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  1. Twin-Photon Confocal Microscopy

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    Simon, D S

    2010-01-01

    A recently introduced two-channel confocal microscope with correlated detection promises up to 50% improvement in transverse spatial resolution [Simon, Sergienko, Optics Express {\\bf 18}, 9765 (2010)]. Here we move further by introducing a triple-confocal correlated microscope, exploiting the correlations present in optical parametric amplifiers. It is based on tight focusing of pump radiation onto a thin sample positioned in front of a nonlinear crystal, followed by coincidence detection of signal and idler photons, each focused onto a pinhole. This approach offers further resolution enhancement in microscopy.

  2. 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...

  3. Super-resolution spectroscopic microscopy via photon localization.

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    Dong, Biqin; Almassalha, Luay; Urban, Ben E; Nguyen, The-Quyen; Khuon, Satya; Chew, Teng-Leong; Backman, Vadim; Sun, Cheng; Zhang, Hao F

    2016-01-01

    Traditional photon localization microscopy analyses only the spatial distributions of photons emitted by individual molecules to reconstruct super-resolution optical images. Unfortunately, however, the highly valuable spectroscopic information from these photons have been overlooked. Here we report a spectroscopic photon localization microscopy that is capable of capturing the inherent spectroscopic signatures of photons from individual stochastic radiation events. Spectroscopic photon localization microscopy achieved higher spatial resolution than traditional photon localization microscopy through spectral discrimination to identify the photons emitted from individual molecules. As a result, we resolved two fluorescent molecules, which were 15 nm apart, with the corresponding spatial resolution of 10 nm-a four-fold improvement over photon localization microscopy. Using spectroscopic photon localization microscopy, we further demonstrated simultaneous multi-colour super-resolution imaging of microtubules and mitochondria in COS-7 cells and showed that background autofluorescence can be identified through its distinct emission spectra. PMID:27452975

  4. Two-Photon Fluorescence Microscopy for Biomedical Research

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    Fischer, David; Zimmerli, Greg; Asipauskas, Marius

    2007-01-01

    This viewgraph presentation gives an overview of two-photon microscopy as it applies to biomedical research. The topics include: 1) Overview; 2) Background; 3) Principles of Operation; 4) Advantages Over Confocal; 5) Modes of Operation; and 6) Applications.

  5. Two-Photon Fluorescence Microscopy Developed for Microgravity Fluid Physics

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    Fischer, David G.; Zimmerli, Gregory A.; Asipauskas, Marius

    2004-01-01

    Recent research efforts within the Microgravity Fluid Physics Branch of the NASA Glenn Research Center have necessitated the development of a microscope capable of high-resolution, three-dimensional imaging of intracellular structure and tissue morphology. Standard optical microscopy works well for thin samples, but it does not allow the imaging of thick samples because of severe degradation caused by out-of-focus object structure. Confocal microscopy, which is a laser-based scanning microscopy, provides improved three-dimensional imaging and true optical sectioning by excluding the out-of-focus light. However, in confocal microscopy, out-of-focus object structure is still illuminated by the incoming beam, which can lead to substantial photo-bleaching. In addition, confocal microscopy is plagued by limited penetration depth, signal loss due to the presence of a confocal pinhole, and the possibility of live-cell damage. Two-photon microscopy is a novel form of laser-based scanning microscopy that allows three-dimensional imaging without many of the problems inherent in confocal microscopy. Unlike one-photon microscopy, it utilizes the nonlinear absorption of two near-infrared photons. However, the efficiency of two-photon absorption is much lower than that of one-photon absorption because of the nonlinear (i.e., quadratic) electric field dependence, so an ultrafast pulsed laser source must typically be employed. On the other hand, this stringent energy density requirement effectively localizes fluorophore excitation to the focal volume. Consequently, two-photon microscopy provides optical sectioning and confocal performance without the need for a signal-limiting pinhole. In addition, there is a reduction in photo-damage because of the longer excitation wavelength, a reduction in background fluorescence, and a 4 increase in penetration depth over confocal methods because of the reduction in Rayleigh scattering.

  6. 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.

  7. Confocal and Two-Photon Microscopy: Foundations, Applications and Advances

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    Diaspro, Alberto

    2001-11-01

    Confocal and Two-Photon Microscopy Foundations, Applications, and Advances Edited by Alberto Diaspro Confocal and two-photon fluorescence microscopy has provided researchers with unique possibilities of three-dimensional imaging of biological cells and tissues and of other structures such as semiconductor integrated circuits. Confocal and Two-Photon Microscopy: Foundations, Applications, and Advances provides clear, comprehensive coverage of basic foundations, modern applications, and groundbreaking new research developments made in this important area of microscopy. Opening with a foreword by G. J. Brakenhoff, this reference gathers the work of an international group of renowned experts in chapters that are logically divided into balanced sections covering theory, techniques, applications, and advances, featuring: In-depth discussion of applications for biology, medicine, physics, engineering, and chemistry, including industrial applications Guidance on new and emerging imaging technology, developmental trends, and fluorescent molecules Uniform organization and review-style presentation of chapters, with an introduction, historical overview, methodology, practical tips, applications, future directions, chapter summary, and bibliographical references Companion FTP site with full-color photographs The significant experience of pioneers, leaders, and emerging scientists in the field of confocal and two-photon excitation microscopy Confocal and Two-Photon Microscopy: Foundations, Applications, and Advances is invaluable to researchers in the biological sciences, tissue and cellular engineering, biophysics, bioengineering, physics of matter, and medicine, who use these techniques or are involved in developing new commercial instruments.

  8. Hyperspectral in vivo two-photon microscopy of intrinsic contrast

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    Radosevich, Andrew J.; Bouchard, Matthew B.; Burgess, Sean A.; Chen, Brenda R.; Hillman, Elizabeth M. C.

    2008-01-01

    In vivo two-photon imaging of intrinsic contrast can provide valuable information about structural tissue elements such as collagen and elastin and fluorescent metabolites such as nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide. Yet low signal and overlapping emission spectra can make it difficult to identify and delineate these species in vivo. We present a novel approach that combines excitation scanning with spectrally resolved emission two-photon microscopy, allowing distinct structures to be delineate...

  9. High-energy diffraction microscopy at the advanced photon source

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    Lienert, U.; Li, S. F.; Hefferan, C. M.;

    2011-01-01

    The status of the High Energy Diffraction Microscopy (HEDM) program at the 1-ID beam line of the Advanced Photon Source is reported. HEDM applies high energy synchrotron radiation for the grain and sub-grain scale structural and mechanical characterization of polycrystalline bulk materials in situ...

  10. Reassignment of Scattered Emission Photons in Multifocal Multiphoton Microscopy

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    Cha, Jae Won; Singh, Vijay Raj; Kim, Ki Hean; Subramanian, Jaichandar; Peng, Qiwen; Yu, Hanry; Nedivi, Elly; So, Peter T. C.

    2014-06-01

    Multifocal multiphoton microscopy (MMM) achieves fast imaging by simultaneously scanning multiple foci across different regions of specimen. The use of imaging detectors in MMM, such as CCD or CMOS, results in degradation of image signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR) due to the scattering of emitted photons. SNR can be partly recovered using multianode photomultiplier tubes (MAPMT). In this design, however, emission photons scattered to neighbor anodes are encoded by the foci scan location resulting in ghost images. The crosstalk between different anodes is currently measured a priori, which is cumbersome as it depends specimen properties. Here, we present the photon reassignment method for MMM, established based on the maximum likelihood (ML) estimation, for quantification of crosstalk between the anodes of MAPMT without a priori measurement. The method provides the reassignment of the photons generated by the ghost images to the original spatial location thus increases the SNR of the final reconstructed image.

  11. Imaging Photon Lattice States by Scanning Defect Microscopy

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    Underwood, D. L.; Shanks, W. E.; Li, Andy C. Y.; Ateshian, Lamia; Koch, Jens; Houck, A. A.

    2016-04-01

    Microwave photons inside lattices of coupled resonators and superconducting qubits can exhibit surprising matterlike behavior. Realizing such open-system quantum simulators presents an experimental challenge and requires new tools and measurement techniques. Here, we introduce scanning defect microscopy as one such tool and illustrate its use in mapping the normal-mode structure of microwave photons inside a 49-site kagome lattice of coplanar waveguide resonators. Scanning is accomplished by moving a probe equipped with a sapphire tip across the lattice. This locally perturbs resonator frequencies and induces shifts of the lattice resonance frequencies, which we determine by measuring the transmission spectrum. From the magnitude of mode shifts, we can reconstruct photon field amplitudes at each lattice site and thus create spatial images of the photon-lattice normal modes.

  12. Effects of the photoactivation by synchrotron irradiation on the micro vascularization and on the cerebral tissues of the sane or glioma bearer mouse. Development in bi photonic microscopy and preclinical tests

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    Brain tumors are the third most frequent pathology encountered in neurology following stroke and dementia. Approximately 10 new cases are encountered each year in a population of 100.000. Glioblastoma are the most aggressive among brain tumors and despite medical progress they suffer of a poor prognosis (median survival time is 12 months; five years survival rate is 2%). One of the challenges in neuro-oncology is the development of new curative treatments against glioblastoma. One of them, the photoactivation therapy of platinum with synchrotron X-rays (PAT-Plat) was developed during the last years and has shown curative effects in rats bearing the F98 glioma. In the present study, we have attempted to characterize the effects of the PAT-Plat and its different modalities (chemotherapy with cisplatin and synchrotron radiotherapy) on healthy brain tissue and microvasculature as well as on the F98 glioma. Intra-vital multiphoton microscopy was used as the main imaging tool to investigate the effects of the PAT-Plat and many methodologies were developed (assessment of blood-brain-barrier (BBB) disruption, imaging of tumor microvasculature, staining of astrocytes and elastic fibers). We have shown that a 15 Gy/79 keV synchrotron irradiation does not induce short term side effects (BBB disruption, diminution of the perfusion, gliosis) in the parietal cortex of nude mice. We have also demonstrated that a synergistic effect between cisplatin and irradiation is at the origin of the effects of the PAT-Plat. Finally, we have shown that the action of the PAT-Plat is not restricted to tumor cells; a decrease in the angiogenic vessels perfusion was also observed in the peritumoral area of the F98 glioma. (author)

  13. Multi-photon excitation microscopy for advanced biomedical imaging

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    Gadella, B.M.; van Haeften, T.W.; Bavel, Kees van; Valentijn, Jack A.

    2003-01-01

    Fluorescence microscopy (FM) is a technique traditionally used for determining biological structures [33]; its basic concept is summarised in Figure 1a. The biological specimen under examination is labelled with one or more fluorescent probes before being placed in the microscope. A single photon from the light source (usually a Hg lamp) has sufficient energy to excite an electron in the fluorescence moiety of the specimen-bound probe, taking it from an un-excited 'ground' state to an excited...

  14. Two-photon absorbing porphyrins for oxygen microscopy (Conference Presentation)

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    Esipova, Tatiana V.; Vinogradov, Sergei A.

    2016-03-01

    The ability to quantify oxygen in vivo in 3D with high spatial and temporal resolution is invaluable for many areas of the biomedical science, including ophthalmology, neuroscience, cancer and stem biology. An optical method based on oxygen-dependent quenching of phosphorescence is being developed, that allows quantitative minimally invasive real-time imaging of partial pressure of oxygen (pO2) in tissue. In the past, dendritically protected phosphorescent oxygen probes with controllable quenching parameters and defined bio-distributions have been developed. More recently our probe strategy has extended to encompass two-photon excitable oxygen probes, which brought about first demonstrations of two-photon phosphorescence lifetime microscopy (2PLM) of oxygen in vivo, providing new valuable information for neuroscience and stem cell biology. However, current two-photon oxygen probes suffer from a number of limitations, such as low brightness and high cost of synthesis, which dramatically reduce imaging performance and limit usability of the method. Here we present an approach to new bright phosphorescent chromophores with internally enhanced two-photon absorption cross-sections, which pave a way to novel proves for 2PLM. In addition to substantial increase in performance, the new probes can be synthesized by much more efficient methods, thereby greatly reducing the cost of the synthesis and making the technique accessible to a broader range of researchers across different fields.

  15. Two-photon microscopy using fiber-based nanosecond excitation.

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    Karpf, Sebastian; Eibl, Matthias; Sauer, Benjamin; Reinholz, Fred; Hüttmann, Gereon; Huber, Robert

    2016-07-01

    Two-photon excitation fluorescence (TPEF) microscopy is a powerful technique for sensitive tissue imaging at depths of up to 1000 micrometers. However, due to the shallow penetration, for in vivo imaging of internal organs in patients beam delivery by an endoscope is crucial. Until today, this is hindered by linear and non-linear pulse broadening of the femtosecond pulses in the optical fibers of the endoscopes. Here we present an endoscope-ready, fiber-based TPEF microscope, using nanosecond pulses at low repetition rates instead of femtosecond pulses. These nanosecond pulses lack most of the problems connected with femtosecond pulses but are equally suited for TPEF imaging. We derive and demonstrate that at given cw-power the TPEF signal only depends on the duty cycle of the laser source. Due to the higher pulse energy at the same peak power we can also demonstrate single shot two-photon fluorescence lifetime measurements.

  16. Two-photon microscopy using fiber-based nanosecond excitation.

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    Karpf, Sebastian; Eibl, Matthias; Sauer, Benjamin; Reinholz, Fred; Hüttmann, Gereon; Huber, Robert

    2016-07-01

    Two-photon excitation fluorescence (TPEF) microscopy is a powerful technique for sensitive tissue imaging at depths of up to 1000 micrometers. However, due to the shallow penetration, for in vivo imaging of internal organs in patients beam delivery by an endoscope is crucial. Until today, this is hindered by linear and non-linear pulse broadening of the femtosecond pulses in the optical fibers of the endoscopes. Here we present an endoscope-ready, fiber-based TPEF microscope, using nanosecond pulses at low repetition rates instead of femtosecond pulses. These nanosecond pulses lack most of the problems connected with femtosecond pulses but are equally suited for TPEF imaging. We derive and demonstrate that at given cw-power the TPEF signal only depends on the duty cycle of the laser source. Due to the higher pulse energy at the same peak power we can also demonstrate single shot two-photon fluorescence lifetime measurements. PMID:27446680

  17. Combined two-photon microscopy and angiographic optical coherence tomography

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    Kim, Bumju; Wang, Tae Jun; Li, Qingyun; Nam, Jutaek; Hwang, Sekyu; Chung, Euiheon; Kim, Sungjee; Kim, Ki Hean

    2013-08-01

    A combined two-photon microscopy (TPM) and angiographic optical coherence tomography (OCT) is developed, which can provide molecular, cellular, structural, and vascular information of tissue specimens in vivo. This combined system is implemented by adding an OCT vasculature visualization method to the previous combined TPM and OCT, and then is applied to in vivo tissue imaging. Two animal models, a mouse brain cranial window model and a mouse ear cancer model, are used. Both molecular, cellular information at local regions of tissues, and structural, vascular information at relatively larger regions are visualized in the same sections. In vivo tissue microenvironments are better elucidated by the combined TPM and angiographic OCT.

  18. Bi-photon propagation control with optimized wavefront by means of Adaptive Optics

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    Minozzi, M; Sergienko, A V; Vallone, G; Villoresi, P

    2012-01-01

    We present an efficient method to control the spatial modes of entangled photons produced through SPDC process. Bi-photon beam propagation is controlled by a deformable mirror, that shapes a 404nm CW diode laser pump interacting with a nonlinear BBO type-I crystal. Thanks to adaptive optical system, the propagation of 808nm SPDC light produced is optimized over a distance of 2m. The whole system optimization is carried out by a feedback between deformable mirror action and entangled photon coincidence counts. We also demonstrated the improvement of the two-photon coupling into single mode fibers.

  19. Subventricular zone cell migration: lessons from quantitative 2-photon microscopy

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    Rachel eJames

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Neuroblasts born in the adult subventricular zone (SVZ migrate long distances in the rostral migratory stream (RMS to the olfactory bulbs where they integrate into circuitry as functional interneurons. As very little was known about the dynamic parameters of SVZ neuroblast migration, we used two-photon time-lapse microscopy to analyze migration in acute slices. This involved analyzing 3-dimensional stacks of images over time and uncovered several novel aspects of SVZ migration: chains remain stable, cells can be immotile for extensive periods, morphology does not necessarily correlate with motility, neuroblasts exhibit local exploratory motility, dorsoventral migration occurs throughout the striatal SVZ and neuroblasts turn at distinctive angles. We investigated these novel findings in the SVZ and RMS from the population to the single cell level. In this review we also discuss some technical considerations when setting up a two-photon microscopic imaging system. Throughout the review we identify several unsolved questions about SVZ neuroblast migration that might be addressed with current or emerging techniques.

  20. Photonics

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    Andrews, David L

    2015-01-01

    Discusses the basic physical principles underlying Biomedical Photonics, spectroscopy and microscopy This volume discusses biomedical photonics, spectroscopy and microscopy, the basic physical principles underlying the technology and its applications. The topics discussed in this volume are: Biophotonics; Fluorescence and Phosphorescence; Medical Photonics; Microscopy; Nonlinear Optics; Ophthalmic Technology; Optical Tomography; Optofluidics; Photodynamic Therapy; Image Processing; Imaging Systems; Sensors; Single Molecule Detection; Futurology in Photonics. Comprehensive and accessible cov

  1. Imaging theory and resolution improvement of two-photon confocal microscopy

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    唐志列; 杨初平; 裴红津; 梁瑞生; 刘颂豪

    2002-01-01

    The nonlinear effect of two-photon excitation on the imaging property of two-photonconfocal microscopy has been analyzed by the two-photon fluorescence intensity transfer functionderived in this paper. The two-photon fluorescence intensity transfer function in a confocal micros-copy is given. Furthermore the three-dimensional point spread function (3D-PSF) and thethree-dimensional optical transfer function (3D-OTF) of two-photon confocal microscopy are de-rived based on the nonlinear effect of two-photon excitation. The imaging property of two-photonconfocal microscopy is discussed in detail based on 3D-OTF. Finally the spatial resolution limit oftwo-photon confocal microscopy is discussed according to the uncertainty principle.

  2. Bi-photon propagation control with optimized wavefront by means of Adaptive Optics

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    Minozzi, M.; Bonora, S.; Sergienko, A. V.; G. Vallone; Villoresi, P.

    2012-01-01

    We present an efficient method to control the spatial modes of entangled photons produced through SPDC process. Bi-photon beam propagation is controlled by a deformable mirror, that shapes a 404nm CW diode laser pump interacting with a nonlinear BBO type-I crystal. Thanks to adaptive optical system, the propagation of 808nm SPDC light produced is optimized over a distance of 2m. The whole system optimization is carried out by a feedback between deformable mirror action and entangled photon co...

  3. Short-wavelength two-photon excitation fluorescence microscopy of tryptophan with a photonic crystal fiber based light source

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    J.A. Palero (Jonathan); V.O. Boer (Vincent); J.C. Vijverberg (Jacob); H.C. Gerritsen (Hans); H.J.C.M. Sterenborg (Dick)

    2005-01-01

    textabstractWe report on a novel and simple light source for short-wavelength two-photon excitation fluorescence microscopy based on the visible nonsolitonic radiation from a photonic crystal fiber. We demonstrate tunability of the light source by varying the wavelength and intensity of the Ti:Sapph

  4. Comparison of confocal microscopy and two-photon microscopy in mouse cornea in vivo.

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    Lee, Jun Ho; Lee, Seunghun; Gho, Yong Song; Song, In Seok; Tchah, Hungwon; Kim, Myoung Joon; Kim, Ki Hean

    2015-03-01

    High-resolution imaging of the cornea is important for studying corneal diseases at cellular levels. Confocal microscopy (CM) has been widely used in the clinic, and two-photon microscopy (TPM) has recently been introduced in various pre-clinical studies. We compared the performance of CM and TPM in normal mouse corneas and neovascularized mouse corneas induced by suturing. Balb/C mice and C57BL/6 mice expressing green fluorescent protein (GFP) were used to compare modalities based on intrinsic contrast and extrinsic fluorescence contrast. CM based on reflection (CMR), CM based on fluorescence (CMF), and TPM based on intrinsic/extrinsic fluorescence and second harmonic generation (SHG) were compared by imaging the same sections of mouse corneas sequentially in vivo. In normal mouse corneas, CMR visualized corneal cell morphologies with some background noise, and CMF visualized GFP expressing corneal cells clearly. TPM visualized corneal cells and collagen in the stroma based on fluorescence and SHG, respectively. However, in neovascularized mouse corneas, CMR could not resolve cells deep inside the cornea due to high background noise from the effects of increased structural irregularity induced by suturing. CMF and TPM visualized cells and induced vasculature better than CMR because both collect signals from fluorescent cells only. Both CMF and TPM had signal decays with depth due to the structural irregularity, with CMF having faster signal decay than TPM. CMR, CMF, and TPM showed different degrees of image degradation in neovascularized mouse corneas.

  5. Effects of the photoactivation by synchrotron irradiation on the micro vascularization and on the cerebral tissues of the sane or glioma bearer mouse. Development in bi photonic microscopy and preclinical tests; Effets de la photoactivation par irradiation synchrotron sur la microvascularisation et sur les tissus cerebraux chez la souris saine ou porteuse d'un gliome. Developpements en microscopie biphotonique et essais precliniques

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    Ricard, C

    2008-06-15

    Brain tumors are the third most frequent pathology encountered in neurology following stroke and dementia. Approximately 10 new cases are encountered each year in a population of 100.000. Glioblastoma are the most aggressive among brain tumors and despite medical progress they suffer of a poor prognosis (median survival time is 12 months; five years survival rate is 2%). One of the challenges in neuro-oncology is the development of new curative treatments against glioblastoma. One of them, the photoactivation therapy of platinum with synchrotron X-rays (PAT-Plat) was developed during the last years and has shown curative effects in rats bearing the F98 glioma. In the present study, we have attempted to characterize the effects of the PAT-Plat and its different modalities (chemotherapy with cisplatin and synchrotron radiotherapy) on healthy brain tissue and microvasculature as well as on the F98 glioma. Intra-vital multiphoton microscopy was used as the main imaging tool to investigate the effects of the PAT-Plat and many methodologies were developed (assessment of blood-brain-barrier (BBB) disruption, imaging of tumor microvasculature, staining of astrocytes and elastic fibers). We have shown that a 15 Gy/79 keV synchrotron irradiation does not induce short term side effects (BBB disruption, diminution of the perfusion, gliosis) in the parietal cortex of nude mice. We have also demonstrated that a synergistic effect between cisplatin and irradiation is at the origin of the effects of the PAT-Plat. Finally, we have shown that the action of the PAT-Plat is not restricted to tumor cells; a decrease in the angiogenic vessels perfusion was also observed in the peritumoral area of the F98 glioma. (author)

  6. Controlled oxidative synthesis of Bi nanoparticles and emission centers in bismuth glass nanocomposites for photonic application

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    Singh, Shiv Prakash; Karmakar, Basudeb

    2011-09-01

    Here we demonstrate an oxidative process to control metallic bismuth (Bi 0) nanoparticles (NPs) creation in bismuth glass nanocomposites by using K 2S 2O 8 as oxidant and enhanced transparency of bismuth glasses. Formation of Bi 0 NPs has been monitored by their distinct surface plasmon resonance (SPR) band at 460 nm in the UV-visible absorption spectra. It is further confirmed by the transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images which disclose the formation of spherical Bi 0 NPs whereas the selected area electron diffraction (SAED) pattern reveals their crystalline rhombohedral phase. These glasses are found to exhibit visible and near infrared (NIR) luminescence bands at 630 and 843 nm respectively on excitation at 460 nm of the SPR band. It is realized that the luminescence center of bismuth species is an uncertain issue, however, it is reasonable to consider that the emission band at 630 nm is due to the combination of 2D 5/2 → 4S 3/2 of Bi 0 and 2P 3/2 (1) → 2P 1/2 of Bi 2+ transitions, and that of NIR emission band at 843 nm is attributed to the 2D 3/2 → 4S 3/2 of Bi 0 transition.

  7. Study of the creep of germanium bi-crystals by X ray topography and electronic microscopy

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    This research thesis addresses the study of the microscopic as well as macroscopic aspect of the role of grain boundary during deformation, by studying the creep of Germanium bi-crystals. The objective was to observe interactions of network dislocations with the boundary as well as the evolution of dislocations in each grain. During the first stages of deformation, samples have been examined by X ray topography, a technique which suits well the observation of low deformed samples, provided their initial dislocation density is very low. At higher deformation, more conventional techniques of observation of sliding systems and electronic microscopy have been used. After some general recalls, the definition of twin boundaries and of their structure in terms of dislocation, a look at germanium deformation, and an overview of works performed on bi-crystals deformation, the author presents the experimental methods and apparatuses. He reports and discusses the obtained results at the beginning of deformation as well as during next phases

  8. In vivo three-photon microscopy of subcortical structures within an intact mouse brain

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    Horton, Nicholas G.; Wang, Ke; Kobat, Demirhan; Clark, Catharine G.; Wise, Frank W.; Schaffer, Chris B.; Xu, Chris

    2013-03-01

    Two-photon fluorescence microscopy enables scientists in various fields including neuroscience, embryology and oncology to visualize in vivo and ex vivo tissue morphology and physiology at a cellular level deep within scattering tissue. However, tissue scattering limits the maximum imaging depth of two-photon fluorescence microscopy to the cortical layer within mouse brain, and imaging subcortical structures currently requires the removal of overlying brain tissue or the insertion of optical probes. Here, we demonstrate non-invasive, high-resolution, in vivo imaging of subcortical structures within an intact mouse brain using three-photon fluorescence microscopy at a spectral excitation window of 1,700 nm. Vascular structures as well as red fluorescent protein-labelled neurons within the mouse hippocampus are imaged. The combination of the long excitation wavelength and the higher-order nonlinear excitation overcomes the limitations of two-photon fluorescence microscopy, enabling biological investigations to take place at a greater depth within tissue.

  9. Ultrathin Topological Insulator Bi 2 Se 3 Nanoribbons Exfoliated by Atomic Force Microscopy

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    Hong, Seung Sae

    2010-08-11

    Ultrathin topological insulator nanostructures, in which coupling between top and bottom surface states takes place, are of great intellectual and practical importance. Due to the weak van der Waals interaction between adjacent quintuple layers (QLs), the layered bismuth selenide (Bi2Se 3), a single Dirac-cone topological insulator with a large bulk gap, can be exfoliated down to a few QLs. In this paper, we report the first controlled mechanical exfoliation of Bi2Se3 nanoribbons (>50 QLs) by an atomic force microscope (AFM) tip down to a single QL. Microwave impedance microscopy is employed to map out the local conductivity of such ultrathin nanoribbons, showing drastic difference in sheet resistance between 1-2 QLs and 4-5 QLs. Transport measurement carried out on an exfoliated (>5 QLs) Bi2Se3 device shows nonmetallic temperature dependence of resistance, in sharp contrast to the metallic behavior seen in thick (>50 QLs) ribbons. These AFM-exfoliated thin nanoribbons afford interesting candidates for studying the transition from quantum spin Hall surface to edge states. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  10. Optimizing single-nanoparticle two-photon microscopy by in situ adaptive control of femtosecond pulses

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    Li, Donghai; Deng, Yongkai; Chu, Saisai; Jiang, Hongbing; Wang, Shufeng; Gong, Qihuang

    2016-07-01

    Single-nanoparticle two-photon microscopy shows great application potential in super-resolution cell imaging. Here, we report in situ adaptive optimization of single-nanoparticle two-photon luminescence signals by phase and polarization modulations of broadband laser pulses. For polarization-independent quantum dots, phase-only optimization was carried out to compensate the phase dispersion at the focus of the objective. Enhancement of the two-photon excitation fluorescence intensity under dispersion-compensated femtosecond pulses was achieved. For polarization-dependent single gold nanorod, in situ polarization optimization resulted in further enhancement of two-photon photoluminescence intensity than phase-only optimization. The application of in situ adaptive control of femtosecond pulse provides a way for object-oriented optimization of single-nanoparticle two-photon microscopy for its future applications.

  11. Non-degenerate 2-photon excitation in scattering medium for fluorescence microscopy

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    Yang, Mu-Han; Saisan, Payam A; Tian, Peifang; Ferri, Christopher G L; AnnaDevor,; Fainman, Yeshaiahu

    2016-01-01

    Non-degenerate 2-photon excitation (ND-2PE) of a fluorophore with two laser beams of different photon energies offers an independent degree of freedom in tuning of the photon flux for each beam. This feature takes advantage of the infrared wavelengths used in 3-photon microscopy to achieve an increased penetration depth, while preserving a relatively high degenerate 2-photon excitation (D-2PE) cross section, exceeding that achievable with 3-photon excitation. Here, using spatially and temporally aligned Ti:Sapphire laser and optical parametric oscillator beams operating at near infrared (NIR) and short-wavelength infrared (SWIR) optical frequencies, respectively, we provide a practical demonstration that the emission intensity of a fluorophore excited in the non-degenerate regime in a scattering medium is more efficient than the commonly used D-2PE.

  12. Deep insights: intravital imaging with two-photon microscopy.

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    Schießl, Ina Maria; Castrop, Hayo

    2016-09-01

    Intravital multiphoton microscopy is widely used to assess the structure and function of organs in live animals. Although different tissues vary in their accessibility for intravital multiphoton imaging, considerable progress has been made in the imaging quality of all tissues due to substantial technical improvements in the relevant imaging components, such as optics, excitation laser, detectors, and signal analysis software. In this review, we provide an overview of the technical background of intravital multiphoton microscopy. Then, we note a few seminal findings that were made through the use of multiphoton microscopy. Finally, we address the technical limitations of the method and provide an outlook for how these limitations may be overcome through future technical developments. PMID:27352273

  13. Physical Properties and Behaviour of Highly Bi-Substituted Magneto-Optic Garnets for Applications in Integrated Optics and Photonics

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    Mohammad Nur-E-Alam

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Rare-earth and Bi-substituted iron garnet thin film materials exhibit strong potential for application in various fields of science and frontier optical technologies. Bi-substituted iron garnets possess extraordinary optical and MO properties and are still considered as the best MO functional materials for various emerging integrated optics and photonics applications. However, these MO garnet materials are rarely seen in practical photonics use due to their high optical losses in the visible spectral region. In this paper, we report on the physical properties and magneto-optic behaviour of high-performance RF sputtered highly bismuth-substituted iron garnet and garnet-oxide nanocomposite films of generic composition type (Bi, Dy/Lu3(Fe, Ga/Al5O12. Our newly synthesized garnet materials form high-quality nanocrystalline thin film layers which demonstrate excellent optical and MO properties suitable for a wide range of applications in integrated optics and photonics.

  14. Delamination detection in glass composites using embedded Hi-Bi photonic crystal fiber

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    In this paper, a novel application of a temperature-insensitive highly birefringent photonic crystal fiber (Hi-Bi PCF) is reported, wherein the Hi-Bi PCF used has been embedded in two glass composite specimens and tested to detect the presence of delamination. The polarimetric–interferometric technique was used to obtain the vibration signature present to allow information on the integrity of the structure to be inferred. The first natural frequencies measured from the specimens with and without delamination (i.e. so-called unhealthy and healthy specimens) have been observed using an embedded Hi-Bi PCF sensor. The reduction in the first natural frequency of the delaminated specimen is used to indicate a reduction in the flexural stiffness of the specimen in comparison to the characteristics of the specimen without delamination. Finally, the performance of the embedded optical fiber sensor has also been compared with that of an accelerometer sensor to enable an evaluation of the optical technique used in this work

  15. UV-induced two-photon absorption in BiB 3O 6 single crystals

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    Majchrowski, A.; Kisielewski, J.; Michalski, E.; Ozga, K.; Kityk, I. V.; Lukasiewicz, T.

    2005-06-01

    We show that BiB 3O 6 (BiBO) crystals, well known for their excellent second harmonic generation (SHG) properties, may also be of interest for third-order optical phenomena, particularly for two-photon absorption (TPA). Photoinduced TPA measurements were performed under illumination of excimer Xe-F laser ( λ = 217 nm) as a photoinducing (pumping) beam. It created a thin surface layer (about 85 nm) that was a source of the observed photoinduced TPA. Raman shifted Nd-YAG laser radiation ( λ = 1.9 μm) as well as its second and fourth harmonics ( λ = 950 and λ = 475 nm, respectively) were used as fundamental (probing) beams of the TPA. The highest values of the TPA β coefficient were achieved for a polarization of the pumping light directed along crystallographic axis b. Quantum chemical simulations indicate on substantial contribution of UV-induced electron-phonon anharmonicity to the observed TPA. The obtained values of TPA coefficients indicate a possibility of using BiBO crystals as UV-operated optical limiters in a wide spectral range.

  16. Supercontinuum generation for coherent anti- Stokes Raman scattering microscopy with photonic crystal fibers

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    Pedersen, Pernille Klarskov; Isomäki, Antti; Hansen, Kim P.;

    2011-01-01

    Photonic crystal fiber (PCF) designs with two zero-dispersion wavelengths (ZDWs) are experimentally investigated in order to suggest a novel PCF for coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) microscopy. From our investigation, we select the optimum PCF design and demonstrate a tailored spectru...... analysis, the nonlinear effects responsible for the spectral broadening are explained to be soliton fission processes, dispersive waves, and stimulated Raman scattering.......Photonic crystal fiber (PCF) designs with two zero-dispersion wavelengths (ZDWs) are experimentally investigated in order to suggest a novel PCF for coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) microscopy. From our investigation, we select the optimum PCF design and demonstrate a tailored spectrum...

  17. Axial range of conjugate adaptive optics in two-photon microscopy

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    Paudel, Hari P; Mertz, Jerome; Bifano, Thomas

    2015-01-01

    We describe an adaptive optics technique for two-photon microscopy in which the deformable mirror used for aberration compensation is positioned in a plane conjugate to the plane of the aberration. We demonstrate in a proof-of-principle experiment that this technique yields a large field of view advantage in comparison to standard pupil-conjugate adaptive optics. Further, we show that the extended field of view in conjugate AO is maintained over a relatively large axial translation of the deformable mirror with respect to the conjugate plane. We conclude with a discussion of limitations and prospects for the conjugate AO technique in two-photon biological microscopy.

  18. A new approach to dual-color two-photon microscopy with fluorescent proteins

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    Rebane Aleks

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Two-photon dual-color imaging of tissues and cells labeled with fluorescent proteins (FPs is challenging because most two-photon microscopes only provide one laser excitation wavelength at a time. At present, methods for two-photon dual-color imaging are limited due to the requirement of large differences in Stokes shifts between the FPs used and their low two-photon absorption (2PA efficiency. Results Here we present a new method of dual-color two-photon microscopy that uses the simultaneous excitation of the lowest-energy electronic transition of a blue fluorescent protein and a higher-energy electronic transition of a red fluorescent protein. Conclusion Our method does not require large differences in Stokes shifts and can be extended to a variety of FP pairs with larger 2PA efficiency and more optimal imaging properties.

  19. Polarization-resolved two-photon luminescence microscopy of V-groove arrays

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    Beermann, J.; Novikov, S. M.; Holmgaard, T.;

    2012-01-01

    Using two-photon luminescence (TPL) microscopy and local reflection spectroscopy we investigate electromagnetic field enhancement effects from a mu m-sized composition of 450-nm-deep V-grooves milled by focused ion beam in a thick gold film and assembled to feature, within the same structure...... obtained to evaluation of local field enhancements using TPL microscopy, especially when investigating extended structures exhibiting different radiation channels, are discussed. (C)2011 Optical Society of America...

  20. Monitoring ligand-receptor interactions by photonic force microscopy

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    Jeney, Sylvia [M E Mueller Institute for Structural Biology, Biozentrum, University of Basel, Klingelbergstrasse 70, Basel, 4056 (Switzerland); Mor, Flavio; Forro, Laszlo [Laboratory of Complex Matter Physics (LPMC), Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland); Koszali, Roland [Institute for Information and Communication Technologies (IICT), University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland (HEIG-VD), Rue Galilee 15, CH 1401 Yverdon-les-bains (Switzerland); Moy, Vincent T, E-mail: sylvia.jeney@unibas.ch, E-mail: vmoy@miami.edu [Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, 1600 NW 10th Avenue, Miami, FL 33136 (United States)

    2010-06-25

    We introduce a method for the acquisition of single molecule force measurements of ligand-receptor interactions using the photonic force microscope (PFM). Biotin-functionalized beads, manipulated with an optical trap, and a streptavidin-functionalized coverslip were used to measure the effect of different pulling forces on the lifetime of individual streptavidin-biotin complexes. By optimizing the design of the optical trap and selection of the appropriate bead size, pulling forces in excess of 50 pN were achieved. Based on the amplitude of three-dimensional (3D) thermal position fluctuations of the attached bead, we were able to select for a bead-coverslip interaction that was mediated by a single streptavidin-biotin complex. Moreover, the developed experimental system was greatly accelerated by automation of data acquisition and analysis. In force-dependent kinetic measurements carried out between streptavidin and biotin, we observed that the streptavidin-biotin complex exhibited properties of a catch bond, with the lifetime increasing tenfold when the pulling force increased from 10 to 20 pN. We also show that silica beads were more appropriate than polystyrene beads for the force measurements, as tethers, longer than 200 nm, could be extracted from polystyrene beads.

  1. Demonstration and experimental evaluation of a bi-directional 10-GHz microwave photonic filter

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    Zaldívar-Huerta, I. E.; Correa-Mena, A. G.; Hernández-Nava, P.; García-Juárez, A.; Rodríguez-Asomoza, J.; Lee, Min Won

    2016-09-01

    A bi-directional 10-GHz microwave photonic filter is proposed and experimentally evaluated. Its frequency response consists of a series of microwave band-pass windows obtained by the interaction of externally modulated multimode laser diodes emitting around of 1550 nm associated to the chromatic dispersion parameter of an optical fiber, as well as the length of the optical link. Microwave band-pass windows exhibit on average a-3 dB bandwidth of 378 MHz. This electro-optical system shows an efficient configuration and good performance. Potentially, filtered microwave signals can be used as electrical carriers in optical communication systems to transmit and distribute services such as video, voice and data.

  2. Visualizing heterogeneity of photosynthetic properties of plant leaves with two-photon fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy

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    Iermak, Ievgeniia; Vink, Jochem; Bader, Arjen N.; Wientjes, Emilie; Amerongen, van Herbert

    2016-01-01

    Two-photon fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM) was used to analyse the distribution and properties of Photosystem I (PSI) and Photosystem II (PSII) in palisade and spongy chloroplasts of leaves from the C3 plant Arabidopsis thaliana and the C4 plant Miscanthus x giganteus. This was ac

  3. Hybrid Rayleigh, Raman and two-photon excited fluorescence spectral confocal microscopy of living cells

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    Pully, Vishnu Vardhan; Lenferink, Aufried; Otto, Cees

    2010-01-01

    A hybrid fluorescence–Raman confocal microscopy platform is presented, which integrates low-wavenumber-resolution Raman imaging, Rayleigh scatter imaging and two-photon fluorescence (TPE) spectral imaging, fast ‘amplitude-only’ TPE-fluorescence imaging and high-spectral-resolution Raman imaging. Thi

  4. Broadband multiplex coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering microscopy employing photonic-crystal fibers

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    Andresen, Esben Ravn; Paulsen, Henrik Nørgaard; Birkedal, Victoria;

    2006-01-01

    We demonstrate spectral multiplex coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) spectroscopy and microscopy based on a single Ti:sapphire oscillator and a nonlinear photonic-crystal fiber (PCF). The Stokes pulse is generated by spectral conversion of the laser pulse in a PCF. The pump pulse is eit...

  5. Electron microscopy analyses and electrical properties of the layered Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} phase

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    Taoufyq, A. [Institut Matériaux Microélectronique et Nanosciences de Provence, IM2NP, UMR CNRS 7334, Université du Sud Toulon-Var, BP 20132, 83957, La Garde Cedex (France); Laboratoire Matériaux et Environnement LME, Faculté des Sciences, Université Ibn Zohr, BP 8106, Cité Dakhla, Agadir, Maroc (Morocco); Département d‘Études des Réacteurs, Laboratoire Dosimétrie Capteurs Instrumentation, CEA Cadarache (France); Société CESIGMA—Signals and Systems, 1576 Chemin de La Planquette, F 83 130 LA GARDE (France); Ait Ahsaine, H. [Laboratoire Matériaux et Environnement LME, Faculté des Sciences, Université Ibn Zohr, BP 8106, Cité Dakhla, Agadir, Maroc (Morocco); Patout, L. [Institut Matériaux Microélectronique et Nanosciences de Provence, IM2NP, UMR CNRS 7334, Université du Sud Toulon-Var, BP 20132, 83957, La Garde Cedex (France); Benlhachemi, A.; Ezahri, M. [Laboratoire Matériaux et Environnement LME, Faculté des Sciences, Université Ibn Zohr, BP 8106, Cité Dakhla, Agadir, Maroc (Morocco); and others

    2013-07-15

    The bismuth tungstate Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} was synthesized using a classical coprecipitation method followed by a calcination process at different temperatures. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, simultaneous thermogravimetry and differential thermal analysis (TGA/DTA), scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM, TEM) analyses. The Rietveld analysis and electron diffraction clearly confirmed the Pca2{sub 1} non centrosymmetric space group previously proposed for this phase. The layers Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}{sup 2+} and WO{sub 4}{sup 2−} have been directly evidenced from the HRTEM images. The electrical properties of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} compacted pellets systems were determined from electrical impedance spectrometry (EIS) and direct current (DC) analyses, under air and argon, between 350 and 700 °C. The direct current analyses showed that the conduction observed from EIS analyses was mainly ionic in this temperature range, with a small electronic contribution. Electrical change above the transition temperature of 660 °C is observed under air and argon atmospheres. The strong conductivity increase observed under argon is interpreted in terms of formation of additional oxygen vacancies coupled with electron conduction. - Graphical abstract: High resolution transmission electron microscopy: inverse fast Fourier transform giving the layered structure of the Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} phase, with a representation of the cell dimensions (b and c vectors). The Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}{sup 2+} and WO{sub 4}{sup 2−} sandwiches are visible in the IFFT image. - Highlights: • Using transmission electron microscopy, we visualize the layered structure of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. • Electrical analyses under argon gas show some increase in conductivity. • The phase transition at 660 °C is evidenced from electrical modification.

  6. Deep Imaging in Scattering Media with Single Photon Selective Plane Illumination Microscopy (SPIM)

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    Pediredla, Adithya Kumar; Avants, Ben; Ye, Fan; Nagayama, Shin; Chen, Ziying; Kemere, Caleb; Robinson, Jacob; Veeraraghavan, Ashok

    2016-01-01

    In most biological tissues, light scattering due to small differences in refractive index limits the depth of optical imaging systems. Two-photon microscopy (2PM), which significantly reduces the scattering of the excitation light, has emerged as the most common method to image deep within scattering biological tissue. This technique, however, requires high-power pulsed lasers that are both expensive and difficult to integrate into compact portable systems. In this paper, using a combination of theoretical and experimental techniques, we show that Selective Plane Illumination Microscopy (SPIM) can image nearly as deep as 2PM without the need for a high-powered pulsed laser. Compared to other single photon imaging techniques like epifluorescence and confocal microscopy, SPIM can image more than twice as deep in scattering media (approximately 10 times the mean scattering length). These results suggest that SPIM has the potential to provide deep imaging in scattering media in situations where 2PM systems would ...

  7. Separation of ballistic and diffusive fluorescence photons in confocal Light-Sheet Microscopy of Arabidopsis roots.

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    Meinert, Tobias; Tietz, Olaf; Palme, Klaus J; Rohrbach, Alexander

    2016-01-01

    Image quality in light-sheet fluorescence microscopy is strongly affected by the shape of the illuminating laser beam inside embryos, plants or tissue. While the phase of Gaussian or Bessel beams propagating through thousands of cells can be partly controlled holographically, the propagation of fluorescence light to the detector is difficult to control. With each scatter process a fluorescence photon loses information necessary for the image generation. Using Arabidopsis root tips we demonstrate that ballistic and diffusive fluorescence photons can be separated by analyzing the image spectra in each plane without a priori knowledge. We introduce a theoretical model allowing to extract typical scattering parameters of the biological material. This allows to attenuate image contributions from diffusive photons and to amplify the relevant image contributions from ballistic photons through a depth dependent deconvolution. In consequence, image contrast and resolution are significantly increased and scattering artefacts are minimized especially for Bessel beams with confocal line detection. PMID:27553506

  8. Separation of ballistic and diffusive fluorescence photons in confocal Light-Sheet Microscopy of Arabidopsis roots

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    Meinert, Tobias; Tietz, Olaf; Palme, Klaus J.; Rohrbach, Alexander

    2016-01-01

    Image quality in light-sheet fluorescence microscopy is strongly affected by the shape of the illuminating laser beam inside embryos, plants or tissue. While the phase of Gaussian or Bessel beams propagating through thousands of cells can be partly controlled holographically, the propagation of fluorescence light to the detector is difficult to control. With each scatter process a fluorescence photon loses information necessary for the image generation. Using Arabidopsis root tips we demonstrate that ballistic and diffusive fluorescence photons can be separated by analyzing the image spectra in each plane without a priori knowledge. We introduce a theoretical model allowing to extract typical scattering parameters of the biological material. This allows to attenuate image contributions from diffusive photons and to amplify the relevant image contributions from ballistic photons through a depth dependent deconvolution. In consequence, image contrast and resolution are significantly increased and scattering artefacts are minimized especially for Bessel beams with confocal line detection. PMID:27553506

  9. Neural plasticity explored by correlative two-photon and electron/SPIM microscopy

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    Allegra Mascaro, A. L.; Silvestri, L.; Costantini, I.; Sacconi, L.; Maco, B.; Knott, G. W.; Pavone, F. S.

    2013-06-01

    Plasticity of the central nervous system is a complex process which involves the remodeling of neuronal processes and synaptic contacts. However, a single imaging technique can reveal only a small part of this complex machinery. To obtain a more complete view, complementary approaches should be combined. Two-photon fluorescence microscopy, combined with multi-photon laser nanosurgery, allow following the real-time dynamics of single neuronal processes in the cerebral cortex of living mice. The structural rearrangement elicited by this highly confined paradigm of injury can be imaged in vivo first, and then the same neuron could be retrieved ex-vivo and characterized in terms of ultrastructural features of the damaged neuronal branch by means of electron microscopy. Afterwards, we describe a method to integrate data from in vivo two-photon fluorescence imaging and ex vivo light sheet microscopy, based on the use of major blood vessels as reference chart. We show how the apical dendritic arbor of a single cortical pyramidal neuron imaged in living mice can be found in the large-scale brain reconstruction obtained with light sheet microscopy. Starting from its apical portion, the whole pyramidal neuron can then be segmented and located in the correct cortical layer. With the correlative approach presented here, researchers will be able to place in a three-dimensional anatomic context the neurons whose dynamics have been observed with high detail in vivo.

  10. Insights into esophagus tissue architecture using two-photon confocal microscopy

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    Liu, Nenrong; Wang, Yue; Feng, Shangyuan; Chen, Rong

    2013-08-01

    In this paper, microstructures of human esophageal mucosa were evaluated using the two-photon laser scanning confocal microscopy (TPLSCM), based on two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) and second harmonic generation (SHG). The distribution of epithelial cells, muscle fibers of muscularis mucosae has been distinctly obtained. Furthermore, esophageal submucosa characteristics with cancer cells invading into were detected. The variation of collagen, elastin and cancer cells is very relevant to the pathology in esophagus, especially early esophageal cancer. Our experimental results indicate that the MPM technique has the much more advantages for label-free imaging, and has the potential application in vivo in the clinical diagnosis and monitoring of early esophageal cancer.

  11. Comparison of reflectance confocal microscopy and two-photon second harmonic generation microscopy in fungal keratitis rabbit model ex vivo.

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    Lee, Jun Ho; Lee, Seunghun; Yoon, Calvin J; Park, Jin Hyoung; Tchah, Hungwon; Kim, Myoung Joon; Kim, Ki Hean

    2016-02-01

    Fungal keratitis is an infection of the cornea by fungal pathogens. Diagnosis methods based on optical microscopy could be beneficial over the conventional microbiology method by allowing rapid and non-invasive examination. Reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) and two-photon second harmonic generation microscopy (TPSHGM) have been applied to pre-clinical or clinical studies of fungal keratitis. In this report, RCM and TPSHGM were characterized and compared in the imaging of a fungal keratitis rabbit model ex vivo. Fungal infection was induced by using two strains of fungi: aspergillus fumigatus and candida albicans. The infected corneas were imaged in fresh condition by both modalities sequentially and their images were analyzed. Both RCM and TPSHGM could detect both fungal strains within the cornea based on morphology: aspergillus fumigatus had distinctive filamentous structures, and candida albicans had round structures superficially and elongated structures in the corneal stroma. These imaging results were confirmed by histology. Comparison between RCM and TPSHGM showed several characteristics. Although RCM and TPSHGM images had good correlation each other, their images were slightly different due to difference in contrast mechanism. RCM had relatively low image contrast with the infected turbid corneas due to high background signal. TPSHGM visualized cells and collagen in the cornea clearly compared to RCM, but used higher laser power to compensate low autofluorescence. Since these two modalities provide complementary information, combination of RCM and TPSHGM would be useful for fungal keratitis detection by compensating their weaknesses each other. PMID:26977371

  12. Comparison of reflectance confocal microscopy and two-photon second harmonic generation microscopy in fungal keratitis rabbit model ex vivo

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    Lee, Jun Ho; Lee, Seunghun; Yoon, Calvin J.; Park, Jin Hyoung; Tchah, Hungwon; Kim, Myoung Joon; Kim, Ki Hean

    2016-01-01

    Fungal keratitis is an infection of the cornea by fungal pathogens. Diagnosis methods based on optical microscopy could be beneficial over the conventional microbiology method by allowing rapid and non-invasive examination. Reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) and two-photon second harmonic generation microscopy (TPSHGM) have been applied to pre-clinical or clinical studies of fungal keratitis. In this report, RCM and TPSHGM were characterized and compared in the imaging of a fungal keratitis rabbit model ex vivo. Fungal infection was induced by using two strains of fungi: aspergillus fumigatus and candida albicans. The infected corneas were imaged in fresh condition by both modalities sequentially and their images were analyzed. Both RCM and TPSHGM could detect both fungal strains within the cornea based on morphology: aspergillus fumigatus had distinctive filamentous structures, and candida albicans had round structures superficially and elongated structures in the corneal stroma. These imaging results were confirmed by histology. Comparison between RCM and TPSHGM showed several characteristics. Although RCM and TPSHGM images had good correlation each other, their images were slightly different due to difference in contrast mechanism. RCM had relatively low image contrast with the infected turbid corneas due to high background signal. TPSHGM visualized cells and collagen in the cornea clearly compared to RCM, but used higher laser power to compensate low autofluorescence. Since these two modalities provide complementary information, combination of RCM and TPSHGM would be useful for fungal keratitis detection by compensating their weaknesses each other. PMID:26977371

  13. Computational modeling of STED microscopy through multiple biological cells under one- and two-photon excitation

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    Mark, Andrew E.; Davis, Mitchell A.; Starosta, Matthew S.; Dunn, Andrew K.

    2015-03-01

    While superresolution optical microscopy techniques afford enhanced resolution for biological applications, they have largely been used to study structures in isolated cells. We use the FDTD method to simulate the propagation of focused beams for STED microscopy through multiple biological cells. We model depletion beams that provide 2D and 3D confinement of the fluorescence spot and assess the effective PSF of the system as a function of focal depth. We compare the relative size of the STED effective PSF under one- and two-photon excitation. PSF calculations suggest that imaging is possible up to the maximum simulation depth if the fluorescence emission remains detectable.

  14. Spatiotemporal Rank Filtering Improves Image Quality Compared to Frame Averaging in 2-Photon Laser Scanning Microscopy.

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    Henry Pinkard

    Full Text Available Live imaging of biological specimens using optical microscopy is limited by tradeoffs between spatial and temporal resolution, depth into intact samples, and phototoxicity. Two-photon laser scanning microscopy (2P-LSM, the gold standard for imaging turbid samples in vivo, has conventionally constructed images with sufficient signal-to-noise ratio (SNR generated by sequential raster scans of the focal plane and temporal integration of the collected signals. Here, we describe spatiotemporal rank filtering, a nonlinear alternative to temporal integration, which makes more efficient use of collected photons by selectively reducing noise in 2P-LSM images during acquisition. This results in much higher SNR while preserving image edges and fine details. Practically, this allows for at least a four fold decrease in collection times, a substantial improvement for time-course imaging in biological systems.

  15. [Frontiers in Live Bone Imaging Researches. Two-Photon Excitation Microscopy, principles and technologies].

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    Oikawa, Yoshiro

    2015-06-01

    The "two photon absorption" phenomenon had been predicted by the American Physicist, Maria Ghöppert-Mayer in 1931. Denk and Webb group had proved it in 1990 and the first product had been launched in the market in 1996. But ever since the product became available, the number of users are not increased. Moreover, the system had been too difficult to use and the system sometimes stay not working in labs. But recently, the new easier-to-use products are released and the ultra short pulse IR laser became stable. And its applications are extending from neuro-science to oncology or immunology fields. Due to these reasons, the shipment of multi-photon microscope in Japan in 2013 is approximately 40 units which is 3 times bigger than in 2010. In this paper, I would like to discuss the principles of two-photon microscopy and some of the new technologies for the higher signal capture efficiency. PMID:26017864

  16. Tailored probes for atomic force microscopy fabricated by two-photon polymerization

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    Göring, Gerald; Dietrich, Philipp-Immanuel; Blaicher, Matthias; Sharma, Swati; Korvink, Jan G.; Schimmel, Thomas; Koos, Christian; Hölscher, Hendrik

    2016-08-01

    3D direct laser writing based on two-photon polymerization is considered as a tool to fabricate tailored probes for atomic force microscopy. Tips with radii of 25 nm and arbitrary shape are attached to conventionally shaped micro-machined cantilevers. Long-term scanning measurements reveal low wear rates and demonstrate the reliability of such tips. Furthermore, we show that the resonance spectrum of the probe can be tuned for multi-frequency applications by adding rebar structures to the cantilever.

  17. Enhanced weak-signal sensitivity in two-photon microscopy by adaptive illumination.

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    Chu, Kengyeh K; Lim, Daryl; Mertz, Jerome

    2007-10-01

    We describe a technique to enhance both the weak-signal relative sensitivity and the dynamic range of a laser scanning optical microscope. The technique is based on maintaining a fixed detection power by fast feedback control of the illumination power, thereby transferring high measurement resolution to weak signals while virtually eliminating the possibility of image saturation. We analyze and demonstrate the benefits of adaptive illumination in two-photon fluorescence microscopy.

  18. High-throughput spatial light modulation two-photon microscopy for fast functional imaging

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    Pozzi, Paolo; Gandolfi, Daniela; Tognolina, Marialuisa; Chirico, Giuseppe; Mapelli, Jonathan; D’Angelo, Egidio

    2015-01-01

    The optical monitoring of multiple single neuron activities requires high-throughput parallel acquisition of signals at millisecond temporal resolution. To this aim, holographic two-photon microscopy (2PM) based on spatial light modulators (SLMs) has been developed in combination with standard laser scanning microscopes. This requires complex coordinate transformations for the generation of holographic patterns illuminating the points of interest. We present a simpler and fully digital setup ...

  19. SLM microscopy: scanless two-photon imaging and photostimulation using spatial light modulators

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    Volodymyr Nikolenko

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Laser microscopy has generally poor temporal resolution, because of the serial scanning of each pixel. This is a significant problem for imaging or optically manipulating neural circuits since neuronal activity is fast. To help surmount this limitation, we have developed a “scanless” microscope that does not contain mechanically moving parts. This microscope uses a diffractive Spatial Light Modulator (SLM to shape an incoming two-photon laser source into any arbitrary light pattern. This allows the simultaneous imaging or photostimulation of different regions of a sample with three-dimensional precision. To demonstrate the usefulness of this microscope, we perform two-photon uncaging of glutamate to activate dendritic spines and cortical neurons in brain slices. We also use it to carry out two-photon calcium imaging of action potentials in neuronal populations at 60 Hz. Thus, SLM microscopy appears to be a powerful tool for imaging and optically manipulating neurons and neuronal circuits. Moreover, the use of SLMs generally expands the flexibility of laser microscopy, as it can substitute traditional fixed lenses with any calculated lens function.

  20. The biaxial nonlinear crystal BiB3O6 as a polarization entangled photon source using non-collinear type-II parametric down-conversion

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    Halevy, A.; Megidish, E.; Dovrat, L.; Eisenberg, H. S.; De Becker, P; Bohatý, L.

    2011-01-01

    We describe the full characterization of the biaxial nonlinear crystal BiB3O6 (BiBO) as a polarization entangled photon source using non-collinear type-II parametric down-conversion. We consider the relevant parameters for crystal design, such as cutting angles, polarization of the photons, effective nonlinearity, spatial and temporal walk-offs, crystal thickness and the effect of the pump laser bandwidth. Experimental results showing entanglement generation with high rates and a comparison t...

  1. Two-Photon Microscopy Allows Imaging and Characterization of Cochlear Microvasculature In Vivo

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    Friedrich Ihler

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Impairment of cochlear blood flow has been discussed as factor in the pathophysiology of various inner ear disorders. However, the microscopic study of cochlear microcirculation is limited due to small scale and anatomical constraints. Here, two-photon fluorescence microscopy is applied to visualize cochlear microvessels. Guinea pigs were injected with Fluorescein isothiocyanate- or Texas red-dextrane as plasma marker. Intravital microscopy was performed in four animals and explanted cochleae from four animals were studied. The vascular architecture of the cochlea was visualized up to a depth of 90.0±22.7 μm. Imaging yielded a mean contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR of 3.3±1.7. Mean diameter in vivo was 16.5±6.0 μm for arterioles and 8.0±2.4 μm for capillaries. In explanted cochleae, the diameter of radiating arterioles and capillaries was measured with 12.2±1.6 μm and 6.6±1.0 μm, respectively. The difference between capillaries and arterioles was statistically significant in both experimental setups (P<0.001 and P=0.022, two-way ANOVA. Measured vessel diameters in vivo and ex vivo were in agreement with published data. We conclude that two-photon fluorescence microscopy allows the investigation of cochlear microvessels and is potentially a valuable tool for inner ear research.

  2. Phosphorescent probes for two-photon microscopy of oxygen (Conference Presentation)

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    Vinogradov, Sergei A.; Esipova, Tatiana V.

    2016-03-01

    The ability to quantify oxygen in vivo in 3D with high spatial and temporal resolution is much needed in many areas of biological research. Our laboratory has been developing the phosphorescence quenching technique for biological oximetry - an optical method that possesses intrinsic microscopic capability. In the past we have developed dendritically protected oxygen probes for quantitative imaging of oxygen in tissue. More recently we expanded our design on special two-photon enhanced phosphorescent probes. These molecules brought about first demonstrations of the two-photon phosphorescence lifetime microscopy (2PLM) of oxygen in vivo, providing new information for neouroscience and stem cell biology. However, current two-photon oxygen probes suffer from a number of limitations, such as sub-optimal brightness and high cost of synthesis, which dramatically reduce imaging performance and limit usability of the method. In this paper we discuss principles of 2PLM and address the interplay between the probe chemistry, photophysics and spatial and temporal imaging resolution. We then present a new approach to brightly phosphorescent chromophores with internally enhanced two-photon absorption cross-sections, which pave a way to a new generation of 2PLM probes.

  3. Two-Photon Optical Beam-Induced Current Microscopy of Light-Emitting Diodes

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    Godofredo Bautista Jr.

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available We demonstrate two-photon optical beam-induced current (2P-OBIC microscopy of light-emitting diodes (LEDs. We utilized a Ti:Sapphire femtosecond laser source operating at 800 nm to derive the 2P-OBIC signal from a 605 nm band-gap LED. The spatial confinement of free carrier generation only at the focus and the quadratic dependence of the 2P-OBIC signal on excitation power are the key principles in two-photon excitation. As a consequence, superior image quality evident in the 2P-OBIC images of LEDs are obtained. These features decrease the linear absorption and wide-angle scattering effects plaguing single-photon optical beam-induced current (1P-OBIC technique, thereby increasing the resolution of the imaging system in the axial and lateral directions. Thus, the attainment of good axial discrimination in the LED samples is obtained even without a confocal pinhole. In addition, 2P-OBIC images reveal local variations in free carrier densities which are not evident in the single-photon excitation.

  4. Wide-field two-photon microscopy: features and advantages for biomedical applications

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    Wachsmann-Hogiu, S.; Hwang, J. Y.; Lindsley, E.; Farkas, D. L.

    2007-02-01

    We describe a simple fluorescence microscope based on wide-field two-photon excitation. While still taking advantage of some inherent properties of non-linear (two-photon) microscopy, such as increased penetration depth through tissue and reduced phototoxicity, this approach provides video frame rate imaging, can be easily coupled to fluorescence spectral and lifetime detection modules, and makes efficient use of the high average power currently available from ultrashort pulsed lasers. For a standard histopathology specimen, we were able to identify different structures based on spectral and fluorescence lifetime detection and analysis. We examined the use of 200fs and 2ps pulses from Spectra Physics MaiTai and Tsunami lasers, respectively, with average power ranging from 50mW to 500mW.

  5. In vivo reactive neural plasticity investigation by means of correlative two photon: electron microscopy

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    Allegra Mascaro, A. L.; Cesare, P.; Sacconi, L.; Grasselli, G.; Mandolesi, G.; Maco, B.; Knott, G.; Huang, L.; De Paola, V.; Strata, P.; Pavone, F. S.

    2013-02-01

    In the adult nervous system, different populations of neurons correspond to different regenerative behavior. Although previous works showed that olivocerebellar fibers are capable of axonal regeneration in a suitable environment as a response to injury1, we have hitherto no details about the real dynamics of fiber regeneration. We set up a model of singularly axotomized climbing fibers (CF) to investigate their reparative properties in the adult central nervous system (CNS) in vivo. Time lapse two-photon imaging has been combined to laser nanosurgery2, 3 to define a temporal pattern of the degenerative event and to follow the structural rearrangement after injury. To characterize the damage and to elucidate the possible formation of new synaptic contacts on the sprouted branches of the lesioned CF, we combined two-photon in vivo imaging with block face scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM). Here we describe the approach followed to characterize the reactive plasticity after injury.

  6. Electric field allowed molecular transitions for one and two photon excitation microscopy.

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    Mondal, Partha Pratim; Diaspro, Alberto

    2008-07-01

    We propose an excitation technique for observing single and two photon excitation in those molecules for which such transitions are forbidden by the selection rules. This is possible by the application of an external electric field that perturbs the molecular orbitals, thereby resulting in a significant shift of energy levels. Such a shift of energy levels may bring those levels in resonance with the radiation field which is normally forbidden by selection rules. Further, parity of the these states may significantly improve the emission process. The external electric field results in the mixing of excited (short lifetime) and metastable states (long lifetime), thus reducing the lifetime of metastable (or near metastable) states. This may provide an effective channel for allowing transition from the metastable states. An application of electric field may result in the excitation of poorly excitable biomolecules. This excitation technique may find applications in single- and multi-photon fluorescence microscopy, bioimaging and optical devices.

