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  1. Biomagnetism an interdisciplinary approach

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    Romani, Gian-Luca; Kaufman, Lloyd; Modena, Ivo

    1983-01-01

    Biomagnetism is the study of magnetic fields that originate in biological systems. This is a relatively new discipline that has attracted considerable interest throughout the scientific commu- ty. The study of biomagnetic fields requires the use of techniques and concepts drawn from widely disparate scientific disciplines. To make these techniques and concepts available to a wide spectrum of the scientific community, a NATO Advanced study Institute on B- magnetism was held near Frascati at Grottaferrata, Italy, in S- tember 1982. This volume is based on the lectures delivered by scholars representing many different scientific areas, ranging from solid state physics to psychology. It attempts to preserve the - herent development of concepts drawn from physiology, psychology, biology, physics, medicine, occupational health and geology that was evident during the Institute. The reader will quickly become aware that the progress in biomagnetism over the past decade was due principally to the efforts of interdisci...

  2. Biomagnetism using SQUIDs: status and perspectives

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    Sternickel, Karsten [CardioMag Imaging, Inc., 450 Duane Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12304 (United States); Braginski, Alex I [Research Center Juelich, ISG-2, D-52425 Juelich (Germany)

    2006-03-15

    Biomagnetism involves the measurement and analysis of very weak local magnetic fields of living organisms and various organs in humans. Such fields can be of physiological origin or due to magnetic impurities or markers. This paper reviews existing and prospective applications of biomagnetism in clinical research and medical diagnostics. Currently, such applications require sensitive magnetic SQUID sensors and amplifiers. The practicality of biomagnetic methods depends especially on techniques for suppressing the dominant environmental electromagnetic noise, and on suitable nearly real-time data processing and interpretation methods. Of the many biomagnetic methods and applications, only the functional studies of the human brain (magnetoencephalography) and liver susceptometry are in clinical use, while functional diagnostics of the human heart (magnetocardiography) approaches the threshold of clinical acceptance. Particularly promising for the future is the ongoing research into low-field magnetic resonance anatomical imaging using SQUIDs.

  3. Biomagnetics and bioimaging for medical applications

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    Ueno, Shoogo [Department of Biomedical Engineering, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033 (Japan)]. E-mail: ueno@medes.m.u-tokyo.ac.jp; Sekino, Masaki [Department of Biomedical Engineering, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033 (Japan)

    2006-09-15

    This paper reviews medical applications of the recently developed techniques in biomagnetics and bioimaging such as transcranial magnetic stimulation, magnetoencephalography, magnetic resonance imaging, cancer therapy based on magnetic stimulation, and magnetic control of cell orientation and cell growth. These techniques are leading medicine and biology into a new horizon through the novel applications of magnetism.

  4. Proceedings of the biomagnetic effects workshop. [Lead abstract

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    Tenforde, T.S. (ed.)

    1978-01-01

    Separate abstracts were prepared for six of the eight chapters contained in these proceedings. The other two chapters contain introductory material (Chapter 1) dealing with the rationale for the work shop, and a summary (Chapter 8) of the major objectives that were accomplished at the workshop relative to the current status of awareness in the field of biomagnetic effects. (ERB)

  5. The atomic magnetometer: A new era in biomagnetism

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    Wakai, Ronald T., E-mail: rtwakai@wisc.edu [1005 Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research, 1111 Highland Avenue, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53705 (United States)

    2014-11-07

    The high cost and impracticality of SQUID (Superconducting QUantum Interference Device) magnetometers has limited the expansion of magnetoencephalography (MEG) and magnetocardiography (MCG), especially in countries where the cost of liquid helium is high. A recent breakthrough, however, has the potential to radically change this situation. In 2003, a group at Princeton University demonstrated an atomic magnetometer, known as the SERF (spin-exchange free relaxation) magnetometer, with unprecedented sensitivity. Since then, several research groups have utilized SERF magnetometers to record MEG, MCG, and fetal MCG signals. Despite some modest drawbacks, it now seems almost certain that SERF magnetometers can replace SQUIDs for many applications. With a price tag that is likely to be far less than that of SQUIDs, SERF magnetometers can propel the next wave of growth in biomagnetism.

  6. NOTE: Sampling and reconstruction schemes for biomagnetic sensor arrays

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    Naddeo, Adele; Della Penna, Stefania; Nappi, Ciro; Vardaci, Emanuele; Pizzella, Vittorio

    2002-09-01

    In this paper we generalize the approach of Ahonen et al (1993 IEEE Trans. Biomed. Eng. 40 859-69) to two-dimensional non-uniform sampling. The focus is on two main topics: (1) searching for the optimal sensor configuration on a planar measurement surface; and (2) reconstructing the magnetic field (a continuous function) from a discrete set of data points recorded with a finite number of sensors. A reconstruction formula for Bz is derived in the framework of the multidimensional Papoulis generalized sampling expansion (Papoulis A 1977 IEEE Trans. Circuits Syst. 24 652-4, Cheung K F 1993 Advanced Topics in Shannon Sampling and Interpolation Theory (New York: Springer) pp 85-119) in a particular case. Application of these considerations to the design of biomagnetic sensor arrays is also discussed.

  7. Sampling and reconstruction schemes for biomagnetic sensor arrays.

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    Naddeo, Adele; Della Penna, Stefania; Nappi, Ciro; Vardaci, Emanuele; Pizzella, Vittorio

    2002-09-21

    In this paper we generalize the approach of Ahonen et al (1993 IEEE Trans. Biomed. Eng. 40 859-69) to two-dimensional non-uniform sampling. The focus is on two main topics: (1) searching for the optimal sensor configuration on a planar measurement surface; and (2) reconstructing the magnetic field (a continuous function) from a discrete set of data points recorded with a finite number of sensors. A reconstruction formula for Bz is derived in the framework of the multidimensional Papoulis generalized sampling expansion (Papoulis A 1977 IEEE Trans. Circuits Syst. 24 652-4, Cheung K F 1993 Advanced Topics in Shannon Sampling and Interpolation Theory (New York: Springer) pp 85-119) in a particular case. Application of these considerations to the design of biomagnetic sensor arrays is also discussed.

  8. Magnetoresistive-superconducting mixed sensors for biomagnetic applications

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    Pannetier-Lecoeur, M. [DSM/IRAMIS/SPEC, CEA Saclay, 91191 Gif sur Yvette Cedex (France); Fermon, C., E-mail: claude.fermon@cea.f [DSM/IRAMIS/SPEC, CEA Saclay, 91191 Gif sur Yvette Cedex (France); Dyvorne, H.; Jacquinot, J.F.; Polovy, H.; Walliang, A.L. [DSM/IRAMIS/SPEC, CEA Saclay, 91191 Gif sur Yvette Cedex (France)

    2010-05-15

    When coupled to a giant magnetoresistive (GMR) sensor, a superconducting loop containing a constriction can be a very sensitive magnetometer. It has thermal noise levels of few fT/sqrt(Hz), comparable to low-T{sub c} SQUID noise, with a flat frequency response. These mixed sensors are good candidates for detection of weak biomagnetic signals, like a cardiac or neuronal signature. Furthermore, being sensitive to the flux, mixed sensors can be used for nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) detection and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) especially at low fields. They are very robust and accept strong RF pulses with a very short recovery time compared to tuned RF coils, which allow measurements of broad signals (short relaxation time or multiple resonances). We will first present the last generation sensors having a noise level of 3 fT/sqrt(Hz) and we will show signals measured at low frequency (magnetocardiography-magnetoencephalography range) and at higher frequency (NMR signals). The use of additional flux transformers for improving the signal-to-noise will be discussed. Finally, we will present perspectives for low-field MRI, which can be combined with neural signal detection (MEG), especially for brain anatomy and temporal response on the same experimental setup.

  9. SQUIDs in biomagnetism: a roadmap towards improved healthcare

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    Körber, Rainer; Storm, Jan-Hendrik; Seton, Hugh; Mäkelä, Jyrki P.; Paetau, Ritva; Parkkonen, Lauri; Pfeiffer, Christoph; Riaz, Bushra; Schneiderman, Justin F.; Dong, Hui; Hwang, Seong-min; You, Lixing; Inglis, Ben; Clarke, John; Espy, Michelle A.; Ilmoniemi, Risto J.; Magnelind, Per E.; Matlashov, Andrei N.; Nieminen, Jaakko O.; Volegov, Petr L.; Zevenhoven, Koos C. J.; Höfner, Nora; Burghoff, Martin; Enpuku, Keiji; Yang, S. Y.; Chieh, Jen-Jei; Knuutila, Jukka; Laine, Petteri; Nenonen, Jukka

    2016-11-01

    Globally, the demand for improved health care delivery while managing escalating costs is a major challenge. Measuring the biomagnetic fields that emanate from the human brain already impacts the treatment of epilepsy, brain tumours and other brain disorders. This roadmap explores how superconducting technologies are poised to impact health care. Biomagnetism is the study of magnetic fields of biological origin. Biomagnetic fields are typically very weak, often in the femtotesla range, making their measurement challenging. The earliest in vivo human measurements were made with room-temperature coils. In 1963, Baule and McFee (1963 Am. Heart J. 55 95-6) reported the magnetic field produced by electric currents in the heart (‘magnetocardiography’), and in 1968, Cohen (1968 Science 161 784-6) described the magnetic field generated by alpha-rhythm currents in the brain (‘magnetoencephalography’). Subsequently, in 1970, Cohen et al (1970 Appl. Phys. Lett. 16 278-80) reported the recording of a magnetocardiogram using a Superconducting QUantum Interference Device (SQUID). Just two years later, in 1972, Cohen (1972 Science 175 664-6) described the use of a SQUID in magnetoencephalography. These last two papers set the scene for applications of SQUIDs in biomagnetism, the subject of this roadmap. The SQUID is a combination of two fundamental properties of superconductors. The first is flux quantization—the fact that the magnetic flux Φ in a closed superconducting loop is quantized in units of the magnetic flux quantum, Φ0 ≡ h/2e, ≈ 2.07 × 10-15 Tm2 (Deaver and Fairbank 1961 Phys. Rev. Lett. 7 43-6, Doll R and Näbauer M 1961 Phys. Rev. Lett. 7 51-2). Here, h is the Planck constant and e the elementary charge. The second property is the Josephson effect, predicted in 1962 by Josephson (1962 Phys. Lett. 1 251-3) and observed by Anderson and Rowell (1963 Phys. Rev. Lett. 10 230-2) in 1963. The Josephson junction consists of two weakly coupled superconductors

  10. Dual signal subspace projection (DSSP): a novel algorithm for removing large interference in biomagnetic measurements

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    Sekihara, Kensuke; Kawabata, Yuya; Ushio, Shuta; Sumiya, Satoshi; Kawabata, Shigenori; Adachi, Yoshiaki; Nagarajan, Srikantan S.

    2016-06-01

    Objective. In functional electrophysiological imaging, signals are often contaminated by interference that can be of considerable magnitude compared to the signals of interest. This paper proposes a novel algorithm for removing such interferences that does not require separate noise measurements. Approach. The algorithm is based on a dual definition of the signal subspace in the spatial- and time-domains. Since the algorithm makes use of this duality, it is named the dual signal subspace projection (DSSP). The DSSP algorithm first projects the columns of the measured data matrix onto the inside and outside of the spatial-domain signal subspace, creating a set of two preprocessed data matrices. The intersection of the row spans of these two matrices is estimated as the time-domain interference subspace. The original data matrix is projected onto the subspace that is orthogonal to this interference subspace. Main results. The DSSP algorithm is validated by using the computer simulation, and using two sets of real biomagnetic data: spinal cord evoked field data measured from a healthy volunteer and magnetoencephalography data from a patient with a vagus nerve stimulator. Significance. The proposed DSSP algorithm is effective for removing overlapped interference in a wide variety of biomagnetic measurements.

  11. Effects of anatomical position on esophageal transit time: A biomagnetic diagnostic technique

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    Teodoro Cordova-Fraga; Modesto Sosa; Cados Wiechers; Jose Maria De la Roca-Chiapas; Alejandro Maldonado Moreles; Jesus BernaI-Alvarado; Raquel Huerta-Franco

    2008-01-01

    AIM: To study the esophageal transit time (ETT)and compare its mean value among three anatomical inclinations of the body; and to analyze the correlation of ETT to body mass index (BMI).METHODS: A biomagnetic technique was implemented to perform this study: (1) The transit time of a magnetic marker (MM) through the esophagus was measured using two fluxgate sensors placed over the chest of 14 healthy subjects; (2) the ETT was assessed in three anatomical positions (at upright,fowler,and supine positions; 90°,45° and 0°,respectively).RESULTS: ANOVA and Tuckey post-hoc tests demonstrated significant differences between ETT mean of the different positions.The ETT means were 5.2 ±1.1 s,6.1±1.5 s,and 23.6 ± 9.2 s for 90°,45° and 0°,respectively.Pearson correlation results were r = -0.716 and P < 0.001 by subjects' anatomical position,and r =-0.024 and P > 0.05 according the subject's BHI.CONCLUSION: We demonstrated that using this biomagnetic technique,it is possible to measure the ETT and the effects of the anatomical position on the ETT.

  12. Biomagnetic monitoring as a validation tool for local air quality models: a case study for an urban street canyon.

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    Hofman, Jelle; Samson, Roeland

    2014-09-01

    Biomagnetic monitoring of tree leaf deposited particles has proven to be a good indicator of the ambient particulate concentration. The objective of this study is to apply this method to validate a local-scale air quality model (ENVI-met), using 96 tree crown sampling locations in a typical urban street canyon. To the best of our knowledge, the application of biomagnetic monitoring for the validation of pollutant dispersion modeling is hereby presented for the first time. Quantitative ENVI-met validation showed significant correlations between modeled and measured results throughout the entire in-leaf period. ENVI-met performed much better at the first half of the street canyon close to the ring road (r=0.58-0.79, RMSE=44-49%), compared to second part (r=0.58-0.64, RMSE=74-102%). The spatial model behavior was evaluated by testing effects of height, azimuthal position, tree position and distance from the main pollution source on the obtained model results and magnetic measurements. Our results demonstrate that biomagnetic monitoring seems to be a valuable method to evaluate the performance of air quality models. Due to the high spatial and temporal resolution of this technique, biomagnetic monitoring can be applied anywhere in the city (where urban green is present) to evaluate model performance at different spatial scales.

  13. Research Progress on Biomagnetism and Biomagnetic Effect of Bone%骨组织生物磁性及磁场生物学效应研究

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    丁冲; 陈晓虎; 李迪杰; 宁旦旦; 商澎

    2013-01-01

    骨组织是一种整体表现抗磁性的生物活性物质,外加磁场具有促进骨组织生长的作用.临床上应用一定参数的脉冲磁场、静磁场进行骨质疏松、骨折愈合的治疗,并开发磁性骨植入材料促进骨修复.骨组织磁生物学效应的研究在整体、细胞、分子等多个层面开展,不同的骨组织细胞对磁场产生不同的响应.对各种骨细胞细胞磁性来源进行分析和检测,将为骨组织磁生物效应的机制及其应用提供指导和帮助.%The magnetic properties of bone tissue are mainly dominated by the diamagnetic materials, which can act with the external magnetic fields. With the function of promoting bone growth, puls-electromagnetic fields (PEMFs) or static magnetic fields (SMFs) with certain parameters can be used as a therapy for the osteoporosis and fracture healing in clinical application, as well as the bone implant materials with magnetic property are developed to promote the damaged tissues repair. The research of effect of magnetic fields on bone tissue are studied on integration, cell, and molecular level. The osteoblast, osteo-clast and osteocyte's responses to the same magnetic fields are different. To analysis and detect the magnetism of bone cells and bone tissue will provide a guidance for research the mechanism of biomagnetic effects of bone and its application.

  14. Biomagnetic monitoring of heavy metals contamination in deposited atmospheric dust, a case study from Isfahan, Iran.

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    Norouzi, Samira; Khademi, Hossein; Cano, Angel Faz; Acosta, Jose A

    2016-05-15

    Tree leaves are considered as one of the best biogenic dust collectors due to their ability to trap and retain particulate matter on their surfaces. In this study, the magnetic susceptibility (MS) and the concentration of selected heavy metals of plane tree (Platanus orientalis L.) leaves and deposited atmospheric dust, sampled by an indirect and a direct method, respectively, were determined to investigate the relationships between leaf magnetic parameters and the concentration of heavy metals in deposited atmospheric dust. The objective was to develop a biomagnetic method as an alternative to the common ones used for determining atmospheric heavy metal contaminations. Plane tree leaves were monthly sampled on the 19th of May to November, 2012 (T1-T7), for seven months from 21 different sites in the city of Isfahan, central Iran. Deposited atmospheric dust samples were also collected using flat glass surfaces from the same sites on the same dates, except for T1. MS (χlf, χhf) values in washed (WL) and unwashed leaves (UL) as well as Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, Pb, and Zn concentrations in UL and deposited atmospheric dust samples were determined. The results showed that the MS content with a biogenic source was low with almost no significant change during the sampling period, while an increasing trend was observed in the MS content of UL samples due to the deposition of heavy metals and magnetic particles on leaf surfaces throughout the plant growth. The latter type of MS content could be reduced through washing off by rain. Most heavy metals examined, as well as the Tomlinson pollution load index (PLI) in UL, showed statistically significant correlations with MS values. The correlation between heavy metals content in atmospheric dust deposited on glass surfaces and leaf MS values was significant for Cu, Fe, Pb, and Zn. Moreover, the similarity observed between the spatial distribution maps of leaf MS and deposited atmospheric dust PLI provided convincing evidence regarding

  15. Interpretation of the MEG-MUSIC scan in biomagnetic source localization

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    Mosher, J.C.; Lewis, P.S. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States); Leahy, R.M. [University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (United States). Signal and Image Processing Inst.

    1993-09-01

    MEG-Music is a new approach to MEG source localization. MEG-Music is based on a spatio-temporal source model in which the observed biomagnetic fields are generated by a small number of current dipole sources with fixed positions/orientations and varying strengths. From the spatial covariance matrix of the observed fields, a signal subspace can be identified. The rank of this subspace is equal to the number of elemental sources present. This signal sub-space is used in a projection metric that scans the three dimensional head volume. Given a perfect signal subspace estimate and a perfect forward model, the metric will peak at unity at each dipole location. In practice, the signal subspace estimate is contaminated by noise, which in turn yields MUSIC peaks which are less than unity. Previously we examined the lower bounds on localization error, independent of the choice of localization procedure. In this paper, we analyzed the effects of noise and temporal coherence on the signal subspace estimate and the resulting effects on the MEG-MUSIC peaks.

