desired thickness opens the promising possibilities to explore fascinating properties of this advanced material.

  12. Effect of nitrating on the phase purification in BiFeO{sub 3}

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    Cheng, G.F. [Analysis & Testing Center for Inorganic Materials, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures and Department of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Liu, W.; Liu, Z.W. [Analysis & Testing Center for Inorganic Materials, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); Wu, X.S., E-mail: xswu@nju.edu.cn [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures and Department of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China)

    2015-05-15

    The effect of nitrating on the phase purification in BiFeO{sub 3} are studied by Backscattered Electron (BSE) images, X-ray diffraction (XRD) quantitative analysis, Energy-dispersive Spectrometry (EDS) mapping and quantitative analysis. The BiFeO{sub 3} grains are much larger, perfect in grain boundary junction, well-interlinked, non-uniform in size and shape. A few smaller impurity-Bi{sub 25}FeO{sub 40} grains are dispersed in the boundaries of BiFeO{sub 3} grains. The impurity phase may be nitrated by dilute nitric acid, for Bi{sub 25}FeO{sub 40} phase is metastable, which could be checked by the in-situ BSE images and XRD quantitative results. The nitration mechanism on the phase purification in BiFeO{sub 3} ceramic also has been discussed, which may provide a useful experimental guidance for the preparation of pure-phase. - Highlights: • The effect of nitrating in BiFeO{sub 3} are studied by BSE, XRD and EDS. • BiFeO{sub 3} grains are much larger, perfect, non-uniform in size and shape. • A few smaller Bi{sub 25}FeO{sub 40} grains are dispersed in the boundaries of BiFeO{sub 3} grains. • The structural instability perhaps induces the decomposition of Bi{sub 25}FeO{sub 40}.

  13. Photocatalytic Performance of a Novel MOF/BiFeO3 Composite

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    Yunhui Si

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available In this study, MOF/BiFeO3 composite (MOF, metal-organic framework has been synthesized successfully through a one-pot hydrothermal method. The MOF/BiFeO3 composite samples, pure MOF samples and BiFeO3 samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS, and by UV–vis spectrophotometry. The results and analysis reveal that MOF/BiFeO3 composite has better photocatalytic behavior for methylene blue (MB compared to pure MOF and pure BiFeO3. The enhancement of photocatalytic performance should be due to the introduction of MOF change the surface morphology of BiFeO3, which will increase the contact area with MB. This composing strategy of MOF/BiFeO3 composite may bring new insight into the designing of highly efficient photocatalysts.

  14. Characterization and Photovoltaic Properties of BiFeO3 Thin Films

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    Yasuhiro Shirahata

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3 thin films were prepared by a spin-coating method. Crystal structure and optical properties of the BiFeO3 films were evaluated using X-ray diffraction. The lattice constants, crystallite size, and energy gap of BiFeO3 films depended on the concentration of the BiFeO3 precursor solution. BiFeO3/CH3NH3PbI3 photovoltaic devices were fabricated to investigate photovoltaic properties of BiFeO3. Current density–voltage characteristics of the photovoltaic devices showed rectifying behavior, indicating that BiFeO3 worked as an electron transport layer in CH3NH3PbI3-based photovoltaic devices.

  15. Research on phase-change of disc recording media GaSbBi

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    Zhu Degui; Guo Shuangquan; Yuan Xuexiang; Sun Hongliang

    2009-01-01

    A new phase-change recording materials, Bi-doped eutectic composition GaSb, was researched experimentally. The films were prepared by vacuum evaporation. The crystallization temperature decreases as the Bi concentration increases. The crystallization activation energy, calculated by Kissinger method, is more than 2.0eV and meets the requirement of the films stability. The crystallization rate enhances with the increase of the Bi concentration. The Ga 12 Sb 79.2 Bi 8.8 satisfies the demand of optical property by means of spectrophotometer. The absorption of the Ga 12 Sb 79.2 Bi 8.8 crystalline films is more than that of the Ga 12 Sb 79.2 Bi 8.8 amorphous films, which can reduce the change when reads information. The least reflectivity of Ga 12 Sb 79.2 Bi 8.8 is 28.78%, corresponding with the reflection demand.

  16. BI-RADS 3: Current and Future Use of Probably Benign.

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    Lee, Karen A; Talati, Nishi; Oudsema, Rebecca; Steinberger, Sharon; Margolies, Laurie R

    2018-01-01

    Probably benign (BI-RADS 3) causes confusion for interpreting physicians and referring physicians and can induce significant patient anxiety. The best uses and evidence for using this assessment category in mammography, breast ultrasound, and breast MRI will be reviewed; the reader will have a better understanding of how and when to use BI-RADS 3. Interobserver variability in the use of BI-RADS 3 has been documented. The 5th edition of the BI-RADS atlas details the appropriate use of BI-RADS 3 for diagnostic mammography, ultrasound, and MRI, and discourages its use in screening mammography. Data mining, elastography, and diffusion weighted MRI have been evaluated to maximize the accuracy of BI-RADS 3. BI-RADS 3 is an evolving assessment category. When used properly, it reduces the number of benign biopsies while allowing the breast imager to maintain a high sensitivity for the detection of early stage breast cancer.

  17. Photocatalytic activities of coke carbon/g-C3N4 and Bi metal/Bi mixed oxides/g-C3N4 nanohybrids for the degradation of pollutants in wastewater

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    Sierra, Marta; Borges, Emma; Esparza, Pedro; M?ndez-Ramos, Jorge; Mart?n-Gil, Jes?s; Mart?n-Ramos, Pablo

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Different g-C3N4 composite systems (coke carbon/g-C3N4, Bi/Bi2WO6/g-C3N4 and Bi/Bi2MoO6/g-C3N4) have been assessed as photocatalysts for wastewater pollutants removal. The coke carbon/g-C3N4 hybrid, produced by thermal treatment at 550??C of a composite made from melamine cyanurate and coke, only showed activity under UV-light irradiation. On the other hand, inorganic Bi spheres/Bi mixed oxides/g-C3N4 nanohybrids (Bi/Bi2WO6/g-C3N4 and Bi/Bi2MoO6/g-C3N4 composites), produced by therma...

  18. The effect of the host lattice on the optical properties of Bi3+in Ca1-xO:Bi and Ca1-x(OH)2:Bi phosphors

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    Yousif, A.; Jafer, R. M.; Som, S.; Swart, H. C.

    2018-03-01

    The present work refers to the structural and luminescence changes in Ca1-xO:Bi (x = 0.5%) phosphor due to the reaction of the Ca1-xO: Bi (x = 0.5%) phosphor with atmospheric air. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns of the as-annealed sample (at 1200 °C) showed the characteristic peaks of CaO, while high-intensity peaks of Ca(OH)2 were also observed for the same samples that were kept in the air after annealing. Indicating that mixed phases of Ca1-xO:Bi (x = 0.5%) and Ca(OH)2:Bi were present in the exposed samples. It was clear that the observed optical properties (excitation and emission) of the Bi3+ depended strongly on the reaction of the CaO with the environment due to the host lattice structure changes and therefore a big challenge for practical applications.

  19. Estudio de la región rica en Bi2O3 en el sistema binario ZnO-Bi2O3

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    Caballero, A. C.

    2004-08-01

    Full Text Available Ceramic materials based in the ZnO- Bi2O3 system have their principal application as varistors. The binary system ZnO-Bi2O3 is specially relevant to the formation of the microstructure responsable of the varistor behaviour. The study of the different equilibrium phases at high temperatures at the Bi2O3-rich region of the ZnO-Bi2O3 will allow a correct understanding of the microstructural development. Equilibrium phases have been analyzed by XRD, SEM and DTA. Different temperature treatments of samples formulated in the Bi2O3 rich region of the ZnO-Bi2O3 binary system have allowed to determine the phase 19Bi2O3•ZnO as the equilibrium one instead of the 24Bi2O3•ZnO phase.Los materiales cerámicos basados en el sistema binario ZnO-Bi2O3 tienen su principal aplicación en el campo de los varistores. El sistema binario ZnO-Bi2O3 resulta especialmente relevante para la formación de la microestructura funcional de varistores. La determinación de las diferentes fases en equilibrio a alta temperatura en la región rica en Bi2O3 en el sistema binario ZnO-Bi2O3 permitirá interpretar correctamente el desarrollo microestructural. El estudio de las fases en equilibrio se ha llevado a cabo mediante difracción de rayos X, microscopía electrónica de barrido (MEB y análisis térmico diferencial (ATD. Tratamientos a diferentes temperaturas, en la zona rica en Bi2O3 del sistema, han permitido determinar la presencia del compuesto 19Bi2O3•ZnO como fase estable en equilibrio, en lugar del compuesto 24Bi2O3•ZnO.

  20. Fabrication of hierarchical BiOI/Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} heterojunction for degradation of bisphenol A and dye under visible light irradiation

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    Yan, Tao [School of Chemistry, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081 (China); School of Resources and Environment, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022 (China); Sun, Meng [School of Resources and Environment, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022 (China); Liu, Hongye [School of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022 (China); Wu, Tingting; Liu, Xiaojie; Yan, Qing [School of Resources and Environment, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022 (China); Xu, Wenguo, E-mail: xuwgujn@163.com [School of Chemistry, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081 (China); Du, Bin, E-mail: dubin61@gmail.com [School of Resources and Environment, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022 (China)

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • The hierarchical BiOI/Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} composite prepared by precipitation–deposition method. • The composites showed enhanced visible light activity towards MB and BPA degradation. • The BiOI/Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} heterojunction facilitated the separation of electron–hole pairs. • The probable mechanism was proposed to explain the enhanced photocatalytic activity. - Abstract: A novel hierarchical BiOI/Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} composites are prepared by a facile precipitation–deposition method. The prepared photocatalyst was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), and X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS). The resulting BiOI/Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} composites exhibit excellent photocatalytic activity and stability towards the degradation of methylene blue (MB) and bisphenol A (BPA) in aqueous solution under visible light irradiation. The optimal composite with 25% BiOI content shows the highest photocatalytic activity for MB degradation. The enhanced photocatalytic activity is mainly attributed to the formation of BiOI/Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} heterojunction that can facilitate the separation and transfer of the photo-generated charge carriers. The roles of active species in the photocatalytic process are discussed by using different types of active species scavengers. Meanwhile, combined with the photoluminescence (PL) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), the degradation mechanism of the photocatalysts is proposed. It is hoped that the work could provide valuable information on the design of specific structure materials with more excellent properties and set the foundation for the further industrial application.

  1. Modification of photosensing property of CdS–Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} bi-layer by thermal annealing and swift heavy ion irradiation

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    Shaikh, Shaheed U.; Siddiqui, Farha Y. [Thin Film and Nanotechnology Laboratory, Department of Physics (India); Department of Nanotechnology, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad 431004 (India); Singh, Fouran; Kulriya, Pawan K. [Inter University Accelerator Center, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110 067 (India); Phase, D.M. [UGC DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Khandwa Road, Indore 452017 (India); Sharma, Ramphal, E-mail: ramphalsharma@yahoo.com [Thin Film and Nanotechnology Laboratory, Department of Physics (India); Department of Nanotechnology, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad 431004 (India)

    2016-02-01

    The CdS–Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} bi-layer thin films have been deposited on Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) glass substrates at room temperature by Chemical Bath Deposition Technique (CBD) and bi-layer thin films were annealed in air atmosphere for 1 h at 250 {sup °}C. The air annealed sample was irradiated using Au{sup 9+} ions at the fluence 5 × 10{sup 11} ion/cm{sup 2} with 120 MeV energy. Effects of Swift Heavy Ion (SHI) irradiation on CdS–Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} bi-layer thin films were studied. The results are explained on the basis annealing and high electronic excitation, using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Selective Electron Area Diffraction (SEAD), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Raman Spectroscopy, UV spectroscopy and I–V characteristics. The photosensing property after illumination of visible light over the samples is studied. These as-deposited, annealed and irradiated bi-layer thin films are used to sense visible light at room temperature. - Graphical abstract: Schematic illustration of CdS–Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} bi-layer thin film (a) As-deposited (b) Annealed (c) irradiated sample respectively (d) Model of bi-layer photosensor device (e) Graph of illumination intensity verses photosensitivity. - Highlights: • CdS–Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} bi-layer thin film prepared at room temperature. • Irradiated using Au{sup 9+} ions at the fluence of 5 × 10{sup 11} ion/cm{sup 2} with 120 MeV energy. • Study of modification induced by irradiations. • Study of Photosensitivity after annealing and irradiation.

  2. Sorption of radionuclides from Pb-Bi melt. Report 1

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    Konovalov, Eh.E.; Il'icheva, N.S.; Trifonova, O.E.

    2015-01-01

    Results of laboratory investigations of sorption and interfacial distribution of 54 Mn, 59 Fe, 60 Co, 106 Ru, 125 Sb, 137 Cs, 144 Ce, 154,155 Eu and 235,238 U radionuclides in the system Pb-Bi melt - steel surface are analyzed. It is shown that 106 Ru and 125 Sb are concentrated in Pb-Bi melt and other radionuclides with higher oxygen affinity are sorbed on oxide deposits on structural materials. Temperature dependences of sorption efficiency of radionuclides are studied. It is shown that there is sharp increase of this value for all radionuclides near the temperature range 350-400 deg C. Recommendations are given on the use of 106 Ru and 125 Sb as a reference for fuel element rupture detection system with radiometric monitoring of coolant melt samples and 137 Cs, 134 Cs, 134m Cs with radiometric monitoring of sorbing samples [ru

  3. Thermoelectric Response in Single Quintuple Layer Bi2Te3

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    Sharma, S.

    2016-10-05

    Because Bi2Te3 belongs to the most important thermoelectric materials, the successful exfoliation of a single quintuple layer has opened access to an interesting two-dimensional material. For this reason, we study the thermoelectric properties of single quintuple layer Bi2Te3 by considering both the electron and phonon transport. On the basis of first-principles density functional theory, the electronic and phononic contributions are calculated by solving Boltzmann transport equations. The dependence of the lattice thermal conductivity on the phonon mean free path is evaluated along with the contributions of the acoustic and optical branches. We find that the thermoelectric response is significantly better for p- than for n-doping. By optimizing the carrier concentration, at 300 K, a ZT value of 0.77 is achieved, which increases to 2.42 at 700 K.

  4. Thermodynamic and electronic properties of liquid Na-Bi alloys

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    Pfeiffer, H.P.; Heus, R.J.; Egn, J.J.

    1981-01-01

    The electrical conductivity of liquid Na-Bi alloys was measured between 850/sup 0/C and 900/sup 0/C for mole fractions of Na between 0.70 and 0.80. The behavior shows that Na/sub 3+delta/Bi is a liquid compound semiconductor. The Gibbs energy of mixing was also measured at 850/sup 0/C over the same composition range using a boiling point tehnique and an emf technique with CaF/sub 2/ as a solid electrolyte. Results were interpreted in terms of a simple model of Carl Wagner. The analysis yields the number of conduction electrons and electron holes as a function of composition as well as the mobility of electrons and electron holes.

  5. Stress relaxation of bi-disperse polystyrene melts

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    Hengeller, Ludovica; Huang, Qian; Dorokhin, Andriy

    2016-01-01

    We present start-up of uniaxial extension followed by stress relaxation experiments of a bi-disperse 50 % by weight blend of 95k and 545k molecular weight polystyrene. We also show, for comparison, stress relaxation measurements of the polystyrene melts with molecular weight 95k and 545k, which...... are the components of the bi-disperse melt. The measurements show three separated relaxation regimes: a fast regime, a transition regime, and a slow regime. In the fast regime, the orientation of the long chains is frozen and the stress relaxation is due to stretch relaxation of the short chains primarily....... Conversely in the slow regime, the long chains have retracted and undergo relaxation of orientation in fully relaxed short chains....

  6. Electron transport in Bi2Se3 ultra thin films

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    Bauer, Sebastian; Bernhart, Alexander M.; Bobisch, Christian A.

    2018-02-01

    We studied the electronic transport properties of a 4 QL thin Bi2Se3 film in the hybridized phase on Si(111) by scanning tunneling potentiometry. When a transverse voltage is applied, the film exhibits a homogeneous electric field on the nm scale. In addition, thermovoltage signals with lateral nm variations are found which result from sample heating by the transverse current. The thermovoltage signals are directly correlated to morphological structures on the surface, i.e. step edges, and indicate a lateral variation of the local density of states at the Bi2Se3 surface. No discernible voltage drops appear at the surface so that the whole film serves as a current carrying medium and scattering at surface defects is less important.

  7. A novel broadband bi-mode active frequency selective surface

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    Xu, Yang; Gao, Jinsong; Xu, Nianxi; Shan, Dongzhi; Song, Naitao

    2017-05-01

    A novel broadband bi-mode active frequency selective surface (AFSS) is presented in this paper. The proposed structure is composed of a periodic array of convoluted square patches and Jerusalem Crosses. According to simulation results, the frequency response of AFSS definitely exhibits a mode switch feature between band-pass and band-stop modes when the diodes stay in ON and OFF states. In order to apply a uniform bias to each PIN diode, an ingenious biasing network based on the extension of Wheatstone bridge is adopted in prototype AFSS. The test results are in good agreement with the simulation results. A further physical mechanism of the bi-mode AFSS is shown by contrasting the distribution of electric field on the AFSS patterns for the two working states.

  8. A novel broadband bi-mode active frequency selective surface

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    Yang Xu

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available A novel broadband bi-mode active frequency selective surface (AFSS is presented in this paper. The proposed structure is composed of a periodic array of convoluted square patches and Jerusalem Crosses. According to simulation results, the frequency response of AFSS definitely exhibits a mode switch feature between band-pass and band-stop modes when the diodes stay in ON and OFF states. In order to apply a uniform bias to each PIN diode, an ingenious biasing network based on the extension of Wheatstone bridge is adopted in prototype AFSS. The test results are in good agreement with the simulation results. A further physical mechanism of the bi-mode AFSS is shown by contrasting the distribution of electric field on the AFSS patterns for the two working states.

  9. Lossless/Lossy Compression of Bi-level Images

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    Martins, Bo; Forchhammer, Søren

    1997-01-01

    We present a general and robust method for lossless/lossy coding of bi-level images. The compression and decompression method is analoguous to JBIG, the current international standard for bi-level image compression, andis based on arithmetic coding and a template to determine the coding state. Loss...... is introduced in a preprocess on the encoding side by flipping pixels in a controlled manner. The method is primarily aimed at halftoned images as a supplement to the specialized soft pattern matching techniques which work better for text. The new algorithm also works well on documents of mixed contents e.......g. halftoning and text without any segmentation of the image. The decoding is analoguous to the decoder of JBIG which means that software implementations easily have a through-put of 1 Mpixels per second.In general, the flipping method can target the lossy image for a given not-too-large distortion ornot...

  10. BI-RADS®fifth edition: A summary of changes.

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    Spak, D A; Plaxco, J S; Santiago, L; Dryden, M J; Dogan, B E

    2017-03-01

    The Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS ® ) is a standardized system of reporting breast pathology as seen on mammogram, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging. It encourages consistency between reports and facilitates clear communication between the radiologist and other physicians by providing a lexicon of descriptors, a reporting structure that relates assessment categories to management recommendations, and a framework for data collection and auditing. This article highlights the changes made to the BI-RADS ® atlas 5th edition by comparison with its predecessor, provide a useful resource for a radiologist attempting to review the recent changes to the new edition, and serve as a quick reference to those who have previously become familiar with the material. Copyright © 2017 Éditions françaises de radiologie. All rights reserved.

  11. Bayesian Group Bridge for Bi-level Variable Selection.

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    Mallick, Himel; Yi, Nengjun

    2017-06-01

    A Bayesian bi-level variable selection method (BAGB: Bayesian Analysis of Group Bridge) is developed for regularized regression and classification. This new development is motivated by grouped data, where generic variables can be divided into multiple groups, with variables in the same group being mechanistically related or statistically correlated. As an alternative to frequentist group variable selection methods, BAGB incorporates structural information among predictors through a group-wise shrinkage prior. Posterior computation proceeds via an efficient MCMC algorithm. In addition to the usual ease-of-interpretation of hierarchical linear models, the Bayesian formulation produces valid standard errors, a feature that is notably absent in the frequentist framework. Empirical evidence of the attractiveness of the method is illustrated by extensive Monte Carlo simulations and real data analysis. Finally, several extensions of this new approach are presented, providing a unified framework for bi-level variable selection in general models with flexible penalties.

  12. High Voltage Bi-directional Flyback Converter for Capacitive Actuator

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    Thummala, Prasanth; Zhang, Zhe; Andersen, Michael A. E.

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents a high voltage DC-DC converter topology for bi-directional energy transfer between a low voltage DC source and a high voltage capacitive load. The topology is a bi-directional flyback converter with variable switching frequency control during the charge mode, and constant...... switching frequency control during the discharge mode. The converter is capable of charging the capacitive load from 24 V DC source to 2.5 kV, and discharges it to 0 V. The flyback converter has been analyzed in detail during both charge and discharge modes, by considering all the parasitic elements...... in the converter, including the most dominating parameters of the high voltage transformer viz., self-capacitance and leakage inductance. The specific capacitive load for this converter is a dielectric electro active polymer (DEAP) actuator, which can be used as an effective replacement for conventional actuators...

  13. Mecanosíntese do composto BiFeO3 Mechanosynthesis of the BiFeO3 compound

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    V. F. Freitas

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Os compostos cerâmicos BiFeO3 puro e modificado (Bi0,95R0,05FeO3, com terras raras R = Gd ou Eu, foram sintetizados por moagem em altas energias. As amostras foram analisadas por difração de raios X, microscopia eletrônica de varredura e espectroscopia por energia dispersiva de raios X. A difração de raios X indicou que as amostras modificadas com Eu são monofásicas, enquanto que as amostras puras e modificadas com Gd apresentaram majoritariamente a fase BiFeO3, com uma pequena quantidade de outras fases. A espectroscopia por energia dispersiva de raios X revelou a presença dos átomos modificantes na amostra e o mapeamento destes átomos indicou uma distribuição homogênea deles em toda a amostra. A microscopia eletrônica de varredura mostrou uma significante diminuição no tamanho das partículas, estando estas com dimensões sub-micrométricas e com diâmetro médio em torno de 500 nm. Estudos de densificação dos corpos cerâmicos indicaram compostos altamente densos, com densidades relativas acima de 0,9 sendo que o composto modificado com Eu alcançou a densidade relativa ρ/ρ0 = 0,98.The, pure and rare earth modified (Bi0.95R0.05FeO3 / R = Gd or Eu BiFeO3 compounds were synthesized by high-energy ball milling. The samples were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy. The X-ray diffraction results indicated single phase Eu modified samples, while the pure and Gd modified ones presented the BiFeO3 as majority phase, and small amount of the spurious phase. The energy dispersive spectroscopy revealed the presence of the modifiers atoms in the sample and the mapping of these atoms indicated the homogeneous distribution of them in the whole samples. The scanning electron microscopy showed a decrease significant on the particle size, with medium diameter around 500 nm. Densification studies indicated high-dense ceramics body, with relative density above of 0.9, were Eu

  14. Nouveau Modification E B B.I. S

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  15. Langevin Representation of Coulomb Collisions for bi-Maxwellian Plasmas

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    Hellinger, Petr; Trávníček, Pavel M.

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 229, č. 14 (2010), s. 5432-5439 ISSN 0021-9991 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA300420702; GA AV ČR IAA300420602 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30420517 Keywords : Coulomb collisions * Langevin equation * Bi-Maxwellian distribution function * Stochastic differential equation Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics Impact factor: 2.345, year: 2010 http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jcp

  16. On Coulomb collisions in bi-Maxwellian plasmas

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    Hellinger, Petr; Trávníček, Pavel M.

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 16, č. 5 (2009), 054501/1-054501/4 ISSN 1070-664X R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA300420702 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30420517; CEZ:AV0Z10030501 Keywords : Coulomb collisions * transport coefficients * bi-Maxwellian distribution function Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics Impact factor: 2.475, year: 2009 http://link.aip.org/link/?PHPAEN/16/054501/1

  17. Langevin representation of Coulomb collisions for bi-Maxwellian plasmas

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    Hellinger, Petr; Trávníček, Pavel M.

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 229, č. 14 (2010), s. 5432-5439 ISSN 0021-9991 Grant - others:Akademie věd - GA AV ČR(CZ) IAA300420702; Akademie věd - GA AV ČR(CZ) IAA300420602 Program:IA; IA Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10030501 Keywords : Coulomb collisions * Langevin equation * Bi-Maxwellian distribution function Subject RIV: BN - Astronomy, Celestial Mechanics, Astrophysics Impact factor: 2.345, year: 2010

  18. Mobile Education: Towards Affective Bi-modal Interaction for Adaptivity

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    Efthymios Alepis

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available One important field where mobile technology can make significant contributions is education. However one criticism in mobile education is that students receive impersonal teaching. Affective computing may give a solution to this problem. In this paper we describe an affective bi-modal educational system for mobile devices. In our research we describe a novel approach of combining information from two modalities namely the keyboard and the microphone through a multi-criteria decision making theory.

  19. Weighted bi-prediction for light field image coding

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    Conti, Caroline; Nunes, Paulo; Ducla Soares, Luís.

    2017-09-01

    Light field imaging based on a single-tier camera equipped with a microlens array - also known as integral, holoscopic, and plenoptic imaging - has currently risen up as a practical and prospective approach for future visual applications and services. However, successfully deploying actual light field imaging applications and services will require developing adequate coding solutions to efficiently handle the massive amount of data involved in these systems. In this context, self-similarity compensated prediction is a non-local spatial prediction scheme based on block matching that has been shown to achieve high efficiency for light field image coding based on the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard. As previously shown by the authors, this is possible by simply averaging two predictor blocks that are jointly estimated from a causal search window in the current frame itself, referred to as self-similarity bi-prediction. However, theoretical analyses for motion compensated bi-prediction have suggested that it is still possible to achieve further rate-distortion performance improvements by adaptively estimating the weighting coefficients of the two predictor blocks. Therefore, this paper presents a comprehensive study of the rate-distortion performance for HEVC-based light field image coding when using different sets of weighting coefficients for self-similarity bi-prediction. Experimental results demonstrate that it is possible to extend the previous theoretical conclusions to light field image coding and show that the proposed adaptive weighting coefficient selection leads to up to 5 % of bit savings compared to the previous self-similarity bi-prediction scheme.

  20. Effects of Bi doping on dielectric and ferroelectric properties of ...

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    Abstract. [Pb0·95(La1−yBiy)0·05][Zr0·53Ti0·47]O3 (PLBZT) ferroelectric thin films have been synthesized on indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated glass by sol–gel processing. PLBZT thin films were annealed at a relatively low tem- perature of 550 ◦C in oxygen ambient. Effects of Bi doping on structure, dielectric and ferroelectric ...

  1. Structural, elastic, electronic and optical properties of bi-alkali ...

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    The structural parameters, elastic constants, electronic and optical properties of the bi-alkali antimonides (Na 2 KSb, Na 2 RbSb, Na 2 CsSb, K 2 RbSb, K 2 CsSb and Rb 2 CsSb) were calculated using state-of-the-art density functional theory. Different exchange-correlation potentials were adopted to predict the physical ...

  2. Structural, elastic, electronic and optical properties of bi-alkali ...

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    The structural parameters, elastic constants, electronic and optical properties of the bi-alkali antimonides (Na2KSb, Na2RbSb, Na2CsSb, K2RbSb, K2CsSb and Rb2CsSb) were calculated using state-of-the-art density functional theory. Different exchange-correlation potentials were adopted to predict the physical properties.

  3. Symmetrical, bi-electrode supported solid oxide fuel cell

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    Cable, Thomas L. (Inventor); Sofie, Stephen W. (Inventor)

    2009-01-01

    The present invention is a symmetrical bi-electrode supported solid oxide fuel cell comprising a sintered monolithic framework having graded pore electrode scaffolds that, upon treatment with metal solutions and heat subsequent to sintering, acquire respective anodic and cathodic catalytic activity. The invention is also a method for making such a solid oxide fuel cell. The graded pore structure of the graded pore electrode scaffolds in achieved by a novel freeze casting for YSZ tape.

  4. Radiomic modeling of BI-RADS density categories

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    Wei, Jun; Chan, Heang-Ping; Helvie, Mark A.; Roubidoux, Marilyn A.; Zhou, Chuan; Hadjiiski, Lubomir

    2017-03-01

    Screening mammography is the most effective and low-cost method to date for early cancer detection. Mammographic breast density has been shown to be highly correlated with breast cancer risk. We are developing a radiomic model for BI-RADS density categorization on digital mammography (FFDM) with a supervised machine learning approach. With IRB approval, we retrospectively collected 478 FFDMs from 478 women. As a gold standard, breast density was assessed by an MQSA radiologist based on BI-RADS categories. The raw FFDMs were used for computerized density assessment. The raw FFDM first underwent log-transform to approximate the x-ray sensitometric response, followed by multiscale processing to enhance the fibroglandular densities and parenchymal patterns. Three ROIs were automatically identified based on the keypoint distribution, where the keypoints were obtained as the extrema in the image Gaussian scale-space. A total of 73 features, including intensity and texture features that describe the density and the parenchymal pattern, were extracted from each breast. Our BI-RADS density estimator was constructed by using a random forest classifier. We used a 10-fold cross validation resampling approach to estimate the errors. With the random forest classifier, computerized density categories for 412 of the 478 cases agree with radiologist's assessment (weighted kappa = 0.93). The machine learning method with radiomic features as predictors demonstrated a high accuracy in classifying FFDMs into BI-RADS density categories. Further work is underway to improve our system performance as well as to perform an independent testing using a large unseen FFDM set.