  7. Deep vascular imaging in wounds by two-photon fluorescence microscopy.

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    Ciceron O Yanez

    Full Text Available Deep imaging within tissue (over 300 μm at micrometer resolution has become possible with the advent of two-photon fluorescence microscopy (2PFM. The advantages of 2PFM have been used to interrogate endogenous and exogenous fluorophores in the skin. Herein, we employed the integrin (cell-adhesion proteins expressed by invading angiogenic blood vessels targeting characteristics of a two-photon absorbing fluorescent probe to image new vasculature and fibroblasts up to ≈ 1600 μm within wound (neodermis/granulation tissue in lesions made on the skin of mice. Reconstruction revealed three dimensional (3D architecture of the vascular plexus forming at the regenerating wound tissue and the presence of a fibroblast bed surrounding the capillaries. Biologically crucial events, such as angiogenesis for wound healing, may be illustrated and analyzed in 3D on the whole organ level, providing novel tools for biomedical applications.

  8. Intravital two-photon microscopy of immune cell dynamics in corneal lymphatic vessels.

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    Philipp Steven

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The role of lymphatic vessels in tissue and organ transplantation as well as in tumor growth and metastasis has drawn great attention in recent years. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We now developed a novel method using non-invasive two-photon microscopy to simultaneously visualize and track specifically stained lymphatic vessels and autofluorescent adjacent tissues such as collagen fibrils, blood vessels and immune cells in the mouse model of corneal neovascularization in vivo. The mouse cornea serves as an ideal tissue for this technique due to its easy accessibility and its inducible and modifiable state of pathological hem- and lymphvascularization. Neovascularization was induced by suture placement in corneas of Balb/C mice. Two weeks after treatment, lymphatic vessels were stained intravital by intrastromal injection of a fluorescently labeled LYVE-1 antibody and the corneas were evaluated in vivo by two-photon microscopy (TPM. Intravital TPM was performed at 710 nm and 826 nm excitation wavelengths to detect immunofluorescence and tissue autofluorescence using a custom made animal holder. Corneas were then harvested, fixed and analyzed by histology. Time lapse imaging demonstrated the first in vivo evidence of immune cell migration into lymphatic vessels and luminal transport of individual cells. Cells immigrated within 1-5.5 min into the vessel lumen. Mean velocities of intrastromal corneal immune cells were around 9 µm/min and therefore comparable to those of T-cells and macrophages in other mucosal surfaces. CONCLUSIONS: To our knowledge we here demonstrate for the first time the intravital real-time transmigration of immune cells into lymphatic vessels. Overall this study demonstrates the valuable use of intravital autofluorescence two-photon microscopy in the model of suture-induced corneal vascularizations to study interactions of immune and subsequently tumor cells with lymphatic vessels under close as possible

  9. Two-photon microscopy by wavelength-swept pulses delivered through single-mode fiber

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    Kang, Jeon Woong; Kim, Pilhan; Alonzo, Carlo Amadeo; Park, Hyunsung; Yun, Seok H.

    2010-01-01

    Nonlinear microscopy through flexible fiber-optic catheters has potential in clinical diagnostic applications. Here, we demonstrate a new approach based on wavelength-swept narrowband pulses that permits simple fiber-optic delivery without need of the dispersion management and allows nonmechanical beam scanning. Using 0.86 ps pulses rapidly tuned from 789 nm to 822 nm at a sweep rate of 200 Hz, we demonstrate two-photon fluorescence and second-harmonic generation imaging through a 5-m-long st...

  10. Scanning thermoelectric microscopy of local thermoelectric behaviors in (Bi,Sb){sub 2}Te{sub 3} films

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    Zhao, Kunyu [Key Laboratory of Inorganic Functional Materials and Devices, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); Zeng, Huarong, E-mail: Huarongzeng@mail.sic.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Inorganic Functional Materials and Devices, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); Xu, Kunqi; Yu, Huizhu [Key Laboratory of Inorganic Functional Materials and Devices, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 00039 (China); Li, Guorong [Key Laboratory of Inorganic Functional Materials and Devices, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); Song, Junqiang; Shi, Xun; Chen, Lidong [State Key laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructures, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China)

    2015-01-15

    In this paper we develop scanning thermoelectric microscopy (STeM) on the basis of commercial atomic force microscope. The nanoscale thermoelectric behaviors of (Bi,Sb){sub 2}Te{sub 3} (BST) thin films were studied. 3ω-technique was used for thermal conductivity imaging and quantitative thermal characterization. By acquiring the unique Seebeck information from 2ω frequency component, nanoscale thermoelectric images were firstly obtained, exhibiting remarkably inhomogeneous distribution of local Seebeck coefficient in the thin films. Positive thermoelectric response is revealed by the modulation of temperature difference between thermal tip and sample, corresponding to p-type conduction within BST sample.

  11. Fully integrated reflection-mode photoacoustic/two-photon microscopy in vivo (Conference Presentation)

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    Song, Liang; Song, Wei; Zhang, Yang; Zheng, Wei

    2016-03-01

    Using a water-immersion optical objective in conjunction with a miniature 40-MHz ultrasonic transducer, we developed reflection-mode photoacoustic microscopy with a transverse resolution as high as 320 nm. Here, we further integrated two-photon microscopy capability into the system to enable multimodality in vivo biomedical imaging at submicron resolution. As a result, the system is capable of tri-modality label-free imaging of microvasculature, collagen, and cell morphology, based on the contrast of optical absorption, second-harmonic generation, and autofluorescence, respectively. In addition, we demonstrated simultaneous microscopic imaging of neuron and microvasculature in the brain cortex of a living mouse, which may offer new opportunities for studying the mechanisms of neurovascular coupling.

  12. Mono-Cycle Photonics and Optical Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Route to Femtosecond Ångstrom Technology

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    Yamashita, Mikio; Morita, Ryuji

    2005-01-01

    "Mono-Cycle Photonics and Optical Scanning Tunneling Microscopy" deals with both the ultrashort laser-pulse technology in the few- to mono-cycle region and the laser-surface-controlled scanning-tunneling microscopy (STM) extending into the spatiotemporal extreme technology. The former covers the theory of nonlinear pulse propagation beyond the slowly-varing-envelope approximation, the generation and active chirp compensation of ultrabroadband optical pulses, the amplitude and phase characterization of few- to mono-cycle pulses, and the feedback field control for the mono-cycle-like pulse generation. In addition, the wavelength-multiplex shaping of ultrabroadband pulse is described. The latter covers the CW-laser-excitation STM, the femtosecond-time-resolved STM and atomic-level surface phenomena controlled by femtosecond pulses.

  13. Two-photon microscopy: shedding light on the chemistry of vision.

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    Imanishi, Yoshikazu; Lodowski, Kerrie H; Koutalos, Yiannis

    2007-08-28

    Two-photon microscopy (TPM) has come to occupy a prominent place in modern biological research with its ability to resolve the three-dimensional distribution of molecules deep inside living tissue. TPM can employ two different types of signals, fluorescence and second harmonic generation, to image biological structures with subcellular resolution. Two-photon excited fluorescence imaging is a powerful technique with which to monitor the dynamic behavior of the chemical components of tissues, whereas second harmonic imaging provides novel ways to study their spatial organization. Using TPM, great strides have been made toward understanding the metabolism, structure, signal transduction, and signal transmission in the eye. These include the characterization of the spatial distribution, transport, and metabolism of the endogenous retinoids, molecules essential for the detection of light, as well as the elucidation of the architecture of the living cornea. In this review, we present and discuss the current applications of TPM for the chemical and structural imaging of the eye. In addition, we address what we see as the future potential of TPM for eye research. This relatively new method of microscopy has been the subject of numerous technical improvements in terms of the optics and indicators used, improvements that should lead to more detailed biochemical characterizations of the eyes of live animals and even to imaging of the human eye in vivo. PMID:17676772

  14. Fully integrated reflection-mode photoacoustic, two-photon, and second harmonic generation microscopy in vivo

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    Song, Wei; Xu, Qiang; Zhang, Yang; Zhan, Yang; Zheng, Wei; Song, Liang

    2016-08-01

    The ability to obtain comprehensive structural and functional information from intact biological tissue in vivo is highly desirable for many important biomedical applications, including cancer and brain studies. Here, we developed a fully integrated multimodal microscopy that can provide photoacoustic (optical absorption), two-photon (fluorescence), and second harmonic generation (SHG) information from tissue in vivo, with intrinsically co-registered images. Moreover, using a delicately designed optical-acoustic coupling configuration, a high-frequency miniature ultrasonic transducer was integrated into a water-immersion optical objective, thus allowing all three imaging modalities to provide a high lateral resolution of ~290 nm with reflection-mode imaging capability, which is essential for studying intricate anatomy, such as that of the brain. Taking advantage of the complementary and comprehensive contrasts of the system, we demonstrated high-resolution imaging of various tissues in living mice, including microvasculature (by photoacoustics), epidermis cells, cortical neurons (by two-photon fluorescence), and extracellular collagen fibers (by SHG). The intrinsic image co-registration of the three modalities conveniently provided improved visualization and understanding of the tissue microarchitecture. The reported results suggest that, by revealing complementary tissue microstructures in vivo, this multimodal microscopy can potentially facilitate a broad range of biomedical studies, such as imaging of the tumor microenvironment and neurovascular coupling.

  15. Imaging immune response of skin mast cells in vivo with two-photon microscopy

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    Li, Chunqiang; Pastila, Riikka K.; Lin, Charles P.

    2012-02-01

    Intravital multiphoton microscopy has provided insightful information of the dynamic process of immune cells in vivo. However, the use of exogenous labeling agents limits its applications. There is no method to perform functional imaging of mast cells, a population of innate tissue-resident immune cells. Mast cells are widely recognized as the effector cells in allergy. Recently their roles as immunoregulatory cells in certain innate and adaptive immune responses are being actively investigated. Here we report in vivo mouse skin mast cells imaging with two-photon microscopy using endogenous tryptophan as the fluorophore. We studied the following processes. 1) Mast cells degranulation, the first step in the mast cell activation process in which the granules are released into peripheral tissue to trigger downstream reactions. 2) Mast cell reconstitution, a procedure commonly used to study mast cells functioning by comparing the data from wild type mice, mast cell-deficient mice, and mast-cell deficient mice reconstituted with bone marrow-derived mast cells (BMMCs). Imaging the BMMCs engraftment in tissue reveals the mast cells development and the efficiency of BMMCs reconstitution. We observed the reconstitution process for 6 weeks in the ear skin of mast cell-deficient Kit wsh/ w-sh mice by two-photon imaging. Our finding is the first instance of imaging mast cells in vivo with endogenous contrast.

  16. Fully integrated reflection-mode photoacoustic, two-photon, and second harmonic generation microscopy in vivo

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    Song, Wei; Xu, Qiang; Zhang, Yang; Zhan, Yang; Zheng, Wei; Song, Liang

    2016-01-01

    The ability to obtain comprehensive structural and functional information from intact biological tissue in vivo is highly desirable for many important biomedical applications, including cancer and brain studies. Here, we developed a fully integrated multimodal microscopy that can provide photoacoustic (optical absorption), two-photon (fluorescence), and second harmonic generation (SHG) information from tissue in vivo, with intrinsically co-registered images. Moreover, using a delicately designed optical-acoustic coupling configuration, a high-frequency miniature ultrasonic transducer was integrated into a water-immersion optical objective, thus allowing all three imaging modalities to provide a high lateral resolution of ~290 nm with reflection-mode imaging capability, which is essential for studying intricate anatomy, such as that of the brain. Taking advantage of the complementary and comprehensive contrasts of the system, we demonstrated high-resolution imaging of various tissues in living mice, including microvasculature (by photoacoustics), epidermis cells, cortical neurons (by two-photon fluorescence), and extracellular collagen fibers (by SHG). The intrinsic image co-registration of the three modalities conveniently provided improved visualization and understanding of the tissue microarchitecture. The reported results suggest that, by revealing complementary tissue microstructures in vivo, this multimodal microscopy can potentially facilitate a broad range of biomedical studies, such as imaging of the tumor microenvironment and neurovascular coupling. PMID:27576922

  17. Multimodal imaging of lung tissue using optical coherence tomography and two photon microscopy

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    Gaertner, Maria; Cimalla, Peter; Geissler, Stefan; Meissner, Sven; Schnabel, Christian; Kuebler, Wolfgang M.; Koch, Edmund

    2012-02-01

    In the context of protective artificial ventilation strategies for patients with severe lung diseases, the contribution of ventilator settings to tissue changes on the alveolar level of the lung is still a question under debate. To understand the impact of respiratory settings as well as the dynamic process of respiration, high-resolution monitoring and visualization of the dynamics of lung alveoli are essential. An instrument allowing 3D imaging of lung tissue as well as imaging of functional constituents, such as elastin fibers, in in situ experimental conditions is presented in this study using a combination of Fourier domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT) and fiber-guided two photon microscopy. In a comparative study, fixed lung tissue, stained with sulforhodamine B for elastin fibers, was used to illustrate the ability of fiber-guided two photon excitation and single photon excitation for the visualization of elastin fibers within the tissue. Together with the fast 3D imaging capability of OCT, a new tool is given for the monitoring of alveolar lung dynamics in future in vivo experiments.

  18. Automated filtering of intrinsic movement artifacts during two-photon intravital microscopy.

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    Denis Soulet

    Full Text Available In vivo imaging using two-photon microscopy is an essential tool to explore the dynamic of physiological events deep within biological tissues for short or extended periods of time. The new capabilities offered by this technology (e.g. high tissue penetrance, low toxicity have opened a whole new era of investigations in modern biomedical research. However, the potential of using this promising technique in tissues of living animals is greatly limited by the intrinsic irregular movements that are caused by cardiac and respiratory cycles and muscular and vascular tone. Here, we show real-time imaging of the brain, spinal cord, sciatic nerve and myenteric plexus of living mice using a new automated program, named Intravital_Microscopy_Toolbox, that removes frames corrupted with motion artifacts from time-lapse videos. Our approach involves generating a dissimilarity score against precalculated reference frames in a specific reference channel, thus allowing the gating of distorted, out-of-focus or translated frames. Since the algorithm detects the uneven peaks of image distortion caused by irregular animal movements, the macro allows a fast and efficient filtering of the image sequence. In addition, extra features have been implemented in the macro, such as XY registration, channel subtraction, extended field of view with maximum intensity projection, noise reduction with average intensity projections, and automated timestamp and scale bar overlay. Thus, the Intravital_Microscopy_Toolbox macro for ImageJ provides convenient tools for biologists who are performing in vivo two-photon imaging in tissues prone to motion artifacts.

  19. Evaluation of cryo-preserved skin tissues using two-photon microscopy

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    Riemann, Iris; Beier, Axel; Schwarz, Martin; Dörr, Daniel; Stracke, Frank; Zimmermann, Heiko

    2010-02-01

    If no fresh skin samples can be obtained or used, it is important for research and industries to have models and stored tissue samples as close to the native state as possible at disposal. One way to preserve tissues for a longer timeframe is to use deep freezing cryo-techniques. Unfortunately much damage can be induced during the cooling and the thawing processes like disruption of cells and extra-cellular matrices due to the formation of ice crystals. This could lead to a disturbance of the united cell structure up to the point of a loss of cell viability. Two-photon microscopy is able to gather information about cells and tissue components via excitation of the autofluorescence deep inside the sample with a high resolution in both, frozen and thawed states. It is possible to monitor the samples before and after and, important, observe events during the freezing process like the formation of ice crystals. To determine the state of skin tissues after slow rate freezing and the quick process of vitrification, the samples were examined with two-photon microscopy. To establish an optimized freezing-protocol for skin tissues, morphological changes, changes in autofluorescence of endogenous fluorophores (NADH, keratin, flavins, elastin) or changes in second harmonic generation of collagen fibres could provide information about the quality of the used freezing parameters and protective additives and lead to an optimized freezing-protocol with a new set of parameters to obtain mostly intact tissue samples. Multiphoton microscopy has been established as a useful tool for optical in situ quality control of frozen tissues.

  20. Localization of bleomycin in a single living cell using three-photon excitation microscopy

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    Abraham, Anil T.; Brautigan, David L.; Hecht, Sidney M.; Periasamy, Ammasi

    2001-04-01

    Bleomycin has been used in the clinic as a chemotherapeutic agent for the treatment of several neoplasms, including non-Hodgkins lymphomas, squamous cell carcinomas, and testicular tumors. The effectiveness of bleomycin is believed to be derived from its ability to bind and oxidatively cleave DNA in the presence of a iron cofactor in vivo. A substantial amount of data on BLM has been collected, there is little information concerning the effects of bleomycin in living cells. In order to obtain data pertinent to the effects of BLM in intact cells, we have exploited the intrinsic fluorescence property of bleomycin to monitor the uptake of the drug in mammalian cells. We employed two light microscopy techniques, a wide-field and three-photon excitation (760 nm) fluorescence microscopy. Treatment of HeLa cells with bleomycin resulted in rapid to localization within the cells. In addition data collected from the wide field experiments, three-photon excitation of BLM which considerably reduced the phototoxic effect compared with UV light excitation in the wide-field microscopy indicated co-localization of the drug to regions of the cytoplasm occupied by the endoplasmic reticulum probe, DiOC5. The data clearly indicates that the cellular uptake of bleomycin after one minute includes the nucleus as well as in cytoplasm. Contrary to previous studies, which indicate chromosomal DNA as the target of bleomycin, the current findings suggest that the drug is distributed to many areas within the cell, including the endoplasmic reticulum, an organelle that is known to contain ribonucleic acids.

  1. Hydrothermal synthesis of Bi2WO6 hierarchical flowers with their photonic and photocatalytic properties

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    Dumrongrojthanath, Phattharanit; Thongtem, Titipun; Phuruangrat, Anukorn; Thongtem, Somchai

    2013-02-01

    Bi2WO6 hierarchical multi-layered flower-like assemblies were synthesized by a hydrothermal method at 180 °C for 24 h. XRD patterns were specified as pure orthorhombic well-crystallized Bi2WO6 phase. Their FTIR spectra show main absorption bands at 400-1000 cm-1, assigned as the stretching modes of the Bi-O and W-O, and W-O-W bridging stretching modes. SEM analysis shows that the product was 3D hierarchical flower-like assemblies, constructed by orderly arranged 2D layers of nanoplates. The UV-visible absorption shows an absorbance in the ultraviolet region with 3.4 eV band gap. Photocatalytic activity of Bi2WO6 hierarchical flowers was determined from the degradation of rhodamine-B by Xe light at 88% for 360 min irradiation.

  2. The biaxial nonlinear crystal BiB3O6 as a polarization entangled photon source using non-collinear type-II parametric down-conversion

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    Halevy, A; Dovrat, L; Eisenberg, H S; Becker, P; Bohatý, L

    2011-01-01

    We describe the full characterization of the biaxial nonlinear crystal BiB3O6 (BiBO) as a polarization entangled photon source using non-collinear type-II parametric down-conversion. We consider the relevant parameters for crystal design, such as cutting angles, polarization of the photons, effective nonlinearity, spatial and temporal walk-offs, crystal thickness and the effect of the pump laser bandwidth. Experimental results showing entanglement generation with high rates and a comparison to the well investigated beta-BaB2O4 (BBO) crystal are presented as well. Changing the down-conversion crystal of a polarization entangled photon source from BBO to BiBO enhances the generation rate as if the pump power was increased by more than three times. Such an improvement is currently required for the generation of multiphoton entangled states.

  3. The biaxial nonlinear crystal BiB₃O₆ as a polarization entangled photon source using non-collinear type-II parametric down-conversion.

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    Halevy, A; Megidish, E; Dovrat, L; Eisenberg, H S; Becker, P; Bohatý, L

    2011-10-10

    We describe the full characterization of the biaxial nonlinear crystal BiB₃O₆ (BiBO) as a polarization entangled photon source using non-collinear type-II parametric down-conversion. We consider the relevant parameters for crystal design, such as cutting angles, polarization of the photons, effective nonlinearity, spatial and temporal walk-offs, crystal thickness and the effect of the pump laser bandwidth. Experimental results showing entanglement generation with high rates and a comparison to the well investigated β-BaB₂O₄ (BBO) crystal are presented as well. Changing the down-conversion crystal of a polarization entangled photon source from BBO to BiBO enhances the generation rate as if the pump power was increased by 2.5 times. Such an improvement is currently required for the generation of multiphoton entangled states.

  4. The biaxial nonlinear crystal BiB₃O₆ as a polarization entangled photon source using non-collinear type-II parametric down-conversion.

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    Halevy, A; Megidish, E; Dovrat, L; Eisenberg, H S; Becker, P; Bohatý, L

    2011-10-10

    We describe the full characterization of the biaxial nonlinear crystal BiB₃O₆ (BiBO) as a polarization entangled photon source using non-collinear type-II parametric down-conversion. We consider the relevant parameters for crystal design, such as cutting angles, polarization of the photons, effective nonlinearity, spatial and temporal walk-offs, crystal thickness and the effect of the pump laser bandwidth. Experimental results showing entanglement generation with high rates and a comparison to the well investigated β-BaB₂O₄ (BBO) crystal are presented as well. Changing the down-conversion crystal of a polarization entangled photon source from BBO to BiBO enhances the generation rate as if the pump power was increased by 2.5 times. Such an improvement is currently required for the generation of multiphoton entangled states. PMID:21997051

  5. Multimodal microscopy and the stepwise multi-photon activation fluorescence of melanin

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    Lai, Zhenhua

    The author's work is divided into three aspects: multimodal microscopy, stepwise multi-photon activation fluorescence (SMPAF) of melanin, and customized-profile lenses (CPL) for on-axis laser scanners, which will be introduced respectively. A multimodal microscope provides the ability to image samples with multiple modalities on the same stage, which incorporates the benefits of all modalities. The multimodal microscopes developed in this dissertation are the Keck 3D fusion multimodal microscope 2.0 (3DFM 2.0), upgraded from the old 3DFM with improved performance and flexibility, and the multimodal microscope for targeting small particles (the "Target" system). The control systems developed for both microscopes are low-cost and easy-to-build, with all components off-the-shelf. The control system have not only significantly decreased the complexity and size of the microscope, but also increased the pixel resolution and flexibility. The SMPAF of melanin, activated by a continuous-wave (CW) mode near-infrared (NIR) laser, has potential applications for a low-cost and reliable method of detecting melanin. The photophysics of melanin SMPAF has been studied by theoretical analysis of the excitation process and investigation of the spectra, activation threshold, and photon number absorption of melanin SMPAF. SMPAF images of melanin in mouse hair and skin, mouse melanoma, and human black and white hairs are compared with images taken by conventional multi-photon fluorescence microscopy (MPFM) and confocal reflectance microscopy (CRM). SMPAF images significantly increase specificity and demonstrate the potential to increase sensitivity for melanin detection compared to MPFM images and CRM images. Employing melanin SMPAF imaging to detect melanin inside human skin in vivo has been demonstrated, which proves the effectiveness of melanin detection using SMPAF for medical purposes. Selective melanin ablation with micrometer resolution has been presented using the Target system

  6. Mapping the directional emission of quasi-two-dimensional photonic crystals of semiconductor nanowires using Fourier microscopy

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    Fontana, Y; Grzela, G.; Bakkers, E. P. A. M.; Gomez Rivas, J.

    2013-01-01

    Controlling the dispersion and directionality of the emission of nanosources is one of the major goals of nanophotonics research. This control will allow the development of highly efficient nanosources even at the single-photon level. One of the ways to achieve this goal is to couple the emission to Bloch modes of periodic structures. Here, we present the first measurements of the directional emission from nanowire photonic crystals by using Fourier microscopy. With this technique, we efficie...

  7. Fast Hadamard transforms for compressive sensing of joint systems: measurement of a 3.2 million-dimensional bi-photon probability distribution.

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    Lum, Daniel J; Knarr, Samuel H; Howell, John C

    2015-10-19

    We demonstrate how to efficiently implement extremely high-dimensional compressive imaging of a bi-photon probability distribution. Our method uses fast-Hadamard-transform Kronecker-based compressive sensing to acquire the joint space distribution. We list, in detail, the operations necessary to enable fast-transform-based matrix-vector operations in the joint space to reconstruct a 16.8 million-dimensional image in less than 10 minutes. Within a subspace of that image exists a 3.2 million-dimensional bi-photon probability distribution. In addition, we demonstrate how the marginal distributions can aid in the accuracy of joint space distribution reconstructions.

  8. Four-dimensional multiphoton microscopy with time-correlated single-photon counting.

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    Schönle, A; Glatz, M; Hell, S W

    2000-12-01

    We report on the implementation of fluorescence-lifetime imaging in multiphoton excitation microscopy that uses PC-compatible modules for time-correlated single-photon counting. Four-dimensional data stacks are produced with each pixel featuring fluorescence-decay curves that consist of as many as 4096 bins. Fluorescence lifetime(s) and their amplitude(s) are extracted by statistical methods at each pixel or in arbitrarily defined regions of interest. When employing an avalanche photodiode the width of the temporal response function is 420 ps. Although this response confines the temporal resolution to values greater than several hundreds of picoseconds, the lifetime precision is determined by the signal-to-noise ratio and can be in the range of tens of picosconds. Lifetime changes are visualized in pulsed-laser-deposited fluorescent layers as well as in cyan fluorescent proteins that transfer energy to yellow fluorescent proteins in live mammalian cells. PMID:18354639

  9. A novel Kalman filter based video image processing scheme for two-photon fluorescence microscopy

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    Sun, Wenqing; Huang, Xia; Li, Chunqiang; Xiao, Chuan; Qian, Wei

    2016-03-01

    Two-photon fluorescence microscopy (TPFM) is a perfect optical imaging equipment to monitor the interaction between fast moving viruses and hosts. However, due to strong unavoidable background noises from the culture, videos obtained by this technique are too noisy to elaborate this fast infection process without video image processing. In this study, we developed a novel scheme to eliminate background noises, recover background bacteria images and improve video qualities. In our scheme, we modified and implemented the following methods for both host and virus videos: correlation method, round identification method, tree-structured nonlinear filters, Kalman filters, and cell tracking method. After these procedures, most of noises were eliminated and host images were recovered with their moving directions and speed highlighted in the videos. From the analysis of the processed videos, 93% bacteria and 98% viruses were correctly detected in each frame on average.

  10. Probing surface recombination velocities in semiconductors using two-photon microscopy

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    Gaury, Benoit; Haney, Paul M.

    2016-03-01

    The determination of minority-carrier lifetimes and surface recombination velocities is essential for the development of semiconductor technologies such as solar cells. The recent development of two-photon time-resolved microscopy allows for better measurements of bulk and subsurface interfaces properties. Here, we analyze the diffusion problem related to this optical technique. Our three-dimensional treatment enables us to separate lifetime (recombination) from transport effects (diffusion) in the photoluminescence intensity. It also allows us to consider surface recombination occurring at a variety of geometries: a single plane (representing an isolated exposed or buried interface), a two parallel planes (representing two inequivalent interfaces), and a spherical surface (representing the enclosing surface of a grain boundary). We provide fully analytical results and scalings directly amenable to data fitting and apply those to experimental data collected on heteroepitaxial CdTe/ZnTe/Si.

  11. Two-photon microscopy with diffractive optical elements and spatial light modulators

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    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Two-photon microscopy is often performed at slow frame rates, due to the need to serially scan all points in a field of view with a single laser beam. To overcome this problem, we have developed two optical methods that split and multiplex a laser beam across the sample. In the first method a diffractive optical element (DOE generates a fixed number of beamlets that are scanned in parallel, resulting in a corresponding increase in speed, or in signal-to-noise ratio, in time-lapse measurements. The second method uses a computer-controlled spatial light modulator (SLM, to generate any arbitrary spatio-temporal light pattern. With an SLM one can image or photostimulate any predefined region of the image, such as neurons or dendritic spines. In addition, SLMs can be used to mimic a large number of optical transfer functions, including light path corrections or as adaptive optical devices.

  12. Multicolor excitation two-photon microscopy: in vivo imaging of cells and tissues

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    Li, Dong; Zheng, Wei; Qu, Jianan Y.

    2010-02-01

    Two-photon microscopy based on endogenous fluorescence provides non-invasive imaging of living biological system. Reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH), flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD), keratin, collagen and elastin are the endogenous fluorophores widely used as the contrast agents for imaging metabolism and morphology of living cells and tissue. The fluorescence of tryptophan, a kind of essential amino acid, conveys the information on cellular protein content, structure and microenvironment. However, it can't be effectively excited by the commonly used Ti:sapphire femtosecond laser. Because each endogenous fluorophore provides limited information, it is desirable to simultaneously excite fluorescence from as many fluorophores as possible to obtain accurate biochemical and morphological information on biomedical samples. In this study, we demonstrate that the supercontinuum generation from a photonic crystal fiber (PCF) excited by an ultrafast source can be used to excite multiple endogenous nonlinear optical signals simultaneously. By employing the spectral lifetime detection capability, this technology provides a unique approach to sense the fine structure, protein distribution and cellular metabolism of cells and tissues in vivo. In particular, with application of acetic acid, a safe contrast agent used for detection cervical cancer for many years, the tryptophan signals reveal cellular morphology and even cell-cell junctions clearly. Moreover, it was found that the pH value dependent lifetime of tryptophan fluorescence could provide the qualitative information on the gradient of pH value in epithelial tissue. Finally, we will demonstrate the potential of our multi-color TPEF microscopy to investigate the early development of cancer in epithelial tissue.

  13. Analyzing blinking effects in super resolution localization microscopy with single-photon SPAD imagers

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    Antolovic, Ivan Michel; Burri, Samuel; Bruschini, Claudio; Hoebe, Ron; Charbon, Edoardo

    2016-02-01

    For many scientific applications, electron multiplying charge coupled devices (EMCCDs) have been the sensor of choice because of their high quantum efficiency and built-in electron amplification. Lately, many researchers introduced scientific complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (sCMOS) imagers in their instrumentation, so as to take advantage of faster readout and the absence of excess noise. Alternatively, single-photon avalanche diode (SPAD) imagers can provide even faster frame rates and zero readout noise. SwissSPAD is a 1-bit 512×128 SPAD imager, one of the largest of its kind, featuring a frame duration of 6.4 μs. Additionally, a gating mechanism enables photosensitive windows as short as 5 ns with a skew better than 150 ps across the entire array. The SwissSPAD photon detection efficiency (PDE) uniformity is very high, thanks on one side to a photon-to-digital conversion and on the other to a reduced fraction of "hot pixels" or "screamers", which would pollute the image with noise. A low native fill factor was recovered to a large extent using a microlens array, leading to a maximum PDE increase of 12×. This enabled us to detect single fluorophores, as required by ground state depletion followed by individual molecule return imaging microscopy (GSDIM). We show the first super resolution results obtained with a SPAD imager, with an estimated localization uncertainty of 30 nm and resolution of 100 nm. The high time resolution of 6.4 μs can be utilized to explore the dye's photophysics or for dye optimization. We also present the methodology for the blinking analysis on experimental data.

  14. In vivo imaging of spinal cord in contusion injury model mice by multi-photon microscopy

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    Oshima, Y.; Horiuchi, H.; Ogata, T.; Hikita, A.; Miura, H.; Imamura, T.

    2014-03-01

    Fluorescent imaging technique is a promising method and has been developed for in vivo applications in cellular biology. In particular, nonlinear optical imaging technique, multi-photon microscopy has make it possible to analyze deep portion of tissues in living animals such as axons of spinal code. Traumatic spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are usually caused by contusion damages. Therefore, observation of spinal cord tissue after the contusion injury is necessary for understanding cellular dynamics in response to traumatic SCI and development of the treatment for traumatic SCI. Our goal is elucidation of mechanism for degeneration of axons after contusion injuries by establishing SCI model and chronic observation of injured axons in the living animals. Firstly we generated and observed acute SCI model by contusion injury. By using a multi-photon microscope, axons in dorsal cord were visualized approximately 140 micron in depth from the surface. Immediately after injury, minimal morphological change of spinal cord was observed. At 3 days after injury, spinal cord was swelling and the axons seem to be fragmented. At 7 days after injury, increased degradation of axons could be observed, although the image was blurred due to accumulation of the connective tissue. In the present study, we successfully observed axon degeneration after the contusion SCI in a living animal in vivo. Our final goal is to understand molecular mechanisms and cellular dynamics in response to traumatic SCIs in acute and chronic stage.

  15. Development of a low cost, high resolution position detection system for photonic force microscopy

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    Pal, Sambit Bikas; Roy, Basudev; Banerjee, Ayan

    2011-01-01

    A photonic force microscope comprises of an optically trapped micro-probe and a position detection system to track the motion of the probe. In this paper, we report the use of the optical pick-up head of a compact disc player as an extremely low cost yet accurate position sensor for photonic force microscopy. The size of the quadrant photo-IC in the pick-up head makes it ideal to work with a 1:1 image of a micron-sized probe in the microscope back-focal plane after the standard magnification by the trapping objective lens. This is an advantage over most commercial quadrant photodiodes or position sensitive detectors where it is difficult to image only the probe since such detectors require larger beams. This warrants external magnification optics leading to losses that may be significant in back-focal plane detection where the signal level directly off the probe is already very weak. Using a commercially available spare pick-up head, we demonstrate that the detector could measure absolute displacements with a...

  16. Nonlinear anisotropic diffusion filtering of three-dimensional image data from two-photon microscopy.

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    Broser, Philip J; Schulte, R; Lang, S; Roth, A; Helmchen, Fritjof; Waters, J; Sakmann, Bert; Wittum, G

    2004-01-01

    Two-photon microscopy in combination with novel fluorescent labeling techniques enables imaging of three-dimensional neuronal morphologies in intact brain tissue. In principle it is now possible to automatically reconstruct the dendritic branching patterns of neurons from 3-D fluorescence image stacks. In practice however, the signal-to-noise ratio can be low, in particular in the case of thin dendrites or axons imaged relatively deep in the tissue. Here we present a nonlinear anisotropic diffusion filter that enhances the signal-to-noise ratio while preserving the original dimensions of the structural elements. The key idea is to use structural information in the raw data-the local moments of inertia-to locally control the strength and direction of diffusion filtering. A cylindrical dendrite, for example, is effectively smoothed only parallel to its longitudinal axis, not perpendicular to it. This is demonstrated for artificial data as well as for in vivo two-photon microscopic data from pyramidal neurons of rat neocortex. In both cases noise is averaged out along the dendrites, leading to bridging of apparent gaps, while dendritic diameters are not affected. The filter is a valuable general tool for smoothing cellular processes and is well suited for preparing data for subsequent image segmentation and neuron reconstruction. PMID:15574067

  17. Polarization-Sensitive Two-Photon Microscopy Study of the Organization of Liquid-Crystalline DNA

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    Mojzisova, Halina; Olesiak, Joanna; Zielinski, Marcin; Matczyszyn, Katarzyna; Chauvat, Dominique; Zyss, Joseph

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Highly concentrated DNA solutions exhibit self-ordering properties such as the generation of liquid-crystalline phases. Such organized domains may play an important role in the global chromatin topology but can also be used as a simple model for the study of more complex 3D DNA structures. In this work, using polarized two-photon fluorescence microscopy, we report on the orientation of DNA molecules in liquid-crystalline phases. For this purpose, we analyze the signal emitted by fluorophores that are noncovalently bound to DNA strands. In nonlinear processes, excitation occurs exclusively in the focal volume, which offers advantages such as the reduction of photobleaching of out-of-focus molecules and intrinsic 3D sectioning capability. Propidium iodide and Hoechst, two fluorophores with different DNA binding modes, have been considered. Polarimetric measurements show that the dyes follow the alignment with respect to the DNA strands and allow the determination of the angles between the emission dipoles and the longitudinal axis of the DNA double strand. These results provide a useful starting point toward the application of two-photon polarimetry techniques to determine the local orientation of condensed DNA in physiological conditions. PMID:19843467

  18. Mapping the directional emission of quasi-two-dimensional photonic crystals of semiconductor nanowires using Fourier microscopy

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    Fontana, Yannik; Bakkers, Erik P A M; Rivas, Jaime Gómez

    2013-01-01

    Controlling the dispersion and directionality of the emission of nanosources is one of the major goals of nanophotonics research. This control will allow the development of highly efficient nanosources even at the single photon level. One of the ways to achieve this goal is to couple the emission to Bloch modes of periodic structures. Here, we present the first measurements of the directional emission from nanowire photonic crystals by using Fourier microscopy. With this technique we efficiently collect and resolve the directional emission of nanowires within the numerical aperture of a microscope objective. The light emission from a heterostructure grown in each nanowire is governed by the photonic (Bloch) modes of the photonic crystal. We also demonstrate that the directionality of the emission can be easily controlled by infiltrating the photonic crystal with a high refractive index liquid. This work opens new possibilities for the control of the emission of sources in nanowires.

  19. Characterization of Microstructures Fabricated by Two-Photon Polymerization Using Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering Microscopy

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    Baldacchini, Tommaso; Zimmerley, Maxwell; Kuo, Chun-Hung; Potma, Eric O.; Zadoyan, Ruben

    2009-01-01

    We demonstrate the possibility to image microstructures fabricated by two-photon polymerization (TPP) using coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) microscopy. The imaging contrast based on chemical selectivity attained by CARS microscopy is used to gather qualitative information on TPP. Upon the basis of detailed knowledge of the characteristic signatures of the photoresist Raman spectrum, quantitative relationships between laser writing conditions and polymer cross-linking are demonstr...

  20. Enhanced multi-spectral imaging of live breast cancer cells using immunotargeted gold nanoshells and two-photon excitation microscopy

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    We demonstrate the capability of using immunotargeted gold nanoshells as contrast agents for in vitro two-photon microscopy. The two-photon luminescence properties of different-sized gold nanoshells are first validated using near-infrared excitation at 780 nm. The utility of two-photon microscopy as a tool for imaging live HER2-overexpressing breast cancer cells labeled with anti-HER2-conjugated nanoshells is then explored and imaging results are compared to normal breast cells. Five different imaging channels are simultaneously examined within the emission wavelength range of 451-644 nm. Our results indicate that under near-infrared excitation, superior contrast of SK-BR-3 cancer cells labeled with immunotargeted nanoshells occurs at an emission wavelength ranging from 590 to 644 nm. Luminescence from labeled normal breast cells and autofluorescence from unlabeled cancer and normal cells remain imperceptible under the same conditions

  1. Femtosecond laser subsurface scleral treatment in cadaver human sclera and evaluation using two-photon and confocal microscopy

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    Sun, Hui; Fan, Zhongwei; Yan, Ying; Lian, Fuqiang; Kurtz, Ron; Juhasz, Tibor

    2016-03-01

    Glaucoma is the second-leading cause of blindness worldwide and is often associated with elevated intraocular pressure (IOP). Partial-thickness drainage channels can be created with femtosecond laser in the translucent sclera for the potential treatment of glaucoma. We demonstrate the creation of partial-thickness subsurface drainage channels with the femtosecond laser in the cadaver human eyeballs and describe the application of two-photon microscopy and confocal microscopy for noninvasive imaging of the femtosecond laser created partial-thickness scleral channels in cadaver human eyes. A femtosecond laser operating at a wavelength of 1700 nm was scanned along a rectangular raster pattern to create the partial thickness subsurface drainage channels in the sclera of cadaver human eyes. Analysis of the dimensions and location of these channels is important in understanding their effects. We describe the application of two-photon microscopy and confocal microscopy for noninvasive imaging of the femtosecond laser created partial-thickness scleral channels in cadaver human eyes. High-resolution images, hundreds of microns deep in the sclera, were obtained to allow determination of the shape and dimension of such partial thickness subsurface scleral channels. Our studies suggest that the confocal and two-photon microscopy can be used to investigate femtosecond-laser created partial-thickness drainage channels in the sclera of cadaver human eyes.

  2. Precision dispersion compensation for ultra-broadband bi-photons using a prism-pair with negative separation

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    Shaked, Yaakov; Pe'er, Avi

    2014-01-01

    The Brewster prism-pair is a major tool for dispersion control that produces tuned negative dispersion even when the prisms material has positive dispersion. We present a complementary technique for obtaining overall positive dispersion even when the material dispersion is negative, which is most useful for applications in the infrared, where the majority of the optical materials have negative dispersion. By adding a telescope between the prisms that images the first prism beyond the location of the second one, an effectively negative separation between the prisms can be obtained. This ability to flip the sign of the angular dispersion between the prisms provides a powerful new knob to the prism-pair system and allows higher degree of dispersion compensation. We demonstrate a prism-pair configuration, where both the 2nd and 4th order dispersion are compensated in the 1400-2400nm range, designed for a quantum optics experiment with ultra-broadband bi-photons.

  3. Construction of flexible photoelectrochemical solar cells based on ordered nanostructural BiOI/Bi2S3 heterojunction films.

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    Fang, Mingqing; Jia, Huimin; He, Weiwei; Lei, Yan; Zhang, Lizhi; Zheng, Zhi

    2015-05-28

    Ordered 2D nanostructural BiOI nanoflake arrays decorated with Bi2S3 nanospheres have been designed and in situ fabricated for the first time, to form BiOI/Bi2S3 bulk heterojunctions through a soft chemical route. A modified successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method was developed to fabricate BiOI nanoflake arrays on flexible ITO/PET substrates at room temperature. The degree of transformation of BiOI to Bi2S3 was controlled through the adjustment of exposure time of the BiOI/ITO substrate to thioacetamide (TAA) aqueous solution. The morphologies of BiOI, BiOI/Bi2S3 heterojunctions and Bi2S3 films were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) patterns, and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The presence of Bi2S3 was further validated through Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Especially, photoelectrochemical measurements demonstrated that such a Bi2S3 decorated BiOI photoanode based cell exhibits significant augments of short-circuit current density (Jsc) and incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency (IPCE, 3 times higher than the pure BiOI photoanode), attributable to the stronger photo-absorption and better photogenerated charge carrier separation and transport efficiency. The surface photovoltage (SPV) measurements further confirmed the importance of BiOI/Bi2S3 heterojunctions in such PEC cells. This solution-based process directly on flexible ITO offers the promise for low-cost, large-area, roll-to-roll application of the manufacturing of the third generation thin-film photovoltaic devices. PMID:25941684

  4. Bi-photon spectral correlation measurements from a silicon nanowire in the quantum and classical regimes

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    Jizan, Iman; Xiong, Chunle; Collins, Matthew J; Choi, Duk-Yong; Chae, Chang Joon; Liscidini, Marco; Steel, M J; Eggleton, Benjamin J; Clark, Alex S

    2014-01-01

    The growing requirement for photon pairs with specific spectral correlations in quantum optics experiments has created a demand for fast, high resolution and accurate source characterization. A promising tool for such characterization uses the classical stimulated process, in which an additional seed laser stimulates photon generation yielding much higher count rates, as recently demonstrated for a $\\chi^{(2)}$ integrated source in A.~Eckstein \\emph{et al.}, Laser Photon. Rev. \\textbf{8}, L76 (2014). In this work we extend these results to $\\chi^{(3)}$ sources, demonstrating spectral correlation measurements via stimulated four-wave mixing for the first time in a integrated optical waveguide, namely a silicon nanowire. We directly confirm the speed-up due to higher count rates and demonstrate that additional resolution can be gained when compared to traditional coincidence measurements. As pump pulse duration can influence the degree of spectral entanglement, all of our measurements are taken for two differen...

  5. Combined two-photon microscopy and optical coherence tomography using individually optimized sources

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    Jeong, Bosu; Lee, Byunghak; Jang, Min Seong; Nam, Hyoseok; Kim, Hae Koo; Yoon, Sang June; Doh, Junsang; Lee, Sang-Joon; Yang, Bo-Gie; Jang, Myoung Ho; Kim, Ki Hean

    2011-03-01

    Two-photon microscopy (TPM) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) are 3D tissue imaging techniques based on different contrast mechanisms. We developed a combined system of TPM and OCT to provide information of both imaging modalities for in-vivo tissue study. TPM and OCT were implemented by using separate light sources, a Ti-Sapphire laser and a wavelength-swept source centered at 1300 nm respectively, and scanners. Light from the two sources was combined for the simultaneous imaging of tissue samples. TPM provided molecular, cellular information of tissues in the region of a few hundred microns on one side at a sub-cellular resolution, and ran at approximately 40 frames per second. OCT provided structural information in the tissue region larger than TPM images at a sub-tenth micron resolution by using 0.1 numerical aperture. OCT had the field of view of 800 um × 800 um based on a 20x objective, the sensitivity of 97dB, and the imaging speed of 0.8 volumes per second. This combined system was tested with simple microsphere specimens, and then was applied to image the explanted intestine of a mouse model and the plant leaves. Morphology and micro-structures of the intestine villi and immune cells within the villi were shown in the intestine image, and chloroplasts and various microstructures of the maize leaves were visualized in 3D by the combined system.

  6. Changes in cortical microvasculature during misery perfusion measured by two-photon laser scanning microscopy.

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    Tajima, Yosuke; Takuwa, Hiroyuki; Kokuryo, Daisuke; Kawaguchi, Hiroshi; Seki, Chie; Masamoto, Kazuto; Ikoma, Yoko; Taniguchi, Junko; Aoki, Ichio; Tomita, Yutaka; Suzuki, Norihiro; Kanno, Iwao; Saeki, Naokatsu; Ito, Hiroshi

    2014-08-01

    This study aimed to examine the cortical microvessel diameter response to hypercapnia in misery perfusion using two-photon laser scanning microscopy (TPLSM). We evaluated whether the vascular response to hypercapnia could represent the cerebrovascular reserve. Cerebral blood flow (CBF) during normocapnia and hypercapnia was measured by laser-Doppler flowmetry through cranial windows in awake C57/BL6 mice before and at 1, 7, 14, and 28 days after unilateral common carotid artery occlusion (UCCAO). Diameters of the cortical microvessels during normocapnia and hypercapnia were also measured by TPLSM. Cerebral blood flow and the vascular response to hypercapnia were decreased after UCCAO. Before UCCAO, vasodilation during hypercapnia was found primarily in arterioles (22.9%±3.5%). At 14 days after UCCAO, arterioles, capillaries, and venules were autoregulatorily dilated by 79.5%±19.7%, 57.2%±32.3%, and 32.0%±10.8%, respectively. At the same time, the diameter response to hypercapnia in arterioles was significantly decreased to 1.9%±1.5%. A significant negative correlation was observed between autoregulatory vasodilation and the diameter response to hypercapnia in arterioles. Our findings indicate that arterioles play main roles in both autoregulatory vasodilation and hypercapnic vasodilation, and that the vascular response to hypercapnia can be used to estimate the cerebrovascular reserve.

  7. Visualizing heterogeneity of photosynthetic properties of plant leaves with two-photon fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy.

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    Iermak, Ievgeniia; Vink, Jochem; Bader, Arjen N; Wientjes, Emilie; van Amerongen, Herbert

    2016-09-01

    Two-photon fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM) was used to analyse the distribution and properties of Photosystem I (PSI) and Photosystem II (PSII) in palisade and spongy chloroplasts of leaves from the C3 plant Arabidopsis thaliana and the C4 plant Miscanthus x giganteus. This was achieved by separating the time-resolved fluorescence of PSI and PSII in the leaf. It is found that the PSII antenna size is larger on the abaxial side of A. thaliana leaves, presumably because chloroplasts in the spongy mesophyll are "shaded" by the palisade cells. The number of chlorophylls in PSI on the adaxial side of the A. thaliana leaf is slightly higher. The C4 plant M. x giganteus contains both mesophyll and bundle sheath cells, which have a different PSI/PSII ratio. It is shown that the time-resolved fluorescence of bundle sheath and mesophyll cells can be analysed separately. The relative number of chlorophylls, which belong to PSI (as compared to PSII) in the bundle sheath cells is at least 2.5 times higher than in mesophyll cells. FLIM is thus demonstrated to be a useful technique to study the PSI/PSII ratio and PSII antenna size in well-defined regions of plant leaves without having to isolate pigment-protein complexes.

  8. Visualizing heterogeneity of photosynthetic properties of plant leaves with two-photon fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy.

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    Iermak, Ievgeniia; Vink, Jochem; Bader, Arjen N; Wientjes, Emilie; van Amerongen, Herbert

    2016-09-01

    Two-photon fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM) was used to analyse the distribution and properties of Photosystem I (PSI) and Photosystem II (PSII) in palisade and spongy chloroplasts of leaves from the C3 plant Arabidopsis thaliana and the C4 plant Miscanthus x giganteus. This was achieved by separating the time-resolved fluorescence of PSI and PSII in the leaf. It is found that the PSII antenna size is larger on the abaxial side of A. thaliana leaves, presumably because chloroplasts in the spongy mesophyll are "shaded" by the palisade cells. The number of chlorophylls in PSI on the adaxial side of the A. thaliana leaf is slightly higher. The C4 plant M. x giganteus contains both mesophyll and bundle sheath cells, which have a different PSI/PSII ratio. It is shown that the time-resolved fluorescence of bundle sheath and mesophyll cells can be analysed separately. The relative number of chlorophylls, which belong to PSI (as compared to PSII) in the bundle sheath cells is at least 2.5 times higher than in mesophyll cells. FLIM is thus demonstrated to be a useful technique to study the PSI/PSII ratio and PSII antenna size in well-defined regions of plant leaves without having to isolate pigment-protein complexes. PMID:27239747

  9. Microstructural characterization of myocardial infarction with optical coherence tractography and two-photon microscopy.

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    Goergen, Craig J; Chen, Howard H; Sakadžić, Sava; Srinivasan, Vivek J; Sosnovik, David E

    2016-09-01

    Myocardial infarction leads to complex changes in the fiber architecture of the heart. Here, we present a novel optical approach to characterize these changes in intact hearts in three dimensions. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) was used to derive a depth-resolved field of orientation on which tractography was performed. Tractography of healthy myocardium revealed a smooth linear transition in fiber inclination or helix angle from the epicardium to endocardium. Conversely, in infarcted hearts, no coherent microstructure could be identified in the infarct with OCT Additional characterization of the infarct was performed by the measurement of light attenuation and with two-photon microscopy. Myofibers were imaged using autofluorescence and collagen fibers using second harmonic generation. This revealed the presence of two distinct microstructural patterns in areas of the infarct with high light attenuation. In the presence of residual myofibers, the surrounding collagen fibers were aligned in a coherent manner parallel to the myofibers. In the absence of residual myofibers, the collagen fibers were randomly oriented and lacked any microstructural coherence. The presence of residual myofibers thus exerts a profound effect on the microstructural properties of the infarct scar and consequently the risk of aneurysm formation and arrhythmias. Catheter-based approaches to segment and image myocardial microstructure in humans are feasible and could play a valuable role in guiding the development of strategies to improve infarct healing. PMID:27650248

  10. Autonomous T cell trafficking examined in vivo with intravital two-photon microscopy

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    Miller, Mark J.; Wei, Sindy H.; Cahalan, Michael D.; Parker, Ian

    2003-03-01

    The recirculation of T cells between the blood and secondary lymphoid organs requires that T cells are motile and sensitive to tissue-specific signals. T cell motility has been studied in vitro, but the migratory behavior of individual T cells in vivo has remained enigmatic. Here, using intravital two-photon laser microscopy, we imaged the locomotion and trafficking of naïve CD4+ T cells in the inguinal lymph nodes of anesthetized mice. Intravital recordings deep within the lymph node showed T cells flowing rapidly in the microvasculature and captured individual homing events. Within the diffuse cortex, T cells displayed robust motility with an average velocity of 11 μm·min1. T cells cycled between states of low and high motility roughly every 2 min, achieving peak velocities >25 μm·min1. An analysis of T cell migration in 3D space revealed a default trafficking program analogous to a random walk. Our results show that naïve T cells do not migrate collectively, as they might under the direction of pervasive chemokine gradients. Instead, they appear to migrate as autonomous agents, each cell taking an independent trafficking path. Our results call into question the role of chemokine gradients for basal T cell trafficking within T cell areas and suggest that antigen detection may result from a stochastic process through which a random walk facilitates contact with antigen-presenting dendritic cells.

  11. Ultrafast random-access scanning in two-photon microscopy using acousto-optic deflectors.

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    Salomé, R; Kremer, Y; Dieudonné, S; Léger, J-F; Krichevsky, O; Wyart, C; Chatenay, D; Bourdieu, L

    2006-06-30

    Two-photon scanning microscopy (TPSM) is a powerful tool for imaging deep inside living tissues with sub-cellular resolution. The temporal resolution of TPSM is however strongly limited by the galvanometric mirrors used to steer the laser beam. Fast physiological events can therefore only be followed by scanning repeatedly a single line within the field of view. Because acousto-optic deflectors (AODs) are non-mechanical devices, they allow access at any point within the field of view on a microsecond time scale and are therefore excellent candidates to improve the temporal resolution of TPSM. However, the use of AOD-based scanners with femtosecond pulses raises several technical difficulties. In this paper, we describe an all-digital TPSM setup based on two crossed AODs. It includes in particular an acousto-optic modulator (AOM) placed at 45 degrees with respect to the AODs to pre-compensate for the large spatial distortions of femtosecond pulses occurring in the AODs, in order to optimize the spatial resolution and the fluorescence excitation. Our setup allows recording from freely selectable point-of-interest at high speed (1kHz). By maximizing the time spent on points of interest, random-access TPSM (RA-TPSM) constitutes a promising method for multiunit recordings with millisecond resolution in biological tissues.

  12. Ultrafast axial scanning for two-photon microscopy via a digital micromirror device and binary holography.

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    Cheng, Jiyi; Gu, Chenglin; Zhang, Dapeng; Wang, Dien; Chen, Shih-Chi

    2016-04-01

    In this Letter, we present an ultrafast nonmechanical axial scanning method for two-photon excitation (TPE) microscopy based on binary holography using a digital micromirror device (DMD), achieving a scanning rate of 4.2 kHz, scanning range of ∼180  μm, and scanning resolution (minimum step size) of ∼270  nm. Axial scanning is achieved by projecting the femtosecond laser to a DMD programmed with binary holograms of spherical wavefronts of increasing/decreasing radii. To guide the scanner design, we have derived the parametric relationships between the DMD parameters (i.e., aperture and pixel size), and the axial scanning characteristics, including (1) maximum optical power, (2) minimum step size, and (3) scan range. To verify the results, the DMD scanner is integrated with a custom-built TPE microscope that operates at 60 frames per second. In the experiment, we scanned a pollen sample via both the DMD scanner and a precision z-stage. The results show the DMD scanner generates images of equal quality throughout the scanning range. The overall efficiency of the TPE system was measured to be ∼3%. With the high scanning rate, the DMD scanner may find important applications in random-access imaging or high-speed volumetric imaging that enables visualization of highly dynamic biological processes in 3D with submillisecond temporal resolution. PMID:27192259

  13. Label-free near-infrared reflectance microscopy as a complimentary tool for two-photon fluorescence brain imaging.

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    Allegra Mascaro, Anna Letizia; Costantini, Irene; Margoni, Emilia; Iannello, Giulio; Bria, Alessandro; Sacconi, Leonardo; Pavone, Francesco S

    2015-11-01

    In vivo two-photon imaging combined with targeted fluorescent indicators is currently extensively used for attaining critical insights into brain functionality and structural plasticity. Additional information might be gained from back-scattered photons from the near-infrared (NIR) laser without introducing any exogenous labelling. Here, we describe a complimentary and versatile approach that, by collecting the reflected NIR light, provides structural details on axons and blood vessels in the brain, both in fixed samples and in live animals under a cranial window. Indeed, by combining NIR reflectance and two-photon imaging of a slice of hippocampus from a Thy1-GFPm mouse, we show the presence of randomly oriented axons intermingled with sparsely fluorescent neuronal processes. The back-scattered photons guide the contextualization of the fluorescence structure within brain atlas thanks to the recognition of characteristic hippocampal structures. Interestingly, NIR reflectance microscopy allowed the label-free detection of axonal elongations over the superficial layers of mouse cortex under a cranial window in vivo. Finally, blood flow can be measured in live preparations, thus validating label free NIR reflectance as a tool for monitoring hemodynamic fluctuations. The prospective versatility of this label-free technique complimentary to two-photon fluorescence microscopy is demonstrated in a mouse model of photothrombotic stroke in which the axonal degeneration and blood flow remodeling can be investigated.

  14. Effects of Ox-LDL on Macrophages NAD(P)H Autofluorescence Changes by Two-photon Microscopy

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    Lin, Ching-Ting; Lee, Szu-Yuan; Lu, Long-Sheng; Wu, Chau-Chung; Dong, Chen-Yuan; Lin, Chii-Wann

    2007-01-01

    Ox-LDL uptakes by macrophage play a critical role in the happening of atherosclerosis. Because of its low damage on observed cells and better signal-to- background ratio, two-photon excitation fluorescence microscopy is used to observe NAD(P)H autofluorescence of macrophage under difference cultured conditions- bare cover glass, coated with fibronectin or poly-D-lysine. The results show that the optimal condition is fibronectin coated surface, on which, macrophages profile can be clearly identified on NAD(P)H autofluorescence images collected by two-photon microscopy. Moreover, different morphology and intensities of autofluorescence under different conditions were observed as well. In the future, effects of ox-LDL on macrophages will be investigated by purposed system to research etiology of atherosclerosis.

  15. Steady state anisotropy two-photon microscopy resolves multiple, spectrally similar fluorophores, enabling in vivo multilabel imaging.

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    Dubach, J Matthew; Vinegoni, Claudio; Weissleder, Ralph

    2014-08-01

    The use of spectrally distinguishable fluorescent dyes enables imaging of multiple targets. However, in two-photon microscopy, the number of fluorescent labels with distinct emission spectra that can be effectively excited and resolved is constrained by the confined tuning range of the excitation laser and the broad and overlapping nature of fluorophore two-photon absorption spectra. This limitation effectively reduces the number of available imaging channels. Here, we demonstrate that two-photon steady state anisotropy imaging (2PSSA) offers the capability to resolve otherwise unresolvable fluorescent tracers both in live cells and in mouse tumor models. This approach expands the number of biological targets that can be imaged simultaneously, increasing the total amount of information that can be obtained through imaging.

  16. Two-photon microscopy with double-circle trajectories for in vivo cerebral blood flow measurements

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    Landolt, Andrin; Obrist, Dominik; Wyss, Matthias; Barrett, Matthew; Langer, Dominik; Jolivet, Renaud; Soltysinski, Tomasz; Roesgen, Thomas; Weber, Bruno

    2013-05-01

    Scanning microscopes normally use trajectories which produce full-frame images of an object at a low frame rate. Time-resolved measurements are possible if scans along a single line are repeated at a high rate. In conjunction with fluorescence labeling techniques, in vivo recording of blood flow in single capillaries is possible. The present work investigates scanning with double-circle trajectories to measure blood flow simultaneously in several vessels of a capillary network. With the trajectory centered near a bifurcation, a double circle crosses each vessel twice, creating a sensing gate for passing dark red blood cells in fluorescently labeled plasma. From the stack of scans repeated at 1,300 Hz, the time-resolved velocity is retrieved using an image correlation approach. Single bifurcation events can be identified from a few fluorescently labeled red blood cells. The applicability of the method for in vivo measurements is illustrated on the basis of two-photon laser scanning microscopy of the cerebral capillary network of mice. Its performance is assessed with synthetic data generated from a two-phase model for the perfusion in a capillary network. The calculation of velocities is found to be sufficiently robust for a wide range of conditions. The achievable limits depend significantly on the experimental conditions and are estimated to be in the 1 μm/s (velocity) and 0.1 s (time resolution) ranges, respectively. Some manual fine-tuning is required for optimal performance in terms of accuracy and time resolution. Further work may lead to improved reliability with which bifurcation events are identified in the algorithm and to include red blood cell flux and hematocrit measurements. With the capability for time-resolved measurements in all vessels of a bifurcation, double-circle scanning trajectories allow a detailed study of the dynamics in vascular networks.

  17. Two-photon microscopy for non-invasive, quantitative monitoring of stem cell differentiation.

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    William L Rice

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The engineering of functional tissues is a complex multi-stage process, the success of which depends on the careful control of culture conditions and ultimately tissue maturation. To enable the efficient optimization of tissue development protocols, techniques suitable for monitoring the effects of added stimuli and induced tissue changes are needed. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Here, we present the quantitative use of two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF and second harmonic generation (SHG as a noninvasive means to monitor the differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs using entirely endogenous sources of contrast. We demonstrate that the individual fluorescence contribution from the intrinsic cellular fluorophores NAD(PH, flavoproteins and lipofuscin can be extracted from TPEF images and monitored dynamically from the same cell population over time. Using the redox ratio, calculated from the contributions of NAD(PH and flavoproteins, we identify distinct patterns in the evolution of the metabolic activity of hMSCs maintained in either propagation, osteogenic or adipogenic differentiation media. The differentiation of these cells is mirrored by changes in cell morphology apparent in high resolution TPEF images and by the detection of collagen production via SHG imaging. Finally, we find dramatic increases in lipofuscin levels in hMSCs maintained at 20% oxygen vs. those in 5% oxygen, establishing the use of this chromophore as a potential biomarker for oxidative stress. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: In this study we demonstrate that it is possible to monitor the metabolic activity, morphology, ECM production and oxidative stress of hMSCs in a non-invasive manner. This is accomplished using generally available multiphoton microscopy equipment and simple data analysis techniques, such that the method can widely adopted by laboratories with a diversity of comparable equipment. This method therefore represents a powerful tool

  18. Data-adaptive image-denoising for detecting and quantifying nanoparticle entry in mucosal tissues through intravital 2-photon microscopy

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    Torsten Bölke

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Intravital 2-photon microscopy of mucosal membranes across which nanoparticles enter the organism typically generates noisy images. Because the noise results from the random statistics of only very few photons detected per pixel, it cannot be avoided by technical means. Fluorescent nanoparticles contained in the tissue may be represented by a few bright pixels which closely resemble the noise structure. We here present a data-adaptive method for digital denoising of datasets obtained by 2-photon microscopy. The algorithm exploits both local and non-local redundancy of the underlying ground-truth signal to reduce noise. Our approach automatically adapts the strength of noise suppression in a data-adaptive way by using a Bayesian network. The results show that the specific adaption to both signal and noise characteristics improves the preservation of fine structures such as nanoparticles while less artefacts were produced as compared to reference algorithms. Our method is applicable to other imaging modalities as well, provided the specific noise characteristics are known and taken into account.

  19. Photonics

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    Andrews, David L

    2015-01-01

    Discusses the basic physical principles underlying thescience and technology of nanophotonics, its materials andstructures This volume presents nanophotonic structures and Materials.Nanophotonics is photonic science and technology that utilizeslight/matter interactions on the nanoscale where researchers arediscovering new phenomena and developing techniques that go wellbeyond what is possible with conventional photonics andelectronics.The topics discussed in this volume are: CavityPhotonics; Cold Atoms and Bose-Einstein Condensates; Displays;E-paper; Graphene; Integrated Photonics; Liquid Cry

  20. Photonics

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    2015-01-01

    This book covers modern photonics accessibly and discusses the basic physical principles underlying all the applications and technology of photonicsThis volume covers the basic physical principles underlying the technology and all applications of photonics from statistical optics to quantum optics. The topics discussed in this volume are: Photons in perspective; Coherence and Statistical Optics; Complex Light and Singular Optics; Electrodynamics of Dielectric Media; Fast and slow Light; Holography; Multiphoton Processes; Optical Angular Momentum; Optical Forces, Trapping and Manipulation; Pol

  1. Photonics

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    Andrews, David L

    2015-01-01

    Discusses the basic physical principles underlying the technology instrumentation of photonics This volume discusses photonics technology and instrumentation. The topics discussed in this volume are: Communication Networks; Data Buffers; Defense and Security Applications; Detectors; Fiber Optics and Amplifiers; Green Photonics; Instrumentation and Metrology; Interferometers; Light-Harvesting Materials; Logic Devices; Optical Communications; Remote Sensing; Solar Energy; Solid-State Lighting; Wavelength Conversion Comprehensive and accessible coverage of the whole of modern photonics Emphas

  2. A beamline for 1 endash 4 keV microscopy and coherence experiments at the Advanced Photon Source

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    The third-generation Advanced Photon Source will open up dramatic new opportunities for experiments requiring coherent x-rays, such as scanning x-ray microscopy, interferometry, and coherent scattering. We are building a beamline at the Advanced Photon Source to exploit the potential of coherent x-ray applications in the 1 endash 4 keV energy region. A high brightness 5.5-cm-period undulator supplies the coherent x-rays. The beamline uses horizontally deflecting grazing-incidence optical elements to preserve the coherence of the undulator beam. The optics have multilayer coatings for operation at energies above 1.5 keV. This paper discusses the beamline design and its expected performance. copyright 1996 American Institute of Physics

  3. Spectral characterization and unmixing of intrinsic contrast in intact normal and diseased gastric tissues using hyperspectral two-photon microscopy.