  16. Biomagnetic separation of Salmonella Typhimurium with high affine and specific ligand peptides isolated by phage display technique

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    Steingroewer, Juliane [Institute of Food Technology and Bioprocess Engineering, Technische Universitaet Dresden, D-01062 Dresden (Germany)]. E-mail: juliane.steingroewer@tu-dresden.de; Bley, Thomas [Institute of Food Technology and Bioprocess Engineering, Technische Universitaet Dresden, D-01062 Dresden (Germany); Bergemann, Christian [Chemicell GmbH, D-10823, Berlin (Germany); Boschke, Elke [Institute of Food Technology and Bioprocess Engineering, Technische Universitaet Dresden, D-01062 Dresden (Germany)

    2007-04-15

    Analyses of food-borne pathogens are of great importance in order to minimize the health risk for customers. Thus, very sensitive and rapid detection methods are required. Current conventional culture techniques are very time consuming. Modern immunoassays and biochemical analysis also require pre-enrichment steps resulting in a turnaround time of at least 24 h. Biomagnetic separation (BMS) is a promising more rapid method. In this study we describe the isolation of high affine and specific peptides from a phage-peptide library, which combined with BMS allows the detection of Salmonella spp. with a similar sensitivity as that of immunomagnetic separation using antibodies.

  17. Development of a novel bacteriophage based biomagnetic separation method as an aid for sensitive detection of viable Escherichia coli.

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    Wang, Ziyuan; Wang, Danhui; Chen, Juhong; Sela, David A; Nugen, Sam R

    2016-02-01

    The application of bacteriophage combined with the use of magnetic separation techniques has emerged as a valuable tool for the sensitive identification and detection of bacteria. In this study, bacteriophage T7 labelled magnetic beads were developed for the detection of viable bacterial cells. Fusion of the biotin acceptor peptide (BAP) with the phage capsid protein gene and the insertion of the biotin ligase (BirA) gene enabled the display of the BAP ligand and the expression protein BirA during the replication cycle of phage infection. The replicated Escherichia coli specific bacteriophage was biotinylated in vivo and coated on magnetic beads via streptavidin-biotin interaction. Immobilization efficiency of the recombinant phage was investigated on magnetic beads and the phage-bead complex was evaluated by detecting E. coli from inoculated broth. When compared to the wild type phage, the recombinant phage T7birA-bap had a high immobilization density on streptavidin-coated magnetic beads and could capture 86.2% of E. coli cells from broth within 20 min. As this phage-based biomagnetic detection approach provided a low detection limit of 10(2) CFU mL(-1) without pre-enrichment, we believe this assay could be further developed to detect other bacteria of interest by applying host-specific phages. This would be of particular use in detecting bacteria which are difficult to grow or replicate slowly in culture.

  18. The high temperature superconductor YBa2Cu3O7-δ: symmetry of the order parameter, and gradiometers for biomagnetic applications

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    Kouznetsov, Konstantin Alexander [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (US). Dept. of Physics; Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)

    1999-12-01

    pickup up loop of a directly coupled magnetometer. The long baseline of the gradiometer, 48 mm, and the intrinsic. Balance of better than 1 part in 100 make it an ideal candidate for operation in biomagnetic systems in an unshielded environment. They demonstrate a practical multichannel SQUID system for MagnetoCardioGraphy. Using this system, they are able to detect magnetic signals from the human heart in an unshielded environment, thereby demonstrating the applicability of their technology to practical applications. Their gradiometers are readily manufacturable devices that could be used in clinical applications in the near future.

  19. A novel biomagnetic nanoparticle based on hydroxyapatite

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    Wu, Hsi-Chin; Wang, Tzu-Wei; Sun, Jui-Sheng; Wang, Wen-Hsi; Lin, Feng-Huei

    2007-04-01

    In the present study, magnetic HAP was synthesized at different ratios of Fe:Ca (XFe/Ca) by the co-precipitation method. We have evaluated the present essential properties including the crystal structure and cell parameters by XRD, lattice arrangement by HR-TEM, composition analysis by ICP-MS, and functional groups by FTIR. The morphology and magnetization were investigated by SEM and AFM and SQUID, respectively. The in vitro biocompatibility was also investigated with a lactate dehydrogenase assay. The results showed that the crystal and molecular structure of the synthesized magnetic-HAP nanoparticle remained unaltered without collapse with the addition of iron ions. The lattice constants of m-HAP were similar to reference JCPDS card no. 9-432. The magnetization of m-HAP nanoparticles increased with increasing XFe/Ca and possessed the superparamagnetic property with size distribution around 20 nm. The hydroxyapatite-based magnetic nanoparticles were also examined with good biocompatibility. With the appropriate physico-chemical and biological properties, the magnetic-HAP nanoparticles would have great potential to be applied in biomedical applications.

  20. Biomagnetics and Cell-Based Biochips

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    Ingber, Donald

    2005-03-01

    This presentation will review various micro- and nanotechnologies that we have developed over the past decade in our efforts to manipulate and probe living cells. In early studies, we used magnetic micro-particles to apply controlled mechanical forces to surface membrane receptors. We did this to probe cellular mechanical properties, and to investigate the molecular basis of mechanotransduction -- how mechanical forces are transduced into changes in intracellular biochemistry. The magnetic beads were coated with ligands for adhesion receptors, such as synthetic RGD (arginine-glycine-aspartate) peptides or antibodies that bind to membrane integrin receptors. Controlled twisting (torque) or pulling (tension) forces were exerted on the integrin-bound beads using magnetic twisting or pulling cytometry. To investigate the cellular response to dynamic forces, and to increase the level of stress applied, an electromagnetic needle was developed to apply a temporally varying magnetic field controlled by a user-defined solenoidal current; the end of the needle also was electropolished to produce a nanoscale pole tip. Magnetic forces applied to integrin receptors, but not other cell-surface receptors, induced force-dependent recruitment of cytoskeletal linker (focal adhesion) proteins to the site of bead binding, resulting in assembly and mechanical strengthening of the adhesions. Stress application to integrins also resulted in force-dependent increases in cAMP signaling and induction of gene transcription. These experiments revealed that integrins and the cytoskeleton play a central role in cellular mechanotransduction.studies in collaboration with George Whitesides (Harvard U.), we used microcontact printing techniques with self- assembled monolayers of alkanethiols to microfabricate extracellular matrix-coated adhesive islands of defined size, shape, and position on the micrometer scale. When cells were plated on these islands, the spread to take on the form of the island. These studies revealed that cells can be switched between growth, differentiation, and death (apoptosis) by varying the degree to which a cell physically can distend. When cells grown on islands with corners (e.g., squares, triangles) were stimulated with motility factors, the cells preferentially extended new motile processes from the corner regions, whereas cells on circular islands showed no bias. These findings demonstrated that much of cell behavior is controlled through physical interactions between cells and their adhesive substrate, and that microfabrication methods may be useful for tissue engineering, as well as creation of ``laboratories on a chip'' or biosensor devices that incorporate living mammalian cells. addition, in experiments with Bob Westervelt and Donhee Ham (Harvard U.), we have demonstrated the feasilibility of using microelectromagnetic circuits and CMOS technology to physically pull cells out from medium magnetically, and to move them in a directed manner. This approach may have great value for cell separation applications. Finally, with Whitesides group, we also demonstrated that microfluidics technologies may be used to deliver chemicals or probes to different regions of the same living cell under flow conditions. This provides a novel way to create chemical gradients at the subcellular scale and thereby probe the relation between cell structure and function. We also are currently exploring novel uses of microfluidics technologies, including their application for clinical cell separation applications. Taken together, this body of his work clearly demonstrates the great value of microsystem and microfluidic approaches for the analysis and manipulation of living cells. These approaches may have great value, both for fundamental scientific research and for clinical applications.

  1. Plants and Magnetism: Experiments with Biomagnetism

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    McCormack, Alan J.

    1972-01-01

    Phenomenon of effect of magnetic field on plant growth provides wide opportunities for research in classrooms. Using moderately powerful magnets, seed growth patterns can be observed in pre-germination treatment, germination period exposure and under many other conditions. Such research may enable understanding magnetotropism more clearly. (PS)

  2. Application of SQUIDs for registration of biomagnetic signals

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    Voitovych, I. D.; Primin, M. A.; Sosnytskyy, V. N.

    2012-04-01

    Supersensitive magnetometric systems based on low-temperature SQUIDs have been designed to conduct research in cardiology (magnetocardiography) and to examine distribution of magnetic nanoparticles in biologic objects. Such SQUID magnetometric systems are distinguished by their noise immunity enabling research in nonscreened rooms. High repeatability of research outcomes has been confirmed. The use of magnetocardiographic systems has permitted a new screening information technology to be developed to diagnose heart diseases at early stages. Magnetic imaging of heart's action currents is an ideal way to test local electrical heterogeneity of myocardium. It is shown that magnetocardiography has a significant potential for both basic science of analysis of heart's biosignals and clinical cardiologic practice. A SQUID magnetometric system measuring magnetic signals radiated by the organs of laboratory animals is described. Information technology for automatic recording and transforming magnetometric data has been developed; the measurement of signals over rats' livers while injecting intravenously the nanoparticles of iron oxides and lead solutions are presented.

  3. Closed-cycle cryocooled SQUID system with superconductive shield for biomagnetism

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    Yu, Kwon Kyu; Lee, Yong Ho; Lee, Seong Joo; Shim, Jeong Hyun; Hwang, Seong min; Kim, Jin Mok; Kwon, Hyuckchan; Kim, Kiwoong

    2014-10-01

    We developed a cryocooled SQUID system with which human magnetocardiogram (MCG) and possibly magnetoenceparogram (MEG) can be measured. To reduce cyclic magnetic noises originating from the regenerator of the cold heads of the cryocooler, a superconductive shield (99.5% Pb) was used to protect the SQUID sensors, and a ferromagnetic shield (78% Ni alloy) was used to screen the cold head. In addition, the SQUID sensors’ chamber was placed at a distance of 1.8 m from the cold head chamber to install the cold-head chamber outside the magnetically shielded room (MSR) for future development. The loss in cooling power due to the increased distance was compensated by increasing the number of thermal rods, and thus the SQUID sensor and superconductive shield could be refrigerated to 4.8 K and 5 K, respectively. The superconductive shield successfully rejected thermal noise emitted from metallic blocks used to improve thermal conduction. The noise of the SQUID system was 3 fT/Hz1/2, and the cyclic magnetic noise could be reduced to 1.7 pT. We could obtain a clear MCG signal while the entire cryogenics was in operation without any special digital processing.

  4. Algorithms for biomagnetic source imaging with prior anatomical and physiological information

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    Hughett, Paul William [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

    1995-12-01

    This dissertation derives a new method for estimating current source amplitudes in the brain and heart from external magnetic field measurements and prior knowledge about the probable source positions and amplitudes. The minimum mean square error estimator for the linear inverse problem with statistical prior information was derived and is called the optimal constrained linear inverse method (OCLIM). OCLIM includes as special cases the Shim-Cho weighted pseudoinverse and Wiener estimators but allows more general priors and thus reduces the reconstruction error. Efficient algorithms were developed to compute the OCLIM estimate for instantaneous or time series data. The method was tested in a simulated neuromagnetic imaging problem with five simultaneously active sources on a grid of 387 possible source locations; all five sources were resolved, even though the true sources were not exactly at the modeled source positions and the true source statistics differed from the assumed statistics.

  5. Objective assessment of biomagnetic devices and alternative clinical therapies using infrared thermal imaging

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    Rockley, Graham J.

    2001-03-01

    The overwhelming introduction of magnetic devices and other alternative therapies into the health care market prompts the need for objective evaluation of these techniques through the use of infrared thermal imaging. Many of these therapies are reported to promote the stimulation of blood flow or the relief of pain conditions. Infrared imaging is an efficient tool to assess such changes in the physiological state. Therefore, a thermal imager can help document and substantiate whether these therapies are in fact providing an effective change to the local circulation. Thermal images may also indicate whether the change is temporary or sustained. As a specific case example, preliminary findings will be presented concerning the use of magnets and the effect they have on peripheral circulation. This will include a discussion of the recommended protocols for this type of infrared testing. This test model can be applied to the evaluation of other devices and therapeutic procedures which are reputed to affect circulation such as electro acupuncture, orthopedic footwear and topical ointments designed to relieve pain or inflammation.

  6. Specific peptides as alternative to antibody ligands for biomagnetic separation of Clostridium tyrobutyricum spores.

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    Lavilla, Maria; Moros, Maria; Puertas, Sara; Grazú, Valeria; Pérez, María Dolores; Calvo, Miguel; de la Fuente, Jesus M; Sánchez, Lourdes

    2012-04-01

    Nowadays, the reference method for the detection of Clostridium tyrobutyricum in milk is the most-probable-number method, a very time-consuming and non-specific method. In this work, the suitability of the use of superparamagnetic beads coated with specific antibodies and peptides for bioseparation and concentration of spores of C. tyrobutyricum has been assessed. Peptide or antibody functionalized nanoparticles were able to specifically bind C. tyrobutyricum spores and concentrate them up to detectable levels. Moreover, several factors, such as particle size (200 nm and 1 μm), particle derivatization (aminated and carboxylated beads), coating method, and type of ligand have been studied in order to establish the most appropriate conditions for spore separation. Results show that concentration of spore is favored by a smaller bead size due to the wider surface of interaction in relation to particle volume. Antibody orientation, related to the binding method, is also critical in spore recovery. However, specific peptides seem to be a better ligand than antibodies, not only due to the higher recovery ratio of spores obtained but also due to the prolonged stability over time, allowing an optimal recovery of spores up to 3 weeks after bead coating. These results demonstrate that specific peptides bound to magnetic nanoparticles can be used instead of traditional antibodies to specifically bind C. tyrobutyricum spores being a potential basis for a rapid method to detect this bacterial target.

  7. Continuous observation on heart-disease-model mice using biomagnetic measurement system

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    Kasai, Y.; Oikawa, T.; Saitoh, Y.; Ono, Y.; Ishiyama, A.; Kasai, N.; Odawara, A.; Chinone, K.

    2008-02-01

    Magnetocardiography (MCG) is a non-invasive method that can contribute to elucidating heart disease mechanisms and the verification of pharmacological effects. The object of our study is to show the potential of MCG for such study in mice. By using the developed MCG system, which adopts a single channel superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometer with the spatial resolution of 500 μm, we continuously measured MCGs for 2 heart-disease-model mice with a high incidence of cardiac infarction from 7-weeks-old to death. An abnormal MCG appeared 1 or 2 weeks before death. The abnormal MCG changes indicate that the damaged place in the ventricles was different for each individual. In addition, we have developed a method to obtain MCGs for newborn mice in particular because they are small and frail. The MCGs of newborn mice were similar to those of adult mice. This study proved the potential of MCG for detecting abnormal cardiac excitation at the early stage of cardiac infarction and monitoring the progress of heart disease in detail from infancy to old age in mice.

  8. Flip-chip-type high-Tc gradiometer for biomagnetic measurements in unshielded environment

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    2000-01-01

    A flip-chip-type gradiometer has been constructed with a 10 mm×5 mm planar DC-SQUID gradiometer fabricated on a SrTiO3 bicrystal substrate and a flux transformer made from a YBCO*/YBCO/CeO2/YSZ multilayer on a φ50.8 mm Si wafer. The coupling coefficient between the flux transformer and the planar gradiometer is 0.18. The transformer increases effectively the resolution of the gradiometer. A magnetic field gradient resolution of 73 fT·cm-1·Hz-1/2 in the white region and 596 fT·cm-1Hz-1/2 at 1 Hz has been obtained. High quality magnetocardiogram signals have been successfully measured by using this flip-chip-type gradiometer in an unshielded environment.

  9. Flip-chip-type high- T_c gradiometer for biomagnetic measurements in unshielded environment

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    田永君; 王天生; 陈珂; 漆汉宏; 陈烈; 郑东宁; Sven; LINZEN; Frank; SCHMIDL; Paul; SEIDEL

    2000-01-01

    A flip-chip-type gradiometer has been constructed with a 10 mm × 5 mm planar DC-SQUID gradiometer fabricated on a SrTiO3 bicrystal substrate and a flux transformer made from a YB-CO* /YBCO/CeO2/YSZ multilayer on a φ50.8 mm Si wafer. The coupling coefficient between the flux transformer and the planar gradiometer is 0.18. The transformer increases effectively the resolution of the gradiometer. A magnetic field gradient resolution of 73 fT·cm-1·Hz-1/2 in the white region and 596 fT·cm-1Hz-1/2 at 1 Hz has been obtained. High quality magnetocardiogram signals have been successfully measured by using this flip-chip-type gradiometer in an unshielded environment.

  10. The effect of geomagnetism on biomagnetism%地磁场与生物的磁感应现象

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    朱晓璐; 王江云

    2013-01-01

      Many living things have an internal compass which can get the information of orientation from geomagnetism as well as people using a real compass. We start from the generation of magnetism, and then introduce the property of geomagnetism and biological magnetic induction. Birds having migratory behavior are the kinds of Vertebrata which has firstly been found to have a remarkable ability of perceiving the Earth’s magnetic field. Research results show that, migratory birds can perceive and remember the magnetic features of the place they have ever been and get route direction from them. In addition, some of the avian compass have a dependence on blue light, and may be disrupted by anomalous magnetic field. Such phenomenon can be explained by two prevalent modes of magneto-reception, the magnetite-based magneto-reception and chemical magneto-reception, either or both of them could be found in organisms that have the so-called sixth sensation. Many other creatures, including human beings, have the same kind of magneto-receptors as well. However, not all of them use the sixth sensation as a visual or auditory aid, during the long term evolution this ability may be disappeared or replaced by something else. This review also focuses on progress in biological magnetic phenomena and biological perspective of hypo-magnetic field;they are expected to elicit more amazing results.%  两千多年前,人类发明了指南针用于辨别方向;而如今科学家们发现,很多动物也能利用体内的生物指南针感应磁场。笔者从磁场的产生入手,详细介绍了地磁场的性质和生物磁感应现象的产生。候鸟是最早被注意到能利用磁场导航,且目前已获得最多磁生物学研究结果的一类高等生物。大量的行为学实验证明,候鸟在长距离迁徙的过程中主要靠对地磁场的感应来确定方向,它们的大脑能记录下每一个特殊地点的磁特征,并据此找出到达各个目的地的飞行路线。不仅如此,部分鸟类的磁导航还有一定程度的蓝光依赖性、会受到异常磁场的干扰,这种现象可以用生物磁受体的磁铁矿的感应假说和化学感受假说来解释。很多生物,包括人类也都有与候鸟类似的磁受体,有些动物能用它们感受磁场并以此作为视觉和听觉的辅助,而其他生物的磁感应能力也许已经在进化的某个阶段被别的功能替代或是直接消失了。目前人们对于生物磁现象的研究才刚刚起步,还有很多未知的谜团等待我们去揭开,希望在不久的将来能看到更多令人惊讶的实验结果。

  11. Bio-Magnetics Interfacing Concepts: A Microfluidic System Using Magnetic Nanoparticles for Quantitative Detection of Biological Species

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    2007-11-02

    bound to MNP . In vitro activity of SCP-22- MNP (Inhibition of COX-2 enzyme ): The biological activity of the bound drug as inhibitor of COX-2 was...magnetite (Fe3O4) nanoparticles of 20 nm in diameter (figure 6) and to covalently conjugate the enzyme glucose oxidase to the amino-modified...increased the amount and activity of the immobilized enzyme compared to immobilization procedures involving physical adsorption. The enzymatic

  12. Effects of Biomagnetic Effect on the Bioactive Metabolite Production in Fruiting Body of Cordyceps militaris%生物磁效应对蛹虫草活性物质含量的影响

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    赵博; 张国财; 林连男; 王婷玉; 张国珍; 吴宪; 张秋爽; 包颖

    2013-01-01

    We carried magnetic treatment for 9 times on ordinary water with field strength of 0.1,0.25,0.4T,while treating the series connection (SC) 3 times,in flow velocity for 1.0 m · s-1 and the distance of 30 cm,respectively to culture.Furthermore,the influence of different magnetic field strength on biological efficiency,cordycepin,cordycepic acid (D-mannitol),polysaccharide by the fruiting body of Cordyceps militaris were investigated.Under the same condition,the 0.4T treatment was favorable for and cordycepic acid production and fruiting body growth,which increased 7.29 % and 15.37% compared with the contrast,respectively.The 0.25T treatment was favorable for cordycepin production of C.militaris,which increased 11.31% compared with the contrast.The 0.1T treatment was favorable for polysaccharide production in the fruiting body of C.militaris,which increased 14.80% compared with the contrast.ANOVA showed that different magnetized water had significant effect on fruiting body growth and active substance production.Besides,the influence rules of magnetized water on different substance existed differences.%利用场强为0.1、0.25、0.4T恒定磁场,以流速为lm·s-1,分别对普通水进行9次处理,串联(SC)磁场处理3次的磁处理水,进而用于栽培蛹虫草,并研究了生物磁效应对蛹虫草虫草素、虫草酸、多糖含量及生物学转化效率的影响.结果表明,0.4T处理有利于蛹虫草虫草酸含量及生物学效率的提高,相比对照组分别提高了7.29%和15.37%;0.25T处理组有利于虫草素的积累,比对照组提高了11.31%;0.1T处理有利于多糖的积累,相比对照组提高了14.80%.方差分析表明,经不同场强处理的磁化水对蛹虫草子实体生长和活性物的代谢影响差异显著.但磁处理水对于不同物质含量的影响规律存在一定的差异性.