  5. Hybrid battery with bi-directional DC/DC converter

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    DUDRIK Jaroslav

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Bi-directional buck-boost DC/DC converterfor hybrid battery is described in this paper. The firstpart of the paper is aimed at concept of hybrid battery;main advance compared to conventional accumulatoris explained there. Control circuit with UC3637 andpower circuit of the converter are described in thesecond part of the paper. Experimental results frommeasuring of converter are mentioned in the last part.

  6. 'Bi-modal' isoscalar giant dipole strength in 58Ni

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    Nayak, B.K.; Garg, U.; Hedden, M.; Koss, M.; Li, T.; Liu, Y.; Madhusudhana Rao, P.V.; Zhu, S.; Itoh, M.; Sakaguchi, H.; Takeda, H.; Uchida, M.; Yasuda, Y.; Yosoi, M.; Fujimura, H.; Fujiwara, M.; Hara, K.; Kawabata, T.; Akimune, H.; Harakeh, M.N.

    2006-01-01

    The strength distribution of the isoscalar giant dipole resonance (ISGDR) in 58 Ni has been obtained over the energy range 10.5-49.5 MeV via extreme forward angle scattering (including 0 deg.) of 386 MeV α particles. We observe a 'bi-modal' E1 strength distribution for the first time in an A<90 nucleus. The observed ISGDR strength distribution is in reasonable agreement with the predictions of a recent RPA calculation

  7. Produce bi oethanol from waste; Lager bioetanol av avfall

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    Nilsen, Jannicke

    2011-07-01

    Borregaard has received 100 million in support to the development of new technology for 2 generation bi oethanol. But a full-scale plant might as well end in Brazil (not Norway). All biomass, whether it's straw or even three, consisting of about 45% cellulose, 30% lignin and 25% sugars (hemi cellulose). About half of lignin production goes to the cement industry in the form of cement improvement products. (AG)

  8. Preparation and characterization of Bi2S3 compound semiconductor

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    C with weight loss of 10%. This weight loss can be attributed to the loss of sulfur in the form of SO2 and the remaining product finally turns into residue Bi2O3. This observation can be confirmed form DTA/DTG analy- sis that can give endothermic peak at this temperature which is corresponding to weight loss of SO2.14 We ...

  9. Laul lunastusest maitsvate roogade läbi : [luuletused] / Wimberg

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    2007-01-01

    Sisu: Laul lunastusest maitsvate roogade läbi; Olen väike rallifänn; Poeedi praktikast; Minu patent-bändiprojekt; Ülistus postimüügi kataloogile; Mina küll ei taha olla megastaar!; Muhamedi kõnelus mäega ja mäe kõnelus Muhamediga; Täna kõikk on kurvad; Poeedi ohkamine; Noa ja plaanidega mitte sobivad ilmastikumuutused; Kaks ekspressi; Vahel

  10. Structural, elastic, electronic and optical properties of bi-alkali

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    The structural parameters, elastic constants, electronic and optical properties of the bi-alkali antimonides (Na 2 KSb, Na 2 RbSb, Na 2 CsSb, K 2 RbSb, K 2 CsSb and Rb 2 CsSb) were calculated using state-of-the-art density functional theory. Different exchange-correlation potentials were adopted to predict the physical ...

  11. Influence of Element Substitution on Corrosion Behavior of Bi2Te3-Based Compounds

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    Kohri, Hitoshi; Yagasaki, Takayoshi

    2018-02-01

    Atmospheric water may condense on the surface of Bi2Te3-based compounds constituting the Peltier module, depending on the operating environment used. In the stage of disposal, Bi2Te3-based compounds may come into contact with water in waste disposal sites. There are very few publications about the influence of condensed water on Peltier modules. Bi2Te3-Sb2Te3 or Bi2Te3-Bi2Se3 pseudo binary system compounds are used as p-type material or n-type material, respectively. The lattice distortion will be induced in the crystal of Bi2Te3-based compounds by element substitution due to the reduction in their thermal conductivity. However, the influence of element substitution on the corrosion behavior of Bi2Te3-based compounds remains unclear. In this study, the influence of element substitution on the corrosion behavior of Bi2Te3-based compounds with practical compositions has been investigated. Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 or Bi2Te2.85Se0.15 was prepared by the vertical Bridgman method. The electrochemical properties at room temperature were evaluated by cyclic voltammetry in a standard three-electrode cell. The working electrolyte was a naturally aerated 0.6 or 3.0 mass% NaCl solution. From the tendency for corrosion potential for all the samples, the corrosion sensitivity of ternary compounds was slightly higher than that of binary compounds. From the trend of current density, it was found that Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 had a corrosion resistance intermediate between Bi2Te3 and Sb2Te3. On the other hand, corrosion resistance was affected despite a small amount of Se substitution, and the corrosion resistance of Bi2Te2.85Se0.15 was close to or lower than that of Bi2Se3. From the observation results of the corrosion products, the trends of morphology and composition of corrosion products for Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 or Bi2Te2.85Se0.15 were consistent with those of Sb2Te3 or Bi2Se3, respectively. From the results of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy for the electrolyte after testing, the possibility that a

  12. The crystal structure of Cu1.78Bi4.73Se8, an N=3 pavonite homologue with a Cu-for-Bi substitution

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    Makovicky, Emil; Søtofte, Inger; Karup-Møller, Sven

    2006-01-01

    4.67Se8-Cu1.77Bi4.60S8-Cu1.25Bi4.91Se8. The crystal structure is composed of two types of alternating slabs, with configurations typical for the above series. The first kind of slabs contains paired square pyramidal columns of Bi3, interconnected by octahedral columns with three distinct statistical......Abstract: Cu1.78Bi4.73Se8, synthesized in a dry phase system Cu-Bi-Se at 450 degrees C, is monoclinic, a = 13.759 angstrom, b = 4.168 angstrom, c = 14.683 angstrom, beta = 115.61 degrees, space group C2/m. It is an N = 3 member of the pavonite homologous series, with the composition limits Cu1.96Bi...... copper sites (flattened tetrahedral sites in the octahedral interior and a tetrahedral site between adjacent octahedra). They add up to nearly 1.5 Cu. The second kind of slabs contains central octahedra of Bil, flanked by marginal distorted octahedra of Bi2. These Bi sites are partly replaced...

  13. Photocatalytic property of a Bi2O3 nanoparticle modified BiOCl composite with a nanolayered hierarchical structure synthesized by in situ reactions.

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    Hu, Jiajia; Xu, Guangqing; Wang, Jinwen; Lv, Jun; Zhang, Xinyi; Xie, Ting; Zheng, Zhixiang; Wu, Yucheng

    2015-03-28

    A Bi2O3 nanoparticle modified BiOCl composite was synthesized by a solvothermal method combined with in situ reduction and oxidation in KBH4 and H2O2 solutions respectively. The thickness of a BiOCl nanosheet and the amount of Bi2O3 nanoparticle can be adjusted by changing the KBH4 concentration. The structure, morphology, elemental composition and optical absorption performance were characterized by using an X-ray diffraction diffractometer, a scanning electron microscope, a high resolution transmission electron microscope, an X-ray photoelectron spectroscope and a UV-Vis diffuse reflection spectroscope respectively. A nanolayered hierarchical structure of BiOCl was observed, and Bi2O3 nanoparticles were found to be evenly distributed on the surface/interface of the nanosheets. The photocatalytic activity of the composite was tested by the degradation of 40 mg L(-1) methyl orange solution under UV light illumination. The Bi2O3/BiOCl composite prepared in a KBH4 concentration of 0.02 M achieved the highest photocatalytic rate of 95.7% in 8 min under UV light illumination with a kinetic constant of 0.3125 l min(-1). The photocatalytic mechanism of the composite has been discussed.

  14. Long waves over a bi-viscous seabed: transverse patterns

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    J. M. Becker

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available The coupled interaction of long standing hydrodynamic waves with a deformable non-Newtonian seabed is examined using a two-layer model for which the upper layer fluid is inviscid and the lower layer is bi-viscous. The two-dimensional response of the system to forcing by a predominantly longitudinal (cross-shore standing wave perturbed by a small transverse (along-shore component is determined. With a constant yield stress in the bi-viscous lower layer, there is little amplification of these transverse per-turbations and the model response typically remains quasi-one-dimensional. However, for a bi-viscous layer with a pressure-dependent yield stress (which represents the effect that the seabed deforms less readily under compression and hence renders the rheology history dependent, the initially small transverse motions are amplified in some parameter regimes and two-dimensional, permanent bedforms are formed in the lower layer. This simple dynamical model is, therefore, able to explain the formation of permanent bedforms with significant cross- and along-shore features by predominantly cross-shore standing wave forcing.

  15. Bistable minimum energy structures (BiMES) for binary robotics

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    Follador, M; Conn, A T; Rossiter, J

    2015-01-01

    Bistable minimum energy structures (BiMES) are devices derived from the union of the concepts of dielectric elastomer minimum energy structures and bistable systems. This article presents this novel approach to active, elastic and bistable structures. BiMES are based on dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs), which act as antagonists and provide the actuation for switching between the two equilibrium positions. A central elastic beam is the backbone of the structure and is buckled into the minimum energy configurations by the action of the two DEAs. The theory and the model of the device are presented, and also its fabrication process. BiMES are considered as fundamental units for more complex structures, which are presented and fabricated as proof of concept. Two different ways of combining the multiple units are proposed: a parallel configuration, to make a simple gripper, and a serial configuration, to generate a binary device. The possibility of using the bistable system as a continuous bender actuator, by modulating the actuation voltage of the two DEAs, was also investigated. (paper)

  16. BiSet: Semantic Edge Bundling with Biclusters for Sensemaking.

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    Sun, Maoyuan; Mi, Peng; North, Chris; Ramakrishnan, Naren

    2016-01-01

    Identifying coordinated relationships is an important task in data analytics. For example, an intelligence analyst might want to discover three suspicious people who all visited the same four cities. Existing techniques that display individual relationships, such as between lists of entities, require repetitious manual selection and significant mental aggregation in cluttered visualizations to find coordinated relationships. In this paper, we present BiSet, a visual analytics technique to support interactive exploration of coordinated relationships. In BiSet, we model coordinated relationships as biclusters and algorithmically mine them from a dataset. Then, we visualize the biclusters in context as bundled edges between sets of related entities. Thus, bundles enable analysts to infer task-oriented semantic insights about potentially coordinated activities. We make bundles as first class objects and add a new layer, "in-between", to contain these bundle objects. Based on this, bundles serve to organize entities represented in lists and visually reveal their membership. Users can interact with edge bundles to organize related entities, and vice versa, for sensemaking purposes. With a usage scenario, we demonstrate how BiSet supports the exploration of coordinated relationships in text analytics.

  17. Crystalline instability of Bi-2212 superconducting whiskers near room temperature

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    Cagliero, Stefano; Khan, Mohammad Mizanur Rahman [Torino Universita, ' NIS' Centre of Excellence, Dip. Chimica Generale e Chimica Organica, and CNISM UdR, Turin (Italy); Torino Universita, ' NIS' Centre of Excellence, Dip. Fisica Sperimentale, and CNISM UdR, Turin (Italy); Agostino, Angelo [Torino Universita, ' NIS' Centre of Excellence, Dip. Chimica Generale e Chimica Organica, and CNISM UdR, Turin (Italy); Truccato, Marco [Torino Universita, ' NIS' Centre of Excellence, Dip. Fisica Sperimentale, and CNISM UdR, Turin (Italy); Orsini, Francesco; Marinone, Massimo; Poletti, Giulio [Universita degli Studi di Milano, Istituto di Fisiologia Generale e Chimica Biologica, Milan (Italy); CNR-INFM-S3 NRC, Modena (Italy); Lascialfari, Alessandro [Universita degli Studi di Milano, Istituto di Fisiologia Generale e Chimica Biologica, Milan (Italy); CNR-INFM-S3 NRC, Modena (Italy); Universita degli Studi di Pavia, INFM-CNR c/o Dipartimento di Fisica A. Volta, Pavia (Italy)

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    We report new evidences for the thermodynamic instability of whisker crystals in the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O (BSCCO) system. Annealing treatments at 90 C have been performed on two sets of samples, which were monitored by means of X-rays diffraction (XRD) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements, respectively. Two main crystalline domains of Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CuCa{sub 2}O{sub 8+x} (Bi-2212) were identified in the samples by the XRD data, which underwent an evident crystalline segregation after about 60 hours. Very fast dynamics of the surface modifications was also described by the AFM monitoring. Two typologies of surface structures formed after about 3 annealing hours: continuous arrays of dome shaped bodies were observed along the edges of the whiskers, while in the central regions a dense texture of flat bodies was found. These modifications are described in terms of the formation of simple oxide clusters involving a degradation of the internal layers. (orig.)

  18. Understanding the behavior of buried Bi nanostructures from first principles

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    Sims, Hunter; Pantelides, Sokrates; Song, Jiaming; Hudak, Bethany; Lupini, Andrew; Snijders, Paul

    Bismuth dopants in silicon provide several advantages over other n-type options such as phosphorus for usage as quantum bits (qubits). Self-assembled Bi nanolines on Si (100) surfaces may provide a means of introducing these dopants with greater control over placement and with less damage to the host system than is possible using ion implantation. However, these structures have thus far only been observed in vacuum, limiting their usefulness for application. We examine Bi nanolines overgrown with amorphous Si using density functional theory, comparing our findings with observations from scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and atomic-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) in order to better understand the way in which the Si surface is influenced by both the Bi ad-dimers and the capping layer. We compare the thermodynamic stability of the generally accepted haiku defect core to the modified core that we observe and offer insight from total energy calculations into how the overgrowth process affects the nanolines. Supported by Department of Energy Grant DE-FG02- 09ER46554 (VU) and by the Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, managed by UT-Battelle, LLC, for the U. S. Department of Energy (ORNL).

  19. Bi-2212/Ag tapes and laminates: effects of bending

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    Ilyushechkin, A.Y.; Yamashita, T.; Williams, B.; Mackinnon, I.D.R.

    1999-01-01

    Superconducting Bi-2212 tapes and laminates are fabricated by a combination of dip-coating and partial melt processing. The heat treated tapes have critical current densities (J c ) up to 11 kA cm -2 . We investigate the degradation of critical current (I c ) during bending experiments for both single tapes and tapes with laminate structure. Although degradation of I c is observed in both forms, the characteristics of the degradation differ. It is determined that laminated tapes perform better than single tapes when critical current is measured against bending radius, and laminated tapes tolerate a higher strain for a given reduction in critical current. It is found that increasing the number of Bi-2212 layers increases the total I c of the laminated tape, but degradation of critical current is more pronounced during bending because of the increased total thickness of the laminate structure. It is also found that addition of silver to the Bi-2212 layers reduces critical current degradation during bending for both tapes and laminates. (author)

  20. SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATIONS OF PURE AND DOPED NANOCRYSTALLINE BiFeO3 CERAMICS BY SHS

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    YOGESH A. CHAUDHARI

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The pure and Zn incorporated BiFeO3 ceramics were synthesized by self-propagating high temperature synthesis (SHS. The X-ray diffractometer (XRD studies revealed that, both BiFeO3 and BiFe0.95Zn0.05O3 ceramics crystallizes in a single phase rhombhohedral structure. The room temperature ferroelectric and magnetic hysteresis loop evidenced coexistence of ferroelectricity and magnetism in single phase undoped and Zn doped BiFeO3. The M-H hysteresis loop of BiFe0.95Zn0.05O3 sample demonstrated a weak ferromagnetism at 300 K and 5 K respectively. The room temperature ferroelectric P-E hysteresis loops of BiFeO3 and BiFe0.95Zn0.05O3 exhibited an unsaturated behavior and suggests a partial reversal of polarization. A variation of dielectric constant with respect to temperature in BiFeO3 and BiFe0.95Zn0.05O3 ceramic delivers a dielectric anomaly around 480 and 450°C which is a consequence of antiferromagnetic to paramagnetic phase transition (TN. Moreover, for BiFeO3 the anomaly manifests a possible coupling between electric and magnetic dipole moments.

  1. Graphene Quantum Dots Embedded in Bi2Te3Nanosheets To Enhance Thermoelectric Performance.

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    Li, Shuankui; Fan, Tianju; Liu, Xuerui; Liu, Fusheng; Meng, Hong; Liu, Yidong; Pan, Feng

    2017-02-01

    Novel Bi 2 Te 3 /graphene quantum dots (Bi 2 Te 3 /GQDs) hybrid nanosheets with a unique structure that GQDs are homogeneously embedded in the Bi 2 Te 3 nanosheet matrix have been synthesized by a simple solution-based synthesis strategy. A significantly reduced thermal conductivity and enhanced powder factor are observed in the Bi 2 Te 3 /GQDs hybrid nanosheets, which is ascribed to the optimized thermoelectric transport properties of the Bi 2 Te 3 /GQDs interface. Furthermore, by varying the size of the GQDs, the thermoelectric performance of Bi 2 Te 3 /GQDs hybrid nanostructures could be further enhanced, which could be attributed to the optimization of the density and dispersion manner of the GQDs in the Bi 2 Te 3 matrix. A maximum ZT of 0.55 is obtained at 425 K for the Bi 2 Te 3 /GQDs-20 nm, which is higher than that of Bi 2 Te 3 without hybrid nanostrucure. This work provides insights for the structural design and synthesis of Bi 2 Te 3 -based hybrid thermoelectric materials, which will be important for future development of broadly functional material systems.

  2. Phase composition of Bi2O3 specimens doped with Ti, Zr and Hf

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    Poleti Dejan

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Powder mixtures of α-Bi2O3 containing 2, 5 and 10 mole % of TiO2, ZrO2 or HfO2 were homogenized, heated at 820ºC for 24 h and quenched in air. X-ray powder diffraction technique was used to characterize the prepared samples. In all cases metastable Bi2O3 polymorphs, γ-Bi2O3 or β-Bi2O3, are found as single or major phases. Addition of Ti4+ ions stabilizes γ-Bi2O3 polymorph, while either Zr4+ or Hf4+ ions stabilize β-Bi2O3 polymorph. In the samples with 2 and 5 mole % of TiO2 the presence of even two γ-Bi2O3 phases (Bi12TiO20 compound and a very low Ti-doped γ-Bi2O3 was established. Similarly, in the sample with 2 mole % of HfO2 two β-Bi2O3 phases were found. Phase composition of prepared samples, values of unit cell parameters and the appearance of two polymorphs with identical crystal structure but different unit cell parameters are discussed and compared with known data.

  3. Rich stoichiometries of stable Ca-Bi system: Structure prediction and superconductivity

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    Dong, Xu; Fan, Changzeng

    2015-03-01

    Using a variable-composition ab initio evolutionary algorithm implemented in the USPEX code, we have performed a systematic search for stable compounds in the Ca-Bi system at different pressures. In addition to the well-known tI12-Ca2Bi and oS12-CaBi2, a few more structures were found by our calculations, among which phase transitions were also predicted in Ca2Bi (tI12 --> oI12 --> hP6), Ca3Bi2 (hP5 --> mC20 --> aP5) and CaBi (tI2 --> tI8), as well as a new phase (Ca3Bi) with a cF4 structure. All the newly predicted structures can be both dynamically and thermodynamically stable with increasing pressure. The superconductive properties of cF4-CaBi3, tI2-CaBi and cF4-Ca3Bi were studied and the superconducting critical temperature Tc can be as high as 5.16, 2.27 and 5.25 K, respectively. Different superconductivity behaviors with pressure increasing have been observed by further investigations.

  4. Unconventional Superconductivity in the BiS_{2}-Based Layered Superconductor NdO_{0.71}F_{0.29}BiS_{2}.

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    Ota, Yuichi; Okazaki, Kozo; Yamamoto, Haruyoshi Q; Yamamoto, Takashi; Watanabe, Shuntaro; Chen, Chuangtian; Nagao, Masanori; Watauchi, Satoshi; Tanaka, Isao; Takano, Yoshihiko; Shin, Shik

    2017-04-21

    We investigate the superconducting-gap anisotropy in one of the recently discovered BiS_{2}-based superconductors, NdO_{0.71}F_{0.29}BiS_{2} (T_{c}∼5  K), using laser-based angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. Whereas the previously discovered high-T_{c} superconductors such as copper oxides and iron-based superconductors, which are believed to have unconventional superconducting mechanisms, have 3d electrons in their conduction bands, the conduction band of BiS_{2}-based superconductors mainly consists of Bi 6p electrons, and, hence, the conventional superconducting mechanism might be expected. Contrary to this expectation, we observe a strongly anisotropic superconducting gap. This result strongly suggests that the pairing mechanism for NdO_{0.71}F_{0.29}BiS_{2} is an unconventional one and we attribute the observed anisotropy to competitive or cooperative multiple paring interactions.

  5. Identical mechanism of isochronal and isothermal embrittlement in Ni(Bi) alloy: Thermo-induced non-equilibrium grain-boundary segregation of Bi

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    Zheng, Lei; Chellali, Reda; Schlesiger, Ralf; Meng, Ye; Baither, Dietmar; Schmitz, Guido

    2015-01-01

    Highlights: • Both isochronal and isothermal plasticity of Ni(Bi) alloy show minima. • Existing interpretations for isochronal and isothermal embrittlement are inadequate. • Both embrittlement is caused by thermo-induced non-equilibrium grain-boundary segregation of Bi. - Abstract: Isochronal and isothermal plasticity after thermal pre-treatments are obtained by tensile tests to characterize the embrittling behaviors of Ni(Bi) alloy. Both isochronal and isothermal plasticity show evident minima. Fractography observed by scanning electron microscopy displays intergranular fracture for samples of low plasticity. The microstructure is found to be free of precipitates within grains and at grain boundaries by focused ion beam and transmission electron microscopy. Atom probe analysis indicates a strong tendency of Bi segregation to grain boundaries. By these results, the existing interpretations are discussed to be inadequate and both embrittlement are confirmed to be identical in mechanism, i.e. thermo-induced non-equilibrium grain-boundary segregation of Bi

  6. Determination of the impact of Bi content on the valence band energy of GaAsBi using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    K. Collar

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available We investigate the change of the valence band energy of GaAs1-xBix (0Bi concentration, x, using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS. The change in the valence band energy per addition of 1 % Bi is determined for strained and unstrained thin films using a linear approximation applicable to the dilute regime. Spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE was used as a complementary technique to determine the change in GaAsBi bandgap resulting from Bi addition. Analysis of SE and XPS data together supports the conclusion that ∼75% of the reduction in the bandgap is in the valence band for a compressively strained, dilute GaAsBi thin film at room temperature.

  7. Design and fabrication of thin film Bi-Sb and Bi-Cu thermopiles for IR thermal radiation detection

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    2003-01-01

    Thin film thermopiles are widely used as small size sensors, in particular to sense infra-red thermal radiations. In this paper a method for designing and fabrication of thin films Bi-Cu thermopiles in linear in linear array of 8 and 11 elements in series and mono-layer is introduced. Also, fabrication of of Bi-Cu thin film thermopiles, which are used as IR radiation sensors, made in multilayer from with 100 series junctions in circular shape are presented. The samples are fabricated on a PCB board with double-side copper laminated as a substrate. The results of our measurements show that the output voltage produced due to temperature difference between junctions, is very sensitive and linear to temperature difference.

  8. Dielectric and piezoelectric properties of BiFeO3 modified Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-Bi0.5K0.5TiO3 lead-free piezoelectric ceramics

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    Zhou Changrong; Liu Xinyu; Li Weizhou

    2008-01-01

    The (0.82 - x)Bi 0.5 Na 0.5 TiO 3 -0.18Bi 0.5 K 0.5 TiO 3 -xBiFeO 3 (x = 0-0.07) lead-free piezoelectric ceramics were fabricated by a conventional solid-state reaction method and the effect of BiFeO 3 addition on microstructure and electrical properties of the ceramics was investigated. The specimens with x ≤ 0.05 maintained a rhombohedral-tetragonal phase coexistence and changed into a rhombohedral phase when x > 0.05 in crystal structure. The addition of BiFeO 3 caused a promoted grain growth. All the specimens reveal a low-frequency dielectric dispersion in the frequency range of 40-1 MHz. The piezoelectric constant d 33 and the electromechanical coupling factor k p show an obvious improvement by the addition of small amount of BiFeO 3 , which shows optimum values of d 33 = 170 pC/N and k p = 0.366 at x = 0.03. Contrary to the enhancement of piezoelectric properties, Q m decreases with increasing BiFeO 3 content. The mechanisms of intrinsic and extrinsic contributions to the dielectric and piezoelectric responses have been proposed. Intrinsic contributions are from the relative ion/cation shift that preserves the ferroelectric crystal structure. The remaining extrinsic contributions are from the domain-wall motion and point defects

  9. Are BiTEs the "missing link" in cancer therapy?

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    Suryadevara, Carter M; Gedeon, Patrick C; Sanchez-Perez, Luis; Verla, Terence; Alvarez-Breckenridge, Christopher; Choi, Bryan D; Fecci, Peter E; Sampson, John H

    2015-06-01

    Conventional treatment for cancer routinely includes surgical resection and some combination of chemotherapy and radiation. These approaches are frequently accompanied by unintended and highly toxic collateral damage to healthy tissues, which are offset by only marginal prognostic improvements in patients with advanced cancers. This unfortunate balance has driven the development of novel therapies that aim to target tumors both safely and efficiently. Over the past decade, mounting evidence has supported the therapeutic utility of T-cell-centered cancer immunotherapy, which, in its various iterations, has been shown capable of eliciting highly precise and robust antitumor responses both in animal models and human trials. The identification of tumor-specific targets has further fueled a growing interest in T-cell therapies given their potential to circumvent the non-specific nature of traditional treatments. Of the several strategies geared toward achieving T-cell recognition of tumor, bispecific antibodies (bsAbs) represent a novel class of biologics that have garnered enthusiasm in recent years due to their versatility, specificity, safety, cost, and ease of production. Bispecific T-cell Engagers (BiTEs) are a subclass of bsAbs that are specific for CD3 on one arm and a tumor antigen on the second. As such, BiTEs function by recruiting and activating polyclonal populations of T-cells at tumor sites, and do so without the need for co-stimulation or conventional MHC recognition. Blinatumomab, a well-characterized BiTE, has emerged as a promising recombinant bscCD19×CD3 construct that has demonstrated remarkable antitumor activity in patients with B-cell malignancies. This clinical success has resulted in the rapid extension of BiTE technology against a greater repertoire of tumor antigens and the recent US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) accelerated approval of blinatumomab for the treatment of a rare form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). In this review

  10. Controlled hydrothermal synthesis of BiOxCly/BiOmIn composites exhibiting visible-light photocatalytic degradation of crystal violet

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    Jiang, Yu-Rou; Lin, Ho-Pan; Chung, Wen-Hsin; Dai, Yong-Ming; Lin, Wan-Yu; Chen, Chiing-Chang

    2015-01-01

    Highlights: • This is the first report on a series of BiO x Cl y /BiO m I n heterojunctions. • The BiO x Cl y /BiO m I n composition was controlled by adjusting the growth parameters. • The BiO x Cl y /BiO m I n were indirect semiconductors with a 1.78–2.95-eV bandgap. • The new photocatalysts removed CV at a much faster rate than TiO 2 . • Mechanisms were determined by separating the intermediates using HPLC-MS. - Abstract: A series of BiO x Cl y /BiO m I n composites were prepared using autoclave hydrothermal methods. The composition and morphologies of the BiO x Cl y /BiO m I n composites were controlled by adjusting the experimental conditions: the reaction pH value, temperature, and KCl/KI molar ratio. The products were characterized using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy-electron dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, Brunauer–Emmett–Teller specific surface areas, cathodoluminescence, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, and high-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The photocatalytic efficiencies of composite powder suspensions were evaluated by monitoring the crystal violet (CV) concentrations. In addition, the quenching effects of various scavengers indicated that the reactive O 2 · − played a major role, and OH· or h + played a minor role in CV degradation. The intermediates formed during the decomposition process were isolated, identified, and characterized using high performance liquid chromatography-photodiode array-electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry to elucidate the CV decomposition mechanism

  11. Magnetoresistance and magnetothermopower properties of Bi/Ca/Co/O and Bi(Pb)/Ca/Co/O misfit layer cobaltites

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    Maignan, A; Hervieu, M; Michel, C; Pelloquin, D; Khomskii, D

    2003-01-01

    Two new compounds of the Bi/Ca/Co/O and Bi(Pb)/Ca/Co/O systems have been prepared. Their structure is built up from the intergrowth of four rock-salt-type layers and one [CoO sub 2 ] hexagonal layer. Both cobaltites exhibit large thermopower values (S sub 3 sub 0 sub 0 sub K approx 140 mu V K sup - sup 1), low resistivity values (rho sub 3 sub 0 sub 0 sub K = 40-60 m OMEGA cm) and small thermal conductivities (kappa sub 3 sub 0 sub 0 sub K approx 1 W K sup - sup 1 m sup - sup 1). Furthermore, these compounds exhibit a negative magnetoresistance, (MR = rho sub H - rho sub H sub sub 0 /rho sub H sub = sub 0), reaching, at 2.5 K, - 85% in 7 T for the Bi/Ca/Co/O misfit cobaltite. A large negative magnetothermopower is also found for these cobaltites in the same temperature range. A qualitative explanation of the observed behaviour is proposed.