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    Lauren E Grosberg

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Living tissues contain a range of intrinsic fluorophores and sources of second harmonic generation which provide contrast that can be exploited for fresh tissue imaging. Microscopic imaging of fresh tissue samples can circumvent the cost and time associated with conventional histology. Further, intrinsic contrast can provide rich information about a tissue's composition, structure and function, and opens the potential for in-vivo imaging without the need for contrast agents. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In this study, we used hyperspectral two-photon microscopy to explore the characteristics of both normal and diseased gastrointestinal (GI tissues, relying only on their endogenous fluorescence and second harmonic generation to provide contrast. We obtained hyperspectral data at subcellular resolution by acquiring images over a range of two-photon excitation wavelengths, and found excitation spectral signatures of specific tissue types based on our ability to clearly visualize morphology. We present the two-photon excitation spectral properties of four major tissue types that are present throughout the GI tract: epithelium, lamina propria, collagen, and lymphatic tissue. Using these four excitation signatures as basis spectra, linear unmixing strategies were applied to hyperspectral data sets of both normal and neoplastic tissue acquired in the colon and small intestine. Our results show that hyperspectral unmixing with excitation spectra allows segmentation, showing promise for blind identification of tissue types within a field of view, analogous to specific staining in conventional histology. The intrinsic spectral signatures of these tissue types provide information relating to their biochemical composition. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: These results suggest hyperspectral two-photon microscopy could provide an alternative to conventional histology either for in-situ imaging, or intraoperative 'instant histology' of fresh tissue

  4. Dynamic characterization of hydrophobic and hydrophilic solutes in oleic-acid enhanced transdermal delivery using two-photon fluorescence microscopy

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    Tseng, Te-Yu; Yang, Chiu-Sheng; Chen, Yang-Fang [Department of Physics, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Tsai, Tsung-Hua [Department of Dermatology, Far Eastern Memorial Hospital, New Taipei City, Taiwan (China); Dong, Chen-Yuan, E-mail: cydong@phys.ntu.edu.tw [Department of Physics, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Center for Quantum Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Center for Optoelectronic Biomedicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan (China)

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    In this letter, we propose an efficient methodology of investigating dynamic properties of sulforhodamine B and rhodamine B hexyl ester molecules transporting across ex-vivo human stratum corneum with and without oleic acid enhancement. Three-dimensional, time-lapse fluorescence images of the stratum corneum can be obtained using two-photon fluorescence microscopy. Furthermore, temporal quantifications of transport enhancements in diffusion parameters can be achieved with the use of Fick's second law. Dynamic characterization of solutes transporting across the stratum corneum is an effective method for understanding transient phenomena in transdermal delivery of probe molecules, leading to improved delivery strategies of molecular species for therapeutic purposes.

  5. Nanoscale characterization of local structures and defects in photonic crystals using synchrotron-based transmission soft X-ray microscopy

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    Hyun Woo Nho; Yogesh Kalegowda; Hyun-Joon Shin; Tae Hyun Yoon

    2016-01-01

    For the structural characterization of the polystyrene (PS)-based photonic crystals (PCs), fast and direct imaging capabilities of full field transmission X-ray microscopy (TXM) were demonstrated at soft X-ray energy. PS-based PCs were prepared on an O2-plasma treated Si3N4 window and their local structures and defects were investigated using this label-free TXM technique with an image acquisition speed of ~10 sec/frame and marginal radiation damage. Micro-domains of face-centered cubic (FCC ...

  6. Time-resolved two-photon excitation fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy using a high repetition rate streak camera

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    LIU Li-xin; QU Ju-le; LIN Zi-yang; WANG Lei; FU Zhe; GUO Bao-ping; NIU Han-ben

    2007-01-01

    We present a time-resolved two-photon excitation fluorescence spectroscopy and a simultaneous time- and spectrumresolved multifocal multiphoton microscopy system that is based on a high repetition rate picosecond streak camera for providing time- and spectrum- resolved measurement and imaging in biomedicine. The performance of the system is tested and characterized by the fluorescence spectrum and lifetime analysis of several standard fluorescent dyes and their mixtures.Spectrum-resolved fluorescence lifetime images of fluorescence beads are obtained. Potential applications of the system include clinical diagnostics and cell biology etc.

  7. Dynamic characterization of hydrophobic and hydrophilic solutes in oleic-acid enhanced transdermal delivery using two-photon fluorescence microscopy

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    Tseng, Te-Yu; Yang, Chiu-Sheng; Tsai, Tsung-Hua; Chen, Yang-Fang; Dong, Chen-Yuan

    2014-10-01

    In this letter, we propose an efficient methodology of investigating dynamic properties of sulforhodamine B and rhodamine B hexyl ester molecules transporting across ex-vivo human stratum corneum with and without oleic acid enhancement. Three-dimensional, time-lapse fluorescence images of the stratum corneum can be obtained using two-photon fluorescence microscopy. Furthermore, temporal quantifications of transport enhancements in diffusion parameters can be achieved with the use of Fick's second law. Dynamic characterization of solutes transporting across the stratum corneum is an effective method for understanding transient phenomena in transdermal delivery of probe molecules, leading to improved delivery strategies of molecular species for therapeutic purposes.

  8. Evaluation of transdermal delivery of nanoemulsions in ex vivo porcine skin using two-photon microscopy and confocal laser-scanning microscopy

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    Choi, Sanghoon; Kim, Jin Woong; Lee, Yong Joong; Delmas, Thomas; Kim, Changhwan; Park, Soyeun; Lee, Ho

    2014-10-01

    This study experimentally evaluates the self-targeting ability of asiaticoside-loaded nanoemulsions compared with nontargeted nanoemulsions in ex vivo experiments with porcine skin samples. Homebuilt two-photon and confocal laser-scanning microscopes were employed to noninvasively examine the transdermal delivery of two distinct nanoemulsions. Prior to the application of nanoemulsions, we noninvasively observed the morphology of porcine skin using two-photon microscopy. We have successfully visualized the distributions of the targeted and nontargeted nanoemulsions absorbed into the porcine skin samples. Asiaticoside-loaded nanoemulsions showed an improved ex vivo transdermal delivery through the stratum corneum compared with nonloaded nanoemulsions. As a secondary measure, nanoemulsions-applied samples were sliced in the depth direction with a surgical knife in order to obtain the complete depth-direction distribution profile of Nile red fluorescence. XZ images demonstrated that asiaticoside-loaded nanoemulsion penetrated deeper into the skin compared with nontargeted nanoemulsions. The basal layer boundary is clearly visible in the case of the asiaticoside-loaded skin sample. These results reaffirm the feasibility of using self-targeting ligands to improve permeation through the skin barrier for cosmetics and topical drug applications.

  9. Adaptive optics in multiphoton microscopy: comparison of two, three and four photon fluorescence.

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    Sinefeld, David; Paudel, Hari P; Ouzounov, Dimitre G; Bifano, Thomas G; Xu, Chris

    2015-11-30

    We demonstrate adaptive optics system based on nonlinear feedback from 3- and 4-photon fluorescence. The system is based on femtosecond pulses created by soliton self-frequency shift of a 1550-nm fiber-based femtosecond laser together with micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) phase spatial light modulator (SLM). We perturb the 1020-segment SLM using an orthogonal Walsh sequence basis set with a modified version of three-point phase shifting interferometry. We show the improvement after aberrations correction in 3-photon signal from fluorescent beads. In addition, we compare the improvement obtained in the same adaptive optical system for 2-, 3- and 4-photon fluorescence using dye pool. We show that signal improvement resulting from aberration correction grows exponentially as a function of the order of nonlinearity.

  10. Arduino Due based tool to facilitate in vivo two-photon excitation microscopy.

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    Artoni, Pietro; Landi, Silvia; Sato, Sebastian Sulis; Luin, Stefano; Ratto, Gian Michele

    2016-04-01

    Two-photon excitation spectroscopy is a powerful technique for the characterization of the optical properties of genetically encoded and synthetic fluorescent molecules. Excitation spectroscopy requires tuning the wavelength of the Ti:sapphire laser while carefully monitoring the delivered power. To assist laser tuning and the control of delivered power, we developed an Arduino Due based tool for the automatic acquisition of high quality spectra. This tool is portable, fast, affordable and precise. It allowed studying the impact of scattering and of blood absorption on two-photon excitation light. In this way, we determined the wavelength-dependent deformation of excitation spectra occurring in deep tissues in vivo. PMID:27446677

  11. Fluorescence lifetime microscopy with a time- and space-resolved single-photon counting detector

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    Michalet, X.; Siegmund, O. H. W.; Vallerga, J. V.; Jelinsky, P.; Pinaud, F. F.; Millaud, J. E.; Weiss, S.

    2006-10-01

    We have recently developed a wide-field photon-counting detector (the H33D detector) having high-temporal and highspatial resolutions and capable of recording up to 500,000 photons per sec. Its temporal performance has been previously characterized using solutions of fluorescent materials with different lifetimes, and its spatial resolution using sub-diffraction objects (beads and quantum dots). Here we show its application to fluorescence lifetime imaging of live cells and compare its performance to a scanning confocal TCSPC approach. With the expected improvements in photocathode sensitivity and increase in detector throughput, this technology appears as a promising alternative to the current lifetime imaging solutions.

  12. Arduino Due based tool to facilitate in vivo two-photon excitation microscopy.

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    Artoni, Pietro; Landi, Silvia; Sato, Sebastian Sulis; Luin, Stefano; Ratto, Gian Michele

    2016-04-01

    Two-photon excitation spectroscopy is a powerful technique for the characterization of the optical properties of genetically encoded and synthetic fluorescent molecules. Excitation spectroscopy requires tuning the wavelength of the Ti:sapphire laser while carefully monitoring the delivered power. To assist laser tuning and the control of delivered power, we developed an Arduino Due based tool for the automatic acquisition of high quality spectra. This tool is portable, fast, affordable and precise. It allowed studying the impact of scattering and of blood absorption on two-photon excitation light. In this way, we determined the wavelength-dependent deformation of excitation spectra occurring in deep tissues in vivo.

  13. Coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering microscopy with a photonic crystal fiber based light source

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    Paulsen, H.N.; Hilligsøe, Karen Marie; Thøgersen, J.;

    2003-01-01

    A coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering microscope based on a Ti:sapphire femtosecond oscillator and a photonic crystal fiber is demonstrated. The nonlinear response of the fiber is used to generate the additional wavelength needed in the Raman process. The applicability of the setup is demonstra......A coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering microscope based on a Ti:sapphire femtosecond oscillator and a photonic crystal fiber is demonstrated. The nonlinear response of the fiber is used to generate the additional wavelength needed in the Raman process. The applicability of the setup...

  14. Characterizing the intracellular distribution of metabolites in intact Chlamydia-infected cells by Raman and two-photon microscopy.

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    Szaszák, Márta; Chang, Jiun Chiun; Leng, Weinan; Rupp, Jan; Ojcius, David M; Kelley, Anne Myers

    2013-06-01

    Chlamydia species are obligate intracellular pathogens that proliferate only within infected cells. Currently, there are no known techniques or systems that can probe the spatial distribution of metabolites of interest within intact Chlamydia-infected cells. Here we investigate the ability of Raman microscopy to probe the chemical composition of different compartments (nucleus, inclusion, and cytoplasm) of Chlamydia trachomatis-infected epithelial cells. The overall intensity of the Raman spectrum is greatest in the inclusions and lowest in the cytoplasm in fixed cells. Difference spectra generated by normalizing to the intensity of the strong 1004 cm(-1) phenylalanine line show distinct differences among the three compartments. Most notably, the concentrations of adenine are greater in both the inclusions and the nucleus than in the cytoplasm, as seen by Raman microscopy. The source of the adenine was explored through a complementary approach, using two-photon microscopy imaging. Autofluorescence measurements of living, infected cells show that the adenine-containing molecules, NAD(P)H and FAD, are present mainly in the cytoplasm, suggesting that these molecules are not the source of the additional adenine signal in the nucleus and inclusions. Experiments of infected cells stained with a DNA-binding dye, Hoechst 33258, reveal that most of the DNA is present in the nucleus and the inclusions, suggesting that DNA/RNA is the main source of the additional Raman adenine signal in the nucleus and inclusions. Thus, Raman and two-photon microscopy are among the few non-invasive methods available to investigate cells infected with Chlamydia and, together, should also be useful for studying infection by other intracellular pathogens that survive within intracellular vacuoles.

  15. Picosecond anti-Stokes generation in a photonic-crystal fiber for interferometric CARS microscopy

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    Andresen, Esben Ravn

    2006-01-01

    We generate tunable picosecond anti-Stokes pulses by four-wave mixing of two picosecond pump and Stokes pulse trains in a photonic-crystal fiber. The visible, spectrally narrow anti-Stokes pulses with shifts over 150 nm are generated without generating other spectral features. As a demonstration,...

  16. Integrated circuit authentication using photon-limited x-ray microscopy.

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    Markman, Adam; Javidi, Bahram

    2016-07-15

    A counterfeit integrated circuit (IC) may contain subtle changes to its circuit configuration. These changes may be observed when imaged using an x-ray; however, the energy from the x-ray can potentially damage the IC. We have investigated a technique to authenticate ICs under photon-limited x-ray imaging. We modeled an x-ray image with lower energy by generating a photon-limited image from a real x-ray image using a weighted photon-counting method. We performed feature extraction on the image using the speeded-up robust features (SURF) algorithm. We then authenticated the IC by comparing the SURF features to a database of SURF features from authentic and counterfeit ICs. Our experimental results with real and counterfeit ICs using an x-ray microscope demonstrate that we can correctly authenticate an IC image captured using orders of magnitude lower energy x-rays. To the best of our knowledge, this Letter is the first one on using a photon-counting x-ray imaging model and relevant algorithms to authenticate ICs to prevent potential damage.

  17. A space- and time-resolved single photon counting detector for fluorescence microscopy and spectroscopy

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    Michalet, X.; Siegmund, O. H. W.; Vallerga, J. V.; Jelinsky, P.; Millaud, J. E.; Weiss, S.

    2006-02-01

    We have recently developed a wide-field photon-counting detector having high-temporal and high-spatial resolutions and capable of high-throughput (the H33D detector). Its design is based on a 25 mm diameter multi-alkali photocathode producing one photo electron per detected photon, which are then multiplied up to 10 7 times by a 3-microchannel plate stack. The resulting electron cloud is proximity focused on a cross delay line anode, which allows determining the incident photon position with high accuracy. The imaging and fluorescence lifetime measurement performances of the H33D detector installed on a standard epifluorescence microscope will be presented. We compare them to those of standard single-molecule detectors such as single-photon avalanche photodiode (SPAD) or electron-multiplying camera using model samples (fluorescent beads, quantum dots and live cells). Finally, we discuss the design and applications of future generation of H33D detectors for single-molecule imaging and high-throughput study of biomolecular interactions.

  18. Scanning Transmission X-Ray Microscopy as a Novel Tool to Probe Colloidal and Photonic Crystals

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    van Schooneveld, Matti M.; Hilhorst, Jan; Petukhov, Andrei V.; Tyliszczak, Tolek; Wang, Jian; Weckhuysen, Bert M.; de Groot, Frank M. F.; de Smit, Emiel

    2011-01-01

    Photonic crystals consisting of nano-to micrometer-sized building blocks, such as multiple sorts of colloids, have recently received widespread attention. It remains a challenge, however, to adequately probe the internal crystal structure and the corresponding deformations that inhibit the proper fu

  19. Cell and brain tissue imaging of the flavonoid fisetin using label-free two-photon microscopy.

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    Krasieva, Tatiana B; Ehren, Jennifer; O'Sullivan, Thomas; Tromberg, Bruce J; Maher, Pamela

    2015-10-01

    Over the last few years, we have identified an orally active, novel neuroprotective and cognition-enhancing molecule, the flavonoid fisetin. Fisetin not only has direct antioxidant activity but it can also increase the intracellular levels of glutathione, the major intracellular antioxidant. Fisetin can also activate key neurotrophic factor signaling pathways. In addition, it has anti-inflammatory activity against microglia and astrocytes and inhibits the activity of lipoxygenases, thereby reducing the production of pro-inflammatory eicosanoids and their by-products. However, key questions about its targets and brain penetration remain. In this study, we used label-free two-photon microscopy of intrinsic fisetin fluorescence to examine the localization of fisetin in living nerve cells and the brains of living mice. In cells, fisetin but not structurally related flavonols with different numbers of hydroxyl groups, localized to the nucleoli suggesting that key targets of fisetin may reside in this organelle. In the mouse brain, following intraperitoneal injection and oral administration, fisetin rapidly distributed to the blood vessels of the brain followed by a slower dispersion into the brain parenchyma. Thus, these results provide further support for the effects of fisetin on brain function. In addition, they suggest that label-free two-photon microscopy may prove useful for studying the intracellular and tissue distribution of other intrinsically-fluorescent flavonoids.

  20. Local Magnetoelectric Effect in La-Doped BiFeO3 Multiferroic Thin Films Revealed by Magnetic-Field-Assisted Scanning Probe Microscopy.

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    Pan, Dan-Feng; Zhou, Ming-Xiu; Lu, Zeng-Xing; Zhang, Hao; Liu, Jun-Ming; Wang, Guang-Hou; Wan, Jian-Guo

    2016-12-01

    Multiferroic La-doped BiFeO3 thin films have been prepared by a sol-gel plus spin-coating process, and the local magnetoelectric coupling effect has been investigated by the magnetic-field-assisted scanning probe microscopy connected with a ferroelectric analyzer. The local ferroelectric polarization response to external magnetic fields is observed and a so-called optimized magnetic field of ~40 Oe is obtained, at which the ferroelectric polarization reaches the maximum. Moreover, we carry out the magnetic-field-dependent surface conductivity measurements and illustrate the origin of local magnetoresistance in the La-doped BiFeO3 thin films, which is closely related to the local ferroelectric polarization response to external magnetic fields. This work not only provides a useful technique to characterize the local magnetoelectric coupling for a wide range of multiferroic materials but also is significant for deeply understanding the local multiferroic behaviors in the BiFeO3-based systems. PMID:27356565

  1. High-magnification observation of seminiferous tubules through the tunica albuginea by two-photon laser scanning microscopy

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    Vincent Achard; Pascal Weber; Georges Mercier; Marie-Pierre Blanchard

    2011-01-01

    @@ Testicular sperm extraction is widely used in the treatment of male infertility in cases of non-obstructive azoospermia.Identifying spermatogenetic foci within the testes is critical for testicular sperm extraction.下wo-photon laser scanning microscopy (TPLSM) is an autofluorescence-based microscopy technique that allows observation at a cellular level in the depth of fresh living tissues and does not require any histological processing (fixation or staining).The wavelengths previously used have shown no phototoxicity on sperm.We used TPLSM to detect spermatogenetic foci in fresh mouse testicular parenchyma without disrupting the tunica albuginea.Fresh surgically retrieved testes were observed using TPLSM within 1 h after extraction.Contralateral testes for each animal were observed using standard histology.Using TPLSM we were able to observe and measure the diameter of seminiferous tubules through the tunica albuginea,similar to the histological control.Structures within epithelial tubules were also observed,although their nature has yet to be identified.TPLSM is a real-time microscopy technique that could detect spermatogenetic foci.

  2. High energy supercontinuum sources using tapered photonic crystal fibers for multispectral photoacoustic microscopy

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    Bondu, Magalie; Brooks, Christopher; Jakobsen, Christian;

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate a record bandwidth high energy supercontinuum source suitable for multispectral photoacoustic microscopy. The source has more than 150  nJ/10  nm150  nJ/10  nm bandwidth over a spectral range of 500 to 1600 nm. This performance is achieved using a carefully designed fiber taper...

  3. Model-Based Estimation of Three-Dimensional Stiffness Parameters in Photonic-Force Microscopy

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    Thévenaz, P; Singh, A.S.G.; Bertseva, E.; Lekki, J.; Kulik, A. J.; Unser, M

    2010-01-01

    We propose a system to characterize the 3-D diffusion properties of the probing bead trapped by a photonic-force microscope. We follow a model-based approach, where the model of the dynamics of the bead is given by the Langevin equation. Our procedure combines software and analog hardware to measure the corresponding stiffness matrix. We are able to estimate all its elements in real time, including off-diagonal terms. To achieve our goal, we have built a simple analog computer that performs a...

  4. Model-Based Estimation of 3-D Stiffness Parameters in Photonic-Force Microscopy

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    Thévenaz, P; Singh, A.S.G.; Bertseva, E.; Lekki, J.; Kulik, A. J.; Unser, M

    2010-01-01

    We propose a system to characterize the 3-D diffusion properties of the probing bead trapped by a photonic-force microscope. We follow a model-based approach, where the model of the dynamics of the bead is given by the Langevin equation. Our procedure combines software and analog hardware to measure the corresponding stiffness matrix. We are able to estimate all its elements in real time, including off-diagonal terms. To achieve our goal, we have built a simple analog computer that performs a...

  5. Spectral Measurement of Photon Emission from Individual Gold Nanoparticles Using Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

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    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The light emission spectra of individual Au nanoparticles induced by a scanning tunneling microscope (STM have been investigated. Two-dimensional ensembles of tunnel-coupled Au particles were prepared by thermal evaporation onto a native oxide silicon wafer in ultrahigh vacuum (10 – 9 mbar. Our STM measurements show a single peak at photon energy 1.6 eV in the tunneling mode and two peaks at 2.2 eV (connected with the Mie plasmon and 1.45 eV (a new peak which was not discussed in literature before in the field emission mode.

  6. Two-Photon Excitation STED Microscopy with Time-Gated Detection

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    Coto Hernández, Iván; Castello, Marco; Lanzanò, Luca; D'Amora, Marta; Bianchini, Paolo; Diaspro, Alberto; Vicidomini, Giuseppe

    2016-01-01

    We report on a novel two-photon excitation stimulated emission depletion (2PE-STED) microscope based on time-gated detection. The time-gated detection allows for the effective silencing of the fluorophores using moderate stimulated emission beam intensity. This opens the possibility of implementing an efficient 2PE-STED microscope with a stimulated emission beam running in a continuous-wave. The continuous-wave stimulated emission beam tempers the laser architecture’s complexity and cost, but the time-gated detection degrades the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and signal-to-background ratio (SBR) of the image. We recover the SNR and the SBR through a multi-image deconvolution algorithm. Indeed, the algorithm simultaneously reassigns early-photons (normally discarded by the time-gated detection) to their original positions and removes the background induced by the stimulated emission beam. We exemplify the benefits of this implementation by imaging sub-cellular structures. Finally, we discuss of the extension of this algorithm to future all-pulsed 2PE-STED implementationd based on time-gated detection and a nanosecond laser source.

  7. In situ imaging of the mouse cochlea using two-photon microscopy

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    Yang, Xin; Pu, Ye; Psaltis, Demetri; Stankovic, Konstantina M.

    2013-04-01

    Intracochlear imaging is of great interest clinically because cochlea is the central organ of hearing. However, intracochlear imaging is technologically challenging due to the cochlea's small size and encasement in bone. The state-of- the-art imaging techniques are not adequate for high resolution cellular imaging to establish diagnosis without destroying the cochlea. We report in situ imaging of intact mouse cochlea using endogenous two-photon excitation fluorescence (TPEF) as the contrast mechanism. TPEF eliminates the need for exogenous labeling and eradicating the staining-induced artifacts. We used a natural, membranous opening into the cochlea, the round window, as the optical access to reach the organ of Corti, requiring no additional slicing or opening. Our approach provides the maximum non-invasiveness in the imaging process. TPEF exhibits strong contrast allowing deep imaging of mouse cochlea with cellular and even subcellular resolution. Inner hair cell, outer hair cell and supporting cell are clearly identifiable in TPEF images. Distinct morphological differences are observed between healthy and noise-exposed cochleae, allowing detection of specific, noise-induced pathologic changes. The TPEF images taken through the round window are correlated with the whole mount sections, verifying their reliability. Compared with one-photon excitation fluorescence (OPEF) confocal microscope and wide-field transmission microscope images taken under the same magnification and resolution, TPEF images demonstrate clear advantages in terms of sharpness, signal to noise ratio and contrast. These capabilities provide a working foundation for microendoscopy-based clinical diagnostics of sensorineural hearing loss.

  8. High energy supercontinuum sources using tapered photonic crystal fibers for multispectral photoacoustic microscopy.

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    Bondu, Magalie; Brooks, Christopher; Jakobsen, Christian; Oakes, Keith; Moselund, Peter Morten; Leick, Lasse; Bang, Ole; Podoleanu, Adrian

    2016-06-01

    We demonstrate a record bandwidth high energy supercontinuum source suitable for multispectral photoacoustic microscopy. The source has more than 150  nJ/10  nm bandwidth over a spectral range of 500 to 1600 nm. This performance is achieved using a carefully designed fiber taper with large-core input for improved power handling and small-core output that provides the desired spectral range of the supercontinuum source. PMID:26836298

  9. High energy supercontinuum sources using tapered photonic crystal fibers for multispectral photoacoustic microscopy

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    Bondu, Magalie; Brooks, Christopher; Jakobsen, Christian; Oakes, Keith; Moselund, Peter Morten; Leick, Lasse; Bang, Ole; Podoleanu, Adrian

    2016-06-01

    We demonstrate a record bandwidth high energy supercontinuum source suitable for multispectral photoacoustic microscopy. The source has more than 150 nJ/10 nm bandwidth over a spectral range of 500 to 1600 nm. This performance is achieved using a carefully designed fiber taper with large-core input for improved power handling and small-core output that provides the desired spectral range of the supercontinuum source.

  10. Influence of the atmospheric humidity on the behaviour of silicon AFM probes in photon scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Benfedda, M.; Lahimer, S.; Bonnafe, J.

    1998-11-01

    The photon scanning tunneling microscopy (PSTM) allows to characterize the surface topography with high resolution. This microscopy exploits the exponential decay of the evanescent field achieved by the total internal reflection under the surface sample. When the distance between the sensor and the surface becomes small (sim 100 nm), the non propagating photons of the evanescent field can be converted into guided propagating mode of polaritons. A bulk Silicon probe is used in the AFM experiment as a sensor of van der Waals forces. The aim of this paper is to discuss the influence of the atmospheric humidity on the PSTM measurements. We have showed that the theoretical predictions of the dielectrical capture model (DCM) are very different from the experimental results when the humidity level is higher than a threshold value (30%). We present the results obtained with TE polarization, but the same behaviour is found with TM polarization. Although, in this paper we do not propose a theoretical model explaining the deviations between DCM values and experimental, however we found a validity threshold for our experimental results and we have emited the assumption that under high humidity level the pollution film presents on the sample surface slide during the displacement of the probe. La microscopie optique à effet tunnel (PSTM) est un outil de caractérisation de surface à haute résolution. Ce microscope exploite la décroissance du champ évanescent créé sur la surface de l'échantillon. Quand la distance entre le capteur et la surface est de quelques dizaines de nanomètres, les ondes évanescentes créées sur la surface sont converties en ondes propagatives et détectées en champ lointain. Le capteur est une sonde en silicium utilisée en microscopie à force atomique. Cet article montre l'influence des conditions atmosphériques sur les mesures PSTM. Il montre qu'au-delà d'un certain taux d'humidité (30%), les mesures ne sont plus valables et ne suivent

  11. Ray-tracing study on the post-scanner variable beam expansion optics in a two-photon microscopy system

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    Kim, Do-Hyun; Welle, Cristin; Krauthamer, Victor

    2012-03-01

    Due to the low signal levels typical of two-photon microscopy (TPM) in biological samples, optical design optimization is critical. One of the most important factors is overfilling of the back aperture of the objective lens. A variable beam expander is commonly placed before the scanning mirrors to achieve this goal, however, this may cause degradation of image quality due to increased dispersion. Additionally, scanning mirror size restricts the degree of expansion, which often prevents the overfilling of objective lens back aperture. We investigated the implementation of variable beam expansion optics after the scanning mirrors. Ray-tracing analyses confirmed that the post-scanner beam expansion has two key advantages over the conventional pre-scanner beam expansion approach: decreasing the number of optical elements reduces pulse dispersion and reducing the size of the scanning mirror enables faster scanning. Resolution and aberration of a TPM with post-scanner beam expansion optics were analysed.

  12. Noninvasive two-photon microscopy imaging of mouse retina and retinal pigment epithelium through the pupil of the eye.

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    Palczewska, Grazyna; Dong, Zhiqian; Golczak, Marcin; Hunter, Jennifer J; Williams, David R; Alexander, Nathan S; Palczewski, Krzysztof

    2014-07-01

    Two-photon excitation microscopy can image retinal molecular processes in vivo. Intrinsically fluorescent retinyl esters in subcellular structures called retinosomes are an integral part of the visual chromophore regeneration pathway. Fluorescent condensation products of all-trans-retinal accumulate in the eye with age and are also associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Here, we report repetitive, dynamic imaging of these compounds in live mice through the pupil of the eye. By leveraging advanced adaptive optics, we developed a data acquisition algorithm that permitted the identification of retinosomes and condensation products in the retinal pigment epithelium by their characteristic localization, spectral properties and absence in genetically modified or drug-treated mice. This imaging approach has the potential to detect early molecular changes in retinoid metabolism that trigger light- and AMD-induced retinal defects and to assess the effectiveness of treatments for these conditions.

  13. Noninvasive two-photon fluorescence microscopy imaging of mouse retina and RPE through the pupil of the eye

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    Palczewska, Grazyna; Dong, Zhiqian; Golczak, Marcin; Hunter, Jennifer J.; Williams, David R.; Alexander, Nathan S.; Palczewski, Krzysztof

    2014-01-01

    Two-photon excitation microscopy (TPM) can image retinal molecular processes in vivo. Intrinsically fluorescent retinyl esters in sub-cellular structures called retinosomes are an integral part of the visual chromophore regeneration pathway. Fluorescent condensation products of all–trans–retinal accumulate in the eye with age and are also associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Here we report repetitive, dynamic imaging of these compounds in live mice, through the pupil of the eye. Leveraging advanced adaptive optics we developed a data acquisition algorithm that permitted the identification of retinosomes and condensation products in the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) by their characteristic localization, spectral properties, and absence in genetically modified or drug-treated mice. This imaging approach has the potential to detect early molecular changes in retinoid metabolism that trigger light and AMD-induced retinal defects and to assess the effectiveness of treatments for these conditions. PMID:24952647

  14. Correlative in vivo 2 photon and focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy of cortical neurons.

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    Full Text Available Correlating in vivo imaging of neurons and their synaptic connections with electron microscopy combines dynamic and ultrastructural information. Here we describe a semi-automated technique whereby volumes of brain tissue containing axons and dendrites, previously studied in vivo, are subsequently imaged in three dimensions with focused ion beam scanning electron microcopy. These neurites are then identified and reconstructed automatically from the image series using the latest segmentation algorithms. The fast and reliable imaging and reconstruction technique avoids any specific labeling to identify the features of interest in the electron microscope, and optimises their preservation and staining for 3D analysis.

  15. Nanoscale characterization of local structures and defects in photonic crystals using synchrotron-based transmission soft X-ray microscopy.

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    Nho, Hyun Woo; Kalegowda, Yogesh; Shin, Hyun-Joon; Yoon, Tae Hyun

    2016-01-01

    For the structural characterization of the polystyrene (PS)-based photonic crystals (PCs), fast and direct imaging capabilities of full field transmission X-ray microscopy (TXM) were demonstrated at soft X-ray energy. PS-based PCs were prepared on an O2-plasma treated Si3N4 window and their local structures and defects were investigated using this label-free TXM technique with an image acquisition speed of ~10 sec/frame and marginal radiation damage. Micro-domains of face-centered cubic (FCC (111)) and hexagonal close-packed (HCP (0001)) structures were dominantly found in PS-based PCs, while point and line defects, FCC (100), and 12-fold symmetry structures were also identified as minor components. Additionally, in situ observation capability for hydrated samples and 3D tomographic reconstruction of TXM images were also demonstrated. This soft X-ray full field TXM technique with faster image acquisition speed, in situ observation, and 3D tomography capability can be complementally used with the other X-ray microscopic techniques (i.e., scanning transmission X-ray microscopy, STXM) as well as conventional characterization methods (e.g., electron microscopic and optical/fluorescence microscopic techniques) for clearer structure identification of self-assembled PCs and better understanding of the relationship between their structures and resultant optical properties. PMID:27087141

  16. Intravital two-photon microscopy of host-pathogen interactions in a mouse model of Staphylococcus aureus skin abscess formation.

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    Liese, Jan; Rooijakkers, Suzan H M; van Strijp, Jos A G; Novick, Richard P; Dustin, Michael L

    2013-06-01

    Staphylococcus (S.) aureus is a frequent cause of severe skin infections. The ability to control the infection is largely dependent on the rapid recruitment of neutrophils (PMN). To gain more insight into the dynamics of PMN migration and host-pathogen interactions in vivo, we used intravital two-photon (2-P) microscopy to visualize S. aureus skin infections in the mouse. Reporter S. aureus strains expressing fluorescent proteins were developed, which allowed for detection of the bacteria in vivo. By employing LysM-EGFP mice to visualize PMN, we observed the rapid appearance of PMN in the extravascular space of the dermis and their directed movement towards the focus of infection, which led to the delineation of an abscess within 1 day. Moreover, tracking of transferred labelled bone-marrow neutrophils showed that PMN localization to the site of infection is dependent on the presence of G-protein-coupled receptors on the PMN, whereas Interleukin-1 receptor was required on host cells other than PMN. Furthermore, the S. aureus complement inhibitor Ecb could block PMN accumulation at thesite of infection. Our results establish that 2-P microscopy is a powerful tool to investigate the orchestration of the immune cells, S. aureus location and gene expression in vivo on a single cell level.

  17. Nanoscale characterization of local structures and defects in photonic crystals using synchrotron-based transmission soft X-ray microscopy

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    Nho, Hyun Woo; Kalegowda, Yogesh; Shin, Hyun-Joon; Yoon, Tae Hyun

    2016-04-01

    For the structural characterization of the polystyrene (PS)-based photonic crystals (PCs), fast and direct imaging capabilities of full field transmission X-ray microscopy (TXM) were demonstrated at soft X-ray energy. PS-based PCs were prepared on an O2-plasma treated Si3N4 window and their local structures and defects were investigated using this label-free TXM technique with an image acquisition speed of ~10 sec/frame and marginal radiation damage. Micro-domains of face-centered cubic (FCC (111)) and hexagonal close-packed (HCP (0001)) structures were dominantly found in PS-based PCs, while point and line defects, FCC (100), and 12-fold symmetry structures were also identified as minor components. Additionally, in situ observation capability for hydrated samples and 3D tomographic reconstruction of TXM images were also demonstrated. This soft X-ray full field TXM technique with faster image acquisition speed, in situ observation, and 3D tomography capability can be complementally used with the other X-ray microscopic techniques (i.e., scanning transmission X-ray microscopy, STXM) as well as conventional characterization methods (e.g., electron microscopic and optical/fluorescence microscopic techniques) for clearer structure identification of self-assembled PCs and better understanding of the relationship between their structures and resultant optical properties.

  18. Nanoscale characterization of local structures and defects in photonic crystals using synchrotron-based transmission soft X-ray microscopy

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    Nho, Hyun Woo; Kalegowda, Yogesh; Shin, Hyun-Joon; Yoon, Tae Hyun

    2016-01-01

    For the structural characterization of the polystyrene (PS)-based photonic crystals (PCs), fast and direct imaging capabilities of full field transmission X-ray microscopy (TXM) were demonstrated at soft X-ray energy. PS-based PCs were prepared on an O2-plasma treated Si3N4 window and their local structures and defects were investigated using this label-free TXM technique with an image acquisition speed of ~10 sec/frame and marginal radiation damage. Micro-domains of face-centered cubic (FCC (111)) and hexagonal close-packed (HCP (0001)) structures were dominantly found in PS-based PCs, while point and line defects, FCC (100), and 12-fold symmetry structures were also identified as minor components. Additionally, in situ observation capability for hydrated samples and 3D tomographic reconstruction of TXM images were also demonstrated. This soft X-ray full field TXM technique with faster image acquisition speed, in situ observation, and 3D tomography capability can be complementally used with the other X-ray microscopic techniques (i.e., scanning transmission X-ray microscopy, STXM) as well as conventional characterization methods (e.g., electron microscopic and optical/fluorescence microscopic techniques) for clearer structure identification of self-assembled PCs and better understanding of the relationship between their structures and resultant optical properties. PMID:27087141

  19. In Vivo Two-Photon Microscopy of Single Nerve Endings in Skin

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    Yuryev, Mikhail; Molotkov, Dmitry

    2014-01-01

    Nerve endings in skin are involved in physiological processes such as sensing1 as well as in pathological processes such as neuropathic pain2. Their close-to-surface positioning facilitates microscopic imaging of skin nerve endings in living intact animal. Using multiphoton microscopy, it is possible to obtain fine images overcoming the problem of strong light scattering of the skin tissue. Reporter transgenic mice that express EYFP under the control of Thy-1 promoter in neurons (including periphery sensory neurons) are well suited for the longitudinal studies of individual nerve endings over extended periods of time up to several months or even life-long. Furthermore, using the same femtosecond laser as for the imaging, it is possible to produce highly selective lesions of nerve fibers for the studies of the nerve fiber restructuring. Here, we present a simple and reliable protocol for longitudinal multiphoton in vivo imaging and laser-based microsurgery on mouse skin nerve endings. PMID:25178088

  20. Combined two-photon excited fluorescence and second-harmonic generation backscattering microscopy of turbid tissues

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    Zoumi, Aikaterini; Yeh, Alvin T.; Tromberg, Bruce J.

    2002-06-01

    A broad range of excitation wavelengths (730-880nm) was used to demonstrate the co-registration of two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) and second-harmonic generation (SHG) in unstained turbid tissues in reflection geometry. The composite TPEF/SHG microscopic technique was applied to imaging an organotypic tissue model (RAFT). The origin of the image-forming signal from the various RAFT constituents was determined by spectral measurements. It was shown that at shorter excitation wavelengths the signal emitted from the extracellular matrix (ECM) is a combination of SHG and TPEF from collagen, whereas at longer excitation wavelengths the ECM signal is exclusively due to SHG. The cellular signal is due to TPEF at all excitation wavelengths. The reflected SHG intensity followed a quadratic dependence on the excitation power and exhibited a spectral dependence in accordance with previous theoretical studies. Understanding the structural origin of signal provided a stratagem for enhancing contrast between cellular structures, and components of the extracellular matrix. The use of SHG and TPEF in combination provides complementary information that allows non-invasive, spatially localized in vivo characterization of cell-ECM interactions and pathology.

  1. Segmentation, Reconstruction, and Analysis of Blood Thrombus Formation in 3D 2-Photon Microscopy Images

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available We study the problem of segmenting, reconstructing, and analyzing the structure growth of thrombi (clots in blood vessels in vivo based on 2-photon microscopic image data. First, we develop an algorithm for segmenting clots in 3D microscopic images based on density-based clustering and methods for dealing with imaging artifacts. Next, we apply the union-of-balls (or alpha-shape algorithm to reconstruct the boundary of clots in 3D. Finally, we perform experimental studies and analysis on the reconstructed clots and obtain quantitative data of thrombus growth and structures. We conduct experiments on laser-induced injuries in vessels of two types of mice (the wild type and the type with low levels of coagulation factor VII and analyze and compare the developing clot structures based on their reconstructed clots from image data. The results we obtain are of biomedical significance. Our quantitative analysis of the clot composition leads to better understanding of the thrombus development, and is valuable to the modeling and verification of computational simulation of thrombogenesis.

  2. Structural and magnetic properties of inverse opal photonic crystals studied by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and small-angle neutron scattering

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    Grigoriev, S.V.; Napolskii, K.S.; Grigoryeva, N.A.; Vasilieva, A.V.; Mistonov, A.A.; Chernyshov, D.Y.; Petukhov, A.V.; Belov, D.V.; Eliseev, A.A.; Lukashin, A.V.; Tretyakov, Y.D.; Sinitskii, A.S.; Eckerlebe, H.

    2009-01-01

    The structural and magnetic properties of nickel inverse opal photonic crystal have been studied by complementary experimental techniques, including scanning electron microscopy, wide-angle and small-angle diffraction of synchrotron radiation, and polarized neutrons. The sample was fabricated by ele

  3. Channel-spacing and wavelength switchable multiwavelength erbium-doped fiber laser using sampled Hi-Bi fiber grating and photonic crystal fiber loop mirror

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    We propose and demonstrate a stable room-temperature channel-spacing and wavelength switchable multiwavelength erbium-doped fiber (EDF) laser using a sampled Hi-Bi fiber grating and a photonic crystal fiber (PCF) loop mirror. The PCF loop mirror induces the intensity-dependent cavity loss to suppress the wavelength competition of the EDF. By adjusting the polarization controller, we can achieve 0.4 nm and 0.8 nm channel-spacing of the multiwavelength EDF laser. The measured power fluctuation of each wavelength is less than 0.2 dB and the peak power differences among the main oscillation wavelengths are less than 1.0 dB. Another desirable characteristic is that it needs a relatively low pump power of 100 mW

  4. In vivo characterization of early-stage radiation skin injury in a mouse model by two-photon microscopy.

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    Jang, Won Hyuk; Shim, Sehwan; Wang, Taejun; Yoon, Yeoreum; Jang, Won-Suk; Myung, Jae Kyung; Park, Sunhoo; Kim, Ki Hean

    2016-01-01

    Ionizing radiation (IR) injury is tissue damage caused by high energy electromagnetic waves such as X-ray and gamma ray. Diagnosis and treatment of IR injury are difficult due to its characteristics of clinically latent post-irradiation periods and the following successive and unpredictable inflammatory bursts. Skin is one of the many sensitive organs to IR and bears local injury upon exposure. Early-stage diagnosis of IR skin injury is essential in order to maximize treatment efficiency and to prevent the aggravation of IR injury. In this study, early-stage changes of the IR injured skin at the cellular level were characterized in an in vivo mouse model by two-photon microscopy (TPM). Various IR doses were applied to the mouse hind limbs and the injured skin regions were imaged daily for 6 days after IR irradiation. Changes in the morphology and distribution of the epidermal cells and damage of the sebaceous glands were observed before clinical symptoms. These results showed that TPM is sensitive to early-stage changes of IR skin injury and may be useful for its diagnosis. PMID:26755422

  5. Effects of cholesterol on plasma membrane lipid order in MCF-7 cells by two-photon microscopy

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    Zeng, Yixiu; Chen, Jianling; Yang, Hongqin; Wang, Yuhua; Li, Hui; Xie, Shusen

    2014-09-01

    Lipid rafts are cholesterol- and glycosphingolipids- enriched microdomains on plasma membrane surface of mammal cells, involved in a variety of cellular processes. Depleting cholesterol from the plasma membrane by drugs influences the trafficking of lipid raft markers. Optical imaging techniques are powerful tools to study lipid rafts in live cells due to its noninvasive feature. In this study, breast cancer cells MCF-7 were treated with different concentrations of MβCD to deplete cholesterol and an environmentally sensitive fluorescence probe, Laurdan was loaded to image lipid order by two-photon microscopy. The generalized polarization (GP) values were calculated to distinguish the lipid order and disorder phase. GP images and GP distributions of native and cholesterol-depleted MCF-7 cells were obtained. Our results suggest that even at low concentration (0.5 mM) of MβCD, the morphology of the MCF-7 cells changes. Small high GP areas (lipid order phase) decrease more rapidly than low GP areas (lipid disorder phase), indicating that lipid raft structure was altered more severely than nonraft domains. The data demonstrates that cholesterol dramatically affect raft coverage and plasma membrane fluidity in living cells.

  6. In-situ transmission x-ray microscopy study of photon-induced oxidation of silver nanowires

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    Yu, Le; Sun, Yugang; Wang, Yuxin; Cai, Zhonghou; Han, Ping; Cheng, X. M.

    Oxidation of metal nanoparticles usually follows a Kirkendall process to transform solid nanoparticles to hollow metal oxide nanoshells. However the morphological trajectory of nanoparticles and the mass diffusion kinetics involved in the nanoscale Kirkendall process are complex. In this presentation we report the use of in-situ transmission x-ray microscopy (TXM) to directly image individual silver nanowires under oxidation atmosphere, which are created from radiolysis of air under illumination of the focused synchrotron x-ray beam. The in-situ results clearly show the morphological transformation from solid silver nanowires to hollow nanotubes in the course of oxidation reaction of silver. Quantitative analysis of the time-resolved TXM images provides unprecedented details on reaction kinetics and mass diffusion kinetics associated with the oxidation process. Work at Bryn Mawr College is supported by NSF Grant #1207085. Use of the Advanced Photon Source and the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory was supported by the U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.

  7. In vivo high-resolution structural imaging of large arteries in small rodents using two-photon laser scanning microscopy

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    Megens, Remco T. A.; Reitsma, Sietze; Prinzen, Lenneke; Oude Egbrink, Mirjam G. A.; Engels, Wim; Leenders, Peter J. A.; Brunenberg, Ellen J. L.; Reesink, Koen D.; Janssen, Ben J. A.; Ter Haar Romeny, Bart M.; Slaaf, Dick W.; van Zandvoort, Marc A. M. J.

    2010-01-01

    In vivo (molecular) imaging of the vessel wall of large arteries at subcellular resolution is crucial for unraveling vascular pathophysiology. We previously showed the applicability of two-photon laser scanning microscopy (TPLSM) in mounted arteries ex vivo. However, in vivo TPLSM has thus far suffered from in-frame and between-frame motion artifacts due to arterial movement with cardiac and respiratory activity. Now, motion artifacts are suppressed by accelerated image acquisition triggered on cardiac and respiratory activity. In vivo TPLSM is performed on rat renal and mouse carotid arteries, both surgically exposed and labeled fluorescently (cell nuclei, elastin, and collagen). The use of short acquisition times consistently limit in-frame motion artifacts. Additionally, triggered imaging reduces between-frame artifacts. Indeed, structures in the vessel wall (cell nuclei, elastic laminae) can be imaged at subcellular resolution. In mechanically damaged carotid arteries, even the subendothelial collagen sheet (~1 μm) is visualized using collagen-targeted quantum dots. We demonstrate stable in vivo imaging of large arteries at subcellular resolution using TPLSM triggered on cardiac and respiratory cycles. This creates great opportunities for studying (diseased) arteries in vivo or immediate validation of in vivo molecular imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, and positron emission tomography (PET).

  8. NEAR-IR TWO PHOTON MICROSCOPY IMAGING OF SILICA NANOPARTICLES FUNCTIONALIZED WITH ISOLATED SENSITIZED Yb(III) CENTERS

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    Lapadula, Giuseppe; Bourdolle, Adrien; Allouche, Florian; Conley, Matthew P.; Maron, Laurent; Lukens, Wayne W.; Guyot, Yannick; Andraud, Chantal; Brasselet, Sophie; Copé; ret, Christophe; Maury, Olivier; Andersen, Richard A.

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    Bright nano objects emitting in the near infrared with a maximal cross section of 41.4 x 103 GM (Goppert Mayer), were prepared by implanting ca. 180 4,4 diethylaminostyryl 2,2 bipyridine (DEAS) Yb(III) complexes on the surface of 12 nm silica nanoparticles. The surface complexes ([DEAS Ln SiO2], Ln =Y,Yb) were characterized using IR, solid state NMR, UV Vis, EXAFS spectroscopies in combination with the preparation and characterization of similar molecular analogues by analytical techniques (IR, solution NMR, UV Vis, X ray crystallography) as well as DFT calculations. Starting from the partial dehydroxylation of the silica at 700 C on high vacuum having 0.8 OH.nm 2, the grafting of Ln(N(SiMe3)2)3 generate ≤SiO Ln(N(SiMe3)2)2, which upon thermal step and coordination of the DEAS chromophore yields (≤SiO)3Ln(DEAS). Surface and molecular analogues display similar properties, in terms of DEAS binding constants absorption maxima and luminescence properties (intense emission band assigned to a ligand centered CT fluorescence and life time) in the solid state, consistent with the molecular nature of the surface species. The densely functionalized nanoparticles can be dispersed via ultra-sonication in small ca. 15-20 nm aggregates (1 to 6 elementary particles) that were detected using two photon microscopy imaging at 720 nm excitation, making them promising nano objects for bio imaging.

  9. Near-field microscopy with a single-photon point-like emitter: Resolution versus the aperture tip?

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    2014-01-01

    We discuss theoretically the concept of spatial resolution in near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM) in light of a recent work [Opt. Express 17 (2009) 19969] which reported on the achievement of active tips made of a single ultrasmall fluorescent nanodiamond grafted onto the apex of a substrate tip and on their validation in NSOM imaging. Since fluorescent nanodiamonds tend to decrease steadily in size, we assimilate a nanodiamond-based tip to a point-like single photon source and compare its ultimate resolution with that offered by standard metal-coated aperture NSOM tips. We demonstrate both classically and quantum mechanically that NSOM based on a point-like tip has a resolving power that is only limited by the scan height over the imaged system whereas the aperture-tip resolution depends critically on both the scan height and aperture diameter. This is a consequence of the complex distribution of the electromagnetic field around the aperture that tends to artificially duplicate the imaged objects. ...

  10. Combination of an optical parametric oscillator and quantum-dots 655 to improve imaging depth of vasculature by intravital multicolor two-photon microscopy.

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    Ricard, Clément; Lamasse, Lisa; Jaouen, Alexandre; Rougon, Geneviève; Debarbieux, Franck

    2016-06-01

    Simultaneous imaging of different cell types and structures in the mouse central nervous system (CNS) by intravital two-photon microscopy requires the characterization of fluorophores and advances in approaches to visualize them. We describe the use of a two-photon infrared illumination generated by an optical parametric oscillator (OPO) on quantum-dots 655 (QD655) nanocrystals to improve resolution of the vasculature deeper in the mouse brain both in healthy and pathological conditions. Moreover, QD655 signal can be unmixed from the DsRed2, CFP, EGFP and EYFP fluorescent proteins, which enhances the panel of multi-parametric correlative investigations both in the cortex and the spinal cord.

  11. Brain refractive index measured in vivo with high-NA defocus-corrected full-field OCT and consequences for two-photon microscopy.

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    Binding, Jonas; Ben Arous, Juliette; Léger, Jean-François; Gigan, Sylvain; Boccara, Claude; Bourdieu, Laurent

    2011-03-14

    Two-photon laser scanning microscopy (2PLSM) is an important tool for in vivo tissue imaging with sub-cellular resolution, but the penetration depth of current systems is potentially limited by sample-induced optical aberrations. To quantify these, we measured the refractive index n' in the somatosensory cortex of 7 rats in vivo using defocus optimization in full-field optical coherence tomography (ff-OCT). We found n' to be independent of imaging depth or rat age. From these measurements, we calculated that two-photon imaging beyond 200 µm into the cortex is limited by spherical aberration, indicating that adaptive optics will improve imaging depth.

  12. Simultaneous multi-parameter observation of Harring-tonine-treating HL-60 cells with both two-photon and confo-cal laser scanning microscopy

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    Harringtonine (HT), a kind of anticancer drug isolated from Chinese herb-Cephalotaxus hainanensis Li, can induce apoptosis in promyelocytic leukemia HL-60 cells. With both two-photon laser scanning microscopy and confocal laser scanning microscopy in combination with the fluores-cent probe Hoechst 33342, tetramethyrhodamine ethyl ester (TMRE) and Fluo 3-AM, we simulta-neously observed HT-induced changes in nuclear morphology, mitochondrial membrane potential and intracellular calcium concentration ([Ca2+]i) in HL-60 cells, and developed a real-time, sensitive and invasive method for simultaneous multi-parameter observation of drug- treating living cells at the level of single cell.

  13. Specific visualization of nitric oxide in the vasculature with two-photon microscopy using a copper based fluorescent probe.

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    Full Text Available To study the role and (sub cellular nitric oxide (NO constitution in various disease processes, its direct and specific detection in living cells and tissues is a major requirement. Several methods are available to measure the oxidation products of NO, but the detection of NO itself has proved challenging. We visualized NO production using a NO-sensitive copper-based fluorescent probe (Cu 2FL2E and two-photon laser scanning microscopy (TPLSM. Cu 2FL2E demonstrated high sensitivity and specificity for NO synthesis, combined with low cytotoxicity. Furthermore, Cu 2FL2E showed superior sensitivity over the conventionally used Griess assay. NO specificity of Cu 2FL2E was confirmed in vitro in human coronary arterial endothelial cells and porcine aortic endothelial cells using various triggers for NO production. Using TPLSM on ex vivo mounted murine carotid artery and aorta, the applicability of the probe to image NO production in both endothelial cells and smooth muscle cells was shown. NO-production and time course was detected for multiple stimuli such as flow, acetylcholine and hydrogen peroxide and its correlation with vasodilation was demonstrated. NO-specific fluorescence and vasodilation was abrogated in the presence of NO-synthesis blocker L-NAME. Finally, the influence of carotid precontraction and vasorelaxation validated the functional properties of vessels. Specific visualization of NO production in vessels with Cu 2FL2E-TPLSM provides a valid method for studying spatial-temporal synthesis of NO in vascular biology at an unprecedented level. This approach enables investigation of the pathways involved in the complex interplay between NO and vascular (dys function.

  14. Cell Signaling and Trafficking of Human Melanocortin Receptors in Real Time Using Two-photon Fluorescence and Confocal Laser Microscopy: Differentiation of Agonists and Antagonists

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    Cai, Minying; Varga, Eva V.; Stankova, Magda; Mayorov, Alexander; Perry, Joseph W.; Yamamura, Henry I.; Trivedi, Dev; Victor J. Hruby

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    Melanocortin hormones and neurotransmitters regulate a vast array of physiologic processes by interacting with five G-protein-coupled melanocortin receptor types. In the present study, we have systematically studied the regulation of individual human melanocortin receptor wild subtypes using a synthetic rhodamine-labeled human melanotropin agonist and antagonist, arrestins fused to green fluorescent protein in conjunction with two-photon fluorescence laser scanning microscopy and confocal mic...

  15. The translated conceptual survey of physics / stablization of the focal plane in two photon excitation fluorescence microscopy

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    Wada, Asma

    As a reflection of my career to be an effective college physics teacher, my thesis is in two parts. The first is in education research, the focus of this part is to have a tool to evaluate pedagogies I have learned at the school and plan to apply in my classrooms back home. Consequently, this resulted in the development of the translated conceptual survey of physics ( TCSP). (TCSP) was designed by combining some questions from the Force Conceptual Inventory (FCI), and the Conceptual Survey of Electricity and Magnetism (CSEM) to assess student's understanding of basic concepts of Newtonian mechanics and electricity and magnetism in introductory physics. The idea of developing this questionnaire is to use it in classrooms back home as a part of a long term objective to implement what has been realized in the area of education research to improve the quality of teaching physics there. The survey was initially written in English, validated with interviews with native English speakers, translated into Arabic, and then validated via an interview with a native Arabic speaker. We then administered the survey to two different English-speaking intro physics courses and analyzed the results for consistency. The objective of the second part in my thesis is to expand my knowledge in an area of physics that I have interest in, and getting involved in a scientific research to develop skills I need as a teacher. My research is in optical physics, in particular, I am working on one of the challenges in implementing two photon excitation luorescence (TPEF) microscopy in imaging living systems. (TPEF) microscopy has been shown to be an invaluable tool for investigating biological structure and function in living organisms. The utility of (TPEF) imaging for this application arises from several important factors including it's ability to image deep within tissue, and to do so without harming the organism. Both of these advantages arise from the fact that (TPEF) imaging is done with

  16. Quantitative phase separation in multiferroic Bi0.88Sm0.12FeO3 ceramics via piezoresponse force microscopy

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    BiFeO3 (BFO) is a classical multiferroic material with both ferroelectric and magnetic ordering at room temperature. Doping of this material with rare-earth oxides was found to be an efficient way to enhance the otherwise low piezoelectric response of unmodified BFO ceramics. In this work, we studied two types of bulk Sm-modified BFO ceramics with compositions close to the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) prepared by different solid-state processing methods. In both samples, coexistence of polar R3c and antipolar Pbam phases was detected by conventional X-ray diffraction (XRD); the non-polar Pnma or Pbnm phase also has potential to be present due to the compositional proximity to the polar-to-non-polar phase boundary. Two approaches to separate the phases based on the piezoresponse force microscopy measurements have been proposed. The obtained fractions of the polar and non-polar/anti-polar phases were close to those determined by quantitative XRD analysis. The results thus reveal a useful method for quantitative determination of the phase composition in multi-phase ceramic systems, including the technologically most important MPB systems

  17. The cavity resonance mode of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 mesa terahertz sources as probed by scanning laser thermal microscopy

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    Benseman, Timothy; Koshelev, Alexei; Vlasko-Vlasov, Vitalii; Welp, Ulrich; Kwok, Wai-Kwong; Hao, Yang; Gross, Boris; Lange, Matthias; Koelle, Dieter; Kleiner, Reinhold; Kadowaki, Kazuo

    Stacked Intrinsic Josephson Junctions (IJJs) in the extremely anisotropic high-Tc superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 are a promising solid-state source of coherent terahertz radiation in the so-called ``THz gap'' range. In these devices, a geometric resonant mode of a stack of IJJs of typical dimensions 300 x 60 x 1 microns3 acts to synchronize the individual junctions, resulting in coherent far-field THz emission. This resonance can be probed by scanning thermal laser microscopy, in which a modulated optical laser beam is rastered across the top surface of a stack. The resulting thermal perturbation to the stack's cavity mode can thus be mapped via the resulting xy-dependent modulation of the stack's electrical resistance. Here we discuss the experimentally measured scanning laser pattern of such a THz cavity mode, and the implications of its symmetry for the mechanism of IJJ synchronization in these devices. This research was supported by the Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract No. De-AC02-06CH11357.

  18. A high performance, cost-effective, open-source microscope for scanning two-photon microscopy that is modular and readily adaptable.

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    Full Text Available Two-photon laser scanning microscopy has revolutionized the ability to delineate cellular and physiological function in acutely isolated tissue and in vivo. However, there exist barriers for many laboratories to acquire two-photon microscopes. Additionally, if owned, typical systems are difficult to modify to rapidly evolving methodologies. A potential solution to these problems is to enable scientists to build their own high-performance and adaptable system by overcoming a resource insufficiency. Here we present a detailed hardware resource and protocol for building an upright, highly modular and adaptable two-photon laser scanning fluorescence microscope that can be used for in vitro or in vivo applications. The microscope is comprised of high-end componentry on a skeleton of off-the-shelf compatible opto-mechanical parts. The dedicated design enabled imaging depths close to 1 mm into mouse brain tissue and a signal-to-noise ratio that exceeded all commercial two-photon systems tested. In addition to a detailed parts list, instructions for assembly, testing and troubleshooting, our plan includes complete three dimensional computer models that greatly reduce the knowledge base required for the non-expert user. This open-source resource lowers barriers in order to equip more laboratories with high-performance two-photon imaging and to help progress our understanding of the cellular and physiological function of living systems.

  19. Label-free NIR reflectance imaging as a complimentary tool for two-photon fluorescence microscopy: multimodal investigation of stroke (Conference Presentation)

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    Allegra Mascaro, Anna Letizia; Costantini, Irene; Margoni, Emilia; Iannello, Giulio; Bria, Alessandro; Sacconi, Leonardo; Pavone, Francesco S.

    2016-03-01

    Two-photon imaging combined with targeted fluorescent indicators is extensively used for visualizing critical features of brain functionality and structural plasticity. Back-scattered photons from the NIR laser provide complimentary information without introducing any exogenous labelling. Here, we describe a versatile approach that, by collecting the reflected NIR light, provides structural details on the myelinated axons and blood vessels in the brain, both in fixed samples and in live animals. Indeed, by combining NIR reflectance and two-photon imaging of a slice of hippocampus from Thy1-GFPm mice, we show the presence of randomly oriented axons intermingled with sparsely fluorescent neuronal processes. The back-scattered photons guide the contextualization of the fluorescence structure within brain atlas thanks to the recognition of characteristic hippocampal structures. Label-free detection of axonal elongations over the layer 2/3 of mouse cortex under a cranial window was also possible in live brain. Finally, blood flow could be measured in vivo, thus validating label free NIR reflectance as a tool for monitoring hemodynamic fluctuations. The prospective versatility of this label-free technique complimentary to two-photon fluorescence microscopy is demonstrated in a mouse model of photothrombotic stroke in which the axonal degeneration and blood flow remodeling can be investigated simultaneously.

  20. 4D (x-y-z-t) imaging of thick biological samples by means of Two-Photon inverted Selective Plane Illumination Microscopy (2PE-iSPIM)

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    Lavagnino, Zeno; Sancataldo, Giuseppe; D’Amora, Marta; Follert, Philipp; de Pietri Tonelli, Davide; Diaspro, Alberto; Cella Zanacchi, Francesca

    2016-04-01

    In the last decade light sheet fluorescence microscopy techniques, such as selective plane illumination microscopy (SPIM), has become a well established method for developmental biology. However, conventional SPIM architectures hardly permit imaging of certain tissues since the common sample mounting procedure, based on gel embedding, could interfere with the sample morphology. In this work we propose an inverted selective plane microscopy system (iSPIM), based on non-linear excitation, suitable for 3D tissue imaging. First, the iSPIM architecture provides flexibility on the sample mounting, getting rid of the gel-based mounting typical of conventional SPIM, permitting 3D imaging of hippocampal slices from mouse brain. Moreover, all the advantages brought by two photon excitation (2PE) in terms of reduction of scattering effects and contrast improvement are exploited, demonstrating an improved image quality and contrast compared to single photon excitation. The system proposed represents an optimal platform for tissue imaging and it smooths the way to the applicability of light sheet microscopy to a wider range of samples including those that have to be mounted on non-transparent surfaces.

  1. Multifunctional Bi2ZnOB2O6 single crystals for second and third order nonlinear optical applications

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    Iliopoulos, K.; Kasprowicz, D.; Majchrowski, A.; Michalski, E.; Gindre, D.; Sahraoui, B.

    2013-12-01

    Bi2ZnOB2O6 nonlinear optical single crystals were grown by means of the Kyropoulos method from stoichiometric melt. The second and third harmonic generation (SHG/THG) of Bi2ZnOB2O6 crystals were investigated by the SHG/THG Maker fringes technique. Moreover, SHG microscopy studies were carried out providing two-dimensional SHG images as a function of the incident laser polarization. The high nonlinear optical efficiency combined with the possibility to grow high quality crystals make Bi2ZnOB2O6 an excellent candidate for photonic applications.