  13. Magnetic Particle-Based Hybrid Platforms for Bioanalytical Sensors

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    Silvana Andreescu

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Biomagnetic nano and microparticles platforms have attracted considerable interest in the field of biological sensors due to their interesting physico-chemical properties, high specific surface area, good mechanical stability and opportunities for generating magneto-switchable devices. This review discusses recent advances in the development and characterization of active biomagnetic nanoassemblies, their interaction with biological molecules and their use in bioanalytical sensors.

  14. Human MCG measurements with a high-sensitivity potassium atomic magnetometer.

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    Kamada, K; Ito, Y; Kobayashi, T

    2012-06-01

    Measuring biomagnetic fields, such as magnetocardiograms (MCGs), is important for investigating biological functions. To address to this need, we developed an optically pumped atomic magnetometer. In this study, human MCGs were acquired using a potassium atomic magnetometer without any modulating systems. The sensitivity of the magnetometer is comparable to that of high-T(c) superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) and is sufficient for acquiring human MCGs. The activity of a human heart estimated from the MCG maps agrees well with that measured with SQUID magnetometers. Thus, our magnetometer produces reliable results, which demonstrate the potential of our atomic magnetometer for biomagnetic measurements.

  15. Pacific Northwest Laboratory annual report for 1977 to the DOE Assistant Secretary for Environment. Part 1. Biomedical sciences

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    Wiley, W.R.

    1978-02-01

    Separate abstracts were prepared for 68 sections of this report that discuss the health hazards associated with the nuclear fuel cycle, fossil fuel cycle, oil shale processing, and biomagnetic effects associated with fusion. A list is included of 52 publications during the time period covered by this report.

  16. Biophysical aspects of the influence of electromagnetic fields (EMF) on the human body Influencia de los campos electromagnéticos en el organismo humano: aspectos biofísicos

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    Napaleon Hernández

    1993-01-01

     

    Some historical aspects of biomagnetism and of the various steps that led to the development of bioelectricity and electro technique are summarized. Alterations observed in individuals working for long periods of time in contact with artificial EMF are described as well as the correlation between natural EMF and accidentality. The utilization of EMF for therapeutic purposes ...

  17. Biomedical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark

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    Jensen, Jørgen Arendt; Andersen, Ole Trier; Wilhjelm, Jens Erik

    1998-01-01

    The paper gives a brief overview of the biomedical engineering research and education at the Technical University of Denmark. An account of the research activities since the 1950?s is given, and examples of major efforts within ultrasound, biomagnetism, and neuroimaging are described. The evolution...... of the teaching activities since the late 1960?s along with an account of the recent initiatives to make a biomedical engineering profile at the university is described....

  18. Standing Committee on Defense Materials, Manufacturing, and Infrastructure

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    2012-02-06

    MetaMaterials , Palm Power, Direct Thermal to Electric Conversion, Negative Index Materials, Robust Portable Power Systems, and BioMagnetic Interfacing...boron nitride etc) nano tubes, graphene and proposals to fashion these molecules in fiber forms purportedly hold promise for even higher specific...cathodes for high power microwave (HPM) applications such as DEW and low noise traveling-wave tubes for satellite communications. Both SWNT and Graphene

  19. Application of HTS technology to cardiac dysrhythmia detection

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    Sobel, A.L. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States); Avrin, W.F. [Quantum Magnetics, Inc., San Diego, CA (United States)

    1994-12-01

    This paper discusses the conceptual design considerations and challenges for development of a contactless, mobile, single channel biomagnetic sensor system based on High-Temperature Superconductor (HTS) Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUIDs) and employing the Three-SQUID Gradiometer (TSG) concept. Operating in magnetically unshielded environments, as are encountered in many medical scenarios, this instrument class would monitor cardiac electrical activity with minimal patient preparation and intrusiveness, and would notionally be coupled with a clinically adaptive human-system interface (HSI).

  20. Theoretical and computational methods for the noninvasive detection of gastric electrical source coupling.

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    Irimia, Andrei; Bradshaw, L Alan

    2004-05-01

    The ability to study the pathology of the stomach noninvasively from magnetic field measurements is important due to the significant practical advantages offered by noninvasive methods over other techniques of investigation. The inverse biomagnetic problem can play a central role in this process due to the information that inverse solutions can yield concerning the characteristics of the gastric electrical activity (GEA). To analyze gastrointestinal (GI) magnetic fields noninvasively, we have developed a computer implementation of a least-squares minimization algorithm that obtains numerical solutions to the biomagnetic inverse problem for the stomach. In this paper, we show how electric current propagation and the mechanical coupling of gastric smooth muscle cells during electrical control activity can be studied using such solutions. To validate our model, two types of numerical simulations of the GEA were developed and successfully used to demonstrate the ability of our computer algorithm to detect and accurately analyze these two phenomena. We also describe our analysis of experimental, noninvasively acquired gastric biomagnetic data as well as the information of interest that our numerical method can yield in clinical studies. Most importantly, we present experimental evidence that the coupling of gastric electrical sources can be observed using noninvasive techniques of measurement, in our case with the use of a superconducting quantum interference device magnetometer. We discuss the relevance and implications of our achievement to the future of GI research.

  1. On the temporal variation of leaf magnetic parameters: seasonal accumulation of leaf-deposited and leaf-encapsulated particles of a roadside tree crown.

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    Hofman, Jelle; Wuyts, Karen; Van Wittenberghe, Shari; Samson, Roeland

    2014-09-15

    Understanding the accumulation behaviour of atmospheric particles inside tree leaves is of great importance for the interpretation of biomagnetic monitoring results. In this study, we evaluated the temporal variation of the saturation isothermal remanent magnetisation (SIRM) of leaves of a roadside urban Platanus × acerifolia Willd. tree in Antwerp, Belgium. We hereby examined the seasonal development of the total leaf SIRM signal as well as the leaf-encapsulated fraction of the deposited dust, by washing the leaves before biomagnetic analysis. On average 38% of the leaf SIRM signal was exhibited by the leaf-encapsulated particles. Significant correlations were found between the SIRM and the cumulative daily average atmospheric PM10 and PM2.5 measurements. Moreover, a steady increase of the SIRM throughout the in-leaf season was observed endorsing the applicability of biomagnetic monitoring as a proxy for the time-integrated PM exposure of urban tree leaves. Strongest correlations were obtained for the SIRM of the leaf-encapsulated particles which confirms the dynamic nature of the leaf surface-accumulated particles.

  2. Flat-response spin-exchange relaxation free atomic magnetometer under negative feedback.

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    Lee, Hyun Joon; Shim, Jeong Hyun; Moon, Han Seb; Kim, Kiwoong

    2014-08-25

    We demonstrate that the use of negative feedback extends the detection bandwidth of an atomic magnetometer in a spin-exchange relaxation free (SERF) regime. A flat-frequency response from zero to 190 Hz was achieved, which is nearly a three-fold enhancement while maintaining sensitivity, 3 fT/Hz1/2 at 100 Hz. With the extension of the bandwidth, the linear correlation between measured signals and a magne-tocardiographic field synthesized for comparison was increased from 0.21 to 0.74. This result supports the feasibility of measuring weak biomagnetic signals containing multiple frequency components using a SERF atomic magnetometer under negative feedback.

  3. Magnetocardiography with a modular spin-exchange relaxation-free atomic magnetometer array.

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    Wyllie, R; Kauer, M; Smetana, G S; Wakai, R T; Walker, T G

    2012-05-07

    We present a portable four-channel atomic magnetometer array operating in the spin-exchange relaxation-free regime. The magnetometer array has several design features intended to maximize its suitability for biomagnetic measurement, specifically foetal magnetocardiography, such as a compact modular design and fibre-coupled lasers. The modular design allows the independent positioning and orientation of each magnetometer. Using this array in a magnetically shielded room, we acquire adult magnetocadiograms. These measurements were taken with a 6-11 fT Hz(-1/2) single-channel baseline sensitivity that is consistent with the independently measured noise level of the magnetically shielded room.

  4. Pacific Northwest Laboratory annual report for 1983 to the DOE Office of Energy Research. Part 1. Biomedical sciences

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    Drucker, H.

    1983-02-01

    Biomedical and health effects research conducted at PNL in 1982 on the evaluation of risk to man from existing and/or developing energy-related technologies are described. Most of the studies described in this report relate to activities for three major energy technologies: nuclear fuel cycle; fossil fuel cycle (oil, gas, and coal process technologies, mining, and utilization; synfuel development), and fudion (biomagnetic effects). The report is organized under these technologies. In addition, research reports are included on the application of nuclear energy to biomedical problems. Individual projects are indexed separately.

  5. A blood-oxygenation-dependent increase in blood viscosity due to a static magnetic field.

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    Yamamoto, Toru; Nagayama, Yuki; Tamura, Mamoru

    2004-07-21

    As the magnetic field of widely used MR scanners is one of the strongest magnetic fields to which people are exposed, the biological influence of the static magnetic field of MR scanners is of great concern. One magnetic interaction in biological subjects is the magnetic torque on the magnetic moment induced by biomagnetic substances. The red blood cell is a major biomagnetic substance, and the blood flow may be influenced by the magnetic field. However, the underlying mechanisms have been poorly understood. To examine the mechanisms of the magnetic influence on blood viscosity, we measured the time for blood to fall through a glass capillary inside and outside a 1.5 T MR scanner. Our in vitro results showed that the blood viscosity significantly increased in a 1.5 T MR scanner, and also clarified the mechanism of the interaction between red blood cells and the external magnetic field. Notably, the blood viscosity increased depending on blood oxygenation and the shear rate of the blood flow. Thus, our findings suggest that even a 1.5 T magnetic field may modulate blood flow.

  6. Hydromagnetic transport phenomena from a stretching or shrinking nonlinear nanomaterial sheet with Navier slip and convective heating: A model for bio-nano-materials processing

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    Uddin, M.J., E-mail: jashim_74@yahoo.com [Department of Mathematics, American International University-Bangladesh, Banani Dhaka 1213 (Bangladesh); Bég, O. Anwar [Gort Engovation Research (Propulsion/Biomechanics), Gabriel' s Wing House, 15 Southmere Ave., Bradford, BD7 3NU England (United Kingdom); Amin, N. [Department of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Science, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Johor (Malaysia)

    2014-11-15

    Steady two-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic laminar free convective boundary layer slip flow of an electrically conducting Newtonian nanofluid from a translating stretching/shrinking sheet in a quiescent fluid is studied. A convective heating boundary condition is incorporated. The transport equations along with the boundary conditions are first converted into dimensionless form and following the implementation of a linear group of transformations, the similarity governing equations are developed. The transformed equations are solved numerically using the Runge–Kutta–Fehlberg fourth fifth order method from Maple. Validation of the Maple solutions is achieved with previous non-magnetic published results. The effects of the emerging thermophysical parameters; namely, stretching/shrinking, velocity slip, magnetic field, convective heat transfer and buoyancy ratio parameters, on the dimensionless velocity, temperature and concentration (nanoparticle fraction) are depicted graphically and interpreted at length. It is found that velocity increases whilst temperature and concentration reduce with the velocity slip. Magnetic field causes to reduce velocity and enhances temperature and concentration. Velocity, temperature as well as concentration rises with convective heating parameter. The study is relevant to the synthesis of bio-magnetic nanofluids of potential interest in wound treatments, skin repair and smart coatings for biological devices. - Highlights: • This paper analyses MHD slip flow of nofluid with convective boundary conditions. • Group method is used to transform governing equations into similarity equations. • The Runge–Kutta–Fehlberg method is used for numerical computations. • The study is relevant to synthesis of bio-magnetic nanofluids.

  7. Integration of a Cryocooler into a SQUID Magnetospinography System for Reduction of Liquid Helium Consumption

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    Adachi, Yoshiaki; Oyama, Daisuke; Kawai, Jun; Ogata, Hisanao; Uehara, Gen

    We are currently developing a magnetospinography (MSG) system for noninvasive functional imaging of the spinal cord. The MSG system is a device for observing a weak magnetic field accompanied by the neural activity of the spinal cord by using an array of low-temperature superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetic flux sensors. As in the case of other biomagnetic measurement systems such as the magnetoencephalography (MEG) system, the running cost of the MSG system is mainly dependent on the liquid helium (LHe) consumption of a dewar vessel. We integrated a cryocooler into the MSG system to reduce LHe consumption. A pulse tube cryocooler with a cooling power of 0.5Wat 4 K was placed adjacent to a magnetically shielded room and was directly connected to the thermal radiation shield of the dewar by an electrically isolated transfer tube. Cold helium gas was circulated between the cryocooler and the radiation shield. Consequently, the temperature of the radiation shield decreased below 40 K. Previous studies have shown that the detection of a weak magnetic field is often hindered by severe low-frequency band noise from the cryocooler. However, the band of the MSG signals is much higher than that of the cryocooler noise. Therefore, the noise can be filtered out and has a less detrimental effect on MSG measurement than on other biomagnetic field measurements such as MEG measurement. As a result, LHe consumption was reduced by 46%, with no increase in the noise floor.

  8. A Room Temperature Ultrasensitive Magnetoelectric Susceptometer for Quantitative Tissue Iron Detection

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    Xi, Hao; Qian, Xiaoshi; Lu, Meng-Chien; Mei, Lei; Rupprecht, Sebastian; Yang, Qing X.; Zhang, Q. M.

    2016-07-01

    Iron is a trace mineral that plays a vital role in the human body. However, absorbing and accumulating excessive iron in body organs (iron overload) can damage or even destroy an organ. Even after many decades of research, progress on the development of noninvasive and low-cost tissue iron detection methods is very limited. Here we report a recent advance in a room-temperature ultrasensitive biomagnetic susceptometer for quantitative tissue iron detection. The biomagnetic susceptometer exploits recent advances in the magnetoelectric (ME) composite sensors that exhibit an ultrahigh AC magnetic sensitivity under the presence of a strong DC magnetic field. The first order gradiometer based on piezoelectric and magnetostrictive laminate (ME composite) structure shows an equivalent magnetic noise of 0.99 nT/rt Hz at 1 Hz in the presence of a DC magnetic field of 0.1 Tesla and a great common mode noise rejection ability. A prototype magnetoelectric liver susceptometry has been demonstrated with liver phantoms. The results indicate its output signals to be linearly responsive to iron concentrations from normal iron dose (0.05 mg Fe/g liver phantom) to 5 mg Fe/g liver phantom iron overload (100X overdose). The results here open up many innovative possibilities for compact-size, portable, cost-affordable, and room-temperature operated medical systems for quantitative determinations of tissue iron.

  9. Symmetry-Breaking Zeeman-Coherence Parametric Wave Mixing Magnetometry

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    Zhou, Feng; Hagley, E W; Deng, L

    2016-01-01

    The nonlinear magneto-optical effect has significantly impacted modern society with prolific applications ranging from precision mapping of the Earth's magnetic field to bio-magnetic sensing. Pioneering works on collisional spin-exchange effects have led to ultra-high magnetic field detection sensitivities at the level of $fT/\\sqrt{Hz}$ using a single linearly-polarized probe light field. Here we demonstrate a nonlinear Zeeman-coherence parametric wave-mixing optical-atomic magnetometer using room temperature rubidium vapor that results in more than a three-order-of-magnitude optical signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) enhancement for extremely weak magnetic field sensing. This unprecedented enhancement was achieved with nearly a two-order-of-magnitude reduction in laser power while preserving the sensitivity of the widely-used single-probe beam optical-atomic magnetometry method. This new method opens a myriad of applications ranging from bio-magnetic imaging to precision measurement of the magnetic properties of su...

  10. Imaging systems for biomedical applications. Final report

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    Radparvar, M.

    1995-06-06

    Many of the activities of the human body manifest themselves by the presence of a very weak magnetic field outside the body, a field that is so weak that an ultra-sensitive magnetic sensor is needed for specific biomagnetic measurements. Superconducting QUantum Interference Devices (SQUIDs) are extremely sensitive detectors of magnetic flux and have been used extensively to detect the human magnetocardiogram, and magnetoencephalogram. and other biomagnetic signals. In order to utilize a SQUID as a magnetometer, its transfer characteristics should be linearized. This linearization requires extensive peripheral electronics, thus limiting the number of SQUID magnetometer channels in a practical system. The proposed digital SQUID integrates the processing circuitry on the same cryogenic chip as the SQUID magnetometer and eliminates the sophisticated peripheral electronics. Such a system is compact and cost effective, and requires minimal support electronics. Under a DOE-sponsored SBIR program, we designed, simulated, laid out, fabricated, evaluated, and demonstrated a digital SQUID magnetometer. This report summarizes the accomplishments under this program and clearly demonstrates that all of the tasks proposed in the phase II application were successfully completed with confirmed experimental results.