  12. Preparation, microstructure and thermal properties of Mg−Bi alloys as phase change materials for thermal energy storage

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    Fang, Dong; Sun, Zheng; Li, Yuanyuan; Cheng, Xiaomin

    2016-01-01

    Highlights: • The microstructure and thermal properties of Mg−Bi alloys are determined. • The relationship between melting enthalpies and phase composition are studied. • The activation energy of Mg−54%Bi alloy is calculated by multiple DSC technology. • Mg−54%Bi alloy is proposed as a phase change material at high (>420 °C) temperature. - Abstract: Comparing with Al-based phase change material, Mg-based phase change material is getting more and more attention due to its high corrosion resistance with encapsulation materials based on iron. This study focuses on the characterization of Mg−36%Bi, Mg−54%Bi and Mg−60%Bi (wt. %) alloys as phase change materials for thermal energy storage at high temperature. The phase compositions, microstructure and phase change temperatures were investigated by X-ray diffusion (XRD), electron probe micro-analysis (EPMA) and differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) analysis, respectively. The results indicates that the microstructure of Mg−36%Bi and Mg−54%Bi alloys are mainly composed of α-Mg matrix and α-Mg + Mg 3 Bi 2 eutectic phases, Mg−60%Bi alloy are mainly composed of the Mg 3 Bi 2 phase and α-MgMg 3 Bi 2 eutectic phases. The melting enthalpies of Mg−36%Bi, Mg−54%Bi and Mg−60%Bi alloys are 138.2, 180.5 and 48.7 J/g, with the phase change temperatures of 547.6, 546.3 and 548.1 °C, respectively. The Mg−54%Bi alloy has the highest melting enthalpy in three alloys. The main reason may be that it has more proportion of α-Mg + Mg 3 Bi 2 eutectic phases. The thermal expansion of three alloys increases with increasing temperature. The values of the thermal conductivity decrease with increasing Bi content. Besides, the activation energy of Mg−54%Bi was calculated by multiple DSC technology.

  13. Fletching-shaped Bi4Te3–ZnTe heterostructure nanowires.

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    Song, Man Suk; Kim, Yong

    2014-12-19

    We investigated Bi(4)Te(3)-ZnTe axial heterostructure nanowires grown by physical vapor transport at the substrate temperature of 450 °C, utilizing ZnTe as the source and Bi(2)Te(3) as the catalyst. The temperatures of the source and catalyst materials were individually controlled by separating the source and catalyst boats. The axial heterostructure nanowires consisted of ZnTe and Bi(4)Te(3) segments. The Bi(4)Te(3) segment had an interesting fletching shape with three wings surrounded by a ZnO shell. A systematic redshift in the nanowire's photoluminescence was observed as the excitation laser spot was moved from the heterojunction toward the root of the ZnTe segment, attributed to the formation of deep defect states under the Te-rich environment that resulted from using Bi(2)Te(3) as the catalyst instead of Bi.

  14. Comparison of Danish dichotomous and BI-RADS classifications of mammographic density

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    Hodge, Rebecca; Hellmann, Sophie Sell; von Euler-Chelpin, My

    2014-01-01

    : Of the 120 women, 32 (26.7%) were classified as having fatty and 88 (73.3%) as mixed/dense mammographic density, according to Danish dichotomous classification. According to BI-RADS density classification, 12 (10.0%) women were classified as having predominantly fatty (BI-RADS code 1), 46 (38.3%) as having...... scattered fibroglandular (BI-RADS code 2), 57 (47.5%) as having heterogeneously dense (BI-RADS 3), and five (4.2%) as having extremely dense (BI-RADS code 4) mammographic density. The inter-rater variability assessed by weighted kappa statistic showed a substantial agreement (0.75). CONCLUSION...... dichotomous mammographic density classification system from 1991 to 2001 with the density BI-RADS classifications, in an attempt to validate the Danish classification system. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study sample consisted of 120 mammograms taken in Copenhagen in 1991-2001, which tested false positive...

  15. BiCuSeO Thermoelectrics: An Update on Recent Progress and Perspective

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    Xiaoxuan Zhang

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available A BiCuSeO system has been reported as a promising thermoelectric material and has attracted great attention in the thermoelectric community since 2010. Recently, several remarkable studies have been reported and the ZT of BiCuSeO was pushed to a higher level. It motivates us to systematically summarize the recent reports on the BiCuSeO system. In this short review, we start with several attempts to optimize thermoelectric properties of BiCuSeO. Then, we introduce several opinions to explore the origins of low thermal conductivity for BiCuSeO. Several approaches to enhance thermoelectric performance are also summarized, including modulation doping, introducing dual-vacancies, and dual-doping, etc. At last, we propose some possible strategies for enhancing thermoelectric performance of BiCuSeO in future research.

  16. Weak Interactions under Pressure: hp-CuBi and Its Analogues.

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    Guo, Kai; Akselrud, Lev; Bobnar, Matej; Burkhardt, Ulrich; Schmidt, Marcus; Zhao, Jing-Tai; Schwarz, Ulrich; Grin, Yuri

    2017-05-08

    The metastable binary compound hp-CuBi was obtained from the direct chemical reaction between copper and bismuth at a pressure of 5 GPa and a temperature of 720 K. The atomic arrangement comprises slabs of puckered Cu layers sandwiched between Bi planes. The QTAIM charges calculated for compounds of bismuth with transition metals reveal negligible charge transfer for hp-CuBi. Analysis of the chemical bonding with position-space techniques discloses multicenter interactions within the Bi-Cu-Bi slabs and lone-pair interactions of the van der Waals type between these entities. hp-CuBi exhibits metal-type electrical conductivity with superconductivity below T c =1.3 K. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Carbon quantum dots coated BiVO{sub 4} inverse opals for enhanced photoelectrochemical hydrogen generation

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    Nan, Feng; Shen, Mingrong; Fang, Liang, E-mail: zhkang@suda.edu.cn, E-mail: lfang@suda.edu.cn [College of Physics, Optoelectronics and Energy and Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Thin Films, Soochow University, Suzhou 215006 (China); Kang, Zhenhui, E-mail: zhkang@suda.edu.cn, E-mail: lfang@suda.edu.cn [Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials (FUNSOM), Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-based Functional Materials and Devices, and Collaborative Innovation Center of Suzhou Nano Science and Technology, Soochow University, Suzhou 215006 (China); Wang, Junling [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798 (Singapore)

    2015-04-13

    Carbon quantum dots (CQDs) coated BiVO{sub 4} inverse opal (io-BiVO{sub 4}) structure that shows dramatic improvement of photoelectrochemical hydrogen generation has been fabricated using electrodeposition with a template. The io-BiVO{sub 4} maximizes photon trapping through slow light effect, while maintaining adequate surface area for effective redox reactions. CQDs are then incorporated to the io-BiVO{sub 4} to further improve the photoconversion efficiency. Due to the strong visible light absorption property of CQDs and enhanced separation of the photoexcited electrons, the CQDs coated io-BiVO{sub 4} exhibit a maximum photo-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency of 0.35%, which is 6 times higher than that of the pure BiVO{sub 4} thin films. This work is a good example of designing composite photoelectrode by combining quantum dots and photonic crystal.

  18. Effect of strain on voltage-controlled magnetism in BiFeO₃-based heterostructures.

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    Wang, J J; Hu, J M; Yang, T N; Feng, M; Zhang, J X; Chen, L Q; Nan, C W

    2014-04-01

    Voltage-modulated magnetism in magnetic/BiFeO3 heterostructures can be driven by a combination of the intrinsic ferroelectric-antiferromagnetic coupling in BiFeO3 and the antiferromagnetic-ferromagnetic exchange interaction across the heterointerface. However, ferroelectric BiFeO3 film is also ferroelastic, thus it is possible to generate voltage-induced strain in BiFeO3 that could be applied onto the magnetic layer across the heterointerface and modulate magnetism through magnetoelastic coupling. Here, we investigated, using phase-field simulations, the role of strain in voltage-controlled magnetism for these BiFeO3-based heterostructures. It is predicted, under certain condition, coexistence of strain and exchange interaction will result in a pure voltage-driven 180° magnetization reversal in BiFeO3-based heterostructures.

  19. Effect of strain on voltage-controlled magnetism in BiFeO3-based heterostructures

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    Wang, J. J.; Hu, J. M.; Yang, T. N.; Feng, M.; Zhang, J. X.; Chen, L. Q.; Nan, C. W.

    2014-01-01

    Voltage-modulated magnetism in magnetic/BiFeO3 heterostructures can be driven by a combination of the intrinsic ferroelectric-antiferromagnetic coupling in BiFeO3 and the antiferromagnetic-ferromagnetic exchange interaction across the heterointerface. However, ferroelectric BiFeO3 film is also ferroelastic, thus it is possible to generate voltage-induced strain in BiFeO3 that could be applied onto the magnetic layer across the heterointerface and modulate magnetism through magnetoelastic coupling. Here, we investigated, using phase-field simulations, the role of strain in voltage-controlled magnetism for these BiFeO3-based heterostructures. It is predicted, under certain condition, coexistence of strain and exchange interaction will result in a pure voltage-driven 180° magnetization reversal in BiFeO3-based heterostructures. PMID:24686503

  20. Positive Predictive Value of BI-RADS Categorization in an Asian Population

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    Yah-Yuen Tan; Siew-Bock Wee; Mona P.C. Tan

    2004-01-01

    The Breast Imaging Reporting And Data System (BI-RADS) categorization of mammograms is useful in estimating the risk of malignancy, thereby guiding management decisions. However, in Asian women, in whom breast density is increased, the sensitivity of mammography is correspondingly lower. We sought to determine the positive predictive value of BI-RADS categorization for malignancy in our Asian population and, hence, its value in helping us to choose between the various modalities for breast bi...

  1. The BiCu{sub 1−x}OS oxysulfide: Copper deficiency and electronic properties

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    Berthebaud, D.; Guilmeau, E.; Lebedev, O.I. [Laboratoire CRISMAT, UMR 6508 CNRS/ENSICAEN/UCBN, 6 bd du Maréchal Juin, F-14050 CAEN Cedex 4 (France); Maignan, A., E-mail: antoine.maignan@ensicaen.fr [Laboratoire CRISMAT, UMR 6508 CNRS/ENSICAEN/UCBN, 6 bd du Maréchal Juin, F-14050 CAEN Cedex 4 (France); Gamon, J.; Barboux, P. [Institut de Recherche de Chimie de Paris, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris, 11 rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75231 Paris Cedex 09 France (France)

    2016-05-15

    An oxysulfide series of nominal compositions BiCu{sub 1−x}OS with x<0.20 has been prepared and its structural properties characterized by combining powder X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy techniques. It is found that this oxysulfide, crystallizing in the P4/nmm space group, tends to adopt a constant amount of copper vacancy corresponding to x=0.05 in the BiCu{sub 1−x}OS formula. The presence of Cu vacancies is confirmed by HAADF-STEM analysis showing, in the Cu atomic columns, alternating peaks of different intensities in some very localized regions. For larger Cu deficiencies (x>0.05 in the nominal composition), other types of structural nanodefects are evidenced such as bismuth oxysulfides of the “BiOS” ternary system which might explain the report of superconductivity for the BiCu{sub 1−x}OS oxysulfide. Local epitaxial growth of the BiCuOS oxysulfide on top of CuO is also observed. In marked contrast to the BiCu{sub 1−x}OSe oxyselenide, these results give an explanation to the limited impact of Cu deficiency on the Seebeck coefficient in BiCu{sub 1−x}OS compounds. - Graphical abstract: High resolution TEM image showing a Bi(Cu)OS/Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}S interface and corresponding dislocation region. The Bi(Cu)OS structure adopts a rather constant Cu content (near 0.95); starting from BiCuOS leads to the formation of defects such as the Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}S oxysulfide.

  2. Intestinal SR-BI does not impact cholesterol absorption or transintestinal cholesterol efflux in mice.

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    Bura, Kanwardeep S; Lord, Caleb; Marshall, Stephanie; McDaniel, Allison; Thomas, Gwyn; Warrier, Manya; Zhang, Jun; Davis, Matthew A; Sawyer, Janet K; Shah, Ramesh; Wilson, Martha D; Dikkers, Arne; Tietge, Uwe J F; Collet, Xavier; Rudel, Lawrence L; Temel, Ryan E; Brown, J Mark

    2013-06-01

    Reverse cholesterol transport (RCT) can proceed through the classic hepatobiliary route or through the nonbiliary transintestinal cholesterol efflux (TICE) pathway. Scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI) plays a critical role in the classic hepatobiliary route of RCT. However, the role of SR-BI in TICE has not been studied. To examine the role of intestinal SR-BI in TICE, sterol balance was measured in control mice and mice transgenically overexpressing SR-BI in the proximal small intestine (SR-BI(hApoCIII-ApoAIV-Tg)). SR-BI(hApoCIII-ApoAIV-Tg) mice had significantly lower plasma cholesterol levels compared with wild-type controls, yet SR-BI(hApoCIII-ApoAIV-Tg) mice had normal fractional cholesterol absorption and fecal neutral sterol excretion. Both in the absence or presence of ezetimibe, intestinal SR-BI overexpression had no impact on the amount of cholesterol excreted in the feces. To specifically study effects of intestinal SR-BI on TICE we crossed SR-BI(hApoCIII-ApoAIV-Tg) mice into a mouse model that preferentially utilized the TICE pathway for RCT (Niemann-Pick C1-like 1 liver transgenic), and likewise found no alterations in cholesterol absorption or fecal sterol excretion. Finally, mice lacking SR-BI in all tissues also exhibited normal cholesterol absorption and fecal cholesterol disposal. Collectively, these results suggest that SR-BI is not rate limiting for intestinal cholesterol absorption or for fecal neutral sterol loss through the TICE pathway.

  3. Thermal analysis and phase diagrams of the LiF BiF{sub 3} e NaF BiF{sub 3} systems; Analise termica e diagramas de fase dos sistemas LiF-BiF{sub 3} e NaF-BiF{sub 3}

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    Nakamura, Gerson Hiroshi de Godoy

    2013-07-01

    Investigations of the binary systems LiF-BiF{sub 3} and NaF-BiF{sub 3} were performed with the objective of clarifying the thermal behavior and phase equilibria of these systems and their intermediary phases, an important requisite for high-quality crystal growth. Several samples in the entire range of compositions (0 to 100 mol% BiF{sub 3}) of both systems were subjected to experiments of differential thermal analysis (DTA) and thermogravimetry (TG), and also of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). A few specific compositions were selected for X-ray diffraction to supplement the experimental data. Due to the high vulnerability of BiF{sub 3} to oxygen contamination, its volatility and propensity to destroy metal parts upon heating, it was necessary to determine the optimal conditions for thermal analysis before investigating the systems themselves. Phase relations in the system LiF-BiF{sub 3} were completely clarified and a phase diagram was calculated and evaluated via the commercial software Factsage. The diagram itself consists in a simple peritectic system in which the only intermediary compound, LiBiF{sub 4}, decomposes into LiF and a liquid phase. The NaF-BiF{sub 3} system could not be completely elucidated and the phase relations in the NaF poor side (> 50% BiF{sub 3}) are still unknown. In the NaF rich side, however, the possible peritectoid decomposition of the compound NaBiF{sub 4} was identified. In both systems X-ray diffraction yielded crystal structures discrepant with the literature for the intermediary phases, LiBiF{sub 4}, NaBiF{sub 4} and a solid solution of NaF and BiF{sub 3} called {sup I.} The observed structures remain unknown and explanations for the discrepancies were proposed. (author)

  4. Thermal behavior of NIR active centers in Bi-doped optical fibers

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    Dvoretsky, D. A.; Bufetov, I. A.; Vel'miskin, V. V.; Zlenko, A. S.; Khopin, V. F.; Semenov, S. L.; Guryanov, A. N.; Denisov, L. K.; Dianov, E. M.

    2012-01-01

    The temperature dependences of optical loss and luminescence spectra have been measured in visible and NIR spectral range for Bi-doped silica and Bi-doped germanosilicate fibers for the first time. The temperature dependence of luminescence lifetime for Si-associated active bismuth centers in germanosilicate fiber was measured. It has been revealed, that distribution of Bi3+ ions across the fiber preform is essentially different as compared to that of NIR active bismuth centers. Data received...

  5. HUBUNGAN ANTARA BI RATE DAN INFLASI PENDEKATAN KAUSALITAS TODA – YAMAMOTO

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    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available The study was intended to review the causality relationship between BI Rate and Inflation in 2005-2011, the ITF application period. The research employed Toda-Yamamoto Causality Test along with the prerequisite tests; the stationarity test and lag lenght criteria test. The stationarity test on the data resulted variable of BI Rate and inflation was in the first difference. Based on the lag length criteria, it resulted optimum lag which was lag 2. The study revealed that BI Rate has caused the changes on inflation level within two months. At the same time, inflation also affected BI Rate level. Hence, BI Rate can be considered as an instrument to control inflation in maintaining the inflation target. Whenever the inflation happens in the low and stable level, BI rate could be set at a low level. This will improve the economic activity in the real sector. Penelitian ini bertujuan untuk mengkaji apakah terdapat hubungan kausalitas antara BI Rate dan inflasi pada periode 2005-2011, periodediterapkannya kerangka kerja ITF. Penelitian ini menggunakan Uji Kausalitas Toda – Yamamoto beserta uji prasyaratnya yaitu uji stasioneritas dan uji lag length criteria. Hasil uji stasioneritas data yang dilakukan, variabel BI Rate dan inflasi berada pada tingkat first difference.Pengujian lag length criteria diperoleh hasil lag optimal yang adalah lag 2. Hasil penelitian menunjukkan bahwa BI Rate menyebabkan perubahan tingkat inflasi dalam jangka waktu dua bulan dan inflasi menyebabkan perubahan tingkat BI Rate dalam jangka waktu yang sama. Sejalan dengan hasil penelitian, maka BI Rate merupakan instrumen yang dapat digunakan untuk mengendalikan inflasi agar tetap terjaga sesuai dengan target inflasi. Ketika inflasi telah berada dalam level yang rendah dan stabil, maka BI Rate dapat dipatok pada level yang rendah agar dapat meningkatkan kegiatan perekonomian di sektor riil.

  6. Ba2ErNbO6: A new perovskite ceramic substrate for Bi (2223 ...

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    Barium erbium niobate (Ba2ErNbO6) has been developed as a new substrate for (Bi,Pb)2Sr2Ca2Cu3O [Bi(2223)] superconductor film. Ba2ErNbO6 (BENO) has a cubic perovskite structure with lattice constant, = 8.318 Å. The Bi(2223) superconductor does not show any detectable chemical reaction with BENO even ...

  7. The magnetic moment of {sup 209}Bi. A molecular determination of the diamagnetic shielding

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    Bastug, T. [Kassel Univ. (Gesamthochschule) (Germany). Fachbereich 18 - Physik; Fricke, B. [Kassel Univ. (Gesamthochschule) (Germany). Fachbereich 18 - Physik; Finkbeiner, M. [Kassel Univ. (Gesamthochschule) (Germany). Fachbereich 18 - Physik; Johnson, W.R. [Department of Physics, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556 (United States)

    1996-07-22

    Using a self-consistent relativistic molecular Dirac-Fock-Slater code we have determined the charge density and the diamagnetic shielding at the {sup 209}Bi nucleus in the molecule Bi(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}, which was used in the experiment for the g-factor. Our final value for the nuclear moment of {sup 209}Bi is {mu} {sub I}=4.1103{+-}0.0005 {mu} {sub N}. (orig.). With 1 tab.

  8. Preparation and characterization of Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} nanowires by electrodeposition

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    Peng Hongjian [School of Metallurgical Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Zhou Jiaolian [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Tang Ding [School of Metallurgical Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Lai Yanqing, E-mail: 13975808172@126.com [School of Metallurgical Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Liu Fangyang; Li Jie; Liu Yexiang [School of Metallurgical Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China)

    2011-05-30

    Highlights: > The electrodeposition of Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} nanowires has been investigated by cyclic voltammetry in a tartaric acid aqueous solution on anodic aluminum oxide template. > The optimum deposition potential of Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} nanowires is -0.20 V vs. SCE according to cyclic voltammetry curves. > The ratio of Bi/Se is very closer to 2:3 with the addition of surfactant. > Annealing can improve crystallinity and chemical composition of Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} nanowires. > The surfactant can also improve the surface morphology and composition of Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} nanowires. - Abstract: The electrodeposition of Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} nanowires on an anodic aluminum oxide template was investigated by cyclic voltammetry in a tartaric acid aqueous solution. The electrochemical behavior of the Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} nanowires in the electrolytic solution was also investigated using cyclic voltammetry, and the underpotential deposition mechanism of the Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} nanowires was determined. According to the cyclic voltammetric curves, -0.20 V vs. SCE (saturated calomel electrode) was chosen as the deposition potential of the Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} nanowires. The ratio of Bi to Se is nearly 2:3, verified by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and with the addition of surfactant. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, selected-area electron diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy indicate that annealing can improve the crystallinity and chemical composition of Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} nanowires. Surfactant can also improve the surface morphology and composition of the Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} nanowires.

  9. Effect of microstrain on the magnetic properties of BiFeO3 nanoparticles

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    Mocherla, Pavana S. V.; Karthik, C.; Ubic, R.; Ramachandra Rao, M. S.; Sudakar, C.

    2014-09-01

    We report on size induced microstrain-dependent magnetic properties of BiFeO3 nanoparticles. The microstrain is found to be high (ɛ > 0.3%) for smaller crystallite sizes (d cycloid length for BiFeO3, due to a decrease in rhombohedral distortion with crystallite size. We also observe a similar trend in the TN with respect to size indicating that the microstrain plays a significant role in controlling the magnetic property of BiFeO3.

  10. Oracle BI Publisher 11g A Practical Guide to Enterprise Reporting

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    Bozdoc, Daniela

    2011-01-01

    This is a practical guide with step-by step instructions for enhancing your application of Oracle BI Publisher 11g for enterprise reporting. If you are an Oracle BI Publisher 11g end user, be it a report developer, business analyst or consultant, this book is for you. You should have good knowledge of general reporting practices and XML/XSL programming, though experience of using BI/XML publisher is not essential.

  11. Acoustic properties of monocrystals Na Bi(WO4)2

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    Khusravbekov, L.; Rakhimov, I.K.; Salakhutdinov, M.I.; Kholov, A.

    2001-01-01

    Present article is devoted to acoustic properties of monocrystals Na Bi(WO 4 ) 2 . The method of growing of large, homogeneous, defect-free monocrystals of Na Bi(WO 4 ) 2 compound was elaborated. The measurement of propagation velocity and ultrasound absorption coefficient in Na Bi(WO 4 ) 2 at temperature range 30-100 deg C on operating frequency 35 MHz was conducted by means of phase-interference method.

  12. Enhancement in Photoelectrochemical Efficiency by Fabrication of BiVO4@MWCNT Nanocomposites

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    Yan Zhang

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available An enormous enhancement in the photo-to-current conversion efficiency over the nanocomposite material composed by BiVO4 on the surface of MWCNTs, with respect to electrode of pure BiVO4, was observed. The heterojunction formed between MWCNTs and nano-BiVO4 is beneficial for the separation of photogenerated electrons and holes, resulting in more electrons that are able to transport efficiently to the surface and therefore enhance the photoefficiency.

  13. Growth of the high reflectivity Bi 2O 3 glass films by atmospheric pressure halide CVD

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    Takeyama, T.; Takahashi, N.; Nakamura, T.; Ito, S.

    2004-09-01

    We reported the results of an investigation into the preparation of amorphous Bi 2O 3 onto borosilicate glass substrate by means of atmospheric pressure halide chemical vapor deposition using BiI 3 and oxygen as a source materials. Obtained thin films lower than 475 °C was amorphous and it was almost transparent in infrared region. But the amorphous films are iodine-containing Bi 2O 3, as results of analysis by XRD and XPS.

  14. Continuous drawing of Bi-Ca-Sr-Cu-O glass fibers from a preform

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    Zheng, H.; Hu, Y.; Mackenzie, J.D.

    1991-01-01

    Several issues related to drawing Bi-Ca-Sr-Cu-O glass fibers from a preform are discussed. Continuous drawing of Bi-Ca-Sr-Cu-O glass fibers was successfully accomplished. Bi-Ca-Sr-Cu-O glass fibers are drawn above the crystallization temperature. Minimizing crystallization of the glass preforms is a key for successful drawing of the glass fibers. Two effective means, high glass melting temperature and V 2 O 5 doping, have been used to minimize the crystallization of the preforms, thus assuring the continuous drawing of Bi-Ca-Sr-Cu-O glass fibers

  15. Multiple BiP genes of Arabidopsis thaliana are required for male gametogenesis and pollen competitiveness.

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    Maruyama, Daisuke; Sugiyama, Tomoyuki; Endo, Toshiya; Nishikawa, Shuh-Ichi

    2014-04-01

    Immunoglobulin-binding protein (BiP) is a molecular chaperone of the heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70) family. BiP is localized in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and plays key roles in protein translocation, protein folding and quality control in the ER. The genomes of flowering plants contain multiple BiP genes. Arabidopsis thaliana has three BiP genes. BIP1 and BIP2 are ubiquitously expressed. BIP3 encodes a less well conserved BiP paralog, and it is expressed only under ER stress conditions in the majority of organs. Here, we report that all BiP genes are expressed and functional in pollen and pollen tubes. Although the bip1 bip2 double mutation does not affect pollen viability, the bip1 bip2 bip3 triple mutation is lethal in pollen. This result indicates that lethality of the bip1 bip2 double mutation is rescued by BiP3 expression. A decrease in the copy number of the ubiquitously expressed BiP genes correlates well with a decrease in pollen tube growth, which leads to reduced fitness of mutant pollen during fertilization. Because an increased protein secretion activity is expected to increase the protein folding demand in the ER, the multiple BiP genes probably cooperate with each other to ensure ER homeostasis in cells with active secretion such as rapidly growing pollen tubes.

  16. Rare variant in scavenger receptor BI raises HDL cholesterol and increases risk of coronary heart disease

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    Zanoni, Paolo; Khetarpal, Sumeet A; Larach, Daniel B

    2016-01-01

    Scavenger receptor BI (SR-BI) is the major receptor for high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (HDL-C). In humans, high amounts of HDL-C in plasma are associated with a lower risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). Mice that have depleted Scarb1 (SR-BI knockout mice) have markedly elevated HDL......-C levels but, paradoxically, increased atherosclerosis. The impact of SR-BI on HDL metabolism and CHD risk in humans remains unclear. Through targeted sequencing of coding regions of lipid-modifying genes in 328 individuals with extremely high plasma HDL-C levels, we identified a homozygote for a loss-of-function...

  17. Preparation and Characterization of Mo Doped in BiVO₄ with Enhanced Photocatalytic Properties.

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    Liu, Bitao; Yan, Xuelian; Yan, Hengqing; Yao, Yucen; Cai, Yanhua; Wei, Jumeng; Chen, Shanyong; Xu, Xuhui; Li, Lu

    2017-08-21

    Molybdenum (Mo) doped BiVO₄ was fabricated via a simple electrospun method. Morphology, structure, chemical states and optical properties of the obtained catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), N₂ adsorption-desorption isotherms (BET) and photoluminescence spectrum (PL), respectively. The photocatalytic properties indicate that doping Mo into BiVO₄ can enhance the photocatalytic activity and dark adsorption ability. The photocatalytic test suggests that the 1% Mo-BiVO₄ shows the best photocatalytic activity, which is about three times higher than pure BiVO₄. Meanwhile, 3% Mo-BiVO₄ shows stronger dark adsorption than pure BiVO₄ and 1% Mo-BiVO₄. The enhancement in photocatalytic property should be ascribed to that BiVO₄ with small amount of Mo doping could efficiently separate the photogenerated carries and improve the electronic conductivity. The high concentration doping would lead the crystal structure transformation from monoclinic to tetragonal phase, as well as the formation of MoO₃ nanoparticles on the BiVO₄ surface, which could also act as recombination centers to decrease the photocatalytic activity.

  18. Adsorption behavior and mechanism of ibuprofen onto BiOCl microspheres with exposed {001} facets.

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    Li, Jian; Sun, Shiye; Chen, Rong; Zhang, Tuqiao; Ren, Bangxing; Dionysiou, Dionysios D; Wu, Zhejian; Liu, Xiaowei; Ye, Miaomiao

    2017-04-01

    BiOCl microspheres with exposed {001} facets have been synthesized through a simple solvothermal method. The adsorption and photocatalytic activities of BiOCl microspheres were evaluated by removal of ibuprofen (IBP) as the model reaction. Parameters including IBP concentration, BiOCl dosage, and inorganic ions were investigated to reveal the role of adsorption in BiOCl-based photocatalysis. We found that the high IBP removal rate by BiOCl is not due to photocatalytic oxidation but to surface adsorption. The combination of ICP/MS, IC, XPS, and FT-IR results directly proved that anion exchange between dissociated IBP and Cl accompanied by the formation of surface complex (O-Bi-OOC-C 12 H 17 ) onto the BiOCl surface is the main adsorption mechanism. In addition, we also demonstrated that organic compounds with carboxyl group (-COOH) such as diclofenac, benzoic acid, and p-phthalic acid can be adsorbed by BiOCl while organic compounds without carboxyl group such as carbamazepine, nitrobenzene, and p-chloronitrobenzene cannot be adsorbed. We believe that the BiOCl adsorption behavior and mechanism should be considered when discussing its photocatalytic mechanism.