  2. Combination of an optical parametric oscillator and quantum-dots 655 to improve imaging depth of vasculature by intravital multicolor two-photon microscopy.

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    Ricard, Clément; Lamasse, Lisa; Jaouen, Alexandre; Rougon, Geneviève; Debarbieux, Franck

    2016-06-01

    Simultaneous imaging of different cell types and structures in the mouse central nervous system (CNS) by intravital two-photon microscopy requires the characterization of fluorophores and advances in approaches to visualize them. We describe the use of a two-photon infrared illumination generated by an optical parametric oscillator (OPO) on quantum-dots 655 (QD655) nanocrystals to improve resolution of the vasculature deeper in the mouse brain both in healthy and pathological conditions. Moreover, QD655 signal can be unmixed from the DsRed2, CFP, EGFP and EYFP fluorescent proteins, which enhances the panel of multi-parametric correlative investigations both in the cortex and the spinal cord. PMID:27375951

  3. Widefield two-photon excitation without scanning: live cell microscopy with high time resolution and low photo-bleaching

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    Amor, Rumelo; Robb, Gillian; Wilson, Louise; Rahman, Nor Zaihana Abdul; Dempster, John; Amos, William Bradshaw; Bushell, Trevor J; McConnell, Gail

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    We demonstrate fluorescence imaging by two-photon excitation without scanning in biological specimens as previously described by Hwang and co-workers, but with an increased field size and with framing rates of up to 100 Hz. During recordings of synaptically-driven Ca$^{2+}$ events in primary rat neurone cultures loaded with the fluorescent Ca$^{2+}$ indicator Fluo-4 AM, we have observed greatly reduced photo-bleaching in comparison with single-photon excitation. This method, which requires no costly additions to the microscope, promises to be useful for work where high time-resolution is required.

  4. Mapping the directional emission of quasi-two-dimensional photonic crystals of semiconductor nanowires using Fourier microscopy

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    Fontana, Y.; Grzela, G.; Bakkers, E.P.A.M.; Gomez Rivas, J.

    2012-01-01

    Controlling the dispersion and directionality of the emission of nanosources is one of the major goals of nanophotonics research. This control will allow the development of highly efficient nanosources even at the single-photon level. One of the ways to achieve this goal is to couple the emission to

  5. Three-Dimensional Structure and Defects in Colloidal Photonic Crystals Revealed by Tomographic Scanning Transmission X-ray Microscopy

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    Hilhorst, Jan; van Schooneveld, Matti M.; Wang, Jian; de Smit, Emiel; Tyliszczak, Tolek; Raabe, Joerg; Hitchcock, Adam P.; Obst, Martin; de Groot, Frank M. F.; Petukhov, Andrei V.

    2012-01-01

    Self-assembled colloidal crystals have attracted major attention because of their potential as low-cost three-dimensional (3D) photonic crystals. Although a high degree of perfection is crucial for the properties of these materials, little is known about their exact structure and internal defects. I

  6. Intravital autofluorescence 2-photon microscopy of murine intestinal mucosa with ultra-broadband femtosecond laser pulse excitation: image quality, photodamage, and inflammation

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    Klinger, Antje; Krapf, Lisa; Orzekowsky-Schroeder, Regina; Koop, Norbert; Vogel, Alfred; Hüttmann, Gereon

    2015-11-01

    Ultra-broadband excitation with ultrashort pulses may enable simultaneous excitation of multiple endogenous fluorophores in vital tissue. Imaging living gut mucosa by autofluorescence 2-photon microscopy with more than 150 nm broad excitation at an 800-nm central wavelength from a sub-10 fs titanium-sapphire (Ti:sapphire) laser with a dielectric mirror based prechirp was compared to the excitation with 220 fs pulses of a tunable Ti:sapphire laser at 730 and 800 nm wavelengths. Excitation efficiency, image quality, and photochemical damage were evaluated. At similar excitation fluxes, the same image brightness was achieved with both lasers. As expected, with ultra-broadband pulses, fluorescence from NAD(P)H, flavines, and lipoproteins was observed simultaneously. However, nonlinear photodamage apparent as hyperfluorescence with functional and structural alterations of the tissue occurred earlier when the laser power was adjusted to the same image brightness. After only a few minutes, the immigration of polymorphonuclear leucocytes into the epithelium and degranulation of these cells, a sign of inflammation, was observed. Photodamage is promoted by the higher peak irradiances and/or by nonoptimal excitation of autofluorescence at the longer wavelength. We conclude that excitation with a tunable narrow bandwidth laser is preferable to ultra-broadband excitation for autofluorescence-based 2-photon microscopy, unless the spectral phase can be controlled to optimize excitation conditions.

  7. 双光子显微镜在免疫学研究中的应用%The application of two-photon microscopy in immunology researches

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    陈罗泉; 王青青

    2012-01-01

    Two-photon microscopy is a new technology for fluorescence imaging of living tissues.Because it produses less damage to cells and deeper imaging degree.It can be used to observe living cells for longer time.For these reasons,it has been gradually applied to cell biology,neurobiology,immunology and other research fields.This paper reviews the application of two-photon microscopy in immunology,especially in the study of the development,differentiation,migration and function of immune cells.%双光子显微镜是一种对活体组织进行荧光成像的新技术.它由于具有对细胞损伤小、成像深度大和可用于活细胞长时间观察等优点而逐渐被应用于细胞生物学、神经生物学、免疫学等研究领域.近些年来双光子显微镜在免疫学研究中的应用很广,主要是用于免疫细胞发育、分化、迁移和功能研究等方面.

  8. Picosecond wide-field time-correlated single photon counting fluorescence microscopy with a delay line anode detector

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    Hirvonen, Liisa M.; Becker, Wolfgang; Milnes, James; Conneely, Thomas; Smietana, Stefan; Le Marois, Alix; Jagutzki, Ottmar; Suhling, Klaus

    2016-08-01

    We perform wide-field time-correlated single photon counting-based fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM) with a crossed delay line anode image intensifier, where the pulse propagation time yields the photon position. This microchannel plate-based detector was read out with conventional fast timing electronics and mounted on a fluorescence microscope with total internal reflection (TIR) illumination. The picosecond time resolution of this detection system combines low illumination intensity of microwatts with wide-field data collection. This is ideal for fluorescence lifetime imaging of cell membranes using TIR. We show that fluorescence lifetime images of living HeLa cells stained with membrane dye di-4-ANEPPDHQ exhibit a reduced lifetime near the coverslip in TIR compared to epifluorescence FLIM.

  9. Multi-Dimensional Time-Correlated Single Photon Counting (TCSPC) Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy (FLIM) to Detect FRET in Cells

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    Duncan, R. R.; Bergmann, A; Cousin, M. A.; Apps, D. K.; Shipston, M. J.

    2004-01-01

    We present a novel, multi-dimensional, time-correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) technique to perform fluorescence lifetime imaging with a laser-scanning microscope operated at a pixel dwell-time in the microsecond range. The unsurpassed temporal accuracy of this approach combined with a high detection efficiency was applied to measure the fluorescent lifetimes of enhanced cyan fluorescent protein (ECFP) in isolation and in tandem with EYFP (enhanced yellow fluorescent protein). This tec...

  10. The effect of polyunsaturated fatty acids on the homeostasis of yolk lipoprotein in C. elegans examined by CARS and two-photon excitation fluorescence (TPE-F) microscopy

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    Chen, Wei-Wen; Yi, Yung-Hsiang; Chien, Cheng-Hao; Hsiung, Kuei-Ching; Lin, Yi-Chun; Ma, Tian-Hsiang; Lo, Szecheng J.; Chang, Ta-Chau

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    Yolk lipoprotein constitutes the major source of energy and the materials for synthesizing signaling factors for the development of oocytes and embryos in C. elegans. Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) packed in yolk lipoprotein have been recently recognized as critical molecules for fertilization and reproduction.1 However, the relation between PUFAs and the homeostasis of yolk lipoprotein is not clear. Here we use coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) microscopy and two-photon excitation fluorescence (TPE-F) microscopy to examine the transportation of yolk lipoprotein. We demonstrate that CARS microscopy is a more sensitive method than the traditional Nile Red staining method in probing the abnormal accumulation of yolk lipoprotein in the body cavity of C. elegans. It is found that the accumulation of yolk lipoprotein is a time-dependent process. In addition, a negative correlation (r = -0.955) between reproductive aging and abnormal accumulation of yolk lipoprotein is established. We further examine wild-type, fat-1, and fat-2 worms with or without the expression of GFP-tagged yolk lipoprotein (VIT-2-GFP). Our data reveal that PUFAs have a positive effect on the synthesis and endocytosis of yolk lipoprotein, confirming the model proposed by Edmonds et al.2

  11. Measurement of probe displacement to the thermal resolution limit in photonic force microscopy using a miniature quadrant photodetector

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    Pal, Sambit Bikas; Haldar, Arijit; Roy, Basudev; Banerjee, Ayan

    2011-01-01

    A photonic force microscope comprises of an optically trapped micro-probe and a position detection system to track the motion of the probe. Signal collection for motion detection is often carried out using the backscattered light off the probe - however, this mode has problems of low S/N due to the small back-scattering cross-sections of the micro-probes typically used. The position sensors often used in these cases are quadrant photodetectors. To ensure maximum sensitivity of such detectors,...

  12. Reduction of the pulse duration of the ultrafast laser pulses of the Two-Photon Laser Scanning Microscopy (2PLSM

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    Reshak Ali

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background We provide an update of our two-photon laser scanning microscope by compressing or reducing the broadening of the pulse width of ultrafast laser pulses for dispersion precompensation, to enable the pulses to penetrate deeply inside the sample. Findings The broadening comes as the pulses pass through the optical elements. We enhanced and modified the quality and the sharpness of images by enhancing the resolution using special polarizer namely Glan Laser polarizer GL10. This polarizer consists of two prisms separated by air space. This air separation between the two prisms uses to delay the red wavelength when the light leaves the first prism to the air then to second prism. We note a considerable enhancing with using the GL polarizer, and we can see the details of the leaf structure in early stages when we trying to get focus through z-stacks of images in comparison to exactly the same measurements without using GL polarizer. Hence, with this modification we able to reduce the time of exposure the sample to the laser radiation thereby we will reduce the probability of photobleaching and phototoxicity. When the pulse width reduced, the average power of the laser pulses maintained at a constant level. Significant enhancement is found between the two kinds of images of the Two-Photon Excitation Fluorescence (TPEF. Conclusion In summary reduction the laser pulse width allowed to collect more diffraction orders which will used to form the images. The more diffraction orders the higher resolution images.

  13. Two-photon scanning microscopy of in vivo sensory responses of cortical neurons genetically encoded with a fluorescent voltage sensor in rat

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    Kurt F Ahrens

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available A fluorescent voltage sensor protein Flare was created from a Kv1.4 potassium channel with YFP situated to report voltage-induced conformational changes in vivo. The RNA virus Sindbis introduced Flare into neurons in the binocular visual crescent in rat. Injection sites were selected based on intrinsic optical imaging. Expression of Flare occurred in the cell bodies and dendritic processes. Neurons imaged in vivo using two-photon scanning microscopy typically revealed the soma best, discernable against the background labeling of the neuropil. Somatic fluorescence changes were correlated with flashed visual stimuli; however, averaging was essential to observe these changes. This study demonstrates that the genetic modification of single neurons to express a fluorescent voltage sensor can be used to assess neuronal activity in vivo.

  14. Two-photon scanning microscopy of in vivo sensory responses of cortical neurons genetically encoded with a fluorescent voltage sensor in rat

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    Ahrens, Kurt F.; Heider, Barbara; Lee, Hanson; Isacoff, Ehud Y.; Siegel, Ralph M.

    2012-01-01

    A fluorescent voltage sensor protein “Flare” was created from a Kv1.4 potassium channel with YFP situated to report voltage-induced conformational changes in vivo. The RNA virus Sindbis introduced Flare into neurons in the binocular region of visual cortex in rat. Injection sites were selected based on intrinsic optical imaging. Expression of Flare occurred in the cell bodies and dendritic processes. Neurons imaged in vivo using two-photon scanning microscopy typically revealed the soma best, discernable against the background labeling of the neuropil. Somatic fluorescence changes were correlated with flashed visual stimuli; however, averaging was essential to observe these changes. This study demonstrates that the genetic modification of single neurons to express a fluorescent voltage sensor can be used to assess neuronal activity in vivo. PMID:22461770

  15. Two-photon time-lapse microscopy of BODIPY-cholesterol reveals anomalous sterol diffusion in chinese hamster ovary cells

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    Lund, F. W.; Lomholt, M. A.; Solanko, L. M.;

    2012-01-01

    Background: Cholesterol is an important membrane component, but our knowledge about its transport in cells is sparse. Previous imaging studies using dehydroergosterol (DHE), an intrinsically fluorescent sterol from yeast, have established that vesicular and non-vesicular transport modes contribute...... to sterol trafficking from the plasma membrane. Significant photobleaching, however, limits the possibilities for in-depth analysis of sterol dynamics using DHE. Co-trafficking studies with DHE and the recently introduced fluorescent cholesterol analog BODIPY-cholesterol (BChol) suggested that the latter...... are possible. Two-photon temporal image correlation spectroscopy (2P-TICS) provided evidence for spatially heterogeneous diffusion constants of BChol varying over two orders of magnitude from the cell interior towards the plasma membrane, where D similar to 1.3 mu m(2)/s. Number and brightness (N&B) analysis...

  16. Two-photon time-lapse microscopy of BODIPY-cholesterol reveals anomalous sterol diffusion in chinese hamster ovary cells

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    Lund Frederik W

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Cholesterol is an important membrane component, but our knowledge about its transport in cells is sparse. Previous imaging studies using dehydroergosterol (DHE, an intrinsically fluorescent sterol from yeast, have established that vesicular and non-vesicular transport modes contribute to sterol trafficking from the plasma membrane. Significant photobleaching, however, limits the possibilities for in-depth analysis of sterol dynamics using DHE. Co-trafficking studies with DHE and the recently introduced fluorescent cholesterol analog BODIPY-cholesterol (BChol suggested that the latter probe has utility for prolonged live-cell imaging of sterol transport. Results We found that BChol is very photostable under two-photon (2P-excitation allowing the acquisition of several hundred frames without significant photobleaching. Therefore, long-term tracking and diffusion measurements are possible. Two-photon temporal image correlation spectroscopy (2P-TICS provided evidence for spatially heterogeneous diffusion constants of BChol varying over two orders of magnitude from the cell interior towards the plasma membrane, where D ~ 1.3 μm2/s. Number and brightness (N&B analysis together with stochastic simulations suggest that transient partitioning of BChol into convoluted membranes slows local sterol diffusion. We observed sterol endocytosis as well as fusion and fission of sterol-containing endocytic vesicles. The mobility of endocytic vesicles, as studied by particle tracking, is well described by a model for anomalous subdiffusion on short time scales with an anomalous exponent α ~ 0.63 and an anomalous diffusion constant of Dα = 1.95 x 10-3 μm2/sα. On a longer time scale (t > ~5 s, a transition to superdiffusion consistent with slow directed transport with an average velocity of v ~ 6 x 10-3 μm/s was observed. We present an analytical model that bridges the two regimes and fit this model to vesicle

  17. X-ray Zernike apodized photon sieves for phase-contrast microscopy%X射线相衬成像光子筛

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    程冠晓; 胡超

    2011-01-01

    基于Zernike相衬成像原理和光瞳切趾原理,提出一种将相位板和切趾光子筛集成为一个相衬显微物镜的X射线相衬成像光子筛的设计方法.这种X射线相衬成像物镜可以实现生物体组织或者其他弱吸收材料的高分辨率和高衬度成像.通过优化光子筛透镜的衍射结构,可以抑制成像系统的点扩展函数的旁瓣和消除高阶衍射焦点,从而提高成像分辨率;另外,将光子筛透镜和变相板合为一体,克服了成像透镜和变相板难以对准的缺陷.以高斯切趾光子筛为例,实验验证了设计方法的可行性.%We present a kind of diffractive lens Zernike apodized photon sieves (ZAPS) whose structure is based on the combination of two concepts:apodized photon sieves and Zernike phase-contrast.Combined with the synchrotron light source,the ZAPS can be used as an objective for high-resolution phase-contrast X-ray microscopy in physical and life sciences.The ZAPS is a single optic unit that integrates the appropriate ±π/2 radians phase shift through selective zone placement shifts in an apodized photon sieve.The focusing properties of the ZAPS can be easily controlled by apodizing its pupil function.An apodized photon sieve with Gaussian pupil is fabricated by lithographic technique and shows that the side-lobes are significantly suppressed at the expense of slightly widening the width of the main lobe.

  18. Two-photon microscopy imaging of thy1GFP-M transgenic mice: a novel animal model to investigate brain dendritic cell subsets in vivo.

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    Claudia Laperchia

    Full Text Available Transgenic mice expressing fluorescent proteins in specific cell populations are widely used for in vivo brain studies with two-photon fluorescence (TPF microscopy. Mice of the thy1GFP-M line have been engineered for selective expression of green fluorescent protein (GFP in neuronal populations. Here, we report that TPF microscopy reveals, at the brain surface of these mice, also motile non-neuronal GFP+ cells. We have analyzed the behavior of these cells in vivo and characterized in brain sections their immunophenotype.With TPF imaging, motile GFP+ cells were found in the meninges, subarachnoid space and upper cortical layers. The striking feature of these cells was their ability to move across the brain parenchyma, exhibiting evident shape changes during their scanning-like motion. In brain sections, GFP+ cells were immunonegative to antigens recognizing motile cells such as migratory neuroblasts, neuronal and glial precursors, mast cells, and fibroblasts. GFP+ non-neuronal cells exhibited instead the characteristic features and immunophenotype (CD11c and major histocompatibility complex molecule class II immunopositivity of dendritic cells (DCs, and were immunonegative to the microglial marker Iba-1. GFP+ cells were also identified in lymph nodes and blood of thy1GFP-M mice, supporting their identity as DCs. Thus, TPF microscopy has here allowed the visualization for the first time of the motile behavior of brain DCs in situ. The results indicate that the thy1GFP-M mouse line provides a novel animal model for the study of subsets of these professional antigen-presenting cells in the brain. Information on brain DCs is still very limited and imaging in thy1GFP-M mice has a great potential for analyses of DC-neuron interaction in normal and pathological conditions.

  19. Strategies for mapping synaptic inputs on dendrites in vivo by combining two-photon microscopy, sharp intracellular recording and pharmacology

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    Manuel eLevy

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Uncovering the functional properties of individual synaptic inputs on single neurons is critical for understanding the computational role of synapses and dendrites. Previous studies combined whole-cell patch recording to load neurons with a fluorescent calcium indicator and two-photon imaging to map subcellular changes in fluorescence upon sensory stimulation. By hyperpolarizing the neuron below spike threshold, the patch electrode ensured that changes in fluorescence associated with synaptic events were isolated from those caused by back-propagating action potentials. This technique holds promise for determining whether the existence of unique cortical feature maps across different species may be associated with distinct wiring diagrams. However, the use of whole-cell patch for mapping inputs on dendrites is challenging in large mammals, due to brain pulsations and the accumulation of fluorescent dye in the extracellular milieu. Alternatively, sharp intracellular electrodes have been used to label neurons with fluorescent dyes, but the current passing capabilities of these high impedance electrodes may be insufficient to prevent spiking. In this study, we tested whether sharp electrode recording is suitable for mapping functional inputs on dendrites in the cat visual cortex. We compared three different strategies for suppressing visually evoked spikes: (1 hyperpolarization by intracellular current injection, (2 pharmacological blockade of voltage-gated sodium channels by intracellular QX-314, and (3 GABA iontophoresis from a perisomatic electrode glued to the intracellular electrode. We found that functional inputs on dendrites could be successfully imaged using all three strategies. However, the best method for preventing spikes was GABA iontophoresis with low currents (5 to 10 nA, which minimally affected the local circuit. Our methods advance the possibility of determining functional connectivity in preparations where whole-cell patch may be

  20. A novel technique for the in vivo imaging of autoimmune diabetes development in the pancreas by two-photon microscopy.

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    Ken Coppieters

    Full Text Available Type 1 diabetes (T1D is characterized by the immune-mediated destruction of beta cells in the pancreas. Little is known about the in vivo dynamic interactions between T cells and beta cells or the kinetic behavior of other immune cell subsets in the pancreatic islets. Utilizing multiphoton microscopy we have designed a technique that allows for the real-time visualization of diabetogenic T cells and dendritic cells in pancreatic islets in a live animal, including their interplay with beta cells and the vasculature. Using a custom designed stage, the pancreas was surgically exposed under live conditions so that imaging of islets under intact blood pressure and oxygen supply became possible. We demonstrate here that this approach allows for the tracking of diabetogenic leukocytes as well as vascularization phenotype of islets and accumulation of dendritic cells in islets during diabetes pathogenesis. This technique should be useful in mapping crucial kinetic events in T1D pathogenesis and in testing the impact of immune based interventions on T cell migration, extravasation and islet destruction.

  1. In Vivo Evaluation of Cervical Stiffness Evolution during Induced Ripening Using Shear Wave Elastography, Histology and 2 Photon Excitation Microscopy: Insight from an Animal Model.

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    Laura Peralta

    metabolite PGEM. Histological analyses and two-photon excitation microscopy, combining both Second Harmonic Generation (SHG and Two-photon Fluorescence microscopy (2PF contrasts, were used to investigate, at the microscopic scale, the structure of cervical tissue. Results show that both collagen and 2PF-active fibrillar structures could be closely related to the mechanical properties of cervical tissue that are perceptible in elastography. In conclusion, SWE may be a valuable method to objectively quantify the cervical stiffness and as a complementary diagnostic tool for preterm birth and for labour induction success.

  2. In vivo imaging flow cytometry based on laser scanning two-photon microscopy at kHz cross-sectional frame rate

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    Kong, Lingjie; Tang, Jianyong; Cui, Meng

    2016-03-01

    In vivo flow cytometry has found numerous applications in biology and pharmacology. However, conventional cytometry does not provide the detailed morphological information that is needed to fully determine the phenotype of individual circulating cells. Imaging cytometry, capable of visualizing the morphology and dynamics of the circulating cells at high spatiotemporal resolution, is highly desired. Current wide-field based image cytometers are limited in the imaging depth and provide only two-dimensional resolution. For deep tissue imaging, laser scanning two-photon fluorescence microscopy (TPM) is widely adopted. However, for applications in flow cytometry, the axial scanning speed of current TPMs is inadequate to provide high-speed cross-sectional imaging of vasculature. We have integrated an optical phase-locked ultrasound lens into a standard TPM and achieved microsecond-scale axial scanning. With a galvo scanner for transverse scanning, we achieved kHz cross-sectional frame rate. Here we report its applications for in vivo deformability cytometry and in vivo imaging flow cytometry, and demonstrate the capability of imaging dynamical morphologies of flowing cells, distinguishing cells and cellular clusters, and simultaneously quantifying different cell populations based on their fluorescent labels.

  3. Evaluation of Injured Axons Using Two-Photon Excited Fluorescence Microscopy after Spinal Cord Contusion Injury in YFP-H Line Mice.

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    Horiuchi, Hideki; Oshima, Yusuke; Ogata, Tadanori; Morino, Tadao; Matsuda, Seiji; Miura, Hiromasa; Imamura, Takeshi

    2015-07-13

    Elucidation of the process of degeneration of injured axons is important for the development of therapeutic modules for the treatment of spinal cord injuries. The aim of this study was to establish a method for time-lapse observation of injured axons in living animals after spinal cord contusion injury. YFP (yellow fluorescent protein)-H transgenic mice, which we used in this study, express fluorescence in their nerve fibers. Contusion damage to the spinal cord at the 11th vertebra was performed by IH (Infinite Horizon) impactor, which applied a pressure of 50 kdyn. The damaged spinal cords were re-exposed during the observation period under anesthesia, and then observed by two-photon excited fluorescence microscopy, which can observe deep regions of tissues including spinal cord axons. No significant morphological change of injured axons was observed immediately after injury. Three days after injury, the number of axons decreased, and residual axons were fragmented. Seven days after injury, only fragments were present in the damaged tissue. No hind-limb movement was observed during the observation period after injury. Despite the immediate paresis of hind-limbs following the contusion injury, the morphological degeneration of injured axons was delayed. This method may help clarification of pathophysiology of axon degeneration and development of therapeutic modules for the treatment of spinal cord injury.

  4. Multi-actuator adaptive lens for wavefront correction in optical coherence tomography and two-photon excitation fluorescence microscopy (Conference Presentation)

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    Bonora, Stefano; Lee, Sujin; Jian, Yifan; Cua, Michelle; Pugh, Edward N.; Zawadzki, Robert J.; Sarunic, Marinko V.

    2016-03-01

    We present a new type of adaptive lens with 18 actuators that can correct up the 4th order of aberration. The Multi-actuator Adaptive Lens (M-AL) can guarantee a good level of aberration correction for many applications and, with respect to deformable mirror, it allows the realization of more compact and simple optical systems. The adaptive lens is based on the use of piezoelectric actuators and, without any obstruction or electrodes in the clear aperture, can guarantee a fast response time, in the order of about 10ms. The clear aperture of the M-AL allows its use in "classical" Adaptive Optics configuration together with a wavefront sensor. To introduce a further simplification to the optical system design we show that the adaptive lens can be also driven with a wavefront sensorless control algorithm during in vivo optical coherence tomography of the human retina and for two-photon excitation fluorescence microscopy. In the experimental setup we used two aberration correcting devices a commercial adaptive lens (AL) with a high dynamic range to correct for defocus and the Multi-actuator Adaptive Lens (M-AL) to correct for the Zernike aberrations up to the 4th order. Experimental results show that the ocular aberrations of human eyes can be successfully corrected with our M-AL for pupils of 5mm and that retinal cones can be readily imaged.

  5. Construction and application of femtosecond laser two-photon fluorescence microscopy system%飞秒激光双光子荧光显微系统的构建与应用

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    秦一凡; 李茜; 夏元钦; 刘斌; 张盛

    2015-01-01

    为进行双光子荧光显微成像研究,搭建了一套飞秒激光光源双光子荧光显微成像系统.对超短脉冲锁模激光器的成像优势、双光子激励饱和功率及系统分辨率进行了理论推导,利用飞秒激光器、显微镜、数据采集设备与控制装置及扫描控制软件搭建了显微成像系统,并对Rhodamine B样品进行双光子荧光显微成像实验.结果表明:相同条件下,超短脉冲锁模激光器的双光子荧光产率为连续光输出激光器的105 倍;采用UPLSAPO60XO型物镜时,双光子激励饱和功率为50 mW,理论横向和轴向分辨率为303 nm与727 nm;该系统具有显微成像能力,且实际横向分辨率小于3 μm.%By using a femtosecond laser as the excitation source,a two-photon fluorescence microscopy system was constructed to conduct some researches on two-photon microcsopy.Firstly,the advantage of introducing an ultrashort pulse mode-locked laser was verified,the definite expression of saturation power was calculated,and the resolution of two-photon fluorescence microscopy was deduced.Then based on the femtosecond laser,microscope,data acquisition device,control equipment and the software that we wrote,a two-photon fluorescence microscopy system was built.At last,the two-photon fluorescence microscopy system is applied into the microscopy study of Rhodamine B specimen.The results show that in the same condition,two-photon excitation productivity is as much as 105 times with an ultrashort pulse mode-locked laser compared with a CW laser.By using the UPLSAPO60XO objective,the saturation power is 50 mW while the radial and the axial resolution reach 303 nm and 727 nm.The image ability of the system is proved by the results,and the actual radial resolution is less than 3 μm.

  6. A method to investigate radial glia cell behavior using two-photon time-lapse microscopy in an ex vivo model of spinal cord development.

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    Janelle M.P. Pakan

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The mammalian central nervous system (CNS develops from multipotent progenitor cells, which proliferate and differentiate into the various cell types of the brain and spinal cord. Despite the wealth of knowledge from progenitor cell culture studies, there is a significant lack of understanding regarding dynamic progenitor cell behavior over the course of development. This is in part due to shortcomings in the techniques available to study these processes in living tissues as they are occurring. In order to investigate cell behavior under physiologically relevant conditions we established an ex vivo model of the developing rat spinal cord. This method allows us to directly observe specific populations of cells ex vivo in real time and over extended developmental periods as they undergo proliferation, migration and differentiation in the CNS. Previous investigations of progenitor cell behavior have been limited in either spatial or temporal resolution (or both due to the necessity of preserving tissue viability and avoiding phototoxic effects of fluorescent imaging. The method described here overcomes these obstacles. Using two-photon and confocal microscopy and transfected organotypic spinal cord slice cultures we have undertaken detailed imaging of a unique population of neural progenitors, radial glial cells. This method uniquely enables analysis of large populations as well as individual cells; ultimately resulting in a 4D dataset of progenitor cell behavior for up to seven days during embryonic development. This approach can be adapted to study a variety of cell populations at different stages of development using appropriate promoter driven fluorescent protein expression. The ability to control the tissue micro-environment makes this ex vivo method a powerful tool to elucidate the underlying molecular mechanisms regulating cell behavior during embryonic development.

  7. Piezoresponse Force Microscopy Imaging of Ferroelectric Domains in Bi(Zn1/2Ti1/2)O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 Piezoelectric Ceramics

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    LIU Li-Ming; ZENG Hua-Bong; CAO Zhen-Zhu; LENG Xue; ZHAO Kun-Yu; LI Guo-Rong; YIN Qing-Rui

    2011-01-01

    @@ Bismuth zinc titanate dopied lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate[Bi(Zn1/2Ti1/2)O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 (BZT-PMN-PT)]piezoelectric ceramics are synthesized by the conventional solid state reaction method.Ferroelectric domain structures and the evolutionary behavior of BZT-PMN-PT ceramics under an external in-plane electric field are investigated by piezoresponse force microscopy(PFM).It is found that the BZT doping has a significant effect on the domain configurations and the domain kinetic behavior of the piezoelectric BZT-PMN-PT solid solution ceramics.Microdomains embedded in the macrodomains, induced by the BZT dopant in the solid solution ceramics, are clearly observed by PFM and their volume increases with increasing amounts of BZT doping.The microdomains of BZT-PMN-PT piezoelectric ceramics exhibit better domain dynamic behavior stability than macrodomains under an external in-plane electric held.

  8. 半金属表面上酞菁锰分子的转动态研究%Scanning tunneling microscopy study of single rotational MnPc on Bi(111) surface

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    王纯杰; 罗吉勇; 孙凯; 王俊忠

    2014-01-01

    The rotational state of single manganese phthalocyanine (MnPc) molecule on Bi(111) surface was investigated using low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy ( LT⁃STM ) . Single MnPc molecule exhibits as a hexagon at 77 K. By means of STM manipulation technique, single molecular rotor has been blocked successfully. The height profile lines of molecules and molecular configurations on Bi ( 111 ) suface results show that single flat molecule rotates discontinuously with central axis, and it takes the rotational way that the molecule hops between three different molecular adsorption configurations. Combining the I⁃t spectrum, three distinct current levels has been clearly revealed due to three inequivalent configurations of molecule with respect to the tip, which further verifies the existence of three kinds of molecular adsorption configurations. Moreover, we obtained the occupation probabilities of different configurations and their related energies by approximate statistical analysis technique.%利用低温STM研究了半金属Bi(111)表面上单个酞菁锰分子的转动态。通过高分辨STM图发现,在液氮温度(77K)下单个酞菁锰分子呈六角形。利用STM操纵技术实现了对单个酞菁锰分子的制动,并通过对单分子的高低起伏和吸附构型分析,确定分子在Bi(111)表面做非连续的中心转动。这种单分子转动是三种相对稳定的吸附构型交替变化的结果。结合I⁃t谱技术,进一步验证了这三种分子吸附构型的存在;并利用近似统计分析方法得到三种吸附构型各自出现的概率以及其相对能量。

  9. Facile synthesis of Bi/BiOCl composite with selective photocatalytic properties

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    Chen, Dongling; Zhang, Min; Lu, Qiuju; Chen, Junfang [Research Institute for New Material Technology, Department of Research Center for Materials Interdisciplinary Science, Chongqing University of Arts and Science, Chongqing 402160 (China); Liu, Bitao, E-mail: liubitao007@163.com [Research Institute for New Material Technology, Department of Research Center for Materials Interdisciplinary Science, Chongqing University of Arts and Science, Chongqing 402160 (China); Wang, Zhaofeng, E-mail: zhaofeng.wang@uconn.edu [Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Polymer Program, Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269 (United States)

    2015-10-15

    This paper presents a novel and facile method to fabricate Bi/BiOCl composites with dominant (001) facets in situ via a microwave reduction route. Different characterization techniques, including X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission scanning electron microscopy (TEM), UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectrometry (DRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), electron spin resonance spectroscopy (ESR), cathodoluminescence spectrum (CL), and lifetime, have been employed to investigate the structure, optical and electrical properties of the Bi/BiOCl composites. The experimental results show that the introduction of Bi particles can efficiently enhance the photocatalytic performance of BiOCl for the degradation of several dyes under ultraviolet (UV) light irradiation, especially for negative charged methyl orange (MO). Unlike the UV photocatalytic performance, such Bi/BiOCl composite shows higher degradation efficiency towards rhodamine B (RhB) than MO and methylene blue (MB) under visible light irradiation. This special photocatalytic performance can be ascribed to the synergistic effect between oxygen vacancies and Bi particles. This work provides new insights about the photodegradation mechanisms of MO, MB and RhB under UV and visible light irradiation, which would be helpful to guide the selection of an appropriate catalyst for other pollutants. - Highlights: • Bi/BiOCl composites were synthesized via a microwave reduction. • Tunable selectivity photocatalytic activity can be achieved. • Photodegradation mechanism under UV and visible light were proposed.

  10. 超连续谱进行多色双光子成像%Supercontinuum for Multicolor Two­photon Microscopy

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    崔权; 梁小宝; 黄顺; 付玲

    2015-01-01

    suppress incompress- ible nonlinear effects for linear compressible continuum generation in optical fiber.The characteristics of supercontinuum will play a great role in biomedical photonics,especially in microscopy.

  11. 可用于双色双光子显微成像的新的荧光蛋白对%A Novel Fluorescent Protein Pair for Dual-color Two-photon Laser Scanning Microscopy

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    杨松; 滕岩; 徐平勇

    2012-01-01

    双色双光子激光扫描显微技术可以用来研究生物组织内两种不同蛋白质的表达、定位和示踪.由于大多数双光子显微镜一次只能提供一种波长的激发光,双色同时成像较难实现.mAmetrine和mKate2作为新发现的荧光蛋白对可以用于双光子双色同时成像,这得益于它们各自的优势:mAmetrine的斯托克斯位移和mKate2的高亮度.在765nm的波长激发时,它们的双光子吸收效率都很高.mAmetrine和mKate2能够很好地用于双色双光子活细胞成像实验.%Dual-color two-photon laser scanning microscopy is a useful method for simultaneously studying the expression,localization and trafficking of two different proteins in tissues.Because most two-photon microscopes only use a single wavelength excitation laser,simultaneously exciting multiple fluorescent proteins remains a challenge.Here,we present mAmetrine and mKate2,which can be used as a novel fluorescent protein pair in dual-color two-photon imaging by taking advantage of the large Stokes shift of mAmetrine and high brightness of mKate2.Both proteins have high two-photon absorption efficiencies and can be simultaneously excited at an optical wavelength of 765 nm.Dual-color two-photon imaging using this protein pair is highly effective in living cells.

  12. Carrier and photon dynamics in a topological insulator Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3}/GaN type II staggered heterostructure

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    Chaturvedi, P.; Chouksey, S.; Banerjee, D.; Ganguly, S.; Saha, D., E-mail: dipankarsaha@iitb.ac.in [Applied Quantum Mechanics Laboratory, Centre of Excellence in Nanoelectronics, Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076 (India)

    2015-11-09

    We have demonstrated a type-II band-aligned heterostructure between pulsed laser deposited topological insulator bismuth telluride and metal organic-chemical-vapour deposited GaN on a sapphire substrate. The heterostructure shows a large valence band-offset of 3.27 eV as determined from x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, which is close to the bandgap of GaN (3.4 eV). Further investigation using x-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and energy-dispersive x-ray spectrum reveals the stoichiometric and material properties of bismuth telluride on GaN. Steady state photon emission from GaN is found to be modulated by the charge transfer process due to diffusion across the junction. The time constant involved with the charge transfer process is found to be 0.6 ns by transient absorption spectroscopy. The heterostructure can be used for designing devices with different functionalities and improving the performance of the existing devices on GaN.

  13. Multiphoton microscopy in neuroscience

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    Denk, Winfried

    2002-06-01

    The study of the nervous system requires to an exceptional extent observation of and experimentation on intact tissue. There, in particular, high-resolution optical microscopy benefits from the inherent advantages of multi-photon fluorescence excitation. Several cases will be presented from a number of different tissues and organisms, where multi-photon excited laser scanning fluorescence microscopy has been an essential experimental tool. Those examples include the discovery of biochemical coincidence detection in synaptic spines and the clarification of the underlying mechanism; the observation of sensory evoked dendritic signaling in intact animals and the observation of light induced calcium signals in the intact retina. Recently a fiber coupled two-photon microscopy has been developed that allows the imaging in moving animal.

  14. Carcinogenic damage to deoxyribonucleic acid is induced by near-infrared laser pulses in multiphoton microscopy via combination of two- and three-photon absorption

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    Nadiarnykh, Oleg; Thomas, Giju; Van Voskuilen, Johan; Sterenborg, Henricus J. C. M.; Gerritsen, Hans C.

    2012-11-01

    Nonlinear optical imaging modalities (multiphoton excited fluorescence, second and third harmonic generation) applied in vivo are increasingly promising for clinical diagnostics and the monitoring of cancer and other disorders, as they can probe tissue with high diffraction-limited resolution at near-infrared (IR) wavelengths. However, high peak intensity of femtosecond laser pulses required for two-photon processes causes formation of cyclobutane-pyrimidine-dimers (CPDs) in cellular deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) similar to damage from exposure to solar ultraviolet (UV) light. Inaccurate repair of subsequent mutations increases the risk of carcinogenesis. In this study, we investigate CPD damage that results in Chinese hamster ovary cells in vitro from imaging them with two-photon excited autofluorescence. The CPD levels are quantified by immunofluorescent staining. We further evaluate the extent of CPD damage with respect to varied wavelength, pulse width at focal plane, and pixel dwell time as compared with more pronounced damage from UV sources. While CPD damage has been expected to result from three-photon absorption, our results reveal that CPDs are induced by competing two- and three-photon absorption processes, where the former accesses UVA absorption band. This finding is independently confirmed by nonlinear dependencies of damage on laser power, wavelength, and pulse width.

  15. Random-access Two-photon Microscopy for Neural Activity Observation%用于神经活动观测的随机扫描双光子显微成像

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    姜润华; 吕晓华; 李德荣; 全廷伟; 刘秀丽; 骆清铭; 曾绍群

    2012-01-01

    Two-photon microscope has become an important instrument in neuroscience research. However, the current commercial instruments can hardly meet the need for the detection of neural signal in millisecond scale due to their low imaging rates. Fast random-access two-photon microscopy based on acousto-optic deflector (AOD) has the potential for increasing the observation speed while maintaining adequate signal to noise ratio (SNR). We summarize the latest related research progress. It is demonstrated from four parts, including the spatio-temporal evolution theory of the femtosecond laser after passing the angular dispersion devices, dispersion compensation method for AOD, random-access two-photon microscopy instrument, and calcium signal identification method in the instrument applications. In the end, the future development trends for random-access two-photon microscopy are discussed. The systematic and in-deep research on this technology will provide a new tool for the neural activity observation and boost the development of brain science.%双光子荧光显微镜是神经科学研究中的重要观测仪器,但是现有的商品化仪器受限于较低的成像速度,难以满足脑功能研究中毫秒量级神经信号检测的需要.基于声光偏转器的快速随机扫描双光子显微成像技术,有望在保持信噪比的同时提高观测速度.本文综述了这一研究的最新进展,从飞秒激光经过角色散器件后的时空演化理论、声光偏转器的色散补偿方法、随机扫描成像仪器及仪器应用到神经成像时钙信号的识别方法四个方面分别进行介绍,最后分析了随机扫描双光子显微成像技术的发展趋势.这项技术的系统深入研究将为神经活动观测提供一种全新的方法,推动脑科学研究的发展.

  16. Phase modulated multiphoton microscopy

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    Karki, Khadga Jung; Pullerits, Tonu

    2015-01-01

    We show that the modulation of the phases of the laser beams of ultra-short pulses leads to modulation of the two photon fluorescence intensity. The phase modulation technique when used in multi-photon microscopy can improve the signal to noise ratio. The technique can also be used in multiplexing the signals in the frequency domain in multi-focal raster scanning microscopy. As the technique avoids the use of array detectors as well as elaborate spatiotemporal multiplexing schemes it provides a convenient means to multi-focal scanning in axial direction. We show examples of such uses. Similar methodology can be used in other non-linear scanning microscopies, such as second or third harmonic generation microscopy.

  17. Preparation of efficient visible-light-driven BiOBr/Bi2O3 heterojunction composite with enhanced photocatalytic activities

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    Highly efficient novel photocatalysts BiOBr/Bi2O3 with various proportion of BiOBr were synthesized via accommodating the pH value of solution and were applied to decontaminate methyl orange (MO) and methylene blue (MB). The samples were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometry (FT-IR), X-ray diffractometry (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectra, and N2 physisorption. Though both the individual BiOBr and Bi2O3 showed very low photocatalytic efficiency under visible light irradiation, the BiOBr/Bi2O3 composites exhibited superior activity for MO and MB under visible light, and 75% BiOBr/Bi2O3 (pH = 6) composite showed the highest degradation rate, which was 1.4 times than that of pure BiOBr. The photocatalytic activity investigating on MB also showed a same result. In addition, the catalyst can be separated easily for reuse and no obvious loss of photocatalytic activity were observed after three consecutive runs. - Highlights: • Highly efficient novel photocatalysts BiOBr/Bi2O3 with various proportions of BiOBr were synthesized via a facile hydrolysis. • Investigating the influence of photocatalysts on the degradation of MO by accommodating pH values. • The mechanism was proposed based on the synergistic effect between BiOBr and Bi2O3

  18. Multifunctional Bi{sub 2}ZnOB{sub 2}O{sub 6} single crystals for second and third order nonlinear optical applications

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    Iliopoulos, K. [LUNAM Université, Université d' Angers, CNRS UMR 6200, Laboratoire MOLTECH-Anjou, 2 Bd Lavoisier, 49045 Angers Cedex (France); Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences, Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH/ICE-HT), 26504 Patras (Greece); Kasprowicz, D. [Faculty of Technical Physics, Poznan University of Technology, Nieszawska 13 A, 60-965 Poznan (Poland); Majchrowski, A. [Institute of Applied Physics, Military University of Technology, Kaliskiego 2, 00-908 Warszawa (Poland); Michalski, E. [Institute of Optoelectronics, Military University of Technology, Kaliskiego 2, 00-908 Warszawa (Poland); Gindre, D.; Sahraoui, B., E-mail: bouchta.sahraoui@univ-angers.fr [LUNAM Université, Université d' Angers, CNRS UMR 6200, Laboratoire MOLTECH-Anjou, 2 Bd Lavoisier, 49045 Angers Cedex (France)

    2013-12-02

    Bi{sub 2}ZnOB{sub 2}O{sub 6} nonlinear optical single crystals were grown by means of the Kyropoulos method from stoichiometric melt. The second and third harmonic generation (SHG/THG) of Bi{sub 2}ZnOB{sub 2}O{sub 6} crystals were investigated by the SHG/THG Maker fringes technique. Moreover, SHG microscopy studies were carried out providing two-dimensional SHG images as a function of the incident laser polarization. The high nonlinear optical efficiency combined with the possibility to grow high quality crystals make Bi{sub 2}ZnOB{sub 2}O{sub 6} an excellent candidate for photonic applications.

  19. Laser diffraction microscopy

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    Schall, P.

    2009-01-01

    Crystals composed of micrometer size colloidal particles diffract light and are both of fundamental interest as well as having important applications as filters, sensors and photonic devices. Laser light is used to diffract from these crystals in close analogy to x-ray or electron diffraction used for atomic crystals. Laser diffraction microscopy explores optical diffraction contrast to image crystals and crystal defects in analogy to the transmission electron microscopy technique used to ima...

  20. 利用双光子显微镜检测活体动物脑内Ca2+动态变化%In vivo Imaging of Ca2 +Signaling Using Two-photon Laser Scanning Fluorescent Microscopy

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    刘双双; 廖美华; 尹伟; 林赵肖楠; 肖桂凤

    2014-01-01

    利用正置双光子显微镜系统和荧光探针标记技术,观察脑内Ca2+分布,建立测量活体动物脑内Ca2+动态变化的实验方法。制作活体动物颅骨开窗样本,脑内负载Ca2+标记物Oregon Green 488 BAPTA-1和星型胶质细胞标记物Sulforhodamine 101,利用双光子显微镜分别检测神经元和星型胶质细胞内Ca2+分布和动作电位引起的Ca2+瞬变。结果显示双光子显微镜可探测到脑内250μm处荧光信号,图像清晰且信噪比高,并能实时检测神经元和星型胶质细胞内Ca2+信号的动态变化。活体脑内Ca2+检测技术平台的建立为基础研究和医药应用提供了在体实验依据。%Using two-photon laser scanning microscopy and fluorescent probe labeling technique,we established a new method for observing the distribution and variation of Ca2+signaling in the mouse brain in vivo.Cranial window surgery of anesthesia mouse was made,Ca2+marker Oregon Green 488 BAPTA-1 and astrocyte marker Sulforhodamine 101 were loaded into the brain,and then Ca2+distribution and Ca2+transients were detected via two-photon microscopy.The re-sults showed that fluorescent signals were able to be detected clearly in the brain at a depth of up to 250 μm with high signal to noise ratio.Ca2+transients was observed in both neurons and as astrocytes.It indicates that the platform for de-tecting Ca2+signaling in vivo by two-photon microscopy has been successfully established,and this platform may provide valuable information for basic research and medical applications.

  1. Near-field reflection backscattering apertureless optical microscopy: Application to spectroscopy experiments on opaque samples, comparison between lock-in and digital photon counting detection techniques

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    Diziain, S. [Institut Charles Delaunay, CNRS FRE 2848, Laboratoire de Nanotechnologie et d' Instrumentation Optique, Universite de technologie de Troyes, 12 rue Marie Curie, BP 2060, 10010 Troyes cedex (France); Bijeon, J.-L. [Institut Charles Delaunay, CNRS FRE 2848, Laboratoire de Nanotechnologie et d' Instrumentation Optique, Universite de technologie de Troyes, 12 rue Marie Curie, BP 2060, 10010 Troyes cedex (France)]. E-mail: bijeon@utt.fr; Adam, P.-M. [Institut Charles Delaunay, CNRS FRE 2848, Laboratoire de Nanotechnologie et d' Instrumentation Optique, Universite de technologie de Troyes, 12 rue Marie Curie, BP 2060, 10010 Troyes cedex (France); Lamy de la Chapelle, M. [Institut Charles Delaunay, CNRS FRE 2848, Laboratoire de Nanotechnologie et d' Instrumentation Optique, Universite de technologie de Troyes, 12 rue Marie Curie, BP 2060, 10010 Troyes cedex (France); Thomas, B. [Institut Charles Delaunay, CNRS FRE 2848, Laboratoire de Nanotechnologie et d' Instrumentation Optique, Universite de technologie de Troyes, 12 rue Marie Curie, BP 2060, 10010 Troyes cedex (France); Deturche, R. [Institut Charles Delaunay, CNRS FRE 2848, Laboratoire de Nanotechnologie et d' Instrumentation Optique, Universite de technologie de Troyes, 12 rue Marie Curie, BP 2060, 10010 Troyes cedex (France); Royer, P. [Institut Charles Delaunay, CNRS FRE 2848, Laboratoire de Nanotechnologie et d' Instrumentation Optique, Universite de technologie de Troyes, 12 rue Marie Curie, BP 2060, 10010 Troyes cedex (France)

    2007-01-15

    An apertureless scanning near-field optical microscope (ASNOM) in reflection backscattering configuration is designed to conduct spectroscopic experiments on opaque samples constituted of latex beads. The ASNOM proposed takes advantage of the depth-discrimination properties of confocal microscopes to efficiently extract the near-field optical signal. Given their importance in a spectroscopic experiment, we systematically compare the lock-in and synchronous photon counting detection methods. Some results of Rayleigh's scattering in the near field of the test samples are used to illustrate the possibilities of this technique for reflection backscattering spectroscopy.

  2. Synthesis of AgBr@Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite with enhanced photocatalytic performance under visible light

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    Gou, Wenyou; Wu, Ping; Jiang, Dongmei, E-mail: dmjiang@phy.ecnu.edu.cn; Ma, Xueming

    2015-10-15

    AgBr@Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} heterojunction photocatalysts were fabricated by a facile deposition–precipitation method using novel hierarchical α-Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} microrods as substrate, whose particular morphology is conducive to photocatalysis. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) reveals that no other phase can be found in the as-synthesized composites except the monoclinic phase of Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} and the face-centered cubic phase of AgBr. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) demonstrates that AgBr nanoparticles were uniformly deposited on the surface of hierarchical Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} and the heterojunctions were formed between these two compounds. UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) indicates that the light absorbance of photocatalyst was improved by AgBr for its photosensitization in visible light region. Elemental composition and the chemical state were identified by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). In particular, the photocatalytic activity of AgBr@Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} heterojunction is superior to that of the single visible-light active components (AgBr, Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and the mechanical mixture of them, indicating the presence of a synergic effect between two active components in AgBr@Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} heterojunction. Among all the catalysts prepared, the AgBr@Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}-0.5 exhibits the highest visible-light-responsive photoactivity, which can decolorize about 90% Rhodamine B (RhB) after 60 min visible-light irradiation. Trapping and photoluminescence experiments show that active h{sup +}, Br{sup 0} and • O{sub 2}{sup −} played a major role in Rhodamine B degradation while • OH was confirmed to be insignificant. A possible mechanism of transportation for photon-generated carriers was proposed. - Highlights: • Novel hierarchical α-Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanostructure was synthesized. • The AgBr@Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite photocatalysts exhibited enhanced activity for the degradation of

  3. Bi atoms mobility-driven circular domains at the Bi/InAs(111) interface

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    Richter, M. C.; Mariot, J.-M.; Gafoor, M. A.; Nicolaï, L.; Heckmann, O.; Djukic, U.; Ndiaye, W.; Vobornik, I.; Fujii, J.; Barrett, N.; Feyer, V.; Schneider, C. M.; Hricovini, K.

    2016-09-01

    Bi films deposited on InAs(111) A and B sides have been studied by photoemission electron microscopy. A series of snapshots acquired during sequential annealing of the interfaces at temperatures below and above the melting temperature of Bi allowed obtaining a comprehensive image of the topographic and chemical evolutions of the Bi films that are found to be InAs side dependent. On the A side, a morphology of circular patterns controlled by Bi atoms mobility is observed. The patterns are formed on the pristine In-terminated InAs(111) surface covered by a weakly bonded Bi bilayer. On the B side, no particular morphology is observed due to a stronger chemical interaction between Bi and As atoms as evidenced by the spatially-resolved core-level photoelectron spectra.

  4. Twisted bi-layer graphene: microscopic rainbows

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    Campos-Delgado, J.; Algara-Siller, G.; Santos, C. N.; Kaiser, U.; Raskin, J.-P.

    2013-01-01

    Twisted bi-layer graphene (tBLG) has recently attracted interest due to the peculiar electrical properties that arise from its random rotational configurations. Our experiments on CVD-grown graphene from Cu foil and transferred onto Si substrates, with an oxide layer of 100 nm, reveal naturally-produced bi-layer graphene patches which present different colorations when shined with white light. In particular yellow-, pink- and blue- colored areas are evidenced. Combining optical microscopy, Ra...

  5. Agile BI – The Future of BI

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    Mihaela MUNTEAN

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In a rapidly changing economy, Business Intelligence solutions have to become more agile. This paper attempts to discuss some questions which help in creating an agile BI solution such as: What is Agile? Why agile is so well suited for BI? Which are the key elements that promote an agile BI solution? Also, this paper briefly looks at technologies that can be used for enabling an agile BI solution.

  6. Photon-photon colliders

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    Sessler, A.M.

    1995-04-01

    Since the seminal work by Ginsburg, et at., the subject of giving the Next Linear Collider photon-photon capability, as well as electron-positron capability, has drawn much attention. A 1990 article by V.I. Teinov describes the situation at that time. In March 1994, the first workshop on this subject was held. This report briefly reviews the physics that can be achieved through the photon-photon channel and then focuses on the means of achieving such a collider. Also reviewed is the spectrum of backscattered Compton photons -- the best way of obtaining photons. We emphasize the spectrum actually obtained in a collider with both polarized electrons and photons (peaked at high energy and very different from a Compton spectrum). Luminosity is estimated for the presently considered colliders, and interaction and conversion-point geometries are described. Also specified are laser requirements (such as wavelength, peak power, and average power) and the lasers that might be employed. These include conventional and free-electron lasers. Finally, we describe the R&D necessary to make either of these approaches viable and explore the use of the SLC as a test bed for a photon-photon collider of very high energy.

  7. Photon-photon colliders

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    Since the seminal work by Ginsburg, et at., the subject of giving the Next Linear Collider photon-photon capability, as well as electron-positron capability, has drawn much attention. A 1990 article by V.I. Teinov describes the situation at that time. In March 1994, the first workshop on this subject was held. This report briefly reviews the physics that can be achieved through the photon-photon channel and then focuses on the means of achieving such a collider. Also reviewed is the spectrum of backscattered Compton photons -- the best way of obtaining photons. We emphasize the spectrum actually obtained in a collider with both polarized electrons and photons (peaked at high energy and very different from a Compton spectrum). Luminosity is estimated for the presently considered colliders, and interaction and conversion-point geometries are described. Also specified are laser requirements (such as wavelength, peak power, and average power) and the lasers that might be employed. These include conventional and free-electron lasers. Finally, we describe the R ampersand D necessary to make either of these approaches viable and explore the use of the SLC as a test bed for a photon-photon collider of very high energy

  8. Two-Photon Laser Scanning Microscopy of the Transverse-Axial Tubule System in Ventricular Cardiomyocytes from Failing and Non-Failing Human Hearts

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    Andreas Ohler

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. The transverse-axial tubule system (TATS of cardiomyocytes allows a spatially coordinated conversion of electrical excitation into an intracellular Ca2+ signal and consequently contraction. Previous reports have indicated alterations of structure and/or volume of the TATS in cardiac hypertrophy and failure, suggesting a contribution to the impairment of excitation contraction coupling. To test whether structural alterations are present in human heart failure, the TATS was visualized in myocytes from failing and non-failing human hearts. Methods and Results. In freshly isolated myocytes, the plasmalemmal membranes were labeled with Di-8-ANEPPS and imaged using two-photon excitation at 780 nm. Optical sections were taken every 300 nm through the cells. After deconvolution, the TATS was determined within the 3D data sets, revealing no significant difference in normalized surface area or volume. To rule out possible inhomogeneity in the arrangement of the TATS, Euclidian distance maps were plotted for every section, allowing to measure the closest distance between any cytosolic and any membrane point. There was a trend towards greater spacing in cells from failing hearts, without statistical significance. Conclusion. Only small changes, but no significant changes in the geometrical dimensions of the TATS were observed in cardiomyocytes from failing compared to non-failing human myocardium.

  9. Photon-photon colliders

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    Sessler, Andrew M.

    1996-01-01

    Since the seminal work by Ginsburg, et al., the subject of giving the Next Linear Collider photon-photon capability, as well as electron-positron capability, has drawn much attention [1]. A 1990 article by V.I. Telnov describes the situation at that time [2]. In March 1994, the first workshop on this subject was held [3]. This report briefly reviews the physics that can be achieved through the photon-photon channel and then focuses on the means of achieving such a collider. Also reviewed is the spectrum of backscattered Compton photons—the best way of obtaining photons. We emphasize the spectrum actually obtained in a collider with both polarized electrons and photons (peaked at high energy and very different from a Compton spectrum). Luminosity is estimated for the presently considered colliders, and interaction and conversion-point geometries are described. Also specified are laser requirements (such as wavelength, peak power, and average power) and the lasers that might be employed. These include conventional and free-electron lasers. Finally, we describe the R&D necessary to make either of these approaches viable and explore the use of the SLC as a test bed for a photon-photon collider of very high energy.

  10. Photon-photon collisions

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    Brodsky, S.J.

    1988-07-01

    Highlights of the VIIIth International Workshop on Photon-Photon Collisions are reviewed. New experimental and theoretical results were reported in virtually every area of ..gamma gamma.. physics, particularly in exotic resonance production and tests of quantum chromodynamics where asymptotic freedom and factorization theorems provide predictions for both inclusive and exclusive ..gamma gamma.. reactions at high momentum transfer. 73 refs., 12 figs.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of Pb-Bi bimetal nanoparticles by solution dispersion

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    Zhao Yanbao [Laboratory of Special Functional Materials, Henan University, Kaifeng 475002 (China); Liu Jin [Laboratory of Special Functional Materials, Henan University, Kaifeng 475002 (China); Cao Liuqin [Laboratory of Special Functional Materials, Henan University, Kaifeng 475002 (China); Wu Zhishen [Laboratory of Special Functional Materials, Henan University, Kaifeng 475002 (China); Zhang Zhijun [Laboratory of Special Functional Materials, Henan University, Kaifeng 475002 (China)]. E-mail: zhaoyb902@henu.edu.cn; Dang Hongxin [Laboratory of Special Functional Materials, Henan University, Kaifeng 475002 (China)

    2006-09-10

    In this paper, we report a new solution synthetic route to prepare Pb-Bi bimetal nanoparticles from bulk ingot that is different from conventional solution methods. The Pb-Bi nanoparticles were prepared by dispersing directly melt Pb-Bi ingot in a suitable solvent and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and other techniques. Transmission electron microscopy shows that the Pb-Bi nanoparticles appear a spherical shape with an average diameter of 50 nm. X-ray diffraction studies show that the Pb-Bi nanoparticles contain crystalline Pb{sub 7}Bi{sub 3}, Bi and a little amount of PbO. Tribological results show that Pb-Bi nanoparticles as a lubricating additive show good antiwear properties. In addition, the formation mechanism of the Pb-Bi nanoparticles was also discussed.

  12. 多色双光子激发荧光显微技术实验研究∗%Exp erimental study on multicolor two-photon excited fluorescence microscopy

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    邱骏鹏; 梁闰富; 彭晓; 李亚晖; 刘立新; 尹君; 屈军乐; 牛憨笨

    2015-01-01

    Two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) microscopy is a nonlinear optical microscopy technique. The advantages of TPEF microscopy include high temporal and spatial resolutions, high signal-to-noise ratio and inherent three-dimensional sectioning. In traditional TPEF microscopy, a wavelength tunable ultrashort pulsed laser is used as an excitation source. In practical applications, sample usually contains various fluorophores or unknown components. Therefore the excitation wavelength of the ultrafast laser has to be tuned to achieve optimal excitation efficiencies of various fluorophores. In order to acquire the fluorescent signals of different fluorophores simultaneously, we develop a multicolor TPEF microscope system based on a supercontinuum laser source. In experiments, TPEF images of Lily rhizome sample slide stained by two fluorescent dyes with different excitation and emission wavelengths are obtained without tuning the wavelength. Experimental results show that the high-contrast TPEF images of the sample with various fluorophores can be obtained simultaneously by using the multicolor TPEF microscope compared with by using traditional TPEF microscopy. The system is simple in structure, easy in operation, and can provide rich information about the sample, which allows it to be widely used in life and material sciences.%双光子激发荧光(two-photon excited fluorescence, TPEF)显微是一种非线性光学显微技术,具有高的时间分辨率和空间分辨率、高的信噪比和固有的三维层析分辨能力等优点。传统的TPEF显微一般采用波长可调谐的超短脉冲激光器作为光源。在实际应用中,利用TPEF显微技术研究含有多种荧光团或未知成分的待测样品,往往需要多次改变激发光的波长以获得对各种荧光团的最佳激发。为了同时获取不同荧光团的荧光信号,利用超连续谱激光光源实现了多色TPEF显微成像,实验中无需调节波长,能够同时获得具有两

  13. Bi-induced band gap reduction in epitaxial InSbBi alloys

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    Rajpalke, M. K.; Linhart, W. M.; Birkett, M.; Alaria, J.; Veal, T. D., E-mail: T.Veal@liverpool.ac.uk [Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy and Department of Physics, School of Physical Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 7ZF (United Kingdom); Yu, K. M. [Materials Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States); Bomphrey, J. J.; Jones, T. S.; Ashwin, M. J., E-mail: M.J.Ashwin@warwick.ac.uk [Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL (United Kingdom); Sallis, S.; Piper, L. F. J. [Materials Science and Engineering, Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York 13902 (United States)

    2014-11-24

    The properties of molecular beam epitaxy-grown InSb{sub 1−x}Bi{sub x} alloys are investigated. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry shows that the Bi content increases from 0.6% for growth at 350 °C to 2.4% at 200 °C. X-ray diffraction indicates Bi-induced lattice dilation and suggests a zinc-blende InBi lattice parameter of 6.626 Å. Scanning electron microscopy reveals surface InSbBi nanostructures on the InSbBi films for the lowest growth temperatures, Bi droplets at intermediate temperatures, and smooth surfaces for the highest temperature. The room temperature optical absorption edge was found to change from 172 meV (7.2 μm) for InSb to ∼88 meV (14.1 μm) for InSb{sub 0.976}Bi{sub 0.024}, a reduction of ∼35 meV/%Bi.

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

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    Fu, H.P. [Department of Chemical Engineering and Key Laboratory of Organic Synthesis of Jiangsu Prov., Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China); Hong, R.Y. [Department of Chemical Engineering and Key Laboratory of Organic Synthesis of Jiangsu Prov., Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China); State Key Laboratory of Multiphase Reaction, Institute of Proc. Eng., Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080 (China)], E-mail: rhong@suda.edu.cn; Wu, Y.J. [Department of Chemical Engineering and Key Laboratory of Organic Synthesis of Jiangsu Prov., Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China); Di, G.Q. [Department of Physics, Soochow University, Suzhou 215007 (China); Xu, B. [Nanotec, Inc., SIP, Suzhou 215123 (China); Zheng, Y. [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, N.B., Canada E3B 5A3 (Canada)], E-mail: yzheng@unb.ca; Wei, D.G. [Center for Nanoscale Sys., School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, 11 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02139 (United States)], E-mail: dougwei@deas.harvard.edu

    2008-11-15

    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 deg. 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 deg., 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.