  11. Magnetic characterization of human blood in the atherosclerotic process in coronary arteries

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    Janus, B. [Institute of Environmental Engineering PAS, ul. SkLodowskiej-Curie 34, 41-819 Zabrze (Poland); Bucko, M.S., E-mail: michal.bucko@helsinki.f [Institute of Environmental Engineering PAS, ul. SkLodowskiej-Curie 34, 41-819 Zabrze (Poland); Division of Geophysics and Astronomy, P.O. Box 64, Gustaf Haellstroemin katu 2, 00014 University of Helsinki (Finland); Chrobak, A. [University of Silesia, Institute of Physics, ul. Uniwersytecka 4, 40-007 Katowice (Poland); Wasilewski, J. [3rd Chair and Clinical Ward of Cardiology, Medical University of Silesia, Katowice, Silesian Centre of Heart Diseases, ul. Szpitalna 2, 41-800 Zabrze (Poland); Zych, M. [Department of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry, Medical University of Silesia, ul. Jagiellonska 4, 41-200 Sosnowiec (Poland)

    2011-03-15

    In the last decades there has been an increasing interest in biomagnetism-a field of biophysics concerned with the magnetic properties of living organisms. Biomagnetism focuses on the measurement of magnetic properties of biological samples in the clinical environment. Progress in this field can provide new data for the understanding of the pathomechanism of atherosclerosis and support the diagnostic options for the evaluation and treatment of atherothrombotic complications. Lyophilized human blood samples from patients with atherosclerotic lesions (calcium scoring (CS) CS>0) and without atherosclerotic lesions (CS=0) were magnetically investigated. Magnetic measurements (performed in room and low temperature) indicated significant magnetic differences between these two groups of patients. Atherosclerotic blood samples are characterized by higher concentration of ferrimagnetic particles (magnetite and/or maghemite) and significant changes in the superparamagnetic behaviour. This research presents that magnetometry, in combination with medical research can lead to a better understanding of iron physiology in the atherosclerotic process. - Research Highlights: {yields}Blood samples are characterized by higher concentration of ferrimagnetic particles. {yields}Atherosclerotic blood samples consist of larger superparamagnetic clusters. {yields}Superparamagnetic particles in pathological samples are considered to be magnetite. {yields}The formation of ferrimagnetic particles is favoured in the atherosclerotic patients. {yields}Magnetite may play a role in the progression of atherosclerosis.

  12. Multi-Channel Magnetocardiogardiography System Based on Low-Tc SQUIDs in an Unshielded Environment

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    Kong, Xiangyan; Zhang, Shulin; Wang, Yongliang; Zeng, Jia; Xie, Xiaoming

    Magnetocardiography (MCG) using superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) is a new medical diagnostic tool measuring biomagnetic signals that are generated by the electrical activity of the human heart. This technique is completely passive, contactless, and it has an advantage in the early diagnosis of heart diseases. We developed the first unshielded four-channel MCG system based on low-Tc DC SQUIDs in China. Instead of using a costly magnetically shielded room, the environmental noise suppression was realized by using second-order gradiometers and three-axis reference magnetometer. The measured magnetic field resolution of the system is better than 1 pT, and multi-cycle human heart signals can be recorded directly. Also, with the infrared positioning system, 48 points data collection can be realized by moving the non-magnetic bed nine times.

  13. A High-Sensitivity Tunable Two-Beam Fiber-Coupled High-Density Magnetometer with Laser Heating

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    Igor Savukov

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Atomic magnetometers (AM are finding many applications in biomagnetism, national security, industry, and science. Fiber-coupled (FC designs promise to make them compact and flexible for operation. Most FC designs are based on a single-beam configuration or electrical heating. Here, we demonstrate a two-beam FC AM with laser heating that has 5 fT/Hz1/2 sensitivity at low frequency (50 Hz, which is higher than that of other fiber-coupled magnetometers and can be improved to the sub-femtotesla level. This magnetometer is widely tunable from DC to very high frequencies (as high as 100 MHz; the only issue might be the application of a suitable uniform and stable bias field with a sensitivity under 10 fT/Hz1/2 and can be used for magneto-encephalography (MEG, magneto-cardiography (MCG, underground communication, ultra-low MRI/NMR, NQR detection, and other applications.

  14. Fabrication and characterization of a MEMS nano-Tesla ferromagnetic-piezoelectric magnetic sensor array

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    Qu, Peng; Gollapudi, Sreenivasulu; Bidthanapally, Rao; Srinivasan, Gopalan; Petrov, Vladimir; Qu, Hongwei

    2016-06-01

    A self-biased MEMS magnetic sensor array with ferromagnetic-piezoelectric composites has been fabricated and characterized. The array with two Quartz-Nickel-Metglas cantilevers with nano-tesla sensitivity was fabricated by MEMS processes including silicon-quartz low temperature bonding, quartz wafer thinning, and electroplating of thick nickel thin films. Under self-biasing due to magnetization grading of ferromagnetic layer, magnetoelectric coefficients of 6.6 and 5.6 V/cm Oe and resolutions of ˜0.58 and ˜0.75 nT are obtained at the mechanical resonant frequencies of 191.5 and 184.8 Hz for the two sensors in the array, respectively. Such arrays have the potential for applications in biomagnetic imaging technologies including magneto-cardiography.

  15. Selection of high affine peptide ligands for detection of Clostridium Tyrobutyricum spores.

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    Lavilla, María; De Luis, Ruth; Pérez, María Dolores; Calvo, Miguel; Sánchez, Lourdes

    2009-11-01

    Clostridium tyrobutyricum is the main agent responsible for "late blowing" in cheese, which causes severe economic losses. Nowadays, the reference method for its detection is the Most-Probable-Number (MPN); however, it is time consuming and non-specific. Thus, in order to check milk contamination with spores of C. tyrobutyricum, a more specific and rapid method would be required. The objective of this work was to obtain a ligand to establish the basis to develop a biomagnetic separation method for detection of C. tyrobutyricum spores. This study describes the selection of thirteen highly affine peptides to C. tyrobutyricum spores from a phage-display peptide library. In order to test the ability of the peptides attached to a solid support to bind the spores, the most frequent peptide was synthesised and used to coat paramagnetic beads.

  16. Applied superconductivity handbook on devices and applications

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    2015-01-01

    This wide-ranging presentation of applied superconductivity, from fundamentals and materials right up to the latest applications, is an essential reference for physicists and engineers in academic research as well as in the field. Readers looking for a systematic overview on superconducting materials will expand their knowledge and understanding of both low and high Tc superconductors, including organic and magnetic materials. Technology, preparation and characterization are covered for several geometries, but the main benefit of this work lies in its broad coverage of significant applications in power engineering or passive devices, such as filter and antenna or magnetic shields. The reader will also find information on superconducting magnets for diverse applications in mechanical engineering, particle physics, fusion research, medicine and biomagnetism, as well as materials processing. SQUIDS and their usage in medicine or geophysics are thoroughly covered as are applications in quantum metrology, and, las...

  17. Kinetic inductance magnetometer.

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    Luomahaara, Juho; Vesterinen, Visa; Grönberg, Leif; Hassel, Juha

    2014-09-10

    Sensing ultra-low magnetic fields has various applications in the fields of science, medicine and industry. There is a growing need for a sensor that can be operated in ambient environments where magnetic shielding is limited or magnetic field manipulation is involved. To this end, here we demonstrate a new magnetometer with high sensitivity and wide dynamic range. The device is based on the current nonlinearity of superconducting material stemming from kinetic inductance. A further benefit of our approach is of extreme simplicity: the device is fabricated from a single layer of niobium nitride. Moreover, radio frequency multiplexing techniques can be applied, enabling the simultaneous readout of multiple sensors, for example, in biomagnetic measurements requiring data from large sensor arrays.

  18. Remote detected Low-Field MRI using an optically pumped atomic magnetometer combined with a liquid cooled pre-polarization coil.

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    Hilschenz, Ingo; Ito, Yosuke; Natsukawa, Hiroaki; Oida, Takenori; Yamamoto, Tetsuya; Kobayashi, Tetsuo

    2017-01-01

    Superconducting quantum interference devices are widely used in basic and clinical biomagnetic measurements such as low-field magnetic resonance imaging and magnetoencephalography primarily because they exhibit high sensitivity at low frequencies and have a wide bandwidth. The main disadvantage of these devices is that they require cryogenic coolants, which are rather expensive and not easily available. Meanwhile, with the advances in laser technology in the past few years, optically pumped atomic magnetometers (OPAMs) have been shown to be a good alternative as they can have adequate noise levels and are several millimeters in size, which makes them significantly easier to use. In this study, we used an OPAM module operating at a Larmor frequency of 5kHz to acquire NMR and MRI signals. This study presents these initial results as well as our initial attempts at imaging using this OPAM module. In addition, we have designed a liquid-cooled pre-polarizing coil that reduces the measurement time significantly.

  19. Superconductive quantum interference magnetometer with high sensitivity achieved by an induced resonance.

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    Vettoliere, A; Granata, C

    2014-08-01

    A fully integrated low noise superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) in a magnetometer configuration is presented. An intrinsic high voltage responsivity as high as 500 μV/Φ0 has been obtained by introducing a resonance in the voltage - magnetic flux characteristic. This resonance is induced by an integrated superconducting coil surrounding the pick-up coil and connected to one end of the SQUID output. The SQUID magnetometer exhibits a spectral density of magnetic field noise as low as 3 fT/Hz(1/2). In order to verify the suitability of the magnetometer, measurements of bandwidth and slew rate have been performed and compared with those of the same device without the resonance and with additional positive feedback. Due to their good characteristics such devices can be employed in a large number of applications including biomagnetism.

  20. Optimal densities of alkali metal atoms in an optically pumped K-Rb hybrid atomic magnetometer considering the spatial distribution of spin polarization.

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    Ito, Yosuke; Sato, Daichi; Kamada, Keigo; Kobayashi, Tetsuo

    2016-07-11

    An optically pumped K-Rb hybrid atomic magnetometer can be a useful tool for biomagnetic measurements due to the high spatial homogeneity of its sensor property inside a cell. However, because the property varies depending on the densities of potassium and rubidium atoms, optimization of the densities is essential. In this study, by using the Bloch equations of K and Rb and considering the spatial distribution of the spin polarization, we confirmed that the calculation results of spin polarization behavior are in good agreement with the experimental data. Using our model, we calculated the spatial distribution of the spin polarization and found that the optimal density of K atoms is 3 × 1019 m-3 and the optimal density ratio is nK/nRb ~ 400 to maximize the output signal and enhance spatial homogeneity of the sensor property.

  1. A High-Sensitivity Tunable Two-Beam Fiber-Coupled High-Density Magnetometer with Laser Heating.

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    Savukov, Igor; Boshier, Malcolm G

    2016-10-13

    Atomic magnetometers (AM) are finding many applications in biomagnetism, national security, industry, and science. Fiber-coupled (FC) designs promise to make them compact and flexible for operation. Most FC designs are based on a single-beam configuration or electrical heating. Here, we demonstrate a two-beam FC AM with laser heating that has 5 fT/Hz(1/2) sensitivity at low frequency (50 Hz), which is higher than that of other fiber-coupled magnetometers and can be improved to the sub-femtotesla level. This magnetometer is widely tunable from DC to very high frequencies (as high as 100 MHz; the only issue might be the application of a suitable uniform and stable bias field) with a sensitivity under 10 fT/Hz(1/2) and can be used for magneto-encephalography (MEG), magneto-cardiography (MCG), underground communication, ultra-low MRI/NMR, NQR detection, and other applications.

  2. Progress in high Tc magnetic sensors and their applications. [Y-Ba-Cu-O

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    Donaldson, G.B.; Bowman, R.M.; Cochran, A.; Kirk, K.J.; Pegrum, C.M. (Dept. of Physics and Applied Physics, Strathclyde Univ., Glasgow (United Kingdom)); Macfarlane, J.C. (Div. of Applied Physics, CSIRO, Lindfield (Australia))

    1992-01-01

    We report recent progress on the development of components needed for high T[sub c] SQUID magnetic sensors, and on some of the early applications which are appearing or can be foreseen. The SNS type edge junction, and the step edge and biepitaxial grain boundary junction technologies are considered and we include details of our own YBCO device based on steps which are Ar ion-milled in MgO substrates. A review of applications prospects for these detectors will be given in the light of the available noise performance which for high T[sub c] DC SQUIDs, at much less than 10[sup -4] [Phi][sub 0] Hz[sup -1/2], is now better than for commercial low T[sub c] RF SQUIDs. Illustrations are given from clinical biomagnetism and from non-destructive evaluation of conducting materials.

  3. Neuromagnetic recordings of the human peripheral nerve with planar SQUID gradiometers

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    Lang, G.; Maas, P.; Pegrum, C.M.; Donaldson, G.B. [Department of Physics and Applied Physics, University of Strathclyde, 107 Rottenrow, Glasgow G4 0NG (United Kingdom); Shahani, U.; Weir, A.I. [Wellcome Biomagnetism Unit, Southern General Hospital, 1345 Govan Road, Glasgow G51 4TF (United Kingdom)

    1998-08-01

    Magnetic fields produced by a travelling volley in the human ulnar nerve have been successfully measured in a lightly shielded environment. Recordings of the tangential component of the magnetic field were made using a planar second-order gradiometer integrated with a first-order gradiometric superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID). Devices were fabricated in our clean-room facility at the University of Strathclyde and measurements taken in an eddy-current shielded room at the Wellcome Biomagnetism Unit. We use no additional shielding and no electronic differencing or field-nulling techniques. Evoked magnetic fields of 60 fT peak-to-peak were obtained after 1536 averages but they could be seen easily as early as 512 averages. Measurements were made over four points above the ulnar nerve on the upper arm and from these the conduction velocity was calculated as 60 m s{sup -1}. (author)

  4. Magnetocardiography with a modular spin-exchange relaxation free atomic magnetometer array

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    Wyllie, R; Smetana, G; Wakai, R; Walker, T

    2011-01-01

    We present a portable four-channel atomic magnetometer array operating in the spin exchange relaxation-free regime. The magnetometer array has several design features intended to maximize its suitability for biomagnetic measurement, specifically foetal magnetocardiography, such as a compact modular design, and fibre coupled lasers. The modular design allows the independent positioning and orientation of each magnetometer, in principle allowing for non-planar array geometries. Using this array in a magnetically shielded room, we acquire adult magnetocadiograms. These measurements were taken with a 6-11 fT Hz^(-1/2) single-channel baseline sensitivity that is consistent with the independently measured noise level of the magnetically shielded room.

  5. Investigation of magnetic sensor properties of magnetic tunnel junctions with superparamagnetic free layer at low frequencies for biomedical imaging applications

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    Ishikawa, Kyohei; Oogane, Mikihiko; Fujiwara, Kousuke; Jono, Junichi; Tsuchida, Masaaki; Ando, Yasuo

    2016-12-01

    The magnetic sensor properties of magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) with a superparamagnetic (SP) free layer were systematically investigated at low frequencies (<10 Hz). We prepared four varieties of MTJs with various SP properties by changing the annealing temperature. The temperature dependence of magnetoresistance curves and the signal/noise property at 285 K were evaluated. We found that the SP free layer has the advantage of detecting very small and low-frequency AC magnetic fields compared with a ferromagnetic free layer. The SP free layer strongly suppressed magnetic 1/f noise at low frequencies and expressed a very linear response to a small magnetic field. The obtained properties in MTJs with the SP free layer are suitable for detecting biomagnetic fields. The detectivity was 111 nT at low frequencies (from 0.1 to 10 Hz), which is one of the highest values in single-MTJ sensors.

  6. Effects of sensor calibration, balancing and parametrization on the signal space separation method

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    Nurminen, J [BioMag laboratory, Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa HUSLAB, Helsinki University Central Hospital, PL 340, FI-00029 HUS (Finland); Taulu, S [Elekta Neuromag Oy, Helsinki, FI-00510 (Finland); Okada, Y [Biomedical Research and Integrative NeuroImaging (BRaIN Imaging) Center, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131 (United States)], E-mail: jussi@biomag.hus.fi

    2008-04-07

    Signal space separation (SSS) is a novel method for processing multichannel biomagnetic data. It is useful for a variety of applications including interference suppression, movement compensation and conversion of measurements between sensor arrays. The performance of SSS has been examined mainly on a 306-channel whole-head magnetoencephalography system. To facilitate the adaptation of the method to other biomagnetometer systems, the effect of various properties of the sensor array on its performance needs to be studied. To this end, we examined the effects of gradiometer imbalance, sensor calibration errors and erroneous sensor geometry information on SSS using simulations. The results indicate that depending on the application, gradiometer balance on the level of 0.1% to 0.5% may be needed for satisfactory SSS performance. For wire-wound gradiometers, this requires very careful attention in manufacturing. Errors in calibration coefficients and geometry information were found to have less significance.

  7. Remote detected Low-Field MRI using an optically pumped atomic magnetometer combined with a liquid cooled pre-polarization coil

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    Hilschenz, Ingo; Ito, Yosuke; Natsukawa, Hiroaki; Oida, Takenori; Yamamoto, Tetsuya; Kobayashi, Tetsuo

    2017-01-01

    Superconducting quantum interference devices are widely used in basic and clinical biomagnetic measurements such as low-field magnetic resonance imaging and magnetoencephalography primarily because they exhibit high sensitivity at low frequencies and have a wide bandwidth. The main disadvantage of these devices is that they require cryogenic coolants, which are rather expensive and not easily available. Meanwhile, with the advances in laser technology in the past few years, optically pumped atomic magnetometers (OPAMs) have been shown to be a good alternative as they can have adequate noise levels and are several millimeters in size, which makes them significantly easier to use. In this study, we used an OPAM module operating at a Larmor frequency of 5 kHz to acquire NMR and MRI signals. This study presents these initial results as well as our initial attempts at imaging using this OPAM module. In addition, we have designed a liquid-cooled pre-polarizing coil that reduces the measurement time significantly.

  8. Integrated imaging of neuromagnetic reconstructions and morphological magnetic resonance data.

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    Kullmann, W H; Fuchs, M

    1991-01-01

    New neuromagnetic imaging methods provide spatial information about the functional electrical properties of complex current distributions in the human brain. For practical use in medical diagnosis a combination of the abstract neuromagnetic imaging results with magnetic resonance (MR) or computed tomography (CT) images of the morphology is required. The biomagnetic images can be overlayed onto three-dimensional morphological images with spatially arbitrary selectable slices, calculated from conventional 2D data. For the current reconstruction the 3D images furthermore provide a priori information about the conductor geometry. A combination of current source density calculations and linear estimation methods for handling the inverse magnetic problem allows quick imaging of impressed current source density in arbitrary volume conductors.

  9. Mathematical Methods in Tomography

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    Louis, Alfred; Natterer, Frank

    1991-01-01

    The conference was devoted to the discussion of present and future techniques in medical imaging, including 3D x-ray CT, ultrasound and diffraction tomography, and biomagnetic ima- ging. The mathematical models, their theoretical aspects and the development of algorithms were treated. The proceedings contains surveys on reconstruction in inverse obstacle scat- tering, inversion in 3D, and constrained least squares pro- blems.Research papers include besides the mentioned imaging techniques presentations on image reconstruction in Hilbert spaces, singular value decompositions, 3D cone beam recon- struction, diffuse tomography, regularization of ill-posed problems, evaluation reconstruction algorithms and applica- tions in non-medical fields. Contents: Theoretical Aspects: J.Boman: Helgason' s support theorem for Radon transforms-a newproof and a generalization -P.Maass: Singular value de- compositions for Radon transforms- W.R.Madych: Image recon- struction in Hilbert space -R.G.Mukhometov: A problem of in- teg...

  10. Magnetic nanostructures for the manipulation of individual nanoscale particles in liquid environments (invited)

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    Vavassori, P.; Gobbi, M.; Donolato, M.; Cantoni, M.; Bertacco, R.; Metlushko, V.; Ilic, B.