  19. BI-RADS 3: Current and Future Use of Probably Benign

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    Lee, Karen A.; Talati, Nishi; Oudsema, Rebecca; Steinberger, Sharon; Margolies, Laurie R.

    2018-01-01

    Purpose of Review Probably benign (BI-RADS 3) causes confusion for interpreting physicians and referring physicians and can induce significant patient anxiety. The best uses and evidence for using this assessment category in mammography, breast ultrasound, and breast MRI will be reviewed; the reader will have a better understanding of how and when to use BI-RADS 3. Recent Findings Interobserver variability in the use of BI-RADS 3 has been documented. The 5th edition of the BI-RADS atlas detai...

  20. Radiologist assessment of breast density by BI-RADS categories versus fully automated volumetric assessment.

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    Gweon, Hye Mi; Youk, Ji Hyun; Kim, Jeong-Ah; Son, Eun Ju

    2013-09-01

    The objective of our study was to estimate mammographic breast density using a fully automated volumetric breast density measurement method in comparison with BI-RADS breast density categories determined by radiologists. A total of 791 full-field digital mammography examinations with standard views were evaluated by three blinded radiologists as BI-RADS density categories 1-4. For fully automated volumetric analysis, volumetric breast density was calculated with fully automated software. The volume of fibroglandular tissue, the volume of the breast, and the volumetric percentage density were provided. The weighted overall kappa was 0.48 (moderate agreement) for the three radiologists' estimates of BI-RADS density. Pairwise comparisons of the radiologists' measurements of BI-RADS density revealed moderate to substantial agreement, with kappa values ranging from 0.51 to 0.64. There was a significant difference in mean volumetric breast density among the BI-RADS density categories, and the mean volumetric breast density increased as the BI-RADS density category increased (pBI-RADS categories and fully automated volumetric breast density (ρ=0.765, pBI-RADS density categories. Mammographic density assessment with the fully automated volumetric method may be used to assign BI-RADS density categories.

  1. A Highly Efficient UV-Vis-NIR Active Ln(3+)-Doped BiPO4/BiVO4 Nanocomposite for Photocatalysis Application.

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    Ganguli, Sagar; Hazra, Chanchal; Chatti, Manjunath; Samanta, Tuhin; Mahalingam, Venkataramanan

    2016-01-12

    In this Article, we report the synthesis of Ln(3+) (Yb(3+), Tm(3+))-doped BiPO4/BiVO4 nanocomposite photocatalyst that shows efficient photocatalytic activity under UV-visible-near-infrared (UV-vis-NIR) illumination. Incorporation of upconverting Ln(3+) ion pairs in BiPO4 nanocrystals resulted in strong emission in the visible region upon excitation with a NIR laser (980 nm). A composite of BiPO4 nanocrystals and vanadate was prepared by the addition of vanadate source to BiPO4 nanocrystals. In the nanocomposite, the strong blue emission from Tm(3+) ions via upconversion is nonradiatively transferred to BiVO4, resulting in the production of excitons. This in turn generates reactive oxygen species and efficiently degrades methylene blue dye in aqueous medium. The nanocomposite also shows high photocatalytic activity both under the visible region (0.010 min(-1)) and under the full solar spectrum (0.047 min(-1)). The results suggest that the photocatalytic activity of the nanocomposite under both NIR as well as full solar irradiation is better compared to other reported nanocomposite photocatalysts. The choice of BiPO4 as the matrix for Ln(3+) ions has been discussed in detail, as it plays an important role in the superior NIR photocatalytic activity of the nanocomposite photocatalyst.

  2. Effect of surface modification of BiFeO3 on the dielectric, ferroelectric, magneto-dielectric properties of polyvinylacetate/BiFeO3 nanocomposites

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    O. P. Bajpai

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3 is considered as one of the most promising materials in the field of multiferroics. In this work, a simple green route as well as synthetic routes has been used for the preparation of pure phase BiFeO3. An extract of Calotropis Gigantea flower was used as a reaction medium in green route. In each case so formed BiFeO3 particles are of comparable quality. These particles are in the range of 50–60 nm and exhibit mixed morphology (viz., spherical and cubic as confirmed by TEM analysis. These pure phase BiFeO3 nanoparticles were first time surface modified effectively by mean of two silylating agent’s viz., tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS and (3-Aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES. Modified and unmodified BiFeO3 nanoparticles were efficiently introduced into polyvinylacetate (PVAc matrix. It has been shown that nanocomposite prepared by modified BiFeO3 comprise superior dispersion characteristics, improved ferroelectric properties and favorable magneto-dielectric properties along with excellent wettability in compare to nanocomposite prepared by unmodified BiFeO3. These preliminary results demonstrate possible applications of this type of nanocomposites particularly in the field of multiferroic coating and adhesives.

  3. Epitaxial crystals of Bi2Pt2O7 pyrochlore through the transformation of δ–Bi2O3 fluorite

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    Araceli Gutiérrez–Llorente

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Bi2Pt2O7 pyrochlore is thought to be one of the most promising oxide catalysts for application in fuel cell technology. Unfortunately, direct film growth of Bi2Pt2O7 has not yet been achieved, owing to the difficulty of oxidizing platinum metal in the precursor material to Pt4+. In this work, in order to induce oxidation of the platinum, we annealed pulsed laser deposited films consisting of epitaxial δ–Bi2O3 and co-deposited, comparatively disordered platinum. We present synchrotron x-ray diffraction results that show the nonuniform annealed films contain the first epitaxial crystals of Bi2Pt2O7. We also visualized the pyrochlore structure by scanning transmission electron microscopy, and observed ordered cation vacancies in the epitaxial crystals formed in a bismuth-rich film but not in those formed in a platinum-rich film. The similarity between the δ–Bi2O3 and Bi2Pt2O7 structures appears to facilitate the pyrochlore formation. These results provide the only route to date for the formation of epitaxial Bi2Pt2O7.

  4. Formation energy and photoelectrochemical properties of BiVO4 after doping at Bi3+ or V5+ sites with higher valence metal ions.

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    Luo, Wenjun; Wang, Jiajia; Zhao, Xin; Zhao, Zongyan; Li, Zhaosheng; Zou, Zhigang

    2013-01-21

    Photoelectrochemical water splitting is an attractive method to produce H(2) fuel from solar energy and water. Ion doping with higher valence states was used widely to enhance the photocurrent of an n-type oxide semiconductor. In this study, the different doping sites and the photoelectrochemical properties of Mo(6+), W(6+) and Sn(4+)-doped BiVO(4) were studied systematically. The results suggested that Mo(6+) or W(6+)-doped BiVO(4) had a much higher photocurrent while the photocurrent of Sn(4+)-doped BiVO(4) did not change obviously. Raman and XPS were used to identify the doping sites in the BiVO(4) crystal lattice. It was found that Mo or W substituted V sites but Sn did not substitute Bi sites. Results of theoretical calculation indicated that a higher formation energy and lower solubility of impurity ions led to serious SnO(2) segregation on the surface of the Sn(4+)-doped BiVO(4) thin film, which was the main reason for the poor performance of Sn-doped BiVO(4). The higher formation energy of Sn(4+) came from the large mismatch of ion radius and different outer shell electron distribution. These results can offer guidance in choosing suitable doping ions for other semiconductor photoelectrodes.

  5. Knockdown expression and hepatic deficiency reveal anatheroprotective role for SR-BI in liver and peripheral tissues

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    Huby, Thierry; Doucet, Chantal; Dachet, Christiane; Ouzilleau,Betty; Ueda, Yukihiko; Afzal, Veena; Rubin, Edward; Chapman, M. John; Lesnik, Philippe

    2006-07-18

    Scavenger receptor SR-BI has been implicated inHDL-dependent atheroprotective mechanisms. We report the generation of anSR-BI conditional knockout mouse model in which SR-BI gene targeting byloxP site insertion produced a hypomorphic allele (hypomSR-BI).Attenuated SR-BI expression in hypomSR-BI mice resulted in 2-foldelevation in plasma total cholesterol (TC) levels. Cre-mediated SR-BIgene inactivation of the hypomorphic SR-BI allele in hepatocytes(hypomSR-BI-KOliver) was associated with high plasma TC concentrations,increased plasma free cholesterol/TC (FC/TC) ratio, and alipoprotein-cholesterol profile typical of SR-BI-/- mice. Plasma TClevels were increased 2-fold in hypomSR-BI and control mice fed anatherogenic diet, whereas hypomSR-BI-KOliver and SR-BI-/- mice developedsevere hypercholesterolemia due to accumulation of FC-rich, VLDL-sizedparticles. Atherosclerosis in hypomSR-BI mice was enhanced (2.5-fold)compared with that in controls, but to a much lower degree than inhypomSR-BI-KOliver (32-fold) and SR-BI-/- (48-fold) mice. The lattermodels did not differ in either plasma lipid levels or in the capacity ofVLDL-sized lipoproteins to induce macrophage cholesterol loading.However, reduced atherosclerosis in hypomSR-BI-KOliver mice wasassociated with decreased lesional macrophage content as compared withthat in SR-BI-/- mice. These data imply that, in addition to its majoratheroprotective role in liver, SR-BI may exert an antiatherogenic rolein extrahepatic tissues.

  6. The influence of Bi content on dielectric properties of Bi4–xTi3O12–1.5x ceramics

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    Hui Gong

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available A kind of lead-free dielectric materials, such as the bismuth layered perovskite-type structure of Bi4–xTi3O12–1.5x (x=0.04,0.02,0,–0.02,–0.04, was prepared by the conventional solid-state method at 800∘C and sintered at 1100∘C. The variation of structure and electrical properties with different Bi concentration was studied. All the Bi4–xTi3O12–1.5x (x=0.04,0.02,0,–0.02,–0.04 samples exhibited a single structured phase. SEM could be a better approach to present the microstructure of Bi4–xTi3O12–1.5x (x=0.04,0.02,0,–0.02,–0.04 ceramics. It could be found that the grain size of Bi4.02Ti3O12.03 sintered at 1100∘C was smaller than that of others among the five samples through grain size mechanics. Through impedance spectra analysis, we knew, when the Bi content was fixed, that the dielectric constant and the loss values increased with the decrease of frequency. The Curie temperature of the five samples was about 670∘C. In particular, while at the frequency of 100kHz, the lowest loss was 0.001 when Bi content was 3.98. The Bi4.02Ti3O12.03 ceramics with the minimum grain size had highest dielectric constant and the relatively low loss. Due to its high Curie temperature, high permittivity and low loss, the Bi4Ti3O12 (BIT ceramics have a broad application prospect in high density memory, generator, sensor, ferroelectric tunnel junctions and so on.

  7. Unidirectional THz radiation propagation in BiFeO3

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    Room, Toomas

    The mutual coupling between magnetism and electricity present in many multiferroic materials permit the magnetic control of the electric polarization and the electric control of the magnetization. These static magnetoelectric (ME) effects are of enormous interest: The ability to write a magnetic state current-free by an electric voltage would provide a huge technological advantage. However, ME coupling changes the low energy electrodynamics of these materials in unprecedented way - optical ME effects give rise to unidirectional light propagation as recently observed in low-temperature multiferroics. The transparent direction can be switched with dc magnetic or electric field, thus opening up new possibilities to manipulate the propagation of electromagnetic waves in multiferroic materials. We studied the unidirectional transmission of THz radiation in BiFeO3 crystals, the unique multiferroic compound offering a real potential for room temperature applications. The electrodynamics of BiFeO3 at 1THz and below is dominated by the spin wave modes of cycloidal spin order. We found that the optical magnetoelectric effect generated by spin waves in BiFeO3 is robust enough to cause considerable nonreciprocal directional dichroism in the GHz-THz range even at room temperature. The supporting theory attributes the observed unidirectional transmission to the spin-current-driven dynamic ME effect. Our work demonstrates that the nonreciprocal directional dichroism spectra of low energy excitations and their theoretical analysis provide microscopic model of ME couplings in multiferroic materials. Recent THz spectroscopy studies of multiferroic materials are an important step toward the realization of optical diodes, devices which transmit light in one but not in the opposite direction.

  8. Effects of Ti addition on LFZ Bi-2212 thin rods

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    Angurel, L. A.

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available In order to reproduce previous results in Bi-2212 single crystals, the effects associated with the addition of Ti to the precursors of Laser Floating Zone textured Bi-2212 thin rods have been analyzed. It has been found that Ti induces a great number of nucleation centers in the molten zone and, in consequence, it reduces the grain size one order of magnitude. In addition, using the same growth conditions, the texture of the sample is strongly degraded. These microstructural changes strongly affect the superconducting properties showing that Ti addition destroys the network of low angle grain boundaries that are responsible for the high critical currents in these materials.

    Se ha analizado el efecto de la introducción de Ti en precursores de Bi-2212 para ser texturados mediante láser a través del método de zona flotante, todo ello debido a los resultados esperanzadores obtenidos en monocristales. Se ha encontrado que el Ti introduce un gran número de centros de nucleación en la zona fundida, por lo que se reducen las dimensiones de los granos en un orden de magnitud aproximadamente. Por otra parte, y utilizando las mismas condiciones de crecimiento, se observa que la textura de la muestra se degrada severamente, Estos cambios microestructurales afectan en gran medida a las propiedades superconductoras, demostrándose que la introducción de Ti destruye la red de fronteras de grano de bajo ángulo, que son las responsables en estos materiales de las altas corrientes criticas.

  9. Thermodynamic study of the rich-Bi2O3 region of the Bi2O3-ZnO system

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    Serena Palomares, Sara; Rubia, Miguel Ángel de la; Caballero Cuesta, Amador; Caballero Cuesta, Ángel

    2006-01-01

    [EN] Precise knowledge of the Bi2O3-ZnO system is fundamental to control the functional microstructure of ZnO-based varistors. Also the potential applications of materials based on ZnO and Bi2O3 as dielectric materials in the high frequency range have renewed the interest in this binary system. The aim of the present work is to carry out a thermodynamic analysis of the Bi2O3-ZnO phase diagram, taking into account the existing experimental information. Thermodynamic calculation has...

  10. Bi-temporal 3D Active Appearance Modelling

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    Stegmann, Mikkel Bille

    2005-01-01

    in fourdimensional MRI. The theoretical foundation of our work is the generative two-dimensional Active Appearance Models by Cootes et al., here extended to bi-temporal, three-dimensional models. Further issues treated include correction of respiratory induced slice displacements, systole detection, and a texture...... model pruning strategy. Cross-validation carried out on clinical-quality scans of twelve volunteers indicates that ejection fraction and cardiac blood pool volumes can be estimated automatically and rapidly with an accuracy on par with typical inter-observer variability....

  11. Bulk band structure of Bi2Te3

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    Michiardi, Matteo; Aguilera, Irene; Bianchi, Marco

    2014-01-01

    The bulk band structure of Bi2Te3 has been determined by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and compared to first-principles calculations. We have performed calculations using the local density approximation (LDA) of density functional theory and the one-shot GW approximation within the al...... distinct differences between the LDA and GW results are present. Overall a superior agreement with GW is found, highlighting the importance of many-body effects in the band structure of this family of topological insulators....

  12. Topological surface states on Bi$_{1-x}$Sb$_x$

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    Zhu, Xie-Gang; Hofmann, Philip

    2014-01-01

    Topological insulators support metallic surface states whose existence is protected by the bulk band structure. It has been predicted early that the topology of the surface state Fermi contour should depend on several factors, such as the surface orientation and termination and this raises...... the question to what degree a given surface state is protected by the bulk electronic structure upon structural changes. Using tight-binding calculations, we explore this question for the prototypical topological insulator Bi$_{1-x}$Sb$_x$, studying different terminations of the (111) and (110) surfaces. We...

  13. Synthesis and spectroscopic study of nitroxide mono- and bi- radicals

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    1970-01-01

    Synthesis and study of nitroxide mono- and bi- radicals derived from oxazolidine: - The first part is the synthesis of amines and radicals, and the I.R. U.V., E.P.R. spectroscopy study. - Conformational analysis of two biradicals has been carried out by measurement of dipolar interaction, on the E.P.R. spectra in the second part. - The final part is an application of N.M.R. study to the determination of the sign and magnitude of nuclear-electron spin-spin couplings and conformations analysis in five mono-radicals. (author) [fr

  14. New Bi-Proportional Methods for Bulgarian Parliamentary Elections

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    Konstantinov, Mihail; Yanev, Kostadin; Pelova, Galina

    2010-10-01

    A disadvantage of the existing bi-proportional system for the Bulgarian parliamentary elections is the large number of discordances (a party list with less votes gets more seats than a party list with more votes) in the seat distributions. Different schemes has been proposed to deal with this phenomenon. In this paper we propose two new methods: 1) augmentation of the electoral regions and 2) introduction of a new electoral region for accounting the votes cast abroad. In this way the number of discordances may be vastly reduced.

  15. A New Algorithm for Bi-Directional Evolutionary Structural Optimization

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    Huang, Xiaodong; Xie, Yi Min; Burry, Mark Cameron

    In this paper, a new algorithm for bi-directional evolutionary structural optimization (BESO) is proposed. In the new BESO method, the adding and removing of material is controlled by a single parameter, i.e. the removal ratio of volume (or weight). The convergence of the iteration is determined by a performance index of the structure. It is found that the new BESO algorithm has many advantages over existing ESO and BESO methods in terms of efficiency and robustness. Several 2D and 3D examples of stiffness optimization problems are presented and discussed.

  16. Small Low Mass Advanced PBR's for Bi-Modal Operation

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    Ludewig, Hans; Todosow, Michael; Powell, James R.

    1994-07-01

    A preliminary assessment is made of a low mass bi-modal reactor for use as a propulsion unit and as a heat source for generating electricity. This reactor is based on the particle bed reactor (PBR) concept. It will be able to generate both thrust and electricity simultaneously. This assessment indicates that the reactor can generate approximately 6.8 (4) N of thrust using hydrogen as a coolant, and 100 KWe using a closed Brayton cycle (CBC) power conversion system. Two cooling paths pass through the reactor allowing simultaneous operation of both modes. The development of all the components for this reactor are within the experience base of the NTP project.

  17. Dielectric investigations of BiFeO3 ceramics

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    Simonas Greičius

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we present the results from the investigation of the dielectric permittivity of BiFeO3 ceramics, prepared by mechanochemical synthesis method in a broad frequency and temperature range. The dielectric permittivity is mainly caused by high conductivity, which is suppressed in the frequencies above 1 MHz. The investigated ceramics showed conductivity activation energy E/k=11280±12 K, and σ0=54161±800 S. The plots of M* revealed conductivity mechanism with τ0=1.12·10^-13 s, and E/k=9245 K.

  18. Partial photoneutron cross section measurements on 209Bi

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    Gheorghe Ioana

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    Full Text Available New data of total and partial (γ,xn cross sections with x = 1–3 are proposed to be measured by direct neutron multiplicity sorting using Laser Compton scattering (LCS gamma ray beams at the ELI-NP to solve long standing discrepancies between existing Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (USA and France Centre d'Etudes Nucleaires de Saclay photonuclear data. Pioneering experiments are currently performed at the NewSUBARU facility. We present here preliminary results on 209Bi(g,xn cross section measurements.

  19. Lattice thermal conductivity in layered BiCuSeO

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    Kumar, S.

    2016-06-30

    We quantify the low lattice thermal conductivity in layered BiCuSeO (the oxide with the highest known figure of merit). It turns out that the scattering of acoustical into optical phonons is strongly enhanced in the material because of the special structure of the phonon dispersion. For example, at room temperature the optical phonons account for an enormous 42% of the lattice thermal conductivity. We also quantify the anisotropy of the lattice thermal conductivity and determine the distribution of the mean free path of the phonons at different temperatures to provide a guide for tuning the thermal properties. © the Owner Societies 2016.

  20. Bi-Directional DC-DC Converter for PHEV Applications

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    2011-01-31

    Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) require high power density energy storage system (ESS) for hybrid operation and high energy density ESS for Electric Vehicle (EV) mode range. However, ESS technologies to maximize power density and energy density simultaneously are not commercially feasible. The use of bi-directional DC-DC converter allows use of multiple energy storage, and the flexible DC-link voltages can enhance the system efficiency and reduce component sizing. This will improve fuel consumption, increase the EV mode range, reduce the total weight, reduce battery initial and life cycle cost, and provide flexibility in system design.

  1. Bi-objective branch-and-cut algorithms

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    Gadegaard, Sune Lauth; Ehrgott, Matthias; Nielsen, Lars Relund

    Most real-world optimization problems are of a multi-objective nature, involving objectives which are conflicting and incomparable. Solving a multi-objective optimization problem requires a method which can generate the set of rational compromises between the objectives. In this paper, we propose...... are strengthened by cutting planes. In addition, we suggest an extension of the branching strategy "Pareto branching''. Extensive computational results obtained for the bi-objective single source capacitated facility location problem prove the effectiveness of the algorithms....

  2. Magneto-optics of nanoscale Bi:YIG films.

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    Berzhansky, Vladimir; Mikhailova, Tatyana; Shaposhnikov, Alexander; Prokopov, Anatoly; Karavainikov, Andrey; Kotov, Viacheslav; Balabanov, Dmitry; Burkov, Vladimir

    2013-09-10

    Magnetic circular dichroism in the spectral region from 270 to 850 nm and Faraday rotation at the wavelength of 655 nm in ultrathin (1.5-92.8 nm) films prepared by reactive ion beam sputtering of target of nominal composition Bi2.8Y0.2Fe5O12 were studied. The observed effects of the "blue shift," inversion of the signs and change in the intensity of magneto-optical transitions, are discussed. It is demonstrated that all studied nanoscale films reveal magnetic properties-and their composition depends on the method of substrate surface pretreatment.

  3. Dimensions of Fractals Generated by Bi-Lipschitz Maps

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    Qi-Rong Deng

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available On the class of iterated function systems of bi-Lipschitz mappings that are contractions with respect to some metrics, we introduce a logarithmic distortion property, which is weaker than the well-known bounded distortion property. By assuming this property, we prove the equality of the Hausdorff and box dimensions of the attractor. We also obtain a formula for the dimension of the attractor in terms of certain modified topological pressure functions, without imposing any separation condition. As an application, we prove the equality of Hausdorff and box dimensions for certain iterated function systems consisting of affine maps and nonsmooth maps.

  4. Enhanced visible-light-driven photocatalytic inactivation of Escherichia coli by Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3}/Bi{sub 3}NbO{sub 7} composites

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    Gan, Huihui [School of Resources and Environmental Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070 (China); Zhang, Gaoke, E-mail: gkzhang@whut.edu.cn [School of Resources and Environmental Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070 (China); Huang, Hongxia [School of Resources and Environmental Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070 (China)

    2013-04-15

    Highlights: ► The Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3}/Bi{sub 3}NbO{sub 7} composite was in situ fabrication by hydrothermal methods. ► It showed largely enhanced visible-light photocatalytic destruction of E. coli. ► The heterostructures improved the electron–hole separations during photocatalysis. ► h{sup +}/·OH radicals may be the main oxidative species during photocatalytic destruction. -- Abstract: The Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3}/Bi{sub 3}NbO{sub 7} (BiCO/BiNbO) composite was successfully fabricated by a simple hydrothermal method and found to be an effective visible-light-driven photocatalyst for inactivation of Escherichia coli (E. coli). The BiCO/BiNbO composite was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectrum (UV–vis DRS), and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. The BiCO/BiNbO composite exhibited largely enhanced photocatalytic inactivation of E. coli as compared to the pure Bi{sub 3}NbO{sub 7} under visible light irradiation. The enhanced photocatalytic performance can be attributed to the improved separation efficiency of the photogenerated holes and electrons. In addition, the possible bactericidal mechanism of the BiCO/BiNbO composite under visible light irradiation was discussed.

  5. Structural variations and dielectric properties of (Bi1-xL ax ) 2Si O5 (0 ≤x ≤0.1 ): Polycrystallines synthesized by crystallization of Bi-Si-O and Bi-La-Si-O glasses

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    Taniguchi, Hiroki; Tatewaki, Shingo; Yasui, Shintaro; Fujii, Yasuhiro; Yamaura, Jun-ichi; Terasaki, Ichiro

    2018-04-01

    This paper focuses on effects of isovalent La substitution on the crystal structure and dielectric properties of ferroelectric B i2Si O5 . Polycrystalline samples of (Bi1-xL ax ) 2Si O5 are synthesized by crystallization of Bi-Si-O and Bi-La-Si-O glasses with a composition range of 0 ≤x ≤0.1 . The crystal structure changes from monoclinic to tetragonal with increasing La-substitution rate x at room temperature. This structural variation stems from the change in orientation of Si O4 tetrahedra that form one-dimensional chains when they are in the ordered configuration, thus suggesting that lone-pair electrons play an important role in sustaining one-dimensional chains of Si O4 tetrahedra. Synchronizing with the disordering of Si O4 chains, ferroelectric phase transition temperature of (Bi1-xL ax ) 2Si O5 sharply decreases as x increases, and ferroelectricity finally vanishes at around x =0.03 . The present results demonstrate that lone-pair electrons of Bi play an important role in the ferroelectricity of B i2Si O5 through propping the ordered structure of one-dimensional Si O4 chains with stereochemical activity. Furthermore, an additional phase transition has been first discovered in the low-temperature region of (Bi1-xL ax ) 2Si O5 with x ≤0.01 , where the ordered one-dimensional Si O4 chains remain.

  6. alpha-decay spectroscopy of light odd-odd Bi isotopes - II sup 1 sup 8 sup 6 Bi and the new nuclide sup 1 sup 8 sup 4 Bi

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    Andreyev, A N; Ackermann, D; Münzenberg, G; Hessberger, F P; Hofmann, S; Kojouharov, I; Kindler, B; Lommel, B; Huyse, M; Vel, K V D; Duppen, P V; Heyde, Kris L G

    2003-01-01

    Alpha-decay of the new nuclide sup 1 sup 8 sup 4 Bi has been studied in the complete-fusion reaction sup 9 sup 3 Nb( sup 9 sup 4 Mo, 3n) sup 1 sup 8 sup 4 Bi at the velocity filter SHIP. The evaporation residues were separated in-flight and subsequently identified on the basis of recoil-alpha, recoil-alpha-gamma analysis and excitation functions measurements. Two alpha-decaying isomeric states in sup 1 sup 8 sup 4 Bi with half-life values of 13(2) ms and 6.6(1.5) ms were identified. The alpha-branching ratio of sup 1 sup 8 sup 0 Tl was deduced for the first time as b subalpha = (2-12)%. Improved data on the fine-structure alpha-decay of sup 1 sup 8 sup 6 Bi were obtained in the sup 9 sup 3 Nb( sup 9 sup 5 Mo, 2n) sup 1 sup 8 sup 6 Bi reaction. A similarity of the decay energies and half-life values of sup 1 sup 8 sup 4 sup , sup 1 sup 8 sup 6 Bi is pointed out and a possible explanation for this effect is suggested.

  7. Bi[NC5H3(CO2)2](OH2)xF (x=1 and 2): New one-dimensional Bi-coordination materials—Reversible hydration and topotactic decomposition to α-Bi2O3

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    Jeon, Hye Rim; Lee, Dong Woo; Ok, Kang Min

    2012-03-01

    Two one-dimensional bismuth-coordination materials, Bi[NC5H3(CO2)2](OH2)xF (x=1 and 2), have been synthesized by hydrothermal reactions using Bi2O3, 2,6-NC5H3(CO2H)2, HF, and water at 180 °C. Structures of the two materials were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Although they have different crystal structures, both Bi-organic materials shared a common structural motif, a one-dimensional chain structure consisting of Bi3+ cations and pyridine dicarboxylate linkers. Detailed structural analyses include infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and reversible hydration reactions for the coordinated water molecules were reported. Also, thermal decomposition of the rod-shaped Bi[NC5H3(CO2)2](OH2)F single crystals at 800 °C led to α-Bi2O3 that maintained the same morphology of the original crystals.

  8. Synthesis of mesoporous BiOBr 3D microspheres and their photodecomposition for toluene

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    Feng Yinchang; Li Lei; Li Junwei; Wang Junfeng; Liu Lu

    2011-01-01

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: → Mesoporous bismuth oxybromide (BiOBr) microspheres assembled by nanosheets were synthesized by a simple solvothermal route. → It was reported for the first time that mesoporous BiOBr microspheres were used to degrade gas phase toluene. → The intermediates under different irradiation source were identified and the relationship between intermediates and reaction rate constant was discussed. → Fifteen kinds of intermediates were detected through GC-MS analysis, and a tentative degradation pathway was proposed. - Abstract: In this article, a facile solvothermal method was introduced to synthesize mesoporous BiOBr microspheres with Bi(NO 3 ) 3 as Bi source. The synthesized catalysts were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, XPS, UV-vis, TG-DTA, and N 2 -adsorption-desorption, and their photoactivity was evaluated by gaseous toluene both under UV and UV-vis irradiation with Degussa TiO 2 P 25 as reference. The prepared BiOBr catalysts were of pure tetragonal phase and its band gap energy was calculated to be about 2.64 eV. Comparing with P 25 , BiOBr showed promoted photocatalytic activity under UV-vis irradiation, during which more than 90% of toluene was eliminated after 5 h irradiation. Kinetic analysis further demonstrated the enhanced activity of BiOBr under UV-vis irradiation and the reaction rate constant k of BiOBr was nearly 2 times higher than that of P 25 . The superior activity of BiOBr under UV-vis irradiation can be attributed to its hierarchical structure and suitable band gap energy. Moreover, the reacted intermediates under different light source were identified by GC-MS. Fifteen main intermediates were identified and a tentative pathway of toluene degradation by BiOBr was proposed.