  15. 应用双光子显微镜观察自体成纤维细胞填充效果%Filling effect of autologous skin fibroblasts: a study of two-photon fluorescence microscopy

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    熊舒原; 曹宁; 察鹏飞; 卓双木; 陈建新

    2008-01-01

    Objective To investigate the survival profile of the intradermally injected mouse autologous skin fibroblasts and the changes of the collagen fibers by using green fluorescent protein labeling and two-photon fluorescence microscopy. Methods The cultured cells were transfected by EGFP lentivirus, and then the cells were injected into the corresponding mouse skin. Biopsy was taken from the animals after 1 and 2 months. The specimens made serial frozen sections, the survival profile of the injected cells and the changes of the collagen fibers were observed by two-photon fluorescence microscopy. The collagenic area and dermal thickness were measured with image analysis software, and statistical analysis was also carried out. Results Two-photon fluorescence microscopy showed clear images of the injected cells and collagen fibers. Both the area of collagen fibers and the dermal thickness were significantly increased in injected cells after 2 months (P0.05). Conclusions Autologous cultured fibroblasts could survive in a long time after transplantating into the skin, and collagen could be newly produced, the depth of dermis increases, which provides a possibility to treat mini-defects of the tissue.%目的 通过双光子显微镜观察体外培养的小鼠皮肤成纤维细胞皮内注射移植后的长期存活情况,了解胶原纤维等基质成分的变化.方法 将增强型绿色荧光蛋白(EGFP)慢病毒液转染成功的成纤维细胞注射到小鼠皮内,分别于注射1、2个月后取材,行连续冰冻切片,双光子显微镜观察,对胶原的分布面积和真皮厚度做图像分析,并对所得数据进行统计学处理.结果 双光子显微镜对注射移植细胞及胶原清晰成像,注射1个月时,胶原分布面积及真皮厚度与对照组比较差异无统计学意义(P>0.05);2个月后胶原分布面积及真皮厚度与对照组比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.01).结论 成纤维细胞注射移植到小鼠皮内可以长期存活,能够

  16. Rapid global fitting of large fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy datasets.

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    Full Text Available Fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM is widely applied to obtain quantitative information from fluorescence signals, particularly using Förster Resonant Energy Transfer (FRET measurements to map, for example, protein-protein interactions. Extracting FRET efficiencies or population fractions typically entails fitting data to complex fluorescence decay models but such experiments are frequently photon constrained, particularly for live cell or in vivo imaging, and this leads to unacceptable errors when analysing data on a pixel-wise basis. Lifetimes and population fractions may, however, be more robustly extracted using global analysis to simultaneously fit the fluorescence decay data of all pixels in an image or dataset to a multi-exponential model under the assumption that the lifetime components are invariant across the image (dataset. This approach is often considered to be prohibitively slow and/or computationally expensive but we present here a computationally efficient global analysis algorithm for the analysis of time-correlated single photon counting (TCSPC or time-gated FLIM data based on variable projection. It makes efficient use of both computer processor and memory resources, requiring less than a minute to analyse time series and multiwell plate datasets with hundreds of FLIM images on standard personal computers. This lifetime analysis takes account of repetitive excitation, including fluorescence photons excited by earlier pulses contributing to the fit, and is able to accommodate time-varying backgrounds and instrument response functions. We demonstrate that this global approach allows us to readily fit time-resolved fluorescence data to complex models including a four-exponential model of a FRET system, for which the FRET efficiencies of the two species of a bi-exponential donor are linked, and polarisation-resolved lifetime data, where a fluorescence intensity and bi-exponential anisotropy decay model is applied to the analysis

  17. 双光子显微成像系统群延迟色散的测量和补偿%Measurement and Compensation of Group Delay Dispersion for Two-Photon Microscopy Imaging Systems

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    娄艳阳; 郑贤良; 刘云; 金鑫; 李辉; 熊大曦

    2015-01-01

    For the purpose of correcting the group delay dispersion(GDD),improving the two-photon excitation efficien-cy of two-photon microscopy imaging system (TPMIS),in method of the autocorrelator mesurement,the pulse width of femtosecond laser is measured from four positions of optical path of the self-built TPMIS and also optimal GDD compensa-tion value of five wavelengths is measured from the sample’position,thus fitted to obtain the full-band GDD compensa-tion curve.Experimental results show the pulse width of sample position is Octreased averagely 95 fs after dispersion compensation,and that fluorescence intensity of biological sample is increased respectively by 42.7% and 76.8% in two typical excitation wavelengths (700 nm and 900 nm).In conlusion,two-photon excitation efficiency and the pulse width of femtosecond laser is the linear inverse relationship.%为了对双光子显微成像系统的群延迟色散进行校正,提高双光子激发效率的目的,采用自相关仪测量的方法在自行搭建的双光子系统光路的四个位置测量飞秒激光的脉冲展宽情况,测量样品位置5个波长下最优的群延迟色散补偿值,由此拟合得到自搭建双光子系统的全波段群延迟色散补偿曲线。实验结果表明在应用此群延迟色散补偿曲线后样品位置的脉冲宽度平均减小95 fs,在两个典型激发波长(750 nm 和900 nm)生物样品的荧光强度分别提高了42.7%和76.8%。结论为双光子激发效率与飞秒激光的脉冲宽度成线性反比关系。

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

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    Gastel, van R.; Kaminski, D.; Vlieg, E.; Poelsema, B.

    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 l

  19. A novel method for the synthesis of BiOCl/Bi2Sn2O7 heterojunction photocatalysts with enhanced visible light photocatalytic properties

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    Lv, Dongdong; Zhang, Dafeng; Sun, Qinzhao; Wu, Jiandong; Zhang, Li; Pu, Xipeng; Ma, Huiyan; Dou, Jianmin

    2016-09-01

    A novel simple method was proposed to synthesize BiOCl/Bi2Sn2O7 heterojunction photocatalysts through the treatment of Bi2Sn2O7 with HCl solution of different concentrations. The as-synthesized photocatalysts were characterized by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, photoluminescence, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and ultraviolet–visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The experimental results show that sheet-like BiOCl particles were obtained after the HCl treatment. Bi2Sn2O7 nanoparticles were distributed on the BiOCl sheets, resulting in the low aggregation of the Bi2Sn2O7 nanoparticles. As compared to BiOCl and Bi2Sn2O7, BiOCl/Bi2Sn2O7 showed enhanced photocatalytic activity under visible light irradiation, which can be attributed to the effective separation of photogenerated electrons and holes due to the formation of a BiOCl/Bi2Sn2O7 heterojunction. In addition, the dominant active species and the photocatalytic mechanism were discussed in detail.

  20. Photon-photon collisions

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    Brodsky, S.J.

    1985-01-01

    The study of photon-photon collisions has progressed enormously, stimulated by new data and new calculational tools for QCD. In the future we can expect precise determinations of ..cap alpha../sub s/ and ..lambda../sup ms/ from the ..gamma..*..gamma.. ..-->.. ..pi../sup 0/ form factor and the photon structure function, as well as detailed checks of QCD, determination of the shape of the hadron distribution amplitudes from ..gamma gamma.. ..-->.. H anti H, reconstruction of sigma/sub ..gamma gamma../ from exclusive channels at low W/sub ..gamma gamma../, definitive studies of high p/sub T/ hadron and jet production, and studies of threshold production of charmed systems. Photon-photon collisions, along with radiative decays of the psi and UPSILON, are ideal for the study of multiquark and gluonic resonances. We have emphasized the potential for resonance formation near threshold in virtually every hadronic exclusive channel, including heavy quark states c anti c c anti c, c anti c u anti u, etc. At higher energies SLC, LEP, ...) parity-violating electroweak effects and Higgs production due to equivalent Z/sup 0/ and W/sup + -/ beams from e ..-->.. eZ/sup 0/ and e ..-->.. nu W will become important. 44 references.

  1. Bi-induced band gap reduction in epitaxial InSbBi alloys

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    The properties of molecular beam epitaxy-grown InSb1−xBix alloys are investigated. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry shows that the Bi content increases from 0.6% for growth at 350 °C to 2.4% at 200 °C. X-ray diffraction indicates Bi-induced lattice dilation and suggests a zinc-blende InBi lattice parameter of 6.626 Å. Scanning electron microscopy reveals surface InSbBi nanostructures on the InSbBi films for the lowest growth temperatures, Bi droplets at intermediate temperatures, and smooth surfaces for the highest temperature. The room temperature optical absorption edge was found to change from 172 meV (7.2 μm) for InSb to ∼88 meV (14.1 μm) for InSb0.976Bi0.024, a reduction of ∼35 meV/%Bi

  2. Scanning thermal microscopy of Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} and Yb{sub 0.19}Co{sub 4}Sb{sub 12} thermoelectric films

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    Zeipl, Radek; Remsa, Jan; Kocourek, Tomas [Institute of Physics ASCR v.v.i., Prague (Czech Republic); Jelinek, Miroslav [Institute of Physics ASCR v.v.i., Prague (Czech Republic); Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, Kladno (Czech Republic); Vanis, Jan [Institute of Physics ASCR v.v.i., Prague (Czech Republic); Institute of Photonics and Electronics ASCR v.v.i., Prague (Czech Republic); Navratil, Jiri [Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry ASCR v.v.i., Prague (Czech Republic)

    2016-04-15

    Thermal conductivity of thermoelectric Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} and Yb{sub 0.19}Co{sub 4}Sb{sub 12} thin nanolayers of different thicknesses prepared by pulsed laser deposition on Si (100) substrates was studied by a scanning thermal microscope working in AC current pulse mode. A sensitivity of the approach is demonstrated on the steep Si substrate-layer boundary made by a Ga+ focused ion beam technique. Transport and thermoelectric properties such as in-plane electrical resistivity and the Seebeck coefficient were studied in temperature range from room temperature up to 200 C. The room temperature thermal conductivity of the layers was estimated from thermoelectric figure of merit that was measured by the Harman technique, in which parameters related to electrical conductivity, Seebeck coefficient and thermal conductivity are measured at the same place and at the same time with electrical current flowing through the layer. For Yb{sub 0.19}Co{sub 4}Sb{sub 12} and Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} layers, we observed room temperature electrical resistivity of about 7 and 1 mΩcm, the Seebeck coefficient of -112 and -61μVK{sup -1}, thermoelectric figure of merit about 0.04 and 0.13 and we estimated thermal conductivity of about 1.3 and 0.9 WK{sup -1}m{sup -1}, respectively. (orig.)

  3. Oxygen radical microscopy in living plant tissues

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    Kristiansen, Kim Anker; Møller, Ian Max; Schulz, Alexander

    the ROS production stems from the mitochondria and peroxisomes as is seen in animal cells. At the Bioimaging Center at KVL we employ different techniques to induce, detect and monitor ROS production, distribution and in and among living plant cells. Both confocal laser scanning microscopy and 2-photon...... microscopy are used in conjunction with various ROS-sensitive probes to detect and follow the spread of ROS. Techniques where the UV-laser or the 2-photon laser is used to induce ROS synthesis alongside with different ROS-inducing chemical substances are employed at the Bioimage Center. The work presented......-photon microscopy....

  4. Bi 2Te 3-Te nanocomposite formed by epitaxial growth of Bi 2Te 3 sheets on Te rod

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    Deng, Yuan; Cui, Chang-Wei; Zhang, Ni-La; Ji, Tian-Hao; Yang, Qing-Lin; Guo, Lin

    2006-05-01

    Single-crystal Bi 2Te 3-Te nanocomposites with heterostructure were synthesized using a two-step solvothermal process in the presence of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid disodium salt. The first step is the formation of the Te nanorods and the second step is to grow the Bi 2Te 3 sheets off the Te rods surface to form the Bi 2Te 3-Te nanocomposites. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. We demonstrate a method of an epitaxial growth of Bi 2Te 3 nanosheets perpendicular to the axis of the central Te rod and a formation process of Bi 2Te 3-Te nanocomposites is also proposed.

  5. Facile synthesis of Bi2WO6/Bi2O3-loaded polyurethane sponge with enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Zhang, Fengjun; Wang, Zhi; Wang, Tianye; Jia, Liwei; Wang, Chao; Zhang, Shengyu

    2016-03-01

    In this study, Bi2WO6/Bi2O3-loaded polyurethane sponge composite photocatalyst was successfully synthesized via a facile two-step approach. The composite was characterized by X-ray diffraction, ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance, and scanning electron microscopy. The Bi2WO6/Bi2O3 photocatalyst was successfully loaded on polyurethane sponge and the composite displayed enhanced absorption in the ultraviolet-to-visible light region. Furthermore, the composite exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity and reusability towards the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) under visible light. This work demonstrates a facile method for synthesizing Bi2WO6/Bi2O3-loaded polyurethane sponge with enhanced photocatalytic activity and easy immobilization of the photocatalyst for application in environmental purification.

  6. Interaction of poxvirus intracellular mature virion proteins with the TPR domain of kinesin light chain in live infected cells revealed by two-photon-induced fluorescence resonance energy transfer fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy.

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    Jeshtadi, Ananya; Burgos, Pierre; Stubbs, Christopher D; Parker, Anthony W; King, Linda A; Skinner, Michael A; Botchway, Stanley W

    2010-12-01

    Using two-photon-induced fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy, we corroborate an interaction (previously demonstrated by yeast two-hybrid domain analysis) of full-length vaccinia virus (VACV; an orthopoxvirus) A36 protein with the cellular microtubule motor protein kinesin. Quenching of enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP), fused to the C terminus of VACV A36, by monomeric red fluorescent protein (mDsRed), fused to the tetratricopeptide repeat (TPR) domain of kinesin, was observed in live chicken embryo fibroblasts infected with either modified vaccinia virus Ankara (MVA) or wild-type fowlpox virus (FWPV; an avipoxvirus), and the excited-state fluorescence lifetime of EGFP was reduced from 2.5 ± 0.1 ns to 2.1 ± 0.1 ns due to resonance energy transfer to mDsRed. FWPV does not encode an equivalent of intracellular enveloped virion surface protein A36, yet it is likely that this virus too must interact with kinesin to facilitate intracellular virion transport. To investigate possible interactions between innate FWPV proteins and kinesin, recombinant FWPVs expressing EGFP fused to the N termini of FWPV structural proteins Fpv140, Fpv168, Fpv191, and Fpv198 (equivalent to VACV H3, A4, p4c, and A34, respectively) were generated. EGFP fusions of intracellular mature virion (IMV) surface protein Fpv140 and type II membrane protein Fpv198 were quenched by mDsRed-TPR in recombinant FWPV-infected cells, indicating that these virion proteins are found within 10 nm of mDsRed-TPR. In contrast, and as expected, EGFP fusions of the IMV core protein Fpv168 did not show any quenching. Interestingly, the p4c-like protein Fpv191, which demonstrates late association with preassembled IMV, also did not show any quenching.

  7. Optical properties and electronic band structure of BiMg2PO6, BiMg2VO6, BiMg2VO6:Pr3+ and BiMg2VO6:Eu3+

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    Barros, A.; Deloncle, R.; Deschamp, J.; Boutinaud, P.; Chadeyron, G.; Mahiou, R.; Cavalli, E.; Brik, M. G.

    2014-08-01

    The luminescence properties of the yellow pigment BiMg2VO6 are revisited and those of BiMg2PO6, BiMg2VO6:Pr3+ and BiMg2VO6:Eu3+ are described. It is shown that the undoped systems exhibit broad band emission in the green or orange spectral regions, but only upon UV or near UV excitation. In contradiction with a previous report, we found that the blue, host absorbed, photons are lost non-radiatively and do not contribute to the luminescence processes in BiMg2VO6. To understand these experimental results, the optical properties of BiMg2VO6 and BiMg2PO6 are theoretically analysed on the basis of electronic structure diagrams calculated by the DFT method. It is found that the optical transitions are mostly localised within [VO4]3- units or non-regular Bi3+ ions and occur in the UV or near UV regions. The luminescence of the trivalent lanthanide dopants is weak (Eu3+) or unobserved (Pr3+) in BiMg2VO6 which is explained by inefficient energy migration in the host lattice to the impurity sites.

  8. Quantum communication with photons

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    Full text: The discovery that transmission of information encoded into single quantum systems enables new forms of communication let to the emergence of the domain of quantum communication. During the last ten years, various key experiments based on photons as carrier of the quantum information have been realized. Today, quantum cryptography systems based on faint laser pulses can be purchased commercially, bi-partite entanglement has been distributed over long distances and has been used for quantum key distribution, and quantum purification, teleportation and entanglement swapping have been demonstrated. I will give a general introduction into this fascinating field and will review experimental achievements in the domain of quantum communication with discrete two-level quantum systems (qubits) encoded into photons. (author)

  9. 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.

  10. French Society of Microscopy, 10. conference

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    This document gathers the resumes of some of the presentations made at this conference whose aim was to present the last developments and achievements of the 3 complementary microscopies: optical microscopy, electron microscopy and X-ray microscopy. The contributions have been organized around the following 12 topics: 1) new technical developments, 2) 3-dimensional imaging, 3) quantitative microscopy, 4) technical progress in photon microscopy, 5) synchrotron radiation, 6) measurements of patterns, deformations and strains, 7) materials for energy and transports, 8) nano-structures, 9) virus: structure and infection mechanisms, 10) 3-dimensional imaging for molecules, cells and cellular tissues, 11) nano-particles and colloids, and 12) liquid crystals

  11. QUANTITATIVE CONFOCAL LASER SCANNING MICROSCOPY

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    Merete Krog Raarup

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available This paper discusses recent advances in confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM for imaging of 3D structure as well as quantitative characterization of biomolecular interactions and diffusion behaviour by means of one- and two-photon excitation. The use of CLSM for improved stereological length estimation in thick (up to 0.5 mm tissue is proposed. The techniques of FRET (Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer, FLIM (Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy, FCS (Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy and FRAP (Fluorescence Recovery After Photobleaching are introduced and their applicability for quantitative imaging of biomolecular (co-localization and trafficking in live cells described. The advantage of two-photon versus one-photon excitation in relation to these techniques is discussed.

  12. Large magnetoresistance of MnBi/Bi/MnBi spin valve

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    Tarawneh, Khaldoun, E-mail: Khaldoun@psut.edu.jo [Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Amman 11941 (Jordan); Al-Aqtash, Nabil; Sabirianov, Renat [University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE 68182 (United States)

    2014-08-01

    A transport magetoresistance (MR) of MnBi/Bi/MnBi spin valve device was calculated using density functional theory coupled with nonequilibrium Green's function method. The calculated transmission MR of the MnBi/Bi/MnBi spin valve device is around 750%, Obtained MR is very large compared with MR observed experimentally in MnBi junctions at room temperature (MR∼70%). Large MR is consistent with a large transport spin polarization was demonstrated in MnBi films by the point contact Andreev reflection spectroscopy. MR of experimental point contacts is observed to be low is probably due to the rough interfaces that increased scattering and contact resistance. Consequently, a spin-valve MnBi/Bi/MnBi device could potentially have large MR that could be controlled by varying the thickness of the Bi spacer. Thus, MnBi is a promising candidate for high MR devices with tunable spacer properties. - Highlights: • We calculate the transport magetoresistance (MR) of MnBi/Bi/MnBi spin valve device. • The calculated transmission MR of the MnBi/Bi/MnBi spin valve device is around 750%. • MR depend on the thickness of Bi layer. • MnBi is a promising candidate for high MR devices using spin polarizing current.

  13. Microwave Photonics

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    A J Seeds; Liu, C. P.; Ismail, T; Fice, M. J.; Pozzi, F.; Steed, R. J.; Rouvalis, E.; Renaud, C.C.

    2010-01-01

    Microwave photonics is the use of photonic techniques for the generation, transmission, processing and reception of signals having spectral components at microwave frequencies. This tutorial reviews the technologies used and gives applications examples.

  14. Photon Structure

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    Grindhammer, Guenter

    2001-01-01

    Large pT processes at HERA, initiated by almost real and by virtual photons, provide information on the structure of the photon. We report on the latest measurements of dijets and large pT particle production with the H1 detector. This includes a leading order determination of an effective virtual photon parton density, of the gluon density of the photon, and comparisons with models.

  15. Biomolecule-assisted Solvothermal Synthesis and Enhanced Visible Light Photocatalytic Performance of Bi2S3/BiOCl Composites

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    JIA Zhimin; CHEN Wei; LIU Tianyu; HUANG Ting; LIU Xiaoheng

    2016-01-01

    Novel Bi2S3/BiOCl photocatalysts were successfully synthesized via a facile biomolecule-assisted solvothermal method and biomolecule L-cysteine was used as the sulfur source. The structures, morphology, and optical properties of the synthesized samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). The presence of Bi2S3 in the Bi2S3/BiOCl composites could not only improve the optical properties but also enhance the photocatalytic activities for the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) under visible-light irradiation (λ > 420 nm) as compared with single Bi2S3 and BiOCl. Especially, the sample displayed the best performance of the photodegradation when the feed molar ratio of BiCl3 and L-cysteine was 2.4:1, which was about 10 times greater than that of pure BiOCl. The enhanced photocatalytic activities could be ascribed to the effective separation of photoinduced electrons and holes and the photosensitization of dye. Moreover, the possible photodegradation mechanism was also proposed, and the results revealed that the active holes (h+) and superoxide radicals (•O2−) were the main reactive species during photocatalytic degradation.

  16. Polychromatic photons

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    Keller, Ole

    2002-01-01

    A review is given of the space-time wave mechanics of single photons, a subject with an almost century long history. The Landau-Peierls photon wave function, which is related nonlocally to the electromagnetic field is first described, and thereafter the so-called energy wave function, based...... train quantum electrodynamics. A brief description of particle (photon) position operators is given, and it is shown that photons usually are only algebraically confined in an emission process. Finally, it is demonstrated that the profile of the birth domain of a radio-frequency photon emitted...

  17. Preparation and characterization of Bi2S3 compound semiconductor

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    M P Deshpande; Pallavi N Sakariya; Sandip V Bhatt; Nikita H Patel; Kamakshi Patel; S H Chaki

    2015-02-01

    Bi2S3 single crystals were grown by the chemical vapour transport technique using ammonium chloride (NH4Cl) as a transporting agent. The stoichiometry of Bi2S3 single crystal was confirmed by energy-dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDAX). The powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern showed that Bi2S3 crystals belong to the orthorhombic phase with calculated lattice constant = 11.14 Å, = 11.30 Å and = 3.96 Å. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) pictures indicate the presence of layer lines on the surface of crystals thereby proving that these crystals 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.

  18. Correlative microscopy.

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    Loussert Fonta, Céline; Humbel, Bruno M

    2015-09-01

    In recent years correlative microscopy, combining the power and advantages of different imaging system, e.g., light, electrons, X-ray, NMR, etc., has become an important tool for biomedical research. Among all the possible combinations of techniques, light and electron microscopy, have made an especially big step forward and are being implemented in more and more research labs. Electron microscopy profits from the high spatial resolution, the direct recognition of the cellular ultrastructure and identification of the organelles. It, however, has two severe limitations: the restricted field of view and the fact that no live imaging can be done. On the other hand light microscopy has the advantage of live imaging, following a fluorescently tagged molecule in real time and at lower magnifications the large field of view facilitates the identification and location of sparse individual cells in a large context, e.g., tissue. The combination of these two imaging techniques appears to be a valuable approach to dissect biological events at a submicrometer level. Light microscopy can be used to follow a labelled protein of interest, or a visible organelle such as mitochondria, in time, then the sample is fixed and the exactly same region is investigated by electron microscopy. The time resolution is dependent on the speed of penetration and fixation when chemical fixatives are used and on the reaction time of the operator for cryo-fixation. Light microscopy can also be used to identify cells of interest, e.g., a special cell type in tissue or cells that have been modified by either transfections or RNAi, in a large population of non-modified cells. A further application is to find fluorescence labels in cells on a large section to reduce searching time in the electron microscope. Multiple fluorescence labelling of a series of sections can be correlated with the ultrastructure of the individual sections to get 3D information of the distribution of the marked proteins: array

  19. Bi Syndrome (Arthralgia Syndrome)

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    ZHANG En-qin

    2010-01-01

    @@ The word 'Bi' (痹) in Chinese means an obstruction.Bi Syndrome refers the syndrome characterized by the obstruction of qi and blood in the meridians due to the invasion of external pathogenic wind, cold and dampness, manifested as soreness, pain, numbness,heavy sensation, swelling of joints and limbs, limitation of movements and so on.

  20. Thermal Stability and Anisotropic Sublimation of Two-Dimensional Colloidal Bi2Te3 and Bi2Se3 Nanocrystals

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    Buha, Joka; Castillo, Antonio Esau Del Rio; Bonaccorso, Francesco; Manna, Liberato

    2016-01-01

    The structural and compositional stabilities of two dimensional 2D Bi2Te3 and Bi2Se3 nanocrystals, produced by both colloidal synthesis and by liquid phase exfoliation, were studied by in situ transmission electron microscopy TEM during annealing at temperatures between 350 and 500 C. The sublimation process induced by annealing is structurally and chemically anisotropic and takes place through the preferential dismantling of the prismatic 011-0 type planes, and through the preferential sublimation of Te or Se.

  1. Role of Ti out-diffusion from a Pt/Ti bi-layer on the crystalline growth of (Ba,Sr)TiO3: A transmission electron microscopy investigation

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    We investigated the influence of the Ti out-diffusion in Pt/TiO x/SiO2/Si substrates (0 ≤ x ≤ 2), having different thicknesses of Pt and TiO x layers, on the crystalline growth of (Ba,Sr)TiO3 (BST) deposited by pulsed laser deposition. By means of X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy, we show that the orientation of BST clearly depends on the presence and quantity of Ti having migrated up to the Pt surface, and on its possible oxidation prior to BST deposition, which was controlled by the atmosphere (vacuum or oxygen) of the pre-heating stage of the BST deposition process. Whereas BST has no preferential orientation if grown on a bare Pt surface, a strong (111) orientation of BST is obtained for a limited diffusion of titanium oxides on the Pt surface just before BST deposition. However, the (111) orientation is lost if this seeding titanium oxide layer on Pt is too thick just before BST deposition. Also, the formation of protrusions was evidenced at the BST/Pt interface and associated with the oxidation of Ti within the Pt layer

  2. French Society of Microscopy, 10. conference; Societe Francaise des Microscopies, 10. colloque

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    Thibault-Penisson, J.; Cremer, Ch.; Susini, J.; Kirklanda, A.I.; Rigneault, H.; Renault, O.; Bailly, A.; Zagonel, L.F.; Barrett, N.; Bogner, A.; Gauthier, C.; Jouneau, P.H.; Thollet, G.; Fuchs, G.; Basset, D.; Deconihout, B.; Vurpillot, F.; Vella, A.; Matthieu, G.; Cadel, E.; Bostel, A.; Blavette, D.; Baumeister, W.; Usson, Y.; Zaefferer, St.; Laffont, L.; Weyland, M.; Thomas, J.M.; Midgley, P.; Benlekbir, S.; Epicier, Th.; Diop, B.N.; Roux, St.; Ou, M.; Perriat, P.; Bausach, M.; Aouine, M.; Berhault, G.; Idrissi, H.; Cottevieille, M.; Jonic, S.; Larquet, E.; Svergun, D.; Vannoni, M.A.; Boisset, N.; Ersena, O.; Werckmann, J.; Ulhaq, C.; Hirlimann, Ch.; Tihay, F.; Cuong, Pham-Huu; Crucifix, C.; Schultz, P.; Jornsanoha, P.; Thollet, G.; Masenelli-Varlot, K.; Gauthier, C.; Ludwig, W.; King, A.; Johnson, G.; Gonzalves-Hoennicke, M.; Reischig, P.; Messaoudi, C.; Ibrahim, R.; Marco, S.; Klie, R.F.; Zhao, Y.; Yang, G.; Zhu, Y.; Hue, F.; Hytch, M.; Hartmann, J.M.; Bogumilowicz, Y.; Claverie, A.; Klein, H.; Alloyeau, D.; Ricolleau, C.; Langlois, C.; Le Bouar, Y.; Loiseau, A.; Colliex, C.; Stephan, O.; Kociak, M.; Tence, M.; Gloter, A.; Imhoff, D.; Walls, M.; Nelayah, J.; March, K.; Couillard, M.; Ailliot, C.; Bertin, F.; Cooper, D.; Rivallin, P.; Dumelie, N.; Benhayoune, H.; Balossier, G.; Cheynet, M.; Pokrant, S.; Tichelaar, F.; Rouviere, J.L.; Cooper, D.; Truche, R.; Chabli, A.; Debili, M.Y.; Houdellier, F.; Warot-Fonrose, B.; Hytch, M.J.; Snoeck, E.; Calmels, L.; Serin, V.; Schattschneider, P.; Jacob, D.; Cordier, P

    2007-07-01

    This document gathers the resumes of some of the presentations made at this conference whose aim was to present the last developments and achievements of the 3 complementary microscopies: optical microscopy, electron microscopy and X-ray microscopy. The contributions have been organized around the following 12 topics: 1) new technical developments, 2) 3-dimensional imaging, 3) quantitative microscopy, 4) technical progress in photon microscopy, 5) synchrotron radiation, 6) measurements of patterns, deformations and strains, 7) materials for energy and transports, 8) nano-structures, 9) virus: structure and infection mechanisms, 10) 3-dimensional imaging for molecules, cells and cellular tissues, 11) nano-particles and colloids, and 12) liquid crystals.

  3. BiOCl nanosheets immobilized on electrospun polyacrylonitrile nanofibers with high photocatalytic activity and reusable property

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    Chou, Yuechen; Shao, Changlu; Li, Xinghua; Su, Chunyan; Xu, Hongchuan; Zhang, Mingyi; Zhang, Peng; Zhang, Xin; Liu, Yichun

    2013-11-01

    One-dimensional BiOCl/PAN composite nanofibers which are composed of bismuth oxychloride (BiOCl) nanosheets on electrospun polyacrylonitrile (PAN) nanofibers were fabricated by combining electrospinning technique and solvothermal method. Scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, UV-vis diffuse reflectance, Fourier transform infrared spectrum, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, thermal gravimetric and differential thermal analysis, were used to characterize the as-fabricated BiOCl/PAN composite nanofibers. The results revealed that BiOCl nanosheets were successfully immobilized on electrospun PAN nanofibers. The contents of the BiOCl nanosheets were controlled by adjusting the precursor concentrations for the fabrication of BiOCl/PAN composite nanofibers during the solvothermal synthesis processes. It was found that some interactions might exist between BiOCl and PAN molecules of BiOCl/PAN composite nanofibers. The obtained BiOCl/PAN composite nanofibers exhibited high photocatalytic activity for degradation of rhodamine B under ultraviolet light irradiation. The trapping experiments confirmed that the main active species for photocatalysis was hydroxyl radicals, which was produced by both the oxidative pathway and reductive pathway. Notably, the BiOCl/PAN composite nanofibers photocatalysts not only had good reusable property because of their one-dimensional structure and flexibility but also retained high photocatalytic stabilities after several cycles due to the interaction between BiOCl and PAN molecules.

  4. BiOCl nanosheets immobilized on electrospun polyacrylonitrile nanofibers with high photocatalytic activity and reusable property

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    Chou, Yuechen; Shao, Changlu, E-mail: clshao@nenu.edu.cn; Li, Xinghua, E-mail: lixh781@nenu.edu.cn; Su, Chunyan; Xu, Hongchuan; Zhang, Mingyi; Zhang, Peng; Zhang, Xin; Liu, Yichun

    2013-11-15

    One-dimensional BiOCl/PAN composite nanofibers which are composed of bismuth oxychloride (BiOCl) nanosheets on electrospun polyacrylonitrile (PAN) nanofibers were fabricated by combining electrospinning technique and solvothermal method. Scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, UV–vis diffuse reflectance, Fourier transform infrared spectrum, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, thermal gravimetric and differential thermal analysis, were used to characterize the as-fabricated BiOCl/PAN composite nanofibers. The results revealed that BiOCl nanosheets were successfully immobilized on electrospun PAN nanofibers. The contents of the BiOCl nanosheets were controlled by adjusting the precursor concentrations for the fabrication of BiOCl/PAN composite nanofibers during the solvothermal synthesis processes. It was found that some interactions might exist between BiOCl and PAN molecules of BiOCl/PAN composite nanofibers. The obtained BiOCl/PAN composite nanofibers exhibited high photocatalytic activity for degradation of rhodamine B under ultraviolet light irradiation. The trapping experiments confirmed that the main active species for photocatalysis was hydroxyl radicals, which was produced by both the oxidative pathway and reductive pathway. Notably, the BiOCl/PAN composite nanofibers photocatalysts not only had good reusable property because of their one-dimensional structure and flexibility but also retained high photocatalytic stabilities after several cycles due to the interaction between BiOCl and PAN molecules.

  5. Photonic Lantern

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    Leon-Saval, Sergio; Bland-Hawthorn, Joss

    2015-01-01

    Photonic lanterns allow for a low-loss transformation of a multimode waveguide into a discrete number of single-mode waveguides and vice versa, thus, enabling the use of single-mode photonic technologies in multimode systems. In this review, we will discuss the theory and function of the photonic lantern, along with several different variants of the technology. We will also discuss some of its applications in more detail.

  6. Direct observation of temperature dependent magnetic domain structure of the multiferroic La{sub 0.66}Sr{sub 0.34}MnO{sub 3}/BiFeO{sub 3} bilayer system by x-ray linear dichroism- and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism-photoemission electron microscopy

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    Mix, C.; Finizio, S.; Jakob, G.; Kläui, M. [Institut für Physik, Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Staudingerweg 7, D-55128 Mainz (Germany); Buzzi, M.; Nolting, F. [Swiss Light Source, Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland); Kronast, F. [Helmholtz-Zentrum-Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH, Albert-Einstein Straße 15, D-12489 Berlin (Germany)

    2014-05-21

    Low-thickness La{sub 0.66}Sr{sub 0.34}MnO{sub 3} (LSMO)/BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) thin film samples deposited on SrTiO{sub 3} were imaged by high resolution x-ray microscopy at different temperatures. The ultra-thin thickness of the top layer allows to image both the ferromagnetic domain structure of LSMO and the multiferroic domain structure of the buried BFO layer, opening a path to a direct observation of coupling at the interface on a microscopic level. By comparing the domain size and structure of the BFO and LSMO, we observed that, in contrast to LSMO single layers, LSMO/BFO multilayers show a strong temperature dependence of the ferromagnetic domain structure of the LSMO. Particularly, at 40 K, a similar domain size for BFO and LSMO is observed. This indicates a persistence of exchange coupling on the microscopic scale at a temperature, where the exchange bias as determined by magnetometer measurements is vanishing.

  7. Microwave photonics

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    Lee, Chi H

    2006-01-01

    Wireless, optical, and electronic networks continue to converge, prompting heavy research into the interface between microwave electronics, ultrafast optics, and photonic technologies. New developments arrive nearly as fast as the photons under investigation, and their commercial impact depends on the ability to stay abreast of new findings, techniques, and technologies. Presenting a broad yet in-depth survey, Microwave Photonics examines the major advances that are affecting new applications in this rapidly expanding field.This book reviews important achievements made in microwave photonics o

  8. Bi-based superconductor

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    S E Mousavi

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available   In this paper, Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O (BCSCCO system superconductor is made by the solid state reaction method. The effect of doping Pb, Cd, Sb, Cu and annealing time on the critical temperature and critical current density have been investigated. The microstructure and morphology of the samples have been studied by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope and energy dispersive X-ray. The results show that the fraction of Bi-2223 phase in the Bi- based superconductor, critical temperature and critical current density depend on the annealing temperature, annealing time and the kind and amount of doping .

  9. Preparation in Acidic and Alkaline Conditions and Characterization of α-Bi2Mo3O12 and γ-Bi2MoO6 Powders

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    Chen, Tao; Wang, Mao-Hua; Ma, Xiao-Yu

    2016-08-01

    α-Bi2Mo3O12 and γ-Bi2MoO6 powders have been successfully fabricated via a sol-gel method starting from bismuth nitrate and ammonium molybdate. The as-synthesized samples were characterized by x-ray powder diffraction analysis, thermogravimetry and differential thermogravimetry, scanning electron microscopy, and ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) absorption spectroscopy. The results indicated the formation of α-Bi2Mo3O12 and γ-Bi2MoO6 powders in acidic (pH 5) and alkaline (pH 9) conditions, respectively. α-Bi2Mo3O12 exhibited irregular shape, while γ-Bi2MoO6 showed approximately flake-like morphology. The bandgap of pure α-Bi2Mo3O12 and γ-Bi2MoO6 was estimated to be about 2.83 eV and 2.85 eV, respectively, according to UV-Vis studies. The slight shift of the absorption edge towards longer wavelength for α-Bi2Mo3O12 indicated a decrease of the optical bandgap. Photocatalytic experiments showed that γ-Bi2MoO6 exhibited higher photodegradation activity of methylene blue compared with α-Bi2Mo3O12.

  10. Preparation of efficient visible-light-driven BiOBr/Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} heterojunction composite with enhanced photocatalytic activities

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    Wang, Qizhao, E-mail: qizhaosjtu@gmail.com [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Northwest Normal University, Key Laboratory of Eco-Environment-Related Polymer Materials, Ministry of Education of China, Key Laboratory of Gansu Polymer Materials, Lanzhou, 730070 (China); Jiao, Danhua; Lian, Juhong; Ma, Qiong; Yu, Jie [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Northwest Normal University, Key Laboratory of Eco-Environment-Related Polymer Materials, Ministry of Education of China, Key Laboratory of Gansu Polymer Materials, Lanzhou, 730070 (China); Huang, Haohao, E-mail: scuthhh@hotmail.com [College of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, 510640 (China); Zhong, Junbo; Li, Jianzhang [Key Laboratory of Green Chemistry of Sichuan Institutes of Higher Education Institutes of Sichuan, College of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Engineering, Sichuan University of Science and Engineering, Zigong, 643000 (China)

    2015-11-15

    Highly efficient novel photocatalysts BiOBr/Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} with various proportion of BiOBr were synthesized via accommodating the pH value of solution and were applied to decontaminate methyl orange (MO) and methylene blue (MB). The samples were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometry (FT-IR), X-ray diffractometry (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectra, and N{sub 2} physisorption. Though both the individual BiOBr and Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} showed very low photocatalytic efficiency under visible light irradiation, the BiOBr/Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} composites exhibited superior activity for MO and MB under visible light, and 75% BiOBr/Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} (pH = 6) composite showed the highest degradation rate, which was 1.4 times than that of pure BiOBr. The photocatalytic activity investigating on MB also showed a same result. In addition, the catalyst can be separated easily for reuse and no obvious loss of photocatalytic activity were observed after three consecutive runs. - Highlights: • Highly efficient novel photocatalysts BiOBr/Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} with various proportions of BiOBr were synthesized via a facile hydrolysis. • Investigating the influence of photocatalysts on the degradation of MO by accommodating pH values. • The mechanism was proposed based on the synergistic effect between BiOBr and Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}.

  11. Facile preparation of Bi nanoparticles by novel cathodic dispersion of bulk bismuth electrodes

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    Chen Xin [Zhejiang Key Laboratory for Reactive Chemistry on Solid Surfaces, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321004 (China); Chen Shu; Huang Wei [Key Laboratory of Chemical Biology and Traditional Chinese Medicine Research (Ministry of Education of China), College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Hunan Normal University, Lushan Road, Changsha 410081 (China); Zheng Jufang [Zhejiang Key Laboratory for Reactive Chemistry on Solid Surfaces, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321004 (China); Li Zelin, E-mail: lizelin@zjnu.c [Key Laboratory of Chemical Biology and Traditional Chinese Medicine Research (Ministry of Education of China), College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Hunan Normal University, Lushan Road, Changsha 410081 (China)

    2009-12-01

    A novel electrochemical approach has been developed to prepare clean bismuth nanoparticles (NPs) with a bulk Bi electrode in a 0.5 mol dm{sup -3} NaOH solution under highly cathodic polarization of -8 V versus a saturated mercurous sulfate electrode, requiring no any precursor ions and organic protective agents. The bulk Bi electrode can be facilely dispersed into Bi NPs at the condition of intensive hydrogen evolution. This cathodic dispersion of the bulk Bi electrode involves the formation and decomposition of unstable bismuth hydrides and the aggregation of atomic bismuth from the decomposition. Moreover, Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} NPs have also been achieved by heating the precursor Bi NPs. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscope and X-ray diffraction were used to characterize these NPs. The as-prepared Bi NPs mainly existed in rhombohedral phase.

  12. Bi-Force

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

    2014-01-01

    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......-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...... 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...

  13. Endoscopic Microscopy

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    Konstantin Sokolov

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available In vivo endoscopic optical microscopy provides a tool to assess tissue architecture and morphology with contrast and resolution similar to that provided by standard histopathology – without need for physical tissue removal. In this article, we focus on optical imaging technologies that have the potential to dramatically improve the detection, prevention, and therapy of epithelial cancers. Epithelial pre-cancers and cancers are associated with a variety of morphologic, architectural, and molecular changes, which currently can be assessed only through invasive, painful biopsy. Optical imaging is ideally suited to detecting cancer-related alterations because it can detect biochemical and morphologic alterations with sub-cellular resolution throughout the entire epithelial thickness. Optical techniques can be implemented non-invasively, in real time, and at low cost to survey the tissue surface at risk. Our manuscript focuses primarily on modalities that currently are the most developed: reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM and optical coherence tomography (OCT. However, recent advances in fluorescence-based endoscopic microscopy also are reviewed briefly. We discuss the basic principles of these emerging technologies and their current and potential applications in early cancer detection. We also present research activities focused on development of exogenous contrast agents that can enhance the morphological features important for cancer detection and that have the potential to allow vital molecular imaging of cancer-related biomarkers. In conclusion, we discuss future improvements to the technology needed to develop robust clinical devices.

  14. Endoscopic Microscopy

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    Sokolov, Konstantin; Sung, Kung-Bin; Collier, Tom; Clark, Anne; Arifler, Dizem; Lacy, Alicia; Descour, Michael; Richards-Kortum, Rebecca

    2002-01-01

    In vivo endoscopic optical microscopy provides a tool to assess tissue architecture and morphology with contrast and resolution similar to that provided by standard histopathology – without need for physical tissue removal. In this article, we focus on optical imaging technologies that have the potential to dramatically improve the detection, prevention, and therapy of epithelial cancers. Epithelial pre-cancers and cancers are associated with a variety of morphologic, architectural, and molecular changes, which currently can be assessed only through invasive, painful biopsy. Optical imaging is ideally suited to detecting cancer-related alterations because it can detect biochemical and morphologic alterations with sub-cellular resolution throughout the entire epithelial thickness. Optical techniques can be implemented non-invasively, in real time, and at low cost to survey the tissue surface at risk. Our manuscript focuses primarily on modalities that currently are the most developed: reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) and optical coherence tomography (OCT). However, recent advances in fluorescence-based endoscopic microscopy also are reviewed briefly. We discuss the basic principles of these emerging technologies and their current and potential applications in early cancer detection. We also present research activities focused on development of exogenous contrast agents that can enhance the morphological features important for cancer detection and that have the potential to allow vital molecular imaging of cancer-related biomarkers. In conclusion, we discuss future improvements to the technology needed to develop robust clinical devices. PMID:14646041

  15. 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

  16. Dissolution kinetics of nanoscale liquid Pb/Bi inclusions at a grain boundary in aluminum

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    Prokofjev, S.I.; Johnson, Erik; Zhilin, V.M.;

    2008-01-01

    In situ transmission electron microscopy is used to study dissolution of liquid single-phase Pb/Bi inclusions attached to a grain boundary in an alloy of Al99.29Pb0.65Bi0.06 at temperatures of 343, 370, and 389 degrees C, respectively. The initial size of the inclusions was smaller than 60 nm. Di...

  17. 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.

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

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    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

  19. Nuclear photonics

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    Habs, D.; Guenther, M. M.; Jentschel, M.; Thirolf, P. G. [Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, D-85748 Garching (Germany); Max Planck Institut fuer Quantenoptik, D-85748 Garching (Germany); Institut Laue-Langevin, F-38042 Grenoble (Germany); Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, D-85748 Garching (Germany)

    2012-07-09

    With the planned new {gamma}-beam facilities like MEGa-ray at LLNL (USA) or ELI-NP at Bucharest (Romania) with 10{sup 13}{gamma}/s and a band width of {Delta}E{gamma}/E{gamma} Almost-Equal-To 10{sup -3}, a new era of {gamma} beams with energies up to 20MeV comes into operation, compared to the present world-leading HI{gamma}S facility at Duke University (USA) with 10{sup 8}{gamma}/s and {Delta}E{gamma}/E{gamma} Almost-Equal-To 3 Dot-Operator 10{sup -2}. In the long run even a seeded quantum FEL for {gamma} beams may become possible, with much higher brilliance and spectral flux. At the same time new exciting possibilities open up for focused {gamma} beams. Here we describe a new experiment at the {gamma} beam of the ILL reactor (Grenoble, France), where we observed for the first time that the index of refraction for {gamma} beams is determined by virtual pair creation. Using a combination of refractive and reflective optics, efficient monochromators for {gamma} beams are being developed. Thus, we have to optimize the total system: the {gamma}-beam facility, the {gamma}-beam optics and {gamma} detectors. We can trade {gamma} intensity for band width, going down to {Delta}E{gamma}/E{gamma} Almost-Equal-To 10{sup -6} and address individual nuclear levels. The term 'nuclear photonics' stresses the importance of nuclear applications. We can address with {gamma}-beams individual nuclear isotopes and not just elements like with X-ray beams. Compared to X rays, {gamma} beams can penetrate much deeper into big samples like radioactive waste barrels, motors or batteries. We can perform tomography and microscopy studies by focusing down to {mu}m resolution using Nuclear Resonance Fluorescence (NRF) for detection with eV resolution and high spatial resolution at the same time. We discuss the dominating M1 and E1 excitations like the scissors mode, two-phonon quadrupole octupole excitations, pygmy dipole excitations or giant dipole excitations under the new facet of

  20. Bi covered Si(111) surface revisited

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    Miwa, R H; Srivastava, G P

    2003-01-01

    We have performed an ab initio study of the stability, atomic geometry and electronic structure of the Bi-covered (sq root 3 x sq root 3) reconstructed Si(111) surface. We find that the energetically stable structure changes from the milkstool model (for 1 monolayer (ML) coverage) to the T sub 4 model (for 1/3 ML coverage), without going through a stable structure for the honeycomb model (2/3 ML coverage). Our theoretical scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) simulation for the 1 ML coverage reveals the formation of Bi trimers for occupied states, and a honeycomb image for empty states. This result, together with the energetically unstable structure for 2/3 ML coverage, suggests that the experimentally observed STM image in the form of the honeycomb structure does not mean that the minimum energy configuration corresponds to Bi coverage of 2/3 ML, but rather represents current tunnelling into the empty states localized between Bi trimers for the milkstool model with 1 ML coverage.

  1. Structural, mechanical and electrical properties of alloys in ternary Ag-Bi-Zn system

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    Minic, D. M.; Premovic, M. M.; Zivkovic, D. T.; Manasijevic, D. M.; Dimie, M. Z.; Petrovic, Z. R.; Markovic, S. M.

    2015-07-01

    Structural, mechanical and electrical properties of selected alloys in ternary Ag-Bi-Zn system are presented in this paper. Chosen alloys were investigated using X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), light optical microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy combined with Energy Dispersive Spectrometry (SEM-EDS), as well as by electrical conductivity and Brinell hardness measurements. Isolines of electrical conductivity and hardness for the entire Ag-Bi-Zn system were calculated using regression models. (Author)

  2. Growth of Bi2O3 rods using a trimethylbismuth and oxygen mixture

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    Kim, H. W.; Myung, J. H.; Shim, S. H.; Lee, C.

    2006-07-01

    We have successfully grown the rod-like structures of bismuth oxide (Bi2O3) on silicon substrate by a reaction of a trimethylbismuth (TMBi) and oxygen (O2) mixture without using any catalyst. We have characterized the samples by means of X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The products consisted of bundles of rod-like structures. The Bi2O3 rods were of monoclinic structure.

  3. What is superresolution microscopy?

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    Bechhoefer, John

    2014-01-01

    I explain what is, is not, and is only sort of superresolution microscopy. I discuss optical resolution, first in terms of diffraction theory, then in terms of linear systems theory, and finally in terms of techniques that use prior information, nonlinearity, and other tricks to improve performance. The discussion reveals two classes of superresolution: Pseudo superresolution techniques improve images up to the diffraction limit but not much beyond. True superresolution techniques allow substantial, useful improvements beyond the diffraction limit. The two classes are distinguished by their scaling of resolution with photon counts. Understanding the limits to imaging resolution involves concepts that pertain to almost any measurement problem, implying that the framework given here has broad application beyond optics.

  4. Melting and solidification of Bi nanoparticles in a germanate glass

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    Haro-Poniatowski, E.; Jiménez de Castro, M.; Fernández Navarro, J. M.; Morhange, J. F.; Ricolleau, C.

    2007-08-01

    A very large melting-solidification hysteresis of Bi nanoparticles embedded in a bulk alkali germanate glass is reported. Heating and cooling cycles are reproducible and show reversible transitions. High resolution transmission electron microscopy reveals that the glass contains nanocrystals of elementary Bi which are a few tenths of a nanometre in size. Upon heating above the Bi melting temperature the glass transmission increases up to 10% with respect to the initial value, which is most likely related to Bi melting. Upon cooling this high transmission state remains up to temperatures as low as 436 K. This behaviour is confirmed by Raman spectroscopy measurements. This nanostructured glass with a high refractive index can be used in nonlinear optical applications as well as an optical thermo-sensor.

  5. Controlled Fabrication of Cd-Bi Nanoparticles via Sonochemical Method

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    CHEN Hong-jie; LI Sheng; LA Zhi-wei; WU Zhi-shen; ZHANG Ping-yu; ZHANG Zhi-jun

    2005-01-01

    A sonochemical method for the direct controlled synthesis of Cd-Bi nanoparticles from a bulk Cd-Bi alloy is introduced. The nanoparticles were found to be monodispersed and the size distribution can be easily controlled by adjusting the ultrasonic power. The formation and the constituent of the as-prepared Cd-Bi nanoparticles were revealed by means of X-ray diffraction, differential thermal analysis and thermogravimetry, transmission electron microscopy, and electron diffraction. It was found that the Cd-Bi eutectic alloy nanoparticles are made of the hexagonal phase of metal cadmium and the rhombohedral phase of metal bismuth. In addition, we also found through tribological tests that the powder has an excellent antiwear property.

  6. Melting and solidification of Bi nanoparticles in a germanate glass

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    Haro-Poniatowski, E [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana Iztapalapa, Avenida San Rafael Atlixco No. 186 Colonia Vicentina, CP 09340 Mexico DF (Mexico); Castro, M Jimenez de [Instituto de Optica, CSIC, Serrano 121, 28006 Madrid (Spain); Navarro, J M Fernandez [Instituto de Optica, CSIC, Serrano 121, 28006 Madrid (Spain); Morhange, J F [Institut des Nanosciences de Paris, UMR-CNRS 7588, Universite Paris VI et Paris VII, 4 Place Jussieu, Paris (France); Ricolleau, C [Laboratoire Materiaux et Phenomenes Quantiques and Laboratoire de Physique du Solide, UMR 7162, CNRS/Universite Paris 7-Denis Diderot, ESPCI, 10 rue Vauquelin, 75005 Paris Cedex (France)

    2007-08-08

    A very large melting-solidification hysteresis of Bi nanoparticles embedded in a bulk alkali germanate glass is reported. Heating and cooling cycles are reproducible and show reversible transitions. High resolution transmission electron microscopy reveals that the glass contains nanocrystals of elementary Bi which are a few tenths of a nanometre in size. Upon heating above the Bi melting temperature the glass transmission increases up to 10% with respect to the initial value, which is most likely related to Bi melting. Upon cooling this high transmission state remains up to temperatures as low as 436 K. This behaviour is confirmed by Raman spectroscopy measurements. This nanostructured glass with a high refractive index can be used in nonlinear optical applications as well as an optical thermo-sensor.

  7. Hallo photons calls photon; Allo photon appelle photon

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    Anon.

    1997-09-01

    When a pair of photons is created, it seems that these 2 photons are bound together by a mysterious link. This phenomenon has been discovered at the beginning of the seventies. In this new experiment the 2 photons are separated and have to follow different ways through optic cables until they face a quantum gate. At this point they have to chose between a short and a long itinerary. Statistically they have the same probability to take either. In all cases the 2 photons agree to do the same choice even if the 2 quantum gates are distant of about 10 kilometers. Some applications in ciphering and coding of messages are expected. (A.C.)

  8. Constructing Bi24O31Cl10/BiOCl heterojunction via a simple thermal annealing route for achieving enhanced photocatalytic activity and selectivity

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    Liu, Xiaoyan; Su, Yiguo; Zhao, Qihang; Du, Chunfang; Liu, Zhiliang

    2016-06-01

    This work reports on the construction of a Bi24O31Cl10/BiOCl heterojunction via a simple thermal annealing method. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) results indicated that the phase transformation from BiOCl to Bi24O31Cl10 could be realized during the thermal annealing process. The high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) images, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) binding energy shifts, Raman spectra and Fouier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) spectra confirmed the formation of the Bi24O31Cl10/BiOCl heterojunction. The obtained Bi24O31Cl10/BiOCl photocatalyst showed excellent conversion efficiency and selectivity toward photocatalytic conversion of benzyl alcohol to benzaldehyde under visible light irradiation. The radical scavengers and electron spin resonance (ESR) results suggested that the photogenerated holes were the dominant reactive species responsible for the photocatalytic oxidation of benzyl alcohol and superoxide radicals were not involved in the photocatalytic process. The in-situ generation of Bi24O31Cl10/BiOCl heterojunction may own superior interfacial contact than the two-step synthesized heterojunctions, which promotes the transfer of photogenerated charge carriers and is favorable for excellent photocatalytic activities.

  9. Photonic Nanojets

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    Heifetz, Alexander; Kong, Soon-Cheol; Alan V. Sahakian; Taflove, Allen; Backman, Vadim

    2009-01-01

    This paper reviews the substantial body of literature emerging since 2004 concerning photonic nanojets. The photonic nanojet is a narrow, high-intensity, non-evanescent light beam that can propagate over a distance longer than the wavelength λ after emerging from the shadow-side surface of an illuminated lossless dielectric microcylinder or microsphere of diameter larger than λ. The nanojet’s minimum beamwidth can be smaller than the classical diffraction limit, in fact as small as ~λ/3 for m...

  10. Photonic lanterns

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    Leon-Saval, Sergio G.; Argyros, Alexander; Bland-Hawthorn, Joss

    2013-12-01

    Multimode optical fibers have been primarily (and almost solely) used as "light pipes" in short distance telecommunications and in remote and astronomical spectroscopy. The modal properties of the multimode waveguides are rarely exploited and mostly discussed in the context of guiding light. Until recently, most photonic applications in the applied sciences have arisen from developments in telecommunications. However, the photonic lantern is one of several devices that arose to solve problems in astrophotonics and space photonics. Interestingly, these devices are now being explored for use in telecommunications and are likely to find commercial use in the next few years, particularly in the development of compact spectrographs. Photonic lanterns allow for a low-loss transformation of a multimode waveguide into a discrete number of single-mode waveguides and vice versa, thus enabling the use of single-mode photonic technologies in multimode systems. In this review, we will discuss the theory and function of the photonic lantern, along with several different variants of the technology. We will also discuss some of its applications in more detail. Furthermore, we foreshadow future applications of this technology to the field of nanophotonics.

  11. Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic activities of rare earth-loaded BiVO4 catalysts

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    The BiVO4-based photocatalysts loaded with rare earth (RE=Ho, Sm, Yb, Eu, Gd, Nd, Ce and La) were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), nitrogen adsorption for the BET specific surface area and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The photocatalytic activities of the samples were evaluated by decolorization of methylene blue (MB) under visible light irradiation. The results of XRD, SEM and XPS analysis deduced that the rare earth ions were present as RE2O3 in the samples. The DRS analysis showed the shift in the absorbption edge from the UV to the visible range: Ho3+-BiVO4 3+-BiVO4 3+-BiVO4 3+-BiVO4 3+-BiVO4 3+-BiVO4 3+-BiVO4 3+-BiVO4 4. Gd3+-BiVO4 had the highest photocatalytic activity among all the RE3+-BiVO4 catalysts. The optimal Gd content was 8 at% under visible light irradiation. This beneficial effect was attributed to the specific electron structure characteristics of gadolinium and the increasing in the separation efficiency of the electron-hole pairs. On the contrast, the other rare earth ions had the detrimental effect on the photocatalytic decolorization of MB.

  12. Properties of ZnO:Bi thin films prepared by spray pyrolysis technique

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    Highlights: •Transparent and conductive Bi doped ZnO films deposited by spray pyrolysis technique. •The incorporation of Bi in ZnO film was studied by X-ray photoelectron microscopy. •Effect of Bi doping on the structural, optical and electrical properties of the films. •Bi doped ZnO films can be used as transparent conductors. -- Abstract: Undoped and Bi doped zinc oxide thin films were deposited on glass substrate at 450 °C using spray pyrolysis technique. The X-ray diffraction studies shows that Bi doped ZnO films are polycrystalline hexagonal structure with a preferred orientation along (1 0 1) direction. Crystallites size of the films decreases with increasing doping concentration. Scanning electron microscope image shows change in the surface morphology. The composition of Zn, O and Bi elements in the undoped and Bi doped ZnO films were investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Bi doped ZnO thin films show a transparency nearly 75% in the visible region. The optical band gap of ZnO thin films reduces from 3.25 eV to 3.12 eV with an increase in Bi concentration from 0 to 5 at.% respectively. Electrical conductivity of ZnO thin films increased from 0.156 to 6.02 S/cm with increasing Bi dopant concentration from 0% to 5% respectively

  13. Photoreactive mesoporous carbon/Bi2WO6 composites: Synthesis and reactivity

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    Highlights: ► We described the preparation and characterization of the mesoprous carbon/Bi2WO6 composites. ► The photocatalytic activities of the composites were also investigated. ► With the combination of photocatalysts and mesoporous carbon, increased separation efficiency of photoinduced electron–hole pairs and larger specific surface areas can be achieved. ► And to our knowledge, this is the first report concerning Bi2WO6 nanoparticles loaded on a mesoprous carbon. - Abstract: In order to develop highly efficient visible-light induced photocatalysts, Bi2WO6 powders and mesoporous carbon (MC)-modified Bi2WO6 (MC/Bi2WO6) photocatalysts were synthesized via a simple hydrothermal process in this paper. The samples of Bi2WO6 and MC/Bi2WO6 were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV–visible spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and BET surface area analysis, and their photocatalytic activity were evaluated by photocatalytic decoloration of rhodamine B (RhB) aqueous solution under visible light. It was found that the presence of MC could significantly improve the crystallization of Bi2WO6 species and photoabsorption property of Bi2WO6 in the visible region. The results also showed that the BET surface areas of MC/Bi2WO6 composites were larger than that of the pure Bi2WO6 and the photocatalytic activity of the MC/Bi2WO6 is much higher than that of Bi2WO6 with the optimum effect occurring at RMC = 0.10 (the weight ratio of MC to Bi2WO6). Close investigation revealed that the surface area, grain size and charge transfer of the as-prepared MC/Bi2WO6 composites could improve the photocatalytic activities.

  14. Multi-photon quantum interference in a multi-port integrated photonic device

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    Metcalf, Benjamin J; Spring, Justin B; Kundys, Dmytro; Broome, Matthew A; Humphreys, Peter; Jin, Xian-Min; Barbieri, Marco; Kolthammer, W Steven; Gates, James C; Smith, Brian J; Langford, Nathan K; Smith, Peter G R; Walmsley, Ian A

    2012-01-01

    Increasing the complexity of quantum photonic devices is essential for many optical information processing applications to reach a regime beyond what can be classically simulated, and integrated photonics has emerged as a leading platform for achieving this. Here, we demonstrate three-photon quantum operation of an integrated device containing three coupled interferometers, eight spatial modes and many classical and nonclassical interferences. This represents a critical advance over previous complexities and the first on-chip nonclassical interference with more than two photonic inputs. We introduce a new scheme to verify quantum behaviour, using classically characterised device elements and hierarchies of photon correlation functions. We accurately predict the device's quantum behaviour and show operation inconsistent with both classical and bi-separable quantum models. Such methods for verifying multiphoton quantum behaviour are vital for achieving increased circuit complexity. Our experiment paves the way ...

  15. Structural properties of superconducting Bi-2223/Ag tapes

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    Gottschalck Andersen, L.

    2001-05-01

    The structural properties of silver clad high-T{sub c} superconducting ceramic tapes of (Bi,Pb){sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} (Bi-2223) have been investigated by means of synchrotron X-ray diffraction (including the 3DXRD microscope setup), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDS). By synchrotron X-ray diffraction in situ studies of the phase development during the transformation of (Bi,Pb){sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 1}Cu{sub 2}O{sub x} (Bi-2212) into Bi-2223, the stoichiometry changes and the texture have been performed during annealing in 8% O{sub 2} and in air. Furthermore, an annealing with two high temperature cycles has been performed to study the equilibrium phenomena. During heating (Ca,Sr){sub 2}PbO{sub 4} decomposes at temperatures between 700 deg. C and 840 deg.C. Simultaneously, the Bi-2212 lattice contracts, indicating an incorporation of Pb. Moreover, the grain mis-alignment decreases significantly. In air we have observed that Bi-2212 partly dissociates into (Ca,Sr){sub 2}CuO{sub 3} and a liquid at temperatures above 812 deg. C. At the annealing temperature Bi-2212 and (Ca,Sr){sub 2}CuO{sub 3} react with the liquid to form Bi-2223. The transformation mechanism is discussed. During cooling below {approx}750 deg.C (Ca,Sr){sub 2}CuO{sub 3} and the liquid mainly transform into Bi-2201. Below {approx}780 deg. C Bi-2223 decomposes to 3221. In addition, a two-step cooling experiment and a decomposition study have been performed in 8% O{sub 2}. By TEM the grain and colony size in the c-axis direction, the angles of c-axis tilt grain boundaries and the intergrowth content are investigated. A fully processed tape has on average 50% thicker grains than a tape after the 1st annealing. The angles of c-axis tilt grain boundaries are on average 14 deg. and 26 deg. for the fully processed tape and the tape after the 1st annealing, respectively. The intergrowth content (15%) and

  16. Resilience of multi-photon entanglement under losses

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    Durkin, G A; Eisert, J; Bouwmeester, D

    2004-01-01

    We analyze the resilience under photon loss of the bi-partite entanglement present in multi-photon states produced by parametric down-conversion. The quantification of the entanglement is made possible by a symmetry of the states that persists even under polarization-independent losses. We examine the approach of the states to the set of states with a positive partial transpose as losses increase, and calculate the relative entropy of entanglement. We find that some bi-partite distillable entanglement persists for arbitrarily high losses.

  17. Testing QCD in Photon-Photon Interactions

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    Soldner-Rembold, Stefan

    1998-01-01

    At high energies photon-photon interactions are dominated by quantum fluctuations of the photons into fermion-antifermion pairs and into vector mesons. This is called photon structure. Electron-positron collisions at LEP are an ideal laboratory for studying photon structure and for testing QCD.

  18. Photonic crystals

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    Busch, Kurt; Wehrspohn, Ralf B; Föll, Helmut

    2006-01-01

    The majority of the contributions in this topically edited book stems from the priority program SPP 1113 ""Photonische Kristalle"" run by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), resulting in a survey of the current state of photonic crystal research in Germany. The first part of the book describes methods for the theoretical analysis of their optical properties as well as the results. The main part is dedicated to the fabrication, characterization and modeling of two- and three-dimensional photonic crystals, while the final section presents a wide spectrum of applications: gas sensors, micr

  19. Vesicle Photonics

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    Vasdekis, Andreas E.; Scott, E. A.; Roke, Sylvie; Hubbell, J. A.; Psaltis, D.