    2010-05-01

    The manipulation of geometrically constrained magnetic domain walls (DWs) in nanoscale magnetic strips attracted much interest recently, with proposals for prospective memory and logic devices. Here we demonstrate that the high controllability of the motion of geometrically constrained DWs allows for the manipulation of individual nanoparticles in solution on a chip with the active control of position at the nanometer scale. Our approach exploits the fact that magnetic nanoparticles in suspension can be captured by a DW, whose position can be manipulated with nanometer scale accuracy in specifically designed magnetic nanowire structures. We hereby show that the precise control over DW nucleation, displacement, and annihilation processes in such nanostructures allows for the capture, transport, and release of magnetic nanoparticles. As magnetic nanoparticles with functionalized surfaces are widely used as molecule carriers or labels for single molecule studies, cell manipulation, and biomagnetic sensing, the accurate control over the handling of the single magnetic nanoparticle in suspension is a crucial building block for several applications in biotechnology, nanochemistry, and nanomedicine.

  11. Acceleration of superparamagnetic particles with magnetic fields

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    Stange, R.; Lenk, F.; Bley, T.; Boschke, E.

    2017-04-01

    High magnetic capture efficiency in the context of Biomagnetic Separation (BMS) using superparamagnetic particles (SMPs) requires efficient mixing and high relative velocities between cellular and other targets and SMPs. For this purpose, batch processes or microfluidic systems are commonly used. Here, we analyze the characteristics of an in-house developed batch process experimental setup, the Electromagnetic Sample Mixer (ESM) described earlier. This device uses three electromagnets to increase the relative velocity between SMPs and targets. We carry out simulations of the magnetic field in the ESM and in a simpler paradigmatic setup, and thus were able to calculate the force field acting on the SMPs and to simulate their relative velocities and fluid dynamics due to SMP movement. In this way we were able to show that alternate charging of the magnets induces a double circular stream of SMPs in the ESM, resulting in high relative velocities of SMPs to the targets. Consequently, due to the conservation of momentum, the fluid experiences an acceleration induced by the SMPs. We validated our simulations by microscopic observation of the SMPs in the magnetic field, using a homemade apparatus designed to accommodate a long working-distance lens. By comparing the results of modeling this paradigmatic setup with the experimental observations, we determined that the velocities of the SMPs corresponded to the results of our simulations.

  12. A model explaining synchronization of neuron bioelectric frequency under weak alternating low frequency magnetic field

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    del Moral, A.; Azanza, María J.

    2015-03-01

    A biomagnetic-electrical model is presented that explains rather well the experimentally observed synchronization of the bioelectric potential firing rate ("frequency"), f, of single unit neurons of Helix aspersa mollusc under the application of extremely low frequency (ELF) weak alternating (AC) magnetic fields (MF). The proposed model incorporates to our widely experimentally tested model of superdiamagnetism (SD) and Ca2+ Coulomb explosion (CE) from lipid (LP) bilayer membrane (SD-CE model), the electrical quadrupolar long range interaction between the bilayer LP membranes of synchronized neuron pairs, not considered before. The quadrupolar interaction is capable of explaining well the observed synchronization. Actual extension of our SD-CE-model shows that the neuron firing frequency field, B, dependence becomes not modified, but the bioelectric frequency is decreased and its spontaneous temperature, T, dependence is modified. A comparison of the model with synchronization experimental results of pair of neurons under weak (B0 ≅0.2-15 mT) AC-MF of frequency fM=50 Hz is reported. From the deduced size of synchronized LP clusters under B, is suggested the formation of small neuron networks via the membrane lipid correlation.

  13. Measurement of fMCG Signals using an Axial Type First-Order SQUID Gradiometer System

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    Yu, K. K.; Kim, K.; Kang, C. S.; Kim, J. M.; Lee, Y. H. [Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2009-04-15

    We have fabricated a low-noise 61-channel axial-type first-order gradiometer system for measuring fetal magnetocardiography(MCG) signals. Superconducting quantum interference device(SQUID) sensor was based on double relaxation oscillation SQUID(DROS) for detecting biomagnetic signal, such as MCG, magnetoencphalogram(MEG) and fetal-MCG. The SQUID sensor detected axial component of fetal MCG signal. The pickup coil of SQUID sensor was wound with 120 {mu}m NbTi wire on bobbin(20 mm diameter) and was a first-order gradiometer to reject the environment noise. The sensors have low white noise of 3 fT/Hz{sup 1/2} at 100 Hz on average. The fetal MCG was measured from 24 - 36 weeks fetus in a magnetically shielded room(MSR) with shielding factor of 35 dB at 0.1 Hz and 80 dB at 100 Hz(comparatively mild shielding). The MCG signal contained maternal and fetal MCG. Fetal MCG could be distinguished relatively easily from maternal MCG by using independent component analysis(ICA) filter. In addition, we could observe T peak as well as QRS wave, respectively. It will be useful in detecting fetal cardiac diseases.

  14. Spinal cord evoked magnetic field measurement using a magnetospinography system equipped with a cryocooler.

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    Adachi, Yoshiaki; Oyama, Daisuke; Kawai, Jun; Kawabata, Shigenori; Uehara, Gen

    2013-01-01

    We have developed a magnetospinography (MSG) system that detects weak magnetic fields associated with spinal cord neural activity using an array of low-temperature superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID)-based magnetic flux sensors. A functional image of the spinal cord can be obtained noninvasively by using this system, and it is effective for precise lesion localization in the diagnosis of spinal cord diseases. The running cost of the developed MSG system mainly depends on liquid helium (LHe) consumption, which is required to maintain the superconducting state of the SQUID sensors. To reduce the LHe consumption, we incorporate a pulse-tube-refrigerator-based cryocooler into the MSG system. Cold gaseous helium is circulated between the cryocooler and the MSG system for cooling the thermal radiation shield of the dewar vessel. Consequently, we achieved a 46% decrease in the LHe consumption rate. Conventional biomagnetic field detection such as magnetoencephalography is often hindered by severe low-frequency band noise from the cryocooler. However, in the case of MSG measurements, such noise can be filtered out because the band of the signal is much higher than that of the cryocooler noise. We demonstrated that the signal-to-noise ratio of the cervical spinal cord evoked magnetic field measurement performed with a working cryocooler is comparable to that of the measurement without a cryocooler.

  15. Pulse-driven magnetoimpedance sensor detection of cardiac magnetic activity.

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    Shinsuke Nakayama

    Full Text Available This study sought to establish a convenient method for detecting biomagnetic activity in the heart. Electrical activity of the heart simultaneously induces a magnetic field. Detection of this magnetic activity will enable non-contact, noninvasive evaluation to be made. We improved the sensitivity of a pulse-driven magnetoimpedance (PMI sensor, which is used as an electric compass in mobile phones and as a motion sensor of the operation handle in computer games, toward a pico-Tesla (pT level, and measured magnetic fields on the surface of the thoracic wall in humans. The changes in magnetic field detected by this sensor synchronized with the electric activity of the electrocardiogram (ECG. The shape of the magnetic wave was largely altered by shifting the sensor position within 20 mm in parallel and/or perpendicular to the thoracic wall. The magnetic activity was maximal in the 4th intercostals near the center of the sterna. Furthermore, averaging the magnetic activity at 15 mm in the distance between the thoracic wall and the sensor demonstrated magnetic waves mimicking the P wave and QRS complex. The present study shows the application of PMI sensor in detecting cardiac magnetic activity in several healthy subjects, and suggests future applications of this technology in medicine and biology.

  16. Giant magnetoimpedance effect in a thin-film multilayer meander-like sensor

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    Vilela, G. L. S.; Monsalve, J. G.; Rodrigues, A. R.; Azevedo, A.; Machado, F. L. A.

    2017-03-01

    A meander-like magnetic sensing element based on the giant magnetoimpedance (GMI) effect was prepared by using optical lithography and sputtering deposition techniques. The structure of the sensing element consists of layers of Permalloy (Py = Ni81Fe19), titanium (Ti), and copper (Cu) with composition [Py(100 nm)/Ti(6 nm)]4/Cu(400 nm)/[Py(100 nm)/Ti(6 nm)]4. The GMI was investigated at room temperature under applied magnetic fields (H) varying in the range of ±4.0 kOe in both longitudinal and transversal geometries. The amplitude Iac and frequency f of the ac electrical current were varied in the range of 0.35-6.50 mA and 0.1-20 MHz, respectively. The overall dc electrical resistance of the sensing element was found to be 45.6 Ω. The sensing element yielded a GMI of 53.5% for H ≃ 5.0 Oe and f = 7.0 MHz, and the corresponding maximum average sensitivity of about 5 Ω/Oe. The sensing element was used for measuring the local Earth magnetic field ( H l o c a l = 0.26 ± 0.03 Oe) yielding a value close to the one measured by using a Hall sensor probe ( = 0.23 ± 0.01 Oe). GMI sensors are being used in applications such as accelerometers, magnetometers, biomagnetism, magnetic compasses, traffic control, non-destructive analysis, and virus and cancer cell detection.

  17. Pulse-driven magnetoimpedance sensor detection of cardiac magnetic activity.

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    Nakayama, Shinsuke; Sawamura, Kenta; Mohri, Kaneo; Uchiyama, Tsuyoshi

    2011-01-01

    This study sought to establish a convenient method for detecting biomagnetic activity in the heart. Electrical activity of the heart simultaneously induces a magnetic field. Detection of this magnetic activity will enable non-contact, noninvasive evaluation to be made. We improved the sensitivity of a pulse-driven magnetoimpedance (PMI) sensor, which is used as an electric compass in mobile phones and as a motion sensor of the operation handle in computer games, toward a pico-Tesla (pT) level, and measured magnetic fields on the surface of the thoracic wall in humans. The changes in magnetic field detected by this sensor synchronized with the electric activity of the electrocardiogram (ECG). The shape of the magnetic wave was largely altered by shifting the sensor position within 20 mm in parallel and/or perpendicular to the thoracic wall. The magnetic activity was maximal in the 4th intercostals near the center of the sterna. Furthermore, averaging the magnetic activity at 15 mm in the distance between the thoracic wall and the sensor demonstrated magnetic waves mimicking the P wave and QRS complex. The present study shows the application of PMI sensor in detecting cardiac magnetic activity in several healthy subjects, and suggests future applications of this technology in medicine and biology.

  18. Diurnal anisotropy of cosmic rays during intensive solar activity for the period 2001-2014

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    Tezari, A.; Mavromichalaki, H.

    2016-07-01

    The diurnal variation of cosmic ray intensity, based on the records of two neutron monitor stations at Athens (Greece) and Oulu (Finland) for the time period 2001 to 2014, is studied. This period covers the maximum and the descending phase of the solar cycle 23, the minimum of the solar cycles 23/24 and the ascending phase of the solar cycle 24.These two stations differ in their geographic latitude and magnetic threshold rigidity. The amplitude and phase of the diurnal anisotropy vectors have been calculated on annual and monthly basis. From our analysis it is resulted that there is a different behaviour in the characteristics of the diurnal anisotropy during the different phases of the solar cycle, depended on the solar magnetic field polarity, but also during extreme events of solar activity, such as Ground Level Enhancements and cosmic ray events, such as Forbush decreases and magnetospheric events. These results may be useful to Space Weather forecasting and especially to Biomagnetic studies.

  19. Soft magnetic memory of silk cocoon membrane

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    Roy, Manas; Dubey, Amarish; Singh, Sushil Kumar; Bhargava, Kalpana; Sethy, Niroj Kumar; Philip, Deepu; Sarkar, Sabyasachi; Bajpai, Alok; Das, Mainak

    2016-07-01

    Silk cocoon membrane (SCM), a solid matrix of protein fiber, responds to light, heat and moisture and converts these energies to electrical signals. Essentially it exhibits photo-electric and thermo-electric properties; making it a natural electro-magnetic sensor, which may influence the pupal development. This raises the question: ‘is it only electricity?’, or ‘it also posses some kind of magnetic memory?’ This work attempted to explore the magnetic memory of SCM and confirm its soft magnetism. Fe, Co, Ni, Mn, Gd were found in SCM, in traces, through energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Presence of iron was ascertained by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). In addition, EPR-spectra showed the presence of a stable pool of carbon-centric free radical in the cocoon structure. Carbon-centric free radicals behaves as a soft magnet inherently. Magnetic-Hysteresis (M-H) of SCM confirmed its soft magnetism. It can be concluded that the soft bio-magnetic feature of SCM is due to the entrapment of ferromagnetic elements in a stable pool of carbon centric radicals occurring on the super-coiled protein structure. Natural soft magnets like SCM provide us with models for developing eco-friendly, protein-based biological soft magnets.

  20. A model explaining synchronization of neuron bioelectric frequency under weak alternating low frequency magnetic field

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    Moral, A. del, E-mail: delmoral@unizar.es [Laboratorio de Magnetismo, Departamento de Física de Materia Condensada and Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales, Universidad de Zaragoza and Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, 50009 Zaragoza (Spain); Laboratorio de Magnetobiología, Departamento de Anatomía e Histología, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Zaragoza, 50009 Zaragoza (Spain); Centro de Tecnología Biomédica, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28223 Madrid (Spain); Azanza, María J., E-mail: mjazanza@unizar.es [Laboratorio de Magnetobiología, Departamento de Anatomía e Histología, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Zaragoza, 50009 Zaragoza (Spain); Centro de Tecnología Biomédica, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28223 Madrid (Spain)

    2015-03-01

    A biomagnetic-electrical model is presented that explains rather well the experimentally observed synchronization of the bioelectric potential firing rate (“frequency”), f, of single unit neurons of Helix aspersa mollusc under the application of extremely low frequency (ELF) weak alternating (AC) magnetic fields (MF). The proposed model incorporates to our widely experimentally tested model of superdiamagnetism (SD) and Ca{sup 2+} Coulomb explosion (CE) from lipid (LP) bilayer membrane (SD–CE model), the electrical quadrupolar long range interaction between the bilayer LP membranes of synchronized neuron pairs, not considered before. The quadrupolar interaction is capable of explaining well the observed synchronization. Actual extension of our SD–CE-model shows that the neuron firing frequency field, B, dependence becomes not modified, but the bioelectric frequency is decreased and its spontaneous temperature, T, dependence is modified. A comparison of the model with synchronization experimental results of pair of neurons under weak (B{sub 0}≅0.2–15 mT) AC-MF of frequency f{sub M}=50 Hz is reported. From the deduced size of synchronized LP clusters under B, is suggested the formation of small neuron networks via the membrane lipid correlation. - Highlights: • Neuron pair synchronization under low frequency alternating (AC) magnetic field (MF). • Superdiamagnetism and Ca{sup 2+} Coulomb explosion for AC MF effect in synchronized frequency. • Membrane lipid electrical quadrupolar pair interaction as synchronization mechamism. • Good agreement of model with electrophysiological experiments on mollusc Helix neurons.

  1. Effects of high-gradient magnetic fields on living cell machinery

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    Zablotskii, V.; Lunov, O.; Kubinova, S.; Polyakova, T.; Sykova, E.; Dejneka, A.

    2016-12-01

    A general interest in biomagnetic effects is related to fundamental studies of the influence of magnetic fields on living objects on the cellular and whole organism levels. Emerging technologies offer new directions for the use of high-gradient magnetic fields to control cell machinery and to understand the intracellular biological processes of the emerging field of nanomedicine. In this review we aim at highlighting recent advances made in identifying fundamental mechanisms by which magnetic gradient forces act on cell fate specification and cell differentiation. The review also provides an analysis of the currently available magnetic systems capable of generating magnetic fields with spatial gradients of up to 10 MT m-1, with the focus on their suitability for use in cell therapy. Relationships between experimental factors and underlying biophysical mechanisms and assumptions that would ultimately lead to a deeper understanding of cell machinery and the development of more predictive models for the evaluation of the effects of magnetic fields on cells, tissue and organisms are comprehensively discussed.

  2. A magnetically shielded room with ultra low residual field and gradient.

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    Altarev, I; Babcock, E; Beck, D; Burghoff, M; Chesnevskaya, S; Chupp, T; Degenkolb, S; Fan, I; Fierlinger, P; Frei, A; Gutsmiedl, E; Knappe-Grüneberg, S; Kuchler, F; Lauer, T; Link, P; Lins, T; Marino, M; McAndrew, J; Niessen, B; Paul, S; Petzoldt, G; Schläpfer, U; Schnabel, A; Sharma, S; Singh, J; Stoepler, R; Stuiber, S; Sturm, M; Taubenheim, B; Trahms, L; Voigt, J; Zechlau, T

    2014-07-01

    A versatile and portable magnetically shielded room with a field of (700 ± 200) pT within a central volume of 1 m × 1 m × 1 m and a field gradient less than 300 pT/m, achieved without any external field stabilization or compensation, is described. This performance represents more than a hundredfold improvement of the state of the art for a two-layer magnetic shield and provides an environment suitable for a next generation of precision experiments in fundamental physics at low energies; in particular, searches for electric dipole moments of fundamental systems and tests of Lorentz-invariance based on spin-precession experiments. Studies of the residual fields and their sources enable improved design of future ultra-low gradient environments and experimental apparatus. This has implications for developments of magnetometry beyond the femto-Tesla scale in, for example, biomagnetism, geosciences, and security applications and in general low-field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements.

  3. One-step solid state synthesis of capped γ-Fe(2)O(3) nanocrystallites.

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    Zboril, R; Bakandritsos, A; Mashlan, M; Tzitzios, V; Dallas, P; Trapalis, Ch; Petridis, D

    2008-03-05

    The thermally induced solid state synthesis of soluble organophilic maghemite (γ-Fe(2)O(3)) nanocrystallites is described. The solvent-free one-step synthesis involves the reaction in the melt state of Fe(NO)(3)·9H(2)O and RCOOH (R = C(11)H(23), C(15)H(31)) at 240 °C. The method yields well-crystallized nanoparticles of γ-Fe(2)O(3) functionalized with the corresponding aliphatic acid. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) observations reveal composite particles with faceted magnetic cores and average size of 20 nm, which are well capped with the surrounding organic sheath. The Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra and thermal analysis suggest a bimodal configuration of the organic shell including chemically coordinated and physisorbed molecules of aliphatic acid. The chemical bonding of the carboxylate groups to the surface iron atoms is also indicated by a paramagnetic doublet with unchanged area in the variable temperature Mössbauer spectra. The spinel γ-Fe(2)O(3) particles exhibit perfect structural and magnetic ordering, including the almost ideal ratio of octahedral to tetrahedral positions (5/3) and very low degree of spin canting, as confirmed by in-field Mössbauer spectroscopy. Magnetic measurements demonstrate the suitable properties required in various (bio)magnetic applications like superparamagnetic behavior at room temperature, high saturation magnetization achievable at low applied fields and suppressed magnetic interactions.