  9. Microstructure, mechanical properties, castability and in vitro biocompatibility of Ti-Bi alloys developed for dental applications.

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    Qiu, K J; Liu, Y; Zhou, F Y; Wang, B L; Li, L; Zheng, Y F; Liu, Y H

    2015-03-01

    In this study, the microstructure, mechanical properties, castability, electrochemical behaviors, cytotoxicity and hemocompatibility of Ti-Bi alloys with pure Ti as control were systematically investigated to assess their potential applications in the dental field. The experimental results showed that, except for the Ti-20Bi alloy, the microstructure of all other Ti-Bi alloys exhibit single α-Ti phase, while Ti-20Bi alloy is consisted of mainly α-Ti phase and a small amount of BiTi2 and BiTi3 phases. The tensile strength, hardness and wear resistance of Ti-Bi alloys were demonstrated to be improved monotonically with the increase of Bi content. The castability test showed that Ti-2Bi alloy increased the castability of pure Ti by 11.7%. The studied Ti-Bi alloys showed better corrosion resistance than pure Ti in both AS (artificial saliva) and ASFL (AS containing 0.2% NaF and 0.3% lactic acid) solutions. The concentrations of both Ti ion and Bi ion released from Ti-Bi alloys are extremely low in AS, ASF (AS containing 0.2% NaF) and ASL (AS containing 0.3% lactic acid) solutions. However, in ASFL solution, a large number of Ti and Bi ions are released. In addition, Ti-Bi alloys produced no significant deleterious effect to L929 cells and MG63 cells, similar to pure Ti, indicating a good in vitro biocompatibility. Besides, both L929 and MG63 cells perform excellent cell adhesion ability on Ti-Bi alloys. The hemolysis test exhibited that Ti-Bi alloys have an ultra-low hemolysis percentage below 1% and are considered nonhemolytic. To sum up, the Ti-2Bi alloy exhibits the optimal comprehensive performance and has great potential for dental applications. Copyright © 2015 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Modulation of valence band maximum edge and photocatalytic activity of BiOX by incorporation of halides.

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    Lv, Jiaxin; Hu, Qingsong; Cao, Chengjin; Zhao, Yaping

    2018-01-01

    To better know the photocatalytic performance of bismuth oxyhalides (BiOX, X = Cl, Br, I) regulated by incorporation of halides within nanostructures, BiOX nanosheets were synthesized through morphology controllable solvothermal method and characterized systematically. The organic structural property greatly influences the photocatalytic activity of BiOX: 1) as for neutral molecular phenol, BiOX shows photocatalytic activity in the order of BiOCl > BiOBr > BiOI under simulated sun light irradiation, and the photo-oxidation kinetics follow Eley-Rideal mechanism; and 2) for adsorbed anionic orange II (OII) and cationic methylene blue (MB), BiOX shows photocatalytic activity in the order of BiOCl > BiOBr > BiOI, and the photo-oxidation kinetics follow Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanism. The crystal structure of the catalyst also greatly influences the photocatalytic activity of BiOX: 1) The relative photo-oxidation power of O 2 •- radicals or HO radicals involved in this study were different which were quantitatively detected using typical radical trapping agent, separately; 2) The relative oxidation power of photogenerated holes (h + ) in this study were in the order of BiOCl > BiOBr > BiOI, which may be ascribed to lowering the valence band maximum edge of BiOX through incorporation of halides as the atomic number of halides decreased. This study provides novel explanation for fabricating BiOX heterojunctions with tunable photocatalytic reactivity via regulating the halides ratio. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. BiCluE - Exact and heuristic algorithms for weighted bi-cluster editing of biomedical data

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    Sun, Peng; Guo, Jiong; Baumbach, Jan

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND:The explosion of biological data has dramatically reformed today's biology research. The biggest challenge to biologists and bioinformaticians is the integration and analysis of large quantity of data to provide meaningful insights. One major problem is the combined analysis of data from...... to solve the weighted bi-cluster editing problem. It implements (1) an exact algorithm based on fixed-parameter tractability and (2) a polynomial-time greedy heuristics based on solving the hardest part, edge deletions, first. We evaluated its performance on artificial graphs. Afterwards we exemplarily...

  12. Superconducting gap of the noncentrosymmetric superconductor α-BiPd

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    Sun, Zhixiang; Enayat, Mostafa; Peets, Darren; Maldonado, Ana; Schnyder, Andreas P.; Yaresko, Alexander [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Festkoerperforschung, Heisenbergstr. 1, D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Wahl, Peter [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Festkoerperforschung, Heisenbergstr. 1, D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany); SUPA, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St. Andrews, North Haugh, St. Andrews, Fife, KY16 9SS (United Kingdom)

    2014-07-01

    In most known superconductors, inversion symmetry and Pauli exclusion ensure that the Cooper pair wave function can be separated into an orbital component that has either even or odd parity, and a spin component which is then either singlet or triplet, but this does not hold in general. In the absence of an inversion center in the crystal structure, parity is not a good quantum number, and the Cooper pairs will be some mixture of singlet and triplet. We report ultra-low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy (ULT-STM/STS) measurements at temperatures down to 15 mK on the recently rediscovered non-centrosymmetric superconductor α-BiPd. Tunneling spectra show only a single superconducting gap with Δ(0)= 0.6 meV, the temperature and magnetic field dependence of which are found to be well described by BCS theory and a single s-wave gap. Our results provide an upper limit for a possible triplet component in α-BiPd of 10 μ eV.

  13. CFD Simulations of Pb-Bi Two-Phase Flow

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    Dostal, Vaclav; Zelezny, Vaclav; Zacha, Pavel

    2008-01-01

    In a Pb-Bi cooled direct contact steam generation fast reactor water is injected directly above the core, the produced steam is separated at the top and is send to the turbine. Neither the direct contact phenomenon nor the two-phase flow simulations in CFD have been thoroughly described yet. A first attempt in simulating such two-phase flow in 2D using the CFD code Fluent is presented in this paper. The volume of fluid explicit model was used. Other important simulation parameters were: pressure velocity relation PISO, discretization scheme body force weighted for pressure, second order upwind for momentum and CISCAM for void fraction. Boundary conditions were mass flow inlet (Pb-Bi 0 kg/s and steam 0.07 kg/s) and pressure outlet. The effect of mesh size (0.5 mm and 0.2 mm cells) was investigated as well as the effect of the turbulent model. It was found that using a fine mesh is very important in order to achieve larger bubbles and the turbulent model (k-ε realizable) is necessary to properly model the slug flow. The fine mesh and unsteady conditions resulted in computationally intense problem. This may pose difficulties in 3D simulations of the real experiments. (authors)

  14. Synthesis of BiPbSrCaCuO superconductor

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    Hults, William L.; Kubat-Martin, Kimberly A.; Salazar, Kenneth V.; Phillips, David S.; Peterson, Dean E.

    1994-01-01

    A process and a precursor composition for preparing a lead-doped bismuth-strontium-calcium-copper oxide superconductor of the formula Bi.sub.a Pb.sub.b Sr.sub.c Ca.sub.d Cu.sub.e O.sub.f wherein a is from about 1.7 to about 1.9, b is from about 0.3 to about 0.45, c is from about 1.6 to about 2.2, d is from about 1.6 to about 2.2, e is from about 2.97 to about 3.2 and f is 10.+-.z by reacting a mixture of Bi.sub.4 Sr.sub.3 Ca.sub.3 Cu.sub.4 O.sub.16.+-.z, an alkaline earth metal cuprate, e.g., Sr.sub.9 Ca.sub.5 Cu.sub.24 O.sub.41, and an alkaline earth metal plumbate, e.g., Ca.sub.2-x Sr.sub.x PbO.sub.4 wherein x is about 0.5, is disclosed.

  15. Cutoff for extensions of massive gravity and bi-gravity

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    Matas, Andrew

    2016-01-01

    Recently there has been interest in extending ghost-free massive gravity, bi-gravity, and multi-gravity by including non-standard kinetic terms and matter couplings. We first review recent proposals for this class of extensions, emphasizing how modifications of the kinetic and potential structure of the graviton and modifications of the coupling to matter are related. We then generalize existing no-go arguments in the metric language to the vielbein language in second-order form. We give an ADM argument to show that the most promising extensions to the kinetic term and matter coupling contain a Boulware–Deser ghost. However, as recently emphasized, we may still be able to view these extensions as effective field theories below some cutoff scale. To address this possibility, we show that there is a decoupling limit where a ghost appears for a wide class of matter couplings and kinetic terms. In particular, we show that there is a decoupling limit where the linear effective vielbein matter coupling contains a ghost. Using the insight we gain from this decoupling limit analysis, we place an upper bound on the cutoff for the linear effective vielbein coupling. This result can be generalized to new kinetic interactions in the vielbein language in second-order form. Combined with recent results, this provides a strong uniqueness argument on the form of ghost-free massive gravity, bi-gravity, and multi-gravity. (paper)

  16. Personalized Age Progression with Bi-Level Aging Dictionary Learning.

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    Shu, Xiangbo; Tang, Jinhui; Li, Zechao; Lai, Hanjiang; Zhang, Liyan; Yan, Shuicheng

    2018-04-01

    Age progression is defined as aesthetically re-rendering the aging face at any future age for an individual face. In this work, we aim to automatically render aging faces in a personalized way. Basically, for each age group, we learn an aging dictionary to reveal its aging characteristics (e.g., wrinkles), where the dictionary bases corresponding to the same index yet from two neighboring aging dictionaries form a particular aging pattern cross these two age groups, and a linear combination of all these patterns expresses a particular personalized aging process. Moreover, two factors are taken into consideration in the dictionary learning process. First, beyond the aging dictionaries, each person may have extra personalized facial characteristics, e.g., mole, which are invariant in the aging process. Second, it is challenging or even impossible to collect faces of all age groups for a particular person, yet much easier and more practical to get face pairs from neighboring age groups. To this end, we propose a novel Bi-level Dictionary Learning based Personalized Age Progression (BDL-PAP) method. Here, bi-level dictionary learning is formulated to learn the aging dictionaries based on face pairs from neighboring age groups. Extensive experiments well demonstrate the advantages of the proposed BDL-PAP over other state-of-the-arts in term of personalized age progression, as well as the performance gain for cross-age face verification by synthesizing aging faces.

  17. Thermal behaviour of the Bi profile implanted in bilayer systems

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    Olivieri, C.A.

    1987-01-01

    Implantations of Bi ions into bilayer systems formed by Al films with 1550, 610 e 1000 (angstrom) of thickness evaporated on substrates of Ti,KCL and V respectively are performed. The experiments were made with two main purposes: (1) To compare the implanted ion profiles with the theoretical predictions of the most recent version of the Monte-Carlo simulation program (code TRIM), developed by Biersack and Haggmark, which use the nuclear and electronic stopping powers, based on the universal potential and on the proton stopping power respectively. (2) To study the implanted ion behaviours after isochronal thermal annealings. The depth profiles were analysed via the Rurherford Backscattering Spectroscopy (RBS) technique. The TRIM calculated results are in perfect agreement with the experimental profiles, reproducing very well the discontinuities at the film-substrate interfaces. From the thermal annealing studies, the following conclusions are obtained: (i) The film-substrate interfaces work as diffusion barriers for the implanted ions. (ii) In the KCL sample, thermal annealings at temperatures greater then 300 0 C, showed sequential shifts of the Bi profile in the direction of the surface, which were not observed in the Al/KCL system. (iii) The Al 3 Ti phase precipitation was observed in the Al/Ti system after annealing at 500 0 . (iv). The diffusion coefficient of the implanted ions in the Al/V system was found to be D=5x10 -5 exp(-2.2 eV/KT) cm 2 /s. (author) [pt

  18. Large Scale Assembly and Characterization of BI-2223 HTS Conductors

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    Ballarino, Amalia; Mathot, Serge; Taylor, T; Brambilla, R

    2007-01-01

    The powering of the LHC machine requires more than 1000 High Temperature Superconducting (HTS) current leads. These leads contain, at their cold end, HTS conductors made of stacks of Bi-2223 tape with gold-doped silver matrix. CERN specified and purchased 31 km of this material, which was delivered on spools in unit lengths of 100 to 300 m. On reception the tape was inspected, cut into short length and vacuum soldered into stacks. All stacks were characterized in liquid nitrogen using a measuring procedure and set-up specifically developed for this purpose. Contact resistance values and critical currents at different electric field criteria were measured, from which the n-values have been extrapolated from the experimental V-I characteristics. This paper reports on the assembly and electrical characterization (up to 800 A) of more than ten thousand Bi-2223 stacks. Three types of stack were made from tape from two manufacturers. The assembly and soldering procedures and the set-up for the series electrical cha...

  19. Optical bi-stable shutter development/improvement

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    Lizon, J. L.; Haddad, N.; Castillo, R.

    2012-09-01

    Two of the VLT instruments (Giraffe and VIMOS) are using the large magnetic E/150 from Prontor (with an aperture diameter of 150 mm). As we were facing an unacceptable number of failures with this component some improvement plan was discussed already in 2004. The final decision for starting this program was conditioned by the decision from the constructor to stop the production. The opportunity was taken to improve the design building a fully bi-stable mechanism in order to reduce the thermal dissipation. The project was developed in collaboration between the two main ESO sites doing the best use of the manpower and of the technical capability available at the two centers. The project took advantage of the laser Mask Manufacturing Unit and the invar sheets used to prepare the VIMOS MOS mask to fabricate the shutter petals. Our paper describes the development including the intensive and long optimization period. To conclude this optimization we proceed with a long life test on two units. These units have demonstrate a very high level of reliability (up to 100 000 cycles without failure which can be estimated to an equivalent 6 years of operation of the instrument) A new bi-stable shutter driver and controller have also been developed. Some of the highlights of this unit are the fully configurable coil driving parameters, usage of braking strategy to dump mechanical vibration and reduce mechanical wearing, configurable usage of OPEN and CLOSE sensors, non volatile storage of parameters, user friendly front panel interface.

  20. New measurement of neutron capture resonances of 209Bi

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    Domingo-Pardo, C.; Aerts, G.; Alvarez-Pol, H.; Alvarez-Velarde, F.; Andriamonje, S.; Andrzejewski, J.; Assimakopoulos, P.; Audouin, L.; Badurek, G.; Baumann, P.; Becvar, F.; Berthoumieux, E.; Calvino, F.; Cano-Ott, D.; Capote, R.; Carrillode Albornoz, A.; Cennini, P.; Chepel, V.; Chiaveri, E.; Colonna, N.; Cortes, G.; Couture, A.; Cox, J.; Dahlfors, M.; David, S.; Dillman, I.; Dolfini, R.; Dridi, W.; Duran, I.; Eleftheriadis, C.; Embid-Segura, M.; Ferrant, L.; Ferrari, A.; Ferreira-Marques, R.; Fitzpatrick, L.; Frais-Koelbl, H.; Fujii, K.; Furman, W.; Gallino, R.; Goncalves, I.; Gonzalez-Romero, E.; Goverdovski, A.; Gramegna, F.; Griesmayer, E.; Guerrero, C.; Gunsing, F.; Haas, B.; Haight, R.; Heil, M.; Herrera-Martinez, A.; Igashira, M.; Isaev, S.; Jericha, E.; Kadi, Y.; Kappeler, F.; Karamanis, D.; Karadimos, D.; Kerveno, M.; Ketlerov, V.; Koehler, P.; Konovalov, V.; Kossionides, E.; Krticka, M.; Lamboudis, C.; Leeb, H.; Lindote, A.; Lopes, I.; Lozano, M.; Lukic, S.; Marganiec, J.; Marques, L.; Marrone, S.; Mastinu, P.; Mengoni, A.; Milazzo, P.M.; Moreau, C.; Mosconi, M.; Neves, F.; Oberhummer, H.; Oshima, M.; O'Brien, S.; Pancin, J.; Papachristodoulou, C.; Papadopoulos, C.; Paradela, C.; Patronis, N.; Pavlik, A.; Pavlopoulos, P.; Perrot, L.; Plag, R.; Plompen, A.; Plukis, A.; Poch, A.; Pretel, C.; Quesada, J.; Rauscher, T.; Reifarth, R.; Rosetti, M.; Rubbia, C.; Rudolf, G.; Rullhusen, P.; Salgado, J.; Sarchiapone, L.; Savvidis, I.; Stephan, C.; Tagliente, G.; Tain, J.L.; Tassan-Got, L.; Tavora, L.; Terlizzi, R.; Vannini, G.; Vaz, P.; Ventura, Alberto; Villamarin, D.; Vincente, M.C.; Vlachoudis, V.; Vlastou, R.; Voss, F.; Walter, S.; Wendler, H.; Wiescher, M.; Wisshak, K.

    2006-01-01

    The neutron capture cross section of Bi209 has been measured at the CERN n TOF facility by employing the pulse-height-weighting technique. Improvements over previous measurements are mainly because of an optimized detection system, which led to a practically negligible neutron sensitivity. Additional experimental sources of systematic error, such as the electronic threshold in the detectors, summing of gamma-rays, internal electron conversion, and the isomeric state in bismuth, have been taken into account. Gamma-ray absorption effects inside the sample have been corrected by employing a nonpolynomial weighting function. Because Bi209 is the last stable isotope in the reaction path of the stellar s-process, the Maxwellian averaged capture cross section is important for the recycling of the reaction flow by alpha-decays. In the relevant stellar range of thermal energies between kT=5 and 8 keV our new capture rate is about 16% higher than the presently accepted value used for nucleosynthesis calculations. At th...

  1. Electronic structure and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism in Mn-doped topological insulators Bi2Se3 and Bi2Te3

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    Antonov, V. N.; Bekenov, L. V.; Uba, S.; Ernst, A.

    2017-12-01

    We studied the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of Mn-doped topological insulators Bi2Se3 and Bi2Te3 within the density-functional theory (DFT) using the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) in the framework of the fully relativistic spin-polarized Dirac linear muffin-tin orbital band-structure method. The x-ray absorption spectra (XAS) and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism at the Mn K and L2 ,3 edges were investigated theoretically from first principles. The calculated results are in good agreement with experimental data. The complex fine structure of the Mn L2 ,3 XAS in Mn-doped Bi2Se3 and Bi2Te3 was found to be not compatible with a pure Mn3 + valency state. Its interpretation demands mixed valent states. The theoretically calculated x-ray emission spectra at the Mn K and L2 ,3 edges are also presented and analyzed.

  2. Novel composition above the limit of Bi:Zr solid solution; synthesis and physical properties of Bi1.33Zr0.67O3+δ

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    Meatza, Iratxe de; Chapman, Jon P.; Mauvy, Fabrice; Larramendi, Jose I. Ruiz de; Arriortua, Maria I.; Rojo, Teofilo

    2004-01-01

    This paper presents an increase to x = 0.67 of the zirconium content in the conductive Bi 2-x Zr x O 3+δ solid solution. Complete incorporation of Zr in the β III -Bi 2 O 3 structure, confirmed by X-ray powder diffraction, has produced a phase with a lower volume and superior conductivity than those predicted by an earlier study. The observed β III -δ Bi 2-x Zr x O 3+δ phase transition around 730 deg. C has been characterised for the first time and shows a segregation of a mixture of predominantly γ-Bi 2 O 3 and approximately 30% of the ZrO 2 , before total reincorporation of the Zr in the high temperature δ-phase

  3. Suppression of A site charge disproportionation in Bi{sub 1-x}La{sub x}NiO{sub 3}

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    Ishiwata, Shintaro; Azuma, Masaki; Takano, Mikio; Nishibori, Eiji; Takata, Masaki; Sakata, Makoto

    2003-05-01

    The effect of the La substitution for Bi in newly found triclinic perovskite BiNiO{sub 3} was examined. The charge disproportionation of Bi ions into Bi{sup 3+} and Bi{sup 5+} was suppressed by 20% substitution. Bi{sub 0.8}La{sub 0.2}NiO{sub 3} showed a metal-insulator transition at around 300 K.

  4. Preparation and magnetic properties of anisotropic bulk MnBi/NdFeB hybrid magnets

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    Ma, Y.L.; Liu, X.B.; Nguyen, V.V.; Poudyal, N.; Yue, M.; Liu, J.P.

    2016-01-01

    Anisotropic hybrid bulk magnets of MnBi/NdFeB with different composition ratio have been prepared with starting MnBi and Nd 2 Fe 14 B powders as well as epoxy resin as a binder in case it is needed to form bulk samples. It has been found that the ratio between the two phases in content has a remarkable influence on the magnetic properties, the thermal stability and the density of the bulk magnets. With increasing MnBi content the binder addition can be reduced. When the MnBi content is larger than 30 wt%, no binder is needed. On the other hand, the coercivity and saturation magnetization were increased significantly with increasing NdFeB content. When the NdFeB content was increased from 0% to 50%, the maximum energy product was enhanced from 4.7 to 10.0 MGOe, respectively. The energy product then decreased gradually with the NdFeB content due to the reduced density of the hybrid magnet. The thermal stability measurements showed that the temperature coefficient of coercivity grew with the MnBi content and became positive with MnBi=80 wt%. - Highlights: • Anisotropic bulk hybrid MnBi/NdFeB magnets were prepared. • MnBi content affected the density and coercivity temperature coefficient positively. • An energy product (BH) max of 10 MGOe was obtained at NdFeB content of 50 wt%.

  5. Preparation and magnetic properties of anisotropic bulk MnBi/NdFeB hybrid magnets

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    Ma, Y.L. [Department of Physics, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019 (United States); College of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Chongqing University of Science and Technology, Chongqing 401331 (China); Liu, X.B.; Nguyen, V.V.; Poudyal, N. [Department of Physics, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019 (United States); Yue, M. [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing 100124 (China); Liu, J.P., E-mail: pliu@uta.edu [Department of Physics, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019 (United States)

    2016-08-01

    Anisotropic hybrid bulk magnets of MnBi/NdFeB with different composition ratio have been prepared with starting MnBi and Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B powders as well as epoxy resin as a binder in case it is needed to form bulk samples. It has been found that the ratio between the two phases in content has a remarkable influence on the magnetic properties, the thermal stability and the density of the bulk magnets. With increasing MnBi content the binder addition can be reduced. When the MnBi content is larger than 30 wt%, no binder is needed. On the other hand, the coercivity and saturation magnetization were increased significantly with increasing NdFeB content. When the NdFeB content was increased from 0% to 50%, the maximum energy product was enhanced from 4.7 to 10.0 MGOe, respectively. The energy product then decreased gradually with the NdFeB content due to the reduced density of the hybrid magnet. The thermal stability measurements showed that the temperature coefficient of coercivity grew with the MnBi content and became positive with MnBi=80 wt%. - Highlights: • Anisotropic bulk hybrid MnBi/NdFeB magnets were prepared. • MnBi content affected the density and coercivity temperature coefficient positively. • An energy product (BH){sub max} of 10 MGOe was obtained at NdFeB content of 50 wt%.

  6. Thermodynamic analysis of BiAsO4-H2O

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    M. Baikenov

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available The present of the work calculated and build up diagram of potential-pH of system BiAsO4-H2O, with using to thermodynamic analysis. There are determined zones of stability of BiAsO4-on tne basis of diagram.

  7. Open porous BiVO4 nanomaterials: Electronspinning fabrication and enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Wang, Mengyan; Xi, Xin; Gong, Cairong; Zhang, Xiao Li; Fan, Guoliang

    2016-01-01

    Highlights: • BiVO 4 nanofibers were successfully fabricated by electrospinning method. • PVP was used to adjust the viscosity and increase spinnability of the electrospinning sol. • BiVO 4 nanofibers were used for the degradation of MB. • Compared to the submicron sized BiVO4, BiVO 4 nanofibers show superior photocatalytic activity. - Abstract: Witnessed by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Raman, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) studies, BiVO 4 nanofibers and porous nanostructures were successfully fabricated by electrospinning method using NH 4 VO 3 and Bi(NO 3 ) 3 as starting materials. Polyvinylpyrrolidinone (PVP) was used to tune the viscosity and spinnability of the electrospinning sol. The slow decomposition and combustion of PVP matrix prevented rapid crystal growth of BiVO 4 nanostructures leading to considerably small crystallite size (approximately 19.1–28.3 nm) with less surface defects after two hours calcination at varying temperatures. This paid great tributes to the superior visible light photocatalytic activity when compared to the submicron sized BiVO 4 prepared in the absence of PVP.

  8. „Keel läbi kultuuri” Haabersti vene gümnaasiumis / Julia Bandura

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    Bandura, Julia

    2012-01-01

    Eesti rahva kultuuripärandi tutvustamisest gümnaasiumis läbi projekti „Keel läbi kultuuri”, mille eesmärk oli toetada vene põhikoolilõpetanute kohanemist ja toimetulekut eestikeelse õppega gümnaasiumiastmes

  9. modified BiFeO3–BaTiO3

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    based perovskite structures lead- free BiFeO3–BaTiO3 solid solutions are popularly studied due to the high Curie temperature (TC). It was reported that the BiFeO3–BaTiO3 system possessed high piezoelectric. ∗. Author for correspondence ...

  10. Synthesis of Novel Bibrachial Lariat Ethers (BiBLEs) Containing [1,2 ...

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    A practical and regioselective method for the synthesis of cis-diastereomers of bibrachial lariat ethers (BiBLEs) bearing ester and amide groups is reported. The novel bibrachial lariat ethers (BiBLEs) 3a–d with neutral side chains were prepared by reaction of the corresponding aza-crown macrocycles 1a–b with ethyl ...

  11. Preparation of nanoparticle size LiBiO 2 by combustion method and ...

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    sized LiBiO2 powder with urea as the igniter and glycerol as the binding material. Nitrates of Li+ and Bi3+ were mixed together to form a uniform mixture. Required quantities of urea and glycerol were added to this mixture to form a paste.

  12. Bi-ethnic Dutch students: educational outcomes, social functioning and experiences

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    Karssen, A.M.

    2017-01-01

    Due to migration and increased interethnic partnering, the number of bi-ethnic children in Europe and the United States is substantial and increasing. This means that schools encounter an increase in bi-ethnic students. However, little attention is paid to the specific situation of these students by

  13. Bi-phasic hitting with constraints on impact velocity and temporal precision

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    Caljouw, S.R.; van der Kamp, J.; Savelsbergh, G.J.P.

    2005-01-01

    The aim of the experiment was to investigate how bi-phasic hitting movements are organized to comply with both impact and temporal precision constraints. 'Bi-phasic' refers to a sequential movement with a preparatory movement away from the interception location followed by a strike phase. The

  14. Microwave assisted bi-functional activation of -bromo-tert-alcohols

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    -Bromo-tert-alcohols; microwave; bi-functional activation; ZnS; flavour compounds. ... A concurrent bi-functional activation of trans-vicinal bromo- and hydroxyl groups with ZnS is elucidated. This is a new ... Spice and Flavour Science Department, CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore 570 020, India ...

  15. Novel mutations in scavenger receptor BI associated with high HDL cholesterol in humans

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    Brunham, Liam R.; Tietjen, Ian; Bochem, Andrea E.; Singaraja, Roshni R.; Franchini, Patrick L.; Radomski, Chris; Mattice, Maryanne; Legendre, Annick; Hovingh, G. Kees; Kastelein, John J. P.; Hayden, Michael R.

    2011-01-01

    The scavenger receptor class B, member 1 (SR-BI), is a key cellular receptor for high-density lipoprotein (HDL) in mice, but its relevance to human physiology has not been well established. Recently a family was reported with a mutation in the gene encoding SR-BI and high HDL cholesterol (HDL-C).

  16. Relaxor behaviour in BaBi4Ti4O15 ceramics fabricated using the ...

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    Relaxor behaviour in BaBi4Ti4O15 ceramics fabricated using the powders obtained by mechanochemically assisted synthesis route by. Sunil Kumar and K B R Varma (pp 1233–1241). Figure S1. High resolution electron micrograph of a crystal of. BaBi4Ti4O15 recorded along [0 0 1] zone-direction. Corresponding FFT is.

  17. Evidence of non-Dzyaloshinskii–Moriya ferromagnetism in epitaxial BiFeO3 films

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    Prokhorov, V.G.; Kaminsky, G.G.; Kim, J.M.; Eom, T.W.; Park, J.S.; Lee, Y.P.; Svetchnikov, V.L.; Levtchenko, G.G.; Nikolaenko, Y.M.; Khokhlov, V.A.

    2011-01-01

    X-ray diffraction analysis and high-resolution electron microscopy of BiFeO3 films prepared by dc magnetron sputtering on single-crystal LaAlO3 (001) substrates reveal that the films have a highly c-oriented orthorhombic crystalline structure. The magnetic properties of the BiFeO3 films are typical

  18. Size effect study in magnetoelectric BiFeO 3 system

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    N) of magnetoelectric BiFeO3 system. Novel wet chemical route has been developed to produce fine particles of BiFeO3 with controlled size and size distribution. Unlike other oxide systems, lattice volume contraction has been observed with ...