    2013-04-03

    Thin membranes, under appropriate boundary conditions, can self-assemble into vesicles, nanoscale bubbles that encapsulate and hence protect or transport molecular payloads. In this paper, we review the types and applications of light fields interacting with vesicles. By encapsulating light-emitting molecules (e.g. dyes, fluorescent proteins, or quantum dots), vesicles can act as particles and imaging agents. Vesicle imaging can take place also under second harmonic generation from vesicle membrane, as well as employing mass spectrometry. Light fields can also be employed to transport vesicles using optical tweezers (photon momentum) or directly pertrurbe the stability of vesicles and hence trigger the delivery of the encapsulated payload (photon energy).

  20. Photonic crystals principles and applications

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    Gong, Qihuang

    2013-01-01

    IntroductionPrimary Properties of Photonic CrystalsFabrication of Photonic CrystalsPhotonic Crystal All-Optical SwitchingTunable Photonic Crystal FilterPhotonic Crystal LaserPhotonic Crystal Logic DevicesPhotonic Crystal Sensors

  1. Photon differentials

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    Schjøth, Lars; Revall Frisvad, Jeppe; Erleben, Kenny;

    2007-01-01

    illumination features. This is often not desirable as these may lose clarity or vanish altogether. We present an accurate method for reconstruction of indirect illumination with photon mapping. Instead of reconstructing illumination using classic density estimation on finite points, we use the correlation...

  2. Photon Differentials

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    Schjøth, Lars; Frisvad, Jeppe Revall; Erleben, Kenny;

    2007-01-01

    illumination features. This is often not desirable as these may lose clarity or vanish altogether. We present an accurate method for reconstruction of indirect illumination with photon mapping. Instead of reconstructing illumination using classic density estimation on finite points, we use the correlation...

  3. Cathodoluminescence Microscopy of nanostructures on glass substrates

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    Narvaez, A.C.; Weppelman, I.G.C.; Moerland, R.J.; Liv, N.; Zonnevylle, A.C.; Kruit, P.; Hoogenboom, J.P.

    2013-01-01

    Cathodoluminescence (CL) microscopy is an emerging analysis technique in the fields of biology and photonics, where it is used for the characterization of nanometer sized structures. For these applications, the use of transparent substrates might be highly preferred, but the detection of CL from nan

  4. 小鼠卵母细胞染色体三维双光子荧光图像的轴向衰减%Intensity Loss of Two-Photon Excitation Fluorescence Microscopy Images of Mouse Oocyte Chromosomes

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    赵凤英; 吴宏新; 陈瓞延; 马万云

    2014-01-01

    双光子荧光显微镜作为一种高分辨光学仪器,已经被广泛应用于生物样品的非侵入式三维光学成像中。相比共聚焦显微镜,双光子荧光显微镜拥有更深的探测深度。然而,即便如此,在对较厚的生物样品进行非侵入式光学三维成像时,样品的成像质量也往往会随着探测深度的增加而下降。在临床和生物学领域对研究母性遗传起重要作用的小鼠卵母细胞拥有较大的直径(80~100μm ),吸收和散射效应较为明显。本文研究小鼠卵母细胞染色体的三维双光子荧光图像随探测深度增加图像质量的衰减程度。通过对所得图像进行轴向衰减矫正,利用体积作为参数,将矫正前后小鼠卵母细胞内染色体三维双光子荧光图像进行对比。结果表明,由于吸收和散射效应,卵母细胞存在较严重的光学轴向衰减问题,因此,对用双光子荧光三维成像手段获得的小鼠卵母细胞图像进行衰减矫正是有必要的。这为进一步精确定量的研究卵母细胞内染色体的三维构像打下良好的基础。%As an optical microscope with high resolution ,two-photon excitation (TPE) fluorescence microscope is widely used in noninvasive 3D optical imaging of biological samples .Compared with confocal laser scanning microscope ,TPE fluorescence mi-croscope provides a deeper detecting depth .In spite of that ,the image quality of sample always declines as the detecting depth increases when a noninvasive 3D optical imaging of thicker samples is performed .Mouse oocytes with a large diameter ,which play an important role in clinical and biological fields ,have obvious absorption and scattering effects .In the present paper ,we performed compensation for two-photon fluorescence images of mouse oocyte chromosomes .Using volume as a parameter ,the attenuation degree of these chromosomes was also studied .The result of our data suggested that there exists a

  5. Polarization rotator-splitters in standard active silicon photonics platforms.

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    Sacher, Wesley D; Barwicz, Tymon; Taylor, Benjamin J F; Poon, Joyce K S

    2014-02-24

    We demonstrate various silicon-on-insulator polarization management structures based on a polarization rotator-splitter that uses a bi-level taper TM0-TE1 mode converter. The designs are fully compatible with standard active silicon photonics platforms with no new levels required and were implemented in the IME baseline and IME-OpSIS silicon photonics processes. We demonstrate a polarization rotator-splitter with polarization crosstalk PIN diode phase shifters. PMID:24663698

  6. 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.

  7. Photon-Photon Scattering at the Photon Linear Collider

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    Jikia, G.; Tkabladze, A.

    1993-01-01

    Photon-photon scattering at the Photon Linear Collider is considered. Explicit formulas for helicity amplitudes due to $W$ boson loops are presented. It is shown that photon-photon scattering should be easily observable at PLC and separation of the $W$ loop contribution (which dominates at high energies) will be possible at $e^+e^-$ c.m. energy of 500~GeV or higher.

  8. Photon counting imaging and centroiding with an electron-bombarded CCD using single molecule localisation software

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    Hirvonen, Liisa Maija; Barber, Matthew; Suhling, Klaus

    2016-01-01

    Photon event centroiding in photon counting imaging and single-molecule localisation in super-resolution fluorescence microscopy share many traits. Although photon event centroiding has traditionally been performed with simple single-iteration algorithms, we recently reported that iterative fitting algorithms originally developed for single-molecule localisation fluorescence microscopy work very well when applied to centroiding photon events imaged with an MCP-intensified CMOS camera. Here, w...

  9. Enhanced two-photon absorption using true thermal light

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    Jechow, Andreas; Kurzke, Henning; Heuer, Axel; Menzel, Ralf

    2013-01-01

    Two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) is a standard technique in modern microscopy but still affected by photo-damage of the probe. It was proposed that TPEF can be enhanced by using entangled photons, but has proven to be challenging. Recently it was shown that some features of entangled photons can be mimicked with thermal light, which finds application in ghost imaging, sub-wavelength lithography and metrology. Here, we utilize true thermal light from a super-luminescence diode to demonstrate enhanced TPEF compared to coherent light using two common fluorophores and luminescent quantum dots. We find that the two-photon absorption rate is directly proportional to the measured degree of second-order coherence, as predicted by theory. Our results show that photon bunching can be exploited in two-photon microscopy with the photon statistic providing a new degree of freedom.

  10. Photon Collider Physics with Real Photon Beams

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    Gronberg, J; Asztalos, S

    2005-11-03

    Photon-photon interactions have been an important probe into fundamental particle physics. Until recently, the only way to produce photon-photon collisions was parasitically in the collision of charged particles. Recent advances in short-pulse laser technology have made it possible to consider producing high intensity, tightly focused beams of real photons through Compton scattering. A linear e{sup +}e{sup -} collider could thus be transformed into a photon-photon collider with the addition of high power lasers. In this paper they show that it is possible to make a competitive photon-photon collider experiment using the currently mothballed Stanford Linear Collider. This would produce photon-photon collisions in the GeV energy range which would allow the discovery and study of exotic heavy mesons with spin states of zero and two.

  11. Spectroscopy of 193Bi

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    Herzáň A.

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available An experiment aiming to study the shape coexistence in 193Bi has been performed at the Accelerator laboratory of the University of Jyväskylä, Finland (JYFL. Many new states have been found, hugely extending the previously known level scheme of 193Bi. The Iπ=292+${I^\\pi } = {{{29} \\over 2}^ + }$ member of the πi13/2 band de-excites also to the previously, only tentatively placed long-lived isomeric state. This link determines the energy of the isomeric state to be 2260(1 keV and suggests a spin and parity of (272+$\\left( {{{{{27} \\over 2}}^ + }} \\right$. The half-life of the isomeric state was measured to be 84.4(6 µs. A level structure on top of this isomeric state was constructed. However, transition directly depopulating this state could not be identified. A superdeformed band almost identical to that present in the neighboring isotope 191Bi has been identified.

  12. Microalgae photonics

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    Floume, Timmy; Coquil, Thomas; Sylvestre, Julien

    2011-05-01

    Due to their metabolic flexibility and fast growth rate, microscopic aquatic phototrophs like algae have a potential to become industrial photochemical converters. Algae photosynthesis could enable the large scale production of clean and renewable liquid fuels and chemicals with major environmental, economic and societal benefits. Capital and operational costs are the main issues to address through optical, process and biochemical engineering improvements. In this perspective, a variety of photonic approaches have been proposed - we introduce them here and describe their potential, limitations and compatibility with separate biotechnology and engineering progresses. We show that only sunlight-based approaches are economically realistic. One of photonics' main goals in the algae field is to dilute light to overcome photosaturation effects that impact upon cultures exposed to full sunlight. Among other approaches, we introduce a widely-compatible broadband spectral adaptation technique called AlgoSun® that uses luminescence to optimize sunlight spectrum in view of the bioconverter's requirements.

  13. Electron microscopy of electromagnetic waveforms

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    Ryabov, A.; Baum, P.

    2016-07-01

    Rapidly changing electromagnetic fields are the basis of almost any photonic or electronic device operation. We report how electron microscopy can measure collective carrier motion and fields with subcycle and subwavelength resolution. A collimated beam of femtosecond electron pulses passes through a metamaterial resonator that is previously excited with a single-cycle electromagnetic pulse. If the probing electrons are shorter in duration than half a field cycle, then time-frozen Lorentz forces distort the images quasi-classically and with subcycle time resolution. A pump-probe sequence reveals in a movie the sample’s oscillating electromagnetic field vectors with time, phase, amplitude, and polarization information. This waveform electron microscopy can be used to visualize electrodynamic phenomena in devices as small and fast as available.

  14. Photon detectors

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    Va`vra, J.

    1995-10-01

    J. Seguinot and T. Ypsilantis have recently described the theory and history of Ring Imaging Cherenkov (RICH) detectors. In this paper, I will expand on these excellent review papers, by covering the various photon detector designs in greater detail, and by including discussion of mistakes made, and detector problems encountered, along the way. Photon detectors are among the most difficult devices used in physics experiments, because they must achieve high efficiency for photon transport and for the detection of single photo-electrons. For gaseous devices, this requires the correct choice of gas gain in order to prevent breakdown and wire aging, together with the use of low noise electronics having the maximum possible amplification. In addition, the detector must be constructed of materials which resist corrosion due to photosensitive materials such as, the detector enclosure must be tightly sealed in order to prevent oxygen leaks, etc. The most critical step is the selection of the photocathode material. Typically, a choice must be made between a solid (CsI) or gaseous photocathode (TMAE, TEA). A conservative approach favors a gaseous photocathode, since it is continuously being replaced by flushing, and permits the photon detectors to be easily serviced (the air sensitive photocathode can be removed at any time). In addition, it can be argued that we now know how to handle TMAE, which, as is generally accepted, is the best photocathode material available as far as quantum efficiency is concerned. However, it is a very fragile molecule, and therefore its use may result in relatively fast wire aging. A possible alternative is TEA, which, in the early days, was rejected because it requires expensive CaF{sub 2} windows, which could be contaminated easily in the region of 8.3 eV and thus lose their UV transmission.

  15. Photon detectors

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    J. Seguinot and T. Ypsilantis have recently described the theory and history of Ring Imaging Cherenkov (RICH) detectors. In this paper, I will expand on these excellent review papers, by covering the various photon detector designs in greater detail, and by including discussion of mistakes made, and detector problems encountered, along the way. Photon detectors are among the most difficult devices used in physics experiments, because they must achieve high efficiency for photon transport and for the detection of single photo-electrons. For gaseous devices, this requires the correct choice of gas gain in order to prevent breakdown and wire aging, together with the use of low noise electronics having the maximum possible amplification. In addition, the detector must be constructed of materials which resist corrosion due to photosensitive materials such as, the detector enclosure must be tightly sealed in order to prevent oxygen leaks, etc. The most critical step is the selection of the photocathode material. Typically, a choice must be made between a solid (CsI) or gaseous photocathode (TMAE, TEA). A conservative approach favors a gaseous photocathode, since it is continuously being replaced by flushing, and permits the photon detectors to be easily serviced (the air sensitive photocathode can be removed at any time). In addition, it can be argued that we now know how to handle TMAE, which, as is generally accepted, is the best photocathode material available as far as quantum efficiency is concerned. However, it is a very fragile molecule, and therefore its use may result in relatively fast wire aging. A possible alternative is TEA, which, in the early days, was rejected because it requires expensive CaF2 windows, which could be contaminated easily in the region of 8.3 eV and thus lose their UV transmission

  16. Nanowire photonics

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    Peter J. Pauzauskie; Peidong Yang

    2006-01-01

    The development of integrated electronic circuitry ranks among the most disruptive and transformative technologies of the 20th century. Even though integrated circuits are ubiquitous in modern life, both fundamental and technical constraints will eventually test the limits of Moore's law. Nanowire photonic circuitry constructed from myriad one-dimensional building blocks offers numerous opportunities for the development of next-generation optical information processors and spectroscopy. Howev...

  17. Topological photonics

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    Lu, Ling; Joannopoulos, John D.; Soljačić, Marin

    2014-01-01

    The application of topology, the mathematics of conserved properties under continuous deformations, is creating a range of new opportunities throughout photonics. This field was inspired by the discovery of topological insulators, in which interfacial electrons transport without dissipation, even in the presence of impurities. Similarly, the use of carefully designed wavevector-space topologies allows the creation of interfaces that support new states of light with useful and interesting prop...

  18. Property Characterization and Photocatalytic Activity Evaluation of BiGdO₃ Nanoparticles under Visible Light Irradiation.

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    Luan, Jingfei; Shen, Yue; Zhang, Lingyan; Guo, Ningbin

    2016-01-01

    BiGdO₃ nanoparticles were prepared by a solid-state reaction method and applied in photocatalytic degradation of dyes in this study. BiGdO₃ was characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller, UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The results showed that BiGdO₃ crystallized well with the fluorite-type structure, a face-centered cubic crystal system and a space group Fm3m 225. The lattice parameter of BiGdO₃ was 5.465 angstrom. The band gap of BiGdO₃ was estimated to be 2.25 eV. BiGdO₃ showed a strong optical absorption during the visible light region. Moreover, the photocatalytic activity of BiGdO₃ was evaluated by photocatalytic degradation of direct dyes in aqueous solution under visible light irradiation. BiGdO₃ demonstrated excellent photocatalytic activity in degrading Direct Orange 26 (DO-26) or Direct Red 23 (DR-23) under visible light irradiation. The photocatalytic degradation of DO-26 or DR-23 followed the first-order reaction kinetics, and the first-order rate constant was 0.0046 or 0.0023 min(-1) with BiGdO₃ as catalyst. The degradation intermediates of DO-26 were observed and the possible photocatalytic degradation pathway of DO-26 under visible light irradiation was provided. The effect of various operational parameters on the photocatalytic activity and the stability of BiGdO₃ particles were also discussed in detail. BiGdO₃/(visible light) photocatalysis system was confirmed to be suitable for textile industry wastewater treatment. PMID:27618018

  19. Calibration processes for photon-photon colliders

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    Bartos, E; Galynsky, M V; Kuraev, E A

    2004-01-01

    Processes with creation of a pair charged particles with emission of hard photon and two pairs of charged particles are considered for colliding partially polarized photon photon beams. The effects of circular and linear polarization of the initial photons are discussed in more detail.

  20. Photon induced L3 vacancy alignment at tuned photon energies

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    Bansal, Himani; Kaur, Gurpreet; Tiwari, Manoj K.; Mittal, Raj

    2016-04-01

    Photon induced L3 X-ray measurements for Lα/Lℓ cross-section ratios in elements, 66 ⩽ Z ⩽ 83, at tuned photon energies on synchrotron Beamline-16 at Indus-2, India have been used to study the effect of Coster-Kronig (CK) transitions and photon energies on alignment of L3 vacancies. Certainty and reliability of the measurements were checked from comparison of measured Lα and Lℓ fluorescence cross-sections at E1 excitation with available theoretical/empirical/experimental values that required additional measurements for source, geometry and efficiency factor S0GɛLα/ℓ in the used set-up. Fall/rise trend of the ratios with energy for different Z's was found to resemble the off/on-set pattern of CK transitions as pointed out by Bambynek et al. and Campbell. Evaluated alignment parameter A2 values are very much within the limits, 0.05 Kronig corrected A2) variation with energy for Dy, W, Pt, Hg and Bi resembles our previously reported theoretical patterns that lends mutual support for both current measurements and earlier theoretical results.

  1. Preparation and structure characteristics of nano-Bi2O3 powders with mixed crystal structure

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    LI Wei

    2005-01-01

    The nano-Bi2 O3 powders were prepared by a chemical precipitation method with Bi(NO3)3, H NO3 and NaOH as reactants. The structural characteristics and morphology of nano-Bi2O3 powders were investigated by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy, respectively. The results show that under the optimum condition that 300 g/L Bi(NO3)3 reacts at 90 ℃ for 2 h, the Bi2O3 powders with 60 nm on the average and 99.5% in purity are obtained. The prepared nano-Bi2 O3 powders contain a mixed crystal structure of monoclinic and triclinic in stead of traditional structure of monoclinic α-Bi2 O3. And the mixed crystal structure is stable in air. The reason for the appearance of the mixed crystal structure may be that the ionic radius ratio of Bi3+ to O2- changes easily during the formation of nano-Bi2 O3 particles by a chemical precipitation method.

  2. 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.

  3. Fabrication of hierarchical BiOI/Bi2MoO6 heterojunction for degradation of bisphenol A and dye under visible light irradiation

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    Highlights: • The hierarchical BiOI/Bi2MoO6 composite prepared by precipitation–deposition method. • The composites showed enhanced visible light activity towards MB and BPA degradation. • The BiOI/Bi2MoO6 heterojunction facilitated the separation of electron–hole pairs. • The probable mechanism was proposed to explain the enhanced photocatalytic activity. - Abstract: A novel hierarchical BiOI/Bi2MoO6 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/Bi2MoO6 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/Bi2MoO6 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

  4. Electronic structures and origin of intrinsic luminescence in Bi-containing oxide crystals BiPO{sub 4}, K{sub 3}Bi{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}, K{sub 2}Bi(PO{sub 4})(MoO{sub 4}), K{sub 2}Bi(PO{sub 4})(WO{sub 4}) and K{sub 5}Bi(MoO{sub 4}){sub 4}

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    Hizhnyi, Yu A., E-mail: hizhnyi@univ.kiev.ua; Nedilko, S.G.; Chornii, V.P.; Slobodyanik, M.S.; Zatovsky, I.V.; Terebilenko, K.V.

    2014-11-25

    Highlights: • Main PL components of BiPO{sub 4}, K{sub 3}Bi{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6} and K{sub 2}Bi(PO{sub 4})(MoO{sub 4}) are bismuth-related. • Main PL components of K{sub 2}Bi(PO{sub 4})(MoO{sub 4}) and K{sub 5}Bi(MoO{sub 4}){sub 4} are molybdate-related. • The red PL component of K{sub 2}Bi(PO{sub 4})(WO{sub 4}) originates from the molybdenum impurities. - Abstract: The origin of intrinsic photoluminescence (PL) in the set of Bi-containing phosphate, molybdate and tungstate crystals is analyzed in complex experimental and computational studies. The PL properties of polycrystalline powder samples of BiPO{sub 4}, K{sub 3}Bi{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}, K{sub 2}Bi(PO{sub 4})(MoO{sub 4}), K{sub 2}Bi(PO{sub 4})(WO{sub 4}) and K{sub 5}Bi(MoO{sub 4}){sub 4} crystals synthesized by spontaneous crystallization method are studied under excitations in the VUV and UV region of photon energies (3.5–14 eV) at T = 8–300 K. The electronic band structures of the crystals are calculated by the Full-Potential Linear Augmented Plane Wave Method. The values of band gaps E{sub g} of studied compounds are estimated from diffuse reflectance and PL excitation spectra. Calculations indicate that all studied crystals except K{sub 5}Bi(MoO{sub 4}){sub 4} are indirect-gap materials. It is found that the Bi 6s and Bi 6p states contribute respectively at the tops of the Valence bands and the bottoms of the Conduction bands of all studied compounds. Each studied compound reveals several (at least two) PL emission components which undergo complete quenching below room temperature. Under nitrogen laser excitation with λ{sub ex} = 337.1 nm, all studied crystals reveal single-exponential decay of PL signal with decay constants τ in 3–35 μs range. It is assumed that the high-energy PL components of BiPO{sub 4}, K{sub 3}Bi{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6} and K{sub 2}Bi(PO{sub 4})(MoO{sub 4}) (peaking in the blue and violet regions) originate from {sup 3}P{sub 1} → {sup 1}S{sub 0} radiative

  5. A novel route to prepare and characterize Sn-Bi nanoparticles

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    Chen Hongjie [Key Laboratory of Special Functional Materials, Henan University, Kaifeng 475001 (China)]. E-mail: chjhenan@yahoo.com.cn; Li Zhiwei [Key Laboratory of Special Functional Materials, Henan University, Kaifeng 475001 (China); Wu Zhishen [Key Laboratory of Special Functional Materials, Henan University, Kaifeng 475001 (China); Zhang Zhijun [Key Laboratory of Special Functional Materials, Henan University, Kaifeng 475001 (China)

    2005-05-17

    A sonochemical method of synthesis for Sn-Bi nanoalloy directly from bulk Sn-Bi alloy is introduced in this paper. The nanoparticles were found to be monodispersed and the size distribution was influenced by the ultrasonic power. The formation and composition of the as-prepared Sn-Bi nanoparticles were revealed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential thermal analysis (DTA) and thermogravimetry (TG), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). It was found that the Sn-Bi eutectic alloy nanoparticles consisted of the tetragonal phase of tin and the rhombohedral phase of bismuth. In addition, we also found the powder had excellent antiwear properties through tribological test results.

  6. Synthesis of Bi2WO6 Microspheres with Visible-Light Photocatalytic Properties

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    Wan, Gengping; Wang, Guizhen

    2013-12-01

    Bi2WO6 microspheres constructed from nanosheets have been synthesized by a controllable solvothermal route in a large scale. The structure characterizations of the microspheres were investigated in detail by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). On the basis of XRD analysis and SEM observation of the products at different reaction time periods, a growth mechanism of Bi2WO6 microspheres was proposed. UV-Visible diffuse reflectance (DR) spectrum of the prepared Bi2WO6 microspheres demonstrates that they have absorption in the visible light region. The photocatalytic activity of Bi2WO6 microspheres toward Rhodamine-B (RhB) degradation was investigated and the as-prepared products exhibited good photocatalytic activity in degradation of RhB under 300 W Xe lamp light irradiation.

  7. Synthesis of semimetal A{sub 3}Bi (A = Na, K) thin films by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Wen, Jing, E-mail: wenj07@126.com [State Key Laboratory of Low-Dimensional Quantum Physics, Department of Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Guo, Hua [State Key Laboratory of Low-Dimensional Quantum Physics, Department of Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Yan, Chen-Hui [State Key Laboratory of Low-Dimensional Quantum Physics, Department of Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110016 (China); Wang, Zhen-Yu; Chang, Kai; Deng, Peng; Zhang, Teng [State Key Laboratory of Low-Dimensional Quantum Physics, Department of Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Zhang, Zhi-Dong [Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110016 (China); Ji, Shuai-Hua [State Key Laboratory of Low-Dimensional Quantum Physics, Department of Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Wang, Li-Li; He, Ke; Ma, Xu-Cun [Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Chen, Xi; Xue, Qi-Kun [State Key Laboratory of Low-Dimensional Quantum Physics, Department of Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2015-02-01

    Highlights: • First realization of MBE growth of Na{sub 3}Bi on Si(1 1 1)-7 × 7. • The lattice of Na{sub 3}Bi is rotated 30 degree to substrate. • ARPES reveals multi-linear cone structure near Fermi surface. • K{sub 3}Bi was successfully grown on Na{sub 3}Bi/Si(1 1 1)–7 × 7. - Abstract: Three-dimensional (3D) Dirac cones are predicted to reside in semimetals A{sub 3}Bi (A = Na, K). By using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), we have successfully established the growth conditions for Na{sub 3}Bi thin films on Si(1 1 1)-7 × 7, and determined that the lattice of Na{sub 3}Bi is rotated by 30 degree with respect to that of Si(1 1 1)-7 × 7. The Na{sub 3}Bi/Si(1 1 1)-7 × 7 thin film was further used as the substrate for the growth of K{sub 3}Bi. The 3D Dirac-cone-like electronic band structures of Na{sub 3}Bi and K{sub 3}Bi have been clearly revealed by angle resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES)

  8. Nanowire photonics

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    Peter J. Pauzauskie

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available The development of integrated electronic circuitry ranks among the most disruptive and transformative technologies of the 20th century. Even though integrated circuits are ubiquitous in modern life, both fundamental and technical constraints will eventually test the limits of Moore's law. Nanowire photonic circuitry constructed from myriad one-dimensional building blocks offers numerous opportunities for the development of next-generation optical information processors and spectroscopy. However, several challenges remain before the potential of nanowire building blocks is fully realized. We cover recent advances in nanowire synthesis, characterization, lasing, integration, and the eventual application to relevant technical and scientific questions.

  9. Slow evaporation method and enhancement in photoluminescence properties of YPO$_4$ : Eu$^{3+}$ co-doped with Bi$_{3+}$ ions

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    K A KOPARKAR; S K OMANWAR

    2016-08-01

    The series of Bi$^{3+}$ co-doped YPO$_{4}:Eu$^{3+}$ nanophosphors were successfully synthesized by the slow evaporation method. Bi$^{3+}$-doped and un-doped YPO$_4$:Eu$^{3+}$ phosphors were characterized by using powder X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and field emission scanning electron microscopy. Photoluminescence (PL) properties and decay time of phosphors were studied at room temperature. The YPO$_4$:Eu$^{3+}$ and Bi$^{3+}$ exhibit enhancement in PL intensity and quenched at 0.5 mol% of Bi$^{3+}$ ions.

  10. Solvothermal synthesis and analysis of Bi{sub 1-x}Sb{sub x} nanoparticles

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    Sumithra, S.; Misra, D.K.; Wei, C. [Advanced Materials Research Institute, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70148 (United States); Gabrisch, H. [GKSS Research Center, Institute of Materials Research, Geesthacht (Germany); Poudeu, P.F.P. [Advanced Materials Research Institute, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70148 (United States); Department of Chemistry, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70148 (United States); Stokes, K.L., E-mail: klstokes@uno.edu [Advanced Materials Research Institute, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70148 (United States); Department of Physics, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70148 (United States)

    2011-02-25

    Bismuth-antimony alloy nanoparticles have been synthesized by a facile solvothermal method using N,N-dimethylformamide and ethylene glycol as solvent/reducing agent; BiCl{sub 3}, SbCl{sub 3} and Bi(NO{sub 3}){sub 3} as precursors; and citric acid as a surface modifier/stabilizing agent. The particle size and size distribution of Bi nanoparticles were analyzed as a function of the synthesis conditions: molar ratio of precursor to surfactant, precursor concentration and reducing agent. Synthesis of Sb and Bi{sub 0.88}Sb{sub 0.12} under similar conditions was also investigated. The phase purity of nanoparticles was confirmed from X-ray diffraction and thermogravimetry and the nanoparticle morphology was investigated by transmission electron microscopy. A case study of Bi nanoparticles with detailed analysis of the particle morphology and size distribution of the nanoparticles is reported.

  11. Microwave-assisted synthesis and characterization of Bi-substituted yttrium garnet nanoparticles

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    Hong, R.Y. [Chemical Engineering Department and Key Laboratory of Organic Synthesis of Jiangsu Province, Soochow University, SIP, Suzhou 215123 (China); State Key Laboratory of Multiphase Reaction, Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080 (China)], E-mail: rhong@suda.edu.cn; Wu, Y.J.; Feng, B. [Chemical Engineering Department and Key Laboratory of Organic Synthesis of Jiangsu Province, Soochow University, SIP, Suzhou 215123 (China); Di, G.Q. [Department of Physics, Soochow University, Suzhou, 215007 (China); Li, H.Z. [State Key Laboratory of Multiphase Reaction, Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080 (China); Xu, B. [Nanotec Inc., SIP, Suzhou 215123 (China); Zheng, Y. [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, N.B., Canada E3B 5A3 (Canada)], E-mail: yzheng@unb.ca; Wei, D.G. [Center for Nanoscale Systems, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02139 (United States)], E-mail: dougwei@deas.harvard.edu

    2009-04-15

    Bi-substituted yttrium iron garnet (Bi-YIG, Bi{sub 1.8}Y{sub 1.2}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12}) nanoparticles were prepared by microwave-assisted co-precipitation as well as conventional co-precipitation using ammonia aqueous solution as precipitant. The nanoparticles were characterized by thermal gravity-differential thermal analysis, X-ray powder diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering and vibrating sample magnetometer, respectively. The Faraday rotation of Bi-YIG modified PMMA slices was also investigated. Results demonstrate that the Bi-YIG nanoparticles prepared by microwave-assisted co-precipitation show smaller particle size and higher Faraday rotation than those prepared by conventional co-precipitation.

  12. Molten-salt synthesis and characterization of Bi-substituted yttrium garnet nanoparticles

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    Wu, Y.J. [College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Soochow University, SIP, Suzhou 215123 (China); Hong, R.Y. [College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Soochow University, SIP, Suzhou 215123 (China); State Key Laboratory of Multiphase Complex Systems, Institute of Process Engineering, CAS, Beijing 100080 (China)], E-mail: rhong@suda.edu.cn; Wang, L.S. [College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Soochow University, SIP, Suzhou 215123 (China); Di, G.Q. [Department of Physics, Soochow University, Suzhou 215007 (China); Li, H.Z. [State Key Laboratory of Multiphase Complex Systems, Institute of Process Engineering, CAS, Beijing 100080 (China); Xu, B. [Suzhou Nanotec Inc., Suzhou 215123 (China); Zheng, Y. [Chem. Eng. Dept., Univ. of New Brunswick, Fredericton, N.B., E3B 5A3 Canada (Canada)], E-mail: yzheng@unb.ca; Wei, D.G. [Center for Nanoscale Sys., School of Eng. and Appl. Sci., Harvard Univ., 11 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02139 (United States)], E-mail: dougwei@deas.harvard.edu

    2009-07-29

    Bi-substituted yttrium iron garnet (Bi-YIG, Bi{sub 1.8}Y{sub 1.2}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12}) nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by molten-salt method in NaCl-KCl flux at 650 deg. C. Subsequently, X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering and vibrating sample magnetometer tests were used to characterize the phase, morphology, size distribution and magnetic properties of the as-prepared Bi-YIG nanoparticles, respectively. Moreover, the transparence and Faraday rotation of the PMMA slices filled with Bi-YIG nanoparticles were investigated by ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer and Faraday rotation meter, respectively.

  13. Fabrication of meso-porous BiOI sensitized zirconia nanoparticles with enhanced photocatalytic activity under simulated solar light irradiation

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    Vignesh, K., E-mail: vigneshtc@rediffmail.com [Department of Chemistry, College of Science, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan, Gyeongbuk 712-749 (Korea, Republic of); Suganthi, A. [Department of Chemistry, Thiagarajar College, Madurai 625 009, Tamil Nadu (India); Min, Bong-Ki [Center for Research Facilities, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan, Gyeongbuk 712-749 (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Misook, E-mail: mskang@ynu.ac.kr [Department of Chemistry, College of Science, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan, Gyeongbuk 712-749 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-01-01

    Graphical abstract: The proposed schematic diagram of electron transfer in BiOI-ZrO{sub 2} under simulated solar light irradiation. - Highlights: • BiOI-ZrO{sub 2} hetero-junction was synthesized by precipitation–deposition method. • BiOI-ZrO{sub 2} had meso-porous surface with strong visible light absorption. • Photodegradation of methyl violet was studied under simulated solar light irradiation. • BiOI sensitization with ZrO{sub 2} improved the photocatalytic activity to 98%. • A probable electron transfer mechanism was proposed. - Abstract: In this present work, BiOI sensitized zirconia (BiOI-ZrO{sub 2}) nanoparticles were fabricated using a precipitation–deposition method. The physicochemical characteristics of BiOI/ZrO{sub 2} were studied through X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), BET-surface area, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV–vis-DRS) and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy techniques. The absorption maximum of ZrO{sub 2} was shifted to the visible region after sensitization with BiOI. BET-surface area results inferred that the prepared hetero-junctions were meso-porous in nature. The photocatalytic activity of BiOI-ZrO{sub 2} for the degradation of methyl violet (MV) dye under simulated solar light irradiation was investigated in detail. 3% BiOI-ZrO{sub 2} exhibited the highest photocatalytic performance (98% of MV degradation) when compared with ZrO{sub 2} and BiOI. The enhancement in the photocatalytic activity of BiOI-ZrO{sub 2} is ascribed to the sensitization effect of BiOI, suppression of electron–hole recombination and the formation of p-n hetero-junction.

  14. Digital resolution enhancement in surface plasmon microscopy

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    Smolyaninov, I I; Elliott, J; Wurtz, G; Zayats, A V

    2005-01-01

    The use of photonic crystal and negative refractive index materials is known to improve resolution of optical microscopy and lithography devices down to 80 nm level. Here we demonstrate that utilization of well-known digital image recovery techniques allows us to further improve resolution of optical microscope down to 30 nm level. Our microscope is based on a flat dielectric mirror deposited onto an array of nanoholes in thin gold film. This two-dimensional photonic crystal mirror may have either positive or negative effective refractive index as perceived by surface plasmon polartions in the visible frequency range. The optical images formed by the mirror are enhanced using simple digital filters.

  15. Annealing-Induced Bi Bilayer on Bi2Te3 Investigated via Quasi-Particle-Interference Mapping.

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    Schouteden, Koen; Govaerts, Kirsten; Debehets, Jolien; Thupakula, Umamahesh; Chen, Taishi; Li, Zhe; Netsou, Asteriona; Song, Fengqi; Lamoen, Dirk; Van Haesendonck, Chris; Partoens, Bart; Park, Kyungwha

    2016-09-27

    Topological insulators (TIs) are renowned for their exotic topological surface states (TSSs) that reside in the top atomic layers, and hence, detailed knowledge of the surface top atomic layers is of utmost importance. Here we present the remarkable morphology changes of Bi2Te3 surfaces, which have been freshly cleaved in air, upon subsequent systematic annealing in ultrahigh vacuum and the resulting effects on the local and area-averaging electronic properties of the surface states, which are investigated by combining scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS), and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) experiments with density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Our findings demonstrate that the annealing induces the formation of a Bi bilayer atop the Bi2Te3 surface. The adlayer results in n-type doping, and the atomic defects act as scattering centers of the TSS electrons. We also investigated the annealing-induced Bi bilayer surface on Bi2Te3 via voltage-dependent quasi-particle-interference (QPI) mapping of the surface local density of states and via comparison with the calculated constant-energy contours and QPI patterns. We observed closed hexagonal patterns in the Fourier transform of real-space QPI maps with secondary outer spikes. DFT calculations attribute these complex QPI patterns to the appearance of a "second" cone due to the surface charge transfer between the Bi bilayer and the Bi2Te3. Annealing in ultrahigh vacuum offers a facile route for tuning of the topological properties and may yield similar results for other topological materials. PMID:27584869

  16. One-dimensional edge state of Bi thin film grown on Si(111)

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    Kawakami, Naoya; Lin, Chun-Liang; Kawai, Maki; Takagi, Noriaki [Department of Advanced Materials Science, Graduate School of Frontier Science, The University of Tokyo, Kashiwa 5-1-5, Chiba 277-8561 (Japan); Arafune, Ryuichi [International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (WPI-MANA), National Institute for Materials Science, 1-1 Namiki, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan)

    2015-07-20

    The geometric and electronic structures of the Bi thin film grown on Si(111) were investigated by using scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. We have found two types of edges, one of which hosts an electronic state localized one-dimensionally. We also revealed the energy dispersion of the localized edge state from the evolution of quasiparticle interference patterns as a function of energy. These spectroscopic findings well reproduce those acquired for the cleaved surface of the bulk Bi crystal [I. K. Drozdov et al., Nat. Phys. 10, 664 (2014)]. The present results indicate that the deposited Bi film provides a tractable stage for further scrutiny of the one-dimensional edge state.

  17. One-dimensional structures of Bi 2O 3 synthesized via metalorganic chemical vapor deposition process

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    Kim, Hyoun Woo; Myung, Ju Hyun; Shim, Seung Hyun

    2006-01-01

    We have demonstrated the synthesis of one-dimensional (1D) structures of bismuth oxide (Bi 2O 3) by a reaction of a trimethylbismuth (TMBi) and oxygen (O 2) mixture at 450 °C. Scanning electron microscopy showed that the product consisted of 1D materials with width or diameters less than 1 μm and lengths up to several tens of micrometers. The X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy revealed that the materials contained elements of Bi and O. The results of X-ray diffraction and selected area electron diffraction pattern indicated that the obtained Bi 2O 3 were crystalline with monoclinic structure.

  18. One-dimensional BiFeO3 nanotubes: Preparation, characterization, improved magnetic behaviors, and prospects

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    Wu, Lei; Sui, Wenbo; Dong, Chunhui; Zhang, Chao; Jiang, Changjun

    2016-10-01

    With the progress of science and technology, the growing demands for practical applications make low-dimensional multiferroics more appealing in areas such as chemical and bio-sensors, nanoelectronic, high-density data storage devices. One-dimensional BiFeO3 nanotubes were successfully synthesized by sol-gel-based electrospinning process. The images of scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy collectively demonstrate that BiFeO3 nanotubes with long slender structure and virtually uniform diameter of approximately 100 nm were observed at 500 °C annealing temperature. By compared with BiFeO3 bulks observed at 800 °C annealing temperature, enhanced room temperature ferromagnetism was successfully realized in BiFeO3 nanotubes at room temperature. The results of electron spin resonance measurement further confirm that ferromagnetic resonances were detected in BiFeO3 nanotubes at different temperature. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study proves the existence of plentiful oxygen vacancies in BiFeO3 nanotubes, which will play a key role in terms of enhanced ferromagnetism. The results will contribute to expand the applications of BiFeO3 into the new field of spintronic devices and high-density data storage media.

  19. MOVPE growth of Ga(AsBi)/GaAs multi quantum well structures

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    Ludewig, P.; Knaub, N.; Stolz, W.; Volz, K.

    2013-05-01

    This paper summarizes results of the epitaxial growth of Ga(AsBi) by metal organic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE) using all-liquid group V precursors. Ga(AsBi)/GaAs multi quantum well (MQW) samples are grown on GaAs (001) substrates at temperatures as low as 375 °C and 400 °C using triethylgallium (TEGa), tertiarybutylarsine (TBAs) and trimethylbismuth (TMBi) as precursors. High resolution x-ray diffraction (HR-XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) as well as atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements show that MQW structures with good crystalline quality are realized. Under specific growth conditions, the Bi droplet formation can be avoided completely. The incorporated Bi-content is limited depending on the growth temperature used. Surplus Bi segregates at the surface and incorporates into the subsequent GaAs barrier when the Bi supply is stopped. The MQW samples show room temperature photoluminescence (PL) already after growth. A redshift and a decreasing PL signal intensity with increasing Bi fraction is observed.

  20. Two-photon Imaging of the Immune System

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    Dzhagalov, Ivan L; Melichar, Heather J.; Ross, Jenny O.; Herzmark, Paul; Robey, Ellen A.

    2012-01-01

    Two-photon microscopy is a powerful method for visualizing biological processes as they occur in their native environment in real time. The immune system uniquely benefits from this technology as most of its constituent cells are highly motile and interact extensively with each other and with the environment. Two-photon microscopy has provided many novel insights into the dynamics of the development and function of the immune system that could not have been deduced by other methods and has be...

  1. Multiphoton microscopy: An introduction to gastroenterologists

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    Hye Jin Cho; Hoon Jai Chun; Eun Sun Kim; Bong Rae Cho

    2011-01-01

    Multiphoton microscopy, relying on the simultaneous absorption of two or more photons by a fluorophore, has come to occupy a prominent place in modern biomedical research with its ability to allow real-time observation of a single cell and molecules in intact tissues. Multiphoton microscopy exhibits nonlinear optical contrast properties, which can make it possible to provide an exceptionally large depth penetration with less phototoxicity. This system becomes more and more an inspiring tool for a non-invasive imaging system to realize "optical biopsy" and to examine the functions of living cells. In this review, we briefly present the physical principles and properties of multiphoton microscopy as well as the current applications in biological fields. In addition, we address what we see as the future potential of multiphoton microscopy for gastroenterologic research.

  2. Fabrication of Two-Dimensional Organic Photonic Crystal Microcavity

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    JIANG Ping; HU Xiao-Yong; YANG Hong; GONG Qi-Huang

    2006-01-01

    @@ A two-dimensional polystyrene photonic crystal microcavity is fabricated by the method of focused ion beam etching. The scanning electron microscopy and the transmittance spectrum are used to characterize the properties of the photonic crystal microcavity. The quality factor and the transmittance of the photonic crystal microcavity is more than 530 and 90%, respectively. The measured results are in agreement with the theoretical predictions.

  3. One pot hydrothermal synthesis of a novel BiIO{sub 4}/Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} heterojunction photocatalyst with enhanced visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity for rhodamine B degradation and photocurrent generation

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    Huang, Hongwei, E-mail: hhw@cugb.edu.cn; Liu, Liyuan; Zhang, Yihe, E-mail: zyh@cugb.edu.cn; Tian, Na

    2015-01-15

    Graphical abstract: The efficient charge transfer occurred at the interface of BiIO{sub 4}/Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} heterojunction results in the efficient separation of photoexcited electron–hole pairs and promotes the photocatalytic activity. - Highlights: • BiIO{sub 4}/Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} composites were synthesized by a one-step hydrothermal method. • The BiIO{sub 4}/Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} composite exhibits much better photoelectrochemical performance. • The highly improved photocatalytic activity is attributed to heterojunction structure. • Holes (h{sup +}) are the main active species in the photodegradation process of RhB. - Abstract: A novel BiIO{sub 4}/Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} heterojunction photocatalyst has been successfully developed by a one-step hydrothermal method for the first time. It was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and diffuse reflection spectroscopy (DRS). Compared to pure BiIO{sub 4} and Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6}, the BiIO{sub 4}/Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} composite exhibits the much better photoelectrochemical performance for Rhodamine B (RhB) degradation and photocurrent (PC) generation under visible light irradiation (λ > 420 nm). This enhancement on visible-light-responsive photocatalytic activity should be attributed to the fabrication of a BiIO{sub 4}/Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} heterojunction, thus resulting in the high separation and transfer efficiency of photogenerated charge carriers. The supposed photocatalytic mechanism dominated by holes (h{sup +}) was verified by the photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS) and active species trapping experiments.

  4. Ni/Bi battery based on Ni(OH)2 nanoparticles/graphene sheets and Bi2O3 rods/graphene sheets with high performance

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    Highlights: • Ni(OH)2/GS and Bi2O3/GS composite were synthesized respectively by simple methods. • A novel Ni/Bi battery is assembled using Ni(OH)2/GS and Bi2O3/GS as electrode materials. • The Ni/Bi battery exhibits a high capacity of 98 mA h g−1 at 1 C and energy density of 82.6 W h kg−1. - Abstract: Two kinds of graphene-based composite materials of Ni(OH)2 nanoparticles/graphene sheets (Ni(OH)2/GS) and Bi2O3 rods/graphene sheets (Bi2O3/GS) were respectively synthesized by chemical bath deposition. Morphological and structural analysis by field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscope, X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirmed the successful composite of GS with the metal compounds. Then, a high performance Ni/Bi battery was designed and fabricated using the Bi2O3/GS hybrid material as negative electrode and Ni(OH)2/GS as positive electrode. As a result, this Ni/Bi battery delivers a high discharge capacity of 102 mA h g−1 at 1 C and good rate capability. A high energy density of 83.2 W h kg−1 is also achieved at a power density of 143 W kg−1 and can still maintain a high level of 60.1 W h kg−1 at 2609 W kg−1, illustrating that this Ni/Bi battery is a promising candidate as energy storage devices

  5. Combined effects of Bi deficiency and Mn substitution on the structural transformation and functionality of BiFeO{sub 3} films

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    Chen, Jingyi; Wang, Yao, E-mail: wang-yao@buaa.edu.cn; Deng, Yuan, E-mail: dengyuan@buaa.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing Key Laboratory for Advance Functional Materials and Thin Film Technology, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China)

    2014-11-07

    Mn-doped BiFeO{sub 3} films with Mn contents of 5 and 10 mol. % were prepared via a chemical route. A carefully controlled amount of Bi deficiency was introduced to further tune the lattice structure and the functionality of multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3}. The crystal structure of Bi{sub 1−δ}Fe{sub 1−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 3} films was investigated by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectra; a rhombohedral-to-orthorhombic phase transition was revealed. The observed double hysteresis loops and two capacitance maxima from polarization vs electric field and capacitance-voltage measurements indicate an antiferroelectric-like behavior. Additionally, the coexistence of ferroelectric (FE) and antiferroelectric (AFE) phases in Bi{sub 1−δ}Fe{sub 1−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 3} films was revealed from the domain structures obtained by piezoelectric force microscopy. The effects of Mn substitution in conjunction with Bi deficiency on the FE-AFE phase transition and electrical behavior of BiFeO{sub 3} films are discussed in detail. Meanwhile, magnetic and photoluminescence measurements on the films illustrate that Mn substitution gives rise to the net magnetic moment and the defects induced by both Bi deficiency and Mn substitution influence the electronic structure of BiFeO{sub 3} films. This study thus shows a simple and effective way to control the functionalities of BiFeO{sub 3} films.

  6. Physics at High Energy Photon Photon Colliders

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    Chanowitz, Michael S.

    1994-01-01

    I review the physics prospects for high energy photon photon colliders, emphasizing results presented at the LBL Gamma Gamma Collider Workshop. Advantages and difficulties are reported for studies of QCD, the electroweak gauge sector, supersymmetry, and electroweak symmetry breaking.

  7. Photon Aided and Inhibited Tunneling of Photons

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    liu, xuele

    2013-01-01

    In the light of the interest in the transport of single photons in arrays of waveguides, fiber couplers, photonic crystals, etc., we consider the quantum mechanical process of the tunneling of photons through evanescently or otherwise coupled structures. We specifically examine the issue of tunneling between two structures when one structure already contains few photons. We demonstrate the possibility of both photon aided and inhibited tunneling of photons. The Bosonic nature of photons enhances the tunneling probability. We also show how the multiphoton tunneling probability can be either enhanced or inhibited due to the presence of photons. We find similar results for the higher order tunneling. Finally, we show that the presence of a squeezed field changes the nature of tunneling considerably.

  8. Synthesis and melting behaviour of Bi, Sn and Sn–Bi nanostructured alloy

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    Frongia, F.; Pilloni, M.; Scano, A.; Ardu, A.; Cannas, C.; Musinu, A. [Università di Cagliari, Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche e Geologiche and Cagliari Research Unit of the National Consortium of Materials Science and Technology (INSTM), Cittadella Universitaria di Monserrato, 09042 Monserrato, CA (Italy); Borzone, G.; Delsante, S. [Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry, Genoa University and Genoa Research Unit of the National Consortium of Materials Science and Technology (INSTM), Via Dodecaneso 31, I-16146 Genoa (Italy); Novakovic, R. [National Research Council (CNR), Institute for Energetics and Interphases (IENI), Via De Marini 6, 16149 Genoa (Italy); Ennas, G., E-mail: ennas@unica.it [Università di Cagliari, Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche e Geologiche and Cagliari Research Unit of the National Consortium of Materials Science and Technology (INSTM), Cittadella Universitaria di Monserrato, 09042 Monserrato, CA (Italy)

    2015-02-25

    Highlights: • Aqueous solution route is used to produce Bi, Sn and Bi–Sn nanoparticles. • HRTEM revealed core–shell and Janus type structures of Bi–Sn nanoparticles. • Melting temperature depression of Bi and Bi–Sn nanoparticles were measured by DSC. • DSC data on Bi melting temperature depression agrees with theoretical values. - Abstract: Lead-free solders based on Bi–Sn bimetallic nanoclusters with eutectic composition (Bi{sub 43}Sn{sub 57}) were synthesized at low temperature by simultaneous reduction reaction from aqueous solution containing bismuth and tin chlorides, using potassium borohydride as a reducing agent. By the same processing route, pure bismuth and tin nanoparticles have also been prepared. Microstructure, morphology and composition of the samples were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). TEM images of Bi–Sn nanoparticles show average size ranging from 30 to 100 nm. Thermal behaviour of Bi–Sn nanopowders was studied by DSC (differential scanning calorimetry) and a melting temperature (135 °C) lower than that of the corresponding microcrystalline sample (139 °C) was observed. SEM micrographs of the thermally treated sample up to 400 °C show fine spherical grains in the micrometer range with finer powder particles on the surface. XRD powder diffraction analysis indicates the formation of bismuth and tin nanophases with an average particle size of 85 and 126 nm, respectively. The oxidation behaviour of the samples was also investigated. The results obtained have been analyzed in view of theoretical models describing the melting temperature depression of nanoparticles.

  9. New Bi-Gravities

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    Akhavan, Amin; Nemati, Azadeh; Shirzad, Ahmad

    2016-01-01

    We show that the problem of ghosts in critical gravity and its higher dimensional extensions can be resolved by giving dynamics to the symmetric rank two auxiliary field existing in the action of these theories. These New Bi-Gravities, at linear level around the AdS vacuum, are free of Boulware-Deser ghost, kinetic ghost and tachyonic instability within the particular range of parameters. Moreover, we show that the energy and entropy of AdS-Schwarzschild black hole solutions of these new models are positive in the same range of parameters. This may be the sign that these new models are also free of ghost instabilities at the non-linear level.

  10. Synthesis and characterization of BiFeO3 nanotube arrays and Y-junction BiFeO3 nanotubes

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    LI ChunYang; LIU Bing; ZHAO JianPo; WANG JiangFeng; HU BinBin; DU ZuLiang

    2009-01-01

    Multiferroic BiFeO3(BFO) nanotube arrays (-100 nm in diameter and-50 μm in length) were synthesized by the sol-gel method utilizing the anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membrane technique. The micro-structure and chemical components of the BFO nanotubes were investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS). The BFO nanotubes exhibited polycrystalline microstructures. The novel Y-junction BFO nano-tubes were simultaneously fabricated.

  11. Jets in Photon-Photon Collisions

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    Fontannaz, M.

    1994-01-01

    We study jet production in photon-photon reactions at the next-to-leading logarithm accuracy. The discussion of the theoretical uncertainties and the role of the quark and gluon distributions in the photon is emphasized. The phenomenology at TRISTAN energies is discussed and predictions are made for LEP 200.

  12. Enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity of Bi2WO6 via modification with polypyrrole

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    Duan, Fang; Zhang, Qianhong; Shi, Dongjian; Chen, Mingqing

    2013-03-01

    Enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity of Bi2WO6 photocatalyst modified with different amounts of polypyrrole (PPy) was synthesized by 'in situ' deposition oxidative polymerization of pyrrole. The as-prepared PPy/Bi2WO6 composites were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and UV-vis diffuse absorption spectra. The photocatalytic activities of the PPy/Bi2WO6 samples were determined by photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine-B (RhB) and methylene blue (MB) in aqueous solution under visible light irradiation. The results indicated that the existence of PPy did not affect the crystal structure and the morphology of Bi2WO6 photocatalyst, but showed great influences on the photocatalytic activity of Bi2WO6. Besides, an optimal content of PPy on the surface of Bi2WO6 photocatalyst with the highest photocatalytic ability was discovered, and the obtained PPy/Bi2WO6 photocatalysts showed high stability and did not photocorrode during the photocatalytic process. The possible mechanism of enhanced photocatalytic activities of PPy/Bi2WO6 samples was also discussed in this work.

  13. Synthesis, crystal structure, photodegradation kinetics and photocatalytic activity of novel photocatalyst ZnBiYO4.

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    Cui, Yanbing; Luan, Jingfei

    2015-03-01

    ZnBiYO4 was synthesized by a solid-state reaction method for the first time. The structural and photocatalytic properties of ZnBiYO4 were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and UV-Vis diffuse reflectance. ZnBiYO4 crystallized with a tetragonal spinel structure with space group I41/A. The lattice parameters for ZnBiYO4 were a=b=11.176479Å and c=10.014323Å. The band gap of ZnBiYO4 was estimated to be 1.58eV. The photocatalytic activity of ZnBiYO4 was assessed by photodegradation of methyl orange under visible light irradiation. The results showed that ZnBiYO4 had higher catalytic activity compared with N-doped TiO2 under the same experimental conditions using visible light irradiation. The photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange with ZnBiYO4 or N-doped TiO2 as catalyst followed first-order reaction kinetics, and the first-order rate constant was 0.01575 and 0.00416 min(-1) for ZnBiYO4 and N-doped TiO2, respectively. After visible light irradiation for 220 min with ZnBiYO4 as catalyst, complete removal and mineralization of methyl orange were observed. The reduction of total organic carbon, formation of inorganic products, SO4(2-) and NO3-, and evolution of CO2 revealed the continuous mineralization of methyl orange during the photocatalytic process. The intermediate products were identified using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. The ZnBiYO4/(visible light) photocatalysis system was found to be suitable for textile industry wastewater treatment and could be used to solve other environmental chemical pollution problems.

  14. Fabrication of Nanoimprint stamps for photonic crystals

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    Kouba, J [BESSY GmbH, Anwenderzentrum fuer Mikrotechnik, Albert-Einstein-Str. 15, 12489 Berlin (Germany); Kubenz, M [Micro resist technology GmbH, Koepenicker Str. 325, 12555 Berlin (Germany); Mai, A [BESSY GmbH, Anwenderzentrum fuer Mikrotechnik, Albert-Einstein-Str. 15, 12489 Berlin (Germany); Ropers, G [BESSY GmbH, Anwenderzentrum fuer Mikrotechnik, Albert-Einstein-Str. 15, 12489 Berlin (Germany); Eberhardt, W [BESSY GmbH, Anwenderzentrum fuer Mikrotechnik, Albert-Einstein-Str. 15, 12489 Berlin (Germany); Loechel, B [BESSY GmbH, Anwenderzentrum fuer Mikrotechnik, Albert-Einstein-Str. 15, 12489 Berlin (Germany)

    2006-04-01

    We report on fabrication of nanoimprint stamps for fabrication of two dimensional photonic crystals in visible range of spectra. Nanoimprint stamps made of silicon and/or nickel were successfully fabricated using electron beam lithography and advanced dry etching techniques. The quality of the stamps was evaluated using scanning electron microscopy. The fabricated stamps were also evaluated by imprinting them into suitable polymer materials.

  15. 双光子显微镜技术在脑功能研究中的应用:脑片、整体脑结构样品和活体脑%Application of two-photon microscopy technology in research of brain function:slices,whole isolated preparations and brains in living animals

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    张静思; 孙长凯; 朴花

    2010-01-01

    双光子显微镜(two-photon microscopy,TPLSM)具有三维成像功能,在分辨率和成像深度方面均具有明显优势.同时,它对样本的损伤程度也明显低于传统成像方法,这使双光子显微镜技术在神经科学研究中的地位日益提升.此外,TPLSM在光化学,尤其是光解释放笼状分子方面具有无可比拟的优势,该优势为进一步深入研究组织乃至细胞的细微结构、分子成分及细胞功能提供了一种可靠的方法.本文综述TPLSM的上述优点在脑片、整体脑结构样品和活体脑功能中的研究应用,期待双光子显微镜技术在神经科学研究中发挥更大的作用.

  16. Spontaneous formation of three-dimensionally ordered Bi-rich nanostructures within GaAs1-x Bi x /GaAs quantum wells.

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    Luna, E; Wu, M; Hanke, M; Puustinen, J; Guina, M; Trampert, A

    2016-08-12

    In this work, we report on the spontaneous formation of ordered arrays of nanometer-sized Bi-rich structures due to lateral composition modulations in Ga(As,Bi)/GaAs quantum wells grown by molecular beam epitaxy. The overall microstructure and chemical distribution is investigated using transmission electron microscopy. The information is complemented by synchrotron x-ray grazing incidence diffraction, which provides insight into the in-plane arrangement. Due to the vertical inheritance of the lateral modulation, the Bi-rich nanostructures eventually shape into a three-dimensional assembly. Whereas the Bi-rich nanostructures are created via two-dimensional phase separation at the growing surface, our results suggest that the process is assisted by Bi segregation which is demonstrated to be strong and more complex than expected, implying both lateral and vertical (surface segregation) mass transport. As demonstrated here, the inherent thermodynamic miscibility gap of Ga(As,Bi) alloys can be exploited to create highly uniform Bi-rich units embedded in a quantum confinement structure. PMID:27364086

  17. Multinucleon photonuclear reactions on {sup 209}Bi: Experiment and evaluation

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    Belyshev, S.S.; Kurilik, A.S. [Lomonosov Moscow State University, Department of Physics, Moscow (Russian Federation); Filipescu, D.M.; Tesileanu, O. [Extreme Light Infrastructure - Nuclear Physics/Horia Hulubei National Institute for R and D in Physics and Nuclear Engineering, Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); Gheoghe, I. [Extreme Light Infrastructure - Nuclear Physics/Horia Hulubei National Institute for R and D in Physics and Nuclear Engineering, Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics, Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); Ishkhanov, B.S. [Lomonosov Moscow State University, Department of Physics, Moscow (Russian Federation); Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow (Russian Federation); Khankin, V.V.; Kuznetsov, A.A.; Orlin, V.N.; Peskov, N.N.; Stopani, K.A.; Varlamov, V.V. [Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2015-06-15

    Photon activation technique using bremsstrahlug with end-point energy 55.6 MeV is used to induce photonuclear reactions in a {sup 209}Bi target. Absolute yields and integrated cross sections of multiparticle reactions (γ, 2n-6n), (γ, 4n1p), and (γ, 5n1p) are obtained. The results are compared to predictions of statistical models using systematical and microscopic description of photoabsorption and to the result of evaluation of the partial photoneutron reaction cross sections. Based on a comparison with existing experimental photoneutron cross sections and model calculations, we make a conclusion that neutron multiplicity assignment in available photoneutron cross sections on {sup 209}Bi can be corrected and evaluated cross sections of (γ, 1n) and (γ, 2n) are obtained that are in an agreement with the obtained experimental results. (orig.)

  18. Effect of lanthanum addition on microstructure and corrosion behavior of AI-Sn-Bi anodes

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    HOU Delong; LI Defu; HAN Li; JI Lianqin

    2011-01-01

    Novel Al-Sn-Bi anodes with and without lanthanum (La) were prepared. To evaluate the corrosion properties of the anodes, constant current and dynamic loop tests were carried out to determine its efficiency and corrosion rote. Optical microscopy (OM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and energy spectrum analysis techniques were used to examine and analyze microstructure and corrosion behavior of the specimens. The result showed that the Al-Sn-Bi anodes with La additions revealed higher current efficiency and anticorrosion in artificial environment. Segregation phase of anodes with La additions got more homogenous than that without La additions. Its grains were fined and the amount of segregation Fe-phase was reduced.

  19. E ectofGoldNanoparticlesonthePhotocatalytic and Photo electro chemical Performance of Au Mo dified BiVO4

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    Mingce Long; Jingjing Jiang; Yan Li; Ruqiong Cao; Liying Zhang; Weimin Cai

    2011-01-01

    An efficient visible light driven photocatalyst, gold nanoparticles (NPs) modified BiVO4 (Au/BiVO4), has been synthesized by deposition-precipitation with urea method. Au/BiVO4 exhibits enhanced pho-tocatalytic activity for phenol degradation underλ>400 nm irradiation but negligible activity underλ>535 nm, indicating that the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) effect is too weak for organic photodegradation. According to the photoelectrochemical results of the porous powder electrodes of BiVO4 and Au/BiVO4, the SPR effect of Au NPs has been assessed. The role of Au NPs as electron sinks or sources, which is controllable by incident photon energy and applied potentials, has been discussed.

  20. Multi-photon microscope driven by novel green laser pump

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    Marti, Dominik; Djurhuus, Martin; Jensen, Ole Bjarlin;

    2016-01-01

    Multi-photon microscopy is extensively used in research due to its superior possibilities when compared to other microscopy modalities. The technique also has the possibility to advance diagnostics in clinical applications, due to its capabilities complementing existing technology in a multimodal...

  1. Photoreactive mesoporous carbon/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} composites: Synthesis and reactivity

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    Chen Suhua; Yin Zhen [Key Laboratory of Jiangxi Province for Ecological Diagnosis-Remediation and Pollution Control, Nanchang Hangkong University, Nanchang 330063 (China); Luo Shenglian, E-mail: sllou@hnu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Jiangxi Province for Ecological Diagnosis-Remediation and Pollution Control, Nanchang Hangkong University, Nanchang 330063 (China); Li Xuejun; Yang Lixia; Deng Fang [Key Laboratory of Jiangxi Province for Ecological Diagnosis-Remediation and Pollution Control, Nanchang Hangkong University, Nanchang 330063 (China)

    2012-10-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We described the preparation and characterization of the mesoprous carbon/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} composites. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The photocatalytic activities of the composites were also investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer With the combination of photocatalysts and mesoporous carbon, increased separation efficiency of photoinduced electron-hole pairs and larger specific surface areas can be achieved. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer And to our knowledge, this is the first report concerning Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanoparticles loaded on a mesoprous carbon. - Abstract: In order to develop highly efficient visible-light induced photocatalysts, Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} powders and mesoporous carbon (MC)-modified Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} (MC/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}) photocatalysts were synthesized via a simple hydrothermal process in this paper. The samples of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} and MC/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-visible spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and BET surface area analysis, and their photocatalytic activity were evaluated by photocatalytic decoloration of rhodamine B (RhB) aqueous solution under visible light. It was found that the presence of MC could significantly improve the crystallization of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} species and photoabsorption property of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} in the visible region. The results also showed that the BET surface areas of MC/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} composites were larger than that of the pure Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} and the photocatalytic activity of the MC/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} is much higher than that of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} with the optimum effect occurring at R{sub MC} = 0.10 (the weight ratio of MC to Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}). Close investigation revealed that the surface area, grain size and charge transfer of the as-prepared MC/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} composites could improve the photocatalytic activities.

  2. 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.