  4. An ultra-sensitive and wideband magnetometer based on a superconducting quantum interference device

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    Storm, Jan-Hendrik; Hömmen, Peter; Drung, Dietmar; Körber, Rainer

    2017-02-01

    The magnetic field noise in superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) used for biomagnetic research such as magnetoencephalography or ultra-low-field nuclear magnetic resonance is usually limited by instrumental dewar noise. We constructed a wideband, ultra-low noise system with a 45 mm diameter superconducting pick-up coil inductively coupled to a current sensor SQUID. Thermal noise in the liquid helium dewar is minimized by using aluminized polyester fabric as superinsulation and aluminum oxide strips as heat shields. With a magnetometer pick-up coil in the center of the Berlin magnetically shielded room 2 (BMSR2), a noise level of around 150 aT Hz-1/2 is achieved in the white noise regime between about 20 kHz and the system bandwidth of about 2.5 MHz. At lower frequencies, the resolution is limited by magnetic field noise arising from the walls of the shielded room. Modeling the BMSR2 as a closed cube with continuous μ-metal walls, we can quantitatively reproduce its measured field noise.

  5. Hydromagnetic transport phenomena from a stretching or shrinking nonlinear nanomaterial sheet with Navier slip and convective heating: A model for bio-nano-materials processing

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    Uddin, M. J.; Bég, O. Anwar; Amin, N.

    2014-11-01

    Steady two-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic laminar free convective boundary layer slip flow of an electrically conducting Newtonian nanofluid from a translating stretching/shrinking sheet in a quiescent fluid is studied. A convective heating boundary condition is incorporated. The transport equations along with the boundary conditions are first converted into dimensionless form and following the implementation of a linear group of transformations, the similarity governing equations are developed. The transformed equations are solved numerically using the Runge-Kutta-Fehlberg fourth fifth order method from Maple. Validation of the Maple solutions is achieved with previous non-magnetic published results. The effects of the emerging thermophysical parameters; namely, stretching/shrinking, velocity slip, magnetic field, convective heat transfer and buoyancy ratio parameters, on the dimensionless velocity, temperature and concentration (nanoparticle fraction) are depicted graphically and interpreted at length. It is found that velocity increases whilst temperature and concentration reduce with the velocity slip. Magnetic field causes to reduce velocity and enhances temperature and concentration. Velocity, temperature as well as concentration rises with convective heating parameter. The study is relevant to the synthesis of bio-magnetic nanofluids of potential interest in wound treatments, skin repair and smart coatings for biological devices.

  6. Noise in small magnetic systems-applications to very sensitive magnetoresistive sensors

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    Pannetier, M. [CAPMAG/DRECAM, CEA Saclay 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France)]. E-mail: mpannetier@cea.fr; Fermon, C. [CAPMAG/DRECAM, CEA Saclay 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France); Le Goff, G. [CAPMAG/DRECAM, CEA Saclay 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France); Simola, J. [Elekta Neuromag Oy, P.O. Box 68, FIN-00511 Helsinki (Finland); Kerr, E. [SFI-Nanosciences Laboratory, Physics Department, Trinity College, Dublin 2 (Ireland); Coey, J.M.D. [SFI-Nanosciences Laboratory, Physics Department, Trinity College, Dublin 2 (Ireland)

    2005-04-15

    Reduction for 1/f noise (or random telegraph noise) is a crucial issue for small magnetic sensors which is strongly related to structural properties and magnetic configuration. We show how it is possible to eliminate magnetic noise at low frequency in GMR/TMR sensors by a combination of cross anisotropies, window frame shapes and suitably designed magnetoresisitive stack. These sensors are superior to almost all existing field and flux sensors. Results are presented on a mixed sensor, where a superconducting loop acts as a flux-to-field transformer to the GMR sensor. This device is suitable for detection of biomagnetic signals, such as in magnetocardiography or in magnetoencephalography. Measurements on niobium-based and YBCO-based sensors are presented, leading to sensitivity of 30 fT/{radical}Hz at 77 K for small samples. Sensitivity lower than 1 fT/{radical}(Hz) is expected with appropriate design and use of TMR or CMR layers, which makes these a powerful alternative to SQUIDs.

  7. The stability of source localization in a whole-head magnetoencephalography system demonstrated by auditory evoked field measurements

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    Chen, Kuen-Lin; Yang, Hong-Chang; Tsai, Sung-Ying; Liu, Yu-Wei; Liao, Shu-Hsien; Horng, Herng-Er; Lee, Yong-Ho; Kwon, Hyukchan

    2011-10-01

    Superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID), which is a very sensitive magnetic sensor, has been widely used to detect the ultra-small magnetic signals in many different territories, especially in the biomagnetic measurement. In this study, a 128-channel SQUID first-order axial gradiometer system for whole-head magnetoencephalography (MEG) measurements was setup to characterize the auditory evoked magnetic fields (AEFs). A 500 Hz monaural pure tone persisting 425 ms with the sound pressure level of 80 dB was randomly applied to the left ear of subject with the inter-stimulus interval of 1.5 ˜ 2.8 s to prevent fatigue of nerves. We demonstrated the characteristic waveforms of AEFs can be accurately recorded and analyzed. Using source localization processes, the origins of AEFs were successfully calculated to be at the auditory cortices which are brain areas known for responsive to sound stimulus. A phantom experiment also proved the good localization accuracy of the established MEG system and measurement procedures. The validated performance of the SQUID system suggests that this technique can also be employed in other brain research.

  8. SQUID-based systems for co-registration of ultra-low field nuclear magnetic resonance images and magnetoencephalography

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    Matlashov, A. N.; Burmistrov, E.; Magnelind, P. E.; Schultz, L.; Urbaitis, A. V.; Volegov, P. L.; Yoder, J.; Espy, M. A.

    2012-11-01

    The ability to perform magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in ultra-low magnetic fields (ULF) of ∼100 μT, using superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) detection, has enabled a new class of magnetoencephalography (MEG) instrumentation capable of recording both anatomical (via the ULF MRI) and functional (biomagnetic) information about the brain. The combined ULF MRI/MEG instrument allows both structural and functional information to be co-registered to a single coordinate system and acquired in a single device. In this paper we discuss the considerations and challenges required to develop a combined ULF MRI/MEG device, including pulse sequence development, magnetic field generation, SQUID operation in an environment of pulsed pre-polarization, and optimization of pick-up coil geometries for MRI in different noise environments. We also discuss the design of a “hybrid” ULF MRI/MEG system under development in our laboratory that uses SQUID pick-up coils separately optimized for MEG and ULF MRI.

  9. SQUID-based systems for co-registration of ultra-low field nuclear magnetic resonance images and magnetoencephalography

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    Matlashov, A.N., E-mail: matlach@lanl.gov [Los Alamos National Laboratory, P.O. Box 1663, MS-D454, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Burmistrov, E.; Magnelind, P.E.; Schultz, L.; Urbaitis, A.V.; Volegov, P.L.; Yoder, J.; Espy, M.A. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, P.O. Box 1663, MS-D454, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States)

    2012-11-20

    The ability to perform magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in ultra-low magnetic fields (ULF) of {approx}100 {mu}T, using superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) detection, has enabled a new class of magnetoencephalography (MEG) instrumentation capable of recording both anatomical (via the ULF MRI) and functional (biomagnetic) information about the brain. The combined ULF MRI/MEG instrument allows both structural and functional information to be co-registered to a single coordinate system and acquired in a single device. In this paper we discuss the considerations and challenges required to develop a combined ULF MRI/MEG device, including pulse sequence development, magnetic field generation, SQUID operation in an environment of pulsed pre-polarization, and optimization of pick-up coil geometries for MRI in different noise environments. We also discuss the design of a 'hybrid' ULF MRI/MEG system under development in our laboratory that uses SQUID pick-up coils separately optimized for MEG and ULF MRI.

  10. Perception of acoustically complex phonological features in vowels is reflected in the induced brain-magnetic activity

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    Obleser Jonas

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract A central issue in speech recognition is which basic units of speech are extracted by the auditory system and used for lexical access. One suggestion is that complex acoustic-phonetic information is mapped onto abstract phonological representations of speech and that a finite set of phonological features is used to guide speech perception. Previous studies analyzing the N1m component of the auditory evoked field have shown that this holds for the acoustically simple feature place of articulation. Brain magnetic correlates indexing the extraction of acoustically more complex features, such as lip rounding (ROUND in vowels, have not been unraveled yet. The present study uses magnetoencephalography (MEG to describe the spatial-temporal neural dynamics underlying the extraction of phonological features. We examined the induced electromagnetic brain response to German vowels and found the event-related desynchronization in the upper beta-band to be prolonged for those vowels that exhibit the lip rounding feature (ROUND. It was the presence of that feature rather than circumscribed single acoustic parameters, such as their formant frequencies, which explained the differences between the experimental conditions. We conclude that the prolonged event-related desynchronization in the upper beta-band correlates with the computational effort for the extraction of acoustically complex phonological features from the speech signal. The results provide an additional biomagnetic parameter to study mechanisms of speech perception.

  11. Is the best estimate of power equal to the power of the best estimate?

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    Hasson, R

    1999-01-01

    In an inverse problem, such as the determination of brain activity given magnetic field measurements outside the head, the main quantity of interest is often the power associated with a source. The `standard' way to determine this has been to find the best linear estimate of the source and calculate the power associated with this. This paper proposes an alternative method and then relationship to this previous method of estimation is explored both algebraically and by numerical simulation. In abstract terms the problem can be stated as follows. Let H be a Hilbert space with inner product . Let L be a linear map: H->R^n. Suppose that we are a given data vector b in R^n such that b=Lx+e where e is a vector of random variables with zero mean and given covariance matrix that represents measurement errors. The problem that is addressed in this paper is to estimate where X is an operator on H (e.g. the characteristic function of a region of interest). Keywords: Linear inverse problem, biomagnetic inverse problem, ...

  12. Properties of Magnetite Nanoparticles Produced by Magnetotactic Bacteria

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    LI Wenbing; YU Longjiang; ZHOU Pengpeng; WANG Guanghua; XU Binfu; CHENG Zhengzai; XU Weiguo

    2014-01-01

    The magnetic nanoparticles (magnetite) were prepared through the fermentation of the Magnetospirillum strain WM-1 newly isolated by our group. The samples were characterized by TEM, SAED, XRD, rock magnetic analysis, and Mössbauer spectroscopy. TEM and SAED measurements showed that the magnetosomes formed by strain WM-1 were single crystallites of high perfection with a cubic spinel structure of magnetite. X-ray measurements also fitted very well with standard Fe3O4 reflections with an inverse spinel structure of the magnetite core. The size of crystal as calculated by the Debye-Scherrer’s equation was approximately 55 nm. Rock magnetic analysis showed WM-1 synthesized single-domain magnetite magnetosomes, which were arranged in the form of linear chain. The high delta ratio ((δFC/δZFC=4) supported the criteria of Moskowitz test that there were intact magnetosomes chains in cells. The Verwey transition occurred at 105 K that closed to stoochiometric magnetite in composition. These observations provided useful insights into the biomineralization of magnetosomes and properties of M. WM-1 and potential application of biogenic magnetite in biomaterials and biomagnetism.

  13. Single-crystalline MFe(2)O(4) nanotubes/nanorings synthesized by thermal transformation process for biological applications.

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    Fan, Hai-Ming; Yi, Jia-Bao; Yang, Yi; Kho, Kiang-Wei; Tan, Hui-Ru; Shen, Ze-Xiang; Ding, Jun; Sun, Xiao-Wei; Olivo, Malini Carolene; Feng, Yuan-Ping

    2009-09-22

    We report a general thermal transformation approach to synthesize single-crystalline magnetic transition metal oxides nanotubes/nanorings including magnetite Fe(3)O(4), maghematite gamma-Fe(2)O(3), and ferrites MFe(2)O(4) (M = Co, Mn, Ni, Cu) using hematite alpha-Fe(2)O(3) nanotubes/nanorings template. While the straightforward reduction or reduction-oxides process was employed to produce Fe(3)O(4) and gamma-Fe(2)O(3), the alpha-Fe(2)O(3)/M(OH)(2) core/shell nanostructure was used as precursor to prepare MFe(2)O(4) nanotubes via MFe(2)O(4-x) (0 MFe(2)O(4) nanocrystals with tunable size, shape, and composition have exhibited unique magnetic properties. Moreover, they have been demonstrated as a highly effective peroxidase mimic catalysts for laboratory immunoassays or as a universal nanocapsules hybridized with luminescent QDs for magnetic separation and optical probe of lung cancer cells, suggesting that these biocompatible magnetic nanotubes/nanorings have great potential in biomedicine and biomagnetic applications.

  14. A study of unsteady physiological magneto-fluid flow and heat transfer through a finite length channel by peristaltic pumping.

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    Tripathi, Dharmendra; Bég, O Anwar

    2012-08-01

    Magnetohydrodynamic peristaltic flows arise in controlled magnetic drug targeting, hybrid haemodynamic pumps and biomagnetic phenomena interacting with the human digestive system. Motivated by the objective of improving an understanding of the complex fluid dynamics in such flows, we consider in the present article the transient magneto-fluid flow and heat transfer through a finite length channel by peristaltic pumping. Reynolds number is small enough and the wavelength to diameter ratio is large enough to negate inertial effects. Analytical solutions for temperature field, axial velocity, transverse velocity, pressure gradient, local wall shear stress, volume flowrate and averaged volume flowrate are obtained. The effects of the transverse magnetic field, Grashof number and thermal conductivity on the flow patterns induced by peristaltic waves (sinusoidal propagation along the length of channel) are studied using graphical plots. The present study identifies that greater pressure is required to propel the magneto-fluid by peristaltic pumping in comparison to a non-conducting Newtonian fluid, whereas, a lower pressure is required if heat transfer is effective. The analytical solutions further provide an important benchmark for future numerical simulations.

  15. Enhancing the versatility of alternate current biosusceptometry (ACB) through the synthesis of a dextrose-modified tracer and a magnetic muco-adhesive cellulose gel

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    Martins, Murillo L., E-mail: murillolongo@gmail.com [Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, DK-2100 Copenhagen (Denmark); Instituto de Biociências, Universidade Estadual Paulista, CP 510, 18618–970 Botucatu SP (Brazil); Calabresi, Marcos F.; Quini, Caio; Matos, Juliana F.; Miranda, José R.A.; Saeki, Margarida J. [Instituto de Biociências, Universidade Estadual Paulista, CP 510, 18618–970 Botucatu SP (Brazil); Bordallo, Heloisa N. [Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, DK-2100 Copenhagen (Denmark)

    2015-03-01

    Alternate Current Biosusceptometry (ACB) is a promising bio-magnetic method, radiation free and easily performed used for gastric emptying exams. Due to development on its sensitivity level, interesting nature, noninvasiveness and low cost it has attracted a lot of attention. In this work, magnetic nanoparticles of Mn–Zn ferrite as well as dextrose-modified nanoparticles were synthesized to be used as possible tracers in ACB gastric emptying exams. In addition, a magnetic muco-adhesive gel was obtained by modifying the ferrite nanoparticles with cellulose. Based on in-vivo tests in rats, we show that the pure ferrite nanoparticles, whose isoelectric point was found to be at pH = 3.2, present a great sensitivity to pH variations along the gastrointestinal tract, while the reduction of the isoelectric point by the dextrose modification leads to suitable nanoparticles for rapid gastric emptying examinations. On the other hand, the in-vivo tests show that the muco-adhesive cellulose gel presents substantial stomach adhesion and is a potential drug delivery system easily traceable by the ACB system.

  16. Metallic nanoparticles and their medicinal potential. Part II: aluminosilicates, nanobiomagnets, quantum dots and cochleates.

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    Loomba, Leena; Scarabelli, Tiziano

    2013-09-01

    Metallic miniaturization techniques have taken metals to nanoscale size where they can display fascinating properties and their potential applications in medicine. In recent years, metal nanoparticles such as aluminium, silicon, iron, cadmium, selenium, indium and calcium, which find their presence in aluminosilicates, nanobiomagnets, quantum dots (Q-dots) and cochleates, have caught attention of medical industries. The increasing impact of metallic nanoparticles in life sciences has significantly advanced the production techniques for these nanoparticles. In this Review, the various methods for the synthesis of nanoparticles are outlined, followed by their physicochemical properties, some recent applications in wound healing, diagnostic imaging, biosensing, assay labeling, antimicrobial activity, cancer therapy and drug delivery are listed, and finally their toxicological impacts are revised. The first half of this article describes the medicinal uses of two noble nanoparticles - gold and silver. This Review provides further information on the ability of aluminum, silicon, iron, selenium, indium, calcium and zinc to be used as nanoparticles in biomedical sciences. Aluminosilicates find their utility in wound healing and antibacterial growth. Iron-oxide nanoparticles enhance the properties of MRI contrast agents and are also used as biomagnets. Cadmium, selenium, tellurium and indium form the core nanostructures of tiny Q-dots used in cellular assay labeling, high-resolution cell imaging and biosensing. Cochleates have the bivalent nano ions calcium, magnesium or zinc imbedded in their structures and are considered to be highly effective agents for drug and gene delivery. The aluminosilicates, nanobiomagnets, Q-dots and cochleates are discussed in the light of their properties, synthesis and utility.

  17. High-T(c) squid application in medicine and geophysics

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    Polushkin, V. N.; Uchaikin, S. V.; Vasiliev, B. V.

    1991-01-01

    In our laboratory of high-T(sub c), a one-hole squid was built from Y1Ba2Cu3O(7-x) ceramics obtained by a standard procedure of solid state reaction. The ceramics with critical current density J(sub c) is greater than 100 A/sq cm was selected. In the middle of a 10 x 10 x 2 mm ceramics pellet, a 0.8 mm hole was drilled in which the superconducting loop of the squid was located. Between the hole and the edge of the pellet, a cut was mechanically filed out with a bridge inside it connecting the superconducting ring. A scheme of the magnetometer is presented. The resonant frequency shift of the tank circuit, the connection of the squid with this circuit, and the squid inductance are evaluated. One of the most interesting fields of the squid-based magnetometer application is biomagnetism, particularly, the human heart magnetocardiogram measuring. The low-temperature squids were used in this area and many interesting and important scientific results have been obtained. The observations have shown that the main noise contribution was not due to the squid but to the Earth's magnetic field variations, industrial inductions, and mainly to the vibrations caused by liquid nitrogen boiling and by vibrations of the box. Further attempts are needed to reduce the magnetic noise inductions. Nevertheless, the estimations promise the maximum signal/noise relation of the high-T(sub c) squid-magnetocardiometer to be not less than 10:1 in a bandwidth of 60 Hz. Apparently, such resolution would be enough not only for steady cardiogram reading but even for thin structure investigation at average technique application.

  18. High-T(sub c) squid application in medicine and geophysics

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    Polushkin, V. N.; Uchaikin, S. V.; Vasiliev, B. V.

    1990-01-01

    In the Laboratory a high-T(sub c) one-hole squid was built from Y1Ba2Cu3O(7-x) ceramics obtained by a standard procedure of solid state reaction. The ceramics with critical current density J(sub c) is greater than 100 A/sq cm was selected. In the middle of 10 x 10 x 2 mm ceramics pellet a 0.8 mm hole was drilled in which superconducting loop of the squid was located. Between the hole and the edge of the pellet a cut was mechanically filed out with a bridge inside it connecting the superconducting ring. A scheme of the magnetometer is presented. The resonant frequency shift of the tank circuit, the connection of the squid with this circuit, and the squid inductance are evaluated. One of the most interesting fields of the squid-based magnetometer application is biomagnetism, particularly, the human heart magnetocardiogram measuring. The low-temperature squids were used in this area and many interesting and important scientific results have been obtained. The observations have shown that the main noise contribution was not due to the squid but to the Earth's magnetic field variations, industrial inductions, and mainly to the vibrations caused by liquid nitrogen boiling and by vibrations of the box. Further attempts are needed to reduce the magnetic noise inductions. Nevertheless, the estimations promise the maximum signal/noise relation of the high-T(sub c) squid-magnetocardiometer to be not less than 10:1 in a bandwidth of 60 Hz. Apparently, such resolution would be enough not only for steady cardiogram reading but even for thin structure investigation at average technique application.