  19. Nanoscale Control of Exchange Bias with BiFeO3 Thin Films

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    Martin, Lane W.; Chu, Ying-Hao; Holcomb, Mikel B.; Huijben, Mark; Yu, Pu; Han, Shu-Jen; Lee, Donkoun; Wang, Shan X.; Ramesh, R.

    2008-01-01

    We demonstrate a direct correlation between the domain structure of multiferroic BiFeO3 thin films and exchange bias of Co0.9Fe0.1/BiFeO3 heterostructures. Two distinct types of interactions − an enhancement of the coercive field (exchange enhancement) and an enhancement of the coercive field

  20. Large pyramid shaped single crystals of BiFeO{sub 3} by solvothermal synthesis method

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    Sornadurai, D.; Ravindran, T. R.; Paul, V. Thomas; Sastry, V. Sankara [Condensed Matter Physics Division, Materials Science Group, Physical Metallurgy Division, Metallurgy and Materials Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu (India); Condensed Matter Physics Division, Materials Science Group (India)

    2012-06-05

    Synthesis parameters are optimized in order to grow single crystals of multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3}. 2 to 3 mm size pyramid (tetrahedron) shaped single crystals were successfully obtained by solvothermal method. Scanning electron microscopy with EDAX confirmed the phase formation. Raman scattering spectra of bulk BiFeO3 single crystals have been measured which match well with reported spectra.

  1. Magnetic and superconducting phase diagram of the half-Heusler topological semimetal HoPdBi

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    Nikitin, A.M.; Pan, Y.; Mao, X.; Jehee, R.; Araizi, G.K.; Huang, Y.K.; Paulsen, C.; Wu, S.C.; Yan, B.H.; de Visser, A.

    2015-01-01

    We report a study of the magnetic and electronic properties of the non-centrosymmetric half-Heusler antiferromagnet HoPdBi (T-N = 2.0 K). Magnetotransport measurements show HoPdBi has a semimetallic behavior with a carrier concentration n= 3.7 x 10(18) cm(-3) extracted from the Shubnikov-de Haas

  2. Generalized (m,n) bi-ideals of a near-ring

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    R. Narasimhan (Krishtel eMaging) 1461 1996 Oct 15 13:05:22

    conditions for generalized near-fields in terms of generalized (m, n) bi-ideals. Keywords. Near-rings; bi-ideals; generalized near-fields. 1. Introduction. Throughout this paper by a near-ring we mean a zero-symmetric right near-ring. For basic definition one may refer to Pilz [3]. Tamizh Chelvam and Ganesan [4] introduced ...

  3. Influence of substrate and Ca substitution on multiferroic BiMnO3 ...

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    BiMnO3 (BMO) and Ca (10 at%) substituted BiMnO3 (BCMO) thin films are grown on n-type Si (100) and Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si (100) substrates by RF magnetron sputtering. The structural, elemental, morphological, magnetic, dielectric and ferroelectric properties of the films are investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), ...

  4. Hole spins in quantum dot molecules: novel tuning by GaBiAs barriers

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    Flowers, Jackson; Bryant, Garnett; Doty, Matthew

    Hole spins in semiconductor quantum dots (QD) are promising qubits. Tunneling in vertical quantum dot molecules (QDM) provides additional freedom to use fields to manipulate hole g-factors and induce spin mixing. Interdot barriers made from GaBiAs should provide novel opportunities to further engineer these hole spin properties, because heavy- and light-holes in GaBiAs are modified by the Bi concentration without affecting conduction electrons or split off bands. For low Bi concentrations, GaBiAs provides a lower barrier for hole tunneling, allowing hole tunneling more comparable to electron tunneling and enhancing opportunities for g-factor modification. We use atomistic tight-binding theory for InAs QDMs with GaBiAs in the interdot barrier to assess the utility of this barrier material. We model the alloy barrier regions both with the virtual crystal approximation and with random realizations of atomic configurations for the alloy region in the barrier. Results are presented for electron and hole energies in QDMs with GaBiAs barriers as a function of applied electric and magnetic fields. These results allow us to quantify g-factor modification and hole-spin mixing in asymmetric structures to show how different GaBiAs barrier configurations modify hole spin physics in QDMs.

  5. Electric and Magnetic Properties of Sputter Deposited BiFeO3 Films

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    N. Siadou

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Polycrystalline BiFeO3 films have been magnetron sputter deposited at room temperature and subsequently heat-treated ex situ at temperatures between 400 and 700°C. The deposition was done in pure Ar atmosphere, as the use of oxygen-argon mixture was found to lead to nonstoichiometric films due to resputtering effects. At a target-to-substrate distance d=2′′ the BiFeO3 structure can be obtained in larger range process gas pressures (2–7 mTorr but the films do not show a specific texture. At d=6′′ codeposition from BiFeO3 and Bi2O3 has been used. Films sputtered at low rate tend to grow with the (001 texture of the pseudo-cubic BiFeO3 structure. As the film structure does not depend on epitaxy similar results are obtained on different substrates. A result of the volatility of Bi, Bi rich oxide phases occur after heat treatment at high temperatures. A Bi2SiO5 impurity phase forms on the substrate side, and does not affect the properties of the main phase. Despite the deposition on amorphous silicon oxide substrate weak ferromagnetism phenomena and displaced loops have been observed at low temperatures showing that their origin is not strain. Ba, La, Ca, and Sr doping suppress the formation of impurity phases and leakage currents.

  6. Facile Fabrication, Structures, and Properties of Laser-Marked Polyacrylamide/Bi2O3 Hydrogels

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    Cao, Zheng; Hu, Yanchao; Yu, Qiang; Lu, Ying; Wu, Dun; Zhou, An; Ma, Wenzhong; Xia, Yanping; Liu, Chunlin; Loos, Katja

    Laser marking of wet and soft polyacrylamide/bismuth oxide (PAM/Bi2O3) hydrogel materials can be achieved by simply embedding Bi2O3 particles inside PAM hydrogels and a subsequent laser treatment with a Nd: YAG laser beam at 1064nm. In comparison with the pure hydrogel, the marking properties of the

  7. multilocational evaluation of white yam genotypes using gge bi-plot ...

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    The GGE bi-plot methodology: genotype main effect (G), plus genotype by environment interaction. (GE) of yam (2001), is a very powerful tool for such environmental analysis. This paper therefore describes the use of GGE bi-plot methodology in the evaluation of test environments in a multi-environment trial of six white yam ...

  8. Phonons in high- Tc CaBi 2Sr 2Cu 2O 8

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    Gupta, H. C.

    1989-02-01

    The phonons have been investigated in CaBi 2Sr 2Cu 2O 8 using radial and tangential force constants. From the point of view of superconductivity, it is found that the phonons associated with the Bi-O layers will play an analogous role to the phonons due to Cu-O perovskite-like layers.

  9. Morphological evolution in single-crystalline Bi2Te3 nanoparticles ...

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    A general surfactant-assisted wet chemical route has been developed for the synthesis of a variety of bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3) single-crystalline nanostructures with varied morphologies at different temperatures in which hydrazine hydrate plays as an important solvent. Bi2Te3 sheet grown nanoparticles, nanosheets and ...

  10. In-Plane Magnetic Anisotropy of Fe Atoms on Bi2Se3 (111)

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    Honolka, J.; Khajetoorians, A.A.; Sessi, V.

    2012-01-01

    insulator Bi2Se3 using local low-temperature scanning tunneling spectroscopy and integral x-ray magnetic circular dichroism techniques. Single Fe adatoms on the Bi2Se3 surface, in the coverage range 1% of a monolayer, are heavily relaxed into the surface and exhibit a magnetic easy axis within the surface...

  11. The Mutual Symbiosis between Inclusive Bi-Lingual Education and Multicultural Education

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    Irby, Beverly J.; Tong, Fuhui; Lara-Alecio, Rafael

    2011-01-01

    In this article the authors postulate a mutual symbiosis between multicultural and inclusive bi-lingual education. Combining bi-lingual and multicultural education to create a symbiotic relationship can stimulate reform in schools and can promote inclusive educational systems, thereby keeping native languages and cultures alive for minority…

  12. Relaxor behaviour and dielectric properties of BiFeO3 doped Ba(Zr0 ...

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    Kumar et al 2000). Considering the above results, in order to obtain a relaxor material at room temperature, we have chosen to dope the classical ferroelectric Ba(Ti0·9Zr0·1)O3 compound with a small amount of BiFeO3 (Bi3+ at A site and with Fe3+ ...

  13. Change detection in quad and dual pol, single- and bi-frequency SAR data

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    Nielsen, Allan Aasbjerg; Conradsen, Knut; Skriver, Henning

    2015-01-01

    -value are given. In a case study airborne EMISAR C- and L-band SAR images covering agricultural fields and wooded areas near Foulum, Denmark, are used in single- and bi-frequency, bi-temporal change detection with full and dual polarimetry data. © (2015) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation...

  14. BiS: the formation and development of a left-wing library society in ...

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    BiS was noted for its promotion of egalitarianism. It advanced alternative, Left wing approaches that recognised social responsibility. One of its concerns was the fate of libraries in apartheid South Africa. The overall history of BiS reflects a high level of personal commitment which prompts a concluding query as to whether ...

  15. Pressure-Induced Intermetallic Valence Transition in BiNiO3

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    Azuma, Masaki; Tsujimoto, Masahiko; Ishiwata, Shintaro; Isoda, Seiji; Shimakawa, Yuichi; Takano, Mikio; Carlsson, Sandra; Rodgers, Jennifer; Attfield, J. Paul; Tucker, Matthew G.

    2008-03-01

    The valence state change of BiNiO3 perovskite under pressure has been investigated by a powder neutron diffraction study and electronic state calculations. At ambient pressure, BiNiO3 has the unusual charge distribution Bi^3+0.5Bi^5+0.5Ni^2+O3 with ordering of Bi^3+ and Bi^5+ charges on the A sites of a highly distorted perovskite structure. High pressure neutron diffraction measurements and Bond valence sum calculations show that the pressure-induced melting of the charge disproportionated state leads to a simultaneous charge transfer from Ni to Bi, so that the high pressure phase is metallic Bi^3+Ni^3+O3. This unprecedented charge transfer between A and B site cations coupled to electronic instabilities at both sites leads to a variety of ground states, and it is predicted that a Ni-charge disproportionated state should also be observable. [1] M. Azuma et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 129, (2007) 14433.

  16. Bilingual Intertextuality: The Joint Construction of Bi-Literacy Practices between Parent and Child

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    Liu, Yu; Vadeboncoeur, Jennifer A.

    2010-01-01

    Based on sociocultural theory, this article examines two activities constituted by a parent and child as jointly constructed bi-literacy practices. Bi-literacy practices enable the parent and child to co-construct conceptual meanings and sense across two languages. Concept development in young children "begins" with meaning in one language and…

  17. On the synthesis and microstructure analysis of high performance MnBi

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    Yu-Chun Chen

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Highly anisotropic MnBi powder with over 90 wt% low-temperature phase can be prepared using conventional arc-melting and 2 hour-low energy ball milling (BM followed by magnetic separation. After proper alignment, the purified Mn55Bi45(Mn45Bi55 powder show remarkable magnetic properties: mass remanence of 71(65 Am2/kg and coercivity of 1.23(1.18 T at 300 K. The nominal maximum energy product of 120 kJ/m3 is achieved in the purified 2h-BM Mn55Bi45 powder, close to theoretical value of 140.8 kJ/m3. The Mn55Bi45(Mn45Bi55 bulk magnets show the highest volume remanence of 0.68(0.57 T at 300 K, while they were consolidated at 573(523 K by a pressure of 200 MPa for 5 minutes using hot-compaction method. In addition to the observed grain size, the coercivity of the hot-compacted samples at 300 K was found to be strongly related to the amount of metallic Mn and Bi residue at the grain-boundary. Our study proves that the magnetic properties of the Mn45Bi55 bulk magnets are stable up to 500 K, and the nominal (BHmax values are still above 40 kJ/m3 at 500 K showing the potential ability for high-temperature applications.

  18. A multilinear extension of a class of fuzzy bi-cooperative games

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    Borkotokey, S.; Hazarika, P.; Mesiar, Radko

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 28, č. 2 (2015), s. 681-691 ISSN 1064-1246 Institutional support: RVO:67985556 Keywords : Fuzzy set * bi-cooperative game * LG value * fuzzy bi-coalition Subject RIV: BA - General Mathematics Impact factor: 1.004, year: 2015 http://library.utia.cas.cz/separaty/2015/E/mesiar-0442008.pdf

  19. Indium doped BiOI nanosheets: Preparation, characterization and photocatalytic degradation activity

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    Li, Haibo; Yang, Zujin; Zhang, Jingnan; Huang, Yongchao; Ji, Hongbing; Tong, Yexiang

    2017-11-01

    Semiconductor photocatalysis is a promising method to remove the harmful compounds into harmless molecules. Herein, In-doped BiOI (In-BiOI) photocatalysts with highly exposed dominant {001} facets were synthesized through a facile hydrothermal method. The XRD, SEM and TEM determinations revealed the high crystallinity structure of the samples, and the XPS results confirmed the doping of In. The In-BiOI nanosheets exhibited a higher activity in the photodegradation of p-chloroaniline (PCA) than that of pristine BiOI, among which the In-2 BiOI sample (feed mole ratio of In:Bi = 2%) possessed the best performance. Doping with In didn't alter the structure, morphology, specific surface area or light absorption capacity of BiOI, but significantly improved its charge separation efficiency and transport capability, which were verified by the results of the lower PL emission, larger photocurrent intensity and smaller arc radius of EIS plots. More importantly, the mechanism of photocatalytic degradation is studied systematically, revealing that rad O2- and h+ were the major reactive species during the photodegradation process. Finally, the possible role of In-doping in enhancing the photocatalytic performance of BiOI is proposed.

  20. Superconductivity induced by oxygen doping in Y{sub 2}O{sub 2}Bi

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    Cheng, Xiyue; Deng, Shuiquan [State Key Laboratory of Structural Chemistry, Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter (FJIRSM), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Fuzhou (China); Gordon, Elijah E. [Department of Chemistry, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (United States); Whangbo, Myung-Hwan [State Key Laboratory of Structural Chemistry, Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter (FJIRSM), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Fuzhou (China); Department of Chemistry, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (United States)

    2017-08-14

    When doped with oxygen, the layered Y{sub 2}O{sub 2}Bi phase becomes a superconductor. This finding raises questions about the sites for doped oxygen, the mechanism of superconductivity, and practical guidelines for discovering new superconductors. We probed these questions in terms of first-principles calculations for undoped and O-doped Y{sub 2}O{sub 2}Bi. The preferred sites for doped O atoms are the centers of Bi{sub 4} squares in the Bi square net. Several Bi 6p x/y bands of Y{sub 2}O{sub 2}Bi are raised in energy by oxygen doping because the 2p x/y orbitals of the doped oxygen make antibonding possible with the 6p x/y orbitals of surrounding Bi atoms. Consequently, the condition necessary for the ''flat/steep'' band model for superconductivity is satisfied in O-doped Y{sub 2}O{sub 2}Bi. (copyright 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  1. Photocatalytic Degradation of Methyl Orange on Bi2O3 and Ag2O-Bi2O3 Nano Photocatalysts

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    Seyed Ali Hosseini

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available The photocatalytic activity of Bi2O3 and Ag2O-Bi2O3 was evaluated by degradation of aqueous methyl orange as a model dye effluent. Bi2O3 was synthesized using chemical precipitation method. Structural analysis revealed that Bi2O3 contain a unique well-crystallized phase and the average crystallite size of 22.4 nm. The SEM analysis showed that the size of Bi2O3 particles was mainly in the range of 16-22 nm. The most important variables affecting the photocatalytic degradation of dyes, namely reaction time, initial pH and catalyst dosage were studied, and their optimal amounts were found at 60 min, 5.58 and 0.025 g, respectively. A good correlation was found between experimental and predicted responses, confirming the reliability of the model. Incorporation of Ag2O in the structure of composite caused decreasing band gap and its response to visible light. Because a high percentage of sunlight is visible light, hence Ag2O-Bi2O3 nano-composite could be used as an efficient visible light driven photocatalyst for degradation of dye effluents by sunlight. Copyright © 2017 BCREC GROUP. All rights reserved Received: 15th August 2016; Revised: 20th December 2016; Accepted: 21st December 2016 How to Cite: Hosseini, S.A., Saeedi, R. (2017. Photocatalytic Degradation of Methyl Orange on Bi2O3 and Ag2O-Bi2O3 Nano Photocatalysts. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering & Catalysis, 12 (1: 96-105 (doi:10.9767/bcrec.12.1.623.96-105 Permalink/DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.9767/bcrec.12.1.623.96-105

  2. Solidification of Bi2Sr2Ca1Cu2Oy and Bi2Sr1.75Ca0.25CuOy

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    Holesinger, T.G.; Miller, D.J.; Viswanathan, H.K.; Chumbley, L.S.

    1993-01-01

    The solidification processes for the compositions Bi 2 Sr 2 CaCu 2 O y (2212) and Bi 2 Sr 1.75 Ca 0.25 CuO y (2201) were determined as a function of oxygen partial pressure. During solidification in argon, the superconducting phases were generally not observed to form for either composition. In both cases, the solidus is lowered to approximately 750 degree C. Solidification of Bi 2 Sr 1.75 Ca 0.25 CuO y in Ar resulted in a divorced eutectic structure of Bi 2 Sr 2-x Ca x O y (22x) and Cu 2 O while solidification of Bi 2 Sr 2 CaCu 2 O y in Ar resulted in a divorced eutectic structure of Bi 2 Sr 3-x Ca x O y (23x) and Cu 2 O. Solidification of Bi 2 Sr 1.75 Ca 0.25 CuO y in O 2 resulted in large grains of 2201 interspersed with small regions containing the eutectic structure of 22x and CuO/Cu 2 O. Solidification of Bi 2 Sr 2 CaCu 2 O y in partial pressures of 1%, 20%, and 100% oxygen resulted in multiphase samples consisting of 2212, 2201, some alkaline-earth cuprates, and both divorced eutectic structures found during solidification in Ar. For both compositions, these latter structures can be attributed to oxygen deficiencies present in the melt regardless of the overpressure of oxygen. These eutectic structures are unstable and convert into the superconducting phases during subsequent anneals in oxygen. The formation process of the 2212 phase during solidification from the melt was determined to proceed through an intermediate state involving the 2201 phase

  3. Generation of human ER chaperone BiP in yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Čiplys, Evaldas; Aučynaitė, Agota; Slibinskas, Rimantas

    2014-02-11

    Human BiP is traditionally regarded as a major endoplasmic reticulum (ER) chaperone performing a number of well-described functions in the ER. In recent years it was well established that this molecule can also be located in other cell organelles and compartments, on the cell surface or be secreted. Also novel functions were assigned to this protein. Importantly, BiP protein appears to be involved in cancer and rheumatoid arthritis progression, autoimmune inflammation and tissue damage, and thus could potentially be used for therapeutic purposes. In addition, a growing body of evidence indicates BiP as a new therapeutic target for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. Increasing importance of this protein and its involvement in critical human diseases demands new source of high quality native recombinant human BiP for further studies and potential application. Here we introduce yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a host for the generation of human BiP protein. Expression of a full-length human BiP precursor in S. cerevisiae resulted in a high-level secretion of mature recombinant protein into the culture medium. The newly discovered ability of the yeast cells to recognize, correctly process the native signal sequence of human BiP and secrete this protein into the growth media allowed simple one-step purification of highly pure recombinant BiP protein with yields reaching 10 mg/L. Data presented in this study shows that secreted recombinant human BiP possesses native amino acid sequence and structural integrity, is biologically active and without yeast-derived modifications. Strikingly, ATPase activity of yeast-derived human BiP protein exceeded the activity of E. coli-derived recombinant human BiP by a 3-fold. S. cerevisiae is able to correctly process and secrete human BiP protein. Consequently, resulting recombinant BiP protein corresponds accurately to native analogue. The ability to produce large quantities of native recombinant human BiP in yeast

  4. Structural and electronic properties of low-index stoichiometric BiOI surfaces

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    Dai, Wen-Wu; Zhao, Zong-Yan, E-mail: zzy@kmust.edu.cn

    2017-06-01

    As promising photocatalyst driven by visible-light, BiOI has attracted more and more attention in the past years. However, the surface structure and properties of BiOI that is the most important place for the photocatalytic have not been investigated in details. To this end, density functional theory was performed to calculate the structural and electronic properties of four low-index stoichiometric surfaces of BiOI. It is found that the relaxation of the low-index BiOI surfaces are relatively small, especially the (001) surface. Thus, the surface energies of BiOI are very relatively small. Moreover, there are a few surface states below the bottom of conduction band in the first layer except the (001) surface, which maybe capture the photo-excited carriers. In all of the most stable terminated planes, all the dangling bonds are cleaved from the broken Bi-O bonds. In the case of (001) surface, the dangling bond density of Bi atoms for the (001) surface is zero per square nano. Therefore, the (001) surface is thermodynamically lowest-energy surface of BiOI, and it is the predominant surface (51.4%). As a final remark, the dangling bonds density of bismuth atoms determines not only the surface energy, but also the surface relaxation. Finally, the equilibrium morphology of BiOI was also proposed and provided, which is determined through the Wulff construction. These results will help us to better understand the underlying photocatalytic mechanism that is related to BiOI surfaces, and provide theoretical support for some experimental studies about BiOI-based photocatalyst in future. - Highlights: • Four low-index BiOI surfaces have been calculated by DFT method. • The relaxations of the low-index BiOI surfaces are relatively small. • There are a few surface states below the bottom of conduction band in the first layer. • The dangling bonds density of bismuth atoms determines not only the surface energy, but also the surface relaxation. • The thermodynamic

  5. Perovskite BaBiO3 Transformed Layered BaBiO2.5 Crystals Featuring Unusual Chemical Bonding and Luminescence.

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    Li, Hong; Zhao, Qing; Liu, Bo-Mei; Zhang, Jun-Ying; Li, Zhi-Yong; Guo, Shao-Qiang; Ma, Ju-Ping; Kuroiwa, Yoshihiro; Moriyoshi, Chikako; Zheng, Li-Rong; Sun, Hong-Tao

    2018-04-14

    Engineering oxygen coordination environments of cations in oxides has received intense interest thanks to the opportunities for the discovery of novel oxides with unusual properties. Here we present the successful synthesis of stoichiometric layered BaBiO2.5 enabled by a non-topotactic phase transformation of perovskite BaBiO3. By analysing the synchrotron X-ray diffraction data using the maximum entropy method/Rietveld technique, we find that Bi forms unusual chemical bondings with four oxygen atoms, featuring one ionic bonding and three covalent bondings that results in an asymmetric coordination geometry. A broad range of photophysical characterizations reveal that this peculiar structure shows near-infrared luminescence differing from conventional Bi-bearing systems. Experimental and theoretical results lead us to propose the excitonic nature of luminescence. Our work highlights that synthesizing materials with uncommon Bi-O bonding and Bi coordination geometry provides a pathway to the discovery of systems with new functionalities. We envisage that this work could inspire interest for the exploration of a range of materials containing heavier p-block elements, offering prospects for the finding of systems with unusual properties. © 2018 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Structure and electrical properties of intergrowth bismuth layer-structured Bi4Ti3O12-CaBi4Ti4O15 ferroelectric ceramics

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    Choi, Gi Ppeum; Cho, Sam Yeon; Bu, Sang Don

    2016-09-01

    Pb-free ferroelectric Bi4Ti3O12-CaBi4Ti4O15 (BIT-CBT) ceramics were manufactured using a solid-state reaction method. Structural analysis by using X-ray diffraction confirmed the presence of a second phase of Bi2Ti2O7, and the surface depth X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that this phase existed only on the surface. This second phase appears to have been caused by the volatilization of Bi ions at high sintering temperatures. For resolution of the issue of volatilization of Bi ions and manufacture of BIT-CBT ceramics with a single phase, Bi2O3 powder was added to the BIT-CBT mixture, and a powder-bed method, in which pellets were covered with BIT-CBT powder, was used to manufacture the ceramic. The piezoelectric coefficient of the single-phase BIT-CBT ceramics was 12.4 pC/N while the residual polarization and the coercive electric field were 11.3 μC/cm2, and 125 kV/cm, respectively. The results suggest that single-phase BIT-CBT ceramics are suitable for the manufacture of elements incorporating these electrical characteristics.

  7. Influence of Bi3+ content on photoluminescence of InNbO4:Eu3+,Bi3+ for white light-emitting diodes

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    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available A series of red-emitting phosphors InNbO4:Eu3+,Bi3+ was prepared by a high temperature solid-state reaction. The structure, size distribution and luminescence properties of the phosphors were respectively characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, laser particle size and molecular fluorescence spectrometer. The XRD results indicate that the phase-pure samples have been obtained and the crystal structure of the host has not changed under the Eu3+ and Bi3+ co-doping. The test of size distribution shows that the phosphor has a normal size distribution. The excitation spectra illustrate that the dominant sharp peaks are located at 394 nm (7F0→5L6 and 466 nm (7F0→5D2. Meanwhile, the emission spectra reveal that the phosphors excited by the wavelength of 394 nm or 466 nm have an intense red-emission line at 612 nm owing to the 5D0→7F2 transition of Eu3+. Bi3+ doping has not changed the peak positions except the photoluminescence intensity. The emission intensity is related to Bi3+ concentration, and it is up to the maximum when the Bi3+-doping concentration is 4 mol%. Due to good photoluminescence properties of the phosphor, the InNbO4:0.04Eu3+,0.04Bi3+ may be used as a red component for white light-emitting diodes.

  8. Enhancement of exchange coupling interaction of NdFeB/MnBi hybrid magnets

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    Nguyen, Truong Xuan; Nguyen, Khanh Van; Nguyen, Vuong Van

    2018-03-01

    MnBi ribbons were fabricated by melt - spinning with subsequent annealing. The MnBi ribbons were ground and mixed with NdFeB commercial Magnequench powders (MQA). The hybrid powder mixtures were subjected thrice to the annealing and ball-milling route. The hybrid magnets (100 - x)NdFeB/xMnBi, x=0, 30, 40, 50 and 100 wt% were in-mold aligned in an 18 kOe magnetic field and warm compacted at 290 °C by 2000 psi uniaxial pressure for 10 min. An enhancement of the exchange coupling of NdFeB/MnBi hybrid magnets was obtained by optimizing the magnets' microstructures via annealing and ball-milling processes. The magnetic properties of prepared NdFeB/MnBi hybrid magnets were studied and discussed in details.

  9. Proton irradiation effects on thermal transport in individual single-crystalline Bi nanowires

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    Roh, Jong Wook; Ko, Dai Ho; Lee, Joo Hee; Kang, Joohoon; Lee, Min Kyung; Lee, Wooyoung; Lee, Cheol Woo; Lee, Kyu Hyoung; Noh, Jin-Seo

    2013-01-01

    We investigated the proton irradiation effect of thermal conductivities for individual single-crystalline Bi nanowires grown by the on-film formation of nanowires (ON-OFF). The thermal conductivities of Bi nanowires with diameter of 154 and 112 nm were measured using suspended devices before and after proton irradiation, respectively. It was founded thermal conductivities of Bi nanowires appreciably decrease after proton irradiation, which was caused by the destruction of single-crystallinity due to the high-energy proton impingement. This result indicates the defects of Bi nanowires created by proton drastically limit the mean free paths of phonons, resulting in the change of thermal transport of Bi nanowires. (copyright 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  10. Explaining the Behavioral Intention towards BI Implementation in Public Administrations - A Principal-Agent Theory Approach

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    Becker, Jörg; Bergener, Philipp; Lis, Łukasz; Niehaves, Björn

    Business Intelligence (BI) is an established instrument to support public administrations in their management tasks by increasing their information level. BI is of special interest in the context of introducing accrual accounting in public administrations as this affects the information level of different stakeholders, leading to a possible decrease for municipal councils. The principal-agent theory can help to explain different behavioral intentions of the stakeholders concerning the introduction of BI. We employ a single qualitative case study to analyze these behavioral intentions. It shows that the introduction of accrual accounting did decrease the information level of the municipal council making the principal-agent problems possible. Furthermore, it shows that BI might be a solution for this problem. Therefore, council members show the behavioral intention to support the BI implementation while administration staff members rather resist it. Based on these finding, we discuss implications for practice and future research.

  11. Conducting mechanism of Ag-diffused Bi-Te based resistive switching devices

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    Liu, N.; Yan, P.; Li, Y.; Lu, K.; Sun, H. J.; Ji, H. K.; Xue, K. H.; Miao, X. S.

    2018-02-01

    The forming-free resistive switching (RS) and conducting mechanism of Ag-diffused BiTe chalcogenide thin film has been investigated. The mutual diffusion of Ag, Bi and Te elements at the interface is proved to suppress the crystallization of the as-deposited BiTe film. The amorphization of BiTe and the Schottky barrier between Ag and BiTe contribute to high resistance state (HRS) of the switching devices. When switched to low resistance state (LRS), the coexistence of metallic conduction and variable-range hopping is found to be the dominant conduction mechanism. The temperature dependence of LRS exhibits an interesting transport behavior, so that a positive temperature coefficient becomes a negative one at 24 K. Our results help to further understand the conduction mechanism and promote the design for future nonvolatile memory applications.