  3. Preparation of grape-like Bi2O3/Ti photoanode and its visible light activity

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    Graphical abstract: Compact and grape-like bismuth oxide (Bi2O3) coated titania (Ti) anode was prepared by oxalic acid (H2C2O4) etching, electrodeposition and calcination in order to explore its photoelectrocatalytic activities. The Bi2O3 coating was demonstrated to be full of pores, and a good combination between Bi2O3 layer and honeycomb-like Ti substrate was observed by scanning electron microscopy. A synergy was found between electrolysis and photocatalysis using the prepared Bi2O3/Ti anode for photoelectrocatalytic oxidation of azo dye Acid Orange 7 under visible light irradiation (420 nm). Research highlights: → Bi2O3/Ti anode was prepared by H2C2O4 etching, electrodeposition and calcination. → A compact and grape-like Bi2O3 coated Ti anode was obtained. → Bi2O3 coating was full of pores, and have a good combination with Ti substrate. → A synergy was observed in photoelectrocatalytic oxidation under visible light. -- Abstract: Compact and grape-like bismuth oxide (Bi2O3) coated titania (Ti) anode was prepared by oxalic acid (H2C2O4) etching, electrodeposition and calcination in order to explore its photoelectrocatalytic activities. The Bi2O3 coating was demonstrated to be full of pores, and a good combination between Bi2O3 layer and honeycomb-like Ti substrate was observed by scanning electron microscopy. The characteristic morphology of Bi2O3 coating indicated that the electrode is stable during degradation. The Bi2O3/Ti electrode was used in oxidative degradation of Acid Orange 7 by electrolysis, photocatalytic oxidation and photoelectrocatalytic oxidation processes. The pseudo-first order kinetics parameter (Kapp) of photoelectrocatalytic process was 1.15 times of the sum of electrolysis and photocatalytic oxidation under visible light irradiation at 420 nm. The results indicated that the synergy of electrolysis and photocatalysis lead to an excellent photoelectrocatalytic property of the Bi2O3/Ti electrode.

  4. Membranes and Fluorescence microscopy

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    Bagatolli, Luis

    2009-01-01

    be provided by microscopy-related techniques. In this chapter, I will attempt to summarize representative examples concerning how microscopy (which provides information on membrane lateral organization by direct visualization) and spectroscopy techniques (which provides information about molecular interaction...

  5. Professor WANG Fu-chun's Experience in Treating Bi Conditions

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    XU Shu-fen; XIAO Yuan-chun

    2004-01-01

    @@ Bi condition can be categorized into five types according to the depth of pathogenic factors, namely skin Bi condition, vessel Bi condition, tendon Bi condition,muscle Bi condition and bone Bi condition. In TCM categorization, Bi condition is usually categorized in the light of the nature of the pathogenic factors such as wind, cold, dampness and heat.

  6. Photon-Photon Collisions -- Past and Future

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    Brodsky, Stanley J.; /SLAC

    2005-12-02

    I give a brief review of the history of photon-photon physics and a survey of its potential at future electron-positron colliders. Exclusive hadron production processes in photon-photon and electron-photon collisions provide important tests of QCD at the amplitude level, particularly as measures of hadron distribution amplitudes. There are also important high energy {gamma}{gamma} and e{gamma} tests of quantum chromodynamics, including the production of jets in photon-photon collisions, deeply virtual Compton scattering on a photon target, and leading-twist single-spin asymmetries for a photon polarized normal to a production plane. Since photons couple directly to all fundamental fields carrying the electromagnetic current including leptons, quarks, W's and supersymmetric particles, high energy {gamma}{gamma} collisions will provide a comprehensive laboratory for Higgs production and exploring virtually every aspect of the Standard Model and its extensions. High energy back-scattered laser beams will thus greatly extend the range of physics of the International Linear Collider.

  7. 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.

  8. Characterization of secondary phases formed during MOVPE growth of InSbBi mixed crystals

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    Wagener, M. C.; Botha, J. R.; Leitch, A. W. R.

    2000-05-01

    Secondary phases, formed during the growth of InSbBi, a III-V compound with potential for infrared applications in the 8-12 μm range, are reported. Layers were prepared by atmospheric pressure metal-organic vapour-phase epitaxy at 455°C in a horizontal quartz reactor. The source materials used were trimethylindium (TMIn), trimethylantimony (TMSb), and trimethylbismuth (TMBi). Scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction spectra showed the formation of extra phases on the surfaces of the layers. The compositions of these condensed phases were influenced by the V/III ratio at the growth interface. Bi precipitates were observed by cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy for layers grown on InSb substrates. Attempts to grow InSbBi on GaAs substrates produced InAsSb layers. The As composition showed a dependence on the availability of Bi, increasing from 7.5 to 26 mol% InAs when increasing the Bi/V ratio from 0.04 to 2%. The incorporation of As has been related to the formation of Bi-Ga inclusions at the GaAs interface.

  9. An EXAFS study of the luminescent Bi3+ center in LaPO4---Bi

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    Zon, F.B.M. van; Koningsberger, D.C.; Oomen, E.W.J.L.; Blasse, G.

    1987-01-01

    In order to determine the oxygen coordination of the Bi3+ ion in LaPO4---Bi, extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectra were measured of BiPO4 and LaPO4---Bi. Analysis of the EXAFS data shows that the Bi3+ ion in LaPO4---Bi occupies the La3+ site, but that the oxygen coordination of th

  10. Property Characterization and Photocatalytic Activity Evaluation of BiGdO3 Nanoparticles under Visible Light Irradiation

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    Jingfei Luan

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available BiGdO3 nanoparticles were prepared by a solid-state reaction method and applied in photocatalytic degradation of dyes in this study. BiGdO3 was characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller, UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The results showed that BiGdO3 crystallized well with the fluorite-type structure, a face-centered cubic crystal system and a space group Fm3m 225. The lattice parameter of BiGdO3 was 5.465 angstrom. The band gap of BiGdO3 was estimated to be 2.25 eV. BiGdO3 showed a strong optical absorption during the visible light region. Moreover, the photocatalytic activity of BiGdO3 was evaluated by photocatalytic degradation of direct dyes in aqueous solution under visible light irradiation. BiGdO3 demonstrated excellent photocatalytic activity in degrading Direct Orange 26 (DO-26 or Direct Red 23 (DR-23 under visible light irradiation. The photocatalytic degradation of DO-26 or DR-23 followed the first-order reaction kinetics, and the first-order rate constant was 0.0046 or 0.0023 min−1 with BiGdO3 as catalyst. The degradation intermediates of DO-26 were observed and the possible photocatalytic degradation pathway of DO-26 under visible light irradiation was provided. The effect of various operational parameters on the photocatalytic activity and the stability of BiGdO3 particles were also discussed in detail. BiGdO3/(visible light photocatalysis system was confirmed to be suitable for textile industry wastewater treatment.

  11. Property Characterization and Photocatalytic Activity Evaluation of BiGdO3 Nanoparticles under Visible Light Irradiation

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    Luan, Jingfei; Shen, Yue; Zhang, Lingyan; Guo, Ningbin

    2016-01-01

    BiGdO3 nanoparticles were prepared by a solid-state reaction method and applied in photocatalytic degradation of dyes in this study. BiGdO3 was characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller, UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The results showed that BiGdO3 crystallized well with the fluorite-type structure, a face-centered cubic crystal system and a space group Fm3m 225. The lattice parameter of BiGdO3 was 5.465 angstrom. The band gap of BiGdO3 was estimated to be 2.25 eV. BiGdO3 showed a strong optical absorption during the visible light region. Moreover, the photocatalytic activity of BiGdO3 was evaluated by photocatalytic degradation of direct dyes in aqueous solution under visible light irradiation. BiGdO3 demonstrated excellent photocatalytic activity in degrading Direct Orange 26 (DO-26) or Direct Red 23 (DR-23) under visible light irradiation. The photocatalytic degradation of DO-26 or DR-23 followed the first-order reaction kinetics, and the first-order rate constant was 0.0046 or 0.0023 min−1 with BiGdO3 as catalyst. The degradation intermediates of DO-26 were observed and the possible photocatalytic degradation pathway of DO-26 under visible light irradiation was provided. The effect of various operational parameters on the photocatalytic activity and the stability of BiGdO3 particles were also discussed in detail. BiGdO3/(visible light) photocatalysis system was confirmed to be suitable for textile industry wastewater treatment. PMID:27618018

  12. Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic activity of new photocatalyst CdBiYO4

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    Du, Huiyang; Luan, Jingfei

    2012-09-01

    CdBiYO4 was synthesized by a solid-state reaction method for the first time. The structural and photocatalytic properties of CdBiYO4 had been characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray spectrometry. CdBiYO4 crystallized with a tetragonal spinel structure by space group I41/amd. The lattice parameters for CdBiYO4 were a = b = 14.519 Å and c = 9.442 Å. The band gap of CdBiYO4 was estimated to be 2.41 eV. The photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) was realized under visible light irradiation with CdBiYO4 as catalyst. The results showed that CdBiYO4 owned higher photocatalytic activity compared with pure TiO2 or N-doped TiO2 for photocatalytic degradation of MB under visible light irradiation. The photocatalytic degradation of MB with CdBiYO4 or N-doped TiO2 as catalyst followed the first-order reaction kinetics, and the first-order rate constant was 0.0137 or 0.0033 min-1. After visible light irradiation for 225 min with CdBiYO4 as catalyst, complete removal and mineralization of MB were observed. The reduction of the total organic carbon, the formation of inorganic products, SO42- and NO3-, and the evolution of CO2 revealed the continuous mineralization of MB during the photocatalytic process. The possible photocatalytic degradation pathway of MB was obtained under visible light irradiation. CdBiYO4/(visible light) photocatalysis system was found to be suitable for textile industry wastewater treatment and could be utilized to resolve other environmental chemical pollution problems.

  13. Alpha-particle emitting 213Bi-anti-EGFR immunoconjugates eradicate tumor cells independent of oxygenation.

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    Full Text Available Hypoxia is a central problem in tumor treatment because hypoxic cells are less sensitive to chemo- and radiotherapy than normoxic cells. Radioresistance of hypoxic tumor cells is due to reduced sensitivity towards low Linear Energy Transfer (LET radiation. High LET α-emitters are thought to eradicate tumor cells independent of cellular oxygenation. Therefore, the aim of this study was to demonstrate that cell-bound α-particle emitting (213Bi immunoconjugates kill hypoxic and normoxic CAL33 tumor cells with identical efficiency. For that purpose CAL33 cells were incubated with (213Bi-anti-EGFR-MAb or irradiated with photons with a nominal energy of 6 MeV both under hypoxic and normoxic conditions. Oxygenation of cells was checked via the hypoxia-associated marker HIF-1α. Survival of cells was analysed using the clonogenic assay. Cell viability was monitored with the WST colorimetric assay. Results were evaluated statistically using a t-test and a Generalized Linear Mixed Model (GLMM. Survival and viability of CAL33 cells decreased both after incubation with increasing (213Bi-anti-EGFR-MAb activity concentrations (9.25 kBq/ml-1.48 MBq/ml and irradiation with increasing doses of photons (0.5-12 Gy. Following photon irradiation survival and viability of normoxic cells were significantly lower than those of hypoxic cells at all doses analysed. In contrast, cell death induced by (213Bi-anti-EGFR-MAb turned out to be independent of cellular oxygenation. These results demonstrate that α-particle emitting (213Bi-immunoconjugates eradicate hypoxic tumor cells as effective as normoxic cells. Therefore, (213Bi-radioimmunotherapy seems to be an appropriate strategy for treatment of hypoxic tumors.

  14. Photonic Crystals Towards Nanoscale Photonic Devices

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    Lourtioz, Jean-Michel; Berger, Vincent; Gérard, Jean-Michel; Maystre, Daniel; Tchelnokov, Alexis

    2005-01-01

    Just like the periodical crystalline potential in solid-state crystals determines their properties for the conduction of electrons, the periodical structuring of photonic crystals leads to envisioning the possibility of achieving a control of the photon flux in dielectric and metallic materials. The use of photonic crystals as a cage for storing, filtering or guiding light at the wavelength scale thus paves the way to the realisation of optical and optoelectronic devices with ultimate properties and dimensions. This should contribute toward meeting the demands for a greater miniaturisation that the processing of an ever increasing number of data requires. Photonic Crystals intends at providing students and researchers from different fields with the theoretical background needed for modelling photonic crystals and their optical properties, while at the same time presenting the large variety of devices, from optics to microwaves, where photonic crystals have found applications. As such, it aims at building brid...

  15. Photonic Crystals Towards Nanoscale Photonic Devices

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    Lourtioz, Jean-Michel; Berger, Vincent; Gérard, Jean-Michel; Maystre, Daniel; Tchelnokov, Alexei; Pagnoux, Dominique

    2008-01-01

    Just like the periodical crystalline potential in solid state crystals determines their properties for the conduction of electrons, the periodical structuring of photonic crystals leads to envisioning the possibility of achieving a control of the photon flux in dielectric and metallic materials. The use of photonic crystals as cages for storing, filtering or guiding light at the wavelength scale paves the way to the realization of optical and optoelectronic devices with ultimate properties and dimensions. This will contribute towards meeting the demands for greater miniaturization imposed by the processing of an ever increasing number of data. Photonic Crystals will provide students and researchers from different fields with the theoretical background required for modelling photonic crystals and their optical properties, while at the same time presenting the large variety of devices, ranging from optics to microwaves, where photonic crystals have found application. As such, it aims at building bridges between...

  16. Photon-Photon Interactions via Rydberg Blockade

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    Fleischhauer, Michael; Pohl, Thomas; Gorshkov, Alexey Vyacheslavovich; Otterbach, Johannes; Lukin, Mikhail D.

    2011-01-01

    We develop the theory of light propagation under the conditions of electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) in systems involving strongly interacting Rydberg states. Taking into account the quantum nature and the spatial propagation of light, we analyze interactions involving few-photon pulses. We demonstrate that this system can be used for the generation of nonclassical states of light including trains of single photons with an avoided volume between them, for implementing photon-phot...

  17. Aspherical Photon and Anti-Photon Surfaces

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    Gibbons, G W

    2016-01-01

    In this note we identify photon surfaces and anti-photon surfaces in some physically interesting spacetimes, which are not spherically symmetric. All of our examples solve physically reasonable field equations, including for some cases the vacuum Einstein equations, albeit they are not asymptotically flat. Our examples include the vacuum C-metric, the Melvin solution of Einstein-Maxwell theory and generalisations including dilaton fields. The (anti-)photon surfaces are not round spheres, and the lapse function is not always constant.

  18. Surface effects of vapour-liquid-solid driven Bi surface droplets formed during molecular-beam-epitaxy of GaAsBi

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    Steele, J. A.; Lewis, R. A.; Horvat, J.; Nancarrow, M. J. B.; Henini, M.; Fan, D.; Mazur, Y. I.; Schmidbauer, M.; Ware, M. E.; Yu, S.-Q.; Salamo, G. J.

    2016-01-01

    Herein we investigate a (001)-oriented GaAs1−xBix/GaAs structure possessing Bi surface droplets capable of catalysing the formation of nanostructures during Bi-rich growth, through the vapour-liquid-solid mechanism. Specifically, self-aligned “nanotracks” are found to exist trailing the Bi droplets on the sample surface. Through cross-sectional high-resolution transmission electron microscopy the nanotracks are revealed to in fact be elevated above surface by the formation of a subsurface planar nanowire, a structure initiated mid-way through the molecular-beam-epitaxy growth and embedded into the epilayer, via epitaxial overgrowth. Electron microscopy studies also yield the morphological, structural, and chemical properties of the nanostructures. Through a combination of Bi determination methods the compositional profile of the film is shown to be graded and inhomogeneous. Furthermore, the coherent and pure zincblende phase property of the film is detailed. Optical characterisation of features on the sample surface is carried out using polarised micro-Raman and micro-photoluminescence spectroscopies. The important light producing properties of the surface nanostructures are investigated through pump intensity-dependent micro-PL measurements, whereby relatively large local inhomogeneities are revealed to exist on the epitaxial surface for important optical parameters. We conclude that such surface effects must be considered when designing and fabricating optical devices based on GaAsBi alloys. PMID:27377213

  19. Surface effects of vapour-liquid-solid driven Bi surface droplets formed during molecular-beam-epitaxy of GaAsBi

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    Steele, J. A.; Lewis, R. A.; Horvat, J.; Nancarrow, M. J. B.; Henini, M.; Fan, D.; Mazur, Y. I.; Schmidbauer, M.; Ware, M. E.; Yu, S.-Q.; Salamo, G. J.

    2016-07-01

    Herein we investigate a (001)-oriented GaAs1‑xBix/GaAs structure possessing Bi surface droplets capable of catalysing the formation of nanostructures during Bi-rich growth, through the vapour-liquid-solid mechanism. Specifically, self-aligned “nanotracks” are found to exist trailing the Bi droplets on the sample surface. Through cross-sectional high-resolution transmission electron microscopy the nanotracks are revealed to in fact be elevated above surface by the formation of a subsurface planar nanowire, a structure initiated mid-way through the molecular-beam-epitaxy growth and embedded into the epilayer, via epitaxial overgrowth. Electron microscopy studies also yield the morphological, structural, and chemical properties of the nanostructures. Through a combination of Bi determination methods the compositional profile of the film is shown to be graded and inhomogeneous. Furthermore, the coherent and pure zincblende phase property of the film is detailed. Optical characterisation of features on the sample surface is carried out using polarised micro-Raman and micro-photoluminescence spectroscopies. The important light producing properties of the surface nanostructures are investigated through pump intensity-dependent micro-PL measurements, whereby relatively large local inhomogeneities are revealed to exist on the epitaxial surface for important optical parameters. We conclude that such surface effects must be considered when designing and fabricating optical devices based on GaAsBi alloys.

  20. Balanced homodyne detection in second-harmonic generation microscopy

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    Le Xuan, L; Brasselet, S; Perruchas, S; Tard, C; Gacoin, T; Xuan, Loc Le; Chauvat, Dominique; Brasselet, Sophie; Perruchas, Sandrine; Gacoin, Thierry

    2006-01-01

    We demonstrate the association of two-photon nonlinear microscopy with balanced homodyne detection for investigating second harmonic radiation properties at nanoscale dimensions. Variation of the relative phase between second-harmonic and fundamental beams is retrieved, as a function of the absolute orientation of the nonlinear emitters. Sensitivity down to approximately 3.2 photon/s in the spatio-temporal mode of the local oscillator is obtained. This value is high enough to efficiently detect the coherent second-harmonic emission from a single KTiOPO4 crystal of sub-wavelength size.

  1. On the temperature dependent magnetic properties of as-spun Mn–Bi ribbons

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    Kavita, S., E-mail: srikanti.kavita@gmail.com [International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), Chennai 600113 (India); Seelam, U.M.R. [National Institute for Materials Science, 1-2-1, Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047 (Japan); Prabhu, D.; Gopalan, R. [International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), Chennai 600113 (India)

    2015-03-01

    The structural and magnetic properties of melt-spun ribbons with nominal composition of Mn{sub 55}Bi{sub 45} were investigated using X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and magnetometer measurements. A large coercivity (H{sub c}) of 0.8 T was observed in the as-spun ribbons. Microstructure reveals the presence of Mn–Bi nanoparticles in the as-spun ribbons. Coercivity was found to increase with increasing temperature with a maximum coercivity of 1.4 T at T=503 K in the as-spun ribbons. Heat treatment of the as-spun ribbons resulted in the increase of LTP MnBi phase. Spin reorientation transition (T{sub SR}) was observed around 100 K. - Highlights: • Mn–Bi system by melt spinning • Coercivity increases with temperature • The LTP phase increases with heat treatment.

  2. Thermal conductivities of sub-micron Bi2Te3 films sputtered on anisotropic substrates

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    Yan, Dan; Wu, Ping; Zhang, Shiping; Pei, Yili; Yang, Fan; Wang, Li

    2016-07-01

    Approximately 450 nm thick Bi2Te3 films were deposited on flat Al2O3 substrate and nanochannel alumina (NCA) templates with different pore diameters through radio-frequency magnetron sputtering. The structure and morphology of Bi2Te3 films were investigated by x-ray diffraction and field-emission scanning electron microscopy. Moreover, the thermal conductivities of the films deposited on anisotropic substrates were evaluated by micro-Raman method combined with numerical simulation and optimization conducted by COMSOL Multiphysics. The thermal conductivities of Bi2Te3 films deposited on NCA templates with discontinuous Φ20 and Φ100 nm pores and flat Al2O3 substrate were 0.80, 0.99 and 1.54 Wm‑1 K‑1, respectively. The lower thermal conductivities of Bi2Te3 films deposited on NCA templates are attributed to much smaller grain size, bottom porous layers, and rougher surfaces through analysis.

  3. Dissolution of kinetics of nanoscale liquid Pb/Bi inclusions at a grain boundary in aluminium

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    Prokofjev, Sergei I.; Johnson, Erik; Zhilin, Victor M.;

    2008-01-01

    In situ transmission selctron microscopy is used to study dissolution of liquid single-phase Pb/Bi inclusions attached to grain boundary in an alloy of Al99.29Pb0.65Bi0.06 at temperatures of 343, 370, and 389 °C, respectively.  The initial size of the inclusions was smaller than 60 nm.  Dissoluti...... that grain-boundary diffusion of Pb and Bi is the controlling mechanism. The high value (2.3 eV) of the apparent activation enthalpy of dissolution indicates that the process is likely governed by the large negative enthalpies of solubility of Pb and Bi in Al.  ...

  4. Optical characterication of probes for photon scanning tunnelling microscopy

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    Vohnsen, Brian; Bozhevolnyi, Sergey I.

    1999-01-01

    in a direct manner and has most often been inferred from the apparent quality of recorded optical images. Complicated near-field optical imaging characteristics, together with the possibility of topographically induced artefacts, however, has increased demands for a more reliable probe characterization...

  5. The physic properties of Bi-Zn codoped Y-type hexagonal ferrite

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    Bai Yang [Corrosion and Protection Center, Key Laboratory of Environmental Fracture (Ministry of Education), University of Science and Technology, Beijing 100083 (China)], E-mail: baiy@mater.ustb.edu.cn; Zhou Ji; Gui Zhilun; L, Longtu [State Key Lab of New Ceramics and Fine Processing, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Qiao Lijie [Corrosion and Protection Center, Key Laboratory of Environmental Fracture (Ministry of Education), University of Science and Technology, Beijing 100083 (China)

    2008-02-14

    The magnetic and dielectric properties of Bi-Zn codoped Y-type hexagonal ferrite was investigated. The samples with composition of Ba{sub 2-x}Bi{sub x}Zn{sub 0.8+x}Co{sub 0.8}Cu{sub 0.4}Fe{sub 12-x}O{sub 22} (x = 0-0.4) were prepared by the solid-state reaction method. Phase formation was characterized by X-ray diffraction. The microstructure was observed via scanning electron microscopy. The magnetic and dielectric properties were measured using an impedance analyzer. Direct current (dc) electrical resistivity was measured using a pA meter/dc voltage source. Minor Bi doping (x = 0.05-0.25) will not destroy the phase formation of Y-type hexagonal ferrite, but lower the phase formation temperature distinctly. Bi substitution can also promote the sintering process. The Bi-containing samples (x > 0.05) can be sintered well under 900 deg. C without any other addition. The sintering temperature is about 200 deg. C lower than that of the Bi-free sample. The Bi-Zn codoped samples exhibit excellent magnetic and dielectric properties in hyper frequency. These materials are suitable for multi-layer chip-inductive components.

  6. BiVO{sub 4}-graphene catalyst and its high photocatalytic performance under visible light irradiation

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    Fu Yongsheng [Key Laboratory of Soft Chemistry and Functional Materials, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, Nanjing 210094 (China); Key Laboratory of Fine Petrochemical Engineering, Changzhou University, Changzhou 213164 (China); Sun Xiaoqiang, E-mail: xqsun@cczu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Fine Petrochemical Engineering, Changzhou University, Changzhou 213164 (China); Wang Xin, E-mail: wxin@public1.ptt.js.cn [Key Laboratory of Soft Chemistry and Functional Materials, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, Nanjing 210094 (China); Key Laboratory of Jiangsu Province for Chemical Pollution Control and Resources Reuse, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210094 (China)

    2011-12-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A facile strategy is designed to deposit leaf-like BiVO{sub 4} lamellas on graphene sheet. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Graphene oxide is reduced to graphene in the hydrothermal reaction process. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer BiVO{sub 4}-graphene system shows high catalytic effects under visible light irradiation. - Abstract: A BiVO{sub 4}-graphene photocatalyst was prepared by a facile one-step hydrothermal method and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques. The results show that the graphene sheets in this catalyst are exfoliated and decorated by leaf-like BiVO{sub 4} lamellas. In comparison with the pure BiVO{sub 4} catalyst, the BiVO{sub 4}-graphene system reveals much higher photocatalytic activity for degradation of methyl orange (MO), methylene blue (MB), Rhodamine B (RhB) and active black BL-G in water under visible light irradiation due to the concerted effects of BiVO{sub 4} and graphene sheets or their integrated properties.

  7. Theoretical investigation on Raman induced Kerr effect spectroscopy in nonlinear confocal microscopy

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    2008-01-01

    The imaging theory of Raman induced Kerr effect spectroscopy (RIKES) in nonlinear confocal microscopy is presented in this paper. Three-dimensional point spread function (3D-PSF) of RIKES nonlinear confocal microscopy in isotropic media is derived with Fourier imaging theory and RIKES theory. The impact of nonlinear property of RIKES on the spatial resolution and imaging properties of confocal microscopy have been analyzed in detail. It is proved that RIKES nonlinear confocal microscopy can simultaneously provide more information than two-photon confocal microscopy concerning molecular vibration mode, vibration orientation and optically induced molecular reorientation, etc. It is shown that RIKES nonlinear confocal microscopy significantly enhances the spatial resolution and imaging quality of confocal microscopy and achieves much higher resolution than that of two-photon confocal microscopy.

  8. Discrete angle rotations of Bi nanoparticles embedded in a Ga matrix

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    Be'er, Avraham; Kofman, Richard; Lereah, Yossi

    2010-02-01

    Spontaneous instabilities of nanoparticles are known to be influenced by the temperature, and strongly depend on the particle size. However, it is not clear what is the role of the surrounding material that is in contact with the particle. Here we report on the difference between spontaneous rotations of Bi nanoparticles embedded in amorphous SiO and those embedded in liquid Ga. The phenomenon was studied quantitatively by time resolved transmission electron microscopy using Fourier Transform analysis of highresolution electron microscopy images. While rotations of Bi nanoparticles embedded in amorphous SiO occur by all angles, the rotations of Bi nanoparticles embedded in liquid Ga occur by discrete angles. Our results point quantitatively, for the first time, to the role and importance of the contacting surrounding surface during the rotation of nanoparticles.

  9. Template synthesis and photoelectrochemical properties of Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} microflowers

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    Cao, Feng; Wang, Jianmin; Tu, Wanhong; Lv, Xin; Li, Song; Qin, Gaowu, E-mail: qingw@smm.neu.edu.cn

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} microflowers were fabricated by using a sacrificial-template method. • The effect of the specific experimental parameters was examined. • Photoelectrochemical measurements were characterized. - Abstract: Uniform hierarchical Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanostructures were fabricated by using Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3} nanoflowers as a sacrificial template through a hydrothermal reaction with an aqueous L-cysteine solution. Multiple techniques, such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Mott–Schottky (M–S) plot and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) were applied to investigate the structure, morphology and photoelectrochemical properties of the as-prepared samples. This work demonstrated a simple and cost-effective strategy for the design and fabrication of well-defined complex hierarchical nanomaterials, which can be potentially used in energy storage and conversion devices.

  10. Hydrothermal Synthesis, Characterization, and Optical Properties of Ce Doped Bi2MoO6 Nanoplates

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    Anukorn Phuruangrat

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Undoped and Ce doped Bi2MoO6 samples were synthesized by hydrothermal reaction at 180°C for 20 h. Phase, morphology, atomic vibration, and optical properties were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, Raman spectrophotometry, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, selected area electron diffraction (SAED, and UV-visible spectroscopy. In this research, the products were orthorhombic Bi2MoO6 nanoplates with the growth direction along the [0b0], including the asymmetric and symmetric stretching and bending modes of Bi–O and Mo–O. Undoped and Ce doped Bi2MoO6 samples show a strong absorption in the UV region.

  11. Multiferroic BiFeO3 thin films for multifunctional devices.

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    Singh, Manish K; Yang, Yi; Takoudis, Christos G; Tatarenko, A; Srinivasan, G; Kharel, P; Lawes, G

    2010-09-01

    We report the metalorganic chemical vapor deposition of crystalline BiFeO3 films on platinized silicon substrates using n-butylferrocene, triphenylbismuth and oxygen. Based on thermogravimetric analysis data, the suitability of these two precursors for depositing BiFeO3 is discussed. The deposited films were characterized for structure and morphology using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. Composition analysis using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy revealed that the films were stoichiometric BiFeO3. Electrostatic force microscopy indicated that the film had polarizable domains that showed no deterioration in polarization over time long after electric poling. The film showed a saturation magnetization of 10 +/- 1 emu/cm3 at room temperature.

  12. Single Photon Avalanche Diodes: Towards the Large Bidimensional Arrays

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    Emilio Sciacca

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Single photon detection is one of the most challenging goals of photonics. In recent years, the study of ultra-fast and/or low-intensity phenomena has received renewed attention from the academic and industrial communities. Intense research activity has been focused on bio-imaging applications, bio-luminescence, bio-scattering methods, and, more in general, on several applications requiring high speed operation and high timing resolution. In this paper we present design and characterization of bi-dimensional arrays of a next generation of single photon avalanche diodes (SPADs. Single photon sensitivity, dark noise, afterpulsing and timing resolution of the single SPAD have been examined in several experimental conditions. Moreover, the effects arising from their integration and the readout mode have also been deeply investigated.

  13. Electrochemical behaviors of Bi (Ⅲ) in dimethylsulfoxide

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    2003-01-01

    Cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry and chronopotentiometry were used to investigate the electrochemicalbehaviors of Bi(Ⅲ) in Bi(NO3)3-LiClO4-DMSO (dimethylsulfoxide) system on Pt and Cu electrodes. Experimental resultsindicated that the electroreducation of Bi(Ⅲ) to Bi(0) was irreversible on Pt and Cu electrodes. The diffusion coefficient andelectron transfer coefficient of Bi(Ⅲ) in 0.01 mol@ L-1 Bi(NO3)3-0.1 mol@L-1 LiClO4-DMSO system at 303 K were 1.75×10-6cm2@s-1 and 0.147 respectively.

  14. Heterostructures of Bi-4334 and MgB2 superconductors

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    Padmavathi, M.; Singh, R.

    2016-05-01

    We report the studies on hetero structures of Bi-4334 and MgB2 superconductors. The two superconductors were arranged in the form of bulk multilayers using hydraulic pressure system. X-ray diffraction pattern and dc magnetization studies confirm the presence of both superconducting phases in this try-layer hetero structured sample. The d.c magnetization shows the superconducting onset at 77K and 39K for Bi-4334 and MgB2 phases respectively. Critical current density (Jc) is calculated from hysteresis loop of the sample in both in-plane field and out of plane field configurations. Inverted anisotropy in Jc is observed due to enhancement of ab-plane properties because of multilayer growth process. Morphology of the samples at surface and interface of two superconducting layers is discussed in view of Field emission scanning electron microscopy.

  15. Quantum Computing using Photons

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    Elhalawany, Ahmed; Leuenberger, Michael

    2013-03-01

    In this work, we propose a theoretical model of two-quantum bit gates for quantum computation using the polarization states of two photons in a microcavity. By letting the two photons interact non-resonantly with four quantum dots inside the cavity, we obtain an effective photon-photon interaction which we exploit for the implementation of an universal XOR gate. The two-photon Hamiltonian is written in terms of the photons' total angular momentum operators and their states are written using the Schwinger representation of the total angular momentum.

  16. Novel heterostructured Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}Sn{sub 2}O{sub 7} with highly visible light photocatalytic activity for the removal of rhodamine B

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    Xu, Weicheng [School of Chemistry and Environment, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006, Guangdong (China); Fang, Jianzhang, E-mail: fangjzh@scnu.edu.cn [School of Chemistry and Environment, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006, Guangdong (China); Guangdong Technology Research Center for Ecological Management and Remediation of Urban Water System, Guangzhou 510006 (China); Chen, Yunfang [School of Chemistry and Environment, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006, Guangdong (China); Lu, Shaoyou [Shenzhen Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Shenzhen 518055 (China); Zhou, Guangying; Zhu, Ximiao [School of Chemistry and Environment, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006, Guangdong (China); Fang, Zhanqiang [School of Chemistry and Environment, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006, Guangdong (China); Guangdong Technology Research Center for Ecological Management and Remediation of Urban Water System, Guangzhou 510006 (China)

    2015-03-15

    Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3}-sensitized Bi{sub 2}Sn{sub 2}O{sub 7} (BSO) photocatalyst (Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3}/BSO) was successfully synthesized through a facile and economical ion exchange method between BSO and thioacetamide (CH{sub 3}CSNH{sub 2}). The as-prepared photocatalysts were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectra, and UV–vis diffuse reflection spectroscopy (DRS). The obtained Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3}/BSO composite showed excellent photocatalytic performance for decomposing rhodamine B (RhB) compared with pure BSO under visible light irradiation (λ > 420 nm). 2% Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3}/BSO exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity and excessive amount of Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} would result in the decrease of photocatalytic activity of BSO. On the basis of the calculated energy band positions, the mechanism of enhanced photocatalytic activity was proposed. - Highlights: • A novel Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}Sn{sub 2}O{sub 7} heterostructure was prepared by hydrothermal method. • The Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}Sn{sub 2}O{sub 7} materials showed high photocatalytic efficiency under visible light. • A detailed degradation pathway of RhB was illustrated. • 2% Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}Sn{sub 2}O{sub 7} with maximal photocatalytic degradation efficiency (RhB) of 94.4%. • h{sup +} is demonstrated as main reactive species in the photocatalytic process.

  17. Synthesis, Characterization and Photocatalytic Activity of TiO2 Film/Bi2O3 Microgrid Heterojunction

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    Liugang Wang; Junying Zhang; Chunzhi Li; Hailing Zhu; Wenwen Wang; Tianmin Wang

    2011-01-01

    TiO2 film modified by Bi2O3 microgrid array was successfully fabricated by using a microsphere lithography method. The structure and morphology of TiO2 film, Bi2O3 film and TiO2 film/Bi2O3 microgrid heterojunction were characterized through X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The optical transmittance spectra and the photocatalytic degradation capacity of these samples to rhodamine B were determined via ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy. The results indicated that the coupled system showed higher photocatalytic activity than pure TiO2 and Bi2O3 films under xenon lamp irradiation. The enhancement of the photocatalytic activity was ascribed to the special structure, which could improve the separation of photo-generated electrons and holes, enlarge the surface area and extend the response range of TiO2 film from ultraviolet to visible region.

  18. Preparation and characterization of Bi2Se3(0001) and of epitaxial FeSe nanocrystals on Bi2Se3(0001)

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    Cavallin, Alberto; Sevriuk, Vasilii; Fischer, Kenia Novakoski; Manna, Sujit; Ouazi, Safia; Ellguth, Martin; Tusche, Christian; Meyerheim, Holger L.; Sander, Dirk; Kirschner, Jürgen

    2016-04-01

    Procedures to prepare clean Bi2Se3(0001) surfaces from bulk samples and epitaxial FeSe nanocrystals on Bi2Se3(0001) are reported. Bi2Se3(0001) substrates are prepared by in vacuo cleavage of bulk samples, followed by ion bombardment and annealing cycles. FeSe is prepared by Fe deposition onto Bi2Se3 at 303 K, followed by annealing at T ≈ 623 K. We use low-energy electron diffraction, surface X-ray diffraction, photoemission spectroscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy, and stress measurements to elucidate the correlation between structural and electronic properties of the pristine Bi2Se3(0001) and FeSe covered surfaces. Our analysis reveals the formation of epitaxial FeSe nanocrystals with a thickness of three unit cells (1.5 nm). Electron diffraction experiments indicate an anisotropic epitaxial strain in FeSe. A negligible strain close to 0.0% and a tensile strain of + 2.1% are observed along the in-plane [ 01 1 bar 0 ] and [ 2 11 bar 0 ] Bi2Se3 directions, respectively. The out-of-plane strain is + 4.2%. The role of this strain state for the reported high-TC superconductivity in bulk FeSe is discussed.

  19. Controllable photon source

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    Oszetzky, Dániel; Nagy, Attila; Czitrovszky, Aladár

    2006-10-01

    We have developed our pervious experimental setup using correlated photon pairs (to the calibration of photo detectors) to realize a controllable photon source. For the generation of such photon pairs we use the non-linear process of parametric down conversion. When a photon of the pump beam is incident to a nonlinear crystal with phase matching condition, a pair of photons (signal and idler) is created at the same time with certain probability. We detect the photons in the signal beam with a single photon counting module (SPCM), while delaying those in the idler beam. Recently we have developed a fast electronic unit to control an optical shutter (a Pockels cell) placed to the optical output of the idler beam. When we detect a signal photon with the controlling electronic unit we are also able to open or close the fast optical shutter. Thus we can control which idler photons can propagate through the Pockels cell. So with this photon source we are able to program the number of photons in a certain time window. This controllable photon source that is able to generate a known number of photons with specified wavelength, direction, and polarization could be useful for applications in high-accuracy optical characterisation of photometric devices at the ultra-low intensities. This light source can also serve as a standard in testing of optical image intensifiers, night vision devices, and in the accurate measurement of spectral distribution of transmission and absorption in optical materials.

  20. The preparation process and feature of the topological insulator Bi2Te3

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    Peng Chen; Dajin Zhou; Pingyuan Li; Yajing Cui; Yongliang Chen

    2014-01-01

    Topological insulators are insulating in the bulk but have metallic surface states. Its unique physicochemi-cal properties can find numerous applications in electron-ics, spintronics, photonics, the energy sciences, and the signal control of transportation. We report an experimental approach to synthesize the high-quality single crystal of topological insulator Bi2Te3 by using self-flux method. We obtained the optimal preparation conditions by adjusting the parameters of heat treatment, and successfully prepared the single-crystal Bi2Te3 sample. The as-grown samples have a surface with bright metallic luster and are soft and fragile. Furthermore, Bi2Te3 has the obvious layer structure from SEM results. The data of X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope show that Bi2Te3 single crystal grows along the c-axis with the order of Te(1)-Bi-Te(2)-Bi-Te(1) and crystallizes in the hexagonal system with space group of R/3 m. The q-T curve shows that q decreases with temperature, showing metallic behavior over the whole temperature range.

  1. The III-Bi binary compounds

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    Keen, Benjamin

    Bismuth containing III-V alloys such as GaAsBi, GaSbBi, InSbBi and InAsBi have recently become of great interest in the development of optical devices in the infrared spectrum. Difficulties in fabricating these materials stems, in part, from the lack of experimental data on the characteristics of the III-Bi family of compounds: AlBi, GaBi, and InBi. This thesis outlines the growth conditions and characteristics of the MBE deposition of InBi. To date, InBi remains the only one of the three compounds that has been experimentally reported, and the difficulties associated with the growth of AlBi and GaBi are also described herein. InBi thin films were grown on GaAs substrates at temperatures ranging from 50 °C to 100 °C. Unlike other III-V materials, which require a group V overpressure during deposition, to achieve stoichiometric quantities of indium and bismuth an In:Bi BEP ratio of 4:3 was found to be necessary. InBi samples were studied by a variety of measurement techniques, including SEM, EDX, XRD, HAXPES, and HRTEM. Films were found to grow in a 3-D Volmer-Weber mode, forming hemispherical droplets on the substrate surface. These droplets indicated clear signs of Ostwald ripening during growth, but maintained their distribution after deposition. InBi samples are believed to be semi-metallic, confirming some of the properties predicted by density functional theory (DFT) calculations. However, analysis of the crystal structure at the substrate/droplet interface indicates the epitaxial growth of InBi is in the zinc-blende configuration, instead of the PbO configuration, in direct opposition to predictions by DFT and experimental data reported from bulk crystal studies. Attempts to grow the other III-Bi materials, GaBi and AlBi, by MBE also resulted in 3-D droplet formation, but both gallium and aluminum failed to incorporate with bismuth to form a compound. Instead, the materials formed segregated regions in the droplets, clearly visible to SEM and EDX

  2. New microscopy for nanoimaging

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    Kinjo, Y; Watanabe, M

    2002-01-01

    Two types of new microscopy, namely, X-ray contact microscopy (XRCM) in combination with atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray projection microscopy (XRPM) using synchrotron radiation and zone plate optics were used to image the fine structures of human chromosomes. In the XRCM plus AFM system, location of X-ray images on a photoresist has become far easier than that with our previous method using transmission electron microscopy coupled with the replica method. In addition, the images obtained suggested that the conformation of chromatin fiber differs from the current textbook model regarding the architecture of a eukaryotic chromosome. X-ray images with high contrast of the specimens could be obtained with XRPM. The resolution of each microscopy was about 30 and 200-300 nm for XRCM plus AFM and XRPM, respectively. (author)

  3. High energy photon-photon collisions

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    Brodsky, S.J. [Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Menlo Park, CA (United States); Zerwas, P.M. [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Hamburg (Germany)

    1994-07-01

    The collisions of high energy photons produced at a electron-positron collider provide a comprehensive laboratory for testing QCD, electroweak interactions and extensions of the standard model. The luminosity and energy of the colliding photons produced by back-scattering laser beams is expected to be comparable to that of the primary e{sup +}e{sup {minus}} collisions. In this overview, we shall focus on tests of electroweak theory in photon-photon annihilation, particularly {gamma}{gamma} {yields} W{sup +}W{sup {minus}}, {gamma}{gamma} {yields} Higgs bosons, and higher-order loop processes, such as {gamma}{gamma} {yields} {gamma}{gamma}, Z{gamma} and ZZ. Since each photon can be resolved into a W{sup +}W{sup minus} pair, high energy photon-photon collisions can also provide a remarkably background-free laboratory for studying WW collisions and annihilation. We also review high energy {gamma}{gamma} tests of quantum chromodynamics, such as the scaling of the photon structure function, t{bar t} production, mini-jet processes, and diffractive reactions.

  4. A highly efficient visible-light-driven novel p-n junction Fe2O3/BiOI photocatalyst: Surface decoration of BiOI nanosheets with Fe2O3 nanoparticles

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    Mehraj, Owais; Pirzada, Bilal M.; Mir, Niyaz A.; Khan, Mohammad Zain; Sabir, Suhail

    2016-11-01

    Novel xFe2O3/yBiOI composites (x/y = 0.25, 0.35, 0.45 molar ratios) with a p-n heterojunction were prepared for the first time through an in situ hydrolysis method under solvothermal conditions. The phase structure, morphology and optical properties of the composites were studied using several characterization tools including X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms (BET) and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-DRS). The characterization results suggest square shaped nanosheets of BiOI with Fe2O3 nanoparticles well distributed on the surface of BiOI nanosheets. The photodegradation performances of the xFe/yBi samples were investigated using aqueous solution of Rhodamine B (RhB) dye. The xFe/yBi composites displayed much higher photocatalytic efficiencies for RhB degradation than the single BiOI under visible light (λ > 400 nm). Specifically, the degradation rate of xFe/yBi samples at molar ratio of 0.35 is 4.24 times higher than single BiOI. The novel Fe2O3/BiOI heterojunction was found to be highly stable in cyclic experiments. Based on the results of BET, PL and DRS analysis, the enhanced photocatalytic efficiency can be mainly ascribed to the formation of stable p-n heterojunction between Fe2O3 and BiOI, which facilitates the transfer and separation of photogenerated electron-hole pairs.

  5. Growth dynamics and thickness-dependent electronic structure of topological insulator Bi2Te3 thin films on Si

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    Li, Yao-Yi; Wang, Guang; Zhu, Xie-Gang; Liu, Min-Hao; Ye, Cun; Chen, Xi; Wang, Ya-Yu; He, Ke; Wang, Li-Li; Ma, Xu-Cun; Zhang, Hai-Jun; Dai, Xi; Fang, Zhong; Xie, Xin-Cheng; Liu, Ying

    2009-01-01

    We use real-time reflection high energy electron diffraction intensity oscillation to establish the Te-rich growth dynamics of topological insulator thin films of Bi2Te3 on Si(111) substrate by molecular beam epitaxy. In situ angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), scanning tunneling microscopy and ex situ transport measurements reveal that the as-grown Bi2Te3 films without any doping are an intrinsic topological insulator with its Fermi level intersecting only the metallic surface...

  6. Scanning ultrafast electron microscopy

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    Yang, Ding-Shyue; Mohammed, Omar F.; Zewail, Ahmed H.

    2010-01-01

    Progress has been made in the development of four-dimensional ultrafast electron microscopy, which enables space-time imaging of structural dynamics in the condensed phase. In ultrafast electron microscopy, the electrons are accelerated, typically to 200 keV, and the microscope operates in the transmission mode. Here, we report the development of scanning ultrafast electron microscopy using a field-emission-source configuration. Scanning of pulses is made in the single-electron mode, for whic...

  7. CARS microscopy for imaging

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    Optical microscopy grows in its importance with the development of modern nanotechnology, biotechnology, methods of diagnostics and treatment of most dangerous diseases for mankind. There are several important goals of optical microscopy for biomedical studies among which the next three may be distinguished: fast imaging with high lateral spatial resolution, 3-D sectioning capability and high contrast for chemical selectivity. To meet these specific requirements, various types of both linear and nonlinear optical microscopy were elaborated. (authors)

  8. Jet and hadron production in photon-photon collisions

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    Soldner-Rembold, Stefan

    1999-01-01

    Di-jet and inclusive charged hadron production cross-sections measured in photon-photon collisions by OPAL are compared to NLO pQCD calculations. Jet shapes measured in photon-photon scattering by OPAL, in deep-inelastic ep scattering by H1 and in photon-proton scattering by ZEUS are shown to be consistent in similar kinematic ranges. New results from TOPAZ on prompt photon production in photon-photon interactions are presented.

  9. Polychromatic photon absorptiometry

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    Photon absorptiometry is a popular method for determining the mineral contents of body components, such as bone. The single photon absorptiometry introduced by Cameron and Sorenson (1963) has become widely accepted. Dichromatic absorptiometry using two monochromatic photon beams was recently introduced by Witt and Mazess (1978). The photon absorptiometry described here involves as unlimited number of monochromatic photon beams and component materials. Formulation for this polychromatic photon absorptiometry (PCPA) can be described as the linear algebraic expression using the least square method, by measuring photon intensities for each photon beam attenuated by the sample. For example, the lead content of lead-containing acrylic resin sheets was measured by PCPA using fluorescent X-ray from appropriate secondary targets which had been excited by white X-rays. The values obtained were in good agreement with the real contents and proved accurate to within 1%. (author)

  10. Photonic Design for Photovoltaics

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    Kosten, E.; Callahan, D.; Horowitz, K.; Pala, R.; Atwater, H.

    2014-08-28

    We describe photonic design approaches for silicon photovoltaics including i) trapezoidal broadband light trapping structures ii) broadband light trapping with photonic crystal superlattices iii) III-V/Si nanowire arrays designed for broadband light trapping.

  11. Coherent light microscopy

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    Ferraro, Pietro; Zalevsky, Zeev

    2011-01-01

    This book deals with the latest achievements in the field of optical coherent microscopy. While many other books exist on microscopy and imaging, this book provides a unique resource dedicated solely to this subject. Similarly, many books describe applications of holography, interferometry and speckle to metrology but do not focus on their use for microscopy. The coherent light microscopy reference provided here does not focus on the experimental mechanics of such techniques but instead is meant to provide a users manual to illustrate the strengths and capabilities of developing techniques. Th

  12. Electron Microscopy Center (EMC)

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — The Electron Microscopy Center (EMC) at Argonne National Laboratory develops and maintains unique capabilities for electron beam characterization and applies those...

  13. [Artefacts of confocal microscopy].

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    Vekshin, N L; Frolov, M S

    2014-01-01

    Typical artefacts caused by using confocal fluorescent microscopy while studying living cells are considered. The role of light scattering, mobility, staining, local concentrations, etc. is discussed.

  14. Control of quantum transverse correlations on a four-photon system

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    de Assis, P -L; Berruezo, L P; Ferraz, J; Santos, I F; Sciarrino, F; Pádua, S; 10.1364/OE.19.003715

    2011-01-01

    Control of spatial quantum correlations in bi-photons is one of the fundamental principles of Quantum Imaging. Up to now, experiments have been restricted to controlling the state of a single bi-photon, by using linear optical elements. In this work we demonstrate experimental control of quantum correlations in a four-photon state comprised of two pairs of photons. Our scheme is based on a high-efficiency parametric downconversion source coupled to a double slit by a variable linear optical setup, in order to obtain spatially encoded qubits. Both entangled and separable pairs have been obtained, by altering experimental parameters. We show how the correlations influence both the interference and diffraction on the double slit.

  15. 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...

  16. Nonlinear Integrated Microwave Photonics

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    Marpaung, David; Eggleton, Benjamin J.

    2013-01-01

    Harnessing nonlinear optical effects in a photonic chip scale has been proven useful for a number of key applications in optical communications. Microwave photonics can also benefit from the adoption of such a technology, creating a new concept of nonlinear integrated microwave photonics. Here, we discuss the potential of on-chip nonlinear processing towards the creation of robust and multifunctional microwave photonic (MWP) processors. We also highlight key recent results in the field, inclu...

  17. Photonics. Present and future

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    K. I. Silakov; T. T. Silakova

    2011-01-01

    Short review of the literature in the field of photonics, which reflects the new technology of ultra-compact optical communications components, the use of generators to transmission light instead of wires is represented. This is - silicon photonics - finding ways to use semiconductor components and of standard semiconductor technology to create optical devices, silicon photonics - the creation of a silicon photonic waveguide. All of these components can be used in the construction of computer...

  18. Switching to Photonics

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    Hinton, Harvard S.

    1992-01-01

    The use of hardware that exploits the interplay of photons and electrons to switch voice, data, and video is discussed. The two directions being taken by current research-guided-wave and free-space photonics-are examined. Photonic time-slot interchanges are described. Multidivisional fabrics, based on a combination of space-division and time-division multiplexing, are considered, as is the wavelength-division-based photonic packet switch, another kind of multidimensional fabric. The use of se...

  19. Effect of annealing on the structural and optical properties of (3 1 1)B GaAsBi layers

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    The influence of post-growth annealing on the microstructure and photoluminescence (PL) of GaAsBi alloys grown on (3 1 1)B GaAs is analyzed. Conventional transmission electron microscopy (TEM) performed on as-grown samples evidence the presence of structural defects and a mosaic structure in the GaAsBi layer. A sequence of stacking faults at regions close to the GaAs/GaAsBi interface are observed in high resolution TEM images. After annealing at 473 K during 3 h the mosaic structure disappears, the presence of defects is reduced and the PL peak intensely enhances.

  20. Measuring photon-photon interactions via photon detection

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    Macovei, Mihai A.

    2010-01-01

    The strong non-linearity plays a significant role in physics, particularly, in designing novel quantum sources of light and matter as well as in quantum chemistry or quantum biology. In simple systems, the photon-photon interaction can be determined analytically. However, it becomes challenging to obtain it for more compex systems. Therefore, we show here how to measure strong non-linearities via allowing the sample to interact with a weakly pumped quantized leaking optical mode. We found tha...

  1. Solvothermal synthesis of Bi2O3/BiVO4 heterojunction with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic performances

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    Ying, Wu; Jing, Wang; Yunfang, Huang; Yuelin, Wei; Zhixian, Sun; Xuanqing, Zheng; Chengkun, Zhang; Ningling, Zhou; Leqing, Fan; Jihuai, Wu

    2016-08-01

    Novel, three-dimensional, flower-like Bi2O3/BiVO4 heterojunction photocatalysts have been prepared by the combination of homogeneous precipitation and two-step solvothermal method followed by thermal solution of NaOH etching process. The as-obtained samples were fully characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray analysis, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area, and UV—vis diffuse-reflectance spectroscopy in detail. The crystallinity, microstructure, specific surface area, optical property and photocatalytic activity of samples greatly changed depending on solvothermal reaction time. The photocatalytic activities of samples were evaluated on the degradation of methyl orange (MO) under visible-light irradiation. The Bi2O3/BiVO4 exhibited much higher photocatalytic activities than pure BiVO4 and conventional TiO2 (P25). The result revealed that the three-dimensional heterojunction played a critical role in the separation of the electron and hole pairs and enhancement of the interfacial charge transfer efficiency, which was responsible for the enhanced photocatalytic activity. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 61306077, 21301060), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Nos. JB-ZR1109, JB-ZR1212), the National Science Foundation of Quanzhou City (No. 2014Z108), the Promotion Program for Young and Middle-aged Teachers in Science and Technology Research of Huaqiao University (No. ZQN-PY207), Discipline Innovation Team Project of Huaqiao University (No. 201320), and the Instrumental Analysis Center Huaqiao University.

  2. Origin of broad NIR photoluminescence in bismuthate glass and Bi-doped glasses at room temperature

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    Peng, Mingying; Zollfrank, Cordt; Wondraczek, Lothar [Lehrstuhl fuer Glas und Keramik, WW3, Friedrich Alexander Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg, Martensstrasse 5, D-91058 Erlangen (Germany)], E-mail: mingying.peng@ww.uni-erlangen.de, E-mail: lothar.wondraczek@ww.uni-erlangen.de

    2009-07-15

    Bi-doped glasses with broadband photoluminescence in the near-infrared (NIR) spectral range are presently receiving significant consideration for potential applications in telecommunications, widely tunable fiber lasers and spectral converters. However, the origin of NIR emission remains disputed. Here, we report on NIR absorption and emission properties of bismuthate glass and their dependence on the melting temperature. Results clarify that NIR emission occurs from the same centers as it does in Bi-doped glasses. The dependence of absorption and NIR emission of bismuthate glasses on the melting temperature is interpreted as thermal dissociation of Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} into elementary Bi. Darkening of bismuthate glass melted at 1300 deg. C is due to the agglomeration of Bi atoms. The presence of Bi nanoparticles is confirmed by transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and element distribution mapping. By adding antimony oxide as an oxidation agent to the glass, NIR emission centers can be eliminated and Bi{sup 3+} is formed. By comparing with atomic spectral data, absorption bands at {approx}320 , {approx}500 , 700 , 800 and 1000 nm observed in Bi-doped glasses are assigned to Bi{sup 0} transitions {sup 4}S{sub 3/2}{yields}{sup 2}P{sub 3/2}, {sup 4}S{sub 3/2}{yields}{sup 2}P{sub 1/2}, {sup 4}S{sub 3/2}{yields}{sup 2}D{sub 5/2}, {sup 4}S{sub 3/2}{yields}{sup 2}D{sub 3/2}(2) and {sup 4}S{sub 3/2}{yields}{sup 2}D{sub 3/2}(1), respectively, and broadband NIR emission is assigned to the transition {sup 2}D{sub 3/2}(1){yields}{sup 4}S{sub 3/2}.

  3. Origin of broad NIR photoluminescence in bismuthate glass and Bi-doped glasses at room temperature

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    Peng, Mingying; Zollfrank, Cordt; Wondraczek, Lothar

    2009-07-01

    Bi-doped glasses with broadband photoluminescence in the near-infrared (NIR) spectral range are presently receiving significant consideration for potential applications in telecommunications, widely tunable fiber lasers and spectral converters. However, the origin of NIR emission remains disputed. Here, we report on NIR absorption and emission properties of bismuthate glass and their dependence on the melting temperature. Results clarify that NIR emission occurs from the same centers as it does in Bi-doped glasses. The dependence of absorption and NIR emission of bismuthate glasses on the melting temperature is interpreted as thermal dissociation of Bi2O3 into elementary Bi. Darkening of bismuthate glass melted at 1300 °C is due to the agglomeration of Bi atoms. The presence of Bi nanoparticles is confirmed by transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and element distribution mapping. By adding antimony oxide as an oxidation agent to the glass, NIR emission centers can be eliminated and Bi3+ is formed. By comparing with atomic spectral data, absorption bands at ~320 , ~500 , 700 , 800 and 1000 nm observed in Bi-doped glasses are assigned to Bi0 transitions {}^{4}\\mathrm {S_{3/2}} \\to {}^{2}\\mathrm {P_{3/2}} , {}^{4}\\mathrm {S_{3/2}}\\to {}^{2}\\mathrm {P_{1/2}} , {}^{4}\\mathrm {S_{3/2}}\\to {}^{2}\\mathrm {D_{5/2}} , {}^{4}\\mathrm {S_{3/2}}\\to {}^{2}\\mathrm {D_{3/2}}(2) and {}^{4}\\mathrm {S_{3/2}}\\to {}^{2}\\mathrm {D_{3/2 }}(1) , respectively, and broadband NIR emission is assigned to the transition {}^{2}\\mathrm {D_{3/2}(1)}\\to {}^{4}\\mathrm {S_{3/2}} .

  4. Photonic crystal fibers

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    Lægsgaard, Jesper; Hansen, K P; Nielsen, M D;

    2003-01-01

    Photonic crystal fibers having a complex microstructure in the transverse plane constitute a new and promising class of optical fibers. Such fibers can either guide light through total internal reflection or the photonic bandgap effect, In this paper, we review the different types and applications...... of photonic crystal fibers with particular emphasis on recent advances in the field....

  5. Diffusion Based Photon Mapping

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    Schjøth, Lars; Fogh Olsen, Ole; Sporring, Jon

    2007-01-01

    . To address this problem we introduce a novel photon mapping algorithm based on nonlinear anisotropic diffusion. Our algorithm adapts according to the structure of the photon map such that smoothing occurs along edges and structures and not across. In this way we preserve the important illumination features......, while eliminating noise. We call our method diffusion based photon mapping....

  6. Direct photon interferometry

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    Peressounko, D.

    2005-01-01

    We consider recent developments in the theory of the two-photon interferometry in ultrarelativistic heavy ion collisions with emphasis on the difference between photon and hadron interferometry. We review the available experimental results and discuss possibilities of measurement of the photon Bose-Einstein correlations in ongoing and future experiments.

  7. 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

  8. Ultrafast photonic crystal optical switching

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    GONG Qi-huang; HU Xiao-yong

    2006-01-01

    Photonic crystal,a novel and artificial photonic material with periodic dielectric distribution,possesses photonic bandgap and can control the propagation states of photons.Photonic crystal has been considered to be a promising candidate for the future integrated photonic devices.The properties and the fabrication method of photonic crystal are expounded.The progresses of the study of ultrafast photonic crystal optical switching are discussed in detail.

  9. LEDs for fluorescence microscopy

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    Young, I.T.; Garini, Y.; Dietrich, H.R.C.; Van Oel, W.; Liqui Lung, G.

    2004-01-01

    Traditional light sources for fluorescence microscopy have been mercury lamps, xenon lamps, and lasers. These sources have been essential in the development of fluorescence microscopy but each can have serious disadvantages: lack of near monochromaticity, heat generation, cost, lifetime of the light

  10. Photon counting imaging and centroiding with an electron-bombarded CCD using single molecule localisation software

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    Hirvonen, Liisa M.; Barber, Matthew J.; Suhling, Klaus

    2016-06-01

    Photon event centroiding in photon counting imaging and single-molecule localisation in super-resolution fluorescence microscopy share many traits. Although photon event centroiding has traditionally been performed with simple single-iteration algorithms, we recently reported that iterative fitting algorithms originally developed for single-molecule localisation fluorescence microscopy work very well when applied to centroiding photon events imaged with an MCP-intensified CMOS camera. Here, we have applied these algorithms for centroiding of photon events from an electron-bombarded CCD (EBCCD). We find that centroiding algorithms based on iterative fitting of the photon events yield excellent results and allow fitting of overlapping photon events, a feature not reported before and an important aspect to facilitate an increased count rate and shorter acquisition times.

  11. Synthesis of diluted magnetic semiconductor Bi{sub 2−x}Mn{sub x}Te{sub 3} nanocrystals in a host glass matrix

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    Silva, R.S. [Instituto de Ciências Exatas, Naturais e Educação (ICENE), Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal do Triângulo Mineiro, 38025-180 Uberaba, Minas Gerais (Brazil); Mikhail, H.D., E-mail: ricardosilva@fisica.uftm.edu.br [Instituto de Ciências Tecnológicas e Exatas (ICTE), Departamento de Engenharia Mecânica, Universidade Federal do Triângulo Mineiro, 38064-200 Uberaba, Minas Gerais (Brazil); Pavani, R. [Instituto de Ciências Exatas, Naturais e Educação (ICENE), Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal do Triângulo Mineiro, 38025-180 Uberaba, Minas Gerais (Brazil); Cano, N.F. [Departamento de Ciências do Mar, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, 11030-400 Santos, São Paulo (Brazil); Silva, A.C.A.; Dantas, N.O. [Instituto de Física, Laboratório de Novos Materiais Isolantes e Semicondutores (LNMIS), Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, 38400-902 Uberlândia, Minas Gerais (Brazil)

    2015-11-05

    Diluted magnetic semiconductors of manganese doped in bismuth-telluride nanocrystals (Bi{sub 2−x}Mn{sub x}Te{sub 3} NCs) were grown in a glass matrix and investigated by Transmission Electron Microscopy, X-Ray Diffraction, Atomic Force Microscopy/Magnetic Force Microscopy, and Electron Paramagnetic Resonance. TEM images showed that the nanocrystals formed within the glass matrix were nearly spherical, with average sizes between 4 and 5 nm, and d{sub 015}-spacing of approximately 0.322 nm, which corresponds to the (015) interplanar distance in Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} bulk. The diffraction patterns showed that the diffraction peak associated with the (015) plane of the Bi{sub 2−x}Mn{sub x}Te{sub 3} nanocrystals shifts to larger diffraction angles as manganese (Mn) concentration increases, suggesting that the Mn{sup 2+} ions are substitutional defects occupying Bi sites (Mn{sub Bi}). AFM and MFM measurements showed magnetic phase contrast patterns, providing further evidence of Mn{sup 2+} ion incorporation in the nanocrystal structure. EPR signal of manganese ion incorporation and valence states in the crystalline structure of the Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} nanocrystals confirmed the presence of the Mn{sup 2+} state. - Highlights: • Bi{sub 2−x}Mn{sub x}Te{sub 3} NCs were synthesized in a glass matrix by fusion method. • Transmission Electronic Microscopy shows the formation of Bi{sub 2−x}Mn{sub x}Te{sub 3} NCs. • The sp-d exchange interaction in DMS NCs can be evidenced by X Ray-Diffraction and Magnetic Force Microscopy. • Electron Paramagnetic Resonance spectra confirmed that Mn{sup 2+} ions are located in two distinct Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} NCs sites.

  12. Bi-connected Gravity Fields

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    Bel, Lluís

    2016-01-01

    I describe a bi-connection formalism of General relativity based on the dual role of the Weitzenb\\"{o}ck connection defining the parallelism at a distance and the concomitant Levi-Civita connection derived from the Riemannian metric. A more explicit tensor writing of the geodesic and loxodromic equations clarifies their joint meaning.

  13. Internal Defect Measurement of Scattering Media by Optical Coherence Microscopy

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    ZHU Yong-kai; ZHAO Hong; WANG Zhao; WANG Jun-li

    2005-01-01

    Optical coherence microscopy is applied to measure scattering media's internal defect, which based on low coherence interferometry and confocal microscopy. Optical coherence microscopy is more effective in the rejection of out of focus and multiple scattered photons originating further away of the focal plane. With the three-dimension scanning, the internal defect is detected by measuring the thickness of different points on the sample. The axial resolution is 6 μm and lateral resolution is 1.2 μm. This method is possessed of the advantages over the other measurement method of scattering media, such as non-destruction and highresolution.