  19. Guest Editorial

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    Alagarsamy, Perumal; Srinivasan, Ananthakrishnan; Pandian, Subramanian

    2014-09-01

    Magnetic materials play a vital role in technologies ranging from those concerning the day-to-day life of man to special applications in nuclear, space, defense and health sectors. Despite several notable developments in theoretical and experimental fronts in the area of magnetism and magnetic materials and the ever increasing number of researchers and engineers actively engaged in these topics, only a few international conferences are being organized in these topics in Asia. To address this lacuna, the second edition of International Conference on Magnetic Materials and Applications - 2013 (MagMA-2013) was jointly hosted and organized by Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG) under the auspicious of Magnetics Society of India (MSI). MagMA-2013 devoted special sessions for (A) Soft and Hard Magnetic Materials and their Applications, (B) Magnetic Thin Films, Particles and Nanostructures, (C) Magnetic Recording, Memories, and Spintronics, (D) Strongly Correlated Electron System, (E) Fundamental Magnetic Properties and Cooperative Phenomena, (F) Novel Magnetic Materials and Device Applications, (G) Magnet Industry - Product and Marketing and (H) Interdisciplinary Topics in Magnetism. These sessions included plenary and invited talks by speakers drawn from the international arena who shared their expertise and experiences on recent developments in various topics such as (1) conventional (bulk and powder metallurgy processed) soft and hard magnetic materials, (2) novel forms (nanostructured, particulate/granular, composite, thin film and multilayered films) of soft and hard magnetic materials and their hybrids, (3) sensors and actuators based on magnetoresistive, magnetostrictive, magnetoelastic and magnetoimpedance materials, (4) magnetic storage and its trends, (5) multi-disciplinary area of bio-magnetism and applications of magnetic materials in medicine, (6) newly emerging interdisciplinary topics in magnetism and (7) recent progress in theoretical and

  20. Quantum metrology and its application in biology

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    Taylor, Michael A.; Bowen, Warwick P.

    2016-02-01

    Quantum metrology provides a route to overcome practical limits in sensing devices. It holds particular relevance to biology, where sensitivity and resolution constraints restrict applications both in fundamental biophysics and in medicine. Here, we review quantum metrology from this biological context, focusing on optical techniques due to their particular relevance for biological imaging, sensing, and stimulation. Our understanding of quantum mechanics has already enabled important applications in biology, including positron emission tomography (PET) with entangled photons, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) using nuclear magnetic resonance, and bio-magnetic imaging with superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs). In quantum metrology an even greater range of applications arise from the ability to not just understand, but to engineer, coherence and correlations at the quantum level. In the past few years, quite dramatic progress has been seen in applying these ideas into biological systems. Capabilities that have been demonstrated include enhanced sensitivity and resolution, immunity to imaging artefacts and technical noise, and characterization of the biological response to light at the single-photon level. New quantum measurement techniques offer even greater promise, raising the prospect for improved multi-photon microscopy and magnetic imaging, among many other possible applications. Realization of this potential will require cross-disciplinary input from researchers in both biology and quantum physics. In this review we seek to communicate the developments of quantum metrology in a way that is accessible to biologists and biophysicists, while providing sufficient details to allow the interested reader to obtain a solid understanding of the field. We further seek to introduce quantum physicists to some of the central challenges of optical measurements in biological science. We hope that this will aid in bridging the communication gap that exists

  1. Bit patterned media with composite structure for microwave assisted magnetic recording

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    Eibagi, Nasim

    Patterned magnetic nano-structures are under extensive research due to their interesting emergent physics and promising applications in high-density magnetic data storage, through magnetic logic to bio-magnetic functionality. Bit-patterned media is an example of such structures which is a leading candidate to reach magnetic densities which cannot be achieved by conventional magnetic media. Patterned arrays of complex heterostructures such as exchange-coupled composites are studied in this thesis as a potential for next generation of magnetic recording media. Exchange-coupled composites have shown new functionality and performance advantages in magnetic recording and bit patterned media provide unique capability to implement such architectures. Due to unique resonant properties of such structures, their possible application in spin transfer torque memory and microwave assisted switching is also studied. This dissertation is divided into seven chapters. The first chapter covers the history of magnetic recording, the need to increase magnetic storage density, and the challenges in the field. The second chapter introduces basic concepts of magnetism. The third chapter explains the fabrication methods for thin films and various lithographic techniques that were used to pattern the devices under study for this thesis. The fourth chapter introduces the exchanged coupled system with the structure of [Co/Pd] / Fe / [Co/Pd], where the thickness of Fe is varied, and presents the magnetic properties of such structures using conventional magnetometers. The fifth chapter goes beyond what is learned in the fourth chapter and utilizes polarized neutron reflectometry to study the vertical exchange coupling and reversal mechanism in patterned structures with such structure. The sixth chapter explores the dynamic properties of the patterned samples, and their reversal mechanism under microwave field. The final chapter summarizes the results and describes the prospects for future

  2. Parser Combinators: a Practical Application for Generating Parsers for NMR Data.

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    Fenwick, Matthew; Weatherby, Gerard; Ellis, Heidi Jc; Gryk, Michael R

    2013-01-01

    Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is a technique for acquiring protein data at atomic resolution and determining the three-dimensional structure of large protein molecules. A typical structure determination process results in the deposition of a large data sets to the BMRB (Bio-Magnetic Resonance Data Bank). This data is stored and shared in a file format called NMR-Star. This format is syntactically and semantically complex making it challenging to parse. Nevertheless, parsing these files is crucial to applying the vast amounts of biological information stored in NMR-Star files, allowing researchers to harness the results of previous studies to direct and validate future work. One powerful approach for parsing files is to apply a Backus-Naur Form (BNF) grammar, which is a high-level model of a file format. Translation of the grammatical model to an executable parser may be automatically accomplished. This paper will show how we applied a model BNF grammar of the NMR-Star format to create a free, open-source parser, using a method that originated in the functional programming world known as "parser combinators". This paper demonstrates the effectiveness of a principled approach to file specification and parsing. This paper also builds upon our previous work [1], in that 1) it applies concepts from Functional Programming (which is relevant even though the implementation language, Java, is more mainstream than Functional Programming), and 2) all work and accomplishments from this project will be made available under standard open source licenses to provide the community with the opportunity to learn from our techniques and methods.

  3. Biophysical aspects of the influence of electromagnetic fields (EMF on the human body Influencia de los campos electromagnéticos en el organismo humano: aspectos biofísicos

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    Napaleon Hernández

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    Some historical aspects of biomagnetism and of the various steps that led to the development of bioelectricity and electro technique are summarized. Alterations observed in individuals working for long periods of time in contact with artificial EMF are described as well as the correlation between natural EMF and accidentality. The utilization of EMF for therapeutic purposes 15 reviewed and some considerations are given to the so called ";bioenergetic medicine"; that employs light, laser, sound, electricity and magnetism. A warning 15 made against the indiscriminate therapeutic use of EMF by practitioners without proper training; the need for solid research which may support the development of this area of medicine Is emphasized.

     

    En este artículo se resumen algunos aspectos históricos del biomagnetismo y de las etapas que condujeron al desarrollo de la bioelectricidad y la electrotécnica. Se describen las alteraciones observadas en quienes trabajan por períodos prolongados en contacto con campos electromagnéticos (CEM artificiales y la correlación entre los CEM naturales y la accidentalidad. Se revisan la utilización de los CEM con fines curativos y la escuela llamada ";bioenergética"; que utiliza terapéuticamente la luz, el láser, el sonido, la electricidad y el magnetismo. Se previene contra el uso terapéutico Indiscriminado de los CEM por personas sin adecuada formación y se hace énfasis en la necesidad de adelantar Investigaciones serias que sustenten este desarrollo de la medicina.

  4. A numerical and experimental investigation of planar asymmetric SQUID gradiometer characteristics

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    Klein, U.; Walker, M.E.; Cochran, A.; Hutson, D.; Lang, G.; Weston, R.G.; Pegrum, C.M. [University of Strathclyde, Department of Physics and Applied Physics, John Anderson Building, 107 Rottenrow, Glasgow G4 0NG (United Kingdom)

    1996-04-01

    A low-cost, high-performance magnetic field sensor for applications such as biomagnetism and nondestructive evaluation can be fabricated by integrating a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) and a gradiometer on a single chip. Conventionally, the gradiometric pick-up loop would have a rectangular outline divided symmetrically about the midpoint of its length so that its spatial response was also symmetrical. However, it is also possible to divide the same outline asymmetrically, maintaining the field rejection order of the gradiometer by adding an extra crossover. The spatial response of this arrangement will also be asymmetric, which may be exploited to reduce the effects of the nearby SQUID as a magnetic anomaly or to enhance the sensitivity of the device to magnetic sources at a particular distance. The techniques to calculate the crossover positions are well established. Here we outline how different designs may be evaluated theoretically and report on first experimental results for three simple designs. Several devices have been fabricated using a well established Nb/Al-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Nb trilayer process with high yields. The measurement of the spatial response of an asymmetric first-order gradiometer shows the expected magnetometer characteristics for a magnetic dipole source in the near field and first-order gradiometric characteristics for a far-field source. The balance of the integrated gradiometer appears to be better than one part in 10{sup 4}, and the magnetic field gradient sensitivity has been measured to be 100 fT cm{sup -1} Hz{sup -1/2}. (author)

  5. Magnetic nanoparticles: A multifunctional vehicle for modern theranostics.

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    Angelakeris, M

    2017-02-20

    Magnetic nanoparticles provide a unique multifunctional vehicle for modern theranostics since they can be remotely and non-invasively employed as imaging probes, carrier vectors and smart actuators. Additionally, special delivery schemes beyond the typical drug delivery such as heat or mechanical stress may be magnetically triggered to promote certain cellular pathways. To start with, we need magnetic nanoparticles with several well-defined and reproducible structural, physical, and chemical features, while bio-magnetic nanoparticle design imposes several additional constraints. Except for the intrinsic requirement for high quality of magnetic properties in order to obtain the maximum efficiency with the minimum dose, the surface manipulation of the nanoparticles is a key aspect not only for transferring them from the growth medium to the biological environment but also to bind functional molecules that will undertake specific targeting, drug delivery, cell-specific monitoring and designated treatment without sparing biocompatibility and sustainability in-vivo. The ability of magnetic nanoparticles to interact with matter at the nanoscale not only provides the possibility to ascertain the molecular constituents of a disease, but also the way in which the totality of a biological function may be affected as well. The capacity to incorporate an array of structural and chemical functionalities onto the same nanoscale architecture also enables more accurate, sensitive and precise screening together with cure of diseases with significant pathological heterogeneity such as cancer. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled "Recent Advances in Bionanomaterials" Guest Editor: Dr. Marie-Louise Saboungi and Dr. Samuel D. Bader.

  6. A role for bioelectric effects in the induction of bystander signals by ionizing radiation?

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    Mothersill, C; Moran, G; McNeill, F; Gow, M D; Denbeigh, J; Prestwich, W; Seymour, C B

    2007-04-03

    The induction of "bystander effects" i.e. effects in cells which have not received an ionizing radiation track, is now accepted but the mechanisms are not completely clear. Bystander effects following high and low LET radiation exposure are accepted but mechanisms are still not understood. There is some evidence for a physical component to the signal. This paper tests the hypothesis that bioelectric or biomagnetic phenomena are involved. Human immortalized skin keratinocytes and primary explants of mouse bladder and fish skin, were exposed directly to ionizing radiation or treated in a variety of bystander protocols. Exposure of cells was conducted by shielding one group of flasks using lead, to reduce the dose below the threshold of 2mGy (60)Cobalt gamma rays established for the bystander effect. The endpoint for the bystander effect in the reporter system used was reduction in cloning efficiency (RCE). The magnitude of the RCE was similar in shielded and unshielded flasks. When cells were placed in a Faraday cage the magnitude of the RCE was less but not eliminated. The results suggest that liquid media or cell-cell contact transmission of bystander factors may be only part of the bystander mechanism. Bioelectric or bio magnetic fields may have a role to play. To test this further, cells were placed in a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine for 10 min using a typical head scan protocol. This treatment also induced a bystander response. Apart from the obvious clinical relevance, the MRI results further suggest that bystander effects may be produced by non-ionizing exposures. It is concluded that bioelectric or magnetic effects may be involved in producing bystander signaling cascades commonly seen following ionizing radiation exposure.

  7. Labeling of mesenchymal stem cells for MRI with single-cell sensitivity

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    Ariza de Schellenberger A

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    Full Text Available Angela Ariza de Schellenberger,1 Harald Kratz,1 Tracy D Farr,2,3 Norbert Löwa,4 Ralf Hauptmann,1 Susanne Wagner,1 Matthias Taupitz,1 Jörg Schnorr,1 Eyk A Schellenberger1 1Department of Radiology, 2Department of Experimental Neurology, Center for Stroke Research Berlin, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany; 3School of Life Sciences, University of Nottingham, Medical School, Nottingham, UK; 4Department of Biomagnetic Signals, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Berlin, Berlin, Germany Abstract: Sensitive cell detection by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI is an important tool for the development of cell therapies. However, clinically approved contrast agents that allow single-cell detection are currently not available. Therefore, we compared very small iron oxide nanoparticles (VSOP and new multicore carboxymethyl dextran-coated iron oxide nanoparticles (multicore particles, MCP designed by our department for magnetic particle imaging (MPI with discontinued Resovist® regarding their suitability for detection of single mesenchymal stem cells (MSC by MRI. We achieved an average intracellular nanoparticle (NP load of >10 pg Fe per cell without the use of transfection agents. NP loading did not lead to significantly different results in proliferation, colony formation, and multilineage in vitro differentiation assays in comparison to controls. MRI allowed single-cell detection using VSOP, MCP, and Resovist® in conjunction with high-resolution T2*-weighted imaging at 7 T with postprocessing of phase images in agarose cell phantoms and in vivo after delivery of 2,000 NP-labeled MSC into mouse brains via the left carotid artery. With optimized labeling conditions, a detection rate of ~45% was achieved; however, the experiments were limited by nonhomogeneous NP loading of the MSC population. Attempts should be made to achieve better cell separation for homogeneous NP loading and to thus improve NP

  8. Comparison of three magnetic nanoparticle tracers for sentinel lymph node biopsy in an in vivo porcine model

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    Pouw JJ

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    Full Text Available Joost J Pouw,1,* Muneer Ahmed,2,* Bauke Anninga,2 Kimberley Schuurman,1 Sarah E Pinder,2 Mieke Van Hemelrijck,3 Quentin A Pankhurst,4,5 Michael Douek,2 Bennie ten Haken1 1MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine, University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands; 2Research Oncology, Division of Cancer Studies, King’s College London, Guy’s Hospital, London, UK; 3Cancer Epidemiology Group, Division of Cancer Studies, King’s College London, London, UK; 4Healthcare Biomagnetics Laboratory, University College London, London, UK; 5Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University College London, London, UK *These authors contributed equally to this work Introduction: Breast cancer staging with sentinel lymph node biopsy relies on the use of radioisotopes, which limits the availability of the procedure worldwide. The use of a magnetic nanoparticle tracer and a handheld magnetometer provides a radiation-free alternative, which was recently evaluated in two clinical trials. The hydrodynamic particle size of the used magnetic tracer differs substantially from the radioisotope tracer and could therefore benefit from optimization. The aim of this study was to assess the performance of three different-sized magnetic nanoparticle tracers for sentinel lymph node biopsy within an in vivo porcine model.Materials and methods: Sentinel lymph node biopsy was performed within a validated porcine model using three magnetic nanoparticle tracers, approved for use in humans (ferumoxytol, with hydrodynamic diameter dH =32 nm; Sienna+®, dH =59 nm; and ferumoxide, dH =111 nm, and a handheld magnetometer. Magnetometer counts (transcutaneous and ex vivo, iron quantification (vibrating sample magnetometry, and histopathological assessments were performed on all ex vivo nodes.Results: Transcutaneous “hotspots” were present in 12/12 cases within 30 minutes of injection for the 59 nm tracer, compared to 7/12 for the 32 nm tracer and 8/12 for

  9. Advanced Mathematical Tools in Metrology III

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    Ciarlini, P.

    The Table of Contents for the book is as follows: * Foreword * Invited Papers * The ISO Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement: A Bridge between Statistics and Metrology * Bootstrap Algorithms and Applications * The TTRSs: 13 Oriented Constraints for Dimensioning, Tolerancing & Inspection * Graded Reference Data Sets and Performance Profiles for Testing Software Used in Metrology * Uncertainty in Chemical Measurement * Mathematical Methods for Data Analysis in Medical Applications * High-Dimensional Empirical Linear Prediction * Wavelet Methods in Signal Processing * Software Problems in Calibration Services: A Case Study * Robust Alternatives to Least Squares * Gaining Information from Biomagnetic Measurements * Full Papers * Increase of Information in the Course of Measurement * A Framework for Model Validation and Software Testing in Regression * Certification of Algorithms for Determination of Signal Extreme Values during Measurement * A Method for Evaluating Trends in Ozone-Concentration Data and Its Application to Data from the UK Rural Ozone Monitoring Network * Identification of Signal Components by Stochastic Modelling in Measurements of Evoked Magnetic Fields from Peripheral Nerves * High Precision 3D-Calibration of Cylindrical Standards * Magnetic Dipole Estimations for MCG-Data * Transfer Functions of Discrete Spline Filters * An Approximation Method for the Linearization of Tridimensional Metrology Problems * Regularization Algorithms for Image Reconstruction from Projections * Quality of Experimental Data in Hydrodynamic Research * Stochastic Drift Models for the Determination of Calibration Intervals * Short Communications * Projection Method for Lidar Measurement * Photon Flux Measurements by Regularised Solution of Integral Equations * Correct Solutions of Fit Problems in Different Experimental Situations * An Algorithm for the Nonlinear TLS Problem in Polynomial Fitting * Designing Axially Symmetric Electromechanical Systems of

  10. Efecto del agua tratada magnéticamente sobre los procesos biológicos (Magnetically treated water effect on biological processes

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    Alfonso-Insua, Daniel

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available ResumenEn la presente monografía se describen aspectos de la importancia práctica, económica y ⎯con énfasis especial⎯ biológica del biomagnetismo, en específico del agua tratada magnéticamente, incluyéndose una exposición resumida de la experiencia de los autores sobre los beneficios de ésta en los procesos biológicos que normalmente ocurren en los animales. Los resultados de los estudios de los fenómenos biofísicos relacionados con los efectos delconsumo de agua con tratamiento magnético en el fisiologismo animal son más favorables. Se comprobaron bio respuestas positivas en los parámetros de salud y producción en las diferentes categorías de ganado bovino investigadas (terneros, vacas lecheras, toros sementales y toros de ceba. El consumo del agua con tratamiento magnético puede constituir una alternativa viable y económicamente factible para la explotación de las diferentes categoríaszootécnicas del ganado bovino, repercutiendo favorablemente sobre losmecanismos defensa de la salud y los parámetros productivos.SummaryIn the present monograph were described aspects of the practical, economic and ⎯with special emphasis⎯ biological importance of biomagnetism, in specific of magnetically treated water, being included a summary of the experience of the authors about the benefits of this in the biological processes that usually happen in the animals. The results of the studies of the biophysicalphenomena related with the effects of the consumption of water with magnetic treatment in the animal phisiologism are more favorable. They were proven bio positive answers in the parameters of health and production in the different investigated categories of bovine livestock (calves, cows milkmaids, bulls sires and bulls of it feeds. The consumption of the water with magnetic treatmentcan constitute a viable and economically feasible alternative for the exploitation of the bovine livestock in the different zootechnics

  11. Low-frequency noise in high-{Tc} superconductor Josephson junctions, SQUIDs, and magnetometers

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    Miklich, A.H.