  12. Reaction products between Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-oxide thick films and alumina substrates

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    Alarco, J.A.; Ilushechkin, A.; Yamashita, T.; Bhargava, A.; Barry, J.; Mackinnon, I.D.R.

    1997-01-01

    The structure and composition of reaction products between Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-oxide (BSCCO) thick films and alumina substrates have been characterized using a combination of electron diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX). Sr and Ca are found to be the most reactive cations with alumina. Sr 4 Al 6 O 12 SO 4 is formed between the alumina substrates and BSCCO thick films prepared from paste with composition close to Bi-2212 (and Bi-2212+10 wt.% Ag). For paste with composition close to Bi(Pb)-2223 +20 wt.% Ag, a new phase with f.c.c. structure, lattice parameter about a=24.5 A and approximate composition Al 3 Sr 2 CaBi 2 CuO x has been identified in the interface region. Understanding and control of these reactions is essential for growth of high quality BSCCO thick films on alumina. (orig.)

  13. Enhancing the thermopower and tuning the resistivity in Bi2Se3 with Fe-doping

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    Sk, Rejaul; Shirolkar, Mandar M.; Dhara, Barun; Kulkarni, Sulabha; Deshpande, Aparna

    2015-10-01

    We report the synthesis of undoped bismuth selenide (Bi2Se3) and iron (Fe) doped (upto 30%) bismuth selenide (Bi2Se3) powder samples by polyol method. The samples consist of submicron size platelets with thickness ranging between 5 and 10 nm. The temperature dependent thermopower measurements reveal all these materials to be n-type in nature and the room temperature thermopower increases with Fe concentration. The electrical resistivity of undoped Bi2Se3 shows metallic behavior in 5-300 K range, but the Fe-doped samples show semiconducting behavior. Thus we find Fe-doping of Bi2Se3 to be a promising route for tuning the properties of Bi2Se3 for applications.

  14. Electronic structure, ferroelectricity and optical properties of CaBi2Ta2O9

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    Xu, B.; Li, X.; Sun, J.; Yi, L.

    2008-12-01

    Using first-principles calculations based on density-functional theory in its local-density approximation, we investigated the Electronic structure, ferroelectricity and optical properties of CaBi2Ta2O9 (CBT) for the first time. It is found that CBT compound has an indirect band gap of 3.114 eV and the O 2s and 2p states are strongly hybridized with the 6s states of Bi which belong to the (Bi2O2)2+ planes. The quite strong Ta-O and Bi-O hybridization is the primary source for ferroelectricity. Our results imply that the interaction between Bi and O is highly covalent. The anisotropy occurs mainly above 4 eV in the optical properties. The different optical properties have been discussed.

  15. Optical, electrical and the related parameters of amorphous Ge-Bi-Se thin films

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    El-Korashy, A.; El-Kabany, N.; El-Zahed, H.

    2005-01-01

    The related optical and electrical parameters of amorphous Ge-Bi-Se thin films were studied. The dependence of optical and electrical properties on the Bi content was observed in most compositions. At Bi >10at% the behavior show a switch from p to n type conduction mechanism. The correlation between the optical band gap E g and the average heats of atomization H s were observed. The results indicated that both the number of topological constant N con and the radial and angular N α , N β valence force constants exhibit the same trend with increasing Bi content. On the other hand, the mean bond energy increases with increasing Bi content to x=15at%. It may be concluded that is a function of the mean coordination number N co , the type of bonds, the degree of cross-linking and the band energy forming the network

  16. Electrochemical fabrication of ordered Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanowire arrays

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    Peng, X.S. [Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei (China)]. E-mail: zyzhao@mail.issp.ac.cn; Meng, G.W.; Zhang, J.; Zhao, L.X.; Wang, X.F.; Wang, Y.W.; Zhang, L.D. [Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei (China)

    2001-11-21

    We have successfully fabricated ordered, well-crystallized Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanowire arrays embedded in the nanochannels of porous anodic aluminium oxide templates by direct current electrodeposition from a dimethylsulfoxide solution containing BiCl{sub 3} and elemental sulfur. X-ray diffraction and selected area electron diffraction investigations demonstrate that the Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanowires have an orthorhombic uniform structure. Electromicroscopy results show that the nanowires are quite ordered with diameters of about 40 nm and lengths up to 5 {mu}m. X-ray energy dispersion analysis indicates that the atomic composition of Bi and S is very close to a 2:3 stoichiometry. The optical properties of these nanowires were characterized by optical absorption techniques. These studies reveal that the annealed Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanowires have an optical band edge (direct) of about 1.56 eV. (author)

  17. Light up conversion effects in Erbium doped CaBi4Ti4O15 ceramics

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    Bokolia, Renuka; Sreenivas, K.

    2013-01-01

    In recent years the rare earth doped bismuth layered structured ferroelectric (BLSF) compositions such as CaBi 4 Ti 4 O 15 , SrBi 4 Ti 4 O 15 and BaBi 4 Ti 4 O 15 ceramics have shown interesting light up-conversion emission effects. The observation of such novel effects has generated a lot of scientific interest, and there is a need to further improve their dielectric, piezoelectric and light up-conversion properties. In the present study, Erbium doped CaBi 4 Ti 4 O 15 (CBT), and SrBi 4 Ti 4 O 15 (SBT) ferroelectric ceramic have been prepared by the conventional solid state reaction method. Formation of single phase material is confirmed by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), and changes occurring in the lattice parameters with Erbium dopant are analysed. Room temperature dielectric studies and ferroelectric studies will be discussed. (author)

  18. Unidirectional lateral nanowire formation during the epitaxial growth of GaAsBi on vicinal substrates

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    Collar, Kristen N.; Li, Jincheng; Jiao, Wenyuan; Kong, Wei; Brown, April S.

    2018-01-01

    We report on enhanced control of the growth of lateral GaAs nanowires (NWs) embedded in epitaxial (100) GaAsBi thin films enabled by the use of vicinal substrates and the growth-condition dependent role of Bi as a surfactant. Enhanced step-flow growth is achieved through the use of vicinal substrates and yields unidirectional nanowire growth. The addition of Bi during GaAsBi growth enhances Ga adatom diffusion anisotropy and modifies incorporation rates at steps in comparison to GaAs growth yielding lower density but longer NWs. The NWs grown on vicinal substrates grew unidirectionally towards the misorientation direction when Bi was present. The III/V flux ratio significantly impacts the size, shape and density of the resulting NWs. These results suggest that utilizing growth conditions which enhance step-flow growth enable enhanced control of lateral nanostructures.

  19. Multiple Dirac cones at the surface of the topological metal LaBi

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    Nayak, Jayita; Wu, Shu-Chun; Kumar, Nitesh; Shekhar, Chandra; Singh, Sanjay; Fink, Jörg; Rienks, Emile E. D.; Fecher, Gerhard H.; Parkin, Stuart S. P.; Yan, Binghai; Felser, Claudia

    2017-01-01

    The rare-earth monopnictide LaBi exhibits exotic magneto-transport properties, including an extremely large and anisotropic magnetoresistance. Experimental evidence for topological surface states is still missing although band inversions have been postulated to induce a topological phase in LaBi. In this work, we have revealed the existence of surface states of LaBi through the observation of three Dirac cones: two coexist at the corners and one appears at the centre of the Brillouin zone, by employing angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy in conjunction with ab initio calculations. The odd number of surface Dirac cones is a direct consequence of the odd number of band inversions in the bulk band structure, thereby proving that LaBi is a topological, compensated semimetal, which is equivalent to a time-reversal invariant topological insulator. Our findings provide insight into the topological surface states of LaBi's semi-metallicity and related magneto-transport properties.

  20. Higher critical current density achieved in Bi-2223 High-Tc superconductors

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    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3Ox (Bi-2223 were prepared using a solid state reaction method at different sintering times and temperatures. Structural phase identifications have been done using X-Ray analysis and refinement by Reitveld method which proves the coexistence of Bi-2223 and Bi-2212 phases. The critical transition temperature Tc and critical current density Jc values were measured using superconducting quantum interference device magnetometer (SQUID and by the magneto-optics technique. A remarkable rapid decrease to the diamagnetic signal in the magnetization versus temperature M(T at 110 K and Jc around 1.2 × 107 A/m2 at 5 K are confirmed for the Bi-2223 compound.

  1. Photocatalytic activities of coke carbon/g-C3N4 and Bi metal/Bi mixed oxides/g-C3N4 nanohybrids for the degradation of pollutants in wastewater

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    Sierra, Marta; Borges, Emma; Esparza, Pedro; Méndez-Ramos, Jorge; Martín-Gil, Jesús; Martín-Ramos, Pablo

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Different g-C3N4 composite systems (coke carbon/g-C3N4, Bi/Bi2WO6/g-C3N4 and Bi/Bi2MoO6/g-C3N4) have been assessed as photocatalysts for wastewater pollutants removal. The coke carbon/g-C3N4 hybrid, produced by thermal treatment at 550 °C of a composite made from melamine cyanurate and coke, only showed activity under UV-light irradiation. On the other hand, inorganic Bi spheres/Bi mixed oxides/g-C3N4 nanohybrids (Bi/Bi2WO6/g-C3N4 and Bi/Bi2MoO6/g-C3N4 composites), produced by thermal reduction of Bi2WO6 or Bi2MoO6 by g-C3N4, exhibited a remarkable red-shift, up to 620 nm, and allowed the visible-light driven degradation of the contaminant, albeit in combination with some adsorption. PMID:27877912

  2. Kinetics of Spanish broom peroxidase obeys a Ping-Pong Bi-Bi mechanism with competitive inhibition by substrates.

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    Pérez Galende, Patricia; Hidalgo Cuadrado, Nazaret; Kostetsky, Eduard Ya; Roig, Manuel G; Villar, Enrique; Shnyrov, Valery L; Kennedy, John F

    2015-11-01

    In plants, adverse conditions often induce an increase in reactive oxygen species (ROS) such as hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). H2O2 is reduced to water, and thus becomes detoxified by enzymes such as Cytisus multiflorus peroxidase (CMP). Here, the steady-state kinetics of the H2O2-supported oxidation of different organic substrates by CMP was investigated. Analysis of the initial rates vs. H2O2 and reducing substrate concentrations proved to be consistent with a substrate-inhibited Ping-Pong Bi-Bi reaction mechanism. The phenomenological approach expresses the peroxidase Ping-Pong mechanism in the form of the Michaelis-Menten equation and affords an interpretation of the effects in terms of the kinetic parameters [Formula: see text] , [Formula: see text] , kcat, [Formula: see text] , [Formula: see text] and of the microscopic rate constants, k1 and k3, of the shared three-step catalytic cycle of peroxidases. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Soldering of Bi-2223/Ag high temperature superconducting tapes with Sn-Pb-Bi-Ag alloy paste

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    Guo Wei, E-mail: gwei@tsinghua.edu.c [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Key Laboratory for Advanced Manufacturing by Materials Processing Technology, Tsinghua University, Ministry of Education of PR China, Beijing 100084 (China); School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing 100191 (China); Zou Guisheng; Wu Aiping; Bai Hailin; Ren Jialie [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Key Laboratory for Advanced Manufacturing by Materials Processing Technology, Tsinghua University, Ministry of Education of PR China, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2010-01-15

    Soldered joints of Bi-2223/Ag-sheathed high temperature superconducting multifilamentary tapes were fabricated using 63 wt.%Sn-34 wt.%Pb-1 wt.%Bi-2 wt.%Ag paste. The soldered joints were observed by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Moreover, the electrical properties of joints were evaluated by current-voltage curves, and the tensile strengths of the joints were also tested. The results show that the soldered joint consists of Ag sheath - Ag{sub 3}Sn compound layer - PbSn{sub 2} and Ag{sub 3}Sn solder layer - Ag{sub 3}Sn compound layer - Ag sheath. The joints are obeyed with Ohms Law and the magnitude of the joint resistance, which deceases with the increase of the overlap length, can reach the order of 10{sup -8} OMEGA. The tensile strength of the joints with a brittle fracture mode is a little lower than that of the original tapes.

  4. Direct observation of the segregation driven by bubble evolution and liquid phase separation in Al–10 wt.% Bi immiscible alloy

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    Lu, Wenquan; Zhang, Shuguang; Zhang, Wei; Kaptay, George; Yu, Jianding; Fu, Yanan; Li, Jianguo

    2015-01-01

    The effects of the growth behaviors of bubbles and minor droplets on the segregation in solidifying Al–10 wt.% Bi immiscible alloy were investigated by synchrotron radiography. The Bi atoms were effectively trapped at the surface of bubbles, favorable to the bubble growth. With cladding Bi layer, the stochastic growth of bubbles remains, but the scaled size distribution follows neither Gaussian nor Lifshitz–Slyozov–Wagner (LSW) controlled distributions. The variation in Bi droplet number over time obeys a logistic curve

  5. Bi-modified Pd/C catalyst via irreversible adsorption and its catalytic activity for ethanol oxidation in alkaline medium

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    Cai, Jindi; Huang, Yiyin; Guo, Yonglang

    2013-01-01

    Highlights: • Pd-Bi/C catalysts were easily prepared by irreversible adsorption of Bi on Pd/C surface. • The adsorption of Bi increases the oxygen-containing species obviously on Pd-Bi/C surface. • Only a little amount of Bi on Pd-Bi/C can play a significant role in ethanol oxidation reaction (EOR). • Current density of EOR on Pd-Bi/C (20:1) is 2.4 times higher than that on Pd/C. • Anti-poisoning ability and durability of Pd-Bi/C (20:1) is greatly enhanced. -- Abstract: A facile approach to promote ethanol electro-oxidation on Pd-based catalysts is presented by the modification of Bi on Pd/C catalyst via irreversible adsorption. X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements show that the modification of Bi has no significant effect on the Pd morphology and particle size distribution. Bi(III) and Pd(0) are the dominant forms in Pd-Bi/C catalyst. Electrochemical tests show that the modification of the appropriate amount of Bi on Pd/C catalyst can remarkably enhance activity toward ethanol oxidation reaction (EOR) up to about 2.4 times higher compared to Pd/C catalyst. The Pd-Bi/C (20:1) catalyst exhibits excellent stability and enhances CO tolerance. The enhanced electrochemical performance of Pd-Bi/C catalyst is attributed to the electronic effect and the bifunctional mechanism. The high exchange current density and the low apparent activation energy on Pd-Bi/C (20:1) catalyst reveal its faster kinetics and higher intrinsic activity compared to Pd/C catalyst

  6. MRI for the assessment of malignancy in BI-RADS 4 mammographic microcalcifications.

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    Barbara Bennani-Baiti

    Full Text Available Assess the performance of breast MRI to diagnose breast cancer in BI-RADS 4 microcalcifications detected by mammography.This retrospective, IRB-approved study included 248 consecutive contrast-enhanced breast MRI (1.5T, protocol in accordance with EUSOBI recommendations performed to further diagnose BI-RADS 4 microcalcifications detected at mammography during a 3-year period. Standard of reference had to be established by histopathology. Routine consensus reading results by two radiologists were dichotomized as positive or negative and compared with the reference standard (benign vs malignant to calculate diagnostic parameters.There were 107 malignant and 141 benign microcalcifications. Malignancy rates were 18.3% (23/126 BI-RADS 4a, 41.7% (25/60 BI-RADS 4b and 95% (59/62 BI-RADS 4c. There were 103 true-positive, 116 true-negative, 25 false-positive, and 4 false-negative (one invasive cancer, three DCIS; 2 BI-RADS 4c, 1 BI-RADS 4b on mammography breast MRI findings, effecting a sensitivity, specificity, PPV, and NPV of 96.3% (95%-CI 90.7-99.0%, 82.3% (95%-CI 75.0-88.2%, 80.5% (95%-CI 72.5-87.0% and 96.7% (95%-CI 91.7-99.1%, respectively.MRI is an accurate tool to further diagnose BI-RADS 4a and 4b microcalcifications and may be helpful to avoid unnecessary biopsies in BI-RADS 4a and 4b lesions. BI-RADS 4c microcalcifications should be biopsied irrespective of MRI findings.

  7. Photocatalytic perfermance of sandwich-like BiVO{sub 4} sheets by microwave assisted synthesis

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    Liu, Suqin, E-mail: liusuqin888@126.com [Department of Chemical engineering and Food Science, Hubei University of arts and science, Xiangyang 441053 (China); Hubei Key Laboratory of Low Dimensional Optoelectronic Materials and Devices, Xiangyang 441053 (China); Tang, Huiling; Zhou, Huan [Department of Chemical engineering and Food Science, Hubei University of arts and science, Xiangyang 441053 (China); Dai, Gaopeng, E-mail: dgp2000@126.com [Department of Chemical engineering and Food Science, Hubei University of arts and science, Xiangyang 441053 (China); Wang, Wanqiang [Department of Chemical engineering and Food Science, Hubei University of arts and science, Xiangyang 441053 (China)

    2017-01-01

    Graphical abstract: Sandwich-like BiVO{sub 4} sheets were successfully synthesized via a facile microwave-assisted method. The as-prepared samples exhibit a high activity for the degradation of methyl orange under visible light irradiation. - Highlights: • Sandwich-like BiVO{sub 4} sheets were synthesized by a facile microwave-assisted method. • The presence of PEG-10000 plays a critical role in the formation of BiVO{sub 4} sheets. • Ostwald ripening is the primary driving force for the formation of sandwich-like BiVO{sub 4}. • The sandwich-like BiVO{sub 4} sheets exhibit a high visible-light photocatalytic activity. - Abstract: Sandwich-like BiVO{sub 4} sheets were successfully synthesized in an aqueous solution containing bismuth nitrate, ammonium metavanadate and polyethylene glycol with a molecular weight of 10,000 (PEG-10000) using a facile microwave-assisted method. The as-prepared samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, N{sub 2} adsorption-desorption, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The results show that the presence of PEG-10000 plays a critical role in the formation of BiVO{sub 4} sheets, and Ostwald ripening is the primary driving force for the formation of sandwich-like structures. The sandwich-like BiVO{sub 4} sheets exhibit a high activity for the degradation of methyl orange under visible light irradiation (λ ≥ 420 nm). The enhancement of photocatalytic activity of sandwich-like BiVO{sub 4} sheets can be attributed to its large surface area over the irregular BiVO{sub 4} particles.

  8. Bi-Force: large-scale bicluster editing and its application to gene expression data biclustering.

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    Sun, Peng; Speicher, Nora K; Röttger, Richard; Guo, Jiong; Baumbach, Jan

    2014-05-01

    The explosion of the biological data has dramatically reformed today's biological research. The need to integrate and analyze high-dimensional biological data on a large scale is driving the development of novel bioinformatics approaches. Biclustering, also known as 'simultaneous clustering' or 'co-clustering', has been successfully utilized to discover local patterns in gene expression data and similar biomedical data types. Here, we contribute a new heuristic: 'Bi-Force'. It is based on the weighted bicluster editing model, to perform biclustering on arbitrary sets of biological entities, given any kind of pairwise similarities. We first evaluated the power of Bi-Force to solve dedicated bicluster editing problems by comparing Bi-Force with two existing algorithms in the BiCluE software package. We then followed a biclustering evaluation protocol in a recent review paper from Eren et al. (2013) (A comparative analysis of biclustering algorithms for gene expressiondata. Brief. Bioinform., 14:279-292.) and compared Bi-Force against eight existing tools: FABIA, QUBIC, Cheng and Church, Plaid, BiMax, Spectral, xMOTIFs and ISA. To this end, a suite of synthetic datasets as well as nine large gene expression datasets from Gene Expression Omnibus were analyzed. All resulting biclusters were subsequently investigated by Gene Ontology enrichment analysis to evaluate their biological relevance. The distinct theoretical foundation of Bi-Force (bicluster editing) is more powerful than strict biclustering. We thus outperformed existing tools with Bi-Force at least when following the evaluation protocols from Eren et al. Bi-Force is implemented in Java and integrated into the open source software package of BiCluE. The software as well as all used datasets are publicly available at http://biclue.mpi-inf.mpg.de. © The Author(s) 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Nucleic Acids Research.

  9. MRI for the assessment of malignancy in BI-RADS 4 mammographic microcalcifications.

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    Bennani-Baiti, Barbara; Dietzel, Matthias; Baltzer, Pascal A

    2017-01-01

    Assess the performance of breast MRI to diagnose breast cancer in BI-RADS 4 microcalcifications detected by mammography. This retrospective, IRB-approved study included 248 consecutive contrast-enhanced breast MRI (1.5T, protocol in accordance with EUSOBI recommendations) performed to further diagnose BI-RADS 4 microcalcifications detected at mammography during a 3-year period. Standard of reference had to be established by histopathology. Routine consensus reading results by two radiologists were dichotomized as positive or negative and compared with the reference standard (benign vs malignant) to calculate diagnostic parameters. There were 107 malignant and 141 benign microcalcifications. Malignancy rates were 18.3% (23/126 BI-RADS 4a), 41.7% (25/60 BI-RADS 4b) and 95% (59/62 BI-RADS 4c). There were 103 true-positive, 116 true-negative, 25 false-positive, and 4 false-negative (one invasive cancer, three DCIS; 2 BI-RADS 4c, 1 BI-RADS 4b on mammography) breast MRI findings, effecting a sensitivity, specificity, PPV, and NPV of 96.3% (95%-CI 90.7-99.0%), 82.3% (95%-CI 75.0-88.2%), 80.5% (95%-CI 72.5-87.0%) and 96.7% (95%-CI 91.7-99.1%), respectively. MRI is an accurate tool to further diagnose BI-RADS 4a and 4b microcalcifications and may be helpful to avoid unnecessary biopsies in BI-RADS 4a and 4b lesions. BI-RADS 4c microcalcifications should be biopsied irrespective of MRI findings.

  10. Visible-light photocatalytic activity of graphene oxide-wrapped Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} hierarchical microspheres

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    Zhai, Jiali; Yu, Hongwen, E-mail: yuhw@iga.ac.cn; Li, Haiyan; Sun, Lei; Zhang, Kexin; Yang, Hongjun

    2015-07-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • GO/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} are readily fabricated by facile bubbling pretreatment and freeze drying. • GO/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} possess excellent photocatalytic activity under visible light irradiation. • The visible light activity of GO/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} is affected by the amount of GO. • The photostablity of GO is due to the photo-generated electrons transfer to Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. - Abstract: A facile approach of fabricating homogeneous graphene oxide (GO)-wrapped Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} microspheres (GO/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}) is developed. The transmission electron microscopy (TEM) results show that a heterojunction interface between GO and Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. The UV–vis diffuse reflection spectra (DRS) reveal that the as-prepared GO/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} composites own more intensive absorption in the visible light range compared with pure Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. These characteristic structural and optical properties endow GO/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} composites with enhanced photocatalytic activity. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of the GO/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} is attributed predominantly to the synergetic effect between GO and Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}, causing rapid generation and separation of photo-generated charge carriers.

  11. Paediatric ED BiPAP continuous quality improvement programme with patient analysis: 2005-2013.

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    Abramo, Thomas; Williams, Abby; Mushtaq, Samaiya; Meredith, Mark; Sepaule, Rawle; Crossman, Kristen; Burney Jones, Cheryl; Godbold, Suzanne; Hu, Zhuopei; Nick, Todd

    2017-01-16

    In paediatric moderate-to-severe asthmatics, there is significant bronchospasm, airway obstruction, air trapping causing severe hyperinflation with more positive intraplural pressure preventing passive air movement. These effects cause an increased respiratory rate (RR), less airflow and shortened inspiratory breath time. In certain asthmatics, aerosols are ineffective due to their inadequate ventilation. Bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) in acute paediatric asthmatics can be an effective treatment. BiPAP works by unloading fatigued inspiratory muscles, a direct bronchodilation effect, offsetting intrinsic PEEP and recruiting collapsed alveoli that reduces the patient's work of breathing and achieves their total lung capacity quicker. Unfortunately, paediatric emergency department (PED) BiPAP is underused and quality analysis is non-existent. A PED BiPAP Continuous Quality Improvement Program (CQIP) from 2005 to 2013 was evaluated using descriptive analytics for the primary outcomes of usage, safety, BiPAP settings, therapeutics and patient disposition. PED BiPAP CQIP descriptive analytics. Academic PED. 1157 patients. A PED BiPAP CQIP from 2005 to 2013 for the usage, safety, BiPAP settings, therapeutic response parameters and patient disposition was evaluated using descriptive analytics. Safety, usage, compliance, therapeutic response parameters, BiPAP settings and patient disposition. 1157 patients had excellent compliance without complications. Only 6 (0.5%) BiPAP patients were intubated. BiPAP median settings: IPAP 18 (16,20) cm H 2 O range 12-28; EPAP 8 cmH 2 O (8,8) range 6-10; inspiratory-to-expiratory time (I:E) ratio 1.75 (1.5,1.75). Pediatric Asthma Severity score and RR decreased (pimproved therapeutics times, very low intubations and decreased PICU admissions. CQIP analysis demonstrated that using a higher IPAP, low EPAP with longer I:E optimises the patient's BiPAP settings and showed a significant improvement in PAS, RR and tidal volume. Bi

  12. Børns konstruktion af (bi)literacy

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    Laursen, Helle; Daugaard, Line Møller; Østergaard, Winnie

    analyser heraf. Programmet er baseret på et socialsemiotisk teorigrundlag, der indebærer, at tilegnelse af skriftsystemer ses som en proces, hvorigennem børn skaber betydning ud fra den information, der er tilgængelig for dem i de sociale fællesskaber, de indgår i (Kress 1997, 2000, Kenner 2004). For børn....... I dette paper præsenteres programmet, og de indsamlede data analyseres med særligt henblik på at identificere børnenes konstruktion af (bi)literacy og deres fortolkninger af, hvad der konsti-tuerer, og hvad der tæller som literacy...

  13. Giant Rashba spin splitting in Bi2Se3: Tl

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    Singh, Nirpendra

    2014-07-25

    First-principles calculations are employed to demonstrate a giant Rashba spin splitting in Bi2Se3:Tl. Biaxial tensile and compressive strain is used to tune the splitting by modifying the potential gradient. The band gap is found to increase under compression and decreases under tension, whereas the dependence of the Rashba spin splitting on the strain is the opposite. Large values of αR = 1.57 eV Å at the bottom of the conduction band (electrons) and αR = 3.34 eV Å at the top of the valence band (holes) are obtained without strain. These values can be further enhanced to αR = 1.83 eV Å and αR = 3.64 eV Å, respectively, by 2% tensile strain. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. Bi-directional evolutionary optimization for photonic band gap structures

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    Meng, Fei; Huang, Xiaodong; Jia, Baohua

    2015-12-01

    Toward an efficient and easy-implement optimization for photonic band gap structures, this paper extends the bi-directional evolutionary structural optimization (BESO) method for maximizing photonic band gaps. Photonic crystals are assumed to be periodically composed of two dielectric materials with the different permittivity. Based on the finite element analysis and sensitivity analysis, BESO starts from a simple initial design without any band gap and gradually re-distributes dielectric materials within the unit cell so that the resulting photonic crystal possesses a maximum band gap between two specified adjacent bands. Numerical examples demonstrated the proposed optimization algorithm can successfully obtain the band gaps from the first to the tenth band for both transverse magnetic and electric polarizations. Some optimized photonic crystals exhibit novel patterns markedly different from traditional designs of photonic crystals.

  15. Bi-directional evolutionary optimization for photonic band gap structures

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    Meng, Fei; Huang, Xiaodong; Jia, Baohua

    2015-01-01

    Toward an efficient and easy-implement optimization for photonic band gap structures, this paper extends the bi-directional evolutionary structural optimization (BESO) method for maximizing photonic band gaps. Photonic crystals are assumed to be periodically composed of two dielectric materials with the different permittivity. Based on the finite element analysis and sensitivity analysis, BESO starts from a simple initial design without any band gap and gradually re-distributes dielectric materials within the unit cell so that the resulting photonic crystal possesses a maximum band gap between two specified adjacent bands. Numerical examples demonstrated the proposed optimization algorithm can successfully obtain the band gaps from the first to the tenth band for both transverse magnetic and electric polarizations. Some optimized photonic crystals exhibit novel patterns markedly different from traditional designs of photonic crystals.

  16. Optimization of precursor powders for manufacturing Bi-2223/Ag tapes

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    Jiang, C H [Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 72 Wenhua Road, Shenyang (China); Yoo, J M [Materials Engineering Department, Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials, 66 Sangnam-Dong, Changwon (Korea, Republic of); Ko, J W [Materials Engineering Department, Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials, 66 Sangnam-Dong, Changwon (Korea, Republic of); Chung, H S [Department of Molecular Science and Technology, Ajou University (Korea, Republic of); Qiao, G W [Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 72 Wenhua Road, Shenyang (China)

    2003-01-01

    The phase assemblage and particle sizes of precursor powders have been optimized in a sequence for fabricating Ag/BSCCO-2223 composite tapes. Firstly, an optimal calcination temperature was determined based on the experimental results. Then, the precursors calcined at the optimal temperature were ball-milled for different dwell times to obtain varied particle sizes. The effects of both the phase assemblages and particle sizes of the precursor powder on the phase formation, microstructure and transport J{sub c} of Bi-2223/Ag tapes have been investigated. The results show that the precursor phase assemblage has a large impact on the reaction routes, microstructure, and J{sub c} property. Meanwhile, a fine powder is beneficial for the grain growth, alignment, and J{sub c} enhancement in fully reacted tapes. The best J{sub c} was achieved in the tape made from the powder after optimizing the phase assemblage and particle size.