  14. Enhanced photocatalytic activity of Bi2O3–Ag2O hybrid photocatalysts

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    Graphical abstract: Bi2O3–Ag2O composites were fabricated for visible light photocatalytic degradation of phenol with a high degradation rate of 92% for 60 min. - Highlights: • Bi2O3–Ag2O composites were synthesized via a co-precipitation method. • The photocatalytic activity for the degradation of phenol is investigated. • A high degradation rate of 92% for 60 min is achieved under visible light irradiation. - Abstract: Bi2O3–Ag2O hybrid photocatalysts were successfully synthesized via a co-precipitation method. The morphology, structure and photocatalytic performance in the degradation of phenol were characterized by using scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, electrochemical impedance spectra and UV–vis absorption spectroscopy, respectively. The results show that Bi2O3–Ag2O hybrid photocatalysts exhibit enhanced photocatalytic performance in the degradation of phenol with a maximum degradation rate of 92% for 60 min under visible light irradiation compared with pure Bi2O3 (57%), which is ascribed to the increase in light adsorption and the reduction in electron–hole pair recombination with the introduction of Ag2O

  15. A facile method of fabricating PbBi alloy nanowires with controlled component proportion

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    Wang, Xue-wei [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University of Technology, Tianjin 300384 (China); Tianjin Key Lab for Photoelectric Materials and Devices, Tianjin 300384 (China); He, Zhao-cheng; Li, Ju-shan [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University of Technology, Tianjin 300384 (China); Yuan, Zhi-hao, E-mail: zhyuan@tjut.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University of Technology, Tianjin 300384 (China); Key Laboratory of Display Materials and Photoelectric Devices (Tianjin University of Technology), Ministry of Education, Tianjin 300384 (China)

    2014-05-15

    Highlights: • A method of high temperature melting is developed to fabricate PbBi nanowires. • The composition controllable and homogeneous PbBi nanowires can be synthesized. • The component proportion is controlled by adjusting electrodeposition time. • Pores of AAO play an important role during the formation of alloy nanowires. - Abstract: The ability of controlled component proportion for metallic alloy nanowires is still rather limited even after well over a decade of intensive research efforts. Here, a very simple method of high temperature melting in the pores of anodic aluminum oxide templates is developed to fabricate low melting point metallic alloy nanowires, in which the component proportion of elements can be controlled by adjusting electrodeposition time in the separate electrolytes. Taking the fabrication of PbBi alloy nanowires as example, we show how to control the uniform composition and component proportion of metallic alloy nanowires. The PbBi alloy nanowire arrays with three different atomic ratios of Bi–10 at.%, 30 at.%, 80 at.% respectively are successfully fabricated. The morphologies and composition of PbBi alloy nanowires are investigated by field-emission scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy equipped with X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy analyzer, and the crystal structures are determined by X-ray diffractometer. These results of experiments indicate that the composition controllable and homogeneous alloy nanowire arrays can be synthesized using this new method.

  16. Synthesis of BiVO4 nanosheets-graphene composites toward improved visible light photoactivity

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    Qianqian Yu; Zi-Rong Tang; Yi-Jun Xua

    2014-01-01

    Two-dimensional (2-D) BiVO4 nanosheets-graphene (GR) composites with different weight addition ratios of GR have been prepared via a facile wet chemistry process. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectra, X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), nitrogen adsorption-desorption, transient photocurrent response and photoluminescence (PL) spectra were employed to determine the properties of the samples. It is found that BiVO4 nanosheets could pave well on the surface of graphene sheets. BiVO4 nanosheets-GR composites with a proper addition amount of GR exhibited higher photocatalytic activity than bare BiVO4 nanosheets toward liquid-phase degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) and methyl orange (MO) under visible light irradiation. The enhancement of photocatalytic activities of BiVO4 nanosheets-GR composites can be attributed to the effective separation of photoexcited electron-hole pairs. This work not only provides a simple strategy for fabricating specific 2-D semiconductor-2-D GR composites, but also opens a new window of such 2-D semiconductor-2-D GR composites as visible light photocatalysts toward an improved visible light photoactivity in purifying polluted water resources.

  17. Photoelectrochemical solar cells based on Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}; Celdas solares fotoelectroquimicas basadas en Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}

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    Madriz, Lorean; Tata, Jose; Cuartas, Veronica; Cuellar, Alejandra; Vargas, Ronald, E-mail: lmadriz@usb.ve [Departamento de Quimica, Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of)

    2014-04-15

    In this study, photoelectrochemical solar cells based on bismuth tungstate electrodes were evaluated. Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} was synthesized by a hydrothermal method and characterized by scanning electron microscopy, UV-Vis reflectance spectroscopy, and X-ray powder diffraction. For comparison, solar cells based on TiO{sub 2} semiconductor electrodes were evaluated. Photoelectrochemical response of Grätzel-type solar cells based on these semiconductors and their corresponding sensitization with two inexpensive phthalocyanines dyes were determined. Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}-based solar cells presented higher values of photocurrent and efficiency than those obtained with TiO{sub 2} electrodes, even without sensitization. These results portray solar cells based on Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} as promising devices for solar energy conversion owing to lower cost of production and ease of acquisition. (author)

  18. In-line production of a bi-circular field for generation of helically polarized high-order harmonics

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    Kfir, Ofer; Bordo, Eliyahu; Ilan Haham, Gil; Lahav, Oren; Fleischer, Avner; Cohen, Oren

    2016-05-01

    The recent demonstration of bright circularly polarized high-order harmonics of a bi-circular pump field gave rise to new opportunities in ultrafast chiral science. In previous works, the required nontrivial bi-circular pump field was produced using a relatively complicated and sensitive Mach-Zehnder-like interferometer. We propose a compact and stable in-line apparatus for converting a quasi-monochromatic linearly polarized ultrashort driving laser field into a bi-circular field and employ it for generation of helically polarized high-harmonics. Furthermore, utilizing the apparatus for a spectroscopic spin-mixing measurement, we identify the photon spins of the bi-circular weak component field that are annihilated during the high harmonics process.

  19. Synthesis, Characterization and Photocatalytic Activity of New Photocatalyst ZnBiSbO4 under Visible Light Irradiation

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    Jingfei Luan

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, ZnBiSbO4 was synthesized by a solid-state reaction method for the first time. The structural and photocatalytic properties of ZnBiSbO4 had been characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscope and UV-visible spectrometer. ZnBiSbO4 crystallized with a pyrochlore-type structure and a tetragonal crystal system. The band gap of ZnBiSbO4 was estimated to be 2.49 eV. The photocatalytic degradation of indigo carmine was realized under visible light irradiation with ZnBiSbO4 as a catalyst compared with nitrogen-doped TiO2 (N-TiO2 and CdBiYO4. The results showed that ZnBiSbO4 owned higher photocatalytic activity compared with N-TiO2 or CdBiYO4 for the photocatalytic degradation of indigo carmine under visible light irradiation. The reduction of the total organic carbon, the formation of inorganic products, SO42− and NO3−, and the evolution of CO2 revealed the continuous mineralization of indigo carmine during the photocatalytic process. One possible photocatalytic degradation pathway of indigo carmine was obtained. The phytotoxicity of the photocatalytic-treated indigo carmine (IC wastewater was detected by examining its effect on seed germination and growth.

  20. Enhancement of electrochemical performance with Zn-Al-Bi layered hydrotalcites as anode material for Zn/Ni secondary battery

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    Bi-doped Zn-Al layered double hydroxides (Zn-Al-Bi LDH) are prepared by the constant pH hydrothermal method and proposed as a novel anodic material in Zn/Ni secondary cells. The Fourier transform infrared spectra (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images reveal that the as-prepared samples are well-crystallized and hexagon layer structure. The electrochemical performances of the Zn-Al-Bi LDH were analyzed by cyclic voltammetry, tafel plot, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and galvanostatic charge-discharge tests. Compared with Zn-Al LDH, Zn-Al-Bi LDH with different Zn/Al/Bi molar rations, especially the sample of Zn/Al/Bi = 3:0.8:0.2 (molar ration) have higher discharge capacity and more stable cycling performances. Cyclic voltammograms clearly illuminated that the Zn-Al-Bi LDHs could decrease polarization, maintain the electrochemical activity, and enhance the discharge capacity of Zn-Al LDH. This battery can undergo at least 800 charge-discharge cycles at constant current of 1C without dendrite and short circuits. The discharge capacity of Zn-Al-Bi LDH after the 800th cycle remains about 380 mAh g−1 and the hexagonal crystal structure have no much changed after cycles

  1. Inclusive hard processes in photon-photon and photon-proton interactions

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    Glasman, Claudia

    1999-01-01

    Measurements of jet, prompt photon, high-pT hadron and heavy quark production in photon-induced processes provide tests of QCD and are sensitive to the photon parton densities. A review of the latest experimental results in photon-photon and photon-proton interactions is presented. Next-to-leading-order QCD calculations for these measurements are discussed.

  2. (s,t,d)-bi-Koszul algebras

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    2009-01-01

    The paper focuses on the 1-generated positively graded algebras with non-pure resolutions and mainly discusses a new kind of algebras called(s,t,d)-bi-Koszul algebras as the generalization of bi-Koszul algebras. An(s,t,d)-bi-Koszul algebra can be obtained from two periodic algebras with pure resolutions. The generation of the Koszul dual of an(s,t,d)-bi-Koszul algebra is discussed. Based on it,the notion of strongly(s,t,d)-bi-Koszul algebras is raised and their homological properties are further discussed.

  3. (s, t, d)-bi-Koszul algebras

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    SI JunRu

    2009-01-01

    The paper focuses on the 1-generated positively graded algebras with non-pure resolutions and mainly discusses a new kind of algebras called (s, t, d)-bi-Koszul algebras as the generalization of bi-Koszul algebras. An (s, t, d)-bi-Koszul algebra can be obtained from two periodic algebras with pure resolutions. The generation of the Koszul dual of an (s, t, d)-bi-Koszul algebra is discussed. Based on it, the notion of strongly (s, t, d)-bi-Koszul algebras is raised and their homological properties are further discussed.

  4. Two-photon imaging of the immune system.

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    Dzhagalov, Ivan L; Melichar, Heather J; Ross, Jenny O; Herzmark, Paul; Robey, Ellen A

    2012-04-01

    Two-photon microscopy is a powerful method for visualizing biological processes as they occur in their native environment in real time. The immune system uniquely benefits from this technology as most of its constituent cells are highly motile and interact extensively with each other and with the environment. Two-photon microscopy has provided many novel insights into the dynamics of the development and function of the immune system that could not have been deduced by other methods and has become an indispensible tool in the arsenal of immunologists. In this unit, we provide several protocols for preparation of various organs for imaging by two-photon microscopy that are intended to introduce the new user to some basic aspects of this method. PMID:22470153

  5. Magneto-photonic crystals for optical sensing applications

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    Dissanayake, Neluka

    Among the optical structures investigated for optical sensing purpose, a significant amount of research has been conducted on photonic crystal based sensors. A particular advantage of photonic crystal based sensors is that they show superior sensitivity for ultra-small volume sensing. In this study we investigate polarization changes in response to the changes in the cover index of magneto-optic active photonic band gap structures. One-dimensional photonic-band gap structures fabricated on iron garnet materials yield large polarization rotations at the band gap edges. The enhanced polarization effects serve as an excellent tool for chemical sensing showing high degree of sensitivity for photonic crystal cover refractive index changes. The one dimensional waveguide photonic crystals are fabricated on single-layer bismuth-substituted rare earth iron garnet films ((Bi, Y, Lu)3(Fe, Ga)5O12 ) grown by liquid phase epitaxy on gadolinium gallium garnet substrates. Band gaps have been observed where Bragg scattering conditions links forward-going fundamental waveguide modes to backscattered high-order waveguide modes. Large near-band-edge polarization rotations which increase progressively with backscattered-mode order have been experimentally demonstrated for multiple samples with different composition, film thickness and fabrication parameters. Experimental findings are supported by theoretical analysis of Bloch modes polarization states showing that large near stop-band edge rotations are induced by the magneto-photonic crystal. Theoretical and experimental analysis conducted on polarization rotation sensitivity to waveguide photonic crystal cover refractive index changes shows a monotonic enhancement of the rotation with cover index. The sensor is further developed for selective chemical sensing by employing Polypyrrole as the photonic crystal cover layer. Polypyrrole is one of the extensively studied conducting polymers for selective analyte detection. Successful

  6. Structural, microstructural and vibrational analyses of the monoclinic tungstate BiLuWO{sub 6}

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    Ait Ahsaine, H. [Laboratoire Matériaux et Environnement LME, Faculté des Sciences, Université Ibn Zohr, BP 8106 Cité Dakhla, Agadir (Morocco); Taoufyq, A. [Laboratoire Matériaux et Environnement LME, Faculté des Sciences, Université Ibn Zohr, BP 8106 Cité Dakhla, Agadir (Morocco); Institut Matériaux Microélectronique et Nanosciences de Provence, IM2NP, UMR CNRS 7334, Université de Toulon, BP 20132, 83957 La Garde Cedex (France); Patout, L. [Institut Matériaux Microélectronique et Nanosciences de Provence, IM2NP, UMR CNRS 7334, Université de Toulon, BP 20132, 83957 La Garde Cedex (France); Ezahri, M.; Benlhachemi, A.; Bakiz, B. [Laboratoire Matériaux et Environnement LME, Faculté des Sciences, Université Ibn Zohr, BP 8106 Cité Dakhla, Agadir (Morocco); Villain, S.; Guinneton, F. [Institut Matériaux Microélectronique et Nanosciences de Provence, IM2NP, UMR CNRS 7334, Université de Toulon, BP 20132, 83957 La Garde Cedex (France); Gavarri, J.-R., E-mail: gavarri.jr@univ-tln.fr [Institut Matériaux Microélectronique et Nanosciences de Provence, IM2NP, UMR CNRS 7334, Université de Toulon, BP 20132, 83957 La Garde Cedex (France)

    2014-10-15

    The bismuth lutetium tungstate phase BiLuWO{sub 6} has been prepared using a solid state route with stoichiometric mixtures of oxide precursors. The obtained polycrystalline phase has been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and Raman spectroscopy. In the first step, the crystal structure has been refined using Rietveld method: the crystal cell was resolved using monoclinic system (parameters a, b, c, β) with space group A2/m. SEM images showed the presence of large crystallites with a constant local nominal composition (BiLuW). TEM analyses showed that the actual local structure could be better represented by a superlattice (a, 2b, c, β) associated with space groups P2 or P2/m. The Raman spectroscopy showed the presence of vibrational bands similar to those observed in the compounds BiREWO{sub 6} with RE=Y, Gd, Nd. However, these vibrational bands were characterized by large full width at half maximum, probably resulting from the long range Bi/Lu disorder and local WO{sub 6} octahedron distortions in the structure. - Graphical abstract: The average structure of BiLuWO{sub 6} determined from X-ray diffraction data can be represented by A2/m space group. Experimental Electron Diffraction patterns along the [0vw] zone axes of the monoclinic structure and associated simulated patterns show the existence of a monoclinic superstructure with space group P2 or P2/m. - Highlights: • A new monoclinic BiLuWO{sub 6} phase has been elaborated from solid-state reaction. • The space group of the monoclinic disordered average structure should be A2/m. • Transmission electron microscopy leads to a superlattice with P2/m space group. • Raman spectroscopy suggests existence of local disorder.

  7. The effect of polarization entanglement in photon-photon scattering

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    Rätzel, Dennis; Menzel, Ralf

    2016-01-01

    It is found that the differential cross section of photon-photon scattering is a function of the degree of entanglement of the two-photon state, and an analytic expression is derived. The interaction between photons in the symmetric Bell state is stronger than between not entangled photons. In contrast, the interaction between photons in the anti-symmetric Bell state is weaker than between not entangled photons.

  8. Pulse front adaptive optics in multiphoton microscopy

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    Sun, B.; Salter, P. S.; Booth, M. J.

    2016-03-01

    The accurate focusing of ultrashort laser pulses is extremely important in multiphoton microscopy. Using adaptive optics to manipulate the incident ultrafast beam in either the spectral or spatial domain can introduce significant benefits when imaging. Here we introduce pulse front adaptive optics: manipulating an ultrashort pulse in both the spatial and temporal domains. A deformable mirror and a spatial light modulator are operated in concert to modify contours of constant intensity in space and time within an ultrashort pulse. Through adaptive control of the pulse front, we demonstrate an enhancement in the measured fluorescence from a two photon microscope.

  9. Enhancement of carbon nanotube photoluminescence by photonic crystal nanocavities

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    Watahiki, R.; Shimada, T; Zhao, P; Chiashi, S.; Iwamoto, S.; Arakawa, Y; Maruyama, S.; Kato, Y. K.

    2012-01-01

    Photonic crystal nanocavities are used to enhance photoluminescence from single-walled carbon nanotubes. Micelle-encapsulated nanotubes are deposited on nanocavities within Si photonic crystal slabs and confocal microscopy is used to characterize the devices. Photoluminescence spectra and images reveal nanotube emission coupled to nanocavity modes. The cavity modes can be tuned throughout the emission wavelengths of carbon nanotubes, demonstrating the ability to enhance photoluminescence from...

  10. Enhancement of carbon nanotube photoluminescence by photonic crystal nanocavities

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    Watahiki, R.; Shimada, T; Zhao, P; Chiashi, S.; Iwamoto, S.; Arakawa, Y; Maruyama, S.; Kato, Y. K.

    2012-01-01

    Photonic crystal nanocavities are used to enhance photoluminescence from single-walled carbon nanotubes. Micelle-encapsulated nanotubes are deposited on nanocavities within Si photonic crystal slabs and confocal microscopy is used to characterize the devices.Photoluminescencespectra and images reveal nanotube emission coupled to nanocavity modes. The cavity modes can be tuned throughout the emission wavelengths of carbon nanotubes, demonstrating the ability to enhance photoluminescence from a...

  11. Biocompatible Fluorescent Core-Shell Nanoconjugates Based on Chitosan/Bi2S3 Quantum Dots

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    Ramanery, Fábio P.; Mansur, Alexandra A. P.; Mansur, Herman S.; Carvalho, Sandhra M.; Fonseca, Matheus C.

    2016-04-01

    Bismuth sulfide (Bi2S3) is a narrow-bandgap semiconductor that is an interesting candidate for fluorescent biomarkers, thermoelectrics, photocatalysts, and photovoltaics. This study reports the synthesis and characterization of novel Bi2S3 quantum dots (QDs) functionalized using chitosan (CHI) as the capping ligands via aqueous "green" route at room temperature and ambient pressure. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy, photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering (DLS), and zeta potential (ZP) analysis were used to characterize the hybrids made of biopolymer-functionalized Bi2S3 semiconductor nanocrystals. The results demonstrated that the CHI ligand was effective at nucleating and controlling the growth of water-soluble colloidal Bi2S3 nanoparticles. The average sizes of the Bi2S3 nanoparticles were significantly affected by the molar ratio of the precursors but less dependent on the pH of the aqueous media, leading to the formation of nanocrystals with average diameters varying from 4.2 to 6.7 nm. These surface-modified Bi2S3 nanocrystals with CHI exhibited photoluminescence in the visible spectral region. Moreover, the results of in vitro MTT (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide) assay with human osteosarcoma cells (SAOS) cell line demonstrated no cytotoxic response of the nanoconjugates.

  12. Hydrothermal synthesis and luminescence properties of Eu3+and Sm3+codoped BiPO4

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    钟剑明; 赵韦人; 蓝立财; 王建青

    2014-01-01

    Eu3+/Sm3+codoped BiPO4 phosphors were synthesized via a facile hydrothermal method with surfactant-free environment. The X-ray diffraction analysis demonstrated that the samples possessed the standard BiPO4 monoclinic structure. Scanning electron microscopy images showed that all samples composed of well-dispersed, micrometer-sized crystals with shuttle-like shape. Energy transfer from Sm3+to Eu3+was confirmed by the luminescence spectra and the decay processes of Sm3+ 4G5/2→6H5/2 emission. Or-ange-red luminescence could be obtained in Eu3+/Sm3+codoped BiPO4 phosphors. The average lifetime of Sm3+ 4G5/2→6H5/2 emis-sion decreased from 2.70 ms in BiPO4:0.03Sm3+ to 2.37 ms in BiPO4:0.03Sm3+,0.05Eu3+. The strong and wide absorption band around 395 nm, originating from both 7F0→5L6 transition of Eu3+and 6H5/2→4K11/2 transition of Sm3+, endowed BiPO4:Eu3+,Sm3+phosphors with the potential application in the fields of near UV-excited white-light-emitting diodes.

  13. High-Performance MnBi Alloy Prepared Using Profiled Heat Treatment

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    Nguyen, Van V.; Poudyal, Narayan; Liu, Xubo; Liu, J. Ping; Sun, Kewei; Kramer, Matthew J.; Cui, Jun

    2014-12-01

    The profiled heat treatment (PHT) method has been used to synthesize MnBi alloys with high-purity low-temperature phase (LTP). In the PHT method, the arc-melted MnBi alloy was remelted then slowly cooled by a pseudo-equilibrium solidification process to promote the formation of LTP phase. The PHT-treated MnBi alloys had an LTP phase up to 94 wt.% and a magnetization of 73 emu/g under a field of 9 T. Scanning electron microscopy showed that there exist some micrometer-sized Mn-rich inclusions in the LTP matrix of the PHT MnBi alloy. The PHT MnBi alloys were crushed into powders with an average size of ~3 μm by low-energy ball milling. These MnBi powders were aligned in an 18 kOe field and warm compacted into a bulk magnet at 300 °C for 30 min. The magnet had a density of 8.2 g/cm3 and magnetic properties of Ms = 6.7 kG, Mr = 5.3 kGs, i Hc = 5 kOe, and (BH)max = 6.1 MGOe

  14. Optical properties and visible light-driven photocatalytic activity of Bi{sub 11}VO{sub 19} nanoparticles with δ-Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}-structure

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    Lu, Yuting; Chen, Luyang; Huang, Yanlin [College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China); Cheng, Han; Kim, Sun Il [Department of Physics and Interdisciplinary Program of Biomedical, Mechanical & Electrical Engineering, Pukyong National University, Busan 608-737 (Korea, Republic of); Seo, Hyo Jin, E-mail: hjseo@pknu.ac.kr [Department of Physics and Interdisciplinary Program of Biomedical, Mechanical & Electrical Engineering, Pukyong National University, Busan 608-737 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • A visible-light-driven photocatalyst Bi{sub 11}VO{sub 19} was developed by a Pechini method. • Bi{sub 11}VO{sub 19} shows an efficient optical absorption with a narrowed band-gap 2.23 eV. • Bi{sub 11}VO{sub 19} nanoparticles show a photocatalytic activity on MB photo-degradation. • The lattices show distorted Bi{sup 3+}, big polarizing fields and high openness degree. • The photocatalytic activity of Bi{sub 11}VO{sub 19} is related to its structural specialties. - Abstract: The δ-Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}-structural Bi{sub 11}VO{sub 19} nanoparticles with the average size of ∼70 nm were fabricated through the Pechini method for a possible photocatalytic application. The crystal structure was investigated by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and the structural refinement. The as-synthesized sample was also characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), UV–vis spectroscopy and photoluminescence measurements. The experimental results demonstrate that Bi{sub 11}VO{sub 19} nanoparticles have an efficient visible light absorption with band-gap energy of 2.23 eV. The photocatalytic activity was evaluated by the photodegradation of the methylene blue (MB) under visible light irradiation (λ > 420 nm) as a function of time. All the results indicate that Bi{sub 11}VO{sub 19} could be a potential photocatalyst driven by visible-light. The effective photocatalytic activity was discussed on the base of the crystal structure characteristic.

  15. An ordered and porous N-doped carbon dot-sensitized Bi2O3 inverse opal with enhanced photoelectrochemical performance and photocatalytic activity.

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    Sun, Yan; Zhang, Zuxing; Xie, Anjian; Xiao, Changhe; Li, Shikuo; Huang, Fangzhi; Shen, Yuhua

    2015-09-01

    A novel ordered porous Bi2O3 inverse opal structure (IOS) was prepared using a polystyrene (PS) photonic crystal as the template for the first time. Nitrogen-doped carbon dots (N-CDs) were chosen to sensitize the as-prepared Bi2O3 IOS for improving photoelectrochemical performance and photocatalytic activity. The photocurrent density of the fabricated N-CDs/Bi2O3 IOS with favorable visible light absorption properties can achieve 0.75 mA cm(-2), which significantly enhanced performance two-, seven-, and thirty-fold compared with that of the CDs/Bi2O3 IOS, Bi2O3 IOS, and Bi2O3 nanoparticles (NPs), respectively. The N-CDs/Bi2O3 IOS also has increased photocatalytic activity for the decolorization of Rhodamine B (RhB), 4 times higher than Bi2O3 NPs. The above performance enhancement of N-CDs/Bi2O3 IOS is caused by the synergistic effect of N-CDs sensitization and the highly ordered IOS, which make it a promising material to be used in clean energy, solar cells, potential applications in water purification and so on.

  16. An ordered and porous N-doped carbon dot-sensitized Bi2O3 inverse opal with enhanced photoelectrochemical performance and photocatalytic activity

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    Sun, Yan; Zhang, Zuxing; Xie, Anjian; Xiao, Changhe; Li, Shikuo; Huang, Fangzhi; Shen, Yuhua

    2015-08-01

    A novel ordered porous Bi2O3 inverse opal structure (IOS) was prepared using a polystyrene (PS) photonic crystal as the template for the first time. Nitrogen-doped carbon dots (N-CDs) were chosen to sensitize the as-prepared Bi2O3 IOS for improving photoelectrochemical performance and photocatalytic activity. The photocurrent density of the fabricated N-CDs/Bi2O3 IOS with favorable visible light absorption properties can achieve 0.75 mA cm-2, which significantly enhanced performance two-, seven-, and thirty-fold compared with that of the CDs/Bi2O3 IOS, Bi2O3 IOS, and Bi2O3 nanoparticles (NPs), respectively. The N-CDs/Bi2O3 IOS also has increased photocatalytic activity for the decolorization of Rhodamine B (RhB), 4 times higher than Bi2O3 NPs. The above performance enhancement of N-CDs/Bi2O3 IOS is caused by the synergistic effect of N-CDs sensitization and the highly ordered IOS, which make it a promising material to be used in clean energy, solar cells, potential applications in water purification and so on.

  17. Textured (Tl-Bi-Pb)-1223 thick films

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    Screen printing was employed to fabricate thick films of the composition (Tl0.6Bi0.16Pb0.24)(Ba0.1 Sr0.9)2Ca2 Cu3 Oy on polycrystalline Y2 O3-doped ZrO2 substrates. The influence of the screen printing procedure, the heat-treatment of the films and additional compaction on the texturing of the superconducting crystallites and on the electrical properties of the superconducting films have been studied. X-ray diffraction ascertained the high phase purity of the material and allowed calculation of the degree of texturing. Scanning electron microscopy in combination with EDX and optical microscopy in normal and polarized light yielded information about the microstructure of the films. Tc(0) values of 118 K and transport critical current densities in the range of 10 kA cm-2 at 77 K were obtained for the best specimens. (author)

  18. Superconducting oxide processing in the Bi-Ca-Sr-Cu-O system

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    This paper reports microstructures of superconducting phase with transitions near 85 K and 110 K studied by analytical electron microscopy (AEM) in samples of the system Bi-Ca-Sr-Cu-O prepared by sintering and liquid mixing methods. The heat treatment was restricted to a temperature range near 860 degrees C to obtain good superconducting behavior. The microchemistry and the crystal structure of the superconducting phase in the Bi-Ca-Sr-Cu-O system were investigated by energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and convergent-beam electron diffraction, and were related to the processing routes

  19. Toward the Intrinsic Limit of the Topological Insulator Bi2Se3

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    Dai, Jixia; West, Damien; Wang, Xueyun; Wang, Yazhong; Kwok, Daniel; Cheong, S.-W.; Zhang, S. B.; Wu, Weida

    2016-09-01

    Combining high resolution scanning tunneling microscopy and first principles calculations, we identified the major native defects, in particular the Se vacancies and Se interstitial defects, that are responsible for the bulk conduction and nanoscale potential fluctuations in single crystals of archetypal topological insulator Bi2Se3 . Here it is established that the defect concentrations in Bi2Se3 are far above the thermodynamic limit, and that the growth kinetics dominate the observed defect concentrations. Furthermore, through careful control of the synthesis, our tunneling spectroscopy suggests that our best samples are approaching the intrinsic limit with the Fermi level inside the band gap without introducing extrinsic dopants.

  20. Plasmonic nanoprobes for stimulated emission depletion microscopy

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    Cortes, Emiliano; Sinclair, Hugo G; Guldbrand, Stina; Peveler, William J; Davies, Timothy; Parrinello, Simona; Görlitz, Frederik; Dunsby, Chris; Neil, Mark A A; Sivan, Yonatan; Parkin, Ivan P; French, Paul M; Maier, Stefan A

    2016-01-01

    Plasmonic nanoparticles influence the absorption and emission processes of nearby emitters due to local enhancements of the illuminating radiation and the photonic density of states. Here, we use the plasmon resonance of metal nanoparticles in order to enhance the stimulated depletion of excited molecules for super-resolved microscopy. We demonstrate stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy with gold nanorods with a long axis of only 26 nm and a width of 8 nm that provide an enhancement of the resolution compared to fluorescent-only probes without plasmonic components irradiated with the same depletion power. These novel nanoparticle-assisted STED probes represent a ~2x10^3 reduction in probe volume compared to previously used nanoparticles and we demonstrate their application to the first plasmon-assisted STED cellular imaging. We also discuss their current limitations.

  1. Clinical specular microscopy

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    Hirst, L.W.; Laing, R.A.

    1987-01-01

    This book provides the general ophthalmologist with a guide to the clinical applications of specular microscopy. Important material is included on laser injury, cataract surgery, corneal transplants, glaucoma, uveitis, and trauma.

  2. International Multidisciplinary Microscopy Congress

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    Oral, Ahmet; Ozer, Mehmet; InterM; INTERM2013

    2014-01-01

    The International Multidisciplinary Microscopy Congress (INTERM2013) was organized on October 10-13, 2013. The aim of the congress was to bring together scientists from various branches to discuss the latest advances in the field of microscopy. The contents of the congress have been broadened to a more "interdisciplinary" scope, so as to allow all scientists working on related subjects to participate and present their work. These proceedings include 39 peer-reviewed technical papers, submitted by leading academic and research institutions from over 12 countries and representing some of the most cutting-edge research available. The 39 papers are grouped into the following sections: - Applications of Microscopy in the Physical Sciences - Applications of Microscopy in the Biological Sciences

  3. Magnetic microscopy guide

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    Harald Brune

    2005-01-01

    Magnetic Microscopy of Nanostructures is an excellent introduction for newcomers and, for those working in the field, can be used as a guide before seeking more up-to-date literature, saysHarald Brune.

  4. BiOBr/protonated graphitic C3N4 heterojunctions: Intimate interfaces by electrostatic interaction and enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Highlights: • BiOBr/pg-C3N4 was prepared by an electrostatically-driven in-situ growth method. • BiOBr/pg-C3N4 exhibited a superior visible-light activity and stability. • The efficient separation of charges due to the intimate interface of BiOBr/pg-C3N4. - Abstract: In this work, enhanced photocatalytic activity of BiOBr/graphitic C3N4 heterojunctions for degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) were obtained by the protonation pretreatment of graphitic C3N4 with hydrochloric acid. A possibly electrostatic interaction between protonated graphitic C3N4 (pg-C3N4) and BiOBr provided a closely intimate interface in the heterojunction, which was demonstrated by the results of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). This tight coupling was favorable for the charge transfer between pg-C3N4 and BiOBr, and therefore promoted the effective separation of photogenerated electron–hole pairs. The effect of composition in heterojunctions on photocatalytic activity was investigated, and the optimal photocatalyst with a BiOBr/pg-C3N4 mass ratio of 7:3 showed a superior activity, which was 35.03 and 33.72 times higher than that over pg-C3N4 and BiOBr, respectively. Radical trap experiments confirmed that the holes and superoxide radical species were the main reactive species in the RhB photodegradation process. Moreover, the stability of BiOBr/pg-C3N4 heterojunction was also tested and the RhB degradation efficiency declined by only 9.6% after seven successive cycles

  5. Synthesis of Zn{sup 2+} doped BiOCl hierarchical nanostructures and their exceptional visible light photocatalytic properties

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    Li, Wen Ting [Department of Chemistry, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou 350007 (China); Huang, Wan Zhen; Zhou, Huan [Research Center of Analysis and Measurement, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou 310014 (China); Yin, Hao Yong [Institute of Environmental Science and Engineering, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Zheng, Yi Fan [Research Center of Analysis and Measurement, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou 310014 (China); Song, Xu Chun, E-mail: songxuchunfj@163.com [Department of Chemistry, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou 350007 (China)

    2015-07-25

    Highlights: • Hierarchical-structured Zn-doped BiOCl were prepared by a facile solvothermal method. • The Zn-doped BiOCl showed higher photocatalytic ability than other BiOCl materials. • The effects of Zn-doping contents on the photocatalytic activity were discussed. • Repetitive tests implied the good stability of the Zn-doped BiOCl photocatalyst. - Abstract: In this study, BiOCl doped with different contents of zinc were successfully prepared via a facile ethylene glycol (EG)-assisted solvothermal process at 160 °C for 12 h. The as-synthesized samples were characterized in details by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM (HRTEM), UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectra (UV–vis DRS) and Brunauer Emmet Teller (BET) measurement. The photocatalytic performances were evaluated by the photocatalytic degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) under visible light irradiation. The results showed that Zn doping did not change the morphologies and particle sizes of BiOCl. However, it had an obvious effect on the photocurrent and BET surface area of BiOCl and accordingly the photocatalytic performance of BiOCl was greatly improved. The Zn-doped BiOCl with R{sub Zn} = 0.07 showed the highest photocatalytic activities with almost all of the RhB decomposed in 8 min. Moreover, repetitive tests imply the good recyclability and stability of the catalysts. The enhanced photocatalytic activity was largely ascribed to the efficient separation of photogenerated electron–hole pairs and high BET surface area of the catalysts. In addition, a possible mechanism on basis of the experimental results was discussed.

  6. Selenium Doping in Bi-based Superconductors

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    2000-01-01

    Six different compositions in Bi2Sr2Ca2CusOy:Sex with x=0.0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4 havebeen prepared by the solid state reaction method to explore doping of selenium in the system.Sintering at 847±4℃ and subsequent annealing at 827℃ has been carried out for different timeperiods. The samples have been characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanningelectron microscopy (SEM), and measurement of resistance below room temperature has beencarried out by four-probe method. Superconducting transition temperature (Tc) value showsdependence on Se concentration: the highest Tc(0)=94 K is observed for x=0.3. A detailedAuger electron spectroscopic (AES) analysis has been carried out to investigate the presence ofSe in the grains of the superconductors. It has also been found that Se increases the To(0) valueand promotes the formation of high temperature superconducting phase (2223), which coexistswith Iow temperature phase (2212) in the sintered samples.

  7. Three-dimensional imaging of direct-written photonic structures

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    Marshall, Graham D; Thayil, Anisha; Withford, Michael J; Booth, Martin

    2010-01-01

    Third harmonic generation microscopy has been used to analyze the morphology of photonic structures created using the femtosecond laser direct-write technique. Three dimensional waveguide arrays and waveguide-Bragg gratings written in fused-silica and doped phosphate glass were investigated. A sensorless adaptive optical system was used to correct the optical aberrations occurring in the sample and microscope system, which had a lateral resolution of less than 500 nm. This non-destructive testing method creates volume reconstructions of photonic devices and reveals details invisible to other linear microscopy and index profilometry techniques.

  8. Biocompatible Fluorescent Core-Shell Nanoconjugates Based on Chitosan/Bi2S3 Quantum Dots.

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    Ramanery, Fábio P; Mansur, Alexandra A P; Mansur, Herman S; Carvalho, Sandhra M; Fonseca, Matheus C

    2016-12-01

    Bismuth sulfide (Bi2S3) is a narrow-bandgap semiconductor that is an interesting candidate for fluorescent biomarkers, thermoelectrics, photocatalysts, and photovoltaics. This study reports the synthesis and characterization of novel Bi2S3 quantum dots (QDs) functionalized using chitosan (CHI) as the capping ligands via aqueous "green" route at room temperature and ambient pressure. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy, photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering (DLS), and zeta potential (ZP) analysis were used to characterize the hybrids made of biopolymer-functionalized Bi2S3 semiconductor nanocrystals. The results demonstrated that the CHI ligand was effective at nucleating and controlling the growth of water-soluble colloidal Bi2S3 nanoparticles. The average sizes of the Bi2S3 nanoparticles were significantly affected by the molar ratio of the precursors but less dependent on the pH of the aqueous media, leading to the formation of nanocrystals with average diameters varying from 4.2 to 6.7 nm. These surface-modified Bi2S3 nanocrystals with CHI exhibited photoluminescence in the visible spectral region. Moreover, the results of in vitro MTT (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide) assay with human osteosarcoma cells (SAOS) cell line demonstrated no cytotoxic response of the nanoconjugates.Furthermore, the results indicated that the Bi2S3 QD-CHI nanoconjugates showed HEK293T cell uptake; therefore, they can be potentially used as novel fluorescent nanoprobes for the in vitro bioimaging of cells in biomedical applications. Graphical Abstract Schematic representation of the biocompatible core-shell nanostructure of the chitosan/Bi2S3 quantum dot conjugates with photoluminescent properties.

  9. Biocompatible Fluorescent Core-Shell Nanoconjugates Based on Chitosan/Bi2S3 Quantum Dots.

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    Ramanery, Fábio P; Mansur, Alexandra A P; Mansur, Herman S; Carvalho, Sandhra M; Fonseca, Matheus C

    2016-12-01

    Bismuth sulfide (Bi2S3) is a narrow-bandgap semiconductor that is an interesting candidate for fluorescent biomarkers, thermoelectrics, photocatalysts, and photovoltaics. This study reports the synthesis and characterization of novel Bi2S3 quantum dots (QDs) functionalized using chitosan (CHI) as the capping ligands via aqueous "green" route at room temperature and ambient pressure. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy, photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering (DLS), and zeta potential (ZP) analysis were used to characterize the hybrids made of biopolymer-functionalized Bi2S3 semiconductor nanocrystals. The results demonstrated that the CHI ligand was effective at nucleating and controlling the growth of water-soluble colloidal Bi2S3 nanoparticles. The average sizes of the Bi2S3 nanoparticles were significantly affected by the molar ratio of the precursors but less dependent on the pH of the aqueous media, leading to the formation of nanocrystals with average diameters varying from 4.2 to 6.7 nm. These surface-modified Bi2S3 nanocrystals with CHI exhibited photoluminescence in the visible spectral region. Moreover, the results of in vitro MTT (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide) assay with human osteosarcoma cells (SAOS) cell line demonstrated no cytotoxic response of the nanoconjugates.Furthermore, the results indicated that the Bi2S3 QD-CHI nanoconjugates showed HEK293T cell uptake; therefore, they can be potentially used as novel fluorescent nanoprobes for the in vitro bioimaging of cells in biomedical applications. Graphical Abstract Schematic representation of the biocompatible core-shell nanostructure of the chitosan/Bi2S3 quantum dot conjugates with photoluminescent properties. PMID:27067735

  10. Ternary reduced-graphene-oxide/Bi2MoO6/Au nanocomposites with enhanced photocatalytic activity under visible light

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    A novel ternary nanocomposite photocatalyst consisted of reduced-graphene-oxide (RGO), Bi2MoO6 and plasmonic Au nanoparticles were successfully fabricated by multiple steps including a simple solvothermal process and photochemical reduction process. RGO/Bi2MoO6/Au was characterized by X-ray powder diffraction patterns, transmission electron microscopy, UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectra, Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. In comparison with Bi2MoO6, RGO/Bi2MoO6 and Au/Bi2MoO6, RGO/Bi2MoO6/Au exhibits an enhanced photocatalytic activity for decomposition of Rhodamine B under visible light. The separation efficiency of the photogenerated holes and electrons on Bi2MoO6 is promoted by the combined effect of both RGO and Au in the ternary composite, and thus enhances photocatalytic activity. The scavenger study revealed that both hole and superoxide are the major reactive species for the photocatalytic degradation of Rhodamine B using RGO/Bi2MoO6/Au photocatalyst. - Graphical abstract: A novel ternary nanocomposite photocatalyst consisted of reduced-graphene-oxide (RGO), Bi2MoO6 and plasmonic Au nanoparticles were successfully fabricated by multiple steps including a simple solvothermal process and photochemical reduction process. The resulted ternary nanocomposites greatly enhanced the visible light photocatalytic properties compared to Bi2MoO6, RGO/Bi2MoO6 or Au/Bi2MoO6 binary systems. The improved photocatalytic activity was mainly attributed to the synergistic effect of Au and RGO with better separation of the photogenerated holes and electrons, resulting from the surface plasmonic resonance and extra strong electron magnetic field of Au nanoparticles and the high electron conductivity of RGO. - Highlights: • The ternary nanocomposites RGO/Bi2MoO6/Au were constructed for the first time. • RGO/Bi2MoO6/Au showed much higher visible photoactivity than RGO (Au)/Bi2MoO6. • The improved photoactivity was mainly due to the synergistic effect

  11. Single-photon imaging

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    Seitz, Peter

    2011-01-01

    The acquisition and interpretation of images is a central capability in almost all scientific and technological domains. In particular, the acquisition of electromagnetic radiation, in the form of visible light, UV, infrared, X-ray, etc. is of enormous practical importance. The ultimate sensitivity in electronic imaging is the detection of individual photons. With this book, the first comprehensive review of all aspects of single-photon electronic imaging has been created. Topics include theoretical basics, semiconductor fabrication, single-photon detection principles, imager design and applications of different spectral domains. Today, the solid-state fabrication capabilities for several types of image sensors has advanced to a point, where uncoooled single-photon electronic imaging will soon become a consumer product. This book is giving a specialist´s view from different domains to the forthcoming “single-photon imaging” revolution. The various aspects of single-photon imaging are treated by internati...

  12. Hybrid photon detectors

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    D'Ambrosio, C

    2003-01-01

    Hybrid photon detectors detect light via vacuum photocathodes and accelerate the emitted photoelectrons by an electric field towards inversely polarized silicon anodes, where they are absorbed, thus producing electron-hole pairs. These, in turn, are collected and generate electronic signals on their ohmic contacts. This review first describes the characteristic properties of the main components of hybrid photon detectors: light entrance windows, photocathodes, and silicon anodes. Then, essential relations describing the trajectories of photoelectrons in electric and magnetic fields and their backscattering from the silicon anodes are derived. Depending on their anode configurations, three families of hybrid photon detectors are presented: hybrid photomultiplier tubes with single anodes for photon counting with high sensitivity and for gamma spectroscopy; multi-anode photon detector tubes with anodes subdivided into square or hexagonal pads for position-sensitive photon detection; imaging silicon pixel array t...

  13. Heavy Quark Pair Production in Polarized Photon--Photon Collisions

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    Jikia, George; Tkabladze, Avto

    2000-01-01

    We present the next-to-leading-order cross sections of the heavy quark-antiquark pair production in polarized photon-photon collision for the general case of photon polarizations. The numerical results for top-antitop production cross sections together with production asymmetries are obtained for linearly polarized photon-photon collisions, including one-loop QCD radiative corrections.

  14. GaN directional couplers for integrated quantum photonics

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    Zhang, Yanfeng; Engin, Erman; Watson, Ian M; Cryan, Martin J; Gu, Erdan; Thompson, Mark G; Calvez, Stephane; O'Brien, Jeremy L; Dawson, Martin D; 10.1063/1.3656073

    2012-01-01

    Large cross-section GaN waveguides are proposed as a suitable architecture to achieve integrated quantum photonic circuits. Directional couplers with this geometry have been designed with aid of the beam propagation method and fabricated using inductively coupled plasma etching. Scanning electron microscopy inspection shows high quality facets for end coupling and a well defined gap between rib pairs in the coupling region. Optical characterization at 800 nm shows single-mode operation and coupling-length-dependent splitting ratios. Two photon interference of degenerate photon pairs has been observed in the directional coupler by measurement of the Hong-Ou-Mandel dip with 96% visibility.

  15. Fabrication of a Two-Dimensional Organic Photonic Crystal

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    HU Xiao-Yong; LI Yan; GONG Qi-Huang; CHENG Bing-Ying; ZHANG Dao-Zhong

    2005-01-01

    @@ A high-quality two-dimensional polystyrene photonic crystal is fabricated by the method of focused ion beam etching. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and the transmittance spectrum are used to characterize the properties of the photonic crystal. The measured transmittance spectrum is in agreement with the theoretical one. The influences of the disorders caused by the random perturbations in the diameter or the position of the air holes on the photonic band structure are analysed. It is found that the phtonic bandgap can tolerate less than 10% degree of disorder.

  16. Non-equilibrium grain-boundary segregation of Bi in binary Ni(Bi) alloy

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    The minimum ductility of Ni(Bi) alloy caused by isothermal annealing at 750 °C or 650 °C is determined through tensile tests at room temperature. Tensile samples with minimum ductility display intergranular facets. Strong grain-boundary segregation of Bi in nanocrystalline Ni–Bi layer is observed by atom probe tomography. The minimum ductility, intergranular facets and grain-boundary segregation of Bi confirm the non-equilibrium grain-boundary segregation of Bi in Ni(Bi) alloy for the first time

  17. Photoconductive properties of Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanowires

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    Andzane, J., E-mail: jana.andzane@lu.lv; Kunakova, G.; Erts, D. [Institute of Chemical Physics, University of Latvia, Riga (Latvia); Varghese, J.; Holmes, J. D. [Materials Chemistry and Analysis Group, Department of Chemistry and the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Cork (Ireland); Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN), Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2 (Ireland)

    2015-02-14

    The photoconductive properties of Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanowires synthesized inside anodized alumina (AAO) membrane have been characterized as a function of illuminating photon energy between the wavelengths of 500 to 900 nm and at constant illumination intensity of 1–4 μW·cm{sup −2}. Photoconductivity spectra, photocurrent values, photocurrent onset/decay times of individual Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanowires liberated from the AAO membrane were determined and compared with those of arrays of as-produced Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanowires templated inside pores of AAO membrane. The alumina membrane was found to significantly influence the photoconductive properties of the AAO-hosted Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanowires, when compared to liberated from the AAO membrane individual Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanowires, possibly due to charge carrier trapping at the interface between the nanowire surface and the pore walls.

  18. Additional compound semiconductor nanowires for photonics

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    Ishikawa, F.

    2016-02-01

    GaAs related compound semiconductor heterostructures are one of the most developed materials for photonics. Those have realized various photonic devices with high efficiency, e. g., lasers, electro-optical modulators, and solar cells. To extend the functions of the materials system, diluted nitride and bismide has been paid attention over the past decade. They can largely decrease the band gap of the alloys, providing the greater tunability of band gap and strain status, eventually suppressing the non-radiative Auger recombinations. On the other hand, selective oxidation for AlGaAs is a vital technique for vertical surface emitting lasers. That enables precisely controlled oxides in the system, enabling the optical and electrical confinement, heat transfer, and mechanical robustness. We introduce the above functions into GaAs nanowires. GaAs/GaAsN core-shell nanowires showed clear redshift of the emitting wavelength toward infrared regime. Further, the introduction of N elongated the carrier lifetime at room temperature indicating the passivation of non-radiative surface recombinations. GaAs/GaAsBi nanowire shows the redshift with metamorphic surface morphology. Selective and whole oxidations of GaAs/AlGaAs core-shell nanowires produce semiconductor/oxide composite GaAs/AlGaOx and oxide GaOx/AlGaOx core-shell nanowires, respectively. Possibly sourced from nano-particle species, the oxide shell shows white luminescence. Those property should extend the functions of the nanowires for their application to photonics.

  19. Photonic Crystal Waveguide Fabrication

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    Høvik, Jens

    2012-01-01

    This research is entirely devoted to the study and fabrication of structures with periodic dielectric constants, also known as photonic crystals (PhCs). These structures show interesting dispersion characteristics which give them a range of prohibited frequencies that are not allowed to propagate within the crystal. This property makes them suited for a wide array of photonic-based components. One-dimensional photonic crystals are already commercialized and are of widespread use in for exampl...

  20. Two photon reactions

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    Some recent results from the field of photon-photon interaction are presented. After a brief general introduction author discusses resonance production, exclusive processes with the four pion final state (γγ→π+π-π+π-), exclusive reaction γγ→psi psi, γγ - 2 body final state and jet production. Total hadronic cross sections for γγ - interactions and the photon structure function are also considered. (M.F.W.)

  1. Integrated microwave photonics

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    Marpaung, David; Roeloffzen, Chris; Heideman, Rene; Leinse, Arne; Sales, Salvador; Capmany, Jose

    2012-01-01

    Microwave photonics (MWP) is an emerging field in which radio frequency (RF) signals are generated, distributed, processed and analyzed using the strength of photonic techniques. It is a technology that enables various functionalities which are not feasible to achieve only in the microwave domain. A particular aspect that recently gains significant interests is the use of photonic integrated circuit (PIC) technology in the MWP field for enhanced functionalities and robustness as well as the r...

  2. Green silicon photonics

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    Jalali, B.; Fathpour, S.; Tsia, K

    2009-01-01

    Silicon photonics have provided low-cost communication components for Internet applications and are now aimed towards providing environmentally friendly and green optical solutions. The need for energy-efficient photonics is due to the excessive energy dissipated in advanced electronics and an increase in power density that has posed a challenge to the most advanced chip-cooling technologies. The two-photon absorption (TPA)-generated free carriers need to be actively removed from the waveguid...

  3. Two-photon physics

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    Bardeen, W.A.

    1981-10-01

    A new experimental frontier has recently been opened to the study of two photon processes. The first results of many aspects of these reactions are being presented at this conference. In contrast, the theoretical development of research ito two photon processes has a much longer history. This talk reviews the many different theoretical ideas which provide a detailed framework for our understanding of two photon processes.

  4. Fractal Photonic Crystal Waveguides

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    Monsoriu, Juan A.; Zapata-Rodriguez, Carlos J.; Silvestre, Enrique; Furlan, Walter D.

    2004-01-01

    We propose a new class of one-dimensional (1D) photonic waveguides: the fractal photonic crystal waveguides (FPCWs). These structures are photonic crystal waveguides (PCWs) etched with fratal distribution of grooves such as Cantor bars. The transmission properties of the FPCWs are investigated and compared with those of the conventional 1D PCWs. It is shown that the FPCW transmission spectrum has self-similarity properties associated with the fractal distribution of grooves. Furthermore, FPCW...

  5. Developing a Parametric Downconversion Apparatus for Single-Photon Experiments in Quantum Optics

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    Diiorio, Stephen

    2015-05-01

    We report our progress toward developing a parametric downconversion apparatus for studying single-photon quantum optics in undergraduate laboratory classes, following the model of Galvez et al.. We pump a beta barium borate (BBO) crystal with a 405 nm diode laser to produce correlated pairs of single-photons that we detect using avalanche photodiodes (APD). We can conduct coincidence and anti-coincidence counts and a measurement of the degree of second-order coherence with the apparatus, and we expect to report on single- and bi-photon interferometry experiments.

  6. Microscopy using source and detector arrays

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    Sheppard, Colin J. R.; Castello, Marco; Vicidomini, Giuseppe; Duocastella, Martí; Diaspro, Alberto

    2016-03-01

    There are basically two types of microscope, which we call conventional and scanning. The former type is a full-field imaging system. In the latter type, the object is illuminated with a probe beam, and a signal detected. We can generalize the probe to a patterned illumination. Similarly we can generalize the detection to a patterned detection. Combining these we get a range of different modalities: confocal microscopy, structured illumination (with full-field imaging), spinning disk (with multiple illumination points), and so on. The combination allows the spatial frequency bandwidth of the system to be doubled. In general we can record a four dimensional (4D) image of a 2D object (or a 6D image from a 3D object, using an acoustic tuneable lens). The optimum way to directly reconstruct the resulting image is by image scanning microscopy (ISM). But the 4D image is highly redundant, so deconvolution-based approaches are also relevant. ISM can be performed in fluorescence, bright field or interference microscopy. Several different implementations have been described, with associated advantages and disadvantages. In two-photon microscopy, the illumination and detection point spread functions are very different. This is also the case when using pupil filters or when there is a large Stokes shift.

  7. A simple and general strategy for generating frequency-anticorrelated photon pairs

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    Zhang, Xin; Xu, Chang; Ren, Zhongzhou

    2016-04-01

    Currently, two-photon excitation microscopy is the method of choice for imaging living cells within thick specimen. A remaining problem for this technique is the damage caused by the high photon flux in the excitation region. To reduce the required flux, a promising solution is to use highly frequency-anticorrelated photon pairs, which are known to induce two-photon transitions much more efficiently. It is still an open question what the best scheme is for generating such photon pairs. Here we propose one simple general strategy for this task. As an example, we show explicitly that this general strategy can be realized faithfully within the widely applicable coherently pumped Jaynes-Cummings model. It is shown quantitatively that this strategy can generate highly frequency-anticorrelated photon pairs which can dramatically enhance two-photon excitation efficiency. We believe the proposed strategy can guide new designs for generating frequency-anticorrelated photon pairs.

  8. The role of bismuth on the microstructure and corrosion behavior of ternary Mg–1.2Ca–xBi alloys for biomedical applications

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    Highlights: • Secondary phases have a significant effect on corrosion properties of the alloys. • Microstructure of Mg–Ca–xBi was refined significantly after Bi addition. • Addition of 0.5 wt.% Bi to Mg–Ca alloy leads to increase corrosion resistance. • Microstructure analysis showed needle-shaped precipitates at the grain boundaries. - Abstract: In this study the influence of various Bi additions on the microstructure and corrosion behavior of the Mg–1.2Ca–xBi alloys (x = 0.5, 1.5, 3, 5, 12 wt.%) were evaluated by using optical and scanning electron microscopy, immersion and electrochemical tests. Microstructural observations showed that the refinement efficiency became more pronounced with increased Bi amount. Microstructural results of Mg–1.2Ca–xBi (x = 0.5, 1.5, and 3) indicated that the formation of three distinct phases—namely α-Mg, Mg2Ca and Mg3Bi2. However, further addition of Bi to 5 and 12 wt.% leads to evolution of α-Mg, Mg3Bi2, and Mg2Bi2Ca phases. The addition of Bi up to 0.5 wt.% enhanced corrosion resistance while further addition from 1.5 to 12 wt.% accelerated the degradation rate because of the emergence of more galvanic coupling between the α-Mg phases and secondary phases. The analyses showed that the Mg–1.2Ca–0.5Bi alloy gives the best corrosion resistance behavior, which makes it ideal for biodegradable medical applications

  9. Integrated microwave photonics

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    Marpaung, David; Heideman, Rene; Leinse, Arne; Sales, Salvador; Capmany, Jose

    2012-01-01

    Microwave photonics (MWP) is an emerging field in which radio frequency (RF) signals are generated, distributed, processed and analyzed using the strength of photonic techniques. It is a technology that enables various functionalities which are not feasible to achieve only in the microwave domain. A particular aspect that recently gains significant interests is the use of photonic integrated circuit (PIC) technology in the MWP field for enhanced functionalities and robustness as well as the reduction of size, weight, cost and power consumption. This article reviews the recent advances in this emerging field which is dubbed as integrated microwave photonics. Key integrated MWP technologies are reviewed and the prospective of the field is discussed.

  10. Photonic Integrated Circuits

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    Merritt, Scott; Krainak, Michael

    2016-01-01

    Integrated photonics generally is the integration of multiple lithographically defined photonic and electronic components and devices (e.g. lasers, detectors, waveguides passive structures, modulators, electronic control and optical interconnects) on a single platform with nanometer-scale feature sizes. The development of photonic integrated circuits permits size, weight, power and cost reductions for spacecraft microprocessors, optical communication, processor buses, advanced data processing, and integrated optic science instrument optical systems, subsystems and components. This is particularly critical for small spacecraft platforms. We will give an overview of some NASA applications for integrated photonics.

  11. Review on Dark Photon

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    Curciarello Francesca

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available e+e− collider experiments at the intensity frontier are naturally suited to probe the existence of a force beyond the Standard Model between WIMPs, the most viable dark matter candidates. The mediator of this new force, known as dark photon, should be a new vector gauge boson very weakly coupled to the Standard Model photon. No significant signal has been observed so far. I will report on current limits set on the coupling factor ε2 between the photon and the dark photon by e+e− collider experiments.

  12. Photonic Crystal Fibres

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    Bjarklev, Anders Overgaard; Broeng, Jes; Sanchez Bjarklev, Araceli

    optical fibres, have spun an interest from almost all areas of optics and photonics. The aim of this book is to provide an understanding of the different types of photonic crystal fibres and to outline some of the many new and exciting applications that these fibres offer. The book is intended for both...... readers with a general interest in photonic crystals, as well as for scientists who are entering the field and desire a broad overview as well as a solid starting point for further specialized stuides. Teh book, therefore, covers bothe general aspects such as the link from classical optics to photonic...

  13. Photonics. Present and future

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    K. I. Silakov

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Short review of the literature in the field of photonics, which reflects the new technology of ultra-compact optical communications components, the use of generators to transmission light instead of wires is represented. This is - silicon photonics - finding ways to use semiconductor components and of standard semiconductor technology to create optical devices, silicon photonics - the creation of a silicon photonic waveguide. All of these components can be used in the construction of computer systems linked by powerful optical data networks. Optical communication system will eliminate the "bottleneck" due to the difference in memory bandwidth and processor speed, and improve overall performance computing plate-tformy.

  14. Towards THz integrated photonics

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    Hübers, Heinz-Wilhelm

    2010-01-01

    The demonstration of an integrated terahertz transceiver featuring a quantum cascade laser and a Schottky diode mixer promises new applications for compact and convenient terahertz photonic instrumentation.

  15. Nonlinear Integrated Microwave Photonics

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    Marpaung, David

    2013-01-01

    Harnessing nonlinear optical effects in a photonic chip scale has been proven useful for a number of key applications in optical communications. Microwave photonics can also benefit from the adoption of such a technology, creating a new concept of nonlinear integrated microwave photonics. Here, we discuss the potential of on-chip nonlinear processing towards the creation of robust and multifunctional microwave photonic (MWP) processors. We also highlight key recent results in the field, including frequency agile MWP filters and ultra-wideband signal generators.

  16. Biomedical photonics handbook

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    Vo-Dinh, Tuan

    2003-01-01

    1.Biomedical Photonics: A Revolution at the Interface of Science and Technology, T. Vo-DinhPHOTONICS AND TISSUE OPTICS2.Optical Properties of Tissues, J. Mobley and T. Vo-Dinh3.Light-Tissue Interactions, V.V. Tuchin 4.Theoretical Models and Algorithms in Optical Diffusion Tomography, S.J. Norton and T. Vo-DinhPHOTONIC DEVICES5.Laser Light in Biomedicine and the Life Sciences: From the Present to the Future, V.S. Letokhov6.Basic Instrumentation in Photonics, T. Vo-Dinh7.Optical Fibers and Waveguides for Medical Applications, I. Gannot and

  17. Sfermion production at photon colliders

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    Klasen, M

    2000-01-01

    We calculate total and differential cross sections for sfermion production in $e^+e^-$ annihilation and in photon-photon collisions with arbitrary photon polarization. The total cross section at a polarized photon collider is shown to be larger than the $e^+e^-$ annihilation cross section up to the kinematic limit of the photon collider.

  18. In-situ synthesis of nanofibers with various ratios of BiOClx/BiOBry/BiOIz for effective trichloroethylene photocatalytic degradation

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    Zhang, Yifan; Park, Mira; Kim, Hak Yong; Ding, Bin; Park, Soo-Jin

    2016-10-01

    In this work, BiOClx/BiOBry/BiOIz (x + y + z = 1) composite nanofibers were prepared through electrospinning and the sol-gel methods. Photocatalytic degradation of trichloroethylene (TCE) by BiOClx/BiOBry/BiOIz/PAN nanofibers was systematically investigated via gas chromatography (GC). Optimum photocatalytic activity was achieved with BiOCl0.3/BiOBr0.3/BiOI0.4 fibers under solar light irradiation. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) peaks due to Csbnd O and Cdbnd O were observed at 286.0 and 288.3 eV, respectively, it indicated that the BiOClx/BiOBry/BiOIz 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 BiOCl0.3/BiOBr0.3/BiOI0.4 were up to 3 times higher than the pure BiOCl, BiOBr and BiOI samples, respectively.

  19. EDITORIAL: Photonic terahertz technology

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    Lisauskas, Alvydas; Löffler, Torsten; Roskos, Hartmut G.

    2005-07-01

    femtosecond lasers operating at high repetition rate (~100 MHz). The system described by Planken et al was initially optimized for high-speed pixel-by-pixel THz imaging, which they do not describe here but rather focus on developments in THz microscopy. The second paper, by Kübler et al, presents pioneering work towards ultra-wide-bandwidth THz pulses which exhibit spectral content reaching far into the mid-IR, tremendously widening the covered frequency range, and hence shortening the time resolution, of THz spectroscopy. The third paper, by Löffler et al, deals with the state of the art in THz measurement systems relying on amplified laser pulses. Finally, Krotkus et al focus on low-temperature-grown (LT) GaAs, arguably the most important material for ultrafast optoelectronic switching and present in many THz sources and detectors, and in other emerging materials of similar kind. This leads directly to the second topic of this collection of papers, 'Continuous-Wave Photomixing Technology', based on THz-wave generation by down-conversion of continuous-wave (cw) laser radiation. This newer branch of THz photonics opens the possibility of obtaining tunable narrow-band THz radiation and of detecting it with high signal-to-noise ratio at room temperature. CW photomixing has received much attention over the last few years mainly because it has the potential to provide the compact and low-cost THz measurement systems needed for market applications beyond the scientific realm, with the sources of light for mixing being semiconductor (or fibre) lasers with or without optical amplifiers. Six papers outline recent developments in this subfield. We should also point towards a seventh paper, by Kawase et al, which is to be found in the section on 'Chemical and Biochemical Recognition', and which discusses an interesting hybrid approach generating tunable quasi-cw THz radiation with the help of nanosecond laser pulses. Of the six papers mentioned, the first, by Tani et al, summarizes

  20. Microwave assisted synthesis of sheet-like Cu/BiVO4 and its activities of various photocatalytic conditions

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    The Cu/BiVO4 photocatalyst with visible-light responsivity was prepared by the microwave-assisted hydrothermal method. The phase structures, chemical composition and surface physicochemical properties were well-characterized via X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV–vis diffuse reflectance absorption (UV–vis/DRS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and N2 adsorption–desorption tests. Results indicate that the crystal structure of synthetic composite materials is mainly monoclinic scheelite BiVO4, which is not changed with the increasing doping amount of Cu. In addition, the presence of Cu not only enlarges the range of the composite materials under the visible-light response, but also increases the BET value significantly. Compared to pure BiVO4, 1% Cu/BiVO4-160 performs the highest photocatalytic activity to degrade methylene blue under the irradiation of ultraviolet, visible and simulated sunlight. In addition, the capture experiments prove that the main active species was superoxide radicals during photocatalytic reaction. Moreover, the 1% Cu/BiVO4-160 composite shows good photocatalytic stability after three times of recycling. - Graphical abstract: A series of BiVO4 with different amounts of Cu doping were prepared by the microwave-assisted method, moreover, which performed the high photocatalytic activities to degrade methylene blue under multi-mode. - Highlights: • A series of Cu/BiVO4 with different amounts of Cu doping were prepared by microwave-assisted synthesis. • The morphologies of as-samples were different with the amount of Cu doping increased. • Compared with pure BiVO4, as-Cu/BiVO4 showed stronger absorption in the visible light region obviously. • 1% Cu/BiVO4-160 performed the high photocatalytic activities to degrade methylene blue under multi-mode. • OH• and h+ both play important roles in the photocatalytic reaction