    1994-05-01

    Design and performance of high-T{sub c} dc superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUEDs), junctions that comprise them, and magnetometers made from them are described, with attention to sources of 1/f noise. Biepitaxial junctions are found to have large levels of critical current fluctuations which make them unsuitable for low-noise SQUIDS; this suggests a poorly connected interface at the grain boundary junction. SQUIDs from bicrystal junctions have levels of critical current noise controllable using bias current reversal techniques which leave the noise white down to frequencies of a few Hz. A SQUID with an energy resolution of 1.5{times}10{sup {minus}30} J Hz{sup {minus}1} at 1 Hz is reported. Magnetometers in which a (9 mm){sup 2} pickup loop is directly coupled to a SQUID body have achieved field resolutions of 93 fT Hz{sup {minus}1/2} down to frequencies below I Hz, improving to 39 fT Hz{sup {minus}1/2} at 1 Hz with the addition of a 50mm-diameter single-turn flux transformer. Poor coupling to pickup loop makes it difficult to satisfy competing goals of high field resolution and small detector size necessary for multichannel biomagnetic imaging. Improved coupling is demonstrated by the use of multiturn-input-coil flux transformers, and a resolution of 35 fT Hz{sup {minus}1/2} in the white noise region is reported with a (10 mm){sup 2} pickup loop. However, additional 1/f noise from processed multilayer structures in the transformer limits the resolution at 1 Hz to 114 fT Hz{sup {minus}1/2}. High-T{sub c} SQUIDs exhibit additional 1/f noise when cooled in a nonzero static magnetic field because of additional flux vortices trapped in the film, with the noise power at 1 Hz typically increasing by a factor of 10--20 in a field of 0.05mT (0.5 G). Finally, a SQUID-based voltmeter with a resolution of 9.2 pV.Hz{sup {minus}1/2} at 10 Hz (24 pV Hz{sup {minus}1/2} at 1 Hz) is described.

  12. The Institute for Rock Magnetism Facility Database

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    Jackson, M. J.; Sølheid, P.; Bowles, J. A.; Moskowitz, B. M.; Feinberg, J. M.

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    The Institute for Rock Magnetism (IRM) is one of 19 National Multi-User Facilities supported by the Instruments and Facilities program of NSF for geoscience research that requires complex, expensive and advanced instrumentation. Visiting and in-house researchers at the IRM have access to sensitive laboratory instruments for magnetometry, magnetic microscopy and Mössbauer spectroscopy, for carrying out a wide variety of experiments under a range of applied field and temperature conditions. Results are used to gain insight into a very diverse assortment of natural materials and phenomena including biomagnetism, environmental magnetism, petrofabrics, nanophase materials, shocked materials, and paleomagnetism of terrestrial and extraterrestrial materials. A comprehensive laboratory database has been in operation since 2004, storing detailed experimental data and metadata for more than 250 facility users, with measurements on over 50,000 specimens, including over one million remanence measurements and 45,000 hysteresis loops. Custom software tools provide consistent and reliable handling of basic data processing (e.g., mass normalization and unit conversion), as well as more advanced interactive analysis (e.g., deconvolution of u-channel paleomagnetic data; filtering and statistical tests for high-field nonlinearity in calculating hysteresis loop parameters; thermal fluctuation tomography using T-dependent switching-field distributions from backfield remanence measurements or hysteresis loops). Users are also able to access their data and the custom software tools remotely once they leave the IRM for their home institutions. A key advantage of an integrated database/software system for a facility like the IRM is that it provides a rapid and automatic means of combining different kinds of data measured on different instruments. An important design consideration in the development of the facility database has been structural compatibility with the community-wide Mag

  13. Synthesis and characterization of monosize magnetic poly(glycidyl methacrylate) beads

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    Evrim; Banu; Alt1nta

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    ,A.,(O)zkan,G.,& Arica,M.Y.(2000).Preparation and characterization of magnetic polymethylmethacrylate microbeads carrying ethylene diamine for removal of Cu(Ⅱ),Cd(Ⅱ),Pb (Ⅱ),Hg(Ⅱ) from aqueous solutions.Journal of Applied Polymer Science,78(1),81-89.[12]Denizli,A.,& Say,R.(2001).Preparation of magnetic dye affinity adsorbent and its use in the removal of aluminium ions.Journal of Biomaterials Science Polymer Edition,12(10),1059-1073.[13]Denizli,A.,Tanyolac,D.,Salih,B.,& (O)zdural,A.(1998).Cibacron blue F3GA-attached polyvinylbutyral microbeads as novel magnetic sorbents for removal of Cu(Ⅱ),Cd(Ⅱ) and Pb(Ⅱ) ions.Journal of Chromatography A,793(1),47-56.[14]Denizli,A.,Yavuz,H.,Garipcan,B.,& Arica,M.Y.(2000).Nonporous monosize polymeric sorbents:Dye and metal chelate affinity separation of lysozyme.Journal of Applied Polymer Science,76(2),115-124.[15]Guo,Z.,& Sun,Y.(2004).Characteristics of immobilized lipase on hydrophobic superparamagnetic microspheres to catalyze esterification.Biotechnology Progress,20(2),500-506.[16]Huang,S.H.,Liao,M.H.,& Chen,D.H.(2003).Direct binding and characterization of lipase onto magnetic nanoparticles.Biotechnology Progress,19(3),1095-1100.[17]Kouassi,G.K.,Irudayaraj,J.,& McCarty,G.(2005).Activity of glucose oxidase functionalized onto magnetic nanoparticles.Biomagnetic Research and Technology,3,1-10.[18]Ma,Z.Y.,Guan,Y.P.,& Liu,H.Z.(2005).Synthesis of monodisperse nonporous crosslinked poly(glycidyl methacrylate) particles with metal affinity ligands for protein adsorption.Polymer International,54(11),1502-1507.[19]Ma,Z.Y.,Guan,Y.P.,& Liu,H.Z.(2006).Affinity adsorption of albumin on Cibacron Blue F3GA-coupled non-porous micrometer-sized magnetic polymer microspheres.Reactive and Functional Polymers,66(6),618-624.[20]Ma,Z.Y.,Guan,Y.P.,Liu,X.Q.,& Liu,H.Z.(2005).Synthesis of magnetic chelator for high-capacity immobilized metal affinity adsorption of protein by cerium initiated graft polymerization.Langmuir,21(15),6987-6994.[21]Martin,C.,& Cuellar

  14. A modular, extendible and field-tolerant multichannel vector magnetometer based on current sensor SQUIDs

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    Storm, J.-H.; Drung, D.; Burghoff, M.; Körber, R.

    2016-09-01

    We present the prototype module of our extendible and robust multichannel SQUID magnetometer system. A large multi-module arrangement can be implemented by using up to 7 modules. The system is intended for high-precision measurements of biomagnetism and spin precession. Further demanding applications are magnetorelaxometry and ultra-low-field nuclear magnetic resonance (ULF NMR), where pulsed magnetic fields of up to 100 mT are typically applied. The system is operated inside the Berlin magnetically shielded room (BMSR-2) and equipped with 18 magnetometers consisting of niobium (Nb) wire-wound pick-up coils. A total of 16 small pick-up coils with 17.1 mm diameter form a regular grid with individual channels arranged to ensure system sensitivity covers all three orthogonal spatial directions. Two large hexagonal pick-up coils with an equivalent diameter of 74.5 mm sensitive in z-direction surround the grid at two different heights and are suitable for the detection of deep sources. Each pick-up coil is connected to the input of a thin-film Nb SQUID current sensor via a detachable superconducting contact. The SQUIDs are equipped with integrated input current limiters. Feedback into the pick-up coils is employed to minimise crosstalk between channels. The current sensor chip package includes a superconducting shield of Nb. The field distortion of the prototype and a multi-module arrangement was analysed by numerical simulation. The measured noise of the small magnetometers was between 0.6 and 1.5 fT {{Hz}}-1/2, and well below 1 fT {{Hz}}-1/2 for the large ones. Using a software gradiometer, we achieved a minimum noise level of 0.54 fT {{Hz}}-1/2. We performed ULF NMR experiments, verifying the system’s robustness against pulsed fields, and magnetoencephalographgy (MEG) on somatosensory evoked neuronal activity. The low noise performance of our 18-channel prototype enabled the detection of high-frequency components at around 1 kHz by MEG.

  15. Obituary: Gordon Donaldson Obituary: Gordon Donaldson

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    Pegrum, Colin; Campbell, Archie; Hampshire, Damian

    2013-07-01

    Gordon Donaldson died in Glasgow on 28 November 2012 at the age of 71. He was born in Edinburgh and brought up and educated in Glasgow, which was his home city for much of his life. He was educated first at Glasgow Academy, and then with a scholarship at Christ's College Cambridge. Here he read Natural Sciences, finishing with first class honors in Physics. He then did a PhD on tunneling in superconductors in the Mond Laboratory, supervised by John Adkins. These were interesting times, since type II superconductors had only recently been identified, and the Mond was a leading player in the physics of vortices and other quantum effects. It was headed by Pippard and Shoenberg, and colleagues around that time were Brian Josephson, John Clarke, Colin Gough and John Waldram. On finishing his PhD in 1966 Gordon went straight to a lectureship at the University of Lancaster. In 1975 during a sabbatical at the University of California, Berkeley, with John Clarke's group, Gordon co-invented thin-film gradiometers with integrated DC SQUIDs. He then moved back to Glasgow, to the Department of Applied Physics at Strathclyde University, where he founded a new research group to make and use superconducting devices, especially SQUIDs and gradiometers. From modest beginnings the group grew steadily, acquiring new facilities and members, until in the 1990s it had over 20 members and a host of collaborators from elsewhere in Glasgow and abroad. With funding from the Wellcome Trust, Gordon and colleagues at Glasgow University and the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow set up a new biomagnetism facility in 1998 on the hospital campus to use SQUID gradiometers made at Strathclyde for measurements on patients and volunteers. Another of his main research interests was the use of SQUIDs for nondestructive evaluation (NDE). This started in the days before high temperature superconductors (HTS) with wire-wound gradiometers and niobium SQUIDs, soon moving on to miniature thin-film niobium

  16. 融合基因VH-mms13的构建及其蛋白表达鉴定%Construction of fusion gene VH-mms13 and identification of its protein

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    杨柳青; 孔登; 王雪耘; 王晓红; 孟丽; 王小柯

    2015-01-01

    Objective To construct the prokaryotic expression vector pET30a( +)-VH-mms13 and identification of its protein after induced with IPTG.Method Heavy chain variable region VH gene of typeⅣcollagenase monoclonal antibody and magnetosome membrane protein gene mms13 were amplified separately,the fusion gene VH-linker-mms13 were synthesized by SOE-PCR technique and inserted into pET30a ( +) plasmid, which was confirmed by restriction enzyme digest and sequencing.Then the recombinant plasmid pET30a ( +)-VH-mms13 was transform into E.coli DE3 and induced with 0.4 mmol/L IPTG.The fused protein was identified by SDS-PAGE and Western blot.Results The length of fusion gene VH-mms13 was 738 bp,and the sequence was correct.After induced with IPTG,the fused protein was found in the inclusion body and Western blot results suggested that the fused protein can bind with His-tag antibody specifically.Conclusion Expression vector pET30a ( +)-VH-mms13 is successfully constructed and the fusion protein has good immunogenicity,which lay the foundation for the development of biomagnetism-targeted drug.%目的:构建原核表达载体pET30a(+)-VH-mms13,诱导表达后鉴定融合蛋白表达。方法分别扩增单克隆抗体基因的重链可变区VH基因和细菌磁小体膜蛋白基因mms13基因,采用重叠延伸PCR技术(splicing by overlap extension ,SOE-PCR)构建融合基因VH-linker-mms13,并将融合基因插入pET30a(+)载体,酶切、测序验证;将重组质粒导入大肠杆菌DE3中,0.4 mmol/L异丙基疏代半乳糖苷( Isopropyl β-D-thiogalactoside ,IPTG)诱导表达,产物经SDS-PAGE电泳和Western blot 双重鉴定。结果 PCR鉴定构建的融合基因VH-mms13大小为738 bp,与理论值相符,测序结果表明序列无误;转入DE3经IPTG诱导,在包含体中检测到融合蛋白表达;Western blot结果显示该表达蛋白可与His-tag抗体特异性结合,蛋白大小符合融合

  17. Quantum technology and its applications

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    Boshier, Malcolm [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Berkeland, Dana [USG; Govindan, Tr [ARO; Abo - Shaeer, Jamil [DARPA

    2010-12-10

    Quantum states of matter can be exploited as high performance sensors for measuring time, gravity, rotation, and electromagnetic fields, and quantum states of light provide powerful new tools for imaging and communication. Much attention is being paid to the ultimate limits of this quantum technology. For example, it has already been shown that exotic quantum states can be used to measure or image with higher precision or higher resolution or lower radiated power than any conventional technologies, and proof-of-principle experiments demonstrating measurement precision below the standard quantum limit (shot noise) are just starting to appear. However, quantum technologies have another powerful advantage beyond pure sensing performance that may turn out to be more important in practical applications: the potential for building devices with lower size/weight/power (SWaP) and cost requirements than existing instruments. The organizers of Quantum Technology Applications Workshop (QTAW) have several goals: (1) Bring together sponsors, researchers, engineers and end users to help build a stronger quantum technology community; (2) Identify how quantum systems might improve the performance of practical devices in the near- to mid-term; and (3) Identify applications for which more long term investment is necessary to realize improved performance for realistic applications. To realize these goals, the QTAW II workshop included fifty scientists, engineers, managers and sponsors from academia, national laboratories, government and the private-sector. The agenda included twelve presentations, a panel discussion, several breaks for informal exchanges, and a written survey of participants. Topics included photon sources, optics and detectors, squeezed light, matter waves, atomic clocks and atom magnetometry. Corresponding applications included communication, imaging, optical interferometry, navigation, gravimetry, geodesy, biomagnetism, and explosives detection. Participants

  18. PREFACE: Joint European Magnetic Symposia - JEMS 2010

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    Spałek, Jozef

    2011-07-01

    łekChairman of JEMS 2010 Symposia 1. Plenary, Semi-plenary, Tutorials 2. Magnetization Processes Spin Excitations and Ultrafast DynamicsCoordinator: Andrzej Maziewski (Bialystok) 3. Hard Magnetic Materials and MagnetocaloricsCoordinator: Henryk Figiel (Kraków) 4. Magnetic HydridesCoordinators: Ladislav Havela (Praha), Zbigniew Tarnawski (Kraków) 5. Interface of Magnetic Thin FilmsCoordinators: Jürgen Fassbender (Dresden), N-T H Kim-Ngan (Kraków) 6. Magnonic CrystalsCoordinators: Bahram Djafari-Rouhani (Lille), Henryk Puszkarski (Poznan) 7. Magnetism of Metals, Alloys, and IntermetallicsCoordinator: Andrzej Szytula (Kraków) 8. Molecular MagnetismCoordinators: Stephen Blundell (Oxford), Maria Balanda (Kraków) 9. Magnetooptics of NanomagnetsCoordinators: Kamil Postava (Ostrava), Marek Kisielewski (Bialystok) 10. NanomagnetismCoordinators: Marek Przybylski (Halle), Jürgen Kirschner (Halle) 11. Other topics - Biomagnetism, Domain Walls, InstrumentationCoordinator: Henryk Figiel (Kraków) 12. Magnetic Perovskites and MultiferroicsCoordinator: Henryk Szymczak (Warszawa) 13. Magnetic Semiconductors and InsulatorsCoordinators: Klaus Baerner (Göttingen), Tadeusz Gron (Katowice) 14. Magnetic Shape Memory Effects and Related PhenomenaCoordinators: Oliver Gutfleisch (Dresden), Sebastian Fähler (Dresden) 15. Soft Magnetic MaterialsCoordinators: Julian González (San Sebastian), Krzysztof Kulakowski (Kraków) 16. SpintronicsCoordinator: Maciej Sawicki (Warszawa) 17. Strongly Correlated Electron Systems, Magnetism and SuperconductivityCoordinator: Andrzej Slebarski (Katowice) The next Joint European Magnetic Symposia, JEMS 2012, will be held in Parma, Italy, 9-14 September 2012.www.jems2012.itCo-Chairs:Franca Albertini, Institute of Materials for Electronics and Magnetism (IMEM), CNR, ParmaRoberto De Renzi, Department of Physics, University of Parma

  19. CONFERENCE SUMMARY: Summary and comment on superconducting analogue electronics research, including materials and fabrication, as presented at ISEC 07

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    Foley, C. P.

    2007-11-01

    -micron Josephson junctions using laser etching (Büttner et al) and the development of passivation layers using amorphous YBCO and SiO2 (Seidel et al) were also presented. Characterization methods using Raman and photo-emission spectroscopy (Kikunaga et al) emerged as fresh approaches. Josephson junction (JJ) research covered the areas of critical current fluctuations where results on Tl-based junctions suggested a 40 times lower δI/Ic, and LTS junctions for voltage standards using a Nb-Si barrier for improved SNS junctions (Kieler et al). Development of MTS junctions based on MgB2 are yet to be realized with the interface barrier appearing to be the limiting factor. HTS Josephson junctions were reviewed by asking the question: `Are all HTS JJs the same?' with a clear `no' as the answer. Research on intrinsic stacked junctions, sub-micron junctions, the manipulation of electronic band structure to increase energy gap and mid-gap states was also presented. Developments in packaging and cooling were not as dominant at this conference as in previous years. However, there was research reported on the importance of non-magnetic structures in packaging, the design of magnetic shielding improvement by using finite element analysis to optimize design (Tanaka et al) and the use of cryocoolers (Vernik et al). SQUID research reported some breakthrough developments with new ideas presented on nano-SQUIDs with the possible detection of a ferritin spin-flip, a successful airborne trial using a rotating gradiometer and the development of a new 4 cm long baseline planar gradiometer, achieving a sensitivity of 35 fT cm-1 Hz-½. Applications in non-destructive evaluation (NDE) covered the use of SQUIDs in the detection of stainless steel foreign objects in food, defects in wire and circuit boards and surface imaging with most developments focusing on potential customer requirements. Biomagnetic applications have continued to be embraced in the use of SQUIDs in MRI (Zotev et al), NMR, MEG