  17. Review and comparison of bi-fluid interpenetration mixing models

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    Enaux, C.

    2006-01-01

    Today, there is a lot of bi-fluid models with two different speeds: Baer-Nunziato models; Godunov-Romensky models. coupled Euler's equations, and so on. In this report, one compares the most used models in the fields of physics and mathematics while basing this study on the literature. From the point of view of physics. for each model. one reviews: -) the type of mixture considered and modeling assumptions, -) the technique of construction, -) some properties like the respect of thermodynamical principles, the respect of the Galilean invariance principle, or the equilibrium conservation. From the point of view of mathematics, for each model, one looks at: -) the possibility of writing the equations in conservative form, -) hyperbolicity, -) the existence of a mathematical entropy. Finally, a unified review of the models is proposed. It is shown that under certain closing assumptions or for certain flow types. some of the models become equivalent. (author)

  18. Study on bi-directional pedestrian movement using ant algorithms

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    Gokce, Sibel; Kayacan, Ozhan

    2016-01-01

    A cellular automata model is proposed to simulate bi-directional pedestrian flow. Pedestrian movement is investigated by using ant algorithms. Ants communicate with each other by dropping a chemical, called a pheromone, on the substrate while crawling forward. Similarly, it is considered that oppositely moving pedestrians drop ‘visual pheromones’ on their way and the visual pheromones might cause attractive or repulsive interactions. This pheromenon is introduced into modelling the pedestrians’ walking preference. In this way, the decision-making process of pedestrians will be based on ‘the instinct of following’. At some densities, the relationships of velocity–density and flux–density are analyzed for different evaporation rates of visual pheromones. Lane formation and phase transition are observed for certain evaporation rates of visual pheromones. (paper)

  19. Bi-Mix Antimicrobial Scaffolds for Regenerative Endodontics

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    Palasuk, Jadesada; Kamocki, Krzysztof; Hippenmeyer, Lauren; Platt, Jeffrey A.; Spolnik, Kenneth J.; Gregory, Richard L.; Bottino, Marco C.

    2014-01-01

    Introduction Eliminating and/or inhibiting bacterial growth within the root canal system have been shown to play a key role in the regenerative outcome. The aim of this study was to synthesize and determine in vitro both the antimicrobial effectiveness and cytocompatibility of bi-mix antibiotic-containing polydioxanone (PDS)-based polymer scaffolds. Methods Antibiotic-containing (metronidazole, MET and ciprofloxacin, CIP) polymer solutions (distinct antibiotic weight ratios) were spun into fibers as a potential mimic to the double antibiotic paste (DAP, a MET/CIP mixture). Fiber morphology, chemical characteristics, and tensile strength were evaluated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and tensile testing, respectively. Antimicrobial efficacy was tested over time (aliquot collection) against Enterococcus faecalis (Ef), Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg), and Fusobacterium nucleatum (Fn). Similarly, cytotoxicity was evaluated in human dental pulp stem cells (hDPSCs). Data were statistically analyzed (pendodontics. PMID:25201643

  20. Bi-Event Subtraction Technique at hadron colliders

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    Dutta, Bhaskar; Kamon, Teruki; Kolev, Nikolay; Krislock, Abram

    2011-01-01

    We propose the Bi-Event Subtraction Technique (BEST) as a method of modeling and subtracting large portions of the combinatoric background during reconstruction of particle decay chains at hadron colliders. The combinatoric background arises when it is impossible to know experimentally which observed particles come from the decay chain of interest. The background shape can be modeled by combining observed particles from different collision events and be subtracted away, greatly reducing the overall background. This idea has been demonstrated in various experiments in the past. We generalize it by showing how to apply BEST multiple times in a row to fully reconstruct a cascade decay. We show the power of BEST with two simulated examples of its application towards reconstruction of the top quark and a supersymmetric decay chain at the Large Hadron Collider.

  1. Point nodes persisting far beyond Tc in Bi2212

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    Kondo, Takeshi; Malaeb, W.; Ishida, Y.; Sasagawa, T.; Sakamoto, H.; Takeuchi, Tsunehiro; Tohyama, T.; Shin, S.

    2015-01-01

    In contrast to a complex feature of antinodal state, suffering from competing orders, the pairing gap of cuprates is obtained in the nodal region, which therefore holds the key to the superconducting mechanism. One of the biggest question is whether the point nodal state as a hallmark of d-wave pairing collapses at Tc like the BCS-type superconductors, or it instead survives above Tc turning into the preformed pair state. A difficulty in this issue comes from the small magnitude of the nodal gap, which has been preventing experimentalists from solving it. Here we use a laser ARPES capable of ultrahigh-energy resolution, and detect the point nodes surviving far beyond Tc in Bi2212. By tracking the temperature evolution of spectra, we reveal that the superconductivity occurs when the pair-breaking rate is suppressed smaller than the single-particle scattering rate on cooling, which governs the value of Tc in cuprates. PMID:26158431

  2. Localized bi-nasal macular edema in optic chiasmal syndrome

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    Alejandro J Lavaque

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A 28-year-old healthy male complaining of vision loss in his right eye was discovered to have localized bi-nasal macular edema in the presence of a pituitary adenoma. The presence of a junctional scotoma composed by a central scotoma in the right eye associated with superior temporal quadrantanopia in the fellow eye was seen. The pattern detected in the visual field suggested the presence of an expansive mass at the level of the optic chiasm. Optical coherence tomography findings also revealed subtle macular thickness beyond normal in the superior and nasal quadrants of both maculae. This report illustrates the importance of suspecting a pituitary adenoma in the light of uncharacteristic retinal alterations.

  3. On Bi-Dimensional Second µ-Variation

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    Ereú Jurancy

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we present a generalization of the notion of bounded slope variation for functions defined on a rectangle Iba in ℝ2. Given a strictly increasing function µ-defined in a closed real interval, we introduce the class BVµ,2 (Iba , of functions of bounded second µ-variation on Iba ; and show that this class can be equipped with a norm with respect to which it is a Banach space. We also deal with the important case of factorizable functions in BVµ,2 (Iba and finally we exhibit a relation between this class and the one of double Riemann-Stieltjes integrals of functions of bi-dimensional bounded variation.

  4. Local electric field screening in bi-layer graphene devices

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    Vishal ePanchal

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available We present experimental studies of both local and macroscopic electrical effects in uniform single- (1LG and bi-layer graphene (2LG devices as well as in devices with non-uniform graphene coverage, under ambient conditions. DC transport measurements on sub-micron scale Hall bar devices were used to show a linear rise in carrier density with increasing amounts of 2LG coverage. Electrical scanning gate microscopy was used to locally top gate uniform and non-uniform devices in order to observe the effect of local electrical gating. We experimentally show a significant level of electric field screening by 2LG. We demonstrate that SGM technique is an extremely useful research tool for studies of local screening effects, which provides a complementary view on phenomena that are usually considered only within a macroscopic experimental scheme.

  5. Characteristics of SnO2 doped ZnO-Bi2O3 ceramics: Značilnosti SnO2 dopirane ZnO-Bi2O3 keramike:

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    Bernik, Slavko; Daneu, Nina

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    The influence of ?$SnO_2$? additions on the sintering, microstructure development and nonlinear characteristics of ZnO based ceramics in the ZnO-?$Bi_2O_3-SnO_2$? system was studied. Introduction of ?$SnO_2$? to the ZnO-?$Bi_2O_3$? system results in the formation of the ?$Bi_2Sn_2O_7$? type pyrochlore phase and the ?$Zn_2SnO_4$? type spinel phase. For Sn/Bi < ratio the pyrochlore phase forms and bounds all the ?$SnO_2$?, while excess ?$Bi_2O_3$? results in the formation of a liquid phase at 7...

  6. CD3xPDL1 bi-specific T cell engager (BiTE) simultaneously activates T cells and NKT cells, kills PDL1+ tumor cells, and extends the survival of tumor-bearing humanized mice

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    Horn, Lucas A.; Ciavattone, Nicholas G.; Atkinson, Ryan; Woldergerima, Netsanet; Wolf, Julia; Clements, Virginia K.; Sinha, Pratima; Poudel, Munanchu; Ostrand-Rosenberg, Suzanne

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    Bi-specific T cell engagers (BiTEs) activate T cells through CD3 and target activated T cells to tumor-expressed antigens. BiTEs have shown therapeutic efficacy in patients with liquid tumors; however, they do not benefit all patients. Anti-tumor immunity is limited by Programmed Death 1 (PD1) pathway-mediated immune suppression, and patients who do not benefit from existing BiTES may be non-responders because their T cells are anergized via the PD1 pathway. We have designed a BiTE that activ...

  7. Synthesis of Bi2S3/BiVO4 Heterojunction with a One-Step Hydrothermal Method Based on pH Control and the Evaluation of Visible-Light Photocatalytic Performance

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    Deqiang Zhao

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available The band gaps of bismuth vanadate (BiVO4 and bismuth sulfide (Bi2S3 are about 2.40 eV and 1.30 eV, respectively. Although both BiVO4 and Bi2S3 are capable of strong visible light absorption, electron–hole recombination occurs easily. To solve this problem, we designed a one-step hydrothermal method for synthesizing a Bismuth sulfide (Bi2S3/Bismuth vanadate (BiVO4 heterojunction using polyvinylpyrrolidone K-30 (PVP as a structure-directing agent, and 2-Amino-3-mercaptopropanoic acid (l-cysteine as a sulfur source. The pH of the reaction solution was regulated to yield different products: when the pH was 7.5, only monoclinic BiVO4 was produced (sample 7.5; when the pH was 8.0 or 8.5, both Bi2S3 and BiVO4 were produced (samples 8.0 and 8.5; and when the pH was 9.0, only Bi2S3 was produced (sample 9.0. In sample 8.0, Bi2S3 and BiVO4 were closely integrated with each other, with Bi2S3 particles formed on the surface of concentric BiVO4 layers, but the two compounds grew separately in a pH solution of 8.5. Visible-light photocatalytic degradation experiments demonstrated that the degradation efficiency of the Bi2S3/BiVO4 heterojunction was highest when prepared under a pH of 8.0. The initial rhodamine B in the solution (5 mg/L was completely degraded within three hours. Recycling experiments verified the high stability of Bi2S3/BiVO4. The synthesis method proposed in this paper is expected to enable large-scale and practical use of Bi2S3/BiVO4.

  8. Fabrication of heterostructured Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}O{sub 4} photocatalyst and efficient photodegradation of organic contaminants under visible-light

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    Sun, Meng; Li, Shuangli; Yan, Tao; Ji, Pengge; Zhao, Xia; Yuan, Kun; Wei, Dong [School of Resources and Environment, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022 (China); Du, Bin, E-mail: dubin61@gmail.com [School of Resources and Environment, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022 (China); Key Laboratory of Chemical Sensing & Analysis in Universities of Shandong, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022 (China)

    2017-07-05

    Highlights: • The product shows efficient activity in photodegradation of RhB, BPA, and phenol. • The BBOC-10 heterojunction exhibits the best activity under visible light. • Suppressed recombination of photo-generated carriers lead to the activity enhancement. - Abstract: Heterostructured Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}O{sub 4} photocatalysts were fabricated by a facile one-pot hydrothermal method, in which melem served as the sacrificial reagent to supply carbonate anions. The as-synthesized Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}O{sub 4} heterojunction catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction, UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectra, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscope, and transmission electron microscope. The XRD patterns of Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}O{sub 4} catalysts showed the distinctive peaks of Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3} and Bi{sub 2}O{sub 4}. The SEM and TEM results showed that the pure Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3} possessed large plate morphology, while Bi{sub 2}O{sub 4} were composed of various nanorods and particles. As for Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}O{sub 4} heterojunction, it was obviously observed that Bi{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanorods and particles were grown on the surfaces of Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3} plates. The visible light driven photocatalytic activity of Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}O{sub 4} heterojunction photocatalyst was evaluated by decomposing dyes, phenol, and bisphenol A in water. Compared with Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3} and Bi{sub 2}O{sub 4}, the Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}O{sub 4} photocatalysts have exhibited remarkable enhanced activity under visible light. The excellent activity can be mainly attributed to the enhanced separation efficiency of photo-generated carriers. Controlled experiments using different radical scavengers proved that ·O{sub 2}{sup −} and h{sup +} played the main role in decomposing organic pollutants. The results of this work would

  9. Bi-static Optical Observations of GEO Objects

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    Seitzer, Patrick; Barker, Edwin S.; Cowardin, Heather; Lederer, Susan M.; Buckalew, Brent

    2014-01-01

    A bi-static study of objects at Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) was conducted using two ground-based wide-field optical telescopes. The University of Michigan's 0.6-m MODEST (Michigan Orbital Debris Survey Telescope) located at the Cerro Tololo Inter- American Observatory in Chile was employed in a series of coordinated observations with the U.S. Naval Observatory's (USNO) 1.3-m telescope at the USNO Flagstaff Station near Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. The goals of this project are twofold: (1) Obtain optical distances to known and unknown objects at GEO from the difference in the observed topocentric position of objects measured with respect to a reference star frame. The distance can be derived directly from these measurements, and is independent of any orbital solution. The wide geographical separation of these two telescopes means that the parallax difference is larger than ten degrees, and (2) Compare optical photometry in similar filters of GEO objects taken during the same time period from the two sites. The object's illuminated surfaces presented different angles of reflected sunlight to the two telescopes.During a four hour period on the night.of 22 February 2014 (UT), coordinated observations were obtained for eight different GEO positions. Each coordinated observation sequence was started on the hour or half-hour, and was selected to ensure the same cataloged GEO object was available in the field of view of both telescopes during the thirty minute observing sequence. GEO objects were chosen to be both controlled and uncontrolled at a range of orbital inclinations, and the objects were not tracked. Instead both telescopes were operated with all drives off in GEO survey mode to discover un-cataloged objects at GEO. The initial results from this proof-of-concept observing run will be presented, with the intent of laying the foundation for future large-scale bi-static observing campaigns of the GEO regime.

  10. Histone acetyltransferases: challenges in targeting bi-substrate enzymes.

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    Wapenaar, Hannah; Dekker, Frank J

    2016-01-01

    Histone acetyltransferases (HATs) are epigenetic enzymes that install acetyl groups onto lysine residues of cellular proteins such as histones, transcription factors, nuclear receptors, and enzymes. HATs have been shown to play a role in diseases ranging from cancer and inflammatory diseases to neurological disorders, both through acetylations of histone proteins and non-histone proteins. Several HAT inhibitors, like bi-substrate inhibitors, natural product derivatives, small molecules, and protein-protein interaction inhibitors, have been developed. Despite their potential, a large gap remains between the biological activity of inhibitors in in vitro studies and their potential use as therapeutic agents. To bridge this gap, new potent HAT inhibitors with improved properties need to be developed. However, several challenges have been encountered in the investigation of HATs and HAT inhibitors that hinder the development of new HAT inhibitors. HATs have been shown to function in complexes consisting of many proteins. These complexes play a role in the activity and target specificity of HATs, which limits the translation of in vitro to in vivo experiments. The current HAT inhibitors suffer from undesired properties like anti-oxidant activity, reactivity, instability, low potency, or lack of selectivity between HAT subtypes and other enzymes. A characteristic feature of HATs is that they are bi-substrate enzymes that catalyze reactions between two substrates: the cofactor acetyl coenzyme A (Ac-CoA) and a lysine-containing substrate. This has important-but frequently overlooked-consequences for the determination of the inhibitory potency of small molecule HAT inhibitors and the reproducibility of enzyme inhibition experiments. We envision that a careful characterization of molecular aspects of HATs and HAT inhibitors, such as the HAT catalytic mechanism and the enzyme kinetics of small molecule HAT inhibitors, will greatly improve the development of potent and

  11. Development of a Bi-Disciplinary Course in Forensic Science

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    Stacey L. Raimondi

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Forensic science programs and courses have traditionally been housed within chemistry departments at the college/university level, largely because the pioneers of the field were chemists who applied technology that was more chemical than biological in nature. However, with the development of such areas of study as DNA analysis, anatomical studies, and forensic entomology, it is becoming more and more important for forensic science students to have a strong biological background as well as a chemical background. Furthermore, while biology students are typically required to have extensive chemistry training as part of their major, the converse is not true for chemistry students. Therefore, it is possible that a student interested in forensic science could complete a major in chemistry and never have taken a biology class, leaving them woefully under-prepared for any type of masters program or career in forensic science immediately following graduation. Indeed, an examination of available positions in forensic science shows a large number of positions for DNA analysts for which the typical chemistry student would not be prepared without extensive biology training (http://www.aafs.org. Furthermore, positions for medical examiners or pathologists require extensive training in biology in addition to the continued medical training and residency programs. Therefore, it seems imperative that introductory forensic science courses adapt to these needs and be taught with a more bi-disciplinary approach in order to educate students on the whole field rather than one aspect. To that end, a new bi-disciplinary Forensic Science course was developed at Elmhurst College. This course was team-taught by a biology and a chemistry professor so that students would obtain a thorough understanding of the field and techniques used by both biologists and chemists. A description of this new version of a forensic science course follows, focusing on the addition of biology

  12. Laser Ignition Technology for Bi-Propellant Rocket Engine Applications

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    Thomas, Matthew E.; Bossard, John A.; Early, Jim; Trinh, Huu; Dennis, Jay; Turner, James (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    The fiber optically coupled laser ignition approach summarized is under consideration for use in igniting bi-propellant rocket thrust chambers. This laser ignition approach is based on a novel dual pulse format capable of effectively increasing laser generated plasma life times up to 1000 % over conventional laser ignition methods. In the dual-pulse format tinder consideration here an initial laser pulse is used to generate a small plasma kernel. A second laser pulse that effectively irradiates the plasma kernel follows this pulse. Energy transfer into the kernel is much more efficient because of its absorption characteristics thereby allowing the kernel to develop into a much more effective ignition source for subsequent combustion processes. In this research effort both single and dual-pulse formats were evaluated in a small testbed rocket thrust chamber. The rocket chamber was designed to evaluate several bipropellant combinations. Optical access to the chamber was provided through small sapphire windows. Test results from gaseous oxygen (GOx) and RP-1 propellants are presented here. Several variables were evaluated during the test program, including spark location, pulse timing, and relative pulse energy. These variables were evaluated in an effort to identify the conditions in which laser ignition of bi-propellants is feasible. Preliminary results and analysis indicate that this laser ignition approach may provide superior ignition performance relative to squib and torch igniters, while simultaneously eliminating some of the logistical issues associated with these systems. Further research focused on enhancing the system robustness, multiplexing, and window durability/cleaning and fiber optic enhancements is in progress.

  13. Pulsar bi-drifting: implications for polar cap geometry

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    Wright, Geoff; Weltevrede, Patrick

    2017-01-01

    For many years it has been considered puzzling how pulsar radio emission, supposedly created by a circulating carousel of sub-beams, can produce the drift bands demonstrated by PSR J0815+0939, and more recently PSR B1839-04, which simultaneously drifts in opposing directions. Here, we suggest that the carousels of these pulsars, and hence their beams, are not circular but elliptical with axes tilted with respect to the fiducial plane. We show that certain relatively unusual lines of sight can cause bi-drifting to be observed, and a simulation of the two known exemplars is presented. Although bi-drifting is rare, non-circular beams may be common among pulsars and reveal themselves by having profile centroids displaced from the fiducial plane identified by polarization position angle swings. They may also result in profiles with asymmetric- and frequency-dependent component evolution. It is further suggested that the carousels may change their tilt by specific amounts and later reverse them. This may occur suddenly, accompanying a mode change (e.g. PSR B0943+10), or more gradually and short lived as in `flare' pulsars (e.g. PSR B1859+07). A range of pulsar behaviour (e.g. the shifting drift patterns of PSRs B0818-41 and B0826-34) may also be the result of non-circular carousels with varying orientation. The underlying nature of these carousels - whether they are exclusively generated by polar cap physics or driven by magnetospheric effects - is briefly discussed.

  14. Enhancement of visible-light photocatalytic activity of silver and mesoporous carbon co-modified Bi2WO6

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    Zhao, Qian; Gong, Ming; Liu, Wangping; Mao, Yulin; Le, Shukun; Ju, Shang; Long, Fei; Liu, Xiufang; Liu, Kai; Jiang, Tingshun

    2015-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Silver and mesoporous carbon co-modified Bi 2 WO 6 (Ag/Bi 2 WO 6 /CMK-3) composite was prepared. • Photocatalytic activity of Bi 2 WO 6 was remarkably enhanced by co-modification of silver and mesoporous carbon. • The degradation rate of MB can reach ca. 95.1% under visible light irradiation. • The Ag/Bi 2 WO 6 /CMK-3 composite has good stability and potential application prospects. - Abstract: Ordered mesoporous carbon CMK-3 was prepared by hard template method using SBA-15 as template, sucrose as carbon source. Flower/sphere-like Bi 2 WO 6 and CMK-3/Bi 2 WO 6 photocatalysts were synthesized by hydrothermal method, and then Ag/Bi 2 WO 6 and Ag/Bi 2 WO 6 /CMK-3 composite photocatalysts were prepared via a photoreduction process. The samples were characterized by XRD, UV–vis, TEM (HR-TEM), SEM, N 2 physical adsorption and PL and their photocatalytic activities were evaluated by the photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) under visible light irradiation. The results show that both incorporating of CMK-3 and Ag loading greatly improved the photocatalytic activity of Bi 2 WO 6 , and the content of CMK-3 and silver have an impact on the photocatalytic activity of Bi 2 WO 6 . The photocatalytic activity of Ag/Bi 2 WO 6 /CMK-3 photocatalyst is superior to the activities of CMK-3/Bi 2 WO 6 and Ag/Bi 2 WO 6 under comparable conditions, and Ag/Bi 2 WO 6 /CMK-3 photocatalyst has high stability and is easy to be recycled. Also, the mechanism for the enhancement of the photocatalytic activity of CMK-3 and Ag co-modified Bi 2 WO 6 was also investigated

  15. Preparation of 2D square-like Bi2S3-BiOCl heterostructures with enhanced visible light-driven photocatalytic performance for dye pollutant degradation

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    Jing-jing Xu

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available A series of Bi2S3-BiOCl composites with two-dimensional (2D square-like structures were prepared via a two-step anion exchange route. X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, and diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS were used to investigate the properties of the as-prepared Bi2S3-BiOCl heterostructures. The coupling of BiOCl and Bi2S3 induced enhanced photoabsorption efficiency and bandgap narrowing. A reactive brilliant red X-3B dye was used as a contaminant to test the photocatalytic activity of the obtained Bi2S3-BiOCl samples under visible light irradiation. The sample Bi2S3-BiOCl with a mass ratio of 8:4 exhibited the highest photodegradation efficiency, which was six times higher than that of pure BiOCl. In addition, a mechanism for the enhancement of photocatalytic activity is proposed.

  16. Size dependent structural, vibrational and magnetic properties of BiFeO{sub 3} and core-shell structured BiFeO{sub 3}@SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles

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    Chauhan, Sunil, E-mail: sunilchauhanjiit@gmail.com; Kumar, Manoj, E-mail: sunilchauhanjiit@gmail.com; Chhoker, Sandeep, E-mail: sunilchauhanjiit@gmail.com; Katyal, S. C., E-mail: sunilchauhanjiit@gmail.com [Department of Physics and Materials Science and Engineering, Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Noida- 201307 (India)

    2014-04-24

    Bulk BiFeO{sub 3}, BiFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles and core-shell structured BiFeO{sub 3}@SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles were synthesized by solid state reaction method, sol-gel and Stöber process (SiO{sub 2} shell) respectively. Transmission electron microscopy image confirmed the core-shell structure of BiFeO{sub 3}@SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles with BiFeO3 core ∼50-90 nm and SiO{sub 2} shell ∼16 nm. X-ray diffraction and FTIR spectroscopy results showed the presence of distorted rhombohedral structure with R3c space group in all three samples. The magnetic measurement indicated the existence of room-temperature weak ferromagnetism in core-shell BiFeO{sub 3}@SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles and BiFeO3 nanoparticles, whereas bulk BiFeO{sub 3} showed antiferromagnteic nature. Electron Spin Resonance results confirmed the enhancement in magnetic properties of coreshell structured BiFeO{sub 3}@SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles in comparison with BiFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles and bulk BiFeO{sub 3}.

  17. Bismuth Quantum Dots in Annealed GaAsBi/AlAs Quantum Wells

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    Butkutė, Renata; Niaura, Gediminas; Pozingytė, Evelina; Čechavičius, Bronislovas; Selskis, Algirdas; Skapas, Martynas; Karpus, Vytautas; Krotkus, Arūnas

    2017-06-01

    Formation of bismuth nanocrystals in GaAsBi layers grown by molecular beam epitaxy at 330 °C substrate temperature and post-growth annealed at 750 °C is reported. Superlattices containing alternating 10 nm-thick GaAsBi and AlAs layers were grown on semi-insulating GaAs substrate. AlAs layers have served as diffusion barriers for Bi atoms, and the size of the nanoclusters which nucleated after sample annealing was correlating with the thickness of the bismide layers. Energy-dispersive spectroscopy and Raman scattering measurements have evidenced that the nanoparticles predominantly constituted from Bi atoms. Strong photoluminescence signal with photon wavelengths ranging from 1.3 to 1.7 μm was observed after annealing; its amplitude was scaling-up with the increased number of the GaAsBi layers. The observed photoluminescence band can be due to emission from Bi nanocrystals. The carried out theoretical estimates support the assumption. They show that due to the quantum size effect, the Bi nanoparticles experience a transition to the direct-bandgap semiconducting state.

  18. Optimization reconstruction method of object profile using flexible laser plane and bi-planar references.

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    Xu, Guan; Yuan, Jing; Li, Xiaotao; Su, Jian

    2018-01-24

    An optimization method to reconstruct the object profile is performed by using a flexible laser plane and bi-planar references. The bi-planar references are considered as flexible benchmarks to realize the transforms among two world coordinate systems on the bi-planar references, the camera coordinate system and the image coordinate system. The laser plane is confirmed by the intersection points between the bi-planar references and laser plane. The 3D camera coordinates of the intersection points between the laser plane and a measured object are initially reconstructed by the image coordinates of the intersection points, the intrinsic parameter matrix and the laser plane. Meanwhile, an optimization function is designed by the parameterized differences of the reconstruction distances with the help of a target with eight markers, and the parameterized reprojection errors of feature points on the bi-planar references. The reconstruction method with the bi-planar references is evaluated by the difference comparisons between true distances and standard distances. The mean of the reconstruction errors of the initial method is 1.01 mm. Moreover, the mean of the reconstruction errors of the optimization method is 0.93 mm. Therefore, the optimization method with the bi-planar references has great application prospects in the profile reconstruction.

  19. The ionic conductivity and local environment of cations in Bi9ReO17

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    Thompson, M.; Herranz, T.; Santos, B.; Marco, J.F.; Berry, F.J.; Greaves, C.

    2010-01-01

    The influence of temperature on the structure of Bi 9 ReO 17 has been investigated using differential thermal analysis, variable temperature X-ray diffraction and neutron powder diffraction. The material undergoes an order-disorder transition at ∼1000 K on heating, to form a fluorite-related phase. The local environments of the cations in fully ordered Bi 9 ReO 17 have been investigated by Bi L III - and Re L III -edge extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) measurements to complement the neutron powder diffraction information. Whereas rhenium displays regular tetrahedral coordination, all bismuth sites show coordination geometries which reflect the importance of a stereochemically active lone pair of electrons. Because of the wide range of Bi-O distances, EXAFS data are similar to those observed for disordered structures, and are dominated by the shorter Bi-O bonds. Ionic conductivity measurements indicate that ordered Bi 9 ReO 17 exhibits reasonably high oxide ion conductivity, corresponding to 2.9x10 -5 Ω -1 cm -1 at 673 K, whereas the disordered form shows higher oxide ion conductivity (9.1x10 -4 Ω -1 cm -1 at 673 K). - Graphical abstract: The structure of Bi 9 ReO 17 is discussed and related to the ionic conductivity of the ordered and disordered forms.

  20. Outcomes of US BI-RADS 4A, 4B, and 4C Lesions

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    Shin, Jae Wang; Ko, Eun Young; Han, Boo Kyung; Shin, Jung Hee; Kang, Seok Seon; Hahn, Soo Yeon [Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2009-12-15

    The aim of our study was to evaluate the outcomes of sonographic (US) BIRADS category 4 lesions according to subcategories 4A, 4B, and 4C and palpability. We retrospectively reviewed the pathology results of 512 US BI-RADS category 4 lesions in 460 patients after ultrasound-guided percutaneous biopsy (n = 435) and surgical biopsy (n = 77). We analyzed the results according to subcategories 4A, 4B, 4C, and palpability, and compared outcomes of five breast radiologists. In BI-RADS 4A lesions (n = 302), biopsy results indicated 48 malignancies(15.9%). In BI-RADS 4B lesions (n = 113), biopsy revealed 69 malignancies (61.1%). Among BI-RADS 4C lesions (n = 97), 87 lesions were malignancies (89.7 %). Palpability had no correlation with the rate of malignancy in BI-RADS category 4 lesions, and the rate of malignancy for category 4A ranged widely from 8.1% - 26.4%. The outcomes of US BI-RADS category 4 lesions according to subcategories varied widely between radiologists, especially for 4A lesions. The US finding itself warrants a BI-RADS 4 subcategory. In category 4 lesions, the malignant rate was the same between palpable and nonpalpable lesions